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Rikudo Sage (Ten Tailed Fox)

The Sage of the Six Paths (六道仙人, Rikudō Sennin) was said to be the legendary figure who founded the ninja world and was the creator and first user of modern ninjutsu, essentially making him the first shinobi in the modern context of the term.

Background

Canon

According to Jiraiya, the Sage was a priest who appeared long ago in an age of endless war. He was the first to explain the truth about chakra and tried to use his power and wisdom to lead the world to peace instead of war. The Sage traveled throughout the world, spreading his ideas and religion, the Shinobi Sect (忍宗, Ninshū), which eventually came to be known as ninjutsu. His great deeds and true desire to bring peace to the war-torn world led him to become widely known as the Savior of the World. According to legend, the Sage also used Chibaku Tensei to create the moon at some point during his life.

According to Madara Uchiha, centuries before the main story line, the sage defeated the most powerful monster in the ninja world, the Ten-Tailed Beast. In order to protect the world from the beast the sage developed a new technique. This technique sealed the beast into the sage so he could control it. This was why the sage was known as a god to the ninja world. Though he had sealed the beast, its powers were so great that the seal would break after the sage had died. Knowing this, the sage used the rest of his power to divide the beast's power in to nine parts; now known as the nine tailed beasts. The Ten-Tails' body was then sealed away and sent into the sky where no one could reach it, thus becoming the moon.

The Sage's ultimate wish to establish peace throughout the world was a goal that could never be achieved within his lifetime alone. Near his end, the Sage therefore entrusted his strength, dream and legacy to two brothers. The older brother, who inherited the Sage's "eyes": the power of his chakra and his spiritual energy, believed that power was the true key to peace. The younger brother, who inherited the Sage's "body"; his willpower and physical energy, believed that love was the true key to peace.

On his deathbed, the Sage chose the younger brother to be his successor. Overcome by bitterness and envy, the older brother attacked the younger, beginning a war between them. Their feud would continue on through their descendants: the Senju clan and the Uchiha clan.

Centuries later, the Rinnegan itself would resurface in Nagato. Nagato's connection to the Sage has yet to be explained, although Jiraiya believed that the Sage could have somehow been "reborn" as Nagato in the present era. Nagato himself, however, admitted that his own power paled in comparison to that of the Sage. Still others, such as Kakashi Hatake, believed that the Sage is merely a myth, and that the Rinnegan is merely a mutation.

Naruto Raijuu: The Beginning Background

According to the Sixth Mizukage, the Sage discovered the Earth Matrix jutsu to control the immense power of the original Ten-Tailed Beast. The jutsu personifies a beasts' power by calling on a mask, similar to the ones worn by the covert ops of most nations. The previous generation of Jinchuriki used a beast's chakra tails until they could control the full transformation of the beast itself. However, the Sage knew that this was both physically taxing and dangerous to preform as it shortened the host's life span.

Abilities

The Sage was shown carrying two objects. One was what appeared to be a large sword across his back, whilst the other was a shakujō, a Buddhist ringed staff which is meant to be used in prayer, but can also be effectively employed as a weapon.

Rinnegan

The Sage was said to have been the only shinobi to have mastered the Rinnegan, which presumably laid the groundwork for the other two great dojutsu, the Sharingan and the Byakugan. He is revered as one of the most legendary figures in the ninja world, and is likely the strongest ninja that ever existed. He was so powerful that he created the moon using Chibaku Tensei. Whether the Sage was born with the Rinnegan, or somehow developed it as a result of sealing the Ten-Tailed Beast currently remains a mystery.

Jinchuriki

Rikudo using his mask
The Sage as he appears in a flashback, using Secret Art: Earth Matrix to don the mask of the original Ten-Tails.

The Sage developed the first jutsu capable of sealing a tailed beast inside a human body. Having the Ten-Tailed Beast's power contained inside him, the Sage developed immeasurable power that far surpassed all of his peers. Even on his deathbed he was able to employ Chibaku Tensei on a massive scale and use that chakra to create the moon, a clear testament to his immense power.

According to the Sixth Mizukage, the Sage discovered the Earth Matrix jutsu to control the immense power of the original Ten-Tailed Beast. The jutsu personifies a beasts' power by calling on a mask, similar to the ones worn by the covert ops of most nations. The technique has several advantages and disadvantages. While it summons the power of the beast, only hosts with great control or relationship with their beast can use the major bulk of power. Young and inexperienced hosts can call on the power of their beast, but cannot use the majority of it's power. But the bodily damage done is gone since reliance on the tails of a beast will be gone.

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