- Mission Details:
Name: Protection Detail
Participants: Moon Village, Sun Village, Missing Ninja
Reward: 40 EXP
Location: Outside of a village
Details: You are tasked with defending a very important person. It could be a merchant, a diplomat from another region or just someone who is highly valued. They have asked for a security detail to protect them as they enter through a regions border, it could be from bandits, wild animals or rogue criminals attempting to steal their goods. This mission is a success if the individual has been safely escorted to their destination.
Requirements: Your post must be at least 900 words.
There were good missions and bad missions, there was no way you could convince Sojiro Sakura otherwise. It wasn't as clear as most people would think, with 'good' missions revolving around helping people and doing things with positive outcomes. While 'bad' missions could involve taking lives or something terrible like that.. No, a good mission was any mission that Sojiro could move at his own pace in or that he could use his skills freely. Bad mission were things that were slow-paced and often made him want to die from boredom. Today was one of the days he had gotten assigned a 'bad' mission, to escort an important diplomat's child and brother, making sure they got to the Moon Village safely. They weren't bad people, hell, compared to most they were some of the least annoying people that Sojiro had to escort. But it had simply been a pain in the ass, seeing as when he had finally met up with the escort party, he found out that he wasn't the only set of hired hands.
Along with asking the Sun Village to send a shinobi, supposedly the uncle had taken it upon himself to hire some extra sellswords from a trust-worthy source. Sojiro wasn't really one to argue with how a client wanted to handle the mission but were these people not enough to make him feel safe? They would make Sojiro entirely pointless, seeing as the men were more than capable of fending off some wild creatures or even some weakly bandits. While everyone was getting ready to travel and get into their positions, as if Sojiro's mission wasn't already terribly boring, he was asked but the client to join him in their carriage. It made sense, have the weakest men sitting outside and traveling on horse while the strong shinobi would be closest to them, assuming the worst could happen. When he climbed into the carriage, Sojiro had ended up sitting next to the child, the uncle staying on the other side by himself while one of then men drove the carriage outside.
What followed was the longest couple hours of Sojiro life. Usually, escort missions could be spent scouting or even relaxing on the roof of the carriage but not this time. Instead, Sojiro had to actively engage in coversation with the uncle about politics and things that meant absolutely nothing to him. But, it was better than the alternative. The child would sometimes try and get Sojiro's attention, show him some toy, tell him some 'cool' fact or to ask questions about being a shinobi. The Sun shinobi did his best to give neutral responses that wouldn't leader into more conversation but that didn't seem to matter to either person, who would continue to harass him for the majority of the ride.
The ride became a bit more bearable when the uncle had brought out some food and began to share with the child, offering some to Sojiro. The man wasn't really someone to turn down food, so he would take it and continue the ride. It wasn't much longer later he found himself feeling pretty tired, his eyelids feeling incredibly heavy... And then he was asleep.....
When he woke up, there was darkness around him and he couldn't tell where he was. As he tried to move, he found that his ankles and wrists had been restrained. In the darkness he would activate his Infrared Vision, allowing him to get that he was in a storeroom of some sort and there was only one person in the room with him. The child he was set with protecting had also been bound in the room, still sleeping quietly from whatever they had been drugged with. But where was the uncle? Sojiro would tightening and loosen his muscles a bunch, using a basic academy technique to get out of the withstraints with ease. He would rub his wrists as he stood up, inching towards the door and doing his best to listen closely. As he listened, that was when he heard someone fairly disturbing. It was the uncle who seemed to be sharing a laugh with the men he had hired, talking about how they would get so much money for the boy. They could even convince his brother to step down, so that he could take his place!... Fucking politics, what had Sojiro gotten himself dragged into?
There was something about hearing the 'client' talking about the boy that caused Sojiro to get a bit ticked off. Family wasn't supposed to talk about each other like this, right? Before he could really think about it, Sojiro had pushed the door open into the rest of the building they were in. It was a small cabin, the men in the room surprised to see him but the 'client' had fear on his face. It didn't take Sojiro more than a few moments to end the bandits' existence. The uncle would beg for his life as Sojiro approached him, but the man would ignore him and kill him, too. It was easy enough to find the paperwork the men had done between them, to make sure that no one could screw the other in the end.
Sojiro Sakura would take the boy out of his restraints and take him out of this building, carrying him the rest of the way back. When he woke up, Sojiro didn't tell him the truth and just told him his uncle was dead. The child cried and Sojiro did his best to comfort him, holding him close. When he got the boy back to his family, he explained everything to his father and gave him the proof of what was going to happen. After that... Sojiro went into the Moon Village to find a friend.