-[ History ∴ Legend ]-
The Amikiri have a conflicted past, right down to their own name. The literal translation of the clan's surname is Net Cutters, yet the clan is traditionally fishermen from the Land of Waves. Their most common means of fishing was the use of a net, so their surname holds some irony for their function. Further back then a century ago the people of the Amikiri clan were simple and lacking of militarization. Though they possessed their Kekkei Genkai, they were shallow water fishers and yeomen, primarily of rice crops. The clan had always possessed a high connection with water lands, so even in their earthly farming duties they picked a crop that grows within wetlands and marshes.
It was a simple existence, yet one that the ancestors of the clan took pride in. However, all of this changed during the Second Great Shinobi war. In the conflict where much blood was shed and conflicts were fought over power and territory, the originally peaceful Amikiri clansmen were drawn into the conflict. As it were, the Land of Waves once shared a close relationship with the Land of Fire. However, during the water during an attack by Mist shinobi, much of the ancestral home of the Amikiri clan was occupied. Though the territories were eventually reestablished and the conflict diminished, this war forever changed the collective path of the once peaceful natured clan.
The Amikiri never again returned to their old homes. In the bloodshed, the members of the Amikiri were either extinguished, or captured. The remaining members of the clan were uprooted and impressed into service of Kirigakure. Corralled into a ghetto village that was under constant military watch, the fishermen and farmers were twisted and corrupted. They were taught to use their bloodline limit for combat, and as the first few generations passed, the purpose and allegiances of the clan were molded and redirected. Eventually, the military guard over the Amikiri were removed, and the village they were forced into became their new home. Though they continued drawing life from the oceans and gained back some of their autonomy and old traditions, the village was required to forfeit several of their suns and daughters into service as shinobis for the Village Hidden in the Mist. Even more then this willingly entered into service, as there was more profit and benefit of such careers. Unfortunately, however, the Amikiri had not yet seen the end of persecution.
During the backlash against bloodlines, where many who possessed Kekkei Genkai, many members of the clan were slaughtered and killed for no other reason other then their heritage. Abandoning their village within the Land of Water, the surviving members of the clan were forced underground, or in this case underwater given the traits of their bloodline that offered them survival through the ocean. Living in swamps and even taking to caves inaccessible through land, the clan continued and learned to live through one sacred law.
That was all that was important to them, all that is important to anyone punished by genocide and persecuted for their differences. Though they had again seen much of their own blood spilled into the waters, the Amikiri survived. Those that had outlasted the conflict and contention over bloodlines became closer knitted, a tighter net with more defined purpose. Though reemerging from their banishment, the Amikiri never again trusted the major shinobi villages. They kept their hidden existence and abandoned the idea of a clan village. It was too much of a risk to be collected in one place of public knowledge. Becoming scavengers and cave dwellers, all the while never abandoning their shinobi training for the purposes of protection, some clansmen eventually did rejoin the formal ranks of the Hidden Mist and other villages, though there is no strong or numerous collection of the Amikire elsewhere in the world.
However, the tale of the clan is not all grim misfortune. In fact, a new age of the clan is dawning from one of the greatest tragedies of the modern world. Unlike the rest of the Land of Water, which has seen both physical and social destruction following the electric attack of the Rokubi that destroyed Kirigakure and left anarchy and poverty rampant in the Land of Water, which no longer could even call itself a country in any formal sense, the Amikiri did what catastrophe had bred them to do.
As a result of their own connection with Raiton along with the true nature of the Kekkei Genkai, the Amikiri were one of the few fringe groups to suffer few losses in the apocalyptic attack of one of the nine Bijuu. Furthermore, after the collapse of order within the Land of Water, the clansmen have finally settled their fears and began to populate the open territory. They made a return to their home village within the Land of Water. No current member held any recollection of their lives as simple farmers and fishermen in the Land of Waves. Too much time had passed, and with it the collective memory of where the clan had actually been birthed from. Instead, the clan reclaimed the remains of their once ghetto homes, and began to thrive in the terrain devastated by a disaster that could be called both natural and artificial.
As long as there is waterways within this world, there will be life for the Amikiri. This is a popular notion in the vengeful clan.
-[ Kekkie Genkai ∴ Bloodline ]-
Where the members of the Amikiri clan to be compared to any variety of animal, it would be that of the jellyfish. Not only is this true of the fact that jellies are rarely seen as a threat, when in fact they can prove rather deadly, but also for the nature of their bloodline limit and also a historical recognition of their connection with the creatures. It is even true that the Amikiri hold a jellyfish clan summoning contract, though the extent of their connection with the gelatinous sea wandering creatures goes much deeper then this.
Suijouengi [ Aquatic Adaptations ]
The physical modifications to the bodies of the members of the Amikiri clan are minimum in number, though still are enough to reveal the possession of a Kekkie Genkai within their bloodline. Though there cannot be any claim to exclusivity of this ability, as there are no doubt other clans in possession of like features given the numerous variations of aquatic lifeforms within the ocean that shinobi may bare similarities to, the Amikiri are one of a number of clans that can breath underwater. However, the telltale sign of this ability, in the form of gills on the human form, are not located where the pharyngal slits are. Instead of being located on the neck, the Amikiri have large slits that run on their chest parallel with the bottom ribs. The slits exist just below the pectoral muscles. The logistics behind these larger slits, which begin about an inch away from the center of the chest and continue to the side of the body draws a similarity to their spiritual animal. Whilst there are some creatures of the ocean that must keep in constant motion in order to keep water flowing over their gills, jellyfish generally float more freely in the currents and are suspended from any motion of their own. These larger gills make it easy to breath beneath the water even when stationary beneath the surface, allowing the clansmen to hide out for long periods of time without resurfacing.
A secondary aquatic physical expression of the Kekkei Genkai is the existence of a swim bladder in the anatomy of the Amikiri. This is a bladder pouch does not present much of a physical sign other then a red discoloration in the midsection of the spin on the clansmen. Instead, this biological difference is an internal organ that the Amikiri share with many aquatic animals. This sack, which is connected with the lungs of the clansmen as are the chest mounted gills, is filled with air or decompressed in order to affect the buoyancy of the body. Not only does this organ make it easier to travel to great depths in the ocean and resurface without falling victim to the "bends", or more formally decompression sickness, but it also allows the clansmen to stabilize their presences in the water in order to hold themselves at a sustained level of depth.
Osuiton [ Ooze Release ]
The Amikiri are in possession of a unique advanced element that is composed of a combination of Raiton [Lightning Release] and Suiton [Water Release]. The resulting elemental combination in at least so far as the members of the Amikiri are concerned is the element known as Osuiton [Ooze Release]. By combining these two elemental natures the Amikiri can produce from their pours and more commonly from their gullet, a green translucent sludge that has its own unique elemental properties. More properly labeled, this goo is electrostatic slime, as it has its own particular electrical charge to it that associates with the Raiton nature. Whereas many would assume, given their home in the Land of Water, that the clan would be more specialized in the Suiton aspects of their element, the Amikiri actually have a closer kinship with the Lightning abilities of their element, and this is still reflected in their advanced element abilities.
The electrostatic slime created from the Ooze Element maintain the efficiency of water at channeling electric currents, while having the properties of a solid gelatin. Through the expression of their chakra, the Amikiri can mold and shape the slime into countless shapes making it liquid enough to glop or sink into, or solid enough to hold objects in place like a putty or a jello. On its own, the Ooze element is rarely directly offensive until the higher ranks are realized. It is because of this fact that the members of the Amikiri are not considered full, and thusly lethal, warriors until they have gained knowledge of both their Osuiton and their Raiton natures.
The electrostatic nature of this slim make it an excellent conductor of electrical charges. Using this property, the members of the clan can bind opponents with their Ooze, and then provide finishing strikes with their Lightning based attacks, which do not loose any of their potency in being channeled into the gelatinous sledge. Furthermore, while possessing a flubber nature in an of itself, the Ooze can also be used to ricochet electricity off of, which can create a from behind attack depending on how the user engages their opponents and whether they can coat a surface in their sledge during a battle.
The Ooze element is usually seen as being a supplementary element. Though it could be used to suffocate the opponent with the sledge if the opponent could be held down long enough, or even immobilize an opponent, it is rarely naturally offensive since the electrostatic properties do not deliver a direct charge, but require the addition of an electrical charge. In an additional note, however, the gills of the Amikiri can still draw oxygen out of this sledge, which means they could not suffocate their fellow clansmen in Ooze. As a result of the supplementary nature of the Ooze, it can be difficult for a Genin in possession of the advance element to be a major player on a battlefield. However, because of their natural connection with not only the Osuiton element, but also the Raiton the element is created from, members of the Amikiri often discover their component element first. It is possible for an Amikiri to possess Raiton at Genin, and then pick up Osuiton at Chuunin level provided they have the specialization requirements for elemental manipulation (Ninjutsu). However, any member that begins with Raiton and then at their Chuunin level of development unlocks their Osuiton, cannot gain access to their Suiton nature. Furthermore, any clans member who does not gain the required speciality for elemental manipulation (Ninjutsu) prior to Chuunin and begins their elemental experience with both the Ooze and Lightning elements cannot later gain their Water element.
Genin (Ninjutsu Speciality) Osuiton => Chuunin Osuiton+Raiton/or/Suiton (more commonly Raiton addition) => Jounin Osuiton+Raiton+Suiton
Genin (Ninjutsu Speciality) Raiton => Chuunin Raiton+Osuiton => Jounin No Additional Element Gained
Genin (Ninjutsu Speciality) Raiton/or/Suiton => Chuunin Raiton/or/Suiton (Whichever not chosen at Genin level) => Jounin Raiton+Suiton+Osuiton
Genin (NON-Ninjutsu Speciality) No Element => Chuunin (Picking up a Ninjutsu Speciality) Raiton+Osuiton => Jounin No Additional Element Gained
Genin (Non-Ninjutsu Speciality) No Element => Chuunin (Picking up a Ninjutsu Speciality) Raiton+Suiton => Jounin Raiton+Suiton+Osuiton
-[ Clan Information ]-
- Clan Training ∴ Other then the typical training that would go into learning any particular element, the Amikiri have few specialized training procedures. Of the ones that they do possess, it would be considered common place for the members of the clan to, at an early age, be drowned frequently and for long periods of time. This training is not specific to the members of the clan that desire to go on and become shinobi, but is instead centered around learning proper use of the gills of the body. As young children, the Amikiri cannot survive on their gills for long periods of time, but merely an hour or so. To increase the dexterity of the gills and their swim bladder, the elder clansmen will force the children to remain submerged for longer and longer periods of time until the extra organs develop enough strength to become self sufficient. Additionally, and this pertains more to members taking up a shinobi lifestyle, the clan will give some focus to channeling chakra to their skin. This preps their pours to allow for large doses of the Ooze Element to seep out of their body, though the easiest means of producing a lot of the element is vomiting the sledge up from their gullet, though this will also leave them with a nasty aftertaste.
- Population ∴ Class C [ 100-500 members ]
Though the clansmen of the Amikiri have been subjected to many persecutions and genocidal events, and as a result their numbers have dwindled at times, in recent years the clan has been on a upbeat in numbers. The last instance where they lost a lot of clansmen was the backslash against Kekkie Genkai possessing clans. During this period, their numbers were reduced down to about half the size of the current clan. However, from their hidden life and their drive to survive, the clan is no blossoming. Most of the members of the clan are younger, having been born after the genocide.
Outside of the gills and red spinal line, the clansmen possess no physical modifications to their body. They are light skinned, and the majority could be said to have strawberry blonde hair, though this is far from a requirement and many various in complexion and hair color can exist. As a proud population, many members end up getting their clan symbol permanently tattooed upon their body, though there is no trend as to where the tattoo can be found.
Most of the non-shinobi members of the clan become fishermen or farmers, to this day relying heavily on the rice stock. Few clansmen every own livestock, though it is not unheard of. However, there are few examples of livestock that can strive in the environments the Amikiri regularly occupy, as wetlands possess little grazing opportunities. Thus, the collective taste of the clan is for seafood.
Since the gills of the clan are located on the chest of the clansmen, the Amikiri usually wear very loose fitting upper clothing or clothing that exposes their midsection. Even the women of the clan generally wear little other then a bikini-esque brassiere, especially if they are a shinobi of the clan. However, this physical feature also leads to another unique consideration when it comes to the women of the clan. Though not universal, the vast majority of Amikiri women are expected to retire to a home life as a den mother following pregnancy and childbirth. The reasoning for this can be seen as a womanizing law, but in reality older women of the clan, especially with those who have a sagging bust line, have more difficulty breathing underwater then fitter, more spry clanswomen.
- Nature//Values ∴ Neutral, leaning towards Evil
The Amikiri are no longer the simple minded farmers of their ancestral past. However, at the same time, they are more focused on being survivalist then anything else. In times of great tragedy, they have learned that it is better to hide rather then fight, so the overall attitude of the clan is neutrality in major issues. However, there is indeed some genetic scars left from the violence they have been subjected to. There are more radical sects of the clan that strive towards revenge for how their ancestors were treated. This sect is of growing popularity given the collapse of the Land of Water and Kirigakure, and there are even some who claim that the Amikiri should cease the opportunity to gain as much territory in the water lands as possible.
-[ Additional Information ]-
- Clan Founder ∴ Unknown
- Clan Political Structure ∴ The Amikiri have a more colonial style of life. Within their own village they lack any presences of formal policing or trials. Instead, social order is maintained primarily through the close-knitted community. There are several references to the clan being a symbolic net in and of itself, so there is social backlash for anyone that the popular majority sees as being unruly, or that could cut the net. Punishment within their village is usually a public spectacle, and outside of capital punishment it usually involves some remission of guilt. For this reason, the Amikiri are rather nosy of their clansmen neighbors, as this form of watch is the only thing that keeps the social order. It's petty, but effective.