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PostPosted by Love » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:21 pm

Megami


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⎣ History | Legend ⎤

Nature - The strongest force the world has ever known...and ever will...
Time - An unstoppable force; indifferent and unyielding...

When these two entities combine, the world itself can be crafted anew. When these entities combine, they form the Megami. With time, nature can destroy all that is created. Mountains erode, empires crumble, and life grows...ages...die. This is the legend once taught among the Megami, but even they could not last against time, and so they took to nature to protect themselves.

It was once said among the members of the Megami, during a time in which the clan thrived from the land and their own fruits, that the strength behind the clan had been granted by divine intervention. Whereas much of the rest of the world believed the deity Inari, the Kami of fertility and agriculture, was male in nature, the Megami knew the truth. To the Megami, Inari is the quintessential Mother Earth. It is from the goddess, the queen of things that grow, that the Megami take not only their abilities, but also their name itself, for Megami literally means 'Goddess'. The goddess Inari had granted her followers control over nature, and her blessed light would shine with them forever, or so they had thought.

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Nestled within the Land of Grass, Kusa no Kuni, once renowned for its lush environment of floral and fauna, the Megami settled. They had lived as one with the land, never building houses by chopping down the forests. Instead, they used their clan skills to grow homes within the treetops and forest floors, becoming synonymous with nature. It was during these days, in the centuries of old, that the Megami began to enhance their abilities. The gardens within which they planted their roots ranged the distances of forests, filled with plant life unseen anywhere else within the world, life that would never again appear so multiple save for these olden days.

As the Megami grew, their experiments did as well. Using the force of nature they developed better flora, and more deadly poisons. The Megami began to perform volatile experiments in the name of Inari. Even as they lived in isolation, they grew to despise the outside world, which they saw as savage and destructive to the natural order. These powerful, though be it twisted, thoughts would lead to their own destruction. Through their experimentations, which at their highest and most classified levels had been aimed at the mass destruction of the outside world, the Megami unleahsed a plague upon themselves that began to destroy their blessed clan and all they had created. It was a viral disease, shown by signs of flu-like symptoms combined with black veins showing on their greenish pail skin.

Their medics yielded no salvation from these affliction, nor even had time to respond. It was only short time after infection that all infected would die, and the infection was the totality of the clan. Every member of the Megami had been summoned back to their main village. Even without it, the explosion that had erupted from the Great Tree when infection started to spread crossed, unnoticed to all by the Megami, the entire globe, only infecting those who Inari herself had touched. The Plague, as it would come to be called among the survivors, had only ones means of escape. In the chaos that came with it, a small fraction of the clan took to nature and time to protect themselves.

Thus began the hibernation of the clan, or at least what was left of it. Only a handful of survivors made it to what safety they could find.They took to their plants, and withdrew into the bosom of nature. The surviving Megami were absorbed into mutated plants crafted into sleeper pods to outlast the Plague in slumber, waiting for the day they could blossom again.

This Megami survived by retreating into specially designed sleeper pods. They were meant to only sleep for a few decades at most, long enough for the Plague to run its course and disperse into history. However, something went wrong, and the pods never unlatched themselves, and the Megami could not awake. As retribution for their sins, the Megami would suffer even in hiding. During the time of sleep, it was like an everlasting dream, though for most it quickly turned to a guilt-ridden nightmare. The mind is not meant to be kept dreaming for that long, and many would fall victim to mental disparities even as their bodies lay motionless and unchanged.

The Great Sleep lasted for nearly two centuries before the first of the pods awoke, revealing a girl into this world, Akiko. She was one of few who had, by the work of her mother, been inoculated with an experimental Cure prior to her sleep. Not only that, but it was by product of her father that the pods themselves were created. The inoculation she received had left Akiko capable of using her Kekkei Genkai. However, she was not strong enough awaken her sisters and brothers. Alone and desperate, she set out into the world, traveling to Sunagakure to make herself stronger. Not only would learning to grow plants within the desert increase her skills and endurance, but she had much to learn of this new world. In the time since she began her sleep, the Village Hidden in the Sand had learned new, at least to the Megami, aptitude for medical techniques.

As she grew stronger, Akiko increased her knowledge as well. In search for a solution, she studied plants, and when she became desperate, she studied other forms of life. At her darkest, she took to dissecting humans for her experiments. After increasing her strength and abilities, she returned to the birthplace of her clan. Using her knowledge, she was able to awaken only a select few, only those that had also been inoculated like her. However, by chance, Akiko would cross path with those she labeled as The Watchers, a pair of sisters that showed retention of the Kekkei Genkai even without the inoculation.

For the others, Akiko placed specialized buds onto the sleeper pods. With luck, the Megami would awaken naturally overtime. Unfortunately, her efforts did not yield the results she had hoped. Only one more had been awoken, and without the powers of Mokuton. It was a time of great stress for Akiko. Not only was she failing at every pass to bring about a revival of her clan, but her adopted country was in great turmoil.

Even more desperate now, Akiko departed on a journey of discovery to loop the world and search for a cure within the plant species that covered it. Since the Land of Water had been completely devastated by natural disaster, she started there to search out life strong enough to survive the scourge that crossed the land. Baring no fruit, the Land of Fire was where she headed towards next in all its diversity of plant life. Whether it was fate, or something stronger, she would cross paths with someone who would be as responsible for the clans survival as herself in time. It was more then just an intersection, for the two paths would join. A man called Dokutoru, doctor, with inborn abilities on par with her own, would complete the formula by giving to the Megami what they had lost, time.

With Dokutoru's help and companionship, the pair collected the components that would make the Cure, transcending the stream of time to bring back new hope for a clan thought to be lost within it. The Megami were awoken at last, the vast majority capable again of using their Kekkei Genkai in all its power. With it, there was great danger, for many dark things were possible from them. All that was left was the hope that a great lesson had been learned from the trials they had passed.

⎣ Kekkei Genkai | Bloodline ⎤

Atae no Inari [ Gift of the Fertility Goddess ]
This is the principal aspect of the Megami bloodline. Essentially, the Megami are defined as hybrids between plants and animals. The members of this clan are highly attuned with the Mokuton [ Plant-life Release ] chakra. It is necessary to note the definition of this as 'plant life' rather then wood, as the Megami do not specialize in the production of true wood techniques. Instead, the Megami primarily utilize non-wood based plant-life, opening up a variety of unique techniques that only a clansmen possessing the Atae no Inari can perform. Whereas wood users are able to product sturdy structures of bark, the Megami traditionally utilize more malleable plant life. This affinity with Mokuton allows for them to create minor, regular plants almost naturally, making them excellent gardeners. However, in a greater sense, the Megami utilize their ability to create plants, particularly rare kinds of pollinating plants and herbs to produce deadly poisons from natural substances. The intellectual pursuits of the Megami are embodied in their abilities to create rare herbs and other ingredients, as they make excellent botanist and chemists.

Ki no Itonami [ Tree of the Life ]
Like several other clans with Bloodline Limits, the Megami exert physical differences that not only allow them to be identified as unique, but also gives to the clansmen abilities not seen in other shinobi. The main aspect of the physical modifications the Megami express is known to the clan as the Tree of Life. Within the clan's legend, this is the blessing given to them by the goddess Inari.

To put it simply, the Megami clansmen have genetic qualities of both plants on animals, making their bodies something of a hybrid in between the two. The skin of the Megami has to it a unique pigmentation that makes their complexion a greenish white. These green pigments in their skin are capable of performing metabolic procession in order to convert light energy into chemical energy, a process known as photosynthesis. Megami clansmen, or at least those that maintained their Kenkei Genkai after surviving the Great Plague, are capable of performing photosynthesis in order to sustain life. By absorbing the electromagnetic radiation of light energy through their skin and combining it with the carbon dioxide taken from the air along with the water, the members of the Megami produce oxygen and energy containing carbohydrates in the form of different sugars. Because the Megami perform photosynthesis, their blood is genetically designed with a type of reverse hemoglobin that transports carbon dioxide along with oxygen, since they still do perform normal cellular respiration along with their plant-like photosynthesis. Essentially, the Megami's unique style of respiration is self-perpetuating, for they produce both oxygen and carbon dioxide, while using both oxygen and carbon dioxide as initial substrates to their varying forms of respiration. Through the chloroplast built into their skin do possess the essential plant organs for absorbing the carbon dioxide through the air, the duel action hemoglobin within the Megami bloodstream compromises between the mammal and vegetative qualities of their bodies, and thusly the actual photosynthesis that they perform is an advanced form that has integrated into the normal human organs so that the Megami maintain both types of cellular process, cellular respiration and photosynthesis.

While it is true that the photosynthetic nature of the clan does permit them to survive without normal forms of nutrition, the Megami clansmen becomes more stationary if they rely purely on an autotrophic existence. They will essentially have to take "root", and though no actually roots grow out of their feet, they will eventually be reduced down to only producing enough energy to sustain existence beyond where others would face starvation. As long as they continually have water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight available to them they will be living, but if an entire month goes by in which they do not consume food like normal, they will not be able to move whatsoever, not having enough energy to give motion to their mammal muscles. It was this ability, primarily, that had allowed the Megami to survive for centuries in their sleeper pods. As their abilities faded, through, several of the resting died from having made a complete separation from their Kekkei Genkai, thus killing them from lack of nutrients. However, what this does mean is that any Megami that did come out of hibernation have some trace of their Bloodline still within them, even if they cannot manipulate Mokuton following the Awakening.

The ability to perform photosynthesis also allows the Megami to survive longer on a held breath through the combination of aquatic photosynthesis combined with feeding off the oxygen they draw out of the water around them. However, this does not permit for an unlimited duration of underwater existence. On average, this gives the Megami about 30 minutes before they drown like a normal human.

Photosynthesis is not the only characteristic of the Tree of Life abilities. Being genetically both animal and plant, the Megami are granted longer lifespans then normal humans. The average lifespan of the Megami is roughly 250 years in length. However, with this long life, they are also granted greater youth. Though a member of the clan ages like normal during their child years, for most of the plantlike qualities of the clan do not emerge until adolescence, from the point of puberty they begin to age at a slower rate. Initially the extension of the aging process on their body starts slowly, and through their teen years they will reflect their actual age. However, by the time they are 30, they will appear as though they are 20. By 50 they will look to be 25, and by 100 they will just be reaching 35. By the time they are 200, the clansman will have passed "over the hill" and will appear to be around 70 years of age. This ability to age slower along with the "unnaturally" long life is yet another reason why the Megami refer to themselves as the children of Inari, the offspring of Mother Earth.

Idenshigan [ Genetic Eye ]
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The Idenshigan [Genetic Eye] is a doujutsu exclusive to the Megami clan. In appearance it turns the eyes to a dark shade of purple featuring a three tomoe design connected into a triangular shape. When actively in use, this black design will rapidly spin in the user's iris, and only when active can the Megami access the genetic maps they have stored in their minds.

The Idenshigan is the force that allows for the Megami to craft rare and powerful plants. This doujutsu permits its user to view the genetic makeup of all organic life. With this ability the Megami can literally map out the molecular structure that makes up organisms. This allows the Megami to decipher the genetic information that can be gained through either direct contact with the organic life, or by transmitting the genetic information gathered through specialized Mokuton receptor spores. Without actually receiving these samples, the Idenshigan possesses little power. However, with such genetic sampling, the Megami can mentally map out the DNA of life forms permitting for the understanding and experimentation at the genetic level. By understanding the genetic code and the sequence of nucleotides within genes, the Megami can perfect their work with plants, and their own abilities in general. While the genetic mapping abilities of the Idenshigan formulates the genetic code of organic DNA, there is a limitation to the number of genetic maps the Megami can carry with them at any given time. At a Genin leve, only 5 genetic maps can be kept within the mind of the Megami. At Chuunin, this increase to 10, and at Jounin, 15. Finally, an S-rank user of the Idenshigan can carry with them 25 genetic maps. In the cases where the genetic map limiation has reached its limit, the oldest of genetic maps are instantly forgotten, and thus preventing the user of this information in formulating new plants.

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By utilizing the genetic maps they carry with their Idenshigan, the members of the Megami can manipulate their Mokuton abilities at a genetic level in order to create genetically superior life forms at the cost of chakra. These creatures usually come off as being types of "mutant" plants, which combine the genetic information from multiple species of plants and other life forms to create unique and deadly information. As an example of how this ability can be used, if a Megami has access to both roses and sunflowers, then it would be possible for them to genetically map a new species of sunflower that features rose thrones along with its stem. While this is only a simple example, and it is unlikely for such a plant life to be useful, it serves to show how the combination of DNA from multiple life forms can be made to improve simplistic plant life. At Genin level, the members of the clan can only combine the genetic codes of plants, and so they may very well be restricted to producing throned sunflowers. However, at Chuunin level the members of the clan can grow into their plants limited animalistic qualities, such as hardening the exterior of vine plants with a vegetative formation to imitate reptilian scales. However, the most advanced forms of life cannot be utilized prior to the rank of Jounin, which includes human forms of life in limited capacity.

Nijurasen Idenshigan [ Double Helix Genetic Eye ]
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This is a more advanced form of the Idenshigan that never existed in the old clan, save for in the old Elder. However, even than, its existence was unknown to the others of the clan save for those special operatives under his command. When activated, the typical black design on purple purples expands to form three triangular shapes that are overlaid with a toxic hazard sign. This will turn the eye mostly black. In relation to the original doujutsu, the greatest advantage of the Nijurasen Idenshigan is that it allows the wielder to read the genetic code of any organic life that the user lays eyes on. Typical, the only way for a Megami to read a genetic code is first to extract a physical sample by coming in contact with the specimen. Furthermore, the use of a normal Idenshigan blots out the normal vision of the user, whereas this more advanced form does not share the same weakness.

It is important to note that the Nijurasen Idenshigan, however, does not remove the necessity to collect a physical sample in order to store the genetic code in the memory slots of the mind. Without obtaining a sample, the user still cannot manipulate any portion of the code. Instead, the advanced doujutsu can merely help the user to pick and choose which specimens they wish to obtain a sample from by allowing them advanced knowledge of what genetic information they can obtain. This is a particularly useful device is it would be otherwise difficult to obtain a direct sample, as the user may elect that the juice of the fruit is not worth the squeeze. More importantly, if a sample is obtain and stored in the user's memory slots, the fact that the eyes do not blind the user's normal vision can help to develop genetic solutions while in active engagement. However, manipulating the genetic information in their mind will still take concentration, and can distract even a visually capable Megami.

The Nijurasen Idenshigan does not come without costs. As would be expected, use of the eyes consume much greater amounts of chakra than does the normal Idenshigan. Furthermore, as with many Doujutsu, overuse of the eyes puts a great amount of strain on the eyes that can eventually lead to blindness. However, the Nijurasen Idenshigan has a weakness all its own. Besides the strain on the eyes, the technique when overused puts enormous pressure on the user's mental memory slots. What this will do is wear away at the TATA box, a long string of Thymine and Adenine at the ends of a person's DNA. The repetition of these two nucleobases in the nucleic acid of DNA create a buffer zone during replication of the genetic code. When worn away, the result is such mental disorders as senility and Alzheimer's. Thus, the user can be made victim of mental disorder from attempting to overuse this power. However, even before the early onset of mental disorder, the advanced Doujutsu puts the unique memory compartments of the Megami at risk. The mental strain will eventually make it impossible for user to access the memory slots in their mind except through use of the Nijurasen Idenshigan. Essentially, the user's normal Doujutsu is put at risk through this more advanced form, which will only exacerbate the continuance towards the more severe mental illnesses in order to achieve even the basic results a clansman could with their normal eyes.

Ki no Chishiki [ Tree of the Knowledge ]

This is a special ability of the Megami clan that is granted through their ability to understand the genetic code of living organisms and replicate modified DNA. The first aspect of the Ki no Chishiki is that it allows the Megami clansmen to modify aspects of their own body in order to respond to several situations. For instance, by understanding the genetic makeup of poisons along with their own genetic code, the Megami clansmen can produce genetically engineered antibodies to provide them with some immunity towards the poison itself. This action of developing immunity takes up two slots of the genetic maps, one for the poison itself, which must be composed of natural ingredients like most poisons are, and then another for the Megami clansmen DNA signature. However, in the case where the poison has not been created naturally, such as an advanced level Dokton technique, the Megami cannot so easily defend against it.

The Ki no Chinshiki also allows the Megami to gather information on their opponent through the use of specialized receptor spores created through Mokuton manipulation. These receptor spores are produced in a dust-like cloud that, when inhaled by the target, integrate into the opponents bloodstream and spread throughout the entire body of the target. The effects of these spores cannot be felt except by someone with an extraordinary method of understanding their body. When these receptor spores are within the target, they enhance the level of genetic understanding for the Megami and transmit back to the Idenshigan information they gather on the opponent. This information varies depending on the target, but as a cursory level the Megami will be able to understand such things as the chakra nature of their target, physical characteristics, along with conditions that can change within the target over time, such as blood sugar levels, body fat percentage, and other information that could prove extremely useful when undergoing a case study of the target such as for a medical report. With this feature, the Megami can specifically design cures for individuals from individual cases so long as they can find the required genetic maps to construct a cure that is needed. However, this example of cure design is limited to Megami clansmen that possess the Medical Arts speciality, and have had sufficient training and experimentation.

The final ability of the Ki no Chinshiki is that it allows them to branch out their bloodline limit into that of other similar bloodlines, specifically other Mokuton clans that may specialize in the actual use of wood, whereas the Megami do not. In conjunction with the use of the special receptor spores in order to enhance their genetic understanding of the target, who would be a different Mokuton user, the Megami would be able to understand the DNA of the other bloodline enough to bridge that gap with their own simlar genetic signature, thus permitting them to learn from other Mokuton clans as though they were learning from a non-clan specific move. In order to do this, the Megami must use five of their genetic maps slots, which would be directed towards understanding the map of the trainer, and their own genetic map in a 3 to 2 ratio. These maps undergo a mental lock following the performance of this move which last for a full 24 hour [IC] period as this new knowledge integrates into their minds. This limits the amount of training the Megami can undergo in this process. However, this ability is refined enough that it allows for the Megami to learn true-wood style techniques, though finding a qualified teacher that is ready and willing is a greater challenge than they might like.

Yuuki Kugutsu [ Organic Puppetry ]

Since this clan is based around an advanced chakra element, the members of the Megami cannot create complex mobile plant life at a Genin level that shoot out and and attack in the same manner as several other elemental styles of Ninjutsu. Thusly, the Megami have developed a specialized type of puppetry to use in connection to their plants. Using Mokuton chakra to create various plants, the Megami can utilize specialized chakra strings through the roots of their creations and along the length of the plants to be able to give a type of control life and motion to the plants similar to how a puppet master manipulates their puppets. However, a great downside to this is that being a plant, these creations are limited in range, for they cannot uproot themselves from the ground.

⎣ Clan Information ⎤

- Clan Training :: One of the key principals of training for Megami members is to connect themselves with nature. Without being assimilated into the world like a plant is, the Kekkei Genkai can never be accessed by even the most skilled members of the clan, and it is even possible to loose the abilities of the clan if the member ever becomes truly disconnected with nature. To fulfill this training, members of the clan are usually required to stay within the plant filled places of the world without food or shelter. They will live for a time entirely off of photosynthesis, and will be protected only by the forest around them. Furthermore, while not a requirement, most members of the clan undertake training in traditional forms of puppetry. At a base level, they will at least learn to form Mokuton laced chakra strings for Organic Puppetry, even if those can only manipulate plants.

- Population :: Class D [50-100]
The Megami were once fin full abundance. However, the Great Plague ravaged their numbers. The disease killed the majority of the clan more than two centuries ago, and several more would die from the complications with the sleeper pods. The clan now has a very low population, though with room for growth. The oldest members that be awoken are only about 100 years, which gives them the appearance of a 35 year old. However, these are not the staple of the clan. For one, there were fewer of the elderly to survive, and those that did outlast the Great Sleep were the hardest hit as far as retaining their Kekkei Genkai. Of the elder members of the clan, many now have to work back towards attaining Mokuton by starting with its component elements.

The clan is a lot younger now. Those members of the clan that had not yet experienced puberty will probably be the strongest of the clan one day, as they were least affected by the Plague. Even the younger members that had already begun to unlock their Bloodline Limit have been abilities and full access to the clans secret abilities. Those who have stronger Kekkei Genkai also have more distinguishing features as far as the physically unique traits of the body.

To start, the Megami have green skin, as their flesh is laced with chloroform. Members without full retention may have paler looking skin, almost sickly, though this will change over time as they grow stronger. The Megami also usually possess hazel-colored eyes, though there is plenty variation in this as well. One thing that is usually very distinct to the individual members is the color of their hair. In this, there are as many colors as there are colors of flowers, and the hair color is usually very bright and vibrant. Many Megami are named for whatever color they show at birth, normally having their names picked after the flowers of plants with similar colors.

Another trait that was not originally a part of the Megami is the byproduct of the two century long sleep. The mind cannot last that long without some damage. During the time in the pods, the Megami were in a perpetual dream, leading many to have some form of psychological trauma to various degrees.

- Nature//Values :: At current the Megami clan is considered both neutral and obscure. The second awakening of the clan lead to the surviving Megami to need to adjust to how the world had changed since the time of them going into hibernation. While even before their sleep they kept themselves isolated, the world has changed greatly since the dark times of the plague, and until they fully adjust to the environment, they cannot dictate being either good or evil. Using their abilites to genetically modify plant life, the Megami make for excellent Botanist and Chemist. By using their ability to replicate and produce rare plants, the Megami can potentially assist in the creation of new deadly poisons or even cures. However, it should be noted that their passion is with gardening, and during the time of their prime they had gardens that would range the distance of forests.

Considering the new technological movements in the world, which have also led to greater manufacturing and pollution, some of the Megami that venture out of their traditional village will still hold the same spiteful nature towards normal humans that had been instilled in them from a young age. Akiko is attempting to reeducate the members of the Megami on the true history of the clan, though some simply will not listen.

⎣ Additional Information ⎤

- Clan Founder :: The true founding member of the clan is unknown. However, learning the identity has never been a major concern to any Megami, as they accept the lore of the clan. This is a religious belief embedded into the clansmen that holds Inari as the founder of the clan. It is for this reason that the Megami have taken their name, which literally means "Goddess". The Megami consider Inari to be the mother goddess.

- Clan Political Structure :: Given their diminished numbers and strength, the old political structure was lost. This, however, is a good thing considering the malevolent nature of the old elders. Now the Megami live in something more like a social commune. It is currently very utilitarian, a natural existance in simple huts. Their clothing and food are all drawn out of the land. The leader of the clan, however, is Akiko. She was the first Megami to awake from the Great Sleep, and was directly responsible for waking up the rest of the clan.

- Important Members

Akiko Megami
    Akiko is the leader of the clan. She was the first to awaken, and is responsible for all other clansmen being brought back into this world. After coming out of the Great Sleep, Akiko became a shinobi of Sunagakure. Though the desert country has seen great political change, she still holds a duel loyalty split between her clan and the Land of Wind. Since waking up, she has tired endlessly to find the Cure that would bring about the rebirth of her clan, and has grown greatly as an individual in the process. Akiko is the daughter Akako and Komugi. Her father, Komugi, is the genius behind the sleeper pods that kept the few members of the clan that survived alive. However, he conspired with is wife, Akako, to unleash the Plague harvested from the twins. Most members of the clan will probably never accept that this was an inevitable outcome, as the disease was soon to transmit itself. This is not to say their intentions were purely good, as they also wanted to ensure that all the elders and loyalist were destroyed in the outbreak.


Airisu & Yuriko
    Airisu and Yuriko are a set of twins that were some of the only Megami to be awoken without the Cure. They have a special symbiotic relationship and produce a set of enzymes that keep them healthy so long as they remain close to one another. Though not known to all clansmen, these sister are actually the source of the Plague that ravaged the Megami. Between them and their brother, Kokugi, they had been born with the genetic disease, and to this day are the only Megami that retain the sickness, which only comes out in times of stress or separation. However, all the other clansmen are immune to the Plague now thanks to Akiko.
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Re: Megami Clan | Gods of the Forest

PostPosted by GARyu. » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:46 pm

Love wrote:Megami Clan
History//Legend of the Clan:

Nature. The strongest force the world has ever known, and ever will know…

Time. An unstoppable force, indifferent and unyielding…

When these two entities combine the world itself is brought to its knees, when these entities combine they form the Megami clan. With time, nature can destroy all that is created. Mountains erode, empires crumble, and life grows, ages, dies. This is the legend once taught amongst the Megami, but even they could not last against time, and so they took to nature to protect themselves.

It was once said among the members of the Megami clan, during the time in which the clan thrived from the land and their own fruits that the strength behind the clan had been granted by divine intervention. Whereas the rest of the world believed the deity Inari, the Kami of fertility and agriculture, was male in nature, the Megami knew the truth. To the Megami, Inari is the quintessential mother earth. It is from this goddess, this queen of things that grow, that the Megami take not only their abilities, but also their name itself, for Megami literally means “Goddess”. The goddess Inari granted her followers control over nature, and her blessed light would shine with them forever, or so they thought.

Nestled within the Land of Grass, known for its lush environment of floral and fauna, the Megami settled, living as one with the land. It was during these days, in the century’s pasts, that the Megami began to enhance their abilities. The gardens within which they planted their roots ranged the distance of forests, filled with plant life unseen anywhere else within the world, life that would never again appear so multiple with these days. As they grew, there experiments did as well. Using the force of nature they developed better floral, and more deadly poisons. The Megami began to perform horrible experiments in the name of Inari, and the more powerful they became, the more twisted their minds were. Their lust for power combined with their neglect of Inari lead to their own destruction. Through their experimentations, they unleashed a plague upon themselves that began to destroy them. As their clansmen fell sick to their own poison, those that maintained there health took to saving themselves instead of finding a cure for their own ill deeds. Thus began the hibernation of the clan, or at least what was left of it. Only a handful of survivors were left unharmed by the plague, and they were saved only through their own plants, for to save themselves they withdrew into the plant life they controlled, being absorbed into the mutated plants they had crafted to outlast the sickness. However, because of there sins, they would suffer even in hiding. Of the limited number of Megami left in this world, very few were able to emerge from their state of hibernation, and of this handful even fewer maintained the abilities they once had. Of all of them, the youth kept strongest against the deterioration of ability. The elders of the clan were left weak, without the ability to feel Inari with them any longer, and without the ability to again make things take seed and grow. Much to the dismay of the clan, it seems as through only a small number of plague survivors maintained the full extend of their Kekkei Genkai, the rest being severely weakened in ability, and some loosing touch with Inari all together.

Kekkei Genkai//Bloodline of the Clan:

Atae no Inari [Gift of the Fertility Goddess]
This is the principal aspect of the Megami bloodline. Essentially being both plant and animal, the members of the Megami clan, at least those that maintained the gift from their goddess after surviving the plague that ravaged their clan centuries ago, are highly attuned with Mokuton [Wood Release] chakra. However, the members of the Megami clan do not specialize in the production of wood from their Mokuton chakra. Instead, the Megami utilize non-wood based plant life, opening up a variety of unique techniques that only a clansmen possessing the Atae no Inari can perform. Whereas wood users are able to produce study structures of bark, the Megami utilize more malleable plant life that are rarer and harder to come by. Their affinity to Mokuton allows for the creation of minor regular plant life almost naturally, making them excellent gardeners. However, in a darker sense, the Megami utilize their ability to create plants, particularly rare kinds of pollinating plants and herbs, to produce deadly poisons from the natural substances. The ability to create rare herbs and other ingredients to such things as poisons or even cures explains the Megami’s intellectual pursuits, being excellent botanist and chemist.

Ki no Itonami [Tree of Life]
Like some other clans, the Megami exert physical differences that not only allow them to be identified as unique, but also gives to the clansmen abilities not seen in other shinobi. The main aspect of the physical modifications the Megami express is known as the Ki no Itonami [Tree of Life], and it is referred to as the gift that was granted to them by the goddess Inari. To put it simply, Megami clansmen have many genetic qualities of plant life built into their bodies. Their skin has to it a unique pigmentation that makes their complexion a greenish white. These green pigments in their skin are capable of performing metabolic processes in order to convert light energy into chemical energy, a process known as photosynthesis. Megami clansmen, or at least those that maintained their Kekkei Genkai after surviving the plague, are capable of performing photosynthesis in order to sustain life. By absorbing the electromagnetic radiation of light energy through their skin and combining it with the carbon dioxide taken from the air along with water, the members of the Megami produce oxygen and energy containing carbohydrates in the form of different sugars. Because the Megami perform photosynthesis, their blood is genetically designed with a type of reverse hemoglobin that transports carbon dioxide along with oxygen, since they still do perform normal cellular respiration along with their plantlike photosynthesis. Essentially, the Megami’s unique style of respiration is self-perpetuating, for they produce both oxygen and carbon dioxide, while also using both oxygen and carbon dioxide as the initial substrates to their varying forms of respiration. Though the chloroplasts built into their skin do possess the essential plant organs for absorbing the carbon dioxide through the air, the duel action hemoglobin within the Megami bloodstream compromises between the mammal and vegetative qualities of their bodies, and thusly the actual photosynthesis that they perform is an advanced form that has integrated into the normal human organs so that the Megami maintain both types of cellular process, cellular respiration and photosynthesis. While it is true that the photosynthetic nature of the clan does permit them to survive without normal forms of nutrition, the Megami clansmen becomes more stationary if they rely purely on an autotrophic existence. They will essentially have to take “root”, and though no actual roots grow out of their feet, they will eventually be reduced down to only producing enough energy to sustain existence beyond where others would face starvation. As long as they continually have both water and carbon dioxide available to them they will be living, but if an entire month goes by in which they do not consume food like normal, they will not be able to move whatsoever, not having the energy to give motion to their mammal characteristics. This ability also allows the Megami to survive longer on held breath through the combination of aquatic photosynthesis combined with the feeding of oxygen requiring body parts with the oxygen created as a product of photosynthesis. However, this does not permit for unlimited duration of underwater existence, and on average this give the Megami about 30 minutes before they drowned like normal.

Photosynthesis is not the only characteristic of the Ki no Itonami. Being genetically both animal and plant, the Megami are granted far longer lifespan then normal humans. The average lifespan of a Megami is roughly 250 years in length. However, with this long life, they are also granted greater youth. Though a member of the clan ages like normal during their child years, for most of the plantlike qualities of the clan do not emerge until adolescence, from the point of puberty they begin to age at a slower rate. Initially the extension of the aging process on their body starts slowly, and through their teen years they will reflect their actual age. However, by the time they are thirty, they will still appear as through twenty. By 50 they will look to be 25, by 100 they will just be reaching 35, and by the time they are 200 they will have passed “over the hill” and appear to be around 70 years of age. This ability to age slower along with the “unnaturally” long life is yet another reason why the Megami refer to themselves as the children of Inari, the offspring of Mother Earth, herself.

Idenshigan [Genetic Eye]
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The Idenshigan [Genetic Eye] is a doujutsu that changes the Megami clansmen eye from a normal greenish hazel color to an purple tint with a black design within it. Idenshigan activates the black formation of the swirling slashes maintains a circular rotation. Only when this rotates does a genetic view take on in the sight of the Megami, when motionless the sight is normal.

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The Idenshigan has multiple applications, all of its abilities stemming form the main trait of this doujutsu. The Idenshigan permits the Megami clansmen that possess it to behold the genetic makeup of all organic life. With this ability the Megami can literally map out the molecular structure that makes up organisms. On its own the Ideshigan permits the user to distinguish the DNA signature of life forms, allowing them to see collections of organisms from great distances. This ability alone allows the members of the Megami to seek out sources of water in most environments, being able to track the water sources by seeing the collection of microbial life forms found in unpurified water. However, the true strength of the Idenshigan comes through the deciphering of genetic information that can be gained through either making contact with the organic life, or by transmitting the genetic information gathered through specialized Mokuton receptor spores. Without actual receiving this sample the Idenshigan possesses little uses. However, with such a sample, which again is gathered through physical contact or receptor spores, the Megami can mentally map out the DNA of life forms permitting for the understanding and experimentation at a genetic level. By understanding the genetic code and the sequence of nucleotide within genes, the Megami can perfect their work with plants, and their own abilities in general. While the genetic mapping abilities of the Idenshigan instantly formulates the genetic code of organic DNA, there is a limitation to the number of genetic maps the Megami can carry with them at any given time. At a Genin level, only 5 genetic maps can be kept within the mind of the Megami. At Chuunin this increases to 10, at Jounin 15, and at a Kage level the Idenshingan can carry with it 25 genetic maps. In the cases where the genetic map limitation has reached its limit, the oldest of genetic maps are instantly forgotten, and thusly preventing the use of this information in the formation of new plants.

By utilizing the genetic maps they carry with their Idenshigan, the members of the Megami can manipulate their Mokuton abilities at a genetic level in order to create genetically superior life forms at the cost of chakra. These creatures usually come off as being types of “mutant” plants, which combine the genetic information from multiple species of plants and other life forms to create unique and deadly formations. As an example of how this ability can be used, the Megami has had access to both roses and sunflowers, then it would be possible for them to genetically map a new species of sunflower that features rose thorns along its stem. While this is only a simply example, and it is unlikely for such a plant life to be useful, it serves to show how the combination of DNA from multiple life forms can be made to improve simplistic plant life. At a Genin level, the members of the clan can only combine the genetic codes of plants, and so they my very well be restricted to producing thorned sunflowers. However, at a level above Genin, the members of the clan can grow into their plants limited animalistic qualities, such as hardening the exterior of vine plants with vegetative formation to imitate reptilian scales.

Ki no Chishiki [Tree of Knowledge]
This is a special ability of the Megami clan that is granted through their ability to understand the genetic code of living organisms and replicate modified DNA. The first aspect of the Ki no Chishiki is that it allows the Megami clansmen to modify aspects of their own body in order to respond to several situations. For instance, by understanding the genetic makeup of poisons along with their own genetic code, the Megami clansmen can produce genetically engineered antibodies to provide them with some immunity towards the poison itself. This action of developing immunity takes up two slots of the genetic maps, one for the poison itself, which must be composed of natural ingredients like most poisons are, and then another for the Megami clansmen DNA signature. However, in the cases where the poison has not been created naturally, such as an advanced level Dokton technique, the Megami cannot defend against it with this ability.

The Ki no Chinshiki also allows the Megami to gather information on the opponent through the user of specialized receptor spores created through Mokuton manipulation. These receptor spores are produced in a dust like cloud that, when inhaled by the target, integrate into the opponents bloodstream and spread throughout the entire body of the target. The effects of these spores cannot be felt, but the Megami can understand them. When these receptor spores are within the target, they enhance the level of genetic understanding for the Megami and transmit back to the Idenshigan information they gather on the opponent. This information varies depending on the target, but as a cursory level the Megami will be able to understand such things as the chakra nature of their target, the physical characteristics of the target as shown through their DNA, along with conditions that can change within the target over time such as blood sugar levels, body fat percentage, and other information that could prove extremely useful when undergoing a case study of the target such as for a medical report, giving to the Megami an understanding that even experienced Medical ninja would only be able to dream of. Because of this feature, the Megami can specifically design cures for individual cases so long as they can find the required genetic maps to construct a cure that is needed. It goes without saying that in the more extreme cases, the cure would have to be more complex, and thusly a high level user of the Idenshigan would be required in order to understand a greater amount of genetic maps then a base level user could understand.

The final ability of the Ki no Chinshiki is that it allows them to branch out their bloodline limit onto that of other similar bloodlines, specifically other Mokuton clans that may specialize in the actual use of wood, whereas the Megami do not. In conjunction with the use of the special receptor spores in order to enhance their genetic understand of the target, who would be from a different Mokuton clan, the Megami would be able to understand the DNA of the other bloodline enough to bridge that gap with their own similar genetic signature, thus permitting them to learn from other Mokuton clans as through they were learning a non-clan specific move. In order to do this, the Megami must use two of their genetic map slots in order to understand not only their own genetic map, but also the genetic map of the individual they are learning from. Furthermore, they must have their receptor spores within the body of the person they indent to learn for. Once these conditions are met, the Megami clansmen would be able to learn clans specific Mokuton moves as though they were learning a regular move. However, for each move learned an additional genetic map slot is used up. So long as the Megami is able to master this move, however, they will be able to keep it thereafter. Thusly, if a Mokuton user from an actual wood user clan agrees to teach a move that would normally be clan specific, and all the conditions are met, then after the period of training the Megami could use the wood technique as through it was one of their own clan techniques.

Yuuki Kugutsu [Organic Puppetry]
Because the clan is based around an advanced chakra element, they cannot at a Genin actually create advanced mobile plant life that shoot out and attack in the manner of several other styles of Ninjutsu. Thusly, the Megami have developed a specialized type of puppetry to use in connection to their plants. Using Mokuton chakra to create various plants, the Megami can utilized specialized chakra strings combined with Mokuton chakra in order to integrate chakra stings through the roots of their creations and along the length of the plants to be able to give a type of control life and motion to the plants similar to how a puppet master manipulates their puppets. However, a great downside to this is that being a plant, these creations are limited in range, for they cannot uproot themselves from the ground.

Clan Information:

- Clan Training :: One of the key principals of training for Megami members is to connect themselves with nature. Without being assimilated into the world like a plant is, the Kekkei Genkai can never be accessed by even the most skilled members of the clan, and it is even possible to loose the abilities of the clan if the member ever becomes truly disconnected with nature. To fulfill this training, members of the clan are usually required to stay within the plant filled places of the world without food nor shelter. They will live for a time entirely off of the photosynthesis the clan can perform, and will be protected only by the forest around them. Furthermore, while not a requirement, most members of the clan undertake training in traditional forms of puppetry. However, a member of the clan may only rely upon their organic puppetry, without ever learning to ever to master the normal puppet master technique.

- Population :: Class E [20-50] Current Population: 23
Because of their several plantlike qualities, the members of the Megami have a pale green complexion due to their photosynthetic skin. Furthermore, the Megami have green/hazel eyes when their doujutsu is not active. Their hair may be of any normal color. However, all of these traits that can distinguish a Megami clansmen are only characteristics of the clansmen that have maintained the Gift of Inari after the awakening. While the Megami once existed in large numbers, their own genetic modifications lead to the formation of a genetic disease that threatened their very existence. Only a handful of the Megami successful went into a vegetative hibernation to save themselves, and of these only a small number maintained their abilities, several of them being weakened during their century long rest.

- Nature//Values :: Neutral
At current the Megami clan is considered both neutral and obscure. The second awakening of the clan lead to the surviving Megami to need to adjust to how the world had changed since the time of them going into hibernation. While even before their sleep they kept themselves isolated, the world has changed greatly since the dark times of the plague, and until they fully adjust to the environment, they cannot dictate being either good or evil. Using their abilites to genetically modify plant life, the Megami make for excellent Botanist and Chemist. By using their ability to replicate and produce rare plants, the Megami can potentially assist in the creation of new deadly poisons or even cures. However, it should be noted that their passion is with gardening, and during the time of their prime they had gardens that would range the distance of forests.

Additional Information [Optional]:

- Clan Founder :: Inari
While it is not known for certain, any member of the Megami will certainly tell you that their founder was the goddess Inari, the Japanese deity of agriculture and fertility. The Megami believe Inari to be the Mother Earth, and it is through her that they draw their strength.

- Relationship :: Megami Akiko [Literally means Autumn Child Goddess] is one of the few survivors of the clan to maintain their abilities in full. It is believed that this was done by an experimental inoculation of an antidote to the plague before beginning the time of hibernation. It is believed among the Megami that the reduction of ablity is a curse put on them by Inari, but in reality it is probably a side effect of the plague infecting them during their protective sleep.

- Clan Political Structure :: The political structure of the clan deteriorated with the plague, but a new one has replaced it. Given her role in the survival of the clan, Akiko Megami has assumed the accepted role as clan head.

- Important Members :: Akiko Megami


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Re: Megami Clan | Gods of the Forest

PostPosted by Love » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:22 pm

Updated.

History was elongated and spelling errors, I hope for the most part, were fixed. Ultimately, its the same story. What was added to the history was the results of the Awakening thread that now allows for all members of the Megami to be awakened from their sleep.

In the Kekkei Genkai Section the changes are as follows:
-Removed the Genetic Tracking capabilities of the Doujutsu [Previously they could see things from long distances by seeing that there was genetic information there, however, that is ousted] Instead, the eyes no longer do anything to change the way the world is perceived, but instead are what allows the clan to absorb genetic information into their memory slots and utilize that information
-Further explained the limits of animalistic qualities [biggest part of this being is that nothing drawn from human can be attempted to be incorporated except by Jounin+]
-Limited the medical analysis and cure design to medical specialty members [this had always been implied, but figured it should be expressively stated]

Other information that changed
-expanded the population section notes, including the clan tradition of naming a child after their birth hair color [which for the most part goes along with how people have picked their names thusfar]
-further explained the caste system [This had been scattered throughout the clan prior, though not in full detail. However, I had always made a distinction between those that still had the KG and those that had lost it. Now, it is there in more detail, and gives parameters for each class level and how mobility between them works]
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Re: Megami Clan | Uprooted

PostPosted by carcinoGeneticist » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:37 pm

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⎣ History | Legend ⎤

Nature - The strongest force the world has ever known...and ever will...
Time - An unstoppable force; indifferent and unyielding...

When these two entities combine, the world itself can be crafted anew. When these entities combine, they form the Megami. With time, nature can destroy all that is created. Mountains erode, empires crumble, and life grows...ages...dies. This is the legend once taught among the Megami, but even they could not last against time, and so they took to nature to protect themselves.

It was once said among the members of the Megami clan, during the time in which the clan thrived from the land and their own fruits that the strength behind the clan had been granted by divine intervention. Whereas much of the rst of the world believed the deity Inari, the Kami of fertility and agriculture, was male in nature, the Megami knew the truth. To the Megami, Inari is the quintessential Mother Earth. It is from the goddess, the queen of things that grow, that the Megami take not only their abilities, but also their name itself, for Megami literally means 'Goddess'. The goddess Inara had granted her follows control over nature, and her blessed light would shine with them forever, or so they had thought.

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Nestled within the Land of Grass, Kusa no Kuni, once renowned for its lush environment of floral and fauna, the Megami settled. They had lived as one with the land, never building houses by chopping down the forests. Instead, they used their clan skills to grow homes within the treetops and forest floors, becoming synonymous with nature. It was during these days, in the centuries of old, that the Megami began to enhance their abilities. The gardens within which they planted their roots ranged the distances of forests, filled with plant life unseen anywhere else within the world, life that would never again appear so multiple within these days.

As the Megami grew, there experiments did as well. Using the force of nature they developed better floral, and more deadly poisons. The Megami began to perform volatile experiments in the name of Inari. Even as they lived in isolation, they grew to despise the outside world, which they saw as savage and destructive to the natural order. These powerful, though be it twisted, thoughts would lead to their own destruction. Through their experimentations, which at their highest and most classified levels had been aimed at the mass destruction of the outside world, the Megami unleahsed a plague upon themselves that began to destroy their blessed clan and forests. It was a viral disease, shown by signs of flu-like symptoms combined with purple veins showing on their greenish pail skin.

Their medics yielded no salvation from these affliction, and it was only short time after infection that the individual would die, but before doing so they became highly contagious to all of their clansmen around them. Whole families were destroyed, and the population of the Megami was nearly completely eliminated. Those that remained after the first wave of the Great Plague took to nature and time to protect them. Thus began the hibernation of the clan, or at least what was left of it. Only a handful of survivors were left unharmed by the plague, and they were saved only through their own plants, for to save themselves they withdrew into the plant life they controlled. The surviving Megami were absorbed into the mutated plants they had crafted to outlast the sickness.

This Megami survived by retreating into specially designed sleeper pods. They were meant to only sleep for a few decades at most, long enough for the Great Plague around them to disperse and disappear into history. However, something went wrong, and the pods never unlatched themselves. Because of their sins, the Megami would suffer even in hiding. During the time of sleep, it was like an everlasting dream, though for most it quickly turned to a guilt-ridden nightmare. The great sleep lasted for nearly two centuries before the first of the pods awoke, revealing a girl into this world, Akiko. She was one of few who had, by the work of her mother, been inoculated with an experimental cure prior to her sleep. This inoculation had left Akiko capable of using her Kekkei Genkai. However, she was not strong enough awaken her sisters and brothers. Instead, she set out into the world, traveling to Sunagakure to make herself stronger, not only because of the endurance training growing plants in a desert meant, but also because of the village's new, at least to the century old Megami, adeptness to medical techniques.

After becoming strong enough, Akiko returned to the place of her birth and awoken other members of her clan. She was only able to directly awaken others of the Inoculated. However, by chance she would also cross paths with who she labeled as The Watchers, a pair of sisters that showed retainment of abilities without the inoculation. For the others, Akiko placed specialized buds onto their sleeper pods, which were designed to root themselves and channel a low level of medical chakra into the pods. This would allow others of the Megami to awaken, though many that did were at a lost of their Kekkei Genkai. Of those that awoke, the youth maintained the most of their secrets. However, very few showed the ability of being able to manipulate plants. These weakened members of the clan have been labeled as The Fallen, denoting their decline from the favor of Inari. Something of a reversal of abilities had been inflicted during their sleep, though with time and nature, Akiko hopped the the abilities of the Megami would return, and that Inari would again bless their lives.

⎣ Kekkei Genkai | Bloodline ⎤

Atae no Inari [ Gift of the Fertility Goddess ]
This is the principal aspect of the Megami bloodline. Essentially, the Megami are defined as hybrids between plants and animals. The members of this clan, at least those who still maintain their full Kekkei Genkai, are highly attuned with the Mokuton [ Plant-life Release ] chakra. It is necessary to note the definition of this as 'plant life' rather then wood, as the Megami do not specialize in the production of true wood techniques. Instead, the Megami primarily utilize non-wood based plant-life, opening up a variety of unique techniques that only a clansmen possessing the Atae no Inari can perform. Whereas wood users are able to product sturdy structures of bark, the Megami traditionally utilize more malleable plant life. The affinity the Megami have with Mokuton allows for them to create minor, regular plants almost naturally, making them excellent gardeners. However, in a greater sense, the Megami utilize their ability to create plants, particularly rare kinds of pollinating plants and herbs to produce deadly poisons from natural substances. The intellectual pursuits of the Megami are embodied in their abilities to create rare herbs and other ingredients, as they make excellent botanist and chemists.

Ki no Itonami [ Tree of the Life ]
Like several other clans with Bloodline Limits, the Megami exert physical differences that not only allow them to be identified as unique, but also gives to the clansmen abilities no seen in other shinobi. The main aspect of the physical modifications the Megami express is known to the clan as the Tree of Life. Within the clan's legend, this is the blessing given to them by the goddess Inari.

To put it simply, the Megami clansmen have genetic qualities of both plants on animals, making their bodies something of a hybrid in between the two ends. The skin of the Megami has to it a unique pigmentation that makes their complexion a greenish white. These green pigments in their skin are capable of performing metabolic procession in order to convert light energy into chemical energy, a process known as photosynthesis. Megami clansmen, or at least those that maintained their Kenkei Genkai after surviving the Great Plague, are capable of performing photosynthesis in order to sustain life. By absorbing the electromagnetic radiation of light energy through their skin and combining it with the carbon dioxide taken from the air along with the water, the members of the Megami produce oxygen and energy containing carbohydrates in the form of different sugars. Because the Megami perform photosynthesis, their blood is genetically designed with a type of reverse hemoglobin that transports carbon dioxide along with oxygen, since they still do perform normal cellular respiration along with their plant-like photosynthesis. Essentially, the Megami's unique style of respiration is self-perpetuating, for they produce both oxygen and carbon dioxide, while using both oxygen and carbon dioxide as initial substrates to their varying forms of respiration. Through the chloroplast built into their skin do possess the essential plant organs for absorbing the carbon dioxide through the air, the duel action hemoglobin within the Megami bloodstream compromises between the mammal and vegetative qualities of their bodies, and thusly the actual photosynthesis that they perform is an advanced form that has integrated into the normal human organs so that the Megami maintain both types of cellular process, cellular respiration and photosynthesis.

While it is true that the photosynthetic nature of the clan does permit them to survive without normal forms of nutrition, the Megami clansmen becomes more stationary if they rely purely on an autotrophic existence. They will essentially have to take "root", and though no actually roots grow out of their feet, they will eventually be reduced down to only producing enough energy to sustain existence beyond where others would face starvation. As long as they continually have water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight available to them they will be living, but if an entire month goes by in which they do not consume food like normal, they will not be able to move whatsoever, not having enough energy to give motion to their mammal muscles. It was this ability, primarily, that had allowed the Megami to survive for centuries in their sleeper pods. As their abilities faded, through, several of the resting died from having made a complete separation from their Kekkei Genkai, thus killing them from lack of nutrients. However, what this does mean is that any Megami that did come out of hibernation have some trace of their Bloodline still within them, even if they cannot manipulate Mokuton following the Awakening.

The ability to perform photosynthesis also allows the Megami to survive longer on a held breath through the combination of aquatic photosynthesis combined with feeding off the oxygen they draw out of the water around them. However, this does not permit for an unlimited duration of underwater existence. On average, this gives the Megami about 30 minutes before they drown like a normal human.

Photosynthesis is not the only characteristic of the Tree of Life abilities. Being genetically both animal and plant, the Megami are granted longer lifespans then normal humans. The average lifespan of the Megami is roughly 250 years in length. However, with this long life, they are also granted greater youth. Though a member of the clan ages like normal during their child years, for most of the plantlike qualities of the clan do not emerge until adolescence, from the point of puberty they begin to age at a slower rate. Initially the extension of the aging process on their body starts slowly, and through their teen years they will reflect their actual age. However, by the time they are 30, they will appear as though they are 20. By 50 they will look to be 25, and by 100 they will just be reaching 35. By the time they are 200, the clansman will have passed "over the hill" and will appear to be around 70 years of age. This ability to age slower along with the "unnaturally" long life is yet another reason why the Megami refer to themselves as the children of Inari, the offspring of Mother Earth.

Idenshigan [ Genetic Eye ]
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The Idenshigan [ Genetic Eye ] is a doujutsu that changes the Megami clansmen eye from a normal greenish hazel color to a purple tint with a black design within it. When activated, the eye does nothing to change the normal vision. However, when actively in use, the black design in the eye spins, similar to a centrifuge viewed from above. Only when active can the Megami access the genetic maps they have stored in their minds.

The Idenshigan is the force that allows for the Megami to craft rare and powerful plants. This doujutsu permits its user to view the genetic makeup of all organic life. With this ability the Megami can literally map out the molecular structure that makes up organisms. This allows the Megami to decipher the genetic information that can be gained through either direct contact with the organic life, or by transmitting the genetic information gathered through specialized Mokuton receptor spores. Without actually receiving these samples, the Idenshigan possesses little power. However, with such genetic sampling, the Megami can mentally map out the DNA of life forms permitting for the understanding and experimentation at the genetic level. By understanding the genetic code and the sequence of nucleotides within genes, the Megami can perfect their work with plants, and their own abilities in general. While the genetic mapping abilities of the Idenshigan instantly formulates the genetic code of organic DNA, there is a limitation to the number of genetic maps the Megami can carry with them at any given time. At a Genin leve, only 5 genetic maps can be kept within the mind of the Megami. At Chuunin, this increase to 10, and at Jounin, 15. Finally, an S-rank user of the Idenshigan can carry with them 25 genetic maps. In the cases where the genetic map limiation has reached its limit, the oldest of genetic maps are instantly forgotten, and thus preventing the user of this information in formulating new plants.

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By utilizing the genetic maps they carry with their Idenshigan, the members of the Megami can manipulate their Mokuton abilities at a genetic level in order to create genetically superior life forms at the cost of chakra. These creatures usually come off as being types of "mutant" plants, which combine the genetic information from multiple species of plants and other life forms to create unique and deadly information. As an example of how this ability can be used, if a Megami has access to both roses and sunflowers, then it would be possible for them to genetically map a new species of sunflower that features rose thrown along with its stem. While this is only a simple example, and it is unlikely for such a plant life to be useful, it serves to show how the combination of DNA from multiple life forms can be made to improve simplistic plant life. At Genin level, the members of the clan can only combine the genetic codes of plants, and so they may very well be restricted to producing throned sunflowers. However, at Chuunin level the members of the clan can grow into their plants limited animalistic qualities, such as hardening the exterior of vine plants with a vegetative formation to imitate reptilian scales. However, the most advanced forms of life cannot be utilized prior to the rank of Jounin, which includes human forms of life.

Ki no Chishiki [ Tree of the Knowledge ]

This is a special ability of the Megami clan that is granted through their ability to understand the genetic code of living organisms and replicate modified DNA. The first aspect of the Ki no Chishiki is that it allows the Megami clansmen to modify aspects of their own body in order to respond to several situations. FOr instance, by understanding the genetic makeup of poisons along with their own genetic code, the Megami clansmen can produce genetically engineered antibodies to provide them with some immunity towards the poison itself. This action of developing immunity takes up two slots of the genetic maps, one for the poison itself, which must be composed of natural ingredients like most poisons are, and then another for the Megami clansmen DNA signature. However, in the case where the poison has not been created naturally, such as an advanced level Dokton technique, the Megami cannot defend against it with this ability.

The Ki no Chinshiki also allows the Megami to gather information on the opponent the opponent through the use of specialized receptor spores created through Mokuton manipulation. These receptor spores are produced in a dust-like cloud that, when inhaled by the target, integrate into the opponents bloodstream and spread throughout the entire body of the target. The effects of these spores cannot be felt except by someone with an extraordinary method of understanding their body. When these receptor spores are within the target, they enhance the level of genetic understanding for the Megami and transmit back to the Idenshigan information they gather on the opponent. This information varies depending on the target, but as a cursory level the Megami will be able to understand such things as the chakra nature of their target, physical characteristics, along with conditions that can change within the target over time, such as blood sugar levels, body fat percentage, and other information that could prove extremely useful when undergoing a case study of the target such as for a medical report. With this feature, the Megami can specifically design cures for individuals from individual cases so long as they can find the required genetic maps to construct a cure that is needed. However, this example of cure design is limited to Megami clansmen that possess the Medical Arts speciality, and have had sufficient training and experimentation.

The final ability of the Ki no Chinshiki is that it allows them to branch out their bloodline limit into that of other similar bloodlines, specifically other Mokuton clans that may specialize in the actual use of wood, whereas the Megami do not. In conjunction with the use of the special receptor spores in order to enhance their genetic understanding of the target, who would be a different Mokuton user, the Megami would be able to understand the DNA of the other bloodline enough to bridge that gap with their own simlar genetic signature, thus permitting them to learn from other Mokuton clans as though they were learning from a non-clan specific move. In order to do this, the Megami must use five of their genetic maps slots, which would be directed towards understanding the map of the trainer, and their own genetic map in a 3 to 2 ratio. These maps undergo a mental lock following the performance of this move which last for a full 24 hour [IC] period as this new knowledge integrates into their minds. This limits the mount of training the Megami can undergo in this process. However, this ability is refined enough that it allows for the Megami to learn true-wood style techniques, though finding a qualified teacher that is ready and willing is a greater challenge then they might like.

Yuuki Kugutsu [ Organic Puppetry ]

Since this clan is based around an advanced chakra element, the members of the Megami cannot create complex mobile plant life at a Genin level that shoot out and and attack in the same manner as several other elemental styles of Ninjutsu. Thusly, the Megami have developed a specialized type of puppetry to use in connection to their plants. Using Mokuton chakra to create various plants, the Megami can utilize specialized chakra strings through the roots of their creations and along the length of the plants to be able to give a type of control life and motion to the plants similar to how a puppet master manipulates their puppets. However, a great downside to this is that being a plant, these creations are limited in range, for they cannot uproot themselves from the ground.

⎣ Clan Information ⎤

- Clan Training :: One of the key principals of training for Megami members is to connect themselves with nature. Without being assimilated into the world like a plant is, the Kekkei Genkai can never be accessed by even the most skilled members of the clan, and it is even possible to loose the abilities of the clan if the member ever becomes truly disconnected with nature. To fulfill this training, members of the clan are usually required to stay within the plant filled places of the world without food nor shelter. They will live for a time entirely off of the photosynthesis the clan can perform, and will be protected only by the forest around them. Furthermore, while not a requirement, most members of the clan undertake training in traditional forms of puppetry. However, a member of the clan may only rely upon their organic puppetry, without ever learning to ever to master the normal puppet master technique.

- Population :: Class E [20-50]
Due to being mostly whipped out from the Great Plague, and troubles with their sleeper pods, the Megami have a very low population, and of this, even fewer have full access to their Kekkei Genkai abilities. However, those that do still have their full bloodline have several qualities that distinguish them. The first is their pale green complexion due to their photosynthetic skin. In members where they have lost their abilities, their skin will look almost normal, though still slightly tinted, a sign that they have not been completely disconnected from nature. As the clansmen grows more healthy and regains their abilities, their skin will become greener as a sign of their improvement. Furthermore, the Megami, whether they possess their Kekkei Genkai or not, almost exclusively have green, hazel eyes. Once the doujutsu activates, this turns to a deep purple. As for the hair of the Megami, this varies with extreme differences. The hair of the Megami is something like the flowers on a plant. It is usually very bright and vibrant, being any color nature can produce. Often times, the name for the Megami clansmen will be based off of their hair color at birth taken from the flower color it most resembles. A great deal of the Megami also exhibit psychological trauma after having awakened. Their long sleep was like being trapped within their own minds, a perpetual dream or continuous nightmare. [One such example of this is a change in accent, such as Akiko's British accent]

- Nature//Values :: At current the Megami clan is considered both neutral and obscure. The second awakening of the clan lead to the surviving Megami to need to adjust to how the world had changed since the time of them going into hibernation. While even before their sleep they kept themselves isolated, the world has changed greatly since the dark times of the plague, and until they fully adjust to the environment, they cannot dictate being either good or evil. Using their abilites to genetically modify plant life, the Megami make for excellent Botanist and Chemist. By using their ability to replicate and produce rare plants, the Megami can potentially assist in the creation of new deadly poisons or even cures. However, it should be noted that their passion is with gardening, and during the time of their prime they had gardens that would range the distance of forests.

⎣ Additional Information ⎤

- Clan Founder :: The true founding member of the clan is unknown. However, learning this has never been much of a concern for the Megami, as they accept their clan lore, which is almost religiously embedded within them, to know that the goddess Inari was the founder of their clan. It is for this reason that the Megami have taken their name, which literally translates into "Goddess".

- Clan Political Structure :: Given their diminished numbers and strengths, something of a caste system developed upon awakening. The old political structure of the clan, which was something more like a social commune, deteriorated along with the past. Instead, the new system is based upon the power that the Megami possess. At its head is Akiko, the Life Giver. Akiko was the first of the Megami to awaken from their sleep, and it was through her direct intervention that the Megami have been again awakened.

Below this is the class now known as the Inoculated. This consists of other members of the clan that had been inoculated with the only cure that seemed to work to stopping the Great Plague. These members were able to use their abilities nearly immediately after awakening, and have full access to the Kekkai Genkai of the clan. Furthermore, there is a distinguishing mark on each of these members, placed in the center back of the neck. This mark was actually created by the circular 8 pronged syringe that had been used to inoculate them, though has sense became a class distinction.

Following the Inoculated is the third class known as the Imbued. These are the members of the clan that retain some level of their Kekkei Genkai through other means then inoculation. To be noted, this cannot be done naturally. Anyone not of the Inoculated is brought back into this world without their Kekkei Genkai abilities in Mokuton. However, through varies experimentations [approved through the Special Ability board] it is possible to gain again some abilities. However, these members usually lack full abilities until the higher ranks, and can suffer other malformations given the method of ability requirement.

Lastly, the lowest class is that of the Afflicted. These are members that have lost their Mokuton abilities. On an average, the old the individual was at the time of the Great Plague, the worse their affliction was as well. Since the physical changes in the biology of the Megami don't take full hold until puberty, the strongest of these individuals are those that were reawakened prior to hitting puberty. For these members, they can regain their Mokuton abilities by Chuunin rank, though provided that they do not show signs of the component elements [Doton or Suiton] prior to this. Those that already had hit puberty cannot begin to manipulate Mokuton until Jounin, and only if they qualify with the Advanced Element specialization, though they do gain Doton and Suiton prior to this in the earlier ranks.

There is some social mobility between these cast. Once one of the Afflicted gains Mokuton abilities, they immediately graduate to the Imbued class. Furthermore, all members that can manipulate Mokuton, Inoculated or Imbued can be diminished to the Afflicted should they loose their Mokuton.

Spoiler:
Inoculated
-Full Abilities (Naturally)

Imbued
-Mokuton gained through alternative form [Special Section or through ascension in rank]
-Abilities not at peak performance, though still usually sufficient
-Better Photosynthesis
-Aging again slowed

Afflicted
-No Mokuton
-Can possess the Idenshigan, though this yields little ability without being able to grow plants
-Limited Photosynthesis
-Average Aging


- Important Members :: Megami Akiko - Current Leader of the Clan

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Clan update!

The history section has been expanded up, mostly to include relevant stuff that has come out through RPing.

The members of the clan that were in sleeper pods due to the Great Plague have now been fully reawakened by Akiko with more than a little help from Dokutoru. Since the Cure has been delivered to all those sleeping, the various levels of the Kekkei Genkai have been removed with full access granted to those that awoken. However, I still emphasize that the strongest members are still those that were young at the time of the tragedy.

The addition of an advanced form of Doujutsu has also been added.

I expanded on several of the clan information sections to give more depth to the clan, and corrected what spelling and grammar problems I found.
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⎣ History | Legend ⎤

Nature - The strongest force the world has ever known...and ever will...
Time - An unstoppable force; indifferent and unyielding...

When these two entities combine, the world itself can be crafted anew. When these entities combine, they form the Megami. With time, nature can destroy all that is created. Mountains erode, empires crumble, and life grows...ages...die. This is the legend once taught among the Megami, but even they could not last against time, and so they took to nature to protect themselves.

It was once said among the members of the Megami, during a time in which the clan thrived from the land and their own fruits, that the strength behind the clan had been granted by divine intervention. Whereas much of the rest of the world believed the deity Inari, the Kami of fertility and agriculture, was male in nature, the Megami knew the truth. To the Megami, Inari is the quintessential Mother Earth. It is from the goddess, the queen of things that grow, that the Megami take not only their abilities, but also their name itself, for Megami literally means 'Goddess'. The goddess Inari had granted her followers control over nature, and her blessed light would shine with them forever, or so they had thought.

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Nestled within the Land of Grass, Kusa no Kuni, once renowned for its lush environment of floral and fauna, the Megami settled. They had lived as one with the land, never building houses by chopping down the forests. Instead, they used their clan skills to grow homes within the treetops and forest floors, becoming synonymous with nature. It was during these days, in the centuries of old, that the Megami began to enhance their abilities. The gardens within which they planted their roots ranged the distances of forests, filled with plant life unseen anywhere else within the world, life that would never again appear so multiple save for these olden days.

As the Megami grew, their experiments did as well. Using the force of nature they developed better flora, and more deadly poisons. The Megami began to perform volatile experiments in the name of Inari. Even as they lived in isolation, they grew to despise the outside world, which they saw as savage and destructive to the natural order. These powerful, though be it twisted, thoughts would lead to their own destruction. Through their experimentations, which at their highest and most classified levels had been aimed at the mass destruction of the outside world, the Megami unleahsed a plague upon themselves that began to destroy their blessed clan and all they had created. It was a viral disease, shown by signs of flu-like symptoms combined with black veins showing on their greenish pail skin.

Their medics yielded no salvation from these affliction, nor even had time to respond. It was only short time after infection that all infected would die, and the infection was the totality of the clan. Every member of the Megami had been summoned back to their main village. Even without it, the explosion that had erupted from the Great Tree when infection started to spread crossed, unnoticed to all by the Megami, the entire globe, only infecting those who Inari herself had touched. The Plague, as it would come to be called among the survivors, had only ones means of escape. In the chaos that came with it, a small fraction of the clan took to nature and time to protect themselves.

Thus began the hibernation of the clan, or at least what was left of it. Only a handful of survivors made it to what safety they could find.They took to their plants, and withdrew into the bosom of nature. The surviving Megami were absorbed into mutated plants crafted into sleeper pods to outlast the Plague in slumber, waiting for the day they could blossom again.

This Megami survived by retreating into specially designed sleeper pods. They were meant to only sleep for a few decades at most, long enough for the Plague to run its course and disperse into history. However, something went wrong, and the pods never unlatched themselves, and the Megami could not awake. As retribution for their sins, the Megami would suffer even in hiding. During the time of sleep, it was like an everlasting dream, though for most it quickly turned to a guilt-ridden nightmare. The mind is not meant to be kept dreaming for that long, and many would fall victim to mental disparities even as their bodies lay motionless and unchanged.

The Great Sleep lasted for nearly two centuries before the first of the pods awoke, revealing a girl into this world, Akiko. She was one of few who had, by the work of her mother, been inoculated with an experimental Cure prior to her sleep. Not only that, but it was by product of her father that the pods themselves were created. The inoculation she received had left Akiko capable of using her Kekkei Genkai. However, she was not strong enough awaken her sisters and brothers. Alone and desperate, she set out into the world, traveling to Sunagakure to make herself stronger. Not only would learning to grow plants within the desert increase her skills and endurance, but she had much to learn of this new world. In the time since she began her sleep, the Village Hidden in the Sand had learned new, at least to the Megami, aptitude for medical techniques.

As she grew stronger, Akiko increased her knowledge as well. In search for a solution, she studied plants, and when she became desperate, she studied other forms of life. At her darkest, she took to dissecting humans for her experiments. After increasing her strength and abilities, she returned to the birthplace of her clan. Using her knowledge, she was able to awaken only a select few, only those that had also been inoculated like her. However, by chance, Akiko would cross path with those she labeled as The Watchers, a pair of sisters that showed retention of the Kekkei Genkai even without the inoculation.

For the others, Akiko placed specialized buds onto the sleeper pods. With luck, the Megami would awaken naturally overtime. Unfortunately, her efforts did not yield the results she had hoped. Only one more had been awoken, and without the powers of Mokuton. It was a time of great stress for Akiko. Not only was she failing at every pass to bring about a revival of her clan, but her adopted country was in great turmoil.

Even more desperate now, Akiko departed on a journey of discovery to loop the world and search for a cure within the plant species that covered it. Since the Land of Water had been completely devastated by natural disaster, she started there to search out life strong enough to survive the scourge that crossed the land. Baring no fruit, the Land of Fire was where she headed towards next in all its diversity of plant life. Whether it was fate, or something stronger, she would cross paths with someone who would be as responsible for the clans survival as herself in time. It was more then just an intersection, for the two paths would join. A man called Dokutoru, doctor, with inborn abilities on par with her own, would complete the formula by giving to the Megami what they had lost, time.

With Dokutoru's help and companionship, the pair collected the components that would make the Cure, transcending the stream of time to bring back new hope for a clan thought to be lost within it. The Megami were awoken at last, the vast majority capable again of using their Kekkei Genkai in all its power. With it, there was great danger, for many dark things were possible from them. All that was left was the hope that a great lesson had been learned from the trials they had passed.

⎣ Kekkei Genkai | Bloodline ⎤

Atae no Inari [ Gift of the Fertility Goddess ]
This is the principal aspect of the Megami bloodline. Essentially, the Megami are defined as hybrids between plants and animals. The members of this clan are highly attuned with the Mokuton [ Plant-life Release ] chakra. It is necessary to note the definition of this as 'plant life' rather then wood, as the Megami do not specialize in the production of true wood techniques. Instead, the Megami primarily utilize non-wood based plant-life, opening up a variety of unique techniques that only a clansmen possessing the Atae no Inari can perform. Whereas wood users are able to product sturdy structures of bark, the Megami traditionally utilize more malleable plant life. This affinity with Mokuton allows for them to create minor, regular plants almost naturally, making them excellent gardeners. However, in a greater sense, the Megami utilize their ability to create plants, particularly rare kinds of pollinating plants and herbs to produce deadly poisons from natural substances. The intellectual pursuits of the Megami are embodied in their abilities to create rare herbs and other ingredients, as they make excellent botanist and chemists.

Ki no Itonami [ Tree of the Life ]
Like several other clans with Bloodline Limits, the Megami exert physical differences that not only allow them to be identified as unique, but also gives to the clansmen abilities not seen in other shinobi. The main aspect of the physical modifications the Megami express is known to the clan as the Tree of Life. Within the clan's legend, this is the blessing given to them by the goddess Inari.

To put it simply, the Megami clansmen have genetic qualities of both plants on animals, making their bodies something of a hybrid in between the two. The skin of the Megami has to it a unique pigmentation that makes their complexion a greenish white. These green pigments in their skin are capable of performing metabolic procession in order to convert light energy into chemical energy, a process known as photosynthesis. Megami clansmen, or at least those that maintained their Kenkei Genkai after surviving the Great Plague, are capable of performing photosynthesis in order to sustain life. By absorbing the electromagnetic radiation of light energy through their skin and combining it with the carbon dioxide taken from the air along with the water, the members of the Megami produce oxygen and energy containing carbohydrates in the form of different sugars. Because the Megami perform photosynthesis, their blood is genetically designed with a type of reverse hemoglobin that transports carbon dioxide along with oxygen, since they still do perform normal cellular respiration along with their plant-like photosynthesis. Essentially, the Megami's unique style of respiration is self-perpetuating, for they produce both oxygen and carbon dioxide, while using both oxygen and carbon dioxide as initial substrates to their varying forms of respiration. Through the chloroplast built into their skin do possess the essential plant organs for absorbing the carbon dioxide through the air, the duel action hemoglobin within the Megami bloodstream compromises between the mammal and vegetative qualities of their bodies, and thusly the actual photosynthesis that they perform is an advanced form that has integrated into the normal human organs so that the Megami maintain both types of cellular process, cellular respiration and photosynthesis.

While it is true that the photosynthetic nature of the clan does permit them to survive without normal forms of nutrition, the Megami clansmen becomes more stationary if they rely purely on an autotrophic existence. They will essentially have to take "root", and though no actually roots grow out of their feet, they will eventually be reduced down to only producing enough energy to sustain existence beyond where others would face starvation. As long as they continually have water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight available to them they will be living, but if an entire month goes by in which they do not consume food like normal, they will not be able to move whatsoever, not having enough energy to give motion to their mammal muscles. It was this ability, primarily, that had allowed the Megami to survive for centuries in their sleeper pods. As their abilities faded, through, several of the resting died from having made a complete separation from their Kekkei Genkai, thus killing them from lack of nutrients. However, what this does mean is that any Megami that did come out of hibernation have some trace of their Bloodline still within them, even if they cannot manipulate Mokuton following the Awakening.

The ability to perform photosynthesis also allows the Megami to survive longer on a held breath through the combination of aquatic photosynthesis combined with feeding off the oxygen they draw out of the water around them. However, this does not permit for an unlimited duration of underwater existence. On average, this gives the Megami about 30 minutes before they drown like a normal human.

Photosynthesis is not the only characteristic of the Tree of Life abilities. Being genetically both animal and plant, the Megami are granted longer lifespans then normal humans. The average lifespan of the Megami is roughly 250 years in length. However, with this long life, they are also granted greater youth. Though a member of the clan ages like normal during their child years, for most of the plantlike qualities of the clan do not emerge until adolescence, from the point of puberty they begin to age at a slower rate. Initially the extension of the aging process on their body starts slowly, and through their teen years they will reflect their actual age. However, by the time they are 30, they will appear as though they are 20. By 50 they will look to be 25, and by 100 they will just be reaching 35. By the time they are 200, the clansman will have passed "over the hill" and will appear to be around 70 years of age. This ability to age slower along with the "unnaturally" long life is yet another reason why the Megami refer to themselves as the children of Inari, the offspring of Mother Earth.

Idenshigan [ Genetic Eye ]
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The Idenshigan [Genetic Eye] is a doujutsu exclusive to the Megami clan. In appearance it turns the eyes to a dark shade of purple featuring a three tomoe design connected into a triangular shape. When actively in use, this black design will rapidly spin in the user's iris, and only when active can the Megami access the genetic maps they have stored in their minds.

The Idenshigan is the force that allows for the Megami to craft rare and powerful plants. This doujutsu permits its user to view the genetic makeup of all organic life. With this ability the Megami can literally map out the molecular structure that makes up organisms. This allows the Megami to decipher the genetic information that can be gained through either direct contact with the organic life, or by transmitting the genetic information gathered through specialized Mokuton receptor spores. Without actually receiving these samples, the Idenshigan possesses little power. However, with such genetic sampling, the Megami can mentally map out the DNA of life forms permitting for the understanding and experimentation at the genetic level. By understanding the genetic code and the sequence of nucleotides within genes, the Megami can perfect their work with plants, and their own abilities in general. While the genetic mapping abilities of the Idenshigan formulates the genetic code of organic DNA, there is a limitation to the number of genetic maps the Megami can carry with them at any given time. At a Genin leve, only 5 genetic maps can be kept within the mind of the Megami. At Chuunin, this increase to 10, and at Jounin, 15. Finally, an S-rank user of the Idenshigan can carry with them 25 genetic maps. In the cases where the genetic map limiation has reached its limit, the oldest of genetic maps are instantly forgotten, and thus preventing the user of this information in formulating new plants.

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By utilizing the genetic maps they carry with their Idenshigan, the members of the Megami can manipulate their Mokuton abilities at a genetic level in order to create genetically superior life forms at the cost of chakra. These creatures usually come off as being types of "mutant" plants, which combine the genetic information from multiple species of plants and other life forms to create unique and deadly information. As an example of how this ability can be used, if a Megami has access to both roses and sunflowers, then it would be possible for them to genetically map a new species of sunflower that features rose thrones along with its stem. While this is only a simple example, and it is unlikely for such a plant life to be useful, it serves to show how the combination of DNA from multiple life forms can be made to improve simplistic plant life. At Genin level, the members of the clan can only combine the genetic codes of plants, and so they may very well be restricted to producing throned sunflowers. However, at Chuunin level the members of the clan can grow into their plants limited animalistic qualities, such as hardening the exterior of vine plants with a vegetative formation to imitate reptilian scales. However, the most advanced forms of life cannot be utilized prior to the rank of Jounin, which includes human forms of life in limited capacity.

Nijurasen Idenshigan [ Double Helix Genetic Eye ]
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This is a more advanced form of the Idenshigan that never existed in the old clan, save for in the old Elder. However, even than, its existence was unknown to the others of the clan save for those special operatives under his command. When activated, the typical black design on purple purples expands to form three triangular shapes that are overlaid with a toxic hazard sign. This will turn the eye mostly black. In relation to the original doujutsu, the greatest advantage of the Nijurasen Idenshigan is that it allows the wielder to read the genetic code of any organic life that the user lays eyes on. Typical, the only way for a Megami to read a genetic code is first to extract a physical sample by coming in contact with the specimen. Furthermore, the use of a normal Idenshigan blots out the normal vision of the user, whereas this more advanced form does not share the same weakness.

It is important to note that the Nijurasen Idenshigan, however, does not remove the necessity to collect a physical sample in order to store the genetic code in the memory slots of the mind. Without obtaining a sample, the user still cannot manipulate any portion of the code. Instead, the advanced doujutsu can merely help the user to pick and choose which specimens they wish to obtain a sample from by allowing them advanced knowledge of what genetic information they can obtain. This is a particularly useful device is it would be otherwise difficult to obtain a direct sample, as the user may elect that the juice of the fruit is not worth the squeeze. More importantly, if a sample is obtain and stored in the user's memory slots, the fact that the eyes do not blind the user's normal vision can help to develop genetic solutions while in active engagement. However, manipulating the genetic information in their mind will still take concentration, and can distract even a visually capable Megami.

The Nijurasen Idenshigan does not come without costs. As would be expected, use of the eyes consume much greater amounts of chakra than does the normal Idenshigan. Furthermore, as with many Doujutsu, overuse of the eyes puts a great amount of strain on the eyes that can eventually lead to blindness. However, the Nijurasen Idenshigan has a weakness all its own. Besides the strain on the eyes, the technique when overused puts enormous pressure on the user's mental memory slots. What this will do is wear away at the TATA box, a long string of Thymine and Adenine at the ends of a person's DNA. The repetition of these two nucleobases in the nucleic acid of DNA create a buffer zone during replication of the genetic code. When worn away, the result is such mental disorders as senility and Alzheimer's. Thus, the user can be made victim of mental disorder from attempting to overuse this power. However, even before the early onset of mental disorder, the advanced Doujutsu puts the unique memory compartments of the Megami at risk. The mental strain will eventually make it impossible for user to access the memory slots in their mind except through use of the Nijurasen Idenshigan. Essentially, the user's normal Doujutsu is put at risk through this more advanced form, which will only exacerbate the continuance towards the more severe mental illnesses in order to achieve even the basic results a clansman could with their normal eyes.

Ki no Chishiki [ Tree of the Knowledge ]

This is a special ability of the Megami clan that is granted through their ability to understand the genetic code of living organisms and replicate modified DNA. The first aspect of the Ki no Chishiki is that it allows the Megami clansmen to modify aspects of their own body in order to respond to several situations. For instance, by understanding the genetic makeup of poisons along with their own genetic code, the Megami clansmen can produce genetically engineered antibodies to provide them with some immunity towards the poison itself. This action of developing immunity takes up two slots of the genetic maps, one for the poison itself, which must be composed of natural ingredients like most poisons are, and then another for the Megami clansmen DNA signature. However, in the case where the poison has not been created naturally, such as an advanced level Dokton technique, the Megami cannot so easily defend against it.

The Ki no Chinshiki also allows the Megami to gather information on their opponent through the use of specialized receptor spores created through Mokuton manipulation. These receptor spores are produced in a dust-like cloud that, when inhaled by the target, integrate into the opponents bloodstream and spread throughout the entire body of the target. The effects of these spores cannot be felt except by someone with an extraordinary method of understanding their body. When these receptor spores are within the target, they enhance the level of genetic understanding for the Megami and transmit back to the Idenshigan information they gather on the opponent. This information varies depending on the target, but as a cursory level the Megami will be able to understand such things as the chakra nature of their target, physical characteristics, along with conditions that can change within the target over time, such as blood sugar levels, body fat percentage, and other information that could prove extremely useful when undergoing a case study of the target such as for a medical report. With this feature, the Megami can specifically design cures for individuals from individual cases so long as they can find the required genetic maps to construct a cure that is needed. However, this example of cure design is limited to Megami clansmen that possess the Medical Arts speciality, and have had sufficient training and experimentation.

The final ability of the Ki no Chinshiki is that it allows them to branch out their bloodline limit into that of other similar bloodlines, specifically other Mokuton clans that may specialize in the actual use of wood, whereas the Megami do not. In conjunction with the use of the special receptor spores in order to enhance their genetic understanding of the target, who would be a different Mokuton user, the Megami would be able to understand the DNA of the other bloodline enough to bridge that gap with their own simlar genetic signature, thus permitting them to learn from other Mokuton clans as though they were learning from a non-clan specific move. In order to do this, the Megami must use five of their genetic maps slots, which would be directed towards understanding the map of the trainer, and their own genetic map in a 3 to 2 ratio. These maps undergo a mental lock following the performance of this move which last for a full 24 hour [IC] period as this new knowledge integrates into their minds. This limits the amount of training the Megami can undergo in this process. However, this ability is refined enough that it allows for the Megami to learn true-wood style techniques, though finding a qualified teacher that is ready and willing is a greater challenge than they might like.

Yuuki Kugutsu [ Organic Puppetry ]

Since this clan is based around an advanced chakra element, the members of the Megami cannot create complex mobile plant life at a Genin level that shoot out and and attack in the same manner as several other elemental styles of Ninjutsu. Thusly, the Megami have developed a specialized type of puppetry to use in connection to their plants. Using Mokuton chakra to create various plants, the Megami can utilize specialized chakra strings through the roots of their creations and along the length of the plants to be able to give a type of control life and motion to the plants similar to how a puppet master manipulates their puppets. However, a great downside to this is that being a plant, these creations are limited in range, for they cannot uproot themselves from the ground.

⎣ Clan Information ⎤

- Clan Training :: One of the key principals of training for Megami members is to connect themselves with nature. Without being assimilated into the world like a plant is, the Kekkei Genkai can never be accessed by even the most skilled members of the clan, and it is even possible to loose the abilities of the clan if the member ever becomes truly disconnected with nature. To fulfill this training, members of the clan are usually required to stay within the plant filled places of the world without food or shelter. They will live for a time entirely off of photosynthesis, and will be protected only by the forest around them. Furthermore, while not a requirement, most members of the clan undertake training in traditional forms of puppetry. At a base level, they will at least learn to form Mokuton laced chakra strings for Organic Puppetry, even if those can only manipulate plants.

- Population :: Class D [50-100]
The Megami were once fin full abundance. However, the Great Plague ravaged their numbers. The disease killed the majority of the clan more than two centuries ago, and several more would die from the complications with the sleeper pods. The clan now has a very low population, though with room for growth. The oldest members that be awoken are only about 100 years, which gives them the appearance of a 35 year old. However, these are not the staple of the clan. For one, there were fewer of the elderly to survive, and those that did outlast the Great Sleep were the hardest hit as far as retaining their Kekkei Genkai. Of the elder members of the clan, many now have to work back towards attaining Mokuton by starting with its component elements.

The clan is a lot younger now. Those members of the clan that had not yet experienced puberty will probably be the strongest of the clan one day, as they were least affected by the Plague. Even the younger members that had already begun to unlock their Bloodline Limit have been abilities and full access to the clans secret abilities. Those who have stronger Kekkei Genkai also have more distinguishing features as far as the physically unique traits of the body.

To start, the Megami have green skin, as their flesh is laced with chloroform. Members without full retention may have paler looking skin, almost sickly, though this will change over time as they grow stronger. The Megami also usually possess hazel-colored eyes, though there is plenty variation in this as well. One thing that is usually very distinct to the individual members is the color of their hair. In this, there are as many colors as there are colors of flowers, and the hair color is usually very bright and vibrant. Many Megami are named for whatever color they show at birth, normally having their names picked after the flowers of plants with similar colors.

Another trait that was not originally a part of the Megami is the byproduct of the two century long sleep. The mind cannot last that long without some damage. During the time in the pods, the Megami were in a perpetual dream, leading many to have some form of psychological trauma to various degrees.

- Nature//Values :: At current the Megami clan is considered both neutral and obscure. The second awakening of the clan lead to the surviving Megami to need to adjust to how the world had changed since the time of them going into hibernation. While even before their sleep they kept themselves isolated, the world has changed greatly since the dark times of the plague, and until they fully adjust to the environment, they cannot dictate being either good or evil. Using their abilites to genetically modify plant life, the Megami make for excellent Botanist and Chemist. By using their ability to replicate and produce rare plants, the Megami can potentially assist in the creation of new deadly poisons or even cures. However, it should be noted that their passion is with gardening, and during the time of their prime they had gardens that would range the distance of forests.

Considering the new technological movements in the world, which have also led to greater manufacturing and pollution, some of the Megami that venture out of their traditional village will still hold the same spiteful nature towards normal humans that had been instilled in them from a young age. Akiko is attempting to reeducate the members of the Megami on the true history of the clan, though some simply will not listen.

⎣ Additional Information ⎤

- Clan Founder :: The true founding member of the clan is unknown. However, learning the identity has never been a major concern to any Megami, as they accept the lore of the clan. This is a religious belief embedded into the clansmen that holds Inari as the founder of the clan. It is for this reason that the Megami have taken their name, which literally means "Goddess". The Megami consider Inari to be the mother goddess.

- Clan Political Structure :: Given their diminished numbers and strength, the old political structure was lost. This, however, is a good thing considering the malevolent nature of the old elders. Now the Megami live in something more like a social commune. It is currently very utilitarian, a natural existance in simple huts. Their clothing and food are all drawn out of the land. The leader of the clan, however, is Akiko. She was the first Megami to awake from the Great Sleep, and was directly responsible for waking up the rest of the clan.

- Important Members

Akiko Megami
    Akiko is the leader of the clan. She was the first to awaken, and is responsible for all other clansmen being brought back into this world. After coming out of the Great Sleep, Akiko became a shinobi of Sunagakure. Though the desert country has seen great political change, she still holds a duel loyalty split between her clan and the Land of Wind. Since waking up, she has tired endlessly to find the Cure that would bring about the rebirth of her clan, and has grown greatly as an individual in the process. Akiko is the daughter Akako and Komugi. Her father, Komugi, is the genius behind the sleeper pods that kept the few members of the clan that survived alive. However, he conspired with is wife, Akako, to unleash the Plague harvested from the twins. Most members of the clan will probably never accept that this was an inevitable outcome, as the disease was soon to transmit itself. This is not to say their intentions were purely good, as they also wanted to ensure that all the elders and loyalist were destroyed in the outbreak.


Airisu & Yuriko
    Airisu and Yuriko are a set of twins that were some of the only Megami to be awoken without the Cure. They have a special symbiotic relationship and produce a set of enzymes that keep them healthy so long as they remain close to one another. Though not known to all clansmen, these sister are actually the source of the Plague that ravaged the Megami. Between them and their brother, Kokugi, they had been born with the genetic disease, and to this day are the only Megami that retain the sickness, which only comes out in times of stress or separation. However, all the other clansmen are immune to the Plague now thanks to Akiko.

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