- Mission Name: Many Worlds, Many Threats
Mission Type: Search & Destroy / Search & Seizure
Mission Rank: A
Mission Goal: Recover 3 Gestation Pods. Destroy all remaining Gestation Pods. Kill or Capture Type I Specimen.
Description: The Cursed Valleys have always been home to a lethal array of supernatural creatures that are said to have existed during and even before the time of the Sage. These creatures are often thinned by Iwagakure shinobi in order to prevent them from overpopulating and attacking various Earth Country towns. Recently, many of these creatures have been slaughtered by a as of yet unidentifiable source. Iwagakure ANBU has traced the killings to a monster that shares characteristics that are consistent with local myths and legends. This monster has been given the designation Type I Specimen. The Specimen is speculated to be from another world either brought purposefully or incidentally by the Goddess Kaguya. While sporadically appearing in early history it has not been encountered in centuries leading credence to the idea that its dormancy may have been disturbed by an as of yet unknown third party. Iwa ANBU has tracked the Type I Specimen to a cavern within the Cursed Valley that is exceedingly complex lending credence to the theory that the third party responsible for its re-awakening is a rational actor with knowledge of ninjutsu. Several gestation pods were recorded before ANBU was forced to retreat from the area. Iwagakure in its weakened and chaotic state cannot spare the manpower to handle the situation and they would be grateful if someone were to take care of the situation for them. It is assumed that these pods are for the purpose of reproducing the Type I Specimen. Your mission is to recover three of the gestation pods, destroy the remaining pods, and capture or kill the Type I Specimen, and gather evidence as the identity of the third party responsible for re-activating this threat to the Land of Earth. You may work with other villages and share the reward or not (if you choose not to work together whoever gets the pods and the Specimen will be rewarded), Iwagakure does not care so long as the job is complete.
Requirements: Jounin + Squad / A-Rank Missing Ninja
Honiko's clone walked behind Nozomi and Raijin as they made their way through a dark and damp tunnel. Their group had split into two teams. Team 1 would search for the gestation pods that had been described by Iwagakure's ANBU. They'd recover three and destroy the rest as the village had asked for. Meanwhile, Team 2 consisting of Honiko's clone, Raijin, and Nozomi would hunt for the Type I Specimen and attempt to kill it. Honiko was not interested in capturing the beast but rather eliminating it entirely. She had expressed to the group that she was certain Merryweather had activated the creature and had nurtured it to its near maturity. The creature was a relic from the far past presumably having come to our world through one of the portals created by Kaguya. It had killed mercilessly in early shinobi history before being damaged and put into stasis aeons ago. The beast was designed to kill Bijuu and Jinchurikki and when it was fully grown it was formidable for even a Disciple. Luckily this beast had not quite reached that level which is why it was imperative they kill the critter now rather than wait for it to become a problem. There was no telling what Merryweather aimed to do once the beast was fully grown but Honiko imagined she'd use it to gain leverage over this world. She had a nasty habit of using crises to extend her influence to various worlds and the Society had not intention of letting an alien interloper meddle in the affairs of a world on the verge of rebirth.
Honiko's clone brought up the rear as she had given Nozomi command of this particular contingent. She wanted to see how her disciple handled leadership under high intensity situations. Killing this monster would be difficult and it would give her the chance to test her shinobi's skill before making her decision on whether or not they'd assist in the Blood Prison jailbreak. If they could kill this monster they would be right where they needed to be in terms of strength. If they failed and were injured and she had to use her clone to bail them out then they were not ready for greater responsibility. If they died then they were weaklings who through sheer luck had earned her notice but were not worth her time beyond that. The clone said nothing as they moved through the tunnel. She could sense the Specimen moving throughout the tunnels but she would not give them any warning as to its current location. They needed to be on guard at all times. The sole assistance they'd receive is Honiko choosing to remove Nozomi's seal before they entered the tunnel. The Dragon Sage used the Five Elements Unseal technique to remove limiter on her disciple's power. Over the course of the past two years Nozomi had proven herself as a shinobi. Honiko was confident that Nozomi would not rely on her Bijuu's power to the point were it would become a crutch, she had a strength all on her own as her first line of defense.