Clan Name: La'Ahad
Village of Origin: Kumogakure
The La'Ahad's basic ability is attention manipulation, which can affect attention in both the present and (in the case of forgettable) in the past. This is a type of Yin release in which their very presence is the trigger.
Of the four stages, A La'Ahad may only have 2 active at once, one of which must be Poltergeist. Switching between an active stages takes 30 minutes of uninterrupted meditation.
La'Ahad have conditioned their body to keep their presence at a constant minimum. All La'Ahad make no noise in their movements and release only a very faint scent, one which fades from the surfaces it touch in mere minutes. Their chakra signatures, including that of anything that happens to reside in the La'Ahad, have been carefully suppressed for so long that it becomes natural, making it natural for any La'Ahad to have their chakra hidden until the moment its used. Most importantly, however, a La'Ahad’s actions are trained to appear naturally normal, to be the pinnacle of mundane. A La'Ahad can be the only other person in the room but the other party will not notice them simply because they’re doesn’t seem to be any merit in noticing them. It is a technique based on the subconscious, one that has been refined for generations, even centuries some may say. This unconscious lack of presence is not nearly as thorough as active attempts to hide, but being an unconscious act, it has the benefit of almost always being active without any effort. The only times when this passive isn’t active, or rather can’t be, is when the La'Ahad has somehow slipped up and created a cause to be noticed. Most notably, this will be during combat if the La'Ahad is not hidden, whenever the La'Ahad uses chakra for anything other than clan techniques, or when the La'Ahad attacks directly.
↬ Against ninja two ranks lower than the La'Ahad: In this situation, a La'Ahad is no more noticeable than an ant in the corner of the room; anonymous.
↬ Against ninja one rank lower than the La'Ahad: In this situation, a La'Ahad is seen as an unimportant bystander, even more unimportant than a normal bystander. It is very easy for the eyes to slide carelessly over the La'Ahad. In fact, that is exactly what happens unless the viewer happens to be on alert. At most, only suspicions that an innocent stranger would arouse are directed to the phantom. When a phantom is hiding, there are no signs to give away the phantom's presence.
↬ Against ninja of the same rank as the La'Ahad: In this situation, a La'Ahad is noticed. However, the La'Ahad is taken to be a normal bystander, of little consequence in most cases. When a La'Ahad is hiding, there are no signs to give away the La'Ahad’s presence.
↬ Against ninja one rank higher than the La'Ahad: In this situation, a La'Ahad is noticed and taken to be a very weak threat. The La'Ahad’s abilities are gauged to be two or more ranks lower than their actual abilities. When a La'Ahad is hiding, there might be slight signs to give away the La'Ahad’s presence, but only if the La'Ahad moves.
↬ Against ninja two ranks higher than the La'Ahad: In this situation, the opposing ninja sees the La'Ahad for exactly what they are.
• Forgettable C
It’s hard to remember a La'Ahad. Almost impossible, in fact. La'Ahad naturally remain in the background. They may speak, but whatever they say is eclipsed by the words of others. They may act, but because they never seem like the main actor, another will be given the credit. Even with a name and a face, the face is bound to be forgotten after a good night’s sleep, and without a face to go to, what importance is a name? The only way to really remember a La'Ahad is to meet them constantly.
• Poltergeist B
Those of the La'Ahad clan are masters of blind spots. While taking advantage of blind spots to hide their entire bodies usually requires the help of chakra, small things like hand tricks are child’s play to any La'Ahad who’s graduated from the academy. If any La'Ahad wanted to risk the attention, they would make a master magician.
• Misdirection B
The La'Ahad directs the attention of enemies (and allies if that’s what’s wanted) to anything that is not them for a small moment. This can be anything from tossing an important object into the air to throwing kunai into the faces of everyone, to throwing a kunai at a cat and getting it to yowl horribly. With the La'Ahad’s knowledge of how the mind decides what’s important, the distraction is guaranteed to work for at least one technique against people of the same rank and below. However, overuse renders this skill useless and Misdirection can only be used once every five posts. Multiple people can be affected with one usage of this jutsu. It just might change some aspects of the execution, like the number of projectiles thrown.
• Misdirection D
This is an alternative to the passive ability of the same name that uses chakra to seal the deal. A small bit of chakra is applied to the distraction to create any number of attention-drawing effects, such as a vision-obscuring glow of light on a projectile headed for a face or a attention-grabbing sparkle on an important object being tossed into the air. This Misdirection shares the same cooldown as the passive, but it can be successfully used on those of higher rank than the user. Must Know passive Misdirection
• Bakemono D
Bakemono modified version of the Henge no Jutsu that, like some other clan techniques, does not require handsigns. The user, as usual, vanishes from sight with the help of blind spots and reappears transformed into whatever disguise they choose. Because chakra isn’t used to help positioning but rather used to active the Henge technique, this technique is best used in crowded places, where it’s very easy to lose the focus of an alert enemy. However, under the right circumstances, it is possible to pull off the trick without any intruders. Keep in mind, Bakemono doesn’t ensure a disappearance but rather requires it.
• Hitodama C-B
The La'Ahad releases an explosion of chakra. Masters of remaining unnoticed, the La'Ahad are also experts in what attracts attention. The chakra released by Hitodama has been simply but surely modified to unerringly attract the attention of all who sense it but don’t expect it, forcing onto the unwitting the effects of tunnelvision. The chakra explosion creates an alarming flash of light, bang of sound, whoosh of force, pungent scent, sharp taste, and release of chakra. However, even with it affecting touch, this technique does no direct damage. As all of its effect last for mere moments, though, it can only hold attention for mere moments. Still, it’s a fantastic way of dealing with stuff such as a Byakugan’s pesky 360 vision. This explosion of chakra may be released at any point within 5 ft. of the user (C-rank) or within 15 ft. of the user (B-rank). The nature of this skill very much makes it a one-trick pony, technically two. It may affect anyone up to two times per battle, after which it gradually becomes less of a distraction. Of course, if it’s done right in front of someone’s face, that’s another story altogether.
• Onryo C-B
The user takes advantage of a blind spot created by either a distraction or the target’s failure to notice the user and releases a sudden burst of chakra into their legs to speed their movements towards a target for a moment. To the target, it appears as if the user has suddenly teleported to them. At C-rank, the target can be anywhere within 15 ft. of the user. At B-rank, the target can be anywhere within 40 ft. of the user.
• Ubume C-B
The La'Ahad takes advantage of a blind spot created by either a distraction or the target’s failure to notice the user and releases a sudden burst of chakra into their legs to speed their movements towards an ally. The separation of destination and target in Ubume is the only thing that singles it out from Onryo but that distinction makes enough of a difference in the execution of the technique. To the target, it appears as if the user has suddenly teleported to an ally. At C-rank, the ally can be anywhere within 15 ft. of the user. At B-rank, the ally can be anywhere within 40 ft. of the user. Additionally, the “ally” does not necessarily have to be an ally. It can just as easily be the last piece of pie or another enemy.
• Sorei C-B
Simultaneously taking advantage of a user’s lack of presence while under the influence of Mundane and blind spots of everyone in the area, Sorei allows the user to make noticeable changes to the environment while still remaining hidden in plain sight. Again, discrete bursts of chakra are used to help with position. Sorei requires the presence of several allies or neutral parties in addition to the user to work, and the user cannot be within 10 ft. (C-rank) or 5ft. (B-rank) of the enemy. This technique doesn’t allow the user to, say, tear down a wall and remain unnoticed or even just snipe an enemy at close-range. It’s more for small things, such as moving furniture or making random noises. Attacking the enemy directly while using this technique cancels it but nothing is stopping a La'Ahad from, say, dropping a chandelier on a spot a target just happens to be standing on.
• Zashiki Warashi C
Requires: Poltergeist and Mundane
It is possible, in the middle of battle, to reactivate Mundane. One post of preparation is needed. Then, taking advantage of a universal blind spot, one that all enemies have, by means of Poltergeist, the user seems to simply vanish from sight. As always, this is with the help of a little chakra-based speed enhancement, the speed boost helping the user take full advantage of even a short moment. The user must be at least 10 ft. away from any enemy.
• Goryo A
Goryo requires that the La'Ahad’s Mundane passive ability is active and that the user willingly ends Mundane with a sudden release of chakra. The sheer volume of chakra, a combination of quantity and the strangeness of it just being wasted for nothing, attracts all attention to the user in a manner even more effective than Hitodama, giving the user’s allies an entire post to act while all focus is on the user.
• Shadow Strike Style: Carnage
The user has studied physiology extensively and is skilled at making sneak attacks. This technique can only be used whenever the user begins their attack hidden or under the effects of the La’Ahad clan’s Mundane ability, or the enemy’s attention is diverted. The user exploits their target’s inattention and is able to hit them more effectively. This way they can hit them over a wider area of their body, targeting weak spotsTechniques are used effectively, dealing their maximum possible damage.
Note that this does not allow the user to make a sneak attack. It allows them to do more effective damage whenever the hit with a sneak attack. This is done through extensive study of anatomy and by exploiting attention with La’Ahad abilities before the enemy can react, partially dodge to minimize damage. It does not prevent the enemy from detecting them in the first place when they break cover to attack, so someone with quick reflexes has a chance to respond.
• Shadow Strike Style: Exploitation
The user has studied various reactions is skilled at making sneak attacks. This technique can only be used whenever the user begins their attack hidden or under the effects of the La’Ahad clan’s Mundane ability, or the enemy’s attention is diverted. The user exploits their target’s inattention and is able to hit them more effectively, bypassing defenses.
This technique can only bypass defenses where it is possible to do so. The enemy has a weakspot in their defenses? It will definitely be exploited. But, if their defense is perfect, e.g. Susanoo or Gaara’s sand armor, this will not allow the user to bypass it.
Intuitive Aptitude S
This ability passively understands the structure and operation of complex systems without special education or training. However, it also compels the La'Ahad to understand as much as they can, resulting in a "hunger" which can manifest a need to understand, which often causes the La'Ahad to kill other Shinobi to acquire their abilities. The La'Ahad must then eat a portion of their brain called the posterior parietal cortex, also known as the "Think Tank" to clan members.
This can only be used once per target. The La'Ahad can only take 14 points of jutsu from the target. Though this does not automatically grant the technique. The La'Ahad must train the technique but they enjoy a 50% reduction in post amount for each ability.
Physical Characteristics: All members of the La'Ahad Clan have dark skin as a main characteristic. They aren't particularly attractive nor ugly. They look very bland. A thirst for knowledge is their primary mental attribute.
History: The La'Ahad are not very well-known. They’ve never been well-known and never will be because that is the very nature of their clan. Finding any records of them is a challenging task, having any reason to bother finding such records is often an even rarer occurrence. The La'Ahad, as their name indicates, are like ghosts. They are not born with any special talents, but are trained from birth to be as inconspicuous as possible, to be masters of the arts of stealth over combat. An old clan originally hailing from Otogakure, the origin of many of the ninja culture’s most sense sensitive techniques, the La'Ahad have since spread across the continent and dabbled in many of history’s most important moments but they have never made enough of an impact, or at least that’s what they’d like you to believe, to be worthy of any mention.
The La'Ahad are not invisible, but they can certainly seem like they are at times. The problem in seeing them doesn’t lie in the eyes so much as it does in the mind. The La'Ahad have trained to minimize all noticeable signs of their existence. It’s very easy for the unalert eyes to simply slide past a La'Ahad, the eyes catching the existence of the La'Ahad but the mind not bothering to register it. Even those who do notice a La'Ahad often forget the face of the particular clan member within a day or two. The simplicity of the way those of the La'Ahad clan hide themselves not only reduces the chakra needed to remain hidden but also nullifies any advantages doujutsus give in finding the La'Ahad because, as stated before, it’s not a problem of the eyes but of the mind.
However, that isn’t to say the La'Ahad have completely neglected the eyes. No, as a clan that epitomizes stealth, they’ve also done everything to exploit the weakness of vision and the other senses but mostly vision as that’s what most shinobi rely on. Following the ghost theme of their clan name, the La'Ahad have several techniques that take advantage of blind spots to seemingly vanish and suddenly reappear. Out of battle, they are masters of the mundane. In battle, they are masters of misdirection.
-A Kumogakure clan which Cannot use Lightning Release.
-Using any non-La'Ahad technique that consumes chakra will break stealth
- Only 2 stages may be active at once, one of which must be poltergeist. Switching between active stages takes 30 minutes of uninterrupted meditation. So, most of your La'Ahad techniques will be unusable most of the time.
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