Participants: Moon Village
Type: Plot Mission (leads to future plot event)
Solo: 20 EXP
Group: 25 EXP, 20 Ryo
Location: Moon Village
Details: A string of gnarly murders have begun to pop up around the Moon village. At least every other week a dead body pops up in a random place in the village. However each of these murders have something in common. The body is stretched out and painted with a giant red A across the body and the surrounding environment. It is clearly a warning, but for what? Moon Shinobi are being tasked with investigating the crime scenes and gathering clues as to what these murders might mean.
Requirements: Solo must make a 600 word post.
Group- Each person must post at least twice, with a 1000 word count total.
It was very strange for the Moon Village to request help for an investigation. When the messenger had first arrived, most assumed it was within the lands of the Sun or at the very least a region foreign to both of them. When they found out the investigation was based not only in the lands of the Moon but the Moon Village itself, there was an air of grimmness. As of late there had been a murder well a series of murders. A most gruesome death and post mortem ritual that made even the most experienced Shinobi hold back a barf. The bodies were flayed, drawn and quartered. They were used like a paint brush or building block to depict a large red letter A. If the village could not solve it to the point they required outside help? The matter was as serious as it could get.
The Sun village would agree to help with the investigation. None of the elders dared flaunt this opportunity as a favour owed. The crime was truly horrific and the force behind it was something that needed to be stopped. Letting such actions go unanswered was detrimental to both villages. Outsider and insiders alike would start to lose faith in the village. Supporters would stop giving them jobs and villagers would take laws into their own hands. Enemies would see it as a weakness, taking the opportunity to attack the village and its interests. Enemy villages and even small bandit raids would increase along the outer rims.
Shizuka was a most promising investigator. Making the most, albeit wrong, progress on the the Sun's own murders. Having seen the files for herself, Shizuka had suspected that the crimes were involved. The Jasmine symbols were an upside triangle inside a circle, the letter A however wasn't exactly the same. That theory went out the window as the Moon Village had their own cases of Jasmine killings. The one merely used blood and kidnapped children this most recent case seemed to kill without discrimination and liked to publicly displayed defiled bodies.
There was no use trying to solve it from the case files alone. Imino would pack up the various scrolls containing the information and set off to the Village of the Moon. Once there she would be assigned a guard and together they would visit the crime scenes. As far as Imino could gather the crimes were different. The one was a cult based motif while the other was a sort of warning. Gangs would often display bodies either in warning or to set an example. The victims were all normal people, civillians within the village. Then it wasn't exactly setting an example in inter gang rivalry. It was a warning of sorts but for what?
Imino's investigations found her speaking to the families of victims and neighbours around the crime scenes. Much like before she got no where. People would not talk to her. Was it because she was an outsider or because they feared the reprise of having talked to the authorities? Shizuka wanted to expand her investigation, perhaps it was a warning against the village. She tried to ask the Moon if there were any suspects or clashes they had in the past with terrorist or criminal groups. Yet all they gave her was a no, barring from pulling records of past cases. It made sense, they couldn't trust her but that didn't mean Shizuka couldn't be frustrated. She found nothing other than clues that led no where and she now had more questions than an answer. After three days Shizuka would leave for home. Her investigation had revealed nothing.