The Konoha Cemetery is where citizens of the village are buried and are located on its outskirts. The cemetery has a sculpture at the front, representing the Will of Fire of the village, and has the kanji for Hokage (火影, literally meaning: Fire Shadow) inscribed on its base.
The Grid – a set of sequential sealing arrays set up by Ketsugo Uzumaki. Set up in preparation for a plethora of reasons, and with the events of the Red Bombing, they had sprung into action based on the Uzumaki’s will and intent. As a result of the seal's nature and multi-faceted purposes, acted to protect Land of Fire citizens and served to preserve and maintain some of its locations. These seals were constructed by Yin-Yang Release, as well as those set by the Konoha Sealing Corps which were set to respond under particular circumstances.
After the sudden and devastating declaration by the being known as Madoguchi, it would seem as though as he had retreated into the chakra source as fast as he had arrived. Due to this sudden retreat by the alien threat, the world leaders have ordered all citizens' return effective immediately.
Zone 1 & 2: April 13, 1205 AH 9:00 AM
Zone 3 & 4: April 13, 1205 AH 9:00 PM
It was a time within the Land of Fire when peace resided within the nation. The land is not troubled by any threats of civil war or any war with any other land or nation. This was a perfect time to reinforce the assets of the nation. This was by harnessing and advancing the tools and technology available. In addition to achieving that goal, the Hokage also wanted to increase the muscle behind the ground forces of the nation. A land occupied by many strong shinobi clans could compete against any others within the world. However, the objective was not to compete or even have a fair fight. The red-haired man who stood upright, and stared his cerulean oculars forward had intentions of enhancing the shinobi and warriors within the land. Through the use of experimentation, utilizing and maximizing the effectiveness of scientific ninja tools with jutsu development the possibilities were endless. As the Hokage stood with a black anbu coat on, the man blended in with the platoon surrounding him in the cemetery. Recently collected were the contents of the fellow Hokage’s DNA, stored appropriately by those tasked with handling them. Ketsugo intentions were not hidden, as the very purpose of these was to draw from each of their individual abilities and powers. This was a new age in the Land of Fire to come. Considering this was very few of the many ideas the Kage had, there was also something else he had in mind and that was one of the most valuable assets in the village's history. The nine-tailed demon fox and another tailed beast. The cemetery was cleared out hours ago, as only authorized personnel was allowed in. A dedicated anbu was surveying the area through dojutsu and other unique sensory techniques belonging to the clans of the village. The Hokage stood in front of the tombstone of the second Hokage Tobirama, while folding his arms he thought about the legacy of the great men and women who served the land and their purposes. The man waited for the appearance Suzaku of the Goka, as well as Kami Uchiha to step forwards. Time was of the essence for the nation to accomplish what its Kage wanted. He thought. “I’ll harness each of your ideologies, and transcend it into something that is beyond even your wildest dreams. In order to manifest the skill and strength the nation requires; I’ll be borrowing each of your minds and bodies to craft an army unlike any other. Then have you bear witness reborn in my army. ” The Sage seemed suspended from reality as his mind pondered things that needed to be done. Elsewhere, within the realms of Zoshima was another version of himself studying and researching the reanimation technique. While the other three were stationed across the land of fire; Uzumaki compound, FIA headquarters, and Hokage office.
While the world resided in a state of peace, there was a sharp tension that stretched globally. The state of the major villages and land resources had been greatly depleted and Konohagakure's military and political might had not flourished as it once did. To believe the once proclaimed strongest village could no longer hold that feat. While Konohagakure tried to chase their former glamour, shinobi principles and motivation had drastically changed. Not only was the Land of Fire now on equal footing as the other 4 major nations, but were equivalent to smaller nations like Amegakure. Suzaku’s blood boiled when thinking of how much a coward Amoghisaddhi Ōtsutsuki was. Amoghisaddhi Ōtsutsuki murdered Uzumaki Naruto, the last God-like shinobi whose name rained throughout the world. Naruto’s power was severely weakened due to his age but his clan’s longevity and experience allowed him to injure Amoghisaddhi Ōtsutsuki who then retreated else to recuperate. Could you believe one man could have an impact globally? Well, that was very much the case as Naruto's death ended the hundred years of peace. Peace contracts had been broken or simply forgotten about, as world amnesia corroded the minds of all. History had been mysteriously erased and the teachings of Hagoromo dwindled away.
Closing the distance between the red-haired shinobi who wore an onyx black coat, Suzaku scoffed at his rival who visited the site of the dead. The interaction between the two sages was subtle and had not broken out into a fight, as Suzaku Yōhi had sensed the overwhelming disappointment from his friend who hoped to learn from the old ones and harness their power.
“You’re more foolish than I thought you dweeb. Learning Tobirama’s jutsu will do more harm than good. But your Hokage now so I’ll watch you plummet Konohagakure into the ground.” The emphasis of his words was chiefly on life. “Maybe I should recapture the nine-tails and abandon this lifeless village.” Suzaku’s deep voice continued to chastise his dear rival.
The doctor's pockets sunk deep into his pockets beginning to walk from Ketsugo as he had not wanted to be near Ketsugo in this pathetic state. Truth be told, Suzaku cared for Konohagakure immensely but would not sacrifice his life for the Konohagakure but for the Land of Fire. Suzaku's mind was more intricate and was categorized as a cruel man. Even though his words and attitude were unsettling, Suzaku knew how important it was to protect the Land of Fire within the land resided the Village Hidden in the Leaf. While Suzaku would not openly admit it, he and Ketsugo shared the same goal.
As a member of Konohagukre’s elite shinobi squadron known as the anbu black ops Kami Uchiha, had been tasked with accompanying the Hokage to Konoga’s Cemetery. For a hundred years most of the great nations were at peace thanks to the efforts of the great 7th Hokage aside from a few who tried to disturb the peace throughout the years but only to be met with failure as they were quickly disposed of by the hidden leaf’s Anbu forces. Kami had been among those who defended the Land of Fire in secret despite being aware of the Uchiha clan's past. Kami Uchiha lived on to forge his own path being inspired by the latest and in his opinion the greatest Hokage Ketsugo Uzumaki. As he was summoned to Konoha's cemetery the young Uchiha surveyed his surroundings for anything suspicious and found nothing out of the ordinary, besides a few of the anbu accompanying Ketsugo including himself. Each anbu member had on their classic anbu uniforms which had been covered with a black cloak and mask, Kami Uchiha himself wore a unique fox max with gold detailing a the fox features.
Kami made his way to give Lord Ketsugo a scouting report and he would take notice of the Flame Demon of the Hidden Leaf in the presence of the Hokage. He’d approach the two calmly listening as Suzaku spoke recklessly, however the young Uchiha would remain cautious and observe closely as the two great shinobi might have a different understanding than he perceived. Waiting patiently to be acknowledged by the Hokage to give his scouting report, he was curious how the Hokage would respond to Suzaku’s comment. Although the Suzaku had made a fair point when it came to resurrecting the dead Kami’s, faith and loyalty resided with the Hokage; he’d assumed that Lord Ketsugo would only resort to such tactics for a good reason. With the ninetails finally being revived there was no telling what might come of the future if his power fell into the wrong hands, however he was very fond of just capturing the biju after all it has been through. Unlike most Uchiha Kami, was sympathetic for all life no matter the species. He wondered if the ninetails would willingly come back to the hidden leaf or would he resort to the demonic status that everyone feared.
To fear power. To respect power. To gain power and then to love power. But what to do if one did not have power? Then one must obtain it.
But what was power?
To the red-haired shinobi, the definition stretched far and wide. The concept was simple to some because they could not see beyond the basic and academic description of the word. Power was not just strength that could be observed, it was that which was unseen. However, those who could not see were not destined to perceive reality in its entirety; therefore incapable of realizing the truth between space and time. Those who could not comprehend could never be fit to lead. The cerulean orbs of the red-haired Hokage looked at Suzaku when the man approached and could see someone that did not have a vision. It was the reason why his rival could never surpass him, it was his own mindset that kept the fire in its cage. Always needing to be ignited instead of constantly flowing and burning as a sage should. It was a weakness, something Ketsugo did not lack.
However, his comrade was someone who did have strength unlike most in the shinobi world and that was the reason he had been allowed in this authorized area. His power was required for the benefit of the Land of Fire. Ketsugo was the leader of the village hidden in the leaves, but he also had surmounted control within the Imperial army as the current acting Fire Chancellor too. The government was run, truthfully and solely by the Uzumaki, because the nation currently lacked: vision. Ketsugo looked over Suzaku, analyzing the man for a brief moment, and already saw what he knew. A juggernaut and a weapon that was to be used for the benefit of the land. He respected his abilities, despite his known dislike for the vulgar attitude of the Yohi member.
As the man finished his walk, Ketsugo opened in response. “I was before and after you, is it not a shame for a soldier to leave his post?” His words were clear and pronounced perfectly for them to be heard and understood without any miscommunication. It was a blatant and bold stab, as it were true. And he continued. “Despite our history…” His right foot lifted upwards, and by the time it landed the man had moved. Faster than a blink, and quieter than a sloth. The casual and unsuspecting step leads to the gap between the two closing to nothing more than arm's length. “…Anyone who dares defies the Land of Fire, will face consequences deserving of traitors. Even whispers and jokes shall be silenced and then even the silence will shout. And when the silence cries out, none who hears shall suffer anymore .” Unlike any of his predecessors, he would not hesitate to do what was needed to protect the land. This was no threat, it was a promise to the possible foreshadowing of what would be needed should he have toyed within a matter of this severity. His words held no malice, nor did they hold threatening intent. It was dry and rigged, dull yet robust. Decisive and precise, as all who were near would hear. And naturally, Anbu readied instinctively to assist should the Sovereign be denied and challenged.
Afterward, Ketsugo delivered a smile that should have shown warmth but it too was stale. Maybe it was because of his deliberate actions, that revealed his true nature. A resolve that revealed his heart, which is to protect the land at all cost, and for his ally to question him on a task he intended for such as the one to come was troublesome. Regardless, a step was taken back after his initial message was delivered. But it was not, nor would be his final the interaction between the two men. Knowing Suzaku, Ketsugo already anticipated his reaction unconsciously. After a second, the man was hoping to be in his original position.
The Uzumaki was someone who has led the nation as Kage for fifteen years now and was unquestionable during the majority of his time serving. This was because of his desire to protect the village, as well as the ability to maintain overall stability despite suffering losses. Most of his life has been managing crises and resolving conflicts. As well as extinguishing embers before they could burst into flames without hesitation. And this current state of affairs was another situation to be solved - capture the tailed beast. It was no time to let one’s guard down, literally and figuratively. As Hokage, it was his duty to use all resources available even if it included the use of dead shinobi of the land of fire, as he was technically honoring their memory because of his admiration for their abilities and personal perspectives. The purpose was to protect what they had started, and in his own way, it was his duty to do just that.
Anything out of his control, by default, could become the nation's problem. He could not allow that to happen, it was viewed as hazardous and threatening to national security. As only his trusted comrades were here. And some were tasked with essential responsibilities, such as surveying the crowd, securing the area, as well as making reports. Kami Uchiha, was an individual amongst the unit to give the Kage periodic updates. And soon, Kami Uchiha would have to give his report. Ketsugo looked toward his student and nodded signaling that Anbu was able to speak. Ketsugo had much to tell, but too was a report and circumstances based on Suzaku’s reaction.
Narrowed eyes peered down upon the wretched Hokage whose ideologies weren't expansive enough and for a man who utilized space-time ninjutsu, Suzaku was surprised at how close-minded the Hokage was. During Hashirama and Tobirama's regime, the Hokage was noted to be the strongest shinobi in the village, but this fact had dwindled away. Understanding the demon he was, Suzaku had no desire to be Hokage as his powers were not used to protect, but to utterly destroy. While most questioned if the Will of Fire resonated inside of the Sage, they could not understand that he was the living embodiment of the flame. Suzaku's willpower and physical capabilities far exceeded his rival who wouldn't even be able to willfully commit to standing adjacent to Suzaku had he let out his full power. Not only was Suzaku the strongest in the Konohagakure but in the Land of Fire.
Suzaku's comrade did present enough strength to voluntarily take on the political and militaristic position as Hokage, which allowed for Suzaku to roam the world had he needed to. The Sage respected both Yozu and Ketsugo's prowess, whole-heartedly believing that their rivalry helped develop him into a juggernaut. While Ketsugo opened his mouth to assert his dominance, Suzaku intentionally interrupted him, obnoxiously yawning in order to avoid his ears from attentively listening to Uzumaki's words. This had not completely worked as Ketsugo's last statement penetrated into the ears of the demon. So there he stood feet away from his nemesis ready to engage in battle had Ketsugo made the first move. Suzaku's eyes, however, spoke volumes larger than what one might fill the sea with. Behind them were a rage and intent to kill if need be. "I was indeed joking, but you've seen the piles of ash I've reduced people to after even looking at me the wrong way." squinting as he stepped in closer to the Hokage. The human furnace's body had emitted a wave of heat that was 212°F that continued to gradually grow the angrier Suzaku got. "This threat comes from the same Hokage, who wishes to relocate the Uzumaki elsewhere, right Uzumaki Lord" he evilly grinned. "You should be careful how you talk to me dimwit. Your own foolish worlds can cause a civil war in an instant". He said, his eyes lightening up furiously. The words that Suzaku spoke were entirely true. Ketsugo had been a stern Hokage but failed to realize he had not ruled the same Konohagakure decades ago. Konohagakure's assets were drastically weaker than they had ever been and his threats would further plummet the Leaf Village into the ground.
Upon realizing Suzaku's seriousness, Ketsugo must have delivered a smile in order to deescalate any situation that could've potentially arrived. Suzaku's heat slowly subsided, discharging clouds of smoke that would have been carried away by the wind. A deep sigh expelled from his lips and the surgeon had now diverted his attention to the newcomer who was known as Kami Uchiha. The doctor grinned his teeth as he looked toward the shinobi hiding their identities with porcelain masks.
"I hope you're not as useless as you seem"Suzaku's arms folded as his vermillion orbs darted towards him. "What is the status of the nine tails? Had any of you searched outside of the village for the nine tails fox?" Suzaku demanded answers applying the same tone and power he once held as Hokage. Had one understood the Fire Sage, they would understand that Suzaku had the interest of the Land of Fire in mind.