Thursday, June 9, 2011

Late Night Battle Strategy

Taro decided it would be best to retreat for now. He wasn't prepared to infiltrate such a heavily guarded building, and he needed time to prepare. He withdrew a paper and a pen and began marking important details about the house, roughly sketching the houses visible parameter.

Later that night, he began planning his entry in the building. He gathered all the supplies he would need from the hideout. He filled his bag with a kusarigama sickle and chain. This weapon would be particularly useful, but he didn't intend to use it for fighting. It had a much more effective use to our young ninja. This tool in itself would serve to scale many heights and was even useful as a digging tool. In contrast to some other ninja weapons like the fabled ninjato, it was easily concealed in his pack. It would also serve him better than the traditional hand and foot claws which were often much more effective on older castle walls with jagged edges, much different than the modern-construction that surrounded Aimoto's residence.

Next he located his powder flask and a few egg bombs. These easily concealed weapons were also very useful, able to contain explosive powders, smoke and flash powders, these were excellent weapons for last resort. He feared that he may have to use them because they may reveal him as a ninja, but if it means he could escape without compromising his identity, it was well worth it.

He packed a few other choice tools meant to incapacitate and distract the guards. He brought a whistle which could be easily used to mislead the guards and a few darts tipped with a potent sleeping medicine. These weapons could be used quite effectively in the right hands and would make his mission a lot easier.

As he finished filling his pack with some binoculars and a few other helpful tools, the door burst open behind him.

Taro spun on his heels to see in front of him his good friend Michio, looking stronger than ever despite the fact that his breathing was a little quick.

"Taro!" he exclaimed, throwing out his arms as if to embrace Taro.

Though affection was seldom seen in the dark ninja hideout, Taro obliged his friend he had not seen for some time. The two hugged only briefly before they separated and immediately began reminiscing.

Michio explained to Taro that he had been going through some intense training lately for a big mission.

"It really paid off," Michio said.

"I can tell," said Taro mockingly.

Michio laughed. "I guess I did bulk up a bit."

"So what was the mission?" Taro asked leaning in a bit.

"It was an assassination!"

"An assassination?" Taro was a little put off by his answer. He knew that assassinations was part of the business of ninjas, but he hardly expected that Michio would be put to one so soon. It gave him an uneasy feeling like his friend had somehow been tainted with darkness.

"Who was the target?" Taro asked with hesitation.

"He was a Korean politician. There was some rumors going around about a possible attack on Japan over some illegal missile trade. The politician kept shouting about how Japan was becoming a threat, and the government began getting worried. One thing led to another, and before we knew it, the government decided it would be best if he was silenced." Michio gave Taro a proud smirk seemingly unaware of Taro's uneasiness.

"A small squad of us went out there," Michio continued. "It was a really difficult mission. We had to sneak into the man's house late at night, just the three of us, and we were ordered to make clean work of it. So naturally poison was our best method. My other two men went out and make short work of the handful of guards patrolling, while I sneaked into the attic."

Taro didn't seem to understand so Michio explained further.

"You see, I drilled a small whole in the ceiling and lowered a thin line down above the man's mouth. Then, I simply let the poison drip down the line, and that was the end of it. No blood, no mess. Just good clean work."

Taro was quite impressed with Michio's story, so much so that his initial discomfort with the idea seemed to fade all-together. They exchanged some stories about training and missions, though Taro secretly held back some details afraid that Michio would be upset about the way Taro was handling his mission.

Taro explained that he had to infiltrate Aimoto's house and find out more. "There just isn't a whole lot of useful information," Taro said. "I need to find out more about my target, but the only way to do that is to get closer and observe his personal life. But the problem is..." He paused mid-sentence.

"What is it?" Michio said excitedly.

"Aimoto may be a good deal more important than I first made him out to be. He lives in a large mansion, surrounded by cameras and guards. It will be difficult to get in unnoticed."

Michio's face quickly stretched into a huge grin. He was more than happy to give Taro some pointers on getting in and very excited for his friend's opportunity to try out some real world infiltration.

Taro wasn't quite as excited, but with Michio's help, he felt much more at ease with what he had to do. He suddenly wished he could be more like Michio and be more energetic about his mission. He made a mental note of it, a vow to himself to be more like Michio; to be stronger, and smarter, and to always strive to be the best that he can.

The night drew on and the two had to bid farewell to each other. Both of them had lots of work ahead of them, and it was clear that they were going to need their rest.

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The big night is ahead of us now. After talking with Michio, Taro feels more than ready to take on this challenge. Is he ready? Tell me what you think in the comment section below, and please take advantage of the new google +1 button added at the bottom of each post. Since you've read this far, you clearly enjoy reading this story, and I would appreciate the support. Join us next time as we continue our story of "Taro's Ninja Spy High School"!

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What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.