|“||There's so much of my own life I can't explain. I've survived countless brushes with death, and it all started with on the day i was found by my foster father. If I'm guilty of anything, it's that I've inherited an eccentric curiosity for the unexplained.||”|
- "Only with courage in the face of doubt can lead one to the answers they seek." - Shadow Rage
Reika Masamune (麗華正宗, Masamune Reika), born as Reika Uzumaki (麗華渦巻, Uzumaki Reika) and nicknamed Rei, is a kunoichi from Kirigakure and a Jonin-Rank ninja. She is currently a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, a group of blade wielding shinobi known for their great power and swordsmanship skills. Reika was a former student of Chōjūrō, an infamous shinobi swordsman, who was also the last surviving member of the previous generation of the seven swordsmen, having studied under him for several years before becoming a swordsman in her own right.
She also served as a captain of the Undertaker Squad, a covert unit within Kirigakure’s ANBU Black Ops, and it was during her time with the Hunter-Nin organization that she gained the moniker, Darkness of the Hidden Mist (霧隠れの鬼人, Kirigakure no Yami), due to circumstances and controversies surrounding the various mission’s she had participated in the past.
Sometime after leaving the Hunter-Nin organization, Reika established herself as a powerful swordsman, having fought and defeated a number of well-known swordsmen throughout the world. She is known throughout the ninja world as the Sword Saint (剣聖, Kensei), an honorary title given to a warrior of legendary skill in swordsmanship. Because of her exploits as a swordsman, she is currently the most famous member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, her reputation is not only known throughout the Five Great Shinobi Countries, but has also reached as far as the Land of Iron.
She wields a shikomizue (a blade hidden inside a cane) sword called Amatsu-Mikaboshi (天津甕星, "August Star of Heaven"), one of the most terrifying sword's to exist in the entire world.
Reika is a descendant of the Uzumaki Clan, a prominent clan that once existed in Uzushiogakure. The circumstances behind her birth, the destruction of her former homeland, and the genocide of the Uzumaki clan, were disclosed to her at a much later time in her life, mainly after the death of her foster father.
Reika is a tall, slender yet athletic woman with long scarlet hair, large breasts, and brown eyes. She is a woman in her mid-twenties and many people find her to be very attractive or even beautiful. Her curvaceous and slender figure has been described as amazing, by her best friends Touko and Akira. The most striking thing about Reika is the colour of her hair, where the moniker Scarlet Rose' comes from. Her hair is ever changing, going from one length to another, but typically remains the same in colour. During her younger days she had neck length hair with a short bob haircut, which she then eventually started to let go as time went by. Before joining the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, she had long flowing hair which reached down to her waist. Two years prior to the time-skip, her hair style was wavy with an elegant, loosely tied knot, and bangs that covered the left side of her face.
She also changes her attire quite frequently, depending on her mood and is never seen wearing the same outfit more than once or twice.
As an ANBU Captain, she wore a tight fitted body suit which was grey in colour, with blue belts around her waist, above and below her breasts. She also wore small shoulder pads, custom designed arm guards and gloves. She wore metal greaves around her legs accompanied by knee pads, and instead of ninja sandals she chose to wear sliver greyish boots to match her overall ANBU attire. Like most members of the ANBU Black Ops she wore the standard porcelain animal mask in order to distinguish herself from regular shinobi, and as squad leader wore a white robe. She still retains her signature spiral ANBU tattoo on her left shoulder.
During her travels around the world, she wore a long sleeved white shirt with a customized metallic armor over it, a red belt around the waist, black skirt, and knee length black boots. Her attires are often military in design, with some oriental influences.
She previously wore a very provocative outfit comprising of a revealing, halter-type armor breastplate top, that leaves much of her cleavage and stomach exposed, with light-armored gauntlets and greaves on her forearms and forelegs, respectively, as well as her thighs. She also wore a dark bikini bottom with a piece of cloth obscuring her hips. A dark scarf could be seen wound around her neck.
She remains cool and composed for most of the time, with an emotionless look in her eyes, however, when angered she can look very intimidating, with her eyes bulging madly and her teeth bared.
After the two year timeskip, Reika’s hair while remaining the same in length is currently stylized in a ponytail fashion. Her outfit after the time skip is now reminiscent of a beautiful Japanese yukata. The yukata is decorated in various butterfly like motifs, with a revealing cleavage, exposing much of Reika’s chest, held together by both a large, black obi-sash, which has a thin rope tied around it, and sports a wide closing ribbon on the back. Her legs are covered by black stocking reaching up to her thighs, and she also wears a pair of zori.
ANBU Black OpsEdit
The Rise of the SwordsmanEdit
Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the MistEdit
|“||The essence of combat is to strike the vunerabilites of the opponent. There is no fair or unfair. Battle with your brains, and you'll outsmart the enemy. Battle with your brawn, and you'll hurt your enemy. Battle with both, and the victory is confirmed.||”|
Reika possesses excellent combat and hunting prowess, having been comprehensively trained by her father from an early childhood as a swordsmen and hunter-nin. She has established herself as an as an extremely dangerous individual, and is more than capable of taking a stand against even the most formidable of opponents, such as S-class criminals and missining-nin. She is widely considered to be extremely powerful by friend and foe alike, in fact her strength is so great that it has even been acknowledged by the Mizukage. A further testament to her strength is how she managed to defeat the Six Demon Generals, a group of missining-nin from the Land of Earth, all on her own and managed to leave the battle without sustaining much injury. Prior to joining the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, she battled the Jinchuriki of the Three Tailed Giant Turtle on equal terms, in a fight that lasted for five straight days, even to this day many people wonder how she managed to accomplish this feat, considering how dangerous a Tailed Beast host can be.
As a kunoichi from the Village Hidden in the Mist, Reika specializes in stealth assassination, and ninja tactics, with an extensive knowledge of various killing methods, renowned even amongst her peers. Through years of hard work and training, she has developed a vast array of skills, such as pick-pocketing, blending, armed and unarmed combat, alternative or multiple weapon attacks, free-running and long-distance combat, and is also able to use a variety of weapons including two hidden blades, swords, throwing knives and many more. Reika is very adept at using the Silent Killing, a technique which requires the user to be as quite as possible and kill their targets from behind with a blade. Her prowess with the technique is said to be only second to her predecessor, Zabuza Momochi, who was the most well-known user of the said technique when he was still alive. She is also a proficient tracker and possesses prudent tactical skills.
As stated by her long-time best friend and rival Touko Kanzaki, who in her own right is a powerful kunoichi, it would be unwise to underestimate Reika’s ninja skills or abilities, and if she ever got serious and used her full strength then it would be different story, such a warning indicates that Reika is indeed a powerful fighter. As a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, Reika is currently one of the most powerful kunoichi that Kiri has produced.
Reika is a very strong-willed person. Due to the years of experience in the battle field as a warrior, Reika has incredible determination and strength of will that makes her an extremely formidable opponent. She is able to function while tolerating massive amounts of physical pain, and capable of resisting most forms of mind control; only the strongest willed individuals have a chance of enslaving her.
Despite her impressive sets of skills and abilities, Reika is not very adept at using genjutsu, though she has learned how to counter it.
Reika has a natural affinity for lightning, which she has mastered to such a degree, that it has become an attribute enemy ninja identify her by. As a result of mastering the principles of lightning manipulation, Reika is able to invoke a technique without the need for hand seals. She employs the majority of her lightning release techniques through her blade, and uses chakra flow to maintain and direct her attacks. She has demonstrated the ability to summon lightning from almost any source, be it from her own body or from nature itself. She is able to control the direction and behaviour of lightning, being able to set a predetermined course for her lightning techniques to attack, and even redirect energy based attacks from her opponents. She is able to manipulate lightning into various shapes and sizes, as well as into various forms and constructs, these include shooting waves of lightning from her blade, converting chakra into lightning and sending a bolt of electricity directly into the ground, producing enough power to cut through the very ground, a condensed ball of electrical energy, or even an electric spark that can latch onto an opponent’s body.
By taking the principle of lightning manipulation to the next level, Reika has developed a unique form of lightning release called Kurayamino. The Kurayamino is a purely used for offensive purposes and can be channelled from any part of the user’s body. This enhanced lightning is far stronger than standard lightning chakra, as it is capable of overwhelming regular wind release attacks. With the power of the purple lightning, she can use techniques such as the Cursed Lightning to immobilise an opponent, and Lightning Karma to cause large-scale damage and destruction.
One of Reika’s most powerful technique is Akashita, a technique which creates a creature entirely made up of natural lightning by directly drawing power from thunder clouds above the sky and controlling it with chakra. Reika uses the Fangs of Lightning technique to summon the necessary power and shapes the lighting using her own chakra into the form of a demonic lightning creature with visible teeth and large claw like hands. This allows her to channel the lightning down on her target. The technique is so powerful that it has the ability to destroy a mountain.
Reika is well versed in the use of Water Release techniques, and makes use of them in many different ways in combat. She is able create a whip out of water in order to bind an opponent and channel lightning chakra through it to shock them. She can also create clones of herself by utilizing nearby water sources, and use them to either distract or fight an enemy; she could maintain several of these clones at the same time. She is also quite adept at using the Hidden Mist Technique, a displacement technique that is a specialty of the Ninja from Kirigakure. By covering the area in a thick white mist Reika can blind all her targets, making it much harder for them to defend against her attacks. Despite being blinded too, she can travel through the mist by using her other senses, such as hearing and smell to compensate for her lack of vision, this way she can go in and out of sight at will from within the pearly-white realm, and stealthy attack her opponents.
Reika is quite skilled in the usage of the Summoning Technique, being able to summon a variety of objects within a matter of seconds. During her battle with the Three Tailed Giant Turtle, she used the Summoning: Suzakumon, to block an attack from the rampaging Tailed Beast. She can also use the upgraded version, Summoning: Quadruple Suzakumon, which summons four Suzakumon gates simultaneously, increasing its defense by four times. With the Chains of Iron Maiden, she was able to temporarily bind the Tailed Beast into submission by wrapping its entire body with a large number of chains.
Reika has access to a very unique summoning, a large wolf like creature called Roga, the Legendary Beast of Thunder. Roga has the ability to not only produce lightning, but become the very element itself. She is able to summon Roga into battle, being able to use the beast to replenish her own lightning chakra reserve and also use its unique affinity over lightning to further aid her in combat. When battling alongside her trademark creature, Reika was strong enough to fight on even grounds against the Three Tailed Giant Turtle and its Jinchūriki, a feat considered impossible to accomplish by normal shinobi.
Reika can depend on Roga during battle as the thunder beast is quite strong and agile; he is proficient in close quarter combat and like Reika can use lightning release techniques. Roga is also known to be quite fast on his feet, as he can dodge attacks at close range and can use his impressive speed to run and leap large distances in a matter of minutes. Roga is fiercely loyal to Reika.
Being a descendant of the Uzumaki clan, Reika has been blessed with incredible stamina and vitality, which insures a potentially long lifespan. Even at a young age, she was noted to have been born with an exceptionally powerful chakra, which has since then been further augmented to new heights, as a result of regular training and battle experiences. During her battle with Yue Kurayami, she was able to summon Roga, a high level summon, while in an injured state, to aid her in battle. She is able to use multiple highly chakra-consuming techniques several times a day, such as Kurayamino, and the Summoning: Suzakumon, without faltering or showing signs of exhaustion. Due to the exceptional quality of her chakra, it has endowed her with impressive physical abilities, allowing her to perform feats that would otherwise be impossible for a regular shinobi to do.
While preferring to use her Kenjutsu skills in battle, Reika has shown that she can be just as dangerous when unarmed. She is highly proficient in direct hand to hand combat, as seen from her ability to fight against several armed opponents, while she herself remained unarmed. She is more than capable enough to take down a man much larger in size with a single punch and also send the said man flying several yards away with a single kick. Her impressive taijutsu skills allowed her to easily defeat, without killing, hundreds of Oto-nin in a single battle without sustaining much injury. She is able to mix hand to hand combat with her swordsmanship while in battle
In stark contrast with her slim and womanly figure, Reika possess a great deal of physical strength, obviously bordering on the lines of super-human strength. She has repeatedly shown capable of carrying and dragging objects many times her own size and weight. She is able to lift an average-sized man by the throat using only one hand and carry an unconscious person over her shoulder. She can also easily break through stone with a single kick, and was also able to send a Jinchuriki in its tailed state, several meters away from both of them, with a flick of her wrist.
One of her greatest physical attributes is her speed, as she is able to run and move at incredible speeds for long periods of time without showing signs of exhaustion or faltering. She has been known to use her speed to surprise opponents by sneaking up behind them. As a result of her swordsmanship training, Reika possesses instantaneous reflexes, allowing her to react to danger much faster. She can evade (or block) high-speed attacks and projectiles that move so fast that it would normally be impossible for an average human to even notice them, much less evade them. Due to her feminine figure she is able to move gracefully and dodge physical attacks at close range, it also endows her with great agility and flexibility, with which she can confuse or even overwhelm an opponent.
To match her incredible strength, Reika has a high tolerance for pain, and possess great deal of physical stamina and endurance, as seen when she was directly impaled by a sword and did not even flinch from the perceived damage, even when the blow was dealt by the likes of a master swordsmen.
Reika is one of the most powerful swordsmen in the world, with years of combat experience under her belt. Her skills in swordsmanship are of the highest caliber, having trained with and fought against some of the most gifted swordsmen in the world. Even before joining the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, she was reputed as being a master swordsman with virtually unmatched skills even among other strong swordsmen. During the four years she had spent travelling the world, she managed to defeat 100 swordsmen, which eventually led her to gaining the title of Sword Saint (剣聖, Kensei), an honorary title given to a warrior of legendary skill in swordsmanship. Through training and experience she has honed her swordsmanship skills to a level of mastery that allows her to fight nearly any opponent; this in turn has made her into a highly adaptable combatant.
When using her swordsmanship skills in battle, she moves in an elegant flow like manner, and has tuned her body so finely that she can at a precise moment stop her attacks and subsequently counter and execute lethal attacks with absolute precision. While fighting, she can use her feminine figure to take advantage of her great agility and flexibility, striking from various angles to confuse and annoy her opponents. She also uses a combination of swift movements and powerful strikes to land critical hits on to her opponents, as she prefers to inflict as much damage as possible. She is able to perceive an opponent’s movement and keep up with them in terms of technique and power.
She is very proficient in the use of One Sword Style, and Two Sword Style techniques, and has even created a unorthodox style of swordsmanship called the No Sword Style, which forgoes the use of swords, instead relying on her hands and feet to act as sword like weapons, but in order to do so she must wrap her body with the Lightning Empress Armor, which allows her she to utilize the incredible cutting power of lightning elemental chakra. In addition, she has demonstrated the ability to use a Flying Slash Attack (飛ぶ斬撃, Tobu Zangeki), a technique that consists of creating a slicing wind or projectile of compressed air that is used to slice an opponent from a long distance. Her sword slashes possess so much force behind them that they are able to slice through metal using only the air pressure from the swings.
In addition to her regular kenjutsu techniques, Reika is also a practitioner of Iaido, a style of swordsmanship which involves drawing the sword from its sheath, striking the opponent, and then replacing the sword in the sheath. Reika has displayed considerable knowledge and skill in Iaido, though she rarely uses the skill, unless facing an opponent whom she cannot defeat using conventional means. She is capable of striking so fast that an opponent does not realize they have been slain until she sheathes her weapon. Reika appears to be ambidextrous, being able to wield her sword with her right hand and then switch it to the left; this gives her the element of surprise against those who are truly unaware of her abilities as a master swordsmen. She is even capable of employing her swords effectively using her feet, by wielding their hilts between her hallux and second toe.
Reika is capable of channeling lightning chakra through her blade increasing it's cutting power. She can also use her sword as a mid-range weapon to injure an enemy several feet out of the blade's physical range; she does this by extending the blade with her lightning chakra. She is able to cut through almost anything when lightning chakra flows through her sword, demonstrated when she sliced through a chakra wave created by a similar sword technique. Her frequently used weapon is the High Frequency Lightning Release Blade.
Reika’s signature weapon is the Amatsu-Mikaboshi a shikomizue sword, which she wields with great efficiency and skill. This sword is another variant of Orochimaru's Sword of Kusanagi, and like all variants of the Kusanagi, the Amatsu-Mikaboshi also possesses a unique ability. Those who are slain by the sword are forever bound to the sword, meaning that the spirits of everyone ever killed by the sword are bound to protect it and by extension its wielder. It is referred to as an "Evil sword" (悪刀, Akutō) and has been described as being one of the most terrifying swords to exist in the world.
With years of experience as a hunter-nin and shinobi, along with being the Captain of the Undertaker Squad, Reika has proven herself to be a highly intelligent woman. She is an accomplished strategist and is widely considered to be one of the greatest tacticians in the Village Hidden in the Mist, both on and off the battlefield. She is able to formulate battle strategies and her brilliant tactical sense allows her to alter any strategy to fit the changing need of the situation. She has an undeniable talent for thinking things well in advance as well; make decisive and accurate decisions quickly in battle. She has proven herself to be a crafty tactician, as shown from her ability to always think two steps ahead of her enemies and three steps ahead of her friends. She is also shown to be a very perceptive woman, being able to deduce a person’s true motives and actions by thoroughly observing their personality traits and characteristic. Befitting her former ANBU status, Reika has knowledge of various foreign techniques and kekkei genkai, having instantly recognized a Lava Release technique upon seeing it, and further deduce the abilities of the Sharingan due to possessing prior knowledge of the Dojutsu.
Interrogation & Torture ExpertEdit
|“||You are going to tell me what I want to know, it's just a matter of how much you want it to hurt.||”|
During her time with the ANBU Black Ops, much of Reika’s skills in the said area developed. She has a good understanding of how the individual mind works, and how much psychological torture a human being can endure. She is able to inflict the maximum amount of pain and agony on a victim while keeping them alive as long as possible. She is willing to use as much excessive force required in order to get whatever information is necessary, and in desperate situation’s will even use torture. Several methods seen include hanging a person over the edge of a building by one leg or chaining a person upside down and beating them within an inch of their life. She usually uses intimidation or psychological fear to get the answers. "Fear is an excellent motivator" she once said. During her time as the Captain of the ANBU, she would often interrogate an enemy spy alone without any assistance from anyone, and would most of the time get the answers she wanted; she was also noted to use several torture weapons and devices in some of her interrogation sessions. Due to her unconventional interrogation methods and ability to instil fear into others, many of her comrades where intimidated by her.
- For as long as I can remember....I’ve desired power. I didn’t want those things that were precious to me to be taken away anymore. But, to have strength means to invite disaster to come to you. And strength alone can't really protect you.
- It is my loyalty and dedication towards the village and its people that makes my heart strong, if I'm fighting for the sake of those I love and care about, then I care not what happens to this body. For I am a blade that fights for the sake of my friends and their future, as such I have no regrets.
- I am now but an instrument of violence, a vessel of invincibility, my path is one which cannot be left undecided. Although I can take your life at this very moment I will not but rather I will step down to do battle another day, Remember me for all time this. I will Break you down till your hope has died or I will Beat you down till victory's mine, so stand up now and show me your warriors pride........
- "Courage is something not so easily defined by those who fight and do not fall, but it is defined by those who fight, fall, and rise up once again, to see a better future."
- "Emotion can be ones greatest weapon and ally, but it can also be the cause of their downfall."
- "I am a woman of few words, but I let my actions speak for myself, so you’d be wise to listen."
- "One of the most important things that I've learned throughout the years is that you can't afford to live in the past."
- "History has always been vague, conveying the truth is not essential, but rather it’s about making it suit your own needs."
- "I can see the hatred and bloodlust in your eyes……you possess the same eyes as I do, eyes that long for strength and power."
- "Wars take many lives away. Humans never forget the grief, but they also never stop the fighting. But we must always remember that one person with the right resolve can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the very course of history. So my fellow brethren let us today stand here united and make a difference. Let us make sure that future generations never have to witness the brutality of war, so together let’s make a difference and take this threat head on, so that another war may never fall upon us ever again."
- The Japanese name Reika may be written with the characters for "lovely; companion" (rei) and "splendor; flower; petal" (ka). Masamune (正宗) means "True Principle".
- Her appearance is based on Erza Scarlet and Erza Knightwalker from the anime/manga series Fairy Tail.
- Her theme song is Serenata Immortale By Immediate Music and her battle theme is Stricken By Disturbed.
- According to the author:
- Reika's hobbies are reading erotic novels, shopping, and bounty hunting.
- Reika will fight against anyone strong enough to challenge her.
- Reika'sfavourite phrase is, "I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you ... stronger"
- Reika's favorite foods are beef and sake, while her least favorite food is Sushi.
- Reika has completed 800 official missions in total: 200 D-rank, 200 C-rank, 200 B-rank, 150 A-rank, 50 S-rank.
- She is the author's first character here on the new naruto fanon.
- She is a remake as well as an amalgamation of the author’s two previous works over at the old naruto fanon. Reiko Himegami and Asura, as such she possess traits and skills from both characters with some modifications made, in order to ensure that she was not simply a copy/paste character.