Kage (for those close to him), as well as Shuiro, Kaze-Tora and Ikiryō as earned and given names.
, though that much has only been known to himself recently. He prefers to act as though he belongs to no clan, despite his bloodline, thus leaving his legacy behind.
Upon looking at Kagetora’s face, your attention is drawn to a single feature. His bright, piercing blue eyes seem to have different kinds of effects on people – but they never leave anyone indifferent. His slender face, pale skin and strong facial bone structure provide the perfect frame for the powerful pair of eyes, which strongly contrasts with his naturally crimson hair. Though with a natural penchant to be kept long and, thus, unruly when kept otherwise, Kagetora’s hair is not allowed to grow longer than a couple of inches, being refused at the same time to have its aberrant natural color displayed. Instead, his hair is regularly dyed a pale blonde, a color he deems much more fitting of his skin and eye color, avoiding an unsightly clashing of colors.
Built to perfection. That’s how anyone attempting to describe Kagetora’s body would most likely approximate themselves to reality. Though tall and relatively skinny, standing at 6’3” and weighing 187 lbs, the Rokudaime Raikage’s body has been sculptured flawlessly through sheer hard work, every single muscle group worked on with utmost care to increase its efficiency and power, while still avoiding needless oversizing or an unneeded excess in mass. This results in a sculptured appearance that, when looked at in tight-fitting clothes, permits the observing of every single muscle, perfectly defined and visible. This, in turn, grants Kagetora an extremely compact build that, even though is built for sheer bursts of speed, can also be surprisingly physically strong, particularly when one disregards that possibility due to his lack of bulging muscles.
Nothing but the highest quality materials cloths will touch the skin of Shuiro Kagetora. Even then, having very particular tastes, acquiring attires becomes a rather tiresome and gruesome process for anyone accompanying him, particularly his personal assistant, who is mostly in charge of the process. To add insult to injury, it is not uncommon for the Raikage to completely refuse to wear a particular attire more than once, thus cloistering these high grade clothes to his extended wardrobe, which at this point takes an entire room. It is, then, highly unlikely anyone will ever catch the Raikage looking less than stellar, as he simply shuns the idea of leaving the house unless he looks up to par with his extremely high expectations of his appearance. Regardless, there are two staple attires that, on regular situations, one might expect to see Kagetora wear. The first, for all formal business to be conducted under his honorary title of Raikage as well as his on-duty time, is naturally his official uniform, composed by a long, flowing white robe made of pure virgin wool, traditional wooden Geta sandals and the iconic Raikage hat. On the other end of the spectrum, during more informal situations and in his free time, his most worn attire is a simple, long satin robe with a blue and white frothy pattern, tied around the waist with a simple rope sash and, once more, Geta sandals (though, on occasion, he’s known to simply wearing regular sandals).
Beneath both of these attires, Kagetora insists in wearing his third most regular set of clothes – this battle equipment. Composed of a tight-fitting black shirt that sticks to his toned body while still allowing for easy movement, as well as slightly looser pants, this battle set is rounded up by a fishnet undershirt as well as regular rubber sandals with an anti-slip sole, covered in tiny rigid spikes and indentations that permit a much better adherence to most surfaces. Both his shirt and pants are fire resistant and water proof, thus granting him a moderate protection to these effects.
In terms of accessories, Kagetora refuses to sport his Kumogakure Headband, a symbol of his life as a regular shinobi that, now, he has deemed surpassed, having reached the pinnacle of the Shinobi existence. Instead, he represents his pride for his village through a small tattoo of the Kumogakure symbol on the left side of his chest. Wearing a solid white gold pendant of the same symbol, however, is not uncommon. Another possession he carries with him at all times is his Kiseru pipe, built out of bamboo and adorned with rings of pure gold. The tip of this Kiseru pipe is quite sharp and, as such, it can be used as an impromptu weapon, if needed be.
Forehead Protector: Kagetora does not wear any Hitai-ate.
One of the most defining traits of Kagetora’s complex personality, every minute of his life reeks of his ego. While not exceedingly unreasonable and not unable to recognize value in others, Kage does have a special knack for not only overestimating his own worth but also to flaunt it, sometimes obnoxiously, in front of everyone else, particularly good looking females. This leads to most people simply misinterpreting his inflated ego for a negative trait in his personality when, truthfully, it is a mere byproduct of his hard life. Having been forced on depending on no one but himself, working his way from the very bottom of the food chain to becoming the apex predator, Kagetora largely attributes his success to his own capabilities and, as such, is quick to laud himself.Grandiosity
Gifted with a superiority complex almost as big as his ego, Kagetora can become quite detestable, on occasion, upon finding himself head to head with someone. While normally remaining free of this blemishing trait, his sense of superiority leads him to exhibit two types of behaviors. Firstly, while still able to attributing worth and merit where it’s due, everyone else’s accomplishments – bar for a select few who have already garnered his favor before this trait was significantly developed – will always pale in comparison to his. As such, it is rather rare for Kagetora to find himself impressed by someone or establishing someone as his rival. However, when this does happen, the second version of this trait rears its ugly head, he will often resort to voicing his superiority over the person in question, in an attempt to bring a rise out of him or her, thus further establishing his blatant superiority. This is the main reasoning behind his uncanny taste and love for everything that is expensive – once you reach the top of the hill, you might as well enjoy it.Inexorability
Markedly serious, Kagetora leaves little space for banter, enjoyment and laughter in his daily life – unless these are achieved at the cost of the dignity of one of his opponents. Duty-focused and resolute, one might even categorize the Raikage as austere, due to his occasional streaks of strictness, enforcing the rules he believes in to the utmost, regardless of context and situation, and leading his village in a rather militaristic fashion. This behavior stems from his desire to appear and act as professional and businesslike as he can, lest he embarrass his beloved Kumogakure in the eyes of the other villages, as well as attempting to ensure the militaristic supremacy that Kumogakure has always more or less established among the other Great Nations. This, additionally, leads to a certain unrelenting behaviors as well as workaholic tendencies. Furthermore, Kagetora is known for being extremely cautious around mostly everyone, carefully assessing their intentions and goals, before making his own move or saying anything that may lead to a weakened position. This also leads him to having a difficulty in trusting people he is not accustomed to with, yet, and thus requiring of them (sometimes) extreme shows of loyalty. He is not, however, devoid of humor or playfulness – he merely chooses who to exhibit it to very carefully.Virility
Another contradicting duality that is quite obvious to anyone paying enough attention. Despite the personality trait mentioned above and the fact that, generally, he only exhibits his sense of humor and playfulness to a select handful of close friends, the situation changes completely when the matter at hand is women. Extremely flirtatious and playful when it comes to females, he is known for parading around town with an entourage of his female fans, fans which grew to becoming his groupies once he quickly rose in ranks inside the militaristic establishment of Kumogakure. Though never daring to go overly far with these fans of his, for fear of shaming his honor and good name, Kagetora enjoys their presence and their fawning over his appearance and his abilities. This does not, however, fill in the void that, once in a while, reemerges inside of him.Majesty
Disregarding all of the special, rare occasions during which Kagetora’s normal behavior is warped and twisted, he portraits himself the same way he carefully fashions his appearance. Gifted with a great amount of class and civility, Kagetora is quite polite and charming, as well as considerate to the needs and wants of those around him, as well as the village he rules. Though fairly militaristic and ruling with an iron fist, at times, his demeanor is generally calm and courteous, and he will always put his village’s needs above his own, being no stranger to dangerous and risky situations for the well being of his home. Focusing a good amount of effort into proper social etiquette, it is unlikely anyone will ever catch him being coarse or crude – as if he had been tailored from birth to become a nobleman.Solemnity
Together with his gifts in etiquette and interpersonal relationships, Kagetora is also highly skilled in the arts of motivations. Being extremely charismatic and alluring, he is capable of enticing the hearts of those around him and leading them to shifting their existence towards the good of those around them, as well as his own ideas of justice, righteousness and honor. Though he can accomplish this through the power of words and motivation, he does so whilst restraining himself from manipulating others, merely attempting to nudge them in the right direction whilst potentiating their accomplishments and strengths, rather than fully utilizing them for his own, personal gain. This allows him to be easily accepted as a leader, once he has showcased these traits in full force.Gallantry
Once fully committed to a cause or goal, Kagetora’s unrelenting personality and his bravery meld into a single trait, one that allows him to chase his goal towards the edge of the earth. A courageous and fierce warrior, Kagetora will fight for his ideals and those he considers as his beloved ones – Kumogakure villagers included – with all of his might, unflinchingly putting his life on the line, if needed, trait which was one of the main reasons that led him to become a candidate for the Raikage position. The same thing applies to his friends – once he befriends someone, and if they truly matter to him, he will be as loyal as they come, even if he may seem reluctant on the surface. Gifted with a very particular and personal sense of honor and justice, he finds this sort of code
ruling many of his decisions. However, sometimes, his notion of justice does not coincide with the general concept held by most of the others and, as such, it may lead to controversial decisions. When grouped with his strictness and desire to abide by his own laws, it is not overly uncommon to see Kagetora break those same rules in lieu of a stricter justice, particularly towards those who betray their friends and family – and nothing is more just than death when it comes to traitors.Hesitancy
Though all of the previous described traits are truly part of his current personality, their origin is more or less factitious. Stemming from a severe case of low self-esteem, loneliness and reduced sense of self-worth, Kagetora’s humble beginnings have always plagued his whole being. Believing himself to be inadequate to the life of a Ninja, Kagetora rarely put up an effort into becoming what he was destined to be. These insecurities were, with time, more...The Life:
Expensive possessions and habits are what make Kagetora’s world go round. Living in a secluded mansion on top of a plateau that was, once, one of the tallest mountains in the vicinity of Kumogakure, Kagetora insist in possessing every shred of the newest technology, experimental equipments and materials that good money can buy. Having a lot of it, additionally, he practically owns a small army of servants, helpers and aids to run his estate and the less important facets of his busy life. From maids to butlers, couriers to personal aids, personal chef to gardener, masseuse to animal caretaker and even a technician to fix whatever issues occur in his humongous property, Kagetora delegates all of these minor responsibilities, rather choosing to enjoy merely the byproducts of these activities.
When enclosed inside the walls of his estate, the whole property protected by a private barrier team that ensure the detection of any intruder, the Raikage can partake in multiple activities, possessing a multitude of thematic rooms and facilities inside the mansion, from a pool to a gym, a small forest still inside his property, a ranch with various types of animals, from cattle to more exotic breeds and even an artificial lake. As such, when not having a particularly busy schedule, Kagetora spends a good chunk of his time utilizing these facilities for his personal pleasure. Regardless, his daily routine possesses a good amount of time allotted for physical training, training which includes weight lifting, cardio training, swimming, core muscle training, as well as a segment of relaxing meditation, right before bed, that includes a chakra exertion ritual, during which Kagetora exudes all of his remaining chakra, cleansing his body and, thus, accustoming it at functioning with the barest amount of energy left, as well as potentiating the increase of his chakra pool through training, much like one would do with a muscle.
Another one of his habits involves the use of his regal pipe. During these sessions, he consumes a blend of a particularly rare engineered strain of an indigenous plant to the Kumogakure region, called Honzou, with various other ingredients to provide a flavor, seeing as the Honzou is relatively bland in terms of flavor. This plant is, however, extremely rich in chemical compounds that stimulate the blood’s capacity to absorb and carry oxygen, leading to a reduction of stress, a body with a slightly higher yield in terms of energy consumption to output, as well as a more efficient metabolism, leading to a contribution towards his fat-free, lean and lithe appearance.
His possessions range from seemingly meaningless, though possessing a deep emotional value for him, to senseless objects with exorbitant prices and absolutely no use other than being displayed for visitors and his own pleasure. One of the only objects that can cross both of these categories are his beloved Daisho
, a pairing of an Odachi and a Kodachi, which he keeps on the wall of his personal office, in his house, behind his desk. These are ceremonial weapons that were presented to him by the village elders of Kumogakure, upon being appointed as the Rokudaime Raikage, and thus are highly symbolic of his commitment to the village and his will to fight for it. Though they have never been used, they are maintained as if they were weapons to be used in war and, thus, are extremely sharp and deadly.Special Characteristics:
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