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A Konoha Tale

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Deep within the Forest of Death lies the entrance to a network of catacombs that haven’t been touched for centuries. No one knows exactly what’s in there, but legend passed down through generations says that the real reason the training ground is sealed off isn’t because of what’s in the forest, but what lies beneath it… Because those who have gone down below have never come back up again. It is the gate to the afterlife.

Many people assume it’s just folklore, or that there was once enemy shinobi hidden in the catacombs, carefully picking people off; but the Elders know it’s something more, that a God or Goddess is possibly living beneath them. Why else did the village prosper when human sacrifices were sent down every year, before the forest was closed off? There has to be a deity below.

Lately, the shinobi that have been on patrol around the Forest of Death have been wondering if there’s truth to that. They have been witnessing strange activity on their shifts, and a few people have even gone missing. Search parties have been sent out, and investigations have taken place; and the last traces of those who have disappeared all lead to the mysterious catacombs.

Tsunade, who only has a limited number of shinobi at her disposal now, decides to send Kakashi and Iruka to finally see what’s inside the catacombs, hoping that they can solve the case before she has to call on other nations for help. 

Are missing nin living there? Is there really a God or Goddess below the forest, taking her shinobi as sacrifices? Or is Orochimaru concocting some kind of sinister experiment…?

Only time will tell, now.