Kamakura Info for KH
for a world building RP group on TH
Kamakura began as a temple in the region that is part of modern day Iron Country during the strife that predated the eating of the fruit to attain chakra. As the Ōtsutsuki matriarch's rose to power, the monks of Kamakura adopted her as a Goddess and a Buddha, as one who has attained enlightenment and became closer to God, spreading her teachings of non-violence and an end to wars throughout the land, opening up satellite / affiliated temples wherever the monks and nuns laid down roots.
Warring States Period
As conflicts across the continent arose, the monks and nuns opened their temples to any and all who searched for sanctuary. They had to leave animosity upon temple grounds as the Kamakura adhered to the tenants of Ōtsutsuki, denouncing the wars and the carnage it brought. Anyone, shinobi, samurai, or otherwise, who broke the truce would often find themselves thrown out of the temples and warnings posted to other temples to advise that they were a person to not allow within. This, of course, made the temples a target, although plenty of shinobi who were using the temples as refuge had no qualms taking up arms, even if it was side by side with an enemy, to help protect it. Integration with the general shinobi populace started gradually. Initially it was just some monks who picked up jutsu from those who stayed for a spell, or were former shinobi who retired and joined temple life.
The Founding of Shinobi Villages
___ ((really need to decide where Kamakura starts so i can accurately figure this out but it's mostly “Temple was in this area that's became part of this hidden village? Congrats you're now citizens here”. probably some tensions over religion and how their temples work esp when head temple is in a country that's the opposite side of the war. the temples continued to keep their doors open to any who needed assistance, much to the displeasure of their kage
The First Shinobi World War (Year 59 – 63)
Between the Great Wars
___ ((hmm, post war probably had the kamakura helping with international cooperation
The Second Shinobi World War (Year 83 to 89)
The Third Shinobi World War (Year 91 to 99)
Present Day (Year 112)
Tenants of the Modern-Day Kamakura
- If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him: It's common for Kamakura from different sects to ask their brethren if they have met Buddha recently and if so, how did they react. To the Kamakura, life is a journey to learn more and getting complacent leads to falling off the path towards enlightenment. Whether civilian, clergy, or military, to be a Kamakura is to strive to know their true selves. How they do so varies from member to member.
- On Ōtsutsuki's Teachings: the vast majority of Kamakura subscribe to the non-violent doctrines that the Ōtsutsuki once favored. Obviously, for members of the clan who are shinobi or samurai, death is probably something they, even those who are medics, have encounter often. For those, Kamakura teachings states that attacking out of violence or anger is frowned upon and that any deaths should be kind and suffering eased even for enemies.
- 無一物 (hold nothing) | muichi motsu: the highest state of being, according to Kamakura doctrine, is that by nature, because all humans are “empty” there is nothing humans should fixate on, so people are free from everything. How this doctrine is understood varies from member to member. Some see it as a calling, that they should eschew earthly desires to be the best they can. Others decide that means humans, as a whole, are free to choose their own actions, that no consequences from the past life can limit them.
- 六道輪廻 (rebirth in the six worlds) | rokudourin'ne: The Kamakura believes that life is transient but souls last forever and that, upon the death of their body, they transmigrate between the world of men and five others. As life is fleeting and in flux, the worse thing a Kamakura can do is stagnate and stay in one place. Funeral rites for Kamakura vary from sect to sect but standard burials is seen as against their culture. It is because of their belief in the afterlife and post-humorous worlds that the Kamakura religion as a whole views certain techniques, such as Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation and Dead Demon Consuming Seals, as heinous crimes against the soul, seeing as they disrupt the transmigration of souls. Some sects of the Kamakura believe the same of Jinchūriki, while others see them as honorary kinsmen who are forced onto the path of enlightenment by circumstances.
Diaspora and Hierarchy
Unlike traditional clans, the Kamakura is a loosely related family, made of those born of the original Kamakura Temples and those who join the religion.
Some retain their family name, some take it upon themselves, while others are given it freely. While there are plenty of Kamakura-affiliated shinobi or samurai in the ranks of many, if not all, of the hidden villages, the vast majority of members are civilians or temple members. Most members adhere to the doctrines and tenant of the Kamakura, aiming to live fulfilling lives on their way to enlightenment.
The Main Temple is located within Iron Country and is a sprawling monastery whose grounds is effectively a small city. The head of the temple is known as the Hōin, who is elected from the elders within the Iron Temple every 9 years (or sooner, if something happens with the Hōin during his term). The Hōin is more a spiritual head of the family, providing guidance when asked, as well as detailing requirements for joining the clan (or excommunication). Any adult over the age of 20 who wants to join the Kamakura has to be processed through the main temple, which can, on occasion, cause quite a bit of backlog. (But also, adults who convert to the religion and join the clan, in the same classes as 4 year olds learning about the world from Kamakuras is high key hilarious)
Beneath it are the 5 major temples located in the countries of Earth, Lightning, Water, Wind, and Fire. Each temple elects a high priest, known as as Hōgen, as a representative for their temple with the Iron Temple. While technically elections are supposed to occur every 2 years, the process of getting visas for inter-nation travel is a diplomatic headache so most temples rarely recall their representatives (___ has dutifully sent a new representative every 2 years, barring during _____). Their job is to represent those of the Kamakura who live within their countries, as well as counsel the Hōin.
Many other satellite temples affiliated with the Kamakura exist throughout the continent, many who have a representative who stays in the Iron Temple or travels between there and their home temple.
The temples employ local shinobi as couriers between the various temples across the continent, as well as the occasional guards when monks and nuns go on a pilgrimage or have to visit another temple. Most temples are fairly self-sustaining, often times through farming or selling various goods from artwork to household items to even weapons (the swordsmiths of the temples in Mist and Fire have a fierce rivalry that is always on display during SwordCon).
Kamakura members come from and join all walks of life – not just monks, ninja and samurai, but teachers, medics, grocers and everything in between. Though rare, there are some excommunicated members of the Kamakura clan. It takes a heinous crime to be stripped of your name and affiliation, but it has happened. There are far more members who renounce the Kamakura clan, leaving it although the church will remain an option for them if they ever come back (unless they are also excommunicated). Even more numerous are Kamakura who are members but do very little with the clan.
While not exactly secret, the Kamakura Clan techniques are kept protected throughout the temples, no matter which sect one belongs in. They lie less in the actual jutsu that's performed and more on the creation of sutras — special fūinjutsu that, when paired with a mantra, can create devastating effects. The scripts themselves can surely be copied, but are nothing more than overly complicated explosive tags when not done correctly (which is only taught within Kamakura temples). A tag created by a Kamakura can be used by anyone so long as they know the corresponding mantra. Unsurprisingly, Kamakura shinobi tend to be fairly adept at fūinjutsu... as well as creating explosive tags. Even non-shinobi members know how to create these sutras as something they learn as they grow up (or join) the family.
- Heart Sutra Technique (Kyō no Jutsu: Han'nyashin | 経の術・般若心)「D-Rank Hiden Ninjutsu」— A hiden technique that requires the use of a sutra. The user, after infusing chakra into the paper and reciting a short associated mantra, throws the sutra, which then takes the form of an animal made of chakra. These chakra creatures can be used to track targets or distract them, although they have little offensive ability. Exploding tags can be put on them to detonate at a distance. A little chakra can allow the creature to last up to half an hour, while large amounts of chakra can make a single creature last for days. Users can have more than one chakra creature, but it requires chakra to maintain each.
- Flower Adornment Sutra Technique (Kyō no Jutsu: Kegon | 経の術・華厳) 「C-Rank Hiden Ninjutsu」— A hiden technique that requires the use of a sutra. The user, after infusing chakra into the paper and reciting a short associated mantra, uses the sutra as a blade of chakra. This requires constant flowing of chakra, and the blades can not be thrown, or they will just revert back to the sutra or turn to ash. With fine enough chakra control, the Avatamska can work just like chakra scalpels.
- Lotus Sutra Technique (Kyō no Jutsu: Hokke | 経の術・法華) 「A-Rank Hiden Genjutsu」— Those within hearing distance are wrapped up in a vision of the universe, ever sprawling and all consuming, making the victims disoriented and perfect for attacking. Genjutsu ends when the user runs out of breath/stops chanting, or when the target breaks free. One target breaking free does not stop the genjutsu from affecting other targets. The Kamakura casting this genjutsu must remains stationary as they hold the sutra and continue repeating the mantra. This technique also affects allies, but can be easily dispelled for them with a paired sutra infused with the users chakra.
- Sutra of Immeasurable Meanings (Kyō no Jutus: Muryōgi | 経の術・無量義) 「B-Rank Hiden Genjutsu」— The paired sutra that allows the disruption of the Lotus sutra. This is often the most used technique by non clan members, to effectively use the Lotus Sutra on missions. The sutra can also be used to disrupt most C-rank or lower Genjutsu.
- Golden Light Sutra (Kyō no Jutsu: Konkōmyō | 経の術・金光明) 「A-Rank Hiden Ninjutsu」— A chakra heavy shield that encompasses a 5 to 10 foot radius around the user. The user can block most regular C-ranked ninjutsu [B-ranked ninjutsu of their Elemental Affinity] and mitigate some of the power of higher ranked jutsu at the cost of their chakra. Users can maybe get a full minute worth of shield time at mostly full chakra before becoming completely drained. Normally, using the Konkōmyō is not worth the effort unless you're really sure reinforcements are right around the corner and the enemy is about to use a huge AOE attack.
- Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Kyō no Jutsu: Daihan'nyokyou | 経の術・大般若) 「A-Rank Hiden Ninjutsu」— A powerful blast created from the user's chakra nature, after reciting the associated sutra. As it consumes more chakra than is truly warranted for most missions, the Daihan'nyokyou is almost always used as a last ditch “do or die” technique.
- Sukhavati Sutra (Kyō no Jutsu: Amida | 経の術・阿弥陀) 「?-Rank Hiden ?」— ?
- Vimalakirti Sutra (Kyō no Jutsu: Yuima | 経の術・維摩)「?-Rank Hiden ?」— ?
- Vajrasekhara Sutra (Kyō no Jutsu: Kongōchō | 経の術・金剛頂) 「?-Rank Hiden ?」— ?
- Nirvana Sutra (Kyō no Jutsu: Daihatsunehan| 経の術・大般涅槃) 「?-Rank Hiden ?」— ?
- Great Sun Sutra (Kyō no Jutsu: Dainichi | 経の術・大日) 「?-Rank Hiden ?」— ?
- Samantabhadra Sutra (Kyō no Jutsu: Kanfugen | 経の術・観普賢) 「?-Rank Hiden ?」— ?
(feel free to make your own or a kamakura affiliated characters!)
- KAMAKURA ??? : Current head of the Kamakura clan;
- KAMAKURA Rinka :
ॐ To him the Way, the Law, apart, Whom Maya held beneath her heart, Ananda's Lord, the Bodhisat, The Buddha of Kamakura. ॐ
The Land of Iron
As the Head Temple of the Kamakura resides in the same Three Wolves as the Land of Iron, ___. Often people mistakenly believe that the Hōin tends to the spiritual needs of the country while the General tends to their material. While not quite accurate, relations between the two are generally fairly good and together they foster a reputation that shinobi forces should not interfere with the Land of Iron.
Established in ___, ____ (colloquially known as SwordCon) is an annual convention held at the Head Kamakura Temple. It enjoys a vibrant history that spans over a hundred years. There's been a con every August save during the year 87 during the 2nd Shinobi War after an Iwa-Mist joint force attempted to assassinate the current Kazekage after he entered the Land of Iron. The Hōin, so incensed at these actions, punished everyone by cancelling the con. No one was happy and, since then, even at wartime all nations have an armistice so they can always have a con. It has a newer sister convention known as WepCon (____). It started in ___ and is generally held in March. Both conventions occur within the great sprawling temple ___. These conventions make up approximately a third of all non-samurai related revenue within the Land of Iron, which has sprawled a booming hospitality industry to handle the influx of visitors twice a year. Like less fictional cons, there are panels to go to, merchants to purchase from, and plenty of people hawking their wares. Both the Akatsuki and Urayama have recruitment booths to entice people and, of course, there are plenty of informational booths about the Kamakura religion, as well as other religions as well.