Behaviour: Maso always has an extremely 'practical' outlook of things. Which usually translated to 'lazy'. When not on the job, she has a major self-motivation deficiency adn will laze around, dressed down. On the job, she'll wear aerodynamic (often revealing) clothes and fight to her fullest to accomplish any goal; a dramatic mind, she is stirred by strong feelings. However, she is also quite peaceful and will always look for a nonviolent end to any given conflict; she'll end fights quickly and without bloodshed whenever possible. Pretty sociable, quick to make friends.
Quirks: Tends to talk and act like an old person at times, having spent almost all of her life with monks and scholars well into their fifties or more. Bad with kids.
Hobbies: A fan of games an amusement. Has a stand up set she's perpetually working on but never gets a chance to perform. While not really needing the money (the stipend from the clan coffers usually covering her important expenses) she has a job as a serving girl in a tea house that a fellow clan member runs, the Fuinjin of course having to blend in with society
Preferred Sex: Bisexual
Objective: Prove her worth to the clan by fulfilling her guardianship of a junchuuriki. She's not particularly respected among the other Fuinjin due to her exceptional youth, among other things, and so seeks to correct that trend by remaining ever vigilant. She took an entire year of Ninja Academy, associating with almost no one, just to keep an eye on her jinchuuriki of choice, after all. Also some love would be nice.
Super Objective: Largely that of the clan; to perpetuate the safeguarding of the bijuu prisons until a more permanent solution is found. Being at that just-out-of-puberty age, she still seeks her goals in life. There is a will for peace and of escape from her duties somewhere in her psyche; the thought that one day a more permanent solution to teh Bijuu is found (within her lifetime especially) is something that brings great comfort. In other words, a world where it would even be safe for her to retire would be nice
Morale: Would die for her duties to safeguard the jinchuuriki.
Affiliations: The Fuinjin, and to a lesser extent the Leaf. The priority of her duties must rise above any mere village affiliation after all.
Sister Canoro. Maso's biological mother In the fuinjin clan familial bonds are looked down upon so Canoro generally doesn't treat her daughter like her daughter in sight of the others, but as another 'Sister'. Gave birth to Maso before leaving her old life to join the clan, so really feels a deep maternal love for Maso, though she rarely acts like a daughter, more like a best friend or coworker... until things go badly. When distraught, Maso will always turn to Canoro, almost as if her heart remembers she is Canoro's daughter. It is a painful task being a sealkeeper, what one must give up for the greater good, but with Canoro's history she knows the importance of the fuinjin. More on that later. One of the few fuinjin under the age of 40, if just barely. In public, uses a de-aging technique to make herself look more virile. User of Mokuton and, of course, fuinjutsu
Beast-Tamer Inuko. Former 'sister'. A little younger than Maso and the only other 'child' in the fuinjin, they were inseperable. Lovers, even, and perfect partners in craft and on the battlefield. A fiesty girl who knows only the importance of the jinchuriki and Maso's heart, but not the emotional wealth to comprehend her duty to the former. Seeks the definite solutions to complex problems. Uses a whip and hypes herself up as the future 'Bijuu Trainer'. She wants the beasts tamed as part of that ultimate solution and one suspects part of this idea was brought on by thoughts of living peaceful normal lives with Maso as they sometimes talked about in their earlier years. In recent years she has gone so far as to ally with a faction of the fuinjin considered so radical it has been forced to leave the greater clan and been forbidden from being near any jinchuuriki again, their ideals instead being to harness the power of the bijuu to ensure a time of peace (japanese stigma of mutually ensured destruction-driven initiatives here); she is near the top of the 'Tamers' faction, and so couldn't wiggle out of the blame. Were she to meet Maso again, she would likely go to great lengths, perhaps even being distracted from her goal of influencing/capturing a jinchuriki for her super objectives, to convince Maso to join the Tamers by her side. She is much more skilled than Maso, particularly in genjutsu and the hijutsu of the Nara clan
'Boss'. A brother in the clan, an old man who runs the tea shop where Maso works as a waitress. Generally a good guy, makes a hell of a cup of tea, but is a bit of a horndog in his old age; when Maso screws up, he'll often punish her by making her wear her 'promotional' costume (a skimpy ensemble that draws more male customers until her debt for whatever she broke is paid off). Maso simply calls him 'oyabin' ('boss')
- Inuko and Maso in simpler times of peace, before circumstances tore them apart
(1 year ago - word has it Inuko's had a growth spurt)
Moral Code of Power
The wider implications of the code of Fuinjin
The Fuinjin believe strongly in the understanding of power as a branching off of their main objective; they meticulously compile all knowledge that they can of all techniques, collecting techniques and even bloodline sin their ranks. If a tehcnique exusts, it's a sure bet somone in the fuinjin knows at least of it, and with their time almost exclusively devoted to expanding their knowledge and pwoer for the express purpose of keeping such things from those that would abuse it, they mor eoften than not have someone capable of performing the technique. (Harvesting dojutsu, Kakashi-style is not unheard of on the bloodline front) For this code of the fuinjin, to compile and neutralise, Maso has the additional prerogative of seeking out those who abuse power and taking it from them, and to acquire great knowledge and power in her own right that she may properly contain it.
Due to this code, there are sections of the fuinjin, including Maso and her mother, who believe the jinchuriki's duty would be easier protected if it were within the clan itself; for this reason, Maso would be prepared to martyr her own freedom to contain a bijuu
Founding of the Fuinjin
After a great ninja war tore the world to shreds, the seventh Hokage stepped down in disgrace, to forever be remembered by the general public as an appeaser, far too empathetic for the world of ninja. Grim a prospect as that is, the world had descended into chaos once more and villainy sprung from the woodworks, its aim set upon the jinchuuriki and harvesting the bijuu. The Seventh was indeed a being of great empathy - some say a bloodline was at work, the 'power of souls' she was supposedly known for manipulating her judgement. Free of her responsibilities to the village, she wandered the land doing good with her great powers until she happened upon the plight of Jinchuuriki. The exact circumstances of her revelation are unknown, but after defeating the Harvest, and organisation dedicated to gathering power for what they believed were the endtimes, she founded the fuinjin with her remaining exiled allies and dedicated the remainder of her days versing the next generation in her ways; to be one with all people, and yet none, to know thyself, but also thy cause. As sealkeepers, the fuinjin's greatest destiny is to safeguard power from those who would exploit and abuse it, and it comes no greater than in their eternal duty to the jinchuriki as their invisible protectors. They have done well to maintain the seals for the last two centuries, or as well as they can with dwindling numbers and disproportionate strength. The occasional 'accident' does occur.
The secrecy of the fuinjin and their frowning upon placing importance upon bloodline makes genealogy near-impossible to track beyond two generations, if even that is possible. Maso knows only that her father was born into her clan while her mother was not; she hears talk he still lives on an assignment far away from the village. She has not seen him since she was very small, but from that unfamiliarity thinks of him more as her father than 'Brother'. There's rumours her father has a bloodline ability related to the Seventh Hokage, but Maso has not been shown to have them at this time; it's possible her superiors have sealed her bloodline, assuming it didn't skip a generation.
One of the few Fuinjin in this generation to not have been born into the clan (along with Inuko), Maso's mother (see the allies section) rarely talks of her time outside the clan. She has mentioned in passing, while tipsy, she joined to repay a debt of regret, and the debt she owed the clan for her sibling, but never said more than that. She didn't marry into the clan, she joined independantly. Unbeknownst to Maso (or at least unconfirmed), her Mother had a jinchuuriki in her immediate family...
Mother Maso raised Maso by herself most of the girl's life, of course, and imparted a great deal of her moral teachings as well as technical; the greater spiritual implications of the fuinjin and such. Her guidance has made her understand the need for the fuinjin, in an emotional way Inuko never could.
They totally did it. See the allies section for more, they knew each other since Inuko was brought into the clan at 5 (when Maso was 8)
Recent Events: The Tamers
The Tamers are an organisation that splintered from the fuinjin. They believe more in individuality and in drawing their duty to a close with a more permanent and risky solution, or at least the more grounded do. Whether they agree with the ultimate goal or not, all members of the Tamers, now cast out by the fuinjin, work towards harnessing the bijuu of the world - particularly before the next ninja war occurs and tears half the world apart. But of course not all members are so noble to be motivated only by the 'greater peace'.
Maso has access to a wide variety of masters in the fuinjin who have particularly responded in recent moths to better equip her to guard the jinchuriki. They generally refuse to teach her hijutsu, not trusting her to use it correctly ('if some genin goes around using hundreds of unknown moves, the world will get suspicious, particularly if you do it in the purview of those that know that the Nara techniques are now solely to be found in the fuinjin clan'). She hopes to attain at least chuunin level soon so they shall trust her to maintain her cover better. She is fully equipped in knowledge of all things related to her assigned bijuu and jinchuriki - everything anyone would ever need to know. She has been trained since she could walk as a sealweaver; it is her greatest skill.
Maso's time in the classroom
Despite knowing everything needed to be a ninja from the clan's mentoring, Maso has been assigned to guard the jinchuriki until they graduate and can be put into a group under one of the clan's jounin. However (if I am picked) that jounin will be preoccupied with a more important assignment, forcing Maso to stay on the genin program to be the sole fuinjin on the team to guard the jinchuriki (her presence there being no accident - the fuinjin should have plenty of strings to pull when they need to). WHile in the classroom, Maso acts generally lazy and aloof. Despite being largely sociable, she doesn't know how to handle such young people and so is generally content to let people think of her as a fool; being the oldest in the class by a long, long shot, combined with her constantly suppressing her chakra and acting so lazy to actually SLEEP through many classes (knowing all she needs to know anyway from her mentoring, creating the illusion to her teachers who see her results that she's some magnificently lazy genius), it leads the other students to the conclusion she's such a terrible ninja that she's constantly repeating the academy class with no hope of graduating even in these demanding times. That she should graduate will likely be a surprise to most everyone, who will assume there was some sort of mistake; keeping her chakra suppressed, she'll be glad to maintain the illusion of her being weak.... until the time is right