Chapter 23 - The Art of Playing with Shadows - Ghost - Naruto Fanfic (2023)

Focusing razor-sharp on his chakra, Rai expertly channeled through his taijutsu kata, carefully maintaining his grip on the three blades that were gently attached to his hands and forehead. He performed each movement with subtlety and precision, smoothly transitioning from one technique to another.

Rai was acutely aware of the leaves' presence, but their weight and touch seemed to guide her into deeper concentration. Every move felt more deliberate and controlled, as if he was tapping into a hidden reserve of energy and precision.

Thanks to the subtle feedback from the leaves, Rai became more in tune with her own body and honed her senses to a razor blade. As he moved through the ceilings with ease, he could feel his chakra flowing through his body like a river.

As Rai continued his training, Shikaku watched him keenly, noting his progress. With a satisfied nod, he walked over to Rai and patted him on the back.

"I believe you are now ready for the next stage of your training," Shikaku said with an accepting smile on his face.

He paused and then asked Rai a question, "Remember our conversation about the twelve different hand seals?"

Rai confidently replied, "Yes, father, I remember."

"As you recall, hand seals act as a tool to manipulate and direct chakra flow. It is important to understand the mechanism behind it.

To master the art of jutsu, you must understand that hand seals are not just waving your hands. Rather, they are complex patterns of chakra flow that work much like electrical circuits."

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The original hand seals used in jutsu are typically designed to draw chakra and create a specific chakra flow pattern. Subsequent hand seals are then used to further manipulate and control the chakra, and the final hand seal is often used to release or direct chakra to a specific point.

Mastering the hand seams not only requires memorizing their order, but also precise chakra control. To achieve the intended result, each handlock must be performed with a precise amount of chakra and precisely coordinated with the rest of the sequence.

Performing a jutsu requires shaping chakra in the body and closing a series of hands in a precise and timed manner to control and direct the chakra to a specific outcome. It includes a deep understanding of chakra manipulation and the ability to precisely control one's own chakra. The effectiveness of the jutsu depends on the skill level of the shinobi and the combination of hands used.

Although some jutsu may require only one hand seal, it is still necessary to maintain proper control and manipulation of one's chakra. On the other hand, more complex jutsus require the quick and precise execution of several hand locks in a specific order.

Achieving such proficiency requires exceptional skill and mastery of chakra flow. Ultimately, the success of the jutsu depends on the accuracy of the hand seals and the user's ability to harness their chakra.

In order to become a skilled ninjutsu practitioner, it is important to master hand seals and chakra control. That's why we needed to make sure you've developed a basic level of chakra control before we can move on to the next stage of your training,” Shikaku explained as he paused to collect his thoughts.

“Now that we've covered the basics of hand closure and chakra control, it's time to move on to the Shadow Paralysis Jutsu.

Shadow Paralysis Jutsu is part of our clan's Shadow Jutsu repertoire and is considered the most basic technique of this category.

As the name suggests, the Shadow Paralysis Jutsu allows the user to immobilize their opponent by paralyzing their muscles through a shadow. The technique requires the user to focus their chakra on their shadow and then extend it towards the target's shadow.

The connection between the two shadows is vital for the jutsu to work effectively. Once connected, the user can paralyze their target by immobilizing their muscles through the shadow. It is important to note that the user must maintain the jutsu while using it, which may limit their own movements.

Originally created to aid clan hunters in capturing prey, the Shadow Paralysis Jutsu gradually revealed its potential to be used in combat situations. As the technology developed, it became clear that its ability to stop opponents could be a valuable asset on the battlefield.

Shadow Paralysis Jutsu is considered a secret technique of the Nara clan, passed down only to its members. As a result, it is forbidden for anyone outside the clan to use it. Before a Shinobi can even attempt to use the technique, it must meet two conditions:

1. Yin affinity, which is a rare and specialized chakra nature.

2. Use of a special medicine.

The medicine needed to use Shadow techniques is a closely guarded secret consisting of rare herbs and other ingredients that strengthen the shinobi's connection to their shadow. The Nara Clan has only been able to maintain its dominance over the Shadow techniques by using this special blend. The recipe for this medicine is known only to the head of the Nara clan, and its secrecy has ensured that the Shadow techniques remain the sole possession of the Nara clan.

Once the Shinobi has consumed the medicine and has a yin affinity, he can begin practicing the Shadow Paralysis jutsu. It is important to note that medicine is not a shortcut to success, as it only enhances a shinobi's innate abilities, not replacing the need for proper training and hard work.

The effects of the drug are limited and temporary, lasting only about three hours. If the Shinobi is unable to use the Shadow Paralysis Jutsu during this time, he must take another dose of the medicine.

However, it is important to remember that the medicine can only be used twice in a shinobi's lifetime, as excessive use can cause permanent damage to the body. Therefore, it is crucial that the user master the Shadow Jutsu within the given time."

Shikaku took out a small bottle of clear liquid from his bag, which he then gave to Rai. "Before we can continue Shadow Jutsu training, you must consume this medicine," he said.

As Rai swallowed the medicine, he noticed the bitterness on his tongue. It wasn't unpleasant, but it was definitely a unique taste that he hadn't experienced before. He felt the liquid travel down his throat and stomach, followed by a stinging sensation that swept through his entire body, refreshing and sharpening his senses.

At first, Rai was unsure of how she was supposed to feel after drinking the medicine. He closed his eyes and focused on his chakra, and soon enough a heightened sense of perception dawned on him. He adjusted to his surroundings and noticed the faintest rustling of leaves and soft vibrations emanating from the trees.

His father's presence beside him became palpable, and he could even sense the small movements of insects crawling on the surface of a nearby tree. It was as if a curtain had been lifted, allowing him to see the world more vividly.

But it wasn't just his vision that had improved. Rai was now acutely aware of the presence of his chakra, as if it had been raised to a new level of power. He felt it coursing through his system, flooding with force and energy. His awareness of his own body was heightened, as if he was attuned to every aspect of his being. Above all, he sensed the subtle movements of his own shadow, as if it were an extension of him.

"I can sense my shadow," Rai announced as soon as he noticed its presence.

"Alright Rai. Start shaping your chakra and once you've done that form a Ne (rat) hand seal. This will direct your chakra towards your shadow allowing you to expand it further. Focus on controlling the flow of chakra. and visualizing your shadow expanding." Shikaku advised in a composed voice.

Rai nodded, took a deep breath and closed her eyes, centering her mind and turning her attention inward to form her chakra. With deft hand movements, he quickly formed a Ne hand seal, feeling chakra flow towards his shadow.

He focused intently on his shadow and visualized it reaching towards a nearby tree. However, to his frustration, nothing happened - his shadow remained as still as before.

Rai took a deep breath and shaped his chakra once more. He performed a Ne handseal, and this time he poured even more chakra into the technique. Still, his shadow remained stubbornly in place. He continued to repeat the process, each time adjusting the amount of chakra and the way he visualized his shadow reaching towards the tree. Despite his efforts, Rai couldn't seem to get the jutsu to work.

Shikaku watched his son struggle and realized that it was important for Rai to find the right amount of chakra by experimenting. "Keep it up, Rai," he advised.

"Focus your chakra towards your shadow and carefully adjust the amount you use. It's all about finding the optimal balance."

Rai nodded in agreement, feeling a little depressed, but also determined to master the technique. He continued to seal the rat and focus his chakra towards his shadow, but his shadow still did not reach out.

Shikaku watched Rai's repeated attempts, patiently waiting for his son to find the right chakra balance. After a while he yawned and stretched feeling a bit tired from the exercise.

"I think it's time for me to rest for a while, Rai," he said. "You should continue practicing for another hour or so and then rest and replenish your chakra."

Shikaku waited a few more seconds before turning and walking away. His mind was preoccupied with his thoughts on his son's progress when he suddenly felt an unyielding force grip his body. His feet were rooted to the ground, and his arms felt as if they were held in place by some invisible restraint. It was an oppressive feeling, as if an unknown force had captured him.

"What...?" Shikaku muttered, feeling panic rise inside him.

Meanwhile, Rai watched in amazement as he managed to merge his shadow with his father's. As he concentrated on maintaining the jutsu, he quickly realized that it was straining his chakra reserves. He could feel his chakra draining quickly and he knew he couldn't sustain the jutsu for long.

"I did it!" Rai exclaimed

Just as he was basking in his accomplishments, the connection between the shadows suddenly broke and Shikaku was able to move freely again.

Shikaku was stunned and surprised as he turned towards Rai. He couldn't believe what just happened. "That was unexpected," he murmured, still in disbelief. His expression showed a mixture of shock and awe as he looked at Rai. "I'm impressed, Rai. You managed to combine your shadow with mine in such a short amount of time."

Shikaku had only trained Rai for a short time, but the boy had already shown a remarkable natural talent for Shadow Jutsu. Shikaku had never seen such skill in someone so young.

He had always known that Rai was special, but this display of skill was beyond anything he could have imagined. Shikaku's heart swelled with mixed emotions – pride at his son's accomplishments, amazement at how much he had grown, and a hint of worry at the responsibilities ahead.

He couldn't help but feel nostalgic as he realized that his little boy had grown so fast and was now able to perform such advanced techniques. As he looked at Rai, Shikaku realized that he was no longer a child, but a young man with a promising future ahead of him.

After a short silence, Shikaku stared at his son, "Rai," he said, his voice full of emotion, "that was incredible. I'm very proud of you." He stopped for a moment and took a deep breath. "You need to work on controlling your chakra flow more precisely. Don't waste your energy forcing too much chakra into the shadow. It's important to find the right balance."

Although Shikaku sounded serious, the pride in his voice was undeniable. Rai's success had impressed him and exceeded his expectations. He was confident that with training and time, Rai could surpass all previous members of the Nara clan and become one of the most successful.

He walked back to Rai and placed his hand on her shoulder. "Let's take a break now. We can resume training later after you've had time to rest and reflect on what you've learned."


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