Ninja Chronicles- Halo Chapter 2- Pillar of Autumn
Note- The personalities of Minato Namikaze, Hashirama Senju, and Tobirama Senju are Alternate Universe in this story due to recent revelations in chapters 619 through current chapters in the Naruto magna. I had already copied and pasted the character info pages for the three above mentioned characters before the revelations so I decided to put it as Alternate Universe, and I had already started the second chapter when the new personality details were discovered and added to the Naruto wiki. Plus I want to avoid potential spoilers and eventually, in the future, possible spoilers that will involve the ending of the Naruto series, which I do not want to have spoiled.
Edit- I made a minor edit, a quote change, due to finding out Hashirama was more badass than previously thought.
September 19th, 2552
The Pillar of Autumn flew towards a ring world with several Longswords flying alongside the ship. In the bridge, Captain Jacob Keyes, who wore a light gray variant of the UNSC Navy uniform which consisted of a shirt and trouser of the same color with his ribbons, name tag, and rank insignia attached to the left hand side of his uniform; looked outside at the ring they had just discovered.
"Cortana, all I need to know is did we lose them?" Keyes questioned the AI on the holographic AI avatar projector.
"I think we both know the answer to that," Cortana replied professionally as she looked at the captain, her avatar was that of a woman with short hair and what appeared to be cloth covering her body in lines. Her primary colors were shades of blue and some white areas.
The captain gave out a sigh as he bowed his head, "We made a blind jump. How did they…"
"Get here first? The Covenant ships have always been faster. As for tracking us all the way from Reach…at light speed, my maneuvering options were limited," Cortana interrupted as Keyes raised his head and straightened his back. He began to pace around, his footsteps audible on the metal floor of the ship, and looked at the various veiwscreens near the crew members' consoles.
"We were running dark, yes?" Keyes inquired as he looked at a viewscreen that showed the status of the ship.
"Until we decelerated, no one could have missed the hole we tore in subspace," Cortana responded as she looked at the same viewscreen, "They were waiting for us on the far side of the planet."
The crewman at the viewscreen console pushed several buttons which brought up an image of the planet with the ring world in orbit. Keyes looked at the image for several moments, "So, where do we stand?"
"Our fighters are mopping up the last of their recon picket now, nothing serious," Cortana informed. Keyes turned his attention to the main viewscreen near the front of the bridge which showed the planet, ring world, and the current location of the Covenant ships. He pulled his pipe out of his mouth and shook some ash off it before closing his eyes wearily; Cortana resumed speaking, "But I've isolated approach signatures from multiple CCS-class battle groups, make it three capital ships per group. And in about ninety seconds, they'll be all over us."
The captain opened his eyes, "Well, that's it then. Bring the ship back up to Combat Alert Alpha. I want everyone at their stations," he ordered as he thought over the combat scenarios that could happen.
"Everyone, sir?" Cortana questioned as she prepared to hit the alarms.
"Everyone," Keyes stated, Cortana activated the alarms, alarm klaxons blared as crewmen ran to their stations. Within moments, every station had at least one crewmember manning it, "And Cortana…"
"Hmm?" Cortana inquired as she waited for the captain's order.
"Let's give our old friends a warm welcome. And tell Jack and Jessie to make sure that the two people they found on the station get off alive. I have the feeling they will be able to help us greatly in this war," Keyes ordered as he looked out the window and saw the approaching Covenant ships.
"I've already begun," Cortana responded as she looked out the window also and saw the same thing.
Main Hold of Pillar of Autumn
The main hold was ablaze with activity. A marine waved light batons to guide a Pelican into the correct docking position. Others landed nearby, ready to pick up vehicles, marines, and other crew members. The gates leading to the lower decks opened as marines ran to the weapon racks to pick up their guns.
"Attention, all combat personnel. Please report to your action stations," Cortana spoke over the COM systems of the ship, "Fifth Platoon, secure airlocks on Deck Eleven. Fourteenth Platoon, rendezvous with Twenty Second Tactical at bulkhead Charlie Fourteen."
On the deck below, marines readied their weapons as some talked to each other, others prepared Scorpion tanks and Warthogs for combat, while some loitered.
"Duvall, take your squad to cryo-chamber C, now. This is an order from Captain Jacob Keyes," Cortana ordered over the COM as Sergeant Major Duvall gathered his team into formation and headed to their objective point.
Sergeant Avery Junior Johnson walked through a line of marines, "You heard the lady! Move like you've got a purpose!" he stated, his tone deadly serious; the marines quickly formed into two lines, facing each other.
"This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill," Cortana announced as Johnson walked down the column between the two lines of marines.
"Men, we led those dumb bugs out to the middle of nowhere to keep 'em from gettin' their filthy claws on Earth. But we stumbled onto somethin' they're so hot for, that they're scramblin' over each other to get it. Well, I don't care if it's God's own anti-son-of-a-bitch machine, or a giant hula hoop, we're not gonna let 'em have it! What we will let 'em have...is a belly full of lead, and a pool of their own blood to drown in!" Sgt. Johnson spoke loud and clear before turning around at the end of the column, "Am I right, marines?"
"Sir, yes sir!" the marines replied in the same tone, their weapons at the ready for combat.
"Uh-huh. Damn right, I am. Now move it out! Double time!" Sgt. Johnson stated in the same tone as with his speech, the marines broke formation and ran out of the area as Johnson followed behind slowly.
"Attention, all personnel. We are re-engaging the enemy. Internal and external contact imminent," Cortana announced over the COM as everyone prepared for the inevitable combat.
"All you greenhorns who wanted to see Covenant up close…this is gonna be your lucky day," the sergeant said loud and clear as the marines made final preparations.
"Two minutes until complete thaw," tech officer Stanly informed Jack, Jessie, and the ODST team in the room. The tech officer had green eyes and light brown hair; he wore a yellow outfit with a gray vest.
"Good, we do not want the Covenant to catch us with the two still sleeping," Jack replied as he kept his assault rifle pointed at the door. Jack was dressed in the standard green colored Orbital Drop Shock Trooper battle armor which consisted of a helmet, body suit, and armor.
Two tense minutes passed by without any new information via COM from Cortana.
"Ready to open the hatches now," Stanly stated as he pushed a green button on the control panel, which unlocked the cryo-pod hatches. They opened with a hiss and he felt the cold air wash over him as the hatches opened fully. The two figures opened their eyes moments later.
"Good to see you both are awake," the tech officer spoke as he checked the control panel, "You both may experience some slight chills from the cytoprethaline, a bitter taste in the mouth from the bronchial surfactant, and freezer burn from having clothing on during the sleep."
Tastes bitter. Hashirama stood up and stepped out of the cryo-pod along with Tobirama.
"I am feeling fine due to my healing abilities," Hashirama informed the tech officer before turning his attention to Tobirama, "How are you feeling?"
"A bit sore, must be the freezer burn he spoke about," Tobirama replied, his years of ninja duty masked his pain; his brother gathered healing chakra into his hand.
"Let me transfer my healing chakra to you so you can heal," Hashirama stated as he placed his healing chakra infused hand on Tobirama's arm. The green healing chakra transferred to the younger Senju brother and began to heal the sores, "That should do it."
"Thanks, it is helping a lot," Tobirama replied as he felt the pain fade away.
"Now since the burns are taken care of, do you know where our armor and supplies are? I have the feeling we will be in danger soon," Hashirama asked as his ninja senses warned of danger incoming.
"Yes, follow me," the tech officer replied as he walked quickly with the Senju brothers following behind to a locker on a nearby wall, "You are right in assuming we will be in danger soon. The Covenant are most likely going to board the ship soon. They are murderous and will kill all in their path," he opened the locker, "Here are your supplies."
"Excuse me, but I do not know what the Covenant is, can you explain more about them?" Hashirama questioned as he took his supplies, "Thanks for showing us where our armor and tools were; we need to get ready soon if the enemy are indeed going to attack."
"Stanly, I can explain more about the Covenant once we get off this ship. I think they will be here in…" Jack spoke before he was interrupted by the COM lines of the ship activating.
"Fire teams, report to defensive positions Alpha through Sierra. Sensors show inbound Covenant boarding craft. Stand by to repel boarders," Cortana stated urgently, fire teams responded by running to their assigned defensive positions.
Jessie activated her headset COM, "Duvall, you heard the lady, we have to get ready before the Covenant get the jump on us," her tone serious as she unclipped her shotgun from the weapon holder on her back, "We need to give them all hell for every inch they advance!" Jessie was dressed in the standard United Nations Space Command Marine Corps battle dress uniform which consisted of green fatigues, combat boots, and armor.
"We shall, those bastards do not know who they are messing with! They are messing with survivors from Reach, we are all badasses!" Duvall replied with enthusiasm as Jessie heard the unclipping of weapons as Duvall and his team fully prepared for deadly combat.
Hashirama adjusted his sword sheath as he looked at Tobirama, "Are you ready? I am prepared for combat, we have to help them fight this Covenant," he asked as Tobirama clipped his sword to his belt.
"Yes, I am ready to help them, we must be careful," Tobirama replied as the two faced Jack and the others in the room.
"You two look like you are ready to help us kick some serious ass," Jack spoke as he saw the Senju brothers' armor.
Hashirama was dressed in dark red armor worn over his under suit, a belt which held his sword sheath to his side, and a large scroll worn on his back, a forehead protector, and sandals. Tobirama had similar attire but the differences were the color of his armor which was colored blue with a fur collar, and his forehead protector was shaped like a happuri instead of the normal style.
"Now that we are prepared, we should introduce ourselves. My name is Hashirama Senju," Hashirama informed the others in the room.
"And my name is Tobirama Senju, we are brothers," Tobirama spoke after Hashirama finished speaking.
"Nice to meet the two of you, my name is Jack. I am in command of the team here," Jack informed, "We have to get out of here soon. The Covenant will likely be crawling all over the place in a few minutes."
As soon as Jack finished, Cortana spoke on the COM, "Team One, head to the nearest escape pods, this is an order from Captain Keyes."
"That's us, we need to get going," Jack replied before he connected his COM to Duvall's, "Get ready to move, we are getting off of this ship."
The ship COM activated again as the AI spoke, "Alert! All hands, boarding parties on port decks Four, Seven, and Twelve. Baker Team move to engage."
Jack spoke loud and clear through the COM and to everyone in the room, "Jessie and I will be taking the front of the team. Jessie's skills in close quarters combat and my skills with medium to long range combat will ensure no Covenant remain alive if they stand in our way, my team will be right behind us. Hashirama, Tobirama, and Stanly will take the middle, Duvall and his team will take the rear. Everyone understand?"
"Yes, sir!" every marine and ODST replied as Jack opened the door.
"Understood," Hashirama and Tobirama replied as they prepared to follow.
"Let's go, every second counts!" Jack ordered as he and Jessie ran out first followed by Jack's team, the Senju brothers, Stanly, Duvall, and his team.
"Warning! Covenant incursions on port decks Three and Nine. Alpha Team engage enemy boarders," Cortana warned as more Covenant boarding craft arrived.
The team ran through the metallic hallways of the UNSC Pillar of Autumn as the Covenant continued their boarding operations. Jack could hear the cries of the UNSC crewmen over his headset COM who were attacked and overwhelmed by the advancing Covenant.
"Enemy boarding parties on starboard decks Eight through Ten. Echo Team intercept Covenant forces," the AI ordered over the COM as the ship rumbled from the arrival of more boarding parties.
"Cortana, how is the situation?" Jack spoke over the COM as the team ran towards a door.
"Holding steady, the Covenant are trying to get the upper hand," Cortana replied through the COM before switching to the ship COM, "Covenant boarding craft detected on port decks Four, Five, Seven, Eight, and Eleven. All available combat teams, respond!"
"Damn, the door is damaged," Jack spoke as he tried to get the door to open, "Plasma fire must have fried the control panel."
"I can assist, step back," Hashirama spoke as he walked to the damaged door, Jack stepped back, "Watch my back." Hashirama made several hand signs. His arm turned to wood, which then turned into many wood tendrils that squeezed their way through the tiny crack in the door. The others watched in amazement as the door was pushed open with a screeching sound as metal scrapped against metal. After several moments, the door was pushed all the way open, "Now we can continue."
"That was awesome! Can't wait to see your powers in combat!" one of Jack's team mates spoke as Hashirama undid his jutsu and his arm turned back to normal.
"Let's get goi…" Jack spoke before a hiss interrupted him. One of Duvall's marines gave out a cry of pain as an Elite deactivated his active camouflage, the marines spun around only to see him impaled on the pointy tips of two energy swords.
"Sword! Sword Elite!" Duvall shouted as the Zealot ripped his swords out of the dying marine, killing him. He then lunged at Duvall with murderous intent and chopped his assault rifle in half after he had fired a dozen rounds with no effect. Even the combined firing of several marines was not doing much.
This is the end for me! Duvall knew he would not be able to reach his pistol in time. Just before the swords could reach him, several wooden tendrils shot out and forced the Elite backwards.
"Hold your attacks, while Hashirama has it tied down, I will deal with the thing!" Tobirama ordered as he ran up the wall using chakra to quickly get past the other marines, they stopped firing before he landed in front of the team.
"It's no use struggling, you monster! There is no escape from this jutsu!" Hashirama spoke as Jack, Jessie, and the rest of the ODSTs aimed their weapons at the sword Elite just in case. The Elite struggled to escape as the Senju kept a tight grip with his jutsu, "Tobirama, now!"
Tobirama made hand signs, "Water Release: Water Gathering Technique!" The Elite only had a fleeting glimpse of the younger Senju Brother's red eyes before he had gathered up chakra and spewed out a large flood of water. The wall of water smashed into the Elite and flooded up to the ceiling. The flood raced down several hallways, drowning Jackals, Grunts after the flood ripped off their breathing masks, and several Elites.
Cortana activated the COM to Jack, "What just happened? A large flood of water occurred on the seventh deck. Luckily, no personnel were injured," Cortana asked, her tone very confused.
"I am not really sure. The two people we brought with us from the station, they have powers. One of them appears to have healing and wood powers while the other appears to use water. That was what the flood was; he tried to rid us of that Elite with two swords. He just tore one of Duvall's men apart without anyone detecting him!" Jack responded, "We are out of here in case if that Elite survived!"
"Get off of the ship as soon as possible," Cortana ordered before she changed to the ship COM, "Baker Team reports Covenant forces engaged on port deck Seven. Security teams move to assist."
"Yes, ma'am!" Jack responded, "Everyone, let's get going!"
The team made a run for it, knowing the deadly Elite could still be alive. They ran as the ship shook from the impacts of more boarding craft.
"Warning! Covenant boarders on starboard decks Four and Six. Sierra Team reports heavy resistance! Security teams assist," Cortana announced over the COM, "Alert! Alpha and Charlie Teams report heavy fighting on port decks Five through Nine. Foxtrot Team move to starboard decks Eight and Ten, and stand by."
"There are the escape pods, the coast is clear for now!" Jack stated, "Hashirama, Tobirama, Jessie, follow me and my team!"
The ODST team leader along with his three teammates, the female marine, and the two ninjas ran into the escape pod labeled Number 77. Duvall, his marine team, and Stanley entered the other two escape pods due to the pod's limit of eight passengers.
"Fasten the restraints, quickly!" Jessie informed as she sat down, the door quickly closed as the ship rumbled.
"Get ready for launch!" the escape pod pilot said loud and clear as she pushed some buttons. Everyone strapped themselves in via pulling the harnesses over their bodies, and the escape pod launched out of the ship along with several others. The others were not as lucky; several plasma shots struck and destroyed them, leaving behind debris.
"Damn Covenant!" Jack shouted as his COM link to Duvall and his team went dead, only static filled the COM.
Elsewhere on the Pillar of Autumn
Those filthy scum! The Elite Zealot picked up his swords and attached them to his sides. He took a look around the wet corridor and saw his fellow drowned covenant soldiers. What did that scum do? What in the name of the Great Journey did he use on us?! The Elite vomited water before stumbling to the nearest Covenant boarding craft.
When I find them again, I will make sure their blood is spilled! I will make sure the last thing they see are my eyes! I will make them scream in agony and pain as they die slowly and painfully! The Elite's anger raged inside as he entered the boarding craft and saw more drowned Covenant. He stumbled again and grabbed the wall for support. Every inch of my body…agony…they will pay!
The Elite found the pilot, drowned, and pulled him off to the floor and sat down on the wet seat. He pushed a button on the holographic control panel which activated an energy shield and pushed another which launched the boarding craft. Once I head to the Truth and Reconciliation, I will recover and get my revenge!
The Elite activated the COM line, "Truth and Reconciliation, do you read? I am injured; many of our brothers have died due to two beings who used some kind of power that caused a flood of liquid. I need to board and recover. And once I do, I will eviscerate those two who used the unholy powers! Then I will have my right to the Great Journey!" the alien's rage was barely contained as he spoke.
"Permission granted to board," the alien speaking through the COM to the Elite replied as the boarding craft neared a Covenant CCS-class battlecruiser.
"Entering the atmosphere in 3, 2, 1," the pilot informed as the bumblebee class escape pod hit the atmosphere of the ring world and gathered speed. As they hit a thousand feet above the surface of the ring, the pilot put up the air brakes and thrusters to slow down the pod, resulting in violent turbulence as the pod decelerated, "We are coming in fast, brace for impact!" The pod landed moments later, the lower two landing brakes snapped off as the pod skidded for two dozen feet before coming to a halt, the other two brakes fell off to the ground seconds later.
Jessie unlatched her harness and stood up, "Is everyone alright? That landing was rough, even by the normal crash landings in these kinds of pods," the female marine asked as she looked around.
"I am fine, thanks for asking," Hashirama replied as the restraints unfastened by itself due to the damage sustained from the crash landing, "If anyone needs healing, ask me."
"I will," Jessie said as she helped an ODST unlatch his jammed restraint until someone called out her name.
"We have someone injured over here, his arm is broken. Not sure how bad it is," an ODST spoke as he inspected another fellow soldier whose arm was in the wrong position, clearly broken.
"Let me take a look," Hashirama spoke as he walked to the injured man. He checked the arm and knew it was broken, "This is easy to fix, give me a moment."
Everyone watched as green healing chakra gathered around Hashirama's hand and he placed it on the area of the injury. The broken bones rejoined and the fractures healed in moments, a speed of healing unheard of.
"Feeling better?" Hashirama asked with a warm smile.
"Thanks, you have an amazing power there," the ODST spoke as the pain fully faded away. Hashirama dispelled his healing chakra as the pilot walked to the hatch.
"We better get moving, the Covenant will come soon. And we better not be here when they do come," the pilot spoke as she opened the hatch.
"I have a plan," Hashirama suggested as he pulled the scroll off his back, "We can put one giant paper bomb seal on the ceiling and many smaller ones elsewhere to blow up the Covenant when they come inside."
"Great plan! Let's do it!" the pilot spoke as Hashirama opened the scroll and placed his hand on a seal symbol.
"Unseal," the long haired Senju spoke, there was a puff of smoke and a giant paper bomb tag along with fifteen smaller paper bombs labeled with the kanji for highly explosive motion sensing appeared on the scroll, "Place these tags at points where the explosion will be magnified, I will place the giant one on the ceiling with the help of Tobirama. To apply them to the surface, just push them flat and they will stick. Afterwards, when we all leave, I will activate the tags."
"Let's do it, move quickly!" Jack ordered as he grabbed one of the paper bomb seal tags, the others quickly grabbed a tag to place on the wall. As everyone and the Senju brothers placed the explosive tags, the pilot kept watch for Covenant vehicles.
Ground is clear. Skies are clear. The female scanned the ground and skies for the alien threat with her binoculars. After several minutes, she saw a faint dot in the sky and zoomed in, "We better get moving! Covenant drop ship inbound!"
"We are finished," Jack stated after the giant tag was placed along with the fifteen smaller tags, "There are covenant drop ships inbound, we must get going!"
"Follow me, I found a land bridge that leads to a place where we can hide!" the pilot spoke as she jumped to the ground, the others quickly followed suit as she headed to the narrow land bridge and crossed.
After everyone left the pod, Hashirama followed for several dozen meters and turned around and made a hand sign, "Activate." The paper bomb seal tags glowed white as they activated and then became camouflaged; they were now primed to blow up when the enemy entered. The Senju then quickly caught back up to the team.
"I would hate to fall off," one of the ODSTs said as he looked down the deep ravine, "Must go down for hundreds of meters."
As the pilot led the team towards the narrow canyon, Hashirama spoke, "When we get to our hiding place, I will put up a Wood Release Wood Locking Wall for shelter so we can stay safe. It is a lot tougher than it looks."
"In here," the pilot said as she pointed deeper into the canyon before turning to Hashirama, "Good idea, lead the way and find the best spot."
"I will," Hashirama replied as he led the team down the canyon, he quickly found a very good hiding spot. A section with the ground above forming a ceiling and plenty of cover, which he and the team walked to, "Here is a great spot," Hashirama made several hand signs, "Wood Release: Wood Locking Wall."
The UNSC personnel watched in amazement as wood shot out of the ground around the group and quickly formed a protective, multi layered dome. The helmet lights on the ODST and marine helmets turned on in the darkness of the dome.
"Let's sit down and take a break before we start explaining things," Hashirama suggested as he sat down on the ground, the others agreed and sat down also to rest.
"I will keep my COM open so we can receive orders from Keyes, hope others make it off the ship," the pilot stated as she adjusted the COM to try to find any activity.
Bumblebee Pod Crash Site
"Wort! Wort! Wort!" the Elite Major shouted as the Grunts and Jackals jumped off the Covenant Spirit drop ship to the ground. They quickly followed the Elite to the escape pod as the ship hovered above the ground. The Elite, along with three Grunts, walked into the pod.
"Bad feeling, bad feeling!" one of the Grunts squeaked as he walked to the cockpit with his fellow Grunts and the Elite commander following close behind. Moments later, a hissing sound was heard.
"Wort!" the Elite screamed as he saw many tags appear and hiss, he looked up to the ceiling and saw the giant tag hissing and felt his impending doom approaching, "Wort!" A bright flash engulfed the Elite and grunts inside the pod.
Outside, the Covenant only had a split second to stare at the fireball before a massive explosion shook the area. The giant tag exploded followed by the smaller tags with such ferocity that it appeared as if a mini star was born. The resulting shock waves threw the Grunts and Jackals nearby for a distance, shattering their bones, some that were a few feet from the pod had their organs utterly liquefied. Those further out were flung for dozens of feet. One unlucky Jackal was impaled through his guts, left to die a slow, painful death. A rather large piece of metal struck and went through the drop ship's cockpit, seriously injuring the Elite pilot. He attempted to fly away with the Jackals in the left side of the drop ship, died, and fell on the controls for the hatch. As the ship flew over the cliff and plummeted into the sea, the hatch opened with the Jackals trapped in the jammed restraints. They were drowned, and every single covenant in the area was now dead.
"They took the bait," Tobirama spoke as the area went quiet after the explosion, "Must have killed them all."
"Since we have a break, we can clear things up now. Jack, do you want to explain things first or do you want me to start?" Hashirama asked the ODST.
"I will start first, since it is more important because of what we are up against," Jack replied as he cleared his throat, "The United Nations Space Command, which is Humanity's government, has been at war with the genocidal Covenant for around twenty seven years. The Covenant first attacked Harvest, and began their slow genocide of Humanity since then. And we have been slowly but surely losing. Sooner or later, if we do not stop them, they will find Earth. After that, we are finished; we will all be hunted down and exterminated. The SPARTANs, created by a program involving super soldiers, was not enough to stop them. They were able to win the ground battles, but were unable to take that effectiveness into space. Most of them died during the Battle of Reach, it went from bad to worse and all hope for the planet was lost. We were left with two options- flee, or stay and get destroyed. We took the flee option, needless to say. But before we could leave, my team was sent on a mission to wipe important data from a space station that had failed to activate the Cole Protocol. When we got there, we found that everyone was dead; we had to fight our way through the Covenant to reach the control room and we succeeded in erasing the data. On our way back to the evac Pelican drop ship; Jessie saw you and your brother in an empty room. We took you to the Pillar of Autumn, our ship. And then we fled, the random coordinates that are supposed to lead away from any Human outposts, stations, colonies, or Earth led us right here. I hope I cleared up some things."
"You did, thanks for explaining. Now it is my turn," Hashirama replied, "You must be wondering about the powers we used earlier back on your ship. On the world Tobirama and I are from, there are those who use chakra. Chakra is the life energy of everyone on the planet. It is how we used those powers, called jutsu. They require hand signs to use, the number depends on the skill of the user. I could use a Wood Release jutsu with only one hand sign due to my skill in Wood Release. Most of the people who can use jutsu are called ninjas. Some choose to train themselves; there are those who walk the path of evil and train in dark and forbidden arts. And you must be wondering how we ended up in the station you told us about. I am not sure either about how that happened, but I did get sealed away by someone's jutsu. I had slain hundreds of enemy ninjas sent by my greatest rival and enemy, Madara Uchiha, and we were both reaching our limits. He had an apprentice who most likely hid using a jutsu to stay hidden from my senses. I did not realize he was a ninja from the Yazra clan until it was too late. He unleashed the sealing jutsu, everything I tried to do to prevent my sealing failed and I was sealed away. And ended up on that station you were on."
"Interesting," Jack spoke before turning his attention to Tobirama, "Did the same happen to you?"
"Yes, the one who sealed me away said that he used the same jutsu on Hashirama," the younger Senju brother replied, "Twenty two years after Hashirama was thought to be dead, I was the Second Hokage, leader of the Hidden Leaf village. During a war against our enemies, who attacked us and tried to attack the Leaf village, I stayed behind to let my team escape a murderous team of ninja. They were called the Kinkaku Force, a deadly, elite team of twenty ninjas from the Hidden Cloud village. I had taken down seventeen of them, three remained. I was going to face them in mortal combat but the remaining, unseen enemy showed up. He proceeded to use the same sealing jutsu he used on my brother twenty two years ago. If he is still alive, he would be a dangerous threat to his enemies."
That man must be extremely dangerous. "Thanks for explaining things, I know we do not have all day to explain everything now due to the Covenant trying to hunt us all down," the ODST commander spoke before turning his attention to the pilot, "We should sit tight and wait for orders."
"Agreed," the female pilot responded as she adjusted the COM to reach a signal, only hearing static. The marines, ODSTs, ninjas, and the female pilot sat quietly waiting for orders.
No one except Tobirama and I have chakra. Hashirama sat, legs crossed as he meditated.
2 miles from the crash site
All was quiet on the raised, grassy hill before a Covenant patrol flew overhead, searching for survivors from the Pillar of Autumn. Moments after they flew out of sight, a bright flash of white light was seen as a figure fell to the ground. The white light vanished moments later, the area was quiet once again.
"Hashirama, are you okay?" Jessie asked as Hashirama's eyes snapped open.
"I sensed a chakra surge. The only chakra signature I could sense other than my own was Tobirama's. And I felt another chakra spike. Now it appears to be at a low level, we must investigate," Hashirama spoke as he stood up to prepare to undo the jutsu.
"Good idea, we do not want the Covenant to get to whatever it might be first. Those alien scum deserve nothing for what they have done to Humanity," Jack replied as Hashirama undid the Wood Release: Wood Locking Wall jutsu, "Hashirama, you take the lead with Jessie. We will follow behind."
"Let's go," Hashirama spoke as he and Jessie led the team and Tobirama to the site of the chakra surge. Minutes passed as the team moved stealthily to avoid the Covenant patrols flying overhead.
"There, on top of the hill," Hashirama stated as the team neared the end of the series of canyons, on top of the hill was a Human like figure.
"I think I heard Hunters…" Jessie whispered as the team heard growls. Moments later, her assumption became true as an gold Elite Zealot, twenty Grunts, fifteen Jackals, and four extremely deadly Hunters made their way to the same area the team was heading towards.
"Damn, they have more firepower and armor than we have ammo!" Jack stated as he saw the huge group of Covenant in the distance. They were too far away for either side to start shooting, and the aliens have not noticed the UNSC and ninjas yet.
"Let me take care of them, stand back," Hashirama spoke as he made fifteen hand signs with blazing speed. "Wood Release: Giant Multiple Pillar Tree," a split second later, dozens of giant pillars of Wood shot out of the ground in front of the Senju. The pillars ascended for hundreds of feet whiles twisting together which led to a tree like appearance as the UNSC personnel looked in awe at the sight. After ascending for several hundred feet, the dozens of pillars branched out and shot towards the Covenant at a blistering pace. The Grunts and Jackals were pierced with extreme precision. The Elite had time to dodge two pillars before a third pierced him through his lower torso followed by five more which went through each limb and the fifth through his head. The Hunters attempted to defend with their shields and blast away the pillars with their deadly cannons but they were overwhelmed and impaled dozens of times. A single Hunter, the only survivor, tried to raise its cannon before a final pillar pierced the cannon and the Hunter died.
"That was just…amazing!" an ODST spoke as Hashirama undid the jutsu, the wood disintegrated as the sounds of the Covenant went completely silent.
"It was nothing compared to what I could do, I was just holding back. Follow me," Hashirama spoke as he and Jessie led the team to the top of the hill.
"He has a Leaf village headband…he is a ninja like us," Tobirama stated as the team gathered near the figure.
Hashirama sat down on one knee and checked for a pulse, "He is alive, but his chakra level is extremely low. We need to take him and move elsewhere."
"Good idea, the Covenant will surely come here to investigate what happened to one of their patrols," Jack replied as he pointed his weapon towards the area where the dead Covenant soldiers laid scattered.
"True," Hashirama spoke as he placed a hand on the ninja's chest and forehead, "I need to transfer some of my chakra to him, his chakra is extremely low; almost empty," Hashirama's hands glowed with green chakra as he used his Chakra Transmission Technique.
"His flak jacket…it looks similar to what was starting to come into use before I was sealed. Except it had no pockets or neck guards," Tobirama noted as he looked at the ninja's flak jacket.
"There," Hashirama spoke as he finished his jutsu, "He is stable, his life is no longer in danger."
"That's good to hear, we should get going before any Covenant air patrols come by and ruin our day," Jack said as he looked at the sky for any incoming Covenant.
"Good idea," Hashirama replied as he turned his attention to Tobirama, "Carry him piggyback, we need to get moving. I will use my Earth Release: Tunneling Technique to make a hidden route so the enemy does not find us so easily."
"I will," Tobirama responded as he picked up the ninja on the ground. Things are getting quite mysterious here.
"That's a great plan," Jessie spoke as she kept her shotgun pointed at the path they had used earlier, "They would have a harder time finding us, and if they do, they are in tight spaces and we can shred them without them being able to dodge like crazy."
Hashirama formed several hand signs, "Earth Release: Tunneling Technique," a large, round hole opened up in front of the Senju, which formed into a path with a gentle slope downwards. He made more hand signs, "Wood Release," moments later, flat pieces of wood moved down the walls of the tunnel. "I reinforced it so it would not collapse if the enemy causes an explosion."
"Let's go, we cannot delay any longer. Jessie, you take the front. With your shotgun and the close quarters, nothing will stand in our way. The ninjas, my team, and I will follow behind," Jack ordered just before he heard a noise, and knew what it meant. He looked up at the sky for the source and saw five rapidly growing dots, "Banshees, inbound!"
"Everyone, go in first, I will set up a barrier!" Hashirama spoke; everyone quickly went into the tunnel followed by the older Senju brother. Hashirama quickly ran in and turned to face the entrance, "Wood Release: Thorny Tree Forest," thorny brambles shot out of the ground in front of Hashirama and formed around the entrance, creating a tight seal, "They are not getting through this, even if they do, they will sustain serious and potentially fatal injuries," the Senju quickly caught up to the team.
"Hashirama, how long is this tunnel?" an ODST asked as the team moved quietly through the tunnel which consisted of wood on all sides except for the floor, which was dirt.
"Two kilometers, I wanted to be sure we lost their trail," Hashirama replied, the sound of the Banshees grew louder as they flew overhead. The kanji symbols on the unconscious ninja's long coat, caught sight of it before we entered the tunnel…they mean Fourth Hokage. Interesting.
Master Chief John-117, who was clad in olive green MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor Mark V with a golden visor, had fought his way through a ship filled with Covenant. He had reached his destination point, there was one problem; the Covenant had overrun the area and it was up to him to help clear it out.
His last enemy, an Elite, had lost his shields and had a gaping hole in his leg, presumably from a marine's or ODST's shotgun during an earlier battle.
"Chief, we do not have much time!" Cortana spoke from inside Master Chief's helmet; her data chip was inserted into the back of the helmet. Moments later, the SPARTAN filled the Elite's midsection with a full clip of assault rifle bullets and the alien fell to the ground, dead. "Finally," Cortana spoke urgently, "There's one last lifeboat! Quickly, get aboard before it launches!"
Master Chief ran towards the airlock as other marines headed towards the same lifeboat. An explosion shook the ship and a nearby exploding panel threw a marine to the floor.
"Oh no, oh no!" the frightened marine yelled as he thought about his possible gruesome death. His panicked thoughts were interrupted for a moment by the Master Chief grabbing him and throwing him into the life pod, "Ahhh!"
"Now would be a very good time to leave!" Cortana stated urgently as Master Chief sweeped his rifle into the hallway one last time to check for any remaining Covenant before getting back into the lifeboat. The SPARTAN grabbed a handhold on the ceiling as the marine he picked up crawled into a seat and fastened the restraints.
"Punch it," John spoke to the pilot as another explosion shook the ship.
"Aye aye, sir!" the pilot replied as she sealed her eye visor. She pushed a button on the control panel which shut the hatch and the lifeboat launched out of the airlock with great speed, "We're disengaged. Goin' for minimum safe distance."
"We're gonna make it, aren't we, sir? I don't wanna die out here!" the panicked marine from earlier shouted before Master Chief patted him on the shoulder, which gave the marine some slight encouragement.
"Look!" Cortana exclaimed, the SPARTAN stepped to the front of the pod as the ring world swung into view and the craft headed towards it.
"What is that thing, lieutenant?" another marine asked, unsure of what the object was.
"Hell if I know, but we're landin' on it," the bumblebee escape pod pilot replied as the pod drew closer to the ring world.
"The Autumn! She's been hit!" the scared marine yelled as he looked out the rear hatch window. The ship was damaged; the hull was alight in several places.
The SPARTAN dashed to the rear of the lifeboat and watched the Autumn. "I knew it! The Autumn's accelerating. Keyes is going in manually!" Cortana exclaimed as the ship headed towards the ring world. Several plasma torpedoes struck the lone UNSC starship; the impacts melted the hull plating and caused more fires to break out.
"Heads up everyone, this is it! We're entering the ring's atmosphere in five!" the pilot alerted everyone as the pod neared the atmosphere of the ring world.
"Sure, you wouldn't rather take a seat?" Cortana asked with a hint of concern in her voice.
"We'll be fine," the Chief replied as he gripped the sides of the bumblebee escape pod and bended his knees.
"If I still had fingers they'd be crossed…" Cortana responded as the escape pod headed into the atmosphere of the ring.
Note- any suggestions for improvement are greatly appreciated. And I will try to get the next chapter done a little quicker than this one.
And Hashirama Senju was just holding back on this chapter, next chapter will have the ninjas being more badass.