January 20, 2008
Akatsuki, just the name itself brings emotions of power and respect into all those that hear it. This Akatsuki has gained its power through the countless years of its existence, and earned the respect of its peers. Akatsuki was the first clan to ever grace the circuit back in 2006, and still remains strong to this day. Although it might seem to have fallen from better times, Akatsuki has always survived in the shadows as a reminder of what has, is, and will be. Although no clan may be free from the inevitability of decay, Akatsuki has shown time after time that it will not fall. Akatsuki has decided to step out of the shadows again to mark its claim on this circuit. Naruto-Arena and War-of-Ninja, non can stand up to challenge when Akatsuki rises from its throne to lay waste. Brace yourselves, Akatsuki is coming. Are you prepared?
Chapter 1: The Beginning
It was late June early July-ish, the official date has long since been lost. Oreacharound decided to make a clan, and named it Akatsuki. He looked to the moderator at the time Knightmayre to reserve the clan name, but Knightmayre mistook it and made his own Akatsuki. The two met and after a while became one, the greatest NA clan ever, Akatsuki.
Chapter 2: The First Downfall
About a month after the founding of the Akatsuki clan, with more members then it had ever had, and for a long time would ever would have, nearly 50 members were a part of the clan. A few smaller starting up clans had started to taunt some of the higher up members, jesting that they were weak due to their excessive amount of members, and that the clan was to easy to get into. This angered Knightmayre, and after meeting of the most respected members online at the time, they decided to set the clan to 20 members. After kicking close on 30 people out of the clan, 20 members were left.
Oreacharound was not at this meeting, almost a day later, when he learned of this, flew into a rage and left Akatsuki, taking a sizeable chunk of members with him. After this, Knightmayre fell sick, and another chunk of members, believing the clan to have been disbanded, left to start their own clans.
And so, 3 major clans were formed, Nijuu-Shoutai by Oreacharound, Soul Society by Fatdog, and Sound Village by Kinker. These three would be Akatsuki's greatest rivals for power in times to come.
Returning, Knightmayre found his clan in ruins. He chose Tapioca to replace Oreacharound, and together with Tapioca and Raizen-1, Akatsuki was reformed. This took time though, and other clans had risen to power in Akatuski's absense.
Chapter 3: The Return
After this, only around 9 members were left in Akatsuki, and so they began carefully recruiting and restructuring.. Soon after the completed restructure of the clan, Oreacharound discovered the return of Akatsuki, and for a while a flame war of epic proportions was carried out both in secret and in public between Knightmayre and Oreacharound, despite the neutral relationship of the two opposing clans.
During this period, Akatsuki began to recruit again, scouting around for the best members they could find, and as such, after picking out the rising stars of the early NA world, Akatsuki once again began to grow.
Eventually Akatsuki was once again at the top of the clan world, tied in first place with Oreacharound's NS, Fatdog's SS, Kinker's SV and a new and upcoming clan was close behind them, AC, lead by Yokutai.
Chapter 4: The Second Downfall
Sound Village and Soul Society pretty much died, leaving Akatsuki, Nijuu Shoutai and the upcoming new clan AC, led by Yokutai, as the only major clans left. Yokutai was recruited into Akatsuki after leaving AC, and so began a new age for Akatsuki.
A few people that had left the falling clans of SV and SS had joined Akatsuki, and as they began to return, their members began to return as well. A few of the members who had just joined from these clans returned to them. Then began the Second Downfall.
Soon, from NS and Akatsuki, members started to leave and join SV and SS. In a desperate attempt to stop the mass flocking of members to SS and SV, Yokutai began banning and kicking members that were deemed "unloyal, with Knightmayre's backing, as he didn't want a second downfall. But it was already too late. Members had been lost, either through leaving Akatsuki or through Knight and Yokutai's "Witch Hunt". Once again, Akatsuki was crippled, and it was looking less and less likely it would fully recover this time.
Chapter 5: Rising Up Again
The Second Downfall was less damaging to the clan then the first one, and Akatsuki managed to retain it's position as a powerful clan though it was far from the top. The clan was nearly disbanded, but a meeting of the upper echelon of the clan stopped this. The original member cap of 20 was increased to 30, and recruiting began again, this is the period where most of the well know members the clan has now were recruited.
After a while, SV finally collapsed, and left leaderless, AC also fell. Several new clans rose, though few could match Akatsuki for power.
Chapter 6: The Golden Age of Akatsuki
After the journey uphill, Akatsuki kept rising and won several cups and leagues within NA, and the clan firmly secured its position as one of the greatest clans of this age and of all time.
Chapter 7: The Crash
You all remember this: NA once crashed. All our beloved streaks and hardworking laddermatches were lost. This was hurtful, and shortly after, the layout of NA was changed completely and the game got a whole new level of skill classes. In other words, lots of updates in a short ammount of time. Far from everyone in Akatsuki fancied this. The love for NA was fading, some members left, some got inactive, and Akatsuki went once again more and more into the shadows.
Chapter 8: For the glory of Akatsuki
Even though living in the shadow may be relaxing, it is not the path to dominance.
Time went on, and a new game, known as WoN, was made. Members tried it out, their interest returned and people came back one after another, some only to leave again, and a few to stay. A new leader, the maker of Orochimaru, Temari, Tayuya, yes, noone else than Kamatari, was appointed, a bunch of new active members were recruited, and the already weakened clan tried taking part in a couple of cups and wars, but unfortunately with very little success.
An anti-joke follows: "Once upon a time there was a prince and a princess. They married as was the social custom of the time, and produced a series of children whose purpose was to sustain the royal bloodline for many years to come." The leaders of Akatsuki realized big changes had to be made for the dominance to once again prevail. The three legends Knightmayre, Raizen and Kamatari, had led Akatsuki through thick and thin ice, but the ice was now thinner than ever before, and Rai and Kama realized that. Knight and Rai positioned themselves as founders, Kama stepped down, and two new clan-leaders were appointed: Hanz, the prince, and Gard, the Princess. They started recruiting on a level Akatsuki never had recruited before, and shortly after, the entire NA-community started realising that the rumored "dying clan" was far from dead. Akatsuki rapidly got new members from all over the globe, has now started climbing on the path back to the top, and will not stop before it reaches it. For one thing is clear, and everyone in Akatsuki couldnt have agreed more: We are not going to give up before Akatsuki once again becomes remembered as the diamond that never stops shining.
Akatsuki has had a long standing policy of recruiting through an invitation system, but do not let this stop you from trying to join however! We have established the following guidelines for potential members to follow if they wish to join the legion of Akatsuki. The recruitment system lasts for a minimum of three weeks (four weeks for GFX'ers), but there is a possibility of your application to be extended for a longer period of time, depending on the circumstances.
Phase One: Acquaintance
>Impressions and be acquainted with the members.
> Introduce yourself on xat! Get to know the members and mingle.
> Hanz_the_dark21, Gardover, Raizen or Kazuo_Oda will send the applicant an application meaning you have advanced to Phase Two.
Phase Two: Entaglement
> A test of skill, luck, and hardiness.
> The applicant must be ready to have his or her skills tested appointed by the leaders. This can happen anytime so be ready!
> By now, you should already be aware that we host tournaments regularly from time to time. Join them and try to win them!
> GFX candidates will be given a random stock to create a large piece with by one of our GFXer's, 10 avatars with any stock or render with the text "Akatsuki" on it with the font "Weltron Urban", and a total of three signatures made for Akatsuki members.
> Akatsuki members reserve the right to extend additional games or more works, and their discretion is final and absolute.
Phase Three: Nova Prospekt
> The part where an applicant must wait for deliberation, possible acceptance, or rejection. A note to the untrained, we are inclined over personality and tolerance equals gaming or GFXing prowess.
I don't doubt it, but someone who wishes to join just due to the fact that the members are skilled doesn't interest me. as a matter of fact i would rather have an unskilled humble person over a skilled arrogant in my clan anytime. NA skills can always improve.
Akatsuki would have not gotten where it is today without it's members. The members of Akatsuki range all over the spectrum of personalities and abilities, but they all are unique and amazing in their own way.
Alias: Knight, Knighty-Knight
Origin: Land of Water (Australia - Canberra, ACT)
Ring: Rei [Zero]
"One of Akatsuki's Triumvirate, Knight has been one of NA's prolific members ever since it's inception. Known to be the very first Naruto-Arena Moderator (even before the Forums), he was always of assistance whenever he is around and gained a decent amount of friends along the way. Moreover, he's one of the mature members who would get out of his way and dedicate himself on something worthwhile. Though he claims to have selective memory lapses, he is one leader who prefer to sit on the sidelines but will stamp his authority when people need some direction. And don't forget that." - LeyChance
Alias: Tap, Tapion
Origin: Land of Earth (North America - Illinois, USA)
Ring: Rei [Zero]
"He can be a little weird at times, but is generally a good bloke. He was one of the founding members of Akatsuki, and is assistant leader to the clan. He was a driving force in the resurrection of Akatsuki after the first downfall, and was Knightmayre's best friend. He was a powerful force in game as well, at one stage being one of the better players of the time, but he has been lost to The Ninja RPG for a while now, despite several recon and rescue missions by me." - Knightmayre
Debut: August 7, 2009
Origin: Land of Earth (North America - Pennsylvania, USA)
Ring: Kyu [Nine]
"The biggest entrepreneur of all time, who proudly can carry the badge of “Akatsuki leader.” No one has ever before climbed the ranks of Akatsuki like Hanz, and no one ever will. Our dark leader has a “will of fire” to get things done, and bolts of lightning that are capable of eradicating everyone in his path. He also often use his supercombo-attack, shooting lasers out of his eyes, like when he saved Saturn’s rings from certain destruction." ~ Gardover
Alias: Essie, Boobs
Debut: December 17, 2011
Origin: Land of Lightning (Europe - Netherlands)
Ring: Kyu [Nine]
"Are you asking for one word which describes this woman? Well the word would most likely be… BOOBS. Satellizer, also known as Essie, Ester or just Boobs, is a true Dutch woman who loves beer, football (I mean the real one, not the American version of ‚football! ;D) and books. Essie, for me is like a long lost sister. Oh God, you wouldn't believe how much things we have in common. I really hope she can become a millionaire one day and make her wishes come true, which are traveling, and visiting Akatsuki members. Once you start talking to her, you won’t stop laughing and you especially won’t get bored at all because of her talent on finding great topics to talk about! Never forget one thing - she brings the FUN and the BOOBS!" ~ Kikinka
Alias: Gard, Gardo >_<
Debut: September 22, 2007
Origin: Land of Lightning (Europe - Norway)
Ring: Shou [Little]
"Gardover, Akatsukis little big soldier, is one of the most fantastic guys there is. When he comes to looks he is flawless, he has sexi eyes, perfect hair, and all the girls go nuts over his big guns. But before I go on and on and on about how sexi he looks, let me stop for a moment and tell you how amazing he is. He is one of the nicest, coolest, and most respectable guys that I have had the pleasure of knowing. An effin beast at naruto-arena and his team collection is wowtastic. A true Akatsukian (saywa? o.O ) in looks and in heart, we are very happy to have this guy a part of the clan and we are never going to let go off him, so back off fools or you shall feel the wrath of my guns! " ~ Aleksyondy
Alias: Kinka, Kristy
Debut: September 9, 2009
Origin: Land of Lightning (Europe - Czech Republic/Italy)
Ring: Shou [Little]
"What can i say about Kikinka other than she is really kind, trustful, lively person, who loves to chat and talk with her friends! She has a weird sense of humor, but that only adds to her cute factor, right? She is very loyal to her friends, doing anything for them and she even says she would die for them. She also loves animals, especially those cute seals! Dont be deceived by her womanly nature though, because when it comes to sports you better watch out! She really loves hockey (up to the point of obsession), is a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, (Wooo!) and has a secret crush on their Captain Sidney Crosby.(Shhhh) So there you have it folks, your one and only Kikinka650! :)" ~ Hanz
Alias: Raizen, Rai
Origin: Land of Fire (Asia - Maldives)
Ring: Shu [Scarlet]
"Raizen can be summed up as a brilliant leader, he has kept this clan together through its multiple downfalls, and even further has managed to make it one of the best clans on NA, in our humble opinions. He is always selfless kind and friendly, even when he has to cope with far too much, though he doesn't complain, too much. He used to lead the moderating team on NA and he was always highly revered by all the mods and trusted by the admins and often helped to create characters for the game itself." ~ Kamatari
Alias: Mir, Mirror, ''Master Drainer"
Debut: September 21, 2006
Origin: Land of Fire (Asia - Philippines)
Ring: Shu [Scarlet]
"Hell hath no fury like a chakra drainer scorned. That should sum up Mirroga's affinity. One of the senior members of the clan, he has been a constant personality who never ceases to impart knowledge on matters concerning teams, updates, even on animes and the latest games. He is also known to conduct the fabled Mirror of Ascension tournaments, which only the shrewdest and most prolific strategist in NA survive. Somewhat an enigmatic force, don't be fooled by the mystery he exudes. Or he'll drain the life out of you." ~ LeyChance
Alias: The Beautiful Kostas
Debut: April 29, 2007
Origin: Land of Lightning (Europe - Greece)
Ring: Yuu [Evening]
"You would have a difficult run in with words in describing the man known as Kostas. Has a vivid imagination, articulate, dependable, a true friend, and one of Akatsuki's great players; he has a knack of tormenting his opponents due to his keen reflexes (rumor has it that he can pick a fly using chopsticks) and can see ahead of his opposition just by looking at the other team (he hasn't been beaten in a game of chess, playing himself). Once considered one of the best players, Kostas can still school any young'n with his eyes closed. Due to his dedication and vision Kostas is now an admin in charge of running S-A, Just don't mess with his glasses, or he'll turn you into a frog. Ribiit." ~ LeyChance/Kostas
Alias: Kama, "El Capitan"
Debut: February 17, 2007
Origin: Land of Lightning (Europe - Great Britain)
Ring: Yuu [Evening]
"A no non-sense guy, he's has been on Akatsuki almost the same time as me. Kamatari as far as I know is a good-natured, intelligent, and an approachable guy. And he's a hell lot of a great player too, and I admit some of my staple teams are his suggestions. He's got a knack on simplifying my complex justification of team strategies and has the ability to go the extra mile when it matters, whether it's in-game or in clan-related things. A former moderator of Naruto-Boards, he was one who had a clear sense of justice and one of the best mods before that flawed 'revamp'. I look up to him, and he doesn't know that. Just don't question his potato fetish. =o" ~ LeyChance
Alias: Ant, Ant-Ant, Ant-Ant-Ant
Debut: September 22, 2007
Origin: Land of Earth (North America - Massachusetts, USA)
Ring: Hikari [Light]
"As the old leader of the original ICY, Antarctic is a born leader. Ant is a very very skilled player of NA and is someone that should be feared. He is always up for a private battle and will help you get better if needed. When he starts something he puts everything he's got into it and never gives up. Ant is a great guy who has a great sense of humor and is an awesome guy to talk to." ~ Shikamaru_nara92
Alias: Aleks, Yondy, Smexy, Fabio
Debut: September 24, 2007
Origin: Land of Lightning (Europe - Albania)
Ring: Hikari [Light]
"Quite apart from being a talented NA player, with unusual teams and strategies, Aleksyondy is apparently very sexy, or so he says, maybe narcissistic, but we wouldn't say so, and we would go as far to say anyone who says so is just jealous of his sexiness. He is very sporty and athletic, likes to go to lots of parties, and also has a refined taste in music. He is generally a friendly and fun person who is a pleasure to talk to and get to know" ~ Kamatari