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Kurei Shuhou -- is a jounin-level kunoichi of Sunagakure and a member of the Shuhou Clan. After recovering from a strange blood disease as a child, Kurei was assigned to Team Daisaku and started on a path to prove her worth to herself and her family. During her genin days, and due to her rare Water Release in the desert, the young kunoichi was recruited to the Mizugame Ryodan as a Tracker, where she thrived. Kurei's creation of Toxic Release, as well as her various poison jutsu's, quickly gained her the moniker Suna no Doku Ibara (する の どく イばら ; lit. The Poison Barb of the Sand) as well as Chimei Dokuyaku Ken no Kurei (Kurei of the Fatal Poison Dart). Shortly before her promotion to chunin, Kurei learned that her family had lost track of her eldest sister, Uiiki, while taking on their clans biggest and most challenging trial, Kami no Kado (ネ申 門 lit. Gate of Gods). Kurei chases after her sister in order to bring her home but in doing so enters into the trials herself, which has a major impact on her personality and outlook on the world going forward. Sometime after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kurei is appointed the leader of Team 13 as well as promoted as the Supervisor of the Mizugame Ryodan. Years after the War she marries the Fifth Kazekage, Gaara, and the pair start a family together. Prior to the birth of their first daughter, Kurei and Gaara adopt a young orphan boy, Hiei, who becomes the fifth Jinchuriki of Shukaku and Kurei's right-hand assistant.

Name Meaning: Ku means "Nine", Rei means "Expression of Gratitude", Shuhou means "Battery"
Pronunciation: Shoe-hoe ; Cuu-ray
Birthday: October 21st (Libra)
Age: Part I: 14-15 ; Part II: 17-18 ; Part III: 24-25
Gender: Female
Height: Part I: 142.34 cm (4'6") ; Part II: 155.28 cm (5'0") ; Part III: 163.28 cm (5'3") 
Weight: Part I: 29.35 kg (64.7 lbs) ; Part II: 39.17 kg (86.3 lbs) ; Part III: 60.32 kg (132.9 lbs)
Blood Type: O+ 


18px-Land of Wind Symbol.svg Land of Wind --- Sunagakure Symbol Sunagakure 
Shuhou Clan
Allied Shinobi Forces Symbol Shinobi Allied Forces
Mizugame Ryodan

  • --- Academy Teacher (briefly) 
    • Just after becoming jounin, Kurei and the rest of Team Thirteen were asked to substitute for a few of the academy teachers who were injured in the previous raid on the Sunagakure water towers. This it easy enough, Kurei and company went to their assigned classrooms. Shortly thereafter all three made their way to the Kazekage office to explain why a portion of the grounds had been set on fire. While Kurei thoroughly enjoyed the experience, she realized a classroom would never be her true calling. 
  • --- Secretary to the Kazekage  
    • An on-again off-again job. During down time Kurei often makes it a point to help Gaara around the office. Assisting with paperwork and organization and running any errands he needs. It's the job that first brought them into contact for more than an hour at a time and where they spent the most time getting to know one another and bound. Originally, Kurei was ordered to observe some down time after a minor mental break concerning her sensei's health. She agreed on one condition, that she was doing something productive in the meantime. Gaara, having been in the Kazekage seat for a short while needed some extra hands on deck and set the Shuhou girl to work alongside Temari and Kankuro. 
  • --- Kazekage's Bodyguard (Self Proclaimed) 
    • Kurei's need to protect is a profound part of who she is. Once Kurei recognized her budding feeling for the Kazekage and the need to get to know him better, she put herself at his side and refused to budge for any reason. She used the opportunity to expose him to her group of friends and acquaintance as well as to help him engage in social situations he had not been around prior. She empathized with his past and was endeared by Gaara's strength of rising above it. Kurei's open and affectionate personality allowed her to bridge the gap that had formed between Gaara and his people while subsequently allowing him to become curious of the new person now in the forefront of his life. While at first the forward actions puzzled the young Kazekage, Gaara came to realize the depth of Kurei's feelings thought such action, finding that when she was at his side she seemed to truly belong there. After all these years, the title is more of a loving joke among those closest to them (but Kurei is always ready to defend and make good on that title should the situation arise). 
  • --- Supervisor of Administration, Mizugame Ryodan (Currently)
    • While it took some time getting there, Kurei's dedication and overwhelming abilities made her a top candidate for the position of supervisor after her long run as an Extractor. She took on the job Post-War and took on a team of genin trainees as well. Around the time she was announced to be infertile, not making conception a complete impossibility but making it much harder, Kurei through herself into her work. Often, this lead to accidents and on one major occasion her kidnapping and relegation to a wheel chair. All in all, after the birth of her children, Kurei settled into the position and continues to manage the Mizugame Ryodan throughout her golden years. (The Mizugame Ryodan: A Guild)
  • --- Jinruishi Daisaku (34)*, Discharged from Duty (Work-Related Disabilities), Academy Teacher
    • Former leader of Team Thirteen. During the time skip, Team Thirteen feel into a trap which caused their sensei permanent damage to his tenketsu along his right leg and abdomen. By 'The Last', Jinruishi has recovered from his rehabilitation and become an Academy Teacher where he will, eventually, mentor and teach Kurei and Gaara's children. Kurei and Jinruishi had a rocky and highly volatile relationship when she was genin but have sense grown closer and fonder of one another, though to this day Daisaku-sensei is the only person who can truly bring out Kurei's explosive blue streak and extreme ire. 
  • --- Hin Noukotsudou (20)*, 
    • Hin and Kurei's relationship has always been one of equals and close companionship. They were betrothed to one another at a young age and were set up on many play dates and the like. While Hin realized early on what was developing, he shielded Kurei and took responsibility and pressure on himself. Hin was year older than Kurei and as such started the Academy before her, this while she was still in the hospital. He would be responsible for introducing them to their third teammate Taba. Kurei trusts Hin the most out of everyone she knows to do what needs to be done. They have similar moral codes and are willing to do just about the same thing to meet their end goal. Very much cut from the same cloth, Hin and Kurei make an explosive duo. Anger one and expect the other on your heels shortly.
  • --- Taba Matsurika (19)*, 
    • Taba is the balance of the group. He's a bit of a clown with a big heart and a loud mouth. Generally, his filter is on vacation and he has a habit of blurting out the first thing which pops into his brain. Wicked smart but socially inept he becomes the butt of many jokes. However, Kurei learned how to sober the jokester up and get him serious and focused. He's a true friend to Kurei and uncompromisingly loyal. Where Kurei and Hin are ready to rush forward, Taba is there to drag them back and remind them to look at the scenery of life. As genin he was constantly running after his teammates and getting them out of traps. Sometimes he would go on whole monologues while Kurei and Hin hung out in a net trap. Both realized that listening to Taba would probably keep them alive longer than not doing such. A fact Taba is smug and happy to remind them of. 
Students: Often referred to as the HiRiRi Trio.
  • --- Ondori Homura (12), 
  • --- Haari Amani (9), 
  • --- Hikkaku Inusayama (11),
Animal Summoning: 
  • --- Name
    • Ikui (Eternal Well -i.e. one that never runs dry-)
  • --- Animal 
  • --- Appearance
    • Ikui is a small, soft golden buff desert kangaroo rat with dark honey brown eyes and a white underbelly and legs. Ikui wears a golden bracelet on it's right forearm with the Suna symbol engraved on it.
  • --- Abilities
    • Ikui, like all the contracted desert kangaroo rats, is used by members of the Mizugame Ryodan to track for water in the desert. 
    • Can use the Water Vibration Tracking Technique and Exploding Bubble Trail Technique.
    • With the rat's typical large back legs comes great kicking power and Ikui is known to be able to do damage to various objects by kicking them.
  • --- Personality 
    • Ikui is a sweet companion who enjoys light conversation, sprinkled with gossip, and cuddling with her summoner. She is soft spoken and a peace keeper. She enjoys helping others and making their jobs easier but isn't afraid to get into the mix and fight when needed.

  • --- Name

  • --- Animal 

  • --- Appearance

  • --- Abilities

  • --- Personality 

Classification: Short to Mid Range/Special Jonin ; Poison Specialist
Ninja Registration: #54-009
Academy Grad. Age: 11 (Academics) 13 (Applied Techniques)
Jonin Prom. Age: 17
Missions Completed: 704**
D-Rank: 114|C-Rank: 223|B-Rank: 251|A-Rank: 106|S-Rank: 10

  • --- Weapon Appearance:
  • --- Special Abilities:

  • Ninjutsu: 2
  • Taijutsu: 1
  • Genjutsu: 3
  • Intelligence: 2.5
  • Strength: 0.5
  • Speed: 1.5
  • Stamina: 2
  • Hand Seals: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 16
Due to the prolonged hospitalization, Kurei's physical abilities where severely diminished by the time she graduated to genin. However, her intelligence and mental abilities were well honed. Kurei showed a natural aptitude toward the detection and dispersal of genjutsu at a young age and was proficient in hand seals as well.

Part I
  • Ninjutsu: 2.5
  • Taijutsu: 1
  • Genjutsu: 3.5
  • Intelligence: 3
  • Strength: 1
  • Speed: 2
  • Stamina: 4
  • Hand Seals: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 20.5
Kurei spends most of her time building up her stamina during her genin years. Her natural inclination for it helps her not only regain a substantial amount but surpass her expected levels. Her sensie focuses on honing her impressive speed and increasing her proficiency in ninjutsu.

Part II
  • Ninjutsu: 4
  • Taijutsu: 1.5
  • Genjutsu: 3.5
  • Intelligence: 4
  • Strength: 1.5
  • Speed: 4.5
  • Stamina: 4
  • Hand Seals: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 26.5
During the timeskip is when Kurei has her greatest amount of growth, after joining the Mizugame Ryodan where she flourishes. She also gathers more techniques outside of her Toxic Release to include Chakra Absorption and Water Release Jutsu. 

During Shippuden her speed become her most impressive commodity, paired with her chakra prowess and control make her a frighting opponent and valued ally.  While she continues to take various shinobi missions, her priorities stay with the Mizugame Ryodan and the search for water for the Village Hidden in Sand.

Kurei has slightly tanned skin from the exposure of sun and sand in her home in Sunagakure. Her hair is a silky clay brown and very soft as she takes pride in taking care of it. It's also naturally straight and smooth though it is known to curl toward the face as it gets longer or when wet. Taking after her father, Saisei, rather than the curl from her mother, Toge. Her eyebrows are small and rounded rather than the typical long, rectangular brows, as inherited from the Shuhou Clan. Her eyes are deep set and are an earthy green color with a silver (purple in Shippuden) band around the pupil. She has long legs, giving her a long stride and good power for kicking. Despite her long legs, Kurei is noticeably lacking in the height department. She doesn't mind being below average in height, but does mind the jokes some people attempt. She is 'fun-sized' thank you very much. Kurei gains a set of four scars on her left shoulder, they start just above her breast and curve over to draw down her back, stopping just above the shoulder blade. She gains a second broad scar, identical to Gaara's Scar, on the left side of her abdomen post The Last. 

  • --- Deep set and not nearly as wide as most of her age group, giving her a mature and often serious or maternal look.
  • --- Thick lashes 
  • --- Triangular clan tattoo at bottom corner of each eye
  • --- Dual Heterocromia, dusky green with a muted purple ring around a small pupil
  • --- Like the rest of her clan, her eye brows are small and rounded
  • --- Short (cut short at the back, falling longer in the front), blunt, angular cut with a long bang in middle of face
  • --- Straight when short but will slightly curl as it grows longer
  • --- Silky and smooth
  • --- Healthy, light olive color, tans easily
  • --- Thin, easily bruises
  • --- Well maintained
  • --- Freckles oh shoulders and back may appear with extended sun exposure
  • --- Roman/aquilian 
  • --- Oval, lightly angular, and feminine 
  • --- Strong, proud jaw
Distinguishing Features: 

Cup Size:
  • --- 32 A

  • A bell-shaped clay bottle with a substantial wooden cork. The surface is rough with obvious wear but it is sturdy and Kurei trusts in it absolutely. It's almost half her size. It is adorned with three seals to fix the weight and allow the jug to hold more water than it typically could, as well as a holster for a belt to allowed it to be carried comfortable on the back.

Makeup: None

Scent: A soft floral scent with a misty undertone, like a spring rain.



Clan: Shuhou (Shuhou Clan's Traditions and Workings)
Immediate Family: 
  • --- Tenousei Shuhou, Paternal Grandfather, Patriarch of the Shuhou Clan

  • --- Saisei Shuhou, Father, Clan Leader, First Seat, and Leader of Primary (Offensive) Branch

  • --- Toge Shuhou, Mother, Retired Special Jounin, Academy Teacher

  • --- Uiiki Shuhou, Eldest Sister, Jounin

  • --- Suigin Shuhou, Uncle, Leader of the Secondary Branch, Second Seat

  • --- Jyuukiou Shuhou, Cousin, Special Jounin

  • --- Itsuka Shuhou, Cousin, Political Speaker

Marital Status: Married (Post-War)
Partner: Sabaku no Gaara 
  • --- Rurachi

  • --- Usubi

  • --- Chihei

  • --- Heiji (Adopted)

"Our time is too precious to spend it on the things we don't enjoy or can't control. So get out of my way, I have a life to live!"

"What needs to be done, must be done."

Ambition/Lifelong Dream:
  • To live long enough to see peace come to the ninja world and encourage the next generation to do better than her's did.
  • To start a family.


  • --- Poison Making and Antidote Creation
    • Kurei enjoys the challenge of breeding new plant species to create new, natural poisons as well as chemically making some. She gets various samples from all around the ninja world and works to either replicate them or create antidotes for them. Kurei finds something very thrilling in 'mad-scienceing' poison then breaking them down with an antidote. Not every poison has a cure, however.
  • --- Cultivating Cacti
    • During her time making hybrid plants, Kurei stumbled onto cacti and fell in love with the plant. She started working on a poisonous cacti variety which could hold chakra and be triggered to release it's needles in a projectile fashion when triggered. Later she started breeding differently colored cacti flowers with the intention of giving them to friends and family. Once Kurei found out Gaara likewise enjoyed the cultivation and care of cacti they began to work together. She has worked hard to find the rarer species to show him and thrives in the smiles and looks of awe Gaara gives when she succeeds. 
  • --- Gardening
    • Kurei's passion with her poisons led her to a passion of gardening and tending to flowers and various greenery. It's a very soothing and relaxing thing, plus flowers don't demand anything but a little attention and gentle affection. Kurie took it upon herself to tend to the greenhouse when she found it understaffed in her genin years and worked to bring it up to be a fine establishment by the time The Last rolls around. Likewise, she tends to various desert gardens around Sunagakure. The one in the home she and her husband share is filled with vibrant and rare desert specimen and the one at the Kage manor is stocked with many sweet smelling plants.
  • --- Paper Work with Gaara
    • This first started when Kurei volunteered to help Gaara when he first became Kazekage, they would spend ample time around one another and would find that many of their helpers snuck out of the office when they put their heads together to work on a particularly nasty document or get started on an obviously lengthy political discussion. Working together became a bonding ritual and they would often exchange information about themselves above the soft rustling of paper and familiar pattern of the day. Kurei often got to the Kage office early to ensure that things would be in order and ready for the Kazekage when he arrived, especially on days when she was off on a mission or working with the Mizugame Ryodan. During her retirement Kurei is still very active in assisting her husband in the office, though she spends much more time perched on the edge of Gaara's desk or in his lap. 
  • --- Watching Sunsets/Sunrises
    • There were very few days where Kurei didn't watch a sunset turn into a sunrise when working with Gaara in his office. These were the times where they would grab a quick snack, something to drink, and make their way to the roof where they would watch the sky change colors until it was inky black or bright blue. Many of their dates were marked by a sunrise or sunset. Kurei loves the way the colors melt across the sky sometimes like a fire licking across the expanse of the horizon, and sometimes like a rainbow, with hues and bands of vibrant and glorious color stretching across the sky. Kurei is willing to drop almost anything to watch and admire and share the moment with someone special.

Good Habits: 

  • --- Remarkable memory, once seen or heard Kurei can recall registered facts with a few simple cues.
  • --- Amiable and easy going, able to get along with the majority of people and fit into a variety of social situations. 
  • --- Analytically minded, a strong leader, and impressive tactician, highly attentive to details 
  • --- Strong will and force of character, Kurei is not easily daunted nor swayed by opinions of external forces
  • --- Knows who she is and what she wants, willing to work and exert the effort to get where she wants to go, never compromise her morals or who she is for anyone.
  • --- Clever, with a quick mind and wit, known for her cool head and logical pattern of thought, good common sense
  • --- Practical and reliable, known to be very supportive and encouraging of others
  • --- Has an honest perspective on life and straightforward, doesn't mix words
Bad Habits:
  • --- Prideful and a major perfectionist
  • --- Critical of the details and quality of things
  • --- Bad habit of picking things and apart when upset
  • --- Dark sense of humor and cruel psychological player when pushed beyond her limits  
  • --- Has a tendency to over work herself and not properly take care of her self, mostly through forgetting to eat or not getting enough sleep
  • --- Terribly protective of her loved ones and her freedom, will resist any and all attempts of irrational limitation concerning her freedom, will hold a grudge and seek to get justice against those who harm her loved ones or the innocent (if she were a billionaire she would be a vigilantly *nods*)
  • --- Being left alone, either through abandonment or her loved ones dying
  • --- Failing/Disappointing those important to her or failing to preform/protect/be there when needed
  • --- Being out of control of her body/mind/actions, being controlled and doing something against her will
  • --- Fire. 
  • --- Becoming disabled and thus unable to protect and serve
  • --- Adding on to the above, she is afraid of being obsolete or useless or unneeded and forgotten
Coping Mechanisms:
  • --- When feeling scared or anxious Kurei finds a calm, quite, secluded place and does a serious of breathing exercises to calm and focus the mind.
  • --- If these fail, Kurei often seeks out the physical presents of someone she loves. When a child it was her mother or sister Uiiki. As she gets older it becomes friends such as Risu and Temari. Later on Gaara becomes her main source of comfort. Kurei doesn't necessarily need to be physically touching someone, but is the quickest way to calm her down.
  • --- If pensive, lethargic, or largely distracted, Kurei will summon Ikui to hold in her arms and pet.
  • --- When mad Kurei divorces herself from everyone and goes to take her frustrations out on training dummies. Afterward she generally curls up on her bed and cocoons the covers around her to brood or wallow.
  • --- When sad, Kurei finds a place to cry out her sadness until she falls asleep or fixes the problem with a good cry. Rarely will she openly cry in front of others.
  • --- When riled up, it's bad to try and get Kurei to talk instead she appreciates a hug or gentle physical pressure to let her know she's not alone and that there are people waiting for her.
  • --- Kurei is very stubborn and it can take a lot to get her to calm down or open up, she knows this about herself but when emotionally rung out has very little want to correct the behavior. 
  • --- Kurei is a hard worker, with a wide range of knowledge on a variety of subjects, and has the drive to complete tasks set to her at her absolute bests and accepts not sub-par work to pass her hands.
  • --- She is a very flexible person, easily adapting to new situations and quickly able to make plans b-z when necessary. Kurei is also very fluid and flexible on the battle field where she excels at evasion and quick in-then-out attacks.
  • --- Thanks to her Clan's natural abilities and her own diligent work, Kurei is highly skilled at chakra control and has above average chakra reserves.
  • --- Has a knack for reading people, picking up on the subtlest of cues most people miss and accurately identifying sometime obscure facts thought observation alone.
  • --- She is highly observant of her surroundings and the people in them and is known to always follow her gut instinct or reaction in a situation.
  • --- Kurei is a very quick kunoichi both mentally and on the battle field. She has a distinctively sharp mind and is one of the physically fastest ninja in the Sand Village.
  • --- She has zero defense against genjutsu, unless you count her teammate Taba, and is easily swayed by both verbal and visual persuasion when under genjutsu. 
  • --- Extended close combat, she is better at ranged attacks and traps. She is always going to be at a disadvantage against physically stronger opponents and will fall back to rely on ranged ninjutsu attacks. 
  • --- Fire Release when using Toxic Release, will switch to Water Release at this point. 
  • --- Has a habit of overworking herself and sometimes taking on more than she can honestly handle in order to accommodate or help someone/make herself feel useful while under-maintaining her heath during these times.
  • --- While Kurei tries hard not to, she is very good at holding a grudge and letting it consume her. It's a vice she has dealt with on a variety of moments and one which occasionally rears it's ugly head.
  • --- Being a bit of a smartass when underestimated, proving just how worthwhile her contributions are
  • --- People watching and dissecting their behaviors
  • --- Being right
  • --- Watching the sky paint it's self with hues of red and orange and gold
  • --- Dancing in the rain and dancing in general
  • --- Being entrusted with responsibility and feeling like she is needed
  • --- Enjoys being busy/always having something to do
  • --- Physical affection with those she's close too, a strong pair of arms on a dark day

  • --- Her skills or personal worth being called into question
  • --- Stupid/Ignorant people (relating to the above)
  • --- Only having so much time in the day, not able to get everything done when she wants to
  • --- Feeling unnecessary or as if she is in the way
  • --- Being told to 'take it easy', she can take it easy when she's dead thank you
  • --- Being teased or purposefully embarrassed
  • --- Most Genjutsu users
  • --- Being completely out of control of her body/mind/situation
  • --- Failure or not completing a project to 100% satisfaction 


Kurei grew up as the youngest of nine siblings. She learned early on that in order to not loose herself and her identity to the shadows of her older siblings, she had to carve out a place for herself under her own power and with her own talents. The Shuhou Clan was a hugely supportive system yet very, very competitive as a whole. Everyone was looking to gain a title for themselves. So, as children usually do, Kurei followed the examples around her. Her mother, Toge, and older sister, Uiiki, became her idols and the persons she wanted to surpass at all costs. 

Overall, Kurei was a gentle child with a decidedly high intelligence and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Kurei had a high reguard for the rules and was very by-the-book, annoying most of her siblings by telling on their various rule-breaking exploits. She walked a straight line and quickly learned that if she wanted respect and attention it was from the adults she needed to get it. Quickly, she earned the favor of her elders and found the rewards of such almost immediately.

It was easy to see the old soul which resided in the youngest Shuhou, the worldly spirit and open mind Kurei possessed set her apart from her brothers and sisters and cousins. When she took her Chakra Nature test and was found to have the rare Water Release Chakra her popularity among the adults soared and many tried to earn her favor, for their own gain naturally but Kurei was naively unaware of this. She was thrilled with it all beyond the telling off it. Suddenly she went from tirelessly earning attention to gaining it with little effort. However, as great as the shift in her life was, it scared Kurei to the core. Suddenly every eye was on her, she was told to watch her step and not make mistakes. Pressure and expectations began to weight down on Kureis and far too heavy was the burden for the five year old to bear alone.

Truly, it was the perfect storm of stress and physical exhaustion which asserbated a hidden disease with in Kurei's blood and cause her body to begin breaking down. The fear she had been feeling ratcheted up when told that she would be confined to the hospital without being able to see her family until her disease was identified. Many sleepless nights, Kurei would lie in the cold bed smothering her tears in her pillow. She had gained everything someone from her clan could have wanted at such an age only to loose it and become useless. What was worse...she was all alone.

Her fear of isolation began here. Doctors came in and out of her life like the bed sheets on her bed. They served a purpose but were flat and two dimensional. Kurei became withdrawn and hallow and, over time, terribly bitter for someone so young. She began to fight back and snark at the nurses, making their lives harder. Somehow she convinced herself that was better. Keep people at a distance so they couldn't hurt her by leaving her alone. 

However, it was too much to bare, she needed people and craved some sort of affection and care. She often cried out in her sleep for someone, anyone, to be her friend, her companion. As if to answer her prayers a one, Dr. Yamawaki, appeared in her life and restored a sense of hope and balance to the young child's life. The good doctor was a curiosity, he was devastatingly kind and amusing in a very oddball way. Kurei felt an instant kinship with the man and quickly let go of her bitterness to regain her kind persona and was eager to put her trust in people again, once someone showed her it wasn't all for not. 

Three years after being admitted, Kurei was allowed to have visitors, her disease not being seen as contagious. Kurei dreaded meeting her family again, seeing their disappointment. As soon as they burst into her room, Kurei began apologizing only to be smothered in hugs and kisses and voices talking all over each other. Kurei learned that they were proud of her for pushing through her disease and staying strong through everything, something she didn't correct but didn't feel she had fully earned. 

While in the hospital, Kurei's growth was astounding. She still wanted to learn everything and yearned for success and to make a name for herself, but she no longer wanted to do so by pleasing people and using people as stepping stones. Learning what her actions were really doing, and earning her, back in the Shuhou compound sickened Kurei and she vowed never to let that happen again. Her success would be by her own sweat and blood. Kurei would succeed or fail on her own. Her life and happiness was her responsibility, damn it!

Kurei also picked up the interesting habit of emphasizing her statements with colorful blue streaks while in the hospital. 

Dr. Yamawaki asked the Fourth Kazekage to extend an exception to Kurei to allow her to study the academics she would need to become a ninja while they worked to make her body stronger. The hope was that, after settling the poison in Kurei's body, she could work on her applied techniques to fully qualify for genin positioning. The doctor stuck his neck out for Kurei and gave up quite a bit to satisfy the Kazekage. Understanding this, Kurei made sure she worked hard and proved to be a diligent and brilliant student. Unfortunately, she also showed early signs of being a work-a-holic, often becomes so involved in her work she would forget to eat or sleep, putting her back, physically, several steps. She gave up many social events to keep a head of her studies and sacrificed down time for the same.

Aside from her family, who visited her very often, two friends kept Kurei motivated throughout her stay in the hospital up until they were all assigned to a team together. Hin and Taba would visit with stories and notes and let the Shuhou girl know they were rooting for her. That, no matter what, they would all become ninja and kick butt for the village together. Kurei treasured Hin and Taba, valued them as her most important people. Part of her was scared for them becoming ninja, but she knew it was an inevitable part of their lives in the Hidden Village of the Sand and was honored to be striving for a position beside them.

Eventually, Kurei was cleared for active duty, passing practical exams to be placed on a team along side Hin and Taba. Out in the field Kurei became a totally different person. She was snarky and crass, very self assured and enjoyed tricks and traps, as did her companions. Prior to part one, Team Thirteen was known for their devastating and violent traps. After having returned home to the Shuhou compound, Kurei found everything in a state of disarray. The Wind Daimyo had been outsourcing work to Konoha, leaving Sunagakure drained to the bottom of the barrel and leaving the Shuhou Clan to draw from it's sources to attempt keeping the village a float. Kurei was once again charged with much responsibility, though she already wanted to do her part, the young girl threw herself into all assignments and worked to ensure that everything went as any cost.

Unfortunately, one time the cost proved to be too high.  

Toward the end of Part I, Daisaku-sensei was crippled during a mission. The fault fell on the shoulders of his students who sobered up and grew a little too old that day. It was a turning point in Kurei's life that set her on a better path and made her realized how foolish she had been behaving. 

Shortly after leaving the hospital, Kurei realized the harsh reality of her situation and struggled to keep pace with the boys. In order to protect herself and keep her fear hidden she relied on deception and falsifying her emotions. Acting tough got her by, however, she also feel into the trap of forgetting to stop acting. She became emotionally unstable and violent prior to her sensei's injuries. Hin and Taba likewise fell into a pattern of volatile and morally obscure behavior when on a mission. 

After the Invasion of Konoha, the three genin realized they had been manipulated by Orochimaru's followers, as the rest of the village was realizing. The social stigmas and pressure was alleviated but it took a while for the practiced mien to fall away from Kurei and her companions. They through themselves into making things right by their sensei and their new allies. 

Kurei learned that she could hold a grudge, specifically against Orochimaru and the Sound Village. Not for unreasonable logic, but it would bubble up and threaten to consume her whenever she would be assigned against any Sound ninja. She found a hatred in deserters and traitors to the Sand Village, enjoying the assignments where she got to test out her budding Toxic Release against them, make them suffer to make up for other's suffering because of their actions. An eye for and eye...

...makes the whole world blind. 

Only, Daisaku-sensei's hospitalization helped Kurei see again. She learned to accept what had happened in the past and work to rise above it. It wasn't easy to tap down her rage and give her grudge a toss to the wayside, but, in order to secure a better future Kurei did just that. She also put a lid on her emotions, no longer wearing them plainly on her sleeve, becoming fiercely protective of them and her sense of self. Never again would she allow herself to compromise what made her who she was. Kurei also began to develop a code for herself, rules guild her and aid her in time of stress, to ensure she would never again fall so low. Her first code was the follow her instincts and desires, they had always been screaming at her to stop, to realize what she was doing. Now she would listen very carefully. However, being a practical individual at her core, Kurei realized logic would still need to play a big part in dictating her decision and she begins working on having a balance in all things.

She did not, however, close herself off from being expressive. While there was the awkward period of finding the aforementioned balance, Kurei succeeded in reforming herself into a better more clearly defined version of herself. Kurei could not look at herself in the mirror and not feel ill. Working with Dr. Yamawaki she forgave herself for past transgression, turning her focus on producing something good for the village.

Hearing that the water release user was taking a break from active duty, the Mizugame Ryodan leader specifically asked for Kurei to join, along with Hin and Taba. After three weeks of grueling physical training, intense geographical and geological study, and the carving of her own water jug, Kurei fell in love with the Ryodan and through herself mind, body, and soul into it. Taba and Hin worked as her bodyguards and enjoyed the change of pace the Mizugame Ryodan brought to them.

Kurei really gained her footing in the village during the Time Skip. Working with the Mizugame Ryodan and earning the respect of the village, the fierce comradery of her teammates, and being able to make a positive difference was life affirming for the young women. Like the water which she drew from the ground and purified with the pure rays of the sun, Kurei had been cleansed and purified of her guilt. She had become a person willing to do anything to help and alleviate the suffering others, generously devoting her time and life to others and to not letting the mistakes and grudges of the past be detrimental to the positive efforts around them.

One such positive effort came in the form of a friends younger brother who was making amazing ripples in the village. Through her work in the Mizugame Ryodan, Kurei had come to know Temari quite well. Temari had been hired, alongside her brothers, as bodyguards for the various activities the Ryodan performed and the girls had gotten to know one another over time. Kurei was fascinated by Gaara's story and had an urge to get to know him. Someone who had been feared and hated and who had inflicted fear and hate upon many had reformed himself into such an interesting person. To say Kurei was curious would be an understatement. She never pretended to fully understand Gaara, but she could sympathize and empathize with his trials. She agree to help Temari and introduced Gaara to her circle of ever-growing people. Before Gaara became the next Kazekage he spent a great deal of time with the Mizugame Ryodan who proved to be the heart and soul of the village's health. Their progress and effectiveness correlated with how the village was doing. 

However, they were severely under budgeted and under protected. Something Kurei was quick to point out to Gaara whenever he was around. She spoke about the political health of the village, about things he had no idea she had even heard whispers about. While at first surprised and curious about Kurei's easy attitude toward himself, Gaara began to find he could trust in Kurei's word and opinions. Finding he liked being able to talk with her on a variety of levels most shinobi went glassy eyed about. She understood the political and financial side of the village through her family. She knew the personal and emotional side of the village through her allies and companions. She earned Gaara's gratitude by telling him the past was behind them and that they needed to focus on walking the path toward the future, not getting sidetracked or lost along the way.

Kurei becames surprisingly forthright and blunt about things during this time, which Gaara, and most all her companions, began to appreciate. She never mixed words and always spoke specifically on the topics at hand. Kurei, even early on, understood how words could make and break people, how not saying what you mean at the right time may lead to missed opportunities or negative actions. Kurei works very hard to mold her language to suit individuals and circumstances. As such, she shows a sensitivity to the needs and circumstances of others and has come to the realization that she can not hastily judge without having all the facts.

She also understands the importants of a second chance, under the right circumstances, and works hard to help those who are deserving of one to thrive. Gaara's story was of most interest to Kurei, the ultimate second chance and enjoys work with him. She can see the sweeter side behind the stoic outer shell by the way he acts toward his people and toward her when they are working together. On several occasions they trade off protecting one another, Kurei is still in the red when compared with Gaara, but she plans on paying him back for all his help with the Mizugame Ryodan. 

During the first little while of Gaara's appointment as Kazekage, Kurei used the excuse of paying Gaara back to assimilate herself into his office life and help him with squaring away various papers and scrolls and running errands for him. Part of it was being plotted into the secretary position by the pulling of strings by her family, another was being asked by Temari to at least provide a little entertainment while she and Kankuro pitched in, and another part was her own desire to help and become closer to Gaara.

As Part II rolls around, Kurei has established herself as an open and efficient women who is both politically astute and dangerously clever. She is highly adaptable and great at anticipating a variety of situation. Her close group of friends know her to be ambitious to a fault in all she does and very focused once set to a task. Of course, getting her to back down from something once her mind is made up has proven nearly impossible. Kurei has gained a critical eye for perfection in her work and can not settle for a job not completed to it's fullest potential. Languishing for hours or days in order to bring everything up to her high standards. Everything has a place and there is a place for everything. Gaara is grateful for this attitude when it keeps his office organized and Kankuro takes advantage of it by showing Kurei his messy-as-fawk work space. 

During this time, Kurei has perfected her Toxic Release and bounces between Ninja duty, the Mizugame Ryodan, and working with Gaara. While Gaara was at first concerned about her level of activity, Kurei proved herself capable of managing her time to never take on too much more than she could chew...on most occasions. Her desire to protect and serve is further expounded upon by the time she spends with Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro. Family is the most important thing to Kurei, raised as she was within a huge family structure, she adores the siblings and how they take care of one another. She is honored upon realizing she had been accepted by the three, earning their trust and affection over time. 

Her feelings for Gaara begin to develop around this time. It is during a particularly stressful time that she stumbled upon Gaara having a, no longer private, breakdown. She simple puts down the papers she is carrying, props something against the door, and moves to curl her arms around Gaara in a loose but comforting hug. Kurei then develops a habit of coddling Gaara on occasions. She enjoys the reactions she gets from stolen moments of genuine, sweet emotion from Gaara and begins to explore his boundaries, breaking a few and quickly backing off but learning more than she could have imagined about the redheaded Kazekage. 

Kurei's amiable nature as well as her understanding and easy take on life have earned her life long friends and allies across the Hidden Villages. She is known as an approachable person who only judges by what she sees and isn't swayed by the general societal biases. Amusingly, to Kurei at least, is the effect this has on those around her. Making it clear she is nobodies judge or jury draws people of all walks of life to her for advice or just to get acquainted in some way. People around her feel at ease to open up and communicate their emotions and, on some occasions, seek advice, support, and encouragement. 

While Kurei does well now not to hold a grudge for acts committed against herself, anything against her loved ones or against the innocent will earn her undying ire. Her threshold has increased with age and maturity but should that be crossed, Kurei will act as she sees fit and there will be no brokering an argument thereafter. Kurei does what she must and no longer holds herself back in fights, knowing that she can keep in control of the situation now. She has a very sly personality and a dark sense of humor when warranted and isn't afraid to play dirty or flee to fight another day. She would rather live to protect those she loves, provide for her home and those who can not make it on their own, and sweat and bleed to earn peace for the next generation.

Approaching everything with the determination to see it through to the end has earned Kurei much credibility in the village and much appreciation from a certain redheaded Kazekage. Never once has she wavered on her promise to walk the path toward the future with him, stumbling along the way yes, but she has never left his side or betrayed his trust. Her determination to protect and love Gaara has earned her a devoted and loving life partner. Kurei had long sense become secretive of her physical desires as to not scare her prospective love interest away. Kurei has proven to be quite a physically affectionate person despite the untouchable air she puts on. However, she picks and chooses her moments to make them count, rather than sloppily hanging off everyone as they walk by. 

Her sheer patience with people, specifically with easing herself and Gaara through the rocky and curious beginnings of a relationship, should be applauded. As she has matured and grown, Kurei has become more stubbornly set in her ways yet more willing to give of herself to make someone else life easier. 

Coming full circle, Kurei has worked and sacrificed to earn a name for herself. She has gathered allies and friends and a lover through the strength of her integrity and the honestly of her heart. She has struggled with identity and morality, learning lesson from her failures and getting a firm grip on reality as well as over her own psyche. While Kurei no longer dwells on the guilt of her past transgression she keeps the memories in a well tended corner of her mind to never allow herself to fall into those traps again. Kurei greatest personal triumph is that she has found comfort in those who surround her and that they are the people she would do anything to protect and live to be with. 

Despite her longing for a family being crushed under the devastation of infertility, Kurei never stops fighting to live on. She becomes weak and falls into swings of depression but she never lets herself grudge anyone for having what she wants. With her husband and family beside her, she remains at least a bit hopefully that something will come to favor her down the road. It's not easy to stay positive and the sun is just that much duller day by day, but she bucks up and pushes on. In order to protect the future that everyone has fought for she refuses to give up and is eventually rewarded, being blessed with children.

The dynamics of marriage added another layer to Kurei, bringing her a peace and amusing sense of protective pride. The dynamics of triplets further adding layers that the young mother is still sorting through (she hasn't killed them yet, but she may just sell them to the gypsies at some point and call it a day). But the blessing of children, after such a long and painful wait, brings Gaara and Kurei closer. Smoothing over the awkwardness born of bitter disappointment and self-dissatisfaction. Kurei is reminded every morning she sees her darling family to keep smiling and keep following that brightly lit path into the future...even if they drive her up the wall on a good day~! 


Kurei's Likes, Dislikes, Hobbies (And Other Trivia)

Kurei's Headcanon Meme




Kurei Childhood Summary




  • Kurei is a sensor type jounin with good chakra control and naturally fast speed. She is regarded as a practical and fundamentally fair women who is a hard worker and trustworthy individual. Her unique skills with her infamous Toxic Release and work with the Mizugame Ryodan have earned her a great deal of respect and admiration throughout Sunagakure. Kurei has worked hard to get her name out and about, mingling and mixing with the various people within the village to grow trust and gain valuable connections, informants, and supporters. This has gained her a reputation of being shrewd and clever as well as connecting her to the people she serves and protects on whole other level.


  • Naruto

  • Shikamaru

  • Ino

  • Choji

  • Gai

  • Meiousei

  • Ritsumei


Kurei Shippuden Logo by NlKNAK


No More Gel (Gaara Fic-lit)    It had been a while since Gaara had come to visit Konohagakure. His reason for this particular visit were, first and foremost, for the Kage Summit that the Hidden Leaf, specifically Naruto Uzumaki, was hosting. Secondly, but nonetheless important to the Kazekage, was to visit his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. Though, really, any excuse to see the vibrant greenery the Land of Fire boasted was always welcomed.
    Currently, Temari sat across from him in the living area of her husbands home, pouring over her scrolls and on what was likely to be her fifth cup of tea. It didn’t seem to be ‘cleansing the mind and calming the soul’ as the box boasted it should. Gaara gave his sister an appraising look over his laced fingers as he waited. Not having to wait long, Temari gave an irritated huff and the young mother slammed down her current scroll to scowl along the room until she met Gaara’s eyes.
    Her frown
 Kurei Bio Data Sheet by NlKNAK Kurei The Last by NlKNAK

Edit 4: 1/18/15 Added to Summons, features, Coping Mechanisms, and Reputation.

Edit 3: 12/25/14 Added a few details and came to find out that I have reached the limit of 64 KB for this document. Will be moving powers and abilities to a new document where I will put stats and jutsu explanations so it works. 

Edit 2: 12/24/14 Oooookay. Pretty significant overhaul going on. Reworked some of the layout but mostly what I'm stoked about is the Personality and Character Development section. Needs some more work and editing but it turned out so much better, and longer, than I was expecting. 

Edit 1: 7/12/14 Changed around the strengths and weakness and edited some wording. Changed ages, some people were worried about the three year age difference, so now it's only three months. Personality has been revamped, explanatory paragraph coming soon. Many of her personality traits contradicted one another, I didn't realize how much so, so I took a hard look at how I really wanted Kurei to be portrayed and picked out the best new traits for the job. Hopefully I did better this time around, haha. 

Star! Word Count [ 5,017 ] l Page Count [ 11 ]

--- Kurei Shuhou Teasers and Tidbits:
  • --- Supervisor of Administration, Mizugame Ryodan: After retiring from work as a Shinobi, due in part to the effects giving birth to her children cause on her body, Kurei goes into administration to better help and serve her husband and take some of the burden of his job. However, she soon desires to return to working with the Mizugame Ryodan and takes over as the Supervisor upon a unanimous vote.
  • --- Update This Later: 
  • --- Maternity Leave: This was a decidedly scary time for Kurei, the very first pregnancy nearly killed her and her babies. The poisons in her blood greatly lowered her fertility levels making conception nearly impossible. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Nara Clan a remedy was found and created. Finally, Kurei and Gaara were able to conceive. The actually pregnancy, while trying, wasn't nearly as critical as the birth. It left Kurei on the edge of death and in a comatose like state for nearly a month while her body fought off shock and healed it's self. It would take several more moths of recovery before she was capable of leaving the hospital and taking care of herself. Temari moved in to help take care of her sister-in-law and her new triplets. 
  • --- What's Coming Next: The following is what I am planning to work on next, no particular order:
          --- GaaRei Relationship Explained 
          --- In-Depth Personality
          --- Guild to the Mizugame Ryodan 
          --- Key People  
          --- Team Thirteen Explored
          --- Indepth History (Childhood ✓)
          --- Hospital Detailed (Fic Maybe)
          --- Trivia, Quotes, and More

ALSO! Please head over and visit Kurei's FC, we'd love for you to join! :iconkureifc:

Literature, Information, Kurei Shuhou, Layout, and Mentioned Characters © NlKNAK
Artist Comment Layout inspired by toomuchmusic
Kurei Art work © NeskaMD
Gaara © Kishimoto *sadface*

Pretty Watermark Yellow by PeppermentPanda

Please do not use this form in any way. Hours went into creating it and I do not want to see it copied. Thank you for respecting me and my wishes.
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samascqua Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god - I'd never saw someone putting so much effort in creating an OC to fit perfect in Naruto.
I and a lot of other see how much ideas and effort is here and after I know much more about her I started
to love her even more now! Because of you I have the desire to write on my story now xDD
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist

Ahahaha, thank you, truly, it's been a long time coming to building Kurei up enough for something like this. Had a lot of fun in the process and hopefully I can finish this particular document soon~!
I'm thrilled to hear you feel she fits in the Naruto world, yay. Hehe, I love to hear that you feel even more connected with her after reading this, that was the goal, to make others feel they understand her even more! :heart:
Aw, I'm so happy to hear that. Oh gosh, I'm happy your inspired and I'd love to read that story someday! 
MaddiKitten Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh I DID have a lot of similarities! xD I feel so ashamed that I didn't know of this when I did it or I'd have reworked it sooner D:< I'm so sorry ;3;
Saturnflower Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Wow i wish i could write a profile like this
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

:heart: Thank you hun~
UmihoshiAnze Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a great job you did! Very interesting OC:happybounce: 
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

Thank you very much hun~
I'm glad you like what you read.
Not done yet but getting there!
Nia-j Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is excellent! it shows you really put a lot of thought into your OC and i really like that! :nod:
Brilliant work and i look forward to seeing more of her.. 

Sorry about the the gallery stalking, I am interested it what else i can find out about her ^^  
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

Oh gosh, thank you. I pour as much into character design and description as I can. 
Fleshing her out has been a joy and really she's come so far since I created her 9 years ago. she started out as most oc's do, a total mary-sue, but she survived and now I'm so proud of her, haha

no worries, you're in good company ^w^ b
Nia-j Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome my dear, it really shows~ (:
She has come a long way in the 9 years then! xD

Yay, everything is good when you have good company!
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
^w^ I have a wiki page that is in progress for her atm, hopefully I can finish a good bit of it with the holidays coming up~
Oh yeah, originally she was a Konoha nin -somehow associated with the Akatsuki- and paired with an Uchiha oc -whom worked with Sasuke and Itachi in the Akatsuki- and was paired later/or at the same time I dun remember with Neji...soooo glad I grew out of that phase XD

ain't that the truth, haha! 
Nia-j Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha woah she seemed to have a lot going on for her then xD
probably a good thing you changed it a smigg
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
IKR, my friends who were with me in this plot had a character pair with Sasuke and Itachi respectively. We were quite the group XD
yeah, just a smigg, teehee
Nia-j Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha sounds like everyone was busy x3 
I can see you were! :giggle:
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh yes, we were quite busy, busy being complete dorks. XD
But, everyone starts somewhere and I've learned so much about character design and creating through her~
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HatakeHime Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've been seeing her around lately and I have to say I really like her a lot! :heart: She seems very well rounded and unique!
NlKNAK Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

      Aw, thank you so much, I'm so pleased to hear you say that! :heart: And thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a lot!
HatakeHime Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah you're very welcome! :glomp: I hope to see more of her. ^.^
badblooduchiha Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
vary nice do you want to role play with her 
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

      Thank you very much. Hm, I haven't ever roleplayed with her before. I don't know that I have time to right now.
badblooduchiha Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
i replayed to you so it is there 
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

       I'm not sure I follow what you mean? 
badblooduchiha Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
neaver mind i am thinking of some one else and do you want to role play  
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

       Ah, no worries. Oh, well, like I said I don't really have time atm nor have I really considered rping with her.
badblooduchiha Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
ok but if you do i will be hear 
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

       Alrighty, I appreciate the offer. Oh, and sorry, spelling Nazi: hear should be here. ^^; 
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NeskaMD Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Could I get some credit for art? :iconmingtearsplz:
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

      OMGAWD I can not believe I forgot that in the credits. So super sorry love!! *hidesface*
      It's added, I feel so bad OTL
NeskaMD Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, don't worry. I would forget my own head if it wasn't attached to me :iconmingplz:
NlKNAK Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

      Ahaha, I definitely know that feeling, haha.
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