I sat in the Hokage's office, feeling a mix of anticipation and unease. The old man, Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, sat behind his desk, processing the mundane documents and mission reports. We were waiting for the arrival of the leaders of the Ino-Shika-Cho alliance – Inoichi Yamanaka, Shikaku Nara, and Choza Akimichi.
My mind couldn't help but wander. When I had revealed my plans to him, plans that involved securing a steady supply of chakra pills for Konoha during these turbulent times of war. I had expected a stern lecture or perhaps even a reprimand for meddling in such affairs. Instead, The old man's willingness to entertain my ideas had surprised me. It was a testament to his pragmatism, and I couldn't help but admire him for it.
As I pondered these thoughts, the office door swung open, and in walked the leaders of the Ino-Shika-Cho alliance. Inoichi Yamanaka, the head of the Yamanaka clan, had a calm and thoughtful expression. Shikaku Nara, the leader of the Nara clan, wore his usual lazy look. Choza Akimichi, the head of the Akimichi clan, had a friendly and approachable feel.
Hiruzen gestured for them to take a seat, and they did so with a nod of gratitude. I watched them closely, noting the subtle dynamics among the trio. They were a well-oiled machine, each member complementing the others, and it was clear that their bond ran deep like shown in anime.
Inoichi spoke first, his voice steady and measured. "Hokage-sama, thank you for summoning us. May we enquire the reason."
Hiruzen nodded. "Indeed, Inoichi. Little Yuta here has brought forth an proposal that could greatly help the supply of Pill Production."
I took a deep breath and began to explain my plan in detail. "Good morning sirs. I am Yuta Yamashiro. Now, I would first start with the current situation we are facing..."
I talked about the impending shortage of chakra pills, the increased demand due to the war, and the potential consequences if we didn't secure a stable supply.
During our conversation, I delved into the details of the current production methods for chakra pills. I explained that chakra played a crucial role in aiding master smiths and craftsmen in meeting the bulk orders for these vital pills. However, I clarified that certain steps in the process, such as crushing and rotating, were accomplished through large scale machinery.
Though I have a doubt it is plundered from the sky village shown in movies.
I went on to mention that while industrial production had been achieved for items like cement and electronics.
"The problem was with chakra pills and other medicines still relied on manual production. I emphasized the necessity of infusing regular chakra at various stages, including some Yang-type chakra release to make the pills suitable for consumption."
Now the Fuinjutsu for chakra is like the electronics for electricity. So I used the Fuinjutsu knowledge and make the AI a feasible matrix the replace the human intervention. The complex calculations are not humanely possible to do. That it's the reason these industrialization must have not started till Boruto anime.
Even knowledge in Shinobi Library is surprise for me. It included all the basic seals and including the matrixes up to intermediate level. Including knowledge to make new matrix. From there it is a piece of cake for me *cough* AI.
Anyways I continued my explanation to them while giving the reports on the production plan, highlighted with key points.
"To address this challenge, I had utilized the knowledge from fuinjutsu in the Shinobi library to develop a feasible procedure. However, the crafting of the new seal matrix required the expertise of at least a seal grandmaster, and fortunately, Konoha was home to multiple individuals with such skills in which Hokaga-sama is one."
As I explained these intricacies to the trio, there were moments of doubt and clarification. They asked questions about the feasibility of the plan, the potential risks. I did my best to answer.
As I spoke, I could feel the weight of their scrutiny. Inoichi's analysis of my personality, Shikaku's sharp mind but with lazy posture, and Choza's warm demeanor tried to put me at ease.
When I finished presenting my proposal, there was a moment of silence in the room. I couldn't read their expressions, and it made me nervous.
Finally, it was Shikaku who broke the silence. He leaned forward, his hands steepled beneath his chin, a calculating gleam in his eyes. "Yuta, your proposal is bold, there's no denying that. But it must be feasible considering the fact Hokage-sama called us here."
The old man just laughed while Inoichi nodded in agreement. "He's right. In fact, We've been discussing the same issue within our alliance. The shortage of chakra pills is a crisis, and your plan could be the solution we need."
Choza, with his characteristic smile, added, "Besides, young Yuta here is quite brave and talented one too if it has impressed these two."
I felt a rush of relief at his smile and could n't help but feel these trio make a good team. Yamanaka for judging emotional side and mind. Nara for the plans and loopholes. Akimichi for their friendly personality that truly shines in Diplomacy. The trio had not only accepted my proposal but also seemed genuinely interested in working together. It was a moment of validation for my efforts and ideas.
Hiruzen spoke up, his eyes twinkling with a hint of pride. "Yuta, it seems your plan has found favor with the Ino-Shika-Cho alliance. Now, we'll need to work out the details of this partnership and how to proceed."
The result of our discussion led to a partnership in which I received a 10% share, with the remaining 90% divided among the trio. This arrangement was far more favorable than the initial offer of just 3%, making it a significant win for me.
While I am happy, I couldn't ignore the fact that it was the Hokage's support that gave me share. After all, the Ino-Shika-Cho trio held a virtual monopoly on the herbs and personnel proficient in chakra pill manufacturing.
The Nara and Yamanaka clans provided the herbs, while the Akimichi clan specialized in crafting the pills. In fact, chakra pills were based on a special medicine developed by the Akimichi clan, allowing them to flood their bodies with physical energy and facilitate the use of Yang release.
The Hokage's smile was both knowing and somewhat weary. He replied, "Ah, prodigies like you are often keen on many things, but sometimes you miss the understanding of what it means to be a normal person. So, tell me, who are you to Konoha and its people?"
His question made me contemplate various aspects of myself—being a prodigy, a business-savvy individual thanks to my pizzeria venture, and my loyalty shown through hiring orphanage kids and giving Duy-san a 10% share. While the latter was a recent development, I assumed it must be common knowledge among those in power. These qualities certainly made me someone worth maintaining a relationship with in advance, but they might not be enough to prompt the Hokage to directly intervene on my behalf.
As I pondered, the answer suddenly became clear. "Politics," I replied.
The Hokage's wide smile confirmed my suspicion, as he nodded in approval. "It is good you a sense for politics. I recently found that the prodigies generally are neglected in their political study. Believing in their superiority of strength. Even me was like that till the position forced me to learn. My lack of political sense at the beginning of my reign allowed the cementing of the current clans power. You see, most of the key productions in Konoha are controlled by various clans, they may be major or minor. My friend, whom you met earlier, leads the coalition of minor clans and civilian businessmen."
I couldn't help but think of Danzo. I heard with intent as the Hokage continued to explain the intricate web of Konoha's political landscape.
"While the Hokage typically enjoys support from the Anbu and Jonin population, including. The issue I faced was introducing reforms about new ideas and capital into these productions. Even if the clans themselves know my reform is good for Konoha and even them in the long term. As the value of their business grows from the newer and better productions. But People aren't capable of accepting these long term things. My aim isn't welcomed by the clans, including my own, as it can affect their interests."
The fact left unsaid is that while his clan might not agree, they had can't to reject his plans. "You, on the other hand, represent a rising prodigy who aligns with the clans' interests, especially with your crucial timing of proposal, in war materials like chakra pills in preparation of war. In a way your value has increased significantly by showcasing your talents in multiple disciplines, much like myself and Orochimaru."
The mention of Orochimaru didn't sit well with me. The chaos he had caused in me with just a single conversation was testament to my aversion to him.
The old man continued with a smile with a predatory gleam, "Now, this partnership marks the final breakthrough to begin injecting new ideas and capital. It will take time, but the reason they agreed is because you're a blank slate, not threatening any of their interests."