It is the Age of the Warring States. The old Shogun has fallen and samurai warlords fight savage battles for the right to hoist their flags over the great castles of Japan.
But far from the battlefield, unseen and unheard, a different breed of warriors ply their deadly trade. Born in shadows, they will die as shadows. They are the ninja.
Opening Movie Edit
The scene opens during a sunny day with several shots of the Azuma ninja village. After a few moments Rikimaru is seen kneeling before his master, who is introduced as Azuma Shiunsai: Head of the Azuma Ninja.
Azuma Shiunsai: You have learned much, but I would expect that from one raised from childhood to be an Azuma ninja. Now it is time to complete your training. Come into my house.
Loading Screen Edit
The Training Course
- When you have trained enough, proceed to Shiunsai's house on the cliff for your final test.
- Perform all four training exercises. Training sites are marked by wooden signs.
- The diamond shaped marker will guide you through each exercise.
Mid-Mission Movie Edit
The scene opens with Rikimaru running into Azuma Shiunsai's house, quickly stopping in a kneel.
Rikimaru: Test my strength master, I am ready to be a ninja.
Azuma Shiunsai: You are strong, Rikimaru, but you have much to learn before you can be a ninja.
Shiunsai pulls a rope hanging from the ceiling, a trap door opens under Rikimaru.
Rikimaru falls into the darkness, only to find himself in a cave.
Azuma Shiunsai: (shouting) Come back when you can survive as a ninja!
Loading Screen Edit
A Test from the Master
- Look out for traps!
- Sometimes water conceals another path.
- Find your way out of the underground area.
Ending Movie Edit
If Mission Is Completed Edit
The scene begins outside the exit of the cave, which is under the waterfall of the Azuma ninja village.
Azuma Shiunsai: So, you have survived the training. You are now an Azuma ninja, Rikimaru. But you still have much to learn.
Rikimaru: I am honored to serve Master Shiunsai.
If Rikimaru Loses All Health Edit
Scene opens inside Master Shiunsai's house, with Rikimaru kneeling towards him, while Azuma faces away from him.
Azuma Shiunsai: You have failed, apprentice. You must try again.