Criminal International, or Crimintern, is a convention of the most powerful outlaw groups and individuals across the globe. Crimintern itself is not an organization or even a governing body with authoritative power but rather a forum with its own set of customs and informal laws. Despite its name, Crimintern is not truly international as there are far too many powerful criminal organizations across the world for a single gathering to be feasible. Instead Crimintern gatherings are organized by region. Despite this there tends to be a few groups that always show up regardless of location. These groups tend to be the most powerful and well connected with interests across the globe. Crimintern West tends to feature a few reoccurring power players on this side of the globe but there are others from the East that make their way to the Convention. Crimintern West in the past had ended to be a smaller affair however with the cataclysmic collapse of Iwagakure and Sunagakure as world powers, non-state actors rapidly filled the void. Criminal organizations naturally being a part of that consequence. The increase in crime and lawlessness made the region attractive and with more competing groups came squabbles and violence which threatened to interrupt business. Hence, Crimintern West had slowly swelled in popularity over the course of the past few years. The meetings were annual barring unusual emergencies and they were almost always called by major players that were established and respected.
Crimintern West 933 had been called by an individual criminal of international repute. However her renown was a curious thing. The woman who had set the convention in motion was known almost exclusively only in the upper echelons of the criminal world. One could go so far as to say that unless one was an A-Rank Missing Ninja or higher they could not be trusted to even know her name. The few who knew her kept her secrets only because of what she had to offer: knowledge, weapons, techniques, and entities from other dimensions and other planets. She, herself, was not from this world but another very much unlike this one. She visited this world occasionally and when she did she bartered rare and powerful artifacts for information and bizarre requests. She requested individuals, bloodlines, information, even specific crimes targeted towards random civilians. Merryweather, as she had been nicknamed, never overstayed her welcome and always seemed like she was in a rush to leave this plane of reality for greener pastures. So when she posted summons for Crimintern West 933 the Elite of the criminal community were intrigued and wary. It was completely out of character for a woman so accustomed to operating in the darkness to call a major meeting. The event had resulted in a high degree of secrecy and exclusivity that was unusual for even a Crimintern meeting. The major criminal networks agreed that Merryweather had to be protected from the prying eyes and ears of the less worthy vagabonds. The woman's wares were too valuable and lucrative to reveal to the outside world. This Crimintern meeting would be only for the "Big Boys" so to speak.
Enter one Honiko Yoshidara and company. The Dragon Sage had arrived at the meeting place several minutes early. The entrance point was an unassuming cave in the heart of The Commonwealth. The area was guarded by several Spirits under contract by the Kaifeng Family, one of the major local players. The Spirits were well versed in those who were permitted to enter and if one did not meet the necessary requirements for entry, they'd be met with an unpleasant end via possession and suicide. Honiko walked through the cave totally unbothered by the faint wisps of smoke and plasma that wafted through the air. Her companions may feel a creeping chill along their back but other than that they'd be unmolested. The Spirits knew Honiko and while they did not have perfect knowledge of Nozomi, Raijin, and Akira they ascertained that if the duo were worthy to walk alongside her they were worthy of gaining entrance to Crimintern West. The cave was dark and long with torches at several intervals leading deeper and deeper into the heart of a hill. Honiko walked forward silently and with purpose. She wore her typical set of armour. Burgundy leather with plates along the thighs and other joints. The pale woman's snow white hair styled for efficiency in its usual manner. It was ordinarily long enough to trail past her calves but she kept it wrapped and tightened. It had too much volume to be called a bun but was far more functional than if she had let it down altogether. Several strands draped past her face and shoulders but left her visage clear. The woman's skin was an alabaster white with burn marks around her cheeks. She wore a steel headband styled with the Kanji for Rebirth in the center and two horns sprouting from the metal. As the group walked through the cave tunnel, Honiko would break the silence to inform Raijin, Nozomi, and Akira precisely what they were doing.
"Crimintern is a worldly forum" she began. "The unspiritual scum festering and clinging to the undergrowth of the shinobi world. Leeching and stealing what they can like a parasite with no direction or purpose other than survival. Some would consider it an honor to be admitted to such an exclusive gathering" She stopped and turned to look at the three of them. The disdain in her voice was plain on her face. "None of you should feel that way. We walk a higher path. We are only here to gain information and nothing more. The hostess of this meeting is a person of interest to the Society. Listen carefully but say nothing unless asked a direct question" She paused to let her words sink in and then turned back around to take them to their destination. They would have dealt with her long enough to know that if they had questions now would be the time to ask before they arrived.