Nyguyen sat in a chair at the end of a long table. His hands were steepled, his posture forward, and his Tomoe 3 Sharingan activated. The grey in his hair and beard had already began to set in and the war had only just gotten started. Behind him stood twelve members of the Uchiha Clan. They bore the crest of their household proudly and each of them was armed to teeth. However, each man knew better than to use the weapons they had brought. The Heavenly Emporium had been generous enough to provide a neutral ground for all parties to discuss terms of surrender, alliance, or truce. He had no intention of disrespecting their hospitality but that didn't mean he had blind faith in others to uphold it. On their end a large flag of the Uchiha Clan was holstered up on the wall. It represented several hundred years worth of history and strength. Calling him the Clan Leader was overly presumptuous but that didn't mean he didn't have the authority and skill to defend everything that that flag stood for. Nyguyen silently recalled the events that led up to his presence at this diplomatic meeting.
On a cool fall afternoon, his brother-in-law Satomi Uchiha had decided to make a trip to the Land of Waterfalls. It was a peaceful diplomatic mission designed to incorporate the small nation into Fire Country's national framework. He had left with enough money to bribe the lowest lord and the highest of kings within Waterfall. It would have been a major victory for the Clan and the Country, but alas, the Hokage never made it. He was ruthlessly assassinated by a Kirigakure operative. Details were scant and rumors were in large supply but from what they could gather, it wasn't an entirely unsanctioned act. Regardless of the circumstances, it could not stand.
Blood must have blood...
Akihiro Uchiha was supposed to demand compensation for the death of their Clan Leader but it wasn't clear if he had succeeded. No word had been given to the Clan on the matter, no prizes shared with them. The most cynical among them came to believe that Akihiro had used Satomi's death to further his own power. Nyguyen did not want to think one of his kin was capable of something so selfish but he was unable to explain why Akihiro had not communicated with them on the subject. Whatever the details of the deal between him and Kiri, many were content to let the alliance with Kiri remain so long as there was a solemn promise not to repeat their evil. Unfortunately, the war had changed that. As fighting intensified and resource production was damaged, the economy faltered. Villages could absorb the shock but not for long. When a ninja's bread was threatened, he reached for his kunai.
The more radical elements of the Clan advocated an attack on Kiri. They justified it as being reasonable economic recompense for Satomi's assassination. Nyguyen could not allow this. Akari Uchiha cared for her people but her job was much broader than that. As much as he favored his own Clan, he understood that the Uchiha going rogue would only ostracize them from their base of power. The long-term result would be disastrous for those whose future he cared about. The only option was a second-sit down. Whatever Akihiro had received was not enough to cool the hearts of the fire-breathing radicals. Kiri would need to deliver more payment or the Uchiha would take matters into their own hands.
Nyguyen's purpose here was for peace to prevail. But what could Kiri offer that would satisfy the demands of the desperate? The Uchiha wanted war and anything that the Mist offered would be rejected as "insufficient." It was an impossible predicament but Jounin were often called on to do the impossible. That was his job here.
Supposedly Kiri would agree to send someone who was capable of treating on their behalf. A woman named Arisu. Nyguyen had never heard of the woman but he hoped that she brought a strong offer. The fate of many hung in the balance.