Ōtsutsuki Clan

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The Ōtsutsuki Clan is a family that features in Naruto.

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Ōtsutsuki clan (大筒木一族, Ōtsutsuki Ichizoku) were an ancient clan of horned celestial beings (天津人, amatsubito) that inhabited the universe. For eons, they were known to cross worlds and dimensions to seek out worlds seeded with the God Tree (神樹, Shinju, English TV: Divine Tree) in order to harvest the chakra from its fruit. Two members of the clan namely Kaguya Ōtsutsuki and Isshiki Ōtsutsuki came to Earth to collect the fruit of the God Tree and prepare its chakra for the rest of their kin. During this time, Kaguya was noted to had come into contact with the native humans where she hid the nature of her origins and became the concubine of Emperor Tenji of the Land of Ancestors. During this time, she came to be pregnant with his sons and in this time he made a proclamation to end the constant warfare between the nations on Earth. A proclamation was made that anyone that raised a hand against envoys of a neighbouring nation were to be put to death. Kaguya came to commit such an act after being threatened by representatives of the Land of That thus forcing her to go on the run as she was hunted down. She then came to consume the fruit of the God Tree and was gifted with incredible god-like power where she single-handily ended the conflicts between the nations of the world. This saw her being worshipped as a goddess by the people of Earth but in time she began to fear reprisal from the other members of the Ōtsutsuki Clan who would come to harvest the tree. Thus, Kaguya cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi bringing all of mankind under her control where she intended to transform them into White Zetsu to serve as an army to fight her clansmen. However, she did not want humanity to perish and thus freed a few humans and erased their memories of this event. Afterwards, her two sons were born namely Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki and Hamura Ōtsutsuki with them being born with chakra. By this point, Kaguya became obsessed with consuming even more chakra and turned into the Ten-Tailed Beast where she intended to claim the power from her sons. Hagoromo and Hamura came to use a sealing Jutsu to defeat the Ten-Tails whose husk was turned into the Moon. In the aftermath, Hamura took the Earth-based Ōtsutsuki Clan members and relocated to the Moon to guard the body of the Ten-Tails that became the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path whilst Hagoromo remained on Earth where he taught the arts of the shinobi. Hamura's descendants on Earth came to inherit the Byakugan and became the Hyūga clan whilst those that went to the Moon established their home there. In time, a custom was implemented whereby the Byakugan of new born members was taken out and placed in the Tenseigan to power with Hamura using this to bring order and stability on the Moon.

On Earth, Hagoromo set about spreading the message about Chakra and its power to link everything in the world. Thus, as his message was spread across the lands, these teachings became the basis for ninshū. Near the end of his life, he divided the chakra within him and used it to create the nine Tailed Beasts in the belief that this would prevent the Ten-Tails or his mother Kaguya from ever being reborn. He then passed on his mission and leadership to his younger son Asura with this creating a state of enmity with the elder son Indra. The jealously resulted in a confrontation and clash between the two that came to pass onto their descendants as Indra along with Asura came to be reincarnated among future generations. Meanwhile, Hamura himself came to the end of his life and entrusted his Moon-based Ōtsutsuki descendants with watching over humanity and protecting the planet after which he passed away.

Over a thousand years after the Ten-Tail's defeat, the branch family that resided on the Moon gradually began to dwindle until there was only Toneri Otsutsuki remaining who came to learn that the Demonic Statue had been stolen and the Tailed-Beast had been revived during the Fourth Shinobi World War. This even saw Kaguya temporarily being revived but she along with the Black Zetsu were defeated by the reincarnations of Asura and Indra who imprisoned the pair in another dimension. Two years afterwards, Toneri came to mistranslate Hamura's celestial decree and mistakenly concluded that the Earth shinobi would destroy the world with Hamura's plans being a failure. Thus, Toneri decided to purge the planet of shinobi but failed to reach an agreement with the Hyuga clan. As such, he kidnapped the clan's heir in order to claim her Byakugan and use it to awaken the Tenseigan though his activities drew the attention of Konohagakure who dispatched a team to discover his intentions as well as to stop his plan. Ultimately, Toneri came to learn that his actions were misguided after he became aware of Hamura's true decree and decided to live in self-imposed exile on the Moon where he stood a constant vigil over the Earth as a solitary guardian in repentance for his actions.

Overview

In appearance, the members of the Ōtsutsuki Clan were a humanoid race of white-skinned horned celestial beings (天津人, amatsubito). They were shown to be capable of procreating with other life forms such as humans and bearing hybrid offspring.

Guardians of higher ranking members of the clan were known to sacrifice their lives to be consumed by their superior. This saw them being turned into a chakra pill and empower them with incredible abilities. On Earth, the clan was divided between the main family and its branch families.

It was said that they were a race of alien parasites who evolved off the energy and genetic information contained within Chakra Fruits. These served as nutrients for the clan and was absorbed from one of the God Trees where consumption afforded them not only longevity but also god-like power after ingesting it. As such the Clan were known to seek out God Trees across the cosmos in order to harvest its fruit and consume the chakra within them. Eating the fruit increased their power and also prolonged members of the Ōtsutsuki. In some cases, they were known to let the trees to drain a world of its chakra until both were dead with the planet no longer capable of supporting life. It was then that the Clan simply abandoned it and sought out a new one in order to continue their harvest. It was believed that the Ōtsutsuki travelled in pairs when travelling to new worlds. It was considered taboo for a member of the clan to consume the fruit for themselves.

An ability of the clan members was marking a target with the Kāma seal which was placed on those that defeated them. On the verge of death, the seal was made that marked the person as an Ōtsutsuki's vessel (器, utsuwa). This allowed them to preserve their chakra and their will within the seal. The Kāma granted its host chakra absorbing abilities and other unique talents tied to the Ōtsutsuki clan but also allowed the deceased Ōtsutsuki to manifest their will in their vessel's body. Incompatible bodies could not handle the Ōtsutsuki's power for long but the perfect host gradually transformed the user into the body of the Ōtsutsuki clan member. Thus, in time, the will of the deceased Ōtsutsuki gradually took over the transformed the person's body until they were fully resurrected with the process erasing the host personality in the process.

They had the ability to cross dimensions and travel to other worlds with this requiring a great amount of chakra to accomplish.

They were noted to had construct armies of lifelike human appearing Puppets that could serve as an army.

Another item created by the clan was the Karasuki (カラスキ, Karasuki) that was a turtle-like shell able to speak to its users and able to travel through time but required large amounts of chakra in order to operate it.

The God Tree (神樹, Shinju, English TV: Divine Tree) were creations of the clan that were gigantic tree that were planted on worlds where they grew by absorbing blood soaked into the ground from countless battles over a millennia.

Members

  • Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki :
  • Urashiki Ōtsutsuki :
  • Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki :
  • Isshiki Ōtsutsuki :
  • Kaguya Ōtsutsuki :
  • Toneri Ōtsutsuki
  • Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki :
  • Hamura Ōtsutsuki :
  • Indra Ōtsutsuki :
  • Asura Ōtsutsuki :

Notes

  • The Ōtsutsuki Clan was created by Masashi Kishimoto where it featured in the Naruto universe.

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