| (平和, Heiwa)
|Appears in||Anime, Manga, Movie|
Heiwa (平和, Heiwa) is the lord of the Sōzō clan and one of the Sandaishū. Acclaimed as mythological healer, it is rumored that he can fabricate a cure to any affliction, concoct complex medicines with ease, mend wounds with only a touch, and formulate mortifying poisons effortlessly—many claim the man to be nothing more than a fable. In all the time he has lived Heiwa has never taken the life of a single person. Distinguished above all those in his field, he became known as the Supreme Surgeon (最高の外科医, "Saikō no Gekai", "Ultimate Healer") and a man truly without peer. Years later after settling in Konohagakure, he would become the Ninth Hokage (九代目火影, "Kyūdaime Hokage"). Following his tenor as Hokage he is credited with solidifying a long period of global economic and political peace which lasted for more than a hundred years.
He is credited as the founder of the Supreme Union, an international coalition of countries.
BackgroundHeiwa was born as the heir to the Sōzō clan in the Land of Carrots before the Warring States Period (戦国時代, "Sengoku Jidai", Viz; "Clan Wars Era") and during a time of relative peace and prosperity. He and his sister Yorokowa were nobles of the country and were taught in the aristocratic manners and customs of the time. Unlike Yorokowa, Heiwa was kind, inquisitive and thoughtful, even for his age. During such a time he would obtain the moniker of Prince Heiwa (平和王子, "Heiwa Ōji"), having been groomed to take over the clan from birth. Early on his father and caretakers noticed an unusually robust physical power in the boy, resulting in them placing a mental limiter on his body to qualm his uncontrollable strength. This was said to have been inherited from his mother, Kanjiirowa. Heiwa found it difficult to master the clan's techniques and struggled in areas of thinking ability, unlike his younger sister. Their father, Daidaiwa, taught them both much about love and hospitality and would equip them with morals that would follow at least Heiwa for the rest of his life. By the age of 4 he was already attending meetings with the daimyō and sitting in on clan disputes in order to take in as much information as he could.
Factions within the clan that wanted to take a more hardliner approach to foreign and domestic matters begin to stir trouble. Eventually an attack on the upper echelon of the clan occurred with two of the casualties being both his parents, a sight he himself witnessed. Their attempted coup against the clan failed. This caused the young boy to develop quickly, though he would not take on his father’s strict disciple of kindness and love, seeing how in the end it resulted in his death. Heiwa took care of his then one year old sister at the age of four, roaming the countryside and begging for food. Eventually his grandparents located them and took them in. His grandfather Momowa Sōzō trained him in the techniques of the clan and helped him perform duties as clan lord. Before long, however, Momowa and his wife Akiwa succumbed to the curse of the clan and perished. Heiwa thereafter not only vowed to find a cure to this ailment but promised to bring true peace to the world. From this point forward both he and Yorokowa would split paths.
Heiwa would spend several years traveling the world in order to acquire new jutsu and further his knowledge of not only the human body but those of animals as well. He’d come across countless conflicts and wars which he would seek to mend while gaining a name and renown for healing either side of conflict in order to cause a stalemate and broker treaties.
PersonalityWith a strong moral code and an idealist outlook it is no wonder that Heiwa has been called a pacifist—the fact that he has never taken the life of a single person makes it seem as though this is indeed the case. In reality, though, the man is simply driven by love and the desire to see the best in people, even if the best is not as obvious as one might hope. This has in many cases become his undoing, especially so when he pardons hardened criminals on mere sentiment alone. Such kindness is to a fault, noted by a number of his confidants and advisers over time. It is true that the doctor is also quite absent-minded sometimes, trailing off in thought and saying erroneous things at the most inappropriate times. This can baffle those who meet him for the first time, expecting such a famous man to be an awe-inspiring genius. Ironically, despite his power, Heiwa does not see himself above others and does not desire to tower over those whom he leads. He has always emphasized cooperation and teamwork. This ideology led to his founding a coalition of international countries which would usher in global peace for several decades. One should not think that he is unaware of his capability and power. Another of his faults is his overconfidence and pride. As a man well-aware of the caliber he wields, Heiwa will often toy with opponents or puff himself up when around admirers. It does not help that he is an icon and celebrity with fans in almost every country on the globe. He truly believes himself to be what people claim of him and takes great pride in hearing about his exploits—even the ones of fable.
When it comes to the lives of others, however, the man will throw his own desires and ambitions out of the window. The innocent and the weak take priority with the doctor. This is seen in his self-sacrificing spirit in leading Konohagakure for more than a century. Many within and outside of the village call him the Grandfather of the Leaf Village (木ノ葉の里の祖父, "Konoha no Sato no Sofu", Other; "The Geezer of the Hidden Leaf Village"). He loves a good joke and has a strong sense of humor. The public know Heiwa to be quite the womanizer and lecher; he is very well acquainted with many women throughout the world and some claim that he has over a hundred illegitimate children. His second marriage with a certain politician and priestess epitomized his oblivious and perverted manners; throughout the course of the union he never discovered that she herself had stepped out of the marriage, having a child with one of his friends and advisers.
AppearanceOrange hair is perhaps the man's most defining attribute; the hair and green eye color is something he shares with those of his clan. The carrot locks come down to the center of his back. His bangs are quite spiky and reach the middle of the forehead. Two jaw-length strands cover the sides of his face and ears as well. No one really knows exactly how the man looks in the face because it is rumored by tabloids and the media that he has altered the dimensions throughout time. Otherwise, he is considered to be very handsome by his plethora of paramours. Without his sandals Heiwa comes in at 6 feet 3 inches but with them he is about 6 feet 5 inches. During combat training he has been seen to have a highly conditioned and muscular body without a single scar from his many centuries of experience. Heiwa wears a loose-fitting evergreen turtleneck that expose both of his brawny arms. Beneath the turtleneck is a sleeveless fishnet mesh and various hidden tools. His pants are a darker hue and have no front or back pockets. In fact, it has been revealed that all throughout Heiwa's attire are concealed instruments, especially so in his large labcoat. The coat itself is an off-white with two pockets on the front and several on the inside. On the back of it he wears the symbol of his clan proudly. Under his pants are a protective fishnet mesh with black trim. He usually wears traditional geta sandals in a black color. The sandals have a small button just under the middle toe that once pressed releases a retractable blade from the front while a button below his large toe releases one from the back of the sandal.
Bukijutsu and Taijutsu
If it could be quantified, one might say that Heiwa has a "seventy-five percent" mastery of weapons techniques. Although it can be said that Heiwa prefers to use his fists and feet in combat it can also be said that he is not shy when it comes to the use of weapons一he can apply the same characteristics of the shuriken jutsu (手裏剣術, “throwing star techniques”) to senbon, striking targets well beyond his blindspot with pinpoint accuracy. Despite his not owning a personal sword if given the opportunity he can unhand an opponent and use their own weapon against them with an overhand or reverse grip. Most if not all of the tools the doctor uses are the product of a special metallic alloy produced by the Sōzō Corporations which make his arsenal, especially his senbon and scalpels, more durable than a steel lattice. His wires are too constructed with this material, though they take on a much more elusive appearance, escaping detection by being nearly invisible. These malleable extensions can be manipulated in extraordinary ways; singular finger or arm movements can cause them to flip, bend, retract or extend, much like his usage of chains. At his rear Heiwa wears two large tan-colored pouches which house a whole host of tools, including such wires, chains, senbon and even smoke bombs. It should also be noted that he is a master of suicide jutsu (自殺術, "self-detonation techniques"), a class of weapons techniques he created himself because he alone can recover from the damage recieved. This method of combat makes great use of explosive tags and timed detonations.
Birds of all sort can typically be seen at the leisure of Heiwa—he is a contract holder (契約者, "keiyaku-sha") of the species. This means that he has an unusual connection with his summoning companions, capable of calling forth smaller ones without hand signs or drawn blood. He has developed a fondness with a plethora of feathered creatures and organizes a branched network of communications all throughout the globe of birds who perform reconnaissance for him. This alone makes him one of the most informed individuals alive. Through a combined transformations summoning, Heiwa can turn his birds into weapons or weapons into birds quite easily, making his deceptive vices that much more annoying. In all cases he can understand the plight of birds and their languages, partly because he is of the shaman caliber but also because of his keen connection to them. Through the summoning agreement and nature energy Heiwa can communicate mentally with his birds.
The majority of the wing-creatures he summons come from Yachōten Summit (野鳥天頂上, "Wild Bird's Heavenly Peak").
- Heiwa (平和) can be translated to mean "peace" or "harmony".
- It is pronounced 'HEY—WAA'.
- Although he is of a distinguished clan, Heiwa's reputation supersedes that of his lineage. As such he has become a mononymous person, only going by his first-name.