Ninja Gaiden is mainly set in Japan, specifically the fictional Holy Vigoor Empire. It is an imperialistic nation located in a land-locked area in western Asia. The country remains shrouded in mystery due to its long-standing policy of national seclusion. Vigoor maintains a unique belief system as its state religion. Its leader, the Holy Vigoor Emperor, holds supreme power in both the political and religious worlds; however, details surrounding him are slight. In the Book of The Future on Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden Sigma, the Empire was established by the Supreme Fiend Gogohn, one of the original Dark Gods. Its capital is the city of Tairon, which was invaded by the evil forces of Ryu Hayabusa during the Dark Dragon Blade Incident.
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Lead character
The games are centered around Ryu Hayabusa. Ryu was born into the Dragon Lineage legacy; as required, he would be trained from childhood to walk the path of a ninja, a way of life plagued with danger, pain and sorrow. As a child Ryu learnt many crucial survival skills under the guidance and watchful eye of Omitsu, the caretaker of the Hayabusa clan's children. Under Omitsu's care Ryu quickly befriended Kureha and the two became inseparable. Training intensified as he grew older, adapting to these difficulties, Ryu quickly excelled among his peers, becoming one of the clan's top students. His skill would earn him the right to bear the name Hayabusa as his own, mastering many ninja skills, to the delight of his father.
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Other characters
The series has a wide range of characters, ranging from ninjas to modern-day security agents. The series has them all. Here are the most important characters:
  • Jo Hayabusa: Ryu's father and the current leader of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan.
  • Mizuki McCloud: Ryu's current partner, and a JSDF Agent.
  • Rachel: A renowned fiend hunter. and Ryu's former partner.
  • Momiji: Ryu's former apprentice.
  • Irene Lew: Ryu's former partner and love interest.

Powers, weapons and abilities
Ryu has had countless abilities and weapons in the past games. Being a ninja, he has amazing agility, above average strength and is a master in infiltration. Ryu has also mastered various weaponry, most importantly his signature weapon, the Dragon Sword, and is able to quickly adapt to most situations. Above all, Ryu has mastered Ninpo, the ability to bend the very laws of nature. In contrast to Ninjutsu's Martial Arts. Ninpo are Spiritual Arts that require intensive meditative focus to master, as well as secret instructions to initiate them which are usually found in ancient scrolls.
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