Alpha (アルファ, Literally meaning: α) is a title reserved for the leader of Mangetsugakure. Its main task is oversee the activities of their village, from sending ninja on missions to making the hard decisions regarding the safety of their people.
The title was originally created by triumvirate who gave birth to village during the warring states period. While the first Alpha was appointed by the triumvirate, the following Alphas had to earn the position for themselves.
The Alpha rarely leaves the village since he is its ultimate shield from external threats, which means that the leader of Mangetsugakure must be the most powerful shinobi in it.
The alpha appointment is decided by a fight between the current leader and the candidate. The current Alpha can be challenged once per year by who ever thinks he deserves the position. However if the challenger loses he can't challenge the current leader for at least four years.
- The first and current Alpha belong to the Garō clan.
- A huge celebration is held during the Alpha Designation hinting that the people of Mangetsugakure love the adrenaline of combat.
In studies of social animals, the highest ranking individual is sometimes designated as the "Alpha" This was the reference used to this title. Since Mangetsugakure has a very primary structure of power I found accurate to use this term.
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