Interim head ninja of Iga.
One of the three head ninja who manage the shinobi clans in Iga province. Despite her small stature, she possesses an incredible agility, fearsome skill in combat, and an iron-hard determination that allows her to fight on even when gravely wounded. Currently on contract with the Hashinara clan along with her direct subordinate, Tsukuda Katsuo.
Fujibayashi Nagato entreated the help of the Hashinara clan through her subordinate, Tsukuda Katsuo, who approached them when he heard that the clan was interested in hiring ninja. Agreeing to his terms that the Hashinara would assist Nagato in defeating the revolutionary elements known as Igamono, with the Iga ninja serving them without pay for a period, Hashinara Katamoto and his generals set out for Iga.
Upon arriving in the province, Katamoto and the others met Fujibayashi Nagato in a tea house, where she explained that she had put out word that she would be meeting with reinforcements at this very place, and was expecting an ambush. Sure enough, a hulking ninja known as Crocodile burst through the wall, surrounded by lesser ninja, and engaged them in combat.
Ishikawa Goemon killed a kunoichi directly behind Crocodile, and Nagato followed up, moving so quickly she seemed to teleport behind him and delivered a blow with her kama which ripped his arm off at the shoulder, sending him dead to the ground in a spray of blood. The surrounding Igamono ninja, however, saw their opportunity, and surrounded Nagato, using their numbers to their advantage as they overwhelmed her with attacks. She was unable to dodge all of them, and one of the ninja managed to land a powerful blow which broke her shoulder before Ryuuzaki Sanosuke arrived and drew the attention of some of her attackers.
Though she fought well, even while clutching her shoulder and grimacing through the pain, it seemed as though Fujibayashi Nagato would be defeated, but another ninja, one Momochi Sandayu appeared at the last moment and cut down her attackers. Nagato recognized Sandayu immediately, and his appearance seemed to instill in her feelings of bittersweet sadness. Momochi, however, simply stated that his debt was paid, and vanished from the battlefield.
Nagato proceeded to reenter combat, slaying another few ninja while the Hashinara generals and Tsukuda Katsuo wore down and defeated Stoplight and Vengeance, the other Igamono leaders.
After the battle, she explained that her ploy had been more successful than she could have imagined, despite her injury, as all three leaders of the Igamono revolution had appeared and been subsequently defeated. As the public defeat of the revolutionary elements left her position in a significantly more stable state, she agreed to work for the Hashinara clan for free for a month, after which they could discuss a contract, as well as bestowing upon them a squad of Iga ninja to do with as they would.
After the events at Iga, Fujibayashi Nagato aided in the search at Kongobu-ji before returning to Wakigami and remaining there to rest and recover from her broken shoulder. Because of this, she did not participate in the reconnaissance for or the battle itself at Awa Harbor.
After several days, she had recovered enough to participate, and made her way to Shikoku, joining the Hashinara forces in time to take part in the battle of Sanuki province, but was knocked out almost immediately in an engagement with an enemy Nue.
Nagato served the Hashinara for several weeks after these events, often acting as a messenger when a high-speed correspondence was required, but not seeing much actual combat. When Katsusada Shishauezaemon announced a tournament to celebrate his clan’s declaration of war on the Oda, however, she entered as a participant.
Her first match was against lauded defender and head of the fictitious Yamashiro Vigilante Association, Tsutsumi Houzan. Despite Houzan’s defensive skills, however, Nagato finished her in a matter of seconds with a well-timed sneak attack which knocked her opponent immediately unconscious.
Nagato’s second match had her scheduled to fight the Masked Swordsman, now revealed to be Akechi Mitsuhide. Her opponent failed to show for the match, however, causing her to win by default.