I thought about making a thread like this a while back but I wanted to explore all the connections from the Sage of the 6 Paths power down to his descendants and how it all relates.
We all know the story, the Sage of the 6 paths became a legend by sealing the Jyuubi in himself saving the world so the story goes. However of great interest was the picture of the Jyuubi eyes with Rinnegan pattern combined with Sharingan tomoe's. This seems to indicate the Jyuubi was placed under some kind of Dojutsu control. Since the Rinnegan power is the source of the Sharingan this is not far fetched.
Perhaps the full power of the Rinnegan has not been shown and much like the Sharingan its use depends on the skill set of the person using it. We know the Sharingan for instance is is geared toward Genjutsu given the Uchiha's strong mental energies but someone like Sasuke who is not that spectacular at Genjutsu focuses on the Ninjutsu/ Taijutsu aspects that the Sharingan helps him with.
Nagato was more a Ninjutsu type considering he was trained by Jiraiya as well also suggest Genjutsu may not really be a major strong point for him. Perhaps if the Rinnegan is wielded by Genjutsu master they can activate a jutsu like Tsukiyomi and subdue someone with a dojutsu stare alone.
However back to the legend we know the Sage had two sons who both inherited half of his power each but what exact abilities they had is not clear. The elder son gained Dojutsu eyes but there where obviously different from the fathers as he only had the mental energies not the vitality. The Younger son may have had special power or he may have just had incredible vitality that theoretically would allow him to live to an old age.
- So fast foward to the semi present and we have all the genetic descendants clans of the Rikudou Sennin lined up the Hyuuga, Uchiha , Senju & the Uzamaki. If we look at the abilities of the Rinnegan including the 6 paths we may also be able to clue ourselves in how these abilities translated down. .
The 6 Paths powers:
The Deva Paths Shina tesnei uses huge amounts of chakra on large scale can level an entire village.
Asura Path power creates some kind of mechanical armor which relates to body modification
Preta Path power consumes chakra literally and adds it to its own stamina supply
Human path can read minds but at the expense of killing them by removing their soul
Animal Path uses time space jutsu to summon creates
Naraka Path summons the king of hell and can interrogate opponents as well as revived the dead
Now lets look how this relates to the 4 clans:
Said to be one of the 3 great Dojutsu, the direct link to the Byakugan seems to relate more to the visual abilities of Rinnegan. We know the Rinnegan allows the user to see from multiple points of view through various copy eyes giving the user a wider field of vision.
The Byakugan seemed to evolve this power into a single eye with the ability to see in nearly all directions at once. If you remove the ripple pattern of the Rinnegan it looks similar to the Byakugan so that to me suggest they genetically lost a majority of the mental energies but retained the genetics for a Dojutsu so gained only the most basic ability.
However their eyes having only this basic ability has evolved to allow them even greater visual insight than the Rinnegan or the Sharingan. The ability to see through walls, telescoping zoom and the ability to see the chakra network.
This ability makes them well suited or countering Taijutsu.
Some of the Rinnegan's abilities can be seen in the Sharingan and all its variations. The ability to subdue an opponet with only stare which may extend to the MS may come directly from the Rinnegan ability used by the Rikudou sennin also shown by Tobi as infinite Tsyukiyomi.
The black flames of Amatersu can also bee seen surrounding the King of Hell summon used by Naraka Path In the manga they seem black but the anime makes them purple.
I wonder if the Time space jutsu of animal realm also connects to the Time space jutsu of the MS eyes of Kakashi & Tobi.
With strong mental energies of the Uchiha the Sharingan is best suited for countering Genjutsu.
Literally translates to clan of thousand hands or clan of thousand skills. Unlike other clans which may have focused on a specific skill set like shadow manipulation or bug's the Senju where known to be masters of Ninjutsu, Taijutsu & Genjutsu which is why they where so feared. They inherited the strong body and vitality of the younger brother power and may explain why they where well suited and mastering all forms of jutsu.
Looking specifically at Hashirama as everyone seems to be busy trying to siphon off his power these days and yet we have to wonder what is so special about his ability. Firstly we know he had the ability to combine Earth and Water and use Mokutan but the reason why might relate more to his special chakra. Using his special chakra literally as a source of life he could influence trees to grow.
With his special chakra he could subdue tailed beasts and this power may relate directly to Naraka Path's power from the King of Hell with its ability to immobilize and the Outer Paths ability to restore life bringing the dead back.
The distant relative of the Senju they seemed to inherit mainly the intense Vitality of the younger son perhaps more so than even the Senju. They also where passed down the Fuinjutsu techniques of the Sage of the 6 paths which they probably further developed.
We also see some of them like Kushina had special chakra similar to Hashirama that allowed her an ability to control and subdue tailed beasts.
Now we look at recent chapter and we see the Sharingan---MS---EMS-- + Hashirama chakra can become--->Rinnegan but does this grant the user greater abilities than the original Rinnegan? Edo Madara was shown using Sunsaoo while using his Rinnegan so is this an unfair advantage and can he also use Amaterasu?
Its open to discussion so lets....