Sage Among Titans
Naruto x Harem
As always expect certain things. For one which seems almost unique to me, this is a crossover of this section that won't bash Robin. Don't know why that seems so impossible for everyone, but whatever I'm not an idiot kid that has to rely on bashing to make antagonism.
Secondly, there won't be any of that god awful emo/angtsy Naruto that seems so damn prevalent. It's really annoying, along with the sucker punches of horrible thing after horrible thing. It can be kind of annoying and grating.
Also unlike some stories, he won't just all of a sudden turn into a deuchebag or betray them to become Slade's apprentice. Nothing extremely stupid like that.
Also, I'm mixing some of the content from the recent reboot into this version so expect things not to play out perfectly like it did in canon.
Uzumaki Naruto found himself taking residence in a world of heroes and villains. Shortly after passing on and leaving the Elemental Nations behind the blond soon came to learn that just like the Sage of Six Paths his powerful chakra allowed him to transverse through the veil of realities as chakra as a force was connected to not only nature and elements, but the force of life and death itself.
After centuries of training and tutelage, he found himself coming to master the techniques and teachings of his predecessor. Not one for solitude and boredom the blond had taken off on his next grand adventure.
To help those in need and he found himself picking one of the most cosmically troubled universes of all time.
It was that famous Naruto luck. As such he found himself running a shop, one of the occult and strange. All matter of artifacts and tomes along with rare jewels and tomes would find themselves in the blond's hand. Whether from human or terrestrial hand the blond would relieve them of these dangerous items, keeping them stored away unless he found noble individuals who could put them to better use.
After all that was what allowed him to meet Zatanna and by extension the Justice League. A charter member, he was always willing to help when contacted.
A young woman with ashen colored akin and mid-back length violet hair that shined like the faint glow of the moon. She was wearing a blue outfit, something akin to a long dress skirt with slits that ended several inches below her thighs along with what seemed to be black shorts underneath. Her features were absolutely exotic and he had to admit he found her rather enchanting.
She would come and go buying books, ancient books or those that dealt with mystery, suspense, horror stories by authors such as Edgar Allen Poe and the likes. She sometimes even bought an artifact or two.
"So the young miss returns yet again. I took notice of your purchases and I might have something you would enjoy." He commented as he placed new books on the shelf. He went to behind the counter and pulled out an old tome, worn out by time, it's outside felt of ash and its words possibly order. "I do believe we have never have exchanged names. My name is Uzumaki Naruto if you don't mind me asking for yours?"
His customer seemed to hesitate for a moment before finally answering him with a short introduction. "My name is Raven." His mysterious customer finally introduced herself.
''Raven…'' She answered him. Her gaze continued to linger on the books she picked out, her very posture gave off a closed, defensive posture.
''A lovely name,'' he complimented her. "Your total will come out to seventy-eight dollars and forty-five cents." He said as with a wave of his hand he used a control burst to send the old tome to the pile Raven carried.
He noticed that the young woman was mildly surprised by the display. Apparently, she wasn't used to running into others with powers, or at least in this city.
''So, you have powers? Isn't it dangerous casually displaying them like that?'' she asked as Naruto chuckled.
''Nope, I've been around a long time and can take care of myself. Anyway, I am not the only one who hides it well. I sensed you were different the moment I met you miss Raven. I'm curious about what you can do or who you are." And upon noticing a flash of alarm pass through her eyes he finished. ''There's no reason to fear me. None of us can help what we are born into or our origins." he finished as a gunshot was heard from outside. ''Not again,'' He said as he dashed outside followed by Raven.
A young teen, no older than sixteen or seventeen with shaggy blond hair in a plain white t-shirt was waving a gun about. He then fixed it on a woman with brunette colored hair wearing a dress skirt and top who looked to be in her forties. ''Stay back! I'll do it! I swear to god I'll do it!''
''Now calm down son! Put the weapon down…'' The cop tried to reason with the kid. He was a young officer with a tall solid build and makings of a mustache in a dark blue uniform.
A look of annoyance formed on Naruto's face as began making his way outside.
''Wait for h…'' Raven was interrupted as Naruto glanced back with a casual grin.
''Hey relax Rae, I do this sort of thing all the time,'' he said before exiting the store and shouting out to the cop, getting his attention. ''Hey Ray, I see that like always you're the only cop on duty.''
''Naruto,'' the man sighed. '' Why is it that wherever there's crime going on you're always nearby?''
Naruto snorted and shrugged his shoulder. ''Hell if I know. The gypsy placed the curse on you not me,'' he said before he body flickered behind the teen and round hound kicked him in the back, freeing the hostage and forcing him to drop the gun. Startled the woman took a second to collect her thoughts before running to the safety with the Police. Ray's partner made a dash for the perp and began cuffing him, reading him his Miranda Rights as Ray retrieved the gun.
Pleasantries were exchanged between Naruto and the cop before he led Raven back to the shop.
'Fast' Was the only thing the Hanyou could think of. He had quickly and effortlessly disarmed that kid. True the kid was a normal human, but the fact that Raven couldn't track him, only sense his aura was rather startling. She had heard how powerful some of these heroes on Earth could be but seeing it was another thing. ''Have you ever thought about being a hero?'' She simply asked him. She wasn't sure how powerful Naruto was, but anyone, anyone at all would help in her quest to put together a team.
''I'm sort of already am one, well sorta. I'm mostly a humble store owner nowadays who from time to time helps the Justice League."
Raven couldn't believe her luck. The Justice League. She had heard about them. If there was anyone who could possibly stand up to her father it would be them.
''Say hypothetically, if someone was a mage, how would you counter them?''
''Well if it was an elemental mage,'' he paused for a bit.'' I would take away their source of power such as bringing a Water mage away from any pools of Water as soon as I can. If the mage needs to chant in order to use her abilities then I would use some kind of projectile junk substance that isn't easily removed by hand or surgical tools in her mouth. If the person is capable of levitating things then if I had gravity abilities I could just negate them. Now for other abilities that aren't easily countered, if I would have to fight a mage I would draw her to a place where the person couldn't have the ability to teleport by constructing machines or an energy field that would negate it. As for psychokinesis telekinetic abilities, those are tougher. One would need a strong mind and similar abilities in order to fight off such effects. That's all I can put together so far. Though when you think about it, some mages are so intertwined with their powers it's like they put a part of themselves in it. When putting their power in an object or person that mage becomes it, and they become a part of that mage,'' He finished as he started to think about some of his old friends.
Raven wasn't sure what she felt at the moment. She didn't have much interaction with people besides the Monks on Azarath. Her mother had died when she was young and Raven couldn't express her emotions without fear of her father's influence leaking through. It wasn't every day that you find out you're the daughter of a powerful demon. She wasn't used to having intelligent conversations with people. She wasn't aware of the scopes of Naruto's abilities, but from what she surmised Naruto could levitate and could either teleport or had Super Speed.
''Anyway I'll be gone for about three weeks. I have some business to take care of but there will be someone here to take my place, just tell them that you're a friend of mines since I'm going to give the order to hold certain books that you have expressed an interest in…well, there goes my last five dollars.'' He said as Raven raised an eyebrow. ''Well Rae I'll just see you then.''
''Rae?'' He had called her that not too long ago. She hadn't really noticed it before, but now in this calm situation she couldn't help but focus on it.
''Well since I consider you my friend, I figured a nickname was in order,'' he said as he opened the desk and retrieve his keys.
''F-Friends?'' The subject seemed foreign to her. She talked to other people but not much. She wasn't sure if she was considered their friend since she kept to her self.
''Well we can be…I hope and would like that.'' he clarified as he tossed the keys up and down in his hand causing a bit of jingle.
''We can be friends if you want,'' she answered him. 'Rae?'
''Well got to go then Rae catch ya later…'' he said as he finished ringing up her books and closing down the store.
In such the friendship of Naruto and Raven had begun and developed. He came across her one day at a tea shop and decided to greet her.
''Jasmine Tea…a good choice,'' The blonde said as he sat on the opposite side of Raven. ''I finally caught up to you Raven.''
''Hello Naruto,'' She said marking her place in the book with a bookmark.
''Did you get the list of recommended books?''
''I did…I enjoy them…though I curious…how did you come across those ''other'' books? It's not something that a…''
''That an ''ordinary'' person should know about… let's just say I'm not ordinary.''
''We both know you are not ordinary, but some of those books are ''Dark'' in nature for most people, even mages.''
''I know… You have your secrets and I have mine. You tell a few and I'll tell a few. That's how the exchange works between friends. Though let's not worry about that now. How about we just enjoy the day?''
The girl, Raven, seemed to have made it a weekly habit to visit his humble little bookstore. In fact, it was night time and two were leaving when rampant destruction was being caused which drew their attention.
Across the street, standing on the roof of a parked car is a spiky-haired teen dressed in dark colors. He was solidly built in terms of being lean, wearing an infinity style mask that masked his face.
The one causing the destruction was very beautiful if not also very angry. Her hair was long, fiery-red auburn reaching down to her waist. Her skin an exotic and natural shade of orange and her green eyes with light-green scleras were currently filled with fury. Also, she was wearing tall, her outfit consisting of a metal headpiece, thigh high boots and an armored top and skirt of dark colors.
Regardless the newcomer dressed in all black would not be deterred by this alien beauty.
''Who are you?'' The Vigilante asked.
Instead of answering, she comes up with a leap that carries her all the way across the street, leading into an asphalt-wrecking downward swing. He jumps clear in the nick of time and touches down in a backward skid, but one roundhouse after another forces him to keep bobbing and weaving. As the fracas works its way down the street, the camera cuts to just inside the mouth of an alley. A blue-cloaked figure, its hood up, stands with its back to us and watches the Vigilante leap high over the alien and sling a handful of grenades.
''So you sensed it too?'' Naruto asked as Raven dropped to the roof of the building.
''Yeah...what's going on?''
''Someone crashed landed and now we have some Batman's apprentice Robin trying to fight her.'' Seeing Richard here and not in Gotham was definitely a shock. He had seen how bad that shithole was and it could take all the help it could get. Unfortunately, Batman was a bit stubborn about how things were done and didn't condone killing, even though there were those like the Joker that deserved it. This was also why Naruto didn't try to become a full-time member of the league. Sometimes for the good of the innocent one would have to compromise their own morals if it meant saving and protecting the lives of innocent people.
''Any plans?'' Raven asked as she noticed the blond wasn't as quick to jump into the situation as he was the other time.
''I think we should just observe them for now.'' He took notice.
''You mean…just let them tire each other out?'' Raven asked as Naruto nodded and smiled at her.
The Grenades explode in the alien's face. Out in the street, the smoke from Robin's grenades cannot quite hide the luminous green pinpoints of the fighter within it. The column evaporates to expose her fully; Hooking one foot under the chassis of a nearby car, she effortlessly kicks it up several feet so that it rotates to point its nose toward the ground. When it is an inch short of splattering its innards across twenty yards of asphalt, she boots it toward Robin, who throws himself flat to avoid catching it with his face. The car sails in a low, level, lightning-fast trajectory down the block and explodes against the building at its end, and Robin stands up to eye the spot.
''Stronger then she looks,'' He murmured to himself. He faces forward, eyes popping again; just as the alien pastes him hard across the jaw. A flash, and he skids all the way to the trashed pizza joint, only to find her jumping in for another hit even before he can get to his feet. Nothing but air this time, as he dives away, pulls out his fighting staff, and extends it to full length. This time he is the one on the offensive, landing a head headshot propels his adversary into a car parked fifty yards or so away. He steps up; he brandishes the staff again-but it suddenly crumbles in his hands, having been shivered by that crushing hit. ''Huh?''
The furious alien extricates herself from the fresh wreckage, then throws Robin a malicious little smile while working her head around to loosen up her neck.
''Zota.'' Was all she said as she came back for another jumping strike.
Naruto suddenly appears between them and catches the punch. He twists and spin throws her into a building. ''Looks like you could use some help. ''
Koriand'r though recovers from the attack. She moves to the nearest object and strains to lift it over her head. ''Well shit!
Was the only thing Naruto could utter. She was definitely stronger than she looked.
The object was none other than a school bus, which she slings toward the two boys.
Before the object could impact it was caught in mid-air, held by some sort of black energy. It's then sat down as Raven flies down.
''She seems pretty feisty.''
The alien, stood amid the new stretch of debris and walking up after a moment's pause. The old resolve returns to her steps and face as she approaches, and she brings both arms up and delivers one thundering blow to the pavement; all three teens are nearly dumped flat by the tremors. Just behind her feet, as the hand ends of the restraints fall free at last, dented and smoking.
The forearms of her cuffs are still firmly locked on. When she points her hands straight ahead, the energy of her pent-up starbolts flickers to life. The trio starts in surprise, whereupon the alien uncorks a machine-gun fusillade that punches into their position and throws up enough smoke to hide them entirely from view. One long, tense moment later, they charge out of the haze and she starts strafing the by one, the trio race through the hail of green blasts. Now the alien's starbolts rip into the surrounding buildings, parked cars, a neon billboard, and everything within at least half a mile. The final salvo fills the screen with smoke and flames, which drift away to expose her in close-up. After a few seconds to catch her breath, she slumps to her knees; pull back down the street, where Robin has taken cover behind the smashed bus, now set on fire due to the starbolt barrage.
''At this rate, she'll destroy the city,'' Raven stated.
''I won't let her.'' He shocks his fist into his palm. ''I won't lose this fight.'' Robin declared.
They come out running but get barely ten yards down the street before a black energy barrier springs up to stop gargantuan, screeching bird-shape of Raven's "soul self.
''Maybe fighting isn't the answer,'' Raven stated.
They turn toward her; she glances off to one side and dispels the apparition, leaving Robin with a clear view of the kneeling Koriand'r; smoke is still drifting up from her hands where they touch the pavement.
''I think I know what just calm her down...you two wait here,'' Naruto said taking out an instrument making his way over to the girl. Naruto managed to get the shackles off her. The alien massages her freed wrists wonderingly. ''No…'' He gets no farther, as she drags him to herself with one hand and kisses him long and full on the lips, causing him to drop the pick.
The two in the backgrounds eyes widen, one in surprise and the other in surprise and if asked she would deny but could have only been jealousy.
When the blond snaked an arm around her waist and began kissing back the alien was caught off guard momentarily. She broke away, trying to push down the pleasant tingling sensation she was feeling.
''If you wish not to be destroyed, you will leave me alone!'' she spoke in Japanese. With that she took off, gaining enough altitude to disappear into the night sky.
'Well, that happened.' He thought as he turned back to the others. "Robin," he greeted. "I guess you found the answer to that decision after all. What do you plan on doing? "
"Sage, I appreciate the help, but I have things to do. Like tracking down that alien to make sure she's not a threat.''
''If you really want to track her you might want to stay. I can track her quite easily."
''Naruto's right I suppose...the three of us together would be more effective,'' Raven suggested but the vigilante rebuffed the offer.
''Sorry but I just went solo...I'm not looking to join a team,'' he stated as he took off.
If it was his plan to avoid becoming like Batman he still had a lot to learn. "You coming to Rae?"
''I have nothing else better to do.'' she countered as the two of them took off.
'Koriand'r, what mess have you gotten yourself into?' the tired alien warrior thought as she made her way to the outskirts of the city. Unknown to her that was the bad part of town where the scum was located. Lost in a world unfamiliar with her options limited. For now, she would look for shelter.
The Gordanian ship from which Koriand'r landed on the countryside. ''Hehaha...Gordanians such vicious and unintelligent creatures... '' The humanoid figure as he held up the head of Trogaar. He couldn't let some fool of an alien creature come here and mess up his plans after all. Once I capture the Tamarenean girl I suppose I can plan a takeover of both species worlds.
Meanwhile at Naruto's place. ''So what are we doing here?'' Raven asked as she looked around his home. This place was pretty nice; the style was that of mostly Semi-Ancient Japan with modern appliances.
''It's getting late and I figured you would like a place to stay. I know you didn't want to stay in that run down old apartment of yours.''
Raven was shocked at this bit of information. How did he know she lived in an apartment let alone its condition.
''W-Wait...how did you know?''
''You smell of Coffee and fast food meaning you were a waitress. There are not many jobs you can get without a degree nowadays let alone a Highschool diploma. Any well-paying job without those would be you essentially selling your body and you Rae carrying yourself with far too much intelligence for something like that. There are other things like the fact you're trying to keep your identity on the down low meaning you've recently come from somewhere out of town. You also only seem to express the emotion of Serenity, the most neutral of emotions which one would, in fact, translate in some uncommon languages as one without feelings. Need I go on?'' She frowned at the end of his line of questioning. "Sorry I...''
''Nevermind...I'll stay...do you have a guest room?'' She really, really did not like that crappy apartment.
''Yeah just go upstairs and on the right. The Bathroom is downstairs on the left and the Kitchen is on the right. If you need anything I'm down the hall from you... the last door on the right. I suggest you get some sleep...were going to see an old friend of mind tomorrow morning.''
''Right...well good night then.''
''Good night Rae,'' Naruto said as he exited the room.
Morning soon came and Naruto was up and ready to tackle the new day. That began by visiting an old friend.
I wanted to try and redo all 10k words, but my page kept freezing. Just this section alone had like ninety errors which I have since gone back and fixed. I'm hoping the stories will only evolve and be better than the previous versions.