Uchiha Lord 15: I was quite surprised how many people assumed that Naruto had summoned the Yondaime. Honestly, do you really think I would do something so predictable?
"Kuchiyose: Edo Tensei."
As Naruto finished the jutsu, four wooden coffins rose up out of the ground in front of him. The lids fell open and the inhabitants of the coffins stepped out, looking around in confusion. Naruto jumped over the coffins and landed in front of the four people.
"Who are you?" One of them asked Naruto. He was a tall man with brown hair, black eyes, and a slightly arrogant appearance.
"I am Uzumaki Naruto," he introduced himself.
"That demon brat?" one of the other three asked with contempt. Naruto looked at the speaker and sent him a glare loaded with killing intent that made him back up a couple steps.
"That's right," Naruto confirmed.
"You died though, a few years ago," the man argued.
"Incorrect. My death was faked. Now then, I have no time to waste. You are Uchiha Fugaku, Uchiha Shisui, Uchiha Mikoto, and Uchiha Kagami, right?"
"Yes, that's true," the tall man, Fugaku, confirmed.
"Very well. I have resurrected the four of you to do one thing: you will kill as many shinobi and civilians of Konoha as possible."
"Absurd!" Fugaku yelled. "Why should we obey some brat!"
Shunk, shunk, shunk, shunk.
The four Uchihas started in surprise as Naruto threw a kunai into each of their heads. Rather than killing them, the kunai sank into their bodies and vanished from sight.
"The seal tags attached to those kunai will force you to obey my orders," Naruto told them. "Now then, get to it. If you're lucky, Fugaku-san and Mikoto-san, you might even get to see your youngest son." Both of them felt horror clutch at their stomach as they realized what Naruto was saying. "After all, he is a halfway decent Konoha Genin now, so you might run into him." He turned around, fully aware of the psychological anguish he was causing them. "Have fun," he told them.
He leapt into the air and headed for the village walls as quickly as possible.
Less than a minute later, he caught up to his sensei and the Sound Four, who were also heading for the wall. All of a sudden, the five of them stopped dead and twisted their heads around frantically. A black-haired woman stepped out of hiding and walked up behind them with a kunai in her hand. Naruto's blood ran cold as he realized what had happened: Orochimaru and his bodyguard had been captured by a genjutsu.
Orochimaru glared hatefully at the woman as she seemed to emerge from the tree that was holding him and his bodyguards.
"Die, Orochimaru," she hissed as she drew back her kunai and swung it at his neck. He opened his mouth, prepared to spit out his Kusanagi blade and block her, but he stopped when the kunai was brought to a halt as a hand grabbed the blade firmly and held it at bay. Orochimaru and his would-be assassin followed the hand and the arm it was attached to see Naruto standing there.
"I know he's not a candidate for the most popular person in the world, but it's kind of rude to try to kill my sensei while he's running away," Naruto remarked as he grimaced in pain.
"Oh, and using the Chunin exams to launch a sneak attack isn't rude?" she retorted.
"That's just your own fault," Naruto stated, still ignoring the fact that the kunai was coming dangerously close to cutting off his fingers. "Honestly, do you really believe you can become one of the strongest ninja villages and act like you do, then expect everyone to leave you alone?"
"What's so wrong with the way we act?" she snapped at him.
"Simple, you act like you're good upstanding people who believe in honor and justice, but when it comes down to it you're just like any other ninja village; those with power can do whatever they want."
"We do have justice here!" Kurenai spat at him.
"Really?" Naruto cocked an eyebrow. "You became highly distrustful of the Uchiha clan based on nothing but suspicion and the possibility that they caused the fox's attack. You allowed a child to grow up hated and scorned because of something he had no control over. And you also gave a boy every possible privilege just because of his birth, even though he's no better than a normal person, or even worse. Where exactly is the justice and honor in all of that, hm?"
"Naruto-kun," Orochimaru hissed in annoyance from behind his student. "We're still trying to escape, in case you forgot."
"Oh yeah, sorry sensei. I'll finish things up here." With a puff of smoke, one of Naruto's knives appeared in his free hand and he swung it, wrapping it in wind chakra as he did so. As Kurenai had still been holding the kunai, she wasn't able to react fast enough to dodge. The blade tore through her throat and she fell to the ground, dead.
"If you're quite done, let's go now," Orochimaru said. He suddenly grimaced as pain shot through his arms again.
"Are you okay?" Naruto asked concernedly.
"Don't worry about it, I'll explain later." Naruto nodded his agreement.
"All right, I'll take point. Jirobo, Kidomaru, you two stay right behind me and be ready to crush or capture anyone who gets in our way. Tayuya and Sakon, you two stay next to Orochimaru-sensei and keep him safe, got it?" Naruto asked. They all nodded.
"Hai, Naruto-sama," Sakon confirmed. In a blur of motion, the six of them left.
Manda's eyes narrowed as Gamabunta appeared in a huge explosion of smoke. Jiraiya stood atop his head.
"This time I will kill you, you old toad," Manda hissed.
"Thanks Jiraiya; I've been wanting a snakeskin wallet for a while," Gamabunta told his summoner.
"Let's end thisss," Manda hissed, coiling himself up to strike.
Gaara looked gleefully at the village around him. He'd been killing leaf ninja left and right, ever since unleashing the Shukaku. In his full form, there were very few things that could threaten him.
Unfortunately, there were still a few.
"Kuchiyose No Jutsu!"
With a blast of smoke, a black-furred dog almost as big as Shukaku appeared. Standing atop its head was Kakashi.
"Sorry for summoning you without any warning, but I need your help to take care of this thing," Kakashi told his summons.
"All right, let's go," the dog growled.
Naruto, Orochimaru, and the Sound Four landed atop the wall, which was free of leaf ninja.
"Wait a moment," Naruto said, turning around to look at the village.
"What is it?" Sakon asked.
"Is something wrong, Naruto-sama?" Jirobo asked.
"No, nothing's wrong," Naruto told him. He stayed that way for almost half a minute, looking out at the burning village and the two huge fights going on between the summons and Gaara. Then, he took a deep breath and turned around. "Okay, let's go." The six of them ran down the wall and then jumped into the forest, leaping through the trees at high speed.
"What was that about?" Sakon inquired. "Feeling sentimental for your old village?"
"No," Naruto answered bluntly. "I guess you could say I was admiring the view." The older boy smirked oddly.
"You're kind of weird sometimes, Naruto-sama," he stated. Naruto glared at him in annoyance for a moment.
"If you really want to know, I was letting go of my anger," Naruto explained. "I've repaid Konoha well enough, so I decided it was time to stop being angry at them."
An interesting notion, Orochimaru thought. I'm a little disappointed that I can't attempt that. But Sarutobi-sensei wounded me again today, and now I can't pay him back for it.
Two days later
Orochimaru's face contorted in pain as his arms felt like they were burning yet again. The sensation died down after a few seconds and he sagged slightly in his chair, panting heavily and sweating.
"I suppose it was too much to wish we could come out of that with no lasting injuries," Naruto mused as he entered the room. "But I hadn't expected it to be something this severe."
"This is," wheeze, "A temporary setback, nothing more," Orochimaru stated firmly.
"True," Naruto agreed. "But it will remain a setback until we take care of it. Kabuto just went out looking. He gave me this though before he left." He held up a sheet of paper.
"What is it?" Orochimaru asked.
"A report on Konoha's losses," Naruto stated. He perched on a counter next to a shriveled up hand and began to read aloud. "'Following the combined invasion of Sunagakure and Otogakure, Konoha has suffered an unprecedented loss of its shinobi population. Estimates are at approximately nineteen hundred shinobi casualties, and upward of three thousand civilian casualties. This leaves Konoha with a shinobi population of approximately eleven hundred, the vast majority of which is now Genin and Chunin, as almost all Jonin and ANBU were killed during the invasion. Less than one hundred of the aforementioned remaining eleven hundred are ANBU, Jonin, or Tokubetsu Jonin, while approximately seven hundred are Genin and three hundred are Chunin. Massive damage was done to the village itself, including the destruction of over seventy percent of all buildings. The destruction was caused primarily by huge serpents and fire jutsu.'" He paused. "Not to mention the Shukaku.'" He looked up at Orochimaru and chuckled. "He mentions Gaara like he's an afterthought. I don't know whether to be proud that I'm more destructive than him or insulted that Kabuto won't refer to my fellow Jinchuriki by name."
"Continue," Orochimaru hissed.
"Sorry, Orochimaru-sensei," Naruto apologized. "'The most significant survivors are the Sannin Jiraiya, Hatake Kakashi, Maito Gai, Sarutobi Asuma, Aburame Shibi, Inuzuka Tsume, and Morino Ibiki. The most significant casualties were Sarutobi Hiruzen, Hyuuga Hiashi, Nara Shikaku, Akimichi Choza, and Yamanaka Inoichi.' And that's it," he told his sensei.
"Very well. What about our losses?" He inquired.
"We suffered twelve percent casualties. Mostly Genin and Chunin, with a handful of Jonin. Our ally, Sunagakure, suffered eleven percent casualties. Again, mostly Genin and Chunin. Neither of us lost anyone especially strong. In fact, if I may say so, the worst damage we took was from the old man."
"I ssee," Orochimaru hissed. "And here I was expecting much worse."
"A lot of the leaf ninja died trying to stop Gaara and Manda," Naruto commented. "And the sand ninja are no pushovers. It's good for us to have an alliance with them."
"Yes, I suppose that is true. I had been thinking of betraying them as well to ensure that they did not become a serious threat, but this way is better. And of course, we will always be prepared to make sure they do not betray us."
"Of course," Naruto agreed. "So, after we get your arms fixed, what happens?"
"The same as always," Orochimaru said. "We continue expanding our power base and recruiting new shinobi. We will establish a real village for our shinobi to live in, and we will continue experiments and research."
"Sounds good," Naruto said with a smile. "Now that Konoha has lost status as one of the five great villages, are you going to try to fill that gap?"
"No, being a Kage no longer matters to me," Orochimaru stated. "I shall pursue my dream of mastering every jutsu in the world and being immortal."
"As far as that goes, the plan went off perfectly," Naruto commented. "Uchiha Sasuke survived, and we'll use the curse seal to draw him in so you can take him to be your new body."
"Yesss, the Sharingan will soon be mine," Orochimaru hissed eagerly. He suddenly grimaced and stiffened as pain wracked his body again. He yelled in agony for a few moments, then fell silent when the pain subsided.
"No need to worry, Kabuto will find Tsunade-san before too long," Naruto tried to assure his teacher. "If you don't mind, I'm going to train a little bit."
"Go ahead," Orochimaru murmured, exhausted now. Naruto hopped down off the counter and left the room.
Jiraiya looked around the room. Kakashi, Gai, Asuma, Shibi, Tsume, and ibiki looked back at him. Once things had settled down, as much as possible, he had called them together to discuss Konoha's next move.
"I'm not a good diplomat, so I'll be perfectly honest with you," Jiraiya began. "Konoha has never been in a worse situation. We suffered over sixty percent losses, we have less than a hundred ANBU and Jonin combined, the majority of our remaining shinobi are Genin, and our Hokage is dead."
"I think the first order of business should be to decide upon a new Hokage," Kakashi spoke up.
"I agree," Asuma said. Everyone else gave their agreement.
"Jiraiya-san, you're probably the best candidate," Asuma said when they were done.
"No way, not me," Jiraiya protested. "I'm Konoha's spymaster, my efforts over the past thirteen years would be wasted if I became the Hokage. I'd never be able to gather information."
"Well then, who are we gonna pick?" Tsume asked, irritation creeping into her voice.
"The only other Sannin," Jiraiya stated. "My old teammate Tsunade."
"Seriously?" Kakashi was a little surprised. "Are you certain you can persuade her to come back?"
"I think I can," Jiraiya said. "Kakashi, I'd like you to come with me."
"Why me?" the copy nin inquired.
"Minato was one of the only people Tsunade really liked, and since you're his student she's more likely to listen to you."
"Makes sense," Kakashi agreed.
"What do we do in the meantime?" Ibiki asked.
"Konoha is in a very bad spot right now. We've lost the vast majority of our fighting power and we're also lacking civilian services. We need to prepare for any possible attack. Otogakure and Sunagakure may make a second attempt to end us; they came pretty damn close to it the first time, and they lost a lot fewer men than we did. If they do attack us, we'll have no choice but to retreat."
"What? You're joking, right?" Tsume snapped angrily.
"No, I'm not. Don't forget, during their first attack we had nearly three times as many shinobi as we do now. And Orochimaru was busy fighting Sarutobi-sensei. If he joins the front lines, along with both Jinchuriki and the armies of sand and sound, we're toast. Kakashi and I have strong summons, but nowhere near strong enough to handle all of that. We were barely able to fight off Manda and the Shukaku. Uzumaki Naruto, it would seem, wore himself out fighting the Ino-Shika-Cho trio." There was a moment of silence as they all recalled the fact that three of their fellows had been killed by a single enemy.
"Was it really Naruto?" Kakashi asked after a moment. "How certain are we?"
"Quite certain," Jiraiya told him. "Golden blonde hair, three scars on each cheek, and red eyes with slits. Not to mention the chakra signature we all felt."
"I can't believe that brat snuck away from us," Tsume growled. "How could we have overlooked a body double?"
"Our own prejudice got turned against us," Asuma muttered. "Nobody liked the kid except for my dad and lots of people outright hated him. It didn't seem like a huge surprise that he should be killed. And when the medic nin on duty confirmed, as much as possible, that it was Naruto, no one disputed him. What probably happened was that they altered a body to make it resemble the kid and mangled it so much that any evidence to suggest it was a body double was erased or covered up. In hindsight, it's blindingly obvious."
"Well, we need to be prepared for anything. Kumo, Iwa, or Kiri could decide to attack us. We have to be prepared for any attack and get Tsunade as quickly as possible. Once we have the new Hokage, she'll make the decisions about what to do next. Until then, just be on the defensive against any potential threat," Jiraiya told everyone.
One week after the invasion
Naruto walked into the room where the new recruit was. The red-haired girl looked up at him and started suddenly.
"Something wrong?" he inquired.
"I-I'm sorry," Karin stammered. "I was just a little surprised because of your chakra."
"My chakra?" he was a little surprised to hear that. "What do you mean?"
"Well, I'm a sensory-type shinobi," she explained. "And your chakra feels unusual to me. I've never felt anything like it really."
"Can you explain what it feels like?" He asked her, intrigued now. She nodded and focused, closing her eyes to help concentrate.
"In a way it's really warm and nice," she said. "But then it's like there's an undertone to it, kind of like a second chakra, that's really, well I hope you don't mind me saying this, but it feels really malicious and cold."
"Well, congratulations," Naruto told her, smiling as she opened her eyes. "You're the first person other than Orochimaru-sensei to be able to sense my chakra. I keep it suppressed unless I'm fighting."
"Oh, I see," Karin murmured.
"Well, if you're that good at sensing chakras, then I don't see any problem with you joining Oto," he told her. "But I need to test you and see what kind of combat ability you have." She gulped nervously. "Don't worry," he told her, chuckling. "I'll be gentle. After all, it would be a shame to hurt a girl as pretty as you." Karin blushed slightly at his words.
Two weeks later
Naruto walked into Orochimaru's room. His smile turned into a grimace as he saw the doctor that Orochimaru had just cut in half.
"Kabuto's been successful, Orochimaru-sensei," he said. "Tsunade-san is in a town called Tanzaku-gai."
"Finally," Orochimaru said wearily. "We're leaving immediately, Naruto-kun."
"This is a really nice view," Shizune commented as she looked up at Tanzaku castle.
"I suppose so," Tsunade admitted.
The castle suddenly exploded. A huge cloud of smoke rose up, and when it cleared, the two shocked kunoichi could see a giant snake with two people standing on its head.
Naruto glanced around at the rubble and the screaming crowds.
"Sensei, do you ever worry that you overdramatize things?" He inquired. Orochimaru glanced at him and frowned.
"You are joking, right?" He asked. Naruto sighed.
"This is unexpected, Orochimaru," Tsunade said, once the snake Sannin and his apprentice had gotten off the snake and dispelled it. "And was the exploding castle really necessary?"
"You should know I don't like to waste time talking about trivial matters," her old teammate replied, ignoring his apprentice's amused grin. "I came here to make you an offer."
"What kind of offer is that?"
"My arms have been seriously injured, due to a little run-in with our old sensei. I was hoping you could heal them for me."
"You fought Sarutobi-sensei?" Tsunade was surprised to say the least. "When? What happened!" She demanded.
"Yelling at someone isn't the best way to make them do something," the blonde boy remarked.
"Who the hell do you think you are, brat?" she snapped at him.
"Uzumaki Naruto," he told her. "Personal apprentice of Orochimaru."
"N-Naruto?" Tsunade gasped. "That can't be!" Yet looking at him, she was forced to admit that he looked a lot like Minato, aside from the scars and the eyes, both of which only further helped prove his identity. "I thought you were dead!"
"It's kind of annoying how many people still think that," he muttered. "No, Yakushi Kabuto had a body double made in order to take my place so they could stage my death. I, meanwhile, escaped to Otogakure."
"You betrayed your own village?" Tsunade growled at him.
"Please, don't act as if that makes me evil. Especially since you left the village thirteen years ago and haven't returned once since then. You may not have betrayed them, but you certainly abandoned them. And I was not a shinobi at the point, I was a civilian. Not to mention that they deserved it for the way they treated me. In any case, Tsunade-san, this is not the reason we are here. We are here because Orochimaru-sensei has an offer for you."
"Don't change the subject, brat!" she yelled at him.
"Didn't I already say that yelling someone isn't a good way to make them do something?" Naruto inquired. "Now, as we were saying, Orochimaru-sensei needs for you to heal his arms."
"And why should I do that?" she spat at her former teammate. "Why on earth should I heal you after you attacked Sarutobi-sensei? Since you're still alive, I'm going to assume you wounded him enough to ensure he couldn't kill you."
"True," Orochimaru admitted.
"The old man is dead, in fact," Naruto commented. "He destroyed sensei's arms first though."
"WHAT!" Tsunade and Shizune yelled in shock and anger.
"And you really think I'll heal your arms, teme! Screw you! Now get out of here before I kill you! You've got five seconds!" Naruto and Orochimaru glanced at each other. Having been master and apprentice for so long, it was easy for Naruto to nonverbally ask a question, and for Orochimaru to answer similarly.
"Five," Tsunade began. "Four. Three." Orochimaru and Naruto hadn't moved at all. "Two. O –"
"I can return your little brother and the man you loved to this world," Orochimaru interrupted her. The slug Sannin's brown eyes widened as she heard those words. "With a forbidden jutsu that I have developed."
"Wh-what?" she stammered. "You can really…?"
"Yes, we can," Naruto stated. "Anyone in Konoha could verify it for you." He tilted his head to the side and looked up at the sky with a contemplative look on his face. "Speaking of it, I wonder how they got rid of those four?"
"Probably high-powered fire jutsu," Orochimaru guessed. "They would have to completely destroy the body and the seal tag to end the jutsu."
"In any case," Naruto turned back to Tsunade. "If you heal Orochimaru-sensei's arms, you have our word that we will perform the jutsu to return Nawaki and Dan. They will be themselves in almost all aspects."
"Almost all aspects?" Tsunade inquired.
"They won't require sustenance as normal humans would," Naruto explained. "They will still be able to eat and drink, and enjoy what they're eating and drinking, but they won't need to. Aside from that, they will be just as they were before they died."
"I-I.." Tsunade stammered, unable to think fast enough to come up with an adequate response.
"Tsunade-sama, surely you are not thinking of accepting!" Shizune yelled. "We should just kill them now, while Orochimaru is weakened!"
"I don't think that will be as easy as you assume," Naruto commented, raising his left hand to his mouth. He bit his thumb hard enough to cut it and opened his mouth to let the blood fall to the ground. Tsunade drew a shaky breath as she looked at it. She immediately began trembling violently as her eyes widened and fixed upon the red liquid. Shizune cursed.
"You really are a complete bastard, aren't you?" she spat at the blonde shinobi. Naruto shrugged.
"You'll have to come up with something much more original if you want to insult me," he told her. "In any case," he paused and made a fist, folding his thumb under the other fingers to hide the bleeding digit from view. "We don't need an answer now, Tsunade-san. We'll return in one week's time, and we expect you to have your answer then." With that, he and Orochimaru vanished in two blurs of motion.
Uchiha Lord 15: To explain about the vast losses on Konoha's side: in the canon invasion, Gaara was out of the village when he transformed, and Naruto stopped him right there in the forest, so he didn't kill anyone. Manda was never summoned, and he's a toughassed summons. Jiraiya took out the snakes that attacked the main wall of Konoha, and in this he had to fight Manda. With Jiraiya busy, Ibiki and the ANBU would have had to take care of those snakes themselves. Adding in damage and kills from those snakes, Naruto, the Shukaku, and Manda(since Jiraiya didn't get there immediately), and the fact that Shikaku, Choza, and Inoichi had to fight Naruto instead of forcing back the invaders, the death count would be a lot higher.
To be entirely honest, I hadn't even thought of having Naruto summon his dad. Orochimaru tried and failed to summon him, like in canon.
I'm finally getting over my writer's block, and I'm getting somewhere with my story, so I went ahead and finished up this chapter as well. For some reason, the last scene was hard to write.