The Kitsune's Focus
Inner Thoughts, Dialogue, or reading passages from books and scrolls
(Quick Notes and Messages or Echoes…Songs you go to Youtube and play. )
(Dark over lapping echoes)
''Boss Summons, Demons, Dark beings speaking, Demonic/Angry characters Speaking as well as extremely Dark spells and Magic.''
I've been doing some research and studying on FF 13. As a result I've gone back and retcon a few things and made some changes and added some scenes which would have been in the next chapter. Hoping you all end up enjoying this redone chapter.
Naruto was gathering his bearings as he tried to map out a path out of the frozen lake. He didn't bother to put too much notice of the argument erupting between members of the party. It was more or less useless squabbling, the sort that all divided people. They were all stuck in a situation and no amount of denying it or fighting against it was going to do anyone good. The sooner they all learned that the better. He was about to throw his two cents in when a certain chill froze him in place. The sense of lifelessness, regret, and rage filled the air, as his lungs was nearly paralyzed. 'No...it couldn't be? Not now...not this early. Could he be here already?' he thought as his eyes scanned the horizon.
The sound of heavy foot steps soon filled his ears as the group was surrounded."Freeze!" Someone shouted, causing everyone to look around, only to find that they were surrounded by several men in green armor pointing guns at them, this group of soldiers were instantly recognizable, the PSICOM.
"Place your hands behind your heads!" The lead PSICOM ordered, something which Snow, Sazh, Vanille and Hope did almost instantly after being ordered, Lightning looked at her chances, before she dropped her blade to the ground and did the same.
''Well this is interesting. More of you mooks. I doubt you'll last any longer then the rest. I can remember what's his name, Joe-en-nes radioing for more backup.'' Naruto taunted them as he moved into a fighting position. (1)
"If you don't surrender soon, we will be forced to...'' The PSICOM leader didn't even get to finish as flashed out of sight only to appear in front of the man and with a hay-maker to the jaw sent him flying clear across the frozen wasteland.
''Man...I know that messed up the rest of his day.'' Naruto turned his attention to the squad and dashed forward.
''Fire! Fire!'' Another one of the soldiers cried out. The area was soon filled with the sound of gunfire as the soldiers tried in vain to hit the blond. Screams of panic filled the air as the Psicom were being thrown every which way. Those who tried to run away were picked off by the others.
''Huh...well this is interesting.'' Naruto said as he picked up a metallic looking briefcase that was stashed away. ''Hey look what I found...'' Naruto called out to the others before opening the briefcase and ushering the others over. ''Information...'' he added as he began spreading out several folders. He then opened one and began reading the information.
''Commando? Ravager? What are these supposed to be?'' Sazh wondered as Naruto laid out the folders.
''Files on L'Cie capabilities,'' Lightning answered as Naruto continued reading through the information. ''Information on magic and roles L'cie Take.''
''Well there is six folders; Commando; The heavy hitter attackers, Ravager: The spellcasters, Medic the healers, Sentinels, those who guard their allies and defend against enemy attacks and Synergist and Saboteur whom strengthen their enemies with buffs and weaken the enemies with status effects respectively. Apparently from what these folders say each L'cie has an affinity with an element. Concentrating ones magic into forming an aura say around a weapon one can not only identify their weapons, but the roles they suit based on size and color of how the aura manifests. Those with small and brights auras are more attuned with healing and magic and those with large and dark auras are physical combatants who can take damage...'' Naruto continued skipped down and read off some instructions upon invoking magic.
''You know for the so called Elite PSICOM forces this is disappointing. They even had information to go by and they acted like it was there first they on the job. Well, information on most of us.''
''Considering it's been years since he task force had a chance to fight in the war it makes sense they have nothing but under experienced rookies,'' Naruto figured. ''We might as well take this stuff and keep on going.'' he said as he began gathering up the documents to put back into the case. As the group continued on ahead they came across dozens of mangled Ghast Cie'th. Teeth and Gash marks had shredded through the though bone hided sheeth. Pieces were thrown every which way as they littered.
''This is horrible...'' Vanille said aghast. ''I know they were Cie'th...but the were people once. What could have done this?'' she wondered aloud as Naruto crouched over and study the wounds.
''We don't have time to mess around! Let's keep moving!''
''Wait hold on Super soldier!'' he called out to lightning. '' Aren't you curious on what did this?''
''You can stick around if you want. We're wasting daylight and we don't need to keep making unnecessary stops.'' Lightning continued on as Naruto kept on studying the corpse. The others looked to Naruto who seemed intent on studying the creatures.
''I'll catch up. You guys go on ahead.'' he said as he stared a severed arm. 'It couldn't be.' he whispered to himself.
''Aren't you a little bit curious on what tore those Cie'th apart?'' Sazh asked as Lightning responded.
''The more ground we cover the less likely we'll encounter the creature. Those injuries are still fresh so it still might be nearby.''
''So shouldn't one of us go back and warn Naruto then?'' Hope wondered as he looked up from the folder. Since Naruto was staying behind he left the folders with the others.
''You see what he can do. He'll be fine.'' Lightning reassured as a single Ghast stumbled forth. Pulling out her Gunblade Lightning charged forward. The creature's large bony hand shot forward and crashed into the ground as the agile gun blade wielder dodged to the side. Using the momentum she spun and brought her forward to cut the creature only for a clink to radiate. ''Damnit!''
''Hold on! I'll try something! Fire!" Vanille cried out suddenly, unleashing a blast of fire. The burst of flame caused the creature to stumble back slightly. ''Alright it worked!''
''Everyone! Concentrate on magic!''
"Blizzard!" Snow shouted, pointing his hand out as he icy beam hit the creature freezing its leg.
''Thunder!'' A beam of lightning shot down from the sky and fried the creature. ''I guess this mark is good for something,'' Lightning assessed.
Further back Naruto had finished studying the wounds.
''It has to be...it can only be...'' Naruto's mind drifted off back to the past.
''What the hell?'' he cried as he and the others stopped to view out the window. A red, snake-like, dragonish fiend flew alongside the airship, its paper-thin, glittering, rainbow-colored wings pumping powerfully. It held its clawed hands gracefully underneath itself, and one large silver horn extended from its forehead.
"Now there's a rare sight."
''Care to elaborate Auron!'' Naruto asked as the beast slipped down below the clouds and out of sight.
"The guardian wyrm, Evrae. The sacred beast-protector of Bevelle!" Lulu elaborated, knowing that Naruto personally ever saw the creature, but only heard of it.
''So the Guardian of Bevelle is nothing more then a boss fiend; yet surprise surprised I'm not all that shocked.''
"The red carpet has teeth," Auron grimaced. "What a welcome."
''As far as I'm concerned it's just another fiend and it'll go down like the rest!'' Naruto remarked, a determined blaze ignited in his eyes. 'Hold on Yuna, I'm coming.''
Suddenly Cid's voice blared out over the loudspeaker. "Rikku, you read me? We're going to fight that thing! Get on deck and show 'er what you got! Go!"
Rikku groaned. "There he goes again."
Auron chuckled, though the others felt very far from laughing. "The ferryman asks a hard price."
They hurried to the end of the room, where Rin stood before a small elevator that apparently led to the deck.
"Open the hatch," Auron demanded. "We fight."
"Evrae is truly mighty," Rin said. "Be well prepared. I am well stocked in all manner of weapons and medical supplies. Please feel free to buy them."
"We gotta pay?" Wakka cried incredulously. "If we lose, you'll die too, buddy!"
Rin smiled. "I have faith in your victory."
"Gee, thanks."The party shielded their eyes as they went out onto the deck of the mighty airship. The fierce winds and bright sunlight were more then enough to disorient most let along the fact they were moving out to roof of the air ship without any means of protection from falling off.
Cid's voice blared out over the loudspeaker. "We gotta keep our distance, boys, but we can't let her get too far away. You all have to tell me when to move! But tell me quick, eh? This rig ain't so nimble, you hear?"
''You got it Ojii-san!'' Naruto shouted over the rough wins. ''I'll give you a shout when you need to move then!''
"Not alone, you won't!" Rikku pulled out a microphone to contact her father. She looked up at him questioningly for a moment, her eyes plainly searching for guidance.
The great beast let out a roar as it closed in. ''Hold on for a moment. I want to see if we can weaken it first before we start firing at it. '' Naruto said as Rikku nodded and relaid the message to her father in Al Bhed. The creature's eyes glanced over all of them as it reared it's teeth. From his sheaths Naruto pulled out Tempest and Brotherhood. ''Let's go!'' Naruto said as he took to the air and struck it.
Naruto leaped up and was about to grip the head of another creature when one of them flailed its arm wildly resulting its claws and having to hit his right foot with enough force that would have cracked a normal person's Tarsus if not ripping off their entire foot.
An image of Lenne passed in his mind.
''I won't fail my friends again.''An image of Tilor passed through his mind.
''With all of this damn power I won't be helpless to protect my allies again. I got this power for a fucking power and it won't go to waste!'' a burst of power erupted from Naruto as all the creatures were evaporated by it. A crest formed under him, a polar white crest formed under him made out of symbols he couldn't decipher. He fell to one knee in pain as his crest erupted in a flash of light as a flurry of feathers erupted from it.
Soon the feathers converged as they made a single form. The person in question was a being of ambiguous gender from what Naruto could tell. The being were wearing a white mystical robe over blue dressings, a brown and black crown and shoulder armor peaces with a a bluish-green scarf tucked under the shirts. The yellow skinned being had long flowing silver hair that went down to the back and in the front with two intertwined silver braided ponytails with six Seraphic wings extending from it's form. It floated down in front of Naruto as a burst of power had Naruto skidding back a few feet, his feet skidding along the ice like crystal ground of the underground lake.
The air lit up in a display of bright lights as this being commanded the power of Holy as the light based spell showered down at the blond who dodged the first two beams that curved and charged forward only for one a stray beam to graze his side and caused a tear in his clothing. Quickly using the reflect spell several of the holy bursts collided into it and caused it to shatter. 'Fuck! This is why I hate it when people fuck with my power balances and imprint me with new magics. It always throws me off.'he thought as the being popped up right in front of Naruto and shoved it's hand through his chest.
Lightning paused as she looked back behind her in the same direction the group last saw Naruto. She thought she felt something but shook the thought away. Why should she care what that perverted idiot was up to? If he wanted to wonder around aimlessly then that was his decision. Though her thoughts were hastily ceased when an explosion of power erupted. The ground shook and followed shortly after was a light show that would be next to impossible to miss.
''Hey isn't that where that Naruto guy was?'' Hope asked as Vanille gasped.
''So what are we going to do?'' Sazh spoke up as he brought up the question everyone thought but no one else was going to ask. ''We going to go back and help or continue on?''
Lightning didn't answer as she took a few more steps ahead when Snow called out to her.
''Come on Sis, you really can't say we're just going to leave that guy to die?''
''For the last time I am not your sister,'' Lightning angrily snapped as she clutched her fist then threw it to her side. ''That guy said he could take care of himself so let him prove it. If he can't handle the creatures here with all his so called experience he won't make it long anyway. You all can go back if you want but I'm continuing on ahead. We can't afford to waist anymore time screwing around unless one of you have the magical ability to conjure water.'' Lightning's tirade was cut short when a massive shadow formed over them. Looking up she swore and took out of gun blade. Things were quickly turning from bad to worse.
Naruto's nails dug into the creature whose hand was shoved through his chest. He stumbled back, yanking it out of his torso as he clutched his bleeding wound. 'No matter how much power you gain you can't save everyone. Why fight? It is futile. You are weak, a stubborn idiot who without others around to support you, you will never be able to accomplish anything. Destiny conspired to use you as a tool of balance. What can you do without its protection?'Naruto chuckled at this proclamation. ''At the core of my heart I'm human. I'm flawed. And sometimes I believe the same thing, but a stubborn idiot like me is needed. Someone who inspires hope in the darkest hour. And if I don't who will!'' Naruto roared as his mark began to surge with power. Naruto formed a Rasengan and used to Hirashin to teleport in front of the Eidolon and ram the sphere into the creature. Both of them were enveloped in a flash of light. The winged creature began to ascend, parts of its body began to come apart and reform into a new shape. The front end of the body began to open and compressed into an armor shape as the head of the creature distatch and merge with the torso part. Its winged separated and combined together to form a blade. Light erupted from the neck area as it formed a helmet shaped. The armor immediately attached itself to Naruto, colors of white, black, gold, and orange radiated from the armor. The segmented sections of the orange was covered in mixture of gold and orange as a large, ornate crest made of golden had splashes of white with black gantlets adorning his forearms and black and dark gold armored boots.
The others found themselves busy as they continued to deal with the creature. Hope and Vanille were casting spells at the creature. Burning fire and electrical shocks began blasting off scales and causing spasms of pain through the creature. The protective scales of the creature had long grew impervious to the low level incarnations of the scales. Evrae reared up, green slime dribbling down his neck from his fanged mouth. A twang of premonition shot through Lightning as she thought quickly and let her gun blade fly.
The sharp instrument soared through the air and lurched itself into the creature's cry. As a result the fiend howled in fury. A fluid poured from its eyes as it flapped its wings. The creature rose its tail and brought it down.
"Look out!" Sazh cried out, as Evrae's massive tail crashed down onto the ice causing cracks into the foundation. The others were doing their best to fend off the swiping claws and piercing horn. Evrae decided to go with one last attack as it began to channel power in its mouth as it prepared to use Photon Spray. Only for a flash of blinding light to occur and a massive wound tearing across the wyvern's chest. The armored Naruto turned to the bleeding beast with Lightning's plucked Keyblade in hand.
''You really are becoming a persistent pain in the ass. This time when I kill you, don't come back.'' he said as he tossed the keyblade behind him to Lightning and de-materalized his helmet. ''You and the others take the time to run. I'll distract him.'' he said as Evrae let out an earth shaking roar.
''No way, I'm not letting you fight that thing alone.'' Vanille said as she used her rod to steady herself and ignore the pain in her left leg. One of the Evrae's earlier attacks sent her sprawling down to the ice.
''Kid you must be crazy, trying to take that thing on alone. This old man would never forgive himself if he turned tail and ran.''
''Heroes don't run!''
Naruto shook his head in amusement as the L'cie joined him. ''Alright then, let's head out and kick some ass then.'' Naruto shouted as they all charged forward ready to fight the Wyvern.
1. Red vs Blue shout out.