Summary: Naruto had no way of knowing how that single slip of paper would change his life. Now a devil, his life has completely changed. With new friends and enemies, Naruto's only choice is to become the strongest devil that he can be and uncover the meaning behind his strange dreams.
Pairings: Naruto/Akeno; Issei/Harem
Warnings: If you've ever read the manga or the light novels, you know that Highschool DxD isn't for little kids. Don't be surprised when this is at least as explicit as the canon series.
Notes: I've never watched the anime, though I've read the manga and am reading the light novels. The Light Novels will be the guide I follow for this story, though I will only loosely follow that guide.
Also, this story will not resemble a typical crossover to most people. Simply put, this story is a rebirth story. By that, I mean that this Naruto is a reincarnation of the canon Naruto. He will be different from how he is in the canon series due to the different life he has led, but he is still Naruto.
1. A New Life
About a mile away from Kuoh Academy, Naruto Namikaze was walking down the road, making his way to his simple apartment. The sun had set a few hours ago, but he had only just gotten off work. The monotony of going to school and work day in and day out was definitely getting to him, but he was an emancipated minor, so he did not have much of a choice in the matter. If he did not work, he had no way of taking care of himself, after all.
Before too long, he reached the apartments. They were not the nicest around, but they were cheap and within walking distance of his school and his job.
Stepping through his apartment door, Naruto began to empty his pockets, leaving his keys and wallet on the table right next to the door. Surprisingly, he felt something else in his pocket though. Reaching into it, he retrieved a folded piece of paper. Unfolding it, Naruto looked at the slip of paper curiously. He vaguely remembered that some girl was handing them out after school. An artistic pentagram was drawn on it.
There was some writing on the piece of paper about having a wish fulfilled, but he did not take it seriously. He did like how the drawing looked, though. That was one of the reasons that he did not simply throw it away. The only other reason was that he just felt as though he would regret it if he did, though he did not understand why.
Moving to the kitchen, he sat down and let a sigh escape his lips.
He could not help but wonder what it was like to be a normal kid. For the first sixteen years of his life, he had lived at the local orphanage. No one knew who his parents had been, and there had never been any attempts to adopt him. There had never been anyone to really go home to, and that statement only became truer after he obtained emancipation. As such, there had never been anyone that he saw in a familial manner
And as much as he hated to admit it, he had never really had friends either. There had been kids that he played with occasionally when he was younger, but most ended up leaving the orphanage after only a couple of months. As a result, he had stopped trying to make friends and instead started pulling pranks on anyone and everyone.
Mostly out of habit, he stayed a prankster until the end of his years in Junior High. The fact that no one was off limits to his pranks did not endear his classmates to him, and his reputation followed him to Kuoh Academy, despite the fact that he had not pulled a single prank since enrolling there. So he was in the last term of his second year at the school, and he had never really had a friend.
Looking down at the slip of paper that he still held in his hand, he wondered what it would be like to have a place to belong. To have a family and friends… that was something that he would have given anything for.
He had no idea what he had done by making that wish.
Rias Gremory was not surprised when she sensed that a human was using one of the contracts that her familiar had passed out earlier. It was a regular occurrence, after all. Her familiar had been ordered to pass out fliers that bore magic circles to humans with strong desires.
What did surprise her, however, was the request. Requests did not have to be made verbally. As long as a holder of a contract wished for something with all of their heart, the request would be understood by the devil that created the contract.
She had never seen a request like this latest one though. All the contractor wanted was to have a place to belong. Most requests were shallower than that.
Without wasting any time, she used her magic circle to teleport to the contractor's location.
Almost instantly, she appeared in a small apartment within a mile of Kuoh Academy. She had never been inside the apartments before, though she had seen the building before from the street.
Before her, she saw a surprised young man. He was seated at the kitchen table with a contract in his hand. It was not hard to figure out that he did not even know that devils were real. Most new contractors were actually told about devils beforehand by people that had previously made contracts with them. That was not to say that contractors without foreknowledge of devils were unheard of though.
"How did you get here?" he asked, shocked.
With a patient look in her eyes, she explained about the contract and about devils. She only told him what he needed to know, and the look in her eyes kept him from thinking that she was messing with him. It was through experience that she was able to do it. Her first few contractors had believed that she was part of a prank, after all.
"So I summoned a devil that can grant me a wish?" he asked in disbelief.
"You are close. However, we do not grant wishes. We provide services to fulfill your desires. It does not come without payment, though the payment can be negotiated," she told him. "Before I came here, you made the wish to have a place to belong. There are limits on what I can do, but what you want is within my abilities. However, I cannot do it the way you may be envisioning it."
"You can give me a place to belong?" he asked, genuinely shocked. She could see the desperation in his eyes. It was clearly something that he yearned for with all of his heart.
"How would you like to become a devil?" she asked him, staring straight into his eyes. "Become one, and you will join my peerage. Some might see it as master and servant, but it is much more than that. You will be among friends… family, even. I know it is not what you intended, but it is all that I can offer you."
She hoped that he accepted. She already had a Queen, a Bishop, a Rook, and a Knight, but that still left her with a Bishop, a Rook, a Knight, and eight Pawns in her set of Evil Pieces. While she knew it was a bad idea to carelessly fill the positions, she had a pretty good feeling about him.
It appeared as though he actually had to think about her offer. Despite being offered what he wanted, he was smart enough to think about what it would mean.
"How will this change me?" he asked after a moment.
"You will become stronger and be able to live far longer than a human. Unless you're religious, the only real downside is that you'll come to dislike daylight," she answered. It was a simplification, but she did not believe that she was being deceptive about it. "You will have responsibilities as a member of my peerage, but you can otherwise continue as you have been."
"Alright, I accept," he told her.
A smile graced her lips. "What is your name?"
"Naruto Namikaze," he told her.
The name was familiar to her. She was actually in the same class as him, but she had not paid him much attention before.
"I am Rias Gremory," she told him in turn.
"I thought you looked familiar," he muttered, looking at her with wide eyes. As one of the most popular girls at Kuoh Academy, it only made sense that he would have seen her before.
She reached into her pocket and removed something from it. Holding it up, she showed him that it was a crimson chess piece. A Rook, to be precise.
It was no different from the one that she had used to change Koneko Tojo into a devil. She was not sure why she chose her last Rook for this boy, but she had a feeling that it suited him better than Pawn, Bishop, or Knight would.
Shaking her head, she offered it to him.
Curiously, he took the piece. His eyes were glued to it as it merged with him.
The room was bathed in red light, and devil wings were visible behind him.
Internally, she could not help but be glad that it had worked. Her experience with Evil Pieces told her that the Rook had barely been enough to turn him into a devil. It seemed that he possessed a considerable amount of power.
"Consider yourself a member of the Occult Research Club now," she told him. "The club is my peerage, and I'm looking forward to introducing you to them tomorrow."
"I'll be there," he told her, looking down at his hands. He could already tell that he was changing.
Rias turned to leave, but she stopped mid-step. "And just as a word of warning, stay away from churches. You'll find that they are very uncomfortable. But more importantly, every living thing has enemies. Until you learn more about being a devil, you should be careful."
She saw him nod his head in understanding just before she left.
When Naruto woke the next morning, it only took him a few minutes to remember his radical decision the previous night. He felt incredible. His strength, speed, and reflexes were definitely better than they had been the previous day. All around, he just felt amazing.
Thinking back, he wondered if he had been a bit hasty to accept the offer to become a devil. The thought of becoming a devil did not bother him. He had never been a religious guy, after all. No, the only part that concerned him was the thought of becoming her servant. All he could do was hope that she had been honest with him before.
When he left his apartment for school, he realized why Rias had said that he would dislike daylight. The sun's rays seemed to sap him of his new abilities, reducing him to how he had been before he became a devil.
Any time he got away from the sunlight, he found that he began to recover though. So he actually felt pretty good throughout his classes.
During lunch, Naruto quickly realized that a few of his classmates seemed to be watching him curiously. Akeno Himejima and Yuto Kiba were the main two, though he also saw Sona Shitori, the President of the Student Council, watching him.
He was usually ignored, so it was definitely a surprise.
When class ended for the day, Naruto found Yuto Kiba waiting outside of his classroom. He did not know much about the first year. It was well known that girls liked him for his pretty boy looks, yet he never seemed arrogant because of it. If anything, he was too nice.
"Naruto-san, would you come with me?" he asked politely.
Naruto nodded and followed him down the hall. "Is the club meeting today?" he asked once they were halfway down the hall.
"We meet most days, but she wanted to introduce you to everyone today," Yuto answered.
"Hang on a second," Naruto said, pulling his cell phone out and going into his contact's list. There were only a few numbers there, so it made finding the correct number fairly easy. Once he found it, he called the number and brought the phone to his ear.
"Sorry boss, but I'm not going to be able to make it into work today," Naruto said once he heard the familiar greeting on the other end.
After being ranted at for a few minutes, Naruto hung up. His boss hated letting him off work. He always had. Naruto was one of the only employees at the ramen stand, but they did not get enough business to hire anymore. Personally, Naruto did not like his job there. The idea of working at a ramen stand had been far better than reality. For the last few months, he had actually been saving up so that he could quit and try to find another job. As it was, he had enough to go three months without work. Provided he stuck to his budget, at least.
"Okay, I'm ready now," Naruto told him.
Yuto nodded in understanding. "I didn't know you had a job, Naruto-san."
"I had to get one. I'm emancipated," Naruto explained. It seemed that it was a good thing he was emancipated now. Without anyone keeping an eye on him, it would not take any effort at all to hide that he was a devil, after all.
"You're a second year like the Rias-bucho and Akeno-san, aren't you?" Yuto asked, glancing at him.
Yeah, I'm not in any classes with them this year though," Naruto told him. He took that as a sign that Akeno was part of the peerage. That was not the only thing he took from Yuto's words though. The fact that he did not mention Sona, who was in the same class as Rias and Akeno, was very telling to Naruto. So while she watched him closely, it seemed that she was not with Rias.
Yuto simply nodded in understanding and continued on in silence.
The pair eventually reached the classroom that the Occult Research Club used. It was a fairly big room with seats, a large magic circle on the floor, and a bathtub on the other side of the room. He saw that Rias, Akeno, and someone that he had never met before were in the room. The third person was a cute girl with short white hair. He just knew that she did not attend Kuoh Academy.
"It's good to see that you found him," Rias said with a smile, looking at Yuto. Her eyes moved over to Naruto a moment later. "To begin, I'd like to introduce you to my peerage. Akeno Himejima is the Vice-President of the Occult Research Club and the Queen of my peerage. You have already met my Knight, Yuto Kiba. The only one you've never met is Koneko Tojo." When she spoke the name, she gestured to the silver haired girl. "She will be starting at the school next year, and she is my Rook."
Naruto looked surprised to hear that. That meant that she was fourteen or fifteen years old. He had doubted that she was any older than thirteen when he first saw her.
"Everyone, this is Naruto Namikaze, my new Rook," Rias told them. Despite her words the previous night about him becoming her servant, Naruto could not help but notice that nothing about her words or tone seemed to indicate that she saw him as such. He truly believed that she valued him in that moment.
"It's nice to meet you," Akeno greeted with a pleasant smile. Despite the gentle and kind demeanor, Naruto had a strong suspicion that there was more to her than there appeared.
"Nice to meet you too," Naruto told her in return. She was definitely one of the most popular girls in the school, so he had never expected that he would actually be talking to her so easily.
He turned to look at Koneko, only to see her acting coldly. He offered her a greeting, but she merely nodded frostily. He did not sense any hostility from her, only apathy.
"Now that you've been introduced to everyone, it's time to get you started on your responsibilities in the peerage," Rias told him, moving towards a cardboard box in the room. She picked it up and brought it over to him. "This is filled with contracts, just like the one that you were given by my familiar yesterday."
That explained why he did not see the girl that gave him the contract.
"When someone new joins a peerage, it is tradition for them to distribute contracts on their own. Once that's done, you will fulfill any requests that are made by the contractors. Once you make some progress, I can start teaching you more about being a devil," Rias explained. "You don't have to start doing everything right now though. You are welcome to stick around and get to know the others before you start passing them out."
From the sounds of it, it did not sound too bad. He just knew that he could get the contracts passed out pretty quick, and he had a feeling that they would not be too hard to do. At most, they would probably just be grunt work. While it definitely did not sound like fun, it could have been much worse.
In the end, Naruto spent some time around his fellow devils before he left to pass out the contracts. He quickly found that Yuto was a pretty interesting guy, and he actually seemed pretty curious about Naruto's life. Even so, he did not say too much about his past, considering it too be boring and pointless.
Once Naruto was gone, Rias looked up from her chess set at Akeno.
"So what did you think?" she asked curiously.
"He was interesting," Akeno remarked, moving a piece. "He appears to have been a good choice. He doesn't seem to have anything against devils, he's an orphan, and he lives alone. I can't say anything about his fighting capabilities though."
"I have a feeling that he will impress us," Rias told her. "I'm not sure why, but I expect great things from him. Perhaps we will see if there is more to him once we show him how devils fight."
Akeno looked at Rias curiously but did not say anything.
Yuto and Koneko both looked interested by their King's words. It was surprising to hear her speak so uncertainly.
Author's Note: I really hate writer's block. Sometimes, it helps produce an interesting idea though. That's actually where this came from.
I recently read the Highschool DxD manga and went on to the light novels. I actually finished reading the seventh one a few hours before I posted this. I have to say that it is a very interesting series, and I definitely have some ideas for it.
I will address two things that at least someone is probably curious about. Those things are the possibility of Naruto having a Sacred Gear and the pairing.
Yes, Naruto does have a Sacred Gear. It draws inspiration from the Naruto series, though you may only be able to tell once he has gotten more skilled with it.
And I know that Naruto/Rias seems to be a popular pairing, and I personally like Rias a great deal. However, I like Issei/Rias far too much to split them up. She is likely the single most important character in his harem. It becomes harder to imagine them apart once you've read farther into the light novels too. Akeno is about tied with Rias as my favorite female in the series, and I don't believe her presence in Issei's harem is that crucial. I also believe that she would suit Naruto well.
That should cover the main topics of interest. I'll be posting the second chapter in a couple hours. I'm currently halfway through the third chapter. It would have been out sooner, but I could not make up my mind on what piece I wanted Naruto to be. I actually changed my mind a few times after Chapter 1 was finished, though I'm pretty sure I took care of all the references to him being a Pawn or a Knight.
Anyways, thanks for reading.