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This one requires a bit of background. Read Deathfire-san's 'Only Human' or MystikD109's 'A New Cause'. The former was started in January 2007 and finished 6 months later, while the latter was started up in 2004 and finished in 2005. Mystik's Akatsuki is nothing like what Akatsuki is today, because few details had been released on Akatsuki at that time. Akatsuki in Only Human strongly resembles canon!Akatsuki but it was done before the second databook was released, so there are little bits such as Kakuzu being 300 years old, and since it was before the Jiraiya visits Ame arc, the author envisions the Akatsuki leader to be a sort of technological villain. Most chapters of 'The Nine Broken Mirrors' by Ayien and of 'Lost Soul' by LD 1449 are also good to read to get an idea of what I mean.
Point being, these authors started about 150-250 issues ago, so they had to create their own worlds . That's what the challenge of 'Retro Naruto' is all about. Forget all the recent history with Pein and Madara. Don't use anything that was introduced beyond the end of the Kakuzu and Hidan arc (with a couple of exceptions - you can feel free to use the authentic tailed beasts, since the Legend of the Tailed Beasts is bs, as well as actual real names such as Namikaze Minato and Hiruzen being Sarutobi's first name. If you really want you could get away with jinchuuriki and kage identities), if that: you could even use only Part I material Kakashi Gaiden and pretend Part II doesn't exist at all.
A few of you might ask: "What's the point?" Well, it seems to me like a lot of writers have basically become constrained by canon material instead of trying to expand on it. A ton of fics are basically just rewritten canon with a bit of a twist thrown in. If you ditch the whole Rinnegan, super-ultra-mega Sharingan, ROOT, the planned Uchiha coup, etc., then you have to come up with your own ideas on a lot of things, like why Itachi killed the clan, what the relations are between the hidden villages, what the motives of the Akatsuki are, who leads the Akatsuki, etc, while still keeping the core of the story of Naruto’s perservance in odds roughly the same.
There aren't really any specific other guidelines to follow here other than what has been followed before.
I see a lot of fics where the Kyuubi never attacked and so Naruto gets to grow up as the Yondaime's son.
The challenge for this fic is to take a twist on that. Naruto is no longer the son of the Yondaime. Instead, he is a normal person who isn't related to royalty or clans or any Hokage, and he ISN'T a jinchuuriki. Again, he is NORMAL, at least by shinobi standards. He doesn't have a bloodline either. Yes, this Naruto may as well be an OC, but then most fics see a Naruto who is basically an OC anyways, just thrown into canon!Naruto's circumstances. What differs here is that this 'Normal Naruto' shares most of canon!Naruto's personality: loyal, with unwavering willpower and endless determination.
I've seen several blind Naruto fics, a few deaf Naruto fics, and a few others where he is missing a limb or is unable to use chakra at all, but only a couple of Mute Naruto fics, with one of those being decent. Being mute, for Naruto, is arguably the least debilitating physical defect that he could have (as even real life military organizations use hand signs a lot, and you can write shinobi up as doing the same). However, it does have two big effects: canon!Naruto acts out for attention, but a Naruto without a voice, while still able to do the same, is much more ineffective in doing so. Additionally, he has to communicate through hand signs, expressions, or through the written word. This would develop his patience at least, but also make him a bit less optimistic and a bit more moodier. Additionally, since he cannot speak, he cannot verbalise a jutsu when he uses it. Depending on what school of fanon thought you subscribe to, verbalising a jutsu isn't necessary, but helps significantly in concentration and stabilisation of the jutsu, so Naruto will have to work around that.
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