Author has written 5 stories for X-Men: Evolution, Naruto, Young Justice, and Bleach.
For some background information about some of the decisions I've made concerning my Naruto story, Burden of the Hourglass, look below.
I have not decided 100%, but I am currently leaning toward Naruto/Yugito and Gaara/Fuu as a side ship. As to why those two and not Naruto/Fuu? Well, Naruto is a 36 year old man in a 6 year old body at the start of the story, and his mental and physical age will get higher. I think it's slightly creepy for him to go after Fuu, even though I like the pairing myself. Yugito is 27 at the start of Shippuden, so at the start of Part 1, she's 24 and Naruto's physically 12. A 12 year age gap is problematic too.
But just for an explanation, the pairings are not going to be the main focus of the story at all. And due to the age gap concerns, no pairings will actually happen until later on into the fic when it's a little more tolerable. My main concern is exploring the jinchuuriki individually and their dynamic with each other, only secondary to the plot. And the plot will be massive.
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For some background information about some of the decisions I've made concerning my Naruto x Bleach crossover, And So Bind the Chains of Fate, look below.
Is this a harem?
When I started the fic, I did not understand the full implications of what a "harem" was. I thought it was like a complicated love square (Or some other complex geometric shape) where the main character is stuck in the middle of a polyamorous relationship, floating from one girl to the next and stringing them all along inadvertently. I know there are several types and twists and turns you can make with the concept, but I decided not to go that route. It's going to be a single-pairing fic now. I just did not understand what the word meant in the world of fanfiction, but I knew what it meant in real life. I blame my lack of research and comprehension.
What does the title mean?
The title basically comes from the very first Bleach chapter. "And So Swings the Sword of Fate." Due to Naruto's zanpakuto basically being a chain weapon, I thought it would be a fitting title to make a variation of that. Plus, it reflects the idea that certain characters from the canon Naruto joined him in death, as though bound together.
The concept of his zanpakuto's abilities
His zanpakuto, specifically the Shikai state, is essentially a combination of Kushina's chakra-chain ability, Minato's Hiraishin kunai, and a reference to the Mokuton from the Senju clan. Technically, the Uzumaki clan and the Senju clan are distantly related, and although the First Hokage was the only practitioner of the Mokuton (Wood-Style) before Yamato, it is not impossible for Naruto to have some hidden potential for that. There are actually references to his affinity with wood in the earlier chapters, as his reiatsu seemed to be causing things to happen to counter-tops, tree branches, and porch columns.
So his zanpakuto is sort of a unique combination of those three concepts, and I think it's an original concept for a zanpakuto that no one has seen before in a crossover fic of this type. I wanted the abilities/style to be reflected in the canon Naruto world, but I did not want to go with a standard Wind-Type or a Kyuubi-related, so these were chosen.
Kushina and Minato are his zanpakutou?!
I think I failed to explain something else in the story, and I'll touch on it at some point.
The concept is that, in canon, the chakra Minato used in the seal as a failsafe defense mechanism so that Naruto would not release all nine tails (battle with Pain), was preserved upon Naruto's death prior to this story, the energy mixing with his soul. In the same way, Kushina's chakra that was melded into the seal (to help Naruto control the Kyuubi) also was preserved inside Naruto's soul.
That bit of energy from his father and the bit more energy from his mother eventually latched onto Naruto's inner reiryoku, his inner spirit energy. Because of this energy mixture, when Naruto poured his spiritual power into his Asauchi blade (during his time in the Academy), his own soul's power manifested a zanpakutou that was partially Minato and partially Kushina, but mostly Naruto. In other words, his inner soul is still present within Kusaritane, and it's not totally his parents.
For example, had canon Naruto died during the War Arc, the chakra in the seal from both his parents would have already been used up. So in the event that that Naruto found himself in the Soul Society and became a shinigami, his zanpakutou would not be totally different without the presence of his parents, but it would not have been the exact same blade/abilities. This Naruto, due to the presence of his parents' chakra, has a slightly altered zanpakutou.
I hope that makes sense. Message me if not.
Naruto's slower development
In the canon story, our favorite shinobi did not become super-powerful overnight. He was failing in the Academy for several years, and he failed the graduation exam several times. His "special" abilities at the beginning of the story were only there because of Kurama, the Kyuubi, and his only specialty was using his extra chakra reserves to make enough clones to overwhelm his opponent. He also had a uniquely powerful regeneration ability, that also was there primarily due to the Kyuubi.
My Naruto's Academy experience went much better than expected, after a slow start to get in. He might have done much better overall if he had memories of his fighting style, his ability to manipulate chakra, and the training he had once had, but he does not. He may have done better if Kurama had been able to help him, but he does not have the help of the Kyuubi. He has an entirely new skill set because he had to start from the ground up again. He did so with the help of his friends, and he helped them in return.
I wanted Naruto to not be so over-powered at the beginning and to grow into his abilities more naturally than some may want. He still ended up much better than most would expect coming out of the Academy, because most do not recognize their Shikai states during their time there. He does not have to graduate early like Toshiro to be captain-level, or even beyond, as Gin Ichimaru and Toshiro Hitsugaya are, I believe, the only captains who graduated early. That leaves several who attended the Academy and were not home-schooled (like Byakuya Kuchiki), and there is no reference that these several captain level shinigami graduated early.
Naruto does not have to be "special" at the start in order to be "special" by the end. He'll end up powerful in his own right, I just wanted his growth as a character to be handled much more naturally and be more "realistic."
Having Spiritual Power as a Plus, or a Soul, leads to amnesia about the life you once led.
This was explained sort of in the fic, but I thought I would add more to the decision. Basically, this clears up the plot hole created by the movie, Bleach: Memories of Nobody. It introduces the idea that shinigami do not remember their past lives, despite the fact that the boy who was trapped inside the parakeet seemed to remember it. I say the difference is that people who die and are konso'd to the Soul Society, and are granted with a substantial amount of reiryoku, do not remember their past lives. As far as I know, there are no instances of any shinigami remembering what their human lives were like, so I think this is an easy explanation that actually does not break canon. (Or at least, as "canon" as the movie is).
Yukai Datsu loosely means "Melting Dart." The shikai release command is "Transform." Upon release, her zanpakutou melts and becomes a hovering metallic liquid that Tenten can manipulate into any weapon she chooses. Projectiles like shuriken, long blades, spears, axes, etc. She can manipulate, to a certain degree, the density and inherent durability of each weapon. Essentially, Tenten's shikai is all about versatility.
Kakusayami loosely means "Darkness Divide." The shikai release command is "Split." Upon release, his zanpakutou fades into the shadows and creates a pure black shadow doppelganger that seems to be holding a pure black katana. It has no other special abilities, so Shikamaru has to rely on surprising the opponent and using his mental ability to command the doppelganger adequately in battle so that the opponent does not power through it and attack Shikamaru himself.
Dokushibireru loosely means "Numb Poison." The shikai release command is "Incapacitate." Upon release, her zanpakutou elongates and thins until it looks like she is holding a large needle with a slight guard that resembles the plunger of a syringe. Its special ability has no name, but it basically ejects a liquid projectile from the end that can eliminate the kinetic energy within the target's spiritons (spiritual atoms), essentially bringing the opponent to a grinding, literal halt on a subatomic scale. The effect cannot be used more than once in a battle due to the time it takes to "recharge."
Inabikari loosely means "Flash of Lightning." The shikai release command is "Strike." Upon release, her zanpakutou splits into two and curves in the shape of lightning bolt, with the guard forming from the horizontal part of the blade. Its special ability is to amplify the humidity of the air in such a way that it sparks, generating a conductive current of electricity that she can manipulate in a variety of ways, offensively and defensively.
Stat System of And So Bind the Chains of Fate
I have gotten some feedback from people about power levels, which I don't necessarily think are a bad thing, but they are so relative to the overall picture of each fight that it can be difficult to actually rank characters. So I want to attempt create that system to rank characters.
I'm going to be ranking in terms of power, speed, skill, and endurance.
Power would relate to the pure strength of any ability that the attacker has. The power of their reiatsu, the power of the reiryoku composing their Kido, the power of their zanpakuto's abilities.
Speed is the ability to evade or move quickly, including their skill with Shunpo or Sonido or Hirenyaku.
Endurance is the ability to continue fighting through injuries and to avoid injuries when hit. It also compensates for Hierro and the reiatsu defense that shinigami use.
Skill is the versatility and overall ability to use or control their power, speed, and endurance. Their skill with using their weapon, whatever that weapon is, is included here.
Intelligence is the ability to use the mind in battle to use strategy and analyze the opponent.
1- Seated Officer ; 2 - Third Seat ; 3 - Lieutenant ; 4 - Captain ; 5 - Bankai (not in literal Bankai state, but the relative ability of a captain at full power)
This system is not perfect, and is not meant as a means by which you can go, "Why isn't Naruto stronger than this?" or "So why did Sakura beat Shikamaru, if Shikamaru has equal stat points?" It's NOT that simplistic and situations are much more complex than that when a character fights in a story.
Ichigo Kurosaki - Total = 19.5 / Power - 4 / Speed - 4.5 / Endurance - 3.5 / Skill - 4.5 / Intelligence - 3
Uryu Ishida - Total = 17.5 / Power - 3 / Speed - 4 / Endurance - 2.5 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 4
Yasutora "Chad" Sado - Total = 14.5 / Power - 3.5 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 3.5 / Skill - 2 / Intelligence - 2.5
Orihime Inoue - Total = 13 / Power - 2.5 / Speed - 2 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 3.5 / Intelligence - 2
The Naruto Characters
Naruto Uzumaki - Total= 20 / Power- 4 / Speed - 4 / Endurance - 3.5 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 3.5
Shikamaru Nara Total= 15.5 / Power- 2 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 2 / Skill - 3.5 / Intelligence - 5
Sakura Haruno - Total = 15.5 / Power - 2.5 / Speed - 2.5 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 3.5
Temari - Total= 15 / Power- 2.5 / Speed - 2.5 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 3.5 / Intelligence - 3.5
Samui - Total= 15 / Power- 3 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 2.5 / Skill - 3.5 / Intelligence - 3
Tenten - Total= 14.5 / Power- 2 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 2.5 / Skill - 4.5 / Intelligence - 2.5
The Lieutenants and Lieutenant-Class Fighters
Chojiro Sasakibe - Total = 18 / Power - 4 / Speed - 4 / Endurance - 2.5 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 3.5
Ikkaku Madarame - Total = 17.5 / Power - 3.5 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 4 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 3
Renji Abarai - Total = 17 / Power - 4 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 4 / Skill - 3 / Intelligence - 3
Shuhei Hisagi - Total = 16 / Power - 3.5 / Speed - 3.5 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 3.5 / Intelligence - 2.5
Marechiyo Omaeda - Total = 15.5 / Power - 3.5 / Speed - 4.5 / Endurance - 3.5 / Skill - 2 / Intelligence - 2
Izuru Kira - Total = 15.5 / Power - 3 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 3.5 / Intelligence - 3
Momo Hinamori- Total = 15 / Power - 3 / Speed - 2 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 3
Rangiku Matsumoto - Total = 15 / Power - 3 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 3 / Intelligence - 3
Yumichika Ayesagawa - Total = 14.5 / Power - 2.5 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 2
Yachiru Kusajishi - Total = 14.5 / Power - 3 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 1.5
Nemu Kurotsuchi - Total = 14.5 / Power - 2.5 / Speed - 2 / Endurance - 3.5 / Skill - 3 / Intelligence - 3.5
Tetsuzaemon Iba - Total = 14 / Power - 3 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 3 / Skill - 3 / Intelligence - 2
Nanao Ise - Total = 14 / Power - 2 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 2 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 3
Isane Kotetsu - Total = 13.5 / Power - 2 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 2 / Skill - 4.5 / Intelligence - 2
Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto - Total = 23.5 / Power - 5 / Speed - 4.5 / Endurance - 5 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 4
Retsu Unohana - Total = 23 / Power - 5 / Speed - 4 / Endurance - 5 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 4
Sosuke Aizen - Total = 23 / Power - 4 / Speed - 5 / Endurance - 4 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 5
Shunsui Kyoraku - Total = 22.5 / Power - 4 / Speed - 5 / Endurance - 4.5 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 4
Juushiro Ukitake - Total = 21.5 / Power - 4 / Speed - 4 / Endurance - 3.5 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 4
Gin Ichimaru - Total = 21.5 / Power - 3.5 / Speed - 5 / Endurance - 4 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 4
Byakuya Kuchiki - Total = 21.5 / Power - 4 / Speed - 5 / Endurance - 3.5 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 4
Soifon - Total = 20.5 / Power - 3.5 / Speed - 5 / Endurance - 3.5 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 3.5
Toshiro Hitsugaya - Total = 20.5 / Power - 4 / Speed - 4 / Endurance - 4 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 4.5
Kaname Tousen - Total = 20 / Power - 3.5 / Speed - 3.5 / Endurance - 5 / Skill - 5 / Intelligence - 3
Kenpachi Zaraki - Total = 18.5 / Power - 5 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 5 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 1.5
Sajin Komamura - Total = 18.5 / Power - 5 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 4 / Skill - 3.5 / Intelligence - 3
Mayuri Kurotsuchi - Total = 18.5 / Power - 2.5 / Speed - 3 / Endurance - 4 / Skill - 4 / Intelligence - 5
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