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Ipsum. A mega-city that is located beachside, with mountains and a river surrounding its expansive homes and towering buildings. The city is beyond beautiful... yet none of the residents have any idea how they arrived, and have yet to leave, because Ipsum is a city you can never leave -- not by choice. People appear here without any knowledge where they are, no one knows what country or world they are even in. Yet, the city still provides for her people. Jobs, homes, goods are all readily available, and there is a place for everyone, be it the good or bad — Ipsum shall provide.
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He thinks of Konoha, though, whether he means to or not. The village tucked away in a sprawling forest, the colorful streets and lively people, the cliff face rising above all, bearing the carved faces of past Hokages. The village he dreams of leading, of protecting, one day. A village that has risen from the ashes, rebounded from disaster, and come back stronger and more vibrant every single time. Even if they shunned him for so long, it is his home, it is where his heart lives, where he belongs, the place he will return to no matter what.
The question rubs him the wrong way, though, only increasing his agitation. He scoffs, "What's it matter?" It was hard, but it made him who he is now. Rejected by an entire village for something he had no say in - it wasn't like anyone asked him if he wanted to host the nine-tails that had rampaged through Konoha when he was born. He could have easily given in to bitterness and hatred instead of finding the desire and drive to be recognized as someone important one day. Someone the village could look up to rather than down on.
His dream of becoming Hokage is, originally, born out of a selfish desire to be acknowledged and respected. But, over time, and through many, many, interactions with the other villagers, it has transformed into a pure desire to protect his home.
Time spent with Iruka ranks high on his list, as well, and everything experienced with Kakashi and Sasuke and Sakura.
There are prominent figures in his mind, and it is no coincidence that all of them also fall under the title of family, in a way. Iruka and Kakashi, the teachers who had believed in him. Jiraiya, the pervy sage who had helped him grow so much so fast. Sakura, the girl he had admired for so long. Sasuke, whose desertion had felt like a kunai in his stomach - he would bring his friend-slash-rival home one day, if he had to follow the other boy to the ends of the earth.
He thinks, again, of Gaara. An unlikely friend, but then he has such a habit of converting enemies to, at the very least, neutral acquaintances. The Kazekage and his siblings are counted as friends on his end, no matter how they, themselves, may view him.
He will, one day, become a man worthy of the title and respect and responsibility that comes with the position, he knows this as surely as he knows the sun will rise and set each day. It is this determination and conviction which drives him to improve himself - to become stronger, smarter, to learn every lesson he had been deprived of in his youth when it comes to interacting with others.
best friend, how can he hope to lead Konoha?
Leaving Gaara and Sakura bothers him, too, but he knows his arrival in Ipsum was entirely involuntary. He did not abandon them - but he can still fail them if he cannot get home. And that is something he will regret for the rest of his life.
He cannot bring himself to feel regret for the events the day he was born, though. No matter how many have tried to make him take responsibility or apologize - it was not his fault and he has never been able to understand how anyone can blame a newborn for something like that.
Such a lonely childhood, so many days spent on the sidelines, watching as others made friends or interacted with their families...why wouldn't he place such high importance on the memory of every new friendship forged, every little victory?
Maybe his first though should have been a way to get off the island, but this does not immediately occur to him and will not until well after he has finished and left the building. Then it will come as a sudden realization, and the obvious answer.
At the moment, he thinks only of ways to make living in a place like that a little more bearable until rescue comes. That is, of course, assuming rescue is a possibility.
Ramen. The answer is ramen. Ichiraku's ramen, specifically, but he'd take any kind at all. It is his favorite food, no question. A comfort food, to be honest. He has such nice memories of eating at Ichiraku as a kid. Teuchi and Ayame were among the few that never treated him like a freak or a threat. They, too, are counted among his friends, and he will always be grateful for their kindness.
He has so many memories of finding the highest point he could in Konoha and watching the sun rise or set over the trees. Of training in the forest, of fighting and defending among those same ancient trunks. The forest is comforting and familiar and he cannot imagine living his life in any other landscape.
He doesn't know what they want with him, how he came to be in the city, he only knows it is urgent that he return to his own world, the mission he left behind. He will not mourn a friend if he is not certain they are beyond saving, nor will he do it in a strange and foreign land so far from others who also care about the man.
He's done. He's angry and worried and frustrated and has put up with far more than he should have already. He doesn't know how to say it again, he only wants to go back, to finish what he was doing, to save Gaara and go home, mission accomplished.
He, like most of his peers, has a very long list of techniques he's able to use, from the very basic to some near or at Junin level, but has been pulled long before he's started to learn Sage-level techniques and above. He does, however, have a few specialties.
- Shadow Clone Jutsu
Allows him to make copies of himself which can act with their own will but disappear into smoke either when too much damage is taken or the user wills them to disappear. They are able to think and perform techniques independently, but retain a connection to the original body. Information gathered by clones is also retained and transferred to the original when the clone disappears, which makes the technique highly useful for any number of situations. It is also nearly impossible to tell the clones from the real body - the only one shown to be able to do this was Uchiha Madara via his extreme mastery of the Sharingan. The number of clones able to be summoned is reduced in proportion to how much concentration is needed for a task, however.
- Sexy Technique
A type of transformation technique he perfected in his youth, which allows him to take the form of an attractive young woman. Often nude with private areas conveniently obscured by smoke, or dressed in a bikini. While it was occasionally used for pranks, he's also put it to use in actual battles as a confusion technique to throw powerful opponents off in order to gain an opening. He can also combine this with his clones in order to pull of the "Harem Technique".
A condensed, spinning, sphere of pure chakra. Size can vary, but larger spheres require more skill. Upon impact with a target, it will propel them along the same trajectory until it explodes to inflict high damage. Naruto still requires the help of at least one clone in order to form a stable sphere.
- Summoning Technique (frog) (unavailable in Ipsum)
After signing a contract with a species, this allows one to summon a member of that species to a specific spot through the right hand seals and a small amount of blood. The Summoning contract also allows the animals to summon their human contractor if they wish. As this would require pulling others from his own world, he cannot use this technique within Ipsum.
He's trained extensively in physical combat, both hand-to-hand and with the use of a variety of ninja weapons.
Due to both his lineage and the presence of the nine-tailed beast within him, Naruto has an immense reserve of chakra which allows him to pull off the incredible number of shadow clones he's known for as well as vastly increases his stamina. He can last much, much, longer in a fight than the average shinobi in his world.
An involuntary state for him at the moment, it is typically induced by extreme emotion and involves tapping the chakra of the Nine-Tails. Version 1 allows him to retain his own mind, and comes with a slight transformation to a slightly more animalistic form (longer canine teeth, claw-like nails, red eyes and slitted pupils), as well as an increase in power and, sometimes, a pale red chakra aura. Version 2 renders him unable to distinguish friend from foe and is fueled by rage. It manifests as a black-red chakra shroud with visible fox tails (the number varies) and ears. In this state, he will do anything, regardless of consequences, to defeat his perceived target but retains no memory of anything during the transformation when he reverts back.
Naruto is a boy with a goal and the drive to achieve it even if it takes him a lifetime. He aims to improve himself and has the strength of will to push himself to and over his own limits time and time again. That goal is less achievable in Ipsum, but he takes what he learns in the city and tucks it away in case he ever manages to return home.
His was a rough childhood. Orphaned and shunned, friends and allies were non-existent until he started proving himself at the Academy and with his team - Haruno Sakura and Uchiha Saskuke. Friends are precious, and Naruto will defend his friends with his life without hesitation.
Nothing is impossible. Nothing. With enough time and determination, anyone can achieve their goals. He has to believe this, and he actively chooses to look on the bright side of every possible situation no matter how hopeless it seems.
Despite the way he acts, he's not stupid in a fight. He's skilled and creative enough to throw enemies off with simple techniques and is highly adept at using his shadow clones to gather information or create distractions. He can be very observant and easily retains minor details caught in passing.
He spent his childhood ostracized by the vast majority of his village for reasons that were not his fault and the mental scars do still linger despite all the friends he's made in the recent past. Even if the people of Konoha seem to have shifted in their opinion of him, he cannot entirely forget how he was treated as a young boy and can still get defensive when it seems as if someone's treating him as something strange. There is still a part of him, buried deep, that resents the villagers for the way they treated him when he was young.
He can be prone to rushing into situations. He's a strong-willed, emotional, individual and sometimes these traits get the better of him. He can also make choices in a fight that seem completely senseless or pointless, or are poorly thought out and driven by pure emotion.
Naruto had no strong parental figures or influences growing up, no one willing to help him grow in a healthy way in terms of mental and emotional growth until he entered the Academy and became Iruka's student. He neglects honorifics, often uses nicknames rather than actual names, has an enormous prankster streak, as well as a perverted side.
As a result of the way he grew up, many social cues are lost on him. He can be blunt, and has little to no understanding of more intricate relationships than friendship or rivalry between people.
That one magical girl anime
Ros, I love, love, love what you have here for Naruto. With each answer you can feel his frustration, his urgency to get home and back to the people he cares so deeply about. After all, there's a war going on and he can't just leave them to deal with it by themselves! Not when so many of his loved ones are risking their lives. Even though he didn't do much to answer the questions verbally himself, you put the depth of his thoughts and his feelings into the application through internal reflection and I love that. Sometimes you get a better sense of a character by just paying attention to the way they think and internalize their situation and this is definitely the case for Naruto. Here's to hoping he isn't too bummed when he realizes there's no going home from here.
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