With the latest manga chapters, we've received a lot of stuff to work with. Many new cloud ninja, including its Kage. I'm challenging someone to make an interesting Cloud fic. Requirements: 1. Naruto arrives at Cloud through unwanted means early on in canon story. For the sake of this challenge, I'll propose that Kakashi is killed by Zabuza's water prison technique and Team 7 is split up and sold as slaves. 2. Cloud learns of Naruto's jinchuuriki status and aims to a) extract the Kyuubi or b) make Naruto loyal to cloud: a. Cloud spends its time finding a suitable host for the Kyuubi (it is well versed in jinchuuriki since it has 2 of its own and believes a transplant is possible) giving Naruto time to earn political favor or hatch a plan to escape Cloud a. Medical experiments to understand the 4th's seal, in the mean time, Naruto is under house arrest (and plots his escape) b. perhaps using Yugito as a means to win Naruto's affection (which would obviously create much torment should Naruto ever learn of the ploy) b. putting Naruto into Cloud's chuunin exam team (I don't like this idea, it's basically copying an overused idea) and promising to release him should he do well at the exam (an obvious lie that Naruto initially buys) b. putting Naruto into Cloud's ninja academy (which does not hastily spit out ninja like Konoha's) 3. Naruto and Killer Bee should probably be awesome bros at some point. If not, some camaraderie should be present between Naruto, Bee and Nii at some point or another. I say this because they should be important for developing Naruto's identity - they are all jinchuuriki and share a common bond. Also, Ee should be a badass kage. 4. Preferably, Naruto has a different skill set from cannon. I'd use a chakra seal (because of his captivity/imprisonment) to explain why he cannot use ninjutsu and must rely upon taijutsu, stealth, persuasion or low-level genjutsu (which requires little chakra) to solve his problems. The seal should be present for at least half of the story, if that route is taken. Jiraiya should never have an opportunity to teach Naruto, though they can meet. 5. The cast from Konoha should have minimal impact on the story, unless otherwise stated. Sakura is sold into slavery (or to Gatou) and is probably a cheap whore somewhere, Sasuke may have the ability and drive to free himself, but will likely wind up in Orochimaru's care like in canon, or a common missingnin. Foreign shinobi may be in Cloud as diplomats though (such as Temari). 6. Konoha is seeking information on Team 7's whereabouts, but search missions are ended after the chuunin exam (Konoha is weakened, Sarutobi is dead and Danzou now heads the state). It should be unlikely that Konoha finds Naruto, though it may be able to rescue Sakura or Sasuke, if the plot calls for it. 7. Akatsuki should be a major threat and the most compelling reason to keep Naruto alive since there are 3 jinchuuriki in Cloud now (and putting one in an infant would make it vulnerable). Akatsuki will perceive the state as a major threat and take it seriously. Akatsuki should not be a bunch of pushovers like in the manga. 8. If there is any romance, Naruto's age should be adjusted by at least a year, especially if Nii is involved (she could be de-aged, if that is easier). Romance should not come easy and should probably fall along the given plotline (where Naruto suspects his partner is actually just acting under orders to seduce him). 9. Important Cloud shinobi should all have (code)names of the English Alphabet (notice their names -- Nii [N], Bii , Shii [C], Ee [A]). 10. Cloud should be politically different than Konoha. I'd say some sort of authoritarian regime with an economic elite ruling class, rather than some sort of clan senate with an appointed commander in chief - with more power in the hands of the Kage, but a heavy reliance upon the elite to execute decisions. However, Cloud's makeup is fully up to the author. How's this sound? There hasn't been a serious Naruto challenge here, and perhaps I made this one too long and with too many requirements, but I wanted to challenge someone to make something which hasn't been done over and over and over again. I'm being overly hopeful though, I doubt anyone will take on this challenge since it's probably too serious. Maybe someone could turn this into a oneshot somehow? I've left it vague enough.