Rai: I'm kind of confused by your comments. What exactly do you consider a filler chapter? A chapter where nothing happens to progress the plot? Or a chapter that does not have much character development? Because while this chapter did not have much character development, it did progress the plot. Granted, it was at the end during the confrontation between Naruto and the Turks, but the plot moving forward was there.
I think you feel it was filler because there was no major action. Naruto and the others didn't come to some startling revelation, there was no epiphanies to be had, nor did they realize that 'oh my god! The main bad guy isn't this guy! It's
First off, I understand where you are coming from, but you have to understand that I am not bashing anyone. Canonically speaking, Barret is a hot-headed and reckless character who is easily angered and tends to deal with his anger by acting violent and making threats. This is something that should be obvious to anyone who has played the game. He's also somewhat childish as shown by all the complaining he did during the time where he, Cloud and Tifa were climbing the stairs in the Shinra Headquarters during the videogame. I am not changing anything about his personality, not only because I actually like his personality, but because it's his ACTUAL personality from the video game.
It's also good for comic relief.
Now, as for Naruto's and Barret's ongoing arguments, you have to understand where Naruto is coming from. Naruto is someone who was actually very similar to Barret in his youth minus the anger issues; he was hot headed, wore his emotions on his sleeve, and tended to jump into every situation head first regardless of the consequences.
Then his friends got killed because of his recklessness.
Naruto sees Barret as a slightly larger and more violent version of how he
Barret on the other hand just thinks Naruto is brow beating him because he's an arrogant prick with a holier than thou attitude. This sets him off and makes him argue with Naruto, and that sets Naruto off make him strike back in turn. It doesn't help that Barret is used to being the leader because of the time he spent leading AVALANCHE. To him, it's just another sore point that Naruto was chosen over him, which just leads to more arguing.
You think I am bashing Barret when the truth is I am merely writing what I feel would have happened when you put a Naruto who lost everyone he loved back in the Elemental Nations because he acted like Barret is now, and a hot-headed, gun arm toting, violent Barret who doesn't like taking shit from anyone. Their personalities are bound to clash. It's only natural.
I think the reason you are under the misguided belief that I am bashing Barret is because I am showing most of this story from Naruto's perspective. If I changed to Barret's perspective, it would probably seem like I was bashing Naruto.
And was it really the Turks who killed Barret's friends? Or was it his own actions? He knew what they were getting into when he started fighting against Shinra. You don't go up against a large company that spans the entire globe with only five people and expect to come out unscathed. That's stupid. He knew there was a chance they would all die, yet he continued to fight what could only be a losing battle. Frankly, I think it was just as much Barret's fault as it was the Turks.
And since when have Cloud and Tifa taken sides? They are on neither side. Both of them can understand where Naruto is coming from, but they also understand where Barret is coming from. Thus, they do not take sides and try to let them sort their issues out on their own.
Except for when violence is threatened, then they intervene. And since violence is usually stared on Barret's end, they often have to stop him from trying to smash Naruto's face in.
And of course Aerith is going to go along with what Naruto says. She's known him longer than she has the others, she is closer to him then she is them (she's dating him for god sake), AND she knows the truth behind Naruto's past so she understands where he is coming from much better than anyone else. Naturally, she is going to side with Naruto.
As for Red XIII, well, he just doesn't care. The arguing between Naruto and Barret doesn't affect him because as far as he is concerned, right now they are just his means of getting back home. He isn't emotionally invested in the group like the others are.
Det-Kaguya, Shikyo no Kyoufu, animegamemaster6, DragonBlade00, Have a little Feith, An25, Fyrflame: Yes, it was a marsh and snakes in the video game. Yes, I changed it. That's why my authors note mentioned that this chapter was AU. Why? You may ask. Because I wanted to. I felt like doing something a bit different, and as this was one of those things I could change that would not affect my story no matter which way I went since it was a one time event, as in, Naruto and company will never visit that place again, I decided to change it.
I actually got the original idea from Tremors. I don't know if you've seen the movie, but it's basically about giant creatures that travel underground and eat people.
One thing I want people to understand is that certain things that have nothing to do with the main story plot may change from their canonical counterparts if I feel like it. This particular change was just one I wanted to do because the idea came to me and it sounded really funny in my mind.
Soleimon Berserker: No, there is not going to be any Midgar Solom in this story. The marshland only appears in the Video Game once, unless you decided to travel there again for no reason, and since I changed the marshland into a desert I can't think of any place where the Midgar Solom would fit into this story. Sorry if you were looking forward to seeing a giant snake monster.
Muu~ you guys didn't have nearly as many questions as I thought you would.
And I spent so much time working on this chapter too. Oh poo.