So in the reminder to dream au what would have happened to his parents lab? Attacked by the corrupt police with Kurama? Oh maybe the tailed beasts are actually part of an ancient entity that the police stumbled upon and had put a piece in an Android to try and control. The one they used to attack Naruto’s parents escaped so they uploaded it along with Naruto?


Ooh… maybe the Hyuuga own this universe’s equivalent of Google Map (and related apps)? Mapping and visual technology in general.

Maybe the Aburame cornered the market on robotic substitutes for pollinating insects (and have special preserves where they keep the endangered species called ‘bees’ alive).
I’m trying to think of a non-creepy Yamanaka specialty- something that fits them having a happy, cheery public face of a company, with the potential for some darker applications.

And ‘forensic scent analysis’ might have been my first thought for Inuzaka, but it alone just doesn’t seem to FIT them as a clan. Maybe they help dogs adjust to prosthetics and cyber implants? Vetinary cyber implants with a side specialty in scent implants?

Did I mention how much I love your headcanons of Shikako not being able to tolerate any implants at all- not even an ID chip. (Hey, maybe that’s part of the reason she needs Naruto for some things. Most ports to the ‘net aren’t ‘handicap accessible.’ And not just those. For security reasons, some DOORWAYS don’t even accept outside-the-body identification chips- not without Shikako having to use the equivalent of an intercom and going through some extra steps.

Maybe, in addition to Shikako’s guilt over Shikamaru’s arm, Shikamaru is feeling newly overprotective of Shikako due to this incident. (Maybe it wasn’t a fan who attacked so much as it was a -rather unhinged- attempt at corporate sabotage. And maybe, like DOS, Shikamaru is overprotective in a way that causes some problems with their relationship.

(Shikamaru has lived with his-sister-living-with-her-handicap for most of his life. He never considered it a big deal until his accident, when he looked between his bionic arm and her flesh one and realized… SHE wouldn’t have been able to get a replacement. She would have been stuck with only one hand. Forever. And worse- what if it hadn’t been her arm that was injured? What if it had been her eyes, or her lungs, or her heart? He could lose her. So very easily.)


@donapoetrypassion’s questions:
(I’m just gonna float some ideas/questions your ways as they occur to me): Shikamaru has a new cybernetic arm- in this verse, how did he lose his flesh one?

Does Shikako’s hypersensitivity diagnosis have an in-universe equivalent?

Oooh… Danzo’s stolen mind-control eye… in a universe where so much runs on robotics and (presumably) many people have robotic limbs…

If the word ‘enslaved’ possibly applies to Naruto, what word applies to this world’s equivalent of Sai? And why?

Shikako seems like an adult with a job- that do the other Konoha 12 do?

(Does the internet affect what kind of shogi/strategy games Shikamaru plays? Who he plays? Are there competitions? Is he a professional shogi player who doesn’t actually need an income from another kind of job?)

(As you can see, I took that invitation and ran with it. I’ll stop bugging you now, though.)

Oh wow, okay, I totally asked for this and I’m grateful for the questions, so let me just wade through these first… (Also, dona, your questions are in no way bugging me. Actually your questions almost always make me contemplate deeper ramifications for my AUs, so thanks!)

I’m still not entirely sure what happened to Naruto’s parents exactly, but I do think they were probably working on something to do with the Kyuubi. The problem is I don’t know what it is exactly, either, beyond something like a… sentient “nature-made” AI. Like… something on the scope of the internet. Or The Machine from Person of Interest. A sort of cybernetic eldritch horror that lives in machines and consumes code… so maybe the bijuu are a virus?

Um, yeah. So whatever Kyuubi is, the Uchiha probably had some kind of secret epic code to control it and the Kyuubi in turn took over the lab Naruto’s parents were working in?

Maybe they were working on putting the Kyuubi in a robot body so it could properly “live” except the Uchiha found out about it, wanted the Kyuubi robot, tried to buy it from Naruto’s parents, and ended up just taking it by force. Leading to the deaths of the Namikaze-Uzumaki family. (Unsure if I also want Naruto to have physically died but been uploaded into the robot body along with the Kyuubi, or if he’s still alive but doesn’t know it and his body has some kind of uplink connecting him with the Kyuubi robot body).

Shikamaru probably lost his flesh arm in an incident involving Shikako. I’m thinking something like… a tech expo and an overzealous rival/fan attacked her? But then Shikamaru got on the way and so there’s still guilt on Shikako’s end, as per canon–maybe this was pretty recent and the reason why she hasn’t gone home for family dinners in a while?

Shikako’s hypersensitivity diagnosis… it might be that she can’t have any cybernetic implants/mods. I know in cyberpunk universes, nearly everyone is modded to some extent, so the people who aren’t are unusual for some reason. Everyone has a ID chip, at the very least, but Shikako doesn’t even have that? (Which does make it a little ironic that she’s a genius with cybernetics)

Yup. Danzo’s got a Sharingan. I think in this AU the Uchiha clan are still alive, but Danzo might have stolen more the design for the Sharingan than actually plucking out Shisui’s eyeball. Then again, that imagery is gruesome enough to fit him.

“Enslaved” does also fit Sai, though perhaps it’s more… oh no… “groomed.” Danzo’s ROOT are actually human, but they have an implant that basically lets him wipe their memories and such and turn them into meat puppets.

All of the Konoha Twelve? I guess it depends mostly on what the clans would be in this ‘verse… except for Sakura who is, like in canon, a doctor/medic, TenTen who is also an mechanical engineer (though not so much cybernetics), and Lee who… what does Gai do?

As for the clans, they are probably like companies (or yakuza crime families) in the sense that the clan as a whole runs a business and the clan heads/heirs are probably the CEOs/training to be CEOs or are major shareholders who CAN live off the company but decide to work anyway. So for example, the Nara clan is probably a huge pharmaceuticals company (beginning to branch into cybernetics due to Shikako) but Shikamaru is also a professional shogi player.

Hm… what do the other clans do?

@panegyricwilliwaw: The Akimichi run high density hydroponic farms that supply food in cities

I always figured that the Akimichi were probably the wealthiest of the clans, so them having farms and a monopoly of the food supply matches. Like, if the Akimichi were even vaguely evil, it’d be so concerning, but since they’re not (OR ARE THEY?!) no one really minds.

Ooh, I like the Hyuuga one. I was trying to figure out how to make their Byakugan different from the Sharingan so that works really well! Sharingan can control cybernetics/robotics/code(?) but the Byakugan is mostly about AR and mapping–so the foundation of their abilities aren’t from their eyes so much as it is from a satellite (and since the Uchiha can’t see the satellite without becoming astronauts, the Byakugan is immune to the Sharingan?)

The Aburame are nanotech, I think, more than literal robot bugs. Which is similar enough to the Nara clan’s specialty that they don’t really have many dealings with each other, but different enough that they aren’t direct rivals. Or maybe they’re programmers for information hives?

Alternatively, it might be the Inuzuka that do AI. So probably the most advanced AI (barring whatever the bijuu are) aren’t sentient, but they designed around people. Distinct, but complementary. Maybe as a show of faith/training, all Inuzuka kids are raised alongside a learning AI which is their respective ninken. I do also like veterinary cyber implants, though.

Ooh, yeah, the Yamanaka. They have to edge that line of creepy yet fabulous. But there’s also the urge to match their specialty with the Akimichi food monopoly and the Nara pharmaceuticals (and cybernetics) so that their clans are still the perfect trio… That’s tough. Hrm… Unless they’re all “cyber security” and frequently jump between white and black hat hackers. Or maybe they have something to do with the ID chips… I suppose it depends on how extensive the level of cybernetics is in this ‘verse. I’m not saying they can go full on master puppeteer with other people via their ID chips, but I’m also not NOT saying that they’re the only ones who can break into the encryption on the ID chips so…

The idea of a “null” in cyberpunk or fantasy AUs have always appealed to me to some extent. Especially when a character’s lack of cybernetics or magic turns out to be useful in the future. Like they have no magic, so much so that they create an anti-magic field around themselves. Or because Shikako has no cybernetics whatsoever she can sneak into a highly secure place that scans for intruders via ID chips, which are always on so long as the person is alive, so to come security systems Shikako doesn’t even register.

Early on they probably do use the ruse that Naruto is Shikako’s “guide robot” when Naruto wants to go out and see the world and Shikako’s super paranoid that whoever Naruto ran away from would come looking for him.

Nara Twin Feels™ T_T why you gotta play me like this, dona?

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