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Chapter XLI: Overlords.

Balance Is Found In The One Who Faces His Guilt.

Mysterious message! A transmission has been intercepted far beyond the Outer Rim, deep in the Chrelythiumn system. Why the call has been made, and from where cannot be established. But buried in the message is a Jedi distress code that has not been used in over 2,000 years. Naruto Uzumaki, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and their Padawans Ahsoka, and Barriss are sent to investigate. Fearing a Separatist trap, they are to meet with a heavily armed Jedi cruiser.…

Chrelythiumn System.

"Rex. Rex, do you read me?" Anakin asked from his seat in a ship as BD was on the dash looking at a hologram of Rex. We're at the rendezvous point awaiting your arrival. Where are you?

"Sir, we're at the rendezvous point and there's no sign of you on our scanners."

"Oh, come on. That's impossible."

"Nothing's impossible. That is why you fail." Naruto said from the back seat. "Man, that'll be the closest I'll ever get to being able to say that!"

"Something's wrong." Anakin sighed before glancing at Obi-Wan. "We're at the exact coordinates where the distress signal originated, but there's nothing here. Rex is at the exact same coordinates, and he's not here."

"This is getting interesting."

"Unable to find you. Where are you, sir?"

Ahsoka narrowed her eyes as the hologram cut off. "Something's blocking the signal."

The lights then go out as Naruto glanced up. "Not good."

"Everything's dead. Even life support." Barriss commented looking at a screen beside her.

Naruto turned his head to the side for a moment before Anakin spoke. "This is really strange." Suddenly, the lights came back on before Obi-Wan turned to his former Padawan.

"There. See? Nothing to be concerned about after all."

"Then what's that?" Ahsoka asked, pointing ahead as she stood.

Looking forward, they see a large black crystal-shaped ship in front of them before they start floating toward it. "It's pulling us towards it," Barriss said as their ship shook.

"Everyone, strap yourselves in," Obi-Wan said as a bright light started blinding them. "Looks as though we're going for a ride."

Unknown Planet.

Naruto groaned as he felt something jumping on his lap. Opening his eyes, he saw BD jumping on him before shocking him with his foot. "OW!"

"I must have blacked out."

Looking forward as BD had jumped on the floor of the ship, Naruto looked to see all of them were still on the ship before starting to wake up.

"Then who landed the shuttle?" Obi-Wan asked, rubbing his head.

"Not me."

"Or me."

"Where are we?" Anakin asked, looking out at the mountain in front of them with trees that have large leaves.

"Some kind of organic mass. All of our readings indicate that it's bigger than an asteroid. But at least the atmosphere is breathable." Ahsoka replied as she looked at the different screens.

"Well, this is getting more unusual by the minute," Barriss said before Obi-Wan spoke.

"I can't even lock down where in the galaxy we are, or if we are even in our own galaxy."

"Well, the ship's systems seem fine, but for whatever reason, nothing's working," Anakin said, hitting several buttons.

They then walked out as BD ran forward to get several scans of plants. And had no name come up before running back on Naruto's back. "Hey! I saw something." Ahsoka said pointing to a hill as there are also several boulders floating around them. "A reflection, up on the hill."

"I don't see anything," Obi-Wan said looking through black binoculars

'Are you the one?'

Naruto and Anakin looked around as they heard a female voice speak.

"What the... What? Did you hear that?" Anakin asked glancing around

"I didn't hear anything," Obi-Wan replied, still looking through the binoculars.

'Are you the one?'

They turned to see a woman who was glowing white. She has long green hair with a gold headdress and is wearing a long white and gold dress with a V cut and sash on the front. She also has her legs and feet wrapped in white wrapping.

"Hello," Naruto said to her as the others walked up. "Who are you?"

"I am Daughter. Are you the one?"

"Uh, the one what?" Anakin asked before Daughter spoke again.

"I will take you to him." She said having Ahsoka raise an eyebrow.

"Him, who?"

"Did you bring us here?" Obi-Wan asked, walking up.

"Only he can help you. There is little time. Follow me. We must have shelter by nightfall." Daughter replied before turning.

"And we thought the planet was strange," Anakin commented, glancing back at the others. "How about this one?"

"We'll be fine as long as we stay together," Obi-Wan said before following Daughter towards a mountain.

Later, Mountain.

The group walked up the mountain as the Sun started to set. "Have you noticed the seasons seem to change with the time of day?" Obi-Wan asked, looking around.

"Yeah."

"And there are no animals," Barriss commented as she didn't notice any flying animals.

"And you sense it?" Obi-Wan asked the two Knights as they walked in front of the group.

"Mm-hmm. Since we arrived." Anakin replied as Naruto glanced forward.

"The Force is very strong."

"An intersection, unlike anything I've ever felt before. Be wary."

"Excuse me. Who are you taking us to?"

"The father, of course." Daughter replied to Ahsoka's question

"Of course!"

"And what exactly are you?" Barriss asked, pushing a large leaf out of the way.

"We are the ones who guard the power. We are the middle, the beginning, and the end."

"Glad she cleared that up for us," Anakin whispered before they continued walking the path along the mountain before a boulder started to fall.

"Hey! Look out!" Naruto yelled pushing Daughter and Anakin out of the way as the boulder fell on the path.

"It is forbidden for you to touch me." Daughter said to Naruto as they got up.

"Sorry. I was just saving your life." Naruto said before she turned.

"That was my brother's work. You are in great danger. Wait for me. Do not leave this place." She said before walking away.

"Hey. Wait!"

"Anakin, Naruto, are you there? Are you all right?" Obi-Wan came up on the communicator.

"Yeah. But our friend here has run off! Go back to the ship and try sending another distress call. We'll follow her and find out how to get off this rock." Anakin replied as Naruto stared ahead.

"And if this is a trap?"

"Then We're not gonna wait around to find out."

"Anakin, stop! Wait for us to find another way around and meet you."

The Others, Night.

The trio walked back to where their ship was before seeing it was gone as plants died around them.

"The ship's gone!"

"Yes, I see that," Obi-Wan said, bringing a hand to his chin.

"It was here, no question. And look, everything's dying."

"Did you lose something?"

They quickly turned to see a bald man with pale skin, red glowing eyes, and black sclera. He has red lines on each side of his head and two running down under each eye. He's wearing a long black jacket with red accents, a tall red collar, and black pants and boots.

"You didn't do as you were asked."He said looking at them

"And what was that?" Obi-Wan asked, looking at the man.

"My sister said to wait!

"Did she, now? Well, we were unfortunately separated. We'd like our ship back if you don't mind.

"Not yet." The man said before walking forward. "Is it true that he is the Chosen One? Or the other one?"

Obi-Wan picked his saber up and glared at the man. "What do you know of such things?"

"What is about to happen shall occur, whether you like it or not." He said waving his hands and having their sabers turn off.

"You are Sith!" Barriss yelled, holding her saber.

"Sith?" He asked with a chuckle. "Yes. And no. The storms here are quite lethal." The man said seeing storm clouds form around them. "If you want to live, I suggest you find shelter" He then turned, transformed into a large bat, and flew off.

"What in the universe was that?" Ahsoka asked, turning to Obi-Wan.

"I'm not quite sure." They then turned to the mountain and saw a cave. "Quick. There's a cave over there."

Later, as they slept in the cave with a campfire and blue glowing crystals around them, Obi-Wan woke with a startled gasp hearing a voice.

"Obi-Wan, have you done as I asked? Have you trained the boy?"

Looking to his left, Obi-Wan saw a ghost of a tall man with fair skin, long brown hair, and wearing Jedi robes.

"Master Qui-Gon? How are you here?" Obi-Wan asked, standing as Qui-Gon walked around.

"I am here because you are here."

"No. I don't understand. What is this place?"

"Unlike any other, a conduit through which the entire force of the universe flows," Qui-Gon said with a hand behind his back.

"Are we in danger?" Obi-Wan asked his former Master.

"This planet is both an amplifier and a magnet. Three are here who seek Skywalker. They, like me, believe Anakin to be the Chosen One. They seem to also be interested in young Uzumaki with how much he can connect to the Force like that one time on Mygeeto." Qui-Gon mused as he turned to the cave entrance.

"You were right about Anakin, the Force within both him and Naruto is stronger than any known Jedi. I have trained Anakin as well as I could, but he's still willful and balance eludes him. I've helped Naruto in training from time to time as well. He's the most stubborn hard-headed person I've met apart from you."

Qui-Gon smiled slightly at that. "If Anakin is the Chosen One, he will discover it here."

"And if not? If neither of them is?" Obi-Wan asked before turning back to the Padawans

"Then you must realize, with their power, this is a very dangerous place for them to be."

Turning, Obi-Wan saw Qui-Gon was gone before looking down in thought.

A little later, Ahsoka stirred as she heard a female's voice.

"Are you happy, child? Your master, does he treat you well?"

Looking around, she stopped at the fire where she saw an older version of her with her lekku down to her knees. She's wearing a similar top with a larger hole on the chest, and gloves but instead of pants, she has a very short skirt and thigh-high boots.

"What concern is yours?" Ahsoka asked standing and reached for her blades.

"I am your future, your potential."

"This is a trick," Asoka exclaimed, turning her blades on.

"There is a wildness to you, young one." Her older self said walking to the fire. "Seeds of the dark side planted by your master. Do you feel it?"

"No! He is like no other Jedi. Passionate, impulsive, but I trust him with my life."

"There are many contradictions in you. And in him. Be warned! You may never see your future if you remain his student. Leave this planet!" Her older self said before fire covered her from the fire pit and disappeared.

Another hour later, Barriss was woken up to see an older version of her who was pregnant.

"Who are you?"

"Your future young one." Her older self said. "Just continue on the path you are on. Follow your mind, and follow your heart."

"Are you happy?" Barriss asked, having her older self smile.

"There have been rough times, but they are worth it. Especially with Naruto's endless stamina. It's during pregnancy that we get breaks and even then it's not long." Her older self said before disappearing.

Earlier; Anakin, And Naruto.

The two dodged lightning before seeing a cave on a hill before running to it and hid inside. BD jumped down and shook off before turning his light on as the Jedi looked towards a mountain and saw a tall building with a light on top of it. "Whoever we're looking for is in that monastery."

Later, the two made it to the monastery before running inside. They saw a cavernous hall with a ramp that had bluish lights on the edge. On the exterior was an arena, marked with symbols of a winged wolf on the right, the head of a snake in the middle, and a bird on the left.

Meditating in front of the snake head is an elderly man with fair skin, a long white beard, and long fingernails, and is wearing gray robes.

The two walked up and sat cross-legged in front of him as BD dropped down in Naruto's lap. "(Trills)"

"Welcome, my friends." The man greeted, opening his eyes showing they were glowing green with black sclera.

"What is it that you want from us?" Anakin asked, putting his hand on his leg.

"To learn the truth about who you two really are. One that maybe you have known all along." He said standing and having the two Jedi follow suit. "One you must believe in order to fulfill your destiny."

"Enough with the riddles, old man," Naruto said, putting BD on his back. "Tell us what's going on here."

Crack!

Lightning cracked revealing a circular window on the wall behind the man. "As you can see, there is nowhere else to go. It is late. You will be my guests tonight."

Later in Anakin's room, he was tossing in bed before waking up when he heard a female voice. "Wake up, my son. I must tell you a secret."

He got up before speaking. "Who's there? Who's there, I said?"

He got up and turned to the window seeing a woman with brown hair in a bun wearing blue clothing. "It is me, Ani. Your mother."

Anakin jumped back and raised his arms. "What kind of black arts is this? You're dead."

"Nothing ever really dies, my son. I have a secret to tell you."

"Then tell me." He said as she walked up to him.

"Everything you have done, everything you have learned, has led you here."

"Whatever you are, my mother is… Is dead." He said after a hesitation.

"And you blame yourself. Your Jedi training has served you well, Ani, but you are more than a Jedi. Tell me, where is your pain, so I might take it away?" She asked, stopping by him.

"I was too late to save you. I failed as a Jedi, and I failed you."

"How so?"

"I tasted only vengeance when I slaughtered so many to avenge your death."

"It is time you realized that your guilt does not define you, my son. You define your guilt."

"The only love I feel in my heart is haunted by what would happen should I let go."

"Then it is not love. It is a prison."

"But I have a wife. You've met her." He said remembering meeting Padmé a little over ten years ago "She's everything to me."

"She is not your destiny."

"But I love her!"

"No! She is a poisoner!" She said, voice getting deeper.

"What are you?" He asked as lightning flashed, having the bat creature take her place for a second.

"Your fate!"

In Naruto's room, he was woken up by a female's voice.

"Naruto."

Sitting, he saw a woman standing by the window.

She's a fair-skinned and slender woman of feminine build with violet eyes and red long straight hair that reached her ankles with shoulder-length strands that framed both sides of her face and a black clip that parts her hair to the left. She's wearing a high-collared, sleeveless blouse under a long, loose-fitting dress with a wristband on her left wrist and standard shinobi sandals.

"(Sigh) I don't have time for your games Kurama, I'm trying to sleep. So go away." He said laying back down.

The woman's eyebrow twitched before stomping on Naruto's stomach knocking the wind out of him. "What do you say-Tebane?!

"(Gasp-Gasp!)" Naruto took several gasping breaths before rolling on his side then looked up. "Tebane?"

"I thought you would have learned some manners young ma-!" She stopped as Naruto got up and hugged her.

She smiled and hugged him back. "I've wanted to meet you for so long… Tebayo."

"Heh… You just said ttebayo." She said with a chuckle.

"There's so much I wanna ask you."

"Ask away. I don't know how I'm here now though. I thought your father put my chakra in the seal so I could help tame Kyūbi."

"Me and the furball get along fine," Naruto said, making her look confused. "What? We have… Going to a new dimension we kinda had to work together… You're really beautiful."

"Thanks… I see you got your father's hair but my face. I'm sorry for that."

"Why?" He asked before they sat down. "If I got your looks that just means I'm handsome, right? I kinda wish I'd gotten your red hair too. It's awesome."

"That makes you the second man who likes my hair," Kushina said, having Naruto blink.

"Who was the first?"

"Who do you think? Your father."

"Well, how did you two meet?"

She smiles before explaining that after she emigrated to Konoha, she was picked on relentlessly for being an outsider and for having red hair. She would respond by beating any of the male children who harassed her, and the only boy who did not pick on her was his father Minato. She continued that after becoming a Genin, a group of Kumo-nin decided to kidnap her because she was a member of the Uzumaki clan.

Despite believing no one would ever save her, she left tiny strands of her hair behind to create a trail. Unbeknownst to her, Minato had noticed it and came to her rescue, defeating all three of her kidnappers and carrying her back to the village. He told her that he found her hair beautiful and thus had noticed the trail right away and that the reason he never interfered before is that he knew she was a strong girl who could handle herself in a fight.

She finishes her story by explaining that at that moment, she fell in love with Minato, who came to love her as well.

"There are certain precious words I only give to the men who compliment my hair… Naruto, will you accept them?"

"Sure," Naruto replied with a nod.

"I love you."

Outside, the two Jedi walked to the man who was meditating again before Anakin placed his saber at his face.

"Cannot sleep? To strike an unarmed man is hardly the Jedi way."

"You're a Sith Lord!" Anakin said having Naruto look over.

"I wouldn't go that far, he doesn't have that darkness feeling in him like Dooku."

"You have a very simple view of the universe. I am neither Sith nor Jedi. I am much more." The man said before opening his eyes. "And so are you.

"I see through your spells and visions, old man. Tell me what is going on here!" Anakin shouts, putting his blade to the man's throat.

The man just grabbed the blade, having his hand glow before standing. "Some call us Force-wielders." He said before pushing the blade back into the hilt.

"The Jedi have never spoken of anything like this," Naruto said, having the man turn to him.

"Hmm. Few still know of our existence.

"In that room, my mother came to me. But it was not her."

"Really?" Naruto asked, glancing over as BD looked over his shoulder. "Mine showed up but it was her."

"For you, that's because she as well as your father left pieces of them inside of you. And you…" The man then turned to Anakin. "It was my son, I suspect. We can take many forms. The shapes we embody are merely a reflection of the life force around us. You carry a great sadness in your heart. My children and I can manipulate the Force like no other, therefore it was necessary to withdraw from the temporal world and live here as anchorites." He finished as Anakin looked at him.

"As a sanctuary?"

"Or a prison?" Naruto asked before the man spoke.

"You cannot imagine what pain it is to have such love for your children and realize that they could tear the very fabric of our universe. It is only here that I can control them. A family in balance. The light and the dark. Day with night. Destruction replaced by creation."

"Then why reveal yourselves to us?" Anakin asked, throwing his arms out.

"There are some who would like to exploit our power. The Sith are but one. Too much dark or light would be the undoing of life as you understand it. When news reached me that the Chosen One had been found, I needed to see for myself."

"The Chosen One is a myth."

"Is it?" The man asked, turning to them. "I would very much like to know. Why don't we find out together? Pass one test and I shall know the truth. Then, you and your friends may leave.

Later, they walked into an arena with black and white ascetics. "It is time to face your guilt and know the truth."

Suddenly the others were brought in by the bat creature and a large bird.

"Whatever he wants, don't do it, Master!"

"Let them go. We won't play your games." Anakin yelled at the man.

"Oh, but I think you will. I have ordered my children to kill your friends. The question is, which one will you choose to save? Your master? Or your apprentice? You must now release the guilt and free yourself by choosing.

"No!"

"Their powers are too strong for us, Anakin! Save Ahsoka!

"Let them go," Naruto said glaring at the man.

"Only he can make my children release them.

"Anakin! The planet is the Force." Obi-Wan said from his spot. "Use it.

Anakin closed his eyes and raised his arms as the area shook before the man turned to Naruto before pulling Barriss to him and started Force-Choking her. "Your test... If you do not want your loved one to die, tap into the Force as you did on Mygeeto."

Naruto glared before taking a breath and recalled what he did on Mygeeto before pebbles started to float and he started to glow before opening his eyes showing they were white.

"You will let them go!"

"Down!"

The creatures turned into Daughter and the man from earlier before they fell to their hands and knees. "And now you see who you truly are." The man said to Anakin. "Only the Chosen One could tame both my children."

"We've taken your test. Now fulfill your promise and let us go." Naruto said as the glowing went away.

"Ah, but first, you must understand the truth. Now, all of you, leave us."

"Do not trust him." Ahsoka said to Anakin.

"You think?"

"I said, leave us!" The others left as the man turned to Anakin. "Do you feel your destiny? You must see it now. I am dying, and you must replace me."

"Replace you? I can't stay here." Anakin said to him.

"But this is yours. It has been foretold. The Chosen One will remain to keep my children in balance."

"But when?" Naruto said, getting their attention. "Anakin still has much to learn. If you give him this responsibility now, he could fall under it and your children will go unrestrained."

"I cannot force him to do this. The choice must be his. But you do have a point, young one, if brought on too soon, one could fall under the weight of their responsibilities."

After the Jedi left to walk to their ship, the man went back to meditate before opening his eyes to see another man.

He's a tall and pale-skinned elderly man, with deep wrinkles and a strong jawline. He has spiky, shoulder-length, pale brown hair, with a chin-length, braided lock hanging in front of his left ear. He also has a goatee, which is tapered down to his waist. He has a pair of horn-like protrusions extending from either side of his forehead and pupil-less white eyes.

He also has a red-ringed eye-like marking in the center of his forehead. He's wearing a white, full-length kimono with a pattern of six black magatamas around a high collar, beneath which, he has a necklace that was also made up of six black magatamas. On the back of his kimono is a larger, black ringed-eye marking with a pattern of nine magatamas arranged in three rows of three beneath it.

"Hagoromo." The man greeted the new one. "Long time, old friend."

"And you as well, Father."

"That blonde-haired one… Is he your world's Chosen One?"

"He is his generation's yes," Hagoromo replied. "And the brown-haired one is yours?"

"I believe so, yes."

"I think it's good that young Naruto came here. They can help each other out and save each other from the darkness." Hagoromo said before Father sighed.

"Hopefully they won't be their damnation."

To Be Continued.


A/N: Thanks for reading and let me know of any mistakes.

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Remember to vote if you haven't! I'll take the poll down a week after Shinobi on Board's next update and leave it up to let you all know what won then after a rotation of updates, to let the people who only read one story know as well, the Shinobi poll will go up for a rotation than the second next story poll since two stories are close to ending.

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