AN: I do not own Naruto or Elder Scrolls, now enjoy the epicness
Chapter 3: With Friends Like These…
Once they got their Naruto headed off to Aventus's home to deliver the news. Once inside he confronted Aventus, "Well? Grelod the Kind. Is she… you know?"
Naruto sighed heavily, "Grelod the Kind is dead".
The boys' expression went from worried to excitement, "Aha! I knew you could do it! I just knew it! I knew the Dark Brotherhood would save me-"he said as he pulled out some kind of silver dish.
"Here take this, it should fetch you a nice price. And thank you. Thank you again" he said gratefully handing over the dish. Naruto sheepishly accepted it and left the house, "Hope this won't come back to haunt me" the blond said… oh the irony.
Three days have passed since Naruto got his first kill and was currently heading up north, he wondered if it always snowed this much around these areas; though he knew the answer, Skyrim was the northern continent mainly cold mist and snowy mountains. His thoughts were broken when an arrow almost hit his face, "The hell!" he turns to see bandits, "should've stayed home kid, it's very dangerous around these parts" the 'leader' stated, Naruto raised an eyebrow, "hey maybe we can use the boy as leverage; you know for a ransom" one of them said as they all gained jaw splitting grins. They all turned to Naruto only to see that he disappeared, "Wha- ARGHH!" a black sword pierced the back of his chest startling the other two. "How the hell did he-"the bandit said drawing his steel blade as well as the other, Naruto smirked, "FUS RO DAH!" he sent out a roar that blasted the two against trees, "What the f-fuck-" he never finished his sentence Naruto had drawn his second ebony sword and impaled both bandits to the tree. Sheathing his swords he looted corpses found a silver ruby ring, twelve gold, and a few arrows. He unstrapped an ebony blade and re-strapped it around his waist like a belt, then picked up the quiver of the fallen bandit and strapped it around his back next to his second ebony blade. He picked up the Hunter Bow but, felt like he could just make a better one at a forge, with a shrug he left it on the corpse and continued forward.
Minutes later he arrived at a small farm owned by Vantus Loreius, Naruto looked around and saw some sort of jester speaking to a guard next to a carriage. It was best not to ask so he just ignored the two but, was approached by a courier, "Excuse me, are you Uzumaki Naruto?" he asked.
"Yeah that's me" Naruto said, wondering what the guy wanted.
"Yeah, I got this note for you-"he said handing him an envelope.
"Really? From who?" he asked.
"Don't know. Creepy fella, black robe, couldn't see his face. Paid me a pretty good sum to get that into your hands though" he said before walking away.
Naruto watched as the messenger walked away then opened the note, it was an imprint of a black hand but, what made him go wide-eyed was the message written underneath it, 'We Know'.
"Uh-oh" he said to himself.
Much Later – Night
Naruto was dead tired he walked a long way and had to deal with bandits and some animals like bears and wolves; he could have sworn he heard a dragon's roar he was glad he didn't see one he sure as hell wasn't ready to take one down just yet. Finally he arrived in Dawnstar, and rented a room in Windpeak inn for the night. Naruto couldn't get the feeling that someone was watching him; he's been feeling unsure of his surroundings ever since he got that note. He merely sighed in frustration and went to sleep, in the shadows of the room a hooded figure smirked, 'about bloody time-'
Naruto began to stir from his sleep, his head hurt from sleeping on the ground… wait a second, ground? Naruto's eyes shot open and he quickly sat up, 'N-Nani!'
"Sleep well?" asked a voice, turning his head he saw a woman in a black and red shrouded armor sitting lazily on an empty bookcase.
"What? Where am I? Who are you?" the thirteen year old asked.
"Does it matter? You're warm, dry… and still very much alive. That's more that can be said for old Grelod, hmm?"
Naruto flinched, "You know about that?"
"Half of Skyrim knows. Old hag gets butchered in her own orphanage? Things like that tend to get around-" she stated, smirking behind her face mask, "hey that bitch got what she deserved" Naruto said frowning.
"-Oh don't misunderstand. I'm not criticizing, it was a good kill. Old crone had it coming and you saved a group of urchins, to boot-"she said confusing Naruto, "-but you see theres a slight… problem"
"You see, that little Aretino boy was looking for the Dark Brotherhood. For me, and my associates. Grelod the Kind was, by all rights, a Dark Brotherhood contract. A kill… that you stole-"she said as Naruto nodded slowly, "-a kill you must repay" she said trying not to laugh at the face the blond made.
"Y-You want me to murder someone else!" he said getting a smirk from the woman, not that one could see it, "-who" he said surprising the assassin, 'strange usually, the start to wimp out at this point' she thought.
"Well now. Funny you should ask, if you turn around you'll notice my guests. I've 'collected them from… well, that's not really important. The here and now, that's what matters-"she said with Naruto nodded as he turned around to see three people on their knees tied up with sacks on their head.
"-you see, there's a contract on one of them and that person can't leave this room alive. But… which one?" the assassin stated with Naruto looking toward the hostages, "Go on, see if you can figure it out" she says with Naruto going wide-eyed at her, there are two innocent people with one of the three being a target if he doesn't get this right he'd have killed someone who didn't deserve to die. "Make your choice. Make your kill. I just want to observe… and admire" she said with a dark chuckle.
Naruto turns to the hostages, he began to think; but what could he do, he was smarter now than but, not as smart as a Nara. He stood there for about a minute until a light bulb clicked, the kyuubi; it had the ability to sense negative emotions one of these three are guilty he just has to sort them out. "All right, I'll do it. I'll kill one of them" he said.
"See, I knew we could resolve this civilly. A debt owed must be repaid. You understand that. Well get to it then. Pick your guest, and send the poor fool to the void. I'll give the key to this shack, and you'll be on your way" she said.
He nodded and turned to the guests, one looked like a mercenary or a soldier, the second was a female no doubt, and third looked like a nobleman with a tail, defiantly a Khajiit. He walked up to the soldier first…
"Is this about the raid last week? I told Holgrim there was no honor in killing sleeping men, but he wouldn't listen! It wasn't my fault, I sweat!" he said shakingly.
Naruto looked down at the poor bastard, he thought soldiers would be tougher than this, "Would someone pay to have you killed?" he asked as the soldier stiffened.
"What? Oh gods, I don't want to die-"Naruto grabbed his collar and lifted him closer, "Answer me or die!" he said as he tapped into kyuubi's chakra changing his facial features, Astrid noticed this, 'Whoa, I feel the bloodlust coming off him, is he a werewolf… or a vampire?' she thought.
"Please! I don't know! I mean, I'm a soldier. I've killed people, when I was ordered to. Maybe there were some times… sometimes I got carried away?-"Naruto looked at the man in disgust, "-but war is war, right? Nobody could blame me for that. Could they?" he said. The blond loosened up a bit he really couldn't fault him for that, people die at war all the time the only people to hold a grudge for that the Iwa shinobi on the fourth Hokage. Naruto looked at the man before releasing his collar and letting him fall on the floor, he then turned to the woman.
"Cowards! Stealing a woman from her home! For shame!"
"Who are you" he asked.
"None of your damned business who I am! If you're going to kill me, just do it already!"
'Feisty' both Naruto and Astrid thought.
"As Mara is my witness, if I didn't have this hood on right now I would spit right in your face-"Naruto gained a tick mark.
"Tell me… would someone pay to have you killed?"
"Excuse me? What kind of question is that?"
"One last time, Would. Someone. Pay. To. Have. You. Killed?"
"I'm kneeling here with my hands bound and a sack over my head, and you have the gall to ask me that? What do you think genius?" she said angrily, Naruto could sense the hostility; this woman was hiding something.
Naruto shrugged and moved onto the third person.
"Whoever this is, clearly we got off on the wrong foot. Ah, but no worries. This is not the first time I've been bagged and dragged" he stated.
"And, who are you?"
"Ahhh… Vasha, at your service. Obtainer of goods, taker of lives, and defiler of daughters-" he said, Naruto gained a huge tick mark and a dark aura engulfed around him, this man was too dangerous to be kept alive; he must be killed before he rapes anymore woman. At least those were words running through his head, "-have you not heard of me? Perhaps I will have people carve my name on your corpse, as a reminder-"he said giving a dark chuckle. 'OKAY NO!' Naruto said as he grabbed him by the throat and lifted him off his feet impressing Astrid. "Tell me, would someone pay to have you killed?"
"Me? Ha! Are you serious?" he said before choking a bit.
"Answer me or I'll paint this room with your blood" Naruto stated gripping harder.
"Fool! Don't you get it? I live in the shadow of death every day. A knife in every doorway. A mocked arrow on every rooftop! F one of my enemies wouldn't pay to have me killed, I'd take that as a personal insult" he stated.
Naruto shook his head and turned around walking closer to the door, Astrid reached for a knife but, he stopped half way. He sighed and placed a hand on his head, okay so the soldier is out of the question even if he's a total wuss. Then there's the woman, who just insulted him and didn't even answer any of his questions, she was defiantly hiding something but, she could have been innocent. Naruto took out a kunai and hurled it imbedding it on Vasha's head; scum like him didn't deserve to live anyway, in his right hand flames sparked to life and Naruto turned the dead bastard's body to ash.
He turned to Astrid, "the conniving Khajiit. Cat like that was sure to have enemies. It's no wonder you chose him-"she said.
"Hey you told me to kill, and I killed" he said not regretting the death of the Khajiit.
"Indeed. For you, my friend, seem to understand what's truly important. When I give an order to spill blood, you follow it. No questions. No Remorse" she said.
"So… I'm free to go?"
"Of course, and you've repaid your debt in full. Heres the key to the shack, but why stop here? I say we take our relationship to the next level-"she says but, notices Naruto blushing up a storm, "NOT LIKE THAT YOU IDIOT!" she yells, making him comically fly backwards.
"What I mean, is that I would like to officially extend to you an invitation to join my family. The Dark Brotherhood" she said leaving Naruto wide-eyed; he was on orphan and technically still was since no one wanted to adopt him, this woman, and an assassin wants to bring him into her family.
"In the southwest reaches of Skyrim, in the pine forest, you'll find the entrance to our sanctuary. It's just underneath the road, hidden from view-"she says as the blond nods slowly, "-when question by the black door, answer the correct passphrase. 'Silence my brother' then you're in and your new life begins… see you at home, maelstrom" she says.
Naruto blinked at her before looking at the key in his hands, he unlocked the door and left the cabin. Astrid smirked, "He'll make one fine assassin, now I can't have you two leaving her alive after all… you both have a contract…" she says to the remaining guests as she takes out a dagger.
Leaving the cabin Naruto shields his eyes from the suns light, before rubbing it and blinking to adjust himself. The cabin was in the middle of a marsh, he sighed and walked off, should he join the assassins ever since his first kill it was like it never happened, sure he nearly puked but when he killed the mean headmistress it felt so… right, maybe joining the Dark Brotherhood wasn't such a bad idea after all. It's decided Naruto was full set on joining the assassin's guild.
Right after breakfast…
Eight hours later, Naruto was tired as he walked aimlessly around the pine forest looking for the black door the assassin spoke of, he almost got mauled by a bear while trying to gather some salmon from the stream. Naruto finally came to a road, one that had a hidden path to he looked around to see no one was watching him. Following the path h saw a small pond with dark waters and to the left… the black door. It had a large skull in the center with a blood red hand print on it; the bottom of the door had a skeleton with more skulls and one with a dagger sticking out of it.
Naruto approached the door.
"What is the music of life?"
Naruto gulped slightly, "Silence, my brother" he said.
Seconds later, "Welcome Home…"
The door opened and Naruto went inside with the door closing behind him.
Turning to see the closing door, Naruto continued walking downstairs until he came across a room. It had a few bookshelves and desks; one in particular had a map of skyrim with numerous tiny red and blue flag markings. He continued walking and noticed a woman leaning by the doorway, "Ah, at last I hope you found the place alright" she said, Naruto rubs the back of his head, "so what happens now?" he asks.
"Well, what happens now is you start your new life in the Dark Brotherhood. You're part of the family after all. This, as you can see, is our sanctuary. You won't find a safer place in all of Skyrim. So get comfterable" she said with a grin.
'I swear she and that crazy snake lady would get along just fine' Naruto thought, "Alright then, when do I get to kill someone?" he asked.
"Soon my dearest, soon-"she said as Naruto gained a small blush, 'she has got to stop messing around with me' he thought.
"-I'm arranging a job for you, but I need some more time. For now, go talk to Nazir. He may have some smaller contracts to tide you over."
"Soon, the Night Mother will arrive. And things around here are sure to get more interesting"
'Night Mother, who's that?' the blond thought to himself.
"Ah, but one last thing. A welcome home present-"she grabbed a box from a nearby table and handed it over to Naruto. He opened, inside the box was a similar armor like the one Astrid wore, "-the armor of the Dark Brotherhood, may it serve you well in all your… endeavors" she said, Naruto went to a nearby room, five minutes later he returned wearing the shrouded armor; only thing he didn't change was his gauntlets and boots.
"You look rather dashing" Astrid said, "Um, thanks… I guess?"
"Now, be sure to introduce yourself to your new family members. They're all very eager to meet you-"she said with a Cheshire grin.
"Oh joy-"Naruto said nervously, it's nothing big just going off to meet experienced killers. Then he stopped before going downstairs, "Hey just out of curiosity... which if the three had the contract?" he asked, "Oh, they all had contracts-" she said as Naruto facevaulted, he took the choice seriously for nothing.
Next Chapter: Sanctuary
AN: okay guys the vote for vampire and werewolf is looking good right now recently there have been a few of you that voted about making Naruto a hybrid which I really wouldn't mind so heres the tally count
Vampire Lord: 2
Alpha Werewolf: 6