So, I've put together the very first real piece of the AU -- a Naruto version of the Cerberus Files called the Unfallen Strike. We'll see if I have any time to work on it by the end of the year, but I got tired of the draft just sitting around.
Everything was going good (or at least, tolerably) until the Pein Arc. But three critical problems occurred.
One: Sasuke continued to be a blind little bitch.
Two: Naruto was not recognized for his actions in the correct manner
Three: Kishomoto lost his fucking mind.
The first two are fixable with enough fixfic. The third...has turned a lot of people away from the series.
Tobi/Obito, the bullshit about the Godtree, the Rabbit Princess, Sasuke and Naruto being incarnations of her sons...let's not even talk about the follow ons. Every message sent by the series up to that point was pissed on.
Thus, much like Mass Effect, I've decided to fix it.
This is a long-term, long-range project that won't really happen until after the completion of the Mass Effect Fix Project.
The layout is as follows:
1 Main AU Story Series. Right now that is still a toss up between my piece with Danzo as Hokage, and my piece with the Three Sannin. As with ME, the starting conditions piss me off, so I'm not going with Sandaime as Hokage.
3 Documentation Stories : one on the true history of the Elemental Nations and the time prior to them, one on chakra theory, and one on ninja combat and the Elemental Nations themselves.
2 to 5 Supplementary Stories: Oneshots as reports by ROOT or by Orochimaru's Hidden Snakes, these flesh out some minor aspect OC's.
The projected size is somewhere upwards of two and a half million words, and the time frame is three to five years. The earliest this would start is probably 2018, although minor pieces would be worked on before then.