Commentaries – Sealkeeper Chapter 83

Blossom’s Edge – Posted 2019.06.03

The
following are the recorded responses of Eyazahrid to the feedback he
received on the above listed chapter and the story in general for the
week following. This document is to serve as a replacement to the
traditional Author’s Note at the beginning and ending of chapters
and will be kept separate from both the above listed chapter and any
future chapters unless deemed sufficiently important.

Sakura

While
the majority of feedback I received for Sakura’s role in the last
chapter was positive, I did receive a few reviews expressing either
disagreement or confusion about the situation.

The
main question seems to be why
Naruto would bother to help Sakura. I thought it was obvious but I’ve
made that mistake before.

Naruto’s
helping Sakura because making Sakura a competent Kunoichi is
beneficial to him.

He’s
part of team seven now, she’s his teammate. That means she’s the one
watching his back in the field. The last thing he wants is a teammate
who can’t hold her own. Having a useful Sakura is, well, useful.

Why
have dead weight when you can teach them to pull their own?

It
didn’t cost him anything more than a few extra minutes, either, and
if that improves his team’s future survivability
it’s well spent.

The
next part will address the other matter that came up – how Naruto
handled the situation.

Psychology Skills

I’ll
just make it clear here- Naruto has absolutely no knowledge or
training on this subject. In chapter 83 he made use of manipulative
logic to try turning a scared young woman into a killer.

Did
he go about it wrong? Oh, very much so. As Mo Eazy
pointed out, he was going
about things backwards and focusing on some incorrect areas. I did
not intend for him to be some sort of master mental manipulator and
I’m glad he didn’t come off that way. He has absolutely no idea what
he’s doing – I do believe he has the same thought in the chapter,
too, or at least something similar – and it’s a miracle it worked
as well as it did.

And
how well did it work? Well, I’ve already included that in one of the
future chapters, though I can’t remember exactly which one. You’ll
get to see exactly how successful Naruto really was.

It
was to be expected, really, his primary frame of reference for
emotional conditioning are the Wolves. We love ’em but we’re all well
aware that they aren’t the most normally functioning individuals.

To
really simplify it, Naruto applied Wolf-Logic (Which is only about a
degree or so less than Anko-Logic) to solve the problem of an
untrained, unblooded Kunoichi out in the field. The results will be
less than stellar –

From
an outsider’s perspective, at least. I don’t think the Wolves will
find anything wrong with our little Sakura.

Naruto’s Direction / Goals

For
most of the story, Naruto has had his own little projects that we’ve
focused on and they’ve served as short-term goals. At the moment he
doesn’t have many short-term goals – Kage Bunshin was probably the
biggest recently – and instead we see him dealing with daily
affairs while his more long-term goals play out.

Regardless
of where he’s decided to apply his attention, however, he has always
had a constant goal- the success of the Wolves.

Ultimately,
it’s the only one that matters to him. The problem with that goal is
that there’s really no end. Looking after the House of Wolves will be
a constant task and there won’t be a point that he can say ‘Alright,
that’s done.’ before moving on to something else. In short, it’s not
really an obtainable goal.

It’s
also hard to say what actions properly work towards this unobtainable
goal because he could start a farm with the Wolves and consider it
being a success for supporting the Wolves or he could take over a
country and consider that a temporary success. Regardless of what he
does, he must constantly work towards providing his Wolves a better
future.

That
is his goal and until his final breath it will remain his primary
concern.

At
the moment, all we really see are glimpses of his efforts in Mizu no
Kuni but I do have other plans for him to be working on soon. He has
plenty of ideas for the house of Wolves, it’s just a matter of having
everything he needs to implement them.

I’m
not sure if we’ve peeked in on them yet (My memory is pretty bad),
but several characters have mentioned the fact that there are more
Wolves currently being trained which will be pretty important as
Naruto tries to expand.

That’s
as much as I’ll say on that, though, wouldn’t want to ruin the fun.

The
response this week was again mostly positive so we’ll try to keep
that trend going.

Until
I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid

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