“Sanitize” and World-building in the Warring Clan Era
So. I have a new-ish fic titled Sanitize which I recently updated. It’s about OC-Insert in the Warring Clan era, one who I made some choices which I feel I should elaborate on.
- Crossbows: Yeah, I ended up doing a fair amount of research about this. Canonwise, Kishimoto explicitly excluded guns but was silent about crossbows, so… I took some liberties. They were used extensively in China and were invented there around 4th century BCE. Though crossbows didn’t get much traction in Japan, I’ve based Naruto-verse on a variety of different cultures. Story-wise, I’ve made crossbows somewhat common in Lightning and Earth but rare in Fire. They’ll play a small role in the story, but it won’t be like they’ll go around shooting ninja, haha.
- Stethoscopes: The first stethoscope was invented by a doctor in the 1800s because he was uncomfortable with putting his ear on female patient’s chests. Yup. So he used a rolled-up tube of paper, which worked pretty well, and things spiraled from there. Hence Yui using a thin, carved wooden tube as a makeshift one.
- Bandits and Rounin: I know it’s a trope for bandit attacks, but it’s one that has a fair amount of grounding in history, haha. They’re a pretty documented phenomenon, though it’s not just the “attack-and-rob town” kind but also the “illegitimate toll” kind. The bandits in this one are also rounin, aka rogue samurai, so they have been trained in chakra-use. It makes preying on trade-routes to be even easier. Ninja may be the boogeymen, but rounin are reviled (even if they have good reasons).
I think I was going to mention a little more, but I forgot. Well, if it comes to mind, I’ll make a post. Thanks for reading.