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Feb. 19th, 2010

Mass Effect: Trust

Weird little stream-of-thought thing. Spoilers for ME2 endgame.

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Dec. 30th, 2009

Warhammer 40k: Truth

Random weird stuff excavated from my old fics folder. Let’s pretend, for a moment, that somebody had actually taken the time to familiarize themselves with fantasy story conventions in the 41st 31st millennium, such as "hearing voices is Bad".

Title: Truth
Genre: Warhammer 40k (technically 30k)
Rating: PG
Disclaimers: AU Horus Heresy, sort-of spoilers for Fulgrim. Non-canonical embellishments my own.
Summary: Word of the rebellion gets out a little early, causing things to go Not As Planned.

Getaway, runaway, fly away
Lead me astray to dreamer's hideaway

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Aug. 16th, 2009

Mass Effect: Borrowed Time

A little late to the party, but I’ve always been terrible at keeping up with non-Japanese games.

Title: Borrowed Time
Fandom: Mass Effect
Disclaimers: Probably AU, considering the as-yet-unreleased sequel.
Summary: One possible road to saving the galaxy. Rocks fall, people die.

春よ まだ見ぬ春 迷い立ち止まるとき
夢をくれし君の 眼差しが肩を抱く

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Jun. 13th, 2009

Neverwinter Nights: Incompetence by Humanity

I caught a sudden case of computer RPG.

Title: Incompetence By Humanity
Genre: Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
Rating: G
Disclaimers: Spoilers through the end of the game. Any liberties taken with Forgotten Realms cosmology are entirely my own. Before it got blown up in 4e, anyway.
Summary: Cleaning up after heroes is part of the job description.

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Feb. 8th, 2009

Tales of the World: Something Shining

"This series runs on fan polls or something, doesn't it?"

"I don't know what you're talking about."

"No, really? So why is it that despite the fact that we were complete clones of each other originally, you get to chain up to five normal attacks and I only get three?"

"You obviously forgot to check your skill list before coming to this universe, Chosen."


I'm currently playing not one, but two wonky series crossover games - Final Fantasy Dissidia and Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2. The latter has come a long way since the first installment in terms of system and characters - there are a LOT of characters. And you can do things like put Zelos/Kratos in the same party, or Luke/Asch (and they get special skits if you do, too. Fighting over Lloyd, in case of the former). I like Kratos, but I was always too guilty to actually get him in my final party when I played Symphonia proper; so I'm not sure if he is just that awesome, but ToW!Kratos borders on combat munchkin.
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Jan. 25th, 2009

Final Fantasy Dissidia: My Fair Lady

I don’t usually write FFVII characters. I liked the game well enough, but I’m not a dedicated enough fan to keep up with all the myriad spinoffs and retcons that have happened since then. It thus confuses me a little when, eg, Sephiroth in all the spinoffs and crossovers behaves like a creepy, dedicated Cloud-stalker despite barely remembering his name in the original.

If you beat the final boss of the game using Cloud, you unlock a “special” set of equipment in the store...

Title: My Fair Lady
Fandom: Final Fantasy Dissidia
Rating: PG?
Warnings: General whackiness. Misc spoilers for FF games?
Summary: When fantasy heroes get a makeover.

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Jan. 18th, 2009

Final Fantasy Dissidia drabble

I like the various crossover-universe!Squalls much better than the original. It might have something to do with not having to trudge through an annoying game system.

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Jun. 17th, 2008

Musing on fandom weirdness

Most of the stuff I write tends to be for obscure video game fandoms, or at least obscure-because-it's-not-out-in-English-yet fandoms. Anime is different, because there are a fair number of fans who watch fansubs that are released only a few days after the Japanese screening. It gives me the opportunity to watch "current" fandom developments.

I sometimes read the Animesuki forums because they're generally fairly decent and sometimes have good news. I've given up on the Code Geass forum, however, because there's some moron who has turned a romantic pairing into his personal crusade and refuses to shut up about it, constantly spamming every single thread, related or not, with imaginary proof of his convictions until it becomes difficult to even follow the normal thread of any discussion around his drivel. It's like watching a conversation with a particularly dogged politician, where every single thing has to be dragged back to their one issue and they refuse to even consider alternative opinions, or, for that matter, just stay silent for more than a few minutes at a time.

LJ communities in general seem to be a bit better about this, or at least less full of raving lunatics. I wonder if it's the format? "Threads" of discussion start with each new post and don't really persist for more than a few days, unlike forum threads that can have ancient history, so perhaps people are inclined to soapbox less about their personal issues?
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Jun. 8th, 2008

Code Geass Drabble

The comical Three Stooges of Code Geass. Sunrise has managed to utterly sell me on these characters in spite of my better judgment, because gosh darn it they are so cute.

I stayed at a ryokan (traditional Japanese hostel) briefly during my trip to Japan, and, being the only person of the party who was fluent enough in kanji to translate the menu, figured that what my fellow travelers didn’t know would probably not hurt them. At least as far as weird food was concerned, anyway. It occurs to me that traditional Chinese cuisine is probably just as odd, but since I’m Chinese I tend to not notice these things.

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Jun. 7th, 2008

Tales of Innocence: Heaven's Breath

TOI has a relationships value system similar to Symphonia. Like Symphonia, it doesn’t actually change that much because it’s a linear game, but it does affect a certain very important event at the end. However, the game also tends to very blatantly beat you over the head with the idea that it “should” be the obvious female lead who spoiler. Being the contradictory little twerp that I am, I did not listen to the scriptwriters’ intent. This fic arose out of an attempt to explain that contradiction.


Title: Heaven’s Breath
Fandom: Tales of Innocence
Rating: G
Warnings: Spoilers! Probably AU.
Summary: Sakuya meets an old friend.

恋をして 終わりを告げ / 誓うことは これが最後のheartbreak

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