star_ocean_fan: (Albel Nox)
It's finally here!! Not on Friday, like I wanted, nor over the weekend but who cares! It's still in time for Noxie's birthday!! w00t w00t!!

Before I get to the segment itself, a couple of things.

1 - If anyone has any thoughts to share on any aspect of the game and you want them posted to the blog, please let me know! Seriously! I will share almost anything and everything Star Ocean related in this blog. And you will be credited!!! (dA users, feel free to submit essays to the group with a tagline saying whether or not I can repost elsewhere.)

2 - I'm going to do ONE more Ask the Star Ocean Character segment then I will be tentatively taking the summer off from the series. My little sister graduates high school this year, and I'm going to once again attempt relocating myself in a different city. This is subject to change based on time and whether or not I finally get my own computer. I'll still post as often as I can, be it in revisiting old conversation topics or fanfiction.

3 - TILL THE END OF TIME IS TEN YEARS OLD AND THE LAST HOPE IS FIVE!! LET'S CELEBRATE!!
Want to share your favorite Till the End of Time or The Last Hope moment? I'd love to hear from you!

And now for the Ask the Star Ocean Character announcement. Since I've rebooted the entire series, up next in the queue is Sophia Esteed for Friday, May 23, 2014. Remember to limit yourselves to three questions, keep it clean, and have all inquiries in to me (comment, PM, or email - luthersfayt@gmail.com or thestaroceanuniverse@gmail.com )by midnight of Wednesday, May 21, 2014!

Onwards with Albel! And happy birthday, Noxie!!

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Happy birthday, Noxie!

 

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“Hello everyone! Welcome to a special edition of Ask the Star Ocean Character! I’m your host, Dragonfly Moonlight.

 

“Now, everyone at home might be asking why is today’s edition of Ask the Star Ocean Character special? Don’t we do this often enough?

 

“The answer, my friends, is yes. What makes today’s edition special is not that we’re still coming to you. It’s who our guest for today is and that we’re coming to you live from Elicoor II, from the top of the Kirlsa Training Facility. Please give a warm welcome to . . . Albel Nox!”

 

The moment his name passes my lips, loud and joyous screaming echoes up from the audience surrounding the facility. Albel walks over, a swagger in his hips and a smirk on his lips.

 

“Welcome, Albel,” Dragonfly says, extending a hand. “We’re glad to have you with us today.”

 

“So I hear,” he says. The screams have not died down.

 

“Yeah. We couldn’t avoid the fangirl crowd.”

 

“It’s quite all right,” he replies. “It’s nice to know I’m more popular than that maggot Cliff.”

 

“Really?”

 

“Oh yes. That buffoon thinks because he’s strong like an ox – and he smells like one, too, by the way – that the girls love him more than they would me. This . . .” He grins wickedly. “Is vindication.”

 

“I see . . . Does this mean you and Cliff are competitive?”

 

“Only when it comes to women. Since our team has a good portion of females . . .” Albel shrugs. “It was inevitable.”

 

“So who gets the most attention from the girls?”

 

“Fayt.”

 

“Fayt? But if you and Cliff . . .”

 

“He and I are not competitive for the women who travel with us. Except perhaps that fool’s female counterpart. She’s a worthy adversary. So is that Aquarian slut. Otherwise, the rest of them are too busy competing with each other for Fayt’s affections. It’s most nauseating.” He makes a face.

 

“Do you say this out of jealousy?”

 

“What?” he snarls.

 

“Are you jealous?”

 

“Of whom? Fayt? Hardly?”

 

“What of the women, though? Are you jealous of Fayt’s attentions on them or not?”

 

“No. Why would you even ask that?”

 

“Well, because, in part, it’s a fandom thing. Many of the girls love to see you dominating Fayt.”

 

“Oh really?”

 

“Yes, which brings me to a fan question from Dark Signer Yusei – What do you think of the yaoi fan made stuff that’s out there?”

 

“As long as I’m not paired with that buffoon or that rodent child,” Albel shudders, “it isn’t so bad. Fayt isn’t exactly hideous to look at.”

 

“This is true . . .” Dragonfly’s expression goes dreamy for one moment. Then she blinks. “Still, it has to be tiresome to see yourself paired with guys an awful lot. I’m sure you do prefer women.”

 

“I prefer someone strong and intelligent, which most of the women I deal with are not. The only two who even come close to my criteria are Fayt and that Mirage woman.”

 

“I do like Mirage. She’s awesome. She looks like she could take you in a sparring match.”

 

“If she and I were to spar, she would prove a challenge, I’m sure. She’s even a decent field cook.”

 

“Really? Who is the best cook overall out of the group?”

 

Albel growls a little.

 

“As much as I loathe to admit as much, the Aquarian scum and the Esteed wench are the best cooks. Fayt isn’t bad, either. Do not let Cliff anywhere near a stove. Everything he tries to cook comes out as blackened wood.”

 

“That doesn’t sound promising.”

 

“It isn’t. When it comes to inventing, he’s better suited for blacksmithing and what you offworlders call engineering. He can’t even compound medicines properly.”

 

“Speaking of inventing, what’s your favorite invention overall?”

 

“The ducky bomb,” he replies with a wickeder grin than before.

 

“And what’s your favorite moment from your travels with Fayt and the rest of the group?”

 

“I honestly can’t decide between kicking Luther’s ass or Crosell’s,” he replies with a casual shrug. “Both were such great challenges.”

 

“And your least favorite?”

 

“Again, I cannot decide between meeting that Traydor wench or the Esteed one.”

 

“Why meeting them?”

 

“The first wench, while I don’t exactly oppose a woman in command – Aquaria proved their women are more than capable of leading – assumed herself to be a group leader when I first joined them. The buffoon listened only half the time, and only if it didn’t contradict what Fayt said to do.”

 

“But Fayt doesn’t have as much leadership experience as either you, Nel, Cliff, or Maria. Why him as the leader?”

 

“I don’t know.” Albel shrugs. “He’s certainly likeable, easy to approach with concerns. He has all the qualities of a leader.”

 

“So you’re just deferring to him so he can gain experience.”

 

“Something like that, I suppose.”

 

“So why was meeting Sophia one of your least favorite moments?”

 

Albel growls low in his throat.

 

“For someone who grew up with him and defended him against the Traydor wench’s words, she insisted it was not like him to be so gloomy. How else is one supposed to act when his father dies?”

 

“I think I can understand why that is.” Dragonfly gives him a moment to compose himself. “We’re almost out of time so we’ll get to the rest of the fan questions. Dark Signer Yusei also asks what do you dream about when you have nightmares?”

 

“I don’t remember.”

 

“And the last question from Yusei, what does the Ascension of the Flame ceremony entail?”

 

Albel chuckles.

 

“Lots of drinking then wrestling a dragon.”

 

“No grand words?”

 

“Mine was too chaotic for me to truly remember. I’ve avoided other ceremonies since.”

 

“That makes sense. Finally, we come to Mrs. Nox, who is celebrating her birthday to her.”

 

“Happy birthday, wenchlet.”

 

“You’re so sweet, Albel. Her first question is about your hair. How is it two-toned? Do you dye it that way?”

 

“If she’d really like to know, she’s more than welcome to come and visit me. I’d be,” he grins as he speaks, “glad to show her.”

 

“That’s very . . . salacious of you. Second question. Do you prefer the use of your claw or your katana?”

 

“Both.”

 

“You’re sadistic.”

 

“Of course.”

 

“And finally, who is the best training partner in the group?”

 

“Oh, that’s easy,” he says. “Fayt. He’s one of the only other swordsmen in our happy little group. He’s young, he’s spirited, and he proves to be the best challenge. The worm Adray isn’t bad, either, but I prefer to train with Fayt.”

 

“And there we have it! Thank you so much for joining us today. I have one final thing to say to you, Albel.”

 

“And what’s that?”

 

“Run. The fangirls are scaling the walls.”

 


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I know I haven't posted any reminders, but, as I really want to get back on track with the series, I won't be extending the deadlines for more questions. I will do this, though.

For any Star Ocean fan who stumbles upon this and wants to ask a character, who has already been featured, a question, I will still accept them. They just won't appear until the next time that character comes into play.

So tomorrow! Reimi Saionji makes her second appearance on Ask the Star Ocean Character! Today, for missnox and her upcoming birthday, I am announcing the next character for the next segment.

Albel Nox

Yes. I am announcing that the next character to be featured in Ask the Star Ocean Character is to be Albel Nox. I'm making an exception for him because missnox has done a few extraordinary things over the past year. She may not feel they're extraordinary, but, to me, they are, and this is for her.

A reminder of the rules.

1 - No profanity please and thank you! The blogs are open for fans of all ages. I know there is some swearing in the games, but I'm running clean sites. So please. No profanity. Thank you for that courtesy.

2 - Limit yourselves to three questions. If you have more, please let me know. I want everyone who wants to ask a question to have the chance.

3 - Please be respectful to the character in question. Your least liked character is someone else's favorite.

4 - Deadline: All questions for Albel Nox must be in by midnight on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Albel's segment will appear on Friday, May 2, 2014, in time for
missnox's birthday.

5 - Pick your user name! If you wish to be "anonymous" or have a certain I.D. designation, please let me know, or I will use what I know you by.

6 - Let's just have some fun. Don't care how silly you think your questions may be. Everything helps me to get a handle on the character. So ask away!

Questions can be submitted to me via comments, private message, or email (luthersfayt@gmail.com or thestaroceanuniverse@gmail.com).


See you tomorrow when I grill Reimi once more!
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Fanfic Writing Tip #9 - Leaving Reviews and Letting Your Work Stand on Its Own

At some point, fanfiction writers read fanfiction. In fact, reading fanfiction inspires other fanfiction writers to actually write instead of dream/daydream the scenarios in our heads. I know that's how I finally got my start as a fanfiction author.

Now, there are many things I see when browsing sites like fanfiction.net, things I don't necessarily like or think an author should be doing when writing summaries and author's notes. Things in summaries like "plz read and review" are not appealing to me, and they don't draw me in to read the story. Reading in an author's note "I'll update after I receive X number of reviews for this chapter" or "What's your excuse for not reviewing?! Review, gosh darn it!" are the kinds of things that inspire me to either not pick the story up again or leave a very harsh criticism of the work and the writer's attitude. (What one may think of as being cute and funny doesn't necessarily come across that way in black and white.)

Yes. I will admit right here, right now that reviews are gravy. They're awesome, and they go a long way in boosting a writer's confidence and inspiration. Those seeking professional publication will ask established author's for a quote to garner more sales. Book reviews either boost sales or decimate them. However, in the online world of fanfiction publishing, writers aren't paid, except in reviews, and the only things reviews are good for are pointing out where we've made mistakes and ego-boosting. To me, it's in bad form to require a reader to review your work and to require reviews in order to update. That says, in my mind, "I'm a review whore. That's the only thing I care about so that's why I'm writing this story", when that may not even be true. (These are also the kinds of writers who annoy me because I will leave a review and it isn't what they want in a review. They're also the ones that tell me "it's just for fun. Don't like it, don't read it." To that, I say, "Don't want people leaving you their honest thoughts, don't ask for reviews". Yes. I have a slight mean streak.) Readers are in no way obligated to read a person's works. They're in no way obligated to leave a review.

Let your work stand on its own. Write the story. Let your skills at summarizing and writing a compelling tale lure the reader in. Pack it with emotion. Give the reader a reason to write that review to you based on the emotions you've drawn out of that person, not because you need your ego-stoked.

Addendum to last week's writing tip.

Last week I wrote about writing in a logical order and using logic to write your story. That is something that will only go so far, and I was reminded of that when I read last week's Daily Kick by David Farland. There are times when logic will need to be thrown out the window, and it's often based on the kinds of situations the protagonists and antagonists find themselves facing . . . Unexpected reactions to conflict are good. Writing a single parent leaving his two-year-old child sleeping at home alone is still bad, though, because then the reader is expecting something bad to happen while he's gone and then nothing happens and there's a feeling of being cheated out of something really good.

Also, please note, I'm coming across as harsh, and my intentions are to actually help people with their fanfiction writing. I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds the behavior I've encountered in the last decade of fanfiction writing and reading to be annoying . . . I just happen to be quite outspoken on a lot of issues. So while I may sound harsh (it's the disadvantages of text-based forums and formats), it isn't my intention. Writing fanfiction may be for fun . . . but the reasons for reading don't ever change.

Next week's writing tip . . . Writing Songfic

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Halloween In the Four-Dimensional Realm

Given that the world of Star Ocean is nothing more than a fabrication, a multi-player game, the brilliant child of the brain trust at Sphere 211, it isn't too far of a stretch to think that Halloween exists in the four-dimensional realm. It isn't too hard to believe that the creators of the game implemented many holidays and traditions into the game they themselves celebrate. To do so gives the game a sense of familiarity for the players.

How do I see Halloween in the four-dimensional realm? Well, I don't see the likeliness of a real pumpkin being carved into a jack-o-lantern. Maybe there would be what we see in stores like Wal-Mart and KMart . . . ceramic, glass, plastic, plastic covered in glitter . . . If it's a "real" pumpkin, chances are it was fabricated from a replicator.

Ghosts would probably be no different than what we see . . . white sheets or ephemeral wisps depicted in paint . . . something fleeting.

Zombies, ghouls, and demons wouldn't change from what the players see in their gaming experiences. Witches would have gone from ugly old crone to cute and sexy little caster.

All of this would translate into what the worlds and cultures in the Eternal Sphere would see for their Halloween traditions.

Now, if you ask me who would celebrate Halloween out of the four-dimensional beings we encounter in Till the End of Time, I'll address that in the Halloween costumes sections.

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Halloween Costumes, Part Four, Segment One

By now, we're seven hundred plus years into the future of the Star Ocean series. Customs have been traded and upgraded, new holidays added into schedules, and more than one culture celebrates All Hallow's Eve. For this part of the Halloween Costumes segment, I'll be focusing on the following characters: Maria Traydor, Peppita Rosetti, Sophia Esteed, Lieber, and Marietta. I'm also going to toss in Belzeber and Flad, from the 4-D realm.

First up is Maria.

Of this particular group for today, I actually find her the hardest to determine the kinds of costumes she'd wear to go trick-or-treating. Her personality is far different when we first encounter her than what it was as a child. Was she the princess/ballerina type? Personally, I think her parents might have raised to be a little of both the girly type and the boyish type. Her mother is a scientist, her father a soldier . . . heck, she could have dressed up as a soldier-scientist hybrid as an homage to her parents. I do think princess and ballerina, too . . . maybe even a Featherfolk or Lesser Fellpool, too. This would, of course, continue until the destruction of her home and the deaths of her parents. I do feel that Cliff and Mirage would try their best to get Maria to go trick-or-treating once she's in their care, because it would offer up a sense of normalcy after everything she's endured. I'm just not sure Maria would go for it because of everything she's endure. Losing your parents at a young age and in a violent manner like that tends to force a child to mature emotionally in many ways than it would others who haven't lived through such trauma.

Peppita is a little easier for me to decipher. She wants to be famous, and she's learned to dance. Princess or ballerina or even dressing up as a famous dancer/singer/actress would be her style.

Sophia is also very easy for me, and I can see her insisting upon themed costumes with Fayt, much in the same way Reimi would with Edge and Crowe. Fayt would have an easier time drawing the line on what he wouldn't want to hear for costumes with Sophia. It would simply depend on what she'd want to dress up as for Halloween, and I can see her wanting to be a princess. Almost every single year. It is a fascination with her, princesses. (This is based on the kinds of responses Fayt can give her when she's joined the party and in places like Aquios and Airyglyph.) And the dress would be pink or maybe pale blue or lavender . . . but mostly pink. I'm pretty sure that's her favorite color. (She wears a lot of it.)

Lieber . . . Oh, Lieber . . . yes . . . I believe Klausians, after years of dealing with Earthlings, would celebrate Halloween. Lieber, before meeting Cliff and Mirage and falling in love with Maria, would want to be something . . . dynamic . . . heroic . . . noteworthy. He's very  much a romantic at heart. Knights, poets . . . elves . . . those would be what he'd want to dress up as for Halloween.

Marietta is another one I'm finding a little difficulty in determining. In truth, interactions with her (and Lieber) are on the limited side. Still, I think Marietta is tough, despite some of her cringing in a crisis (but then who doesn't?) . . . a pixie or a fairy from Klausian folklore would be cool. She has the features for something so delicate (at least in modern day Disney portrayals) . . . I could also see her (or even Sophia) wanting to dress up as Raggedy Ann, if that somehow is revived after World War III . . . and I think a fighter pilot. She becomes a member of Quark and is the communications officer on The Diplo. A fighter pilot isn't too far-fetched.

Flad is still a kid so I'm sure he'd head out trick-or-treating to his neighbors' homes. He'd be dressed as either his character persona from the Eternal Sphere or some other kind of character, i.e. elf, menodix, etc . . .

Finally, the second add-in for this, Belzeber.

Out of the enemies I've encountered in Till the End of Time, Belzeber has to be one of two of the power-hungriest characters (the other being Duke Vox). I don't lump Luther, Azazer, or Berial in that category for other reasons, which will be discussed at a later date. As the child of a powerful information technology magnate, Belzeber would be the child of entitlement, and his costumes for Halloween would reflect that - corporate businessman every year. He might switch it up every now and then, depending on who his friends are (which I do see him having Blair, Luther, Azazer, and Berial for a group of friends . . . for a while) . . . he might dress up as the hero to Luther's villain . . . but I don't see him deviating away too much from what he truly wants to be in his life - a powerful businessman controlling the 4-D realm.

And thus concludes today's segment of Halloween Costumes, Part 4. Tomorrow will see Cliff, Mirage, Robert Leingod, Ryoko Leingod, Blair, Azazer, Nel Zelpher, Roger S. Huxley, Adray Lasbard, and Clair Lasbard.

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Halloween Fanfic Entries

This was written as a surprise giftfic for missnox!

Title: Halloween Culture Shock
Characters: Albel Nox, Fayt Leingod, Maria Traydor, Sophia Esteed
Pairing: Albel Nox x Fayt Leingod
World: Till the End of Time
Rating: PG13
Warnings: male/male relationship, language, violent urges (It has Albel in it!)
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Ocean - Till the End of Time. The game and the characters from the game belong to tri-Ace and Square Enix respectively. I don't profit financially from writing this.
Summary: Albel receives a culture shock when Fayt invites him to celebrate Halloween on Earth.

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This was written as a surprise giftfic for Rachel Snowden on deviantart.

Title: A Trick For a Treat
World: Till the End of Time
Characters: Albel Nox, Fayt Leingod, Sophia Esteed, Maria Traydor, Lieber, Luther Lansfeld
Pairing: Albel Nox x Fayt Leingod, Maria Traydor x Lieber
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Language, male/male relationship, violent tendencies
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Ocean - Till the End of Time. The game and the characters from the game belong to tri-Ace and Square Enix respectively. I don't profit financially from writing this.
Summary:  Albel decides what he wants the most for the Hallowed Night’s festivities.
Author’s Note: The Hallowed Night is what I’m calling Elicoor II’s Halloween-type holiday.

 

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This was written as a surprise giftfic for Charryblossom over at deviantart.com

Title: Lonely Hallow’s Night
World: Till the End of Time
Characters: Albel Nox, Nel Zelpher, Clair Lasbard, Adray Lasbard, Tynave, Farleen, Fayt Leingod
Pairing: Albel Nox x Nel Zelpher
Warnings: mild language, implied sexual situations
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: I don’t own Till the End of Time or the characters of Fayt Leingod, Tynave, Farleen, Nel Zelpher, Clair Lasbard, Adray Lasbard, or Albel Nox. They belong to tri-Ace and Square Enix. I don’t profit financially from writing this story. I do profit from surprising people with these stories. XD
Author’s Note: Canon pairing. Not much else to say about it except I could have used Charry’s character, Charry, but I never asked her for permission to do so . . . plus I know from her cosplay photos, she’s an Albel x Nel fan.
Summary:  Nel and Albel stare at the moon on the Hallowed Night.

 

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This was written as a surprise giftfic for Kojika on deviantart.

 

Title: Carving the Pumpkin (Part Two)
World: The Last Hope
Characters: Edge Maverick, Faize Sheifa Beleth
Pairing: Edge Maverick x Faize Sheifa Beleth
Warnings: Male/male relationship, implied sexual situations

Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: I don’t own the characters of Edge Maverick and Faize Sheifa Beleth or Star Ocean: The Last Hope. They belong to tri-Ace and Square Enix respectively. I don’t profit financially from writing this story.
Summary: Faize and Edge share some time alone on The Calnus and discuss the ways to carve a pumpkin.
Author’s Notes: Yes, I know I have a story up called Carving the Pumpkin, featuring Luther Lansfeld and Fayt Leingod from Till the End of Time. The idea of carving a pumpkin with Faize was just as appealing to me, and I’m not above rehashing story titles where appropriate.


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(more fanfic in another entry)

 

star_ocean_fan: (Albel Nox)
Why is Albel Nox also referred to Albel the Wicked? Non-combatants vs. Combatants

Albel Nox. Albel the Wicked.

Those are the names we hear the Glyphian swordsman referred to as the moment he appears at the Kirlsa Training Facility after Fayt, Cliff, and Nel defeat his second in command, Shelby. In talking with Nel and Clair after that battle, we also learn that Albel is one of the best swordsmen in Airyglyph. He has a reputation for being ruthless on the battlefield and constantly seeking a challenge. In the manga, just before The Eagle crash lands in Airyglyph's capital city, this is very clearly demonstrated when he saves a local girl from attacking animals.

Or so it is we're lead to believe about Albel when he fights the creatures.

I have to wonder about Albel at times. For one, why is he truly called Albel the Wicked? Is it just because of the fear he inspires in his enemies? Or does it run a little bit deeper than that? His country is at war with Aquaria. It's natural he's going to exude some kind of "wickedness" towards combatants. But what about the non-combatants located in Arias? They, too, have an opinion of Albel. Has he gone out of his way to terrorize enemy non-combatants as well as the combatants? It's safe to say he harbors no love for the kingdom of Aquaria. He probably doesn't even pity them, either.

This is a bit of a tricky area because the only allusions we have about Albel are what he's able to accomplish on the battlefield and the fact that he's ruthless towards those he sees as his enemies. And since the only place on Elicoor II that's even seen any signs of battle is Arias, it's really hard to determine just how many enemy non-combatants vs. combatants Albel's slain.

What do the Albel fans think?
star_ocean_fan: (Albel Nox)
I've decided something. If Albel Nox were to have a facebook page, Mondays would probably not be his most favorite day of the week. Not saying he's lazy - far from it - but, up until he has the first cup of coffee in the morning, beware. Albel Nox is not pretty first thing in the morning.

(Luther, on the other hand, is a Monday person, a morning person, a "give me that coffee now" person, and a control freak. :))

That's my totally random thought for the day. Perhaps even for the week.

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Where Earth Stands Politically After World War III

I'm not someone who normally delves into politics. For the most part, I believe most politicians to be lying idiots who like to treat the general populace as nothing more than mere tools. Some aren't as bad as others, but it's just an overall feeling that I get.

I bring this up partially because the U.S. (my country) is revving up for another presidential election. Four years ago, it was a very brutal election. I mean, to me, there wasn't any particular candidate that I was excited for and wanted to see in office, and I don't think very many people were all that excited about the candidates. For many, like myself, it was a choice between the lesser of two evils. Now that it's a major election yet again in this country, it has me to thinking about the political face of Earth (overall) in the Star Ocean universe.

Cut for spoilers for The Last Hope )

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Fanfic Writing Tip #6 - Input from Readers

As a writer who's posted fiction to a fanfiction website, I can tell you there's something a little exciting about receiving constructive or positive input from a reader. Part of it is validation for the work you've put into the story. It stokes your ego to hear that someone loves your story. The other part of it is the thought of someone read my story. Constructive reviews can point out your weaknesses and help you to improve upon your strength. Reviews from readers can be inspiring. I personally love the kind of reviews where someone tells me I crafted such a well-written, emotional story, that it's put the reviewer in tears. And that person isn't prone to tearing up so easily. As a writer, I feel it is my duty to evoke some kind of emotion in the reader so those kinds of reviews let me know I've done what I've set out to do.

There is, however, a pitfall to receiving input from readers. For the beginning fanfiction author, be ware of the exuberant reader who gushes about loving your story and also starts offering up ideas on how to make it better. While finding ideas to inspire writing is always good, the source of the ideas isn't always good. This is in part because the reader in question, unintentionally, wants to make the story you've crafted as his/her own instead of taking the time to sit down and write a story. Such readers don't often realize that they can create an insecurity in the beginning author, which then leads to the author making some poor decisions when it comes to writing. Second-guessing yourself on what you need to do next isn't any fun, and it can take the fun out of writing.

Also, be ware of the fans who insist and persist on pushing their ideas on you. Gushing reviews with thoughts in the reviews on what you could do next are, in my opinion, rather innocent in nature and should be taken as such - suggestions to do with as you please. If the idea can spark a writing spree, it's always a good thing. (Be sure to thank the reviewer for sparking the idea, too.) However, some people want to talk to you personally, to offer up their ideas, and they're the ones who can become quite persistent. The ones who become persistent are the ones intentionally trying to take over your story.

Don't let them do that. My encouragement to fellow fanfiction authors is to trust their instincts on their ideas and on whether or not the story should be longer or stay a certain length. If you do feel that a reader is correct in an assessment, go with it. Just don't let anyone mess with your head.

To conclude this, I'm going to recommend that fanfiction authors do the following.

1 - When offered up ideas in a review, check the reader's profile. If there aren't any stories listed under the name, consider that a red flag. While the gushing nature of the review might be nice, I personally find it a tad insulting to get ideas from a person who either hasn't written a story or has but is too scared to publish it. If it's a red flag for you, be polite and decline the use of the ideas. If there are stories, be it one or two hundred, it isn't so much of a red flag for me. I can at least respect the fact that the person has taken the risk of not only writing but publishing.

2 - This ties in with checking a reader's profile. If the reader has published stories as well, don't just rely on the reviews to the stories. The number of reviews, the glowing praise of the reviews aren't good indicators as to how well that person can write. Click on a story that interests you and see the kind of style that the person has developed. If it gives you headaches, then the ideas the reader is offering you aren't the kinds you're going to want for your stories. Or so I guess.

3 - Trust your own ideas. Polish and hone your skills as a writer the same way you would participating in a sport of some kind. The more you practice, the more you refine your techniques, the better of a writer you will become.

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Convention Talk

I'm going to move this week's convention talk to tomorrow.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!
 
star_ocean_fan: (Albel Nox)
Today's a bit of a happy day. :) Today, I feature a select number of Kojika's Albel cosplay from Ohayocon 2008, NMACon 2010 (same con as Claude's but different days), and one from ShutoCon 2012. Thus, they will be in no particular order. :)


Never thought I'd ever see Albel play mini golf. I wonder what Fayt's reaction would be to this? :)

Taken in Chicago for a Square Enix photo shoot. Kojika as Albel, Urd-chan as Ashton.

I always knew there was an artistic side to Albel . . .


Signing autographs for the fangirls, Albel? Or is that you're more ready to strike? ;)

Like with the Claude photos from NMACon, I feel that these are some of the best settings for Albel. I'm very glad Kojika did this. I can see the setting around Great Wolf Lodge being both Expel (wherever Claude landed there) and Duggus Forest, to the west of Peterny. Going after the bandits, Albel? They're such cowards anyway! (** Correction - Not Great Wolf Lodge but the NMC campus on Front Street. Still perfect, though. :))

Hiding from Fayt? I think he'd recognize your hand, Albel. :)

Poised for attack!

Beware when the Wicked One smiles! :)
Rawr!!

Albel is one that Kojika has many, many pictures of, both with her dressed up as him and a couple of others dressed as him as well at the conventions she's attended. This is just a small sampling because Albel is one she keeps in rotation. He is quite the popular SO3 character, even to this day. :) (And I did have more photos to post, but LJ is being a pain about it so I'm not going to worry abou it . . . Kojika has websites with her photos so it isn't like finding the pictures in question will be too extremely difficult.)

On Saturday, due to my having to tweak the Cosplay sections some - okay, okay, I thought it would be cool and weird for me to go in game order - Faize will appear. And Faize will be the conclusion to Cosplay by Kojika. As I've mentioned before, you can see more of Kojika's cosplays at her website, http://s-kojika.com/DSOD/index.html and her deviantArt account, http://kojika.deviantart.com/

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The Vendeeni: Why Were They Truly After Fayt Leingod and his family?

This is a fairly recent idea to me . . . try like Tuesday night as I'm trying to sleep and then again Wednesday as I'm trying to sleep. I feel like I'm running out of writing/conversation topics so I'm very glad this came to me. :) It helps with today's entry.

Anyway, today's topic is about the Vendeeni and why they were after the Leingods and Esteeds in the first place. One thing that's established is that the Vendeeni are after the Leingods and the Esteeds. There are no questions about that whatsoever. And I include the Esteeds in this because why else would they capture Sophia? The first-time player has no knowledge that she has the power of Connection. She's written as a potential love interest for Fayt (along with Cliff, Mirage, Maria, Nel, Albel, Peppita (gross), and Roger (triple gross) . . . Thank goodness Adray is more interested in trying to get Fayt to marry Claire!), but, beyond that, the first-time player has no inkling of what's about to happen. The first indication we even have that something's amiss is that the Vendeeni keep appearing and causing trouble - with the exception of Vanguard III, but even there, we know something else is going to happen. A person's forehead doesn't glow for no reason. And then the headache before reaching Kirlsa . . . All of these little indications tease us along the way until they reach a boiling point and Fayt unleashes his devastating powers of Destruction. Now we have an idea as to why they're chasing Fayt from Hyda IV all the way to Elicoor II. They're chasing after him because of his powers of Destruction.

But why are they really chasing him? The manga glances on the notion that, because it's forbidden research, Robert Leingod has become a threat to the universe. In fact, the Vendeeni in the game mention as much as well, calling the professor the enemy to the universe. While there are no doubts that the research done on Styx and with the Time Gate led Luther/the Creator to decree death upon the inhabitants of the universe - it's proven to us - what isn't quite clear, to me, are why the Vendeeni want the Leingods and Esteeds.

You see, in the game, it's alluded to the notion that Vendeeni want Fayt for themselves to fight the Creator's Executioners. Given Biwig's unwillingness to allow Fayt to live after his plans to keep Dr. Leingod, Sophia, and take Fayt for himself, it gives credit to the notion. However, if one reads the in-game dictionary . . . you know the one . . . that big list of names for places, people, races, and technology . . . the Vendeeni are actually trying to keep out of sight of the Creator's ever watchful eye, and they want Fayt to take him to Styx and execute him in front of the Time Gate in an effort to appease the Creator and spare at least their race. They are a race technologically superior to anything the Pangalactic Federation, Quark, and the only-ever mentioned Aldian forces. They have every reason to want to avoid bringing the Creator's wrath upon them. To take Fayt and use him against the Creator would go against the very survival of their race as a whole.

So which do you think is true? The Vendeeni wanting Fayt for his powers? Or the Vendeeni wanting Fayt, his family, and the Esteeds to execute them in order to ensure their survival?

No fanfic for today, either. Though I didn't post every picture of Kojika as Albel that I could find on her website, I still feel that there's plenty to keep people scrolling through plus the writing topic . . . I don't want to overload anyone too much so . . . This is it for today!

Tomorrow: Ask the Star Ocean Character - Meracle Chamlotte; Facts about Meracle, Character Study - Meracle Chamlotte
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This is the final call for Ask the Star Ocean Character - Meracle Chamlotte. You have until midnight Wednesday, April 18, 2012, to submit your inquiries. There's a limit of THREE questions per person. You can submit questions via reply or PM. As I've said before, if you wish to remain "anonymous" or have a specific name you'd like for me to use, please let me know, and I will accommodate you.

Again, final call for Ask the Star Ocean Character - Meracle Chamlotte. After this, Ask the Star Ocean Character is postponed so I can sort out the order and get a few more games played. I'd like to be able to cover all of the games, saving my favorite characters for the absolute last.

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Cosplay by Kojika, Part One

If you've ever attended a convention, one of the things you'll see is people dressing up as favorite, beloved characters. The less specific the convention is - like Otakon or Comic-Con - the larger in variety of cosplay (short for costume play) will be. For example, you will see the Joker, Inuyasha, Cloud Strife, and a Storm Trooper in the same room or at least in a 12-hour span, depending on the convention. (Last year, for Otakon, two of my friends dressed up as Dark Helmet and Col. Sanders from Spaceballs.) The more specific the convention, such as BotCon, the more you'll see people dressed as characters from that particular show. (One of the Cybercon and BotCon shows I attended, two people were dressed up as Optimus Prime and Megatron - full metal costumes!)

The Star Ocean fandom is no stranger to seeing cosplay. Just typing "Star Ocean" into deviantArt's search engine will bring up many different pictures of people in their cosplay. Some are good. Some are not so good. A lot of that, as my friend Kojika would tell anyone interested in cosplaying, is dependent upon the materials used. The right kind of wig can make all of the difference for a handmade costume.

Kojika and I haven't known each other for very long. In fact, we started talking last summer after I found some of her Faize cosplays on dA, browsed through her gallery, and saw that she'd been to a previous NMACon, which is a local anime convention for people in Northern Michigan (where I live).

I believe Kojika is a very amazing, talented woman. She draws, she writes, and she can sew her own cosplay together (with the exception of wigs). She's also graciously (and excitedly) given me permission to display her Star Ocean cosplay for this journal. If you wish to see more of her cosplays you can find her at s-kojika.com/DSOD/index.html and kojika.deviantart.com/

And if you have a question about creating cosplay, she is one person I recommend asking. She's been at this for five years at least, perhaps even longer.

Here is a sampling of pictures of her Star Ocean cosplay. Today, it's Ilia of First Departure. I was only going to do this in three parts, but there are many pictures of her dressed as Claude, Albel, and Faize, and my intention is to give of her costumes its own display. So tomorrow, instead of it being Albel, it will be Claude and (hopefully) Rena.


Ilia at this year's ShutoCon. Debut for Ilia. Kojika plans for her to appear at ACen as well.

More Ilia.



I don't know if there are pictures of Kojika creating her Ilia costume. I know from browsing her dA cosplay gallery, she takes pictures of the accessories she makes but the actual sewing, if applicable (because, let's face it, sometimes cosplay is as easy as shopping for the right shirt) is one thing as of this moment I'm unsure of if she snags pictures.

And thus is the end for Ilia . . . at least for display purposes. :) If you wish to see more of Ilia, please head to Kojika's website, find the convention photos button, click on it, and then click on ShutoCon 2012.

Photos belong to Kojika. Used with permission.

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Merchandise Update

A big thank you to [info]missnox who's PMed her list of Official Merchandise for all four Star Ocean games. I do have an older picture of hers that shows everything she owns, including doujinshi, but I'm quite sure she's added onto this list since she took the photo. :) I know I PMed her back, thanking her, but I wanted to take this moment (as it just hit me) to thank her again, this time publicly.

Your efforts, [info]missnox, are apprciated. :)

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A Thought

A few years ago, I posted to a community, the [info]lutherxfayt community, a few things that I'd like to do with Till the End of Time. (In fact, as I work on this, I'm at the community right now to find the entire list of everything I wanted to do that's Till the End of Time related.) I do remember that I wanted to create an Elicoorian calendar. Here's the original post:

What is this something new and unusual, you might ask?  It's simple, really.

The community, as a whole, is going to create a calendar for Elicoor II.  More specifically, the Aquarian/Glyphian calendar.  I'm figuring since they're such close neighbours, they will ultimately have similar, if not the same, days of the week and months.

This is what the calendar project needs to determine:

the number of months in one year and the names of those months
number of hours in a day
number of days in a week and the names of the days
number of moons that surround Elicoor II, the names of those moons, and how many phases are there*

While Elicoor II is close to that of medieval Earth, we must remember it is NOT Earth.  I'd have to get the information off of one of my games I have going for SO3, but Elicoor II has a different axis and rotation as compared to Earth.  The number of hours in a day may be more, it may be less.  Please do not worry about holidays as of this moment.  Those will come once we have established a calendar everyone is satisfied with.

So?  Who's game for this?


Only one person bit on that particular subject but then the [info]lutherxfayt community is relatively small and quiet. The pairing itself is rather obscure (almost like the Luther x Maria and Luther x Sophia stories . . . I've seen at least one LuRia . . . /shudders/) so creating something like an Elicoorian calendar would actually require a much larger group.

If anyone is game on this, please let me know. I'd be interested in thinking outside of what our current calendar is.

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What the Future Might Hold

In the years that I've been writing Star Ocean fanfiction, specifically for the unusual Luther x Fayt pairing, I've taken to writing holiday-themed stories as well as alternate universe, general continuity, and some crossovers between Till the End of Time. I've written a couple of one-shots for Valentine's Day, Christmas (which will be posted in December of this year), and for Halloween (also will be posted in October of this year) with plans to write chaptered pieces for the holidays in the future. It isn't unusual for a fanfic writer such as myself to do that, but I'd also not be surprised if no one considered such a thing, either.
 
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What do my fellow Star Ocean fans think? Again, I will reiterate that this is a FICTIONAL scenario. While the possibility of a World War III exists and it potentially possessing severe, holocaustic capabilities, the chances of the outbreak are slim. Too many people do fear that possibility, and I believe that our current governments want to avoid it as well. I will also ask that, while you don't have to like what I'm saying about a fictional futuristic life, you at least keep an open mind about the possibilities for the truth is: we don't know what the future will hold.

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Fanfic: A Blessing of Spring
World: Till the End of Time
Characters: Albel Nox, Luther Lansfeld with mentions of Fayt Leingod, Ryoko Leingod, Nel Zelpher, and Sophia Esteed
Rating: PG13-ish
Warnings: Well, it is from Albel's point of view . . . everyone seems to be in agreement he doesn't like Sophia . . . so be warned. Albel doesn't like Sophia.
Disclaimer: I do not own Till the End of Time or the characters of Luther Lansfeld, Fayt Leingod, Ryoko Leingod, Albel Nox, Sophia Esteed, and Nel Zelpher. Those rights belong to Square Enix and Tri-Ace respectively. This was written for fun. I do not profit financially from writing this story.
Summary: It's almost time for her arrival yet again, and Albel is not happy. Until a brief encounter changes his mind otherwise.


 

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Title: Destinies Intertwined by Fate
World: Till the End of Time
Chapter: Two out of Twenty, Part Two
Chapter Title: Discussions and The Guilt of Surviving
Summary: For Fayt Leingod and Luther Lansfeld, the end of the final battle is only the beginning. Worlds collide as the rebuilding begins.
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Ocean 3 or the characters from the game. They belong to Square Enix and Tri-Ace. I do not profit from the writing of this story. All OCs presented within belong to me, and I will protect them zealously from any and all unauthorized use. Please ask me first before writing them into your stories. Thank you.

Warnings: Some chapters will contain adult content and adult themes. Other warnings include yaoi, or, for the anime-lacking in their lives, at least one male/male relationship, some language (Fayt is no saint), implied torture and hints of sexual assault, science fiction and fantasy elements, momentary scenes of intense and graphic violence, and potential character deaths, be they of the original character or main game character variety. Also, Albel and Luther can both be dickheads when the mood strikes them.
Author's Note: I'm going to treat this like I'm at fanfiction.net . . . there will be implied adult content as opposed to actual adult content. Not that there isn't any adult content in the story itself . . . I'm just covering my behind when it comes to potential minors finding this journal and reading something that perhaps their parents don't want them to read. :) That's all.

 

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star_ocean_fan: (Luther Lansfeld)
First up is a video animated by the ever so talented Charryblossom!

Paffendorf Dance - Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkKu_HIyCbw&feature=g-hist&context=G2ba84e2AHT2exDAACAA

Caramelldansen - Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, Albel and Nel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUBNFaKqDrE

Tribute to Albel Nox
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRp2nKk2Y4g&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Sound quality isn't great, but both of are still awesome to watch.

Not sure who did this one, but it's still so cute!!

Caramelldansen - Star Ocean: First Departure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzaOPFTHs-Y&feature=g-hist&context=G2a68f4aAHT2exDAABAA

Albel Nox Tribute by some Albel fans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzzo0pOsmAU&feature=fvwp&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Vz_httjSM&NR=1&feature=endscreen

Fayt Leingod tribute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13kpGTJGL20&NR=1&feature=endscreen

Albel and Fayt tribute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0NpFkXJMkc&feature=endscreen&NR=1

Hanamaru Sensation - Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddGOmDBviJ0

This is just a small sampling of the numerous fan-made videos one can find on youtube. In addition to cosplay and animations, there are clips from the games. Simply type in the words "star ocean" or a character's name, and away you go!

Also, a quick note - I'm going to be revising my character study on Reimi Saionji to coincide with the Ask the Star Ocean Character segment of this blog.

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FINAL CALL!!

Ask the Star Ocean Character will make its debut this Friday. ALL QUESTIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MIDNIGHT, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012. The first character to be featured for the Ask the Star Ocean Character is Reimi Saionji of the SRF-003 Calnus, from The Last Hope. Anything received after Wednesday will be filed away for a later use, depending on how well it takes off . . . or more like if I feel Reimi needs some more love. We'll see.

So if you have a burning question that you've simply got to ask Reimi, now's your chance! Remember! Get into character and have fun thinking up those questions! LIMIT ONE QUESTION PER PERSON

The next character for the Ask the Star Ocean Character will be Sophia Esteed. Questions for her can be submitted starting Thursday, March 22, 2012, after I've posted the official call out.

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Up for tomorrow: Part Two to Destinies Intertwined by Fate, Chapter Two . . . hopefully. :)

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Well, I think it's safe to say that I've fallen a little behind with what I've wanted to with this journal. Ah well. That's okay. :) Tis better late than never, they say. I'm hoping that this week at least sees me back somewhat on track, but given the possibility of a job either by Wednesday or the start of next week, I'm not entirely sure how it's going to work out. Still, I have some very interesting topics to post, topics stemming from some recent conversations plus one more game review for the interim, and the next character study for Sophia Esteed. I'm also thinking up of new projects to do for this, things that'll not only be fun for me, but fun for the rest of the Star Ocean community as well.

Title: Destinies Intertwined by Fate
World: Till the End of Time
Chapter: Two out of Twenty
Chapter Title: Discussions and The Guilt of Surviving
Summary: For Fayt Leingod and Luther Lansfeld, the end of the final battle is only the beginning. Worlds collide as the rebuilding begins.
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Ocean 3 or the characters from the game. They belong to Square Enix and Tri-Ace. I do not profit from the writing of this story. All OCs presented within belong to me, and I will protect them zealously from any and all unauthorized use. Please ask me first before writing them into your stories. Thank you.

Warnings: Some chapters will contain adult content and adult themes. Other warnings include yaoi, or, for the anime-lacking in their lives, at least one male/male relationship, some language (Fayt is no saint), implied torture and hints of sexual assault, science fiction and fantasy elements, momentary scenes of intense and graphic violence, and potential character deaths, be they of the original character or main game character variety. Also, Albel and Luther can both be dickheads when the mood strikes them.
Author's Note: I'm going to treat this like I'm at fanfiction.net . . . there will be implied adult content as opposed to actual adult content. Not that there isn't any adult content in the story itself . . . I'm just covering my behind when it comes to potential minors finding this journal and reading something that perhaps their parents don't want them to read. :) That's all.

 

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Part Two is forthcoming soon.
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Title: Destinies Intertwined by Fate
World: Till the End of Time
Chapter: One out of Twenty
Chapter Title: Beginning the Search for Luther and Fayt
Summary: For Fayt Leingod and Luther Lansfeld, the end of the final battle is only the beginning. Worlds collide as the rebuilding begins.
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Ocean 3 or the characters from the game. They belong to Square Enix and Tri-Ace. I do not profit from the writing of this story. All OCs presented within belong to me, and I will protect them zealously from any and all unauthorized use. Please ask me first before writing them into your stories. Thank you.

Warnings: Some chapters will contain adult content and adult themes. Other warnings include yaoi, or, for the anime-lacking in their lives, at least one male/male relationship, some language (Fayt is no saint), implied torture and hints of sexual assault, science fiction and fantasy elements, momentary scenes of intense and graphic violence, and potential character deaths, be they of the original character or main game character variety. Also, Albel and Luther can both be dickheads when the mood strikes them.
Author's Note: I'm going to treat this like I'm at fanfiction.net . . . there will be implied adult content as opposed to actual adult content. Not that there isn't any adult content in the story itself . . . I'm just covering my behind when it comes to potential minors finding this journal and reading something that perhaps their parents don't want them to read. :) That's all.

 

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Since tomorrow is Friday, I plan on starting my character studies. I'll be writing one per week so that way I don't burn through all of the characters before I've had a chance to play First Departure and Second Evolution. (I just don't own that PSP!) Chapter Two for Destinies Intertwined by Fate is still in progress, but I should have it ready to be posted next week.

Up for tomorrow: Reimi Saionji character study, game review for The Last Hope, and Letting Go When the Desire To Hold On Is Strong, a one-shot for an alternate Till the End of Time universe.

star_ocean_fan: (Star Ocean 3 game cover)
Title: Destinies Intertwined by Fate (formerly A New World of Adventure)
World: Till the End of Time
Pairings: Luther Lansfeld x Fayt Leingod, Cliff Fittir x Nel Zelpher, Maria Traydor x Lieber, Albel Nox x Mirage Kaos
Rating: ranging from PG13 to R to borderline NC17*
Summary: For Fayt Leingod and Luther Lansfeld, the end of the final battle is only the beginning. Worlds collide as the rebuilding begins.
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Ocean 3 or the characters from the game. They belong to Square Enix and Tri-Ace. I do not profit from the writing of this story. All OCs presented within belong to me, and I will protect them zealously from any and all unauthorized use. Please ask me first before writing them into your stories. Thank you.
Warnings: Some chapters will contain adult content and adult themes. Other warnings include yaoi, or, for the anime-lacking in their lives, at least one male/male relationship, some language (Fayt is no saint), implied torture and hints of sexual assault, science fiction and fantasy elements, momentary scenes of intense and graphic violence, and potential character deaths, be they of the original character or main game character variety. Also, Albel and Luther can both be dickheads when the mood strikes them.

Author's Notes: Started this for NaNoWriMo 2009. Also, you will not find Sophia Esteed anywhere in this story, partly because I really don't like her. However, it's mostly because, in the game, she's still a high school student, and I'd like to have her return to that. May also be leaving out Rodger and Peppita. We'll see where the story takes me. ^_^

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Up next: Destinies Intertwined by Fate, Chapter One

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