Foreword (THIS IS A HANDY THING TO READ! YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DO THAT!)
For those of you who, for some inexplicable reason, managed to overlook the summary where I said the story was disconintued... well, the story is discontinued. It is no more. It has run down the curtain and joined the choir insvisible. You can still totally read it, and there's a summary of what I would have done at the end. But there won't be any more updates. The reason is also towards the end.
Now, returning to ye olde foreword...
However, I will not even bother trying to cover up what this story is: it is the bastard child of In Flight (by Gabriel Blessing) and the errant musings of a few of his fans. (It is only with this consideration that the story makes any sense, in fact.) The story does diverge in places, and I may very well continue with different themes and ideas, but you would do well to remember that this is far from the first iteration of the idea and would be best served by first reading that story before moving on to this one. Indeed, this story was never written to stand on its own. I would have to make a great many revisions in order to do so. This might be done at the conclusion of the story.
In summation: this story requires that the reader has some background knowledge in them. Not much, (because I loathe the idea of immutable canon. Remember that, it might come in handy.) but enough to know the skeleton of what should be happening, and what has happened before. I really cannot stress how useful that information is in regards to this story.
Some people have also said that my style is similar to GB's. This might be so. But, if this is the case, it is an atrocious shorthand of his style. It is mimicry, and not very good at that. This is because I am not interested in telling a long story. Rest assured, if you see the narrator musing on something, there's probably a good reason for it. Unless it's a joke. In which case you're free to read however much you want into it.
Lastly, I now feel compelled to offer something of a warning for unwary readers: there are razor blades in the candy-fluff that is this story. Bad things will happen, and it is quite possible that they might stab at your heart a bit. The further the story gets from its purely humorous origins, the darker things can get.
Rest assured, however, that there will be a happy ending involved in there. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it is not an oncoming train. So, look forward to that.
TL;DR (DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN: READ THIS IF YOU DIDN'T READ THE ABOVE!)
1: THIS STORY SPRANG FORTH FROM In Flight! BY gabriel blessing! YOU SHOULD READ THAT FIRST!
2: I CHECK CANON! THEN I ALTER/IGNORE IT WHEN IT SUITS MY NEEDS! IF THIS RANKLES YOU, I INVITE YOU TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
3: BAD THINGS HAPPEN! GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN! LIFE GOES ON!
Now, on to some other stuff:
Disclaimer: Syroc owns nothing. Not the setting, not the characters, and not even the story if you want to get technical. (This is a source of much distress to him.) What he does own is an inordinate amount of pride for having written a story that people like. (Please do not tease him for this.)
Lastly, for those interested, head on over to the In Flight forums (Seen here: Fanfiction forum/The_Mechanics_of_In_Flight/88086/) to see some of the discussions about that story. The Omake forums is where I usually lurk, so feel free to stop by and harass everyone. Fresh blood is always appreciated.
Also, credit to the following people for helping it with some edit work. (They pointed out some silly mistakes I made.)
Angry Santo: Several saves so far. Well done matey.
Tekelili: For pointing out that Hercules' Noble Phantasm is actually Twelve Lives and not Nine Lives. I really should have remembered that one. He has twelve labors, not nine.
CrazySasori: For pointing out that I am a fool for not checking things out for myself, and it's Godhand and not Twelve Lives. Well played, sir.
Anonymous #1: For catching me using 'outfight' in place of 'outfit'. I have no idea how my brain mixed those two up.
Anonymous #2: For letting me know that I accidentally replace ch1 with ch2 when I was making some formatting edits. Again, I have no idea how I managed that.
Gojiro-san: For letting me know that I messed up an entire section of ch 9. I am talented at mistakes!