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Author has written 14 stories for Avatar, Mass Effect, and Bleach.
Yep. So, thanks to, most likely, having nothing better to do you are now staring at my user profile on Fanfiction.net. Congratulations.
Since you're probably expecting to read something about, well, me here, I suppose I can put down some information about myself and what I'm working on, though I do want it noted that this seems like a large amount of effort on my part to minimal on yours.
I'm a twenty eight year old guy, from and currently living in the state of Wisconsin. As most people who know me will tell you, I'm calm and quiet to the point of usually being overlooked in most situations, which suits me just fine. Thanks to having more than a few teachers in my family, I have a deep rooted interest in history, especially of the military variety (Particularly of the obscure and largely useless types, I can still identify the main batteries of most, if not all, battleships of the second world war age. Yay me.).
My abiding love of science fiction began when my father bought me a copy of Wedge's Gambit, the second book in the X-Wing series, and I was forever hooked, going so far as to create my own little universe and language while in grade school, a universe I am still expanding upon in the hopes of on day writing full sized tales for it.
Currently I work as an a glorified software consultant, but hope to eventually become a writer or a video game programmer (the latter of which is actually what my degree is in).
Stories I Recommend and Support:
From A Shard, Darkly - "Life might not have been easy, but it was good. I lived in a small colony where everyone was basically family, a place free of prejudice and free of hate, far away from any kind of conflict. And then it all fell apart because of me. Now I'm alone and in over my head, just trying to survive and thrive the only way I know how." -> Written by Ozymandeos, I'm serving as their beta.
Warlord's Realm - Collaborative Crossover between the Another Realm" series and Tusken1602's "Beacon's Effect" series. What would happen if Ko'le, Seneschal of the Conclave, actually ever met Cieran Kean? Written from both Ko'le and Cieran's point of views, with each of us writing for our own characters.
Massive thanks to GreaterGoodIreland for creating a Tropes page for my Another Realm series. If the link doesn't appear below (The links in my profile don't always seem to work appropriately) it can be found at: tvtropes . org / pmwiki / pmwiki . php / Fanfic / AnotherRealm. Remove the spaces, of course.
Please, if you have the time, take some of it and edit the page. I would love to see what my readers think of the tropes in play within the story. If you don't have an account there, or don't want to make one, feel free to PM me with your thoughts and I'd be thrilled to add it for you.
With the already grey area that all of us here are writing in, given that this is Fan Fiction, if anyone wishes to use characters that I've created in my stories within their own please feel free to do so. All I ask is the following;
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What I like to read: Anything that's well written that catches my eye really.. in terms of published stories, that currently means the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, and Destroymen by Taylor Anderson. Waiting for the next ones in either of those series is always painful because I want them the moment I finish the latest one.
As far as fan-fiction goes.. my taste is a bit eclectic. The first criteria is that is has to be well written, and despite my own occasional grammar failings, has to be reasonably well done in that regard. Usually I find new stories on TV-Tropes when I elect to dive into a new universe, although since I've hit most of those I've gone back to the old stand-by of looking up pairings or scenarios that I like. I suppose my biggest road block is that I like it to be believable and relatable to canon. OOC, even sometimes minor bits of it, can be a huge turn off.
Fanfic I Want to write at some point: A Mass Effect/Battletech story, focusing more on the negotiations and political chaos that would be caused by the aliens of the ME galaxy finding the Inner Sphere and Clans.
The Semper Trilogy
"We don't want more war. But if it comes down to the survival of humanity, or the survival of the Na'vi, there is only one choice."
Semper Victoria, and Semper Furor (Finished)
My first fanfiction story, and one that I am quite proud of. It was, funnily enough, both born and written quickly. The first chapter was posted the day it was written, and the same for the last, a pace of writing I have since tried to recapture without success.
It began when I was watching Avatar, shortly after the special edition came out, and reading Avatar fanfiction. I will not lie, I'm not the largest fan of much of the other works that take place in James Cameron's universe, with almost all of it being pro-Na'vi, and the majority of what little pro-human fanfiction typically resulting in curb-stomps (to note, this is realistic, but i find it to be rather boring reading).
My hope was to create a story from a more pro-human perspective, but one that did not portray the Na'vi as truly evil, nor humanity as being powerful beyond measure, and I like to think that I did a half-way decent job with it. I was also, I must say, both flattered and blown away by the continuous and largely positive responses that I earned during the review process, and I must send out special thanks to Khaos974 for placing the first two stories of the Semper universe onto the TvTropes recommends, and to LadyGeekGirl for praising my work on her blog.
Semper Furor, the sequel to Victoria, now finally finished after some years, was difficult. It was born largely out of my belief that my readers expected a sequel, and began at a steady enough pace. Unfortunately, several events conspired against me here. Firstly, the outline for Furor grew massively in scope, and had I finished the story according to it, it would have been a monster in the 300k word range, with a prelude arc, a major arc, and no fewer than three minor arcs.
As everyone who followed through the process knows, I rather botched it, thanks in part to getting a programming job, which demands far more of my time and energy than the cashier supervisor role that I held while writing Victoria. Eventually, and with significant input from my reviewers, I cut Furor off after the first arc, leaving it as a stand-alone story. The original major arc from Furor, with all of the minor arcs that began to clutter up Furor removed, will now be the story Semper Vitae.
Semper Vitae (On hiatus)
Summary: Six months after the Battle of the Riverbed, the lives of those involved have yet to return to normal. Within Tartarus, the debate rages as to the fate of the young rebels still held prisoner, and worried eyes begin to turn to the south, were rumors and tales of gathering tribes have begun to grow. Nearby, an exhausted and weary Jake and Neytiri are doing all they can to keep their people together, and must balance their grief of the past with fear for the future.
Currently on long-term hiatus due to lack of motivation. Perhaps when Avatar 2 comes out I will be inspired to resume.
Another Realm - Series
Hopefully the first of a self-insertion series into the Mass Effect universe. This largely began as a private effort to improve my ability to write in the first person without having to worry about universe creation, but I liked it enough to start posting the chapters here. As so many do, have to credit Mass Vexations and Masses to Masses for inspiring the idea and giving me a rough idea of how to start this out.
Tried to shake it up a little bit with the protagonist arriving on Illium several years before the first game, and also not being the person 'chosen' to join Shepard and her crew. That isn't to say that the Normandy won't become involved in the story, but that things will get.. complicated as the story progresses. Right now projects have this series running as long as seven separate stories, each with two to three arcs within them. I'm contemplating on ways to cut that down, but right now it's likely that this is going to be a long haul.
Massive thanks to The Blocked Writer for consenting to act as my beta for this series, post AR: Arrival. He was massively helpful in cleaning up both my outline and focusing my thoughts on what I wanted to do across the stories.
Another Realm I: Arrival (Finished)
"Things have gotten... complicated." ~ Xerol Shaaryak
Timeframe: March 2180 - December 2180
Summary: So, I've woken up with a pounding migraine and a million questions, and no answers are in sight. The best I can do is learn to survive as I try to get ready for the invasion that I know is coming. But like everybody knows, Illium is not a safe planet. When all I've got for friends are a jaded mechanic, a bitter matriarch, and a Batarian exile, even survival can prove to be hard.
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Another Realm II: Terminus (Finished)
"I can see why Gears keeps you around." ~ Jona Sederis
Timeframe: April 2181 - August 2181
Summary: It's been six months since our part in the war against the Blue Suns ended on Illium, but just because we think we're out doesn't mean that our enemies feel the same. Between Batarian politics, strange assassins, and reluctant rescue missions.. it would seem that my life is going to become extremely complicated yet again. Which figures, I was just starting to get comfortable.
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Another Realm III: Rōnin (Finished)
"Omega breaks you. It molds you. Changes you. It isn't a station, a station is a dead thing of metal and stone. Omega is alive in a way the Citadel is not. It is malevolent, evil, and it revels in being those things." ~ Matriarch Xia Tevos after Aria's rise.
Timeframe: August 2181 - June 2182
Summary: The events surrounding my exile have left me with a new goal in life: Find out who was behind the massacre at the hotel, and deal with them appropriately. In order to do so, I'm now on Omega to back up Aethyta's spies/mercenaries. But Omega isn't Illium, and it's going to be rough few months. Hell, between the mercs, the gangs, and Aria herself.. we'll be lucky just to survive.
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Another Realm IV: Vengeance (Complete)
"I will have my revenge, old fish. I will find him, I will throw him at Aria's feet, and I will quite contentedly watch as she tortures him to death. If you wanted Number Nine brought in alive, you should have fucking kept me informed." ~ Cieran Kean
Timeframe: June 2182 - March 2814
Summary: Illyan is back on Illium recovering from her wounds, which just leaves me with Voya and a bunch of people I trust about as far as I can throw my new set of power armor. Not that I really care about trusting them or not, because all that matters is vengeance. We're going to find Krom, going to wring him until he tells me just what the fuck the Matriarch did to he and I, and then I'm going to give him to Aria so she can choke the life from him for killing her daughter. First things first, in order to find him, we'll need intel. In order to take him, we'll need money, contacts, and support. All we have to do is hunt down bounty targets in the middle of an interstellar war. Won't be easy, but then again nothing worth it ever is.
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Another Realm V: Einherjar (In Progress)
Timeframe: March 2184 - December 2184
Summary: The assassin escaped us on Redcliffe, but the war goes on. Armed with new strategies, new allies, and new plans, the hunt will continue. But before it can truly resume, there are a few loose ends to tie up. In particular, my own past has been a mystery for far too long, and what few clues I have point to the throne-world of Lady Warlord Yan T'Ravt...
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Another Realm VI: Chevalier (General Outline Complete)
Another Realm VII: Hellhounds (Planned)
Another Realm VIII: Twilight (Planned)
Another Realm IX: Götterdämmerung (Planned)
The Realm Wars Series
Begin Engagement (Abandoned)
Instead of a single city within the Soul Society, there are three. Each is responsible for a different region on Earth, but when Aizen begins his rebellion not all rally to the defense of the Soul King. Instead of a war of honorable duels, the realms will shudder as armies march and titanic battles are joined. Bringing this story back as a method of staying in practice with third person perspective, updates will be once every two weeks or so. I know a lot of people would probably prefer I worked on Semper Vitae.. but honestly I just don't have the motivation to touch Avatar right now.
Abandoned: There was very little views for this story, which saddens me slightly as I honestly thought it was one of my better works. Currently I have no plans to resume working on it.