Ardil the Traveller
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Joined 01-30-02, id: 162488, Profile Updated: 10-16-22
Author has written 27 stories for Silmarillion, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pokémon, Skies of Arcadia, and Legend of Zelda.

I'm Ardil the Traveller, also sometimes known as Air Pirate Ris. I write on Archive of Our Own as Ardil the Traveller, as expanded readership is always a good thing. You can also now follow me on Mastodon, @Ardil@, where I will post the odd status update and a variety of miscellaneous thoughts!

I'm a writer and physicist, and I'm interested in just about every aspect of how this amazing universe of ours actually works, a fascination that carries over into my stories, where I try as hard as I can to ensure that everything makes sense, at least within the rules of the story. I can be calm, sensible, and even philosophical, or alternatively completely hyper and crazy, but I keep that side of myself away from my stories, where I'd far rather be taken seriously. I also enjoy drawing, and a few of the results can be found here.

Until recently, most of my fanfic writing was focused on Project Blur: the big Sonic project my friend Sparky and I are working on under the pen name Chaotic Alliance. Fundamentally, the premise is this: the games up to Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 were amazing, and then a lot of rather strange and terrible things happened - but inside each of those often rather awful games is a nugget of something that can be nurtured back to life as, we hope, a story worth reading. We love Sonic far too much to just give up on him and his friends over a few sucky games!

Currently, I appear to be on a massive Zelda kick. I'm kind of amazed I never got around to posting any of my Zelda stuff before! In my current project, Sword of the Goddess, there are / will be four interlinked stories: The Sword Reforged; Out of Time; A Hunger to Swallow the World; and To Drift from Grace. (Yes, in that order. There is a complex optimal reading order which is currently partially constructed, and which will prompt you at the beginning and end of relevant chapters.)

Many thanks to all those who are still reading the old stories! I don't know how you find them at this point, but wow, thank you!

I hope you enjoy my work!

"The future is like a dubious sausage - it's best not to ask what's in it!"

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Only in Death (black and white)

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Post Mortem by WolfsLegend reviews
In the past few centuries, the legacy of the Hero of Time has become nothing but a bedtime story, and the Goddesses are now a chapter in a book, right next to Greek mythology. Everything forgotten, just like that. That is, until a certain investigator with Faron City's Police Department starts investigating a series of strange and unexplained deaths. AU Hero of Time Death;Monthly
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 14 - Words: 84,305 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 11/24 - Published: 1/25/2020 - Link, Zelda, Malon, Ganondorf
The Time Lost by Shrub360 reviews
When Hyrule was thrown into darkness by the Dark King Ganondorf, nobody knew a hero would appear to save them. This is the story of Hyrule's struggle during their seven years without a hero—the story of the people who lived during this time. Co-authored with Ruki44. OoT. Adult timeline. OCs. The Gerudo language used in this story was created by Nina-Kristine Johnson.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 24 - Words: 149,381 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 6/30 - Published: 7/7/2016 - Impa, Saria, Sheik, OC
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong reviews
Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell... COMPLETE.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 122 - Words: 661,619 - Reviews: 36978 - Favs: 30,723 - Follows: 22,315 - Updated: 3/14/2015 - Published: 2/28/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Hatchling by Eyes5 reviews
Samus. Metroid. Hatchling. A piece of planet SR388 has stabilized its orbit around a small star and Samus is inclined to investigate if the X still exist. She goes there despite protests from the Federation and the malfuntioning of her power suit.
Metroid - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 28 - Words: 87,932 - Reviews: 436 - Favs: 356 - Follows: 226 - Updated: 2/6/2009 - Published: 12/24/2002
Cuts by Sparky Lurkdragon reviews
[Twilight Princess] Concerned about how Link is coping with his travels, Ilia has a talk with him.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 666 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Published: 8/27/2007 - Complete
Requiem for the Dream by Aroihkin reviews
[DARKFIC] [AU] [WIP] The heroes have fallen and Galcian's time has finally come, but how long will it last? More to the point when you have all that you thought you wanted, what do you do then? Ramirez main POV, rated T for dark themes and violence.
Skies of Arcadia - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 15 - Words: 41,582 - Reviews: 97 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 9/28/2005 - Published: 3/8/2004
A Mary Sue Alphabet by Irony-chan reviews
A's for Amanda Our hero's twin sister Got lost as a baby and Gosh, how he missed her...
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,497 - Reviews: 2834 - Favs: 7,179 - Follows: 612 - Published: 1/12/2005 - Complete
Eternity by Lael Adair reviews
You never really know how precious something is...until you lose it. -complete-
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Supernatural - Chapters: 7 - Words: 22,403 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 9/4/2003 - Published: 7/26/2003 - Manic, Tails - Complete
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The Sword Reforged reviews
Two students at the Knight Academy take part in a traditional graduation ceremony, utterly unaware that the events of centuries ago echo and reflect upon this very day. The battle the goddess could not win so long ago must now be fought again, only this time with her powers renewed and her chosen sword reforged to an unstoppably keen edge. [Retelling. Pt 4 of Sword of the Goddess]
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 45 - Words: 137,353 - Reviews: 98 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 11/5 - Published: 8/21/2021 - Link, Zelda, Ghirahim, Demise
The View from Orbit
A series of short stories covering Ramirez and Fina's childhoods on the Great Silver Shrine...
Skies of Arcadia - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,291 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 1/24 - Published: 1/22
Kingdom of the Fallen
Once, long ago, a great goddess chose a hero and fought in defence of her people. Together and with the power of the Triforce, they won. Centuries have passed, and the people live under the hand of their goddess, worshipful and grateful – for who but a fool would be anything but? But evil cloaks the land, and all is not well in a kingdom rotten at its very core.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: M - English - Horror/Tragedy - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,358 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/19/2022 - Complete
Out of Time reviews
Saina was raised in anticipation of the end-and-beginning of the Cycle, a closed loop of time, but she dreams of crossing the impassable horizon and escaping to an open-ended timeline. The world beyond is a wider and more dangerous place than she could have imagined... and soon she will find herself on the losing side of a hard-fought war. [Part 2 of Sword of the Goddess.]
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Tragedy - Chapters: 25 - Words: 83,800 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 10/2/2022 - Published: 7/17/2021 - Link, Zelda, Demise, Hylia/Her Grace - Complete
Lost Legend reviews
After the events of Twilight Princess, Link is left with questions he cannot answer and a tale he cannot explain, until a dream seems to offer him a way to find them. But where will it lead, and what will it mean – and what will it show him?
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,273 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/1/2022 - Link
The Fields Grown Wild reviews
During OoT. Link leaves the forest for the first time, believing it will kill him but determined to carry out the Great Deku Tree's dying wish. The land he finds outside is at once peaceful and haunted, abandoned fields and empty villages silent testament to the vicious war fought barely a decade before, and the bones of the children less lucky than Link still rise each night...
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,450 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Published: 4/24/2022 - Link, Navi - Complete
Distance reviews
As Link travels on his endless quest, seeking a friend who cannot be found, a thousand variations of this story are told a thousand times. But each time, it ends the same way. [Post-Ocarina; Twilight Princess Timeline]
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,674 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/17/2022 - Link - Complete
LIV: Decision
It's finally over, Ganondorf's dark rule ended, the man, or the monster he became, sealed away in the Sacred Realm. It is time to lay the Master Sword to rest, to close the Door of Time. With her dreams as a warning set against the thing she has wished for with all her heart for seven years, Zelda once again makes a choice that will determine Link's entire future. AU, L.IV series.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 565 - Published: 1/1/2022 - Link, Zelda - Complete
Before the Sacred Tree
In the graveyard behind Hyrule Castle, a half eroded, weatherworn monument can still just about be read: "The cursed swordsman... sleeps... before the sacred tree..." - Yeah. ABOUT that. A song covering the span from the end of Ocarina of Time to more or less the end of Twilight Princess, focused on the Hero of Time.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 850 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/31/2021 - Complete
LIV: Prophecy
While waiting to see Link safely across the Gerudo Desert, Sheik has another of his strange dreams. He knows it means something important, but what? OoT-onwards AU: L.IV series.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 828 - Published: 12/21/2021 - Link, Sheik - Complete
A Hunger to Swallow the World reviews
In the world created by the Golden Goddesses long years before, there are many beings of power. Some are benevolent, some indifferent, some hostile - but they are all bound by Nayru's Law. Until, eventually, something happens that shatters the laws and a god breaks beyond its natural role... [Part of the Sword of the Goddess series.]
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 6 - Words: 7,396 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11/7/2021 - Published: 7/11/2021 - Ghirahim, Demise - Complete
To Drift from Grace reviews
Everyone knows the story of how the world was created, and how, when the Golden Goddesses left, they left behind the Triforce. And, for the Triforce, there was once a guardian... Follow Hylia, Guardian of the Triforce, as she meets her first humans - and comes to love them far beyond the dictates of her duty. [Part of the Sword of the Goddess series.]
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 976 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 4 - Published: 10/24/2021 - Hylia/Her Grace
Skull Kids reviews
"Is this what happens to kids who wander into the forest?" That which enters the forest becomes lost. That which takes from the forest, belongs to the forest. It is a law unto itself… but the old Great Deku Tree always had a soft spot for children. "It looks like he doesn't like grownups..." (A brief look at what it is to be a Skull Kid. [Ocarina of Time])
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,465 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/14/2021 - Complete
Silver Source Thirteen reviews
The engineers of Silver Source Thirteen, one of the highly refined Moon Stones that keeps Soltis aloft, are faced with an unprecedented blackout immediately followed by an attack on the vast city - but their true foe is one they could never have expected. The race to repair and safeguard their Source while maintaining the Dome of Light may give them one last chance as Soltis falls.
Skies of Arcadia - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 14,899 - Reviews: 3 - Updated: 4/22/2013 - Published: 8/23/2012
Six Shades of Ruin reviews
The Rains of Destruction brought ruin to the Old World, consigning its once glorious civilisations to myth and leaving only scattered relics behind. These are the tales of their endings.
Skies of Arcadia - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,846 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/27/2008
Only in Death reviews
A lone Valuan wanders through Lower City, despairing and hopeless, his only aim to escape his life of servitude, but falls victim to an even worse form of slavery. For some, freedom can only be found in death.
Skies of Arcadia - Rated: T - English - Angst/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,404 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 5 - Published: 3/7/2006 - Complete
Only Yesterday reviews
Sonic's been in a coma for years, completely unresponsive. Now he's awakened in a ruined world, ruled by Dr. Robotnik, all that he once knew gone or changed almost beyond recognition. Can he bring back yesterday's bright dreams, or is he doomed to fail?
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 65 - Words: 60,240 - Reviews: 332 - Favs: 122 - Follows: 36 - Updated: 2/18/2006 - Published: 4/14/2002 - Complete
It's All Over If You Fall reviews
Sonic and Shadow see the same actions in a very different light. After the world is saved, their paths part irrevocably. Set immediately after SA2.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 472 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 3 - Published: 11/26/2005 - Sonic, Shadow - Complete
A Single Wish reviews
It's been two months since Shadow died, burned up in the planet's atmosphere, but Sonic still can't get over the feeling that he should have been able to save him, somehow...
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 4,592 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 11/25/2003 - Published: 9/17/2002
Situation Critical reviews
Situation Critical... but even after the darkness, can a ray of light shine through?
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 327 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 10/1/2003 - Shadow - Complete
Shattered reviews
Sonic has given his own life to save Shadow's, stopping him from falling away to burn up in the atmosphere. Now, a few days after Sonic's heroic sacrifice, Shadow has to carry on...
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,312 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/9/2002 - Complete
The Black Crystal Project reviews
As Shadow falls through the sky, his fate balancing on a knife-edge, deep in an almost-forgotten base something is typing... and the results will sweep Sonic, Shadow, Tails, and Knuckles into a battle for life and freedom against a deadly opponent.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 8,295 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 10/5/2002 - Published: 4/14/2002
Sevenfold reviews
A girl and six Pokemon appear from nowhere, in the middle of an inhospitable mountain pass. There's something very special about them, but nobody else shares it, and they can admit no other to their wonderful link. So who, or what, are they - and why?
Pokémon - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,494 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 10/3/2002
Reincarnation reviews
The power of the Chaos Emeralds flowing through them will keep Sonic and Shadow alive indefinitely, but everyone else Sonic's ever cared for is long dead. Then a young fox turns up on the doorstep of Tails' workshop, claiming to be Tails reincarnate.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,048 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 64 - Follows: 17 - Published: 8/18/2002 - Sonic, Tails - Complete
Loss reviews
A song based on the Sonic video, at the point where Metal sinks into the lava.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 225 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/10/2002 - Sonic, Metal Sonic - Complete
Fight Against Fate: In Honour Of reviews
If given the chance to change the past, what would you choose...?
Silmarillion - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 383 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/25/2002 - Complete
What have I done? reviews
After the Kinslaying, a lone elf stares back as the ships sail away...
Silmarillion - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 589 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/30/2002 - Complete