Slightly Dazed Bystander
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Joined 10-04-09, id: 2104398, Profile Updated: 10-11-16
Author has written 4 stories for Azumanga Daioh, and Freedom Planet.

Welcome to the dazed world of the Bystander.

11/10/2016: It took another week, but the chapter is out. Carol finally gets to grips with something that has both inspired and dogged her through the entire story.

4/10/2016: (Holds head in hands). Chapter difficulties. Unfortunately I have new personal commitments, as I have started a Chemistry course I must keep up with. This was my one chance to get the chapter done. I'm not likely to be able to complete the chapter until next week now. I apologise for the delay.

22/9/2016: Chapter 24 is launched. I was feeling rather nervous about this one, and I wanted to make sure that I waited for feedback from my pre-reader, ElectricSparx. I was also feeling too exhausted to add the necessary polish, which meant that I didn't really know what I had. As it happened, the chapter seemed to be in better nick than I felt at the time, so I have decided to go ahead and publish. I think I will try to publish as soon as I can when I am late and try to stick to schedule, rather than waiting until the next Tuesday if I miss that Tuesday's deadline. Better not to keep people waiting any longer than I need to.

It feels like it gets harder to maintain a story as you go on. I've been trying to push through that a bit while still maintaining the quality of the prose. I do feel like I'm becoming more polished, but it's always hard to judge from your own perspective. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy this latest offering, and I will endeavour to continue. I feel my track record for tardiness speaks for itself at this point.

6/9/2016: Chapter 23 is away, and this is where the real story starts.

Carol is subconsciously practicing a form of logic comparable to cutting the Gordion Knot. There are basically a lot of things they can't understand and a lot of things which just don't make sense, so she's picking up on the most important detail, the most revealing one, and building the rest of her theory around that. There are a lot of other things that she (and by extension myself, the author) doesn't explicitly say. I'm deliberately leaving a lot for you guys to piece together.

24/8/2016: A little longer than usual turned out to be a week and a day. Chapter 22 is finally out. Thank you for bearing with me longer than you should have had to.

16/8/2016: Unfortunately, the latest chapter will take a little longer than usual. I will try to get it out as soon as I can, and if possible will try to go the extra mile next week in exchange. I apologise for this, as it is the second time in a month that I have not updated the story on time. Please, bear with me.

Slightly Dazed Bystander.

2/8/2016: Chapter 21 is away!

19/7/2016: Chapter 20 is finally out. Apologies for the wait everyone.

12/7/2016: Sorry folks. I couldn't do it this fortnight. I had critical interviews for teacher training this week, and trying to get the chapter out would have been irresponsible. I did make an attempt, but I'm not going to try to rush it out three hours before deadline with my interview looming tomorrow. I apologise for this. You'll get it by the weekend. Next Tuesday tops. I will aim for this Thursday.

Slightly Dazed Bystander.

29/6/2016: Chapter 19 is out. Poor Carol...

1/6/2016: Chapter 17 is now out... and we're finally into the endgame for this arc. Things will be wrapping up in the north pretty soon.

Wow... lots of getting hurt in this one. I had my doubts about this one at times, but decided to run with it.

18/5/2016: That's the 16th chapter out.

5/52016: Chapter 15 is out on the scene! I actually got a chapter out on time! It's a Christmas miracle! Which, by the way, Carol kind of needs right now herself.

26/4/2016: Another two week break. Chapter 14 is out. Carol's starting to rally, but can she survive the coming storm?

12/4/2016: After a two week break, Chapter 13 of The Dragon's Mantle is finally out. As always, the story may update next week or not. If not, there'll be another chapter of Drunken Ramblings instead.

22/3/2016: Chapter 12 is out and the story is hitting home. Also, did I mention we have a forum now?

We have a forum now :D

19/3/2016: We have a forum ladies and gentlemen.

Here you can discuss stories, request feedback, leave reviews and spitball exciting new ideas. All are welcome! Please feel free to introduce yourselves. Hopefully we can make a go of it!

16/3/2016: Chapter ten. We'll finally get back to Milla next chapter, and get out of the woods to boot.

8/3/2016: Chapter nine is out.

3/3/2016: Chapter eight, Meltdown is out.

This is an important chapter, because we're taking a look inside the mind of a character I have deliberately denied the perspective of so far. It was also one of the easiest to initially write yet the hardest editing job. Writing Lilac was a balancing act, because I had to underline the impact of her trials and tribulations without weakening the fundamental strength of the character. Lilac is tough as nails and I didn't want to undermine that, but at the same time I needed to hammer home that this is essentially a full-scale breakdown as she's hit by the consequences of her decisions both during and before FP1's events. This was not easy to do, and I think I nearly strangled my monitor on a few occasions.

23/2/2016: Chapter seven, Wake, is now out.

16/2/2016: Chapter six is out. Well, chapter seven actually. I split Wildcat Rescue into two halves due to size.

9/2/2016: The fifth chapter of The Dragon's Mantle has been released.

This was a difficult one to write. I've done extensive editing on it, trying to retool the action and make it more interesting. I'd be very eager to hear feedback on the combat if anyone is willing.

Thanks to all who are reading along to this. I hope I am doing a good job.

3/2/2016: That's the fourth chapter of the Dragon's Mantle released. This is actually progressing somewhat stably for once.

People may have noticed that I tend to update on Tuesday. The official schedule is Wednesday. However, since I'm unlikely to be awake for midnight, I generally publish on Tuesday after I've put the final touches on each chapter.

26/1/2016: That's another chapter released. Forsaken Woodland.

This was a difficult chapter, because it's really a set up for things to come. I also had Torque and Gong's interplay to sort out when I first wrote this chapter, which was a little tricky to set up. I hope it goes down well.

20/1/2016: The next chapter of the Dragon's Mantle is out and it looks like we're on a formal release schedule of one per week. I'd do it more often but I'm being very careful not to exceed the rate at which I can write these chapters. One a week looks like a good estimate. Maybe a little faster if I can really hit my stride. Any more than that and I'm just going to end up rushing. I already wound up having to redo quite a bit of work on some later chapters and I'd like to keep these flowing steadily so that people have time to read. I don't want to just throw the whole story up and drown people in words, and then a month passes with no new content.

Trying to be organised this time folks.

14/1/2016: I have a new story out. The Dragon's Mantle.

Well I'm proud of the title anyway. The story centres around how Carol would handle herself if Lilac disappeared shortly after the events of the first game. The story is only just starting out and I have a lot of work to do on the chapters I have written, but I should be able to update this one steadily. Though it is going to be a long haul; there is a lot of story to tell here, I also know how this is going to start, end and what's going to happen in the middle. If anyone has any feedback please let me know; I'm quite excited about this one. Carol is an excellent character and the FP universe gives a lot of room to explore

13/1/2016: Well, I finally did it. I chopped back Through the Darkness to chapter 12. This was coming for a long time.

I have several reasons. The major reason is that it was probably in violation of's terms of service. That was just too gory and too unpleasant. I need to be more responsible with what I put up here.

Which brings me to reason two. Too unpleasant. I've got a fairly high tolerance for blood and violence, but that was getting into "not touching this with a bargepole territory." Quite frankly I'm amazed I wasn't flamed out of existence; this stuff's been here for six years without a comment (beyond one reviewer's glorious observation that he/she "hopes Tomo kills them all!" If I could frame that on my wall...)

I may re-approach the story. But I'd like to come at it from a less overtly violent angle. Disturbing is fine. Making people seriously wonder about the mental health of the author is not.

Freaks and Monsters is on haitus until I sort it out in my head. I still have a solid concept, I'm just roughing out the edges. In the meantime another unfortunate story, Freedom Planet, has caught my eye and I may soon have a different fic on the go. This one has a much more solid plan from beginning to end, so hopefully I won't write myself into a corner this time (which again happened with Through the Darkness).

It'll also be a lot less bleak. Not to mention T-rated, which is a surprisingly refreshing change. I'd like to write a story with a little bit of hope for once.

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Elysium: The Hands of Fate (please see profile) by Roringugaru reviews
Hama, a desert wanderer and her small companion Teal and Soren an unusual speaking sword are soon thrown into an unknown when a falling star suddenly lands in the desert. What did it hold? Dust, Fidget and Ahrah. Their arrival however, seems to bring something with them. With fates now intertwined, Dust and Hama must work together to save Elysium from a threat greater than Gaius.
Dust: An Elysian Tail - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 16 - Words: 57,050 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 38 - Updated: 4/6 - Published: 3/2/2015
Little Miss Heropants by FireTrooper113 reviews
Lilac didn't survive Brevon's machinations without scars. Carol finds out and agrees to keep it a secret from Milla, becoming Lilac's only solace. Fortuitously, Lilac receives an opportunity to get the help she needs. But our girls soon find themselves in over their heads once more, and as Lilac grows more desperate, Carol must do what she can to keep her from going over the edge.
Freedom Planet - Rated: T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 6 - Words: 50,708 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 2/1 - Published: 2/18/2016 - S. Lilac, Carol T.
Leaving Avalice (CANCELED) by USEChairman reviews
Avalice has been saved. Lord Brevon has been defeated at the hands of Sash Lilac the Dragon, and his army has been crippled. However, Lilac and her friends are still trapped on his Dreadnought and they need to escape before it crashes once again. Little do they know, that when they escape, they will start a series of events that put Avalice in more danger than they could imagine.
Crossover - Sonic the Hedgehog & Freedom Planet - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 15 - Words: 49,866 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 2/18/2017 - Published: 8/14/2015 - Sonic, S. Lilac, Carol T., A. Brevon
Lilac & Carol in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 by RaceProUK reviews
(Non-canonical parody) Carol has a new classic game she thinks is awesome, but Lilac doesn't see the appeal. However, when the two best friends are sucked into the game itself, Lilac has no choice but to play it to the end…
Crossover - Sonic the Hedgehog & Freedom Planet - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 29,434 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 12/31/2016 - Published: 9/25/2016 - Dr. Robotnik/Dr. Eggman, S. Lilac, Carol T. - Complete
Avalice Chronicles Volume 4 by Ultrablockstar reviews
The Annual Avalician Martial Arts Championship have begun! However as Milla and her friends progress through the tournament, they have to face both Jai and a new threat, including the discovery of a dark secret about Milla's bloodline and legacy. (Original Characters belong to their respective owners.)
Freedom Planet - Rated: T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 5 - Words: 21,367 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 11/19/2016 - Published: 1/13/2016 - Milla B., OC, Spade
The Infinite Loops: Avalice Loops by MetalVoltEXE
Freedom Planet joins the Infinite Time Loops. How will Sash Lilac and her friends deal with it?
Crossover - Freedom Planet & X-overs - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,869 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 8 - Published: 4/13/2016 - S. Lilac, Carol T., Milla B.
Spoils of War by PaxRomaDacia reviews
"I held the spoils of a thousand worlds on that dreadnought. Every world we looted from will be searching for it, and their search will lead them directly to that savage rock. Every terrible thing in the galaxy will be heading their way. And if they somehow survive... Let's just say I will be back to claim what is mine very... VERY... soon."
Freedom Planet - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,884 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 12/29/2015 - Published: 6/7/2015 - S. Lilac, Carol T., Milla B., C. Torque
The Greatest Story Never Told by Abel9210 reviews
A fledgling journalist with a middling career, an eagle called Samuel Swift, is tasked to write an investigative piece about the legendary criminal, Coral Tea, on his own time. The slight problem being that only a select few people really know anything about the legend, since most of the public is ignorant to her exploits, up to and including how she died in the first place.
Freedom Planet - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 8 - Words: 32,815 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/26/2015 - Published: 10/20/2015 - Carol T., OC, S. Lilac, Milla B.
A Two of Hearts by USEChairman reviews
It's been weeks since Brevon's defeat, but Sash Lilac is having a hard time forgetting. Plagued by guilt and nightmares, she is scared that she'll be haunted by what she had to go through forever. However, a sudden visitor in the night might just change that, as well as forge something that she never knew she really wanted.
Freedom Planet - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,250 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 3 - Published: 8/29/2015 - S. Lilac, Spade - Complete
Avalice Chronicles Volume 2 by Ultrablockstar reviews
Milla and Kai arrives at the Imperial City of Zhōngyāng, however they soon discover that there's more to this city than they expect, as Milla reunites with someone from her past. (Original Characters belong to their respective owners)
Freedom Planet - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 16 - Words: 32,081 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 4/10/2015 - Published: 3/23/2015 - Milla B., OC - Complete
The Five Scarves - Origins 1: Hanna Skarlett by RaceProUK
An orphan with serious anger issues and a tendency towards violence, Hanna was working hard at improving herself before Fate decided it had other ideas for her.
Freedom Planet - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 3,740 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/26/2015 - OC - Complete
Avalice Chronicles Volume 1 by Ultrablockstar reviews
Two years have passed since Brevon's defeat and the Kingdom Stone's transformation. Milla Basset, one of the heroines who saved Avalice, now travels across the planet in search of her missing parents. However as Milla enters unknown territory she find's herself in several conflicts. (Original Characters belong to their respective owners)
Freedom Planet - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 13 - Words: 22,091 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 4 - Published: 2/18/2015 - Milla B., OC - Complete
Thirty More H's (HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 2) by xandermartin98 reviews
The sequel to Thirty H's (the original trollfic was made by Secondpillow). Expect an amount of canon defilement that is equal to the original Thirty H's story if not more so. It's an apocalypse! WARNING (WARNING!): hide the kids from this one. Moderators, please don't take this one down again. I'm begging you. This will be the only M-rated story I'll revive if that's what it takes.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Tragedy/Fantasy - Chapters: 9 - Words: 2,336 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/21/2014 - Harry P.
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Krubby reviews
Tomo and Osaka give a presentation on evolution.
Azumanga Daioh - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 628 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/17/2014 - Ayumu K./Osaka, Tomo T. - Complete
Game Over by Miss Romantic Tragedy reviews
The hero has fallen.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 611 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 6 - Published: 1/17/2014 - Link - Complete
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The Dragon's Mantle reviews
The Chasers' victory against Brevon was already against the odds. But when Lilac goes missing just hours later an orphaned Carol is left with the pieces. With the world against her once more can Carol recover? Or will a cruel galaxy crush her for having the temerity to take a stand? Can she pick up the dragon's mantle?
Freedom Planet - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 27 - Words: 100,503 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 1/7/2017 - Published: 1/13/2016 - Carol T., Milla B., C. Torque
Runken Dramblings reviews
A dragon, a wildcat and a basset hound walk into a bar. Mayhem ensues. Under intoxication nothing is safe, not even the fabric of reality itself!
Freedom Planet - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,598 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 4/19/2016 - Published: 4/5/2016 - [G. Gong, A. Brevon] S. Lilac, Carol T.
Through the Darkness Hand in Hand reviews
An ordinary journey to school turns into a nightmare for Tomo as she finds the city deserted and a terrified Chiyo alone in the streets of downtown Tokyo. As things start crawling out from the shadows, Tomo must become an unlikely hero as she traverses the city and tries to keep her young classmate safe from whatever malevolent forces are at work in the city.
Azumanga Daioh - Rated: M - English - Horror/Friendship - Chapters: 12 - Words: 35,691 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 1/13/2016 - Published: 6/12/2013 - Chiyo M., Tomo T.
Of Freaks and Monsters reviews
A school of magic, a demon hunting teacher and six monstrous girls at a human school. In a social experiment, six non-human schoolgirls are given the historic opportunity to attend a human high school. Its a ticket out of poverty and towards recognition for their kind, but prejudices run deep and each of the girls have their issues. Can they overcome the odds and triumph?
Azumanga Daioh - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 19,268 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 7/12/2015 - Published: 6/19/2015