Bryon Nightshade
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Joined 10-21-02, id: 283944, Profile Updated: 11-03-13
Author has written 45 stories for Sonic the Hedgehog, Gundam Wing/AC, Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Ranma, Warcraft, Naruto, Mega Man, Harry Potter, and Phantasy Star.

I like to use this space to comment on recent stories-- their genesis, who I went about writing them, and so on. Unfortunately, it's gotten to the point where I have so many stories I can't cover them, or even the most recent.


Recently I was inspired to write a couple of Mega Man stories, even though the games I used as my source material aren't exactly new properties. The motivation was listening to covers of the old-school Mega Man soundtracks by a band called The Megas. (I highly recommend their CDs.) When I wrote the first two stories, I amused myself with the notion that I'd write one for each of the three X games I had played. And then... I got carried away. My research to ensure I got the X3 story write encouraged me to write an X4 story; my desire to see the culmination of (what I thought at the time would be) a pretty logical story arc resulted in my re-writing all of X5. Oops. And even then I found that there were still some major holes in the continuity, gaps Capcom had patently failed to address. Before I knew it, I had gone whole-hog and done up a whole series.

Strangely, the first two stories that I wrote, "Lost in the Land of Nod" and "Fratricide", ended up not quite meshing with the rest of them. I didn't know I'd be writing more, and I didn't know the direction the future stories would take, so I guess I can't be blamed for that; but I would definitely do a few things differently, given the chance to do them over. Anyway, the full saga is as thus:

Post-Classic: Supernova; Pre-X: Impertinence, Red Awakening; X1: Lost in the Land of Nod; X2: Fratricide; X3: Zero Sum; X4: Consequences; X5: A Heavy Load to Bear.


The concept for "Robotnik's Mercy" came upon me with great suddenness. I felt compelled to get it on paper (metaphorically) while it was still burning in my mind. I wrote the story in about six hours. It took two days to finish editing and sprucing up. It's the fastest I've ever produced a story. One thing is certain: it creeps me out something severe. Sometimes when you write a story, it's the product of things that have been floating around with you for a while, a deliberate amalgamation of things that matter to you. This story feels alien to me, like I was just the transmission method for an idea born elsewhere. Very strange.


I just (Sep2012) finished my longest story yet, "The Sonic Seven". So as to avoid spoilers, I put most of my thoughts on the content of the story as an epilogue. I will say this, though: this was a joy to write, and I'm delighted it came out so well. If you'd asked me a year ago about writing a Sonic story based on Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai", I would have scoffed that it was derivative and probably pointless. But after I heard "Knight of the Wind", then got upset at the weapons they'd chosen to give the characters in "Sonic and the Black Knight", I sat down to think about what weapons fit better. It was a short trip from there to imagine how such a story might go, and I got so excited I couldn't help but write it. (Aside: do yourself a favor and go watch "The Seven Samurai". Or "The Magnificent Seven", a Western variation of the same story. Both are outstanding feats of cinema.)


"HIGH SCHOOL SONIC HIGH SCHOOL" was written on a lark. I've seen too many stories of this type and wanted to mock the worst of them. The completely over-the-top title is because people continue to miss the labels on my other parodies that clearly denote them as such. They still might, but at least it'll be funnier now. In terms of length it's between the short, point-making blurbs (like "Shadow, Falling") and "Ultimate Sonadow", which had its own plot and momentum. HSSHS is more like cliche whack-a-mole. I think I got most of them.


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The Sonic Wind: The Beginning of Everything by Cookirini reviews
Sonic wind: the wind resistance encountered by pilots when nearing Mach 1.0 also the 'wall of air'. It is also the wind that accompanies the speed of a certain hedgehog. A historicallybased experiment in Sonic fanfiction. Complete.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Drama/Supernatural - Chapters: 22 - Words: 86,826 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 6/23/2004 - Published: 6/22/2003 - Complete
The Storyteller by Roland 'Jim' Lowery reviews
In a dark future where Robotnik reigns supreme over Mobius, robots of all walks of life gather to hear the one known as the Storyteller weave tales both real and imagined.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Angst/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,719 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 16 - Published: 12/15/2003 - Complete
Because by 32-bit Mandarin Orange reviews
Rin, almost 18, is burned with a question that only Sesshomaru knows the answer to. But when he defies her beliefs, Rin is torn between two loyalties and learns the real definition of unconditional love…
Inuyasha - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 12 - Words: 28,979 - Reviews: 253 - Favs: 93 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 9/5/2003 - Published: 4/13/2003 - Rin, Sesshomaru
Beginning by Lael Adair reviews
Short story. No added characters. True Sonic spirit. Can you really ask for more? -oneshot-
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,421 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 10 - Published: 7/26/2003 - Sonic - Complete
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Credo reviews
Zero. A priest. A corpse. There are far more questions than answers surrounding this tangle of bodies. It's not a good combination for an android who prefers things simple. In his stubbornness, Zero will venture far outside his comfort zone to find answers. Just don't expect him to be happy about it.
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Mystery/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,154 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/20 - Zero
A Foundation of Sand reviews
X1 aftermath. One-shot. Sigma claimed his revolution was necessary to usher in a new age. He failed, but the damage is done- the old world is gone. What will come next is, as yet, unclear... for the one being that would have the most to say about that doesn't want the job.
Mega Man - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,869 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Published: 4/13 - X, Dr. Cain - Complete
False Dawn reviews
X1 prequel/intro. Loyalty: it's a concept early robots couldn't understand, as there was no alternative; disobedience was impossible. X and his progeny are cursed to be more than that. At the moment of crisis, X, Sigma, and Zero must decide where their loyalties lie. Their choices will shake the world. Complete.
Mega Man - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 31,670 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 4/6 - Published: 3/2 - Complete
Standard Deviation reviews
X1 prequel. "This is the most important thing to know about me: I am Sigma, and I am always right." Complete.
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 16,266 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 1/26 - Published: 1/6 - Sigma - Complete
Red Awakening reviews
X1 prequel. For X, the newly-discovered red robot will be many things. A puzzle to be solved. A peer to be challenged. A friend to be embraced. And a harbinger- the herald of darker times. Because, in the end, X and Zero are as different as sun and moon. Complete.
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 15,771 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 10/27/2013 - Published: 10/20/2013 - X, Zero, Dr. Cain - Complete
Supernova reviews
Rock is dead. Thomas Light is dying. But there's a little time left- time enough for one last incandescent burst of genius. Time enough to right one last wrong. Complete.
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 5 - Words: 20,204 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 10/13/2013 - Published: 9/16/2013 - Dr. Light - Complete
A Heavy Load To Bear reviews
Total X5 re-write. The four Wars that have come before were merely a prologue. Under the shadow of cataclysm, the old order is coming apart at the seams. Neighbor will fight neighbor, two robots close as brothers will battle to the death, and nothing will ever be the same. Don't think you know what will happen. Complete.
Mega Man - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 16 - Words: 75,432 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 6/10/2013 - Published: 2/4/2013 - Complete
Impertinence reviews
X1 prequel. One-shot. Question: How is a humble archaeologist able to create a new breed of robot? Answer: he also happens to be a world-class roboticist. Question: why is a world-class roboticist digging around in the dirt? Answer: well... it's complicated.
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,530 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/25/2013 - Dr. Cain - Complete
The Extinction of Shinobi reviews
Set shortly before the latest Ninja War began. It was such a plain-seeming study to contain such dire news. It was fascinatingly forboding. As frightening as the words were, the hokage couldn't shake the feel of truth they contained...
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,429 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/29/2013 - Shikamaru N., Tsunade S. - Complete
Forward Unto Dawn reviews
SatAM prequel. At the cusp of adolescence, Sonic and his childhood friends join the fight to save their world. Not all the challenges that await them are on the battlefield. How mature are the children? How adult? And how resistant to tragedy?
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 32,434 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 2/4/2013 - Published: 3/18/2012
Consequences reviews
After X4. The Fourth War has badly shaken the Maverick Hunters. X and Zero find themselves able to agree on less and less even as they grasp at the straws of their friendship. The world is devolving into armed camps, and the two Hunters will soon be driven to extreme- and contradictory- choices.
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,576 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/21/2013 - Complete
HIGH SCHOOL SONIC HIGH SCHOOL reviews
As the Sonic characters gather for a new high-school themed production, things take a turn for the surreal. Parody, songfic (sorta).
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,628 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Published: 10/8/2012 - Complete
Zero Sum reviews
Immediately after X3. X and Zero have walked the same path thus far, but as they reflect on the legacies of the Maverick Wars, X gets a terrifying premonition of wars to come... and a day when Zero is no longer his friend.
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,659 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/7/2012 - Complete
The Sonic Seven reviews
Adaptation of "The Seven Samurai". Sonic and six others make a hopeless stand to protect starving peasants from bandits. Each warrior hopes to gain something by doing so. Each will pay a price. Complete, now with epilogue.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 27 - Words: 124,151 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 9/17/2012 - Published: 3/11/2012 - Complete
Don't Fall In reviews
PSIV, quickie. Small talk leads to disaster. Some things shouldn't be discussed.
Phantasy Star - Rated: K - English - Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 619 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 9/5/2012 - Complete
The Sky Is Orange reviews
He'd heard the rumors, of course- that Harry Potter was drunk with power, or had become senile, or had gone mad. But none of it prepared the aspiring Auror for his encounter with the Head of the Auror's Office.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,590 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/2/2012 - Complete
Fratricide reviews
Set during MMX2. It was a deliciously villainous plan- set Zero as Sigma's guardian against X. How far would X go to beat not only a superior robot, but his brother-in-arms?
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,367 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/24/2012 - Zero - Complete
Robotnik's Mercy reviews
SatAM, very dark. Never doubt what Robotnik is capable of, as a mother and her child learn first-hand.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,252 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 8 - Published: 7/5/2011 - Dr. Robotnik/Dr. Eggman
Lost in the Land of Nod reviews
During the first Maverick War, Megaman X confronts Dr. Cain about the creation of the Reploids. Dr. Cain's response challenges X's most fundamental beliefs.
Mega Man - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,290 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/15/2011 - X, Dr. Cain - Complete
How To Fail At Laziness reviews
Set right before Naruto's return to Konoha with Jiraiya, this story follows Team Asuma on what should be a routine mission but, of course, is not. Shikamaru sighs. A lot.
Naruto - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 9,823 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Published: 11/3/2009 - Shikamaru N. - Complete
The Passion of Illidan Stormrage reviews
As his domain crumbles around him, Illidan finds a moment to pause and reflect. Mood piece.
Warcraft - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,022 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/2/2009 - Illidan Stormrage - Complete
Home is Where Our Journies End reviews
Amy is thrown into another world. There are some familiar faces, but everything seems wrong, somehow... Crossover, and a study on how our worlds affect our characters.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 7 - Words: 27,987 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 5 - Published: 4/2/2006 - Complete
Shadow, Falling reviews
This is a reprinting of a removed story and a monument to Sega's failures as storytellers. It's the reality of what happened to Shadow at the end of Sonic Adventure 2.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 614 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 5 - Published: 3/31/2006 - Complete
That I Want reviews
SatAM. Mood piece. A short, sentimental story, as the Freedom Fighters discuss wishes. But why is Sally avoiding the discussion?
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,552 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/31/2006 - Complete
Elegy reviews
I have been told numerous times that Princess Sally Acorn should die. A response.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,574 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 3 - Published: 7/5/2005
Rehearsals reviews
To conquer the world, one must have good help. That was the point of OZ. This story is a look into the past, and the trials and travails of two men as they prepared the greatest coup of all time. Complete.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 14 - Words: 64,862 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 10/31/2004 - Published: 11/6/2003 - Complete
Conscience of Echidnas reviews
Alternate Segasonic. Knuckles has guarded the Master Emerald for longer than he cares to remember. Now his greatest threat arrives- in the form of a weakling. Now he must contend with both a mystery and his own emotions.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 14 - Words: 21,601 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 10/3/2004 - Published: 9/22/2004 - Complete
Ranma, Dazed but not Confused reviews
After yet another Happosai raid, Ranma turns to Soun Tendo for advice on how to deal with the pest. Soun teaches Ranma a technique he invented. It can't be that simple, right?
Ranma - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,548 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 9/24/2004
Sonic's Vignette reviews
Short mood piece. As he runs from Robotnik, Sally in his arms, thoughts flood Sonic's mind.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 521 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/23/2004
Amy's Diary Special Edition reviews
A revised verion of my atypical SonAmy, removing the "controversial" opinion pieces and leaving the story.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 19 - Words: 10,711 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/21/2004 - Complete
Amy's Diary reviews
A now-adult Amy sets her sights on Sonic once again. Not your typical SonAmy, and a reminder that love isn't all hearts and joy.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 12,781 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 5 - Updated: 8/11/2004 - Published: 7/17/2004 - Complete
Gift reviews
Mood piece. Jaken wonders why Rin is there; Rin has no doubts. Sesshomaru tries not to think about her, and fails. It comes to a head over a gift from his father and a child's request.
Inuyasha - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,505 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 9 - Published: 7/17/2004
Hunter's Honor reviews
Knuckles and Rouge parted harshly. When she returns to Angel Island, they immediately resume fighting. But at the same time, they feel something in each other noone else can provide.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 28,660 - Reviews: 153 - Favs: 82 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 3/17/2004 - Published: 1/22/2003
Pushing reviews
With Robotropolis reeling, Sonic, Sally, and the Freedom Fighters move to follow up on Robotnik before he can recover. But the risks and costs become all too apparent—especially for Tails.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 9 - Words: 22,616 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 10/20/2003 - Published: 8/4/2003 - Complete
Johnny FanChar Saves the World! reviews
This is my semi-satirical response to the recent flood of fancharacter-obsessive fanfiction.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K+ - English - Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,071 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 7 - Published: 10/15/2003
The Final Directive reviews
At the end of Sonic Adventure, two robots fought. One fought because it was programmed to do so. The other fought for quite another reason...
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,209 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Published: 7/24/2003
Intermission reviews
In the aftermath of Yusuke's defeat of the Saint Beasts, the characters ponder all that has happened, and difficult questions hang in the air.
Yu Yu Hakusho - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,703 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 7/24/2003
Mind Games, or, The Competition reviews
In a strange twist of fate, Snively and Robotnik end up going head-to-head. Can anybody win?
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,678 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 7/14/2003 - Published: 5/11/2003
Not an Accident reviews
In AC 193, a young second lieutenant met a major of similar age. From that day, the two set out to rule the world.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,511 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 5/11/2003
ULTIMATE SONADOW reviews
There’s so much Sonadow out there now, I decided to make my own subversive entry into the genre—something akin to “Shadow, Falling”. Enjoy.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Romance/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,054 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 20 - Published: 2/28/2003
The Difference a Day Makes reviews
Two very different groups struggle against Robotnik. In Knothole, Sally prepares a raid so desperate she's resorted to training Tails; while a thousand kilometers away, animals fight just to survive.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 7 - Words: 20,886 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 6 - Updated: 1/18/2003 - Published: 12/16/2002 - Complete
The Negotiation reviews
This is a quickie fanfic, and my first try writing for SegaSonic. One must wonder, how did Rouge get her assignment tailing Eggman? The answer is to be found in this fanfic.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,199 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/22/2002
The Envoy reviews
The arrival of a stranger splits Sonic and Sally just when they need to work together most. But the stranger has an agenda of her own.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 5 - Words: 16,883 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 11/9/2002 - Published: 11/3/2002
The Price of Trust reviews
On a mission to Robotropolis, Sonic and Sally are seperated and sent away. Now both must earn the trust of those around them if they are ever going to return home. But they also have to stop Robotnik's newest plan- if they can figure out what it is!
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 37,477 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/21/2002 - Complete
The Calm of the End of the Year reviews
A short mood piece. Rosie explains to Tails about Mobian New Year's customs-- and a few things about himself.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,568 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 10/21/2002