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ABOUT ME: I'm a rather generic guy who generally enjoys conjuring up and sometimes writing little drabbles to himself. I also have issues with laziness and persevering, so don't expect me to ever publish anything here.

I'll probably stick to the game or book genres, but occasionally stray from here to there.

A little tidbit: my parents were always too cheap to get cable, I grew up watching cop shows on TV instead of cartoons and the like. Go figure.


SOME THOUGHTS:

What do I look for in my favorite stories?

Simple: complex, living, breathing characters. Especially living, breathing villains.

It's what has made me like the Stormtroopers of Star Wars, the infinitely-complex Alex Mercer of Prototype, and the Terran Republic of Planetside. There is something to be learned from those who are willing to throw away everything for what they believe in, even if it means the rest of the world will spit on them in return.

One-dimensional antagonists are a dime-a-dozen, I say. They're everywhere and don't take much effort to create. Villains that stand out, though, are the ones that believe in their cause - that oppose the knight-in-shining-armor not for revenge, or spite, or some two-bit line about how they are right and everyone is wrong. They are the ones that live on.

The same goes for protagonists. What use is there in reading about a hero that can do anything, outsmart anyone, and seduce everybody with the flick of their finger?

Where is the conflict? Where is the plot? When a hero faces no challenge, where is the story?

Thankfully, those stories are not the only ones on this site. I've seen fan-fiction, simple pieces of writing made for fun and nothing else, capture intensity and vividness in their characters. It's good for both writer and audience, in my opinion: the world doesn't need more black-and-white thinking, more us-vs-them and good-vs-evil. It certainly doesn't need more tales of effortless, overpowering heroes that face no struggles in their lives.

The world just doesn't work that way. The world needs gray. Turbulent, shifting, crashing waves of gray. We need - and get - heroes with flaws, villains with virtues. We need to recognize the humanity of our enemies.

How easy it is to end up on opposing sides. How simple it is to find yourself fighting men and women just like you.

How effortless it is to forget that just as they are our enemies, we are theirs.

But enough of my soapbox.


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The Legacy by storytellerSpW reviews
A book left by Sirius opens Harry's eyes as he delves into the mysteries of magic, learns about the realities of a war, and shifts towards the Grey. Meanwhile, Daphne Greengrass is faced with an unusual solution that involves the Boy-Who-Lived, but could be more trouble than it's worth. And in the end, there is always a price to be paid for everything. HP/DG Contract, 6-7th year
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 81 - Words: 725,164 - Reviews: 2905 - Favs: 3,311 - Follows: 4,130 - Updated: 6/5 - Published: 10/18/2013 - [Harry P., Daphne G.] Ron W., Hermione G.
The Shadow of Angmar by Steelbadger reviews
The Master of Death is a dangerous title; many would claim to hold a position greater than Death. Harry is pulled to Middle-earth by the Witch King of Angmar in an attempt to bring Morgoth back to Arda. A year later Angmar falls and Harry is freed. What will he do with the eternity granted to him? Story begins 1000 years before LotR. Eventual major canon divergence.
Crossover - Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 15 - Words: 99,880 - Reviews: 1810 - Favs: 5,134 - Follows: 6,642 - Updated: 5/20 - Published: 3/15/2015 - Harry P.
Enslaved by Shadenight123 reviews
Hiraga Saito is a fleshed out character. Louise Françoise isn't happily whipping people. The summoning ritual does precisely what it says on the tin, summoning creature to be branded and then enslaved by the influence of the mark. There is nothing happy about it. Familiar of Zero, with 'For The Laughs' removed. How bleak are things, really?
Familiar of Zero - Rated: M - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 23 - Words: 87,764 - Reviews: 813 - Favs: 1,168 - Follows: 1,209 - Updated: 7/28/2015 - Published: 9/4/2013 - Louise, Saito
The Last Spartan by DinoJake reviews
An AU fic in which the Halo and ME universes share the same galaxy. After a well deserved rest in Cryo-Sleep, Master Chief finally awakens...to a whole new galaxy.
Crossover - Halo & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 50 - Words: 457,589 - Reviews: 3352 - Favs: 2,984 - Follows: 3,037 - Updated: 7/21/2015 - Published: 5/2/2010 - Master Chief/John-117
Shingeki no Kyojin: Titanfall by Salaeren reviews
After much deliberation, Eren Jaeger steels himself and chooses to believe in his friends. The mysteries of the world are unveiled to him, and he finds the strength to say what must be said. To do what must be done. Together with his Warrior friends, Eren must stand against the Titans. And he smiles, for now they will fear him in return...as the vessel of an ancient god.
Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人 - Rated: T - English - Romance/Horror - Chapters: 15 - Words: 61,843 - Reviews: 323 - Favs: 579 - Follows: 703 - Updated: 6/15/2015 - Published: 7/11/2013 - [Eren Y., Annie L.] Reiner B., Bertolt H.
The Life by casquis reviews
The Great War was a long one, millions made it, more didn't. Frank is an ODST, a human just like us, that has managed to survive the most grueling battles for years. With so much experience under his belt he has some amazing stories to tell. This are the life stories of an immature, not-all-in-there, and talented Marine just living, fighting, and being plain badass during the war.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 230 - Words: 1,622,859 - Reviews: 2363 - Favs: 611 - Follows: 495 - Updated: 12/12/2014 - Published: 6/20/2011 - Complete
I Found You by UncrewedCandy29 reviews
"He had seen her before, on one of his trips there. Back then he remember her sitting quietly in the corner of her beige coloured room. She never spoke to anyone, only nodded and shocked her head when necessary." Ereannie. One-shot. Modern AU.
Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人 - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 787 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 6 - Published: 10/15/2014 - [Eren Y., Annie L.] - Complete
Alliance Personnel File: LCDR SHEPARD, J by FluffyCannibal reviews
Shepard survived the Crucible. These are the Alliance files charting his time spent recovering in hospital. COMEDY, not to be taken too seriously. **WARNING** Shepard has hacked my account and is replying to all reviews. Proceed with caution.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 25 - Words: 17,701 - Reviews: 137 - Favs: 218 - Follows: 208 - Updated: 9/22/2014 - Published: 5/30/2013 - Admiral Hackett, Shepard (M)
Apocalypse Now by Asmarath reviews
During the old republic, a team of scientists discover an extinct civilization on an unknown world far out in the outer rim. By accident, the scientists unleash the greatest predator the galaxy has ever seen. Beware, because Alex Mercer is hungry.
Crossover - Star Wars & Prototype - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 25 - Words: 66,769 - Reviews: 496 - Favs: 751 - Follows: 859 - Updated: 6/17/2014 - Published: 5/14/2012 - Revan, Alex M./Zeus
Note by shattered petal reviews
And I'll wait for you. -Eren/Annie
Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人 - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,298 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 5 - Published: 3/13/2014 - [Annie L., Eren Y.] - Complete
Throw by jellyjay reviews
She throws him over his shoulder like he's nothing more than a bag of potatoes, and it blows his mind in more ways than one. [cover art by tumblr user nartuouzuamkis].
Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人 - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 44,768 - Reviews: 254 - Favs: 282 - Follows: 193 - Updated: 3/6/2014 - Published: 10/18/2013 - [Eren Y., Annie L.] Mikasa A., Armin A. - Complete
And the Stars Fall Down by jellyjay reviews
He had hoped they would have more time but he'd left it for too long, and now this is it. This is all they'll have. At least until next time. And there will be a next time. He can promise that.
Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人 - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,332 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 10 - Published: 2/13/2014 - Eren Y., Annie L. - Complete
Mass Effect: Twas the night before Christmas by Janizary reviews
Christmas Eve, 2185. At the galactic core the Dirty Dozen assault the Collector Base. Changing up the poem for smiles (hopefully).
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 2 - Words: 916 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 12/18/2013 - Published: 12/13/2012 - Shepard (M) - Complete
Family Doesn't End With Blood by ColossusProblematic reviews
After he awakens to find his life upended and his friends scattered, Shepard continues the struggle against the hidden enemies that threaten the galaxy while he tries to reclaim the family he lost. M for language, violence, adult content. Being progressively rewritten as new chapters are added.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 29 - Words: 214,381 - Reviews: 226 - Favs: 268 - Follows: 294 - Updated: 9/25/2013 - Published: 7/8/2012 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah
Dragons by Annonimous4862 reviews
For a brief amount of time, the hermit remembered, and he felt he had to do something... and perhaps he did. But then he forgot, and just returned to his questions.
Crossover - Inheritance Cycle & Elder Scroll series - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 19 - Words: 160,367 - Reviews: 734 - Favs: 988 - Follows: 1,015 - Updated: 9/5/2013 - Published: 9/16/2012 - Eragon S., Dragonborn/Dovahkiin
After the Fires Fade by Laluzi reviews
Two months after the catastrophe, Alex Mercer is just trying to find his own niche in the world. Old secrets and new enemies are determined to make things hectic again… luckily, he wasn't that fond of the peaceful life anyway. -Disregards Prototype 2.
Prototype - Rated: T - English - Horror/Suspense - Chapters: 16 - Words: 142,643 - Reviews: 331 - Favs: 436 - Follows: 403 - Updated: 8/29/2013 - Published: 10/9/2011 - Alex M./Zeus, Dana M.
Just a matter of perspective by Kanae-88 reviews
As it turns out, flirting is a matter of perspective; it's just rotten luck Eren doesn't seem to know the first thing about it. — Eren/Annie.
Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人 - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,996 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 150 - Follows: 31 - Published: 7/7/2013 - Eren Y., Annie L. - Complete
Cloak and Dagger by Metrophor reviews
Thanks to a certain Daedric Prince of Revelry, a perpetually-angry master thief, and an easily-sidetracked idiot of a Dragonborn, the trip to Snow Veil Sanctum doesn't go quite as planned. Shenanigans -and sweetrolls- ensue. (Minor spoilers for the Thieves Guild questline.)
Elder Scroll series - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 11 - Words: 16,783 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 85 - Follows: 12 - Published: 9/26/2012 - Dragonborn/Dovahkiin, Mercer Frey - Complete
What Happens on the Normandy by Hyliian reviews
A series of one-shots taking place in the "Consuming Direct Control" universe between Alex and various members of the crew. Set during various points of the ME2 timeline, before the final mission.
Crossover - Mass Effect & Prototype - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 8 - Words: 11,985 - Reviews: 129 - Favs: 257 - Follows: 194 - Updated: 7/18/2012 - Published: 7/17/2012 - Alex M./Zeus
Letters by TheEndless7 reviews
Students are required to write to a pen pal in the spirit of 'International Cooperation.' New friendships and a new romance arise going into the fourth year at Hogwarts.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 189,865 - Reviews: 2159 - Favs: 5,386 - Follows: 2,686 - Updated: 6/25/2012 - Published: 12/6/2010 - Harry P., Fleur D. - Complete
Consuming Direct Control by Hyliian reviews
With nothing left for him in the galaxy but empty space and idle time, Alex Mercer finds himself recruited in Commander Shepard's fight against the Collectors. DISCONTINUED.
Crossover - Mass Effect & Prototype - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 44 - Words: 86,396 - Reviews: 1190 - Favs: 1,823 - Follows: 1,324 - Updated: 6/6/2012 - Published: 4/27/2012 - Shepard (F), Alex M./Zeus - Complete
Friends Like These by ElectricZ reviews
ME2- Tali notices Commander Shepard behaving strangely and fearing Cerberus influence enlists the other members of the original Normandy crew to investigate. Garrus, Tali, Joker, Chakwas and Shepard.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 11,198 - Reviews: 83 - Favs: 476 - Follows: 96 - Updated: 6/26/2011 - Published: 6/16/2011 - Garrus V., Tali'Zorah, Joker, Dr. Chakwas - Complete
To Kill a Monster by Inuluvr reviews
To kill a monster, you must become one. That's what led me to the night I finally faced him. The night I finally tracked down Alex Mercer. Heller's POV. M for language and violence. No pairings. Written before P2 came out
Prototype - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,641 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 5 - Published: 1/1/2011 - James H., Alex M./Zeus - Complete
Red Line by Naniris reviews
Taggart was a source of much rage for Alex Mercer. More so than anyone else.
Prototype - Rated: T - English - Horror/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 768 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/28/2010 - Alex M./Zeus - Complete
Frankenstein's Monster by Naniris reviews
As the game progressed, it seemed that Alex Mercer worried more and more if he was doing the right thing. In this fic, we explore how the mesh of thousands of minds molds his own.
Prototype - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,493 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 152 - Follows: 25 - Published: 1/10/2010 - Alex M./Zeus - Complete
The Fanfiction Testament by Araloth the Random reviews
*Honourable Mention MEFA 2010!* [Complete] And from the LoTR Obsessants proceedeth the Fanfiction writers. But not all were true to Canon, and thus there was much flaming and strife among them. And Legolas spake unto the fangirls...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 5 - Words: 4,914 - Reviews: 220 - Favs: 177 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 10/1/2009 - Published: 5/24/2009 - Complete