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Joined 11-27-12, id: 4386683, Profile Updated: 05-13-14
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Well hey there. Given my lack of prolificacy, I'm kinda confused as to what you're doing here, but welcome anyway. I'm a heck of a lot more of a reader than a writer; I get story ideas from time to time, but on the rare occasions when I do bother to set them down on paper (or rather, hard disk), they tend to end up a hundred times more corny and embarrassing than they seemed in my head. And I've kind of got something novel-length-ish in the works, but most of the middle of it is one big question mark in my plans, so I don't know if anything'll ever come of it.

I'm young, male, white, and straight. Boring. I'm also left-handed and Canadian, but the former is inconsequential and the latter isn't really that exceptional. The most meaningful minority I'm a part of is the atheists. Or rather, the sceptics, since being a dogmatic atheist is kind of missing the point. Specifically, my scepticism results in my being a naturalist, humanist, consequentialist, secularist, transhumanist, antitheist, agnostic, and atheist.

Reading novels is, at least when I find a good one, my absolute favourite pastime. I very strongly believe that the novel is the world's best storytelling medium, with the exception of video games for a small subset of stories. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, but the stories absolutely must be internally consistent. I treat experiencing fiction like an intellectual exercise, always trying to draw on past events within the story to guess what will happen next, and asking "how would X really work?"; such speculation is impossible if characters are acting randomly and there are deus- and diablous ex machinas flying all over the place. Accordingly, my favourite fanfic, by a huge margin, is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

My favourite work of professional fiction is The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. I love it because, while it is downright stupidly long, with loads and loads of characters and plot threads, it moves really slowly so everything has time to develop satisfactorily. And to stop that slowness from dragging, there's always an interesting side-story being told while a warrior works on their swordplay or whatever - not really filler, in other words.

On the other hand, my favourite magic system in a fantasy work is the one in The Inheritance Cycle, of which Eragon is the first book. (BTW, that's also where my username comes from: "Aiedail" is the morning star in that 'verse - hence stars as my avatar - and to my knowledge it's mentioned exactly twice in the whole four books.) The main thing it has going for it is that it's literally the only magic system I've ever heard of that doesn't violate the Law of Conservation of Energy. And the beautiful thing is that, with that law in place limiting the power (literally: energy over time) of magic, the versatility can (and does) have essentially all limits removed without magicians becoming gods: in this system, magic is the act of exerting a force on matter at a distance by the combination of an effort of will and just describing the effect you want the spell to produce. Anything you can describe, you can do, and the cost of a spell is simply that the caster becomes physically fatigued by the same amount as if they had produced the same effect without using magic (i.e. doing it with their bare hands), plus a penalty for distance (doing stuff farther away is more tiring). And when you start thinking about the implications, it gets really interesting. For example, say you're in a desert and want water. You could get it by grabbing some sand and saying, "turn the sand in my hand to water," but that would entail rearranging matter on the subatomic level (most of which would be creating hydrogen by ripping protons, neutrons and electrons off of silicon atoms), and overcoming the relevant binding energies takes an enormous amount of work (again, in the physicist's sense: force x distance). Saying instead, "lift all the water molecules in the ground within a four-meter radius into my water bottle," would cost much less energy (E = mgh). Is your mind blown yet? ;)

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Harry Potter and the Natural 20 by Sir Poley reviews
Milo, a genre-savvy D&D Wizard and Adventurer Extraordinaire is forced to attend Hogwarts, and soon finds himself plunged into a new adventure of magic, mad old Wizards, metagaming, misunderstandings, and munchkinry. Updates Fridays.
Crossover - Harry Potter & Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 72 - Words: 301,307 - Reviews: 5109 - Favs: 3,499 - Follows: 4,013 - Updated: 11h ago - Published: 5/7/2012
PMD: Defenders of Warmth by Arrowfoot the Dragon reviews
Several humans, each with varying amounts of memory, wake up as pokémon in a pokéworld that is rapidly changing for the worse. As they go on their respective journeys, will they find out who they are and why they're there? Can they survive? -Gen 5 based-
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 43 - Words: 299,340 - Reviews: 525 - Favs: 172 - Follows: 98 - Updated: 1/7/2013 - Published: 10/10/2011 - Complete
Breath Of Fire II: War Of The Demons by Magus523 reviews
Ages have passed since the Second Dragon War, and as the world moves towards its next great conflict, a young man named Ryu travels the roads seeking his fortune...
Breath of Fire - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 46 - Words: 589,266 - Reviews: 213 - Favs: 74 - Follows: 50 - Updated: 10/10/2012 - Published: 1/1/2011 - Complete
Chrono Gaiden by B the Blue reviews
When a mysterious sorcerer calling himself Xavius kidnaps Gina, Flare must risk everything to save the woman he loves in this Chrono Trigger prequel. It's finally time to hear the story of Crono's long lost father.
Chrono Trigger - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 38 - Words: 118,149 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 5/6/2012 - Published: 6/1/2006 - Complete
The Language of Life by Arrowfoot the Dragon reviews
Explore the politics, religions, and legends of the Pokémon world as Eve discovers the meaning of her talent for communicating with pokémon. Pokémon and humans alike will help her along the way, but will that be enough when myth and reality collide?
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 59 - Words: 366,106 - Reviews: 314 - Favs: 129 - Follows: 55 - Updated: 10/10/2011 - Published: 8/5/2010 - Complete
Time Braid by ShaperV reviews
Sakura thought she was a capable kunoichi until she died in the Chuunin Exam. Now she's stuck in a loop, dying again and again while she struggles to understand her strange predicament. How hard can it be to pass one stupid test? Sakura/Naruto/Hinata
Naruto - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 31 - Words: 203,939 - Reviews: 3100 - Favs: 4,315 - Follows: 2,269 - Updated: 5/20/2011 - Published: 7/5/2009 - Sakura H. - Complete
Mega Man: Guiding Rainbow's Light by Erico reviews
Before Mega Man X, before Mega Man...There was a man with a dream. Before the age of robots, humanity faced one last struggle. Before he was tired and gray, he was young and bold. This is the unspoken tale. This is the story of Dr. Thomas X. Light.
Mega Man - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 20 - Words: 390,487 - Reviews: 122 - Favs: 110 - Follows: 50 - Updated: 9/15/2010 - Published: 2/10/2007 - Complete
Silence in the Snow by mangaluva reviews
I hadn't expected to find another trainer on top of Mt Silver. But I did, and he gave me the toughest battle of my life. It was also the most exciting, the strangest, and the saddest. Oneshot. Set at the end of Pokemon HeartGold/SouSilver.
Pokémon - Rated: K+ - English - Spiritual/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,720 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 83 - Follows: 4 - Published: 8/17/2010 - Red - Complete
Last Words by ScytheRider reviews
One-shot. A Chozo elder must face the consequences of his actions.
Metroid - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,246 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 5 - Published: 7/28/2009 - Complete
Metroid IV: Alone In The Stars by Magus523 reviews
Crippled and half-dead from a failed mission, Samus Aran now fights against an even deadlier lifeform than the Metroids, her own body now fused with the extinct monsters. Novelization.
Metroid - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 12 - Words: 87,755 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 6/15/2009 - Published: 1/31/2009 - Complete
Mega Man X: Whispers In Time by Erico reviews
The Inhabitants of the original Mega Man series speak their peace, of the end of their era and the coming one of Mega Man X...
Mega Man - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 11 - Words: 122,987 - Reviews: 140 - Favs: 159 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 7/25/2002 - Published: 4/12/2002 - Complete
After the Enlightenment reviews
Deconstruction, oneshot. What happens when our favourite hero and princess are reborn into a post-scientific-revolution world?
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,728 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/15/2014 - [Link, Zelda] - Complete