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Joined 09-08-17, id: 9720062, Profile Updated: 03-28-22
Author has written 10 stories for Pokémon.

Status as of 9/25/2020:

Chapter buffer: Healthy

Revision progress: Complete (planning to rewrite very early chapters again eventually)

Hey there! Most people call me Namo around here. Some folks might also know me as Vara. I answer to both~

I also frequent discord, and will probably reply to that even faster. If you're interested in chatting with me, feel free to join the discord I have specifically for the Kiloverse / the world of Hands of Creation! The invite link is (just remove the space) discord .gg/HMxphUJF8a

I'm a writer who does it partly for fun, and partly to get my stories out there. I'm also a writer of original fiction, using characters (their personalities and names, at least) similar to the ones I use in my work here. That being said, this story has really evolved into something that I'd never be able to do outside of the Pokemon setting, and that's what makes it all the more special to me.

I take reviews very seriously and appreciate every one. Compliments keep me motivated and make me realize that there are folks out there that really like my story. Criticism puts fire in my gut to improve what I'm making. And to be honest, I just love talking about my characters and their personalities, interactions--everything that makes them, them.

As of this writing, I've fallen into a pretty stable routine in my life, balancing work, hobbies, and, by extension, writing. Therefore, I can confidently say that my only hiatuses will be scheduled and announced in advance via author's notes. Otherwise, I'm aiming to publish a chapter every two weeks.

I actually have a few side stories, one-shots, or small-shots in mind that I might want to get to one day... but as of now, I'm not tired of writing HoC, so that's what I'll be focusing on for now. If I ever want a change of pace, I'll throw a side-story of some kind. I've done it now and then when my chapter buffer is very large.

I shamelessly include my favorite Pokemon in my fics. Those include, but are not limited do, the Charizard line, the Goodra line, and most else dragon-related. Special shout-out to Flygon, the inferior Garchomp, even though I love the red-goggled 'mon more.

Every day I get feedback is a day that I learn a little more about writing. As of late, I've been combing through old chapters when I'm sick of writing new ones, editing out my old flaws. In particular, my abuse of elipses (Act 1 alone used to have 4000 instances of "..." at the end, in the middle, or at the beginning of sentences, when commas or narratives could easily substitute for the pause instead.) Additionally, my habit of using epithets "i.e. The Charmander, instead of he or Owen, or the Lucario, instead of he or Rhys, etc.) is going to get phased out as I progress through, though I'll still keep a few for reminders to the reader on who's what. And finally, setting descriptions. I need more of 'em. Get what's in my head into words. It's been fun!

Other media! I play mostly Nintendo and PC games. Aside from Pokemon and Mystery Dungeon, I'm also a big fan of Pikmin, Fire Emblem, the 3D Zeldas, the Mario-related RPGs, Touhou (and the fangames), Monster Hunter, and Xenoblade, off the top of my head. Anime? Of course! Though I don't watch a whole lot, shonen anime is my guilty pleasure. Death Note, Dragonball, Fullmetal Alchemist (both of them), Bleach... Oh yeah.

Other than that? I dunno man. If you have something you want to chat with me about, feel free, especially if it's about my work. Every conversation can be useful for ideas and reader insights.

Fanfics I've read/enjoyed:

TheG0at's Gravity of Perspective - An adaptation / slight remix of Super. While wordy, it thoroughly retells the events of Super in a darker and less idealistic light, reworking some events and adding a few new ones altogether. I'm not one for adaptations, but this one was bearable--and that's saying something, coming from me, who generally avoids these kinds of adaptive works.

Shadow of Antioch's Rebirth It's an original setting that has a very strong "dark fantasy" feel to it. Bonus points for Charmeleon as the main hero, and a Dragonair as the closest partner. Dark, and most of the characters are unlikable, but the core two are precious.

ShmokeyDaBear's Canon Breakage is a complete rework / semi parody (?) of the Explorers games. Features a protagonist who is aware of how the canon plot is supposed to go. The plot does not go as planned. Funny, but can be taken seriously. Updates very rarely.

Cynsh's Fractured Elements is an original setting following a Chimchar and Riolu on an adventure to solve the increasingly disastrous weather patterns of the region. Without giving away spoilers, it isn't your typical Mystery Dungeon story the deeper you go. Plot is a slow burn. This fic earns my personal award for "coziest read."

Will1231's Blazing Aura, an adaptation of the Explorers games. The first ten chapters or so are quite similar to the source material, and is slow in pace, but spends a lot of time on world building and fleshing out the society of the Explorers games. Later chapters introduce elements that are completely foreign to the canon material, giving this work an interesting flavor. Has a surprising amount of precious and delectable lore that sets it apart from your typical adaptation. Would recommend.

Soniclink137's Amaranth, a postgame story of Super featuring the heroes of life, a Pikachu and Fennkin, and a new recruit to the Expedition Society, a Shaymin named after the title. When an old friend from Serene Village falls ill, it's up to the heroes and Amaranth to help her. Slow start with some stumbling prose. However, this story stands out because I genuinely wasn't sure how it would turn out until the final chapter. Also, unlike a lot of things on here, this work is complete.

Ambyssin's Guiding Light, an derivative setting taking place on an alternative canon of the post-Super world, with an emphasis on Gen VII elements. Humorous and lighthearted tone near the beginning, suffers from Cerebus Syndrome and pacing issues, but the characters are entertaining to read about, and it fills the void that is the lack of a Gen VII PMD game. It's not on my favorites for nothing; this story is now complete, and was an amazing ride. Kirby fans will likely enjoy it even more.

My Stories

Hands of Creation:

A story following a Charmander meeting new friends and remembering old friends, while simultaneously uncovering the secrets of the world that his parents, idols, and mentors have hid from him his whole life. Meant to be a serious story speckled with levity and fun characters throughout. Contains a large cast of characters with a small but dynamic core focus. Generally follows the Charmander, but sometimes hops to others.

One shots:

I've got In Beta, Lunar, Prayers Unheard, The Godslayer, and The Great Dunspace Apocalypse under my belt right now in terms of single-part stories that I hope make for good reads. Dunsparce Apocalypse is a half-joke April Fools story I wrote that is an action comedy with a bit of absurdist humor. Godslayer is similar in nature but taken more seriously. Lunar was a very quick gift fic I wrote based on a fun premise many Christmases ago. In Beta is sort of a suspense/sci-fi story but it's fairly lowkey. Prayers Uneard is a bit of a downer of a story, if you're into that sort of thing.

Generally speaking, everything I write pertains to Hands of Creation in some way, except for One Last Game which takes place in the canon setting pre-Wigglytuff's Guild. That was written as a gift for a group roleplay I'm part of to depict the backstory of a few characters there.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Guiding Light by Ambyssin reviews
Stop me if you've heard this one before. You wake up somewhere you don't recognize, only to find you've been turned into a Pokémon! Before you know it, you're off on a globe-trotting adventure. Dream come true, right? Well, for one human, that dream quickly turns into a waking nightmare. Can he fend off an otherworldly force threatening to rip the fabric of reality apart?
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 128 - Words: 1,049,744 - Reviews: 1524 - Favs: 840 - Follows: 692 - Updated: 8/10/2023 - Published: 10/15/2017 - Espeon/Eifie, Riolu, Type: Null, Alolan Vulpix - Complete
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rebirth by Shadow of Antioch reviews
[PMD] The primeval Lords have fallen. The new Gods are powerless to stave off the Empire's collapse. Amidst a wave of devastating portal storms, and with barbarian invaders threatening to turn its ancient lands into ash, a Charmeleon with no recollection of his past is hurled into a scheme far greater than he could ever imagine.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Romance - Chapters: 31 - Words: 299,109 - Reviews: 265 - Favs: 217 - Follows: 248 - Updated: 2/14/2022 - Published: 5/3/2015 - Grovyle/Juptile, Charmander/Hitokage, Charmeleon/Lizardo, Dragonair/Hakuryu
The Curious and the Shiny by NebulaDreams reviews
Two old friends, a Luxray and Lucario, reunite after five years, but broken friendships aren't easily mended. Ghosts of their past haunt them in the form of a mysterious organization, GeL. In their journey to repair their relationship, they face their repressed memories, meet new allies, and teach themselves and others to bridge the gap between Pokémon and mankind. [Revision 3]
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Friendship - Chapters: 39 - Words: 237,500 - Reviews: 70 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 47 - Updated: 2/9/2020 - Published: 12/1/2018 - Lucario, Luxray/Rentorar, OC
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Aura by Will1231 reviews
This story follows Kamon, an amnesiac Riolu who wakes up in a strange world where Pokémon and human societies are separated. He is befriended by Sonchar, a timid Chimchar who dreams of joining an Exploration Team and exploring the world. Together, they join a local exploration guild where they form the team Blazing Aura. Based on my run of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 17 - Words: 75,788 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 55 - Updated: 6/11/2018 - Published: 7/17/2017 - [Chimchar/Hikozaru, Riolu] Grovyle/Juptile, Dusknoir/Yonoir
My Own Private Grinch by Zoyciteyouma reviews
It's twenty years later and the Grinch has been hiding a personal issue. Fortunately, a welcomed visit from an old friend arrives at the right time.
Dr. Seuss series - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,231 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/27/2015 - Complete
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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation reviews
[PMD] It started with getting stabbed. Later, mugged. Then, he forgets them both. Owen had lived a simple life with simple dreams, but an ancient conflict catches up with him, as does a forgotten past. With answers easily slipping away and chaos rising the more he fights to find them, there was no telling what hides in his forgotten core, and what he will become once unleashed.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 188 - Words: 1,256,214 - Reviews: 469 - Favs: 286 - Follows: 302 - Updated: 2/25 - Published: 9/19/2017 - Mew, Lucario, Charmander/Hitokage, Milotic/Milokaross
Steamed Yams reviews
Goodra Anam prepares an unforgettable dinner for Lucario Rhys.
Pokémon - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,426 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/24/2023 - Lucario, Goodra - Complete
The Second One reviews
A mother Salazzle of two realizes one day that she was only supposed to have one daughter. The second one... What is she?
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Horror/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,063 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/31/2023 - Sceptile/Jukain, Goodra, Salazzle/Ennyuto, Salandit/Yatoumori
Death Is Lonely reviews
Yveltal lives a quiet, sad life of killing only when ordered. Despite her benevolent intentions, her position in the pantheon is loathed, and the mortals shun her. Xerneas, who is always bothered by Yveltal's treatment and also beginning to loathe mortals himself, comes up with an idea that can make both of them happy.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Drama/Fantasy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 21,356 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 10/25/2020 - Published: 10/4/2020 - Xerneas, Yveltal - Complete
The Godslayer reviews
Arceus prepares for the assault of a powerful creature that threatens his reign.
Pokémon - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,722 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 8 - Published: 7/26/2020 - Arceus, Darkrai, Mew, Palkia - Complete
Prayers Unheard reviews
In the world of the dead, prayers are sent to spirits in the form of letters. A deceased Aerodactyl is tormented by the cries of her son.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,582 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/14/2019 - Aerodactyl/Ptera, Smeargle/Doble, Zygarde, Scorbunny - Complete
One Last Game reviews
Moving out is a new chapter in life. It's filled with anxiety, worry, and a longing for the past, and not necessarily for the person moving out. For a young Riolu, that goes double for her little brother.
Pokémon - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,988 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/7/2019 - [Lucario, Gallade/Erlade] Blaziken/Bursyamo, Riolu - Complete
In Beta reviews
A software developer finishes a revolutionary project.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,473 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 5 - Published: 5/26/2019 - Growlithe/Gardie, Porygon, OC - Complete
The Great Dunsparce Apocalypse reviews
A potato farmer gets caught up in a battle between gods.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,746 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/1/2019 - Dunsparce/Nokocchi - Complete
Lunar reviews
Darkrai wanders the earth with a strange gem within his chest. He fears his own power and is shunned by other Pokemon, yet a small voice tells him to have hope.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Drama/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,223 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/30/2018 - [Cresselia, Darkrai] - Complete
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