Rydain
hide bio
PM . Follow . Favorite
Joined 04-23-08, id: 1559194, Profile Updated: 05-29-10
Author has written 14 stories for Warriors Orochi, Dynasty Warriors, and Fallout.

Hi, everybody! (Hi, Dr. Nick!)

I'm a thirtysomething software engineer with an assortment of hobbies that I get into as the mood strikes me. In addition to writing, I draw, compose piano music, sing, lift weights, play video games, and make a cosplay costume once in a blue moon. I'm living happily ever after with the ogre I married and two cats who think they run the place.

Feel free to say hello at LiveJournal or Twitter.


.: About My Writing :.

My Dynasty Warriors fandom started out as just another addiction to a video game with an entertaining cast of characters. At first, I came up with comic-style silliness to amuse my friends. Taking a detailed look at various characters and history inspired me to write more involved stories. Three Kingdoms fandom is a longstanding tradition of transformative pop culture, from folk tales and Chinese opera to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel and modern media of all stripes. Dynasty Warriors and other 3K variants inspire me to write fan-recognizable character interpretations with plenty of room for my own detail and influence.

My goofy humor is best enjoyed by people familiar with the fandom. Everything else is intended for a general audience. The historical timeline stories intend to be more plausible than not.

I welcome reviews, even a simple "Good job" telling me that you liked the story. My only request is that you give specifics if you notice some aspect of my writing that could be improved. Anonymous reviews are now enabled. Apologies for the oversight.


.: Projects :.

All of my works will be finished, even though I may update infrequently when writer's block hits me. I like to take my time and write each chapter to my satisfaction.

The Scholar and the Brawler is a modern alternate universe concept that grabbed my brain and refused to let go. Blame my shipping proclivities and a bunch of assorted blather about present-day interpretations of characters' personalities. Also features Cao Cao, Gan Ning, Lu Xun, and Xiahou Yuan, with some other character cameos as well. Within this same 'verse, Only Shooting Stars Break the Mold is a slice of Cao Ren and Xiahou Yuan's high school life. (Hopefully) features the sort of awkwardness that people look back on with amusement, not the cringeworthy memories they would rather forget.

Ryan Singh (tennoarashi) wrote a fantabulous review of The Scholar and the Brawler. Check it out!

Tempered Will is a tale of Cao Ren's maturation from undisciplined teenager into fledgling general, based on historical records and a broad survey of research about Han Dynasty life. It focuses on his earliest form of military leadership, in which he secretly raised an army to patrol his home region. Aims to be as plausible as an English speaking armchair historian can manage, both in terms of events and characterization. I would appreciate critique from anyone who is more informed.

Beyond the River is my take on a real life marriage alliance between the Cao and Sun families, including a more historical interpretation of Sun Ce, Sun Shang Xiang, and Zhou Yu. Lady Wu, matriarch of the Sun family, makes an appearance as well. As above, I welcome any critique that the history buffs may wish to send my way. Inspiration for this story has run into a brick wall. I'll pick it back up as soon as I can.

Interested in rubber reality psychological horror inspired by works such as Jacob's Ladder and the Silent Hill games? Check out Resonance at my FictionPress account. I've been wrestling with writer's block, but I am working on it. Slowly. (Last update - Chapter 15, posted 4/14/2010.)

Sort: Category . Published . Updated . Title . Words . Chapters . Reviews . Status .

To Laugh Again by BrokenSolitude reviews
MagoichixHideyoshi, shounen-ai. Magoichi is holed up with Hideyoshi after being removed from the battle at Honnoji, and they discover just what it is that the other sees... Takes place directly after the intro video sequence to "Battle at Yamazaki."
Samurai Warriors - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,411 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/23/2010 - Hideyoshi T., Magoichi S. - Complete
Heaven's Mandate by Buddhacide reviews
Dynasty Warriors 6 Cao Cao x Warriors Orochi 2 Nu Wa. A series of glimpses and one-shots into the Hero of Chaos' relationship with the goddess as a child, as a young man, and as a King. Sardonic, intense, a covenant of power... but always loving.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 17,012 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 3/19/2009 - Published: 2/15/2009 - Complete
Those Lacking Spines by Organization VI reviews
Immune to a suspicious parasite by merit of their manly looks, Xaldin, Vexen and Lexaeus set out on a journey to save the rest of Organization XIII from the biggest nightmare of all: stupid fanfiction.
Kingdom Hearts - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 13 - Words: 111,474 - Reviews: 1907 - Favs: 2,319 - Follows: 635 - Updated: 9/18/2008 - Published: 4/20/2006 - Xaldin, Vexen - Complete
Grand Vendetta by Verok reviews
Lu Xun is sent to Shu to arrange a marriage between SSX and Liu Bei. Things get complicated when Zhou Yu tries to assassinate Liu Bei, forcing Lu Xun to choose between duty to country and personal honor. *NEW CHAPTER*
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 30,734 - Reviews: 95 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 7/10/2008 - Published: 5/26/2003
All Things in Good Time by Arafel reviews
Eduardo and Kylie pick the wrong Friday night to study in Ghostbusters HQ. Egon Janine fluff. Rated for innuendo and some naughtiness.
Ghost Busters (Real/Extreme) - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,085 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/16/2008 - Complete
CastleVania: Symphony of the Peanut by Genya reviews
Ah, the peanut. Difficult to eat indeed, but for such a pinnacle of perfection as Alucard, it should be a snap. Right? Right? Rated T for mild language, brief spits of violence and hot skeleton maids. Rowrrr!
Castlevania - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,260 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 4 - Published: 7/21/2005 - Complete
Cheers by Stealth Noodle reviews
[Shadowgate] Not all heroes get it right on the first try. Some don't get it right on the second, either. Or the third...
Misc. Games - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,396 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 16 - Published: 1/9/2004 - Complete
Sort: Category . Published . Updated . Title . Words . Chapters . Reviews . Status .

Once Divided reviews
In the aftermath of Chibi, two great commanders contended on the battlefield. Diplomacy brings more personal stakes within an amicable rivalry. Slash.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,194 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/28/2011 - Cao Ren, Lü Meng - Complete
Straight Shot reviews
On a despondent night, Boone wanders out of Novac and into an unexpected partnership. One-shot.
Fallout - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,704 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/13/2011 - Arcade G., C. Boone - Complete
Tempered Will reviews
How did an unruly teenage boy grow up into one of Wei's greatest commanders? In tumultuous times, Cao Ren sorts himself out to take a stand against chaos. A close historical look at the army Ren raised to begin his military career. Under revision.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 24 - Words: 39,342 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 7/9/2011 - Published: 2/12/2009 - Cao Ren, Cao Cao - Complete
Sanctuary reviews
She, a rhapsodist lamenting the ravages of war. He, a veteran commander weary of the ceaseless conflict. A chance encounter in the forest brings respite to them both.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,063 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Published: 6/26/2011 - Cai Wenji, Cao Ren - Complete
Getaway
A surprise trip to Vegas brings its own unforeseen delights. Modern alternate universe slash, sequel to The Scholar and the Brawler.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,019 - Published: 6/16/2011 - Cao Ren, Lü Meng - Complete
On Gilded Wings reviews
Zhen Ji departs the ruins of Yecheng to find her way forth in the house of a rising empire. An assertive take on her traditional tale, written for greatfountain as part of the Yuletide 2010 rare fandom gift exchange.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,624 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/1/2011 - Cao Pi, Zhen Ji - Complete
Abandon reviews
Shaken by a hard-fought retreat, Cao Ren finds catharsis in an evening with Zhang Liao. Slash.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,048 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 7/18/2010 - Cao Ren, Zhang Liao - Complete
Only Shooting Stars Break the Mold reviews
A lighthearted look at the joys of being a teenager - and discovering that you like other guys. Modern alternate universe fic, prequel to The Scholar and the Brawler. Featured characters are friends only.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: T - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,745 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 3/30/2010 - Published: 12/22/2009 - Cao Ren, Xiahou Yuan - Complete
Reprieve
During an arduous siege, two friends find their own sort of comfort and challenge each other to take it further. Cao Ren x Xu Huang slash.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,683 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/15/2010 - Cao Ren, Xu Huang - Complete
Beyond the River reviews
A niece of Cao Cao was betrothed to Sun Kuang, brother of Sun Ce, to bolster an alliance between north and south. Uprooted and unsettled, Cao Daiyu embarks on her journey. A historical tale also featuring various Wu notables. On indefinite hiatus.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,931 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 1/6/2010 - Published: 11/8/2009 - Cao Ren, Sun Shang Xiang
Someone is Wrong on the Internet reviews
Zhang He learns the downsides of vanity searching when he discovers the bottom of the yaoi barrel. Join the men of Wei for some good-natured fun at the expense of fan service. Sour lemons ahoy! Rated for heavy innuendo and purple parody prose.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: M - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,839 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 17 - Published: 8/10/2009 - Zhang He, Xiahou Yuan - Complete
The Scholar and the Brawler reviews
Lu Meng manages a full schedule of research and teaching. Cao Ren supervises his cousin's business and schools the local riffraff. A bad day crosses their paths with potential for friendship and more. Modern alternate universe slash.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 12 - Words: 15,904 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 5/2/2009 - Published: 8/25/2008 - Cao Ren, Lü Meng - Complete
Dark of the Fall reviews
In the year 219, Wei and Wu collaborated to defeat the legendary Guan Yu. During this time of alliance, a diplomatic stay leads to friendship and one unforgettable night of passion. Cao Ren x Lu Meng slash.
Dynasty Warriors - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,961 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Published: 6/29/2008 - Cao Ren, Lü Meng - Complete
Orochi Party Time reviews
A bunch of the guys take a break from fighting to throw an epic party. The original concept came from a message board game as silly as Warriors Orochi itself. Let's go crazy!
Warriors Orochi - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,199 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/25/2008 - Complete