History Fanfic / FairyDanceOfDeath

8th Dec '16 10:16:03 AM HashiriyaR32
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* FunWithAcronyms: PoH, as in canon, though in this fic [[spoiler:the P stands for Prophet.]]
8th Nov '16 12:28:56 PM BillWoods
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness [=/=] OhCrap: Yoshihara has a devil may care attitude, but she takes news of a [[spoiler:child-killing]] Spriggan PK seriously. And when Prophet's name comes up ''she flips out''. [[spoiler:She knows the guy because he was dating a friend of hers and doesn't want to bring her under fire by snitching]].

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness [=/=] OhCrap: OhCrap:
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Yoshihara has a devil may care attitude, but she takes news of a [[spoiler:child-killing]] Spriggan PK seriously. And when Prophet's name comes up ''she flips out''. [[spoiler:She knows the guy because he was dating a friend of hers and doesn't want to bring her under fire by snitching]].snitching]].
** In Chapter 41, Kirito and Asuna meet with Argo to share information about the recent developments, and find she's not her usual mercenary self.
--> Kirito spoke up again. "Any fees involved I should know about?"\\
Argo's smile ticked upwards on one side. "Not tonight. Not for this."\\
More than anything else, more than any of the cautionary language in Argo's far-too-dramatic warnings, that one response made Kirito wonder just how radioactive this secret was that she was sitting on.
16th Oct '16 9:42:08 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* {{Badass}}: Kirito.



* LossOfIdentity: Explored, as all the players react differently to being trapped in the death game. [[ActionGirl Asuna]] reflects on how much she's changed since [[HeroicBSOD launch day]]. [[BadAss Kirito]], [[KnowledgeBroker Argo]], and other beta testers have a [[AllThereintheManual head start]], but try to use that knowledge to help others. Even minor characters get some thoughtful examinations: Argo mentions how Skarrip, [[spoiler:the Sylph leader and an ALO art designer]], tends to always talk in his [[BecomingtheMask extremely formal persona]] since the Death Game began [[spoiler:and then he later gets replaced by Loki]]. And the FantasticRacism is fairly widespread, despite insistence of many players that it's all just a ''game''.

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* LossOfIdentity: Explored, as all the players react differently to being trapped in the death game. [[ActionGirl Asuna]] reflects on how much she's changed since [[HeroicBSOD launch day]]. [[BadAss Kirito]], [Kirito, [[KnowledgeBroker Argo]], and other beta testers have a [[AllThereintheManual head start]], but try to use that knowledge to help others. Even minor characters get some thoughtful examinations: Argo mentions how Skarrip, [[spoiler:the Sylph leader and an ALO art designer]], tends to always talk in his [[BecomingtheMask extremely formal persona]] since the Death Game began [[spoiler:and then he later gets replaced by Loki]]. And the FantasticRacism is fairly widespread, despite insistence of many players that it's all just a ''game''.
13th Oct '16 10:21:08 AM BillWoods
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* DissonantSerenity: Sakuya confronts Skarrip, who [[spoiler:reveals itself as the NPC Loki]], and then disappears, making her the new faction leader. Other players only know the last two, which are shocking enough. As for Sakuya,
--> there came a point where the surrounding noise and chaos became so overwhelming that it circled back around on itself and elevated her to a state that was almost zen-like. It was not a state of ''peace'', precisely… it was a state of detachment, like that of a person who has endured so much that they become numb to it. Her sister had once colorfully referred to it as ''having no fucks left to give''.
3rd Oct '16 3:05:03 PM BillWoods
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--> '''[[spoiler:Mortimer]]:''' [[spoiler:"This is for every beta tester you murdered, you son of a bitch."]]

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--> '''[[spoiler:Mortimer]]:''' [[spoiler:"This [[spoiler:This is for every beta tester you murdered, you son of a bitch."]]]]


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* ShoutOut: Seeing the boss charging her, Sasha thinks about an English-language novel she'd read in college, "[[Literature/WatershipDown about rabbits]], of all things ... Sasha finally understood on a visceral level exactly what the word meant — what it was to go ''tharn''."
13th Sep '16 10:36:34 PM BillWoods
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* AdaptedOut: Despite the appearances of pretty much everyone else from the ALO arc, Leafa is absent. WordOfGod says she's not in the game, as in canon it was SAO that caused her to play ALO in the first place.

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* AdaptedOut: Despite the appearances of pretty much everyone else from the ALO arc, Leafa is absent. WordOfGod says she's not in the game, as in canon it was Kirito being trapped in SAO that caused her to play ALO in the first place.
13th Sep '16 10:33:53 PM BillWoods
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* BluffingTheMurderer: Argo challenges the first Cait Sith leader, Raikouji, and demonstrates that she knows he set up Thelvin to get killed. But he then he sees through the bluff, realizing it's just her word against his....
--> "You still don't have any proof, you know," [Raikouji] seethed, visibly trying to get control of his anger.\\
Argo gave him another infuriating smirk. Her right hand stole into her cloak, and when it withdrew, she held in her fingers a tiny eight-sided object that seemed to be made of some kind of opaque blue crystal. "[[EngineeredPublicConfession I do now]]."\\
[[spoiler: She still doesn't -- it's just a piece of rock candy. "It's not my fault he's never seen a real recording crystal before."]]
19th Aug '16 1:39:15 AM BillWoods
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* DeskJockey: Faction leaders who are defeated in battle or duel [[KlingonPromotion lose their positions to the victors]] ... or worse. To avoid the risk they have to remain within their capital cities, dependent on others for information and unable to level up. Inevitably, there have been aversions:
** On the second day, the Imp who'd just been elected leader was outside the Safe Zone when Kibaou's Salamanders launched their surprise attack. Things have gone more-or-less badly for the Imps ever since. Other leaders took heed.
** The Spriggan leader Yoshihara developed the ability to disguise herself so she could go out with her crew. That worked pretty well. [[spoiler:Until someone learned of the trick, and arranged an ambush.]]
12th Aug '16 7:58:57 PM BillWoods
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* BarrierChangeBoss: The 25th Floor Boss. Not only is it immune to damage unless hit with the proper sequence of elements, but it shifts its pattern at certain points.

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* BarrierChangeBoss: The 25th Floor Gateway Boss. Not only is it immune to damage unless hit with the proper sequence of elements, but it shifts its pattern at certain points.



* DifficultySpike: Mobs all around ALO become stronger and change their attack patterns once the 25th floor is cleared.

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* DifficultySpike: Mobs all around ALO become stronger and change their attack patterns once the 25th floor zone is cleared.



* HelpingWouldBeKillstealing: In this AU, potentially the modus operandi of [[spoiler:Heathcliff aka Akihiko Kayaba]]. Unlike in canon, where his character was explicitly overpowered to the point of [[spoiler:possessing a Unique Skill and being rendered an Immortal Object by the game engine before his HP even entered the yellow zone]], in this version he's merely a [[spoiler:respected Salamander clearing group leader who is just as vulnerable as the other players.]] [[note]]He was killed by the 25th floor boss, though whether the system would allow his Remain Light to disappear with the same consequences as other players remains to be seen.[[/note]] And given the statements and actions of [[PsychoPrototype Loki and Hel]], there is a degree of doubt as to just how much control he is exerting over the game world, or even how much influence he is still capable of.

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* HelpingWouldBeKillstealing: In this AU, potentially the modus operandi of [[spoiler:Heathcliff aka Akihiko Kayaba]]. Unlike in canon, where his character was explicitly overpowered to the point of [[spoiler:possessing a Unique Skill and being rendered an Immortal Object by the game engine before his HP even entered the yellow zone]], in this version he's merely a [[spoiler:respected Salamander clearing group leader who is just as vulnerable as the other players.]] [[note]]He was killed by «Hrungnir», the 25th floor gateway boss, though whether the system would allow his Remain Light to disappear with the same consequences as other players remains to be seen.[[/note]] And given the statements and actions of [[PsychoPrototype Loki and Hel]], there is a degree of doubt as to just how much control he is exerting over the game world, or even how much influence he is still capable of.



* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler: Corvatz makes it clear to Tetsuo that Sasha isn't to help the other factions clear the 25th Floor. If the Salamanders can't have her, no one can.]]
** [[spoiler: Sigurd decided flat-out to have her killed because of this, only failing because she left to go clear the floor by the time his hitmen arrived. And he was ordered by Skarrip, who was really Loki.]]

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* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler: Corvatz makes it clear to Tetsuo that Sasha isn't to help the other factions clear the 25th Floor.gateway boss. If the Salamanders can't have her, no one can.]]
** [[spoiler: Sigurd decided flat-out to have her killed because of this, only failing because she left to go clear join the floor boss raid by the time his hitmen arrived. And he was ordered by Skarrip, who was really Loki.]]



* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: [[FinalBoss Heathcliff]]]] nearly gets KilledOffForReal in the battle with the 25th Floor Boss. It does not escape him either.

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* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: [[FinalBoss Heathcliff]]]] nearly gets KilledOffForReal in the battle with the 25th Floor Boss.gateway boss. It does not escape him either.



* MacGuffinSuperPerson: [[spoiler: Sasha has become this by the 25th Floor. Because of her mastery of the game's magic system and the puzzle boss's weakness relating to such, both the Puca, Cait Sith, and the Salamanders are trying to secure her.]]

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* MacGuffinSuperPerson: [[spoiler: Sasha has become this by the 25th Floor.zone. Because of her mastery of the game's magic system and the puzzle boss's weakness relating to such, both the Puca, Cait Sith, and the Salamanders are trying to secure her.]]



* RuleOfEscalatingThreat: By design, for any good game. As the players progress through the World Tree, each new level presents a more difficult challenge than the last. In some cases, such as the 25th floor boss, the DifficultySpike is lethal.

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* RuleOfEscalatingThreat: By design, for any good game. As the players progress through the World Tree, each new level presents a more difficult challenge than the last. In some cases, such as the 25th floor gateway boss, the DifficultySpike is lethal.
11th Aug '16 12:57:28 AM BillWoods
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* ElementalPowers: ALO has six schools of Elemental Magic — the basic four, plus Holy and Dark. And there's Illusion, which works more-or-less like the others. Any player character can learn any of them, but seven of the races have affinities which give them big advantages in doing so. The Puca and Cait Sith have exclusive access to Song Magic and Beast Taming, respectively.

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* ElementalPowers: ALO has six seven schools of Elemental Magic — the basic four, plus Holy and Dark. And there's Illusion, which works more-or-less like the others. Any player character can learn any of them, but seven six of the nine races have elemental affinities which give them big advantages in doing so. The Puca and Cait Sith have exclusive access to Song Magic and Beast Taming, respectively.so.
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