History Fanfic / FairyDanceOfDeath

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.
10th Aug '16 10:10:57 PM BillWoods
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* FictionalGenevaConventions: Some are established after Kibaou lost his mind and nearly sparked a war.

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* FictionalGenevaConventions: Some are established after After Kibaou lost his mind is deposed as leader of the Salamanders, eight of the nine races -- [[spoiler:barring [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Spriggans]]]] -- hold a PeaceConference, agreeing to the [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar Treaty of Arun]], in an effort to limit [=PKing=]:
** Reducing someone's health to zero is only to be done in self-defense or in defense of another.
** [[SinkTheLifeBoats If a player's health enters the red zone,]] [[AvertedTrope they are allowed to retreat uncontested.]]
** DamageOverTime is not to be used if a player's health is in the Red Zone.
** ShootTheMedicFirst is [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. If anyone is near a Remain Light
and nearly sparked trying to resurrect a war.player, they are not to be attacked.
** LeaveNoSurvivors is [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. If they surrender, then you are to take them alive no matter what.
*** That being said, they can't actually ''enforce'' it. As Kirito pointed out, most shopkeepers don't bother checking the list to see who's blacklisted or not, so just about any non-Spriggan can do as they want. The best their leaders can do is exile or banish them, which isn't that much of an issue if they're self-sufficient, and you can't send them to prison since killing in a [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] game isn't against the game's rules.
*** By the time Act 3 has started, another war is on the verge because the Salamanders under Corvatz are seizing territory from the Sylphs.



* [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar Treaty of Arun]]: At the end of Act 1, eight of the nine races -- [[spoiler:barring [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Spriggans]]]] -- have set up rules at a PeaceConference so that an incident like before doesn't happen again:
** Reducing someone's health to zero is only to be done in self-defense or in defense of another.
** [[SinkTheLifeBoats If a player's health enters the red zone,]] [[AvertedTrope they are allowed to retreat uncontested.]]
** DamageOverTime is not to be used if a player's health is in the Red Zone.
** ShootTheMedicFirst is [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. If anyone is near a Remain Light and trying to resurrect a player, they are not to be attacked.
** LeaveNoSurvivors is [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. If they surrender, then you are to take them alive no matter what.
*** That being said, they can't actually ''enforce'' it. As Kirito pointed out, most shopkeepers don't bother checking the list to see who's blacklisted or not, so just about any non-Spriggan can do as they want. The best their leaders can do is exile or banish them, which isn't that much of an issue if they're self-sufficient, and you can't send them to prison since killing in a [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] game isn't against the law.
*** By the time Act 3 has started, another war is on the verge because the Salamanders under Corvatz have violated the rules.
10th Aug '16 9:41:29 PM BillWoods
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The story starts from the premise that Kayaba Akihiko was obsessed with magic and Norse Mythology rather than swords and pure melee. As a result, he created the Death Game of Alfheim Online rather than the floating castle of Aincrad—a world in which player-killing is not a crime, and the nine player races are in competition with each other to reach the top of the World Tree.

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The story starts from the premise that Kayaba Akihiko was obsessed with magic and Norse Mythology rather than swords and pure melee. As a result, he created the Death Game of Alfheim Online ''Alfheim Online'' (ALO) rather than the floating castle of Aincrad—a world in which player-killing is not a crime, and the nine player races are in competition with each other to reach the top of the World Tree.



* 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.



[[spoiler: The "big secret" is that Asuna's family name is Yuuki -- the same as Yuuki's given name.]]

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[[spoiler: The "big "really big secret" is that Asuna's family name is Yuuki -- the same as Yuuki's given name.]]
1st Aug '16 9:58:55 PM BillWoods
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** On the other hand, the Navi-Pixies are genuinely helpful, though you have to know that something's worth asking about.



* FieldPromotion: [[spoiler:Kirito is made Lead Clearer in Chapter 40.]]



* IDidntMeanToKillHim: [[spoiler:Coper claims that murdering Yoshihara wasn't part of the plan. They'd intended to either force her to abdicate or rezz her before her remain light expired, but he got stabbed in the back by Krensh and all but two of his crew were killed in the process.]]

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* IDidntMeanToKillHim: [[spoiler:Coper claims that murdering Yoshihara wasn't part of the plan. They'd intended to either force her to abdicate or rezz her before her remain light expired, but he got stabbed in the back by Krensh and all but two of his crew were killed in the process.]] [[spoiler: He's lying. Killing her -- and all the other candidates -- was ''Mortimer'''s plan all along.]]



* ParentalNeglect: Several dozen pre-teen kids get into ALO, even though it was designed and ''marketed'' as a [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] game.
--> Sasha suspected more than a few of the kids had indulgent parents who hadn't paid any attention to the purchase of ALO and the Nerve Gear beyond thinking, "it's [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies]]; that's suitable for kids".\\
In her less charitable moments, she hoped those parents had spent the last six months feeling as guilty as they should.



"''Yubikiri''?" Asuna smiled as she held up her pinky finger. Yuuki smiled too—the first time she'd done so—and pinky-swore.

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"''Yubikiri''?" Asuna smiled as she held up her pinky finger. Yuuki smiled too—the first time she'd done so—and pinky-swore.\\
[[spoiler: The "big secret" is that Asuna's family name is Yuuki -- the same as Yuuki's given name.]]



* ResignedToTheCall: Kirito [[spoiler: is made the Spriggans' Lead Clearer in Chapter 40.]]
--> Never before could Kirito recall being given so many very good reasons for doing something that was practically the polar opposite of what he wanted to do.



* TranslationConvention: The story is written in English, but characters are meant to be speaking in Japanese when not specifically discussing English or Old Norse.


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* TranslationConvention: The story is written in English, but characters are meant to be speaking in Japanese when not specifically discussing English or Old Norse.
--> '''Blane''': ... unless there's something specific you're looking for and you already know what it's called, the manual might as well be in English.
31st Jul '16 7:31:11 PM Leidolf
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* FieldPromotion: [[spoiler:Kirito is made Lead Clearer in Chapter 40.]]


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* IDidntMeanToKillHim: [[spoiler:Coper claims that murdering Yoshihara wasn't part of the plan. They'd intended to either force her to abdicate or rezz her before her remain light expired, but he got stabbed in the back by Krensh and all but two of his crew were killed in the process.]]


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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: [[spoiler:Kirito doesn't like Coper, but he decides to become the lead clearer in order change things for the Spriggans.]]
31st Jul '16 7:15:58 PM Leidolf
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*** It gets so bad that ''partying'' with a Spriggan is enough to make people suspicious.
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