-> ''In the cold rain he hid in shadow, watching droplets ripple across the pond. He scanned the horizon, but sheets of rain and dense jungle concealed his pursuer from him, and he from her...''

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5513459 Identity]]'' is a ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' [[FanFic fanfic]] by @/{{Muphrid}}. Just days [[{{Continuation}} after the manga's ending]], matters in Nerima blow up spectacularly, and Ranma, nursing wounded pride, heads back to China to seek his cure. As always, fate doesn't seem to want Ranma to get rid of his girl side just yet, for walking Jusenkyo with him is a group of [[KiAttacks Ki Sorcerers]]--an ancient tribe who suppress their desires and emotions to keep their magic in check. The problem? The "Sieve" they use to keep their magic contained just failed...right on the day Ranma defeated Saffron, and tradition in the tribe holds that the person who sated the last Sieve should and must become the next.

What follows is a tale of penance, for each of Akane, Ukyo, and Shampoo had a part to play in driving Ranma away; of schemes and plots to save Ranma or stop the Sorcerers; and, most importantly, of introspection, for as these characters are thrust into a conflict that dwarfs them, they must look inside themselves and wonder if they enjoy the people they've become at all.

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!!'''This FanFic contains examples of'''
* AlienGeometries: The "Maze" the Sorcerers project to isolate their village and, later, to enclose Jusenkyo. Once you enter, you can't leave. If you keep walking away, you just end up in the same place you started. Ranma even hops atop a tree to look out and see's himself recursively like the reflection from two facing mirrors.
* BigBad: Sindoor, with [[TheDragon dragon]] Kohl.
* BattleInTheRain: Ranma and Wuya's fight spanning the first chapter (shown in pieces around flashbacks).
* BodyHorror: The Sorcerer Priest Henna collects animals cursed with insane mixes of curses, including a bird with fish scales and a giant cockroach. But, more sinister is how she takes an Amazon prisoner and starts methodically subjecting him to more and more simultaneous curses. [[GoryDiscretionShot We don't get to see the end result at first]], and Henna kills the monstrosity later to continue with her "experiment," but when Ranma breaks free, the mix of insect limbs and wings is stomach-churning.
* CallingYourAttacks: Konatsu continues this tradition with his "Divided Pizza Attack."
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: One Sorcerer can defeat ten Amazons, but Ranma can fend off a hundred Sorcerers for...a few minutes? Then again, seldom, if ever, does such a lopsided number disparity actually end up with the one winning against the many. They just last a little longer than you might reasonably expect.
* ContinuityNod: When the springs of Jusenkyo erupt and curse the animals around the grounds (and warriors from the two tribes massing there), a squirrel comes away cursed to look like Akane. A very naked and unintelligible one, at that.
* DaddysGirl: When Ukyo goes to Osaka to visit her father, she comes off a little {{Tsundere}} for him, but both being in the culinary arts, they have a lot of common ground. And who'd have thought Ukyo's father could be successful after Genma so shamelessly made off with his cart, anyway?
* FantasticDrug: Vision dust. The Sorcerers use it open their minds and communicate telepathically over vast distances, but Cologne hints that the Amazons use it for a different effect...
* FridgeLogic: Just where ''did'' Genma go after getting to the Amazon village? Everybody else goes on to fight the Sorcerers, but he just...disappears.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: After Henna's casually turned an Amazon into an utter monstrosity and murdered him when finished, Ranma's righteous payback leaves her run through with a trio of ice spikes. May also be [[MomentOfAwesome a little awesome]].
* KiAttacks: Sort of. While the Sorcerers do use beams of pure energy, they generally favor ice, fire, wind, and lightning. Ranma has, of course, [[AwesomenessByAnalysis already learned the ice attacks ]] with probably more to come.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: After Ranma casually brushes her aside, Shampoo realizes that, between the wedding fiasco and Jusendo, Akane really might be winning Ranma. Her solution? Put Akane's skull between a steel mace and metal door and hammer on the end.
* NoNameGiven: Wuya in the first chapter only. Ukyo's father still isn't given a name, however.
* ScheduleSlip: The author dabbled in posting on a weekly basis for a while, but gap weeks have become more frequent of late.
* ShoutOut: Not overloaded with them, but a few.
** In chapter five, after Ranma broke into the Sorcerers' tower:
---> '''Kohl''': You mean to tell me you didn't invade the Chambers of Magic's Coupling last night?
---> '''Ranma''': [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Chambers of what did you say? Guf?]]
** Also, after the Sorcerer Wuya comes at Akane with a knife, Akane throws a chair at her. It gets blocked harmlessly.
---> '''Wuya''': Everything in this room moves according to my will. [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Perhaps we should kill you and see how Saotome Ranma reacts?]]
** All of the bird ThemeNaming is an indirect reference to similar naming in ''Anime/{{Noein}}''.
** Said to Ryoga:
---> '''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Stephen]] [[StephenHawking Hawking]]''': I'd also like to play poker with Einstein and Newton on the Starship ''Enterprise'', but that too would be difficult, would it not?
*** And yes, this means that Ryoga's wandered all the way to England. He was actually the subject of some [[NoSenseOfDirection scientific interest]].
** From chapter two:
---> '''Sindoor''': The Sieve has failed. You know this. I knew it when I felt the [[Franchise/StarWars great disturbance]] [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling in the ripples]], the eddies of ki that flow through this place.
---> '''Ranma''': [[LukeIAmYourFather You're not my father, if that's what you're saying.]]
* [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill The Evils of Free Love]]: The "Night of Magic's Coupling"? 12 men and 12 women go into a room. They sleep with the number they're assigned. Then they get out and make way for the next group, all in five minutes or less. Being able to freely engage in passionate acts? That's dangerous and will get your whole village turned to ash.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Ukyo calls out Akane hard when Akane berates Ranma as a coward and unmanly. No, she didn't give Ranma [[ICanExplain a chance to explain]]. It wasn't [[NotWhatItLooksLike what it looked like]]. And this time, Ukyo makes sure Akane knows it.
--> '''Ukyo''': You bitch! ([[ArmorPiercingSlap Slap]]) ...don't you get it? He told me off for you! You sick little witch who never appreciated all he did! As much as I'd like to rip your tongue out for what you said to him, I can't! Even now, wherever he's going, he's doing it for you.
* ThemeNaming: all the Sorcerers have two names--a name for the body they were born in, which is a Chinese word for a bird (''Wuya'' is crow, ''Bailu'' is egret). Their other name, the one for the bodies they're cursed in, is invariably a cosmetic or a substance used in cosmetics (Kohl, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sindoor Sindoor]], Tilaka).
* TitleDrop: Not of the whole fic's title, but individual chapters or parts thereof get this a lot. The phrase "cold rain" is often used to refer to the end of chapter one, where Akane bitterly accuses Ranma of not being a man (which, in turn, propels him to China and starts the whole mess). "Monsters and Demons" (chapter three) does this the most, though: the chapter title is dropped in part II, and part VII's title ("To Slay the Monsters within Our Souls") makes up the bulk of the last lines of the chapter.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Sort of. The Sorcerers' village is bubbled off to keep outsiders away, but even when Ranma's taken there, no one's particularly interested in explaining who and what they are to him until he sees Sindoor. It takes witnessing more than one bizarre ritual for Ranma really understand how messed up the Sorcerers are.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: While Sindoor isn't exactly looking to make a utopia, she continually justifies her actions as in the best interests of the village. How this justifies wantonly subjecting prisoners to [[BodyHorror unholy mixes of curses]] is yet to be seen.
* WhatTheHellHero: The Phoenix are furious to find out that Ranma's told the Sorcerers Saffron should indeed be the Sieve when (a) he had no way to be certain and (b) he did it just to get himself an opportunity to escape.
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