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The MusouVerse is a collection of three [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure quest threads]] in the style of ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' and DiveQuest - MusouQuest, RiderQuest, and the flashback episode MusouQuestGaiden. They are collected at the [[http://teamphantomtiger.blogspot.com/2010/03/terminals-musouquest-by-demand-archive.html Team Phantom Tiger blog]] and discussed fervently on the IRC channel "#musouquest" on Rizon.

MusouQuest begins with a newly-made ace logging onto their first serious game of a Franchise/DotHack-esque version of ''DynastyWarriorsGundam''; things get serious when a [[MonsterOfTheWeek "Static Gundam"]] glitch mech appears on the field and turns out to deal real, physical damage to the players - the player character, named "Red Hawk", is very rapidly drawn into the conspiracy while kicking copious amounts of ass. The first thread was adequate at best. Then it got FREAKING COOL.

RiderQuest is set in the same universe, following a [[RealLifeWritesThePlot joke made in a previous thread]] about Red Hawk living in the currently in-vogue {{Tokusatsu}}-filming area; it turns out that a number of {{Kamen Rider}}s actually DO exist, and that ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows are made using actual footage of their combats in a ''PowerRangers''-esque cut-and-paste style. The main character is a pseudo-HardBoiled PrivateEye named Jack, who used to play "The Game" [[ArcWords Way Back When]]; this Quest borrows heavily from ''[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Kamen Rider W]]'', though with a significantly more FilmNoir feel to it.

MusouQuestGaiden again focuses on Jack - but much younger, back when he still played, and was completed shortly thereafter, fleshing out the story and generally functioning as epic {{foreshadowing}}.

Recently, a teaser for what appears to be a pure-fiction sequel, ''MusouQuest: Generation Break'', went up on a portion of Terminal's home site; view it [[http://crystalfirewiki.pbworks.com/w/page/45087136/MusouQuest%3A%20Generation%20Break here.]]
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!!This universe contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Goddamn near everyone. Even Lacus. ''Especially'' Mayu and Red Hawk. [[UpToEleven Double-especially Cagalli]].
* {{AFGNCAAP}}: Red Hawk, initially. Nobody's sure what she looks like or sounds like, and her gender was only confirmed on the IRC channel for a very long time.
* TheAllConcealingI: Except with "you" instead of "I", as MusouQuest is written from SecondPerson - it was a number of chapters before Red Hawk was confirmed female (and even then, only in the IRC channel).
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Kira. It's up in the air as to whether he's just a jackass, or whether he's a WellIntentionedExtremist.
** Seems to have been both. WordOfGod is that he's both.
* ArcWords: For MusouQuest, "Way Back When", referring to the events that went on years ago - MusouQuest Gaiden covers some of it, using Jack as a mouthpiece.
* TheAtoner: Hinted at with Jack, see WhatYouAreInTheDark below.
* AuthorAppeal: Writing big 1980s-kung-fu-style fight scenes. To the extent that a floor randomly appears in a satcannon so that the fight can be cooler.
* {{Backstory}}: This is pretty much the point of Gaiden.
* BFG: Jack's gun, [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Daiki]], which is a Smith & Wesson .500 Magnum.
** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny If you stick this down your pants, you are compensating not only for your own penis, but for every penis within a 25-mile radius.]]
*** Also, [[spoiler:[[FrickinLaserBeams Fancy light shows when Lacus gives him a bullet-shaped]] [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Gaia Memory]]]].
* CanonForeigner / CanonImmigrant: Lacus, who functions as a go-between for Rider and Musou Quest.
* CatchPhrase: Jack's "I hope the scars are worth it" post-henshin quote.
* CerebusSyndrome: From EVERYTHING EXPLODING EVERYWHERE FOREVER to conspiracy and drama.
** And then back again.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Red Hawk seems to have a problem with this.
* CrazyAwesome: [[GundamSeedDestiny Shinn Asuka.]] The fact that [[spoiler:he THREW a goddamned bus at a Static Gundam is proof of his badassery.]]
** He keeps doing it.
* CreatorBreakdown: RiderQuest was created because Terminal was sick of writing MusouQuest and had just binged the first twenty-five episodes of Series/KamenRiderDouble. Also physical example; as noted below, if Terminal is running quests then he's not sleeping at nights, so occasionally his body gives out on him.
* CrimefightingWithCash: [[GundamWing Treize Kushrenada]], financial backer of LaResistance.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Where ISN'T there one?
** A big example is when [[spoiler: Second Red Hawk fights [[GGundam DOMON KASSHU]] To a draw. In a Zaku. Completely vapourising both mechs in the process.]]
*** The ending. Dear god.
* CrowningMomentofFunny: [[spoiler:Seabook in a tuxedo, for a start.]] Also the above-mentioned compensation joke.
* DeathCourse: Cagalli has to run through one in Gaiden.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Red Hawk's fight with Mayu after she collects her new Gouf.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Holly, who becomes an AscendedExtra, and Mayu, who becomes the LoveInterest.
** ... and then both end up in an OT3.
* EpilepticTrees: [[http://teamphantomtiger.blogspot.com/2010/05/one-stop-conspiracy-chart-shop.html OH SO MUCH]]. (Also note that the more meta branches on the top left of the [=MusouVerse=] chart can become their own little can of worms.)
* EroticEating: Mayu and Red Hawk, sort of.
* EverybodySmokes: Jack, Tiger, Alex.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: If possible, this ALWAYS happens in the buildup to a ZAKU KICK.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Taken to eleven with Red Hawk; she now has an ability called 'Seduce'.
** Naturally, NO guys seem to want her. Even though she once dressed with the combined style of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Excellen Browning]] and [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth Doctor]].
*** WordOfGod: More like ''she'' doesn't notice ''them''.
* FamousAncestor: One of the [[EpilepticTrees many]] [[WildMassGuessing theories]] [[MysteriousPast surrounding Red Hawk and]] [[ArcWords Way Back When]].
** [[spoiler:And it's totally right.]]
* FanNickname: For Red Hawk, "GIANT METAL KENSHIRO"; for Jack, "Kamen Rider Noir" (which quickly becomes canon).
* FinishingMove: Jack's various Memory Breaks; Red Hawk's ZAKU/GOUF KICK.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: This is kind of the point of Gaiden, but especially notable is [[spoiler:Cagalli having the Blade Gaia Memory.]]
** [[spoiler:More to the point, it epically foreshadows the ''real'' reason why the game is "real".]]
* FriendshipMoment: Jack and Lacus in MusouQuest Gaiden, Holly and Red Hawk after the latter lands up in sickbay with broken ribs. The latter overlaps with a NowLetMeCarryYou.
* GameBreaker: Lacus says that the reason CaptureTheFlag games no longer happen is because [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Usso always won.]]
* GenderFlip: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Athrun]] is actually a girl named [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Alex]].
* GrowingTheBeard: MusouQuest as of the second and third threads.
* TheHedonist: [[BackFromTheDead Mayu]] has shades of this; she ''loves'' to fight, her idea of a date involves Spanish pastries, chocolate, and a very long makeout session...
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The hivemind likes to paint Holly and the Red Hawk like this.
** But then...
* HonorBeforeReason: [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon]], but he can get away with it.
* HotBlooded: Red Hawk, Domon, Mayu to a lesser extent.
* HotLibrarian: WordOfGod is that Terminal was aiming for this with Alex's meatspace form.
* HumbleHero: Red Hawk.
** Well... Most of the time. Sometimes there's bragging.
* IAmWho?: Red Hawk SO SO MUCH.
* JerkAss: Yamato. Oh, Yamato.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Patrick Zala, at the hands of the Kabuto Service. Or so it seems anyway.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[spoiler:The first]] Red Hawk has [[http://www.mediafire.com/?bytvjtov5k2 one.]]
* LadyOfWar: Cagalli has serious aspects of this.
* LaResistance: Alex and co.'s little underground 'LAN party'.
* LesYay: Between Mayu and Red Hawk, obviously.
** And then Holly and Red Hawk.
* LittleMissBadass / CuteBruiser: Mayu, of course.
* LoveTriangle: Red Hawk, Holly (likely), and Mayu. The [=IRCers=] love joking about throwing Master Asia and Domon in there.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: [[Series/KamenRiderDecade ALL GUNDAMS vs. DAI-KOEI]]
* MemeticBadass: Red Hawk and Mayu, especially Mayu.
* MindScrew: Due to the lack of information doled out 'for free', it gets like this when you start to consider everything that's going on. There's a running conspiracy chart that gets posted at the start (and, often, the end) of each thread.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Mayu is a very touchyfeely person. Holly is also occasionally fond of TheGlomp.
* NotAMorningPerson: Jack. Parodied in the way he drinks his coffee.
* NowLetMeCarryYou: Holly to Red Hawk during their FriendshipMoment.
* OldShame: Terminal has this attitude towards the first thread.
** And towards the entire series, considering it a "failed experiment".
* OriginalGeneration: [[spoiler:Both versions of]] Red Hawk, Jack, Tiger, Ares. Mayu is a pseudo-example, as she dies in the first five minutes of GundamSeedDestiny and Terminal had to make her personality out of wholecloth.
* OverAndUnderTheTop: Red Hawk is Over, Jack is Under (of course, comparitively speaking)...
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Sort of; [[CrossboneGundam Seabook and Tobia]] often tend to leave things to Red Hawk when it comes to LaResistance work, with the implication that they're doing important things offscreen.
* PosterGalleryBedroom: Cagalli's, as seen in MusouQuest Gaiden - covered in UFC and WWE posters.
* PsychoForHire: "Angel" in RiderQuest, hiring out his services by a [[ViralMarketing Viral Tie-In]] site [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto "Kabuto Service"]] (now taken down, unfortunately).
* PutOnABus: [[MobileSuitGundam Bright]], who only appeared in the first episode and MusouQuest Gaiden.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Lacus, Cagalli, Kira/Yamato, Athrun/Alex... so basically the entirety of the SEED Cast.
* ReverseMole: Schwarz, who [[EpilepticTrees may or may not be Domon's brother.]] [[WildMassGuessing Or Red Hawk's brother.]]
** [[spoiler:And then turned out to be neither.]]
* RidiculousProcrastinator: The author, Terminal, who at the time of this writing (October) has not handed in any of his professional writing coursework since May - because of MQ getting in the way.
* RuleOfCool: Terminal claims that the reason the second thread was any good was because he decided that everything should run on this.
* ScheduleSlip: Terminal lives in Australia. The Quests start at midnight for him (GMT+9/11 depending on Daylight Savings). If he starts sleeping like a normal person, threads don't happen.
* {{Shipping}}: Take your pick. Red Hawk/Holly, Red Hawk/Mayu, Red Hawk/Mayu/Holly, Red Hawk/Domon.... really, Red Hawk and anyone.
* ShoutOut: Lots, but most notably, Jack's "Accel Gundam" in MusouQuest Gaiden, which is a [[{{Macross}} Valkyrie]] version of the [[WesternAnimation/SWATKats Turbokat]].
* ShownTheirWork: Played straight and averted; a lot of the cast manages to be quite in-character - unfortunately, the ones from shows that Terminal hasn't seen are less-so.
* SmokingIsCool: Jack, again.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: ... according to the fanbase/participants.
* TrickArrow: Jack's Accel Gundam and its variety of missiles.
* TheWorfEffect: Zechs suffers from this, initially. [[LetsGetDangerous Then he stops jobbing.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Basically everyone, but especially Cagalli, who is presented as a fantastic duelist.
* TheVirus: The Static Zeta exhibits this.
* Twincest: HEAVILY implied to have happened in the past with Red Hawk and her now-oddly-absent "OneeSama".
* WellDoneSonGuy: Red Hawk's father is very disappointed in her, and nobody is quite sure why.
** [[RealLifeWritesthePlot May or may not be meta. Terminal's father seems to be rather disappointed in him.]]
*** WordOfGod: Not meta, merely an AbortedArc.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Angel to Jack in the second episode of RiderQuest, with it implied that Jack failed such a test before. [[spoiler:This time he says "I'll know." and punches Angel out.]]
* WhipItGood: Red Hawk's custom Gouf, Epyon, anything using a heat rod.
* WildMassGuessing: Again, oh so very much.
* WordOfGod: Everything related to the "IRC" tab on [[EpilepticTrees Conspiracy Chart]].
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Culminating in Red Hawk [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome performing a Tombstone Piledriver on DOMON]].
** Also Char hitting the flying armbar in his Sazabi.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Treize suggests that this is the reason that the Static Gundams cause physical damage.
** [[spoiler:Except it turned out to actually be due to a [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Gaia Memory]].]]
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