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[[caption-width-right:274: Kyouko and Oscar. Art by The One Moiderah.]]

''[[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/red-soul-you-might-make-it-girl-but-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth.236280/ Red Soul]]'', by thagguy, is a {{Spacebattles}} ChooseYourOwnAdventure CrossOver between ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. It is told from the second-person point of view of [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura.]]

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!! This story provides examples of:
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Kyoko is the main viewpoint character, but segments, both with voting and without, have been told from the perspectives of other characters, including [[spoiler: Pre-corruption]] Artorias, Ciaran, and [[spoiler: [[DeityofHumanOrigin Sayaka/Oktavia.]]]]
* [[AwesomebyAnalysis Awesome by Analysis]]: Andre, despite not working with magical weapons, is able to quickly figure out how Kyoko's spear summoning functions with a simple experiment. Oscar is quite impressed.
* AlternateUniverse : A few oneshots of a AU where Sayaka came to Lordran instead of Kyoko, and [[spoiler: their roles are reversed]]. Also, a Mami x VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution oneshot.
* BadassNormal: Oscar may not be able to hang in the same weight class as Kyoko or the more powerful entities of Lordran, but he can hold his own in a fight, and Kyoko would have died or Witched several times already if it wasn't for his help.
* BerserkButton: Don't ignore Oscar when he gives you advice. Don't throw away food when Kyoko's present. Don't ''ever'' insult [[spoiler:Sayaka/Oktavia]] if Kyoko is around to hear it. When [[spoiler: Lord's Blade Ciaran]] asks you to do something? Don't dawdle.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Unlike the game, Dusk does NOT come out of Manus perfectly normal. Instead she's mutated halfway into a bloated creature.]]
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Kyoko is usually just playfully rude, but it almost cost her dearly when she fully slipped into this. When she slips into this again when she and Oscar got into an argument, she blows Oscar off to go "see" a friend.
* BrokenBird: Kyoko occasionally lapses back into this state. She snaps out of it quickly, though. Being in [[CrapsackWorld Lordran]] doesn't help, though, especially when EverythingIsTryingToKillYou.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Solaire: even more weird, and even more awesome, than in the game.
* TheCorruption: The Abyss.
* TheCorrupter: [[spoiler: Manus, Father of the Abyss]].
* CurbStompBattle: Most of the fights pre-[[spoiler: Oolacile]] have been like this so far. The ones that weren't...''really'' weren't.
** [[spoiler: Dragonslayer Ornstein vs. the Hellkite Wyvern.]]
* ChestMonster: Kyoko falls prey to this, just like most newbie players
--> "One thing's for sure: every treasure chest you see from now on's getting the shit stabbed out of it."
* [[SirSwearsALot Dame Swears-a-Lot]]: Kyoko, naturally.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Lautrec. [[spoiler:Not that it helps him much.]] Kyoko and the players, to an extent, and Oscar shows shades of this as well.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Oscar, instead of dying in the game's tutorial level is saved by Kyoko and virtually becomes the other main character of the story.
* EarlyGameHell: Shockingly, the Abyss arc forces its way into the story ridiculously early. As in, before even setting foot in Blightown or venturing into the Depths. The Abyss arc features the arguably-hardest bosses in the entire game, as well as highly dangerous enemies in general. In-story, the entire Abyss and EldritchLocation feel makes it particularly threatening to a Magical Girl with very limited experience in the world of Dark Souls. To give a stark contrast--Kyoko solos the Hydra in the Darkroot Forest with no trouble, and any enemies that weren't bosses or Black Knights were hardly threatening to her unless she got careless. In Oolacile, the first experiences with enemies that she gets are [[spoiler: nearly being killed by the Sanctuary Guardian's lightning blasts, followed by Kalameet making an entrance, scoffing at her in disdain and not even bothering to attack Kyoko like a human wouldn't bother to stomp on an ant it passes by on the sidewalk. In other words, Kyoko has to fight the ''Everlasting Dragon of Calamity'' before she ever encounters the Gaping Dragon.]]
* EldritchHorror: Manus, Father of the Abyss. His Zalgo text-speak and deep, otherworldly (and seemingly sourceless) voice just makes him all the more terrifying and alien. On top of that, he can literally reach through time and grab/kill/take whomever and whatever he's after. Even amongst the gods of Anor Londo, he is TheDreaded.
* ElementalEmbodiment: The generic Everlasting Dragons, such as the Stone Dragon, are this. Most of the unique Dragons are the embodiments of concepts or emotions, like Extinction or Calamity.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: [[spoiler: Lord's Blade Ciaran]] can cut out someone's tongue as they are speaking, and they won't notice until they realize their mouth is filling with blood.
* InterfaceScrew: [[spoiler: Manus]] speaks in Zalgo text.
* ItSeemedLikeaGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Testing explosive weapons before entering a bossroom. Sounds like a good idea, right? [[spoiler: Until RealityEnsues and said boss hears you doing that right outside his bossdoor, [[NonstandardGameOver leading the Lighting Bruiser boss to leave his room and stab you in the back]]. [[WhatWereYouThinking The author himself Lampshaded it to the players after the fact]].]]
** In fairness, however, the quest had previously demonstrated that the fog walls and boss arenas actually functioned like they did in the game. It would have turned out just fine even then, however, if [[spoiler: Chester [[PoorCommunicationKills hadn't worded his warning like a hostage-taker]].]]
** Another example: attacking the Black Knight in the Undead Burg. Being perfectly in-character for [[SmugSuper Kyoko]] at the time, though, made the action pretty much inevitable.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Lautrec was defeated by Kyoko and killed by Oscar, and Alvina was murdered by Manus's hand ([[GiantHandsofDoom literally)]].]]
* LightningBruiser: Artorias, naturally. After he uses his Abyss power-up, he becomes this even more. Dragonslayer Ornstein as well, and Kyoko, if not to the same degree. Manus is also an example, though it's more of a case of being exceptionally agile for something of his size.
* [[OutsideContextVillain Outside Context Heroine]]: Kyoko, to an extent, but much more limited than most examples of this trope.
* OutsideContextVillain: Manus, ''so damn much.'' Not only is he this in-story, he's this in a meta sense, too: he pops up in the story far, ''far'' earlier than he should, and throws the entire situation from before his appearance out the window.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent - Many forms. The "souls" currency (explained as a essence-like thing), Humanity (actual souls), and Kyoko's soulgem and soul, alien to the first flame [[spoiler: and the dark soul]], [[TitleDrop the titular Red Soul]]
* PapaWolf: Oscar is growing into this, with a bit of BigBrotherMentor.
* ParentalSubstitute: Oscar is becoming one for Kyouko. [[spoiler:When they learn about the fate of the Chosen Undead, she doesn't take it well.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: According to WordOfGod, Priscilla's lifehunt is far deadlier then what DarkSouls players believe it to be, and Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, at full power was more powerful then Walpurgisnacht.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Almost happened in the tutorial. When Kyoko hears of souls being used as currency, she nearly [[spoiler: witches]] in anger.
** Retcon: This was changed in the Story-only thread, as the author believed that this was too OOC.
* ShoutOut: During [[spoiler: Ornstein's duel with Quelaag]] the latter paraphrases bits of [[ASongOfIceAndFire The Rains of Castamere.]]
* SmugSuper: Kyoko had a moment of this. It [[BreaktheHaughty didn't end well]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the game, Oscar exists only to give a bit of exposition and an Estus flask to the player. Here, he's the Deuteragonist.
** [[spoiler: DeathByAdaptation: But Alvina is not so lucky.]]
*** [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: But after Kyoko learns how to clone herself, she discovers what happens when you put a collected soul into a soul-less clone...]]
* UnexpectedCharacter: [[spoiler: Dragonslayer Ornstein coming out of nowhere and [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing killing the very-hated Hellkite Wyvern, aka, that bridge dragon who burns players to death constantly]]. Manus appearing far earlier then he's suppose to, taking our heroine [[CodeLyoko back to the past]] long before she's supposed to.]]
* WakeUpCallBoss: [[spoiler:The Capra Demon, responsible for the first bad end hit in this story--not because it killed Kyoko, but because it killed Oscar, causing Kyoko to Witch. Artorias]] also proves to be this, dealing the players two bad ends--though this is more because the entire [[EldritchLocation Abyss arc]] forces its way into the story very, ''very'' early on, pitting several of the [[LightningBruiser most]] [[AttackAttackAttack dangerous]] [[EldritchAbomination bosses]] [[BiggerBad in]] [[ThatOneBoss the]] [[TheDreaded game]] against an [[EarlyGameHell early-game player]], so-to-speak.
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