Like so many other fics by Thrythlind, this was started merely by an idle “what if” statement that consisted of “what if Ranma Saotome had children by the Gods?”. The first elements were posted in mid-August on the Maximum Adventure. The prologue, chapter one and some of chapter two were written between then and late January of 2007, after which time it sat untouched until picked up again in June of 2009, recently reaching its 48th chapter.The plot is that Zeus and Poseidon are arguing over whose bloodline is strongest by comparing their children's accomplishments. A third deity, Hecate, appeared and noted that neither could compare their bloodlines because they had not yet sired children on the same woman. She suggested a bet and offered herself to serve as a fill in for her father Hades, since he was unlikely to care about such a bet, or approve.The object of the bet is Ranma Saotome, who ends up kidnapped from Japan and abandoned in Greece.The story then skips seventeen years to Ranma Satomi (a European misspelling of her name that she’s adopted to avoid attention) deciding to return to Japan after raising her children for seventeen years, during which she has acted as a freelance mercenary and exorcist.Ranma avoids Nerima, not wanting to go right to her old home just yet, and Nekomi, due to sensing something similar to her attackers there. Instead she arrives at Jindai High, her children starting school the same day as Sousuke Sagara.
Abusive Parents: Bit character Illujanka was a terrible mother to her daughter Rene. Rene's Heroic Sacrifice, which was preceded by Rene apologizing to her mother for being a failure, being continuously replayed on the news leads to Illujanka having a massive Heel Realization.
Illujanka: Her name was Rene. She was born nine months after Woodstock. Her father was a human who died in a car accident I was too drunk or high too see coming. She was the only daughter I had in ten thousand years of life and the last thing I said to her before those bastards attacked us was that she'd never amount to anything... And they keep playing her apologizing to me.
All There in the Manual: A lot of stuff is discussed and explained by the author in the Addventure comments and forum threads regarding this fic. This is partially due to Thrythlind's Readers are Geniuses tendencies.
Ancient Astronauts: The Gods and Demons are survivors of sentient races that evolved to immortality prior to humanity.
And Man Grew Proud: The Demons with the KT event and the Gods with the first Demon-God war
Another Dimension: Three major ones and implied several minor ones, all artificially created pocket universes.
Recent developments have revealed the existence of Atlantis, which is currently being used as the base of operations in the war effort.
The Labyrinth is one of several fantastical places that the Gods and Demons pulled out of the world and set in hiding in order to preserve them as monuments.
Since its discovery by Deimosu and crew, it is likely to become the basis for a third major dimensional realm.
Artistic License Mythology: Hecate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. However she was not the daughter of Persephone and Hades. She was the only child of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea making her a titan as well. Her only connection to Persephone is when she helped to rescue her, from the Underworld. She eventually became Persephone's attendant in the Underworld, once Persephone married Hades.
In addition Aphrodite was not a Titan’s but a Goddess and the daughter of Zeus and Dione. This was probably changed due to the fact that as his offspring she could have fulfilled the curse. Makes you wonder how the story would turn out if Hecate and Aphrodite’s roles were reversed.
To a certain extent, any highly trained soldier. For those that know about paranormal abilities, the general perception is that "Akiras" (paranormals with no training in how to operate) are a detriment.
Beautiful All Along: Yonjuu and any other "Ni", subverted by the fact that they are what most people consider voluptuous while their ideal of beauty is a gymnast's build, due to their "mother" being a gymnast who sees other body types a detriment to actually performing gymnastics. Yonjuu Ni is the most vehement in stating that she's ugly.
Beware the Nice Ones: Eija takes over a mindscape to seal Hecate's ghost by literally drowning her in blood.
Taken Up to Eleven when Kasumi poisons and kills an entire banquet hall full of rogue gods using knowledge of God anatomy and chemistry acquired for first aid reasons over the past months..
Naiki saves Kurz by trapping Gauron's villain in Chapter 6
Deimosu saves Yaku Go in Chapter 13
Eija arrives to curb-stomp Sophia in Chapter 25
Megumi, Yaku Go, Sarah Miller and Skuld finish programming Silmaril just in time in Chapter 40
A Demon grabbing her followed by artillery and cruise missiles save Mao in Chapter 41, however, that was planned.
Naiki and Eija appear to save Lusca and Kyoko from enemy Demons, though that was partially a summoning.
Ranma curb-stomps Balor in Chapter 41
Ryouga saves Kasumi and company in chapter 45
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe example, for the lovers that Aphrodite used as a warp point. From their perspective, a quartet of scantily clad Greek goddesses randomly appear, accuse the man of infidelity, and leave. The woman, now shocked that the man she's with is already married, then leaves as well. The man is thoroughly confused and doesn't realize he got off easy considering the goddesses included Hera.
Blank Slate: Shichimu Ni, whose memories were wiped in trying to prevent Kodachi from claiming her body. This hardens Kurz's resolve to eliminate the memetic parasite Kodachi.
Blatant Lies: Sousuke telling the cops that everything was fine while dressed in military fatigues with a P90 submachine gun hanging from his back and sporting several clear battlefield injuries while Eija and Kaname stared at him, mouth open.
Boldly Coming: The approach of the Gods and Demons toward humans in the early days.
Comically Missing the Point: Mizuki was grouped with the less athletic student and went to Issei to get him to recommend her for group 1. On the way back she came across the terrorist. She found out she was re-assigned when she tried to warn people. Guess what took precedence in her mind.
Coach Konjo: Okay, You're now in the first bleachers, go sit down next to Yonjuu.
Mizuk: I'm group 1.
Made even funnier by the fact that instead of going to sit down she tried to go and tell Issei the good news.
Complexity Addiction: Mizuki spent three months working on a plan to get her an extra two weeks to finish her summer homework. Which means that she started work on this plan two months before the homework was assigned.
Kaname: You were planning this before you ever got assigned the homework?
Sousuke: Why didn't you just do the homework?
Mizuki: I was busy putting the whole smoke bomb thing together!
She has just been revealed to be planning to sabotage a power station to cause a blackout and wreck the grading machines of the college she goes to so she can retake the entry exams - two years from now. Again, the thought of using all that time to meet the academic goal in question legitimately never occurred to her.
Crossover: Ranma 1/2, Full Metal Panic and Ah My Goddess with lots of references to other series
Cursed with Awesome: Eija has the ability to see how a person has dealt with death, perceiving deaths inflicted by a person as splotches of red on their body. If the person highly enjoys it she sees the blood work into their body. This lets her detect dangerous people. Also, she can see how death hangs over a person so that she can tell how healthy they are. Very useful abilities, but Eija really hates seeing the blood on her own and her family's hands, so she actively suppresses this most of the time.
Literally with Zeus, who is cursed to be killed by one of his children. Anybody that tries to kill him who isn't one of his children tends to have things go badly for them. He's used this curse to pretty much trample over anybody else that gets in his way.
Did I Just Say That Outloud: A telepathic variant that describes the amount of control Naiki has over her internal chatter...much to Tessa's both use and annoyance.
Door Stopper: This would be one if printed out. 405K words as of May 2011, and still going strong.
Drama-Preserving Handicap: Ranma joining the ranks of the Ainur would be a gamebreaker in MITHRIL's favor, so the process doesn't work on her. It also provides more opportunities for Ranma to perform incredible feats without an additional powerup.
though Eija is now completely God, and Naiki is now half-God and half-Demon
and recently Deimos went from half-god, half-human to half-god, half-Human Subspecies
Heart Is an Awesome Power: In another omake by AYH, Dionysus has the power to turn water into wine. The human body is made of 70 percent water, and Dionysus exploits that fact to give an Amalgam strike force instant alcohol poisoning.
Dionysus:These men should be out for several hours at the least, and most will require liver transplants afterwards.
Shichimu Ni using Clairvoyance and the ability to make herself hallucinate to kill at least eleven confirmed of Kodachi's bodies.
Heroes of Another Story: Stargate universe characters are being used to staff the United States military's version of Psyche division, which is called "Socrates Group".
"Illujanka's daughter, Rene", introed and killed in one episode, got herself killed in the Abyss's lockdown procedures to get most of the Demonic civilians to safety in the prison.
Batiste pushes Eija out of the way of the bomb he set off.
Aphrodite's Out with a BangDying Moment of Awesome gambit to delay the rebel God leadership, and kill several of them while also getting Hera, Daio Chan, Erzuli, Freya and Benten out of the line of fire.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kaname and Eija are in love with each other as well as Sousuke. Their love for each other, however, is not sexual love and both get rather disturbed when Mizuki implies they might have kissed each other with tongue.
Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Kaname would have in been in line for ascending, but Tessa wanted to investigate the mystery of the "ghost" who wants Kaname's body first. Thus when it came for Kaname's upgrade to Ainur, Tessa timed it with the activation of the new Silmaril computer.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Vice president Kinsey was incredibly vocal about working with the heathens who referred to themselves as gods and devils. Only to find out that not only was he at Mara’s baptism but she volunteered at his city council election campaign.
Humanity Is Infectious: Another main point of contention between old and modern Demons and Gods. Demons and Gods altered themselves genetically to better fit in with humanity and also started taking time to study their culture. The result, several implications of Becoming the Mask were the Demons and Gods have started taking up human culture honestly.
If It's You, It's Okay: it was hinted that Dante from Devil May Cry was the man who Ranma tried to have a relationship with.
Most immortals are The Ageless, with Demons and Gods being , until recently the only species for whom this is a racial norm.
At least one immortal human that was not changed into either a Demon or God has been shown to exist. These rare people that achieved immortality without being changed to a Demon or God have had little to no impact on the plot yet, save that Hecate dislikes them as well.
Ghosts exist and are based on the ghosts in Ghost Whisperer with "death seers" mostly being responsible for dealing with them by either containing them or helping them pass on.
The existence of Quincey Harker as the man who brought Ranma into Psyche implies the existence of Life Drinker immortals of the Dracula variety.
Immortality Immorality: Averted for now. The Gods and Demons only warn the humans that there will be some trials as humanity is now able to obtain immortality via Tessa's new device, mostly due to the fact it won't work on everyone. So far Tessa and Melissa Mao are the first to go through the process.
In fact the method used to avert this is the main point of contention between the different factions of Gods and Demons.
Also note, that despite the original method to acquire immortality an unintended side effect for achieving something else that this is a natural facet of life for Gods, Demons and the as yet unnamed human immortals.
Morrigan: I've never claimed to be the Creator of the universe. We started to interact with you, and you called us 'God'. Eventually we just kept having to respond to that and it became the name of the species. As far as I am concerned, the definition of 'God' is my species. And since I am a member of my species, I am not a false god.
Lady Land: Gods and demons have much higher populations of females than they do males due to the existence of parthenogenesis spells.
The initial reason is implied to be that millions of years of intermittent war between Gods and Demons was hard an the male of the species, implying that female soldiers and the like developed as more of the men died or were sealed.
Naiki: Tends to be a habit with her, though she doesn't compete with her brother's single instance. Some specifics:
Underestimates the Karate Club guys and gets in a position where she has to use a chi burst to defeat them in public, while Gauron is spying on Kaname nearby.
Naiki's fear of flying combined with a terrorist take over of the plane she's on causes her to go on a fear-crazed berserk as soon as the plane lands, which leaves her captured and used as a hostage to insure Deimosu's surrender.
Goes back to help Kurz's fight against the Venom Chodarl, splitting the escape party and causing Eija, Kaname, Deimosu and Sousuke to hesitate long enough figuring out where she went for the Musk to attack and force Eija, Kaname and Sousuke to miss the escape.
Tries and fails to rescue and protect Tessa from the Behemoth terrorists.
Uses a black magic spell that causes her to touch Tessa's soul, starting the mind merge process and also indebting her to a Demon that makes Mara queasy. Twice.
In backstory, Naiki's intense fear of flying is due to an...interesting 10 meter trip through a hangar that occurred when she tried to operate a helicopter as a young girl.
In the fight against the Behemoth, uses her summoned tentacles to throw Mao into a pile of debris, almost effectively taking her out of the fight.
In the Martial Arts Takeout Race, loses control of her newly made Torrent of Debris spell.
Before getting one of Persephone's peaches, she spends a lot of the fight against Poseidon being rescued by the older, human martial artists.
Deimosu: Destroying the Doublet System and allowing Hecate's war to start
Batiste: Decides to try and disarm the heart monitor connected to the trigger for Gauron's bombs. Triggers a booby trap as a result.
Skuld: tries to rescue herself and creates replicators by accident.
Nostalgia Filter: For the gods and demons that didn't reincarnate very often, they remember the good old days of subjugating humans, being at war with each other, etc etc. The current era of the Enforced Cold War and mingling with the humans disturbs them.
Older and Wiser: Many of Ranma's True Companions (except for the Kunos). Akane's in the Japanese navy, and married to Ryuu Kumon, who was adopted to the Saotome clan. Mousse gave up on Shampoo. Ryoga seems to have mellowed out.
Online Alias: Skuld goes online by the name ChibiHammer, and has a rep of blowing up other people computers.
Parental Abandonment: After the assault by the gods, Ranma calls for her mother for comfort. Instead, she gets judged for dishonoring the clan, told to commit suicide, and then left high and dry. Ranma almost did got through the suicide, but she then learned that she was pregnant.
Poor Communication Kills: Well almost. Nodoka knew what happened to Ranma, but didn't let anyone else know, due to her concepts of honor. This nearly costs Nabiki's life as she gets caught in the Chinese Civil War looking for Ranma.
Psychic Link: Full Metal Panic!'s Resonance, extended in this fanfic to allow Gods and Demons to also make these connections. It is however Blessed with Suck as the connected minds may merge into one. This is why Eija became a full God and Naiki a half god, half demon, as it was to prevent them, along with Kaname and Tessa, from losing their identities. However, this allows for Kaname and Tessa via the Psychic Link to see process of turning humans into gods/demons, and using that to construct a machine that will at least remove the downside of Resonance, with the bonus of making Whispered equivalents to the gods and demons.
Psychic Nosebleed: Sort of, psychic stress and attacks bursts blood vessels, but this usually causes internal bleeding in the body. So far, the more serious instances have been head-related, but it's just as likely that a massive psychic attack would burst the vessels in the lungs and cause the victim to drown in their own blood. No actually nosebleed has happened yet.
Puny Earthlings: Those belonging in Hecate's camp think of humanity in this way.
Reincarnation: The Gods and Demons have a practice of sealing the majority of their memories and reliving childhood anew. This was initially a tool for better understanding humanity but has since become a question of ideology.
The old Gods and Demons who have been sidelined see this process as a sort of mental and spiritual suicide and a denial of their proper place in the world.
Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Ranma tried to give her children "normal Greek names" so they could fit in, and chose three names from minor Greek deties. Some of the children have complained at least once that it made them stick out more.
Retcon: The first mention of Tatewaki Kuno has him being described as being still unmarried while spending his resources into tracking down Ranma. A later episode introduces Mariko Konjo as his ex, with three children between them. Arguably, it could be reconciled that as far as the Nerima crew knew, he was still unmarried, and in Kuno's twisted mind he thought the same way. This begs the question on howMariko snagged Kuno and got three children out of it.
Some how, some way, Eija, the super-powered martial artist now goddess will end up unconscious and being carried or cared for by Kaname.
Naiki and blondes.
Yonjuu and her complaints about her figure.
Ranma's continued intimidation of Mara.
Sex Dressed: Kaname, Eija and Sousuke do a lousy job at hiding what's up with them. Between Kaname and Eija's Clothing Switch and Sousuke's lipstick stains, pretty much everybody on Atlantis knows by now.
Shout-Out: An earlier incarnation of the Goddess Morrigan is responsible for nearly driving the succubus race into extinction.
Shout-Out Theme Naming: comments indicate that humanity's Chi computer will be named Silmaril to go along with Mithril's Tolkien theme. In the far future when they make their own alternate dimension, it's likely to be called either Gondolin, Imladris or Lothlórien.
Eija and Kaname as well, though the girly one is the more combat capable in this case.
Too Dumb to Live/ Born Lucky: This trope fits Mizuki Inaba to a tee. In order she shot herself in the head with a loaded gun before casually tossing live grenades out at random, and finally running full speed down a flight of stairs. Those watching commented on weather or not they should shot her for her own safety. However the tossed gun landed on a terrorist distracting him for a critical moment. The grenades destroyed a truck containing the enemies AS. And running down the stairs caused he to trip and fall on two more terrorist incapacitating them and gain a radio. Mizuki pretty much single handedly stopped a terrorist attack.
Doctor Peter Kavanagh picked a goddess at random and began ranting about everything the humans, Gods and the Demons had done wrong and what he would have done to fix things. All this time he was unknowingly carrying a bomb given to him by someone he was specifically told was dangerous yet trusted anyway.
The local punk who absolutely refused to except that he was no match for the so called martial artist geeks even after he was slammed into the wall and thrown out a window. He even went so far as to kidnap two random girls to force Issei and Deimosu to fight him and his group. Those girls turned out to be Lusca and Amaterasu.
Lusca: Last chance to back off.
Leader: Us, back off? Have we shown any sign of that sort of thinking?
Touched by Vorlons: Ranma's Psyche file mentions one inborn power, increased bio-energy production, several powers gained through training and almost as many acquired by exposure to supernatural beings and effects. At an early point in the fic, she makes a mental implication that her rape and subsequent pregnancy tipped the scale so that many of those exposure based abilities finally came out.
To some extent, any mortal converted to an immortal, of any of the three races, can be considered this as well.
Triang Relations: Type 8, Kaname and Eija love Sousuke and are sexually attracted to him, Sousuke loves and is sexually attracted to both, Kaname and Eija love each other but are not sexually attracted to each other. Though their Psychic Link makes things interesting for one when the other is getting with Sousuke.
The Unmasqued World: Refugees of gods and demons appear on Earth en-mass, with one group in Canada massacred by the rebels. Time will tell how humanity will react.
Unwitting Pawn: Hecate fooled a lot of people, but most notably she directed Deimosu to merely disable the Doublet System telling him it was in the way of him killing his mother's rapists. Too bad for her he destroyed it instead.
Villain Ball: Justified. Too much time without reincarnating makes most Immortals act arrogantly and predictably.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Eija and Naiki's attempts to be even acknowledged by their biological grandmother Nodoka. Too bad for them they're much more than The Unfavorite, as Nodoka was upset that her first child gave birth to these beings who should not exist instead of dying as honor dictates.
Who's on First?: Jim Clancy ended up in one of these when looking for his wife.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy: ‘‘‘ Hey, Rick. "Have you seen Melinda?
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ Oh, yeah, she went to Hel.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ What?! Hell?
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ "Right, Eija wanted a bit of help.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ Yes, that's why we're here, to help Asia. What did you say about Melinda going to Hell?
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ I just told you, Eija needed help with Hel and Melinda went to them.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ So Asia and Hell are at the same place?
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ Right, and Melinda went there.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ I'm not sure the people here would like you saying that Asia is in Hell.
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ You know, I really don't think either would be into that sort of thing at all, in fact I'm fairly certain it would squick out both of them.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ What the hell are you talking about?
‘‘‘ Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ Of course I'm talking about, Hel. That's what we started this on.
‘‘‘Eli:’‘‘ Isn't Hell where a lot of the bad guys are?
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ Well there got to be a few too many for Hel, so Eija helped, and then called over Melinda too.
‘‘‘Eli:’‘‘ Wait, Melinda's in Hell?
‘‘‘ Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ What is with you people thinking about that stuff? It's just disturbing to think about anybody in Hel.
‘‘‘Eli:’‘‘ Huh, to hear some of the Demons around here. Hell's pretty nice normally.
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ In a bratty sort of why maybe.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ Look! All I want to know is where my wife is! Can you tell me that or can't you?
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ I told you. She went to Hel and Eija.
‘‘‘Melinda:’‘‘ Jim, Rick what's going on?
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ He was asking where you were and got confused or something.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ He said you went to Hel.
‘‘‘Melinda:’‘‘ Well, Hel did get a bit separated from the group and Eija and I had to help her out. Too many ghosts found her at once for her to deal with.
‘‘‘Eli:’‘‘ Hell is a her?
‘‘‘Melinda:’‘‘ Yeah, that was her being carried by Natsume, the woman with the prosthetic, Jim, do you think you could come with me? Eija's medically trained, but I don't think she's a full doctor or healer or whatever.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ So, if I understand, Eija is the teenager and Hel is the nine or ten year old.
‘‘‘Jim Clancy:’‘‘ You're a pain.
‘‘‘Professor Rick Payne:’‘‘ That's stating the obvious.
Les Yay: Mostly from Naiki subverted in that Naiki has mostly been hitting on or flirting with straight girls
Kaname has a habit of using the image of a sexily dressed Eija as window dressing in her fantasies.
You Owe Me: How casting spells invoking demons works (for Gods its a matter of psychic paperwork to get permission). It rarely ends pleasantly for the casternote Naiki, even when the demon you invoked was on your side.
You're Not My Father: Naiki says this to Poseidon, her biological father, in an canon omake written by AYH.