A Chrono Cross fanfic written by Guile Mustang along with Legendary Biologist and DarkHorse26. It was first published in 2013, and is still an ongoing project. The story is set in the Alternate Universe of Shinjuku in 2020, and is based on Digimon Tamers.Ari Yamamoto is an eleven-year-old boy who is a fan of the video game Chrono Cross. One day, after playing Battle Board game (which involves Chrono Cross characters and inserting element chips into the slots) with his friend, he finds an iridescent chip amidst the pile of his chips collection. Seeing that the chip fits to the slot of the board, he inserts it, and the board transforms into a gadget. At first, he thinks that this is a disaster, but it turns out that the gadget brings Draggy, a character from the game, to the real world.But Ari is not the only one that goes through this problem. Yoshino Kobayashi, a thirteen-year-old girl who is known as the 'Psychic Girl' for her skills in Battle Board, also has Guile with her. Then, there is an eleven-year-old boy from Ari's neighboring class named Chikara Jikan, who has Starky with him.Unfortunately, the three children are having issues with their partners. Ari always tries to hide Draggy because he's afraid that his parents will exaggerate things if they know about the dragon, which may result in him losing Draggy forever. Yoshino never likes Guile and only uses him as a tool to improve her skills in Battle Board, but she has disturbing memories of her deceased father, who is actually a huge fan of Guile. Chikara is always thinking of a way to save Starky from his little sister, Haruko Jikan, who treats Starky like a doll. And as they deal with their problems, a mysterious government organization led by Chisiki Takashi is monitoring the emergence of the characters in the real world and devising a plan to eliminate them once and for all.The fanfic is divided into three arcs:
Introduction Arc (Chapter 1-11)
The Summons Saga (Chapter 12-?)
Can be read at FFnet,dA, and AO3.The update schedule is not regular, but it is usually once a month.
Provides examples of:
A Boy and HisMons: The real world children are basically this. The mechanism of summoning a character is explained briefly in chapter 6.
Draggy is about the size of a human child here, while in the game, Draggy is very small. The exact reason why this happens will also be revealed in later updates according to Word of God.
Starky's tech in the game involves summoning a robot to attack, but here, his tech is Raydiation instead, which he uses when you fight him as a boss. Starky himself says that he can't call his friend (the robot) when he's in the real world, which is why he can't use that tech.
In the game, the characters need to land a few physical attacks to charge their element grids so that they can cast a spell. Here, the characters can use cast a spell without needing to attack physically. This is highlighted by Yoshino in Guile's flashback.
Unlike the game, the characters have their Verbal Tic removed or modified for a reason, and it will be revealed in later updates according to Word of God.
Adaptive Ability: An injured being will grow tougher after recovering from the wounds.
Adult Fear: Yes, Genie doesn't hesitate to kill little children with a chainsaw. Subverted, because Guile is around to intervene it.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Summons is originally a group of good guys, but due to Chisiki's attempt to eliminate all the Foreign Beings, they are enraged and become ruthless.
Chikara actually prefers Serge, but he accepts Starky anyway, and is quite friendly to him.
Yoshino actually wants powerful characters like Glenn, but ends up with Guile. Deeming Guile as just a normal character, she acts so selfishly that he finally leaves her. Unfortunately, she can't really abandon Guile because she's a Daddy's Girl. Finally, in chapter 12, she tries very hard to atone for what she has done.
This happens to Draggy. A childish and goofy dragon slowly grows into a Cool Big Bro after staying with Papa Wolf Guile for a while.
Yoshino gets this too. She starts off as a Jerk Ass, but gradually mellows especially after her grandma scolds and slaps her for treating Guile badly and being ill-mannered towards her juniors. By the time chapter 12 comes calling, she becomes The Atoner and desperately tries to fend off Genie just to save Guile and show him that she really regrets her acts.
Faux Flame: The way Yoshino's Guile board transforms into a gadget involves a number of fire jets. However, they don't burn anything in her bedroom.
Fire-Forged Friends / We Really Do Care: Yoshino's and Guile's case is more like an odd mixture of these. Just hoping to earn Guile's forgiveness and show how much she cares for him, Yoshino almost does a Heroic Sacrifice for Guile. By the end of chapter 12, Yoshino shows that she does care for him, while in chapter 13, Guile returns Yoshino's care by convincing people to give Yoshino a chance to repent.
Ari is afraid of Guile because he believes that a quiet person can be dangerous when angered, and it is eventually revealed that Guile is physically powerful when angered, despite being a mage.
Hachiro, after witnessing Starky's emergence, simply tells Chikara to take good care of Starky. Weird, isn't it? In chapter 9, he finally admits that he actually knows a lot about this bizarre incident.
He turns out to be the one who creates these artificial life forms.
Fusion Fic: With Digimon Tamers. Overlaps with Transplanted Character Fic because the plot differs from Digimon Tamers starting from chapter 4. It's done to simplify some concepts and give the Chrono Cross characters Back Story without going against the canon (mostly).
Hope Spot: When Yoshino says that she wins Battle Board Tournament with Guile as her character of choice, Guile is hopeful that she truly likes him. Sadly, she doesn't, if not for her disturbing memories of her father.
Intergenerational Friendship: The children also get along well with Hachiro (Chikara's dad) and Nana (Yoshino's grandma). Draggy and Pip are Guile's friend (or his own children in his heart). This overlaps with Interspecies Friendship: the children get along well with Guile too.
Mood Whiplash: The fanfic is usually serious, but may shift to lighthearted mood (usually brought by Draggy or Skelly or Starky). This usually happens before tackling a Darker and Edgier subject, according to Word of God.
Draggy has managed to bite Guile's arm and immobilize him with his weight, but when Yoshino swipes a Strengthen, Guile gains enough power to lift Draggy into the air before diving down rapidly to slam Draggy into the ground. Finally subverted because Guile is holding back.
Starky succeeds in casting Raydiation. He blasts Guile with a huge burst of light, which makes people (except Yoshino) think that Guile has lost or even died. It turns out that the said attack only scratches Guile. Cue Mass "Oh, Crap!".
Angered because of Genie threatening to kill the children after finishing Guile off, Guile overwhelms Genie with his fists and delivers a Megaton Punch that breaks her nose. This is again, justified because of Guile aiming only for the kill, which leads to him casting a very slow spell. This enables Genie to catch him off-guard and drive a chainsaw into his chest, weakening him severely.
From Ari when Draggy almost foils his plan to sneak him in by speaking up while hiding in the cardboard.
From Ari and Draggy when Starky's Raydiation barely hurts Guile. Chikara also shows a hint of this, making it more of a Mass "Oh, Crap!".
From Pip when Guile sends a column of dirt shooting into the sky by pounding the ground out of sheer rage. A rain of pebbles and soil follows.
From Ari when Draggy mentions that he joins Skelly stealing from a butcher.
From Ari when Draggy evolves for the first time.
From Draggy and Pip when Guile reveals that he has cut his own ankle to get some of his blood to feed a hungry Draggy.
From the Tutanshaman Brothers when Guile's power is on par with both of their powers combined.
The second one from them when Guile uses his Heroic Resolve to counter their Fire Stream.
The third one from them when Guile enters Unstoppable Rage and diffuses their Fire Stream with a furious roar.
From Chikara when he finds out that Starky has been eating the sweets he carries in his bag while hiding inside his bag.
From Ari when he hears the recap of the injuries Guile has received in a day when taking care of Draggy.
From Chisiki when he finds out that his Data Cleaner Program is being hijacked by The Summons.
From Ari and Draggy when Guile manages to get up despite having been beaten up, ripped by a chainsaw once, and blown away by a tornado just to take Genie's chainsaw that is meant for Draggy. It gives them a Heroic BSOD.
Chisiki and Ami. Ami often shows her concern towards Chisiki.
Ari and Yukari. Ari almost always listens to everything Yukari says.
Slice of Life: The real world characters are going through their daily lives, such as schools.
Super-Detailed Fight Narration: The choreography of a Signature Move is always present. Melee attacks too (albeit less descriptive). Depending on whose POV is being used, the pain from the injury a character has is frequently described, and what is in the character's head during a fight is often told to show each characters' fighting strategy. On occasion, adrenaline rush is also mentioned.
Don't forget occasional interventions of the fights, such as Element Swipe and evolution.
Most fights average about 1500 words long (some can be less than 1000), except chapter 12, which is over 4000 words long (more than half of the chapter itself).
Draggy is called a small fry by Genie. Draggy is actually pretty strong despite being just a child and has thick scales to give him Super Toughness. And when he evolves... Oh Crap. He's a Mighty Glacier.