Fan Fic: Gundam Seed Destiny Altered
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Destiny Altered
is a currently-ongoing Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Fix Fic
, written by author Rosendrache and set in the Cosmic Era Alternate Universe
. It consists of two parts:
- An Alternate Fate, a single-chapter prologue that is a partial Retcon of certain events of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
- Gundam Seed: Destiny Altered, the story itself, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It essentially takes the basic plot line of the work it is based on and alters it, shifting the time line approximately a year and a half forward, and then going on to make a series of changes intended to address what the author perceived as flaws in Gundam Seed Destiny.
Primarily focused on are the development of returning cast Athrun Zala and Cagalli Yula Athha, as well as new character and main protagonist Shinn Asuka. Certain story elements are also adapted from the ONA Gundam SEED CE 73 Stargazer
The story and its prologue are hosted on Fanfiction.net, links below:
The work is still incomplete.
Tropes used in An Alternate Fate:
- Heroic Sacrifice: Played straight with Mwu La Flaga, as in the series. Averted with Natarle, see Retcon below
- Killed Off for Real: As in the series: Muruta Azrael, Asagi Caldwell and Mayura Labatt, as well as Mwu La Flaga
- Retcon: Unlike in the series, Natarle Badgiruel and Juri Wu Nien survive.
- Villainous Breakdown: Muruta Azrael, just as in the series.
Tropes used in Gundam Seed: Destiny Altered:
- The Ace: Many, but Shinn Asuka and Athrun Zala are the most notable.
- Ace Pilot: Most of the cast. Yzak manages to simultaneously be both this and The Captain.
- Affably Evil: Gilbert Durendal
- Alas, Poor Villain: Played with in the case Stella Loussier - see Go Out with a Smile, below
- All Your Powers Combined: The Destiny Gundam, which takes the canon design and turns it Up to Eleven, with two really big swords, two massively powerful beam cannons, and insanely high speed and maneuverability, thus combining all of the Impulse's various Silhouette Packs into a single mobile suit.
- An Axe to Grind: The beam tomahawks used by ZAKUs, as benefits their Expy nature to the original Zaku and their heat hawks. Also, the long-handled beam axe used by certain pilots.
- Anyone Can Die: Quite brutally invoked: unlike the original series, Lacus is actually killed by the sniper. Also appears to be the case when Rey is supposedly killed when the Freedom accidentally shoots him in the cockpit - he survives this despite near-fatal injuries, but is still killed in the final battle. Actually subverted with Kira, who survives the destruction of the Freedom, but is left permanently crippled.
- Arranged Marriage: Yuna and Cagalli - discussed in the story, but does not ever actually take place.
- Ascended Fangirl:
- Lunamaria Hawke, when she finally gets the chance to pilot Mobile Suits alongside her idol Athrun.
- Meer Campbell, a self-confessed Lacus fangirl who gets the chance who actually gets to be her idol.
- Ascended Extra: Yzak is promoted from barely getting a couple of cameos in the series to being one of the story's central characters. Also, Sven Cal Bayan, Mudie Holcroft, and Lukas O'Donnell, who are pulled from assorted side-stories.
- Attack Drone: A number of machines have wirelessly-controlled unmanned remote weapons, including the Chaos, Thales, Legend and Destroy.
- Badass: A number of examples, the most notable of which are:
- Kira Yamato, who on two occasions enters a battlefield and near-singlehandedly forces both opposing forces to withdraw. Unlike in the series however, there are consequences and he is confronted about them at least once.
- Yzak, who apart from being an incredibly skilled pilot also shows himself to be a good tactician, especially against the Archangel, when he accurately anticipates what the next move the Archangel will make is, allowing him to cause devastating damage to the ship with a missile barrage.
- Badass Crew: The Minerva's crew and Phantom Pain are notable examples.
- Badass Army: The ZAFT and Alliance forces when they are fighting at Heaven's Base.
- Badass Normal:
- Lukas O'Donnell, a Natural who is capable of holding his own against Coordinators
- Sven Cal Bayan and Mudie Holcroft, even more notable for doing so in mook suits for much of the story.
- Badass Longcoat:
- Ezalia Joule wears a slightly less awesome dark blue one, as do most members of the Supreme Council.
- Battle Couple: Shinn and Stella after her High Heel-Face Turn. Also Athrun and Cagalli, during the final battle.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Heine Westenfluss; off the battlefield, he's just about the nicest, most mellow guy you could ever want to run into. In combat…well, let's just say he's a member of FAITH for a reason.
- Stella Loussier also counts. Normally, she's a pretty sweet, naïve, slightly ditzy teenage girl. In combat, she is absolutely without mercy.
- Beam Spam: So far we have: Abyss, Blast Impulse, Freedom, the Saviour Gundams, Destiny, and Legend, as well as the Chaos and Thales. The reigning king of this, however, is the Destroy.
- Berserk Button: It is highly recommended not to appear like you are even remotely contemplating the thought of harming anyone Shinn Asuka happens to be particularly close to. Very bad things will happen to you if you do.
- BFG: Several examples, including the Gunner ZAKU, as well as nearly every unit listed under Beam Spam directly above.
- BFS: The Sword Impulse and Destiny Gundam each have two, both of which can be combined at the pommel. The Storm Impulse also has two slightly smaller ones.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Durendal and Jibril are on opposite sides of the war, utterly hate each other, and both need to die in order for the story to end well. Which of the two is worse is arguable.
- Big Damn Heroes: A couple of characters get one, but most notably Kira Yamato.
- Blade on a Stick: Two examples - the Abyss has a beam lance, which has both a physical and a beam blade. And the Falx long-handled dual beam axe used by Yzak while piloting the ZAKU Warrior and DOM Trooper.
- Body Double: Meer Campbell, for Lacus Clyne.
- Bodyguard Crush: Athrun and Cagalli, until the former's departure from Orb.
- Bridge Bunnies: Abigail Windsor, most prominently.
- Broken Bird: Stella Loussier, SO much. Shinn is a male example.
- The Captain: Several characters throughout the story. Most worthy of mention are Yzak, Natarle, Colonel Todaka, and Original Character Bernard Mc Caffrey.
- Captain Ersatz: of a sort - Lukas O'Donnell, who replaces the character of Neo Roanoke from the series.
- Character Development: Shinn, oh so much. He goes from absolutely hating the Athhas to putting the past behind him. Athrun even Lampshades it in one chapter.
- Chest Blaster: A couple of units have these, such as the Abyss. The Destroy has three on its main body as well, which are appropriately scaled up in proportion to its massive size.
- Colony Drop: Wouldn't be Gundam without one. In this case, The Remnant of Patrick Zala's genocidal anti-Natural faction drop the wreckage of Junius 7 onto the Earth, providing casus belli for the Alliance to start another war.
- Combining Mecha: The Impulse, which follows the standard top/bottom/cockpit fighter formula of several previous Gundams, plus its various Silhouette Packs. Used to extraordinary effect by Shinn to defeat Kira and destroy the Freedom.
- Composite Character: As in the series, Shinn is basically one for both Amuro and Kamille. Stella is also one, being basically Rosamia Badam, living Four Murasame's life - except for the fact that Stella actually survives in this version.
- Cool Ship: Several. To whit, The Archangel, until its destruction; The Minerva; The Izumo-class, of which there are a total of four; and the Niranjan-class, which can turn invisible. There are two of these, one of which is commanded by Natarle Badgiruel
- Corporal Punishment: Athrun to Shinn, twice. Once for disobeying orders during the Indian Ocean battle, and once after Shinn brags after apparently killing Kira.
- Crash into Hello: Shinn meets Stella this way. She crashes into him backwards, so Shinn ends up accidentally groping her.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Any fight primarily involving the Minerva fighting against mooks. But the most notable examples are:
- The second and final battle between the Freedom and Saviour ends up this, with the Saviour being badly beaten in seconds. It is later implied that the Saviour had been sabotaged, which contributed to this. This is ultimately confirmed.
- Impulse v. Freedom during Operation Angel Down; especially notable because the Impulse is inferior in almost every respect to the Freedom.
- Almost any fight involving the Destiny, but especially its duel against the Thales in Phase 31.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Lunamaria, who wears a really short pink miniskirt with her uniform. Nobody seems to comment.
- Two other examples on the Alliance side: Stella, whose uniform consists of a uniform jacket with the shoulders cut open over a sleeveless dress that's about as short as Luna's skirt; and Mudie, whose uniform is sleeveless, bares her midriff, is open to reveal her cleavage, and whose skirt is even shorter.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Shinn, who has gone through a Trauma Conga Line that began when his entire family was horrifically killed right before his eyes when he was just fourteen, and continues through to the end of the story.
- Eureka Moment: Yzak, when he discovers close-range beam weapons e.g. Beam Sabers, Beam Axes can cut through a Positron Reflector Shield.
- Evil Is Bigger: The Atlantic Federation seems to have a fixation with progressively bigger mobile armors, leading up to the Destroy. They get smaller again afterwards with the Thales and the Euclid.
- Evil Is Hammy: Jibril, Yuna Roma Seiran.
- Eviler than Thou: Jibril and Durendal, with everyone else caught in the middle.
- Expy: The entire New Millennium mobile suit line is both this and a Shout-Out to the original Gundam, right down to using the same names.
- Four-Star Badass: Yzak, hands down.
- Fun with Acronyms: The story, like the series it's based on, is filled with it: PLANT, GUNDAM, OMNI, as well as ZAKU(bonus points for having an acronym in an acronym), GOUF, and DOM. SEED as well, of course.
- Go Out with a Smile: Seems to be played heart-wrenchingly straight with Stella, when she confesses her love to Shinn as she goes out following the Destroy's defeat. Actually a subversion, since the very next chapter immediately reveals her to be Not Quite Dead, and she ultimately survives.
- Grey and Gray Morality: Throughout; the only truly, unarguably evil character is still Jibril.
- High Heel-Face Turn: Stella, the only female Phantom Pain pilot, who defects to ZAFT to be with Shinn. Doubles as Defecting for Love
- Hypocrite: Athrun calls Kira this after Kira says "what is lost in pointless battle...it's gone, and will never return".
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: All over the place. Kira and Shinn are the main examples, and this is in fact one of the things that drive the actions of both throughout the story.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This seems to be Shinn's thing. For instance, he kills Auel Neider, who takes a beam javelin to the gut, just like in the series. Also, the Freedom, by the Storm Impulse. Also used occasionally against enemy mooks too.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Averted - The GINN High-Maneuver Type II used by the zealots instigating the Colony Drop use katanas, but they are hopelessly outclassed by newer beam weapon-equipped mobile suits, and the only reason they last as long as they did is that each and every one of them is an experienced veteran, and most of their opponents are rookies.
- Karma Houdini: During her rampage across Eurasia in the Destroy, Stella levels three cities and kills several million people. This is never brought up following her Heel-Face Turn. Possibly justified because A. she was manipulated into doing so by Lukas, and B. Very few people actually know that she was the pilot.
- Killed Off for Real: Lacus Clyne, who is killed in her second appearance with a 12.7x99mm rifle round Also Rey, and most of the villains.
- Kill the Cutie: Averted. Though Kira attempts to kill Stella to stop the Destroy's rampage, Shinn stops him from delivering the finishing blow. Despite extremely severe injuries, Stella ultimately survives. However Lacus may also count.
- Land, Sea, Sky: The aerial-combat Chaos, amphibious Abyss, and ground-combat Gaia, in the first part of the story. One is a mobile armor, the other two are transformable mobile suits each with appropriate Meaningful Name.
- Large Ham: Jibril, a specialist in Chewing the Scenery. Durendal also has his moments.
- Latex Space Suit: The pilot's flight/space suits, as usual.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Pretty much the whole cast's reaction when the Destroy first appears. And again when Requiem is fired.
- Meaningful Name: Several examples.
- The Destiny's two BFS are named "Moralltach", which is Gaelic for "Great Fury", and it also has a smaller blade mounted to its shield called "Beagalltach", or "Little Fury". Now consider Shinn's temper for a moment.
- In the series, Jibril is simply referred to by his surname or as "Lord Jibril". In this version, he has a first name: Teivel, which means exactly what it sounds like.
- The Kerberos Bucue, named after the three-headed hellhound of Greek mythology. Guess what it looks like.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Every named pilot that's not dead by the middle of the story. Shinn and Yzak each get two.
- Mythology Gag: Numerous
- The Impulse, to both the original Gundam and Gundam MkII.
- The Destiny Gundam, to the Zeta Gundam, the V2 Gundam, the Gundam F91, and Tallgeese II
- The Akatsuki, to the Hyaku Shiki
- The Destroy, to both the Big Zam and, in the case of the first one, the Psyco Gundam, due to its color scheme and pilot.
- Heine Westenfluss, to Ramba Ral; Heine pilots a Gouf, and even reuses Ramba Ral's classic line about his machine being NO ZAKU! Ironically, Yzak's GOUF Ignited is the one that is in the original's blue colors, while Heine's is bright, two-tone orange.
- Though the two characters are completely different in nearly every aspect, Miriallia Haww's cameo as a freelance photojournalist still references Kai Shiden's similar cameo in Zeta Gundam
- Shinn and Stella, as mentioned under Composite Character above.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Durendal, for getting Kira to come out of retirement by assassinating his girlfriend. Nice Job.
- N.G.O. Superpower: Blue Cosmos/Logos.
- No One Could Survive That: Played with in the case of Kira and the Freedom's explosion. He does survive, but is crippled for life. Also Rey, see below
- Not Quite Dead: Stella, who is critically injured but survives the Destroy's destruction. Later revealed to have been the case for both Rey and Kira as well, though the former is horribly scarred and the latter crippled for life. Lukas O'Donnell also does this, only to be Killed Off for Real in the same chapter.
- Nuke 'em: The Atlantic Federation tries to do this to PLANT again - it doesn't end well.
- Older and Wiser: The returning Seed cast, and especially Athrun, who acts as a Big Brother Mentor to Shinn, with significant impact on the latter's Character Developent.
- Omniscient Morality License: Kira and the Archangel, like canon believe this, before Cagalli rips them a new one when she's abducted.
- One-Man Army: Anyone piloting a Destroy - mostly. Also, Kira in the Freedom; Athrun and Shinn, especially after their Mid-Season Upgrade.
- Original Character: Several, a couple of which are also shout-outs. Most notable original characters play only a supporting role: Captain Bernard Mac Caffrey, the scientists Martin Rice and Megan Kinney, and President Baum and Vice-President Marshall of the Eurasian Federation are the main ones.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Athrun's "Alex Dino" identity at the beginning of the story, lasts precisely until the moment he opens his mouth.
- Pietà Plagiarism: Shinn carrying Stella.
- Precision F-Strike: Yzak, frequently. Also, Shinn on one occasion.
- Praetorian Guard: FAITH (Fast Acting Integrated Tactical Headquarters), a ZAFT élite Special Forces unit that only answers to Durendal and the Supreme Council - in practice, mostly Durendal. The Eurasian Federation has the analogous 501st Autonomous Mobile Corps.
- Put on a Bus: A couple of characters. In most cases, The Bus Came Back eventually.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Shinn Asuka.
- The Reveal: A couple of minor ones concerning first Athrun, then Meer learning about Lacus's assassination.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Shinn, during Operation Angel Down, which results in the destruction of the Freedom and apparent death of its pilot.
- Say My Name: Athrun, when Kira is apparently killed by Shinn. Also, Kira, when Lacus is assassinated.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Shinn, during the Indian Ocean battle, breaks off combat to level an Alliance base and free civilian prisoners being used as forced labor. When Athrun administers Corporal Punishment afterwards, Shinn responds with this trope. And gets slapped again.
- Shout-Out: Most Original Characters are this, such as Dr. Rice and Dr. Kinney, the two scientists in charge of "maintaining" the Extendeds.
- State Sec: Phantom Pain, though kind of downplayed, much as in the series. Technically an Atlantic Federation Special Ops unit, actually controlled by Blue Cosmos/Logos
- Stripperiffic: Meer's various outfits. Arguably Lunamaria's miniskirt-uniform and Stella's Alliance uniform. Possibly the most stripperiffic of all is Mudie's uniform.
- Super Mode: SEED mode, the ill-explained ability of certain characters to suddenly turn their abilities Up to Eleven.
- Super Prototype: The Gundams, of course. Also, the Alliance fields a series of very large Super Prototype mobile armors. The DOM Trooper technically is one as well.
- Theme Naming:
- Most of the weapons of the Minerva have names derived from Wagner operas and/or Norse mythology, as does the Wave Motion Gun "Nibelung".
- Nearly all BFS in the series are named after mythological swords.
- Training from Hell: What the Extendeds are put through that turns them into Tyke Bombs
- Transforming Mecha: Several, such as the Saviour Gundams, the Gaia, Abyss, and Murasame.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted multiple times with the Impulse's Silhouette Packs. Any time an enemy unit tries to shoot it down before it can reach the Impulse, someone else intervenes to prevent them from doing so.
- Trigger Phrase: The Extendeds each have a pre-programmed "Block Word".
- Villains Never Lie: Gilbert Durendal, with his speeches in the early part of the story
- Wave Motion Gun: Multiple examples, including the Tannhauser and Lohengrin positron blaster cannons; The Destroy, which beam-spams them; Then there's Nibelung and Requiem, which are this turned Up to Eleven.
- Weapons Of Mass Destruction: The nukes, Requiem, Nibelung, and the Destroy
- Welcome Back, Traitor: Dearka and Athrun. However, both are stripped of their élite status and required to re-enlist (which was the case only for Dearka in the series)
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Shinn blames what happens to his family on Cagalli, and he is very obvious about it. He is called out a number of times on it, and eventually gets over it.
- Kira is called out by Athrun on the fact that his interfering in battles actually makes things worse.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Stella, who is put into the Destroy and goes on a city-destroying rampage, destroying everything in sight and killing millions because she is terrified that they will kill her.
- Xanatos Speed Chess / Gambit Roulette: Whether Durendal is behind everything that happens in the series or is just very good at altering his plans to take advantage of events as they occur is up for debate for much of the story.
- Zen Survivor: Athrun to Shinn and the other Minerva pilots.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Lunamaria's and Mudie's respective Custom Uniform of Sexy, and one of the outfits worn by Meer.