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Fanfic: A Different Medius
aka: Slightly Altered
What if the Great War had ended early, and stranded angels and demons on Medius?
How would many of the characters be changed, having lived different lives?
And contending with a bizarre new enemy called the Specters, reality-warping monsters that fall from the sky and destroy entire towns?
The answers to those two questions are the basic premise of A Different Medius,an Alternate Universe Slightly Damned
Pretty much all the characters have been changed in major ways:
- Buwaro's much smarter and 200% more Bad Ass, but still somewhat naive.
- Iratu is completely sober, but still acting very boisterous, and now very, VERY gay.
- Azurai is much more mature, but still evil, to an extent.
- Kieri's still utterly lacking in self-confidence, but now tries (and utterly fails) to hide it behind a haughty facade.
- Rhea is completely absent until Sam meets her in canon!Medius.
And the formerly minor characters Samantha and Toby are now Buwaro's True Companions
Did we mention that Azurai and Iratu are a married gay couple? And that Buwaro's Happily Adopted
The fic can be found here.https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9833561/1/A-Different-Medius
A Different Medius contains examples of:
- Adult Fear: Having your entire hometown wrecked, and being unable to find your loved ones definitely counts, as does finding out that your adoptive Dad happens to be the reason your biological parents are dead to begin with.
- Ascended Extra: Sam and Toby barely got any screen time in canon, here they form the íThree Amigos! with Buwaro.
- Bag of Holding: Buwaro carries around one of these.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Subverted with Azurai, who turns evil, but actually turns against his tormentors and murders them brutally.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Iratu is apparently pretending to be this. Granted, we don't really SEE him do much fighting, but the fact that he got fired from a gig as a professional wrestler for accidentally breaking a guy's back certainly implies it.
- Boot Camp Episode: Horrifically deconstructed. When he was a teenager, Azurai was sent to one by his abusive mother in an attempt to get rid of him. He murders the entire camp, and somehow gets away with it.
- Brutal Honesty: Sam asks Buwaro whether she's ever gotten him in trouble. Cue chapter-long flashback, in which that happens.
- Buwaro outright asks Kieri why she's even into him in the first place. On their first date.
- Cerebus Syndrome: And how! It basically hits all at once, Thornwood is destroyed, everyone is separated from their parents, Azurai turns out to be the one who killed Buwaro's biological parents, and now they have to deal with the Specters. Still happier than the original, amazingly enough.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Azurai, shockingly, does this a lot less often than you'd think.
- Cure Your Gays: Part of the Boot Camp Episode mentioned above. Azurai is forced to watch the most "attractive" boys in the camp undress in front of him while drinking ipecac.
- Cuteness Proximity: Sam gets the irresistible urge to pet Iratu on the nose when she sees him sleeping. Buwaro later teases her about this. "Did Sammy wanna pet my big, sleepy Daddy?"
- Another example is when when she hugs Iratu while in Buwaro's body, much to Iratu's surprise, and of course Iratu teases her about it. "Did Sammy-wammy wanna cuddle the big black doggy?"
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Bebo, the only friendly and relatively sane Specter Buwaro and co. have met, actually invites them to tea, at one point. Then again, god knows what he'd have done if Buwaro, who is his biological son, had not been present.
- Dysfunction Junction: Arguably nowhere near as bad as canon, but still...
- Azurai had a VERY unhappy life before he met Iratu, killed Buwaro's parents, and adopted Buwaro. It's implied that he's never been completely happy.
- Kieri has to rely on a very fragile facade to function.
- Toby doesn't want to find his parents at all, because he doesn't want his adventure around the world with Buwaro and co. to end.
- It's implied that Iratu feels no self-worth, and would be an alcoholic if he'd never met Azurai, and he fakes stupidity because people want him to, and nobody knows this.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The early chapters have been heavily edited to avert this. Making Buwaro less cranky and more likeable, removing Sam's cussing, and reformatting it to fit the constantly shifting limited third-person perspective are among the more obvious changes.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: While Azurai is much less evil than his canon counterpart, he's still done some truly horrible things, like murdering Buwaro's biological parents over a payment dispute. The worst part? He has NO REMORSE WHATSOEVER for it, though he didn't enjoy doing it, either. That being said, however, he genuinely loves Buwaro, and wants him to grow up to be a better person than him. Iratu, however, is actually a good person, if pretending to be not very bright.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Sam and Buwaro swap bodies as the result of a Specter's reality-warping, and have to fix it.
- Gay Groom in a White Tux: Exaggerated. When Azurai and Iratu got married, the latter actually wore a dress and veil.
- Happily Adopted: Buwaro's relationship with his dads is very much this trope, even when he finds out about WHY he's adopted to begin with.
- Has Two Daddies: Buwaro, obviously, calling Azurai and Iratu his "Dad and Daddy". Toby's a little weirded out by this, but accepts it nonetheless.
- Have a Gay Old Time: One chapter is actually named after a sign in Barracalo unironically proclaiming it to be "The Gayest City in the Archipelago!"
- Which Buwaro, Sam, and Toby all find hilarious. "Hey, Bu! Maybe that's why your dads came here!"
- Interspecies Romance: Buwaro and Kieri, naturally.
- Toby's unrequited feelings towards Sam arguably count.
- Karma Houdini: Azurai has murdered several people, yet never receives any comeuppance for this. That being said, Buwaro is not happy when he finds out about it.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to canon, at least. Only Buwaro's biological parents and canonverse!Iratu have died, so far, and Buwaro has a much happier childhood.
- Memento MacGuffin: Buwaro's lucky star is a (mostly non-magic) star-shaped pendant that opens up to reveal a photograph of Buwaro having fun with his dads at the Summer Carnival. Hilariously, in addition to fireproofing it, his dads somehow used ancient magic to have the words "Our Baby" appear on it in fiery letters whenever it's exposed to flame. Buwaro's pretty miffed when he finds out about that.
- Noodle Incident: Just what DID Buwaro's evil imposter say to Azurai?
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Iratu is implied to practice this, at least part of the time.
- Questionable Consent: Azurai's marriage to Iratu is definitely an example, the former making a sarcastic remark, and the latter thinking it's a proposal. Iratu also jokingly "threatens" to eat Azurai if he doesn't go through with it. Azurai can't tell whether it's a joke, and doesn't care to find out.
- Revenge by Proxy: Overlaps with Disproportionate Retribution when Buwaro gets beaten up by a kid, and Azurai brutally murders said kid's beloved cat.
- Serial Editor: The author is very susceptible to this, the most drastic example being merging several chapters together, and heavily editing them to fit the later chapters in style and characterization. Even the title itself was affected by this.
- This very page was made by said author, so expect it here, too.
- Shower of Awkward: While the word "shower" is never mentioned, it's implied in Chapter 5 when Sam first contacts Buwaro with the Magic Mirror.
- Straight Gay: Azurai still curses like a sailor, and you really wouldn't suspect that he was gay if it weren't for the fact that he's not only married, but also almost always with his very obviously gay husband.
- íThree Amigos!: Buwaro, Sam, and Toby.
- Token Evil Teammate: Azurai fits this, only helping everyone else only because his son wants to.
- Tsundere: Kieri is a very fragile example of this. It really doesn't take much to make her a Deredere.
- You No Take Candle: Duster, just like in canon, speaks this way.