The world had become a dangerous place in only a few hours.
Fallen King is a oneshot Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic written by Selena Style.A duel is either a win or a loss. In one world Yugi defeated Pegasus, in another he did not. Joey, Tea, and Tristan's world changes into a place where every choice is regrettable and the Millennium Puzzle is a curse to them all.Set during the final battle of Duelist Kingdom, the story explores what would have happened if Yugi had lost his duel with Pegasus. Without Yugi or the spirit of the Millennium Puzzle to guide them, Joey, Tea, and Tristan must band together and deal with the consequences of what happened, their own actions, and try to survive in a world that will soon be forever changed.The fic can be found here.
This fanfic contains examples of:
A God Am I: Pegasus acts like this after he wins. He's not too far off.
Alternate Universe Fic: The story explores what would have happened if Yugi had lost his duel with Pegasus, rather than winning it as he did in canon.
Artifact of Doom: The Millennium Eye and Ring, but the Millennium Puzzle is the one most touched upon. Being near its pieces lets those in proximity summon monsters, and Pegasus plans to use it to rewrite reality.
Big Bad Wannabe: Yami Bakura is a threat, but not nearly as pressing as Pegasus is. In his internal monologue, Joey thinks that Pegasus is the real monster.
Bittersweet Ending: Pegasus was stopped from getting the Millennium Puzzle, both Ryou and Yami Bakura are presumed dead, and Joey, Tea, and Tristan have escaped with the soulless Mokuba. However, Joey realizes that they'll never stop being hunted, declares that they cannot be friends, and the trio separate to save the world.
The Heart: Tea, but the heroes realize that Yugi was this to them.
In Their Own Image: Pegasus's ultimate goal is to rewrite the world according to his rules.
It's Not You, It's My Enemies: This is Joey's reason for deciding they can't be friends. Someone will always be after the Puzzle, and by staying apart there's a chance someone else can help before the world ends.
Magical Eye: The Millennium Eye. Its glow is always described as malevolent in nature.
Oh, Crap: Yami Bakura gets this reaction when Pegasus brings out Relinquished.
The Power of Friendship: Examined and ultimately deconstructed. While their friendship sustains them and helps them to never give up, Joey realizes that the villains can and will use it as a weapon, and ultimately decides he, Tristan, and Tea must stop being friends to save the world.
Put on a Bus: Yami Yugi, though not without reason. Pegasus lampshades that it was a dumb move to ask him to leave.
Reality Warper: Pegasus, Yami Bakura, Joey, Tea, and Tristan gain the ability to summon monsters from the Shadow Realm into reality. Pegasus also alters the structure of his castle, locking the heroes into an endless room.