"If at first you don't succeed, you're not Elite."Royal Heights
— Elite Slogan
is a Science Fantasy crossover
about the school of lives of seven children from three different dimensions. These dimensions being the shows Yin Yang Yo
, Invader Zim
, and El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
. From these dimensions are the children Yin, Yang, Yuck, Zim, Dib, Manny, and Frida who eventually cross paths due to selective dorm arrangement and a specially arranged class known as Utopian Resources.
While other classes in the academy are listed as Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginners, Utopian Resources is specifically designed only for the Elite, a special class that is hailed above all other courses. The seven students are compiled into this class taught by the Headmaster who leads the school. Here they are given the task of devising a new Utopia by their own means and cooperation within the course of a year. With a device known as the Build System at their advantage and seven independent minds working together, it should be a cakewalk.Easy, right?
But it turns out that such a task and being deemed Elite is a far more dangerous responsibility than any of the students were expecting. Especially when a devious witch is out the destroy the city for her own reasons, the Headmaster may not be as benevolent as she seems, and the perils that may come across the school, dimension, or the Universe as a whole is weighted down on the ever efficient Elite class.
Instead of the typical exploration into boarding schools and multidimensional mingling, the students must strive to fight off any dangers that may threaten the academy, often risking their lives in the process.
Though not finished, the first arc and most of the second can be read here.
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A second installment is to be written after the four arc parent story draws to a close in some time.
This fic provides examples of:
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Elite function as this within the academy, able to create classes, have the Headmaster as their teacher, and are the only ones permitted to use the Build System towards a new Utopia. But still, they have limitations and are actually more suppressed than the actual student body as shown in chapter seventeen.
- Action Girl: Yin takes on a shadow demon on her own, destroying it with a combination of magic and hand-to-hand combat. She even shows her self defense class her skills, paralyzing someone's legs in the process.
- Affably Evil: Embry is shown to be incredibly polite to all her affiliates. She offers tea, speaks in a very docile manor, and is incredibly patient even with her Terrible Trio of students.
- The Ageless: Those born from The Darkness never physically age though they will mentally continue to grow no matter how old they get.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: What little is known about the HEADMASTER implies something clearly malevolent. It runs on a strict code of perfection and is only accessible to the school when physically connected to the Headmaster. The Headmaster in question seems to show hints of doubt and human emotion but gets it zapped out of her once the HEADMASTER system has fully loaded.
- Animal Motifs: Embry's spirit form and home are covered in bees.
- The Mother is almost always affiliated with butterflies in some way.
- Another Dimension
- Arc Symbol: Ribbons, buildings, and butterflies have appeared more than once though the meaning has yet to be shared.
- Axes at School: Students are allowed to carry weapons as long as they're used in a Combat Course and not for causing any form of physical-but mostly fatal-harm on others.
- Berserk Button: A subtle one but the only time Embry is shown to be mildly annoyed or angry is the fact that Utopia overshadows its obvious magical links to their technology by calling it a work of science.
- Biblical Motifs: Savior is occasionally used to address the Elite, particularly during Visions, and they are apparently bound to create a New Eden.
- Big Bad: Embry though the Headmaster is treated more as one through the second arc.
- Big Brother Instinct: Especially evident in chapter nineteen, Yang shows he cares a lot about his sister. When Yuck drops a snide comment about Yin possibly dying in the Facility, his first response is to try strangling Yuck to death.
- Blatant Lies: The chapter specifically titled "The Shadows Will Not Harm You". Take a good guess what happens.
- Blood from the Mouth: One of the first steps of Yin becoming a witch is for her to forcefully vomit her mortal blood.
- Blood Knight: Yuck and Yang though they're forced to suppress their urges to fight due to the high security system the academy has. Yuck even encourages the Halloween Massacre specifically because he gets a reason to fight something.
- Boarding School: Royal Heights seem mostly calm and peaceful at first, though the horror elements become more prominent as the Elite takes a deeper look into the school.
- Body Backup Drive: The Silver League Station and eventually the Golden League Hospital are entirely filled with Second Consciences that are used to replace a student after they’ve died. As soon as one is taken away, another takes it place seconds later.
- Body Horror: Yin’s transformation into a witch involves having her organs rearrange until her heart is in the center of her chest and her muscles being entirely consumed by the Darkness so they can regenerate.
- The shadow demons are described as being incredibly tall and lanky creatures with multiple heads that have multiple sharp teeth and dull eyes unless they lack eyes all together. Seeing two children be turned into them just amps up the horror aspect.
- There’s also one of the Elite Visions which has the Elite horrifically disfigured with exposed organs, pulled skin, and brains leaking out of their ears. Worst of all, this has already happened to other students in the past and will most likely be enforced on the Elite at some point.
- Born as an Adult: Embry explains to Zoe that she never had a childhood and was born with the same body and mind the Darkness gave her when she was first created.
- Brain Uploading: The Second Conscience works as this for Silver League and later Golden League students to avoid dying during any disasters. A metal chip is implanted into their finger and links them to a second form that is used for the rest of their lives.
- Break Them by Talking: Zoe decides to give Frida a fairly brutal guilt trip about the massacre bad enough to draw Frida to tears. She seems to have shaken it off for the most part but still shows some doubts afterwards.
- Calling the Old Man Out: The Elite eventually start to pick apart the meaning of Utopian Resources, seeing how impossible a perfect world truly is and ultimately seeing through the Headmaster’s agenda. This doesn’t end well on their parts.
- Chained by Fashion: Zoe accessorizes her uniform skirt with a few layers of chains.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Minimoose is practically this in universe, seeing as the Core is meant to revive the destroyed Utopia by replacing it with the coordinates of the new city the Elite creates.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Zoe inflicts this on a male and female student to make them proper hosts for shadow demons.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: All the Elite work under some form of color scheme. Yin is pink, Yang is blue, Yuck is green, Zim is violet red, Dib is indigo, Manny is orange, and Frida is red.
- Crows And Ravens: The Darkness often forms itself around crows whenever Zoe uses it.
- Custom Uniform: The Elite occasionally wear special more formal uniforms when taking surveys around the academy.
- Dark Is Evil: The Darkness is the magic witches use and is their designated birthplace. Though it being truly evil or not is fairly debatable. But Embry seems fairly aware of the connection dark has with evil and thus lies to Yin that the magic she now has is actually The Light.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dib of course though nearly everyone has their moments.
- Deconstruction: After a particularly calm Vision, the Elite begin to discuss how impossible a Utopia truly can be, seeing that even the one they currently lived in was overrun by dangerous creatures that killed children. Also the fact that they have features like back-up bodies and hospitals when things like sickness or common perils shouldn't even exist. The revelation that perfection is unattainable by all means is what mainly drives their pursuit to overrun the Headmaster.
- Deflector Shields: To encourage student safety, holographic shields with warning messages instantly appear whenever a student intends to cause fatal harm to another.
- Design Student's Orgasm: The Darkness tends to come with flower or animal based motifs based on whoever wields it. The same goes for the tattoo Zim receives along his arm that's shaped like ribbons surrounding buildings.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: The Elite Visions first seem like randomly concocted imagery the Headmaster forces the Elite to see but they eventually realize that the visions imply events supposed to happen in the future such as the awakening of a New Eden and becoming mutilated and placed inside of an underground graveyard of deceased children.
- Elaborate University High: Royal Heights is a multilevel academy with castle inspired structures, a rose garden, dense forests, and plenty of highly elaborate technology to boot.
- Eternal Recurrence: The only reasons Utopias need to be recreated every four years is that a witch comes to destroy Utopia at the same time, obliterating the city and all its citizens along the way. Then the new Utopia comes in and all is well again.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Zoe may be a villain but she has little comfort at the idea of torturing students to death. But as the Darkness begins to consume her conscience, more she starts to have limited remorse even towards mass murder.
- Embry actually shows disgust in the underground, cybernetic grave yard the school has, even hesitating to show Yin at first.
- Eye Scream: When Yuck sees the human sacrifices for the shadow demons, he sees that both of the students' eyes have been entirely gouged out.
- A minor example, though one victim of the shadow had what remaind of her eyes "now an unhealthy pink and running with tears."
- Extranormal Institute
- Evil Albino: Embry is the mystical variant of albino with white hair, incredibly white skin, flushes of silver along her cheeks and neck, and Green Eyes with silvery eyelashes.
- False Utopia
- Fingerless Gloves: A part of the female Elite uniform while the males have gloves with the palm section removed.
- Fun with Acronyms: HEADMASTER stands for Highly Elaborate Academically Directed Machinery Allowing Students To Excel Reality.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Zim who constructs a cube specifically for finding electronic wavelengths inside the school even with the limited supplies he had on hand.
- Genki Girl: Frida, she doesn't even drop her upbeat attitude when she gets a sizable wound along her hip during the shadow invasion, proudly calling it a battle scar.
- Halloween Episode: The three part Halloween Massacre invasion works as this.
- Healing Factor: All witches are capable of regrowing and healing their limbs as soon as they take damage. But that's only because their magic laced blood stream allows it, making their heart the weakest point of their bodies.
- Heart in the Wrong Place: Averted with witches whose hearts are placed in the center of their chests to better circulate their magic. And without the heart, their magic will wither away and they'll die instantly.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: While most witches wield the power to control elements, use telekinesis, or shape shift, Embry's specialty is to manipulate words. Though not as much a physical power, this ability allows her have infinite knowledge of anything she's written, be fluent in most languages which helps her speak the native tongue of the Darkness, and influencing any form of written content to her liking. And one she chooses to change first is an old diary that belonged to Yin and Yang's mother.
- Holographic Terminal: Most of the school's technology involving the tour guides, the Grid, the invitation, and the Attendance Scanner work as interactive blue holograms.
- Hot Librarian: Embry who also doubles as a Magic Librarian.
- Hot Witch: Again, Embry.
- Immortality Inducer: Implanting a Seal into even a mortal being can make them immortal. As shown on Yin, the magic does the rest of the...altercations.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Yin gets impaled with a glass like piece of the sky, temporarily killing her during an illusion.
- Infant Immortality: Entirely averted, especially during the Halloween Massacre.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Minimoose still only speaks in high pitched squeals and shows a certain awareness towards this, but Zim and even the Headmaster has no problem communicating with him. Others seem incapable of understanding anything he says.
- In the Hood: Each of Embry's recruits receive a Black Cloak that allow them to teleport and fade into the dark easily.
- Jerkass: Yuck of course who takes joy out of messing with people for his own amusement, even mocking Yang when his sister passes out from shock and needs to be hospitalized. Zoe can certainly be one but is more so around Frida than anyone else.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yang can have his self centered or rude moments but he's shown to be rather understanding and considerate during desperate situations. Especially when it comes to his sister in chapter nineteen.
- Living Shadow: The conclusion of the "Autumn Scented Paranoia" arc has the school being maliciously attacked by demonic, shadow creatures that have a taste for flesh.
- Lyrical Dissonance: A lullaby Embry regularly sings to herself involves lines such as "the heart can be injured when it's not loved enough" and "that's why I'll protect you from yourself". Zoe lampshades how eerie it actually is in chapter five.
- Magical Library: Embry's realm is a gigantic library filled with multiple, tattered books she regularly studies along with her observations tacked up on walls. The fact she has a summoning room on the highest story exists specifically for her witchcraft.
- Magitek: Utopia's technology secretly works under these principles and is the only reason a good amount of their inventions work so efficiently. Embry discusses this with Zoe, actually showing disgust at the idea of hiding magical origins.
- Mind Rape: The best way to describe the Elite Visions since it always leaves the students traumatized, confused, or just downright terrified of whatever they saw.
- The Mole: Due to being part of the Elite, Yuck and eventually Zim work as spies for the group and report any important information to Embry.
- The Multiverse: Though the Universe is addressed as a singular creation that wields all dimensions into one place, it still shares some form of significant link to multiple different plains of existence. Utopia's technology has found an advantage to exploiting it for the sake of the academy.
- Mystical White Hair: The Literature Witch Embry has fitting white hair.
- New Eden: The name of the new Utopia the Elite are said to create in a surprisingly upbeat Elite Vision. Time well tell if it lives up to that name.
- Nothing Is Scarier: In order to truly grasp the creation of a new Utopia, the Elite must undergo a series of visions that embody the concept of nothingness. This leaves them all confused and slightly terrified in that they couldn’t even partially understand what they were supposed to be seeing.
- As the Core, Minimoose seems utterly unaffected by it even when he's looked directly into it during his journey to Utopia for some time. Seeing dimensions becoming nothingness multiple times disturbs him but he's mostly unshaken.
- Ominous Multiple Screens: The fortress that holds the Grid Activation Board.
- One Bad Mother: What little is known about The Mother doesn't imply anything relatively positive though she is often held in this position by the Headmaster. An example of this Mother's good deeds is painfully reducing particular dimensions to nothingness, normally turning the citizens into butterflies and gold dust in the process.
- Our Doors Are Different: Though there are a few dramatic double door entrances, the Attendance Scanner takes place of all classroom doors, recording the student's presence as soon as they walk in.
- Painful Transformation: Yin's transition into a witch involves hacking up blood and her organs rearranging themselves.
- Paranoia Gambit: The Halloween Massacre was purposely arranged so that the Elite are forced to comply to any means necessary to protect the students, making them go along with Embry's plans without knowing.
- Power Tattoo: Zim gets a branching, golden design burned into his arm when he attempts to take Minimoose from the Headmaster. Not much is known about it yet though it can dye his inner organs gold, allow him to see normally hidden images, and makes all devices he's created short circuit on contact.
- Perfect Pacifist People: The Utopians
- Really 700 Years Old: Embry though she certainly doesn't look it.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Zim only goes to the school in order to destroy the dimension for the sake of impressing his leaders even more. Over time, he sees how limited his resources are until he partners with Zoe and Yuck.
- Spot of Tea: Embry's immortality allows her to go all her life without having a proper meal, thus she only drinks tea and normally offers a cup to those who drop by her home.
- Sticky Fingers: Zoe manages to pickpocket quite a few people without them even noticing.
- Stocking Filler: Along with the chains, Zoe also wears fishnet stockings along her arms and legs.
- Story Arc
- Tears of Fear: Seeing the hidden display of dead, dissected bodies beneath the school is enough to have Yin crying until eventually passing out from fright.
- Technology Porn
- Teleport Cloak: The cloaks that Embry's recruits use allow the wearer to teleport anywhere they need to simply by spinning.
- Terrible Trio: Embry eventually gathers up the manipulative kleptomaniac Zoe, sadistic mutant Yuck, and psychopathic invader Zim for her alliance.
- Tricked-Out Shoes: The Utopian Fitness shoes that record a loss of calories, can cool down the wearer, and can be customized easily.
- Twin Telepathy: Yang hints that he has this with his sister throughout chapter nineteen.
- Two Girls to a Team: Yin and Frida are the only female members of the Elite.
- Wham Line: I want you to kill the Headmaster.
- Wicked Cultured: Embry loves reading, documenting her findings, and does it all in an elaborate library while she drinks tea.
- Written Sound Effect: The doors in the prologue open with a "plunk! plunk!".
- Yandere: Zoe's crush on Manny is what mainly leads her to go along with Embry's plan. It starts as mere jealousy and a little heartbreak but the Darkness only amplifies it to an obsessive degree.
"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in this Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."