Fan Fic / Shadowchasers: Conspiracy
is a fic from the Shadowchasers Series
written by Cyber Commander. It can be read here.
Currently, most details about the fic are unknown. But it is set to feature Jemorille the Exile (a character who has appeared in a couple of other fics by the author) in a more prominent role.
A trailer of the fic has been released in the final chapter of Redux
, as seen here
. Note, that at this point, anything on this page depends on how reliable the information is
and how truthful Jemorille
, the apparent Narrator
This fic most likely contains examples of the following tropes.
- Apocalypse How: Parts of the trailer seem to suggest a Class 0 one. (It may actually have something to do with the Field Spells in Philip's deck; the one seen so far resembles the same city in the trailer.)
- Arbitrary Skepticism:
- The Shadowchasers and many Shadows have a hard time believing in aliens. Yolanda calls them out on this, but she doesn't really help her case because she seems totally bonkers.
- Technically, it isn't the existence of aliens that Edgar is skeptical of (after all, the events of Power Primordial provided the Shadowchasers with proof of such). What he finds hard to believe is the idea of an extraterrestrial visitor revealing himself to an earthling and offering to paint her portrait - that is kind of bizarre.
- Later, Edgar explains that in his long career, he's never seen any evidence of the traditional kind of aliens like The Greys.
- Artifact of Doom: The Pan Dimensional Homing Device is a tool used by the villains, a rickety looking contraption that seems to be able to somehow make fictional beings real. While it doesn't seem to be "evil", it's clearly very dangerous, as Jalal points out after Shiva appears, mentioning beings it could potentially summon (like Kratos and Sephiroth) who would be far too powerful to fight.
- Ascended Extra:
- Jemorille has appeared in two other fics as a minor supporting character but plays a prominent role in this fic.
- Francis, Karl's replacement who was first seen in Tournament of Shadows, seems to be playing a much larger role in this one, Chapter 7 focusing around him.
- Jabels was at first regarded to be a batman to Jalal; in this fic, he's shown to be a bona-fide member of the organization and a dignitary to the church of Pelor.
- Asshole Victim: In an early chapter of the fic, a mobster named Clement McMahan - a tulgar berserker - is murdered, and given what Douglas finds out about his methods as he investigates, he definately qualifies. (After a waitress tells him stories about McMahan's cruelty, Douglas says to himself that even he might have wanted to kill him.)
- Bad-Guy Bar: Bugman's Mug in Cincinnati. Most patrons are dwarves, but the bartender is an attractive human - supposedly - female named Neela. It's best to watch what you say here and not drink too much, as Neela seems to be in the business of selling information that she "convinces" intoxicated patrons to tell her. Ferdinand is a regular.
- Badass in Distress:
- Sofia is kidnapped shortly after her second meeting with Philip, and has to be rescued by her and her allies, leading to a Establishing Character Moment for her - rather than thanking him like the standard Damsel in Distress does, she socks him in the face for dragging her into the mess. (And the other Shadowchasers take her side.)
- Eden was captured, and subsequently rescued over four chapters, with much backstory revealed in the process.
- Karen has been kidnapped too at last writing, in order to be used as prisoner exchange.
- The Bus Came Back: Several minor characters are making return appearances after long absences, if the trailer is any indication. Sofia, Penelope, Red Feather, and Douglas have already shown up, and if the trailer is any indication, more Shadowchaser characters from previous fics are set to return. Karen is hinted to be coming back as a full-fledged member of the team. The biggest examples thus far is probably, Karl Hudson who hasn't made an appearance since Shadowchasers: Torment, who appeared with a new look in Chapter 7.
- Carrying a Cake: In an early chapter, Dugan sends Francis into the Feywild to get a special cake for Karl's welcoming party from a bakery that Bartholomew requested, only for a pair of fey leg-breakers to chase after him, dead set on stealing it. As it turns out, a weird object has been included inside the cake box for an as-yet unknown reason.
- Cats Are Mean: Or they can even be spirits of divine vengeance summoned from the depths of Hell, like the one in the legend of the Cat of Felkovic, a well known ghost story among Shadowkind that is the source of many Shadow-exclusive conspiracy theories. Emily owns a card based on it.
- Conspiracy Kitchen Sink: It seems every minor villain is tied to one popular conspiracy theory, while a few are tied to ones would be absurd to most. Yolanda believes herself to be an alien abduction victim, while her son Ramon believes the abductor is his father (the "alien baby daddy" theory). Ezekiel is a Mad Prophet who confronts Karl in the vicinity of The Tunguska Event of 1908, while Drumer believes Benedict Arnold was framed. Philip hasn't done anything evil yet, but he acts very much like a conspiracy theorist, although, given his actions, he seems to be Properly Paranoid.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: Fanciullo could have avoided a great deal of trouble and prevented the deaths of two of his me had he sought help with the journal in the first place, but a combination of pride, stubbornness, and experience in his field prevented it.
- Creepypasta: It seems that this form of interactive fiction fell out of style sometime before the decade the story takes place; however, in one chapter, it seems archived stories (the names taken from actual Creepy Pasta projects) are being used as Brainwashing tools.
- The Slenderman Mythos: This particular sub-genre of Creepy Pasta is more important than others, as it plays part of the background of a villain who first appears in chapter 14 and will likely return.
- Crisis Crossover: If the trailer is any indication, then several Shadowchasers from various stories are set to appear, as well as official Yu-Gi-Oh characters spanning from at least three different generations. Whether this trope will be applicable in the fic itself is still unknown.
- One thing the author has stated is that this fic will, unlike others, reject the concept of a central team, and focus on the Shadowchasers organization as a whole, possibly including other groups as well.
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to other Shadowchaser stories, it is. Thus far, two Mauve Shirts have been murdered, and it seems likely to get darker before it gets lighter.
- Dragon Rider: In the trailer, Judy's D-Wheel turns into steel dragon, which then takes flight.
- Dying Race: Eden is one of the gautiere, a species that was once ahead of its time, but now cursed and dwindling. Legend says they rebelled against their lazy and cowardly god, and were punished (possibly a self-inflicted punishment) for doing so by completely losing their motivation and drives, something they had once cherished above all else. Ironically, Eden seems to possess both in spades.
- Enemy Mine: The Shadowchasers and Fanciullo's syndicate become reluctant allies for mutual benefit about halfway through, though it's clear neither trusts the other.
- Foregone Conclusion: In the Prologue, Jemorille's statement reveals that the story took place in the past, from his point of view, although the story actually takes place five years after the events of Torment. Given the fact that he claims to have played a role in the story itself, we can assume he survived unscathed, although his grim tone suggests darker events than normal.
- Formulaic Magic: The villains of this fic use "Axiomatic Magic", a very difficult discipline that works on the opposite principle of Wild Magic, and is just as powerful (if not more so) and even harder to learn. (Not coincidentally, Philip is a practitioner of Wild Magic, the controversial school being the best way he perceives of combatting Axiomatic Magic.)
- Good People Have Good Sex: Sofia and Philip's love scene is treated this way, slow, sweet, and romantic. Philip tries very hard to recreate the last night they were together as his way of apologizing.
- MacGuffin Escort Mission: In an early chapter, Eden simply shoves a journal into Fanciullo's hands and runs off; much of the fic up to now involving him has been devoted to finding out how to open it, how to translate it, and defending him and his henchmen from Bonnie, who is clearly working for someone who wants it. Later, it seems Eden herself has taken the journal's place, as the heroes need to protect her.
- Mysterious Backer: A strange girl named Eden has shown up several times so far, and as of now, it seems she's on the heroes' side, her journal having information on the Pan Dimensional Homing Device that the villains want.
- Narrator: Jemorrile, apparently, who tells the story in past tense, apparently making the fic as a whole a Literary Agent Hypothesis.
- Nanomachines: These seem to be used by the villains to manipulate both humans and Shadows right now, an enchanted variety introduced to the victims' bloodstreams.
- Ode to Intoxication: One of the leprechauns at the Bugman's Mug tavern sings an Irish drinking song, although the true intent seems to be to encourage Ray's two cronies to drink more so that Neela the barmaid can more easily pry information from them.
- Predecessor Villain: Five scenes are shown in the prologue of Shadowchasers either apprehending or killing a dangerous Shadowkind criminal at four points in their history: 15th Century France, 16th Century Britain (shortly after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I), 17th Century China, Germany during the 1945 siege of Berlin, and the American Southwest in 1984. What these events have to do with the plot is as-yet unclear.
- Rage Against the Heavens: The legend of the gautiere states that, out of revenge for his betrayal, the gautiere used powerful magic to bind their neglectful and ungrateful god to his temple, turning it into a prison. It cost them everything they had, turning them into shells of their former selves, lacking the devotion and motivation they once had.
- In chapter 5, Jabels picks up an order from a company called Copek Industries, a robotics and technology firm; clearly, this is a reference to by Karel Capek, the creator of R.U.R.
- References to Might and Magic are made in Chapter 17, including the Lloyd's Beacon spell and the artifact Memory Crystal Alpha. (The author admits to being a fan.)
- Also in Chapter 17, the narration claims that Philip is "Twenty minutes outside of Istanbul. (Not Constantinople.)" A reference to the song by They Might Be Giants
- In chapter 20, after Yolanda, Ramon, and Drumer escape from prison and Judy has gotten herself in trouble with a mysterious assailant, Jalal says he "feels like that kid who wanted to go to Australia", a statement that Voltaire recognizes as a reference to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day.
- After Sofia is rescued, and she cusses Philip out, she gives him the node that Karl told her to give him; when he asks how she hid it from her abductors, she says "None of your damn business."
- References to both DC One Million and The Andromeda Strain are used to describe how deadly nano-technology can be.
- A reference to The Man with the Golden Gun is made in chapter 28. Fanciullo is at his personal target range using his unfortunate - and incredibly frightened - gunsmith as a target. He fires, but misses, nicking the guy's left ear. He apologizes to the gunsmith for doubting his warning that the scope was six inches off to the left and tells his other henchmen to let him go. (But the guy faints first.)
- The scene where Sofia gives Phillip the node, and he wonders how she hid it from her captors - "None of your business," she remarks.
- Special Guest:
- The trailer shows quite a few important characters from the canon source: Yugi, Kaiba, Jonouchi (maybe), Mai, Judai, and Yusei. Whether they will actually appear is uncertain.
- Also, both B.B. Hood and Shiva have appeared as antagonists due to the villains' use of the Pan Dimensional Homing Device.
- Spiritual Successor: Can be considered one to Redux.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Sofia and Philip seem to be presented as this. In fact, this is further symbolized at the conclusion of their duel in Chapter One, where Philip wins by activating the effect of a monster resembling the Egyptian god Shu (who kept Geb and Nut, the original Star Crossed Lovers apart) which destroys both their ace monsters and inflicting damage to both of them.
- Take That!:
- The first one in the fic is seen in chapter 13, where Karl, upon seeing Unformed Void aims one at Konami itself for its tendency to assign Types to monsters (Fairies, especially) that just don't fit:
Ugh, so lemme guess, this thing's supposed to be a Fairy, right? Seriously, between Zeta Reticulant, the Arcana Force and the Vylon, people have some messed up ideas of what constitute as The Fair Folk
in this game.
SAL:' Actually Karl my databases say this thing's a Light Attribute Aqua Type.
Karl: ...Somehow that raises even more questions…
- In the next chapter, Addams scolds Ferdinand and Oswald for being careless, making a reference to a certain old cartoon known for its rather idiotic villians:
- Eden aims a rather mean one at McDonald's in one chapter:
Eden: Really? You know a lot of folks say you can't learn anything working at a fast food place, but you do pick up a few things. There was a special sandwich at some place a while back, with a two-part container, so the beef stayed hot and the lettuce and tomatoes stayed crisp and fresh. Was popular for a while until someone suddenly realized, 'Hey! Isn't that how hamburgers are supposed to be?' Guess they wanted folks to think this burger was 'special' because it didn't get cold and soggy quickly, like the other substandard crap they sold. Seems these days everyone is willing to settle for mediocracy
- Town with a Dark Secret: It's revealed in this fic that Raleigh had the exact same purpose as Sunnydale back in the 1940's, and thus had a very active Shadowchaser presence then. Fortunately, because Raleigh wasn't founded for that purpose, they were able to solve the problem without destroying the town (which was unavoidable in Sunnydale's case).
- Ungrateful Bastard: The legend of the gautiere describes the deity they worshipped as one. Out of love for their god, they labored countless generations to build the greatest temple that had ever (and would ever) exist, so he would visit, at least for a while. He did indeed, but when a crisis threatened them, he refused to aid them, hiding in said temple like a coward.