Fanfic Recs: Chrono Trigger
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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.
The Entitys' Revenge
- Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
- Synopsis: I can't really give one without going into all three of Mox's Chrono Trigger fics, which would get long and boring, so let me just ask this to all who choose to read these tales: Do you believe in Destiny? Like you're being pulled in every direction you go?
by red mage1
Chrono Trigger: The Sands of Time
- Recommended by F1zzyp0p
- Synopsis: CT cast Survivor Style.
- Comments: When Survivor was popular there were many parodies of it. This one story is well written from years ago and simply amusing while well handled in other genres of love, humor and action. Also you must admit the Nu and Alfador rivalry is both hilarious and intriguing. Also another popular rivalry is present when Frog with Magus because of Frog/Schala. Hilarity Ensues.
- Recomended by Pata Hikari, Ryan Lohner, yiran
- Synopsis: A long, long detailed Novelization of Chrono Trigger.
- Comments: Very good. Portrays the story much more realistically. Completely ignores the Acceptable Breaks from Reality that most video game novelizations just merely try to Justify. Lots of detail in each chapter, and a lot of focus on the characters. The narrator is interesting because it feels like you're listening to another man tell the story over a fire. All in all, an excellent read.
- Ryan Lohner: Seconded. It's really incredible how the author is able to sidestep all the video game trappings and make the story truly a work of its new medium.
- Tacitus: I was doing well up to the point the author named Robo "X" instead of taking the trouble to look up what his actual designation was.
- yiran: The plot, characters, language, etc. are all prime quality, but it would have been better if the author took his time to do better research. For instance, the names of Elaine, Leene, and 'X'. But it got much better, which is why I'm recommending it.
- Shakduhn: Recommended fully.
The Legend of Chrono Trigger
- Recommended by Killby
- Synopsis: Another Novelization of Chrono Trigger, if the title didn't give it away.
- Comments: In my opinion, one of the best novelizations I have ever read of anything. It doesn't merely transplant the scenes from the game into writing: it gives them life all its own. It manages to stay fairly true to the original work, but all of the changes made were for the better, making each scene more funny/epic/heartwarming or just generally better overall, even as far as to add whole scenes from whole cloth! It also gives more screen-time to minor characters while fleshing out their relationships to the mains and the stories behind events. Read it. You won't regret it.
by Martin Berglund
The Fall of Guardia, The Cogs of Fate, The Sea of Dreams
by Demon Fighter Ash
Mortonhayle's eleventybillionth trip through Chrono Trigger
- Recommended by Weiila
- Synopsis: It mostly follows Magus and Lucca as they strive to protect what is left after Guardia falls to Porre, doing everything they can and more than they should have to do in order to stop Lynx from aquiring the Frozen Flame. It is a rather dark story, but also carrying a lot of hope.
- Comments: A superb crossover between Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, attempting to close some of the plotholes in the latter.
by Mortonhayle (Spam Fic)
- Recommended by LEDbeam
- Synopsis: Yet another retelling of Chrono Trigger, but with a twist: The entire plot is seen from Crono's point of view, and in the most hilarious way. He hates most of the party, ESPECIALLY MARLE, but uses her to set off traps. Lucca is a lesbian, but seems to like Frog's tongue (but never seems to catch him), and the only people in the party that he actually considers friends are Frog, Robo, and Magus: All males. Includes MUCH lampshading of the game's sometimes ridiculous plot and Fridge Logic
- Comments: Largely an Affectionate Parody of Chrono Trigger, more than a Spam Fic, but technically falls into the category, and may have many points worthy of being called Crowners. (Also worth noting that it originally started as a project on a Game Faqs board.)
Time Apart From Time
- Recommended by Mysterion
- Synopsis: A rescripting of Chrono Cross, removing most of the characters, but giving much more characterization and expansion on the remaining character's shared histories. It also adds in Guile's friend from the mainland, who naturally all but hijacks the plot.
- Comments: alfadorredux ends up adding a lot to the story. Special note goes to Serge's new personality and Magus' presence, which both add much-needed perspective in the original Cross' more confusing moments. Naturally, this would go in Chrono Cross' recommendation page if there was one.
The Eternal Storm
- Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
- Synopsis: An epic struggle between two races suddenly hinges on a moment in a cave. Also, Chrono has a not-so-secret admirer. (Copied word-for-word from the site when this was written. Subject to change as the story continues.)
- Comments: I found it quite interesting. Especially the scene at the End Of Time when the party first arrives there. Whole story is great, don't get me wrong, but that scene was what snagged me.
Why We Fight
- Recommended by Rythyrix
- Synopsis: It was a battle for the future between the children of the world and the monster that would consume it. It was fought throughout all of history, and yet beyond time itself. Mankind would only know it as the Eternal Storm. (Ripped from summary at time of writing.)
- Comments: An engaging tale, ending on a humorous note. Good vocabulary, and the story flows rather well.
by Rand Al'Tor
- Recommended by Rythyrix
- Synopsis: Frog and Ayla have no idea why the party is so obsessed with Lavos. The team enlightens them.
- Comments: Atmosphere is nailed perfectly, and character attitude is not far behind. Formatting is strange, with misspellings lightly sprinkled over the whole work. Still readable, just be prepared to have your reading conventions rocked.
Perennial Trigger: Book I: Dimensions
- Recommended by Rythyrix
- Synopsis: Schala survives the Ocean Palace disaster, ends up in the Middle Ages. Angst ensues, followed by heartmelting.
- Comments: Good use of a thesaurus, immersive storytelling, well-handled characterization, and barely any Deus ex Machina makes an entertaining read.
Through the Eyes of Alfador
- Recommended by Thanos6
- Synopsis: An ambitious nobleman from Guardia makes an alliance with a mysterious dark wizard to Take Over the World. But things quickly spiral out of control...
- Comments: A nice fic that has it all, well-written action, funny humor, deep characterization, actually surprising plot twists, and small bits of romance. Original Characters introduced are interesting and don't turn into Sues. The first in a trilogy; the second is also quite good, but the third, alas, hasn't been finished yet.
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.
Stories that cross over with another fandom.
- Recommended by sunwufan47, The_Biologist
- Synopsis: A one-shot about Alfador, including his life and his relationship with Janus.
- Comments: Heartwarming, but can be a Tear Jerker because of Alfador's Undying Loyalty towards Janus. It is written in Alfador's point of view with old-fashioned English style, which is very captivating and well-done.
- The_Biologist: Despite having long paragraphs most of the time, the usage of language is brilliant and flows very well. The portrayal of Alfador's relationship with Janus is incredibly heartwarming.
by Aaron Ziegler
Stories produced by modifying the game itself.
- Recommended by: LeoArchon
- Crossover with: Ranma ½
- Synopsis: The wackiness of Ranma ½ meets its counterpart that is the wackiness of Chrono Trigger! A malfunction in the Epoch sends Crono, Marle, and Lucca to Nerima, and the cast of both worlds slowly comes together as an old, yet familiar evil is discovered.
- Comments: It's not too surprising that this hasn't been put on here yet, as it's not hosted on any major fanfiction hub. However, this is one of the best Ranma crossovers I've ever read, to say nothing of Chrono Trigger (which I've read precious few fics of). The characterizations of most of the cast are pretty much spot-on. Granted, Aaron has taken some artistic license with a few things, such as Ukyo looking like Schala, Magus's sister, but overall, it makes for a wonderful story that's hilariously creative at points. ((Martial Arts Marching Band, anyone?)) Please give it a try, it's a much better read than you might think!
by Kajar Laboratories
- Recommended by Nakuyabi, Rythyrix
- Synopsis: This game hack deals with what Magus was doing between the time we lost sight of him in 600 A.D. and then met him again in 12,000 B.C. Having landed in the ancient Kingdom of Zeal, Magus finds that he has landed on his feet, since he remembers a lot of the events of its last days and has developed his inherited magical powers considerably in the meantime. Follow his story as he deals with the backstabbing Dalton's palace intrigues, clearing the three Gurus out of his way, and insinuating himself into Queen Zeal's favor during his rise to power.
- Comments: Particularly fun to watch is how a lot of the NPCs our protagonists met in the regular game react to Magus and the power of his shadowy aura. This hack is based (of course) on the original Ted Woolsey translation for the SNES, so bits and pieces of it are a little inconsistent with the Nintendo DS version of Chrono Trigger. Also, the general tone of the language is just a little more mature, with just a sprinkling of expletives that would never have been approved for the original game. Still, this is definitely worth a play, as it provides credible insights into Magus, his troubled past, and his secretive ambitions.