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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.In The Blood by Sam Storyteller
Synopsis: There was a Sam Vimes she knew, who went out and came home again, and out there was another Sam Vimes who hardly belonged to her and lived in the same world as all those men with the dreadful names.
Comments: A brilliant expansion from a line from The Fifth Elephant which perfectly captures Sam Vimes' struggle with his inner beast, especially when he's dealing with the most horrible things humans can do.
Synopsis: It was a nasty job, but someone had to do it. In this case, the execution of the last King of Ankh Morpork by Suffer-Not-Injustice Vimes.
Comments: A short, punchy, and cleverly understated look at the execution of the last King of Ankh. Written with a deep understanding of the Vimes mindset, and an awareness that this isn't a grand good vs evil spectacle, it's just one man doing a decidedly nasty job one early morning a long time ago. Because no one else will.
Synopsis: "What inspired Ponder to search for solutions beyond traditional magic, or Rincewind to open the Octavo? Probably nothing like this, but between the Trousers of Time and quantum, you can't be sure."
Comments: Good look at Rincewind and Ponder as students at UU. Which may not make sense by the unofficial official Discworld timeline, but blame it on the History Monks and enjoy the story, because it's a very good rendering of all the characters involved.
Synopsis: a good short introduction to the works of A.A. Pessimal. Over sixty fanfics submitted and most of them Discworld. Lord Vetinari has to rule on the establishment of a new City Guild, and whether or not to award it a Charter in the face of determined opposition from vested interests.
Comments: funny and witty and succeeding in overturning and subverting what was already a Discworld subversion. Open it up and read the unanimously good reviews it garnered.
Synopsis: "'Vetinari, for the second time in his life, looked at what some might have called his reflection. He wouldn't call it that, if only because normally his actual reflection breathed along with him.' One-shot, because I miss Charlie"
Comments: Taking place after the Truth, this is an interesting look at what Vetinari could have done with Charlie
Synopsis: In the wake of the death of his Grace Sir Samuel Vimes, the various city watches across the Disc are brought together in a way seldom observed among coppers.
Comments: An impressive little fic that explores the idea, introduced at several points in the Discworld series, that "a man's not dead as long as his name is still spoken". Death may have come for Sam Vimes, but his legacy lives on... with, ultimately, unusual results.
Synopsis: It's amazing how the world rarely gets less complicated. Written for LGBT Fest, for the prompt Discworld, any character, The ongoing changes in dwarven views on gender and sexuality have any number of repercussions. How many young dwarves are "coming out" as the gender they weren't born as? Conversely, is all this openness actually eroding dwarven freedom to view themselves however, and marry whomever, they wish?
A thoughtful piece that explores the effects of the dwarf femininity movement more deeply than canon.
Synopsis: In British universities Rag Week is an excuse for the students to make nuisances of themselves importuning people for money and performing daft and dangerous stunts. This is the Unseen University version. Expanding on bare bones of story in the canon.
Synopsis: a young Assassin is detailed to write a standard report on the ease or otherwise with which Arch-Chancellor Mustrum Ridcully may be inhumed. His report squarely places Ridcully in the Vimes category of "almost un-inhumable". Four pages of lovely, glorious, work: a perfect crossover of fan-art and fanfiction. There is plenty of Andrew Salt on the deviantArt site, although this is the only pice that can be considered fanfiction and not fan-art. Go there and enjoy!
Synopsis: In which Susan identifies "Where's My Cow" as a proto-talismanic anchor for Young Sam's continued health and existence, and tries very hard not to wonder what the Vimes' butler does on his day off. There may also be a lesson about the meaning of Hogswatch, but no one wants to talk about that.
Comments: A fantastic canon compilent piece that reads as if it was taken straight out of one of the Discworld novels.
Synopsis: Before the book Unseen Academicals, politics were happening in the Unseen University. What caused the rift between the faculty, and where do their loyalties lie?
Comments: A nice exploration to an untold backstory. It seems like it could fit well into the Discworld 'verse as a short story. The characters are really well-written. Fans of the UU wizards should love it.
Synopsis: An AU where Sybil Ramkin does not survive Guards! Guards!, and so when Angua is added to the expanding Night Watch, Sam Vimes falls (very reluctantly) in love.
Comments: PG (K+ ). Very sweet.
Tabby recommends that you look elsewhere, and editorializes that she doesn't understand why this fic is so popular. It reads like canon because it is canon, with just a few extra paragraphs thrown in here and there and Vimes taking Carrot's place.
Synopsis: Death and Vetinari bond and fall in love when Death comes to take a soul Vetinari has killed. Something of a crack pairing, but adorably Victorian, almost in-character and hilarious (complete with footnotes!).
Rating: PG, mostly for the subtext. Mostly good clean fun.
Comments: Seconded. A brilliant and fun romance between a skeleton and our favorite Patrician.
Synopsis: Magical flares? Serial killers? Ankh-Morpork needs a hero! Unfortunately, all it's got is a certain Wizzard and a mysterious young lady with a taste for trouble...
Comments: The original (female) character of this story is the spunky niece of Vetinari, a bright, unconventional and very pretty girl who is also an enchantress whose mere presence actually causes the aforementioned magical flares... And yet, through sheer writing talent, the author manages NOT to make this is Mary Sue. Of course, it helps that the canon characters are perfectly characterised (especially Rincewind), the story itself is enthralling, and it ends on a wistful, bittersweet note.
Rating: M (for rather gory stuff that happens in relation to the "serial killer" bit). And it's a one chapter, but it's long.
Synopsis: Another crack pairing, but helped considerably by Drumknott's only real canon characteristic being his exceptional skill at his job. Exquisitely written, not at all like Pterry's style but not out of character. Details what happens when Drumknott finally gets the courage to tell Vetinari that he wants their relationship to be something more. Second part may be found here.
Synopsis: In which a half-baked attempt by Dibbler to establish a Longleat-like safari park in Ankh-Morpork goes dramatically wrong. In the ensuing urban safari to round up and recapture the animals, Ponder Stibbons meets a personable young woman from a faraway former colony who shares a few things in common with him. She's a scientist, a zoologist, single.... and an Assassin. But romance begins against a background of lions, bewilderbeeste, chimpanzees, gorillas, and other fauna of her native Howondaland. Ponder reasons that an Assassin girlfriend is probably going to be more restful than risking death in the HEM every day, while she vows to fatten him up a bit and improve his presentation and dress sense. The romance begins here and continues in "Pere Porcher" and "Whys and Weres". Johanna Smith Rhodes is a very minor chracter in the canon: these stories bring her to centre-stage as a "Rimward Howondalandian", ie from a country which is not South Africa in the same way Fourecks is not Australia.
Rating: U, like all good wildlife movies for all the family.
Comments: Third-person limited, Granny's perspective, and absolutely hilarious. Those of you who are wondering how Square Enix's aesthetic could possibly mesh with Discworld, well, that's most of why it's funny.
Synopsis: Lord Vetinari has made contact with Steward Denethor via a possibly malfunctioning palantir. He is prevailed upon to send Sam Vimes into Middle Earth as a tenth member of the Fellowship of the ring, so as to hold together a party of inept dreamers and make a long-shot desperate idea work. Watch and laugh as Discworld conceptions of elves, trolls, wizards, Dwarfs, et c, clash with Middle Earth's rather nobler ideals. Vimes duly treats the War of the Rings with the same "breach of the peace" attitude he expressed over the Leshp war...
Shipping: none. don't waste time looking for it.
Comments:- gleefully anarchic crossover written in the best Discworld tradition as two divergent cultures collide.