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Well then, with that out of the way... Proof that the remaining 10% is worth dying for here, provided you don't die when you are killed:
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Synopsis: Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi's stolen relic was one shipped from Ireland rather than Macedonia. As a result, an inexperienced Master determined to prove himself and a desperate Servant seeking absolution share in a quest for victory and recognition.
Tags: AU fic
Comments: Ongoing For Want of a Nail story based on switching around Servants, focused primarily on Waver and Lancer.
Synopsis: This isn't quite the fourth war that Kiritsugu was expecting. After all, he wanted King Arthur, not this white haired Archer he got.
Comments: Not the first time a fic has used EMIYA as Kiritsugu's servant, it is, however, the first time we get Enkidu instead of Gilgamesh, Lancelot's not Berserker and Saber is actually the prototype version. Also, Caren seems to make it her mission in life to annoy Rin. It's looking quite good and I, for one, am really enjoying some of the smaller things in the fic like Irisviel and Archer's interactions.
Comments: Written to be set between the events at the end of Fate/Zero and the beginning of Fate/stay night, this one-shot addresses the fate of Lancer following the events of the series. I won't spoil things for readers, but this one really gets you, right in the feels, but in a good way.
Synopsis: At the Spring Summoning Ritual, Louise summoned a bear of a man who claim to be the greatest conqueror that is. Will she be the laughingstock of the school, or will he prove his dream of glorious conquest true?
Sypnosis: Taken from the summary provided: Chiron always said there’d be legends about him one day. He hadn’t thought that’d result in him fighting to the death with other Heroes, though. Percy Jackson and the Olympians/F/SN.
Comments: Thread 2 can be found here, and the third here while the current one is here.
Synopsis: Author's Summary: Years after his parents survived Heaven's Feel, the son of Kayneth and Sola-Ui finds himself in a different sort of supernatural tournament. But can he survive superpowered alien females, scheming businessmen, and his own partner's urge to strangle him?
Comments:Somehow, Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi and his wife Sola-Ui survived the fourth Heaven’s Feel ritual. Their son, Meriwether, seems like a chip offtheoldblock when he travels to Japan to research the Fourth War. Unfortunately, his short layover at Shin Tokyo takes a little longer than expected when he accidentally wings Benitsubasa and gets dragged into the Sekirei Plan. Benitsubasa soon finds to her disappointment that her Ashikabi has lived a rather...shelteredlife. Not that this will stop our protagonist from making the Sekirei Plan a whole lot bloodier...
Synopsis: The Holy Grail War is taking place in Fuyuki at the same time Kallen's resistance is stealing CC. When Lelouch protected that purple-haired girl from the fighting between terrorists and Brittanians, he didn't think he will be able to seize an extraordinary opportunity. Lelouch, as Master of Lancer, will try to grasp this wish with his own hands and to destroy Britannia. And doing his level best to put some more 'war' in the Holy Grail War.
Comments: A newborn fan fiction who shows great promise. Some original flavor, good characterization, good use of drama, and really well-paced action.
Synopsis: All of the sudden, seven girls among the cast of Yuru Yuri found themselves in control of the seven Servants of Fate/Zero. Everyday life continues more or less as usual, but will it last?
Tags: AU fic, Crossover
Comments: Warning for NSFW danbooru ads! Well, this is an excellent series with good pacing and significant volume. The melding of the universes could be smoother, but it suffices. It is Lighter and Softer on the Fate/Zero side, but things do take a bad turn midway...
Synopsis: Kotomine Kirei is a troubled man that only participated in the Holy Grail War to serve Tohsaka Tokiomi and meet Emiya Kiritsugu. In order to do both, he attempted to summon Hassan-I-Sabbah as the Servant Assassin. The Grail heard his plea and instead gave Kirei a rather... unorthodox thief. Gilgamesh better keep his Gate of Babylon locked at night...
Comments: It's about time the Lupin III series got some love. Not only does this fic keep Lupin in character, but it also keeps the dark elements of the first and most recent Lupin anime along with the matureness of Fate/Zero. If anyone is a true Lupin III fan, this fic is for you.
Synopsis: In a war where the good must fight each other only the one who fights hardest will survive! Every Servant is a Rider, summoned from the throne to heed the call of the Holy Grail. Some fight for themselves, some fight for others and some don't need a reason. The Holy Grail is filled with many heroes, many of them are Riders.
Synopsis: The Fourth Holy Grail War is coming, but there are several new players in town. Demons are throwing in their lot with certain Masters, a mysterious man named Cypher is pulling several strings in the war, and mysterious candelabrum are popping up, heralding in terrifying presences...
Synopsis: The Grail is bored and decides to spice up the 4th Fuyuki War with different servants than the Masters intended... save for Kiritsugu's Saber. Berserker is vocal and wants to fight, Archer's a pacifist, Caster is disturbed rather than disturbing, Lancer is a timid kid in a suit, Rider thinks he's the coolest servant around, and Assassin casually demolishes the fourth wall by asking if he was in "the Visual Novel or the anime" the moment he's summoned. No one knows what to expect from these wild cards, not even their own masters.