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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.
Fire Emblem Awakening: Invisible Ties
- Recommended by Godlizard, The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: As the name suggests, this writing blog focuses on Fire Emblem Awakening, mostly doing whatever readers request them to write (which so far consists largely of shipping fics of varying pairings and happiness and a few non-shipping explorations of canon).
- Comments: They take requests, but they're currently closed so they can catch up on their prompts. Posts relatively short (1000-3000 words) one-shots, but pays close attention to canon and is a very careful editor. Generally has at least a few new fics a week, hiatuses notwithstanding, and doesn't write anything explicit or that makes characters act OOC. Family (see below) is definitely their most popular fic.
The (Cruel) Mother's Gift and other Tales Through Time
- Recommended by Prometheus117, The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: When Robin wakes up in the middle of a field with no memory of his past nothing could prepare him for the adventure that awaits. Alongside the Prince of the kingdom of Ylisse Chrom and his faithful band of Shepherds, Robin rises from a humble tactician to one of the saviours of an entire world. A loose adaptation of Nintendo's Fire Emblem Awakening.
- Comments: Despite the fact this story is listed as an adaption of Fire Emblem Awakening, it manages to flesh out the characters in a way that, while still keeping in canon with the story, manages to make them more human and believable, showing off what might have been only implied in-game. Robin, for example, develops his own interesting, quirky personality that makes him both funny and yet understandable and natural to the audience. O Cs, while present, do not take away from the main characters, but rather flesh out the plot and make it even more enjoyable. The result is potentially the greatest adaption of a Fire Emblem game that has come out in recent years.
- Pardon the dissenting opinion, but I disagree. The fic is well-written, in theory, and it definitely has some strong elements (some of the original characters definitely deepen the world created), but... it didn't grip me. I dislike over-prosaicness in a narrative, and the author indulges in it. He also makes rather weak (and grossly unnecessary) changes to the plot which have ruinous effects upon characters - for instance, in the "Premonition", he has Robin willingly let Validar claim him right after Chrom's death, despite the canonical implications that he was completely possessed. Or that he'll adjust details to suit himself rather than work with what he has - like suggesting that the previous Exalt started his crusade due to his wife's death, when Chrom explicitly states in the game that he's been at it for years (on that note, bonus demerit points for not even trying to research stuff he doesn't know, which leads to Gangrel being retconned into being of royal blood rather than a nihilistic former-street-rat). I liked how Wraith of the Lorca (below) adapted FE 7; I am disappointed by how this one does FE 13 and consider it overrated, beating many more worthy fics to this Rec list just because it stood out more than them...
- Recommended by SEES Wild Card, The Giant Rock
- Sypnosis: A series of tales dealing with different possibilities throughout FE:A. Heavy focus on second-gen characters and parent-child relationships.
- Comments: The chapters will either leave you laughing, cheering, crying, and anywhere in between. The author seems fond of putting his characters through hell and having others drag them back out. Well written character interaction. WARNING: Heavy angst in some parts.
- There's a lot of variety in individual stories. Better yet, each chapter is usually self-contained; the author will take an idea and run with it to a satisfying conclusion, no matter how long the chapter ends up being. The grammar is sometimes weak in early chapters, but improves later on. There's a lot of interesting ideas, so give it a read!
- Recommended by The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: After the defeat of Grima, Robin has been tasked with firing the different Shepherds. Join him as he lets each of them down as easily as he can.
- Comments: Robin is a jerk and has no compunctions about breaking the fourth wall. It could use a quick spell-check, but if you don't mind that it's pretty enjoyable.
- Recommended by The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: Because the title "Avatar" is extremely misleading and Robin doesn't do a damned thing the same way we'd really want to. A series of one-shots.
- Comments: Short and hilarious, featuring an OOC Robin. The sheer face-palming he inspires in his comrades will bring a smile to your face. The title may be misleading; this isn't a satire of FE mechanics, barring the first chapter.
- Recommended by Tropers/Fireminer
- Synopsis: The tactician gets absolutely sick of infighting among the army, so she takes the entire group to a secluded mountain retreat. Chaos ensues.
- Comments: A good break to all the serious fics. A great story to kill your time.
by I Challenge My Fate!
- Recommended by Godlizard, The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: Awakening. Lucina ventures into the ruins of Ylisstol and finds an old oil painting of the parents she never knew, which reveals some things she probably would have rather not discovered.
- Comments: A short but sad one-shot that focuses on familial love and the ramifications of the Avatar being Lucina's mother. Easily the most popular fic that this author has written.
- My favourite premise for Lucina's backstory, and it's done well to boot.
by Gone 2 Ground EX
Daydreams and Nightmares
- Recommended by Strunk64
- Synopsis: A Fire Emblem fan finds himself sucked into the world of Awakening. In Lunatic Mode.
- Comments: Well written, updates fairly quickly, keeps the cast in-character. Manages to create an actually likeable Self-Insert, and has enough surprises to keep you guessing. Contains some shipping, but it doesn't override the plot.
- Additional Comments : It starts off following somewhat of Awakening's plot, but will most likely make a clean split from the original storyline with the introduction of the Divine Pantheon. Don't expect it to follow even anything resembling Awakening's plotline after the Plegia Arc ends.
- There's cool ideas, and the author is clever enough to add a way of offsetting the self-insert advantage of foreknowledge. However, I couldn't keep track of the new characters and the scope of the story in later chapters.
Fire Emblem Awakening: A Reason to Exist
- Recommended by Hollownerox
- Synopsis: It's a weird sensation to fall asleep in California one day and wake up in Ylisse at the same time. Apparently my name is now Shanzira, and I'm trying not to die here. Came pretty close already. I need to brush up on my knowledge of this game; it's been two years since it came out, and being in college and all, I've had my hands full, what with animating. Robin, don't let me die!
- Comments: Another surprisingly well written self-insert fic. This one goes in the "dreamer" direction with the main character shifting between dimensions whenever her respective body goes to sleep. Lots of comedy, and interesting additions to the plot that will keep the reader's attention; mainly having to do with a group hunting the "dreamers".
- Reccomended by Glaceon Mage
- Sypnosis:The hard truth of what he is and why he was made emerges to haunt him. But what will he become? Trying to set himself apart, the Einherjar Marth experiences new struggles in a future where nearly no one truly knows his pain. Can he find his own place among new friends, or are the heroes of lost ages destined to fade?
- Comments: I was originally drawn to the story due to an astonishing lack of Marth x Tiki on the site, but as I read, I became more and more interested in the story, partilly because it is one of very few that focuses on the concept of Einherjar. Though there are occasional characterization errors, most notably with Roy earlier on. The nature of the later plot leaves you wanting more, even when the author's life gets in the way.
- This is a unique fic in that it deals with the Einherjar. However, I didn't find character interactions realistic in the slightest; characters do what the author wants to generate the atmosphere he wants (i.e. Shephards bash Marth way too strongly for the sake of drama, while a more in-character cast would behave differently). Not particularly recommended.
Grains of Light
- Recommended by imaithebadass, becomethemoon
- Synopsis: "Even with the light of the flames, Chrom can't help notice her eyes are dark like the night sky, willing to absorb light whole and reflect nothing back. At the same time it was muddy like the earth and soil he stood, sturdy against the test of time." In a world where Validar is already dead, Chrom finds a Robin with all her memories.
- Comments: As the synopsis states, this story will not be a complete retelling from the original. The author said that it will be diverges from canon. Despite that, this is worth reading. Robin's characterization is quite unique and not a blatantly self insert feels. The author also tried to implement the gameplay mechanics here (btw, it's Lunatic difficulty), it's arguable whether this is executed well or not. Implied Chrom x Robin.
- Additional Comments : Its an interesting Fic Idea, but it has occasional awkward pauses and phrasing. Some will shrug it off easily, but it can turn you off if you aren't interested enough in the story. Still, it isn't a bad story, give it a shot.
- I found the weak grammar too much of a turn-off, although the idea is sort of cool.
by Mark of the Asphodel
Queen of Sorrow
- Recommended by Ranger Jack Walker
- Synopsis: Finn combs the sands of the Yied Desert for answers. He might be avoiding some questions.
- Comments: After Leif unites Thracia and the crusaders have dealt with Prince Julius and the Loptyr sect, Finn wanders through the Yied Desert as he searches for closure. A depressing fic that is part of larger series detailing the lives of Finn, Leif, Raquesis and Nanna before the events of the second generation as well as after.
by Lord Syntax
Fire Emblem: Spellbinding Radiance
- Recommended by Asgar, EnragedBullfrog, The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: A Darker and Edgier AU story focussing on Elincia. After Ike and his company do not manage to arrive in time, having to sacrifice Lucia becomes Elincia's first step down a long, dark and cruel road to protect her kingdom at all costs, occasionally reminiscent of Lelouch vi Britannia. Quite a few character deaths and surprises. Now with its very own trope page!
- Comments: Dark, but in believable levels. Comes over quite realistic in general. Now complete.
- Seconded. Though it's quite dark and angsty, it's kept to believable levels as said, and the writing itself is quite good, as well as it being a fairly interesting concept to begin with.
- I hate to be the dissenter but if you enjoy Fire Emblem this fic is not for you. It is utterly depressing and I get the comparison to Lelouch but even he pales in comparison to the true amount of evil that is Elincia. If you like villain protagonists, have no issues with a crapsack world, and want to see the most evil character to ever appear before this troper look no further than "Elincia"
- Seriously? You think this Elincia is the most evil character ever? Then you clearly haven't played Radiant Dawn, because I can name at least four people in that game alone who are a lot more evil than her... and they all appear in this story.
- Ultimately, this story is an excellent example of the phrase "the road to hell is paved with good intentions," and Utopia Justifies the Means comes into play at the end. So if that's not your thing, don't read it. But if it is your thing, then you should read the crap out of it.
- A darkly enthralling and unique piece of work. You won't find many fics with the both the same atmosphere and excellent execution in the FE fandom.
by Foxwolf Jackson
- Recommended by Draco, Gato
- Synopsis: A young man from earth gets sucked into the world of Fire Emblem. He experiences life, romance, and hardships along the way.
- Comments: This is one of the best first-person fics in the fandom I've seen in a while. John, the self-insert, is not a Gary Stu, but rather a confused young man who ponders his place in the FE world. Also, cameos from other FE games come in as part of the Greil Mercenaries. A truly, awesome fic filled with references that you must read.
- Still recommended, but YMMV. While the attention paid to the Loads and Loads of Characters is great, the protagonist skirts dangerously close to being a Stu at times, Parody Retcon notwithstanding: everyone's attracted to him, he can do magic nobody else can, he solves everyone's personal problems with his infinite wisdom etc... At times it seems to morph into a rant by the author about his (real) life, and the constant references get really annoying. It's down to the reader whether this detracts from the story or not.
by R Amythest
- Recommended by The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: Mark the prodigious 13-year-old tactician has never lost a soldier in battle. Herein lies his secret.
- Comments: A beautiful piece of work with an interesting premise. Not Stu.
To The Winds, Sing
- Recommended by Sara
- Synopsis: A heart-wrenching Fiora fic dealing with her Survivors Guilt.
- Comments: Ouch...
The Diary of Kelly
- Recommended by Sara
- Synopsis: For Seisen no Keifu fans, To The Winds, Sing by Nisei; a beautiful post-game Edain-centric fic.
- Comments: Not enough people write post-second gen stuff.
- Recommended by Sara
- Synopsis: For parody lovers, The Diary of Kelly by Fimbulvetr is parody pastiche fic of all the badly-written Tatcician Mary Sue and diary fics in the Fire Emblem fandom.
- Comments: I died laughing. Repeatedly.
(sic) by IceBlade28
Hammer of Terrascars
- Recommended by SpiriTsunami
- Synopsis: Darker and Edgier telling of much of Blazing Blade, focuses heavily on Lyn and the Pegasus sisters, and on a
Villain Stu Anti-Hero Stu mysterious person of highly dubious morality who would be highly Stuish if he weren't so damn likable. Also features a more traditionally Sueish tactician. Who dies. At least once.
- Comments: Be prepared to have your mind screwed with. There will be death, repeatedly (not to mention one character is saved by having an arm amputated). X was the inspiration for me to launch this YKTTW. Also, utilizes many of the fandom's favorite triangles (More victorious pairing first in each triangle: Priscilla/Erk/Serra, Lucius/Serra/Erk, Guy/Priscilla/Erk, Raven/Rebecca/Wil followed by Sain/Rebecca/Raven...Priscilla/Guy/Florina?...and, yes, Sain actually apparently wins, greatly delighting this shipper.) For laughs, read the summaries of the previous chapter. The further I get into rereading this (yes, I recommended it despite not having read it in quite some time; mostly Dead Fic), the more I want to do a full-on Trope Listing. (Serra gets a Green Rocks-type MacGuffin! But later, she dies! And it's actually heartbreaking!)
by Servant of GOD
Wraith of the Lorca: Legend of Lyndis
- Recommended by Juanaxu
- Synopsis: a novelization of Rekka no Ken focusing not only on the storyline of the game, but also on the backstory of the OC tactician.
- Comments: A well written fic with a interesting take on the tactician, as well as some really good battle scenes.
- Raxis: YMMV. The author tries to trim the fat off the proverbial meat of the storyline, but ends up taking huge gouges out of the plot along with it, filling them up with the aforementioned OC tactician's past. At least a few characters take minor levels in jerkass (Lyn in particular is much more snappish and prone to anger), and said OC tactician is a God-Mode Sue who'd make a fool of bloody Lelouch in a strategic battle, and is Badass in actual fighting to boot. Finally, several characters are unceremoniously and pointlessly killed off at the end.
by Solo Wing
A Garden of Our Own
- Recommended by Calahad, The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: A retelling of Fire Emblem 7: Rekka no Ken's Lyndis route. With the author taking several small liberties with the plot that adds an interesting twist to a story done to death.
- Comments: A retelling with interesting character interaction. Complete.
by Shimizu Hitomi
- Recomended by: Pata Hikari
- ''Synopsis: Sacred Stones. Three stories that connect to a single theme.
- Comments: A story focused on love without really being a shipping story. A Tear Jerker at times.
by Velkyn Karma
The Legend of Link: The Burning Blade
- Recommended by Kishou
- Synopsis: Path of Radiance. Lethe gets abducted and forced into the Feral transformation process. Can Ike, Mordecai, and the others save her before it's too late? (Before Serenes Forest, Complete)
- Comments: A very interesting 'what-if' story in which explores a side-plot of Feral Laguz. The suspense raises up when you see the evil(OC) scientist turn Lethe beastly and the Greil Mercenaries waste no time to go and find their teammate through waves of enemies. A great story that truly shows Nakama bonds and development with the main characters (Ike, Soren, Lethe, Mordecai, Zihark, ect.), and would have fit PERFECTLY in the actual game, even if it can be only be called Filler. Highly recommended.
by Link 13 PGF
Ike Versus the Fourth Wall
- Recommended by dnzrx
- Synopsis: Set a few years after the end of Twilight Princess, Link was betrayed by the country he worked to save and was driven out of Hyrule into the world outside of Hyrule, into the world of Fire Emblem.
- Comments: Hate to disgress with the original recommender, but I didn't really enjoy this one very much. Link's story adds very little to the plot as a whole (at least during Lyn's story), and not only did he felt tacked-on, but having Hyrule as a part of Elibe (west of Sacae) stunk of a lazy Retcon. The relationship with Ilia felt underdeveloped (as in, they went from Childhood Friends to Childhood Friend Romance without any sort of transition from what we saw in Twilight Princess), and Link's betrayal by Hyrule completely broke my Willing Suspension of Disbelief for how much Character Derailment it needed to work (not to mention that it felt, again, like a lazy excuse to bring him to Elibe). The idea is good, but it felt utterly wasted and could have been handled a lot better than it was.
by Jen Moczo
Origin of The Prince of Light
- Recommended by R Bomber, The Giant Rock
- Synopsis: Join Ike's and his Greil Mercenaries struggle in bringing back Crimea to its rightful ruler, as they struggle... and struggle... and struggle... and struggle... and struggle... and-F*** YOU BLACK KNI-Eh, what? WHAAAAT???
- Comments: I don't even play the games, but I ended up laughing reading it! A good written crack (yeah, I know, sounds like an oxymoron, but it's right) that pokes fun at elements of Fire Emblem Tellius (Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn), especially in characters' interaction, especially Ike. The author also writes some other stories (also humor) like Diary of a Wimpy Kid that focuses on Pelleas, and so on.
- YMMV. There's a lot of Micaiah-bashing, and being a Micaiah fan that is a tad upsetting. In addition, there is at least implied Ike/Soren, and being someone who is sickened by the ship, it was difficult to read it without being distracted. If you are a humor lover, rabid Micaiah hater, and Ike/Soren shipper, this is your thing. If you aren't, then you'd best move on.
- Excellent satire. Read the first chapter at a minimum to see if the style is right for you. You won't be disappointed.
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.
Shadows Under the Oak Tree
- Recommended by: Delfage
- Synopsis: "All tales have their beginnings, all legacies have their roots. This is one such story, the origin of Marth, the Prince of Light. FE11/Shadow Dragon. SERIES COMPLETE."
- Comments: While the fic has plenty of holes, the author can't write fight scenes too well, women get much too emotional, and there's way too much talking and comic book-style writing, the fic is still an excellent take on the events of FE11 with plenty of characterization, an excellent relief from all the Awakening run fics taking over the franchise. Just watch out for the Spotlight-Stealing Squad in the Wolfguard.
Of Wyverns and Men
- Recommended by Sara, The Giant Rock
- Pairings: Canas/his wife
- Synopsis: Rekka no Ken, a long but very interesting take on Canas's backstory and relationship with his wife.
- Comments: This was oddly cute. :3
- A long read, but beautiful characterization.
A Kitten for Leila
- Recommended by Hollownerox
- Pairings: Robin/Cherche
- Synopsis: The war with Plegia is over. Though he intended never to become too attached to one of the Shepherds for fear of losing a loved one, everything changes when he meets a certain wyvern rider. Of course, this never comes without a fair share a laughter and pain at the expense of everyone's favorite tactician.
- Known for being the only Robin and Cherche fic on the website, this story is a well written take on their relationship. The author has taken a lot of time fleshing out Robin's backstory, and giving their own creative take on the Awakening characters.
by Kitten Kisses
- Recommended by Sara
- Pairings: Matthew/Leila
- Synopsis: A rare well-done AU about Christmas and kittens.
- Comments: It's always nice to see happier fics for this pairing, they have enough angst surrounding them in canon.
Mountain Sage and Desert Tiger
- Recommended by Sara
- Pairings: Forde/Eirika
- Synopsis: This is a lovely oneshot about a much-forgotten Sacred Stones pairing, Forde/Eirika.
- Comments: This pairing needs more love, period.
- Caellach Tiger Eye: My one major gripe with this story is that Eirika at times behaves too much like Tana than like herself - ie: she's too giggly and ditzy, as opposed to her serious demeanour. Much as I appreciate girls being relaxed, Eirika really lacks the refined, regal yet level-eyed demeanour which is integral to her character. That aside, if you can substitute the giggles with more smiling, it's quite an enjoyable read.
Crossroads of the Heart
- Recommended by Leradny
- Pairings: Gerik/Saleh
- Synopsis: A series of oneshots revolving around Saleh and Gerik (in Sacred Stones) throughout the length of the game.
- Comments: While it verges into spirituality more than actual romance, the author has clearly thought up her own fictional religions instead of renaming existing ones—most notably regarding Jehanna, whose belief system was fleshed out from a single sentence in one of the earlier chapters of the fic. The fic in general is very well-written, with the interaction in every chapter sounding more and more believable as the author grows into her style. Sacred Stones needs more love, and so do Saleh and Gerik.
Perhaps It's What I've Become, Perhaps Not
- Recommended by Sycu
- Pairings: Rath/Lyn/Hector/Florina-just to clarify, this is as in a love triangle/rectangle-with some Eliwood/Ninian, Fiora/Kent, Serra/Sain, and others
- Synopsis: Takes place after the game. Lyn's tying up some loose ends in her life, and needs to make some tough choices.
- Comments: A very well written fic, all the characters are believable. At times, heartwarming and touching, at other times, very angsty. Highly recommended; I loved the character dynamics. Unfortunately, the fic seems to be dead, so there won't be any definite ending. Despite this, it's definitely worth the read.
A Matter of Probability
- Recommended by Sydin, The Giant Rock
- Pairings: Boyd/Mist, One-sided Rolf/Mist
- Synopsis: A monologue by Rolf. Rolf talks at "Mist" about his feelings for her, his resentment towards her relationship with his brother, and the burdens of being a soldier.
- Comments: A surprisingly dark take on the Rolf/Mist/Boyd love triangle. It shows what psychological effects war would have on a boy Rolf's age, and how he might be forced to cope. Very sad, but very good.
- Short and powerful, kinda like a well-trained Rolf.
by Tayte FFN
- Recommended by Kyllorac
- Pairings: Heath/Tactician, Sain/Tactician
- Status: Dead
- Synopsis: Heath has a one-sided crush on the tactician, Natalia. He enlists Legault's help (as part of their partnership) to woo her. Meanwhile, Sain, being his ever-flirtatious self, has attracted Natalia's ire. In order to halt his advances, Natalia presents Sain with a challenge: solve a tactical algebra problem involving Hector, Eliwood, and a hydra within one week by himself, with complete reasoning.
- Comments: This is narrated by Legault, which makes it all the more hilarious. Unfortunately, it's a bit early to tell if it's a one-shot or not, though it looks like there's going to be at least a second part. Hopefully. It's still incredibly entertaining as-is.
by Lux Aureus
The Shapes We Pray To
- Recommended by gone2ground
- Pairings: Avatar/Cordelia
- Synopsis: Gangrel lies defeated, but the war for Ylisse has just begun. This story, focusing on the gaps in the story left by the missions of Fire Emblem: Awakening, sheds light on the male Avatar's personal life over the second half of the game.
- Comments: The writer has stated he dislikes requited love, so currently Cordelia is still in love with Chrom while the Avatar (Named Pyrrhus) is trying to get over a crush he has on her. Unfortunately, circumstances force him to interact with her. The writing is of excellent quality, with almost no mistakes. The only real issue I have with the fic as a whole is its pacing, although that's more of a personal preference than anything else. Check it out, even if you dislike the pairing.
- Recommended by bakafia
- Pairings: The main ones are between Ike, Soren, Aimee, Elincia, Jorge and Geoffrey. Ike/Soren, Jorge/Aimee, Geoffrey/Elincia
- Synopsis: Soren, Elincia, and Aimee are each desperately lost and on the verge of giving up hope, and all three try to turn to Ike for the love they are missing in their lives. Mostly Soren centric, spans throughout Po R and RD.
- Comments: A good in-depth characterization study with steady story pace and no bashing whatsoever. Quite a gem to read and not to mention it's already completed.
No Matter What The Future Holds
- Recommended by Snowthefirst
- Pairings: Sumia/Cordelia.
- Synopsis: Sumia and Cordelia, from the past to the future, and the things in between.
- Comments: A three chapter story that, as the summary states, covers the main couple and their relationship as it evolves from friendship to love over the years. A fantastic yuri story that not only keeps everyone in character, but does a fantastic job of demonstrating how love can blossom from friendship, and shows good backstory such as how the two met and became friends. It has a good compact version of the main game's canon, and has some nods to game's mechanics.
- Recommended by: Skybrigadier
- Pairings: Robin/Lucina
- Synopsis: A Princess fighting for her future. A Tactician with no past. Together, they find the one thing both longed for more than anything: happiness.
- Comments: An absolutely fantastic collection of fluffy vignettes all about the main couple as they develop their relationship, both within the context of the main story and afterwards- and despite some rough spots, generally keeps Lucina in character and makes Robin into a plausible love interest. Also features a hilariously written Papa Wolf Chrom and a shipper Morgan. A warning though: Some of the chapters can seriously tug at someone's heart.