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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.Eternal Arcadia by Pegasus Knight
Pairings: There's bits of pairings in there, but they're hardly the focus of the fic. I'm pretty sure there was some Vyse/Fina, and if memory is correct, there might have been a little Aika/Gilder, as well.
Synopsis: It's basically the story of Skies of Arcadia written like it was a novel. Things are added in and expanded on to add depth to the story.
Comments: This is probably the best piece of fanfiction this troper has ever seen. It's extremely well-written, for one thing. Seriously, the writing is around the quality you'd see in a published work. While the author does add things in, it never feels like they're messing things up. Instead of ruining canon, it actually enhances the story and adds a lot of depth to it. It sounds impossible, but one look at the fic and you'll understand. The author also expands on existing things, making the whole setting seem more believable. A few things are taken out, but only things that made no difference to the plot. (For example, the boss in Glacia is not in the story. In the game, that thing came out of nowhere, and was unimportant overall) The setting is made more realistic, with things like the people on different continents speaking different languages. All of this is done in a way that still keeps the feel of the actual game. A wonderful rendition of the game's storyline. If you've played the game, this story is a must-read. Do keep in mind, however, that the author seems to have an incredibly busy life, and has had trouble updating regularly in the past, slipping back and forth from Dead Fic territory. The last update to the story was May of 2009, leaving events roughly during the trip to the Great Silver Shrine timewise.
Pairings: Aside from the canon Enrique/Moegi, there's a subtle hint of Gilder/Clara. However, as an Adventure fic, Romance isn't the main point here.
Synopsis: One year after the events of the main game, Lawrence, despite his endeavors as a former helmsman of the Delphinus, finds himself jobless and penniless as the Golden Age of piracy begins to fade. Luckily for him, the captain of a Discovery crew hires his services- at ten times his usual price, no less! Such charisma, coupled with his new crewmates' assaults on an unidentified ship and an Ixa'takan area, leads the mercenary to discover the hidden machinations of the ancient Glacians... as well as that of his new captain.
Comments: Beautiful piece of work. The plot, the air of mystery, Lawrence's little quips... all compelling. Don't let the initial flood of original characters scare you away; they're all beautifully written enough for you to take an interest in them. Be warned: the author uses British spelling, so don't chew her out on it. The author has recently gone over the story and tried to change to the American spelling as well as group some chapters together.