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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Tales of Symphonia, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.
Do warn when a fanfic may head into homosexual or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.
While freaky has quite a few shipping fics and doesn't dabble exclusively in To S fiction, she has a very broad and varied repertoire (though she has problems with starting new fics and procrastinating on others, getting so bad that she holds a monthly poll on which fic to continue recently), but the stuff she has written has only gotten better and better (though her earlier fics suffer a bit for not realizing how double-spacing can make them slightly tough to read).
SMB 814 is the author of the "Whatever Will Be" series, a set of 7 stories focusing on the development of a romantic relationship between Zelos and Sheena, as well as an interesting character study of Zelos. She has a few (well done) O Cs, and none of the canon characters seem OOC. All in all, she's one of the best Zelos/Sheena writers out there.
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.Z Skit Theater by Twilight Scribe
Comments: While the skits are humorous and that's generally enough to keep you reading, the fact that the lines of each character are identified by a different text format (Bold, Italic, etcetera) is rather annoying, especially since the characters have a different format skit after skit and you have to keep checking the author's note in the event that you have a short memory of who's bolded and who's italicised. Can't have script format because it violates Fan Fiction.net's TOS.
Prequel: Kratos of the Alurannai sets out to stop the Kharlan War with his childhood friend Vayla, befriending Yuan, Martel, and Mithos on the way. An excellent take on the War and Mithos' origin.
Hope: Kratos flees Welgaia with Yuan and later meets Anna and fathers Lloyd, who is later lost while fleeing a Cruxis attack through the Sentinels, a network of giant trees that can transport alurannai great distances very quickly. Vayla's daughter Alysii is also lost, and the alurannai must search for them, for one of them is the chosen one to restore the Giant Tree.... Also has quite a bit on the Renegades and how they operate.
Path: Lloyd sets out on his journey with the Chosen of Cruxis, Collette, and his father Kratos. Mostly a retelling of the game, only Lloyd is Alurannai.
The alurannai are a race of near-immortal beings similar to Crystal Users but with many abilities unheard of by the other races, including but not limited to 'conjuring,' the ability to change one type of mana to another, and the ability to generate mana, much like the Giant Tree. Although Sue-ish, they do have a complex culture and an entire language, Sumaityr, invented by the author.
There are also two OC Summon Spirits—Krishka, Summon Spirit of Life, and Dallinius, Summon Spirit of Unity. The Spirits are given a new hierarchy as well—Krishka is the leader, or 'First Sumara Lord,' followed by Dallinius (the Second Sumara Lord), then Verius (Third), then Origin, and Fifth is Maxwell. There are also Greater and Lesser Summon Spirits, the Greater being the elementals and the Sumara Lords, and the Lesser being little more than talking animals who can use simple magics. Also, only the Greater Spirits require a battle and a world-changing Pact; the Lesser only need to be found and given a simple promise such as a promise to always be friends or to play an instrument daily.
Comments: This fic takes the original story, adds in twists, and manages to keep everyone in character through the new angst. The OCs have to convincingly be Lloyd and Colette with their help, but still retain enough personality to be their own people. Very funny, and includes multiple Earth references (such as Solid Snake and Batman) that most inserts either can't do or don't do well.
Synopsis: Lloyd's mother is dead and his father has been missing for three years. On the Journey of Regeneration, he meets Yuan, a mercenary, who tells him some startling things about the world, and about his family...
Comments: An Alternate Universe Fic that takes the plot of the game and inserts many interesting and unique twists. The writing is enjoyable and everyone is in character.
Synopsis: With the world finally saved, the group gathers around a campfire to hear the story of the Kharlan War and the Great Hero Mithos from those who travelled alongside him.
Comments: Wonderfully written, with canon supported pairings. There's some justified out of character moments, mostly in the Kharlan characters, and there's quite a bit of artistic liscense taken, but it's also justifiable.
Synopsis: The author's reimagining of both the characters and story ToS, focusing heavily on character interaction. The characters are all very realistically portrayed, and the writing style is fluid and absorbing, with few spelling errors. Numerous concepts, places, and events are recognizable or newly introduced, and are delved into in-depth, including, but not limited to: Angelic Language, the Church of Martel Mythos, Constellations, the Fortuneteller in Triet, the Kharlan War, Kratos's past, Lloyd's Childhood, Summon Spirits, and so on.
Comments: It seems to have been abandoned at 30 chapters, although the author has said that he may get back to it in time.
Synopsis: A Regal musing fic that gives you a look at the game from how he saw it, and a better look at his past
Comments: An interesting story that gives us an insight into Regal's mindset during the game, mainly in first-person, save for the occasional flashback (with one very big exception). It's a good read, however, the quality of the story sorta... drops towards the very end, but is otherwise an interesting look into his past.
Synopsis: Modern, AU, crossover with The Departed. Lloyd Irving and his father, an undercover police officer, learn of a plot by half elf extremists to destroy the world. Along with friends and unlikely allies, they try to put an end to this act.
Comments: The summary says it all, really. This is more or less based on The Departed, with plenty of refrences to the game, as well as the sequel. A very interesting read, worth checking out to see how it all fits together.
Synopsis: AU Cruxis! Lloyd. Lloyd has been raised in Cruxis his entire life but it takes a trip to a Forcystus's human ranch to realize exactly what Cruxis is. Forcystus and Lloyd friendship fic.
Comments: A well written "What if" fic. Lloyd manages to stay in character (read: believable) despite the role reversal and the fact that he has to put up with a lot of shit from all sides. The grammar isn't perfect, but still well worth a read.
Synopsis: A new threat has arisen in the form of the Dark Chef Alliance, who seek the power of the Wonder Chef's Ultimate Recipe to mastermind a culinary takeover of the world. Only one man can stop them, and his name? Regal Bryant.
Comments: I hesitate to call this a crack fic because that might imply it's terrible, when it's not. Feonyx is an incredible writer who just one day decided to write a multi-chaptered fic with the most ridiculously amazing scenario imaginable.
Synopsis: Lloyd Aurion isn't sure who he is anymore. A simple decision to help leads to a newfound family, and now caught up in a web of lies, his darkest secret is that much harder to keep. Is he really a monster... or an angel?
Pairings: Zelos/Lloyd, Raine/Sheena, Genis/Presea They are not the focus of the fic.
Comments: Diverges from canon in that experiments were also done on Noishe in addition to Anna, Dirk never found Lloyd, and Lloyd ended up with both exspheres. One of which is turning him into an Angel, the other... lets him turn into a wolf. Lots of angst and focuses on Lloyd's relationships with Kratos, Zelos, and Sheena, and the mistrust of the rest of the group.
Synopsis: When a girl playing her old Tales of Symphonia game encounters an odd mishap in her living room, she awakens a bit further from home than she thought possible... Now, how does one escape from an entirely new world?
Comments: The fourth well-written self-insert ever. As of this writing, Chapter 3 has just been posted, and the main character has yet to show any combat ability whatsoever and has no idea what's going on; unusually for a self-insert, the starting point is Meltokio rather than Iselia, which itself is interesting enough for me. The author's shown themselves to be dedicated to making this realistic and has already dropped quite a few potential plot points. Also, Zelos' character is developed enough that he can actually befriend women.
Synopsis: Star's Vigil is a Next Gen Fic that is set a century and a half after the end of Tales of Symphonia, expanding on the lore within and surrounding the game. It begins in a port town, where a young dock worker and a descendant of Lloyd and Colette end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. After being chased out of their hometown, their efforts to escape and avoid detection lead them to stumble upon something greater than they would ever have expected. Acting on the words of one of the Summon Spirits, they set out on a quest following in the footsteps of the Heroes of Regeneration.
Comments: This fic begins simply, but the plot quickly takes off. The author(s) have expanded a lot on the background provided in the game, and the world of the fic reflects that expansion. Because of that, the story makes very little direct mention of the game in the first few chapters, but it soon becomes clear that the events of the fic are tightly and intricately bound into the game's lore. The characters are likable and original, while containing echoes of the cast of the game.
Pairing: Focuses on Zelos/Lloyd, but contains others
Synopsis: The Four Seraphim realize that they've technically been the Three Seraphim for far too long, and decide to hire Zelos as a replacement fourth. Zelos, in the mean time, is coming to terms with his relationship with Lloyd. All forms of Hilarity Ensues.
Comments: At its core, it's a sitcom-esque portrayal of Mithos, Kratos, Yuan, and Zelos living together, with heaping helpings of Ho Yay, Out of Character, and just plain ridiculous writing. Parts 2-6 and the prequel "Idiot Renegade" are also worth a read.
Pairing: Mainly focuses on Lloyd/Sheena, but also has Regal/Raine, Genus/Presea, and Zelos/Colette
Synopsis: Given one week to prepare for the battle against Kratos, Lloyd realizes who he really needs to stand by his side on that day. Confused by his rapidly changing feelings, he tries clumsily to reach out to Sheena, who's hiding things of her own...
Comments: As we all know, Lloyd, being the Idiot Hero that he is, doesn't really 'get' the concept of love, so it's really amusing seeing his frustration and confusion over his feelings for Sheena. There's a lemon warning for the beginning of chapter 11, but it's nothing too explicit.