is a saga first created by Cloudflier
in 2008. Recently it got its own forum called Chaos Storm X
. (He originally made one called Chaos Storm
, but he lost the link to it while it was still in developement. Instead of spending hours locating a site that had not been shown to the public yet, he just made a new one.) The story has evolved over the years, but not much of it can be found on the forum yet.Chaos Storm
is about the adventures of Chris Cloudflier during his life.Myth Storm
is about the great-great-grandson of Chris. Cameron Cloudflier and his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
attempt to stop the mysterious Chaos Cult from bringing an end to what little order remains in the multiverse.Rise of Order
brings a new faction into the mix, the Empire of Order. The war beteen the Chaos Cult and the Empire of Order leads to the discovery and gathering of the fourteen champions of the elements.Shallah Strike
, a story taking place in the Halo universe, does not take place on Chaos Storm, but the forum does contain information on its characters and will eventually hold summaries of each segment. Part one, Contact
, showed the events that triggered the official start of the war against the Shallah. The still-classified planet it takes place on is known as Prologue to those affiliated with it. Part two, Hunting Season
, takes place after the surviving freelancers make it off of Prologue. Named after the numerous hunts that occur between different factions, it is considered the most difficult to follow.
The third and current segment is known as Relapse
. Michael and Amber track down Jay, their rogue AI
that is carrying vital information, and are shocked when they come across one of the five remaining Halo rings. The Shallah seem to be salvaging its tech and defences, but that quickly becomes the least of their concerns. An old threat is discovered once more, and it could change the galaxy forever.
Most spoilers are unmarked, so be wary when looking through entries.Cloudflier has begun showing interest in writing books on the Chaos Storm Saga.
He'd like opinions.Chaos Storm X
has several Role Plays
, some entirely unrelated to the main story. It can be found here.
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Tropes Used in Chaos Storm
- A Friend in Need: Chris Cloudflier is fiercely loyal to those he considers a friend.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Chris was the good half of the Spirit of Balance. When he joined with the evil half, the spirit was restored. He left to take care of the duties he now had to do.
- Badbutt: Sonby the Puffhog
- Battle Couple: Chris and Jenny "Flare" Cloudflier (and Samantha after Jen died)
- Berserk Button: Insult his appearance with nicknames such as puffball, and Sonby will go nuts on you.
- Big Damn Heroes: Everyone gets one of these moments.
- Big Eater: Sonby. His stomach is like a dimension of its own.
- He even stores items in it.
- Butt Monkey: Sonby the Puffhog takes abuse from everyone.
- Calling Your Attacks: "BAN HAMMA!"
- Chew Toy: Sonby gets kicked around a ton. Jack also takes more than his fair share of abuse.
- Chris Nounverber
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: A trait that shows up in the entire Cloudflier bloodline.
- Crusading Widower: Chris became one after Jen died. Despite this, his morals took no hits. The same can't be said about his social life though.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Zhadow is not one you want for an opponent.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone created by Richard. Period.
- Yes, even Zhadow fits this.
- Death Is Cheap: Chris had died four times and he has come back from the dead just as many times. Lampshaded by several characters in-universe, stating that he has a revolving door in the afterlife.
- Possibly justified in that Chris turned out to be the good half of the Spirit of Balance, which kept his spirit in the land of the living.
- Since Chris always came back to life, no one actually needed to sacrifice themselves for him.
- It would have been Averted if the Dark Doom Creature had killed Chris. He always came back because his body was restored. If the Dark Doom Creature had hit Chris with that attack, his body would have been destroyed entirely. He would have been stuck in ghostly form, powerless to do anything.
- Averted by Jen, Sam, Rick, Zhadow, and his parents.
- The third Dark Chaos has died many times, but he continues to come back through possessing clones of himself. This came to an end when Chris finally located and destroyed the facility Dark Chaos had made for himself. Unfortunately, he survived the destruction.
- Determinator: Can't keep a Cloudflier down.
- De-power: Chris lost his connection to his Chaos powers a few times after being shot out of a wormhole. He had to gather the Chaos Gemstones to restore that connection.
- Evil Counterpart: The third Dark Chaos is Chris from another dimension. This one was more relentless than the previous one, and no good existed within him.
- Evil Is Hammy: The third Dark Chaos definately qualified for this. Lampshaded to hell and back.
: A nut by any other name is just as lame.
- Evil Knockoff: The second Dark Chaos.
- Evil Twin: The second Dark Chaos was cloned from Chris. Knowing this, Chris was able to appeal to the good that existed within him. He became Rick Kloudflier.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Chris has a habit of this.
- False Friend: Chris fell victim to those under this occasionally. Amon was usually the betrayor.
- Justified in the fact she was mentally influenced by some of her "allies" who don't have complete control of their powers.
- I Did What I Had to Do: More or less Zhadow's last words.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Chris felt it was his fault Jenny died.
- Killed Off for Real: Jenny Cloudflier, Sam Watson, Rick Kloudflier.
- Knight Errant: Chris Cloudflier
- Kryptonite Factor: Ordonium, a synthetic substance created by Zhadow to use against Chris, neutralizes Chaos energy. It isn't very durable, so it was often mixed with other materials. It became completely useless once Chaos energy was converted into Balance energy by the Spirit of Balance.
- Lethal Joke Character: Sonby. Literally, at times.
- Logical Weakness: In name only. Ordonium (named after order) neutralizes Chaos energy.
- Made of Iron: Every important character in the series falls under this.
- Married to the Job: Chris loved the family he created with his second wife, Samantha, with all his heart. However, he knew he had an obligation to all life, not just them. Though this prevented him from spending as much time with his family as he would have liked, it created no rift between them. They understood that he did what he had to do.
- Mirror Match: Chris vs. Dark Chaos. Epic battle may occur.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Chris's first wife, Jennefer "Flare" Cloudflier, was vaporized when she jumped in front of an attack launched by the Dark Doom Creature, saving Chris's life. Not only did he never get to say goodbye, but it was also partially his fault that it had escaped its prison. He blamed himself for what happened to her.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Cloudfliers also seem to have a tendency towards unintentionally screwing the worlds over.
- Noble Demon: Zhadow is one of these.
- No Endor Holocaust: Averted. Chris knew that the world of Myth would suffer greatly if the Subspace Orbital Cannon crashed down upon it.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Chris acts clueless often to avoid letting others know he's actually quite competant.
- Only Sane Man: Chris finds himself to be this a lot.
- The Plan: Zhadow's launched a number of these.
- Power Copying: Sonby can inhale and copy the abilities of most things.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Chris formed several of these during his dimensional travels.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Dark Doom Creature is one of these, as well as the evil half of the Spirit of Balance.
- Shout-Out: There are quite a few of these.
- Stupid Evil: The third Dark Chaos tends to be this quite often. Also Lampshaded to hell and back.
- Supreme Chef: Chris is one. He often acts as the cook for the numerous ragtag bunches of misfits he becomes a part of.
- Survivor Guilt: Chris carries a lot of this around with him. His parents, Sam Watson, and even his first wife Jenny died keeping him from dying himself.
- Taking A Third Option: Chris lives by this. He's overcome several of Zhadow's plans using this method.
- This Is Gonna Suck: A common reaction by Chris to many situations.
- Unexplained Recovery: Even in a futuristic setting, Freelancers that are severely injured shouldn't be able to heal as fast as they do... like in the span of 30 minutes.
- Walking Disaster Area: Chris could be this at times.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: It's debatable, but Zhadow claims he wishes to bring order to life. He does this through conquest.
- World of Snark: And how! Almost all the worlds are filled to the brim with Deadpan Snarkers.
Tropes Used in Myth Storm
- A Friend in Need: Just like his great great grandfather, Cameron is fiercely loyal to his friends. This gets him into trouble a few times though before he learns to control his emotions.
- Badbutt: Sonby again.
- Battle Couple: Cameron Cloudflier and Violet.
- Berserk Button: Sonby still despises being called anything that insults his small, blue, puffy form.
- Big Damn Heroes: Everyone gets a moment, just like before.
- Big Eater: Sonby hasn't changed a bit. He can still store items this way.
- Butt Monkey: Sonby, as usual. Cameron ends up as one from time to time too though.
- Calling Your Attacks: Sonby shouts "BAN HAMMA!" whenever he draws his large hammer.
- Cameron Nounverber
- Chew Toy: Sonby still.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it, Cameron?
- Deadpan Snarker: This is a work that Richard had a hand in afterall.
- Determinator: Cameron, just like his great great grandfather.
- Five-Man Band
- Good Is Impotent: Inverted. The good half of the Spirit of Balance was just as badass as the evil half, and he got a lot done. The inversion comes in when the good and evil halves reunited and reformed the Spirit of Balance. After the incident that split the spirit, the gods put rules in place governing high entities responsible for keeping the laws of existance stable. The Spirit of Balance is subject to them now that he has been restored, which prevents him from taking any sort of direct action.
- Lethal Joke Character: Sonby, as usual.
- Obstructive Code of Conduct: The laws concerning high entities that keep existance stable often end up being these. The Spirit of Balance is unable to directly take care of the Chaos Cult because of this, but he has broken some of the minor rules to enable Cameron to stop the cult. Unfortunately, this has led to the gods chewing him out whenever he's caught.
- Only Sane Man: Kirbic, of all people.
Tropes Used in Rise of Chaos and Rise of Order
- Gray and Gray Morality: One of the biggest points in the story is that right and wrong are subjective. The Chaos Cult believes that order must be destroyed for people to have true freedom, while the Empire of Order believes that chaos causes nothing but death and destruction.
- Order vs. Chaos: The two largest "factions" seem to operate under this, with both sides believing that their way is right. Cameron, being the Champion of Balance, is somewhere in the middle, having to combat both sides.
- Retcon: The series will be based off the Myth Storm saga. Due to a large number of factors, it will end up far different than the original source.
Tropes Used in Shallah Strike
- Action Girl: Every female Freelancer. Except Montana.
- Alien Invasion: A race of radioactive creatures known as the Shallah are invading the galaxy, attempting what appears to be wiping out humanity.
- Battle Couple: Michael Jones (once known as Agent Indiana) and Amber (once known as Agent Washington)
- Cool Ship: A buttload of them.
- Michael Jones and Amber: Ambition's Decent (destroyed), Renewed Ambition (wrecked, but not completely destroyed)
- James "Joan" Johnson: Phoenix Claw
- Designated Girl Fight: Between North Carolina and Vermont. On more than one occasion.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Offset a disastrous combination of a Heroic BSOD being held back by a failing Heroic Safe Mode.
- Everyone Can See It: Amber and Michael. The Unresolved Sexual Tension is blatantly obvious to those around them.
- Will They or Won't They?: Again, Amber and Michael.
- They Do: After a month of internal struggles and a near-death experience, Michael proposed to Amber. On screen, it appears to be an instance of Strangled by the Red String type 3. It helps to keep in mind however that the two knew each other for years, lived in close quarters for most the time they've known each other, and fought alongside one another constantly. There's a level of trust between the two that many real life couples have difficulty achieving. The possibly poor execution comes from the fact that most events aboard the Renewed Ambition were considered too boring to play out, and quite a few of the conversations leading up to it never saw the light of day. That, and the voice actors felt awkward about nearly every scene.
- Face-Heel Turn: Vermont, who turned on CFC after being left behind in an emergency evacuation. Her attitude before the turn foreshadowed what was to come, so it was no surprise when it happened.
- Subverted with Michael. He betrayed the CFC, but he did so in order to find a way to save the human race without destroying the Shallah race, which he was unable to do while working with the CFC.
- Played straight with Jay, who went rampant after downloading information from a datapad that Michael and Amber had worked hard to decrypt. He hijacked the Renewed Ambition and nearly killed its crew of three, but fast thinking allowed them to land on an asteroid alive. What caused Jay to go rampant is unknown, but it is assumed a virus may have been hidden in the datapad.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: North. Reasons 1, 3, and 5 apply.
- May apply to A52 if reason 3 is taken into consideration.
- The Glomp: Washington tends to do this quite a bit with Indiana.
- Gonna Need More X: A common reaction of Michael.
- Gunship Rescue: Five Freelancers were rescued from a well-secured Shallah internment camp via heavily-armed Falcon airstrike prior to the Boarding of the Sentinel Flagship.
- Heroic BSOD: Michael began to have one when events started rapidly deteriorating, having exhausted all of his plans and ideas. What really pushed him into a full blue screen was when Amber was taken out by North, who was still angry about Amber's recent betrayal and defection. Unable to defend Amber or himself (he was shot off a mountain and broke both his legs and an arm), he resigned himself to their fate. Thinking their days had been numbered, he slid a ring made out of scrap from the Ambition's Decent onto Amber's finger, which he had planned to propose to her with one day. He then revealed a good amount of what he knew to North, hoping that maybe she would spare Amber. Turns out she was willing to let them live for the moment.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Michael beats himself up over every mistake he makes, but he always tries to make sure he does so only in private. He knows that it would seriously hurt the morale of those around him and potentially harm relations to other factions. Only during a brief Heroic BSOD in Madrigal did he slip up.
- It's Personal: James "Joan" Johnson was thought to have killed Amber's loved one, which rather pissed her off.
- Killed Off for Real: This trope gets played with so often that even the people partaking in Shallah Strike have no way of knowing for sure who's really dead and who's not. Most instances are played straight though, such as Agents South Carolina, Delaware, Arizona, and Vermont.
- The Luitenant
- Averted by Michael Jones, who was assumed dead for five years after being caught in a rockslide he triggered to buy his comrades time. Turns out his experimental hibernation lock was more successful than he had predicted it would be. It kept him completely unharmed by the weight of the boulders. After being uncovered by the Shallah shortly after the incident occurred, he was kept in a holding cell until rescued by his comrads and brought out of hibernation lock.
- Seemingly played straight once more when Michael Jones died in the seige of Madrigal. Ironically, it wasn't the Shallah that reportedly killed him, but instead was his past comrade Joan Johnson that had been Left for Dead on a remote planet during a Covenant attack (which is itself an aversion). However, Michael Jones was in fact alive and relatively well, having framed his own death in order to leave the freelancers without being hunted down, and taking on the identity of the man that had supposedly killed him. It backfired when Amber hunted him down to avenge him.
- And then it turns out Joan wasn't so dead afterall. At first it seemed like he had a personal vendetta against Amber. However, the mind games he had been playing with her were to make sure she could still think with a clear head. Joan had witnessed Amber's freakouts in the Madrigal Shallah Research Facility. He had hoped that the shock of having her friends kidnapped would be enough to snap her out of it. Evidently, it worked.
- Meleea Trois: Recently, most of the fights that have been breaking out have involved the shaky alliance between the CFC and UNSC, The Shallah, and Agent Vermont. She qualifies as her own army.
- Vermont later obtained a new buddy, Phoenix, which made her side a bit more dangerous. Until she died.
- Michael and Amber also compose a seperate faction, despite not yet being identified as a major threat. This is justified in the fact they're lying low while they gather information to help end the war, though they are considered enemies by all three factions.
- Never Found the Body: Lampshaded heavily by the more genre-savvy heroes. If no body is found, the heroes assume they're alive.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Michael does this a lot.
- Biggest break: the Shallah were peaceful at first. Then Michael shot one during an encounter. He wasn't the first though. He was just the straw that broke the donkey's back.
- Bigger Than Biggest Break: Releasing the Flood again. To be fair, it wasn't directly nor entirely his fault. He had no way of knowing that the data he was given had a virus that had no affects on computers but did on AIs, which caused events to lead up to one of the Halo rings. Jay's fit of rampancy may have resulted in the release of the Flood, but it was the UNSC's fault that the Flood made it off the ring before its destruction.
- The Plan: Michael has one in store to aid in ending the war with the Shallah. He set up a complex plan to defect from the freelancers to work toward this end, but it backfired in his face when Amber dug a little too deep. This didn't ruin the entire plan, as he had taken into account that such a thing may happen, but it did throw a wrench into things. He didn't count on being captured though, which is exactly what happened. Fortunately, after Amber had a chance to talk to him, both of them escaped on the Renewed Ambition. Michael's finally gathered all the pieces for his plans, but until the Flood is stopped, his plan is on hold.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:Amber was pissed off about Michael's death. Once she found out that Joan was responsible, she made him her number one enemy. However, Amber soon discovered that Joan was actually Michael, who faked his death. This snapped her out of her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but she was still pissed.
- Secretly Dying: Michael's DNA mutated due to Shallah venom from a wound in the first Shallah encounter. His body now produces a substance that is toxic and lethal in large amounts. He found out a few weeks after the incident, and attempted to find ways of treating it on his own. It continuously got worse, and after a few months his closest friend Amber eventually found out about it when he was suppressing it with an injection. Needless to say, she got very upset with him for keeping it secret for so long. Eventually, Michael discovered that the substance his body was making was perfect for running his prototype hibernation lock, which had always lacked the power to run for more than an hour. He modified his armor to utilize this substance and keep him alive. Taking it off would quickly kill him, unfortunately, which is ultimately what he did upon discovering an explosive had been attached to his armor. Using the bomb to their advantage, they disabled a Shallah capital ship they were aboard. Michael nearly died shortly afterward, but a medical team removed all traces of the substance in his body. Unknown to all but Michael and Amber, all this achieved was restarting the process.
- Sibling Team: Agents North and South Carolina, formerly.