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Being a hero is a beautiful madness.

Stealing Dreams is a Persona 5 and Changeling: The Lost (with elements of other Chronicles of Darkness games, especially Mage: The Awakening) Fusion Fic by Leliel12.

Life has not gone well for eight Japanese teenagers, outcast from society. By definition, it can't have, given how each of them has ended up taken from their mundane lives and forced into hard service in the strange wilds of Arcadia, homeland of The Fair Folk - a service that eventually made them a bit fae themselves. More fae than their masters would have liked, since they promptly used that newly fae nature and access to Contracts to escape.

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Unfortunately for them, the Earth they came back to is still the Gothic Punk mess of hidden factions that is the New World of Darkness, with the True Fae only one part of a much stranger world that humanity very loudly ignores. Once you're part of that world, it refuses to leave you alone, so (with a little push from a strange long-nosed man who they met on the way back), they join together for mutual protection - and to make sure anyone who tries to spoil their freedom soon regrets trying.

Which is good, because as it turns out, if an ancient sect of sorcerers have their way, it won't be just their freedom on the line...

Note that unmarked spoilers on the identity of the main villains are beneath this line.

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This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Quite a few, as many unpowered characters are varieties of esohuman:
    • Ichiko Ohya, Yohei Kiritani, and Hikari are three of the four Seasonal Monarchs of the Freehold the Phantoms are part of.
    • Both Sadayo Kawakami and Yuuki Mishima are both hunters; for Mishima, it's downplayed, because as a member of Network Zero he's more interested in cataloguing the monsters than hunting them, but Kawakami is part-demon and can become a hulking oni outright.
    • Shiho Suzui, normally a victim of Kamoshida, ends up Awakening as an Acanthus mage and proves vital to Kamoshida's defeat.
    • Kamoshida is actually downplayed; while he is a member of the Seers of the Throne, it turns out he was only a provisional member, as his powers were on loan from the Seers; they turn out to be harder to control than a true mage's, and a pissed-off Kobayakawa takes them back after the coach's maiming.
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  • Adaptational Personality Change: Albeit one that makes sense, but due to Makoto being put through the wringer hard in her Durance, Makoto's self-esteem plummeted and she exhibits what's strongly implied to be a case of PTSD and explicitly a case of Dissociative Identity Disorder. On good days, she's a Shrinking Violet in stark contrast to the serious woman she was in canon. We currently don't know all of the details regarding Makoto's Durance, but one-shots set in the universe indicate it may very well have been repeated abuse and even rape.
  • Adaptational Species Change: Morgana was (not) a cat and a creation of the Velvet Room in canon. Here, he's a changeling Kid Hero who everyone can tell was originally human.
  • Adaptational Nationality: While Morgana has amnesia, he suspects he's originally Irish due to being able to speak English and Gaelic.
  • Adaptational Name Change:
    • Joker / the Persona 5 protagonist, usually called Akira Kurusu or Ren Amamiya, is named Shinobu Hattori.
    • The Phantom Thieves of Hearts instead call themselves the Phantoms of Arcadia.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: While Personas do not exist in the Chronicles of Darkness, all the Phantoms are changelings.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to changelings as a matter of course, but Makoto has suffered the worst of it, having become a Shrinking Violet with a Split Personality due to her mistreatment.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Because the Phantoms can't steal Kamoshida's heart, they end up broadcasting his sins to a teacher meeting, using a digital mascot called Lord Sek (voiced by Morgana).
  • Differently Powered Individuals: The supernatural folk of the Chronicles of Darkness, specifically the ones who can pretend to be normal humans for a long period of time, are called "esohumans," with Word of God saying it was stolen from the Mage Chronicler's Guide. Seers of the Throne also tend to call non-mage esohumans "Fallspawn" or "terats", both Fantastic Slurs.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Haru, just as in canon - which, when combined with the Hedge, results in some outright impossible stunts, as the Hedge warped into a tesseract when she became accidental getaway driver.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Trying to stop Kamoshida's harassment of Shujin students ends up revealing the existence of Seers of the Throne, due to him helping to run a recruitment network for Shujin students via scholarships.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: The Seers of the Throne; Ann nicknames them the magical mafia at one point.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Seers have a noted tendency to look down on non-mage esohumans, even more so than mundanes. Shido goes out of his way to bully Makoto and Morgana when he recognizes them as changelings.
  • Running Gag: Futaba repeatedly misidentifies people as vampires.
  • Shipping: As the tags note, Futaba and Shinobu, Makoto and Haru, and Ann and Shiho are all couples.
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