Amelia is a completed Worm fanfic written by TanaNari.
The tale diverges from Worm on the day the Slaughterhouse Nine retreated from Brockton Bay. They've pushed Amy Dallon to the edge of madness, but instead of cracking under pressure the way she did in Worm, she transcends her self-imposed restrictions and starts using her power to its full potential. After curb-stomping the Nine with an assist from the Undersiders, she recruits Taylor, Lisa, and Riley to form a new superhero team, Pantheon. Leveraging Amy's ability to create living weapons with arthropod-like nervous systems that Taylor can control, and Riley's cybernetic Tinker skills to create powered armor that enhances parahuman abilities, Pantheon sets out to change the world for the better... whether the world wants to change or not.
This work contains examples of:
- Asshole Victim: the members of Fenrir's Chosen captured by Chernobog.
- The Atoner: Many members of Pantheon have this as a major element of their motivation.
- Amy, for the accidental Mind Rape of her sister, and for all the lives she could have saved if she'd started using her power to its full potential sooner, including those of her uncle and cousin.
- Taylor, for her crimes as a member of the Undersiders.
- Riley, for her crimes as a member of the Slaughterhouse Nine.
- Zach, for never telling his childhood friend Erica that he loved her (it might have kept her from dating some of the creepy older guys who took advantage of her, and if she'd been with him during Leviathan's attack she probably would have survived).
- Emma, for her betrayal and bullying of Taylor.
- Theo, for his father's crimes as the leader of Empire 88, and his own failure to oppose his father while the latter was alive.
- Sveta, for the people her power killed when she was Garotte.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Lisa, of all people, is hit with one of these, when an emotions Tinker asks her "When was the last time you used your powers on yourself?"
- Badass Boast:
"DoyOu know hOW manY bEEs arein sIx MILesof fARm? IdO."
- Khepri has one that convinces the remnants of the Empire 88 that it's time to leave town. From four miles away.
"I am stronger than you, faster than you, tougher than you. I have five ways to see you, three ways to kill you, and twelve other ways to hunt you down even without the part where I'm in command of the most powerful Tinker organization ever to exist. Think about all of that before you come near me or anyone I care about ever again. Goodbye, Sophia."
- Emma has one for Sophia when the latter acts up during a prison visit:
- Bittersweet Ending: Lots of love and W.A.F.F. in the epilogues, but some people had to grow up without their parents.
- Blessed with Suck: Akaihana. She can copy and wield all the powers of up to four other parahumans at once, but she needs physical contact to acquire them, and the more intimate and longer-lasting the contact is, the longer she can keep the power. When she's around someone with an especially strong power, her own power takes control of her behavior in order to seek that contact, while her actual personality curls up in a corner of her mind crying in embarrassment.
- Blood Knight: Victoria had tendencies in this direction when she was Glory Girl, and it intensifies after her resurrection and re-triggering (which might have something to do with the fact that her shard was an offshoot of Bonesaw's).
- Body Backup Drive: They have this. Also, Neural Implanting.
- Body Horror: The story drips with this.
- Break the Haughty: Lisa deals Emma a psychological Shatterpoint Tap; after that, she self-inflicts her own Trauma Conga Line with a little help from Riley (who was sincerely trying to help, but still learning how think like a normal person instead of Bonesaw) and Cauldron. Thanks to one of her Breaker states, she becomes a literal Defrosting Ice Queen after getting her powers.
- Came Back Wrong: According to Lisa, all of the backups loaded via Body Backup Drive are this.
- Combo Platter Powers: those who take Cauldron formulas after receiving Riley's pre-treatment (such as Emma) tend to get these, as do the people who re-trigger after being killed by Bakuda's crystallization bomb and restored with Pantheon's cloning and Neural Implanting tech (such as Vicky).
- Cosmic Horror Story: This is the eventual culmination of the characters' efforts to save the world. Though nobody complains. Much.
- Deus Exit Machina: Justified trope. Some characters get into the too powerful to live range. So they retire to political careers and leave the superheroics part to the more PR friendly members. At least until it's time to punch out Cthulhu and possibly break your arm doing it.
- Others (Crystal, for instance) quit because they're no longer powerful enough to be on the team.
- Doomed Hometown: Brockton Bay, eventually.
- Double Entendre: most of chapter 189 consists of Theo overhearing a conversation between Pantheon's three Noctis capes, Zach, Vicky, and Emma, about the night they've just spent sparring; every single line makes it sound as though they were engaged in an extremely energetic threesome. While the sexual interpretation of their conversation is false, the sparring session was a plot on Vicky's part to get Zach and Emma together.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: This story bears the title of "the darkest fixfic". TanaNari bears the title of "Verified Dick". Doubles as Truth in Advertising.
- Ensemble Cast: Although the story is technically based around Amelia, quite a few chapters showcase other characters.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: A variation of this leads to the death of Scion.
- Exact opposite. The "good" guys backstabbed the "evil" guy that thought he was getting his lost waifu back. See Humans Are Bastards below.
- Fridge Horror: Constantly. Including Ascended Fridge Horror. Plus a healthy dose of standard Fridge Logic and good ol' fashioned Nightmare Fuel.
- Gambit Pileup: The finale. Pantheon has been plotting for years, Cauldron for decades, Lisa has been plotting how to make Pantheon's plans unnecessary, and then you have Scion's Path.
- Godzilla Threshold: Advances even faster than in canon (which is saying something).
- HeelFace Brainwashing: Coil, done on screen. Moord Nag, done partially off screen. "Half of China's leadership", done off screen.
- HeelFace Turn: Pantheon includes a lot of former villains, including three of the four founding members. After recruiting Bonesaw, it's pretty hard for Amelia to justify refusing anyone else a second chance to do the right thing.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Taylor and Amelia until their wedding. Then it becomes If It's You, It's Okay. Also, Turned Up to Eleven due to shard-based pair bonding.
- Humans Are Bastards: The only reason humanity won in the end.
- If It's You, It's Okay
- Taylor tries a forced version of this before the wedding, and it ends very badly.
- Missy and Clarice end up with this, which is part of the reason their relationship with Theo works.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zach. Behind the obnoxious horny geek boy act and offensive humor, he's a decent guy who cares for his teammates and wants to do good in the world.
- Meaningful Rename
- It's right there in the title: Amy reverts to her pre-adoption name (possibly not her birth name, as Marquis may have renamed her when her mother died and left him to raise her) of Amelia Claire Lavere to underline her break with New Wave and her rejection of the restrictions Carol Dallon pressured her into accepting.
- All the characters who had cape names before joining Pantheon change them to the names of gods and goddesses with some relevance to their powers: Amelia becomes Gaia, Taylor is Khepri, Lisa is Minerva, Riley is Aceso (the lesser-known younger sister of Panacea in Greek mythology), etc.
- Clarice was originally an alias for Riley's changeling, but as she grows away from her past life as Bonesaw and forms a relationship with Missy and Theo, who knew her as Clarice before they learned about her past, she drops her original name and starts using the alias as her true identity; she also gradually modifies her appearance until she looks like the changeling, and not at all like her original self.
- Mythology Gag: Amelia mentions to Lisa that altering or even removing powers is surprisingly easy, stating that someone could perform the necessary surgery with a couple of bullets, if [their] aim was good enough. Which is precisely how Contessa depowers Taylor, in canon.
- Killed Offscreen: Happens to a few characters; most notably, Genius Loci.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Dream Girl's attempt to manipulate Riley by intensifying her feelings for Theo plays a key role in furthering Riley's redemption arc and propels her toward her ultimate happy ending.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Vicky finds this out with Chevalier. She gets him eventually, though.
- Our Zombies Are Different: A relatively minor but vital role.
- Out of Focus: Grue, until it was revealed that he had been Put on a Bus. (Literally, to Mexico).
- Running Gag: there are many of these.
- The kitty shower (also, a Noodle Incident of sorts, as we never actually see it).
- Zach's grasshoppers (for no less than three definitions of the word "gag").
- Lisa and Alexandria flirting with each other via Facial Dialogue Turned Up to Eleven.
- Flat "What": Used as a running gag a lot, usually with internal monologue "what" preceding the spoken "what." ((What. "What?")) Subverted sometimes, with use of variants on the word 'what' like 'pardon' and 'huh'.
- References to Taylor's first, not-so-friendly encounter with Amelia during the bank robbery in Arc 3 of Worm as their "first date."
- A meme on Parahumans Online:"Normal romance: start a conversation while waiting in a bank. Pantheon romance: start a conversation while robbing a bank."
- After Amelia is forced to anesthetize Taylor with her power in order to protect her from a form of psychic attack:I set the healing pod down and awakened Taylor."Wha-" she asked ever so eloquently as she sat up. "My head hurts.""It's going to for a little while," I apologized. "I had to knock you out. Sorry.""Did you use another fire extinguisher?" she asked.
- A meme on Parahumans Online:
- Scry vs. Scry: Very much present, with the equivalent of ECM making an appearance. As a matter of fact, different brands of SCM (Scry Counter Measures) through different causes make an appearance. One of them allows the defeat of an otherwise Story-Breaker Power character and facilitates the events of the epilogue.
- Shout-Out: Quite a few.
Taylor (narrating): I just sighed and resolved that the next city that Pantheon claimed permanently would be in Alaska. I would assign both Lisa and Crystal to manage that site. Forever. Surely there was a PRT Director up there that would appreciate the help.
- A subverted one in Chapter 19: Cherish assumes that Bonesaw calling herself "Clarice" is a reference to The Silence of the Lambs, but Bonesaw's never seen it — she's not allowed to watch scary movies. The name is actually a tribute to her "Big Sister," Amelia Claire Lavere.
- To Wildbow's own Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style forum game, "PRT Quest: Anchorage" in Chapter 140. Lisa and Crystal are getting on Taylor's nerves:
For whatever reason very few parahumans were resistant to sonic attacks, and a great many were especially vulnerable to them.
- To Dragonball Z Abridged in chapter 156. Zach repeats Krillin's "bitch" rant to Butcher's face while she's trying to kill him.
- To Dwarf Fortress in chapter 216. When Lisa implies that Endbringer battles are supposed to be "fun", Zach jokingly suspects Tarn Adams of creating the Endbringers.
- To Pandemic in chapter 227. Nilbog is exiled to the Madagascar of Earth Avalon.
- Possible one to Dungeons & Dragons in chapter 246, regarding the relative rarity of resistance to sonic attacks, compared to fire, cold, lightning, and acid:
Considering FGO was released in Japan in July 2015, two months after Amelia's final epilogue chapter in May 2015, that seems unlikely.
- Two of the alternate Earths Pantheon claims are termed Avalon and Mashu.
- Someone Has to Die: Taylor deciding this is the only way she can take out Butcher.
- Riley thinks that this is the only way out when she, Taylor, Theo, Zach, and Missy are trapped under the ocean after their fight with the Yangban goes badly, and that she's the obvious candidate to be sacrificed, having the least mission-critical power. Taylor comes up with a better idea (see Body Horror above).
- Triang Relations: Missy, Riley, and Theo end up in a blissfully happy Type 8. It helps that the girls were best friends before either of them got close with the guy, and that Riley's personality is a deliberate creation rather than the product of natural genetic and environmental shaping; she didn't see any need to include jealousy as a component when reconstructing herself.
- Wham Line: So many.
"What I'm planning will get us a lot of enemies. Not the least of which: the Protectorate. But, if you're willing to be my general, I will give you an army."
- Last lines of Chapter 7, Amelia strikes her bargain with Taylor:
"Sorry, Jack. I'm a good girl, and good girls don't break the rules."
- Near the end of Chapter 8, Jack begs Bonesaw to save him after he's been mortally wounded, and she hoists him by his own petard:
"Endbringer truce," Taylor interrupted. Oh god thank you. "We don't attack each other during the truce. We don't reveal identities learned during the truce, either. You never saw her. Did you, Chief Director?"
- Chapter 114, Alexandria discovers that Bonesaw is alive and working with Pantheon, at the same time Pantheon learns her secret identity:
The mental association changed, replacing her with a face I thought I'd forgotten. Or maybe I had forgotten, and her power, or perhaps simple retroactive interference, filled in the blanks. "No!" she exclaimed. "Riley, you can't! You're a good girl!""No I'm not."
- Dream Girl tries to manipulate Riley by tapping into her memories of her mother, but her mother's last words don't mean they did when she was Bonesaw:
- Zerg Rush: Averted. Yes, they were called Zerg. They failed, repeatedly, to take down even one Endbringer, or Scion himself.
- Not that this was ever really the point. They were there mostly so that fewer capes had to take hits.