Beginnings is an Undertale fanfiction, written by Dinocanid and posted on ArchiveOfOurOwn, which can be read here. It is a prequel said to take place "before and slightly during the war" and stars a young Gaster as the main character.
The story is also available on Fan Fiction Dot Net, but no longer receives updates there due to a formatting issue.
List of Tropes found in Beginnings
- A Boy and His X: More specifically, a boy and his Xs, since Gaster has 5 skeledogs than enjoy his company.
- Affectionate Nickname: Myanmar only ever refers to Gaster as "little brother".
- Alternate Universe: And how. While it is labeled as a prequel, it's not meant to tie in to the canon story.
- Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: The blasters speak wingdinglish from Gaster's perspective, otherwise they lack dialogue.
- Apocalypse How: The entire story is meant to be this.
- Attack Animal: Calibri during the interrogation scene. The familiarity suggests that it's normal for Candara to take one of the blasters to work with her.
- Big Friendly Dog: All of the blasters are portrayed this way.
- Convection Schmonvection: Played for laughs. Gaster is surprised to find of that shaking hands with Grillby doesn't burn him; even though realistically it should.
- Covert Pervert: Marlett is seen sneaking around with a book at the beginning of chapter 9. At the end it turns out to be a drama, which includes some raunchy scenes.
- Evil Brit: Adverted. The skeleton family is actually rather nice. For Candara, this becomes debatable
- Interspecies Adoption: Corbel and Candara raised the 5 blasters just like any other monster, rather than dogs.
- Living a Double Life: Gaster says that his parents are researchers in the first chapter. We see in chapter 4 that this isn't entirely true.
- Partially Civilized Animal: The Blasters. They're shown to have the same level of intelligence as monsters, much like the familiar Snowdin dogs, but there are many moments when this slips; like when they sense food or get upset.
- Sibling Rivalry: Downplayed. Calibri stole Myanmar's food, then proceeded to beat him up over it. There's only been one instance of this, but it's implied to have happened before.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Downplayed. Gaster can understand parts of what the blasters say, but not everything.
- Played straight in chapter 11
- The Eeyore: Verdana is usually hidden away from the rest of the household, and speaks in a melancholy, monotone voice. In chapter 9 we learn that she doesn't really have any interests of her own, and mostly enjoys herself whenever Calibri is present (which isn't often).
- The Maze: In chapter 9, Arial warns Gaster about a cursed forest like this, where "directions don't matter".
- Canis Major: The blasters. They're referred to as "giant" in the first chapter and they're big enough to ride. It's unsaid how large the windows of Gaster's house are, but Myanmar manages to get his head stuck in one. His parents couldn't free him without shaving his horns off.
- Wingdinglish: The blasters speak only this.
- Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": The skeleton family refers to the blasters as dogs (Candara calls them hounds in one scene).