Of Science and Magics is a What If? story set in the A Certain Magical Index universe. In this timeline, Touma Kamijou is a childhood friend of Mikoto Misaka, and the story approaches the Index and Railgun canon in that direction.
The story begins with the A Certain Scientific Railgun timeline at the Level Upper arc, with Touma meeting the Railgun cast.
The main story published fourteen chapters which concluded the Level Upper arc and the Index arc. Unfortunately, there have been no further updates since September 2011, which leave numerous plotlines unresolved.
A few months after the main story's final update, a side-story titled Of Science and Magics: The Side Stories written by Knowledgeseeker 66 was produced. Knowledgeseeker 66 had previously received Stormwolfex's consent to write this story. It details numerous things about the past of Touma and numerous other characters prior to the beginning of Stormwolfex's story.
Tropes found in this fanfiction:
- Bi the Way: Kuroko, of all people, starts showing signs of this, wanting a threesome with Mikoto and Touma, wanting her beloved to be happy.
- Breakingthe Fourth Wall: At the end of every chapter in Knowledgeseeker 66's story, he has certain characters, normally Touma and Mikoto break the fourth wall in Omakes for either comical or informational purposes. They also lampshade about certain things that happen in the chapters or the story arcs.
- Bonus Material: There is bonus material at the beginning and end of each of Knowledgeseeker 66's chapters. At the beginning, there is a haiku poem, and at the end of the chapter there are omakes where characters break the fourth wall.
- Car Fu: Touma rams a taxi into Teitoku Kakine.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Possibly skirting into unlucky childhood friend considering recent events.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Touma in spades! His early childhood was much worse than what is suggested in cannon, and a certain event that occurred when he was 11 drives him over the Despair Event Horizon leading him to join Big Spider, claiming That Man Is Dead and becoming a Death Seeker bent on revenge while trying to shoulder the whole world's misfortune. Mikoto brought him back from this a bit later on (but still before the start of the story) returning him (for the most part) to the Touma we know.
- Dead Fic: This is a bit of an odd case. The story by Stormwolfex has not been updated since September of 2011. The author has also retired from the Fanfic community due to various personal reasons. However, despite the main story being halted, Knowledgeseeker 66's story continues to be updated. According to him, Stormwolfex shared a number of plot details prior to his departure.
- Demotedto Extra: In Knowledgeseeker 66's story, several characters, such as Misaka, Kuroko, Saten, and Uiharu, who were important characters in Stormwolfex's main story have reduced roles in the plotline due to Knowledgeseeker 66's story being a prequel.
- Early-Bird Cameo: All the other known Level 5 espers aside from Accelerator. The invisible thing inside Touma also appears after Kakine cuts Touma's right arm off.
- Accelerator along with the other Level 5 espers receive early bird cameos in Knowledgeseeker 66's side stories.
- For Want of a Nail: Several things, such as the Level Upper timeline coinciding slightly with the Index arc, Touma having a considerably darker backstory which involves SCHOOL and Skill-Out, and the Index arc ending with Mikoto losing her memories of Touma.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: A cruel variation occurs in Chapter 14. Mikoto gets hit by the memory-erasing feathers of Index instead of Touma, just before she gets to confess.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Unexpectedly, Kuroko thinks this in regards to Mikoto's love for Touma.
- Japanese Delinquents: Touma was one before the events of canon, having been a member of Skill-Out.
- Loadsand Loadsof Characters: As expected from an Index related fanfiction, the number of characters that have appeared in both the main story by Stormwolfex and Knowledgeseeker 66's side stories easily reach dozens upon dozens This includes both canon and originalcharacters.
- Original Character: The main story by Stormwolfex only has a few original characters while Knowledgeseeker 66's story has numerous original characters.
- Original Flavor
- Red Baron: "The Devil of Academy City" for Touma.
- Ship Tease: Touma has loads of it with Saten.
- Shout-Out: When Kuroko comments on Touma's scars, he calls them a "legacy of a misspent youth".
- Shown Their Work: Not only has the author taken pains to research canon materials, but he has also shown his work with the selective amnesia that hits Mikoto in Chapter 14.
- Supreme Chef: Touma upgrades to this after spending several years working at a restaurant in his backstory
- The Gadfly / The Tease: Misaki Shokuhou, specifically towards Touma and Mikoto.
- Tsundere: Mikoto hasn't lost this aspect of hers at all, even as a childhood friend to Touma.
- Wham Episode: Chapter 14, the end of the Index arc. While Touma doesn't lose his memories, Mikoto loses her memories of Touma instead.
- The Worf Barrage: With luck, Mikoto was able to grab onto Kaori Kanzaki and point blank electrocute her. The only result Mikoto got was Clothing Damage and she was now at the mercy of the Saint.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Mikoto almost says it word-for-word, realizing that Kaori is an opponent she can go all out on.