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Project Bluefield is a series of postmodern Massive Multiplayer Crossover fanfiction stories by author Zero Seventeen Bluefield. It follows a group of world-hoppers known as Zeros, as they travel between worlds and record their stories.
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Originally started on FanFiction.Net, the series is also being posted on Archive of Our Own here.

The author currently has a Patreon for writing (among other things), which can be found here.


Premise:

Project Bluefield follows the Zeros, a group of mysterious, nonexistent world-hoppers. They have two main goals: record the stories of the various worlds in The Multiverse, and hunt down the Umbral Forms that invade and ravage said worlds.

The first Protagonist's story begins in the year 2010, when another normal human being from Earth is chosen to become a Zero. This "nonexistent individual"—who now goes by 017 "Bluefield"—soon finds himself thrust into an ongoing hunt for monsters that pose a threat to reality.

There are two general arcs of stories: those set between 2010 and 2012, and those set after 2012. Those stories are further split into two parts: Fighting For Nothing, which follows the main story, and Talking About Anything, which are collections of side stories and vignettes. However, the author is currently releasing the stories in Anachronic Order, starting within the more-recent "a.2012" range.

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Here's what we know about the tropes that apply to this series:

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    Tropes A-C 
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Averted somewhat with Bluefield—he's outright stated to suffer from some form of PTSD. However, that's not his only problem.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The character Skelena loses one of her legs to an Umbral-possessed Risen.
  • Anachronic Order: To the n-th degree. The author began publishing stories in the "after 2012" (also known as "a.12") arc, jumping around afterwards. Also, the Talking About Anything fics follow a more disparate "scene"-based storytelling style, a basic idea that the author got from this video by Extra Credits.
  • Annual Title: Project Bluefield 2010, etc.

    Tropes D-F 
  • Eldritch Location: The Astral Plane in Fire Emblem Fates: Devastation.
  • Enemy Mine: "Trust Issues, Naturally" shows that Saizo doesn't trust the Zeros or the Shell Armed Forces—less so than Kamui. Justifiably so, as Dreyza points out:
    I mean, you try interfering with a decisive battle, thus becoming a fellow fugitive of Hoshidan and Nohrian royalty.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Bluefield and Dreyza share the same brown eye and blue-turns-red eye. The difference is, Blu's normal eye is his left, whilst Dreyza's is her right eye.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Being a Zero is this, thought it's not stated why that is.
    "I wouldn't wish anyOne to be a child soldier. But I absolutely wouldn't wish my worst enemy to be a Zero. I know Bluefield wouldn't."
  • Figure It Out Yourself: The author's general attitude towards the audience.
  • Footnote Fever: Almost every chapter is suffixed by a series of footnotes pertaining to what was mentioned in the chapter, be it obscure references or just downright inane comments and non-sequiturs.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Given that only one person is writing something so ridiculously huge, this is inescapable.

    Tropes G-M 
  • (non-)Human Weapon: Zeros have a great deal more in "natural weaponary" than the average human being. Abilities include, but are not limited to: storing their weapons inside of their body parts, such as the head or the heart; the ability to shift their perception; the ability to transform into a monster based on a mythical creature.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Despite appearing human, Zeros are essentially "freaks of nature" that shouldn't exist, yet do.
  • Hunter of Monsters: The Zeros, primarily of the Umbral Forms.
  • Hyperlink Story: Has some toned-down shades of this.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Played With. Bluefield doesn't like being a Zero, but he doesn't want others getting involved in his dangerous business.
  • Impartial Purpose-Driven Faction: The Zeros.
  • In Spite of a Nail: The Zeros' presence doesn't seem to be altering events very much. Even a military outpost appearing does little to diverge the events.
  • Insistent Terminology: Don't call the Immortals "gods". Like, ever.
    • Project Bluefield also features a variation: in the Zeros' records, they capitalize the "O" in words like "anyone" and "everyone", which results in things like "anyOne" and "everyOne". This seems downright bizarre, at first glance…until the Zero equivalents, such as "anyZero" and "everyZero", turn up. This detail should tip off some of the more perceptive readers that something is off about the Zeros…
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: By nature of their existence, Bluefield and Dreyza can transform into dragons.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Comes with the anthology-esque nature of the more laid-back Talking About Anything fics.
  • Kill 'Em All: While rescuing Trey and his fellow future Ashen Wolves from an unspecified location, Bluefield killed the personnel there who tried to stop him.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Bluefield and Kyoku.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: What happens to people's memories of the Zeros—and anything related to them—when they depart.
  • Mind Screw: The series shows some shades of this so far.
  • The Multiverse: Project Bluefield revolves around a group of "people" travelling between a bunch of different worlds and dimensions to do their work.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Ashen Wolves perform a concert in Ylisse. A concert with holographic light shows!
    • When playing Stardust by FreQuency, two giant creatures—a dragon and a humanoid—made of stardust fight, with the dragon throwing the giant into the air and blowing it up with a stardust attack, before roaring and exploding itself.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Trey at one point is asked to demonstrate the Glint Scythe's ability to reap crops. Of course, given Trey's Power Incontinence, it doesn't work out.
  • Mysterious Backer: Vaire, an apparition of creepy twin siblings.
    • By Fire Emblem Fates: Devastation, the relations between Vaire and the Wolves have become strained. At one point, Blu even tells Vaire to "freak off".

    Tropes N-S 

    Tropes T-Z 
  • Theme Naming: Aside of the "-R" suffixed to their numbers, the Ashen Wolves (sans Bluefield) have the letter "Y" in their names.
  • Third-Option Adaptation:
    • Fire Emblem Fates arc: Devastation is the Revelation route, with the Ashen Wolves and Misfit Squad's knowledge of the Birthright and Conquest routes (referred to as the Byakuya and Anya campaigns, respectively).
  • This Is My Boomstick + Mundane Object Amazement:
    Kyoku: "…'course he is. 'Course he is. The ability for things to collide against each other would be far too much to ask here."
    TotalBiscuit (original): "…'course he is. 'Course he is. Collision detection would be far too much to ask here."
    Kyoku: "Auhhhhhh… I…It is—What is it with last year and awful video games?! We've had a game that's way too offensive to talk about, and we've had this, and I don't know which is worse!"
    TotalBiscuit (original): "Auhhhhhh… I…It is—What is it with this year and awful video games?! We've had Ride to Hell: Retribution, and we've had this, and I don't know which is worse!"
    • Played With in Fire Emblem Fates: Devastation.
      • In the drabble "Thou Shalt Not Wield LMGs (right now)", Vespyr shows Takumi how to wield an M249 light machine gun. After having him shoot paper targets and Faceless holograms, Takumi puts the M249 down, just telling Vespyr that he's glad that the Zeros aren't the real enemy.
      • In "Hot Dogs for Lunch", Bluefield buys one for Queen Mikoto, who hesitantly eats it. Mikoto herself is wearing modern-day winter clothing.
      • In "Preparing for the Four of Deaths", Mikoto notices the arcade game House of the Dead 4, which she chooses to play. Blu obliges her, while noting that one of the monsters who appear on-screen (specifically, Justice, the first boss) looks similar to the Faceless.

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