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An OC-centric fanfic made on FF.net set only a short time afterward the Soul Eater anime. Dart Dekei starts as a meek, slightly-dim kid who thrusts himself into the DWMA life for reasons he won't explain, and soon finds himself amongst strange company. The first of them, Alice Robinson, his weapon partner, is an ambitious, somewhat curt girl seeking to become a Death Scythe through any means necessary for her family's bloodline. Aside from Dart and Alice, the reader is also introduced to another meister and weapon pair who also take up a bulk of screentime; Cassiel, a cheery girl isolated from humans for most of her life, who also happens to be the last remnant of a race called the Espers, and her weapon partner Julian Leone, a loud-mouthed, street-smart kid who isn't nearly as tough as he lets on. Lastly, we have Victoria Brandt, an up-and-coming teacher and solo meister, responsible for tutoring the aforementioned four at the DWMA. The fic begins as somewhat slice-of-life with the simple of goal of creating Death Scythes out of Alice and Julian, but an overarching plot is introduced with the hidden revival of Medusa Gorgon.

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The first major arc begins after the Book of Eibon, an artifact with untold potential for magical destruction, is stolen under the orders of Medusa and sold to a mysterious buyer, eventually winding up in a country with heavy ties to witch heritage, known as Fleurah. To avoid drawing attention to themselves, the DWMA sends one of the EAT classes (and Victoria) to retrieve it. The perpetrators are revealed to be a Fleurahan gang known as Toxicity, comprised of humans with inklings of witch blood who resent the DWMA, Eibon specifically, for razing their country so long ago during the witch hunts. Mysteries of Eibon, and the sudden appearance of a man who claims to be his "son", Noah, are gradually dredged up in pursuit of the book.

Noah's Ark begins a month after Fleurahan Adversaries, where ulterior motives are revealed behind Noah's behavior. Namely, that he plans to become God through some unknown means, beginning with the capture of Cassiel. All under the DWMA's nose, sans Julian Leone, who quickly catches onto Noah's plot following some investigation. His plan for rescue becomes short-lived, however, when he becomes hexed by Noah's magic, resetting the memory of anyone he tells of Cassiel's kidnapping at the hands of Noah. This is circumvented on the part of Dart, Alice, and Victoria through some clever guesswork, but when Noah's command over the Book of Eibon proves too powerful for them to overcome in battle, they are given an ultimatum: within thirty days, Cassiel will die. A race against the clock is incited, requiring the few on attack to stop Noah and save Cassiel before his plans come to fruition.

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Link to story: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10094014/1/Soul-Eater-Unsound-Souls

The fic's current arcs are as follows:

  • Prologue/Introductions: Chapters 1-7
  • Towards Something Sinister: Chapters 8-20
  • Fleurahan Adversaries: Chapters 21-29
  • Noah's Ark: Chapters 30-

Soul Eater: Unsound Souls contains examples of:

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     A-L 
  • Animated Armor: Adonis's life-giving powers are used to this effect.
  • Boot Camp Episode: Chapter 3, more or less, detailing the training Dart went through with Sid in his two years before enrollment.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Cassiel ends up downing some in Chapter 23 due to Laceflower, literally setting her throat aflame.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Chapter 13, a straight comedy chapter with no fights whatsoever.
    • Chapter 19, appropriately titled "An Aftermath" is a short, somber chapter following Victoria's forced employment under Medusa.
    • Chapter 34 mostly revolves around Victoria getting new intel, and Dart struggling to find out how to spend his last few days before their second, potentially fatal attempt to retrieve Cassiel.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Zigzagged. Inside The Book of Eibon, death is permanent, but it's easily reversed so long as one person from the party drinks the chalice offered at the end of the trial.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or in this case, draw means friendship, in the case of Dart and Alice meeting Cassiel and Julian.
  • Downer Ending: Chapter 16. Dart and Alice unknowingly fail in their attempt to stop a witch's revival, and Seth, whom Dart had meant to spare, was killed unceremoniously.
    • As a direct result, two chapters later, Victoria becomes Medusa's unwilling henchman, while the rest of the world thinks the latter is dead.
  • Dwindling Party: Chapter 14 has ten people enter the house. One by one, everybody sans Cassiel starts to go missing.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: A slew of witches take part in this in Chapter 16 in preparation for Dart's sacrifice.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Like the anime it stems from, Unsound Souls' chapter titles follow the "statement/exclamation followed by question" formula.
  • Human Sacrifice: Seth tries to set one up on Dart to revive a "great witch". It is successful, with only Seth in Dart's place.
  • Internal Homage: Victoria's first appearance should ring some bells to those who remember the Remedial Lab episodes of Soul Eater, albeit shorter and with a few twists.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Leone Lock created by Noah functions like this. Should Julian try to tell anyone about Cassiel's kidnapping, anyone who learns the truth from him has their mind wiped of the conversation. This doesn't mean anyone can't guess something is up based on Julian's behavior, and it can't activate if Julian doesn't ''say'' anything.
  • Last Stand: What Isadora Reyes's attack on the bridge amounts to; she doesn't hide anywhere, merely waiting for the EAT Class to arrive so she can buy time for the Book of Eibon's transport to Fleurah's capital.

     M-Z 
  • MacGuffin: The Book of Eibon, a book of unspeakable eldritch horrors, becomes this once stolen by Medusa (through Victoria) and then Toxicity gets ahold of it...
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: Inverted during the Fleurahan Adversaries arc; it's the antagonists doing the escorting of the Plot Coupon, with the DWMA only getting their hands on it for a short while before having it stolen again.
  • Meaningful Name: Fleurah is derived from the French word for flower, "fleur", which is one of the country's major attractions for tourists and residents.
  • Mooks: The Clockwork Guards in the Book of Eibon are essentially this. Though they pose a threat to civilians and even meisters when in large groups, they are easily dispatched in smaller numbers.
  • Never Split The Party: Discussed among the meisters and weapons headed to Fleurah. Then they realize they can't all take one car.
  • Only Shop in Town: On the road beyond Fleurah's northern border, there's a stop in the middle of the woods with a motel, and a small shop. Naturally, the shop turns out to be housing an assassin.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A massive dragon created by the Book of Eibon under Noah's control lays waste to Austin, Texas and decimates the military sent to kill it. Joaquin, Nika, and Georgina come within inches of killing it, before it suddenly disappears.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: In Chapter 24, Joaquin's duel leaves him with three punctures across the chest, some bloody knuckles, and eventually letting himself get gutted straight through the stomach. And he lives.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Dart and Alice engage in this in Chapter 16, escalating until it becomes a full-on yelling competition.
  • Paying for the Action Scene: Mentioned in Chapter 8. It's unlikely Dart got around to it.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo:
    • At the beginning of Chapter 12, Soul appears in Dart's dream (despite neither of them having met), dressed in his Mental World suit.
    • Maka, Black Star, and Kid make a brief appearance via mirror in Chapter 20.
  • Pummel Duel: Joaquin and Cecília Silveria get in one in Chapter 24, with swords in the place of fists.
  • Put on a Bus: The original SE crew is alluded to, mentioned to be going on a large-scale mission in the witch dimension. At the end of Victoria's introduction chapter, Stein hops on the bus as well to go off and help said students.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The Fleurahan Adversaries arc ends with the DWMA getting the Book of Eibon back in their possession, at the cost of Eibon's life.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Toxicity's recruitment strategy, or at least the newer generation. Cecília and Leonard were both stated to be impoverished before Toxicity picked them up.
  • Sadist Teacher: The DWMA is filled to the brim with them. Stein faked his own kidnapping, Sid isn't above using explosives, and Victoria brought along two live Kishin eggs during her class trip in Chapter 12. Justified, since the students are facing murderers and worse on a weekly basis and need to be toughened up.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Well, more than one. The residents of the town on Mortdaver mountain don't seem awfully concerned with the presence of a killer in their small village.
  • Secret Test of Character: Chapter 10, the kidnapping plot turns out to be one.
  • Serious Business: Dodgeball at the DWMA is nothing short of extreme.
  • Shout-Out: More than a few.
    • Chapter 5, fitting (but also ironic) for her inspiration, she says "Off with his head!".
    • In Chapter 12, Victoria's line "Ten points to Gryffindor!" is a rather obvious shout-out to Harry Potter. Not to mention her addressing of Dart and Alice with "Get in losers."
      • The latter line gets referenced again, coming from Nicolette, whose mannerisms wouldn't seem entirely out of place in Mean Girls.
    • Chapter 13, Excalibur's response to "Surely you're not serious?": "It's 'Excalibur', not Shirley.".
    • Chapter 20, the manga Georgina is reading, 'Two-Kicks Man', is an obvious parody of, well, you can guess.
    • Chapter 21, Medusa's usage of the Latin phrase "quid pro quo" was meant to bring to mind Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.
    • Chapter 26's title is named after the Deep Purple song, Highway Star, as well as sneaking in a few of the lyrics on the motorcycle's radio. To a lesser extent, the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure chapter of the same name, which also has a fight involving motorcycles.
    • Chapter 27, Pikmin gets namedropped during Georgina's inner monologue, comparing them to the Lobelians.
  • Sword Fight: It takes until Chapter 24 for one to finally happen, surprisingly.
  • Theme Naming: The magic specialties of Toxicity are all named after poisonous flowers (thanks, Wikipedia).
  • Time Skip: A two-year one between Chapters 4 and 5 after Dart and Alice's training, going from twelve to fourteen.
  • Title Drop: Chapter 26, to the chapter title.
    Dart and Nicolette: Clear the way, Highway Star!

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