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Kyubey: "I give my word that I will not make, nor will I attempt to make contracts with these girls... Contracting them would be foolish and irrational, no matter the circumstances. If they ever became Puellae Magi... it would mean the end of everything."
—From the prologue

Stars Above is a fanfic started in September 2011, written by Tropers BHS and AshenDream. Based loosely on the events of a long-running RP on the TV Tropes Forum, the story is a Puella Magi Madoka Magica/Lucky Star Intercontinuity Cross Over which takes place after Madoka's ascension and ignores the events of Rebellion, as the story was written and planned out long before the movie's release.

A mysterious transfer student arrives for her first day at a new school. Cold and emotionless, she treats everyone in her class with indifference... except for one ordinary girl, who is mystified by her attitude. Later on that same day, this girl and her friends are attacked by a hideous monster, only to be saved by a Magical Girl...

Sounds familiar, right? Well, here come the twists:

The new school is Ryouou High, the ordinary girl is Kagami Hiiragi, not Madoka Kaname, the monster is called a Demon, and the new transfer student is wearing a red ribbon in her hair...

A Yuri Genre Crossover Ship fic that aims to be "as awesome as possible", according to the authors.

The story was completed in December 2014.

Now has a Characters Page, under construction.

Stars Above has Bonus Material including two side-stories, My Sunshine and Pioneer, and profiles for each of the Demons of the Nine, which can be found here. The story is also posted on Archive of Our Own and DeviantArt

You may also want to check out Tasakeru, an original work written by BHS, who wouldn't even think of indulging in Shameless Self-Promotion.

There is a discussion thread for this story on the TV Tropes Forum.

This fic and its related materials are also posted on DeviantArt and AO3 (Archive Of Our Own), in addition to its home on FanFiction.Net.

The fic has a Spiritual Successor of sorts in the form of Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, also by BHS.

Also see Respect, another unrelated Crossover by the same author.

WARNING! Here there be SPOILERS. It is highly recommended that you finish watching the Madoka anime before reading the story or looking at this page!

This work provides examples of:

  • All Deaths Final: The Puellae Magi are well aware of this. The Kagami of 2012, however...
  • All There in the Manual: The names, natures, origins, and background information about the Nine are explained largely though their profiles, written in the style of the Madoka website's Witch Cards.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Homura, initially stoic and unfriendly as usual, until she opens up to Kagami.
  • Anyone Can Die: And does die. Every single Puella Magi on Earth dies in Homura's time, long with Tsukasa, and in Kagami's time, quite a few innocents die. Homura herself also dies at the end.
  • Apocalypse How: Vittoria's attack on Earth in the Madoka-verse resulted in one of Scope Level 3 (Planetary). The Severity is Level 2 (Societal Collapse), verging on Levels 3 (Species Extinction) and 4 (Total Extinction) due to the damage to causality and the climate. Only one or two billion people are left, and every city and town is said to be in ruins. The Demons are now aiming for a Class Z Omniversal Physical Annihilation.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Kagami contains the Demon that could destroy The Multiverse... and by the final chapters Tsukasa contains another, unnamed one, similarly powerful. This overlaps with Barrier Maiden.
  • Arc Words: "The stars above will fall, and all will come to ruin."
  • Barrier Maiden: Both of the Hiiragi twins are this to The Multiverse... their survival keeps everything from falling apart.
  • Beta Couple: Tsukasa and Miyuki. Except not, as Miyuki has been replaced by a shapeshifting Demon.
  • Big Damn Kiss: In Chapter 17, after a night of terrible battles and even more terrible trauma.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Nine are completely defeated and everyone is saved. However, Homura dies of Soul Gem corruption as a result of the fight. Kagami does manage to heal her timeline's Homura, but doesn't dare use her as a Replacement Goldfish, and hopes to join Homura and Madoka one day.
  • Feel No Pain: The mechanism of this one nature of magical girls is explained as the "pain switch", where in an extreme case, a magical girl sacrifices her movement and speed for numbness of their body. An example of the technique is when Homura takes a spear that almost severs her torso without dying, and lets Kagami hit her with her bokken to destroy Demon Spawn that latch on all over her body.
  • Genius Loci: Jovanni, the Sixth, takes the form of a twisted cathedral made from volcanic rock. He also has the ability to turn his Branded into his monks, which confuses Homura at first-she thinks they're the Demons.
  • Getting Eaten Is Harmless: Kagami is swallowed whole by the Third Demon Ciacco, a giant, emaciated dog, but the only real danger involved inside is his Spawnnote , a horde of maggots that eat everything he eats, depriving him of actual nourishment.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Yuki impersonator pulls one to save Kagami, Konata and the other bystanders from demon crows. She gets killed by being flayed alive for her troubles.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Homura's Soul Gem is already blackened before the Third's battle and she is supposed to fade per the usual Law of Cycle, but not only does she not fade, her Soul Gem becomes bright again. Kyubey, who is understandably confused, discusses it with her. She gets another one later when Kagami reminds her that she's not alone.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: Kagami and Homura spend the night together in Chapter 27, just before they go to face the Ninth.
  • Present Absence: Madoka. This being set after the series, she's serving as the concept of Hope and is unseen but omnipresent throughout the story, but she makes personal appearances to lead Kyoko, Nico, and Homura to the afterlife.
  • Rape as Drama:
    • The Second was doing this when she played with Homura's Soul Gem. Combined with the psycholoigical torture Homura was put through, it's no wonder she was catatonic by the end of it.
    • She threatens this against Kagami in their rematch. Kagami, understandably, does not take any of that.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: A variation of this. The reflection Homura rages against is the Second, having shifted into a doppelganger of her past self. Kagami gets a turn at this several chapters later.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Homura and Kyubey's trip back from the 2013 Madokaverse was one-way. It took a significant power boost to go back that far, and there's no way to return to their own time or universe.