Tales of Fate is a RWBY and Tales Series crossover fanfic on FanFiction.Net by Drake D Zero. The premise of the story follows a vindictive teenager, Drake Aurion, who is on a quest for revenge but is forced to attend Beacon Academy. During his investigations, he uncovers certain artifacts that link to his own mysterious past, his revenge, and the fate of humanity.
'Tales of Fate' contains examples of:
- Adaptational Heroism: Mithos Yggdrasillnote , is presented as a flawed, but well-meaning All-Powerful Bystander.
- Adaptational Villainy: While Ozpin was established as the Big Good of RWBY, he was also one of the more mysterious and secretive characters, which is expanded on more here. While Ozpin certainly remains humble and affable, he plays the role as The Chessmaster and the Well-Intentioned Extremist, by forcing Drake to join Beacon Academy with hopes using him as an example of an ideal Huntsman. Needless to say, Drake doesn't agree with him.
- Black-and-Gray Morality: While some of the heroes in RWBY have shown to DEFINITELY be on the side of good, Drake is on surprisingly a more gray area. He's a good person, sure, but has a more realistic view of the world that we've never really seen in RWBY and is closer to an Anti-Hero than an Ideal Hero.
- This is also the case with Ozpin and Mithos, who, while well-meaning, use questionable methods and make disreputable decisions.
- Darker and Edgier: The story has it's lighthearted moments, but actually has much more drama and conflict in Drake's story. It also isn't afraid to get bloody and violent from time to time.
- Flashback: There are several flashbacks that happen throughout the story. Many usually help flesh out Drake's extremely Dark and Troubled Past and helps the readers see why he is the way he is. Other characters like Yuri, Jude and Guy have flashbacks as well.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The main focus for Volumes 1-3 are about Drake seeking revenge for the death of his older adoptive brother as well as making strikes against the White Fang for personal reasons.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: One of the biggest themes in the story is it's cynical outlook towards idealism and optimism. This is made the most clear with Drake's conflict with Ruby and Blake, who both are optimistic and idealistic with their beliefs, which Drake fails to agree with.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The story retains some of RWBY's idealistic undertones, while the author throws in more realism by not making everything Black and White and adding more Gray areas.
- You Can't Fight Fate: 4000 years ago, there was a great war among the spirits of the elements, the leaders being Shadow, the spirit of Darkness, and Rem, the spirit of Light. It was this conflict that kick-started humanity's conflict with the Grimm. Unable to form a compromise, Mithos, the protector of Remnant, had the two spirits sealed away in two of his most trusted comrades. It didn't stop there however, as the spirits still existed and began to corrupt their hosts. In order to stop the conflict, the host for Shadow was forced to leave and never return. Centuries later, two new vessels were born, both descendants of the original vessels: Drake Aurion and Lloyd Irving, 'Two brothers sharing everything but blood, find themselves entangled by the strings of fate when two deities decide to match them against each other until one falls to the other in a game that might change the world forever. Two brothers clash, one remains standing. A battle between the Ultimate Knight, and the Ultimate Monster.'