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The Good Hunter was a Fantasy/Tragedy Fanfic by StaffSergeant. Published on 13th April, 2019, it is a crossover between Bloodborne and Monster Girl Encyclopedia (MGE). The summary is as follows:

The Hunter is adrift and he is not sure the Waking World was supposed to be this strange. Set during the Fall of Lescatie and beyond, watch as a man tormented by the Night of the Hunt tries to find his purpose in a new world.

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A series of encyclopedia entries are available at SpaceBattles.com Forums, written by the same author under username TheReaper. Serving as segments of future chapters/interludes of the main story, the entries document the infamy of The Wild Hunt, an agency that stands against both human and monster kind. As they take place after the chapters of the main story (for now), any information on The Wild Hunt, as well as the SpaceBattles.com snippets will be marked as spoilers.

The story was taken off Fanfiction.net by the Author due to some Fandom Drama, so it can now only be read through the Fichub Archive.


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The Good Hunter provides examples of:

  • Adventure Towns: This fanfic has Cyril spend his time in a state/province-like area for an arc. The occasion where he moves to a new one indicates the start of a new arc. So far, Cyril has visited three — Lescatie, Sheffield, and Erebus. In particular, Cyril visits a different village every 2-3 chapters during the Erebus Arc, in order to crack down on the slaver raids and hunt down whoever's responsible.
  • All for Nothing: Sasha has spent the majority of her life raising both human and monster children who lost their parents from the ongoing conflict between The Order and the Demon Lord. The Fall of Lescatie, an event she ironically caused to happen, renders her efforts moot when the Order Inquisition burned down her orphanage. The children under her care has dwindled to a small group of five, as a majority of them are either taken by the monsters, or presumably killed by Order soldiers. On a brighter note, by the time the plot moves to Sheffield, she seems to have overcome her Heroic BSoD and started a new orphanage. As this fanfic is currently ongoing, time will tell if this lasts.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked by the Wandering Scholar. In his new work, Wild Hunt, he wants their readers to make their own conclusions regarding the Good Hunter: a cruel murderer who seeks nothing more than an eternity of bloodshed? Or just one of many who wished to make a place for himself?
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    • He also invokes this regarding the nature of the Wild Hunt: an agency for good? Or a band of murderers?
  • Bodyguard Crush: Sierra develops this towards her guard, Cyril. It is, however, one-sided.
  • The Butcher: One of Cyril's infamous titles is "The Butcher of Lescatie", gained after killing any man or monster alike in his way during the Sacking of Lescatie. He's actually a good guy, but he is a brutal killer for sure.
  • Byronic Hero: Cyril Sutherland/Klaus Tennstedt. Where do we begin? He's Tall, Dark, and Handsome, he's an adept killer of brutality, and in the perspective of others, he's a mysterious foreigner known for his stoicism and social withdrawal. Does he have a Dark and Troubled Past? Readers who have played Bloodborne before will know just how much he has to endure in Yharnam before stepping foot to Lescatie. Countless hours of slaying and being slain by beasts, madmen, and other otherworldly nightmares has left him heavily shell-shocked, numb and indifferent towards all sorts of bloodshed he causes in his wake. Furthermore, Cyril/Klaus finds it difficult to shake away the traumatic memories from the Night of the Hunt, in spite of his efforts in finding peace of mind, constantly walking on a thin line between man and beast. As determined as he is to avoid becoming the very beast he is supposed to hunt, he struggles to reign in the desire for violence. Is he intensely introspective? Cyril/Klaus often dwells on his perceived failings during his time in Yharnam, ranging from regretting his inability to save everyone he could help, to remembering the pleading or dead faces of the victims of the Hunt. What of his morality and worldview? He is a Heroic Neutral who desires to be left alone in peace, instead of actively looking for people to kill. Moreover, Cyril/Klaus is highly skeptical towards the two main opposing factions, namely the Order of the Chief God and the Monster Lord respectively, due to his defiance of What Measure Is a Non-Human? (or rather, his insistence that anyone will die if they cross him, man or monster be damned), in addition to his distrust of authorities who claim to destroy their oppositions "for the greater good". All of the above values he firmly believes in, together with his strength, practically invites conflict from both sides. His destiny, that is, him reuniting with the Plain Doll and the Hunter's Dream, and subsequently rising as the Master of the Wild Hunt, can be seen in two ways that are both Byronic in nature: a revolution (the Sleeping Giant has finally awakened, shaking the world forever), or a tragedy (destined to bear every secret, burden, and memory related to Yharnam forever, Cyril's desire for everlasting peace will forever remain a dream). All in all, Cyril/Klaus's character arc can really give his other counterpart a run for his money.
  • Central Theme: The following themes and questions that are explored in this fanfic all revolve around one concept: the perils and consequences of Awakening the Sleeping Giant.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Sierra does not fit this trope entirely, given that she's far from being The Glomp, but she does get a little antsy about her friend Molly's forward attitude towards Klaus, whom she has feelings for. Just look at how she reiterates twice that she is not jealous from her POV.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Count the number of fights the Good Hunter gets into that is NOT this trope. Don't be surprised if you cannot find any.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • Chapter 6 presents us Daria Noharis and the Second Company VS The Good Hunter. Daria managed to kick the Hunter sideways and launch him a few feet away, yet she, and the rest of her company are ultimately no match for his Holy Moonlight Sword.
    • Druella, the Fourth Born VS The Good Hunter in Chapter 7. Her Flight means she naturally fares better in dodging the Hunter's deadly strikes, and, like Daria, she at one point succeeds in sending him flying. While it may seem that she took little direct damage, she is eventually overwhelmed by her wounds due to the magic within the Holy Moonlight Sword, and is left severely incapacitated. The fact that she narrowly avoids death is quite a miracle, though she's definitely not in a good shape afterwards.
  • Determinator: The prerequisite for anyone who aspire to join the Wild Hunt. Skill and experience are merely secondary to possessing the will to see things through. It is noted that as an agent of the Wild Hunt, being determined does not mean the same as being stubborn — they also have to understand when to show mercy and when to disregard it all the same, meaning that it is essential for them to be disciplined determinators.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Whatever Natsume is planning to do in Cyril house is heavily reliant on the assumption that the owner of the house will not come back before she leaves. Therefore, it should not be a surprise when she ends up getting caught red-handed as Cyril returns home. To her credit, however, she has no idea just whose house she is sneaking into.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Being a mysterious foreigner wearing a weird hat and coat means that the common folk of the MGE 'verse are naturally wary of the Hunter. Especially so whenever he gets into a scuffle with someone else in front of a crowd of people, with the unfortunate one typically ending up with a limb bent in an impossible angle. Thus, it goes without saying that the people around him feel sickened upon witnessing the carnage he leaves behind with his Saw Cleaver, a deranged weapon in and of itself.
      • According to the Wandering Scholar, few names and titles, such as the name of the man who calls himself the Hunter, strike fear into the hearts of man and monster alike. While he has become an infamous figure after the Sacking of Lescatie, it is only when Cyril establishes the Wild Hunt to stalwartly defend against the interests of both the Order and the Demon Lord, that cements his fearsome reputation.
    • Chapter 15 establishes Ancalagon the Grim as this, from how the lords and ladies reacted from her presence. It is said that The Black Dragon is capable of destroying entire bloodlines outright, and that no one dared to disappoint the First Founder twice and live to tell the tale. While it is obvious that Cyril does not fear her in any way, both the Chief God and the Monster Lord are wary of provoking her ire.
  • Driving Question: What happened after Cyril's battle with Gehrman, the First Hunter? Which "ending" out of the three did Cyril get? Why is Cyril disconnected from the Hunter's Dream? And what does him "leaving behind the Dream" mean?
  • Due to the Dead: When an Agent of the Wild Hunt is slain, the Blood Contract they have in person is returned to the Master, Cyril. He then records their deeds and the end of their career, before burying the deceased Agent in a grave, one among many amidst the field of White Asphodels surrounding his Workshop.
  • Elves Versus Dwarves: Any sort of animosity between elves and dwarves is merely mentioned but not shown. Sierra Underwood (elf) and Emil Gold-Gather (dwarf) presents an averted example, as they are shown to get along without trouble.
  • Empathic Weapon: From how Cyril speaks to his Holy Moonlight Sword in Chapter 6, we can see that the sword seems to have a rather battle-hungry personality, providing guidance to its wielder when a hunt is afoot.
  • Friend to All Children: Cyril does not see himself as one, but Sasha believes he is this played straight. Yes, he is an Anti-Hero who does not like to be around people, children even less, because they remind him too much of his hardships during the Night of the Hunt. Nevertheless, he is definitely not a Child Hater and treats children with patience rather than contempt. From how some children under Sasha's care have latched onto him, as well as how he takes two sibling orphans to safety, both of whom would become his apprentices later on, Sasha's statement may not be too far from the truth.
  • Gambit Pileup: Bound to happen due to the politicking involved between the three factions.
    • The Order faction:
      • The Chief God has been raising human heroes, in hopes that they can strike down the Monster Lord. The wiki reveals that the Chief God opts for this indirect method as a result of being gravely wounded after trying to destroy the Demon Lord and her husband in battle.
      • Jophiel, Watchman of the Chief God, aims to remove Sheffield, one of the Oberon League's territories, of any monster influence in the long-run. However, the attack on the Union Festival, together with Father Zachariah's involvement in said attack put a wrench in this plan, seeing that the common folk of Sheffield are obviously not happy with the attack, together with the fact that it galvanised the Hunter into action. As of now, she and many other bishops of The Order are prioritising on negotiations with the First Founder of the Oberon League. In order for them to make progress, the sponsor of the attack has to be delivered, a task she and another bishop, Ria, are trying to accomplish. Furthermore, she is keeping an eye on the Hunter, in order to find out any way of putting down this unknowable threat, assuming there is one.
    • The Monster faction:
      • Adrastia is working with the deposed royals of the Kingdom of Erebus so as to sabotage the interests of Samael the Usurper, the current king of Erebus. This ensures that her slaver raids in the villages of Erebus remains unhindered, allowing the kingdom to become a part of the Demon Lord's realms.
    • The Oberon League:
      • King Samael the Thirteenth aims to root out all the slavers and marauders that are taking the men away from their villages. While he was not able to act directly against them, due to the troubles he had to deal with in his court, this plan is made viable thanks to securing a powerful agent that is the Hunter.
      • Cyril Sutherland, the Hunter himself, is by no means a planner. Knowing that many who are in power may seek to exploit his skillset to further their agendas, he thought it would be better for him to simply play along and wait until some idiot makes a mistake.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Cyril lampshades how Lescatie's guards are worse than useless, failing to sense the intruder within their walls who successfully intrudes upon his home. Sure, said intruder turns out to be a Kunoichi good at infiltration work, but still.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "We have been tasked to find him (Cyril) and, if feasible, bring him here for questioning. I would advise restraint and extreme caution. He has shown to be more than capable of destroying us single-handedly," says Wilmarina, who forms a team to go after the Good Hunter, regardless of knowing what he is capable of.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Sasha Fullmoon, a priestess of The Order, has been secretly passing intelligence to the monster faction, namely Druella, in order to weaken Lescatie from within for her upcoming invasion. Said invasion turns out to be such a success that her orphanage gets burned down, she herself is declared a heretic by The Order she betrayed, and most of the orphans under her care are either dead or missing.
  • Leotard of Power: Ursula, Captain of the Forth Company, has this as part of her outfit, complete with thigh-high leggings.
  • Life Energy: It is established in the MGE 'verse that all creatures have mana, some a little, some a lot. If there were a being without mana, said being shouldn't even be alive. Furthermore, mana can be manipulated by others into spell-craft (aka magic). Since monsters are generally better at doing this than humans, it is very clear that the former faction has the upper hand. At the same time, Cyril Sutherland is a, if not the only, living being that has no mana at all, and thus his existence is considered to be an anomaly to both factions alike.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The conflict in later parts of the fanfic seems to be shaping towards this: the Order VS the Demon Lord VS the Oberon League. The Oberon League is the strongest among the 3, courtesy of Cyril and his agency, the Wild Hunt.
  • Mistaken for Romance: During the meeting with the Good Hunter in the Dream brought to life, the Wandering Scholar thinks that Cyril and Evetta are married, but decided against inquiring him on the subject of his personal life, being in the midst of numerous weapons he can use to off him. When asked about who she is, Cyril simply says that she is "a faithful friend".
  • Morton's Fork: The end of Chapter 1 has Cyril facing a situation like this, in regards to how he deals with Natsume. Should he off her, it would attract the Order's attention, as there would be a corpse near his dwelling; should he spare her, she would report his existence to whoever's in charge, thus attracting the attention of the Monster Lord. He ends up picking the second option, not before threatening her to keep her mouth shut, lest he will hunt down anyone who goes after him. It doesn't work.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Cyril has a good number of titles comparable to that of his other counterpart that are this to cement him as The Dreaded. See Red Baron below.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The fates of Wilmarina and her team of monster extremists during their search for the Moon Scented Hunter is yet to be seen, due to the fanfic being ongoing. However, the Wandering Scholar seems to know what happened to them from ancillary sources. From what is written on his entry, it's anything but good.
    "Lady Wilmarina Noscrim had been the one to strike at Sasha Fullmoon's orphanage in Sheffield, I knew that from ancillary sources. I also knew that she would never be the same woman ever again, not after what the Hunter had done to her, her husband and her friends. Master Cyril had confided in me that he had learned that there were two kinds of pain in this world. Pain that hurts...and pain that alters. He would have left the former Noscrim Hero alone, had she not decided to try and cut him down in order to keep her husband safe then maybe things would be different..."
  • One-Man Army: What do you expect? We're talking about a Hunter of Monsters from Bloodborne who does this on an hourly basis back in Yharnam. It shouldn't be any more surprising to see him carving through dozens of beasts wearing the skin of human or monster that dare to stand in his way to freedom.
  • Only in It for the Money: Cyril's primary motivation for accepting Ancalagon's request of lending his blade to the ruler of Erebus.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Hunter, obviously. No one has ever seen someone this strong and fast, yet has no mana and any sort of blessing from a god (whether the latter is true depends on whether the reader considers the Moon Presence a "god", not that anyone in the story knows this anyway), not to mention he is a man resistant to any sort of seduction, negating the main advantage a monster has over a human. The very fact that he is inimical to human and monster alike means that he is an unprecedented threat any man or monster has ever faced. Fortunately, Cyril/Klaus is possible to be reasoned with, as Greilia and the Oberon League have shown, which provides a silver lining that minimises the danger he poses. However, instead of opting for this less risky option, both The Order and the Monster Lord have decided that the best course of action is to track him down and eliminate him ASAP, with the assumption that he can be stopped, because his "outside-context-ness" is a threat to their pride, honour, existence, and whatever else they stand for. It wouldn't take too much to guess where this would go, even though the fanfic is still ongoing.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Occasionally done by the Good Hunter, should he be unable to reload fast enough. His Super Strength means that this is pretty effective, as an unfortunate monster and an Order soldier can attest to, both of whom have their skulls cracked like an egg in Chapter 3 and 6 respectively. If it is possible for one to actually kill via this method in Real Life, they are not going to survive any time soon.
  • Power Fist: Chapter 5 features the debut of the Fist of Gratia, described as "a hulking clod of iron fitted with finger holes". Cyril uses it to effortlessly incapacitate Wilmarina during their duel, barely using his Saw Cleaver all the while. Talk about disrespect.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Cyril, right before his fight with Daria in Chapter 6, doubles as Meaningful Echo.
    Cyril: Tonight, Cyril Sutherland joins the Hunt. *fires Sword Beam from Holy Moonlight Sword, vaporising anything in its vicinity*
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The Fall of Lescatie, in spades. Sure, the monsters have claimed Castle Lescatie, which strikes a huge blow to their enemy, the Order of the Chief God. However, a sizeable portion of their forces, including half of the Second Company and their captain, have perished. Druella, the Fourth Daughter of the Demon Lord, is also severely incapacitated, and her condition means a fragile state of affairs in Lescatie in the days to come. All because the invasion inadvertently provoked the Good Hunter, who merely desired to be left to his own devices, into slaughtering his way to his freedom. Said Hunter would later on become the wild card that drastically alters the balance of power, which, from the perspective of the monster faction, does not spell good news in the long run.
  • Red Baron: Cyril Sutherland, also known as "The Hunter", or "Good Hunter", has a multitude of titles, including: "Moon Scented Hunter", "The Butcher of Lescatie", "The Bane of Monsters", "The Unleashed Blade of Chaos", "The Breaker of Priests", "Bloody Hand of the Oberon League", "Master of the Wild Hunt". All of which are titles to run away from really fast.
  • Secret Identity: In order to keep himself away from any attention due to his reputation in The Fall of Lescatie, Cyril Sutherland disguises himself under the alias of Klaus Tennstedt.
  • Serrated Blade of Pain: It goes without saying that the Saw Cleaver is pretty much synonymous with Cyril Sutherland. To hammer it home, he notably uses a steel sword rather than his signature weapon during his time as Klaus Tennstedt.
  • Standard Japanese Fantasy Setting: The MGE 'verse. Further details of the world building of the MGE 'verse can be found in the wiki here.
    • In terms of inhabitants, aside from your typical Standard Fantasy Races like humans, elves, and dwarves, a whopping 220 types of mamono exist. Despite their variations, they generally have the desire to seek human males for companionship and reproduction. However, due to the current Monster Lord's power, the mamono have developed a strong, lustful desire for mating with said humans, with or without their consent. The succubus family, in particular, can transform non-mamono males and females into incubi and succubi respectively, again, with or without their consent.
    • The setting of this fanfic does not work like an RPG, but elements of Character Classes can be found. For example, Cyril is a multi-melee Magic Knight, Wilmarina is a Master Swordsman, Daria is an axe-wielding berserker, Druella is a Black Mage, and Jophiel is a valkyrie that resembles a paladin.
    • Light/Darkness Juxtaposition in a nominal sense is prevalent in the story, as shown from the conflict between the Order of the Chief God and the Monster Lord, though not to the extent of a cyclic conflict, just a very long one. The "light" side fosters human heroes via the blessings and guidance of the Chief God to fight against the mamono, while the "dark" side is, of course, more concerned about sexual intercourse than anything else. Both beings of power demonstrate Well-Intentioned Extremism. The "dark" side claims to strive for a Free-Love Future between man and monster, while using contradictory means (i.e. mating without the consent of their partner) to accomplish this vision. Meanwhile, the "light" side consists of Knight Templars who opt for a Final Solution to deal with the problems brought by the "dark" side.
  • Story Arc: A couple of these can be identified, and one is currently in progress due to the fanfic's ongoing status.
    • Chapter 1-7: Lescatie Arc. Amidst the ever-going conflict between man and monster, the Order and the Demon Lord, Cyril tries to find a home for himself in Lescatie, a powerful seat of the Order, hoping to rid himself of any attention. Meanwhile, the monsters plan an invasion on the city.
    • Chapter 8-15: Sheffield Arc. Leaving the remains of Lescatie behind, Cyril heads to Sheffield, one of the few city states with a neutral stance towards man and monster, to try one more time at settling down. Neutrality has never been any harder than ever, when the monster faction seeks retribution for their losses in Lescatie, while Order zealots aim to force the city to join their ranks.
    • Chapter 16 and beyond (for now): Slaver Slayer Arc. Cyril, accepting his role as the hunter, is tasked with rooting out slavers within the federation of the Oberon League. Little did he know that the state of affairs has gone through an upheaval due to his presence, as the politicking between the Order, the Demon Lord, and the Oberon League begins to unravel.
  • Talk to the Fist: Cyril, from his fight with Druella.
    Druella: You're quite strong.
    Cyril: *immediately rushes towards her, hammering her barrier* You talk too much. *slashes her in the midriff*
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Stated word-for-word by Molly in regards to Klaus's appearance.
  • Tragedy: This fanfic is labelled as such, alongside the Fantasy tag in Fanfiction.net. It may not seem obvious at first glance, but if one considers Ursula's actions in the story, it is clear that she is the Tragic Hero of the story. Ursula is a person of great status, as the Captain of the 4th Company. She makes the Tragic Mistake of going after the Hunter, despite knowing that he is entirely capable of defeating her effortlessly. Warnings from multiple parties notwithstanding, she still decides to participate in a squad to pursue him due to her Fatal Flaws. That is, her Pride, the urge to find a Worthy Opponent, her desperation to regain her honour to make up for Druella's defeat, and her failure to look past the mentality of Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us. While the fanfic is currently ongoing, the Space Battles.com snippets shed light on her ultimate fate. Not only she alienates many of her comrades during her pursuit of the Hunter, she is presumably hunted by him personally after the raid on Sasha's second orphanage.
  • Trauma Button: Poor Cyril/Klaus.
    • Natsume touching Cyril's music box after sneaking into his abode proves to be a bad idea, as the sound it plays immediately triggers his traumatic memories about a daughter of Gascoigne, which implies the "Gascoigne girl side-quest" is canon in this fanfic. Needless to say, he is pissed upon returning.
    • From his perspective, his surroundings would distort into that of Yharnam and all the bloodshed that entails whenever he is in battle.
    • Chapter 9 features Klaus doing patrol work as a guard in the rain. He struggles to keep his breathing under control due to said rain, as memories of his brutal fight against the Orphan of Kos keep on coming.
  • Walking the Earth: Prior to his arrival at Lescatie, Cyril has been wandering around for months. This is not as cool as it sounds like, however — Cyril would really appreciate it if there is a place to settle down or simply rest his head. If there is a nice, quiet farm, even better. A lifestyle akin to a boat adrift amidst the vast ocean is the last thing he wants in his life.
  • Wham Line: Remember how Natsume is so traumatised that she has been having nightmares after Cyril threatened her? In Chapter 10, we get to see a glimpse of what exactly she is dreaming about, through a familiar echo that coincides with the hallucination that Runya has just seen.
    Natsume: I... I can't go back... I can't go back... they're waiting for me! An unsightly beast! A great terror looms!
  • Wham Shot: In Chapter 10, the Plain Doll is seen in the Hunter's Dream cleaning Cyril's grave, after an unknown amount of time has passed since the battle between Cyril and Gehrman.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Every creature should have mana, except for Cyril, who is a literal void. His absence of mana means that he should not be alive and be able to use magic by any means necessary, yet he is obviously alive and is able to use Functional Magic in the form of Hunter Tools, assuming he has any in his arsenal (though he is not shown to use any).
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: The slums of Lescatie, the City of Heroes, in stark contrast to the noble estates and the rich district there. The very first chapter describes the poorer end of the city as a place filled with abandoned houses, "where desperation and hunger ruled and existence was decided by the red blood thirst of a knife blade". Living in a small, uncomfortable house is not a problem for Cyril, however, as he is long inured to discomfort.

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