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The Hounds of Vegas is a WWE AU universe created by HMSquared. In this universe, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose are cops on various sides of the law. Seth is a dirty cop, Roman is clean and wants to see his former friend go down, and Dean is MIA. Other characters include Triple H, Seth's dirty-as-all-get-out boss; Randy Orton, a former protege of Hunter's and Dean's boyfriend; Finn Balor, a fellow cop with a dark secret; and Corey Graves, Seth's ex-boyfriend. As suggested by the title, the series takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Currently, there are five installments:

  • Book 1: The Hounds of Vegas, the story that started it all. As stated above, it deals with the Shield's various morality stances and the changes they go through after a power shift occurs.
  • Book 2: Roulette is a prequel featuring Charlotte Flair and Alexa "Lexi" Kaufman. Specifically, it discusses the origins of their relationship, along with how they met Paige.
  • Book 3: Never Was, which details Dean's not-so mutual crush on Roman and gives a look into his depleting mental state.
  • Book 4: Ghost In The Machine, a mini-fic focusing on Dean and Finn visiting Seth in the hospital.
  • Book 5: The Day It Started, a prequel in which Finn takes Seth hostage at the police station.


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The Hounds of Vegas universe contains examples of:

     The Hounds of Vegas 
  • Anti-Hero: Seth eventually possesses shades of this. Even after his Heel–Face Turn, he still works outside the law to kill Triple H.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Seth lets one loose in Chapter 14 after learning Roman succumbed to leukemia.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Finn. While a legitimately kind (albeit naive) individual, his split-personality is downright nasty. He forces himself onto Seth in Chapter 14 and it's mentioned he took him hostage before The Hounds of Vegas began.
  • Cast Full of Gay: As stated on this page, all but one of the main characters are members of the LGBT community.
  • Cliffhanger: Several chapters, including the third to last one, end this way.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Roman. While set up to be the main hero of the story, he gets pushed out of the way by Seth's Heel–Face Turn in Chapter 4.
  • Dirty Cop: Seth, Triple H, Randy (formerly), and Stephanie by association. It's mentioned their dirty cop ring The Authority had more members, but they were killed by Sting before the story began.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first few chapters encouraged readers to submit ideas for the rest of the fic. As everything picked up speed, this was quietly dropped.
  • Freudian Trio:
  • Gay Groom in a White Tux: Subverted; Seth and Dean both wear white suits when they get married.
  • In Medias Res: The story begins two years after Seth's betrayal.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Triple H turns on Seth in Chapter 3, shooting him in the chest. Six chapters later, the favor is returned.
  • Love Will Lead You Back: It's heavily implied Corey still has feelings for Seth and believes he'll come crawling back. Keep in mind, Corey has a new boyfriend at this point.
  • Properly Paranoid: Even as a bad guy, Seth suspected Triple H would betray him. He was right.
  • Reality Ensues: Seth and Dean rightfully postpone their wedding after Roman's death.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Seth and Dean in Chapter 12 after realizing they've been in love with each other the whole time.
  • Title Drop: Chapter 7's title Dastardly Symmetry is used at the very end of the chapter.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 3: Triple H turns on Seth and attempts to murder him after the Architect kills Sting.
    • Chapter 7: Randy gets killed by Triple H, causing Dean to slit his wrists.
    • Chapter 8: Ends on Seth taking Triple H and Stephanie hostage.
    • Chapter 9: Seth kills Triple H and officially reunites with Roman.
    • Chapter 14: Seth and Dean postpone their wedding after Roman loses his battle with leukemia.
  • World of Snark: Almost all of the characters are some form of Deadpan Snarker.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Triple H attempts to kill Seth in Chapter 3 after he becomes too sympathetic. However, it doesn't work.

    Roulette 
  • Foregone Conclusion: The reader comes into it knowing Charlotte and Lexi will get together. However, it's about the journey, not the destination.
  • Freudian Trio:
  • Incompatible Orientation: Mojo Rawley, Lexi's boss in this universe, has a massive and super-creepy (as in, he's a stalker) crush on her. Being gay is just one of the reasons she doesn't reciprocate it. Happens again in Chapter 5 when a slightly drunk Corey flirts with her.
  • Karma Houdini: Mojo Rawley in Chapter 4. Due to being friends with his station's captain, he doesn't get prosecuted or fired for his actions toward Lexi.
  • Precision F-Strike: Lexi and Corey drop one F-Bomb each in Chapter 5, a first for the series.
  • Prequel: Takes place about a year before The Hounds of Vegas.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: Chapter 3 is literally titled "Sorry, But I'm Gay." In this case, it refers to Lexi's creepy boss who's been stalking her.

    Never Was 

     Ghost in the Machine 
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