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Written by the FPL member who went under the userhandle Robotech Master, the War of Drekis is probably one of the most ambitious writing projects set in the Fantasy Powers League's universe. Beginning somewhere in late-2002, and running until October 2010; few, if any of the fan fics could rival it in terms of length and time span. The premise revolves around the Galactic Conqueror Drekis, who was seemingly thought defeated in a galaxy-spanning war a century ago - but in reality had established himself in the Nexus, having spent the past decade amassing a new army. With his preparations almost complete, Drekis sets out to claim the Nexus of All Realities for himself, and now heroes and villains alike need to put aside their differences to face this unprecedented threat. Can be read here, though it's for all intents and purposes a Dead Fic as it was last updated on October 2010, over a decade ago.

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The War of Drekis provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: While there are plenty, the most notable examples (who've thus far gotten the most screen time) would be Raea and Telissa.
  • Action Survivor: Shirai Natsumi has no combat abilities of her own outside of her deafening vocals, and instead relies on her unwanted Sikigami companions to get her out of danger.
  • Aerith and Bob: Is all over the place with characters that have completely mundane-sounding names (such as Shirai Natsumi), a mundane first name with an outlandish last name (i.e. Timothy Shinestar) and completely outlandish names. (i.e. Raea Shalhalla)
  • Anachronism Stew: Nations and polities on the Khazan continent can range anywhere from kingdoms ruled by hereditary monarchs with medieval tech levels, to ultramodern republics with futuristic technology existing side by side.
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  • The Archmage: Vincentzo Maiinverno is a self-proclaimed one.
  • The Atoner: Michael Cortelloni - from Badass Normal mob hitman, to telekinetic supervillain and finally a vigilante Anti-Hero.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: A universal constant be it within the ranks of Drekis' legions or Khazan's defenders.
  • Badass Normal: Action Girl duo Raea and Telissa have no superhuman or supernatural powers of their own, instead relying on Powered Armor, guns and their wits to stay ahead.
  • Big Bad: Drekis, is the main antagonist of the story, an Eldritch Abomination who also has elements of an Evil Overlord and Galactic Conqueror thrown together.
  • Blow You Away: Tiara's primary powerset.
  • Broken Bird: Telissa Ravan, though she's slowly coming out of it due to Character Development.
  • Captain Superhero: Captain Khazan.
  • Co-Dragons: Drekis' generals, and each of them even gets their own Quirky Miniboss Squad to command.
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  • Designated Girl Fight: Tiara and Kalia get their own battle sequence.
  • The Determinator: Both Drekis' forces and Khazan's defenders have shades of this.
  • Double Agent: Drekis has planted these within Khazan's leading villain organizations, The Marauders and The Fallen.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Characters from elite units such as the Khazan Rangers, Khazan Army Mechanized Division and Khazan Mobile Police get significantly more screen time than regular units.
  • Enemy Mine: Things got desperate enough that Khazan's heroes had to forge a tenuous alliance with their sworn enemies The Marauders and The Fallen, who weren't too pleased with the Drekis Empire themselves.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The females in Drekis' legion embody this trope. For instance, Jon Avalon's wife and Co-dragon Veronica Daemon is described as a sensual beauty who has shades of a Vain Sorceress coupled with The Vamp, while Avalon's Advocate Kalia is described as wearing nothing more than floating drapes of silk that she uses as her primary mode of attack. Aigonis Zekruel's disciple Shurado is a BFS-wielding swordstress who fights in what's described as a miniskirt and crop top.
    • Averted however for female members of The Marauders and Fallen. Despite being also villains, the female members from these two villain organizations also sport outfits that are every bit as modest (though not necessarily practical) as the heroes'.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Par for course for Khazan.
  • Flying Brick: Supercomrade and Captain Khazan.
  • From Bad to Worse: The entire plot of The War of Drekis runs on this. Despite the valiant efforts and noble sacrifices of Khazan's heroes and militaries, nothing they do seems to stall Drekis and his minions for long as they accomplish every single one of their objectives without a hitch.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Vincentzo Maiinverno, despite being a member of The Sentinels, can be a rather unapproachable person due to his Insufferable Genius tendencies and his pampered, self-entitled aristocratic attitude.
  • The Heavy: Despite being of nominally equal standing with the rest of Drekis' generals, Jon "Darkenfire" Avalon deserves this role for the fact that out of Drekis' generals he gets the most screen time and seems to be most actively involved in bringing his master's plans into fruition, and as such has fought the heroes more times than the other generals.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Uberman, Captain Khazan and Supercomrade.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Uberman is of the Man in the Machine variety.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side!: The reason given by Alexander Shadowcast and Blitzkrieg when they decide to switch their allegiance from The Fallen to Drekis Empire when presented with an offer by Double Agent Seryko Rheomyr.
  • An Ice Person: Sentinel member Yagami Shinsuke and Marauders leader Toc Darkone are prodigies at utilizing the element of ice in battle.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: A given, since it's a FPL fanfic, featuring not only past and active FPL characters, but also an entire Original Generation cast that are created exclusively for this fic.
  • The Mole: Maria Halesinger.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nearly every superhero and supervillain in the story are referred to using their hero or villain codenames. The only exceptions to this trope being Woose Brain (aka. POWAA!!-Man), and Michael Cortelloni (fka. Ragemaster), who are referred to using their given names rather than codenames.
  • Powered Armor: Telissa and Raea, as well as Uberman; though unlike the first two, he doesn't have the option of taking his off.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Each of Drekis' generals effectively has one of their own consisting of an Advocate and a Disciple.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The reptillons from Drekis' army are nasty acid-spewing, sword-toting lizard men, while Drekis' general Aigonis Zekruel hails from a race of repiltilian humanoids.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Vincentzo Maiinverno, who happens to be a highly-accomplished magus.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Egregiously so for the females. On the Khazan defenders' side, heroines such as Telissa Ravan and Raea Salhalla being covered from neck-down in Powered Armour, and Khazan armed forces personnel such as the Mobile Police's Jennifer Chase and the female pilots in the Army Mechanized Division all sporting modest, practical police/military uniforms; which stands in stark contrast to the often Stripperiffic attires of the females in Drekis' legions.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Owing to his background as a mobster, Michael Cortelloni still totes around a pistol that he uses rather frequently even after he developed massive telekinetic abilities.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Blitzkrieg is a Nazi Super Soldier who now works for The Fallen after World War II.
  • Throw-Away Country: Theneseia's conquest and occupation by Veronica Daemon's forces took place completely off-screen and was only mentioned in-passing by other characters. The exact details are left entirely up to the reader's speculation.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The entirety of the relationship between Vincentzo Maiinverno and Woose Brain (aka. POWAA!!-Man) can be summed up as such.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Marauders. With the exception of their leader Toc Darkone, none of the other Marauders were seen again after they were last seen pulling out of Zel'Myas.
  • Whip It Good: Two flavors shown, both courtesy of The Marauders - Izohn Falaris' whip, and Razor's bladed chain.
  • Zerg Rush: The main advantage held by Drekis' forces. His monsters can increase their numbers faster than Khazan's defenders can deplete them.
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