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  • Recommended by Golden Dragon 326, seconded by calantian
  • Pairing(s): Mainly Tidus x Yuna, though there is Shuyin x Lenne, Wakka x Lulu, as well as a few other minor pairings.
  • The trilogy picks up where X-2's perfect ending left off, with Tidus having just returned. The first story, Spira's Dream has him trying to find out exactly what he is and how his return was possible. Meanwhile, with the Eternal Calm underway, Spira continues with the search for it's lost past. This story is more informative then plot-y, though many of the things introduced are quite interesting, and the ideas are needed to understand the next two stories (and the fluffy scenes between Yuna and Tidus are adorable).
  • This is followed by Spira's Sphere, where Tidus comes to terms with what he is and everyone focuses on Spira's past (which no one really saw coming). And the plot comes in.
  • Last, but certainly not least, is Spira's Revenge. It introduces another character from lost Zanarkand, but the enemy from Spira's Sphere hasn't vanished yet, and instead allies himself with an old one.
  • The writer also wrote another story, Neogenesis, which is a prequel to Dream and Sphere, but its much better to read those two first, since it deals with concepts brought forward by them. In this story, Shuyin's life is traced and transformed into Tidus, so that the Fayth can use him to end their own eternal summoning.
  • Comments: I was very glad to stumble upon these stories. The writer definitively knows what they're writing about.
    • Certainly worth checking out. The author writes the character's voices extremely well, and does some neat things with popular fan theories and information from the Ultimania.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.
Soldier of Spira by rr1963 (AU)
  • Recommended by Vergil, Clendy 82
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A novelization of FFX with a generous serving of AU. This is not apparent from the beginning, though the skill of the writer is. Soldier of Spira starts from Auron's POV, and eventually written from Rikku's as well. The kicker is that, while it follows the pilgrimage, it covers so much more. rr1963 has crafted a power struggle between two opposing (or more) sides which Auron is involved with. Much of the story details Auron's past and Rikku's gradually learning more and more about Auron, Spira, and a war Yuna and her party aren't even aware of.
  • Comments: To call this story a diamond in the sand can't come close to doing it justice. The story has something for everyone, and is one of the few fanfics that focuses a significant portion of its story on political intrigue, and does it well. Better than some published works. Every aspect of Spira is expounded upon without it seeming like exposition: it's delivered so comically, or it's laden with so much intrigue, that you'll laugh or be at the edge of your seat respectively. It is also one of the few fics that portrays a relationship between Auron and Rikku and makes it completely believable. Auron has the standard misgivings about being in a relationship with someone so young, and this fic explores it properly. Delving into platonic and sexual aspects of just the idea in a gripping first-person perspective. And Rikku is written as a strong, intelligent, optimistic individual who is very much still an irrational teenager. This fic has a Magnificent Bastard Auron at war with other Bastards, keeps him a solid tactical leader and teacher within Yuna's party, while still portraying a tough, military mindset that's in stark contrast with Rikku's (usually) bubbly, cheerful dialogues, and so much more. While rr1963 seems to have abandoned the fic, it is still worth reading. You will find something new in each reread, and the novelty never completely fades. Click the link.
    • Clendy 82: The fact that one of Rikku's hobbies in the story is that she writes her own Rikku/Auron slashfic is one of the funniest things I've seen in quite awhile. What's even funnier is when she lets Tidus read through it:
    Tidus: You call him Daddy?
    Tidus: Auron and you and Yuna and Lulu?
    Rikku: It was his birthday.

Final Fantasy X-3: Dreams and Nightmares by Ultra Sonic 007
  • Recommended by Citizen Grimm
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Takes place around 1000 years after the return of Sin to Spira, resulting in the deaths of Yuna, Tidus, Paine, Rikku, Wakka, and Lulu. Instead focuses on a young Summoner named Hirum and the Guardians he picks up along his journey. Oh yeah, Seymour is back too.
  • Comments: What I consider to be the best FFX story on While yes, it stars nearly all original characters, the characters are well written and work very well in the story. Also, the writer goes beyond expectations to describe how Spira has changed in the 1000 years since Sin's return. Trust me; it's epic.

Otherworld by RJtheClown
  • Recommended by Un Defined Legacy, seconded by Tropers/Raxis
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A story about the pilgrimage of Braska, Auron and Jecht, set ten years before the events of Final Fantasy X. Can Braska bring the Eternal Calm? And can Jecht return home to make things right? NOPE.
  • Comments: It's so good it should be considered canon. All characters are fully developed including the side characters. Currently being updated and approaching half way point.
  • Raxis: Well written, but sadly it looks very likely that is or will be a Dead Fic.

Auron in FFX2 by klepto_maniac0
  • Recommended by RN 452
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Oneshot. What if Auron were a character in Final Fantasy X-2.
  • Comments: A humorous oneshot where Auron uses the dressphere system. And he's not amused.

Vilg Oui, Live by volta_arovet
  • Recommended by Aruu
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Braska/Yuna's Mother, one-sided Auron/Braska
  • Synopsis: Braska and Auron are sent to an Al Bhed encampment, in an attempt to spread the word of Yevon. There Braska meets Shaara, a tough, no-nonsense mechanic who wants nothing more than to get rid of the Yevonites. Instead, Shaara learns more about Braska, and that he's not quite like the other Yevonites that she's met.
  • Comments: An absolutely wonderful story of how Braska and Yuna's mother, here named Shaara, met. Little to no actual romance, but it instead shows how their unlikely friendship began. Shaara is an incredibly well-written character, and her out-going and brash nature more than complements Braska's more gentle demeanour. Heavily recommended.

Sinspawn by JosephineSilver
  • Now with its own page, in dire need of some love.
  • Recommended by Transistor_Blue, seconded by Graveminder, along with The Gentlemen.
  • Status: Dead; last updated June 2017
  • Pairing(s): None yet (it's early days) but the author has stated that they will be sticking to canon ships.
  • Synopsis: "Sin always returns for its spawn." That's what they say. That's what they know. Tidus' arrival in Spira goes differently. Jecht approves...Auron did not sign up for this (but we all know he really did).
  • Comments: This is a fairly new fic for a fairly dead fandom, and it's only just broken 10k, but I think it deserves its place here on the recs page. It's only three chapters long so far, but each chapter is gripping and written really well. The author is really active with the readers as well, and it's well worth a read through the comments to get some insight into the working's behind the AU. I don't want to say too much and spoil it, but I will say that even short and incomplete as it is, it's one of the best FFX fics I've read in years, and it gives me hope for the fandom. Also, even with slow updates, the author replies to all comments and is very much actively writing for this fic.
    • Quite a few more chapters have been posted since above troper made this rec, and I can now guarantee you that this fic is well worth a read, if only for JosephineSilver's beautiful and evocative writing style, let alone the interesting premise and plot.

Memento Vivere by Enkida
  • Has its own troper's page
  • Recommended by Madame_Newbie
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Auron/Rikku
  • Synopsis: Sin is a memory, Vegnagun is scrap metal and a new era of peace has swept over Spira. It's not enough for Rikku, who is still waiting for her own story to begin. But what happens when her search brings her on a pilgrimage to the past... literally?
  • Comments: This is one of the best Braska's Pilgrimage fanfic around. The nail is that Rikku is sent back to the past and is roped, alongside with Jecht to join in Braska's pilgrimage. The author has managed to capture everyone's personality to perfectly. It's never boring and has some of the best character growth on this side of the fandom. The story had a 8 year hiatus but has returned with regular updates. Even if you're not into Auron/Rikku, this fic is worth for its writing and plot and I greatly recommend it for those who wanted to read about Yuna's doomed father.

Unwinding the Spiral by eliddell
  • Recommended by {Gamma Cavy
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Sephiroth/Auron
  • Synopsis: Early into Braska's pilgrimage, the three travelers encounter a man who seems to be a stranger to everything. No one knows where he came from. No one knows who he is. No one knows what language he speaks, or where the six foot sword came from. But after he sent Sin fleeing within minutes of waking, it's rather hard to tell him to go away. At the next Temple, the fayth provided a Translation Materia and asked that Sephiroth accompany the journey; and he devoted himself fully to the puzzle of this world's eternally reborn monstrosity.

Schism by Mengde
  • Recommended by MrAndy2689
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): most of the characters
  • Synopsis: A day after Cloud and Sephiroth's final duel, a strange visitor named Auron appears on the doorstep of Seventh Heaven. His arrival starts a conflict that will decide not only their fates, but that of the Planet itself. Revised and better than ever.
  • Comments: A excellent crossover fic with Final Fantasy 7, detailing a favourite fan theory that 7 and 10 are connected, while in the ff7 catagory, the storyline focuses alot more on 10s' world, and brings about a dramatic finale which neatly ties the fan theory up in a very well written and climactic, developing all the characters, and giving a very satifying conclusion to both 7 and 10s' story arcs, well worth a read to any fan who subscribes to the theory that 7 and 10 are connected.
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.
The Saiyan Pilgrimage by MegaBob452
  • Recommended by: rockysavannah
  • Crossover with: Final Fantasy X
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Five years have passed since Goku gave his life to protect the Earth, and he is given a mission from the Grand Kai. Return to the living realm on a distant planet, one that spans the divide between the living and the dead, and put an end to the steady stream of death and destruction that has plagued it for a thousand years. Here, on the planet known as Spira, this is his story.

The Summoner Rikku by GraciousVictory
  • Recommended by Rockinghood
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Rikku/Paine. Shout-out to onesided Leblanc/Nooj.
  • Synopsis: In an alternate continuity, where grief over Seymour murdering and maiming her guardians on Mount Gagazet drove Yuna to perform the Final Summoning and bring about a standard Calm, Rikku, joined by her guardian Paine, seeks to become a summoner herself, and find a way to end not only Sin's threat once and for all, but also, those of several horrifyingly potent new threats as well.
  • Comments: This fic provides a really fascinating look into a 'what if' and diverges from canon in a true-to-canon way. It's a dark concept and doesn't hold back on that, but also provides cute moments and shout-outs to FFX-2 and the original continuity. This is a great ongoing (and more recent) fic for Raine shippers who like to read fanfiction that stays true to the feel of the original game.

Beneath the Mask by Lucifers Garden
  • Recommended by Archangel_One
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Tidus/Yuna. Tidus, Rikku, Wakka, Lulu, Paine and Gippal are a small gang of high school students. Yuna is the rich new celebrity - no prizes for guessing which cute young student from the wrong side of the tracks she's interested in...
  • Comments: There are probably a million high school A Us of FFX out there. So far, this is not only the first one which hasn't sent me running for the hills, but which had me hooked for more. The original version is abandoned, but another six chapters were continued (with the original author's consent) by Black_Winged_Angel_17, although that also hasn't been updated in some time. Recommended if you're after a relatively (but not entirely!) fluffy Tidus/Yuna story.

Crimson And Clover by KathleenDee
  • Recommended by Senigata
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Rikku/Paine, Tidus/Yuna and Lulu/Wakka and a few minor ones.
  • Synopsis: Modern AU. Classic story of growing up on the opposite sides of the tracks.
  • Comments: Now usually I'm not one to go for Modern Day AU story, on a hunch I decided on reading this and was truly not disappointed. The main characters are clearly Rikku and Paine in this one and it takes the characters from the game and puts them into a realistic setting and gives them a bit more appropriate personalities (cracked up a Nooj more than once). Though the story is not without its bad points like the treatment of a few characters and the story in all features a few mature themes and a bit of drug abuse. Still, it's a nicely written story, really long and just wants you to see what happens next.

On Your Shore by Shandy
  • Recommended by Cedarleaf
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Slightly AU. Ten years after the last High Summoner, Lord Braska, brought the Eternal Calm to Spira, Yuna leaves the quiet of Besaid under the guardianship of Auron and journeys to Zanarkand. The city of Blitzball, the city of lights... the city of her dreams. Tidus/Yuna
  • Comments: Beautifully written and equally mysterious and charming, On Your Shore recaptures the richness of the original games while reimagining them in its own terms. The main story revolves around Yuna struggling to balance the two sides of her life, one as the faithful and loving daughter of Auron, and the other as the friend of Tidus, star player of the Zanarkand Abes, and her growing feelings for him. Tidus also struggles with wanting to see more of Yuna but is unable to because of Auron, which doesn't help with his deep resentment of his own deadbeat father. But there is also the mystery of just what happened on Braska's pilgrimage ten years ago, of why he and Jyscal died, why Auron and Jecht hate each other to the point of loathing even as they protect the same secrets, and just why Yuna is so key to the future of Spira. While at its heart, On Your Shore is a love story, there's so much more to it. Many of the particulars from the original games have been tweaked or changed outright: Lulu and Wakka are married from the start, Tidus and Gippal are childhood if volatile friends along with Rikku, Auron takes Yuna to Besaid after Braska dies, not Kimahri (who is a kitten), and Yuna believes him to be her father). I particularly enjoy the little continuity nods the author throws in here and there like little easter eggs. Overall, it's a highly satisfactory story that only gets better as it goes. Recommended to anyone who wishes to explore Spira and our favorite characters from a different point of view.

A Yarn of Seymour's Ordeal by Silver Whirl
  • Recommended by Constantly Comic
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Seymour/Rikku
  • Synopsis: 'While Yuna is gone, Seymour shows up... again... and is defeated... again. However, no summoner means no sending, so Rikku, Lulu, Wakka, and Auron must keep Seymour with them until they find Yuna.' Basically, everyone but Tidus, Yuna, and Kimahri have to haul Seymour all over Spira so Yuna can send him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: Mostly fluff and very much a Crack Pairing, but the author has fun with it. Rikku is perfectly in character, but Seymour... well, he could conceivably be seen acting like he does in the situation. Cid as an overprotective dad is what took the cake for me. Also features an alternate 'un-romantic' ending.

The Shape Of His Heart by Gabi-hime
  • Recommended by Little Fall Of Stars
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Auron/Rikku
  • Synopsis: Everybody's got a story. This one has poker, pudding, Ashura, Leviathan, and Perry Mason. Top that.
  • Comments: Poignant, powerful, hilarious, and bittersweet. I honestly cannot recommend it more. This is probably one of the best pieces the Auron/Rikku fandom has to offer.

A Tale of Two Languages By snarechan
  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Wakka learns a little bit more about the Al Bhed each time."
  • Characters: Wakka, Rikku
  • Pairing: Wakka/Rikku - can be seen as platonic
  • Comments: Heartwarming slow built up of the connection between the two characters, shows Wakkas growth and how they get to know eachpther primarly, the voices of the characters felt very much like the game.