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Piaculum by Griselda Banks

  • Recommended by Orpheum Zero
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A novelization of the hauntingly classic game about a boy with horns, left to die in a castle. By a stroke of fate he is able to free himself from his prison, and together with a mysterious girl named Yorda, the two embark on a journey to escape the castle, and the menacing shadows that seek to stop them. It's a story of courage, friendship, and how it takes action to change one's own destiny.
  • Comments: From the way she captures the atmosphere of the story, to the attention for detail she uses to describe the story, Griselda manages to present the story in a fresh new way that still remains faithful to the original. Though there exist an official novelization of the game, this shouldn't dissuade people from checking out Griselda's amazing take.

Legion by Negative Creep

  • Recommended by NanoMoose
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Our name is Legion, and we are many.
  • Comments: The fic uses a fairy-tale narration to convey one very stark fact: what happened to each and every last one of the horned children before Ico. A short, beautiful and haunting story with a powerful ending.

Distant Hills by Blue Flaming Wings

  • Recommended by KazenoKlonoa
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Happiness truly does follow sorrow. But no one said that such a path would be an easy one. Only hours have passed since the Castle has fallen and its dark shadow can already be felt, on them and on the world.
  • Comments: A positively enchanting story written in a fluid, descriptive fashion that not only captures the feeling of the game, but creates an interesting and believable backstory to Ico and Yorda. Their personalities are expanded upon and the nature of their relationship is delved into in a truly great way.

To Revive the Stars by Phoenix Captain

  • Recommended by Sar-Chasm
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He needs her to show him the way, to chase nightmares from the deepest corners, to shine brighter than the full moon upon this terrible castle of night. Without her he cannot see. Without her there is no light.
  • Comments: A fascinating in-depth look into Ico's motives and his role in his relationship with Yorda.

Herself by Stealth Noodle

  • Recommended by Sar-Chasm
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ico broke a cage and a curse. Yorda returns the favor.
  • Comments: A beautiful take on the game’s ending written from Yorda’s point of view.