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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Star Ocean series Fan Fics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into homosexual or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.You can also add to the current recommendations if you want. Refrain from posting Conversation in the Main Page though; that goes in the discussion page.


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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.

Fair Compensation by Wall Walker

  • Recommended by Axelseru
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Dr. Lantis + Philia
  • Synopsis: "Dr. Lantis had to cope with a lot of things during his big project, including separation from the outside world. The only things that kept him sane were his conversations with his beloved daughter...." This fic contains MAJOR GAME SPOILERS. You would also need to know about the secret files before even thinking about reading this fic.
  • Comments: A very rare glimpse into one of the most pivotal characters in Star Ocean 2. The way Wallwalker presents Dr. Lantis gives new meaning towards "show, don't tell." She is both subtle and obvious with the characterization. I really don't know how else to describe it. It all just makes sense. The bottom line is that this fic has haunted me ever since I first read it because it's profoundly sad.

Points of View by Intrasonic

  • Recommended by Matt
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: None
  • Synopsis: SO3: A collection of scenes interspersed throughout the game's plot, focusing mainly on Nel as she comes to grips with a rapidly changing worldview.
  • Comments: Watching Nel's reactions is fascinating and her dry sense of humor keeps the story from bogging down in introspection. Cliff is also in fine form.

A Question of Fate by Intrasonic

  • Recommended by Matt
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Clair/Nel (one sided)
  • Synopsis: SO3: Part 1: Now that you've received your Happy Ending (tm), welcome to the rest of your life! (Note: No refunds will be issued, customer satisfaction may vary.) Part 2: Because nothing says 'mutual respect' and 'profound thanks' like classifying your friends as a primitive anthropology exhibit.
  • Comments: A post-game story focusing on Maria, and eventually Nel, as they explore some of the unsolved mysteries left behind after the Creator incident. Excellent character voices all around, and, as above, the humor is character based rather than 'wacky' antics.

Subjective or Ideal by Prince Vermin

  • Recommended by Myra Hellsing
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Albel/Fayt
  • Synopsis: After defeating Luther, the party doesn't want to split up and leave each other. Fayt has a secret that's weighing him down with guilt. Why does he think that Albel's the only one that can help him?
  • Comments: A slash-fic that's written thoroughly and well. It explores untouched plot points, expanding on such aspects as the Crimson Scourge and Romero.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Ambivalence by Aphel Aura

  • Recommended by Axelseru
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Gabriel/Lucifer
  • Synopsis: I'll just quote this: "He would like to say that he has hated Gabriel since the first moment he laid eyes on him, and that his feelings have not changed since then." Takes place pre-game and is spoilerific.
  • Comments: Because it is an excellent interpretation of Lucifer and his mixed feelings for Gabriel. The fic is quite "hot" without being too detailed. The only flaw I can think of is the "dry" sex. Beyond that, a well-done presentation of a very uncommon Star Ocean 2 pairing.

The Other Side of the Coin by Somnion

  • Recommended by Autumn Berry Bliss
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Albel/Nel
  • Synopsis: During a mission in the Duggus Forest, former enemies Nel and Albel unwittingly become partners in crime, and of course, things start off rather rocky. From here, it is a journey into acceptance and the understanding of the other person. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: A decently written fic that takes place after Aquaria and Airyglyph have reconciled. The relationship between the two is great and very well in-character, with bits of humor sprinkled all throughout their dialogue. It includes heartwarming moments and skirmishes, as well as Woltar as a shoulder angel and Vox as his devil counterpart.


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