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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.

Fresh Start by The Doctor Is Icecube

  • Recommended by: Discar
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Rex pretty much felt like his life had hit a dead end at age eighteen. He never finished school and was stuck in a low paying job in a city he didn't have the time to get to know, and then to top it all off his apartment introduced a no pets policy so he was forced to find somewhere new to live. He never quite anticipated that it would turn out the way it was. His new house share was full of characters, and those characters were soon to change his life - for better or worse.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe, real world

Paths Divergent by Ajur

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  • Recommended by: Watashiwa
  • Status: In Progress
  • Synopsis: One event can change everything. A single point of divergence can cause ripples and twists that impact the entire world. A canon divergence AU with a catalyst occurring during the Aegis War that explores a different path the story could have taken.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe
    • Comments: A very promising Elseworld where things are just ever-so-slightly off from canon. Nia's a stowaway instead of a Torna member, Jin isn't even around, Gramps actually dies and becomes a Core Crystal... this fic has an idea and it's running with it.

Another Chronicle by Other Red

  • Recommended by: TheGrayFox
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A familiar scene - a sealed room on an ancient ship, containing a red sword. But Rex isn't the one to touch it. A sort-of retelling/sort-of AU where Nia is the Aegis's driver. Some things play out similarly, others not so much.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe
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    • Comments: It's a fairly simple premise, and a lot of events are quite similar to canon, but it's well-written, with Nia in Rex's place providing just enough changes to be potentially interesting.

The Ol' Switcheroo by CloverCloverClover

  • Recommended by: Sniper_Maxter, Valkyr
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: What if Amalthus had awoken Mythra instead of Malos, so Malos joins up with Rex instead? I try hard to make this NOT just a simple retread of what happened in the main game: Many things change, others are expanded on.
  • Pairings: Rex/Nia
  • Tags: Alternate Universe
    • Comments: As the author themselves will tell you, the title absolutely does not indicate the actual tone of the story or the content therein. It's only named such because they couldn't think of a title. What's actually here is both a fresh twist on the original story combined with a deeper exploration of the old characters and world than what even the game often offered. With Pyra and Mythra moved into the primary antagonist position, Nia takes up their role as the primary love interest for Rex and the relationship between them is given much more focus, but the dynamic between them is a far cry from the Rex/Aegis romance of the original story, being much closer to their friendship in the original canon. Malos, the new co-star, is much the same ruthless, macho tough guy with Hidden Depths that he was originally, but now with much more of a heart, and Pyra and Mythra's original personalities reconciled with their new places in the tale creates a very different villain and a slightly different relationship with the members of their version of Torna.
    • Read this. Pyra and Mythra make for even more compelling antagonists than Malos did in canon, the author delights in throwing curveballs that none-the-less make sense, and Azurda actually gets to do things.

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