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Witches' Reign is a crossover roleplay hosted on Dreamwidth. It's premised on the characters from various worlds finding themselves in Balamb Garden twenty-one years after the events of Final Fantasy VIII, as a side effect of Ultimecia's attempts to make time one single moment at the climax of that game.

As either Cadets, Instructors, or SeeDs, characters are expected to learn the rigors and rules of a top-notch mercenary organization and accordingly work with it until they can find a way back to their homeworlds. That, however, is much easier said than done.


It is found here, though the last update occurred in 2014.

Witches' Reign provides examples of:

  • Academy of Adventure: Even without the shenanigans of time compression, Garden teaches kids how to use magic and mystical forces as well as the usual Spy School fare.
  • All Animals Are Domesticated: Subverted: Claire is mildly weirded out by the fact that this world's chocobos are not, unlike the XIII world's.
  • All Elections Are Serious Business: Grell threatens to kill people who don't vote for her for Homecoming Princess; Tom thinks something would have exploded if she or Sharpay hadn't won their respective titles. Subverted by all the other SeeD candidates, who didn't care about or want their titles.
  • Amazon Brigade: The roleplay's roster consists of a disproportionate number of cute, friendly, capable girls.
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  • Bag of Sharing: If the school has access to one canon Guardian Force, every character can junction it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Espio. One reason not to mess with Tobias.
  • Class Trip: While Garden is on break in Esthar, students are invited to the presidential palace and to Odin's laboratory.
  • Competence Zone: Subverted. The minimum age for taking the SeeD field exam is 15, which many of the younger kids, heroes or deadly assassins in their own canons, are not impressed with. The maximum age for attaining SeeDship is 25, but the Headmaster seems to have turned a blind eye to several of the older characters, and some of the immortals are outright lying about their ages.
  • Food Fight: During the superpowers event, fuelled by Zephyr's sudden ability to generate baked goods and Kiden's sudden invisibility.
  • Fundraiser Carnival: Subverted: The carnival was originally just part of homecoming, but then the Garden Festival Committee decided to give the funds to charity.
  • Global Airship: Besides the Ragnarok, Espio has donated his own airship to Garden. On the other side, an old-school Final Fantasy style airship — a literal ship with propellers instead of sails — has fallen into the hands of a different faction.
  • Guest Fighter:
  • Reality Subtext: When the game moved to Dreamwidth, the characters received wireless-capable laptops and much of the world outside Garden also got a technological upgrade.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Characters applied as SeeDs have at least a year of handwaved history within the setting, and including CR in this handwave is an option.
  • School Play: The drama classes put one on every quarter, having so far performed Romeo and Juliet set in the first Sorceress War WITH LASERS! and Cats.
  • Shipper on Deck: Did some characters talk to each other? Miss Tattler ships it now.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Nothing has developed exclusively in the game, but Snow was the Martial Arts Instructor, and Serah was just a student.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Time compression is the cause of, and solution to, every issue that needs a handwaving.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Garden at large and baked goods.
    • Espio has an obsession with turnips. He'll eat them, hoard them, steal them, talk to them, threaten people with them and generally takes it to a ridiculous level. Even the Headmaster has noticed that he loves the things.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor:
    • Seifer, after the entire events of Final Fantasy VIII, had no trouble getting back into the Garden and resuming his classes. Not everyone has welcomed him, though.
    • Done again when Seifer takes The Slow Path to returning, as a gunblade-smith rather than a student.
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: Applies to practically half the cast, but special mention goes towards Zim for publicly asking for people's DNA samples on the BBS where the teachers could spot him... and Damian for hitting a weapon at Souless!Colette and getting attacked with freaking Judgment in retaliation.