Title: Friendship Bonds
Media: Video Game
Topic: Final Fantasy VII
Genre: Adventure / Romance
URL: Friendship Bonds – Chapter One
Critiqued by Lyle
Well, hello there, dear patrons! I know, I know… where the hell have I been? I’d like to sincerely apologize for my prolonged absence. Things have been rough lately.
That said, I’m not going to be returning to my previous projects for some time (if ever). I’m sure you’re terribly broken up about not seeing the end of either “Control” or “Shinobi & Wizards: Resolution.” For now, considering I’m not sure how long I’ll be mentally capable of snarking, I’ll try to keep things on the shorter end of the fanfiction spectrum. I’ll be sticking to one-shots or stories with short chapters.
This week’s story is called “Friendship Bonds” and hails from the ever-popular Final Fantasy VII (7) video game. The reason I chose this has everything to do with the summary:
In the search of Jenova, Destiny goes with Cloud and AVALANCHE to stop Sephiroth form using Black Materia to destroy Gaia. But what will it cost? A life? Loss of trust? Or a change of hearts? CloudXOC
There’s nothing really overly wrong with that summary except one thing: The OC’s name is Destiny. My Sue-dar started bleeping the instant I read that and continued to grow stronger when it became implied that she’s a love interest for Cloud, the main protagonist of the FF7 franchise.
Welcome to another Wednesday with Taco. This week I’m bringing you a Star Wars / Final Fantasy 7 (FF7) crossover called Alliance that, mechanics-wise, is actually fairly well written. Plot-wise, this thing is a wreck.
Anyway, the fic opens up with your standard “I don’t own this blah, blah” disclaimer. There is also an AU tag, which I’m glad to see even though cross-overs are generally assumed to be AU anyway. The exclusion of the AU tag in a cross-over always leaves me wondering how much canon we’re supposed to assume is still accurate: a question that’s almost never answered in a cross-over fic.
Then we hit this foreboding line in the disclaimer:
Alyssa – the OC in this – is my invention.
That sent a shiver up my spine. It’s also when I started considering this fic for inclusion in the Library. After that last little disclaimer, the fic starts. Luckily the disclaimer was all in italics and formatted differently than the fic, so it was pretty easy to tell when the transition to the actual fic occurred. Author, you get a cookie and a redemption point for that consideration.
Here is a really well done picture of Cid, from Final Fantasy VII (7 for those who would have stared blankly at the Roman numerals for longer than really necessary…). I felt it was appropriate to feature a Cid picture as this is the character Falcon was modeled after in the fic “Blood of Ancients” that Taco covered for us a little while back.
The picture is by artist Dahlieka. She’s simply an amazing artist. Although we’re only highlighting this picture of Cid, she has other stunning works from FF7 and other fandoms. Here is the link to her Deviant Art page. I suggest you take some time to get lost there.
LotD: Lost chapter of Blood of Ancients.
Forward by Taco: I did my best to exaggerate CAM’s style and come up with something that was so outrageously bad, we could take humor in it. I think I only partially succeeded in this as going back and reading it was part funny and part painful. It’s fairly long, as there were three plot lines that had to be finished up, but the chapter is still a far cry shorter than the other two written by CAM. If it starts getting too painful to read, I suggest stopping. I think I captured the essence of CAM a little too accurately when writing this. Characters of Falcon, Cam, Steven, Wolf, and Kamots are all Copyright of CAM, not that anyone would ever want to steal them. All other characters are Copyright of SquareEnix.
Blood of Ancients: Chapter 3 – Falcon’s Talons
“My special power is more powerful than yours. The Blood of Ancients is also mine to weld!”
Title: Blood of Ancients
Media: Video game
Topic: Final Fantasy 7
Genre: It has no listed genre
URL: Blood of Ancients: Chapter Two, Part Three
Critiqued by TacoMagic
Finally we come to the “last” installment of Blood of Ancients. To figure out why I put that word in quotes, stay tuned until the end of our program.
Last time, our two protagonists acted like morons. You want more than that? Fine. Falcon got shot by the best-aimed artillery ever created and then saved himself by grabbing the most conveniently placed rope in the history of contrived plot devices. Meanwhile Wolf, in an effort to save his airs of mystique, got into a fight with Barret. During the course of this fight some random guards shoot Wolf, who then transforms into Sephiroth.
Happy? Didn’t think so.