Chapter 7 is up! http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8321853/7/Army-of-One
This is my crossover story starring Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. When I finished playing the game I had an idea rolling around in my head. The idea was what if Lightning was a champion of the League of Legends? So I started writing this.
Here I have posted a brief taste of the first chapter and you can find the rest of it, and future chapters here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8321853/1/Army_of_One
Chapter 1 Preview:
The Traveler in the Twilight
Bright stars greeted her crystal blue eyes as they fluttered open. With a groan the pink haired soldier known as Lightning picked her head up off the grass on which she lay. Her head was foggy, and it pounded with an excruciating headache that made her wince as she slowly pushed herself up into a sitting position. Even that small amount of movement caused the soldier grit her teeth as her muscles burned and ached. Almost as if she had fallen from the very sky she had woken up to.
The Guardian Corps soldier sat for a moment to let her body adjust, and when the pain in her muscles died down a bit she scanned the area around her for any clue as to where she was. First she looked around herself, her keen eyes attempting to pick out any shapes she could in the darkness that surrounded her. She sat in a giant open field, that stretched for what appeared to be miles in every direction. The sky above her was crystal clear with not a cloud in sight. But the strange large plants and wild life that she had come to know on Pulse where none existent here. She looked behind her, to where Coccoon, her home that floated above the planet of Pulse like a moon would normally be. Instead there floated a real moon that cast it's pale glow over the field.
With a great deal of effort and no small amount of pain Lightning forced herself to her feet. The soldier was used to pain, and pushing through it, but this was on a completely different level. After taking a few long breaths to force the pain out of her mind she turned in a circle, searching for possible signs of the other l'Cie. A small tinge of worry welled up inside her as when she saw no one.
There was no trace of Hope, the young boy who's mother had been lost in the fight against the Sanctum when they tried to purge Cocoon of the l'Cie. She heard no chirping of the Chocobo that was always the tell tale sign of Sazh being nearby, seeing as the little bird always resided within his hair. What worried her even more was that there was also no Fang sitting nearby keeping watch as she always did since they had landed on Pulse. Gran Pulse, Lightning corrected herself in her mind as Fang always did. The pinkette smiled briefly at her fond memories of talking to the tall bronze skinned Pulsian hunter. Fang had been their guide to Pulse, since she was a native of the planet, but was also branded a l'Cie the same as the others along with her life long redheaded friend Vanille.
Lightning's eyes snapped open wide as a thought suddenly crossed her mind. Her brand! Quickly her hands went to the zipper on the brown vest that she wore beneath her white sleeveless Guardian Corps uniform. She unzipped it and looked down at the brand on her chest. It had six arrows, three pointing in opposite directions of each other, and a small eye barely open in the center of them.
A loud sigh of relief escaped the soldier's lips as she calmed her suddenly racing heart. She still had time. Hopefully she would make it back to the others before the eye of her brand opened all the way and she became a monster known as a 'Cieth.
With another quick glance around Lightning attempted to think. How had she gotten here? She made several attempts to retrace her steps in her mind but she couldn't remember anything beyond walking along on Gran Pulse with her group, everything beyond that was a blur in her mind. A gloved hand went to her temple and attempted to rub the headache that reared its ugly head away. But as she moved her bangs away from her eyes, a bright light caught her attention out of the corner of her eye.
Off in the distance, above what she could see was a tree line, was a shining light that appeared to be situated atop a towering building. Everything beneath it was in shadows, but from where she stood there appeared to be other buildings around that one. Lightning's eyebrow raised in confusion. There weren't any buildings on Pulse, save for the village of Oerba which they had been traveling toward before this incident, and Oerba was a snow covered tundra.
Well, where there is light, there is usually people, and hopefully some information. The soldier thought as she took a deep breath and made her way toward the light after checking the small pouch that she wore strapped to her left thigh. She still had a few of her potions and some ammunition for her gunblade with hung behind her legs, strapped to the belt around her midsection.
The walk seemed to take hours as her body screamed in pain with every step she took. But finally she reached the tree line that separated the field from the buildings. Gingerly she took a step between the trees and kneeled behind a large bush to observe the place.
It was a grand city, with tall skyscrapers and neon lights. Although a bit primitive compared to the super high tech places she was used to living in on Cocoon, the place was still fairly well advanced. A few people wandered up and down the street that she could see through an alley way barely a few feet from where she was. The people wore simple yet eccentric style clothing. One man that walked buy was clad in a long coat that flared out around his wrists and legs with very old looking boots, and a top hat on his head.
Lightning smirked to herself at the odd attire, but then reminded herself, that she would more than likely not blend in well in a place like this. With her short skirt, knee high boots, the shoulder pad on one arm with two glowing lines that where the trade mark of the Guardian Corps, and of course no one would miss the long red cape that hung from the same left shoulder that her shoulder pad adorned.
So she decided to play it safe, and stood up from behind the foliage and made her way quickly, but silently up the alley. Once she reached the end of it the soldier pressed herself up against the brick wall and peered around the corner. The street was well lit by the neon lights and lamp posts that lined it. Lightning's eyes darted back and forth along the street, her trained ears listened intently for any source of information. It wasn't long before what appeared to be a bar across the street caught her attention. People shuffled in and out of the place, laughing and talking amongst themselves. Everywhere else however seemed to be closed up for the night.
I suppose a bar is as good a place as any to try and find some information. Lightning thought. Bars full of people where usually chock full of information, since she could easily blend in and observe the people inside without having to ask any questions. With another glance around the street to assure that no one would see her, Lightning stepped out from the shadows and swiftly made her way over to the bar. She quickly ducked into the shadows next to bar when two men came out of the double doors laughing and slurring their words loudly. After a moment of stumbling around in front of the bar the men made there way past her and she slipped out from the shadows and into the bar.
That's all for the preview. You can find the link to the rest of the story at the top of this page.
Edits and Updates:
4/18/2013 Chapter 7 has been posted. The link is posted at the top of this page. I have also started on a series of one-shots featuring my now official pairing of Lightning/Ashe. For those of you who are interested in it, you can find a link at the bottom of this post. However I do warn you for mature content and fluffyness. Also I am taking a short break on this story to devote some attention to my other stories. However Chapter 8 should be done fairly soon.
Army of One related One-shots/Side stories:
Flash and Frost:http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9213009/1/Flash-and-Frost
In addition to the main story I have started this series of one-shots featuring Lightning and Ashe for those of you who are fans of it. This is where I will be indulging in this pairing so that it does not take over the spotlight of the main story. I do however warn you for mature content and lots of fluff.
Truth or Dare: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8459545/1/Truth-or-Dare Lightning and Riven are bored and decide to pass the time with an innocent game of Truth or Dare. Pairings: Ashe x Lightning / Riven x Lux
Enjoy everyone! If you enjoy Army of One and any of it's spinoffs please be sure to let me know! I love hearing your thoughts, it feeds my inspiration
Other fun stuff:
Please be sure to thank Yosane for her amazing artwork that I have used as the cover art for both Army of One and Flash and Frost.
Cover art for Army of One:http://yosane.deviantart.com/art/FFXIII-Lightning-Fearless-216347296
Cover art for Flash and Frost: http://yosane.deviantart.com/art/Lightning-Ashe-Flashes-and-Frost-363866280
For anyone who is interested, I originally came up with this idea because as I stated, I imagined what it would be like if Lightning was actually a playable champion in the League of Legends. So for those of you who are interested, here is the original write up that I did of what I thought Lightning's abilities would be.
Passive:Stagger - Every 5 basic attacks Lightning staggers her target, slowing them and dealing bonus damage with her next attack.
Blitz: Lightning strikes an area around her with her gun blade dealing high physical damage.
Blazefire Sabre: Lightning fires three rounds from her gun blade. Each shot deals less damage than the last when fired at a single target. Each shot is fired separately.
Lightning Strike: Lightning gains a bonus to attack speed and movement speed for 3 seconds.Ability Passive - Axis Blade - Every time Lightning strikes an enemy with an attack while using this ability all of her cool downs are reduced by 0.5 seconds.
Ultimate:Army of One - Lightning strikes a targeted opponent five times, each attack doing slightly less damage then the last. If the target dies during Lightning's attack she will jump to the nearest champion and repeat the ability. If the champion lives then the ability simply ends.
Valkyrie Lightning - Final Fantasy XIII-2