✧ ✧ Astoria: Fate’s Kiss ✧ ✧ ❣ Medusa Season 4 Out Now! ❣ After ten years of marriage, life with Medusa and your twin daughters couldn’t seem any sweeter. But when tomboy Celeste’s Aura awakens before shy Saffi’s, your perfect family faces its first obstacle. Is family history set to repeat itself?
So here are the winners, guys! I got SO MANY submissions for this contest–far more than I expected–so I decided to give out not only 1st place prizes, but 2nd and 3rd place prizes as well! Congratulations to all the winners! I’ll be contacting you all shortly :D
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1st Place - Will receive a story up to 10,000 words on the Miraculous Ladybug subject of their choice and their banner will be used for Serendipitous Fate Preview posts.
I really wish the Awakening kids were better integrated into Fates plot. While I have no problem with them being the retainers of the Nohr siblings, I hate that their mission to protect the Avatar was never focussed on in game, not even in Revelations where they could’ve used this as a reason to join the Avatar’s party.
Are you tired of the people who think this is underswap with personalities unchanged
Because, frankly, I’ve been planning this AU for nearly a year and have tried extremely hard to make it stand out as its own unique entity. What a lot of people don’t seem to understand (and I mean no offense), is that role swaps, and by extension, Underswap, are not a unique concept. They have existed since the very dawn of fandoms, and swapping the main pairs is about the most obvious way you could go about it.
However, Underswap is very popular, to a point where people automatically assume that AUs sharing the main character swaps are ripoffs when, frankly? That’s just closed-minded. I’m sure the guys at @undertaleswitchtale have to deal with this, too, which is equally unfortunate because they also put a lot of effort into their AU worldbuilding.
Now, if you like Underswap, that’s fair enough. However, much like there are many versions of old fairy tales and narrative concepts, there are many ways to tackle the concept of swapping the leads.
But swapping a few similar characters does not make Underswap 2.0. For one, the ONLY thing the IF and Uswap have in common is that Asgore swaps with Toriel, Papyrus with Sans, and Undyne with Alphys. There is no MK/Asriel swap, no Muffet/Grillby swap, no Frisk/Chara swap, no evil Temmie, no MTT/Blook swap, and the way I handle each swapped character is radically different.
My Papyrus is still loud, goofy, optimistic and enthusiastic, not to mention a wacky scientist. Sans a high ranking royal guard in spite of his laziness, Undyne remains a threat even as royal scientist, and the whole party member mechanic- it’s been done in AUs like monster party, but among swap AUs, it’s basically unheard of.
Never mind the overall story changes, such as this AU taking place after a failed canon run, Flowey acting as the mastermind to a Frisk who can scarcely remember their last journey, their current mindset that resets have no consequences and their struggles in an environment that is much less welcoming to humans. Above all else, though, the growing friendship between Papyrus and Frisk is central to the story, as Papyrus is putting a lot on the line by siding with a human stranger, and the two have more in common than they realize.
So I guess what I ask is that people look at Inverted
Fate as… well, Inverted Fate. At the very least, I implore people to
look through the comic before making assumptions based on the premise
alone. It’s hurtful to me as a creator when my efforts are ignored in
favor of comparison to another AU simply because it came first.
But to everyone who’s shown support and to all my readers, thank you. I’ve been too busy to do a lot of individual milestones, but I leave you with one little teaser for the next update.