American composer James Horner (born August 14, 1953) was killed in a plane crash earlier this Monday at the age of 61. Horner - who became one of the leading film score composers of his generation - developed an interest in composition early in life, with his studies taking him to the Royal Academy of Music in London and the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles to study. Subsequent work with the American Film Institute (AFI) propelled him to highly prominent jobs in Hollywood at a young age. Horner would be nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning twice for Titanic’s original score and for Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On”.
Nine of the many films he worked on follow. Excerpts from each film score can be heard if you click on the link (left-right, descending):
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) - directed by Nicholas Meyer; starring William Shatner, Ricardo Montalbán, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and Kirstie Alley
An American Tail (1986) - directed and co-produced by Don Bluth; starring the voices of Cathianne Blore, Dom DeLuise, John Finnegan, Phillip Glasser, Amy Green, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Plummer
Willow (1988) - directed by Ron Howard; starring Val Kilmer, Joanna Whalley, and Warwick Davis
The Land Before Time (1988) - directed and co-produced by Don Bluth; starring the voices of Gabriel Damon, Candace Huston, Judith Barsi, and Will Ryan
Glory (1989) - directed by Edward Zwick; starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Cliff De Young, Andre Braugher, and Jihmi Kennedy
The Rocketeer (1991) - directed by Joe Johnston; starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, and Timothy Dalton
Legends of the Fall (1994) - directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick; starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas
Apollo 13 (1995) - directed by Ron Howard; starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris
Titanic (1997) - directed, co-produced, and written by James Cameron; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner, Bill Paxton, and Gloria Stuart
I warn you now: this is gonna be a long, long submission.
In a world where each and every flame user is hunted, Sawada Tsunayoshi believed himself to be a normal, average boy, that is, until he awakens his flame by accident.
Flame Hunters AU is exactly what it says on the tin: people hunt flame users. In this AU, only a small percentage of people can use flames, and these people have earthling blood in them. The rest of the world do not, and that’s why they can’t use flames.
Flame users are called earthlings, or descendants of earthlings. Non-flame users are called humans.
Flame users are hunted for many purposes, but the two main reasons are:
To use them as the government’s “assets” (experiments, future agents, life-saving resources, etc.)
To eliminate them because they are deemed “too dangerous to live” by the rest of society
Flame users have no rights. Even if they didn’t do anything wrong, as long as their nature is discovered, they are detained immediately. All are treated as cattle, rejects, freaks, or convenient resources of society. The more prominent religions are against the existence of flame users.
Flame users are considered the lowest of the low— they are far from being treated as third-class, or hell, even tenth-class citizens. They rank far below the poorer countries’ citizens, the black-skinned society, and even the social deviants. They’re treated worse than animals. Some are even kept as pets or slaves.
Numerous non-government organizations or NGOs and a few minority religious circles are fighting to protect flame users worldwide and advocate their rights as human beings.
Some places are completely lax about flame detection and persecution against flame users because they are not really much of a threat to the community, while some are a la martial law about it and will not stop until they’ve gotten their grubby hands on every last flame user they can find.
Many flame users end up in the mafia because it was either work for the underworld or be subjected to the government’s unfair and cruel treatment. Some are also forced into the mafia life. On the other hand, some people betray fellow flame users for their own safety, resorting to giving away information mostly under threats.
On the brighter side, many mafia Famiglia who are sympathetic to their plights have become their allies and built havens and/or sanctuaries for flame users all over the globe, including the town of Namimori, Mafia Land, remote locations in Russia, and communities in Sicily.
Around 10 to 20% of the world population are flame users, and they are either in hiding or simply remained under the radar out of ignorance of their own nature. Not all flame users actually utilize their flames— in fact, majority of flame users can’t even use flames; just that they have the potential to.
Flames are harnessed for many purposes— it could either be an alternate power source or a way to heal people similar to a blood transfusion via a moderated intake of flames (these flames are made from the regrets/wills of people; it can’t resurrect anyone from the dead, other than Life flames, but it can restore one’s health).
Flames can restore one’s poor health, but it cannot heal injuries nor cure terminal illnesses, regardless of studies. Sun flames are the only flames that can heal injuries. Hypothetically, flames can cure terminal illnesses, but it is not 100% verified. Cases where it did cure them are considered coincidences, a stroke of luck, or a miracle.
There are 15 recorded types of flames: the 7 flames of the Sky, the 7 flames of the Earth, and the irregular mixed-type: Wrath flames. On the other hand, there are 17 known types: with the addition of the rumored Night flames and the mythical Life flames.
The world has flame detectors based on Fiamma Volts (FV) or the intensity of their flames, and can also tell your type based on flame wavelength. These detectors were developed through thorough research on both captured and voluntary subjects.
Elements that fall under the 7 flames of the Earth are harder to detect since they are flames that originated from humans born with a unique genetic make-up, but not completely untraceable. It is unknown to what is the cause of this mutation, but it is heavily theorized that it is because of the indirect effect of auras that flame users have on normal people.
They are almost (keyword is almost) undetectable since these are recently-discovered elements (recently by the government at least, maybe a century or so) because of the nature of their origins (came from humans; no earthling blood whatsoever).
Plus, the quality of these elements are far from the 7 flames of the Sky: these flames have a completely different atomic structure.
Both Sky and Earth flames are detectable, however, because these elements are most alike to real flames, the detectors perceive them as a harmless rise in room temperature or simply body heat that is a tad higher than normal.
It’s not known that if others make a closer inspection on people with these elements, they will see that it is actually the abnormally high readings of Fiamma Volts (remember, FV is flame “strength” or intensity) that the detectors are picking up as high body temperature or a rise in room temperature.
The existence of Night flames are unconfirmed. There have been sightings of them from the infamous phantom vigilante group called Vindice, but everything is just hush-hush and all who were able to witness something mysterious “disappeared”.
Life flames are a myth. Some say that it’s only accessible to Skies with the purest flames and resolutions. It’s theorized that Life flame users have dominant earthling blood. Others speculate that a person can only have them if they are pureblood earthlings. The Arcobaleno’s existence is unknown to most people.
Both flames are simply buried in gossips, children’s stories, and conspiracy theories. Majority of the world believe these flames’ existence like mythological people and creatures.
Purebloods still exist but they are extremely scarce, like finding 1 out of a million. They are also prioritized and on top of the hunted list because of their special blood, their unique genes, their strong and pure flames, and their rarity.
It is also rare for elements to mix and combine together in one person. Usually, they are simply perceived as multi-flame users (such as Gokudera), but the rare cases of mixed-type are the Wrath users (such as the Secondo, Ricardo and Varia’s Xanxus). For the sake of studies and theory, flames have a 0.0000001% probability of combining to form a new type.
The holders of the Vongola rings are the “stewards” or the providers for flame users. The leaders of every generation are in charge of maintaining the sanctuaries and discovering new ones. They also sponsor, provide reliefs, and support the everyday lives of flame users.
The bearers of the Mare rings are the “knights”, those who should protect them. Their job is to watch over other flame users and make sure that no harm befalls them. They are to secure the flame users’ safety and make sure that no one discovers their existence, and if not possible, their identities.
The Arcobaleno are the “minders”, people chosen to guide others. They are to guide and teach other flame users about their nature and how to manage their flames. They are also tasked to find other undiscovered flame users and those who managed to stay under the radar but are under the protection of no one.
Though not a part of Tri-ni-sette, the Simon rings were created by Simon Primo with the help of Vongola Primo, Giglionero Primo Sepira, Checkerface, and the genius Talbot. This was around mid-18th century. The first ever human who discovered his ability to use flames was Cozart Simon.
Humans who become flame users are regarded as anomalies even in the flame users’ community, and thus, the job of the bearers of these rings are to provide for anyone who falls under the 7 flames of the Earth.
The Hell rings are a creation of Checkerface himself. These rings are given to anyone who was not chosen to become Mist Guardians but are qualified enough to be a part of Tri-ni-sette. The holders of these rings are tasked to do undercover work and cover up any flame-related incidents.
Mammon and Verde’s creations/inventions can mask a person’s flame to remain undetectable, but not everyone can get their hands on the paraphernalia.
Tsuna thought he was flameless since the Ninth sealed his flames for his own safety, but a near-death experience made him have a lot of regrets and his will to live was so strong that it gave enough intensity for his flames to break through. Fortunately for him, he is completely undetectable, much to his confusion.
Reborn was sent to become his “minder” and tutor. Tsuna is still chosen to become Vongola Decimo.
Everyone originally thought Tsuna was a Sky. The truth is, he is the first ever person to be the user of the newest discovered element: Oath flames. He can use both Sky and Earth flames.
They named the flames after the oath between Giotto and Cozart— a promise for descendants of the earthlings and flame-using humans to band together and watch out for each other against the rest of the world.
Both Iemitsu and Nana are flame users; Sky and Earth respectively. While Iemitsu is aware of his status, Nana is not, and so, Tsuna’s “Sky” stigma stuck. The Vongola decided to declare him a Sky since all bosses are Sky and also to protect him from being the highest of the high priorities.
Iemitsu’s earthling blood is so minute that it could easily accommodate foreign genes. Also, his nature as an “accepting Sky” added to the factors which made Tsuna’s element possible. Nana’s Earth flames, which has a similar wavelength to Sky flames, assisted as well.
Tsuna is completely undetectable because of his flame’s unique atomic structure, one-of-a-kind wavelength, and because the two flames inside of him are perfectly balanced, thus hiding each other’s existence under numerous layers of their combined and foreign characteristics. His flames are almost synonymous to real flames.
Man, this was a wordy and length post. Hope you guys don’t mind. I enjoyed brainstorming, too!
This is a glorious AU, but wait, how does Tsuna meet his Guardians? And Enma?