Title: Agent of Cauldron Author: Zeitchen Rating: M Genre: Action/Drama Status: Work In Progress Fandom: Worm Words: ? (SB) Summary: ? (can't find an official one) Link: SpaceBattles Recommended earlier on in the Worm thread. Agent of Cauldron is about an OC character who triggers with Contessa's power, and it leads to her killing Eidolon (not knowing who he was). It follows her story as a newly recruited Cauldron member, as she is slowly exposed to all the international and interdimensional power plays the shadowy organisation is involved in. While the 'main' plot is about this OC character, the real selling point for me is the wealth of interludes and interactions with the boogeymen, power brokers and warlords that control Bet. It explores completely different aspects, locations and characters (both OC and canon) in the Worm verse that barely get touched on in canon, and are usually ignored (or poorly characterized) in the fandom. Everything from a Leviathan-ravaged Japan, a chaotic Middle East, a warlord controlled Africa, a crumbling Russia, and even US civilian politics. It suddenly makes everything in Brockton Bay seem so small and insignificant. Fighting over gang territory in a city when these people are owning nations. Taylor's indignation over the Triumvirate not raising a finger to stop the E88 and ABB seems almost naive when you look at everything else that's happening in the world. It's also about seeing the human side to all these characters. Watching an adorably younger Contessa and Doctor Mother as they very intentionally begin to throw away their humanity. Seeing how Alexandria interacts with her teammates beneath the mask she shows everyone else. Or even reading about the cape version of Saddam Hussein, and coming out of it absolutely loving her (Mira has got to be one of my favourite characters ever - she totally needs her own fic). I'd say there's two main issues with it. Firstly, the main character as a concept doesn't really hold up to all the side characters. Her triggering with Contessa's power feels a bit cheesy, and the rest of the Cauldron members seem just a bit too friendly with the new girl. Secondly, the plot lacks structure. At the moment, it's basically driven off being introduced to new and interesting OC characters or seeing flashback interludes of the Cauldron members in the past. There's not much of a story beneath that. It's short on words, so not sure what will happen as it starts to get longer. Even so, I'll still give it a 4.5/5 as it stands. It's a very refreshing, distinctive and well written Worm fic.