Title: Promises of a Wandering Hero Author: Neoalfa Rating: M Genre: Adventure/Romance Fandom: Fate/stay Night x Love Hina Pairings: Shirou/Multi Chapters: 14 Words: 104,176 Date Published: 02-02-12 Date Updated: 06-20-13 Status: Work In Progress Summary: He promised to be a Hero capable of saving everyone. But before that he made other promises he can't remember under a different name. How will Shirou react when he finds his lost past? - Shirou/Multi Mature Contents. Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7798790/1/Promises-of-a-Wandering-Hero So I originally recommended this in the Other Fandoms Almost Recommendable and it was pretty well received. I wanted to wait to see how the Rusty Heart arc concluded before I recommended it as Library material, and it has ended in a way that sets itself up well for the future. This is a Love Hina crossover written by Neoalfa (author of Path of the King) though you can probably get away without any knowledge of Love Hina. Like most Fate Stay Night crossovers, the basic concept is to take a ridiculously badass Shirou and throw him into another story, taking the role of the (usually weak) main character. But unlike a certain Sekirei/FSN crossover, what makes this fic really stand out is strong characters, interactions and character development. That's not to say the action-aspect is dull. Not at all. The fight scenes are really well written (even though there's really only been two major ones so far) and I've found myself rereading the first one quite a few times. It also looks like the plot will continue down a road that will see many more battles. Spoiler Part of the reason I wanted to wait until the end of the Rusty Heart arc was I was worried Shirou would go in, beat some old men, save Motoko and he'd move onto the next character in the Love Hina harem. But not only did the last chapter show that Motoko will remain the focus, it has introduced many more exciting plot aspects - such as the Aoyama's being somewhat a part of his world (which I was hoping for), now we have the typical monster waking up in its lair and of course, Shirou taking over Motoko's training for 3 years. My only real disappointment with the way this has gone is that if the Aoyama Clan were going to be demon-human hybrids, they should have been challenging enough that Shirou wouldn't have been able to get by without revealing his magecraft. Then again, I guess Hisashi or one of the elders may still be a level above Tsuruko. Anyway, this is my favorite currently updating fic. Edit: Might rerate this to 4/5. It's still my favorite, but yesterday I think I was a bit emotionally driven by how much I loved the latest chapter. In terms of entertainment it's still top notch, but while it does really well in achieving what it set out to do, its concept is pretty simple and does prevent it from being rated higher.