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Zero Requiem - Lelouch in ASOIAF

Discussion in 'Game of Thrones / ASoIaF' started by Niez, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Niez

    Niez Fourth Year

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    Title: Zero Requiem - Lelouch in ASOIAF
    Author: @Halt
    Rating: T
    Genre: Adventure
    Status: WIP
    Library Category: Other Fandoms
    Pairings: ?
    Summary: Lelouch dreamed about the past glories of his Valyrian family, when they'd held great keeps and their fleets ruled the Narrow Sea. But some nights, he dreamed of a life that wasn't his. He dreamed of an empire, war, and tyranny. Most of all, Lelouch Velaryon dreamed of revolution..
    Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13336289/1/Zero-Requiem

    Ok then you silly fucks. No one thought to enter Halt's ASOIAF fic in for review, and now his feelings are hurt. He has written almost 100k for a great story and has been ghosted harder than I was by my past three dates, so no wonder really.

    Summary
    Zero Requiem is a crossover between Code Geass and A Song of Ice and Fire. In it, previous protagonist Lelouch is reborn as the heir of House Velaryon, a minor house in the Crownlands. In the backdrop of the War of the Ninepenny kings, prior to Robert's Rebellion, we see him rise to prominence through a careful balance of intrigue, charisma and martial prowess. A fast moving fic, populated by a diverse characters of old and new, it is as gripping as it is well written.

    Why I recommend it:
    Ok that last bit quickly degenerated into a Barnes & Noble's 'our staff suggestions' reading card, but I'm running on fumes today, so I apologise. In all seriousness Zero Requiem is a fantastic fic, full of politics and intrigue and all that which made ASOIAF so good. Unlike ASOIAF, it also moves at a brisk pace, expanding on the Canon established by Martin, without requiring more than a basic knowledge of the fandom. Most important of all, its is written by someone who clearly knows his craft, both when it comes to knowing the setting, and storytelling in general.

    If you like the original ASOIAF you will like this fic. If you though Lelouch was the dog the Soviets sent to space circa the 1960's, you will also like this fic, given that no knowledge of Code Geass is necessary to enjoy it.

    I will edit this later to expand a little bit more on this fic's strengths and why you should read it, if you haven't, but for the moment know that I give it a-

    Rating: 4.5/5

    - and only because I am such a pretentious fuck that it sometimes disgusts me.
     
  2. TheWiseTomato

    TheWiseTomato Prestigious Tomato ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    Author is a thot, 4.5/5.
     
  3. Celestin

    Celestin The Cursed Child

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    The beginning is just fine, but once Lulu gets his first taste of a battle and the War of the Ninepenny Kings beings, it gets better and better with each chapter. 5/5 from me.
     
  4. Halt

    Halt 1/3 of the Note Bros. Moderator

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    I thought it was okay, but the author really needs to stop waifu baiting SB.
     
  5. Feoffic

    Feoffic The Chosen One DLP Supporter

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    There's a lot to love about this story, but what sets it apart for me is the writing quality. Halt has a way with how he structures a sentence and a scene that pulls me in and makes feel like I am right there with these characters. So much is shown through how the characters interact and react to each other; what they actually say and what they communicate through body language. You can pick up on subtle foreshadowing or personality quirks right away. It's not dense or wordy or impossible to understand, and you don't need to have deep knowledge of the source material to follow what's going on or know who these characters are and what their goals are.

    Solid 5/5 for me. One of the best stories I've read in recent memory.

    You've turned waifu baiting into a sport. Don't stop.
     
  6. Paradise

    Paradise Paraplegic Dice DLP Supporter

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    Its really great, and I quite like it.

    Lelouch is generally an annoying character but is fun to read as he roflstomps everyone, but the real interesting thing is making an overly-competent character interesting. Generally speaking this is difficult becuase they face no real conflict that they can't overcome, so all entertainment comes them being ingenious, and proposing solutions no one would think of, Halt manages to encapsulate this masterfully

    5/5
     
  7. trentjun

    trentjun Muggle

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    I agree that the author needs to put a halt to all the waifu baiting. Other than that it's a breath of fresh of air among all the mediocrity that spans the internet.

    5/5
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2020
  8. Tom Tat

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    It's just human nature. We love to baits! You mister give us a relationship baits! How someone can refuse. )
    5/5
     
  9. bastur2

    bastur2 Fifth Year

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    I am waiting for the battle of dragons against giant flying mecha.

    Lol.

    But I love this story
     
  10. Anumidium

    Anumidium First Year

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    As a Code Geass and ASOIAF fan, this story really tickles my fantasy. I have probably reread it about three times and it gets better every read. Lelouch is probably the perfect character to reincarnate in ASOIAF looking at his track record as an exiled prince, revolutionary, and emperor in his previous life. Not only that, but Halt took one of the periods I’ve been waiting to see more than anything (War of Ninepenny Kings) and made it real.
    Normally I’d also be incredibly turned off by the presence of multiple reincarnated characters, but Halt just makes it work (a testament to his ability as a writer). The constant waifu baiting to SB is also nothing but a plus: it’s hilarious to watch them lose their heads over it.

    The world building is also fantastic, I love to reread the first chapters often due to how good of a portrayal of Westerosi highborn culture Halt does. Not to mention Esoss’s with later chapters. Lelouch truly feels like one of the highborn interacting in their world. This story is an easy 5/5 from me. It’s definitely been my favorite fic for the past year.
     
  11. Celestin

    Celestin The Cursed Child

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    One thing that Halt does perfectly is expanding on what little information there is about characters that aren't around by the time of the books and making them into something that could easily be included in Fire & Blood part 2. Until that is published, his portrait of them, especially Maelys, is my canon.
     
  12. Inayeth Ali

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    The writer has a way with subtle wordplay that you generally don't see from others who write fics.

    His genius lies not in writing epic battle scenes, though there are quite a few of them, but how easily he gets the reader invested in his characters.

    It is typical of fanfic writers to stagnate the further along they are in their stories. Minor antagonists like the Lord Hand in Zero Requim may end up becoming annoying loud and proud naysayers of the protagonist even after he has proven himself.

    It is a breath of fresh air to see that this fic does not suffer that pitfall.

    The interactions between Lelouch and the people around him fleshes out the story very well without making it too wordy.

    Personally, I've always struggled with making the interactions between the characters in my stories sound less forceful and more natural but the author makes it seem simply effortless.

    The interaction between lelouch and one female character in particular are simply hilarious. ;)

    And on top of it all, the plot is well thought out and every action seems to be taken for a reason.

    All in all, this makes for a truly delightful read.

    I've never read a ASOIAF or CG fic, let alone a crossover, but I dread that Halt has ruined me for the entire ASOIAF ficdom.

    Easy 5/5 from me.
     
  13. MF DOOM

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    This story is not pizza enough.

    4.5/5.
     
  14. Halt

    Halt 1/3 of the Note Bros. Moderator

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    Ask and you shall receive.

     
  15. Mutton

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    It's fun but I really don't get why it's a crossover? It doesn't really gain anything from the CG side of things and if anything I find the CC parts to take away from the overall narrative
     
  16. aAlouda

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    Probably because fewer people read OCs and the reader automatically starts already caring about the main character, Halt can also blame any accusations that his MC is a Mary Sue on the writers of Code Geass.

    Or the most likely reason is that Halt simply wanted to write a story about Lelouch in Westeros.