Last year, I published Last Child of Krypton on ff.net. The material I posted actually constituted the fifth draft of the story; I started working on it around the end of April of last year and actually started posting it in July. I still like it, but it has a host of problems. To correct them, I'm rewriting it from the ground up. Last Child of Krypton: Redux is its own story but is based in part on the prior version and on ideas I developed while writing it. The premise of LCOK is simple; the child of Gendo Rokubungi and Yui Ikari is part Kryptonian. The Redux version focuses less on inclusion of whiz-bang DC comics crossover material and more on the appearance of a powerful symbol of hope in an incredibly bleak world. Shinji being Superman is the only DC element this version will include; the rocket that carried his genetic material to Earth is the only thing from that world that exists in this variant of the NGE world. In effect, this is the opposite of NGE: Valkyrie; though similar in scope, the cast of characters will be much more intimate. A brief note if you've already read the first version: This final draft will deviate from the original beginning around the time of [spoiler]Asuka's arrival[/spoiler] and the changes will grow more pronounced from there. For one, I'll punch myself in the face anytime I think of including any forced A/S shipping. I'm not saying the story won't go in that direction but I'm not saying it will, either, and above all there will be some actual nuance to Asuka's character beyond "insert sympathy, receive cuddles". By making LCOK about the A/S relationship and basically resolving it halfway through, I wrote myself into a corner and had to introduce a bunch of heavy stuff to keep it going, and the merging of the universes was somewhat poorly handled. While I like the idea of [spoiler]the angels being responsible for the destruction of the Martian Manhunter's civilization,[/spoiler] for example, it detracted from the overall theme of the work. There won't be any [spoiler]Batman this time around, either. I already have a Bats-in-NGE story going.[/spoiler] My feeling is that the big names in DC are such iconic figures on their own that introducing them all or even a small number of them in a crossover like this results in a muddled story that collapses under its own weight. [spoiler]I'm also more comfortable because this story is being explicitly written, though subtly, to figure into a massive megacrossover featuring alternate-Shinjis and their allies trying to stop a particular individual from leading a host of villains on a rampage throughout the multiverse.[/spoiler] The original was also nowhere near my current standards. The battle with Sachiel in this version, for example, is longer than the entirety of several chapters of the previous draft. I'll be beefing the angel battles up, since too many of the battles in the previous version ended with some variant of "and then Shinji punched it to death". That's one of the challenges of writing Superman, unfortunately; I plan to rise to the task this time around. A note on the title: It's "Redux" not "Rebuild" because I think it sounds cool, and because there were Rebuild elements in the last draft that are being excised in this version, so it wouldn't be appropriate. I needed to thin the cast out a little bit to give some of the others room to grow, and prevent a certain key figure from becoming a fifth wheel. Table of Contents: Chapter 1: From Another World (ff.net) Chapter 2: Powers and Abilities (ff.net) Chapter 3: Up in the Sky (Full Chapter (ff.net)) (Snippet 1) (Snippet 2) (Snippet 3) (Snippet 4) Chapter 4: In His Bare Hands (Full Chapter (ff.net)) (Snippet 1) (Snippet 2) (Snippet 3) (Snippet 4) (Snippet 5) (Snippet 6) Chapter 5: One Clear Shot (Full chapter (FF.net)) (Snippet 1) (Snippet 2) Chapter 6: Pattern Recognition ((Full Chapter (ff.net))(Snippet 1) (Snippet 2) (Snippet 3) (Snippet 4) Chapter 7: The Best Defense (Full Chapter (FF.net))(Snippet 1) (Snippet 2) (Snippet 3) Chapter 8: The Problem with Robots (Snippet 1) Chapter 9: A Fish Story (ff.net) Chapter 10: Masks (ff.net) Chapter 11: And His Name was Wormwood (ff.net) Chapter 12: The Conversation (ff.net) Chapter 13: I've heard there was a secret chord, that David played, and it pleased the Lord (ff.net) Chapter 14: Today is the Time for Goodbye (ff.net) Chapter 15: When the Man Comes Around () Chapter 16: The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun (ff.net) Chapter 17: A light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehends it not. (ff.net) Chapter 18: Forthcoming, the title is secret; this is the grand finale. I won't be dumping the giant walls of pre-existing text here but there will be snippets in the future, listed in the table of contents with links to the specific posts. The above direct to post links are now broken, I'll get to fixing that in the next few days. Weeks. Months. At some point. I've been called in to work a lot lately.