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The Fifth Act: Expanded Universe

I’ve been meaning to make this post for a while, no time like the present.

Despite having not touched anything related to the fic for some time, The Fifth Act seems to have been doing quite well without my input and has even kind of developed expanded universe, which is awesome. I try and post links when other people do things, but that's dependent almost entirely on whatever my LJ posting habits are that month.  Figured it was about time to collate all the relevant links into one post!

To begin with, here are the links to the main story itself.

The Fifth Act
Gen.  Cloud has an accident with a Time materia.
LJ Chapter Directory / FF.net version
I would actually recommend the FF.net version to people now, as it had two extended scenes (one regarding Yuffie and the other Lazard), and many other changes, mostly fixing typos and consistency errors.

After that, I also wrote:

The Fifth Act: Yuffie Redux
Christmas prompt fill for swyrel , featuring Cloud, younger!Cloud, Yuffie, and Genesis, takes place after the end of Fifth Act.
LJ version / FF.net version

AU One-Shots

These following one-shots are also written by me, however none of them are to be considered at all in-universe.  (AU's of an AU, essentially.  Fic-ception.)

An Unexpected Meeting
Christmas oneshot for gardensgnome. Cloud always thought Kunsel was a city-kid, but discovers that he can native almost anywhere.

Big Brothers
Christmas oneshot for swyrel. The clone triplets turn up in the Fifth Act universe. This totally ruins Cloud's day.

Hero Vs Dark Nation
Christmas oneshot for teekoness , featuring young!Cloud, Angeal!Chimera, Rufus, and Dark Nation, meeting on ShinRa's rooftop.

On the Way Back From The Goblin Bar
Christmas oneshot for silvershadowkit. A bit slashy.  Cloud and Sephiroth drag a drunk Zack and Genesis home.  Zack speculates.  Loudly.

Christmas oneshot for firedraygon97 .  Genesis is possessive over his saviour.  Genesis and Cloud centric.

Secret Admirer
Christmas oneshot for searisme.  Genesis/Cloud.  Cloud was almost certain he was being stalked.

It Works In the Movies
Kunsel/Cloud.  This was the result of a mis-read prompt from swyrel.  It was set in the Fifth Act verse because I had no idea of how else it could happen.  Kunsel hides Cloud from Sephiroth.

For Fallen Comrades
Another Fifth Act AU - a 'what if', the what if being 'what if Cloud had gone back even further in time?'.  This was a Christmas drabble fill for firedraygon97  that I stretched the interpretation of a bit.
LJ version / FF.net version

Perils of Dimensional Travel
Christmas oneshot for peangallery.  A crossover with a Duodecim fic I wrote called Fallacious Deity - where the survivors from Fallacious Deity wind up in the Act V universe as they attempt to find their way home.

Two Sides of a Time-Travelling Gil
Christmas oneshot for swyrel.  Younger!Cloud finds out the truth about his 'uncle'.

Christmas oneshot for isadorathegreat.  A continuation of 'Two Sides of a Time-Travelling Gil'. Younger!Cloud attempts to reconcile his future self and his mother.

Highly Dangerous Merchandise
Christmas oneshot for signrain.  Cloud has jumped to a new timeline but still can't avoid cross-dressing.

Chocobo Grand Prix
Christmas oneshot for firedraygon97. The Gold Saucer is holding a grand prix style chocobo race, and Cloud has a need for speed.

A Bad Habit
Christmas oneshot for peangallery. The others become aware of the Zack inside Cloud.

The Worst Mission Luck
Christmas oneshot for gardensgnome. Kunsel and Cloud are on a bike outrunning monsters.

The Golden Chocobos
Christmas oneshot for tsuyuhime. Cloud discovers some of what his fanclub has been up to.

Twenty-Two Hours
Christmas oneshot for tsuanyue. Cloud gets stuck in a time loop with Sephiroth.

Fic By Other Authors

The Space Left By You by tenshinoakuma
The story of those left behind in Cloud's original timeline.

Fifth Act: Intermission
Humorous one-shot by teekoness , featuring Zack and Vincent, set between Chapter 35 and 36 of The Fifth Act.  In which Vincent attempts to perform his very solemn duty. Unfortunately for him, it's not going as well as he hoped.
LJ version / FF.net version (I recommend the LJ version for the font work.)

One-shot by Carzla (aka kazura_uyurin) set post-Fifth Act.  On Cloud's suggestion, Vincent takes Sephiroth to meet Lucrecia.
LJ version / FF.net version

Midnight Exchange
One-shot by Carzla, prequel to Visitations.
LJ version / FF.net version

Time After Time
By suliel. An 'inspired by' fic prompted by On the Way Back From The Goblin Bar. Can be read as a continuation of that prompt if you're hungry for more.

The Show Must Go On
AU sequel by J.Finch. Summary: Though the Fifth Act has come to a close, there is always another story just waiting to be told upon that bright and shining stage. Villains, old and new still lurk in the shadows, for a hero's work is never done, and the show must go on.

After the 5th Act
Multi-part sequel by Eriol-sama (aka gackt_gratia ).  A collection of stories meant to be picked up straight after the epilogue.  Starts out fairly gen, gets slashier later on.  Beta'd by WintersHeart1766.
LJ version - Part 1, 2, 3, 4  / FF.net version

Everything Else Awesome And Vaguely Related

Podfic version
lunchy_munchy  did an incredible podfic of the whole of Fifth Act, complete with musical interludes.  It can be found here.

Skijamaraz is doing a Youtube podfic reading of Fifth Act. The first chapter can be found here.

Spanish Translation
MikoAucarod diligently translated the entirety of The Fifth Act on FF.net into Spanish - El Quinto Acto.

He has also translated The Fifth Act: Yuffie Redux: El Quinto Acto: El Regreso de Yuffie and For Fallen Comrades: Por los Compañeros Caídos

'What You'll Be' amv by very talented AMV artist Nashidesei, loosely inspired by the Fifth Act.  Mostly including this link because the video is awesome and more people should see it.  There's an LJ link for this too somewhere but I seem to have lost it.  :(

Obi-Quiet did a fanart of Chapter 36 Cloud.  Can be found here.

Comment Fic and Comics

Some mini-fics and comics popped up in the comments section throughout.

The three Generals planning for Cloud-napping Ficlet by firedraygon97
Misconceptions about improving friendships Comic by lunarfirefoxtext by firedraygon97
Mini-Cloud idolising his 'uncle' sketch by lunarfirefox
Cloud's Hollander freakout and sedation comic/sketch by lunarfirefox
Eau De Toilette by Atrophy - for context, Sephiroth and Cloud perfume, somewhat slashy (in all meanings of the term.)
Tseng finds cross-dressing pics on Cloud's PHS by firedraygon97
Sephiroth also snoops through Cloud's PHS by firedraygon97
Sephiroth visits the self-help section by firedraygon97
Kunsel text messages from captivity by sinnatious
Genesis gets Cloud's spam from Yuffie by sinnatious

...Did I forget anything?  I'll update this post if anything more crops up. I'm also going to keep a link to this post on the masterlist.


( 45 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 18th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
*soundless scream of excitement*
Best. Post. Ever.
I LOVE everything about Act V, and it's probably the only fic in my more-than-a-decade long history of reading fics that I've pored over relentlessly and reread without skipping a single word for more than five times. Best thing is, I'm still entertained every time I reread it, and I've never even bothered to re-read Harry Potter which I enjoy.
Man, I feel like flying to Australia to grovel at your feet now, and thank you so damn much for posting all those links!!! Act V works I never even knew existed that fans have created, its totally fanning my Act V obsession and I'm am going to read them all right away. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your story and that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Aug. 20th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: *soundless scream of excitement*
LOL, you're welcome anon. The thanks truly belong to all the other people who liked the Fifth Act universe enough to expound upon it. <3
Aug. 18th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
This is so nostalgic, haha. I haven't read some of the new fics from other people, so I'll have to get on that now. I really hope you decide to revisit this 'verse in another long-fic!! ♥
Aug. 20th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
It is a bit! I actually had a lot of fun trawling through old e-mails and links for these.

Heh, thanks, but don't get your hopes up - you know me, flitting from fic to fic and fandom to fandom like an attention-deficit butterfly.
Aug. 19th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
Oooh, it's doubled on FFnet!
But, as silly as it sounds, I like reading it on LJ more because I get to read everyone's comments and howling NOOOO!s at plot twists.
Aug. 20th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Hahah, that's true, we had some really amusing threads, didn't we? I'll have to go back and re-read them sometime. You just can't get that kind of discussion on FFnet. And I did wind up fixing the worst of the consistency errors here too, so you're not missing out on much.
Aug. 19th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
... Oh yeah I should... finish that original timeline continuation asdf;lkj.

That said, thanks for putting this up! Makes it so much easier to find all the Fifth Act related works x3
Aug. 20th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Heh, I should be thanking you, it was actually your snippet that reminded me I really needed to collate all these links and make a home for them. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of what you write on that, it was shaping up to be interesting!
Aug. 19th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Ohhh...thanks for posting! I was actually about to start re-reading Fifth Act, so you have excellent timing~

lol And even if 'It Works in the Movies' came from a mis-read prompt, it was still an awesome ficlet. <3
Aug. 20th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
oh, and Sin, I didn't see the prompt you rewrote to be Zack and Kunsel. Did I just miss it? O.O
Aug. 20th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Heh, thank you. I still facepalm over my reading comprehension, must have been just picking out random key words or something. But hey, we did get Kunsel/Cloud fic out of it, however cliche. ;)

No, I didn't include that prompt because it wasn't set in the Fifth Act universe. I mean, I guess it could have been set before the start of it, but I wrote it with pre-canon days in mind, since it would have been before Genesis went to Wutai and Zack and Kunsel were newly promoted to Second Class.
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
lol Yes, we did. And it's thanks to you that I love that pairing now. And I can't find any fic at all for it. :p

Ah, gotcha, I didn't know it was the pre-canon. lol
Aug. 25th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
I really love the universe you created and all the expanded content that others have made fit in really well. Great job!
Aug. 31st, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh wow, this is great! I came across The Fifth Act a little while ago while perusing old entries on crisis_hardcore, and I just wanted to say that your writing is amazing :D I love this story, it's one of the best fanfics I've ever read. Your characterisation is sustained and believable, your pacing is perfect and the story is totally engrossing. Thank you so much for such a wonderful read, and it's great to have everything connected to this story in one place!
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Joyness! I am just trying to get back into the FF7 fandom and reading these should definitely help. I had no idea there were so many, but if any fic deserved expansion it was Fifth Act!
Sep. 24th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
You do realize that this fic has single-handedly created a new & wonderful OTP (Genesis/Timetravel!Cloud), right?
Sep. 25th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Haha, yes I am aware. I feel kind of terrible for creating a fandom for a pairing that has almost no fanfic...
Oct. 2nd, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
nothing comes close to your writing, really. though i'm very excited by the fanfics of your fanfic, i'm too scared they might change my perception of your characterization to seriously read them. i think i'm obsessed with the fifth act, and will be for a while...

thank you for writing it.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words.

The fic aren't pretty good for the most part. Visitations by carzla I would particularly recommend.
Dec. 6th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Ahah, I'm a new reader to this and I've already read The Fifth Act twice and have plans to print out the entire thing for reading when I'm not at a computer (which I've only done for about three or so other fics, so that's saying something x3). There's a reason when I added it to my fic rec page on Tumblr, I put it at the top as opposed to the bottom like I usually do with new fics. <333 And having this post linking absolutely everything to do with this AU is wonderful. ^^-

Though I am considering rereading it here rather than on FF.net simply out of the fact that I want to read everyone else's reactions. Because I'm a creeper like that. |D; NO SELF, YOU HAVE FINALS TO STUDY FOR, GTFO AND GET BACK TO WORK.


Dec. 6th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
Ahaha, so perhaps you're the source of the sudden flurry of comments? Thank you for the rec, and I'm very flattered you like the fic that much to reread!

Heh, the threads in some of the later chapters got quite epic, there were comics even, although reading them will probably make you wish for a whole bunch of cool things that didn't happen in the fic itself! But you should definitely study for finals first. :P Good luck!
Dec. 6th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
Actually, I haven't reviewed or commented as of yet. I am utterly horrible at leaving comments 99.9% of the time. ^^;;; And you are very welcome. The pleasure was all mine. <3

asfhsdklfjslkd This is making me want to read them mooooore, but alas, sleep is calling and so are classes tomorrow. Oh well. Thank you for the well wishes. ^^-
Apr. 25th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
I am currently on my third time through Lunchee's podfic version of this story and I just have to say: it is amazing. Your writing and characterization are amazing. Every part of the story, from dialogue to battle choreography, feels like a true part of the FF universe.
I am utterly blown away by the level of detail and consideration given to every facet of the story. Thank you for writing it. (I am thrilled and excited to find all the other parts of the universe here... I have lots more to look forward to!)
Aug. 25th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
I know you rec the ff.net ver. over the LJ one, but ...
The LJ ver of 5th act has more fun threads/comments to follow. Also found a "what if" plan expansion scene to chapter 20 by firedraygon97 that was missed, on the three 1sts plotting how to get Cloud to spar with Sephiroth.


(also, the link to the goblin bar au podfic/mp3 is dead, is there a mirror anywhere?)
Aug. 25th, 2012 08:09 am (UTC)
Re: I know you rec the ff.net ver. over the LJ one, but ...
Ahahahaha AU See-FAIL-roth conversation about possible Seph/Cloud future iteration in chapter 22.
resultant fancomic. XD

fancomic: Zax: >.o! chibi!Cloud: Uncle! AC!Cloud: ....

fancomic: chapter 23 ending

Edited at 2012-08-25 09:34 am (UTC)
Sep. 10th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: I know you rec the ff.net ver. over the LJ one, but ...
Wow, late reply is late, but thank you for digging these out of the comments! I'll add them to the post proper.

Also, I have no idea about the Goblin Bar podfic, you're better off poking lunchy_munchy there.
Sep. 11th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: I know you rec the ff.net ver. over the LJ one, but ...
Hee, you're welcome, and this is from me going through ffvii fic withdrawal. I actually am finding pr0n getting in the way at times, and crave more interesting ic character interaction. XD

the goblin bar podfic's not by lunchy - it's by silvershadowkit, methinks. will poke her once I"m not so incapacitated by cramps.

nvm, I didn't look far enough. silvershadowkit has it linked on her eljay. XD;;;;

Edited at 2012-09-11 02:15 am (UTC)
Oct. 14th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
I just went through this whole list again and it was wonderful *__*

Oh and I think you may have missed this tiny crackfic
Oct. 14th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh, good one, thanks! I must have missed it since it wasn't on any of the actual fanfiction-related entries.
Oct. 15th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Instead of studying organic chemistry, I went through another reread and dug these up!

http://sinnatious.livejournal.com/84132.html?thread=1501604#t1501604 and http://sinnatious.livejournal.com/85197.html?thread=1561293#t1561293 (I don't think these even counts but they were hilarious)

And for some reason I remember either a comment fic or some kind of thread discussing the fanclubs of the firsts but sadly I can't seem to find it anymore. The whole fic and all its outtakes was so enjoyable, I will always fondly remember those nights where I kept refreshing every 30 minutes for an update up to absurd hours in the morning like an addict lol

I also discovered I started stalking at chapter 20
Oct. 22nd, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
This is a really late reply, sorry! But lol, good work digging all of those up. Wow, we had a lot of really awesome comment threads. XD Thanks, I'll be sure to add them.

LOL, would the constant refreshing be worse without an update schedule window or did it facilitate it? XD I give people update windows to save them the trouble!
Oct. 22nd, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
It definitely facilitated it in some aspects? xD

It's kinda like classical conditioning
An update schedule for a fic is like fixed-interval conditioning where we just learn to repeatedly refresh/check at a certain interval of time but before/after that certain interval we're quicker to stop checking or stop the conditioned habit

No update schedule is random-interval conditioning where we probably check less frequently but we're more prone to keep checking for a longer period of time because we don't know exactly how long updates take so we optimistically pin for it longer P:

But update windows are fun, I would rather just refresh repeatedly through maybe 3-5 hours of the day that I predict you'll be online rather than the whole day/week
Oct. 23rd, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
Heh, I see. Well, that's okay then! Though you also know that you can track tags on LJ? That way you can just get notifs when I do update. :) (These days I usually give longfics their own unique tag for this purpose, e.g. Fifth Act's was Act V, and latest fic is just 'beloved'.)

Not that I'd stop you from any refresh rituals, just could save you the trouble! (I guess you just mind wind up refreshing your e-mail instead of the LJ then. :P)
Sue-ell Liew
Oct. 10th, 2013 10:58 am (UTC)
it's awesome
i don't know how many times i have re read the fifth act.... and it's still awesome as ever!
Oct. 11th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: it's awesome
Thanks! It's pretty awesome to still be getting comments after all this time too. :)
Nov. 29th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
I like many people still love this brilliant
universe. I've read it a dozen times. And of course I have sprawling headfic which I'm slightly too embarrassed to post anywhere, and not just because of the porn.

I think my favorite bit is, honestly, Cloud - the honest acknowledgement of the trauma he's been through and the repercussions of it. I've got chronic depression myself, and the fact that Cloud survives it as well is part of why I love him. A lot of authors handwave that away, but in this it's dealt with cleanly.

Also Sephiroth's total failure of normal friendship building is hilarious, of course. If Cloud had pigtails Sephiroth would have pulled them. The world is probably lucky that Sephiroth didn't try pushing him into a puddle.

Edited at 2013-11-29 08:05 pm (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's pretty cool that this has managed to brain-worm so many people - I'm still regularly amazed by the feedback to this one, honestly. LOL, if you do ever wind up posting your headfic be sure to let me know!
Jun. 4th, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
Hey! My pic's up there! I feel loved. :D

Thoroughly enjoyed reading some of those, although the time-loop one was the best in my opinion. :D

Totally didn't know there was EU. Then my friend told me and I kind of probably broke her phone (and perhaps her ear) squeeing.
Jun. 4th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Obi-quiet
Haha no way, I was the one who felt loved with that fanart!

Nice! It's always fun when you discover new fic, glad you enjoyed them! The list seems to grow a tiny bit every year, thanks to giftfic prompts. :P
Aug. 17th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: Obi-quiet
Your giftfics are beatiful in and of themselves. :D

Honestly, it was the podfic version of this fic that got me into listening to audiobooks while I MMO.
Dec. 27th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
Cool Fic
Hey there,

I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed The Fifth Act! I almost never read fics, honestly, but yours was such a good quality one that it got me into trying some others out. I hope you write a follow up long fic at some point... but have seen your comments saying that you won't (I just hope to add my voice to others saying it would be nice).
Also, if you haven't, you should consider writing an original book yourself! Your ability to tell a story in writing, and your creativity, would make for a very good book I think.
Feb. 11th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
There are very few FF7 fanfictions that I bother reading, but holy crap. The Fifth Act was amazing. I think in the three years I've been in the fandom I've found maybe...four fics that I go back and reread. This one will definitely be the fifth xD.
Sep. 8th, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
I've read and reread this universe so many times and somehow I feel like there's less and less content with each repeat (which, admittedly, isn't saying much, considering how freaking much there is). Price of familiarity, I guess...
I have no idea if you're accepting prompts or how you like them formatted (something about an a, b, and c?), but I really want Cloud to grow a wing. Like, maybe he stumbles across (another) one of Hojo's previously-undiscovered labs and gets a tiny bit more JENOVA in him by accident (bitten by a venomous JENOVA-mutated monster? Hits a shelf and a vial drops and breaks open on his head?) which is enough to give Cloud a wing and they all freak out and Cloud has something of a relapse and. Hmm. He goes to Aerith?
Or or! Spikey's birthday is coming up and the cast wants to do something for the two Clouds, and they find out that future!Cloud didn't actually know it was his birthday because mako. And they touch on how very bad Cloud's memory actually is, and get him birthday presents like his mother's name and food made in the style of his hometown or something.
...Huh. I guess I'm in the mood for angst.

Aug. 30th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
A comment from The Future~ haha
So this is many years after you wrote this fic and have probably thought about this `verse at all, but I wanted to leave a note to you telling you I love this verse and how in-character everyone is. I really appreciate a good, long, plotty gen-fic.

(But also, I really really appreciate that little drabble about Genesis giving Cloud comfort sex, haha! I wish there were a couple thousand more words of that, but what is there is fantastic)

Anyhoo. I'm sure you'll be getting renewed interest in this what with the new remake, but it's well-deserved. You rock.
Sep. 10th, 2016 05:00 pm (UTC)

I love this fic and it's expanded universe so much!!! definitely a fandom classic. I'm so glad I found it~~~ *happy sigh*

Listen, I know this series is ancient, but I thought that if you ever felt inspired to writing more drabbles for it I'd leave you a couple ideas? just some fun things that crossed my mind while reading.

- After 5th Act, and everyone has gone back to work, Cloud has kind of fallen back into the same routine as before (re: getting a mission, completing the mission, training, rinse, repeat). This concerns everyone, because they're not convinced he still isn't secretly suicidal/going through the motions of life/depressed about being stuck in this timeline, etc. They STOP worrying, however, when one of them discovers that he's started building a new motorcycle for himself. Kind of as a sign that he's really decided to start LIVING in this timeline; that he's ready to start settling in.

- During 5th Act, when they're still searching for Cloud: Genesis had access to all of Cloud's materia then, right? You can't tell me he didn't try out each and every one of them. (And then maybe later tries to weedle out of Cloud the location of certain materia... *cough* Knights of the Round *cough* once he realizes that they exist in this timeline, just waiting to be found)

- Something that expands on Angeal's relationship with Cloud post 5th Act? I really liked how Cloud chose to ignore what Angeal did to him rather than forgive. But what does that look like in practice? Is their working relationship strained for a while, because Cloud finds it hard to trust Angeal won't attack him again while his back is turned? (an irrational fear, true, but tell that to the part of his brain that insists on reminding him that Angeal hits hard).

- Genesis and Cloud start having casual sex, because why not. Genesis initiates is because he's kind of infatuated with the idea of being the centre of Cloud's world in this one aspect of life (something Sephiroth will NEVER be able to compete for Cloud's attention with, he's 1000% certain), and Cloud goes along with it because hells yeah, it feels great and it's comforting. And if he's honest he thinks he enjoys being held afterward even more than the sex part, just a little.

- ^And just to make the above a little awkward/funny, maybe Sephiroth has to learn to be really mindful of keeping the S-cells connection between he and Cloud closed at all times because otherwise he gets a little too much information of where Cloud is and what he's doing sometimes, heh heh. ;-)

- AU where Tifa from Cloud's original timeline finds a way into the new timeline and Cloud either a) gets a chance to return with her, or b) she can't bring him back because he's too settled in that timeline to be moved, but he gets to talk with her and he gets the closure of being able to say goodbye.
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