February Fic Recs, 2018

On February 10th, 11th, and 12th, you’re invited to rec your favourite fics, from the all time faves to the WIPs you’re currently enjoying.

I went through my bookmarks on ao3 from 2017 and picked out some fics.
Most of these aren’t Yogs/Hats, because I wanted to showcase fics outside of that fandom as well.  There are lots and lots that I’m certain I’ve forgotten. If you’ve written in the same fandom I do- thank you for sharing your work. I hope to see more in the coming year, but if not, you and your work are still appreciated all the same. So, thanks!

The fandoms I’m actively reading in are Yogs/Hats and Critical Role. But I read anything that interests me in pretty much any other fandom, whether I’ve seen content from it or not. Find something you think I’d like? Feel free to rec me it down below, or on Discord or something.

Fics are sorted alphabetically by title. Summaries are italicized, and my comments are in parentheses. Archive Warnings will be listed where applicable, otherwise, there are none. Mind the tags, and happy reading ^^!

(Edit: fixed links, sorry!)

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Repo!Hats AU Chats – ghostofgatsby + CookiesAndKatanas

“I can give you something to ease the withdrawals, Smith.” Sips informs him, taking a seat behind his desk. “You’re one of the best Repo men I have now.” He smiles and swirls his drink. “If you need something…you only need to ask.”
Smith shakily sits down across from him. “You’d- you’d do that for me?” Once again he isn’t sure if he’s earned his place, with all that Sipsco has given him.
“Course I would.” Sips smirks darkly. “I take care of my own, Smith. It’s the least I can do.”

Smith was never one for the aimless chatter in the locker room after a shift, but now he doesn’t even startle like he’s snapped out of a daze when he’s addressed. He mumbles and seems half asleep during and after a shift. He used to be the one to drive them all back but soon Trott takes over that, and Smith doesn’t even seem to care.
Ross and Trott, kept awake at night by Smith’s later restlessness, start wondering what exactly’s going on behind the curtain at Sipsco. “Sips didn’t get to where he is with a heart of gold…”

(a chatfic collab with CookiesandKatanas)

Rating: Mature

CW/Tags: murder/death/knives/killing; abuse and manipulation; twisted morals; violence; drug use/addiction/drinking; arguing. dubious.
If we need to tag anything else, let us know.

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Repo!Hats Masks

For the Repo!Hats AU created by Nate/CookiesAndKatanas.

I did a little designing on the Hats’ Repo masks awhile back because I think Nate said something about animals once. I was looking at one of the generic Repo masks, and they look a lot like metallic surgical masks.

from left to right, Smith, Trott, Ross

repo masks

The first one is very heavily based on the one from the movie- a surgical-style mask with the weird forehead plate thing, kind of has a facemask style front and a hat-like top.
I think for Smith, this works the best- because he actually used to be a surgeon, and he has all the medical experience. It’s also the simplest, the most utilitarian. Smith just wants to get everything over with.

For Trott’s, I drew on more of an angular look. lots of triangles and sharp points. And kind of a preying mantis face. Trott’s the brutally efficient type. Preying mantises can be vicious while being seemingly chill insects. Trott’s calm under pressure. This mask also has the most detail, and Trott is very detail oriented. Get in, get what you need, get out.

Ross’ is the most animalistic. I wanted to keep that, if not a wolf-like thing, but because he’s a vet. That’s his background. Some animals also tend to be scavengers, hunters, opportunists. Ross fell into the Repo life when that was what his life dealt him, so he had to go with that option.

I also did sideviews.
Smith’s has the biggest eyes, to see the most of what’s going on.
Trott’s mask is very pointed, the eyes are higher up and smaller, more focused.
Ross’ are centered. His mask has more of a snout/muzzle.

The color change was a last minute change I decided to make.
Smith’s is similar to the generic coloring.
Trott’s is darker/dirtier gray, and the eyes are more greenish/teal.
Ross has the lighter one. Could be said because he’s the newest, or has a mask made of newer, lighter, better materials. Smith’s definitely looks more bulky.

Service – ghostofgatsby

Smith pushes himself up off his knees, the cold making his joints ache in the slightest hint of age, and wipes his mouth with the hand that isn’t holding crumpled banknotes. He rubs the soreness from his legs from kneeling for so long. The stable master of the house disappears further down the alleyway, ducking around the corner and out of sight. Smith stumbles back inside the manor house on chilled feet, and in the dim candlelight, he almost misses the figure waiting for him.
At finding one of his servants outside after-hours, Lord Trott grabs Smith’s forearm, tugging him out into the hallway and inside the routinely stocked pantries of the Trott Estate House. “Smith, where have you been?

Rating: Mature

CW:  unprotected sex, Trott calls Smith a slag once?, mention of lords being physically rough with servants, dubious because position of power/authority, sex work, blow jobs
if I need to tag something else, let me know.

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Hatsounds college project AU

Random ideas/headcanons that won’t get fics anytime soon. If anyone wants to add on/chime in/create something, feel free.

Prompt: we’re in a group research project together, and somehow we all ended up in a polyamorous relationship. Maybe it was fate, if fate deals in species of bread mold.

This was on my phone, last edited on Feb. 2, 2016. The science lab project is based on a true story- everything else is fabrication. My lab partners and I were not as fab/attractive/compatible as the Hats and Kim.

cw: biology babble. other?  science subject bashing.


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