Title: Seed Author: TheOtherAnt Rating: T Genre: Adventure/Crime Status: WIP Library Category: Other Fandom: Worm Pairings: None Summary: An alternate universe where the Endbringers attack in a few different places and order that leads to Taylor gaining Blasto's shard. Desperate to be a hero, Taylor does something clever but incredibly dangerous to give herself the power to save the city and chooses to become a Heroic Warlord to save the city from itself. Link: FFN I didn't see this posted anywhere, fuck me if it already has been. So, this starts off kind of slow, and I've tried reading it multiple times. Its Taylor with Blasto's powers, and a couple others for added dramatic affect. Its definitely AU, and I really have enjoyed it. Spoiler: Spoiler I didn't want to read it at first, because I thought Blasto's powers were shit, but with like most AU fics, or Alt-power Taylor, they ramped this one up by having her take abilities from other dead parahumans, I won't list who, but its what made me keep reading the fic in the end, just to see how fucked up things can go. The pacing is kind of slow, but then things start to escalate. I always hate worm fics where the PRT and everyone is always out to get the Hero, or the person trying to be a hero for whatever reason. I get that they have knee-jerk reactions to certain power sets, and I was honestly hoping with this being an AU they wouldn't have the same knee-jerk reaction as every other fic. What I do like is that it doesn't focus on the locker scene that much, it doesn't focus on the bullying that much. I fucking hate reading 20 chapters of them being bullied and pretending that they don't care about it etc. That higher road bullshit is what made me lose interest in Worm to begin with. Taylor is/isn't in school, but it's not a focus. Which is nice. She's smart, she adapts well, and she fucks shit up in typical Taylor fashion. I think the trend with Taylor is that no matter how much good she tries to do, she does it with like Lenny from of Mice and Men. And inevitably kills someone, or makes people doubt her. It does have interludes, but it took something like 14 chapters to get to one. It does have a PHO chapter where they do that back and forth shit. I will say that it is a medium in which they deliver key details about the plot, so I would try and stomach through bits of it, or when the person that's signed into PHO does their PMs pay attention to that. I don't think a worm author can write a worm fic without including a PHO scene anymore. Overall, I'd give it a 4/5. Its 246k words, and it looks like there is a lot still left to happen. Lots of OCs in some cases, but they're used to showcase different power sets. I like their powers. Lots of new villains and a decent dynamic of how the gangs are deployed in Brockton Bay. So, give it a read. Tell us (forums) what you think.