Welcome to Quirk of Fate, TheFanlistings.org‘s approved listing for Claude C. Kenny and Rena Lanford from the PlayStation Portable (PSP) video game Star Ocean: Second Evolution. Enix originally released the game as Star Ocean: The Second Story for the PlayStation 2. It also spawned several spinoffs and sequels, including the anime Star Ocean EX, the Game Boy Color sequel Star Ocean: Blue Sphere, a manga inspired by both the game and the anime, and the mobile crossover game Star Ocean: Anamnesis.
Claude? Crawd? Rena?
Claude C. Kenny is one of two protagonists of the Square-Enix video game Star Ocean: Second Evolution. He is a young ensign from Earth’s Pangalactic Federation who accidentally gets transported to another planet during an away mission. Little does he know that the planet he arrives on has a legend about foreigners appearing in “strange raiments…” His name is sometimes misspelled as Crawd C. Kenny in various manga illustrations. In the English dub of the Star Ocean EX anime, his name is also mispronounced as “Clode,” instead of “Claw-d.“
Rena Lanford is the other protagonist of the game. She is a firm believer in the legendary “Hero of Light,” a “stranger in foreign raiments” who will save her planet, Expel, during its time of need. Numerous monsters appear after an object known as the “Sorcery Globe” crashed onto a neighboring continent. Rena begins seeing the effects of the Globe in her home village of Arlia, and wants to get to the bottom of it. Rena has no idea how deeply her own past ties into the truth behind the Sorcery Globe and the increased monster attacks.
Both of these characters meet each other in the beginning of the game and spend a great deal of time together. This fanlisting celebrates them as a couple (romantically), but also as great friends, warrior-in-arms, and partners for a greater good.
What’s a Fanlisting?
A fanlisting is a place where fans gather to show their love of a character, a pairing, or anything, really! Since Quirk of Fate is devoted to Claude and Rena, if you like them together (as friends, lovers, whatever!) then join! Those with AND without websites are welcome to join; there are all sorts of cool buttons, banners, and text links to choose from! So come on, join us!
Why Quirk of Fate?
Claude first shows up on Rena’s planet of Expel after investigating a mysterious object while on an away mission to another planet lightyears away. Rena just so happened to be in Arlia Forest near her hometown when Claude suddenly appeared, and he was able to save her from a monster that suddenly attacked her! While some might call this a “coincidence,” I choose to call it a “Quirk of Fate,” since this one tiny incident set off an adventure that many have enjoyed playing, watching, and reading along with for many years.
New Claude x Rena Fanfics from the Archive of Our Own (AO3)
I’m working on figuring out how to format this brand-new feed from AO3 so that it can display author info and pertinent data about the fics (aside from their publication date), but I have yet to work it out. For now, read—and hopefully enjoy—at your own risk!