KateStory

Est. 1994

YAY KATESTORY@@@@@@@@@@@
i LOVE kate story
it is so cool
like nachos

- Teachy O'Houlihan


The classic Sonic 'XX reply-to story, contributed to by dozens of authors over twenty. fucking. years.

Book XIX

The latest KateStory, just in time for the twentieth anniversary. Feel free to jump on in.

Character Guide

A by-no-means exhaustive analysis of a few of the more major, and a few of the less minor, characters to appear in KateStory over the years.


Books I-VIII: Prodigy Classic

From the classic Prodigy Bulletin Boards. In 1997, I combined all of these, edited them, added a foreword and my own comments, and posted them in a crappy MS-Word-based HTML document. Now, I've finally gone through and fixed them all, reformatting them in good HTML and putting each on its own separate page. I've still kept the (sometimes-silly -- grr-bah, magenta text!) formatting largely the same as in that original version, though I've dropped some of the more illegible conventions (mainly the use of cyan text).

Note, of course, that all comments and introductions are from 1997.

1997 Foreword

Original foreword from 1997. Includes silly ratings section that I used to put on my stories.

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Book I: The Adventure Begins

The very beginning. Kelly goes on an adventure; a series of random references to fantasy novels and cartoons ensues. Hedgehog X and the Ego Trip Team appear to try and stop Kate's madness.

Forum: Prodigy Classic, Video Games BB, Sonic '94 Club
First Post: 94.10.22, by Stefanie "Kate" [...]. Duh. Kate. As in KateStory.
Last Post: 94.11.06, by Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts
Other Significant Contributors: Thad "X" Boyd, Anthony "ANT 100" Testa

First Appearances: Kelly, Hedgehog X, Brent
Referenced but Not Seen: Kate
Major References: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Ren and Stimpy

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Book II: The Rescue

After Hedgehog X and Kelly attack Kate (somewhere between parts), she turns Hedgehog X into a singing candy machine named Maleophonix, and imprisons Kelly in Castle Chaos, where she is forced to work on a TV shopping network. A plucky lad named Billy sets out with Maleophonix and a rent-a-hero named Anticlimax to save Kelly and restore sanity to Kate.

Forum: Prodigy Classic, Video Games BB, Sonic '94/'95 Club
First Post: 94.11.27, by Stefanie "Kate" [...]
Last Post: 95.01.01, by Thad "X" Boyd
Other Significant Contributors: Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts, Justin "Raptor" Barber

First Appearances: Billy, Anticlimax, Maleophonix, X, Kate
Returning Characters: Kelly, Hedgehog X
Major References: Sonic the Hedgehog, The Lion King, The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Book III: Searching for a Plot

Kelly and Billy fade into the background as Kate, X, and Hedgehog X become the principal characters. Video game references abound.

Forum: Prodigy Classic, Video Games BB, Sonic '95 Club
First Post: 95.01.07, by Thad "X" Boyd
Last Post: 95.04.08, by Thad "X" Boyd
Other Significant Contributors: Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts, Stefanie "Kate" [...]

First Appearances: LOGIC
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Anticlimax
Referenced but Not Seen: Maleophonix
Major References: The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings, King's Quest, Final Fantasy 6, Sonic the Hedgehog, Legend of the Red Dragon, Dragonlance, Mega Man X2

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Book IV: The Final Rise of the Dark Fantasy

Things get even less coherent. Large focus on Final Fantasy 6 (3) and The Dark Is Rising Sequence.

Forum: Prodigy Classic, Video Games BB, Sonic '95 Club
First Post: 95.05.07, Thad "X" Boyd
Last Post: 95.06.11, Thad "X" Boyd
Other Significant Contributors: Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts, Stefanie "Kate" [...]

Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Kate, X, Hedgehog X
Referenced but Not Seen: LOGIC, Maleophonix, Anticlimax
Major References: Final Fantasy 6, The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Lord of the Rings, Heretic, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Book V: Rebirth

KateStory comes to a new Sonic club, this one on the Comics BB and led by Lindsay Cibos. Kate, X, and Hedgehog X come to get Kelly and Billy to help them fight Kate's Median Spell, which is still causing havoc. X nobly sacrifices himself for no reason and HX introduces his replacement, Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Forum: Prodigy Classic, Comics BB, Sonic Club
First Post: 95.06.20, by Stefanie "Kate" [...]
Last Post: 95.07.09, by Thad "X" Boyd (with visiting cousin-once-removed Chris "Kumba" Morehead)
Other Significant Contributors: Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts, Roger "Dr. Robotnik" Remer, Jill "Amy Rose" Quindiagan

First Appearance: Marvin
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Kate, X, Hedgehog X
Referenced but Not Seen: Brent, Maleophonix, LOGIC
Major References: Sonic the Hedgehog, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Final Fantasy 6

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Book VI: On Mobius, for Once

This isn't so much a KateStory as a reply-to Sonic fanfic. Without Sonic. However, it does have Kate, X, and Hedgehog X, and it is a reply-to story from Sonic '95, so I decided to include it in this collection anyway.

Amaroq Kapugen, the Great Black Wolf, king of Pride Lake, leader of its band of Freedom Fighters, and Guardian of the Moon Gems, gets a distress call. In fact, everybody gets it.

Hedgehog X has some idea of what's going on, but he's not telling. In fact, he's so infuriatingly tight-lipped about it that we never figure out just what the hell it is he's hiding -- we just know it has something to do with somebody called The Lord of the Mountain, AKA the Kiffi. When Kate and X finally confront the Kiffi, the story abruptly ends.

Forum: Prodigy Classic, Video Games BB, Sonic '95 Club
First Post: 95.11.17, by Jess "Amaroq" Rhodes
Last Post: 95.12.31, by Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts
Other Significant Contributors: Thad "X" Boyd, Chris "Havoc" Carpenter, "Speed" Sutton, Ryan "Kapu" Rhodes

First Appearance: Frog
Returning Characters: Kate, X, Hedgehog X
Referenced but Not Seen: Thad
Major References: Sonic the Hedgehog, Dragonlance, Chrono Trigger

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Book VII: The Search for the Watch, and the Ensuing Events

KateStory comes into its own. The cast of Brent's unfinished epic Redd Wokko is joined by Chrono Trigger's Frog, whose sword, the Masamune, won't do that thing where it lights up all blue when he gives his inspiring speech. This is because Thad's watch battery is dead, and there is a weird connection between Thad's glowing watch and Frog's glowing sword. The team sets out to find the Watch Battery of the Gods. And then the world exploded.

Forum: Prodigy Classic, Video Games BB, Sonic '96 Club
First Post: 96.08.15, by Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts
Last Post: 96.09.11, by Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts
Other Significant Contributors: Stefanie "Kate" [...], Thad "X" Boyd, Jess "Amaroq" Rhodes, Brady "Ashura" Hartel

First Appearances: Stef, Thad, Crazy Willy, The Flyin' Dork
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Brent, X, Hedgehog X, Maleophonix, Frog
Major References: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Chrono Trigger, Earthworm Jim (the cartoon series), Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Book VIII: Midnight Falls. And Can't Get Up.

After Sonic '9X receded into obscurity and only Brent and I were left behind, we joined another Prodigy Classic Sonic club. Another member started a reply-to story to explain her character's origin, which started out as a fairly in-continuity Sonic story, but after the third Median Effect, we jacked it and made it into a KateStory.

A winged cheetah named Midnight appears inexplicably for some purpose never adequately explained. Meanwhile, Hedgehog X is acting suspiciously again.

Forum: Prodigy Classic, TV BB, Sonic Club
First Post: 97.01.28, by Mandi "Midnight" Gordon
Last Post: 97.02.23, by Brent "Hedgehog X" Roberts
Other Significant Contributor (in fact, only other contributor): Thad "X" Boyd

Returning Characters: Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Maleophonix, LOGIC
Major References: Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy 4, Final Fantasy 6, Highlander, Mega Man X, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Books IX & X: Thad's Mailing Lists

I decided to revive KateStory for its third anniversary in '97. By then, of course, Prodigy Classic was a desolate wasteland, and I had moved Sonic '97 to a pair of mailing lists -- one on-topic, one off-.

In '99, I had dispensed with those mailing lists and had a mailing list consisting of close friends, mostly from high school, so that was the forum when we decided to revive it yet again.

Book IX: Third Anniversary Extravaganza

Kelly and Billy -- now a low-ranking member of SOLDIER -- are plunged into a world of intrigue, fighting not one but two versions of the nefarious Girard, who have acquired the Ultimate Destructive Materia: The Pink Balloon.

The DriveSpace-compressed hard drive containing Book IX was corrupted when I upgraded to Windows 98, and I did not recover the data until some 10 years later, with the help of Dean Trower's DriveSpace 3 Disaster Recovery Kit. (Dean, if we ever cross paths, I owe you a beer.) For those 10 years, Book IX was only available in incomplete form from a partial archive saved by Steve. As such, Books X-XV make references to Book IX being partially lost.

Forum: E-Mail, Thad's Sonic '97 Off-Topic Mailing List
First Post: 97.10.22, by Thad Boyd
Last Post: 97.11.09, by Thad Boyd
Other Significant Contributors: Brent "Mr. 'Bob'" Roberts, Stephen "Beef 999" Tramer, Jupiter S Lament, Alex Kimbel, Mike Nonsense

First Appearances: Steve, Girard, Dr. Wily, Jojo the Flipping Elf
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Stef, Thad, Brent, X, Hedgehog X, LOGIC, Crazy Willy, The Flyin' Dork
Referenced but Not Seen: Kate, Frog, Anticlimax
Major References: Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Suikoden, Mega Man, Quantum and Woody, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, Voltron, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Book X: The Middle of Nowhere

Biggest KateStory ever. Steve invalidates the totality of Book IX and a bunch of new and returning characters have to fix it.

Forum: E-Mail, Thad's Infinite Spam List/Mailing List of Love
First Post: 99.01.16, by Thad Boyd
Last Post: 99.02.19, by Thad Boyd
Other Significant Contributors: Stef [...], Brent Roberts, Steve Tramer, Erin McDonald

First Appearances: McDohl, Plot
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Stef, Thad, Brent, Steve, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Maleophonix, Frog, LOGIC, Girard, Dr. Wily, Anticlimax
Major References: Final Fantasy 6, Final Fantasy 7, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Beast Wars, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Xena: Warrior Princess, Xenogears, Rent, The X-Files, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, square.net, Suikoden, South Park, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Chrono Trigger, The Princess Bride, Dragonlance, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Book XI: Sonic '01 BBS

Book XI: The Fortress of Crap(t)itude

When I named my BBS in honor of the old Sonic '9X club, I felt it only fitting to revive KateStory. Brent, Steve, and I were the only participants in this one, except for four posts by James, three off-topic.

GI Joe attacks Dr. Billy, and there's a really unreasonable amount of gay sex.

Forum: Thad's BBS, Sonic '01
First Post: 01.01.25, by Steve "Maxl" Tramer
Last Post: 01.09.21, by Brentai Roberts
Other Significant Contributor: Thad "HoJu" Boyd

First Appearances: Dr. Billy, Vincent Price, Mr. Shithead the Shithead
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Thad, Brent, Steve, X, Frog, LOGIC, Girard, Dr. Wily, Anticlimax, Crazy Willy
Referenced but Not Seen: Maleophonix
Major References: Mega Man, Sharkey, Castlevania, GI Joe, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Final Fantasy 6, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Strider, Skies of Arcadia, The Illuminatus! Trilogy, The Simpsons

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Books XII-XVI: boards.pyoko.org

After the relative failure of KateStory XI, Brent revived KateStory on the Pyoko boards. Back to its roots, with a random pool of potential contributors, KateStory throve once again.

Book XII: The Amazing Mr. H

Kelly is turned into a giant cockroach. Meanwhile, The Amazing Mr. H rules the beaches.

Forum: Pyoko
First Post: 02.08.28, by Brentai
Last Post: 02.09.15, by Random-Guy
Other Significant Contributors: Stef, Thad, Stiv, Orthae, Matchbox Killer, Detonator, Gunslinger

First Appearance: The Amazing Mr. H
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Stef, Thad, Brent, Steve, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Dr. Wily, Jojo the Flipping Elf, Vincent Price's Rotting Corpse, Mr. Shithead the Shithead
Referenced but Not Seen: LOGIC
Major References: The Metamorphosis, Bad Dudes, They Saved Hitler's Brain, Tromaville, Surf Nazis Must Die, Mega Man, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Book XIII: Janey vs. The Illuminati

Ninth Anniversary Special! Janey, a seemingly nondescript college student, is plunged into the middle of a war against the Illuminati, controlled by The Amazing Mr. H and bent on world domination. But there's something special about Janey...and only demon-displaced detective Gok Tinnik, demon-displaced enigma Billy von Garda, and super-spy extraordinaire Kelly London know what it is.

Forum: Pyoko
First Post: 03.10.22, by Stef
Last Post: 03.11.20, by Random-Guy
Other Significant Contributors: Thad, Brentai, Lee-Ham, Match, Detonator, Kazz, Friday

First Appearances: Janey, Gok
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Stef, Thad, Brent, Steve, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, LOGIC, Plot, The Amazing Mr. H, Anticlimax, Vincent Price's Rotting Corpse
Major References: Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Matrix Trilogy, Terminator 3, The Once and Future King, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Book XIV: How Continuity Killed the KateStory

April Fool's Edition '04. Somewhere in there is a story about Evil Wokko framing Gok's uncle for the murder of Crazy Willy. But that's mostly hidden among the foolish and self-satisfied ramblings of me, Brent, and Kazz.

Forum: Pyoko
First Post: 04.04.01, by Thad
Last Post: 04.05.24, by Brentai
Other Significant Contributors: Kazz, McDohl, Random-Guy

First Appearances: Adam, Uncle Larry
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Janey, Stef, Thad, Brentai, Steve, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Maleophonix, Gok, McDohl, LOGIC, Plot, Girard, The Amazing Mr. H, Anticlimax, Marvin, Crazy Willy, The Flyin' Dork, Jojo the Flipping Elf, Vincent Price, Mr. Shithead the Shithead. In other words, every single character listed on the characters page at the time except Dr. Wily.
Referenced but Not Seen: Dr. Wily
Major References: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Final Fantasy 6, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (we really should just take those three as given), various Mega Man games (esp. X7), Final Fantasy 8, Doctor Who, The Matrix: Revolutions, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Clerks: The Animated Series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

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Book XV: KateStory Fusion

An all-star cast of KateStory alums celebrates the tenth anniversary...and then takes off to leave Thad, Brent, Cannon (the artist formerly known as Random-Guy), and McDohl to make a massive circle-jerk of it.

It starts, simply enough, with an insult and a battle of men with afros. Then, upon Bush's election to a second term, LOGIC is destroyed and the KateStory merges with the real world. Book XV comes full circle in a post-apocalyptic future, and the KateStory itself comes full circle in a shocking yet strangely familiar twist ending.

Forum: Pyoko
First Post: 04.10.21, by Brentai
Last Post: 05.05.17, by McDohl
Other Significant Contributors: Thad, Cannon, Kazz, Stef

Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Janey, Stef, Thad, Brent, Steve, Adam, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Maleophonix, Gok, McDohl, LOGIC, Plot, Girard, Dr. Billy, The Amazing Mr. H, Anticlimax, Crazy Willy, The Flyin' Dork, Jojo the Flipping Elf, Vincent Price, Mr. Shithead the Shithead, Uncle Larry. Once again, everybody but Dr. Wily and Frog.
Major References: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (but, curiously enough, only minor references to FF6 and Rocky Horror), Katamari Damacy, Transformers: The Movie, Shazam!, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Lord of the Rings, Sonic the Hedgehog (3 and the SatAM cartoon), Justice League Unlimited, Mega Man Zero

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Book XVI: KateStory Gaiden

McDohl jumped the gun on this one -- he started it up just two weeks after Book XV ended, having gradually petered out over a six-month period due to an overall sense of KateStory fatigue. And enthusiasm didn't pick back up -- Brent wrote a couple one- and two-sentence posts, and McDohl and I picked at it periodically over seven months, but nobody else participated. That said, it has some good bits in it that I'm pretty proud of.

Given the ending of Book XV, which showed Kelly and Billy first restored to their childhood and then grown up and married with children, this story jumps around in the timeline, from 2005 to 1994 to a 2030 where Flagstaff is covered in a geodesic dome and President Boyd has been kidnapped by ninjas.

Forum: Pyoko
First Post: 05.05.31, by McDohl
Last Post: 06.02.08, by McDohl
Other Significant Contributor: Thad

Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Janey, Teachy O'Houlihan, Thad, Brent, Adam, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Maleophonix, Gok, McDohl, Girard, Dr. Wily, Marvin, Larry
Referenced but Not Seen: LOGIC, Anticlimax
Major References: Suikoden, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Secret of Mana, Bad Dudes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #10

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Books XVII-XIX: Worst Forums Ever/Brontoforumus

Following a mass departure from Pyoko to Worst Forums Ever, and in anticipation of the KateStory's fourteenth anniversary, McDohl began the cycle anew with Book XVII.

Book XVII: Loose Ends

Forum: Worst Forums Ever
First Post: 08.09.17, by McDohl
Last Post: 09.01.20, by Guildenstern
Other Significant Contributors: Brentai, Thad, Kazz

There are a few arcs in this story, all actually resolved quite nicely: a hypnotized Frog burns down a forest, Anticlimax seeks the Magic Pencil, Girard plays City of Heroes, and Janey goes to college.

First Appearances: Drago Morgan (not named), Fig Minton
Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Janey, Thad, Brent, Adam, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Gok, Frog, Girard, Dr. Billy, Anticlimax, Jojo the Flipping Elf
Referenced but Not Seen: LOGIC, Plot, Crazy Willy, Mr. Shithead the Shithead, Uncle Larry
Major References: Final Fantasy (6, of course, and a good bit of the later, Nomura-era stuff as well), Chrono Trigger, Sonic the Hedgehog (mostly the SatAM cartoon with a bit of the Archie comic and the Genesis games), Lord of the Rings, Wall-E, City of Heroes, Swamp Thing (in a roundabout way -- Frog speaks in iambic pentameter, like Alan Moore's version of the Demon), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #21, Oficial y Caballero

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Book XVIII: KateStory Forever

Forum: Brontoforumus
First Post: Thad, 2009-10-22
Last Post: McDohl, 2010-10-23
Other Significant Contributors: Friday, Brentai, Cyan Prime, Guildenstern

Janey's doctoral studies run afoul of a xenophobic librarian, her brother the velociraptor, an occult organization, a superhero team, and a Blight.

Returning Characters: Kelly, Billy, Janey, Stef, Thad, Brent, Steve Adam, Kate, X, Hedgehog X, Maleophonix, Gok Tinnik, LOGIC, Plot, Girard, Drago Morgan (named for the first time), Anticlimax, Marvin, The Flyin' Dork, Larry, Fig Minton
Referenced but Not Seen: Dr. Billy
Seen Only in Flashbacks: McDohl (not mentioned by name), Frog, Crazy Willy, Vincent Price
Major References: The Cthulhu Mythos, Jurassic Park, Transformers, FF6, Dragon Age, Guarding the Globe ads (Invincible/Spawn/Walking Dead/Harry Potter)

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Book XIX

The latest KateStory, just in time for the twentieth anniversary. Feel free to jump on in.