This month's (April) installment of touhou stories:
(I'm still reading Palingenesia btw. Also, I'm also totally open for discussion of any of the stories in this thread. Feel free, well as free as you can get for the hefty time investment.)
http://www.mediafire.com/view/?cmi6ifa53m84bdf (in pdf form)
Description: Within a post-apocalyptic setting, two worlds lie. One is dead, the ground cracked, the earth searing, under the assault of a second sun. The other is a mere shadow, an abode that mortals and youkai alike cling to. And gods. Ha! They vanished as their believers did, at the hands of the cataclysms they themselves wrought. A servant to these old gods of times long past, I have witnessed their successors, the creation of the pocket world: Gensokyo.
For what, a fear of death, or what comes after? No matter, absolutely, for our story will rest within the enclaves of the Hakurei Border. But in a world where there is nothing to be lost, only calamity can await.
Description: While Palingensia talks of a world or worlds dying, Tainted Bonds is about change in Gensokyo. Progress? Chaos? Unity? Bloodshed? Only time can tell. But enough about the world, too much deep, what is the story about? Hauling ass with a hella over-powered level 17 sorceror/bladesage. Anyways, one of the objectives of the author was to subvert the "weak" protagonist and prove that meaningful conflict is possible even with an extremely powerful main character.
No Such Things As Fairytales
-successor to No Such Things As Fairytales http://www.touhou-project.com/storylist.php?title=no+such&author=&board=0&status=any
Description: Marisa, with headphones. Any more would be a spoiler.
The stories strongly incorporates elements of Changeling: The Lost, from World of Darkness:
The story is inspired by the World of Darkness, a fictional analog to the real world in which human beings unknowingly coexist with legendary monsters and other supernatural phenomena. The "Changelings" of the title are ordinary human beings who were kidnapped by the Fae and taken as slaves to their world (alternately known as Arcadia or Faerie). The player characters are changelings who have managed to escape their otherworldly captors and struggle through the barrier (known as the Hedge or the Thorns)
that separates Faerie from Earth. The game focuses on the experiences
of these changelings as they re-discover the world of their birth, try
to cope with the changes they have undergone, and seek to evade
The dominant themes of the game are the pain of loss, the quest for identity, and the bittersweet nature of human existence.