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X-Tale is an AU created by Jakei95 on Tumblr and Youtube. X-Tale is fractured into many parts: the comic, the animation series Underverse, and another comic named The Truce, which is the precursor to X-Tale.
X-Tale takes place in a post-pacifist timeline, where Sans and Papyrus are part of the royal guard. However, certain incidents occur out of nowhere, such as Sans' thirst to kill Frisk.
Underverse supposedly takes place after X-Tale, where Sans, now Cross, ends up going to each pacifist timeline within an AU and tries to take it himself, with help from Cross!Chara (X!Chara) and Nightmare!Sans.
The Truce takes place before both series, in which Error!Sans and Ink!Sans both create a truce to better themselves.
X-Tale and Underverse both have a certain power called OVERWRITING. It allows the person to OVERWRITE certain objects, such as changing stories, changing characters, and possibly destroying a timeline or an AU itself; examples include the Underswap AU, and possibly the X-Tale AU.
Years after X!Frisk shattered the barrier, X!Sans and X!Papyrus are both heading towards town hall, in which X!Undyne surprises the both out of nowhere and takes Frisk. This turned out to be a test, however Sans was acting much stranger than he ever was, especially when he tried to killed X!Frisk.
After the two are taken home by X!Gaster, he determines if he should OVERWRITE Sans or not. Meanwhile, Sans begins dreaming of X!Chara, and he felt that his soul was slowly being corrupted.
While at a ceremony to promote peace, Sans nearly kills X!Frisk had not X!Gaster intervened. He flees, only to be caught by X!Mettaton. Before he could explain to his brother, the time resets again, this time with the ceremony going on normally.
As it turns out, both X!Frisk (under the influence of X!Chara) and X!Gaster are both fighting against each other for control of the timeline, and that this timeline was rewritten 10 times thanks to the power of OVERWRITING. Despite showing Sans the motivation to kill them, Sans' refusal leads to a battle which ends up getting Sans his signature scar, and the name "Cross".
X!Gaster RESETS the timeline, but Cross still has his scar from the battle earlier. As both him and Papyrus head out to town hall with X!Frisk, X!Undyne tells Cross that he's no longer needed, and as he struggles against the battle that is going against him, X!Gaster is getting his treatment with X!Mettaton and X!Asgore.
Underverse 0.0 Part 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
Underverse 0.0 was released as a comic from April 18, 2016 to May 2, 2016 with 5 parts each, and as an animation on July 5, 2016. Sans finds himself in a strange dimension with another person, and as they explain to him why they're here, Sans tries to kill them when they explain that they're him.
Their fake mercy, however, tricks Sans, and half of his soul is taken out of surprise. Ink!Sans does come up to stop Cross!Chara with their plan of taking his universe as theirs, but it wasn't enough to stop them from fleeing with his soul.
Underverse 0.1 Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
Underverse 0.1 was released as a comic from May 7, 2016 to May 22, 2016, and as a animation from May 30, 2016 to June 30, 2016, with 6 parts each. The first three parts were released as an animation on July 5, 2016.
With half of Sans' soul, Cross!Chara asks Cross if he's ready, to which they questioned why feels this way, to which Cross!Chara tells him if he's afraid of releasing her. Cross is finally motivated to absorb the soul, and gains 0.5 out of it.
Sans asks what was with Cross to Ink, and he explains to him that he felt the presence of a new AU, which barely anyone but Cross and Cross!Chara, from a genocide run. Ink's constant visiting helped Cross gain control of both souls, but when Error!Sans came along, both him and Cross!Chara fought for control yet again, and decided to visit Sans' universe so that they could stay there.
Sans isn't worried that he has only half a soul, and Ink left him alone. However, during a volleyball game at his picnic, his side effects begins to show, and just when he decided to take a break, Frisk ask him who was Ink.
Meanwhile, Cross!Chara tells him that he should go through the AU and collect their data there, and when Cross' negative feels began to show, Nightmare!Sans shows up and the both of them make a deal, as long as Cross doesn't harm somebody physically.
Dream!Sans finds out about the deal, and alerts Ink about it, which Ink takes advantage to find Cross more easily. Sans explains to Frisk about the issues that is haunting him right now, and he tells them to cover for him while he's gone with Ink to find his other soul.
Nightmare!Sans takes Cross to his first AU, Underfell, where a pacifist timeline is occurring.
Underverse 0.2 was released as two separate parts, Part 1 on August 22, 2016, and Part 2 on October 18, 2016. After landing in the Underfell AU, Ink and Sans begins their search for Cross, thanks to a buildup of red marks.
As Cross continues marking the snow with his blade, Underfell Sans intervenes, and despite telling him that his world is his now, Underfell Sans refuses to accept Cross' deal, and even though Fell!Sans had the advantage, he was ultmately defeated by Cross.
When Ink and Sans arrive at the scene, Cross immediately stabs Fell!Sans in order to control him for the battle against them. However, the two were able to get Fell!Sans tied up as Sans talks with Cross over X!Gaster, which shocks Cross by surprise. He soon uses his special attack on Cross: his slipper; which gave enough time for Fell!Sans to free himself from Cross' control and before he's able to kill him, he flees.
As Fell!Sans realizes the damage Cross has done, Ink is captured by Error, and after Sans teleports out of here for a break, Fell!Sans decides to join after a rude calling with Fell!Papyrus.
An Xtra Scene was released on November 24, 2016 to fill the gaps of Underverse 0.2 and 0.3. Core!Frisk gives Sans some advice to defeat Cross, as Fell!Sans joins him to the site.
Error isn't pleased over this whole X-Event, and tells him that if he was involved, there would be plenty of fun coming on from his side. After Ink leaves his place, Dream!Sans reminds Ink that he'll spy on the two and give them crucial information to Ink on where Cross is going next.
Underverse 0.3 is, like Underverse 0.2, divided into two parts; Part 1 was released on March 26, 2017, and Part 2 was released on August 6, 2017. Furious over Cross' failure in Underfell, Cross!Chara attempts to take over, but he's knocked out before he could. Nightmare scolds Cross of what he's doing, but after Cross tells him his ambitions, he calms down, and takes Cross to Underswap.
Underswap Papyrus mistakes him for his brother, and shows his new visitor to everyone, but considering that the code reminded too much of his, he goes ahead with Nightmare's plan. Fortunately, Sans and Fell!Sans were able to distract Cross before he could do much to Underswap, but the huge victory ends up being a flop, as Cross!Chara is revived by the soul of Swap!Chara.
X!Chara throws Sans and Fell!Sans out to the X-Tale universe, and Nightmare ties Ink up before X!Chara begins his X-Event on the Underswap universe. He then performs a series of events on the Underswap crew thanks to the power of OVERWRITING. He even fights Ink over a white vial, which contains the other half of X!Gaster's soul. Nightmare, at first, doesn't appreciate this, but over time, he felt confident that X!Chara was much understanding than Cross, and allowed him to kill someone.
Meanwhile, Sans and Fell!Sans tries to hide from the now captured Underswap characters, and Dream!Sans tells them that they should lower their negative feelings, as his brother feeds on it. After Swap!Papyrus tells his brother that this was the best timeline they could ever live in, the three were able to enter, and Sans was able to stop X!Chara thanks to his ketchup bottle.
X!Chara soon tries to reason with Sans about his own timeline, and his purpose, but with the failure of his chance at killing, Nightmare kills Swap!Chara, and leaves with X!Chara, telling Sans to "spend his last moments".
Dream!Sans tells them all to head to Outertale, another safe pacifist AU, but Swap!Papyrus decides to stay in the AU, since he has no chance at trusting Ink after the incident that has occurred. And as the crew heads to Outertale, Swap!Papyrus looks up to the sunset, as the timeline dies.
While arguing over the multiverse, Error and Ink are both taken to a mysterious place where they can't use their attack anymore. As the two of them panic over what to do, they're both taken into their own world by a mysterious voice, who tells them that the war is over.
After returning, the two finally decide to be "friends", which allowed them to leave. They both decided on a truce: If Ink promises not to make any more AUs, Error could not delete the others.. Despite this, Error still had a distrust of Ink, and would give Ink the impression that things are wrong.
Later, Ink finds out that another AU was deleting itself and comes to save it. It turns out to be a monochromatic world called X-Tale, with the only inhabitants being X!Frisk, X!Chara, and X!Gaster. After showing X!Gaster the multiverse, he's convinced to create his own game using him and his children.
- Most of X-Tale is monochromatic, spare the OVERWRITE & RESET button, blood, and a pacifist timeline.
- As explained here, the reason why Underverse’s aspect ratio is 3:2 is because the series started as a gif animated comic. Due to Jael's laziness and strategy to help protect their videos from being stolen, they kept the resolution, adding watermarks on those blank spaces.
- The Underverse comment section is always disabled, due to Jakei's feelings over the comment's content (e.g. asking for their AU to show up in the series)
- It's likely due to the audience of younger kids on YouTube, who don't understand what AUs are being included in Underverse, and are likely to request their own.
- At the beginning of Underverse 0.2 Part 2, X!Chara tells the viewers regarding Jael's conditions and hates how the viewers even want the next Underverse episode, giving them nightmare fuel just before the episode even started.