Dragon Ball: Heart of the Dragon is a fan fiction created (mostly) by KidVegeta. Serving primarily as a sequel to Dragon Ball Z: The Forgotten, Heart of the Dragon continues the stories of Ledas, The Benefactor, Cuber, and a host of other original characters set in the Dragon Ball universe. This story begins just before the timeline of Dragon Ball Super, continuing on past the end of Dragon Ball Z.
The first half of Heart of the Dragon mostly deals with Ledas' formation of the intergalactic bounty hunting squad, the Starchasers, the various adventures they go on deep into space, and the many friends, foes, and acquaintances they meet on their journey. The last few sagas take place after the end of Dragon Ball Z, primarily focusing on the adventures of Ledas' children, Chari and Olivien.
Heart of the Dragon is primarily a sequel to my first major story on this site, Dragon Ball Z: The Forgotten. But that's not to say there aren't other stories of mine that HOTD also serves as a sequel to. In fact, I've written dozens of stories of varying length dealing with the characters set to appear in this story.
Not all of those have to be read to understand Heart of the Dragon. Many provide context, build-up, foreshadowing, and character introductions, but are not strictly relevant to Heart of the Dragon. Some stories are, however, necessary to read before Heart of the Dragon, in my opinion, in order to understand the story.
Thus, I will break up the below list of recommended reading into the two subsections, "necessary" and "supplemental" readings:
Required Reading Material
- Dragon Ball Z: The Forgotten - A story about the life of a young Saiyan boy named Ledas as he tries to escape the nefarious Planet Trade Organization and reunite with his childhood friend, Prince Vegeta.
- Dragon Ball: Cold Vengeance - A story that takes place after Dragon Ball Z where Ledas and Cuber face off against the hybrid monster, Yuki.
- Ice Age Coming - A story about what happened to The Benfefactor following the events of Dragon Ball Z: The Forgotten.
- A Quest for Booty - A story about Beelzebub's journey to Earth to find the seven Dragon Balls and wish his father back to life.
- Extragalactic Containment Protocol - Vizzer's origin story.
- To be written origin story for Naemi.
- To Kill a God-Emperor - Linessi's origin story.
- Destroyer of Universes - Okinaro's origin story.
- The One with Several No Good Rotten Space Vermin - A story about Ledas.
- The Great Sushi-Eating Contest - A story about a sushi-eating contest between Ledas and Tarble.
|Saga title||Saga description|
|1||12||Emperor Kuriza Saga||The emperor's son makes his move. A wish is granted. The Starchasers are formed.|
|2||12||Melirion Saga||Bounty hunters. Blood-gorging parasites. Sleepy demons.|
|3||12||Blue Queen Saga||Some things are better left undisturbed. The great war reaches its climax. An empire is broken.|
|4||12||Universe 12 Saga||Time travelers. A pissed-off God of Destruction. Majin Sesami is loosed upon Universe 12.|
|5||12||Myaku Saga||A new god is born. The Benefactor attempts his final solution. The Starchasers confront Myaku, the Time-Skipper.|
|6||12||Zalama's Artifact Saga||The Starchasers confront the Triumvirate. Audacci finds a lost treasure. Victory comes at a heavy cost for all.|
- Various users have allowed their characters to be used in this story. TUNBOI allowed me to use various characters of that we made together, including Master Jabo, Master Caktir, Master Xutol, Master Levion, Master Qono, and Xiros. Hyper Zergling has also allowed all of his characters to be present in this story, though he will be writing for them. SuperTaiko1 is also a collaborator.
|Characters in Dragon Ball: Heart of the Dragon|
|Starchasers||Ledas • Linessi • Vizzer • Naemi • Okinaro • Theodosius • Beelzebub • Tarble (temporary member)|
|Starchasers (second generation)||Chari • Bulla • Rikyu • Android 11 • Android 12 • Olivien|
|Champions of Mrov||Cuber • Chaiva • Kailon • Yuki • Salhior • Aysuida|
|Venyi Academy||Master Jabo • Master Sharu-Kan • Master Levion • Master Caktir • Master Qono • Master Kyomu Tachi • Master Xutol • Master Hotal|
|Planet Trade Organization||Icer • Jahu • Tanarilo|
|Planet Trade Organization Splinter Faction||Kuriza • Aranya • Kracchus • Pukcoläsic • Dhuak • Commander Lingon • Master Sapras|
|Zalama's Triumvirate||Audacci • The Benefactor • Majin Sesami|
|Telnauki Empire||Haimaru • Raimie • Admiral Nectarian • Empress Tliccu Nakki|
|Kingdom of Melirion||King Malus • Queen Veniderre • Prince Jari • Princess Aran • Prince Ryn|
|Cardinal's Team||Cardinal • E • G • Jia|
|Space Rabble||Nishi • Maimas • Mushin • Somen|
|Universe 12||The Keeper • Dr. Kommon • Myaku|