I'm still very much in an original fiction frame of mind. This is an odd, dark thing that's been lurking for a while.

Title: The Nacre Guardsman
Rating: R
Universe: The Nacre Guardsman
Characters/Pairings: Original characters, armies, dragons, the Nacre Guardsman
Summary: "The thing about wars is that they leave legends behind them. People need stories so that afterwards it makes sense. All those bodies. All those blighted fields. People need stories after a war. They need honour and bravery and glorious sacrifice. They need myths, and the glimmers of things too great to ever truly die." In the horror-stricken aftermath of an Imperial War against dragons, stories live on of a horror and a hope
Wordcount: 2658
Warnings/Notes: Original fiction, fantasy, horror, weird war, world war, dragons, empires, death, human experimentation, weapons, super soldiers, destroying the evidence, extermination, legends, survivors, aftermath
Claimer: Pretty much mine

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Light)
( Jan. 10th, 2017 08:05 pm)
I'm rereading The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner, which I haven't done in quite a few years, and I'd completely forgotten the four-odd chapters two children and two dwarves spend climbing, falling, slithering, crawling, swimming and almost dying through perilous shafts and impossibly tiny, mud-filled, sand-filled, water-filled crevices a couple of hundred feet underground while escaping svarts in the old copper mines.

... I will take the Mines of Moria, balrogs and all, in a heartbeat before I go through that again. Holy shit. I honestly must have blocked those chapters out. I'm not even claustrophobic, at least not normally, but people who go caving/cave-diving are honestly nutters (apparently the real Alderley Edge Copper Mines, where Weirdstone is set, are open to cavers). I don't want to drown, in the dark, underground, because I got wedged in a hairpin bend in a tiny crevice too sharp and small for my long bones to fit through. Holy shit.

(No offense to real cavers, mind, you do you, but holy shit I would die of a heart attack less than two minutes in, and apparently that's all sorts of bad for everyone attached to me as well, so ... yeah. Probably for the best if I never go, yeah?)

Um. Right. I had completely forgotten this impromptu deadly earnest crash course on the perils of caving in the middle of my children's fantasy book. Wow. Okay. Moving on.
Of the first arc anyway. I think I'll finish this one here, and if/when some more comes, I'll put it in a sequel? I figured this would be a good break, between his kingdom and hers. As always, continuation of the fic started here.

Title: Morning Vows
Rating: PG-13
Universe: Lioness and Lamb
Characters/Pairings: Fami and Calime, Fami/Calime
Summary: Their first shared morning, Fami and Calime wake slowly, share some cold truths, and perhaps some warmer promises
Wordcount: 2607
Warnings/Notes: Arranged marriages, kingdom politics, war and aftermath, personal responses, compromise and promises
Claimer: Still mostly mine

And again, continuing the reversed Beauty & the Beast fic.

Title: Wedding Night
Rating: PG-13
Universe: Lioness and Lamb
Characters/Pairings: Calime, Fami, mention of others. Calime/Fami
Summary: Calime and Fami, on their wedding night. She intends a chaste one. She won't break him so soon. Perhaps some smaller intimacies might still creep up on them, though
Wordcount: 2299
Warnings/Notes: Arranged marriages, wedding nights, fear, compromise, non-sexual intimacy
Claimer: Mine

Okay, so I'm not sure how far I'm going with this, but I figured I'd see how far I'd get. Also, people wanted a little bit of Fami POV, which randomly turned into family feels. Um. Not quite sure how that happened, but I actually like Maoric? Heh. Continuing the reversed Beauty & the Beast fic.

Title: Wedding Presents
Rating: PG-13
Universe: Lioness and Lamb
Characters/Pairings: Fami, Maoric. Mostly focused on family this chapter
Summary: An hour before his wedding, Fami receives a visit, and a present, from his eldest brother
Wordcount: 2386
Warnings/Notes: Arranged marriages, war marriages, family, loss, courage, hope
Claimer: Still mostly mine

A little bit of a continuation of the reversed Beauty & the Beast fic, for those who wanted to see the Beast’s POV on the proceedings.

Title: Declarations of Intent
Rating: PG-13
Universe: Lioness and Lamb
Characters/Pairings: Calime (the She-Beast), Fami, mentions of Kaeri and Maoric. Fami/Calime
Summary: Calime, the she-beast, takes an evening to get to know her promised husband/hostage better. They don't get as far as logistically complicated, but still it's all she might have hoped for and more
Wordcount: 2197
Warnings/Notes: Arranged marriages, hostages, relationship negotiation, threatening gestures, romantic gestures. They're complicated?
Claimer: More or less mine.

I'm mostly in the mood for original fic lately, it seems. Odd, rather dark little bit of a thing.

Title: Logistically Complicated
Rating: PG-13
Universe: Lioness and Lamb
Characters/Pairings: Original characters. Maoric, Fami, Kaeri, the She-Beast
Summary: A tiny bit of a reverse Beauty & the Beast. The beautiful scholar prince of a conquered country is given in marriage to the monstrous warrior queen of their conquerors, in an effort to keep his family and his kingdom safe. It's possible that his new wife didn't expect him to be quite as pragmatic about it as he is, though. To be fair, his family didn't either.
Wordcount: 1960
Warnings/Notes: Fantasy, Beauty & the Beast elements, conquest, war, loss, arranged marriage, political marriage, self-sacrifice, interspecies relationship, curiosity, challenge, manipulation, respect
Claimer: Mostly mine

It occurs to me that I seem to really like being mean to vampires. I've written them running afoul of both the Pied Piper and a haunted/reincarnated/possessed yew tree (long story, let's call him a dryad) so far, and one of those stories that I've promised myself I'm going to get around to writing some day has some vampires run afoul of a village of selkies, in a 'vampiric couple takes scenic coastal tour and realises a shade too late that they're holidaying in Innsmouth' sort of way. Though, in that case, it's more of a mutual misfortune, and the ghost and the stormwitch also didn't help. Heh. I just like having vampires run into things that are weirder or stronger or more dangerous than they are, or even just things that are unexpectedly capable against them.

Thinking about it, an incomplete list of nasty things I want vampires to try and mug in a dark alley/remote forest/unexpectedly dangerous holiday:

Finally. I've been fighting with this one on and off for over a year and a half now. It's as good as it's probably going to get here, so I figured I'd call it good. Heh.

Title: Heartwood
Rating: PG-13
Universe: Wyrldwood
Characters/Pairings: Gethyd, Laerin, Haelin, Caerwynn, Taelian knights including Elys the quartermaster. Gethyd/Laerin, Haelin/Caerwynn.
Summary: The wyrldwood, the last forest that stretches along the northern edge of the world along the boundary between it and chaos, is nothing any sensible person wants to tangle with. Though it's been quiet for the last four centuries, since the last great incursion of chaos was vanquished, it still evokes nothing but madness and monsters for most people. Unfortunately, when your partner and the love of your life is a wyrldwood fae by birth, sooner or later even the most sensible person might end up daring its confines. With Laerin as her partner, Gethyd has little choice, and all she can do now is weather the cavalcade of secrets the promise of that vast northern forest draws forth.
Wordcount: 9541
Warnings/Notes: Fantasy, fae/faeries, elves, forests, magic, chaos, love, comrades in arms, confrontations, meeting the parents, backstory, war, sacrifice, body horror, rescue, unicorns, champions, falling in love, hope, romance, confessions. WARNINGS mostly for angst and insecurities and tragic backstories, with a bit of body horror in one particular case. Also, for clarity's sake, 'faer' in the story mostly means 'male fae'. Um. Sorry about that.
Claimer: MINE

Heartwood )
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Fairytale)
( Nov. 9th, 2016 11:35 pm)
I wanted something small and soothing?

Title: A Silent Companionship
Rating: PG
Universe: Fae & Fairies
Characters/Pairings: Rue the River Gnome, The Grey Champion
Summary: To imagine the friendship of a lowly river gnome and a fae champion would be the height of foolishness. Rue doesn't particularly care. It's a quiet thing they have, her winter knight and her. A silent companionship.
Wordcount: 1543
Warnings/Notes: Fairies, silence, dangerous people, silent companionship
Claimer: Mine

A random thing that wanted to be written. WARNING for mob wars, murders, and people using floods as a weapon. Altogether a nasty little thing.

Title: Cityside Fairytale
Rating: R
Universe: Fairytale Noir
Characters/Pairings: The Detective, Carla James, Bernie Symes, Lori Allan, the hitwoman
Summary: "Don't nobody mess with Carla James. And don't nobody forget that the river will have its due." The city and the river feed each other, but if somebody murders the wrong man, if somebody tips things the wrong way, then the river will have its due. Urban fantasy, an ugly little slice of fairytale noir.
Wordcount: 4220
Warnings/Notes: Urban fantasy, fairytale noir, river spirits, elemental magic, organised crime, mob wars, murders, weaponised floods, magical abilities, detectives, criminals, highly inadvisable attraction
Claimer: Mostly mine

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Conflict)
( Jul. 6th, 2016 08:08 pm)
I watched Krull (1983) for the first time last night. It’s one of the few of the 80s fantasy canon that I hadn’t seen before. I recognised everybody, though Alun Armstrong as the honourable crook Torquil was a particular treat. Heh. Oh, 80s fantasy(/sci-fi) cheese, I do love you. I think my favourite character was probably Ergo the (Usually-Not-So-But-Can-Be-If-Pushed) Magnificent, but Rell, Ynyr and the Widow of the Web were also very lovely. The special effects were … okay, 80s cheese, but the glass spider worked very very well (even, or especially, speaking as a borderline arachnophobe over here), and I really liked the set design for the Dark Fortress, the organic, bone-like structure they gave it. Creepy organic-looking castle of evil, I approve. Can’t mess with the classics. I also love that the hero and his lady had to find an alternate means of killing the baddie at the end, because the Mystical Weapon of Destiny™ literally got stuck and left them high and dry. Heh! Totally unrelated sidenote, weddings on this planet are a lot more hardcore than expected.

God, I love me some 80s cheese. I do, I always do. It’s shite, but it’s extremely enjoyable shite :)
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Flight)
( Jun. 21st, 2016 05:13 pm)
A random bit of a thing because I watched a nun sail through town on her bicycle this morning on the way to work. There's probably more than a little bit of a) Silver John and b) Discworld in this.

Title: The Witch Run of Gethryck
Rating: PG
Universe: Gethryck? New original 'verse, anyway
Characters/Pairings: Original characters. The witches of Gethryck, Rychild Gerrill, Lyse Terryck and Alyse Myyr most prominently
Summary: Every year on the twenty third day of Aubyn, in the counties of Wychfarm, Lydd, Cathyll and Mayffryn in the province of Gethryck, the annual Witch Run takes place. It's done so in one form or another for over five hundred years now, and there's nobody in the four counties who’ll say a word against it
Wordcount: 1862
Warnings/Notes: Witches, folklore, tradition, slice of life, wild hunt, gossip, feuds, bicycles, courtship
Claimer: More or less mine

I am in an odd, vaguely gothic, dying-earth sort of mood at the minute, and this is what emerged from it. My apologies.

Title: Lovely, Ill-Mannered Creatures
Rating: R
Universe: The Watchers in the Night
Characters/Pairings: The Spider, The Graveyard Man
Summary: There are creatures, the watchers in the night, who guard the edges of reality, who have chosen to do so for myriad reasons of their own. The Spider is one of them, the keeper of many of their secrets, and she is just rude and incautious enough to tell you one of them. Only a little one, a friendly one. The secret of the Graveyard Man, who is her friend, and probably will not kill her for it
Wordcount: 4468
Warnings/Notes: Um. Horror, fantasy, cosmic horror, transformation, occult, monsters, creatures, necromancers, undead, murder, origin stories, creepy people, friendship, protective agencies, justice
Claimer: Purely the results of my own insanity

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