Oct 232014
 

Title: An Afternoon Alone
Fandom: N/A
Characters: Sorrick , Jade
Rating: G-  (L0 N1 S0 V0 D0)
Warnings: Shirtless dudes in romantic poses
Notes: For y!GalleryKeldrin. A bit of shirtless romance. It was supposed to be ‘pants only’, but I couldn’t find thematically-valid pants that didn’t need to be used with boots. So, shirtless dudes in sexy boots. *shrugs* I like how Jade’s face came out. That little touch of amusement took forever to get right.
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Oct 222014
 

[ Master Post ]
Title: Death and Desire
Fandom: Nicoverse
Characters: Gabriel , Michael
Rating: T (L0 N0 S0 V2 D0)
Warnings: War, death, holy vengeance, ethics of a damaged archangel
Notes: In about 701 BC, an Assyrian army led by Sennacherib sacked forty-odd cities in Judah and laid siege to Jerusalem. Assyrian records report the successful sack of every city besieged, except Jerusalem. Although they also do not report defeat there, those records are kingly propaganda, so all bets are off. The story goes that Hezekiah, King of Judah, prayed in the Temple of Jerusalem, for deliverance, and as the first king in two and a half centuries to do so, his prayer was rewarded, and 185,000 Assyrian soldiers died outside the walls. This is variously attributed to Michael, Gabriel, or the onset of one of the usual siege camp diseases. I decided to go for all three. (I never thought I’d be writing Michael, but I suppose it had to happen, eventually…)
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Oct 192014
 

[ Master Post ]
Title: The Birth of the Sea of Salt
Fandom: Nicoverse
Characters: Gabriel (as Labashi) , Hizkiel (as Harsu) , Kafziel (as Kurigalzu) , Lot & his family
Rating: G- (L1 N0 S0 V1 D1)
Warnings: Objectification of angels, threats of violence, really oblique threats of rape, violent nationalist sentiment, non-explicit mass destruction
Notes: A telling of the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah, from the perspective of the angels. I apologise for the names. Lot’s supposed to be Chaldean, and Chaldean names are a pain in my ass to find, but he spent enough time in the Jordan River valley that I can mangle some names for his family. And then I had the bloody stupid idea the angels should be posing as Chaldean merchants… I give up. Also, I like Lot’s daughters as self-determined hellraisers, able to make their own decisions and enforce their intent. I think canon supports that. And Gabriel loathing its shell is always hilarious — so, yes, this is really substantially before the fall of Jerusalem. (~2018 BC, maybe?) And if you’ve got any problems with my geology or geography, keep in mind that historical fiction is still fiction. (And I’m using a trope that’s been argued by biblical scholars, which doesn’t make it true, but does make it sufficiently popular to base a fictional work upon.)
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Oct 152014
 

Title: Jet – Test
Fandom: N/A
Characters: Jet (Raven’s daughter)
Rating: G-  (L0 N1 S0 V0 D0)
Warnings: A whole lot of leg.
Notes: This one didn’t come out as well as Nightfall. Jet, the party-girl into intricate long cons. Twice as smart as any of her marks, and only shows a quarter of it, if anyone’s looking. Why calla lilies? I don’t know, but she insisted.
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Oct 142014
 

Title: Nightfall – Test
Fandom: N/A
Characters: Nightfall (Raven’s Daughter)
Rating: G-  (L0 N1 S0 V0 D0)
Warnings: Short skirt
Notes: Raven’s daughters don’t have names, but they take names, usually along certain themes. This daughter can be called ‘Nightfall’. She’s an odd one, in her preference for the gleam of yellow metals over grey metals. She likes warm, bright colours and art festivals, cheerfully choosing her marks from those who try to exploit the artists. The daughters have a profound fondness for winning against other tricksters.
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Oct 122014
 

Title: A Performance to Please the King
Fandom: N/A
Characters: Frego , Nephele
Rating: M (L0 N3 S2 V0 D0)
Warnings: Giant blue dong, nude dude
Notes: As much as I like this one, I think it’s too sudden a transition from 07. On the other hand, the beginning of the sequence is also still missing, so I’m not sure if this is going to need a 7.5 yet. 09’s going to be the interesting one to shoot. I don’t do a lot of face-focused stuff. Also, if you’re missing the context for the giant blue dong, that’s covered in the last series I did for y!GallerySargantas.
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Oct 102014
 

Title: The Changing Days
Fandom: N/A
Characters: Raven’s daughters
Rating: T (L2 N1 S0 V0 D0)
Warnings: Bizarre cultural stereotypes, goddesses acting like birds
Notes: So, first off, this has been an exercise in choppy style. They’re birds. They’re like that. But, don’t think they’re bird-brained! The sisters are goddesses, after all, for all that they’re thieving, corpse-eating tricksters. It’s also really difficult to write a lengthy conversation between five characters who don’t have names and can shapeshift. Not the best I’ve ever written them. More of an experiment and a little backstory.
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Oct 072014
 

[ Master Post ]
Title: Blessings of Drunkenness
Fandom: Nicoverse
Characters: Nico , Lucian , Ometochtli , Yin (Magdalene) , Gabriel (mentioned) , Raven’s Daughters (mentioned)
Rating: T (L2 N0 S0 V1 D1)
Warnings: Weird cultural stereotypes, bizarre interpretations of Mexica mythology, intentional cultural appropriation by trickster deities, vast quantities of alcohol, mentions of mythological violent death
Notes: Nico’s doing a gig at a political event that suddenly spawns a neverending spring of booze, courtesy of the Mexica gods of drunken shenanigans. If you read a lot of my stuff, you’ll recognise a couple of faces in the crowd, pretty early on. And, yes, Lucian has an accent that occasionally gets in his way.
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