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Date:2010-01-06 17:37
Subject:Bard Song
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Mood: content

Title: Bard Song

Pairing: pre-Fem!Cousland/Leliana

Rating: M

Synopsis: Erika Cousland is curious about Bards, Leliana explains.

Disclaimer: BioWare owns this… Except Erika who is mine, I tells you, mine! My preciousssssssssssssss!

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Date:2009-12-21 10:07
Subject:Nightmares part 2
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Mood: awake

Nightmares part 2

Pairing: Fem!Cousland/Iona, pre-Fem!Cousland/Leliana

Rating: NC17 for violence, blood, and fem on fem sex (though ‘tis rather tame). (This makes it NSFW!)

Synopsis: Erika Cousland’s nightmares are from more than just her tainted blood, Leliana helps her lighten the burden by listening to her story.

Disclaimer: BioWare owns this… Except Erika who is mine, I tells you, mine! My preciousssssssssssssss!

A/N: Previous A/Ns apply, I won't repeat them here. Also, this part has the sex scene!

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Date:2009-12-20 11:28
Subject:Nightmares part 1
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Mood: annoyed

Nightmares part 1.

Pairing: Fem!Cousland/Iona, pre-Fem!Cousland/Leliana

Rating: NC17 for violence, blood, and fem on fem sex (though ‘tis rather tame). (This makes it NSFW!)

Synopsis: Erika Cousland’s nightmares are from more than just her tainted blood, Leliana helps her lighten the burden by listening to her story.

Disclaimer: BioWare owns this… Except Erika who is mine, I tells you, mine! My preciousssssssssssssss!

A/N #1: Hopefully my next fic will be more Leliana centric. Think of this as a prologue, dealing with the background of Erika Cousland.

A/N #2: Liberties will be taken with and assumptions will be made about the character of Iona. There will also be some fiddling with the order of events in the Human Noble Origin.

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Date:2008-11-11 22:43
Subject:Moving House
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Mood: bouncy

No, I'm not moving house... but the blog is.

Since I've decided to write on a daily basis, I decided to go to a "proper" blog, which you can find here -> Goddess Musing

This post is only one half (part?) of what I'm writing today. If you want to see what I'm thinking, make your way over to my new digs and make yourself at home!

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Date:2008-11-10 11:04
Subject:Homosexuality in the Forgotten Realms
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Mood: frustrated

This post was inspired by a post by Icelander on the Candlekeep forums, and was originally written as a reply to him. But I decided that it was kind of off topic for the thread, and so posted it here on my Blog (given that it's NaBloPoMo (the blogwriter's answer to NaNoWriMo), it's a win win situation for me!

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Date:2008-11-09 22:57
Subject:A Noble Catastrophe
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Mood: guilty

Today I participated in an event to honour the memory of a young man (boy really) called Ezra who died of cancer. It was organized by BigRedKitty of BigRedKitty.net, and was supposed to raise awareness and convince people to donate to the Make A Wish foundation. Noble cause, you'd think, wouldn't you?

However, I've come away unconvinced that everyone's best interests were served. I even feel a little guilty for participating. I am sure you're wondering why this is, so I suppose I should tell you. In the process of getting people to participate, the game play of others was adversely affected. I am sure you can read all about it on BigRedKitty.net, and BRK's apology for the chaos on WoW Insider (An Open Apology to Everyone), and all the anger on Argent Dawn's own forums here (two threads in particular, "Welcome to our Bloodbath" and "Whining FTW"). The idea was for a whole bunch of low level Taurens (most of whom would be level 1), would make a mad dash for Stormwind, there to assault the city and to kill the King. A Horde Guild (Bloodmoon Chosen) and other 70s would help clear the way and fight, as level 1 Taurens were unlikely to be anything more than fresh meat for the guards (and the level 70 alliance characters who were also there to participate by defending their city). Argent Dawn, apparently not the most stable of servers to begin with, started to go up and down like a yo yo when everyone started moving towards the Barrens. I personally was thrown off at least half a dozen times, if not more. I think I should have taken the hint the first time the server went down and just sat out the rest of the event, but I persisted and got all the way to Ratchet. Unfortunately I got no further because the GMs started contacting the guild leaders and officers (of the temporary guild formed for the event - <Run for Ezra>), and asked them/us to cease and desist.

So I got the flight point at Ratchet, flew back to Thunder Bluff and camped.

I do have to wonder exactly how much good we did. How many of the close to 1000 people participating in the event donated to Make A Wish? I know I didn't... But the lack of donation is not what is making me feel guilty. I rarely ever donate to charities because so little of the money going to them ends up where it is supposed to (it mostly gets used to pay their employees, because the biggest charities do not run on volunteers alone), and many of them persist in pressuring you for additional donations after you've donated for the first time (my grandmother's estate continues to recieve letters from charities she donated to when she was still alive, and this is nearly two years after her death). What I am feeling guilty about is the inconvenience we were to the server Argent Dawn (not just causing it to crash, but also causing it to become locked so that no new characters could be made) - a server that has a history of people piling on to it to try and crash it (apparently Blackrock server is most guilty of this). Well, we succeeded this time and quite spectacularly.

So to Argent Dawn, you have my unreserved apologies.

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Date:2008-11-08 18:06
Subject:5 more sleeps!
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Mood: tired

...until Wrath of the Lich King is launched.

I have really been looking forward to it. I've been kind of languishing with three characters at 70 and one more almost there (a warlock at 66), to the point where I almost stopped playing.

I'm most interested in playing a Death Knight, and rolling one will probably be my first priority. It seems kind of strange because when they first announced Death Knights, I swore black and blue that I'd never play one. I'm not usually the sort of person who enjoys playing a bad guy, but when I read the lore I was kind of intrigued. Here's a character that was once a good gal, a heroine, who fell from grace somehow... whether she died and was raised unwillingly and corrupted to serve the Lich King (much as Sylvanas Windrunner was before she threw off his shackles to become the Queen of the Forsaken), or she embraced the Lich King given power willingly. And now... now that Arthas has betrayed her (and the other Death Knghts), she (and they) have the opportunity for revenge or redemption, or even both.

I'm going to be playing her from the angle of unwillingly corrupted, now willingly seeking redemption. It will be an interesting ride, one I'm looking forward to with great relish.

The expansion, and the big 3.0.2 patch have really revitalized the game for me, I think. My hunter has a 51/10/0 spec, but rather than taming an exotic pet, I had her tame a gorilla. Now I really don't like the way gorillas look all that much, but I am a huge fan of how they play. Tenacity pets are interesting to me (probably because I also play a level 70 protection warrior!), gorillas more so. They're like mini-paladin pets, with their AoE threat generating Thunderstomp. I can get groups of up to four or five even level mobs and burn them down just using my pet's Thunderstomp and my volley... Great stuff, makes for some very easy leather grinding, I can tell you! The only problem is there's a bug with hunter pets right now - abilities you've turned off spontaneously turn themselves back on in your pet's spell book. This is annoying, because one of the abilities I always turn off is Cower. Having Cower turn itself back on can mean your Hunter is toast, because it can no longer hold aggro (it counters out Growl). The thing that gets me about this is that Blizzard have recently done several hot "fixes" (*cough*nerfs*cough*) to paladins in order to bring Ret Paladins into line - but they can't get off their arses and fix this majorly annoying bug with Hunters! Hopefully they'll get to it in 3.0.3 (if not before, but I'm not holding my breath).

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Date:2008-11-07 23:29
Subject:And now, the news...
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Mood: silly

I wasn't kidding when I said I was listening to the BBC News theme...

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Date:2008-11-07 23:20
Subject:NaBloPoMo
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Mood: cynical

I guess this is the blog equivalent to NaNoWriMo, which I have participated in in the past (only twice successfully).

So I decided that I should give this a go... What's the worst that can happen? (I fail to write a blog post a day and the world ends? Oh noes...)


For my first entry, I should talk about something important. The world held its breath this week watching the US elections, and a collective sigh of relief was heard when Barrak Hussein Obama was swept to the presidency on a tidal wave of American discontent with the Repugs. My own conservative parents were overjoyed by the news (seriously!), as tired and as jaded by Bush as I was (and I'm pretty left leaning these days). So why would this matter to people in Australia, I hear you ask... Well, I'm sure everyone knows just how much of an influence America has on the rest of the world. Influence enough that is troubling when one takes into account something else that happened during the election.

It looks very much like California, one of the most liberal states in America, passed Proposition 8, an amendment to the constitution of the state of California to exclude lesbians and gays from the right to marry. Previously the supreme court of California had found that it was unconstitutional to discriminate against Lesbian and Gay people on the issue of marriage. So what did the Fundamentalists/Mormons do? They made sure Prop 8 made it to the ballot.

My other half says that that is what a democracy is about, the people are allowed to have their say. In this case though, I think, fairness lost. The majority of people who voted for the proposition were most likely Christian (of a variety of stripes, the biggest movers and shakers of the Yes on 8 campaign was the Church of the Latter Day Saints (the Mormons))... Why should right wing Christians get to force the more moderate and liberal Christians (not to mention the tons of non-Christians) to follow the morals as dictated by their religion? There isn't even a clean and cut case for the proscription of homosexuality in the Bible, there is no 11th commandment "thou shall not tolerate homosexuality", but these Right Wing Christians tend to be literalists who take the Bible as the whole truth (never mind the fact that it does contradict itself in numerous places), and also cherry pick the verses that suit them... Leviticus always seems to be dragged up - but Leviticus is the Holiness Code which only really applied to rabbis - Among other things, it declares wearing mixed fibres, sowing two types of seeds in the one field, and eating shellfish all abominations - all things that these Christians are perfectly willing to turn a blind eye to. Things they probably do on a daily basis (particularly the wearing of mixed fibres).

Oh, but now I'm ranting... Sorry about that. There are plenty of decent Christians in the world, and not all of them are against homosexuality.

I can only hope that Barrak Hussein Obama's election signals the end of the rise of Conservatism (and the Christian (Religious) Right) in America.

I'm not holding my breath.

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Date:2008-01-24 16:36
Subject:Blood and Snow
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Mood: nervous

Well, I finally managed to get around to it. This LiveJournal was created a long time ago, but I never posted to it... then I wrote this story, and it was the catalyst that pushed me into using my LJ to post my fan fiction. I have posted Fan fiction to the web before, but always to other people's sites or forums.

Blood and Snow tells the story of the sorceress Miri "Ash" Kelborn. She's got a full background and history, but I won't bore you with all the details. Suffice it to say that in DnD terms she's a sorceress/wizard - mostly sorceress, with a couple of levels of wizard to reflect the thorough arcane grounding her mother (Alastra) gave her when she was young.

The story assumes a previous friendship between Ash and Myrmeen, which came to an abrupt halt... well I'll leave the rest of the details to the story itself. I also made a few assumptions about the magical warding around Myrmeen's palace in Arabel, which may or may not jibe with what warding should actually be there...

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the story!

Blood and Snow
Author: L A Chevallier (aka Zandilar).
Rating: M (15+)
Fandom: Forgotten Realms
WARNING Femslash (Myrmeen Lhal/OC (Ash)), if you don't like that kind of thing, don't read it!

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Date:2008-01-20 10:26
Subject:Ye Classic Realms Compliation
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Mood: tired

I'm participating in a project over at the Wizards of the Coast forums, which is called Ye Classic Realms compilation project. Here is my post Magic and Moonlight triumph over Shadows.

I have removed both fan fiction portions of the post on the advice of Lord Karsus. The first portion, Magic and Moonlight I have posted previously on this journal - it's the first entry (with the subject Goddess Musing...). Here's the second portion of fanfiction.

A Last Goodbye
Author: L A Chevallier (aka Zandilar).
Rating: M (15+)
Fandom: Forgotten Realms
WARNING Femslash (Mystra/Eilistraee, if you don't like that kind of thing, don't read it!

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Date:2008-01-13 13:03
Subject:The day the music died...
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Mood: depressed

You know, I am not a happy girl today. On top of everything else that they're doing to 4th Edition Forgotten Realms, Wizards has just released a new D&DI article about the 4th Ed Realms.

Some spoilers may be contained in the text of this article, so I'll include a cut here. Read at your own peril.

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Date:2008-01-06 18:57
Subject:Goddess Musing...
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Mood: nervous

I just finished the first novel in the Lady Penitent series by Lisa Smedman. I'm not going to post any spoilers here, but I will say that I'm not entirely happy with the events in the novel.. But that's okay, I have fixes to my own Realms in place that might actually turn out for the best with the coming of the atrocity that is 4th Edition Forgotten Realms.

Lisa Smedman's writing is very good, I started the novel last night, and finished the majority of it today. I haven't done that for years.

Anyway, I want to post some of my FR fanfiction to the internet. I don't think any of this has made it online before, but I know some people might have already read some of it. ;)

So without further ado, and in the theme of this post, here's a very short piece I wrote a long time ago, inspired by a single sentence out of Demihuman Deities (one of the 2nd Edition "God Books" for the Forgotten Realms), that caused a femslashy plot bunny to bounce around or, more accurately, dance...

Moonlight and Magic
Author: L A Chevallier (aka Zandilar).
Rating: M (15+)
WARNING Femslash (Eilistraee and I'll leave you to guess who), if you don't like that kind of thing, don't read it!

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