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V's Wikipedia's Primer for A Separate Peace (with embellishments by V)

A Little Background: ASP is a "coming of age" novel written in 1959 by John Knowles. It's set at a boys' prep school during WWII and shows the effects and strains of the war in their everyday lives and interactions with each other yada yada blah blah.

Plot (SPOILERS):

Gene Forrester, the protagonist (who is also the antagonist), returns to his old prep school, Devon (a thinly veiled portrayal of Knowles' alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy), fifteen years after he graduated to visit two places he regards as "fearful sites": a flight of marble stairs and a tree by the river that he caused his friend, Phineas, to fall out of (which is why everyone hates Gene). First, he examines the stairs and notices that they are made of very hard marble (yes, this part is definitely important). He then goes to the tree, which brings back memories of Gene's time as a student at Devon. From this point, the novel follows Gene's description of the time span from the summer of 1942 to the summer of 1943. In 1942, he was 16 and living at Devon with his best friend and roommate, Phineas (nicknamed Finny). At the time, World War II is taking place and has a prominent effect on the story.

Gene and Finny, despite being opposites in personality, are close friends at Devon: Gene's quiet, introverted, intellectual personality is a character foil for Finny's extroverted, carefree, athletic demeanor. During his time at Devon, Gene goes through a period of intense kinship with Finny. One of Finny's ideas during Gene's "gypsy summer" of 1942 is to create a "Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session" (note the beautiful alliteration), with Gene and himself as charter members. Finny creates a rite of initiation by having members jump into the Devon River from a large, high tree.

Gene and Finny's friendship goes through a period of one-sided rivalry during which Gene strives to out-do Finny academically, since he believes Finny is trying to out-do him. This rivalry begins with Gene's jealousy towards Finny. This rivalry climaxes (and is ended) when, as Finny and Gene are about to jump off the tree, Gene jounces the branch they are standing on, causing Finny to fall and shatter his leg. Because of his "accident", Finny learns that he will never again be able to compete in sports, which are most dear to him. This leads to Gene starting to think like Finny to try to be a better person and to try to solve some of his envy towards him. The remainder of the story revolves around Gene's attempts to come to grips with who he is, why he shook the branch, and how he will go forward. Gene feels so guilty that he tells Finny that he caused Finny's fall. Finny cannot comes to terms with this truth and chooses not to believe him.

World War II soon occupies the schoolboys' time, with student Brinker Hadley rallying the boys to help the war effort and Gene's quiet friend Leper Lepellier joining the Ski Troops and becoming severely traumatized by what he sees.

(also some stuff happens here in which Finny and Gene grow closer together and become true best friends. yay)

During a meeting of the Golden Fleece Debating Society, Brinker sets up a show trial and, based upon his shaking of the branch, accuses Gene of trying to kill Finny. Faced with the evidence, Finny leaves shamefully before Gene's deed is confirmed. On his way out, Finny falls down a flight of stairs (the same ones Gene visits at the beginning of the novel) and again breaks the leg he had shattered before. Finny at first dismisses Gene's attempts to apologize (for causing him to fall out of the tree, which he believes now after the second time Gene tells him), but he soon realizes that the "accident" was impulsive and not anger-based and forgives Gene.

The next day, Finny dies during the operation to set the bone when bone marrow enters his bloodstream during the surgery.

if you haven't read the book, read it now

Ships: Finny/Gene (I bet you didn't see that coming)

Some Quotes: The book starts off with "I went back to Devon School not long ago..." which is kind of needed for my fic but not really

I might add some more later on, but I probably won't. Literally anything Finny says is quotable. Also, the last chapter is magic.

8/31/2016 #61
sakurasencha

Mei's Primer for The Jungle Book (Book)

If you are familiar with the movie, the book is very similar except for a few key differences:

  1. Everyone speaks in really grandiose, old style English
  2. The wolf mother and wolf father were the first to find Mowgli, not Bagheera
  3. However Bagheera did play a major role in Mowgli's beginnings by offering a bull to the Seeonee pack so they would accept him
  4. Baloo is not a devil-may-care, fun loving bear (although in the book is he still considered lazy), rather he is an erudite teacher whose main purpose is teaching the wolf cubs of the Seeonee pack the laws of the jungle
  5. Shere Khan, while still fearsome, is not quite as feared by the jungle as the movies portray him. He is lame in one leg and generally looked down upon by other predators because he hunts herd cattle and people from the man villages

If you are not familiar with any incarnation, here is a brief summary:

In the jungles of India, a wolf mother and father find a stray man child whose father has just been eaten by Shere Khan. Shere Khan would also like to eat the child, but Raksha, the wolf mother, decides she likes the little baby and wants to raise him as her own.

Fast forward to the jungle Council, where it is time for all the wolf cubs to become recognized members of the pack. Akela, the pack alpha, has no problem shuffling Mowgli (which means little frog) into the fold, but Shere Khan has other ideas. He riles up some of the younger wolves enough that Bagheera the panther is forced to buy Mowgli's place in the pack with a bull.

Fast forward more, about ten years, and Mowgli has grown to be a skilled dweller of the jungle. A lot of the pack has grown resentful of him because they can not look him in the eyes and see him as something of a threat (Shere Khan encourages this dislike and rebellion). Akela is growing old, and once someone else takes his place as alpha Mowgli's safety cannot be guaranteed.

Bagheera tells Mowgli his only course of action is to steal some red flower i.e. FIRE from the man village and use it as leverage. He does this, and while he's able to save Akela's life, he decides to leave the jungle anyway.

(In later stories, Mowgli has a few adventures in the man village, kills Shere Khan, comes back to the jungle and lives there for a number of more years, and finally leaves the jungle completely.)

Characters:

  1. Bagheera - A black panther who is feared and respected by all the jungle. No one knows that he once lived in a cage and collar in the menagerie of one of the kings of Udaiper, although he eventually tells Mowgli. Bagheera considers Mowgli something of a foster son and takes great pains to care for him and teach him as Mowgli grows.
  2. Mowgli - His name means little frog, because that's how he looked when his wolf mother first scooped him out of the jaws of Shere Khan. He loves living in the jungle and has no desire to return to man, however as he grows he starts to see just how much he differs from everyone else in his pack. None of the other wolves can look him in the eye, and this disturbs them. He's boisterous and loud, and a bit brash.
  3. Raksha - The wolf mother that adopts Mowgli. Her name means something like She Devil because back when she was a hunter instead of a den mother (aka lahini), she was quite the fierce one. She loves Mowgli more than all her other children.
  4. Akela - The Seeonee pack alpha. As he ages his control over the pack loosens due to the spreading malcontent of the younger wolves via the influence of Shere Khan.
  5. Baloo - A lazy bear who has an honorary place in the pack because he teaches the wolf cubs the laws of the jungle. Like Bagheera, he has a deep love for Mowgli and will do almost anything to protect him.
  6. Shere Khan - A tiger who hates Mowgli because he never got to eat him when he was a child. He killed Mowgli's father and likes to hunt in the man villages, snatching children off of doorsteps. This is highly looked down upon within the jungle, who considers such behavior beneath their pride. He also has fostered rebellion amongst the younger wolves of the Seeonee against Akela by giving them some of his left over food.

Some terms you should know:

  1. Seeonee - the pack that Mowgli belongs to
  2. Free Peoples - just another term for the Seeonee
  3. lahini - a den mother
  4. Udaiper - city in India
  5. red flower - fire
  6. sambur - a kind of elk like animal
11/1/2016 #62
Gamemakers

Iris's very much abridged guide to Star Wars Legends

What it is:

The main Star Wars canon is comprised of seven (soon to be eight, nine, ten...) films. The Expanded Universe (EU) consists of a huge variety of other media released under the Star Wars name. It ranges from novels to comics to TV shows to video games. In 2014, shortly before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, Disney officially decanonized the huge majority of the EU and has begun to replace it with new series. They rebranded the old EU as Legends, basically a canon AU, which is kind of a mindfuck.

TL;DR? There's a lot of shit in here and most of it isn't canon.

History Lesson:

It's helpful to think of the EU in a few distinct phases:

  1. 1970s-80s - These novels were being published pretty much as the original trilogy came out. They don't tend to wander very far in time or tone from the films. Notable works include Splinter of the Mind's Eye, The Han Solo Adventures, and The Lando Calrissian Adventures.
  2. 1990s - In 1991, Timothy Zahn (you'll read more about him in this) wrote Heir to the Empire. Unlike earlier novels, it moved the timeline forward, about five years after Return of the Jedi. It got really popular, and several more novels by Zahn and dozens of other novels began to be published. Most of the novels from this time period occur post-RotJ, though several were published that occur between the films of the original trilogy. The tone and quality varies a huge amount from novel to novel, and the books sometimes contradict one another. It was still good fun. Notable works include the Thrawn Trilogy, The Courtship of Princess Leia, Shadows of the Empire, and the X-Wing series.
  3. 2000s - The novels changed publishers, and suddenly the universe as a whole got a lot more polished. These stories connect with each other and as much as possible don't contradict one another. They often come in long series, and unfortunately, they tend to assume you've read all the Del Rey books before them. Notable series include Darth Bane, New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi.

Reading List:

Want to have a basic understanding of what's going on when you read stuff? Think this looks interesting but have no idea where to start? Well, let me help!

For everything, it's helpful to have seen at least Episode IV-VI. Episodes I-III are also useful, particularly if you're interested in Dark Nest or Darth Bane.

If you're more keen on the post-RotJ canon, your entrance point should probably be the Thrawn books by Timothy Zahn. They introduce pretty much all the characters that will be important from here on out. They are: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command, collectively known as the Thrawn trilogy. In my experience, these are also some of the most widely available Star Wars novels. Most bookstores seem to stock them. After that, the Bantam books from the 90s are pretty readable. Of course, note which books are in series (they're pretty good about marking this on the covers), and try to read series in order if possible.

The Del Rey books are a little harder. Again, probably the only thing you really need to orient yourself are the Thrawn books, but here it is really helpful to start with the New Jedi Order, which is probably the most intimidating-looking series of them all, but also the starting point for the novels that follow. Luckily, Del Rey chose to have sort of an abridged version of NJO within the nineteen-book series. By reading Vector Prime, Balance Point, Star By Star, Destiny's Way, and The Unifying Force, you hit all the major points. I'd also strongly recommend Traitor, as it really shapes Jacen's character arc from this point through the rest of the post-RotJ series.

Series Hit List:

Darth Bane Trilogy

~1000 years pre-films

Okay, so, a long time ago, there were Sith armies and Jedi armies and they fought each other. Then one Sith decided to kill off literally all the other Sith and just have it be a two-person club. Essentially, this is a series about Bad People doing Bad Things but being very good at it. If you see someone talking about Zannah on-forum and are curious, this is your stop.

Galaxy of Fear

Roughly during the same time as the films

Star Wars' answer to Goosebumps. They follow a pair of orphans and their shapeshifting not-uncle through the galaxy as they run into unusual amounts of supposedly-but-not-really scary things. Along with the Jedi Prince books, these are the unloved stepchildren of the EU.

Jedi Prince

Honestly, I'm not sure the author knew when these were supposed to happen.

There's this kid named Ken and he's Palpatine's grandson but also a good person who teams up with Luke and will probably get trained as a Jedi Knight. Does it sound like a bad fanfiction premise? That's because these books are essentially bad fanfic. Even in Legends verse, these books aren't canon. They just seem to show up in a lot of elementary school libraries, so I thought they were worth a mention.

Thrawn Trilogy

5 years after RotJ

Basically, the New Republic/Rebellion thinks it has pretty well squashed the Empire, but the a snazzy blue general named Thrawn decides to fuck shit up for them. He likes art, thinking deep thoughts, and killing people. His teammates are Admiral Gilad Pellaeon, a classy older Imperial gentleman who is Just Trying His Best and Joruus C'baoth, a super crazy dark Jedi. They make a clone of Luke Skywalker (Luuke because naming is not their strong suit) to do bad shit. Eventually, Luke has to team up with Mara Jade, a former Imperial agent who is also super awesome and makes Luke feel all warm and tingly inside, and they have to kill people together. It's a good time.

Young Jedi Knights

19-21 years after RotJ

Han and Leia have three children: twins named Jacen and Jaina, and a younger boy named Anakin. This series focuses on Jacen and Jaina during their time at the Praxeum (Jedi learning academy), from roughly 14 to 16 years old. They get in lots of charming adventures and have a ragtag band of friends. Of the books marketed at children/young adults, these are the most consistently decent. Anakin also has a series, Junior Jedi Knights, which is shorter and much less widely available. I can't vouch for the quality of Junior Jedi Knights.

New Jedi Order

21-26 years after RotJ

The Yuuzhan Vong, extragalactic life forms who are not the nicest new neighbors, get in a war with literally the entire galaxy. Everybody fights them for nineteen books straight. Lots of people, including Chewbacca :,-( die. It's actually way better than this description makes it sound.

Dark Nest

31-32 years after RotJ

Spoiler alert, the good guys won the Yuuzhan Vong War, and they've kind of been putzing around the last five years. Then a bunch of bug colonies decide that they don't really like just living on their planets and decide they might kind of want to live on another group's planets as well, which the other group is understandably not so thrilled about. So they kind of get in a war, a few Jedi kind of get sorta-brainwashed into helping the bugs, and there are very bad Jedi behind the whole thing. Jacen, Han and Leia's sexy son, does lots of questionable things.

Legacy of the Force

36-37 years after RotJ

Jacen moves from being Jacen and doing morally questionable things to being Darth Caedus and doing lots of just plain bad things, like killing his aunt and genocide. Everyone else has an issue with this and works together to kill him.

Fate of the Jedi

39-40 years after RotJ

Honestly describing this series doesn't help because there's a lot going on. Very basically, Luke and his son Ben go on an obvious Odyssey rip-off journey through the galaxy trying to figure out what made Jacen go from being a Nice Guy to Darth Asshole and learn mindfucky things about the Force in the process.

Iris' Reading Recommendations:

Because there's a lot to wrap your head around.

New Jedi Order: Traitor - Probably the most unique book of the lot. It'd Dante's Inferno but more readable and with lightsabers. You will either love it or hate it.

Crucible - The send-off of the entire Legends universe, it very much reads as a goodbye. It's pretty sad tbh.

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor - This is one of the few Legends novels you can read with no canon knowledge outside of the films, and it still manages to be a mindfuck.

Scoundrels - You want an Ocean's Eleven-style caper starring Han, Chewie, and Lando. You might not know it yet, but you do. Can also be read with no canon knowledge besides the films.

Episode III novelization - Not technically a Legends novel, but it's worth mentioning.

11/11/2016 . Edited 11/13/2016 #63
rebecca-in-blue

Rebecca's Primer for NCIS

Overview:

Launched in 2003, NCIS is an American crime show about agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which investigates, serves, and protects the US Navy and Marine Corps. (The agents sometimes refer to themselves as "navy cops.") The show focuses on a team of agents led by Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine Sergeant, and his Senior Field Agent, Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo. Their cast of teammates and coworkers has changed a few times over the show's fourteen (and counting) seasons. Itself a spin-off of JAG, NCIS has spawned two spin-offs of its own, NCIS: Los Angeles (2009) and NCIS: New Orleans (2014), neither of which has yet achieved the success of the original.

NCIS has been consistently popular, often ranking as one of the most-watched shows on American television. Fans usually cite the show's unique, likeable characters (Tony is always cracking jokes and making movies references; Abby, the team's forensic tech, is a perky goth), and its fast-paced blend of humor and drama among its strengths. It is funner and much less "heavy" than other procedural shows like Law & Order or Criminal Minds.

Team Gibbs:

Leroy Jethro Gibbs (all seasons). Gruff, gray-haired Gibbs (do not call him Leroy!) is a former sniper with the Marine Corps who joined NCIS after the deaths of his family. His wife Shannon and their daughter Kelly, age 8, were murdered by a drug dealer while Gibbs was serving overseas, and Gibbs bonded with the NCIS agent who solved their murders. His team of agents are the focus of the show and have become like surrogate children to him over the years, although the closest that he ever comes to showing affection is to smack the back of their heads. Gibbs is played by Mark Harmon.

Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo Jr. (seasons 1-13). Tony, a former police officer, is the Senior Field Agent and lead investigator on Gibbs's team. Handsome and athletic, he's a movie buff whose jokes and movie references often provides the show's comic relief, although too often his humor is done in a self-deprecating way. His characterization can shift from sharp investigator to goofy clown between the show's writers. Tony is something of a womanizer, but it's implied that he wants a serious relationship with his longtime teammate, Ziva David; "Tiva," their smooshname, was the definition of ship-tease. After leaving the show in season 13, Tony was replaced with Nick Torres. Tony was played by Michael Weatherly.

Ziva David (seasons 3-11). Born and raised in Israel, Ziva joined Gibbs's team in the show's third season, and although she was given NCIS duties, she remained an officer with Mossad, an Israeli assassination agency directed by her father, Eli David. Although the team was wary of her because she was an assassin with little investigative skills when she first joined, she soon grew close to her team and, like all of them, came to see Gibbs as a surrogate father. Her relationship with her own father soured during the show's run, leading her to quit Mossad and become an American citizen. Ziva was played by Chilean actress Cote de Pablo and written off very badly in season 11, after salary negotiations fell through. She was preceded by Caitlin "Kate" Todd (who was killed at the end of season 2) and replaced with Eleanor Bishop.

Timothy "Tim" McGee (seasons 2-present). McGee, the "team geek," specializes computer crime and cybersecurity. Initially timid and inexperienced (he was very shaken after killing a suspect in self-defense, the first time he ever killed someone), he has grown more confident and mature over the course of the show. But his nerdy demeanor still leads to mostly good-natured teasing from his teammamtes, especially Tony, who calls him "McGeek," "Probie" (a reference to his early probationary agent status), and a number of other nicknames. McGee has a successful second career as an author of crime novels, based on the team's own cases. He is played by Sean Murray.

Abigail "Abby/Abs" Scuito (all seasons). Originally from Louisiana, Abby serves as the forensic scientist for Gibbs's team. She is an expert in analyzing ballistics, digital forensics, and DNA evidence. She has several tattoos and piercings and always dresses in a very gothic style (black clothes, platform boots, heavy jewelry). This contrasts somewhat with her very optimistic, enthusiastic personality; Tony once called her "the happiest goth you'll ever meet." She is very protective of her teammates and often brags about being Gibbs's "favorite" of them. Abby speaks fluent sign language, as she was adopted at birth and raised by a deaf couple; in later seasons, she begins searching for her biological family and meets her biological brother.

11/13/2016 #64
octocelot

Zero's Primer for Yuri!!! On Ice

WIP

In A Basic Summary:

This is an anime released in 2016 about the journey of a Japanese figure skater named Yuri Katsuki. The series starts with a recounting of his epic failure at the senior division of the Grand Prix (global top figure skating contest) the previous year. Yuri takes off from skating to finish college, but after a video of his skating the program of his childhood idol (Victor Nikiforov) goes viral, Victor comes all the way to Japan to be his coach. Yuri starts to train again and then gets to the Grand Prix the next year with a new coach and new programs and a new mindset.

The episodes have a lot of skating in them. I think a defining thing about Yuri's programs is that the narration is his thoughts, so it doesn't get repetitive.

Characterization/Characters:

Yuri Katsuki - (also spelled Yuuri) my anxious baby. Gets really anxious before competitions. Emotional. Shy. Also spoiler, has pole dancing skills. Also, the creator Kubo-sensei says that he can play the piano. He also took ballet in the past. Insecure, modest. Bad with interacting with fans.

Victor Nikiforov - Russian skater. Has a nice hair part. Gets handsy and naked when drunk. Kinda forward ngl. A novice coach. Not good with emotions, honestly. He's a great skater, though. Quite outgoing and expressive. Won the GP five times in a row. Something like that.

Yuri Plisetsky - Angry Russian child. Ambitious af. Kind of an antisocial asshole to Yuri and everyone, but somehow people like him. Works very hard. Loves his grandpa a lot. His fans are crazy fangirls (Yuri's Angels) who sniff the ground looking for him. Has a thing for cats.

Otabek Altin - Stoic Kazakhstani skater. Kind of asocial. Thought that Yuri Plisetsky "looked like a soldier" when he first saw him when they were both children. Talks basically only to Yuri Plisetsky. Skates masculine programs.

Mila Babicheva - Yuri Plisetsky's rink partner. Likes to torment him.

Yuuko - Yuri's former skating rink partner. They're childhood friends.

Phitchit - social media guru. Was Yuri Katsuki's rink partner in Detroit when Katsuki was training in the U.S. They skype call sometimes and are good pals. Is energetic as heck and everyone loves him. First skater from Thailand to make it to the GP. Wants to run an ice skating show in Thailand. :')

Lilia - former prima ballerina. A stern woman. Trains Yuri Plisetsky in ballet. Encourages Yuri to utilize his flexibility and young age/femininity.

Makkachin - the Purest Dog (Victor's dog)

Yakov - Victor's former coach and Yuri Plisetsky's current coach. Kind of a gruff guy, but a good coach. Fandom portrays him as being basically done with Victor and his crazy antics.

Minami - Yuri Katsuki's biggest fanboy. Also a skater. Cute kid. Beat Yuri Katsuki in nationals when Katsuki self-destructed. Has a bangin' free skate.

Chris - kind of a sexually forward character. Puts his hand on Yuuri's ass at some point. Orgasms on the ice. It's embarrassing.

Georgi - is broken up about his girlfriend leaving him and skates both of his programs about that. He gets really into it. Is in general... sad and dramatic. Usually portrayed as being some dramatic kid with bad breakup baggage.

Sara - sister to Michele. She encourages him to start to be emotionally independent from her, since in the past they've always stayed together. She wants to start dating, but Michele is against it.

Michele - mens single skater. Brother to Sara. Very protective of her.

Emil - mens single skater. Kind of is implied to be interested in Sara, but Michele tries to fight him. Is a sunshiney fellow.

Guanghong Ji - Chinese skater. 17 years old. Is really cute and smol. He thinks Leo is cool and bites a teddy bear when he's embarrassed about his score at one point.

Leo de la Iglesia - American skater. Skates primarily to have fun and get the audience excited, doesn't attempt quads and instead goes for higher presentation. Really loves music; it's what got him through the bad times.

Seunggil - skater from Korea. First person ever to land a quad loop (in the show). He doesn't really like to socialize and comes across as expressionless/stony.

JJ - skater from Canada. Quite arrogant, skates his short program to a song that his band created. He does this hand motion while saying "that's JJ style" after he performs, and it's extra as hell. He choked during the GPF due to pressure. Technically, he stuffs a lot of quads into a program. Managed to land a quad loop.

GOD THERE'S TOO MANY

OKAY I'LL ADD MORE LATER

Fandom thing:

  • Yuri Katsuki's first name is spelled as Yuuri, sometimes, because the romanization of the Japanese is more similar to Yuuri. However, in the official sub, it's Yuri.
  • Victor's name is sometimes spelled as Viktor, though Victor is more common.

Sub vs the Dub

  • In the dub, every character becomes 100x more extra and dramatic
  • Also, Chris's lines are all sex jokes for some reason.

Stammi Vicino is great. The whole soundtrack is amazing.

Ships:

1. Victuuri/Victuri/Viktuuri/Vikturi - Canon. Victor is usually portrayed as the more assertive one in the relationship.

2. Yuri Plisetsky/Otabek - They're friends in canon. Yuri is fifteen, so he's Very Young. For some reason, a lot of fics have them interacting via social media. Also, new material just was released, and Yurio and Otabek are probably going to be pair skating. Kubo is fanservicey as hell.

Mila/Sara - Two minor character girls. They support each other. Real cute

Leo/Guanghong - Guanghong is pretty gay tbh.

Yuri Plisetsky/Minami - sorta a thing? Was a thing before the episode with Otabek

Phichit/Seunggil - "Seungchuchu." To be honest, I don't think it makes much sense.

JJ/Isabelle - I don't think many people write about them, but they're a canon couple.

JJ/Seunggil - not really a thing but I've seen it

Michele/Emil - rarepair but definitely a thing

Chris/that random guy who came to his door once - "You always come too early." Bless.

Jokes

  • Yuuri and Victor are practically dads to an angry Yuri "Yurio" Plisetsky -- they make up the Russian Family or the Podium Family
  • Chris needs to stop
  • ProtectMakkachin2k17
  • Everyone freaked out after ep 11
  • Victor is the king of Extra
  • there are more
  • I'm forgetful

Tropes

  • Soulmate AUs are pretty common
  • Role reversal - Yuuri is the Cool One and Victor is the one pining in childhood
  • A/B/O - tbh I don't really support this trope at all
  • Non-binary and trans characters
  • Yuuri is an ice skating instructor at a local rink and Victor pretends not to know how to skate just to get close to him
  • Hogwarts AU
  • Royalty AU
  • Mafia AU
  • Rivalry AU - Yuuri gets his shit together early on and Victor and he are rivals
  • IN GENERAL AUs are pretty common
  • Different profession AUs (model, artist, etc.)

Fandom Bads:

the fandom is disgusting highly do not recommend

Other Tidbits

  • The Skater and the King - Kubo-sensei (the creator of the anime) made up an entire plotline for this movie. A song from it is Phitchit's music for either his short program of freeskate. Basically a British skater/card collector gets put into a fictional universe that resembles Thailand long ago and teaches the royal family to skate and lives with the whole royal family and everything as a tutor. He pair skates with the king. It's mildly gay.
  • A lot of professional skaters on the national and international level watch the show and support it. Examples: Evgenia Medvedeva; Johnny Weir; Denis Ten; Joe Johnson; Adam Rippon; Ashley Wagner also tweeted about it; I think a few others have tweeted briefly about it. Stephanie Lambiel had a cameo in it. Japanese ice dancers are skating to "Yuri on Ice" the OST for their Olympic season.
1/5/2017 . Edited 7/31/2017 #65
sakurasencha

Mei's Primer for DOWNTON ABBEY!

Downton Abbey is a television show period drama set during Edwardian Era England that chronicles the lives of the occupants of a grand manor house called....Downton Abbey. The plot lines intersect between the "upstairs" household (the family) and the "downstairs" household (the servants and staff).

Characters:

Upstairs

Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham - He is the owner of Downton Abbey, husband to Cora, and father to Mary, Edith, and Sybil. He's the big cheese, the guy in charge, literally the Lord of the manor. He's fairly traditional and does not like change in a time period where the old ways of life are being steadily erased.

Cora Crawley, the Countess of Grantham - Wife of Robert, she is one of the American "Buccaneers," those heiresses of the great American industrymen who leveraged their vast fortunes for English titles. Robert married Cora for her money (although she was in love with him) but later grew to love her blunt American style and they have developed a loving marriage over the years. She is mother to Mary, Edith, and Sybil and has a more foreword, American way of thinking than some of her English counterparts, especially her mother in law, the Dowager Countess.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham - The widow of Robert's father and the previous Earl of Grantham, Violet lives in the Dower House, situated in Grantham Village, but is a frequent visitor of the Abbey. She is very traditional and your quintessential sharp-tongued matriarch. She's also played by Maggie Smith, so basically is the one of the best characters on the show.

Lady Mary Crawley - the eldest daughter of Cora and Robert. She was betrothed to her cousin, Patrick, who was the heir of Downton, but after his death becomes both resentful and enamored with the next heir, Matthew Crawley. She maintain as a bitter rivalry with her sister, Edith, leading to tragic consequences to both of them.

Lady Edith Crawley - the middle daughter of Cora and Robert, Edith is the underdog and often overlooked in favor of her more beautful sister Mary. A rivalry brewed between the two when Mary became betrothed to Patrick, with whom Edith was in love. Edith suffers a string of romantic disappointments and ends up betraying Mary.

Lady Sybil Crawley - the youngest daughter of Cora and Robert. Spunky and opinionated, she becomes interested in the women's vote and is a burgeoning suffragette. She develops a friendship with a housemaid and helps her get a better job, and becomes romantically involved with the chauffeur.

Matthew Crawley - The next heir to Downton Abbey. A middle class lawyer. Resented by Mary for being a nobody who gets to inherit the Abbey, the two later fall in love and get married.

Downstairs

There are a bunch of characters but for my fic as of now really only one of them is important

Tom Branson - The Crawley's chauffeur. He's a socialist Irishman who drives the Crawleys around and becomes infatuated with the youngest daughter, Sybil. The two eventually become romantically involved and get married.

Will add more later.

1/6/2017 #66
nnishinoyas

leo's super rad primer for haikyuu!! (i'm using zero's layout bc its good) (wip)

a really basic summary:

Haikyuu!! is a sports anime following the story of Hinata Shoyo and his high school volleyball team! After becoming enamoured with volleyball after seeing a high school nationals match, he vows to go to a local prefectural tournament, despite being the only player in his grade in middle school. Hinata and his ragtag team of basketball players and footballers suffer a crippling a defeat at the hands of Kageyama Tobio from Kitagawa Daiichi Junior High School. After the loss, Hinata vows to join his high school team and overcome his rival Kageyama, but both of them are shocked at the beginning of the school year to find out that they're not rivals, but teammates. The main story line involves a number of high school volleyball teams who all play a role in the Karasuno Volleyball Club's journey to nationals!


characters (this is going to be long so I'll only include the main people from each team):

Karasuno

#1 Sawamura Daichi captain wing spiker third year : TEAM DAD!!!! Daichi is the captain of Karasuno and holds the whole team together. He's really lovely, gets on well with everyone, and is an amazing defensive player.

#2 Sugawara Koushi (Suga) vice captain setter third year : TEAM MUM!!! Suga is the most adorable person I have ever seen and is also practically married to Daichi. He's very protective over his children aka the first years, and is Ready To Fight anyone who hurts them. Is a cinnamon roll. Is also the epitome of beauty.

#3 Azumane Asahi ace third year: Lil ball of anxiety!!! Asahi is quite tall and there's a running joke that he's a drug dealer because he's got a lil beard and has long hair and just looks a bit more rugged than anyone else. He seems to be close with Nishinoya even though he's a year older than him. He's quite insecure and is pure and good, but worries about what other people think of him.

#4 Nishinoya Yuu (Noya) libero second year: FLYING SQUIRREL!!! Nishinoya is the shortest on the team but is by no means affected by it. He's the libero and so takes a lot of pride about how he's the team's last wall of defence. He's INSANE and LOUD and needs to BE QUIET but is one of the funniest people on the team.

#5 Tanaka Ryunosuke wing spiker second year: Tanaka is honestly one of the funniest people in this whole goddamn show. He gets up to all kinds of shit with Noya, who he's best friends with, and has no chill at a l l. He strips a lot, is the token 'shaved head' anime character, is very hetero, and makes the first years call him Tanaka-Senpai? Y'know the whole 'Senpaiiiiiii notice me' thing? With Tanaka its 'Kouhaiiiiiiiiii notice me'.

#9 Kageyama Tobio setter first year: Oh Kageyama.... what a bean. Kageyama has some of the best character development of anything I've EVER SEEN. He starts off bitter and horrible, refusing to set to Hinata even though he's a spiker because he 'Doesn't need Hinata in order to win', and had the title of 'King' at his junior high, because he looked down at everyone because they weren't good enough. He's tol but is really a smol and needs to be protected. He's arguably the best player at Karasuno despite being a first year.

#10 Hinata Shoyo middle blocker/decoy first year: ahhhh my sunshine boy. Hinata is so smol but can JUMP really high. Him and Kags work really well together after they get over their shit and become friends. Just wants to win. The smallest of crows. Gets scared easily. Protect him.

#11 Tsukishima Kei (Tsukki) middle blocker first year: HONESTKLY IS SUCH A PISSBABY. Very sassy. Tsukki is so so salty about everything and hates everyone apart from Yamaguchi. (But even then he's still mean to him) He's #TooGoodForThisShit and takes pride in taking the piss out of Kageyama and Hinata. Most people don't like him at the start but goes through So Much Character Development I Want To Die I Love Him.

#12 Yamaguchi Tadashi pinch server/middle blocker first year: MY FRECKLED SON!!!! Has a lot of anxiety, is pure, gave Tsukishima the nick name 'Tsukki', needs to be protected. He's got quite low self esteem and isn't really in the show at all until season two, but he does a thing and its so good.

Ukai Keishin- Karasuno's coach. He's the grandson of Ikkei Keishin, who trained the team when Karasuno went to nationals. Smokes a lot, is bit of a badass, and tbh Done With Ur Shit. He owns a store and gives the team meat buns when they do well. What a babe.

Kiyoko Shimizu- Kiyoko's their third year manager and everyone is in love with her (especially Noya and Tanaka) but he is..... not interested she's so gay. She's pretty cool and is very protective of Yachi.

Hitoka Yachi- Kiyoko's replacement manager for when she graduates. Yachi's a super smart first year who doesn't actually know much about volleyball, but learns along the way. She's pretty anxious and is bros with the other first years- mainly Kageyama and Hinata.

other dudes

Oikawa Tooru Aoba Johsai third year, captain setter: Aliens. Very extra. In love with Iwa-chan Iwaizumi. Him and Kageyama hate each other.

Iwaizumi Hajime Aoba Johsai third year, vice captain ace: Team mom. Has to deal with Too Much. Pretends to be salty at Oikawa but tbh he loves him. Him and Oikawa have been best friends since they were kids, and he's basically his emotional support.

Tetsuro Kuroo Nekoma third year, captain middle blocker: my daddy Irl cat child/meme who is so good looking but is???? I can't even explain, he's just a bit of a weirdo sometimes. Is childhood best friends with Kenma, and best friends with Bokuto.

Kenma Kozume Nekoma second year, setter: Quiet cat cinnamon roll who must be protected!!! He prefers his psp to actually talking to people, but is good friends with Hinata. The whole team protects him.

Kotarou Bokuto Fukurodani third year, captain ace: HOOT HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT. What a lil drama queen omg. Bokuto is pure and good and I love him. Loves Akaashi, but pisses him off. Wears thigh high knee pads and It Makes Me Want To Die. Is also an owl.

Akaashi Keiji Fukurodani second year, vice captain setter: Owl mother. Tbh puts up with too much shit. Knows Bokuto better than anyone, and gets annoyed by the shit that Bokuto and Kuroo get up to. Is 2 pure.

Ushijima Wakatoshi (Ushiwaka) Shiratorizawa third year, captain ace: Is actually innocent, but the fandom treats him like he's a mass murderer. Likes juice. 'You should have come to Shiratorizawa'

THERE'S SM CHARACTERS IM SORRY.


ships (there's an asston so I'll only do the main ones):

Kageyama/Hinata Kagehina: Kags is so gay like oh my god it hurts but this ship is like.... the Mothership. Most of the doujin is mutual pining/losers in love.

Iwaizumi/Oikawa Iwaoi: SO MUCH ANGST JUST KILL ME NOW. They're so cute and even in the anime they're just so close to being boyfriends.... so close. They're going to different universities and I want to die ;-;

Daichi/Suga Daisuga: SO MUCH MUTUAL PINING OH MY GOF. They're practically married anyway, and they coparent all of Karasuno. Its so cute.

Tsukki/Yamaguchi Tsukkiyama: The best thing to ever happen. So cute. You've got the tall saltmaster and the short cutie who apologises for the taller one, I love it. Me and my girlfriend are also going to a con doing a sickass genderbent cosplay so yea its cool

Bokuto/Akaashi Bokuaka: s o p r e c i o u s

Kuroo/Kenma Kuroken: pls the cats r too much for me to deal with.

2/15/2017 . Edited 2/24/2017 #67
scripturience

Misty's Primer for The Selection (SPOILERS SPOILERS)

The Overview:

The Selection is a YA romance/dystopia series written by Kiera Cass, often described as The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games. There are five novels and four novellas in the series. The books can be split into two "series" because the first three novels follow a different protagonist than the last two.

The Books:

There are five novels:

  • The Selection, first
  • The Elite, second
  • The One, third
  • The Heir, fourth
  • The Crown, fifth

The first three books (The Selection, The Elite, and The One) follow America Singer, while the last two (The Heir and The Crown) follow Eadlyn Schreave.

There are four novellas:

  • The Guard: follows Aspen Leger, America's former boyfriend and best friend before the Selection
  • The Queen: follows the queen during the first three books, Amberly Schreave
  • The Prince: follows the prince during the first three books, Maxon Schreave
  • The Favorite: follows America's best friend during her Selection and afterwards, Marlee Tames

And finally, a collection of the four novellas, plus bonus scenes and extra illustrations and information about the world of Illéa, titled Happily Ever After.

(EDIT: Apparently, there's a coloring book now too...)

The World:

The Selection takes place in a dystopian-but-not-really North/Central America. The country, Illéa, is consisted of thirty-five provinces that are shown, labeled, on a map here. (

THE CASTE SYSTEM:

The country has a 'caste system' that basically defines what social status you are. There are Ones to Eights, Ones being the richest and most prosperous and Eights being the least. The castes were put in place to keep citizens in line, and they are said to be based on how much money a family contributed to the government during the war that basically was Illéa's beginning. The castes are as follows:

  • Ones: Royalty and clergy
  • Twos: Celebrities, including athletes, singers, actors/actresses, models, politicians, police officers, firefighters, guards, and military members. All men who are drafted into the military automatically become Twos upon their draft, much like Selected becoming Threes.
  • Threes: Great Minds; including inventors, teachers, philosophers, scientists, doctors, veterinarians, dentists, architects, librarians, engineers, therapists/psychologists, film directors, music producers, lawyers, and writers. Any Selected girl below a caste Three becomes an automatic Three upon their Selection.
  • Fours: Businessmen; including jewelers, real estate agents, insurance brokers, head chefs, construction managers, property/business owners, and farmers.
  • Fives: Artists and Performers; including stage actors, classical musicians, singers, dancers, photographers and circus performers.
  • Sixes: Workers; including secretaries, waiters/waitresses, housekeepers, seamstresses, store clerks, cooks, and drivers.
  • Sevens: Manual Laborers; including gardeners, construction workers, farm hands, gutter/pool cleaners, and trash collectors, ditch diggers, movers.
  • Eights: "Untouchables"; including mentally/physically unwell people, addicts, runaways, illegitimates, and the homeless. Eights are the "lowest of the low" and reclassification as an Eight is the ultimate punishment (besides death)

It is theorized that the names of families were changed to reflect their new in-caste professions after the war. (ex. America Singer, who is a singer, and Anna Farmer, who is presumably a farmer)

THE REST OF THE WORLD: Cass developed the world of The Selection very well imo, or at least better than Collins in THG. There are other countries! (shocker!) They include:

  • France: France's status in relation to Illéa is ally. France and Illéa, however, had some trade disagreements that led to troubles in The Heir. Characters from France include Queen Daphne and Princess Camille. France is in the same/similar location as present-day France.
  • German Federation: Ally of Illéa. The Geman Federation is speculated to include present-day Austria, Germany and maybe Switzerland. America mentions in The One that the German prince has poor hygiene.
  • Italy: Ally of Illéa. It's probably in the same/similar location as present day Italy. The princess of Italy is Princess Nicoletta.
  • New Asia: Currently, New Asia is in the process of creating a trade agreement with Illéa. They were former enemies. New Asia is probably the continent of Asia and the surrounding islands. Elise Whisks' family hails from New Asia.

The Characters:

America Schreave (née Singer): 16 in the first three, 37 in the last two. She's spitfire, rebellious and has a very short temper. She's not afraid to speak her mind and is stubborn. She was formerly a singer, a Five, but when she was chosen for the Selection (more on that later) she became a Three. She is the main protagonist and narrator of the first three books.

Aspen Leger: 19. He's loving, persistent and very very persuasive. America's boyfriend before the Selection, he is the one who convinced America to enter, not knowing she would be picked. He was formerly a Six (a caste below America), however once America was picked he was drafted into the Army and became a Two. He was stationed as America's guard and eventually married one of her maids, Lucy. America and his ship name is Asperica.

Maxon Schreave: 19. He's a kind man, a gentleman, and loves America with all he has. He is a One, having been born into royalty. He was the prize of his Selection. He and America eventually married, making America queen of Illéa. Their ship name is Maxerica.

Marlee Woodwork (née Tames): 17.A member of The Elite in Maxon's Selection. Chosen as a Four, she became a Three upon her Selection and quickly became America's best friend. She's kind, caring and listens very well, but isn't afraid to stand up for what she thinks. She's also quite foolish. More on the reasoning behind that later.

TO BE CONTINUED

2/15/2017 . Edited 2/20/2017 #68
Cheile

Che's primer for Star Trek: Voyager [part one]

[background]

In the preceding series of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, the United Federation of Planets and the Cardassian Union had endured a conflict that spanned over two decades, finally ending in an uneasy truce that was declared in 2367, with an official treaty not signed til 2370. Part of the treaty created a "Demilitarized Zone" of space that lay between the two borders; the DMZ held dozens of former Federation colonies now ceded to Cardassia. The treaty also ensured that the neither side would interfere in the matters of the other when it came to their handling of the new territories. Some worlds were able to be evacuated, but many were not, and many of the colonists refused to leave the worlds they called home. Those who elected to stay (or had no choice) soon found themselves at the mercy of Cardassian rule and, when things became ugly at their hands, requests for aid sent to the Federation were ignored.

A combination of the treaty's results, the vile behavior of the Cardassians against civilians and the inaction of the Federation led to the formation of small groups determined to fight back against the Cardassians. They became known as the Maquis. Their numbers not only included the affected colonists, but their supporters and also many Starfleet officers, both native colonists and non-native sympathizers, who resigned their commissions to join the cause. Due to the treaty, both the Federation and the Cardassians denounced them. The Federation considered the Maquis outlaws, Cardassia dubbed them terrorists.


[premise]

In 2371, the Federation starship USS Voyager under the command of Captain Kathryn Janeway was sent out on her maiden mission to track down and apprehend the Maquis ship Val Jean that had gone missing in a treacherous area of space known as the "Badlands". Both the Val Jean and Voyager separately encountered a displacement wave that quickly overtook each ship and flung them more than 70,000 light years across the galaxy, into the Delta Quadrant. The origin of the displacement wave was due to an entity calling himself the "Caretaker", an extremely powerful being who cared for an alien race known as the Ocampa. The Caretaker had realized he was dying and so had been using his considerable power to abduct ships from the far reaches of the galaxy and bring them to his area of space, hoping to find a compatible DNA match so that he could create an heir. He was unable to do so before his death, however, and begged Janeway to destroy his Array satellite in order to protect the Ocampa from the barbaric Kazon. During a battle with the Kazon over control of the Array, Chakotay, the Maquis leader, sacrificed the Val Jean after ensuring that his crew had safely transferred aboard Voyager. Janeway acquiesced to the Caretaker's wishes in order to protect the Ocampa, but the drawback of this action meant that the two crews were now stranded in the Delta Quadrant, 75-some years' journey from Federation space. Janeway approached Chakotay and proposed that their two crews unite together under her command. He agreed and, with a combined Starfleet-Maquis crew, Voyager traversed the Delta Quadrant in search of the way home.


[Main characters]

Captain Kathryn Janeway – A native of rural Indiana, Kathryn is the elder daughter of Admiral Edward Janeway and his mathematician wife, Gretchen. Edward and Gretchen were "traditionalists" and young Kathryn chafed under her parents' old-fashioned ideals and ways of living. She followed in her father's footsteps by joining Starfleet, though her passion lay in the sciences and she originally had no intentions of pursuing a path in command. She has little patience for those who prey on the weak and will take threats to any member of her crew personally. To her crew, friends and family, she is compassionate and amiable.

Kathryn has suffered a few hard-hitting personal tragedies – most notably a brief stint as a Cardassian prisoner of war and the deaths of her father and first fiancé Lieutenant Justin Tighe in a shuttle accident on Tau Ceti Prime. When Voyager was thrown into the Delta Quadrant, she was engaged to a childhood friend, Mark (Hobbes) Johnson; this relationship officially ended in the S4 episode "Hunters" when she received a "Dear John" letter. Despite her strength, she is not fully immune from the shadows of the past, suffering occasional bouts of deep depression and allowing herself to be plagued by guilt over stranding the crew so far from home.

Commander Chakotay – Chakotay grew up on a Federation colony founded by Native Americans that had left Earth in the 22nd century. He hated his tribe's insistence on wanting to live a more traditional way of life and applied for Starfleet at the age of fifteen; this and his distaste for tribal traditions and practices caused a severe rift between him and his father. He majored in tactics and also spent time teaching at the Academy after graduation. His homeworld was one of the many colony worlds ceded to the Cardassians in the treaty; the murder of his father led him to resign his commission and join up with the Maquis, channeling his anger against the Federation into his cause.

Losing his family and homeworld led Chakotay to embrace many of the traditions that his younger self had shunned, including using vision quests to seek the advice of his animal spirit guide (the guide is known to be female). He sometimes acts as the crew's unofficial counselor and mediator. However, he has no problem pointing out flaws in a tactical plan, though he will often attempt to do it diplomatically.

Lt. Commander Tuvok – Tuvok is Voyager's Vulcan chief of security and, at the beginning of the series, was working undercover in Chakotay's Maquis cell. His career in Starfleet has included time as an Academy professor as well as two different assignments; he resigned for a time and then returned to the service. Like all Vulcans, he is unaffected by emotions and relies on logic. He is devoted to T'Pel, his wife of many decades, and his four grown children (three sons and a daughter). He and Janeway have been friends as well as colleagues for close to twenty years.

Lieutenant Thomas Eugene Paris – Tom comes from an illustrious family full of high ranking Starfleet officers; growing up, he chafed under the pressure of the Paris family reputation and particularly his father's scrutinizing his every move. A piloting accident that resulted in the deaths of three fellow officers led to Tom's dismissal from Starfleet. Angry and disillusioned, he went "looking for a fight" and joined Chakotay's Maquis cell, but was caught within weeks and sent to prison. Starfleet Command permitted Janeway to "bail" him out temporarily so he could act as an observer for her mission. When Voyager ended up in the Delta Quadrant, Janeway granted him the field commission of lieutenant and assigned him to be Voyager's pilot, giving Tom a second chance that he seized with both hands. Tom evolves a great deal throughout the series, going from a snarky bastard only looking out for number one to becoming part of the Voyager family.

Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres – Half-human, half-Klingon, B'Elanna was one of Chakotay's Maquis cell members and eventually became chief engineer. She has a brilliant mind, often thinks outside the box and loves a difficult challenge. On the other hand, she can also be prickly and quick to judge, due to the insecurities rooted in her past, which includes her father abandoning her as a child and dropping out of Starfleet Academy halfway through her second year. She has a volatile temper, inherited from her Klingon side, and has reluctantly learned to live with it.

Ensign Harry Kim – Harry is the operations officer and also the youngest member of the senior staff, Voyager being his first mission straight out of the Academy. His youth and inexperience mean he can be somewhat naïve at times; however, there are times that he shows a maturity that will surprise his often-skeptical superiors – especially when it comes to extending the hand of friendship. He is an accomplished clarinet player and once belonged to the Juilliard Youth Symphony.

The Doctor – The Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) was a supplemental prototype program created for the purpose of assisting the medical staff during a crisis. In 2371, it was installed for testing on a handful of ships and starbases, including Voyager. When Voyager's chief medical officer and nurse were killed as a result of the Caretaker's pulling the ship into the Delta Quadrant, the Doctor was activated and he remained the chief medical officer during their journey.

The unique nature of the situation allowed the Doctor to progress far beyond his creator's original intentions, evolving into a self-aware being who developed his own distinct personality (hobbies, close friendships with many of the crew and even occasional forays into romance). He did not have his own name and never took one (except twice in alternate timelines that were subsequently erased), though he spent some time considering all the possibilities.

Neelix – Neelix is a Talaxian and Delta Quadrant native working as a junk trader. The crew initially meet him when they were searching for lost crewmembers taken by the Caretaker. After Janeway destroyed the Caretaker's Array, he offered his services to her as guide/navigator and cook to Voyager's crew and also served as an unofficial "ambassador". His typically cheerful, extrovert nature is a shield for his own troubled past as well as memories of Talax's devastating war with the Haakonian Order and the murder of his family at the hands of the Metreon Cascade, a Haakonian weapon of mass destruction.

Kes (S1-3) – Kes is a young Ocampan who had a yearning to know more beyond the sheltered world the Caretaker had created for her people. Defying her elders, she snuck her way to the surface and was captured by the Kazon, who used various methods of torture and coercion in a failed attempt to get her to give them information. She met Neelix during one of his trade outings with the sect leader who had enslaved her and he later rescued her with the help of the crew. On Voyager, she worked as both the Doctor's assistant and set up a hydroponics bay to grow edible foods as well as flowers. She also discovered that she had the mental abilities her ancestors had been rumored to possess (telepathy, telekinesis) and sought to practice them. At the end of season three, Kes' abilities began to force her body into a higher state of evolution and, knowing that staying on Voyager would endanger the crew, she chose to leave before that evolution was complete. Her final act was to use her newfound powers to throw the ship almost ten thousand light years forward on their journey, past a dangerous area of space and ten years closer to the Alpha Quadrant.

Seven of Nine (S4-7) – Born Annika Hansen, she was the only child of eccentric scientists who defied common sense in order to more closely study the nefarious Borg. In doing so, the Hansens ended up becoming assimilated by the Collective when Annika was only seven. The young girl forgot her original life under the influence of the Borg and became Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One. During an encounter Voyager had with the Borg ("Scorpion pts 1 and 2"), Seven acted as intermediary between the Collective and the crew during a tenuous alliance. When she attempted to betray the alliance, the crew managed to sever her mental connection to the Collective. Rehabilitating Seven became a pet project of Janeway's and, while Seven resisted individuality at first and her relationship with much of the crew was contentious, she eventually grew to accept the concept and found her place among the crew.

3/5/2017 . Edited 3/5/2017 #69
Cheile

Che's primer for Star Trek: Voyager [part two]

[Prominent minor characters]

Ensign Samantha Wildman – Sam is a member of the science staff whose specialty is xenobiology. She is married to a Ktarian named Greskrendtregk. She had become pregnant without realizing it shortly before the ship left the Alpha Quadrant and so her daughter was born onboard in the Delta Quadrant.

Naomi Wildman – The only child born in the Delta Quadrant, Naomi is the daughter of Samantha Wildman and her Ktarian husband. Her Ktarian genetics cause her to grow far more quickly as a human child and by her third year, she appears about ten years old. Despite being the sole child on a ship full of adults, Naomi possesses a keen mind and an exuberant personality, styling herself the "captain's assistant".

Lieutenant Ayala – security officer on Tuvok's staff and former member of the Maquis. Ayala left behind a wife and had two young sons when Voyager was pulled to the DQ and the separation was difficult for him. [He was often seen but rarely given dialogue. Never given a first name in canon, the majority of fic writers often use the name Miguel (Mike) and have named his wife Carmen.]

Lieutenant Joe Carey – assistant chief engineer. He and B'Elanna got off to an extremely rocky start when they were both up for the job of chief engineer (the original chief was a casualty of the Caretaker's actions), but grew to respect her ability and become a valuable member of her staff. He was killed near the end of the final season. [Carey was mentioned more than he was seen, and fanon has written more about him than canon did, most making him and B'Elanna close friends as well as colleagues. Like Ayala, Carey had a wife and two sons left behind in the Alpha Quadrant. Josh Clark, the actor who portrayed Carey, wrote up a small background for his character, including his birthplace as Ireland, naming his wife Sarah and his sons Hunter and Joseph, Jr., and this is the info that most writers tend to use.]

Ensigns Jenny and Megan Delaney – the "infamous" Delaney twins went five seasons only being mentioned by name, both in the capacity of their duty (stellar cartographers) and as early potential love interests for Paris and Kim, often double dating with them in season one. Jenny was described as more assertive by Kim, while Megan was considered to be quieter and softer.

Icheb – Icheb is a Brunali teenager and, like Seven of Nine, was liberated from the Borg when an away team found a damaged Borg cube with him and five other children onboard. His parents were found on the Brunali homeworld, but Icheb and the crew learned that his parents were using him as a biological weapon; he had been born with a deadly Borg pathogen and his parents had repeatedly sent him into space to be assimilated. After he was rescued by Voyager, he opted to remain board. He had a keen interest in astrophysics and genetic science and was determined to attend the Academy when Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant. Icheb is reversed and somewhat shy, but can be enthusiastic when asked about his projects. (The other children eventually were either returned to their biological parents or adopted)

Crewman Tal Celes – Tal Celes is a Bajoran crewman who works under Seven in Astrometrics as a sensor analyst. Celes has a lack of self-esteem and struggles to understand some key aspects of her duties, which leads Seven to double-check nearly all her work and perpetuates a vicious cycle. She feels that she doesn't belong on Voyager and that the only reason she made it into the service was due to sympathy for her people due to Cardassian occupation. She and Crewman Billy Telfer are close friends.

Note: The above are just a few of Voyager's important minor characters. There are several more who have more than one appearance or mention onscreen, but I have decided to stick to those who are seen/heard of with the most frequency in fanfic.


[ships]

Note - Voyager predates the idea of pairings being given "nicknames" and even to this date, fandom just use their initials.

Janeway/Chakotay (J/C) – J/C is one of the primary and, by far, one of the two most popular het ships in Voyager fandom, largely due in part to the explosive chemistry and sexual tension established in "Caretaker" and witnessed constantly throughout the series. Despite their original status as former enemies on opposite sides of the law, J/C built and developed a working relationship that flourished into a deep and abiding friendship. That friendship also laid clear grounds for potential that could have easily developed into a romantic relationship (but unfortunately TPTB continually refused to go that route, citing a variety of BS reasons). But where canon has failed to produce, their shippers have picked up the slack in copious spades.

Significant J/C episodes – The Cloud, Elogium, Maneuvers, Alliances, Resolutions, The Q and the Grey, Coda, Scorpion, Hunters, Timeless, Unimatrix Zero, Shattered

Paris/Torres (P/T) – P/T is the other primary het ship, popularity wise, and falls under the trope of "rebel reforms and finds the love of his life". B'Elanna despised Tom in the first couple years and made every attempt to ignore or deflect his obvious interest in her, though they did begin building a friendship and there were signs that she was developing potential feelings for him. They first were made to address the spark between them when B'Elanna was affected by a young Vulcan crewmember's hormonal imbalance. Facing the reality of her feelings came about six months later during an away mission where B'Elanna and Tom were left floating in space after their shuttle was destroyed and nearly ran out of air. They began dating shortly after their near-death experience and were married about two years later. Their daughter was born in the series finale.

Significant P/T episodes – Faces, Blood Fever, Day of Honor, Revulsion, Scientific Method, Random Thoughts, Extreme Risk, Course: Oblivion, Drive, Lineage, Prophecy

Janeway/Seven (J/7) – J/7 is the most prominent and longest lasting femslash ship of Voyager fandom. They not only show compassion towards each other as mentor and pupil, but Seven is able to eventually strip away the idea that Janeway is just the "captain" and challenge her as an actual human being. Janeway helping Seven on her journey to regain her humanity is seen by shippers of this pair as a friendship that builds into the potential for romance. Seven's occasional admittance of the most significant times that Janeway has helped her through the trials of learning to be human again is the best example of this subtext.

Significant J/7 episodes – Scorpion, The Gift, Raven, The Omega Directive, Hope and Fear, Dark Frontier, Think Tank, The Voyager Conspiracy, Unimatrix Zero, Imperfection.


[the books]

Numbered novels – starting with a novelization of the series premiere, these books are set during the series run and are largely ignored by fanfic writers. There were about twenty in total, including the String Theory trilogy.

Mosaic authored by show co-creator Jeri Taylor, this novel combines Kathryn Janeway's backstory from childhood to first command and the important events that shaped and defined her character, along with an action/adventure plot set during mid-to-late season two in which Voyager is attempting to rescue a group of crewmembers stranded on an uninhabited planet, while being forced to play hide and seek with a Kazon ship. Meanwhile, the Kazon are not only attempting to capture Voyager's crew, but have their sights set on the planet for their own reasons.

Pathways also authored by Jeri Taylor, this novel's A-plot centers around a group of crewmembers including many of the senior staff who been taken hostage by hostile aliens and sent into slavery on a mining colony. The senior staff takes turns telling their histories to the group as a way to end each night and encourage each other to keep surviving; these chapters are portrayed in flashbacks. (Note: Neelix tells Kes' story from memory as she is no longer with the crew at the point in canon that this book takes place.)

Novellas/collections – some of the multi-series omnibuses published over the years have included Voyager short stories set in a variety of time periods throughout canon. The most notable of these is the 10th anniversary Voyager collection Distant Shores, an omnibus of 12 short stories by various authors.

Post-canon novels – beginning with the two-parter Homecoming/The Farther Shore, these novels continue the story of Voyager's crew beginning directly after they arrive home in the series finale and adventures that occur as they reintegrate into life in their home quadrant. They are usually "divided" into two "sections" and labeled by the names of the two authors who have written each set of books. The current set ties in together with plots from novels based on the other Trek series at specific stages.

Post-canon books by Christie GoldenHomecoming/The Farther Shore and the Spirit Walk duology (Old Wounds and Enemy of my Enemy)

Post-canon books by Kirsten BeyerFull Circle, Unworthy, Children of the Storm, The Eternal Tide, Protectors, Acts of Contrition, Atonement, and Pocket Full of Lies. Future upcoming titles that will be written by Beyer are Architects of Infinity and To Lose the Earth.

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VST

VST's primer for The Lone Ranger (TV version)

Synopsis:

Six Texas Rangers led by Ranger Dan Reid were chasing the members of the Butch Cavendish Gang when they were betrayed by Collins, their guide, and were ambushed by Butch Cavendish's gang in a box canyon. All were apparently killed. An American Indian named Tonto, who was coming to the canyon to hunt, found the bodies only to discover that one, Reid's younger brother still clung to life. After cleaning the wounded young man up, Tonto discovered that his patient was the young man who had been his friend and blood brother when they were early teenagers.

When finally nursed back to health, the surviving Ranger decided to remain "dead" by digging a sixth grave in order to be able to pursue the Cavendish Gang without endangering his family or friends. Using a black mask that Tonto cut from Dan's vest, the surviving Ranger took on the identity of the "Lone Ranger." Determined to capture criminals and let the law mete out justice, he used his great intelligence, excellent hand-to-hand fighting skills, and superior gunfighting ability to shoot to disable or wound rather than kill. The Lone Ranger also used silver bullets to be a constant reminder to him of the sanctity of life. His bullets were cast from silver taken from his family's mine by his friend, a retired Ranger named Jim Blaine, the only other person who knew his true identity. The silver bullets came to be a way of identifying him throughout the West.

Astride their great horses Silver and Scout, the Lone Ranger and Tonto eventually tracked down and captured all of the members of the Cavendish Gang. They then spent many years traveling the American West and helping those in need where often the law could or would not go, usually tracking down and capturing criminals but sometimes helping in other ways.

Approximately 12 years after taking the mask, the Lone Ranger discovered his nephew Dan and took responsibility for the boy following the death of the woman Dan knew as "Grandma" Frisby. Unrelated to young Dan, the elderly woman had taken the boy in and raised him since he was a baby following his mother's death in a wagon train while on her way back to Texas to join her husband. This was about the same time that Dan Senior was killed. Young Dan would spend the school year in the East getting the best education possible but would journey to the West each year with his horse Victor, Silver's son, to spend part of the summer with his uncle and Tonto in their pursuit of justice.

The adventures of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, and on occasion, young Dan, played out over 20 years of radio episodes, several movie serials, 221 TV episodes filmed over five filming seasons (the last of which was in color), and 2 feature films between 1933 and 1957. In the years since then, there have been two other feature films (including the one in 2013 starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp), a TV pilot, and 26 episodes of a Saturday morning animated TV series. My personal focus is on the 1949-1957 TV version, with nods to the radio series, since the movies change some aspects of the Ranger, his origin, and his personality.

If you're interested in reading more about the Lone Ranger's origin, I recommend Fanfiction author Closet Scrawler's excellent work entitled "The Lone Ranger."

Finally, no discussion of The Lone Ranger can be complete without mentioning the Lone Ranger's theme song. Written by Rossini as the "March of the Swiss Soldiers" finale from the William Tell Overture for his final opera, William Tell, which premiered in 1829, George W. Trendle, the radio station's owner, was said to have selected the tune not only for its great sound but also for the fact that he didn't have to pay royalties to use it! While the theme has been used for other shows (including William Tell), it is now said to be more closely associated with the Lone Ranger than with the original work.

Main Characters:

The Lone Ranger—Portrayed by Clayton Moore on TV for four seasons (1, 2, 4, and 5) and two movies, and by John Hart for one season (3), the Lone Ranger wore a light blue gray uniform with a white hat, black boots, and the black mask. He wore a matching pair of what appear to be Colt Army Single Action Revolvers with ivory handles carried in black leather holsters set with silver studs that matched the silver bullets in the loops on the holster's belt. The use of the Colts was for convenience in the TV production since this weapon wasn't introduced until 1873, approximately 13 years after he assumed the identity according to the timeline established by the show.

Like Batman (who followed about six years later), the Lone Ranger's identify had to be carefully concealed to protect himself, his family, and his friends. His face was never shown without his mask or a disguise that did an equally good job of hiding his true features. He was quite skilled at using makeup to become just about any character appropriate to the old West and a number of others that seem oddly out of place but appeared to be needed at the time. In addition, his first name was a carefully guarded secret, never being revealed in the any of the episodes from radio series or the TV episodes. Later movies and publications established his name as John, which is used as a tie-in in my works.

The Lone Ranger was extremely intelligent and was very knowledgeable about the information of his time, including the sciences, engineering, geography, criminology, and literature. He knew the lands and locations of the west quite well, often knowing showed great skill at what would now be known as criminal profiling, too. Because of his knowledge of the law, which he exhibited in some episodes, I've chosen to follow the 2013 movie's lead that he was well educated from a top university and had legal training.

As noted earlier, the Lone Ranger was an excellent shot and was equally skilled with both hands; he used his shooting ability to disarm his opponents when possible or wound to incapacitate instead of kill when not. When he was not armed or was facing unarmed opponents, he used his ability in hand-to-hand fighting and wrestling to defeat them.

The Lone Ranger's mount was Silver, a wild, white stallion, that he had rescued from a fight with an American Bison. Silver was fast, smart, well trained, and very dedicated to his rider. Similar to the Lone Ranger, two different horses portrayed Silver during the TV series run. The first was slightly larger and gentler, so he was used for many of the closeups, but they looked so much alike that it was difficult to tell the difference on TV.

Tonto—An American Indian of the Potawatomi tribe (according to the radio series, though never stated on TV), Tonto was a scout, tracker, hunter, and was frequently the Lone Ranger's long distance eyes, ears, and voice as well as his best friend. With the ability to go places and obtain information that were often denied to the Ranger due to his mask, Tonto frequently gathered information in nearby towns, spoke with law enforcement officers, and was the main purchaser of supplies. Tonto spoke in generally broken English, but could read (or perhaps learned from the Ranger?).

Tonto was played on TV by Jay Silverheels, a Canadian member of the Mohawk Indian tribe. Unlike the Ranger, there were no efforts made to conceal Tonto's face or identity, probably because his race offered him a degree of concealment in a time when American Indians were looked down upon by most and were often ignored or even shunned. Tonto wore a fringed buckskin outfit similar to those worn by frontiersman rather than the natives, with a black buckled belt. He also utilized a single six gun and a Bowie knife.

Tonto's horse throughout the TV series was Scout, a paint horse. Like Silver, two different horses portrayed Scout, but unlike the Ranger's horse, the paint patterns were somewhat different, so it's easier to tell them apart.

Supporting Character:

Dan Reid, Jr.—Son of the Lone Ranger's older brother, Dan, the teenager was played on the show by Chuck Courtney in 14 episodes over the show's first four seasons of filming. He usually wore a plaid shirt with what appeared to be a tan vest and matching colored hat, but since he wasn't in any of the color episodes from the fifth season of filming, that's not certain. Dan sometimes carried a Winchester rifle for signaling purposes and presumably for hunting. He carried a Colt revolver in at least one 4th season episode. Dan rode a white horse named Victor that was said to be Silver's son. When Dan appeared to the show, it was said or sometimes implied that he was visiting while on break from school "back East."

Typical Episode Format:

There was usually either a wild west-type crime that our heroes would discover a few minutes into the show or the Lone Ranger, Tonto, or both would see something happening right from the start. Some of the scenes were filmed outdoors, but most of the time it transitioned, often rather abruptly, to an indoor soundstage where most of the action, both outdoor and indoor, would be filmed.

The Lone Ranger would often have to set a trap, solve a mystery, or rescue someone. Tonto would usually serve as a scout and gatherer of information to assist in their efforts. The Lone Ranger would go into disguise in some episodes, and would frequently give a silver bullet to someone to identify himself. One or the other was often captured or knocked out, but they would escape or be rescued by the other. Silver or Scout would often be called upon to assist in some manner, too.

When Dan was present, he sometimes assisted or filled roles often taken by Tonto, though he was the one in trouble sometimes.

By the end of the 22 or so minutes of the episode, they would capture the bad guys, often with a fist fight or gunplay in which the Lone Ranger, and sometimes Tonto, would usually disarm one or more opponents. With the bad guys in jail or at least in custody, the assisted parties would be talking about the great job that the masked man and the Indian did, but the two of them usually always slipped out without being thanked.

Someone would always ask something like, "Who was that masked man, anyway?"

Someone else would respond, often in surprise at the question, "Why, he's the Lone Ranger!"

Tonto's identity would be included sometimes, and the response would then change to "They're Tonto and the Lone Ranger!"

As this is being said, the Lone Ranger and Tonto (and Dan) would be galloping out of town or wherever, with the Lone Ranger calling out, "Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!"

The show would fade to the credits and a final round of the William Tell Overture.

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TheShock

SD's primer for Night in the Woods (Video Game)

Attention: This is not spoiler-free.

Plot/Synopsis: The game's whole story revolves around the main character, Margaret (Mae) Borowski, who's a college drop-out and possibly suffering from mental disorders. After she gives up on pursuing college, she returns to her hometown, Possum Springs, which was previously known for its' coal mines, only to uncover a mystery so dark and so well hidden by the entire town for long. It all begins with strange nightmares, nights spent in the woods chasing after ghosts, only for it to end with the discovery of a secret cult that has been going on in Possum Springs for possibly decades, and which sacrificed innocent locals to a strange deity supposedly living in a hole.

The Characters (Their description was taken from Wikipedia. Additional info, added by yours truly.):

Margaret (Mae) Borowski - a short 20-year-old, midnight blue cat with dyed red hair. She has wide red eyes that she refers to as 'Nightmare Eyes' and a notched right ear as the result of a dog attack. Mae wears a brown shirt with a slashed zero in the centre and a red long-sleeved shirt underneath, along with grey jeans and dark green boots. She has a 'sturdy' build as said by her grandfather who she was close with before his passing. She is a talented bass player, being made to play it for the band, despite not knowing the new songs. She's also a softball player, but it seems she didn't play much after she had an episode where she attacked another player when her mental state began to decline. Mae is also bisexual, saying in game that she isn't picky. She's also Gregg's best friend, and enjoys doing "crimes", which consist in minor pranks and infractions that don't really cause harm - except for one time when both have burned their former school, something that Mae also says in the game.

Greggory Lee - Mae's best friend, Gregg is a yellow fox with black eyes, he wears a leather jacket, grey T-shirt and jeans with black boots. Gregg is loud, energetic and a delinquent like Mae. The two would cut school and commit 'crimes' around town. When Mae returns he takes her on crimes, ditching his work at the Snack Falcon to do so. He is very excitable and will scream and flail his arms when extremely happy. It can be deduced that Gregg is also bipolar as he says he has "Really up up days and really down down days." Gregg is in a loving relationship with Angus Delaney, affectionately calling him Cap'n and sharing an apartment with him in town. They both work so that they can move away and start a new life together. He also knows how to handle a crossbow, as he uses it a few times throughout the game. He plays lead guitar in the band.

Angus Delaney - Greggory's boyfriend, a tall, brown bear, who wears glasses, a green sweater and tie, grey pants, black shoes, and a little black hat. He had a very unpleasant childhood due to his abusive parents and tried his hardest to develop psychic powers to try to over come the abuse. He later lovingly says that Greg was the one that saved him. He affectionately calls Greg the name Bug. He can be stoic and quiet, but he is intelligent and talented with electronics (Gregg believes he is a hacker) and he likes to cook, which he does when he is stressed. He and Greg share an apartment in town and he works in the video store. He is the singer and 'growler' for the band. He also expressed that he is interested in the paranormal, which is why he's not a church-goer, suggesting in fact he might be atheist.

Beatrice (Bea) Santello - Mae's friend from the seventh grade and electronic drummer for the band. Bea is a blue crocodile with brown eyes and usually wears eye makeup. She wears a black dress that has an Ankh on it, black tights and black boots. Bea is gloomy, depressing and sarcastic and is usually the one that takes responsibility, Bea is also very bright, graduating high school as Valedictorian. She single handedly runs the Ol' Pickaxe, a hardware store in town after her mother's passing and can usually be seen smoking cigarettes. Mae and Bea drifted apart after the seventh grade and only really reconnect when Mae comes back to town.

Other characters (relevant to the plot, but not all of them play a big part):

Jeremy Warton (Germ) - A fan of the band, Germ is a Navy blue bird with a yellow beak and black eyes. He wears black jeans, black sneakers, black and gold jacket, and a black cap. He's a gamer and has played video games since he was young. It's discovered, at the end of the game, that he's actually living in the woods, where the mines used to be.

Casey Hartley - A friend of Mae's from high school, Casey is a cat with wide eyes like Mae. When Mae arrives back in Possum Springs she finds that he's gone missing with the others believing that he had hopped a train out of town. His parents put up missing posters in hopes of finding him. It is later discovered that he was killed by the strange cult.

Candy Borowski - Mae's mother, like Mae she has midnight blue fur and red eyes but light blue hair. She wears a green cardigan, pink shirt, turquoise pants and white shoes. Candy works at the Church and is a religious woman. She says Mae is her 'Miracle Baby' after multiple miscarriages, and often tries to instill some hope into Mae.

Stan Borowski - Mae's father, a light navy blue cat with glasses, he wears a light blue shirt, grey-green pants and brown shoes. Stan used to be a miner in Possum Springs before the mines closed. He also worked at the glass factory. During the game works at Ham Panther. He calls Mae "Kitten", and likes to spend time together with Mae as they watch the regular talk-show of "Garbo and Malloy." In that talk-show, some of the topics touched do foreshadow things happening in the game.

Other games in the series:

Longest Night - a small, supplemental game revolving around the constellations that can be discovered in the sky, constellations that can be also explored in the main game, if you're visiting Mr. Chazakov, Mae's former astronomy teacher. Each of them has a different story, and while at first it seems like it's a nice, enjoyable camp night, it is actually one of Mae's dreams where she imagines Angus being able to explain the stories behind the constellations - something that Angus says he's not able to, in the main game.

Lost Constellation - another supplemental game, but this time, it revolves around the story of Adina Astra, a famous astronomer, whose goal was to see her lover once more and discover the Ghost Star. After a long, perilous journey, and a few strange characters met along the road, Adina eventually reaches her goal - but her fate remains unknown.

Ships:

Angus/Gregg - canon ship, as it is clearly stated throughout the game, they are the only queer couple in Possum Springs.

Mae/Bea - not a canon ship, but it is definitely hinted throughout the game.

Hopefully, I covered pretty much everything that there needs to be known about this game and its' supplementals. :)

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Gamemakers

Iris's Guide to Star Wars: Rogue One

Rogue One is a war drama/thriller set in the Star Wars universe between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The basic premise is that it follows a ragtag team of individuals who steal the plans to the Death Star, a superweapon capable of destroying entire planets.

CHARACTERS:

  • Jyn Erso - Human female and the main character of the story. More later.
  • Cassian Andor - Human male. Morally Questionable™ spy for the Rebellion who breaks Jyn out of Imperial prison. Former child solder who has been working for the Rebels his entire life.
  • K-2SO - (Male) droid. A reprogrammed Imperial security droid who is Cassian's mission partner. So much sass.
  • Bodhi Rook - Human male. Imperial pilot who defects to Saw Gerrera with news of the Death Star. For his trouble, he gets tortured. Goes on to join the strike force. Is a little bit of a skittish guy, but he's brave too. Is the character who will be described as someone's smol son.
  • Chirrut Imwe - Human male. He's a Guardian of the Whills, which means that he guards the Jedi temple on Jedha (more on that later). He's blind but also a BAMF. Probably would have been a Jedi if he was born in a different era. Likes to fite with stick.
  • Baze Malbus - Human male. Also a Guardian of the Whills, he's a good friend of (husband to???) Chirrut's. On the outside seems to think Chirrut's belief in the Force is silly, but he's also definitely a believer. He also carries around a complete arsenal and is a badass.
  • Galen Erso - Human male. Jyn's father is an Imperial scientist with very definite Rebel leanings. He designed the Death Star, but he sent Bodhi to deliver news about the Death Star to Saw Gerrera (below) hoping to see them destroy it.
  • Director Orson Krennic - Human male. Former friend of Galen Erso who is a high-ranking officer in the Imperial Military. He ordered Jyn's mother killed and oversees the construction of the Death Star. He's also pretty gosh-darn petty and whiny.
  • Saw Gerrera - Human male. Raised Jyn from age 8 to 16, during which time she was a soldier in his band of rebels. Hates the Empire even more hardcore-ly than the Rebellion.

The main ships that I see around are Jyn/Cassian (Rebelcaptain) and Chirrut/Baze (there doesn't seem to be a common name for this, but Belle suggests Perfection).

PLOT OUTLINE:

I copied this from Wikipedia b/c looong

Research scientist Galen Erso and his family are in hiding on the planet Lah'mu. Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic arrives to press him into completing the Death Star, a space station-based superweapon capable of destroying planets. Galen's wife Lyra is killed in the confrontation while their daughter Jyn escapes and is taken to safety by Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera.

Fifteen years later, cargo pilot Bodhi Rook defects from the Empire, smuggling a holographic message from Galen to Gerrera on the desert moon Jedha. Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor frees Jyn from an Imperial labor camp at Wobani before bringing her to the Rebel leader Mon Mothma, who convinces her to find and rescue Galen so the Alliance can learn more about the Death Star. Cassian is covertly ordered by General Draven, an Alliance military officer, to kill Galen rather than extract him.

Jyn, Cassian, and reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO travel to Jedha, where the Empire is removing kyber crystals from the holy city to power the Death Star while Gerrera and his partisans are engaged in an armed insurgency against them. With the aid of blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Îmwe and his mercenary friend Baze Malbus, Jyn makes contact with Gerrera, who has been holding Rook captive. Gerrera shows her the message, in which Galen reveals he has secretly built a vulnerability into the Death Star and directs them to retrieve the schematics from a high-security Imperial data bank on the planet Scarif.

On the Death Star, Krennic orders a low-powered shot from the superlaser to destroy Jedha's capital. Jyn and her group take Rook and flee the planet, but Gerrera remains to die with the city. Grand Moff Tarkin congratulates Krennic before using Rook's defection and security leak as a pretext to take control of the project. Rook leads the group to Galen's Imperial research facility on the planet Eadu, where Cassian chooses not to kill Galen. When Krennic orders Galen's team killed for causing the security leak, Galen confesses that he is responsible. The research team is executed anyway. Jyn makes her presence known moments before Rebel bombers attack the facility. Galen is wounded and dies in his daughter's arms, before she escapes with her group on board a stolen Imperial cargo shuttle. Krennic is summoned by Darth Vader, to answer for the attack on Eadu. Krennic seeks his support for an audience with the Emperor, Vader ignores it and orders him instead to ensure no further leaks about the Death Star occur.

Jyn proposes a plan to steal the Death Star schematics using the Rebel fleet but fails to get approval from the Alliance Council, who feel victory against the Empire is now impossible. Frustrated at their inaction, Jyn's group is supported by a small squad of Rebel volunteers intent on raiding the databank themselves. Arriving at Scarif via the stolen Imperial ship, which Rook dubs "Rogue One", a disguised Jyn and Cassian enter the base with K-2SO while the other Rebels attack the resident Imperial garrison as a distraction. The Rebel fleet learns about the raid from intercepted Imperial communications and deploy in support. K-2SO sacrifices himself so Jyn and Cassian can retrieve the data. Îmwe is killed after activating the master switch to allow communication with the Rebel fleet. Rook is killed by a grenade after informing the Rebel fleet that it must deactivate the shield surrounding the planet to allow the transmission of the schematics. Malbus dies in battle shortly after. Jyn and Cassian seize the schematics, but they are ambushed by Krennic, who shoots Cassian.

Krennic corners Jyn, declaring the Empire's victory, but Cassian, who has survived, shoots and wounds Krennic. Jyn transmits the schematics to the Rebel command ship. The Death Star enters orbit above Scarif, where Tarkin uses another low-power shot from the superlaser to destroy the Empire's base. Krennic is killed instantly, while Jyn and Cassian embrace on a beach before dying in the blastwave.

The Rebel fleet prepares to jump to hyperspace but are intercepted by Vader's flagship. Vader invades the command ship and kills many rebels in his pursuit of the schematics, but a small starship escapes with them on board. Aboard the fleeing ship, Princess Leia declares that the schematics will provide hope for the Rebellion.

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sakurasencha

So in the Mad Scramble I totally forgot I needed to write a primer too, so here goes:

Mei's Primer for Dragon Ball

Wow. Where do I even begin.

Dragon Ball was originally a shounen action/adventure manga conceived by mangaka Akira Toriyama in the eighties. It has since spawned several anime adaptations, movies, video games, merchandise like you would not believe, and is such an iconic part of Japanese culture that Goku, the protagonist, will be used a as mascot in the upcoming Tokyo olympics. The show revolves around a set of characters and their use of Dragon Balls, a set of seven mystical wishing orbs, and its tone is best described as, "lots of people punching each other."

Go ahead and read the whole summary if you want, but it's long, so if you want just a brief synonpsis of the Who, what, and why, just skip down the the character section.

The main canon of the show can be broken down into three segments:

Dragon Ball

The story begins with the protagonists Goku, an orphan child raised in the mountains. He has a monkey-like tail and is incredibly strong for some reason. No on quite knows what he is, but he possess the four-star Dragon Ball (without knowledge of what it is) which was passed down to him from his "Grandfather" Gohan.

One day Goku runs across a girl named Bulma, the heiress of the Capsule Corporation and scientific/innovative genius. She is searching for the legendary Dragon Balls in order to achieve her greatest desire: a lifetime supply of strawberries. With her technological talent, she had invented the Dragon Radar to help her find the Dragon Balls and is after Goku's four star ball. Eventually, the two become allies and set out together to collect all Dragon Balls together. Cue lots of hijinks, adventures, and side characters.

Goku heads off to train under a martial arts master named Muten Roshi. After a time skip of several years, Bulma and Goku meet again at the World's Martial Arts Tournament, held every few years or so on Papaya Island. Goku is now an adult with a thirst for fighting strong guys, and Bulma is still dating Yamcha, a former desert bandit who she met on her previous adventures collecting the Dragon Balls.

At the tournament, Goku is faced with a green, demon like opponent named Piccolo Jr, who is the offspring of the demon king Piccolo who Goku had thwarted sometime earlier. Piccolo Jr is out for revenge, determined to kill Goku, but like all of Goku's opponents is eventually defeated after much screaming and punching, Piccolo running off and declaring he will one day have his revenge.

The curtain closes on the first act, but not before Goku gets engaged to a side character named ChiChi.

Dragon Ball Z

Flash forward about five years to the second arc known as Dragon Ball Z (DBZ), which is the most popular, and arguably the best, arc in the series, and arguably what most people think of when they hear the term "Dragon Ball." This arc in turn can be divided into several arcs:

Saiyan Saga:

Goku arrives at Kame House, the home of Master Roshi, with a five year old boy in tow. This boy is his son, Gohan, meeting all of Goku's old friends for the first time. Shortly thereafter, Goku is confronted by an alien who has just crash landed on earth and who bears a striking similarity to Goku.

This alien is Radditz, Goku's brother, who explains to Goku that he is not an earthling, but rather a Saiyan, a nearly-extinct warrior race from a destroyed planet. Radditz tells Goku to join him as a galactic soldier, and when Goku refuses, he kidnaps Gohan as a bargaining chip.

Goku enlists the aid of Piccolo and, despite misgivings, Piccolo decides to join Goku in defeating Radditz. The two have a tough time taking out such a powerful foe, but eventually Goku manages to grab Radditz in a lock-hold while Piccolo blasts both of them with a power beam, killing them both. As Radditz breathes his last, he tells them that he is only the tip of the iceberg, because two more Saiyans, much stronger than him, will arrive within a years time in order to claim the Dragon Balls.

Goku dies. Piccolo kidnaps Gohan in order to train him for the arrival of the Saiyans, the other Earth warriors also preparing. Finally the Saiyans arrive: Vegeta, the prince of the Saiyans, who wants to use the dragon balls to wish for immortality so he can rule the universe or something, and Nappa, Vegeta's large, bald, and fairly stupid sidekick.

Lots of punching, screaming, dying, fighting. Vegeta and co end up killing Piccolo, Yamcha, and a fair number of other warriors before Goku is able to arrive from the afterlife (don't ask). With Goku's new skills learned in the after life, he is able to barely beat Vegeta, but he doesn't kill him, just tells him, "Get strong, so I can fight you again!" in his naive, Goku-like way.

Vegeta escapes on a space ship. Almost everyone is dead.

Namek Saga:

We learn that Piccolo, who was once thought a demon from earth, is actually an alien like Goku. His species originates from a planet called Namek and they are the beings with the power to create Dragon Balls. A certain Namekian named Kami (literally "god" in Japanese) is Earth's protector, watching everything from a look up point high in the atmosphere, and the one who created Earth's dragon balls. When Piccolo is killed by the Saiyans, Kami also dies to a special link, and therefore the Earth Dragon Balls cease to exist.

In order to wish back the dead comrades that Vegeta and Nappa killed, Bulma, Gohan, Goku's best friend Krillin, and Goku travel to planet Namek to wish upon the Namekian Dragon Balls. However, Vegeta also finds out about the Namekian Dragon Balls and heads there as well.

This is where we meet the terrifying, quasi-lizard Frieza, an intergalactic terrorist who conquers planets for financial gain and who has unfathomanble strength. Vegeta, in actuality, is one of Frieza's soldiers and his true purpose in wishing for immortality was so he could defeat Frieza, both to free himself and for vengeance, since Frieza was the person which destroyed the Saiyan's planet and their entire race.

Of course that doesn't work out. Frieza kills Vegeta and he gives a tearful death-bed plea to Goku, begging him to avenge their people and kill Frieza. More yelling and fighting, and then Goku manages to ascend to the legendary Super Saiyan, a mythical warrior with golden hair and a substantial power boost, and finally defeats Frieza.

Cell Saga:

The earthlings wish back everyone killed by Frieza, forgetting that this would also include their former nemesis, Vegeta. However, when Vegeta returns alive to earth, he is more mellow and not so homocidal anymore. He's decided that since Frieza is dead, his purpose in life is now to defeat Goku and become the strongest Saiyan or whatever. Bulma invites him to live at Capsule Corporation since has no place else to go, but instead blasts into space to find Goku.

Vegeta returns some months later, having been unable to find Goku. The gang sense a large power - it's Frieza, alive and well, along with his father King Cold. When they fly out to face him, however, they are shocked to see....ANOTHER SUPER SAIYAN. No one has any idea who this guy is, but he's young and dispatches Frieza, King Cold, and their assorted henchman with ease. The young man has purple hair, a giant sword slung on his back, and calls himself Trunks. He explains that he is there to meet Goku, who should be landing at that spot any moment.

Goku arrives, and Trunks takes Goku aside and tells him in confidence that he from the future, the son of Bulma and Vegeta, who traveled back to the past in a time machine built by his mother to warn everyone about the grave danger that is coming: In three years time, Earth will be ravaged by two powerful Androids. The Z warriors must train as hard as they can to prepare for the Androids arrival.

Trunks leaves, promising to see everyone in three years, and Goku tells everyone about the Androids (minus the part about who Trunks' parents are)

Vegeta is excited about the new challenge and takes up residence at Capsule Corp with Bulma, training there in a gravity machine she built, which can simulate exponential levels of earth's gravity. Time skip three years, Trunks returns, the z warriors meet up to face off agains the Androids, Bulma with a baby Trunks in tow. Although Vegeta can now go super Saiyan and is super cocky about it, but gets pummeled nonetheless. Lots of fighting, lots of fighting, and then another threat names Cell, an organic being derived from the DNA of all the greatest warriors, absorbs the Androids and becomes immensely powerful. No one can beat him until Gohan finally breaks his limits and ascends to Super Saiyan 2 and kills him.

Oh yeah, somewhere along the way Goku dies, but tells everyone not to wish him back because *reasons.* This upsets Vegeta who swears in high dramatic fashion, "I will never fight again!"

Majin Boo Saga

Ha, you thought this was almost over, guess again.

Time skip seven or so years. Goku had knocked up ChiChi before he died, and now has another son named Goten who only has stories of his dead father. Vegeta stuck around to help "raise" trunks, i.e trained him to fight. Everyone is getting ready for the next World Martial Arts Champoinship, and this will be a special contest because Goku is coming back to Earth from the otherworld for the day.

Everyone arrives and gets ready for the tournament, however as these things usually go the Earth is threatened yet again, this time by a warlock and his pet demon, Boo.

Dragon Ball Super

Chronicles the time skip between the end of the Majin Boo Saga and the the final chapters of the series. Main highlights

  • Introduction of Beerus, the God of Destruction, and his companion/teacher the angel Whis
  • The revelations that there are twelve universes all ruled by the Omni-king, Zenoh
  • A new Super Saiyan transformation called Super Saiyan Blue, which uses God Ki instead of mortal Ki (both Vegeta and Goku achieved this state)
  • The birth of Vegeta and Bulma's second child, Bra

Characters

  1. Goku - Protagnaist. The Hero. A Saiyan sent to Earth to conquer it, but who hit his head and was raised an earthling. Happy go lucky, loves to fight strong guys and eat lots of food. He doesn't like to see people he cares about get hurt, but he also like to let the bad guys go so they can get stronger and he can fight them again. Father of Gohan and Goten, husband of ChiChi, rival to Vegeta.
  2. Vegeta - Villain turned anti-hero turned reluctant hero turned grumpy trophy husband who changes diapers like a boss. He was born the Prince of All Saiyans (and he will never let you forget it), however around five he was given over to Lord Frieza, the sadistic Galactic tyrant of whole the Saiyans had become a vassal, to fight in his army. Several years later Frieza destroys the Saiyan planet and Vegeta lives out his life under the rule of Frieza, conquering planets and generally just causing misery throughout the galaxy. When he learns of the Dragon Balls on Earth, he travels there, but is defeated by Goku. Next, he tries going to Namek to use the Dragon Balls there, but is killed by Frieza. Wished back by the Earthlings, he ends up staying at Capsule Corp with Bulma and the two eventually shack up and churn out a couple of kids.\
  3. Bulma - Duetragonist. A super genius super beauty with a thirst for adventure and handsome men. She kicks off the plot of Dragon Ball by shooting finding Goku and convincing him to set out on a quest for the other Dragon Balls. She is the heiress to the Capsule Corporation, the creators of hoi poi capsules that have made her family some of the richest people on Earth. Known for her abrasive personality, she started off dating a desert bandit turned baseball player named Yamcha, but eventually hooked up with Vegeta because she generally has bad taste in men and is kind of awful herself.
5/1/2017 . Edited 5/20/2017 #74
renee walker

Danielle's Primer for the All for the Game Trilogy.

Probably has many spoilers. This primer is a WIP. This also has a long list of trigger warnings, please take note of this in case you decide to read, and you can find a list of the trigger warnings at http : // cabeswaterlovesthem . tumblr . com / post / 142112202373/detailed-list-of-trigger-warnings-for-the-foxhole [remove spaces].

Basic Summary:

The trilogy is a book series by Nora Sakavic.

The Foxhole Court - Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He's short, he's fast, he's got a ton of potential—and he's the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher. Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn't need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed. But Neil's not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil's new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can't walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he's finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

The Raven King - The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they've always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil. Except Andrew doesn't give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don't have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil's fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage. Neil's days are numbered, but he's learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won't believe in himself.

The King's Men - Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn't survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he's got more reasons than ever to live. Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew's never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn't mean anything, maybe Neil won't regret losing it, but the one person Neil can't lie to is himself. He's got promises to keep and a team to get to championships if he can just outrun Riko a little longer, but Riko's not the only monster in Neil's life. The truth might get them all killed—or be Neil's one shot at getting out of this alive.

Characters

Neil Abram Josten - Protagonist of the series, his real name is Nathaniel Abram Wesninski. His father is the Butcher, a murderer, and his mother took Neil as a kid and ran away with him. Is now a first-string striker for the Palmetto University Foxes Class I Exy team. Has auburn hair, blue eyes, and lots of scars. Is about 5'3". Very sassy, fierce, intelligent, and calls people out on their BS publicly. Has amazing survival skills and 2% self-preservation instinct. Is protective af and really good at protecting others. Really in love with Andrew Minyard, Exy, cats, math, and the rest of the team. Former Spanish major, switched to Mathematical Sciences in his second year. Eventually became PSU Foxes Captain. Implied to be demisexual.

Andrew Joseph Minyard - Twin to Aaron Minyard, cousin to Nicky Hemmick. Grew up in the foster care system until he was 13, went to juvie for 3 years, and found and killed his birth mother. Victim of sexual assault and rape. Self-harmed. Consent and promises are Very Important to him. Always wears black wristbands with knife sheaths built in. 5 feet tall, and blond with hazel eyes. 20 years old. Goalkeeper for the Palmetto State University Foxes Class I Exy team. Was on forced by the court to take medication to "reign in psychotic rage" but the meds don't actually do anything. Doesn't like feelings, enjoys instigating stuff and irony. Photographic memory. Is very gay (especially for Neil) and likes sweets, cigarettes, and cats. Majored in Criminal Justice.

Kevin Day - Referred to as "The Son of Exy." Mom was Kayleigh Day, Dad was David Wymack. Formerly was a part of the Edgar Allen Ravens Exy team, transferred to the Palmetto State University Foxes. Was physically abused by Riko Moriyama for years, who also broke his left hand. Plays Exy right-handed and is extremely skilled. Like, extremely talented. Abuse survivor, just trying to move past everything. Is a striker. Had a tattoo of a "2" on his cheekbone, but turned it into a queen chess piece. Around 6 feet tall, dark-haired, green-eyed. Majored in History. Currently dating Thea Muldani. Only really likes 4 things: Exy, history, Jeremy Knox, and Thea. Is critical and harsh, but knows how to make a good team. Is emotionally repressed.

Aaron Michael Minyard - Twin to Andrew Minyard, cousin to Nicky Hemmick. Referred to as "the normal twin." Raised by his biological mom, who got him addicted to drugs. Former drug addict. Currently dating Katelyn. Majored in Biochemistry. Has knee-jerk homophobic tendencies, but really cares about his brother and cousin. Doesn't really like feelings either tbh. Blond hair, hazel eyes, smol (5 feet even). Plays backliner for the Palmetto State University Foxes Class I Exy team.

Nicholas Esteban "Nicky" Hemmick - Cousin to Andrew and Aaron Minyard. Half-Hispanic. Gay. Rediscovering his faith after his Catholic parents shunned him for his sexuality. Currently dating Erik Klose. Wants to return to Germany, where he studied abroad and lived. Moved back to America to take custody over the twin Minyards after their mom's death. Plays backliner for the Palmetto State University Foxes Class I Exy team. 23 years old. Can speak fluent German. Enjoys gossip, movies, and video games. Majored in Marketing. Black-haired, dark-brown eyes, 5'8"-5'10". Generally cheerful and happy, easily upset by tragedies, realizes his mistakes and tries to correct or apologize for them, deserves more credit than he gets ngl.

Natalie Renee "Renee" Walker - Formerly involved with gangs, and, after being caught using drugs, used Exy as an outlet. Has chin-length white hair, with the last 2 inches dyed alnerating pastel colours. Is a Christian, and wears a silver cross necklace. Adopted daughter to Stephanie Walker. 5'4"-5'7" tall. Goalkeeper for the Palmetto State University Class I Exy team. Has a calm disposition, gives friendly advice, and is usually described as a "sweetheart." Doesn't like to get involved in other peoples fights, but will mediate if needed. Is one of Andrew Minyard's and Jean Moreau's friends. Former was rivals with Dan Wilds in high school due to rival Exy teams. Majored in Religious Studies.

Danielle Leigh "Dan" Wilds - Captain of, and offensive dealer for, the Palmetto State University Class I Exy team. The first female captain of a Class I Exy team. Currently dating Matt Boyd. Worked as a stripper in high school, with the stage name "Hennessey." Lived in a mobile home with her aunt until she went to PSU. Faced a lot of backlash from the public and her teammates when first signed, because sexism, but perservered. Has "mercilessly short" brown hair, and brown eyes. 5'4"-5'7" tall. Passionate, inclusive, strong-willed, tries to unify the team. Formerly was rivals with Renee Walker in high school due to rival Exy teams. Majored in Athletic Training, had a minor in Coaching.

Allison Jamaica Reynolds - Rumoured to be disowned by her wealthy family because she chose to play Exy. Plays defensive dealer for the Palmetto State University Class I Exy team. Formerly bulimic. Formerly dated Seth Gordon. Majored in Fashion Design, had a minor in Marketing. Has long, platinum blonde hair. Is strong, catty, petty, loyal, stubborn, generous and sharp-tongued.

Matt Boyd - Currently dating Dan Wilds. Backliner for the Palmetto State University Class I Exy team. Former drug addict. Son of

Riko Moriyama -

David Wymack -

Minor but Honourary Characters

Seth Gordan -

Jeremy Knox -

Jean Moreau -

Abby Winfield -

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Dragon MoonX

Dragon's primer for DragonVale.

There isn't much to say here, but I thought I'd give it a go since I'll probably be writing some crossovers and submitting them for contests.

DragonVale is an online video game where players breed and collect different species of dragons. Each dragon has its own special element, such as fire, water and grass (think of it as Pokemon only without the fighting and there's only dragon types). There are also rare hybrid dragons that combine different elements, gemstone dragons and dragons that come from outer space known as galaxy dragons, to name a few.

It's important to note that while there are over 300 different species of dragons in DragonVale, none of them are listed by name in the character listing of the fandom. They are basically mystical creatures that act and behave like regular animals (except of course these ones breathe fire), and any fanfiction I write about them has them as pets for characters from other fandoms. Which is why I usually write DragonVale crossovers.

If you'd like specific information on any dragon in my stories, your best bet is to check the wiki - dragonvale.wikia.com/wiki/DragonVale_Wiki

(I'll edit this with more detailed information shortly. But that covers the basics for now.)

5/31/2017 . Edited 5/31/2017 #76
TolkienScholar

Ellie's Primer for The Rifleman (TV Show)


The Basics

The Rifleman is a TV show set in the Old West in the 1880s. There are five seasons, made 1958-1963. The show is about a widower named Lucas McCain who is raising his son Mark on a ranch just outside of the town of North Fork in New Mexico Territory. Lucas is renowned for his skill with a modified Winchester rifle that he has rigged up to cycle through cocking and shooting with the pulling of a lever; it is fast, efficient, and deadly. Many outlaws and other bad guys come through the town of North Fork looking for trouble, but whether it's Lucas they're after, or Mark, or Marshal Micah Torrance, or merely a random stranger who happens to be a little bit different from everyone else, Lucas is always there to protect those he cares about. Throughout the show, Lucas teaches Mark many lessons about what it means to be a good man and what it takes to survive in the hostile world they live in. It was one of the first TV shows to depict a widower raising a child alone.


The Central Characters

Lucas McCain: Played by Chuck Conners, Lucas McCain is a small-time rancher who has settled down after a long time of traveling to try to give his son the life his late wife Margaret would have wanted. He is a Union veteran of the Civil War and has an incredible skill with a modified Winchester rifle; Mark likes to boast that his Pa is the best shot in the world, though Lucas quickly quiets him when he tries to say such things. He is friendly, fair, and honest, and prefers to try to solve conflicts peaceably rather than using his rifle, though more often than not he is forced into it. He is a big and imposing man, standing 6'5', and strong, so he is more than capable of doing what has to be done. Having lost his wife when his son was six, his life now revolves entirely around his son Mark, and he would do absolutely anything to keep Mark safe.

Mark McCain: Played by Johnny Crawford, Mark McCain is Lucas McCain's only son. He is ten years old when the show starts, having lost his mother four years before when he was six. He is a bright, inquisitive boy and rarely meets a stranger. He has a softening effect on everyone around him, and he has been known to find the good in even the hardest of outlaws. He sometimes seems naive, but he is more perceptive than people give him credit for, particularly Lucas, who is sometimes overly protective. Mark dearly wants a rifle of his own but is not allowed to have one because Lucas does not want him to start so young. Mark is fiercely devoted to his Pa and would do anything for him.

Micah Torrance: Played by Paul Fix, Micah has been a marshal of the law for many, many years. However, at one time in the past he got too quick with his gun, was wounded in the right shoulder and permanently disabled, and went into a spiral of drunkenness and misery. Lucas finds him outside the Last Chance saloon one day in North Fork and gives him a job on the ranch, and with a little help from a precocious Mark, gets him dried out and on the right path. Micah still lacks the confidence in himself as a man to take up his old work, though, until Lucas is lured into a fight that is too big for him in town. He doubts Lucas, but Mark, defensive of his father, demands what right Micah has to question him since he is no longer a marshal. Knowing Lucas is going to his death, Micah picks up a sawed-off shotgun and rides into town behind Lucas, arriving just in time to find him collapsed on the ground with two bullets in him. Micah, better prepared for the situation, dispatches the two remaining outlaws and gets Lucas to the doctor. Micah and Lucas become close friends from this time forward, and Micah often seems to look on Lucas as a son, calling him "Lucas boy."

Recurring Characters

Doc J. Burrage: the burnt-out doctor of North Fork, who has seen far too much death to have much faith left in himself

Frank Sweeney: the bartender at the Last Chance saloon

Hattie Denton: a sweet, lonely old woman who works at the general store and often worries about Lucas and Mark; Mark stays in town with her whenever Lucas has to go on a trip without him

Adele Adams: the schoolteacher; she cares deeply for her students and is a fine teacher... if you can forgive her feminist views ;)

Nils Swenson: the town blacksmith

Phillip Toomey: the town carpenter and undertaker

Freddy Toomey: Phillip's son and Mark's best friend

John Hamilton: the town banker

Judge Hanavan: the town judge

Selected Appearances

Julia Andueza (episode 22): Formerly a card shark named "Big Anna," Julia was able to get out of the gambling business and set up a boarding house in North Fork. Lucas, having known of her in her previous life, is suspicious at first, but she soon wins his friendship. She is also decidedly sweet on Mr. Hamilton, who may possibly return her affection.

Will Fulton (episode 3): At nineteen years old, Will has long believed that honest hard work is for fools ever since his family was run off of their ranch. He's been riding with his brother Hank and their bank-robbing gang, but when he sees Mark in trouble, he proves he still has a soft side after all. When a broken leg leaves him stuck on the McCain ranch for a month, he discovers he likes ordinary life and, with Lucas's help, decides to "go straight."

Ann Bard (episode 3): A sweet young girl who lives on a neighboring ranch, Ann is a major factor in Will's decision to "go straight."


There are few returning characters in the show; in fact, many of the same actors came back in other roles over the course of the show. There are a few other returning characters, but as I haven't watched that far yet, I won't list them now.

6/12/2017 . Edited 7/6/2017 #77
TolkienScholar

Ellie's Primer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Book)


Well, the title's a little deceptive, because I'm just going to be making the primer for the movie for now, as that's what my MOC fic is based on. Anywho...

The Basics

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a Tim Burton film that came out in 2016, based on a book trilogy of the same name by Ranson Riggs. And when I say "based on," I mean that very loosely, because while the premise is the same, there's a ton that Burton changed, both in the characters and the plot. Essentially, there is a group of people called Peculiars who each have a talent/power that is unique to themselves, called a Peculiarity. These people have been persecuted throughout the ages; thus, they are generally taken, usually as children, to live in "time loops" created by a type of Peculiar called Ymbrynes, who have the ability to transform into birds and, more importantly, to manipulate time. They live out a single day over and over, trapped in time and yet safe from enemies who might try to harm them. Who are these enemies? They are creatures called Hollowgasts, horrifying, gigantic creatures which have no eyes and mouths full of deadly tentacles. Oh, and they're invisible. The Hollowgasts are usually accompanied by Wraiths, who are former Hollogasts who have been able to resume human form and visibility by feeding on the eyeballs - yes, you read that right - of Peculiars. These creatures, Hollows and Wraiths, are former Peculiars who, led by one Mr. Barron, conducted a hideous experiment by harnessing an Ymbryne's powers to try to gain eternal life. The transformation into Hollowgasts was the result. Despite the horrifying results, Barron wants to reattempt the experiment with many more Ymbrynes in hopes that this time it will be successful. Yeah, the guy's obsessed. And into all this comes a seemingly ordinary kid from Florida whose crazy grandfather just may have been telling the truth after all...


The Characters

Jacob Portman - A seemingly ordinary teenager from Florida who's spent his whole life being teased and ignored, until one day he gets a frantic call from his grandfather, who is believed to has dementia. When Jacob arrives at his grandfather's house, he finds him dying in the woods behind his house, his eye sockets empty. Behind his grandfather, he seems to see an enormous monster, but everyone around him is convinced he's suffering from severe anxiety and PTSD. After discovering a postcard from Miss Peregrine that seems to suggest there was more to his grandfather's old bedtime stories than he'd guessed, Jake heads off to Wales to search for the old children's home. All he finds is a house destroyed by a bomb during WWII... until the children from the stories, who are supposed to be dead, or nonexistent, or something, show up to take him back to their time loop and the answers he has been searching for. Turns out, Jake is Peculiar, too; he can see the Hollowgasts, just as his grandfather could. And thus, when Miss Peregrine is taken by Barron for his dreadful experiment, it becomes up to Jacob to keep the rest of the children safe.

Franklin Portman - Jacob's dad, a devoted ornithologist who's planning to write a book, someday. He didn't have much of a relationship with his father Abe, perhaps because he wasn't Peculiar.

Maryann Portman - Jacob's privileged and narcissistic mother, who comes from a family that owns a chain of highly successful drug stores.

Abe Portman - Jacob's grandfather, who could also see Hollowgasts and actively fought against them until Jacob was born, at which point he retired in order to protect his Peculiar grandson. He told Jacob all kinds of stories about his life at the children's home, though Jake came to disbelieve these stories as he got older. While he was at the children's home, he and Emma were lovers, and his leaving broke her heart. He was killed by a Hollowgast, but due to Jacob and the others' time hopping, the circumstances that caused his death were averted and he survives to encourage Jacob to go and find Emma again.

Miss Peregrine - A beautiful and mysterious Ymbryne who can turn into a peregrine falcon and keeps a time loop dated September 3, 1943, just before a German bomb drops on the home. She cares deeply about each of her children, but she also requires strict adherence to schedule and is somewhat oblivious to the restlessness of the older children, who are bored with living the same day over and over. Her guesses are "always right," and "There are very few things [she] can't explain." She takes her role as protector of the children very seriously and tries to shield them from any knowledge of frightening things. She also smokes a pipe.

Emma Bloom - A lovely young girl of sixteen whose Peculiarity deals with air and whose natural state is levitation, requiring her to wear lead shoes to keep her feet on the ground. She and Abe used to be lovers, and he broke her heart when he left, causing her to swear off romance forever. Eventually, however, she finds herself falling for his grandson Jake.

Enoch O'Connor - A sullen boy of sixteen whose Peculiarity allows him to give life to things that are dead through the use of animal hearts. He has a liking for violence and often uses his creations to make battles. He has long liked Emma but has always been in the shadow of first Abe and then Jacob. Olive is his only real friend, but it takes her nearly dying for him to realize that she's been the right one for him all along.

Olive Abroholos Elephanta - A quiet, motherly girl of sixteen who can set fire to anything she touches and must wear long fireproof gloves to avoid being a walking hazard. She is the only one who sees past Enoch's sullen exterior, and she loves and admires him greatly, though he refuses to see it until she nearly dies.

Horace Somnusson - A pale young boy of thirteen whose Peculiarity allows him to project his dreams, which are sometimes prophetic, through a spyglass. He is also quite a dandy.

Millard Nullings - A young boy of perhaps eleven or twelve whose Peculiarity is that he is invisible. It's quite a useful skill, once you get over the awkwardness of realizing he's naked whenever he's using it to sneak around.

Hugh Apiston - A young boy of perhaps ten or eleven who has a swarm of bees living inside him which escape from his mouth whenever he opens it.

Fiona Frauenfeld - A young girl of perhaps ten or eleven whose Peculiarity allows her to manipulate growing things.

Bronwyn Bruntley - A little girl of perhaps six or seven whose Peculiarity, oddly enough, is super strength. She is the younger sister of the deceased Victor Bruntley.

Claire Densmore - A little girl of perhaps five or six whose Peculiarity is that she has a "back mouth," a second mouth full of ferociously sharp teeth at the back of her head, tucked under her golden curls. She is a little shy and quite the girly girl.

The Twins - The twins are perhaps seven or eight. They have to wear white masks over their faces all the time because they have the Medusa-like ability to turn people to stone with their snake-like eyes. They never speak and are not given individual names.

Victor Bruntley - A boy of around sixteen or seventeen who, like his younger sister Bronwyn, had super strength. He left Miss Peregrine's loop and was killed by a Hollowgast. Miss Peregrine continues to grieve for him, and this is the reason she wears all black. His body is preserved upstairs on a bed behind a locked door. Enoch reanimates him in order to frighten Jacob away, though unsuccessfully.

Barron - A former Peculiar who conducted a horrifying experiment which turned him and his associates into Hollowgasts. He has been able to regain human form, except for his white eyes, but he continues to hunt down peculiar children in order to transform more of his associates back to their human form. He has continued his research and wants to perform the experiment again on a larger scale. His Peculiarity isshapeshifting all or part of his body as he pleases, making him very powerful, but he is also petty and irritable. He can no more see Hollowgasts than any other Peculiar (besides Jacob and Abe), and he ultimately meets his end at the... tentacles of one.


The Ships

Jacob/Emma

Enoch/Olive

Hugh/Fiona

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four-legged clover

Clover's Primer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

*this was a bad primer and i shall redo it*

8/21/2017 . Edited 4/8/2018 #79
four-legged clover

Clover's Primer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

*see above*

8/21/2017 . Edited 4/8/2018 #80
Maisie Malfoy

Maisie's Primer for A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Netflix Series

Why do you say Netflix series?

A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on a book series of the same name, written by Lemony Snicket. This series has thirteen books each with thirteen chapters (except the last one, which has a little epilogue). The back cover and first few pages attempt to get you to put the books away and read something happier, but if you don't heed, you really are in for a treat, although I highly recommend you read them in order. (Book series: 9.9/10)

The same thing occurs in the Netflix series, although each book is split into two hour-long movies of sorts.

No matter which method you use to obtain the information, the story follows three orphans, Violet (14), Klaus (12), and Sunny (probably around 1-2) whose parents were killed in a terrible fire. They are sent to a distant cousin of theirs, Count Olaf, but he's only taken them in for their fortune (which they'll inherit when Violet is 18) and he's pretty much terrible and even abusive to them. Eventually, they are removed from his care, but their troubles are far from over.

Despite that, the series is a beautiful mix of darkness and comedy, as Lemony Snicket's writing style can be quite amusing, and it shows in the series.

Characters

I'll only cover the Baudelaires and guardians from The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill, as those are the installments to make it into the first season.

Violet Baudelaire-The oldest of the Baudelaires, an inventor, aged 14 (later 15)

Klaus Baudelaire-The middle Baudelaire, extremely resourceful and a reader, aged 12 (later 13)

Sunny Baudelaire-The youngest Baudelaire, has teeth sharper than "those of an adult lion", aged around 1 or 2 (later 3)

Count Olaf-A distant cousin of the Baudelaires, runs an acting troupe and wants the Baudelaire fortune, aged somewhere around 45-50.

Arthur Poe-Banker in charge of the Baudelaire estate, has a terrible cough that never seems to go away, not very helpful at all, probably around Count Olaf's age.

Montgomery Montgomery-Relative of the Baudelaires, is a herpetologist and has many species of reptiles in his house, aged maybe 45.

Josephine Anwhistle-Relative of the Baudelaires, incredibly paranoid and afraid of nearly everything after the death of her husband, aged at least 60.

Sir-Owner of the Lucky Smells Lumbermill, pays employees in coupons and chewing gum, aged probably over 40.

Ships that may sail

Beatrice/Bertrand: A ship featuring the Baudelaire parents. Canon.

Violet/Olaf: A ship in which Violet is paired with her legal guardian, who is three times her age. Almost became canon (but didn't), but not uncommon in fanfiction.

Josephine/Ike: A ship featuring Josephine and her dead husband (usually before his death). Canon.

Montgomery/Josephine: A ship pairing the second guardian of the Baudelaires with the third. Non-canon and not common in fanfiction, but it does exist.

Violet/Klaus: A ship pairing the eldest Baudelaire with the middle one. Usually platonic, but romantic also exists. Platonic is canon.

Other smaller ships you may see are Klaus/Olaf, Sunny/Olaf, Klaus/Sunny, Sir/Charles (a worker at the lumbermill), and I have come across a Mr. Poe/Olaf ship. There will be more when the second season is released.

I think that's all for now, but another primer will be released with the second season.

8/22/2017 . Edited 12/30/2017 #81
Gamemakers

Iris' guide to Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones focuses on Dr. Henry Jones Jr., an American archaeology professor who lives a semi-double life as Indiana Jones, archaeological explorer. He gets in adventures and fights Nazis and it is really a rip-roaring good time. There are three original Indiana Jones movies that came out in the eighties and one (soon to be a second!) that came out roughly ten years ago. There are also books and a TV series, but this isn't going to go into them. The four movies, in order of release, are Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Plot:

The first three all follow basically the same premise. Indiana is asked to find a treasure (for fortune & glory supposedly, but he usually just kind of gets roped into it) and travels to an exotic location to find it but oh no! the Nazis (or in The Temple of Doom, some kind of sorta racist Indian cult??) also want the treasure. Queue some action sequences and Indy eventually wins. The first three movies occur in the 1930s, the last in the 1950s. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is pretty much the same, but now Indy is old and he fights Communists instead of Nazis. Also KotCS is a terrible movie and a blatant attempt to reboot the series with Shia LaBeouf as the main character. Despite the golden opportunities for memes, they kind of gave up on that one.

honestly that's about all you need to know but I might add more someday

8/22/2017 #82
AllHailWebby

FoxGirl426's primer for Star Vs The Forces Of Evil (SVTFOE)

Season 1 and 2 can be found on Hulu and season 3 just started and will be aired on Disney XD in November

SVTFOE is a show about a magical princess named Star Butterfly who lives in another dimension known as Mewni. Star's parents send her to Earth after her fourteenth birthday, when she got the family's royal magic wand. Star lives with Marco Diaz during her stay on Earth. While staying on Earth, a small bird-like monster named Ludo wants to get Star's wand for himself and constantly sends a army of monsters after her. After several failed attempts, Ludo hires a lizard-like monster (thats missing his middle finger) named Toffee to work for him. Toffee eventually manipulates the other monsters into kicking Ludo out of his castle, with Toffee in control. With their new leader, the monsters hold Marco as a hostage and tell Star to go to Ludo's old castle if she wants to see him alive again. Once there, Toffee tells Star to destroy her wand and he'll release Marco. Star does so, which results in a explosion killing Toffee and the other monsters, but Star gets a new upgraded wand. (Im stopping here cuz then theres MAJOR spoilers)

Some of the characters include:

  • Star Butterfly
  • Marco Diaz
  • Jackie Lynn Thomas
  • Janna (idk her last name)
  • Glosseryck
  • Ludo
  • Toffee
  • Buffrog

The main ships include:

  • Starco (Star x Marco)
  • Jarco (Jackie x Marco)
  • Tomco (Tom x Marco)
  • Osctar (Oscar x Star)
  • Tomstar (Tom x Star)
  • Janco (Janna x Marco)

At the moment, Starco and Jarco are in a ship war

8/22/2017 #83
brenMuffin

Alright. This is going to be. So very confusing. Bren's Primer for HOMESTUCK (Part 1)

Homestuck is a webcomic made by Andrew "Waste of Space" Hussie, and is part of the Microsoft Paint Adventures line of comics, being the website's most popular, and the first page is displayed as the homepage of the website. Homestuck is well over 3000 pages long, making it a tedious read, especially with all the characters, ships, subplots, and time shenanigans happening in all of the everything. It was started on April 9th, 2009, and finished only recently in 2016, with a video game, Hiveswap, that came out September 14th. April 9th is a special holiday to fans of the comic, and being the first main protagonist you meet's birthday, many people celebrate with cake.

(Part 1: Complete - History. Part 2 Commencing: Plot. Theres a lot of it)

10/8/2017 #84
VST

VST's Primer for The High Chaparral

Synopsis:

"The High Chaparral" was a TV western that premiered on September 10, 1967. In the show, the Cannon family moved to southern Arizona in the early 1870s during a period of Apache unrest to establish a cattle ranch. Mrs. Cannon was killed in the first episode and the ranch was in danger of being lost. John Cannon, the owner and patriarch, proposed an alliance with a neighbor, Don Sebastian Montoya, on the south side of the border, to fend off attacks from hostiles and bandits. Don Sebastian agreed, proposing that the alliance be sealed by marriage to his near spinster daughter, Victoria, who was in her early 30s and who had fallen for the American. John reluctantly agreed despite his misgivings and his grief for his late wife, and a very fragile peace not sanctioned by the U.S. Army was made with the local tribes based on cooperation and trust.

It took time, but Victoria eventually won John's love and that of his 20-year old son Billy Blue. She was assisted and sometimes hampered in this effort by her slightly younger brother Manolito and John's younger brother Buck, two good-natured ne'er-do-wells who slowly matured and became the focus of many of the show's episodes due to their popularity. There was also a very good supporting cast in the bunkhouse and other recurring characters. Blue left following season 3 and was replaced to some degree by Wind, a young man who was half-white/half-Pawnee, who was soon welcomed to the ranch.

Created and produced by David Dortort, it featured excellent writing and plenty of action while dealing with many societal issues of the 1870s and the late 1960s/early 1970s including culture and class conflicts among white and black Americans, Mexicans, and various Indian tribes of the American Southwest. Most of the exterior shots were filmed in the Tucson, Arizona, area, and most interior shots were done in Hollywood. This showed up on the screen in the sweat, the dirt, the heat, and the desert as well as the (real!) Apache extras who were featured in many scenes.

Due to changes in TV demographics and the gradual phasing out of the TV western, "The High Chaparral" was cancelled in 1971 after Season 4 and 98 episodes despite still having good ratings.

Major Characters:

John Cannon—Portrayed by veteran western actor Leif Erickson and often called Big John due to his size, he was born in western Virginia and had moved to Missouri with his family as an adult. John served as an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, and was in his early 50s when the show began. His dream was to establish a cattle ranch where he could live in peace and harmony with the local Indian tribes, so together with his younger brother Buck, he had explored the American Southwest (and Arizona in particular) following the war. Finding an established ranch in trouble about 35 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona, he eventually purchased the spread and moved his family there by covered wagon, only to find an Apache uprising underway and the ranch deserted when they arrived. He immediately set about fortifying the ranch and getting it running, including recovering the small herd of cattle that remained on the range. It wasn't enough, and his beloved wife, Annalee, was killed in an Apache raid in the first episode. Essentially forced into remarriage due to his desire for a strategic alliance with the Montoya family to the south, parts of the first season centered on him missing his late wife and slowly getting to know his new wife, Victoria. They had developed a real relationship and love by the end of that season, and their relationship, while sometimes rocky, continued to grow throughout the rest of the series.

Buck Cannon—John's younger brother, Buck (played by Cameron Mitchell), was the black sheep of the Cannon family and had fought in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, usually as a private. Played by Cameron Mitchell, Buck was supposed to be in his early 40s in the early episodes. Buck had a heart of gold and could be a good worker, but he also had a tendency to be a bit lazy at times. He enjoyed spending time with his nephew Billy Blue, broads, and booze. He soon became best friends with Manolito, and their adventures became the focus of many of the later episodes.

William "Billy Blue" Cannon—Often called Blue or Blue Boy, John and Annalee's son (portrayed by Mark Slade) was about 20 years old when the show premiered, and was portrayed as being a bit immature but maturing as the show progressed. He was initially shocked by the death of his friend Sarah and his mother, but eventually he accepted the hard life on the frontier and Victoria as John's new wife.

Manolito Montoya—Like Buck, Victoria's slightly younger brother, Mano or Manolito (played by Henry Darrow), was the black sheep of the Montoya family who enjoyed women, booze, and carousing far more than responsibility. When he joined his sister at the High Chaparral as her sort of protector, he slowly began to show signs of maturing into an adult, which he had resisted for so long. Still, his past associations with bandits and broads sometimes came back to bite him.

Victoria Montoya Cannon—In her early 30s, Victoria (played by Linda Cristal), was the daughter of Don Sebastian Montoya, who was beginning to worry that she would never find a suitable mate. She immediately fell for John Cannon when he came to negotiate a deal with her father, so she agreed to the Don's idea of sealing the alliance with her marriage to John. She was very frustrated through much of the first season as John looked on their arrangement as a marriage of convenience, but her love, beauty, charm, and hard work slowly won him over.

Secondary Characters:

Annalee Cannon—John's first wife Annalee was portrayed by Joan Caulfield. While appearing in only the first episode, the long shadow she cast affected John, Victoria, and Blue throughout the first season and into the second.

Don Sebastian Montoya—Father of Victoria and Manolito, Don Sebastian was the largest landowner in northern Sonora, having "carved an empire out of the wilderness." He was a frequent guest and a common foil to John, despite their alliance, until Frank Silvera, the actor who portrayed him, was accidentally electrocuted at his home early during the filming of the 4th season.

Sam Butler—The foreman of the ranch, Sam was played by Don Collier. Sam and his brother Joe were orphaned as young teens and were raised by a friend in San Felipe, just a few miles across the territorial border. Some years later, Sam married a beautiful young Mexican woman named Trinidad, and together they had a little girl named Pilar. Problems in San Felipe weighed heavily on them and Trini eventually fled with Pilar to keep Sam out of the troubles. Sam searched for her for a long time, but he finally gave up, leaving San Felipe with a promise never to return. Trini eventually returned to the village since her family was there, but Pilar was killed sometime thereafter. Sam received word, returned home after all, and he reunited with Trini, only to see her accidentally gunned down by his foster brother, who it turned out had been the source of most of the trouble.

Joe Butler—Sam's younger brother, Joe filled in as foreman when Sam was away. Joe was played by Bob Hoy.

Pedro Carr—Pedro, played by Roberto Contreras, was a ranch hand and jack-of-all-trades.

Reno—Another of the Bunkhouse Boys, Reno, played by Ted Markland, left after the second season. In my works, Reno returns in what might have been Season 5.

Ira Bean—Youngest of the Bunkhouse Boys in the early years, Ira was played by Jerry Summers. He left after the first season.

Vaquero—Played by Rudolfo Acosta, Vaquero was essentially the Cannon's majordomo and Victoria's protector during Seasons 1 and 2. He left the show soon after helping his home village achieve its independence from Don Sebastian, leading many to believe that he went home to help the village grow.

Violeta—Violeta was a Mexican woman who helped Victoria around the house during the second season. She wasn't seen but a couple of times, never got an acting credit (as far as I can tell), but was mentioned from time to time when not appearing on screen. In my works, Violeta is present in what might have been Season 5 and beyond.

Wind—Played by young Rudy Ramos, Wind was half white and half Pawnee. He joined the Bunkhouse Boys as ranch hand in Season 4 as a sort of youthful replacement following Blue's departure. As an outsider, he would often contribute interesting insights into situations, whether his two cents were wanted or not.

Don Domingo Montoya—Younger brother of Don Sebastian and all around black sheep, Don Domingo ended up taking over the Montoya holdings and doing some growing up after his brother's death on the show. He appeared in one two-hour episode and was expected to be back for more before the series was unexpectedly cancelled.

Roy Lauder—An errant and inexperienced stagecoach robber, Roy, played by Mayf Nutter, was rather inadvertently rescued from a life of crime by Manolito during the 4th season and brought to the ranch to work as ranch hand, with Mano essentially as his court-appointed probation officer.

VST's Noncanon Secondary Characters (SPOILERS!):

Betsy & Bobby Cannon—John & Victoria's twins, born in the summer of 1877, about 6-1/2 years after the start of the show.

Isabella—Violeta's niece, she comes to the High Chaparral to assist during Mrs. Cannon's pregnancy and then stays on as the babies' nanny.

Chun Li—A Chinese laborer, laundryman, and ostensible cook who comes to work at the High Chaparral.

Jin Ming-huá—Chun Li's wife who later joins her husband at the ranch as one of Victoria's staff members.

10/16/2017 . Edited 10/27/2017 #85
Polly Little

Polly's Primer for Hetalia (anime)

The basic idea here is that anything that someone is patriotic about becomes a person. Whether they're human or not is debatable (there's an excellent fic called Parasite that discusses exactly that), but they look human, and have human emotions, which puts a new spin on a lot of historical events (they also have human names, but that's for personal use or trying to fit in when they don't want to be seen). It's usually countries, but there are some micronations, and because the creator is Japanese he didn't understand central Europe a thousand or so years ago and all the tribes in that area are personified by one Nation, which is illogical and slightly racist. Other than the whole mess with the Ancients, it's usually reasonably well researched, and you learn a little bit while watching.

There are lots of arcs, but the main ones are about Holy Roman Empire, WWII, America being raised by England, Germany growing up, Liechtenstein almost dying but being saved by Switzerland and developing a really close sibling relationship (which gets forgotten a lot and is one of my favourites), Sweden's independence, and Sealand attempting to take over the world (which is usually seen as cute/annoying). There's also a series of filler episodes that turn up at random moments to lighten the mood.

The actual series is mostly light-hearted, but the fandom is a mess. I think there's a couple of ship wars, and of course the most popular fics are the ones that leave you a sobbing wreck.

Main characters (I'm planning on editing this whenever I have time, there's far too many):

Holy Roman Empire/HRE/no canon human name, but Heinrich is used for a first name a lot, and the last name is whoever the fic author wants him to be related to. Blond hair, blue eyes, quite stocky. No one's quite sure how old he is, but it's probably about eight to fourteen, which makes his character arc even sadder. He lived in Austria's house with the rest of his subjects, but the only ones you need to worry about are Austria, Hungary, and North Italy. He and North Italy adored each other, but while HRE wanted to get married so he could protect "her", North Italy was worried about becoming too powerful as that the cause of Rome's death. HRE decided the solution was to become so powerful it was impossible to die, and rode off to battle. As you can probably tell, it failed, and he… disappeared. Some say he became Germany or Liechtenstein, some say he simply died, but others say he's still out there somewhere, waiting…

Italia Veneziano/North Italy/Feliciano Vargas. Amber eyes (they're usually shut though, bad things happen when they're open), reddish brown hair, gangly. While he's the same age as HRE during that mess of an arc, in the modern day and age he's in his early twenties. He's the main character (hetare, the Japanese word for useless, plus Italia, so the anime's called useless Italy), and while he has many many siblings, is often referred to as Italy. He's very emotional, and has a tendency to fall asleep at awkward moments. He likes The Arts and is quite good at them, except in the episode where his voice breaks.

Austria/Roderich Edelstein. Dark hair, purple eyes, medium height but quite thin. He's in his mid-twenties, and varies between completely useless and an absolute genius. For example, he can play every single instrument (alright, small exaggeration, but it's one of those fandom jokes), but sometimes gets lost after leaving his house and has to call his ex-wife to come and show him the way back to the front door. This is canon. He was responsible for Italy for a few centuries, and some people think he's Jewish. He's also been in a relationship with basically everyone in central Europe, although for some reason he's not the fandom shipping horse, but when people refer to his ex it's probably either Spain or Hungary.

Hungary/Elizaveta Herdevery/Ezrebet Herdevery. Brown hair, green eyes, tall. In their mid-twenties, and probably not cis (Hungary's pronouns change depending on which point of the series you're in, so a lot of people see them as nonbinary or genderfluid). Considers themself sensible, despite also having the habit of hitting people with a frying pan to get them to be quiet. Has quite a good sense of humour, and while they weren't technically responsible for Italy, probably had more influence in keeping him fed, clothed, and not accidentally destroying stuff than Austria.

Prussia/Gilbert Beilschmidt/Teutonic Knights/East Germany. White hair, red eyes, albino, extremely thin and bony. Technically dead, and how exactly he survived being dissolved is something nobody knows. Opinions vary, but I will say that I don't believe he was ever a Nazi, because I don't think they'd have let him (he's albino, mixed race and probably queer). He definitely had a job in the military in the first half of the war, but after that? Some high ranking government official probably got annoyed about him representing their country. He's quite proud, and refers to himself as “the Awesome Me”, and is bad at expressing emotion, so some people say it's because he's trying to boost low self-esteem.

Gilbird: Prussia's chick. He's never quite sure where it is, even though it's usually asleep or singing on top of his head.

10/31/2017 #86
TolkienScholar

Ellie's Primer for Sisters Grimm (Book)

The Basics

The Sisters Grimm is a nine-book middle-grade series written by Michael Buckley. It's a fairytale-retelling mashup much in the vein of Once Upon a Time, just more kid-friendly (and it pre-dates Once Upon a Time). Sabrina and her sister Daphne are descended from the original Brothers Grimm, and their family has long taken on the role of "fairytale detectives," watching over the people of their ancestors' fairytales, most of whom now live in a little town called Ferryport Landing. An invisible Barrier keeps the fairytale characters (called Everafters) trapped inside the town; the Barrier will only fall if the last of the Grimms dies or abandons the town. Of course, Sabrina and Daphne don't even know the fairytales are real when they first arrive in Ferryport Landing to live with their grandmother, Relda Grimm, after living in a series of horrific foster homes due to their parents' mysterious disappearance some years ago. Daphne is ecstatic when she realizes the truth, but Sabrina thinks the whole thing is crazy and wants no part of it. However, the possibility of finding their parents, who were kidnapped by an evil Everafter organization called the Scarlet Hand, eventually convinces her to change her mind, and she and Daphne become deeply embroiled in this world of magic and danger.

The Characters

Sabrina: a tough, stubborn eleven-year-old girl who's not about to let the wool get pulled over her eyes. She's lived by her wits for a long time, taking on the world headfirst so she can allow her little sister Daphne to maintain her exuberant innocence. She has a wicked right hook and a powerful sense of right and wrong. She spends most of the book series denying her feelings for the annoying fairy Puck, but there's no fighting with fate.

Daphne: a bright, bubbly seven-year-old girl who's managed to survive the loss of her parents and a series of awful foster parents with her innocence and sense of awe still intact. She loves all things fairytale and fantasy and doesn't understand Sabrina's reluctance to accept their new lives, though she is devoted to her sister and loves her deeply. She adores Granny Relda and gets along well with Puck, as he likes her happy-go-lucky attitude.

Puck: the fairy from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the disowned crown prince of the fairies, and a real pain in the behind. He's stinky, filthy, mischievous, immature, and obnoxious, but he's fallen head-over-heels for Sabrina, even if he won't admit it, and she can't quite get around the fact that she likes him, too. Granny Relda cares for him and eventually brings him to live with them.

Mustardseed: Puck's responsible younger brother who appears in the fourth book, Once Upon a Crime. He lives in New York with the rest of Puck's family.


This is just a tiny sampling of the characters, but I don't have time to finish the primer right now. I haven't read the series in years, but I may add to this later if I decide to write for it some more. In any case, this should be enough to understand my MOC story.

12/18/2017 #87
rebecca-in-blue

Rebecca's Primer for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

The Basics

Released in 1954, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an American musical comedy film, based on the short story The Sobbin' Women by Stephen Vincent Benét, which was based on the ancient Roman legend of the Rape of the Sabine Women. Set in 1850s Oregon Territory, the film is best known for its unique choreography, which stages elaborate dance numbers out of frontier chores like raising a barn. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers won an Oscar for its score and was nominated for four others. The film is very farcical and not meant to be taken seriously. Which brings us to...

The Plot

The film opens as frontiersman Adam Pontipee arrives in town from his remote homestead, in search of a wife (the song number "Bless Your Beautiful Hide"). He sweet-talks the usually sensible Millie into marrying him shortly after they meet, and the newlyweds ride off to the Pontipee farm... where Millie discovers that Adam's six younger brothers all live there, too. The seven brothers all have red hair and alphabetical biblical names: Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank (short for Frankincense), and Gideon.

Millie is none too happy about having to cook and clean for seven slobby men, and she's not about to be stuck in a house with her six horny new brothers-in-law. She gives them a crash course in manners and wooing women ("Goin' Courtin'") and takes them into town so they can find wives of their own. The six Pontipee brothers do each meet a sweetheart (Dorcas, Ruth, Martha, Liza, Sarah, and Alice), but after a brawl with some townsfolk, they earn a reputation in town as troublemakers and lament that they'll never be allowed to marry their girls ("Lonesome Polecat").

Adam convinces his brothers that nothing will clear their names like a kidnapping ("Sobbin' Women"), so one night in early winter (and winter lasts nine months in this movie), the Pontipee men all ride into town, kidnap their sweethearts, and drag them kicking and screaming back to their farm. On the way home, they make sure to make enough noise to cause an avalanche and close up the only pass through the mountains, so none of the townsfolk can come to the girls' rescue.

Millie finds out about this when the boys arrive back at the farm with the crying girls. She's so pissed about it that she makes the boys stay in the barn for the rest of the winter and gives the girls their beds in the house. Adam is so pissed that his wife isn't onboard with his kidnapping plot that he takes off to his even more remote trapping cabin and spends the rest of the winter there. The rest of the brothers are dismayed that the girls are actually furious at being abducted, not charmed. Shortly after Adam leaves, Millie announces that she's pregnant with his baby.

The brothers and women gradually make up over the long winter - can you say Stockholm Syndrome? - and by the time spring arrives, they're all happy and heart-eyed for each other ("Spring, Spring, Spring"). Millie has her baby and names her Hannah, continuing the family's alphabetical biblical tradition. Adam returns from the trapping cabin, admits that maybe the whole kidnapping thing wasn't such a great idea, and he and Millie make up. But just as everybody reconciles, the snowed-in mountain pass clears up, and the girls' families arrive on the Pontipee farm to rescue them and kill their captors. After a brief brawl, the girls convince their families that they're actually in love with their captors now, and the local parson performs a group wedding for the six couples.

Characters

Adam Pontipee: The oldest Pontipee seven brothers is very stubborn and used to being in charge. He falls for Millie after he tastes her cooking and sees her chopping wood and convinces her to marry him. He is prideful and has a hard time admitting when he's wrong, but he magically matures when he meets his newborn daughter. Adam is played by Howard Keel.

Millie Pontipee: Adam's wife, who marries him the same day they meet, is as stubborn as her husband. She has no family in town, and before getting married, she lived with the local parson, his wife, and their daughter Alice (who marries Adam's youngest brother Gideon). Much of the movie is a "battle of the sexes" between Adam and Millie over which can weild the most influence over Adam's brothers. Despite their fights, they do really love each other. Millie is played by Jane Powell.

The six younger Pontipee brothers and their wives aren't very well-developed. Frank is very temperamental, stemming from touchiness about his name (Frankincense, because there was no male F-name in the Bible), and Gideon is closest to Adam, but otherwise, it's pretty hard to tell them apart. The six couples and their actors are:

  1. Benjamin (Jeff Richards) and Dorcas (Julie Newmar)
  2. Caleb (Matt Mattox) and Ruth (Ruta Lee)
  3. Daniel (Marc Platt) and Martha (Norma Doggett)
  4. Ephraim (Jacques d'Amboise) and Liza (Virginia Gibson)
  5. Frank (Tommy Rall) and Sarah (Betty Carr)
  6. Gideon (Russ Tamblyn) and Alice (Nancy Kilgas)
12/19/2017 #88
VST

VST's Primer for Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser

Synopsis:

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser were the heroic anti-heroes of a series of fantasy/adventure stories written primarily by Fritz Leiber between the 1930s and his death in the 1980s. The main characters were originally created by Leiber's friend Harry Otto Fischer in a letter to Leiber, and the two men further developed the characters and created the world of Nehwon together. While Leiber wrote most of the stories, Fischer later wrote a couple of short stories for the pair, too. The collection of stories was eventually edited and combined into a series of seven books. An eighth book was later written by Robin Wayne Bailey in the 1990s. I've personally never seen or read this one; however, based on the Wikipedia article about it, some of my stories may occur in the same general timeframe as Bailey's book, making my stories AU. Then again, what fanfiction stories aren't?

Major Characters:

Fafhrd is a very large (almost 7-feet tall) northern barbarian but is the equivalent of an AD&D bard of old (and is believed by some to have been among the models for the class). Besides his singing and fighting skills, he was said to have been among the best read rogues (in many languages) in Nehwon's history and was a skilled forger. Having served on a pirate vessel during his youth, Fafhrd is also a very good sailor. His usual weapons are a two-handed sword that he typically wields one handed and calls "Graywand," a small poignard named "Heartseeker." and an unnamed hand-axe. He often carries a bow when outside the city.

The Gray Mouser was an orphan as a child and grew up on the streets as a thief before finally being taken as an apprentice by a kindly hedge wizard (somewhat similar to Radagast of LotR, but much less powerful!). His master was killed long before Mouser could complete his training so he only knows bits and pieces of magic, and sometimes not correctly. Though a very small fellow at 5'-3 or 4" tall and extremely lithe, Fritz Leiber, the author, wrote that Mouser was the best swordsman on Nehwon or any other world (and that Fafhrd was his very close second). He carries a thin curving sword somewhat similar to a rapier that he calls "Scalpel" and a dagger called "Cat's Claw." He also carries a sling with some steel or stone bullet in his pouch.

Regarding their weapons, both men lose their weapons from time to time, but when they are replaced, the new ones are promptly named the same as their predecessors, thereby accounting for some of the various descriptions over the years.

Circumstances brought the two men together and they became best friends and comrades. They stole most of their belongings and, once upon a time, even stole a small house (it took 40 men to carry it through the streets of Lankhmar to a vacant lot). They generally squandered their money on fine food and strong drink, gambling, and women, but to them, that wasn't really squandering; it was just putting it to good use!

Recurring Characters:

Two other characters appear with some regularity: Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and Sheelba of the Eyeless Face. Both are wizards of some renown, but neither appears to be human in their dark, hooded, wizardly robes. Ningauble, who is Fafhrd's 'mentor' of a sort, is bigger, wordier, and clearly masculine, but his cowl is darkly empty except for seven little lights that appear to be wandering eyes where his face should be. They sometimes project out of his cowl on little stalks. Sheelba, who usually works with Mouser, is a bit smaller than Ningauble, is rather androgynous in form and its speech more concise. Sheelba is also sometimes known as the faceless one since it only has a dark, featureless field inside the cowl where its face would ordinarily be if it was human. The two wizards regularly compete and don't seem to get along all that well, but they will work together if the boys need it and if it is really required. Both wizards have arcane methods of visiting other worlds and planes, including our own, and have even sent our heroes to our world on occasion in long-ago times.

Lankhmar and Nehwon:

Many of the boys' adventures occur in the decadent city of Lankhmar, which is located on the River Hlal at the northern tip of the Lankhmar continent adjacent to the Inner Sea. The largest city in the known world of Nehwon, it is also called "The City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes" due to the size of the city and the nearly constant smog that shrowds it.

The huge city, also known as "The City of the Black Toga," is nominally ruled by the city's overlord, though his power is often limited by the council and the various nobles that call the city home. At least two overlords appear in Leiber's stories; my stories begin near the end of the reign of the first, Overlord Karstak Ovartamortes.

The world of Nehwon (which backwards spells No When) has a wide variety of features and is populated with numerous cities and ruins that offered great opportunities for travel and adventure. The known part of the world is probably about the size of most of Africa, most of Europe, and part of eastern Asia. If one looks at the originally published map of Nehwon, there's some similarity, too, with the Inner Sea bearing a bit of resemblance to the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.

1/9/2018 . Edited 12/9/2018 #89
ipsa dixit

shay's too detailed full primer for hamilton

because one wasn't finished and one was maria-centric so. here you go.

oh alexander. first treasury-secretary of the united states and right hand man to george washington himself. this musical is a musical all about his life.

act i

alexander hamilton is poor! he's been raised in the carribean until people raise money for him to go to the united states because he's a genius! in the united states, hamilton tries to get into princeton (the college) but he wants to skip a few grades. they snub him and he goes off to drink, meeting aaron burr, the prodigy of princeton himself. burr gives hamilton some advice: shut up. hamilton disregards burr's advice and goes to hang out with some friends: john laurens (who wants freedom for the slaves!), marquis de lafayette (who wants freedom for france!), and hercules mulligan (who wants freedom from his tailor's apprentice!). we then have a break to sing about how much we love new york city. the schuyler sisters, angelica, eliza, and peggy, sing this (schuyler is pronounced like 'skyler'). don't worry. two of them will be relevant later. they also diss burr aha. back to hamilton: hamilton tears apart this dude who supports the british. burr is like 'shut up'. hamilton never listens. king george also shows up for the first of three times and wins everyone's hearts. george washington shows up and is like to burr 'gtfo' but is like to hamilton 'you're pretty cool. be my right hand man'. hamilton is like 'cool'. burr is like ':('. burr then goes on to talk about how smooth he is with the girls, despite being the opposite of 'smoother than a fresh jar of skippy' a few songs ago. surprise, surprise, the girls burr is talking about being smooth with? the schuyler sisters (but minus peggy)! surprise again: hamilton is smoother and marries eliza, the middle sister. angelica, the older sister is sad at the wedding and drops some hot beats. laurens, lafayette, and mulligan are also at the wedding but drunk. laurens also tells everyone how burr is having an affair with, wait for it, a british officer's wife. gasp. burr tells himself to leak into the shadows and it's actually pretty cool because he doesn't have much lines for the rest of act one but. ANYWAY! there's a war! and hamilton is forced to write instead of fighting on the frontlines. lafayette gets made a commander after charles lee is very bad at it. charles lee is upset that washington realised he was bad at it, so he trash talks washington. hamilton and laurens get angry and decide to duel him. washington is angry at hamilton for duelling and hamilton is angry at washington for calling him 'son'. everyone is angry and hamilton is sent home. surprise! eliza's pregnant! then lafayette is sad because hamilton isn't with him so he says a bunch of words really fast which convinces washington to bring back hamilton and give him command of a troop, the one thing he's been asking for. hamilton and the gang win the american revolution. king george comes back for the second of three times, slightly angrier, and winning everyone's hearts again. hamilton has a son, who's named phillip and who will be relevant later. burr has a daughter with the girl he had an affair with. her name is theodosia, just like her mother. she's not really relevant later. john laurens dies. hamilton is upset and works himself to build america. he writes a lot and pisses off a lot of people. mostly burr.

intermission

act ii

if you took any us history in school, i bet you're wondering where thomas jefferson is. after all, him and hamilton had a heck ton of beef, right? well, he's been in france for all of act one but he's back at the top of act two and he has missed a lot. he also looks like lafayette, but we'll ignore that. we'll also ignore the fact that jefferson's right hand man, james madison, looks like hercules mulligan. washington, who became president of the new united states, holds a cabinet battle because hamilton, surprise, has a crazy idea for the money of the us, where the rich people pay more money and the poor people don't pay as much. rich people don't like this idea. thomas jefferson is a rich dude. jefferson tells hamilton that his idea sucks and hamilton is sad. washington tells hamilton to find a compromise. hamilton takes this as an order and works non-stop, ignoring his wife and son (who looks like john laurens but shhhh). eliza is upset and offers for her, hamilton, and angelica to have a threesome at eliza's father's house. hamilton rejects, for some reason, and goes back to work. he then has an affair with maria reynolds (who looks like peggy because i guess she was upset at being ignored) and pays maria reynolds' husband, james, a bunch of money to keep it on the downlow. burr then is salty because hamilton, jefferson, and madison have a ~secret meeting~ that he can't be in because he's not in the government. the meeting ends with jefferson and madison, from virgina, getting the capital, and hamilton getting his money plan working. burr then kicks eliza's father out of the senate to take that seat and get a lick of power. jefferson and hamilton fight again, this time over america helping the french with their own revolution. hamilton, who says no, wins the fight and america stays neutral. jefferson takes this opprotunity to remind hamilton that he is not the greatest friend to lafayette, who's leading that revolution :///. jefferson and madison (and burr, trying to third wheel) are salty about washington always being on hamilton's side so they dig into his secrets, trying to find out about embezzeling. washington then tells hamilton that he's stepping down as president because he's had enough of everything. king george comes back for the last time to tell us who the next president will be: john adams. hamilton trashes on john adams which is literally the worst idea because adams is the last member of hamilton's political party (the federalists) in power, but you do you, hammy. jefferson, madison, and burr (trying to third wheel again) confront hamilton with receipts saying that he spent 1000 bucks on james reynolds. hamilton is like 'oh no, that was my money. i'm covering up an affair'. everyone judges hamilton for over-sharing. hamilton then reflects about how they know his secret and could release it to the world and ruin his carreer. his only solution? to release it himself! he writes about his affair in 'the reynolds pamphlet' and doesn't care about eliza or his family. eliza flips hamilton off and pretty much disappears until. later. phillip hamilton comes back, grown, and he gets into a duel. why? because george eacker talked trash about his father. phillip plans on shooting his gun at the sky but george eacker shoots him in the side and he dies. hamilton and his family move uptown and eliza and hamilton reconnect. back in the ~crazy world of politics~ jefferson and burr are going head-to-head for the presidency because nobody likes john adams. he's obnoxious and disliked. they're tied, so the federalist, having no federalist to vote for, turn to hamilton to ask him what to do. hamilton endoreses jefferson and burr gets angry. like really angry. like 'hey hamilton let's duel' angry. they get into a duel where hamilton throws away his shot and burr kills hamilton. he regrets it, but obviously not enough because he shot hamilton in the first place. eliza takes the reigns of hamilton's story, making sure his story lives on

the end

burr, so hungry for power, tries to become emperor of mexico. but that's in the sequel.

3/20/2018 #90
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