Author has written 33 stories for Neverwinter Nights, Dragon Age, Star Wars, and Gilligan's Island.
I'm looking for another beta reader, I hate posting without another pair of eyes to catch errors. My DA story is on hiatus due to some block, though I plan to start the next chapter after NaNo.
I was sucked into a crack fic idea late summer when an operation loomed. That got resolved, but not before I wrote a 70k first draft of the crack fic. Then NaNo arrived and my planned project lay on the sand like a dead fish for days. So I jettisoned the original idea and started a book two FOR NaNo before revising book 1. I'm 30k in on the 2nd project.
"Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy."
My main Dragon Age storyline focuses on DA2, and the idea came from the realization that the outcome of one game is a Schrödinger's cat for the designers of the next...
A Match to Tinder storyline, centered on Dera and Anders, internal order
"Petal by Petal" one-shot for when Leandra Amell meets Malcolm.
“Through a Glass Darkly” A short short story collection from Anders' POV. They cover before and during Act 2. (challenge writing) -complete-
“Thedas vs. the Spider” Act 3 one-shot, mostly fluff before later events
A Match to Tinder (AMT) Novel detailing what happens after the final battle. Features Merrill, Sebastian, and Vengeance. Cameos by characters from Sigrun to Isabella. Start here. -complete-
“Vengeance's Flight” Sebastian POV and parallel to the first chunk of AMT. He talks big in the end game, how can he accomplish his revenge? -complete-
“A Winter's Interlude” Hawke and Anders get away to a remote village to winter over while the weather limits travel. one-shot
"Griffin's Walk:Interruptions" is betweem AMT and AMT2. Warden Attyrne Cousland and Alistair had been occupied with mostly busywork since the Vigil, but as they seek her renegade protege they come upon a murder in a snowbound inn. (challenge writing) -complete-
A Match to Tinder: Devises (AMT2) Anders and Hawke run into some old friends who are most unhappy with things he's done. (devises can mean plots or inheritances... Legacy is in publish order as retcon is silly and has out of order bits no matter when) The draft was written for NaNo 2011. -complete-
"Griffin's Walk" side story that overlaps AMT2 and AMT3. Warden Attyrne Cousland and Alistair search for her renegade protege though Queen Anora has called a Landsmeet to deal with more than the mage wars. (challenge writing)
"Griffin's Watch" side story overlapping AMT2 and later. Other Wardens are vigilent, too. Nathaniel commands the Vigil while Cousland is at the Landsmeet, and not all recruits are ready for the duty.
A Match to Tinder: Tides (AMT3) Hawke and Anders spent a little too long near Kirkwall and finally get to Lothering while appearing to be just a couple of Grey Wardens. (draft written for NaNo 2013) -current project-
Different DAO/DA2 universes - one-shots and stories that will continue when AMT ends.
"Spiders Catch Flies, Not Hawkes" Halan Hawke, Champion and apostate, is hunting an assassin in a spider's lair, but more is hidden than flies.
"He Did Not Do It" short fic from Awakenings when an apostate escapes from Templars to fall in with Grey Wardens. Some chapters will be in responses to prompts, some not.
"Lullaby of Kirkwall" Varric's latest literary effort.
"Last Visitor from Nowhere" Varric gets a messenger from the former Champion.
Neverwinter/Neverwinter Nights 2 Stories:
As the Neverwinter MMO does take place after the time of Nasher and Deekin, a few stories are linked to the Cryptic game, even if it lacks companions with personality.
Here is an internal time line for many of my NWN2 stories, while some of the short ones are intended more as stand-alones, they are usually part of the overall story:
"Storms" takes place during chapter 1 near Old Owl Well, Casavir POV sidestory. Our future KC heroine is elsewhere, passing through Highcliff and cleaning up the docks.
The OC has little changed before the endgame destruction of the bridge. Changes are not on camera, as the game camera catches the big booms, not little things.
"Riddles" took place at various times during the OC, with Elondra as the mostly off camera riddler. This happens during slower times like night watches.
"Sing a Song of Sixpence" is either very late OC, after the war, or during the winter of Choices I, your choice.
Choices, Chapter 1, (C1) takes place immediately after the OC. (I have a serious philosophical objection to friends or lovers being treated as disposable) It starts badly for the KC. Start here to meet the KC.
"The Rest of the Story" all chapters of this take place during chapter 1 of Choices, and overlap each other heavily. Each is an independent side story to the others to feature the other characters in the aftermath of the war. They are all competent, and needed a chance to shine as it were. Start here if you are more interested in the companions.
Choices, Chapters 2 through 35.
Choices II: Aftermaths, (C2) which is in some ways a long side story, mostly taking place in a bit over a tenday. It is an example of how simple hopes and plans can go awry and in dangerous ways.
Choices III: Machinations (C3) It is a much longer story than any of the others, due to the extra large cast. There's something rotten in the state of Neverwinter when a false member of the Neverwinter Nine has disappeared after failing in his goals in C2. Someone has been manipulating much of the city, from Lord Nasher to more common common drinkers in the taverns and there have been too many disappearances... large cast intrigue!
(NaNoWriMo 2009 project- that moves the scope beyond the Sword Coast and into the Planescape) only in draft form until I have time to revise it extensively.
"Dancing in Shoes Too Big to Fill" take place during the attacks/campaign of Valindra, which is supposedly somewhere between sixty and a hundred years after NWN2 depending on the references. I really don't think the game campaign could be more than 20 years after the Cataclysm as wattle and daub construction would not be standing after 60 years. If there is an extended period without magic to preserve the buildings, everything would decay FAST. Look at abandoned cottages after 20 year or any urban abandoned locations. The amusement park in the Percy Jackson movie had been abandoned only a few years since Katrina and that included steel, not plaster and half-timber. A hundred years and Neverwinter should look mostly like jungle engulfed stone Mayan ruins at best.
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"They Told Me," "A Murder of Hope," "This Was Your Life,""Fear and Loathing,""Broken Circle," and "You Bet Your Life" are not in the main Choices storyline.
"The Morning After" is a parody/humor piece after a Mardi Gras party. For the record, the bits of song are not related to this story nor moves the story along. Any bawdy bard song I knew of from Neverwinter would do, but no CD's have been released from there, yet. So it is just an example of music you'd hear in a bar from a resentful bard. More properly, it is a filk song, derived from science fiction or fantasy materials.
Note that I do pull in things from the pen and paper game, including earlier PnP editions than NWN2, and as some magics in myth and fictions just can't be done by a computer game. Or else the game would let us have teleport and the more versatile spells like illusions and Reduce or Messenger. I also consider the White Wolf games' idea of nature and demeanor to help reconcile our favorite characters.
Commercial stories that I think best get the viewpoint of paladins or gods-ridden: David Weber's Oath of Swords, War God's Own and Wind Rider's Oath; Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, and Keith Francis Strohm's The Tomb of Horrors. All of these authors have been a huge influence on how I see paladins. Demons and possession have interesting consequences in Bujold's above listed books as well as Penric's Demon. Miller/Lee's Agent of Change, and Carpe Diem influenced my views on the wreck of an assassin's life. I'm afraid I don't have quite as many specific fictional or dramatic inspirations for the other characters I feature.
So, criticize spelling, grammar, or other story things if you wish, I especially appreciate people reporting spelling or other stupid errors! But some things that are OOC for fantasy setting I ignore or would like to... That doesn't make things easy for the characters though. :)
Authors: Miller/Lee, Bujold, Heinlein, Brust, Gardner, Weber, Duane, Heyer, Zelazny, Savery, Lackey, Barbara Hambly, Norton, Asimov, Ward, Aaron Elkins, Sheffield
Informational TV: Mythbusters, Jeopardy, Good Eats, Warriors (History Channel... especially the knights one), Cosmos (both series), Cities of the Underworld, Antiques Roadshow, Connections. Mysteries at the Museum
Scripted TV: Babylon5, ST:OS, MASH, Numb3rs, Quantum Leap, Buffy/Angel, Rizzoli & Isles, Flash, Murdoch Mysteries/Artful Detective, Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Forever, Supergirl, Perception, CSI(New York), Lucifer, NCIS New Orleans, the 80's and original Mission Impossible, Leverage