Phantom Bard
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Joined 09-23-00, id: 19857, Profile Updated: 09-22-21
Author has written 23 stories for Xena: Warrior Princess, Silmarillion, and Exorcist.

Writing fan fiction is a many-faceted activity; for me it's partly a fan's indulgence, partly a self-directed writing course, and partly an open forum for experimentation. Over the years of being an author/member I've taken the liberty to try a variety of styles and forms of writing. While I also post at several other fan sites, this is the only one which allows self-posting of works, infinite revisions, and easy interaction with readers. This is a boon and a bane. In particular I see many writers treating the last, (the feedback reviews), as creative direction. Now while every writer seeks a measure of popularity, as in any art, public approval has to be balanced against personal goals. A story needs to be both accessible to the audience and satisfying to the creator. Yes, it's a balancing act, compounded by the fact that you can't please everyone, but a single truth overshadows fan fiction. It's not market driven; it's products are not for sale. No matter how many reviews a story receives, or the tenor of those reviews, for me the balance has tipped in favor of personal satisfaction. If you enjoy a story of mine, if it entertains you or gives you some new insight into a character or original production, then I'm glad. Beyond that, I feel as though each story has taught me something and allowed me to experiment pretty freely. As an author, I see this as the greatest benefit of fan fiction.

Now on to the stories. Most of my work revolves around the TV show Xena Warrior Princess, originally on air from 1995 to 2001. My writing is not "pairings intensive"...that is, I don't tend to concentrate on romantic fluff as a central theme. I have come to believe that Xena and Gabrielle were serially bisexual, were soulmates, and were romantically involved with each other by the end of the show. I write them that way, however their "X/G relationship" is seldom the primary focus; it's a given condition and part of the setting, like the ancient world as portrayed in the series. Subtext has become maintext as they say. (Guess I lost the X/A shippers right there, LOL). Otherwise for the most part I subscribe to the show canon, though the "Clonefic" series was purposely created to debunk the show's backstory.

Most recently I've been involved in a Silmarillion/XWP crossover which has grown as the original concept has filled out. I should have realized that following a character across 17,000 years of history, (that the original author fleshed out with something like 1,500 pages of text), would be a long undertaking. I've been posting updates since March 2005. The story will probably encompass about 1,200 pages when finished, or about 750,000 words...certainly not for everyone. (Well, I blew that estimate. The MS Word doc is already over 1500 pages and the posted word count has gone beyond 946,000 as of 8/2020). In part I'm emulating the serial adventures of pulp fiction, while creating a backstory for XWP that dovetails with JRRT's Middle Earth. For any uncertain readers, rest assured that this tale will be finished. (I started writing it in the fall of 2003 and I'd completed the final chapters in July 2005 so I know how it ends). I've long felt responsible for seeing Helluin's tale through to its conclusion, and so I'll be updating "In An Age Before" on Fridays.

Twenty years on last month, and my current story just passed 1 million words with update 196. Who'd have thought...

9/23/2021 Twenty-one years on!!! Happy birthday to my's old enough to drink legally, lol.

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Hiraeth by WindSurfBabe reviews
Go to Arda, they said; it's for science, they said. At the time, Naima had found it exciting. Now she was stuck in another world with no apparent chance of returning home, in the company of elves who were suspecting she may be up to something. Legolas/OC.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 39 - Words: 101,661 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 76 - Follows: 81 - Updated: 8/5 - Published: 12/11/2021 - Legolas, Thranduil, OC - Complete
Sea-Glass and Stardust-Old Version by Ivory Summers reviews
Waking up in a new world is terrifying, what's worse is one you know but only vaguely. For Kiera, she is dumped into this world but in the wrong age to make a difference. Follow the journey as she travels to Gondolin to find her destiny before the city burns. Will what she remembers be enough to make a difference?
Silmarillion - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 107 - Words: 494,346 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 7/18 - Published: 10/24/2021 - Ecthelion, Tuor, Voronwë, OC - Complete
The Last Story by Aldwen reviews
Only stones now remember the Elves or Eregion… Is it true? A Silvan Elf learns better as he listens to the story of an ancient holly-tree.
Silmarillion - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,560 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Published: 6/4 - Celebrimbor, Legolas - Complete
God, I Pity the Violins by StarSpray reviews
On a walk down the beach in the early hours of the morning, Maglor stumbles upon a body. And then the body comes back to life.
Crossover - Silmarillion & Old Guard, 2020 - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 17 - Words: 59,209 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/5 - Published: 12/26/2020 - Maglor, Quynh - Complete
From Across The Sea by Alversia reviews
3,000 years ago, the Kingdom of Aeanor was founded. Now, as war against Sauron beckons, it's young princess and heir must break their isolation and lead her nation against the Dark Lord and help see the Ring destroyed. 10th Walker Story.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 55 - Words: 194,759 - Reviews: 150 - Favs: 219 - Follows: 258 - Updated: 8/8/2021 - Published: 4/30/2018 - [Legolas, OC] Gandalf, Boromir - Complete
The Nolde, or There and Back Again by BarbaraKaterina reviews
This is the story of Artanis Nerwen, later known as Galadriel. The story of how she left, and how she came back, and all that happened in between. (Nolde - a female Noldo) / Do you realize, Lord Laurefindil, that of all the people present in Middle-Earth now, I have known you the longest?
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 100 - Words: 484,323 - Reviews: 145 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 41 - Updated: 12/13/2018 - Published: 9/10/2015 - [Celeborn, Galadriel] Elrond, Olórin - Complete
The Tales from the North by Altariel reviews
Faramir becomes obsessed with some strange stories from the North.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,746 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 9 - Published: 11/17/2018 - Aragorn, Faramir, Denethor - Complete
A Shield of Stars by sexiestlamp reviews
A runaway and a rogue, Hedda has lived wild, free and alone for fifteen long years. But with the tide turning and darkness coming, she must don an old name, an old title and a life long forgotten to join the company of kings, princes and hobbits. Playing the part of a shieldmaiden and a princess or Rohan, she must become all that she has run from. A 10th Walker Fic, Aragorn/OFC
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 38 - Words: 125,039 - Reviews: 188 - Favs: 635 - Follows: 418 - Updated: 10/18/2018 - Published: 12/30/2017 - [Aragorn, OC] Boromir, Théoden - Complete
Nerwen the Green and the Search for the Entwives by Lady Angel Fanwriter reviews
Unsatisfied with the Wizards' work, the Valar send another Istar to Middle-earth, Nerwen the Green, who must find the Ents, apparently vanished from the face of the world. During her mission, she will meet many people and visit many places, and will also fall in love with an Elven prince of the Avari... Disponibile anche in italiano.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 63 - Words: 338,828 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 124 - Follows: 69 - Updated: 9/9/2018 - Published: 2/18/2018 - Gandalf, OC, Ents - Complete
North & South by brigitte51 reviews
T.A. 1939 - Gondor and Arthedain both face dangerous ennemies and decide to join forces. Their alliance is sealed by a wedding uniting the lines of Isildur and Anárion for the first time, but will it be enough to save both kingdoms ? Featuring Arvedui, prince of Arthedain, and Fíriel, princess of Gondor.
Silmarillion - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 89,594 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 5/27/2018 - Published: 6/7/2017 - Arvedui, Fíriel - Complete
The Other Ranger by Silmarilz1701 reviews
Miril has been raised by Halbarad of the dúnedain after her forebearers came from Beleriand. Though she has faced the trials of the North for nearly 40 years, things hardly get easier with age. Often she journeys with the twin sons of Elrond, but when she starts having strange dreams about a swan ship and a shining jewel, things get crazy. Fëanoriel Chronicles book ONE.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Adventure - Chapters: 106 - Words: 138,705 - Reviews: 148 - Favs: 128 - Follows: 109 - Updated: 2/2/2018 - Published: 8/27/2014 - [Elrohir, OC] Aragorn, Elladan - Complete
Guardian of the Dúnedain by Twitch88 reviews
COMPLETE! Authiel Dúnadan, Ranger of the North. She made a vow to the Chieftain of the Dúnedain. To protect and guide all those that followed in his bloodline, the line of Isildur, until a King returned to Gondor. Now Aragorn is the last in the line of Kings and it's the final hour. Will they succeed or will the Dúnedain fall into darkness? 10th Walker Eventual Aragorn/OC Slow Burn
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 49 - Words: 224,706 - Reviews: 209 - Favs: 978 - Follows: 585 - Updated: 3/11/2017 - Published: 11/15/2014 - Aragorn, Legolas, OC, Arathorn - Complete
The Accidental Arrival of Lauren Harris by Mandagal12 reviews
While standing watch at a classified science facility, Lauren Harris is victim to an experiment gone wrong. Transported to a realm of magic and great evil, she must choose to adapt or perish. Not a tenth walker. (OC, pre to post movies) COMPLETE.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 44 - Words: 311,839 - Reviews: 1543 - Favs: 1,823 - Follows: 1,323 - Updated: 1/8/2017 - Published: 3/17/2014 - [Legolas, OC] Haldir - Complete
Home with the Fairies by I-Mushi reviews
We've all seen the horribly butchered and cliché girl-falls-into-Middle-Earth stories. So is it possible to make a semi-realistic one? Follow Maddie on her own adventure exploring Middle Earth as the opposite of a Tenth Walker. COMPLETE
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 30 - Words: 255,903 - Reviews: 1512 - Favs: 2,640 - Follows: 1,773 - Updated: 12/16/2015 - Published: 6/4/2010 - Boromir, Faramir, Eomer, OC - Complete
Book 7: The Sacred Mountain by AndyBlack2012 reviews
What if there was a 7th book in the Earth's Children series? The Sacred Mountain begins 10 years after the The Land of Painted Caves and strives to bring some closure to the series by dealing with some of the questions that were never answered in the original series of books.
Earth's Children - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 40 - Words: 197,454 - Reviews: 1240 - Favs: 196 - Follows: 159 - Published: 9/6/2014
Dark Power Arising by Shemyaza1 reviews
Sequel to A Singular Honour. With Eonwe, Kim and others. Please be aware that the story does deviate from canon, this is unavoidable given that it involves modern involvment in ME. There is also a Higher Powers Sense of Humour Alert :P MEFA 2010 Nominee
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Horror - Chapters: 76 - Words: 379,674 - Reviews: 287 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 10/20/2010 - Published: 7/19/2009 - Complete
A Singular Honour by Shemyaza1 reviews
Whilst on an army training exercise in the Mendip Hills a party of soldiers discover that there is something very nasty deep in the forest and ultimately embark on a mission. Set during the War of Wrath. MEFA 2010 Nominee
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 68 - Words: 251,478 - Reviews: 267 - Favs: 111 - Follows: 56 - Updated: 7/16/2009 - Published: 5/19/2005 - Complete
The King's Folk by Morwen Tindomerel reviews
The good folk of Bree finally discover the truth about the Rangers. Set in the November after the WR. A sort of companion piece to 'Rangers of the North'. Finished.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 16 - Words: 25,460 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 75 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 6/12/2008 - Published: 5/21/2003 - Complete
The King Comes Home by Morwen Tindomerel reviews
Aragorn returns at last to the North in the Year Two of the Fourth Age. Sequel to 'The King's Folk'.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 18 - Words: 35,470 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 12/21/2005 - Published: 11/25/2003 - Complete
Xena and the Flight of the Phoenix by Mike Taurguss reviews
Gabrielle recorded all of her adventures with Xena. These became known as the Xena Scrolls. But what about the adventure niether one of them remembers? A X:WP with a SciFi twist! A bridge between S1 & S2
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 41,718 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 10 - Published: 1/16/2005 - Complete
The Return by Morwen Tindomerel reviews
A Dark Power threatens the restored Northern Kingdom and a most surprising champion appears to combat it. Finished.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 32 - Words: 34,389 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 7/30/2004 - Published: 2/8/2003 - Boromir - Complete
Rangers of the North by Morwen Tindomerel reviews
Ecthelion of Gondor sends Men to discover the truth about the mysterious Captain Thorongil. Slightly AU with a plethora of Original Characters. Finished.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 26 - Words: 36,977 - Reviews: 96 - Favs: 155 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 6/5/2004 - Published: 3/2/2003 - Aragorn - Complete
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In An Age Before reviews
Part 298 posted, in which Helluin and the Riders of Norðr-vestandóttir Bý aid the Third Marshal Haleth in Rohan's defeat of the Easterling invaders. Brutal weather, disease, and failing morale play a part. Aldburg is no sooner freed of the eastern threat when tidings come of the Dunlending's invasion from the west. OCs galore as usual.
Silmarillion - Rated: M - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 298 - Words: 1,875,689 - Reviews: 168 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 11/22 - Published: 3/6/2005 - OC
Real Vampires
XWP Alt/Uber - "Real" vampire Valerie McCormack meets someone new in an online chat room and hopes she can help her make sense of her secret and peculiar life challenge. Eventually she discovers that her Gothic friend is no vampire, but is still far more than she expected. (Readers please note: Upsetting content in Chapter 4).
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 36,768 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 2/7/2018 - Published: 2/2/2018 - OC - Complete
Fallen Angels reviews
"Fallen Angels", alt/uber, horror, for mature readers. God banished Lucifer from heaven, and with him fully a third of the angels. These became numbered in latter days as demons under the dominion of Satan. Among the fallen were a Hashmalim of the Angelic Order of Dominations, separated from her beloved Tarshishim of the Order of Virtues.
Crossover - Xena: Warrior Princess & Exorcist - Rated: M - English - Horror/Spiritual - Chapters: 8 - Words: 37,019 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/13/2016 - Published: 7/6/2016 - Complete
First Principals reviews
Alt/AU The life of Xena's clone Prima from Clonefic 3 in the age of Troy and the Themiskyra Amazons, how she found love and ensured the future while engineering the return of the Amazons' greatest treasure.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 47,639 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/31/2006 - Hercules, Xena - Complete
The Ghost Warrior reviews
Alt/AU This Halloween tale featuring a legendary ghost and eternal love is set in the XWP alternate universe created in the story "Clonefic". Worlds collide as the spirits of a future clone and a long dead queen meet the modern Amazons.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 37,010 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 3 - Published: 10/30/2005 - Gabrielle, Hope, Xena, OC - Complete
CloneFic Part 3 reviews
Sequel to CloneFic Pt 2. The clones of X&G find an ancient enemy in the modern world. Tragedy drives Xena to war as the Destroyer of Nations. May the gods have mercy on the mortal world. (Story is complete in 12 chapters).
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 12 - Words: 225,587 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/3/2004 - Published: 8/21/2004 - Ares, Callisto, Gabrielle, Xena - Complete
The Lay of the Conqueror reviews
A Lay (Webster's) is "a short narrative poem intended to be sung, especially one of a primitive heroic nature." Teaser for "Clonefic Part 3".
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: K - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,005 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/18/2004 - Complete
Clonefic Part 2 reviews
Like much else, the TV show misrepresented the Destroyer of Nations from Gabrielle's scrolls. She was not the creation of Alti, but the product of Ares' gift to his Favorite. Had Alti succeeded in cloning the Destroyer of Nations within Xena?
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 65,535 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/21/2003 - Ares, Callisto, Gabrielle, Xena - Complete
Clonefic Part 1 reviews
The real story of the clones after the episode, "Send In The Clones" wasn't like they showed on TV.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 25,592 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Published: 12/5/2003 - Alti, Ares, Gabrielle, Xena - Complete
All Our Flowers reviews
A series of 5 vignettes inspired by the Pete Seeger song, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone", 4 with X&G, 1 with J&M.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,326 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/14/2003 - Complete
The Temptation of Eve Revised reviews
Eve finds herself in conflict when God's will demands that she protect a very special young boy. Revised Version 5/28/03.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 24,417 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 5/28/2003 - Published: 8/12/2001 - Eve - Complete
Gabrielle's Faith Revised reviews
Revised text, post-AFIN. Gabrielle's life story following Xena's death; regaining purpose and faith in life. She defeats a threat to her eternal destiny with Xena and a future too horrible to accept, becoming the greatest hero the ancient world has seen.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 9 - Words: 134,549 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/27/2003 - Published: 5/19/2002 - Ares, Gabrielle, Xena - Complete
Paternal Instincts Revised reviews
From her earliest days, the hand of the God of War was a factor in the life of the Warrior Princess. But what is a father's love, and what lengths will a soul go through to right a wrong done long ago?
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 39,224 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 5 - Published: 12/10/2001 - Ares, Gabrielle, Xena - Complete
The Soul Of The Sword reviews
Sequel to "Homeward Bound", under influences from Japa, Gabrielle challenges Ares for the return of Xena's body, and becomes his new Favorite. In the process, she defeats some old enemies, and meets an old "friend".
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 16,737 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 4 - Published: 11/6/2001 - Complete
Homeward Bound reviews
Post AFIN. Following the death of Xena, Gabrielle searches for her focus. She rejoins the Amazons and hatches a plot to save the nation and return Xena to life, enlisting the aid of Ares and Aphrodite.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 14,803 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/7/2001 - Aphrodite, Ares, Gabrielle, Xena - Complete
The Loom of Destiny Revised reviews
Post AFIN Gabrielle is now the Warrior Princess. 10 years have passed since Xena's death, but she has never given up. Now she will execute a plan to return Xena to life, with the help of Ares and Aphrodite. Unfortunately, it will cost Gabrielle her life.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,448 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/14/2001 - Complete
Fruit of the Loom Revised reviews
A tale set directly after the episode When Fates Collide. What does the destruction of the Loom of the Fates really mean?
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,405 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 5/20/2001 - Complete
Until It Ends There Is No End reviews
Sequel to "Cycles". The 65th reincarnation of Xena brings about a change in mankind with the deployment of a fearsome weapon created by her predecessor, Dale the Goddess of War. This story follows the growth and adventures of a new Warrior Princess.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 65,535 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 5/16/2001 - Complete
CYCLES reviews
Through many lives, and in many ages, an eternal destiny of love and hope kindled the Spirit of Battle and the search for the Balance of Dark and Light in the soul of a Warrior Princess. This is the non-illustrated version.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 56,753 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/31/2001 - Complete
The Magical Journey reviews
Eve seems to be losing it, she's driven by dreams, leading Xena and Gabrielle on a journey to nowhere.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,708 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/16/2000 - Complete
It's a short simple read...just read it
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 308 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 2 - Published: 11/24/2000 - Complete
Xena : Defender of the Faith reviews
The archangel Michael asks Xena to travel to modern day Washington, D.C. to protect the Ark of the Covenant. This tale of action and holy magic pits Xena against Satan, and she finds she must lose a battle to win a war.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 19,636 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/23/2000 - Xena - Complete
About My Partner reviews
Years in the future, the one who loves Xena tells us why.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,418 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/23/2000 - Complete