Phantom Bard
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Joined 09-23-00, id: 19857, Profile Updated: 12-19-19
Author has written 23 stories for Xena: Warrior Princess, Silmarillion, and Exorcist.

Writing fan fiction is a many-facted 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. 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. At present I'm fleshing out the "bridge").

Just reset my PW and logged in for the first time in 3 1/2 years. My apologies to my past's been a long absence and included some changes. Anyway, I've long felt responsible for seeing Helluin's tale through to its conclusion, and so I'll be updating "In An Age Before" again shortly.

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The Heart of the North by Our Pale Companion reviews
As the War of the Ring unfolds and envelops Middle-Earth, Tauriel finds herself once more fighting alongside Dwarves and Men. Sixty years may have passed since the Battle of Five Armies, but those scars run deep. To protect the North, she will venture deeper into darkness than any Elf has ever dared.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 8 - Words: 41,532 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 6/5/2019 - Published: 12/6/2017 - Tauriel
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 close of The 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: 198,141 - Reviews: 1066 - Favs: 165 - Follows: 135 - Published: 9/6/2014
Mother of Horsemen by Rociriel reviews
Chapter 26 up. The story of Readfah, the legendary and immortal 'Mother of the Rohirrim.' Rating may go up for some chapters.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 26 - Words: 99,507 - Reviews: 200 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 12/28/2007 - Published: 4/26/2002
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: 95 - Favs: 136 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 6/5/2004 - Published: 3/2/2003 - Aragorn - Complete
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In An Age Before reviews
Part 181 now posted, which tells of King Arvedui and his followers in the far north during the remainder of the year, 1974.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 181 - Words: 898,014 - Reviews: 126 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 7/2 - Published: 3/6/2005
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. (Completed story in 6 chapters). 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 - Complete
Fallen Angels
"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. Concluded.
Crossover - Xena: Warrior Princess & Exorcist - Rated: M - English - Horror/Spiritual - Chapters: 8 - Words: 37,019 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 7/13/2016 - Published: 7/6/2016 - Complete
First Principals reviews
AltAU The life of Xena's clone Prima from Clonefic 3 in the age of Troy and the Themiskyra Amazons how she found love and insured the future while engineering the return of the Amazon's greatest treasure.
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 47,639 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/31/2006 - Xena - Complete
The Ghost Warrior reviews
Alt.UberAlt.Univ. 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 and the desc
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 37,010 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 3 - Published: 10/30/2005 - Hope, Xena - 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. Don't be scared 'cause it's long)
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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: 9 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/27/2003 - Published: 5/19/2002 - 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: 3 - Published: 12/10/2001 - 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 FIN. 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. However, becuase of the changes she sustained in Ja
Xena: Warrior Princess - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 14,803 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/7/2001 - 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: 8 - 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 generation 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 Pr
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: 65,535 - 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 - 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: 1 - Published: 11/24/2000 - 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: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/23/2000 - 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 - Complete