The Blackjack
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Joined 01-30-06, id: 981072, Profile Updated: 01-02-16
Author has written 5 stories for Elder Scroll series, Sherlock Holmes, Lost Odyssey, and Star Wars.

Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion - Franklin Pierce

I've actually little to say. I'm an amateur writer who writes here mainly because, as Ted Peterson put it, I just have too many stories I want to tell myself, and I don't mind that others listen in. Furthermore, the feedback and responses I receive from my work allows me to hone the craft: if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. I've primarily worked with The Elder Scrolls, although that may change in the future. Most of my reviews contain some form of criticism, but I make a point of trying to keep it constructive.


434: The Last Year of the Third Era: My first and longest piece. The story is made up of three different perspectives of the year, which intertwine and clash as the titular year progresses. There are also a few metaplots going on at the same time, often regarding the politics of the region during this time. It doesn’t really have a specific genre: it veers from political intrigue to drama to action depending on the scene. Not Skyrim compatible, I'm afraid.

Mysterious Akavir: A standalone sequel to 434. If you've enjoyed 434, then you'll probably like this one, too. And if you haven't read it, Mysterious Akavir requires no knowledge of its predecessor to be enjoyed. As a brief note on my Elder Scrolls canon, Akavir is both a sequel to 434, as well as Skyrim compatible. If you're interested in the continuity within the fanfiction itself, read 434 and then Akavir. If you only read things that are not AUs, Akavir is up your alley, despite being a sequel to a now AU story. It's a little odd that way.

Currently on hiatus. Was likely too ambitious in scope--another important lesson, in its own way.

Erinyes: Current story. Star Wars, original trilogy, with some occasional calls to the EU (although, hopefully, it requires no EU knowledge to enjoy). On the one hand, it's an extremely personal story of one man's despair and revenge. On another, its a story of political consciousness and belief in a totalitarian state.

The Adventure of the Lover's Jewelbox: I wrote this on a whim. I was on a vacation with nothing else but Sherlock Holmes, read a bunch, and wanted to see how well I could imitate the Watsonian writing style.

Dreams from Beyond the Mirrors: After playing Lost Odyssey, I found its weakest link to be Gongora. He seemed like a pretty flat, two-dimensional villain, which was too bad for such an otherwise memorable game. This irregularly updated story is made up of small dreams from Gongora's life, intended to show what Gongora witnessed in his thousand-year life and how that shaped his beliefs.

And that's all. Go read and review, or don't. The choice is entirely yours.

Bedrock of the Betmer by DeusExfreak reviews
Little is known about the history of Argonians and what is naturally fortified in the inner swamps, but when four are given a surprising assignment from the Elder Council, they may come to understand the cost of ignorance. Constructive criticism welcome.
Elder Scroll series - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 46 - Words: 164,679 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 2/12/2010 - Published: 1/1/2008 - Ocato - Complete
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Erinyes reviews
For the Empire, the terrorist destruction of the Death Star was a blow to its prestige and pride: but for one particular young man, it meant being torn from something far more precious and personal. His dream of setting the galaxy to rights will take him to the Outer Rim, where law is little more than a fiction, and the boundary between justice and vengeance is anything but clear.
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 8 - Words: 15,270 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/22 - Published: 6/7/2015
Mysterious Akavir reviews
In the early months of the Fourth Era, the Empire is betrayed and its most precious treasures looted. In response, three ships depart Tamriel to the remote continent of Akavir, the Dragon Land of the east. Recovering what was lost will be no easy feat: Cyrodiil's heroes must face down both the the continent's forgotten foes as well as the murky agendas of their unlikely allies...
Elder Scroll series - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 11 - Words: 52,247 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 1/14/2013 - Published: 3/2/2010 - Arquen
434: The Last Year of the Third Era reviews
A tale of a thief's betrayal, a captain's duty, a merchant's love, and a general's ambition, all set to the backdrop of the chaotic final year of the Third Era. Currently being revised.
Elder Scroll series - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 44 - Words: 230,428 - Reviews: 95 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 2/14/2010 - Published: 1/8/2007 - Complete
Dreams from Beyond the Mirrors reviews
Kaim, Seth and Ming all dreamed during their thousand-year lives. Didn't Gongora dream, too?
Lost Odyssey - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,137 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 10/30/2009 - Published: 8/19/2009
The Adventure of the Lover's Jewelbox reviews
Sherlock Holmes receives an apparently simple request to retrieve a stolen jewelbox, or so Watson believes. But the master detective knows that cases that seem so simple often are the most difficult of all.
Sherlock Holmes - Rated: T - English - Mystery - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,520 - Reviews: 11 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 8/21/2007 - Published: 8/13/2007 - Complete
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