seikasoter: NRVNQSR under a crown. From Lacha on Pixiv. (Default)
Dear author,

Hello! May your Hallowe'en be as fun or scary as you want it to be! (I'm good at commitment, can you tell?)

Some general preferences
Yes, please – extra/missing scenes which fit the gaps of canon; unbreakable friendships; teamwork; standing battered but triumphant; character introspection; a touch of the bittersweet; any other characters you want to add that I haven’t already discussed or nominated.
No, thank you – In general, a lot of the common plug-and-play AUs which significantly alter the background of the setting (e.g. ABO, D/s, vampires/werewolves, Hogwarts/school, daemons, total de-powering rather than just backgrounding supernatural elements) – I like a lot of these series not just for their characters but also for their worlds and the effect those worlds then have on their characters. If you’re hit really hard by a generic modern AU, that’s something I can take though. Character bashing: a villainous story role is fine; it’s when the author is clearly frustrated with a character and taking it out on them that I tune out. G!P is not my kink.

Rating – from General to Explicit, it's fine. Whatever feels right for your inspiration and story. Serious gore or fetishes are a turn off, but I can handle most of what you’re throwing at me. My prompts generally land on the more chaste side of things but, if you’re going unprompted or just feel like it fits your story, I have no objection to smut.

I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Seika on AO3, and I have my works and some of my bookmarks public, often with notes on them, so you can glance through those if you're inclined to keep researching my bad taste.

Obviously, by the terms of the exchange, everything here is optional: the "only" constraints are the fandom, characters, medium, and trick/treat choice, which you've all seen already on the AO3 form. I am very happy for you to remember that all this is optional, and to take advantage of it: please don't strain anything trying to fit your writing into my ideas. I'm trying to help spark off some thoughts if you aren't immediately seized by one, not to confine you.

Trick or Treat specifics
I feel doubtful that I'll get extra gifts, seeing that my requests are for obscure enough fandoms that I'll probably have a hard enough time being matched. Nevertheless, if anyone feels like throwing extra gifts my way that ignore the trick/treat preferences and medium, I'd be delighted to receive them.


Now, with apologies for the length ...



Fandom Specifics

Magic: the Gathering
Chandra, Nissa, Jace, Gideon
If you’re so inclined, I’d like to do some shipping here: Wizards have been very good lately about offering up queer themes in their work, from Alesha to the Innistrad foresters Hal and Alena, but I'd like to see that capitalised upon a bit more in the main cast. Chandra and Nissa’s confused puppy-love has been coming out strongly since Homesick, and Jace’s regard for Gideon doesn’t exactly look platonic either (“And Gideon with his broad shoulders and ready smile, and—”). A treat on one or other or both relationships would be much appreciated, whether it’s them getting together or what they do when they are together.

Otherwise, some single-character prompts:
Chandra – Chandra isn’t often seen with natural fire. I’d quite like to think about that: say she finds a plane where a wildfire is raging over some vast stretch of deserted land. What does she see in it; what does she admire about it? Alternatively, how about something on her hair catching fire – finding out that this was a persistent thing it was going to do, learning to try to control it, something funny that happened when she failed.

NissaNissa was, to put it mildly, not happy with Innistrad’s soul and mana: harsh and dark even before Nahiri twisted it and Emrakul fouled it. So what are the sorts of planes where Nissa finds their soul beautiful? How are they different from Zendikar, which she first loved, e.g. without the ever-present anger of the Roil? See for example the Kaladesh card Attune with Aether, which was spoiled hours after I wrote this prompt.

Jace – Something Guildpact-y: maybe one of those days when Jace gets to do something that really makes all the headaches of ruling an entire plane worth it. Or Lavinia low-key trolling him over his responsibilities in that Azorius way, like when she arranged all his stacks of paperwork into a maze he had to navigate after he came back from Zendikar. All in the name of making sure the Living Guildpact can efficiently attend to his duties, obviously.

Gideon – Days with the Irregulars, back when he was Kytheon. A time when they could forget their circumstances and just laugh, and Kytheon felt the pressure lifted from his shoulders just for a little while.
Artist: Mark Winters, � Wizards of the Coast



Baldur’s Gate
Imoen
Imoen – Something pre- or post-Bhaalspawn War, I think. What’s your take on Imoen first coming to Candlekeep and meeting CHARNAME, for example, and beginning to see that she might be able to make a home there with Gorion and Winthrop and this other kid with whom she feels a strange kind of connexion?
Or, how did she feel when CHARNAME laid down their divinity too and they could return to the world as two siblings untainted and unguided by prophecy? (Alternatively, perhaps, how did she feel at CHARNAME’s ascension, bearing in mind that this is a treat? CHARNAME was “strange among their kin” for their soul’s reaction to the taint, and is heavily implied to have a much more significant part of Bhaal’s essence than Imoen. Is there relief, in a way, that CHARNAME has been able to live up to the weighty destiny that’s always seemed to be laid on their shoulders and which has frankly scared Imoen? A gladness that Imoen’s helped see them through to something that she’s felt could be coming for some time now? Certainly there’ll be a pain at parting, but coming out a victor in the Bhaalspawn War and becoming a deity is still a triumph in no uncertain terms).


Emelan
Rizu, Daja

Rizu – In which Rizu falls rather harder for this strange visitor to the court – and how strange! A Trader (and yet a craftswoman), a practitioner of strange magics even Ishabal and Quen are wary of, a grower of living metal, an adopted-sister to a great noblewoman of the realm (and neither she nor Sandry ever seem totally aware of this, at least not in a way Rizu recognises). But she falls all the same, and when Daja asks her to leave, she says yes. What’s that like in the moment? What’s it like in that terrifying time before they leave and she has to think over all she’s giving up? What’s it like when they’re hurrying to the border and being harried by Berenene’s hounds? What’s it like when Namorn’s protections are raised against them and the Circle are trying to break through? What’s it like trying to fit in Emelan, so far from home? And what’s it like when she finds the moment that not only makes it worth all that, but cements her decision to stay.

Daja – if Rizu isn’t in the picture, then what’s it like for Daja after Namorn, in terms of relationships? Whom does she start the healing process with after Rizu turned out not to be all she hoped? Whom does she explore her new-found sexuality with? What terribly embarrassing wisdom does Lark (or, gods forbid, Rosethorn) share?



Neverwinter Nights
Kaelyn the Dove, Safiya, The Founder

Kaelyn -

What was the Fourth Crusade like? (If Akachi’s was the first, Kaelyn’s the second, and the Spirit-Eater’s the third). For a trick, tell me the story of Kaelyn’s wings turning black. What made that first feather emerge or change from white to black? (When the Third Crusade ended with the Wall yet intact?) When did she see it – did she find out by herself, or did someone else spot it and tell her? What other notes of betrayal and despair in the depths of the Planes – hiding from the gods and gathering dubious allies and mounting her raids – darkened her wings? When did she lose her last white feather?
For a treat, tell me why she goes on anyway. Tell me about the souls in the Wall who scream and cry in the gods’ instrument of torment, but who still somehow know that they have a rescuer out there who could come for them, a champion who wants to protect them, a crusader who values even the Faithless. An angel.

Safiya/The Founder
(I use these characters as a catch-all for the group, the four fragments of Akachi's lover, since Nefris and Lienna apparently aren’t canonical on AO3 presently).
This prompt could probably go trick or treat either way: say something about the division of the Founder into her parts: the aged remnant, Headmistress (powerful and mothering) Nefris, curious Lienna, innocent Safiya. How did the Founder come to the decision? How did she come to accomplish it, given all the horrific foul-ups we see in the Academy over soul division and replication? Were there revelations as the parts of her soul were branched off, and did she change anything in her plan between the creation of the earlier fragments (born together as the Coven’s description of ‘twins’ suggest? One after the other?) and then Safiya? What’s left in the Founder after they’re divided: has she lost her drive to Nefris, her curiosity to Lienna, her past to Safiya? Is the only way she can feel them through the links in their soul? Or are they reflections of something still in her, just sharpened by their independence?
seikasoter: NRVNQSR under a crown. From Lacha on Pixiv. (Default)

Dear NPT Author,

Hi?

Hi.

This is my first time on one of these exchanges, as that tentative little opening might have suggested, so we’ll start out with the reassurance that I am going to be incredibly hyped over having something written for me. No matter what you do with it. You don’t have a low bar to clear: there’s no bar at all.


Some general preferences

Yes, please – extra/missing scenes which fit the gaps of canon; unbreakable friendships; teamwork; standing battered but triumphant; character introspection; a touch of the bittersweet; any other characters you want to add that I haven’t already discussed or nominated.

No, thank you – In general, a lot of the common plug-and-play AUs which significantly alter the background of the setting (e.g. ABO, D/s, vampires/werewolves, Hogwarts/school, daemons, total de-powering rather than just backgrounding supernatural elements) – I like a lot of these series not just for their characters but also for their worlds and the effect those worlds then have on their characters. If you’re hit really hard by a generic modern AU, that’s something I can take though. Character bashing: a villainous story role is fine; it’s when the author is clearly frustrated with a character and taking it out on them that I tune out. G!P is not my kink.

Rating – from General to Explicit, it's fine. Whatever feels right for your inspiration and story. Serious gore or fetishes are a turn off, but I can handle most of what you’re throwing at me. My prompts generally land on the more chaste side of things but, if you’re going unprompted or just feel like it fits your story, I have no objection to smut.

I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Seika on AO3, and I have my works and some of my bookmarks public, often with notes on them, so you can glance through those if you're inclined to keep researching my bad taste.

 

Obviously, by the terms of the exchange, everything here is optional. Still, where I’ve thrown out some more detailed prompts below, I’ve marked them as extra-optional because that’s precisely what they are. I'm trying to help spark off some thoughts if you aren't immediately seized by one, not to confine you. Don’t strain something trying to fit your writing into my ideas, please.

Now, with apologies for the length ...
 

 

Fandom specifics

Emelan

Daja, Briar, Sandry, Tris

Overview: Broadly, I’m going to be happy with whatever I get from these four, because I love the Circle dearly. While I won’t object to the characters going through a little angst along the way, I would definitely prefer this one to at least end on a happy and fluffy note.

Extra-optional prompt: I was interested in the idea from Daja’s Book/The Fire in the Forging of the Circle’s powers bleeding into one another, and was kind of sad that it actually got straightened out. Working with that would make me happy, whether you want to go with events around the time that their powers are canonically mixing, pretend that this never got neatly fixed and they had to work with it, or just imagine that there’s a resurgence of the phenomenon somewhere down the line for whatever reason.

Shipping: Go mad with gen or whatever set of ships you like, including the full foursome.
 

 

Fate/Stay Night

Artoria, Guinevere

Overview: We haven’t got a whole lot on these two and their relationship: the major narrative sources in English right now are this chapter from Fate/Zero, this scene from Hollow Ataraxia, and this extract from the Garden of Avalon book. There’s also Guinevere’s entry from the Fate/Zero encyclopaedia, but it conflicts somewhat with Garden of Avalon (thus getting trumped both by latest release and by Nasu > Urobuchi) and might be a bit too confining, so feel free to ignore as much of it as you want. That is, of course, all just the canon background, so please do deviate and alter outcomes as your 'fic demands. Basically, there's a good deal of room for exploring and interpreting Artoria and Guinevere's relationship, and I'd just like to see what you come up with, whether it's joy or pain.

Extra-optional prompts: Maybe you just want to show a day in the life of Camelot’s royal couple, attending to their business. Maybe you want to write up the wedding described in that Hollow scene in more detail. Maybe you want to deal with the revelation of Artoria’s gender and the resulting fallout: whether Guinevere was told early that her wedding was to a secret woman and so was expecting it to be childless and likely loveless; or she found out on the wedding night; or Artoria somehow put it off for a time until she felt secure in telling her Queen the truth – or it ended up getting found out by accident. (I would appreciate eliding the canon idea that Merlin enchanted Artoria with a set of male genitalia because it’s pretty ???. Exclude it or just gloss over it as you wish).
If you’re not interested in going full Nasuverse Arthuriana, then Artoria reminiscing to one of her Grail War Masters about her wife/marriage sounds fun too. If you’re more on the Zero side of the fandom, there’s your opening to use Kiritsugu or Iri and the Fourth War's scenario.

Shipping: It seems reasonably clear from Garden of Avalon that Artoria and Guinevere had come to love each other at least platonically by the time Camelot fell, but I’d certainly like a hint of romantic/sexual attraction from one party to another as well. Whether you want to have Guinevere pining after her apparently emotionless husband, Artoria’s detachment being tested by her lovely bride, or actual mutual romance – eventually revealed and requited or not – is up to you. (If you really feel like it, Lancelot is around for extra relationship complications and there’s fair grounds for him being in love with Artoria as well as Guinevere).

Other notes: I would prefer the focus to stay on Artoria and Guinevere. Lancelot is obviously likely (though by no means certain) to have his part in anything related to the two of them, but I’d rather the camera was mainly centred on the King and Queen here, and less on whatever craziness Sir du Lac is up to.
 

 

FFXIII

Lightning, Vanille

Overview: I don’t know whether I like Lightning and Vanille’s relationship in-game, so much as I like all the potential I see in it. At any rate, there’s definitely something that grabs me about Lightning interacting with another shade-of-red-haired little sister figure, and everything else that comes along with Vanille.

Extra-optional prompts: On Lightning’s side, to what degree might Lightning have seen Serah in Vanille? How did that change as time went on? How long did Lightning take to get an inkling (if she ever did before that blew up) that Vanille wasn’t letting on about everything, that she wasn’t as innocent and carefree as she was trying to be?

On Vanille’s side, how far did she compare Lightning and Fang – these two big sisters who nonetheless seem so very opposite at first? Vanille herself fought a war, however briefly: does she have any particular reaction to or reservation about Light being a member of the Guardian Corps?

I by no means expect you to try to answer all of those questions, or even pass over them, but they’re an indication of what I think has interest and potential. Points of comparison and of contrast for the characters.

Shipping: I’d prefer this being romantic, but gen’s fine too.

Other notes: Whether you’d like to put this somewhere in XIII or after it is up to you, but I’ll warn you that I haven’t got around to more than the very beginnings of XIII-2 or LR, so if you involve stuff from there I’m probably going to be lost. I’m not a spoiler-hound, so feel free to use elements from as you like, but be aware that they might not land properly.
 

 

Greek & Roman Mythology

Artemis, Apollo

Overview: Leto’s children interact curiously little in Greek myth, so I’d like to see a little more of them as a unit, whether actually doing something together or just one/another/both contemplating each other and their sibling relationship. If you want a start, Pindar’s take on the Koronis episode is one of the times the two do come together, so you might receive and react to that in your writing, or create your own version. (That's in his Third Pythian Ode, which has a reasonable translation here, albeit one you should definitely edit line breaks into to make it actually readable if you’re looking over it; Theoi has some alternative versions of the myth here).
Being Greek or Roman is fine by me, if you feel more comfortable with Diana than Artemis.

Extra-optional prompts: Certain ways in which Apollo is described in the Iliad have led to a theory that Helios was originally the sole Greek sun god, and that Apollo – the ‘lord of the silver bow’ who ‘came on like the night’ – was as much the moon god as his sister was the moon goddess. Over time, people found it more satisfying to assign Apollo to the Sun instead – the duality of the twins moving from being near-copies to mirrors – and Helios was gradually forced to budge over in favour of the more popular god. This may or may not hold much water, but it interests me and I’d encourage you to think about it. Maybe you’d like to present it as truth; maybe you’d like to portray some kind of divine transition by Apollo from Moon to Sun; maybe it’s simple a ‘could have been’.

Shipping: Artemis is a staunch virgin but, remembering that, do pretty much as you like with the gods.

Other notes: I am a Classicist by trade, so I’ll appreciate nods to the original epics and hymns and so forth particularly. Getting too modern with the interpretation will make it harder for me to connect with.
As an example, it's impossible for us to avoid condemning Zeus as a philandering rapist from the body of myths we have. (The same indeed goes for most of the gods). Nevertheless, Greek thought mostly stretched to him as a just lord of the heavens, wise in council, protector of travellers, and so on, with his misdemeanours backgrounded or somehow confined to a long-gone past. When Sextus Empiricus poses the question "How could a god be evil?", he expects an immediate answer of "They can't". Thus, if you're going to involve humans in a historical context, I'd prefer their interpretation of divine events to broadly match that, rather than trying to anachronistically moralise over the king of the gods (up to the point at which Christians appear and start pointing fingers, at any rate). On the other hand, if this is kept purely mythological, then you can certainly feel free to assume we're still in that disappeared past, and be as scathing as you please.

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