1. You are on the wrong continent to play Critical Role.

2. You are not caught up on Critical Role. They're not going to roll back the story 50 episodes or so just so you can join in.

3. You are not a character in Critical Role, either.

4. Critical Role does not take place in Fallen London.

5. You do not know how to make a lightsaber. No, not even if Percy helps.

6. You cannot break through two different layers of reality (from Fallen London to the world of Critical Role, and from there to the 'real world') so you can steal the DM's notes and METAGAME. No. Stop.

The way you actually knew it was a dream: getting wifi on your phone when, and I quote, "there's no wi-fi in the Neath". Really, self? REALLY? It's getting wi-fi in Fallen London that broke your suspension of disbelief? Really?

(Then I lucid-dreamed my way into stealing the DM's notes but woke up before the actual metagaming could happen.)

dhampyresa: (Sarcasm shall be the way)
As any English-French dictionnary will tell you, the French word for "fox" is "renard".

It's not that this is wrong -- certainly, if you speak about "un renard" to a French person, they will know you're speaking of a fox -- but it's that it's not entirely true, either. It also omits my favourite part of the tale.

The word for "fox" in French is in fact "goupil".

Back in the Middle Ages (12th-13th century), there began to be written, collected and/or redistributed a set of folk tales involving animals. These animals are anthropomorphised and have names: the cat Tibert, Chanteclerc the rooster, Tiécelin the raven, Ysengrin the wolf, Hermeline the vixen and, most famous of all and the one who gave his name to the collection of these tales, Renart the fox.

Le Roman de Renart is a really fun collection of tales about Renart, trickster extraordinaire.

Renart goes by many variations on his name: Reynhard, Renard, Raynard, Regnard, Reinhart... He tricks the wolf out of hams. He becomes godfather to a bird's children. He's funny, he's charming, he's a rogue -- he's Robin Hood!

But by far the greatest trick Renart ever pulled was convincing the French that there are no foxes but him -- or perhaps, that he is all the foxes and all the foxes are he.
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1. [community profile] nightonficmountain should open on schedule as all assignments are in. Of course there is the possibility that someone'll delete their work and/or entire ao3 account between now and Wednesday /still bitter

2. The latest Doctor Who episode made me cry. I'm a sucker for certain tropes. Also, I love me some Romans (especially Romans getting to face their bullshit) and that was an A++ use of Tacitus' "They make a desert and call it peace" speech. Also also, crows. YAY CROWS!

3. I bought some comics, because the bear is dead.*

* No actual bear harmed in the making of this post.

dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
I got to see all the fandom folks today! It was awesome! The RPG went well.

I don't think I'm going to run [community profile] history_exchange this year. I didn't think about it until recently, I couldn't even remember how I'd spelled it (historyex? historyexchange?) and nobody seems to have missed it. I can't really run it now because I don't have enough visibility to set dates on it anymore. Maybe next year.

[community profile] nightonficmountain might open on time this year! This has never happened before; Is the curse finally broken? (Probably just jinxed it, oops.)

[community profile] starwarsrollingremix will most likely run again next year, but I might need to recruit someone for the starter story this time around.

Not much going on fannishly with me right now. I'm not even really writing fic? I am writing things, but I can't really point at any of them and say "That's my main fic project". Mostly focusing on the novel and NoFM (sometimes I am tempted to do a ~lessons modding fan exchanges has taught me~ post, hahaha).

I'm kind of doing fanart. Having 'preset' appearances cuts down a lot of overhead when the point of a daily sketch is to practice anatomy/shading/etc.


Jun. 12th, 2017 12:15 am
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Friends and I have sort of decided to try playing an RPG. We are all total noobs at this. I've played maybe 5 sessions and I'm the most experienced. The second most qualified has listened to all of Critical Role, so there's that. I'm GMing -- it's going to be a fantasy setting, most likely and I have a vague arc. Anyone have any tips for playing/GMing/etc?

Since we're not sure we'll stick with this, I'd love it if anyone could rec me free, simple systems. (The vague arc I mentionned can be made to fit any setting.)
dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
I enjoyed it A LOT. I'm always a sucker for women fighting stuff, people being kind and righteously angry in the face of evil and fishes out of water situation; this movie delivers on all of this!

I saw it in VOSTFR. Only things I remember about the subtitling was that (a) we didn't get subtitles for whatever was said in French and (b) Steve called Diana 'vous' for a majority, if not all, the movie. I'll be using the names as they appeared in the subtitles.

I did not expect the framing device to have Diana living in France and working at the Louvre. Kind of really want a Diana vs recent French history fic, now.

Here be spoilers )

I reccomend it and would happily watch several movies of Diana kicking ass all over history.
dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)

I was supposed to visit family, but here's my complete schedule:
- Slept on the train there
- Dinner
- Slept until noon
- Lunch
- Nap x2 (brief interruption to close windows because I was cold)
- Dinner
- Read a bit
- Slept until 11h30
- Lunch
- Nap
- Read a bit
- Dinner
- Woke up at 11h
- Lunch
- Nap/read
- Train back (dozed off several times)
- Slept

Maybe I am slightly tired.

(Stuff I read: a documentary/investiagtion journalism comic + the first chapter of a friend's novel and I have to say I am really fucking happy I've been pushing him to write for years, because it's great and I texted him immediately to say WHERE IS THE REST? [lots of thoughts] hahaha)

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I've decided I was going to stop crossposting from DW to LJ, likewise for [community profile] nightonficmountain. The new ToS make me uneasy. Idk, I reserve the right to change my mind.

I am also [personal profile] dhampyresa on DW. Come say hello!


May. 28th, 2017 11:55 pm
dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
This is mostly for tracking purposes, because I know I went swimming more than twice since my last swimming tracking, but I can't remember when or how much I swam, sadly.

Right now my swimming record is 3km in 1h42m, which is 34mn to 1km. I swam this roughly keeping the same speed throughout, given that I had swam 2km in 1h08m. I think my next goal is going to get under 30mn for a 1km. (Meanwhile, Olympic swimmers swim 10km in under 2 hours.)

Time before that I did 2.7km in idk how much time. *squints* I think I did 2.6km the time before that, but I ain't counting it because I'm not sure. (I'm tracking less because of accuracy and more because it motivates me to make concrete progress towards a distant/big goal.)

I was going to go swimming today, but it was too bloody hot and I couldn't make myself. I may try to go one evening this week.

Past total: 27 850 / 585 689. Current total: 33 550 / 585 689.

dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)
Eurovision thoughts: MOLDOVA WAS FUCKING ROBBED.

An incomplete list of stuff I did while away from the internet: art (pencils, oil paint, watercolours), minimal writing (did you know it's hard to write without a computer), swimming (3K IN 1H42!!! record à battre), read a lot (mostly in French --  also I have thoughts), was told that I wasn't an asshole, had my teeth hurt like bloody hell (it's nothing to worry about), saw friends, went on dates, learned some poems and probably spent longer going "OMG I HAVE MUSCLES NOW :D" than I should have, but you know what? I HAVE MUSCLES NOW!  Hell, yesterday I even managed 100 push-ups (in 10 sets of 10, not in one go). I am severely regretting this choice today, but I did.

Between voluntary break, Eurovision and broken computer, I've been away for pretty much a month. WHAT'D I MISS? It can be big stuff, small stuff, I'm sure I've missed a lot.

Fandom 5k

May. 25th, 2017 11:38 pm
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I wrote a pinch-hit for [community profile] fandom5k.
Pocketful of stories (5031 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Ahsoka Tano, Padmé Amidala
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Worldbuilding, Folklore
Summary: Ahsoka travelled the galaxy, collecting tales and sowing revolution along the way.

I had a lot of fun coming up with the various folktales intersped in this.

All the planets/people have different ways of framing stories.
  • Stories from Naboo start with either "Once upon a time, above wave, below stars" for the Gungan stories and "Once upon a time, below stars" for the non-Gungan stories.
  • Stories on Alderaan start with "Long ago on Alderaan" and by giving the main character's relationship to Queenship.
  • Stories on Pantora start with "When yesterday was yet to be" and end with a bracketed statement including the phrase "Do not believe them." -- they refute other versions of the story.
  • Clone stories are much more informal in tone and start with "They say this is a true story".
  • Ykobar stories start with "There was a time" which is a literal translation of the French "Il était une fois", the traditional start to a fairytale. They end in "The tale still goes on and is only just beginning".
The stories of the Kermor are variations on the tale of the city of Ys -- the word Kermor itself is made up of two Breton words, "ker" (meaning "a place where people live") and "mor" (meaning "sea"). I was originally going to go with "Morvac'h" ("Horse of the sea") -- especially given that it's part of some versions the Ys legend and can be a war omen -- but ultimately decided against it. The c'h sound tends to be confusing for people unfamiliar with Breton; it's a voiceless velar fricative -- the same sound as in loch.

I didn't sign up for [community profile] fandom5k because I didn't know if I would have time -- and I kind of ran out of time on this pinch-hit a bit -- but I should have signed up if I was going to end up writing for it anyway. Then again, given my computer issues, I wouldn't have been able to comment until yesterday/today, which seems like a dick move. Not that could have known either of those things at the time. What I'm trying to say is that I'll sign up next year.

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May. 13th, 2017 12:19 am
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The on/off power button on my laptop is broken which means it won't turn on. I'm writing this on my phone. This is putting a serious damper on things.

I need new parts for the repairs; the labour I can do myself. I'll be around less until said repairs are done.

I'm starting to think NoFM is a curse on my electronics.
dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)

Semi final 2

"He's like the internet. In shoes!"
The folk-y remix of previous winners is pretty cool.
Aw, he's speaking French! And doing a pretty good job, too.

Serbia "In too deep": Are the people on the screen drowning? :O
Austria "Running on Air": It's the boy from Dreamworks all grown up!
F.Y.R. Macedonia "Dance Alone": Very cyberpunk-esque. Anyone else getting Blade Runner flashbacks?
Malta "Breathlessly": A traditional Eurovision ballad.
Romania "Yodel It!": Is she going to do any singing or just yodeling? She does sing! And at least it sounds different.
Netherlands "Lights and Shadows": sparkle sparkle! They sound good.
Hungary "Origo": He's singing in his own language! The stage is on fire!
Denmark "Where I Am": I like it.
Ireland "Dying to Try": He sounds twelve. So many children this year. He should have flown off at the end.
Latveria "Glory of Doom": Didn't they already send this act last year?
San Marino "Spirit of the Night": Dressed as superheroes in the intro, cool.
Croatia "My Friend": He seems sweet. I like the rock & opera mix. He has so many different voices!
Norway "Grab the Moment": With DJs straight from Mandalore!
Switzerland "Apollo": That is a very yellow dress.
Belarus "Historyja majho žyccia": They look like they're getting married. Sailor Moon hair! I love it. First Eurovision song in Belarussian!
Bulgaria "Beautiful Mess": Also a child. Love the androgynous look. It's very Kpop-esque.
Lithuania "Rain of Revolution": Meh.
Estonia "Verona": They're doing a Romeo and Juliet thing.
Israel "I Feel Alive": His shirt is not tight enough. Nice smile!

Verka: Always great. Aw, there's a Verka cosplayer in the public.
I have no idea what this dance number is about.

Finalists: Bulgaria, Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Romania, Norway, Netherlands, Austria
dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)
EUROVISION 2017: Semi final 1!

Sweden "I can't go on": Honestly? Meh. Looks like an ad for a suit company.
Georgia "Keep the faith": wtf is she wearing.
Australia "Don't come easy": Is he twelve? He looks twelve. Oh hey he's Aboriginal, that's cool! I'm dubious about the staging (giant pictures of his own face, really?), but the song's pretty nice.
Albania "World": I like the clock motif 'For the life of me I refuse to be anything but free' nice
Belgium "City lights": She is also twelve :|a LOVE her voice! The song/orchestration and staging are both very bare in the best possible way and I love it.
Montenegro "Space": He has hella long hair. wtf is that camera work
Finland "Black bird": Meh.
Azerbaijan "Skeletons": I understand nothing about this.
Portugal "Amar pelos dois": He's the only one to sing in his country's language? Sad. Nice song, though.
Greece "This is love": She does look a lot like Nolwenn Leroy! Such weird staging, omg. Love is two half-naked dudes making a heart.
Poland "Flashlight": 'shadows in love' sounds like a story prompt
Moldova "Sunstroke Project": World's most famous saxophonist! I like it -- and the black and white colour scheme -- but I feel like I've heard it somewhere before.
Iceland "Paper": The 'most gay-friendly' of tonight's candidates apparently.
Czech Republic "My turn": I like her voice.
Cyprus "Gravity": It grew on me.
Armenia "Fly with me": The stage is on fire!
Slovenia "On my way": Bleh.
Latvia "Line": I greatly dislike her hair.

Verka retrospective: I like.
New Jamala song: Actual chills.

Finalists: Sweden, Australia, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Cyprus, Armenia
Sounds good.
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I got two fics and made 3 works.

The two fics I got were both femslash.

How Sabine Got Into Leia's Pants the Hard Way (1172 words) by ambiguously
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leia Organa/Sabine Wren
Characters: Sabine Wren, Leia Organa
Additional Tags: Bodyswap, MayThe4th Treat
Summary: Rule number one while exploring weird old temples while alone with your new crush: never touch any artifacts you do not recognize.

Someone wrote me Leia/Sabine with bodyswap! It's very cute.

The Spectre in the Sandstorm (943 words) by weakinteraction
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jyn Erso/Rey
Characters: Jyn Erso, Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Force Ghosts
Summary: Rey goes searching for kyber crystals on Jedha.

Sometimes I request stuff in exchanges that I don't think I'll get, just because maybe I will and this time I did! It's Force-ghost!Jyn/Rey and it's really sweet.

Of the three works I made, two are art (both femslash) and one is fic (maleslash).

Stardust (0 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jyn Erso/Mon Mothma
Additional Tags: Traditional Media, Fanart
Summary: Oil on paper, 30cmx42cm

An oil painting. I can't be having with those newfangled Photoshoppe /joke

It took me about 8 hours to paint this. 2h+ for the background alone, about as much for the lineart/making sure the composition worked, and the rest on the figures. I haven't done oil in aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages and I was never really good at it, it shows somewhat.

People seemed to like it though, so yay! (Gifting art is so stressful, omg! Have you seen the art in this exchange?)

Merfilly's "size difference" prompt was super inspiring, ngl!

So inspiring that I forgot to check if the letter had DNWs that the sign-up did not. SPOILERS: It did, but I asked through the mods if the deathfic DNW extended to "implied/allegorical representations of canonical character death in art", and was told it was fine. Which is good, because it's quite hard to switch tracks on an oil painting halfway through.

The beam of green light in the background is the Death Star laser. It is of course Deeply Symbolic that it goes through Jyn and not Mon, just as it is Deeply Symbolic that the direction of Jyn's gaze lines up with it. Jyn facing her death head-on was one of my favourite bits of the movie.

Detail from a stained glass window on Yavin 4 (0 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jyn Erso/Mon Mothma
Characters: Jyn Erso, Mon Mothma
Additional Tags: Fanart
Summary: The window, in traditional Alderaanian stained glass, is believed to have been comissioned by HRH Leia Organa in memory of Senator Mon Mothma of Chandrila and her lover, Jyn Erso of Rogue One.

This was my back up in case I didn't manage to finish the oil painting in time. Pencil sketches coloured in markers, then cleaned up and recoloured in GIMP.

I should have tagged both of these as "fanart" instead of "art" from the start. Lesson learned for next time. (Wish I knew how to post fullsize art on tumblr as 'top' image /is a Fandom Old, cannot Tumbl with the Cool Kids)

Detour (1522 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: CC-2224 | Cody/Thrawn | Mitth'raw'nuruodo
Characters: CC-2224 | Cody, Thrawn | Mitth'raw'nuruodo
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence

Commander Cody went on a mission with Commodore Mitth'raw'nuruodo.

I saw the mod joking about various challenges that hadn't been filled and those could combine in a single prompt and was like "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED". Didn't quite manage to put in all of the things (lack of time -- you can still see traces of where it was going to go), but it was still fun to write. Also, Pairing names with both slash and pipes are lolarious.

(I am back on the internet, yay!)

A voté!

May. 7th, 2017 08:38 pm
dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
Woke up this morning to vote at the opening, cast my three votes (I had two proxies) and went back home to go back to sleep.

I have never before burst into tears out of sheer fucking relief -- but now I have. WE DIDN'T ELECT A FASCIST!


May. 1st, 2017 11:17 pm
dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
Lily of the valley May 1 2017

Here you go, folks!

I know I said I was taking a break from the internet, but I'm not going to break tradition, so have some muguet as a porte-bonheur/happiness-charm. *disappears again*

A thing

Apr. 24th, 2017 11:01 pm
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I'm going to cut back on the internet for the next two weeks, because Reasons. [community profile] nightonficmountain will be unaffected.

Also I will be entirely unjoinable from April 28 to May 2.

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I wrote the starter story for [community profile] starwarsrollingremix . It was then remixed in three different directions. I originally tried to arrange the remix so it'd finish before Night on Fic Mountain started, but oops.

Between the Devil and the Dust (7296 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker
Additional Tags: Time Loop, Time Travel, The Force
Summary: Tatooine is not Jakku is not Tatooine. And yet.
In which Rey, Anakin and luke go on a roadtrip through the desert because The Force.

Origianlly I started writing this as an experiment in characterisation: "Compare and contrast the protags of the Star wars trilogies!" Specifically Anakin and Rey; they're very similar but they do have their differences. When I decided to use this as the starter for the remix, I did so because the involvement of all three of them made it easy for the fic to be remixed in a lot of directions/the remixers wouldn't be stuck in one trilogy. I deliberately left some of the Luke stuff obscure as a hook for remixes, actually -- which nobody used. Luke never says he forgot any of it!

It's an odd fic to describe.

On a surface level it is about a roadtrip and about 50% landscapeporn by volume. On a slightly deeper level, it's about all of them acting as each other's -- spirit guides isn't quite the right word -- catalyst to a shift in their connection with the Force (for Rey it's her "Awaken[ing]", for Anakin it's "the first step [he] took on the road to being Darth Vader").

On an even deeper level it's about what the Force actually is. This fic wouldn't look the way it does without Rogue One and the way everyone just starts dying as soon as their part is done -- the Force doesn't need them anymore.
Rey said, "Did you really expect the Force to be kind?"

"Does the desert care about the grain of sand? Does the ocean care about the wave? Does the night sky care about the star? No. Why then should the Force care for any individual life?" Rey spoke, and the words tumbled out of her mouth without her knowing where they came from. "Some are brighter or best beloved or chosen, but in the end the storm comes, the dawn rises and the wave must break."

I should also thank [tumblr.com profile] lunikus for letting ramble at length about this and helping me solve some of the issues with it.


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