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.
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I have returned and have posted fic.

Six fics, some I posted a while back and forgot to talk about here (first two), two I posted before travelling but stuck into the Anonymous collection until now (next two) and two I just posted, because I just titled/finished them (last two).



Splinter (1440 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: DC's Legends of Tomorrow (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Sara Lance
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: Sara Lance and the things that never happened to her.

The fic I wrote for this year's [community profile] everywoman. I wished I'd been able to make it as long as I wanted to, but alas I couldn't.



Light before us (555 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Livia Drusilla, Octavia Minor
Summary: Livia visits her sister-in-law.
The fic I wrote for [community profile] history_exchange . The title is the first line of Indochine's Little Dolls, translated into English. (I was kind of on a giant Indochine kick for a few months there.)



The Once and Future Camelot (The It's Only A Model Remix) (1186 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Demon Knights
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Madame Xanadu (Demon Knights), Merlin (Demon Knights), Sir Ystin | Shining Knight (Demon Knights)
Additional Tags: Future Fic, IN SPACE!
Summary:


This is a very different Camelot, with spaceships and science and technology the world has never seen.

Xanadu seeks out Merlin.
My fic for [community profile] femmeremix . By sheer coincidence, I had just found this fic a few days before assignments went out. Clearly this was A Sign. The italicised line in the summary is from the original fic and it's such a great image I had to something with it.

Demon Knights actually one of the few Anglophone canons that has a proper Merlin and the fact that he's canonically demonspawn and ages backwards in it is part of why. The bit about him not having a soul now that he's under seven is based on a sort of obscure bit of French folklore than holds the seventh birthday as when children acquire a soul.



DEFCON 3 (1530 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Natasha Romanov
Summary: Natasha hunted HYDRA to Miami. She wasn't the only one.
The fic I wrote for [personal profile] muccamukk 's MCU Rolling Remix challenge. The challenge was great fun! I wish I'd had time to go through the fics thoroughly while they were still anon, but alas.



The Crack of Ice (3046 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Wanda Maximoff
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Avatar & Benders Setting
Summary: Steve's identity as the Avatar was a closely guarded secret. Yet trouble still had a way of finding him.
True story: This fic has literally been finished since JANUARY 2016. It just took me fucking ages to find a title for it.



Five people on StarKiller Base who didn't listen to Anakin Skywalker (and one who did) (3235 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Anakin Skywalker, Ensemble (The Force Awakens), Obi-Wan Kenobi
Additional Tags: Force Ghosts
Summary: Being a ghost, Anakin thought, was very frustrating.
This fic first suffered Severe Tone Shift Syndrome when Obi-Wan showed up (did you know him and Anakin have issues?), then spent months being literally ten sentences from being done which was incredibly frustrating, but I finally made it work.




And now, sleep.
dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)
I'll be going to the Louvre to see the Darth Vader/Hercules exhibit* at some point this week-end. Does anyone want me to look at anything for them?

With the caveat that they evacuated some of the collections due to the flood in early June and some are still closed.


* Mythes fondateurs. D’Hercule à Dark Vador ("Founding myths. From Hercules to Darth Vader") but like I was going to pass up calling it "the Darth Vader/Hercules exhibit", because how often do you get to say "Darth Vader/Hercules" and have it be even vaguely relevant? Not enough.



The fic I wrote for [community profile] jukebox_fest is:

A penny for the ferryman (1409 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Planet Hell - Nightwish (Song), Etruscan Mythology
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Female Character
Characters: Original Female Character(s), Vanth (Etruscan Mythology)
Summary: There's hope beyond the horizon and the gates of the Underworld.
I like Etruscan myth and the Etruscans, but wow, is information sparse on the ground. I did my best. (I love Vanth, she is such a fascinating figure in the murals.)



The fic I wrote for [community profile] nightonficmountain is:
Three's a crowd (1115 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: xxxHoLic
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Doumeki Shizuka/Kunogi Himawari/Watanuki Kimihiro
Characters: Watanuki Kimihiro, Kunogi Himawari, Doumeki Shizuka
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: The shop keeps going, and so do they.
It was one of the late pinch-hits. I think I did okay, given the givens.

(There was a mix-up with the sign-ups and I gave my assignment to one of the unfairly-recipless participants, which is why I only wrote one fic. Lesson learned: putting in place two major changes (medium types + relationships/characters) at once is a bad idea.)



My [community profile] fandomgiftbox is here. It's pretty short, because I signed up almost last minute, but if you know of anything I'd like and didn't mention, feel free to toss it in there.



I've been using Cléopâtre's Tu n'es pas en pays conquis ici! ('You have not conquered this land!') to keep anxiety at bay these past couple days. It's super effective!

(Plus it casts my anxiety as Caesar and y'all know how much I hate Caesar.)



Supposing King Arthur of the British comes back, does he over-rule Elizabeth II or does she over-rule him or is it the set-up of a comedy of manners where they attempt to co-rule the UK?

dhampyresa: (MY BIRTHDAY HAS SQUID)
Concerning Doctor Who s9e11, Heaven Sent ).

Concerning The Librarians s1e6 and s2e4, the Apple of Discord and the Cost of Education ).

Concerning Hamilton, Act 1 ).

Concerning Fred Vargas, the French Wikipedia synopsis for L'armée furieuse ended up BLOWING MY TINY MIND when I followed the "Grande Chasse" link. It turns out that what I know as "La chasse du roi Arthur" (King Arthur's hunt) or "l'Ankou et sa charette" (the Ankou and his... cart? wheelbarrow?) depending on whether the wind blows in from inland or from the sea, is actually THE EXACT SAME THING as "The Wild Hunt". WHAT THE FUCK YOU GUYS WHAT THE FUCK.

Concerning this entry, I don't think any of those are terribly spoilery, except the Librarians one.

Writings!

Nov. 2nd, 2015 09:28 pm
dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
I wrote four fics for Trick or Treat! 3 are from fandoms I've written before, one is a new fandom.


I got three fics! And I am delighted.

First off, I got two perfect drabbles in Rome (HBO). They each took one of my prompts and made them amazing!

Debauched (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rome (TV 2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Octavia of the Julii, Cleopatra VII of Egypt
Additional Tags: Drabble, What-If
Summary: Octavia and Cleopatra talk at a dinner party.

Fall (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rome (TV 2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Niobe (Rome), Lucius Vorenus, Titus Pullo
Additional Tags: Drabble, Fix-It, Implied Niobe/Vorenus/Pullo, Suicide Attempt, But I tried not to dwell
Summary:

In another world, they had a second chance.



And the last (but certainly not least) fic I got is Ys fic. Someone wrote me Ys fic. Whoever you are, mysterious author, thank you so much.

Daughter of the Sea (three stories, from the north, the south, and elsewhere) (3610 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Legend of the City of Ys, Folklore - Fandom, Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Malgven, Gradlon, Dahud, Winwaloe
Summary:


Yes, I have seen the white daughter of the sea, and I have heard her sing, and her songs were plaintive as the sound of the waves.

It's a retelling of the legend that's goddamn fucking brilliant is what it is. It manages to be both new and evoke the old stories and just, it's amazing, yeah.


(Also, I am doing NaNoWriMo this month, except I plan to kick ass, go to space and represent the human race, so I'm doing it in a slightly altered way. Pictures are worth a thousand words, right?)

dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
Hi!

I'm really excited to see what you're going to make for me. So excited! It's my first time doing this exchange, but I've done a bunch before.

I have three Do Not Wants: incest, rape and child abuse. When these are canon, please don't focus on them. I'd also prefer is you didn't dwell on any suicidal ideation or prolonged descriptions of grief. Thank you.

On the other hand, there are a lot of things I do want. Here’s a partial list. (I obviously don’t expect you to stick all of these in one story, that would be impossible.)
General likes )


I'm now going to give you a hanful of fandom specific prompts, but you really don't have to pick any of them. Write what you want!

Ancient History RPF )

Around the World in 80 Days (2004) )

Demon Knights )
Legend of the City of Ys )

Locke & Key )

Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Related Fandoms - All Media Types )

Rome )
Widdershins (Webcomic) )

X-Men Evolution )

I hope you enjoy the exchange!
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Apparently it's news to a lot of you that Viviane, the Lady of the Lake, raised Lancelot. Why did you think his name was Lancelot du Lac?

(This is a serious question, btw; if La Dame du Lac didn't raise him, why is his name Lancelot of the Lake?)

dhampyresa: (Sarcasm shall be the way)
Alright everybody settle down, it's story time! I'm going to talk to you about the Arthurian legend as I know it in the hope of making you see how wrong on the internet you are.

But first, some context: my first memory of anything Arthuriana related is being wee (let's say six years old or so) and reading a book. I'm pretty sure the book was La Forêt aux 100 sortilèges or at the very least another from that line of illustrated choose-your-own-adventure books. I was reading the book and I stopped. I carried the book all the way to where my mother was, taking care not to lose  my place.

The book was wrong.

On the double-page spread, one I can still see in my mind, the choice you had to make was how to save an emprisonned knight of the round table. So far, so good, right? No, because Morgane had put him there and that simply couldn't be right. I mean, water is wet, fire burns, Morgane is good, everyone knows that.

So I asked what was wrong with the book, why was Morgane evil in it? "Sometimes, in books, Morgane is evil."

That was the moment I started paying attention to Arthurian legend(s).

What's interesting to me, though, is that I have absolutely no recollection of ever learning about Morgane, Viviane and Merlin before this incident -- it was just of those immutable facts of the universe that you just know. Because of this, there are moments in what I'm going to retell where I could tell you who told me (my uncle, my grandma, my great-uncle, that one dude from [town on the other side of Brittany where they get the story wrong]...), but mostly I can't, so you'll just have to take my word for it that that's how the story goes.

(I don't know if you've ever tried to build a narrative out of oral tradition, but it's hard and I'm no Elias Lönnrot. Also, I translating from French and breton French at that, so cut me some slack. Seams are gonna show.)

In which Morgane is good and Merlin is not AS IT SHOULD BE )

Okay, that should cover most of it, I think. (Also the Fisher King/le roi pecheur is Perceval's grandfather.)


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This is for you, friendslist. (It's a French tradition to offer Lily of the Valley for good luck and happiness on May 1.)
Lily of the valley
dhampyresa: (Default)
I want to make a LJ community for all mythologies. It would have fic. It would have discusssion. It would have a book club! And polls about who would win between Gilgamesh and Loki, or Morrigan and Amaterasu, or Eris and Seth!

Except a)no one else would be interested and b)I don't know where to advertise about it.
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Title: BUTTFUCK NOWHERE, NORWAY (for lack of a better title)
Fandom: None, this is original fiction
Series: Folklore Noir
Characters: Ask, Embla,the fossegrim, Niels
Warning: Murder (mentions of,attempted and successful)
Word Count: 5655
Summary: Ask and Embla, folkloric detectives extraordinaires, investigate in the back of beyond.
Author's Note: Beta by the excellent [livejournal.com profile] manzanadorada. Any mistakes left are mine, not hers. Notes about folklore and references are at the end of the fic.

On to the story! )

Notes )

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