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Kiesha’ra Series Reference

The Kiesha’ra Series, young-adult fantasy books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, was something I read in middle school. Everyone’s a shapeshifter, and the shapeshifters are divided into familial clans. The snakes are at war with some of the birds, but then there’s an arranged marriage made to make peace. That’s the setup of the first book, and each book thereafter sort of deals with the relationships and political problems in their combined society.

The books were short (or at least, I read them very quickly back then) and had interesting worldbuilding. It had some het romance but it didn’t feel overstated. Or maybe I just had a bigger tolerance for it back then, I dunno. I’ve reread some of it now, and it definitely has it’s pros and cons. And it’s something I wanted to see more enriched worldbuilding with.

Since deciding to create an AU of the series for the Yogs/Hats fandom for my own personal enjoyment/interest, I’ve done some research- which has proved pretty much futile on the internet. Atwater-Rhodes and her community used to have a forum and wiki set up that included troves of information from the books and the author herself. These websites have been defunct since 2015 (and inaccessible on the Wayback Machine), and have never been restored. The only sources I’ve been able to find are a couple of wiki pages and the books themselves.

So, to fill in the gaps for my own understanding/worldbuilding/fandom-use, I’ve compiled an informal, unofficial Google docs reference. This includes the shapeshifter types, their fashion and personalities, their societies and other cultural information created by/written into the world by Atwater-Rhodes. It is intended only as an informal reference for fandom-aligned use.

It is possible that Atwater-Rhodes has detailed more into the world in the books she’s published since Wyvernhail in 2007, and there could be gaps in understanding between my archiving and what was originally on her wiki.
Keeping that in mind, my reference extends majoritively to part of the Kiesha’ra series- Hawksong, Snakecharm, and Falcondance- but loosely takes the events of the entire series (including Wolfcry and Wyvernhail) into account. So. Spoilers, you know?

Access “The Informal, Unoffical Kiesha’ra Series Reference” [Here]
(Currently in progress, as of 3/26/17)


February Fic Recs

On February 10th, 11th, and 12th, you’re invited to rec your favourite fics, from the all time faves to the WIPs you’re currently enjoying.

I went through my bookmarks on ao3 from 2016 and picked out some fics.
Most of these aren’t Yogs/Hats, because I wanted to showcase more outside of that fandom.  There are lots and lots that I’m certain I’ve forgotten. If you’ve written in the same fandom I do- thank you for sharing your work. I hope to see more in the coming year, but if not, you and your work are still appreciated all the same. So, thanks!

Also, let it be known the only fandom I consider myself to be “in” is Yogs/Hats, because that’s what I write in and mostly interact in.
I do, however, read anything that interests me in pretty much any other fandom, whether I’ve seen content from it or not. Find something you thing I’d like? Feel free to rec me it down below, or on Discord or something.

Fics are sorted alphabetically by title. Summaries are italicized, and my comments are in parentheses. Archive Warnings will be listed where applicable, otherwise, there are none. Mind the tags, and happy reading ^^!

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Describe yourself in three fictional characters: Tumblr Meme


Ender – Bean – Aaron Burr

“So he believed. Believed, but the seed of doubt was there, and it stayed, and every now and then sent out a little root. It changed everything, to have that seed growing. It made Ender listen more carefully to what people meant, instead of what they said. It made him wise.” -Ender, in Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

“…Bean rejected that interpretation of his own dream the moment he thought of it. Dreams have no meaning at all, he reminded himself. And even if they do mean something, it’s a meaning that reveals what I feel, what I fear, not some deep abiding truth…Here’s the lesson Bean took from his own dream: Don’t be one of the scurrying, struggling ants. Be the shoe.” -Bean, in Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

“Death doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints,
it takes and it takes and it takes
and we keep living anyway
we rise and we fall and we break and we make our mistakes-
and if there’s a reason I’m still alive, when everyone who loves me has died-
I’m willing to wait for it. I’m willing to wait for it-
I am the one thing in life I can control.
I am inimitable; I am an original.
I’m not falling behind or running late-
I’m not standing still, I am lying in wait.”
-Aaron Burr, in Hamilton the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Promotion – ghostofgatsby

War is never-ending, for those involved in it.

Through the ages, there are constants, and constant battles.

The lives of two soldiers are connected more than they know.

(A reincarnation AU about anthropomorphized Chess pieces, written secret-santa-style for Reishiin as a part of Yuletide 2016)

Rating: Mature

CW: death, major character death, injury, war, blood, guns, swords
if I need to tag something, let me know

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