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OH LOOK, FIC

Benighted+Kupopoverse sandwich of ALMIGHTY DOOM!
WARNINGS: Animal death CW, sad things, and catharsis for an author.

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Vicky's bike was by the roadside when Perry and Nick pulled over. Gil was stood next to it (in his stupid red hoodie, Perry thought, though not nastily) and he handed Vicky's phone over to Nick as soon as Nick got within arm's reach.

"I don't want to break the screen again," he said, about as sheepish as a guy like him could ever be.

Nick chuckled. "Understandable. So--she's back in the woods there?"

"Yes. She said she didn't need company, necessarily, but I was suspicious of the veracity of the statement. I know she can't lie, but...she can speak and try to make herself believe what she says."

Perry quirked a brow. "You're speedier on the uptake than you first came off, Gigglemoose."

Gil quirked back. "I'm a man of many talents."

Nick swatted at both their arms. "Come on. Smarmbrow wars later."

this looks familiar, vaguely familiar... )
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So I was taking Aerionn the b'elfy holy/protadin punklet through the beginning Pandaria quests last night, and the following occurred to me:

As much as I love the Hozen and I seriously want to hug all of them, I kind of wish they were more developed. I also kind of wish they were more like the original Monkey King. Like Sun Wukong. Not with the UBERHAXX necessarily, but the general attitude and cleverness and most of all identity. The Hozen have some solid foundations, but their cultural identity and their culture fullstop isn't fleshed out as much as it could be.

The little bits and pieces that we get about their culture are neat--how and when and why you get a double name, their hilarious poetry, their linguistic quirks...yeah there's some deeply, DEEPLY facepalm-worthy gaffes and stereotypes to be found, but homework WAS done. It doesn't quite make up for the *GROAN* moments completely, but it's there?

And that just makes me want MORE dammit. XD I'm not sure how much development the Jinyu got, as I am FAR AND AWAY NOWHERE NEAR PANDARIA with my Allyside characters (the highest-level one is Eveynna, Stormwinder-Theramoran pally extraordinaire and queen of the epic !Newfie accent, at 30), but yeah. I do wish we'd gotten more. Compared to the amount of work done with the Pandaren, it's like an Ensure pudding cup next to creme brulee.

I know that not everything can be put into a game, and that Pandaria is light-years better than Cata with regard to the completeness of questlines (even if a lot of the storytelling is still execrable...the stuff dealing with the Pandaren and Jinyu and Hozen and Mogu and Co. alone is fantastic but the second practically any named mainstream NPC besides Anduin gets into things, everything spirals rapidly down the flush-hole), but...yeah. When you put one up against the other you get wistful. (Well...you do if you're me. :B)

I'm probably going to end up fiddling around and expanding upon a lot when I get to writing about Pandaria. Because well that is what I do. If something feels too spare and I'm still hungry I make more snack food.

And also it will feature AU!Garrosh not being made of fail, and a distinct lack of stupidness with legacy characters. :D
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Talking about the books I've read, now! I've not read all of them, yet, but I'm going to try to for posterity's sake if nothing else. (I may, however, avoid some of them, because emotional abuse and ableist bullshittery about addiction are two of my huge "shove-a-runeblade-up-your-nose-o-gram!" buttons.)

The books I've read all of:
-The Last Guardian
-Lord of the Clans
-Of Blood and Honor
-Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

The books I've read a little of:
-Beyond the Dark Portal
-Cycle of Hatred

All of these have timeliningLOLOLOLOL to some extent, though some have it worse than others (Metzen, what is this even). Some authors are better at keeping internal consistency, others are really not. Of all the books, I liked The Last Guardian most. This is sort of kind of damning with faint praise because none of the books are especially AWESOMESAUCE per se, but out of all of them, it was the most technically solid.

So I'll give a short rundown of my thoughts on all these and try to keep it concise (LOL). XD

SPOILERS needless to say.

...and struck him upon the dangling participle. )

SO YEAH that's my stupid reviews of things! Whee! I may come back later an expand on some of this or I may just keep faffing around growing carrots in Pandaria. XD
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So I *cough*procured*cough* some digital copies of various tie-in novels and comics and et cetera and so forth on night during a fit of insomnia and boredom. Haven't managed to read much of Knaak's malarkey beyond a few sentences (the cadence of his writing is just irritating as almighty fuck to me, like every sentence is like "s/he was an adjective, adjective noun" and it reminds me of this goofy song my sister and I sang as kids: "oh in the dark, dark woods you find a dark, dark house and in the dark, dark house you find a dark, dark room" etc. and it ends with finding a ghost in a dark, dark box, but my sister tended to put the box with the ghost inside of fifteen or so MORE prior dark, dark boxes--or as many dark, dark boxes as she could get away with before my dad flipped out and demanded we knock it off) but I did manage to read some of it!

HERE I SHALL YAMMER ABOUT THE THINGS I READ! This isn't really a review asmuch as a bunch of impressions and random piles of bollocks. I'll cover the manga/manhwa and comics in this entry; books come next.

Needless to say ZOMG SPOILERS


words, pictures, and funky text formatting! )

I'll be gettin' into the actual novels in my next post.
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So the stupidness what is canon right now has inspired me to actually try to explain this guy, as by now they're so radically different as to make people wonder what I'm on probably! WHEE!

Oh well. I have fun writing him and he actually makes sense. (Also, he has not shaved his head and tattooed his lower jaw. And his head is not too small for his body. And he doesn't wear the stupid HORNS OMFG what is that even. He does however have a big ass Warsong Clan mark tat on his back now.)

Anyway, I'mma start off here by discussing his Many Issues because they govern a lot of his life for along time (he gets better) and they're what cause the most problems for him. They fall into three rough categories:

1) issues dealing with himself
2) issues dealing with culture
3) issues about his dad

So I'mma go through all of these. This, again, is AU!Garrosh, so if something seems WTFz0rs it's probably not canon. Mwah hah. Also, I am NOT making excuses for the stupid things he does (which are not the same stupid things as canon, but are still stupid). I'm trying to explain why he thought he should do 'em. XD

this is an LJ cut that isn't wearing pitlord horns )
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You are probably pretty damn Canadian if:

-You are writing AU!not-so-damn-stupid!Garrosh Hellscream explaining just WTF he was doing with the Evel Knievel dirigible shit...

...And you write him as saying he was "trying to deke that damn dragon out, keep it away from the rest of the zeppelins" and then realize that you've written an Orc explaining that he was trying to deke something out and that you didn't even think twice about using "deke" even though Orcs probably don't say "deke" and chances are a bunch of your readers won't know WTF that word even means anyway. lawl.

In conclusion, nonstupid punkass Garrosh is fun to write because he does things like almost Leeroy a zeppelin into a mountain in effort to deke a dragon out so it doesn't eat the rest of his troops. And hey if the Alliance sees him being a a raging badass deke-master or their airship pwns the dragon too, so much the better.

Also I've had too much caffeine.

ETA: Uh wow lol maybe I should explain the Canuck-ese--'deke' is abbreviated from 'decoy', and it's hockeyslang. XD Deke (out) = feinting, faking someone out.
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Some of this is copy/pasta'd from a meme I did ages back and expanded on, so if it looks familiar that's why. XD

A BUNCH OF WORDS ABOUT VARIAN AS I TEND TO WRITE HIM

Note that I make no excuses for his asshole moments here XD He can be quite the douche wagon; I'm just explaining where the big dork I write is coming from, how he thinks, and how he diverges from canon.

This may make sense only to me XD;;

ALSO SPOILER FOR WHO THE NEW DEFIAS LEADER IS. If you don't know already, the last entry in the list spoils that XD; Be wary!

wordz lololol )

'Kay so.

Aug. 28th, 2011 08:14 pm
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If anyone ever questions why the heck I monkey around with backstories in WoW so much and ignore big chunks of canon and expanded universe stuff and etc. etc. etc.?

This sort of business would be why.

ranty ranty ranty *pirouette* *jazz hands!* )
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TITLE: Tilted Your Cloud
FANDOM: WoW
PEOPLE: Thassarian and Koltira
PAIRING: Thass/Koltira. I SHIP IT HARD.
RATING: R; it are smut. I'm too big a wimp to be graphic but its still smut XD
WARNINGS: They're doin' it.
NOTES: For mah girlfriend. Much ♥ on your birthday.

the rain falls in real time; the rain fell through the night... )
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hay look guise i wrote moar

TITLE: Came in From the Wilderness
FANDOM: WoW
PEOPLE: Ishandarr and Leilandra, Ishan's ex-boss, and other assorted badass adventurers.
PAIRING: Ishan+Andra. D'aww.
RATING: R; violence and creepy mindmunch, even if only in dreams. I'm not even kidding. XD;
SUMMARY: There are a few reliable cures for nightmares; Andra has a pretty fair repertoire, which Ishan very much appreciates.
WARNINGS: There are disturbing somewhat violent mental-badtouch nightmares (I DON'T EVEN - IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE CUTE BUT THEN) and there is brainmunchy.
NOTES: The cute. I esplod. XD I have no idea how this pairing happened but it's freakin' cute so I NO CURR. XD This fic kind of goes cute/WTF/cute like an oreo whose centre is made of pure demented, :D; Also, I want to kick Ner'zhul. Wheee~

Beware plummeting typos. Continuity may not be as depicted on box. Do not fold, spindle or apply Frostmourne to face. Andra belongs to Kyl, so any errors in depiction happened because my neurons were doing the chooga somewhere else. XD

LOOK THE COLOURFUL FONTS ARE BACK

a creature void of form )
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Okay, so apparently the WUT dream of 'oh what the fuck was that' connects to Tenebrous.

And scary brother has started talking to me XD;

So hurhur lol rough profiles.

tenebrous crack, with added crack! )
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For [personal profile] mullenkamp, who asked for stuff about Eirlys. lol 200 words again. XD;

Out in the garden, the moonlight made the night-blooming flowers luminous. Amidst the shadows of leaves, fireflies drifted, emerald-green. At the centre of the circle, robed in blue and guarded by the light of four candles, the Priestess stood.

Outside the circle, an enormous raven sat on the grass.

"I wasn't expecting you," Eirlys said, "but you're welcome all the same. I trust you know how to behave yourself; I know all your dramatics are exactly that."

The raven stared at Eirlys as if she'd grown antlers.

Eirlys crouched and arched a brow. "What are you giving me that look for? You know me, and you know my people. You know what we gave to you. I've been telling you this for several nights now. My invitation still stands."

Very deliberately, the raven stepped into the circle. He eyed Eirlys a moment more, then spread his wings, flapped, lifted off. In a flurry of shed feathers he settled on her shoulder.

"Very Edgar Allen Poe of you," Eirlys said after a pause. "I assume those are for me?"

of course. it's the least i can give.

"You still sound laryngitic, Host-of-Many. It's rather a good thing I always make enough tea to offer all three of you..."
yukie: kilroy :3 (mess not with the kui)
For [personal profile] finch and [profile] wanderreriha, who asked for something about Kilroy. So it's a double drabble, since it's for two people XD

Reno nicknamed her for the no-he-no-he-mo-he-ji scrawled in lipstick on the walls so she'd remember where the damn hell she'd been in the maze that was the medical ward. (Damn if she knew how long she'd been drifting around so blur she made squid look with-it.) He knew what it meant (probably Tseng's fault) and so she got to be Kilroy-was-here for a week, then he got bored, and it dropped to Kilroy and then just Kil even after she recollected: Kui Shin-liu, SOLDIER class second, Wutain/Nibel (that was pretty normal from the trading past), Theta test group. The little squiggle of a letter, inked in black between her left thumb and index finger, brought chapters and volumes of her life rushing back after the bandage came off her hand.

Pieces were still missing and pieces still made no sense. Makou did funny things to the brains in big doses. She'd roll with it though. Smooth, like the 'ji' stroke, or something like that. No point in getting pissed over what was gone for good, but even so if she saw Doc Houjou again she was going to go one upside his head for his interns' fail-like-fuck with the IV.
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AT LONG LAST, WRITING though it's really cathartic and kind of sad and I kind of cried all over writing it.

hi.

TITLE: Believe (I'm Ascending)
FANDOM: Warcraft III/World of Warcraft
PEOPLE: Dion, Aer, and one epic badass crusader.
PAIRING: N/A
RATING: 14A.
SUMMARY: Hope springs eternal. Dion helps Aer say goodbye to someone.
WARNINGS: Oh gods, I got the weeps writing this and I make no promises that other people won't. Character death, and Aer being a pile of wibble.
NOTES: This jumped up and bit me when I was reading this questline. When I first read about it, I cried my eyes out, and I still tear up. I found out that it's a very meaningful bunch of missions to Aer recently. To me, it is as well, though I have not played it through yet. I took some creative liberties, so it's not exactly canonical to the letter, but this is how it happened in one timeline.

As the quest is a memorial, so is this writing. It kind of wrote itself. XD;

This is for everyone who's gone before me. Sarah, Iva, all you guys - I love you.

no black and white in the blue. )
yukie: Blood Elves' crest. (Anar'alah belore)
TITLE: This Vital Fluid
FANDOM: Warcraft III/World of Warcraft
PEOPLE: Ishandarr Evenbrooke (once called Ebonrooke), a Blood elf and formerly a Death Knight under the Lich King, now a DK of the Knights of the Ebon Blade), Koltira Deathweaver (likewise, and quite the tsundere), Thassarian (a human Ebon Blade knight and one of few to see Koltira's deredere side), Darion Mograine (the head of the Ebon Blade), various other unlucky people, and the Death Knights' former...er...'employer'.
PAIRING: Thassarian and Koltira have an implied canonical bromance; as well, there are references to Ishan and the other Death Knights' relationship with their former boss.
RATING: 14A for implied past sketchy relationships and big ol' innuendo about such.
SUMMARY: "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." - Nietzsche
WARNINGS: There be sketchy past relationships in this here fic. Also, mindscrew and bad dreams and unhappy hallucinations.
NOTES: This is based on an actual quest chain, too. Yes, you CAN make this damn thing in the game. How the issue of dealing with it gets solved in the fic is AU, but - yeah.

o river of silver... )
yukie: Blood Elves' crest. (Anar'alah belore)
I needed to write some cute XD;

TITLE: After, in the Dark
FANDOM: Warcraft III/World of Warcraft
PEOPLE: A couple of punkassed knights.
PAIRING: implied/aftermath of m/m, Arthas/Ishan.
RATING: 14A because Ishan's got a bit of a dirty mind.
SUMMARY: After the battle at Icecrown and a startling discovery, Ishandarr's distracted and bemused by the experience of sharing a bed with a living breathing Arthas.
WARNINGS: There's some reference to the weirdness of their past relationship. Though it was never non-consensual it was a bit wonky. Please note, though, that Ishan was always on the less-vanilla side of things. XD That wasn't as a result of being Mr. Spooky McDeathknight. That's just Ishan not being vanilla.
NOTES: Ishan isn't the only partner Arthas had amongst the knights, of course, but he may be the most longcat of them. *cough* This is set WAAAAY after the prior fic. You can probably guess what happened to Arthas just from what's going on here. Redemption and rebuilding mean a lot more than a sacrifice of life, after all, and it's the nature of the light to forgive. tl;dr I am horrible and like making antagonists atone and Kyl does too. XD This is the Arthas in her head. He occasionally crashes on my sofa and is a smartass.

Yyyep, I'm still dicking about with font colours. XD

when you dream, what do you dream about? )
yukie: Blood Elves' crest. (Anar'alah belore)
TITLE: My Nation Underground Part I: "Was it like an echo?"
FANDOM: Warcraft III/World of Warcraft
PEOPLE: Aerionn Dawntreader (a somewhat excitable paladin who probably has the elven equivalent of ADD), Rauthien Brightblade (his more calm mentor, possessed of excellent hair), and some ghosts (of various citizens and nobility, benign and malign).
PAIRING: None as such, though Aer and Rauth are snuggly off-duty.
RATING: PG; not much in the way of cursing and such but there is implied violence and it's not really settling!
SUMMARY: Aerionn's first trip to the Undercity is - eventful in more ways than he expected it to be.
WARNINGS: It's creepy. I mean, I made myself someone antsy writing it. And if you don't want to be spoiled for the way the story of Arthas in WCIII ends, don't go on, oh lordie! If you do want to be spoiled, there's a link to the cinema at the end of the fic.
NOTES: Aerionn's pendant delivery run here is a real quest in WoW, 'Journey to Undercity'. Rauth belongs to Kyl. He and his fabulous hair are included with utmost respect and love.

there's someone knocking in the walls... )
yukie: Blood Elves' crest. (Anar'alah belore)
Watch me pretend I'm a discount Mark Danielewski LOL TYPOGRAPHY.

TITLE: Life and death and death
FANDOM: Warcraft/WoW
PEOPLE: A dead(?) Blood Elf, and the creepy voice in his head.
WARNINGS: I'm going to be an ass with typography. XD Also, creepy. Inspired by Kyl's much spookier offering.

wake up, wake up, don't be afraid. )
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(ETA 2: Just to clarify - I don't think Wesley is a kitten-chasing jerk and I tend to see him the way Wheaton does - as a character who was heinously annoying to some because of bad writing, but who had potential to not be. These characters are never MEANT to be jerks or look bad, but because of reader perspective having the potential to differ VASTLY from writer intent, they do. Wesley in the show was a punk kid; Wesley-types IRL are quite another story.

What I am trying to say is: passive aggressive pot-shots at me implying that I'm some kind of bandwagon hater can go fall down a hole. XD I didn't even know there were entire fanboy hate parades; I was never active in or part of online TNG fandom. My perspective on the guy is informed by my experience as a minigeek on the sofa asking my dad what Warp 5 meant since I got into the show in medias res.)

Okay so - I've determined through my own meandering experience and the commentary and snark of friends that one of the hallmarks of a Sue/Stu/Wesley is the fact that they get to have their cake and eat it too.

It's like this: they are wish fulfillment and they often have everything the writer doesn't/didn't/wants. As such, they rarely have to follow the rules that govern other characters - there's a sliding moral scale and it usually tips in their favour. They do not have to face the consequences of their actions, and if they are punished we are 'asposedta' not like the disciplinarian. They rarely face criticism or critique and when they do we're supposed to believe that the critic is a baby-eater. Everyone else will rise against the critic and run them out of the room, at best. Usually this is the author's desire for vindication against their perceived opponents saying yo 'sup.

This is all well and good and awesome for Wesley and Wesley's author, but - it's not so much fun for the reader. It can feel voyeuristic, or exclusionary.

The bottom line is that Wesley writers don't seem to stop to think what life is like for the people who aren't Wesley.

dah, dah, dah~ )
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"What's the point in hiding from the fact that we're not infallible beings?"

Thaeron looked back over his shoulder with a faint scowl.

"And who, exactly, set the rule that says we MUST be? Honestly, trying to be perfect is a fools' errand. Trying to live up to every expectation is condemning yourself to the immense desire to go bop your head against a wall. These are not goals that ANYONE can reach. Try to, and all you do is bind yourself more and more to unhappiness. Inevitable unhappiness. The harder we try to be perfect, the less we'll manage it, too. We'll keep on making mistakes - and make more and more as we keep on trying to attain this impossible goal, this shining nebulous dream..."

He snorted.

"We can never always be everything expected of us, you know. No one can. Not even the one who put us here. Not ever. All of us will, at some point in time, sneeze tea out our noses. We will fall up the stairs, lose patience with word puzzles and people, snap at those people, and sometimes be selfish - which isn't always a bad thing, but I digress." A gesture. "Look, we can be just as much blinkered by our hopes and fears as can any human, elf, fae, youma, drow or nu. And you know? The sooner we learn to go 'well, that's just how it is to be a created being - I fouled up this time and I'll make amends and avoid that situation next time' the better."

He was starting to pace a bit now and his voice rose a bit. Not in anger, but - well, when he was passionate about something, it showed.

iha shaariputra ruupam shuunyataa shuunyataiva ruupam )

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