pretty pretty prose, i am so smart S-M-R-T, writing skillz

Dear Yuletide Writer 2015

Thanks so much for writing for me!

As a general note, I know my prompts have a ton of questions and options, but by no means do I expect you to address every single one in whatever you write. I'm mostly trying to give my Yuleauthors a lot of options because I know the matching process isn't always exact. That being said, if the prompts really aren't working for you and there's another story you want to tell, feel free to ditch the prompts entirely and do your own thing -- I'll still want to read that story.

So! Things I like. I love CONFLICT and CONSEQUENCES, whatever forms they might take. I love seeing the personal impact of larger, world-changing events. I love struggle and recovery and things that don't come easily and things that don't work out as planned and strength that comes from unexpected places. Hurt/comfort is the sweet angst-flavored nectar of my soul.

I also like: facepunching; snappy dialogue; moral complexity; the occasional happy ending; the occasional less-literal-more-euphemistic happy ending; long slow awkward relationship development; people who never get to make out; people who do get to make out; people who have to jump through rings of fire before they can make out; and issues of agency and authority.

My favorite character tropes include: fallen idealists, and people who do the wrong things for (what they hope are) the right reasons and get slapped in the face with consequences. Genuinely good people trying to do the right thing in unjust worlds. People who are equal parts cocky brilliance and self-destruction. Characters who are giant dopey puppies. Hypocrites, especially when the characters in question know that they’re hypocrites. Tsunderes. Characters who are struggling with their inner monsters, especially when literal monsters are involved. Broken people trying to put themselves back together and not being quite sure how to do it.

I'm comfortable with any and all ratings and quite a few pairings, too, as long as you make me believe the sex/violence/etc. within the context of the story. I definitely like porn, and love kink. Genrewise, I like everything from romance to horror to humor, as long as there's conflict in it somewhere. (So non-sequitur-derived humor and fluff/sap don't really do it for me.) Happy endings are fine, unhappy endings are fine, endings that are a little bit of both are fine, as long as the characters have earned them through their actions and through the consequences of those actions.

If you're doing Yuleporn this year, my Yuleporn-specific prompts are over here.

Do Not Wants: Misogyny and slut-shaming (especially as the punchline of a joke). Queer erasure. Infallible protagonists. Pregnancyfic, especially mpreg. Incest. Romanticizing abuse. Scat, vomit, and watersports. Detailed descriptions of violence inflicted on hands or eyes.

Situational DNWs: Issues of consent (dub- or noncon). Polyamory, particularly polyamory as the solution to a love triangle. AUs. Fix-it fic. Unless I’ve talked about these in the optional details of a specific request, please don’t include them.

My LJ is pretty barren these days, but I'm fairly active on tumblr if you want even more of a window into what I like. My older fic is largely accessible via my fic tag on LJ; newer stuff is either on my AO3 or fic tag on tumblr.

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As far as obtaining things goes:
  • Hamilton: Fortunately for those of us who look upon the ticket availability and despair, the complete original Broadway cast recording is on spotify, the lyrics plus annotations are on Genius, and you can purchase the album for $20 on iTunes. Since Hamilton is almost entirely sung/rapped through, the OBCR contains the entire show except for one scene, which Lin-Manuel Miranda put up on tumblr anyway. The album is around two and a half hours long. Do not listen to Act II on public transit if you don't like crying in front of people.
  • Cowboy Bebop is 26 episodes long. Each episode runs about 20-25 minutes. You can watch the whole show for free on Hulu. (I highly recommend watching the dubbed version, if you can -- it's excellent.)
  • A Dark Room is free to play here. If you have an iOS device, you can purchase the game in the iTunes store, too. The mobile version has a few more story events. It took me about three hours to complete the game, and it's the kind of game you can (and sometimes have to) leave idling in the background for a little while.
  • Suikoden III is now available on the PSN for $10! You can snag a used copy for the PS2 on Amazon for $20 or so, but the PSN version's definitely more cost-effective. Suikoden III takes about 35-40 hours to play if you stick to the main plot, and around 55-60 hours if you're a completionist.

    Thanks again, Yuletide author - I hope you have fun this year!

    - Puel
  • oh look puel's being pretentious again, in which i say social construct a lot

    Dear Yuletide Writer 2014

    Thanks so much for writing for me! I love all my teeny-tiny fandoms, and I'm thrilled that other people want to tell stories about them, too.

    As a general note, I know my prompts have a ton of questions and options, but by no means do I expect you to address every single one in whatever you write. I'm mostly trying to give my Yuleauthors a lot of options because I know the matching process isn't always exact. That being said, if the prompts really aren't working for you and there's another story you want to tell, feel free to ditch the prompts entirely and do your own thing -- I'll still want to read that story.

    So! Things I like. I love CONFLICT and CONSEQUENCES, whatever forms they might take. I love seeing how the macro- affects the micro-. I love struggle and recovery and things that don't come easily and things that don't work out as planned and things that must be dealt with and strength that comes from unexpected places. Hurt/comfort is the sweet angst-flavored nectar of my soul.

    I also like: facepunching; snappy dialogue; moral complexity; the occasional happy ending; the occasional less-literal-more-euphemistic happy ending; long slow awkward relationship development; people who never get to make out; people who do get to make out; people who have to jump through rings of fire before they can make out; and issues of agency and authority.

    My favorite character tropes include: fallen idealists, and people who do the wrong things for (what they hope are) the right reasons and get slapped in the face with consequences. Genuinely good people trying to do the right thing in unjust worlds. People who are equal parts cocky brilliance and self-destruction. Characters who are giant dopey puppies. Hypocrites, especially when the characters in question know that they’re hypocrites. Tsunderes. Characters who are struggling with their inner monsters, especially when literal monsters are involved. Broken people trying to put themselves back together and not being quite sure how to do it.

    I'm comfortable with any and all ratings and quite a few pairings, too, as long as you make me believe the sex/violence/etc. within the context of the story. I definitely like porn, and love kink. Genrewise, I like everything from romance to horror to humor, as long as there's conflict in it somewhere. (So non-sequitur-derived humor and fluff/sap don't really do it for me.) Happy endings are fine, unhappy endings are fine, endings that are a little bit of both are fine, as long as the characters have earned them through their actions and through the consequences of those actions.

    Do Not Wants: Misogyny and slut-shaming (especially as the punchline of a joke), unless those attitudes get deconstructed in-story. Queer erasure. Infallible protagonists. Pregnancyfic, especially mpreg. Incest. Romanticizing abuse. Scat, vomit, and watersports. Detailed descriptions of violence inflicted on hands or eyes.

    Situational DNWs: Issues of consent (dub- or noncon). Polyamory, particularly polyamory as the solution to a love triangle. AUs. Fix-it fic. Unless I’ve talked about these in the optional details of a specific request, please don’t include them.

    My LJ is pretty barren these days, but I'm fairly active on tumblr if you want even more of a window into what I like. My older fic is largely accessible via my fic tag on LJ; newer stuff is either on my AO3 or fic tag on tumblr.

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    As far as obtaining things goes:
  • Macross Frontier is unfortunately not available legally in the US (although other countries might have an easier time of it) due to licensing issues with the franchise. There are plenty of streams and torrents around, though. The anime is 25 episodes long.
  • Animorphs is also a little hard to get, as it’s out of print, and the site offering the whole series in ebook format just had to remove those ebooks. You can find used copies for pennies on Amazon, or find a torrent for the ebooks, but it’s a process. The series is 54 books long, with most of the books clocking in at around 20-30k, plus a bunch of specials. Loren is one of the main characters in The Andalite Chronicles, one of the aforementioned specials, and enters the series proper in the 49th book.
  • Sleepy Hollow is actually easy to find! Yay! If you aren’t currently watching it on Monday nights on Fox, you can find it on Hulu. The first season is 13 episodes long; 5 episodes have aired of the second season at the time of this letter. Each episode is about 40 minutes long.
  • Sengoku Basara is another undertaking. Oichi’s first appearance is in Sengoku Basara 2 as an NPC; she becomes playable in Sengoku Basara 2: Heroes. Neither game is available in English, although there are playthroughs on YouTube and translated game scripts on GameFAQs. Sengoku Basara 3 is available in English as Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, although you’re going to have to sink in a fair bit of play time before you unlock Oichi. Sengoku Basara 4 is also unavailable outside Japan. Oichi appears in the first season (and briefly in the second season) of the Production I.G. anime, which you can find on YouTube and Hulu. Judge End, an anime adaptation of the third game, is available through Funimation.

    Thanks again, Yuletide author -- I hope you have fun this year!
  • suit the action to the word, scraps from a great feast of languages, the goddamn shakespeare

    Dear 2013 Yuletide Author

    Dear Yuletide Author,

    Thanks so much for writing for me! I love all my teeny-tiny fandoms, and I'm thrilled that other people want to tell stories about them, too.

    As a general note, I know my prompts have a ton of questions and options, but by no means do I expect you to address every single one in whatever you write. I'm mostly trying to give my Yuleauthors a lot of options because I know the matching process isn't always exact. That being said, if the prompts really aren't working for you and there's another story you want to tell, feel free to ditch the prompts entirely and do your own thing -- I'll still want to read that story.

    So! Things I like. I love CONFLICT and CONSEQUENCES, whatever forms they might take; I love seeing how the macro- affects the micro-; I love struggle and recovery and things that don't come easily and things that don't work out as planned and things that must be dealt with and strength that comes from unexpected places.

    I also like: facepunching, snappy dialogue, moral complexity, the occasional happy ending, the occasional less-literal-more-euphemistic happy ending, cocky sons-of-bitches, long slow awkward relationship development, people who never get to make out, people who do get to make out, people who have to jump through rings of fire before they can make out, goofballs, brilliant and self-destructive people (who are also sometimes goofballs), and issues of agency and authority.

    I'm comfortable with any and all ratings and quite a few pairings, too, as long as you make me believe the sex/violence/etc. within the context of the story. I definitely like porn, and love kink. Genrewise, I like everything from romance to horror to humor, as long as there's conflict in it somewhere. (So non-sequitur-derived humor and fluff/sap don't really do it for me.) Happy endings are fine, unhappy endings are fine, endings that are a little bit of both are fine, as long as the characters have earned them through their actions and through the consequences of those actions.

    What I don't want: misogyny and slut-shaming (especially as the punchline of a joke), unless those attitudes get deconstructed in-story. Queer erasure. AUs, particularly a/b/o AUs, unless I've asked for AUs in the request. (Normally I'm all for AUs, but in three out of my four requests this year, I'm more interested in the world of the canon.) Infallible protagonists. Pregnancyfic, especially mpreg. Romanticizing abuse. Scat, vomit, and watersports. Detailed descriptions of violence inflicted on hands or eyes. For purposes of these requests, I'm not interested in seeing issues of consent (dub- or noncon/rape), though I'm all right with having it be a background element in the story if it's already present in the canon. I'm neutral on poly, but poly-fixes-everything stories make me grit my teeth.

    My LJ is pretty barren these days, but I'm fairly active on tumblr if you want even more of a window into what I like. My older fic is largely accessible via my fic tag on LJ; newer stuff is either on my AO3 or fic tag on tumblr.

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    As far as obtaining things goes:
  • Awoken is, like a lot of paranormal YA, a fairly quick read. Amazon has it for $11 in paperback and $5 on the Kindle.
  • Parasol Protectorate - Gail Carriger: The individual books run about 300 pages or so each, and there are five in the series. Amazon has a great deal for the set in paperback and on the Kindle right now.
  • Sengoku Basara: Unfortunately, the games that feature Shingen and Kenshin most prominently haven't been given an English language release. (We do not speak of Devil Kings.) You can track down playthroughs of their story modes and stages for Sengoku Basara, SB2, and SB2 Heroes on YouTube, and there are script translations up on GameFAQs, but it's an undertaking. It's probably easier to tackle the anime, which is available for free on YouTube and Hulu. Each season is thirteen episodes long; Kenshin and Shingen have more to do in the first season but still play a fairly major role in the second.
  • Fate/Zero is both an anime and light novel series. The anime is 25 episodes long, and the whole thing's available for free on Crunchyroll. Baka-tsuki has a complete translation of the light novels here. The anime is, by and large, faithful to the light novels, though there's some material in the novels (including information about Sola-Ui) that doesn't make it into the anime.

    Thanks again, Yuletide author -- I hope you have fun this year!

    - Puel
  • pretty pretty prose, i am so smart S-M-R-T, writing skillz

    Dear 2012 Yuletide Author

    Dear Yuletide Author,

    Thanks so much for writing for me! I love all my teeny-tiny fandoms, and I'm thrilled that other people want to tell stories about them, too.

    As a general note, I know my prompts have a ton of questions and options, but by no means do I expect you to address every single one in whatever you write. I'm mostly trying to give my Yuleauthors (Yulethors?) a lot of options because I know the matching process isn't always exact. That being said, if the prompts really aren't working for you and there's another story you want to tell, feel free to ditch the prompts entirely and do your own thing -- I'll still want to read that story.

    So! Things I like. I love CONFLICT and CONSEQUENCES, whatever forms they might take; I love seeing how the macro- affects the micro-; I love struggle and recovery and things that don't come easily and things that don't work out as planned and things that must be dealt with and strength that comes from unexpected places.

    I also like: facepunching, moral complexity, the occasional happy ending, the occasional less-literal-more-euphemistic happy ending, cocky sons-of-bitches, long slow awkward relationship development, people who never get to make out, people who do get to make out, people who have to jump through rings of fire before they can make out, goofballs, brilliant and self-destructive people (who are also sometimes goofballs), and issues of agency and authority.

    I'm comfortable with any and all ratings and quite a few pairings, too, as long as you make me believe the sex/violence/etc. within the context of the story. I definitely like porn, but porn isn't at all necessary if that isn't your thing. Genrewise, I like everything from romance to horror to humor, as long as there's conflict in it somewhere. (So non-sequitur-derived humor and fluff/sap don't really do it for me. ...well okay, except for my fourth request this year.) Happy endings are fine, unhappy endings are fine, endings that are a little bit of both are fine, as long as the characters have earned them through their actions and through the consequences of those actions.

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    As far as obtaining things goes:
  • Bring It On is about an hour and a half, and I think you can purchase (and possibly rent) it directly from iTunes. Amazon has it pretty cheap, too.
  • The Giver is a fairly quick read, and I believe it's still in print. I know Amazon has it in multiple formats, and I bet a lot of other booksellers online and off do, too.
  • The Inheritance Trilogy is a longer read. I believe each book is around 400-500 pages, though don't quote me on that. It looks like you can get all three for $20 at Amazon, at least at the time of this post.
  • Sengoku Basara is the biggest time commitment out of all the fandoms I've made requests for. The game is pretty long, and you can track down playthroughs of the different routes and all the cutscenes on YouTube, but I don't think anyone's put up a complete script yet. It's probably easier to tackle the anime, which is available for free on YouTube and Hulu. Each season is thirteen episodes long; the second one introduces Hideyoshi and Hanbei and briefly shows Mitsunari and (the older version of) Ieyasu at the end. Mitsunari gets the spotlight in the movie, which is getting released on November 6th and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. (You can also find downloadable and/or streaming copies somewhere in the vast wilds of the Internet. Ahem.)

    Thanks again, Yuletide Author -- can't wait to see what you come up with!

    - Puel

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    Grasping at Shadows [5/5] (Suikoden II, Jowy and the Highlanders)

    Seven months, 38.5k words, 88 pages, three garbled save files, two lost notebooks, one additional playthrough, way too many weeks of writer’s block, hours of whining, and a ton of attempts to make sense of the weirder parts of SII’s script later, I stick a fork in this fic, for it is done at last.

    And you know what, I don’t say this kind of thing a lot, but I honestly think it’s one of the best things I’ve written. I’m certainly proud as hell of it. And hey, I finished a novella-length solo project for once. It’s kind of a milestone for me.

    Title: Grasping at Shadows [5/5] (AO3)
    Author: puella_nerdii
    Fandom: Suikoden II
    Characters: Jowy Atreides; Luca Blight, Leon Silverberg, Sasarai,
    Rating: R (...is "Warning: Luca Blight" sufficient? If not, violence-bordering-on-graphic, war crimes, and shit-gets-real thematic content should cover it.)
    Words: ~8.6k in this chapter, ~38.5k overall.
    Notes: This fic is unofficially subtitled Jowy Atreides's Terrible Life Choices, by the way. The entire thing, particularly every instance of the word "Silverberg" in it, is Mithrigil's fault, and she knows why. (Additional thanks to surskitty for sending me a copy of SII's script.)

    Summary: "I'll stop this war my own way. No, I'll never let a war like this break out on this soil again. And as you say, I'm prepared to be dishonored, if need be. Nevertheless..." - Suikogaiden 1, Chapter 2

    Jowy Atreides wants to slay a monster and bring down a nation. But he has to strike in the right place at the right time, and strike deep while hiding his intent, and the monster is watching -- and laughing.

    Chapter One
    Chapter Two
    Chapter Three
    Chapter Four
    Chapter Five: The death of Luca Blight, and the beginning of what comes after.

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    Grasping at Shadows [4/5] (Suikoden II, Jowy and the Highlanders)

    Shorter chapter this time, and then there's just one left to go. Am I actually going to finish a solo longfic for once in my fannish life? Yes. Yes I am.

    And someone needs to shake Jowy and tell him if once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Seriously.

    Title: Grasping at Shadows [4/5] (AO3)
    Author: [personal profile] puella_nerdii
    Fandom: Suikoden II
    Characters: Jowy Atreides; Luca Blight, Jillia Blight, Seed, Culgan, and a certain cryptic seer.
    Rating: R (...is "Warning: Luca Blight" sufficient? If not, violence-bordering-on-graphic, war crimes, and shit-gets-real thematic content should cover it. Additional warning in this chapter for mentions of rape, as per Luca's backstory.)
    Words: ~5.7k in this chapter, ~30k overall.
    Notes: This fic is unofficially subtitled Jowy Atreides's Terrible Life Choices, by the way. The entire thing, particularly every instance of the word "Silverberg" in it, is Mithrigil's fault, and she knows why.

    Summary: "I'll stop this war my own way. No, I'll never let a war like this break out on this soil again. And as you say, I'm prepared to be dishonored, if need be. Nevertheless..." - Suikogaiden 1, Chapter 2

    Jowy Atreides wants to slay a monster and bring down a nation. But he has to strike in the right place at the right time, and strike deep while hiding his intent, and the monster is watching -- and laughing.

    Chapter One
    Chapter Two
    Chapter Three
    Chapter Four: It takes more than one man to start a war, and the death of one man won't finish it.

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    Grasping at Shadows [3/5] (Suikoden II, Jowy and the Highlanders)

    Biggest revelation for me in writing this chapter: I really love writing Jillia, and the more I write her, the more she reveals how awesome she is. (I was also excited to get a chance to introduce tiny!Albert, and I think this won't be the last time he pops up, either. D'aww, little precocious redheaded munchkin.)

    Making Jowy's life awkward and painful continues to be a delight. :D Hey, he does a lot of it to himself.

    Title: Grasping at Shadows [3/5] (AO3)
    Author: [personal profile] puella_nerdii
    Fandom: Suikoden II
    Characters: Jowy Atreides; Luca Blight, Jillia Blight, Agares Blight, Seed, Culgan, Leon Silverberg, and a guest appearance by tiny Albert Silverberg.
    Rating: R (...is "Warning: Luca Blight" sufficient? If not, violence-bordering-on-graphic, war crimes, and shit-gets-real thematic content should cover it. Additional warning in this chapter for mentions of rape, as per Luca's backstory.)
    Words: ~7.4k in this chapter, ~24.1k overall.
    Notes: This fic is unofficially subtitled Jowy Atreides's Terrible Life Choices, by the way. The entire thing, particularly every instance of the word "Silverberg" in it, is Mithrigil's fault, and she knows why.

    Summary: "I'll stop this war my own way. No, I'll never let a war like this break out on this soil again. And as you say, I'm prepared to be dishonored, if need be. Nevertheless..." - Suikogaiden 1, Chapter 2

    Jowy Atreides wants to slay a monster and bring down a nation. But he has to strike in the right place at the right time, and strike deep while hiding his intent, and the monster is watching -- and laughing.

    Chapter One
    Chapter Two
    Chapter Three: If you make me your brother, I'll make you king. In which Jowy lives up to his word.

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    A Hasty Proposition (Suikoden I, Flik/Odessa)

    And then I switch from poking Jowy Atreides with all the sticks to Flik and Odessa being awkwardorable. I think this one is basically spoiler-free, too! Unless “Flik and Odessa are my precious precious babies” is a spoiler, which I don’t think it is.

    Title: A Hasty Proposition
    Authors: Mithrigil and Puella Nerdii
    Fandom: Suikoden I
    Characters/Pairings: Flik/Odessa; Viktor, Humphrey, sundry members of the Liberation Army, and beer. Lots and lots of beer.
    Words: ~4800
    Rating: PG-13 (non-explicit but still-present discussion of sexytimes)
    Don’t know the fandom? You might still like this if you enjoy: Country boys and city girls, things as close to romantic comedy as Mith and Puel will ever get, gender-reversing traditional fantasy narratives, the prospect of a burly semi-drunk bear playing Dan Savage.

    Summary: Flik names his blade. He knows what that means. Odessa doesn’t.

    ( "'Cause yeah, that kid hasn’t been around any block I know, but he ain’t bad with a sword, so I figured--" )


    I'll add the LJ/DW links tomorrow, when Mith gets around to crossposting it over here.
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    Grasping at Shadows [2/5] (Suikoden II, Jowy and the Highlanders)

    "Jowy and the Highlanders" almost sounds like the name of a band. That's not this 'verse, though.

    Also, writing this much Luca Blight really does necessitate showers afterward.

    Title: Grasping at Shadows [2/5] (AO3)
    Author: [personal profile] puella_nerdii
    Fandom: Suikoden II
    Characters: Jowy Atreides; Luca Blight, Seed, Culgan, Rowd, Riou, Leon Silverberg, and eventually the entire Highland cast.
    Rating: R (...is "Warning: Luca Blight" sufficient? If not, violence-bordering-on-graphic, war crimes, and shit-gets-real thematic content should cover it.)
    Words: ~6.3k in this chapter, ~16.7k overall.
    Notes: This fic is unofficially subtitled Jowy Atreides's Terrible Life Choices, by the way. The entire thing, particularly every instance of the word "Silverberg" in it, is Mithrigil's fault, and she knows why.

    Summary: "I'll stop this war my own way. No, I'll never let a war like this break out on this soil again. And as you say, I'm prepared to be dishonored, if need be. Nevertheless..." - Suikogaiden 1, Chapter 2

    Jowy Atreides wants to slay a monster and bring down a nation. But he has to strike in the right place at the right time, and strike deep while hiding his intent, and the monster is watching -- and laughing.

    Chapter One
    Chapter Two: Jowy makes his bid for power, and ends up with far more than he bargained for.

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    Grasping at Shadows [1/5] (Suikoden II, Jowy and the Highlanders)

    I have slaved over this thing for I don't know how long. Intermittently, I admit, since I was somewhat preoccupied with my thesis, but apparently I am telling the long and involved saga of Jowy Atreides's Terrible Life Choices because as much as I hate his stupid face, I also love him.

    I am not used to this telling-a-character's-story thing, y'all. Or to writing monsters. I blame Mith. Slightly-unfamiliar ground aside, I'm proud of this one.

    Title: Grasping at Shadows [1/5] (AO3)
    Author: [personal profile] puella_nerdii
    Fandom: Suikoden II
    Characters: Jowy Atreides; Luca Blight, Seed, Culgan, Rowd, Kiba Windamier, eventually the entire Highland cast, and Riou in absentia.
    Rating: R (...is "Warning: Luca Blight" sufficient? If not, violence-bordering-on-graphic, war crimes, and shit-gets-real thematic content should cover it.)
    Words: ~10.4k in this chapter (I know, I know)
    Notes: This fic is unofficially subtitled Jowy Atreides's Terrible Life Choices, by the way. The entire thing, particularly every instance of the word "Silverberg" in it, is Mithrigil's fault, and she knows why.

    Summary: "I'll stop this war my own way. No, I'll never let a war like this break out on this soil again. And as you say, I'm prepared to be dishonored, if need be. Nevertheless..." - Suikogaiden 1, Chapter 2

    Jowy Atreides wants to slay a monster and bring down a nation. But he has to strike in the right place at the right time, and strike deep while hiding his intent, and the monster is watching -- and laughing.

    Chapter One: Assassinating Anabelle may have secured Jowy a place in Highland's ranks, but it hasn't earned him anyone's trust -- least of all Luca Blight's.

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