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Here’s the next chapter of my Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir/Stargate SG-1/BtVS crossover fic ‘A Plague of Serpents’ (Sequel to ‘Debt of Blood’). This chapter is 7,150 words, rating R. Previous chapters can be found HERE. If you remember back to the preceding chapter (and it was posted almost exactly a year ago, on January 11th 2011, so you might not) it ended with Chantry getting her throat cut and dying. Luckily, in Faerûn, that’s not necessarily final…

A Plague of Serpents: Chapter Eight )

speaker_to_customers: (storm of zehir)
Here’s the next chapter of my Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir/Stargate SG-1/BtVS crossover fic ‘A Plague of Serpents’ (Sequel to ‘Debt of Blood’). This chapter is 9,725 words, rating R. Previous chapters can be found HERE. This is the chapter in which Buffy makes her entrance; she’s going under an alias but I think you’ll spot her easily enough.

A Plague of Serpents: Chapter Seven )

speaker_to_customers: (storm of zehir)
Here’s the next chapter of my Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir/Stargate SG-1/BtVS crossover fic ‘A Plague of Serpents’ (Sequel to ‘Debt of Blood’). This chapter is 9,500 words, rating R. Previous chapters can be found HERE.

A Plague of Serpents: Chapter Six )

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It’s been a long time since I posted any fic – the World Cup followed by WriterConUK has kept me otherwise occupied – but I’m back in action now. I’m starting with a return to ‘A Plague of Serpents’, the world’s first ‘Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir’ fanfic. It’s the sequel to ‘Debt of Blood’ but, in previous chapters, that hasn’t been obvious. Now it is.

Thanks to those who entered my poll asking for a name for Kelleth’s leopard. I went with [livejournal.com profile] woman_of’s suggestion but I’ve referenced some of the others in the story.

This chapter is 9,000 words, rating R. Previous chapters can be found HERE.

A Plague of Serpents: Chapter Five )

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After the longest break from fic-writing since I came to LJ (due to the World Cup being followed by getting ready for the [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk event) I'm writing again and the story I'm busy with is 'A Plague of Serpents'. I've reached the point where the male protagonist, the ranger Kelleth, acquires his Animal Companion - a male leopard. I can't think of a good name (Chantry suggests 'Spot' but that's just her being typically bloody awkward, the Wombat suggests 'Kitty' but that's just her being...) and so far the NWN2 built-in Random Animal Companion Name Generator hasn't come up with anything I like. Anyone have any suggestions?

[Poll #1605781]
speaker_to_customers: (Storm of Zehir)
I really should have been finishing off ‘Debt of Blood’ this week, or the next ‘Tabula Avatar’ chapter – I’ve had requests for both – but that’s not where the inspiration led me. After a brief diversion into a New Testament/Conan crossover called ‘The Good Cimmerian’ (not yet ready for publication) I returned to a story I haven’t touched since May and which has, perhaps, the smallest readership of any of my WIPs (although I like it).

‘A Plague of Serpents’, the world’s first ‘Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir’ fanfic. Set in the ‘Tabula Avatar’ universe rather than the official ‘Forgotten Realms’ game world, and incorporating the changes that Buffy and Co. have made to Faerûn, but otherwise not a crossover (Buffy and Dawn will make a cameo appearance later). Set five years on from ‘Tabula Avatar’, although a long way from where that story takes place, and may contain some slight spoilers. When I started this story I estimated that it would come out at 30,000 words. I’m now at just over 28,000 and not at the half-way point yet. My revised length estimate is 75,000 words. This chapter is 9,300 words, rating R. Previous chapters can be found HERE.

A Plague of Serpents: Chapter Four )

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Dave Arneson, co-creator of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’, died on April 7th. In his memory I have returned to the fic that is closer to pure D&D than is ‘Tabula Avatar’; ‘A Plague of Serpents’, the world’s first ‘Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir’ fanfic. Set in the ‘Tabula Avatar’ universe rather than the official ‘Forgotten Realms’ game world, incorporating the changes that Buffy and Co. have made to Faerûn, but otherwise not a crossover. Set five years on from ‘Tabula Avatar’, although a long way from where that story takes place, and may contain some slight spoilers. Previous chapters can be found HERE. This chapter is 9,000 words, rating heading towards R.

A Plague of Serpents: Chapter Three )

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Here is Chapter Two of the world’s first ‘Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir’ fanfic. Set in the ‘Tabula Avatar’ universe rather than the official game world, incorporating the changes that Buffy and Co. have made to Faerûn, but otherwise not a crossover. Five years on from ‘Tabula Avatar’ and may contain spoilers. I estimated that the story would be 30,000 words long but it looks as if I’m going to be way over that; because I want it to be accessible to readers who have never played the game I’m having to spend time describing characters and settings whereas in a pure fanfic their names suffice. I wrote 6,000 of this chapter’s 7,250 words in 2 days, however, so it will probably be completed fairly quickly if I can keep that pace up. Rating about PG-13 so far although it may climb later. Chapter One was HERE.

A Plague of Serpents: Chapter Two )

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I’ve been more or less absent from LiveJournal for probably longer than ever before. I’ve missed too many birthdays to even try to catch up and I’ve posted only one ficlet since mid-November. There are two reasons; decorating the bathroom, which occupied me during the run-up to Christmas, and ‘Storm of Zehir’ (the second expansion for ‘Neverwinter Nights 2’).

‘Storm of Zehir’ is a huge let-down after the previous games. The plot is sketchy, there is much less interaction with characters, and a big part of the game is filled with tedious and repetitive tasks. The few dungeons are far too small and the outdoor encounters are formulaic. Yet its very imperfections have inspired me to write fic, which ‘NWN2’ and ‘Mask of the Betrayer’ never did, after engaging in a lot of discussion on the Bioware/Obsidian boards about certain moral dilemmas within the game.

It's set within the ‘Tabula Avatar’ universe, rather than the canon Forgotten Realms, but five years on from where we are in that story – and it does contain one rather large TA spoiler. Buffy will make a cameo appearance in a later chapter but it’s not really a BtVS crossover - more of a crossover with ‘Stargate SG-1’, in fact, as it's the sequel to ‘Debt of Blood’.

It doesn’t require any knowledge of the ‘Storm of Zehir’ expansion (not that many people have played it, after all, not even [livejournal.com profile] melancthe as far as I know) and anyone who has read ‘Tabula Avatar’ shouldn’t have a problem following this story. The central protagonists are Original Characters (a requirement in the game) but I think that I’ve probably set a new world record for the heroine who is least like a Mary Sue. I’d be interested to hear what you think…

Summary: Shar’s turn away from Evil has upset the cosmic balance and a new dark god is rising to fill the gap. A young priestess is sent on a perilous mission to a nightmarish jungle land where she must face primitive savagery, sophisticated corruption, and the horrors that lie in her own past.

A Plague of Serpents: Chapter One )

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