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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I hope you have a wonderful Yuletide. Our shared rare fandom is joy, optional details are optional, and please don't get eaten by bears.

Things I like to read include: adventure, ghost stories, humour, horror, slice-of-life, alternative universes, tragedy, suffering, irony, drama, mystery, complicated characters, complicated relationships, character development, underexplored parts of canon universes, plot twists, banter, capable/competent characters, female characters having adventures or being central to the story, femslash, gen, het, slash, rare characters in the spotlight, unusual stories, being surprised, and many other things that hopefully cover what you enjoy writing. I'd love to read a story you want to write.

If there're any questions about this letter, feel free to go through the Yuletide Mods, or simply write the story you want to write - I'd much rather read fic that went in a direction you liked writing than a story that stuck to a prompt that wasn't working for you.

Fandoms
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Over Christmas, I wrote two gifts for two exchanges: one for Yuletide, and one for the Baldur's Gate Gift Exchange. Both stories were for the Baldur's Gate fandom.

Summary: The Bhaalspawn must survive with an unlikely companion when he's trapped in a cave.
Characters: Charname, Sarevok

I was the person who encouraged my recipient to sign up to Yuletide, so it made me very happy that they didn't guess my identity until after reveals!

Summary: Sylfana is going to kill Gromnir Il-Khan with her bare hands. Before that, she'll take a moment of luxury with her lover Edwin. Edwin romance, explicit.
Characters: Charname, Edwin

When PuggiePuggie said they didn't mind nsfw, I was happy to stretch my writing muscles and try writing some smut! I feel like I’ve become more repressed as I’ve grown older, so it was good to write an explicit story.
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 Over Christmas, I wrote two gifts for two exchanges: one for Yuletide, and one for the Baldur's Gate Gift Exchange. Both stories were for the Baldur's Gate fandom.

Summary: The Bhaalspawn must survive with an unlikely companion when he's trapped in a cave.
Characters: Charname, Sarevok

I was the person who encouraged my recipient to sign up to Yuletide, so it made me very happy that they didn't guess my identity until after reveals!

Summary: Sylfana is going to kill Gromnir Il-Khan with her bare hands. Before that, she'll take a moment of luxury with her lover Edwin. Edwin romance, explicit.
Characters: Charname, Edwin

When PuggiePuggie said they didn't mind nsfw, I was happy to stretch my writing muscles and try writing some smut! I feel like I’ve become more repressed as I’ve grown older, so it was good to write an explicit story.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I hope you have a wonderful Yuletide. Our shared rare fandom is joy, optional details are optional, and please don't get eaten by bears.

Things I like to read include: adventure, humour, horror, slice-of-life, ghost stories, alternative universes, tragedy, suffering, irony, drama, mystery, complicated characters, complicated relationships, character development, underexplored parts of canon universes, plot twists, banter, capable/competent characters, female characters having adventures or being central to the story, femslash, gen, het, slash, rare characters in the spotlight, unusual stories, being surprised, and many other things that hopefully cover what you enjoy writing. I'd love to read a story you want to write.

If there're any questions about this letter, feel free to go through the Yuletide Mods, or simply write the story you want to write - I'd much rather read fic that went in a direction you liked writing than a story that stuck to a prompt that wasn't working for you.

I'll Be Away: I'm expecting to be without internet from about December 21 to January 3, but I hope to read and comment on Yuletide as soon as possible. Thank you again for writing for me, and sorry in advance for being away on the date.

Decameron - Boccaccio (book)
The Way To The Lantern - Audrey Erskine Lindop (book)
Baldur's Gate (video game)

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Bhaalspawn Rebellion, a Baldur's Gate fanfic. (Archiveofourown version.) 94K words, complete.

This story was soft science fiction - hot butter on the Mohs scale - with swords, spaceships, and a fun universe that I don’t own to play around in. I enjoyed writing it.

Summary: Baldur’s Gate, IN SPACE. Lionstone XIV, the Empress, rules as a tyrant from the Iron Throne. The warrior Ourawang, daughter of Bhaal, seeks to overthrow her, but not without help from a cyberrat, an esper, a thug, and a mad terrorist. Fusion crossover with Simon R. Green’s Deathstalker series. Don’t need to know canon.

Main characters: Bhaalspawn, Imoen, Aerie, Montaron, Xzar
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Bhaalspawn Rebellion, a Baldur's Gate fanfic. (Archiveofourown version.) 94K words, complete.

This story was soft science fiction - hot butter on the Mohs scale - with swords, spaceships, and a fun universe that I don’t own to play around in. I enjoyed writing it.

Summary: Baldur’s Gate, IN SPACE. Lionstone XIV, the Empress, rules as a tyrant from the Iron Throne. The warrior Ourawang, daughter of Bhaal, seeks to overthrow her, but not without help from a cyberrat, an esper, a thug, and a mad terrorist. Fusion crossover with Simon R. Green’s Deathstalker series. Don’t need to know canon.

Main characters: Bhaalspawn, Imoen, Aerie, Montaron, Xzar
blueinkedfrost: (Canon necrophilia)

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I hope you have a wonderful Yuletide. Our shared rare fandom is joy, optional details are optional, and please don't get eaten by bears.

Things I like to read include: adventure, humour, horror, slice-of-life, alternative universes, ghost stories, tragedy, suffering, irony, drama, mystery, complicated characters, complicated relationships, character development, underexplored parts of canon universes, plot twists, banter, capable/competent characters, female characters having adventures or being central to the story, femslash, gen, het, slash, rare characters in the spotlight, unusual stories, being surprised, and many other things that hopefully cover what you enjoy writing. I'd love to read a story you want to write.

If there're any questions about this letter, feel free to go through the Yuletide Mods, or simply write the story you want to write - I'd much rather read fic that went in a direction you liked writing than a story that stuck to a prompt that wasn't working for you.

Fandoms:

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Regis is a ruler, a powerful spellcaster, or both of the above. Wallis is a wrongdoer, who was once Regis’ lover, relative, or best friend. When Wallis does something utterly evil, Regis can’t bear to execute someone they still care about - so Wallis is exiled instead.

And, because fiction is never about plans going right, the exiled Wallis prepares for revenge and comes back worse than ever.

Examples of this trope include My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic; Baldur’s Gate; and the truly execrable novel ‘The Fifth Sorceress’ by Robert Newcomb.

So, the question is: what’s the ruler’s ethics here? The exile’s attempt at revenge inevitably puts many more people’s lives at risk. Maybe the ruler’s the worst villain here, for endangering people twice over.

First, mercy above justice. In the course of justice, none of us should see salvation; we pray for mercy, and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy. If the ruler shows mercy to a wrongdoer, that’s a good sign.

But second, let’s demand fairness. If some people get away with light punishments for serious crimes because of whom they’re related to, or whom they befriended, or whom they used to date - that’s nepotism. We don’t enjoy that.

I’d like part of the answer of this to be that the ruler shows mercy when they can, as a habit, not just to the few people they’re close to. And the ruler’s mercy becomes them better than any crown, sceptre, or sword. The ruler’s mercy is one of the things that separate them from the wrongdoer, one of the qualities that their country values most in them. Their mercy is not a weakness.

Another part of the answer should be, I think, is that the exile punishment sometimes works, or could have worked. Maybe some wrongdoers make new lives for themselves in another country and accomplish something terribly important to someone, by walking along the right road at the right time or by using their skills to help instead of harm or by retiring to grow vegetable marrows and solve murder cases. Maybe the story of that one exile who came back with deadly vengeance isn’t the only ending. Maybe the ruler choosing the exile punishment was a risk, a risk on the side of mercy, and it failed in that one case - but it was a better kind of failure than some ruthless successes.

Above all, I don’t want the answer to the story to be, 'You know what would’ve solved this exile problem? Capital punishment. Lots of capital punishment. Summarily execute the wrongdoer instead of bothering with exile, and that would totally save the day.’ That’s not a solution that works in real life, and I find it fundamentally unsatisfying in fiction.

The ruler isn’t going to be perfect (work toward democracy already!). The wrongdoer could have a complicated personality, an admixture of light and dark as they make the choice whether to use their exile to strive for change or repeat their cruelty. The ruler faces a difficult choice, balancing mercy and justice, duty and passion, sentencing a loved one for a terrible crime, mediating punishment and payment and protection of the land, and hoping to the last hope that people can choose to change.

Mostly, I’d like stories of this type to let mercy be a good quality.

Full credit to Shakespeare and Portia.

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For Yuletide this year an Amazing Anonymous Author gave me a brilliant, long, worldbuilding fic! It’s about a character I love.

Unys of Vespi by Anonymous

A girl is the heroine of her own story - even if that girl is a vain, petty, fickle pelflyt, and well aware of it. The question is whether it is to be a story of love, revenge, politics, or faith.

This is set in the Legendsong series, which are two Australian fantasy novels about an alternative universe. A dying musician and a martial artist from our world, sisters, must save a world strange to them. Keltor, a planet made by the Song, is mysterious and beautiful with silverblind soulweavers who see parts of the future, sinuous striking villainesses, scarred young singers, Heathcliff-like healers exiled halfway around the world for love, myrmidon warrior women, imprisoned unicorns, and spoilt noble girls with decisions to make in the immediate future.

That spoilt noble girl with decisions to make is whom the story’s about. It’s beautifully written with lots of worldbuilding details. Unys of Vespi has some character development coming up…

There were also four new fics in Baldur’s Gate this year.

Upon the Shoulders of Density by Anonymous - utterly delightful drabble (exactly 100 words long!) about Minsc and Dynaheir. Dynaheir is introduced to Minsc’s new friend.

Time For Small Business by Anonymous - a great parody about the things that happen when Charname’s life takes a more mundane turn. Minsc, Jaheira, Edwin, and Mazzy are all hilarious in this fic. Charname sneaked a peek up at the shop front. THE HAMSTER OF JUSTICE, read the signage in suspiciously good spelling. A smaller heading underneath it read YOU PAY, I PROVIDE.

This Yuletide was arguably Korgan’s, since he was present in two full length fics, or alternatively it was Minsc’s, since he was a major character in a drabble and a full length fic. Either way, more Baldur’s Gate fanfic is awesome!

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