March 2, 2015

My Dark Haired Fereldan Beauty: Highever

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So Liz won’t leave me alone until I write her LizZev story. Even though Zev won’t show up for ages. Dramallamas ahoy! :D

Spoilers for the Human Noble origin, obviously, and for Origins in general.


Highever, Autumn


“Father?” Elizabeth Cousland walked briskly into the great hall of Castle Highever. “Oh! I did not know you had company already…”

“I’ll send my eldest off with my men at once,” Bryce Cousland was saying to his friend, Rendon Howe. “No need to keep the king waiting. But tomorrow, you and I will ride out just like the old days!”

Rendon Howe chuckled. “Though we both had less grey in our hair, and we fought Orlesians, not… monsters.”

“But they’ll still smell the same,” Bryce said, laughing in turn. “Ah, pup, I didn’t see you there. Come greet Rendon! Rendon, I don’t think you’ve seen my daughter Elizabeth in some time.”

“You have grown lovelier than ever, Lady Elizabeth,” Rendon said, bowing to her.

“Thank you, Arl Howe,” Elizabeth said, curtseying in her dress of blue Antivan silk. “I hear your men have been delayed on the roads?”

“Indeed,” Howe said, sniffing with distaste. “The rains have done terrible things to the highway. I am glad that I came on ahead.”

“Fergus will lead the Highever soldiers to Ostagar today, and tomorrow Rendon and I will ride with the Amaranthine men.” (more…)

February 23, 2015

A Shakarian Moment

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Filed under: Writing — Tags: , , , — Illinia @ 12:35 am

Was going through some old stories on my computer (in preparation to writing new stories, yayyyy : P ) and found this. May as well post it…

For the record, my favourite Mass Effect pairing is Shoker, but I also wanted to fix the Shakarian romance starter, because it always bugged me. (Here’s another person’s interpretationwhich is also great. (Danger Shepard is awesome, lol)) And Garrus is soooooooooo dreamy……… lol. (Also I had a terrible time naming my femShep.)


Garrus was unusually quiet and fidgety when she came down to the main battery to visit, after they returned from Miranda’s “little” excursion to run interference for her sister’s escape.

After a few minutes of failed mission talk, failed small talk, she fixed the gunnery officer with a curious but quelling look. “What’s the matter, Garrus?”


Stars, she loved those subharmonics. Not that she was going to tell him, that, though. Making a move on a subordinate, even – especially – one she trusted as much as Garrus, could be fatal. To the success of the mission, no less. (more…)

January 18, 2015

Technology Actually Hates Me

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Filed under: Random blog posts — Illinia @ 8:29 am

I’ve had several adventures in computering this week… First was when I attempted to play Trine with Thari and discovered that Hamachi was… broken? Which led to an hour and a half of trying to figure out how to redownload it, including making an account on the LogMeIn website, which was a useless idea, and at the end of it all Trine still didn’t work multiplayer. Supposedly the Enchanted Edition adds proper online multiplayer functionality like Trine 2 has? Sort of? But it’s not showing. But at least now we can see each other on Hamachi properly. (If anyone knows how to get multiplayer in Trine working properly, please comment below. Actually, if you know how to get multiplayer working in Neverwinter Nights, also please comment below, because that one’s not working for us either.)

Second was when I wanted to stream To the Moon to another friend. The Steam Stream didn’t work… Livestream Procaster didn’t work… I had to download OBS, and then I had to find out how to connect that to my Livestream channel, and then I could play after a couple hours fighting with it. Apparently it only runs in windowed mode. This one was actually the easiest to solve, as different people had asked questions about every part that I had problems with, so there’s documentation on the internet in various places if you too wish to stream To the Moon using OBS connected to a Livestream channel. (more…)

December 28, 2014

RPGMaker DLC: Arabian Nights review

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Filed under: Random blog posts — Tags: , , — Illinia @ 8:58 pm

Arabian Nights

A set of Arabian themed tiles, as implied by the title. Full price $10.99. Ten images, including three animated doors, two animated fountains, some crates, two floor/wall tilesets, and two decor/accessories tilesets. One of the doors and the fountains are animated. I have to say the interior floors are very lovely. On the exterior accessory sheet, there are windows of many kinds, towers, a well, plants, market stalls, signs, and lanterns. It’s a fun page; I especially like the five market stalls. On the interior one, there is a lot of furniture in different orientations, though only in two colours, cushions and curtains, some shelves and a kitchen, among other things. Oh yes, and an oil lamp, if you’re seeking to make an Aladdin game or something. :) I do especially like the beds; they look soft and rich. (more…)

December 26, 2014

Art Improvement Memememememe

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Filed under: Random blog posts — Tags: — Illinia @ 1:24 am


Out of curiosity…

December 14, 2014

Map Attack

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Filed under: The Rifted Riders — Illinia @ 2:16 am

The map is part of the foundation of our story, a part that needs to be really really solid, and for some reason my brain has decided that now is the time to throw more concrete at it. So here goes.

A thing I’d like to talk about: I feel like the maps we’ve drawn do not adequately convey the vastness of an entire planet or at least a supercontinent. They feel more like a medium-sized continent.  This makes it hard for me to properly visualize working with countries on the scale that we’ve determined them, which could be one reason why I want to scale things back, so that the facts we’ve set out and the impressions in my head match more closely. I actually think that none of us really have grasped the real dimensions of the space we’re working with, that mentally we’re working with a space the size of Europe, when we need to be mentally working with a space the size of the Eastern Hemisphere – Eurasia+Africa+India+Oceania, maybe. (more…)

December 11, 2014

Updating in progress…

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Filed under: Random blog posts — Illinia @ 6:31 pm

Today I started updating and revamping the website. You won’t see any changes on the front page for a while. However, I’m going through the archives, cleaning them up, removing irrelevant data, and making use of the Read More tag on long posts – especially story chapters. Once I get to the present day, I’ll start adding the art that I’ve been producing over the last year which is mostly available on Deviantart anyway. And then I will redo the aesthetics because it’s been a while and it needs it.

I’m three months in out of 79. Good luck to me…

EDIT: Done editing… Next step is create art, so that’s not going to happen any time soon : P Take a look at that to-do list…

November 27, 2014

Anima’s Seal: Episode 4: Dragon’s Breath

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Episode 3: Mercenaries, Part 2          Episode 5: Pherae’s Son


Derp derp derp, another tough random battle at the end here… This chapter came out a little weird. Rigel is not how I was expecting her, at all. But what’s really frustrating is that I keep writing more and more words, and I don’t seem to get any closer to the end of the story! : P

Also nope, can’t upload two chapters a night. They’re just too long and involved. I’ll be lucky to get to the end of Episode 6 or 7 before I have to abandon this temporarily to work on Sinterklaas and Christmas madness. Meine sterne.


November 25, 2014

Anima’s Seal: Episode 3: Mercenaries, Part 2

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Episode 2: Mercenaries, Part 1          Episode 4: Dragon’s Breath


Righty, this one is lacking in action but it doesn’t matter so much, gotta keep moving forward, gotta get to the end, and anyway it’s just bandits and we all know they’re the least of challenges, right? End of the episode was hard. Non-dramatic plotty stuff + work day = brain mush. Actually it feels more like fuzz than mush. But anyway. Pent’s little jaunt there is kind of wasted. I might edit it later. Tomorrow, perhaps. When my brain is less mush.

This story is basically an excuse for me to get all my absolute favourite characters together and have them all be awesome. You realized that, right? : P And yes, the other characters who I’m not even using eventually are also great, and everyone does deserve some spotlight, but I can’t have EVERYONE be my favourite. (yesican) But I do have to say Rath was a bit of a surprise – he was vastly helpful beyond the little role that I had originally envisioned for him. Also that Isi guy? Totally out of nowhere. Added some nice drama. For some reasons drama’s been easy to write in this story even when I’m not even trying. Weird.

Sacaean party music: voila. At least to the end of the fantastic crazy part (about 4:40). (more…)

Anima’s Seal: Episode 2: Mercenaries, Part 1

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Episode 1: Exiled         Episode 3: Mercenaries, Part 2


Right, here’s Episode 2. I was just going along, wondering how I’d get Ceniro his first merc job (much the same way he himself was) and Roger was like “oh hei I’m just passing through” and I was like “dude! You’re perfect!” I mean, now I don’t have to create a whole new character that no one will care about since he’s not an integral part of the story. So here’s Roger, the young Duke of Deis in Etruria, and hopefully he resolves a few questions you may or may not have had after reading about him in The Tactician and the Jewel.

…If anyone even reads this stuff. : P

Names are the biggest hang-up I have in this story. All these new names, people names, place names, they all have to have the Fire Emblem feel while not being too horribly exotic – or not exotic enough. I suspect that from here on, while Sacaean culture is going to be primarily Mongolian, place names will be Native American – I get both vibes from the hints the game drops. (more…)

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