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NFE assignments are out, and having looked at my recipient's prompts and letter, I have to say, my biggest question here is not, "Can I work with this?" (the answer is YES, by the way; thank you, [personal profile] snacky!) but rather, "Is it even worth trying to be anonymous?"

Well, I could easily be anonymous on one of the prompts, because I have never written anything about that particular part of canon (and everyone can just wonder for several weeks whether I am using 'part' to mean book, era, character, location, or something else), but the others... um. Let's just say that they would be VERY EASY to write, and they would give me away in half a heartbeat.

Unless I go AU to my personal headcanons. Which could be really interesting! But I hate unnecessarily reinventing the wheel, and it's oddly frustrating to create something that would fit into my Lost Chronicles timeline except for Thing X, whatever Thing X may be.

Heh. You know what? This is where I wish I were [personal profile] rthstewart and had other people writing fanfic of my fanfic, because then I would have at least a little built-in plausible deniability. *wry*

...

Or wait. It suddenly occurs to me that this is the perfect excuse to explore certain OTHER vague notions that I haven't had any excuse to work into stories, but have kind of idly speculated about over the years. My recipient's prompts are very broad and forgiving in that fashion. Oooh. Yes. Okay, I think I have a plan...

*disappears in a flurry of evil laughter*

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Date: 2015-07-12 07:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heliopausa
:) It sounds like you'll have a lot of fun, juggling! (as for me - fairly flummoxed at this stage.)

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Date: 2015-07-13 07:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marmota_b
I have a similar problem - not that my style and stories are that known, but that I immediately got an idea that would, however, give away a faraway plot point for my story in progress! So I will have to work around that idea somehow. Thankfully, there isn't much of a plot idea yet, so I think working around it will be quite easy...

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Date: 2015-07-13 10:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marmota_b
And to you!

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Date: 2015-07-14 02:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rthstewart
Eh. SO WHAT. If you know that your recipient would love more about Shezan and Ilgamuth, I say GO FOR IT -- mostly because I'd love another story of them. Yes, it's bad form to ask for specific things like that -- people asking for stories in someone's verse are a nightmare to match. But if you know your recipient is someone who would love a story like that hint hint, I think they would be delighted to receive such a story. I know I would.

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Date: 2015-07-15 05:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] transposable_element
You know what? This is where I wish I were ´┐╝rthstewart and had other people writing fanfic of my fanfic, because then I would have at least a little built-in plausible deniability.

You vant I should write some Shezan & Ilgamuth fanfic?

(I don't know what the Yiddish accent is about here...)

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Date: 2015-07-16 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] transposable_element
That's an interesting question.

In the Eastern pantheon it would probably be Zirit, the Destroyer, who is dangerous, but rarely deliberately cruel. She destroys, but not wantonly. She is the sister of Tash, and to some degree his antagonist. But I haven't thought as much about that pantheon, so I'm not sure. [ETA: the priesthood of Tash is all male, so definitely not Tash.]

In the Southern pantheon I think it would have to be either Azaroth or Hahatoth. Hahatoth is the sky goddess, very cerebral, the goddess of judgment, patron of scholars. She's a lot like Athena, except for not being a virgin (she's the chief wife of her brother, Azaroth). Azaroth is the creator god, and he exists at the crossroads of sky, earth, and sea, so he's not really part of any realm. He maintains balance, partly by mediating among his three wives/sisters, who don't get along very well. He intervenes in human affairs only rarely, at times of great crisis. So when Kidrash swears by the Hand of Azaroth, he's swearing by the hand that rests on the fulcrum of existence.

Agnath and Sussureth are Azaroth's other two sisters/wives. I can't see Shezan being simpatico with Agnath, who is an earth/agriculture goddess. Sussureth might be a little undignified for Shezan, though her behavior in The Little Sea is partly a reflection of her relationship with Veledis, who is being a little disingenuous about how easy Sussureth is to call upon (they know each other quite well because Tanadar is a coastal province, basically a narrow strip of land between the coast range and the sea).

As you say, Zardeenah would be out; she's an absolutist, and her priestesses tend to be fanatics. On the other hand, she's also the most widely worshipped deity in the empire, even more than Tash, whose worship (at the time of HHB) is growing because the Tisrocs actively promote it. The other gods of the Southern pantheon are more minor gods, mostly the children of Agnath or Sussureth, both of whom sleep around and have a lot of offspring. Hahatoth has only two children, Zardeenah and Ishtelah. Nobody worships Ishtelah because she finds prayers and sacrifices tiresome and really just wants to be left alone with the souls of the virtuous dead, but she is the subject of a great deal of sacred art, most of it in Hahatoth's temples.

There's no single pantheon in the west. They've adopted some of the gods of the other regions of the empire, piecemeal, but their local gods are all nature spirits, sort of like the ones in Narnia. The islands are very diverse, and I haven't thought much about them. But anyway, Shezan, with her family connections, would certainly be a priestess of one of the "big" gods. She would have been brought up with the Eastern pantheon, but the pantheons are no longer fully separate by the time of HHB, so there wouldn't be anything scandalous about her becoming a priestess of Azaroth.
Edited Date: 2015-07-17 02:49 am (UTC)

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