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Master List of Elizabeth Culmer's Fiction


General Disclaimer: These stories are based on characters and situations created and owned by other people and corporations. I make no money from this borrowing of intellectual property, and intend no copyright or trademark infringement.

Organization: This list is organized primarily by fandom; within each fandom, it's arranged first by associated story cycles and then by writing date. Word counts and writing dates are approximations.

Content/Warning Policy: 1) I am not consistent about warnings! I use them when I remember, for a few relatively broad categories of potentially problematic content, but if something is off-page, non-explicit, or generally backgrounded, I probably won't think to note it in the metadata. Read at your own risk! 2) The things I try to warn for are explicit sex, rape, murder, torture, cannibalism, incest, depression/suicide, familial dysfunction, and occasionally also societal dysfunction (aka dystopia). Sometimes I just slap a general content warning on all my fic for a given fandom and don't label each individual fic. I also don't generally warn for violence, unless the violence in a fic is dramatically out-of-step with the violence in its source canon. 3) I don't use any content rating system unless I'm posting to a site or community that requires or encourages ratings, because I find movie-style ratings counter-intuitive when applied to written fiction, and not particularly useful for anything other than denoting the presence of explicit sex, which I already note in the metadata.

Quality Rating System: I've marked my favorite stories with asterisks, on a scale of 1 to 4. The more asterisks, the more I like the story. This doesn't necessarily mean that stories without asterisks are bad, just that I don't like them as much. Also, I am not claiming to be an arbiter of taste; you may love stories I dislike, and vice versa. I am just providing a heads-up about the ones that I think are best written and/or most interesting.

Where To Read: What I post on my journal tends to be the equivalent of a beta draft. If I have cross-posted a story literally anywhere else (except Tumblr; fic content there is just a mirror of fic content here), read the version that isn't on my journal. Versions on AO3 are definitive. If there is no AO3 version, read the ff.net version. If there is no ff.net version, read the FictionAlley version (only applicable for HP fic). Failing that, read the journal version, because that's the only one there is.

Harry Potter Fanfiction

Naruto Fanfiction

Angel Sanctuary Fanfiction

Chronicles of Narnia Fanfiction

Homestuck Fanfiction

Minor Fandom Fanfiction
(currently includes BtVS/A:tS, Daredevil (MCU), The Dark Is Rising, FF7: Mercverse AU, Inception, and Star Trek: AOS)

Miscellaneous Fanfiction
(Currently includes: American Gods, An Ash-Blonde Witch, Arthurian Mythology, Avengers (MCU), Batman, the Bible, the Black Jewels series, the Bourne trilogy, Captain America (MCU), Charlotte's Web, Code Geass, the Darkangel trilogy, Death Note, Discworld, Doctor Who, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, The Girl with the Silver Eyes, Glee, Gormenghast, Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU), Hamilton, Hexwood, The Homeward Bounders, Howl's Moving Castle, Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, Lucifer (comics), Mad Max: Fury Road, Merlin, the Oz books, Ranma 1/2, Rise of the Guardians, Sailor Moon, Saiyuki, Seaward, Shakespeare, Star Wars, Tam Lin (Pamela Dean), White Collar, Wolf Hall, X-Men, and Yu-Gi-Oh!)

Crossover Fanfiction
(I do not cross-list crossovers and fusions under their component fandoms; this is the only place to find them. Currently includes: the Anita Blake series, ASoIaF, Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Black Jewels series, BtVS, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chronicles of Narnia, the Darkangel trilogy, The Dark Is Rising, Discworld, Doctor Who, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Ender's Game, Gundam Wing, Harry Potter, Hikaru no Go, Homestuck, Inception, the Indiana Jones movies, Leverage, Lucifer (comics), MCU (various), Merlin, Naruto, the Oz books, Sandman, Stargate: SG-1, Star Trek: AOS, Vorkosigan Saga, Welcome to Night Vale, and a couple other things that only appear in memes rather than actual fic.)



These stories are all mine! *grin* I use the same warning policy and quality rating system as for my fanfiction.

All Original Fiction


My various bingo cards: Cotton Candy Bingo, Round One (Blackout!); Cotton Candy Bingo, Round Two; Daredevil Bingo; Genprompt Bingo; Domestic AU Prompt List
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Summary: Ekanu and Denifar on the vision isle. (250 words)

Note: This ficlet is another snippet of "Harvest," this one set sometime after Harvest: Downwind -- I'm inclined to think perhaps the next morning?

Harvest: Stepping Stones )


I would really like to finish "Harvest" by the end of the year...
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Summary: Ekanu takes a class on the history of the Three Day Revolution and the end of the Estarin Empire. (415 words)

Note: This ficlet is set during Ekanu's student years in Estara, though judging by her grasp of Common and recognition of Trinitarian religious imagery, she's been there at least a couple years. So it comes after Learning To Listen, Barycenter, and Craftsmanship, but before Seduction in which she goes to Vinaeo to begin her service payment for her education.

Ripples in Time )


Yay, I wrote a thing! It's tiny, but still. A thing!

This was kind of odd to write, because I had to placeholder several things while writing and then go look up the details later from my world-building files. Like, I remembered the name of the last high priest, but not his number or official title; likewise, I couldn't remember if I'd ever come up with titles for the local head priest/priestess of the three Estarian deities, or named the bay at the mouth of the Mekhul River. Turns out I hadn't. *shrug* Well, at least Nesta's clergy now have titles. And I suspect the bay is called the Bay of Sinnesta, because let's not get fancy here. (Sinnesta is Estara's port, btw, since the coast has moved several miles downstream since Estara's founding.)
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Summary: Ekanu finally tells Kadeotak that she's going to leave home. (325 words)

Note: This is kind of... backstory for a future story? It's set during the opening section of Learning To Listen, which is the tale of how and why Ekanu came south to Estara and wound up studying at the University and befriending Denifar. Kadeotak is Ekanu's childhood friend, which is clear in "Learning To Listen." She and Ekanu are also each other's first lovers, which is not especially clear in that story. But it's always been true in my mind.

Kadeotak is also an important character in the as-yet-unwritten story (or stories) of Ekanu's initial return to the Domaris, so I wanted to get her properly on-page and start exploring who she is as a person.

Empty Hands )


For reference, Ekanu's name literally translates as 'I listen,' and what Kadeotak says -- Ekanu kanususkaket -- means 'I-Listen never listens at all!' Kanu = to listen, suska = never (a negation of ka = always), and ket is an emphasis particle. Kadeotak talking about Ekanu flying away is also a bit of a joke, since Ekanu's family name, Sulila, means '[a/one] thousand birds.'

Kadeotak's name means 'empty hands,' hence the title and the line about filling them.
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Summary: Ekanu spends the summer on the shores of the Inner Sea in Nivenos. (350 words)

Note: This ficlet is set when Ekanu is in her late thirties, after she's attempted to settle down in Pythas and start a family with Ain Taylak. That fell apart for various reasons and she's been doing University chapterhouse inspections again, this time in Nivenos rather than Yanomy, until she got shipwrecked in a spring storm near the western coast of the Inner Sea. Jou Shaha Vagyu found and saved her, and they've been living together while Ekanu heals.

Wash Us Clean )


I have been wanting to write these two together for years, and ha! I finally managed it. :-) The actual full-length story may end up being from Jou Shaha Vagyu's POV -- I have an opening paragraph to that effect, written longhand a few years ago -- but for the moment I'm just glad to plant a little signpost toward future goals.
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Summary: Ekanu rides the wind, but not as a leaf. She is a bird, and will always return to her home. (300 words)

Note: Look, it's original fiction! \o/

So, okay, things I may not have mentioned about Ekanu. She does eventually end up in a stable relationship with Ain h'sut chung h'Ril of Pythas, but it's not a closed relationship. He stays in one place and raises their daughter, but Ekanu never stays put anywhere for more than a few years. And when they're apart from each other, it's understood that they can love as they will. (This is partly a Domaris cultural thing, and partly a personal negotiation.)

This freedom results in two "outside" sexual relationships on Ekanu's part: one with Jo├║ Shaha Vagyu, a fisherwoman of Rudara, which is a mostly coastal saltwater marsh country on the Inner Sea of Nivenos, and one with Refan sin Alar, an Akhite mystic living in Talstrom in the rural lands around the holy city of Ikhalla. There's also her ongoing relationship with Kadeotak, her old best friend/lover from the Ice, but that predates everyone else in her life -- yes, even Denifar -- so it's not really the same category.

Anyway, Ekanu is in her early forties in this ficlet. Refan is about ten years younger.

Migration of Souls )


You know, I should really finish "Harvest" one of these days...
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From the department of random world-building:

1. Color Symbolism of the Church of Three

I wrote a fic about Firshome last week, called Against the Flood, in which I mentioned a mosaic of a religious symbol: a stylized silver wave in a circle, on a background of blue, green, and purple tiles. The wave-in-circle is the symbol of Nesta of the Waves, one of the three deities of the Estarian Trinity. (The other two being, of course, the Serpent and the Star.)

The thing is, those are not the colors most people would use to represent Nesta. Her main colors are blue and red, because she is not just the goddess of water. She's also the goddess of birth and death and blood.

The Serpent's colors are green and orange, for earth and fire. (He also has brown and yellow, as Nesta has purple and gray.) The Star's color is white, though that's generally twinned with black to set it off, and since black is also a "pure" color -- pure darkness, as opposed to pure light -- it has become an unofficial secondary association over the millennia.

Anyway, it interests me that Maranea designed a mosaic that ignores half of Nesta's symbolism. She's trying to have beauty without pain. This fails, of course, but I am now wondering if there's a smooth way to explain in that fic about the missing element of her mosaic, and why it adds a bit of painful irony to her loss and initial denial of that loss.


2. The Names of the Gods

The Serpent and the Star presumably have names, but those names are either not known or too sacred to use. Nesta seems to be an exception, but actually her "name" is a contraction of Nemes Esta, which means "Mother Star" in Old Estaran (the ancestor language of Common). The Old Estaran form of "the Star, the Serpent, and Nesta of the Waves" is tar Esta, ta Malek, on Nesta far te Vessil.


3. Some Notes on Old Estaran

Old Estaran is a Vanadian, or Eastern Estarian language (Akhite, if you will), but heavily influenced by the Fiarin languages of the Mekhul River delta where Eloriel and her band of followers settled and built their holy city. The Akhite influence shows up in basic grammar, while the Fiarin influence shows up in a lot of loanwords, and also an interesting distinction where -an refers to something relating to Estara-as-a-place, while -in (which is a Fiarin form) refers to something relating to Estara-as-a-people. The latter form became associated specifically with things relating to the Empire, and the distinction between place and people has been lost in modern Common. (It still exists in Fiarin languages, though, which are among the few old Estarian languages that survived through the centuries of Imperial rule.)

Estara is from Esta-alla (or, in a dialect variant, Esta-ara), the homestead or city of the Star: Star City, Startown, even Starborough, if you will. Estaria is from Esta-arya, meaning the country or land of the Star, or, alternatively, the country/land of (i.e., dominated by) Estara. (In Akhite languages and dialects, incidentally, the letter Y is pronounced as a consonant when followed directly by a vowel. If it's pronounced as a vowel -- the long I of "fine" -- it's separated from the following vowel by an H. For example, Svedanya is pronounced Sveh-dan-yah, while Melkyha is pronounced Mel-ky-ah. The H is mostly silent. Under the influence of Fiarin pronunciation, -arya elides to -aria, and later to just -ia, with the I pronounced as the long E in "me.")

Old Estaran has a grammar with marked similarities to modern German, except with only one definite article. The definite article does change depending on noun case (which you can see in "the Star, the Serpent, and Nesta of the Waves" above -- the first two are nominative case while the third is dative case), and in all cases the definite article adds a terminal -r when preceding a noun that begins in a vowel.

I am not sure if Common still marks cases by changing definite articles and adjective endings. This is because I always 'translate' Common as English -- I have never included 'untranslated' words or phrases the way I have with, say, Arhadikim and Hlaenish. But Common is not actually English, and I do try to remind myself that it's not English... though I am not as good at remembering that as I ought to be. *sigh*


4. A Few Thoughts on Translating Imaginary Languages

Because Common has a background grammar at least somewhat similar to German (and therefore not too dissimilar to English), and because I have made up a fair bit of grammar for Arhadikim (which is not similar to English), it's not too hard for me to figure out the grammar points that are most likely to trip Ekanu up as she's learning Common. If she sounds convincingly as if she's speaking a second language, that's why.

It's harder for me to find the stumbling points when Ekanu is speaking Pythran with Ain, since I have not done any work on creating Pythran as a language. The one thing I have noticed is that she seems to misplace time-related words in her sentence structure, which suggests to me that Pythran (and therefore either other Harulin languages, other Yanomese languages, or maybe both!) treats time-related words -- especially modifiers -- differently from other modifiers. That interests me. I'm not sure what it might mean, but it's definitely interesting.
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A snippet about Ekanu watching Denifar do woodcarving, set after Learning to Listen and Barycenter, but before Ekanu leaves for Vinaeo in Seduction. (325 words)

Craftsmanship )


Ekanu has a thing for people who work with their hands. This is most noticeable in her attraction to Denifar and to Ain, who are both mechanists, but it also appears in her attraction to Kadeotak, Darei Ko'en, and two other people who guest-star in as-yet-unwritten stories. Interestingly, I didn't realize this quirk until I actually wrote her interacting with Ain in Pythas and the blatant similarities (in profession, not personality) between him and Denifar socked me in the head.

Funny how we learn things about characters. :-)
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I have mentioned a few times over the years that I am working on a story called "Small Mysteries," wherein Ekanu meets Ain Taylak, the man she eventually marries, while she is on assignment as a chapterhouse inspector on the continent of Yanomy. I am not anywhere near done with the story, but I have a section that more or less stands on its own as an introduction. It will be 1/4 to 1/3 of the finished story.

Ekanu is about 25 years old here. Ain is 24, but he acts older. "Small Mysteries" is set after Harvest and before Getting to Know You and Nor Good Red Herring. There is brief reference, in one of the songs Ekanu sings, to the events of For Want of a Nail. Also, I stole the first verse of the Ramchad funeral song from Terry Pratchett's Small Gods, but the rest of the verses are my own, as is the tune I sing it to. *grin* (2,950 words)

Small Mysteries, part 1 )

To be continued, whenever I get around to writing more. :-)
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Here is another piece of "Harvest." This is set after Ekanu and Denifar have a screaming argument on the vision island. Here they begin to tentatively make up -- mostly because Denifar is a city boy and very much not into this whole 'nature' thing, and Ekanu is willing to take an indirect approach to hashing out their issues. (300 words)

Harvest: Downwind )


Incidentally, what I really wanted to do with this prompt was write up a version of a story Vicky and I brainstormed ten or twelve years ago. It was intended to be a comic -- kind of a teen romantic comedy superhero spoof -- called "Island Girl." The idea is that some kids in the Star Island/Cass Lake community had superpowers and secret identities and served as protectors of the island against various nefarious evil-doers. It was loosely environmental in message, but that wasn't the real point.

The main character was Island Girl, who defended Star Island against the depredations of the Bank Eroder. Her sidekick, Rip Rap, was secretly a kid from the town of Cass Lake who worked at the Sailstar Marina, and the Bank Eroder (in his civilian identity) worked as a clerk at Teals grocery store. Another girl (we were never sure whether she was an islander, a mainlander, or somebody who frequented one of the mainland resorts) went by Lady Windigo, and would sometimes work with Island Girl and sometimes work with the Bank Eroder, depending on her whim.

Island Girl's grandfather had been a hero in his youth, who went by the moniker Trail Maintenance. He had fought the Litterbug, who later reformed and married him; she was Island Girl's grandmother. Following in her grandparents' romantically troubled footsteps, Island Girl had a crush on the civilian identities of both Rip Rap and the Bank Eroder, but she didn't know that they were her sidekick and her nemesis. I think Lady Windigo might have known (and she and Island Girl did know each other's civilian identities), but because Lady Windigo was playing her own game, she basically sat back and laughed at Island Girl's romantic mishaps.

Vicky did some character designs at one point -- they mostly involved bathing suits and domino masks, with beach towels for capes -- but we never really worked out a plot and she got bored of comics, so nothing ever came of the scenario. Which is a pity; it was awfully cute, in a doofy way.

Anyway, I wanted to write about that, but it requires too much explanation for 15 minutes. Maybe some other day. *grin*


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