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Da Funk is Starcall? by Droid24747 Da Funk is Starcall? :icondroid24747:Droid24747 1 0
Fantasy Short Stories - Aspirations
    The city was bustling. Talking and shouting filled the air in the vast elvish metropolis of Shèng Chéng. It was a hub of conversation and trade and politics. The people chattered about the day's news; the season's harvest of vegetable and grain, news from adventurers trekking to the eastern mountains, the clergy's use of magic and their practices, the high price of Shamrock Weed from the Halfling land, the rough play the children get up to after their school, the slowing acceptance of Wood Elves and Dark Elves into natural society. Shèng Chéng was alive with talk. It was beset by a large stone wall encasing the residents and protecting everything therein. Here in this great capital of the Eldars, overlooking the snow capped mountains in the east sits the royal castle, a great whitestone structure towering over the rest of Shèng Chéng. This was the Wěidà de Fángzi, the residence of the Elfinqueen and the royal family, a long gen
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A Sylessae Christmas
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    The night before Christmas was cold, snowy and overcast. The whiteness of the snow melded with the white exterior of the house, a quaint double story house. The lights shone dimly through the frost encrusted windows. Slowly each of the lights turned off, one by one. The house was falling asleep. Inside the home was subtlety decorated for the holiday; a few Christmas lights here and there, tinsel wrapped around the handrail of the stairs, and a small Christmas tree in the nook of the lounge, complete with golden fairy lights and baubles to match. They too were switched off over time. At the light switch a man sighed and turned away. Having brought darkness to the home he preceded upstairs to rest before the big day. The man slowly walked inside, trying not to sti
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SMX Chapter 15 - Sydney
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Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation
Chapter 15 - Sydney
At Narita Airport everyone was sitting down, waiting. Usagi was at the end of the passengers lounge, she slept on Mamoru's shoulder while he was reading a book about Australia. Beside him Chibiusa was teaching Luna English, Luna never learned how to speak English before even though the rest of the family can all speak it fluently. "O mizu o itadaite mo īdesu ka?" Luna said.
"Okay." Chibiusa thought for a moment. "May I have some water? You try it."
Luna took a longer time to work out the phonics of the words. "Mei ai havu sam wota?"
"Hm." Chibiusa replied. "You still need to work on how you sound out words."
"Eh?" Luna asked.
"Oh! Anata wa mada anata no fonikkusu ni torikumu hitsuyō ga arimasu." Chibiusa repeated herself in Japanese.
"Ah, okai!" Luna gave Chibiusa a thumbsu
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SMX Chapter 14 - Countdown
Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation
Chapter 14 - Countdown
Along a dark hallway the professor walked with vigor towards the light at the end. A rattling could be heard every time he took a step forward, the drug was prepared. He reached the light and passed through the open doorway to find General Tsajei reviewing the most recent data from the spy drone. The professor stopped just passed the door to observe the General hunched over, resting over a crystalline console, watching the information pour over the screen close up. "General," the professor called out. "You wanted to see me."
Without so much as turning to look at him Tsajei replied. "I've been told by the Council that you have manufactured our drug." Immediately the professor opened his grey laboratory coat and extracted a glass bottle fill of transparent yellow pills.
Lifting the bottle in front of his face the professor shook the bottle and explained the drug. "AN46I-5/212. This is a rather unique formula using trisulfu
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SMX Chapter 13 - Phantom
Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation
Chapter 13 - Phantom
It was the night before Usagi's trip around the world, the tickets were bought and everyone was packed and ready to go. Suitcases lined the backside of the couch by the front door, each with their own name tags - Usagi Tsukino-Chiba, Mamoru Chiba and Luna Tsukino. The couple were already upstairs and sleeping in bed, Luna was about to go to bed herself. She entered the guest bedroom in her pyjamas late at night after a day of booking, packing, printing and organizing everything since Chibiusa, Nari and Chiyo are all joining them. Exhausted, Luna closed the door behind her and slowly walked up to and climbed into her bed. She let out a big sigh and stretched herself for a moment in bed before plugging her phone into the charger and relaxing herself, switching off the desk lamp beside her and drifting off to sleep. Her mind emptied; the energy of the day was spent on the computer and in the kitchen, tending to Usagi's needs
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SMX Chapter 12 - Chiyo Akemi: Sailor Pluto
Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation
Chapter 12 - Chiyo Akemi: Sailor Pluto
Setsuna's house was abuzz in activity, she and her daughter were quickly cleaning the house as they were expecting visitors. Chiyo was kneeling down, dusting the windows while Setsuna finished the last of the vacuuming. "Puruto!" She shouted over the machine. "Can you dust the tables now?"
"Just a sec!" Chiyo was just finishing off her window, wiping in down one last time. "Okay mother." She got up and headed over to the coffee table in the lounge room. Chiyo was dressed for home, a simple black t-shirt and track pants - comfort clothes for lounging about. Chiyo was unlike any other of the school girls in Juuban Municipal High School, she was a goth chick. Chiyo's appearance reflected this; she normally wears makeup like other girls, heavy eyeliner, black fingernails and a deep maroon lipstick, but she also applies a very small amount of rice powder on her cheeks - the makeup Geisha use to color their fac
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SMX Chapter 11 - Timelines: Setsuna
Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation
Chapter 11 - Timelines: Setsuna
20 years ago
With the television blaring in the background Setsuna was typing furiously on her computer, the keys clanking loudly. Behind her the television was showing a documentary, an English documentary dubbed in Japanese - the Planets. As Setsuna was working on her thesis in Physics she was very much addicted to watching this documentary, in this case she was just about complete and the show was starting. She could hear the music beginning to swell and the narrator began his speech. "1977-Nen 8 tsuki, boijā to yoba reru 2-ki no uchūsen ga shinji rarenai hodo no tabi o hajimemashita." Setsuna frantically typed her closing paragraph as quickly as she could so she could focus all of her attention to the show. "Karera ga nan jū oku-mairu mo no uchū kūkan no kiken kara ikinokoreba, karera wa tōkute kimyōna sekai ni tōtatsu s
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Forbidden Love Chapter 2
Chapter 2
    In a very ordinary two story house a woman was polishing the coffee table, dusting the glass. She was expecting company today, an old friend was visiting and she wanted the place to look spotless. She was by herself, her husband has been away for a long time and was not expected for another week. As she was cleaning she hummed a melody, a brief tune she heard somewhere some time ago. "Done!" She stood up and wiped the sweat off her brow. "Phew!" She sighed, then she looked around, looking at the state of the house. The lounge room was perfect, the table is clean, the rug vacuumed and the television polished. The dining room was spotless, the table covered with a pink tablecloth and a vase of fresh daisies from the garden. The hallway was free of clutter and the kitchen was pristine, the benches cleaned and everything was stowed away. The woman sighed again. "Okay, I'm done." She undid the cloth headband and let down her fringe, golden str
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SMX Chapter 10 - AN46I-5
Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation
Chapter 10 - AN46I-5
Two cycles have passed in the Negaverse and inside the scientific building General Tsajei was inside a darkened room with a scientist, they were both observing another Nitrogen test on another alien, this time he was a free citizen of the Negaverse - a volunteer who was prepared to die for the greater good of the empire. Once again gas seeped through the invisible vents and unlike the slaves and aliens before him he was calm and ready. The gas continued to flood the room although this time, unlike any of the other test subjects there wasn't an immediate reaction; the man seemed unaffected by the gas. "Hm." Tsajei grunted, he saw for the first time the marvels of biological manipulation and smirked. "Perhaps there is a use for science in war." He heckled. The professor took no notice of the General's barb, focusing on the test subject and his reactions. The citizen was still sitting on his seat, thinking to himself he may b
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Chris Sifniotis' LibraryFeel free to browse...
Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation
<Halted until further notice...>
Sailor Moon X Chapter 1 - Consequences (Part 1)
Sailor Moon X Chapter 1 - Consequences (Part 2)
Sailor Moon X Chapter 2 - the Grand Plan
Sailor Moon X Chapter 3 - Reunion
Sailor Moon X Chapter 4 - the Complexities of Love
Sailor Moon X Chapter 5 - the Council
Sailor Moon X Chapter 6 - Timelines: Makoto
Sailor Moon X Chapter 7 - Star Crossed Love WARNING! Contains Mature Content
Sailor Moon X Chapter 8 - Nari Asanuma: Sailor Jupiter
Sailor Moon X Chapter 9 - Proving Ground
<< Chris Sifniotis' Library, feel free to browse... I'll update it after Chapter 7 of Forbidden Love is released

So the past eight months since I returned to dA has actually been a very informative period; the internet is so much more different than I every really expected, very nearly all of my friends have gone which isn't that much of a surprise, being seen takes so much effort that anyone with a weak will and a small circle of friends might end up leaving dA - that's a huge thing I want people to take away here - and finally that finding the right people really change the future. From the time that I restarted in April I genuinely thought I'd end up leaving dA for good because I was getting nothing at all, but now I have a very supportive group of new friends who encourage me a great deal. I just want to take a moment to thank these people here; Arasteia is a great artist who does a lot of creepy pieces, I'm not a fan of the darker side but her art is extraordinary and she is a great person to talk to. She made a series of journals about mental health as well as a ripping good read artists who are finding trouble breaking into the site. You know what, here's the link to it! It's seriously worth the read. sylessae is another great artist who is doing a project that kinda ballooned into this massive artist movement. If you're not aware of Starcall it's a wonderful initiative where artists can collaborate to create artworks freely for artist that are otherwise unable to pay for commissions. It's a great idea and definitely worth backing, go to sylessae's profile page for more information and how to apply a request or to become an artist for Starcall, tell her Chris sent you. ^_^ Bugger it! Watch Syl while you're at it! DarkAngelsRhapsody is one of my oldest friends on dA, she was here with me back in the heyday of dA in 2006 and 2007 and she remains to be one of my best friends here, definitely up there with Arasteia and sylessae. She does fantastic 3D landscapes and the occasional writing. She tells me she's read all me work this whole time, I don't believe her but I love the compliment. xD
Lastly I want to shout out two artists in particular, Lady-Raven16 and Chaolamity . Both of them did something for me that I never really ever had happen before, they both created fanarts of my original characters. I know them from sylessae's Discord server but these weren't Starcall requests so much as they were interested in making piece of my characters. >///< I've never been so flattered before. Lady-Raven16 did my personal favorite OC because she was the most unique idea I ever came up with; Chiyo Akemi who is the Millennial Sailor Pluto from my fanfiction, and Chaolamity did a really great job in recreating Lily from Forbidden Love.
I hope the new year will bring more good fortune and more friendly people to meet and talk with. I won't deny that I'd love more fanart by anyone willing to make any. But I also want to tell you that I'm also hyping over a new project to take one after Forbidden Love is over, I'm creating character profiles for a high fantasy epic I kinda teased a while ago but decided to take another direction. I intend to start it this year so if you like a unique high fantasy story with lots of colourful characters and unique ideas watch this space. :3

Starcall Request - Chiyo by Lady-Raven16
Liliane Bryce by Chaolamity


Chris Sifniotis
Well well well, It's been a very, very, VERY long time since I've come back here.

I first entered deviantArt about ten years ago when I was in high school. As you can see back then I was very much into fractal art, especially when it is used to express music. Since then I spent one truly wonderful year here, discovering great art, meeting fantastic people and talent, and slowly growing my confidence in both my work and my sociability, of which back then and as I do to a lesser extent now suffer from a terrible shyness. But as I left high school and work became an all-consuming part of my life both my creativity and interest in dA had died out.
Back then I felt it would be a special part of me that would break and that the reality of where I was in the real world would compel me to lose myself. The truly sad thing is that that's exactly what happened; as time went on I became less than my creative and colourful self.
However, since last year I've had a reawakening in my creativity and felt that sooner or later I'd return to deviantArt, so here I am, ready to once again take perhaps a new plunge into this great community.

In my previous life here on dA I was mostly a fractal artist and dabbled into other areas like fiction writing and albeit faltering attempts at manga art - one of my key deficiencies IS, I still have this problem, a complete lack of ability to draw a face or indeed a body in any direction apart from forward facing, this is something I MUST be able to fix.
Today it is entirely my intention to shore up my manga artistry as well as produce some of my ideas for fictions in the fantasy and science-fiction genres, and with new music from my favorite musicians I may yet produce more fractal art, even though I have not made any new works so I more or less left dA.


Okay, so a lot has happened between my last post and today. I had a trip touring Japan for about two weeks and had a lot of fun with my tour group, the experience gave me an idea for another story to work on later. After I returned I did suffer from a bit of a slow restart in writing but I kept going for a bit, however a month ago my old computer finally gave up the ghost and died. I bought myself a new one but the monitor was faulty and it needed  to be repaired, it took two full weeks. ;_;
Can you imagine not being able to do any art for three and a half to four weeks?
As you can see I have a fully functioning computer and am in fact continuing forward with my intention to write and while drawing has definitely taken a back seat I do draw ever so often, albeit not manga or realism but baby steps. I'm still part of Starcall and I still say artists ought to go to sylessae 's page or website to check out her stuff and Project Starcall. As for myself I'm still writing my original story first to get that first draft finished and edit it.
Commission work has never left my mind, I still feel like I'm not ready yet.
Da Funk is Starcall?
Some time around November I was invited into an artist community after first inviting the artist into my personal Discord server. The artist was sylessae and her community on Discord is where artists from all across her media networks come together and chatted and collaborated. It was also where I got my first real taste of Project Starcall, her initiative to help struggling artists collaborate and receive art requests for free. It's a positive community that deserves attention and recognition. Recently with an upgrade to it's site and a joke about a slogan for it all of a sudden I had the idea to draw a banner for myself. What was a doodle during my lunch break had turned into this work, the first drawing I've done in a very long time, more than half a year I think.
Da Funk is Starcall? is a recreation of the banner for Project Starcall in the style of Daft Punk's iconic Discovery album artwork with a few extra features to give it a distinct Starcall flavor. The lettering is specifically designed to emulate Daft Punk's font, it's not perfect but it is exactly how I pictured it. The rainbow lighting underneath the metal words is replaced with a bright pink to match the pink of the balloon, the colour for Starcall, also the balloon itself makes an appearance tied to the end of one of the letters. Another subtle touch is the star shape acting as the dot above the J. I'm not happy about the shading of the gray colour for the metal but I am most pleased about everything else, the entire design is excellent.
Da funk is Starcall?

I'm part of a great artist community known as Project Starcall, it was first created by sylessae last year and has since grown to a wonderful network of artists and writers. Since joining the group I've been doodling, it's now reaching a point where I'm slowly wanting to return to drawing after months of trying and failing last year. So I did this quick design of the community banner in a Daft Punk style and since will save the picture I'll then edit it in Muro to make it look so much better. It will be the first thing I've drawn in a very long time. :3

Filename by Droid24747
Made a quick reference sheet for when I draw the Jewel of Xihe. I'm doing a piece for the crown as a reference for a Starcall request and jotting down info like this is useful when I do it.
If I'm being honest I got inspired by ClaretClarinets design of the crown even though it was big. xD

Quick Reference Guide - Jewel of Xihe by Droid24747
    The city was bustling. Talking and shouting filled the air in the vast elvish metropolis of Shèng Chéng. It was a hub of conversation and trade and politics. The people chattered about the day's news; the season's harvest of vegetable and grain, news from adventurers trekking to the eastern mountains, the clergy's use of magic and their practices, the high price of Shamrock Weed from the Halfling land, the rough play the children get up to after their school, the slowing acceptance of Wood Elves and Dark Elves into natural society. Shèng Chéng was alive with talk. It was beset by a large stone wall encasing the residents and protecting everything therein. Here in this great capital of the Eldars, overlooking the snow capped mountains in the east sits the royal castle, a great whitestone structure towering over the rest of Shèng Chéng. This was the Wěidà de Fángzi, the residence of the Elfinqueen and the royal family, a long generation of regal men and women call it their home. Outside the castle door vendors were selling their goods to anyone of standing and business with the Elfinqueen. An elf woman appeared in a rather large purple robe and very plain hood resting behind her head. Her pale skin and striking features were instantly recognizable, but as is the modesty of the High Elves no one drew any attention to the Queen. She walked towards the castle door via the vendors. Like shrieking nagas waiting to strike they all tried to earn their worth. "Lovely lady," a man said "I have treasured scents from all the corners of the earth." The woman passed by and shooed him away.
The second vendor, a Dwarf man tried his luck. "Ma'am, exotic treasures from the Dogedom. Shining gold trinkets and beautiful jewels."
This time the woman stopped to observe the jewelry. The vendor had a great mass of treasure; rings, amulets, pendants, necklaces - all manner of decorative metalwork was available. The stall glittered and sparkled in shining gold. She pointed at one and asked "How much for this one?"
"Ah!" the Dwarf exclaimed. "A lovely piece of fingerwear my dear." He took the ring she wanted and held it to her. "A cut piece of genuine Life Mana, this ring can provide a blessing enchantment freely to whomever wears it. A very valu-"
"I'm not interested in that." she interrupted "I'm interested in the price." She towered over the man, he became terribly frightened by her stature and began to sweat like a boar roasting over a fire.
He stroked his bushy red beard and replied "Ehehe, the price. Normally it is 200 gold pieces, but for a lovely lady such as yourself you can have this for 175."
"Do not appeal to my vanity. We Eldars do not believe in such a thing." She reached her hand over the vendor's wooden counter. "I like to examine the ring please."
"But of course." the Dwarf stretched up to reach the Queen's hand and passed to her the ring, confident that she was not going to steal it. She brought the ring up close to her and studied its features. It was a very basic ring; a gold band with the charged jewel in its center, miniature flashes of light discharged inside the circular yellow gem, it flickered the radiance of the sunlight and the hues of the crystal. That was it, no engraving, no fine detail, no latent magic she could detect; nothing.
"You know this is Xiao Jinglíng, home of the original magic wielders." the Queen began to explain. "We have perfected the art of using Life Mana for centuries, millennia even. Why on this earth do you think you can sell a simply magic ring like this for such a high price?"
"Ehehehehe." he could not think to do anything except laugh nervously. "My dear, it is because of the magic that the price is so high." His attempt to sell the ring at an exorbitant price was falling apart.
"Except this is a simple blessing." She then placed the ring onto the counter and while holding it by her chest she pulled down the sleeve of her left arm to reveal a number of rings on her hand. "This one here-" she pointed to her fourth finger wearing a silver ring with a different Mana crystal jewel, looking gold in colour. "has so much power in it it can ward off unholy curses and protects me from the undead. It is called 'Xié'ède Bǎohùzhě', the Unholy Protector. It cost less than 300 gold." she then pointed to the ring on the counter. "That ring there is substantially less powerful than Xié'ède Bǎohùzhě." he sweated through his brown tunic, he stammered for a while before she continued. "The fact is you are trying to cheat me out of my money. No one deserves to be robbed," she paused to lean over the counter and stare directly down above the poor soul. "Not even the Elfinqueen!" She sighed exasperatedly and left the merchant to continue into the castle.
The dwarf was left standing there thinking to himself the Elfinqueen? Why'd she mention her? The merchant never noticed her pale golden hair, the two golden earrings pierced on the side of her left ear, the necklace with a Jīn Bǎoshí gem. All the affectations and placings of Elfinqueen Tiáojie Rén.

    The queen walked up to the castle, a massive wooden door rose above the open stone staircase, guards on each side of the door protected the entry point. As she approached the door the guards noticed her earrings and knocked on the door, he informed the guards behind the door that the Elfinqueen wished to enter. The guards were heavily armored pikemen; the polished steel breastplates gleamed in the sunlight. The tall men were fully outfitted, a complete suit of armor up to the neck with a little more than a steel hat to protect the head. They wore very plain looking attire, neither fashion nor aesthetic had a place in the military. Each guard held a very lengthy pike called Chángmáos, each man was a good seven and a quarter foot tall and their weapons towered over them and the door. The Chángmáos were also very basic things, twelve foot long wooden poles with a steel serrated spike at it's end, these objects could puncture through the bellies of ten fully grown men with a single piercing thrust.
"Zhùfú, Shǒuwèi!" Tiáojie Rén happily greeted the nearest guard to her.
"Zhùfú, Elfinqueen. How was your morning constitutional?" Guard Shǒuwèi replied. The noises of the locks, the other guards shuffling and the clacking of their armor traveled through the wooden door.
"Uneventful, although the Dwarf over there tried to swindle me." she poked her thumb behind her to the merchant.
He laughed as the door released and creaked open. "Dwarves and their gold." She continued into the castle and Guard Shǒuwèi bowed to her. "Have a good day Elfinqueen."
"Xièxiè!" she thanked him as she entered, the second guard held the door and swung it back into place.

    THUD! The large wooden door echoed within the large stone structure. The Elfinqueen proceeded further into the hallway before her menservants arrived, three youthful elven men in proper black tuxedos approached the queen to attend to her needs. She disrobed to reveal her royal attire; a silky sky blue dress, frilly and laced all the way down to the floor. The robe covered the full splendor of the Jīn Bǎoshí necklace, a shimmering golden chain with the jewel as the centerpiece. As she moved forward her porcelain white shoes poked out with each step. One of the servants claimed her robe and walked off while the others tended to her daily routines. "Milady you have no business in the morning, you are free until the mid day for your daughter's coronation."
"Thank you Púrén." she replied "Can you please send Fílos down to the hearth and start a fire?"
"Fílos?" Púrén asked.
"Indeed, I wish to have a chat with him before I see Zhìyù Zhe." Púrén bowed and proceeded out and up the large staircase in the center of the fort. "Fúwùqì, prepare some tea for us. Earl Grey please."
"Very well Ma'am." Fúwùqì bowed and also left the room, leaving the Elfinqueen by herself. She walked over to the empty fireplace by the side of the hallway and sat down on one of the wooden chairs there.
After just a brief moment Púrén came downstairs and helped an elderly man to come with him. "Milady, Servant Fílos." he announced at the foot of the steps.

    The man stammered his way towards the fireplace, clearly delighted to see Tiáojie Rén while Púrén proceeded to the hearth and began to ignite a fire.
"Fílos!" She got up and walked over to him, they hugged each other for a while. Fílos was an aged Archonian man, he was both the royal court's foreign advisor and a life long friend of both Tiáojie Rén and her husband Evimería. For a mortal man Fílos was a rather average height even at the ripe old age of 85, he wrapped his hands around her waist for her chest was at his eye level. Tiáojie Rén similarly tried to reach down and embrace her companion, even outstretched her arms were barely able to reach his back, so in stead her patted his head and brushed his long silver hair. "How has life treated you my friend?"
Still in her embrace Fílos replied with his decrepit voice "Oh, old man Chronos continues to steal away my good looks."
She laughed at his witty remark. "Come now. Asgardians don't care about their appearances, especially the men." They finished hugging and mutually pulled away from each other.
"It's not that we don't care my Queen, it's that we rather complain about it once we lose it." he quipped again.
They bother shared a laugh for a moment before she directed him. "Please Fílos, join me by the fire." She reached out to the fireplace now lit with a roaring fire. "Tea is getting ready."
"Ah!" he answered "Earl Grey is it?" she nodded in reply. "I'll have a pot and a yarn with you my queen." They both moved to the fireplace again. She helped Fílos to his seat, elf chairs are a good deal larger then mortal chairs, she lifted him off the ground slightly and placed him on the seat. He groaned slightly as he was put into the chair, he looked down for a moment to once again marvel at the sight. He sat on the edge of the seat and looked down at his feet, he could not reach the ground from his height although his wasn't so far that his vertigo affected him. He turned around to see the backrest, it loomed rather like a tall fence around a person's garden. It was quite literally an oversized chair by his perspective. She turned about and sat down by her seat opposite him.
Fúwùqì entered with a silver tray of tea and sweets. "Earl Grey Ma'am, with Baklava, Fairy Cake and shortbread biscuits."
Fílos was surprised. "You made Baklava for me? My favorite?"
"Chef Chúshī is well versed in Archonian cuisine." Fúwùqì responded "By the request of the Elfinqueen Chef created the desert since yesterday."
"Oh my word!" he grasped "I appreciate the effort my queen. Thank you."
"Well I've been meaning to have a good talk with you Fílos, especially now." Fúwùqì passed a cup of tea to Fílos and then to the queen. "Thank you Fúwùqì. As you know,-" she paused to drink a sip of her tea, Fúwùqì left the room to tend to the daily housekeeping. "Today my daughter Zhìyù Zhe will be coronated to be the next Elfinqueen. Since it is my last day today I'd like to use my last privilege with you before I step down."
Fílos began his tea as well. "I'm honored." They both smiled and continued to drink.
She finished her sip and inquired "I have a couple of questions for you if you don't mind." She sighed as her smile sunk into a more sad expression "It is about my late husband and my daughter."
"Of course. Go ahead."
She sighed again. "You are aware of the tumult that happened in the Eldar population about my wedding to Evimería." He nodded "How was the wedding perceived by the High Men?"
He grunted as he drank more tea, he set down his cup beside him on the seat and answer back. "The marriage was very well received in Árchontikó. We found the marriage of an Eldar to a High Man to be perfectly natural, in fact we perceive it as inevitable."
"Inevitable?" she asked "How so?"
He laughed and rightly pointed out "Our relationship between our people has been that of strong and lengthy friendship. We have never had ill will between us and in times of great fear and terrible war we have stood side by side to repel against the Orkind. Frankly my queen if the idea of such a coupling strikes you as strange you discredit the entire history of our peoples." He laughed some more as she smiled again, Fílos always knew how to brighten anyone with his wit and good humor.
"Oh I never believed in the hysteria." she lamented "I fell in love with his generosity and passion for peace."
"I knew him personally." he added, he lifted his finger to make his point. "Evimería was a very good man, exactly how you described him. He was a proper Eldarphile." He paused to drink more of his tea, she reflected on Evimería and the time they spent together. "It's a terrible shame the Eldars are so progressive in philosophy, yet the thought of being wed to anyone other than an Eldar is considered heathen."
She grunted while she drank her tea, she finished the cup and set it down on the tray. "Indeed. The people needed to know Evimería to understand why I loved him so." she sighed "I miss him terribly." before she smiled once again "But you know I see a little bit of his soul in Zhìyù Zhe, it's amazing to see so much of him in her, his sweet nature, his thoughtfulness, his intelligence. Every time I see her she reminds me of him."
"She is certainly her father's daughter." he replied "She is also her mother's daughter too. I have had wonderful discussions about philosophy with her." He paused to hear her chuckle, it was the first time in a long time he heard Tiáojie Rén laugh. "She is a very intelligent young woman my queen. I have no doubt at all that she will lead the country to peace and prosperity. Her wisdom and intellect will guild the Eldars to a bright future."
Slowly she nodded to Fílos' observation. "I certainly hope so." She got up from her chair and walked towards him, preparing to lift him off the seat.
"Don't you have another question for me my queen?" he asked her.
"No." she shook her head "Not anymore." She reached out to him. "Do you need help getting up?"
"Oh no, I don't want to get up." He reached over and pointed to the tray. "Just pass over the Baklava and I'll get myself up. If I need to the servants can help me."
"Very well." she walked right up to him and they hugged once again, their friendship was made strong by their candid and open discussions of all things. The queen stood back up and turned about to hand over the sweets. "Would you like some cake as well?"
"Uh, yes. Thank you." she carved a slice of the bright yellow cake and the golden pastry. "Here you are." She handed him a full plate. "I'm going to visit my daughter before her coronation. I'll see you at the ceremony." As he was eating his food he replied with a happy grunt, an audible hum of delight. He mumbled something with his mouth full of treats. Tiáojie Rén smiled and turned about to leave her good friend to his desert.

    Up in one of the turrets of the Wěidà de Fángzi a lone woman stood by the window of her room. She stared out to the mountains to the east and focused on the details of the scenery, the jagged peaks and deep troughs, snow capped and terribly high, a harsh and unforgiving part of the world. However one particular detail stood out and she focused on it deeply. It was a statue, a stone creation on the peak of one of the mountains. A cross with a thick circle outline on top, a simple design for a simple purpose - remembrance. The woman shed a tear, watching the statue from afar, when she heard a knocking at the door. "Zhìyù Zhe, are you ready dear?" the Elfinqueen inquired.
"Yes mother." she replied. Tiáojie Rén opened the door and entered her daughter's chamber, a small circular space compared to her own bedroom. Her bed rested off the the side, a simple bed with blue satin sheets and covers, on it the crown her daughter would eventually wear for the next hundred years sat quietly by itself - the Jewel of Xihe. Above the bed one of her paintings hung, her interpretation of a White Dragon. Zhìyù Zhe herself stood by the window opposite the door, beside her the easel rested on the stone brick wall with a heavily stained rag drooping off the stand. She wore her specially made dress for the day, the same sky blue dress as her mother's, with the same frills and lace. Unlike her mother's dress her attire had an embroidered design around the edges of the fabric, white triangular shapes in a seemingly random pattern created a border all along the bottom of the skirt and the sleeves. Also unlike her mother her sleeves were flared and hung low from her hands. Beside her easel she possessed a desk with a raised surface. It was in fact a drawing desk, a triangular surface to rest her books or papers on the sill and quietly work on her artistry or calligraphy or whatever it was she felt inclined to do. Beside the desk on its left was a torch for her to work at night, on the left side of the desk was a wooden coat stand where her night clothes hung off one of the hooks.
Noticing the crown Tiáojie Rén walked over to the bed. "Ah, I see you're not ready yet." She reached over to it.
She sighed "I won't ever be ready mother."
Picking up the crown the Elfinqueen walked towards her daughter. "You know, I remember my coronation quite well. It wasn't too long before the Race against Peace." Standing beside her daughter she handed her the crown; it was a magnificent piece, a shining golden headband, dazzling in polish and beauty. Around the band were sixteen short spires extended outwards, each one was short and stubby. The shape of the crown reflected the sun shining down onto the wearer for the sun was Xihe herself, the great Goddess in the sky who formed the earth and fashioned the elves in her likeness. As a final detail, sitting inside the front spire was a jewel of Life Mana, an eternal blessing cast over the wearer from Xihe. Zhìyù Zhe took the crown from her mother and examined the beautiful shape while her mother continued her story. "I was so scared I genuinely thought I was going to plunge us into terrible despair."
She continued to stare at the crown and asked her mother "Am I ready to become Elfinqueen mother?" She looked down to see Elfinqueen, this towering child watching over her own mother by a clear head.
She smiled at her "My dear Zhìyù Zhe, no one will ever truly know if they are ready to be a leader. I certainly didn't know when I ascended, but I was able to affect a peace treaty, end all violence and maintain the existence of those poor Orcs." She sighed and grabbed a hold of her daughter by the waist, she looked up to her and replied. "I was ready to be Elfinqueen, Zhìyù Zhe. I believe you are ready."
She sighed herself " I wonder about my people mother." She looked up and out the window again, she focused again on the statue in the mountains. It was a tombstone, that of Elfinking Evimería the Mortal - Zhìyù Zhe's father and Tiáojie Rén's dear husband. She watched her father's resting place and began to cry. "I wonder about all the trouble and tumult of today. A rising sense of hatred and racism is brewing. The people see me as a freak of nature, a half breed. They call me dirty, giant, muddy hair and darkened eyes."
"No Zhìyù Zhe." she comforted her despairing child. "Not everyone. A few random bigots who are stuck in the Second Age." She paused, watching her daughter break down was too much for her to bare. She became angry herself. "Those angry men still think Wood Elves are abominations, that Dark Elves are unholy freaks, and that the Eldars are the superior race over all humanoid races. We grew this insane systemic complex all that time ago that we were better than everyone. We are not that! The Wood Elves are not that and neither are the Dark Elves! We, the mortal men and the lesser races; we cannot let ourselves be labelled by other people's perceptions. Instead we must lead by example and label ourselves by the actions we take." She paused to reach up and turn her daughter's head to look back to her. "By their logic I am a traitorous whore who married a lesser and destroyed the future of the royal line. Instead I am the Elfinqueen who brought peace to the entire world, began to establish trade partners with every single race and inso doing integrate all other races into the country. I effected change that I didn't even dream I could do Zhìyù Zhe. So my sweet, intelligent daughter, what do you want to make of this world?" Stunned by her mother's words she was speechless for a few seconds, it was a long time since she saw her mother speak with such passion and truth.
Eventually she calmed down and spoke candidly herself. "I don't want for much mother. All I want is to rid this land of bigotry and hate. To create a world where all are equal to the eyes of all men and women."
Tiáojie Rén smiled at her words. "An impossible dream." She reached over and took the crown from her, she turned it around and stretched up to place the crown on her daughter's head. "Zhìyù Zhe, you have the academic and philosophical intelligence to achieve that in your Centurion Rule." She let go and relaxed her arms, she took in the vision of the future, the incoming Elfinqueen Zhìyù Zhe, the Second Monarch of the Fifth Age. "You are ready to become Elfinqueen my child." She smiled back at her mother, buoyed by her confidence in her and the prospect of shaping the future in her own image.

    "Thank you mother." Zhìyù Zhe whispered softly into the air.
Fantasy Short Stories - Aspirations
This is the first of a series of ten short stories I'll be producing, these stories are designed to introduce characters, races and the story of the fantasy world I created since the start of 2016 well before I returned to dA. This story in particular mentions the lead up to the coronation of one of the major characters in the fantasy story - Elfinqueen Zhìyù Zhe, the Second Monarch of the Fifth Age - and her race, the High Elves - widely known as the Eldars.

Zhìyù Zhe is a friendly, personable, intellectual young woman. She is still an adolescent elf, at the time of the short story she is ascends to the title of Elfinqueen at the age of 58. As a mixed race character she exhibits traits from her mother and father - spirituality and inquiry. Zhìyù Zhe was thrust into the royal life at a young age and yearns for the same thing young women want in their lives, young love and men to romance, however she never got to understand these and still wants for these things. Intellectually Zhìyù Zhe is an academic in most alchemical sciences, she is specifically adept to the healing properties of Mana and Healing Magic specifically, acquiring a Doctorate of Knowledge and Application of the Specialist Discipline of Healing Magic. She has a disliking to people who in her view seems to be bigoted and intolerant, taking particular issue with the High Elves' own history. She is by nature an optimist and always encourages the goodness on all things.

The High Elf culture and society is based around wisdom, pacifism and spirituality. As one of the oldest known races in the world - the other race being the Goblins, they exude a sense of divinity and higher knowledge about them. However the original basis of their wisdom is today known to be a very faulty and the root cause of a number of problems, not least of which is their stubbornness and unshakable faith. Because the Elves at the time were so isolated from the rest of the world's races for a long time they began to see themselves as superior to all things around them. When certain events lead to the schism of the elves the Eldars began to grew a hatred for what they perceived as the Wood Elves overdosing on freedom and eventually a war sprang from this - the Reformation War. Because the High Elves are surrounded by Life Mana and the Nodes the mana produces the Eldars are both highly proficient in Life Magic as well as having a highly moralized society, they see themselves as preservers of all life, they do not kill animals for food and as such violent attacks and murder do not occur at all. As a result of this regicide does not happen, and because elves are immune to natural mortality High Elves are at least theoretically capable of living forever. The tradition of the Centurion Rule was established in the First Age in which Elfinkings and Elfinqueens rule over
Xiao Jinglíng - the name of the Eldar homeland - for 100 years and when the time comes the current reigning monarch abdicates for their first born to ascend. It represents the passing of time and acknowledging the youth as the next generation to care for the life of the earth. As the oldest practitioners of magic casting and summoning the High Elves have seamlessly melded magic into their religious practices, using magic within the clergy to bless the general population, to protect the royal line and the army and to summon great beasts to further protect against terrible foes from the Orkind to opposing elf clans.

The High Elf culture is mostly inspired by Chinese culture and mythology. The Eldar mythology draws from traditional Chinese mythos and the strong traditional values is taken from aspects of Confucianism. I have always felt that depictions of High Elf culture from other sources strike me as very oriental and in some cases specifically Chinese in architecture so I drew more from that as a source of inspiration and developed a steadfast yet wise society.



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Zelphire Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
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Droid24747 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017
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Droid24747 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017
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Droid24747 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017
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serenitysmoon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Long time no see! I haven't been on in a long time either. I am hoping to change that. Looking forward to seeing you around here in the creative world again. :huggle:
Droid24747 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017
Hi, yeah it's been ages. How are you?
I've been back since April, I've been focusing on my creative writing more or less the whole time. It's been great to get my creativity back but I have been finding it very difficult to get feedback, especially since I'm writing a fanfiction purely to improve my skill. I'm trying to apply myself to become a proper writer and get at least something published.
serenitysmoon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it would be great if you could get a story published. Its so hard with so many authors out there. But its definitely worth it to give it a whirl.  I have been sketching a lot over the last couple years, but I have had back issues which make it hard for me to sit at the computer for hours at a time, so I haven't had the ability to do the coloring and processing that I did before with my photoshop like I used to do. I want to get back into it though.  I may just have to force myself. lol.  I will probably at least post some of my sketches to prove that I haven't been lazy at least.  :D
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