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Composer and Clef
"Composer, come to me."
It was a room in literal Heaven and it certainly looked the part. Shining white walls, an aura of purity without a speck of dust or a single stray smudge. This would be impressive in even the smallest house, but this was a whole theater. A glimmering stage framed by pearlescent walls and immaculately prepared seats.
Emerging from the door, answering the call, below the stage came forth a young woman dressed as part of the orchestra. She wore a black vest and skirt with a bow tie, but also tall white over-the-knee stockings with black mary janes. The most striking part of her was her long white hair that had a literal music sheet pattern on it, notes ocasionally scrolling by as she moved. This was Composer. Wordlessly she made her way up to center stage.
Sitting right in the middle of center stage was... a sight. "A queen on her throne" would be both accurate and wildly inaccurate. Indeed, it was a very large woman at least two meters tall. She was less simply "s
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The Aftertaste of Wess Keyes
Thump. Crack. Bang. Crraaaack... Cold. Pain.
Darkness... the last thing I smelled is the damned air freshener being smashed in the dashboard.
Dark...
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I don't know how long I was asleep. At least I think I was asleep. I felt my head on some hard surface that sure as shit wasn't my bed. Everything felt cold and... soft? Cold and soft, aside from the hard floor under me. Slowly opening my eyes I couldn't even see the ceiling. I was in some kind of dark, windowless room or chamber. I felt a draft tickle me in the... well, up my legs. Was I not wearing pants? Nope. I felt a flutter of something when I moved. I grunted a bit in a voice I didn't recognize.
"It worked! I can even make reverents from sanguis magicae! Incredible! Even I didn't think... wow, I saved him! Well, kinda."
I heard a voice that was definitely familiar somehow. I slowly sat up, somehow my body feeling much lighter as I did. I felt shifting I didn't recognize. Kneeling before me was a strange girl that I sw
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Lore: Midnight Tiamat, Midnight Tea
The slaying of Tiamat had profound effects on the multiverse itself. A true immortal being like a goddess like Tiamat could never truly die, only be rendered into pieces too small to be sustained. On a spiritually atomic level, Tiamat's death caused her to suffuse her will into the universe itself.
Tiamat's will is simple: End mankind. End men themselves, for no creation of Marduk can remain. Adam himself must be erased.
As she is no longer a concrete being, Tiamat cannot be reasoned with. She cannot be talked down from her misanthropic, misandrist hatred. She is no longer a singular being but a sentience behind every monster in the Teaverse. Every monster, every demon, even every divine being feels the tug of her desires, designs and will. This curse, this underlying desire to see all men become demon women is simply called "Midnight Tiamat".
She is the reason so many monsters are "fiend
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Tiamat's Midnight Curse
In her final moments, Tiamat knew only rage and betrayal. Her 'children' had all betrayed her. They had taken Abzu from her and now, in retaliation for her own retaliation, she lay dying at the feet of Marduk -- the patriarch of storm and sun. As Tiamat began to slide into the darkness, the infusion of the abyssal black, she could see the future stretch out before her. Her monstrous children driven into darkness by the power of god and man. Her own Kingu being taken from her as well, his body twisted into creating humans. She felt almost wry satisfaction as Marduk would later experience her own betrayal; as the men that Marduk's family brought forth to being would betray his own. Sargon would be his undoing.
Tiamat felt no joy, though. Marduk had sown this fate. A fate of patriarchs rising and falling, consuming each other endlessly. Everlasting authoritarian fatherhood, but backed naught by wisdom but almost childish weakness. The names would change. The kingdoms would change. But
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The Festering Pantheon - Enemies of Creativity
This is an unusual essay! Super unusual! Because it's both a mix of story-building in my own universe and... it's meant to provide something of outside and objective value. Whoa, trippy! You don't need to know my universe or particularly care about it to follow this. The theme of it is simple: These are your enemies.  While writing/artist/musician/professional mime/etc.'s block can come from a number of sources, it's not always a simple matter to diagnose what's holding you back creatively. The goal here of this essay is to establish a variety of "creativity villains" worth opposing. One or more of these may represent your block. You "defeat" them by overcoming the element they represent. The conditions of how they're conquered is up to you. In fact, their gender or appearance is kind of up to you as well. Heck, if I inspire you to go out and externalize other things holding you back, so much the better. Just don't give up and don't hate yourself for being blocked. It's not
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Nothing or Everything
Inspirational Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hkdmz/15278348632/
IP: Tokyo Game Show 2014
Sequel of: 
Well. This is certainly a surprise. You, with your limited mortal lifespan and range of thoughts, have no idea how significant it was  that you were ABLE to surprise me at all. If I was anything like my sisters, I would probably take offense. I of course do not have their  shortcomings in feeling insecure at the whims of mortals... Why, if I had anything AGAINST your kind why would I bless my hostesses with eternal life as simple beauties? Granted, not much of a meaningful eternal life with how few significant thoughts run through their minds, but they make their Mistress happy indeed. That is all that matters. Which does bring me nicely to the matter at hand.
Please give me your undivided attention. You have no choice, of course, as I will now magically direct it to me.
As to your guess --
No, you did not choose ri
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Midnight Tea's StarCraft 2 Newbie Stuff
This is a game I happen to really love to play a lot and I mostly am putting this out there for friends to both know how great it still is, nine years later, and how to easily to jump into it. RTS games are like fighting games -- they tend to be very polarizing. People either love them or they see them as needlessly obtuse and hard to get into. Or sometimes they're perceived as having too many barriers for the sake of barriers, be it memorizing combo sheets or build orders. I actually have refutations against either claim but that's not why we're here. Suffice to say, I came to appreciate both genres because of StarCraft 2, which is in my opinion the best RTS ever made. In terms of both technical polish, cultural significance and being well designed and programmed. I'm not being promoted to say this and while it's customary on the English-speaking internet to balance out praise with criticism in order to seem enlightened and balanced, I'm not going to do that. I like this game a whole
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Ironically, despite being the most invested of any of my characters in actual destruction of masculine essence, Clef and Composer are among the least likely candidates to do so if  you were to meet them in person.

Composer doesn't have any kind of means of transforming people. She only has the ability to create scenarios in which it'd happen and subtly nudge fate that way. It can't work in the short term.

Clef probably can transform people using her divine power, but her powers aren't made for that. It's like using an unfitting programming language for a project. Divine beings struggle to change things without outright destroying them first.

Instead the two watch from a distance and try and get various Teaverse actors to end masculine energy and identity forever. Their goals aren't perfectly aligned with Midnight Tiamat though: they're less interested in just giving a destroyed goddess her vengeance and more on letting her vengeance be the beginning of a new era. 


While I think their desire for an existence of everlasting sisterhood and warmth/affection is in fact a good thing, you have to be careful. Evil is evil and will always exist even in the era they think would be free of it. History has had some horrible monstrous people who were nonetheless undeniably feminine. It's also good that Clef is willing to wait whole eras to get her wish because running roughshod over people's identities isn't nice.
"Composer, come to me."

It was a room in literal Heaven and it certainly looked the part. Shining white walls, an aura of purity without a speck of dust or a single stray smudge. This would be impressive in even the smallest house, but this was a whole theater. A glimmering stage framed by pearlescent walls and immaculately prepared seats.
Emerging from the door, answering the call, below the stage came forth a young woman dressed as part of the orchestra. She wore a black vest and skirt with a bow tie, but also tall white over-the-knee stockings with black mary janes. The most striking part of her was her long white hair that had a literal music sheet pattern on it, notes ocasionally scrolling by as she moved. This was Composer. Wordlessly she made her way up to center stage.

Sitting right in the middle of center stage was... a sight. "A queen on her throne" would be both accurate and wildly inaccurate. Indeed, it was a very large woman at least two meters tall. She was less simply "statuesque" and more resembled a giant. She had her hair in a french braid. It was similar to Composer's except instead of a music sheet, it seemed to randomly catch the light and glow different colors. Her "attire" and "throne" were the most jarring aspects, aside from her size. She wore very striking jewelry such as rings and a necklace and shining high heels. But it was combined with an old, white slightly-frayed shirt and a long casual-wear navy skirt that went to her knees. Furthermore her "throne" resembled something more like a folding chair or even a lawn chair. She was occasionally sipping from a red wine that, on close inspection, is actually an extremely cheap or budget brand. But the sort crafted by a very talented, underappreciated vintner.

Composer, looking relatively overdressed by comparison, kneeled before the giant woman as if it were indeed a proper throne. As she did so, ethereal wings sprouted from her back and a halo formed over her head.

"My Goddess. I am here."

The goddess sipped from her cheap wine and just gave Composer a wide smile.

"Composer, didn't I ask you to call me Clef? There is no need to be so formal, at least not until the show starts." A wry grin spread on her face. "... when Tiamat's finally gotten some measure of her wish."


Composer nodded and slowly stood up, her angel features receding. Her face was mostly expressionless but her eyes twinkled as she looked upon Clef. The corners of her mouth threatened to break into a wide smile being in her presence.

"Someday, Composer. Someday our daughters will fill this room and we can teach them how existence will be from now on. An era of peace. Marduk and Sargon will be purged by music."

The angel just nodded. It was normal for Clef to get excited and begin expositing what they both already knew and were working towards. Composer's smile finally broke out, imagining it as well. That day would be the busiest one of her life but one she looked forward to.

"... well, we don't know when that day will come. It could be eras from now. But it will happen, Composer, and I will need your songs then."

Composer nodded enthusiastically, her stoicism fully broken. "I definitely will not fail you, I promise!"


Clef smiled down at her angel. She briefly considered changing size down to something more able to hug Composer. She talked herself out of it; Composer wasn't the type to enjoy that kind of direct physical affection much. Clef knew her by now. She could tell how happy she was just to be around her goddess, that was enough.

"Well, I'd like to know: can I get a report on the spread of Midnight Tiamat and which actors are getting the most progress done?"


Composer folded her arms and tapped her lower lip, nodding.

"It has been slow going. Satan Leena is definitely the one in position to do the most damage. She could wipe out entire worlds of Marduk and Sargon and free your daughters. But..."

Composer looked up at Clef in the eyes. "... Leena seems to believe that some of them are worth keeping. She loves men. Midnight Tiamat isn't getting deeply into her like we hoped."


Clef just smiled and closed her eyes with a smile. "... In some ways, Leena is actually the one most like Tiamat herself. Leena prefers men who were most like Anzu and Kingu. But such good men are not worth waiting for, not until Marduk and Sargon are first truly erased. Continue."

Composer nodded.

"Leena's daughter, Shehera, is very receptive to Midnight Tiamat. She has begun building an entire society of monster girls that Tiamat would consider her daughters. But... she's still in Leena's shadow and she resists my songs. She's not strong enough to end our enemies yet even so. But her growing hive could--"

A grin crossed Clef's face: "Why don't you meet her yourself? She seems to like angels. Would she not want to be friends with one? You could egg her on toward gendercide from there."


Composer's eyes went wide and she blushed deeply. "M-My Goddess! I couldn't possibly! That's not proper! I'm... I'm... a-alright."

Clef had to suppress a laugh. Her angel wasn't the most social butterfly out there but she loved the idea of her interacting with the gentle demon princess. Something told her the two would get along nicely. Shehera's ideas of accord would be necessary once it was time to play the final requiem for Marduk and Sargon. Composer coughed politely, as if trying to banish the blush.

"W-well... uhm... t-there's many other acting agents I need to consider too. I've been trying to get Lamia Solniu and her daughters to become more proactive. Ninian of Solniu is finally moving but I am not sure she is going to start a proper army of the dead like we want her to..."


Sod it, Clef thought. She'd just do it anyway. Composer quailed a bit as she slowly rose from her throne, mistakenly thinking for a moment her goddess was upset. She wasn't the only hypersensitive angel Clef had ever met. Indeed, some gods were frustratingly abusive and capricious. Not her.
Instead of doing anything too profound, Clef just shrunk herself down to a human's height. She threw her arms around her angel, causing her to squeak a bit. She just held her tightly. Composer was rigid for a moment but soon relaxed into the hug. If the theater had an audience this would surely be a cute scene to react to.

"My precious Composer... my most dear angel and friend. Please, show patience. We aren't on a schedule. It's okay if it takes tens of thousands of years to get where we need to go. The longer it takes, the more time we get to spend together every day."


Composer began quivering like gelatin. Her whole body shaking, she slowly wrapped arms back around her goddess wordlessly.

"I... I want to see your world, Clef. The sooner the better."

Clef ran her fingers through her subordinate's hair, the music notes seemingly jumping out of the way.


"Then let's get to work. My daughters are waiting to be born."
Composer and Clef
This isn't the first time we've seen Composer! :iconanirhapsodist: drew her for me about five years ago for my birthday. I'm going to ask permission later if I can reupload. Yes, this story has been waiting inside me for the last five years.

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I'd like Composer to become part of the main cast. I've wanted to do so for years but I've not found a good place for her. But she is one of my favorite muses and it's an honor to finally put her on paper. Clef is a lot newer but I really like her so far too.
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Oh, something I never explained. "Sanguis magicae" is a substance vampires make from blood in my setting, akin to a bee making honey from nectar or refining crude oil. In real life, blood needs immediate freezing because it turns into rust from oxidation. When you get down to it, it's just a very metallic fluid that is adapted to carrying necessary substances around your body. Wanting to eat blood cells is akin to wanting to attacking shipping lanes ONLY because you're interested in eating the boats. Yum yum steel and fiberglass I guess.

Well, vampires in my setting can drink blood raw and it's good that way, sanguis magicae can be stored without refrigeration and it doesn't turn into useless solid brown rust. More importantly it can be used to fuel their supernatural powers. The flavor is apparently more meaty and slightly less metallic but otherwise very similar. (it's like a cola brand thing)
Hm, what to write next? Since I gave myself permission to do one-draft knock ups that may not make sense to newcomers or be particularly good...

I'm thinking I want to actually show how menace bees live. It'll be interesting because they're both similar to bees and humans and have elements of both depending on the hive. And different cultures between hives. Some will live very traditionally, a large cluster of comb surrounded by propolis with no individual accommodations.  Some will live almost like humans in a clustered apartment building every bee gets her own room. Each only the size of a capsule motel, though. These would be styled for mason bee nests that humans have made for said bees.

I think one of my neatest ideas is that menace bee propolis actually has microcomputers in it and can interface with other electronics. So that basically means that the gunk all over the hive and nesting area actually is a ready-made metropolitan area network (MAN). They could even hack into human internet, in theory!

I also like the idea that menace bee's life isn't one of constant stress and motion like the bee stereotype goes. They actually live pretty comfortably and are allowed a great deal of free time and free will. I doubt they even have the concept of free will in terms of "man vs society" because if you truly are a bee at heart, it'd be impossible for you to rebel against the hive. You are the hive, the hive is you, the idea of fighting it is a non-sequitur. Be yourself and you'll naturally find yourself putting in time and effort helping the hive and your sisters. Because it's who and what you are.
I kind of rushed that last one's ending but honestly I wanted to just move on from it. It's been sitting in my to-write box forever now. I was hoping it'd be Presentation worthy when I started it but it's been relegated to Development because I think familiarity with Ninian's pretty important to it.
Going forward, whenever I post a new story it's going to fall under one of two types. "Presentation" or "Development" stories. The vast majority of what I'd like to post will be Development stories, but the stories I'll be most proud of in future are Presentation stories.

The difference between the two is pretty simple: Presentation stories can be read without heavy investment in the setting, whereas Development stories will likely be confusing to anyone who's not already been following my story universe. An example of a Development story would be events between existing characters, like them going out to eat but it can also depict important historical events in the setting. Again, it's content that would be very hard to follow if you're new. Conversely, Presentation stories are excellent entry points and they don't assume a whole lot of knowledge. They'll often feature a PoV character or describe events that are pretty intuitive to follow. If you're new to my stories, you can pick any Presentation story that sounds good and probably jump right in. In terms of pop culture mass media, the common term for these two story types would be "mainline" and "expanded universe". Except it wouldn't be able to apply here, especially if I'm the only one writing.
I might use "expanded universe" later to refer to content other people have written or even potentially content in my own universe I've been commissioned to include. An example -- I could probably be commissioned to do a story where some hero defeats or deposes Satan Leena once and for all. This piece would forever be condemned to the ghetto section of my expanded universe and considered pretty much "never going to be canon". But I'd be free to write it at least! This third division can come later. For now, Development and Presentation stories.


Development stories, mostly featuring events or scenes within the universe and don't have a narrative thesis, usually will only be one draft and be relatively short. Something like Shehera/Sierra interacting with her bees or Ninian talking to her mother or the like. These will be somewhat lower quality lower effort works done in quantity rather than quality. But on the plus side, you get PLENTY of my characters! You want to see one more often? Drop me a line and I can put together a Development story in pretty much just an evening or two. 

Presentation stories, mostly a story meant to enjoyed fresh and can work as an introduction to the universe it's taking place in. You'll still see and hear a lot of names or stuff you don't recognize but more importantly the story itself won't expect you to recognize them or proceed as if you do. Presentation stories ideally will be big events or important moments, but honestly I intend big events to happen under both umbrellas. Usually Presentation stories get at least a second or third draft and the prose is thicker on the ground. These are works I want people to see.



Anyways, I just want to give my most sincere thanks to everyone who's been with me since 2011. Let's have some tasty tea and see what Tiamat's will brings!

I'm going to start with my first big return of Ninian. And to really set the stage for this new model, it will have both a Development and a Presentation version. The Development version is pretty much all done except for a few lines, the Presentation version is still being written.

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OddDreaming Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2019
Hiya, Midnight-Tea, I've always loved your stories! Had a weird dream today that had, as part of it, two bee sisters. The older bee sister spread her "moe" to the younger bee sister, who looked the same as her (as in being bigger) as a result.
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Midnight-Tea Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, hey it's nice to meet you!

Maybe the older bee is actually a queen and she just upgraded the little one to queen status. That's not at all how it works in real life but it's sorta how I imagined the menace bees work.
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OddDreaming Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2019
It's lovely to meet you too! Hm, that could be it. Two bee queens, out to spread cuteness to the world, and afterwards, the galaxy! I actually used to read a bit about bees when I was younger. I know a bit about colony collapse disorder for example.
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Midnight-Tea Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, absolute. And spread flowers that have gently feminizing effects for those in their presence.

Well, here at the Midnight Tea DA, we are all about bees.
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ClassyTaxiDriver-77 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Neat stuff! Loving the kitsune stories so far. Looking forward to more!

(p.s. i literally made a new account to say this bc my old one got wrecked[p.p.s. i wrecked it] so yay me)
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Midnight-Tea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Mami's awesome! I wonder if someday she'll raise you~
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ClassyTaxiDriver-77 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Heh! Depends on whether or not she's cool with someone who's gone driving rather often...

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Who knows~?
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Midnight-Tea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
driving? as in taxi drive? 
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TwilightFoxIrina Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2019
oh cute avvy ^^
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Midnight-Tea Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
It's Hajime! She's a cute.

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