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His illustrations are quite visceral (I'm not an artist by any stretch of the imagination), but it's his design work that I'm interested in, since I can actually appreciate cover designs beyond the standard "like" and "dislike". (Incidentally, this is why I'm not fond of tumblr; the system seems set up for that, although smart fans work around it.) Of particular note is his project entitled Video Game Manuals, which combines video game and literature, as Hateley himself puts it. You can see these pieces in better detail at his RedBubble account, although his actual website is here. They're interesting in how light and dark they are—the Pokemon selection is a gag about the questions at the beginning of the game—but the Zelda selection (yeah, of course I gravitated to that one shut up) gets across the childlike, open-ended, and horrifying nature of Majora's Mask down. They're, of course, fun to geek out over, but I like the thought that went into them.
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Title: Infinite Legends
Source: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)
Music: “Infinite Legends”, Two Steps From Hell.
Summary: Three women, two countries, one name–Princess Zelda Hyrule. The legend lives on.
Watch: At my YouTube channel.
Download: MediaFire - 97 MB. (Recommended over YouTube.)

lyrics + notes )
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First things first; new Zelda title is on its way. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Ignore the fact that Link looks a little like Kurt Hummel here and focus on what really matters- cel-shaded Twilight Princess and the fact that Link is wearing pants for once in his many lives. What we know- the titular Skyward Sword turns into the Master Sword, and also turns into a girl every once in a while. (...yeah.) Link also lives above the clouds in a wonderful place called Skyloft, but soon discovers that the world below has gone to hell, so obviously he has to go do the hero thing. (Oh, Link.) I'm tentatively calling this as the first Zelda game in the timeline, since it's the origin of the Master Sword. I actually really hope that it also involves an early Hyrule or the origins of Hyrule, but it probably won't. I'm interested to see what this Zelda will look like, but apparently Aonuma is just starting on character design, so that won't be coming anytime soon. (This is partially why I kind of want it to be an early Hyrule game, because barbarian princess Zelda would be awesome and kind of hilarious.) 

I've also started playing Team Fortress 2, which finally came out for Mac last week. I am terrible, but it's actually tons of fun- I was expecting to be a little discouraged by my constant deaths, but that just means more bullets! (I play a lot of Heavy.) 

I finally ordered the issues of The Unwritten that I'm missing, from Things From Another World and eBay. I also discovered that I possess an extra copy of the thirteenth issue, which I will no doubt hoard. I'm also following American Vampire, which I'm thoroughly enjoying.

And this video made me all warm and fuzzy- a gentleman proposes to his lady via hacking Chrono Trigger.

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Title: Fireflies
Source: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Music: ‘Fireflies’, Owl City
Summary: Everything is never as it seems.
Watch: at my YouTube channel.
Download: MediaFire, 52.9 MB. (Recommended over YouTube.)

lyrics + notes )
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I teared up when she walked down the aisle, not gonna lie.
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Ten years ago tonight, I was so excited by the millennium that I stuffed glitter in my mouth. 

I was eight, but still. Of all the things this decade wrought- our first black president, limited gay marriage rights, and the revived Doctor Who- I'm most thankful for the ten years where I actually grew up, with help from acting, fandom, and even debate. 

Party on, 2010.

(Ten years on, I still haven't beaten The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In the interest of full disclosure.)
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A lot of new information concerning The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is being released or leaking right around now. I've gone back into the Zelda fandom for my usual joys of arguing timelines and stitching the games together. My forgotten fan project of making a handful of articles about the influences on the various races of Zelda may come to light again. Zelda fans are fervently hoping that Spirit Tracks will turn out like Majora's Mask.

But I've been surprised by exactly how this new Zelda, and how the game treats one of my favorite Zeldas, Tetra, are affecting me. General spoilers abound for Spirit Tracks below the cut. Oh, and my massive geekery.

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I've been having an odd rash of dreams for the past week or so. Most of them involve me still being in Europe, trying to get back home, and that I've dreamed being back home. It's terrifying, in a way. The night before last, I dreamed that I and the Tenth Doctor were staking vampires. It was pretty sweet, I'm not going to lie. Last night, I dreamed of The Road to El Dorado. I should really rewatch that, it's such a wonderful movie.

At the beginning of summer, I drew up a list of fannish things I needed to- most of them are watching series or catching up on series. I'm doing the [livejournal.com profile] tos_rewatch, which starts tomorrow, and I'm also watching Firefly on my own. The girls over at [livejournal.com profile] ontd_startrek have convinced me to start watching Merlin, so that's in the cards. I need to catch up on Torchwood, and I need to finally, finally beat The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It's actually very nice to have a game that's influenced you so much, but you've never beaten- there's content I haven't even seen yet.
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Today, the Zelda fandom was rewarded with some art from the upcoming Wii Zelda, which will arrive after The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (also known as Link's On A Train). It features Link and a very severe young lady. She not only looks like the Master Sword (which Link is mysteriously not holding), but the Fairy Queen from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. If they make her a new race, instead of a fairy, I will be displeased. Fairies can be cool! Really! My guess (and hope) is that the Wii Zelda involves the backstory of the Master Sword, and this icy lass becomes the spirit of the Master Sword. It occasionally does things on its own, so I like the idea of a spirit of the sword.

The art surfaced in ridiculously high definition, so I made some wallpapers and icons. This is one of the first times I've made wallpapers, and I only made them one size, so apologies in advance to those with different sized screens!

Continue? )
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Title: Viva La Vida
Source: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Music: Viva La Vida, Coldplay
Summary: The throne is a lonely place for young princesses, false prophets, and ancient evils.
Watch: at my YouTube channel.

lyrics and notes )
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Conclusion: Tetra should have an Irish accent.

Because, if you would like to get nerdy with me, the Hylians are Germanic-based (um, they're elves, guys), so pre-Wind Waker, they'd have more German accents. (Incidentally, Link of Ocarina of Time would also have an Irish accent, because he was raised by leprechauns the Kokiri.) But post-Wind Waker, the Hylian language is so different a speaker of the new language cannot understand a speaker of the old language- but a speaker of the old language can understand the new language. (Or maybe that's because that guy was a giant magical fish. :B) Considering the heavy Irish/Gaelic influence on the music of the game, Tetra having an Irish accent is plausible.

Um, yeah.

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Author: Eralk Fang
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda
Rating: PG-13.
Story Summary: Nearly a century and a half in the lives of Koume and Kotake, Gerudo witches.
Chapter Summary: The witches face their immortality.
Notes: The last chapter! I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I thought the title was so clever when I first came up with it... heh. You might be wondering what on earth is going on, since nothing Gerudo is complete without Ganondorf. Well, when I originally plotted this out, there was a two hundred year gap between this chapter and what would be the next chapter, where we first encounter Ganondorf. I decided to split it into two fics. The next fic (the sequel, I guess!) will be coming soon- this summer at the latest. I'm going to miss writing young!Twinrova... I hope you all enjoyed Season of the Witch!
Disclaimer: All publicly recognisable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Season of the Witch
Chapter Eight: The King is Dead (Reprise)


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Behind the clock, in the diagon, in your endless summer night, in the city remaking itself like a wave in which people live or are said to live, it comes down to the same thing, an exaggerated sense of things getting done.
"Ceriserie", Joshua Clover

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The King is Dead (Reprise) )

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Author: Eralk Fang
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda
Rating: PG-13.
Story Summary: Nearly a century and a half in the lives of Koume and Kotake, Gerudo witches.
Chapter Summary: The creation of Twinrova.
Notes: Ah, how Twinrova came to be. The second half went though many rewrites; the nursery rhyme mentioned in the second half was actually written out, but I had to take it out since it was way too light for this chapter. And there's an attempt at a decent action sequence; remember to tell me if it sucks!
Disclaimer: All publicly recognisable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Season of the Witch
Chapter Seven: False Sages


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We were once there
holding lightning bolts
above the heads of sleeping snakes.
"Blankets of Bark", Sherwin Bitsu

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False Sages )

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Author: Eralk Fang
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda
Rating: PG-13.
Story Summary: Nearly a century and a half in the lives of Koume and Kotake, Gerudo witches.
Chapter Summary: Thariyah has a vision; a wedding occurs.
Notes: Ah, a genuinely happy chapter. No death or anything! The first half I really enjoyed writing; Koume is a blast to write. The second half took some fine-tuning. Oh man, this fic seems to be just breezing by. I need to work on the last two chapters. Well, enjoy.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognisable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Season of the Witch
Chapter 6: The Witchwife


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I will go stay with her who waits for me
"A Woman Waits for Me", Walt Whitman

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The Witchwife )

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Author: Eralk Fang
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda
Rating: PG-13.
Story Summary: Nearly a century and a half in the lives of Koume and Kotake, Gerudo witches.
Chapter Summary: Kotake devises a way to bring King Altodorf to the snowy mountain; Koume revisits Death Mountain.
Notes: I hope you enjoyed the last chapter- the victory was meant to be ambiguous (both sides thought they were doing the right thing). This chapter is a little happier, but only a little. Mwahah.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognisable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.


Season of the Witch
Chapter 5: Back Into The Mountains


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A quiet step, a careful shutting of the door so your sleep is not disturbed,
and two words written on the gate as I leave, "Good night," to let you know I
thought of you.
"Good Night", Wilhelm Müller

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Back Into The Mountains )

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Author: Eralk Fang
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda
Rating: PG-13.
Story Summary: Nearly a century and a half in the lives of Koume and Kotake, Gerudo witches.
Chapter Summary: An attack on the fortress.
Notes: Thank you for all your kind reviews! To clear things up, we're currently three centuries before the adult ending of Ocarina of Time, and Altodorf and Ganondorf are separated by at least two other kings.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognisable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Season of the Witch
Chapter Four: Blasphemers and Thieves


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If you had a part of me, will you take your time?
"For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti", Sufjan Stevens

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Blasphemers and Thieves )

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Author: Eralk Fang
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda
Rating: PG-13.
Story Summary: Nearly a century and half in the lives of Koume and Kotake, Gerudo witches.
Chapter Summary: The twins spend two weeks in the mountains to train.
Notes: A fairly straight forward chapter, featuring Snowpeak and Death Mountain; The only real challenge was finding where to explain the Poe cloaks- I explain them in the beginning now, but it was originally part of Koume's visit to the mountains instead. I also had to read it out loud before realizing some spectacular errors. ...oops. But all is well now, and it's fit for presentation.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognisable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Season of the Witch
Chapter Three: Into The Mountains


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Living, we cover vast territories;
imagine your life drawn on a map--
"First Gestures", Julia Spicher Kasdorf

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Into The Mountains )

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Author: Eralk Fang
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda
Rating: PG-13.
Story Summary: Nearly a century and a half in the lives of Koume and Kotake, Gerudo witches.
Chapter Summary: Concerning half-grown girls, broken bones, and magic.
Notes: This chapter refused to be titled, but title it I did.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognisable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Season of the Witch
Chapter Two: Magic


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Oh great intentions / I've got the best of interventions
"Come On! Feel The Illinoise!", Sufjan Stevens

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Magic )

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Author: Eralk Fang [tailed_talismin@MSN.com]
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda
Rating: PG-13.
Story Summary: Nearly a century and half in the lives of Koume and Kotake, Gerudo witches.
Chapter Summary: The most inopportune time to give birth is always when babies want to be born.
Notes: I can usually trace ideas back to what inspired me, and Season of the Witch is inspired by the film Prince of Egypt and enough Gregory Maguire novels to choke a horse. This story is set four hundred years before the adult ending of Ocarina of Time, and goes for one hundred and twenty years. This is a multi-chapter work, and I hope you enjoy it.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognisable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Season of the Witch
Chapter One: The King is Dead


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A child is born and doesn't know what day it is.
"A Newborn Girl at Passover", Nan Cohen

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The King is Dead )

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OH WATCH ME.

So, Zelda I is born. Around the same time, Impa, loyal servant to the Royal Family, has a boy and names him Sheik. (This could work, as the original phrase for Impa's relation to Zelda included something like "wet-nurse".)

Fast-forward twelve years. Zelda I receives Link, and panics. Impa, instead of returning home to her son, plots with Zelda about how best to go about saving the kingdom.

...only Impa's home burns down. With Sheik (and possibly husband) still in it. They die. The events of the earlier half of Ocarina of Time occur, and Impa barely has any time to mourn before going into hiding. Realizing that Ganondorf is going to turn Hyrule upside down looking for a little Hylian girl, Impa decides (and probably begs forgiveness from her son's memory) to disguise Zelda as Sheik- after all, barely anyone knows he's dead, and she could say he just escaped from the fire. (But the husband's still dead. BOO SHEIKAH HUSBAND. YOU DEAD DEAD DEAD.) Also, it's easier to pass off a son then "oh hey I just totally randomly found a boy of my dying race that's not related to me".

Properly disguised, Impa schools Zelda in the art of being part of the most bad-ass tribe around a ninja Sheikah. She then hides in plain sight. Nobody knows except her and Impa, so she can basically run freely around Hyrule going "I'M A NINJA!".

Latter half of Ocarina of Time occurs. Zelda dramatically reveals her true identity. Link kicks Ganondorf's ass, and Zelda resets time in a manner that only she and Link remember what happened.

Zelda, turning twelve again (I'm of the mind that Zelda is usually older then Link), tells Impa her family is going to burninate die if Impa doesn't intervene. Impa does so, and Sheik is saved! (Nobody cares about random Sheikah hubby. Bleh.) Impa's family is relocated to the castle, and everybody is one big happy family.

Sheik later finds out that there was an alternate future wherein he died and was impersonated by Zelda for seven years, and promptly grows a goatee to cope. That's right, a goatee.

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