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Firesight


I'm an IT Brony who writes stories based on a show for 8-year old girls whose content is meant for anything but 8-year old girls.

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  • Saturday
    New M-rated Story by AJ_Aficionado...

    For the Summer Sin Celebration. For those of you unfamiliar with it, participating in it means you’re basically part of a story exchange; given an assignment to write someone else’s story request and keep it of limited length. This was the result of AJA’s assignment:

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  • Friday
    Book 3, Chapter 6 of Into the Storm launches tonight...

    It’s amazing what a little time off can do for your creative juices. I have a couple rounds of editing and need to make two or three minor maps in Photoshop before it’s fully ready, but ready it will be for launch this evening. Hopefully that will be a good way for readers to start their weekends.

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  • Wednesday
    Next Firefly chapter underway

    After a work-enforced two weeks away from writing, I’m finally on a weeklong vacation, and the result has been rapid progress on the next Firefly chapter, now at 6500 words and growing quickly. Though I’m uncertain of its final length, there’s a very good chance you’re going to see it launched on or before the weekend. Prereaders, stand by.

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  • 2 weeks
    At long last...

    I have an actual vacation on the way after a full month of extra hours. It’s been approved for next week, and I plan to do little but decompress and catch up on chores. Actual travel will be limited to maybe a day at the beach.

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  • 2 weeks
    Firefly and Feathered Hearts releases in rear view mirror...

    Thanks to all who read and a warm welcome to those who came aboard! Please comment, folks, as I’ve seen only one so far on the new Feathered Hearts chapter as of this blog post.

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Mar
30th
2021

Meant to post this Feathered Hearts teaser yesterday... · 7:05pm March 30th

But getting the new Midnight Rising chapter ready for launch took precedence. So, apologies for that, but a day late, here's a snippet of the next Feathered Hearts chapter to come, taking place the morning after the visit to the Hall of Heroes:


The following morning found Gilda and Fortrakt standing at attention in their regular uniforms before Tribune Narada and Ambassador Strenus.

They had come to review their latest reports, though this time, their aides were not present. In their place was a new figure; an earth griffon eagless Gilda had never seen before, dressed in such finery that marked her as a member of a Senator’s staff.

“At ease,” Tribune Narada invited after they entered and saluted. They both relaxed, but only fractionally. “Greetings, both of you. Just two days into your assignment, and to your great credit, you have already obtained an exceptional amount of interesting information on our visitors--far more than I honestly thought possible. To this point, you have not only proven yourself worthy of your new ranks and assignment, doing yourselves and the Kingdom proud.”

“Thank you, sir,” Gilda and Fortrakt chorused; the former sensing and awaiting the inevitable but.

It was not long in coming as Strenus spoke up next. “But still more is needed, and that is why our guest is here. Decurion Behertz and Second Spear Gletscher, this is Talia Tarseus, head Succursum to Senator Pilius, who you may recall is head of the Senate’s Ipsum for Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs.”

“A pleasure,” Gilda offered a greeting and foreleg clasp on behalf of both of them--the other eagless wasn’t military, so she didn’t rate a salute--sensing that it shortly wasn’t going to be any pleasure at all. So we’re being greeted in private by a Senatorial aide? There is no way in all the Kingdom this ends well...

“That’s her official position. But unofficially,” Narada spoke up somewhat unhappily, “She is a Sparrow for the Council of Crows, charged with compiling information on humanity for use by the Queen.”

Despite their attention stances, Gilda looked sharply at her for a moment—the Council of Crows was the Kingdom’s intelligence service, whose agents were called Sparrows. Though their title was not a particular large or powerful bird, it was meant to convey that they were outwardly ordinary griffons who others would not notice. And for her to reveal herself…

So SHE’S the dweeb who set this whole spying ball into motion? she guessed, keeping her features carefully composed. Crows take it. The only reason she’d be here is if she wants more from us...

“Indeed I am. It is my pleasure to meet you as well, Decurion Behertz and Second Spear Gletcher. My apologies for not greeting you sooner, but we wanted to test your dedication to duty and the quality of your data, first, “ she explained as she made a show of reviewing their latest reports.

“On the latter, at least, we have been quite pleased. Your information thus far has been most helpful to our efforts to compile information on the humans, if still incomplete. It is regrettable you have not yet been able to obtain any information on their strange weapons, but perhaps it is a little much to ask after only two days.

“Still, I am given some pause to wonder if your reports and efforts are being colored by… personal feelings,” she said with a glance at Fortrakt, who kept his face carefully composed. “Your latest report seems a little too… enthusiastic, Second Spear.”

“Well, I admit I had a good time last night, but I still related what I learned,” he answered carefully, his eyes looking slightly tired, leaving Gilda wondering how late he’d been up the night before hanging out with Marco and the Marines. “If I conveyed the first part along with the second, sorry, but ”

“Forming personal bonds with an intelligence target is a dangerous sentiment for a field operative,” she admonished him. “That aside, we congratulate you both on your skill in obtaining this intelligence. Especially you, Decurion. Your analyses are refreshingly insightful and thorough--in fact, far better than what many Sparrows in the field deliver. But I fear I cannot fully praise you, given your rather glaring error in judgement yesterday.” She raised an eyeridge at Gilda.

Gilda blinked. “Error? What error?” She quickly reviewed her actions in her mind, but found no issues, looking up in confusion to Narada and Strenus to see if she was in trouble for something. They indeed wore frowns, but she got the impression that whatever the source of their unhappiness, it was not her.

“Simply put, your order to the Paladins to secure and not allow their recording devices to be touched while they were in the Hall of Heroes was a mistake. It was a golden opportunity for us to examine those items more closely while they were away from them, but you denied us the chance..."


The new chapter is already about 7500 words long and will probably be well over 10k before all is said and done, given what I still have to fill in. I'm aiming for a weekend release at this point. We'll see if I can make it. In the meantime, thanks again to everyone who's come in to like and comment. If you want some additional information about what the chapter will contain, let's just say it will be a mixture of some very serious moments with some lighthearted--and even rather suggestive!--ones.

T-rated this may be, but that doesn't mean I can't have a little fun with Fortrakt. You can thank or blame prereader Silentwoodfire for it, as it was his suggestion. Don't worry, I won't neglect Gilda & Marco, but it's gonna be a little slower to develop for them.

Comments ( 10 )

It's probably too early for a Queen to be involved, so ol' Forkrakt isn't going to get trolled too hard. Probably.

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I don't know man, Senators can troll pretty hard.

https://youtu.be/Oc5zfc95lMM

:trollestia::rainbowlaugh:

To this point, you have not only proven yourself worthy of your new ranks and assignment, doing yourselves and the Kingdom proud.”

To this point, you have not only proven yourself worthy of your new ranks and assignment, but you have also done yourselves and the Kingdom proud."

T-rated this may be, but that doesn't mean I can't have a little fun with Fortrakt.

That poor goof! Can't wait to see how you pull that off, but I'm having Space☆Dandy flashbacks thinking of the possibilities!

Can't wait.

Talia's out of her league if she's willing to tamper and possibly break apart a human device they know little about, potentially inciting future mistrust and suspicion in exchange for looking at components and materials they might not (and likely wouldn't) identify in what is clearly a common/fairly trivial item, to get intel which amounts to nothing when considering the sheer extent, complexity and diversity of human culture, knowledge, technology, industry, weaponry and tactics.
Of course they don't know that last bit though, they are aware of the little info they have on humans but no idea by just how much.

Tbh the catbirds got nothing on the hoomans, the only useful info they can gather is ultimately what humans want to show them.
Hypothetically they could even be intentionally misinformed and all their intel would be utterly useless if the envoy had been ordered to do so.
Makes me curious as for how you'll paint future human-gryphon relations (not just our pair of literal lovebirds) and potential social/diplomatic/political issues, including the many things humans clearly wish to hide or withhold.

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It's probably too early for a Queen to be involved, so ol' Forkrakt isn't going to get trolled too hard. Probably.

By which I assume you mean a Changeling queen like Chryssie. Well, no, she's not around for this, but that doesn't mean that the Changelings might not appear later! And as for trolling Fortrakt... well, just because she's not around doesn't mean it can't happen! :ajsmug:

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I don't know man, Senators can troll pretty hard.

https://youtu.be/Oc5zfc95lMM

:trollestia::rainbowlaugh:

I remember that! It was classic. Sadly, and despite such deserved mockery, they're going to try to pass a GND now. :twilightangry2:

To this point, you have not only proven yourself worthy of your new ranks and assignment, but you have also done yourselves and the Kingdom proud."

Fixed, sorry.

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That poor goof! Can't wait to see how you pull that off, but I'm having Space☆Dandy flashbacks thinking of the possibilities!

Now there's a blast from the past! :rainbowlaugh: "He's a Dandy Guy... from space." That was actually kind of fun to edit for Chrome, so many years ago.

You've also seen what I did with Fortrakt by now, and I'm gratified you very much seemed to approve! :coolphoto:

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Can't wait.

Don't worry. Your wait will be over tonight! :eeyup:

Talia's out of her league if she's willing to tamper and possibly break apart a human device they know little about, potentially inciting future mistrust and suspicion in exchange for looking at components and materials they might not (and likely wouldn't) identify in what is clearly a common/fairly trivial item, to get intel which amounts to nothing when considering the sheer extent, complexity and diversity of human culture, knowledge, technology, industry, weaponry and tactics.

Well, she's definitely over-relying on her agency's experience on dealing with past threats or intelligence targets, not this new one that is so far removed from anything they've known before that she doesn't yet understand that their usual methods won't work here. Humanity is simply too different, and their technology too far out of the realm of what they've seen from other races.

Of course they don't know that last bit though, they are aware of the little info they have on humans but no idea by just how much.

Exactly. They don't know what they don't know.

Tbh the catbirds got nothing on the hoomans, the only useful info they can gather is ultimately what humans want to show them. Hypothetically they could even be intentionally misinformed and all their intel would be utterly useless if the envoy had been ordered to do so.

They don't realize yet that the humans are being a little coy with them, though that isn't revealed just yet. Even the original story made that clear that the humans weren't stupid; they weren't about to share information on their weapons and technology with the griffons out of nowhere. Even when the cloven struck, they were only authorized to share information about what their weapons could do, but not how they worked.

Makes me curious as for how you'll paint future human-gryphon relations (not just our pair of literal lovebirds) and potential social/diplomatic/political issues, including the many things humans clearly wish to hide or withhold.

Well, we've got a long way to go to get there, and I admit I don't have all the answers yet, just a broad outline of what I want to do. But get there we will, and this latest chapter is another step in that direction. It releases tonight. Hope you like!

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