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As I've probably mentioned here or there, the whole thing started with fan fiction. Wrote a story for a prompt community, my partner and amazing beta suggested I try refitting it for sale, so I did.

I didn't expect it to spawn a whole world. I guess once an idea gets loose in my head there's no stopping it, which is a very good thing for a writer. Weird, but good. I'm beginning to vaguely understand the writerly concept of "muse" or "soulbond" which, if you know me from other journals, is frankly rather amusing. (Heh -- aMUSEing!)

Anyway, I'm rambling here. The story world started off in Final Fantasy VII territory, with not-so-subtle shifts on that first piece. I just wanted to see if I could pull it off, convince myself that those two new characters deserved breathing space in their own milieu.

Then I started wondering what other FFVII characters I could do that to: take a basic sketch, and morph it to fit this different magic-filled world.

Honestly? It's more fun than I ever expected.

I'm working on a backstory for Zaxxir, and his connection to Zack Fair is fading with every scene. Except for his hair. Sorry about that, but some things just stick.

I've surprised myself by splitting up Chaos and Vincent, in effect. Their "Oathbound" incarnations work so much better apart, though the one based on Chaos still lives bound to a human. That one is a smartass. And the Vincent-inspired man is still a gunslinger -- what? I couldn't NOT keep that part! -- though his pistol is of Dwarven manufacture.

The Shinentai made their own space in this world, again serving as children of advent in a much larger scheme. I had too much fun devising their names, by the way.

Now, the kinky versions of these stories are probably going to remain outside the full novel/whatever it becomes for publication. Probably, but not definitely. I'm going to see where it all goes, because when one is muse-driven, one is merely a passenger.

It's becoming a bit of a hobby for me, looking at FFVII characters and wondering where their dopplegangers fit into my world. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, or merely funny bits inspired by any of this, let me know -- if I want to use your ideas, I'll ask nicely and promise a lovely mention in the foreword.

Anyway, I've got a bit of rewrite to do on one story, so I'd best be off to that. Peace, all, and stay out of the rain!
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