seventhe: (Rydia: dragons)
jesus sound the bells i have finally written a prompt thing

the breath of a fire (1012 words) by seventhe
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy IV
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rydia (Final Fantasy IV), Asura (Final Fantasy IV), Leviathan (Final Fantasy IV)
Additional Tags: Meta

prompt: parting ways. Rydia is told she needs to leave.

seventhe: Sev plays FFIII. (Oh. Okay.) (Refia: oh. okay.)
Heyyyooo, so let's talk about fic stuff. Today's post is a small-fandom extravaganza. We'll start with DOINK! 2013!

I got a really awesome gift this year:

Seeing The Bright (1875 words) by Estirose
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy III
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Princess Hilda, Gordon (Final Fantasy II), Leila (Final Fantasy II), Arc (Final Fantasy III)

At camp, Hilda gets ready to retake Fynn. But there's a little time before that to rest, talk to her friends, and decide what to make of Leila.

Not only is this a crossover fic (!!!!!!!) that not only includes some of my favorite FFII characters but managed to work in Arc (and Arc/Alus!!!) – points for that alone, ladies and gentlemen; ways to make your Sev happy: surprise crossover references – but it's a beautiful look at Hilda's mindset in the game before they retake Fynn, the way she thinks of her people (not just the people of Fynn she needs to care for, but the people around her she chooses to trust) and her situation. It's gorgeous.

I also received an awesome piece of Chocobo Down:

Don't Talk to Mountains (They Talk Back) (2755 words) by flonnebonne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edge Geraldine/Rydia
Characters: Edge Geraldine, Kain Highwind, Rydia, Cecil Harvey, Rosa Joanna Farrell, Ceodore Harvey
Additional Tags: how can anyone spend seventeen years on a mountain, meta disguised as fic, ffiv: the after years makes no sense, edge is silly

Edge tries to talk Kain off the mountain and gets an earful of nonsense. After which the story stops even trying to make sense.

I started giggling at the summary, then the first paragraph made me lose it, and I was hooting by the end. This is legitimately one of the funniest fics I've ever read.

I wrote two things for DOINK! this year. My gift was:

Sight (3461 words) by seventhe
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy II
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Minwu, Hilda (Final Fantasy II)
Additional Tags: Hilda/Minwu (implied), gratuitous use of imagery, Backstory

Minwu sees things; when he looks at one thing, he sees another, and he has his whole life. But when he looks at Fynn Castle, he sees only its stones; when he looks at Princess Hilda, he doesn't know what he sees.

The story of how Minwu came to serve Hilda, and how they came to trust one another.

I ended up really enjoying this prompt, and really enjoyed writing this fic. There's a lot to be said about the bond between Hilda and Minwu, and I really only approached Minwu's side here, but after [community profile] moogle_university I apparently had a lot to say, up to and including a lot of crossover meta fun to throw in there and play with. It is full of references to other FFs! It is a fun game: gotta catch 'em all! I am awful. However, I think I now ship Hilda/Minwu. I'm not sure I'm sorry.

I also wrote a piece of Chocobo Down:

a dancing game (1840 words) by seventhe
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy XII
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Vaan (Ivalice Alliance), Penelo
Additional Tags: Sky Pirates, Treasure Hunting, effective (if quirky) friendships

Penelo and Vaan find yet another trap in search of treasure. Lucky for them, they still dance a mean game.

…which reminded me how much I enjoyed FFXII's battle system, and I am looking forward to getting there in our replay.

And finally, unrelated to DOINK! at all, I also finished and posted another giant thing, for which I will somehow manage to blame [personal profile] lassarina (for moogle_university), [personal profile] auronlu (for encouraging me), my friend Phil (for beating FFIII while visiting), and myself (for being a horrible, incorrigible person who likes terrible ships):

Architecture (12208 words) by seventhe
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy III
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alus/Arc
Characters: Arc (Final Fantasy III), Alus Restor
Additional Tags: Period-Typical Underage, Aged-Up Character(s), aged up from canon, precocious boy-kings, shy trusted advisors, clumsy boy makeouts, Kissing
Series: Part 2 of precocious boy-kings and their shy trusted advisors

(+5 years from the game; sequel to Calligraphy.) Arc finds new direction in Saronia, new understanding of himself, and new everything with Alus. (In which Arc builds a bridge, Alus hires an advisor, and Luneth, Refia, and Ingus write letters.)

…because I cannot stop writing Arc/Alus and I never will and I am not sorry, so here are 12000 words of it, that and FFIII worldbuilding and continued Refia/airships and Luneth/pranks and Ingus/Sara (who actually have the best sense of humor of all of them) and Arc and Alus and trust and friendship and horrible budget committee meetings and clandestine meetings in the library (except not) and falling asleep on couches, and I will never stop having things to say about shy, awkward, kids; about clever, brilliant precocious young boys who are strong in ways that aren't traditional; and the ways they can find confidence and belonging and also make out a lot. It is like my thing for Larsa only much much worse. /DEFRIENDED

It's a direct sequel to Calligraphy, but it seemed to need to stand on its own; I'm so happy with a lot of what I wrote this month, but I'm so so very happy about this one.

I ALSO have finally found the actual Rosa fic that I have been meaning to finish and edit and post - the third part of my polyamorous trifecta, Momentum / Content With This Winter / [All The Ghosts] - and so even though I haven't really had time yet to make educated comments on [personal profile] sathari's Rosa entry I am jazzed beyond belief that I didn't lose the fic entirely like I thought.

seventhe: (Cecil and Rosa: Dark / Light)
FFIV things that have happened:

Second discussion post that kind of got derailed when I realized I was fucking exhausted from moving, DOINK!, and life but ended up being interesting anyway

Final FFIV Wrap-Up Post because it's May

- - -

Realized last night that master bedroom does not get good wifi. Will need to buy new wireless router for this; fffuuuu, more money I do not have at the moment. Have added it to the list of "things that can wait" where I will promptly forget about it and then whine every night when I try to check Feedly from bed.

- - -

Shower still leaks. Have investigated; will need new rubber stripping on bottom of shower door. Do not have the brains to fix at the moment. Current solution: stuff washcloth into hole, use shitty towel to wipe up the floor.

- - -

Having a very weird mental week. Not in a good way. :/

- - -

Work is currently in the worst intersection of drudgery and administrative work right now. Makes me feel like there isn't a lot to do when there really is, because I don't want to do any of it; project reviews coming up late May for Japanese Overlord visit in June, and great, because what I need right at this moment is definitely more stress!

- - -

Working on DOINK this week and using the next part of my Arc/Alus as motivation to do so. Hush. Don't judge me

- - -

I would like a week off. of life.
seventhe: (FFEX: In the shadows)
  • Had my last surgical injection on Thursday. Turns out that it's pretty easy to forget that just because these things aren't hella invasive does not mean they aren't a big deal; I spent Friday attempting to do a bunch of physical-labor-type stuff around the house and was reminded that my system is still full of anesthetic aftermath at about ~3:00 when I seriously just... burnt out, like my body crapped out, like literally just stopped functioning, like someone had repeatedly punched me in the everything and left me for dead. Whooooooops. Lost a lot of the weekend recovering from that too; turns out overproductivity results in less productivity when your body sucks like mine does!

  • greeted with a 3-hour 3-meeting back-to-back boredom extravaganza this morning at work (boredom being relative; two of the three meetings were informative and the third gave me a platform to complain loudly about stuff so it wasn't really a waste of time; just not the way I like starting off my Mondays)

  • tired

  • Finishing up FFIV for [community profile] moogle_university; have been reminded why this game is special to me. It isn't that it's the "best" of the FFs or the best game I've ever played; it's just the correct combination of [nostalgia points] + [characters and plot points highly relevant to my interests] and will probably always be my favorite, which just proves that I have horrible taste in life.

  • HAS ANYONE / EVERYONE STARTED THEIR DOINK FIC/ART/WORK??? Every year I swear I'm going to blog more about the exchange and then every year I'm like, I'm just too tired. I have so many thoughts and they are all living in giant apartment complexes on the corner of "You can't talk about that in public Sev" and "no1currr" and so I look at that and go back to my fic and monitoring of our inbox and sigh, heavily.

  • I'm finally living in my own room...? I have my new carpet and the paint job is done and it's set up in a way that makes me feel happy and comfortable, and ... I like it? I've felt and been transient for years and I'm not sure I have words for how comfortable and safe I feel finally putting down roots in a place that is mine, that I own, where I am the one who gets to have final say on everything, where I have my own space and my own dominion and all things I've needed for years but haven't prioritized, where I can do whatever the hell I want. Including paint my study leaffire-orange and yellow, because I am dumb. Not having to answer to anyone is apparently the space where I am the most comfortable with myself; it is also a completely appropriate adult goal. don't question me.

  • where am I

  • oh yeah lunch
seventhe: (Edge/Rydia: no return)
1. I wrote Arc/Alus. I posted it for [personal profile] auronlu's birthday, because even though it's a pretty soft-ending "part one of two" type thing, I can't stop my love for this pairing.

(I should note - I actually just added this to the AO3 description too - I've gone ~5 years into the future, so Arc is somewhere ~20 and Alus is ~15. Seeing as the Light Warriors in the game were 15 years old and probably old enough to make some legit decisions about crushing and kissing and all, since they saved the freaking world, I've decided that 15 is an okay age for our precocious boy-king to be doing the same. Since I know that age issue needs to be avoided.)

2. I talked about FFIV. Spoilers abound in the post and comments discussion, so go at your own risk, but please feel free to blather on endlessly about your own meta and headcanon if you'd like!
seventhe: (Fandom: Hell Bus)
So I haven't really been crossposting my work from the DOINK Chocobo Races -- I guess I should probably be posting it all over at [ profile] brokenprism also, since I have been using that for years and like having a double archive in case something dies (since both LJ and AO3 are -- it's hard to imagine them not being there, but they've both had their issues in recent years, sadly; I'm not saying it's LIKELY but I'm mostly like OHGOD MY WORDS). But as I am lazy, today is not that day. Instead, here, have some links to fic I've written in the last couple months.

White (2395 words) by faviconseventhe
Fandom: Final Fantasy IV
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rydia, Asura (Final Fantasy IV)

Rydia always thought she'd learn White Magic like her mother.

More meta from me - WHO IS SURPRISED - about Rydia's magic, and Asura. Will I ever get over my girlcrush on Asura? I AM NOT SURE.

Comfortable (922 words) by faviconseventhe
Fandom: Final Fantasy V
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bartz Klauser/Faris Scherwiz
Characters: Faris Scherwiz, Bartz Klauser

Faris has never been comfortable wearing the White Mage crystal. The White Mages do something about it.

I really would like to spend some more time on this idea and fully explore transgender!Faris; MAYBE WITH INCEST? I mean what. I didn't write that. Anyway, this is like the doodle that inspires a fuller work. I think it would be really interesting to go deeper.

Fades to Red (5119 words) by faviconseventhe
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Celes Chere/Kefka Palazzo
Characters: Celes Chere, Kefka Palazzo

Kefka asks Celes to help him with his research. He's only trying to help Terra, you know.

Warning: This is pretty legit noncon. It only qualifies as dubcon if you accept very dubious consent while under mind control. Just so you know, go in prepared, etc. Meant to be dark and creepy but of course I GOT META ALL OVER MY PORN so now I want to be like HEY EVERYBODY READ THIS except that definitely don't if consent is a must for you. It's cool, this is me taking the Fandom Hell Bus to the Shame Train. I'M NOT SORRY. I LIKE MAGIC!KINK OKAY.

So there you go - happy fun fic time. Chocobo Races have been fun -- we've gotten a lot more work than previous years and the Friending Meme has been a blast, for me anyway XD

This is mostly to remind you guys that sometimes I write things that are okay, so that when I start posting terrible Gundam Wing SHAME PORN this weekend no one mass defriends me.
seventhe: (Rydia: power)
And, while I am talking about games, here you go: Sev's Review of FFIV OGC and the FFIV Interlude (and) First Thoughts on The After Years from FFIV Complete Collection for the PSP.

Review of FFIV, insignificant spoilers for the Interlude )

The After Years )
seventhe: (Laguna: why is he so hot)
Alright, let's get some more of these out of the way, now that everybody else is done with this meme.

#07 - Least Favorite part of your favorite FF game.

I picked a bunch of favorites, now, didn't I?

FFIV - My least favorite part of the game is, really, anytime the grinding gameplay starts to weigh the story down. The stretch of gameplay from the Dark Elf to the Tower of Zot, for example, starts to feel really really long. Likewise, grinding in the core of the moon is hard as balls but necessary to get all the weapons and, you know, that Zeromus dude, and I like grinding but at that point of the game I am usually ready for the ending. Plus, about half of the versions of this game have really fucking high encounter rates, which might be my least favorite part OVERALL.

FFVI - Again, my least favorite parts come with gameplay: I don't like having to chase the light through the room, I don't like getting stuck and lost on the Floating Continent (which, even though I have played this game 600 times, I still do... probably because I legit get lost every time and so I never learn it), and there are a few parts of the story that just seem slow./

FFVIII - My least favorite part of FFVIII is between Disc 2-3 when you realize Quistis, Irvine, Selphie, and Zell are never going to get the attention they deserve :(

#08 - Favorite Chocobo Version

I love them in FFIV because they come in fun colors - White Chocobos give you MP~! Black Chocobos fly! But I also like the Chocobo Knights of FFX/X2.

#09 - Favorite Moogle Version

I loved that the moogles in FFXII were engineers and e-techs. ♥

#10 - Best Final Fantasy Scene Ever

There is absolutely no possible way I am going to be able to answer this at all. :/ So here are some favorites?

- Rydia and Rosa appearing on the Big Whale
- Final Battle with Kefka (self-help book!)
- FFVIII Sorceress Parade - it's the moment where you realize how fucked everybody is because Edea is for real
- Palom and Porom turning to stone :(
- Yuna jumping off the tower in Bevelle
- The Scene Where Aerith You Know
- aaaaaaaaaaaaas;ldka;lsdkals;kd;laskd I don't do Best, okay

30 Days of FF Meme )
seventhe: (Quistis: smarter than you!)
Swiped this as soon as I saw it from [ profile] rosencrantz and [ profile] irish_ais ~!

Day 01: Favorite Final Fantasy Game


Well, in typical Sev fashion, I am going to have to choose three because I don't do decisions, but I have reason for my choices, so here goes:

My favorite Final Fantasy game in general/overall is FFIV. This is for a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with the game itself and everything to do with nostalgia. FFIV was my first Final Fantasy - back when it was FFII - and I can remember first sitting down with my brother to play it: the boy I had a crush on in school had lent us FFII and Zelda for SNES, for one week, and I really just remember getting hooked on FFII. Jim and I couldn't beat it in the time we had it, but after getting that taste, we would constantly petition my mother to rent the game from the supermarket. It became our babysitter: Mum and Dad knew that if we had that game for an evening we wouldn't do anything else, including get hungry. It was real.

So I have a huge soft spot for that game overall. I loved Rydia from the second she came on the screen, adorable little green-haired nuker. I watched Cecil and Rosa be all sweet at each other, watched Kain's awkward honor/obedience thing twist himself up in ways I was probably too young to understand, loved Edge, cheered at Yang and Edward and Palom and Porom, and cried at the frigging Giant of Bab-Il when everyone comes back to fight, I'm not lying, I still tear up at that scene occasionally because, well, we're going on 20 years of memories of playing that (yup, just aged myself, didn't I).

I made Rydia and Rosa Lego People afterwards. I mean, okay, at that time, I liked video games, but I think I would have liked them more if they'd had girls in them - and FFII/FFIV did. No matter what (genuine and appropriate!) criticisms you can lay on Rosa and Rydia in terms of traditional female roles and female video-game-character roles (and I have!), you can't deny that they are important in the game, important to the plot. Rosa's at Cecil's side for a lot of it; Rydia saves the day with her summons. They both defy the menfolk and fly to the moon and won't take it back. It isn't - it was like, oh, okay, I can identify with that. I used to pretend I was Rydia more than I should admit online.

I've played this game more times than I should admit either. I've played it on SNES, on emulator, on PS1, on GBA, on DS, on PSP. I know it pretty well. And every time I play it I still enjoy it: so there isn't a lot of gameplay involved, no customizable characters, not even really replay value (except for the DS NGP option), and yet... I still love it, because I'm a nostalgic softhearted sucker for it. It still makes me smile and sigh and stabs my heart in all the right places.

So for those reasons, FFIV will always be my overall favorite.

My game I think is the best one is actually FFVI. It's complex and intricate in a lot of really awesome ways, with character backstories that are really fleshed out and personalities that are multilayered. It's funny and silly and heartwrenching and sad all at once. It has a fantastic villain and no real hero / "main character", but it's led by two awesome heroines who are central to the story being told. Gameplay is pretty straightforward, but characters are sort-of customizable (Esper levelling-up) and there's some replay value in that you can pick different parties and get different scenes in-game and at the ending. It's a great game and when I think of all of them, I still think it's the shining star.

It would be my favorite, but the nostalgia-value of FFIV pushes it over the edge, honestly. I have some pretty good memories of FFVI, too, though - dual-controller SNES games where I wanted to be all the girls and Jim had to be Sabin because I couldn't Blitz worth a nickel.

My favorite game to write for is FFVIII. As a fanfiction writer, as somebody in fandom, I think this is a slightly different angle: FFVIII was a fantastic and fantastically confusing game. And for a fanfic writer, it's still my favorite. I still haven't run out of stories to tell in that world; I omni-ship the entire cast; I'm still coming up with theories, past and present and future and why does no one pay attention to Ellone and the game was informative enough to give us these interesting characters, a time-twisting plotline, some father-son snippets, weird fated threads -- and yet confusing enough that it leaves plenty to write for, plenty to do, lots of things to say and explore and lots of directions to go.

It was a great game, and of the "later" FFs it is my favorite. And for fanfic, it is the winner.

30 Days of FF Meme )
seventhe: Rydia (Rydia)
So I've been working on something in the background – although it has stalled significantly since this class took over my life, writing, I miss you – but part of that stalling has been idea-wise, and as such I think it's time to open up the floor, since I haven't had a good old school fandom discussion here in a while. I want to talk about Final Fantasy IV, and specifically Rosa.

This will be more relevant if you've read Momentum (Edge, Kain, Rydia) (Edge/Rydia, Edge/Kain, Kain/Rydia, Edge/Kain/Rydia yes it is one of those) (R; 32,800 words) and Content With This Winter (Cecil, Rosa, Kain) (Cecil/Rosa, Cecil/Kain) (NC-17; 5,373 words), but it isn't necessarily necessary to do so. The stories are a very loose series and the third piece (Rosa-centric) will fill it in as a very loose trilogy. This universe could be summed up as "Sex heals everything" or "Kain bones everybody" or "Why Sev doesn't do love triangles (Because She Likes Poly/Open Relationships Okay And Doesn't Believe In Jealousy)" or, again, "Kain does FFIV." This is a joke. It's actually a serious series.

Cut the ramble for potential spoilering of an ancient game! :3  )
seventhe: (Cid (FFIV): Hardkore!)

Read more... )

ETA: Look at her little sprite!!!! DEAD FROM CUTE

I AM SO ANGRY THAT I WILL NEVER PLAY THIS. Seriously! This game needed more female characters like mad, and now there's an asskicking monk girl??? I hate* you, Squeenix.

*and by hate I mean love you madly please send me this game
seventhe: (Cecil: OMG DARK SWORD)
New FFIV fic in the works, ladies and gentlemen!

Authors: [ profile] first_seventhe and [ profile] rosencrantz (Sev and Enkida)
Fandom: FFIV
Characters: Kain, Rydia, Edge, Cast
Rating: M / R
Spoilers: Whole damn game.

Summary: Heroes aren't always automatically granted a happily ever after... sometimes, winning is only the start of the battle. Kain, Rydia, Edge - and the aftermath of victory.

Part I: Penance (01)

The fic is a gift for [ profile] katmillia, or at least it started out that way. It's now the hugest, most tl;dr gift ever.

I'll be updating it in [ profile] brokenprism, and I mean it this time ;), so I probably won't post about it here every time because I don't want to spam people. Consider this your introductory post! This is basically just blatant self-promoting spam. SPAM SPAM SPAM. I know some of you on my F-List are FFIV people, so please take a read and let me know what you think. <3 THERE WILL BE PORN IN THIS STORY, LATER


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