Star Trek Discovery [ Season 3 Episode 4 ] :

Hi Hi Y’all~

As y’all know I am a huge Star Trek fan. When it comes to the Discovery series I honestly go up and down about it. Something about the whole Burnham is the future version of Jesus just doesn’t flow as well for me as obnoxious Kirk did for a six year old. However, I love the effort they put into character development. It reminds me of what I loved about Deep Space 9. I also love some of the risks that come with the change of tone CBS has done with the series.

Discovery’s Season 3 Episode 4 [ Forget Me Not ] has stood out for me though. My favorite species (outside of my obnoxious love for the Romulans & Klingons) are the Trill. A large part of that has to do with the Symbiotes. To me, they are a wonderful concept of how different cultures see ‘the end’ and its possible ‘continuation’ differently. It 100% gives me alien circle of life confirmations.

The way the episode showed the relationship between the joined host and symbiote was a cinematic master piece for me. I loved how they revealed the process of connection to the symbiotes and then to the past hosts. I really cried when I saw Adira’s ultimate joining with Gray.

Seeing Ronnie from Schitt’s Creek as a the spiritual leader was a hysterical side bar for me.

There are a few things that bothered me. The Trill species didn’t originally have spots. They had ridges. The spots were added later for aesthetic changes and personally I love the addition. Who doesn’t secretly have a weird moment of I want to be a spotted alien in their life? However, with CBS trying to really put attention to the details it was a missed opportunity to have a Trill with ridges instead of spots. This would confirm the fact that they are still a feature of some Trill and be a pleasant note. It also isn’t that hard to have a mix when you consider their budget.

Also, when it comes to spots they have changed them over the series’. It’s not like I mind the change but I do think how it came off in this episode in the close ups was a little too close and ‘non spot shaped’. When we see them we are reminiscent of spots on animals we know. Now they are starting to seem like a pattern for the sake of a pattern.

All in all, those are probably minor complaints on the episode. It’s more important to remember the fact that the relationship between the host and the symbiote is a beautiful and inspirational thing.

I’d like to take a moment to leave the episode to move to my own Fan Fiction. For those of you who know, and those of you who don’t, Outremusings and I have a Fan Fiction that comes from our original RP. We each had to make choices on characters, relationships and details within a time period of the Star Trek Universe. The timeline we went with was around Kirk era and the beginning of the Federation. It was important to show that the Federation once created wasn’t a perfect ideal but a continuous goal. It was also more conducive to playing around with our interests.

The main character I created was Cadet Wells. One of the early planned reveals is that she is actually a Human-Trill hybrid. There haven’t been many cases of them on the series and it presented a chance to be creative. For instance, when it came to the issue of spots I was able to simply say, “in natural childbirth between Trill and another species mutations on a chance can occur.” This, to me, was a good reason for her spots to be in an unusual pattern and aid in the ‘hiding’ of her heritage.

Further, the early timeline really presented me with a lot of opportunities to play around with a human hybrid character and a Trill character. There weren’t as many hybrids in the earlier years of the Federation and there was still controversy and emotions towards alien species. What kind of man would meet a Trill woman and move to the Trill homeworld?

I wanted someone who wouldn’t be so cookie cutter and in his partnership with a Trill woman present differing views on the Trill culture. I decided on a shady Greek man, whose backstory I cannot reveal at this time, and a controversial Trill woman.

The result coming together when I remembered that my original goal was to include a symbiote. At this time, no one knew about the symbiotes and the opportunity to explore the revelation of them was really exciting. Especially, if it came from the odd case of a hybrid Trill as a host.

I can say in regards to the family that both of her parents are interesting. The father comes from a less ‘wealthy’ and opportunistic area in Greece. The mother comes from an old school ‘wealthy’ family that are known for their difficulties, annoyances and advancement of Trill technology.

I can also say that the name of the symbiote is Pax. There was no way I could have a symbiote and not reference my favorite pair: Jadzia Dax. Plus, Pax means ‘peace’ and all the ironies around that are necessary for my life.

I really recommend Discovery Season 3 Episode 4 [ Forget Me Not] as a stand out must see for any Star Trek fan. I also recommend checking out the joint Fan Fiction for Star Trek. It is currently being worked on and soon may be reformatted into ‘episode’ format. There are also commissions for some of the characters and have plans for more to come.

*If you would like to help with commissioning images or specific Star Trek things please donate on Ko-Fi and let me know in the message.*

Live Long And Prosper My Lovelies,

I.L. Knight

Discovery Season 3 Episode 4 [ Forget Me Not ] – The Joining

On Star Trek Lower Decks :

Hi Hi Y’all~

Okay, here’s the deal. Even after a few episodes I am still unsure on where I stand with Star Trek Lower Decks.

A huge part of me is like OMG THIS IS. WHAT. JUST. JUST NO.

And there is the huge part of me that is like FUNNY. REMINDS ME OF OLD TREK. LOWER CREW MEMBERS HAVE IT ROUGH. I LOVE ENSIGN BECKETT.

I don’t know if I can form a an opinion until the season is over. With the episodes I’ve seen it is way too back and forth. I mean, it is a great and welcome relief from the hard core series drama and lack of strong humor to engage in moral lessons CBS has invested into their Star Trek shows. However, it is also a basic economic move of creating shows aimed towards money making groups.

I don’t know guys. I just can’t decide. Ensign Beckett has wormed her way into my heart. That move with the Ferengi she did for Boimler was too nice. Also, she kicks Klingon ass.

I.L. Knight

Star Trek Lower Decks First Look

Fan Fiction Friday [9/04] :

Hi Hi Y’all,

Tomorrow or Sunday I will have a post explaining in full detail everything that has really been going on in the last few months, why everything has been really hectic and crazy and why Corona virus has really effected things on my end.

I do, however, should have/maybe have/possibly have/tried to have fixed everything enough that I can get back onto a schedule and have some balance again. So without further ado I would like to introduce this week’s Fan Fiction Friday:

Harry Potter

Avatar

For Harry Potter we have three new chapters as well as more character art by the amazing Juliet!

For Avatar we have one new chapter and it’s a decent intro to the starting point of some of the side characters you’ll meet. We learn a little about the Crown Prince of the Fire Nation Ozuko’s [you’ll find out more about the name later] and his sister Princess Azumi’s characters. They are definitely starting from a place of being in a bubble and needing to learn a lot about the world. You’ll also see a bit more context around the current Avatar’s family life and the personality of the current Fire Lord Azai.

The reason these two are being updated is because during this week’s struggles I have for some reason been having dreams about some of the future ideas I had for them so I figured I could use the inspiration to write. Also, I love Juliet’s work.

Please enjoy and thanks for everything,

I.L. Knight

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Fire Bending Abilities

D & D :

Hi Hi Y’all,

Here it is. The post on Dreams Askew! Well, sorry to disappoint you, and myself, but we haven’t gotten to it yet! We got so caught up in the joint character creation part that we ran out of time for our actual session. So I present you the Dreams Askew Character I will FINALLY get to be playing : Robyn “Rob” McFeever – the Bigender Raven & leader of the Pina Coladas.

Here Are The Key Points To Include were: being a bigender raven, red eyes, fucked-up hair, gloves, overalls, support from a ghost and their associated sobriety cult  and what 2 talents they have from a list (infirmary and guns).

That transformed into this character. I would describe the hatchling as an individual with a small round face, large owl like red eyes, a tattoo of a lemon where a 3rd eye should be, red apple earrings, overalls that include one shoulder on/ one shoulder off, a giant image of a 1/2 peeled banana a large pouch below it one leg having a flare bottom and the other shredded off at the knee, a green scarf with yellow pineapples, an under black shirt that is actually sleeved on one side with a tight red pair of gloves and not sleeved on the other side to reveal a fruit themed sleeve tattoo and large steam punk/worker-esque worker glove and purple boots with coconuts on them.

The ghost became Barnabus “Barnie” The Peeping ghost. At the moment he is eternally trapped wearing the bottom half of a Barnie the Dinosaur mascot costume, an ironic t-shirt, surfer dude necklace, an over the shoulder Barnie bag and is bald.

My favorite last minute creative decision was making the sobriety group ‘The Pina Coladas’ actually a front for the local cult. Where my character used them to move into the fruit, vegetables and general produce area of the market area and create absolutely safe territory in an uncertain terrain. Somehow, making them all worship Rob as a savior/messiah.

So, yep… That’s Dreams Askew character creation guys! I’ll try to get artwork soon 😉

I.L. Knight

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Do You Like Pina Coladas – Rupert Holmes

 

 

D & D :

Hi Hi Y’all ~

So, my Dungeon and Dragon’s Campaign has had its session canceled a few times in a row now. Nothing serious or detrimental. However, in its place this week one of our members has us playing Dreams Askew. Wow, I was not prepared for such an idea. Might as well give it a go.

I have no idea who I’ll be or how it will go, but I’ll let you know next week how it went.

I.L. Knight

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Dreams Askew – Gauntlet Con

Fan Fiction Tentative Schedule:

Hi Hi Y’all~

Just posting the tentative schedule for the next few Fan Fiction Friday’s!

[8/14] 1/2 Prince & Maou-Sama & Harry Potter Old To-Do’s Theme Day

[8/21] Shadow Hunters & All Souls Western Literature My Mom Loves Theme Day

[8/28] Eragon & Overlord Non-Human Theme Day

[9/4] Star Trek & Re: Monster Sci-Fi Wonder Theme Day

[9/11] DC Comics Comic Theme Day #1 – DC EDITS

[9/18] Marvel Comic Theme Day #2 – House of M

[9/25] A Demon Lord’s Tale & Avatar Reluctant Heroine Theme Day

I.L. Knight

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Working 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton

Happy Monday Updates :

Hi Hi Y’all,

Happy Mondays! We’ve survived the hurricane/tropical storm and we can get back into this new weeks normal schedule~

I will be changing the Monday update though! Got to let you know about the new illustrations I uploaded on secret for Harry Potter. They’re, of course, by Juliet.

Also, I had a funny dream last night. I was dreaming of a one shot novella about a saint, a hero and a princess after the end of defeating the demon king. The saint was pretending to like the hero and be with him to cover up the fact he was really with the princess! Can’t remember why that was shocking but it was. Turns out she was cooperating with them because all she wanted to do was be done with this job she never wanted. Turns out the kingdom has to make a deal with the surviving son of the Demon King for peace and harmony between humans and the remaining demons. Only, he wants to marry the SAINT– since she is single.

Maybe, one day when I have time, I’ll write a one shot for it. Sounds interesting, right?

I.L. Knight

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All You Never Say – Birdy

Concerning Fan Fiction Friday [7/31] :

Hi Hi Y’all,

I actually didn’t have time to type up the new chapters for Douluo Dalu and 1/2 prince. Stupid, hurricane prep. I did, however, have enough time to type up preview sort of stuff, so here goes.

Douluo Dalu: Set in the future of the world, the grand children of grand children inherit their family abilities and more? Meeting new characters with new goals and ambitions you can follow the journey of: Tang Lili, Dugu Jia and Wang Wei. As they meet companions to form a new generation of Shrek Seven Devils and new enemies to face.

1/2 Prince: With the author creating a sequel to the series focused on the main characters’ children why not look back at what the video game world could of become? After decades of the game being off marker due to NPC’s gaining self-awareness new players dive in to a world trying to figure itself out. These new characters end up in the most broken and confused continent. Completely filled with self-aware NPCs, players who chose the worst starting continent and ruffians who want to avoid the niceties of the other continents. Can a new legend make its start on this land? Perhaps, a Princess or an Empress instead of a Prince? Either way, there’s some vampire heroine, a fallen angel cousin and a guy hiding his beauty behind a beast man character.

I.L. Knight

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1/2 Prince Fan Trailer

D & D :

Hi Hi Y’all~

Sadly, my D&D session got canceled for this week and so I don’t have any new quotes or anything for my character.

Instead, I am going to put a link to my Ko-Fi where I have art by Blizaga of the character (many of my characters) and her brief backstory introduction.

Also, I am going to link a Critical Role related video on character backstory creation. I didn’t use it for this character but I wish I did when I first started playing D&D because a lot of things said about creating a good backstory are common mistakes made.

I’d also like to take one moment to point out something: D&D as a way to look at yourself and expand your view. For years all my early characters were half elves (which says a lot) and they were almost always Sorcerers (again, that says a lot). When I finally got out of that box, I grew as both a person and a writer.

Currently, I am playing a 1/2 orc druid in my main campaign and having the time of my life doing it.

I.L. Knight

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Taliesin Jaffe