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Kindredsoul

Kindredsoul

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PostSubject: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptyMon Jun 01, 2020 11:14 pm

June 2020 Grab Bag has arrived!

Stories, poetry, artwork, whatever your talent to share - must be ElfQuest themed - and may contain canon ElfQuest characters (Cutter, Leetah, Skywise, etc) or custom characters of your own (as long as it's in the "ElfQuest" universe).

Your submissions should include at least one of these things (for art), and at least 3 of the 5 for stories (but let's see you use all five!)

Stories can be as long as you want them to be.

The items for this month's grab bag are:

Rainbow
Snake
Waiting
Bitter
(This can be someone being bitter about something, or the bitter taste of a food or drink, or whatever.)
Recovery

Carry on and have fun!
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Compliments go to Embala for bringing a British cat and an American dog together via Photoshop!
chibi cutter compliments of katcombs!
Cutter egg 2018 from Embala
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Redhead Ember

Redhead Ember

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PostSubject: Re: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptyTue Jun 02, 2020 5:59 am

Right, business as usual (at least since we restarted the Grab Bags); one specific storyline, one theme per line in the poem.

Snakes Awaken

They had to wait in the camp for a while,
to give chief’s mate a chance to recover.
But then snakes awoke
became a cause of bitter grief,
when Rainbow lost her lifemate.

Right, I guess you could argue that I cheated a little bit, but I figured that the theme wasn't atually a rainbow, but just rainbow, which could refer to the character.

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Embala

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PostSubject: Re: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptyTue Jun 02, 2020 2:38 pm

PERFECT! Like

And now, Redhead - ... guess what a banner collage I had in mind when I've added "snake" to "Rainbow"? XD

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Yeee

Yeee

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PostSubject: Re: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptyTue Jun 02, 2020 5:27 pm

YAY, June 2020 Grab Bag with Mermay! Prompt for the 31th was "Rainbow" on DA. Welcome to the Rainbow Reef all yer fishies! this is a colourful co-production of my daughter Luna and me (she made the background with Stockmar- watercolours in the Waldorf school). Youth Ortega is boasting that he was the hero to find this beautiful resting place for the wandering Sea elf pod. But Moonlight won`t agree with that.
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Tymber

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PostSubject: Re: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptyTue Jun 02, 2020 6:28 pm

This story took on a whole new direction... it's true I never plan what's next because I don't know what the elements will be... but this is clearly, my heart breaking because of the current state of the world. For any of you who even bother reading my stories, I hope you enjoy and understand the message.
#BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForEveryBlackHumanInThisEffedUpWorld

Elements:
Rainbow
Snake
Waiting
Bitter (This can be someone being bitter about something, or the bitter taste of a food or drink, or whatever.)
Recovery

Stonehowl’s extensive history recap for all the previous grab bags can be found here:
http://www.tawmis.com/stonehowl/stonehowlrecap.html

Stream, her red hair flowing in the gentle ocean breeze, like a small, flickering campfire, looked out into the ocean. A storm brewed and thunder cracked the sky. But her soft, green eyes could see something else. “What did you people believe those things are?” She pointed out towards a clearing in the storm.

Buren, a human, and Stream’s lover, and father to their half-elf child, Stonecutter, smiled. He’d come from a band of humans that thrived on marauding and killing, but Buren never wanted to be like his father who was the chief of the Frostsail Clan. He could still taste the bitter feeling of being a part of the Frostsail Clan and their murderous ways.

He looked at what she was pointing at and saw the many colors spilled across the sky in an arch. “We’ve always called it the Sky Serpent,” he said. “My father’s people,” Buren said, no longer associating himself with his ‘family’ because of their sheer hatred of anything and everything different, “believed it was the passage of souls to the heavens that rise up – get judged by their gods – then, if worthy, come back down to the world to be reborn.”

Stream shivered. Buren looked at her. “Are you all right?”

“It just reminds me of what we called ‘the serpent with rainbow scales’,” Stream mentioned. “It had been a giant snake like creature. It killed my parents.” (She’s not lying! Look all the way back at December 2008 - http://www.tawmis.com/stonehowl/dec2008.html).

Buren pulled her close, waiting for her shivering to stop. He kissed her gently on the head, “We can go if you want.”

“No,” she whispered, feeling safe in his arms. “Your people,” she turned to face him. “Did they follow a god named Grethen? That’s who the humans that had originally lived close to us worshipped. That god preached hatred for my kind – calling us demon spawn.”

“No,” Buren shook his head. “My father’s people follow a number of different gods. There’s one for rain, thunder, the sun, the moon, and many others.”

“Do all of these gods exist out there,” she looked to the stars and the cosmos beyond. “Similar to where the High Ones had come from?”

“I don’t know,” Buren mentioned. He’d never met or seen a High One, but he’d heard the many stories while being a part of the Stonehowl Tribe.

“I wish we could all put these differences aside,” Stream said. “My whole life, since I’ve been born with magic, I’ve tried to heal all of those who have been wounded. But some wounds,” she looked distant for a moment, thinking of an elf named Blackstar who had pushed one of their own kind from a high tree, to their death (once again, she’s not lying – see: http://www.tawmis.com/stonehowl/feb2008.html) ; before recovering her composure. “Some have so much hate in their heart. Whether it’s because we look different,” she touched her ears, “or our skin color is different, or we believe in different gods. These are things I can not heal, but desperately wish I could. I wish I could kill the hate that burns in the heart of so many.”

Buren held her close, “I understand. And perhaps we can begin to make a difference since you and I have come together, as a sign.”

“Perhaps,” Stream whispered.



• Shadow (Male Soul Name: Tyru) – Black Hair, Tanned, Green Eyes (Elder brother to Purespring, Chief)
• Foxhair (Female Soul Name: Loun) – Red Hair, Green Eyes (Hunter)
• Snowspring (Female, Soul Name: Tylo – Black Hair, Green Eyes) – Nine years old. Daughter of Shadow and Foxhair.
• Spearclaw (Male, Soul name: Lren) – Brown Hair, Green Eyes (Scout) – Former lovemate of Stillbreeze (and Vineweaver), now lovemate of Windfetcher
• Vineweaver (Male Soul Name: Reyk) – Auburn Hair, Blue Eyes (Tree shaper, Soul Mate of Stillbreeze, Plant Shaper)
• Stillbreeze (Female Soul Name: Hewl) – Brown Hair, Brown Eyes (Soul Mate of Vineweaver, Tanner)
• Echo (Male Soul Name: Ayav) – Brown Hair, Green Eyes (Cub of Stillbreeze & Vineweaver, Magic)- About eighteen years old.
• Windfetcher (Female Soul Name: Burm) – Auburn Hair, Brown Eyes (Cub of Stillbreeze & Vineweaver) – About eighteen years old, formerly interested in being the next chief, now the lovemate of Spearclaw
• Snowcloud (Female, Soul Name: Mill) – White Hair, Green Eyes (based off white lions)
• Stream (Female Soul Name: Vree) – Red Hair, Green Eyes (Healer)
• Buren (Human, Brown hair, hazel eyes) – About 20 years old in human years
• Stonecutter (half elf/half human, son of Stream and Buren – brown hair, green eyes) – About two years old

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Redhead Ember

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PostSubject: Re: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptyWed Jun 03, 2020 5:11 am

@Embala wrote:
PERFECT! Like

And now, Redhead - ... guess what a banner collage I had in mind when I've added "snake" to "Rainbow"? XD

That particular story?

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Yeee

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PostSubject: Re: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptySat Jun 06, 2020 5:19 am

Ah, Tymber, there are pirates again, yes? Those human parents tribe, and they seen to show all the ugly side of pirates.
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Tymber

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PostSubject: Re: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptyMon Jun 08, 2020 2:37 am

@Yeee wrote:
Ah, Tymber, there are pirates again, yes? Those human parents  tribe, and they seen to show all the ugly side of pirates.

Thank you, Yeee, for taking the time to read and comment. Not sure why there's no heart emoji, but there should be one.

As for Buren's parents, though they only appeared in two or so stories in total (and only his father, who was the "Chief") - I envisioned them more along the lines of Vikings, rather than pirates. They're more cruel, more vicious, more likely to murder and kill anything that isn't from their tribe - where as pirates, while also many were murderers, Hollywood has "romanticized" them quite a bit. I tried to further paint the picture, describing that they come from a cold northland.

While I never plan where my stories will go or have any idea what will come next, I've enjoyed the idea of Buren fighting everything he was raised to be. But the last few stories, since returning here to Father Tree Holt, have strangely centered on him and Stream - who, before my departure from here eons ago, were just background characters. So it's been interesting giving them some life these last few times.

And with this one, I tried to show, how a human and elf came together, had a child that's different than any seen before (possessing features both human and elf) - and how they're all embraced by the tribe - something I wish our own world could do - embrace everyone, despite their differences, their beliefs, and their appearances.

Thank you again, seriously, for taking the time and read and comment.

@Yeee wrote:
YAY, June 2020 Grab Bag with Mermay! Prompt for the 31th was "Rainbow" on DA. Welcome to the Rainbow Reef all yer fishies!  this is a colourful co-production of my daughter Luna and me (she made the background with Stockmar- watercolours in the Waldorf school). Youth Ortega is boasting that he was the hero to find this beautiful resting place for the wandering Sea elf pod. But Moonlight won`t agree with that.
June 2020 Grab Bag Mermay54

I've mentioned it before, probably last month - that you're very talented at drawing elves. You bare a resemblance to Wendy's style, but also maintain your own (like again, in this one, with the cute little silly face with the one sticking out their tongue). This is twice now that you've really captured that cute, heart warming silliness, with such perfection. And please tell your daughter, Luna (a wonderful name!), that her colors brought extra life to this piece and she's amazing!

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Yeee

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PostSubject: Re: June 2020 Grab Bag   June 2020 Grab Bag EmptyTue Jun 09, 2020 6:45 am

Thank you so much for the compliments. I told Luna, it made her happy: Yaaay! she called.
The cute little silly face is Lunas OC Moonlight. She just can`t stand Ortega (guy on the left) boasting around Laughing .
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