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spookykingdomstarlight ([personal profile] spookykingdomstarlight) wrote2017-07-16 03:49 pm
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darkest night exchange

Dear Creator,

Thank you so much for creating something for me for this exchange! I'm so excited to see what you come up with. Except for DNWs, I'm totally great with whatever you might throw my way based on whichever tags we matched on, but if you'd like some guidance, I've got a bunch of general loves and a few specific(ish) prompts. If anything in this letter grabs your attention, great! If not, that's great, too. Please feel free to mix-and-match free-form tags/prompts/loves/whatever as well.

And please, please, feel free to go as tragic/unhappy as you'd like for this exchange. I am all about that.

DNWs: adultery/cheating, character bashing, historical/mundane/modern/non-canon divergent AUs, implied or threats noncon/dubcon, kink, porn/smut (fade-to-black scenes are fine, scenes indicating sex is imminent are also fine)

Loves (in alphabetical order, no preference intended)

AUs: canon divergent AUs, canon-set AUs where characters might have another occupation, mirror!verse/dark side AUs, role reversal AUs
Themes: betrayal (except for cheating/adultery), characters presented with moral/ethical quandaries, fate/circumstances getting in the way of love/romance/relationships, finding and encouraging moments of joy in the midst of pain and suffering, loyalty, sacrifice (of self, reputation, others, etc.), "the road to hell is paved with good intentions," unrequited love, what makes good people good and what might make good people do bad things
Other Stuff: atmospheric/moody writing, character studies, characters failing to admit their feelings, close platonic relationships, confessions of love/confessions of love via actions taken, "could have been" relationships, irreconcilable differences between characters, melancholic/bittersweet tone, moments of growing intimacy, pre-relationships and shippy gen, realistic romantic moments, sad/unhappy endings, showing the dark side of good and the not-so-dark-side of bad, sympathetic portrayals of flawed characters, unreliable narrators, unusual writing styles and POVs, worldbuilding details

American Gods | Dragon Age | Game of Thrones | Original Works


American Gods
Note: I've read the book, so if you're inclined toward bringing in future plot points, feel free. Given the novel, I'm sure there's plenty of places you can go dark with this one. Otherwise, I totally welcome anything that disregards/deviates from book developments in favor of remaining strictly in the realm of the show.

Shadow Moon/Mad Sweeney
Mad Sweeney

Bad Guys Win
• What happens if the New Gods win? How is Mad Sweeney affected since he's part of the losing side? Does he turn on Wednesday and the others? He's shown himself to run from a fight before, does he do that now? Or does he go down with them? If he's in a relationship with Shadow, how does it affect them? If they're not in a relationship, do they want to be? Do they go ahead and go for it because why the hell not since the worst has already happened?

Cosmic Horror
• I would imagine that being involved with gods gives cosmic horror a different complexion, but what does fear of the unknown look like for someone in the situation Shadow and/or Sweeney is in? What happens when a god/demigod touches that which isn't supposed to be known? Is there anything that even such powerful beings shouldn't know or understand?

Hero Becomes the Villain
• What happens if Shadow decides the New Gods are right? Or perhaps he doesn't like the way the Old Gods handle themselves and decides there is another way?
• Or what happens if Sweeney gets pushed over the edge by Wednesday's antics and all the things being one of Wednesday's men entails?

Things Beyond Human Comprehension
• Both Shadow and Sweeney have no doubt seen a lot. What sort of things would go beyond that? And how would they react? Would it frighten them? Bring them closer together? Would it push them apart? I also imagine Sweeney has a hard time with stuff he doesn't understand. How would he behave if he came across something beyond even his reasonably expansive understanding.

Time Loop
• Shadow or Sweeney get stuck in a time loop. Maybe a god punishes them with it or one of the new gods decides to have a bit of fun at their expense. Can they even get out of it? If you go shippy, I'd love to see some angst/unhappiness at never being able to progress the relationship. Maybe the time loop loops around a tragic event and one or the other is forced to relive a bad day over and over again.
• What happens to a person if they're never able to get out of a time loop? Do they never age and never die? Does the loop really go on forever and ever?

American Gods | Dragon Age | Game of Thrones | Original Works


Dragon Age
My overarching interests for Dragon Age really come down to a few ideas: mage possession, Red Templars and the inherent body horror of that concept, the inevitability of the Calling, and the pair of dark futures you get to explore in Inquisition. If you focus on any of these, I would be very, very pleased. If you're inclined toward writing a mage Inquisitor at all, I would love that. It's not the biggest deal ever, but I also rather like keeping the default names.

I have a slight preference, too, for Warden Alistair, but that preference really is only slight.

group: Alistair/Female Trevelyan
group: Cullen Rutherford/Female Trevelyan
group: Dorian Pavus & Female Inquisitor
Alistair
Cullen Rutherford
Dorian Pavus
Female Inquisitor

Alternate Universe - Canonical Dark AU
• Anything, anything, anything exploring either the future from In Harsh Whispers or Champions of the Just would be incredible. What would the day to day look like for Cullen or Alistair or Dorian?
• How would the Inquisitor's absence and/or changed behavior be felt in the In Harsh Whispers future? Or how would any of them react to an Envy demon masquerading as the Inquisitor?
• What happens if the Inquisitor desperately tries to change the future she sees and ends up bringing it (or a future so similar to it as to be indistinguishable) about in a different way?

Becoming The Thing That You Most Hate/Fear
• I would love to see an Inquisitor who becomes kind of like the Envy demon in her own approach. What would change about her relationship with others? What would change about the Inquisition and its members?
• Dorian has a polarized relationship with blood magic. What would happen if he became a blood mage? What might drive him to that point?
• Cullen no doubt has had a change of heart about mages throughout the course of Inquisition, but what if he'd trusted Meredith more and become more like her instead of less?

Body Horror
• Red Templars, definitely, and Cullen either becoming one or confronting the truth of them more would be amazing.
• Likewise, Dorian or a mage Inquisitor dealing with abominations or possession and the different ways that would manifest physically.
• Alistair and the taint/the Call would probably be more psychological, but I feel the loss of control of one's body and having one's body turn on itself mentally still somewhat applies to what I find interesting and scary about body horror.

Friends to Enemies // Love Turned to Hate // Lovers to Enemies
• I suppose this might best fit with one of the canon dark AU timelines, but anything involving a change in feelings and coming to be on opposite sides ideologically would be great. How the break occurs is what I would be most interested in seeing as well as the unraveling of past feelings. Whether this is about friendship, platonic love, romantic love, or what, I'm up for all of it. (If we match on individual characters and one of these tropes and you're not sure which characters to include, I'm pretty open to just about every ship and friendship/platonic relationship for this one, though I'd prefer if my requested characters were the central party.)

Hero Becomes the Villain
• I would love to see anything exploring the process of a character turning bad. Do they think they're doing it for the greater good? Are they just fed up with how things are? Do they think they can do better? Do they lose hope that they can solve their problems by keeping to the side of light?

Mercy Killing
• Cullen, Alistair, or Dorian have to deal with a possessed Inquisitor. What are the ramifications of that?
• The Inquisitor has to deal with a possessed Dorian.
• The Calling starts to affect Alistair to the point where he knows he should go to the Dark Roads, but he doesn't want to leave the Inquisitor.
• Cullen either starts taking Red Lyrium or is somehow exposed to it. He doesn't want to live that way.

Pyrrhic Victory
• I love stories where the cost is too high for the victory won and would love to see how that would manifest for any of my requested characters or ships. What sort of consolation would they be able to derive from that victory?

The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions
• I find this trope so fascinating because it suggests that being good people doesn't always guarantee good outcomes. All of the characters and relationships I requested involve good people trying to do their best and doing the right thing. I'd love to see how they react when doing the right thing backfires.

American Gods | Dragon Age | Game of Thrones | Original Works


Game of Thrones
Note: I'm all caught up on Game of Thrones and will remain so throughout the rest of the season, so if you're inspired by anything going on in season seven, please feel free to use it. On the other hand, if you're waiting to watch or you'd rather not risk being jossed, I would love anything canon-divergent or speculative of the endgame.

Regarding Sansa, I love stories set in a post-canon world (feel free to handwave the White Walkers if you'd like, whether they're defeated or not is one of the less compelling things about the show to me, though if you'd like to include them I'm not opposed either) where she's Queen of the North and/or takes the Iron Throne.

For Petyr/Sansa, I would prefer current show-levels of romantic interaction (i.e. declarations, the occasional kiss, the acknowledgment of what Petyr wants from her) if you choose to create something set during season seven or before. Anything set post-series, I'm fine with more explicit references to romance/sex/whatnot.

As far as Cersei goes, I love her to pieces, flaws and ugliness and all. Feel free to explore her in all her follies and foibles or feel free to be sympathetic to her.

That said, my specific prompts are kind of spoiler-y for season seven, so if you're waiting to watch, you may not wish to read them. That is totally fine, too! I would love any take on these tags.

group: Petyr Baelish/Sansa Stark
group: Yara Greyjoy/Daenerys Targaryen
Sansa Stark

Faustian Bargain
• I would love to see Sansa making terrible deals in order to gain power for herself and what sort of price would be exacted from her for it. Would she be able to juggle it? Has she learned enough? How would she change?

SPOILER PROMPTS

SPOILERS I feel like Petyr/Sansa are made for this, especially with the political tension between Sansa and Jon over how the North should be ruled. What happens if Sansa decides the only way to save the North is to ally with Petyr over Jon? And what would that entail?
SPOILERS With Dany being struck a blow by Euron, she might be more desperate for help than she might like. How does that play out with her relationship with Yara? Would she betray her for the chance at success? And would she betray her to Cersei since it seems that's where Yara will end up?

Hero Becomes the Villain
• Sansa wants to be a good leader, but she can't trust the people around her or the people she rules. How does she become as hated as Cersei?
• Alternately, Dany wants to be a good leader and after her misadventures in Meereen, she's keenly aware that she needs loyalty from Westeros, but she is a Targaryen. What happens if that legacy is more potent than her own strength? How would that affect her relationship with Yara.
• Sansa has gotten good at seeing Baelish for who he is, but what happens if he manages to get under her skin again?

Using Another Person's Admiration For You to Take Advantage of Them
• Sansa is perfect for this, I think. Whether you go with Petyr on the romantic front or Jon on the platonic front, it would be perfect. That said, I'd love to see Sansa do this to anyone for any reason.
• I would be interested to see this trope deployed by Yara against Dany, but either way, it would be great to see how that manipulation might occur.

group: Jaime Lannister/Brienne of Tarth
Cersei Lannister
Jaime Lannister

Betraying One's Home
• Given Jaime's relationship with his family/Casterly Rock, I'd love to see him actually finally make a decisive stand against the Lannisters, whether this is on his own or as a result of his relationship with Brienne is up to you.

SPOILER PROMPTS

SPOILERS Cersei has always been incredibly loyal to her family name and house, but this season, the only thing she really seems to think she has left is Jaime. What happens if she feels she doesn't have even that left? Can she betray her Lannister roots?

Character Is Haunted By Bad Things They Had To Do For A Good Cause
• I would love to see an alternate take on season six's reunion between Jaime and Brienne where they did feel compelled to battle one another at Riverrun. In the aftermath, would one or the other of them truly feel like they'd done good?
• Whether the cause is good or not, Cersei always does what she thinks is best for her family and her children. With all of that for nothing, does she ever find herself wondering?
• Jaime has this pretty canonically, so anything exploring that or pushing it further would be interesting. What other bad things might he have done or will have to do in the future and how will he feel about it?

Conflicted Loyalties
• Brienne has pledged her loyalty to the Starks, but she always feels the tug of loyalty toward Jaime. How does that play out?
• Jaime is conflicted in his loyalty toward Cersei/King's Landing/Westeros and his loyalty toward Brienne/doing the right thing. What does he ultimately choose? Or does he ever?
• Cersei doesn't seem very conflicted in her loyalty ever, but it clearly grates on her to have never been respected or acknowledged for being so loyal. Does that bitterness turn to conflict for her? Does she wish she weren't so loyal?

Killing Someone You Love For A Greater Cause
• In a repeat of Jaime's killing of the Mad King, Jaime ends up having to kill Cersei.
• Cersei feels she has to kill Jaime or have him killed for some reason.
• Brienne feels she has to kill Jaime because war/politics/honor/whatever.

American Gods | Dragon Age | Game of Thrones | Original Works


Original Works
I really, really love spies and all the ways betrayal can play out in spy stories. I prefer the more elegiac, understated style of le Carré's spy stories to Bond-style stories and love anything with Cold War aesthetics and untrustworthiness. However, if you want to go more genre-y, I'd love anything set in an SFF world, too.

group: Female Spy/Female Spy

Conflicted Loyalties
• Spies are my favorite vehicle for exploring the idea of loyalty. What is loyalty like for a spy and how would their loyalties come into conflict? Are these spies part of the same agency? Is one a mole? Are they spying for different governments? What happens if their loyalty to their agency becomes a source of conflict for them or they stop believing in what they're doing?

Love Turned To Hate // Lovers To Enemies
• I feel like spies would have to have the utmost love to their countries in order to do the work they do. How would it feel for a pair of spies to discover they were sleeping with the enemy basically? What would they do to one another? Would they try to turn one another over? Or would they walk away and hope they never have to see one another again? Would they hate one another for their ideologies?

American Gods | Dragon Age | Game of Thrones | Original Works