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Always Chaotic Evil
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 23rd, 2012 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)


>>Or...maybe...write what you want to write, and if you're lucky, when you look back, that's what you'll have done.<<

This sort of thing has happened to me more than once. The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia is all about lesbians who go sane, run away from home, fall in love, and live happily ever after. Essentially the opposite of what happens to lesbians in almost every other story, movie, etc.

>> Creatures that are expected to be good, but aren't, or aren't entirely so, to me, are humans, or might as well be. <<

For me it makes a difference. (YMMV, and that's okay.) Take a unicorn, that's a symbol of purity, but more subtly about sexuality. So if I make a violent raunchy unicorn then I'm saying something about purity and sexuality (or the lack thereof) that is different from what a violent raunchy human would say.

Coming from the other angle, Hicket belongs (partly) to a race that actually is horrid much of the time. There's a physiological and perhaps mystical basis to that beyond what there is for humans. Yet he's not a mindless thug, anyhow. It matters that he has this current to swim against. It matters that he's gotten into henchman work because pretty much nobody wants him for anything else, because they look at him and think "orc = evil" -- and there is actually some basis to that as a general concept despite the fact their specific assessment is wrong. So that's different from humans again, where race is really just an illusion not backed by genes or much of anything else.

>>The truly terrifying, relentless force of goodness, as such, hasn't been explored, as far as I know; the only glimpse I've had of it is a few seconds of music in a couple of Hammer films. And I know for a fact that I'm not up to doing it.<<

I am intrigued by this as well, and it comes up in some of my writing. Path of the Paladins has some of it. There's an aspect of the insidious pull of good in "Falling Up" from Sort of Heroes.

Anyhow, thanks for the comment, because it inspired someone else's epic, and that was just awesome.
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