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You are Alvild Anders, and you did not belong. Oh, not in the "Oooh, I’m such a tortured teenager, nobody understands me," sense. You literally did not belong in the world known as Midgard. You are a changeling, a fairy child left in place of a kidnapped human, and the cold, mountainous, superstitious country of Bergskedja was not a kind place to raise someone like you.

That isn’t to say that Hans and Kerstin Anders were anything but good parents to you, since they didn’t see any reason to take their grief out on the abandoned infant who wailed in her new mother’s arms and would not be quieted. If anything, their hearts broke for the unwanted babe as much as they did for their own taken son. However, their neighbors were not as forgiving.

One thing must be kept in mind above all else when considering the fairies of Alfheimr, the rulers of the Other Folk. A fairy is not a sylph, a winged elemental spirit of alchemical air, nor is it a pixy, a firefly-like pollinator of gardens. In fact, aside from the dramatically pointed ears and seemingly eternal youth and beauty, many fairies are almost indistinguishable from humans in face and form. Despite this, they are as capricious and arrogant as they are beautiful and powerful, and the moods of the Other Folk, especially the Fair, change with the wind. Even a changeling raised by human standards, such as yourself, is met with suspicion as they grow up, often harassed by other children and ignored by adults.

There were exceptions, of course. Your neighbor Lauris had taken a sweet troll girl named Nanna for a bride. Old Mother Hulda, the fox-eared huldra, lived on the edge of the forest, making her living by selling hand-crafted charms and home-brewed potions. Even traveling packs of goblins, little men and women with the features of rabbits, raccoons, rats and other pests, could be seen regularly sneaking into the market from their warrens, hawking their almost invariably stolen goods- Not that their customers did more than look the other way.

It was Nanna and Lauris who were the kindest to you, having their own rumors to deal with, but Hulda had the most wisdom to impart. It was the old woman who taught you to craft whenever you stopped on your way to and from the forest on your trapping trips. There were some things Kerstin simply couldn’t teach you, mother or not. However, as for the subject of such visits...

The goblin merchants and occasional troll wanderer were not the only Other Folk to pass through the village. Early one spring, when the morning was still bitter and tinged with frost, the north wind blew especially cold as the herald of a dangerous event that soon came to pass; the Wild Hunt, a contest held once a century in celebration of the new fairy king and queen’s coronation. Fairy rings sprang up in the most unusual places, circles of mushrooms appearing out of seemingly thin air where villagers swore they had just passed and hoped to the Gods they hadn’t crossed for fear of treading over the border of Midgard into Alfheimr. To do so without invitation, even accidentally, was to intrude on fairy land and excite the petty rulers who were all too eager to dish out punishment. Despite this, the territorial fairies saw very little wrong with carrying out their Hunt in Midgard, often demanding that mortals house their hunting parties overnight.

Hulda alone was the one villager brave enough to actively refuse them food, drink and shelter for the night, while her neighbors merely shuttered their windows and locked their doors tight in fear. You had been visiting the old huldra earlier that day, talking late into the night with your mentor about the values of this herb over that root, or how such a poultice would help a certain wound heal faster. When the fairies finally came knocking, you were initially shocked by your first impression of what should have been your people. They were led by Oberon Erlkonig, the Lord of the Alder Court; fair of face, graceful of manner and condescending of voice. Any changeling girl like yourself would easily feel much smaller than usual, but it wasn’t shame that burned in your heart. It was resentment. How dare these beasts look down upon you in such a haughty way? What had you ever done to them to deserve the thinly-veiled sneer tossed your way by the manservant at Oberon’s right hand- Robin Goodfellow, similar to yourself in the sense that he was a changeling as well, but different in the sense that he was a Midgardian raised by fairies.

What right does he have to hold himself so much higher than I? you thought, seething internally. Robin may have been beautiful by Midgardian standards, but surely in his master’s eyes, he was just as plain as you were. His soft curls were no less brown than your own hand-shorn locks. His eyes were no less plain than your own muddy ones. His fair, pale, faintly freckled skin was nothing more than a sign that he’d never truly worked a day in his life, while you had proven your own worth time and time again by trapping, foraging, crafting, brewing, tending the vegetable patch with your parents, hauling goods to market… The list went on. Those delicate, uncalloused fingers clad in soft gloves were more suited to plucking the strings of a lute than the taut string of the yew bow that fit naturally into your own sturdy, rough hands.

Your internal judgement passed far more quickly than it took to describe, however, and it was Hulda who spoke to Oberon first.

“You of all people are unwelcome under this roof, Alder King,” the old crone nearly growled, her vulpine ears pressed flat against her skull while her bushy tail lashed aggressively, the same red that her hair used to be before it went grey.
“Surely, good Mother, you Hidden Folk are not truly such isolationists that you would turn your own kind awa-” Robin began in a languid tone, but was instantly cut off.
“You Fair Folk are not ‘our’ anything, lap dog,” you hissed through teeth clenched tighter than a steel trap. The beautiful young man was simply taken aback, but his master just smirked, his face oddly no less youthful than the servant.
“Speak when spoken to, child,” Oberon purred condescendingly, gripping you harshly by the chin. Your upper lip curled, and you snapped at his hand, nearly nicking the flesh as he drew it back on instinct. You’d never let anyone lay a hand on you without your permission, and you weren’t going to start with this prick. You were rewarded with a sharp slap across the face, only to turn your cheek, daring him to strike you with the palm rather than the back of his hand. The fairy king would be forced to acknowledge you as an equal if he wished to continue in his abuse.

He saw through the gesture, however, and did not make another move beyond turning on his heel and departing from Hulda’s home with a flourish of his rich green cloak. His attendants followed close behind, but the huldra fixed you with an uncharacteristically worried look.
“That was unwise, my girl. The Alder Court especially does not take kindly to those who step out of their place,” was all she said as she locked the door and drew the bolt shut.
Changeling Fantasy Ch. 1: Know Your Place
Uh. Wow, okay, this creative writing class was the best choice I've made? It actually pushed me to actually make something of my half-cocked ideas. XD

Now, long story short, Changeling Fantasy (the name is still up for debate) follows the exploits of a changeling named Alvild, a fairy girl raised by humans. She gets dragged into an event called the Wild Hunt and is offered a chance to return the boy she replaced to her human parents and along the way, meets a cast of colorful characters who change her life as much as she changes theirs, for better or worse. At the heart is a study of the changeling myth and an exploration of folkloric fairies, trolls and other 'fae' creatures, as well as an analysis of 'nature versus nurture.' It's primarily fantasy, but I intend to include a few horrific aspects here and there because holy shit some literal fairy tales were fucking creepy?

Now bear in mind, this went through a few revisions  (even a couple last-minute tweaks as I uploaded it,) but it's in no way, shape or form a finished product. Now, I don't want Changeling Fantasy to be something I write as I go, but it's definitely ongoing and far from perfect. My main goal, now that I've got a start, is to write out the plot that leads to the first, simple, cut-and-dry ending.

You heard right, this is something I want to someday include multiple endings. Sort of a choose-your-own-adventure type story, maybe even something that could someday be adapted into a game... Though that's a goal for faaar in the future, when I actually have money and the people to do something that ambitious. XD Ideally, at the end of each chapter, the reader is presented with a choice in how to proceed in the story.

Sooo... Yeah. Just keep an eye out for more Changeling Fantasy material. ... And the name might still be up for debate as well...

Changeling Fantasy/Characters: moi~
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SO. My creative writing class has basically been the best thing I've done so far? Because it actually pushed me to finish something? Namely, the first chapter of a series based around changeling myths and literal fairy tales: Changeling Fantasy.

Now, in the future, I'd like it to become a sort of choose-your-own-adventure-esque type story, but for now, I'll just post the first chapter, where we get our setting and some exposition established. Honestly, save for a cliffhanger, it could be almost self-contained.

In any case, keep an eye out for Changeling Fantasy and any associated materials. (\=v=/) But bear in mind, it's highly unlikely that anything from this draft is set in stone, and that I do hope to give the story multiple possible endings, so there will likely be a lot of revision, re-writing and even just plain scrapping.
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SO. My creative writing class has basically been the best thing I've done so far? Because it actually pushed me to finish something? Namely, the first chapter of a series based around changeling myths and literal fairy tales: Changeling Fantasy.

Now, in the future, I'd like it to become a sort of choose-your-own-adventure-esque type story, but for now, I'll just post the first chapter, where we get our setting and some exposition established. Honestly, save for a cliffhanger, it could be almost self-contained.

In any case, keep an eye out for Changeling Fantasy and any associated materials. (\=v=/) But bear in mind, it's highly unlikely that anything from this draft is set in stone, and that I do hope to give the story multiple possible endings, so there will likely be a lot of revision, re-writing and even just plain scrapping.

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Hiya folks, I'm Renee Springer, the Crazy One of the Bad Fangirls Trio, including Catrina Riana and Sandra Pate >w<

I keep my girls on their toes. We may piss each other off every so often, but we build a bridge and get over it ^^

If anyone wants to RP (and if I'm in the mood... <XD) then feel free! Though I prefer RPing original characters, not fan characters. ... And this is an Anti-Sue zone, unless she/he is a parody... MARY SUES BE YE WARNED.

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Foxy-Sierra Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch :D
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Heyo, no problemo~ =v=
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geekgirl8 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You ever hear of a show called Galavant? I feel like it's right up your alley. :3
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Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Matter of fact, I have~ ... It just keeps slipping my mind. 8D;
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geekgirl8 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just watched the entire first season during a Skype call last night, it was glorious. The "evil king" is the best fucking character ever XD The most affably evil villain I've ever seen. 
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Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... netflix y u betray me like this ;u;
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Merry Christmas! Merry christmas everybody
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Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it critmiss. merr critmiss.

... I am very tired this morning~ =u=~
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Haha, I hope it means you had a great night! :hug:
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