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I suppose it's more WotC's fault than hers really, but... - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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I suppose it's more WotC's fault than hers really, but...
Bloody Lisa Smedman! I had meant to use a canon Forgotten Realms character as the protagonist of my forthcoming FR/LotR crossover – but I’ve just discovered that Lisa killed her off in a book that I hadn’t read. The Wombat suggested that I just keep her alive and make it an AU – but the plot of the story revolves around characters fleeing from the terrible things that Lisa has done to the Realms; if I was going to say that Iljrene hasn’t died then I might as well go all the way and say that Vhaeraun, Eilistraee, and Qilué haven’t died either – making the whole thing pretty pointless. Anyway, Tabula Avatar is the fix-it fic for the Realms. The new one, Les Morts Dansant, is an ‘everything’s totally buggered’ fic. In a way it’s even better for the plot that Iljrene is dead too, I suppose, although I’m not happy about the ease with which one of Lisa’s Mary Sues slew someone who is, in a previous book, described (by a 17th-level paladin!) as ‘the most dangerous battlemaster I have ever laid eyes on in all Toril’.

It means that I’ve had to replace Iljrene with an OC, someone who would have been ‘third drow soldier from the left’ in the battle scenes of the canon books, promoted into the vacancy when Iljrene died. Then I’ve had to spend hours rewriting the fic. Yes, Search-and-Replace dealt with the name, but not with the descriptions of the (very distinctive) character who had been supposed to fill the role. I really didn’t want it to be OC-centric but, as it turns out, no-one suitable from the named canon characters survived the bloodbath Lisa inflicted upon the Protectors of the Song.

Still, at least the secondary protagonist on the Drow side is Cierre, who has acquired something of a following since she appeared in ‘Debt of Blood’. This isn’t quite the same Cierre, as she never met Jack O’Neill, but her essential personality is the same. And, on the LotR side, there are the ever-popular Éomer and Lothíriel, Legolas and Gimli, and a supporting cast of Rohirrim and Haradrim.

My trademark Gimli/Galadriel sex scenes will not feature in this fic, alas; it's deadly serious. There's some light-hearted Éomer/Lothíriel interaction, yes, but only one (cunningly hidden) joke in the whole of the first chapter.

And there will be blood.

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From: averageshmoe Date: August 18th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about your new work being "jossed" so effectively, even when he's not involved.

Been reading and enjoying your posts and feeling much guilt for not commenting.

Wanted to ask two questions. Have you seen an online video series called "Journey Quest"? If you have you show good taste, if you haven't I think you should. What can be done with very little money but a lot of imagination? Quite a bit more than with a lot of money and no imagination.

Second question, do you find it hard to work up much interest in the Buffyverse since the conclusion of the so-called season 8? After reading and enjoying so many fan works that speculated so wildly and wonderfully about what awaited our heroines and heroes, that Buffy Summers, Agent of SLAYER was absolutely draining in it's lack of imagination and passion.

Have fun writing and I will have fun reading.

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 18th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Season 8 totally killed my interest in the straight Buffyverse. I will never, ever, write a canon-compliant Buffyverse fic again. It's crossovers only for me from now on.
shaddyr From: shaddyr Date: August 18th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

I am so totally going to mention this to her if she shows up at VCON. *snort*

living in Vancouver has advantages, like having known Smedwoman back before she was pub'ed. Hee!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 18th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC) (Link)
This is absolutely nothing compared to the vitriol directed at her on some of the discussion boards. Some people do point out that Lisa was ordered, by Wizards of the Coast, to murder Vhaeraun and Eilistraee, but most people just blame her. And the way she did it (contravening several of the basic rules of D&D, and requiring Eilistraee to act as a total moron) made it worse.

And she's made people hate Corellon Larethian. And her line
"All part of the plan," Felarathael said calmly. "There is no further need for Eilistraee. The willing were saved, the unwilling cast down." has become a byword for utter heartless callousness.

At eilistraee.com Lisa Smedman is now somewhat less popular than a sewer rat carrying a more virulent strain of Ebola Fever. She's probably been burned in effigy more often than Guy Fawkes and George W. Bush put together.

Edited at 2011-08-18 11:21 am (UTC)
wildecate From: wildecate Date: August 18th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Blimey. I wish I understood that first paragraph but looking forward to Eomer/Lothiriel :-D
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