Archive | February 11, 2013

Magic Mondays: Magic in Stranded World

The Stranded World setting is named for the way the practitioners of magic there see their world (its working title was “Spaghetti Squash World.”)

In this world, people who have the talent and skill can see – and more rarely manipulate – the strands of matter and energy that connect everything in the world, and everyone.

Some people can directly alter the flow of the Strands (or, in very rare and heretical cases, sever those strands.  Others work through some sort of focus.

All but a very few, very powerful strand-workers are specialized.  Examples of specialization include:

  • Strand-smoothing (Order-creating) – these strand-manipulators pull tangles smooth, making problems work themselves out and creating calm. Winter.
  • Tanglers (Chaos-creating) – trickers incarnate, these strand-manipulators defy expectations and shatter stagnation. Spring
  • Connection-tracers – these sighters of the Strands do very little manipulation, but their vision and comprehension of the connecting strands is highly honed. Autumn. Spring’s Star-Mapper boyfriend.

For more on Strand-Workers, see this piece

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The ClockWork Collar, or The Princess of Al-ben, a kink-bingo mini-story in 25 (26) parts. Part 18

First: The Collar (LJ)

Previous: Going Forward (LJ)

She had thought he probably would. “Yes, my Master.” She untied him, carefully, letting him down as if every knot undone was a sacrament.

“Your wrist, my Master.” She washed his hands and arms with scented oil. She’d gotten her blows in. Now it was his turn. “Your legs, my Master.”

She bowed her head when he had been freed, dropped to her knees, and pressed her forehead to the floor. “I am yours.”

“Stay.” His voice rumbled. “Stay, while I-” he grunted. “Stretch. Recover.”

“Yes, Master.”


She pressed her head tighter to the floor, and silently, she waited.

Next: Cleaning (LJ)

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