Welcome to my Grove!
Below is a somewhat comprehensive and somewhat alphabetical list of my settings, with a brief description of each and content warnings (CW) as needed.
Note! Sometimes I forget really obvious Content Warnings, so if you’ve read one of my settings and you’re thinking “Lyn, you really ought to have put a content warning for body horror on that one!” please tell me!
Rural Fantasy in a modern era – a very old bloodline of magically-inclined people have learned to focus their power into one unmarried woman (the “Aunt”) in each generation of each family branch.
A series of connected stories mostly feature the north-western NYS branch of the family (Evangaline, Beryl, Stone, et al), but others pop up from time to time.
Content Warnings for Aunt Family: Family-Institutionalized sexism (misandry). Meddling in other people’s lives.
Swords-and-sorcery and cyberpunk, thousands of years apart.
The Guardian spirits of the world each have their own groups of people; those that follow Mother Bear rule the Empire in the frozen north.
Content Warnings for Bear Empire: a great deal of people trying to kill other people, but no gore. Bracelets that enforce some obedience.
“All English Manors are built on top of Hellmouths:” the quote that began this story.
The Bellamy is an English manor. It may be on a hellmouth. It is definitely a strange place, and it is full of strange and mysterious objects. It’s not always a safe place, but if you can survive, you can get some amazing research done.
Content Warnings for the Bellamy: Hauntings and similar creepy things, death mentions and descriptions of dead bodies.
Walk into the snow and keep walking, don’t turn around and don’t look for landmarks.
If it doesn’t kill you, this might step you into a strange world, where fauns sometimes pop up and goblins take payment in tech.
And if you keep walking…?
Well, if you keep walking, who knows where you’ll end up?
Blizzarded is a setting that started from a random freewrite, and is based primarily in one story. It counts, probably, as fantasy.
No Content Warnings.
Malina’s people live in a comfortable kingdom that has not seen real war in generations. They have a thriving craft-person economy, they have a comfortable relationship with the one nation they share a border with, and they have a very nice monarchy – although, as the monarchs are Malina’s parents, she may be biased.
Their other border is a desert that nobody really thinks about, nobody really… even considers…
Border Banners is a single story (Malina and the Border Banners) with a little bit of worldbuilding and a few short stories set in the world as well.
No Content Warnings.
My favorite scifi stories have always been the ones of colonies starting on new planets. Darkover Landfall, Freedom’s Landing, Remnant Population, a good portion in the middle Time Enough For Love – I absolutely love this mood. This setting is pretty broad, more of a loose heading covering a theme: People settling on strange worlds and learning how to survive.
No Series-wide Content Warnings.
Urban fantasy, heavy on the fantasy.
Dragons and harpies, pixies and gremlins, centaurs and ogres live side-by-side with humans in a city by the bay.
Content Warnings for Dragons Next Door: fantasy racism
Fantasy, relatively light-hearted.
The Sky Islands float high above the land and ocean on giant flower stalks. Magic exists, but most people have forgotten about it, even the magic which lifted the Islands up.
The only story in this setting so far is the aforementioned Expectant Woods, posted on Patreon.
Content Warnings for Expectant Woods (the story): Parental abuse by neglect, parentification.
In every universe there are Doors, and in some worlds, there are people who can open the Doors.
In one universe, a governmental unit put together a team to explore these Doors and the worlds beyond them.
Content Warnings for Facets of Dusk: racism, violence, sex (both generally implied, specific warnings on stories for anything graphic or detailed)
The gods were here & they were real – aliens who came from another world through portals which they closed behind them when they left, dragging many of their recalcitrant, disobedient adult children with them.
They left behind dozens of halfbreeds, human-god creatures who became known as fae, or as Ellehemaei, people from Elleheim. These fae have changes which often make them look varying degrees of nonhuman, can wield magic powers, and are bound by laws laid down by the gods long before they fled.
In 2011, some of the gods’ children come back.
Urban fantasy and post-apocalypse fantasy.
Content Warnings for Fae Apoc: dubious consent, magical slavery
They thought they were going to an elite boarding school, a reform school, a college prep school, but what it ended up being was even stranger – a school where they’d learn how to be fae, learn about magic, and learn how screwed up both of those things could be.
Content Warnings for Addergoole: As for Fae Apoc and also incest, sex, babies, violence, kidnapping, disassociation, and being stuck in a place where all these things happen. Staff that is part of the problem.
Scifi, and my take on the “Earth was seeded with humanity” concept: Earth was, but so were thousands of other planets. Roddenberry aliens abound. Soft sci-fi, handwave science on more than one occasion.
Light sci-fi or scientific fantasy – a world in which women are very rare and are completely in charge. Men are second-class citizens, married in harems to their wives and in charge of all child rearing. The children, by the by, are hatched, not born, incubated by their fathers.
Content Warnings for Lady Taisiya: Institutionalized sexism and inequality, kidnapping, gender essentialism.
This family is ready for anything – and then it happens.
The Planners extended family weathered small catastrophes and large, and with each one, their planning expanded. Then society really did collapse, and they began to work on rebuilding it.
Content Warnings for the Planners World: Pre-apoc – gerontocracy. For post-apoc – the “anthropologist” stories only involve some slavery.
In the Empire, which stretches further than, perhaps, it ought, almost anything can happen somewhere, although some things really, really, oughtn’t.
This is a Lovecraftian-esque story where old gods and new fill the shadows.
Content Warnings for Things Unspoken: cultural imperialism