Aug 18 2014

The Path from Truth to Love by TeraS

One of the things that came to me this past week was the oddest thought about philosophy. By that I mean: what does that mean to be in the Realm? To be of the Realm? Then I also remembered that, this week, I am giving a speech to a classroom of students. That brought me to wonder about the Realm, about what teaching is like there …

 

The Path from Truth to Love
By TeraS

 

When the summer begins to turn, the winds start to chill (just a touch), and the thoughts of those who have just, ever so recently, found their way to the Realm, turn toward just what they have gotten into, there’s one special time that comes for each succubi only once.

Some might think of it as orientation, some others their first real day of being truly part of the Realm.

For Tera, it is a moment that means so very much to her. It’s that moment when the truth is spoken.

Some might expect Tera to be lecturing, to fill up a hall with a hundred or so new succubi and incubi. She might be standing at the lectern, a ream of paper in front of her, perhaps some slides to emphasize her points.

The thing is … that’s not exactly how it goes …

It all starts with a silver card, about three inches by five. A simple message is written upon the card in a flowing cursive script, quite obviously feminine. This card is usually found somewhere on that first day after new succubi and iIncubi meet their tailselves for the first time. Some find the card on a table or pinned to a chair. It could be stuck with a piece of duct tape to a mirror or dangling from a thread outside of their front door. One might open a book and find it replacing the bookmark for the page they last were on; others might be looking for RediWhip in their fridge and find the card stuck to the can itself.

Whatever the means, wherever it appears, the card is discovered, and the message upon it is quite clearly and unmistakably Tera’s.

The message?

I’d like to tell you a story. Please, come visit the Glen.

You might think that some might shrug the message away, push it to the side perhaps. The RediWhip might be more attractive, or another nearby might be whispering what they could, or might, or most surely will, soon be doing with it. All of this is true; all of this, you might expect, might give some a perfectly good reason not go to find the Glen, whatever it is, wherever it is, but to just pass over the invitation instead. And yet, no one ever walks away from the invitation, Tera’s request. Why?
Perhaps it is because they feel an inner yearning to completely understand just what is happening to them.

Perhaps it is because Tera is the Queen, and it is unwise to ignore royal invitations.

Or perhaps, as Tera herself is so apt to reply, with that bemused smile of hers: “Just because.”

When each, one by one finds the Glen—and sometimes that takes a while to do—the newcomer finds it is an open space lined with cobblestone paths that twist and turn through what appears to be a series of statues. From a distance, one wouldn’t be able to see who, or what, the statues represent, but it is clear there is a path to be followed, and just as clear that Tera does not appear to be there.

For that matter, no one else seems to be about, either, which might strike one as odd on the one hand and just right on the other.

Once one has set foot upon the path, Tera’s voice is heard, quite clearly and closely, though she herself does not seem to be there. “The first step to understanding is taking that first step. It can be a physical one, as you have done now on this path, but it also can be a mental one or a spiritual one. You accepted the gift offered; that was your first step on your journey. You decided that I wasn’t crazy, that I wasn’t what you thought you understood about my kind. You took the chance offered to be, to change, to discover. In doing so that first step changed you. But it was only the first step, of course.”

Tera doesn’t say another word, but it is obvious that the path continues forwards, and so, after a short walk to consider Tera’s words, the first statue comes into focus. One might expect that to be a statue of Tera, for, of course, she is the Queen of the Realm and that would be a logical thing to find. There are two things wrong with that assumption: the first is that Tera would never do such a thing—but then those new to the Realm might not completely understand Tera’s view on things. The second problem is that the statue … isn’t exactly a statue.

What they each find is her or his own Tail, their other self, waiting for them. Perhaps they look at each other for a time, trying to say something to each other. Perhaps they might ask questions of each other … perhaps. But, in the pause where nothing is said, or after when all that needs to be said has been, Tera’s voice is heard again: “The second step was when you entered the Lake of Fire and met your tailself. You still do not grasp the importance of this, what it means to you, but also what it means to your tail. It means you are never alone. Your tail is there to help guide you, to help you see right from wrong, to help you learn that which you have not learned as yet. But your tailself is not you. You are in control, you decide your path, your future, your purpose. You decide what you will be.”

The tailself then vanishes into the ether, but never leaves the one on the path, and the one on this journey understands that. A short walk further takes the incubi or succubi to a marble pedastal, not much more than waist high, and carved into the marble on the top of the pedestal is a book. The cover has the name of the one standing there inscribed upon it, and Tera’s voice explains: “Each of us has our own book. Our books tell our story from the beginning, all of our successes and failures, all of our loves and losses, all of our joys and tears, all those whom we touch and who we are touched by. Our lives are open, freely shared with each other, open for all to know. The lessons learned by each of us are given to those who follow in our footsteps. And each of us can learn from those that have come before. All we need do is open our books, turn the page, and open our minds to see what is there for us.”

Some might touch their books, others might only look. But there is a connection within each of them to her or his own book, the one waiting for each of them elsewhere, waiting to partake of the knowledge in its pages.

As the succubi or incubi turns away, the book vanishes and the path beckons onwards. Coming around a bend in the path, just after it passes between two large oak trees, one finds a statue of two beings facing each other, with a third in between the two. On one side an angel, halo and all, on the other a devil, hooves and all. The two are facing the third statue in the middle, a statue of the one walking the path. The angel and devil seem to be pointing, as if to accuse the one in the middle of something unknown.

Tera’s voice returns to explain: “You are who you are. The thoughts of those around you are not as important as what you think of yourself. You make your own choices. Your will is your own. You decide what will be your focus, your thoughts, your future, and your purpose. You choose; not anyone else. This is not pride or aloofness, it is simple truth. It is a simple choice: yours. You have within you the strength to decide.”

The statues vanish then, the path continues, and the next stop reveals another statue. Again, it is a statue of the one walking the path, showing clearly his or her own horns, wings, and tail. The statue holds a book in one hand, and beside is a statue of her or his tail holding a pitchfork. Their backs are towards each other. Tera’s voice offers: “We suffer the rocks and arrows of those who do not accept that we are different, that we are not what they expect us to be. We defend ourselves with our words, which give us a voice to share. We comfort those in need, guide those that ask, and speak to the truth of who we are. We defend ourselves with our actions when our words are not enough. It is not a fault to try to avoid battle; it is a strength. A word offered that can save a soul is a true word. A battle fought for the right reasons is a battle won before it begins. Our fight is always to prove we are who we are, what we offer, and all that we do. The truth sets us all free.”

There is generally some contemplation of those words, perhaps the first glimmers of understanding, and then the statue is gone, and the path leads onward towards the next, over a slight rise, where the whole of the Realm can be seen all around and, overlooking that view, another statue. It is of a couple, obviously a loving one, though who they are isn’t quite clear. While they are facing the Realm, their eyes smile on a baby they hold together.

Tera herself arrives from the other direction, walking towards the one on the path. She stops an arm’s length from the statue and looks at it with some longing in her eyes before she explains: “The truth is that our Realm is the gift of love. We celebrate love in all of its forms, expressions, beliefs, wants, and desires. We share that love unconditionally, whatever the cost, if there is one, whatever the gift, if it is returned. Love, no matter what, is what we make of it. It can be the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. It can warm or chill. It simply is … love: as are we. We exist because of love and, so long as that exists somewhere in the universes, we shall, too.”

Tera offers her hand to the one on the path, palm open, a welcoming smile on her lips: “We are not perfect, though we wish we were. We strive to be the best we can be, always, though that path is as uneven as the path we stand upon. But we manage pretty well when we do the best we can. If we can see that, understand that, and believe in that, then all else comes into focus and we understand ourselves better than before.”

The one on the path might not understand all of what she or he has seen. This particular incubi or succubi might not have a revelation, epiphany, or complete understanding about what they have seen … yet … but they do understand … each in his or her own way.

A touch of hands, a smile, nod, or wink is shared as the two on the path turn to follow it onward, in body, spirit, and more. They walk along the path towards the place where the Glen ends and their separate journeys continue, on paths that lay before the new member of the Realm and that of the one who is first.

And, at the beginning of the Glen, where the path begins, another arrives, takes that first step, and hears Tera’s voice welcoming another new member on the first step of the journey, and another starts on his or her own path, her or his own understanding, his or her own future.

But, in all of that, the truth of the Realm remains constant, a living monument within the souls of those that live within the Realm, passed through its gates, and find their own truths within the truth of the Realm itself.

It is all about love.

Aug 17 2014

A Review of Incubus Daughter: Book Two by Joy Laforce

Incubus Daughter: Book Two

Incubus Daughter: Book Two

In continuing the story of Cameron, the Incubus Daughter, a problem crops up. The problem is what happens when your real world and your Succubus world intermix? The thing is that shift in perspective can cause unknown things to occur. Where does Cameron draw the line in her mind between her inner needs and her outer responsibilities? When she does, if she does, does that solve anything? And can she?

It tells the story of:

Succubi and incubi are demonic predators that feed on sexual energy and mate with humans to produce halfling children called cambions. Daughter of an incubus and a Puerto Rican woman, Cameron Rivera is one of these children. Since puberty, she’s balanced her cravings for sex and a regular life through one night stands and dream-time flings—until she meets Michael Hunter.

How much does he know about her?

How can he see through her illusions?

Is this what she’s been waiting for?

Like the first work in this series it is a hot flash that is surrounded by quite a lot of background and story. Overall that’s not a bad thing and I enjoyed it. However, there was at times a bit too much put into the setting, what it looked like, down to the carpeting, rather than a bit more character development. The balance was a bit off but not terribly so.

I do think the author needs to write a new summary for this work and not just reuse the same one they did for the first one While it does continue the story of Cameron and Micheal, it is a bit more than a continuation. By that I mean we see Cameron in the real world, how she sees herself and the others around her. In that there is a lot of self-loathing that I think really takes away from Cameron herself and that’s a shame.

When the moment arrives when the real world and dream world meet, and the main characters might be able to cross the divide…. It doesn’t quite make it there. A minor character sucks all of the life out of the scene and that was a bit painful to watch unfold.

Still once that finishes, and really it couldn’t fast enough, then Cameron’s Succubus nature returns and then things are…. interesting. But in spite of that, or rather because of it, she still seems… off. Not in control, unsure and vulnerable. Overall it makes for a moment when what might have and could have been does unfold in a very hot piece of erotica with a dash of BDSM themes in it which are not thankfully overpowering it.

I did find that the heat was muted at one point when Micheal was… if not abusive then rough and perhaps a bit forceful over Cameron… It made me pause, especially at the reveal at the end of the work, and wonder just what exactly he is.

The ending was… odd. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, if it was in the real world or the dream one. That’s kind of important as in one case it means one thing and in the other something a lot more puzzling. Still, the work ends on something of a cliffhanger, destination unknown. To that point it was really well written and a very hot scene unfolded between Cameron and Micheal which I think foreshadows something very important… But we don’t get the payoff here and that means waiting for the next part of the story to appear.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The promise from the first story in this series wanes a bit due to some editing mistakes and a bit too much time spent on detail rather than story and a slightly more violent nature that bothered me somewhat. I will be looking for the next part, but as yet I haven’t seen it appear and that’s a shame really for what I see in it so far…

 

Tera

Aug 16 2014

Kiss of the Demoness – An interesting YouTube film

I found a series on YouTube, or what should be a series, or what was billed as a series at the time I found this video. There is a lot that I like about it and for once at least Lilith is… interesting to me…

And if you cannot see the video on the Tale, try this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSBCuOH046k

And two screenshots from the film, one of Lilith in her humanity and one of her in her Succubus form… both of which I think compliment each other really well…

It isn’t often that Lilith is seen to be seductive and tempting without being horrific and for that alone I really like this portrayal very much. She has, in her human form, a assured presence around her that really comes out in how the actress plays her. It’s also really captivating when she is dancing and drawing her prey to her…

When she appears out of the shadows in her Succubus form it really works well too. I will say that her eyes put me off a little, but otherwise she’s very sexy and seductive as a Succubus and she’s very much in control of the situation which appeals to me as well.

I’ll even accept that she has hooves, or rather the appearance of her lower legs seems to suggest that. The other thing that works well is how her hair has changed colour, from red to black, and how her leggings are the same colour… Lovely touches I thought. Her red skin almost seems like she is wearing latex or something like it, or it is really well done body paint and I thought that was impressive as well.

The over all presence of Lilith just is right here and it’s one of the very few times that I can say that I liked a Succubus appearing in a film…

I’d like to see a part two, or three, or twelve… Sometime…

 

Tera

Aug 15 2014

A Review of Incubus Daughter: Book One by Joy Laforce

Incubus Daughter: Book One

Incubus Daughter: Book One

One question that comes in many stories is: Where did I come from? That is usually followed by: Where am I going?

The larger question for a Succubus or an Incubus is: How do I survive? That is a very important point to think about in the modern world for leaving a trail behind you will mean your eventual end. So, you become smarter, you become more careful, and you take only what you have to.

But what happens when your needs takes you in a direction that you never knew existed?

It tells the story of:

Succubi and incubi are demonic predators that feed on sexual energy and mate with humans to produce halfling children called cambions. Daughter of an incubus and a Puerto Rican woman, Cameron Rivera is one of these children. Since puberty, she’s balanced her cravings for sex and a regular life through one night stands and dream-time flings—until she meets Michael Hunter.

How much does he know about her?

How can he see through her illusions?

Is this what she’s been waiting for?

While this book is a hot flash in that there isn’t really a lot of character development that happens, before the two characters of the work get together in more ways than one… There is some. It was good to see something of who each of them is, their wants and desires, before the desires that Cameron has takes over for them both.

Having read the summary, I had a good idea of what Cameron would look like in my mind and that I found was good to have in that she really isn’t defined well. Most of that is because we see her not from her own perspective, but that of Michael and she is… fluid. By that I mean that her physical appearance shifts as one might expect a Succubus to do when she is baiting her prey. There are hints in the story of her nature, mainly in her eyes, but defining her as a Succubus really is a difficult thing to do as there are no other obvious signs of her nature.

Michael at first seemed to be a little bit “cardboard” and I wasn’t sure if he was going to amount to anything more than a one-night stand for Cameron. Over time however, his personality came off the page and he was a good match for Cameron in a lot of ways.

The erotic moments of the story are deliciously written. Lovely hot scenes that are interspersed with the hints of what Cameron is. The raw sexuality is well created and when Cameron’s powers come to the fore it really was perfectly described.

There are open questions of course. The biggest one being the last three lines of the work which will lead, I am sure, into the next book of the series when it appears. There is also a question that I wonder about Cameron’s needs and what she can do and how a little silver packet might come into play with all of that.

There wasn’t anything that took me out of the story from start to finish. However, I would have liked the story to be about twice as long as it is for two reasons. One is that I would have liked to see Cameron before she met Michael. What was she doing? Where was she? Why pick him exactly? The other is that the aftermath of their meeting seemed too rushed to get to those last three lines. I felt like I was missing something and that bothered me somewhat.

Four out of five pitchforks.

There is a lot of promise in these few pages with Cameron. When the next part of the story arrives, I will be there to read and see where the story goes from here… Because there is more to Cameron than what has been seen so far…

 

Tera

Aug 14 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 344

A piece of 3D Succubus art this week on the Tale… Latex and Succubi go really well together… I wonder if a Succubus was the one that came up with the idea in the first place… Well it was either them or their tail… and aren’t Tails the eviler ones really?

Devilish by mikemusike

Devilish by mikemusike

This work is called Devilish by mikemusike and you can find the original page I found this work on DeviantArt here and this artist’s page can be found here on DeviantArt as well…

Love the red, tail and all… It’s nice that her outfit matches her tail and horns i think. Really the only thing that I don’t quite like is that she is so over endowed… more so than her pose and the effects of gravity really should have on her.

I would have liked her to have thigh high boots I think, those heels are a little bit much. But then her tail would have to be doing something else and really it is about perfect where it is right now.

Her tail makes me smile, the wrapping about her leg is cute and reminds me of some of the stories I have written. I’ll also admit that her outfit does give me an idea for Halloween this year… I will have to see about making that happen I think.

Or another story… Definitely a story I think.

Aug 13 2014

This costume needs some Desire I think…

Burning Desire CostumeI do find that some bikini costumes, at least from a Succubi point of view, aren’t that awful… Some of them. Not in this case I think…

This is called the Burning Desire Costume and it comes with a sequin Front Halter Top and attached Sequin G-string. A tail with Sequin Tip. Mesh gloves which are not shown here, a pair of  sequin horns and the awful pitchfork the model is holding…

It sells for what seems to be a very low $19.93 on the site I found it on.

I really don’t like the pitchfork, the tail or the horns at all. There are much better ones that could be added to this costume and I would in a heartbeat.

I would also take a pair of scissors to the ruffles as they look just wrong in so many ways…

But, after doing all of that, it might not look all that bad with the right pair of red heels.. I’m fairly sure my Eternal wouldn’t complain all that much if I did. Mind you, it wouldn’t be something I would wear to a party… This would be for my Eternal alone…

As it is however, I’ll give it two pitchforks out of five.

Not awful, a little work would improve it a bunch and there is some hope to make it better…

I haven’t said that in a while…

 

Tera

Aug 12 2014

A Review of Encounter: Incubus Nights by Sam Cheever

Encounter: Incubus Nights by Sam Cheever

Encounter: Incubus Nights by Sam Cheever

Fantasy is a part of life. It opens our eyes to what could be, if we were brave enough to take the risk. It tells us what we can be, should we decide that who we believe we are is not the real that we can be.

To understand that, to see our own worth, to know, truly, that there is better for us if we desire it sometimes is impossible. But then, with the right being, anything is possible…

The story is of:

Ally opens a door at a party and walks right into her hottest fantasy.

Ally owns a bookstore called Incubus Nights where she sells romance books and other books that kindle dreams and desires in others. The problem is that Ally’s own wishes have never come true. She finds herself at a party and something goes terribly wrong making her run away in shame and hide. The thing is, the door she opens is to her own wishes and in those wishes awaits an Incubus who reveals the truth to Ally that she could never admit to herself…

Normally I would call a story like this a hot flash. While there is lovely heat in the work there is an undercurrent of something more as well. While Ally is pleasured and made to accept that pleasure, it also reveals her own wants, needs and desires fully in ways that simply stating them would not do her character justice. The need in Ally, the wishes that drive her soul forward, these are the things of fantasy that the Incubus plays with a deft touch.

He is not truly a stereotypical Incubus, he is Ally’s ideal and in that her own release is assured. Passions that she has wished for, thought about, dreamt about come to her in this moment where the world of wishes and the world of reality have touched, if only for a brief instant of time. But it only takes an instant for one to change one’s life.

In the end, the story comes to a lovely passionate climax, but it is the last few lines that for me, truly, are the part of the story that stays with me most of all. While the main part of the story is Ally submitting to her fantasies, there is more than that. There is a chance, a offering, a consideration that she alter her own thinking and way to find something she has wanted. A chance for real love, real passion, and being offered that does change Ally.

It is that change that both warms me, but also saddens me slightly. The story ends and the question of Ally’s future is not told. I would have liked to see some of it, but I can imagine Ally being better, more alive, and more willing to see herself for who she is… and that is, really, what fantasies can open the door to…

Four out of five pitchforks.

It’s nice when fantasy can direct reality towards something better. This story does that in a way that was wonderful and that’s something I will remember…

 

Tera

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