May 12 2014

Comfort by TeraS

Yesterday was Mother’s Day … Those that know me know that it is not the easiest of days for me to manage, but I have something I do on that day, every year, that gives me some comfort inside … Perhaps that’s something we all need in our lives …

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Comfort
By TeraS

 

There is a hallway in the Palace of the Realm which seems out of sorts with everything else that surrounds it. It isn’t what it looks like; there is really no difference in the tapestry, the decorations, with everything that would surround someone when they walked through that particular space on the way to wherever they might be off to. And yet there is a difference.

Someone passing along would notice that there is a large opening to the side that displays what appeared to be a balcony open to the elements outside. In the centre of that space one would clearly see a wrought iron bench, large enough for two, possibly three people. It would be clear that anyone who takes a seat on that spot would be overlooking the rolling hills that cascade towards the Lake of Fire and, if one is there in the morning, the first rays of dawn caressing that spot moments after the sun rises over the horizon.

At least one could if not for a red twisted rope bannister that blocks the way, with a small sign hanging from the middle where the rope is pulled down by gravity, a sign which reads ‘Comfort’.

If one happens to be passing down this hallway on a specific morning, well before dawn, one finds Tera sitting there, the bannister down and carefully curled up. In spite of seeing her there, even someone looking for her would just keep walking along, leaving Tera undisturbed.

She sits there, holding a small mug with writing on it, though the words are obscured by both of her hands. Her eyes are closed, her head nodding—just slightly—on occasion, as if she is listening to someone. But no one appears to be there. She speaks softly, sometimes with a smile, sometimes as she wipes tears from her eyes.

But no one would see any of this because no one is ever there. Yet someone is.

It would be only at the very instant of the first dawn, when the light of the day first appears and pushes at the darkness, urging it aside because it was time for night to give way. In that moment, in only that moment, on this particular day, Tera turns to look to her right.

Ethereally—faintly at first—a pair of sky blue eyes appears, looking back at her. Then an achingly familiar smile shimmers into view. Blond—so very blonde—curls, cascading so much like Tera’s own raven ones, would be next, framing a face that Tera has known from the moment she was born.

Tera always reaches out one hand and tries to touch the cheek of the one who is forming, but then pauses. She is so close and yet she waits. She has to wait, no matter how much she doesn’t want to.

Her white gossamer robes would come into focus next, the ones that Tera held onto with one hand when she was a child. Those memories make Tera both smile and cry as they come in a flood. Two little red horns, almost exactly like Tera’s own, pop into life as a pair of white angel wings flutter open, one of them draping over and yet not quite touching Tera.

A slender hand appears from under the visitor’s robes and hovers just above Tera’s thigh, the moment now almost there. The last and most important thing is the long, red, heart-tipped tail that peeks out from under the robes and moves towards and then twines around Tera’s own tail twice, but again, not touching, instead hovering just out of reach.

Tera then closes her eyes and begins to lean in towards her guest, hoping, wishing, that this time, just this once, they would touch, that she could rest her head upon her mother’s shoulder and be allowed that small comfort, in that one moment to physically feel and not just know in her soul that her mother loves her.

That moment always comes as the flash of dawn on the horizon explodes into a shower of light that envelopes the Realm, warming it, bringing the promise of a new day to all.

As the moment passes, Tera remains there, alone on the bench, looking out across the lands. She takes one last sip from her mug and then places it on the bench before standing up and turning from the view. Anyone there would see her place the bannister across the balcony, check to see that all is as it should be, and then turn away, a small smile on her face, a glow in her soul, and a swisch in her tail as she leaves.

But that mug is left behind. No one is able to read the words on it from the hallway, but, from the other side, whence it matters, the words are clear to see:

There is comfort in knowing you are loved.

May 11 2014

A Review of the Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Trilogy by Sinn Lee

Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Trilogy by Sinn Lee

Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Trilogy by Sinn Lee

A review of a series by Sinn Lee today on the Tale, one that I think is very telling of this author’s talents in writing long involved stories set in a detailed universe. I’ll be reviewing each work by itself and then I’ll review the entire series as a whole.

What happens when magic becomes real and what was thought to be only legends also is shown to be very real as well? What happens to a world when it is invaded from another place? Who do you believe and who do you trust? Moreover, who do you turn to when your world is turned upside down?

  • Title: Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Trilogy
  • Author: Sinn Lee
  • Length: 52 Pages
  • ASIN: B00K31L7MQ
  • Publishing Date: May 1, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

This bundle includes the following stories in the ‘Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Series’

  • Best Friends: Felix is studying to become a mage in a war-torn world filled with demons. When he receives a mysterious gift from his parents from overseas, he can’t help but test it out in the company of his best friend Charles. Felix and Charles’s relationship heats up in a steamy twist when Felix turns into a girl. Charles pressures Felix to be a good friend and let him touch, and more.
  • Girlfriend: Felix must confront the reality of becoming a girl and being possessed by a demon. Unfortunately for Felix, it’s difficult to find help in his friends, when one of them turns out to be a futanari succubus who has her own plans for his new feminine body.
  • Professor: A demon turns Felicia into Professor Yuri’s assistant. Felicia must convince the professor that she’s his sexy assistant, even if it means getting naughty in the classroom.

In Best Friends, the series sets out the world that Felix lives in. It’s one of the most interesting concepts that I have read and, more to the point, it gives many places for the story to layer in questions about this world, about Felix, those around him, and the dangers that they face every day. Felix himself is a mix of different emotions and thoughts which comes out in the story as it unfolds.

The means in which Felix is transformed is a rather sneaky way of doing so, but it makes perfect sense in this universe and its situation. What happens after his transformation really doesn’t say good things about his so-called male friend, but it does allow for the story to move towards the real means and reason for Felix’s transformation into Felicia.

The transformation is done off the page and Felix is left to deal with her new gender, her situation, and finds herself involved with her friend. That involvement is both hot in what happens, but also cold in the aftermath of it, which considering the other character, wasn’t a surprise.

The demoness that is responsible for this was well played as she wasn’t stereotypical in how she spoke or the thoughts that she shared. I thought, at first, she was a Succubus for how she spoke and what she “suggested” as things unfolded, but the real Succubus appeared in the next book.

The work sets out the rules for the series, the situation and in doing so it wraps the erotica in a way so that it doesn’t feel out of place or awkward, even if it is for Felix at least. It makes for a good, well told opening chapter to the series and that’s always a good thing to see.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

In Girlfriend, the story lays out Felix’s situation more clearly as Felix takes on the name Felicia at the prodding of the demoness inside of her… and her friend Olivia is revealed to be a Succubus, and their relationship changes as a result.

Olivia is quite a unique Succubus in several ways, not the least of which is her physical difference. What I found the most interesting is that, because of the world she is in, that what she is remains hidden but those that are possessed by a demon of some kind, like Felicia, can see her horns, if only ghostly. The scene of Felicia speaking for the demoness within her to Olivia is at times hilariously funny, but in that comes a lot of information about how things work in this universe that was well done.

Olivia is rather dominant, slightly scheming, but also tells of how she lives which brings up the topic of hypnosis and mind control over their classmates which, again, made perfect sense. She has a history, a goal, a reason for being where she is and that just adds to her character in many ways. It was also nice to see that in this universe, at least according to Olivia, Succubi do not kill to survive, though they are slightly oversexed. There is also an interesting comment made about two types of Succubi that I thought put an interesting twist on this universe.

With the urging of the demoness inside of her, Felicia submits to Olivia’s desires and there is a long and lovely hot scene between the two of them. It’s quite clear what Olivia wants and it is more clear as the scene unfolds that Felicia is becoming more aware and comfortable in her new body.

By the end of this work, plans are made to help Felicia, and in doing so help Olivia as well, but as well the demoness reveals what she wants and that could be a problem even if the demoness can help with the obvious one that arises.

It’s a nice bridging story which opens up the main characters to be more than simply the erotic moments that they have together. It answers some questions, but leaves some still unanswered which then leads nicely into the last part of this series.

Four out of five pitchforks.

In Professor, Felix, now Felicia, is pushed into helping the demoness that transformed her into passing her on to another, the problem is that it is one of Felicia’s professors. And there’s another problem that the demoness will have to deal with to get what she wants.

Plans are made, things change, emotionally and physically for Felicia, and in order to be free of the demoness she’s made to do something that she didn’t expect she would have to do. That story unfolds, but as it does she realizes something and when the climax of the story arrives, the truth between herself and Olivia becomes very clear.

The character development in this part of the series for Felicia held me through what was otherwise a hot flash, a seduction, and a new sexual experience for her. What she realizes as things unfold, what she comes to accept as what she wants and desires is a significant change from where her story began and I think that added a lot to the series as a whole.

The same can be said about Olivia in that her view of things is changed through Felicia as well and in that there is a side to Olivia that I didn’t expect. I found that made me like her much more and, in a way, respect her choices. She becomes more, is more. There are erotic moments between them, but they are slightly different than before and that made the ending so much better.

It ties up the story arc for these characters, but also leaves some very interesting stories to be told. Not just with them, but this entire universe, what’s going on, and what the end results of everyone’s actions might be.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

As a whole the collected stories build up a world that leaves one wondering what will happen next. The series ends in a place that I didn’t expect it to, but honestly I am quite pleased that it did. The characters are interesting, the story kept my interest, and when it ended I wished for more. The only nitpick I have is that the author needs to give their work one more edit to catch the few, and there are only a very few, mistakes such as “you’re” for “your” or the occasional tense mistake.

The series as a whole?

Four out of five pitchforks.

I’d like to see more in this universe written, Not particularly about Felicia or Olivia, though that doorway would be something to see, but to find out just what’s going on in this world in the places talked about but stories not told.

Recommended as I think this is the best thing this author has written so far and it shows the promise they have very well. The only thing the really need is to slow down and edit a little bit better…

 

Tera

May 10 2014

An almost real-life Morrigan Aensland painting YouTube

I found an interesting and really quite amazing piece of art on YouTube recently. The artist describes it as the “most realistic Morrigan Aensland painting” and i can see that being very true in many ways for all of the talent this artist has in their works…

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFgNS0Ou3to

And one screenshot from the video that hints at all of the detail in this artist’s rendering of Morrigan Aensland…

Morrigan Screenshot

If you happen to watch the video, I think that it is a really involved photo manipulation that brings Morrigan to life. Nonetheless, she is a lovely representation of Morrigan and I think it is one of the best that I have seen in some time.

I would have liked the video to show more of the art, as in a complete view of it, but you can find more of this artist’s work at their website here.

There is much lovely art to see there and some lovely art they have for sale as well…

Tera

May 09 2014

A Review of Ravished by the Wolf by Ashlee Alexander

Ravished by the Wolf by Ashlee Alexander

Ravished by the Wolf by Ashlee Alexander

The second part of two works by an author that has a Succubus make a connection with a family of werewolves. If the first part asked what happens when the walls come down, the second part wonders what would you do to keep what you have been given?

What could you face, suffer, and survive in order to see that the one you love, more than anything in the world, that kindled the love within you thought lost?

Sometimes it means facing the darkest part of yourself…

  • Title: Ravished by the Wolf
  • Author: Ashlee Alexander
  • Publishing Date: December 14, 2012
  • Length: 40 Pages
  • ASIN: B00AOTG8SK
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

So…you want to be packmaster?

When Catherine met Gerard Lockhart, she knew he was no ordinary man, and neither were the two men who were with him. From that night on, her lonely streak ended, and a new world presented itself, filled with passion, sex, and danger.

Gerard had no intension of staying in Clarksville, but that all changed the moment he set eyes on Catherine, knowing that she too was not all that she appeared to be. Faced with the prospect of having to fight for dominance in his father’s pack, this wolf is about to bite off more than he can chew.

The story of Catherine and Gerard continues in this work, the plans of others revealed, the reasons for his being there made clear, and, in the end, they both make decisions that effect their lives in ways they never expected.

One of the more interesting parts is the reaction of the others in the werewolf pack to Catherine… especially the women. But in that, there was something quite simple forgotten, When you find someone to love, you stand by them and you can, truly, do anything for them if need be. And Catherine needs to.

I was slightly disappointed when her true form appears in that we only learn of the reactions from others, the sounds of the moment and a flash or glimpse of what she might look like. I wanted to know if she was what I thought she might be, but that didn’t happen. What does however is Catherine finding more about herself through Gerard and his family. They speak of her darkness and other hints which I thought could have been expanded on more than they were.

But truly this work is mainly to draw Gerard into the climax of the problems with his family and push Catherine into accepting who and what she is. After so many years of fighting her nature, she gives it full control now, unafraid, and wanting to belong… And woe to any that try to deny her now…

There was, again, a little too much blood for my liking. I just couldn’t accept that Catherine needed to feed on the energy of others and feed in a more feral way as well. I do think that part of her is a reflection of Gerard, which makes sense, but it just didn’t quite work for me.

Many erotic moments between Gerard and Catherine in this work, the moments leading up to their being in the shower were very steamy. I do however still feel that there is one character in the work that winds up… poorer for the experience in many ways. I had hoped for something positive to happen for him, but he ends the work were he started and that I found really bothered me a great deal.

While the main arc of these two stories comes to a satisfying end, there are many threads left open and I can see this work continuing on, possibly focusing more on the other members of the pack and their relationships with Catherine. Somehow I think that what they thought she was only good for isn’t what they believe now…

I’m giving this work four out of five pitchforks.

I would have liked to know what Catherine looked like in her “true” form for one, a lot less blood for the other. There is more story I think, though it has never appeared as much as I have looked for it. It’s a shame because the questions are still there from the first work… and I would like to know some of them to bring some closure to the series in my mind at least…

 

Tera

May 08 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 330

One of the artists that I follow on Hentai Foundry is Dr. Graevling. Now, while some of their work can be a little over the top in a lot of ways, there is something about their Succubi art that I have come to like very much…

I think that it is not just the personality that they put into their art, but just how they look… right. They are sexy, they have a slight look of mischievousness about them, and most of all, there is a lovely bit of seductiveness that is there that isn’t in much art of Succubi…

Really there should be more I think…

Lydia by DrGraevling

Lydia by DrGraevling

This particular work, Lydia, was a commission that DrGraevling did. You can find the original page with this art here and the Doc’s Hentai Foundry page is here as well

This is just so cute on so many levels… From her smile, to her tail, the stockings and gloves… She’s just really a wonderfully mischievous Succubus and I just adore that so very much… I really think that making her colours all match as they do here was an inspired touch, it really adds personality to her and that is something I do like to see in Succubi…

But the most important thing, at least to me, is that she made me smile when I first saw her and that will always make her special in my world of Succubi…

The Doc has quite literally hundreds of works of art to be found, some I will admit are very racy and adult, so do keep that in mind when you visit their pages!

 

Tera

May 07 2014

Not that Lucky as a Succubus Costume really…

Lucky Devil CostumeI have said many times that I happen to like costumes that have some latex or at least some shininess in them… most of the time.

Then costumes like this one appear and I find that even with a lot of shine to be seen… it’s not that wonderful really…

This is called the Lucky Devil Costume and it comes with the bodysuit and tail and the horns…

The boots are not included, though I really do think you would need a pair like this model is wearing and it sells for $56 at the sites I have found it on…

I think that the model makes this costume look much better than it actually is. Of course showing a lot of cleavage will make any costume look better won’t it?

I also don’t care for the front zipper, it just looks wrong having a huge black zip in the front of what otherwise is an interesting flame pattern I think.

The tail isn’t anything special and the horns aren’t either which makes this costume less again than it could have been…

I’ll give this two pitchforks out of five even with the boots…

Not really something I care for obviously and there are much better costumes to be found. Still, as a last ditch costume it is an option… mebby…

 

Tera

May 06 2014

A Review of Surrender Sweet Succubus by Jewel Quinlan

Surrender Sweet Succubus by Jewel Quinlan

Surrender Sweet Succubus by Jewel Quinlan

I’ve said many times that my view of Succubi is… different. I believe that they are more, can be more. There are very few stories about Succubi that I can truly say have something in them that has made me cry, wonder, and, perhaps, believe in what seems to be impossible.

The impossible is only that which we believe it to be. When we find that our reality is, in truth, what we shape it into, then we learn something about the universe, and ourselves.

The work tells the story of:

When Dr. Stephen Wallace, a fertility specialist from Sydney Australia, is approached by his brother and sister-in-law for help conceiving a child there is no way he can refuse. Since they have already exhausted all the possibilities modern medicine can provide, Stephen turns to his skills as a shaman for alternative solutions. His search leads him to Las Vegas, Nevada on a slim lead to capture a succubus who he hopes has the power to help. But when he meets Geneva, the exotic and passionate succubus, he finds himself being captured instead.

It’s a very rare story that hits home to me personally. This one does. The thing about this story is that it brushes against some of the things that I hold most dear in my life and that of the Succubi Queen me. I went into this work hoping for a story that might, even if only a little, meet the high wishes and expectations that I have. I was not disappointed.

Geneva is a Succubus, but not, in any way, a stereotypical one from the first moment she appears. Her personality jumps off the page and shines through the rest of the story. She has history, she has wants and needs. She is looking for something, has been for a long time. That’s not to say that she isn’t aware of what she is or what she does to those around her. She’s well aware of it. But even having that when she meets Stephen… Things don’t quite go as they have in the past.

Stephen is possibly one of the most wonderfully caring, intelligent, and dynamic personalities that I have seen in a Succubus story for some time as well. He’s not a “typical” male lead cardboard cutout. He has a personality that is every bit as strong, interesting and deep as Geneva’s. More, he has a purpose, one that, to me, makes him shine.

I think the best way to look at the two of them is that they are, at least in my mind, each other’s Eternal. Their first meeting, and the events afterwards, aren’t exactly the best of things and Stephen does something he regrets as well. But he makes up for that, fixes it, and in doing so discovers that some souls are meant to be together… It’s the together part that takes a while to happen sometimes.

The plot is a touching one, both in purpose and the events that comes from it. But it turns into less about the initial plot and more into the discovery between Stephen and Geneva. The threads that have been around them, and not knowing. The little barbs and quips that are just right. The thoughts that Geneva shares as the story progresses.

I especially liked Geneva’s explanation of the Succubi and where they came from and, more importantly, exactly who and what they are. It’s one of the best and most well thought out concepts for Succubi that I have seen in sometime. With that comes history, relationships, and meaning that I don’t often see in Succubi stories.

There is, and this is important for me personally, logic to Geneva and Stephen’s powers and their relationship to the world around them. It’s not a waving of a hand and things happen. There is depth to what happens around them and between them which adds so much to what is a wonderfully romantic and touching story.

The ending is touching, with hope for the future and in that comes a personal wish… I’d like to see more of Geneva and Stephen. There are hints of their future and I would love to see that. Their story doesn’t seem to be over and, in all honesty, I’d like to see how the two of them change as things continue forwards.

Lovely writing, all of the characters have depth, emotion and stories to tell. The erotic moments between Geneva and Stephen are exactly as they were in my thoughts from the moment the two of them came together. There is one minor, blink and you will miss it, mistake near the end of the story were one character is credited with a bit of information that another gave. Other than that, not one thing in this work took me out of a story that meant more to me personally than I can explain.

I’m giving this work five out of five pitchforks.

A wonderful moving story with characters that feel the aches and wishes within them. A beautiful story of the need within and the hope that surrounds. I hope dearly for more about Stephen and Geneva as their story is far from done and that question, of where their story goes, will be with me…

Highly recommended and personally inspiring. One of the top ten Succubi stories of the year.

Now if only there is more… I’ll hope so.

 

Tera

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