Oct 03 2011

Storm Clouds 140 – An ongoing Succubi Story

This is the continuing story of the Succubi called Storm Clouds…

If you want to read previous chapters, please click the link in the Tale header at the top of the page marked Storm Clouds or click here...

Okay, trying again to write… Not a lot to add, but at least something came of it…


Storm Clouds 140

Chapter 21

By TeraS




The thing about the Dark was that it was too confident. It thought that it had all of the answers and that no one could oppose it.

That was almost true.

She could, and did . . . regularly.

It had become almost an obsession for her now. There were so few that did challenge the Dark when it appeared and so it fell to her to do so. It wasn’t a chore or an imposition; it had to be done, and she had seen enough of the Dark and what it was capable of to know that the best thing to do was what she did:  drive it mad with anger and make it stop thinking.

Losing the one portal did that.  Then letting it stew in its anger had made it get involved intimately with mortals and their world. She wondered if, this time, it would actually learn something from the experience or not.

Making the portal vanish was child’s play for a being like her. If the Dark ever figured out just how powerful she was, it might actually pause to think twice about the plans it had against Tera and her kind.


The thought did make her smile as the portal showing the severed tail reappeared among all of the Dark’s other ones. She stood there for a time, tapping a single pink fingernail against the surface and trying to decide what would be the most unpleasant thing she might do.

She could destroy this portal—the thought had been there before—but she had her own plans, and, for those, this one portal needed to remain, at least for the moment, in spite of what it showed.

The tapping stopped as she placed that hand against the surface and whispered to the awful image that it showed, “It will not be long. Promise.”

And, unlike some beings, she kept her promises.

She turned away, coming to the decision that, for once, just this once, she was going to make the Dark know what it was to lose something valuable.

What followed was the sound of fingernails raking across portal after portal, each of which turned white against the darkness, throwing light into a place which despised it. She didn’t ruin every single one of them, but, when she was done, she had left the Dark but three portals.

She thought that she might be able to hear the scream of anger from it from three universes away when it returned to see what she had done here, and that thought made her smile slightly.

She glanced once more at the portals that remained, satisfied that this would be a problem for it, that it would have to spend effort and time on repairing the damage if it could, and that, thankfully, might give the others needed time to figure out what was happening and where.

As much as she wanted to, she couldn’t actually get involved in the battle or make choices for those involved. It was, after all, necessary that all beings make their own choices, no matter how wrong or ill-advised they might well be.

Still, she had one thing that the Dark didn’t have: trust. Trust in others, trust that they would make good choices, but, most of all, trust in that one person that saved her life so long ago and in doing so changed her own universe for the better.

She would always owe that person for that gift.

She passed into the ether, on her way to where she needed to be. If the Dark could get involved with mortals, she could as well … to a point. But first she needed to talk to someone that needed to understand that some paths were not worth following.

Following the path of one who owed the succubi, and Tera, in particular, her life, that was the most foolish thing that it had ever done.

And it would soon learn.

As for the Dark, possessing one of its pawns was distasteful. But there was little choice. That damnable creature had cost him his watch over the tail. The one thing that would, if its plans went to completion, cause the barriers to fall before it and thus have what it wanted most.

But having to deal with a corporal form? That was something that it did not enjoy in the slightest. Emotions, thoughts, images from this pawn were getting caught between its own thoughts and, as well, it knew that its own thoughts would be mixing the other way.

But the important thoughts, the ones that it needed for itself, those it kept under lock and key, or so the Dark would believe. The problem was, as it always was, that nothing is ever completely closed off when beings merge, even if only for a short time.

Fingerprints leave smudges after all…

It took the Dark some time to return to where the tail was kept. The wards around the place made it impossible for someone to appear there without seeing the place first and entering at one specific spot. From the outside there were traps and obstacles that it knew would stop any magic user from getting close.

But this pawn was tuned to the place and the wards fall before it. But the time… the time was taking far too long for the Dark’s liking.

And so time passed, the Dark fumed, and the universe turned…

Oct 02 2011

A Review of That Succubus Factor by Snowe Grey

I find it interesting the things you find in the corners of the internet. Sometimes it’s a trashy novel, a guilty pleasure, and then, every so often, you discover a story that makes you wonder where the author is today and what they are writing now…

Today’s work is, truly, a wonderful tale of a Succubus and her family’s world…

That Succubus Factor by Snowe Grey

That Succubus Factor by Snowe Grey

  • Title: That Succubus Factor
  • Author: Snowe Grey
  • Publishing Date: 2005
  • Length: 120 Pages
  • This novel is no longer available.

The book is described as:

This wild ride of a tale features a nice, mid-western ex-farm boy turned FBI agent, a half succubus, a Vampire, an Incubus who really likes to wield his big sword, a devil and an imp.

And all of the problems that having a supernatural family can bring to a relationship.

The story revolves around a Succubus named Des Trevellion who is part of a family of various demon related beings like devils, incubi and imps but has well she has a brother who is a vampire as well.

Interestingly, her family looks like, and somewhat acts like, the stereotypical myths that they represent. More interesting is that they, and as well, other mythical beings, exist and live in the “normal” world of humanity.

This becomes a bit of a running joke as Des attempts to make excuses for things she sees, knows and does with others, but also to attempt to hide what her family does around her and in her life.

Complicating her world is her father, who is a small time crook that the FBI is interested in. So interested in fact that they send out an agent to check him, and by connection, Des out. That agent, Gideon Raines will find himself taken by Des and her with him… and in doing so, he will discover that what he thought he knew about the real world, isn’t quite right.

And possible learn more than that in the end.

I loved this story. Completely and totally so…

I won’t spoil all the scenes and the absolute joy in them and characters that the author brought to life in this work save to say that if you can find a copy of this story, don’t pass on it. You will not be disappointed in it at all.

The point of the story isn’t the sex scenes, there are some, but really it is character development more than anything else. It is wonderful to read a story that you don’t want to put down or have it end. This story accomplishes both of those goals effortlessly.

The writing is excellent. Descriptive in all the right places, funny when it matters, and serious when it has to be. But never over the top or crass or unwelcome in tone or subject. I can still hear the voices of every one of the characters in my thoughts days after finishing the work. That is, truly, impressive to me…

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

I wish it was a little bit longer… This universe has so many wonderful stories to tell and I wish that they would have been…

The author herself has vanished from the internet, the publishing company is no more and there is but one or two places on the internet that still remember the story…

That’s a shame… It really is.



Oct 01 2011

A YouTube sketching Morrigan Aensland…

Time for another one of the Morrigan Aensland art in progress YouTubes that I find now and again. This one is interesting because it’s not quite how she normally looks and seems to have a bit of a Manga aspect to her form and pose…

And if the embedding doesn’t work:


This is the work of an artist named ElDropper, also known as Esau Figueroa, who, according to their YouTube page, is based in Mexico.

It’s a more action pose for one of the most famous of Succubi there are. I like the pose, it shows off her form nicely, but the finger pointing to her eye confuses me a bit I have to admit.

This was part of an art trade between Esau Figueroa and Edsfox that you can see the completed works on Esau’s blog here. I really think that the coloured versions, both of them, are exceptional and really bring out Morrigan in all of her glory… I won’t post them here, I do have a favourite version however, but those that know me will know the one that I really like…

You can find Esau’s Blog here and Edsfox’s page on DeviantArt here as well. Both are exceptionally talented artists and well worth a look!


Sep 30 2011

Does the Lost Girl get seven years of bad luck?

The fourth episode of Lost Girl season two aired this week. I thought that last week’s episode was hard to get through, but this week’s was much worse as far as I was concerned. Another stand alone episode, which means that really nothing of the overall arc of Lost Girl was really moved forward at all.

I think the mark of an episode to skip is when the characters in it, at least the supporting ones, don’t make an impact on the viewer. I hate to say it, but I didn’t find myself really connecting with any of them this time and I can’t quite figure out why that is. I don’t think it was the actors per se, but the massive amounts of jump cuts that kept interrupting the story as it went along at the climax.

Episode seventeen, and the season two fourth episode of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. Kenzi finds out that her childhood fears are real, and that curses are too… Bo tries swimming in a bathtub as Dyson and a Nymph help her get in touch with an old hag, and we discover things about Kenzi and Bo that you never would have expected…

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This is the fourth review of the second season of of Lost Girl. A summary of this episode has been added to the SuccuWiki, but won’t be adding my commentary to the articles there as that is what the Tale is for….

Bo discovers that when she looks deeply she sees more than herself in a…

Mirror, Mirror

The episode begins at the Dal Riata with Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) and Hale (K.C. Collins) taking to a pair of female Fae. Bo (Anna Silk) and Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) are sitting across the bar from them with Trick (Richard Howland). The pair comment about what Dyson is doing and laughingly suggest that perhaps Dyson would give the girls rabies. Hale comes over to them, asks for some drinks from Trick and is slightly abused verbally by Bo and Kenzi. Hale notes that he and Dyson have been dealing with an organized crime case for some time and now they have a break in the case as the girlfriend of the mob boss is willing to testify against him. Hale makes the comment that Dyson seems to have something about him that all of the women fall for and Bo cracks a bad joke, getting a look from her friends, but she insists that everything is fine and she is joking. Hale leaves, returns to Dyson and from across the room he looks at Bo, she looks at him but Bo turns away. Kenzi tries to console her, but Bo is in fact twisted in knots about Dyson and accidentally crushes Kenzi’s hand.

The pair return home and Kenzi reveals that she has a book she took from Trick without his knowledge. She reads some of the curses within the pages, one of which is a wasting disease, to which Kenzi suggests that it might be used to make his wang fall off, the other to be directed at one of the Fae he was talking to. Bo explains that she does not want to do anything to the Fae girl, but to Dyson himself. She explains that what she wants is a way to “neuter” Dyson’s ability to convince any woman to do whatever he wants them to. The pair become progressively drunk and then Kenzi suggests that they invoke Baba Yaga. Bo has no idea what Kenzi is talking about and she explains that Baba Yaga is a witch that lives in a home made of the bones of young girls that don’t do what they are told, but she also explains that occasionally a wronged girl can ask for a curse to be placed on the one that wronged her. To do so, you must look into a mirror, say her name three times and then say the name of the one you wish to have cursed. Bo tells Kenzi that she does not want to curse Dyson as he sacrificed everything for her. Kenzi tries to change Bo’s mind but Bo tells her that they are the good guys and it’s not the right thing to do, even though to hurts her to no end. Bo goes to bed, but Kenzi decides to call Baba Yaga anyway. She uses the mirror in their bathroom and calls out Baba Yaga’s name, writing Dyson’s name on the glass as she does so. At the same moment, Bo calls out in the middle of the summoning adding to the power of what Kenzi is doing. Kenzi then walks away, but a shadowy figure appears in the mirror, grants her wish, and then the mirror shatters.

Returning from the opening credits, it is the next morning and Bo discovers the mirror shattered and calls out for Kenzi. She falls down from their sofa where she crashed the night before suffering from a hangover. Bo is not in any better shape and lays down on the sofa, Kenzi still on the floor beside her and they try to remember what happened the night before. Bo complains about something itching her back and reveals a series of marks cut deeply into her skin.

Dyson and Hale are then seen at their office. Dyson is on the phone with their witness, trying to calm her down and convince her that she is doing the right thing to testify again her boyfriend for all of the things that he has done. Hale asks if the witness, Gloria, is getting cold feet, but Dyson notes that she is still willing. Hale comments on Dyson’s ability to make women do what he wants and then asks if he might try not to do so in front of Bo. Hale wants them all to be friends to which Dyson asks if he should lie to her and give her false hopes. In the next moment, a woman prisoner is taken past him and comments that Dyson is a pig which makes Hale chuckle.

Meanwhile, Bo and Kenzi are at Trick’s and he is examining the mark on Bo’s skin. It is not a tattoo as they had thought, but a mystical marking of her. Kenzi comments that the mark looks like a letter and wonders about the Fae alphabet. When Trick tells her about the Fae Sesame Street, Kenzi comments “Don’t tease, that would be awesome!” Trick continues to explain that the mark looks like an initial and tries to figure out what it could be. He asks what Bo has been up to with the Fae, she tells him that mostly she has been trying to keep a low profile especially with the new Ash. When Trick asks about “intimate” encounters, Kenzi asks jokingly if she might have a Fae STD. But Trick reveals that the mark is that of Baba Yaga and Kenzi freaks out. Bo panics along with her and Trick tries to explain what Baba Yaga is and what she has done. Bo has been marked as hers, which means that she will come for Bo.

At that moment, Dyson is talking with Hale. Dyson tells him that he had been spit on by five hookers so far that day. Hale tries to calm him down, but another hooker tries to attack Dyson and he runs into an office closing the door behind him. The woman in the room complains about no one talking to her about her crime report, Dyson tries to calm her down, but instead finds himself on the receiving end of a pole she swings at him.

They are next seen at Trick’s, Hale suggesting that the woman was drunk, but Dyson saying she wasn’t. Dyson is very concerned as every woman he has met that day has attacked him and he cannot understand why. When one of waitresses comes over, she verbally abuses him. He attempts to apologize, but she claims that he broke her heart and then throws a drink in Dyson’s face before Hale separates the two. As this happens, Bo, Trick and Kenzi arrive in the room, Bo demanding to understand why Kenzi did what she did. Kenzi explains that she does not know what happened, but Bo tells her that the mark and the shattered mirror tell her that somehow Kenzi did summon Baba Yaga. Kenzi tries to remember what happened and at that moment she sees Dyson, points at him, and then the waitress returns with a serving tray to attack Dyson once more. This time Bo stops her and uses her power to calm the waitress down ending the fight. Hale drags the waitress away once more and Dyson demands to know what is going on. Bo sees the same mark she has on Dyson’s skin and explains that they have both been cursed by Kenzi.

After the commercial break, Bo tries to help Dyson with an injury he suffered, but he is angry at her. Dyson blames her for the curse that he is under, telling her that he knows she is angry at him but doing this was not right. She tries to explain that she didn’t do it, blaming it on Kenzi that did, but Dyson tells her that Kenzi does whatever she thinks Bo want her to do. Both Hale and Kenzi tell him that is not fair, but they are ignored as Bo continues to try to explain and Dyson becomes more and more angry with her. At one point Bo lashes out at Kenzi as well thanking her for doing this to them both. Trick explains to them all that Baba Yaga is a witch that allows young Slavic women to seek revenge on those that have wronged them. Kenzi tries to explain that she thought it was a myth to which Dyson asks her when she will learn not to mess in things she does not understand. Trick comes to the conclusion that Kenzi cast a curse on Dyson to have all women despise him in Bo’s name and that is what is linking them together. Trick also explains that there has to be an intense emotional connection for the curse to work and Dyson’s anger gets the better of him as he shatters the mug of ale he had been holding in his hand. Kenzi begs Trick for help, but he explains that Baba Yaga lives in a realm where other Fae cannot interfere or enter. From Trick’s expression and words, it is clear that she scares him as well. Dyson loses control and threatens Kenzi, but Bo intercedes, warning him that if he touches Kenzi she will “drop kick you into the middle of a woman’s studies conference.” Everyone calms down and then Kenzi declares that she will fix it.

Bo and Kenzi arrive in a parking lot where a trailer sits with a series of fortune teller signs on it. Kenzi reveals that they are about to meet with her Aunt Ludmila (Catherine Fitch) and they go inside to see her telling a man’s fortune. She is a stereotypical looking fortune teller in everyday including a Eastern European accent. She completes the telling, is paid as the man leaves and then rants on Kenzi for interrupting her before hugging her and Bo tightly. As Bo looks at a picture of Kenzi when she was a child, which reveals that she had blond hair, her Aunt tells Bo some embarrassing things about Kenzi as a child. Eventually Kenzi asks her for help in breaking a Baba Yaga curse which she laughs off as being a joke. Dyson and Hale have problems of their own. Their witness has to give her evidence early and Dyson is in a panic over that. He tries to tell Hale that he just wants to keep a low profile until Bo and Kenzi remove the curse, but Hale doesn’t let me as they need him to talk to Gloria. Kenzi’s Aunt still cannot believe that she and Bo are serious about the curse and tells them that Baba Yaga is a story like Santa Klaus. Bo then feeds on her, which makes Kenzi squirm uncomfortably. This proves to Kenzi’s aunt that this is for real, and she calls Bo a demon. When Bo shows her the mark she carries, Aunt Ludmila admits that she knows in theory how to summon Baba Yaga. Gloria (Theresa Joy) seems to be at first okay with Dyson as her statement is taken but Dyson’s curse takes hold and she tries to attack him before Dyson escapes the room. Aunt Ludmila in the meantime prepares herself to summon Baba Yaga. She places a pendant around her neck which is supposed to protect her from Baba Yaga. When Kenzi asks about hers, she is told that there is only one. The summoning takes place using Bo’s blood and marking Kenzi’s face with it. She then seems to be possessed by something or someone and then Baba Yaga (Kate Lynch) appears in a mirror nearby answering the call. Bo asks for the curse to be lifted and she agrees, but her price is Bo herself who is dragged towards the mirror and cannot stop herself. Kenzi comes out of the trance and declares that she should be taken instead of Bo and Baba Yaga agrees to that as she wanted Kenzi and not Bo in actuality. Kenzi is pulled through the mirror and then it shatters trapping Kenzi in Baba Yaga’s realm.

When we return to the episode, Kenzi awakes laying on a dirty floor with skeletons around her. She calls out for Bo but gets no answer and then attempts to arm herself with a shovel. She starts to look around and figure out where she is when four woman trapped in cages around the room appear to her. One tells her that she, like them belong to Baba Yaga, but Kenzi tries to leave before she returns. The women leave their cages and one tells Kenzi that she must help them with the chores before Baba Yaga returns and not to speak or draw attention to herself for her own sake. Bo back at Kenzi’s Aunt tries to go after Kenzi, but her Aunt is having an emotional breakdown, the mirror is broken, and there is no way for her to do so. Bo finds Trick and Dyson and attempts to figure out a way to get into Baba Yaga’s realm, but Trick explains that there are rules and Bo cannot do it. Dyson attempts to explain that some Fae are very territorial, but Bo doesn’t care. Dyson tells her that he will help, that he is still the same man she knew, but she wonders if that is really true. Trick tells Bo that she has time, that Baba Yaga will want to fatten Kenzi up before she eats her and that is time they can use. Bo again asks for Trick’s help, but he explains that he can’t. Dyson however says there is another way but it is dangerous. Bo doesn’t care and is willing to do whatever it takes. Dyson asks if she is willing to eat crow and then they leave Trick’s place.

Kenzi is then seen sitting at a table with the other women cutting vegetables. Kenzi asks when they get to go home, the answer is silence. When she asks where Baba Yaga is, she is told that she is stalking the underworld making sure that souls there are not reborn. When Kenzi complains about peeling potatoes, she meets the first of the women and learns her name is Elena (Rayisa Kondracki). Kenzi is asked about the boy she cursed, she dances around the question and then finds out that Elena had cursed her boyfriend, he almost died, and in exchange for lifting the curse she serves Baba Yaga as long as she lives. Kenzi is told about how things are and then the women go back to peeling potatoes again. Kenzi sees a passageway off to one side and goes to have a look at it thinking it is a way out, but she is stopped by what the women call Domovol, a man that is chained to a wall further inside next to what looks like a chest of some kind.

Bo and Dyson go to see the new Ash (Vincent Walsh), Bo asking for his help to save Kenzi. He comments that if it was him he would just go and find another human to replace her which angers Bo. He angers her further when he tells her that he is becoming fund of his human doctor, but does not use Lauren’s name. When Bo demands that he tell her if he knows of a way in to Baba Yaga’s cottage he admits there is, but he sees no reason to do so. Bo then offers to accept the deal he made in the previous episode, Scream a Little Dream in which the Ash wanted her to freelance for him and the Light Fae. She offers this on the condition that Bo is able to get Kenzi home alive. Sarcastically, the Ash tells Bo that he is pleased that she came around to his way of thinking, adding that he will have to send Baba Yaga a fruit basket in thanks before telling Bo to remain there and she will get what she needs. He also tells her that if she makes it through this then they will talk about the terms of his offer.

Kenzi and the other women have finished their preparations and await Baba Yaga to return. Kenzi tries to eat the food, but is told that it is for Baba Yaga and that she will eat slop. Baba Yaga then returns and each of the women is offered a bag by her. They put their hand in and withdraw something before the next woman does the same thing. Kenzi is told that whoever has the black marble leaves. Kenzi thinks this is a chance to escape and takes one as well. When the marbles are revealed, Elena has it, but is not overjoyed about it. Kenzi realizes that it is not that she will leave, but that she will be killed. Elena is taken to a pair of doors that open to an oven and then enters ending her life as Kenzi watches with the other women.

Returning to Kenzi after the commercials, she watches as Baba Yaga eats the feast. When she sees Kenzi watching her she shows how she treats her pets by abusing Domovol who had attacked Kenzi before. When she is finished, she tells Kenzi to clean up the bones on the table which are revealed to be that of Elena. Kenzi attacks her and then tries to escape, but the doors are sealed shut and she cannot as Baba Yaga pulls her away from the door back towards the others.

Bo has received an official scroll from the Ash and is reading it with Dyson as a water Nymph walks into the room named Chloe. Dyson tries to tell her that he is under a curse and that she doesn’t hate him, but it turns out that she is an ex-girlfriend of Dyson’s. Chloe asks if Bo is Dyson’s latest, she answers that she is another ex and Chloe tells her that she is lucky. She asks what they want, Bo tells her that they want to get into Baba Yaga’s home. Chloe refuses as she “doesn’t do suicide missions.” Bo then offers her the scroll and tells Chloe it is official orders from the Ash, which she reads in disbelief.

Baba Yaga in the meanwhile drags Kenzi back to the table. When the Domovol starts to become unruly, Kenzi convinces her that she is an animal trainer and that is why Bo kept her around. She tries to get a week to train Domovol, but only is allowed two hours to do so. Kenzi agrees, but says she needs some items in order to do so, and gives Baba Yaga a long list of items that she then leaves to obtain.

Chloe finishes reading the scroll and then tells Bo that she has heard about her, but Bo’s powers will be useless in her trip to Baba Yaga. Dyson tells her that she has no idea how determined Bo can be and Bo backs that up by saying that she will be going no matter the risk. Chloe agrees and explains that there are portals to the witch’s realm and that she is the local gatekeeper. Bo asks how they have to do this, but Chloe tells her that it can be gruesome and then need to find a private portal.

Kenzi is in a panic trying to find a way to escape with the time she has left. The other women are in their cages again and one of them tries to tell Kenzi there is no hope. When Kenzi tells them that none of them helped Elena, she is told that she didn’t either. Kenzi just says in a quiet voice “It’s every girl for herself.” She continues to look around and sees the chest behind Domovol. Kenzi gives him a piece of bone, which distracts him, and then opens the chest to find within it a small hand mirror. She takes it and then tries to use it to escape, as that is how Baba Yaga leaves her realm. But it does not work as Kenzi does not know how to make it work.

Bo, Dyson and Chloe as standing beside a bathtub full of water and ice. Bo is told that she must lay in the water and then Dyson will have to hold her under no matter what happens. As she lays in the water fully clothed, Bo tells Dyson that no matter what has happened between them, she trusts him. She also admits that this will not be easy to take as when Bo was six, she almost drowned in Lake Miniwappo. She then slips under the water, Chloe opens the portal and Bo begins to thrash around in the tub violently as she beings to drown. Then suddenly she stops moving.

We return to Baba Yaga’s home as Bo arrives there in the same place that Kenzi did. Kenzi goes to her and they start to leave but Baba Yaga confronts the two of them. Bo tries to knock her out, but has no effect on her whatsoever. Bo is thrown into a wall and is knocked out. Moments later she awakens back in the bathtub forcing her way out of the water and gasping for air. Bo demands that she be put back in again, but Chloe tells her that it will likely kill her. She tells Dyson that she has lost him, she has lost Lauren but she will die before losing Kenzi. She goes under again, Dyson holding her down and returns to Kenzi once again as Baba Yaga opens the doors to the oven. Bo stands up and pulls a knife on Baba Yaga which does not frighten her. Kenzi however begins to shake and hit the mirror she found before and that gets Baba Yaga’s attention. She attempts to strike a deal with Bo and Kenzi. They can leave but the mirror doesn’t get damaged. She also tells them how to use it to get home, all they need to is think of home and they will be sent there. Kenzi asks about the other women, she is told they are from different places and times and cannot leave. That makes Kenzi smash the mirror on the ground breaking it into pieces which she gives to each woman. One by one the women vanish to their homes leaving nothing for Kenzi to use to escape. Bo is distracted and Baba Yaga attacks her knocking her out once again.

She then approaches Kenzi with the intent of getting her revenge. Back at the portal, Chloe tells Dyson that he must get Bo out before it is too late and she dies. His answer is that if he is too soon she will kill him. Baba Yaga tells Kenzi that she remembers her name now, that she watched her when Kenzi was young. Time is up for Bo and Dyson checks for a pulse and finds none and lifts her from the water with a roar. Baba Yaga taunts Kenzi with what she knows about her, that she was frightened of her, but she was more frightened of her step-father. Kenzi would call for Baba Yaga every night to gain revenge on him. Dyson begins CPR on Bo trying to revive her. Baba Yaga tells Kenzi that she never had the strength to summon her properly to have her revenge, but Kenzi answers that she is not that scared little girl anymore thanks to Bo who remains unconscious in Baba Yaga’s realm. As this happens, Domovol has become more and more enraged until he finally breaks his chains, attacks Baba Yaga and drives her into the oven, Kenzi slamming the doors shut behind them both. The doors begin to crack and splinter and then Kenzi finds herself underwater in the tub that Bo had been laying in moments before, Dyson still performing CPR and screaming for Bo to wake up. Chloe tells Kenzi that Bo wouldn’t leave without her as Dyson’s efforts continue. Dyson starts mouth-to-mouth but Bo suddenly, almost in a reflex, feeds from him and then awakens coughing and gasping for air. She looks at Kenzi, they say “Hi” to each other and Bo swears that from now on she’ll only take showers.

The final scenes begin with Dyson thanking Gloria for helping them to close the case and him keeping his job. She apologies for attacking him and then asks why he has to be such a heart-breaker before kissing him and leaving. Bo and Kenzi are at home at the same time. They begin to drink again, Bo tells Kenzi that she should never do anything like that again when drunk. Kenzi pinky swears she will never do it again. Kenzi explains that it is too expensive and that her Aunt sent her a bill for $300. Bo asks about Kenzi’s step-father and Kenzi brushes that off. Bo asks about Kenzi facing her worst fear and Kenzi answers that the only fear she had was when she thought that Bo had given up on her. Bo promises she never will. Kenzi makes Bo promise that she will never give up on herself, that she can fight for Dyson and fight for Lauren as well. Most of all to fight for what makes her happy. Bo makes a toast to Kenzi that she hopes that the only thing she sees in the mirror is Kenzi’s own beautiful reflection. They walk away and as they do a burnt hand comes out of a mirror behind them as the episode comes to an end.

Fade to black…

Two poor episodes in a row? I never would have expected that from this series. While the previous one was in its own way silly, this one just wasn’t interesting throughout. Oh there were moments, some of them very good, that caught me, but overall I didn’t find myself wanting to see what would happen next and that hasn’t really happened before to me when watching Lost Girl…

I give full points to the writers however in the things we learned about Kenzi, her aunt for one, their relationship for the other, and the life she had as a child. All of those really told us a lot about Kenzi, why she turned out the way she did and why she is so devoted to Bo. Bo’s admission of her fear of losing Kenzi after losing both Dyson and Lauren, the emotion in it along with the desperation, just cemented my believe in how much Kenzi means to Bo which is I think important in the overall scheme of things.

But here’s the thing. We’re going away from the overall arc of this season into places that, other than showing us new kinds of Fae, isn’t moving Bo’s relationships forward, or the resolution of the Dyson or Lauren situations. That’s disappointing.

Still, we saw a bit of the general view, at least of the Ash, of humans which is really quite telling in that he thinks of them as cattle, but that was clear the previous episode. So the concept of human slavery by the Fae wasn’t much talked about save in passing. Another thread open needing to be dealt with at some point.

I understand needing to create plots and interest, but we really are over-reaching in the plot department aren’t we? As I count it, there are at least 15 open story lines from last year and now we have another 10 so far this year.

How about we close off a few, or, at the minimum, how about answering the vast number of questions left open in the series? I’d love to know if the old Ash is still alive for one. Mostly because in spite of everything else that happened last season, I like him better than the smarmy character that is Ash this season….

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo… I liked the reveals about her past, I loved that her fears of losing everyone that we saw in the previous episode dreamscape were reflected in the words she told Dyson when she was trying to rescue Kenzi. I also found it interesting and a good addition to the overall mythos that succubi in the Lost Girl universe cannot heal all of their injures as in the case of the mark Bo suffered on her behind. I am getting slightly tired of all of the shots of Bo that have to show just about all of her breasts in outfits that don’t add a lot to her sexuality, and that I think also would, if it was the teal world, more difficult for her to be taken seriously by others, and in this series it would be more interesting if she was seen as such.

Dyson… I didn’t like him much again this week. I understand the need to show him pissed off at Bo and Kenzi, and the breaking of the ale mug in his hand and the yelling did that, but I am sure that a lot of people watching were quite pleased with the amount of hurt that women put on him this episode. But here’s the thing… It didn’t tell us a lot about him. Other than, and this is the odd part as compared to last season, that he has a hell of a short fuse. That’s not the Dyson we know and that’s bothersome to me.

Hale had some good moments, the backing up of Kenzi when Dyson blamed her for doing what Bo wanted was nice and showed that he backs her up. It also was very clear that he cares a lot about Bo, Kenzi, Dyson and everyone else he calls a friend. That’s important and really does show his character well.

Kenzi… The was an episode all about Kenzi. She was the heart and soul of it, when she spoke it was worth listening and watching, but when she was trapped, she started to go off the rails which is something I wouldn’t have expected her to do. However, when push came to shove, she did have the strength inside to fight for herself, Bo and the trapped girls. That, as always, made her so much fun to watch and more…

No Lauren. Not once. And only mentioned in passing. Disappointing, but really there was nothing for her to do since the Ash wouldn’t let her and Bo see each other. And I doubt that next week she’ll be back either.

Trick wasn’t around much, but the look of fear on his face when he was asked for help was telling I thought. It’s good to know that some things even he won’t mess with. But he is an anchor to his friends, Kenzi in particular and I loved the scene with Trick, Kenzi and Fae Sesame Street.

Lachian I think honestly didn’t need to be in this episode. Trick could have just as easily told Bo to find a water nymph as he did. Yes he made things quicker to convince her to help, but that’s about all that he was good for. That and making the viewers hate him more than before as he trapped Bo into working for him. I have to say that I wonder if he didn’t set this whole thing up. It’s not likely but he did mention in passing that he wanted to thank “Babs.” Food for thought isn’t it?

Aunt Ludmila? As a means to learning about Kenzi’s past she was useful, but otherwise there was a lot I didn’t like, her accent being the main one that bothered me. She’ll never appear again in the series I expect and I have to admit that I won’t shed a tear over that.

Baba Yaga? You might want to look up the actress that played the role. You would never connect the two of them together. That’s an amazing bit of acting and makeup really, but I do wonder about the need to have her be so… evil cronish… I wonder what it would have been like if she had been reasonably good looking woman instead. Not all witches are old and ugly…

The rest of the supporting cast were quite good, I thought that the emotions of hating Dyson were expressed well and the overall actions made some kind of sense. I know that we’ll never see the actress that played the role of Elana again, but having her return in another role would be interesting as I thought she was very very good.

So many ideas, so many plots and never enough time to do it all…

My rating of Mirror, Mirror

Keeping my interest – 1 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 2 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 3 Pitchforks

Storyline – 3 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 5 Pitchforks

Mythos – 5 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.1 Pitchforks out of 5

I found it incredibly difficult to watch this episode really. If it wasn’t for Kenzi being there I don’t think I would have finished it… well that and my goal of writing these reviews of all of the Lost Girl episodes… Still, the overall look and feel of it wasn’t that interesting, but then I am always more interested in seeing things about Succubi in the series.

We didn’t get a lot of that really. Oh Bo made Kenzi squirm a bit when she fed on Kenzi’s Aunt, we learned that some marks on Bo can’t be healed or removed by her powers, and that there are some very powerful Fae out there that she can’t knock out with a punch. But that was about it. Not nearly enough for a series that has a Succubus in the lead role really.

While the character development and information we got about Kenzi and Bo made up for a lot of that, that information was sort of “dropped” into the episode at odd points almost like an afterthought. I will, however, smile when someone says the words “Little Mermaid.” That was too funny, but nothing like the laugh I had about the Fae version of Sesame Street….

A decent amount of back story was revealed about the Fae mythos and a few new Fae we haven’t seen before as well. I liked the detail we learned about Baba Yaga, which was interesting and did make me go and learn more about her, but I have issues with the hand coming out of the mirror towards Bo and Kenzi at the end of the episode. Was that really necessary? Personally I don’t think so as I don’t expect that we’ll ever see her again.

See, the thing of it is that we have an arc of something old and evil coming for Bo. Once again they didn’t move that story forwards which was a shame. They also didn’t move Bo’s relationship with Lauren at all, she didn’t ever appear. The Ash becomes more and more unlikable as every episode passes on, I do wonder if some episode in the future he’s found dead and all fingers are pointing at Bo for his death. I hope not as that sort of story has been done to death…

After thinking about it, I honestly can’t say why someone would spend the time to watch this episode. Save for a little background about Kenzi and Bo, and Bo’s seeming agreement to work for the Ash, there’s nothing here that matters to the series in totality.

I will not call it a throw-away episode, but somehow this one, and last week’s felt “wrong” in how the characters interacted, what they did, and the decisions that they made. This is probably because the show has had a new writer almost every episode.

Oh, and stop the damn jump cuts after ten seconds of a scene please? I was getting whiplash from trying to keep up with the jumping back and forth between Kenzi, Bo and Dyson. It’s not necessary to show us every little twitch they make. We can figure out what’s going on and you can give us a little bit more interaction that leads somewhere and not in the made rush that you did this episode.

Another thing, I know that the Eastern European accents were needed for atmosphere, but really? They were so fake sounding that I cringed when Baba Yaga or Kenzi’s Aunt spoke. The actresses were trying their best and did what they could, but somehow laughing over the dialogue  by the viewer makes it hard to follow the episode.

One last thing for the week, will someone tell the actor playing the new Ash that he’s not there to chew on the scenery all of the time? And get him a better wardrobe please? He looks terrible all of the time.

Next Week: BrotherFae of the Wolves


Bo and Dyson team up to track down a stolen Mongolian Death Worm on behalf of Dyson’s old wolf pack mate. When things get complicated, Dyson finds himself reliving his medieval days – tormented by the hard choices he once had to make, and fighting in the present not to repeat past mistakes.

And so we go from Dyson losing his power over women to Dyson remembering his past and thinking about all of his mistakes. This can’t be a good thing can it? As much as the idea of a period piece sounds like a good idea, is it needed? Does it tell us why Dyson turned out the way he is? Is there anything, anything at all that will push the development of the characters forwards or is this just going to be Dyson looking into a drink and staring off in the distance?

If they play the Wayne’s World dream scene music when that happens I will scream in pain I promise you.

It occurs to me that there are a lot more writers so far this year than last year’s season and I wonder if that will turn out to be a major mistake. When the creator of a series lets others into their universe, they really, really should keep a firm hand on the story, but more so the characters.

So if this episode is going to reveal Dyson to the world, I really hope that it fits into what we have learned about him so far…

We’ll see.



Sep 29 2011

Succubi Image of the Week 196

This week I am going to have a two for one Succubi special when to comes to the Image of the Week on the Tale…

Now these are somewhat older manips of Succubi, but I think they are rather well done and I do want to share them with you all here on the Tale…

They are the works of an artist named Brian Roth, and are, I think, really lovely Succubi…

Succubus by Brian RothKhara Succubus by Brian Roth

The image on the left is Succubus, and the one on the right is Khara Succubus.

I found them both on Brian’s image manip site which has all sorts of similar works displayed in a wiki he made here. The original pages where I found these works can be found here and here for those that would like to see them as they were first posted by the artist.

You can also click on the images here for larger versions if you would like to see those…

I find it amazing that he did not use Photoshop in creating these works which seem to have been made during 2008, which is I know a long time ago in the internet age, but I still think that the effort and look that he created should be recognized.

Keeping that in mind, that the ability of image manipulation software has progressed in leaps and bounds since the time these works were created, I think they stand up really well when compared to the works that people can make today…

The tails might be a little small, the horns might look a little odd, but overall, these are two of my early favourites of Succubi manips that I have in my collection…

Bravo Brain and thank you!



Sep 28 2011

Devil’s Kiss but not a Succubus Costume…

It seems that costumes based on Medieval themes are becoming popular again… So why take that theme and try to graft a Devil Woman or Succubus costume on that?

It boggles the mind…

Devil's Kiss CostumeThis costume is called the Devil’s Kiss Costume, for reasons that I can’t quite figure out.

The picture here is quite misleading, you have to really read the fine print before you realize that it includes the bustier gown  and Devil Horn Headband, but that’s all.

The  choker and gloves the model is wearing as well as the shoes are not included in the package, which to me is very misleading and should be stated better in the information provided.

This sells for $32 US on several sites, some of which are at least very up front about what comes with the costume unlike some others are.

It also does not have a tail.

I suppose that I should be impressed that the horns have a pattern on them that match the red pattern in the bustier, but honestly the pattern does nothing for me.

I can’t say that I like this. It’s not that sexy, not that seductive, and really not that impressive.

In other words, once again, you can find better than this if you look for it.

Surprisingly however I don’t think that I will give this a zero. It is a bit better than that and I think that for some parties, like others that i have looked at, it would be a decent enough choice…

As long as you aren’t looking to be sexy that is…

One pitchfork out of five, mostly for the “nice” parties that it could be seen at…

But then, there aren’t that many nice ones that I attend on Halloween…



Sep 27 2011

Temptations 131

I suppose that being a Succubi Queen means that you have thoughts that are… different than most.. or are they?


Temptations 131

By TeraS and Fzzy

Then allow me to introduce myself. Devon, Devon Knightburrn, formerly of the USArmy. Now just another drifter. Who wants to thank you for the ride. May I ask what brings you out? Is it the need for speed or just wanna flirt the law?

*Leaning back in the seat,Devon, looks at the road ahead*

I maybe doing that waiting for the right moment.

She nodded, still having her hands on the wheel, “Devon.” She seemed to be considering his name for a long moment and then said, “Devon… Did you know that your name comes from a tribal name meaning worshippers of the god Dumnonos?”

Before he could answer that, she added, “Interestingly, that god is shy, doesn’t like contact with others and has an aura that tends to make others that meet him respect him or fear him.”

Then she put the question to him, “Which do you prefer?”

Allowing for his question she gave him a nugget of information, “Flirting is for amateurs…” And gave a wink before focusing back on the road ahead again…

I prefer respect.“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”  Shy? hmm yeah at times I am shy. I try to overcome it. Or at least recognize it, like now.

*looks out the window to the road ahead.*

Flirting is not just for amateurs, professionals do it all the time. That is how they get to be professionals, it is by being burned so they know the limits.

*looks at her*

You remind me of a kid fresh out of boot.Full of adventure and raring to get there.


Finding adventure isn’t the same thing as knowing why you are seeking it…