Sep 15 2011

Succubi Image of the Week 194

I was sent a work of Succubus art, and it really is one, last year from a reader of the Tale, but they didn’t attach any information on the artist or where they had found the work…

I finally found the artist and so this week, their Succubus art is the Succubus of the Week…

Succubus by Dean Spencer

Succubus by Dean Spencer

This is called Succubus and is by Dean Spencer. I found his website here which has all sorts of fantasy art shown there. All of which are as lovely as this Succubus he created.

Dean is based in the United Kingdom and is a freelance illustrator with what I think is an amazing amount of talent…

There is a lot that I like about this work. The tail is lovely and sinuous, as all good Succubus tails should be. The details in her wings are exceptional, the shape, shadow and form of her body and skin are beautifully done. The tattoo is an interesting addition to her, I think that it adds a lot of personality to her character which is always a good thing. Her horns might be a little bit on the large side for my personal taste, but they do match her look really well however. I’m not so sure about her fangs though. Don’t think a lot about Succubi having fangs, but I suppose that it is a matter of taste isn’t it?

A neat theme to the background, both in the moon and smoke but as well the flames which both serve to frame her in the image, but also they hide her legs and bring to mind the question if she has hooves or not…

I hope that she doesn’t…

Lovely sexy example of a Succubus!



Sep 14 2011

It’s flirty, but not a Succubus costume…

I do wonder at times what exactly are the definitions that costume makers use when describing or naming their concepts. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of words that are used over and over again…

Like Flirty…

Like this costume…

Fire Flirty Devil CostumeThis is called the Fire Flirty Devil Costume, which is a bit of a mouthful I admit, but that is what it is called.

It comes with the horns, the dress with an attached tail and the glovettes in the picture here, but does not include the stockings or shoes. Neither of which really helps this costume at all to be honest.

It sells for $48 US in several places on the internet, which seems to be about right based on the other costumes I have found.

Honestly this just looks wrong in so many ways. The flame collar is far too gaudy, the glovettes are pretty much useless with the costume, and the dress itself just looks so poorly put together that I couldn’t see myself wearing it.

The tail is disappointing as well that is attached to the dress. It looks cheap and really a black tipped red tail?

That’s just wrong in so many ways, never mind that the red is more accents in this than anything else…

The horns look in the picture to be interesting, but I have the feeling that if the costume itself is as bad as I think it is, the horns aren’t going to be any great thing either…

One quarter pitchfork out of five.

Just nothing that I would consider wearing, but again, the horns might be interesting…




Sep 13 2011

Temptations 129

And this will begin the last series of RPs in the Temptations series. Fittingly it is with someone that I call my hero for that is what he is in my eyes always…


Temptations 129

By TeraS and Fzzy

Hitchhiking across the country is not the safest thing to do, but after you put time in the ‘Stan nothing is as bad. Devon finds himself walking down a stretch of darkening and seemingly deserted highway. With naught more than a rucksack on his back and a stick in his hand for walking or protection. His mind just running in circles, never staying on a topic, not really in the present…the lights are on but no one is home.

In the distance a pair of headlights peeked over the hills and the sound of an engine echoed over the ground around him. It took a short while but eventually it was quite clear that a car was approaching him, going in his direction since, really, there was only two ways to go on the highway…

There was the sound of gravel crunching behind him and then a woman’s voice called out, “Hey buddy? You need a ride before you fall over and die by the side of the road?”

When he turned around, he would see a small red convertible, the top down, a woman behind the wheel. She wore mirrored sunglasses, her dark hair in a ponytail held by a red scrunchie. She was pretty in a don’t mess with me or I’ll kick your butt sort of way… As for how she was dressed, that was a simple red t-shirt, blue jeans and running shoes…

The question was of course, what has behind all of that?

At first did not react to the noise, or the presence of the car. He walks a couple more steps, before he stops and looks to the Lady driving the car. He seems a touch surprised to see the car that close.

“I doubt I will drop dead, but I would not be surprised if it happened. However a ride to the next town is better than walking there. ”

Taking off the rucksack he drops it in the back seat, he sets the stick beside it,and then opens the door and climbs into the car. He buckles in and turns to the driver.

“My name is Devon, Devon Knightburnn. I am just walking around trying to reconcile life, and why we are here.”


Nothing like asking the big questions of life is there?

More next time…


Sep 12 2011

Storm Clouds 137 – 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...

We’re starting Chapter 21 this week. Sort of an interlude with the Dark and its nemesis…


Storm Clouds 137

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 if fell to her to do so. It wasn’t a chore or an imposition to do that, 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 and then letting it stew in its anger had made it get involved intimately with mortals and their world. She wondered if it would actually learn something or not this time from the experience.

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 about what plans it had against Tera and her kind. Possibly.

The thought did make her smile as the portal showing the severed tail reappeared there with 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 for her to do.

She could destroy this portal, the thought had been there before, but she had her own plans and 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 their surfaces turning 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 him 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 make her smile slightly in that knowledge.

She glanced once more at the portals that remained, satisfied that it 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 has one thing that the Dark didn’t have. Trust. Trust in others, trust in 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.

And for that, she would always owe them 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 and get them to understand that some paths were not worth following.

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

Or soon it would learn.


Sep 11 2011

A Review of Complete Circle by Roxanne Rhoads

There are, of course, all sorts of different Succubi in the universe. The thing of it is that I prefer that a Succubus of whatever background she is, be not the stereotypical idea of one. I really don’t enjoy the concept of a Succubus that is a bimbo, or acts like one, or just seems to care about sex and nothing more.

I had hoped that the Succubus in this story would be less of a caricature and central to the story. Regrettably she really wasn’t as the focus of the story fell upon the other characters in the story, but that was expected from the story outline.

Complete Circle by Roxanne Rhoads

Complete Circle by Roxanne Rhoads


The story is described as:

Lissette is a vampire who has lived with her succubus girlfriend, Cassandra, for a long time. She swore off relationships with men after being viciously raped by the vampire hunters who killed the love of her life and left her for dead.

Lissette and Cassandra only use men to get what they need, blood for Lissette and sexual energy for Cassandra. They are completely satisfied with their lives- until a mysterious stranger comes along.

For the first time in centuries, Lissette wants a man. Why is she so drawn to him? What is he? Much more than a mere mortal, Gabriel has been searching for Lissette and Cassandra for a very long time. They have what no one else can give him. But will they be willing?

We begin with Lissette watching Cassandra dancing in a men’s club, the two of them looking to feed on the men around them. Interestingly, it is noted that Succubi do not feed on women, which is interesting, but Lissette can and does feed on Cassandra if need be, noting that the taste of Cassandra’s blood is very delicious to her.

But the two of them are focused on the men around them and getting what they need from them. After teasing the men around them, the pair then combine to use several of them in order to collect the energy that Cassandra needs before they find themselves attracted to a man who also seems to be attracted to them.

There isn’t a lot more than can be explained about the plot of the story, because save for the sex scenes and the reveal of how they all got where they are and where they are all going, there isn’t much else to discuss.

Lissette is the focus of the story, she is of course a vampire and she has a past. That past is tragic and horrible and explains why she acts as she does. It doesn’t however really explain why and how the relationship with Cassandra works except in touching on that only fleetingly.

Cassandra, the Succubus of the story, is less of a main character and more of a secondary one I think. She has several scenes and is the core of how these three characters meet, but she’s a bimbo in many ways. From what she says to how she acts, it’s like most of her intelligence goes out the window when she can have sex.

I have to admit that bothers me a lot. It does so because I had hoped that there would be more of her than “the bimbo”, but that didn’t happen. Still, from what little we see of her, she’s an interesting character with an interesting past. Just a shame that we didn’t get to see a lot of that.

Gabriel, he is an interesting character. I can’t reveal what he is, because in doing so you reveal a few key plot points and that’s not fair to anyone that wants to read this work. I will say that I didn’t expect him to be what he was, nor did I expect his effect on both Cassandra and Lissette. It was well played I thought overall.

The story was written well, the sex scenes were hot and there was a little bit of character development which was nice to see. It was far too short of course, but then a lot of the works from Noble Romance are short.

But I can’t get over Cassandra. It was… too simplistic how she acted and what she did. There was I thought more attention given to Gabriel and Lissette as the main characters of the story, but there should have been more depth to Cassandra than we were given here.

I’m going to give this story 3 out of five pitchforks.

A little less sex, yes I know that’s a shocking statement, and more character development please?

It’s not the worst Succubus story that I have seen, not by far, but it could be so much more…



Sep 10 2011

The video says it’s about a Succubus, but otherwise?

I found a short film on YouTube that is described as being about, according to the description, a lonely and troubled virgin will go to any lengths to get laid. Including summoning a lady demon from the depths of hell.

Honestly I expected a bit more from it than it is, but…

And if you can’t see it here, link on the link:

It is the creation of someone on YouTube calling themselves , click on their name to see their YouTube page. Now while I did say I was expecting more from it, I do have to congratulate the people involved for what they managed with “little time and equipment.”

Have a look and see what you think of the film, I have to say that there were some moments that I couldn’t help but laugh in it, the moment where the condom appears is rather… odd and at the same time funny I thought…




Sep 09 2011

The Lost Girl makes love to the land

And so the new season of Lost Girl has premiered in Canada at least this week. It’s been a while since Bo, the Succubus of the series, has been seen and I have to admit I was on pins and needles when the episode began. There are so many questions left over from last season and what happened to all of the characters was something to wonder about…

My one problem with the episode I have to say was the amount of deja vu that I felt in watching it.

Episode fourteen, and the season two premiere of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. Fae are eaten, books are digested, literally, sex with the land becomes a reality and the power of raves becomes very clear. Oh, and the question arises if a certain Succubus has a thing for a certain blonde haired Earth Goddess this week…

This is the first 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 learns that making love to the land isn’t just a saying as…

Something Wicked This Fae Comes

The episode opens with a flashback to the events of last season’s finale. Aife tells Bo that she knows that she hates the divide between the Light and Dark Fae as much as she does. Then the scene with Aife’s suicide bomber attacking the Light Fae Elders is shown, obviously maiming or killing them. The Ash is then seen in critical condition as Lauren attempts to save him. Kenzi confronts Trick demanding that he use his powers to help Bo. Lastly, the Norn is seen taking that which is most precious to Dyson, his love for Bo.

And then the new season begins…

Bo (Anna Silk) and Hale (K.C. Collins) begin the episode at night moving through a sewer pipe looking for an Underfae that had once been owned by one of the Light Fae Elders, but has escaped. Their conversation reveals that The Ash is on life support and that Aife’s attack did in fact kill all the other Light Fae Elders. It also explains that Bo is part of the search for the missing Underfae as she is being held at least partly responsible for what her mother did. Hale states that it also has been three weeks since Dyson had last been seen, thus placing this episode three weeks after the events of the season finale. Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) then appears behind them giving them both a scare for a moment. Bo chastises Kenzi for not staying in the car as she was told to which Kenzi explains that in all horror movies that’s where the monster always attacks.

The Underfae then attacks the trio, it’s talons striking Bo and injuring her before she and Hale, using weapons that resemble flamethrowers, stop the creature. We then see Bo placing the Underfae in the trunk of her car for safekeeping. Kenzi comments with the question, “is it weird that I’m craving fried chicken?” Bo however seems to be injured and weak after the claws from the Underfae cut into her throat. Kenzi gets her into the car commenting that Hale should call Dyson and tell him to come home as she is tired of “getting Bo take-out.” That take-out being in this case, a clerk (Izaak Smith), from whom Bo feeds from in a very dirty bathroom in the back of, we assume, gas station somewhere in the middle of the night.

The scene then moves to a caravan of trucks, buses and trailers stuck in the mud on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. A tow truck appears and the driver, who appears to be a Fae of some kind, based on the tattoo that is shown on his hand, approaches the group there asking how he can help them as they had called for assistance. One of them leads him towards one of the trailers, the tow truck driver commenting that the group appear to be some kind of travelling circus. That person opens a curtain covering the side of it, and a large Fae attacks him as the opening credits begin.

We return to see Trick (Richard Howland) being examined by Lauren (Zoie Palmer) at The Dal Riata. She comments that he has healed remarkably quickly to which Trick comments that at least he can now continue writing his novel. Regardless of how well Trick may appear, Lauren is still concerned about him and tells him so. Bo, Hale and Kenzi then appear and confirm that that have captured the Underfae they were tracking. Hale indicates that the Underfae was a Piwichen, which looks very much like a flying snake. Lauren then examines Bo to check her wounds from the creature’s attack. She notes that Bo had not fully healed and in response Bo notes that she didn’t want to kill the person she had been feeding from. Bo then asks Lauren when the last time was she rested. Lauren explains that she can’t rest as she cannot trust anyone else to watch over The Ash in his coma. When Bo points out that she had left him to come to see her, Lauren’s answer is “I heard you needed me. I came.” Her phone then rings and she answers it.

Hale notes that with the Piwichen, they had captured a total of eight Underfae and Trick confirms that, according to his best knowledge, their hunt should be over as all of the creatures are accounted for. Hale then comments that with The Ash deathly ill that the Light Fae have no real leadership and that he expects that more dangerous “baddies” will be testing them soon. Lauren interrupts with the news that a Light Fae was found flayed. Kenzi asks what that means and Bo explains that it means that something ripped off all of the skin on the body. Bo and Hale play rock, paper, scissors to decide who deals with this problem and Bo loses. She asks Lauren to go with her and Kenzi to the scene of the murder as they could use the help to figure out what happened.

The next scene has Bo, Kenzi and Lauren at the side of the road were the Fae had been killed, a wet stain in the road marking where the body had been found. Lauren examines the stain, noting that various fluids and other items are there, calling the evidence “neat.” Kenzi refutes that idea. Bo asks if it is possible that whatever did this had taken the skin to eat and left the body behind to which Lauren suggests that it is possible, depending on which kind of Fae did it. Bo and Kenzi walk around the scene and Bo tries to figure out what happened. She notes that there are a lot of footprints and tracks on the ground which probably means that whatever did the murder wasn’t travelling alone. Kenzi suggests that they contact Hale for a tracker Fae and then goes on a small rant with Bo about Dyson vanishing for so long. However Kenzi tells Bo that she doesn’t believe that Dyson would just leave them and that there has to be a good reason.

We then see Dyson (Kristen Holden-Reid) brought into an office by two police officers. Hale is sitting on the other side of a desk with a bemused look as he comments on what Dyson has done. Apparently Dyson got into a bar fight with several humans and was arrested afterwards. Hale has him released, thanks the officers, and then chews out Dyson for a while before relenting. Hale then brings Dyson up to date on what has happened noting that half of the Elders are dead and The Ash is in a coma. Hale also tells Dyson that the temporary acting Ash is Elder Porter to which Dyson comments that he is a drunk. Hale then explains that the situation is bad, Trick is holding things together behind the scenes and they need him. Bo needs him as well. Dyson asks about her, but seems distant when he does so.

The circus people then appear again, having found a place to camp out at. The scene focuses on the first person we saw earlier who goes to the large Fae that attacked the tow truck driver and moments later, the skin that had been stripped from the tow truck driver is expelled from his mouth and given to a Fae that looks something like a rat in appearance who walks off with it.

Coming back from a break, we find Bo and Kenzi being lead through the forest by a tracker named Bruno (Daveed Louza). After suffering through hay ever and several complaints, he leads them to the circus people. As a reward, Bo and Kenzi give him a large bag of allergy medicines as payment for his work. Before leaving, Bruno also tells them that the circus people are all Fae. Bo and Kenzi enter the camp and encounter the leader of the group Zael (Paulino Nunes), who has been seen from the beginning of the episode directing the group. At first he attempts to play up their cover story of being a travelling circus, but when Bo replies that she is there on the behalf of The Ash, he drops the cover and admits that they are all Fae. Bo asks for an explanation of what happened with the tow truck driver and Zael explains that it was an accident and that one of their “less civilized” members got loose and did the deed and he promises that it will never happen again. Bo thanks him for the information and she and Kenzi leave. Kenzi comments that she doesn’t believe Zael, and Bo agrees, but they were out numbered and had little choice. As they leave, Bo sees an odd young girl looking at her intently but as someone passes between them, the girl vanishes into thin air.

We return to the Dal Riata, to see Elder Porter (Dennis O’Conner) moving through the crowd there, greeting people and drinking heavily as he does so. Trick confronts him about his actions and reminds him that he should be calming the masses of Fae and acting responsibly to which Porter simply brushes him off and continues on his way. Bo then arrives as Trick takes a phone call from Hale and tells Bo that Dyson is home at last.

Dyson is seen at home, standing next to a motorcycle and thinking. We flashback to the scene of the previous episode and watch again as the Norn takes his love for Bo from him, clutching his heart as he does. Bo bursts through the front door and embraces him before punching him in the jaw. She then berates him for vanishing for three weeks without a word and tells him how frantic she has been not knowing and fearing the worst about him. Dyson is almost emotionless as he shrugs her off and then changes the subject of their conversation away from what happened to him and to the body that had been found telling Bo that he was on the way to the Dal Riata to find out more.

At the Dal, Lauren confirms that the killer is Fae from the evidence she has collected and Bo reveals the information she has about the circus people telling Dyson that she will take him there. He however refuses and leaves to find Hale and go there without her. Lauren leaves moments later for her lab and to check on The Ash leaving Bo and Keni with Trick. Bo is frustrated as she feels like Dyson gave her the brush off to which Trick asks her to help him with more information on the circus Fae.

Dyson and Hale arrive at the circus camp to find it empty and abandoned. Dyson realizes that their trail also has been destroyed making it impossible for him to track them. But he does discover the remains of the human skin that had been taken burning in a remains of a fire in the camp. But in spite of being burned, there is something still visible on the skin. They take it to Lauren and she confirms that it is a human skin and that there is what appears to be a tattoo on the inside of the skin that had been applied to it while the person was alive and that tattoo looks like a map. Dyson makes a phone call and when Bo answers just asks for Trick. After explaining about the tattoo and where they found it, the call ends. Trick tells Bo and Kenzi that he “liberated” some of the rarer books from The Ash’s collection and he wants to see if there is some information there. Bo and Kenzi share a drink in the meantime and talk about what is happening at the moment with Dyson.

Trick enters his library, sees that a man-hole is open in the floor and then finds the rat-like Fae eating the pages of several of his books. The Fae attacks him, but Bo enters and punches the Fae away from Trick. The Fae tries to escape, but Bo captures him, except that the Fae now looks like a rat and Bo is holding it by the tail.

After another break, Trick explains that the Fae that was eating his books is called a Tesso (Ho Chow). Lauren explains that it is a rare Japanese Fae that absorbs knowledge by eating it. He also shows a symbol worn by the Fae that Bo recognizes as being worn by the circus people as well. Trick explains that it is the mark of the Sluagh, also known as the wandering damned. Trick explains that they are not damned but in fact are cursed to wander the Earth forever for their actions again the Light and the Dark Fae during the last battle between the two sides as the Sluagh tried to play both sides against each other. Trick also explains that the majority of them became thieves, and as such they have to be present because they want to steal something. Dyson then leaves to check with the local Fae fences to see if anything valuable is present.

We then arrive at Bo and Kenzi’s home as Lauren enters with a stack of files for Bo to look over in search of clues to what is going on. Bo makes her sit down and rest after eating something, eventually falling asleep there. Through this scene we learn that the tow truck driver was named Marvin (Bruce Beaton), and that he was connected to two other Fae in The Ash’s private database. The telling thing being that each of them had a specific tattoo on their hand, otherwise there was no other information that Lauren was able to collect. Bo examines the files as Lauren sleeps across from Bo on the couch. Kenzi arrives at Trick’s to find him examining the Fae rat. She assumes that he is about to dissect it, and tries to stop him, but after some reassurance, gives in and watches Trick remove a small piece of paper from the rat’s mouth and when she asks what it is, Trick’s answer is “trouble.” Back at Bo’s home, Lauren is mumbling in her sleep as Bo continues to examine the files and discovers what the tattoo means as Kenzi comes home in a panic. She explains that Trick has figured out that the Sluagh are trying to locate something called The Sword of Agros. Bo explains that she has an idea of who knows were it is. She explains that the three Fae are called Guardians, and the have sworn an oath to give their own bodies to protect something valuable or important. She also notes that one of them passed away a long time ago and that only Marvin and one other would know what is being protected. Dyson then calls with the news that another body has been found and Bo asks if their name was “Ralph.” Bo arrives at Lauren’s lab with Dyson and the three of them discover that Ralph’s body contains what appears to be a sheath of some kind within it that X-rays of the body reveal in the shape of a sword and that sword is missing.

Bo, Dyson, Hale and Kenzi meet with Trick and he finally explains what the Sluagh are after, that being the Light Fae’s land. He explains that for the Light Fae to claim a district of land, a covenant must be made with the land in a secret mystic ceremony called BOH-see ahn Ta-LAHV (spelt phonetically here) or also known as “marrying the land.” The Ash swears to protect the land and in return the land promises to see that the Fae that live there prosper. To make this bond, the soul of the land takes a human form and then mates with The Ash. Realizing what that means, Hale and Kenzi make comments like “Laying some turf” and “Pounding some ground.” Trick continues on to explain that since The Ash is dying his bond is failing and thus the Sluagh have a chance to place their bond over that of The Ash by using the sword to destroy the physical manifestation of the bond called the Heartstone. The map under Marvin’s skin would be used by the Sluagh to find the heartstone and destroy it. Trick then seeks out Elder Porter as he would be the only person that would know where the heartstone is located. Bo then tries to talk to Dyson, but he refuses. She leaves with Kenzi close behind her. Hale remains and demands an explanation from Dyson. He then reveals what the Norn did to him and that his love for Bo is gone. Hale reminds him that in the Fae stories, some kisses are magic and that Bo’s kisses are that.

Trick returns with Elder Porter and after some persuasion, he eventually draws a map to where the heartstone is located. As that occurs, Dyson attempts to tell Bo that she doesn’t need to come with him to find the heartstone to which she confronts him. She tells him that they are best when they are fighting each other and the world together and she knows that he is just avoiding her. She forces him to put his personal problems aside for the moment so that they can deal with the crisis they are in to which Dyson sheepishly agrees. We next see Bo and Dyson entering a warehouse yard that the map they were given indicated the heartstone would be. They search for it but find nothing and are attacked by a trap set there by the Sluagh. As they leave, the pair come to a realization that the Sluagh would have to know there were going there and that would mean that Elder Porter must be involved with them.

Trick confronts Elder Porter and eventually discovers that Porter was given a promise by the Sluagh and Zael in particular that they would give him great power for his help in making the land theirs. Trick demands that he explain how to stop them, but Porter reveals that Trick is too late. We then see Zael with the sword cleaving the heartstone in two and in the aftermath Gaia (Sarah Jurgens) appears laying on the ground clothed in white. She awakens and Zael greets her with “Hello Lover.” She replies, “You are not the Ash.”

Returning from commercial, Porter is confronted by Trick, Bo, Hale and Dyson and made to answer their questions. He explains that Tesso was looking for an incantation that will be used to transfer the sexual energy from a large group of revellers into Zael so that he can mate with Gaia. The group discusses this and comes to the conclusion, thanks to Kenzi, that there must be some kind of “sexy underground pagan rave” going on that night in order for the Sluagh to get the energy they need. She runs off to find out where that is happening.

Bo, Dyson, Kenzi and Hale arrive at the rave already in progress, the crowd dancing wildly. Bo comments that she can taste the sexual energy in the room and Kenzi is concerned that Bo will be overwhelmed by it. They split up and go their own ways through the crowd, but Kenzi has to shake Bo out of her need to feed that is overcoming her asking if she “needs to cuff your muff.” Bo tells her that she’ll be fine and they move into the rave. As Bo does so, she sees the strange young Fae girl from the circus campsite again but before she can confront her, Dyson appears behind her. They share a long kiss together in the middle of the crowd before breaking it with Dyson’s “Good luck.” Zael is seen then on a stage with Gaia laying below him. Bo arrives and stops the table they are laying on with the words “So, Do you have to be this horny to ride this ride?” Tesso is chanting the incantation at the same time a short distance away as Dyson and Hale approach him and then Dyson twists Tesso’s neck killing him. Meanwhile Bo confronts Zael, telling Gaia to leave. Zael tries to convince Bo that she has more in common with him than with the Light Fae and that she should understand why he is doing this. Her answer to that is to attack him and tell him that “This home is spoken for” before draining him of all of the sexual energy that he has accumulated before tossing him aside and ending the scene with “This one is mine.”

The episode begins to wrap with first with Dyson and Trick sitting together and sharing a drink over their success in stopping the Sluagh. Trick then admits that he thought that the Sluagh were his punishment for helping Bo last episode by using his powers to help in her battle against Aife. Dyson seems shocked by this but does not admit to Trick what he had done to help Bo by going to the Norn. He then leaves and finds Bo sitting at the bar upstairs. He walks to her and Bo talks to him about what he means to her. She tells him that she felt him with her during the battle with her mother and thanks him for that. Dyson then reveals to her that he asked the Norn to give her his strength and that the one thing that he valued most of all was taken from him. Bo assumes that it is his wolf at first, but then is horrified to learn that it was Dyson’s love for her. Bo refuses to believe this as she claims that the kiss at the rave proves that he loves her, but Dyson states that it is their last kiss. He needed to know the truth and now he does, tellling Bo that before turning and walking away from her.

The last scene has Bo sitting at the bar in shock. When she turns to look where Dyson had been, she sees the strange young Fae girl standing there. Bo asks her what she wants, to which the young Fae explains that she is not one of the Sluagh. She is called a Nain Rouge (Hayley Nault) and she is drawn to impending disasters and doom, and she is being drawn to Bo to give her a warning. Bo assumes that the disaster has to do with the Light Fae bond to the land, but she is told it is not. The warning is that “something old and terrible has awoken and it is coming straight for you.” Bo looks away for a moment and when she looks back, the Nain Rouge is gone and she is left alone in the bar to ponder her fate.

Fade to black…

First off, I should say that for the most part I wasn’t disappointed too much with this episode. Some of it was well over the top and other parts were unneeded however. Still, as the opening to a new season it used the established universe well and did get into the meat of the story as quickly as possible in the beginning which is important. There shouldn’t be a massive info dump every single episode anymore, but there will be to an extent I know.

Speaking of info dumps, I have an issue with something that Hale refers to twice in the episode. At the beginning he states that all of the Light Fae Eldars are dead to Bo. Yet when Dyson appears later on, only half of them are dead. So which is it? You can’t have it both ways. Now I expect that this was a continuity error but honestly if it is, that should have been caught before this episode aired. Why wasn’t it?

Getting to the characters, I have a problem with Trick. How is it that he went from being close to death to being well and healed in three weeks as the timeline of this episode suggests? The other question I have is, who found him? Bo? Kenzi? Hale? Not one of them seems to have anything to do with what happened and how Trick was helped. It’s a large plot hole and I’d like at least some idea of what happened sometime.

Bo hasn’t changed at all since the last episode. She has control over her powers, she’s still a smart ass and takes names where she goes which is, mostly, a good thing. But the problem is that by now she should have an idea that being snarky to other Fae doesn’t really get you far with them and there are things she’s going to have to know eventually, so why not change the attitude just slightly. Remember that diplomacy is being able to tell someone to go to hell and have them thank you for it.

Dyson was stiffer than usual this time. Now part of that is of course that he’s not supposed to care about Bo anymore after what the Norn did to him. That’s fine, but there needed to be just a little more emotion in him than the robot he acted like for a lot of the time. The best parts were when he managed a smile and give a little joke. That worked a lot better and showed off the difference more than just talking it all in and doing nothing at all.

Lauren did manage a bit in the relationship with Bo. A longing look, a smile, the moments that expanded who she is. Mind you having her all happy and giggling over getting samples from that dead body on the road was cringe worthy.

Hale was, as always, the standup friend to everyone. But he was more in that he took charge when he had to and showed that there was some steel underneath that happy Siren outside that the world sees…

Kenzi once again was the highlight of the episode for me. Great lines, better than just about everyone by far… And the interplay between her and Hale was priceless once again. She lights up the scene when she appears and that makes the episode much better than it would be otherwise.

Zael, as the villain was interesting if played somewhat wild and scattered for the most part. I wasn’t sure if the manic actions were because of something being wrong with him or that after so many years of suffering that he was on the edge of losing it. Now that did make him at least dangerous and unpredictable, but save for the scene with Bo in the camp, the rest of his appearances were not that memorable. Too many “going through the motions” aspects and little in the way of showing us the why of the character.

Buzz Porter was almost instantly dislikable, but then that is of course the point of the character. Something wasn’t right about him and when the big reveal happens he folds like a house of cards. While that again is the character’s design, I thought that it was disappointing.

The Gaia character was interesting, not in her acting, as much of it as she saw, but in the concept of her. It brings me to ask a question. There are many of them, which I understand. My question is, this one is blonde and wears white and she is, or was, joined to a Light Fae. If a Gaia is joined to a Dark Fae, is she evil? Raven haired? Wears black? I’m curious as that seems to be a likely outcome based on the story we saw…

Finally the Nain Rouge… Last season we had a character that made a prophecy about Bo and that her mother was coming for her. This season we have a prophecy about Bo and that something old and evil is coming for her. Why do I have such a feeling of deja vu over this? If this results in Bo’s father appearing this season I will be so very disappointed in the series as a whole.

If it’s Bo’s mother I will scream I promise you.

Is it all that I could have asked for? No. I can’t say it is because there are so many plots from last season not closed up. This worries me as if the series holds to what it did last year, then they will have lots of new long term plots appearing in it. That is going to cause problems and that worries me.

Is it just me or is there too many plot threads being stitched together already this season?

My rating of Blood Lines

Keeping my interest – 3.5 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 4 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 4 Pitchforks

Storyline – 3.5 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 4 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.8 Pitchforks out of 5

I honestly can’t say that I was that interested in the episode as a whole. Seeing Trick healed bothered me as at the end of last season he looked to be badly injured. It also concerns me that there was that continuity error in this episode as well. Either you killed off all of the Elders or you didn’t. You can’t have it both ways.

There wasn’t really a lot of growth for Bo this time. Yes her control is better, yes she figured out a lot of the mysteries before anyone else did. But the Lauren relationship is stalled, nothing happened there at all, the Dyson relationship is in ice as well. Kenzi didn’t move their relationship either save that she was supporting Bo no matter what was happening. I mean Succubus takeout is important after all…

Overall there seemed to be a better look to the Dal which was nice to see. Trick’s library seemed to have a lot more things in it as well. Even Bo’s place seems to have moved up a notch or two in the quality of the place. But I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing to be honest. She’s supposed to be struggling on her own and yet it doesn’t really look like it.

The storyline needed some work. Not in the subject matter itself, but in getting rid of all of the flashbacks that were added to it. We got the idea of what was going on at the beginning of the episode, we didn’t need the one with Dyson in the middle of it. It would have been better to have more dialogue between Dyson and Bo. Simply because the two of them on the screen make it work. So use that please? Remember you only have so much time every week and losing two minutes to a flashback for no real purpose is silly!

As I said above, the yuck of the skin being thrown up was a poor moment for me. Otherwise I was fairly happy with most of the main and secondary characters in the episode. There was however more development in the secondary characters than the main ones. While that is needed I realize, letting the opportunity for growth pass by is bothersome.

Really good use of several myths and legends in this episode and I am pleased about that. The transformation of Tesso into a rat was a little clunky but it was believable when it happened.  The use of the Gaia mythos was quite unexpected and I found the idea of the Sluagh a good fit with the already established universe. Somehow I expect that we might see them again.

I do have problems with the Nain Rouge however. We had a prophecy last year about Bo’s mother. We really didn’t need another one like it especially after the heartbreak of Dyson revealing to Bo what he did and what they have lost. The episode could have ended there quite well, but it didn’t.

The series has 21 more episodes to finish the season out. Now while I expect that the first 13 have a complete story in it, I hope that the rest of the episodes aren’t scattered in between the existing ones. Keep one story together and then get into the next one.

Clean up the threads please. The show would improve so very much if it did.

Next Week: The hunt for the new Ash is on. Literally. A traditional Stag Hunt is held, whereby the candidate who successfully tracks and kills the Stag becomes the next Ash. Bo barely takes a passing interest in this ceremony until a surprise visitor with a vested interest in the hunt appears to her. 

Well, that sounds interesting but here’s the thing… Showcase was stupid enough to post a character bio on a new Ash! That means that the old one is pretty much going to die it seems doesn’t it?

It drives me mad that you would make a reveal like that well ahead of the events of the series. Mainly because the mystery in the next episode… really isn’t any more is it? You are telling us who the winner of the contest is and as soon as we see them in the episode, we will know who the winner is!

Here’s the bio on the new Ash for those that haven’t seen it:

A Fae named Lachlan who wins the now-vacant position of the Ash; smug, sexy, dangerous, charismatic and a formidable force in his own right. Power-hungry, he is a stickler for rules.

Why oh why share that with us? You’ve removed any tension whatsoever in the next episode, we’ll know exactly who to watch and the rest of the story just goes by the wayside doesn’t it?

Sometimes I wonder if the Showcase public relations department thinks about these things when they release something. Honestly Showcase, promote the show smartly, get the fan base more involved than your “talk about us on Twitter” marketing program and most of all for gosh sakes get Anna and the rest of the cast out into the world more often.

Anyway… That’s my rant for this week… See you next Friday for the next, better episode!