Apr 14 2014

Energy by TeraS

Things are improving … slowly, but improving, thankfully. Still, I haven’t a lot of time or energy to actually get back into writing something that is up to my standards … After all, the space between my horns is a very strange place sometimes when it comes to what I think about myself …

Yet there is that question about energy … Time is another discussion, altogether …

 

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Energy
By TeraS

 

One of the things that some cannot quite understand is why those of the Realm do not act in the way that others that are similar to their kind do. Of course, there are those that call themselves a Succubus or Incubus, and they do … things … things that mark them as being evil, or deadly, or worse. But no succubi of the Realm is like that.

The reason for this difference—and it is an important one—is something that Tera is often called on to explain to those that are entering her Realm for the first time. The discussion, generally, goes something like this:

“But you’re a Succubus, so you take souls.”

“Why?”

“Why what?”

“Why do we have to take souls? What purpose is there in doing so?”

“It’s what you are.”

At this point, Tera tends to look down towards her feet and comment: “Well, I don’t seem to have any hooves.” She would raise her right hand next and regard it a moment before continuing: “I don’t seem to have red skin either.” Flicking that same hand through her hair, she would add: “I’m not stereotypical, not by any means.”

“But you are a succubus.”

Her tail would move behind her slowly, then: “No. I am one of the Succubi. There is a difference.”

“I don’t see it. You have horns and a tail, so you are a succubus.”

A tap of a finger against her lips is usually followed by: “I also have a heart, a love, a family. I have sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. I have family whom I love and who love me in return. I am more than my horns and tail. But I am at peace with myself, with who I am, what I am, and most of all, the choices I make.”

“Choices?”

Her head tilts to the right—her smile is, of course, bemused as she continues: “I choose to be better. I choose not to give in to my darker self. I choose not just to be better, but to make others better themselves.”

“But you are a succubus, nonetheless.”

She shakes her head slightly: “There your view of me is flawed by what you believe to be the truth without experiencing it for yourself. You expect the worst, but do not take the chance to see whether you are wrong. You assume that everyone and everything with horns and a tail must be untrustworthy.”

Next follows a long uncomfortable silence as the other thinks about this a moment.

But Tera continues: “If I were a succubus, then I would not allow you free will, for doing so means that you can change your mind. If I were evil, I could simply take whatever I wanted and leave you with nothing, or less than nothing. If I were the creature you expect me to be, then would I not have taken you, taken from you, and left you?”

At this point, the other must choose which path they wish to tread: to turn away or turn towards. The choice is theirs; it always is. She waits for her guest to choose.

Some cannot accept there are other possibilities. These depart, she nodding in understanding for their choice. Sometimes beliefs are set in stone, cemented into being, and can never be changed no matter the words, actions, or proof that is provided.

That is one choice: one’s free will.

Some decide that to risk … isn’t. These take her hand and ask her to show them more of her world—the joys, the wonder, the lives led, the moments encountered. She offers to teach the ways of the Realm: perhaps not perfect, but, like all intelligent beings, they are learning, as well.

When the time is right, when the moment comes, when the question of “How?” comes, then Tera takes each guest by the hand and leads this new resident out of the city of the Realm and into the world that surrounds it. The walk is long, stopping along the way to rest … sometimes … sometimes for other pursuits. But that is, of course, between Tera and the other.

Eventually, a clearing appears, and in the middle of that space is an ancient tree. It always seems familiar, as if one has seen it many times in the past but never quite taken notice of it. No matter the world, the dimension, the time, or the place, the reaction is the same: “I know that tree.”

Tera then walks to the tree and lays her hand upon the trunk as she explains: “Life is all around us. It is in the air we breathe, the worlds we travel. It exists in many ways, shapes and forms. We cannot destroy the energy of life, only change it, alter it, move it from there to here and so on. It does not end, but is taken from one to another and then beyond.”

Her fingertips caress the trunk lightly as she pauses and whispers something that cannot quite be heard, but seems to be meant for the tree itself. Her hand draws away and, as it does, the leaves in the tree rustle as if touched by a wind, but there is none. The scene seems odd and yet comforting at the same moment, as if there is some kind of message being passed between them.

The newcomers are, always, confused by this; they never actually say so, but their expressions do, and so Tera explains: “We give of ourselves to make others better. We offer, and others choose whether to accept or not. The gift is returned in the passions, knowledge, moments, and more that is part of who we are, who they are, and all that is around us.” She then offers her hand to the other, who is drawn into her embrace, her tail twinning around the supplicant as she continues: “That which gives is the imagination, and, in that, our being is for eternity.”

And, under the shade of that timeless tree, life, shared, continues unabated …

Apr 13 2014

A Review of 13th Floor: The Sincubus by Stephanie Burke

13th Floor: The Sincubus by Stephanie Burke

13th Floor: The Sincubus by Stephanie Burke

There are some concepts that have to do with the idea of Succubi and Incubi that are very interesting. The question of their offspring, if they could have them, is one of them.

What if there was such a thing, a being that was both Succubus and Incubus? What would they be like? How would they act? What would they have the power of? Beyond those questions a larger one remains… What is their personality? Who and what are they to themselves? Sometimes that question is one that can be reflected upon others as well…

The work tells about:

Ash is old, even for a vampire. She’s seen too much. She no longer feels. She thought she wanted to die… until she meets… him. Her. It.

Nightshade. A forbidden child, a creature that never should have existed… and it wants to feed. Ash is perfect for the task — sex and a meal all in one nearly perfect package.

But when worlds collide, anything can happen… on the 13th floor.

Ash opens a door and finds herself in a jungle world with but a single being inhabiting it. The creature calls itself a Sincubus, half Succubus, half Incubus possessing the sexual characteristics of both male and female with the more demonic appearance that Succubi and incubi are told to have. The being confronts her, challenges her, and in the end makes Ash realize something very important to her.

The concept of the Sincubus is an interesting one. Partly of two worlds, not really of one, and refused by all to really exist. Like the being’s parents. able to see what others desire and make that real in many different ways. But also with that comes a violent, animal-like personality and action that moves from passion to threatening at the drop of a pin. Not fully whole wether in physical form or emotional, peace does not seem to be possible.

I found it difficult to follow the words and thoughts of the Sincubus as they seemed to be more animal than “human” for the most part. When the moments with Ash went to its dislike, the threats came out and violence happened. I found that a bit hard to accept. I also didn’t quite like the underlying threat to Ash which was either to have sex with the being or be devoured by it. A ploy perhaps, but in the end I just found going back to that threat over and over again… unsatisfying.

The erotic parts of the work were interesting in their own unique way. The melding of sexuality within the being, the needs it has and what it brings out in Ash was quite different from most stories that involve Succubi or Incubi. But again the violence of many of the moments didn’t do much for me.

I feel, for some reason, that the act the Sincubus put up was more for Ash’s benefit and might not have been what it truly was like. There were some interesting questions that I wanted to have some sort of answer for, but they did not appear for the need to get to the next entwinement of bodies and what followed from that point forwards.

At the end, I found the concept more interesting than the story itself. That was disappointing because I was expecting more. I’ll also add that the image used on the cover of this work really doesn’t do justice to what the Sincubus looks like. I don’t think there is an image that could really. But the one thing that I think, to me at least, would have made this better for me would have been less “animal” and more “animal passions.” Being a creature, whatever that creature is, does not mean you must be an animal first.

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

The story felt a bit scattered, slightly too violent, and had tones that were difficult to follow sometimes. The Sincubus is an interesting concept, fascinating really… I’m just not sure the execution of what it is comes out right. At least for me.

 

Tera

Apr 12 2014

A lovely Morrigan Aensland Cosplayer Video

A really nice Morrigan Aensland cosplay video I found on YouTube to share this time on the Tale… Really one of the best produced that I have seen in some time…

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFgj09wSeFI

And one screenshot from the video, which I think is rather cute too…

Morrigan Cosplayer LoliSakura

This Cosplayer’s name is LoliSakura, and you can find her Facebook page here which has many lovely images of her portraying other characters like Morrigan. Now, I can’t say that I cared for the skull she was holding, but I really love her costume and her attitude as she plays Morrigan in the video.

And the bat leaving her hand was really a cute touch that I didn’t expect which just added to how right she seems to be as Morrigan here. I do wonder, a little bit, if she wouldn’t have been more Morriganish if she was sitting on a throne or something similar…

It is a thought at least…

 

Tera

Apr 11 2014

A Review of Forever Kiss by Christy Lynn

Forever Kiss by Christy Lynn

Forever Kiss by Christy Lynn

An Incubus slash vampire story this time to review, it is a free work that you can find on Smashwords if you’d like to read it. I do have some problems with merging the concepts of Incubi and vampires together, I always have, but sometimes if the story is really well done I can get past that issue.

It’s nice that sometimes that does manage to happen like in this case.

  • Title: Forever Kiss
  • Author: Christy Lynn
  • Publishing Date: February 5, 2013
  • Length: 12 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781301266425
  • This work at Smashwords

The story is about:

Lucian was a true hedonist. He demanded pleasure at any cost. He feeds off others unknowingly while he sucks their energy and Chi. His lust for pleasure always unquenchable became ever more intense in his mortal death. He was a skilled and giving lover and now in death treated his female conquests the same. He made them believe in him and the promise of love that secretly eluded him. When they were his and gave themselves freely, he fed. He carelessly had tossed them all aside when he was satiated, until he met Deirdre.

Lucian is an Incubus in a way but also a vampire as well. The story tells of his feeding on emotion, on sexual energy and sex itself, but also that he has, and does, take blood from those he feeds on. However, in this work the blood isn’t what matters to him, it;s who Deirdre is, what she represents, and what she does to him.

There is a hint of some mind control being used, or rather some emotional control and direction so that Deirdre can overcome her own fears and perceived short comings. It’s very sensually written and if one ignores the appearance of Lucian’s fangs at one point in the story, he is a very well portrayed Incubus. It’s a little off-putting that he thinks about his past and what he wishes he could feel and do as he is now, which reflects that he is a vampire as well of course.

That’s the point were I have problems with mixing Incubi, or Succubi for that matter and vampires. They are two different kinds of being in my mind and the two together have never worked for me well. Save for this story and that’s mainly because the vampire is held at bay for the most part and the sexuality of the Incubus drives the story as a whole.

I thought it was well done when Lucian was confused by Deirdre’s actions towards him and how, being from a different time, his own tastes and manners sometimes do not match well with the modern world that they both exist in.

As characters, both are well fleshed out with their own personality, views, needs and desires. They have a history which has shaped them and the way they are drawn together, one overcoming their own insecurities. the other discovering their need for the other, flows wonderfully.

Lucian is described as being more vampiric than incubus. No horns or tail, but his raw sexuality and desire is done to perfection. Deirdre is not what one would expect in a work like this, but Lucian’s desires and preferences link to her own image. The transformation of her self image towards something more makes this work wonderful.

But it is short. The tale comes to a close at a point were I want to see what comes next for the two of them and it’s not seen. A larger more involved story would be wonderful should it ever become real.

Three and a half pitchforks out of five.

Well written just really wish there was more to the story than the little that is given here.

 

Tera

Apr 10 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 326

Time this week for cuteness… Honestly and truly this is one of the cutest images of the Succubi that I have seen… She’s just too adorable for words and I think she will be one of my top ten Succubi pieces of art for the year…

GO - Random Succubus by Baitou

GO – Random Succubus by Baitou

This wonderful piece of art is titled GO – Random Succubus by Baitou and you can find her here on the page I originally found her on and this artist’s DeviantArt page is here too…

I would love to say that she represents me, but obviously she doesn’t. However, I can see quite a lot of my Succubi self in her… She just has that certain style that the Succubi me has and that just makes me adore this art even more…

She isn’t over the top, she isn’t blatantly sexual, and most of all, she doesn’t “look” like the stereotypical Succubus. All of that, truly, makes this piece of art something that brings me a lot of happiness when I look at her…

And that’s the most important thing…

 

Tera

Apr 09 2014

A mask and horns do not a Succubi costume make

Masked Ball Devil CostumeI think that just having a costume with horns isn’t enough. I expect that there is something more that makes it if not special, then at least interesting. However, adding a mask to the costume does not help much by itself either. Mind you, having really silly horns doesn’t help either too…

This is called the Masked Ball Devil Costume and it comes with the black and red bustier top dress with a fitted bodice, the mask and the rather oddly sized horns as well.

It does not include the choker, stockings or footwear the model is wearing, it does not have a tail, and it sells for $80 US…

Honestly there isn’t much I like about this costume. The horns just look wrong and the costume itself really has nothing to it that even hints at it being devilish or Succubish whatsoever.

When I look at this costume i think burlesque more than anything else because of the look this costume has. I wonder if it is another example of a costume that hasn’t been selling and has been repurposed in order to clear out stock. I can see that because the horns just do not look right here at all.

Still, it does make me ponder the idea of a Wild West era Succubus in a saloon somewhere having her fun.

So while I won’t ever buy this, it might have given me an idea for a story sometime…

One pitchfork out of five.

I just can’t find a way to like it honestly…

 

Tera

Apr 08 2014

A Review of The Succubus’ Sub – Session Seven: Changes by John Dylena

The Succubus' Sub - Session Seven: Changes by John Dylena

The Succubus’ Sub – Session Seven: Changes by John Dylena

Today I am continuing my review of the series The Succubus’ Sub, by John Dylena. You can find the review of the first book in the series here. The second book was reviewed here and the third can be found here. The fourth work’s review can be found here with the fifth book’s review here on the Tale and the sixth was reviewed here. This review will be of the seventh book, the second in the second half of the series.

Sometimes a Mistress needs to show her submissive that there is more to life than what they have seen so far. The question that comes from that is… What do they do with that knowledge and where does it lead them next?

It tells the story of:

The morning after another night bound in latex, Brett wakes up and finds himself back in his apartment, his body still female and as tempting as ever. Soon after he wakes up, he receives a phone call from his mistress with instructions to wear the outfit set aside for him.

But things aren’t as they seem when he arrives to work in the slutty costume and it’s only when he comes back to his apartment that everything makes sense.

His place is empty, his furniture gone. Myserra is moving him out and into the new condo that they’ll be sharing together.

And every luxury home needs a maid.

The story makes a turn right from the beginning that I didn’t expect to see. There really wasn’t a hint, for me at least, of what it was or where it was eventually to lead to. It was well done and fit into the past of the story and where it seemed to be moving towards well. The twist, when it arrives, is surprising, but the aftereffects of it do carry on and that I think is a good thing as, in truth, all characters need to grow and Brett/Brooke I think needs to do the most growing.

When the truths do appear, and Myserra leads Brett onwards in his experiences, it makes a good deal of sense of why things are as they are and where things are meant to move onwards to. There is also a moment between Brett and Myserra where Brett admits a very important truth to himself and his Mistress that I think needs to be explored further and there is a reason for that.

I’m still a little unsure about Myserra’s attitude towards Brett/Brooke. She hints at her feelings, but brushes them off many times which, at least for me, seems to be not quite right. Devotion should be rewarded and somehow I don’t think it has been so far. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and for Brett that’s very true. It is also true that with discipline there needs to be a reward or it does not hold or mean anything. I hope that Myserra sees that before Brett finds himself/herself in a situation that could change their relationship.

Which brings me to Heather. Heather is, well, not the smartest of Succubi it seems and whether her attitude towards Brett is a measure of her desires to have him or to control him or, perhaps, to take him is something that I can’t quite follow at times. She should have figured out by now that disobeying Myserra is a bad idea and yet she’s still attracted to Brett and Brooke even more. It feels like she sees Brett as a pet and not a sub and I think she’s missing the point in that. It would be interesting for her to use some honey instead of vinegar in her dealings with Brett/Brooke. After the events in this part of the story I wonder if she will figure that out or need to learn a real lesson… Or if she tries to take Brett away or something else… It’s the something else that I wonder about most of all.

As for Brett himself, his view of the world is shifting to be more… Brooke-like shall we say and I rather like the transformation as it progresses. Brooke the maid has some interesting moments, but for me at least I thought the opening few paragraphs… and the outfit that Brooke wears to work, were really very interesting. I would like to see more of Brooke as “Brooke”, perhaps with her internal definition of herself being… herself. Brooke, for me, is interesting and where that story leads to I think can be a lot more than has been seen so far. We’ve seen the fantasy… I wonder about the impending reality for her.

The story is well done, the scenes and settings are vivid and the erotica has a lovely touch of heat to it in the right places. A couple of very minor editing errors towards the end of the story were noticeable, but overall that did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. As a bridge from the past to the future I think this works well. It sets up many questions and paths for the story to take and I look forward to seeing where it goes next.

I’ll give this work four pitchforks out of five.

An interesting interlude from what was to what might be… And I really must try to find that outfit that Brooke… “wore” to the “office” sometime… I rather liked that a lot. Something is coming and it is heading directly towards Brett. It will be, I am sure, interesting when it arrives.

 

Tera

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