When the fanfic section up here was folded into SYM, it sorta vanished. Not that we had a lot of entries, but still...it's very difficult currently to find any of it. People who wrote it and people who read it and wanted to read it again, couldn't easily find it. The same applies, of course, to good fanfiction, anywhere. Bad fanfiction is ubiquitous. It exists seemingly everywhere. But the good stuff? It's tough to find. So I thought we could daze and possibly run over two birds with one large, 100,000 hp stone by having a thread in which you link to your favorite fanfics for roleplaying games, both in SYM, and elsewhere. Hence this thread. If it takes off, maybe I'll sticky it. Or maybe I'll just give it a nice two-color knit sweater made from genuine llama wool. We'll see. I'll start things off with two recommendations. The first is Destiny's Child. It's a great parody of BG1, though obviously never beta'd--there are plenty of spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors, throughout. But the contents are glorious. The idea is that the true Bhaalspawn and Imoen were killed by the mage attacker at the Inn, while Montaron and the moderately mad Xzar were nearby, leading Jaheira and Khalid to believe Xzar is their old friend's adopted child. Here's one passage: “ IF the ethics lesson for the day is done,” Jaheira said with just a hint of impatience. “May we please get on with this?” There were no objections from the men so Jaheira smiled and said, “Before we attack and kill them we must first check…” “Our underwear,” Xzar finished. “Yes, very wise of you to bring it up Jaheira. I can’t tell you how many stories of adventures end with a detailed account of the dismal and disgusting state and their unmentionables, not to mention ponderous details about the cut and quality of such articles of clothing. I know if we were to die this day you would not wish to be remembered for what you have on underneath that lovely suit of armor. Personally, I blame the paladins for this current obsession with undergarments. It seems all their tales of daring do spend an inordinate amount of time going on and on about how, when the horribly slaughtered party was found, not a single one had on clean underwear. As if facing a hoard of snack happy Illithids predisposes one to have and maintain clean underwear. Still, it is the trendy thing to do and who am I to argue with what the “in” thing is. So let’s have it out about our knickers so we can get on with the senseless violence that awaits us. Now I know Monty is a boxer kind of man, and since it is Tuesday I just know he is wearing the pale blue cotton pair, ones his dear mumsey embroidered with the word “Tuesday” and a cute little cupid." ...and later on: “I’m going out on a limb here.” Xzar snickered and turned to Montaron. “Did you hear that Monty. I used a nature pun. Limb…Tree…Druid...get it?” Montaron scowled. “Oh Monty you have no sense of humor.” Xzar returned his attention to Jaheira and he struck an introspective posture. Jaheira looked like she was ready to explode. “Jaheira I’m going to have to go with what my instincts are telling me and say…thong.” Or there's this, the first encounter with Minsc: The huge warrior stopped unnervingly close to Ajantis and regarded him for a moment with a scowl. “Hold very still, so that my hamster.” At this point the warrior’s fist shot forward showing it held a rather pudgy brown hamster. “Can have better look at you.” With that, the warrior began moving the hamster back and forth in front of Ajantis while making beeping sounds. “Xzar…” Ajantis said quietly. “I’m…I’m…” “Being scanned by a rodent. Yes I see. I hope your health insurance covers this.” “I belong to an HMO…Holy Muttering Organization.” “Isn’t that restrictive?” Xzar asked. “No I can get emergency healing at any good or neutral deity’s temple. Of course purely cosmetic procedures like limb reattachment or liposuction can only be done by pre-approved clerics.” The party also turns on its head encounters with Garrick and Bassileus, the mad clerk. Unfortunately, you have to go up a level in the directory here to find the next chapter, because they're scattered through several pages, mixed in with other stories. But the story is great. Another fine one is In the Cards, by Laufey. It's your standard "redo BG1 with a new protagonist" novel, except for several things: 1) far better writing; 2) good characterizations; and 3) an Edwin love match with the Bhaalspawn heroine--and it's actually believable, too. (Without changing his abrasive personality, either.) The beginning is a bit shaky, with short chapters and solutions to problems drawn from traditional trickster folk tales that are pretty easy to figure out, but things quickly improve. Note that Laufey is also two-thirds through her BG2 sequel, Cards Reshuffled, about 5 years in the making. There's a link to it from the main page, but be warned, the latter half of what has been written is only available again from the day-by-day listings where you'll find Destiny's Child, and a horde of other material. Over to you.