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The Revenant by Mistral    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (12
Summary: FeatureWhen you leave the Nexus a piece of you stays behind. What part? And what happens if it gets out?
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T.
Genre: Horror
Warnings: Violence
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3796    Read Count: 1542
[Report This] Published: 29 Jan 2009 Updated: 29 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed
Date: 06 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh yes. This is incredibly creepy. A good look at what a monster Kirk could have been without ethics... and yet you also feel sorry for the dead man and hope he finds peace somehow.

Exits in the Haze by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: M      Reviews (4
Summary: Past Featured Story

A prominent Cardassian rebel has been imprisoned on Bajor by a vedek of the “True Prophets,” and subjected to an awful degradation. Yet sometimes it is in weakness when one becomes strong...it all comes down to the choices that you make.

(January 2009 TrekBBS Writing Contest Runner-Up. “Exits in the Haze” takes place 18 years prior to “Sacrifice,” almost 19 years before "Captives' Ransom.”)


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Alternate Universes
Characters: Dukat, Skrain (SigCat), Dukat, Ziyal (SigCat)
Genre: None
Warnings: Adult Situations, Non-con, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--Catacombs of Oralius
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4798    Read Count: 2053
[Report This] Published: 29 Jan 2009 Updated: 29 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed
Date: 03 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Exits in the Haze

The idea of Dukat as a resistance fighter in a religious war that the Bajorans are winning is an intriguing inversion. At first I thought he seemed out of character because I read his death first, but here you show how the arrogance and self-certainty we associate with Dukat existed in him until he was captured and tortured by the Bajorans. Are you presuming that Dukat has the Cardassian equivalent of bipolar disorder to explain him going off his rocker at the end of DS9? I noticed in "Sacrifice" that you mentioned lassitude after the manic episodes, which made me think of manic depression, although he seems to be almost manic schizophrenic with the hallucinations... but then there's no reason Cardassian mania should work like it does for humans.

Regardless of the universe he's in and his circumstances, it seems the love of family is always one of the driving forces of Dukat's life. It's quite believable that he would be attached to Ziyal despite the circumstances of her birth.

Author's Response:

I don't know that Dukat's cockiness ever reached the same heights it did in the canon universe, even during his most heady days as a winning resistance fighter--but he could definitely be hotheaded sometimes.

You may be interested to know that bipolar disorder in humans can sometimes lead to delusions as well, during the most extreme manic episodes.  Whether Cardassians with bipolar disorder are more prone to that particular effect...I'm not sure.  But yeah, I figured something as extreme as what happened at the end of DS9 would suggest some sort of underlying disorder--even though I still think choice plays the biggest role in the difference between these two Dukats.  See, the odd thing is this...AU Dukat has had to face his disorder to a much greater extent than the canon one ever did!  He hasn't had the benefit of access to sophisticated medical treatments available to the canon Dukat; to maintain an even keel, he's reliant on medications that the Resistance can't always steal enough of.

And in this story, Vedek Tora did something that flushed out whatever medication may have still been in his system when he was first captured, and even enhanced the mania.  (Whatever else she did, I will not speculate on beyond what you see in the story, even in private, out of respect for AU Dukat.)  After that, he went into an extremely severe depressive phase.  That's how you're seeing him now--though I suspect he's in a bit of an in-between phase where he can function fairly well.  I think he knows himself well enough to realize he'd better take advantage of it, that he can't wait until he ends up on a wild high.

Love for Ziyal...yes.  That's the force, coupled with AU Dukat's faith, that has literally kept him alive.  Sadly, I think that had Ziyal died in infancy, or even just not been conceived...he would've kept trying to kill himself until he succeeded.  She gave him something to live for.

(BTW, if you want to see some of the music that inspires me to write this character, check out the soundtrack thread on the Ad Astra forum.)

The Thirteenth Order by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (66
Summary:

2375: The height of the Dominion War. The Dominion has promised to shower glories upon Cardassia the likes of which it has never known--but the reality is another thing entirely. Four Cardassian guls have had enough of the Dominion's false promises, and are ready to put their complaints into action.

And on the desolate rock of AR-558, a Starfleet soldier fights for his life and is taken captive by Cardassians. But something strange is happening behind enemy lines that he never would have believed...


Chapters: 20    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Sigils and Unions
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions
Completed: No    Word count: 87315    Read Count: 54063
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 31 Aug 2011
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed Liked
Date: 02 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

I really enjoyed this story. One thing I really like about fanfic -- possibly because I do it myself -- is when authors take a niche, be it a less-explored character, a less-explored alien race, an unexamined time period, etc -- and make it their own, delving very deeply into it and truly understanding it, without at the same time demonizing everyone *else* in the canon. You've done that with the Cardassians. Your creation of their language rings right to me as an amateur linguist who's invented languages for fan projects myself; your extrapolation of their culture from the pieces that we saw in DS9 and TNG was very well done; and I enjoyed *all* the characters in this story. I was glad to see that the main human character doesn't instinctively like or trust the Cardassians and has to overcome his fears, and the fact that you remind us that he has good reason for those fears, however honorable the Cardassians he's dealing with now are. I was also glad to see that the Bajorans have an even harder time forgiving and forgetting. And I have loved the Cardassian gender politics of engineering since it was first introduced on DS9, so I'm glad you followed up with it here and made most of the engineers and techs women.

Author's Response:

Thanks for reading!  I do hope you'll stay tuned for future chapters...this is probably going to end up being one of my longest works ever.  But then I have a lot of ground and a lot of characters to cover! ;-)

Glad the language is working out for you, too.  If you see anything, though, that ever seems not to be working, please do let me know.  I would very much appreciate your feedback!

I figured no matter how amiable a demeanor Macet was projecting, it was going to be very tough to get someone in Spirodopoulos' position to trust.  I mean, things sure didn't LOOK good--and even the whole rebellion thing was a VERY tough pill to swallow.  I think it may even have been AFTER he joined the rebellion, when he talked with Berat, when some trust started to form.

The Bajorans definitely have their reasons to be uneasy with this arrangement--though the younger Webene, who's had a comparatively larger percentage of his life in freedom is having an easier time with it than Ensign Folani.  But keep an eye on some of the others, as well.  There are some others who have reasons to be distrustful.  Chief Librescu, for starters--he's a Cardassian War veteran.  And the borderworlders, as well--being near the DMZ area can sure lead to some hard feelings...

The gender politics are fun. ;-)  I'll give you a bit of a spoiler as to HOW they got that way: in Cardassian society, when the men went off to war, the women were expected to keep house.  BUT...in the Cardassian definition, that included not just looking after the children, but making all other responsible decisions, be they financial or maintenance.  So the women ended up learning how to do all of the repairs for the house, the car, and so on, and girls were raised seeing their mothers doing these things.  So girls ended up getting an edge in experience over their brothers--hence the female superiority in engineering/sciences.

Of course, some men are good engineers too.  Topak is--and Berat...HE really has an amazing mind for it.  Now, advancement for women into the command track is a lot harder than it is for men in the engineering track, though.  Gul Rebek came up through the engineering track.  That's part of why I depict her as tinkering with the hunter array when she's off duty--believe it or not, in Cardassian society, that's a "girly" habit.  (And so is the fact that she STILL--even as a gul--does her own small repairs in her quarters.)  From a gul who doesn't mind being thought of as very feminine, this is to be expected. ;-)

Still, O Comrade by infiniteviking    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: Sometimes all one needs is a friend. Other times... only a brother will suffice. Oneshot, dark themes, AU kidfic; first published online in Ampersand II.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series, Alternate Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Drama, Family, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3789    Read Count: 1468
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed
Date: 06 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Still, O Comrade

Very odd, but intriguing. Is this implying that McCoy is related to Jim somehow? I gotta confess, after the kid changed his name half a billion times, I totally didn't see the ending and the reveal of who he really is coming.

Author's Response: I've wondered about that too, but it never completely fit with canon in my head either. ;) So there's no implication -- just itself and a mystery.

Absolute Horizon by Anna Amuse    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (51
Summary: Past Featured StoryThe first five-year mission ended with the most successful Starfleet Bridge crew scattered to the winds. Was it fate? Was it a choice? Or was there a layer to this occurrence which an outside observer could not perceive?
Chapters: 29    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS, Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Spock
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Violence
Series: Absolute Horizon
Completed: Yes    Word count: 121024    Read Count: 70982
[Report This] Published: 03 Feb 2009 Updated: 27 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed Liked
Date: 14 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

Wow. I grew up reading the TOS novels, and fixated on the notion of Kirk and Spock as the ultimate friendship, people closer than lovers or brothers. I've read stories where they came apart, but *never* the concept that the very intensity of their friendship is what made it destructive to the both of them, and for the sake of their ethical beliefs they had to back off. Incredible insight.

My first reaction to Sudak, probably predictably, was to hate his guts, but he does tie in with Enterprise and the entire tragedy of being Vulcan -- that they *can't* be emotional, that there's no middle ground and they don't dare. He's doing the right thing as he understands it, too. And Chekov's growth into someone who could credibly become Security Chief was very well done; I rarely see Chekov used for much other than comedy relief and smutfics, and seeing him taken seriously was really cool.

Very, very impressive.

Author's Response: ::bows:: I am honored, Alara. I am even more amazed with your review, insightful as it is, because everything you mentioned is what makes this fic special to me. I am *thrilled* that you picked up my thoughts so precisely. Gives me hope that I'm not completely hopeless. ;-) Thank you.

Decimal by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (14
Summary: Written for InfiniteViking as a cheer-up fic; tax season is still going strong in the 23rd century.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., Spock
Genre: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 690    Read Count: 1394
[Report This] Published: 11 Feb 2009 Updated: 11 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed Liked
Date: 11 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

While I don't actually think a semi-communist economic system like the Federation's would actually still have income taxes, I thought this was hilarious. The difference in the times of filing between Kirk and Spock is totally a mirror of their characters, and I really can see Kirk making a decimal point error of that magnitude and not figuring it out. The man's a humanities expert, but math? Not his strong suit. :-) Very enjoyable.

Author's Response: LOL! I know that they have credits, at least so far as I've been able to tell in the TOS era (before replicators), but no clue about the income taxes really. I only know that my friend Viking was having a really miserable time of math, and since she's a big fan of Spock and a slightly less big fan of Kirk, this would make her laugh. Thanks much for the comment, Alara!

Qristmas by Mistral    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (4
Summary: Sometimes I think-Q likes Picard. Other times I think-Q hates Picard. Y'all decide.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation
Characters: Picard, Jean-Luc, Q
Genre: Holidays
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1490    Read Count: 1647
[Report This] Published: 11 Feb 2009 Updated: 11 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed
Date: 11 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, this was sweet!

Geometries of Chance by Gibraltar    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (108
Summary: Past Featured Story

GoC CoverPart Two of the Star Trek: Gibraltar series.

Dispatched to investigate the disappearance of a Starfleet vessel, the crew of Gibraltar find themselves embroiled in a mystery whose significance catches the attention of the upper echelons of Federation leadership. As forces beyond their comprehension converge on the enigmatic Pierosh star system, Captain Sandhurst and his crew must seek to unravel a tangled web of lies, plots, and divided loyalties that could ultimately spell doom for the entire quadrant.

 


Chapters: 23    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Gibraltar
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Mystery
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 62723    Read Count: 69816
[Report This] Published: 21 Feb 2009 Updated: 03 Mar 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed
Date: 10 Mar 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'm glad you mentioned in your review of "The Partisan" that there was some element of the Q war in this story, because I'm addicted to this stuff, so I came over to read it and found a BAD-ASS EL-AURIAN!!! Oh, man. I love me some badass El-Aurians. I'm a fan of Guinan, and given how weirdly powerful she is on occasion, I've always wanted to see more El-Aurians turn up, and more creative adaptations of a "listening" ability. Pava Lar'ragos was awesome. He is totally screwed in the head and I love him for it.

"The Baron" was a funny shout-out to Doctor Who. Hey, just admit it, he's from another dimension anyway. :-)

And the juxtaposition of this horrible devouring creature that everyone is terrified of with the bloody body of a soldier's brother cradled in his arms was really moving. I suspected, as soon as it was revealed that the creature was basically a zombie Q, that the Continuum would come to take him back, but the way you had them do it was very touching -- no lightshow, roar of voices, disembodied voices from nowhere, etc, just a man who was forced to kill his brother and grieves his loss.

Author's Response:

Thank you for reading and commenting on the story.

Yes, the Baron was my attempt to subtly insert a evil Gallifreyan Timelord into the Trek universe. A rogue from another dimension whose run afoul of Starfleet.

I'm glad you like the homage to The Q and the Grey. I'd thought the idea of having an evil archetype use a 'Zombie Q' as a terror weapon might make a good plot device.

And thanks for the thumbs up on Pava. He's one of my favorites to write, as he's so at odds with himself at nearly every turn. All his goodwill notwithstanding, he's a trained killer who hates himself for being what circumstances (and his own choices) have made him.

The Long Road by Gibraltar    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (32
Summary: Past Featured Story

The life and times of the El Aurian Pava Lar'ragos.


Chapters: 11    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Lar'ragos, Pava
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 21246    Read Count: 25812
[Report This] Published: 27 Feb 2009 Updated: 22 Jul 2010
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed Liked
Date: 14 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: The First Day

I love these kind of complex, tormented characters who've done evil, but *aren't* evil -- people who want to do the right thing, but sometimes there's no right thing to do, and sometimes they're seduced by circumstances into doing the wrong thing.

I already mentioned in my review of "Geometries" that I really liked Lar'ragos. Reading more of his story just cemented that. I'm hoping to find him in the rest of your Gibraltar stuff as well... it'll just take some time to get to. :-)

Author's Response:

Thanks!  Pava's a great deal of fun to write.  He's complex and volatile and occasionally it's even difficult for me to get a handle on what he's thinking.  ;-)

Souvenirs by eponymous_rose    Rated: K      Reviews (6
Summary: Early in the five-year mission, Sulu discovers that Chekov's been indulging in a thoroughly bizarre hobby.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Chekov, Pavel, Sulu, Hikaru
Genre: Friendship, General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1990    Read Count: 1477
[Report This] Published: 02 Mar 2009 Updated: 02 Mar 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed
Date: 14 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was sweet. And quite funny. I can just imagine the shelves of kitschy knick-knacks from all over the galaxy in Chekov's quarters...

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I shudder to imagine the extent of Chekov's collection. ;)

Balancing the Void by Teddog    Rated: T      Reviews (4
Summary: A temporally lost character finds himself trapped in a Mirror version of the Eugenics Wars. Such as it is, not all is quite what it seems. (Please read the story notes!)
Chapters: 4    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe, Alternate Universes, Crossovers
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 29121    Read Count: 6452
[Report This] Published: 03 Apr 2009 Updated: 03 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed
Date: 07 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Outside Forces

This is a pretty nifty story so far. Since I wasn't on the Trek BBS, I'm not familiar with the backstory of the main character, but his background seems intriguing and I'm hoping to learn more. The vision of a world under the rule of the supermen is appropriately dark -- am I to assume that one of the divergence points between the MU and our universe is that the supermen won the Eugenics War in the MU? Shayna is screwed in the head in all the ways you'd expect someone who's been a rebel her whole life to be; she kind of reminds me of Kira Nerys, in fact. Looking forward to seeing where you're going with this.

Author's Response: The main character's backstory isn't on the Trek BBS; I might have to post a Coles Notes version to explain some of the more confusing asides where an explaination won't fit here.

In the MU the supermen have won to an extent. For example, Canada is considered to be completely under supermen rule while the US is human controlled, attacked regularly and suffering from some internal political problems that have caused the country to become unstable. It's a lot messier than I'd expect the canon universe to be.

Thanks for the review!

Summary: Past Featured Story

For one Human family in the sealed-off, overcrowded Sector 001, things are more bearable than you might think.

(A response to the Borrowed Toys Challenge, set 90% in Alara Rogers' Judgement Day AU)

Winner: Borrowed Toys Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Alternate Universes, Crossovers
Characters: None
Genre: Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Family
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 796    Read Count: 1452
[Report This] Published: 15 Feb 2010 Updated: 15 Feb 2010
Reviewer: Alara Rogers Signed
Date: 25 Mar 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Sorry it took me so long! I kind of fell off the face of fandom-earth for the month of February and most of March, but I'm kind of back now.

I wasn't sure if we were supposed to know who the two speakers were, because I don't think I've read all of your Ancient Destroyer cycle, but I got a clear sense of who they were and why they prefer the "greener grass" of a different form of hell. It's true, the Judgement Day universe is totally up front about how horrible it is, and there's a solidarity in that, a certain grim pleasure to be had in the knowledge that everyone else is suffering like you and everyone else feels the same way you do about it. The enemy is obvious, even if completely untouchable. "Ancient Destroyer" deals with a much subtler horror, and I'm not sure which *I* would prefer to live in, either.

Author's Response:

They weren't anybody special, and that was the point. Just plain folks looking for something 'better' than what they knew.

I'm really glad to have your review, and glad that it poses the same kind of dillemma in your mind--thanks!

BTW, the idea for this started off from an episode of 'Good Times' Florida and the kids were moving South to be with James (who died that same episode) and Florida lamented that they would encounter another family like them moving North, shouting at each other 'Go Back! Go Back!'

Thanks for making such a great hell to write in! :D