Yes don’t worry I’m still working on it but there have been somethings going on in my personal life that have prevented me from updating. I should have a new chapter posted soon though.
Yes there are two Ludwig’s one is the father of the four brothers and the other one is his son. The only one we really see and get to know later in the story is the son who does have a nickname which we find out in the next chapter. The father is rather minor in this story and we see much more of his wife Monika than we do him. I hope that helps the anons who asked and anyone else that might have been confused.
Hello everyone just wanted to let you know that the ask me anything refers to the fact that you can ask me anything about the story that you might have a question about. You can even message/ask the characters if you want. Well have a good day and enjoy the story everyone! ^_^
Jacks outfit: It’s the same as in the movie except I changed his sweater into a long sleeved shirt and his pants aren’t torn on the bottom like in the movie. His cloak is also a dark blue that matches the shirt with the embroidery trimming the cloak all along the edges.
The Dancing: I can’t really say much about this because you find out why he does it later (as you do with most things in this story but this part comes MUCH later in the story) but you already know from the prologue that Jack’s actually from Avalon and in Avalon a beings powers come in at 15 (some humans live in Avalon and are born there but unless they truly originate from a being of Avalon they don’t get any powers). The dancing is a little bit due to his powers and what type of being he is. He also loses all awareness of what’s going on around him while he dances.
Raqs baladi: It’s Arabic and literally means ‘local/folk dancing’. It’s actual what we western cultures call belly dancing or at least one form of it. This one is danced by both men and women of all ages while the other form, Raqs sharqi, is the style most of us are used to seeing and is mostly danced by women but also danced by men sometimes. The style also varies by region/country; one example of this is Egyptian belly dance and Turkish belly dance with Egyptian belly dance being known for its restraint and elegance, whereas Turkish belly dance is playful and uninhibited but that is most likely due to the fact that Egyptian law puts restrictions on it’s dancers. The type used here is Turkish belly dancing (most of the belly dancing information comes from either Wikipedia or a friend of mine who teaches it so if anything is incorrect please tell me).
Jacks memories: Jack has some very vague memories from before he was taken which consist of the color green and various different shades of blue but he also vaguely remembers two very specific bits of music, the music he dances to and the song that always calms him down. The song is actually a lullaby his mother would sing him to sleep with so he also somewhat remembers his mothers’ voice.
Who was knocking at the door?: I’m sure everyone is curious about that but if you haven’t guessed it yet it was Pitch who was knocking at the door. He’s the only one who knows about Jacks need to go outside and dance under the moonlight when it comes because he was there the first time it happens (You find out more about this later in the story as well). On the nights that Jack gets the urge to go out he leaves to go to bed early (which is his signal to Pitch) but before actually leaving he confirms it with Pitch (the scene from last chapter where they nodded at each other). Once everyone is asleep Pitch knocks on the door to let Jack know that the coast is clear and he can go out.
Why Kurt doesn’t like the cloak: He doesn’t like it because it’s green. Green is the color of those who represent spring and have control over plants and animals. Kurt is the apprentice of the goddess of winter, who’s colors are naturally different shades of blue and white, so to him it’s sacrilegious to wear the colors of another deity but since he’s helping Aster he has no choice but to wear it.
Asters Possessiveness: That has to do with his species, which is explained in more depth later but trust me when I say he’s not the only.
The Powers: To make things simple they’re basically using the magic/energy that’s in a place and make it do whatever they want. All they have to do is concentrate on what they want to do and snap their fingers, this is for things like making themselves invisible, opening portals, teleporting, summoning things/making them appear out of nowhere, etc. Using their powers over the elements on the other hand is much harder and takes more time to learn as well as needing more concentration. More info later.
Now I know that I’m leaving a lot of information out and keeping everyone guessing and questioning what’s going on and why some characters (mostly Jack) do what they do but don’t worry most of it is explained once Jack arrives in Avalon, which should be around chapter 5 or 6 and continue from there.
Thank you for reading and again I hope everyone is enjoying the story so far.
Aster hears a soft knocking at his mates’ door but he continues to keep his head down and watch his mate. He sees Jack slowly get up out of bed and he pretends to be asleep. Once he hears movement in the room he opens his eyes again to see his mate grab his cloak and shoes. Aster immediately follows at Jacks heels, after quickly making himself invisible to all but Kurt, outside the house and through the forest to the small clearing. On the way Aster could have sworn that his eyes, the moonlight and shadows were playing with his mind because he could have sworn Jacks shadow had taken the form of a young maiden with long hair and wearing a knee length flowing dress but he quickly blinked his eyes and Jacks shadow had returned back to normal, he shook his head and continued to follow Jack.
Jack wakes up sometime later to a soft knocking on his bedroom door. He gets up and looks to make sure Bunny’s asleep and won’t follow him out. Once he’s sure Bunny’s asleep he slips on his shoes, grabs his cloak and quietly makes his way out of the house through the backdoor so that no one would see him leave. He made his way toward the forest under the full moon light and walked down a small-unused path that was known to only him and Pitch not noticing the small shadow following him. The path lead to another clearing in the forest but this one had a small pond next to it.
Markings: The people of Avalon consider themselves all to be of one race even though they’re made up of different species. Youkai (It’s actually Japanese for demon but I’m using it in this story to refer to what I call Animal Demons) and some other species, mostly those who descend from youkai or who the youkai descended from, have markings somewhere on their body but all have some sort of markings on their face usually around the eyes and/or on the forehead (think of Sesshomaru from InuYasha except the markings around the eyes don’t look like Sesshomaru’s at all. Sesshomaru’s markings look more like he’s wearing eye-shadow where as the markings on these beings look like they’re wearing a mask).
The marking on the forehead is considered very intimate so only family or your mate is allowed to touch it in any way. Some beings can hide some or all of their markings but they automatically show when they’re mad. I’m not going to explain anything about the species here and you’ll find out why in a later chapter.
I hoped you enjoyed reading this chapter and chapter 3 will probably be posted on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I already have Asters part written out I just need to write Jacks before I post it.
“When the higher beings are talking to each other in different languages”
Aster lay happy and content in his mates’ arms the whole way back to the house observing both his mate and what he believes are his siblings.
‘Hey Kurt you still there?’
‘Yeah, What’s up Aster?’
‘Do you think our little priest friend is in town yet?’
Aster asks full of sarcasm in the words ‘little priest friend’
‘Oh I’m sure he’s there, why do you ask?’
‘I need you do ask him about the family that lives near the forest especially if the kids are siblings or not.’
‘Ok sure, I understand finding out everything he knows about the family but what makes you think they’re not siblings? I mean I know he looks nothing like the other two but then again neither do most members of my family.’
‘It’s not because of how he looks, it’s because his scent is nothing like the little girls. He does have some of her scent but that’s most likely due to being around her so much. You and I both know that when it comes to family they all have a similar scent but his is nothing like hers and I get the feeling it won’t be like the other boys either and that the boys scent will be similar to the girls.’
‘Got it I’ll go and ask as soon as I know your safe after all I don’t need my family trying to kill me for being careless, not that you can’t defend yourself of course.’
‘Don’t worry I understand what you mean perfectly’
Jack and his siblings quickly arrive back at Aunt Anya’s home in time for supper (it’s a long walk). They enter the house and Jack runs straight upstairs to his room and puts the small rabbit on his bed. He then goes to the trunk at the foot of the bed and pulls out a midnight blue blanket trimmed in soft pure white fur with beautiful white and ice blue snowflakes embroidered all over it, which he reverently puts on top of the bed and then pulls out a worn-out but still soft plain ice blue blanket. He carefully puts the darker blanket back in the trunk and grabs the lighter blanket and walks back to the small rabbit that hasn’t moved at all since being placed on the bed.
Cookies to anyone who can guess what inspired the hall Aster’s walking through in the beginning of the chapter.
Yeah I added Hetalia into this but you should have known when I mentioned Ludwig and Arthur in the info page. For those of you who don’t know Hetalia is an anime about the personifications of different countries with Ludwig being Germany and Arthur being England/Britain (The show doesn’t specify which one he is exactly but for my purposes he’s just England). Don’t worry the only ones who really show up are Arthur and Ludwig and the fact that they represent the nations in Avalon isn’t even that important to the story I just wanted to point that out. If you want to know which nations go with which of the 8 gods just ask and I’ll tell you. I didn’t use all of them (way to many to count) but I used most of the main ones.
The Autumn Festival and the Bonfires:
In the higher realms the fall equinox falls in the middle of October but the festival lasts the whole month. They celebrate their ancestors (Día de los Muertos anyone?) and the fall of the Lord and rise of the Lady (the Lord is Katherine’s husband and he is the original god of spring and summer, he’s now seen as the god of the sun. The Lady is obviously Katherine.). The “fall” has to do with their powers, during spring the days become longer hence the fall of the lady and the rise of the lord, he becomes stronger she becomes weaker. The exact opposite happens during fall/autumn she becomes stronger he becomes weaker and obviously he’s at his highest during summer, when the days are longer, and she’s at her highest during winter, when the nights are longer.
Think of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame when Frollo sings “Hellfire” and we see an image of Esmeralda in the flames and then in smoke. The same thing happens here but they see their mate and they only see them if they’re ready to as Aster said be mated or married usually when you are considered at the age of consent in these two realms at least. In Avalon it’s when you’re 16 in the human realm it’s when you’re 18.
The history being constantly being repeated bit has to do with the fact that Avalon is the one that controls all the realms and there is more than one human realm in fact they refer to it as the human realms for a reason (when I said the representatives of the nations in the human realms not human realm).
This is also why ever tribute comes back after a different length of time (some come back after only a few hours, some come back after a year) the gods decide how fast or how slow time moves in each realm compared to how it moves in Avalon. In reality the tributes are only there for a day or a few hours, depending on the tribute, what time they are returned all depends on how much faster/slower the human realm is moving compared to Avalon. They can make it so that you’re there for a day; you return back and only minutes, maybe hours have passed or you’re gone for a day and months, maybe even years have passed.
Aster walked down one of the palaces many halls, on one side mirrors line the wall some so large they touched the ceiling and floor while others were just large enough to see yourself in and on the other side windows reaching as high as the ceiling and as low as the floor all evenly spaced with statues filling the spaces. There were eight statues in total, one for each of the most major gods and on the ceiling murals depicting all the creatures of the world with large chandeliers hanging down and filling it with a glowing light.
Ok before anyone gets confused the chapters are divided into two parts: part a and part b. Part a is from Jacks POV and Part b is from Asters.
Ok I accidentally deleted the beginning of this chapter and I’m too tired to retype the whole thing so here’s what you need to know. Baby Tooth is Toothiana’s sister and her name is Anya she lives in a house close to the forest on the outskirts of the village that has been chosen to give a tribute this year. North, Toothiana, Sandy and Pitch have never told the kids what a tribute is due to the fact that every village/town they have visited before during the Easter celebrations has never had to give a tribute. Anya tells the kids that a tribute is someone whom the God of Spring himself chooses from the village, that the tributes is always a virgin and that gender doesn’t matter, whose ages range from 16 to 25. The tribute only remembers two things clearly from their time as a tribute one is a giant rabbit and two is that they slept with someone and nothing else. The tribute always returns to the village with some form of gift whether it’s materialistic with things such as find clothing and/or jewelry or something to do with the gods’ powers such as beauty or knowledge or the tribute being more fertile than others. The time of the tributes return varies with some returning mere hours after being sent off and others returning close to a year after being sent off and every other amount of time in between. This chapter starts off with the kids playing in the forest, the last time they had been there was eight years ago when Sophie was born, Jack and Jamie are having a conversation about the tributes and Sophie is in front of them picking flowers.
“I can’t believe that in order for the village to continue to grow and for spring to come we have to gave a virgin tribute to a God, that is apparently a giant rabbit, to sleep with. I mean really will spring not come and the village not grow if we don’t give him a tribute?”
“Jamie Aunt Anya said that all they remember is a giant rabbit and sleeping with someone, not that the God himself is the rabbit or that it slept with them so we don’t know what actually happens, please hold your tongue you know she says that he handpicks the tribute so please hold your tongue before he decides to pick you out of spite.”
He says his voice full of exasperation but still looking around almost as if to see if the God is actually there listening to them.
“Oh please Jack you heard what she said tributes are between the ages of 16 and 25 I’m only 14 about to turn 15. He can’t choose me because I’m too young.”
“The only known tributes have been between 16 and 25, Jamie this has been going on for years even before we started keeping track of the tributes.”
Jack’s voice fills with worry trying to get his younger brother to stop talking about the tributes.
Taken directly from AO3
A baby’s nursery decorated with beautiful winter landscapes, furniture made of pure white pine everything in white with varying shades of blue covering the room. Snow falls gently from the sky outside the window covering the balcony and it’s railing in a soft blanket. You look to the ceiling and see an image of a cloudless night sky full of stars and a full moon shining down on a sweet little baby boy in his crib. The baby with his pale moonlit skin and hair blending almost seamlessly into his surroundings sleeping sweet dreams full of snowflakes and his mothers melodic voice unaware of the danger that is very nearby planning unspeakable horrors for the babe and his family.
This is directly from AO3.
Ok this is my fill for this prompt on rotg_kink that was posted by kiki564
This is based on an earlier prompt, which needs to be filled (b/c its AWESOME) and you can find here: http://rotg-kink.dreamwidth.org/1511.html?thread=902375#cmt902375
According to the other prompt: “Easter has roots in many pagan celebrations revolving around fertility. Bunny is happy to let the humans of the world keep breeding as long as they honor him with a festival and virgin tributes each spring.”
I imagine that Bunnymund couldn’t get tributes from the same village every year. He’s a giant rabbit and I imagine he has a lot of stamina, just one tribute wouldn’t be enough. Humans aren’t born and mature as quickly as it would take to keep him satisfied with the number virginal tributes of appropriate age that he would require each year. So villages take turns offering him tributes each year. The year comes that the little village that Jackson Overland Frost and his family live in has to offer tribute.
Jack ends up as a tribute. Maybe Bunny picked him out, maybe older!Pippa gets picked and in Hunger Games fashion Jack offers to take her place, IDEK. Whatever the filler can think up.
Bonus: The other Guardians make an appearance.
Double Bonus: Jack’s mom was a tribute many years ago.
Hello everyone this is a picture of Monika from Winters Awakening that I made using the sari maker on doll divine.
I’ll also be posting the story here once Chapter 3 is done. I’ll probably be adding a few extras like some music that goes with a chapter and if/when I get a tablet some sketches of the characters outfits. I can’t really draw that well so if I do put them up it’s just so you get an idea of how they dress. Most of the characters are characters from other shows that you can just look up to see how their face looks at least. Where as I’ll at least attempt the others but again I can’t really draw.
Hey guys the info chapter, the prologue and chapters 1-2 are posted on AO3. Go check it out if you haven’t. It’s Bunnymund/Jack from Rise of the Guardians (although Bunnymund is human in this story) don’t like don’t read. Chapter 3 should be up some time this weekend.