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The Brave MinstrelThunder rumbled as I watched the rain batter the trees outside. We had planned to travel to town that day, but the wind and rain made it dangerous to venture outside.
I found Ash resting in an easy chair by the fireplace. "Bored?" he asked as he welcomed Pikachu into his lap.
"Yeah..." I sighed as I set down before the fireplace. "I was looking forward to going to Vertania again today..."
"Maybe the weather will be better tomorrow." Ash assured me as Larissa draped a blanket around me.
We sat quietly for a while before I asked "I know you are no minstrel, but do you know any stories?"
"A few, yes--many of them from Brock." Ash smiled.
After thinking for a moment, he began "In a far away land, there once lived a minstrel, whose instrument of choice was the flute."
He paused to fish a silver whistle from his left pocket, then went on "Like many minstrels before him, he earned his living by wandering across the land, and playing his flute in all the cities, towns, and villages."
The Legend of KultaThe sun was high overhead when Ash and I arrived in Meralda to buy food and potion ingredients (he was going to teach me how to make a potion of life and a potion of magic). At first, the crowds of people were overwhelming, but it wasn't until we emerged from the crowded market and into the town square did I see him--a brown haired boy with tan skin clad in a majestic purple, red, and gold costume calmly playing his harp to attract an audience.
"A minstrel's here!" I gasped, pointing out the boy.
Ash smiled. "My friend Brock of Marmoria...you're in for a treat, Peri!"
Sure enough, more people started arriving as Brock kept playing, but Ash led me to a spot overlooking the fountain, so I wouldn't be crushed by the crowd.
When Brock had finished his song, he looked out on the massive crowd before him. "Is there anyone with a request for me?
I knew right away what I wanted Brock to tell. "Tell of golden haired Kulta and how he defeated the Dragon King!"
Brock grinned and started a r
The MeetingIt all started on a moonlight night.
I had just received my mom and dad's blessing to go seek my fortune somewhere. Like all the minstrel's tales, I left early the next morning with only the clothes on my back, a small bag of gold, the shortsword Father had forged for me as a birthday gift, and a few other mementos from home--a picture of us if I got homesick, a map of Valinde, and some food and camp supplies.
My walk was initially uneventful, but around nightfall, like all the minstrel's tales, I wound up lost in a huge forest. The moon was just a silver nib in the sky, so any noise made me jump in fear--as if a giant, or troll, or evil wizard, or even the dark lord himself--would grab me and take me to gods knew where.
As if being lost and alone with trees looming over me wasn't scary enough, some growling made me tense up--Mightyenas.
"Back! Get back!" I called before firing a beam from my blade into the pack leader--the easiest spell I knew. While that scared him a little, he also
The Pantheon of ValindeThe chief deities
Rafia, the goddess of light. She is the beloved of Soutan, the god of night and dreams. Like Yoso, the problem of evil is explained in the world by Rafia spurning the evil lord in favor of Soutan. Yet Rafia loves Soutan very much, and he loves her in return.
Soutan, the god of night and dreams. He often appears in stories to give a hero a magic item (or items) to complete his/her quest. His love for Rafia is so deep, their relationship is touted as the model for a relationship.
Ardia, the goddess of fire. A brave and strong goddess, she is portrayed as a guardian of all who do brave deeds.
Telene, the goddess of water. Calm and softspoken, she is slow to anger. But when she is angered, the repercussions are often deadly.
Eris, the trickster goddess. She usually doesn't mean any harm by her tricks, but her shenanigans have gotten the best of many Pokemon, and constantly get on the other gods' nerves. Stories about her are popular with everyone, and are often called "Er
Brock of MarmoriaName: Brock
Build: Lithe and muscular
Family: Mom, Dad, 10 siblings of various ages
Relationships: Mom (somewhat close), Dad (very close), his siblings (close), Ash (very close friendship), Peri (friend), Larissa (acquaintance)
Quick Personality/History: Growing up in a large family, Brock showed his knack for a good story at an early age, wowing his many siblings with tales of brave heroes, terrifying monsters, and epic adventures. Becoming a minstrel paid surprisingly well, as people flock to see him perform no matter where he travels. It also helps that he can channel magic through his song, which comes in handy when he or someone he loves is in danger.
Though he travels around the world, he makes a point to visit his family whenever he comes home to Marmoria, and sends them letters and gifts when on the road.
Likes: Traveling, music (his trademark instrument is the harp, but he can also play lute, several flutes, and
Ash the RedName: Ash
Build: lithe and muscular
Occupation: Mage of the Red Order, (who specialize in keeping the peace)
Family: Mom and Dad (Delia and Taran Ketchum--but they are not often seen)
Relationships: Larissa (close master ans servant relationship), Peri (close master and apprentice relationship) Pikachu (close companion), Serena the White (childhood friend), Brock (very close friendship), Dame Misty Celeste of Azulona (close acquaintance)
Quick Personality/History: Brave, courageous,and energetic, Ash discovered his magical power at a young age, and quickly rose through the ranks of the Red Order for many brave deeds (some of which have been immortalized in minstrel's tales) When he's not adventuring or exploring, he is practicing his skill with his bow or teaching Peri. But little does he know that his new apprentice will guide him on his biggest adventure yet!
Likes: Archery, music (he is skilled with several different types of flutes
Peri Donomir ProfileName: Peri Donomir
Build: Thin and muscular
Hair: Auburn, tied back in a Ponyta's tail
Occupation: Apprentice mage, aspiring explorer
Family: Mom (father is away traveling)
Relationships: Mom (very close), Dad (close), Ash (close master and apprentice relationship), Larissa (beginnings of a friendship), Brock (friend)
Quick Personality/History: Peri grew up in a loving home to an explorer father and a scholar mother, where she was taught a variety of subjects. But when she befriended Ash (who found her lost in the woods and took her in as an apprentice), she learned that not everything has a nice and neat structure, and there are still many things not yet understood.
Under Ash's firm yet gentle guidance, she learns to hone and control the power inside of her--one that will prove handy when an evil presence threatens all of Valinde.
Likes: Exploring, a good story, a good song, (she is a mezzo soprano on the soprano side) reading, learning new things.
Valinde by the NumbersThe World of Valinde
Main Climate: temperate - forested
Ocean: on two sides
Mountains: many, including a few volcanos
Frequent Trouble: magical disasters
Wild Creatures: mostly friendly, but some dangerous
Natural Resources: plentiful
Occurrence: very common
Major Use: ubiquitous (everything)
Viewed: with respect
Enchanted Items: very common
Political Structure: Monarchy
Strong Influence: political factions
Popular Issue: foreign relations
Stability: very stable
Personal Freedoms: extremely good
Foreign Relations: very good
Highly Values: bravery
Known For: folklore
Popular Entertainment: theater, music
Respected Profession: explorer
Discrimination: virtually none
Major Taboo: certain rituals
Major Social Ill: organized crime
Focus: the afterlife
Worship: joyous celebration in public temples
Associated Artform: Music
Prevalence: believed by many
Holidays: fairly often
The Giant of the Black Mountain"Once upon a time there was a hunter who had a son named Brian." Brock begins. "When Brian was still a little boy the hunter said to his wife... "
In character as Flint, he instructs Misty "My dear, our child will no doubt grow up to be a hunter as I am, and if I should die before that time comes, I want you to tell him that he must not go to the Black Mountains to hunt; for evil befalls whoever goes there."
As himself, he continues "Some months passed, and the hunter died of a horrible disease. In time Brian grew up and became a hunter as his father did before him. Then his mother said..."
"My son, your father told me to warn you not to go to the Black Mountains to hunt." Misty warns Ash as the mother.
"But Brian saw no good reason why he could not hunt there, and one day he took his bow and arrows, mounted his faithful Ponyta, and rode to the Black Mountains." Brock narrates as he plays a "galloping" melody on the harp. "Before long, he was among the lofty forests, and he saw that th
Life's Joy- (Daddy!Levi x Mommy!Reader) 
“B-but daddy, p-please, we need you to protect u-us what if the t-t-titan c-c-comes and e-eats us?” Levi demounts his horse, ushering for his concerned counterparts to move on ahead. “Aunt Hanji” tries to send words of encouragement from afar, but Levi’s glare was enough to sew her lips shut. His eyes trail over to Isabel, thousands of curses aiming at the sky when he saw his daughter’s tear laden eyes.
He used not care so much until he had a little girl to take care of. One who’s eyes held the wonders of the world, one who’s heart was as innocent as the bud of a rose. He crouches in front of her trembling body, concentrating on the way she picked at her nails.
Just like her mother.
Speaking of that, you were a little ways behind the two, your arms folded. Actually you were still quite bitter about Levi getting Erwin to forbid you from the expedition, so you were even more so
Parent AU: Actor!Levi x Singer!Reader II
"Papa, Papa look! Mama's on TV!"
Levi was currently coming from the kitchen when he over heard his son excitedly mention his mother on the large flat screen TV. He looked, noticing that you were presented on the TV show: Dancing with the Stars. Levi growled as you were dancing swing with the man who was presented as Reiner Braun who was famous for his appearances on dance movies and such. Levi continued to glare at the TV, watching as you had a smile on your face and Reiner was holding your body so freely. Eren looked away from the screen to look at his father, feeling the dark aura in the air.
"Horseface! Papa is getting angry again!"
"Young Master, I thought I told you to stop calling me that.."
"Hurry and get Papa some tea! I think he's going to blow!"
Jean sighed as scurried over to the kitchen, immediately making Levi's tea to help him calm down his nerves. Eren looked at the TV again, noticing that you and Reiner got a pretty high score for the dance per
Massage Envy - Massager!Levi x Reader
You groaned as you stopped your continuous typing, stopping to lay back in your chair and rub the back of your neck tiredly. You sighed as you looked at what you had so far and realized that you only had a few more left to finish for your transcript. There was knocking on your door and you looked up from your lap.
"Hey, [ f/n ]! How you doing so far on your work?"
Hanji came inside your office, looking at you with a bright smile. You smiled tiredly as you sat up straighter in your seat, looking at your brown haired friend. She sat on your couch and crossed her leg over the other as she sat there comfortably.
"I'm almost done with my work and then I'll b--"
"Don't go to where ever you were going! We will go out somewhere!"
You blinked at her sudden eagerness and tilted your head confused. Hanji suddenly got up from her seat to sit in front of your desk, her eyes filled with excitement. You continued to look at her, feeling a bit worried on what she's going to bring
2P!FACE x Child!Reader - Frere Jacques
"Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Sonnez les matines, Sonnez les matines
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong~!" you sang.
You were at your room, jumping on your bed as you sang ones more.
"Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Sonnez les matines, Sonnez les matines
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong~!"
"Poppet?" the door opened as you saw Oliver, Matthieu and Allen enter. Francois was behind them.
"Who taught you that song?" Allen asked.
"No one~! I heard uncle Francois sing this song while he's at shower~!" you replied.
Oliver ran towards you and hugged you, telling how you sang so cute.
Matthieu and Allen looked at Francois, waiting for his responds.
2P!America x Child!Reader - Tic Ticci
"Al~! Can you take me outside for ice cream?" you asked.
"You already had your ice cream." Allen responded as he changes the t.v channel.
"Daddy said that I can get another one~!"
"You can say all the please cuz I ain't going out to get you ice cream."
"Fine!" you pouted.
"Good girl!" Allen smiled as he ruffled your hair.
It's only an hour after Allen told you that he can't bring you outside for ice cream but you didn't give up.
You stood behind the couch that Allen was sitting on. That's when you started annoying him.
"Tic... Tic... Tic...Tic... Ticci... Tic..." you said, smiling.
~~~Five minutes later~~~
"Tic... Tic... Tic...Tic... Ticci... Tic..."
"Ticci... Tic... Tic..." you raised your arms up, "TWITCH!"
"Fine! I'll bring you out to get ice cream!" Allen blurted.
"Just. Don't. Do. That. Ever. Again."
You happily nodded.
Savior- (Daddy!Levi x Mommy!Reader) 
* A/N: There is mild gore further down, the usual SNK gore. Just a small heads up. ^^
“Daddy, who was I named after?’
“Wait, daddy what about me?” Farlan pipes up, squeezing a stuffed teddy in his arms. Levi almost inwardly cringes thinking about the number of stuffed animals in the small area which they lived.
“But daddyyyy, you just said our names!”
Levi barely chuckles, tempted dearly to squeeze the puffed out of cheeks of his daughter, who over the years inherited Isa
A Father's Blessing [Daddy!LevixMommy!Reader AU]
'She's coming back home!'
'I can't wait to see her!'
'I should make her favorite dessert'
The raven-haired man slipped between his children who were scrubbing away at the walls. Mikasa was coming home for summer vacation and of course, the house had to be perfect! Levi was ecstatic to hear that his precious baby girl was coming home, although he didn't show it. But you knew how frantic he was. He'd been piling on chores on your sets of twins since she called the week before she got out. It's been three years already and she was going to be a senior starting in August. The thought of your oldest baby finally leaving the nest bought tears of joy to your eyes and also the sudden realization that you and Levi were beginning to be 'well seasoned'. You were starting to get gray hairs and dying them was out of the question. But in order to keep your 'Awesome Mom' title ( which you received from your kids friends) you had to step it up. You we
2P!FACE x Child!Reader - Little Boat On The Sea
You were laughing hard when Allen and Matthieu came downstairs wearing sailor clothes. You hold your camera ready to video them.
The thing is that they're not drunk. They're only doing this because they lost your favourite doll and you couldn't stop crying.
"Are you going to record this?" Allen asked, feeling miserable.
"1, 2, 3, Go!"
"Now the people they were so bad
That the Lord made the rain come down
And he washed away the bad cities
And he washed away the bad towns
And all of the people drowned!" Allen sang, which mad you laugh quietly.
"With the animals it was different
Though some of them drowned, too
The others were just poor animals
And they didn't know what to do!
So..." Matthieu sang.
You hold a paper boat on the edge of the camera to make it look like it's there.
"We built a little boat
As cut as it could be
And we put all the animals two by two
In my little boat on the sea.
The moo-cows went..." The two sang.
"Moo! Moo!" Allen sang.
"The piggies went...
Project: FEM - She-Hulk (BrucexReader)Something is wrong….Why can’t I open my eyes?
“Doctor, she’s barely responsive!”
Who are they talking about…?
“She’s lost a lot of blood. Do we have anyone who is willing to perform a blood transfusion?”
Your eyelids felt heavy and you felt a piercing pain in your stomach. Your lips were dry and cracked, your throat was worse and your entire body felt like there was an immense weight on it. Just lifting up your fingers caused great pain. You searched throughout your memories to try and figure out what had happened. The harder you thought, the more your brain hurt. Not being able to open your eyes was starting to terrify you.
Your hearing wasn’t all too good but you heard a faint beeping noise with beeps that were becoming very frequent with each passing second.
“Wait!” you heard someone familiar yell. “(Name) and I have the same blood type! Let me do a blood transfusion.”
“Who are yo
The Core of Blackrock MountainTale 200: The Core of Blackrock Mountain (the Trio)
"And now, time for another song from the repertoire of Flynn Devine..." Brock grins before taking the harp and starting a mournful melody:
A long time ago, in a land far away,
Three dwarven clans vied for supremacy
While two walked the path of light
The third walked the way of the dark
The duergar wished to rule them all
With the wisps of fire by their side
But though he sought an army,
He summoned the Wisp King Ragnaros...
Ash joins in with a tense melody on the Pokeflute as Brock continues:
He had been imprisoned under Redbridge Mountain,
Where he'd built up years of rage,
And now that he was free again,
To the dwarven city he laid siege
The battlefield burned with flames and ashes
Until the duergar city was no more
The battle created Blackrock Mountain,
With its white hot molten core..
Misty and Ash trade solos for a moment, over which Brock scats the fiddle line as he plays a harmony line. After playing the long and
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