aka Cordelia Violet Winters

  • I live in Some backwater town
  • I was born on August 22
  • My occupation is Fan-fiction writer
  • I am female

You drink tea too? :) BlitzballArtTidus357 03:45, May 3, 2012 (UTC)

As a matter of fact, yes, I do. I take my black tea with sugar and a spot of milk, and I frequently like my herbal teas (and always like my green tea) with a teaspoon of honey. I also like scones and muffins with my tea. :) SelkieMaiden267 04:00, May 3, 2012 (UTC)
Let me guess, you're English? Lol, I'm joking. I love tea, just with milk. I love iced tea too. Coffee tastes disgusting :S
Muffins? Mmmm... BlitzballArtTidus357 04:11, May 3, 2012 (UTC)

(Ahem) Getting serious for a moment, if you have any questions, just ask! :D BlitzballArtTidus357 04:17, May 3, 2012 (UTC)

Crystal ChroniclesEdit

Glad to see another fan of CC around here! ;3 - +DeadlySlashSword+ 04:12, May 3, 2012 (UTC)

Yes, Crystal Chronicles is my absolute favorite Final Fantasy game (hence my username), even though I've only played the original. That's why my writing on FanFiction.Net as ladycordelia17 only draws from the original (besides which, I notice that a lot of things don't match up from one game in that universe to another - major headache if trying to write over multiple points in the timeline!).

Almost all of my work in the Crystal Chronicles fandom, except for one that responded to a "Fanfic of a Fanfic" challenge, centers around my motley Tipa caravan: a leaderly Yuke woman named Khetala, two Clavats (a grizzled blond man named David and his younger sister Lydia), a lovely Selkie named Anaїs Nin (after the French novelist, though I invent that her name is Old Selkic for "daughter of the revival"), and a green-eyed Lilty named Dimo Nor (a name I invent as being Old Selkic for "he who fears nothing"). That being said, I take a lot of liberty with the idea of religion in the Crystal Chronicles universe, stating in multiple fics that angels serve the good Lady Mio, Queen of Memories, as surely as monsters serve the evil memory-devouring demon Raem. Sometimes I even pluck names and facts from other Final Fantasy games, opening the door for crossovers! SelkieMaiden267 04:38, May 3, 2012 (UTC)

Well, if you want to blatantly advertise let other people know about your fanfics, then check Forum:Sanctuary of Zi'tah. Create a new forum topic, and add a link. Easy as that. BlitzballArtTidus357 04:43, May 3, 2012 (UTC)

Maybe I'll do so tomorrow. For now I'm kind of sleepy (it's past midnight where I hail from). zzz... SelkieMaiden267 04:54, May 3, 2012 (UTC)

Huh, I've played every CC except for the original. Oh well... - +DeadlySlashSword+ 05:44, May 3, 2012 (UTC)

Dissidia Edit

I don't know why, but for some reason I really LOVE to insert character quotes from Dissidia (and to a lesser degree 012) into random places like a vote or Peanut Gallery comment in the Dragon's Neck Colosseum. Which quote I use where, of course, depends on context and situation. Don't like it? Well..."Anyone who gets in my way's a target." (Dissidia 012; Lightning to copy of herself) SelkieMaiden267 14:30, July 9, 2012 (UTC)

And I got REALLY good at contextomy on YouTube, since sometimes I play sparring games using Dissidia lines in the comment-boxes of Dissidia-related videos. SelkieMaiden267 05:18, August 7, 2012 (UTC)
No, sorry, I have to ask. Do you know what contextomy actually means? Because it's not a "skill" one should be remotely proud of unless one has a reason to use it – such as a politician, or someone else similarly prone to deliberate perversion of accuracy. I don't intend to stir the argument back up, I just want to check that you actually understand the word you are using. If nothing else, to help you avoid making a fool of yourself if you don't -- Sorceror Nobody Flan 17:25, August 7, 2012 (UTC)
I work in advertising, so yeah, it's actually helpful sometimes. SelkieMaiden267 17:40, August 7, 2012 (UTC)
Hmm. I know the EU explicitly forbids contextomy in advertising, and I wouldn't be surprised if the US has something similar. I mean, I would say that contextomy in advertising is highly amoral, but, well, that's just my personal opinion *shrugs* -- Sorceror Nobody Flan 17:52, August 7, 2012 (UTC)

One quote that inspired me a lot as a fan-writer: "Don't fear the power to destroy." (intro, Sephiroth to Terra) Maybe not the words themselves, but definitely the seductive tone in which this line was delivered, coupled with the fact that (a) it's the nicest thing Sephiroth says to anyone on either side, and (b) Terra is the ONLY opponent he doesn't threaten or disdain. My best guess is that it's because Terra's the one slated to fight Kefka, and Sephiroth finds Kefka to be an infernal nuisance (hence his disdainful "You're annoying," to the mad clown-mage). SelkieMaiden267 18:41, July 10, 2012 (UTC)

DNC Edit

Judge Chocobo Yellow Card!
You have violated one or more rules of the Dragon's Neck Colosseum. You have sacrificed your voting privileges for the next fight, and your current vote has been removed, if applicable. Please review the rules before attempting to participate in future DNC fights.

Thank you.

Personal attacks against other voters, the committee, and their choices of fights are not allowed. - +DeadlySlashSword+ 19:28, August 6, 2012 (UTC) /Argument Archive

Seems I don't even need to vote against the silver-haired peacock in order to watch him fall. According to the bottom of your own archive and the LMS rules, if Kuja does make it to the "5th Win" mark, he will then be barred from the Last Man Standing arena permanently. All I need to do is bide my time. SelkieMaiden267 21:01, August 11, 2012 (UTC)
I think you'll find that indicates him to be overwhelmingly successful -- Sorceror Nobody Flan 21:04, August 11, 2012 (UTC)
But even the success of the Last Man Standing champion is ultimately short-lived, as when he wins for a fifth time, he is forced to retire and thus permanently barred from the arena. What then? What happens when the black mages haven't an idol to champion? SelkieMaiden267 21:13, August 11, 2012 (UTC)
He ascends to the tiers of "So awesome he doesn't need championing, he's proved his worth, nothing more would be gained by him fighting further, he just wins hard at everything, et cetera". And the Kuja supporters will champion other characters who similarly deserve to win -- Sorceror Nobody Flan 21:48, August 11, 2012 (UTC)
Well, I guarantee you, if somebody else on my must-vote-against list does make it into the Last Man Standing arena, I will accordingly vote against that character at every turn. SelkieMaiden267 22:36, August 11, 2012 (UTC)
Are you really trying to use what I wrote down back against the committee - to try and prove what, some meaningless point? The committee has been talking over a few new rule changes, so even if Kuja gets five wins, trust us, you will be seeing him again. There's no character that will ever be permanently banned from the DNC forever, that would be just plain moronic. - +DeadlySlashSword+ 03:31, August 12, 2012 (UTC)
Well, you did mention that Cecil Harvey, having made it to the 5th Win retirement mark, was "barred indefinitely" from future Last Man Standing fights (while others who didn't make it so far were only barred until a given week). As such, I expect Kuja's fate to be the same as Cecil's. So even if he does win a future (regular) DNC fight, he won't be eligible to compete in Last Man Standing anymore except in the event of incompatibilities (summons and mechanics, etc.). SelkieMaiden267 04:45, August 12, 2012 (UTC)
No character will ever be permanently barred from the DNC. - +DeadlySlashSword+ 05:23, August 12, 2012 (UTC)

Fight the good fight Selkie I'm rooting for you. Even if I voted for Kuja. ;) You don't deserve all the flak you got, good for you for not backing down.Keltainentoukokuu (talk) 04:53, August 12, 2012 (UTC)

Apologies for intruding, but at the same time, I think both parties are taking things a tad seriously. I mean, it's a community vote on which character we prefer. It doesn't have much bearing on anything whatsoever... that's my two cents. Sorry for interrupting. Emperor-PSPFieldMATEUS 05:01, August 12, 2012 (UTC)
Some people (myself included, I'll admit) are thinking along the same lines as Zidane (when he fights Sephiroth) in Dissidia: "I'd better take this one seriously." Don't know if it's conscious or not among them, but it's kind of fitting in a sense given recent events: after all, Zidane is the main protagonist officially slated to oppose Kuja. Lovers gonna love; haters gonna hate; what can you do?
Which is why I'll be glad when the whole blasted thing blows over. Like I pointed out above, a long-running Last Man Standing champion must eventually retire if no one manages to topple him beforehand. I anticipate that everyone will go back to being much more civilized when they know we won't be seeing Kuja again for a good long time. SelkieMaiden267 05:34, August 12, 2012 (UTC)
Kelt, I implore you to just read the Peanut Gallery... - +DeadlySlashSword+ 05:23, August 12, 2012 (UTC)

DNC, Round 2 Edit

Well, this week was Jimcloud's turn to put up a fight in the DNC, and he posted one that made it on to the shortlist under my suggestion: Auron v. Sephiroth. My rationale on the Nominations Page was that Auron and Sephiroth are both Masamune-wielding swordsmen who refuse to stay dead even after being killed. When I suggested this particular fight, I was expecting a reasonably even match-up, as "both Auron and Sephiroth are very popular among the fanbase" (quote from someone who favored the fight while it was on the Nominations Page). However, now that the fight is currently taking place, the votes are far less balanced than I was expecting: as of this statement, 2 Auron votes for every Sephiroth vote (give or take a vote in either direction).
Guess I should've expected Sephiroth to get his ass kicked if I tried to throw him into the DNC arena against anyone who could be considered a worthy opponent. Last time he was there, his opponent was Delita Heiral from Final Fantasy Tactics (Delita and Sephiroth apparently have the commonality of both playing mind games in order to get what they want). In that fight, Delita won, albeit by a narrow margin. But Tactics is rather obscure for a Final Fantasy fandom, especially compared to VII, and I guess I was seriously underestimating the haters in the DNC if I thought Sephiroth stood a chance against an opponent from another popular fandom, like Auron from X... Totally not expecting that landslide in favor of Auron... SelkieMaiden267 17:55, November 7, 2012 (UTC)

I fail to see why you felt the need to mention Jimcloud, as she only put up the fight. This isn't a conspiracy. And I for one like Sephiroth; I just like Auron more. Kindly stop assuming everyone is a "hater" -- Sorceror Nobody Flan 18:51, November 7, 2012 (UTC)

Ideas for a Final Fanstasy VI story with a Dissidia tie-in... Edit

So I've been toying with the idea that, as it had been originally planned, Terra was supposed to die at the end of Final Fantasy VI along with all her Esper kin once she and the Returners defeated He-Who-Doesn't-Deserve-To-Be-Named Kefka. Consequently, I would begin my fan-fic with Terra disappearing after the hasten-to-escape-Kefka's-Tower sequence, leaving the rest of the Returners devastated. But what if she was thus taken to World B to fight in Dissidia, in the conflict between Cosmos and Chaos?
Would she be able to restore magic to the World of Ruin (which does NOT automatically "right itself" and become the World of Balance again after Kefka's defeat) by defeating Kefka in World B in a second epic battle (and thus reap all the awesome rewards the gods of the Warring Triad see fit to give her...)? Or does that seem like a far-fetched idea even in the realm of fan speculation? SelkieMaiden267 00:12, October 1, 2012 (UTC)

Lemme were thinking that when Terra destroys Kefka once and for all in World B, she becomes the source of all magic in her world-in-need-of-rescuing when she returns. Is that what you were thinking? And if so, would she be able to restore the Espers from their magicite remains?
Well, you would have to write of the Returners getting some kind of sign that Terra's still alive and out there somewhere. A prophecy. A rune-casting or tarot reading by a Mobliz orphan who's a budding fortune-teller, saying something about Terra trying to fight her way back home. Something like that. EdgarXTerra4ever 05:42, October 13, 2012 (UTC)

Well, I doubt very much that Terra would be able to immediately restore Espers to life from their magicite remains, but I do think that she would be able to hear them talk to her, and occasionally summon them (with possible resurrection occurring after multiple summons). Becoming the source of all magic may make Terra live longer (taking a much longer time to age, becoming highly resistant to illness and able to quickly heal from injury, etc.), but it would not render her immortal; she would need to ensure her own continuation (i.e. bear sons and daughters of her own) in order to keep magic alive in her world. A circumstance, I suppose, that would wind up leading Terra toward one of her fellow Returners in particular, if you know what I mean... Rest assured, however, that one of the first things Terra would do with her newfound power would be to restore best-friend Celes's ice-magic to her (naturally).

A tarot reading by a Mobliz orphan indicating what's happening to Terra in World B and is likely to happen when she returns home, you say? Well, I have a Dissidia story in progress, which gives me a few ideas as to which cards would show up in the reading:
  • In Terra's favor: Knight of Swords (may represent the Onion Knight, Cloud, or even Firion, as all three ally themselves with Terra in my story)
  • Acting against her: Key XV: The Devil (most obviously represents Kefka, though it could also mean Chaos himself)
  • Present: Seven of Swords (trickery; indicates that, as in my story, Sephiroth (readily identifiable with swords, the number 7, AND trickery all at the same time) happens to be heavily involved)
  • Surrounding environment: Key XVIII: The Moon (shadows and illusions; represents World B as a whole)
  • Hopes and fears: Key VIII: Strength (represents Terra's need, once more, to tap into her own inner strength and do what she must for her home world in order to be able to return home)
In addition, of course, to those that would tend to represent happenings, either known or predicted, at home in the World of Balance/Ruin:
  • Immediate past: Key XI: Justice (representing Terra and her fellow Returners dealing justice by defeating Kefka)
  • Near future: Six of Pentacles (the sharing of bounty; represents Terra being rewarded and able to share her boons)
  • Reason for the reading: King of Cups (represents one devastated-feeling Returner in particular who is inquiring after Terra and her fate...^_-)
  • Final outcome: Key III: The Empress (represents fulfillment, especially when pertaining to a female subject; indicates that Terra will return to the children who need her and the friends who love her, and will be welcomed with open arms when she returns) ^_^

I did have plans for one of the older orphans to give a sign like a tarot reading, which indicates (or could just be wishful thinking in the eyes of despairing Returners) that Terra is still alive and fighting. She's out there somewhere; her friends need to believe in her. SelkieMaiden267 19:46, October 16, 2012 (UTC)

Yeah, I did see your Dissidia "tie-in" fic. And personally, I say that the sooner Terra defeats Kefka once and for all, the better. The quicker our little pawn (as Terra is sadly reduced to in Dissidia, even if she was the chessboard-queen to the Returners) makes her way across the chessboard, after all, the quicker she becomes a queen. ;)
So it appears you have all the card-positions filled for a tarot reading in a Mobliz scene EXCEPT the "prior past" position (or the "crowning thoughts" position, depending on interpretation). Knowing a few things about tarot reading myself, I can make a suggestion for you: the Five of Cups, which represents disappointment or regret (but also indicates that there are positive influences still at work, if only the subject is able to recognize them). In this position, it would represent Terra's situation at the time that Celes was doing her darnedest to re-gather the Returners: Terra struggled at first because she was unable to sort out her emotions, but eventually she realized that her love for the orphans of Mobliz was what gave her strength (hence her return to the Returners and their quest to give Kefka the ass-kicking he ultimately deserved). Hope that makes sense to you. EdgarXTerra4ever 21:56, March 13, 2013 (UTC)
You seem to really like the chess motif, don't you? Given the way you use it to illustrate the happy ending (which can lead to a whole slew of happy beginnings in its turn) that you and I both think Terra deserves. Do you play chess? Or are you just a little hung-up on that high-octane-shipping-fuel bit of dialogue present in the scene you described? Not that I mind either fact, come to think of it, a certain System of a Down song had a line that made me think of your Peanut Gallery post from so long ago: "Cruelty to the winner, Bishop tells the King his lies..."
Maybe since I'm still not finished with my story of Terra's quest in World B, I can work in a Shade Impulse-phase scene in which Terra meets chessmaster-villain Emperor Mateus prior to her final confrontation with Kefka, and Mateus taunts Terra about how (since defeating Kefka was supposed to make all her world's magic disappear) there's no reason why she has any right to even exist in her world anymore, and even if she does manage to return, she'll be worthless because she's nothing without her magic. "No queening for a little pawn no matter how many chessboards she manages to cross..." (Correct me if I'm wrong about that scene from the fanfic you described, but Terra wouldn't have been present to hear Edgar's interestingly-worded statement of worry, would she? Or was she present in that scene, but didn't immediately catch on that she was the one our beloved king was referring to as the chessboard-queen?) SelkieMaiden267 17:43, March 14, 2013 (UTC)
The latter was true of the game-of-chess scene; Terra just didn't catch on right away. Remember how she didn't start worrying until the Returners were well into Kefka's tower? Only then did Terra realize the meaning of the "might be impossible to checkmate Kefka without sacrificing our queen" bit. (The way this writer presented it, everyone who grew up in the Empire - and even many a person who didn't - plays chess, so Terra understood the rules of chessmen-movement well enough to understand Edgar's analogy. But, of course, she would wisely dismiss any further analysis as wishful thinking until proven wrong on that score.) And actually, as a matter of fact, yes, I do play chess from time to time (even though I never was very good at it).
Ah, yes, you're referring to "Soldier Side" by System of a Down. And that lyric does indeed sound like a bit of taunting that Emperor Mateus would indulge in. But Terra wouldn't care what became of her powers once she returned home - there are children who need her, and she has friends who love her. So much for Mateus and his claim that there's nothing to keep Terra anchored to her home world. EdgarXTerra4ever 16:11, March 15, 2013 (UTC)
Hey, E&T, is there any way you can give me a link to that FFVI fanfic with the scene that uses the chess motif to sum up the Returners' fears for Terra? The idea of applying it to my work is really appealing to me, and I need to know whom to credit for the inspiration. SelkieMaiden267 16:30, March 25, 2013 (UTC)
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