Elber of Torou
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Joined 11-06-09, id: 696531, Profile Updated: 10-23-10

I was born at a very young age... But I'm sure you all knew that, anyway. How about I skip ahead some?

I am your average human being, as long as there is no such thing. Until such a time as a normal human being is found, I will continue to call myself such. When that happens, you can contact me through my "people" on their office on Rigel 7, Orion Sector 3. They will tell you that you will never find me: I will find you.

I remember a time when I used to read--all the time. I'd get dressed reading, eat tea and breakfast reading, read during the boring bits in class (I got in trouble over that more than once). Writing, too, was a constant occupation--on the bus, in form class, during lunch... People had to tell me to take my nose or pencil out of whatever I was doing and pay attention to the world once in a while.

I've been writing stuff--not all of it good, mark you--since I was about eight. The first thing I ever wrote was a stupid piece about two kids in a haunted forest. I told people at school all about it, told them snippets of the work I hadn't even written yet. Then, when I actually wrote it, I hated it so much and buried it in a drawer. (I have been brave, and actually put it up here, under the really bad name "Scary Woods".)

Since then, my style has improved somewhat. I tried poetry, and found it wasn't really for me. I took up reading sci-fi and fantasy avidly--Isaac Asimov and Terry Pratchett are my two favourite authors--and began to write similar things. I hope to post some of my works over the next few weeks.

Aside: Did I ever mention that I like LEGO? I do, in case you're wondering. I just love the possibilities that LEGO presents - and, at any rate, it looks good sitting on the shelf. Be careful, though, if you have LEGO: it's really quite amazing just how distracting those little, mindless bits of plastic can be. Try not to study with them within sight, or reach, that's all I can say.

I am working on a novel at present, a sort-of Tolkien/Harry Potter cross with wizards--good and "evil" both--and a magic book. "Elber of Torou" is a character from that. The novel is going up, chapter by chapter, under the name "Guardians of the Citadel". I want advice, feedback, and constructive criticism of my work. In return, obviously, I'll be R&R'ing plenty of others' works, doing the same for them.

Watch out specifically for my sci-fi works, all set in an extended future history. It should be interesting to follow my characters across the ages. The first one (now online) is "The Millennium War".

Stories in this Future History:
The Millennium War (and Supernova System, the original version)
Et tu, Brute

Stories set in the Seven Realms (fictional universe):
Guardians of the Citadel
The Wicked Knife
Tristan and the Sea
Pawn of the Prophetess
Curiosity's Reward

I do betareading for Fantasy and Science-Fiction as well. I apologize if my reviews seem a little (or a lot) caustic. But I don't mean to offend. I just want to help people to write better, to raise the bar just that little bit more. We must strive for excellence.

My muse calls. As a parting gift, here are some motivational quotes:

"Writing is rewriting." --Hemingway

"Imagination is more important that knowledge." --Albert Einstein

"Do or do not. There is no try." --Yoda

"Never give up. Never surrender." --Commander Taggart

"Finish each day and be done with it... you have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"People believe they want justice and wise government but, in fact, what they really want is an assurance that tomorrow will be very much like today." --Lord Havelock Vetinari

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." --Edmund Burke

"My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil." --Paul Getty

"The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet." --Bill Cosby

"Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" --Will Rogers

"Come to the Dark Side--we have cookies." --probably not Darth Vader

"Never argue with an idiot: they'll drag you down to their level, and then beat you through experience." --Anon

"You cry, I cry. You laugh, I laugh. You jump off a cliff, I laugh even harder." --Anon

"I was normal once. But then I watched Doctor Who." --Anon

(And no, Anon is not an actual person, no matter how prolific he/she appears to be with regard to quotes.)

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Imagination by Red Rose Black Ink reviews
When you're a kid, completely normal things can become something amazing...
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Suspense/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 27,913 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 2/16/2013 - Published: 11/8/2009
Servant of the Universe by The Exile reviews
Lunarian, Director of the Game Over Screen, is the most important woman in the Universe. She has the authority to erase entire galaxies without even filling in any forms. To the Computer, however, she is but a servant.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 12 - Words: 49,271 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/6/2011 - Published: 8/19/2009 - Complete
Syntax by PixelMinion reviews
In retrospect, attempting a level six enchantment three weeks into their second year at Dragonholm Academy probably hadn’t been the best idea. But in Royce’s defence Arch was supposed to be a giant NERD.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,576 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Published: 12/6/2010 - Complete
Mydnyte by Renaissance Phoenix reviews
In Mydnyte, night is eternal, magic is real, and humans aren't at the top of the food chain. All Ashlyn wants is to find her missing sister, but now she's stuck, with her own world just out of reach, and the one man who can help her might want her dead.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Adventure - Chapters: 20 - Words: 52,294 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11/30/2010 - Published: 11/2/2010 - Complete
Lucretia's Last Request by His Divine Shadow reviews
Chapter 7: Wormhole Ghost - The conduit connecting Earth and Terrene contains more than just tourists
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 7 - Words: 8,367 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 9/1/2010 - Published: 3/8/2002 - Complete
Warriors In Walmart by BlueGnome reviews
A ONE- ACT COMEDY! Walmart. 2 young fan girls and their older sister. A geeky camera room operator. An uptight manager. A janitor up to something. And 3 Roman Soliders who've come through a time machine. Chaos ensues. xD
Fiction: Play - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,835 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/21/2010 - Complete
The Dethroning by Tes'thesula reviews
Four young men and a king learn a lesson about how one's plans can be unraveled by those you least expect. A complete short story
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 6 - Words: 8,424 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/27/2010 - Complete
The Right Hand by Ankh Ascendant
A priest of the silent goddess of death, framed for a murder he committed, comes face to face with faith... A story of The City.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 16,065 - Favs: 2 - Published: 4/5/2010 - Complete
Writing What People Want To Read by perverted.intellectual reviews
Tired of your story not getting a lot of reviews or even views? What are you doing wrong? Maybe it's simple as typing 'I suck at summaries lol.' Explores some pitfalls writers have and how they can change. Chap. 14: Angst
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 14 - Words: 66,410 - Reviews: 118 - Favs: 108 - Follows: 45 - Updated: 4/3/2010 - Published: 12/15/2009
He Was Urked by RFLS reviews
I wondered about what happened to the knights who left bones and charred remains for the hero of a tale. Here's the result.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,749 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/2/2010 - Complete
Rise of Mpire by invincible13matt reviews
For almost 800 years the continent has been under the oppressive hand of the necromantic overlord Troy. But no longer, the people are preparing to rise up... to overthrow the monster. The only problem is, their savior is a coward.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 32 - Words: 109,158 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 3/20/2010 - Published: 12/9/2008
Asylum for the Clinically Insane by Dictionary Ink reviews
Welcome to the Asylum For The Clinically Insane. We have a Room for you, where, for the rest of eternity, you'll be able to create as you wish.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Supernatural/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,873 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Published: 3/19/2010 - Complete
The Wolf God by Hounskull reviews
A quick sketch up of an idea that kept playing over in my head of an anthrowolf god being summoned into battle by the loosing forces as a last desperate attempt at victory.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,017 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/15/2010 - Complete
Learning To Write Poetry by Enkay reviews
A short play for two. Christian is a kid who would do anything to get out of his podunk little town, but when his cousin visits him in the early hours of the morning, it becomes apparent that there may be more holding him there than he realizes.
Fiction: Play - Rated: T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,990 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/8/2010 - Complete
Demonic Power by UmbraTsuki reviews
A very short one-shot that I wrote yesterday...I can't really say anything without giving spoilers. It involves kinda-somewhat-demonic type stuff?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 466 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/3/2010 - Complete
Her Cursed Slipper by user254435384 reviews
My father was supposed to be KING. I was supposed to be the PRINCESS. Your father did NOTHING except get rid of him to take the throne." He shrugged."So? Bite me."--- a retelling of Cinderella.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 6,714 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 1/31/2010 - Published: 1/1/2010
Untitled by britanyd reviews
Klaus Windstrom finds himself stuck aboard the HMS Starfield and the corrupt truth of the world is revealed to him. In a race against time, they must find a hidden war machine on the lost island of Atlantis before it ends up the wrong hands. Steampunk.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,705 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 1/18/2010 - Published: 3/5/2009
Enemy by Nolan Robertson reviews
Ensign Nathaniel Hopewell is the only survivor when his ship crash-lands on an uninhabited planet. Now he must keep himself alive long enough to be rescued, a task that seems insurmountable in a desolate, unfriendly place, on his own. Or is he?
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 9 - Words: 27,006 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 1/5/2010 - Published: 10/3/2009 - Complete
Bewilderness by MrBillyD reviews
In a future rural community, a police sergeant investigates the cannibal murder of a teenage girl, who might have been killed by a group of visitors, from the fatally overpopulated City Building of Manhattan, where all they have to eat is each other.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 5 - Words: 9,784 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 11/23/2009 - Published: 11/10/2009
Derailed by MasteroftheGuild
A young man glimpses his future, and alters it in a devastating way. R&R appreciated.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,028 - Favs: 2 - Published: 11/14/2009 - Complete
The Archival Man by Scott Michael Holmes reviews
The Galaxy’s desire for the preservation of Wendell Bright, the last human being alive, is crucial if they wish to revel in the marvel of the human race.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 973 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/11/2009 - Complete
Alien Courtship by firemounrain reviews
A teenage romance goes messily wrong all over a spaceport.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,407 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/10/2009 - Complete
David defeats the dragon by firemounrain reviews
This is a short fantasy scene in which a hero defeats a monster and wins the girl. It's also the result of a class assignment where we were told to write "genre fiction" and I chose fantasy and used the most cliche formula I could think of.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 413 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/10/2009 - Complete
The Blind Assassins by Tyne-Byte reviews
Sakiel-Norn is a city riddled with secrets about its slaves and the amazing carpets they weave. Four children find themselves struggling to survive and grow up in a city corrupt with power and wealth. Full summary inside! Rating will go up!
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,812 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/7/2009
The Boy who would become a God by The Demonic Comic reviews
The Jester wants to tell you a story.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,544 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/6/2009 - Complete
Five in a Box by Rachek reviews
Marsh wakes up on a colony ship bound for the far reaches of the galaxy, ready for a year of fun and games before she returns to cryogenic sleep. Unfortunately, a missing passenger, an unexpected guest, and a boatload of aliens threaten to crash the party
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,246 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/2/2009
Untitled by watchfob reviews
The constant chase, the constant struggle. When will you realize you're running in circles?
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,980 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 11/1/2009 - Complete
The Butterfly Effect by Dictionary Ink reviews
That was the problem. They never expected me to live that long.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,112 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 7 - Published: 10/30/2009 - Complete
Bloodsword Victim by UnpublishedWriter reviews
A petty criminal comes into possession of a sword containing a soul-eating demon. All he sees is a chance at revenge.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,610 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/30/2009 - Complete
Bloodsword Origins by UnpublishedWriter reviews
The origin of a magical sword that corrupts its owners.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,643 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/7/2009 - Complete
Forgot the Keys by Draxis reviews
Star Scout Zarbin has a unique problem stranding him on a desert world.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,143 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/9/2009 - Complete
Of Questionable Contact: A Hard SF Story by RAKtheUndead reviews
The Hephaestus, a patrol spacecraft of the European Commonwealth Space Agency, is undergoing a mission around the orbit of Neptune, when a hostile enemy attacks unprovoked. With the Hephaestus in danger, its crew must pull together to destroy the enemy.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,554 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/18/2009
Modern Magic by Zi Jian reviews
A high fantasy genre parody set in a modern world.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 28 - Words: 104,893 - Reviews: 77 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 6/1/2009 - Published: 3/12/2009 - Complete
The Memory Eater's Daughter by JakeOfRavenclaw reviews
Not sure where I got the idea for this, but it's probably the longest complete story that I've written yet. About a particular species of parasite, and their relationship with humanity. Kinda rough at the moment...but, anyway, here it is.
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,027 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Published: 3/13/2009 - Complete
Some Sagely Wisdom by xlightupthenight
An error in sleepless Caleb's judgment has disastrous effects. If only he'd had some coffee!
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,837 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/23/2008 - Complete
Immortality's a Curse by Abyss Of Solitude reviews
Immortality. A curse to mankind, yet all want it; all strive for it. None obtain it. Except me.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,365 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/25/2008 - Complete
Fantasy Parodies by Lccorp2 reviews
Fantasy parodies, mocking anything and everything about the genre. You want to read these. You just know you want to.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Parody - Chapters: 15 - Words: 40,794 - Reviews: 335 - Favs: 167 - Follows: 65 - Updated: 1/18/2008 - Published: 8/12/2006
The 600th Anniversary by Wandersoul
This is what happens when we untangle the entire history of the Faldrean Empire in one week. Crazy noble ladies, a six year old spy kid, and the writer accidentally forgetting to kill the Emperor off.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,120 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/24/2007 - Complete
Kitsune Room by fishtheimpaler reviews
I’m writing this at a small table in a dark room. The kitsune is watching me write it . . . .
Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Horror/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,923 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/1/2006 - Complete
Rabid Plot Bunny by Byrdde reviews
It's watching me
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 625 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 6 - Published: 4/14/2003
cat's guide to fixing your computer by etcetera-cat reviews
I found this knocking around on one of my groups from when i did it last year and thought I'd inflict it on people here too! eheh heh heh ~^-^~
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 715 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Published: 1/4/2003
The Quest For Ice Quay by Ragnarok III reviews
Just a short story set in a fantasy type land
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,401 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/19/1999
Nightmares by Nightingale reviews
Two sisters lives are torn apart by strange circumstances, and a little help from the Agents...
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,329 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 2 - Published: 7/24/1999