Jul. 7th, 2017

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Dear AUExchange author,

Thank you for writing something for me! I have not done any duplicate-fandom nominations because I believe that in cases where I chose multiple characters/relationships, most of the AU tags would work with a focus on any of the characters/relationships. Please go with your gut and write the one that fits the best for you. If there is more than one relationship or character tag you like, feel free to include both but make the focus central to one in such a way that the narrative is manageable for you. Basically, feel free to interpret my prompts as you wish and to be creative. Anything I say in this letter, except for DNWs/Dislikes, is just a suggestion.

Dislikes: character bashing towards anybody, noncon, explicit gore, breathplay, serious or permanent injury related to sexuality, nihilism, hopeless endings (but sad is okay)

Likes: canon-typical violence, missing scenes, UST, emotional ambiguity, found families, developing or established relationships, time travel, pre-canon, post-canon, bedsharing, loyalty, worldbuilding, epistolary/journal/log fiction, monster-of-the-week / slice of ordinary life adventures, earned second chances, dealing with consequences, "what if" / canon divergent AUs, earned happy endings, holidays, casefic, groundhog day trope, mysteries, healing, survival (wilderness, zombie apocalypse, etc.), last stands, trying against impossible odds, succeeding against impossible odds, heartfelt goodbyes, unexpected reunions, foils

Since the AU tags themselves are prompts, I will leave those to speak for themselves and also include a few clarifying notes or thoughts where needed. Please feel free to focus on one character or relationship tag or to combine them (as long as they don't contradict relationships, etc.).

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Characters/Relationships Requested:

  • Relationship: Aang/Katara/Zuko

  • Relationship: Zuko & Iroh

  • Relationship: Zuko & Katara & Azula & Ty Lee & Mai

  • Zuko

AUs Requested

  • AU: Aang is discovered too late but the Gaang+Zuko mount a rebellion

  • AU: Katara is captured by the Fire Nation at the end of Book 2

  • AU: the Gaang captures Zuko

I have requested an OT3 between Aang, Katara, and Zuko as my only romantic relationship. If you would like to write about that, great! However, I would like to say that if you would like to include them in a gen relationship, that is okay, too. I love gen relationships between all of the Gaang, and I like the Fire Plastics, too.

I love the time setting and the use of bending. I would prefer if the setting remained the same, even if timing or other details are a bit different. If you choose to include sexual content, please make sure that the characters are of age of consent. These kids need time to grow up, and I don't want to read underage sexuality. However, if they are old enough, I am okay with any rating for this fandom! Please let me know some of what happened in the interim, if you go that way.

I like canon Katara/Aang, but I don't like the fact that it seemed so necessary to resolve it in less than a year when they were so young. I appreciate the strong indication that it was going to work out, but I would like a slower burn. It would also make it easier to work one's way into an OT3. It is okay if the OT3 starts out as a twosome, too, then builds into including three. But please, please, please remember I am 100% okay with a mutually gen relationship too.

I love Azula and Ty Lee and Mai and how they are friends but that Azula's power over her friends is really unhealthy. I would like to see that, if you choose that AU, and how Katara and Zuko react to that. If you do this fic, you could also include something where Aang and Sokka come to get Katara at some point, but that is also 1000% optional.

Arranged Marriage Trope is totally welcome in this fandom, too, if you wanted.

Iroh is my favorite parental figure, probably, in anything. Anything Zuko does in any of the AUs, I would love to know how he is involved and how he responds. If, for example, Zuko gets captured by the Gaang at some point, how does Iroh respond? Does he feel the need to try to rescue him? Does he change his mind later? Anything like that.

Zuko doesn't have to be the focal character of any of these, but I picked his single character tag in case you wanted him to be!

I am just throwing things out there, though! My tags are descriptive enough so please ignore these things if you already have something you want to write.

DC Cinematic Universe

Characters/Relationship Requested:

  • Relationship: Diana/Steve Trevor

AUs Requested

  • AU: Captain Kirk from Star Trek is Steve reincarnated

  • AU: Steve survives plane explosion from abilities unknown to him before then

  • AU: Soulmates reincarnate and find each other

  • AU: Barry Allen saves Steve from explosion through time travel

  • AU: Steve Trevor survives the events of the WW movie

If you do the Star Trek AU, please be advised that I've only seen the first Star Trek movie with Chris Pine in it. I liked it, though, so if you wanted to write that it might motivate me to watch the others. I love Steve Trevor so much, and that is a shortcut to seeing Diana in space.

If Steve has abilities, is reincarnated, or anything that involves him being anything but a mundane, ordinary human, you could take these ideas and run with them: Steve is a reincarnation of an Ancient Greek hero; Steve is some kind of creature from white, European mythology.

Any other DC characters are free to show up! I'm more familiar with the Arrowverse for Barry, so if you wanted to do a sort of Earth-fusion thing in that way, feel free, but don't feel obligated to. I've seen DC Cinematic Universe Barry in the trailers, at least. I also like the Batfam. Again, no pressure, just freedom!

I just fell in love with Diana/Steve. I love the fact that it isn't full gender role reversal given the time period but that it is a reversal of presumptive authority. Steve and the other men come to rely on Diana and her amazing abilities, even going so far as to lament having to do something "on their own" without her. I love that this film didn't shy away from traditional gender roles and the prejudices that go with them but allowed Diana to buck against them with her own ideals, culture, and personality, rather than just making it a sort of sweeping, hammy indictment of everyone.

I'd love it if they could get married or have a sort of agreement similar to marriage. I'd love to see them get to be intimate, but I would like something of a plot, so it's up to you!

If you do Soulmates and Reincarnation, I basically love any of those Soulmate AU things but maybe something with words or language would be cool since Diana can speak many languages.

Mass Effect Trilogy

Characters/Relationships Requested:

  • Relationship: Normandy Crew

  • Relationship: Male Shepard/Kaidan Alenko

  • Relationship: Female Shepard/Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect Trilogy)

  • Relationship: Jeff "Joker" Moreau/EDI

  • Female Shepard

  • Kaidan Alenko

  • Jeff "Joker" Moreau

  • Garrus Vakarian

AUs Requested:

  • AU: Reapers Don't Exist

  • AU: ME2 is About Finding an Alternative Way to Defeat the Reapers

  • AU: Just-Zombies/Husks AU but still In Space

  • AU: Everybody Lives

  • AU: Cerberus is Competent

  • AU: Female Shepard and Male Shepard are Siblings

  • AU: Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style Fusion

A ton of relationships listed above! Remember, pick a reasonable number for yourself and the ones you like the most.

For Reapers Don't Exist or Just-Zombies/Husks AU, or the Everybody Lives one, I would just like to see the Normandy Crew come together anyway. I would still like some conflicts and some stakes, but I would just like them to be smaller scale and more interpersonal to allow for more focus on the characters' and their individual relationships and morality rather than what must be done for the entire galaxy. I like survival fiction, serious and silly. One-blanket shipping trope is a classic I love.

ME2 has received a lot of plot criticism from some people I know for being sort of a weird detour rather than something that could have made the ME3 ending more palatable to more people. If you want to go a really world-build-y, plotty AU route, I'd be interested to see what you come up with! As with that, if you go for the Cerberus is Competent AU, instead of or in addition to, I would just like to see Cerberus as a viable, darker moral gray option if we're going to go with Shepard working with them. They just go from weird, pointless experience, too all their guys getting killed in this sort of meandering way and I would just like to see if you could create some cohesion and make it more of a choice.

Female and Male Shepard are Siblings AU could go with any of these! Or, if you choose to just have one Shepard around, I am okay with any Shepard, default or custom, and any background and psychological profile. I prefer Paragon or Paragade Shepards, but some Renegade stuff is fine.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style fusion honestly came from the fact that Seth Green's voice always made me think of his character, Oz, from BtVS. It occurred to me that this might go with my zombies/husks suggestion or give you a modern AU. Or it could be that the line of slayers has continued all the way up into human space colonization. Female Shepard could be the Slayer. I would also be open to any of the other female characters being the Slayer and Shepard being her muscle. Just, please make sure the Slayer is female, but the focal point of this story could be through Joker's eyes (meta joke), or anyone else's. Any character and relationship requested could fold into this. I seriously don't mind. Again, I love survival tropes, so just them getting through the day, slaying vampires or slaying zombies, would be great. If you do a modern AU with this, please, please let me have Garrus is still totally a turian and living on Earth somehow, if he's in it. Tell me how that works.

And, so far, I haven't said anything about Kaidan so here's a blurb about him. If you do anything with him, I just love that he is a biotic with faulty equipment. I love that he's a very competent soldier but has also chosen to hone his skills as a medic. I like the idea of mShep/Kaidan because I like the idea of a closeted bisexual soldier finally not being able to be silent about his feelings for a commanding officer when they both might die. Do with that what you will.

FemShep/Garrus is great because they start as brothers in arms, regardless of Shepard's gender, but then can go along this interesting path of almost accidentally stumbling into love from being friends with benefits that is really nice.

Joker/EDI is just great because I think it's amazing that Joker would so much rather deal with his ship than normal people problems.

Any rating is good! You can include sexuality if you like for any pairing I've requested.
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Dear Press Start author,

Thank you for writing something for me! This exchange is a new challenge for me. I am a fixation-game-player rather than someone who plays a ton of games. The games I do play I am really captivated with, but I think this was probably the first year I have had enough game fandoms to sign up for this exchange and I'm excited. That means the bar is so low for you that it barely exists, as far as pleasing me, as long as you abide by my dislikes. I hope you have fun with it! If you have something that leaps into your mind that doesn't really go with my prompts, feel free.

Dislikes: character bashing towards anybody, noncon, explicit gore, breathplay, serious or permanent injury related to sexuality, nihilism, hopeless endings (but sad is okay)

Likes: canon-typical violence, missing scenes, UST, emotional ambiguity, found families, developing or established relationships, time travel, pre-canon, post-canon, bedsharing, loyalty, worldbuilding, epistolary/journal/log fiction, monster-of-the-week / slice of ordinary life adventures, earned second chances, dealing with consequences, "what if" / canon divergent AUs, earned happy endings, holidays, casefic, groundhog day trope, mysteries, healing, survival (wilderness, zombie apocalypse, etc.), last stands, trying against impossible odds, succeeding against impossible odds, heartfelt goodbyes, unexpected reunions, foils

Fandom Specifics


Characters/Groups Requested:

  • Chell & Doug Rattmann

  • Chell/Wheatley

  • Chell

For Chell & Doug, I would like either an unlikely reunion fic, a story about Chell's feelings about her unseen friend, or something where they are kind of communicating through a space-time anomaly. It would be neat if Doug was already dead by the time Chell is awakened, but they are still able to communicate because of some kind of weird space-time thing. Whether or not it ultimately saved Doug would be up to you if you followed that prompt. I would also just like a Chell-centric fic where she responds to Doug's story and knows what he went through, even if he is long-gone. Or, if you'd like them to get to be more contemporaneous and to escape together and get to know what the other went through, that'd be cool too.

If you do Chell/Wheatley, feel free to do your own thing with it. However, I'd also like to note that I love the fic Blue Sky by Waffles, which is often what converts people to shipping Chell/Wheatley. That wasn't the case for me; I stumbled into Chell/Wheatley much more by accident before I ever read the fic. But I love that fic and extended universe stuff based on the fic is welcome. If you do your own thing, though, I would be interested in suddenly-android fics. I like fics where Wheatley was at least at one time his little ball self but then becomes a convincing humanoid. The adjustment, especially if Wheatley is attractive to Chell, too, could be cute-funny. I don't mind somewhat dark fic dealing with Wheatley's egotism as it was affected or accentuated by the chassis if you want to go that route. The musical cue when Chell realizes what is happening with Wheatley has always broken my heart, even before this shipping thing happened. If they were to escape the Labs together, I'd like to learn about what they find on the outside -- canon compliant or otherwise. Zombies, werewolves, nuclear wasteland survival -- whatever you want. I love survival stories and survival bonding.

For a Chell-centric fic, I'd love to read about any point in her life. If you wanted to write about little girl Chell and her parent who likely worked at Aperture before the fateful Bring Your Daughter to Work day, it would be neat if you did a sort of creepy, psychological horror thing with Chell sort of picking up on the fact that something is off before she ever comes to the place. If you wanted to write the story of her being processed in as a test subject, being determined to have impossible tenacity, and her rebellion, I would love that, too, since we have the hope of her escaping later. Any missing scenes during the games would be welcome, as would her survival after escaping. All I ask is that Chell lives!

Mass Effect Trilogy

Characters/Groups Requested:

  • Female Shepard/Garrus Vakarian

  • Male Shepard/Kaidan Alenko

I love that Shepard and Garrus are brothers in arms first, regardless of Shepard's gender. Then, if fem!Shepard play their cards right, they end up accidentally falling in love as a result of being friends with benefits and tried by fire. I just really like that it seems like no matter how you shook their relationship up, they would come out caring about each other without question. The fact that they seem to be genuinely into each other without really having a fetish or past inter-species relations is really appealing. Post-War survival fic would be nice. Missing scenes would also be good. I like survival and domestic situations equally. If you wanted to write something about them interacting with war orphans it would melt my heart.

For Male Shepard and Kaidan, I just really want to know more about the development of their chemistry. I like the fact that m!Shep and Kaidan can't have a romance until ME3 because I tend to think of it as them just being a lot more tangled in multiple layers of possible social taboos and denial and finally just really needing to acknowledge their feelings before it's too late. I would really like the "before it's too late" theme to play into a fic about them, even if you turn around and give them a happy ending after all. Awkward unresolved romantic and sexual tension would also be appreciated, taking place in ME1 or ME2. I love the fact that Kaidan is a powerful biotic and a medic, so if that played into it that'd be great. Wound care hurt/comfort, maybe?

Fallout: New Vegas

Characters/Relationships Requested:

  • Female Courier

  • Female Courier/Benny

  • Male Courier/Craig Boone

Female Courier on her own and with any companions you choose! If she has the dog, keep the dog alive! Other than that, go nuts. I would just love to know some of her adventures, either in line with a quest or perhaps to know more about how she got to where she ended up at the beginning of the game. I would just really like to get to know her as a fleshed out person. How did she become a courier? Did she have a past beyond that? Maybe a tag scene right before Benny shoots her would be an idea to start with and work backward, but really, whatever you want to do pre-, during, or post- game.

For Female Courier/Benny, I am not looking for a healthy romance fic, let me be clear. I just was a little bit shocked when I found out that one could seduce him as a possible response to finding him? It's obviously so, so messed up, but the one time I was playing with a character I decided could stomach it, I was really disappointed with the possible resolutions. You could either shoot him in his sleep, or if you went to sleep, he would just leave you a note and leave you. Neither of those things were satisfying to me. I honestly wanted something more like a mutually weird psychological thing where Female Courier got to kind of get her revenge through making Benny feel increasingly messed up and haunted by a living woman. I wanted New Vegas Bonnie and Clyde with a mix of crime and vigilantism, or something. I want the kind of messed up psychology described to be mutual. That would be interesting to me, if you have the stomach to handle writing it for me.

For Male Courier/Craig Boone, I just... had never thought about this and then really liked the tag? I like Boone as a companion, but since I had played as the Female Courier this specifically never occurred to me. I would like you to flesh out Male Courier, as you'd like. I just thought that if this were a relationship that might occur that it might cater to one of my favorite things which is bisexual people kind of coming to terms with being bisexual and having it be a good thing in their lives instead of getting them judged and left alone. If Craig was able to deal with his grief for his wife but then found really unexpected new love while killing the heck out of the Legion, that would be fantastic. Long talks in shoddy shelter and bonding leading to romance? I love survival tropes leading to bonding, so go for it.