I do quite a bit of back and forth discussing characters and such but I NEVER WRITE ANYTHING DOWN and I forget all the details so this is me archiving stuff I have discovered/written about doll-canon for some of my characters. There will be more entries like this in the future.
Some of this (the September stuff) I have posted previously to Ravelry. The new stuff is regarding my 2014 summer event Kid Delf head who I took some photos of for a photo request on Den of Angels and all of a sudden BACK-STORY!!
(December 8, 2014)
is a half-Fae boy, who follows Christian through one of the Doors of
The Forest, and ends up trapped on Earth for about 6 months, from
mid-Summer, to Winter.
His magical abilities include talking to
the trees (they don't talk like the ones from his home) and taking the
forms of animals as well as an assortment of basic runes. He
accidentally ran away from home basically, during his schooling years,
so his magical training is not complete.
Crunchy is a poor
approximation of his name (which is Wood Elf) which translates to
something like the wind through the trees, leaves falling, and the
footfalls of animals on the forest floor. Somehow that gets lost in
translation as "Crunchy".
He comes from a large family of Wood
Elves, with a Human father. His father has hazel eyes and sandy brown
hair. His mother has light green shimmering skin, white hair, and amber
eyes. She is not fully Wood Elf, and has other Fae in her family tree.
Most of Crunchy's siblings are older, green-skinned, and elf earred.
Some of them have Human colored skin but still have elf ears, and some
have Human ears and Elf skin. Most of them have golden eyes. Crunchy is
the only one with Human skin and ears and Purple eyes, which are a
genetic throwback to his Great-Grandfather on the Elf side, who was some
different sort of Fae. Crunchy does have his mother's white hair.
Crunchy's magic seems to be of the Elven
sort, rather than the kind his father has. Humans can make a contract
with the King of the Forest to stay forever in the Forest in exchange
for some magical ability. If they succeed in the process (which can be
incredibly intense) they end up being magically tattooed usually from
the neck down with vines branching down and intertwining to represent
the magic of the Forest. Usually these go all over the body and branch
down all the way to the toes, starting up at the neck, or over the heart
and branching both up and down. The intensity of tattooing is physical
representation of the power you receive, and many can't stomach the
process so end up aborting it. Unfortunately they have entered the
contract so they aren't able to leave the Forest, and they are stuck
with whatever markings they got through, but they will have limited, if
ANY power because the process isn't complete. This is not something that
can be attempted more than once.
Crunchy's father's vines start
at his neck just under the ears and twist and branch off swirling and
intertwining down his torso, arms, legs and ending in little roots
across his toes. He has a respectable amount of natural power to tap
into because he was able to withstand the process the whole way. His
vines are green and gold and shimmer with magical essence. They
compliment his eyes and hair, and match the skin of his chosen wife.
Children of the Forest don't wear clothing as the temperature tends
towards mild for most of the long Autumn, but those who do "fleece up"
in Fleece freely given from the Native Forest people of the North who
shed the fleece in the warm times and send it to the Castle to be
distributed as it's needed for bedding or to be made into clothing for
the various people who are more temperature sensitive or come from
cultures where clothing is more expected.
Crunchy doesn't wear
much. He has a woven loincloth with embroidered vines at the edges, and
finds that more than sufficient for most of the year. When it gets very
briefly cold he tends to nest in his fleecy bed until the brief summer
hits before the long Autumn begins again.
In the time that he
was trapped on Earth until he convinced Zephi to open the Door when the
snow was heavy, he was given a scarf intended for Zephi, and some
hand-warmers and a hat from Christian. Zephi also gave him some fleecy
pajamas since Forest people don't wear skins or leathers, and denim is
completely unnatural and made Crunchy nervous.
run away on purpose. He saw Christian open the Door to go home, and
being a curious 11-year-old (or so) followed him, slipping through the
door after him. Crunchy can't OPEN the door on his own, so he was stuck
until he was finally able to convice Zephi to open the door. He would
have asked Christian to open it for him but he's a bit scared of
Christian because he can see his magical aura and the power and
intensity makes him nervous. He was surrounded by magic in the Forest so
it didn't seem as intense blurred with all the magical feedback on the
other side of the door, but shortly after he passed through and saw the
complete LACK of magic aside from Christian's intense aura he freaked
He did try to approach Christian ONCE after talking with
Zephi, in the form of an Animal, but he got it wrong. Zephi pointed to a
fox and asked him to take that shape to approach Christian since
Crunchy messed up his ward of discretion and his attempt at a Glamor and
is just invisible to most people, Zephi can see him, Christian and
Lorelei, and Oliver and Severus can see him too, but he doesn't think
they can, since Zephi's parents can't and he's too nervous to go onto
Christian's property. Crunchy was concentrating so hard on getting the
shape right he didn't think about the color and approached Christian as a
BRIGHT PURPLE fox (his eye color), and before he could speak Christian
told him "Um you're the wrong color." and Crunchy freaked out and ran
Zephi had been avoiding the door, because he got chewed out
for wandering through the forest up the Christian's house and making
himself at home (to be friends!). He was strongly discouraged from
wandering onto peoples' property, and he didn't initially recognize that
the Door is magical. He assumed it was a private gate to someone's
Zephi doesn't really have any awareness that he is
"weird" in talking to animals and being able to see and open the door.
He has a knack for languages and is VERY friendly so he is friends with
most of the wildlife in the forest that his backed against his 1 acre
back yard. He and Christian are probably the only people on Earth who
can actually communicate with Crunchy since Crunchy doesn't speak
When Crunchy gets back to the Forest he finds that
three years have passed in the six months he spent on Earth and his
family have assumed that he wandered off and got drowned by a mermaid or
something since he was at that age of doing stupid curious things and
he was just GONE for three years. So in the span of him being gone they
moved to a different village, had two more children and continued with
their lives. Crunchy always stood out amongst his siblings as appearing
"too human" so when he found that his family hadn't particularly missed
him, he left and decided to live on his own.
This is not
particularly uncommon among the Fae of the Forest. Many children leave
their nests and take on their own lives pretty young, and especially if
one of their parents is Non-Fae, since they tend to BREED (Humans
especially) and it makes for cramped, loud, living.
up house in the Forest when he's in his teens as a base to store clothes
and things and a place to get his bearings when he falls through time
and space. Frequently he will find a Door and find his way to his home,
made of old stone instead of the living trees.
Amelia also sets
up a home of her own while she is fairly young, in her village. Children
are encouraged to practice their magic, and seek out tutors or
apprenticeships, and Amelia ends up settling down on the fringes of the
village happy in a peaceful life.
Crunchy is less happy and
feels a bit abandoned by his family as Wood Elves tend to stay TOGETHER
in bands and tribes, but since his mother partnered with a Human she has
already kind of strayed from tradition, and has made her own tribe by
just continuing to have lots of children. Most Fae are content to have
just one child, maybe two, but usually decades apart, tending to raise
them one at a time. Crunchy is about 12 months (average fae gestation)
older and younger than his closest siblings. He has about a dozen
siblings and there is a slight gap between his youngest few siblings and
the two just under him. This gap was the healing period when his father
was recovering from the physical toll of the magical contract with the
Crunchy ends up working on his magic for about a forest
year before he follows Christian through the door again and when he
comes through again not much time has passed in Zephi's world. Winter is
over, but it's chilly spring. He has studied Humans and regions and
decides on a Glamor of blond hair and blue eyes since he sees Sebastian
during his first stay (Christian's partner) and decides that Sebastian
looks like a friendly person so he wants to emulate that. He practices
his animal shapes (AND COLORS) and also studies translation spells,
hoping to be able to communicate with more than just Zephi when he comes
through again. The winter frightens him but he thinks that he wants to
try living on Earth and being friends with Zephi, since Zephi kept him
fed and safe and warm while he was trapped on earth.
parents thought he was an Imaginary friend, since he was invisible to
them, and Crunchy spent much of the colder part of his stay living in
Zephi's tree house, with a pile of blankets and whatever food Zephi can
sneak to him. Most Forest folk are vegetarian but this isn't really an
issue since Zephi is a vegetarian, and brings fresh fruits, veggies,
nuts, berries, and breads and cookies that his parents, and Christian
(September 6, 2014)
Christian and some
friends went down to Florida for spring break Freshman year of college,
and their friend Rei ended up in jail for probably public nudity or
intoxication or both. So Christian and the rest of the group did what
poor college students can, and went to a sperm bank to get bail money
for Rei. Christian wasn’t particularly comfortable with this but went
with it because they couldn’t very well leave Rei in jail in Florida.
This is canon in Allister’s doll world.
Some years later my Soony
(who I do not yet have in doll form, and therefore hasn’t settled on a
name proper, and will be referred to as Soony, has black or dark brown
hair, dark brown eyes, she’s meant to be Asian) came out as a lesbian to
her Mother, who was surprisingly supportive except that she wanted
grandbabies. So, when Soony insisted that she was not at all interested
in men, but was open to being a mother, her Mom told her that she would
pay for invitro fertilization so that she could have her grandbaby. She
also offered to raise the child if Soony wasn’t up for it.
said that she would need to discuss with her long time girlfriend (now
wife, also not yet in resin form) Lishe (who is a Ginger, BRIGHT red
hair, grey-hazel eyes), and Asian Mom agreed, after they discussed, to
pay for invitro for them both, as a wedding gift. Lishe’s family were
thrilled because they also wanted grandbabies, and while they were
incredibly supportive of their girl (who has three brothers, maybe never
in resin form), they were hoping she would eventually settle down and
have a family.
Lishe, Soony, and Asian Mom all went through a
bunch of different profiles from the local (Florida) sperm bank, and
settled on Christian’s because they liked the college he was attending,
the described physical attributes, and interests, and his general
answers to the questions given on the form. Asian Mom actually bought up
the entire sample and has it stored, but the invitro took the first
time, and Lishe and Soony were lucky (and drove each other a bit nuts)
being pregnant for roughly the exact same time.
Simon Oliver (Soony’s boy) was born first, April 17th, and Owen Sebastian (Lishe’s boy) was born May 7th.
has his own complicated backstory, and they (Soony and Lishe) end up
connecting through a gay parents group, where he also meets Robbie,
Christopher Owen’s dad.
After comparing photos of Lorelei,
Christian’s daughter, and Simon Oliver and Owen, and realizing that he
was an Alumni of the school of their donor and went on spring break to
their part of Florida a bit before they chose their sample, they had a
blood test done, and were all a bit stunned and delighted (and probably a
bit horrified on Christian’s part) that Christian was actually the
biological father of their two sons.
As a particular bit of
kismet, Lishe’s family is actually from the area where Christian ends up
settling down, so when she goes for her frequent visits home with the
boys, Christian gets to see his sons, and Lorelei gets some interaction
with her half brothers.
After a little time, it becomes obvious
that Owen is on the Autism spectrum, and Christian explains that it
comes from his genetics, as his brother is on the spectrum as well. All
of this information is based on my own life experience with people and
children on the spectrum, no assumptions, and not generally vocalized.
It manifests as Owen being mostly non-verbal and standoffish to most
people. He climbs all over Christian’s brother Ollie, and Lishe, who is
his bio-Mom, and sometimes Asian Grandma, but pretty much doesn’t
tolerate interaction with anyone else. His Moms compared his progress
and development to his brother’s and since they were born so close
together the difference was pretty obvious and they were able to catch
it very early.
The best part of this complicated story, is that
even after I eventually live elsewhere(like in England with my fiance),
it will not destroy the intricately woven web, because the boys don’t
LIVE with or near Christian, they just visit, and ultimately he has his
own complicated family.
Pictured, Robbie with Christopher Owen, and Christian with Simon Oliver.
(September 12, 2014)
I was discussing some of October’s backstory with Osaka and it gelled a
bit more. Some of it is a mystery, but it’s beginning to slowly unfold.
I already knew that October was “The Pumpkin Prince” but I had no frame
of reference. He’s obviously a baby, and there is definitely something
magical about him, but I didn’t really have any details because.. he’s a
I’ve determined that his father is something like a
demi-god, who we’ll call “The King of the Forest” and created a world,
an eternal forest of Autumn. The leaves of the trees are always red and
gold, except for about a two week period where the trees go bare, and
then green again, and there is just a burst of growth in all the
plant-life. Then time resumes it’s ebb and flow, stuck perpetually in a
state of Autumn, with the days alternating between a little brisk, and
warm enough that you don’t need a jacket or long sleeves, but not warm
enough to comfortably swim.
The world is roughly the size of the
North American Continent with some colder sections and warmer sections,
North and South respectively. That’s not the shape, but the size. It’s
significantly larger than the pocket dimension (in comparison) where the
magic beings such as Starshine, Doran, Moonbeam, and Innis come from,
which is basically a small magical version of the UK, but slightly more
sprawling, and not necessarily a group of islands.
In the waters
of this world, it’s not safe to swim, regardless of temperature as there
are the traditional drag you to your death type of mermaids. There are
some small streams and such where you can safely get drinking water, but
bodies of water such as lakes or oceans are too dangerous to approach
at night or even in day, depending on how deep they are.
of the Forest created the world and wove it into space and time,
connecting it to many different worlds via enormous oak doorways with
arched double-doors that lead to each world. The doors only open one day
a year, in each of these worlds, and on Earth (or at least doll-reality
Earth) that is All Hallows Eve.
The Kind is a benevolent
creature, with the appearance of a man, but great stag-like horns, which
might be a fancy headdress, but might actually be attached, it’s hard
to tell, and he rarely leaves the confines of his castle except to check
the various doors and make sure that they are functioning correctly.
people are able to enter the doors by pushing them open from their own
world, if they have a particular gift for magic, or are otherwise
gifted, and all are welcome as guests in this, the land of the lost.
Many slip through the doors, drawn in like moths to a flame when the
doors come open on Halloween, from all times and dimensions, but if they
don’t leave before night’s end they are stuck until the door opens
Time doesn’t flow naturally in this plane of existence,
and some doors open every two weeks or so, while some open every few
years in the time of the Forest. You can never tell how much time has
passed since you passed through, or even if you will end up in the same
world you came from. Each door has a fixed position and a fixed time for
opening, but at any one time, there is at least one door open, and
sometimes people terrified upon finding themselves “trapped” in an
alternate dimension will travel until they find another open door and
run through it, which can have them falling through time and space to an
entirely different world, or another time and space on their own world.
If you wait, and go back through the door you came through, you will
always come out where you came in, but unless you have come through
before, you have no idea how much time will have passed in your world,
just that you will come out exactly where you were. For some, it’s
hours, some years, and others CENTURIES have passed even if they go
through the same door they entered. The only time that time is synced
up, is if you have the talent to OPEN the door, or if you come through
when it is open, and for the duration of that door being open. Once it
closes time resumes it’s pace and the worlds are no longer synced until
the door opens again.
At each door is a village. Most of these
have sprung up well after the King made the world, as a result of the
natural Fae (for lack of better descriptor) and visitors forming
villages and interbreeding. These villages host feasts and serve the
guests that come through the doors until they leave, so you have a font
of eternal hospitality if you lose catch of time and find yourself still
in the world after the doors close. The only people who may find
themselves unwelcome are those that attack the native peoples, and they
are seized by the King’s guards (stationed at EVERY door) who will send
them to the nearest open door and throw them through it, regardless of
where and when that will send them. The King will come by before they
are ejected from his universe and place a mark on them, that disallows
use of any of the magic doors ever again. It’s not visible except to
magic users, and once they are through the door, the magic of the world
that acts as an auto-translation device is over.
People who may
have lived for years happily in the forest as guests but decide to leave
together, may find when they leave that they can no longer understand
each other, even though it hasn’t been a problem up until they left the
Forest. Many of them return as soon as the door opens again (unless they
are found before then by the people of the world they end up in) and
will stay forever, setting up home in one of the many villages,
breeding, and adding to the eternal hospitality of the realm, until they
eventually die of old age. People will age at the normal rate of the
world they came from, but since time is in fluctuation in different
parts of the realm, some may die (aged 100 or so) much sooner than
someone else who appears to be the same age, depending on region. The
only true immortal seems to be the King of the Forest.
to know more about The King, as he appears to be a god, and while he has
fathered a child it seems like it was more at the whim of a mortal
woman who came through and attempted to manipulate him with seduction.
He didn’t mind the companionship, but when she became pregnant he didn’t
allow her to leave, as no one of the Forest is allowed to leave, unless
they are also a descendant of someone from another world. She tried to
leave and take the Princeling with her, and was stopped at the castle
gates by the guards who told her that while she was free to leave (as
all guests are) by no means could she take a child of the Forest with
her, and certainly not the son of their King. She tried to insist, but
couldn’t really argue when the whole of the Forest came upon her and
plucked the child from her hands.
My impression of her, was that
the child was not an intended consequence and she was just trying to
leave since the King seemed immune to her manipulation techniques. She
tried to take the child because regardless of how it happened, she felt
he was hers to take, as she came from modern (slightly in our future)
Human time, from a highly pro feminine rights place, and most women are
given automatic parental rights in cases of separation of the parents,
as they are the ones that actually gave birth.
In the event that
she try to come back and steal the child, the King marked her as
unwelcome, so even if she were to try, she could never find the door
again, even on Halloween.
October has a group of guards, nurses,
and young servants who play with him and while he isn’t exactly an
infant, he is smaller than the average human toddler. His father seems
enchanted by him, but doesn’t interact with him a great deal, as the boy
grows in forest time, so he has an incredibly long life ahead of him to
grow and develop, both physically, and any magical talents that he
The forest is home to people of all worlds, Giants,
Halflings, Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Fae of all kinds, from many different
worlds, and all of the Forest’s natural Fae are Animal in nature and
appearance, with the intelligence of an average person (of any race of
species). There are some that are smarter, some that are dull, and some
that are more human in appearance than animal.
The world is
peaceful and does not know war, as anything that might harm the guests
is handled by the guards immediately by being hurled back through
whatever Gate they game through, or if they are a natural Forest
occurrence, corralled back to their region, where they will not prey
upon or disturb the villages.
October is an intelligent boy, who
seems very small, has strange ideas about things, like proclaiming that
he sprung fully formed from a Pumpkin. It’s likely that he doesn’t
remember his mother, as she tried to make her escape when he was about a
month old, when she’d just about have healed from giving birth. If you
were to compare his development, cognitively, he’d compare to somewhere
between 2-3 years old of the average human child. Limited speech, basic
grasp of walking, and balance, but lots of creativity, and happy to
Other important tidbits of knowledge, are that the
trees are sentient (like the Ents of Tolkien’s world) and will scream if
you attack them. They can give wood freely, and will, if asked. They
will also form themselves into huge natural houses, with branches woven
together so tightly for roofs, that not a single drop of rain can
penetrate it. They can’t really do doors or hinges, so most doorways
have natural hooked notches to hang fabric from for privacy. There IS
indoor plumbing by way of magic users and naturally occurring springs
and fountains, but no electricity. All the villages are either these
living wooden homes, or homes made from stone gathered near the waters
edge (which is much more dangerous).
The King’s Castle and walls
seem to be natural stone that juts straight out of the ground, covered
in moss, ivy, and other natural plants. The gates are made of wood given
by the trees and hung with heavy metal hinges. They can be opened with a
light push if you have the magical gift of travel, but are heavy as
lead or gold and can’t be budged if you don’t. They seem to open on
their own when it is time for them to be open, and part of the King’s
routine is to check on the magic that makes them work, and make sure
that each gate or door is functioning correctly so that they sync up and
people can travel safely through them at all times.
As far as I
know the only characters I have that are likely to have been in the
forest (by way of natural magic) would be Apollo, Moonbeam, Ichigo, and
Zephi. Zephi can see the gates year round, as there is one in the woods
behind his house but he avoids it, assuming it is an estate gate to a
private landowner, and not wanting to get into trouble for sneaking onto
someone else’s property.
I do have a doll in mind
for The King of the Forest. I've decided I want to do a Full Choice SID
Claude in Light Brown skin from Iplehouse and track down the
Benmore/Cernunnos horns for him.
That is all for now! Thanks for reading! I apologize for the scattered way that I write. @_@