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Welcome to 21 Days of Valdemar!

Put on your party hats - it’s time for the Dead Vanyel Memorial Party! Vanyel is OFFICIALLY the Woobiest of the Woobies, and we celebrate in his honour!


No More Fills posted here! Post to AO3 or FF.Net and post the link here!

Discussion Post | Mod Call Post | Resources Post


Day 1 -Aug. 9 - Prompts! You will have seven days to put as many prompts as you'd like on this post. And if you start writing them early, well that's just good planning!

Day 8 - Aug. 16 - Prompting ends, posting begins! You have 14 days to write, draw, and potentially diorama as many prompts as you can.

Day 19 - Aug. 27 - This is the cut-off day for prompters to reply to any questions about their prompt. Unanswered questions are considered enthusiastic agreement.

Day 21 - Aug. 29 - Last day of posting! All fills must be posted by 11:59 PM North American Mountain Time.
Day 22 - Aug. 30 - Party time! You now have the option of going unanon and reposting everything you've done to AO3 under our fancy AO3 Collection. Or unanoning in whatever manner you please.

(Click on the dates for countdowns; the fest is following MDT/Mountain Time)


For the purposes of this fest, the prompts themselves are warnings. If you have issues with this policy, we recommend either not participating or using Dreamwidth blocker.

Joining the 21_days community is optional for prompters, fillers, and all interested parties; we have some extra content for comm members, but this prompt/fill post, the discussion post, and the mod call post are open for everyone.

MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Posting unanon will be deleted. This doesn't mean you aren't welcome here! And if you'd like the content of your comment PMed to you, contact the MOD CALL post.

For Prompters and Readers

  1. Subject lines should include the series, characters and/or pairing you want. Feel free to be as descriptive as you'd like. Warnings aren't required, but they also aren't banned.
  2. You don't have to write or draw. It's anon, there's no IP-tracking, and we aren't going to stalk you.
  3. Do not comment on other people's prompts to try and change pairings or characters. Post your own version with the characters you want instead.
  4. If you fail to respond to a 'is this okay?' kind of question about any of your prompts by the 19th day, it'll be taken as an enthusiastic yes, no matter what the question is.
  5. There are no subject bans. You may prompt anything you want.
  6. If you don't want to answer any questions, you can say so, and that will work as blanket permission for anything people might want to do with your prompt.
  7. Prompts for non-Valdemar Mercedes Lackey series are allowed.

For Artists and Writers

  1. No claiming prompts, please, as multiple fills are welcome!
  2. Minimum wordcount per fill is 100 words.
  3. All content is allowed and all warnings are optional, but if you want to write or draw extreme kinks** for a prompt that doesn’t specifically request them, you have ask the prompter first.
  4. If the artist requests it, the mods will repost art fills as an embedded picture in a reply to their comment. NSFW art will be labelled as such in the subject line by re-posting mods. Art involving underaged characters in porn situations will not be re-posted as an embed.
  5. RPF of underage people is not allowed. We're not even sure if it's possible for Valdemar fic, but whatever. It's not allowed.

** "extreme kinks" for the purposes of this exchange include but are not necessarily limited to: extreme underage, major character death, scat/watersports/emetophilia, extreme gore, and bestiality. Please use reasonable discretion, and ask a mod if you have any questions!

For Everyone

This is a Choose Not to Warn fest. At no point will any comment be deleted for failure to warn of its content in the subject lines. They will be deleted for rampaging dickery and failure to follow the rules.

Unanon comments will be deleted.

Attempts at policing other people's fun will be deleted.

Prompts posted after the end of the 7th day will be deleted.

Links to off-meme posts posted prior to end of the 21st day will be deleted.

Concerns are to be directed to the MOD CALL post. If posted here, they will be deleted.

Fills that have spectacularly failed to fulfill the prompt/been posted to the wrong spot will be screened. You can request a copy of your work at the MOD CALL post.

The rules may change without warning in response to unforeseen circumstances, like us thinking of better ones.

From: (Anonymous)
....didn't really hit the return to Haven part. But I got the rest of it?

"The Embodiment of Evil"


Vanyel stood alone before the throng of darkness. Panting for breath, pale with exertion, he felt stretched beyond the limits of human ability. He was become something else, something both more and less than the mage he’d been before this battle. He was a dream, a nightmare made flesh to face down the terror from the North.

And the enemy emerged, dressed in darkness, shaped from darkness, a terrible and beautiful midnight with piercing eyes. Leareth. Leareth, with black eyes and cheekbones sharp as daggers, with magic crackling up from his talon-like fingernails, with pure evil emanating from the depths of his shallow soul, with an expression of—

Of utter bewilderment.

“Vanyel Ashkevron,” gasped the embodiment of pure evil. “You are—gods—so beautiful...”

This wasn’t like his dream at all, thought Vanyel. In his dream, Leareth stood strong, immovable and terrifying, an unstoppable force of either. In reality, this was—kind of pathetic?

“You will not take Valdemar,” snarled Vanyel in an attempt to get this back on track.

Leareth clutched at his chest and staggered. “I mean, I knew you were pretty, I’ve seen you from afar, but—this is—”

“Begone, creature of darkness!” screamed Vanyel, throwing a mage-bolt at Leareth’s heart. This was getting incredibly embarrassing; he could feel Yfandes’ amusement rising beside him.

Leareth deflected the mage-bolt with a wave of his hand, but his face still contorted in agony. “So….pretty…” he whispered—and then collapsed onto the ground, twitching.

With each convulsion, a wave of magical destruction burst out of him. Vanyel and Yfandes barely got their shields up in time. The dark army was not so lucky; by the time Leareth fell still, awkward and grotesque upon the snow, every member of the horde lay with him, just as still and just as dead.

Vanyel hesitantly let his shields drop. Nothing happened.

:Well, Chosen,: said Yfandes, with the rare and specific tone of one who is both relieved to be alive but kind of miffed about not getting the chance to fulfill their long-awaited heroic destiny, :I guess it’s time to go back to Haven.:


“Vanyel!” cried Stefen, flinging himself into his lover’s arms. The Herald and Companion had met the guard contingent on their way to the battlefield.

Under the astonished gaze of the guard—whether at the sight of the Herald’s return from certain doom or at the sight of two men so entranced with each other—Vanyel embraced him, burying his face in the auburn curls, and felt himself finally relax. “Stefen,” he choked. “Gods, I love you.”

“What happened?” asked Stefen. “How did you defeat him?”

Vanyel considered recounting the truth of the matter, then shuddered, and in that moment made a solemn vow of silence with Yfandes.

“I can’t speak of it,” he said instead, his tears of distress entirely unfeigned. “It was just too horrible.”
From: (Anonymous)


omg, nonnie, you wonderful, wonderful diamond!


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