black_sluggard: (spider)
One of the odd things I love about Archive of Our Own is that, every once in a while, I'll find worthwhile reading there other than fic. There are a fair number of fandom essays hosted on the site, from author's arguments for or against a specific ship or characterization, to handy "how to" guides for certain tropes.

"Real Wolf Packs and How They Relate to Teen Wolf Werewolves" by burntotears )

"Ignorance of the Privileged: Problems With Erasing or Overlooking the Evidence of Hatred" by TeaOli )

"Bad Romance: Dracula, Twilight and Rape Culture" by 100indecisions )
black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
Considering the significe the date carries in "Black Edelweiss", I was disappointed in myself not having anything to post today. I considered doing a manip, but every concept I tried out for it came off as shallow and somewhat exploitative of the tragedies involved. So, since I have no new content to post, I thought I'd explore some of the elements behind Konrad/Kevin's backstory and why I chose them for the fic.

plus, bonus Vonnegut fan-wankery )
black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
This has been up on youtube for a while now, but I figured I'd post this and the Life video in their own post so they can be commented on here rather than having to brave the scary shores of tube-space.

Warning for spoilers if you haven't read Black Edelweiss:


black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
Title: Black Edelweiss
Series: Zeitgeist
Follows: One Giant Leap
Wordcount: 1,253
Summary: Two weeks after Claire Bennet's televised leap from the Ferris wheel, the 12th handles it's first case delving into the strange world of specials. Evidence points the investigation toward a former Company Agent, a man Noah Bennet would swear up and down doesn't exist.
Details: Minimal details due to inflation. Full warnings and details in main post.
Warning: This interlude contains spoilers for the Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap.

Konrad—Manhattan, New York; August 1968 )
black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
Title: Black Edelweiss
Series: Zeitgeist
Follows: One Giant Leap
Wordcount: 2,284
Summary: Two weeks after Claire Bennet's televised leap from the Ferris wheel, the 12th handles it's first case delving into the strange world of specials. Evidence points the investigation toward a former Company Agent, a man Noah Bennet would swear up and down doesn't exist.
Details: Minimal details due to inflation. Full warnings and details in main post.

Konrad & Adam—Brooklyn, New York; February, 1959 )
black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
Two manips I made for my CastlexHeroes crossover "Black Edelweiss". Please don't click the cut if you haven't read, because these pictures give away a key part of the plot. I've gone back and edited a link to these into the appropriate chapter so that new readers can see them from there...

...plot spoilers beneath the cut. )
black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
Title: Black Edelweiss
Series: Zeitgeist
Follows: One Giant Leap
Wordcount: 1,238
Summary: Two weeks after Claire Bennet's televised leap from the Ferris wheel, the 12th handles it's first case delving into the strange world of specials. Evidence points the investigation toward a former Company Agent, a man Noah Bennet would swear up and down doesn't exist.
Details: Minimal details due to inflation. Full warnings and details in main post.


Adam & Konrad—Dresden, Germany; February 13, 1945 )
black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
Title: Black Edelweiss (Interlude)
Series: Zeitgeist
Follows: One Giant Leap
Wordcount: 1,400
Summary: Three days after Claire Bennet's televised leap from the Ferris wheel, Javier needs help coming to terms with what this new world of specials means for him...
Details: Minimal details due to inflation. Full details and warnings in main post.

Konrad & Fritz—Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland; January 1945 )
black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
Title: Black Edelweiss
Series: Zeitgeist
Follows: One Giant Leap
Wordcount: 1,639
Summary: Two weeks after Claire Bennet's televised leap from the Ferris wheel, the 12th handles it's first case delving into the strange world of specials. Evidence points the investigation toward a former Company Agent, a man Noah Bennet would swear up and down doesn't exist.
Details: Minimal details due to inflation. Full details in main post.
Warnings: While it's mentioned in the main post, I wanted to highlight the fact that this (optional) chapter contains some disturbing imagery and gore.


Konrad—Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau,Poland; December 1944 )
black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
Title: Black Edelweiss
Series: Zeitgeist
Follows: One Giant Leap
Fandoms: Castle, Heroes.
Rating: R
Genre: Sci-fi, Suspense, Angst, case fic (if you squint).
Warnings: References to vivisection, torture, human experimentation, September 11th, and the Holocaust.
Details: Pre-slash, crossover, AU, genre-crack, angst, character focus slanted by shameless author bias, interpretation of minor characters bordering on OCs, angst, blatant denial of canon character deaths, questionable character deconstruction (to say the least), "morally grey", canon abuse, time travel, and angst.
Wordcount: 113k+
Characters/Pairings: Castle—ensemble, Ryan/Esposito pre-slash. Heroes—Noah, Angela, Tracy, Hiro, Peter, Sylar, mention of various others. Allusions to characters from NCIS.
Summary: Two weeks after Claire Bennet's televised leap from the Ferris wheel, the 12th handles it's first case delving into the strange world of specials. Evidence points the investigation toward a former Company Agent, a man Noah Bennet would swear up and down doesn't exist.
Notes: Takes place post-series for Heroes, and post- Nikki Heat and Knockdown for Castle. Takes place after my story "One Giant Leap" (for a given value of "after").
I'm fudging the timeline of both shows a bit, but specifically for Heroes, assuming a longer period of time between Volume 3 and 4, and that the series finale, Brave New World, took place in early December of 2010.
Disclaimer: Slash, superpowers and Nazis.
And while it seems almost a waste of time to disclaim this, no, I am not in any way a supporter of Nazi ideals, white supremacy or the Third Reich. I'm just an insane history-loving sci-fi nerd, and I like to acknowledge that Nazis, despite having been human beings moved by human desires, are one of the most universally one-dimensional characters in all of fiction, and wanted to present one that wasn't...
Remember, it's a crossover with Heroes , where things are almost always a bit "morally grey".
That said, there's enough wrong with this whole story for you to hate me, regardless. If for no other reason than because "empathic mimicry" is a horrible cop-out of a power, and is a horrendous plot device even when Peter had it.
This is without a doubt the most psychotic story idea I've ever conceived of, and I apologize in advance to anyone who actually reads this. Castle fans most especially.
Title is borrowed from the memoir by Johann Voss (which I haven't read, I just thought it fit).

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