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Dec. 18th, 2017

Fic: The White Stone (Spartacus; Castus/Sabinus; NC-17)

Title: The White Stone
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Castus/Sabinus, others
Word Count: ahahahah 78k
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Lots of angsty brooding. Dealing with grief. Some artistic licence (read: I made shit up) regarding Greek and Roman mythology.
Summary: A white stone, swapped for black. It seemed a simple trick, not worth the price of life for death. Sabinus has no notion what to do with such a gift, or how to live now with the guilt.
In which Tiberius dies instead of Sabinus, Sabinus defects to join the rebels and tries his hand at treason, piracy and other imprudent things that Castus is very willing to help him learn, old loyalties are examined, a lot of sailor’s yarn is spun, the rebellion takes a slightly different course, and Marcus Crassus does not take kindly to any of it.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.

A/N: It’s funny how many AU canon fics I could comfortably write until the end of time for characters who died on Spartacus. (Next up: Diotimos, presumably :p) My drabble Sleight of Hand was an excerpt from this, which was always supposed to be a longer story. Nasir and Agron and the other rebels are in here too but somewhat peripherally. Largely still follows the plot of season three although I’ve had to change some timelines and plots due to, you know, people not dying (it’s amazing how much doesn’t get fucked up if you take Tiberius out of the equation!).

Epic thanks to [info]alsha for the fabulous beta job!

~ Fic is here at AO3 ~

Dec. 6th, 2015

Supanova Report

So last weekend I went to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, after Dan Feuerriegel listed himself as a last-minute guest. Ergo, technically, all I need known about the weekend is that this happened:

(I'm not looking straight at the camera because he was holding my phone and I was staring at his hands. He has ridiculously beautiful hands. They are distracting, ok?? Also ridiculous: his shoulders. LOOK AT THEM THEY ARE A MILE WIDE.)

Con successful, report closed!

However, a lot of cool shit happened and I do want to get some of the details down because otherwise they'll fade far too quickly. So without further ado, rambly details under the cut!

Cosplay and actors and writers, oh my. )

Dec. 1st, 2015

Fic: Goat Trading with Benefits (Spartacus/Vikings; Agron/Nasir/Ragnar)

Title: Goat Trading with Benefits
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus, Vikings; Agron/Nasir/Ragnar (anyone who can come up with a better portmanteau for that than “Nagnar” will receive a free baby goat)
Word Count: 300
Rating: Mature
Summary: Ragnar comes to buy goats from Agron and Nasir, and stays for a little more.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus, Vikings, or any goats.
A/N: My blanket disclaimer for timelines: If Carthage fell within the Spartacus time frame, then a thousand years of Viking history mean nothing :p Contains a small homage to the Punk Band AU series by [info]amyriadfthings, [info]amo_amas_amat, and [info]lilithilien. Written for the 2015 Fic or Die challenge, filling [info]lilithilien’s prompt “Ragnar (Vikings) discusses goat farming with Agron and Nasir (Spartacus).”

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 26th, 2015

Fic: Because the World Was Flawed, Not Me (Spartacus; Ilithyia; PG-13)

Title: Because the World Was Flawed, Not Me
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus, Ilithyia, her son (also bit of Mira, Agron, Nasir, Laeta, OCs)
Word Count: 9300
Rating: PG-13ish
Warnings: There’s a kid? I’ve tried to NOT make it a kidfic tho!
Summary: Ilithyia lives. The world she’s known does not.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. More importantly, I don’t own Ilithyia. SOB.
A/N: Inspired by my Ilithyia drabble in The Paths We Never Trod. My delightful strumpet must live! Thanks to [info]alsha for the beta <3

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 22nd, 2015

Fic: Do Not Wake (Spartacus; Agron/Nasir; NC-17)

Title: Do Not Wake
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Nasir/Agron
Word Count: 2500
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: PWP. Sleep sex, so teensiest hint of dub-con, I guess? …but I’m fairly sure he’s faking, lol.
Summary: It’s late at night and Agron is fucking tired. Nasir is hard to resist, though, even when he’s fast asleep.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: Belated birthday smut for [info]gracerene :) Thanks to [info]alsha for the beta!

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 19th, 2015

Fic: Seven Times Nasir and Agron Failed at Goat Farming, and Seven Times They Didn't

Title: Seven Times Nasir and Agron Failed at Goat Farming, and Seven Times They Didn’t
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Agron/Nasir
Word Count: 1400 (14 drabbles)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Fluff-adjacent. Also, not all the goats make it.
Summary: As it turns out, goats are hard work and entirely too fond of violent home invasion.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus, or any goats.
A/N: Written for the 2015 Fic or Die challenge. This is a completely ridiculous undertaking. I blame [info]alsha who kept throwing goat prompts at me like there was no tomorrow.

~Fic is here @ AO3~

Nov. 16th, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: War of the Damned (full season)

I missed doing a detailed season 3 feels post on time because I had to go to a Big Gay Wedding over the weekend, which incidentally (apart from gay boys) featured actual goat farms and mines (the weekend, not the wedding, although the latter might have been interesting with goats), so it was all very a propos.

GOATS and feels )

Nov. 11th, 2015

Fic: Where Do We Go From Here (Spartacus; Belesa, Gen)

Title: Where Do We Go From Here
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Belesa, smidge of Agron/Nasir
Word Count: 1500
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Set just after the series finale, so canonical character deaths.
Summary: Belesa wonders who she is, apart from passion or a cause to fight for. Just a girl at the waning edge of winter. It doesn’t seem like much.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Sobbity and woe.
A/N: Final piece in a string of loosely connected WotD fics coincidentally having titles starting with "W" and sharing a common theme of angsty pining. Now combined in the Would That Things Were Different series.

Fic is here @ AO3

Fic: Welcome the Dawn (Spartacus; Castus, Gen)

Title: Welcome the Dawn
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Castus, Belesa
Word Count: 800
Rating: Gen
Summary: In which it occurs to Castus that he has tried all he damn well can, and after this final battle, it may just be time to move on.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Sobbity and woe!
A/N: Just a quick character study thing set after Worth Every Moment.

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 2nd, 2015

Fic: Unravelled (Spartacus - Agron/Nasir; NC-17)

I was working on something else, but felt somewhat angsted out for the moment, so I decided to hone my PWP skills instead, lol. Brought to you by my need for more top!Nasir, about 11 bottles of cider, and a lot of typing with my eyes closed. Smut is hard work, yo.

Title: Unravelled
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Nasir/Agron (Nasir POV)
Word Count: 5800
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Total PWP.
Summary: Nasir puts the skills he acquired as a body slave to good use. Agron benefits. Several times.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: No redeeming qualities whatsoever, I just wanted Nasir to shag Agron into whimpering boneless pieces. Set during ep 209, Monsters, after the mock fights and before the Roman attack on the temple. Thanks to [info]alsha for beta-ing!

Fic is here @ AO3

Oct. 31st, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: Vengeance (episodes 6-10)

Onwards with the random! I'm not sure I can remember exactly which bits go in which episode, so I'll just go by characters and storylines again.

Spoilers )

Oct. 30th, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: Vengeance (episodes 1-5)

First off, I am so happy the prequel exists, because it really helps with the Andy-Liam transition to have a buffer between s1 and s2.

Secondly, I still kind of almost wish that they'd had the time and option to tell the story in a way that involved the original Spartacus actually dying and another guy taking over, in an "it's the idea of the man that matters, not the man himself" kind of way. I know that for various reasons it would never have worked; I just love that kind of story (hello, Robin of Sherwood!).

I'm going to ramble by episode this time:

Spoilers )

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: Gods of the Arena

(ahahahaha I am behind on these ALREADY because apparently [info]lilithilien and I have no lives and are spending two days max per season.)

Quick thoughts & feels spew on GotA in no particular order:

Spoilers )

Oct. 26th, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: Blood and Sand

The lovely [info]lilithilien and I have embarked upon yet another Spartacus marathon. Her second one, and my... IDEK, between fourth and, for some episodes, sixth, I guess (which sounds really sad, considering the first time I watched it was... 4 months ago? At most? lol).

Series 1 is probably the one I've watched the least often - once on my own, once with [info]alsha, once with commentaries. Not because I love it any less - on the contrary, it's fucking masterful - just because I'm more drawn to the rebellion era, and a lot of my favourite character arcs (Ilithyia, Spartacus, Oenomaus, Mira, Agron, Crixus, Naevia, to name just a few) don't unfold until later. Also, the very concept of slavery always squicks and appals me to a monumental degree, to the point where I'm not even very intrigued by s1 alt-canon slavery-based fic. It's cool that it's out there and I get that there's a lot to explore in it, but it's just not something I'm drawn to much. (Exceptions apply. I will give any Barca/Pietros a go, always. My poor doomed pigeon aficionado OTP :CCC)

Anyway, rewatch! I thought I might like to ramble here about random thoughts and feelings while watching, because I think my Twitter followers are probably thoroughly tired of my Sparty marathon spam, and this is a little more permanent :)

Here there be fangirling, and also spoilers )

Oct. 25th, 2015

Fic: Our Days of Blood and Sunset (Spartacus - Agron/Nasir; NC-17)

Ever since my last War of the Damned rewatch, I've had all these ~feelings~ about Nasir and how the fuck you would cope with being pre-emptively dumped, left to deal with a lot of war-related crap on your own, finding our your lover has got himself killed, blaming the shit out of yourself for it, then finding out he's alive (YAY!) but horrifically injured (NOOO!). Stable, steady support? Cuddles and kisses? An explosion of unconditional love? I don't believe it for a minute. Not this fucking Syrian.

So sometime last week, I started to work on what I thought would be a 500-word character study thing to explore how he'd actually be pissed as hell while having to balance that with supportive boyfriend mode.

It... kind of exploded, lol.

Title: Our Days of Blood and Sunset
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Agron/Nasir, Castus, Naevia, OFC (Nasir POV)
Word Count: ~11,000
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Angst and feels. Y’know, the usual. Also medical trauma and warrior identity issues.
Summary: Nasir knows he should not be angry at someone he’d thought lost forever, someone he loves this much who has been hurt this badly; but he can’t help it, either.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Sobbity and woe!
A/N: Set between The Dead and the Dying and Victory. Kind of a follow-up to that i live and you are gone, but you don’t have to have read that to get this (I just like to set fics in the same context, apparently). Enormous thanks to my awesome beta [info]alsha for being my soundboard and research buddy for crucifixion injuries. (Romans were fucking vile, man). All remaining medical inaccuracies are my own.

Fic is here @ AO3

Oct. 20th, 2015

Angsty gladiators ate my life.

I'm trying to make a semi-conscious effort to not just post every random thing that happens exclusively on Twitter. It's so addictive and easy and I do truly love it (well, caveat: the way I use Twitter is basically just like a private chat room, lol), but it's in the nature of the beast that things slide very quickly way down your feed and out of your mind. One of the things I've always loved (and lately missed) about the IJ/LJ experience is how easy it is to take a stroll down memory lane and cheer yourself up with some sparkly old thing when you're having a shit day. Well, provided you keep decently organised tags, which I really, really don't, lol. But I am trying to revive it a bit and get back into the habit of semi-regular posting. (It helps when you upload approximately seven gazillion new icons so you actually want to post just so you can use them.)

Right, so, I'm still stuck way hard on Spartacus. Poking at fic, bemusedly wading through Tumblr, meta-spazzing at [info]alsha and anyone else who will listen. It's pretty damn awesome. I've missed the days of only sleeping 4 hours a night because you're too busy tearing your hair out over some scene that won't come right or spending a ridiculous amount of time on researching crucifixion injuries (I have to say, Vikings really dropped the ball on this one, with Athelstan's unceremonious full recovery, lol).

Anyway, just taking a break to trawl more cast tribute vids. Unlike show-based fanvids, with these, I don't really give two shits about quality, I'm perfectly happy just ogling the unfairly gorgeous shiny people. (And vaguely regretting that Liam got to do humour on the show so rarely, because he is so freaking funny!)

Also? Lining up the We won't break, we won't die, it's just a moment of change" part of these lyrics with Andy footage is FUCKING EVIL. Arrrgh :CCCC

Oct. 18th, 2015

Fic: the perfect time to say this (Barca/Pietros, NC-17)

Soz about the spam today, f-list. I'm catching up with crap I've meant to post all week.

Title: the perfect time to say this
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Barca/Pietros (Barca POV)
Word Count: 2300
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Fluff. Literal fluff.
Summary: Barca and Pietros are expecting baby pigeons and it’s about as ridiculous as you’d expect.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: Brought to you by my exploding feels while watching ep 301 of Please Like Me. Yeah, IDEK, but here, I dare you to resist. I also blame [info]lilithilien for this because I was perfectly happy poking at various angstfest fics before she suggested that Barca and Pietros needed birds put on their heads.

Fic is here at AO3

Fic: that i live and you are gone (Spartacus, Gen)

Title: that i live and you are gone
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus – The Man Himself, Naevia, Agron
Word Count: 2400
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None.
Summary: Spartacus, Champion of Agonised Self-Recrimination, reflects on the loss of his friends.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: Set towards the end of The Dead and the Dying. (Yes, the title is unoriginally nabbed from “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables”.) We never see on screen how Spartacus reacts to finding Agron alive - all the focus of that reveal is on Nasir, which was definitely the right choice for the show, but I was having Sparty feels because he's lost so many people by then. Ergo, angsty wallowing.

Fic is here on AO3.

Shiny Spartacus fanvids *paws*

I'll put this out there first: I'm annoyingly picky about fanvids. I don't like talking heads. I don't like random kiss compilations with no actual story, set to a slow-mo ballad that has nothing to do with a character or pairing. I don't like heaps of text in fancy fonts or heaps of dialogue sprinkled throughout a vid. Basically I'm predestined to not like about 95% of all the fanvids ever. For this, I blame the people who have introduced me to fanvidding - all of whom were people with very high standards of vidding, who knew their shit, not just in terms of tech, but also in terms of what looks and sounds good, how pacing works, what engages the viewer emotionally, what puts a new spin on a storyline or pairing. CURSE YOU FOR MAKING ME PICKY, VIDDING FRIENDS. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE :p

So, ever since I fell head over heels with Spartacus, I've been wading through fanvids when I have time, with somewhat predictable results. There are a LOT of kissing and fight scene compilations out there, lol. There are a lot of talking heads and slow-mo ballads. Shockingly, there are a LOT of variations on "This Is War." (Not really judging here, actually - liking kissing and fight scene compilations is fine and I like This Is War as a song. I'm also too lazy to learn vidding but I know from watching others do it that it's an incredible amount of work. So, y'know, people should make what vids they want to make, obviously).

Anyway, I wanted to share a few Spartacus vids that I genuinely loved, and ramble about why. Let's go!

1. Time of Our Lives - Spartacus tribute by Zurik 23M

Time of Our Lives

This is my favourite Spartacus tribute vid ever. I love the song choice. I love how it spans all the seasons; how it gives equal focus to Andy's and Liam's Spartacus; how its main focus is on friendship and loss (ALL THOSE FUCKING ARM CLASPS! Y U NO HUG, GUYS!). I think it perfectly captures what the show is about, and it's incredibly moving. After I finished with the show the first time, I looped this an embarrassing amount of times.

2. "This love that I've found, I detest" - Spartacus/Ilithyia by ItsTheWonderfulAmy

This Love That I've Found, I Detest

I ship the crap out of these two and their glorious hatred, ngl. In general I think this show is pretty much perfect but there are a few things I wish it had had more time for, and one of those things is Ilithyia. I think she had more story left to tell. I liked Laeta and eventually got on board with her and Sparty's thing in s3, but not-so-secretly I always wished Ilithyia had lived and they'd delved more deeply into this fucked-up relationship and she and Spartacus could have had.

Enter this vid, which I think is just perfect. Firstly: Mumford & Sons! Can't really ever go wrong with that. Secondly: the editing is fantastic. I love how it actually tells a story that's different from what we see on-screen, rather than just compiling scenes we've seen. This creates new context, new emotions, and new character nuances, especially for Ilithyia. That's exactly the kind of vidding that I admire hugely: the kind that takes existing footage and creates something new out of it. Also, the colour filters are beautiful.

3. "I'm ready for you now" - Agron/Nasir by Mary_Bell

I'm Ready For You Now

OK, so this has dialogue lines at the very beginning, not to mention Nasir's name spelled wrong, lol. However, apart from that, I love it. I think the two big things that sell it are the pacing and the song choice. The cuts are fast and dynamic, which works great for this pairing (their lives are fast-paced, and their decisions - both rational and emotional - often spur-of-the-moment). There's a lovely balance of their beginnings and their later moments (yay for a smidge of Castus!!), and I think the song works really well, especially for Agron. He's such an utter scrambled mess after losing Duro, he's the kind of guy who just really needs to be somebody's everything (whether that somebody is a brother or a lover), and the whole "don't want to fight alone" thing is just him to a T. And I think the part about "Bring me out / Come and find me in the dark now" also resonates really well with what Nasir does for him. Basically, FEELS, is what I'm saying here.

4. Random cast appreciation vid because reasons.

Cast Tribute

Aaaand this is where I throw editing/vidding preferences out the window and just bask in how sparkly and lovely this cast is and how I adore them all madly :D

(PS: Does anyone know how embedding YT vids on IJ works these days?? YT has disabled the old embed code, and the iframe one still doesn't seem to work on IJ. Annoy! ETA: Solved! This handy tool will convert it.)

Oct. 9th, 2015

Fic: Love and Honour (Spartacus; Oenomaus; PG)

Title: Love and Honour
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Oenomaus; throwback Oenomaus/Melitta/Gannicus; smidge of Saxa/Oenomaus
Word Count: 3350
Rating: PG
Warnings: I feel silly warning for angst. Hello, it’s Spartacus. (Also contains some linguistic fibbery, as obviously they are neither speaking English nor modern-day German, but I was having fun playing with words.)
Summary: Oenomaus tries to come to terms with his new life among the rebels, with the past, and with kickass warrior women.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: Originally this was inspired by Oenomaus’s dismissive “delicate creatures at the best of times” comment to Crixus about love and women in Empty Hands (ep 204). I wanted to explore what he’d make of the women he encounters in the rebel camp. And then Saxa happened (as she does). A random present for [info]notoriouslyuniq, who happily and relentlessly stalked and cheered my tweetspam as I discovered the sparkly paincake world of Sparty. I thought this might combine some of your favourite things <3

Fic is here at AO3

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