Not a fic.

Jun. 20th, 2010 09:38 pm
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Sooo...I haven't written much Asmodeus/Raphael lately.

There's a reason for that: although I have had a storyline for Asmodeus and Raphael fully plotted out, I'm starting to have second thoughts. Over the past six months, radical feminism (particularly some of the anti-porn stuff) has unexpectedly influenced how I think of these two characters. o__O Kinda came out of left field, I'll admit, but there ya have it. *shrug* Whether this change is a good or a bad thing, I'm not sure. But the point is, I see these characters differently now.

That's hardly new though, especially with Asmodeus. This second wave of A/R I've been writing is fairly different than what I originally came up with in high school. The characters and historical settings have more depth, and Asmodeus and Raphael even look different from their original versions. (I will not post pictures. My drawings from early high school seesawed somewhere between awful and truly hideous, haha. Anyway...) When I redesigned Raphael, it was basically just an appearance overhaul, and he kept pretty much the same personality (although I think he's a little more gutsy these days *grin*).

The Asmodeus I write now though sometimes feels like a different character with the same name. Original Asmodeus was much less of a pervert; in fact he even had a bit of honor. He was...ambiguous evil. And then in the version 1 series ending that I plotted out, he showed mercy to Raphael, admitted he loved him, and kind of redeemed himself. Deep down, he was not completely bad. He was a powerful and dastardly demon, but not actually heartless. (Honestly Asmodeus 1.0 kinda reminds me of a sluttier Crowley from Good Omens, lol.)

Asmodeus 2.0, on the other hand, is truly an evil, evil person. He's selfish and unmerciful and easily the most callous character I've ever written. While he may have some tender feeling, maybe even love, for Raphael, this is totally eclipsed by how much of an asshole he is. Case in point: part of the drabble100 list where he's captured Raphael and basically rapes him. That was never gonna be part of the "official" timeline, but it's totally true to Asmodeus character. Then there are a lot of examples in my unfinished non-AU folder that demonstrate Asmodeus's lack of any moral fiber. One in particular: in 15th century England, Asmodeus captures Raphael's second-in-command, Jeliel, and orders some of his incubi to rape her. This is relevant to a few minor story arcs too, but still.

Another example: Asmodeus's angel wing collection. When Asmodeus manages to capture an angel alive, he'll torture it and then rip its wings off. To preserve the severed wings, he uses some freaky shadow magic. A side effect of the magic is that it drives the wingless angel completely, psychotically insane. (Yes, he did this to Jeliel too.)

He's...a really sick motherfucker.

And now I'm in a bind. On the one hand, I wanted to write a more-or-less well rounded villain who is unrepentantly a villain, and I like Asmodeus that way. But now I find the idea of writing Raphael getting together with evil!Asmodeus rather distasteful. A lot distasteful to be honest. I could change Asmodeus, make him nicer again, but I feel like that cheapens his character somehow. However, if I do write the two characters together as they presently are then it's a betrayal of Raphael's character because there is no way Raphael would ever be Asmodeus's lover after all the shit he's done. Raphael could forgive him (maybe), but they'd never work as a couple. Hence my dilemma.

Fuuuuck.

Ugh, so basically these characters are on the back burner right now until I figure out what to do with them.

The options as I see them...
a) Asmodeus stays the same, and he and Raphael do not end up together.
b) Asmodeus stays the same, and Raphael ends up with someone else. *cough*Michael*coughcough*
c) Asmodeus 1.0 and 2.0 get blended together, the Book of Ages storyline (that's the title of the "canon" fics I've written) gets some major plot overhauling halfway through, and Asmodeus and Raphael end up together.

Not really asking for input or anything (I know I'll figure something out), but this has all been running around my head, driving my muses crazy, and I guess I just wanted to write it all out. *sigh*



Berlin pics will be next! There's also some Nazi photos. I've almoooost finished with 'em!

Date: 2010-06-21 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Good grief, it is such a dashed nuisance! Usually I have issues with plot structure, but this is the first major characterization problem I've encountered. *sigh*

Date: 2010-06-21 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Thanks, luv.

I'm just twisted that way.
Yes, you are, but so am I. I did write him after all, haha. However, I will probably end up altering Asmodeus's character again, but he'll still be more evil then the original version.

That said, I have no intention of letting Asmodeus's evil characterization disappear into the abyss of my hard drive.

Date: 2010-06-22 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Well that's a flattering reaction, haha. This is the part where I say I don't have time, but... *points down*

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"Well, well if it isn't Lord Asmodeus. Buying groceries. How common."

Said demon lord whirled around at the sound of that cold cultured voice, brandishing a parsnip. "You!"

Raphael smirked, white suit impeccable. He was a sharp contrast to the cramped little food store. "Hello, demon."

"Let's stick with 'Lord', shall we? You were right the first time," Asmodeus grumbled, turning back to poke at various packaged goods. "."

Raphael eyed the food stacked neatly on crooked shelves. Probably hasn't eaten a bite in his whole life, Asmodeus thought nastily. Uptight sob. "Isn't there some poor, defenseless demon somewhere that you should be smiting?" the Marquis snapped.

"Perhaps there's one right here." Asmodeus chose to ignore the comment, and Raphael fell silent, glancing around again. "What are you doing in such a dusty ramshackle human place?"

Asmodeus shoved some crackers into his basket, aimed for patience but managed indifference. "Like I said, groceries."

"Why? You're an immortal being," Raphael pointed out, leaning against a shelf and somehow maintaining an utterly perfect posture. "You don't need to eat."

"I like to eat."

Raphael brushed invisible dust off his pristine gloves. "Glutton," he sneered.

"Biscuits!" Asmodeus snarled, waving the package in the angel's face.
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Date: 2010-06-24 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Glad you enjoyed! Hopefully I'll have time to write something more for these versions eventually. *grin*

Date: 2010-06-23 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com
Hee! I love this! So them, yet not. *grin* Is it awful of me that I want to see more of this AU? Not only that, but art, too!

Date: 2010-06-24 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
I get a perverse thrill out of making Raphael a jerk, haha. Hopefully there will be more at some point!

Date: 2010-06-24 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com
I can understand that. *grin* I'll read it if you do write it. :D

Date: 2010-06-21 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com
Aw! That really bites when you realise something like that, but I certainly understand what you mean about Raphael never being with a completely evil Asmodeus. I kind of like option c, but that's because I really like the idea of Asmodeus and Raphael together. ;)

*bounces* Can't wait for the Berlin pics!

Date: 2010-06-21 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Yeah... This issue has squicked me prior to this year, but back then I was planning to ignore it and continue with the plotline as is. However, now I just flat-out don't want to write A/R like this. I could never give up on this pairing though. Bible fic is my longest running fandom/first original writing, and I love Asmodeus/Raphael. XD

What brought me to write this post is that I'm trying to finish two A/R short comics that I'd like to print up and take with me to the thing in Portland, OR. (Hopefully I'll be able to sell or trade a few copies.) Looking over the comics/scripts got me puzzling about how the hell I should write Asmodeus. >__<

Surprisingly, typing this post out really helped--very cathartic. After sleeping on it, I do indeed think I will be going with option c), and my muses are already thinking up ways to plug the plotholes I've got to fix. I will miss(?) complete-monster!Asmodeus, but he shall live on in unfinished scraps of story as well as the occasional AU-fic.

Date: 2010-06-23 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com
I can certainly understand that. *hugs*

Hee! Comics! Yayness! I'd love to see them if you get them done in time!

Hooray! Good luck with that and I hope this means we'll see more A/R from you.

Date: 2010-06-24 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
I'd love to see them if you get them done in time!
My plan is to have four zines and four comics done (we'll see if I actually succeed, haha), two of those comics are Asmodeus/Raphael. They're already scripted and partially drawn so there's a high likelihood that the two A/R ones will be completed.

Yup! And whatever I finish, you and Stephie can have a freebie copy of any zines and/or comics that strike yer fancy. :D

Date: 2010-06-24 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com
Whee! *bounces*

Aw, thanks! *snugglez you* I wish I had something to offer in exchange.

Date: 2010-06-24 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
You're quite welcome! Pfft, if you and Stephie are going to let me spend the night in CA before I go to OR, the least I can do in return is provide slashy comic goodness. ^^

Date: 2010-06-24 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com
I'd still like to do something for you.

Date: 2010-07-10 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halosphere.livejournal.com
Awww I totally understand that. I do some cruel things to Raphael in my fiction (in three 'verses he only has one wing via being ripped off Q.Q... I will never eat another chicken wing as long as I live!) Sometimes you just have to let it simmer in your mind for a bit and then one day you'll know just what to do! :3 You're a writer and an amazing one at that, I have no doubt you'll be able to weave your ideas together into something truly unique and amazing!

Date: 2010-07-10 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Oh the AU land are fair game for all sorts of characterization. Evil Asmodeus will be hanging out there, and I've also been toying around with writing a little asshole!Raphael.

As for this dilemma I posted about, I have decided to make Asmodeus less of a psycho for the sake of my plotline.

You're a writer and an amazing one at that, I have no doubt you'll be able to weave your ideas together into something truly unique and amazing!
Thank you! Heh, I'm okay. Although... (http://verydemotivational.com/2009/12/17/truth-2/) XD

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