Creator / Nimbus Llewelyn
A fairly versatile British writer on fanfiction.net
, known for writing lengthy epics
and occasionally getting distracted, but also with an effective side line in short stories. Fandoms written in include, but are not limited to: The Avengers
, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, Harry Potter
, Lord of the Rings
, Doctor Who
, The Dresden Files
A primarily London based, very well-travelled, even more well-read, and almost painfully British (specifically, Anglo-Welsh, though he seems to identify more with the latter) Gentleman Snarker
. Is also apparently a fan of Liverpool FC
, something which he describes as 'a creative form of masochism'.
By his own account, he took to fanfiction in his early teens after following his sister's example, and has hinted that she's a well-regarded writer in at least one of his fandoms, though he isn't exactly minded to say which. He thereafter used it as a release valve for the copious amounts of Suppressed Rage
that come with being a teenage boy, most particularly one attending a boarding school when you really
don't want to. After dabbling with short form pieces and incomplete longer form ones around the Discworld
fandoms, he began The Wizard in the Shadows
at the age of 14 and thus began a long career of writing Door Stopper
sized crossovers, usually complete with a Lemony Narrator
He's friends with, among others, the authors of The Magic of Torchwood
and De Aged
, as well as A.A. Pessimal
, crediting the former two as a key beta/source of advice and an invaluable source of scientific expertise respectively, and the latter as a sufficient influence that in his earlier days he borrowed a couple of characters for some Recursive Fanfiction
and lobbied for years
, ultimately successfully, for the inclusion of a Black Widow Expy
in Pessimal's Assassins Guild cast (after all, it's a school for Assassins with a Black Widow
house. How can you miss the opportunity?)
Two of his fics have pages on this site: The Wizard in the Shadows
and Child of the Storm.
The former is apparently regarded as Old Shame
, the page only remaining because he still thinks that it's better than some of the other fics that have pages on the site.
Several of his fics are also recommended on this site including: The Wizard in the Shadows
, Child of the Storm
, Chaos Reigns
(a side story of Child of the Storm
) and Justice is Done.
Has shown trope examples of:
- Ace Pilot: Deconstructs this. Apparently, it's quite easy to fly a small plane. Once, that is, it's in the air. This is crucial since apparently taking off and the landing are the hard parts.
- Atlantis: is positioning this as a key part of the backstory of Child of the Storm. This may or may not have quite a lot to do with a self-admitted epic binge of Stargate.
- All There in the Manual: Happily explains plot developments, answers questions and provides short profiles for new characters when some of the audience isn't familiar with them in the author notes or via PM. Actually, the main problem is getting him to shut up.
- Arc Welding: Fond of this to the point of absurdity.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: until The Wizard in the Shadows, failed to finish anything that wasn't a one chapter short story, usually being distracted by the next plot idea. Longer hiatuses in between chapters can usually be blamed by something similar, except that he's usually gone to write something further on.
- Author Avatar: Has tacitly admitted that Doctor Strange in Child of the Storm is this trope, or as close as he's ever likely to get to writing one.
- Berserk Button: While usually willing to accept criticism and making reference to a number of betas/editors, as well as authors he considers his equals or betters (he practically worships copperbadge, for instance) there is an exception. Clell, who he was told seek advice from, with the latter's Harry Potter And The Invincible Technomage being the recommended model. Since the stated motivation of writing Child of the Storm in the first place was as a direct rebuttal to Technomage, he unsurprisingly hit the roof, as a now removed rant in the A/N at the top of chapter 75 reveals.
- Understandably, he got very annoyed when reviewers apparently kept haranguing him about how the power sets of several Child of the Storm characters are different from canon.
- He also gets thoroughly tetchy over the following:
- Character Bashing and Ron the Death Eater treatment, techniques he holds in contempt (mostly because he feels it's indicative of a lack of maturity). This would explain why he spectacularly lost his temper at The Writer With No Name (author of The Last Son - specifically, Book 3), and Worldmaker (author Origin Story), as can be seen in their respective review sections - especially thanks to the latter's apparent hatred for Carol Danvers, who happens to be one of Nimbus' favourite characters.
- Repeated Guest reviews that do little more than copy and paste the Marvel Wiki.
- Britain Is Only London: mostly averts this, though most of the Britain based action takes place either in locations like Hogwarts or in London, partly because of the fact that he's a Londoner.
- Boarding School: attended one of these until 2013. Occasionally hints that it had some elements of a Boarding School of Horrors and notes that Hogwarts was very true to life, except that J. K. Rowling significantly understated the violence.
- Buffy Speak: fairly frequently, in author's notes, on his profile page and in his writing.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: the general consensus among fans of his stories is that he is, in fact, completely insane, but despite (or perhaps because of) this, he's very good at what he does. Occasional comments suggest that he's aware of his loopiness and considers it very helpful as it gives him a different perspective.
- Butterfly Effect: shows a fondness for this Child of the Storm.
- Cast Full of Gay: Child of the Storm is a mild example in the younger generation - while Harry and Carol are straight (the latter's orientation isn't directly addressed, but she's interested in men, judging by her mild lusting over Clint's arms and Rhodey's everything, not to mention the enormous UST between her and Harry), Uhtred and Diana tend to be puzzled by quaint little categories, and Jean-Paul is extremely Camp Gay (how much of his behaviour is a façade is up for debate, he is indubitably out and proud).
- Of the adults, Darcy, Howard Stark, John Constantine (and possibly Peter Wisdom) are/were bi, while Loki is pretty much omnisexual (though he expresses disgust at the myths having him as the parent of Sleipnir, Fenris and Jormungand). Then there's Dumbledore, who's gay, as per canon.
- In a more general sense, a not inconsiderable proportion of the male Hogwarts students are mentioned as perving on Sean Cassidy, Warren Worthington and to some extent, Harry himself, after he hits a growth spurt.
- Chekhov's Army: as shown by chapters 75 and 76 of Child of the Storm, to be armed with the contents of the Chekhov's Armoury.
- Chekhov's Armoury: Stocked with just about every variety of Chekhov's Gun on a scale sufficient to challenge J. K. Rowling herself.
- Complexity Addiction: Possibly his Fatal Flaw. All but outright acknowledges this.
- Connected All Along: Specialises in this, via Arc Welding.
- Continuity Nod: very fond of this.
- Continuity Porn: See the Insufferable Genius entry below.
- Crap Saccharine World: Child of the Storm seems to be one in the Marvel Universe tradition.
- Creator's Favorite: Loki and Harry Dresden in Child of the Storm, the latter going from a 3 chapter arc to getting his own two shot spinoff.
- Carol Danvers has developed into this in the same story, going from minor supporting character to fully fledged Deuteragonist.
- Cuddle Bug: Fond of using this trope to offset the Darker and Edgier moments.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Fond of this.
- Deadpan Snarker: As much, if not more so, than his characters. Which is quite an achievement.
- Dear Negative Reader: is usually fairly polite and more than happy to answer questions, in Author's Notes in the case of anonymous reviewers. However, he sometimes gets snappish, usually at someone demanding an update or someone asking a stupid question. Not merely a question that's already been answered (unless it's been answered several times already), but one that's downright stupid.
- Repeated stupid questions seem to cheese him off even more, as can be observed by the responses to one persistent anon who went by 'newboy', which got steadily more and more irritable. Since this went on for over forty chapters and the anon ignored repeated requests to get an account so the debate could take some place outside of the now rather lengthy Author's Notes, this isn't entirely surprising.
- Deconstruction: Quite fond of this in a quiet sort of fashion, exploring the logical implications of, say, Younger than She Looks.
- Door Stopper: Has something of a proclivity for writing this kind of story. On completion, Child of the Storm was longer than War and Peace, Atlas Shrugged and the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. The sequel is at 300,000 words and counting. And he has plans for up to fifteen more fics in the series.
- Exact Words: Like Doctor Strange in Child of the Storm (who, not coincidentally, he has conceded to be the closest thing to an Author Avatar that he's ever likely to write), he seems to prefer this approach to outright lying.
- He also takes an obscure kind of pleasure in pointing out to over excited readers who think that they've picked up a plot point that they should have read it more carefully. In one case, there was a throwaway line which appeared to give a clue to the identity of Harry's future wife in Child of the Storm, a source - especially at the time - of rampant speculation among readers and cryptic remarks by the author. Unfortunately, this throwaway line contained one very important word. 'Possible'. As in, 'possible future'.
- And when he pulls a Tonight, Someone Dies he resurrects them and adds, 'I never said it would stick'.
- Fan-Preferred Couple: in Child of the Storm, while neither of these pairings has come about, fans have vocally called for Harry Potter/Carol Danvers, on the grounds of the considerable chemistry the two share despite their mutual insistence that they are Just Friends, over the Word of God stated original plan of Harry/Ginny. While the author has been enigmatic about the former, the latter has been confirmed to have been removed, as part of a raft of grand scale changes to the future of the story.
- The story also manifests an example of this trope, with a strong Bucky/Natasha dynamic woven in, and despite the fact that the fic as a whole is heavily based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's not even a tiny bit of Bruce/Natasha chemistry (despite it being MCU canon).
- Relatively early on, he created a poll out of curiosity to see who fans would prefer Harry to be with. Jean Grey won by a clear margin, with Emma Frost and Hermione Granger not far behind, tied in second place. Based on Word of God, Harry's not going to be paired with any of them - Jean Grey is his cousin and Cool Big Sis, though a letter written by a version of Harry from the future notes that she's 'disconcertingly attractive' and pretty definitely shipped with Scott Summers, Emma Frost and Harry are stated not to get on at all and the narration has on more than one occasion noted that Harry very rarely notices that Hermione is female and is 'about as attracted to her as he is to mould'.
- Fusion Fic: Child of the Storm is one of the 'fused backstory' kind writ large.
- Foreshadowing: As he frequently points out, there's a lot of this, so you should pay attention to the tiny details.
- Gentleman Snarker: Is almost painfully British, has frequently implied that he's of an upper middle class background, including going to a British boarding school of sufficient vintage that he played Eton at sports, and is as much of a Deadpan Snarker as his characters, if not more.
- Grey and Black Morality: From The Wizard in the Shadows onwards, this becomes more and more evident in his writing.
- The Insomniac: Makes frequent reference to writing chapters at ungodly hours of the night/morning, and notes that some of his best/most batshit insane work comes from that time.
- Insufferable Genius: The genius part is shown by drawing on extensive and obscure canon and slipping it into stories, claiming to keep everything story related in his head, possessing a very large vocabulary, as well as happily displaying an extensive knowledge of history, most Western mythology, international politics, British Law and, most recently, English football, as well as some knowledge of French, Spanish, Latin, and Ancient Greek (though he admits that his Spanish is dire, and his Latin and Ancient Greek aren't much better). The insufferable part is because he quite clearly knows it and is more than happy to show off. However, he does accept corrections. Grudgingly.
- This occasionally leads to him getting a bit sharp with those who disagree with him - see Dear Negative Reader.
- It Amused Me: This seems to be the main reason that he does just about anything.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Has developed a taste for this, by Child of the Storm, something that makes guessing what happens next an exercise in futility.
- Lemony Narrator: Very much so, citing Terry Pratchett and Jim Butcher as two of his major stylistic influences.
- Like You Would Really Do It: after his Exact Words last time he said he'd kill someone off those exact words being, 'I said someone would die, I never said it would stick' and previous proclivity of bringing characters Back from the Dead or have them be Spared By Adaptation, readers of Child of the Storm were somewhat sceptical when he next hinted he'd kill someone off. He promptly killed off Luna Lovegood and Arthur Weasley and luxuriated in the tears.
- Line to God: Practises a 'my door is always open' attitude to readers, encouraging them to PM him questions on fanfiction dot net, and prides himself on answering just about every review that goes beyond 'moar pls', even if, in the case of Guest Reviewers, the answer is in the A/N of the next chapter. Of course, while he doesn't generally lie, there's no guarantee that the answer will be helpful...
- Lying Creator: cheerfully admits that the difference between 'hint' and 'red herring' largely depends on his mood.
- Mathematician's Answer: Sometimes gives these, if he's feeling particularly Puckish.
- Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: averts this and occasionally expresses mild irritation at people assuming that he's a girl because of this trope.
- Motor Mouth: Gives off this impression in author notes. This tendency to ramble is also reflected in the story, with apologetic A/N's about how he's had to cut a chapter in half because he wrote too much (again) becoming a Running Gag.
- Nice to the Waiter: does his best to reply to every review longer than 'moar pls' and answer every question, while also shouting out to reviewers in general and betas and shown himself to be quite capable of taking a joke. He's also been known to listen to ideas and give honest feedback on them, occasionally evolving into a fully fledged beta reader. However, his patience has limits.
- Noodle Incident: Has mentioned a number, including having once flown a plane (a small Cessna) - apparently, it's quite easy, once you're in the air. Take off and landing are the hard parts.
- Old Shame: The Wizard in the Shadows and its connected stories are this, apparently.
- One of Us: Has name-dropped several tropes in his work, and encouraged readers to go crazy on the WMG page.
- Original Flavour: where possible seeks to emulate the style of the original canon and maintain the personalities of various characters.
- Playing Against Type: Primarily known for writing epics that dwarf most known works of literature, feature a Lemony Narrator and are generally very funny, yet also wrote two short form pieces entirely devoid of humour. Oddly, he considers them to be among his best works.
- Recursive Fan Fiction: Has written some, borrowing a couple of characters from A.A. Pessimal for one Discworld fic, and hinting that a mysterious vampire known only as 'The Welshman' in Child of the Storm is a character from another friend's work, included as a nod to them. He's less keen on the idea as pertaining to his own stuff, though, if it goes beyond a cameo in someone else's work or a different work inspired by his stuff, as he apparently has very particular ideas about what he's going to do and doesn't want them confused or preempted by other writers.
- Revenge Fic: isn't particularly fond of these, stating repeatedly that character bashing is a sign of bad writing. He also sees Harry Potter And The Invincible Technomage as this, which is a large part of why he has a very dim view of it.
- Rugby Is Slaughter: used to play the sport and holds this opinion - yet, perversely, quite enjoyed it.
- Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement: deploys this in respect to The Troubles when they are mentioned in Child of the Storm, carefully avoiding taking sides and regarding it more as a case of What a Senseless Waste of Human Life.
- Self-Deprecation: has been known to wryly admit his own flaws and get somewhat flustered at what he deems excessive praise. This strikes an interesting contrast to his self-proclaimed egomania.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Regularly, usually expressed by the Lemony Narrator.
- Shout-Out: To the point where a drinking game could be made of picking out the varying references and The Wizard in the Shadows actually has its own Shout Out page.
- Shown Their Work: Being a qualified historian, actually bothers to do the research, most of the time, and accepts factual corrections.
- Signature Style: Very definitely has one, usually characterised by a very particular, somewhat offbeat narrative and snarky style, which takes very strongly from The Dresden Files, and less strongly from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Discworld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Order of the Stick, complex plots which are heavy on continuity and Character Development, fate kicking main characters very hard in the balls and seriously epic battles. Also fond of Earn Your Happy Ending.
- Sleep Cute: see Cuddle Bug.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: his works usually lean towards the Cynical end of things, though The Wizard in the Shadows, despite being pretty dark at points, was ultimately idealistic. Child of the Storm started as an Idealistic Lighter and Softer fic before abruptly becoming darker and more cynical, though it manages to more or less stay on the Idealistic side of things.
- Sophisticated as Hell: In narration and out: In the former, he can happily switch from serious emotional exploration to dick jokes in the blink of an eye. In the latter... he's a university graduate with a classical education behind him and a vast repertoire of dirty jokes and foul language.
- Stronger with Age: Started The Wizard in the Shadows when he was 14, finished it when he was nearly 18. And it definitely shows.
- The same thing is happening in Child of the Storm, which was started when he was 17 (and, as he admits, when he was a much angrier person than he is now) and finished at the age of 21.
- Take That!: is far from shy of taking shots at fandom ideas in particular that he considers absurd. Usually in the firing line are:
- Severitus and associated Draco in Leather Pants tropes.
- Loki as a little mind controlled victim.
- Mpreg (save when, as in cases such as Torchwood, it's physically possible).
- Stupid!Dumbledore and Evil!Dumbledore.
- The love of both the Avengers and Harry Potter fandoms of slashing every straight character possible.
- The idea of seriously pairing young teenage characters and Strangled by the Red String in general.
- His views on Harry Potter And The Invincible Technomage are harsh to say the least, describing it as 'how not to write a crossover'.
- He isn't too fond of The Last Son, either and going by the reviews section of Book 3, absolutely harangued the author when they mangled Carol Danvers' character. On the other hand, he does acknowledge its virtues, noting its improvement, considering its World Building to be nothing short of fantastic, and has acknowledged its influence on his own writing.
- The author is also, suffice to say, not very fond of Donald Trump.
- Trolling Creator: Just occasionally. See Lying Creator.
- What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: seems to hold this attitude towards The Troubles, and presents the subject neutrally when it comes up in Child of the Storm, remarking that his mother, who grew up in Northern Ireland during the period, didn't like to talk about it very much.
- World Building: Specialises in this, as shown by Child of the Storm - though hints are visible in the Shadowsverse - and is occasionally criticised for it, as it can seem like he's more interested in building the world than advancing the plot.
- World of Snark
- World of Badass
- Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: cheerfully notes a proclivity for doing this, particularly with Child of the Storm - while there's a grand plan, the details are yet to be filled in, some being chucked in at the last minute. Such as major characters.