I have received some questions from readers about the series, and will answer those here.
The story is NOT written in continuing order. Each story can be read on it's own without any of the others. If you was to read the series, straight through, Volume 1 to volume 130, you'd be driven as insane as Quaraun. There is no rhyme nor reason to the order of the books and I've never tried to sit down and figure out what order they would go in time-line wise.
The books are numbers 1 to 130, in the order I wrote them, which is not the order they were published – Volume 1 was published first, followed by 6, and then 19. The stories were originally published online between 1997 to 2011 as a "Lord Sesshomaru, Batman, Drizzt, Star Trek, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, Uncle Scrooge, Darkwing Duck, Smurfs, Lovecraft, Poe, and many others, fan fiction". It was taken offline in 2012, in preparation to be re-written as a non-fan-fiction. I spent most of 2012 and 2013, going back into this mega huge series and making a list of every single copyrighted character/place/etc. and then had to create an original character alter ego to replace them. I next had to rewrite everything, basically restarting the series from ground zero to completely remove all references to anything that even hints of copyrighted characters.
After creating all new characters, I next had to take each story, reduce it to a skeleton outline, and completely rewrite it. This is a massive project, because the series was so fricking huge. When I took it offline in 2012, I had planned to just rewrite it quick and republish it days later. I seriously miscalculated the amount of time and effort it would take to rewrite this thing. In the end, it would not see it's first non-fan-fiction publication until September 2014.
While the stories jump back and forth, with Quaraun being old in this volume and young in the next, thus meaning you can read them in any order you want to, if you want to read them in the order of which I wrote them, then just read starting at Volume 1 and go in number order til you reach the end. Here is a chart to show you them in order. (This chart only shows released and soon to be released volumes, and will be added to, on a monthly basis, until all 130 volumes are published.):
The New Series vs The Old series
QUESTION: How is the new series different from the one that originally appeared on fanfiction.net?
ANSWER: Lots of changes have been made.
The original series had been called "The Bride of Sesshomaru", and was a spoof of multiple fandoms including: InuYasha, Legend of Drizzt, Star Trek, Batman, and dozens of 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. The storyline was inspired by Ravenloft and Spelljammer games.
In the original fanfic, Lord Sesshomaru was the main character. However it was a spoof of the original character.
In the original comic book, by Rumiko Takahashi, Sesshomaru is an arrogant, pompous, crossdressing aristocrat; a demon lord shapeshifter who has gone off to wander the world out of vengeance against his father and brother. He is an extremely minor character of the InuYasha manga and is noted for his roaming the countryside wearing a women's wedding kimono, a huge fur boa, and having long hair that reaches to his knees and is the focus of his attention when he is not slicing and dicing people up with his sword. While he hates Humans and is said to eat them, he rescues one who becomes his companion and eventual turns his quest to focus all his attention on her. He has in his possession a magic sword that can raise the dead. When the girl dies he resurrects her and in his carelessness, she gets killed a second time at which point he learns the sword only works once per person. The lose of his beloved companion devastates him and he throws away his most prized possession (the sword) which had previously been the focus of his very existence. as a result of Rin's death, Sesshomaru has a change of heart and is no longer a villain in the series, but insteads joined forces with his brother InuYasha, against their common enemy Naraku. Rin is resurrected again and the gang defeats Naraku, but in an unexpected twist that shocks Inu fans around the world, the Humans of the series banded together and took Rin away from sesshomaru, leaving the demon lord devastated and living the rest of his life in the forest on the outskirts of the human village that she was sent to live in.
That is one of the many, many, many minor sub-plots woven into the InuYasha story.
The fanfiction I wrote, was based off that story line, but combined Sesshomaru with Drizzt (from a different book series) and then spoofed him, making his wardrobe even more over the top then it originally was, turning his hair into and obsession that was way more then an obsession, and removing the character of Rin and replacing her with an adult homebrew character named Dawa. A magor change was made to Sesshomaru's personality. In the original he's overbearing in his never backing down from a fight and can almost be a bully at times. I reversed this in the fanfic, instead making him a coward who, while at first threatening, is quick to drop his sword and run rather then fight. (Like I said, it was a spoof, so it made fun of the original character quite a bit.)
The Quaraun series is NOT the original fanfiction story which appeared on fanfiction.net, but rather a completely NEW story, BASED off the fanfiction I wrote.
The Quaraun series retains some things from the original fanfiction: notably his mega long white hair that he can't stop fussing over long enough to get anything down, and he's a major coward. He's feared by everyone and yet he faints at the sight of blood and runs at the first hint of trouble. He is still incredibly arrogant, vain, pompous, and short tempered. And he's still a feather boa wearing transvestite.
Beyond that however, not much of the original fanfiction moved on to the Quaraun series.
Of course the original was fanfiction, so it had popular pop culture characters in it, while the new series is not fanfiction and has had all pop culture characters removed.
The fanfiction has been divided into two separate rewrites: The Adventures of Quaraun The Insane and Hymal Kaydar.
The Hymal Kaydar series follows the original fanfic storyline more closely and includes the character Dawa, however, Hymal Kaydar (the character based of the fanfic version of Sesshomaru), other then having long white hair and being a demon, retains none of the personality.
The Quaraun series, turns the main character from a demon to and Elf instead and from an aristocratic warrior into an aristocratic wizard. Instead of wearing wedding kimono, Quaraun wears the garb of "a high class prostitute" and his wardrobe is entirely pink.
New to the Quaraun series is the character Unicorn, who is based off of Blackbird from my Twighlight Manor series.
One of the biggest changes readers would notice is in the original, the primary couple I wrote about was heterosexual/straight/ a male&female couple. While is the Quaraun series the primary couple is male & male. Neither character however is gay. Both Quaraun and Unicorn are bi-sexual and both have other partners both male and female, throughout the series. Quaraun has a wife and children and a male lover, all of whom die. Unicorn is his second male lover, he later has a second female lover and later a third female lover who becomes his second wife. Quaraun fathers 8 children over the course of the series. Quaraun however remains with Unicorn the entire time and considers himself to be Unicorn's wife. MOST of the series focuses on the one male/male relationship between Quaraun and Unicorn, which did lead a few readers to assume the series was "Gay Romance" and then got upset when they discovered Quaraun has a wife. No. Quaraun is not gay, he's bi-sexual.
Also the original fanfiction series was a series of very short 5k long short stories, each only about 10 pages long, while the Quaraun series is a series of 50k+ long NOVELS each about 120 to 170 pages long.
I have taken each of the original 5k shorts and used them as a "jumping off point" to write each novel from. So the original short stories are being used as writing prompts for the new, longer novels.
The Quaraun series is toned down quite a bit as well. The original fanfiction, had more raunchy sex, more sex period, more violence, more action, and moved at a faster pace. The fanfiction was based off a fairly fast moving comic book. The Quaraun series on the other hand, is written in a style which I prefer to write more, known as Literary Slice of Life.
The Literary Slice of Life genre, is a very slow moving genre that is nearly devoid of action and moves along at a leisurely saunter. The Quaraun series has very little action in it and is largely dialogue based. It has more of a lazy paced sitcom feel to it, rather then a big screen action pace.
Yes, some volumes (only a few) contain what could be described as "erotic scenes", but the majority of the books in this series contain absolutely no sex scenes at all.
The language of the series is however very crude and overly sexual (on a very South Park and Austin Powers level of crudness andsexual verbosity.)