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I admit, this is probably less of a fic rec and more of an artist+writer rec, since The Foldings comes with a fully built fantasy world, a 23-page long comic and quite a number of mini comics and sketches/artwork. And although based on the good ship Mystrade, there’s little resemblance to be found between Sherlock and The Foldings. What started as a Mystrade AU ended up having so little in common with the original series, the creators decided to separate it entirely and rename the characters. But if you love Mystrade, there’s a good chance you’ll like the gay magical steampunk world of The Foldings as well.
I myself came for Mystrade, but stayed for the breath-takingly beautiful world-building @kowabungadoodles and @marmosette have accomplished. It’s unique and complex and makes you fall in love with the city and its inhabitants in a heartbeat.
The Foldings mainly takes place in Lunule, a city full of magic which floats in the air. Airships enable transportation, complicated ladders and bridges lead from one level to the next and if you fall, the air reaches out to catch you. All inhabitants possess magic and are receptive to it; all except Jasper, who magic seems to stubbornly ignore, making him a ‘Null’. Micah, on the other hand, is exceptionally talented with magic and was trained to become the Vedouci, the magical leader of Lunule. Naturally, the two are a match made in heaven.
[Comic] The Foldings - Issue #1 “Two stories introduce you to the vast magical world of The Foldings, a place where another world is just a doorway away. Step into a city of over-complicated gadgets, runaway spells and a fashion for extravagant magical hats that’s getting badly out of control.” Features a comic of Vedouci Micah and his Druhy Jasper taking a relaxing evening stroll around the markets, an illustrated story introducing two of Lunule’s inhabitants trying to save the city and enthralling descriptions of Lunule’s architecture.
Available as print with or without postcards included, or as PDF version on tintreas[.]storenvy[.]com
[AO3] The Foldings: Ten Years Earlier “Jasper, housemaster to the Earl of Ryebury, catches the eye of a presumptuous young man and between them they create one hell of a mess.“ Discover how Micah and Jasper first met and get to know Lunule and its secrets. An exciting and captivating mix of magic, mystery and love. WIP
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Interested? I’ll buy and give away one copy of The Foldings - Issue #1 (with postcards included). To participate, reblog and add a few words so I know who’s interested and who just wants to spread the love! ❤ (open until 31st May 2017)