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Issue 636 | Illusen Day Edition!
Last Updated: 3/15/14
I'm in college, updates may be sporadic. Sorry.

Featured


Recipes from the Glade
larkspurlane & _razcalz_


I hope that, like my quests, these recipes leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled, if a little bit poorer than when you started.


sugar and spice and everything nice
pandora


Your cloud falls to the war but you don't. You build yourself again, like all of Faerieland...


The Shamrock
shehadaname1 & oo_luckey_duckey_oo


Psst!



Just Ended Series

Now that they've ended, start from the top and read the whole story!


Faerie Wars I: The Six Kingdoms
kioasakka


Long ago, in very ancient times, the world of Neopia was a wild, dark, and dangerous place. The world was plagued by fearsome monsters, the most notable of which were the wraiths...
ended in issue 636


12 Parts - Part One | Part Twelve



Lord Luparn and the Colossal Skeith
sirr1ch1


In a distant corner of Meridell, a gentle wind blew through the little village of Crokabek's Caw. It was so remote that very little happened there...
ended in issue 636


4 Parts - Part One | Part Four



The Lost Prophecy
cursedpens


A startling prophecy, a mysterious conspiracy, and, above all, that green-and-white satellite in the sky...
ended in issue 636


3 Parts - Part One | Part Three



Alfred Quenton, Villain Extraordinaire
thedoggirl_97


. "Monstrous Lupe and skinny Ogrin boy, you are about to receive a once-in-a-lifetime offer! Although you may be pathetic and wimpy now, I will mold you into mighty villains to be feared and respected. All you have to do is sign here and here."
ended in issue 636


3 Parts - Part One | Part Three



One Way
ellbot1998


. "Keep fighting! She can't win!" I yell, dodging a spiky ball of shadow that hisses past my shoulder. Our only chance is to keep moving...
ended in issue 633


11 Parts - Part One | Part Eleven



What Happened To Sophie's Hat
rogue_roxness


. "Are you sure you're supposed to be here, Miss?" the red Grarrl guarding the door asked, staring down at the Cybunny before him. She certainly did not look like anyone else in attendance at the yearly Neopian Witches' Convention.
ended in issue 633


5 Parts - Part One | Part Five



Friendship Means Never Giving Up
noxlyx


Everyone deserved to love and be loved. Everyone deserved to have a friend and be a friend.
ended in issue 633


4 Parts - Part One | Part Four



The Misadventures of a Neopian Times Reporter XV
kristykimmy


It was around ten in the morning when it started to go wrong for me.
ended in issue 633


2 Parts - Part One | Part Two



Seeking Love
fairyxhearts


No one should feel as bad as she clearly did – and especially not on Valentine's Day.
ended in issue 633


2 Parts - Part One | Part Two

First-Time Authors

Welcome these first-time authors to the NT by neomailing them what you think of their entries! =)

Trash or Treasure? | article
zacbenj


How should you manage your unwanted items?


Ghost of the Navigator | short story
generalguy64x


The high seas be fraught with perils. Our story begins with a young blue Mynci by the name of Connor on Krawk Island.


Until Neopia Stops Spinning | short story
plain_crazy_


The majority of those two years having been spent at this window, looking and hoping I would see her come up the road.


Confused Faerie | comic
jessnd


Want a quest?


Crazopia Central: Reed's Resources | comic
lasaramar


Well... Looks like his arguments were compelling.


Chia Dash | comic
chinthe


Just a typical day in Neopia...


Fair Weather | comic
willowraynelake


Pets are shallow!


I'm Not Sure I Can Get That For You | comic
walter_the_walrus & flufflepuff


Would you help me?


In a Box- I'm Back p.1 | comic
slugbug21


Such long names!


The Battle of Akram | new series
fuzzballjesse


A dark figure sat atop his shadowy steed, looking over a cliff at the desert below him. Glancing around him, he saw no one. Good.











Neopian Times Information

Basic Information

The Neopian Times is Neopia's weekly newspaper that comes with an editorial and user-created articles, comics, short stories, and series. The Neopian Times is released every Friday with the news. It can be found here, or under "news" of the header navigation on any neopets page.

The NT is run by Droplet, its editor. She handles everything except for the editorial. A more detailed list of the past editors and the layouts used for the Neopian times can be found here (http://www.jellyneo.net/?go=neopiantimes) or here.



Getting into the Neopian Times

The submission page for the NT is found here, or at the bottom of the blue column to the right of any page of the NT. There are guidelines for each submission listed on that page: for the sake of convenience, they are also listed here:
  • Articles must be between 1,000 and 50,000 words.
  • Comics can be no more than 470px wide and 200 KB in size, and must be in the gif or jpg image format.
  • Series can be from 2 to 12 parts long, with 1,500 to 50,000 words per part. (If it's a two part series less than 4,000 words, it's recommended that you change it to a short story.)
  • Short stories must be between 1,200 and 4,000 words.


When you've submitted your entry, you will eventually get one of three responses:

Rejected

A rejection letter may look like this, or it may detail what was wrong with your entry to get it rejected. If you break any of the guidelines, your entry could be rejected. Poor grammar, not listing a neopet's color and species, or failing to adhere to the set rules for each category of submissions may also earn you a rejection letter. If this happens, fix whatever the neomail tells you is wrong with your entry. If nothing is "wrong" and your rejection letter looks like the above, take some time to look over your submission and use the opportunity to improve it before resubmitting it!

Held Over

If you receive a neomail like this, your entry has a very, very good chance of being put into the Neopian Times at some point. Entries are rarely accepted without first being held over. You should not resubmit your entry at this time, because the editor has it saved. You may have to wait a few weeks before receiving your acceptance letter. Don't panic if it seems like it's taking too long - there may be some other factor holding your entry off (such as a very similar series being published at the same time that the editor is waiting to end before entering yours). Be patient!

Accepted

If your entry is accepted, it should look like this. Congrats! The next time the Friday news updates, your entry will be published in the Times.



Special Issues

The Neopian Times publishes a list of special issues every year, if enough entries have been submitted to match the theme.

weaponstar runs the Extended Calendar page, which has a list of the special issues.

When a special issue occurs, the layout of the Neopian Times will change to fit the theme of that holiday. For example, the grey day issue looks like this.

Every 50th issue is also celebrated with this layout and likely every single entry (other than series) will have something to do with that issue.

Special prizes are given out for most (but not all) of the special days. The Extended Calendar page by weaponstar also has a detailed history on the prizes that have been given out for previous days here.



Awards

When you get into the Neopian Times, a trophy will appear on your lookup like this:

It will have the caption Neopian Times CHAMPION!!! underneath. For every subsequent entry, a number will be added to the caption. So, if you had 9 entries, the text beneath your trophy would read Neopian Times 9xCHAMPION!!! and so forth.

Two avatars are directly related to the Neopian Times.


The Neopian Times Star avatar is awarded for having 10 entries in the NT.


The Neopian Times Writer is awarded for getting into one of the 50th issues of the Neopian Times.

In addition, the special issue prizes aforementioned are also given, but regular issues will not have any awards.


Indirectly Related to the Neopian Times

There are some terms you may hear about places/movements indirectly related to the Neopian Times.

The NTWF is the Neopian Times Writers Forum. It's run by patjade. If you receive a neomail congratulating you on your first entry in the NT or wishing you a happy birthday, it is likely from the NTWF.

The NTAA is the (closed) Neopian Times Awareness Act. It was a movement by sytra and reggieman721. The page still exists here, even though the movement and page are closed. It was a movement to get the NT Quote of the Week onto the front page of neopets and, through that, cause more people to see and read the Neopian Times.












Neopian Times Rules/Guidlines

Okays:
  • new made up world outside of neopia
  • character crushes/infatuations
  • high tech security (allowed in neohomes)
  • dungeons (not jails/prison; meridell has a dungeon)
  • time travel
  • saying "I love you" between family members and friends (not romantic)
  • pets having parents
  • bribery, kidnapping
  • giant petpets
  • pets in wheelchairs (but not the process of being disabled)
  • pets with other disabilities, such as being blind or implied to be mentally ill
No-nos:
  • cars
  • radios
  • TVs
  • phones
  • planes
  • computers & advanced technology (only allowed in/from the Virtupets Space Station)
  • hybrids (pets or humans mixed with different species)
  • anything specifically from Earth
  • excessive blood/gore
  • dating, kissing
  • types of faeries that do not exist, male faeries
  • pet colors that don't exist
  • jail or prison (dungeons are okay)
  • sponsored stuff
  • amputations
  • pets acting like real world pets (i.e. eating out of dog bowls)
  • seances
  • custody battles
  • weddings


This is a shortened list compiled from a variety of sources; it certainly doesn't cover everything and not in-depth. Certain rules can also be pushed (like, for example, you can have a very action-y type story without there being a lot of gore described that would be fine, and you can get away with killing off a few characters in ways that aren't too graphic).
The "guidelines" have been collected from the following helpful sources:

The following links lead to more detailed pages:

The Official Neopets Handy Tips

Jellyneo Neopian Times Article
http://www.jellyneo.net/?go=neopiantimes under "Don't Even Try it..." header

The Secret Rulebook: An Unofficial Compilation of Content Rules for the Neopian Times
very detailed on what is and isn't okay, highly recommended to read this before submitting anything










Tips


There are a variety of places to get your tips, and perhaps this isn't the best one. These other places can help you out, too, and probably better:

Jellyneo
http://www.jellyneo.net/?go=neopiantimes has submission tips
http://www.jellyneo.net/?go=neopiantimes_articles is a guide to writing articles
http://www.jellyneo.net/?go=neopiantimes_series is a guide for writing series
http://www.jellyneo.net/?go=neopiantimes_shortstories is a guide for short stories

A Guide to Getting in the Neopian Times

Complete Guide to Writing Neopet Short Stories

How to Get Into The Neopian Times

Inscribe
a page that details what good and bad submssions contain, along with further information about the neopian times

How to contribute to the NT
a very old page, with a broken layout, that lists links to helpful articles on writing and other advice

Talia's Writing Guide

The Weewoo Den
tips and processes for getting your entries completed nicely

H33lix's Comic Guide
an extremely helpful guide for first-time comic creators

Ghostkomorichu's FAQ
a step-by-step guide, along with tips, on how ghostkomorichu of the famous Spooky comic series makes her comics

Keep in mind that almost everybody has their own set of guidelines for how something should be written or look, and not all of them may suit you. Play around and find what works for you and what kind of style you like the most.

Skip ahead: Making Comics | Writing Short Stories | Writing Series | Writing Articles


Making Comics

1. Fulfilling Base Requirements

In case you haven't looked at the requirements for comics, they are:

  • 200KB file size maximum
  • 470px wide maximum
  • must be in GIF or JPG format

You can save images as GIF or JPG in your image editing program easily. Just pick from the dropdown list underneath the name of the image and choose either option. For images with more solid, separate colors, choose GIF for optimized appearance. For images with colors that frequently blend together, choose JPG for optimized appearance. If your file is too large, consider cutting out something or sacrificing a color or two to be the same as the others. The more colors and the larger the image itself is, the larger the file will be in size.


2. Thumbnail Image

You can make a thumbnail for your comic, or crop out a 150x150px part of it. A lot of popular comics have their own thumbnails. This gives the reader something to look at to draw them into your comic and get them to read it. If you don't choose to make your own thumbnail, a thumbnail will be chosen for you with neopets art.


3. Originality & coming up with an idea

If you're having problems coming up with an idea, but you're great at art, maybe you should look into doing a collaboration with another user. Post on the Help Chat or the Neopian Writers Board to search for a user to collaborate with on a comic. Have them give you the idea, or you can give them the idea if you're terrible at art and they are good at it. If you can't find anyone, try looking in recent issues of the NT to find users who have unexpectedly good comic ideas or art and contact them to see if they will collaborate with you.
Note: I do not condone harassing users if they refuse to collaborate with you. Don't push it if someone says no to a collaboration after you've contacted them.

Look around at the comics in the NT and see what's been done. A lot of the comic ideas have been overused (one where nothing happens at Coltzan's shrine but a "kick me" sign appears on the neopet's back has been done multiple times, for example). Try for something that hasn't been done before. Look around the site and find anything that seems out of place to you -- make fun of a game, or something strange (Why is the water faerie randomly holding a blotch of water in her hand? It's unnatural.) and create a comic based around that. Try to avoid over-used topics.


4. Actually creating the comic image

I won't give too much advice on this topic, because H33lix's Comic Guide and Ghostkomorichu's FAQ (listed above) both have excellent explanations on how the users create their comics.
It's not recommended that you create the comic straight on your computer, unless you're ironically using geometric shapes to create the forms of the neopets or something. If you have a tablet, that is excellent for drawing and will probably produce the best result. If not, draw the image out on a piece of paper. Remember that if you color the image right on the paper it might not look as good as if you were to color it in using a computer.






Writing Short Stories

1. Fulfilling Base Requirements

Short stories have to be a minimum of 1200 words long and a maximum of 4000 words long, with no exceptions.


2. Originality & coming up with an idea

Find a topic that fits the medium of a 1200 - 4000 word story. Delve into the brain of a defined neopets character who is less well-known, or describe a short scene with a certain tone to it: humorous, sad, adventurous, inspirational. If you're having trouble, open up a dictionary and find a word that you either haven't heard before or find interesting and write a little story around that. Some places you can go to draw from for inspiration include:
The Neopedia®
Neopets Fun Images
Caption Contest Archives
If none of the links above help you, try basing a story around a character of your own creation, a theme, a place, or an event that has happened in your life (neopets-ified, of course). Check to see what's in the NT now and what ideas you see over and over again. Try out something new.
For more tips on finding ideas, check out some of the links at the start of this section.


3. Word choice

Your word choice should fit the style you're going for - if you're going simple, it's okay to use simpler language, but if you're writing something Victorian-era-esque, a little more intricate writing style may work. Don't break out the thesaurus and use unnatural words where they don't belong, however, and don't spend too much time on describing things - if a description is necessary, then get to the point and describe it. You have a limited word count here, so cut out all the excess.

Because short stories are, well, shorter, this gives you less words to tell your story, and the chance to use more quality words. Take, for example, this passage from treihaven's short story Crystalline Cracks:

Kat turned to speak, her voice tinny and muffled through the mask.

Describing a voice as tinny gives the reader an idea of exactly how Kat says the words. Play around with different words and see what sounds the best to you and what depicts your story the most accurately.
(More word choice advice can be found in the series writing tips.)


4. Editing & final touches

Make sure you [i]read over[/i] your story for any errors, grammatically, logically, or otherwise, and fix them. Try reading it out loud or having a friend read it to see what they think could be improved or search for any mistakes you've made. Make your grammar as accurate as possible, as the editorial has stated that good grammar is often something that can get a poorly crafted story in better than a well-done story with poor grammar. Do your research, when referring to specific neopets items/characters, and make sure your information is correct.






Writing Series

1. Fulfilling Base Requirements

There is a minimum of 1500 words per part and a maximum of 50,000 words per part. Your series should have between 2 and 12 parts, with TNT favoring series around 6 - 8 parts long. That leaves you a minimum of 3000 words (TNT has stated that if your series is less than 4000 words, it should be submitted as a short story) and a maximum of 600,000 words. (Victor Hugo's Les Misérables has 530,982 words. Please don't write a 600,000 word series, for the sake of sanity.)


2. Originality & coming up with an idea

Writing a series is different than writing a short story in that the plot has to be able to sustain itself for a lot longer. This means it should have well-defined setting, plot, and characters.

On originality: some stories have been done over and over and over again. Pound stories are extremely common for some reason: pet is miserable in the pound, ends up finding a happy family. It's become cliche to the point where people who frequent the NT won't even click on them anymore. Unless you have some super-unique twist on the pound story, avoid it entirely.

If you're completely lost on what to do, try drawing from Storytelling Competition beginnings or start with a character, plot, or setting and build a story around that. Some more on character, plot, and setting below:



i. Plot

An interesting story doesn't exist without conflict, and conflict is what makes up the plot. Christopher Booker states that there are seven base plots that all stories branch out from. Here are the seven plots:

  • Overcoming the Monster: Protagonist saves the world from some evil force/monster.
    Examples: Star Wars, Beowulf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Rags to Riches: Protagonist starts out in poor conditions and moves up into "riches" and maturity.
    Examples: Cinderella
  • The Quest: Protagonist goes on a quest for a magic object with magical powers.
    Examples: Lord of the Rings
  • Voyage and Return: Protagonist goes to an unfamiliar place and, after many trials and tribulations and character development, returns home mature.
    Examples: The Odyssey, Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo
  • Comedy: Story starts out in a confusing situation and gradually becomes clearer, and has a happy ending where the characters achieve their goals.
    Examples: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew
  • Tragedy: Protagonist (who doubles as antagonist) gets worse and worse until he is triumphed against by fate/society/another protagonist.
    Examples: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Death Note
  • Rebirth: Protagonist gets worse and worse and then has a moment of redemption.
    Examples: Sleeping Beauty, A Christmas Carol, Star Wars

    (If you find NT stories that really fit any of these categories, please neomail me so I have more on-site examples!)

    If one of these ideas is hard to start with, try choosing a genre, theme, character, or setting to start out with and build a plot around that.



ii. Character
Well-developed characters stand out. That's why we love people like Captain Jack Sparrow: you learn to know him, and his personality is clear and strangely likeable.
Each character has a role to play in the story, a goal, motivation, wants, fears, a background story, and a personality. Not all of these are entirely necessary for characters who make one or two appearances - the side characters should not have fully developed everything and outshine your protagonist.

Characters shouldn't just be an archetype, either. Whether the character serves the role of the Hero, the Trickster, the Wicked Witch, or the Blind Seer, this should not define the character entirely. If you're having problems coming up with a realistic character, try to base your character off of people you know. Don't slap on motivation and goals just for the sake of having them; they should be realistic for the situation/type of character being described.

Some writers find it helpful to make a little chart of the things they decide a character needs; these charts can be enormous and list a ton of different qualities of the character, and different people will tell you you need different things. I won't go into detail, but you can make your own chart if you want. For the Times, your character should have a defined appearance (color and species) as well.

Below is a personality chart to get you started:


Personalities are based on the four temperaments (thanks, internet), which include:
  • sanguine: pleasure-seeking and sociable
  • choleric: ambitious and leader-like
  • melancholic: analytical and thoughtful
  • phlegmatic: relaxed and quiet


If coming up with a character is too much pressure for you, you also have a wide variety of neopets-created characters to choose from. Search for site characters in The Neopedia® or The Gallery of Evil and build upon their established personalities/goals/wants/etc.



iii. Setting
Your plot's written down, your characters are established aaaanddd... setting. Thankfully, neopets has a variety of settings to choose from. Integrate your plot and characters into the setting, or base them both around the setting if you're still lost on where to start. An adventure story could involve a number of different settings, or you can make like J.R.R. Tolkien and create your own. Settings are probably the easiest of the three to do, especially if your story takes place in Neopia.

Vinsetta is a good example of a series based on the Haunted Woods.


3. Planning

Some people go forward with long stories without planning anything, and just let it happen as it happens. This doesn't work for everyone, though, and often leads to writer's block and unfinished tales. If you're the kind of person who can write a whole story without planning, then by all means, go for it! But if not, read on.

It's a good idea to get your story going by establishing certain points in your story. Pick a few plot points that stick out in your head as things you want to happen in the story and write them down. Use them as milestones as you hit that point. If you're really into the planning thing, then try to establish exactly what you want to happen in your story. Make a sentence summary for each part and then turn that summary into 1500 - 50,000 words. It depends on your style of writing.

You should also figure out how long you want your series to be: it could be a bad story if you stretch it out for too long, or make it far too short. Figure out what's appropriate for your type of story: a 3 - 4 short series, a 5-7 medium series, or an 8 - 12 long series. An elaborate plot may be up to 12 parts, and a simpler one might only need a few parts. Each story has a different appropriate length.


4. Word choice & on using "said" instead of alternatives

Some of the guides linked to at the beginning of the tips section will tell you to avoid the word "said." The problem with that is that it often distracts from what is being said and looks pretentious. They are also often redundant. Take, for example, the following sentence:
. "You stole my toy!" she accused.
It's obvious that the speaker is accusing someone of stealing her toy, so it's unnecessary to put "accused" in the dialogue tag. Furthermore, obscure words such as the one below are unnecessary and distracting:
. "I have seven toes," he articulated.
The word "articulated" is extremely unnecessary in the above example. The only reason "said" should be averted is to explain how something is said that is not evident in the words. For example, a character who whispers/snarls something should have that indicated so that the tone of the dialogue is conveyed.

In terms of word choice itself, a general rule is "show, don't tell." You'll hear it everywhere, and because of that, I'm not going to give examples or explain how to do it. Check out some of the writing guides above for more word choice advice.


5. Editing & final touches

Much like with short stories, read over your series before you submit it. If you have some part of your story that you don't especially like, try rewriting it or taking it out entirely. Even if it's a lot of reading, you should go over everything and check for grammatical errors and events or qualities that don't seem right. Have a friend or family member read over it for a fresh pair of eyes to see your work and point out its flaws. Accept the constructive criticism and use it to help your story.






Writing an Article


1. Fulfilling Base Requirements

The cool thing about articles is that they are pretty open - they can be as short as 1000 words and as long as 50,000 words.


2. Choosing a topic/format

Article content is also pretty flexible: you can do a top 10 list, a faked interview with a Neopian character, a guide for how to play a game/explaining some process (assuming it's not already been done a few times), a rant, something informative, or any number of other formats. The formats leave open room for countless types of content: a top ten list for Neopian noodles is listed on this page, for example. Try to be unique and use a little humor if possible, as those tend to be more popular. Look through the articles over the past few weeks and see what sort of things tend to pop up and what's been overdone, and then try to do your own thing.

Jellyneo has a more in-depth guide on articles listed at the beginning of this section if you need more guidance.




Whatever you're doing for the NT, good luck and remember to be patient in getting a response from TNT!










About the Page

This page started as a list of user favorites on the Neopian Writers Board. It was a list for personal use, of future things that might be worth reading since I was low on reading material. The idea for this page sprouted from it with much help from Matt, who collected links with me. Together, we planned out what a page like this would need and made a (very) brief outline. But the page wouldn't have been done at all without him, so I'd like to thank Matt very, very much for the help and motivation.

The point of this page is to increase interest in the Neopian Times, while at the same time having both old and new high-quality entries for users to browse through and find their own personal favorites. Basically, it has the same goal as the Neopian Times Awareness Act, but it's a little more involved and a lot less official. I hope that you'll find entries you like, and that more people will be encouraged to write things for the Neopian Times, too. It's definitely not as popular as it used to be; from issue 151 to issue 600, the average total entries per issue is around 70.396. Issue 583 had only 44 entries, and most of the current issues (excluding popular special issues) have around 50-60 entries published. The Neopian Times has always been a unique part (and experience) of this site; it's a place where people go to enjoy stories and comics created by their fellow users, where they go to submit their own works in hopes of them being seen, and where writing/drawing skills are improved overall and possibly for the real world. Maybe it's too big of a goal for just one page, but I think it would be fantastic if we had increased user interest (and, in turn, more quality and quantity of entries) in the Neopian Times.

If there's one thing you personally can do, it's this: neomail authors of entries you enjoy! They worked hard on their entries and they deserve proper attention for it, and if you give your favorite authors this appreciation, chances are they will be encouraged to do more for the NT in the future. Don't be shy; send a neomail. It can be as simple as "I like your story" or it can be as elaborate as a three-paragraph-long list of what you liked about it.

Another thing you can do is continue to contribute to the list of favorites on this page. Huge thanks to the people on the HC, the NW, and the ones who randomly found this page and neomailed me: you guys rock. Unfortunately, I can't go through every entry myself, and it's nice to have others to filter out the content for me. You're as much a part of this as I am, and your opinion does matter. Even if the entry you suggest to me is already on the page, the more people who suggest it, the higher chance of it being listed as "highly recommended." So, don't be shy. Share your opinions of entries with me so they can be added as soon as possible, and share your opinions of entries with the authors of those entries.

P.S.: Don't feel like you're burdening me with a ton of links or suggestions if you have that many. The more, the merrier. It only takes a little copying and pasting to add a new one. And if you have a description for that story, I don't have to use the (sometimes misleading) description provided in the NT.

Thanks again, everyone, and keep reading and writing for the Neopian Times. =)












Favorite Series

A list of user-chosen favorite series from the Writers' Board and other places. Neomail Lylah your favorite series to have it listed here with the others!

Stand-alone Series




What Am I?
sarahleeadvent


Slinking away from the squabbling serpent, Kelenria tried to home back in on the teacher's voice. She hoped she hadn't missed anything important...


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8



A House Divided Cannot Stand
dragon_soul__


."I have the best family altogether," Moondatta said. "We're pretty cool, really."

."Yeah," Ben agreed. "We are pretty awesome, aren't we?"


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6



Two Dozen Black Dresses
emblo93


Prigpants and Swolthy, Tailors. The name of the store meant many things to many people: to some, it was a portent of funerals; to others, it was a sign of galas to come. To Marius Finchley, Lackey, it was a harbinger of dreadful tidings...


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5



The Draik in Black: Pictures of Darkness
dr_tomoe


. "Marco! Ashton! The photos are back!"


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9



Kingly Game
child_dragon


It's about MoonFall getting kidnapped by her brother because of running away... yada yada.


1 | 2 | 3



Rainy Days
child_dragon


. "You're the lucky one," he said, flashing white teeth in a broad grin, "All the other students are taking their sweet time to get here. Probably because of the rain."


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8



The Puppeteer
rachelindea


The statue has stood at the edge of the village for a hundred years, or so the child has been told. He has spent many afternoons playing near the plinth with his friends, amongst the wildflowers that spring up during the warmer months. The Hissi coiled in stone has a strange presence, both threatening and peaceable at the same time.


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12



I Will Stand Alone
saphira_27


Prince Jazan the Fourth of Qasala strode down the halls of the palace, his long legs eating up the distance quickly. At sixteen, he'd finally reached his adult height...


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Telltale the Darigan Dancer
cruzerchic123


Many of a tale tell about the circlet; how it is encrusted by a special hypnotic power, how it burns fiercely in the hands of the holder, or in this case the head...but why?


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A Mind in the Moonlight
costa_rican_girl


. "Well, they say if you go to Edna's cas-er, palace, and drink one of her potions… They say it turns you into a Faerie pet."


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The Prophecy of Four
jade_steel


Pressing a glowing bottle into the faerie's hand, the instructions continued. "Slip this into the drinks of the faeries you wish to know the hearts of. You will see . . ."


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Obsession
d_morton


. 'All this desolation in our lands cannot be natural. Something else has been causing this, and all we need do is find it and reverse the effects...'


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Finding Boochi
fantasyeyesuk


Charlie still remembered the day he had turned Grey. How could he ever forget the day that caused all of his misery and despair?


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How do you solve a problem like Neovia?
herdygerdy


Agenda?" the Mayor of Neovia asked. "What is this? All I got was a zombie shuffling up to the town hall and demanding I come and meet you all..."


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The Golden Elephante
rachelindea


Get your scrolls here!" a Pteri at the stand opposite him bellowed, quickly appraising the Krawk and giving him a cheerful wink. "The cheapest scrolls in Sakhmet, and all ancient, too!"


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Confessions Of A Musically Inclined Hissi
pandora


I didn't always have a voice.


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Pages of a Lost Past
sibertiger9


I've been becoming restless. My days seem more and more meaningless, and my nights are filled with strange dreams that are oddly familiar...


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A Darker Shade
goodsigns


It's not my fault you're a badly named puke-yellow Aisha."


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All The Colours
hot_pink_lizard


Gone?" I sat up straight. "What do you mean, gone? Are we talking, walked down the shops, or are we talking, disappeared off the face of Neopia?"


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Hissi, Come Blow Your Horn!
bitsy_dj


Maestro and Histopher looked to see Satch with his face pressed up against the glass case containing the item of his dreams: a shiny, silver trumpet. The tiny Hissi's tail beat the floor happily as he looked at his dad with shining eyes...


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Worlds Apart
tanikagillam


Jaden had done a few bad things and couldn't afford to let herself remember them. That was why she didn't allow thoughts of very much enter her mind, except for thoughts of the music box.
highly recommended


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The Price of Faith
mutedsanity


This is a tale about a single Faerie whose life and spirit was changed forever because of a single injustice and then changed yet again because of a single person.


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Another Chance
a_greenparrot


An Earth Faerie was foolishly wandering the Haunted Woods alone. Soon she would be in a bottle for sale.


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Jhudora's Journal
sheik_30999


Instead of a warm gust of wind that I had tried to summon, a large blue orb shot from my hands...
...and through Jhudora's house.


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Child of the Drenched
kristykimmy


Below the waves a lone figure swam into the depths, a young blue Usul cradled in her arms. She kept swimming until she reached her home, the lair of the Drenched...


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Traitors And Warriors
humgruffin


I should start at the very beginning, when I was a student at the Faerie School. Back then, so many years ago, not one of the faerie teachers had ever known a student quite like me...


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Bottled Beauty
vanessa1357924680


Celia, what do you think of this?" Milo asked me, picking up a small vase and showing it to me. The top was chipped, a long crack ran down the side, and it was covered with ancient Qasalan engravings.


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The Thief's Hostage
vanessa1357924680


Today's mission wasn't just any theft. It had been ordered by Kanrik himself. And no one dared to flee a mission ordered by the head of Thieves Guild.


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As Told by child_dragon
child_dragon


It can take a single snowflake to start an avalanche, and so, the greatest battle between good and evil begins with an Eyrie.


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Dark Flame
child_dragon


I was upstairs in my room, reading. I heard someone approaching in the driveway so I hopped off my bed and pulled the shades aside to see Netsuko and Sakuko coming up the drive...


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Blue's Way
kimssuperanimals


The painted Neopets looked at each other in dismay and confusion. An unpainted pet, speaking with them like he was painted too!


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Into the Sea
sytra


At first glance, she appears quite normal. Like a regular little Flotsam, happy with her life. She looks as if she has not a care in the world... Poor thing."


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The Mirror of Memories
sytra


There were tons of people crowding the house, and I immediately ran upstairs to try and find some of my friends who I knew would be there. Some people stared at my slippers as I climbed the huge staircase...
highly recommended


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Once a Scarab
saphira_27


Tomos didn't find it that hard to elude the palace guards as he snuck into one of the many gardens that surrounded the building. Everyone was still too busy celebrating the defeat of Razul...


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The Last Page
silent_snow


My master, Eliv Thade, stood next to the servant's bell, a book in hand. Some who visited the castle called him dashing, with his piercing yellow eyes, dark green fur, and the jagged scar that ran over his left cheek. More called him terrifying.
highly recommended


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I'm Runner
peachwriting


Only four pets per family."


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A New Line of Work
thatsextraheretical


They also maintained a rather unofficial business of espionage and information gathering specialists excelling in not leaving a trace; that is to say, it was a spy agency...


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Revolution Undercloud
tealnova_dragon


Cipher sighed happily. It was a beautiful day in Neopia.


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Difficulties
majikel


I didn't care about being a different color. I wanted to be a graceful Flotsam living in the underwater world of Maraqua...


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Prison of the Mind
merlynia


In the moonlight pouring from a nearby window stood Eliv Thade, in all of his macabre beauty.
highly recommended


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Maemo and Vrai Visit Mystery Island
teaspill


What self-respecting Baby Vampire lives in the land of pink towers and fluffy clouds? None, that's the answer. Well, none but Vraiment.


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Above the Ashes
dan4884 & imogenweasley


She shot into the sky, searching for her friend Avere. After nearly twenty minutes, she still could not spot her friend...


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Fine Line
reggieman721


The camouflage Kougra silently celebrated his victory. After weeks of hard work and good lies, he had managed to infiltrate one of the Great Gebmids...


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Hiding the Clockwork Negg
seiya_from_ashes


Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. The intricate clockwork tick-tocked along. She didn't mind it.


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Sunlight Sonata
kittengriffin


You're back. What about the blind one? Is he still here?"


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Handed in for an English Homework
ralph89170


Once there was a time when I thought my owner would love me, even though I was just a terribly named yellow Gelert.


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Princess Bones
vanessa1357924680


Rain came down heavily on the small town of Middleway. The nearby farms of Meridell had wanted a good downpour for months...
Highly Recommended


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Six Names, Six Lives, Six Owners, One Terrible Tale
ilovcanis


I learned a lot of things, my first few days in the world. I learned about glue, and burritos, and apples, and socks, and Dr. Sloth, and white weewoos, and I learned that the neighbor's spyder is not for eating...
highly recommended


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My Enemy, My King
saphira_27


It has been many years since you have wielded your blade in the service of Qasala. As your king, I command that you return...


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Vira's Dagger
thorndove


The Acara's hard, cruel eyes softened as she remembered another time. She remembered the happy days that she had shared with her parents and younger sister. But those were long gone.


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Series with Sequels




Never Get a Paint Brush For a Lupe
stoneman3x


. "I'm blue," he hissed through clenched teeth.


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Never Play Meerca Chase With a Lupe

. "Grrr! This game is boring! Why don't you play Meerca Chase instead?"


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Dragon Thieves (Short Story Collection)
child_dragon


The first seven short stories in the popular Dragon Thieves series.


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Dragon Thieves (Short Story and Short Series Collection)

9 entries total, spanning three two-part series and three short stories.


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Dragon Thieves: NSPA

Everyone was used to Nianso DreamWish being out late. However, when dinner grew close and there was no sign of the dragon-winged starry Zafara, MiracleStar started to get worried.


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Dragon Thieves: Assassin Integrity

MiracleStar hadn't taken much convincing to let us all go to the Lost Desert for a bit. She locked up the house and we were off.


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The Prophecy Faeries
alex313


An earth faerie walked down the crowded halls of Faerie Heights Academy of Magical Study, an immense pile of books stacked in her arms.


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The Prophecy Faeries 2: Imagen's Revenge

An air faerie with pale blond hair walked slowly down the halls of Faerie Heights Academy for Magical Study.


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The Prophecy Faeries 3: Linisa's Return

Two faeries chatted aimlessly as they walked through the halls of Faerie Heights Academy for Magical Study.


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Of Angelpi and Qasalan Coffee
shy_gurl1983


Hanso, you're just afraid to go to Qasala, aren't you?"


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Of Squibble Berries and Olives

It had been three weeks since he and Brynn had returned from their little adventure in Qasala. Hanso was now certain that Queen Fyora had a dark side to her...


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Princess of Erodaire
christinetran


Even though we both had to go through the same loss of loved ones, for some unknown reason, King Alastare became as bitter as an unripe lemon... bitter enough to hurt those whom he had sworn to protect...


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Princess of Erodaire II

The moment I first laid eyes on Lady Vevina, I hated her with a passion. Although I knew that my father was not able to see through her sugary outerself, I knew who she truly was.


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Princess of Erodaire III

This time, King Alastare seemed to be staring straight at me. I gazed into his eyes, hoping for a sign of pardon, but I couldn't find any.


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Princess of Erodaire IV

During these times, I usually think of Rune... the fallen Nimmo I had met in the halls of the Summer Castle. I could feel him before me, behind me, and near me...but yet I couldn't see him.


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Roomies
vanessa1357924680


Jhudora woke up to the smell of smoke. Jolting from her dream, she noticed that her lair (cloud and all) was being engulfed by giant red flames...


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Roomies 2

The sun was shining, the air was warm, a crisp breeze was blowing through her hair; she couldn't ask for anything more. Summer was here and that meant only one thing to the air faerie: summer vacation...


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Roomies 3

Her destination was a place most Neopians only dreamed of gaining entrance to: Queen Fyora's palace...


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Roomies 4

Jesc frowned, slipping her stuff into her school bag. Mrs. Pierce had tormented her back when she was a teacher...


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They'll Never Hear a Word We Say
sytra


She made her way downstairs after making sure she looked perfect. It was not every day you went to school for the first time...


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The Ties That Bind

Mel the yellow Usul never thought she'd hear from her old best friend ever again. Yet, yesterday when she had been sent out to get the mail...


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Scarlet Shadow: A Scepter Full of Trouble
kathleen_kate


She meant to make a quiet escape, but that was apparently not meant to be. "Oh well, at least I got the diamond," she sighed...


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Scarlet Shadow: A Knight's Reckoning

Jeran fell. He tripped over a root. "Lisha?!" he cried, picking himself up. Not knowing here he was, the young Lupe quickly ran...


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Scarlet Shadow - A Thief's Uprising

You need to start getting used to some other name. You're not 'Princess Crystal' any more."


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Scarlet Shadow: Secrets and Reunions

The Lady Cios stood silently. She bowed in greeting. "Lord Kanrik," she began, "I do hope your trip was uneventful?"


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Scarlet Shadow: Secrets of a Kingdom

The intruder smiled. By morning, the Princess would find the book, and more importantly, read the tale it held...


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Chronicles of the Court Rogue: The Bargain
nimras23


Danner," Jeran asked as they entered the dungeon, "is a thief really the best you can come up with? First off, I doubt they'll be very trustworthy; secondly, if they've already been caught, they must not be very good at it."


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Chronicles of the Court Rogue: Lessons

Miss Mareian!" Fizzen, the blue Lenny apprentice, called as he dashed over to the pirate Lupess. "Today's the day I finally get to work in the streets, right?"


Short Story

Chronicles of the Court Rogue: Rivalry

The normally pirate colored Lupess stretched her arms over her head to warm up stiff muscles. It's three weeks until the Day of Giving, she thought. Jeran and Khalyen have better get me something nice to make up for this...


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Chronicles of the Court Rogue: Treachery

You do realize," she informed the lock, "that I'm going to get the blame for this."


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Chronicles of the Court Rogue: Instincts

The sound of approaching hoof beats on the wooden walkway pulled Jeran out of his reverie. Curious, the Lupe braved the downpour by sticking his head out the door to see a very familiar spotted Uni with a small form huddled on his back...


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Chronicles of the Court Rogue: Jealousy

They'd only arrived in Brightvale a couple hours earlier, and while both Lupes were tired from traveling, Brightvale's Crown Prince Rolan had sent a message asking them to meet him here tonight. "Sorry for the wait," Rolan apologized as he came in...


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Chronicles of the Court Rogue: Witchcraft

Well, congratulations for making it to Woodfen," the blue Ixi drawled. "Unfortunately, we're having a bit of a witch problem at the moment..."


Short Story

Chronicles of the Court Rogue: Ghost Town

The door of one of the "abandoned" houses swung open, and a small dress came running out. The pirate Lupess stared. It was a bright red child's dress, floating across the mud...


Short Story

Chronicles of the Court Rogue: The Underdark

Going to the castle had sounded all very adventurous, Wolfers thought, but after the initial flurry of excitement was over, it was pretty dull.


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The Chronicles of Knight: The Knight Within
fierwym


Let's say that there is a knight who has forgotten his vows, and one not a knight who follows every code a knight should. Who is more a knight, the one in title, or the one in heart?


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The Chronicles of Knight II: Rebuilding the Forsaken

Of the many times I've heard it in the past few months, I'm still shocked to find people questioning the fact that I was made a knight. I, of all people, right!?"


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The Chronicles of Knight III: End of Nightmare

Even long after he had died it would be remembered that Meridell and the Citadel had been connected in some way, even if in the future they were enemies again. He supposed it was the reason for his knighthood...


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The Adventures of Lisha and Jeran: This Strange Place Called Home
ridergirl333


It had been almost a decade since that fateful game of hide-and-seek. He was lost, transported to another time...


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The Adventures of Lisha and Jeran: The Calm Before the Storm

Strange things can happen on such a night, the villagers whispered, when that silvery lunar light isn't there to guide your way...


Short Story

The Adventures of Lisha and Jeran: In Kass's Citadel

The weather's beautiful tonight. Oh! You're worried about that big cloud over there? That's just Kass Citadel. It always floats overhead."


Short Story

The Adventures of Lisha and Jeran: The Storm-Clouds are Rising

Just worried about Meridell. Oh Jacob, every minute of my sleep is riddled with nightmares! Every single minute! They all seem to have two things in common; falling and fire."


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The Adventures of Lisha and Jeran: Heroes Never Die

I need your advice on this plan, Jeran," he said. "The King trusts you; you're his number one advisor. So tell me what you think."


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Windstorm
sara_mossflower


Looking towards the Storytelling campfire, I perked my ears. Maybe someone was relating an intriguing tale. A young yellow Lupe appeared to be the storyteller.


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Firejewel

Dayne shook the foreboding feeling she had just experienced in the Kyrii's vicinity, and moved along to the rack of necklaces that he had been inspecting. Almost immediately, one caught her eye.


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EndingArrow

And then she had realized that it would never be over. Not until Frey was put to rest for good...


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After

Utter defeat - that was all she could feel. After a millennium of waiting, after planning her return so meticulously, her enemy had bested her...


Short Story

Shadowchild

He was drawn to the blade; it glittered like a precious gem amidst the desolation of the field of torn up earth...


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Avalon and the Emerald Noil Gem
cpmtiger


There's no time to explain!" the faerie hissed, reaching into her robe pocket. Her eyes were darting all over the place, as if she expected something to attack. "I have something to give you."


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Avalon and the Emerald Noil Gem: Avalon's Apprentice

Atop a grassy hill in the center of a small clearing, however, two swords clanged together, shattering the morning's quiet peace...


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Avalon and the Emerald Noil Gem: The Onyx Isle

Silverdrop jerked awake, her head lurching from her crossed paws. She strained her ears, silver eyes swiveling, searching the darkness for the half-perceived foe.


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Neopia, Year 200: The Beginning
klaus239


Prices stayed up, the Faeries stayed exiled in Faerieland, and the damage caused by the weather would likely never be repaired...


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Neopia, Year 200 Book II: Earthly Winds

She knew full well just how powerful the Valkaeum were, and four Neopets and a bumbling Fire Faerie were just not going to cut it.


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Time Twisters
too_kule


She brought her ring close to her mouth and spoke different words into it. "Rewind five minutes!"


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Time Twisters 2

The Time Twisters seldom had company, so Millyum approached the door with caution. She had her ring ready in case of an emergency.


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The Ultimate Time Twisters Adventure

Good morning, my name is Maria Blumaroo. I'm hear to tell you some astonishing news. For some unknown reason, hundreds of black Zumagorn are blocking the sky..."


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The Sorcerer
jokerhahaazzz


It was discovered that Lockwood had an astonishing talent for magic shortly after his coming of age in the Month of Eating; and he was dispatched with due haste to the abode of the court wizard Lisha in order to cultivate his natural ability.
highly recommended


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The Curse

A young Kacheek farmer in Meridell was walking through the forest and encountered a most peculiar thing: to be precise, a most elegant gentleman's necktie placed conveniently in his way.


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The Traitor

Miss Elaine Roderick was the daughter of one of Brightvale's most celebrated Dukes; she was charming, intelligent, accomplished and, to crown it all rather delightfully, she was a sorceress.


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The Attempt

A young green Eyrie in a tattered brown dress, carrying with her the cleaning rags of a scullery maid and wearing the air of a princess, made her way silently and rather stealthily through one of the deserted halls...


Short Story

The Anomaly

Lady Lisha Borodere! The sorceress! The heroine of the Darigan Wars! I cannot express the honor I feel at welcoming you into my humble home."


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The Entreaty

As a rule Lisha did not attend balls, for she considered them both uncomfortable and insipid; and so it was to her great surprise that she found herself enjoying this one to a tolerable extent.


Short Story

The Conspiracy

I will attempt to reconcile myself to the idea that I may not always be perfection itself..."


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The Bereavement

The door opened; she tensed, dreading her mother. But it was only her brother, from whom she could be reasonably certain of a little careless sympathy...


Short Story

Roxanne

People are starving, Roxanne, all over Meridell. And this sorcerer is nothing but a parasite."


Short Story

The Remnant

Lockwood was very brilliant - and very witty - and very handsome - and very arrogant and very cold. Cold above all else. I would not wish upon you any quality of his, any more than I would wish his fate upon you."


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Favorite Short Stories

A list of user-chosen favorite short stories from the Writers Board and other places. Neomail Lylah your favorite short stories to have them listed here with the others!

The Small Cramped Dark
vltava


Bast and Miriam have a secret.
Highly recommended


Skin and Soul
soupfaerie_best


It happens one morning when she gets out of bed, looks in the mirror and realizes her eyes are green.


Candy Corn
concertogreat_8


. "Dark things," Sharan said. "Things that go bump in the night." She smiled wickedly and set down her finished pumpkin...


Meaning
thedarkestwocky


Sometimes the path to insanity is closer than you think.


King for a Day
mespirit24


The teacher smiled and explained, "Elephante Day is just a day celebrating Elephantes. We have one Elephante in this class... Eddy! So you should treat him better today. Like a king."


Stealing Hearts -- a Krawk Island Valentine
schefflera


Masila didn't quite snap, but she had, she thought, spoken too quickly. It would be difficult to carry out her planned revenge if she gave the game away.


The Meepit Show
spoonguardonline


A series of short stories all about The Meepit Show.


500 Days
partigirl2


It took 500 days.

500 days to change the world.


Bye Bye Valentine
micrody


We first met in preschool, but we never really talked until the first grade.


The Magician Cometh
d_morton


. 'Do forgive me if I sound a touch rude,' she added, drawing a long breath of the majestic fragrance of the rose, 'but just who are you? How did you get into my home?'


Paper Butterflies
ralph89170


He pins the Neopian Times on his wall, frames and hangs them like butterflies.


Meepit Oaks Sanatorium: Patient 600
vanessa1357924680


When I first received a neomail saying that I was needed at Meepit Oaks Sanitorium for a consultation with a particular mental patient, I had a near panic attack...


Crystalline Cracks
treihaven


Kat stood at the top of the bluff, her torn and ragged cloak swirling out from behind her on the evening breeze...


The Jelly Chia: The Diary
lux_aeterna1234


A (very) disturbing short story about the Jelly Chia and his "Daddy" described in a diary.


Balthazar is a Rotten Baby-Sitter
fatesprite


Okay, okay. My dad's having his birthday party tonight and I have to leave you guys until morning. I've hired a baby-sitter... and he's not really... that nice. But his price was right, so..."


A Uni's Panpipes
macana


Hathim took the pipes and handed over this purse with all his savings. But he did not care about the money: he now had the pipes he had dreamed of...


Finding the Music
reveirie


There is a single tribe that exists on the island. A group of faerie Lenny called the Maedryth...


Three Hundred Seconds
reggieman721


As her stylist hurried to apply the rest of Claire's makeup, the Lutari heard the director call out, "Less than five minutes to show time!"


The Junior Gourmet's Society
cerpin


Natilie sat by herself in the cafeteria on her very first day of Neoschool. She was much younger than all of the other pets...


A Play About Nobody and Nothing
mamasimios


If Somebody comes by, they could always take a nap upstairs, I guess, while Nobody is sleeping in that chair.


Love, Imagined
reggieman721


Like the cold blade of a knife, a new sound pierced the air, carrying dimly up the staircase and through the open door...


These Things I Have Done
vltava


She looked down, fingered her hair again. We started walking along the edge of the seawall. "Tell me what I've missed," I said.


The Worth of a Red Quiggle
uberdancingdolphin


She isn't even painted. Just a plain red Quiggle.


Installation
thorndove


Good. 201, I am going to trial the happiness program. Prepare for installation."


The Aftermath
illumiinate


Just think about it!" Nabile insisted, trailing after her husband. "The more help you guys have, the faster it'll be to crack the villain behind the Faerieland madness."


Bittersweet
oily106


An endless blanket of white stretched before him, the features of the mountains lost beneath it.


Tales From Elysian Fields: The Demon Drink
bug0704


Twilight Zone-esque first story in a "series" of short stories.


Tales From Elysian Fields: The Little Guys
bug0704


Twilight Zone-esque second story in a "series" of short stories.


Ammonia Method
cactusthorn2151


His words hit me harder than you might expect. Never in my three years of being acquainted with him have I known him to say those words.


Chocolate For Two
cactusthorn2151


Their moods were overcast with gloom as they approached the docks. No tears were shed, for it was doubtful that either had any left.


The Kass Basher Kass, on Baguettes and other things
larkspurlane


In my spare time I frighten small Neopets and eat really manly foods such as Blumaroo Steak. I am a Darigan Eyrie.


Life of a Mediocre Gamer
ginny_invisible


Hi. I'm Abigail. And my brother is the famous AAA. Best gamer in Neopia. And you know something? He's kind of a jerk.


Virtupets® Synchronous Conferencing Console
ginny_invisible & rosabellk


spacefaerie00: Is this your latest plot to take over Neopia, Sloth?
drfranksloth: No, of course not! *innocent face*


Vision in Sight
flerpers


Why did I have to get my mother's eyebrows?" he muttered under his breath...


Balthazar's Best Friend
roboticc


The youngest ones are easiest to catch.


One Crazy Day
birdinggal


I was just about to give up, when an idea began to form in my mind...


Deception
christinetran


Upon the brink of Terror Mountain, at the dividing line between stone and snow, a civilization of thieves existed.


Queen of Amethyst
pandora


You'll find your magic. You're just a late bloomer, Fyora."


Umbral Waltz
reggieman721


The full moon from the high window bathed the parlor in a silver light, making the yellow Aisha's white lace dress shimmer as she stormed about the room in anger.


The Pre-Season Prankster
hamzandrilez


I'm not really looking forward to them myself, since I've been banned from playing any of my jokes. Can you believe that?"


four impossible words
motion_is_relative


Someone told me once that I could be famous...


On A Cold Winter Night
iloenchen


Winter was not a good time to travel into Altador by foot, and especially not for someone who had to use hidden paths.


Ona Without an Owner
mrs_cherish


There was once an Ona, who was so defiantly against the idea of being purchased that he spent all of his days hiding under a loose floorboard...











Favorite Comics

A list of user-chosen favorite comics and comic series from the Writers' Board and other places. Neomail Lylah your favorite comics to have them listed here with the others! Don't be afraid of listing individual comics that stood out to you. The long-running comics just tend to be more popular.

Comic Series





Room for Two
child_dragon


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20










Poor Dr_Death
karma_leafbarer




andy94174's Comics
andy94174


Short and witty.






The Off Season
desert_gp_dragon2oo5


An amusing series of comics focusing on Altador Cup players.


Food for All
maiinoki


He won't come.






Blah Blah
highwind20




Spooky
ghostkomorichu






The Kadventures of Olly and Ninth
__ninth_gate__ & 0llyness














Us and Her
rinamomorei








Individual Comics



Chance of Rain - Bathtime
mizumew & roughtiger


A very good reason to have filtered water.


Infinite Laughs (Volume 6)
_x_bjork_x_


He's LOOOONG gone!...


Just Sit
katopia12


No joke here; just cuteness so pure you can't imagine.


Absolutely Not
digests


Have fun at the park!


Mysterious Mysteries
dysinthi


Sometimes there are things that just can't be explained.


Mud Coffee
goron0000 & dr_tomoe


Twisted Histories- The Faeries' Ruin


The Snowager
luiten597


Why won't he fall asleep?


Results May Vary: Healing Springs
return_of_itsy


At least she gives you something!


In the Daily Dare Music Room...
fudging


Some people will hate me but... secretly I'm a massive Chadley fan!


Chadley! The Aftermath
firedevil_x


I have a friend I'm worried about.


Daily Dare Dairy Disaster!
macteazle


New ice lolly!


The "Elderly" of Neopia
lap_ghost


Really, we've been around a long time!


Life as an Aisha: Coltzan's Shrine
xlaq


When visiting Coltzan's Shrine...


Bad Puns #2.5: NT Avatar Woes
cactusthorn2151


Why do you always draw NT comics?


Oh Em Gee, I'm MSP: Water Faerie
shamaela


This comic is very yellow.


The Owner Returns
yinna65


Now that I'm back, I'll be making some changes around here...


Wet Paint - Air Faerie
glittergirl7000


Some faeries are underappreciated.


A Series of Rather Unremarkable Events #2
wizard_of_duh


Even Fyora has her off days.


Mispronunciation
0123kl


Never try for new avatars when you're reeeally sleepy.


Support Your Team
crystallus & mistyqee


How tacky!


Mashed Potatoes
third_potato


Here's to an EXTREMELY tater-tastic anniversary, NT!




Unidentifiable Weak Bottled Faerie
neo111186


There's a Tier 1 protection spell on this bottle for a very good reason.


Questionable Weather
mydads69


Where does rain come from?


Who's the Boss?
mhchristine


Welcome, everyone, to the Virtupets Space Station!











Favorite Articles

A list of user-chosen favorite articles from the NW, HC, and other places. Neomail Lylah your favorite articles to have them listed here with the others!

Winning the Game: A Guide to Key Quest Power-Ups
finally_kitkat


It's no secret that next to sheer luck and computer speeds, power-ups are the most important part of any Key Quest game.


A Zen Guide To An Evil Game: Spacerocked!
sergente__hartmann


Here I am to shed light on the subject, as well as giving out some tips to achieve a score good enough to collect that cool new avatar.


How To Make Lunch (HTML) - IDs, anchors, and targets
pokemonsappire267


There's always this one thing that irks me (and my Meepit legion). It's about anchored pages and somehow 75% of the pages I've looked at utilize an old, outdated idea...


Family Secrets - An Interview with Grandma Boochi
chaotizitaet


Boochi is no orphan without any ties in Neopia – something I had foolishly assumed, as it would explain nicely why this tiny Bruce tries to turn others into babies...


First
almedha & shoobydala


First pets are special pets. I don't know why, but they are. It doesn't matter if they've got terrible names or a boring color.


PC Archetypes
marzipan


To the person who doesn't know a single thing about the PC - this is for you. To the weather-beaten PCer, this something written about you; it's time for a seasoned PCer to expose what the PC really is about.


Stop Holding Yourself Back
yourstruly281


I saw so many successful Neopians and I told myself, 'I can't do that. I can't be like them."


Little Things On Neopets That Make Us Happy
jamba_jukeba


There are so many little things on Neopets that can brighten our day.



A Neopinglish Dictionary
stoneman3x

highly recommended

A Neopinglish Dictionary
Here is a dictionary of Neopinglish to help you understand what everyone is SAYING, even if what they are DOING still makes no sense whatsoever.

More For Your Neopinglish Dictionary
For those of you who feel that "A Neopinglish Dictionary" was incomplete...

Even MORE For Your Neopinglish Dictionary
I have come back to haunt you with another installment of the Neopinglish Dictionary with even more Neopinglish definitions, whether you like it or not.

Way Too Much For Your Neopinglish Dictionary
Better Than You: Anyone who managed to get a trophy for solving the Gadgadsbogen puzzle.

Son of Your Neopinglish Dictionary
Item Box: A place where you can keep your 100 Dubloon coins so that the Pant Devil can find them more easily.

The Anniversary Edition Neopinglish Dictionary
Battle Quill: A cool Neopian item that you can use to combat the dark, evil, sinister forces of writer's block.



The Neopian Food Review
mrpanda1


The Neopian Food Review: Pizzaroo
The good, the bad, and the pizza.

The Neopian Food Review: Exquisite Ambrosia
Will a thousand-year stretch secluded from Neopia affect their food?

The Neopian Food Review: Golden Dubloon
Is the Golden Dubloon as good as Kelp?

The Neopian Food Review: Spooky Food
Spooooooky...

The Neopian Food Review: Faerie Foods
The final review: good or bad?

The Neopian Food Review: Kelp
Is Neopia's premier restaurant really that good?

The Neopian Food Review: Grundos Cafe
Space food: is it out of this world?

The Neopian Food Review: Tyrannian Foods
Possibly the nastiest review yet.



How to be an Awfully Good Musician
violinoutoftune


Today's lesson is all about how to be an awfully accurate, ear-popping musician!


How To Fail At Applying For A Pet (Every Time)
rainbow_daydreamer


The skill of applying for a foster pet has become something of a forgotten art.


Top 10 Neopian Noodles
dustbunnie201


If you love noodles even half as much as I do, you will really fall into your bowl over my list of Neopia's top ten noodles!


How to Have the Greatest Adventure Ever
kristykimmy


I am an adventure EXPERT*. I'm here to tell you how to have super fantabulous, awesome, bestest, amazing adventures.


The Most Notable Trophy Designs
dragonair23


Have you ever stopped to actually look at the trophies before leaving them on your user lookup?











Favorite Authors

A list of well-known, talented authors collected by popular demand. Neomail Lylah your favorite authors to have them listed here with the others! They don't have to be well-known or anything as long as they're your favorites. =)

herdygerdy

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At 259 entries (as of issue 600), herdygerdy has been published the most out of any user in the times, and is nearly 80 entries ahead of the second most-published user. Herdy is well-known for his many series about Mr. Jennings and for having high quality, enjoyable works almost constantly published in the Times.






sytra

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sytra is a well-loved contributor to the NT; she's had five series published, including They'll Never Hear a Word We Say and The Mirror of Memories. In addition, sytra is one of the founding figures of the NTAA.






saphira_27

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Starting in issue 323 and still active today, saphira_27 has been churning out high quality series. As of issue 600, saphira_27 has had 18 different series published and 2 short stories.






rachelindea

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rachelindea has been writing for the NT since issue 255. Her most notable works include the multi-series Petpet Adventure stories and the series following Fanger the werelupe.






reggieman721

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reggieman721 is notable for putting considerable effort into improving his works, and for having numerous high quality short stories and series. His short story Three Hundred Seconds is spectacular, and the series Vinsetta and Cycle of the Moon stand out among others. His NT page gives a helpful look into both his opinions of his own stories and his progression as a writer, and he is (with sytra) one of the founding figures of the NTAA.






jokerhahaazzz

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Joker is known for her high-quality, (extremely) long-running series focusing on a shadow Gelert named Lockwood, starting with The Sorcerer and ending with The Remnant.






child_dragon

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child_dragon is one of the classic NT authors; she has been published since week one of the new neopian times, and is known for her series As told by child_dragon and Dark Flame, which both reach 21 parts (prior to the 12 part restriction). child_dragon is also known for playing her hand in many series, short stories, some comics, and even a few articles. Even though many of her stories are extremely old, they are still remembered and well-received today.






ghostkomorichu

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If you've ever looked through the comics section of the NT, you've probably seen ghostkomorichu's popular, on-going comic series Spooky. Starting in week 100, Spooky has been regularly published and is one of the most well-known comic series out there.






d_morton

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d_morton has produced quite a few high-quality entries in the NT: including, but not limited to, Obsession, The Game of Master Hog, and The Magician Cometh. d_morton specializes in series and short stories.






vanessa1357924680

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Bianca has been writing for the Times since issue 185 (and still is today!), creating masterpieces such as the various Roomies series, as well as the highly recommended Princess Bones and Bottled Beauty series.






kathleen_kate

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Also known as the author of the Scarlet Shadows series of series, among other well-written entries.

















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