Aurilly (aurilly) wrote in narniaexchange,

Freeform Tags & Glossary

AO3 has a bug that hides the freeform tags in the tagset, so see below for a glossary outlining in broad (and subjective!) terms what each tag means, so that requesters and offerers are generally on the same page.

The tags are broad Narnia-relevant terms and concepts, or really common and broad fic genres. If you don’t have a particular character or pairing in mind, you can use the freeform tags to be matched with someone who’ll write world-building fic. Freeform tags are optional; they are not your prompt. Whether or not you use the freeforms, you should use the text boxes in the sign-up form to explain what kind of story you’re looking for. Some nominated tags were rejected because they were overly specific, or were non-Narnia relevant tropes, preferences or story ideas that should be requested in optional details.

Narnian World Time Periods
While the periods are defined by what happened in the country of Narnia, stories for these tags can take place anywhere in that world. We used the breakouts on the Narnia Wiki.
Age of Conquest: Birth of Narnia through right before White Witch seizes power
Age of Winter: White Witch’s reign
Golden Age: Pevensies’ reign
Dark Age: Narnia in anarchy
Telmarine Age: Telmarine conquest through right before Caspian X’s coronation
Age of Exploration: Caspian X’s reign (ie. through the last pages of Silver Chair)
Later Ages: Rilian’s reign onwards
Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies: For stories that ignore the end of Narnia and/or the death of the Friends of Narnia in the final pages of The Last Battle. Unlike the other tags in this group, this one encompasses a non-canonical Narnian world time period after “Later Ages” as well as stories set in England that assume the protagonists didn’t die.

Use the Time Period tags if you want something set in the country of Narnia. You can also use these tags in conjunction with the Time Period tags if, for example, you want a story about Archenland during the Long Winter.
Archenland: stories set in Archenland or predominantly starring Archenlandian characters, at any time (Aravis counts)
Aslan’s Country: could be about things like Jill at the beginning of Silver Chair, or a post-Last Battle story about everyone in the afterlife
Calormen: stories set in Calormen or predominantly starring Calormene characters, at any time (Aravis counts)
The Eastern Sea: for stories about or set on the islands mentioned in Voyage of the Dawn Treader (or in the sea itself) and the creatures/concepts found there (ex. dragons of Burnt Island, sweet water); use the prompt section to specify what you’re most interested in
Setting: England: stories set anywhere and at any time in our world (doesn’t have to be England)
Underground: stories set in the underground realms of the Narnian world and/or about their inhabitants
The Western Wood: (or Wild? We used what was nominated); generally the area west of Narnia

Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence: For all canon divergences other than the ones encompassed by “Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies”. Characters exist in the canon world(s), but something goes differently from how it did in canon. This could mean a story about the moment of divergence itself, or anything set after that point/in that "universe." Use the details/prompt to explain the kinds of divergences you’re interested in seeing explored.
Alternate Universe - Different Setting: Characters have always existed in a different scenario (various historical eras, various professions, etc.), but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a mundane, single-world scenario. Use the details/prompts to explain what you’re looking for.
Backstory: Could be for a character or place or concept, to be explained in the details/prompt
Satire: the standard dictionary definition
Worldbuilding: Open-ended, to cover places, eras, concepts, little-known characters, etc. not covered by other tags

Canonical Concepts & Worldbuilding Elements
Magic/Spells and Curses: defined as you wish to cover all magic (both canonical and non-canonical) that isn’t Deep Magic; also covers side-effects of magic
Deep Magic: exploring this specific, canonical magical concept
Mythology & Folklore: defined as you wish
Narnian Subcultures: about groups of creatures who live in Narnia (ex. fauns, marsh-wiggles, dryads, etc.) and/or the interspecies politics and cultural issues between them
Dimension Travel: stories that send characters on world-hopping adventures not covered by the books; also stories that explore the concepts around inter-dimensional travel (ex. the Wood, the rings)
Other Mythical Creatures: for stories about creatures who show up in the books, but don’t necessarily live in the country of Narnia (and who aren’t in the character or pairing tags), such as the dragons of Burnt Island, stars, duffelpuds, etc.
The Problem of Susan: defined as you wish
Prophecy & Foresight: defined as you wish; could include things about centaurs and stars, or the prophesy about the Pevensies
Time Shenanigans: exploring the time lapse/aging issues associated with dimension travel
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