Lily’s primary Fictional settings
“Becoming an idol is a journey like no other. You start with nothing, work yourself to the bone, sweat blood and taste the bitterness of defeat until finally, after much trial and much error, you discover your first ever fan. Then… well, then your real journey begins, and this time you don’t need to walk it alone.”
— Misaki Aida, stellar level top Idol.
I have two main sci-fi settings, one with a happy and upbeat feel and an optimistic tone, the other one… not so much. Aida is the happy fun time setting, where conflict revolves mostly around girls chasing their dreams of becoming idols (specifically the Japanese kind, not the American/Western kind! They’re very different things).
The world of idols in our contemporary society is pretty harsh. Long working hours, strict timetables, and even having to work while ill are all common aspects, and of course the ever-present issue of corruption and sleaze.
While I acknowledge some of those issues in Aida’s universe, the world I’m creating has more in common with the anime interpretations of idoldom; light-hearted, fun, enjoyable to engage with… but with occasional dips into serious drama when necessary.
Starlight Dreamers is the main story set in this universe, sci-fi-themed and initially set in the year 2176 featuring hyperspace travel, huge and successful colony worlds (primarily the titular Aida itself), and a relaxed attitude to most things.
There are several reasons for making it a far future setting, but chief among them was a desire to sidestep some real world issues so I can focus on the fun aspects of not only being an idol, but also the lesbian relationships developed throughout this particular series.
Sci-fi: Star Empire
“Let me tell you a secret: life ain’t fair. Never was, never will be. Chaos and entropy rule supreme, no matter how civilised we pretend to be. War, pestilence, all that good stuff? That’s the natural order of things. Sooner you realise that, the better. Life ain’t fair, it don’t play by any rulebook but its own, and it sure as hell isn’t telling you what the rules are. But sometimes, just sometimes the little guy gets to give life a black eye. Those are the moments I live for.”
— Lady Arnaud, freedom fighter and entropic crusader.
I mentioned that I have two major sci-fi settings. Well, this is the less positive one. Star Empire’s universe is one where humanity has been walking among the stars for nearly 1,000 years, and stories set there generally take place around the year 3000 itself or so.
Unlike Aida, with its positive overtones and fun atmosphere, the Star Empire universe is darker, grittier, and more real in a ‘humanity can be total shit at times’ sort of way. There are hundreds of populated worlds spread across a full spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy, some of them with high standards of living, others where standards fluctuate rapidly, and some worlds more akin to a cyberpunk dystopia (or, indeed, the very real dystopia we inhabit right now), plus many more.
The setting is sufficiently large-scale that there can be conflicts spanning entire star systems and featuring thousands of starships, but people on the other end of the spiral arm might never hear—or care much—about it. Conversely, there have been one or two conflicts of such incredible scale that they affected everyone, and these serve to inform the setting and stories I’m writing there.
Oh, and Earth itself? Yeah, that was reduced to stellar dust during one of the aforementioned ultra conflicts. Oops.
Anyway, part of my reason for creating this setting in addition to Aida was so I could write a variety of stories in a darker world with more outright conflict. But more than that, the fact that body modification is fairly commonplace means I can also write futa stories there if I feel like it. I’m kind of anal about there being a solid reason for things like that being in my stories. Not sure why, it’s just one of those personal quirks, I guess.
“Adventure is a funny thing. You can spend half your life travelling to far off places, learning of new cultures and peoples, and maybe even stuffing your pockets with untold riches. But returning home, you find that adventure is really more a state of mind, and the simple act of holding your newborn child in your arms is more exciting and fulfilling than any amount of gallivanting around the world.”
— Akimatsu Myerscough on the birth of his daughter, Isadora.
The world of Liraleth is roughly analogous to the early 20th century era, 1930s or so. Similar levels of tech, with railways in common use, airships coming into service, and single-wing propeller aircraft not dissimilar to pre-WWII designs, though normally with pontoons for landing on water.
But unlike that era of our world, Liraleth also has magic, and is going through something akin to the industrial revolution, incorporating magic into existing technologies.
While the level of tech is similar, the world itself is quite different to our own. It’s very much a fantasy world—low fantasy, specifically, meaning no orcs or elves or similar high fantasy races. Similar to Star Empire, this is a setting I created so I could put a number of stories there.
Currently, I’m planning out what will be a quadrilogy (perhaps even a quintet) of novels set in this universe, collectively titled Crystal Cove Chronicles, with book 1 being titled An Adventure in the Making. It’ll follow a naïve and inexperienced eighteen year old girl called Isadora as she embarks on the adventure called life. If you’ve ever played a game series called Harvest Moon or its cousin Rune Factory, imagine something like that for the initial tone of this work.
Over time, Isadora will learn more about the world, of course, but we’ll also start getting into some serious conflicts when new factions and technologies are introduced. But I also have plans for at least one other series set in this world, to take place chronologically after the Crystal Cove series itself.
“In our world, belief has real power. A god or goddess lives or dies based on the number of people who believe in them. When you say to someone, ‘I don’t believe you’, you deprive them of a little of their personal power. Never underestimate the power of belief, for when it is wielded correctly it is more powerful than all the weapons in the world.”
— Anton Mayar, historian and scholar of Lafaire.
Similar to Liraleth, the world of Lafaire is one of low fantasy. Again, no orcs, elves, or similar. However, unlike that setting, where religion and spiritualism are kept fairly vague, in Lafaire the gods and goddesses are very much a real phenomenon and people are quite aware that they truly exist.
Whereas Liraleth’s setting is there so I can write fairly serious stories of high adventure with maybe a romance B-plot here and there, the world of Lafaire was created first and foremost so I could place fun romance stories there, often with a heavy focus on naughty and erotic activities.
Two of the main players in this setting are Sephila, goddess of lesbian liaisons, and her much more mischievous sister Diphala. You can read about Sephila’s return to the world after a century-long slumber in my novelette, The Goddess Returns (see top menu).
Sephila is a fun-loving goddess and is the patron saint of lesbians everywhere. After her accidental slumber of a hundred years, she’s now looking for new ladies to join her exclusive island club. It should be fairly obvious that the tone of this work is fairly light and humorous 🙂
As for Diphala, she’s more about the futa, though still focusing on lesbian relationships, since that’s kind of what I write. As mentioned in the Star Empire section, I like to have a solid in-universe reason for futa being a thing.