Updated: 11 December 2017
This is the home of Forest Tales, a series of stories based on the lives of my chakat family. From humble beginnings, this has grown into a complex and imaginative collection of stories following different aspects of the Chakat Universe, with contributions from many other fine authors. I have also written a few non-chakat universe stories, including fanfics of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe, which I hope that you find equally interesting. Please read and enjoy!
Magic meets science and ponies meet chakats when the citizens of Equis send an expedition to the Far Star. What the Cosmic Lotus discovers there will change two worlds. (By Bernard Doove)
Updates have been made to Cosmic Lotus, Safe Landings, and Life, Love, and Death in the House of Path. (By Bernard Doove)
More tales of the Path family and their influence on the entire world continue in Life, Love, and Death in the House of Path. (By Bernard Doove)
The reboot of Tales of the Folly continues with Part 2: Parakit and Beyond. (By Allen Fesler)
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As I look back to my earlier stories, I notice how much my writing has improved. And yet I can't simply remove these stories because they contain so much relevant material for the later ones. I hope that new readers will persist with the series because I feel I have much more to offer in the later episodes.
The stories have a general theme, hence the different series names. They are:
The main stories of these various series are the Forest Tales series. The theme is the life and loves of Chakat Forestwalker (Forest for short), and hir extended family. In these tales, I try to explore what it's like to be a chakat, and how they relate to others. I have attempted to cover the dramas, joys, tragedies, humour and all those other things that make up any person's life, and still put an unusual twist on things. This is an adult series, so occasional sex scenes occur in some stories. Sex is a part of life too, and it would be wrong to exclude it. However, I have done my best to make the scenes relevant and enjoyable.
The original stories were not written as such; they began as private email interactions between my characters and Boyce Kline's. However, it was felt that they would also make interesting stories, so I wrote them up properly. These started mostly as erotica pieces, but they also gave intriguing tidbits of information about Chakat customs and pleasures. Gradually the storyline converged with the main Forest Tales storyline, occasionally making reference to events happening, or had happened, in those episodes. The storylines merged completely at A&C#6 and continue on into FT#12.
Another spin-off series, this one focuses on the Foxtaurs of the Chakat Universe. Chakats may still cameo in these stories, but it will be the Foxtaurs who will be in the spotlight. All stories occur within the timeframe of the other stories and are listed in order with the other stories.
Stories based on and around the Pegasus, flagship of the First Fleet. The principle characters are Admiral Boyce Kline, Commander Chakat Midnight, First Officer Rosepetal Silpurr, Doctor M'Lai Saarath, Chief Engineer Chakat Sparks, and Navigator Lieutenant Murawrr.
Quickpaw relates tales of moments in hir life during hir college years and the events that led up to them. These are written by hir player, Christian Neumann.
Exactly what the title says stories about the children and grandchildren of the characters in Forest Tales series.
I have a number of stories that don't fit into the above categories but still belong next to them which I'll put here. Also, the number of stories that guest authors have been writing that fit into the timeline of my stories keeps growing. To help keep them in order, I am now listing them in the chronological list at right. Unlike the others though, there won't be links within them to the next chronological story. (WIP = Work In Progress - linked back to author's website until completed.)
Another spin-off with a twist, The Colony features a large group of humans who were unwittingly drawn into an experimental society by persons unknown. 21st Century men, women and children were kidnapped and, while unconscious, changed into chakats and abandoned on another world in an apparent bizarre social experiment. These tales tell the stories of the various people caught up in this strange situation. The original concept of the Colony is by V. Ducain, but I and others have written our own short stories for it also.
Forest Tales #1: Reunion
Forest Tales #2: Partnerships
Forest Tales #3: Fulfillment
Forest Tales #4: Family
Forest Tales #5: Recreation
Admiral & Chakat #1: Closer Relationships
Admiral & Chakat #2: The Glade.
Admiral & Chakat #3: Ceremony.
Forest Tales #6: Goldfur's Story
Forest Tales #7: Garrek's Story
Admiral & Chakat #4: Good Clean Fun
Admiral & Chakat #5: The Glade Revisited
Forest Tales #8: Birth
Forest Tales #9: Clans
Forest Tales #10: Crisis
Forest Tales #11: Lessons
Admiral & Chakat #6: Truths
Forest Tales #12: Mates
Forest Tales #13: Ketta's Fate
Forest Tales #14: Midnight Incident
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #1: Malena's Choice
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #2: Ketta's Christmas
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #4: A Busy Day
Quickpaw, The College Years #2: The Gift
Admiral & Chakat #7: Games of Life & Love
Admiral & Chakat #8: Becoming As One
Forest Tales #15: Unthinkable Deeds
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #3: Harvest Ceremony
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #5: Obligation
Forest Tales #16 #18: Transformations (NOVEL)
Forest Tales #19: Conclusions
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #15 #17: Savannah's Journey
Pegasus: Midnight's Methods
Forest Tales #20 #27: More Terrible Than Chains (NOVEL)
Pegasus: Unwanted Re-acquaintance
Pegasus: The Right Stuff
Forest Tales #28: Disastrous Decision
Forest Tales #29: Transitions
Forest Tales #29A: Introspections
Forest Tales #30: Meanwhile...
Forest Tales #34: Musical Climax
Forest Tales #31: What You See Is Me
Forest Tales #32: A Swift Decision
Forest Tales #33: And The Children Shall Lead
Forest Tales #35: Whatever The Cost
Forest Tales #36: In The Family Way
The Chakat Universe: Danzhouken
Quickpaw, The College Years #3: A Matter of Viewpoint
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #18: Brier Patch
Quickpaw, The College Years #1: Winds Of Fate
The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Star Phoenix (NOVEL)
The Chakat Universe: A Phoenix Christmas
Forest Tales: Little Cub Lost
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #6 #14: Life's Dream (NOVEL)
Next Generations: Piece Of Mind
Next Generations: Stargazer's Folly
Next Generations: It Takes Three
Chakat Stories By Other Authors
The Chakat Universe: Coming Home Again
The Chakat Universe: Academy Tails
The Chakat Universe: Lost!
The Chakat Universe: The Gambit Solution
The Chakat Universe: Folly - The Curse (Latest old chapter: 17), Reboot: Part 1
The Chakat Universe: The Package
The Chakat Universe: At Home Again
The Chakat Universe: Chicken Soup For The Would-Be Chakat Soul
The Chakat Universe: Real Chakats Don't Need Instructions
The Chakat Universe: In Search Of Domestic Bliss
The Chakat Universe: Near Enough Is Never Good Enough
The Chakat Universe: Truths And Responsibilities
The Chakat Universe: Bound To Play
The Chakat Universe: Night's Daughter (Non-canon)
The Chakat Universe: Star Dancer
The Chakat Universe: A Chance Encounter
The Chakat Universe: The Ties That Bind
The Chakat Universe: Retribution
The Chakat Universe: Star Dancer: Reunions
The Chakat Universe: The Daedalus Incident
The Chakat Universe: Echo Lance
The Chakat Universe: White Christmas
The Chakat Universe: Baby Sitting
The Colony: The Colony - Parts 1 to 11
The Colony: Taurger By The Tale
The Colony: Lessons
The Colony: In Search Of Identity
The Colony: The Loner - part 1 & part 2
The Colony: Gazing
The Colony: A Letter From Cinderflurry
The Colony: Campfire Xenobiology
The Colony: Interlude In The Dispensory
My Non-Chakat Universe Stories:
Change of Life, is a story about Whirring Cogs, a changeling in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe, who just wants to be an ordinary pegasus. It's a pity Queen Chrysalis had other ideas.
The following Chakat Universe stories are by other authors. Please note that some of the stories may contain characters and/or situations that are not canonical for the Chakat Universe. Nevertheless you should enjoy them for the different perspectives that they can bring, or they may be just plain fun.
Story Discussions & News
Readers are invited to participate in discussions on any of the stories on this page, or get more deeply involved in world-building and discussing aspects of the Chakat Universe. Come over to the Chakat Heaven Yahoo group for these, news, or just to socialise with other chakat fans. What did you like about the stories? What didn't you like? Do you have any suggestions? Join up and let us know!
If you wish to talk to Bernard Doove directly, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Goldfur on Google+.
Paperback books and e-books available!
Flight of the Star Phoenix is a new storyline set in the Chakat Universe that follows the adventures of Martin Yote and his crew as they face the challenges of a small commercial shipping company, and in doing so, find themselves a place to belong. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 388 pages, and contains copious illustrations, including a cover done by Kacey Miyagami. The book's list price is US$17.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Available also in various ebook formats for $7.99 from Smashwords.
Forest Tales collects all the short stories based on the tales told by or to Chakat Forestwalker. They detail events in hir life and that of hir family and friends, including Tales of the Foxtaur Clans, that culminate where the Transformations story begins. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 466 pages, and contains dozens of pieces of art! The book's list price is US$19.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Available also in various ebook formats for $8.99 from Smashwords.
Transformations, is the story of a man who is transformed accidentally into a chakat, and who must now learn how to live with a new body, new social interactions, and a new sexuality. The Ursa Major Award winning cover art is by Stephanie Stone a.k.a. Cybercat. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 162 pages, and contains 23 pieces of art! The book's list price is US$12.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead. Now available in various ebook formats for $4.99 from Smashwords.
Leanna's Story has been collected into a paperback novel called More Terrible Than Chains. An unusual slave fennec morph must learn what it means to be a free person, but there are many who are more than willing to help hir achieve hir full potential. The wraparound cover art is by Kacey Miyagami. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 360 pages, and contains 55 pieces of art! The book's list price is US$17.95, and worth a great deal more considering how much art I've invested in it. It is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead.
After the events of Transformations and More Terrible Than Chains, Forest Tales continues in this book entitled Other Trails Taken. It collects all the short stories based on the tales told by or to Chakat Forestwalker, and some of the stories based in their future. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 500 pages, and contains dozens of pieces of art! including a cover done by Taodog. The book's list price is US$19.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Also available in various e-book formats for $8.99 at Smashwords.
Away from the events of the main Forest Tales storyline, important and exciting events are happening. In Tales from the Chakat Universe, enjoy several stories of Foxtaurs, Rakshani, Caitians, and of course Chakats. But that's just the first half of the book! In the second half, for the first time, you can read all the facts and history of the Chakat Universe, including the original Introduction To Chakats and the Lonely Stellar Guide to Chakona. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 320 pages, and contains many illustrations, including a cover done by EosFoxx. The book's list price is US$16.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Also available in various e-book formats for $6.99 at Smashwords.
The Journal of Pandora & Karl series has been collected into one paperback novel called Life's Dream. Follow the story of a foxtaur vixen and a human male as their lives entwine. Wraparound cover art by Heather Bruton. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 250 pages, and contains two dozen pieces of art! The book's list price is US$15.95 which is great value considering all the art in it. It is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead.
Step Softly, Speak Loudly is a story based in the Chakat Universe, written and illustrated by James L. Brandt. The crew of the F.S.S. Viceroy has an enigma something is loose within the ship that is not only annoying the crew, but is also compromising a very sensitive cargo. The only one who is certain about this intruder is the most unassuming member of the crew the ship's cat. Can the orange tabby, Witney, solve the mystery and earn the respect of his crewmates in the bargain? The book is 5.25" x 8", has 90 pages, sells for US$7.95, and is currently available at CreateSpace's online store. Also available at Amazon.com.
Jazmyn's World is the story of a vixen morph who flees for her life, forced to leave behind her beloved Companion, and ending up in a strange new world where two-legged talking foxes are pure fiction. Now expanded from the original version which includes the Kayde sequel and more. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 212 pages, and contains fifteen pieces of art! The book's list price is US$13.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Also available in various e-book formats including Kindle for $5.99 at Smashwords.
Change of Life is the story of a changeling who seeks to take a new direction in his life after the events of "A Canterlot Wedding". Based on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe. The book is 6" x 9", has 144 pages, and contains 16 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$20.95 (due to colour printing) and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, and also Amazon.com.
Sequel to Change of Life, Growing Up Dandy focuses on Dandelion, the firstborn daughter of a changeling. Follow highlights of her life from a newborn foal to a young adult, and discover her very unusual destiny. The book is 6" x 9", has 128 pages, and contains 12 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$20.95 (due to colour printing) and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.
In Conversations in a Canterlot Cafe, the True Brew Café becomes the hub of interaction with undisguised changelings, and Frothy Brew must learn to cope, not to mention his customers and the local shopkeepers! The book is 6" x 9", has 154 pages, and contains 23 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$20.95 (due to colour printing) and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.
New release for 2017
Long Path, an earth pony, and his best friend, a griffon named Free Agent, team up with Twilight Sparkle in a project to try to better understand other races and cultures. Along the way, they find drama, laughter, and love. Little do they know that the fate of Equestria itself might rest with them and their ability to appreciate A Different Perspective. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 536 pages, and contains 46 pieces of art by Kat Miller, Baron Engel, and others. The book's list price is US$21.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.
New better cover art by Baron Engel!
After Long Path, Free Agent, Roseclaw, and Twilight Sparkle established the House of Path, and fought the Siege of the Crystal City, the founders settled in to build their House's influence and power. However, of greater importance to them were their children. The Growing Years features vignettes in the lives of Lucida, Epiphany, Blue Streak, Destined Path, Flix, and others as they grow from foals to adults, encountering both highlights and lowlights. Their lives are filled with drama, laughter, adventure, and love as they head toward their destinies. This book is the sequel to A Different Perspective. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 256 pages, and contains fifteen illustrations by Kat Miller, with cover art by GrayPaint. The book's list price is US$16.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.
Chakats are the creation of Bernard "Goldfur" Doove, and remain my intellectual property. Email me at email@example.com
The Chakat Universe is also the creation of Bernard Doove. However, I wish to acknowledge that the contributions from many people who have written stories, created background material, and drawn illustrations which have all added immensely to my vision. These people include, but are definitely not limited to, Roy Pounds II, John Plunkett, Terry Knight, Kacey Miyagami, Boyce Kline, Leonardo Maffi, Mayra "Huskie" Boyle, Seth Triggs, and many, many others. Thanks go out to each and every one of you!
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