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I have three favorite video game characters, and two of them are from 1990s JRPGs. I decided to write three fanfictions for them: Rydia from Final Fantasy IV; Jerin from Lufia & the Fortress of Doom; & Tyrande Whisperwind from World of Warcraft.

For June's #WattPride, I wanted to explore Rydia's bisexuality and Shiva's asexuality. I identify bisexual, and I've had close friends who identified asexual, so I thought it'd be worthwhile to explore these fringed identities in the safe space of fanfiction, where setting and character are provided from the get-go.

Everything in this story is entirely fabricated; that said, I try to ring true to Rydia's personality, so if you fall in love with my interpretation of her, and you haven't already played Final Fantasy IV, this classic game is available in several variations—my husband played the DS version on our honeymoon—so do yourself a favor, and Google where to experience FFIV yourself.

Original, Pre-project Description

I saved this, just for curation's sake...

In the 1991 Super Nintendo JRPG Final Fantasy IV, Leviathan swallows Rydia and brings her to the Land of Summoned Monsters, where he and Asura raise her as their own. Once Rydia reenters FFIV's main plot, she's lost her white magic-and she gives her old friends little explanation why-but over a good meal, she tells her friend Rosa the buried love story between her, Sylph, and Bahamut...

drafted July '18

edited August '18

word count 240

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