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Welcome to Prim Tales!

Gnomish trickery invades the internet….

Wyland, here. After many attempts and false starts, it appears I have finally managed to get Prim Tales more or less operational. Perhaps that is not as dramatic as “fully armed and operational”, but it gets the job done.

Anyway, welcome to Prim’s site! (Don’t look at me, I just record it all.) Here I intend to place, for your enjoyment, the various misadventures, mishaps, and some other word starting with “mis” that our red-headed gnome bard gets into / creates.

More detailed explanations as I feel like updating. Personally, I kind of feel it pretty clear what this is about.

I will get various old Tales up on the site soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the fact it exists. Is that not enough???

Cheers.

Art by my friend CMP, patreon.com/CallMePlissken

Prim in A Perspective Tale

This one has been an off again, on again scribing project. The origin of it was from the chat in one of CallMePlissken’s live streams (which you really should check out). It has been around a year since, so I doubt anyone remembers anything about it at all.

I have been a bit busy the past few months. Things are looking up regarding scribing time and energy, however, so there is that.

I would have posted this last night (central us time), but a friend beat me to the punch on posting. Therefore, I delayed until he had a bit of time in the sun first.

I am generous like that. Ow, that hurt, Tia …

Anyway, it turned out to be a good thing, because I really needed to edit this. My haste to finally post something nearly got the better of me! I almost feel I should share the pre-edit version, just so we could all laugh at the number of times I scribed the same word or phrase in the same paragraph. Oopsie.

Also, this is only the second Tale where the word Tale is not the end of the title. Is that good? Bad? Just whatever? Eh, it works.

Anyway, without further ado, we present Prim in A Tale of Perspective!

Commentary time!

Wow, this took forever to scribe. Real life just kept getting in the way. Eventually, just to get it DONE, I cut a ton of ideas out, which would explain if it feels a bit jarring to go from the first scenes to the beach, haha.

Yeah, I recall a happy Lilly leading Prim around on a leash for a while. Ah, well, ya gotta cut what ya gotta cut.

I do remember a bit of the chat that spawned the idea of Perspectivus. The notion of a character always being “meh, some would say …” on everything … Wow, how annoying! Hahaha, I had to include him.

The Tale in the northern lands really needs to get scribed. Which, I suppose, is a rather passive way of saying I need to scribe it lol.

I do enjoy Prim solo Tales, just as a change of pace. But, I admit I prefer ones with Tia in them. Still, getting to see Prim react without her Hot-Tits around to act as a bit of a limiter on her particular brand of madness is intriguing, if nothing else.

And having Lilly around is not a bad thing at all.

Anyway, we hope you enjoyed the Tale! Cheerio! o/

Prim in “A Devilish Tale”

This Tale was inspired by a comment our friend We Are All Mad Here made a few hours ago. The notion that popped into my noodle was just too tempting to not transcribe.

Tia wishes it to be known for the record she is glad to not be associated with it.

Without further ado, we present Prim in “A Devilish Tale”.

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I admit I sort of ran out of steam toward the end. Mostly cuz I need sleep.

Is this canonical? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I dunno …. too tired to consider the possibility.

Thank you, and cheerio!

A Salty Tail

Prim and Tia have quite the unusual adventure. Which, I suppose, is usual for them.

Without further ado, we present Prim and Tia in “A Salty Tail”. We hope you enjoy!

Finished? Good. We can get on with the commentary, then.

Spoilers!

As one might have surmised, this Tale is based on the MerMay theme. And, yes, the scribing took a bit of time, so I more or less completely blew the month’s deadline. Oh, well!

And this is still a Tale, even though the word is playfully changed to match the theme. Just to clear that up.

By now, folks now there is often a little seed of an idea that turns into these Tales, and often idea comes from someone else. Indeed, my friends over on CMP’s Discord chat were mentioning MerMay. One of them — Melle? — said something, it’s been too long, and I suddenly pictured the gnomes swimming about.

This had to happen.

So, it did.

The length of it … okay, that needs a bit of explanation.

  1. When they got into the water, I realized Prim simply had to play. There was no way out of it. The first scribbles did not include that, but it happened shortly thereafter.
  2. The premise is a rare one: They are transformed and wandering underwater. This alone meant it was worth more than just two or three pages.
  3. Come on, the love storyline was worth tons of pages.
  4. Somehow, people got the impression in discussions that the current Tale I was working on (that would be this one) explained Tia’s markings. I only meant they were brought up, not explained. Well … I sorta had to include the explanation after all that. Just to be right by my friends. Also, one of them needled me a little, and poof, the explanation came right on out. A few tweaks (to include the prior references to dares and their bondage, mostly), and it was done.
  5. I really trimmed the happenings on the ship. To the point of not even treating the fishermen as actual characters, haha.

Prim’s response to Tia overwhelming the shark … that caught me off-guard, ha.

What have these two unleashed upon the seas?

That is likely more than enough. We thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoyed!

Cheerio!

A Tale of Vengeance

We have been informed (thank you, KatieD!) today is the birthday of our friend Menchi, owner of the OC Laressa. To celebrate the day, we present a sort of follow-up to the No Worries Tale.

We hope you enjoy!

Commentary: I do rather enjoy the occasional Tale in what I suppose could be called a “banter” format. They remind me of listening to radio presentations when young. And I do enjoy the challenge of scribing each character’s “voice” in their dialogue, so readers can tell who is speaking just by what is said.

Not that the odd “Hot-Tits” is not helpful, heh. The trick to that is to avoid having Prim say it toooo often.

We hope it came out well.

And two Tales in a row with our gnomes “losing”. Tsk-tsk. Are they losing their touch?

Ouch. Quit that, you two.

We bid you cheerio!

No Worries Tale

One would think, with Prim, every Tale would have a such a title, no?

This one includes several of our friends’ OCs. They visited the Tales in the past, with permission, so hopefully our friends will not be too upset …

Seriously, we hope so.

Okay, we actually DID get their permission this time, too. At least, Prim says we did.

And Prim is ever reliable on these matters.

HUGE thank you to my friends for letting me use their OCs and aiding me in scribing them. It never is easy to get other characters’ behaviors and attitudes correct.

All that said, we present you with Prim and Tia and Friends in “No Worries Tale”.

Not much commentary. I had three different variations for this one, and ultimately this is what came out once I began scribing. That is the nature of the beast, sometimes.

I am not convinced this is the best version to READ, but it is best as to what I can scribe.

The other variations: SHOWING Prim’s misadventure instead of TELLING. Yes, it would have been more exciting to read, but I rather enjoyed a bit of Prim and Tia banter and exploring how each gnome would tell a story — Tia having told hers earlier.

And the final variation was the gang got themselves captured, and Prim and Tia went back to watch the show. And maybe help out. I tossed that one because it was a lot of effort with others’ OCs. Some traces of it remained for several revisions, ugh, but that’s what I get for bouncing around like that.

I actually was ready to call it finished BEFORE the gang returned. Tia had made it clear Prim was in for an interesting evening, what more need be said? Then I thought my friends might enjoy seeing the results, so there you go.

Prim and Tia Adventures 9

And here we see how our gnomes handle the consiberaly-inconvenient presence of a dragon….

Also of note, I adjusted a few things in the previous Adventure. Essentially, I did not edit enough, wanting to just post and get on with it. Pronouns got confused. I corrected them, and also ensured Tia was not using capitalizations where she should not. Shoutout to my friend KatieD for that!

The beauty of scribing mostly for fun and friends is you can go back and do things like that. Figuring that little factoid made scribing tons easier, as now perfection is no longer the enemy of getting the ruddy thing posted!

Anyway, without further ado, we present to you for your entertainment, Prim and Tia Adventures 9.

Finished? Very well, on to the commentary!

Originally, the encounter was not quite supposed to go like this.

No, really.

How did it go?

Hrm.

Funny thing.

After I turned my mind toward this scene … I done forgot the original plan!

Honestly!

I can tell you, Prim was far, far more passive. If you read the commentary for 8, you recall she was supposed to be emotionally beaten for three or four adventures. Tia was to shine, carrying the day long enough for Prim to return to form.

Well, that went out the window, as (again) mentioned in previous commentary so I shan’t repeat myself here.

I must say, I rather prefer this version. Tia got the win in 8, Prim got a win in 9.

I spent hours stewing over some lines. As I scribed, I would every now and then go down a path which would lead to the dragon claiming the victory in his duel with Prim.

That would have been unsatisfying, to say the least. So, I stepped away to stew.

It is like the scene in Return of the King (the movie) where Aragorn confronts Sauron in the palantir … only to have Sauron show him Arwen dying and freaking Aragorn out. Woo-hoo, way to build up a defeat for Aragron, Jackson!

One of my few gripes about that masterpiece trilogy….

Anyway, that was on my mind as I scribed their back and forth. I had a few goals to achieve: Prim needed to throw him off his game (she did that immediately), they needed to fondly remember their past time together (was that not strangely touching?), he needed to show his desire for her without quite reaching the level of love (which he is incapable of, it would seem), and Prim finally had to drive him to madness. Using Tia to do it … well, I thought that a bit of a risk. She may very well have painted a bullseye on her Hot-Tits … but what choice did she have?

I’m sure Prim could talk Tia out of trouble, if it came to it.

Oh, yes, another thing to chat about on 9 here. I first scribed it without the first part with the gnomes. You only discovered Prim was chatting as things went on. At the end, we find Tia figuring out what was going on.

Yeah, that really didn’t work. After watching an episode of Columbo to let my mind wander in other directions, the solution presented itself. Why hide it, after all?

Anyway, that’s enough babbling for today. We thank you and hope you enjoyed it!

Cheerio! o/

Prim and Tia Adventures 8

Well, it has been quite some time since our gnomish friends stood and gazed back at the dragon’s fire lighting the sky …

What can I say, I got distracted. I will elaborate more after the Adventure. In the meantime, I wish to give a special shoutout to We Are All Mad Here. Details below.

Without further ado, we present Prim and Tia Adventures 8. (Also, with the collected Adventures 1-8, for convenience.)

Finished? Then here is the commentary.

This commentary will largely focus on my own foolishness. Buckle up!

Into each life, a little rain must fall. Which is to say, I let myself get a bit grumpy for months. Ridiculous, but inevitable, I suppose. Anyway, my innate cheerfulness (where do you think I find the way to scribe Prim?) shoved my bad mood aside, mostly. Unfortunately, it came out in my scribblings!

Oops!

And it was We Are All Mad Here who noticed something … off … about Prim in Reflections III, the latest Tale I had scribed. She was … passive. Mopey.

Rather unfun, even.

While I initially denied any such thing … Ha, well, he was right.

And the worst is … Prim was supposed to be mopey for three, maybe four Adventures! I had this planned for a year or two, and Prim was going to be rather miserable. It seemed I had developed an urge to bring the ever-cheerful Prim down a peg or three.

As a wise man once said, “What’s up with that?”

After considering it all for a few weeks, the obvious finally clicked in my microscopic little mind: Prim is CONFIDENT and CHEERFUL, ya ninny!

And then Adventures 8 popped out, more or less just like that. Seriously. Nothing for a month, then poof, out this comes in two evening’s effort. Six hours, maybe. And at the end, Prim returns.

Now about the actual Adventures: This was the one where Tia gets to shine. The Dragon has Prim down, and Tia steps up to save them both. We are introduced to the concept of the gnomish knack. (I almost put it in italics, but nah.) Anyway, I thought gnomes should have something special, to distinguish themselves from the other folk. I may have scribed a bit about “every gnome having a connection with nature” before, but that is kinda vague and generic. But, each gnome has a knack, with different knacks out there …

Well, it just seemed fun!

The flashbacks for 8 are new. Only thought up that concept a couple months back. I find it convenient not to name Tia’s Teacher just yet, because now we have a parallel between Him and the Teacher — no names, just capitalized nouns/pronouns.

By the way, Teacher made certain to have Tia learn how to hide without her knack for a reason. Evie has no excuse about “knacks” defeating her back in “A Friendly Meeting Tale”.

Ain’t I a stinker?

A Note on Gnomish Reflections III

I have determined the Tale, “Past is Present”, simply will not do and have removed the post to minimize confusion and rereading.

I am working to revise it to fix various issues I have found. Nothing horrible, mind! In fact, I generally like it. I just feel the tone was off a bit and wish to bring it in line with what I want a Prim Tale to be.

I estimate 85% or so of what is written will remain untouched. It will likely grow by 2-3 pages.

Sorry for the mess, and thank you all! Cheerio!

Hue and Cry Tale

And here we have part two of Gnomish Reflections, “Hue and Cry Tale”. If you recall, we last left our intrepid gnomes lying, exhuasted, on their field of victory … or, at least, the floor of the resort’s lobby.

This Tale went on a few pages longer than expected. You have been warned.

Without further ado, we present Prim and Tia is Gnomish Reflections Part Two: “Hue and Cry Tale”.

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Finished? Good, then it is …

Commentary time, with spoilers!

Okay, I actually have a LOT I can say about this one. A ton.

Firstly, I had no idea it was going to head toward where it did at the end. That part just sort of happened, as I realized the soon to be trilogy but possibly more story that is Gnomish Reflections (GR) could use a bit of a pop.

Also, it just seemed natural.

Moving on, the sequence of getting to the bathing hall was entirely unplanned from the beginning of scribing GR. However, seeing as part one had them in a filthy heap in the perfect resort, explanations had to be given. I fear it took longer than I would have preferred, but I hope it worked.

Ironically, I then took a short cut of leaving all their stuff in a corner. I had visions of Prim hiding her stuff at night when out in the wild, first seen in Gnomish Plunder Tale.

Meanwhile, the simple fact is the introduction of Välstånna (which was slated to occur in the next Tale) just BEGGED for a stretch of the two appearing entirely out of place. Which, let’s face it, they are. I was rather surprised Tia took the lead on this, and then quickly realized she would naturally dislike the typical dismissive outlook with which many of higher station view those of lower station.

I never knew she had so many phrases disparaging the upper crust.

Now, as for Välstånna herself, this is a character concept that has gone through many iterations and names. Years ago, I realized Prim could use someone who drove her nuts. Maybe a rival, maybe not quite a rival.

Her name took me ages to come up with. I had a perfect one … that was very similar to no fewer than three OCs belonging to friends. So, I scotched that. I thought to use a name I use in online games … And it really did not fit. I tried another online name I had seen … Okay, sure, it could work.

And then I decided to try an old trick and look for latin words for what the character represented. As you can see by the characters in her name, I switched to swedish rather than latin.

By the way, to type ä requires typing ALT-132, and å is ALT-134. Every time. WEEEEEEEE.

Her name I shall wait until after the next Tale to discuss.

Making her blonde was a surprise. I don’t know, I pictured her with dark hair. Then, once she got certain … increases in her body structure, blonde just sorta laid claim to her. I guess if you are going to go horribly stereotypically over the top, might as well go all in.

Did the lollipop make you want to smack it out of her hand, too?

Okay, I suppose I should get to the ending of this one. Yes, the two nearly kiss, and while they have played with each other (and with others at the same time) in bed before, there has always been a sort of “just having fun” aspect to it. The emotional connection has just not been there before.

I strangely – likely from dementia – imagine they actually have avoided smooching. Well, Tia would be the main culprit there.

So, I felt the scene would be appropriate because it was actual emotional intimacy. I went back in and adjusted it for Prim to use her prize line, just to bring back the old days of her constant pursuit of her Hot-Tits.

It was nice to see, at least.

Well, that should be enough blather for one post! We thank you for your time, and we hope you enjoyed the Tale!