hi do you wanna cry about two pairs of dnd blonde elven wizard class siblings that are almost identical except some defining features and grew up in absent homes?
hi dimension 20 fans! wanna meet adaine and aelwyn but they're twins who love each other very much and an absolute dynamic duo? welcome to the adventure zone. taako, star of his former cooking show and married to the grim reaper. lup, was briefly an umbrella and proof that trans women are just better. with these two you'll get just as much angst, but the good kind this time!
hi the adventure zone fans! wanna meet taako and lup but categorically worse in every way possible? welcome to dimension 20. adaine, has a pet frog and tried to punch her sister in the face on the first day of school. aelwyn, started a war by accident and will play knifey fingers with you. they grew up in an abusive household and hate each other, but hey at least they remember the other <3
art by @kimostv and @rebelsafoot
skater girl/surfer dude solidarity
[ID: digital drawing of Taako and Lup, a male and female elf respectively. They are both lean, with tan freckled skin and blonde hair. Lup is standing to the left, leaning on Taakos shoulder with one arm and has one foot on a skateboard. She’s dressed in a red crop top and baggy black pants held with a leather belt. She’s also wearing red converse with the bureau of balance logo instead of the star logo. She’s also wearing large hoop earrings. Lup’s looking at taako, sticking her tongue out. Her hair is in a high ponytail with the ends dyed bright red. Taako is standing to the right with one arm holding a large blue surfboard and one resting on his hip. The surfboard is in two shades of blue, with the words “oh shit sweet flips” printed onto it. Taako’s wearing an unbuttoned blue patterned hawaiian shirt and blu swim shorts with white dots. He’s also wearing a shark tooth necklace, matching earring, and a braided leather bracelet. His hair is short and pushed back by a pair of dark sunglasses. He’s looking at Lup with an amused smile. The background is grey with a blue scale pattern behind Lup and a red scale pattern behind Taako. End ID]
Suddenly, Taako’s a twin.
“Oh gods, there’s two of them now” Killian says.
But that’s not true, Angus thinks.
Miss Lup is like Taako in many ways. They both laugh too loud, they both can tear someone apart with only a few words and a sharp smile, and they’re both often a juxtaposition of impatient and bored.
But Miss Lup’s words are carefully measured whereas Taako’s escape his mouth like a potion from a broken bottle. Miss Lup is often tender while Taako is guarded. Miss Lup rushes into situations like Magnus but Taako hangs back and weighs his options.
Angus thinks it’s interesting that Taako went from a solitary figure to a part of a set in an instant of story and song. He admires his mentor so much, and he’s been worried about Taako often in the past - worried that he’s lonely or that he won’t come back from a dangerous mission.
But the apocalypse is over and now Taako’s a twin. And Angus sees him smile (really smile) for the first time. Angus is sitting at the table waiting for the two of them to finish making a pork dish. Miss Lup tells a joke and Taako actually giggles. It’s nothing like the cackle he sometimes did when Magnus and Merle did something stupid. It’s unbridled and soft and real. And Angus can’t help but grin, swinging his feet against the chair.
“What are you lookin’ at, little nerd?” Taako says to him, but there’s a warmth in his dark eyes that Angus has never seen before. Taako’s happy.
“Nothing sir,” he replies.
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[IMAGE ID: A drawing of Taako and Lup from The Adventure Zone: Balance. They both have light brown skin, freckles, green eyes, and brown hair.
Taako is an elven man in an electric blue wheelchair. He's holding a drink and is wearing a yellow sweater, with a dark green shirt underneath. There's a light green ribbon around his neck. His pants are medium brown, and his shoes are black. His hair is just ear length and is dyed a purple-pink at the ends. He's sticking his tongue out at Lup.
Lup is an eleven woman with glasses and several earrings. She's using two forearm canes to support herself (they are painted to resemble a flame pattern). She has a bright red spaghetti strap shirt tucked into black, studded pants. She had fishnet leggings and black shoes, with red laces. Around her arms is a light blue jean jacket. She's subtly flipping Taako off. She's also wearing a golden wedding band. Her hair is pinned up and has red streaks running through it. She is sticking her tongue out at Taako in retribution.
The background is all white, except for a red triangle behind Taako and a blue triangle behind Lup. END ID]
we love babes with disability aids <3
prompt was "I had a bad dream about you so now i’m calling to make sure you’re ok" from this post (thank you hali for this request and inspiring me to accidentally write an almost companion piece to this fic)
The stone of far speech on Taako’s bedside table lets out a short chime. He groans and rolls over, burying his face into Kravitz’s neck. Whoever is on the other end can wait until noon like a respectable person.
He’s able to relax for all of ten seconds before he hears the chime again. He feels around for a throw pillow before launching it at the table. He smiles when he hears the clatter of the stone hitting the floor.
The stone chimes again. Taako is fully intent on ignoring it until Kravitz all but pushes him out of bed.
“Taako, if you don’t deal with whatever that is, I’m sleeping in the Astral Plane,” he says, voice caked with sleep.
“S’not fair,” Taako grumbles as he takes a minute to locate the still-chiming stone. He steps into the hallway and flicks the stone on.
“You got Taako.”
“Taako! Shit. Shit. What took you so long?”
“I was sleeping?”
“Taako, what’s my name?” Lup’s voice on the other end is frantic and bordering on shrill.
“What are yo-“
“Stop dicking around. Tell me my name. Tell me who I am.”
He lets out a small sigh. “Lup, you’re my sister. My twin sister, younger by two minutes. Best two minutes of my life, if I might add.”
“Shut up!” Her voice sounds calmer but she sounds like she’s been crying, Taako realizes.
He rolls his eyes before continuing. “You’re also my best friend. You’re married to another of my best friends. You two fools ripped out your souls to become creepy little liches.” He thinks for a minute. “Uh, you have a scar on your left shoulder. I bit you once because a kobold kid bet me three gold pieces I wouldn’t.”
Lup laughs weakly. “Keep going, please.”
“You’re the most selfless person I know, I think. You’re a million times more forgiving than I could ever be-“
“But I don’t fucking forgive Greg Grimaldis.”
He laughs. “That’s true. Lup, you’re also brilliant. The single best evocation wizard in this or any plane.”
“And you don’t um… you don’t get any bits of static around any of that?”
Silence hangs on the line for a moment.
“I just had a real bad dream. I was back in the staff and I was screaming and doing everything I could possibly do to reach you. A-and then it broke and I was out but you still didn’t know who I was. You said that you didn’t have a sister, that you’re a solo act. That you don’t need anybody cramping your style.”
Taako’s stomach wrenches. He’s no stranger to nightmares. He’s been having them for as long as he can remember. They’ve gotten better in the few years since the day of Story and Song but sometimes Lup still gets these flashes of panic and she doesn’t take them well. Taako gets it. Guess that’s part of the whole being trapped in a living nightmare for a decade thing. Still, hearing her like this tears him up.
“Well, Lulu, I don’t need anyone cramping my style. But you don’t. Never could. And besides, you’re stuck with me. No solo acts, okay?”
She sniffles on the other end of the line. “Okay.”
“I told you, I’m not losing you again, goofus.”
“You’re damn right, dingus.”
“You gonna be okay?”
“Yeah. Yeah, I just needed that. Just got scared again.”
“Well, I suppose I can forgive you for interrupting my beauty sleep.”
Taako huffs out a laugh and smiles. “Go back to bed, okay? And how about you and Barold come over for dinner tomorrow?”
“Okay. Yeah, yeah that sounds good. And Taako?”
A sigh. “Thanks. Love you.”
“Anytime. Love you too.”
[image description: a digital drawing of taako and lup from the adventure zone from the knees up on a pale orange background. both of them look similar, with brown skin, dark eyes, very curly black hair, and elf ears. lup is standing slightly behind and to the left of taako, with her arms wrapped around his shoulders, smiling slightly. she is wearing a bright red vest over a short black dress with a tulle skirt, she has fishnet tights and fingerless gloves, and very dark smudgy makeup on her eyes. her hair is pulled into two low short pigtails, and she has a septum piercing and snakebites. taako stands in front of her with one hand raised and one by his side, smiling slyly, he also has a septum piercing. he is wearing very dark clothing including an ornate coat and jacket over a turtleneck. his hair is short, and he is wearing dark eyeshadow, winged eyeliner, and dark lipstick.]
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