Reading Guide

There are a few ways one can read Metamor Keep:

  1. Start at the beginning and read each story in order.
  2. Follow the Recommended Beginner's List on the archives.
  3. Choose one author and read their stories in order.
  4. Pick a big self-contained story to read in its entirety.
  5. Follow a reading guide.

There are pros and cons with each one, of course:

  1. Reading from the beginning is a very long time commitment; there is an uneven quality; some subplots are picked up or dropped suddenly, or disappear entirely.
  2. The Recommended Beginner's List includes individual stories that are well-regarded and showcase popular plot threads in Metamor Keep, but it does not work as a cohesive whole, nor does it introduce lesser known or newer stories. Some stories are also taken from much larger story arcs.
  3. Some authors refer to stories written by other authors, and it can be hard to understand why things are happening; some authors write plots that are continued by other authors, and some authors leave their plots unfinished
  4. Big stories tend to spoil earlier stories, or are confusing without prior context (especially collaborations); the very biggest stories, by Charles Matthias, are definitely intended to be read in order.
  5. No such reading guide exists… yet.

This page is intended to be a helpful reading guide for Metamor Keep.


I'm a new reader! Where should I start?

The following stories make good stories to familiarize yourself with Metamor Keep.

  • Metamor Keep, by Copernicus: The very first story in the series, naturally, tells you the basics of Metamor Keep. Be aware that not everything is covered, and some descriptions of the setting and characters are misleading.
  • Malvoisin, by Wanderer: An account of the Battle of the Three Gates.
  • A Place Where There Is No Darkness, by Chris Hoekstra: This story introduces a major character to Metamor Keep, but the author also made sure to introduce every other major character in Metamor. There are also very few spoilers for earlier stories, making this a great place to check out Metamor Keep.
  • Rites of Ascendancy, by Raven Blackmane: This story focuses on the more spiritual side of Metamor Keep, but also has a self-contained arc for one of Metamor's most enduring themes: adjusting to a transformation.
  • The Watchwoods Cycle is a self-contained adventure in the wastelands north of Metamor, which also introduces one of Metamor's most prominent figures.

Character Pieces

These stories introduce a character without necessarily starting a story arc. They are usually not important for later reading, but make for a pleasant excursion into a character's life.

Pascal
Alchemy, by Pascal Q Porcupine & Potion, by Pascal Q Porcupine
Quiz
Speed of the Light Fantastic, by Zach
Christopher
For Knowledges' Sake, by Christopher Hughes
Matthias
Writer's Guild, by Charles Matthias
Magus
Fur-Brained, by Magus
Fox Cutter
Library, by Pascal Q Porcupine (contains references to Potion)
Saroth
Storm Watch, by Terry Spafford
Raven
Lightbringer, by Raven Blackmane & Sunny Skies, by Terry Spafford
Wanderer
Tail of a Young Wolf, by Wanderer
Kee
Coyote Delivers, by Kee Coyote & Long Beneath the Keep, by Kee Coyote
Phil
Playing with Fire, by Phil Geusz
Devon
Fool for a Day, by Devon Erthshade
Misha
Welcoming Committee, by Chris O'Kane
Laracin
A New Season, by Dan D'Alimonte

Stories by Genre

Some stories are tagged with genres and plot elements.

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