This can all be considered a large author's note
Thanks for all the comments! They are most assuredly appreciated. I didn't start this out as a long story more as a ficlet with the idea of Dru meeting the Creeper (The Mustard Man) on top of Gotham's cathedral, and it kind of rolled off from there. I wrote this in bursts in between coding at work, and as I work from home and at all hours of the day or night, updates were at...peculiar intervals.
Dru and the Slayer concept are Joss's, Gotham and its residents are DC's, and Emma and this story are mine.Dramatis PersonaePrologue
Lady Drusilla Lune/Drusilla the Mad/Dru -- A VampirePart the First
The Mustard Man/The Creeper/Jack Ryder -- A Hero
The Colourful Boy/Robin/Timothy Drake -- A Hero
The Smoke Clad Girl/Batgirl/Cassandra Cain -- A Hero
The Rag Golem/Ragman/Rory Regan -- A Hero
The Daughter of Bastet/Catwoman/Selena Kyle -- A Rogue
The Dark One/Batman/Bruce Wayne -- A Champion
The Fat Man/ The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepott -- A Mercenary
The First Beast/Bane -- A Villain
The Second Beast/Killer Croc/Waylon Jones -- A Villain
Creatures of Muck and Slime/Various Clayfaces -- Villains
The Cold Man/Mr. Freeze/Victor Freis -- A Tragic Villain
Solomon Grundy -- An Indestructible Zombie
The Rude Cousin/Scarface and the Ventriloquist/Arnold Wesker and Dummy -- A Villain
The Fey Queen/Poison Ivy/Pamela Isley -- A Villain
Janus Touched Devil/Two-Face/Harvey Dent -- A Villain
The Deathwatch Beetle/The Madman/Mister Punch/Puddin'/Mister J/The Joker/? -- True Evil in Human Shape
Red Haired Witch/Little Tree/Willow Rosenberg -- A Hero
Dru's Slayer/Emma Lasker -- A Hero
The Faceless One/The Question/Renee Montoya -- A Hero
Dr. Leslie Thompkins -- An Ally
Angelus/Angel/Liam -- A Vampire
William/William the Bloody/Spike/William Pratt -- A Vampire
Kendra Young -- A Slayer
Herr Kasper Heinz -- A Demon and a Lawyer
Batwoman/Kate Kane -- A HeroFirst Interlude
Leslie Lasker -- Emma's Sister
Ms. Lasker -- Emma's MotherPart the Second
Clement/Clem -- A Demon
Buffy Summers -- A Slayer
Mr. Osbourne/Oz/Daniel Osbourne -- A Werewolf
Ollie, Claire, and Bill -- Members of a Modern String Quartet
Detective Bullock/Harvey Bullock -- A Police Officer
Sir Jason Blood/Etrigan -- A Rhymer Caste Demon LordSecond Interlude
Nightwing/Dick Grayson -- A Hero
Spoiler/Stephanie Brown -- A HeroPart the Third
Harley Quinn/Dr. Harleen Quinzel -- A Villain then a Hero
Delphi/Oracle/Barbara Gordon -- A Hero
The Old One/Alteria -- Old One with control of Causality. The Season's Big Bad.
Deadman/Boston Brand -- A Hero
Doctor Fate/Nabu -- A Hero and Lord of OrderWhere the heck this story came from...(or Batzulger reads far too many comics)
In the 1970s Marvel and DC did a few very high profile team-ups. The first was, believe it or not, an oversized Wizard of Oz comic based on the movie. The two companies pooled staff and printing costs and split the profits. The next big one was 1976's Superman vs. Spiderman with Luthor and Doc Ock as the villains. And then in 1981...Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk.
Yeah, sounds pretty dumb doesn't it? And it really pretty much was, but what was truly inspired was the choice of villains. The Joker, and the Shaper of Worlds. The Shaper's kind of hard to describe so here's his wikipedia page
. I used chunks of Illyria's personality quirks, bits of the Shaper's MO, and a whole lot of Joker from Batman: The Animated Series to come up with Alteria.
Once I had the overarching plot, the hard part was bringing it from start to end without telegraphing too badly. I don't outline, rough draft, or beta and believe me, I know it shows. I had the beginning with the scene on top of the cathedral and an idea of the end with Dru getting a new soul after defeating the Old One. But the points in between...not a clue. So I would sit down, open the "Add a Chapter" tab and just start typing until the chapter was done. It really was that straight forward. I would occasionally go back and fix errors, but the "Edit Chapter" interface was annoying enough that I usually didn't bother. It also helped that I just wanted this story out of my brain so I could use the freed up space for writing code.
Anyway, thanks for reading! I loved writing Dru, and for a spur of the moment concept, I really don't think it turned out too badly.