The Firefly Companion's Guild

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On Being Transgender: My Advantage as a Companion in Second Life

“…I Tiresias, though blind, throbbing between two lives,

Old man with wrinkled female breasts…”

T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land”

“I’ve looked at life from both sides now

From up and down, and still somehow

It’s life’s illusions I recall…

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Added by Emma Florentino on May 1, 2017 at 7:02pm — No Comments

On Being a Companion: One Woman's Reasons

My thoughts on being a companion are complex, and sometimes self-contradicting. For example, when someone in SL asks me why I chose to become a companion, I’m often tempted to say, “If you’ve never seen Firefly or Serenity, you wouldn’t understand. And if you have seen either of them, there’s no need for explanation.”



Still, much like vampires, gays, or lesbians(1), we in the Firefly ‘Verse are always looking to recruit new members. And so I offer my own reasons—reasons which are…

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Added by Emma Florentino on April 28, 2017 at 9:35am — 6 Comments

Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself...

I'm a man of wealth and taste. No, scratch that. I have NO sympathy for the devil. So let me start over.



I have spent most of my life exploring the 'Verse. I have spent time on Earth, where I learned of the existence of racism, xenophobia, and several other unpleasant social traits. I have always been a peacemaker, as are most of my race, but even the most dedicated diplomat knows when it is time to move on.



I have visited countless planetary systems, and have learned…

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Added by Emma Florentino on April 27, 2017 at 3:43am — 3 Comments

A First Step

"Joining the Companions was to [Teran] a dream and a last resort rolled into one, as he sought acceptance and sanctuary. To his delight and mine, the community has been immediately welcoming."

Being accepted into the Guild has felt almost like a last-minute rescue from the jaws of crippling failure. Eleven weeks into a fourteen week semester and I have finally found a…

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Added by Teran Stroud on April 9, 2017 at 12:56am — 5 Comments

Feeling the Love

I can not help but smile and be grateful that the stars aligned to introduce the guild to me at this transitional point in my life. I have never been hugged so much in my life. The energy changes in the room once it is filled with all of these beautiful people trying to spread love through the verse. It's like they force love down your throat whether you like it or not. …

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Added by porsha on April 7, 2017 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Some Thoughts on my Time With the Guild

i am tyer Anbinder, currently a Peacock acolyte with Jichiren House, and have been with the Companion's Guild since September of last year. i thought i would provide some thoughts on my time with the Guild so far.

i came upon the Guild by accident. i was a recently released Owned sub of many years, seeking a fresh experience with my newfound freedom, and i happened upon Nanite Systems at Eisa, undergoing conversion to a gynoid unit. While exploring the NS store, i came upon the…

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Added by Tyer Anbinder on April 7, 2017 at 11:37am — 2 Comments

A New Adventure

Floating out in space is a giant alien artifact, left behind by an ancient race, which has been claimed by the Citadel Council and filled with the sentient species from all of the council worlds - Asari, Turians, Salarians, Volus, Humans, and many others. Merchants, ambassadors, diplomats, and visitors stream through the tubular space station, and give it new purpose.

It is an awe inspiring sight to see all those races coming together to build civilization through…

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Added by Flynt Firebrand on April 4, 2017 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Guild Booth at the Sci-Fi Con!

We have a lovely booth at the Sci-Fi Con again this year! 

The Sci-fi con is a great way for us to meet potential clients, to introduce ourselves to those interested in becoming acolytes, and to explore and get involved in new rp sims.

But no matter how good our promotional materials are, we get the best benefit from an actual presence at the booth.

So, please strongly consider spending some time at the booth when you can. If you can't schedule in advance, just come by…

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Added by Flynt Firebrand on March 25, 2017 at 7:10am — No Comments

Feminist Shrine

An outreach project of Xiaojie Companion House (though we are open to having Feminist Shrines throughout Second Life where they would be requested and helpful).. the Feminist Shrine has been established for about 6 months now. We have been celebrating some amazing women and their contributions to Second Life!

The current lady being celebrated is Strawberry Singh; a blogger, media activist, SL fashion enthusiast and teacher. Her relationship with Second Life is continually evolving and…

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Added by Varahi Lusch on March 19, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A new year, a new sandstorm

So we managed to fit in another open house before the new term. Which was a bit of an eye opener.

Those sandstorms - I was sure they'd stopped, and I was really looking forward to being able to chat and breath at the same time. So we were all ready and Penny had turned up along with a nice looking though extremely heavily armoured man, who did at least take his gun. And ammunition. And something else which was probably…

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Added by Hilary Querrien on January 24, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

My deepest gratitude

I would like to express my gratitude to all in the Guild for their patience, kindness, and steadfast support of me throughout my time as an acolyte.



One learns, throughout life, to be skeptical of groups that want to claim they are a family. Employers particularly want to exploit that word to create loyalty they do not plan to return. So, when I was told the Guild was a family, I kept an eye out to see in what sense it might be true. As time passed, I was delighted to find real… Continue

Added by Flynt Firebrand on December 19, 2016 at 4:53am — No Comments

Wondermentalist poem from Grading Day 12/17/2016 - By Grading Day Attendees

Here we all are at the beginning again.

Is this where I grew up? It's so the same and so different. In a way, it's quite unsettling. Have I changed so much? Or has it changed?

And have I changed for the better?

Like a scorpion in your shirt, or a rock in your shoe, I clash,

But brought home to the guild, passions ignite and fires dash.

Amongst priestesses, peacocks, phoenixes and hummingbirds,

My wild passions are risen, and my baser self is purged.

I…

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Added by Flynt Firebrand on December 18, 2016 at 6:10am — No Comments

Almost

Sweeter to savor even
than the moment of success:
the moment right before it
hand poised to take the prize
carrying all the momentum
flown forward now by the past
by the things you know
the aching mind and muscle
every word
every footstep that brought you right
to the edge of
to the brink of
right there so easy now
you could almost fall
as if over a cliff
into yourself tomorrow

Added by Flynt Firebrand on December 18, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Jagged Prayer

I would fall on my knees,

if there were yet ground beneath me,

but all that solid illusion is dissolved,

broken and crumbled away.

Hear me, then,

feet firm on nothing.

My faith staggers and falters,

and my prayers can reach no farther than you.

This world turned abyss

seems emptied of divinity,

cold of all fires.

And the bleak mind proclaims

that the hand of…

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Added by Flynt Firebrand on November 25, 2016 at 5:58am — No Comments

Untitled poem

Across the room, your eyes seem alert -
you are patient, waiting
for the slightest pull on the line
as it disappears into the water.
For the snap of the trap,
the twitch of the web.
And I am caught.
But I am statue still,
deciding
whether to struggle.

Added by Flynt Firebrand on November 25, 2016 at 5:51am — No Comments

My Wo Men Dakai poem

I thought I should post this here to add to the collection.

Learning Love

by Lysana (FireBride) McMillan

A poem I set out to write

My topic deeply mined

For love's a constant subject

To writers thus inclined

Being an emotion

It's better felt than seen

And much of its expressions

May say less than they mean

If love is in the doing

As many choose to think

Speaking it can bring a pause

And drop it out of sync

But…

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Added by Lysana McMillan on October 29, 2016 at 8:14pm — 1 Comment

Dancing With Longing 09-24-16

I have your stream running at home

In both worlds

Last night I danced with so much longing

For you

Crawled into bed and went to sleep wrapped

in longing's arms

No peace until I saw you…

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Added by Aqua Aura Firecaster on September 24, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

Returning to Dakini Land

As I know that it is of great benefit to others to hear about the journey of one's particular self I have decided to apply myself, between my other duties, to writing a High Priestess's blog. It will mostly be IC and I will try to write one a month. I hope others will be encouraged to give it a try who have not as yet :)

It had been a good two years or so since we left Dakini Land, an island of Paquin which we had moved to from Sihnon a long time ago. We had been given special…

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Added by Varahi Lusch on September 20, 2016 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

Heart to Heart 09-11-16

Thrice did I call you

You who have claimed my heart

Thrice have I told you my need

For you to open up and let me in closer

Thrice have I called you from the deepest part

of my need in…

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Added by Aqua Aura Firecaster on September 11, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments

The New Bed 09-04-16

I sacrificed to bring it in to replace

One that was worn from seventeen years of use

and bore the energies of four men during that period

I sacrificed time and money and physical labor

to make a space for the woman alone who was going to haul it out of her truck…

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Added by Aqua Aura Firecaster on September 4, 2016 at 4:21pm — No Comments

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