Updated: 29 December 2014
This is the home of Forest Tales, a series of stories based on the lives of my chakat family. From humble beginnings, this has grown into a complex and imaginative collection of stories following different aspects of the Chakat Universe, with contributions from many other fine authors. I have also written a few non-chakat universe stories, including fanfics of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe, which I hope that you find equally interesting. Please read and enjoy!
NEW! Several paperback books are now available in various e-book formats. See novels list.
When Twilight Sparkle pays Cogs an unexpected visit on Hearth's Warming Eve, she brings him The Best Present. (By Bernard Doove)
Frothy Brew is the barista in the Canterlot café owned by himself, his wife, and his daughter. Years of hard work had made the café a successful and modestly popular place to stop and get a drink or a snack. Nothing prepared him though for it to become a hub of interaction with the undisguised changelings that were being seen more often in the streets of Canterlot. Find out when you have Conversations In A Canterlot Café. (By Bernard Doove)
Captain Neal Foster's unintentional stowaways realise that their stay aboard the Folly means starting with the basics, And Sew We Begin. (By Wayne Cook)
Neal Foster gives his young crew lessons on Playing The Game when they stop at Carlsbad Station. (By Allen Fesler)
When playing Prey Versus Predator, be sure you know which one you are. (By Allen Fesler)
You never know who or what you may find in The Outback of outer space, and if you're Neal Foster, what to do about it? (By Allen Fesler)
While not strictly a story, this pictorial article on Building Chakona gives you more insight into the people and places of this world. Now expanded onto a second page (By Bernard Doove & Seth Triggs)
My stories have been provided completely free online for your enjoyment, and will always be available for free. However, they do take a lot of my time and effort, and I have hefty bills to pay, so if you would like to show your appreciation and help support the Chakat's Den, please consider sending a donation. The PayPal link button on the left would be the most convenient way to do so, and any donation would be hugely appreciated.
STORY INDEX Story Notes Chronological Listing As I look back to my earlier stories, I notice how much my writing has improved. And yet I can't simply remove these stories because they contain so much relevant material for the later ones. I hope that new readers will persist with the series because I feel I have much more to offer in the later episodes.
The stories have a general theme, hence the different series names. They are:
The main stories of these various series are the Forest Tales series. The theme is the life and loves of Chakat Forestwalker (Forest for short), and hir extended family. In these tales, I try to explore what it's like to be a chakat, and how they relate to others. I have attempted to cover the dramas, joys, tragedies, humour and all those other things that make up any person's life, and still put an unusual twist on things. This is an adult series, so occasional sex scenes occur in some stories. Sex is a part of life too, and it would be wrong to exclude it. However, I have done my best to make the scenes relevant and enjoyable.
The Admiral & The Chakat
The original stories were not written as such; they began as private email interactions between my characters and Boyce Kline's. However, it was felt that they would also make interesting stories, so I wrote them up properly. These started mostly as erotica pieces, but they also gave intriguing tidbits of information about Chakat customs and pleasures. Gradually the storyline converged with the main Forest Tales storyline, occasionally making reference to events happening, or had happened, in those episodes. The storylines merged completely at A&C#6 and continue on into FT#12.
Tales Of The Foxtaur Clans
Another spin-off series, this one focuses on the Foxtaurs of the Chakat Universe. Chakats may still cameo in these stories, but it will be the Foxtaurs who will be in the spotlight. All stories occur within the timeframe of the other stories and are listed in order with the other stories.
Adventures of the Pegasus
Stories based on and around the Pegasus, flagship of the First Fleet. The principle characters are Admiral Boyce Kline, Commander Chakat Midnight, First Officer Rosepetal Silpurr, Doctor M'Lai Saarath, Chief Engineer Chakat Sparks, and Navigator Lieutenant Murawrr.
Quickpaw: The College Years
Quickpaw relates tales of moments in hir life during hir college years and the events that led up to them. These are written by hir player, Christian Neumann.
Exactly what the title says stories about the children and grandchildren of the characters in Forest Tales series.
The Chakat Universe
I have a number of stories that don't fit into the above categories but still belong next to them which I'll put here. Also, the number of stories that guest authors have been writing that fit into the timeline of my stories keeps growing. To help keep them in order, I am now listing them in the chronological list at right. Unlike the others though, there won't be links within them to the next chronological story. (WIP = Work In Progress - linked back to author's website until completed.)
Another spin-off with a twist, The Colony features a large group of humans who were unwittingly drawn into an experimental society by persons unknown. 21st Century men, women and children were kidnapped and, while unconscious, changed into chakats and abandoned on another world in an apparent bizarre social experiment. These tales tell the stories of the various people caught up in this strange situation. The original concept of the Colony is by V. Ducain, but I and others have written our own short stories for it also.
Not all stories from guest writers fit into the chronological listing for various reasons, so be sure to check out the complete story listings underneath this table.
Please be advised that many of the stories, both mine and guest authors, contain adult material. While I do not have outright pornography in this archive, relevant sexual scenes are part of many of these tales.
And finally, here's a list of reference articles:
An Introduction To Chakats is the original reference for the physiological and psychological make-up of chakats, as well as an overview of their history.
The Lonely Stellar Guide To Chakona is an informative article that is a must-read if you plan to visit this fascinating world.
Sapient Species: A list with descriptions of some of the sapient species found in the Chakat Universe.
Foxtaur Facts: History and information on the foxtaur species.
The Stellar Foxtaurs are the newest taurs of the Chakat Universe. Find out more about them!
Skunktaurs: An article by Bob Reijns detailing the history of the chakat-kin skunktaurs.
Herm Haven: The Double H Club, a.k.a. Herm Haven, is there to serve the needs of the herm community. You too can join!
Building Chakona: A pictorial article on Chakona and its inhabitants. (With Seth Triggs)
Infrequently Asked Questions: Is there a question that hasn't been answered by one of the above articles? Check out the IAQ!
Time & Date Converter: Converts between Terran and Chakonan calendars. (Excel spreadsheet)
Forest Tales #1: Reunion
Forest Tales #2: Partnerships
Forest Tales #3: Fulfillment
Forest Tales #4: Family
Forest Tales #5: Recreation
Admiral & Chakat #1: Closer Relationships
Admiral & Chakat #2: The Glade.
Admiral & Chakat #3: Ceremony.
Forest Tales #6: Goldfur's Story
Forest Tales #7: Garrek's Story
Admiral & Chakat #4: Good Clean Fun
Admiral & Chakat #5: The Glade Revisited
Forest Tales #8: Birth
Forest Tales #9: Clans
Forest Tales #10: Crisis
Forest Tales #11: Lessons
Admiral & Chakat #6: Truths
Forest Tales #12: Mates
Forest Tales #13: Ketta's Fate
Forest Tales #14: Midnight Incident
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #1: Malena's Choice
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #2: Ketta's Christmas
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #4: A Busy Day
Quickpaw, The College Years #2: The Gift
Admiral & Chakat #7: Games of Life & Love
Admiral & Chakat #8: Becoming As One
Forest Tales #15: Unthinkable Deeds
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #3: Harvest Ceremony
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #5: Obligation
Forest Tales #16 #18: Transformations (NOVEL)
Forest Tales #19: Conclusions
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #15 #17: Savannah's Journey
Pegasus: Midnight's Methods
Forest Tales #20 #27: More Terrible Than Chains (NOVEL)
Pegasus: Unwanted Re-acquaintance
Pegasus: The Right Stuff
Forest Tales #28: Disastrous Decision
Forest Tales #29: Transitions
Forest Tales #29A: Introspections
Forest Tales #30: Meanwhile...
Forest Tales #34: Musical Climax
Forest Tales #31: What You See Is Me
Forest Tales #32: A Swift Decision
Forest Tales #33: And The Children Shall Lead
Forest Tales #35: Whatever The Cost
Forest Tales #36: In The Family Way
The Chakat Universe: Danzhouken
Quickpaw, The College Years #3: A Matter of Viewpoint
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #18: Briar Patch
Quickpaw, The College Years #1: Winds Of Fate
The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Star Phoenix (NOVEL)
The Chakat Universe: A Phoenix Christmas
Forest Tales: Little Cub Lost
Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #6 #14: Life's Dream (NOVEL)
Next Generations: Piece Of Mind
Next Generations: Stargazer's Folly
Next Generations: It Takes Three
The Cast: A list of characters to help you keep track of who's who.
Timeline: Keep track of what happened when and to whom!
The Chakat Universe: Coming Home Again
The Chakat Universe: Academy Tails
The Chakat Universe: Lost!
The Chakat Universe: The Gambit Solution
The Chakat Universe: Folly - The Curse (Latest chapter: 17)
The Chakat Universe: The Package
The Chakat Universe: At Home Again
The Chakat Universe: Chicken Soup For The Would-Be Chakat Soul
The Chakat Universe: Real Chakats Don't Need Instructions
The Chakat Universe: In Search Of Domestic Bliss
The Chakat Universe: Near Enough Is Never Good Enough
The Chakat Universe: Truths And Responsibilities
The Chakat Universe: Bound To Play
The Chakat Universe: Night's Daughter (Non-canon)
The Chakat Universe: Star Dancer
The Chakat Universe: A Chance Encounter
The Chakat Universe: The Ties That Bind
The Chakat Universe: Retribution
The Chakat Universe: Star Dancer: Reunions
The Chakat Universe: The Daedalus Incident
The Chakat Universe: Echo Lance
The Chakat Universe: White Christmas
The Chakat Universe: Baby Sitting
The Colony: The Colony - Parts 1 to 11
The Colony: Taurger By The Tale
The Colony: Lessons
The Colony: In Search Of Identity
The Colony: The Loner - part 1 & part 2
The Colony: Gazing
The Colony: A Letter From Cinderflurry
The Colony: Campfire Xenobiology
The Colony: Interlude In The Dispensory
My non-Chakat Universe stories:
Change of Life, a story about Cogs, a changeling in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe.
Growing Up Dandy, sequel to Change of Life focusing on Cogs daughter, Dandelion.
The Best Present is a one-shot Hearths Warming Eve story that happens early during the early part of "Growing Up Dandy".
Conversations In A Canterlot Café, which takes place concurrently with the latter part of "Change Of Life" / early part of "Growing Up Dandy".
The following Chakat Universe stories are by other authors. Please note that some of the stories may contain characters and/or situations that are not canonical for the Chakat Universe. Nevertheless you should enjoy them for the different perspectives that they can bring, or they may be just plain fun.
- Folly - The Curse, Getting To Know You, Second-Hand Dreams of Cha-Kat-s, Powerless, Moving Day, Amnesty Is Granted, Return To Sender, Longtails, Maverick, A Day Off, A Mother's Pride, Ides Of March, To Snare a Firebird, Mind Over Matter, Cub Keeper, Power Corrupts, A Stormy Afternoon, For Profit, The Outback, Playing The Game, Prey Versus Predator by Allen Fesler.
- Consequences: Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and Honeymane and Manetheren by Honeymane.
- Bound To Play by Midsnow.
- The Star Dancer series, & A Chance Encounter & The Ties That Bind by John R. Plunkett.
- The Package, by Bernard Doove, Allen Billings, Allen Fesler & Gregg Anderson.
- Midnight Rescue, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, and Step Softly, Speak Strongly by James L. Brandt.
- Turning Point and Greytiger Saves Christmas by Will Sanborn.
- At The Spaceport by Anna-Karin Larsson.
- As Stars, Like Myriad Drops In The Night... (Part One) by Daniel Charne.
- The 'Taur Next Door series, & Training Day, Hands, Hands, Fingers, Thumb..., & A Means To An End by J.L. Atwood.
- To Be A Chakat and Apologies by J. P. Astbury.
- Sandwalker's Choice, Kerisa, Greytail Finds a Mate, A Rose By Any Other Name, Turnabout Is Fair Play and Does My Hair Look Better Up Or Down? by Chakat Sandwalker.
- Lost!, Academy Tails and To Every Season by Terry Knight.
- The Gambit Solution by Terry Knight & Grant Preston.
- Retribution by Nathan "StarShadow" Cooper.
- A Long Twilight Journey by Athirne.
- Kittens and Cat-nappings by Kyle Johnson.
- The Impossible Dream by Joe Prescott.
- Chicken Soup For The Would Be Chakat Soul and its sequels, Real Chakats Don't Need Instructions and In Search Of Domestic Bliss by Eric Kern.
- Strangers by Chris Gilman & Jimmy Lawhon.
- Coming Home Again, Near Enough Is Never Good Enough and Truths And Responsibilities by Cassandra Foxx.
- Chakat Dreams by Paul Gilbert.
- Eternal Destiny parts 1 & 2 by Ryan Schlueter (a.k.a. Chakat Snowpaws).
- The Colony and Lessons by V. Ducain.
- Given Purpose by Richard Thatcher. (NOTE: Adult foxtaur story set in the Chakat Universe.)
- Becoming The First Chakat by Joshua Stewart.
- Chakat Baby by Aspen "Sundance" Rider.
- Stray Stallions and Flight Of The Spartan by Coyotenose.
- A Letter From Cinderflurry and Campfire Xenobiology by Charles L. Honeycutt.
- Gazing by Allen Billings.
- At Home Again by leonardo maffi.
- Taurger By The Tale, Chakat Rivertrip - PTV Sales, and And Sew We Begin. by Wayne Cook (a.k.a. McClaw).
- The Daedalus Incident by Ryan Want (a.k.a. Chakat Stardreamer).
- Echo Lance by Dax.
- Baby Sitting and Invasion of the Body Swappers! by ANTIcarrot.
- What Really Matters, I Remember You and No Return by Ever-Frost.
- Dead Men Bomb No Spaceports, by David Green.
- Adventures of Blackstar, Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and Battle Scars by Chakat Blackstar.
- Recovery, by Adrian Nunenkamp.
- The Find, The Three Ships, A Long Weekend, and Changes by Daniel Davis.
- The Tales of Frederike Weismann, Raven Squad, Here Comes Santa Paws, and Wolves in the Snow by Lars V. Jensen.
- Chronicles of Sherwood by Adam Harris.
- Rain by Chakat Scirocco.
- White Christmas, Gildedtongue's Story: Book 1 - Inferno, Gildedtongue's Story: Book 2 - Purgatorio, Gildedtongue's Story: Book 3 - Paradisio, Chapter 2, 3, 4, by Robert Adrian.
- To Seek The Night by John Griffith.
- Tales From the Night Watch by Cuprohastes.
- The Accident by Dennis Hurst.
- CSI Amistad by Chakat Acer.
- The Rendezvous by J.F. Eskew.
- The Last Straw, Family Affair, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, Book II, part 1, and Voyage of the Mripan Suzar by Tim Rumph.
- No Chance Of Rain by Farinata.
- This Valley Of Ours, Chapters 1-5, 6-11, 12, 13, 14-15, 16-18, A Deaf World, and Intrepid In Death's Shadow. by G.F.D.
- Humans First (Chakat Second), Suddenly Sisters, and The Last Human Being by Chris Meadows, and A Hardscrabble Life with Honeymane.
- The Cub by Garjala.
- Beyond the Warmth of Home, chapters 1-3 by Cesium
- Last Day by ArcticKiba
- New Friend, New Home by Voxanna Claps
- New Friend, New Companion by Illumanati Glazer
- The Greatest Form of Luck by Chakat Swiftrunner
- Tales of the Lupone - New Friend by Lupone Silverpaw
- The Olde Curiosity Shoppe by Liath Mactire
- Out of Place, Out of Time, Tales of Redstreak, and Curse To Blessing by Admiral Q
- Blackie - The Beginning, Gun Nut, The Academy Years by Blackrose
Story Discussions & News
Readers are invited to participate in discussions on any of the stories on this page, or get more deeply involved in world-building and discussing aspects of the Chakat Universe. Come over to the Chakat Heaven Yahoo group for these, news, or just to socialise with other chakat fans. What did you like about the stories? What didn't you like? Do you have any suggestions? Join up and let us know!
If you wish to talk to Bernard Doove directly, send an email to email@example.com or contact Goldfur on Google+.
Paperback books available! Winner of the URSA MAJOR AWARD for Best Anthropomorphic Novel for 2012!
A new storyline set in the Chakat Universe Flight Of The Star Phoenix follows the adventures of Martin Yote and his crew as they face the challenges of a small commercial shipping company, and in doing so, find themselves a place to belong. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 388 pages, and contains copious illustrations, including a cover done by Kacey Miyagami. The book's list price is US$21.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead.
Away from the events of the main Forest Tales storyline, important and exciting events are happening. Enjoy several tales of Foxtaurs, Rakshani, Caitians, and of course Chakats. But that's just the first half of the book! In the second half, for the first time, you can read all the facts and history of the Chakat Universe, including the original Introduction To Chakats and the Lonely Stellar Guide to Chakona. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 320 pages, and contains many illustrations, including a cover done by EosFoxx. The book's list price is US$19.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Now also available in various e-book formats for $12.99 at Smashwords.
After the events of Transformations and More Terrible Than Chains, Forest Tales continues in this book entitled Other Trails Taken. It collects all the short stories based on the tales told by or to Chakat Forestwalker, and some of the stories based in their future. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 500 pages, and contains dozens of pieces of art! including a cover done by Taodog. The book's list price is US$25.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Now also available in various e-book formats for $16.99 at Smashwords.
Forest Tales collects all the short stories based on the tales told by or to Chakat Forestwalker. They detail events in hir life and that of hir family and friends, including Tales of the Foxtaur Clans, that culminate where the Transformations story begins. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 466 pages, and contains dozens of pieces of art! The book's list price is US$25.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Now available in various ebook formats for $16.99 from Smashwords.
Transformations, the story of a man transformed accidentally into a chakat, is now available as a paperback novel, professionally published by CreateSpace. Above is the Ursa Major Award winning cover art by Stephanie Stone a.k.a. Cybercat. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 162 pages, and contains 23 pieces of art! The book's list price is US$13.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead. Now available in various ebook formats for $8.99 from Smashwords.
Leanna's Story has now been collected into a paperback novel called More Terrible Than Chains, also published by CreateSpace. Above is the wraparound cover with art by Kacey Miyagami. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 360 pages, and contains 55 pieces of art! The book's list price is US$20.95, and worth a great deal more considering how much art I've invested in it. It is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead.
Now also available in various ebook formats for $13.99 at Smashwords.
URSA MAJOR AWARD winner!
The Journal of Pandora & Karl series has now been collected into one paperback novel called Life's Dream, professionally published by CreateSpace. Above is the wraparound cover with art by Heather Bruton. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 250 pages, and contains two dozen pieces of art! The book's list price is US$18.95 which is great value considering all the art in it. It is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead.
Now also available in various e-book formats for $12.99 at Smashwords.
Jazmyn's World is the story of a vixen morph who flees for her life, forced to leave behind her beloved Companion, and ending up in a strange new world where two-legged talking foxes are pure fiction. Now expanded from the original version which includes the Kayde sequel and more. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 212 pages, and contains fifteen pieces of art! The book's list price is US$16.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store.
Now also available in various e-book formats including Kindle for $10.99 at Smashwords.
A new author!
Step Softly, Speak Loudly is a new story based in the Chakat Universe, written and illustrated by James L. Brandt. The crew of the F.S.S. Viceroy has an enigma something is loose within the ship that is not only annoying the crew, but is also compromising a very sensitive cargo. The only one who is certain about this intruder is the most unassuming member of the crew the ship's cat. Can the orange tabby, Witney, solve the mystery and earn the respect of his crewmates in the bargain? The book is 5.25" x 8", has 90 pages, sells for US$9.95, and is currently available at CreateSpace's online store. Also available at Amazon.com.
P.S. - This is not a children's story! (But it does have chakats in it.)
This is the story of a changeling who seeks to take a new direction in his life after the events of "A Canterlot Wedding". Based on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe. The book is 6" x 9", has 144 pages, and contains 16 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$25.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, and also Amazon.com.
Sequel to Change of Life focusing on Dandelion, the firstborn daughter of a changeling. Follow highlights of her life from a newborn foal to a young adult, and discover her very unusual destiny. The book is 6" x 9", has 128 pages, and contains 12 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$25.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.
New release for 2014
The True Brew Café becomes the hub of interaction with undisguised changelings, and Frothy Brew must learn to cope, not to mention his customers and the local shopkeepers! The book is 6" x 9", has 154 pages, and contains 23 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$25.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.
I get more royalties from the publisher site, so if you're keen to buy these books, I would appreciate it if you try CreateSpace first. I will also be selling them in person at conventions.
A lot of hard work has been put into creating these stories and books, and a lot of my money invested in the art for them. Please show your appreciation for this by buying a copy. A book is for life!
Chakats are the creation of Bernard "Goldfur" Doove, and remain my intellectual property. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chakat Universe is also the creation of Bernard Doove. However, I wish to acknowledge that the contributions from many people who have written stories, created background material, and drawn illustrations which have all added immensely to my vision. These people include, but are definitely not limited to, Roy Pounds II, John Plunkett, Terry Knight, Kacey Miyagami, Boyce Kline, Leonardo Maffi, Mayra "Huskie" Boyle, and many, many others. Thanks go out to each and every one of you!
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