Forest Tales
&
Other Stories.

Updated: 25 October 2014

Welcome!

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 which I hope that you find equally interesting. Please read and enjoy!

Winner of the URSA MAJOR AWARD for the Best Anthropomorphic Novel for 2012!
My book, Flight of the Star Phoenix, won the Ursa Major Award for 2012, and you can get your copy too!
See details underneath the story listings for this and my other novels.

NEW! Several paperback books are now available in various e-book formats. See novels list.


NEW! LATEST ADDITIONS NEW!

ADDED 25/10/2014
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)

ADDED 19/10/2014
Neal Foster gives his young crew lessons on Playing The Game when they stop at Carlsbad Station. (By Allen Fesler)

ADDED 19/10/2014
When Prey Versus Predator, be sure you know which one you are. (By Allen Fesler)

ADDED 19/10/2014
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)

ADDED 8/5/2014
Dandelion is a pegasus filly, firstborn daughter to Cogs and Lavender, and a joy to them both. As a changeling though, Cogs had no experience with raising pony foals, so when a problem arises, he often has to wing it. Sometimes the solutions are more creative than others, and sometimes the problems are unique. After all, how many fillies have a changeling parent? Growing Up Dandy is a series of stories that are a sequel to Change Of Life. (By Bernard Doove)

ADDED 14/4/2014
As Blackrose discovers more of hir past, it turns out that shi was something of a Gun Nut. (By Chakat Blackrose)

ADDED 14/4/2014
Blackrose leaves the Folly to begin hir training as a Star Fleet Marine. How will hir past life affect hir during the Academy Years? (By Chakat Blackrose)

ADDED 1/3/2013
Never argue with mercenary traders when they offer to help... For Profit of course! (By Allen Fesler)

ADDED 8/2/2014
Cindy has trust issues with her new foster parent, but Captain Foster reckons it's a matter of Getting To Know You to put her at ease. (By Allen Fesler)

ADDED 27/1/2014
Arrak is a Caitian with a secret burden that causes him to leave his home planet and emmigrate to Chakona, but can his new life there help him find Piece of Mind? (By Bernard Doove)

ADDED 27/1/2014
Cubs will be cubs, especially on A Stormy Afternoon. (By Allen Fesler)

ADDED 5/10/2013
Chapter 17 of the continuing saga of the Folly is now available. (By Allen Fesler)

ADDED 2/1/2014
Zevan was a loyal changeling and always did his queen's bidding, although he quietly questioned why changelings should end centuries of secret but peaceful intermingling with the pony population. After being expelled from Canterlot by the irresistible force of love and badly injured after crash-landing in trees, he had to reconsider his future. Ponies knew that changelings existed now, and the only example of them was Chrysalis' attempt to overthrow Celestia and their attack on Canterlot's population. His kind would be pariahs for the foreseeable future and maybe even their disguises would not keep them safe. In his alter-ego of an average pegasus named Whirring Cogs, he begins to build a new life for himself, but discovers that life outside of the hive can have many surprises, many pleasant but a few not so much. A unicorn mare with a broken horn might truly be a Change of Life for him though. (By Bernard Doove)

(Story is based in the MLP: FiM universe, and starts just before the events of the TV episode: "A Canterlot Wedding".)

UPDATED 22/9/2013
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. However, they do take a lot of my time 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.

 

FOREST TALES & RELATED STORIES
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:

Forest Tales

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.

Next Generations

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.)

The Colony

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)



Russian translations: Forest Tales is being translated into Russian by Redgerra and Fossa.

 
  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: Transformations, Part One
  Forest Tales #17: Transformations, Part Two
  Forest Tales #18: Transformations, Part Three
  Forest Tales #19: Conclusions
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #15: Savannah's Journey, part 1: A Bad Start
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #16: Savannah's Journey, part 2: A Fair Trade
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #17: Savannah's Journey, part 3: Knowing Me, Knowing You
  Pegasus: Midnight's Methods
  Forest Tales #20: Leanna's Story, part 1: Perilous Freedom
  Forest Tales #21: Leanna's Story, part 2: Unexpected Revelations
  Forest Tales #22: Leanna's Story, part 3: Problems and Solutions
  Forest Tales #23: Leanna's Story, part 4: Getting To Know You
  Forest Tales #24: Leanna's Story, part 5: Future Courses
  Forest Tales #25: Leanna's Story, part 6: One Perfect Day
  Forest Tales #26: Leanna's Story, part 7: Growing Closer, Pulled Apart
  Forest Tales #27: Leanna's Story, part 8: A New Home
  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 Phoenix #1 – Crew Review
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #2 – Unexpected Baggage
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #3 – Passenger Peril
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #4 – Mouse Machinations
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #5 – Plague Plot
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #6 – Asteroid Adversity
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #7 – Changes
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #8 – Side Trip
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #9 – To Snare A Firebird
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #10 – Children! Children!
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #11 – Encounters
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #12 – Faleshkarti Catch-22
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Phoenix #13 – The Final Challenge
  The Chakat Universe: A Phoenix Christmas
  Forest Tales: Little Cub Lost
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #6: Unexpected Attractions
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #7: Family Matters
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #8: The Rival
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #9: The Great Drought
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #10: Miracles Can Happen
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #11: Growing Pains
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #12: Culture Clashes
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #13: Tod's Choice
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #14: Life's Dream
  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: Scent Of A Rose (WIP)
  The Chakat Universe: Folly - The Curse Chapter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 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: The Price (WIP)
  The Chakat Universe: Hands Across The Sky (WIP)
  The Chakat Universe: A Chance Encounter
  The Chakat Universe: A Long-Awaited Encounter (WIP)
  The Chakat Universe: The Ties That Bind
  The Chakat Universe: Change Of Life (WIP)
  The Chakat Universe: Retribution
  The Chakat Universe: Star Dancer: Reunions
  The Chakat Universe: Till Death Do Us Part (WIP)
  The Chakat Universe: The Witch of November (WIP)
  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:

These are The Wish and its sequel, Second Chance, both of which contain erotica.

Jazmyn, a tale of a vixen-morph alone in a strange new world. Episode 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Kayde, a sequel to Jazmyn. Episode 2, 3, 4

More Jazmyn stories: Filling A Hole

The REAL Adventures of Jaik, a parody of the Jazmyn story.

Change of Life, a story about a 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 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.

 

Story Discussions & Notifications
 
Readers are invited to participate in discussions on any of the stories on this page (or indeed any in the same genre). Discuss story-writing and how to improve your own at the Anthrolitarts Yahoo group (Anthro Life Literary Arts Huddle).

On the other hand, if you want to get more deeply involved in world-building and discussing aspects of the Chakat Universe, come over to the Chakat Heaven Yahoo group. 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 be informed of any new additions to this page, I have a mailing list for this purpose. Please send an email to me with your name and preferred email address in the body. I will send out a basic notification to everybody on that list whenever I do an update.

Paperback books available!
Winner of the URSA MAJOR AWARD for Best Anthropomorphic Novel for 2012!
Cover art for Flight of the Star Phoenix

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.
Cover art for Tales From the Chakat Universe

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.
Cover art for Other Trails Taken

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.
Cover art for Forest Tales

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.
Cover art for Life's Dream

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.
Cover art for Life's Dream

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!
Cover art for Life's Dream

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.
Cover art for Jazmyn's World

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!
Cover art for Step Softly, Speak Loudly

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.)
Updated for 2104
Cover art for Change of Life

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.
New release for 2014
Cover art for Growing Up Dandy

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.
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!

 

Magazines & Stuff!
GOLDFUR'S STORY
Cover art for Goldfur's Story

This is the comic book adaptation of Forest Tales #6 which Kacey Miyagami drew and I laid out, lettered and printed. 13 pages of great comic art plus two bonus illustrations by Roy D. Pounds II. Amateur Press. Published by The Chakat's Den. A4 size.   US$7.00
SAVANNAH'S JOURNEY
Cover art for Savannah's Journey

My three part story of Savannah's Journey is collected into this magazine. 48 pages plus covers of story including 18 illustrations plus two glossy full colour pieces. Amateur Press. Published by The Chakat's Den. A4 size.   US$12.00

Please note: This story has now been collected into the paperback book – "Tales From The Chakat Universe". The only real difference is that the illustrations are in greyscale in the book version.
GOLDFUR CLOISONNE
 
 
Goldfur cloisonne pin

How would you like to take a chakat home?
David Bliss has transformed his art of Goldfur into these great cloisonne pins. Click the image to find out more!

 

Chakats are the creation of Bernard "Goldfur" Doove, and remain my intellectual property. Email me at goldfur@chakatsden.com

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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