Fay Onyx

Fay Onyx is the producer and host of Writing Alchemy, a podcast that centers intersectional characters, including a fairy tale series that combines humor and magic with serious topics, and a tabletop role-playing series about the adventures of disabled and mentally divergent heroes. Hir intersecting experiences as a queer, disabled, neurodiverse genderqueer inspire the work ze does as a writer, artist, podcaster, game designer, and disability consultant. Right now, Fay is focusing on making tabletop role-playing games accessible to a broader range of people. Ze does this through the Writing Alchemy podcast, and by collecting accessibility resources, creating new resources, and designing Magic Goes Awry, a high fantasy role-playing system that is light on rules and heavy on magical mayhem.

Podcast

286 – Character Death Revisited

The Mythcreant Podcast

Sometimes, characters die. In some stories, characters die a lot. But is this good for the story? Does it add gravitas and realism, or is it just a cheap way to ruin everyone’s day? We discussed this topic way back in the day, but we’ve … read more »

Podcast

285 – Expanding Story Narratives

The Mythcreant Podcast

Long-running story tropes become long-running for a reason, but what if more was possible? What if we could reach outside the familiar and tell different kinds of stories? Not only would we get to experience something cool and different, but we might even make stories … read more »

Q&A

Is Playing a Disabled Necromancer Ableist?

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I am developing a character for a Curse of Strahd campaign that is a wheelchair user (for context, I’m an able-bodied person), and I’m worried about accidentally falling into ableist tropes. My character is a lawful evil necromancer working on kind of a Victor Frankenstein … read more »

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How Do I Describe Fat Characters Respectfully?

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I am having trouble with descriptive language for people, particularly big or fat or heavyweight people. What is some general advice you would have (or maybe a word bank? (if that wouldn’t be too much trouble)) on descriptive words for heavier weight people. I hope … read more »

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How Can I Make a Villain With a Disability Work?

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So another question for Fay Onyx. With villainous characters like Darth Vader & the Joker it seems like the best thing for the disability community is to focus on a single flawed element of the villain rather then an entire condition. But what if the … read more »

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How Should I Approach Disability in a Pirate Story?

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This question may actually be more for Fay Onyx, but let me know what you think. I’m working on a humorous not-at-all-realistic story where the main characters are pirates. If I have pirates with peg-legs, hooks, and eye-patches, then I support a stereotype about certain … read more »

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