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.

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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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How Can I Make My World Accommodating to Disabled People?

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I am writing a non-magical fantasy story set in a low-tech world that is primarily composed of city-states with limited regional authority. I am trying to work out what kinds of seemingly realistic accommodations could/would be in place for disabled people. Culturally, I am trying … read more »

Podcast

234 – Harmful Disability Tropes

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More than one in ten Americans is disabled, making it one of the largest marginalized groups in the country. Even so, storytellers often have a really difficult time portraying disabled characters. We want to change that, so this episode is all about the most problematic … read more »

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232 – Avoiding the Fridge

The Mythcreant Podcast

Fiction has a long history of sacrificing marginalized characters to further the arcs of privileged characters, but these days we have a name for that: fridging. Most of us understand that fridging is bad, but why is it bad? And once we understand that, what … read more »

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