Caught up with this wonderful series at last—amazing work, I’m really enjoying! What a wonderful and creative way to use the seasonal prompts—autumn bingo, Halloween prompts, Holiday tropes—and take them in some interesting and unexpected directions! “Battling Winter”: this was just the story I needed in the bitter Northern Tier cold! Wonderful synthesis of the Besalisk, their unique many-armed anatomy, and their winterlocked homeworld (except for that one storied spot), and I love seeing Dex in the role of storyteller and “ambassador” of sorts for his people and culture, not just a big guy who cooks. Love, too, how this story sets the stage for all the others, and how, thanks to both Vestri and Dex, the diner becomes the site of cultural learning and exchange. “For Love of Mother Jungle”: Wow, you REALLY took the “Harvest Moon” prompt (and the other autumn prompts) in a very interesting direction with this tale of stewardship of nature! Oodu’s visions and dialogue with Mother Jungle are just amazing—love a good vision scene! I got definite Lorax vibes from this, but it was more positive than The Lorax in many ways, because the focus was on what COULD be done rather than on the dire “what will happen” warnings. So beautiful that the Ithorians were able to find a way to travel throughout the galaxy (and they are, indeed, one of those SW species we see all over) while still showing their love and care for the Mother Jungle that gave them birth. (And it was a necessary thing, as we see—that really packed a punch!) Plus, how wonderful that even Vestri gets to participate in her landlady’s stewardship of Ithor, too, in some small way, by caring for the Donar plant. Beautiful work! “On Wings of Change”: This was really cool and unexpected—a chapter from the natural history of Coruscant, of all places, possibly the last planet one would think of as having any “natural history” at all! (And yet, even on our earth, there are also species that prefer living in built-up, urban environments—peregrine falcons and some swallows, for example.) Amazing job totally transforming those Halloween prompts, with those scary-looking “poison”-looking jars actually becoming something that helps transform the bats in a life-giving way to help them live in their new environment. And it’s good that Vestri had at least one sympathetic listener of the two, though hopefully they both learned something new about their planet of residence! (I certainly did, and it looks like Dex might have, as well!) If there’s anyone who can give an ecumenopolis like Coruscant a myth and a natural history, it’s you—great work. “Differences in Doctrine”: This was so creative—a droid legend! And about this mysterious “Maker” who keeps coming up in their paths and expressions, too—love how you turned that into their creation story. (I was reminded of the robots’ religion in the adventure game Primordia by Wadjet Eye Games, in which “Man” is a divinity—an amazing game that I highly recommend.) Fun touch of “The Three Little Pigs” in there, too (very clever way to work in “scarecrow”). The differences of opinion and doctrine really made me smile, and I smiled an especially big smile at the reference to the Gonk droid cult; haven’t seen that in a very long time! And the DISHWASHER! :rotfl: That was just the crowning touch—I know mine (a Bosch 300 Series) has some opinions of its own! And then silly old Dex steps in just as we’re about to hear what I’m sure is a very thought-provoking dissenting opinion. Great job and so creative—it would be amazing to see you go further into the realm of droid mythology sometime (and introduce us to that esteemed dishwasher)! “Holiday Fare”: Great to see this series continuing into the winter holiday prompts—loved your creative dual use of the “fruitcake” prompt and your translation fo the whole fruitcake phenomenon into the GFFA! Wow, that Dorver, what a pompous whatnot—loved the way Vestri so diplomatically takes him down with the help of the wartroom-ton and its purported independent motion abilities! A most successful experiment, I would say. I love how it helps get her through her various trials and tribulations with relatives and their matchmaking attempts, but also that it’s a source of fun and bonding in its way and that the local kids got some fun out of it, too. And wow, that was definitely a very interesting and unexpected proposal from Adrick! But he definitely seems like a nice fellow—much more so than Dorver or those other guys Vestri mentioned—and he and Vestri definitely do have some good commonalities even with their species difference. I enjoyed the “meta” reference back to Dex’s tale from “Battling Winter”; that was a fun way to bring things “full circle,” so to speak, and it looks like it made a very favorable impression on Vestri’s Gungan audience, not just Adrick. Fun final touch to see that the wartroom-ton finally gets some enthusiastic consumers in the falumpasets; eager to see now if Dex will follow up on that potential new market! Great job combining the prompts on a very unique winter holiday tale! I’m definitely here if these stories continue!