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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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 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 »