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Certainties by Nomad

'It's common knowledge that to summon Death, you need skulls, rams' horns, dribbly candles, an octogram and a great deal of chanting. It's slightly less common knowledge that all you actually need are a few sticks and four cc of mouse blood, or possibly a fresh egg.' Nomad's got Pratchett's style down, and this reads just like a missing fragment of canon, with a pitch-perfect voice for Vetinari

[Added 29/10/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Discworld; Characters: Havelock Vetinari, Death, Rufus Drumknott, Sam Vimes]

The Importance of Being Mostly Human by Gogollescent

'Time stopped. Not in the literal and unromantic sense common to Susan's life, which if mapped chronologically would have looked like one of those graphs that tells you absolutely nothing about anything except the psychology of the grapher, and had none of the organizational advantages of people who really did have to live in the moment. Rather, Susan looked at Sam and felt the world slow.' Gogollescent weaves together threads from various novels to create a satisfying story that could easily have been written by Pratchett. Superb

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Discworld; Characters: Susan Sto Helit, Sybil Vimes, Sam Vimes Jr, Sam Vimes, Lobsang Ludd, Lu-Tze, Death, Angua von Uberwald, Willikins, Dorfl, Madam Frout]

One Sister Have I in Our House by Astro Knight

'The Weatherwaxes had always been highly attuned to magic. It was in the blood. / Lily took to it not so much like a fish to water but more like a match would to a fireworks factory.' A lovely braided story, focusing on Esme's differences from – and similarities to – her sister. The slight twist in the tail is a bonus

[Added 16/01/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Discworld; Characters: Esmerelda Weatherwax, Death, Lily Weatherwax, Gytha Ogg]

The Physician of Miracles and Death by Minutia R

'It's traditional when introducing a new student to a class in the middle of the year to stand him up in front of the first row of desks, right in the center. This allows the other students to size up his weak spots at their leisure, while all the new student can make out is a sea of nameless, scrutinizing eyes, and also the taste of whatever he had for breakfast at the back of his throat.' A wonderful blend of humour & melancholy, like the best of canon, marks this loose retelling of Godfather Death in the Discworld

[Added 14/04/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Discworld; Characters: Death, Susan Sto Helit, Death of Rats, father & son ('Godfather Death'); Crossover]

'Tis Impossible To Be Sure Of Any Thing by Karanguni

'There was almost a sense that he'd cheated somehow; as though seeing Death around the corner during some of his assignments was some kind of unfair advantage that the gods had extended a scholarship boy.' Winds neatly around canon to a perfect ending that could easily have been written by Pratchett

[Added 15/04/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Discworld; Characters: Moist von Lipwig, Havelock Vetinari, Death, Lu Tze, Rufus Drumknott, Leonardo da Quirm]