Forest Tales
&
Pony Tracks.

Updated: 18 October 2016

This is the home of Forest Tales, a series of stories based on the lives of my chakat family. From humble beginnings, this has grown into a complex and imaginative collection of stories following different aspects of the Chakat Universe, with contributions from many other fine authors. I have also written a few non-chakat universe stories, including fanfics of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe, which I hope that you find equally interesting. Please read and enjoy!


NEWS!

If you would like to own a copy of any of my stories, as of 12th September 2016, there is a price reduction for all books, most by several dollars, and e-book prices are almost halved. If you've been thinking of buying a book, now is the time!

A note on paperback books - while Amazon might frequently discount book prices, it does so by taking it out of the author's share of the profits, not its own, so if you buy directly from Createspace instead of Amazon, I get a fairer share of the cut. I don't insist on it, but I hope you will consider it.

NEW! LATEST ADDITIONS NEW!

UPDATED 18/10/2016
The children of House Path have been whisked away by the inscrutable Doctor Hooves, and find themselves embroiled in a battle to preserve history as they know it. It takes a Quantum Gallop through time to even begin to understand how. (By Bernard Doove)

UPDATED 6/5/2016
In the years following the establishment of the House of Path, and the coming together as a herd by Twilight, Free, Path, and Roseclaw, there has been quite a lot of growth of both. Of course there are highlights and lowlights, and The Growing Years is a series of vignettes that tell these tales. The first is Renaissance where an old enemy pays a visit to one of the newest additions to Herd Path. (By Bernard Doove)
Now available in paperback format from CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.

ADDED 4/4/2016
Who do you call when airplanes full of transformed humans pop out of the time-stream, with their pilots no longer able to control them? The Aeronautical Returnee Rescue Response Squad! They will always bring them down to Safe Landings. [Set in the Ponies After People universe created by Starscribe.] (By Bernard Doove)

ADDED 27/3/2016
The reboot of “Tales of the Folly” begins with Chapter 1: Departure from the Norm. (By Allen Fesler)

ADDED 16/1/2016
Crimson Blaze has had a successful career in the Wonderbolts, and has risen in the ranks to be captain of his own squad. However, when the Shadowbolts attack, his secret is exposed, and everything that he worked for could be lost. Unchanging Loyalty is based in the Wonderverse by Calm Wind, and takes place during the events of his story, Piercing the Heavens. (By Bernard Doove)

ADDED 3/11/2015
When a cat-morph from the Folly picks a fight with a Rakshani Star Fleet Marine, all is Not What It Seems. (By Allen Fesler)

UPDATED 14/10/2015
Construction of the new hive at Ponyville has begun, but it's Free's instincts to breed that dominates House Path. It's time to beget the next generation in Chapter 20 of A Different Perspective. NOTE: An extended NSFW version with added surprises can be read here. (By Bernard Doove)

UPDATED 22/9/2013
While not strictly a story, this pictorial article on Building Chakona gives you more insight into the people and places of this world. Now expanded onto a second page (By Bernard Doove & Seth Triggs)


My stories have been provided completely free online for your enjoyment, and will always be available for free. However, they do take a lot of my time and effort, and I have hefty bills to pay, so if you would like to show your appreciation and help support the Chakat's Den, please consider sending a donation. The PayPal link button on the left would be the most convenient way to do so, and any donation would be hugely appreciated.

 

STORY INDEX
Story Notes
Chronological Listing

As I look back to my earlier stories, I notice how much my writing has improved. And yet I can't simply remove these stories because they contain so much relevant material for the later ones. I hope that new readers will persist with the series because I feel I have much more to offer in the later episodes.

The stories have a general theme, hence the different series names. They are:

Forest Tales

The main stories of these various series are the Forest Tales series. The theme is the life and loves of Chakat Forestwalker (Forest for short), and hir extended family. In these tales, I try to explore what it's like to be a chakat, and how they relate to others. I have attempted to cover the dramas, joys, tragedies, humour and all those other things that make up any person's life, and still put an unusual twist on things. This is an adult series, so occasional sex scenes occur in some stories. Sex is a part of life too, and it would be wrong to exclude it. However, I have done my best to make the scenes relevant and enjoyable.

The Admiral & The Chakat

The original stories were not written as such; they began as private email interactions between my characters and Boyce Kline's. However, it was felt that they would also make interesting stories, so I wrote them up properly. These started mostly as erotica pieces, but they also gave intriguing tidbits of information about Chakat customs and pleasures. Gradually the storyline converged with the main Forest Tales storyline, occasionally making reference to events happening, or had happened, in those episodes. The storylines merged completely at A&C#6 and continue on into FT#12.

Tales Of The Foxtaur Clans

Another spin-off series, this one focuses on the Foxtaurs of the Chakat Universe. Chakats may still cameo in these stories, but it will be the Foxtaurs who will be in the spotlight. All stories occur within the timeframe of the other stories and are listed in order with the other stories.

Adventures of the Pegasus

Stories based on and around the Pegasus, flagship of the First Fleet. The principle characters are Admiral Boyce Kline, Commander Chakat Midnight, First Officer Rosepetal Silpurr, Doctor M'Lai Saarath, Chief Engineer Chakat Sparks, and Navigator Lieutenant Murawrr.

Quickpaw: The College Years

Quickpaw relates tales of moments in hir life during hir college years and the events that led up to them. These are written by hir player, Christian Neumann.

Next Generations

Exactly what the title says – stories about the children and grandchildren of the characters in Forest Tales series.

The Chakat Universe

I have a number of stories that don't fit into the above categories but still belong next to them which I'll put here. Also, the number of stories that guest authors have been writing that fit into the timeline of my stories keeps growing. To help keep them in order, I am now listing them in the chronological list at right. Unlike the others though, there won't be links within them to the next chronological story. (WIP = Work In Progress - linked back to author's website until completed.)

The Colony

Another spin-off with a twist, The Colony features a large group of humans who were unwittingly drawn into an experimental society by persons unknown. 21st Century men, women and children were kidnapped and, while unconscious, changed into chakats and abandoned on another world in an apparent bizarre social experiment. These tales tell the stories of the various people caught up in this strange situation. The original concept of the Colony is by V. Ducain, but I and others have written our own short stories for it also.

 
Not all stories from guest writers fit into the chronological listing for various reasons, so be sure to check out the complete story listings underneath this table.

Please be advised that many of the stories, both mine and guest authors, contain adult material. While I do not have outright pornography in this archive, relevant sexual scenes are part of many of these tales.

And finally, here's a list of reference articles:

An Introduction To Chakats is the original reference for the physiological and psychological make-up of chakats, as well as an overview of their history.

The Cast:  A list of characters to help you keep track of who's who.


The Lonely Stellar Guide To Chakona is an informative article that is a must-read if you plan to visit this fascinating world.

Sapient Species: A list with descriptions of some of the sapient species found in the Chakat Universe.

Foxtaur Facts: History and information on the foxtaur species.

The Stellar Foxtaurs are the newest taurs of the Chakat Universe. Find out more about them!

Skunktaurs: An article by Bob Reijns detailing the history of the chakat-kin skunktaurs.

Herm Haven: The Double H Club, a.k.a. Herm Haven, is there to serve the needs of the herm community. You too can join!

Building Chakona: A pictorial article on Chakona and its inhabitants. (With Seth Triggs)

Infrequently Asked Questions: Is there a question that hasn't been answered by one of the above articles? Check out the IAQ!

Timeline:  Keep track of what happened when and to whom!

Time & Date Converter: Converts between Terran and Chakonan calendars. (Excel spreadsheet)

 
  Forest Tales #1: Reunion
  Forest Tales #2: Partnerships
  Forest Tales #3: Fulfillment
  Forest Tales #4: Family
  Forest Tales #5: Recreation
  Admiral & Chakat #1: Closer Relationships
  Admiral & Chakat #2: The Glade.
  Admiral & Chakat #3: Ceremony.
  Forest Tales #6: Goldfur's Story
  Forest Tales #7: Garrek's Story
  Admiral & Chakat #4: Good Clean Fun
  Admiral & Chakat #5: The Glade Revisited
  Forest Tales #8: Birth
  Forest Tales #9: Clans
  Forest Tales #10: Crisis
  Forest Tales #11: Lessons
  Admiral & Chakat #6: Truths
  Forest Tales #12: Mates
  Forest Tales #13: Ketta's Fate
  Forest Tales #14: Midnight Incident
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #1: Malena's Choice
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #2: Ketta's Christmas
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #4: A Busy Day
  Quickpaw, The College Years #2: The Gift
  Admiral & Chakat #7: Games of Life & Love
  Admiral & Chakat #8: Becoming As One
  Forest Tales #15: Unthinkable Deeds
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #3: Harvest Ceremony
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #5: Obligation
  Forest Tales #16 – #18: Transformations (NOVEL)
  Forest Tales #19: Conclusions
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #15 – #17: Savannah's Journey
  Pegasus: Midnight's Methods
  Forest Tales #20 – #27: More Terrible Than Chains (NOVEL)
  Pegasus: Unwanted Re-acquaintance
  Pegasus: The Right Stuff
  Forest Tales #28: Disastrous Decision
  Forest Tales #29: Transitions
  Forest Tales #29A: Introspections
  Forest Tales #30: Meanwhile...
  Forest Tales #34: Musical Climax
  Forest Tales #31: What You See Is Me
  Forest Tales #32: A Swift Decision
  Forest Tales #33: And The Children Shall Lead
  Forest Tales #35: Whatever The Cost
  Forest Tales #36: In The Family Way
  The Chakat Universe: Danzhouken
  Quickpaw, The College Years #3: A Matter of Viewpoint
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #18: Briar Patch
  Quickpaw, The College Years #1: Winds Of Fate
  The Chakat Universe: Flight of the Star Phoenix (NOVEL)
  The Chakat Universe: A Phoenix Christmas
  Forest Tales: Little Cub Lost
  Tales of the Foxtaur Clans #6 – #14: Life's Dream (NOVEL)
  Next Generations: Piece Of Mind
  Next Generations: Stargazer's Folly
  Next Generations: It Takes Three


Chakat Stories By Other Authors


 
  The Chakat Universe: Coming Home Again
  The Chakat Universe: Academy Tails
  The Chakat Universe: Lost!
  The Chakat Universe: The Gambit Solution
  The Chakat Universe: Folly - The Curse   (Latest chapter: 17)
  The Chakat Universe: The Package
  The Chakat Universe: At Home Again
  The Chakat Universe: Chicken Soup For The Would-Be Chakat Soul
  The Chakat Universe: Real Chakats Don't Need Instructions
  The Chakat Universe: In Search Of Domestic Bliss
  The Chakat Universe: Near Enough Is Never Good Enough
  The Chakat Universe: Truths And Responsibilities
  The Chakat Universe: Bound To Play
  The Chakat Universe: Night's Daughter (Non-canon)
  The Chakat Universe: Star Dancer
  The Chakat Universe: A Chance Encounter
  The Chakat Universe: The Ties That Bind
  The Chakat Universe: Retribution
  The Chakat Universe: Star Dancer: Reunions
  The Chakat Universe: The Daedalus Incident
  The Chakat Universe: Echo Lance
  The Chakat Universe: White Christmas
  The Chakat Universe: Baby Sitting
 

 
  The Colony: The Colony - Parts 1 to 11
  The Colony: Taurger By The Tale
  The Colony: Lessons
  The Colony: In Search Of Identity
  The Colony: The Loner - part 1 & part 2
  The Colony: Gazing
  The Colony: A Letter From Cinderflurry
  The Colony: Campfire Xenobiology
  The Colony: Interlude In The Dispensory


My Non-Chakat Universe Stories:


The Wish and its sequel, Second Chance, feature a bear morph who makes a careless wish. Both contain erotica.

Jazmynís World is the tale of a vixen-morph alone in a strange new world.  

MLP Stories:

Change of Life, is a story about Whirring Cogs, a changeling in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe, who just wants to be an ordinary pegasus. It's a pity Queen Chrysalis had other ideas.

Growing Up Dandy is the sequel to Change of Life focusing on Cogs’ daughter, Dandelion.

The Best Present is a one-shot Hearth’s Warming Eve story that happens early during the early part of "Growing Up Dandy".

Conversations In A Canterlot Café takes place concurrently with the latter part of "Change Of Life" / early part of "Growing Up Dandy". Changelings have started to become a common sight in Canterlot, much to the dismay of Frothy Brew.

A Different Perspective is needed when an earth pony named Long Path realises that many ponies are bigoted against other species. Setting out with his best friend, a griffon named Free Agent, and their sponsor, Twilight Sparkle, they seek to learn about other species and cultures. Adventure, laughter, and love ensue. (Click here for adult-rated epilogue version)

The Growing Years is a series of vignettes that take place after "A Different Perspective".

Quantum Gallop follows the children of House Path as they struggle to correct history. This is the sequel to "The Growing Years".

Unchanging Loyalty is a short story about an unusual Wonderbolt that takes place during Calm Wind's tale, "Piercing the Heavens".

Safe Landings is a series of stories set in the Ponies After People universe created by Starscribe, featuring a very special aeronautical rescue squad.

The following Chakat Universe stories are by other authors. Please note that some of the stories may contain characters and/or situations that are not canonical for the Chakat Universe. Nevertheless you should enjoy them for the different perspectives that they can bring, or they may be just plain fun.

 

Story Discussions & News
 
Readers are invited to participate in discussions on any of the stories on this page, or get more deeply involved in world-building and discussing aspects of the Chakat Universe. Come over to the Chakat Heaven Yahoo group for these, news, or just to socialise with other chakat fans. What did you like about the stories? What didn't you like? Do you have any suggestions? Join up and let us know!
If you wish to talk to Bernard Doove directly, send an email to goldfur@chakatsden.com or contact Goldfur on Google+.

Paperback books and e-books available!

Cover art for Flight of the Star Phoenix Flight of the Star Phoenix is a new storyline set in the Chakat Universe that follows the adventures of Martin Yote and his crew as they face the challenges of a small commercial shipping company, and in doing so, find themselves a place to belong. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 388 pages, and contains copious illustrations, including a cover done by Kacey Miyagami. The book's list price is US$17.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Available also in various ebook formats for $7.99 from Smashwords.
Winner of the URSA MAJOR AWARD for Best Anthropomorphic Novel of 2012!

 

Cover art for Forest Tales Forest Tales collects all the short stories based on the tales told by or to Chakat Forestwalker. They detail events in hir life and that of hir family and friends, including Tales of the Foxtaur Clans, that culminate where the Transformations story begins. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 466 pages, and contains dozens of pieces of art! The book's list price is US$19.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Available also in various ebook formats for $8.99 from Smashwords.

 

Cover art for Life's Dream Transformations, is the story of a man who is transformed accidentally into a chakat, and who must now learn how to live with a new body, new social interactions, and a new sexuality. The Ursa Major Award winning cover art is by Stephanie Stone a.k.a. Cybercat. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 162 pages, and contains 23 pieces of art! The book's list price is US$12.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead. Now available in various ebook formats for $4.99 from Smashwords.

 

Cover art for Life's Dream Leanna's Story has been collected into a paperback novel called More Terrible Than Chains. An unusual slave fennec morph must learn what it means to be a free person, but there are many who are more than willing to help hir achieve hir full potential. The wraparound cover art is by Kacey Miyagami. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 360 pages, and contains 55 pieces of art! The book's list price is US$17.95, and worth a great deal more considering how much art I've invested in it. It is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead.
Now also available in various ebook formats for $6.99 at Smashwords.

 

Cover art for Other Trails Taken After the events of Transformations and More Terrible Than Chains, Forest Tales continues in this book entitled Other Trails Taken. It collects all the short stories based on the tales told by or to Chakat Forestwalker, and some of the stories based in their future. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 500 pages, and contains dozens of pieces of art! including a cover done by Taodog. The book's list price is US$19.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Also available in various e-book formats for $8.99 at Smashwords.

 

Cover art for Tales From the Chakat Universe Away from the events of the main Forest Tales storyline, important and exciting events are happening. In Tales from the Chakat Universe, enjoy several stories of Foxtaurs, Rakshani, Caitians, and of course Chakats. But that's just the first half of the book! In the second half, for the first time, you can read all the facts and history of the Chakat Universe, including the original Introduction To Chakats and the Lonely Stellar Guide to Chakona. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 320 pages, and contains many illustrations, including a cover done by EosFoxx. The book's list price is US$16.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Also available in various e-book formats for $6.99 at Smashwords.

 

Cover art for Life's Dream The Journal of Pandora & Karl series has been collected into one paperback novel called Life's Dream. Follow the story of a foxtaur vixen and a human male as their lives entwine. Wraparound cover art by Heather Bruton. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 250 pages, and contains two dozen pieces of art! The book's list price is US$15.95 which is great value considering all the art in it. It is available through CreateSpace's online store, or try Amazon.com instead.
Now also available in various e-book formats for $6.99 at Smashwords.
URSA MAJOR AWARD winner!

 

Cover art for Step Softly, Speak Loudly Step Softly, Speak Loudly is a story based in the Chakat Universe, written and illustrated by James L. Brandt. The crew of the F.S.S. Viceroy has an enigma – something is loose within the ship that is not only annoying the crew, but is also compromising a very sensitive cargo. The only one who is certain about this intruder is the most unassuming member of the crew – the ship's cat. Can the orange tabby, Witney, solve the mystery and earn the respect of his crewmates in the bargain? The book is 5.25" x 8", has 90 pages, sells for US$7.95, and is currently available at CreateSpace's online store. Also available at Amazon.com.
P.S. - This is not a children's story! (But it does have chakats in it.)

 

Cover art for Jazmyn's World Jazmyn's World is the story of a vixen morph who flees for her life, forced to leave behind her beloved Companion, and ending up in a strange new world where two-legged talking foxes are pure fiction. Now expanded from the original version which includes the Kayde sequel and more. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 212 pages, and contains fifteen pieces of art! The book's list price is US$13.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store. Alternatively if you are unwilling to deal with CreateSpace, try Amazon.com instead. Also available in various e-book formats including Kindle for $5.99 at Smashwords.

 

Cover art for Change of Life Change of Life is the story of a changeling who seeks to take a new direction in his life after the events of "A Canterlot Wedding". Based on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe. The book is 6" x 9", has 144 pages, and contains 16 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$20.95 (due to colour printing) and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, and also Amazon.com.

 

Cover art for Growing Up Dandy Sequel to Change of Life, Growing Up Dandy focuses on Dandelion, the firstborn daughter of a changeling. Follow highlights of her life from a newborn foal to a young adult, and discover her very unusual destiny. The book is 6" x 9", has 128 pages, and contains 12 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$20.95 (due to colour printing) and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.

 

Cover art for Conversations in a Canterlot Cafe In Conversations in a Canterlot Cafe, the True Brew Café becomes the hub of interaction with undisguised changelings, and Frothy Brew must learn to cope, not to mention his customers and the local shopkeepers! The book is 6" x 9", has 154 pages, and contains 23 pieces of full colour art by Kat Miller. The book's list price is US$20.95 (due to colour printing) and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.

 

Cover art for A Different Perspective Long Path, an earth pony, and his best friend, a griffon named Free Agent, team up with Twilight Sparkle in a project to try to better understand other races and cultures. Along the way, they find drama, laughter, and love. Little do they know that the fate of Equestria itself might rest with them and their ability to appreciate A Different Perspective. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 534 pages, and contains 45 pieces of art by Kat Miller, Baron Engel, and others. The book's list price is US$21.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.

 

Cover art for The Growing Years New release for 2016

After Long Path, Free Agent, Roseclaw, and Twilight Sparkle established the House of Path, and fought the Siege of the Crystal City, the founders settled in to build their House's influence and power. However, of greater importance to them were their children. The Growing Years features vignettes in the lives of Lucida, Epiphany, Blue Streak, Destined Path, Flix, and others as they grow from foals to adults, encountering both highlights and lowlights. Their lives are filled with drama, laughter, adventure, and love as they head toward their destinies. This book is the sequel to A Different Perspective. The book is 5.25" x 8", has 256 pages, and contains fifteen illustrations by Kat Miller, with cover art by GrayPaint. The book's list price is US$16.95 and it is available through CreateSpace's online store, as well as Amazon.com.

 


I get more royalties from the publisher site, so if you're keen to buy these books, I would appreciate it if you try CreateSpace first. I will also be selling them in person at conventions. A lot of hard work has been put into creating these stories and books, and a lot of my money invested in the art for them. Please show your appreciation for this by buying a copy. A book is for life!

 


Chakats are the creation of Bernard "Goldfur" Doove, and remain my intellectual property. Email me at goldfur@chakatsden.com

The Chakat Universe is also the creation of Bernard Doove. However, I wish to acknowledge that the contributions from many people who have written stories, created background material, and drawn illustrations which have all added immensely to my vision. These people include, but are definitely not limited to, Roy Pounds II, John Plunkett, Terry Knight, Kacey Miyagami, Boyce Kline, Leonardo Maffi, Mayra "Huskie" Boyle, Seth Triggs, and many, many others. Thanks go out to each and every one of you!


 
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