“Borderlands 2” was my perfect storm videogame. It came at the right time, had the right kind of humor and design sense, and offered me such a likable bastard of a playable character that, whenever I think of my favorite videogames, that one’s still in my top 3. It wasn’t just that Axton the Commando had a pet in the form of his handy, dandy autocannon, but he had a great voice, and a beautiful look. While he came with a prefabricated backstory, I wanted to give him something more. So much that I built a whole extended galaxy around him.
From Hell (A Love Story)
Axton’s story – at least the way I envisioned it – began in my Wild West-inspired space opera novel From Hell (A Love Story). While I’ve decided to archive that story, it remains one of the highlights of my fanfiction writing career.
Before Axton, I’d never written a main character who was not firmly heterosexual. Like all of my protagonists, his journey is one of discovery, mostly about himself. In his case, that journey took the form of finding love with another man. Of course, it’s also about guns, sex, and bounty hunting, in no small quantities. As a story, it’s an exercise in indulgence. One I loved every minute of.
From Hell (A Love Story) : A tale of how the Commando got his turret…and so much more. NSFW. [Now archived]
The Young Ones : Mordecai is annoyed; Brick gives him something else to think about. NSFW.