What's a "Shipper"?
A "shipper" is someone who believes in a particular relationship between two parties. As far as anyone can tell me, the termapparently originated with the fans of Star Trek: The Original Series who were partial to the Kirk/Spock relationship.
A Xena/Ares Shipper is one who believes that the relationship between Xena, Warrior Princess, and Ares, God of War, goes deeper than physical attraction. This does not necessarily discount any other relationships that Xena and Ares may have; it simply means that person believes in their relationship.
About This Library:
The Xena/Ares Fan Fiction Library houses a large number of hand picked fan fiction stories dedicated to showing the many facets of the Xena, Warrior Princess, and Ares, God of War, relationship. Some stories may focus primarily on characters other than Xena and/or Ares, but each shows something of the relationship. These stories are all in the English language, but come from all over the world. Be certain to read the "Library Site Notes" before you start too heavily into the fictions. There are certain things there that may help make your reading experience more enjoyable.
It also houses fan fiction "challenges". A "challenge" is an idea issued by a person to be written about by the other people that frequent the area where the challenge is posted. These challenges are not contests, but invitations for creativity. Shipper Talk over at the Xena Online Community is where you'll find a good share of the authors of the challenges we host here. (More about Shipper Talk a little lower in this page under "Acknowledgements")
The wallpapers, montages, or other items found here in the Audio/Visual section are there for your pleasure and may be downloaded for your personal use. If you would like to host them on your website, please take the time to email the artists and ask for permission to do so. They work hard to bring these beautiful pictures to life and asking shows your respect for their time and effort.
The Periodicals section doesn't have anything in it as of yet. We hope to change that relatively soon.
On the main pages, the menu is at the top of the page. On the fictions, there will be navigation at the bottom of each page, or you may right click on the page to bring up a more extensive menu.
Acknowledgements and Thank Yous:
Thank You also to all those who have let us host their fiction, wallpapers, montages and other items of interest. And those who have contributed to such things as the challenges. Without you, there would be no content here - worse, there would be little or no X/A Shipper fandom. You are the lifeblood.
Another huge Thank You goes to those who frequent Shipper Talk at the Xena Online Community forums - these shipper fans pump new life into every idea and share their creativity with all who wish to talk about this fascinating relationship. If you're a shipper and want to chat, please visit Shipper Talk. If you just want to talk about the show and the characters in general, the Xena Online Community forums will welcome you.
The graphics on this site include screen caps from Mike Quick and Tom Simpson's XenaFan.Com as well as my own. Thank you to all those who provide these for use. (Be certain to check out Mike Quick's wallpapers while you're here.)
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