Badass Ladies of the JAGverse challenge by Enthusiastic Fish

*Issued by flootzavut*

Much as I enjoy the shows of the wider NCIS-verse, their treatment of women is frequently less than ideal. I'd love to read some stories which truly celebrate the wonderful female characters they created and don't trash, maim or kill them for the purposes of male character growth.

The story should include at least one main character (appears in the credits) from one of the JAGverse shows; if possible, being centred around a female main character is perfect, but it's not a requirement as long as you fulfil the basic premise of the challenge. If in doubt, ask.

It should also have at least a cameo/supporting role/thematic presence from one of the following characters:

Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie
Kate Todd
Kensi Blye
Henrietta "Hetty" Lange
Rachel Cranston
Kono Kalakaua

- purely because these are my very favourites of all our badass (in various ways) ladies (in order of appearance) and I want to see them get some love! (Doesn't have to be a big role; flying them in to use their particular expertise, communicating with them long distance, telling a story about an encounter with one of them (Hetty would be perfect for that...), remembering/being inspired by one of them. Or, if you're going AU, then you can use them how you like!) If you make one or more of them main characters, I'll be thrilled, but you don't have to; cameos are okay.

I don't know NOLA at all, so be aware that if you use characters from that show, I'm unaware of backgrounds and foibles; assume I know nothing, and you should be fine. (I'm hoping to see at least some of NOLA before I judge this, but safest to treat me as fandom-blind.) Besides that, I know the JAGverse characters in general pretty well.

I'm up to date through to NCIS season 11, but do have some idea of more recent happenings, so again, if in doubt, ask.

Pairings are welcome but not necessary. There are just a few relationships that are real no-goes for me:
- McGibbs, which creeps me out even (maybe especially) when it's done well (sorry!)
- these two come with the same caveat: Kono/Adam, and Mac/Brumby; stories featuring these two are only acceptable if the context is "she dumps his ass" (with an optional but very welcome side offering of "and she or someone else tells him what a jerkwad he is").

Besides that, well, you guys mostly know my favourite ships and you're welcome to butter me up by including things like Kibbs, McNozzo, McKono, Densi, but there's no requirement to do so! And there are lots of other relationships and friendships that I enjoy reading when they're well written and in character. I can't think of any others which outright make me go "ew, noooooo!" If in doubt, ask, but chances are it'll be okay.

I'm also very happy with gen, friendship, or team-as-family stories.

Genre: Whatever you want!

Recurring characters and OCs welcome.

Rating: I'm a wimp when it comes to extreme gore and I won't read torture porn because nightmares :shocked: but that's the only thing I have a problem with. Otherwise, just go for it, as long as you warn it appropriately.

Crossovers with one or more fandoms are very welcome. Please check whether I know the fandom, so you can write for the fandom blind if necessary, but I love a good crossover. JAGverse shows are obviously fair game, and if it's on my 'fandoms I know' list you don't have to worry about that. As usual, if in doubt, ask.

In the unlikely event I have a lot of entries (a girl can dream!) I may split the field in a way that seems appropriate to the entries I have.

You're welcome to enter your story into other challenge(s) as long as it's okay with the other challenger.

You can only get karma for three entries, but as far as I'm concerned, if you write six or sixteen stories for this challenge, that's fine with me! ;D You write it, I'll read it ;D

Due May 31st 2017.

I think I've included everything, but poke me if I missed something important!

Categories: Slash / Femslash, General, Het
Characters: Abby Sciuto, Caitlin "Kate" Todd, Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, Henrietta Lange, Kensi Blye, Meredith "Merri" Brody, Nell Jones, Rachel Cranston, Ziva David
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