The Talisman of Yulo

Talisman of YuloThere exist, in the TG fiction world, many stories and captions about the Medallion of Zulo. Surely, you might think, that whole concept has been done to death—or has it? What happens when black-ops security services like the CIA get their little mitts on a magical device that can turn anybody into anyone else? The short answer is: plenty, and lots of it! So here’s a brief tale about that idea, combined with the venerable (and possibly also done-to-death, but oh-maybe-not) son-turns-into-his-mother concept. Enjoy!

There’s not really much difference, in terms of logic and realism, between the good old Medallion of Zulo and other TG transformation tropes such as the Great Shift or the Gender Wave. So I’m sure some of you are wondering why I’m not adverse to using the Medallion from time to time, whereas I wouldn’t be caught dead writing about the GS/GW. Well, I won’t keep you in suspense. The difference is actually fairly apparent: the Medallion operates on one or two people at a time, while the GS/GW are mass events that affect vast swathes of the population all at once. With a nice limited (or cozy) little transformation, the story is free to focus on the change in one character’s life; both in physical terms and in how he (now she) adapts to her new life and circumstances. That’s what TG fiction is all about! However, when huge numbers of people are being transformed, the story simply cannot ignore the effects on the larger society. I won’t belabor the point, but mass changes mean huge disruptions to the social, economic and political fabric of the entire planet. Any story (or caption, more often) that ignores all that… well, let’s just say it strains this reader’s willingness to suspend disbelief way past the breaking point. That’s why I prefer a cozy transformation. ‘Nuff said!


4 thoughts on “The Talisman of Yulo

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  2. An unusual story, but quite nice. Everyone gets what they want, or comes to want what they get. Except for the American agents found by the Russians, perhaps…

    • You’re right, it’s an outlier; an oddball. It started from that pic and my thought that it was a son confused to find himself turned into his mother, and just sort of flowed from there. I make no claim that this story has a well-crafted plot arc or anything like that; I was just curious to see how it all turned out. I was as surprised as anyone when the principal characters all got happy endings. Who knew? (Not me.)

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