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Ridha of the Old World

Ridha al-Madrasi, a young war-refugee, must unravel an ancient demon's continent-spanning mystery to be freed of its curse, while also unraveling and healing from their own past, lest they fall victim to either. Each episode they take a step closer, yet are only reminded of how far they'll have to go.

  • Peirson "Maddy" Yaukey
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Writer Biography - Peirson "Maddy" Yaukey

Maddy Dunn (birth-name Peirson Yaukey) is a disabled, queer, non-binary, and neurodivergent unrepresented writer. Lifelong passion, lived experience, and life-initiated development fuels their writing and motivates them to be a career showrunner highlighting the necessity of diverse backgrounds in writing. Someone born in New Orleans, they draw inspiration from their personal experiences of matters like disability, sexuality, gender, depression, anxiety, psychosis, and domestic abuse - and from the people they've become close to in life, even more - along with building towns with rich histories and cultures. When not writing, they enjoy watching and analyzing well-made media, cooking, local political activism, and hosting their own Dungeons and Dragons campaigns.

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I (with my sibling and mother) have a chronic illness that's been hard to diagnose the last 7 years, giving me only a few hours to sit and stand upright each day (writing on my phone and talking while laying on my side or back when I can't anymore, there's a lot disabled people can think to do when hitting a barrier).

I originally entered college for Game Development but havd to drop out and restart my career when my chronic illness became disabling, cause me to drop out for several years, and question what I want from life restarting from square one, and that is to improve others' lives through storytelling. I've seen sweeping evil's face: convincing an abusive father to take our unresponsive mother to the hospital when she was entering sepsis, hearing doctors say it saved her life, and then having to do it five more times before we could get away - then having to convince her that her husband should not have almost killed her several times, and that he - an esteemed biology professor - knew better after the first time. But this was not rare or special - these experiences are sadly horrifyingly common, even today.

I have the neurotic notetaking and calculatory mind needed to keep a show under-budget and research my subject matters, I intend to make a career pushing boundaries until they break. And after what I've been through, 10 or so years more of patient persistence isn't insurmountable.