Random Facts about Jacob Andris

(From the Chase in Lilliput AU)

This AU version of Jacob still has roughly the same backstory as usual. Son of Greek immigrant parents, lived in Carlisle, Iowa. His father died when he was 8 years old and his mother didn’t remarry until he was 16. He’s an avid outdoorsman and is very good at roughing it, a skill which came in handy once he took up residence in Lilliput.

His memories of how he shipwrecked in the first place are very hazy. The next thing he knew, really, was waking up to find a tiny little person on him. True to Jacob fashion, he was grabby; he’s often grabby when he encounters tiny folk. Once it really sank in that he wouldn’t be leaving anytime soon, Chase sort of became his guide and his anchor. It’s kinda scary to be lost in a strange land, but he has a buddy so he’s okay!

The little folk of Lilliput tend to be very fussy. They’re full of energy and a willingness to scold him or boss him around, and Jacob finds this very amusing. He prefers it to them being scared of him, so he tends to go along with what they say without much argument. He lets Chase think that he’s the one who tamed the giant.

He’s been working on getting the local livestock used to him. A lot of cows have learned that he’s pretty good at giving them scritches, and he very rarely tries to lift them up, so they’re learning. The sheep are more skittish, but he has high hopes. Goats never cared how big he was.

It does bother him sometimes that he has no clue how to get home. He does his best not to let that show when the feeling comes up, since he doesn’t want his small friends to worry. They can’t do something about it any more than he can.

Random Facts About Chase Lisong

Chase’s actual name is Qi Shi, which according to my research means “to enlighten”. I guess if he keeps chattering away like he’s prone to do, he’s bound to teach something, right? He and his sister Minnie (Minxia, or ”Bright halo”), were given anglicized names by their parents when they moved to the US from Jiuquan. Since they were young kiddos who had to move rather suddenly, their parents wanted to give them some kind of edge, socially.

Chase is bisexual (happy pride month!). He has an ex-girlfriend and an ex-boyfriend, both relatively short relationships that ended on friendly terms. He helped set Jacob Andris up on the one and only date Jacob went on.

Chase’s health is actually quite fragile – he’s not athletic due to his asthma, and cold season tends to lay him low once a year. Despite that, the whole reason his family moved to Iowa was for cleaner air and a less stressful environment, so he’s doing better than he might be elsewhere.

I really really love how much Chase has grown into his own character since I first invented him. He’s technically a side character in the story he originated in, but I could probably write a whole story about him and his misadventures (Chase in Lilliput, anyone?).

Reader Message

enby-phoenix: Has Jacob ever been to Blefescu?


He has not! Mostly because I haven’t thought up any reason for him to go over there yet. Within the story (which has a very loose timeline), he doesn’t even know about it yet. He’s still getting used to living in Lilliput, and Chase tends to forget to tell him about some things until it’s too late.

Lilliput and Blefuscu are no longer at war, but they aren’t the friendliest pair of mini nations. There’s some tension there, and if two people from either side meet, there’s a small chance they will bicker about really mundane things.

Jacob, as always, will be bemused by this.

Made Up Title Game

Phoenix said: Made-Up title: Not So Sneaky After All

Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind for this one is a borrower getting the hiccups at the Worst. Possible. Time.

This after bragging to another borrower that they’re one of the best out there at sneaking in and out of a huge room without anyone noticing, and getting all the best stuff. Commence the hiccups and the mad dash for cover while the human tries to figure out what that intermittent, tiny squeaking noise is. Meanwhile their buddy is back in the walls going back and forth between worrying they’ll be seen and finding this the funniest thing they’ve seen in ages.

I could see this happening to Chase Lisong and his sister Minnie, if they were borrowers. It shouldn’t take too many guesses to figure out which one is the dork with the hiccups.

Chase In Lilliput – Barn Razing (2/2)

Part 2 and the aftermath of Jacob tearing down someone’s poor barn. He got out of that in better shape than any of the little Lilliputians would, but he still got a few burns here and there. Lucky he has some little helpers.

( Part One ) ( Chase In Lilliput Tag )


“I can’t believe you ripped down the Millers’ barn!” Chase couldn’t even pretend to scold Jacob in the midst of checking over his giant hands for burns. The giant was seated in the patch of land Chase had offered him, both hands held out for Chase and Minnie to see. “Just walked right up to it and…” Chase mimicked ripping the wall of the barn away, exaggerating every movement.

The small scene of destruction was the talk of the town. Chase would have liked to hear more of the gossip, but there were more important things to take care of.

Jacob sighed overhead, ever patient. “Well, I didn’t exactly have time to just reach in the doors and grab everything out one by one,” he pointed out. “I had to.”

“Oh, no, I’m not saying that,” Chase said, while beckoning his sister over. She brought the bucket of ice water and a rag to clean out the dirt and soot before they could give Jacob any burn ointment.

“Just that, you know. You got to use your powers for good and it was awesome. That’s all.” Chase grinned up at the unconvinced giant and was pleased to earn an eyeroll in return.

Minnie scoffed in lieu of Jacob doing so. “Jacob doesn’t have superpowers, Chase. He’s just giant.”

“Hey, he’s strong enough to toss you into the bay from here!” Chase protested.

“Hey, now,” Jacob chimed in. He rolled his shoulders, but tried not to move his hands too much. He was a big guy; leaning over like he was had to put a crick in his back. “That’s not the kind of image I want. I’m just the friendly neighborhood firefighter.”

“Don’t worry, no one’s actually saying anything like that,” Minnie said dismissively, cutting off Chase’s own reassurance. “Chase is just being a horrible brother by being mean to his baby sister.”

Chase put his hand over his heart. “I would never actually advocate anyone throwing my sister into the bay,” he protested. He hopped gracelessly up onto Jacob’s palm so he could slap some ointment over a huge burn and continued, “I was just saying being a giant kind of is a superpower.”

Jacob curled one fingertip up so he could nudge at Chase’s side. “Not always a useful one, though,” he mused. “What I really need is your ability to talk myself out of anything. Mr. Miller might never let me in his fields again after that.”

Chase flailed an arm as he tried and failed not to fall over on Jacob’s hand. Then, he scrambled back to the ground before he could tumble even more. “Nah,” he waved off the concern. “Once he’s over the shock, he’ll see you really were trying to help.”

“You even saved a bunch of his stuff,” Minnie chimed in, moving on to the next burn. To Jacob, the injuries were tiny, but to both of them they were huge. They were going to fix up what they could. “That counts for something.”

Chase grinned and found another spot to add more burn cream. “Your public image is gonna be great, I promise. I know how to spin this one, and soon everyone will want to have a guardian giant wandering their fields.”

Jacob groaned, to Chase’s smug satisfaction couldn’t come up with a counterargument.

Chase In Lilliput – Barn Razing (1/2)

I got this one half done and then forgot about it for a bit! Things have been busy, but there should always be time for Chase and his giant buddy. Jacob also deserves a chance to be a hero!

( Chase In Lilliput Tag )


The flames had nearly reached the barn. They left a black patch of grass behind them, the clear path from the scorched earth where the lightning first struck. Jacob winced as he heard the animals in the building baying and squealing in fear. Fire already licked at some of the walls, scaring the horses in their pens.

It was already working its way to the other side of the barn. It burned fast and hot, more than Jacob could stomp out.

At least he had other options.

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Chase In Lilliput – Birthday Party

Happy Birthday, Jacob Andris!

August 27th is the specific day, but since I didn’t want to deal with whether or not the Lilliputian calendar is the same, I handwaved it a bit here. My boy is getting older; I’m really proud of how far the character has come since I first created him. He’s seen some crazy adventures in his original story as well as the many AUs I’ve tossed him into. I decided to use this cute AU to give him a nice birthday, since a lot of the other stories can get kinda sad for him at times. This one is all cutes.

( Chase In Lilliput Tag )


Jacob relaxed against a hillside outside a miniature city. No matter how long it had been since he’d washed up on the shores of Lilliput, no matter how many times people insisted he was the giant there, he couldn’t help but think of it that way. To him, Lilliput and its denizens were tiny, all barely the size of a finger compared to him. He couldn’t even fit a hand in the doors of their homes (not that he’d tried that more than once).

He’d already been scolded once or twice by the people in charge. He wasn’t supposed to wander into the city itself without a chaperone, and even then only in less crowded areas. Since they were active all the time, those times were very rare.

In the back of his mind, Jacob was aware that he could go into town whenever he wanted. He could use their many roads as a footpath to any destination within the city. They couldn’t stop him from doing so.

He didn’t want to make them see him that way.

He’d been accepted in Lilliput. Considering how easily they could have sent him away, or worse, attacked him, he wanted to stay on their good side. As much as he could, anyway.

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Chase In Lilliput – Moving In

We’re back at last! I’ve missed these guys a lot, and it was a lot of fun to start thinking of them again. Many thanks to those who sent in asks in my last storm of asks! I got a bunch of fun new ideas from them that I look forward to writing out. For now, a bit about where Jacob’s going to make his home in Lilliput!

( Read time approx. 5 mins )

( Chase In Lilliput Tag )


Jacob eyed the plot of land that Chase had brought him to see (which really meant that Chase had pointed the way while Jacob carried him, but he wasn’t about to argue the point). It was still all a part of the family’s land, he’d said, that they rarely used for pasture. The grass that grew on it was interspersed with rocks and patches of arid dirt. The fence stopped before it, with one rusty gate that’d fall apart if Jacob nudged it.

“You’re sure I can use this?” he asked. The property fences around it didn’t look too well-maintained. They clearly didn’t use it much, but an acre was a lot. To them, anyway.

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Reader Message

enby-phoenix: How modern is the Lilliput Chase lives in?


A good question! I’ve been mulling this one over a little bit.

I would say decently modern, but without some of the technology we have in common use today. Lilliputians haven’t gone on to discover the rest of the world, so they probably don’t have planes, for example. They’re right next to their only possible trade partner, so the need isn’t there.

I’ll probably be playing a little loosely with this as I go along. I’m open to suggestions too!