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Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from BarbarossaRotbart
I know that this is YOUR story, but according to several Hercules and Xena episodes the Gods (or at least Hercules, Aphrodite and Ares) are still alive (and in areal twist Hercules uses the alias Kevin Sorbo and plays himself in a TV show).
Review By [BarbarossaRotbart] • Date [23 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eighteen" from (Past Donor)exiled
Poor Ares! I never thought I would feel sorry for the God of War. Good story!
Comments from author:
Thanks for staying with the story. And thanks for the kind words.
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [18 May 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Sixteen" from (Past Donor)exiled
Why do I think Dawn's help is not going to go how Willow thinks it will. Good part!
Comments from author:
Kind of, but stay tuned. : - )
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [14 May 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifteen" from (Past Donor)exiled
Interesting! I wonder if that was really her or someone else?

Either way, cool!
Comments from author:
It was Hecate. Either her or a REALLY good goddess imposter .
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [13 May 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fourteen" from (Past Donor)exiled
Leave it to Willow to come up with a plan! I hope it works. Good part.
Comments from author:
Willow's had some bad press sometimes. But she still is a perennial favorite, and ever the optimist.
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [12 May 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nine" from (Past Donor)exiled
"You brought a god of WAR?! HERE?!"

LOL very nice bridge part and a nice way to end it.
Comments from author:
I kind of liked it myself. It sounds to me like something Giles would certainly say.
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [21 Apr 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from RevDorothyL
I gotta love the "why I'm not too worried about Ares on the loose" speech!
Comments from author:
Good ol' Buffy -- ever the optimist!!
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [20 Mar 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from (Past Donor)exiled
really nice part. Can't wait for the you to continue it!
Comments from author:

This is one of those stories that seem to take longer to write than I'd like, but unfortunately this thing called LIFE gets in the way sometimes. I have the ideas, but finding time to put them down can be a bit of a problem. But I keep plugging away at it.
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [19 Mar 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Six" from RevDorothyL
I'm really enjoying the "old-age world for retired gods" bit (reminds me a bit of one of Tom Holt's humorous novels, ODDS AND GODS, which starts out in the "Sunnyvoyde Home for Retired Deities" where all the old, wheelchair-bound, and sometimes incontinent gods of mainly defunct pantheons are eager to escape from their nurses' care!), plus the opportunity to see what a weakened and aged Ares might do in the modern world (unlike the young and strong Ares we saw in the occasional "contemporary" episodes of Hercules and Xena, culminating in "Soul Possession").

Somehow, I think Tara's right on the money that Ares is ultimately going to be up to no good, but as he once told Xena in season 6, like the proverbial scorpion crossing a river, he can't change his god-of-war nature. It's a tribute to Kevin Smith's acting legacy, that Ares STILL manages to be a sympathetic character, nonetheless.

But now that Xena and Gabrielle are reunited in Buffy's house, I expect much fun to ensue!
Comments from author:
Ares was my fourth XWP fave (behind Gabrielle, Xena and Callisto). A mischief maker for sure. Wonder how he's going to like the wars in this future world.

Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [11 Mar 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Six" from YademosEbyam
Okay, I've come to the conclusion that someone must have been slipping Buffy and the Scoobies some heavy duty stupid pills. I mean, come on; Buffy decides she wants to make friends with an ancient warrior princess who almost killed her, so she a) goes to an extra-dimensional old gods retirement home to seek the aid of the god of war, b) returns with said war god by promising to find him some new worshippers, c) when it proves too difficult to send Buffy back, they follow the war god's suggestion and bring the warrior princess forward without any consideration of ethics or practicality, and d) when their unwilling guest objects to leaving her friend behind, they agree to let the war god "borrow" the powers of the group's magic users to bring the friend forward too. Forget the stupid pills, I'm beginning to think Ares must have set this whole thing up from the beginning by casting a contagious geas on Buffy before sending her back. Somebody better get hit upside the head with a clue-bat and fast before it's too late. (Perhaps one wielded by an actor with the initials KS? Demi-dues ex machina? ;) )

Just to be clear, I'm not complaining about the writing of this story, just the extremely unlikely behavior of the Scoobies. While Buffy does have a history of making some questionable choices at times, by season 5 the Scoobies were no longer sufficiently in awe of her to just let her have her way. And yet, with a few minor objections that seemed more form than substance, that's just what they did. Since Ares has been shown in the past to be somewhat less than trustworthy, I'm hoping that their OOC behaviour can be explained by his influence.
Comments from author:
I'm not really sure how to respond to this review.
On the one hand you rated this story an 8, which I appreciate.
But on the other hand you pick apart and criticize almost every scenario of the story.
Of course, Buffy used poor judgement, and dragged Willow and Tara along with her (one point of the story), and so it will be up to her and Xena (mostly) to correct this. As Spike has said, magic always has consequences. As Buffy and the others are finding out.
All I can say is stay tuned. Buffy and Xena almost always prevail. Maybe they will get lucky this time too.
Review By [YademosEbyam] • Date [10 Mar 07] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Six" from (Past Donor)exiled
So they are in the future! I still don't Ares as far as I can throw him!

Can't wait for more.
Comments from author:
Somethings you can count on. One is that the gods, ANY god, wil have his own agenda. And two -- well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Thanks for the review.
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [9 Mar 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Five" from Cutiepie
Oops, so much for that second chance. Xena isn't going to be any too happy that Gabrielle got left behind like that. And Ares had better watch himself. Xena could come close to beating him back when he was in his prime, so if he's really that weakened and he makes her mad, he's toast.
Comments from author:
Well, you see, what happens is ....
Nope, can't do it. No spoilers.
But she isn't real happy.
Review By [Cutiepie] • Date [3 Mar 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Five" from (Past Donor)exiled
Oh so this is going to fun, Xena in america! Can't wait for more!
Comments from author:
Thank you.
More to come, for sure.
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [3 Mar 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four" from (Past Donor)exiled
Never ever trust him! AHHH! Buffy!

Good work!
Comments from author:
Some people just have to learn the hard way.

The School of Hard Knocks is alive and thriving over the Hellmouth.
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [24 Feb 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from Cutiepie
So, I take it that you aren't accepting the "present day" of the Gods as shown on Xena/Hercules? That's ok, since they were rather silly (if entertaining) episodes. It will be interesting to see where you take this. =]
Comments from author:
Hadn't even thought about them. Different Buffy/Xenaverse.
Review By [Cutiepie] • Date [21 Feb 07] • Not Rated
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