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Review of chapter "Choices" from Stationary
Review:
Oooh! Tovok AND a descendent of xanser around? Whoo! The girl sure Knows how to roll!
Review By [Stationary] • Date [7 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Choices" from HMaxMarius
Review:
Hmmm... I was kinda wondering if Hobbes was a Xander descendant... Then you introduced Cadet Harris... Then again, three hundred years, they could both be. =D

This is a very interesting take on the crossover... I like the idea that Kate is learning about the Scoobies via her Slayer Dreams and the diaries. Of course, if Jean-Luc has really read Giles' diaries then he should NOT be upset about Hobbes. Giles certainly would have made it clear in his writings that Buffy's longevity was directly related to her support system.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [6 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Choices" from Difdi
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> "Can you fight these things with modern weapons?" Hobbes asked.

> shrugged. "Captain Picard told me how they've always been killed. I don't know whether phasers
> would work on them, or if they'd be like on humans. Can be fatal, but not unless you hit the right
> place at the right setting."

> "Because only wood through the heart works."

Actually, phasers would work so well on vampires, that if you could convince Starfleet of their existence, the average ship's security officer could rack up kill counts on them that would exceed that of any stake-wielding Slayer.

A phaser is a plasma weapon, and has a variety of settings that amplify different aspects of the plasma stream.

Stun setting overloads the nervus system with tuned electricity like a TASER. If a TASER would work on a vampire, then a phaser could stun one. Hand-held phasers have three stun settings, which vary from momentarily knocking a human down (probably no effect on a vampire) to 15 minutes unconsciousness to 1-2 hours unconsciousness. Those numbers are for humans, Klingons recover faster and vampires probably a LOT faster. Note that ship's phasers can also do this, with MUCH longer durations (up to 24 hours) and can do it to a ground target FROM ORBIT.

Settings 4 and 5 on a hand phaser are thermal settings, for welding or cutting metals. They can also be used to heat a rock white-hot for warmth in place of a campfire. Even a near-miss from setting 5 would likely kill a vampire outright, any hit would be instantly fatal. Remember, vampires burn very nicely.

Settings 6-10 are disruption effects (The 'kill' settings). Settings 6 and 7 would probably have no real effect on a vampire, snce their bodies are not alive, though setting 7 could probably be used to wound or torture a vampire. Setting 8 is the first disintegration setting, but might not be fatal to a vampire, since it only has enough power to vaporize roughly half of a human body (which. If it does not include the neck/head area, the vampire would survive). But settings 9+ would have the same effects on a vampire that they'd have on anything else.

Settings 11-16 are rarely seen in the series and movies, since they are locked out aboard ships without special command overrides, waste battery power (ammunition) and have minimum safe distance factors involved in their use. Setting 11 causes explosions. Setting 16 can bring down entire office buildings, or even small mountains if the user aims just right.

Type 1 phasers are the little holdout phasers you see Starfleet officers hiding in their waistbands. They only have settings 1-8 which would make them useful for setting vampires on fire, but otherwise useless. Type 2 phasers are the ones that resulted in the dustbuster jokes and have settngs 1-16 available as well as a larger ammunition capacity than a Type 1 phaser. Type 2 phasers would be awesome vampire slaying weapons, truly earning the dustbuster label.

Type 3 phasers were rarely seen in the earlier series and movies. Kirk used one exactly once, Picard rarely so in the series, more often in the movies. These are the phaser rifles, in case you didn't already figure it out. In later series and movies they were upgraded to be compression (pulse) weapons, but this early on, with Janeway 15 years old, they'd still be beam weapons. Type 3 phasers have the same 16 settings as Type 2 phasers, but greater range and a LOT more ammunition.

Type 4 phasers exist but are most commonly mounted on shuttles. A crew-served, tripod-mount version exists, but is not standard issue to starship armories, being used by Federation marines when it is deployed at all. Marines are almost never stationed on Starfleet ships, except in time of war. Type 4 phasers typically have a dedicated portable fusion reactor for power, and do not run out of ammunition as long as the reactor has fuel (weeks or months). A Slayer would be strong enough to use one as a rifle, though humans would not be and vulcans would have a LOT of difficulty.

Phasers can fire the precision beam you see most often, or can be set for a wider cone of fire, for shooting large crowds. The cone effect takes more power, and the top settingson a given phaser might not be supported for area effect use, but ANY phaser could do a cone effect setting 5, which would be very much like a flamethrower to vampires.


All of this (except the bit on Type 4 phasers) courtesy of the Star Trek: The Next Generation technical manual. =)

Edited to add:

Most present day firearms would work quite well on vampires, if you used the right ammunition. The only reason they don't work at all even with the wrong ammunition is because the user isn't thinking clearly. Nothing walks very well with no kneecaps. The problem with killing vampires though is not that guns don't work, it's the ammunition.

Imagine what would happen if you took some lead, alloyed it with antimony, formed it into a rod, then put a nice needle-sharp point on it. Now shove that into a vampire's heart. No dust, pissed off vampire. Either we've just proven that stakes have no effect on vampires or we've proven they're not vulnerable to lead.

The technology to make bullets that would be able to dust a vampire with a heart shot is hundreds of years old in 2013, let alone the 2360s. The ability to make bullets that set vampires on fire is over a century old. Exploding bullets that spray blessed matter into the wound is World War 1 technology.

But all of that is either not effective on a human or animal target...or is seen as cruel/inhumane to do so. So most bullets aren't built that way. Wooden bullets don't penetrate humans very well, but vampires are unusually vulnerable to wood (if wood didn't slide in unusually easily, Xander would not have been able to accidentally stake Jesse). Use of incendiary weapons is considered a war crime by most of the world. Exploding bullets are banned by the Geneva Conventions.

It's implausible to assume that a phaser, a weapon capable of making a Greyhound Bus disappear into thin air would be incapable of harming something that can be killed with a lighter and a can of hair spray.
Comments from author:
Wow... that's a lot of information for an explanation Kathryn was trying to bullshit through 'cause she didn't know, lol. Thanks for the info though! If I had continued with the story I was going to Willow up some magicks B.S. haha. If I do continue on at any point (unlikely), this'll be good information. And make for some fun scenes with, idk, Worf throwing a phaser rifle at them before going for his trusty batleth.

Be a lot less fun if any old Tom Paris, Dick, or Harry Kim could just shoot the bastards, anyway. ;)
Review By [Difdi] • Date [5 Jul 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Choices" from eriktheviking
Review:
A well written and intriguing method of introducing the crossover.
Comments from author:
Oh thanks! I wish I could promise more than just the introduction :(.
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [5 Jul 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Choices" from Xovervore
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Janeway as a slayer is ... different; but Picard as a watcher, so very original.
I wonder when she is going to remember the shop with the scythe? And is the woman there a guardian?
Interesting premise, and look forward to new chapters.
Comments from author:
I so wish I could promise new chapters! I started this thing about 5 years ago and decided last night to post the rest of what I had finished. It's impossible for me to say whether or not I'll have the time or inclination to finish.

That said, thanks very much for reading it! I will say the premise is a little self-indulgent, haha, but I'm glad you enjoyed it nonetheless.
Review By [Xovervore] • Date [4 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Choices" from jeniam
Review:
Is Cadet Harris a descendant of Xander? I was wondering considering of all surnames, you chose that one. Anyways, love the story and can't wait for more.
Comments from author:
It's hard to say whether my 22 year old self was going for a *wink wink nudge nudge* scenario or a "yes, exactly, this is a Xander descendant." If I had to answer that question today I'd probably go with the latter and have him inherit some secret bunker with weapons and books and stuff.

As for waiting for more, I'd urge you to look at the different dates between publishing and updating and please please don't kill me. Because if I'm to finish this thing it'll likely be another 5 years. I'm so glad you've enjoyed so far and I hope I can give it more love.
Review By [jeniam] • Date [4 Jul 13] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Choices" from mendal
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A phaser set to kill will either burn a hole through or completely disintegrate a vamp or demon. Now hitting one is another story.
Comments from author:
Hahaha, I know, right? I wrote these chapters YEARS ago. I went back through yesterday, edited them, and posted them as a kind of WIP Amnesty. I was re-reading so many things going "that would never happen..." unless, of course, phaser blasts were more like Cyclops' optic blasts. The story will likely never be finished, so consider these relics of an illogical youth :).
Review By [mendal] • Date [4 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What's My Line" from Stationary
Review:
nooooooooooooo! more more more!!!
Review By [Stationary] • Date [22 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What's My Line" from SparrowJaneway
Review:
I'm very curious to see where you're going to go with this. The idea of Janeway as a Slayer with Picard as her Watcher is intriguing.
Comments from author:
Oh man, this story. I have a lot more written but my beta kinda went M.I.A re: college so I haven't been able to post any more. It's... going somewhere. I've got a lot of different projects going on, but I'm still fairly certain I know where I'm taking this. Just don't expect anything too soon.

And thanks for reviewing!
Review By [SparrowJaneway] • Date [26 May 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What's My Line" from whirleeq
Review:
Huh. Interesting and unique...

So, Picard's got the magic touch, eh? Could be why Q never impressed him all that much ;). Never saw him as the watcher type, but then again he's good at handling wierd and unexpected sh*t so he'll probably be okay :).
Comments from author:
It's pretty early in his career. We'll see what this means as far as how he 'deals' with the weird and unexpected.

Glad you enjoyed, anyway. Stick around!
Review By [whirleeq] • Date [18 Jan 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What's My Line" from Tanydwr
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Wow, that is so *cool*! Okay, you've played with ages a bit (I don't think Picard is *quite* that much older than Janeway in the series), but such a cool idea! Are the memories of Buffy and Giles there for a reason? Reincarnation or am I reading too much into it?

I can't wait to see more. Is Janeway meant to fight demons on Earth or something more?

Lol, Tanydwr
Comments from author:
I relied on memory-alpha.org for ages. There's no canon age for Janeway--only one from a book--though there is one for Picard and I decided on her age and DOB first. So yeah, things might be a BIT wonky in the timeline stuff. I suck at time.

It's not reincarnation, just mystical I think. The PTB giving them a little look into the world. Also, you know, me being unoriginal, lazy and not wanting to write in like... iambic pentameter or anything ;)

As for what Janeway is meant for: Not. Telling.

Hope you enjoy the rest!
Review By [Tanydwr] • Date [9 Jan 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What's My Line" from UncagedMuse
Review:
Wonderful update! I'll be waiting for more.
Comments from author:
I have three more chapters, just waiting for my beta to um, haha finish watching all seasons of Buffy.

Thanks, stick around!
Review By [UncagedMuse] • Date [9 Jan 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What's My Line" from grd
Review:
Delicious, this tale is fresh, unique and with so much potential. Thank you.
Comments from author:
Haha, this is sort of what I'm afraid of. I'm flying blind! Hope you continue to enjoy.
Review By [grd] • Date [9 Jan 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "What's My Line" from jupitersdaughter
Review:
omFg Picard! You rock. His family being in the Watchers....can't say I've heard of that before!
Comments from author:
It's just me trying to change history as much as possible ;). Glad you enjoyed.
Review By [jupitersdaughter] • Date [9 Jan 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One: Becoming" from CPTSkip
Review:
Wow! I am totally impressed with your story. I thought your young Janeway was perfect. Now I wonder if any of the Things in the Dark are still around in the bright and shiny Star Trek future. Somehow I'd bet Katherine finds them. Lol!
Comments from author:
She finds them or they find her! Thank you very much! It's very.... interesting trying to write a woman you've only known as a confident middle-aged Captain as a slightly insecure fifteen year old. "Mosaic" helped a lot, but I'm kind of winging it here, so thanks.

Hope you stick around! I don't know yet how epic this will get.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [31 Dec 08] • Not Rated
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