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Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from ShyBob
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Hey, there's the Council we love to hate! This is why I didn't shed a tear when the First took them out. Well-written little bit, and unfortunately all too plausible.
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Thank you!
Review By [ShyBob] • Date [12 Jun 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from Grindhall
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A bit too dark for my taste, but very well done and only to believable.
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Review By [Grindhall] • Date [24 Nov 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from Dragonelf
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Well written.


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Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [19 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from (Past Donor)athenewolfe
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oh that is so sad - very good job with the writing
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Review By [(Past Donor)athenewolfe] • Date [16 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from TaraLi
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Powerful story. Very powerful. Definitely getting a recommendation from me.

You're right that the Cold Equations don't only apply deep in space, but here on Earth as well - Nature is definitely red of tooth and claw. Just as Godwin's story struck me - this is a story I hate, and a story I love - because I hate it. I don't recall if you had Travers look at the possibility of mystical transportation - I suspect the Council would have protected witches from the various periods of horror, and as such would have had some good will built up.

Still, if the council had done more than have a policy of one girl, one watcher, there might have been more options.
Comments from author:
Thank you very much!

My concept of mystical transportation requires the witch(es) to have a clear mental picture of the destination - when the Coven sent Giles to Sunnydale he was presumably doing the navigating and he, of course, was very familiar with the target area. A Coven of Swedish witches couldn't send Dagny Falskog to Indonesia as she, and none of the witches, would ever have been there and probably wouldn't even have access to any decent photographs (collodion process) of the area - and I, personally, wouldn't be wildly enthusiastic about being teleported across the world by someone who was going purely from a photo.

The S8 comics have revealed that there are 1,800 Slayers in the post-Chosen world. The First must have killed quite a few Potentials before 'Chosen', so there will have been well over 2,000 prior to 'Lessons', but then again the population of the Earth was a lot lower in the 1880s - about 1.4 billion compared to 6.7 billion now. So, maybe 500 Potentials scattered across the world. One Watcher per Potential, plus a headquarters in London and a few local offices in major world cities (as mentioned in 'Never Leave Me') is probably about as much as the Council would have been able to manage without requiring infrastructure and funding on a level only a Government could have provided.

Travers was planning on arranging military support for Anstruther and Seok-Teng and presumably, unless the Dutch soldiers mentioned in the Epilogue had been organised directly by Anstruther on the spot, he was successful. I made a point of showing that, despite his casual and flippant air, Travers only needed a small prompt to be able to come up with the (slightly mangled) name of the Potential in the East Indies off the top of his head. He was efficient enough to do the job - and, also, ruthless enough.
Review By [TaraLi] • Date [15 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from onefreeman
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A rather grim story, made more so by how believable it is!

Oh for easy teleportation...
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I don't think teleportation would have served; I see teleportation as requiring you to have a clear picture in your mind of the destination, not possible in this case anyway.
Review By [onefreeman] • Date [15 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Six Thousand Miles" from TroyGuffey
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Poor girl didn't think it all the way through. "If that Slayer's Watcher would kill her, mine MIGHT kill me, too."

Or else she did and didn't realize that depriving the Watcher's Council of an active Slayer would have been the best revenge.

At least her Watcher had the decency to think of killing himself. (He might not go through with it.)

Now that I think about it, this sort of thing might be a large factor in why the First Slayer is so insistent on Slayers working alone. (Not the only one, but a strong reinforcement).
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She'd paralysed his right arm - presumably she thought that would be enough.
Review By [TroyGuffey] • Date [15 Nov 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from Kremer
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I believe I 'get' your story and Epilogue - sometimes the most logical choice can be the most tragic. Tragic from a limited, personal perspective; logical from the view of "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... Or the one." The true tragedy is that these are young girls that don't have a say in their lives, and once Called, in their destinies.
Pretty much until Buffy.
Comments from author:
Thank you! That is indeed what I was aiming at.
Review By [Kremer] • Date [15 Nov 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from arkeus
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Silly Slayer having too much confidence~
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And, of course, she had been fully indoctrinated with the 'Slayers don't kill humans' mindset.
Review By [arkeus] • Date [15 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from MarcusRowland
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We never did find out why Kendra was activated, did we? Faith was obviously there to fight Kakistos, of course, but they've never said anything about Kendra's solo work.
Comments from author:
Possibly something to do with voodoo and zombies?
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [15 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from (Recent Donor)Dakaath
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I liked it, a very deep and meaningful story looking at the sacrifices that come with saving the world. when i read the first chapter I suddenly got that picture of President kennedy standing at his desk in the Oval Office in my mind, the old black and white photo. I also thought of Truman and the atomic bomb. While it was deplorable, it was one life for millions, and I admire the dedication of the field watcher who could carry out the orders. To have to kill someone who you had strived and trained with in order to save people you'd never meet...the burden would be unbelievable, and it does put the idea of Watcher's staying emotionally unattached to their Slayer's in prospective.

The story wasn't what I was expecting. From the title I'd thought it'd be something along the lines of 'Around the World in 80 days'. Still, great job on an actual thought provoking piece.
Comments from author:
Thank you! Those images are very much what I was thinking of - and I was also thinking of the SF story by Tom Godwin 'The Cold Equations' in which the mathematics of space flight lead inexorably to a stowaway on a rocket, an innocent girl, being condemned to death. Just as the impossibility of travelling six thousand miles, as the crow flies, by 19th-Century transportation in five days leads remorselessly to the conclusion reached by Travers.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Dakaath] • Date [15 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: An Inconvenient Truth" from TheMaskedLurker
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Ah, a sad ending.
The Watcher did his duty
And followed his heart.
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Review By [TheMaskedLurker] • Date [15 Nov 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Six Thousand Miles" from Malaiaka
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Huh.
I never really thought about it, but that makes a scary sort of sense. Of course, nowadays it wouldn't be a problem, and the Council is outdated almost (Cruciamentum etc) but I never really thought about what it must have been like for the Council in the past. Creepy.
I also like how you placed the 'Travers' connection in ;)
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Review By [Malaiaka] • Date [14 Nov 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Six Thousand Miles" from exqurere
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Creepy but very cool idea.
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Review By [exqurere] • Date [14 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Six Thousand Miles" from (Recent Donor)Anaraine
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Ouch.

Never really thought about it before, but now that it's been mentioned, I can totally see that happening. And probably quite often, too, seeing as how rarely did any of the Scoobies find out about the apocalyptic adventures in advance. I doubt that the Council had better resources a hundred years earlier, even if there were more people dedicated in researching said disasters. Killing a Slayer to activate the closest Potential next to the apocalypse would really be their only recourse. (Though, that might only apply if you subscribe to the belief that the Slayer called next is the one closest to the biggest threat.)

Makes you wonder if Slayers could have lived significantly longer if they weren't being targeted by the Watcher's Council, too.

Also? Sweden ftw. That made my night.

[edit] Forgot to mention - loved the story! The upper-class tone Travers had, the idea itself and how it was portrayed. Just brilliant.
Comments from author:
Thank you!

I do subscribe to the belief that the next Slayer called is the one best positioned to deal with the biggest threat; it's the only way the 'One girl in all the world' thing could have worked for such a long time. If it was completely random sooner or later you'd get something like the new Slayer being Called in sixteenth-century Mozambique just as a warlock in Bohemia was busy opening a Hellmouth.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Anaraine] • Date [14 Nov 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
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