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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from jimk
Review:
Love the ideas in this series! I'm looking forward to the actual story of when they all meet!

The only problem with all this and I'm not sure how you answer it is why did the Ancients used to actively fight and focus on winning and now all is about balance?

The whole balance thing with the PTB in canon always seemed to me about the dumbest possible way to explain it. The only way I think it makes sense is to think of it as a Cold War and both sides have the equivalent of a nuclear deterrent that can wipe out the other forces on Earth or if that is not good enough, other dimensions also. Just as in the Cold War neither side actively seeks balance as such. Both sides want to win but with both sides able to launch a mutually assured destruction scenario neither side could figure out a way to seriously attack the other directly. If either side ever thought they were in danger of really losing they would launch.

I think your idea on the Slayers makes a lot of sense. I just think the way canon makes it seem as if the PTB goal is balance doesn't make a lot of sense. They'd restrain the Slayer line but they would be actively trying to win just not cause a disaster before figuring out how to avoid triggering a holocaust when the other guy realizes it is lost. The manipulative way they are played in canon with a focus more on balance than winning is what doesn't seem realistic to me.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review.

In this story though, PTB's and Ancients aren't the same. PTB's have their agenda, their methods, etc. Ancients have a different agenda, methods, etc.

In a way, you could look at them like the Democratic and Republican parties of the US government. Separate yet some concurrent goals - and some wildly different goals. But unlike the US government the PTB's and Ancients in this series would never work together.
Review By [jimk] • Date [20 Mar 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from SlowMercury
Review:
I like your reasoning for Slayer-hood
I think that your logic is good
I'm thankful that Daniel
Is able to handle
The Scoobies, oft misunderstood.
Review By [SlowMercury] • Date [14 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from missinglink
Review:
Interesting way of catagorizing the slayers and setting up a kind of heirarchy for their numbers in the world you are creating.

Only thing to note was that you missed a quick joke concerning their debates about who should tell the Finns. The arguement should have either been quickly resolved by pining on Xander, or a debate of Xander versus Dawn as neither were in attendence and it would make sense that they be offered up as the sacrifice.

Keeep it coming and thanks for another interesting aspect. Later.
Review By [missinglink] • Date [13 Mar 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Gideon
Review:
Interesting detail on the levels of "slayerness" I wouldn't worry too much about it unless it is actually important to your story though, but it is good to get the background sorted. I wonder if Riley will be happy to hear his wife is a bit Slayery?
Comments from author:
He'll probably be more shocked than anything else. Buffy and Co aren't likely to blab about it anyway - Potential locating spells in my story don't work past a certain age (yet to be determined, but also the cut-off point of being Chosen) which leaves the question of how they knew, which pulls Daniel into the light. Which is something that they're all agreed to avoid a much as possible.

Levels of slayerness and Council organization will figure into things both in the story the SGC and Council butt heads the first time, and later - the four slayers in the SGC are one such team.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [13 Mar 11] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from serenityselena
Review:
nice story ^__^
Review By [serenityselena] • Date [13 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from VillageOrchid
Review:
I really liked your exposition for the 4 or 5 levels. It is something that Joss should have considered for his official stuff. In this scale Xena (warrior princess) might have been an activated potential with training, but not an activated slayer. Where as when Gabrielle became Queen of the Amazons, she might have ben an activated slayer.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [13 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from burmafrdnow
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Too complicated. And having the spell be restricted to a certain radius does not fit in with the amount of magical energy generated by Willow using Buffy and the Scythe. Having different levels of a slayer also does not work, frankly. You are either a potential or you are not; you are either a slayer or a potential. No levels. Not saying that some slayers might have different strengths then other slayers- and that is more than enough variation. When this was all done there was no reason for levels so there is no reason for it now. Balance is a whole other arguement and has never really made much sense. One slayer for an entire world? No moron would call that balance.

Now the age part: that is all over the place in just about every fanfiction; now as far as canon is concerned (leaving out the BS that was so called Season 8) there was no indication that slayers were activated younger than 15. So this age 12 and such really does not fit. Its a medical fact that puberty has come to females younger and younger over the last 1000 years. For a long time it did not hit until 13, 14. Now its hitting at 11, 12. What is MUCH more likely is that a potential can only be activated if that potential is say 3 years past the beginning of puberty. So Buffy activating at 15 would make sense. In the past the potentials activating at 16, 17 made sense. And maybe that 3 year thing is absolutely hard wired; would explain the various potentials of different ages but only one being called. The ONE that is closest to that 3 year limit when the previous slayer dies.
Comments from author:
I'm not sure where you're coming from on the amount of magic with Willow and the Scythe. We don't have any way to actually set the power requirments of the achievements of the Shadowmen (they made the Slayer in BtVS canon, and were still alive thousands of years later, fully ready to repeat themselves) against what Willow was doing. We don't know how much power activating a Slayer requires. Willow had to activate every Potential in Sunnydale (about twenty, I think it was) then reach out and every Potential she came across activate. She's reaching out and activating as she goes... there has to be a limit somewhere. I choose to make it distance (not specified, and deliberately not at that) and that not every Slayer activated got to stay that way.

The levels and ages and junk, like I said: weird stuff coming out of my head. They're arbitrary, not supported by canon, and so on. Plus, I wanted a concrete way for Buffy or Faith to blast Kennedy into the next century at any point in time. Kennedy got on my nerves worse than General Buffy in season 7.
Review By [burmafrdnow] • Date [13 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from RevDorothyL
Review:
Makes sense to me! Nice work, again.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [13 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Moderator)acs
Review:
Interesting idea having different levels of "Willow Slayer Activation". I don't go much into the reason for an age range for activation that I use in my stories myself but I think there should definitely be some kind of limit.
Review By [(Moderator)acs] • Date [13 Mar 11] • Not Rated
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