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Review of chapter "Old City, New Friends, New Enemies." from RedCalypso
Review:
If the lash has five tails and she was flogged 61 times, that's 305 separate lashes. Could anyone really survive that? If it could be split up, why not just 20 at a time? This really bothers me.
Comments from author:
In past times, sentences of fifty or so lashes with a cat 'nine tails weren't uncommon, with the victim still surviving. The most common cause of death was infection after such a beating, though some might have also died of shock. Historically, all the strokes tended to be applied to the back, rather than spread out from the shoulders to the calves, as here. There is also a doctor in attendance in this case, to stop the punishment at any point he deems necessary (and to apply treatment prevent scarring afterwards). With several weeks needed to recover in each case, it would take a while for the punishment at 20 strokes at a time. Here Helia's at least getting it over with in two batches - and she at least still has her head attached.
Review By [RedCalypso] • Date [20 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Imperial Justice" from (Current Donor)Sulien
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Thank you, this update was just what the doctor ordered! I particularly enjoyed the sight seeing tour in the submarine. Quite frankly, deep water is not my thing either and I'd really be terrible as a submariner, or even just a scuba diver. No thank you!

Drayana is always doing something in every update that makes me love this character more. I'm glad she decided to make absolutely certain that Helia received some sort of pain medication; the pain she felt during the lashing is quite punishment enough without dealing with the excruciating aftermath. Helia would already be dead if she wasn't already truly remorseful and having to endure such pain would not in any way be rehabilitative.

I definitely felt for that poor interceptor pilot, Kharrathian. He definitely seemed like the most reasonable of the Khkerrikk characters so far. Hopefully, he was picked up by the Tallurans as a survivor and when all is said and done, he would probably make an excellent administrator in the new Khkerrikk government, at the very least.

Thanks again for this update. You took my mind off a miserable sore throat for a while!
Comments from author:
We'll see more of the underwater world later. Not just on Imsha, but on another planet, too.

Helia was very lucky overall and Drayana is coming to realise that she might not always be in a position ot exercise mercy, regardless of her personal beliefs.

Kharrathian was just an ordinary fighter pilot doing his duty. The eladership might be bastards, but not the whole population. he may crop up again.

Hope the sore throat is improving - there's a lot of these things going around at the moment.

Thanks for the review
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [9 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Imperial Justice" from grd
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Another epic chapter in this excellent saga. Savored and enjoyed. Clever of the Empress on finding the loop hole in the law. Joyce and her SG unit will be praised for what they will bring back. An Alliance, tech, knowledge, and kinship with another Galaxy wide power. If the Earth was smart enough they should give Joyce and her Team full Diplomatic authority. If they time it just right, they could return right when Kinsey is ranting about the evils of the Stargate. Thank you.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed it. It wasn't so much a loophole in he law, as a part that had been buried by Drayana's ancestor. The technology will be the main benefit at first - the Tallurans still don't have intergalactic travel, so the alliance won't be of immediate use. Unfortunately, Kinsey is already dead (killed by Harmony in 'Someone Else's Mess').
Thanks for the review.
Review By [grd] • Date [7 Nov 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Imperial Justice" from lunalurker
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I continue to greatly enjoy this ongoing series, so much I may even smile gleefully when I see another update has arrived.
In fact, of all the too many things to read that I'm juggling these days, I think this story is my favorite sci-fi novel. Lots of great character stuff, different points of view, bunches of vividly drawn characters that I care about, and just that right balance between too little and too much detail on all the hardware and military strategy and fight scenes and politics and such. And nice long chapters too.
Thanks very much for writing, your ongoing efforts are greatly appreciated, and may the upcoming holiday season treat you kindly!
Comments from author:
Thanks for the enthusiastic review. This is probably my favourite story to write and I'm glad you're still enjoying.
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [7 Nov 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Imperial Justice" from Alkeni
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Exellent chapter, as ever.
Comments from author:
Many thanks - glad you're still enjoying it.
Review By [Alkeni] • Date [7 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Imperial Justice" from Grovtech
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Another great installment. Winning the peace is always harder than winning the war. However, I fear the land battle will be anything but easy.

Grover
Comments from author:
The land battle will be harder, but perhaps not as hard as might be thought, for a number of reasons...

Thanks for the review.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [6 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Imperial Justice" from FireWolfe
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Wonderful update. I am really amazed at the emperessess hard work to save the one who would have killed her. I think its a good thing as it will allow Hellina to gain her own redemption and maybe help Diana Prince AKA Faith allong to as she will have someone who gets her. I can see them becoming great friends and as odd as it seems I can perhaps even see Draya becoming Helenia friend as well if not a close one. The Empressess is showing a strong sense of will and determination to do what she thinks is right even when she knows she can not save everyone including innocents in the war. That shows a person of high moral caliber. Wish our America leaders were have as good. Then again in fiction we can make a human far better than reality.
Comments from author:
The Empress is utterly opposed to the death penalty, but she has also recognised that exercising mercy wouldn't have been an option if Helia had tried to kill her during wartime, when the assassination of a head of state could have even worse consequences for the Empire than normal. Unfortunately, Drayana will be a long way away, given that Helia is being exiled to Earth (and no means of transport between galaxies as yet, aside from obliging Asgard).
Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Imperial Justice" from RevDorothyL
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Hurrah for an alternative to the death sentence for Helia, and for Drayana having one less death to cope with, strong though she is.
Comments from author:
The Empress is utterly opposed to the death penalty, but she also recognised that exercising mercy wouldn't have been an option if Helia had tried to kill her during wartime, when the assassination of a head of state could have even worse consequences for the Empire than normal. Indeed, she isn't sure if she could use this option in future, either.

Thanks for the review
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Interludes" from Alkeni
Review:
Another excellent chapter.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed it - thanks.
Review By [Alkeni] • Date [19 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Interludes" from RevDorothyL
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Excellent!

And I do so envy Sulvia and Dawn for their current additional guardians' willingness to carry them or play in the snow with them.

(Wanna guess which part of the film "The Golden Compass" was my absolute favorite and made the rest worth sitting through? Hint: it wasn't Daniel Craig's too-brief on-screen presence.) :)
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed it.

They'll have a lot more fun with their guardians in coming chapters. We'll also see the Imshai in action in a more serious setting.

I haven't actually seen the Golden Compass, but I'm guessing something about bears?

Thanks for the review
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [9 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Interludes" from DarthTenebrus
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Worth the wait; a situation developing on Imsha, with Ilarius making his presence felt again, and Drayana threatening extinction of the whole Forvan race for their role in releasing a bioweapon on a major Talluran world...the Talluran fleet steadily encroaching on a hostile power that latelyhas been questioning the strategy, and indeed the sanity, of their supreme commander the Khkerrikk Emperor...

The tension builds, and the anticipation, and all conveyed by a style of writing that consistently demonstrates a tale nt with narrative, detail, continuity and perspective...this has absolutely been brilliant so far. I do so desire to see how the new dynamic plays out between Ilarius and Sulvia (cuz I think we all know that Ilarius is going to try his damnedest to influence the Princess Imperial any way he can...)
Comments from author:
Glad you're still enjoying it. Things should come to a head with the Khkerrikk in the next chapter. Ilarius will have little opportunity to influence Sulvia, so he may be driven to extremes...

Thanks for the review.
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [7 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Interludes" from (Current Donor)Sulien
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As always, I very much enjoyed this update. I love the Imshai and I'm really looking forward to Faith's sparring match with Turo'ganiskh. Their planet and the description of the city was fascinating. The dolphins especially really intrigued me and I'm wondering if they're sentient (as I suspect ours are, to a great degree), but I suppose that's something I'll likely find out in a future update. *crosses fingers* The scene between Drayana and the High Priestess is my favorite in this update, though. Especially well done there!

Thanks for the update, you made my evening. :)
Comments from author:
It'll be an interesting sparring match - not as easy as either might think...

Glad you liked my notion of the Imshai city. I'll continue that aspect of world-building in the next chapter. As for the dolphins, maybe they are sentient...

I had a lot of help from Vidicon for the Drayana/High Priestess scene.

Thanks for the review - good to hear it made your evening.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [7 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Interludes" from Grovtech
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Just wow! The flow and pacing has me really looking forward to each and every chapter of this tale of yours. The power vacuum thing reminds of the post WWII thing of winning the peace. That's something no one has been very good at. Perhaps the Empress will do better.

Grover
Comments from author:
Even more of a World War one issue, so all the powers will have to work hard to make sure that the peace is permanent and resilient. She's still relatively inexperienced, but immensely talented, so there is some hope.

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [6 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Interludes" from Rich
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“The fact that you developed illegal weaponry designed to kill every sentient species in this sector does not help your case, Ambassador".

No, that usually doesn't go over very well...

Also, nice touch with the underwater bedroom. Not part of the story, but great atmosphere.

I remain stunned and envious. Some authors do well with large scale actions, others are good at attention to detail; you consistently do both simultaneously. This isn't a story, it's a universe, and the amount of sheer work put into it is amazing.

Seriously somebody should make a movie out of this epic.
Comments from author:
The Forvon are in a very sticky situation of their own making now...

There may be some underwater action at some point.

Doubt if anyone's going to make a movie out of it, but many thanks for the appreciation!

Thanks for the review
Review By [Rich] • Date [6 Sep 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: an Empire's Wrath" from Alkeni
Review:
Another brilliant chapter.
Comments from author:
Thanks - glad you're still enjoying it.
Review By [Alkeni] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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