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Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from cloudleonsgurl
Review:
So, I've reread this because it is one of my favs and I do hope you will continued. Not to mention, that I just listened to 'This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race' by Fall Out Boy and was reminded of this fic.

Here are some of the lyrics:

I'm a leading man
And the lies I weave are oh so intricate,
Oh so intricate.

Just thought I would share that with you. :D
Review By [cloudleonsgurl] • Date [10 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from cloudleonsgurl
Review:
Still loving it. Haven't been on here in a while, but this is one of my favs and I had to look it up again. :D
Review By [cloudleonsgurl] • Date [2 May 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from (Current Donor)Ironbear
Review:
I hope this isn't completely dead. You really should continue it.

Not going to even try to judge the crossover, as my only knowledge of Final Fantasy is from the movie(s?). Which, I'll freely admit that while I enjoyed watching, probably aren't really representative of the games and the mythos - movie adaptations of games seldom are. That being the case, it was the interactions and dynamics between the Scoobies that kept me reading.

On the whole, entertaining story. I really enjoy Xander/Cordelia pairings in fics, whether friendship or romance. Have to admit that I prefer the romantic pairing as they make such an entertaining and realistic couple onscreen, with an obvious affection for each other.

Spear is a good idea. I had them using both makeshift and actual spears in our Nightwatchmen stuff on FFnet. I had the same reaction that you mentioned of wondering why that weapon never seemed to show up in fics...

"Don't worry about struggling, if plan A doesn't work for The Judge I think the Scoobies of this AU are doomed...."

Easy way to circumvent that: don't allow Jenny to convince them to have Angel take the Judge's arm out at night where vampires can jump him and Buffy. Have *someone* in the group, don't really care who, have the common sense to suggest that moving it in the daylight at least until it's away from Sunnydale is safer. (If they still have to have Angel transport it, then he can drive down and meet them in LA or something.) And no real need to take it to Nepal: take it out on a boat and drop it offshore off of the continental shelf. Even if he can find it, Spike's not gonna recover it from there: the pressure would crumple a vampire just as easily as it will a submarine.
Comments from author:
I will nerco (as the space battles forum would put it) this story eventually. It's my epic fanfic baby. Though looking back on the first few chapters there's some cleaning up to do once I finish season two.

I'm not surprised you haven't played final fantasy xii, not many have (including quite a few other readers of this fic so you're not alone here). Its cast has very similar roles to that of the first Star Wars trilogy (or episodes four to six) and Baltheir is Han Solo essentially. Don't worry about not knowing much about ff12 as I try to explain any crossover material as it appears.

I love Cordelia/Xander as well. There's just something about snarky couples that I adore. Right now the two are becoming good friends but, I am open to the two slow-burning into a romance in time. It depends on how agreeable the two characters are on paper.

I think it was fate/stay night that said the spear was the best weapon archetype and all weaponry since has been developed around the concept of improving it. Final Fantasy 12 is just rare in the fact the best spear in the game is also the best weapon in the game. (And the fact it has spear type weapons at all)

As for the judge.... I have an idea on how to handle him. I'm just not sure how to plausibly execute it. The Occam's razor solution is maigick but I think that's cheap and not very fun.
Review By [(Current Donor)Ironbear] • Date [6 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from Oxnate
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Here's to hoping I poke your muse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nW2J5edrWk

That's right. Every cutscene from FF12. Enjoy!

-Nate
Comments from author:
Thanks, I've been loooking for something like this. I just sort of fell out of mindset for this fic and am having trouble re-figuring out Xander's character. This will definitly help.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [20 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
Review:
Great chapters!
Comments from author:
Thank you. Wow, it's been a while since i updated this fic and others. I feel horrible about it. Hopefully I'll have some new stuff written up soon. I can't make any promises unfortunately.
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [22 May 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from solitare
Review:
I assume that Balthier does not know Curasa (the status healing spell)?
Comments from author:
He does not know Esuna, no. There's five magicks fields in final fantasy 12; white (healing), black (elemental attack), green (status effects), time (speed and movement), and arcane (the other attack type). White and black become very expensive to cast so they're best left to party members with the magick reserves to cast such spells (Penelo, Ashe, and Vaan). Green, Arcane, and Time are much cheaper in comparison but its time magick the compliments marksmanship the best so that's what Balthier learned.
Review By [solitare] • Date [21 Mar 13] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from Orchamus
Review:
Nicely done on this one, the flashbacks were a bit odd, but a nice touch, and I'm assuming that other than dealing with Balthier's personal problems and pertaining to sickness, they'll have more relevance later. Or perhaps they are simply there to show Xander's development to a more Balthier-like person? Either way, great chapter, and I look forward to more.
Comments from author:
They're sort of a lead into the events of 'The Dark Age' episode. Xander and Balthier both have father-figure issues and Giles is steadily becoming a surrogate dad to this Xander. So the flashbacks and the title are more about the father issues than casting Cure. Hopefully, retrospectively, this chapter will make more sense as I get more into Balthier's complicated relationship with Dr.Cid.
Review By [Orchamus] • Date [21 Mar 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from DragonBard
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I hope you get the Xander/Willow/Buffy situation straightened out positively, and heal them back into being best friends.

This present situation just bugs me.
Comments from author:
I understand what you mean, I'm sort of done with the situation myself.

On the show it bugged a lot of people how much Xander got pushed away in season 3 and struggled to find his place/way in the following seasons. Willow's situation is sort of the consequence of that scenario no longer happening as well as me wanting Halloween to have more adverse effects on the scoobies than just Xander. Timeline wise give it an episode or two. Depends on how fast I can move that plot arc (it's already half-way done, if it makes you feel better).

Well that and i have serious pet peeves about willow's character development that are now going to be addressed. You know the saying, sometimes you have to break some eggs to make an omlett.
Review By [DragonBard] • Date [20 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from Bobboky
Review:
very good
Comments from author:
thank you
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [20 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from Oxnate
Review:
Doctors think I should ** chemo shot -- *give*

Now that we ... Xander and Willow, we'll discuss *you're* magic lessons tomorrow... -- *your*

Love it.
Comments from author:
what the- give is in my desktop copy of this chapter. ??? How? Technology. I will never understand it.

Anyways, thanks for the review of approval and the typo/spelling error corrections.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [20 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: The Cure For What Ails You" from AbscondingCascade
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Does Balthier get knowledge of how to deal with poison in FFXII? (Only played a bit of it before my old PS2 went kaput) As would Joyce's illness in season 5 fall under the poison qualification. Now in thanks have a little bit of my childhood that I watched on the Disney Channel On Sky, Its from one of my all time favourite shows that I watched as a kid ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4RHgijF7i0
Comments from author:
Ah, no, not exactly. Poison is never verbally covered by the cast. My explanation is more or less based off game mechanics than dialogue. Poison is not the same as cancer but I thought it was a good comparison given the situation. Xander's Cure only took care of the damage Ford's cancer was causing him, not the actual problem; which is like how cure restores hp lost from poison but doesn't treat the poison status effect.
Review By [AbscondingCascade] • Date [20 Mar 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 7: Conversations" from burn
Review:
I like this story so far. While know about FF in general, I've never played the game as I generally loathe anything anime. I gave your story a shot and I was pleased that the crossover bits were well explained.

I'd actually like to see Xander be a little more of the hormonal teenager. He's surrounded by good looking girls all the time. He's got to be going a little crazy. I would bet that Ms. Calender would be far more enticing after Halloween given his new found maturity. Not that he would do something too stupid but maybe he could root vicariously through Giles instead?

Anyhoo, Thanks.
Comments from author:
Honestly? As slow-paced as this story is I just haven't had time to work realistic stuff like that in without feeling as if the story is getting off-course. He's only been the honorary male of the Cordettes for a few days and he did realize in the previous chapter 'hey, I'm hanging out with the prettiest girls in school.' I enjoy writing him with the Cordettes, they're fun, so the fact that Xander is a horomonal male teen will prop back up again. Eventually.

As for FF12, it's understandable you haven't played it. Not a lot of people reading this fic have and so I try very hard to make sure that readers aren't left feeling confused by the FF12 elements I'm bringing into this crossover. It's good to know I'm handling that well.
Review By [burn] • Date [4 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7: Conversations" from Bobboky
Review:
Very good
Comments from author:
Thank you
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [3 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7: Conversations" from Oxnate
Review:
You'll forgive me for taking so long to read and review. RL is hitting me particularly hard right now too. Enough that it took a while to re-read your story. Which I still love. Great chapter.
Comments from author:
Thanks Oxnate. Sorry to hear RL hasn't been kind to you either. Got to say though, I'm happy to finally be writing this fic again.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [3 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7: Conversations" from Dragonbaita
Review:
Congrats on another perfect chapter! Please hury with more , I'm greedy.
Comments from author:
Aw shucks, thanks. Not sure when I'll update next, this story is a bit harder to write than I like to admit. I'm hoping once I get to the Giles's dark past it'll get easier. Just getting there is taking a while because the pacing in this story is so slow.
Review By [Dragonbaita] • Date [1 Mar 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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