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Review of chapter "The Patience of Saints..." from Harry
Review:
*Starts humming Imperial March* When the Sith decided that its best to let someone ROT in jail, then they will let them Rot. Nine years is nothing. But with allies outside waiting for the time to strike, these two WILL get out! And its good to see you back on this, even if it is for a incomplete chapter.

9-4-2014 As a fan of the author you mentioned, I know what you mean. Perhaps, it might be time for Illyria to come forth and give the Sith something to think about, that there is something out there that CAN give the Sith some headaches, and be near impossible to destroy!!!
Comments from author:
And I do intend to complete this chapter...just as soon as I can get enough to go on with the McManus brothers...too bad Il Duce bit the dust in the second movie.

Oh yeah...something just occurred to me that Cordelia may be their biggest weapon until Buffy is ready to get back in the fight. You know...Half Slayer and Half Old One. ..gotta mean something there, yeah? Just ask DeepBlueJoy about that one...
Review By [Harry] • Date [4 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Strategies and Developments" from Harry
Review:
Well, its time to do what the Council can to inform them of the threat by terrorists and such. But, until they can get Buffy used to her suit and ready to fight, the best that they can do is a stalling action. Because once Red and Dawn get going, there won't be much left to stop them.
Comments from author:
Well, the thing is that Buffy is already used to her suit, but the time is not yet right to reveal her to the Sith. The only problem with that is that Darth Vastia is already aware of Buffy's continued existence. Vastia, of course, is not very keen to reveal that particular fact to her Master, Darth Hera, and would rather keep Hera believing that Buffy is dead. This will, of course, motivate the Sith Apprentice to pursue the Slayer and put a final end to her. But from the perspective of the Third Watchers' Council, they cannot afford to unleash the Slayer until they have raised an army to deploy against the Sith and their future Empire, and so they are pursuing their several strategies to explore what options are available to finding more Potentials to Call as Slayers.

The recent events -- the conquest of North Korea (let's call a spade a spade here, shall we?), the routing of the Mexican drug cartels, and the recent terrorist attack in Houston and the City Council's opting to call upon BRS instead of the Texas National Guard to resolve the matter -- are a PR coup by the Sith, which I'll delineate in future chapters, designed to erode the public’s trust in their government and law enforcement community to do the best job around in a crisis of such magnitude. Fear of the next big attack being so much more serious and damaging to national, and subsequently, human morale is an excellent motivator and incentive to retracting one's confidence in the established infrastructure, which in turn has the effect of the community at large thence calling upon a recently-proven organization’s skill in resolving the same matters with greater aplomb. Fear then begins to dominate and characterize the group consciousness, which is then exploited in turn by the nefarious entities which engineered the crisis in the first place by fomenting ever-greater political instability until the situation achieves a desired effect, namely a public outcry for emergency management by BRS as a matter of national will instead of by the federal and state governments.

In other words, the continuum of political maneuvering, crisis emergence, public disillusionment with established leadership and subsequent calling on BRS to manage said crisis, and crisis resolution leading to further political maneuvering to escalate the situation places BRS, and the Sith as a matter of course, in the unique position to become the primary means of emergency management in the United States as a whole and around the world later on, thus paving the way for the Sith to achieve their ultimate goal of establishing an absolute dictatorship of the Earth. With the Slayers gone, and with the powers of the Sith Lords, there seems to be no stopping it.
Review By [Harry] • Date [4 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Strategies and Developments" from (Current Donor)Sithspit
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I do believe this is one of your best chapters to date. I can't put my finger on precisely what has changed, but the whole thing flowed smoothly, and I don't recall seeing a single grammatical error or typo or homophone. Nicely done.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sithspit] • Date [4 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Easing One's Conscience III - Angel's Story" from cmdruhura
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On her own terms. In her own way. She would not be satisfied until Buffy Summers was in pieces at her feet. Let her try to resurrect herself from that….



This is Buffy Summers we're talking about. Her atoms could be scattered across the entire universe and somehow, someway they would be pulled together again if needed. She will never be allowed to rest as long as there is something she can do against the evil in the world.
Comments from author:
Hmmm, you might recall that at the beginning of Season Six she had been pulled out of what Buffy had later realized was Heaven, indicating that she was not meant to be brought back from the dead. It was a dark, selfish thing that Willow did to bring back their friend, and it set her down the Dark Path eventually. At some point, Buffy had to be given her eternal reward for a job well done, and the torch passed to a new leader of the Slayers.

Just as soon as the war against the Sith is won, of course...but that's later on down the road in my tale...

Thanks for reviewing...
Review By [cmdruhura] • Date [8 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Easing One's Conscience III - Angel's Story" from ThePureOne
Review:
The first story was also great .
Comments from author:
Gotta know.... what did you think about it?
Review By [ThePureOne] • Date [7 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Easing One's Conscience III - Angel's Story" from ThePureOne
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So I just started reading this story and I love it! ...dawn or whatever her name is needs her ass kicked bad and so does willow
Comments from author:
Have you read "Rise Dark Sisters" yet? You should start with that, that sets it all up...

Enjoy

DT
Review By [ThePureOne] • Date [7 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Easing One's Conscience III - Angel's Story" from Harry
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*Starts humming Imperial March* Sounds like Lady Vasta has realized that she did NOT kill off Buffy! And, now she realizes that even with a Clone Army of her own, she cannot dispose of her Master until she deals with the Slayer! As for O'Neill and SGC, I LOVE JACK'S idea! Ship the clones off to the Asguard to experiment with! Even Sam loved it, and she is NOT one to laugh very often at Jack's crazy ideas!
Comments from author:
Hmmm, *Starts humming Sith theme* It's Lord Vastia, though Vastia is a female, I intended the title to be non-gender-specific, so SHE is LORD Vastia. Yeah, I know...repetitive much...

But, yeah, Lord Vastia is scared half to death that her erstwhile sister is still alive. Rest assured, there will be a confrontation eventually, and it...will....Be... EPIC! I probably will write the fight scene first, since that's forming in my head right now, then fill in the gaps later. But there is OH, SO much to cover between now and then! This thing may end up being twice as long as Rise, maybe longer. And yes, I apologize, I've been working on Code Ragnarok with Rich, Pythia, and HMaxMarius. It's open to all authors, but your first part has to introduce your story, do that in "Code Ragnarok -- Stand and Be Counted". Once you do, then HMaxMarius will add you to the list of authors authorized to work with "Code Ragnarok -- Battlefront". Just don't step on another author's work...I made that mistake, and it screwed up the story for a bit, but it worked itself out since then, and it's really in-depth.

The offer stands. Dare you accept the challenge of RAGNAROK?
Review By [Harry] • Date [7 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Easing One's Conscience II - In The Admiral's Arms" from Harry
Review:
Well, this man may be gay, but he knows how to take care of himself. Now, lets see how he reacts to the news that the Sith DO EXIST!
Comments from author:
I invite you to reread "The Matter of the Clones" in "Balance of Powers," it's still unfinished and I'm adding material to it as we speak...

Update 15 Jan 2013 - working on Code Ragnarök at this time, might be a while (hopefully only a short while) before I can get back to writing "Balance of Powers"...take a gander at this epic multiauthor tale of war, heroes and sacrifice ..
Review By [Harry] • Date [17 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Easing One's Conscience, Part I - The Profiler" from Harry
Review:
Sounds like Angel may have found a ally in this former FBI agent. Lets see if it pays off.
Comments from author:
It should...maybe it will for everyone...but that's just speculation. Angel will know more about Special Agent Smecker, one way or another...
Review By [Harry] • Date [16 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Nightmares" from Harry
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EASY BUFFY! You are becoming more and more like Vader when you are like this! Keep your cool. Use that anger to focus your abilities with the force. Otherwise, you are going to be dead meat.
Comments from author:
No one's calling it the Force yet, if ever they do. I never intended for the power of the magicks, whether Dark or otherwise, to evolve into their respective aspects of the Force, but I suppose maybe they must, if this story keeps going in the direction I envisioned it so far...

Edit 14 Jan 2013 -- I was just rereading your comment here, and it occurred to me that you had said Buffy should use her anger to focus her mystical abilities. Bear in mind that anger leads to hate, and hate leads to the Dark Side. It would be imperative for the reborn Slayer to focus on dismissing the raw anger within her and listening to the voice of the Goddess ...it would help her to come to terms with what she is and what she can learn in her quest to take down the Sith.
Review By [Harry] • Date [13 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Matter of the Clones" from Harry
Review:
Hera is playing the Senate like a concert pianist. And she will have them eating out of her hands. If only they TRULY knew what they were dealing with. They would be quivering in their seats and some would be wishing that they could be in the bathroom instead.
Comments from author:
Oh, this isn't done by a LONG shot...Senate hearings tend to be very long and drawn out, and unless the Dark Lord decides to use her dark gifts in there to influence them directly, it may go on longer. She can't afford to use mind tricks on career politicians, she's far too shrewd for that...and so are they.
Review By [Harry] • Date [13 Dec 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Recruitment" from Harry
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I understand where Xander is coming from. Lord knows I do. But, in a situation like this, if you don't try to reach out for the light, and hope and pray that there is some light left in Dawn and Willow, then you're going to end up in the same path and fate that they are.
Comments from author:
I wouldn't worry so much for Xander in that regard. He has at best a limited ability to wield the power of the magicks. His best example, and perhaps the only one, is a scene where he reads Latin text in an enchanted book, and the book starts burning. That's about the scope of his ability.

What he should worry about most is what his terrible hatred for the Sith will do to his soul. No magicks, but his clouded judgement will lead him to order people to carry out less ethical tasks or carry out more noble tasks using less ethical means. It all goes back to how the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, as the proverb goes. One terrible deed in the name of goodness may be the same as a thousand such.
Review By [Harry] • Date [13 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Sundering of North Korea" from Harry
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Its worse than ROTS! This is post ROTS. Willow is using a mixture of Magic and tech to grow her clones and send them off to force the world to bow to her feet. And any Slayer, active or just a potential, is fodder for Willow's apprentice. This is time to, as they would say in the Godfather, to head for the Mattresses and take on your foes when you have the best chance. Its do or die time now.
Comments from author:
No, it's worse than even that. She's not forcing the world to bow to her feet, not yet. Right now, she's convincing them that they WANT to bow to her...
Review By [Harry] • Date [13 Dec 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Three - A Changing World..." from Harry
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*Starts humming Imperial March* If both Dru and ILLYRIA had the same vision, then there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. DEFCON 1 is now in effect. Its time to start coordinating everything to the best of the council's abilities. This is no joke. This is do or die time.
Comments from author:
You read the prophecy at the beginning of it all, yes? I tend to think it's unfinished. Give me your best finish to the prophecy of the Dark Sisters, and I'll see where it will take the story...hooked now?
Review By [Harry] • Date [13 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Matter of the Clones" from djhardim
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Rereading the prophecy I get the following - To make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.

As far as the Powers are concerned, a period of severe hardship for the Slayers is necessary to strengthen them. Not the first time a hero has been put through the wringer.
Comments from author:
Hey, do me a favor; finish the prophecy LOL
Review By [djhardim] • Date [19 Oct 12] • Not Rated
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