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Review of chapter "Shining Light" from Marcel
Review:
I'm re-reading the series and just wanted to say - I'm looking forward to seeing the Wall destroyed.
Comments from author:
If it is. Shar, the Bridesmaids, the Scoobies, and Temina's crew make up a formidable force - but so is the alliance of gods and devils opposed to them and the battle will take place on Kelemvor's own ground. That final confrontation won't happen until 'Welcome to the Black Parade', and there's a lot of writing to come before then, but I'm retiring in September and I hope to be able to pick up the pace of my writing dramatically from then on.
Review By [Marcel] • Date [12 Jun 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from ShurikVch
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I dare you to describe in game terms how Shining Light managed to do all this stuff!

For example: "The force of the kick lifted me off the ground and hurled me through the air"
What's it? 'Awesome Charge'? Barbarian ACF. Have she levels in Fangshield Barbarian?
Or 'Awesome Blow'? Sorry, only for large+ creatures. And she is not large at all!

Another example: "brought her hands up and simply tossed me ten feet into the air"
Looks like 'Fling Enemy' or 'Fling Ally'. Both required lager size...

Also, Buffy tuning into aasimar doesn't much of sense. If celestial can be possible in afterlife, and half-celestial by some sort of inverted 'Nar Fiendbond' spell, aasimars are supposed to be born this way.

Also, "Rule One: ‘Don’t die’" matter much less in the world with readily access to such spells as 'Resurrection', 'Reincarnate' and 'Create Greater Undead'. Damn, allies can just 'Gate' her from whatever afterlife she have!

EDIT: Because people in D&D made from much sturdier stuff then in our world. Commoner of 1st level cannot die from dagger blow (even from critical strike!) Fighter can fall from orbit and survive it.

And 'die permanently' is pretty much impossible aside from falling prey of soul eaters or becoming "One more brick in the Wall"(c)

EDIT 2: Spell 'Total Repair' completely restore any inanimate nonmagical object, include dead body
Spell 'Reincarnate' explicitly required only " part of the creature's body".
Spell 'True Resurrection' not required body at all. Enough to say name of the dead, time and place of death and person will be resurrected. Yes, it's 9th level spell and takes diamonds worth of 250K gold, but still... Same with 'True Reincarnate' except it cost 1000 XP
And 'Gate' definitely don't need any body.
Comments from author:
Why should I describe the actions in game terms? Buffy could do them on the show - she kicked Riley with a result exactly like I describe, for instance - and so she can do them here. One of the early reviews of the series at SpaceBattles.com lambasted me for restricting the characters to the game mechanics too much but that was before I got to the bit where the world became real. These days I treat it as if it was a story set in any other world and I ignore game mechanics other than spells and spell-like abilities.

And Buffy hasn't turned into an Aasimar; she's just using an alias that is, in the game, the name of someone who is described as an Aasimar. The 'Light of Heavens' from the game isn't Buffy.

What Buffy means is 'Don't die permanently'. She needs Temina to stay alive because otherwise someone else, who doesn't have a shard of the Sword of Gith embedded in their chest, will have to take over the central role in the Betrayer's Crusade and a lot of preparation will have been for nothing.

EDIT: as I said, I'm no longer working to D&D rules. Commoners of 1st level can die from dagger blows now; in fact Chantry Linton, who is high enough level now to cast Raise Dead, died from a single dagger slice across her throat in 'A Plague of Serpents' Chapter 7. And dying permanently is easy here; ever since Jaheira stated that Khalid had been mutilated too badly to be Raised (a canon statement from BG2) that's how things have been working. If you're decapitated in the 'Tabula Avatar' universe you are dead.
Review By [ShurikVch] • Date [28 May 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from TheOdinson
Review:
Excellent as always, my friend!
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [TheOdinson] • Date [20 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from souldriven
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Okay, so i know this question is completely beside the point of this fic but, Buffy dated Artemis? I don't remember reading that in Tabula Avatar. Is she going to date Artemis? Cause I still remember Artemis's comment of 'if only I was younger' and chuckling over the larger age-gap between Buffy and her previous boyfriends. But then, it's been a while since I read the main books of your series, maybe I've forgotten stuff.

All that aside, interesting story, I'm curious to see how events unfold in Tabula Avatar in relation to this fic.
Comments from author:
Buffy has not yet dated Artemis in Tabula Avatar but she will in future chapters; he reappears in the story in the chapter that I'm writing now.
Review By [souldriven] • Date [1 Nov 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from Marcel
Review:
A fantastic little story in a fantastic series. I'm glad you haven't abandoned it and looking forward to lots more reading :)
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [Marcel] • Date [31 Oct 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from (Current Donor)vidicon
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This promises to end badly for poor Sorkatani... I hope that wall gets bludgeoned down and she possibly restored to life. It's the bloody least they (probably) owe her. Been there, done them? Including Entreri? Dear me, she really has bad luck with her boyfriends...

Thanks for writing
Comments from author:
Thank you!

Sorkatani will not be restored to life; her boyfriend is waiting for her in the Palace of Loss (now renamed 'Friends Reunited' since Shar's visit to Earth hinted at in the last APoS chapter).

Bad luck with her boyfriends? In 'A Plague of Serpents' one of the epitaphs on the gravestones at Crossroad Keep reads 'Bishop. He was a bastard, but he was our bastard'. And, yes, Buffy does date him between this story and that one.
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [31 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from arkeus
Review:
Oh my, Tara is coming :)

Nice little ficlet there!
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [arkeus] • Date [31 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from JustJesting
Review:
Awesome! I wondered when you would return to your mega crossover - Les Morts Dansant was good, but it didn't catch my attention the way the Tabula Avatar series did. And we got to see the Knight Captain and are introduced to the Crusade... This was good.

Thanks for writing
Just in Jest
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [JustJesting] • Date [31 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from lordmagius
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Nice bridge clearing up some questions from DoB/PoS. I have to agree with removing the Wall as well, it has no purpose existing. I recall in Prince of Lies, that there are a few ways to permanently destroy a soul without using the wall and are much quicker. Makes me wonder why such punishment isn't used. Couple of questions though.

1. If Kenadi was a slayer, then how skilled is Cierre?

2. Buffy and Entreri? Hope you have a one shot or an arc in TA for that. LOL

3. Waukeen charge card?

Thanks for updating this verse. Can't wait for updates on PoS and TA.

Especially PoS, we're back to the gate room.
Comments from author:
1) Very skilled - she's jealous of Drizzt, and has been working hard to try to catch up, plus she was well-trained as a fighter in Menzoberranzan - and she's also very strong (enough that a fairly new Slayer doesn't have much of an edge over her). But mainly she won because Kenadi's weapons weren't best suited to take advantage of her strengths and because Cierre faked Kenadi out by pretending to be stunned when really she'd resisted.

2) An arc in TA.

3) To be told in 'Stairway to Heaven', coming next after TA is finished.
Review By [lordmagius] • Date [31 Oct 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from (Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood
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Well, I certainly agree with the goal of tearing down the Wall of the Faithless - I got into a nasty flamewar years ago on a gaming site against some apparently religious twits who actually thought it was a just punishment for the "crime" of not having religious faith, when I was loudly decrying it as the worst injustice *ever* in the D&D multiverse - but Buffy's being a real bitch here.

Seriously - she won't give the newbie Slayer *critical, need-to-know information* (to quote Burt Gummer), or teach her little things, like, you know, how to maybe not die in battle against major supernatural foes unless the newbie can beat her in a fight, something said newbie has no chance of doing? The height of hypocrisy really, since she hated that treatment herself when she was starting out as a newbie Slayer.

Temina should tell her to stick it and continue to do her best as well as she can. Since Buffy's obviously not going to help, Temina should stop wasting her time with her. Of course, if Temina dies due to lack of useful training, well, maybe by the time the next Slayer comes around Buffy will have gotten bored with getting her kicks playing the "mysterious, but useless, trickster mentor" and actually be inclined to provide help, rather than just beatings and fortune-cookie wisdom. I'm rather disgusted with her here, and I really, really like your main Tabula Avatar series. Or maybe she'll just keep watching young Slayers die for her amusement - perhaps she's inherited the mantle of Quentin Travers after all.
Comments from author:
It's not Buffy's fault; Lathander has given her strict orders to do it this way. He wants any overconfidence knocked out of his paladin before she comes up against another exceptional fighter and suffers the fate that Kenadi Nefret suffered when she came up against Cierre - who was almost as strong and fast and had the advantage of a hundred years of combat experience.

And Buffy did drop a hint before the fight as to how Temina could win, or at least stand an even chance, but Temina didn't listen carefully enough to pick up on it. Next time Buffy will make the hint plainer - and, if Temina still doesn't get it, for the third fight Buffy will make it so plain that only an idiot could miss it.

Temina has to have won one of the next two fights or Buffy wouldn't be there in 'A Plague of Serpents'.
Review By [(Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [31 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from Gladius
Review:
Fantastic!
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [Gladius] • Date [31 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from Macfeste
Review:
YES. YES. Wait, does this mean Tara is dead?
Comments from author:
Thank you. No, Tara isn't dead, she's in Rashemen (with Willow and Minsc); she seems to have a special connection to the Slayer spirit, as indicated by her appearance in 'Restless' in the role of Sineya's herald, and that's why I'm using her in a similar role here.
Review By [Macfeste] • Date [30 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from vatisay
Review:
A nice little story, best part the fact you are updating again. Hope TB3 update is in the works. :)
Comments from author:
Thank you! Yes, it is in the works, although I'm only 900 words into it so far.
Review By [vatisay] • Date [30 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shining Light" from hdp
Review:
I love this crossover setting you've made, and this story is no exception. Poor KC.
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [hdp] • Date [30 Oct 12] • Not Rated
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