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Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Wizzzard
This is glorious. Love the characterizations of the Scoobies, and the beings of myth.

For the whole troll knight thing you might have used Huskarl, the permanent fighting force of a Norse king, but the ridder term also works. Incidentally it is also the danish word for knight.
Comments from author:
I'm glad that you liked this so well. I've been taking some down time while working on a piece for a different fandom to work on my outline for this series, and I'm looking forward to getting back to it. I have many interesting mythologies to visit still!

I looked at a variety of options, but of the valid terms that I could use, I chose Ridder because it gave me the most opportunities for bad puns.

Anyway, thank you for the review!
Review By [Wizzzard] • Date [26 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from (Current Donor)Tempi
I loved the ending and Willow's very reasonable ommitance of certain aspects of the Dragon Heart potion. I'm sure Buffy will come to appreciate being fluent in bird-tongue eventually. She can always persuade/threaten some birds to carpet bomb Willow with bird droppings the next time Willow meditates or sunbathes outside.

I look forward to the next story.
Comments from author:
Buffy does like to focus on the negatives of her Slayer related things at first -- and understanding bird speech is bound to be annoying at times. But it is something that will have its uses, and she will appreciate it... eventually.

Thank you for the review!
Review By [(Current Donor)Tempi] • Date [1 Feb 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Valandar
Japan... she can now talk to birds... Tengu? Kenku?
Comments from author:
Well, Tengu are often associated with swordsmanship in tales...
Anyway, thank you for the review!
Review By [Valandar] • Date [1 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifteen" from PATM
Good to know that season eight won't be a part of upcoming events. Greatly appreciated the continuation of the previous fun read. But just the epilog left? Vengeance deferred I suppose.
Comments from author:
Yeah, the story has diverged pretty heavily, and will only grow more so. I'm still going to try and account for all of the foreshadowing that we had been given, but some of it will mean different things than in canon. And vengeance? Best served cold.

I'm glad that you liked it, and thanks for reviewing!
Review By [PATM] • Date [29 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifteen" from malenicks
When I first saw the story a while ago I only read the first chapter and left it there. Then a couple of days ago I saw it again and was like 'Why didn't I finished this?'
So I started again and man am I glad I did. I loved it!
Also I'm glad Buffy and Willow got things out in the open, and Xander talked to Buffy about Satsu.
I look forward to seeing how it ends, even though I don't want it to end :D
Comments from author:
I'm glad that you gave it another look and enjoyed it. The Buffy/Willow conversation was badly needed -- at the point I diverged from canon they had so many issues between them they were barely friends, and the only heart to heart they had was brief and didn't get as much out in the open as mine did (the advantage of being stuck in a cave together). By season 9 I've started to wonder if they will ever be close friends again.

The talk about Satsu was also needed. Some of Buffy's conversation with Satsu in canon before they actually got together makes me think she really needed to have a conversation like this. She has definitely developed some issues about being involved with someone.

Thank you for reviewing!
Review By [malenicks] • Date [28 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fourteen" from (Current Donor)Tempi
Great crossover story with the Norse mythology. I look forward to reading the next one in your series.
Comments from author:
I'm glad that you liked it. Thank you for reviewing!
Review By [(Current Donor)Tempi] • Date [25 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Heh. Cool, a plane with sun and game large enough to feed the giant wolves. Giant puppies may be cute and useful, but who will feed them? Although given the task of protecting Dawn from kidnapping there's not much that would rate as 'overkill'. Yeah, Olaf should be happy, good to see him again. Nice to have Buffy and Willow work things out - any Norse hangover cures? suppose the dwarf is drunk as well if they're treating him as a troll...

Here's one drinking game ;)
Comments from author:
Yeah, I'm pretty fussy about those kinds of details, so if I have giant animals that need to eat, I have to provide them with proper sustenance. I can only imagine one person likely to get stuck with the day to day care of a giant wolf Buffy decides to keep as a pet -- Xander. Poor Xander.

Yeah, that is pretty much the Norse drinking game, but with poems instead of one word insults.
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [11 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eight" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Good thing for weather spells, it'll probably be dark and cold. Huh, heard the phrase 'dark elf' before - good to have it in context.

Heh. Maybe you need to work on your advertising? Some alternate summaries to draw readers' eyes:

To save Sweden from a dragon's hunger, Buffy must find a long lost weapon. She's worried about Willow's over-reliance on magic, but that elephant-size green squirrel is just too useful for her to say no.

Haunted by dreams of the dragon Fafnir devouring Sweden, Buffy and Willow must ascend through dimensions of Norse myth to reforge a deadly weapon.

Wrestling the undead, rescuing kidnapped dwarves, riding giant squirrels with the specter of a dragon hungry enough to start a second Ragnarok looming on the horizon... Buffy and Willow are having a busy week.

Feel free to ignore/remix ;)
Comments from author:
Yeah -- Svartalfr -- 'svart' is black (from which we derive the modern English word 'swarthy') and alfr is elf. The black is actually a reference to the color of their beards (they were supposed to have very pale skin). I love learning about mythology:)

I think you might be right about my summary not being eye catching enough -- it's hard to keep focused on this story when so few people seem interested (my first story on this site after posting I'd have several reviews within the day every time -- talk about incentive to post!). I expected this to be less popular (mythology cross, set during season 8, with a Buffy/Satsu eventual pairing? trifecta of disinterest for most) but it does feel a bit lonely getting so few people commenting.

I like your ideas:) I'll have to think about it. Anyway, thanks for reviewing!
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [4 Jan 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Nice pair of monsters, well written fight for Buffy.
Comments from author:
Thank you -- I wanted to throw some different foes at them, and I thought that Willow needed a chance to show how powerful she really is. Buffy, on the other hand, needed a challenge. I'm glad that you liked it. Thanks for the review!
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [4 Jan 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Six" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Nice squirrel. Claustrophobia is not fun. Looks like they're separated for the moment - I wonder if the green tracking light is still in reach or if it has winked out.

Glad they had downtime with their friends. Heh, if Willow is weak against death there should be interesting times for her near Hel ;)
Comments from author:
It's nice it get a response again (this story really isn't very popular). I decided I had to use Ratatoskr from the second I stumbled upon him in my research -- not sure why, just felt... compelled. I've always thought Buffy should suffer from a bit of claustrophobia after her experience in the coffin, and even if you didn't, being buried alive again would have to be pretty unpleasant.

Yeah, writing about them having some downtime felt good -- I like writing the Scooby gang in Season 8. They both have very good relationships (Buffy and Xander) and very strained ones (Buffy and Giles) and ones in between (Buffy and Willow), but they still work together well regardless of anything else. It gives some fertile ground to work with.

Thank you for the review!
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [29 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Awesome two-headed cat form. Not sure why Buffy didn't just let the first slayer ambush. Shame they were stopped before they could reach the tomb. Immune to weapons and earth? Would like to see how it fares against fire and ice and giant gnashing teeth, although the last is kind of hard to come by.
Comments from author:
I love the forms draugr take -- I was 'this close' to trying to find a use for the form of an earless, tailless horse with a broken back...

Anyway, next time the trip to the tomb shall commence, and Buffy will get her shot at beating it now that they are more prepared. Draugr can traditionally only defeated by being wrestled back to their tomb, although enough force of some other kind probably could work.

I'm glad you're enjoying this, and thanks for reviewing! My comment page was a little sparse.
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [19 Dec 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from texaswookie
ooh another one of these great. I'm also a lot better read read on this pantheon as well. I'm more familiar with Norse, Greek/Roman, and Briton Myths along with a handful of Arthurian and a pile of American Tall Tales. Recognized all the names here even if I did mistake the story title for Garm at first.

I can't help but wonder what other mythologies this series is going to touch now though.
Comments from author:
Yeah, I didn't have to do nearly as much research to get this story started -- Norse was something I was pretty familiar with to start.

As the name of the series implies, this is going to be seven stories, each about a different magical sword from mythology. It won't be seven different sets of mythology though -- several stories will be from the same countries.

I'm glad you're enjoying this series so far, and thanks for reviewing!
Review By [texaswookie] • Date [10 Dec 12] • Not Rated
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