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The Gift – Revisited

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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from ArjaiH
Review:
I loved the story...BUT...I do believe that Spike deserves the reward of a Second Chance at life as a hero due to his valor and devotion to his 'Bit' above and beyond the call of duty. Beside my niggly complaint it was a good tale all in all...thus far.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story.

And I agree about Spike's getting a second chance, which is where the follow-up story, 'The Quest' comes in. ;-)
Review By [ArjaiH] • Date [8 Sep 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from hamishog
Review:
I found this precisely one year after it was posted, so Happy Birthday.

And, as a Pathfinder player/fan, I give it a solid stamp of approval. The combo of classes, character types, and equipment would have given the most lethal enemies pause. Plus, it embraces the idea that if evil exists then so, logically, does good. And good, being good, doesn't like it when evil wins. The PTB never made a lick of sense to me especially their nod to free will and the balance. Both concepts are amorphous and building plots and plans and worldviews on them is sure to trip you up. But then, I'm not a big picture man (for want of a nail...). So, thanks for the little picture. The dynamic was great. Love to see more of them.
Comments from author:
Yeah, as many other people have pointed out in many other forums, 'good' does not necessarily mean 'stupid.'

Thanks for reviewing. ;-)
Review By [hamishog] • Date [25 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from BlueEyedBrigadier
Review:
Awesome McNeat work here!
Comments from author:
Thanks. I'm going to try and give each of the characters a short, individual piece to reflect on the changes that occurred as a result of Glory's trying to use the Key.
Review By [BlueEyedBrigadier] • Date [19 Aug 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from VillageOrchid
Review:
I'm not invested in this game world mythology, but you did a good job of including enough exposition to follow along. I thought perhaps this might also cross with the Zalazny "Amber" books - but perhaps this game was co-inspired with it.
Comments from author:
Since you mention it, Anya's alternate character was a (grand)child of Amber. ;-)
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [18 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Delkatar
Review:
Fascinating story!
Comments from author:
Thanks for reviewing. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
Review By [Delkatar] • Date [9 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from DarkKing
Review:
I'm not particularly familiar with Pathfinder, but from what I understand it is based on the D&D 3.5 rules. I'm familiar enough with those thanks to Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2.

Nice little setup, though I'm now wondering if this means the PTB now have competition in the form of visiting Pathfinder deities? There needs to be some sort of conduit between the Pathfinder universe and the Buffyverse in order for the Paladin and Cleric abilities to work properly. It'd serve the PTB right if they suddenly were forced to sleep on the couch as the new management takes over.
Comments from author:
Yeah, now that the Scoobies have actual evidence that *Some* 'Higher Powers' actually give two farts about them, their view of teh PTB wold likely change *drastically*. 0.0
Review By [DarkKing] • Date [30 Mar 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from emetcalf
Review:
Please, please, please a sequel, this was fantastic
Comments from author:
I'm glad you enjoyed the story. ;-)

Anything further detailing this particular Scooby-verse is dependent entirely on my muse's whims.
Review By [emetcalf] • Date [21 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from emetcalf
Review:
Please, please, please a sequel, this was fantastic
Comments from author:
I'm glad you enjoyed the story. ;-)

Anything further detailing this particular Scooby-verse is dependent entirely on my muse's whims.
Review By [emetcalf] • Date [21 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)dogbertcarroll
Review:
Since when is a child of Amber considered infernal?

Nice one shot, though I really felt like I needed a scorecard while reading it.
Comments from author:
That would be from the non-Amber parent's bloodline, since nothing offered remotely describes the Amber bloodline for the sorceress class. I would classify them more as an Outsider type of being, with very specific abilities.

And I wanted to convey the duality of everyone's memories with the last part of the story, which is why it might have seemed like there were so many people involved.
Review By [(Current Donor)dogbertcarroll] • Date [29 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Past Donor)ScottWanderer
Review:
I love it. Thank you.
Comments from author:
You're welcome. Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [(Past Donor)ScottWanderer] • Date [29 Aug 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Bobboky
Review:
very good work
Comments from author:
Thanks. Appreciate the review and the good words. ;-)
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [27 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Jazzibear
Review:
Well, well, and good gracious, and well I never! What an intriguing take on the disposal of Glory. Very many thanks to you!

I am totally ignorant of RPGs and therefore impervious to any references thereto. But I picked up the elements from the Courts of Amber. The ten Amber novels are some of my favourites, and it’s good to see that they are appreciated by others.

I was very surprised at seeing the name Jaelithe. I take it that it’s derived from Jaelithe, Simon Tregarth’s wife from Andre Norton's Witch World books.

I would be delighted if you were to feel moved to write more of this in the future. The cast has been assembled. It would be a shame to leave them unemployed.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story. I threw a number of potential plot hooks and references in there, for possible future use, and I'm glad you caught the Amber references, because they are simply a fantastic series. ;-)

And yes, you seem to be the only one who caught the Norton Witch World reference, too. ;-)

I figure that there will probably be more stories coming out of this universe in the future, but I have no idea when they might show up.
Review By [Jazzibear] • Date [26 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from deamon
Review:
you could mae this a series. each story could be from a different verse. like mass effect, dragon age, warcraft, xanth, D&D, star wars. iit would be pretty cool.
Comments from author:
That's a nice idea, but I'm not sufficiently familiar with several of the universe you mentioned to want to portray the Scoobies as characters from them.
Review By [deamon] • Date [26 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
Review:
Absolutely wonderful story! I love Pathfinder and the alter egos you picked for the Scoobies fit perfectly. I hope that your muse eventually finds a way to continue this.

Tom.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story. I went with the most common stereotype characters for the Scoobies, but I also contemplated several alternate classes/professions for all of them.

I might write those up sometime in the future, just to see the reactions. ;-)
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [26 Aug 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Dmitri
Review:
As a fan of Pathfinder I got say 'thank you' for writing this story, even if you left the whole Glory's butt getting kicked angle aside. (Seriously, she was annoying, like a lite version of evil Cordy or someone like that). Dawn is going to be safer now (aside from Tuesdays) and Spike... well, he's Spike. You didn't hit him any worse than Joss did in S5 onwards. Thanks again for the story!
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story. ;-)

As far as Glory was concerned, I couldn't really see the Scoobies actually beating her on a physical level, without some seriously significant power-ups, so I figured that the best way was to just have them get her booted out of the game, so to speak.

I also tried to give each of the Scoobies an appropriate power-up, and I left a number of potential future plot hooks dangling which I can pick up fairly easily, since I know my muse has been playing with a couple little plot bunyips lately. Nothing to really work on, yet, but I'm sure they'll show up eventually.
Review By [Dmitri] • Date [25 Aug 13] • Not Rated
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