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Review of chapter "Epilogue" from wert
Review:
Gerät storry. Ihope that you return to writing ins day.
Comments from author:
Thank you, I am actually working on a couple of stories (including a sequel to Things that Matter), but I'm also travelling through New Zealand at the moment, and I don't always actually get around to do some writing. This should start to improve pretty soon though.
Review By [wert] • Date [23 Jan 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from (Past Donor)Effrem
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Throughly enjoyable!
Well written, and almost worthy of publication.
I liked the jumps to explain the different paths in the story. It made it difficult to look ahead and see your plot variations.
There wasn't much fill (text that wasn't important to actual story), I fact it was necessary to read every line.

Thank you and Congratulations

Effrem
Comments from author:
Wow, that was nice to read. Thank you very much for your compliments.
Review By [(Past Donor)Effrem] • Date [16 Feb 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from atz
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One of my favourite series, I am very much looking forward to a sequel. I can see a number of ways that you can take this story (as well as the rest of the Black Sunrise series) and am looking forward to seeing which one you choose (as well as if I have guessed correctly).

A couple of thoughts/questions:
It was implied that Dawn hadn't realised that Samantha is the daughter of one of her victims until Samantha mentioned it. Would Dawn have then continued with her eventual actions if there was another option (in terms of people in Samantha position who could be influenced) or was Samantha always going to be manipulated into hating Dawn at the appropriate time and this was just an ideal way to do it?
Which technique is Dawn likely to take to get the transgenics out of Seattle, the Mexican standoff that exists at the end of this story limits options greatly
Comments from author:
Thank you for your kind words.
No, Dawn hadn't planned on making Samantha hate her. As mentioned she wasn't really happy about having to manipulate Samantha's memories in the first place, but didn't have a lot of choice at the time. Unfortunately, while she knew the original memories would return she hadn't counted on that happening at this time. It will only make things harder for her, although how she'll react to it is part of the sequel.
Dawn's plans for the transgenics will be detailed there as well, although I can tell you that it doesn't really matter to her that they might hate her. After all, there are others they hate even more.
Review By [atz] • Date [8 Jul 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Prologue" from Vld
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*Pales* You would not do that, would you? I mean, having us wait for two years before sending the sequel, right? I mean, that would be so... so... *shiver* Please do not do that!
Oh, and I forgot to mention the part of the prophecy about the... dream traveler, I believe she was called in this one? You said we would get some answers about the main verse (Black Sunrise main line I mean). I wonder how a confrontation between both Dawns would go? And that gives me a new theory about the moment where Noir killed someone in a place when Dawn was in another. There can be two reasons for that, one being the Terakans did like they said they did on a number of occasions, and the other could be that Dawn, the one from Black Sunrise did.
Comments from author:
That would be cruel, wouldn't it? Don't worry though, I doubt you'll have to wait that long although I won't make any promises.
Ah, and another theory :-)
A confrontation between the two Dawn's would probably depend on the time and situation it took place. There are many ways this could go, but the dreams don't work like that. Sorry to actually debunk your theory, but even in the dreams there can be only one Dawn on a world.
Review By [Vld] • Date [14 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Vld
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I actually have a theory that I forgot to mention. One considering Samantha. I'm thinking Dawn is actually forging her to not just end her, but replacing her as well. But by entering her life so late (I mean when Sam was 16, if I remember correctly) she ensured that she wouldn't do what both Altena in her former universe and the Council did. Because despite her appearant lack of morality, she would never use a child like they did.
Comments from author:
There are things in this theory that are close to the one I meant in my previous reply. I won't say which ones though.
Review By [Vld] • Date [10 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Vld
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GAAAAHHHH! Man, I was so hoping for some answers! Well, the prophecy is an important answer on itself, and the knowledge that there will be a sequel actually is the best possible answer lol! I really enjoyed reading this, and can't wait for more.
Comments from author:
Well, I'd say I hate to keep you in suspense like this, but I'd be lying :-)
The answers you'll recieve in the sequel won't be answers you'll expect though (at least not all of them). There is one theory that neither you nor anybody else has actually mentioned so far, and that is one that is more important than all the others. There are hints in the story, but so far nobody but me actually knows what is really going on here. And I love it like that.
Hmm, maybe I should wait a couple of years before I do anything more with the sequel?

Nah, I can't do that to you.

Can I?
Review By [Vld] • Date [10 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 16" from Vld
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And to think ever since the third or fourth chapter I actually believed she had accepted the contract... stupid me. Oh well... I'm half-dreading the confrontation with Samantha, and I'm almost convinced Dawn already knows that she found out. I wonder... ever since she killed Chloe, she never killed anyone she considered a friend, so will she be able to? Or, more importantly, will she need to? Only one chapter left, and I have yet to figure anything... but I sure as hell love that story!!!
Comments from author:
Considering that I wrote the story in such a way that you were supposed to believe that, you really shouldn't blame yourself. The confrontation with Samantha will happen in the sequel. Like most of that story it has already been planned, but simply needs to be written. Which is of course the part that takes the most time.
There is one thing I can assure you about this Dawn: she has a goal, and if that goal would require her to kill somebody she cared about she would do so. This doesn't mean she wouldn't try to avoid it, but in the end there are only a few things that matter.
Review By [Vld] • Date [10 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 15" from Vld
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So, if I remember correctly there WAS a woman scientist in the show, who was killed when Manticore was destroyed, was it her? And wasn't she killed by White?
Comments from author:
Yes, there was a woman scientist in the show, and yes this was Renfro. She was killed by friendly fire, one of the guards if I'm not mistaken. A lot of the scene I've described happened that way in the show, although obviouslsy she didn't work for Dawn there :-)
Review By [Vld] • Date [9 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 14" from Vld
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Oh, I can't wait to learn how important Samantha is... and I'm starting to think depending on Max's answer, Noir may let a contract go. For the first time ever. Renfro will probably be explained in the next chapter, so I won't ask the obvious question. And I can't wait to hear the prophecy!!!
Comments from author:
What can I say? You've had answers to a number of these questions, and the others will have to wait until the sequel.
Review By [Vld] • Date [9 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from Vld
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Wow. I mean, WOW! Samantha's memories were... well, harsh. I'm actually happy these were just your regular vamps though, because they would have eaten the girl anyway, but at least they didn't do some... well, other things. That would have been so much worse. Samantha's feeling of guilt is understandable, anybody would feel like that, even if they aren't responsible in any way.
The part with Blanc was simply put business. And why Blanc? Is it because Noir's opponents must be called that? (I mean, I have no doubt tha White will become her enemy, and White means Blanc so... Okay, Blanc means White since we're using english here)
And I realy wonder what Samantha's role in all of this is. For a second I thought that maybe she would become heir to Noir but... one, that would be too obvious, and two, it is too unlikely. I mean, the girl might know swordfighting, but she doesn't know much else.
Comments from author:
Having the vamps be even worse would have been overkill. This way it was more than enough without adding the extra horror of those other things. But you'd figured that out for yourself, so I'm mostly repeating what I'd already told you.
To be completely honest, I'm not entirely certain anymore why I chose Blanc. I needed a French name, and that was one, but I don't think it was because I wanted it to be the complete opposite of Noir.
Review By [Vld] • Date [8 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 12" from Vld
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I was wondering when the Terakan would enter the game... Now I've got my answer. Ten says she only stunned Dave, and won't kill Original Cindy. Whether she kills anybody else... well, of course she will. And I liked how she convinced John to help her out.
Comments from author:
Hmm, you've finished the story by now, but even if you hadn't I wouldn't have taken that bet...
Review By [Vld] • Date [8 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 11" from Vld
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Me again lol! Unfortunately, I've got no new theories in this one, which I believe is because I'm too tired to think of one right now *sigh* So it is confirmed then, Mansfield isn't Sam's father. Well, I'll finish reading the story first, but I may have to reread it if only to know how she killed Trudeau Father, assuming of course it isn't related in the following chapters. And not only was I right about Dave being the Boss, I also was right about her not shooting him. Yeah, more I read it, the more I'm believing in a somehow happy ending. Anyway. I've been listening "Salva Nos" while reading the battle parts... and... well, this REALLY is Noir! I mean, I almost feel like I'm watching an episode of the show! You are THAT great!!!
Comments from author:
Sorry for the late replies, but I'll do them all today. :-)
Luckily that also means that I do have some of your new theories to read, even if it isn't in this review.
And thank you for the compliment; words like that always manage to put me in a very good mood. I must confess though, that I often have the Noir soundtrack running while I'm writing so it should fit with the music as that's what I write it to.
Review By [Vld] • Date [7 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 10" from Vld
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First, something I forgot in my previous review: You asked if people read this story, and if it should keep going. Well, my answer arrives a little late, or you must have achieved everything you wanted, but like I said in previous reviews, I LOVE that story.
Now, as for the review about this chapter: YAY! I WAS RIGHT!!! About Dave, I mean. Maybe she can have her happily ever after, after all? I seriously doubt it, seeing how you wrote this story until now, but hey, one can hope, right?
Now, I've come up with yet another weird theory. While she's been hired to kill Max, she still can use that means to save the rest of the transgenics, in her own personnal ways. With every sources of information she seems to have, I bet she knows how bad the Conclave is, and I think she will face them once she's killed Max, especially since the way I see it, Max is pretty close to Buffy in character.
Comments from author:
I'd almost forgotten about that... It was the one and only time I actually asked something like that and I still feel ashamed for it. Especially as it really didn't matter since I would have continued posting regardless of the outcome.
But back to important stuff: yes, you were right about Dave :-) If you're right about any of the other things is something you'll have to find out for yourself, but I must say I like reading your theories.
Review By [Vld] • Date [7 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from Vld
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So, Mansfield is part of the Conclave... I wonder if their is a connection between him and White? Other than the Conclave I mean. Could totally dismiss my theory about Mansfield being Samantha's father, but considering the Conclave's ability to look innocent, I still keep that in mind. But since she doesn't seem to have any knowledge of the Conclave, I still think it's unlikely she killed him, so probably not Sam's dad.
Now, I'm guessing Divination-practicing Soldats, at the least, because they seem to know a little too much. And not only about this reality.
I got a little worried for a time, I thought she would fall for Adrian's tricks, but I guess I shouldn't have worried. I'm really glad the bastard's dead (can't help for him to die in the main universe as well), and I feel sorry for The Slave (poor girl doesn't even have an identity).
Loved the trip through Memory Lane, especially since it was the first time she thought about Mireille AND Chloe without immediately closing herself like she seemed to do before.
And the comparison between the two villages, tiny detail through tiny detail was really good.
Now, new theory about the Soldats, and Noir. They actually existed in this universe, but got mostly disbanded, Noir being definitely dismantled. and the remaining Soldats managed to predict her return.
Comments from author:
Yeah, Adrian isn't exactly the nicest person around, is he? I'm glad you liked this chapter, it's one of the more important ones in the whole series. Which is rather obvious with what happens of course.
Review By [Vld] • Date [7 Sep 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8" from Vld
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Loved that fight! Pretty amazing if you ask me! I wonder if, despite her strenght not being as enhanced as a Slayer's, she might not be better than Buffy ever was. Now, I wonder who Samantha's father was... I have a slight suspicion it may beMansfield, in which case, she's deluded in thinking he was a good man. I may be wrong, though.
Comments from author:
Thanks.
Would this Dawn be able to beat Buffy? Or for that matter, would Kirika be able to do that? It's a question that has been asked several times and one that I've thought about quite a bit. To be honest, I think it depends on the situation. Both are trained killers, but if they had to fight each other to the death my money would be on Dawn because she doesn't have the same problem with killing humans that Buffy has.
In a training match I believe Buffy would win because Dawn would try to hold back too much because she wouldn't be sure how far she could go. In Noir there was only one training match shown and that was between the emotionless Kirika and Chloe. That match showed that if Kirika gave everything she could kill Chloe even during training (only stopping herself at the last moment), but Dawn wouldn't be able to go that far where it concerns training because emotions would stop her from hurting Buffy too badly.
In a fight against demons I think I'd go for Buffy as well. She was designed to hunt them, and even though Dawn has a lot more experience by now and better weapons, the fact that Buffy is the Slayer would be a psychological aid like no other against demons.
Against humans isn't even worth comparing as there is no doubt who'd be better at that. The trained assassin, or the protector of humanity.
So, as I said I think it depends on the situation.
Review By [Vld] • Date [6 Sep 06] • Not Rated
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