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Review of chapter "Never Trust Harmony" from Orchamus
Review:
Damn, glad to see more of this, though I must say Harmony acting intelligently, somewhat, is disconcerting lol.
Comments from author:
Everybody underwent changes, some are more severe than others.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Orchamus] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Please don't magic me..." from MistofRainbows
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I'm not really enjoying the weak Xander... normally muscle doesn't decrease that much from a week or two in the hospital. (at least not if you're a male.) As for it magically vanishing that's rather a lame cop out... as is the coughing and crap. Considering Rastlin was just a weakling physically there wasn't anything mystical about it. It just seems rather twisted to me and a pointless attempt to 'balance' things. The eyes were about the only mystical part... never mind.

That being said, the chemistry teacher giving the jock a game night detention was amusing.
Comments from author:
Actually, the skin, the eyes, hair and weak constitution were all part of the curse. While Raistlin was weak before the curse, he wasn't feeble like he was afterwards. His cough and poor endurance are part of the curse. Par-Salin specifically gave Raistlin the herbal recipe to deal with the cough when the curse caused it.

Xander was also in the hospital for a month. Having been stuck in a hospital bed for a long period of time myself, I can say YES it is possible for someone to feel completely weak after a stay.

And it wouldn't make sense to give him Raistlin's abilities and not have the whole package. I personally got tired of Uber-Super-Xander stories. This was my answer.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [MistofRainbows] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Never Trust Harmony" from LordCorwin
Review:
thank you for the update..... very well done.. :)
Comments from author:
You're welcome. Thanks!
Review By [LordCorwin] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Never Trust Harmony" from Bobboky
Review:
Very good
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Never Trust Harmony" from Oxnate
Review:
I have to say this is much easier to get into and follow than the other D&D story you've got. Still not familiar with the 'verse but I know what's going on and a quick glance at Wikipedia tells me what I need to know about the characters.

Well written and very balanced. Well done.
Comments from author:
I suppose it's because the Forgotten Realms is BIG and "Silver Lining" was potentially even bigger. It was a huge undertaking and diverts quite quickly from the familiar. It also had a target audience of both Realms fans and Buffy fans.

This is centered in the Buffy world using well known tropes. There will be a bit more of DragonLance in the future, but it shouldn't be too lore reliant.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Never Trust Harmony" from Vilkath
Review:
Interesting stuff, and I have to say I see some potential between Harmony and Xander. If they can manage to get along at least she's some one Xander can look at without seeing a corpse, something not even the longest lived elves could do for Raistlin. Xander could even provide something for Harmony, she always was a follower. Xander could be the brains of their relationship. Only real question is how could Xander possibly spend a night with Harmony without dying of stress? On the other hand.. what a way to go hehe.
Comments from author:
No, no Xander/Harmony in this story. Relationships are for much farther down the road. Many steps must be taken before that happens.

Harmony does need someone who is capable of keeping her under control, but not completely dominating her. She's too forceful a person to really be submissive. And even in a story no one should ever force that kind of relationship. Someone she considers an equal. She's currently struggling between her demonic nature and the society she was raised in, trying to find out where she belongs. She still loves her parents, but she's also not human anymore. And add in that she's killed a crapload of people. She'll need to deal with that, too.

She'll also need someone forceful enough of body to resist her ability to suck the lifeforce out of you. That takes a special kind of constitution that Xander just doesn't have.

On the other hand, Xander and Harmony might be able to understand each other if they made a truce. I don't think it could possibly ever be romantic, but could be friends some day... in some strange fashion.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Vilkath] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Never Trust Harmony" from Bluesnowman
Review:
Good work
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [Bluesnowman] • Date [4 Aug 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Not Exactly your Dickens' Standard" from dragoncloud
Review:
I have to say that this is a very interesting story. I have seen many stories where Xander was stronger in someway with very little cost for the power after Halloween. Him being turned into Raistlin and suffering for the power of magic with his health is a good change of pace. Especially with how human like Raistlin was written. He covered every spectrum within the Tower of High Sorcery. He started out as a member of the order of Solinari, became a member of Nuitari, and his final action in life was as a member of Lunitari. He made his choices in the books and now Xander must make his own. I have to wonder how these events will change the Buffyverse, especially if certain events from cannon happen. What is interesting is that all three head gods of the spectrum have a interest in Xander in someway. And this actually shows that Xander has the ability to choose who he becomes.

Now about the new abilities of Xander, Willow, and Jesse, I have to wonder how this will change things. Xander, while physically weaker and has health problems is now a potentially powerful person. Willow I can see not going so far into magic, and if she does Xander possibly pulling her back from going to far. And Jesse is stronger now, but should be still as intelligent as he is but takes longer time to think since he does it from multiple angles.

And I have 1 question, how will the Magic of Krynn compare to the Magic of the Buffyverse? I can see Xander now spending time comparing the two styles and trying to find a way to improve his health. But there would be a cost like the sacrifice of a innocent person or a dark pact with a powerful demon. All in all though, I enjoyed what you are doing and thank you for using one of my favorite characters of all time.
Comments from author:
Well, I have to critique you a bit. Raistlin never followed Solinari, the White Moon. He was unaligned until he took the Test at which point he followed Lunitari, the Red Moon. Later on he moved towards Nuitari, the Black Moon.

Things will change right away. I've got some of the next part written, so I can honestly say, certain things will change quite quickly.

I didn't want to just fall into the old "I are makin Xander uber-man!" cliché. I find characters that are always right, never have flaws and have superpowers beyond all others to be rather boring. This is much more of a give and take situation.

Xander will continue to use DragonLance magic. It's the only magic he knows how to use. He will, of course, learn something of standard Buffyverse magic, but he'll adapt any spells to his style. He won't be calling on any other demons for power. Xander, like Raistlin, doesn't like being dependent or indebted to anyone else, mortal, divine or demon.

Willow won't be practicing magic. She has a different role to play. In cannon, Willow saw magic as this amazing thing that could solve everything for her. It was like she was living in a fantasy world and it was her escape. This Willow has seen magic extract a severe cost from the only mage she knows (she isn't aware of Giles' abilities at this point). This, and Tika's memories, will dissuade her from becoming a mage herself. She'll still stay recognizable, though.

Jesse is a bit different since he's a bit of a clean slate. He only appeared in two episodes and we barely hear anything about it otherwise. So, I can do whatever I want, allowing for that little information there is about the character. He, more than anyone else, will start acting more and more like his Halloween costume.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [dragoncloud] • Date [19 Apr 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Not Exactly your Dickens' Standard" from Hanzo
Review:
love it
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [Hanzo] • Date [28 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Not Exactly your Dickens' Standard" from TJG
Review:
I never really realized what a low Wisdom score (3?) Raistlin had, or at least the player of the canon one had. Most wizards would gladly mind control, kill, or pay a lot of money to have at least one meat shield be that that loyal. All that is needed is to make sure he gets Jesse to study how to be a body guard and carry concealed armor and weapons on him to make him a better meat shield. He just needs to get more loyal meat shields, preferably of some skill, to cover him on all sides when needed. Any super villain that lasts more than one fight and has some intelligence usually surrounds himself with at least one minion. Even real life smart criminals generally surround themselves with goons. Maybe Xander should take a look at the Evil Overlord list to compensate for Raistlin's mind lowering his Wisdom score?

Xander might want to check exactly how his magic works and what it depends on. The Dragonlance setting did confuse the boundaries between the philosophy of why there should be a difference between arcane and divine magics. As an example Takhsis seems to be more like granting arcane clerics abilities, which only the stupid should go for given that she has all the personality of a female Capone. He might want to see if he could extend the clerical concept further on the moon magic deities by using the concept of polytheistic clerics using the concept of trinity with some experimenting of holy symbols based on it like a triangle with a white, red, and black dot, or a 3-part yin-yang like symbol with split colored whorls with colored dots to symbolize the every changing nature. Along that line he might want to keep a calendar schedule based on what Fizban said was the full moon for one of them and using the game supplements to chart out how they change and how it could affect him (in code and making sure to destroy such information when they are no longer needed).

He might also want to look up the game supplements that would concern him to let him have needed information included strategy and tactics for wizards. One important information is to know what spells are available and will be available in the future and the best way to use them. He might also want to explore loopholes in the rules. As an example what is meant by a "small object" for a continual light spell target and whether it can be divided afterwards with each part being just as bright (like a bag/mound of pebbles), which can then be sold or might be used to power photo-electric panels.
Comments from author:
Now, I don't know that I totally agree with your "Low Wisdom" hypothosis. For quite a while, Raistlin was willing to allow Caramon to travel with him and help him out, but for his entire life, he had been treated with kid gloves and given hand outs. His sister did it when she arranged for his first bit of magical education. The mages did it when they paid for his education. His brother did it all the time when they were growing up. Raistlin was never allowed to go his own way. What's wrong with wanting to be a self made man?

As the twins grew older, Caramon became more clingy, especially after Raistlin recieved his curse during his Test. It's not a matter of a low wisdom score so much as a desire for self realization, something I really can't fault the character for wanting. I cannot, however, really condone how Raistlin went about it afterwards, but I understand his initial wants and needs.

Xander will not be blending the powers of the three moons and Takisis. He has to make a choice. Everyone has choices to make for good or ill. Raistlin made his choices. Xander must now make his.

Takisis did actually grant arcane magic to her Knights. They were the Knights of the Thorn and wore gray robes and they were a nasty bunch. On the other hand, Mages in Krynn are basically clerics of the Deities of Magic who are severely restricted in their abilities. They cannot wear armor, they cannot wield weapons other than staves and daggers. These are magically reinforced religious rules. However, while mages can throw fireballs, cast feather fall and do all sorts of stuff, they cannot heal wounds, turn undead, channel divine power or other similar cleric only powers.

Xander will not be focusing on what the D&D books say for the simple fact that they are a simplified set of rules that do not really apply to actual combat. They work well as a game, but not really in a greater realm of things. You cannot, for example, simply take a five foot step when a vampire is biting you. No, you run until you're safe or you're dead. D&D rules are for a game, and only work in the game.

However, this will not mean that Xander won't be using his magic to the best of his abilities. He will, eventually, make a few trinkets here and there. Enchanting is an important part of being a wizard after all.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [TJG] • Date [23 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Not Exactly your Dickens' Standard" from CrystalBlaze
Review:
All three of them. The head gods of Good, Neutrality, and evil for Krynn. Jesse's concern at his buddy changing is unfortunately pushing him down the road of Caramon, which is exactly what Xander *doesn't* need.

He *needs* a swift kick in the ass! (Or a kender.)
Comments from author:
You're right, and the more Jesse starts acting like Caramon, the more it's going to push Xander towards Raistlin's path.

I don't know about kender, but there will be some kicks in the ass. I'm not really sure the Buffyverse could survive an influx of kender. Tinker gnomes, sure, Kender? Not so much.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [20 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Not Exactly your Dickens' Standard" from Morgomir
Review:
Great story so far. I know this might not be what you're looking for but I would recommend the Orbs of Nezzla'Khan that are hidden under Sunnydale to counteract Xander's frailty. Just a suggestion. Keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
I don't think I'm going in that direction. This story is all about the idea that power comes at a cost. There's no such thing as a free power-up. And that would be pretty free.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Morgomir] • Date [19 Dec 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Not Exactly your Dickens' Standard" from Bobboky
Review:
awesome work... though I wonder if Xander will end up being as week as Rastlin and Jesse as dumb as his character was.
Comments from author:
Well, Caramon wasn't really dumb, just slow. He had the potential to be smarter than he was, but never really tried to use it until after he and Raistlin parted ways after the Twins trilogy. Jesse's just having a harder time with things, not picking them up as quickly, thinking with his muscle rather than his brain like Caramon did.

Raistlin, on the other hand, was made weak by a curse. Xander already IS as weak as Raistlin since he inherited the curse.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [18 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Not Exactly your Dickens' Standard" from EroSlackerMicha
Review:
keep up the good work.

I have so many questions, but they are for later. after the arrival of the slayer.
but one question I have is will Xander be paired with someone?
anyway keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
I'll be honest, I have no idea about pairings. He's just not really in a good place for that kind of thing right now. As the magic 8 ball says: Future unclear, ask again later.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [EroSlackerMicha] • Date [18 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Not Exactly your Dickens' Standard" from AbscondingCascade
Review:
Interesting, In thanks for a marvelous chapter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxTcHpmM5ro
Comments from author:
Thanks again for the tunes!
Review By [AbscondingCascade] • Date [18 Dec 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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