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Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from Orchamus
Review:
That was unexpected, was thinking the succubi had died, and that it was Harmony? And she's actually thinking a bit? Surprising. The vampires are taking a lot of risks too. And each of the gang is becoming more like their costume, does that mean Xander will become more acerbic? Great chapter, can't wait to see what's next.
Comments from author:
Xander already IS more acerbic. While he was snarky before, his comments have become more cruel, though not as severely as Raistlin's were. More of a blending of the two. All of them have some mental changes.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [Orchamus] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from TJG
Review:
Interesting story. Some ideas Xander could research and check out:

What is the source of his powers? If it is the moon(s) or other astrological/astronomical phenomena or divine source, this is something he will want to know the limits and effects of and how to exploit them to best effect.

Does he gain power by "experience points" and which rules govern them (as there are a number of editions and variant rules)? Some just require killing things and getting "treasure", whether earned as income, found, are stolen. Others are more complicated. Strangely all editions have it where killing things is an incredibly faster route to leveling up than studying in the most advanced magical academies, even with the variant rules.

He probably should check out the rules and its variants and miscellaneous information (like the Wizard Spell Compendium) that could pertain to himself. This includes checking with Usenet and the internet for newsgroups and other sources of information about how to game the system as a magic-user/wizard/whatever. The first thing he should get is that the system is set around the "adventuring group" in a kill and loot in hostile territory (whether in "dungeons", in outdoors, or cities, or . For this reason, Raistlin was an idiot (or rather his player) for not noticing this though it would break the fourth wall, as the rules pretty much require forming a complete adventuring party to have the most success (at least one of the following, a fighter (or warrior), a wizard (general spell caster and smart person), a thief (or other trap detector and disarmer), a cleric (or other healer). It will probably be up to him to assemble, equip, and handle the strategy and tactics for the group given the intelligence suckage with the rest of the team. For that matter he probably would want to comb through all the various official and amateur "survival guides" for adventurers, wizards, and the various forms of the "evil overlord list". Some advice allow wizards to pretty much keep up spells all day long and be very "kick-ass". Being a "neutral" wizard means you get the benefit of working in a group but occasionally doing some "grey" things without the self-delusion of "for the greater good" (who are really lawful evil anyhow).

For spells, he might want to see where "control undead" and related are on his spell list as some versions have them at first level and others much higher as they do have somewhat different effects. The possibility of getting vampires to give them all their valuables, giving them information, and letting themselves be put in a position for easy insta-kill could be good way to get XP and treasure.

He might also check out various ways to leverage technology and science (and a high tech society) with magic. Mending and fabricate spells take on an entirely new level of usefulness (such as turning junk into brand new items or recycled into sellable items). This also includes various divination spells.

Since mirrors seem to block the aging sight effect, he might want to see if glasses and similar could also block it (polarized glass, plastic, dark glasses, metallic foil, etc.). Still, it probably would be very useful to detect vampires, demons, and other beings that do not age at the same rate as human for whatever reasons. He might also want to see if he can use his sight as a tool to see flaws in objects (where it would decay fastest).

A book that might be available is "Through Dungeons Deep" by Robert Plamandon which is a generic guide for players and game masters.

One thing that he might be on the look out for and detection are magic items for analysis, alteration, and use. Things like a certain glove and decoder cross could be useful, perhaps altering their appearance by removing any non-magical parts and set them so that he can wear them all the time without comment like arm bands and glasses.
Comments from author:
Xander gets his power from the moons. He hasn't really been able to pay attention that well with all that's been going on, but the waxing and waning will have a big deal to do with his power levels.

Xander currently has the capabilities of a 4th level wizard in 2nd ed. Ad&D, because that's where I got Raistlin's spellbook from, and that's the edition I like best in terms of depth and description. Right now, I see Xander as wavering between Chaotic Good and Chaotic Neutral with Raistlin's memories and personality dragging him more neutral.

As for spells, many people have suggested the spells relating to detecting, controlling and destroying Undead. However, Raistlin, and by extension, Xander, never had those spells in the spellbook. Granted, after some research, Xander might be able to find/create one, but there's a big chance that it will deal with some costs Xander isn't willing to pay.

I'm not too sure about the adventuring thing working in the same way. While those are very useful skills to have, the Buffy-verse isn't as railroaded into roles, so people can develop a variety of skills to fit their needs.

Fabrication and repair spells are very important. Just think, he could make Giles' old car work like it was brand new! And while mixing with technology is useful, it takes a certain amount of mental flexibility and creativity. They will come up with somethings when they see the possibilities.

Other Buffy-verse magics and artifacts will come into play, but not right away.

Some of the things you've mentioned I haven't put much thought into, so I'll think it over.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [TJG] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from DianeCastle
Review:
Wow, this is a great surprise. I'm liking this story better and better.
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [DianeCastle] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from Rorschach
Review:
i think i can see where this is headed but then again the anwser could come totally out of left field and whack me in the head
Comments from author:
Or it come out of the sky like a piano, but who knows? Well...I do, but I'm not giving anything away.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [Rorschach] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from RafMereC
Review:
Nice update.
Raf
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [RafMereC] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from (Past Donor)Dakaath
Review:
I like it.

Just one problem, if Harmony the demon traded comments with Xander as implied, wouldn't Xander realize she wasn't human?

Wouldn't his eyes show him that she wasn't decaying and withering like all the other things around them?
Comments from author:
Um...so much for that plot point being a secret. Yeah, as soon as they come face to face, Xander will know what's up. They just haven't met after Xander's hospital stay. That will change.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [(Past Donor)Dakaath] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from Gulanticus
Review:
Dude!! w'oh

And propts to you for the use of Scrooge McDuck! I'm not a disney fan but I always enjoyed DuckTails. Side note: thanks for reminding me about the differences between wizrds and warlocks. Question: is Jonathan dead or just a thrall?

The inspiration os the succubi: was it the short lived Sci Fi series?
Comments from author:
Jonathan is neither. He's just someone that Harmony transformed to look like so the vampires wouldn't be able to place her. He might be appearing if people start to notice two of him in different places at the same time.

Scrooge McDuck is rather iconic for jumping into a pool of money. It just seemed to fit.

The Succubus is from Dungeons and Dragons (which is also where DragonLance comes from), based on an amalgamation of the various editions to show her powers. This is very different from the classical folklore version of the succubus.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Gulanticus] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from CaptainHunt
Review:
Interesting crossover story you have here. Is there any chance that there are more than a few more denizens of Sunnydale that got permanently transformed into their costumes? Will all of these transformed people ever meet? What will the results be if all of said transformed people meet? Lastly, is there any chance of this crossover story being posted at the FFNet v3.0 website? Please kindly let me know your answers to each of my questions. Anyway, I hope to hear from you very soon. Thank you. :)
Comments from author:
I don't think I'll be dealing with any other people transformed since the reasons for these transformations sticking are different. For one, with the exception of Xander's Raistlin form and Harmony, all the transformations are mental with a magical twist.

As for the story, it's already on that other site, but I always update here first.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [CaptainHunt] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "An Invite Sent" from Alkeni
Review:
Hm...

I eagerly await Buffy's arrival.
Comments from author:
Oh, she'll be there soon.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [Alkeni] • Date [3 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Please don't magic me..." from Dragonelf
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I like what you done with the story so far and I hope we will see more chapters soon.

::Gives the plot bunny a slice of Apple Fritters::

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Comments from author:
I'll be adding more soon, though what I've got next is in dire need of editing so it won't be immediately.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [30 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Please don't magic me..." from Alkeni
Review:
I like it
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [Alkeni] • Date [29 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Please don't magic me..." from annararen
Review:
And so it begins! :)
Comments from author:
Indeed it does!

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [annararen] • Date [28 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Please don't magic me..." from banner
Review:
... wow.
This is marvellous. I particularly love the way Raistlin's personality is being tempered by Xander's more loving approach. I wonder if it's possible that Jesse will be impressive enough to fight Darla, at least until Buffy can rescue him. There don't seem to be any stories in which Jesse survived.

I wouldn't mind learning more about Willow's changes. It's been too long since I've read any of the books. I can't remember them at all.
Comments from author:
Well, there's one solution: Read them again! They're still good even after a few reads.

Willow's changes will be more apparent in later chapters, but she's going through a similar struggle.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [banner] • Date [27 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Please don't magic me..." from Selias
Review:
It's good to see another chapter of this. Has Buffy transferred in yet, or is it just Giles?
Comments from author:
Just Giles at this point, though Buffy will be involved soon enough. She's currently on her "vacation" at the asylum. In the series Giles arrived earlier enough so that Willow got to know him and peruse his additions to the school library. This time, however, the gang will have a step up.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [Selias] • Date [27 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Please don't magic me..." from rothos
Review:
I can see Xander raising the Temple of Proserpexia later on. Wait since he was posessed by The Raistlin Majere He will not condemn the Earth, not as I see it. He might just struggle against the First maybe substituting her for Takhissis. This adds in that the Mayor might offer Xander a way to lessen the damage. The joining spell used against Adam probably will help mute some of the pain and sufferring. But of course it is your story;run with it. I know you'll do a good job. Of course, Edgar Allen Poe's poems have probably passed into the public domain, but like professors tell you in college it is usually better to over-cite than end up plagiarizing.
Comments from author:
I honestly don't think Xander would do anything to directly doom the world. Even Raistlin wasn't that kind of evil intentionally. Take over the world? Sure, Raistlin was all about that and godhood, but destroying the world was never his thing.

And things are going to go differently. Don't expect a rehash of the series.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [rothos] • Date [26 Nov 11] • Not Rated
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