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Review of chapter "I Only Have Eyes, part I" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
Review:
Great chapter, thanks!

Tom.
Comments from author:
:-) Thanks for still be interested in the story.
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [14 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "I Only Have Eyes, part I" from Zorgdub
Review:
Not as interesting as a Cross Purpose chapter, but enjoyable nonetheless.

I still find it hard to believe that no one apparently ever saw a pattern that obvious before.
Comments from author:
Me too. But it's Sunnydale! They don't even remember the guy who got killed by a vampire in the hospital a couple weeks ago! Or how the swim team was turning into creatures from the black lagoon!
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [13 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "I Only Have Eyes, part I" from lilykep
Review:
I've been watching too much Supernatural, cause my first thought about ghosts is "salt and burn 'em".
Comments from author:
:-) :-) Too bad the 'Our X Are Different' trope is in place, because nobody's ghosts are exactly alike from series to series, and in canon these ghosts are seriously bad mammajammas. Anybody who can create a working gun and bullets out of ectoplasm should not be messed with.
Review By [lilykep] • Date [13 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from grd
Review:
Poor Oz. Brilliant with the engraved crosses on the chakram. Did Willow just bluff Angelus with a sound file? That was the best.
Comments from author:
Yes. Willow just bluffed the deadly Angelus with a sound file.
Review By [grd] • Date [1 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from draconis
Review:
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Unusual and interesting bit of illusion with the recorded sword-drawing sounds. Luddite Angelus would never suspect someone using technology in that way.

I'm guessing you left the door open for Oz to just be 'mostly dead' (still warm reference?) and perhaps his lycanthropy will let him recover from severe blood loss. Not sure. I'm also basing it on some mythos that say only silver or decapitation can truly kill a werewolf. So, if the holy water prevents his being turned (or limits it cause he's 'mostly dead'?) then he may reappear.

Also good to see Xander using his brains vis-a-vis Angelus and the not-a-chakram. Although I was kind of expecting by this point in time he'd have regained/learned at least some of Xena's enhanced abilities/reactions...the story is titled "Xendra", after all.

Thanks for the update.


EDIT: RESPONSE TO AUTHOR
I understand what you're saying...but I was kinda expecting the Hellmouth to help him move somewhat more quickly in that regard. Otherwise, what's the point in the story of having him gone as Xena in the first place? All for just a tiny bit of comedy in the story as he goes through the gender change? As it is, regarding abilities...he could just as well have started off from scratch and started learning martial arts, swordsmanship, etc with Buffy/Giles/entirely on his own with basically the same results...no Xena/Halloween experience required. To me, it's a matter of degree and it seems the story isn't benefitting much at all from the "Xendra" aspect of it.
Comments from author:
Well, Xander is having to 're-learn' things. And in the real world, it takes a long time to build up the strength and technique to wield swords and other weapons properly. He's only been at it a couple months.

EDIT REPLY: Well, I have a lot more planned, but it's going to take a couple more months (Buffy time) to get there. And he'll never be 'Xena the god killer' levels of power.
Review By [draconis] • Date [31 Dec 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from Difdi
Review:
> “Dru! Havin’ your bloody fingers cut all the way to the bone is not a cat scratch!”

It would depend on how big and mean the cat is. Ranging from 'aggressive paper cut' for a little domestic kitten, all the way up to 'hand? what hand?' for a fully grown sabertooth tiger...
Comments from author:
I've seen some housecats that could cut your fingers to the bone...
Review By [Difdi] • Date [31 Dec 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
Review:
Great chapter, thanks!

Tom.
Comments from author:
Thanks! And if you're really enjoying it, I wouldn't mind a recommendation.
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [31 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from DieselDriver
Review:
Oh man! these are to far apart and way to short. And it's not like you've been busy working on your other stories or anything... Sheesh. I've started expecting miracles from you. I should, that's what we usually get. Well, darn close.
Comments from author:
Well, it is the season of miracles. Too bad I'm not Christian. :-) And if you're really enjoying it, I wouldn't mind a recommendation.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [31 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from banditdoz
Review:
Fantastic chapter thanks for writing ;D
Comments from author:
Thanks! And if you're really enjoying it, I wouldn't mind a recommendation.
Review By [banditdoz] • Date [31 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from TJG
Review:
Regarding the various comments on holy water tricks, it should be kept in mind that it relies on spiritual purity so it is "consumed" when made impure otherwise even a tiny amount would disintegrate its way through vampires without stopping rather than acting like a splash of acid. It is possible that for holy water that as long original material is potable water that it can be made into holy water. While they have the invitation to a home effect, it does seem to ignore the idea of holy ground (where the ground is blessed), though like holy water it presumably would require a person with "true faith" to bless. There are also other substances that should also be able to be comparable to holy water effects. This includes salt, oil, bread, wine, etc. Blessed oil could be applied like sun block cream though presumably sweat and other effects would cause it to "degrade" over time.

Good to see Xander etching holy symbols onto his weapon. Maybe he and others should go to the next step and put them on their clothes and anywhere vampires might touch or pass (maybe even carry a small file to etch small crosses on things like door knobs). Another is whether the image of the cross is enough like using a pen or paint to make the image (presumably the maker has to have faith).

One part of the story that sounds strange is why would any divine being of either Roman or Greek affiliation would have anything to do with Xena, whose story includes being a god-killer. While the circumstances tend to be the result of extreme provocation, the risk should make any divine being with any sort of self-preservation sense to refuse to involve making Xena exist in any form. Then again maybe the divine beings are as stupid as the ones in the God of War games where the divine beings should have not had anything to do with Kratos.
Comments from author:
Xena may have been a god-killer, but she was apparently also a demi-god (at minimum) with hints in the series about just whose baby she was. That puts her up there with Herc, who got plenty of free passes because of 'dad' (while getting plenty of problems because of dad's 'wife').
Review By [TJG] • Date [31 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, part I" from JamesBrown
Review:
the super soaker would probably work
if the user was really true believer,
if I may quote a certain movie vampire
'you gotta have faith for that to work'.
and Catholic dogma aside all you really need
is true and abiding faith to bless something.
and it you remember Constantine, they did bless
a fire sprinkler system,but that required a sacred
Cross that had been blessed by a number of popes
and at least one saint placed in the water system.
OZ always struck me as being someone of very quiet
but very deep and abiding faith, and in that last scene
someone who was probably praying very, very, hard.
Comments from author:
Holy water is different in every fictional universe. Is it only in those little vials? Is it possible in an entire building's sprinkler system? Does it require a belief in the faith?

If you make up your own universe, you get to choose!
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [31 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from SirLee
Review:
One way to limit wacko plans involving weaponized holy water is just... restrict the supply. Meaning individual priests can only bless so much water per day. I mean, Catholic churches don't exactly make the stuff available by the bucket load, so while free, it is still somewhat scarce.
A few bottles? OK. A supersoaker? Possible, but likely wasteful. Sprinklers? No way. City water supply, clouds and such? Dream on.
Comments from author:
So is the Vatican just one huge holy water supply store? "Okay, today we drive everybody out and we bless this lake where they've been having some problems..."
Review By [SirLee] • Date [30 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from Senko
Review:
Hmmm reserving judgement on Oz till I see what happens (I have this rather disturbing image of evil Oz working to keep Xander Xenafied but I'm hoping you have something better in mind for him). With regards to your comments in another review about holy water and misters I do want to point out that in the comic books when Buffy ran off to Vegas which I believe are cannon she had a hotel sprinkler system spraying holy water throughout all the rooms at one point.
Comments from author:
As for Oz, you'll have to wait for the next chapter. As for the Buffy comics, I withhold my belief in their canonicity. And if you allow anything with holy water, then you are really going overboard.

* Have everyone drink a pint of holy water before leaving school, so vamps cannot bite the students and faculty without being killed.
* Holy water in misters at the doors of every public building, making the entire school (and most other places) a vamp-free zone.
* Blessing the water in the municipal treatment plant.
* Running yard sprinkler systems at night while they're full of holy water.
* Take a priest up in an aircraft and have him bless the water in every nimbus and cumulonimbus cloud moving over your town, so rain and snow are toxic to vampires.

We could quickly make Sunnydale (or L.A. or wherever) a very hostile environment for vamps. So I think I need to put some limits on my own creativity in this particular story.
Review By [Senko] • Date [30 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from CageFire
Review:
Nice chapter. :) Keep up the good work. :)
Comments from author:
Thanks! At lunchtime today, I was working on chapters 43 and 44.
Review By [CageFire] • Date [30 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from Riniko
Review:
Looks like Oz had just enough life left in him to try to mess up the turning attempt. Wondering if it will work or if not fully what effect it have on the turning? Funny if a Blade type Oz rose up. Seems that both Willow and Xander have been pushing their brains to come up with some smart ideas. Maybe a pump activated sprayer for Holy Water to shoot from their hands supplied by supply lines to a bigger bottle on their belt? Bet Willow could think of it and Xander built it.
Comments from author:
There are a ton of holy water tricks you could go with, starting with... super soakers! So I'm going to enforce a 'vamp protection' law. After a certain point, the misuse of the holy water makes it not holy anymore. So some really fun tricks other writers have used will not work in this story. (Otherwise, we start getting those room misters out of Bed, Bath and Beyond and saturating the library and Buffy's front yard with vamp disintegration systems, and things get out of hand. Plus water balloons, sprinkler systems, soaker hoses, you name it.)
Review By [Riniko] • Date [30 Dec 13] • Not Rated
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