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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Moontrap
Review:
Nice. Are you going to have Xander convince the others to work together, then ask the Slayers if they will work for his new organization, or is Xander going to lone wolf it around the world becoming a bad ass, and having the Council beg for him to return? Thank you for letting us read your work, and I can't wait to read more of it.

Sincerely

John
Comments from author:
Well, I wrote this to explain how and why Xander ended up with the new identity he has in 'Not All Snakes Speak Parseltongue,' so there's not really any organization for Xander to introduce the Scoobies or other Slayers to.

Glad you enjoyed what I've gotten done of the story, so far.
Review By [Moontrap] • Date [8 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from leb
Review:
this is good, I hope I can read more soon
Comments from author:
Thanks for reviewing. I've got the next chapter partially written, so it's just a matter of my muse telling how to continue. ;-)
Review By [leb] • Date [19 Oct 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Studyofchaos
Review:
If you REALLY want to rain on Buffy and Co.'s parade, have Xander meet up with Hellsing. Right gun meet right ammo, and normal humans deal with the oggitty bogitty's on a regular basis. Also, Alucard and / or Integra and Buffy is always fun to see. Xander would get his gut check from Hellsing as well.
Comments from author:
I really don't care that much for the Hellsing series, since it seems to be overdone in several ways, with the characters (at least in the parts of the very episodes I watched) to be almost caricatures of the various archetypes invoked,

But you are correct in that if one does take the time to evaluate the situation properly, then all you need is the proper ammunition to take down whatever it is you're facing.
Review By [Studyofchaos] • Date [30 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from kdakmmt
Review:
I'm surprised Xander even went with them instead of going he own way. I have come to realize that if these were real people Xander is the only one that I would like to be friends with. As for the season 9 comics.... I'm finding that that fan fics are more enjoyable over the crap they are dishing out. Zompires? WTF? Not to mention apparently the supernatural is now public because of Harmony having a reality show... sheesh. I really think that they should pay the fan fic writers to takeover and kick Joss out as he has lost his appeal in this world. I've been thinking that we should feed your muse some sugar and send it a laptop....lol Keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reviewing, and glad you thought the various developments were reasonable.

And I completely agree with your viewpoint about the so-called 'Season Eight plus' crap.

Hopefully, this will be updated soon.
Review By [kdakmmt] • Date [3 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Typhonis
Review:
"Guns do not work on vampires." Uh huh , right well gee blessed weapons work on vampires. How hard would it be to cut a deal with the Vatican to get the ammunition for said weapons blessed?

Still feeling squeamish? Well tranq darts filled with holy water? Hit a human , no problem. Hit a vampire? Opps. Same with paint balls filled with holy water. Hit a human, get a bruise, hit a vamp? ewww. There is even a type of pepper powder that can be used and given Vampires , supposedly, have enhanced senses. Imagine a vampire trying to fight through scotch bonnet levels of capsacin.

Course the benefits of paintball guns and gear is...it is a form of armor and the slayers need armor, even sports pads. B cops will think you are playing paintball and not give it a second glance. Third... it is readily available.

Good chapter. Can't wait to read more.
Comments from author:
Glad you're enjoying the story.

And all of your suggestions/comments are right in line with a great many others' thoughts, too.

Unfortunately, the Joss-verse does not follow common sense, but 'rules of drama', so those ideas obviously won't work there. ;-)
Review By [Typhonis] • Date [7 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from loretta
Review:
this is an interesting story so far
Comments from author:
Thanks. Working on the next chapter as time and my muse allow.
Review By [loretta] • Date [10 May 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from cynic
Review:
I still like it, I read this a while ago and thought this had potential, you know where long term consequences could give ALL of the scoobies a clue by four. Xander is ahead of the curve here mostly because while he is far from perfect he doesn't have anything like as much sheer ego as the others getting in the way of him learning how to improve. Although I suspect that part of that stems from having to fight things that could smite him by blinking hard making him think things through on how to deal with them as a normalish mortal man. Please update soon.
Comments from author:
Thanks. The next part is not quite finished, but is being worked on as my muse deigns.

And EVERYONE'S screw-ups will be noted, and not just ignored as some other writers do. NO ONE was without problems, although some people did make more mistakes than others.
Review By [cynic] • Date [15 Apr 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Netchka
Review:
Interesting start to the story. Can't wait for more chapters to come.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Working on the next chapter as time and my muse allow. ;-)
Review By [Netchka] • Date [16 Mar 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Harbinger
Review:
Hello! I'm a first time reviewer, long time reader of your works, just wanted to say great work again Wizard.
Comments from author:
Thanks.

Working on the next chapter of this as my muse deigns, so I'm not exactly sure when it'll be finished.
Review By [Harbinger] • Date [13 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from trongod
Review:
Since you, The Mighty Author, pointed out I was so lazy as to not post a comment on this, while reviewing your sequel 'Not All Snakes Speak Parseltongue', I immediately - well, after reading my email, anywho - ran on over here to comment...

Brilliant as is the norm for you, but far, FAR too short... like the aforementioned classic. Really want to see more on these two, since I figure that Giles, busy as he was and as evidently as dismissive of Xander as the rest, probably forgot he sent hi, out on the gig and no one noticed his absence for some time - until Dawn came back and realized her Future Husband And Squeeze Toy wasn't around... and no one knew where he was, nor when he vanished...

Them again, the two 'best friends' probably figured he left without saying goodbye to lead a normal life... after a few months of No Xanderness... and then promptly went back to their latest fad...

May your Muses inspire you with more greatness, and fast!!!
Comments from author:
I know exactly how this is all going to get resolved, and no one is going to be happy when everything is finally done.

In this particular 'verse, there aren't any winners. ;-(
Review By [trongod] • Date [3 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Recent Donor)nerfherder
Review:
This has got serious potential! Lookin forward to the next update!
Comments from author:
Thanks. I'm working on that as my muse commands. ;-)
Review By [(Recent Donor)nerfherder] • Date [9 Jan 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Zyanadryn
Review:
man, your making the other scoobies out to be assholes! i hope you get xander to give them a ' what for!" soon!!!
Comments from author:
Actually, I'm merely continuing the characterizations Joss and Marti gave everyone throughout the final two seasons. Take that as you will.

And you'll see see how things develop over the next couple chapters.
Review By [Zyanadryn] • Date [26 Dec 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Cateagle
Review:
Okay, at this point, if I was Xander, I'd be very tempted to say "Screw it!" and go find another outfit to work with. From the sounds of it, Angel and Spike are pushing this Council to be just as stupid and arrogant as the last bunch; sometimes you just need to cut your loses and get out. 'Twould be fascinating to see the reaction if Xander did just that.
Comments from author:
Well, if you read the preceding story "Not All Snakes Speak Parseltongue', you'll see that that's just what he did.

This story is an explanation of what led up to that, and exactly how it happened.
Review By [Cateagle] • Date [22 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from jormunguard
Review:
Good start, the story does seem to have some potential. I very much agree with most of what you had Xander saying. The only problem I see is that while I agree with the shotgun and especially the dragonsbreath shells a pistol just wouldn't be very effective vs a vampire. Unless you successfully hit and break bones in arms or legs it wouldn't do anything to a vampire, it would just be pain which can be dealt with. And unlike in movies hitting someone in their arms or legs is much harder than it seems, especially in a way that would incapacitate someone by breaking a bone. On top of that a vampire vs a slayer in a gunfight the slayer would be at extreme disadvantage. The slayer would have to hope that she could incapacitate the vampire long enough for her to get close enough to stake or decapitate the vampire. The vampire would just have to shoot the slayer in a multitude of locations and the slayer is toast.
Comments from author:
There's already been a fair bit of debate about this issue, so I'll just note that I think that guns can be extremely effective, if handled properly.

And that Joss apparently decide to portray guns being handled as *in*effectively as possible to support his plots and so-called character developments.
Review By [jormunguard] • Date [18 Dec 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Difdi
Review:
Bullets don't work on vampires? Neither do stakes and I can prove it!

Make a stake out of brass, lead or copper. Hone it to a nice, needle-like point. Give it a nice polish so it's all shiny and pretty. Now stick that bad boy into the heart of a vampire. Hmm, no dust. Try again a time or two. Still not dust. It has now been empirically proven that stakes have no effect whatsoever on vampires, therefore slayers should not carry them on patrol.

Yeah, right. That's the "logic" the Council has always applied to the use of guns by slayers. A gun that is designed to kill humans through blood loss, firing bullets designed to make nice, neat holes for the blood the drain out of doesn't do terribly much to a creature that can survive and fight battles without a single drop of blood in its body. Or a creature that doesn't have blood at all. Or one with rock for skin. Not that swords, axes or stakes work terribly well against that last one either, mind you.

But if modern weapons were useless against demons, the Judge would have shrugged off that AT-4 then burned Buffy down where she stood. Mayor Wilkins would have laughed at how those explosives tickled then went on to eat the entire town, Scooby Gang and all.

Then there's the fact that odds are, the last time the Watcher's Council, reactionary traditionalists that they were, tested guns on vampires they probably used a front-loading matchlock model, loaded with spherical bullets. Vampires are said to be four times faster than a human. Arrows move at 300-400 feet per second and humans can dodge those if they see them coming. A black powder musket's muzzle velocity is less than 1,000 feet per second and most were around 700-800. Vampires could easily dodge those if only twice as fast as a human...and they're four times faster. With modern firearms on the other hand, a slow bullet is still going in excess of 1,200 feet per second and fast ones can exceed 3,000. Vampires aren't fast enough to dodge a bullet doing 2,000 feet per second.

I read about a test the Catholic church once conducted to determine if firearms were evil or not. They had two guns made by a master gunsmith. One was just a standard smooth bore matchlock musket. The other was covered in precious gems and metals, engraved with scripture, and blessed by a Bishop. The standard model used normal black gun powder. The holy variant used specially made powder, made with blessed water and milled under the watchful eyes of priests. The standard model fired a cast lead ball. The holy variant used a specially made solid-silver ball with a crucifix attached to one side. Then they brought in a trained soldier to fire the standard model, while an ordained priest (who had never fired a gun before) fired the holy musket.

The soldier put his bullet squarely in the inner ring of the target. The priest's bullet not only completely missed the target, but was never found after the test. From this, the Catholic church was able to definitively prove that firearms were tools of Satan, and banned their use by good, god-fearing men. Anyone with even the most limited and flawed knowledge of target shooting or ballistics can see why the test didn't work. I can totally see the Council arranging a similar test to see if guns were useful against demons and vampires sometime in the 1500s, then never revisiting the topic again.
Comments from author:
Yes, you can prove almost anything, if you set up the test properly.

And everyone who says bullets are useless against vampires and demons has their head so far up their ass that it's popped out in the right place again. ;-(
Review By [Difdi] • Date [17 Dec 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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