Can you just clarify to me Maggie's positioning? You were quite specific I guess but I still find myself unsure if she is playing the vanguard or rearguard.
Asher and Battojutsu are going ahead to make sure the way is clear. Auri will be in the middle with Dina, Laurolf closely behind them accompanied by Violet's adjutant (whom she instructed to protect Dina at all costs). That leaves Meric and A'kal to cover the rear. Violet is lagging behind just to make sure everyone is moving, but she will likely relocate any second. Keep in mind that currently the only danger is from behind, with the enemy at about 150ft and closing. They are in ranged weapons range.
She waved Auri to go before her, remaining safely ahead of Violet and the line of rearguard defenders ("ahead" if one was running away from the oncoming soldiers, that is) but not wanting to go too far in case she was needed.
Of course, of course. Though it's not really meant to be "Maggie's move" simply because Violet happened to say that just then. She's merely referencing what Maggie and her were talking about earlier. It's anyone's move.
Though yes, I suppose it does feel like Maggie's the one supposed to react first.
In truth, we're at the end of the chapter. Another two posts per player, I think, and that'll be that. At this point there's nothing that can be done to really affect the outcome, but that's only because we've been building towards this outcome for a while now *woof*
I applaud your efforts, Dann and Jack, but this time the Chosen have gotten themselves in a situation where they simply cannot win without external help.
This isn't the way it necessarily had to go down, mind you, but it is what I anticipated would most likely happen, from the very start - even if I couldn't predict where exactly this 'divine intervention' would take place. If you think about, it does make sense, though I suppose neither Auri nor Maggie had the ingame knowledge to expect something like this (possibly Maggie, since she was informed back in Dunn on the Chosen's previous adventures). It'll all be explained in the next chapter *woof*
Thanks for chiming in, Dann. As you can all probably tell, the chapter is pretty much over, and I'm just collecting final posts. Any reactions you guys feel like sharing OOC? Deus ex machina accusations? I'm ready and able to take those! XD
Meanwhile, as you also might have been alerted, I went ahead and officially reopened recruitment for the first time in... I can't remember! I would have preferred to hand pick a couple trusted people, but I decided to try publicly. I'm thinking it's been too long since I interacted with the rest of RpN anyway, and who knows, we might all end up meeting some fine people. Paws crossed that literally anyone makes it through my selection gauntlet *rawrrrr*
Nicely written post, @Jack Elarithon. I assumed that Asher hadn't been in the Shadow Realm just then, which is why I didn't include a description of how things seemed to him, but you've described it quite admirably *woof*
It is with great pleasure, not to mention relief, that I hereby declare Chapter VI: Eye of the Storm completed!
Oh my God. It took sweet time - all of 3 years, 4 months, and 20 days - a total of 1239 days ladies and gentlemen; but we DID it *howl*
Honestly, I never doubted we'd do it, but there were times when I almost doubted. It's insane to think that Chapter VI took as much time as all of the previous chapters combined. Crazy. Yes, I know, I know - there's reasons for that. It was a really turbulent chapter, and I don't mean just in-game. The real-life circumstances were the real culprit here. Some of us couldn't post some of the time. Some of us were simply too depressed to post (mostly me I guess). Some of us disappeared along the way. When I look back, well... First I still can't believe it took this long. Then I'm filled with longing for a better time, and quite a bit of regret. Finally, I just wish I could remember all of the stuff that happened, in-game XD. Boy, is that chapter recap going to come in handy...
Yes, now that the main chapter thread has been finished and locked, all that's left is for me to add its summary to the recapitulation thread. I'm pretty sure everyone's going to welcome the chance to read that, hah Speaking of everyone... As you already know, I have reopened Amaranth to new players, as promised long ago, and am currently going over the character creation process with a couple of people. It looks promising! Incidentally, this is the reason why it took me a week to put together the closing post - all of this has been more time consuming than I anticipated.
I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every single one of you - my players, my friends - for making it all possible. It is only due to your unfailing and continued support that Amaranth is still around. Because you stuck around. Even when things were less than interesting, even when I was too lazy to post, even when you had your own lives to contend with, you kept contributing to this story we're writing together, and that's just plain amazing. I am extremely thankful to all of you, and I hereby renew my promise to keep doing everything I can to justify your faith in me by making this game the best that it can be.
Wowzer. I hope all that made half as much sense as I hope it did. I stayed up late again, and I'm really tired, but I will sleep better knowing that it's official now: Chapter VI is DONE. Damn right *woof*
The game is halfway done, but the best is yet to come. Also the most dangerous. Hopefully the most interesting. And fun. So see you in the next one, team! Stay tuuuuned *rawrrrr*
I dedicate this chapter to those who couldn't be with us today to see it finished.
Most of all, I dedicate it to the girl with whom it begun; the one around whose character it revolved,
and the one without whom there wouldn't have been an Amaranth at all.
To Petal, wherever she is. My thoughts and prayers remain with you *howl*