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    What Does His Blood Taste Like?
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    Looks like Roger did, in fact, bait an Etelarche Curse on purpose. Except he has no plan for using it yet. That's a heck of a thing to take Shaensigin's word for.
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    To people wondering what the big deal is about to look at the title and the hover text over the forward/index. That said

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    To people wondering what the big deal is about to look at the title and the hover text over the forward/index. That said

    He Dreams of Your childrens' Deaths
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    With the Bird fish and tree?
    So with Lady Ilganyang, a typhoon whale(?) and a sentient wandering root?
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    The altered links at the top are a nice touch and one I would have missed.
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    With the Bird fish and tree?
    So with Lady Ilganyang, a typhoon whale(?) and a sentient wandering root?
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    Lady Ilganyag as bird seems certain. Is there any reason to believe fish is a whale instead of, say, a shark or a mermaid? And I really hope tree isn't the wandering root Duane burned back in chapter 1.
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    Looks like the curse caught up to Mallory and made him hate Roger. Did they miscalculate and the khert-fire ended before they expected? Either way, Duane can cast again and Mallory is about to want to see Roger dead. I don't expect Mallory to walk out of here alive, which will leave Roger with little left to live for except bringing down Alderode. So submitting himself to Ruck's venom will start looking more enticing.
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    Holy **** , the current four page update is insane. I'm ****ing speechless.

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    We finally understand why Roger decided to accept Ruck's embrace. It's heartbreaking and I honestly understand Roger. Killing Mallory after everything is just (GitP needs a cry emoji). And from what I gather the worse is yet to come.


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    And I really hope tree isn't the wandering root Duane burned back in chapter 1.
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    I think Ashley mentioned that this is precisely the case. Duane destroyed a valuable actor, trying to escape its guts.
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    Yeah, this is even more painful and traumatic than I predicted. Amazing. The Etalarche curse is pretty terrifying.
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    What's tragic here is that Mallory wasn't just wildly frothing at the mouth while trying to strangle Roger. He's rational, speaking in coherent sentences, and quite clearly laying out how he manipulated Roger the entire time in order to accomplish his objectives.

    The fact that Mallory then tried to strangle Roger - thereby ruining the entire plan - can be attributed to the curse, sure. Before things went bananas Mallory was in favor of going to the Black Tongues in order to keep Roger sane and alive. So there's no homicidal loathing there pre-curse. But the logic of everything else is too consistent to be thought up on the spur of the moment. How else would Mallory know of the Salt Lizard, and have ties to Cresce? Why else would he have sought out Roger in particular?

    Ouch.

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    I think Ashley mentioned that this is precisely the case. Duane destroyed a valuable actor, trying to escape its guts.
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    Damn. And he didn't even harm it trying to escape, Sette just got greedy and thought it had treasure.

    So, Duane has killed one and dropped a ceiling on another. I can't imagine he'll be happy when he learns just how involved Ilganyag is with the first silver bomb. All he needs now is to mess with whatever's fish doing and he'll have gotten 4/4


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    What's tragic here is that Mallory wasn't just wildly frothing at the mouth while trying to strangle Roger. He's rational, speaking in coherent sentences, and quite clearly laying out how he manipulated Roger the entire time in order to accomplish his objectives.

    The fact that Mallory then tried to strangle Roger - thereby ruining the entire plan - can be attributed to the curse, sure. Before things went bananas Mallory was in favor of going to the Black Tongues in order to keep Roger sane and alive. So there's no homicidal loathing there pre-curse. But the logic of everything else is too consistent to be thought up on the spur of the moment. How else would Mallory know of the Salt Lizard, and have ties to Cresce? Why else would he have sought out Roger in particular?

    Ouch.
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    I read this differently. Everyone else already kinda hated Roger, so the curse just had to push a little for them to go "normal hate" -> "frothing berserker rage". But Vampire really did love him, and the curse had to reverse his entire outlook. We just watched a man being magically compelled to rationalize away an entire decades-long relationship and die hating "with clarity" the man he truly loved. I find that more tragic than if it were all a lie from the beginning.
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    Ultimately we'll never know, because neither will Roger. So he'll spend the rest of his life wondering if the man he loved had really hated him and only strung him along.
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    So, granny, you want to learn what happened when I met your goddess?

    Well, first I dropped the ceiling on her. Then me and my brother hunted her as she run. He bombed her and killed two-toes inside her belly, all so she'd be enraged enough to go after him and fall right into my trap. I used electricity to create a spasm in the giant ogre heart we were in, causing an arterial valve to crush her tail and strip it of its salt. The kid she was trying to eat took advantage of the confusion to blind her with a giant needle. With her blind, my brother kept her scared and confused with a drum while I prepared another heart spasm. This one caught her across her whole body, crushing her entirely, and she fell unconscious from her injuries. Last I saw her, she was lying in a puddle of her own blood, surrounded by the shattered remnants of her salt armour as the cave was falling down on our ears.

    I'm sure she was fine.
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    I am rather questioning Duane's choice of a story, yes. Maybe he sugar-coated it a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narkis View Post
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    EDIT: It's unsure but on Tumblr Ashley said, that Granny and Duane aren't going to be friends. But they agreed to swap stories.
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    "And then she left limping towards the darkness she belongs, holding the last few of her children remaining alive. Let all false gods tremble before the sons of Ssael!"

    Duane, probably.


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    We are shown the truth. The Granny is getting a more sugar coated version.

    EDIT: It's unsure but on Tumblr Ashley said, that Granny and Duane aren't going to be friends. But they agreed to swap stories.
    It's hilarious to imagine though.
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    The young Plats made it. I've actually seen people predict it just for it to be more dramatically ironic that Duane saw them live and then couldn't save his own daughter.
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    The young Plats made it. I've actually seen people predict it just for it to be more dramatically ironic that Duane saw them live and then couldn't save his own daughter.
    This whole three day update has been a great ride.

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    Yeah, I had a feeling they were getting back, but I disagree it's for the dramatic irony.
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    We are shown the truth. The Granny is getting a more sugar coated version.
    I don't think so.
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    http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsound...4/ch14_65.html

    He's telling the true version. The sugar-coated one is one he had constructed while he was alive and more idealistic, which is why he was confident enough to tell her initially.

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    The young Plats made it. I've actually seen people predict it just for it to be more dramatically ironic that Duane saw them live and then couldn't save his own daughter.
    Yeah, I said something like that in the beginning of the chapter. I can see now why this was Duane's favourite story. It's war, with all its loss and tragedy, but also a copious amount of Adelier buttkicking, and as much of a happy ending as could be expected.

    I am significantly more upset with Lemuel's apparent involvement in Duane's death though.
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    Yeah, I said something like that at the beginning of the chapter. I can see now why this was Duane's favorite story. It's war, with all its loss and tragedy, but also a copious amount of Adelier butt-kicking, and as much of a happy ending as could be expected.

    I am significantly more upset with Lemuel's apparent involvement in Duane's death though.
    Why do you think Lemuel was involved in his brother's death?

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    I'm starting to think, Lemuel might have been prevented it but wasn't the killer.

    So what we know:
    • Ashley said, what they did with salt lizard sealed Duane's Fate.
    • One of the Crescians hurled an Alderode racial slur (Pissmop).
    • There were no guards patrolling that night.


    That leads me to believe one of his killers was Dhampir or a bunch of her mates. It's natural for her to know the slur, due to living with Aldish for so long.
    I suspect she did it for plain old revenge but had help from Aldish state along the way

    Aldish state (or some part of it) wanted Duane gone because he was:
    A) problematic vote on the council
    B) his death could serve as a rallying cry for Aldishmen
    C) he might have gotten **** talked for not killing Roger Foi Hellick then and there

    Lemuel might have heard something but was powerless to do anything. I mean, if he helps him, the two of them and their families will be excommunicated. In Alderode that's a death sentence.
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    Yes, I think people are jumping to conclusions somewhat. It's entirely possible that Lemuel knew Duane was going to die but was powerless. And he did hide him after his return as a zombie - quite possibly it was him who messed up Bastion.

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    Something happened in this chapter that sealed Duane's fate, but we still have no idea what. Failing to kill Roger might have been a factor.
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    I'm starting to think, Lemuel might have been prevented it but wasn't the killer.

    So what we know:
    • Ashley said, what they did with salt lizard sealed Duane's Fate.
    • One of the Crescians hurled an Alderode racial slur (Pissmop).
    • There were no guards patrolling that night.


    That leads me to believe one of his killers was Dhampir or a bunch of her mates. It's natural for her to know the slur, due to living with Aldish for so long.
    I suspect she did it for plain old revenge but had help from Aldish state along the way

    Aldish state (or some part of it) wanted Duane gone because he was:
    A) problematic vote on the council
    B) his death could serve as a rallying cry for Aldishmen
    C) he might have gotten **** talked for not killing Roger Foi Hellick then and there

    Lemuel might have heard something but was powerless to do anything. I mean, if he helps him, the two of them and their families will be excommunicated. In Alderode that's a death sentence.
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    What we also know:
    One of the attackers was upset with what was being done to a Ssaelit priest.
    Lemuel cried the last time he saw Duane before the attack.
    He sheltered the zombie, gave him pymaric eyes and tried to keep him hidden.


    I don't think it was Dhampir. She had no reason to want Duane, specifically, dead. I think these people were actually Aldish, glammered to look the part of a Crescian. Possibly from Lemuel's squad. And to the motives you've already listed, I'll add: He was the first Soud and the first Ssaelit to be considered for composer in centuries. Both Aldish nationalists and the Gefendur had reasons to oppose this.

    I am unsure exactly how much Lemuel was involved in the conspiracy, but he definitely knew and did nothing until after the fact. He also benefited from his brother's death: He now gets to marry his beautiful widow, with which I believe he was in love given his stubborn resistance to Duane playing matchmaker. He might as well have swung that knife himself.
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    I'm going to wait until we actually find out what did happen before passing judgement on Lemuel one way or the other. As it is, there's too many unknowns.
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    Big update and an end to this story. It's been quite a ride.
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    And Lemuel went a little crazier than I would have expected of him at the end there.
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    I'm guessing he didn't adjust to the whole "child soldier" thing nearly as well as it first appeared.

    I wonder if he's a Soud separatist in the present. There was a big organization of those, I think.
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    I'm guessing he didn't adjust to the whole "child soldier" thing nearly as well as it first appeared.
    Yes, I think part of the point behind this flashback is that Duane is looking at his memories with newfound clarity and noticing things he'd forgotten or never registered in the first place.

    I wonder if he's a Soud separatist in the present. There was a big organization of those, I think.
    Those would be Mmatont, but they're less an organization and more like a rebel group occupying some barren island somewhere.
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