02192018 - after almost a year's delay, Bad Blood Runs Black chapter 50 is finally up. I have no excuse for the delay, I'm sorry if you've been waiting all this time. I hope you like it
finished proofing it, fixed a spelling error on each part, plus rewording towards the end of part 3 as I found "ornate doors" and "ornate coach" redundant (it was late
since it's been so long, I was considering doing a recap for newer readers. but it ended up being a lengthy synopsis full of "spoiler alerts", so I'll try to do some reference guides instead. if you have specific questions, you're always welcome to Note me or ask in a Comment, and I'll try to respond as quickly as possible
so, now we get a clearer picture of what the High Elf emperor Eiliftgraen plans to do. Mundhelm has his reservations about the Ciulthann being the "representative of the gods", but the amount of magic power they're about to unleash is certainly above the norm for mere mortals. perhaps Viturhimin was in the right. but if Viturhimin truly is an avatar of Lolth, and priests are getting their spells from their deity without interruption, why is Lolth allowing this terrible thing to happen? and if any elf believes that this plan will somehow spare the dwarves and other beings living beneath the surface of the continent, they might be candidates to invest in a bridge in the land of Bruklin
now, sometimes Chawinda seems OP, often taking out her targets without nary a scratch to herself. but she is an epic level rogue, and I haven't decided on her prestige classes (shadowdancer is a distinct possibility). her bracers are magical in that they act like repeater hand crossbows, with the added touch of putting daggers into her hands for melee use. if you are using 3.5 edition D&D, they're like repeater crossbows in that there's no reloading between shots. she has a higher than normal chance for crits, but, as the battle against the bear-riding dwarves showed, sometimes it takes more than a couple shots to bring down an enemy. in the case of the drow captain of the imperial guard, or any other time she backstabs someone and brings them down with one hit, I'm fudging the rules to give her the assassin's 'killing blow' thing (she's not an assassin, the assassin prestige class is still distinct, as Sialkot was the real thing). also, she might have used Shadow Jump, so yeah, probably rogue/shadowdancer. and as I explained before, in this story, drow can see through normal Darkness spells, but not Deeper Darkness (which has a blurring effect on drow Darkvision, as we saw with Sialkot in what was it, chapter 35?36?)
will Pana and Chawinda escape from the drow realm before they are killed, either by Eiliftgraen or Dishani'matrika? will they be able to change Vishakha back into Pana again? will Mundhelm's conscience allow him to let Eiliftgraen's terrible plan come to fruition? stay tuned, and we'll all find out! as always, thank you very much for reading my story, I hope you enjoy it
John "Basileus Ioannis"