31102018 - Bad Blood Runs Black chapter 52 is up. after Pana, Chawinda and Viturhimin nearly DIED in the violent ascent of Bat'kar Makady's "elevator", they get out and meet Dwarves. the Dwarves are quite civil, considering both Pana and Chawinda look like dem eeevil black-skinned sorta-Elves who tend to kill Dwarves on sight, and Viturhimin looks like an albino eeevil sorta-Elf with dark hair. but I tried to reflect the Dwarves' tendency to be lawful good, so they'd give Pana's party the benefit of the doubt since they didn't come out of the "elevator" shootin'. they still want 'em to take off, though (which is a pun you'll understand if you read part one)
sorry if the parts are a bit long. page-length-creep sets in, and now the parts are running 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 pages in Word. I hope that won't prove a problem for folks who want to read a part in one sitting
two things that required some thought on my part were how to reunite Pana's party with their friends, and once they do, how will Mundhelm et cie accept the grand revelation Bat'kar Makady is about to unload on them. the former couldn't be too easy, like Pana's party just walks up to Vatishehir and gets all the way to Haergrim and Gemma without some serious trouble, especially with how Pana looks nowadays. the Drow empress' magic is stronk, it's not a simple magical disguise that can be scrubbed away with a Dispel Magic or whatnot. the Drow are (except for Chawinda) enemies of the High Elves. to make matters worse, they've got Public Enemy Number One with them. the reunification has gotta be careful, somewhat time-consuming, to be believable, right?
now, regarding the grand revelation. "magic" can only fudge so much, and it only works because miraculous things like talking with your deity is an everyday occurrence in this fantasy world (especially for cleric types). it wouldn't do in the real world (and didn't work out well for one famous young lady from Orleans who did hear "voices"). so it too had to be handled carefully, hopefully not too boring for the reader, and not unbelievable in this setting
finally, Eiliftgraen has some awesome powers, but he ain't no god (no "I knew a god, and you're no god" jokes please, Mister Bentsen
). he does have prescience powers that any wary spellcaster might have up, and in his case, is probably made Permanent (plus what was that spell that tells the future, I forget and my books are out of reach right now). now, if you've been paying attention over the last few chapters, this barrier that he orders put up over the capital should sound very familiar
it screws up Bat'kar Makady's plan, but along comes a solution. yes, it's something the High Porte would have access to, considering that Hannetzbirg has dirigible bombers and Blackstone has interceptor birds that can see through most clouds and carries Phoenix launchers. it's just not quite like what we know in the real world, I'll detail it in the next chapter
as always, thank you very much for reading my story
John "Basileus Ioannis"