2021 Resolution

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Re: 2021 Resolution

Post by Anableps » Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:05 am

Number 6: I added an episode to the djinn thread (117920, extension 117926). Velus was part of the earlier episodes, appearing last as a dog cowering in the market at 6669.

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Re: 2021 Resolution

Post by JH » Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:08 am

Nice twist. :)
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Re: 2021 Resolution

Post by Anableps » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:03 am

Accounting on the 2021 resolution: 6 episodes - 5 episodes in the "Fred and Maggie" story and one in the "Two Djinns" story as of February 19.

Likely episode 7: I have been thinking about a follow-on to 117927 for a couple of days. I do not think that there will be a lot of action. It will be heavy on character development, as Velus tries to come to grips with his new responsibilities as master. The trick will be to get it in a good collaborative story form - where the next author will be able to ask "what if ...." at the end and be inspired to write a good continuation.

Some of the ideas that I am thinking about:

1) The djinn are going to be able to take human form and enjoy the dinner. After a year of pandemic isolation, I want to write an upbeat episode where the characters can enjoy themselves in a social setting and heal a little, at least for one evening. :)

2) In 117920, Maria has an especially good rapport with Velus. I think that would be natural, given their backgrounds and what has happened to them. Both have been yanked from the pasture or farm into scary circumstances. It would be natural for them to turn to each other. I would like to develop that further.

3) I am also thinking about establishing a rule where Velus limits his ability to ask for wishes. Something like, "I wish to get the best advice that my two djinns can offer before my future wishes are granted." This would create some problems if he needed something quickly, but would prevent a poorly thought out wish from being granted.

4) I can think of a few conflicts that could occur, and one big mystery. If Fred had two djinns that could grant (apparently) any wish, why did he not summon them to defeat the dragon? And what prevented him from summoning the djinns to save him from the "accident"? I don't think that Velus would have intentionally killed Fred to gain control over the lamps, but he could be suffering from survivor's guilt for not "doing enough." Or maybe Fred's personality changed and he started to behave badly and had to be killed. I will need to think about that one.

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Re: 2021 Resolution

Post by JH » Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:33 am

Fred deciding to get himself a second djinn arguably could be evidence that he was becoming corrupted by his power. It might also explain why he did not use the djinns to kill the dragon. (Though in at least one other branch, he asks Astra to do so and she says it is beyond her power. Of course we needn't be bound by that, as it's not in this branch's back-story.) As to why he did not call on the djinns to save himself from the accident or "accident", I imagine it must have taken him by surprise and have been too immediately incapacitating for him to have had the chance.

As it now doesn't look now as if Ib will be adding to our other story any time soon, I'll see if I can write something for it.
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Re: 2021 Resolution

Post by Anableps » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:12 pm

And with 117969 I have written 8 of 12 that were in the resolution.

A reader might fairly ask, what is the difference between the three options? All three are similar.

I wondered what the nature of the dragon's skin was, and how Fred intended to use his sword to attack it. And whether Fred had enough information to plan an attack that would work. My sword and fencing knowledge is not extensive, but here were my thoughts.

The first attack that I thought about was for Fred to swing the sword around like an ax and lop the dragon's head off. But my understanding is that this would the way that a child would attack. Swords in the middle ages were designed to cut or thrust, and knights were trained accordingly. But this might be the best approach if the best attack strategy was to maximize trauma over a wide area and if the dragon's skin were highly resistant to cutting or piercing attacks. Fred's sword might be an unusual design with more weight at the tip and perhaps harder than usual.

If Fred were to go with the more conventional attack, he might try cutting or slashing. That would work if the dragon's skin were soft, or hard but with vulnerable seams, such as the gills of a fish. A cut in the right place might shed a lot of blood or immobilize the dragon.

And if the dragon's scales didn't have a weak point that allowed cutting, and were too thick for a chopping attack to impart enough damage, then concentrating the force of a chopping attack over a narrow area, or at a narrow vulnerable point, might provide enough force to make a piercing attack the best option. Once pierced, Fred could follow up with another type of attack to kill the dragon.

I also left another option in the likely case that there is a better approach that I have missed.

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Re: 2021 Resolution

Post by JH » Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:32 am

I'm inclined to go for a stabbing attack, as Fred can probably get his weight behind it that way and have a better chance of penetrating the dragon's thick scaly skin, as well as the full force of his attack being concentrated on a single point at the tip of the blade rather than being spread along its length. It also means he can make full use of his reach and start his attack from further away.
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