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AMRT Chapter 31: Hop-Board (by Earthblood)

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:49 am    Post subject: AMRT Chapter 31: Hop-Board (by Earthblood) Reply with quote

As requested by danlo, here is Earthblood's lost dissection.
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Better late than never..... Wink - Sorry for the delay folks.

This really turns out to be a pivitol chapter in the story.

We get the "real story" about Joyce's plan, we find out a litle bit about the "real" traitors, and we see Terisa find the beginnings of her "real" talent.

Terisa is visited (man, she gets a lot of visitors for a prisoner....) by Master Quillon, who proceeds to try to explain & justify his & Joyce's actions. Joyce is faking weakness in order to draw the traitors to him, and therefore save lives. Sounds like a great plan, unless you happen to be Lebbick, Geraden or the Tor.

I am surprised to hear Terisa's questioning of Quillon regarding Lebbick - the man who has imprisoned her, beat her & even assaulted her with a kiss "as hard as a blow".
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"He doesn't have any choice, and it's killing him." Sudden pity surged up through her bitterness. The man Lebbick had once been would probably have treated her with nothing more terrible than detached sarcasm or kindness. But the entire weight of King Joyce's policy had come down on his shoulders, and now he could hardly refrain from raping or murdering her.
"Don't you see that? What you're doing is expensive, and you're making him pay for all of it." Without warning, she began to weep again. Her distress and the Castellan's were too intimately interconnected. "You and your precious King are destroying him."

Once again SRD has tried to make us sympathise with an otherwise unsympathetic character, through the eyes of the victim.

Even Quillon knows the cost being exacted on Lebbick.
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"We didn't know this was going to happen. We thought he was stronger."

Enter The Castellan:
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"Lying slut!" howled the Castellan. "I'll have you gutted for this!"

Quillon desperately tries to get Terisa out of the cell, dragging her to the next, where he trips a hidden door, narrowly escaping a highly agitated Lebbick.

They exit to the place where Terisa had been attacked previously, and they press on through the translation point with Lebbick howling behind them. Terisa cannot warn Quillon in time to stop the maniac Gilbur from spitting Quillon with his dagger.

She manages to out run Gilbur, ending up in Havelok's quarters. She desperately tries to get him to help her, but he is too far gone from his earlier exertions against Kragen.
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"Don't you think I want to be sane? Don't you think I want to help? He was the only one who knew how to help me. But I used it all up! This morning - against those catapults! I used it all up!"

He calms as quickly as he was enraged and says simply:
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"Today I can't help you, he murmured to the blank checkerboard, "Go deal with Gilbur yourself."

OK then, our lady seems to be in some serious trouble now, right?????

She encounters Gilbur in the "mirror room" and after a little verbal sparring, some glass throwing and a good blow to the Castellan's head, she realizes she knows what to do to escape & actually surprises Gilbur by what she does to the mirror behind her. Before he can react, she steps backward into the darkness of translation.

This is a very fast paced chapter, and really ties up some loose ends for me and creates a bunch of new storyline possibilities. I'll say it again - this is the kind of writing that makes me a SRD fan!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hail Murrin!!!
I was just reading Vain's message & was thinking about when I could redo my MN dissection, and here it is!!!!!!
Thanks Murrin (& Danlo) for recovering it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you SO much Murrin!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this chapter, when Terisa finally realizes that her greatest weakness (fading) is also her greatest strength...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Murrin! You Rock


I have always loved this chapter, too...things get so hopeless and Terisa seems so helpless...and then she finally gets pushed to the point where she trusts in her talent. Cool

We;re at the point where the story is about to explode into action! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A tough chapter for me to take, what with the shock of Quillon getting murdered. As others have said, it's good to see Terisa finally risking her talent, at a moment when she really had no other choice.
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