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Contest:Battle in the Ruins of a Dead Civilization on 9/16/2019 3:58:54 AM

It's coming along. I'm up to about 10,000 words and 30 choices or so, and almost finished with the first main segment which collapses everything back down into two main storylines. I think I will be able to finish it in time, but even if I don't I have some good content already to base my planned novel in. (And I assume I can finish it even if I don't meet the deadline, though it won't be as fun.)

My current story intro for Blade of the Hollow:

" Aeron Silverhand is a thief. In the ruined lands of Vala, it is enough to survive, even if that means a life of crime and pain. When a sorceress takes his broken body and transforms him into a Hollow warrior, Aeron is given the power to fight the scourge of wyverns and reshape the shattered continent in her name. But the price of his power is his freedom, and the price of his new body might be his soul.

Battle your way through the the ruins of Vala. Wield the legendary Void Blade. Journey as Aeron into a voyage of deadly beauty, horrific truth, shattered hope, and unlikely redemption.

Become the Hollow. "


Tally Ho, Chapter Two on 9/15/2019 10:16:11 PM

#4. Autumn has several features that might make it attractive to Pennyworth: It's bold (nature showing off, but in a sensible and not gaudy manner.) It's got harvest festivals which give great opportunities for friendly brawls. And rainy days would give him ample opportunities to make coffee, carry umbrellas (which are weapons in a pinch, after all,) try his hand at cooking new dishes, etc.

Tally Ho, Chapter Two on 9/15/2019 11:53:05 AM

We just plowed through a couple getting engaged - being polite is not our strong suit. And Pennyworth definitely would not be giving his name in case that man on the platform really does launch an investigation. And complimenting an unusual woman on her hair seems the sort of thing to cause misunderstandings or accidental engagements.

So #2.


Tally Ho, Chapter Two on 9/15/2019 11:47:46 AM

Non-insect/snail purple dye was made in the 1850s and so purple textiles and later hair color were possible. In the 20s (in America) hair dye was a huge craze.

So it seems possible, but I would still guess it's highly unusual.

Tally Ho, Chapter Two on 9/14/2019 10:46:49 PM

I think it might have. Some chemist back in the 1850s accidentally made purple dye (William Henry Perkin, thanks Google) which led to textile and hair dyes, though not sure when the hair ones were introduced, and dying hair was really popular in the 1920s (at least in America.)  Not sure if purple hair dye was specifically a thing in Britain, but it seems theoretically possible.

Tally Ho, Chapter Two on 9/14/2019 6:41:41 PM

#2, if only because the introduction of *any* woman at this point, especially a good looking one, could lead to Rory to rush into breaking his engagement or misundertandings/jealousy, etc.

Tally Ho, Chapter Two on 9/14/2019 12:07:00 AM

And it looks like I managed to accidentally reply to the stats anyway. I voted #2.

Let's Play: Tally Ho, by Gower on 9/13/2019 3:47:39 PM

#1 Rory is bumbling, but at least he's finally got a word in edgewise and he's started to actually answer the question. If Pennyworth interferes now, for good or ill, Rory might not get a better chance to ask.

Plus, if it really all does go down in flames, maybe Rory will learn the perils of gambling. If Pennyworth rescues him too easily, he might just do the same thing next month.

Let's Play: Tally Ho, by Gower on 9/13/2019 12:07:04 PM

#1, since it seems the most butler-like response regardless of the truth. It would be interesting if Pennyworth had done something to make Frankinscense dislike him, though. Maybe he took the liberty of burning her favorite bonnet as a crime against fashion.

Let's Play: Tally Ho, by Gower on 9/12/2019 11:36:17 PM

This is a tough one. I'm trying to remember how Jeeves handled it every time Wooster accidentally got engaged to some girl or his Aunt Agatha tried to marry Wooster off, since this story reminds me so much of that dynamic.

I'm going to go with #2, but it would probably be in some sort of subtly sarcastic way implying that Pennyworth doesn't actually believe the engagement is a real thing or was Rory's idea. Mostly because Rory could be expected to get moony and sappy over any girl he actually liked and not hide it, but might be oblivious to a girl with designs on him.