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TomasG

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  1. Kyle says that this is a large chapter and covers a lot of plot lines. If that is the case, I wonder if perhaps we are rushing (relatively speaking) to the end of the story.

    Kyle still has

    "Re-emergence",

    "The Defenders",

    "Adventure Quest",

    "Brile",

    "O'Connell's Grenadiers",

    and "Destiny's Shadow" going.

    I'm sure that all of his stories occupy a great deal of his time and he still has to deal with the RL tasks of survival, as we all do.

    Kyle, Jamie and one or two of the other online authors are those that I follow religiously and wait patiently for new chapters of existing stories or new stories to be posted.

  2. I've noticed the same thing, but also noticed that there are several new stories on the list which would explain "Scrolls" getting pushed off of the bottom.

    As much as I would love to see "Gold" and "45" posted and the story continued, Jamie's well-being (both mental and physical) is more important.

    I figure that if I can wait patiently for a year for a new chapter of "Kandric" to be posted, I can wait patiently for anything new for "Scrolls" to be posted.

    RL does have that nasty habit of showing it's ugly face from time to time.

  3. Well, it is getting near the end of the year and I wonder if we will have a Christmas or New Year present from Kyle this time around. I hope so. Kyle is an excellent writer (slow, but definitely accomplished) and all his stories leave you wanting more. I think he once said 'Re-emergence' was his favourite story but it would be last on my list, which would be (with points out of ten):

    The Kandric Saga .............................. 9.75

    O'Connell's Grenadiers ........................ 9.70

    Brile ......................................... 9.65

    Defenders ..................................... 9.50

    Re-emergence .................................. 9.40

    I would point out that Brile and O'Connell's Grenadiers are really one story, at least they are in the same universe and time frame and appear to be merging.

    I have been reading George R R Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire and it reminded me very much of the Kandric Saga in character types, the same medieval levels of honour and depravity in some characters that makes you love and hate them at the same time.

    I sincerely hope we are getting close to our yearly chapter of Kandric.

    I too, have been reading, have read "Fire and Ice". As interesting as the first four books were, I found the fifth book "A Dance With Dragons" rather boring and unexciting. Actually, about 1/4 way through it, I put it down and have had no desire to pick it up again.

    Oh well! Plenty of other reading to keep me occupied while waiting for Kyle and Jamie.

  4. I've heard from Jamie. He's still working on Gold. He's also sent me chapter 45, the first chapter of Part 4.

    I'm guessing that once gold completes the process, we'll start seeing some chapters again.

    If Jamie is working on "Gold" and '45, what ever happened to "Silver"? Last that I saw was "Bronze".

  5. "Thanks for the memory." :)

    I remember listening to the interview when it first appeared at Awesome Dude so it was interesting to listen to it again. I doubt very much if it would change if it were to be conducted now. Provided the questions were the same, I believe that the answers would like wise be the same.

  6. Didn't occur to me that the open area with Rood at it's apex was the result of Jamie's actions, but it does make sense with the amount of energy that he generated. If indeed that is what caused it, the energy expended must have been huge and Jamie is more powerful than he knows at this point in time.

    Good catch!

  7. Bronze is a very pleasant break from the high drama of the mainline story. As a matter of fact each of the interludes have provided a nice respite from the drama of the story. They also provide that little bit of extra color and background that adds to the overall enjoyment of the story. That being so, I wouldn't expect them to advance the story, that is for the main story. They might add some answers or other information that would be awkward to have in the story. Then again, maybe not. No matter, I enjoy them for what they are.

    Anyway... It was interesting to see a little of how the Kalorians faired in Taldor Valen in the early years after Angels Falls through the eyes of Larrus. How he really took to heart what his friend, The Prince, told him, "Friends help friends."

    Yes, Charlie and Giovanni have already mated. That they had mated was the cause of all the anguish when Jamie told them that they had to separate to keep them safe. Even though it has never been said outright, I believe that just as Nic was created to be Jamie's mate from the DNA of Agramos, so was Giovanni created to be Charlie's mate from the same DNA.

    Remember, iron and bronze are baser medals when compared to silver and gold and if any answers are to be forthcoming in an interlude it would seem to me that silver or gold would be the proper vehicle. But, if not, they will still provide a nice pause before we return to the drama.

    Take care

    TomasG

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  8. Wow! Lots to talk about.

    We get a picture of what Charles was really about, but having to be extra cautious to having to keep his true agenda a secret, he was blindsided by the 11 Red & Black Legionaries that he thought were loyal to him. Turns out they had evidently been subverted by the smooth talking Hippolito. I also believe that Hippolito was instrumental in the cryo-units that didn't make it to Eagles Rock being lost. Also in Loran being saved.

    I seem to remember that I made a comment on one of the earlier chapters that I believed that Loka's ultimate goal was to become Emperor. That has now been proven. Then before he leaves for Argon he throws Hippolito under the bus. Hippolito then has a cause for revenge.

    It has now occurred to me that it was Hippolito who had the cryo-units reset to 2500 years. The thought is that Loka would wake up in 100 years and none of the resources that he was expecting was there so he would be emperor of nothing but a dead world, more or less. Then in 2500 years Loka and the rest of his cohorts and any others who escaped to Argon would be long gone and it would be an easy matter for him to become king. His revenge would be complete. I'm sure that he believed that he had the Princes and Scribes in the palm of his hand before the events in Book 1, Chapter 50 took place.

    Of course, most of the above is supposition.

    TomasG

  9. Wasn't here for the grand opening, but am happy to have found and be a part of The Talon House.

    Hmmmmm... July 14th. Bastille Day VIVA LE TALON HOUSE!!

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TALON HOUSE and Thank you, Talon Rider.

    TomasG

  10. Jamie lives and teaches in Belgium. Plans are in the works for our third get together when he comes back to the States to teach a class.You can laugh if you want, but while I'm waiting another author to send a story back to me so that I can convert it to PDF format so that I can read it on my nook, I've been reading Book 2 again.Maybe a reason people were a bit disappointed is this chapter is that it was lacking a lot of action. During most of Part 3, everything has been moving along quickly. to get us to an end point and it's time to slow things down a bit. Yes Jamie is down, he's exhausted, he's disappointed that he didn't save more Kalorians. Then there was the Emperor and his plans for Jamie to deal with. Jamie was in shock. With his reaction to Renaud at Rood, I think he felt betrayed and I think he was about to give up all hope of succeeding.Iron is coming.

    That's great that you and Jamie will have another get together. Just too bad that he will have to deal with our TSA thugs and perverts.

    I have read both books 1 & 2 innumerable times. Sometimes I'll start at the beginning and other times I just start reading in the middle. Or a thought will occur and I'll start reading in the chapter where I think the event that I'm having the thoughts about happened. Then I usually just continue reading.

    It's easy to understand our little wizard being despondent about what he perceives as his failures, but I'm sure he'll spring back.

    It will be interesting to see what nuggets the Interludes reveal. Then on to book 3 and the Circle OF Ondra.

  11. My biggest hope in regards to The Scrolls is that Jamie will be able to return to his usual posting schedule. Also, It seems like we have lost some of the people that used to post questions and comments making for lively discussions on each of the chapters and the overall story.

  12. Very nice list, but it seems like it's coming late to the game. Very few of the Gladiator Duets, thus far, have been identified in the course of the story. Of course, it may be that more of them will be identified during the battle in Fire Block Canyon.

    In thinking about it very little, only bits and pieces, have been told about the Gahdar. Why only 50 active duets? Surely there are more gladiators in training and are accomplished enough to make up more active duets.

    Don't take that as a complaint or a negative reaction to the posting of the list, just curiosity raising it's head. I'm glad to see it.

  13. I don't think that we'll get to the fight with Loran in The Circle Of Ondra until late in part four. Jamie still has Charles' fate to deal with (remember the 44 chapter cliffy :) ), then the battle in Fire Block Canyon. Also there is the battle at the pass w/Brotus and the Iron Regiment to contend with. After which is the task of getting everyone to The Circle Of Ondra. Then we can have the fight between Jamie and Loran and the outcome of that.

    And all the while keeping some small tab on the activity of Gude and Hippoleto, although I doubt that they will be fully dealt with until Book Three along with whatever role that Charlie and Giovanni are destined to play.

    Many things to be deal with in Part Four.

  14. Considering the role that the Unicorn played in this chapter, could it be that in the current timeline, now that Jamie has absorbed the Unicorn Orb, it will act in the same way and negate the Owl and in the Circle of Ondra against Loran reactivate all of the viruses, that I believe were deactivated by the worm that Charles planted in the data stream, and bring Jamie to full power. We know that Jamie doesn't need the Orbs as does Loran. Maybe the events at Rood with the Unicorn were *meant* to focus on the abilities of the Unicorn and not so much on Jamie gaining his full powers.

    We don't know why Charles planted that worm and what it was supposed to do when Jamie came out of stasis. The only thing I can think of is to deactivate the viruses. Why? Only Charles knows for sure at this time. Perhaps Charles has a great deal of knowledge about the viruses and how they work and as you pointed out that it would likely take years for the wizard to fully use the powers granted by the viruses, if ever. Perhaps he was aware that the viruses would continue to mesh and evolve even while Jamie was in stasis and to come out of stasis with the full power of the wizard would be dangerous for Jamie especially with Cold Sleep Memory Lost Syndrome a high probability. With little or no memory of the past and all that power it could very well have proven to be be catastrophic.

    All of the above is purely conjecture and specualtion on my part. Take it as you will :)

  15. After my usual second reading, I must say that I have to agree with pietro. I too was somewhat disappointed with this chapter.

    If chapter titles were being used I'd have to name this chapter "Jamie's Pity Party". Awww poor me, it's all my fault.

    The events at Rood seemed to be excessively drawn out. Nic, the rest of the Gahdar and the captive Kalorians could have all been slaughtered by the time Jamie finished singing with the unicorn and came into his full powers. I mean, after all his mate was in danger. I would have thought that his full powers would have manifested themselves almost instantly and he would have reacted in that same instant to protect Nic.

    About the energy dome. I don't recall reading in any chapter that the dome covered all of Altinestra, it was implied but never really confirmed that it did. It did say in one of the previous chapters and in this chapter that the dome covered Taldor Valoren.

    From this chapter:

    Once the communicator was activated it would power up the generator, but instead of creating a barrier of energy over the tenth hill as planned, the energy it generated would be redirected to satellites in geosynchronous orbit over Taldor Valoren, protecting it beneath an inpeneratable dome of energy, thus blocking both the human and Kalorian viruses that would ravage the planet.

    I don't recall which of the previous chapters that it was mentioned, but I do recall that it said that it reached down to the tops of the mountains surrounding Taldor Valoren. I think that it is possible that the mountains themselves provided an impenetrable barrier and the only way through them was through Taldor Valoren.

    Is it possible that the plague went to Argon with the humans and none survived? Of course, the Kalorians could have sabotaged the stasis units on Argon to fail.

    Remember, the Trio were dressed in battle dress also. Not the same as the Gahdar, but as Imperial troops for the performance of the Redak. That may have saved them.

    So many unanswered questions in the past timeline. Too many to list. Hopefully, at least some of them will be answered in the Interludes.

    Sorry, but I didn't feel the story was advanced to any great degree by this chapter. I guess I expected more.

  16. If you've not read this chapter yet, STOP now. I also found another reason why Renaud was reluctant in making his presence know after being awaken. After the way Jamie treated him at Rood, I'd shy away too. We know from before that Renaud left Eagles Rock, but stayed in the shadows keeping watch. He could have remember the events that took place and probably wanted to make sure things were okay. Based on what we know, I would have to say that the Trio are no more, regardless if they survived or not. One of them is missing a leg. And maybe it's just me, but the whole chapter seems to have a bit of a sad tone to it since it's the last chapter of this part. I'll stop here to give everyone else a chance to bring things up for discussion.

    I'm inclined to think that Renaud did what he did because he saw Hippoleto when he was resurrected and he wanted to find out just what the situation was before revealing himself.

    The thing about that leg. The dance slipper wasn't on the foot, just near it. We really don't know if the leg belonged to one of the trio and certainly don't have any idea, at this point, what happened to them. We can only speculate that the leg belonged to one of them and they are dead. Hopefully, that will be addressed in one of the interludes or in the next part of book 2, "The Circle Of Ondra"

  17. Book 2 Chapter 18

    In the following sentence:

    Quite in contrast to the dearth of information available on the life of Jacques de Valèn, the only fact Jamie was able to glean in all his research on Agramos was that he’d been a general during the time of de Valèn.

    The word dearth means a" lack of" or a "scarcity of". Use of the word "dearth" in the context of the sentence doesn't make sense. A better word would be "wealth".

    "Quite in contrast to the wealth of information available on the life of Jacques de Valèn, the only fact Jamie was able to glean in all his research on Agramos was that he’d been a general during the time of de Valèn."

  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMASG. MAY YOU HAVE MANY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you TR. I had a great day doing what I usually do on my birthday. No parties. No celebrations. Just whatever I feel like doing. Whatever mood happens to strike. "Twas always thus, and always thus will be."

    Take Care

    TomasG

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