The Woodward Academy, Year 7

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2018-Jul-31 @ 9:21 AM
darthel0101
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One way to have avoided the outcome of that battle would have been Gelert Potion and THEN morph Joe into a statue.

However, David didn't have that potion, and he would have still had the stress of being comfortable with the morph to contend with.

A secondary issue is that David COULDN'T simply fade into Haven to escape pursuit as the weres would then know that their encampment was compromised.


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2018-Jul-31 @ 10:22 AM
Eric Storm
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Even more importantly, they would have known that David was a demighost, and as he was operating for the Callamandian military, they would know that the opposition had a demighost operative, they would take the necessary precautions, and David's usefulness would be ended.

Eric Storm


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2018-Aug-3 @ 6:25 PM
gatefan88
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When will you post the next chapter?

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2018-Aug-4 @ 3:00 AM
Eric Storm
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Eventually.*

Eric Storm


* "Eventually" and the apathy tone are (SM) Servicemarks of Black Rose.  Used with permission.


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2018-Aug-4 @ 11:11 PM
Seumus1
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Just wanted to drop a quick note, Eric. Absolutely LOVE the Woodward Academy stories!!! I can hardly wait to see what comes next! Really, really, REALLY good tale!!!

(posted from the Item Information Page)


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2018-Aug-5 @ 3:33 AM
Eric Storm
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Glad you're enjoying it.  Thanks for the kind words.

Eric Storm


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2018-Aug-6 @ 3:49 AM
Soulless0311
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Once again fabulous work. I can not wait for the whole chapter to be released.

(posted from Chapter 7: December)


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2018-Aug-6 @ 11:30 AM
Eric Storm
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...  This comment confuses me.  I get that you might have accidentally said "chapter" instead of "story", but you posted this comment from December, which is a PRM chapter, currently.  If you have access to December, you already have the ability to read the entire book, so...

Huh???

Eric Storm


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2018-Aug-13 @ 8:20 AM
Soulless0311
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I apologize for the confusion, I was not aware that the PRM was a full chapter. I was under the impression that PRM was just a preview of the chapter, not the actual chapter. So if I was wrong then I should have said I can't wait for the next year of the story to be released.


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2018-Aug-13 @ 10:55 AM
Eric Storm
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*squints eyes*  Ow....

Okay, so, you've read 6 chapters of PRM material...

...

And you thought something was missing?

Eric Storm


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2018-Aug-29 @ 3:16 PM
calin225
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Wouldn't Joe become a demi ghost as he is the first person to die in David's presence and isn't that how they come about.

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2018-Aug-29 @ 4:36 PM
Desgi
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No calin225, assuming I recall correctly, demighosts are created via curses. David became one because of an extra effect of the curse that imprisoned Jacob. Had Dailey managed to complete the spells that would have imprisoned David then yes, the first person to die in his presence would have become a demighost.

All of this is assuming I remember correctly, my brain has been fairly jumbled of late tongue

I am sure that others will correct me if I am mistaken.


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2018-Aug-29 @ 11:48 PM
Eric Storm
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Even a broken clock is right twice a day* as they say... 
smile

Desgi is correct.  David's transformation was due to the curse on Jacob.  That curse was not successfully applied to David, thus Joe died normally like anyone else.

Eric Storm

* This aphorism refers to an ANALOG clock.  If you're too young to know what an analog clock is, first, FUCK YOU!  and second, look it up.
:-P


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2018-Aug-30 @ 1:53 AM
Desgi
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I think I remember those things. That's the one where you use the position of the sun and a shadow to tell what time it was, right?


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2018-Aug-30 @ 3:23 AM
Eric Storm
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That is a sundial, you whipper-snapper!

*grumbles*  Young punks think they're so fuckin' funny....

Eric Storm


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2018-Aug-30 @ 6:20 AM
Jefferson
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.... And stay off his grass!!!!


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2018-Aug-30 @ 12:50 PM
shadowlord
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I noticed that, when David entered the Potions Guild, he entered as a Master "Second Class."  But, when he petitioned for advancement, he was introduced as "Master, Level 2."  Are those intended to be synonymous?  or is one a typo that you'd eventually like to get edited/corrected?

Also, I noticed that, in most guilds, "Level 1" is ranked "higher" than "Level 2," except for Conjuring...  There, "Level 1" seems to represent the lowest rank of mastery.  Do you think you'd like to resolve that inconsistency somehow? or do you consider that "inconsequential" enough that it will likely remain as written?

In case I've never mentioned it before: I really do love your writing!!  Thanks for all the work you put in to make your stories available.

(posted from Chapter 1: June)


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2018-Aug-30 @ 1:38 PM
Eric Storm
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shadowlord wrote:

I noticed that, when David entered the Potions Guild, he entered as a Master "Second Class."  But, when he petitioned for advancement, he was introduced as "Master, Level 2."  Are those intended to be synonymous?  or is one a typo that you'd eventually like to get edited/corrected?

*shrugs*  I'm not terribly concerned about it.  I'm sure I'll "fix" it at some point.

Also, I noticed that, in most guilds, "Level 1" is ranked "higher" than "Level 2," except for Conjuring...  There, "Level 1" seems to represent the lowest rank of mastery.  Do you think you'd like to resolve that inconsistency somehow? or do you consider that "inconsequential" enough that it will likely remain as written?

I consider this neither inconsistent, nor inconsequential.  I consider this "realism".  The guilds are not controlled by the same group of people, nor is there any set of laws governing the terminology.  As a real-world example, a 1st Lieutenant is higher-ranked than a 2nd Lieutenant, but a GS-1 is a lower-level government employee than a GS-2.  This is simply the way life actually works: different scales often move in different directions.  The Conjuring and divination trades have chosen an ascending scale, while the others have chosen a descending scale.  *shrugs*  That's life.  The decision was entirely intentional on my part.

In case I've never mentioned it before: I really do love your writing!!  Thanks for all the work you put in to make your stories available.

Glad you 're enjoying the stories.

Eric Storm


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2018-Sep-11 @ 7:59 AM
MrGeneric
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Thanks. I've really enjoyed the series. When will there be more!?

(posted from Chapter 12: May)


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2018-Sep-11 @ 8:11 AM
Eric Storm
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Go visit my writing status thread for the answer to this and other Storm-related questions.

Eric Storm


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2018-Sep-11 @ 6:34 PM
Elessar
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Assuming I remember most of what happened in the last chapter with Joe, why couldn’t David do exactly what he did in the field, only sooner and while Joe escaped on his own? It obviously wasn’t a problem for David to do this as well, it would have been well within his orders as a superior to force the guy below him to follow orders by telling him to escape. It sucks cause Joe was my favorite character out of the story.


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2018-Sep-12 @ 3:05 AM
Eric Storm
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It would have been a technical violation of his orders, which were to keep Garibaldi with him.  If David's orders allowed the two to separate, David could simply have ordered Joe not to accompany him in the first place. 

Not to mention that the weres would not have stopped and targeted him solely; they likely would have split half and half, or, in fact, might have detailed just a few to attack and kill David (remember, they didn't know that wasn't possible), while the rest continued after Joe.  David would not have been able to kill them all fast enough to prevent what happened from happening, just in a different way. 

Eric Storm


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2018-Sep-13 @ 12:15 AM
bigfoot
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Thinking ahead, I'm wondering about Ghost Joe's presence in David, Zyla and Grace's life. Will he hang around the house? Help David with his war efforts? Become David's immortal sidekick/smart-ass-Jiminy-Cricket?

This is something that hasn't been throughly explained - what happens after someone dies? Gabriel tells Davd she'll 'take care of him now' but what does that entail - a session with the Ghost HR department? Ghost indoctrination seminar? Lessons on how to act as a ghost? And how soon before Joe can start haunting Dean Lengel?


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2018-Sep-13 @ 5:25 AM
Eric Storm
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It is tradition that ghosts do NOT hang around those they knew while alive.  It wouldn't do Joe OR Zyla any good for him to hang around the family.  It would be emotionally damaging for all involved.

And when someone dies... they die.  The banshees are there to help make the crossing into Haven less chaotic and emotionally unpleasant.  Their job takes a couple minutes for each person.  There is no ruling council for ghosts, no rules they need to learn to abide by.  The only danger to ghosts for any behavior is that a ghost wizard might "teach them a lesson", or a demighost might be called in to deal with them from the "living" side. 

Joe could have started haunting Dean Lengel immediately, but it is unlikely that Joe would want to spend his afterlife in a place he found emotionally uncomfortable during life.

Eric Storm


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2018-Sep-20 @ 4:25 AM
ozygonzo
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The last question about Ghost Joe was one I Had myself thanks for the enlightenment  Eric

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