July 6th, 2008

Warren

Tabula Avatar Chapter 59

Belated happy birthdays to novichok74 and diachrony; happy birthday to sistercuervo.

This chapter was hard to write. I had intended it to be entirely from an external perspective, looking at the characters from outside the group, and I tried to do it that way but it didn’t work out. I re-wrote a couple of sections several times before giving up and zooming in on Buffy. The first draft of the chapter included an extra scene, dealing with Yoshimo’s meeting with Shar, but when I opened Word tonight to write that scene I saw that the word count was at exactly 7,500. I took that as an omen and left it there.

Previous chapters can be found HERE; you might need a refresher after the gap of two months since the last chapter.

Summary: AU from some point during Tabula Rasa, when the crystal didn’t get broken but instead fell into the hands of The Trio. They inserted the trapped memories into the computer game ‘Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn’ and the Scoobies teamed up with the Bhaalspawn and her companions on a quest that took them into deadly peril.

When we left our heroes Buffy and company were impersonating mercenaries in the drow city of Ust Natha. They are disguised as drow (except for Minsc, who is still human, and Xander, who is disguised as a duergar or dark dwarf) and have all adopted aliases. It should be easy enough to see who the aliases refer to but, just in case of confusion, I’ve provided a glossary of the aliases as a footnote.

This chapter is 7,500 words. Rating R.
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