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11 months 1 week ago #65580 by Yolandria
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11 months 1 week ago #65583 by mhalpern
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Is this Gen 0 or non?

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11 months 1 week ago #65584 by DanZilla
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Oops... this was intended to be Library... I didn't convey that well internally
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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #65585 by Malady
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OK. That makes a lot more sense, 'cause I was going... "Is this another guy who had something like what happened to Ping?"

And, at the beginning, "A human? Survived the Sundering?"

And this'll be needed to move to "Library and Independent Fiction"...

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But enough of that.

Interesting world! Post-Apocalypse, humans are coming back...

The Empresses are actually pretty cool, standing up to the "demon" and stuff...

I bet that deal he made with the Empress is gonna be important...

Maybe at some point the Younger will be hosting the Demon instead of the Older...
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11 months 1 week ago #65588 by Dreamer
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SPOILER ALERT
Below is a stream of conscious commentary I type up as I read the story. There will be details from the story included in it. If you have not read the story yet and don't wish to have details of it spoiled, read no further.

Extra note: This commentary has some things based on the fact it was in 2nd Gen Stories when I started reading it and assumed something weird was going on, like Kristin's fantasy game [can't think of name right now] and some humans got trapped inside, with days being several years for those inside.

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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #65594 by JohnBobMead
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Interesting.
Murky as all get out concerning just what happened back when Samael was first alive to result in such changes, presuming this is supposed to be in something resembling our reality.
But the author is correct; we don't need that info for this to be enjoyable.
While it doesn't say "Part 1," or "To Be Continued," I wouldn't mind reading further.

Dreamer's comments raise a possibility I hadn't considered.
Anyone here remember Arthur C. Clarke's The Lion of Comarre, first published in 1949? I read it in the 1968 reissue, matched with Against the Fall of Night.
It's not the only one that used the concept of people housed in life support systems while living within a virtual reality simulation, but if not the first, it was definitely a very early example.
Since then the idea has evolved to the point where a physical body is no longer required at all, that one can be uploaded into the system and exist until somehow deleted...
Cyberpunk touches on some aspects of this, and certain varieties of GameLit work the concept of getting sucked inside a VR game.
This being such a thing would not be inconsistent with what Samael relates.
So while it could be some post-apocalyptic tale, it could also be a VR simulation which failed to release those who entered it, either as a result of deliberate action on the part of the programmers, or due to an unsuspected bug.
Sword Art Online is a lovely example of it being the result of deliberate malice aforethought on the part of the lead programmer...
It could also be a situation where it was a deliberate choice to enter the VR environment as a one way trip, to willingly transmigrate; in such a case one has to wonder what the outer world had become that one would make such a choice.
And, for kicks and giggles, the possibility that when one logged out of the VR environment, your avatar actually remained as a copy of yourself as you were at the time you logged out, continuing within the VR environment and not realizing it's a copy, but believing something prevented you from logging out. So that you exist outside the VR environment, believing yourself unique, while you also exist as a continuing presence within the VR, also believing yourself unique.
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11 months 1 week ago #65598 by Nagrij
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Well, I'm a little late to this party, but let me just say... this isn't a VR story, but a post apocalypse one. The VR one is coming a bit later, and I thought I'd clear that up.

I'd also like to say, that I find Samael likeable, but then again I do have a fondness for assholes. As for what actually happened, and why Sam is so bitter, there is a story there....

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11 months 1 week ago #65660 by Katssun
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I am also late to the party, but I enjoyed what's there so far, and looking forward to more.

Very Dying Earth. I like. Scoundrel, like Dying Earth, has magic users and regular folks, and magic users. In Dying Earth, real wizards are all but indistinguishable from deities. Here, Samael and that lost pinnacle of skill are demi-gods and demons. I really like that the lapse in time has allowed for such a distortion of the history that he remembers.

But unlike Dying Earth, Samael doesn't appear to be alone in that level of power. There's Darnell who defeated Samael due to his overconfidence, there's Demon King Roberto and his successor, there's the younger Empress...

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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #65663 by Nagrij
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Never read "Dying Earth"... sounds like I need to.

But you're right, and the reasons behind the power and magic will be explained eventually.

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