Happy New Year! And new short story!
Deathmatch #2 - Return of the Death went out to the mailing list just a few minutes ago, right before midnight my time (although sometimes it takes a few minutes to get the email, so if you don't have it yet, just wait)!
By definition, that will be the last story of 2016, so Happy New Year!
And it will be the tenth piece of content I sent to mailing list subscribers since I started the mailing list, ten months ago: nine short stories and one preview of Unsouled.
Great year, everybody! Thanks for sticking with me, and I'll do my best to make all the stories in 2017 the best so far!
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P.P.S. And then after you've done all that, let me know what stories you're missing, and I'll send them to you. Happy New Year!
12/31/2016 09:43:06 pm
That was pretty great, and the expected outcome. It would have been nice to see the Ragnarus, Elysian, and Valinhall incarnations involved as well simply to see the results, though I can understand why they weren't included.
12/31/2016 10:11:28 pm
I loved it! Much more entertaining (in my opinion) than the first one. Good job, sir. Good job
12/31/2016 11:31:50 pm
Happy New Year! That was pretty hilarious to read, and makes me want to see more Elder Empire. Looking forward to OKAK!
1/1/2017 12:32:32 am
The way the Emperor fought made me think of something.
1/1/2017 06:12:30 am
THAT would be scary! I didn't think about him facing someone with the 10+ hightening.
1/1/2017 04:06:04 pm
Ok, I understand the point about him not being a fighter, and he does lack a lot of experience, so how about the Emperor vs Vasher when Vasher has all the breaths the Goading has.
1/3/2017 04:27:31 am
Heck yea, now that would be a fight, especially if he had Nightblood too.
1/1/2017 02:52:17 am
Happy New Year Will. Here's to us readers getting more of your great work to read, and to you raking in those sweet sweet Cradle bucks.
1/1/2017 05:18:13 am
Not surprised the Emperor won in the slightest, but I would love seeing how he fares against the last three incarnations. Methinks it would be an even closer fight.
1/3/2017 09:38:10 am
...you'd better not be messing with me, Will.
1/1/2017 06:13:27 am
OMG, I didn't expect the Emperor to DOMINATE the fight. None of the incarnations even damaged his clothing...
1/1/2017 08:20:15 am
Wouldnt the rangarus or ellysian incarnation have been a better matchup for the emperor? Its a fun story other wise i always wanted to see the emperor go to war lol
1/1/2017 12:21:07 pm
Whew, that was ummm... harsh. Definitely not a bright idea to mess with the Emperor. One would have thought Lirial would have known better.
1/1/2017 02:12:07 pm
Why do you think Q spent so much time hanging out with Captain Picard? Suriel kicked him out of the tesseract and told him to be back by dinner :)
In a scenario that doesn't involve them being supernaturally compelled to fight to the death, most of these Incarnations wouldn't have fought at all. Lirial would have observed him from a distance and then noped right out of there.
1/1/2017 02:08:47 pm
Once you've received one email from the list (aside from the subscription confirmation email), you can actually get to the previous stories by clicking on "view this email in your browser" and then clicking on "Past Issues". The "Confirmation TEST!" email helpfully contains all short stories published up until that point.
1/2/2017 02:23:15 am
I don't think the Emperor would've had trouble even with Elysia, Valinhall, and Ragnarus there. Also, did anybody else notice that the Incarnations were different people? This raises the question of from "when" in the Traveler's Gate universe they were taken. Before Cynara? Or after Leah has been crowned?
1/2/2017 07:32:00 am
... does anyone else want to see Incarnated Indirial fight Incarnated Valin?
1/2/2017 08:22:39 pm
Hahaha Wow the Emperor is badass indeed !!!
1/2/2017 08:39:28 pm
For a future death match, what about Valin vs. the Sword Sage?
1/2/2017 09:56:07 pm
Is the old man from Ragnarus a dreadlord? (Or whatever they are called, been playing world of warcraft a lot more recently than reading Unsouled)
1/3/2017 12:46:15 pm
Not an Underlord, the thing that's going to hit sacred valley in whatever many years
1/3/2017 05:19:04 pm
I didn't receive any of the stories you've not managed to write down yet... can you send me those? ;)
1/4/2017 07:41:05 pm
Does anyone else kind of feel sorry for the Emperor now? One of his first thoughts was that if he can extend diplomatic overtures to the Abidan, they'll deal with the Elders once and for all.
I feel sorry for the Emperor, Madeline.
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