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|Aftermath by Bodkin||13 Review(s)|
|Manderly||Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/23/2006|
|I am always glad that someone on this site has a birthday. Some of the best stories are the ones being gifted to someone's birthday and this one is no exception, though it certainly was a heart-rending one. |
As heartbreaking as it was, the story did leave us with hope. Lives were lost, but through the two who survived, life will continue for the Wood Elves.
Author Reply: Thank you Manderly. Birthdays are good! This story was intended to be fluffy elfling fun - but refused to turn out that way.
And there is hope - we know that! The dark will be defeated - in time. Cuilant's parents might well feel that their sacrifice was for something, since she survived - and poor Glambren will grow to defend the forest.
While their survival gives the warriors more reason to fight.
|daw the minstrel||Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/23/2006|
|The fate of children in a time of war--you don't flinch from hard subjects, Bodkin. This one was tough, but the children are in the care of wise adults, and they'll have time to heal. Poor things.|
Author Reply: It didn't start out to be quite this way - but it just got darker. And it's so easy not to think about the shadier side of war - but it seems a bit of a cop-out to pretend it's all some jolly game that doesn't hurt anyone ... (although killing off favourite characters is definitely baaaad and shouldn't be allowed.) I think Glambren is going to have a harder time than Cuilant. At least until she realises what is missing from her life. But they will have wise carers who will love and guide them.
|French Pony||Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/23/2006|
|Very nice. You have such a wonderful eye for psychology. Glambren was absolutely pitch-perfect. A brave child, but he can't stand up to a trauma that leaves even adult warriors pale and shaking. The scene with him hiding behind the waterfall, trying beyond hope to pretend that the massacre was just a game was especially powerful.|
I am curious about one thing, though. I wonder where the idea that Wood-elves cremate their dead on open pyres comes from. I've seen it around in several places, and it always gives me pause when I read it. There's just something about the idea of a pyre big and hot enough to burn a body being built in a flammable forest that rubs me a little funny.
Author Reply: Thank you FP! It's amazing what kids can cope with - but they have their own way of dealing with things, I think. And it can take a lot of effort to coax them to out. I'm glad you liked Glambren.
The cremation of the dead ... I don't know really. It's not easy to dig holes in forests - I suppose it feels like freeing the spirit on the wind and disposes of the husk most efficiently. I can't imagine elves burying orc corpses in the forest, either - burning them sort of deals with the contamination. But yes. You are right. Fires and forests don't go together too well.