Did I do it? Did I stick the landing on this three-year series, some three hundred sixty thousand words of story? Only you, dear reader, can answer that question, but I think I might have done it.
It might sound from those two paragraphs like I don't think this story is any good, which is not true - it is quite enjoyable, for all my above griping and critiquing.
Is this doing that thing that authors are always accused of, where I fake readers out with a character's 'death' only to have them return later? Not exactly.
It's finally happening: the series finale, the last Blood Magic story. This is where we see if my efforts to improve my endings have paid off, because I don't only need to satisfactorily conclude a two-part episode, or a season, but the entire series that you've been following for three years.
I didn't have many changes to make when I sat down and did revisions on Pifecha's first part, which is mostly a good thing - it means that I wrote a good story in the first place.
It doesn’t come up a lot in my writing on the site, but I’m something of a Star Trek fan, and the style of storytelling utilized by that franchise was certainly in the back of my mind while I was writing the outline for the Blood Magic series. Two episodes particularly stand out for that influence, and both of them involve Pifecha: Strange Lands, and this one.
To that end, though, one of this episode's strengths is what is left unsaid. My hope is that the reader is left with all kinds of questions about the nature of the Gruordvwrold, the Ipemav, and the history of Lufilna.
Nothing truly Earth-shattering happens in this story. Oh, there’s the magic Gruordvwrold rocks, which might show up again, and we get to see some of Evry’s scheming, but this episode is meant to stand alone and just be an adventure that happens.
This almost did not happen. At least, not in the way that you're seeing it. I knew this episode needed significant revisions, especially to the ending, which was a rush job last year to get the episode finished in time for its original release. On my first pass through, which is all that most of these episodes receive, I tried to get it right...and I failed.
Surprisingly, this was a challenging episode to write. Going into it, I thought it would be an easy one: the plot is straightforward, there’s plenty to write about it, and we get to see our new Guardcaptain in action.