. How ominous.
I hated the first draft of this chapter and ended up totally re-writing it, which isn't normal for me as far as fanfic goes. Original 'fic, yes. Fanfic, no.
It needed, among other things, more Ephraim
This chapter in its finished form introduces a couple more anvil-sized hints of sketchy stuff, a new mystery, and some references to Tear Ring Saga
. (Remember how I said there was another continent to be accounted for?) Oh, and Sephiran.
Part of the reason this chapter was troublesome was that we're halfway through the story and I really should be tying plot threads together instead of spinning more out. And things will start coming together... somewhat... in the next few chapters, but it really is a pain to have five or so subplots[*] kicking around when we're technically into the falling action. That's one reason I was very happy with the way Asylum
turned out-- I reworked the last two chapters so that the fifth and final installment was more about falling action and resolution.
Also, when it comes to ambitious multi-part stories, I always remember Jacquemart
. That was a post-series Utena epic by one of the best writers in that small fandom, a story that he simply could
not finish. When reading it (it had already been abandoned), I could see exactly why the 'fic was doomed. There was no conceivable way all the different plot threads could be knitted together into anything sensible.
This is why I always (except for DSoD) have an ending in mind before I start posting. It is damned hard to get where you're going it you don't have a destination in mind.
1) Ephraim and his frustrations.
2) Eirika and her love life.
3) The doctored photographs
4) What Sephiran's up to.
5) General disorder in the pilot corps