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WIP Dragon From Ash by Mortigaunt - M - Skyrim

Discussion in 'Games' started by Newcomb, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Newcomb

    Newcomb Minister of Magic

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    Fatality Unspeakable

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    I'm rereading this story, again. Also simultaneously roleplaying in Skyrim a Velandryn Savani playthrough on a Wabbajack fork of Lexy's LOTD list, it's been an interesting experience.

    I can't even begin to explain how much I love the fact that in chapter 1 Velandryn picks up the book 'The Refugees' and almost half a million words later he's still trying to read it unsuccessfully in chapter 24.
     
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    Seratin Proudmander –§ Prestigious §– DLP Supporter

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    Velandryn Savani playthrough...?

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    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

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    I'm on Chapter 8 and I feel like that's enough to rate this and I gotta admit... I feel like this may have been over-hyped?

    It's very good. I'm just not having that much fun reading it. I'm enjoying it and it's well written and it is definitely as advertised, but while I will definitely finish it I'm not overly engaged with it.

    It's a very solid 4/5 for me right now. It does a lot of things right that many things I rate 4/5 don't, but it's also very easy for me to put down.

    If I get more into it I'll update this to reflect that.
     
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    digitalstorm Seventh Year DLP Supporter

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    I think that the story really picks up once Vel meets Serana which should be in the next chapter. Vel really begins to grow as a chapter then and the interplay between Vel and Serana is in part a huge reason for why I love this story.
     
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    It's a clear sign how much I'm invested in Dragon from Ash that this review made me irrationally irritated XD
     
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    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

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    I'm still irrationally irritated years later that everyone piled onto Alexandra Quick and rated it 1/5 just because it didn't have Harry in it without ever reading any of it.

    Honestly in this case... maybe it would help if I knew more Skyrim lore. I don't need it to follow the story, but I feel like I'm missing nuances. This fanfic feels like a standard fantasy novel - and there are dozens of highly acclaimed fantasy novels out there that I haven't read yet. What makes this more fun than going off to finally read First Law by Abercrombie or the Stormlight Archive by Sanderson (neither of which I've read yet).

    That's actually a compliment in a way - because this author can obviously write well enough that I feel like I'm reading a generic fantasy novel off a bookshelf in a library.

    Fanfiction is usually worse quality than published works, but we read it anyway because of the familiar settings and characters and we want to see how someone can play with those things to make them different or more satisfying. Fanfiction gets away with not being of incredible quality because sometimes we want those familiar things to latch onto and imagine.

    Without anything familiar here for me to latch onto apart from the Wikipedia page on Skyrim I don't see what makes it stand out from the less well-known fantasy novels on the bookshelves at the store. The ones that no one remembers a few years later (or that I wouldn't have, anyway).

    Yet. I'm still on Chapter 8. But that's still probably 100k words in.
     
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    I do sympathise somewhat. Having played Skyrim definitely gives you a stricter grounding in the fic. Little miss and Easter eggs that might be missed by the casual reader that help pull you through what can be a little bit of a slog early on.

    The best part of the story for me is Vel's character development that starts to become apparent from around where you are and throughout the next phase of the story.

    The dialogue with Serana, Elisef and others are a joy but getting there is a trial when the first part of the fic contains a lot of setup.
     
  9. Blorcyn

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    Yeah, I do see what you mean. I love skyrim, and because it’s a fandom I know, this is one of the best, or even the best, fanfics I’ve ever read. It deepens something I already love and have invested a great deal in.

    Would I say it’s better than Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, if I read both of them as their own fantasies without that prior investment? Probably not.
     
  10. TMD

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    I mean it's the same as someone who's never seen Star Wars reading Blank101's stuff and thinking it's just a generic sci-fi story about an edgy rich kid getting high and dealing with his daddy issues. Some element of love for the source material (e.g enjoying Skyrim) is likely to compound your enjoyment of this story significantly.
     
  11. Quiddity

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    Eh, I've never played Skyrim, and whilst the first few chapters are a bit tough to get into I fell in love with it. I guess I do treat it as a generic fantasy novel in many ways - but I enjoy it as such.

    Mind you, I read plenty of fanfic that way, so it might just be a matter of taste.
     
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    I can only agree with most of the comments in this thread, this fic is absolutely fantastic, and I've very seldom something as good that wasn't published.
     
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