What's the Setup? Raphael showed up with knowledge of Janus from Frey… That’s when everything began to look good for the Diviner. She met another human with powers aside from the vague threats from the KSN by way of Nine. Janus actually thought she might learn something, or be taught something that could help her in her quest to not be completely worthless. Instead of trying to teach, Raphael decided to mind probe the Diviner while she used her gift, causing a collapse of her own mind under the weight of psychological knowledge of the future.This allowed Janus a brief moment of flickering futures surrounding her, unfortunately, she did not understand that it was temporary and rather pathetic. Her insults lead to awakening Jeremy, Raphael’s coat-tail passenger hollow. In seconds a full blown battle of Jeremy toying with Janus erupted, super-lasers flew and destroyed large parts of her Bed and Breakfast, and when she finally managed to get one good shot in. Jeremy silenced her by created a tornado of fire and objects being moved by telekinesis, and fired a Cero to slam her back through it.
How is this Legendary? This fight was overt proof that Janus had gained nothing. Her three months of accumulated knowledge about spiritual powers and how they work, she finally got one and was happy about it. It was all taken in seconds as she got swatted around like a buzzing fly in Jeremy’s face. It’s legendary in that she kept trying, and even got the last word in, even if she lost.
Setting the Stage ~ 000/200 The introduction of both character's "evil sides", starting with Janus' brother and then capstoning with Jeremy, was sufficient use of foreshadowing, intentional or otherwise. However, in terms of actually building up tension and pushing buttons until things exploded all at once, there was very little. The fight just sort of happened far too suddenly for it to really "feel good" for the reader.
Character Development ~ 200/400 You're certainly right in that this really asserts how small and insignificant Janus' knowledge on the real world is, however all of that is mostly condensed to just the final few posts at the end of the thread (though, to be fair, that's where the actual combat is). Getting your ass handed to you will certainly do wonders on shaking up your opinion on something. I sort of wish you would have sprinkled in more of Janus' rapidly changing opinions on the spiritual world throughout multiple posts instead of only in one or two posts.
Choreography ~ 000/400 Blowing up the bed and breakfast was very nice, and a good attention to detail on Raph's part, however I can't say there was too much Janus actually did that had me going "huh, that's pretty neat." From your end of the story, things were pretty cut and dry in terms of combat.
Additionally, the writing was rather subpar at times, boiling down to very long blocks of dialogue that did little to actually progress the narrative or give any interesting insight to the characters. Working on your descriptive paragraphs and knowing which details to focus in on, and which to only briefly touch on, will take your writing a long way and help elevate further combat scenes.
Total Earned GP ~ 200
Last Edit: Jan 25, 2018 21:30:58 GMT -5 by Failure