|Reviews for Aegis of Candlekeep|
| Akili-chan chapter 19 . 2/9
D'aww, what a sweet and yet scary as fuck romantic moment. Poor Montaron seems to be the only sane man in the entire group at this point, if his brain hasn't taken a holiday after seeing what he saw :P
I also love the interactions between everyone. I also love how poor, poor Edwin has just realized what a group he's gotten into.
| Blue-Inked Frost chapter 19 . 1/2
I like this story so much I'm embarrassed to admit how much. :D I thought this chapter contained a great balance between malevolent-creepy-necromancer and a strange affection. I'm enjoying Aegis' and Xzar's bizarre relationship very much!
Aegis aiming for someone taller than Xzar is unlikely to hit most people. Or did she aim only to disrupt the presumed spell? That would be both effective and still nice.
I liked Xzar's playing Cassandra - he might sometimes tell the truth about Charname, but it's hard to believe him amidst all the madness!
I also liked Montaron's blindness.
The wizard dexterity was nice.
And Garrick and Edwin putting up with each other. (If their room isn't a greasy smear on the bottom of a fireball tomorrow.)
| Blue-Inked Frost chapter 18 . 12/31/2013
It's awesome to see another chapter of this! This makes an amazing New Year's celebration. :D
'Aegis was scarcely paying attention. She was much more interested in the tavern she could see over Edwin's left shoulder.' - Liked this Aegis line!
'"Now w-wait j-just a second," protested Khalid, but he went ignored.' - Poor Khalid. I also especially liked this line.
This party is definitely becoming a powder keg. I liked the jokes about Edwin's name. I have to admit that while I like Edwin, I also ship him really strongly with Poetic Justice. :P I enjoyed Montaron's practical reaction to Edwin.
I also enjoyed Jaheira and Khalid's interplay. I love how their relationship just *works*. I like the way you ended the chapter!
Very likeable chapter, moving along at a nice pace. Bravo.
| Dagger chapter 17 . 11/22/2013
I was pleasantly surprised by finding out you had written another chapter.
Can only say that I enjoyed reading it and that I'm looking forward to the next chapter! :)
| Blue-Inked Frost chapter 17 . 10/27/2013
Late to get to this due to RL issues, sorry. Really liked the chapter! Dynaheir is so cool; I liked your explanation for how she survived the gnoll fortress. I also enjoyed Montaron's line about the other end of the hyenas! And I liked how Xzar's become less petty toward Garrick.
Poor Jaheira is bound to have fun with the combined effects of Minsc, Garrick, and Xzar. XD
Nice chapter. :)
| Akili-chan chapter 17 . 10/19/2013
Oh Aegis, you do pick up interesting people on your travels, don't you?
I like how she decides to take care of her problems, smash them or pick them up and throw them over her shoulder. Though a bit amazed that Imoen isn't teasing her for the whole 'throw Xzar over the shoulder like he's a spoiled princess being saved' thing.
Poor Jaheira might be starting to wish she'd never joined up with her dear friend's foster daughter :P
| Dagger chapter 16 . 9/10/2013
just have to say that I really enjoy reading your story. There isn't enough Baldur's Gate love out there, let alone Xzar (and Monty) love. :)
I really like the way you describe all the characters, and the relationship between Aegis an Gorion.
Please continue writing, I'll be eagerly awaiting the next chapter(s)!
Greetings from Amsterdam!
| Blue-Inked Frost chapter 16 . 8/24/2013
Aww. Isn't it nice how this motley group find something in common in all helping to kill random assassins? :D
I'm still feeling sorry for Garrick. *g* And I like what you did with Minsc in that last line!
This fic is, as ever, a phenomenally fun ride with lots of Xzar content.
| Akili-chan chapter 15 . 8/22/2013
Why do I have a feeling that Garrick is going to 'disappear' when some party member follows him out to the loo? ( Either Team Elf and Team Unsavory because I have a feeling after a couple days both teams are going to come to their first big agreement) I love the introduction of Aegis wanting to be a ranger, it gives a good reason for it since I doubt many rangers or people who knew how to be a ranger would be in Candlekeep (though the bit about losing his soulmate is making me wonder if it might be a elf that we all know...). I also like how Ulraunt is a lot like my headcanon of him, very lawful in his ways and rules are rules no matter what.
Though now you're making me wonder if this story is going to end with Xzar happily cutting open someone or with romance :P
| Akili-chan chapter 13 . 8/20/2013
Oh thank goodness, someone has finally wrote a story in which Gorion comes back to life! I've always wondered how no one talks about it not even while you're bringing everyone else back to life right and left.
Also interested to know just WHAT has gone in between your ranger and mad mage ;)
| up-and-moving chapter 15 . 8/11/2013
this is simply fantastic :3
| Blue-Inked Frost chapter 15 . 7/20/2013
Xzar is being a petty form of evil in this chapter!
Garrick is fun although he's probably going to be ineffective in this party! It's nice to see him cameo - I did wonder if the earlier bard was going to turn out to be him.
I liked the story about how Aegis turned out to be a ranger. The elf's story definitely reminds me of Kivan's!
"Make short the miles with talk and smiles!" - Hee. :D :D
I noticed some changing point of view in the last section - first Aegis, then Garrick, then either Aegis or Imoen, then Xzar. It was interesting, but felt a little disorienting to me. I liked the line about a part of Xzar's mind naming Aegis' individual hairs! Nicely insane.
I wonder what kind of music Xzar does like?
This story is, as always, much fun to read.
| Blue-Inked Frost chapter 14 . 7/19/2013
Liked Imoen and Montaron trying to convince the others to keep the loot! They do have some professional things in common, though I don't think she'd let him be too much of a Bad Influence on her.
I also liked Aegis and Montaron's interactions. Montaron's a thug who likes to threaten to kill people and probably can, but on the other hand he also comes across as very practical to me, and he has the same agenda as the group during BG1. It was fun to watch him being tough and making a return to Aegis for helping him out in a fight.
The inevitable party conflict was good. :D Monty and Jaheira are the two tough, practical ones! They're fun clashing against each other.
"we'll be discrete" - discreet.
I also enjoyed the crazy wizard knowing more than he should - not that anyone is going to believe him, because he's crazy. :) And your solution to the party running around to rejoin Charname again.
| Blue-Inked Frost chapter 13 . 7/18/2013
Nice anecdotes. :) The morality of the Forgotten Realms is a strange place - creatures like goblins and kobolds and orcs, sapient enough to speak and make plans, but not sapient enough to be able to make sensible ethical judgments, making them almost always acceptable to kill in large numbers.
I really liked the mysterious anecdote about Gorion and Elminster and something/someone trying to kill Aegis at an early stage. A very entertaining, original situation! I think Ed Greenwood is a terrible writer, but I think the Elminster in Baldur's Gate is harmless, so I like how I'm finding your version of Elminster entertaining.
| Blue-Inked Frost chapter 12 . 7/17/2013
Gorion and Aegis were very, very cute in your flashback. :) And I liked the story of the developing Bhaalspawn, being taught to be kind. Little Aegis wasn't sad about death, but she was sad about Gorion's and Imoen's disapproval.
I also liked Aegis' protective/endeared feelings about Xzar! And somehow I don't think it's going to get *too* cute.
I especially enjoyed these lines:
""I'm sorry," she told him honestly. "If I leave you alone in here, are you going to bathe and dress yourself or are you going to conduct strange blood rites, summon an undead battalion, dress it up in pretty ribbons, conquer the world, accidentally light yourself on fire, conjure a cake, and then run streaking naked through the city until someone douses you with a barrel of cow milk?"
Xzar glared at her. "Preposterous!" he blustered. "They get very touchy about summoning undead battalions here you know, and the nearest dairy store is much too far for a naked person to reach while on fire before succumbing to their wounds. Barrels of cow milk are only for storage and long distance transportation! It would have to be a pitcher or bottle and then why wouldn't a person use water anyway and- why are you smiling at me like that?""
The descriptions of the sides of Xzar's character in this chapter also make me very interested in what sort of backstories you might have lined up for him in your fic. (I have several in my head. That's my problem with characters I like with ambiguous backstories, I can never stop at just one.)
I liked Imoen's misinterpretations. That was a a funny line about sleeping with Montaron!