The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
Wow. That was pretty epic. And it all made sense! Well, apart from the intentionally vague references to 'something interesting' and the cliffhanger (?) with Anton waking up in the cage... Do I recall that we have until update 87 before the story's all completed, or are we even closer to the final curtain?
A few updates back you had The Criminal trapped by the sound of the organ, which you foreshadowed quite effectively (now that I know what I should've been looking for). So, my question is, how many years did you carry that idea in your head, before you actually got to put it down on (digital) paper?
And what happened between Molly and Helios?
So how was the rest of the world?
I cannot remember much.
All's well that ends well, eh? The Hall of Records gone, rain falling, a bit of war in Africa... Yes, I'd say that counts as a happy ending. it's nice to have a bit of resolution at the end of this long, long tale.
Nuclear end. How sweet.
Well, we were promised one more update, so hopefully this tale will end on a slightly less downbeat note. Then again, nuclear bombs are bright like the sun - so in a way, the nuking of Haiti can be seen as the arrival of Aurora...
Early on in the update, I was wondering in Anney was going to call it quits (the 'End of Immortality' title now makes sense - perhaps it burrowed into my subconscious). You're kinder to Anney than I was expecting - I feared she would have to drink from the toilet to achieve her mortality.
So we're back to the 'is it real, or is it all fiction' question. 'Fiction' would mean that Port-au-Prince was not nuked, but would that then mean that the cloudbusters are still there, that Circe is still out there, waiting to end the multiverse? In that case, what would be worse? And if it is all fiction, all figments of Pierre's imagination, then who is Pierre, and what part of him is real, and what part not?
I don't think I've used this many question marks in a response in many years.
Stuy’s eyes had glazed over, but he nodded anyway. “Right. Well, it was very…interesting, but a bit weird if I’m honest.”
You certainly put a lot of thought into Pierre's thoughts - though I can't tell whether you're serious, or merely taking the piss. Or maybe you're doing both. Regardless, the occasional mental gymnastics (and the occasional 'What the hell?!' moment) only add to the tapestry of this work. And, against all odds, it ends in a tidy way. Yes, there are still questions, but on the whole, things have definitely resolved themselves.
Thanks for writing this, Fiftypence. It's been a story unlike anything else and it's been very enjoyable. Checking the Victoria forums will not be the same without it . See you around, hopefully.
A good story I must say. Sometimes it would have been easier to the readers if the updates had been a bit more frequent.
What shall you write as next?