Stormbringer

Full Circle, Chapter 22: The Third Option

Last time on Full Circle, the Dark Sorceress refused to change her evil ways and rejoin the Original Party, and the Reapers the Sorceress’s shadow creatures entered the Well of Tears, presumably to destroy all magical life in the universe. Which color-coded ending will our heroes choose? Find out after the cut.

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Full Circle, Chapter 20: I’m a Wolf

Last time on Full Circle, Emily dispelled Kara, the Original Party fought a final boss battle, and everyone discovered that Adriane really did turn into a mistwolf. Will this final boss battle finally get started? Find out after the cut.

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Full Circle, Chapter 1: The Battle of a Thousand Shadow Creatures

Last time on Avalon: Web of Magic, the party got a game over screen. Hey, that’s what you get when you let the Big Bad into a Sealed Can of Evil, and one of your party members dual-classes to a dark mage and kills off the admittedly-useless mascot character. What happens after game over? Find out after the cut.

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Dark Mage, Chapter 18: The Better Part of Valor!

Last time on Dark Mage, Kara managed to enter a nightclub and met with Logan the dark fairy, who offered to help Kara make a new Power Crystal. Just one catch: they’ll need to use dark magic to make it. Will making a new Power Crystal be a Bad Thing? And why have we been focusing so much on Kara’s scenario? Find out after the cut.

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Dark Mage, Chapter 3: Magical Green Thumbs

Last time on Dark Mage, Emily and Rae learned that Stephen Colbert was right: bears really are soulless creatures that want to eat seventh (eighth?) grade girls. Thankfully, Emily’s new mind-raping powers stopped the bear threat from escalating … for now. Will more sentient bear monsters invade Earth? Will Rae ever remember that she was almost eaten by a bear? Will Adriane have to fight an army of bears on her own? Find out after the cut.

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Ghost Wolf, Chapter 21: So, What’s Our Quest Again?

(If you’re reading the original edition, this is the last half of Chapter 17.)

The party returns to Ravenswood after a hopefully exciting day in Philadelphia. After a quick Wolfsong, Tweek confirms that Adriane has leveled up: her Wolf Stone is now officially a Wolf Stone +2, and she is bonded with a very powerful paladin.

Kara teases Adriane about her crush on Zach, which eventually culminates into Adriane asking Zach to come to an upcoming school dance. But that’s not really important.

What’s really important is that Tweek tells the party what their quest entails! And what the party has to do is considerably different between editions. Originally:

“Tweek, was Avalon really destroyed?” asked Emily.

“From what the spirit pack told Adriane, it would seem so.”

“I saw the island,” Kara said thoughtfully. “But it was all under mist.”

“Even if Avalon was destroyed, the magic still runs strong. And that means it can be rebuilt.” Tweek regarded the mages as the animals of Ravenswood gathered around. “There are several ways to control the magic of Avalon, theoretically. The Dark Sorceress tried to control it through magical animals. The Spider Witch wants to re-weave the entire web. But the only sure way is by returning the nine crystals.”

Believe it or not, the original edition gives us the only clue as to what is inside Avalon. And it looks like obtaining all the Power Crystals and returning them to Avalon (or what’s left of it) gives one control over Avalon’s magic.

Things are slightly different in the new edition:

“…If the Spider Witch plans to reweave the web, she’ll be going after Avalon’s magic to sustain it.”

“But what’s inside Avalon, Tweek?” Emily asked. “Everyone we met seems to have a different opinion.”

“How do we even know there’s magic in there?” Kara added.

“Oh, there’s magic in there. You can bet your twigs on that.”

“Yeah, but what kind of magic?” Adriane asked.

Tweek regarded the mages as the animals of Ravenswood gathered around. “The only sure way to find out is by returning the nine crystals and opening the gates.”

So nobody has any idea what is inside Avalon, other than that there’s magic inside. And obtaining all the Power Crystals allows one to open the Gates of Avalon and find out what’s on the other side. Hmm, I’m starting to wonder why everyone conveniently forgot what’s in Avalon, and if that’s on purpose.

Anyway, Ozzie comes up with the best plan ever: find all the other Power Crystals, then worry about everything else later.

Tweek then gives a quick party status update — which, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ve probably already figured out that two-thirds of the main party have leveled up, and the party has two out of nine eight Power Crystals. We do get some interesting information on Ozzie, though: he’s an important party member because he’s an example of “elemental transformation”. The Fairimentals probably chose him to help the party because of his strong magic.

The mistwolves then depart for Aldenmor via the portal. Before leaving, Dawnrunner reveals that she’s pregnant. (Hmm, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea for her to participate in that boss battle!) This is apparently cause for the entire party to dance.

Once the mistwolves leave, Adriane realizes that both Stormbringer and Dreamer hold special places in her heart. She can now feel Stormbringer in the forest around her, since Stormbringer is now the guardian of Ravenswood. Oh, and Adriane’s finally moved on from Stormbringer’s apparent death.

Status Update!
Adriane is bonded to: Stormbringer (paladin version)!
Adriane learns: Summon Stormbringer!

Next time: the party gets some unexpected assistance.

Ghost Wolf, Chapter 19: A Lot of Old Stuff Is Used Again

(If you’re reading the original edition, this is Chapter 16.)

Well, shit has officially hit the fan. Dark magic is raining over Ravenswood, and the party can’t use their Sparkly Rocks because they’re tied to Ravenswood. (But wait … Ozzie and Zach got their rocks in Aldenmor, so they shouldn’t be affected! Also, why hasn’t anyone in Stonehill noticed the obviously black rain?)

The party realizes that the Spider Witch is using the Power Crystal to weave her own magic into Ravenswood. They know that the Spider Witch wants to reweave the entire Magic Web, so they assume that she’s starting her reweaving efforts with Ravenswood.

Suddenly, Dreamer detects magic! He roots around in the dirt and finds a sparkletastic rainbow flower. (Wow, we haven’t seen those in forever!) The dragonflies spread the flower’s seeds, which has the awesome effects of purifying dark magic and making the party’s Sparkly Rocks work properly again. Keep these effects in mind — they end up becoming very important at the end of the series.

Tweek explains that the rainbow flowers (scientific name: Flora rainbowpufficus) produce raw magic. The party reasons that they can restore Ravenswood’s magic if they grow more flowers. And it turns out that those markings on the Rocking Stone are instructions for growing rainbow flowers! Basically, each party member has to contribute elemental magic to make the flowers grow.

So the party forms a circle around the newly-scattered seeds, and decide to focus their magic with a spellsong. Yeah, I thought that the party had totally forgotten about spellsinging and jewel circles, but I guess they remembered these abilities for this one spell.

After everyone wastes some time cheering, the party starts to cast their spell. The song they sing is “Earth Song”, another Debra Davis song that wasn’t recorded for the series. Some of the lyrics differ between editions, so maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have a recording to refer back to.

Anyway, Emily starts by casting Control Water:

Shimmering, showering
Droplets like jewels Falling like rain
Fountain of sky life
Awake, and renew Awaken again

The spell purifies the dark rain and causes jets of water to erupt from a nearby lake. Kara then casts Summon Starfire and sings her part of the spellsong. She fires a rainbow out of her jewel, which Starfire pulls across the sky, causing the clouds to clear away. Zach then casts Haste, forcing the flowers to reproduce faster:

Hours to days
Morning to night
Everything blooms
In its own perfect time When their time is right

Ozzie then casts Control Wind, which the rest of the party has to amplify because he isn’t strong enough to affect the flowers by himself. Lastly, Adriane and the mistwolves sing a Wolfsong, which summons the Spirit Pack. In the original edition, Adriane also sings a verse of the song:

Rhythm of life
Spirit of song
Growing together
Our hearts beat as one

Adriane and the mistwolves cast Mist Form and join the Spirit Pack as they pull the flowers’ magic all over Ravenswood. Once they’re done, they return to their physical forms … and find another forest sylph. The new edition explains who the hell this new sylph is, because she just kinda appears out of nowhere:

“I am Wysteria, a sylph from the Moorgroves,” the ancient creature said, her voice resonant with the power of the earth.

Wysteria tells Adriane that Ravenswood’s magic will fade away without a forest spirit to anchor it. Stormbringer volunteers to be the new forest spirit; her reasons are only explained in the new edition:

Storm had been born from the magic of Ravenswood, a world away from the mistwolves of Aldenmor. Though she was connected to the spirit pack, she was never meant to run with them. Her spirit belonged here.

After some tearful farewells, Stormbringer leaves with Wysteria.

Adriane and Dreamer rejoin the party, and discover that everything is back to normal in Ravenswood. And it looks like Adriane leveled up, because her Wolf Stone is now silver.

Status Update!
Zach learns: Haste!
Adriane obtains: Wolf Stone +2!
Adriane leveled up!

Next time: The party visits an art museum.