i love so much that in keeping with acofaf’s theme, the final battle was so little, almost anticlimactic, just kind of another event, but the epilogue and the people and all of that is the main focus, the thing that we all wait to see how it resolves, all of us holding our breath.
it’s not how d&d is usually played, but i love it so much
Persephone valentine bringing fans to The Seven? Jazmine Bhullar adding letters, candles and a goblet of “blood” to Coffin Run? Aabria projecting the monster’s silhouette on the dome in Misfits and Magic, landscapes in A Court of Fey and Flowers? These women understood the assignment. I go feral every time.
[Image ID: meme of Popuko from Pop Team Epic (labeled "Aabria Iyengar") holding a hammer above a cuckoo clock (labeled "us") with the text bubble "Your mother fucking life ends on Wednesday at 4pm PDT". End Image ID].
The finale was everything I needed it to be. Thank you, Aabria Iyengar, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Emily Axford, Lou Wilson, Omar Najam, Oscar Montoya, and Surena Marie for the beautiful story. Although this story has ended and this book has closed, it will be eternal in the message that it left behind. To fey and flowers, love and friendships, and the wonderful game of DnD that we’ve been so gracefully given. Thank you.
one of the DMs I play with has, like, 70 slips of paper that say, "Loading," with bits of random D&D mechanics advice ("partial cover grants +2 to AC") that he slots onto his DM screen when he needs to look something up, assemble something, or think up a mechanic for player bullshit.