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April 15th, 2012

Morning!

Let's start with Balmorra and the Republic.

Imperial stronghold area.

Ah, this Sith I'd met before. She was the woman placed in charge of putting Balmorra under heel when I first came here as an Imperial Spy. I'd left things wrapped up quite nicely. Then here comes my Jedi Consular and she's brought the Sith woman to ruin. Was fun seeing the storylines connect like this.

The Empire's super weapon. Makes most normal weaponry malfunction.

Yes, I know, "what? another picture of Balmora's skies?" What can I say, it fascinates me.

Some special Imperial flyers we got to destroy. 

Mid destruction pics. Heh heh.

A really lovely set of waterfalls.

YES! Another Holo/Datacron! Woot! 

View as we struggled for an hour to figure out how to get to it! (We went the hard way. Sigh. Quite easy once we really figured it out.

Aha! Found you!

X -771 Y 2050 Z139 Willpower +4 Booyah!

Now for Tatooine with my spy.

Some super cool lit mushrooms in a cave.

Giant dead thing in the same cave. Poor thing.

Sand People cloth with much needed information on a lost corporation site. (Yeah, some one I already had fun with with my Jedi. Can't wait to see how this one goes a different direction. Heh)

Back to Balmorra.

The big Legacy 1.2 update happened this week. First thing we found, synchronous dancing with your companion. Yay! (Hey, it's important!) 

Approach to Bug Town, where the Republic is holed up. 

Hah! Synchronous dancing with my spy. Hee! (What?)

Minecraft

Blacksun and Perelay have done a bunch of work. This is their place from a distance.

Interior of the open area.

The netherbrick is looking pretty cool.

Ah! My road! My first road since we've had to start over. Nothing like seeing the sucker glow in the night.

Magic room.

Finally found the second village. Spent the night safely indoors at the church. The zombies who've been banging on the door just caught fire in the growing sunlight. Yes!

Long tunnel in the nether and here's one of the denizens. Bad hygiene for sure. :P

Nether plant. For some potions? J had a nice little patch growing. He lives so far away from everyone else, they built a shortcut through the Nether to get to him. Dang!

J's bridge to his watermelon and pumpkin fields.

J's front.

View of J's place from the bridge.

Inside J's place. Swanky!

Heard there were multiple sandstone styles so did a little experiment while waiting for night to pass. Top are 'hieroglyph' sandstone (not impressed - thought it would be more hieroglyphy). Bottom has 2 regular sandstone and a smoother sandstone.  

The jungle by village 2. Building a road through there is proving challenging. Whee!

Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

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JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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