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Old June 30 2009, 07:25 PM   #331
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Re: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--The Thirteenth Order

Very exciting!!

I'm curious- unnaturally bright green eyes here, and orange in another segment. Do you think the Vorta wear contacts to change their eye colour maybe?

Good riddance to the jerk who killed Sorabec, glad she was not forgotten! Also that the Vorta is sending groups with *no* Cardassians. Way to make the peoples united, stupid Vorta... esp. after the loyalty of some of the Cardassians outside.

Super curious to how it's going to play out!

I'm also curious about punching with the grain of your scales vs the grain of your opponants- did that not (since it's a Jem'hadar with a high pain threshold) not do more damage to Macet? Are the scales stuck in his skin?
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Old June 30 2009, 08:22 PM   #332
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Macet probably DOES have scales embedded in his skin and they may have sliced deep; he'll have to get that treated once this is over, though I doubt in the heat of the battle that he feels the pain as strongly as he will later. Right now, all he cares about is that he landed his blow and accomplished what he intended to accomplish with it. Of course, Cardassian scales in that part of the body are much smaller--so tear away a Jem'Hadar one and you've torn away more area than with Cardassian microscales.

It was Arawil that had the orange eyes. Based on Weyoun's and Kilana's eyes, I've imagined Vorta as having much brighter and unusual eye colors than humans tend to have.

And to both of you--yeah, I LOVED letting the Cardassians get their payback on the traitors!
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Old June 30 2009, 08:54 PM   #333
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Oh...sorry for the double-post, but I have one more piece of news to announce! I have just finished writing the battle sequence!

There will be more action to come--but this whole sequence is the most difficult thing I had planned for myself for the entire book, and I am VERY proud to have finished!!!

I am HOPING this means I'll speed up in posting new sections...
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Old June 30 2009, 10:38 PM   #334
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Macet probably DOES have scales embedded in his skin and they may have sliced deep; he'll have to get that treated once this is over, though I doubt in the heat of the battle that he feels the pain as strongly as he will later. Right now, all he cares about is that he landed his blow and accomplished what he intended to accomplish with it. Of course, Cardassian scales in that part of the body are much smaller--so tear away a Jem'Hadar one and you've torn away more area than with Cardassian microscales.

It was Arawil that had the orange eyes. Based on Weyoun's and Kilana's eyes, I've imagined Vorta as having much brighter and unusual eye colors than humans tend to have.

And to both of you--yeah, I LOVED letting the Cardassians get their payback on the traitors!
Oh... I always thought they had purple... but that's not to say it couldn't be changed of course- and in the case of your Vorta, they'd use to to throw the Cardassians off too.

Also- eewww.

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Oh...sorry for the double-post, but I have one more piece of news to announce! I have just finished writing the battle sequence!

There will be more action to come--but this whole sequence is the most difficult thing I had planned for myself for the entire book, and I am VERY proud to have finished!!!

I am HOPING this means I'll speed up in posting new sections...
Woo hoo! (especially that last sentence! )
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Old July 1 2009, 02:14 AM   #335
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I dunno that they're always purple--but then again, maybe I wasn't looking closely enough! If I do need to edit that, lemme know.

And we'll see! But hopefully clearing this hurdle will help me on writing speed for awhile.
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Old July 1 2009, 03:01 AM   #336
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Horrayyyy!! Me likes readin' 'em!! =)
Now I can haz more!!!!!

I'm pretty sure the Vorta we saw on screen all had similar pale purple eyes... at least on DS9. Different shades perhaps.

Off the top of my head (thanks MA!) we've seen close-ups of
Eris
Weyoun
Borath (you can kinda tell, maybe I'll make a better picture than MA's)
Deyos (paler eyes)
Gelnon (also needs a better picture!! Can everyone see?)
Kilana
Yelgrun
Keevan (ugh, I'll find a better one tomorrow... blech)
Luaran

I wouldn't say that means they can't be other colours, especially if it's artificial. (My poor Jem'Hadar have to spend so much time looking at Vorta, you see...)
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Old July 1 2009, 06:06 AM   #337
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You know what's funny about Luaran? I think she's been borrowing makeup from the Cardassians...
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Old July 2 2009, 02:46 AM   #338
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Could be worse... she could have borrowed it from the Breen! LOL
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Old July 2 2009, 06:35 AM   #339
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But considering what the Breen might use...it would probably be better for the Cardassians if she did. Maybe she'd manage to kill herself.
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Old July 2 2009, 03:37 PM   #340
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OOOO good one!!
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Old July 4 2009, 05:35 AM   #341
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Hey, Nerys!

Just so you know, I'm up to page 8.

Great story so far!

I especially like Spiro's joining the ranks of the leaders--and his first experience with kanar!
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Old July 4 2009, 07:20 AM   #342
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Thank you so much for reading...I'm glad you're liking it!! :-)
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Quick question. I read Betrayel some time back. Isn't Berat the fellow who finds himself hiding in the dark corners of DS9?

And I take it Gul Veruul was the jerk who had Sisko and Co. mumbling over and over, "At leat Dukat could be reasoned with...."
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OK, I'm up to Spiro's prayer before the battle.

Nice touch there. It really reminds me of the soldier in Saving Private Ryan, who always whispered a prayer before making his long-range shots with DEADLY accuracy.
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Old July 4 2009, 08:34 PM   #345
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Very glad you liked Spirodopoulos' prayer. Such belief is not common among humans anymore, but to me it seemed very natural to the character.

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Quick question. I read Betrayel some time back. Isn't Berat the fellow who finds himself hiding in the dark corners of DS9?

And I take it Gul Veruul was the jerk who had Sisko and Co. mumbling over and over, "At leat Dukat could be reasoned with...."
Gul Veruul...I'm sure Berat would agree with that description!!!

And yes...Berat is the same guy. At least in the Sigils and Unions continuity--which does accept a slightly retconned version of Betrayal--Berat's rank right before the coup on Cardassia was that of the station's chief engineer, which in my Cardassian rank scheme, put him on equal footing with the station's XO. Which is how I explain Berat being a gul seven years after the DS9 incident.

One thing in the Sigils continuity--I'm sure you've already noticed it, but Berat does get shot again and this time the damage is pretty serious. The difference is he's in a psychologically/emotionally MUCH stronger place. And I really enjoy getting to show that strength that we never really got to see in Betrayal (except towards the very end).

Oh, and in case you're wondering about that, considering the descriptions in the book of how young Berat appeared, in my continuity that's due to the Cardassian lifespan. I actually have a formula for it, to determine the equivalent of a Cardassian's age in human years. So in my version, Berat was actually 38 at the time of Betrayal--but looks like he's 28 because Cardassians don't show their age as quickly, once they reach about 20 years old or so. By the time of The Thirteenth Order, Berat's 44 years old (and still looks like he's 32 1/2 years old).
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