Chapter Nil—Planning for the future


(Apologies for the false alert, I try to keep these to a minimum but sometimes they're unavoidable.)

After the last chapter the responses have been a bit mixed. Some people seem to love how the story is progressing so far, some people want me to get a move on to Act III when the canon plotline actually starts. Honestly I could go either way on this. There's an endless amount of stuff to do while still in the past that would make the present almost unrecognizable, but if people think that the story's moving at a snail's pace I'd be happy to speed it up a bit. I can wrap this Act up in a single chapter, lay the groundwork for the future... or I could let the characters explore the New World a bit more before Momonga arrives.

The poll is on the top of my profile, just click my name in the 'Author' section of the description and select 'vote now'. Or you could write a review here if you don't want to go through the trouble. If you write a review, feel free to jot down something specific you'd like to see. B̶o̶t̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶l̶l̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶p̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶t̶a̶k̶e̶n̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶a̶f̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶a̶ ̶f̶e̶w̶ ̶d̶a̶y̶s̶,̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶v̶o̶t̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶l̶e̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶.̶

I await your decisions!

-Mister Grin.

.~~~~~~~~~UPDATE~~~~~~~~~.

THE POLL IS NOW CLOSED.

(Check the poll to see the results, I finally figured out how to get the statistics to display.)

I've already begun writing the next chapter and storyboarding for the ones that come after. In short, the message I got is that I should plan for one or two more chapters and an Interlude between Acts before jumping forward. People also seem to want something more immersive than a 200-year jump, though, so I'll be sure to dedicate one of the chapters to a very long timeskip.

I have actually read all the reviews you've sent my way, I make a point to do that with my stories. You aren't being ignored. If any newcomers want to make any comments about this, feel free. It'll take me a few days to finish hammering out the chapter, so if there's something you definitely want to see be sure to mention it. And rest assured, those of you who cry out to see the end of various loose plot threads. I haven't forgotten anyone, there's just a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time.

I'll be back in a few days with your next chapter!

(...What, is that not enough to satisfy the starving readers?)

(Shh! They can hear you!)

All right, all right... have a sneak peek into what I have planned for the next chapter.


I mentally brought up the World Map, using it to select the location of my assault. The glowing icon turned red as I activated Targeting, the Sage's Skill to ignore vast distances reducing the accuracy of casting such a long-ranged Spell to nothing. Golden light wove itself around me, the cash item I had bought so long ago to turn my Super-Tier Spells a different color seeming to function even without the Item itself present.

The wind picked up, roaring around me in an incredible display. Louder and louder it roared, safely hiding my words from anyone listening.

"I'm sorry, Momonga." I said to no one in particular. "Except, I'm not, really. I'm doing this because I feel like it, not because of Nazarick. I doubt you'll care much about it, really."

The Super-Tier Spell around me continued to charge, whirling slowly in a full circle around the focal point.

"After all... by the time you get here, they'll just be ancient history to you."