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Dark Ascension - Book 1: Chapter 3


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Chapter 3: Journey's Shadowed Path

After spending the night at the Jarl's castle, Cassandra heads back to her priory and update the leaders on the trade agreement between the Jarl and the Albonia Trade Company. Little does she know, Elder Merida has sent events in motion to stop Cassandra and the Jarl and protect the lands belonging to the villages.

 

 

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Edited by devious-Drunna

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Thanks for the chapter, interesting that Cassandra seemed to know exactly what the highwaymen were and how dangerous they'd be - something her "Order" deals with regularly?  Also, fun to see that her behavior in chapter 1 wasn't an act, looking like that actually is just the way she is (which is a big plus for a story of this... type :classic_tongue:).

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Well, that chapter was quite intense. Nice build-up between the different twists (did you just photoshop the Highwaymen eyes, btw ?) and submission phases, it keeps the reader wondering about what going to happen and that's excellent. The fight itself was rendered very well, and your comic layout even made it more fluid. Only thing, careful with enlarging faces, it creates some pixelation, so it's better to do some close-shots preemptively.

 

PS 1 : forgot the full-width trick for the last image.

PS2 : also, unless you don't want to get comments, I suggest you answer some of your feedback. It helps getting followers, improves feedback's precision, and also integrating yourself to the community. Which would be a plus considering the quality of your work. :classic_smile:

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Thanks for the likes everyone!

I kinda rushed this chapter a little too fast so I'm in the process of correcting a few grammatical spots here and there, but nothing that will change the story or its tone.

 

 

On 9/9/2018 at 1:16 PM, Reesewow said:

Thanks for the chapter, interesting that Cassandra seemed to know exactly what the highwaymen were and how dangerous they'd be - something her "Order" deals with regularly?  Also, fun to see that her behavior in chapter 1 wasn't an act, looking like that actually is just the way she is (which is a big plus for a story of this... type :classic_tongue:).

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment about the highwaymen as it seems I need to do a better job of portraying the Order and Cassandra a bit more of an elitist.

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On 9/9/2018 at 1:45 PM, Tirloque said:

Well, that chapter was quite intense. Nice build-up between the different twists (did you just photoshop the Highwaymen eyes, btw ?) and submission phases, it keeps the reader wondering about what going to happen and that's excellent. The fight itself was rendered very well, and your comic layout even made it more fluid. Only thing, careful with enlarging faces, it creates some pixelation, so it's better to do some close-shots preemptively.

 

PS 1 : forgot the full-width trick for the last image.

PS2 : also, unless you don't want to get comments, I suggest you answer some of your feedback. It helps getting followers, improves feedback's precision, and also integrating yourself to the community. Which would be a plus considering the quality of your work. :classic_smile:

 

The red eye thing on the highwaymen was a glowing eye mod using Eye Full Glow: Nexusmods

As the modder  said, most glowing eye mods were just the glowing pupils and not the whole eye. Unfortunately, the glow went haywire as I was originally using Koutervibe ENB and the scenes went JJ Abrams lens flare insane. You will notice I had to switch ENBs when she leaves the castle and during the Highwaymen chase because of the glowing eyes.

 

The close ups were a last moment thing and I didn't have time to reshoot. Reshooting outdoor scenes are a pain as the color palette and shadows often drastically differ at 1PM and 4PM even when I set climates to the same code. I do use "set gamehour" quite often. I'll remember to take more close ups just in case I need some conversational panels.

 

Thanks for your suggestions btw Tirloque! The ones you made at Chapter 1 did help a lot!

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5 hours ago, devious-Drunna said:

 

The red eye thing on the highwaymen was a glowing eye mod using Eye Full Glow: Nexusmods

As the modder  said, most glowing eye mods were just the glowing pupils and not the whole eye. Unfortunately, the glow went haywire as I was originally using Koutervibe ENB and the scenes went JJ Abrams lens flare insane. You will notice I had to switch ENBs when she leaves the castle and during the Highwaymen chase because of the glowing eyes.

 

The close ups were a last moment thing and I didn't have time to reshoot. Reshooting outdoor scenes are a pain as the color palette and shadows often drastically differ at 1PM and 4PM even when I set climates to the same code. I do use "set gamehour" quite often. I'll remember to take more close ups just in case I need some conversational panels.

 

Thanks for your suggestions btw Tirloque! The ones you made at Chapter 1 did help a lot!

Thanks for your answer, Drunna !

 

The eyes mod + lens flare make sens (though normally most ENB's use it only for flames or things like that). As for the reshoots, personally  I do always make some saves for my comics scenes : even though it most of the time initially loads T-pauses, at least you get the chance to shoot again with the same weather and time. Also, a timescale mod to slow the time flow might be helpful in that case. Smiley_henri_gaud-belin_HFR.gif

 

Anyway, I'm glad if the feedback helped ; and await to read the next chapter of Cassandra's story. :classic_biggrin:

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Ok definitely not going to rush a story out too quick again! Apparently abound 9 pages were missing in this Chapter. The missing pages are back in this chapter. I've reread this chapter several times to be sure I hadn't missed others.

 

You can click on the spoilers below to see which parts of this chapter had pages missing.

 

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*1 page during her first encounter with the bandits

*about 7 pages right before they show their true form

*1 page right after they take her top off

 

 

 

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