@buggygirl11 Thank you for another great backstory fic, and wow, yes, I’d say histrionic personality seems like an awfully good match for Lancelot! As with the other main NPCs, I created Lancelot in the hope of inviting many different interpretations of his personality. Interpreting him as having a personality disorder raises some interesting questions along the lines of, if we analyze him this way, can we consider him more or less of a good person? Is he doing the best someone could do if they just came wired this way (especially since his culture doesn’t have psychoanalysis as we know it)? Or should we blame him for not being self-aware enough to rein in his behavior? I’m not very well-versed in the ethics of personality disorders (like what is the appropriate way to hold people with such disorders responsible for their actions – presumably it’s not a moral get-out-of-jail free card).
@Sontra and @lovinglydull Honestly, Guenevere is so deliberately anachronistic that it probably wouldn’t be too jarring to use the term “egotistical”… just for some reason it’s one of my own over-the-line things, but there’s no great logic to that. It’s odd what disrupts one person’s suspension of disbelief vs another’s. At some point someone said that they found the characters saying “thanks” disruptive because it felt wrong for the setting. I’ve talked elsewhere about how important it is for me to have my characters speak naturally, without fake “forsooth” language or inappropriate formality, so I’m fine with them saying “thanks” but for some reason “okay” triggers me as too anachronistic. I doubt anyone else feels that way, so I do use “okay” (sparingly, though). And probably using the term “egotistical” wouldn’t be an issue for most readers, so who knows, maybe I’ll grit my teeth and throw it in there along with “okay.”
But I draw the line at “firing” arrows! In a world without guns/cannons, there’s no way anyone would use the word “fire” to refer to releasing a projectile. (Yes, obviously you could have flaming arrows, but “fire” is still not referring to actually shooting the arrow.) So if anyone catches me accidentally using “fire an arrow” to mean “shoot an arrow,” please let me know so I can change it!
Actually light magic turned out to be more useful at Michaelsmount (and Camelot) than I initially expected. Dark magic may make things easier if Guen chooses the solo option for climbing the tower; leadership is more helpful (but not essential) if she chooses to rescue the knights first.
You certainly CAN achieve all of those things in one playthrough, along with sexy reunions. If I balance things the way I hope to, it might take you more than one try to get everything you want; I don’t want it to be too easy.
Guenverse Excalibur is tied to the Pendragon blood, so while a non-Pendragon could maybe pick it up and try to use it like a regular sword, they wouldn’t get any of the magical benefits, and they’d probably find it somewhat awkward/heavy to use since it’s not bonded with them. If Guen has a child with Arthur, the child will be able to use Excalibur fully. Sword!Guen will have an opportunity to get a good (as opposed to Meligaunt’s evil) magical sword of her own in part 3 or 4.