The Forgotten: Pages 69 and 70 – THE END

I’ve posted the last few pages of “The Forgotten” all at once.
Here’s page 69 – Epilogue 1
Here’s page 70 – Epilogue 2
Each page is a bit longer than a normal page, and both put together are around 2500 words. I didn’t really see the sense in dragging these out into next week, so here they are all at once.

So… the story is over. I’m sure you still have questions. That’s good, because this was never intended to be the kind of story that just flat-out TELLS you everything. I could have ended the story at page 68 (With Lowell and Eric being sealed in the underground chamber). That is one powerful ending right there. It does leave a lot of questions unanswered, however. That’s why I never intended to end it there. These epilogues will address some of those nagging questions… although, they will introduce some additional nagging questions of their own. Don’t worry if you come away slightly confused. You were never supposed to know EXACTLY what went on in Eagle’s Crown that night… or why. Instead, I hint rather strongly at the truth and hopefully you’ll put it together on your own. If you don’t, I’m not above just telling you if you ask. ;)

Post your feedback/comments/questions below.

And consider this line to be your spoiler flag. Don’t read any further until you’ve finished the story.


20 Comments

  1. nate, October 26, 2009:

    Very good ending. Questions? Of course, but I’ll hold for a while. I’m definitely going to go back and re-read this one from beginning to end. Don’t know if I’ll be able to do it in a single sitting, but we’ll see. Already done my copy/paste (using the -1 option) and ended up with 231 pages (unedited, and with bad spacing). 47,095 for a word count. That’s quite a short story.

    Epilogue 1: One question I hope you’ll come clear on. Was that N’Doki that Derris and Theema were talking to?

    I’m sure I’ll have more questions later, but will try to restrain myself.

    You deserve a break. Please don’t wait too long before starting back up. Any idea of what’s next? In Deed, Crusade, Magekiller, or something new?

    Thanks for the ride.

    By the way, I’m going back through and getting ready to re-read Court of the Abominatraix. Over 74,000 words long, so it’ll take a while.

  2. DarkIcon, October 26, 2009:

    “In Deed” is next. It might be a good time to re-read the first few chapters of that one as well.

  3. nate, October 26, 2009:

    WOOT!

  4. Kragon, October 26, 2009:

    Nice ending I was sure that Eric was somehow gonna run into Synjen when he got out of that room. As for who Theema and Derris was talking to, I’m sure it was N’Doki. But as he walked in to the Hall it looked as if he shifted into Lovvorn. So I’m thinking that was just to make Eric more at easy, or something…

    How close did I hit it?

  5. DarkIcon, October 26, 2009:

    It was N’Doki. He didn’t turn into Lovvorn at the end though. At this point, Lovvorn doesn’t even exist. Maybe you meant someone else.

  6. Caber, October 26, 2009:

    Another great tale comes to an end.

    One has to wonder the importance of the baby N’Doki made several points to take notice of. I have my ideas but will keep them to myself.

  7. nate, October 26, 2009:

    Lovvorn doesn’t exist yet. From the stories so far I infer that Lovvorn and Eric are roughly close in age, as Eric is the only friend Lovvorn claims. From the stories it’s also inferred tht Lovvorn knows something of Eric’s past, and/or whatever N’Doki did/does to him. There are a couple of stories there that DI hasn’t given us yet.

    Three strangers were mentioned near the beginning of this tale. Thule and Syngen are two of them. Was Eric the third, was it N’Doki, or someone else?

  8. DarkIcon, October 26, 2009:

    The baby is David, who will be named after his uncle when he’s eventually born. Re-read the scene when David got evicted from his body by Eric. A few people asked about David after that scene, so I’m guessing that it wasn’t clear enough that he ended up inside his aunt. Or maybe I didn’t write what I THOUGHT I wrote, which sometimes happens. Maybe I should re-read it myself. ;) So, given David’s personality and genetics, WHO does that make him?

    At this point, you should also have a sneaking suspicion about that Thule guy.

  9. nate, October 27, 2009:

    Re-read In Deed from the BODP site, and am through chapter one of the written account…

  10. Kragon, October 27, 2009:

    Re-reading it myself. You are gonna keep going with the micro-chapter format as with the other two stories right?

  11. DarkIcon, October 27, 2009:

    Yup.

  12. Caber, October 27, 2009:

    Regarding David ending up inside his aunt (I’ll admit I missed that completely from reading it):

    Is this some sort of “immaculate conception” or was she already pregnant? If she is already pregnant what happened to the “soul” of that baby? And David will be “re-named” after his uncle, Lowell Vern…hmmmmmm.

  13. DarkIcon, October 27, 2009:

    She was already pregnant. Derris knew about it; that’s what he was celebrating earlier.
    That’s a very good question regarding the original soul of the baby. Maybe it didn’t have one yet. Or maybe N’Doki has it. ;)

  14. nate, October 29, 2009:

    OK, finished both the BODP and the written pages of In Deed. Patiently waiting….

  15. Kragon, October 30, 2009:

    Had the day off today and was sitting back re-reading the first December Night story when I had a thought. If you are a World of Warcraft fan, look at Arthas in his Deathknight/Lich King form. That is kind of how I picture December to look. Minus, of course, the plate mail.

    But this is just me and how I see him. Anyone else see it? Or is it just me?

  16. nate, October 30, 2009:

    I’ve never played that game so I can’t say.

    Myself, for some reason I’ve always pictured him looking like Zippy the Pinhead from the comic, minus the bow in the hair.

    Years ago Marc posted an image he’d rendered, but it just didn’t fit the image in my mind.

  17. Kragon, October 30, 2009:

    Yeah, I remember that pic. I felt the same way. I’ve been playing Warcraft for years and it wasn’t until recently that I looked at a picture of Arthas and felt he would pretty much fit the image I have of December.

  18. DarkIcon, October 30, 2009:

    The rendering I did was rather limited, and I don’t think it fit, either.
    I’ve never thought of Arthas before, but it’s pretty close. I haven’t seen Arthas in the actual game, but in the game art he’s very December-like.

  19. Caber, November 2, 2009:

    I picture December as the Kingpin from marvel comics (albeit a little bluer).

  20. DarkIcon, November 2, 2009:

    He’s a combination of both, actually. The Kingpin appears to be fat, but underneath the designer suit he’s supposedly all muscle. December similarly hides his musculature… he’s very well built. The pictures of Arthas show him in plate armor, so it’s hard to tell his body type. I get the impression that he’s tall and well-toned, but not carrying an enormous amount of muscle. If that’s the case, then the present-day December has something similar to Arthas’s coloring (but bluer), but more muscle. December has put on more muscle since his younger days, when he may have looked even more like Arthas sans armor. However, Arthas is a perfect representation of the character called Polar that I’ve mentioned before.

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