Trust me, das, I'm enjoying this. I was actually wondering if my fics were a little too weird. I understand that the Jeanne thing was pretty awkward for you as a reader. I was even considering stripping it out, but I decided to leave it in anyway; kind of like how KAA decided to hurl the gang to Leera in book 18. I think she wanted to see how far she could go and so did I. In the future, I'll try to keep it a little more believable.
As for the assassin thing, that was originally her only backstory. Her connection to the group would have been through Eva and Marco. But then, I realized that it was highly unlikely (I know, I'm pretty hypocritical with probability) that she would ever meet Eva unless I contrived such circumstances (which I eventually did, but not any time soon).
Honestly, her relation to Rachel was something I just kind of...tossed in there. I didn't think much about it. It was kind of like, "Okay how should I end this chapter? Oh, here's an idea. Naomi got remarried! Ha ha!" And then, I thought, "How could this get stranger? I know, I'll make him foreign!" And once I had a foreigner in mind, I decided to go with a Frechman (I figured a former Controller was a good idea and there were Yeerks in France, so I could have made him an important person there). And once he was French, well...the rest just sort of fell into place.
As for Jeanne having attacked Elfangor, I just thought people might like him mentioned. I know that I always love any story involving Elfangor, and I thought it was believable. But for the record, Jeanne wasn't the one who caused Elfangor to crashland on Earth. You'll actually get to meet that character in 60 (and he's a little improbable, too, I'll admit and I apologize in advance for it. I wanted to make kind of a super-hero for the Yeerks and ended up with this guy. You know what? Tell me what you thought after you meet him. I believe I already gave his name in the preview.).
Your point on Tom is well taken. However, my point still stands. It could easily have been Chapman in his place; in fact, that made more sense and I always thought that was how things were going to end.
As for the letters, (and I apologize because I guess I didn't explain this at all) they were written and collected after
the crash; during that period of non-time between when Santorelli "died" and when he was brought back in time to serve as Tobias's step-father (incidentally, you don't have to use spoilers when referring to my previous fics; I'm pretty sure that anyone reading this has read those others by now; otherwise, why would they be at the end of this one?). Elfangor and Rachel both wrote the letters after their deaths. True, they belong to the death-being (Azmaveth is his name), but he isn't like Crayak, Ellimist, and The One. He isn't bound by their rules. Trust me, he has his own stake in this war; he's got his own plans. The reason he allowed them to give Santorelli the letters will be explained (but not any time soon, I fear, as Azmaveth's goal is a MAJOR plot element).
You're certainly right about one thing. Elimst and Crayak aren't the ones manipulating everything. They've still got power (as you'll see in upcoming fics) but, comparatively speaking, it isn't like it used to be. They're much less restricted, since the game has been postponed. However, there are still the "rules of engagement" or "Geneva convention" if you will, of the war between Crayak and The One. I do allow them more leeway now (which is part of the reason things get pretty weird sometimes), but it is important to remember that they aren't necessarily the most powerful beings out there. Remember: Crayak was ousted by The One. There are other, even greater forces at work now. I won't say what they are yet (although you can certainly guess one element) but believe me that everything will be revealed in time.
das1234 wrote:i want to stress that i can actually discuss with you and not just read that and wonder, which is awesome. well dont take it too seriously i love this story,hope you havent pumped out all the surprises yet^^
I'm happy to discuss anything with you. It makes me proud of my fics to know that you care enough to point out my weirdness. You wouldn't be telling me these things if you didn't care.
And don't worry, there are plenty
of surprises to come.
Hey, here's a fun game: guess which Animorph will be the next to fall! I've already taken out Santorelli and Jake (and quite frankly, I'm amazed there was no massive outcry against the latter); who will be the next to feel the killing blade of capnnerefir?