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A new post-funding update is live for Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, and it offers a post-mortem for the release 1, the third part of the Spoony interview, the third chapter of the serialized "Blade of the Avatar" novel from Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott, and a bundle of screenshots and minor updates. Here's a snip:
Chapter 3: The Blade
(Aren rolled over with a groan as much born of anger as of pain. He lay on his back for a moment, the broken stones under him pressing uncomfortably into his back despite the armor. He felt the warm wetness of his own blood on the side of his head. Nevertheless, he held still. He felt disoriented from the unexpected plunge through the weakened floor. The drop felt like an eternity and he had no idea how far he had fallen.
His eyes were adjusting to the darkness. The filtered daylight of the ruins was bright compared to this subterranean night, yet the darkness was not complete. There was some light here and Aren was already beginning to distinguish shapes emerging from the shadows that surrounded him.
Strategy depends on knowledge, he thought. A wise man waits; only a fool rushes into what he doesn't understand. He lay quietly for a moment, taking in his surroundings.
The faint glow from a series of globes gave scarce illumination to the ancient chamber around him. Each sphere had been mounted in ornamental frameworks on a series of columns which supported the dome of the ceiling. This vague light was further obscured under a layer of rust-colored dust. Still, it was enough; he could soon make out the extents of what had been an oval shaped chamber beneath the ancient ruins. Almost directly above him, part of the dome had buckled downward, breaking through an upper gallery that looked down into the chamber. Debris from the collapse had fallen into a slanting pile. Aren, in turn, had fallen down the face of this debris and come to a halt on its slopes a few feet above the floor.