With the exception of the debate over the players' motivation for later on, I will try to answer all the other questions. The motivation is something that I want to play around with in my head before I give a final answer either through replies or the story itself. Agreed. Curbstomping mooks is always such fun. As for Ludwig's appointment, not yet. Part Thirteen of Chapter Three takes place late in the day of when the deal was first made with Ludwig and tomorrow will likely involve the beginning of Chapter Four. Sorry if I did not make that clear enough in the story. Will try to find some way to correct that. Anyway thanks for reading. Thanks. I'm glad someone caught that part with the Judge, even if the player, and be extension, Setsuna does not realize the significance of said item just yet. Definitely sadistic on my part as the player is going to rack up many more kills as time goes on in an effort to 'grind' at the levels like any other good MMO or RPG player. Stop reading my thought bubbles! Just kidding. Will change that part as soon as I can come up with something to show her amusement in that scene. I just press reply on every post and it all gathers together in the reply to thread to answer multiple people. Not sure if that helps. It will get more and more difficult to explain away some of the actions and words of the other NPCs when no computer programming could possibly so advanced, even with the aid of some of the brightest minds in the world right now. As for writing in this style, it definitely is a challenge I understood from the very beginning because it adds a certain element of detachment, yet a bit of freedom in the method of interacting with others due to the no direct danger to the physical well-being of the player. Thank you for you constructive criticisms and various feedback. I really enjoy reading them and I hope that the story continues to hold your interest. There will be a motivation, but I would rather not say just yet. LOL. Yeah. Many gamers do tend to be absolute dicks while playing that, in real life, would get an asskicking or five for saying and doing things that are not nice. Even I want to kick Setsuna in the rear for acting in some rather thoughtless manners that is typical of MMO players. But don't worry, as the player will get hit hard with real life after the big reveal happens that Halkeginia is not just another generic, fantasy world to play in. Definitely has connections. I mean, in the canon, how can Scarron get away with the enforcement of no hurting the girls, but flirting is allowed, in a time when human life does not yet have the same implied and explicit value as it does in our own 20th/21st century morality/ethical/legal frameworks. He has to have known some people, I think, in order to get away with such enforcement, as just hugging them closely never really seemed to be enough of a reason for me as a deterrent. No matter the time period, tax collectors tend to be the least favorite people of anyone. Even if the Royal Court of Tristain itself gets involved, there are, as you said it yourself, dozens and even hundreds who would love to have tax collectors disappear. In a permanent way. Evidence in this time period will be a lot like the Scotland Yard's hunt for Jack the Ripper and it is more of 'he said, she said' and all that entails rather than our modern use of DNA and technology. Very true on the part that no noble would ever want to entertain the idea that a mage could be taken out by a commoner. Especially one who has a lot of friends in the Royal Court and the Royal military. Killing the tax collector will just be brushed under the rug, as this tax collector has quite the reputation for thinking between his legs and most likely, many would think that he just went after the wrong person to fulfill his desires. Besides, the current, larger picture of Tristain right now is one of quiet preparation as the Civil War in Albion is coming to a head and may end up spilling over into Tristain and one dead tax collector is the least of their worries as it stands right now. As for FF.net, I don't have an account there right now. I might think about opening one up sooner or later provided that I have enough time and the site there is not riddled with any kind of viruses or anything like that.