Spider Climb: An Arcane Ascension/Weapons and Wielders Quest

Hey everyone,

Given the number of people who are currently in isolation, I thought it might be fun to do something with some interaction.

As such, I’ve started a “Quest” over on Sufficient Velocity.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, Quests are a form of online fiction where the author gives readers a set of options at the end of each chapter. This is similar to a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but rather than all the options being written out, the reader base as a whole votes to determine what the character in the story does next – and that’s it. The other branches aren’t written out.

So, you can think of it as being something of a mix between a novel (or, really, a web serial) and a role-playing game.

This particular quest takes place in between Weapons and Wielders and Arcane Ascension. For the moment, readers will be reading and “playing” as Keras.

You can find the intro here: https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/spider-climb-a-jrpg-style-dungeon-crawl-in-the-arcane-ascension-weapons-and-wielders-universe.63681/

Before anyone asks, I’m still writing my other Books (AA3 and Weapons and Wielders 3) at the same time. They’re both still several months out, however.

Rather than using this as a substitute for my normal writing, I’m doing this in place of some of my usual social media time. It’s possible this will cut into my writing time a little, but I think it’s going to be worth the time investment, since user interaction tends to help motivate me to write more.

I hope anyone who decides to participate enjoys the quest!

11 thoughts on “Spider Climb: An Arcane Ascension/Weapons and Wielders Quest

  1. Just tried signing up, but it takes time for them to accept you and give privileges, any other way we can get you our votes so we can still feel part of this while we wait for acceptance?
    Love your books! Super excited by this quest!!

    1. I wasn’t aware of the posting restrictions. I’ll look into it, but it may just be that you’ll have to wait until the restrictions are lifted to begin participating. I expect this to go for weeks at a minimum, so hopefully you’ll still get to play.

  2. Oh! I love this, thank you! My only complaint is that this makes it a little less likely that Corin will find the Spider Spire in the later books… I was secretly hoping he would find it, climb it, and become a chronomancer… Not that this would make any sense whatsoever. Seems to me like he has enough problems as it is, but I was hoping nonetheless! hahaha

    1. I wouldn’t worry too much about this preventing Corin from visiting – unless Keras obliterates the whole place. Which is, eh, maybe only around 10% likely to happen.

      1. That sounds like the type of odds Keras regularly exceeds at besting. RIP spider tower. Gone before we truly got to know you. Crushed to nothing but dust in the wind by the door killer, the amulet-less alliterator, the sorrowful slayer of sacred stones…

  3. This is amazing! Thanks so much for bringing joy to us all in these trying times!
    A question however, as I have not yet experienced Diamantine or Defying Destiny, as I am waiting for the Audiobooks, can I read this without massively spoiling either? Or should I read them first and indulge in Nicks voice another time?

    1. There are some minor spoilers for Diamantine in there. I wouldn’t say it’s anything earth shaking yet, but there may end up being bigger ones based on other people replying to the posts eventually.

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