Mar 28 2012

A horny devil but is she a Succubus?

What exactly is a horny devil anyway? Obviously they should have horns, and look sexy I would think to be a reasonable definition of that concept. What is more difficult to understand is where the trashy has to be part of it…

Like this costume…

Horny Devil CostumeThis is called the Horny Devil costume and it comes with the minidress with attached garter straps & tail, a horned headband and the trident the model is holding…

It does not include the stockings or shoes and it sells for $50 US at various places on the web.

I really don’t see a lot of “horny devil” in this costume. The dress isn’t that flattering, looks cheap, and honestly the attached tail makes me sigh in disbelief. The pitchfork is lousy, the horns are so so, I have seen and own better by far as well.

The stockings are shoes match the costume well, but really with everything else being uninspiring, they really don’t make a lot of difference to my indifference over this costume.

I’ll give the model points for making the costume looks good on her, but, sorry, not really that interested in buying this one.

It comes back to the “cheap is lousy” problem I have with a lot of devil girl and succubus costumes. They must be sexy to be the sort of thing I would want to wear…

And this one isn’t.

I’ll give it one single pitchfork out of five.

I suppose as something tame to wear the entire outfit wouldn’t be that bad at a “tame” halloween party…

But then I don’t attend a lot of tame and trashy ones…



Mar 27 2012

Desires 22

When you ask for something, especially from a Succubi Queen, you never know exactly what you can get in return…


Desires – Truths

By MZ and Tera S

Part Eleven
Slowly I began to realize just what had happened and the magnitude of what it would really mean, but my mind refused to believe it was real… this had to be an illusion.

This can’t be real… Tera couldn’t possible sacrifice so much for a simple man as me. If this is real, I’ll never forgive myself for making her think she had to go this far, but for some reason, I’ve never been more pleased… Tera gave up everything just for me. Maybe I’m misunderstanding… maybe I’m seeing what I want to see.

Looking down upon a frail version of my Tera rubbing her check upon my hand, my heart broke. She told me the words I feared and wanted to hear. I still wasn’t convinced this was real, till she looked up at me with her completely submissive eyes and said, “I am yours to command…”

Ever since I met her, Tera had been the aggressor wanting to move our relationship to the “next” level. I had always been the cool headed one and stuck by my moral standards. But now Tera wasn’t pushing me anymore. And for the first time in my life, I was the one wanting to be the aggressor. All kinds of perverted thoughts, I had suppressed, were flooding into my mind. It was easier being the one who always said no. I was in control then, but now. Tera was unable to say no and I felt like the one out of control.

My pants began to strain from the pressure my member. But I still felt guilty and kneed down beside Tera. With a loving look in my eyes as I stroked Tera’s face slowly, I had to know.

“Why Tera… surely there was another way to make me understand?”



No there isn’t. Not for what is asked but not understood…



Mar 26 2012

Storm Clouds 162 – An ongoing Succubi Story

This is the continuing story of the Succubi called Storm Clouds…

If you want to read previous chapters, please click the link in the Tale header at the top of the page marked Storm Clouds or click here...

A week of hell for me personally in real life again this week… Gosh how I want to write again…


Storm Clouds 162

Chapter 21

By TeraS


The thing about the Dark was that it was too confident. It thought that it had all of the answers and that no one could oppose it.

That was almost true.

She could, and did . . . regularly.

It had become almost an obsession for her now. There were so few who would challenge the Dark when it appeared, and so it fell to her to do so. It wasn’t a chore or an imposition; it had to be done, and she had seen enough of the Dark and what it was capable of to know that the best thing to do was what she did: drive it mad with anger and make it stop thinking.

Losing the one portal did that. Then letting it stew in its anger had made it get involved intimately with mortals and their world. She wondered if, this time, it would actually learn something from the experience or not.

Making the portal vanish was child’s play for a being like her. If the Dark ever figured out just how powerful she was, it might actually pause to think twice about the plans it had against Tera and her kind.


The thought did make her smile as the portal showing the severed tail reappeared among all of the Dark’s other ones. She stood there for a time, tapping a single pink fingernail against the surface and trying to decide what would be the most unpleasant thing she might do.

She could destroy this portal—the thought had been there before—but she had her own plans, and, for those, this one portal needed to remain, at least for the moment, in spite of what it showed.

The tapping stopped as she placed that hand against the surface and whispered to the awful image that it showed, “It will not be long. Promise.”

And, unlike some beings, she kept her promises.

She turned away, coming to the decision that, for once, just this once, she was going to make the Dark know what it was to lose something valuable.

What followed was the sound of fingernails raking across portal after portal, each of which turned white against the darkness, throwing light into a place which despised it. She didn’t ruin every single one of them, but, when she was done, she had left the Dark but three portals.

She thought that she just might be able to hear the scream of anger from it from three universes away when it returned to see what she had done here, and that thought made her smile slightly.

She glanced once more at the portals that remained, satisfied that this would be a problem for it, that it would have to spend effort and time repairing the damage if it could, and that, thankfully, might give the others needed time to figure out what was happening and where.

As much as she wanted to, she couldn’t actually get involved in the battle or make choices for those involved. It was, after all, necessary that all beings make their own choices, no matter how wrong or ill-advised they might well be.

Still, she had one thing that the Dark didn’t have: trust. Trust in others, trust that they would make good choices, but, most of all, trust in that one person that saved her life so long ago and, in doing so, changed her own universe for the better.

She would always owe that person for that gift.

She passed into the ether, on her way to where she needed to be. If the Dark could get involved with mortals, she could as well … to a point. But first she needed to talk to someone who needed to understand that some paths were not worth following.

Following the path of one who owed the succubi—and Tera, in particular—her life … that was the most foolish thing that it had ever done.

And it would soon learn.

As for the Dark, possessing one of its pawns was distasteful. But there was little choice. That damnable creature had cost it its watch over the tail. The one thing that would, if its plans went to completion, cause the barriers to fall before it and thus have what it wanted most.

But having to deal with a corporal form? That was something that it did not enjoy in the slightest. Emotions, thoughts, images from this pawn were getting caught between its own thoughts and, as well, it knew that its own thoughts would be mixing the other way.

But the important thoughts, the ones that it needed for itself, those it kept under lock and key, or so the Dark would believe. The problem was, as it always was, that nothing is ever completely closed off when beings merge, even if only for a short time.

Fingerprints leave smudges, after all …

It took the Dark some time to return to where the tail was kept. The wards around the place made it impossible for someone to appear there without seeing the place first and entering at one specific spot. From the outside there were traps and obstacles that it knew would stop any magic user from getting close.

But this pawn was tuned to the place, and the wards would fall before it. Even so, the time … the time was taking far too long for the Dark’s liking.

And so time passed, the Dark fumed, and the universe turned …



Storm Clouds

Chapter 22

By TeraS

“I think I am.”

Tom looked behind him expecting to see Camilla there, and she was … sort of.

It was Camilla, but her tail and horns were grey instead of black and her hair had changed color from blonde to purple. Tom couldn’t stop the words that came out: “I liked the blonde and black better, Camilla.”

She smirked.

And Tom paused. He was pretty sure that Camilla didn’t smirk.

“It’s a long story, Tom, and right now we haven’t got the time.”

And that was wrong, as well. Camilla never called him “Tom.” Mary Ann tried to get away again, and Tom was forced into flipping her over, straddling her, and then locking her wrists together with handcuffs before sitting on her legs. Having some control of the situation, he looked at Camilla and said, “We’ve got the time. You want to let me in on why the style change? Got tired of your hair color or something?”

She ran her left hand through her hair, pulling on it slightly, “Okay, short version: I’m Camilla’s bad side; I’m a bitch; I’m nothing like her, and you don’t want to screw with me. That good enough for you?”

“I’m never going to understand this, am I?”

She smirked again, “Oh, I dunno … You’d make an interesting Incubi … I can put in a good word for you if you’re up for it.”

Tom shook his head: “Thanks, but I have enough issues with my life as it is. The universe isn’t what I knew it was, there are people—like you—who are legends, and I am supposed to deal with that. Oh yes, and I am acting under the command of the Queen of a race of beings that exist on sex and pleasure and I have no idea why I should be, but I’m doing it anyway.”

She nodded, “Tera does have her ways, doesn’t she? At least she isn’t using that pitchfork of hers on you. Mind you, some like that sort of thing…”

“So what do I call you? ‘Not Camilla’ or ‘Punkie Brewster’ or what?”

She leaned down so that they looked into each other’s eyes: “You really want to know who I am?”

Tom didn’t finch: “I trust Camilla. She’s proven herself. I don’t trust you.”

She nodded: “Good; backbone and will. I can see why Tera wants your help. You may call me ‘Nina.’”

“All right; ‘Nina’ it is. Tell me something, seriously: does every one of you have an ‘a’ at the end of your name?”

She laughed, “No … Just some of us do. Congratulations, Tom; you just endeared yourself to me. Camilla will be pleased to know that. Make sure you tell her when you see her again.”

The smirk vanished and she looked past Tom to Mary Ann on the floor beneath him, “You mind getting off her? She and I have … a past.”

“Good or bad?”

“I won’t kill her, at least, not just yet.”

“If I don’t?”

“Then I’ll have to move you, Tom. You don’t want me to, I promise you.”

Tom got up and moved to the side. Nina reached down and pulled Mary Ann to her knees by the handcuffs before grasping her chin. “Hello, bitch. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you. How long has it been?

The fear in Mary Ann only allowed a quiet whisper of an answer, “Babylon.”

“That’s right. As I remember it, you came into my temple and tried to turn my followers, didn’t you? You corrupted them from the top down and, in the end, you were responsible for how many deaths?”

“I don’t know.”

“I do. I remember them very well. You watched as they fought, four hundred eighty-six of them falling to your promises of riches that were hidden from them. And when it was over, what did they find inside the walls?”



Mary Ann closed her eyes, “Because everything they gave you, you returned to them … and more. You … you cared about the cattle and …”

Tom didn’t see Nina’s hand as it struck Mary Ann, sending her sprawling across the floor.

“They are not cattle, you worthless bitch! They are more than you will ever be or ever could be. You can’t understand that, can you?”

There was no answer, and Nina pulled her once again to her knees by the handcuffs: “Here’s the deal. You tell us what’s going on and who’s in charge, and I won’t kill you today. You lie to me, and I’ll start taking you apart one piece at a time …”

She extended her left hand and, to Tom’s shock, a silver sword appeared there, flames dancing along its blade. Tom thought he could hear the sword … growling?

She placed the edge against Mary Ann’s neck: “You know what this is. You know exactly what will happen if I strike you with it. Camilla wouldn’t; she follows the new ways. But I don’t. So make up your mind, right now, and tell me why you are here and what you have done to Ginger.”

Tom coughed, “Nina … You said you wouldn’t kill her.”

She didn’t look at Tom: “Oh, this won’t kill her. It will, however, take away what makes her special. What she is, she won’t be anymore.” A cruel smile appeared, “And since she is so enamored with being immortal …”

Mary Ann closed her eyes, “You are a fool. I serve powers greater than you. You’ll never leave this room alive if you harm me.”

“Oh I’ve already harmed you. Now I’ll cripple you …”

And she pulled the blade back and then swung it towards Mary Ann’s neck …

What happened next was something that Tom would never quite be able to explain.

The blade came down and struck on her right shoulder, then passed through her body and came out at her waist … leaving not a mark on her. Mary Ann still breathed, still was alive, but the look of disbelief in her eyes that she had been struck was matched by the satisfaction in the look that Nina had …

… and what the sword now held upon its blade.

Tom could clearly make out what looked like a twisted, ghostly image of Mary Ann’s form wrapped around the blade, with the flames licking against it and a silent scream of pain on the ghost’s face.

Nina didn’t look at Tom, she just held the sword in front of Mary Ann, “You have very little time, bitch. I’d say about three minutes before you aren’t immortal anymore. Maybe ten and you’ll start aging, and we both know what happens when you do.”

She looked at a clock on the wall, “Three minutes. Talk.”

Tom wanted to intervene. This was torture and he knew it. But he didn’t know what would either help or harm in the situation he found himself in. He didn’t expect that he would be able to disarm Nina, nor did he have any way to fix whatever Nina had done.

Tom hated being helpless … it reminded him of Beth and …

… he just turned away and kept his thoughts to himself.

To Mary Ann’s credit she held out for an entire minute. She just looked back at Nina, but when Nina drew a finger along the shaft of her sword and then licked a wisp of Nina’s ghostly form from her fingers, she caved in…

“Ginger is nothing. She was a convenient way to gain power. She didn’t care about anything save her own beauty and screwing her husband. It was child’s play to alter their minds and take him out of the picture.”

Tom heard this and asked, “What did you do?”

“I made him get involved with the mob, you asshole. I made sure that he was stupid about it. I saw to it that they would find out what he was doing, make him transfer everything to Ginger and then you so helpfully took him away, leaving Ginger to my tender mercies. Didn’t take a week and she was a hot little slut that would do anything for me to degrade her and …”

Nina interrupted, “Nice story. Now, how about why you did it in the first place?”

Mary Ann gritted her teeth, “I needed power.”


She didn’t answer that question. Tom had a thought, “You needed power for a purpose. You seem to have a past with Nina and her kind … is that why you needed this … power?”

The look she gave him spoke volumes.

Tom sighed, “Peachy: a war between omnipotent beings. I should have stayed in bed.”

Nina placed the point of the sword just in front of Mary Ann’s lips, “Who are you working for.”

“Give it back to me first!”

“No. You give me the information and I’ll give it back to you. Better hurry. You’re running out of time … rapidly.”

Mary Ann finally broke down and said in a whisper, “The Dark. It’s the Dark …” Then she screamed, “Now give it back!”

Nina stood up and then wiped the length of the sword with her fingers, balling the ghost into her hand before tossing it casually at Mary Ann. It fell into her body producing a sigh of pleasure from her lips and then a look of defiance on her face.

Which Nina promptly removed with another strike of her hand against Mary Ann’s cheek which resulted in her falling to the floor unconscious.

The blade vanished in a flash of light and then Nina then stood up and looked critically at Tom, “Tell me something. Other than you being human, is there anything special about you?”

Tom shrugged, “Cats like me.”

She looked at him for a long, long moment.

“That’s good.”


“That would be telling. Come on, if she is working for the Dark, then we need to get out of here right now.”

And then she pushed past him making for the elevators without another word, Mary Ann on the floor out cold and Ginger in the other room pleading for her Mistress to come back to punish her again …



Storm Clouds

Chapter 23

By TeraS

Smoke. The first thing he smelled was the smoke. Then he noticed the flames licking up the walls of the warehouse, the beams falling from the ceiling, and the yelling from behind him.

And then, as he watched three men rush past, John had a horrible realization. He was back at the fire. Not a fire; no, the fire … the fire where he was injured, the one that haunted him every day. He felt and then saw the fire axe in his hands and knew exactly what was going to happen next. He would rush after the rest of his company, follow them into the hell around them and search.

There would be … What would there be?

That part he never could remember exactly, when no one could tell him what happened, between this moment when they last saw him and the next, when they found him underneath the remains of the structure.

He hesitated there a moment longer, the others vanishing into the smoke, and then, twisting the axe in his hands, made his way forward, the smoke becoming thicker, the sound of his breathing loud in his ears as the respirator cycled back and forth, keeping him alive. Coming to a locked door, he kicked it open and then drew back as more smoke poured out and around him, making it almost impossible to see.

But did he see … something? Did he hear something?

There was no choice: he was going in there and searching. He had to be sure.

John pushed his way in while calling out, “Is anyone there? Answer me!” He didn’t hear anything, and so he moved deeper into the space. The light from the hallway, which showed him the way out and to safety, slowly dimmed as the smoke thickened more and more. But that didn’t matter. He had to search, had to help. That was his job and, no matter what else, he was going to do it.

He spent almost five minutes searching, the odd layout of the room confusing him. It seemed like an office, there were desks around him, but the space was too large for a simple office. Still, he pressed on, moving back and forth, calling out and listening even as he searched, his axe in his hand and the flashlight attached to his helmet probing into the smoke around him.

And then John saw her.

A woman crumpled to the floor, covered in black soot and grime. Her figure was indistinct. He knew it was a woman, but her features–hair, eyes, skin tones, what she was wearing–were all a blur.

But that meant nothing to him.

He knelt down beside her and checked: she was still breathing, but unconscious. The problem was that he had no idea if she was seriously injured or not. He found his spare mask and, after hooking it up to his air supply, placed it over her face. Her breathing improved, but now he was stuck there. He couldn’t leave her, which left him one choice: reporting on his radio that he found a survivor and then triggering the beacon built into it to call others to assist him.

He was about to do that when he heard the first shriek of the ceiling starting to come down. John’s only thought was to protect the woman however he could. He dragged her under a desk and then pushed himself under it as well, his body over hers.

The noises stopped for a moment, everything was silent around him, and then, just as he was about to look out from underneath the desk, there was the sound of a train wreck as the world came down around them both.

Then all was quiet again.

Except this time, standing amid the rubble, there was Tera, her dress pushed around by the smoke and fire, her arms crossed over her chest, and a look of concern on her face. She considered the pile of rubble that now held John and the woman, her long red tail moving slowly, catlike, behind her.

“Well … that explains a lot.”

From the smoke and fire, Jane came into view to the other side of the rubble. “Damn it, Tera! We don’t have the right to do this!”

Tera considered her for a long moment and then explained, “We need a clue, Daughter, an idea of what has happened. He has that clue in him; we just have to pry it out.”

Jane stormed up to Tera and then poked her into the chest with a finger, “You tell us to respect others, to help them. This does neither!”

Tera looked down at the finger pressing against her, then took hold of Jane’s hand before gently moving it away.

“His mind is blocked from what happened here, Daughter. He knows he came in, he knows he found someone in here, but he remembers nothing of who that woman is. She’s the key to this in someway and we need to know.”

“It’s not a good enough reason!”

Tera looked bemused, “Oh it is … It most certainly is.” She then reached around behind Jane and took a hold of something there, making Jane gasp in surprise. Tera then showed the tip of a grey tail to Jane, a tail that was connected to her body. “Daughter, you look like yourself.” Then Tera, that enigmatic smile still on her lips, released Jane’s tail.

Jane felt behind her, touching her tail in surprise and then running her hands over her horns. “How?”

“That is, of course, the question, isn’t it? Why should things be fixed here? It doesn’t make any sense … or … perhaps it does.”

Tera walked over to the pile of rubble and then pointed a finger at it, “The answer is in there, isn’t it? Who is the woman he rescued? Why can’t he remember her? How was that done? Most of all: why would all this make it necessary for your physical appearance to be changed?”

Jane didn’t answer the questions. She didn’t have the answers.

Tera then began to twirl her finger in a slow circle, “While these are his memories, they are not immutable. We can alter them, to a point, or, get a better look at them, can’t we?”

Jane rubbed her temples: “Yes, Tera … That’s Succubi 101 in the Realm, isn’t it?”

Tera continued to work at the rubble, bits and pieces of it vanishing at her touch, “What was your grade, Jane?”

Jane mumbled, “B Plus.”

Tera smiled in spite of herself, “Well, at least you passed.”

“I passed because a certain Queen made me work at it harder than anything I have done before.”

“Are you complaining?”

“Tera … I’m not. Honestly.”

“Oh, I’m not mad at you Jane, perish the thought. No, what I am, however, is very confused at this moment.”

Jane looked to where Tera was focusing and saw something that she didn’t, couldn’t expect to see. There, in the rubble, was John, but the woman that he had saved … wasn’t.

“Tera, what’s going on?”

“We missed something while talking, Daughter. Something happened here, and we didn’t pay attention to it when we should have.”

Jane’s look was one of confusion, so Tera continued: “Something, or someone, took that woman away after the ceiling collapsed, and we missed it.”


“That’s the question, isn’t it? Why take her away? Why make him forget about all of this? What was the point of it?”

Tera rubbed her fingertips over her temples and sighed: “We’ll just have to start all over again and, this time, not look away.”

In the next moment, the collapse of the ceiling happened again, John saved the woman and all was quiet once more. But seconds later, the two succubi saw what came next.

A black shadow fell over John and the woman, covering them both and then vanishing, taking the woman with it and leaving John behind … alone.

“Tera, what was that?”

“Something I hope you never have to face: the Dark.”

“Tera … Why would it care about either of them?”

“Oh that’s easy. It wanted the woman; it didn’t care about John. But taking her and leaving him with these memories would have been worse. So it damaged him, made him forget about what he actually did, and then continued on with its plan.”

“Tera … you are being evasive.”

“I have an idea of who the woman is, Daughter. A pretty good one, but I don’t like where that idea is leading me.”

“Who is she?”

Tera ran one hand through her hair and sighed, “It has to be Patricia.”

Jane just stared at Tera in disbelief …

Mar 25 2012

A Review of The Fifth Collection by Sullivan Hart

This week will be the last of three reviews of a series of short Succubus tales that I found. Overall I have to say that I liked all of them, but there is one small question I have about them that I’ll get into a bit later on…

This work is part of a series called the Succubus Short series, I reviewed one of them two weeks ago on the Tale here and last week here. Again, I liked all three of them, but the one thing that I didn’t like is how short they were and, really, they could have been so much longer I think as the characters in the works are really interesting and I find myself wanting to know more about them…

The Fifth Collection - A Succubus Short by Sullivan Hart

The Fifth Collection - A Succubus Short by Sullivan Hart

The story tells the tale of:

Jazz the succubus is an expert seductress. She places her victims in a state of sleep paralysis and has her erotic way with their helpless forms, making away with a piece of their life force after each visit. When she is assigned a fifth visit to Bob, she is well aware that will mean his death, The Fifth Collection is always the end, for mere mortals.

Bob, the victim, has endured four nights of helpless passion at the mercy of his winged and fiercely sexy visitor. Now she’s arrived for a fifth night, and this time he’s awake. Will he be a match for Jazz and her evil seduction or will he fade away into the night with a satisfied smile on his cold, dead face?

Jazz, as a Succubus is interesting, and the sex scenes are well done, but the internal monologue at times bothers me a shade. The other thing that bothers me a bit is the change of perspective between Jazz and Bo is titled before the story continues. I don’t think that was really needed as it was clear who was “talking” when the next part of the story began. It may just be the way this author writes, but I felt it was a little unnecessary here.

Otherwise, as I have said, Jazz is interesting and yes, she is very much a Succubus in what she does. But I have the feeling that she’s unsure of herself for all of the internal thoughts she has and the questions she asks of herself.

Bob as a character I felt was a bit on the bland side for most of the story, and his reactions to Jazz were immediately off to me. Still, in the context of the overall story, when you get to the ending, it makes complete sense. There is something missing in Bob’s character that nags at me, but I can’t quite put my finger on it…

Well written, no glaring errors in the work, and I was interested in it from start to end, but, just so short and really in this universe there is so much unsaid that could have been touched upon.

I’ll give this work three and a half pitchforks out of five.

The problem remains that the story is too short and too many questions are left answered in the story. Just bothers me that with all of the possible places to go that we didn’t get there.

Now, as the series as a whole, I think that I was expecting different takes on Succubi and not what are, really, three different Succubi existing in a single universe. Whether that was planned or not I have no idea, but after a while I found myself expecting the ending that came in each of them.

That works if you read one of them, but all of them? It’s ever so slightly disappointing. Now that’s not as I said in the stories themselves. They are all well written and I liked them a lot, but where I have the disappointment is that we get hints of things that never really were explained in the series. Perhaps the one thing that makes me really wonder is the idea of a “secret shopper.”

I would love to know more about that from other perspectives…

As a series, I will give them all three pitchforks out of five. There are great ideas to build on, but they never really were for the sex that made the meat of the stories…

I’d like more of the rest please?



Mar 24 2012

A speed painting of the Vindictus Succubus…

I found an really well done piece of art that shows the Vindictus Succubus recently… Now she has no horns, no tail, and really, at least to me, does not look that much like a Succubus. But she is called one in the game and so she just is a different idea of what a Succubus is…

And in case you can’t see the video here:

And an image of the final work, which I found on the artist’s DeviantArt site here as well:

Vindictus Succubus by InuyashamarokuThe artist of this work is named Inuyashamaroku, and on their YouTube site and as well their DeviantArt site is quite a number of lovely, interesting pieces of character art that do really show off their talents very well…

I just don’t know personally about this idea of a Succubus. There isn’t a lot really that says she is a Succubus, sexy or otherwise, in her looks or actions as far as I am aware. But setting that aside, I like the soft tones of this artist’s work quite a lot.

She’s supposed to be somewhat understated, and she is, which I think works really quite well in this case.



Mar 23 2012

The Lost Girl really shouldn’t gamble…

One thing that has always bothered me about television is that you establish a character, the viewer invests a lot in them, and then you kill them off. Sometimes that’s contract issues, sometimes it isn’t. But the important thing is when they leave that it matters. If not in the story, then to the characters they leave behind. Sometimes, just sometimes, that manages to work well…

The twentieth episode of the second season, also episode thirty-three of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. The Garuda strikes, and in doing so decimates Bo’s friends… Kenzi shows that she is more than she seems to be, if not in strength then in bravery… And Lauren makes a hard decision and comes to terms with her life.

Lost Girl Logo

This is the twentieth review of the second season of of Lost Girl. A summary of this episode has been added to the SuccuWiki, but won’t be adding my commentary to the articles there as that is what the Tale is for….

Bo’s life changes forever with she discovers…

Lachlan’s Gambit

The episode begins with Bo (Anna Silk) arriving at Trick’s (Richard Howland) home in the Dal Riata. Trick tells Bo of several events involving animals in the city that concern him. An entire team of horses electrocuted themselves, bats flying out of their cave in the middle of the day, and every snake at the local zoo has vanished. Trick explains that the snakes are hiding because they can sense that The Garuda is close by and that it is only a matter of time before it strikes. As they pause for a moment in their conversation, part of the floor disappears and a Fae crawls out of the floor. Bo, thinking that it is attacking Trick, draws her knife and defends Trick, but he tells Bo that everything is alright. Bo asks: “This thing with all of the lovely smells is a friend of yours?” Trick tells Bo that he wouldn’t call this person a friend as such, but nonetheless he needs to speak to him alone. After Trick adds that this person works for him, Bo releases the intruder and tells Trick that she will be waiting in the bar. After Bo leaves, Trick asks: “What news mole?” The mole claims that The Garuda is nowhere to be found, but Trick does not believe him and says that he must be lying. The mole tells Trick that he isn’t lying because he has a debt to the Blood King that he must repay. Trick presses the point that he needs to know where The Garuda is so that Trick can attack first. Trick then forces the mole to leave by blowing a whistle that repels the mole back underground again.

Trick enters the bar moments later to find Bo waiting there. There is a loud noise outside of the Dal Riata and immediately afterwards a trio of men enter. They look around the bar and then one of them picks up a chair and asks Trick if it is of good quality before breaking it into pieces over the back of a customer in the bar and then, holding one of the pieces in his hand tells Trick that it is “crap.” The man then tells Bo in response to a question that they are there to “fetch” someone, and then he points at Trick. Bo moves to defend Trick and from the shadows Ciara (Lina Roessler) moves to help Bo. Hale then appears and tells the intruders that “At this way station there is a three ass-whooping minimum.” Trick then announces that anyone that does not want to join the fight should leave and several customers do so before the fight begins in earnest. Bo battles in hand to hand combat with one, Ciara is attacked by another, but she uses her powers to shift away from him and then thrusts a blade into her opponent’s eye. Hale uses his Siren voice to disable the third attacker, but is then knocked out before Bo uses a part of the broken chair that Trick gives her to take out the leader of the attackers herself.

After the opening credits, Bo is giving Hale an ice pack for his injuries as Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) arrives. Kenzi asks what happened and Trick explains that they had been attacked by Berserkers, who and minions of The Garuda. Kenzi tries to comfort Hale, telling him that she did warn him to protect his face, but only manages to have Hale scream in pain when she touches Hale’s chin and cheek. Kenzi then looks at Ciara and comments that she is back, Ciara’s reply being that she heard that a war was brewing and she wasn’t one to pass up a good fight. Bo thinks that the Berserkers tired to kidnap Trick because they thought he was vulnerable, Kenzi wonders if “we have a rat” but Trick answers “Not a rat. A mole.” Next we see Bo and Ciara holding the mole from earlier in the episode down in a chair while Trick attempts to get answers from him, including where The Garuda is. At first the mole refuses to tell Trick anything, but Trick uses a device on the mole that Trick calls his version of the Archimedes Heat Ray. It burns the mole with a bright light and begins to harm him. Bo confronts Trick about what he is doing, telling Trick that it isn’t right. Trick tells Bo that the war is coming, they have little time, and that in the coming days there will be a lot of hard choices to be made and that Bo needs to find a thicker skin to deal with it. Eventually the mole tells Trick that The Garuda is located at the old abattoir. Trick then releases the mole telling him that this wasn’t the first time he had betrayed Trick before using the whistle again to send him away. Moments after this happens, a trio of The Ash’s guards arrive to escort Trick to him. Bo protests this, but Trick tells her that it is alright before warning the guards that next time they can wait upstairs and not enter his home. After Trick leaves, Ciara asks if Bo is alright, and Bo tells her that The Garuda was seeing through Nadia’s eyes and spying on them. Ciara asks if Nadia is alright and Bo only manages to say no. Ciara just says “You?”, Bo nods in shame and then Ciara tells Bo that they have to find out what Nadia has learned for their own protection.

The next scene begins with Bo entering Lauren’s home and calling out to her, but Bo receives no answer. She walks further inside and finds herself standing over the spot where she killed Nadia in the previous episode. As she looks at the blood stain on the floor, she hears Lauren’s voice and relives what happened there. Bo then hears a noise behind her and spins around, drawing her knife and finds Lauren (Zoie Palmer) standing there in a dishevelled mess. Bo apologizes for drawing her weapon on Lauren and puts it away. Lauren is obviously in shock and acts very cold to Bo brushing off all of her concerns and questions about her. Lauren tells Bo that she is leaving to help Hale and Bo asks if she is really up to doing so, but, again. Lauren is abrupt and cold towards her. When Bo tells Lauren that she is worried about her, Lauren turns ice cold and just says: “Yeah. I appreciate it.” Lauren tells Bo that she doesn’t want to talk about what has happened, that she just wants to go back to work and be useful. Bo then confronts Lauren and asks her if she told Nadia anything about them. Lauren is defensive and angered by Bo’s question. Lauren does not answer Bo’s question, tells Bo that she needs to get ready, and then opens the front door motioning Bo to leave. Bo walks past Lauren, but Lauren refuses to talk any longer with her or even look at her before Bo leaves, Lauren closing the door when Bo is outside.

Bo returns to the Dal Riata to find Kenzi, Hale and Ciara there. A loud noise again occurs outside and Ciara believes that the Berserkers have returned, Bo commenting that it is: “the best day ever.” Bo, Ciara and Kenzi prepare to fight, but then Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) walks in. Dyson stops short and looks at the three women before saying: “Missed me?” Kenzi runs over and embraces Dyson telling him that she is happy to see him. Bo looks at Dyson for a moment before turning away, leaving Ciara standing there facing Dyson. Dyson tells her that he is glad she is there, her answer is: “that sentiment is a bit late don’t you think?” Dyson is taken aback by this for a moment before Ciara tells Dyson that she: “is joking you dumb wolf. I had to come back. You know that.” before the two embrace.

Trick has arrived in The Ash’s compound, The Ash commenting that The Garuda finally made a serious move against the Blood King to which Trick just answers that he is fine. Lachlan tells Trick that they need to have a serious talk, to which Trick tells him that they did so already. Lachlan tells Trick that they have been ignoring their most powerful advantage, and when Trick asks what that is, Lachlan tells Trick that it is his blood. Trick turns to leave, but Lachlan’s guards stop him from leaving as Lachlan tells Trick that he won’t be going anywhere.

At the Dal Riata, Dyson talks to Hale, telling him that he has looked better, Hale response being: “that’s what happens when your partner skips town.” Dyson tells Hale that he didn’t run out on him or anyone else, he left to find answers that he needed. Bo and Kenzi then guide Dyson away from Hale, telling him that Hale needs some time as Lauren enters. She looks at Bo and the others for a moment before going over to Hale and starting to work on him. Dyson comments to Bo: “Is it just me, or are things tense around here?”

Trick is having an argument with Lachlan over the plans they have made to defeat The Garuda. Lachlan tells of their plan, to bring The Garuda to him and then Lachlan will use his venom to stop him. Lachlan attempts to convince Trick that they cannot ignore the powers of the Blood King, but Trick refuses saying that if he did so, then they would have to face something worse as that is the cost of his power, telling Lachlan that he has no idea what he is asking. Lachlan then kicks the lockbox containing his severed head to Trick’s feet and opens it. He tells Trick that he has no idea what Trick is asking him to ignore. Dyson asks where Trick is and Bo tells Dyson that Trick is with The Ash but he should have been back by now. Bo then talks about all of the odd things that have been happening of late until she has a sudden realization and tells Dyson to drive her to The Ash. Trick is refusing all of Lachlan’s demands to use his power and tells Lachlan that his power only works when he does so with free will, but will not. Lachlan tells Trick that knowing that he could end everything, can he live with not doing so when The Garuda arrives. Trick tells Lachlan that he is playing into their enemy’s hands and that the last time he wrote with his blood, Trick awakened The Garuda and he feels the weight of that on his shoulders. Lachlan demands that Trick prove this to be true, but he refuses again. Lachlan then draws a knife which glows with power from behind his back. Moments later he takes hold of Trick’s hand and tells Trick that he is a coward before he begins to cut into Trick’s hand with the knife. However, before he can do so, Dyson and Bo arrive, Dyson taking out one guard while Bo places a knife to Lachlan’s throat stopping him from harming Trick.

Returning from commercial, Dyson removes the knife from Lachlan’s hand. Lachlan asks Bo what she is doing and she asks him the same question. Lachlan’s answer is that he is trying to kill The Garuda, and Trick’s blood is the only way to do so. Dyson tells Lachlan that he is wrong and that Dyson will be the one to kill The Garuda. Dyson explains that the Wolf Spirit came to him when he was away and it told him that he would be the one to do the deed, but does not explain this further except to say that it is foretold. Lachlan tells Bo that what Dyson is saying is nonsense and that she is his champion. Bo asks him why he tried to do what he did and Lachlan tells her that he is not himself because The Garuda is nearby. Bo comments that he is like all of the other snakes in the city, and Lachlan admits that he was the cause of the snakes vanishing to force Trick into doing something. Bo confronts Lachlan asking what happens if he makes another mistake. Lachlan reminds Bo that there has always been only one way to stop The Garuda and that is with his venom and he discounts what Dyson has said. Trick defends Dyson saying the that Wolf Spirit does not make up stories, so whatever she said must be true somehow. Dyson then announces that in the morning they will attack The Garuda. Lachlan begs Bo not to attack, but she tells him that she will go into battle because she trusts her friend and that she is not sure that she can trust Lachlan. Bo, Dyson and Trick then leave Lachlan behind.

Dyson and Bo arrive at Dyson’s home, Bo demanding to know how it is that Dyson is the chosen one. He tells her that the Wolf Spirit has no reason to lie to him. Bo asks if the Wolf Spirit is an ex-girlfriend which does, for a moment, make Dyson smile. Dyson then tells Bo that: “The clash between the Wolf and the Eagle has been foretold. Dyson then has a flashback to the moment when the Wolf Spirit talked to him deep in the woods as he stood in front of a fire. It asked him: “What do you seek?” His answer was: “Enlightenment.” The Wolf Spirit told Dyson that enlightenment would not fill his void, that being the love that he lost to The Norn, but his future actions might. Dyson asks what he must do and is told that: “A great darkness is falling. It cannot happen. The Garuda must be destroyed.” Dyson asks if he is the one to lead them into battle and the answer is: “Wolves are born to lead. Your role in this fight will be significant.” Dyson then asks how to defeat The Garuda and is told: “The Garuda is a strong enemy. But his pride clouds his reason. His omnipotence makes him vulnerable. The time to strike is when he believes that he as already won.” Dyson then comes out of the flashback and turns to Bo who tells him that she really wants to believe him, but she can’t bring herself to do so. She tells Dyson that she can’t handle all of the pressure of being Lachlan’s champion and the idea of Lachlan being wrong about everything it making it worse for her. Dyson tells Bo that he could hear the Wold Spirit talking to him within his mind. Bo tells Dyson that they must be absolutely sure before they attack because there cannot be a mistake made. Dyson tells Bo that hs is positive about what he knows. Dyson tells Bo that what he gave up for her will be filled up by his actions and he can love her again, and that he has to do this. Bo doesn’t say anything more to him but instead nods and then leaves Dyson’s home.

Bo returns home and there is a knock on her door. She answers it with a knife in her hand and discovers Lauren waiting there who asks if she can come in. Bo allows Lauren in, and she asks for a drink, but Bo and Lauren stare at each other for a time before Bo tells Lauren that it might be under her bed before going there to check. Dyson still at home working out on a punching bag when the door opens and Ciara walks in using the key she still holds to Dyson’s home. He apologizes for running out on her but she tells him that it is okay. Dyson asks if she is alright and she admits that she isn’t. Ciara tells Dyson that they are rushing into battle and that if this is her last night, then she wants to spend it with him. Dyson tells her that he does not want to confuse things, but she tells him that she isn’t confused and isn’t taking no for an answer before she begins to kiss him.

Bo and Lauren are sitting on the couch, Bo saying nothing as Lauren has a drink. Bo refills Lauren’s glass and tells her that life hasn’t been fair to her and that Lauren is the strongest person that she has ever met. Lauren is quiet for a moment and then tells Bo that she went home to do her hair, Bo tells her it looks great and Lauren thanks Bo for saying so, but continues and explains that she knows that she is going through the stages of grief at this moment, going into “doctor” mode as she does so, telling Bo that having sex is a common response to grief. Meanwhile, Dyson and Ciara are in the midst of their sexual encounter, stripping the clothing off each other. Lauren then tells Bo that it’s better to transfer the pain into something else to get over it.

Ciara is on top of Dyson riding him as they continue to have sex together, but in the middle of doing so, Ciara pulls a small knife from her boot and begins to trace the tip of the blade against Dyson’s skin from waist to neck, pressing it down, but not cutting into him. We flash back to Bo who tells Lauren that she can see how intimacy would do what she is describing. We then return to Dyson and Clara, Ciara taking the blade away from Dyson’s throat and the two of them continuing to have sex together. Lauren tells Bo that transferring the pain is very much like how the human mind takes the pain from a heat attack and places it in someone’s left arm to distribute the pain. Bo smiles and tells Lauren that she loves it when Lauren, “totally geeks out.” Lauren then blurts out: “Can I sleep with you?” Bo say yes and then Lauren adds that she wants to sleep in Bo’s arms and Bo says of course. Lauren then tells Bo that since she knew that The Garuda had been seeing through Nadia’s eyes, that since Nadia died, she hasn’t been able to sleep. Bo tells Lauren that she is always welcome in her home and Lauren allows herself a small smile and nods in understanding.

Dyson and Ciara finally finish having sex and Dyson realizes that morning has almost arrived. Ciara asks Dyson why there is sand in places that there shouldn’t be any sand and he tells her that he was in the desert. Ciara seems to accept this, knowing that Dyson meant the Wolf Spirit, telling Dyson of the time that her late husband Stephan went in search of the Wolf Spirit before he married her, but he only managed to eat some mushrooms and talk to a trees for several days. Dyson tells Ciara that he misses Stephan and she tells Dyson that Stephan loved him and believed in him. Dyson tells her that Stephan believed in someone that Dyson hasn’t been in a long time and tells her that he wished Stephan was alive because he could use the faith. Caira tells Dyson jokingly that he had better deliver in the coming battle. She tells Dyson that they have all put their faith in him because he is worth putting their faith in. Lauren and Bo and in bed together. Lauren tells Bo that with Lachlan’s attention on the coming battle that perhaps she should try to escape him. Lauren tells Bo that Lachlan told her that she would have an important role to play but never explained what that is. Lauren tells Bo that she has had enough of the Fae controlling her life and wants out. Bo tells Lauren that whatever she decide to do, she will support Lauren in it. They look at each other for a moment and then Bo expresses the wish that Dyson is the Chosen One.

At the Dal Riata, Trick has called Hale to a meeting and tells him that no matter what happens in the coming battle, he must return Bo safely back to him alive, no matter what the price may be. Hale agrees to Trick’s request before Bo, Dyson, Kenzi, Hale and Ciara arrive for their final meeting before the battle. Trick explains that Berserkers can only be filled by blunt force trama and that using a knife or blade will only slow them down a little bit as he hands out various maces to them all. Trick then offers a map to The Garuda’s lair and both Bo and Dyson reach for it, but Bo relents to Dyson allowing him to take it. Trick continues to explain that: “War is upon us. The Garuda can sense your greatest fears and he will manipulate them. He will try to turn you against each other. The Garuda is not a god. But he is the closest thing to the devil that you will ever face. I wish you the best of luck.”When Trick finishes talking, Dyson slams one mace on the bar top and Bo startles in surprise for a moment, but continues to look at Trick.

After another commercial, Bo is seen lifting out a sewer grate and then the entire group is shown walking down some very dark corridors. Hale leads with Bo behind him, then Kenzi behind her, then Ciara, and finally Dyson. Kenzi comments that: “this place creeps me out!” Bo tells Kenzi that she can still turn around, but Kenzi refuses to do so, although she hears a noise and yells out that she is “too cute to die!” When everyone looks at her, she simply says that it is true. After coming around a corner, they come face to face with the leader of the Beserkers who taunts them before running away, Bo and everyone else in pursuit.

Meanwhile, Lachlan is in his lair, sealing a piece of parchment with wax and handing it to an assistant with the words: “You know what to do.” Around him, other Fae are taking down his command centre and moving it elsewhere as Trick arrives. Trick asks where Lachlan’s guards are and why Lachlan’s aide are removing all of the information they have collected. Lachlan explains that he sent all of the guards away to help Bo. Trick is confused by this as Lachlan thinks that the mission she is on is a mistake. Lachlan tells Trick that he can understand why he put his faith in the Wolf Spirit’s words as a devine being isn’t one to eexaggerate, like the Nain Rouge and tells Trick that she told him that Bo was to be the champion, not Dyson. Lachlan wonders if Bo has been visited by the Nain Rouge and what she told Bo about the coming battle. Trick has a flashback to when Bo told him of the vision the Nain Rouge gave her of killing him and is unsure of what he should do next.

As this happens, Dyson is leading everyone else after the Berserker, Bo telling them all that something isn’t right, Kenzi saying that it is the smell most of all. The Berseker appears once more and they give chase, but find themselves in The Garuda’s lair cornered by it and the Berserkers that it commands and a group of Lachlan’s guards. The Garuda then appears laughing at them all and telling them that he has been waiting for a long time to meet them all.

Lauren is at home packing her things as if she is leaving when her phone beeps with a text message that reads: “Incoming Message – The Ash: Throne Room. Now. It’s important.” Lauren considers the message while looking at the dried blood from Nadia on her floor.

The Garuda begins to walk in front of Bo and the others, commenting on each of them. He starts with Bo: “The Succubus. Who killed her lover’s girlfriend.” Bo’s answer is that she didn’t kill Nadia, she saved her from The Garuda. He then stands in front of Ciara and says: “And stole the Fairy Warrior’s boyfriend and ripped his heart out before she had a chance to do it herself.” Ciara says nothing in response to this. He then moves on to Hale: “The little rich boy. Who has forsaken his family and his partner.” Turning to Kenzi he says: “The human. With all of her little quips and jokes and… well is nothing more than a liability.” Finally he comes to Dyson with: “And you. The Wolf. No morals or loyality. Guess that’s what happens when you lose your heart.” Dyson replies: “You know what you problem is?” When The Garuda shrugs and says: “Do tell.” Dyson tells him that he has already won and then tries to attack him. However, The Garuda forces everyone back by spreading his flaming wings into the air behind him and knocks them to the ground. Dyson is confused and Hale confronts him about this, Dyson swearing that it was foretold, Hale telling Dyson that his ego will get them all killed. Dyson calls Hale an “errand boy and throws Hale back, Ciara then comes between the two and beings to rant at Dyson. Bo sees that The Garuda is watching all of this from a short distance away and yells at everyone to stop fighting. Ciara however calls Bo “little miss perfect” and tells her that she is responsible for what has happened to Dyson. She also asks Bo if Nadia was a bigger threat to Bo than she was. Dyson pushes Ciara away, telling her to leave Bo alone, but Hale comes back at Dyson using his Siren song to knock him to the floor. Bo turns around to face The Garuda and sees Kenzi taking a club and hitting The Garuda over the head with it. This distracts him and he focuses his attention on Kenzi, gripping her by the throat and raising her into the air before throwing her aside. The Garuda then creates a sword of flame and then as Bo tries to protect Kenzi moves to strike her. However, Ciara shifts around between The Garuda and his target, taking the death blow instead. Dyson screams, Bo and Kenzi rush over to Ciara, and The Garuda roars in anger.

Back from yet another commercial, Lachlan is in his throne room with Trick as Lauren enters the chamber. Lachlan tells Lauren that he didn’t think she was coming and Lauren tells him that she almost didn’t. Lachlan then shows Lauren a series of test tubes and needles in his hand before telling her that they should start while Trick asks what they are doing, but does not get an answer.

Ciara is dying as Bo and Kenzi look on in shock. Dyson races to her side and begs her to stay. Ciara tells Dyson to: “Be true to yourself Dyson. You’ll never truly love anyone if you don’t.” Ciara then dies in Dyson’s arms moments later. Bo stands up and looks around a moment before asking where The Garuda went. Bo quickly realizes that if The Ash’s guards are with them, the he is undefended.

Trick confronts Lachlan telling him not to do what he is planning, but Lachlan tells Trick to leave, but before he can, the roar of The Garuda is clear. Lachlan tells Trick to hide, but Trick refuses. Lachlan tells Trick that it is very clear now that Bo is the champion and she will need his guidance to win. Trick wishes Lachlan good luck and then rushes off in search of a hiding place as Lachlan awaits The Garuda. He arrives and greets Lachlan with: “Hello old friend.” Lachlan simply stands defiantly and clears his throat once.

Meanwhile, The Ash’s guards have been defeated by the Berserkers. Bo frantically tries to gt Dyson’s attention but he is devastated by Ciara’s death and does not seem to hear her. A Bersker begins to attack Dyson, who does not react, but Bo manages to strike the attacker and disable him. Dyson finally stands up and sees the oncoming attack, but makes no mover to stop it.

Lachlan and The Garuda face each other, slowly circling before their fight begins. Trick watches from a nearby hiding place as they continue to look at each other and circle.

Dyson tells Bo and the others to leave and that he will fix the mistake that he made. Bo refuses to leave, saying that it was her mistake. Dyson then tells Hale to get Bo out of there. Bo pushes Hale away and Dyson tells Bo that they have lost this fight for today but they will need her to lead them tomorrow. He tells her to protect The Ash and to keep fighting. Hale tells Bo that they must leave, Dyson tells Bo that he will hold them off until she is safe and that Bo cannot die. Finally Hale. Bo and Kenzi leave, Bo promising to return for Dyson. After they leave him, Dyson faces all of the Berserkets alone, the assembled mass of them slowly but surely breaking through his protection and starting to injure him. From a distance, Bo, Hale and Kenzi stop to watch this unfold before continuing to run away. However, as Bo and Hale continues to run, Kenzi stops and turns around, going back to Dyson.

The Garuda and Lachlan are still circling each other, The Garuda comments that he thought there was more of Lachlan, but he might be mistaken. Lachlan replies that: “This may be my final head, but it only takes one head, one bite and one dead Garuda.” The Garuda answers him with: “Or one swing of my sword.” before making his sword appear. Lachlan attacks, but misses and falls to the floor. He looks at Trick for an instant before The Garuda strikes with his sword and cuts off Lachlan’s head while Trick watches. Immediately afterward, The Garuda smells Trick and turns towards him. Trick leaves his hiding place and confronts The Garuda telling him, while holding two knifes in his hands: “Let’s end this.” The Garuda laughs at Trick, but in the next moment, Trick uses his whistle to call the mole who collapses the floor causing The Garuda to fall into the earth before sealing up the hole once more. Trick then announces to the empty room: “Alastor Cornish, I hereby release you, your debt paid in full.” Bo and Hale rush in moments later to see Lachlan dead. Bo falls to her knees and whispers that she should have listened to Lachlan. Bo admits the Lachlan told her that she was the champion, but she wanted it to be someone else, and that she needed to give it away. Trick tells Bo that she is the champion and that Lachlan gave his life to prove it to her. Lauren then arrives and tells Bo that The Garuda thinks the venom from Lachlan is gone, but in fact she drew out of him two test tubes of the venom to use which gives them a small advantage. Bo then asks where Kenzi is as she is not with them. At first Hale tries to tell Bo that he doesn’t know where Kenzi is, but then admits that he saw Kenzi go back for Dyson. Bo is incensed over this and demands to know why Hale didn’t go back for Kenzi. Trick then tells Bo that he gave Hale orders to return her to him no matter what the cost. Bo then pushes her way past Hale and Lauren, leaving to find Kenzi.

Back from another commercial, Trick is pacing in the throne room muttering that they cannot lose Bo as well. Lauren tells Trick that Hale will find Bo, but then she looks at the venom she drew from Lachlan and realizes that something is wrong. The venom is coagulating and if they cannot stop it then Lachlan’s sacrifice was for nothing.

The final scene of the episode begins with Bo back in the old abattoir looking for Kenzi. She finds Kenzi pushing a shipping cart with Dyson in a heap on top of it. The first thing that Kenzi says to Bo is: “Man, he’s heavy.” Dyson is alive, but unconscious. Bo tells Kenzi never to do what she did again, and Kenzi admits to Bo that she had to hide under the bodies of dead guards before the Berserker left and she was safe. Bo looks at Kenzi and says: “I really have to do this don’t I? This is on me, isn’t it?” Kenzi tells her that: “Yes. It is. But we all have your back Bo. From a very very safe distance.” This brings a smile to both of the women and Kenzi apologizes saying that she couldn’t resist saying it. They embrace, Bo telling Kenzi that she is not a liability and that she is just the thing Bo needs. Kenzi returns to Dyson to check on him and Bo stares off into space as she says the final words of the episode: “Alright. Bring it on.”

Fade to black…

The series seems to have become very blood thirsty the last two episodes hasn’t it? Last week we kill off Nadia, this week Lachlan buys the farm, Ciara gets sliced in half, Hale gets to spit blood, Dyson bleeds all over… Thankfully this isn’t a show about vampires otherwise there would be a lot of them standing around and drooling I think.

We actually got to see quite a lot about The Garuda this time. Of course all evil power-mad beings have to have lackeys, and not smart ones at that, which The Garuda has in spades. I never really have liked the idea of an omnipotent evil being. It makes for a less interesting character to me. They need flaws, just like heroes do, otherwise they become stereotypical villains and what’s the point then? I did like the flaming sword idea and how it was shown on screen as well. That was well done as were The Garuda’s wings. But I have issues with how everyone fell apart and argued among themselves… and The Garuda didn’t attack them or anything else.

One other point, Kenzi wasn’t affected by The Garuda. She didn’t go angry crazy on anyone and was, really, the one that broke its hold on everyone there. I think this will be important at the end of the season, but I’m not sure how exactly. “Just a human” may be three words that The Garuda will come to regret I think.

The fight between The Garuda and Lachlan was unique I thought as it did look like two animals circling each other before they attacked. The battle was much shorter than I expected mind you and Trick’s method getting rid of The Garuda, at least for a time, felt wrong somehow.

I don’t believe that Trick defeated it, and I don’t think that the Mole Fae was actually working against Trick, but helping him through the episode. I can understand why they would want Trick facing the threat, even if only for a moment, but I just expected more somehow.

The emotions between Lauren and Bo, when they appeared, were excellent. I don’t like “zombie Lauren” at all. I know she was in shock, but, honestly it would have made more sense for her to be more emotional with Bo than how cold she was.

Overall I was pleased for the most part with the story, characters and so on. What bothers me is that we are seeing less and less of Bo as a Succubus in favour of “Bo the ass-kicker.” I don’t care for that very much for a number of reasons, but the main one is that being a Succubus, she shouldn’t need to fight her way out of every battle that she gets involved with. Succubus = sexy and seductive remember? How about seeing more of that and less of Bo using her knife?

Best moment: Kenzi once again, at the end of the episode telling Bo that: “But we all have your back Bo. From a very very safe distance.” That’s got to be a top ten Kenzism…

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo… At least she finally realizes that she isn’t going to have things easy. She’s suffered a lot over the past two episodes and I have the oddest feeling that there will be more deaths or betrayals for her to overcome. I really liked the moments with her and Lauren together, the warmth between them was really good and I’d like to see more of the happy Bo again soon…

Dyson… He’s baaaaack… And as stubborn as always, and head strong, and single-minded and… well you get the idea don’t you? The sex scene with Ciara was naughty… I wonder who came up with that idea? It worked well with the two characters and I think it also cemented Ciara as a character we care about before they ended her. The “lost wolf” is still there, and now more lost than ever… He’s lucky that Kenzi came back for him…

Kenzi… One pivotal moment this episode. When she was with Bo and Dyson at the end, but also she was stunningly good when she appeared in the rest of the episode. I still think that Kenzi makes up for a lot of shortcomings in the series and I’m glad that she is there… despite what The Garuda says about her…

Trick. Lots of strong, emotional scenes with him this week. The hard part is seeing him starting to lose his grip on right and wrong in order to save himself and the rest of Faekind. That’s a huge impact on anyone and Trick’s emotions showed that well I thought.

Hale. I’d offer him an ice pack but… Hale didn’t say a lot this time, but he showed that he would defend what’s right if Dyson wouldn’t. Hale is a strong character and I would like to see him stand out a little bit more… The limelight would do him some good.

Lauren. I liked her much more in this episode than the last one… At first Zombie Lauren didn’t do anything for me, but, when she finally actually sat down with Bo and talked to her… Then the real Lauren appeared finally and it has been far too long since that has happened. She has been told that she is pivotal to the coming battle… I hope that does not include killing her off…

Lochlyn. I’m going to miss him actually… This episode humanized him, he was less of an ass and more of a hero, as odd as that sounds. His death scene was violent and brutal, but, reminded me a lot of how he first appeared in the series. Brash and so sure of himself… I think that was a show for the most part from the look he gave Trick, and I have to wonder if this was his plan exactly or he was winging it since Dyson forced his hand.

The Garuda. Evil thing isn’t he? Very nasty, brutish and foul… I can see why he has Berserkers as henchmen really. I don’t think much of all of the Godzilla screaming and roaring however… It seems to me that this character should be more of a “mastermind of evil.” I’m not sure that we’ve seen anything that defines that well so far. I hate to say it, but I am tired of him and would rather this storyline end… now.

Ciara. Goodbye Fairy Warrior…You gave your life heroically, even if there was more to your story and life that I would have liked to see. I have to say that Ciara and Dyson looked really nice together in their sex scene, but, pulling a knife and using it on him? I know that some people will have liked that, but for me personally, I just think that if Ciara really loved Dyson that would be over the top some. Oh, one other thing… Telegraphing a character’s death like she did when she went to Dyson’s home? That was far too heavy handed.

There isn’t much to say about the other minor characters , including the Berserkers. Throw away characters that really didn’t come to much overall Still that was the point for most of them… I will admit that I am curious about Alastor… I would love to know what he owed the Blood King for..

So much mythos… so little time…

My rating of Lachlan’s Gambit

Keeping my interest – 5 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 1 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 4 Pitchforks

Storyline – 5 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 5 Pitchforks

Mythos – 5 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 4.1 Pitchforks out of 5

I really was interested in where this episode went from the beginning. I didn’t care for the moments with the Berserkers, they did nothing for me, but otherwise the plot threads were kept together well and there was a point to the episode. That made it worth the time to watch.

This was the second pivotal episode in a row for the series and I appreciated that very much. It was good to see development of the series in a lot of places this week, but I still wish that it happened every week instead of the filler episodes that appear now and again…

There is a but however…

This episode bothered me most of all for one important reason. Bo did not show the slightest hint of being a Succubus. Not once. She was “Buffy” with knives and punches honestly… and that’s getting old. I would like to see Succubus Bo appear at least once more before the end of the season, but I don’t expect to honestly. Oh there are people that would rather not see Bo being a Succubus, and I understand that, but the point of the series is that she is a Succubus and she’s trying to deal with that… So how about we get back to that, even if only for one episode, and see where that takes us?

It’s a thought at least, but with all that is going on now, it will never happen. I would have given a zero for Succubi in this episode, but Bo did appear, she is a Succubus, so they get a single point for that anyway…

Beautifully shot episode for the most part. The Dal was lovely, the scenes at Bo’s home and at Dyson’s were very good too… I had problems with all of the running around in misty and foggy passageways, but that was for mood more than anything else. I thought that The Garuda’s lair was awful to look at most of all. It looked like a bunch of junk piled up. I think it was supposed to represent a nest of some kind, but it was really hard to tell honestly…

I didn’t like Ciara’s zipped outfit, thankfully that didn’t appear for long at least, and I think that, at some point again, it would be nice to see the women in the series wear something decent for once…

But then I am picky about what Succubi wear after all…

The storyline was interesting, it moved the series towards the season finale and it worked on a lot of levels. Bo’s realization of her path was well done, Kenzi showing that she would not abandon Dyson was important as well. Trick’s decisions not to use his blood moved the story towards the only resolution it could. The moments connected well and the intermixing of Dyson and Ciara having sex and Bo and Lauren talking and coming to terms with their relationship were an excellent foil to each other.

I didn’t like the telegraphing of Ciara’s death however. Anytime a recurring character has sex and it’s before a battle you can be sure they will not make it through that battle alive. I think that they should have approached that differently. It also bothers me that they didn’t really explain what kind of Fae Ciara was… or what her powers were that we really only saw just in this episode alone. I would have liked to learn more about her, but that didn’t happen and never will now.

There wasn’t so much growth in the main characters than it was developing what we already knew about them. I have to wonder if Dyson will or has changed now that Ciara is gone… I think that Bo has finally taken charge of her future with Lachlan’s death. Lauren is unsure about herself, but she has been like that for some time. Hale is unsure of his choices as well. There is so much self examination going on that wonder if they all need to have a group counseling session or something. Still, they did go from sort of understanding the threat to knowing exactly what it is. Trick has faced his threat and knows it now as well. There is one open thread that I wonder about and that is the sealed letter that Lachlan sent. What is the purpose of it?

Wouldn’t it be something if that letter gives Bo the role of The Ash? And what if she kills The Morrigan and then becomes the leader of both sides? Wouldn’t that connect so nicely with “Carrie Bo” when she appeared and the words she spoke?

The mythos of the series expanded a lot this episode I thought… A couple of new kinds of Fae, and the background and powers of The Garuda were made more clear as well. I liked that the Garuda and Lachlan had a history together as well. What I didn’t like was how it was that a “simple” Mole Fae could stop The Garuda, even if only for a moment. A being of that power should have known what was coming and that flies in the face of what the series has told us about him.

It was good to see The Garuda’s power at work, both the sword and his ability to alter the thoughts of Fae… What interests me more is that Kenzi didn’t seem to be effected in any way. I expect that this was an important thing to note for their coming battle, but I am not sure how that will work…

I’m still waiting for that “game changing moment”… Haven’t see that yet…


Next Week: Into The Dark

In the wake of emotional losses, Trick reveals his deepest secret to Bo. Bo realizes there is no turning back and she must go to any extreme, which includes aligning herself with a sworn enemy, to take on a battle that could decide the fate of the Fae.

So… Is Trick going to finally admit that he is Bo’s father? Or something more interesting than that? I would actually be pleased if Trick was Bo’s father honestly, but I am really expecting a twist in that story… Maybe Trick was the one that took Bo away from her parents? Possibly wrote about her in blood and changed her path in life?

That would bring a lot of strife to their relationship and it would, in a way, connect with the vision that Bo saw of her killing Trick. So as means of getting to that point, I think that might happen.

Nadia, Ciara and Lachlan are dead and gone, and of course that will have repercussions in the last two episodes. I do wonder if any of them will appear against as ghost or spirits or something… Perhaps in the moment when Bo has to make a choice about her future?

It would be an interesting moment…

But who is the “sworn enemy”? I’ll put my bet on Vex. It would fit really well, and a lot better than The Morrigan would. Mind you, considering the leaked summary of the final episode of the season and that Bo will be betrayed, it could be her and she could demand that favour of Kenzi that she owes…

Wheels within wheels isn’t it?

Two episodes to go, hoping that the series doesn’t mess them up… Because there is a lot to get through now isn’t there?



Mar 22 2012

Succubi Image of the Week 221

Back to back Morrigan Aensland images this time for the Succubi of the Week on the Tale… Well, really when I found this one it just had to be included…


Morrigan Aensland by Unknown Artist

Morrigan Aensland by Unknown Artist

I have no idea who the artist is that drew this lovely work of Morrigan, would like to know as always so if a reader of the Tale has an idea, please do leave a comment?

I really like this because it’s not so much about what Morrigan is, as who she is I think. Oh she is quite a lovely succubus as she always is, but she’s not over endowed, which I appreciate, and the cuteness is turned up several notches in how she has been drawn.

The look in her eyes and the little smile she has are exactly right for her, I like her hair in how it hovers about her in this post and just the overall style of this artist fits Morrigan really well…

Again, if anyone knows the artist, please comment?