Wings of Steel

June 1, 2007

Introduction – Six Years Later…

Filed under: Introduction — Mao @ 8:02 pm

A Perfect Circle, “Sleeping Beauty”

I believed I could cure it all for you dear

Coax or trick or drive or
Drag the demons from you


  1. Hmmm, this was interesting…. where the words to some type of song?

    Bookmarked and ready for another story :)

    Mao edit: I always give credit to songs, you just gotta know where to look. Normally at the very beginning. It is “Sleeping Beauty” by A Perfect Circle. :D

    Comment by PRMami — June 3, 2007 @ 10:13 am

  2. Nice work on the new lay-out Mao! You never cease to amaze me!!

    Mao edit: Thanks! I am glad you like it.

    Comment by Yicke — June 3, 2007 @ 10:32 am

  3. Wow! What an introduction! I have read through all of Knock It Down, and though I’ve actually been kind of lurking from the very beginning, I used to be very excited every time the story was updated. Though I will miss Beryl and Christian, I am evermore excited at the thought of some sort of continuation of Valerie’s story.
    I cannot wait for things to really get moving; it is a fantastic intro, and the pictures are simply gorgeous! Nicolas always was once of my favourite characters – he’s stunning! :D

    Mao edit: Hi there!! Yup, plenty of Valerie and Nicolas. :D Especially in the first two chapters… as they are pretty much the only characters present aside from a few cameos.

    Comment by amalinaball — June 3, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  4. Wow. Val sure did get big. I’m not sure I like Nicolas that much after KiD. And (SPOLIER) Eckhard is alive?! I read the charcter pages (they look awesome, btw) And the Demons look really cool too. I know WoS will be awesome! ^-^

    Mao edit: LOL yup, Valerie is 18 now. :D Nicolas isn’t as bad as he seems. Eckhard is alive… I never said for sure he was dead. ;) Thanks!

    Comment by Josh — June 3, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  5. There with the pictures telling a story, but it’s gorgeous. Nice, clean layout with faded images, and Era Sesanahael (I think) looks quite queenly and regal. Her eyes are this interesting shape, too. *turns head sideways* Looks exotically beautiful.

    Oh, now with the saddened, downturned faces? Wait, this is six years later, though! I thought they were done with Beryl already, unless time passes differently? And Valerie and Nicolas (why do you look so coldly indifferent, Nicolas-I-Think-Because-I’m-Awful-At-Resemblances?). Valerie is crying . . . they are dead? But they were together, so for some reason I don’t really care so much. Dying together is *cough* sooo romantic! Oh, Valerie, did you try to save them? I love you too. *huggles awkwardly*

    Oh. They’re mourning. And that guy? Oh, no is that Nicolas? Then who’s the man Valerie is with? The new guy seems to have Antony’s hair, but it’s not him. *checks character page* Oh. Oh. My. Rubik’s Cube. The man with Valerie is Eckhard. Eckhard! That’s your son! Why are you so indifferent! I thought you were dead! What are you doing? And Nicolas! That must be you! *gasp* But Beryl and Christian aren’t in the character page, so . . . they’re gone! No! I miss Christian’s name and blond pierced coolness and Beryl’s redheaded, perfect face. *sniff* And her ego. There isn’t enough ego to go around with the girls. Valerie doesn’t have that much of an ego, and all the vamps and Eras have way too much.

    Black and white pictures are faded and so, so beautiful. Nevermind. Christian and Beryl can go. I’ll settle for the pretty pictures . . . wait, but they can’t be pretty pictures without the two! *sobs* Wait, was that the dream of the girl? Who’s that guy? (Presumably, he looks more guy-ish.)

    Now, a medley of shots from the scenes in the previous pages! Era Sesanahael and that group of people—Valerie hugging Nicolas with more peaceful sobbing (look, Eckhard, your job is not just to sit around and look cool; Christian did that, but he also stalked girls around, you know!)—the man . . . oh, bowing to the turbaned girl! Not her keeper, then!—and . . . the confusing photo with ‘Wings of Steel’ emblazoned on it. And . . .

    Failing miserably to rescue
    Sleeping beauty

    Oh. Beryl. Off to the character pages, is I. *nods to Yoda* I’m so excited! The character page looks quite revealing, even if I only glanced at the pictures to identify people. Cheers, Mao!

    Mao edit: Sesanahael is gorgeous. I love her. I get stuck taking pictures of her because she is just so pretty, LOL. You know by now that’s not Nicolas, hehe. That’s Eckhard. :D And Eckhard pretty much remains expressionless all the time. It is Antony’s grave. Valerie still mourns his loss. There are several things going on at once. All tied together by a thread we cannot yet distinguish! And you caught it. The song was perfect for Beryl. :D

    Comment by Aithne — June 3, 2007 @ 11:25 am

  6. I like the layout, here! Looks neat. :D Little snarly dude at the bottom… oh, hi little snarly dude! I have no idea whether I’m going to grow to like her or dislike her, so she’s just a little snarly dude, to me.
    I’m also really digging the character profiles. It helps give me more of an idea of what’s going on.
    Even though I haven’t finished reading them, yet.
    But– and please forgive me, for this– I haven’t more than a clue about what’s going on. ^^; And I never realized Sesanahael was so pretty!
    See, you’ll have to forgive me again: I had to copypaste her name. “Sensaehael” was my guess as to how to spell it. I’m sure it’s easier for you– I mean, it’s your character, and you named her. I’m sure the guy who named Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch could remember it, too. Yes, I copypasted that, as well. I just googled “long welsh city name” to find it. I’m not winning THE BATTLE, today.
    But, sheesh. Looks like Sesanahael got the boot. (Maybe I should just call her Sesana. Like Suzanna. Don’t you cry for me!) I wonder if she quit, or what? It must not be as simple as “quitting” being an Era, though. I barely know what they’re supposed to be or represent, and I know that much. Maybe it’s a vacation! Yeah! Umbrella drinks and such! Yeahhh. >_>
    Aside from that, though: I have no idea what’s going on outside of Valerie being like “yay, Nicolas!” and Sesanahael being like “okay, so we’re seperate now”. Maybe she’s giving the other people the boot, rather than them giving it to her. I don’t know, but someone’s getting some form of shoe.
    Me, I’ll wear clogs.
    But, yeah. I guess I’m just easily confused. x_x;

    Mao edit: LOL!! Blu… oh boy. You are so funny!! The little snarly dude is Drusilla. PERFECT nickname!!! No worries. You’re not supposed to know what’s going on. It will make sense as you read WoS. You will be like “oooh, that makes sense now!!!” But the one you should kinda know is the Valere/Nicolas scenario. Eckhard hands over Valerie’s care to Nicolas, his ‘contract’ with Antony finished since she is an adult now.

    As for Sesanahael… you can just call her Sessy. That’s what my boyfriend and I do, LOL. It took me a long while to type her name from memory, LOL. But it is a beautiful name. What is happening to her is detailed in her character bio. :) Definitely not a vacation, LOL. CLOGS! HA. Oh goodness… sides HURT.

    Comment by Blu — June 3, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

  7. What an excellent start Mao! Definitely starting out with a huge amount of questions here :)

    The pictures were just so amazing I am breathless!! This is going to be so good! Can’t wait for the first chapter. I am glad we get to see more of the demons… they look so cool. The webpage design is really awesome. I wish I could make mine look so cool *sigh*. Oh well… my boyf said he will help me now he is on holidays so maybe it will be better soon… or at least mine rather than some template I found :) I love the pic down the bottom here the most… v. creepy!

    Mao edit: As is the way of Mao! LOL!! I am glad you like the pictures and the design. I had plenty of time to customize it. I wish I knew PHP so it could truly be as I want it, but there you go. I am slowly learning. And Drusilla IS creepy. My boyfriend loves that picture LOL!

    Comment by Verity — June 3, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

  8. Oh, how cruel…you put up such an amazing intro and then we have to wait a week?! *stomps foot* Oh, man! Love the new look and I am in awe of your abilities. The pictures tell the story themselves…the song just drives it home! Great job!

    Mao edit: Aww, thank you Toni! I am trying to give everyone a chance to adjust, LOL!

    Comment by Toni — June 3, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

  9. Mao, I am so excited about this new story. I can not wait until next week. I just read the character descriptions and WOW! I am very intrigued by Lucy and Ava. LOL at Sessy’s unknown “involvement” with Eckhard? I think all of us from KID know to what extent the “involvement” went. There is absolutely nothing that I can say about Quinn; I could quote Kanye West, but I wont. Quinn, Quinn, Quinn, have you no moral values?

    The pictures in the introduction had me awestruck. The demons are all so beautiful and poor Sessy appears to be held in a some type of cell by the others on the council. Valerie and Nicolas living together should be interesting indeed. Will I finally get the romance that I have been waiting not so patiently for?

    Mao edit: I’m glad you like it! And that you went through the character pages. They are really helpful in figuring out what’s going on. As for the Kanye West thing… LOL!!! That’s great! As for Romance… perhaps… ;)

    Comment by Nvrrdy — June 3, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

  10. EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! I feel like a giddy little schoolgirl!
    I can’t wait to figure out whats going on, I’m so lost right now!

    Mao edit: I am glad that you are excited! :D

    okay…i’m commenting again…I’m sorry!
    i was looking at character profiles…and Ava looks mighty familiar *wink,wink*
    Is she who i think she is? I really want her to be!

    Mao edit: Ava is Ava. Nothing more, nothing less. :)

    Comment by Deeds — June 3, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

  11. omg im so excited!!! that Ava Adore character looks a little bit like beryl. Ava also has the same zodiac sign as beryl! is that a hint or something?

    Mao edit: Haha, I’m glad! And as for Ava… and as far as we know, Beryl is dead! Zodiacs are not unique ways to identify people. :D

    Comment by Hannah — June 3, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

  12. Nicely done, Mao…I can’t wait for the words! I wonder who that kid is…OMG, is it….is it….you know who’s children I’m talking about….no, not Beryl and Christian!!!!!

    Mao edit: Hmmm, nope. I don’t know who you’re talking about. She is just a girl. In a turban. In a very, very blue room. :)

    Comment by Phil — June 3, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

  13. Awesome intro! I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t actually read KiD, but the characters seem pretty cool. Oh and is this a challenge or is it just a story thingy?

    Mao edit: This is purely story. And reading KiD helps you better understand the characters and plot, though it can be read as a standalone.

    Comment by Lucia — June 3, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

  14. First off, Drusilla’s back! I was JUST about to ask about her the other day. I was thinking, “Hey, Mao told me she had plans for that little crazy woman but I haven’t seen her again.” I just assumed that you forgot about her or didn’t have a use for her. Obviously I was wrong. Secondly, I love the gusta mucho. I think I’m gonna take the time to look at the character page BEFORE I post so that I don’t make you go through all of the trouble of editing the two together. Puts more stress on you than you need. I mean, you are doing me a favor by writing the story and here I go commenting more than once :D . I checked it out..didn’t really bother reading..just lazy. BUT I did notice that Quinn’s last name is Troy..that Ava Adore looks ALOT like Beryl…and that it’s a SMASHING PUMPKINS SONG…her name I mean. YAY. I can’t wait to get to know more about her…she’s already interesting. Also..I noticed that the dude in the epilogue was Eckhard..and I wonder why he decided to show up at that moment in time. The introduction is confusing..don’t know nothin’ about nothin’ but thats how it always is.

    Mao edit: Drusilla is definitely back, but we won’t see her for awhile. :) Glad you like the banner! Yup, Quinn’s last name is Troy (that’s explained in her bio). Yup, Ava Adore is a Smashing Pumpkins song… one of my favorites. :D Eckhard had a deal with Antony to take care of Valerie when Antony died until she was old enough to care for herself. Intro will make more sense as we go through chapters.

    Comment by Eva — June 3, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

  15. Love how you have started, just awesome. I love the Eras. Hope we get to learn more about Eckhard. Valerie-WOW-all grown up and Nicolas is kind of hot too. But I’m ready to learn about Ava Adore and James Masters-might we know who these two remind us of? Well I think my brain is refusing to try to think any more so I will just stop here and check back later-earlier in the day to see if maybe something pops for me. :)

    Mao edit: Oh, yes. We will learn more about Eckhard. James reminds you of someone? Very odd. Haha!

    Comment by Sheila — June 3, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

  16. Wow. My interest is surely piqued! (Had no doubts about it after KiD). Can’t wait for the first installment… and next… and next… well, it’s your fault people get addicted to your stories! lol :D :D Keep up the good job!


    Mao edit: LOL! Thanks! :D

    Comment by Lunaris — June 4, 2007 @ 3:36 am

  17. *tear* and *smile* I’m between these two! End of KiD but the beginning of WoS which already looks like it’s going to be a great story!
    Very well chosen lyrics! :D .
    And the new characters will surely add more originality and suspense to the story…I knew there was something with Quinn! You know, the nice and kind and fun loving characters always hide something :P . Also, I’m starting to like Valerie as much as I liked Beryl…but nobody can replace Christian lol, I developed a ‘passion’ for him. Okay, Nicolas is cool too but we all know how the good/bad/unpredictable/rebel/vampy savior will be missed.
    Valerie reminds me of teenage angst…and ‘Field of Innocence’ by Evanescence, Hm…
    And I wish I could predict what will happen next but that’s too soon and you always surprise us ^_^. Wow, I hope I didn’t confuse you too much.

    Mao edit: Awww, I’m glad you like it. And you gotta love APC. :D Beryl and Valerie are both very different people, so it won’t be the same as KiD. Neither are necessarily ‘heroes’ or whatever. Just focal points. Quinn wasn’t malicious or anything, we could assume she took Beryl’s death pretty hard and just went into a downward spiral. Valerie isn’t really angsty at all… she doesn’t have the mentality. She gets sad and sometimes feels inadequate, but I wouldn’t equate it to teenage angst. ;) And I love speculation!

    Comment by Jo — June 4, 2007 @ 9:44 am

  18. This looks great. I can’t wait for WoS to officially start :D

    Mao edit: Thanks! Me either.

    Comment by L3w1s — June 4, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

  19. I’m really looking forward to reading more, as the intro just whetted my appetite, so to speak.

    Mao edit: Glad I’ve got you interested already!

    Comment by Lisa — June 4, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

  20. Sorry, Sessy? *gigglesnort* See, I have this friend, whose nickname is remarkably akin to that . . . I’m sure she’ll appreciate the comparison with a exotically gorgeous purple-skinned demoness giving people the shoe. Oh, I have this really weird mental image now . . . regardless, update quick, or else your readers may suffer fatalities. I found the Chapter One page, and I was SO SO disappointed when the links led to nothing.

    Mao edit: Sesanahael isn’t giving anyone the boot. She’s pretty much getting the boot, as mentioned in her biography. :) And I put that up just to torture the curious, LOL!

    Comment by Aithne — June 4, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  21. wow- now that there are actually entries, it looks much better than when i came acros it- im still alittle scared of the picture of drusilla at the bottom of the page, but ill get used to it!

    Mao edit: LOL! She doesn’t bite… yet. ;)

    Comment by liz — June 4, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

  22. I thought Drusilla was killed in KiD?

    Mao edit: Maybe she was, maybe she wasn’t. Given what side she is on, though… either is a possibility. But I never clarified or verified that she had died. :)

    Comment by L3w1s — June 6, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

  23. wow.. great update mao.. can’t wait for the rest of the chapters to come out.. i’d have to say that Valerie & Beryl were my favorite characters.. let’s see how great this story comes out.. I feel twists and evil plotting coming on!

    Mao edit: Thanks! Hehe, you are sooo right about the twists and evil plots!

    Comment by Jacqueline — June 8, 2007 @ 8:34 am

  24. Great beginning, Mao! I’m excited to start reading WoS. KiD was awesome, so I can only imgaine how this story is going to be.

    Mao edit: Hey! Glad to see you found WoS. :D

    Comment by Amy — June 19, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

  25. I have to say that I am interested to see how things go with Valerie. You did such an amazing job creating this world with KiD that it is only fitting that you continue with it. You put it all together beautifully with all the elements.

    Mao edit: Awww, thank you, Heather! :D

    Comment by SGT Heather — June 27, 2007 @ 7:29 am

  26. I agree I wanna see what’s going to happen next. Off to read the next story! Nice pictures by the way.

    Hi there! It’s always nice to see new readers. :)

    Comment by Una — August 13, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  27. Beautiful intriguing new beginning!!
    awesome pictures like always and more new characters… Is that guy with the glasses Xavier? He looks kind of different and the little girl with the turban who is she? :D Well I think I better go find out!!! Sorry it took me soo long to come back, I was short on time! but I will try to read first chapter!!!

    Mao edit: Thanks! Nope, that’s not Xavier, that’s Eckhard. ;)

    Comment by sandybvv — August 20, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

  28. Hi Mao! Have seen your name around lately, and Beth suggested I check out your story, and Boy am I glad I did!
    Your shots and set-up is amazing!
    Looking forward to checking out some more!

    ~~Karen (drew)

    Hi there and welcome! :D It’s usually a good idea to read Knock it Down first, but you don’t have to. Hope you continue to enjoy, thanks!

    Comment by drew — September 7, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  29. I have a ton of time off and am ready to immerse myself in WoS! An intriguing beginning and I’m looking forward to reading the rest. :D

    Hey there, Carla! Time off is always nice… I hope you enjoy. ;)

    Comment by Carla — December 26, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

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