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There are so, so many people to thank here. Dark Angel never would have been completed without the help and support of my friends, and I just want to take the time to recognize some of them. If youre not listed here, that doesnt mean you had nothing to do with this; its just that Im a very lazy fellow, you see, and Im tired of writing Dark Angel already. :D Youre all still very much appreciated, down to the occasional reader whos never even spoken to me.
Now, then, in no particular order:
James Cain Huggins. You have been one of my very best friends for years now, ever since we met way back on the old CTIS forums. Your fanfic Chrono Continuum was one of the major fics that got me into the genre, and you have no idea what an honor I consider it to be able to work with you as part of the World of Imagination. Weve bounced ideas off of each other for ages now, and I figure Ive probably taken too much credit for some of the concepts displayed in the preceding fic like Order, which wouldnt even exist without your ideas. Youre a visionary, man, and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.
Mike Mox Jet Garvey. Another one of those very few names on my list of best friends, and the man who got the ball rolling on this WoI thing by giving me the okay to use concepts like finori and the TAGs (though, Ill grant, those didnt see a lot of use). I respect your always-sincere comments on my work, and the frequent pushing you did to try to make me to get to work. If you hadnt been so productive over the last year or two, I may have never felt shamed enough to get to work on this as I needed to. Heres to several more years of joint works, at the very least.
Allie Asyria Wetzel. If I were putting a dedication on this book, it would go to you. You are absolutely the most significant person in my life to date, and my closest friend. Youve helped me with this writing things more times than I can name just by being around to talk to. So uh much obliged, princess! Heh.
Mike Chaos Collins. Yeah, so you hated some of my chapters. But thats cool, because it gives me the motivation to go back and do a full edit, as well as make me know for sure when Ive got something right. Your comments have been extremely useful over the past years, and Im glad to have ya as a friend and critic.
Daniel "The Cow" Zaks. For the kickass picture of Darrell in Id form, as shown above. You're a great artist, man.
Nanaki. Okay, so Im not a fan of how you never managed to read my work, and likely will never read this. Im also not a fan of the direction some of your later chapters of Tempo Trigger took. However, it would be stupid of me to totally discount you as a major influence in the World of Imagination fanverse, as you laid down the groundwork for a lot of what Mox, Cain, and I have built. So uh, thanks, wherever you are, man.
Paul Nathans. Yeah, so, I may get the shock vote here. Paul, you are nothing if not meticulous in your readings. Sometimes overly so. However, youve really made me think about a lot of stuff in this work thats kept me closer to Perfect Works than I would otherwise have been, as well as the World of Imagination universe in general. Your commentary, while not always desired at the time, is something I definitely have appreciated over the years.
Dogu. For being amused at my brief reference to you in chapter 33. You truly are the ladies man, sir.
Margaret Rennie. Because you are cool and level-headed, and give excellent reviews. Im hoping to get one on this too, now that its done (and dont worry if it seems far and away from Xenogears: all will make sense once the sequels done). :D Yes.
Icy Brian. Youre an extremely cool guy, and Ive enjoyed chatting with you over the years. Thanks so much for having made all of this possible, and good luck to you with your film career (I still want copies of any shorts youve produced. I will pay. Yes.).
Jerm, Taran, Captain Gaul, Glarryg, CuteLucca, and many others. Your fanfiction kept me enthralled over the years as I developed from where I was when I started DA, to where I am now. Thanks for the stories, guys.
Homer. I dont know who you are, but you sent me a fanmail calling my story dark as the bloody abyss. It is the only fanmail I can still remember word for word, and probably the most British piece of mail I will ever receive. You have my heart.
Every game company ever. For lending me the And You! cliché.
Annnnnd, thats about it, ladies and gents. Now stay tuned for the sequel to Dark Angel, Xenogears: Symphony of Destruction: Dominion, in which things will heat up and youll finally all see just how this is a Xenogears fanfiction. This has all been a rather long prelude; now comes the main event.
I think youll all enjoy it.