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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 31

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: Our Reinforcements Are Dead
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson, Thalia Grace, Grover Underwood, Luke Castellan, Chiron, Kronos, Mrs O'Leary, Nico di Angelo, Hades, Sally Jackson, Paul Blofis
Word Count: 3,151

Chapter Summary: More unexpected help arrives, but Kronos breaches the last line of defence.

Notes: Big thanks to CupcakeQueen816, strawberrygirl2000 and Athenachild101 for their Ameri-picking for this chapter—in particular the US 'translation' of 'wicked!'

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Chapter 32
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 30

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: A Game Of Dress-Up Goes Horribly Wrong
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson, Rachel Dare, Grover Underwood, Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue
Word Count: 4,119

Chapter Summary: The spy of Camp Half-Blood is revealed, along with the extent of Luke's treachery.

Notes: I know the text in canon implies that 30 Ares warriors showed up to fight. However, I find the maths on that utterly implausible, because that would mean Ares had 30 campers compared to 40 across the rest of the camp—while at the same time, Hermes is still the overcrowded cabin. My best fix was to include some warriors Clarisse has historically called on to supplement the numbers.

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Chapter 31
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 29

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 150K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: I Make An Emergency Landing
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson, Rachel Dare, Chiron, Thalia Grace, Jake Mason, Will Solace, OC
Word Count: 3,665

Chapter Summary: Annabeth pulls Rachel out of a bad situation.

Notes: This chapter refers a bit to the plot of Necklace of Harmonia. It's not absolutely necessary to have read that story to follow this story on the whole, but parts of this chapter may be confusing if you haven't read that fic.

The stories of Izzy's family (i.e., the premise of Antigone) is factually accurate as to the deaths of her brothers and sister, but I've taken some liberty in spinning out the adventures of Ismene, and the reasoning behind her sister Antigone's imprisonment.

I'd like to say a big thank you to Hello for our discussions (way back!) on the nature of immortality and how that affects the gods' outlook. It contributed strongly to the reasoning behind how the curse of Achilles works, and why the anchor is so important.

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Chapter 30
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 28

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: We Get Some Unexpected Reinforcements
Rating: PG
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson, Chiron, Thalia Grace
Word Count: 2,817

Chapter Summary: Two new arrivals make it through the Morpheus enchantment.

Notes: The exchange between Percy and Annabeth about Luke in this chapter has long struck me as a perfect example of two people completely missing the point of what the other is trying to convey, and getting utterly frustrated because of it. If you just look at the lines of dialogue in turn, it reads a little oddly. But that's where perspective and context come in, and it's amazing what we can infer about their respective states of mind without explicitly being told.

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Chapter 29
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 27

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: Grover Plants A Tree In A Hurricane
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson, Grover Underwood, Jake Mason, Thalia Grace, Malcolm Pace, OCs, Hyperion, Nyssa Barrera
Word Count: 3,563

Chapter Summary: The next wave of attacks arrives from the north.

Notes: This chapter is brought to you by Google Maps, which was indispensable in working out the logistics of the Battle of Manhattan.

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Chapter 28
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 26

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: I Learn More Secrets
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Thalia Grace, Iphigenia, Luke Castellan, Hermes, Halcyon Green
Word Count: 5,917

Chapter Summary: Annabeth finally finishes reading Luke's diary.

Notes: The paraphrasing of Luke and Thalia's adventures in Hal's mansion come, of course, from The Diary of Luke Castellan in The Demigod Diaries. It's my favourite short story of the lot, and I'm thrilled to get to bring it into the overall plot here!

Iphigenia is an actual Hunter (first—and only—appearance in The Dark Prophecy of the ToA series; at time of writing, I'm hoping the fourth ToA doesn't utterly canon-ball her role in this fic). Her backstory and connection to the girl who gave Hal the dagger is of course my fictional interpretation. Having already used the ancient-Greek-heroine-joined-the-Hunters plotline on Izzy/Ismene in Necklace of Harmonia, I elected not to repeat that here. There is little actually on the historical Iphigenia herself (though Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis made a decent starting point), so (very much like Izzy), the fleshing out of her character—and her descendants—is my pure invention. I was inspired in part by the book House of Names by Colm Tóibín for ideas on what the mythological Iphigenia's story could have been (though fair warning, that book is less on Iphigenia than it is her family).

A bit of time now on my soapbox to talk about Luke: I was fascinated by his backstory and the complexity of what brought him to serve Kronos. I do believe that up until it was too late, Luke believed that he was acting in Thalia's name—Kronos promised, after all, to bring Thalia back, and he delivered. That Thalia would have a completely different perspective of what it meant to betray her—or rather, what she stood for—is one of the heartbreaking moments of relationship breakdowns in the story. I have enjoyed exploring this idea of what it actually means to stay true to someone—does it mean vengeance for the hurts they suffered, or does it mean forwarding the things they valued, even if those things hurt them? It's a question that doesn't have an easy answer (or indeed one at all) and I hope that considering this helps to make Luke more understandable as a character, and a person.

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Chapter 27
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 25

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: Percy Spills His Secret
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Silena Beauregard, Percy Jackson, Will Solace, Malcolm Pace, Thalia Grace, Halcyon Green, Luke Castellan, OCs, characters from Greek mythology
Word Count: 5,260

Chapter Summary: Annabeth learns of Percy's only weakness, and starts wondering about Luke's.

Notes: Points to those of you who can remember the bit from The Golden Fleece where Thalia told Annabeth that Hal Green had predicted Luke's betrayal!

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Chapter 26
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 24

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: I Literally Give Percy A Hand
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson, Michael Yew, Ethan Nakamura, Luke Castellan/Kronos
Word Count: 2,762

Chapter Summary: Annabeth takes a bad hit.

Notes: A big thanks to Athenachild101 and CupcakeQueen816 for their advice on what to call fairy lights in US-lingo.

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Chapter 25
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 23

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: I Poke A Sleeping Governor In The Toe
Rating: PG
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson, Michael Yew, Silena Beauregard, Connor Stoll, Jake Mason, Malcolm Pace, Drew Tanaka
Word Count: 3,630

Chapter Summary: The Battle of Manhattan begins.

Notes: Martha Ballard is an American midwife who's apparently quite famous among historical nurses, which fits well with the 'you'd never guess what famous people are demigods' theme. I picked Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth, as her minor goddess mother to fit with Hebe: daughters of Hera.

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Chapter 24
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FIC: The Final Sacrifice, chpt 22

Title: The Final Sacrifice (Daughter of Wisdom 5)
Author: shiiki
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Thalia Grace, Charles Beckendorf/Silena Beauregard, Clarisse La Rue, Michael Yew, OCs, multiple others
Fandom: Percy Jackson
Word Count: WIP, estimated 100K+ (3336 chapters planned)

Summary: The war on Olympus is heating up, and Annabeth Chase is right in the thick of it. Bad enough that she's gearing up for battle while wrestling with the emotional turmoil over two of her dearest friends that is turning her heart inside out. She doesn't need more mysterious glimpses about the Great Prophecy and how it connects to her own history. But in order to understand what lies in her future, Annabeth has to dig into the past. What she finds will shape her choices … and change the course of the final battle. An alternate PoV retelling of The Last Olympian. Part 5 of the Daughter of Wisdom series.

In this chapter
Chapter Title: I Piss Off A Thief
Rating: PG
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson, Hermes, Connor Stoll, Travis Stoll
Word Count: 4,088

Chapter Summary: Hermes takes issue with Annabeth's previous choices.

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