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neomerlin:
So, I just read Burning Bright for the first time and loved it. 10/10 would be blown away by a half-kiloton nuke of a story again. The one issue I had was the subplot with Kyle's family was a touch under developped.

But  at the end (spoiler alert) after the whole part 2 of the story was driven by Kyle's search for his ex-wife and daughter, we never find out what became of them! Were they safe? Was he too late and they were cocooned? Does he ever find out?

I am deeply upset by the lack of resolution in this fictional character's personal life! Does this abandoned plot thread get resolved anywhere or am I doomed to die never knowing?

Magnaric:
I'm not aware of the story ever getting resolved in any canonical sources, though I know that Seeks-The-Moon continues to follow/work with Anne Ravenheart as of 5th edition.

Honestly I suspect they didn't resolve what happens to his family on purpose, for 2 reason. First, it gives players and GMs a chance to resolve that plot line as they see fit in their own campaigns, for better or worse. And second, it really made the whole feel of the story hit home, that even as skilled and capable and heroic as Kyle was, sometimes you never get the answers you want, or any answers at all. In every natural(or unnatural) disaster, they recover plenty of bodies that are never identified, and usually there are still dozens/hundreds/thousands of people that weren't found at all and are officially "missing".

With the events in Chicago it's entirely possible that their story did get resolved, but not in any way that Kyle was ever aware of. Heck technically they could be still in stasis in some bug hive buried under the city, because the hives went dormant and magic did some seriously weird stuff after the Cermak Blast.

PiXeL01:
I get a nagging feeling that the author Tom Dowd (all bow down to the Great Creator spirit) said “Whatever you want it be” in regards to Kyle’s and his family

Magnaric:
Very possible. Shadowrun is a game where ask 3 people what it is to them and you'll get 4 answers. Some people really embrace the hopeless dystopia, and others still like there to be heroes and for there to be the occasional happy ending.

neomerlin:

--- Quote from: Magnaric on (14:40:12/05-18-18) ---I'm not aware of the story ever getting resolved in any canonical sources, though I know that Seeks-The-Moon continues to follow/work with Anne Ravenheart as of 5th edition.
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That suggests Seeks-The-Moon got to stay free and that makes me happy.


--- Quote ---Honestly I suspect they didn't resolve what happens to his family on purpose, for 2 reason. First, it gives players and GMs a chance to resolve that plot line as they see fit in their own campaigns, for better or worse. And second, it really made the whole feel of the story hit home, that even as skilled and capable and heroic as Kyle was, sometimes you never get the answers you want, or any answers at all.
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I really dig this interpretation. I'm just a sucker for love and a happy ending, so I really wanted to know that it worked out for Kyle and his family. The idea of resolving plotlines as GMs and players is an interesting one, though. I might have just rewritten the next few sessions of my campaign. It might be set 21 years later, but that just means Natalie is old enough to find her father on her own steam!


--- Quote from: PiXeL01 on (19:17:44/05-18-18) ---I get a nagging feeling that the author Tom Dowd (all bow down to the Great Creator spirit) said “Whatever you want it be” in regards to Kyle’s and his family

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It's probably too hopeful of me to ask for a source, so I won't. But I can live with that answer from Dowd. I'll just write the happy ending in my head canon.

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