** [[http://archipelagoexodus.proboards.com/post/47483/thread Link]]: Emily, who's been nothing but a goofy CloudCuckoolander presence in the plot so far, [[LetsGetDangerous unexpectedly steps it up]] when Nachoset has Natalie at the brink of death. Emily's weapons of choice against Nachoset? A hairbrush, a fistful of recipe cards, and a bottle of hand sanitizer. And she ''puts the work'' on him, with a [[ThePowerOfFriendship Power Of Friendship]] speech for good measure. While he eventually gets the upper hand on her, it's a major wake-up call for anyone who thought she was just a cheerful ditz who loves baking.
* Whisper in my Ear
** [[http://archipelagoexodus.proboards.com/post/46662/thread Link]]: The description of the aquarium at the center of the college - that is, one enormous room surrounded on all sides by a massive aquarium fixture - is the story's highlight.
* The Crystal Part 2: Strained Alliance
** [[http://archipelagoexodus.proboards.com/post/61642/thread Link]]: The parade during the [[FestivalEpisode Mage Festival in Shin-Ra]] is pretty glorious, a procession of magic-users leading some remarkable supernatural floats.
** [[http://archipelagoexodus.proboards.com/post/50451/thread Link]]: The fact that [[FeelNoPain any pain that would be felt]] by his duplicates is instead transferred to Terrian licenses the duplicates to occasionally nab a cool combat moment. Case in point: Scene One, where a bullet straight into the ribcage elicits nothing but a [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction cheery smile]] from a duplicate who proceeds to knock the attacker out cold with a clock.
** [[http://archipelagoexodus.proboards.com/post/75068/thread Link]]: Blaise drops some hard science on the Cardsharks in the hotel lobby, particularly the assailant holding a knife to her throat. First she turns his tears to [[EyeScream acid]], then [[BarehandedBladeBlock grabs the knife blade]] while simultaneously altering its composition to make it so brittle it snaps off in her hand, and finally she sends him flying by [[GravityMaster negating gravity's pull on him]]. Blaise may talk the talk, but once in a while she can really walk the walk.
** [[http://archipelagoexodus.proboards.com/post/75178/thread Link]]: Then, by fiddling further with gravity while detaching a hotel lobby counter from the floor, she ''surfs the counter'' across the room.
** The entire demonstrations sequence has been a long string of awesome, but Evelyn's light show ([[http://archipelagoexodus.proboards.com/post/74792/thread link]]) and Garth's window into space ([[http://archipelagoexodus.proboards.com/post/75046/thread link]]) have been standouts.