Would there be any problem with digging out what I can so we can put in order the pages which are retrievable and identify which ones are missing? This should be clear enough from the page numbering.
Could these perhaps be hosted on the official wiki for non-canon curiosity's sake? People ought to be able to see how Ariel looked originally as a Drider before all that 'mass conservation' stuff got introduced.
It also helps that Ariel had a different last name and the chapters have different titles and the series originally went by a different title. That would avoid confusion with the replacement chapters.
There was a while both the old and new versions were available, so their loss seems more recent than ancient.
In reviewing the chapter titles, it now seems like there might have been THREE incarnations of the Ariel saga in respect to that...
Chronicles of a Drow Sorceress (old) starring Ariel Del'Armgo
1. Childhood's End (18 pages 15 April 2001 to 27 May 2001)
2. Sorcere, School of Magic (30 pages 31 May 2001 to 2 September 2001)
3. Dark Friendship (34+10 pages 6 September 2001 to 18 December 2001)
4. Arena (78+7 pages 20 December 2001 to 9 May 2002)
5. Heretic (25+9 pages 12 May 2002 to 18 August 2002)
6. Redemption (31+13 pages 19 August 2002 to 3/20 December 2002) last to use chronicles
7. Price of Knowledge (31+18 pages 16 December 2002 to 20 March 2003) now using moonless age title
8. Behind the Masks (30+15 pages 28 March 2003 to 21 June 2003) also moonless age title, last chapter published before remakes
9. Second Chances (9 November 2003) first chapter to be published while remakes are being made of earlier
10. Gateway to the Abyss (51+ pages)
11. Choir of Souls (72+ pages)
12. To the Light (90+ pages)
Moonless Age (new) starring Ariel Val'sarghress
1. Lost Childhood (50 pages 27 June 2003 to 11 October 2003)
2. World of Magic (79 pages 25 September 2003 to 9 February 2007)
1. The Daughters of Sarghress
2. World of Mana
4. Fight for me
5. Heir to the clan
6. The bloody path
7. Stand on your own
8. Behind the Masks
It appears from 8 onward beginning with Behind the Masks that chapter titles remain intact although it looks like the art was still redone (compare ch8p1 from 2003
vs ch8p1 now
. I can't remember how far forward that all went but identical titles makes it a lot harder to casually discuss the different versions since title differences allow for distinction between same chapter numbers.
One frustrating thing about the new java presentation is there's no dropdown menu that lists the date first, which I found very useful in the archives. Having the page numbers available is also useful. Now you actually need to visit the page or manually count through the table thumbnails to figure out the number. I wish there was the option of bringing the simple dropdown menu with its dates / numbers / titles as an alternative to the thumbnails....
Part of the problem sorting this out is the snapshots of 2009-2011 appear kinda muddled. Like the home page just doesn't load so I can't check how the archives were linked. Ideally before the dateless thumbnail dropdowns which are very pretty but not easy on timeline-tracking. Might have somethin to do with loading it raw instead of index.php... whenever I load 0809 it bounces to 10...