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Although the story has ended, the last page has yet to be turned. Below is a collection of miscellaneous sitely things; you might call it an appendix, a reference or acknowledgements, but I prefer the term "epilogue", as it is not simply those bits and pieces without otherwise a place to go, but a conclusion for all that came before.

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About

Those who know a bit about my history within our charming little gaming community will probably not be surprised by Shift's existence. I'm a long-standing fan of Squall Leonhart—and now, in my conceit, hope my title has graduated to that of aficionado. (I say this, of course, without any measure of seriousness, as my dedication is merely the realisation of my own perspective on his character, and is subject to debate, if not downright rejection.) Myself an introvert by nature, as well as (and admittedly contradictorily) one not opposed to social interaction, I identified with the aloof anti-hero, and wasn't all that surprised when others had a tough time liking him, a tough time seeing from his point of view. In my Rinoa-esque way, I wanted to save him by pulling his character onto the digital dance floor, so to speak.

Creating Shift allowed me to explore a new venue of understanding. Most of my previous dedications had narrative, informational or academic thrusts; inspired by my friend Todd's more personal and poetic prose, I attempted to break away from my usual shrining methodology and write Shift in a like way.

It was my goal to deconstruct this unusual hero so that others would better understand him, and perhaps, in doing so, inspire a newfound appreciation of his character. If Shift has done that for you, I will have succeeded.


Dedications

Herein lies my dedications, "thank you"'s, shout-outs and other such deserving acknowledgments, if only because I can't let go of a certain delusion I'm harbouring—that being, of course, Shift's status as a book. Without further ado, I'd like give special thanks to:


Awards

Thank-you goes out to the Amassment crew who voted Shift the December 2009 Non-Animanga Shrine of the Month.

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The above is a hand-picked selection of shrines that just so happen to be my personal favourites. Link exchanges will be considered, but please keep in mind that I am as picky as Laguna is clumsy, and will only link shrines I really like. No harm in of course!


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