Spent the last month or two writing a mammoth combat scene, thousands and thousands of words, and I rather think that I'm going to scrap most of it. I look back at it, now that it's finished, and what I mostly see are ridiculous excess, plus plot elements that I really don't want to see entering the story just yet. Instead I'm considering a much smaller, but tighter, combat sequence that, while it won't be half as dramatic (probably no suicide strikes involved, for example), will fit the bill a lot better.
Up to nearly 74,000 words, but that's going to get cut back. (Although I'll save the original version and add it to the ‘omake’ file that I may post someday.) Meanwhile, sorry about the wait.