I'm on chapter 8 of the new draft, which will be 80% new material. Valaric as a jack of all trades instead of a malcontent magician was something I should have done in the first place. I should have the Silver Scarab in space by the end of chapter 10, just like in the previous version. In this version, however, the ship isn't so large and has a catapult and a few ballistae for armament.
Once I get everyone in space, things should progress fairly quickly. With two characters being snipped, I should be able to add in more character developing moments, something I felt was lacking in the previous version. The battles will have to be altered but not to a huge degree. I'm really excited about writing the new ending.
In other news, I decided to hold off on reviewing my 12 Beers of Christmas until I have all 12. I realize this may put me finishing after 1/1/11 but so be it.