If I recall correctly, my original notes were to do the "sacrifice" path all the way. As I got closer to that point in the story, however, I started to second-guess myself, thinking that it was more in character for TDBs to take on a direct confrontation even with long-shot odds. By the time I got down to posting the poll I was about 80% sure that my readers would pick that option (see, I've been reading all that feedback you guys have given me over the years!), so I only wrote a few chapters in the alternate plotline, just in case.Byt he way, Lazybones, we never got around to ask you this, after that poll decided that they were going the hard way: what was your preference? I know that you couldn't bring yourself to choose, but now that you think about it, do you feel satisfied by it? Or perhaps you regret never getting around to write something that would happen in the other possible path?
Naturally I ended it in a cliffhanger, so be forewarned.