Epilogue - 004

Epilogue - 004

Turns since TBfGK: 1

The entire stack descended to the ground, all seven dwagons and three riders, at Stanley's gestured command. There wasn't much room in the courtyard not occupied by ranks of troops standing at stiff attention, so the puffing mounts squeezed and bumped their way into the space with difficulty. A few tails connected with a few faces, and one formation of pikers was knocked into something resembling a sea urchin, but the landing was accomplished.

He could have broken stack and landed alone, he supposed.

He just...didn't know, and didn't trust, what was going on here. What were these troops? They were his, he could see that. He could see their stats. But what was this skull emblem they bore? How did he know for certain they weren't going to tear him apart? No, better to arrive with the most power he could muster, even in his own city, his own courtyard.

Exactly what had Wanda done here?

"My Lord, welcome home," was what she said to him, standing there.

Wielding the Arkenpliers.

Like they were a part of her body. Like they grew there, in her hand. That was the way he wielded the 'hammer.

Only she made it look even better.

"You're attuned, aren't you?" he said, pouting.

Wanda smiled. Had he ever seen her smile like that before? She was looking him straight in the eye, and looking...happy, of all things. "I am, Lord."

Stanley nodded, and shifted in his saddle. He needed to get control of this situation, even though he didn't have a clue what was going on. How could she be attuned? Wanda? She wasn't even a warlord! Oh Titans, clearly you can make mistakes.

His head was making that buzzing noise he hated. Still, he needed to be in control. Get control now.

"Well good!" he said confidently. "Did you, uh...get them to do any good tricks yet?"

Wanda's smile kind of went limp and her eyes widened. She stood and looked slowly in all directions, at the thousands of powerful troops and heavy units assembled all around them.

"They made an army, Lord."

"Huh," said Stanley. He shifted his gaze back and forth over the crowd of soldiers and war beasts. "Yeah. That's a good one."

Comic - Epilogue - 004

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Aquillion wrote:
BarGamer wrote:
GODS, I wish Parson would find his own ArkenTool. As someone with an idiot for a boss, I sympathize with him in the worst way.
It is still too early in the narrative for Parson to be a free agent, at least at the moment. Despite the end of the first volume, he doesn't have enough motivation or drive -- there's nothing he really wants to accomplish. Just from a writing perspective, there has to be at least one more dramatic moment that can give him a goal first.

Otherwise... he gets free of Stanley and does what, exactly? He's still basically at loose ends right now, since he half-expected to go home.


I know, that's what Wanda's for: Giving Parson the motivation, drive, and "dramatic moments" he needs. ;)
BarGamer wrote:

GODS, I wish Parson would find his own ArkenTool. As someone with an idiot for a boss, I sympathize with him in the worst way.


Personally, I'm in no hurry. One of the things I liked about the end of Book 1 was the contrast between Wanda and Parson. Wanda was willing to sacrifice everyone around her in order to blindly fullfil her prophecy and get an ArkenTool, whereas Parson refused to be controlled by fate no matter what perks it gave him. Giving Parson an ArkenTool of his own would muddle that contrast.

-H
I'm just surprised Stanley didn't flip out when Wanda called him "Lord". He gave explicit orders that he is now to be referred to as "Tool", not "Lord".
shai-hulud wrote:
I'm just surprised Stanley didn't flip out when Wanda called him "Lord". He gave explicit orders that he is now to be referred to as "Tool", not "Lord".


Like his title is going to be remotely attached to his brain right now. :P
I think Stanly is a little afraid of Wanda, because.....She is Freaking Scary! I think he will go on being the overlord, because Wanda finds him useful in the big chair.

I love the updates, I loved the book. Rob is just using the medium (mostly words) to its fullest. If it were the other way around, mostly pictures and few words, I'm sure Jamie would make that great too.

Finally, I really am looking forward to Stanley meeting the new Ansom. Stanley is small minded enough to take his insecurities out on Ansom, make him grovel, etc.

So looking forward the next update...
shai-hulud wrote:
I'm just surprised Stanley didn't flip out when Wanda called him "Lord". He gave explicit orders that he is now to be referred to as "Tool", not "Lord".
Also, since Wanda is also a Tool now, calling Stanley by that title would imply they're equals which would eventually piss him off. Eventually being several months from now probably, but still.
Goshen wrote:
Finally, I really am looking forward to Stanley meeting the new Ansom. Stanley is small minded enough to take his insecurities out on Ansom, make him grovel, etc.

I could definitely see Stanley gloating to Ansom about 'his' victory. However, I'm thinking it may prove ultimately unsatisfactory to Stanley. After all, Ansome is now part of the Gobwin Knob side so Stanley would be rubbing it into Ansom's face that Ansom's new side won.

Quite the conundrum.
cloudbreaker wrote:
I could definitely see Stanley gloating to Ansom about 'his' victory. However, I'm thinking it may prove ultimately unsatisfactory to Stanley. After all, Ansome is now part of the Gobwin Knob side so Stanley would be rubbing it into Ansom's face that Ansom's new side won.
Quite the conundrum.


Me... not really. I don't think Stanley would enjoy gloating to someone who's going to agree completely with him. Maybe on Parson, he might state that everything was actually his own plan... perhaps. But even the Tool would be feeling even the tiniest bit of respect for the Player Warlord by now.
Goshen wrote:
I think Stanly is a little afraid of Wanda, because.....

...because he's not an idiot (or at least, not a complete idiot). ;)
Hatu wrote:
BarGamer wrote:

GODS, I wish Parson would find his own ArkenTool. As someone with an idiot for a boss, I sympathize with him in the worst way.


Personally, I'm in no hurry. One of the things I liked about the end of Book 1 was the contrast between Wanda and Parson. Wanda was willing to sacrifice everyone around her in order to blindly fullfil her prophecy and get an ArkenTool, whereas Parson refused to be controlled by fate no matter what perks it gave him. Giving Parson an ArkenTool of his own would muddle that contrast.

-H


Well said.