Epilogue - 008

Epilogue - 008

Turns since TBfGK: 1

As he watched the fireworks show unfold, Parson realized something disturbing about himself.

He'd been in Erfworld hardly a week. But almost every thought he'd had during that time was along the lines of "What am I looking at? How does it work? What are the military applications of it?" It was now a habit.

So as the sky filled with pretty little flying women making a magical light show, he was wondering if the sparks they were shooting were Foolamancy or Shockmancy (or even Thinkamancy), and whether or not they could inflict damage on an attacker. He wondered if there was an altitude limit to the airspace zone, which led him to wonder if different kinds of flying units had different max altitudes. If so, would they be able to use the highest-flying units for spy plane missions?

He watched the graceful, blazing pyrotechnics and thought about whether or not the archons were using "juice" the way actual Casters did. Would they run out? He didn't know. What if there was an air raid and the archons had wasted all their juice on this light show? Come to think of it, shouldn't they have ordered the archons to fan out into the surrounding hexes to reconnoiter any enemy forces? Gobwin Knob no longer had a Lookamancer; if they were blindsided next turn because they wasted their most mobile units on this pointless...

That's when he caught himself. As the show reached its finale and Stanley was blowing up his face, Parson realized...they weren't going to be blindsided.

He turned and looked at the horizon, at the switchback road leading down the mountain to the hills and forests in the distance. There was nobody left out there. He'd killed them all. And then Wanda had done "something glorious" to them. All those people who had been massed to break down the walls and kill him were on his side now. Whatever that meant.

No, nobody had anything nearby that could even scratch this city's walls. Nobody was going to come in here and stick a sword in him. Somehow, that thought was more of a shock than the first time he realized someone might.

The show ended. Maggie and Sizemore applauded, and after a moment, Parson did too. He was going to have to stop thinking like a general, or it was going to drive him crazy. He felt that very strongly. He needed to stop thinking "war is neat."

Because he didn't want to lead this coming war.

War was neat. This world was interesting. That was the bitch of it. But was it interesting enough to order one more of these people out there to die? To kill?

Sizemore smiled at him. "What did you think, Warlord?" He meant about the show.

Parson couldn't think of anything to say. "It was alright," he shrugged, and turned back to stare off into the distant hills. He took a deep breath and tried to blank his mind, but couldn't. Somewhere out there right now, breathing and eating and maybe laughing or singing or crying...there was somebody like Bogroll. Or Misty. And standing here on this tower, thinking of an interesting and clever way to kill that person was probably going to lead to actually killing them.

Yeah. Thinking like a general was definitely driving him crazy. Could he shut it off, though? Strategy was who he was. Not thinking like a general, a gamer, would probably drive him just as crazy. Sizemore tapped his arm again. He was pointing up. "Lord Stanley's coming."

The archons were nearly all down in the courtyard now. The dwagon stack had broken up and was settling toward the ground too, except for Stanley's red, which was spiraling slowly down toward the tower parapet where they stood. Stanley leaned to the side and looked down, locked eyes with Parson for a moment, and then sat up in the saddle.

He was wrong. There was at least one guy who might just kill him tomorrow. Or today.

"Speaking of crazy," Parson muttered.

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Happyvampire wrote:
And, as a side note...how do you get your quote to have the person's name who wrote it (Blah blah blah wrote) above?

You should see a "Quote" button above each post. If you click that, it generates a reply with the earlier post in quote tags, including the author name.
Happyvampire wrote:
I doubt, however, that this webcomic is secretly modeling Ender's Game, at least entirely. I mean, who would be Valentine/Peter?


Considering that Rob specifically reference Ender's Game by name, that would be a pretty boopsy ripoff! And yes, I'm in total agreement, this is not just a straight Ender's Game ripoff. I see very little in common, actually, aside from the "genius forced to slaughter untold numbers" parallel between Parson and Ender.
Happyvampire wrote:
And, as a side note...how do you get your quote to have the person's name who wrote it (Blah blah blah wrote) above?

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Happyvampire wrote:
who is the general/admiral/corporal (I forget who it was) who commanded Ender. Is it Erfworld? Who or what is Erfworld? And what are its motives?

Wanda says late in Book 1 that Parson is a pawn of Fate, and in the final pages Parson challenges Erfworld itself as though it were a discrete entity. It seems like (at least from their perspective) that these terms refer to the same force/entity, but what that is (assuming it's not just rhetoric) remains to be seen.
Happyvampire wrote:
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Anton Gaist wrote:
Just as long as he isn't contacted by some disembodied "voice" in his book that turns out to be a new species... And as long as he doesn't go Outside and come back with a new Bogroll and Misty all sharing his aiua...

Damn, is it me or did that just make sense?

OK, no it didn't.


It did make sense. However, I think more in question would be who is commanding Parson, and for what reason--in other words, who is the general/admiral/corporal (I forget who it was) who commanded Ender. Is it Erfworld? Who or what is Erfworld? And what are its motives?
I doubt, however, that this webcomic is secretly modeling Ender's Game, at least entirely. I mean, who would be Valentine/Peter?


(Picking up my copy to get the names right) Let's see, the principal at Battle School was Hyrum Graff, aka "The real bastard in the book". He's the one who pushed Ender to the edge, and was tried for war crimes after the Formic War. Did he go to prison? No, he got a cushy job as Minister for Colonization.

I don't think that Erfworld is modeled after Ender's Game either. There are similarities, sure, but the differences set them apart. For one, Parson is aware that his actions have real consequences, that people die because of his decisions. Ender didn't.

It could have been, though. Picture Ender being summoned not directly to GK but to a room where he was forced to play a board game to demonstrate he was worthy of defending GK, while in reality his game decisions were instantly relayed as real commands for the battle... now that's Ender's game right there.

That's why the deaths of Misty and Bogroll are so important, they forced upon Parson the consequences of his actions. He's not playing a game, he's not commanding numbers on a sheet of paper. Whether he wins or loses, people will die. Whether he acts or not, people will die.

I don't think Ender would have been able to win the Formic War had he known it wasn't a simulation. Heck, the only reason he won is he was trying to prove he wasn't fit to command.

As for who Peter and Valentine are... I'd say Wanda is Peter and Sizemore is Val.
Anton Gaist wrote:
As for who Peter and Valentine are... I'd say Wanda is Peter and Sizemore is Val.


Actually, I'd say Ansom is Peter. Sizemore as Val is right though.
Ragn Charran wrote:
Anton Gaist wrote:
As for who Peter and Valentine are... I'd say Wanda is Peter and Sizemore is Val.


Actually, I'd say Ansom is Peter. Sizemore as Val is right though.


Really? Before his decrypting I had him for Bonzo Madrid. Remember, the aristocratic pretty boy? Went home in a body bag? :lol:
Anton Gaist wrote:
Really? Before his decrypting I had him for Bonzo Madrid. Remember, the aristocratic pretty boy? Went home in a body bag? :lol:


Ruthless, intelligent* conqueror hiding behind a slick veneer of saving the world for its own good, but actually just because he thinks he has the basic right to? Peter all the way.

* yeah, Parson smashed him. But Ender would have smashed Peter too, had he chosen to get involved in the politics. And Ansom obviously was successful in the past, having reached his high level and able to lead the coalition all the way to virtually certain victory - he had the game won, until Parson broke the world. So let's not have this degenerate into an Ansom love vs. hate thread, yeah?
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P.S. I don't find a whole lot of nobility in Sizemore's pacifism. He still goes through with whatever he is told to do. He is regretful for it, but it didn't keep him from Goatseing a huge chunk of the alliance forces.


Sizemore lacks free will, I don't think disobeying orders is an option, it changes the moral landscape somewhat.
Ragn Charran wrote:
Anton Gaist wrote:
Really? Before his decrypting I had him for Bonzo Madrid. Remember, the aristocratic pretty boy? Went home in a body bag? :lol:


Ruthless, intelligent* conqueror hiding behind a slick veneer of saving the world for its own good, but actually just because he thinks he has the basic right to? Peter all the way.

* yeah, Parson smashed him. But Ender would have smashed Peter too, had he chosen to get involved in the politics. And Ansom obviously was successful in the past, having reached his high level and able to lead the coalition all the way to virtually certain victory - he had the game won, until Parson broke the world. So let's not have this degenerate into an Ansom love vs. hate thread, yeah?



True, I hadn't thought about that. Ansom is a brilliant strategist and a good diplomat, no doubt about that. He basically was the Coalition, after all. So aye, I agree, Ansom is Peter.

So who is Wanda, then? Mazer Rackham?
Anton Gaist wrote:

So who is Wanda, then? Mazer Rackham?


Heh, this is where the parallels start to fade. I don't see as good a fit for those characters.

But if I had to?

Wanda is the colonel. Forget his name, but the guy who ran Battle School (I want to say Emerson, but that's Robotech :roll:). The one pushing Parson, forcing him to become what is needed to win the war, through whatever means necessary. Of course, the Colonel had the greater good in mind and faces guilt for his decision, whereas Wanda seems to be oblivious to the pain and death she has and will continue to cause for her own gain.

As for Mazer, that would have to be Charlie. Someone else who understands the big game, the limitations holding everyone else back, and that the mind is the greatest weapon of all. Of course, we haven't seen true out-of-the-box thinking from Charlie, that's where this parallel fails.