Epilogue - 020

Epilogue - 020

Turns since TBfGK: 3

Two Dolls brought an elegant tea service, arranged on a little cart with a silver platter. Jillian stared at the table as the saucers, cups, sugar bowl, cream, lemons, spoons, and assorted paraphernalia were set down on a new lace serving cloth. The Doll scooped up a lump of sugar with a tiny spoon which existed for that purpose alone, and said one of the words in her limited vocabulary.

"Sugar?"

Jillian's lips were tight. She didn't know how to say this. "Actually... No tea at all for me, please."

The Doll seemed unsure. She looked at Don King, who made a dismissive wave with his hand. The Doll put the spoon back in the sugar bowl and they both scurried away, taking the cart and leaving the King's cup empty.

Jillian tried to recover the conversation. "So, what else am I missing?"

Don King looked at the empty cup and saucer in front of her, tilting his head slightly at it. "Why don't you like tea, Jillian?"

Jillian glanced down briefly, her brow wrinkled. "I dunno." She looked back up at her host. "Does it matter?"

"I feel it may." The King grunted and sat forward with some effort. "I must ask something of you. Something Vinny thinks will be hard for you to accept. But first, I would like to understand you. Could you please explain to me why you do not take tea?"

"Take tea," Jillian sneered. "That's exactly why. You 'take tea.' There's a ritual. Etiquette. It's stupid." She sat forward and pointed to the steaming teapot. "It's a beverage. Hot dirty water in a cup. You pick it up and drink it."

Don King said nothing, but his gaze never left her. With his lips closed, he took a deep breath and let it out slowly. "So tea is like 'Princess.'"

Jillian felt her cheeks get hot. "Yes."

The King put his hands on the edge of the couch. "Jillian, do you believe in the Titans?"

The question was crazy, like asking if she believed in air. "Of course."

"Why?"

She opened her mouth, then closed it, shaking her head. "Who else built the world? Who creates the stuff that pops? Who makes cities...and people? We don't just come from nowhere." These were weird questions.

"I believe in the Titans, too," said Don King. "I believe they made things...everything. I believe they had a purpose in mind. They made everything the way it is for a reason, including you, and me, and even Stanley." He was leaning forward and his habitual squint was gone. "I think they made cats and mice and wolves and eagles and gwiffons and dwagons and us. But..." He sat up straighter, and put his hands on his knees. "Wolves, they made stronger than mice. Mice do not hunt wolves. That is not how the Titans created them. Do you understand?"

Jillian folded her hands in her lap and said honestly, "I'm not sure."

"Stanley," said Don King, with the slightest hint of vehemence showing below his calm, "is a mouse who tried to hunt wolves."

Jillian understood him at last. "Royals are wolves."

Don King smiled weakly. "In many ways."

"But I thought your side didn't care about Royalty. Vinny said titles and stuff didn't matter to you guys as much as getting the mission done."

Instead of beckoning the serving Doll, Don King leaned very far forward, reached an uncomfortable and rude distance across the table, and picked up the teapot. With deliberate carelessness, he sloshed tea into his cup, spilling and dripping all over the white lace. As Jillian watched him, he banged down the pot and picked up the fine china cup in his whole fist. He raised it up high, spilling more of it.

"To hot dirty water in a cup!" he shouted loudly. Bunny sort of snapped out of her reverie and leaned away from Don King on the couch, looking slightly alarmed. He put the cup to his mouth and gulped it down, spilling some down his cheeks and onto his shirt. Then he held up the half-empty cup again and bellowed, "To etiquette!"

He hurled the cup backhand, hard, and without a glance at where it might land. It struck a column and shattered against a marble mantle. Jillian stood up sharply.

"What was that!" she demanded.

Don King shrugged. "Me not carin' about Royalty." He wiped his dripping face with his sleeve, exaggerating the slovenliness of the gesture. "Ugly, ain't it? Siddown."

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balder wrote:
http://www.erfworld.com/wiki/index.php/Purse

It's funny that we harped on treasuries and purses enough that we actually got WoT explanations and then forget that it's there. It's almost how we treat real religions, haha.
balder wrote:
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so he could take, has stanley's level actually been said? not in the book or updates but it seems there was info i missed out on in the GitP forums.

meh, i don't like stanley, but i disgree with the claims of him being a rat or a coward. he's proven he's a good commander to saline IV and managaed to defend against an equally impressive tv force, he doesn't shy away from battle but he knows when it's tactically a stupid idea to continue wasting units.something parson didn't really pick up on until he sacrificed bogroll.

he is an idiot when it comes to selecting units for promotion, but he did create a trimancer link to give his side unparalleled intel, he did save 150,000 schmukers on obtaining parson...which if he hadn't may have been a very short existance as parson has probably already cost a further 10,000 in upkeep.and people are quick to forget he got to the top somehow. unlike most erf units he didn't pop as an heir or overlord. he worked his way to the top.

so far all heirs we've seen that popped as such have been spoilt brats from day one. all the upgraded units we've seen seem to get along fine to an extent. stanley doesn't seem to have been on bad terms, and ceaser follows rules fine, he doesn't seem to be out to undermine his lord just doesn't agree on everything put to him so far.

ansom and slately (or whatever it is) seem to get along but i guess we don't know without some form of flashback.

essentially implying someone is a rat doesn't typically mean they are cowards anyway. rats will attack you, mice are cowardly. so i continue to hold the opinion rat would not make me happier why does he need to be any type of animal? don king's comparison showed don kings personality in a new light. another royal who thinks regular units are nothing more than his playpieces, that their deaths are meaningless statistics.
moose o death wrote:
so far all heirs we've seen that popped as such have been spoilt brats from day one. all the upgraded units we've seen seem to get along fine to an extent. stanley doesn't seem to have been on bad terms, and ceaser follows rules fine, he doesn't seem to be out to undermine his lord just doesn't agree on everything put to him so far.


How many popper heir have we seen aside from Ansom and Jill? All I know is that it's a good thing that Jill was a rebellious, combat-driven blade bunny or she would likely not have escaped Faq original fate and would almost assuredly not have had the wherewithal and guts to survive as a barbarian.
that's the chicken/egg arguemnet again. the only person who benefits from that is jill. if she wasn't who she is, she would be dead. BUT faq needed a barbarian for the sake of their ailling treasury, so if not jillian, someone else.
moose o death wrote:
BUT faq needed a barbarian for the sake of their ailling treasury, so if not jillian, someone else.


This was not acually stated. Jillian was poped because of the prediction that Faq would be destroyed. (Poping a hair who was a warlord sounded like a good idea at the time). Jillian working as a merc was convient (For her and Banhammer since they didn't get along) and helpfull for Faq's budget , but not the reason she was poped.
HandofShadows wrote:
Jillian was poped because of the prediction that Faq would be destroyed. (Poping a hair who was a warlord sounded like a good idea at the time). Jillian working as a merc was convient (For her and Banhammer since they didn't get along) and helpfull for Faq's budget , but not the reason she was poped.

Precisely. If Jillian had popped as an heir more to Banhammer's tastes or wishes, then she would have probably fallen along with the rest of Faq. Fortunately she had an itch to be out fighting, which is what directly led to her now being in a position to resurrect Faq.
exactly what i meant. faq needed a barbarian and it's exactly why jillian was never at home to die with the rest. it seems cities rule their rulers to some extent
I don't know.... If I wanted to stir the pot, conspiracy theory wise....

The last time we saw Jillian do seemingly irrational things was when she was under a suggestion spell from Wanda.
There could be more than one suggestion on her....

...just saying..
davesnothere wrote:
I don't know.... If I wanted to stir the pot, conspiracy theory wise....

The last time we saw Jillian do seemingly irrational things was when she was under a suggestion spell from Wanda.
There could be more than one suggestion on her....

...just saying..

Thinkamancy, "white hat" or "black hat," is the reason why I think Bunny was in on their tête-à-tête.