Epilogue 12 - Maggie and the Great Minds

Epilogue 12 - Maggie and the Great Minds

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In the first 2 panels, you can't tell who's speaking; it's a wide shot of the Temple.

Great Mind: A "Hippiemancer Warlord."
GM: I doubt the claim, actually.
GM: Well, the summon was clearly miscast.

GM: A miscast does seem likely. Certainly it was unforeseen that he would enter the Magic Kingdom.
GM: Or the Predictamancers withheld that from us...
GM: Within a link-up? Dubious.
GM: Is he a Hippiemancer?

Isaac (I think, top of head shown): Maggie. Is he?
Maggie: Again, I don't feel it's possible for me to discuss Parson, Lord Hamster within the constraints of Loyalty. I am sorry.

Isaac: A warlord in the Magic Kingdom is a clear and present danger.
Toga guy: If he can come here, he may be able to lead others here.
Pamelor: An army perhaps.
Isaac: Maggie, if you can't give us a good reason to release him, we will hold him ourselves and interrogate him.

Maggie: He is under Janis' protection. Would you start a war?

Issac: There are enough of us. And this is important enough.

Beat panel of Maggie's face.

Maggie: I do not know what he is, truly. And what I do know, I cannot share.
Isaac: That leaves us no recourse.

Maggie: Not at all. I can tell you why we must release him. I submit the following under Pinky Swear!

Isaac: It is so Pinkysworn.
Maggie: Fellow Thinkamancers, Lord Parson is what was sought. He is the most likely foreseeable solution to the Charlie problem.

Maggie: In my studied opinion, he is in fact the only warlord who can defeat Charlescomm. But his power is rooted in the free exercise of his extraordinary mind. We must constrain him as little as possible, and inform him as much as we dare.
Maggie: ...I go so far as to recommend we tell him all that we know of Charlie and the Arkendish.
GMTTA (various): No! Nay! Never!

Maggie: But! Knowing full well this body will not authorize such, I hereby swear my oath not to divulge it. To the best of my ability I shall guide him. But Lord Parson must and will discover his own reasons to bring Charlie down.
ManaCaster wrote:
LordAcme wrote:

http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F013.jpg. The wiki - http://www.erfworld.com/wiki/index.php/Caster claims that all casters can feel the power of all scrolls, but can otherwise only sense the magic of their disciplines.

I don't know where they got that restriction, but even if it applies, we are talking about a hypothetical item that uses magic squarely in the disciplines of its intended targets. So I'm going to go with "they'd know" on this one.

I think the article is referring to the fact that some casters have special senses relating to their discipline. For example, a Foolamancer has a telescopic view and can also "see what you see, you see". Wanda has a strong sense of how intact a corpse is. She said that Delphie had a special sense that allowed her to determine near term outcomes. Etc.


/shrug the wiki is unclear. But the comic is - a caster can sense the magic of a scroll "pulsing". So, sensing magic via physical contact is canon. Whether it applies to things other than scrolls, Idunno, but I don't think it's much of a stretch to say it does.
Thank you, Xarx. It's almost criminal that readers can't see this page online, because it's relevant all the way to the epilogue of Book 2.

It is at least considered that Parson could be a caster, but the larger problem is that he is a warlord capable of entering the magic kingdom. The GMTTA (probably rightly so) does not ascribe as much importance to the mechanism of how he enters the magic kingdom, just the fact that he can. By the time we get to the end of Book 2, Parson hasn't given any sign of being a caster, and it appears to be a decided issue for the GMTTA at this point in time.

Maggie's manipulations are at least in part due to the Pinky Swear, and definitely foreshadow her part in Book 2 of choosing a side, as it were. We've seen breaking contracts and linkups in Erfworld can carry real physical consequences, although it remains to be seen where on the scale of enforcement a Pinky Swear sits. Parson was told (b1-pg84a) that Loyalty and Obedience are both Natural Thinkamancy, and Maggie directly tells Parson (b2-p33) after she gets him appointed that pitting her Duty against Loyalty and/or Obedience carries 'great personal risk', so I do think at the very least that skirting the letter of the law is something Maggie is extremely good at. Even so, Maggie's 'settled matters' from this Epilogue strike me as ominous.
Criminal? :roll: If you can't consume the whole story for free... where will this lead? What if you had to pay for ALL of it? :o
No one in particular wrote:
Come OOOONNNN~! With a set up like this, how am I the only one who's written Maggie/Parson fic? I mean, this is barely subtext, it's more like text!
Not exactly fan-fic, but this oldie passes the traumatization test: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1344&p=32420&hilit=dream+man#p32420
drachefly wrote:
Criminal? :roll: If you can't consume the whole story for free... where will this lead? What if you had to pay for ALL of it? :o


Hey I paid, I'm way at the head of the line. But comparing the other additional pages to that one is almost unfair, since those are more action scenes and not the setup for the entire next book.
I hope we get to hear from Sizemore in the next epilogue. Parson says he wants to start gathering allies. The most logical thing to do would be to start in the Magic Kingdom, and to have Sizemore be the one to make the contacts. But it all depends upon how Sizemore is feeling about recent events.
Lipkin wrote:
The most logical thing to do would be...have Sizemore [make some MK allies]. But it all depends upon how Sizemore is feeling about recent events.
And more importantly...upon how the MK feels about Sizemore. Recall that people started to view him a lot less favorably after hearing about Wanda, and also what Parson has been doing.
0beron wrote:
Lipkin wrote:
The most logical thing to do would be...have Sizemore [make some MK allies]. But it all depends upon how Sizemore is feeling about recent events.
And more importantly...upon how the MK feels about Sizemore. Recall that people started to view him a lot less favorably after hearing about Wanda, and also what Parson has been doing.

I meant Sizemore being the best choice depends on how he feels about recent events. Yes, how people feel about Sizemore will effect how successful he would be, but he still probably has the best relations with the MK of anyone currently at Parson's disposal, and if they say no to him, they'd probably say no to anyone associated with Gobwin Knob. It's not like Parson would send Decrypted to do such a thing. That would be pretty off putting. Wanda is out of the question for the same reason. He needs Maggie to help him with the GMTTA. That leaves Sizemore.
That's very true. I think Maggie could be off-putting in a way too, because people are no doubt becoming a bit suspicious of how heavily the Thinkamancers are getting involved.