Book 2 - Text Updates 001

Book 2 - Text Updates 001

Sizemore's sandaled feet slapped along on the paving stones of a little walkway, shaded by aromatic pines. He had once laid down these stones himself, and he eyed them with some professional satisfaction as he went along. At the end of the pavement, he frowned at a spot where the squares were sinking into the softer ground. Drawing his index finger over the pathway's edge, he spent a little juice to fix it. Then he brushed the pine needles away, and continued on the dirt path that led into the Glade of the Hippiemancers.

There was a lot for Sizemore to do around here. The Florists always needed him in their gardens, always wanted his advice about soil, always smiled when he could visit.

This place, at least, was still a warm refuge.

Smiles and warm welcomes used to be standard almost everywhere he went in the Magic Kingdom. Dirtamancy was among the most rare and useful disciplines here. Everyone needed a wall built, a garden tilled, a well dug, a foundation excavated. There were no city sites; construction was a manual industry. Casters used Rands, a barter credit for exchanging goods and services, so as not to give Moneymancers all of the power. But though he usually took only the minimum Rands for his services that the other Caster would accept, he couldn't help becoming a filthy rich rock star here. Everyone knew him, or knew of him.

Until recently, everyone liked him, too.

Outside politics didn't usually matter much in the Magic Kingdom. All of the permanent residents were Barbarians. Most didn't give a newt turd about warlord matters, unless it might lead to some work. But attunement of two Arkentools on the same side had caught the notice of quite a few Casters. And what Lady Firebaugh was doing with hers was causing real alarm.

The theoretical consensus was that she was extending Croakamancy to the Life axis. Sizemore was inclined to agree, but after getting roughed up by Stagemancers in a few discussions, he had stopped participating in the debate. He didn't need fingers pointing at him. And he was tired of answering for Lady Firebaugh, who had not been to the Magic Kingdom since she claimed the Arkenpliers.

Nobody here liked what was going on. Nobody liked the unchecked power and growth of Gobwin Knob, and the kinds of things Lord Ansom was saying out there were not helping matters. Holy quests, one world side... These things were getting repeated and distorted, and Sizemore didn't know half of what was going on or being said.

He only knew that he was scowled at more and more, every time he returned here. He knew there were places he was unwelcome. He would not live forever, whatever happened. He worried that these friendships he had lost would never be repaired. What could he do? He imagined being friendless and hated at the end of his life.

But as his thoughts reached their darkest, he stepped through the trees into warm sunlight. And over near the gazebo, the more powerful warmth of Janis' smile. He straightened his new jacket, and half ran toward her for a world-righting hug.

 

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A Gazebo?! In the magic kingdom!? Run for your lives!
tribble wrote:
A Gazebo?! In the magic kingdom!? Run for your lives!


"It's too late. You've awakened the gazebo. It catches you and eats you."

The End.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:
The "Casters and Warlords" bit might, might, have been habit, like you'd often say "ladies and gentlemen" regardless of the size of the audience.


Now that we know Sizemore isn't there, Im inclined to agree. There still might be a surprise caster introduction later on, but Im not really expecting it, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, back to this update. I seriously love Sizemore. I hope we get to hear/see his conversation with Janis. I wonder if they have something specific to discuss, or did he just sneak out of GK for a while because he was feeling blue?

And if the GK situation is getting him down so much, (he is losing friends, struggles to like Parson, is referred to as "the turd guy" by his overlord and is being forced to stand by while Wanda eliminates entire sides) how likely do you think it is that he will turn? I notice he still refers to Wanda as "Lady Firebough", which denotes a certain amount of respect, but seriously, that guys loyalty stat must be through the damn roof - he's having a really hard time.
Of course the main reason that people are reacting oddly is because they are scared of him. Sizemore has gone from someone who makes paths and shapes gardens to being able to detonate entire hexes and croak all those within.

I'ld be scared of him and suspicious of the entire 'helpful, harmless guy act'. Of course with Sizemore being as gormless as he is, he doesn't realise it and thinks it's all due to the 'star players'.
slor wrote:
Of course the main reason that people are reacting oddly is because they are scared of him. Sizemore has gone from someone who makes paths and shapes gardens to being able to detonate entire hexes and croak all those within.

That's a good point - recall that in the first glimpse we had of the other side trying to figure out what happened, the first guess was some sort of monstrous dirtamancy trap.
Smoker wrote:
Now that we know Sizemore isn't there, Im inclined to agree. There still might be a surprise caster introduction later on, but Im not really expecting it, if you know what I mean.


Alas, no I don't understand. What's with them nudges and the winking? Please say more.
Heh, my written word really sucks these days, probably from practicing other languages.

I just mean that if there is another caster (edit: ie. in Wanda's army), I wont find it outrageously shocking, but at the moment I'm willing to accept that there isn't.
The question which was bugging me so far after this update - is there some sort of "code of conduct". What happens if one caster is responsible for others death? He's outcasted at MK? Nothing happens at all, etc.
They are all barbarians. But somehow there should be rules too. Itching to know more about MK.
joosy wrote:
They woud rather have a Dirtamancer do the work but apparently it CAN be done by hand - they would just rather pay the Rands or the concept of doing it themselves is too alien or beneath them.


I don't think there's any really good reason to cast aspersions on the MK because they are willing to hire skilled labor. I mean, did you build the house you live in, or was it beneath you to do so? Maybe it's just tough, sweaty, time-consuming labor that most people would rather hire someone else for if they can afford it.

Dancing Cthulhu wrote:
Interesting update. I wonder if Sizemore ever talks to Parson anymore about how he feels.


What can Parson really do except feel terrible about it? I think that Sizemore might just too nice of a guy to really unload something like that on him.
slor wrote:
Of course the main reason that people are reacting oddly is because they are scared of him. Sizemore has gone from someone who makes paths and shapes gardens to being able to detonate entire hexes and croak all those within.


That, and he is involved revolutions of Erf-shaking proportions, new magics, almost heretical in nature, are secondary compared to the sociopolitical and religious facet of GK's ascension.

hanglekuk wrote:
The question which was bugging me so far after this update - is there some sort of "code of conduct". What happens if one caster is responsible for others death? He's outcasted at MK? Nothing happens at all, etc.
They are all barbarians. But somehow there should be rules too. Itching to know more about MK.


War and, by extension, death are constants in Erf. Casters who leave the MK do die, and this must occasionally happen at the hands or partially due to the actions of other casters. I'm sure that they understand that "business is business." And the business of Erf, to steal a phrase, is War.