Book 2 - Text Updates 005

Book 2 - Text Updates 005

The back of Bat 3's left wing itched, in a spot that could not be reached by fang, foot, or wingfinger.

It preened itself once more, every place it could reach. But that did nothing to relieve the wing itch.

It was seriously considering turning completely around on the wrought-iron ornament from which it was hanging.

Then the call came. Its eyes were needed.

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Don King rarely traveled. It was too cumbersome when you didn't fly. He'd done one grand tour in his entire reign, and hadn't left the capital in over 400 turns.

As a Prince, he had never traveled at all. His father, King County, popped Don specifically so as to have an heir on the throne when he went off to settle an honor challenge. He lost. Don was coronated at 15 turns old.

But despite the roots his fat duff seemed to have grown into the throne, he could see his domain better than most rulers ever would.

Doombats typically had a range of twenty hexes or so for scouting, but a Thinkamancer extended that range indefinitely. He kept thirty-six of his personal bats in various interesting locales, including four in and around the Jetstone fight. For the juice cost of a Thinkagram, Bunny could link him to one of their views, just like he was in the area himself.

It helped to get a firsthand view, instead of only relying on what his Warlords told him. He had seen a lot of battles. He'd seen more stuff than anybody probably suspected. He was preparing himself now to maybe see Jetstone fall, through a colorless and bleak view from atop her highest spire. Maybe he would see the end of the world begin here. If his sweet, cranky, warrior-Queen fell, then there was not a whole lot to hope for.

But as the bat's grainy vision came into his head, he could see her below, mounted regal and proud upon the massive bulk of her megalogwiff. The rest of her force hovered close by.

He felt a sudden swell of pity for anyone on the other end of Queen Jillian's sword.

Made him smile.

 

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Doesn't mean anything unless you can get those sides to unite. Look how poorly RCC2 is doing - Jetstone had to commit a huge amount of force to bring Haggar into line. TV is getting beaten up by minor powers. You REALLY need to screw up to get people to unify against you.

(Yes, Stanley did this prior to RCC1. Parson and Wanda will keep him from doing it again.)

If they do it one at a time, there's no (obvious) reason GK can't take anyone and everyone.

Look at Napoleonic France. Invading Russia before England was dealt with. Hitler made the same mistake.




multilis wrote:
Django wrote:
I disagree totally.

1) If RCC II fails and Transilvito switches there would basically be no opposition left, that would be quite boring. Besides Jillian would never ever work with Stanley as an ally. She would first break with Transilvito.

2) The whole Don King goes Royal because of Queen Bea's suicide would have been only a ruse, which would lower his character in my opinion. He is using his wits working against GK but he is doing it out of principle and emotion. Much more dramatic tension this way.

The world is bigger than most sides know so possible rest of world could give them a fight. Charlie + 600 archons by self is a major power and those who employ those 600 likely have several times the forces. Those sides could be united by Charlie and info from the magic kingdom.

Given no external opposition there is still possible internal power struggles, eg Stanley verses Wanda and/or assassinations of Stanley or Wanda. Alexander the Great dies and 4+ fight for his empire...

"The whole Don King goes Royal because of Queen Bea's suicide would have been only a ruse" not a given, as joining Stanley could also be a ruse in support of his "principle and emotion".

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I doubt Stanley's going to win now, if for no other reason than the art of radish and skulls on website for book 2 would make little sense if radish disappears in beginning of book 2.
Lady Nerevar wrote:
actually, were not allowed to talk about it at all. the channel's topic reads "Do not quote Word of God outside this channel", and that probably extends to teasing about word of god as well.

"Word of God" has a rather precise definition. If Rob says "Marbits have three lungs", that's Word of God. If he says "no comic this week, my cat ate my computer", that's not Word of God -- it has no relevance on the Erfworld plot or setting at all.

Let's go back to the original post that started this tempest-in-a-teapot controversy:
Justyn wrote:
Aris Katsaris wrote:
My reaction is "well, the new schedule didn't last very long either". I'd hoped that the gap between Books 1 and 2 would have been used to create some sort of buffer to prevent this sort of random delay.


It was intended to, but apparently there was more than just the artist switch from Jamie to Xin going on. I'm not 100% comfortable talking about things Rob said in the IRC here in the forums. I'll just say that bringing in Xin was not the first thing that Rob did.


It seems very unlikely that whatever he said there was Word of God. If he says he first tried to teach his pet tortoise how to draw but the experiment didn't pan out, that's not WOG. If he says he was looking for a translator to make an adaptation of BFGK in Lingala, that's not WOG. If he says he had originally scripted Book 2 to involve Parson being bitten by a radioactive marbit and becoming a weregazebo as a result, then it would fall under the WOG prohibition since it's details about plot and setting.
AllPurposeNerd wrote:
carisbourg wrote:
dybo wrote:
....as a resident of King County, I find this update just a teensy bit creepy...crafty Don

So which King County do you live in?

The one with Seattle?
The most Republican county in the US?
Or the one in New South Wales

It's Kings County, the one where e'ybody tawks like dat.


A-freakin'-men!
Heh, what if this is all a plot by Rob to get more people to come visit the IRC channel! Leave hints about juicy info being on the IRC channel on the forums and he knows we won't be able to resist going!
Gez wrote:
If he says he had originally scripted Book 2 to involve Parson being bitten by a radioactive marbit and becoming a weregazebo as a result, then it would fall under the WOG prohibition since it's details about plot and setting.


I'd read it.
theseus2x wrote:
Doesn't mean anything unless you can get those sides to unite. Look how poorly RCC2 is doing - Jetstone had to commit a huge amount of force to bring Haggar into line.


Although that was in the context of Jetstone recovering after the loss of so many troops, and Haggar hadn't lost any, not having been in the RCCI, and probably didn't have the personal stake (revenge) or know at that stage about GK.

Plus everyone gets info differently and at different rates, I guess if news spread far and wide enough about the monster side steamrolling everyone it might be easier to find people willing to join your coalition.

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TV is getting beaten up by minor powers. You REALLY need to screw up to get people to unify against you.


Do we know they are minor powers? Carpool I think sounds at least like a mid level power (and they seem smart). Jitterati perhaps, although we don't know much about them beyond loosing their natural allies was a big blow.

Plus I don't know if they were asked to join the RCCII, and we don't know how much they know about what is going on with GK.
Lady Nerevar wrote:
actually, were not allowed to talk about it at all. the channel's topic reads "Do not quote Word of God outside this channel", and that probably extends to teasing about word of god as well.


Does nobody else find it a bit silly that supposedly confidential information is disseminated in a place that everyone could access? If that is indeed the valid interpretation of what that rule says?

I think Gez has it mostly right, with one correction- if Mr. Balder says on IRC that "Marbits have three lungs" then you ARE ALLOWED to post here on the forums that, on IRC, Mr. Balder set the count of Marbit lungs to three; BUT you MUST NOT use that same text as evidence for Marbit anatomy on the Wiki, or beat another forumite, member of the four-lungs camp, over the head with it in a debate.
Maybe "don't quote the word of god" covers comic-related things and "I don't want to be a gossip" covers everything else.
As I read it, Rob is just saying not to quote it as the word of God, not saying it can't be quoted, just that as long as it is not in the strip it isn't cannon, and he may change his mind.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:
I think Gez has it mostly right, with one correction- if Mr. Balder says on IRC that "Marbits have three lungs" then you ARE ALLOWED to post here on the forums that, on IRC, Mr. Balder set the count of Marbit lungs to three; BUT you MUST NOT use that same text as evidence for Marbit anatomy on the Wiki, or beat another forumite, member of the four-lungs camp, over the head with it in a debate.


THIS.

At the risk of sounding rude, can you guys quit arguing over whether or not things that should not be taken as definite canon can be posted or not and just say what the deuce it was!? I'm pretty sure that all of us understand that it is a possible but not necessarily true interpretation of Erf things and to take it about as canon as the rest of the theorizing everyone here does, right?

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