Book 2 - Text Updates 006

Book 2 - Text Updates 006

There had been one tough condition on the trip to Jetstone; Jillian and her little armada had to make it all the way here without being spotted. It made the trip long, dangerous, and annoying, but she did it.

To minimize encounters, they'd flown a tortuous route over the most difficult terrain. Charlie didn't want either side knowing he had significant forces in the battlespace. But he had still gone to great risk to give her cover along the way, using veiled Archons to scout out safe routes. These were probably detectable only by a Foolamancer, another Archon, or a lucky/smart Warlord. Unfortunately, Gobwin Knob had all three of those things.

Most nerve-wracking was when they weren't moving. When she could, Jillian ended turn on the ground, hidden away in dense forest or high mountains. This at least minimized the chance of being scouted from an adjoining hex, but the enemy could still discover them on any given turn. However you planned, there would always be times when you were helpless. It was all part of the Titans' great sport.

So they had done a lot of camping, but with very little hunting or gathering. Charlie's Archons occasionally brought them some extra provisions, but mostly she and her units ate popped rations. It was strange having a treasury again. The upkeep for herself, three Warlords, and all of these heavies (and for Titans' sake, a Caster) would have been a lot more than her purse could have supported as a Barbarian, even if she'd had the mercenary income to fill it up every turn. With a capital treasury again, she didn't have to do the brutal addition and subtraction. She didn't need to make a disbanding order in case she started going broke.

But those nights along the way were hard for other reasons. She was lonely.

The Jillian of seven hundred turns ago would have sneered. In her days of swinging steel for Shmuckers, "alone" was a good thing, maybe her second favorite thing after "winning." She'd had her encounters, her companions. She'd shared a bed with a few clients. But running her own show is what she did, and anyone who stuck around long enough to get close to her always wanted to mess with the way she did it. However it happened, getting free again was always a relief. Mostly.

Now she had people problems again. Duncan, for example, took his Chief Warlord title literally and traditionally. He expected her to give him the latitude to plan strategy.

Yeah good luck. She didn't even have that. Charlie and Don King were watching her, pushing her, using her...

Her other Warlords treated her as an untouchable force, to be feared and obeyed. They loved Duncan, and were great friends despite their rivalries. But if Jillian sat at their campfire, she had to drag the conversation like a sled over gravel, or there would only be awkward silence. She could talk to Charlie, but she didn't enjoy that much. And the Caster had almost nothing to say at all.

So she had people, but she was lonely.

She did miss Vinny. On their third turn out, though, he had found out about Ansom. She spent two nights passing notes through the hats with him, trying to explain. Then they both just stopped sending. He didn't get it, or didn't want to. And to be fair, she still was not giving him the whole picture.

To be really fair, she wasn't giving herself the whole picture. She knew the plan. But sitting now in her saddle above the parapets, looking at the armies massed on the green horizon, all her certainty just blew away like a leaf. Very soon now, they would be here. Maybe to talk, but probably to fight.

She might have to croak one of them. Could she bear it? Could she swing?

Or they just might croak her. Which would leave her...

At Ansom's side, and under Wanda's delicate control. Her heart pounded in her chest like it was trying to break its way out. Titans disband.

She really didn't know which one she was here for any more.

 

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BLANDCorporatio wrote:
Alas, I have no newsletter, but let's see what I can whip up ... humm, sorry ...

No, you're not. :D

theseus2x wrote:
Is she conflicted? Yes. Part of her does want to be with Ansom and Wanda again. But at her core, she knows Ansom isn't her Ansom, and Wanda is... Wanda. She knows Wanda is following Stanley by choice. That will make a difference.

No, I don't she'll act stupid. I think we'll see a new Jillian.

I suspect that you're right, particularly given her confrontation with Wanda before the final big battle in Book 1. I expect some very wrenching moments of temptation, though....
Menas wrote:

The argument of 'this couldn't possibly happen because I can't see how it could happen when I don't have all the information I need to understand the situation' doesn't carry much weight for me.


It doesn't carry much weight period. We are on page 12 of a book. It is perfectly standard for surprises and new mechanics to be thrown the reader's way at the beginning of a story. The objective in the beginning of a story is not to resolve plot, it is to put the protagonist in an untenable position and force action, almost always by the introduction of some _new_ element. A new army shows up, a gate to another universe is suddenly opened, a new weapon is developed, an ally suddenly turns into a new enemy, and so-on.
SteveMB wrote:
theseus2x wrote:
Is she conflicted? Yes. Part of her does want to be with Ansom and Wanda again. But at her core, she knows Ansom isn't her Ansom, and Wanda is... Wanda. She knows Wanda is following Stanley by choice. That will make a difference.

No, I don't she'll act stupid. I think we'll see a new Jillian.

I suspect that you're right, particularly given her confrontation with Wanda before the final big battle in Book 1. I expect some very wrenching moments of temptation, though....

I expect them to overdo the wrenching moments of temptation, and drag it out way too long, like two pages longer than necessary.
Sinrus wrote:
hahaha I can buy those nearby, they're called 'muffin tops.' But it would be awesome if erfworld had a Dune based side.


Scones are nothing at all like that. Scones are dense, slightly dry, and crumbly. A scone weighs considerably more than a muffin of the same size. They originate in Scotland so in the US you should look for a scottish or at least british, bakery to be sure of finding them. Or you can go to Trader Joe's.
Dr Pepper wrote:
Sinrus wrote:
hahaha I can buy those nearby, they're called 'muffin tops.' But it would be awesome if erfworld had a Dune based side.


Scones are nothing at all like that. Scones are dense, slightly dry, and crumbly. A scone weighs considerably more than a muffin of the same size. They originate in Scotland so in the US you should look for a scottish or at least british, bakery to be sure of finding them. Or you can go to Trader Joe's.


a lot of muffins are dense, slightly dry, and crumbly too.
The bad ones, yeah.
Dr Pepper wrote:
Sinrus wrote:
hahaha I can buy those nearby, they're called 'muffin tops.' But it would be awesome if erfworld had a Dune based side.


Scones are nothing at all like that. Scones are dense, slightly dry, and crumbly. A scone weighs considerably more than a muffin of the same size. They originate in Scotland so in the US you should look for a scottish or at least british, bakery to be sure of finding them. Or you can go to Trader Joe's.


I do enjoy a good scone with plenty of cream and jam.

I say, I do believe I am showing my English background (fortunately they have scones in Australia too). Anyway I agree - the two aren't really at all the same, beyond both being bakes goods.

LordDarksea wrote:
Also, there is much 'national' (read as cornwall vs devon) distinction between whether the jam should top the clotted cream or the clotted cream the jam. wars have been fought, well, squabbled over this.


I'm a cream on top person myself, and I can fully understand why people would fight for their right to put their jam and cream where ever they want! :lol:

theseus2x wrote:
No, I don't she'll act stupid. I think we'll see a new Jillian.


Agree entirely.

Infidel wrote:
I just want to point out that this is a misquote. Plotarmor was the one that said that, not me.


Apologies about that, I should take more time checking over the posts before I post them. :oops:

Krennson wrote:
hmmm... CAN Gobwins move underground in non-mountain regions? we've never seen that capabibility before, have we?

If they CAN do that, that really WOULD be a brilliant countermove by charlie. I'm starting to hope that you're right.


I would assume so - they are tunnelers, and tunnels aren't limited to mountains (in the real world at least). Marbits seem their "good side" counterpart, and they don't seem limited to mountains.
Sinrus wrote:
SteveMB wrote:
theseus2x wrote:
Is she conflicted? Yes. Part of her does want to be with Ansom and Wanda again. But at her core, she knows Ansom isn't her Ansom, and Wanda is... Wanda. She knows Wanda is following Stanley by choice. That will make a difference.

No, I don't she'll act stupid. I think we'll see a new Jillian.

I suspect that you're right, particularly given her confrontation with Wanda before the final big battle in Book 1. I expect some very wrenching moments of temptation, though....

I expect them to overdo the wrenching moments of temptation, and drag it out way too long, like two pages longer than necessary.


HA! Its funny - the people who don't seem to like the Text Updates seem to be the ones who miss the lack of character interaction, growth, drama, etc.
What are you talking about, I love the text updates. But I get the feel that Rob'll draw out the agonizing decision making.
Sinrus wrote:
What are you talking about, I love the text updates. But I get the feel that Rob'll draw out the agonizing decision making.


I don't know, the Erfworld story seems to move at a fair enough clip.

Consider the closest parallel I can think of from book one - when Jillian was fighting Wanda's thinkamancy control (or throwing it off or however you want to see it). It was well written and didn't give the impression of dragging along, all melodramatic like.

Now in this situation the meeting/emotional consequences are likely going to be many magnitudes greater, but I still don't see it being drawn out needlessly, especially with the two forms we have (the comic and the text updates).