Prologue - 005

Prologue - 005

Turns since TBfGK: 3

Parson listened to Maggie's explanation, and couldn't disagree with it. Stanley had ordered the city to be rebuilt immediately, before his return. When she relayed that order to Sizemore she suggested they link up, and he agreed.

"Eagerly," nodded Sizemore. "It's utterly fascinating, casting from a link. I just...understand the spell so clearly."

According to Maggie, a two-caster linkup was a less risky and drastic thing than three, especially when done voluntarily. In it, the Thinkamancer's function was something like "cognitive copilot," managing the other caster's mental functions, focusing his attention and boosting his energy to achieve better results than the caster could alone.

And it had worked. Their side got a better capital out of it than if Sizemore had upgraded the city by himself. The link was easily broken afterward, and neither of them seemed to suffer any harm.

"And although I was primarily helping Dirtamancer Rockwell focus on structure and schema, I admit to taking up a good portion of the design," said Maggie, "including the livery."

Parson looked up at the banner again, then back to Maggie. "Did you think," he said slowly and carefully, "his ego...needed more help?"

"Frankly, Lord, I did."

Not the answer he expected... "Really."

"Lady Firebaugh has attuned to an Arkentool, which Lord Stanley was seeking. She controls a powerful army, bearing her livery. Lord Stanley has known nothing but defeat for a very long time. Yet he is still Overlord. Does it occur to you that this situation might be emotionally precarious for him?"

"I...can see the logic, yes. I guess," said Parson. Lately, he hadn't given much thought to what passed for his boss' brain. But that was a big part of Maggie's job, he supposed. "Yeah. Stanley, I guess can only function if he's the center of the universe."

"Exactly, Lord."

"Yeah but...who told you you could link up? Something that risky seems like something that would have to be an order."

"Not necessarily," said Maggie. "Duty, in fact, compels us to take actions to benefit our ruler and our side. And it was very little risk. In our earlier link, we discovered a strong rapport. Such mutual trust can make the process a great deal easier."

Parson watched them exchange glances, and wondered what the link-up really did to you. "Guess I'll have to take your word for that. I can't imagine."

Maggie nodded. Sizemore looked at him, worried. Parson looked around at the walls and the distant new tower. "Well, for what it's worth, I like the new city better than the old one."

They brightened at that, pride showing through in both of them.

"But I still want to see if I can leave it," said Parson, turning toward the main gate. "Let's go find out."

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dholm wrote:
kunsttyv wrote:
Is this certain? Can you show me an example of this? (bear in mind that it is stated that captives share turn with their captors, and allies all use the turn of the "last" member)

It is certain, if for no other reason than that we haven't been forced to endure the turns of every other side in Erfworld. If they were after one another, a single day would take ages.

Actually, that was one of the questions I had when the RCC assaulted GK . . . they succeeded in penetrating the main curtain wall, and the central keep wall all in the same turn, as well as take the citadel and penetrate into the tunnel zone. I have to wonder how many hours that turn lasted . . .
dholm wrote:
If that's the case, why say he's a Hippiemancer? Why not just agree he's a Mathamancer? He at least has his calculator watch to back him up there.

Janis is a Grand Abbie (clearly implied to the the title of a high-level Hippiemancer). Declaring Parson to be a Hippiemancer would make it more likely that the other casters would let Parson be her problem and defer to her in deciding what to do about it.
I read this comic since the beginning and now I finally joined the forum to say how amazing these summer updates are. Keep up the great work, guys!!!

Spot wrote:
OneHugeTuck wrote:

If I win the 325Million lotto tomorrow night (and I will) I'm going to be a Medici-style patron.



You're going to poison people?

;)


I guess you're mixing up the Medici and the Borgia.
Straylight wrote:
I guess you're mixing up the Medici and the Borgia.
Well, Catherine de Medici is infamous for being a poisoner (and apparantly also a huge influence to modern French cusine), but the Borgia do seem more popular.
Graydon wrote:
SteveMB wrote:

No "almost" about it -- we saw a one-shot (i.e. from some other side) caster use a portal during Gobwin Knob's turn.


Not, alas, definitive; turn order is not pan-Erf, it's for the parties to a conflict. (Turn position for a side is apparently innate, but we don't see "let's wait for the eighty-three sides between Jetstone and Gobwin Knob to move", either.) So a party to some other conflict, or a party not involved in any conflict, isn't stuck in the same turn sequence as the folks in conflict with Gobwin Knob were.


Somebody pointed out a more ironclad argument -- Maggie, Sizemore, Wanda, and Parson used the portal when it was most definitely not GK's turn (it was the RCC's turn, and the two were directly engaged), and then made the return trip before GK's turn began the next day.
SteveMB wrote:
Graydon wrote:
Not, alas, definitive; turn order is not pan-Erf, it's for the parties to a conflict. (Turn position for a side is apparently innate, but we don't see "let's wait for the eighty-three sides between Jetstone and Gobwin Knob to move", either.) So a party to some other conflict, or a party not involved in any conflict, isn't stuck in the same turn sequence as the folks in conflict with Gobwin Knob were.
Somebody pointed out a more ironclad argument -- Maggie, Sizemore, Wanda, and Parson used the portal when it was most definitely not GK's turn (it was the RCC's turn, and the two were directly engaged), and then made the return trip before GK's turn began the next day.

I'm not sure why the Magic Kingdom portal is being used here to discuss turn sequence. All it demonstrates is that using the portal requires 0 move, so it can be done at will, even when it's not your turn.
Re: Janis' lie

In Page 18 Stanley pretty openly says Parson's stats are unseeable. There's been no mention of that changing, so Janis could only have been lying or just stating her belief on the matter (both of which place her in charge of Parson's care).
There's also the possibility that Janis, as a Grand Abbie, could see Parson's stats if he's a Hippiemancer.
DevilDan wrote:
Not to belabor the point, but we know that he does get tired and thus doesn't quite follow normal movement rules.
It's moot at the point, but there is a world of difference between Parson being shown to be winded after climbing some stairs because he is fat and out of shape and concluding that he doesn't follow the normal movement rules. Unless he actually couldn't get somewhere within the city because he was tired, there is no impact demonstrated for being shown to be tired, and thus no conclusion which can be drawn about Parson and movement rules.

And, the very existence of Maggy's spell "Ephedra" shows that being tired or weary is not exclusive to Parson.
Oberon wrote:
DevilDan wrote:
Not to belabor the point, but we know that he does get tired and thus doesn't quite follow normal movement rules.
It's moot at the point, but there is a world of difference between Parson being shown to be winded after climbing some stairs because he is fat and out of shape and concluding that he doesn't follow the normal movement rules. Unless he actually couldn't get somewhere within the city because he was tired, there is no impact demonstrated for being shown to be tired, and thus no conclusion which can be drawn about Parson and movement rules.

And, the very existence of Maggy's spell "Ephedra" shows that being tired or weary is not exclusive to Parson.


Absolutely excellent points. Of course, we do know that Erfworlders cannot be reduced to just their stats.