Book 2 - Text Updates 014

Book 2 - Text Updates 014

High above his city, the Barbarian Queen and the Arch Witch slowly circled one another. King Slately watched them.

As the minutes went by, the fight in his spirit began to leach away. The fire in his belly faded out.

His instincts on such matters were keen; this parley had all the appearance of a negotiation. More likely than not, they were bargaining for bits of his Kingdom. The longer it went on, the more fully assured was his own doom.

His Counselors stood silent beside the doorway. They'd nothing to offer him but empty platitudes, and never had.

Should this indeed be his final hour, though, he needed something real, something that would help him face the end with a majesty befitting his crown.

He strode to the edge of the parapet, waving the Counselors back.

The crown...

As trite as it might be, the crown he wore had always felt excessively heavy. Day after day it sat there upon his pate, cold and unyielding and burdensome and often bothersome. Whether he laughed or nodded or brooded, the ring of gold pressed down upon his scalp and reminded him always of his shortcomings. The strong, shining crown was the ideal, and the little fat man the real.

He did believe in bravery. He did cleave to strength and honor, to fair dealings and just treatment of underlings, to love of his land and its soldiers and beasts. He had simply never lived up to those virtues. At least, not to the degree he would have wanted.

Well, this would be his final chance, would it not?

"You were Bea's Caster," King Slately stated, staring down upon the streets below.

The hooded figure in white said nothing.

The Queen had warned him against speaking to this unit, and had refused to identify her. He knew she would have kept the Caster with her, were it not for the significant spell bonus afforded by the tower.

But Slately knew this one's history. In one of their long discussions, Don King had informed him that Faq now employed Unaroyal's Turnamancer. He glanced up at Queen Jillian, high in the blue. Her wishes seemed distant and perhaps moot. But his question was urgent.

"I should very much like to know the details of her Fate," he said, looking at the Caster. The tower-top wind ruffled her robes, but she stood stock still, looking up in the direction of her Ruler.

The King raised his volume a bit. "It is my understanding," he said, taking on a practiced regal tone, "that she destroyed herself and her kingdom to rob the enemy of their prize. But if you were present in her final hours, I would like to have your impressions of her.

"How did she comport herself? Did she cry or shout hysterically, or face the decision with calm? Did she say anything specifically, that you can recall? Did she consider any other options? Did she ever mention me? Were there many--"

The Caster turned to him, her face still occluded by the hood. She raised her hand, palm up, and brought her fingertips together.

Slately cried out as a searing migraine struck him like a crossbow bolt. He grabbed his ears and held his crown down as he doubled over in pain. A voice, powerful and deep and decidedly male, boomed out inside his head.

"Please don't talk to this Caster," it said.

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I have to wonder what Slately is going to do now . . . does he recognize Charlie's voice, put two and two together (Archons on the attacking force and Charlie's voice coming out of a caster would give one a bit of a pause), and decide to do something dramatic? According to his inner narrative, he recognizes that the longer the warrior-bitches talk, the more screwed he is. If he concludes that Charlie and that barbarian queen are setting him up, he may do something drastic, like attack the caster or summon his guards (who I assume are close at hand). It would be amusing if the whole scenario goes down the tubes because Slately, not Stanley, loses it bigtime. Or perhaps a combination thereof . . .
Sieggy wrote:
I have to wonder what Slately is going to do now . . . does he recognize Charlie's voice{?, then snip}


Probably not. Charlie so far seemed to communicate only through PR Archons.

The rest however, of him flipping out and killing people, seems plausible. The Caster is the Barbarian Queen's caster anyway, and she seems to be dividing the pie that is his kingdom, so yeah, it makes sense. Go down fighting, sell your hide dearly, that sort of thing.
Anyone know why the update is delayed ?

Hope nothing happened...
Godsire wrote:
Anyone know why the update is delayed ?

Hope nothing happened...


Oh dear Titans not again :P

Are you trying some kind of sympathy magic? 'Cause the last time I answered a very similar question the update happened to arrive a few minutes afterwards. Coincidence? Yes.

Anyway, to repeat the answer, updates here are regularly irregular, chiefly because Erfworld is not that financially lucrative to allow its creators to fully focus on it.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:
Godsire wrote:
Anyone know why the update is delayed ?

Hope nothing happened...


Oh dear Titans not again :P

Are you trying some kind of sympathy magic? 'Cause the last time I answered a very similar question the update happened to arrive a few minutes afterwards. Coincidence? Yes.

Anyway, to repeat the answer, updates here are regularly irregular, chiefly because Erfworld is not that financially lucrative to allow its creators to fully focus on it.


Bland, I know all that haha. I'm a long term follower. But some people are on IRC sometimes and might have heard news that had not been posted.
Yeah, after changing from the gitp.com website, I figured that unless Erfworld rises in CTRL+ALT+DEL status or Penny Arcade status, it isn't going to update on a regular M-W-F or T-Th-Sat schedule.

Instead, I decided to just bookmark this site in my "Randomly updating webcomics" folder. Do I still check each website in the folder at least once or twice a day? Of course, but at least I'm not extremely disappointed if they haven't updated yet :lol:
Godsire wrote:
Bland, I know all that haha. I'm a long term follower. But some people are on IRC sometimes and might have heard news that had not been posted.


Ah yes, the IRC channel. I keep forgetting it exists for some reason.
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Postby Godsire » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:59 am
Anyone know why the update is delayed ?

Hope nothing happened.


Its generally a good idea to check http://www.facebook.com/Erfworld for this status. Rob posts delay announcements sometimes.
This time he announced on Mon. there would be a slight delay.
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dannom wrote:
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Postby Godsire » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:59 am
Anyone know why the update is delayed ?

Hope nothing happened.


Its generally a good idea to check http://www.facebook.com/Erfworld for this status. Rob posts delay announcements sometimes.
This time he announced on Mon. there would be a slight delay.
[edit grammar]


See now this is helpful !

Thank you dannom :)
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Dug wrote:I have a slight problem.

The Dish is a massive Thinkamancy booster.
The Pliars are a massive Croakamancy booster.
The Hammer controls Dwagons, shoots lighning and gives the power to "rock"?

The hammer seems the odd-one-out from a thematic point of view.


I apologize if this has been posted already, my computer has been acting up so I haven't read EVERY comment on every Reaction thread recently.

The hammer seems to be a melee class weapon, it bonded to a Knight who was, at the time, neither a Caster nor a Warlord (IIRC), essentially making him a "Dragon Knight" with the power to run a whole side off Dwagons.

Two of the tools have proven to be massive enhancers and rule-breakers of the laws of a single, specific kind of magic. The Pliars and the Dish both seem to give unlimited juice and allow their wielders to do things no other could do even if they had unlimited juice to start with.

I'm thinking the third will be the same, for one simple reason: The most powerful thing we've seen so far in Erfworld is a tri-caster link. One of the tools is a Thinkamancy booster, needed for a tri-caster link. The only real weakness to that link is the loss of the casters' attention and individuality.

3 Tools to form the link, and the "Leadership" Tool gives their Overlord the power to defend them in melee if it comes to that, and rain Dwagon-y death on their opponents even when the linked Casters are busy elsewhere (given their unlimited range, via the Arkendish, their attention can LITERALLY wander all over Erf).

It just seems to REALLY make sense to me that the three caster-tools will form a link, and the Knight tool was made to protect - and to lead - them. And Wanda's insistence that their Fate is to be brought together just supports it.