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Parson picks the rifle and joins the force! I'm curious to see what will happen next.
Too many variables, and the turning point is arriving. question... ¿Are they still linked? will the shoot on marie head's affect a trimancer link in new and horrifying ways? Stay Tooned!
Vendanna wrote:
Parson picks the rifle and joins the force! I'm curious to see what will happen next.
Too many variables, and the turning point is arriving. question... ¿Are they still linked? will the shoot on marie head's affect a trimancer link in new and horrifying ways? Stay Tooned!


Never mind Fatty joining the force, what the everloving crap is the 1920's version of Emperor Palpatine doing stood next to him?

Look at that face. If a face ever screamed sinister schemes then it's that one. I can see it now, right after she sends old fatty out on his first patrol she arranges for her contacts to start a ruckus down at the docks right when fatty walks by on his first patrol...

The cries for help drew Fatty in like a moth to a flame, an insufficient analogy this time of night however. The shadows of the warehouse district, the low, heavy mist hanging over the docks, no moths would be heading to the docks on this night. There were vain attempts at illumination from the lamps that lined the street but no amount of burning oil would have been sufficient tonight.

The cries for help grew louder as Fatty half ran, half ambled further into the shadows to round the last corner to where he believed the noise was coming from. He swallowed, wiped the perspiration from his brow with his pristine sleeves and took a deep breath of salty air. Summoning his courage he burst through the to confront... nothing.

The only sounds that remained were Fatty's breathing and the regular clanging of the buoy's bell as it lazily bobbed and clanged offshore. Then the click of a hammer being cocked. Then Fatty hitting the floor.

[Keikaku intensifies]
Whispri wrote:
Nightseraph wrote:
Assuming Charlie is guilty has the obvious problem of why did Stanley take the Gobwins back as natural allies after they killed the ruler he was supposed to be loyal too. Why would Stanley keep Vurp around if that was the case?

If you told me Charlie was hired by Stanley to strongarm the gobwins, (circumstantial evidence, Stanley despises Charlie), I might believe it.

But why would Stanley look at the corpse of his beloved overlord, and immediately hire back Saline's killers if he wasn't complicit?

(I am 80% sure Wanda and Jack were with GWK at that point, not sure where it says so though.)

Presumably Vurp, or the Hobgobwin Chief who subsequently popped Vurp, was with Stanley in the field when the city fell and stayed loyal, preserving his tribe. Or they could have had a few gobboes leave the city and turn up looking for work once the killing was done.

As for Wanda and Jack, I too believe they worked for Saline afore his death. I'm not sure if it does say so anywhere, but there was no word of Sizemore being involved in the invasion of Faq. Or even having been alive at the time.


My belief that Wanda and Jack were GK casters at the time of Saline's demise is based on two things. First, Sizemore's wording when he related the story to Parson: "Stanley took me and a number of other casters out on a special mission one turn." Second, Stanley's description of the conquest of Faq (given when Zhopa was making his sammich). He had told Saline he was going out to find more dwagons to tame. He didn't say anything about bringing casters along (and while a Lookamancer might have been an asset on such a mission, a Dirtamancer, not so much).

Also, the tunnnel deathtrap gambit Parson deployed was Sizemore's first taste of actual battle, suggesting he was not present at the Battle of Faq.

As for Vurp being with Stanley when the hobgobwins broke alliance, I'm skeptical. There's an epilogue entry that has Vurp exploring his feelings about all that has occurred in GK since the days of Saline, including his feelings about his interactions with Parson. One of the feelings was guilt about not being honest with Parson on the matter of the fall of Saline.
Having given it some thought, I'm close to holding Wanda responsible for the death of Saline. Wanda has always been supportive of Stanley's plan to unite the Arkentools (and she might have given him the idea). If Saline wasn't receptive to the notion of his kingdom acquiring more Arkentools, it would motivate her to prefer a Ruler who was more easily manipulated: Stanley.

With her collection of scrolls and powders, she could well be equipped to engineer something like the assassination of Saline, carried out by Vurp and the gang.
kaylasdad99 wrote:
Having given it some thought, I'm close to holding Wanda responsible for the death of Saline. Wanda has always been supportive of Stanley's plan to unite the Arkentools (and she might have given him the idea). If Saline wasn't receptive to the notion of his kingdom acquiring more Arkentools, it would motivate her to prefer a Ruler who was more easily manipulated: Stanley.

With her collection of scrolls and powders, she could well be equipped to engineer something like the assassination of Saline, carried out by Vurp and the gang.


Well, Wanda already caused the death of at least two of her previous rulers, her first one also croaked while she was on duty, and she keeps finding ways of screwing Hamster's master plans. Having Wanda on your staff list clearly isn't very good for your health.

Like right now she decided to start a battle in the MK instead of just ordering Jack to hide them and run back to their own cap.
oslecamo2 temp wrote:
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Well, Wanda already caused the death of at least two of her previous rulers, her first one also croaked while she was on duty, and she keeps finding ways of screwing Hamster's master plans. Having Wanda on your staff list clearly isn't very good for your health.

Like right now she decided to start a battle in the MK instead of just ordering Jack to hide them and run back to their own cap.


To me it seemed she did what Parson suggested, and then she did even more, by creating the linkup and starting the dance. Without her intervention, they would do what Artemis wanted and the whole group would be shred to pieces by CC tripods. Given the circumstances, she did good.
cu wrote:

oslecamo2 temp wrote:

Also yay, Count Downer is still up!


Uh oh, you shouldn't have said that. :shock:


Dude! Toldja. :x
Polvane the eraser wrote:
Basically, fire is the thing the casters fear most. Parson knows this. He has a habit of breaking rules when it suits him to do so. And he has plenty of motive to go for the mass destruction right now.

All he has to do is set a fire and then order one veiled archon to spread the fire across the trees of the MK. Or get Artemis to use fire arrows.


"So, are you afraid?"
"No. The only thing a magician fears is fire. That's what my dead master taught me"
"Very good. What else did your master teach you?"

Ok, I don't quite have the quote correct. Actual quote -- https://web.archive.org/web/20150428205 ... e=20110423 -- was more like this:

"Does that frighten you boy"
"n-n-n-no s-s-sir, a wizard is only afraid of one thing"
"A lesson from your master?"
"No, that was from Aahz. My master taught me something else"
"Oh? What was that?"
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Crisco wrote:
Really? You believe this? Charlie is a cheater and a liar, it's what he does. You can't believe what he's told Parson. Lilith forced CC to pay GK 75k to keep her from turning to join Tramennis, then Charlie wrote up a contract where he was obligated to tell Parson why he sent 75k. After Parson agreed to pay the 80k to find out, Charlie lied about the reason. Do I care that he lied about that, specifically?


Actually, maybe not. Charlie gave two different "I will give you 75K" contracts to Parson.

The reason for the first? For 80k, find out that the first was trying to scam Parson.
For 90K, find out that the second was because of the deal involving Lilith

Complies with terms of the agreement.
Relies on Parson being curious
The first scam makes it very likely that he won't have to reveal the truth in the second.
And if he does? He gets paid to tell you why.

He wins/makes money no matter what, at least if Parson is curious enough to ask why on the first round, and that was a pretty sure thing.
Polvane the eraser wrote:
NotABot wrote:
"We can't win this". Marie's death was required for Parson to understand that she was right and the battle is lost. Make him think. He needs to withdraw, surrender or conjure some sort of a Parson trick.


I don't think Parson can or will accept Marie's assertion that the battle is lost. It's his nature to fight against Kobiyashi Maru scenarios.

And if he does accept it now, how can he hope to defeat Fate later on?

Perhaps more to the point, just like the Volcano, or "Look, I've fallen and now I can get up", he looks for rule holes to abuse.

So what kind of rule exist here, that everyone takes for granted, that someone from StupidWorld can see a flaw in?

... and as I say that, I realize: it's friday, and there's a new comic that I haven't seen yet :-)