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Madhattan wrote:
I could see Parson return with more than one Arkentool. The shoes and his DM-dices


Sorry, but those are tied up in international "dibs" protocols.
The signamancy of the opposing side on the picture btw is "The Scream" from Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. So i'd call this unfortunate side the "Munchkins"
technojunkie wrote:
OK... maybe I'm real slow here... but it JUST occurred to me that the real reason Charlie wants parson to cast the scroll vs being killed/disbanded is that he knows it's his best chance to get the arkenshoes back into the game...

He has to have seen enough parallels in signamancy, language, and mannerisms of Judy and Parson, not to mention the theoretical exposure he's had to stupidworld via the dish. Big Game may not have been about the hunt so much as getting the prey into the circus...

The only variable that doesn't work for this thought is that Charlie has no reason to believe Parson knows about the 'shoes.

Parson called Charlie a wizard. It's a pretty safe bet that Charlie knows that Parson knows everything (except why did Jack spend so much of that one day as a bird). Charlie does point out that the "Deal of a Lifetime is pretty much mooted" this update.
keybounce wrote:
Anomynous 167 wrote:
I think what you meant to say was...
Quote:

Wanda: punch, punch, punch
Charlie: Now you are all mine! Parson, read the scroll now. That's an order.
Parson: PUUNCH!


So Parson is a man who gets One Punch? Man ...

(Hey, should I say welcome back Anomynous? I thought you got a ban a week or so ago?)

One Punch is all Parson'll need for Charlie and or Stanley. As we've scene with the Slately fight, Parson is a stabber who specialises in stabbing people WITH HIS FISTS.

(Shucks, that was a month ago. Also, my son, I regret to inform you that there is a 10% inheritance tax.)

I had initially planned on making a huge stink like The Commander did on my return. "That's right, I'm back. And I've got more Risk-esque opinions that you lot were too afraid to ask:

"What's the deal with Charlescomm food?"
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However it seems that Rob anticipated the remark that I had been planning to make for the past two weeks, from the moment when he banned me. I mean the very update I can first post in pretty much nullifies the question, since now we know we're going to get an answer. Well played.

edit: Changed "whelps" to "lot". Playing Whack-a-mole with Rob. Made the mistake last time of not ducking when my gut told me to.
I know I'm a bit late to the party, but here's my reaction:

> A pink flower appeared at the corner of the sun halo.

At this, my first thought was, "Ooh, bad move, Charlie." Were I in Wanda's position, has I been offered an opportunity back into a debilitating addiction I had previously kicked, my initial reaction would have been intense desire... but that reaction would have lasted less than a second. My next reaction would have been a cold, blistering fury. My next reaction would have been calculated to cause as much damage as possible to the individual trying to tempt be back into that world. If I had a gun, I am seriously the type that would shoot Tondy down right there (and I'm talking in real life, here)... if I didn't have a better plan to get Charlie himself.

Then I read this:

> "I have conditions," she said.

I groaned... but then considered that maybe she has a plan. Charlie may be right about her personal feelings about Stanley, but he seriously underestimates Parson's datamancy.
Wanda's "I have conditions," is basically saying that Charlie has lost this round.

Not that his plan could really have worked. The most crucial objective in CC's war against GK is getting rid of Parson, and there is nothing in this plan that does anything to inhibit Parson turning to TV, a side far more likely to exploit Parson's abilities to the fullest.

There is also nothing to keep Wanda from going barbarian once GK is no longer around, Charlie doesn't realize that, cause he's completely misreading Wanda. But when she figures out that Parson is in TV, she'll go there and turn as well. So what exactly is Charlie eliminating? Just Stanley as ruler.
Madhattan wrote:
I could see Parson return with more than one Arkentool. The shoes and his DM-dices


Arkendice.

Dice that will roll either nat-20's or 1's as needed.

Turns the wielder into a master-class luckamancer.
Knavigator wrote:
I'm somewhat concerned by the quotes on "fourth Arkentool"...


It's probably been suggested since I posted this, but what if the 'Arkenshoes' are actually part of the Perfect Warlord spell like Parson's bracer?

Maybe Easteros didn't actually own the Arkenshoes, but Charlie let his side assume that they did because the alternative is that he'd accidentally done Titanic magic and have every royalist breathing down his neck for the rest of his life.

He kept the secret from everyone, especially Olive because he couldn't risk it getting out into the Magic Kingdom that he'd created OP items due to risk of censure.

Only supporting evidence is the shoes disappearing, the fact they their main power is to allow Judy to move as she normally would outside of Erfworld, and that Sizemore thought that the Bracer could be an Artifact. Pretty weak evidence I think, but still interesting.
I've had this massive flash of possible insight, and even if I'm wrong, it felt amazing and the Author is a genius (which we all knew anyway) just for letting me feel that way:
I think there are now FIVE Archentools. I think an Archentool is formed each time someone comes through from Stupidworld - they bring one through with them. And having gone back to the very first comics and having seen Parson's calculator watch, I think this might be why his Bracer seems far better than any branch of magic can easily explain...
AlmostHonest wrote:
I've had this massive flash of possible insight, and even if I'm wrong, it felt amazing and the Author is a genius (which we all knew anyway) just for letting me feel that way:
I think there are now FIVE Archentools. I think an Archentool is formed each time someone comes through from Stupidworld - they bring one through with them. And having gone back to the very first comics and having seen Parson's calculator watch, I think this might be why his Bracer seems far better than any branch of magic can easily explain...


Or perhaps just anytime someone comes in from the outside, stupid world or not.

Shoes from outside? Bracer from outside?

Pliers could have come from anywhere; it's a decent shape for that type of tool.
A dish-shaped receiver would be appropriate from any high-tech world.
And a hammer? Absolutely basic.

Why are there so few? Because there have been so few visitors from outside.

This makes far more sense than "these are gifts from the titans", or even "these were things left behind by careless titans".
Hmmm...except that three of the Arkentools have 3D-rendered Signamancy (the shoes were not clearly shown to have this attribute, but they might have been reduced to line art along with desaturation for art consistency).

I'm still partial to the theory that there are eight Arkentools, and that they are an integral part of Erfworld's system rather than accidental additions.