Book 3 - Page 72

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Book 3 - Page 72
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People who don't have mathamancers or predictamancers, mostly.
Beeskee wrote:
Tho we did see the Predictamancers screening for Parson even though Mr. Mountain <3 stood literally head and shoulders above them. Screening is a mechanic in Erfworld more than just someone being in the way physically, because otherwise enemies could just aim at Parson's head poking up out of the top of whatever crowd he was in.


Yes but I must point out that it still prevents him from getting his nuts blown off or gut shot. Plus all the major arteries in his (relatively) unarmored legs were being protected by their bodies. All the other casters could aim for was his head, chest, and put of his arms. The head is a small target, his chest was protected by plate, and his arms are smaller and fast compared to his center of mass. And all of that is ignoring the fact that the Predictamancers could simply raise their hands or jump while Parson could just duck behind them. All the Predictamancers needed to do was sense an impending attack and order him to get down. When I first read that page, I remember thinking "he's still partially exposed, that can't help THAT much", but we didn't know that the Staff of Suckage he was carrying could stop one attack or spell. It was implied by Jojo, but we weren't given clear details about it. If Parson was hit by an attack above the waist, the Staff would have taken the blow and he could then use that opportunity to hit the deck. That seems like the logical reason that he let himself be exposed.
Later on he just moved a few steps down the stairs so he didn't stand out so much. :D

But not before the carnies were talking about taking potshots at him.

I still think there's an actual mechanic behind screening that would apply some penalties to the shot even if Parson is somewhat exposed physically.
wtb? Were the forums down all day, or are my ideas just that terrible? ^.^;
Beeskee wrote:
wtb? Were the forums down all day, or are my ideas just that terrible? ^.^;


Nope. Either most of the forum have been summoned into various game worlds or Wednesday is now cursed. Take your pick.
Beeskee wrote:
wtb? Were the forums down all day, or are my ideas just that terrible? ^.^;
I didn't bother replying cus I agree with you, and those who don't have probably already said everything there is to be said lol.
Beeskee wrote:
I still think there's an actual mechanic behind screening that would apply some penalties to the shot even if Parson is somewhat exposed physically.

It's gotta be numbers screening = units willing to take hits for you in the direct line of fire from enemy units. This is probably why numbers matter but size doesn't. Also probably why a screen can only defend against a limited number of attacking stacks. I'd put shmuckers on it being a numbers only thing.

It explains a lot about the airspace battle at Spacerock.
Surfal wrote:
DLuxxx wrote:
Spicymancer wrote:
I am very, very intrigued by Janice and Jojo holding hands.


It actually kinda makes sense to me. Jojo's signamancy is very clearly of the Sgt. Peppers era Beatles variety. Parson should clearly see the correlation between the Beatles and hippies and see that there would be a good possibility that they would be amenable, if not outright friendly with each other under the right circumstances.



**Must keep remembering that signamancy is NEVER accidental**


I believe Jojo's signamancy originates from Fedor Jeftichew, aka "Jo-Jo The Dog Faced Boy" of P.T. Barnum fame. He shares Jojo's formal name (Jeftichew) and wears the exact same coat as Jojo wears in the comic.
In Book1 Parson had to cope with learning on the job.
In Book2 Parson had to cope with taking over when his colleagues had messed up.
In Book3 Parson will have to cope with being caught napping in the MK. All the signs are there.
Beeskee wrote:
wtb? Were the forums down all day, or are my ideas just that terrible? ^.^;


Nay, I didn't answer because I had no more points or evidence on the subject. I still disagree, cuz the staff was basically a one-shot force-field and he would want to stand up straight to look intimidating whether or not it was a risky thing to do. How uncool would it be for him to bravely run headfirst into the MK, then cower behind a bunch of Predictamancers because he got held up. That embarrassing for your side, you know, and it sends a bad message. Still, I didn't want to argue since I couldn't think of anything else to say at the time. Instead, I started rereading Book 2. I have never read it in hi-res and I already finished reading book 1 the other day.

Edit: I also been looking back on previous reaction topics from the book 2 pages (the book 1 reactions are on the old site, I guess, or dead). I never read the reaction pages until late in Book 2. I only read the first page or two. A lot of tangential comments come up in later forum topics. There's still a lot of pointless hating on characters and complaining about the pace of updates on the first comment pages so same old same old bullshit.