Book 5 - Prologue 16

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Book 5 - Prologue 16
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Anomynous 167 wrote:
Noah doesn't need to do anything. Fumo's services will pay for his side's upkeep and then some.

Allow me:

So sit back here for a tale or two of an enchanted desert isle
about 6-to-7 cast-aways, on a giant's hide.

The kingdom of Carpool had gathered ships for a 40 turn tour
a 40 turn-tour

A prisoner on The Challenger had had enough
after frequently being rebuffed
He took to himself to burn the ship down
in one great big puff
in one big puff

Were it not for the courage of the fearless yellow-nerd, the lot of them would be stuffed.

So we join ourselves on this enchanted desert-monstrocity
With Fumo
A mathermancer too
Scottilus
and Fumo's knife

Come and take your gaze at these castaways, HERE AT FUMO'S SIDE!

-

Paige Turner would be able to write serialised fiction, every ten-turn, based off the daily escapades of those onboard the Dread Naughtilusk.
There would be turns where Fumo's gang tries to escape the isle, only for Fumo to foil their every attempt (since if they escape, he'll lose his source of upkeep). And there'd be turns where Cryptolemy tries to get a message out (only for disaster to strike his chest of goods/plotdevices or the Dread Naughtilusk.
And here's the other thing: Since Fumo is contractually obliged to stay in the same spot, Noah will know precisely where he's at so he can continue to have Page Turner chroniclle his adventures.
Is it wrong that I just really started to enthusiastically embrace the "Gilliagan is Satan" conspiracy theories?

I mean, who can say what's right and wrong, in this brave new world of ours?
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Noah Moore had ordered the beast to spread its own dung, which smelled like fish and flowers, into a crevasse. The Chief Hippiemancer then grew two trees "for shade"


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DukeofTuring wrote:
Anomynous 167 wrote:
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Noah doesn't need to do anything. Fumo's services will pay for his side's upkeep and then some.

Allow me:

So sit back here for a tale or two of an enchanted desert isle
about 6-to-7 cast-aways, on a giant's hide.

The kingdom of Carpool had gathered ships for a 40 turn tour
a 40 turn-tour

A prisoner on The Challenger had had enough
after frequently being rebuffed
He took to himself to burn the ship down
in one great big puff
in one big puff

Were it not for the courage of the fearless yellow-nerd, the lot of them would be stuffed.

So we join ourselves on this enchanted desert-monstrocity
With Fumo
A mathermancer too
Scottilus
and Fumo's knife

Come and take your gaze at these castaways, HERE AT FUMO'S SIDE!

-

Paige Turner would be able to write serialised fiction, every ten-turn, based off the daily escapades of those onboard the Dread Naughtilusk.
There would be turns where Fumo's gang tries to escape the isle, only for Fumo to foil their every attempt (since if they escape, he'll lose his source of upkeep). And there'd be turns where Cryptolemy tries to get a message out (only for disaster to strike his chest of goods/plotdevices or the Dread Naughtilusk.
And here's the other thing: Since Fumo is contractually obliged to stay in the same spot, Noah will know precisely where he's at so he can continue to have Page Turner chroniclle his adventures.
Is it wrong that I just really started to enthusiastically embrace the "Gilliagan is Satan" conspiracy theories?

I mean, who can say what's right and wrong, in this brave new world of ours?

There's a Paradise Lost joke in there somewhere, what with Gilligan's Isle being set on a lost paradise.

I feel like I jinxed Friday's update as I may have guessed too close to the truth. The possibility of me jinxing it had occurred to me but I figured that Noah's plan would only (be a temporary success / lead to a temporary status quo) as events unforeseen to Noah Moore lead to the contract being broken/abused in ways he didn't imagine (So I didn't think the jinx would work as it only described part of what was yet to come)

Fumo is a fated Atlantan, according to Cryptolomy. And Atlanta was said to be in that very hex.... Maybe Dread Scott'll start to eat the lot of them, then accidentally take them all to the city beneath the waves as he's looking for more food. Fumo would then claim the city as his own, once they get to the garrison (Remember: The airspace doesn't count as the garrison, you have to be in it to claim it).
Once Fumo starts ruling Atlanta, and Scott would then turn to Fumo's side. Noah's Side would still end up paying for Fumo's upkeep (and possibly even Scott's upkeep too.), as Fumo founding a side in that very hex wasn't an eventuallity that Noah foresaw.

I mean I figured it was implied that Noah was paying more than just Fumo's upkeep and that it also included his prisoners, since otherwise Fumo wouldn't be able to keep his prisoners around.
After rereading this one more time, it just dawned on me that "Lucy and Tanya" is a play on the RMS Lusitania, a ship which was famously sunk during the first world war. Kinda surprised nobody seems to have noticed this pun yet...

Edit: looks like Mogster2 was way ahead of me... oh well, I'll come back when I have something truly original to report (which means, probably never).

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Anomynous 167 wrote:
Noah doesn't need to do anything. Fumo's services will pay for his side's upkeep and then some.

Allow me:

So sit back here for a tale or two of an enchanted desert isle
about 6-to-7 cast-aways, on a giant's hide.

The kingdom of Carpool had gathered ships for a 40 turn tour
a 40 turn-tour

A prisoner on The Challenger had had enough
after frequently being rebuffed
He took to himself to burn the ship down
in one great big puff
in one big puff

Were it not for the courage of the fearless yellow-nerd, the lot of them would be stuffed.

So we join ourselves on this enchanted desert-monstrocity
With Fumo
A mathermancer too
Scottilus
and Fumo's knife

Come and take your gaze at these castaways, HERE AT FUMO'S SIDE!

-

Paige Turner would be able to write serialised fiction, every ten-turn, based off the daily escapades of those onboard the Dread Naughtilusk.
There would be turns where Fumo's gang tries to escape the isle, only for Fumo to foil their every attempt (since if they escape, he'll lose his source of upkeep). And there'd be turns where Cryptolemy tries to get a message out (only for disaster to strike his chest of goods/plotdevices or the Dread Naughtilusk.
And here's the other thing: Since Fumo is contractually obliged to stay in the same spot, Noah will know precisely where he's at so he can continue to have Page Turner chroniclle his adventures.


I don't think there has been any evidence that Paige makes money from her books. Publishing in Erfworld seems to resemble book publishing in e.g. the Roman Empire. There, you wrote a book, you paid to "publish" it (i.e. make many copies), and you gave them to people to read. And then you could feel good about yourself because you wrote a book.

Lord Crush - Part 2 wrote:
Automagical publishing was a form of natural Signamancy, but a Signamancer could also publish books that were authored by a person. It was an expensive spell, consuming a great many Shmuckers in addition to the caster’s juice, so it was not done often.
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Sometimes a ruler would publish a catalog of all units and ferals known to their side, with points and notes about each. A side would be lucky to have popped two or three of these, as they could be extremely educational.


I would guess that there is no way to deliberately pop a specific book. Otherwise, a Side would not have to be "lucky" to get them.

However, I am less confident about that. In the Duke Forecastle story, there is a copy of Hashtag’s Guide to Water-Capables on the Unsinkable II. It is extremely valuable, and Seaworld would not have popped many copies by sheer chance. So if the Side was willing to risk putting it on a ship sent on an dangerous mission, they presumably had a way to replace it. More recently, King Dickie claimed to be Paige Turner's biggest fan, which suggests that he has some way to read (and thus obtain) her books.

Even if there is a way to pop specific books, we have seen no evidence that this pays Smuckers to the publisher.
Prologue 6 mentions signed copies; those are probably sold/paid in advance. And they likely do sell copies to established sides. At least the shmucker equivalent of the required to make a copy. Given Nestlý's limited resources, I doubt they'd make so many copies if it didn't produce income, especially as it sounds like signed copies are crowding out produce to sell.

The initial publishing of a book is expensive (probably far less so for master like Noah), but I doubt copies are as expensive.
That's making me think about a Dittomancer/Signamancer trilink producing a new kind of magic item...

The printing press!!! Put in a book, maybe some juice and GUTENBURG! new book.
tadthornhill wrote:
That's making me think about a Dittomancer/Signamancer trilink producing a new kind of magic item...

The printing press!!! Put in a book, maybe some juice and GUTENBURG! new book.

Include a Dollamancer, maybe, to create an accessory or golem with limited 'natural' Signamancy powers. It's possible to link up far more than three casters so long as you have enough thinkamancers involved, right?
strange7person wrote:

Include a Dollamancer, maybe, to create an accessory or golem with limited 'natural' Signamancy powers. It's possible to link up far more than three casters so long as you have enough thinkamancers involved, right?

Links involving more than 3 casters are a secret known only to the Great Minds (before their demise). It's possible that some other Thinkamancer(s) may discover the methods independently now that there are no more GMs sitting around murdering anyone who uncovers their secrets, but I wouldn't expect it to happen quickly.

Parson almost figured it out, and mentioned a link involving multiple Thinkamancers offhand to Maggie, who just looked at him like the world was ending. So, that's one way the practice could be revived.
Just want to say how much I enjoy the artwork of the shadows from the trees. They give a feeling of space above your head, which is kinda weird but appreciated.