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 Post subject: Book 2 – Page 107
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:53 pm 
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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Oh BOOP.
    Charlie thinks this is gg.


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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Stanley actually managed to pull some decent sarcasm there. And I think that might just be the most detailed face we've seen for him yet in panel 6.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Daaaaaaaaaang, so here we see the real steel trap snap shut.

    And this is why we have the "slately=pawn" symbology, because I'm sure at least some of you guys have predicted that this is less a ploy to capture Parson than it is to turn him. Charlie had him over a barrel before and seemed willing to offer him a darn fine deal; now Charlie has him inside the barrel which is currently on fire, which I doubt is a very solid bargaining position.

    I haven't been trying to think ahead very much, just so I could take things as they come, but right now, I'm still slightly unsure if Charlie's going to try to proposition Parson (at enormous cost to Parson; thinking "indentured servitude" would be a step up) or if he's just going to cut his losses and try to take him out.

    My PERSONAL bet would be on option B, but that's more hope than anything else; Rob's been good to us so far with delivering quality story, but Parson as a Charlie captive sounds rather unappetizing, considering it would largely neutralize him as a force for quite some time.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Switching the capital would have been too dangerous anyways. All Charlie would have to do is setup a trap for Stanely on the way over to switch back to Gobwin Knob, or even just attack Spacerock directly. Since that option has been closed, I'd say Fate wants him to do something else. The only other way I can think of is splitting off the side. Unless Charlie showing his hand is enough to change the Tool's mind of course.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Oh, and this update croaks any remaining doubt there could have been that Jack bit it.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Awwwww I'm a little disappointed :? When he said "Control-Z" I was expecting something more clever than the plan we have been suspecting all along :roll: I really hope he has an alternative in mind and was just trying the Tool cus it's the easy option.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    You have to wonder: Was parson always going to iterate through the choices, or did the script change just to tease us?

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    Switching the capital would have been too dangerous anyways. All Charlie would have to do is setup a trap for Stanely on the way over to switch back to Gobwin Knob, or even just attack Spacerock directly. Since that option has been closed, I'd say Fate wants him to do something else. The only other way I can think of is splitting off the side. Unless Charlie showing his hand is enough to change the Tool's mind of course.


    Interesting point. We know from early in Book 1 that the Tool doesn't like Charlie. Them both being in the same chatroom might provoke something.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    It's the logical thing to try, though, so it's natural that he'd go for it first. If he hadn't even bothered to try it, we'd be asking why not.

    Now, the real question: Why did the call cut off? Was Stanley interrupted? Was Maggie interrupted? Did Charlie use a kill signal?

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Lor wrote:
    We know from early in Book 1 that the Tool doesn't like Charlie. Them both being in the same chatroom might provoke something.

    That's assuming of course that the Tool can see this. Charlie may be broadcasting to Parson's book only, or he may have even disabled the entire network and thus the Tool isn't seeing Parson's messages either.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    ManaCaster wrote:
    Switching the capital would have been too dangerous anyways. All Charlie would have to do is setup a trap for Stanely on the way over to switch back to Gobwin Knob, or even just attack Spacerock directly. Since that option has been closed, I'd say Fate wants him to do something else. The only other way I can think of is splitting off the side. Unless Charlie showing his hand is enough to change the Tool's mind of course.

    I figured Charlie cut the books off from one another, and isn't revealing himself. Along with blocking Maggie. Possibly through the arkendish.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Doesn't he still have the scroll on him? A better shot than inforo-y death...

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    True enough about us wondering if Parson didn't try.

    I also wonder if all the revelation of how Parson has been played, led, and placed into a corner (just like Slately) will trigger something else. "I am not a game piece, I'm a player! *ROAR*" Remember, the predictamancers wanted him there. I find it hard to believe they went through all that to kill him.

    If you start going tin-hat, maybe they want him to turn to Charlie, but that seems a bit out there.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Wren wrote:
    Doesn't he still have the scroll on him? A better shot than inforo-y death...

    Well, sure, but as far as Parson is aware, he isn't a caster, his existing caster is croaked, and assuming Ace is even alive, he wouldn't give Parson the time of day right now. Besides, Fate doesn't want Parson to die. He doesn't have to cheat.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    So Jojo said the scroll would send Parson home, when Judy used the slippers the first time her home was still Erfworld and so she remained, perhaps the scroll when send Parson back to GK

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Even if Parson gets the portal open again, I wonder how he's going to order Sizemore through. He doesn't have enough time to get to the portal himself. Now that Charlie's revealed his hand, it wouldn't surprise me if he jams the Eyebooks, which would prevent Parson from communicating remotely. Maybe the Predictamancers are going to play another role?

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    I think it's interesting, Charlie's word-choice.

    He treats Parson like a Player, reminding him that he had a choice of a 'way out' (assumption being that this means to leave the 'game'). Charlie shows that he knows that Parson is in some ways capable of Extraordinary Free-Will, probably more than a regular unit could have. (Few units would even contemplate abandoning their side, particularly if they're not joining a new side.)

    This certainly wouldn't make sense to an erfworld unit, to whom 'way out' wouldn't have any significance, since they would only be familiar with Erfworld.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    ETheBoyce wrote:
    So Jojo said the scroll would send Parson home, when Judy used the slippers the first time her home was still Erfworld and so she remained, perhaps the scroll when send Parson back to GK

    Doubtful. Charlie wants Parson out of the game entirely. He would make sure that Parson wouldn't end up back in Gobwin Knob.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    @Charlie: It's always to soon to gloat. If you must gloat, do it quietly, alone, once your enemy is dead.

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     Post subject: Re: Book 2 – Page 107
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    Well, I think this confirms Charlie has power over ALL thinkamancy links, or at least the ones Stanley had. Disconnecting and intercepting calls seems like a REALLY bad thing for Tool. And Parson. And Erfworld. My guess is Charlie is trying to force Parson to use the scroll, not trying to croak him. I'm guessing the scroll somehow gets him under Charlie's command, as Charlie had many simpler, more effective options to croak Parson. I think Charlie knows Parson's ultimate power in Erfworld, and will do anything to get him, despite his remonstrations about his artifact at the battle of Gobwin Knob. Scary as Charlie is, though, I'm still absolutely terrified of Olive Branch, and I REALLY hope she ends up dying. That chick is friggin' SCARY.

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