MarbitChow wrote:That's not the point. The point is, if the character dies, and that death is significant to the narrative, the character should remain dead, unless that character's return from death is ALSO significant to the narrative. Misty isn't important to the narrative, except for the fact that she died.
We don't really know anything at all about Misty, other than that she's a female thinkamancer who seems to like to be helpful. Wanda has also been shown to be very helpful, and she's EVIL. We know nothing about Misty's real personality, so we as readers would have no idea what changed. So, there's no potential dramatic value to bringing her back this way, because WE couldn't feel the change, nor could Parson.
We (and more importantly, Parson) met Misty when she was part of the Eyemancer link-up. As such, she had almost no personality beyond "Lookamancer". Yes, she seemed to desire being helpful, but that really doesn't let us know a good deal about her. We wouldn't be able to track any changes in her personality.
If we can't see her change from her return from the dead, being decrypted would only serve the purpose of making Parson (and possibly Maggie) feel better. And this directly undercuts the impact of having her die.
Firefly wrote:If I get diagnosed with cancer and believe I'm going to die, then later go
into remission, I'm going to have a different notion of how to live my life
in the future, recognizing that it's a precious gift and it's NOT infinite.
If a close friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer, there is a stark difference between them going into remission and dying from it. Literally, life and death. The basic lesson or notion or moral you take away from it may be the same, but, trust me, death is going to underline that much more than remission is.
To draw a parallel to another comic, think about Spiderman. The original concept of the character revolved in large part around the fact that he wasn't always faced with easy choices and he didn't always win. The series is full of moments where Spiderman, in one way or another, failed. However, the two pivotal moments in the comic, the two failures he learned the most from, were the deaths of Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy. Spiderman's had friends and colleagues hurt, kidnapped, sent to the hospital...on and on, but the two events that form the heart of the comic's mythos and that the writers keep returning to (how many times have they replayed the bridge scene in one way or another?) are those two deaths. Because nothing drives a point home like the fact that, to learn it, someone close to you is no longer here.
I'm not going to try to debate whether decrypting Misty is possible in terms of game mechanics. "Claiming" is vague enough to slide around right now, and while Misty wasn't moved out of the city hex, she did change zones from the tower to either the courtyard or the tunnels (depending on how deep Sizemore buried her). That can be argued endlessly.
What I will argue is that, from a narrative standpoint, Misty serves a greater purpose dead than alive. Dead, she is a symbol to Parson that, however cutesy and game-like Erfworld seems, the consequences are real. He has the power to send living, thinking creatures to their horrible deaths. She is his Uncle Ben.
So, I'm going to side with Parson on this one, Misty deserves to rest.