Shai_hulud wrote:It's a cause and effect issue. Correlation doesn't imply causation and all that. A different way to ask the question would be have we seen a unit who's conditions didn't change, only peoples perceptions of them, but they still had altered signamancy. Because until we actually see that, then there is no logical reason to assume it isn't, say, lifestyle changes. I mean people get tired from moving their muscles, so their muscle are doing some sort of work right? And Parson lost weight over time from exercise. Wouldn't it make more sense that Jillian is putting on weight from two months of sitting around the house? You aren't really going to tell me you think the most likely reason for a character getting fat while sitting around all day is that they lacked the will to thinness, are you? Except that's you're saying so I guess you would.
I respect this argument much more than the "Slately doesn't know what he's talking about, so we should ignore him" one.
Rather than dismiss a viable case as evidence, or argue simply that erfworld works in the same manner as our world because our world works that way (despite so much of Erfworld operating under it's own, completely different rules), you offer a test to provide evidence against my stated theory.
In response, I'd like to offer some evidence we know, a counterargument, and a data point for your test:
- Parson gets tired from moving; erfworlders do not. ("[...] so we can deploy and redeploy units without expending move. (I'm the only one that gets tired moving around, apparently.)" – TBFGK 98a)
- Ergo, we can't assume that action & use affect their muscles in the same way.
- Parson's weight loss from walking & stairs could be something completely unique to him, like how he can still bleed and Erfworlders don't (First Intermission 25 vs Every single fight we've seen in the comic)
- Mary Sagittari & her squad of archers (LIAB Text 55).
- They were popped roughly 1700 turns before LIAB.
- Their daily routine was standing on the wall, and going to sleep in the nearest turret tower; no training, no exercise, nothing.
- Despite nigh-total inactivity for hundreds of turns, they all look like fit, healthy soldiers, and not chubby couch potatoes.