Sigma wrote:I have mixed feelings about this page, at least in terms of the plot. To me it confirms that Rob is either staring down (bad) or intentionally deconstructing (good (?)) an ugly narrative double-bind: if Wanda croaks, Gobwin Knob is back behind Square One -- worse off in nearly every way than they were at Book 1 Page 1 (except for Parson, of course). If Wanda lives, there's likely to be a (large) chunk of the fanbase that, in outrage, will hold this debacle up as a hideous example of the power of Plot Armor.
So, I'll go for the long shot: Wanda survives the fall, but the Chekov's Gun that Parson just lampshaded gets fired -- and Wanda croaks at a plot-critical moment some time after Parson's arrival in Jetstone.
Never devolve the world into one of two options. There are always more options.
As a storyteller. I can see some value in making Wanda and Jack both incapacitated for a number of rounds, or whatever the erf equivalent is. It would certainly heighten the tension.
And there are always a chunk of the fanbase that blames plot armor, deux ex machina, or bad storytelling for whatever plot device they just don't like for whatever reason. I think it comes from a strict black/white outlook. Where storytellers tend to think in shades of grey, and full spectrum color.