TheMutant wrote:And I'm guessing that Jojo wasn't going to just walk away if Parson refused- he might have started using his own spells to render Parson unable to defend against the scroll.
How do you go about using your own spells to render a person who is apparently immune to your scroll spell somehow unable to defend against the scroll? Seems like belling the cat to me... Great in theory, but highly impractical in practice.
kouhoutek wrote:She preventing him from casting the scroll anyway. If the staff only grants say, 50% spell resistance, rather than full spell immunity, Jojo might have rolled the dice and tried anyway. All his talk was to try to make it a sure thing.
A reasonable theory. If I had a 50% chance to succeed on some action I thought was important I'd try to improve those odds.
gameboy1234 wrote:[snippage]Another way to interpret this is that Jojo and Parson were stalemated. Parson was blocking the spell, but if he turned around to run away, his guard may have dropped and Jojo would have been able to cast at a fleeing opponent. Backing away slowly might have amounted to the same thing. Now, with Jojo "pacified" or whatever, he can't cast no matter what. So he tosses the scroll and gives up, at least for now.
'kay. I'll buy that also.
rkyeun wrote:At the beginning of the story, Parson was controlled by Erfworld, and his curse words were booped out and his hands forced. At the end of the first book, he broke that and established his free will. As long as Parson played by Erfworld's rules, Erfworld could be blamed. It could be responsible for what was happening. Its people, its spells, its casters, its summoning, its duty, and its fate.
If Parson's not going to play by those rules, Erfworld isn't going to take responsibility. Parson has the scroll now. He has no excuse. If he stays now, it is by his will, his rules, his fate. And whatever he breaks is now entirely his responsibility.
This is a somewhat poetic position to take. The mechanics of Erfworld tend to get in the way of simple answers here. Just as the GK casters refused to enter the MK without a direct order from Parson, and Parson then was able to order them into the risky volcano uncroaking, there are rules at work of which the readers have not been made clearly aware. At least not enough to be able to judge these sorts of questions.
Beeskee wrote:Jojo's speech changes right after he's hit, he slips into a more normal form of speech.
Not as much "more normal" speech as it is another Beatles song reference
Dancing Cthulhu wrote:It would be a shame if some she [Janis] got some hippiemancer goons to ruff him up for trying to interfere in their plans.
That seems to be the very antithesis of hippymancy, to me.
Housellama wrote:The most dangerous thing is not any kind of lethal technique. It's knowledge. [...] And then he had the tree trimmed.
And thus the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was denied to the students.