Nice update, very nice indeed. Good dialogue, love the expressions on various faces - awww, isn't Sizemore cute when he is all protective and stuff. Hmmm - "I can prove it, but there is no time"... Just a sellers lie, or the truth? I wonder how he could prove the scroll would return Parson to his world without casting it first?
And gee, Marie looked pretty scared/concerned about the prospect of the spell being cast, and she doesn't even know what it is or the discussion that Jojo and Parson have just had. Or does she? Predictamancer and all that (or again not, maybe it is a variable, something she hasn't seen). Could it be good for Parson, bad for them? Bad for Parson, bad for them? Hmmm, makes me wonder how much Marie cares for/about Parson in all this. Sure, she has bigger things on her mind but still... I'm thinking her reaction might well prove that the scroll is the real deal.
It will probably be more revealing in the next update that deals with this scene - will Marie suggest Parson give the scroll to her? Or maybe the great minds? As much as it makes sense for Parson to have it, if it is real there would be others who might want it as a safe guard or leverage against Parson in future (and in turn it is something Parson might really want to get back in future). Alternatively if they pressed too hard it might put Parson on guard against them ("No, really, I think I'd like to hang onto it for now".)
And whales eh? Or Whale jokes, nice. I wonder who Parson could be a white whale for - Charlie? The Great Minds? Janis, Marie and co's Erf wrecking plot? Heh, and then punning on with Free Will-y. Anyway yay, Parson has his scroll of potential conflict and drama.
Beeskee wrote:And we see some of the real power of the hippymancers. Remember the "Even a grand abbie couldn't hope to quiet this battle" quote from way back when? Looks like hippymancers can stop units from attacking. Possibly even entire armies. That'd be a big deal in Erfworld.
I'm curious about what the spell actually did to Jojo (other then put some nice flowers in his hair) - he wasn't actually attacking, just trying to convince Parson to let him cast the spell. My thoughts are:
A. Robbed him of the motivation to continue (or did the circumstances, three other casters being there who want Parson to stick around do that)
B. Make him abandon his desire to work against the caster's desires (whose desire wouldn't be for Parson to return to his world, or at the very least whose desire wasn't to have a spell cast on Parson). Which is kind of a strong armed peace/love.
C. Or was there sinister motivations and he no longer felt able to continue with them? "It don't come easy"?
Of course if the latter they couldn't be too sinister since he had no problem giving the scroll.
The Minx wrote:
BTW: the "great white whale" comment might also be a P. T. Barnum reference, rather than a Moby Dick reference. From the Wikipedia article on the American Museum:
The five story building also served great educational value. Aside from the different attractions, the Museum also promoted educational ends, including natural history in its menageries, aquarium (which featured a large white whale), and taxidermy exhibits; history in its paintings, wax figures, and memorabilia; and temperance reform and Shakespearean dramas in the above described "Lecture Room" or theater.
And P. T. Barnum would certainly be a Carnymancer, more so than Herman Melville. Or it might be a bit of both.
That's a nice bit of info, and it could certainly fit (since that whale could be considered "earth bound", certainly not free like the other famous white whale), hmmm, it does indeed look like we could have a double meaning in Jojo words.
Wren wrote:Also, what would happen if a "free will" scroll were used on WANDA? =O
She would end up in Faq...
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.