I'm really feeling for poor Oss too. So much pain... and what a terrible blast that last one was. And Slately is so close to the edge... I don't think it will slay the tower this time, but I almost have a feeling (hope) next strip begins with Oss catching his father and depositing him safely back on the tower (if he can). Come on Oss - free will! Free Will! Free Will!
And I do hope the Jetstone casters make it out ok. I like them as a group and personally think they will be more interesting not with GK. And I like how everything Ace is doing is being kept out of sight. I can't wait for Slately's big makeover reveal.
And great art, really good.
The.Healing.Mage wrote:So Artemis did something after all. Good. I liked her. She had spunk. (Also, Slately is about to be the most bamf jetpack-helmet-lightsaber(purportedly)-caped king to ever fly out of a collapsing castle being attacked by Dwagons ridden by Decrypted. In Layman's terms, he's a king whose also a boba fett jedi knight fighting dragons ridden by zombies who are attacking his castle. There aren't WORDS for that kind of awesome.)
And the artwork is, as usual, above-and-beyond.
badninja wrote:Wow could Oss. be ready to turn? So we go back a bit but now how much longer till Parson makes it to Jetstone? Could Stately detect when Jack used the portal as that would tip Parson's hand. All this back and forth is setting up a big final showdown? Final question how long, as in time, has elapsed since the battle began? Back in book one after one hour the party in TV had gotten deadly serious are we near that point yet?
Hard to say with the Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey nature of Erf. Up till now I've read it as - the TV war room party was in high spirits as Ansom appeared to be leading his siege to the bridge - they thought Oss and Trem could hold that there for the turn, long enough for Sammy to arrive and they had Jillian as a hidden bonus.
Then Ansom reveals he will dwagon rush the capital, Oss falls and it looks like game over and things get grim in the TV throne room (then not so grim when GK turn ends, then grim again when dwagons fall).
Kreistor wrote:I could have done without this page. The art is definitely cool, it doesn't convey any new information. We knew Slately was having his equipment enhanced. We knew they suspected the Tower would fall. It shows that in making these things, the casters don't use spell words. which is a little bit of Mechanics, but hardly worth the page. And we knew that Decrypted believe themselves self-aware.
If this page was omitted, no one would notice the loss.
I think it is the perfect fit, pacing wise. It would, for me, have been a bit jarring to cut back from the MK to the tower falling or Slately jetting around already. It seems to me we have got to see these last couple of minutes for everyone, we know exactly where everyone is and what Slately is now up to.
Plus it shows Slately isn't up to speed with the situation on the ground. This could be setting up his revelation that Trem is in danger, or his words, combined with Artemis' sacrifice pushing Oss over the edge into a place no decrypted has ever gone before (and that I really want to see).
Hayes wrote:I think we are learning not only that the Decrypted think of themselves as self-aware, but that they also have enough freedom to think of the word Noble with a capital letter, even though they are supposed to worship the Pliers.....I'm still wondering what the explanation for that freedom will be, since it seems pretty lacking in everyone else besides Ossomer...
I guess if the pliers don't interfere with thought patterns (just individual loyalty through some sort of love spell mind whammy) it should still be quite possible for a decrypted to see virtues, actions etc like that. Wriggly was still basically Wriggly for example.
For a decrypted though I kind of imagine an individual in a cult, who are a bit brainwashed and can't see how much the cult doesn't gel with their own principles/stances/etc. It is just when they can't justify or pretend or whatever anymore and have to start thinking outside the programming. Oss has been left hanging and is having to watch the side he is compelled to love the socks off (Wanda) act in ways he doesn't like while watching his former side (who he remembers liking or loving) act in a way he finds "good".
Fishman wrote:I liked the way the "noble sacrifice" to halt the siege utimately amounts to nothing at the end, with the resuming of the BOOM. Shows what "noble" really is about: Futile, wasteful, and illogical.
Well it bought Slately and his helpers a little bit more time which might make a difference. And I'm not sure the alternative was any less futile, wasteful or illogical for Artemis - when you king in in direct danger of croaking an Erfworlder doesn't have the option of "retreat to fight another day". And if they do run/do nothing their goose is just as cooked when their king dies. All that would buy would be a few moments more of them being alive.
BakaGrappler wrote:And I also get the idea that the new Predatory Slately is a giant A-Hole.
Come now, he didn't quibble in the slightest about handing over his cape and crown to non-royals casters. He seems to be making great leaps and bounds.
Plus I get the impression his asking Oss what is happening is a slip for him. He had no reason to talk to him, unless he wanted to (and since Oss is on the other side he shouldn't have been expecting a real answer).
Sieggy wrote:I be happy! Gots mah Erf fix!! Now . . . which three lucky contestants get to play 'Say Hi! to the Archons!' Slately, maybe Pierce (who seems less than overjoyed at the prospect), and what Mystery Guest? And who's Elliott?
I can't help but think he intends to take all his casters with him. The tower is going to come down unless someone takes out the siege pretty much straight away, which he isn't planning to do.
Not knowing how many doubled unipegatuers there will be... hmm, Slately says "all top units", so I would think a few. And isn't Slately traveling by jetpack? Which would leave the three Unipegatuars for Ace, Cubbins and Pierce (damn it, Ace has got to break out his giant crossbow!). And a high level healomancer and dittomancer are guys I would want in my warband for keeping me alive and adding beneficial multipliers to things.