Kreistor wrote:Another comic that didn't need to be written. [Edit: COrrection. That should have read "Another comic that didn't need to be drawn".] At this point, did we really need a comic that, besides the one comment on the portal, only clarified Wanda's philosophy? This page could have been a text update, and then drawn for the Book release.
Kreistor wrote:Okay, my point should have been, "Why are we seeing this discussion?" [...] So what visually justified drawing this comic vs. writing it as a Text Update?
Text updates are not necessarily included in the print version. So, any information conveyed needs to be in a comic. The detail on portals, if left to the text updates, would be lost.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Cool to know that a double dash through the MK is apparently a kosher thing in these forums.
Why shouldn't it be "a kosher thing"? Right now Parson is at the end of a tunnel, with several thinkamancers blocking that end and looking to escort him to their stronghold. His path of least resistance is down the tunnel right back to GK. That's a "double dash", is it not?
0beron the avatar thief wrote:[Nothing of import]
Die in a fire.
Swodaems wrote:Yeah, "guy with power realizes his enemies are humans and then takes advantage of that fact to achieve his goals" is a far better development. Getting all wangsty and going stupid makes for a horrible story, especially when the protagonist is rewarded for that behavior.
I'm in agreement with bpzinn.
bpzinn wrote:They are NOT waiting for Godot. That is a fiction you made up. They are securing the portal room, as ordered. They are ALSO, STILL perusing the ACTUAL GOALS for victory.
Parson feels that he needs to share the risks he orders units into. But that is a secondary goal to <Sheen>WINNING</Sheen>
Swodaems wrote:The problem is that this reveal stops the character's actions, in particular Parson's, from making internal story sense. It makes Parson look like he will potentially have no easy way to return to GK should he get thru the portal and succeed in taking the city. [...] If Parson does have good knowledge about portals and does not have a return plan in mind, then his reason for putting himself in that situation needs to be explained so the audience isn't left hanging in a state of cognitive dissonance.
Parson has explained all of this. He has decided that the moral act of placing units in harms way is only tolerable if he places himself in harms way also. Is this smart? Nope. Is this the decision the supreme warlord would make? Nope. This decision by Parson is intended to demonstrate that he:
A) Has decided that Erfworld is "real:;
B) Has come to grips with the facts that every military leader must accept, that his decisions place people in danger and get some of them killed;
C) Has decided that he cannot accept B without also placing himself in that same danger.
Is C a wise decision? Nope. It is rather stupid. It is a character development decision, not a Perfect Warlord decision.
Dinkum wrote:I agree that Parson has probably thought this action through to the nines before ever walking into GK's portal.
See now, no. Parson isn't acting rationally here. His intent is to share the danger of the units he is commanding. He does retain his canny nature, but he is hampering it with a personality drawback. This is contrary to assuming that Parson has thought through the consequences of his attempt to reach Jetstone through the MK. QED: Chewie and TGMTTA.