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Summer Update - 034

Postby balder » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:02 am

New one is up. Guest art will be added at a later date.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Carlan » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:09 am

I don't think Wrigley will be the last to call this blitz unfair.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Anton Gaist » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:17 am

That was one heavy piece of writing.

I wonder, what will he think once he's decrypted?
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Glenn » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:18 am

Wrigley is probably going to get his spear back. So if he doesn't have to stay in Warchalking, this may actually turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to him.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Unclever title » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:27 am

So that's how capturing works in Erfworld at least for generic POWs warlords might have slightly better accommodations though that would make sense to come after the initial capture.

I guess Wrigley never met/saw Ansom before. I very much like observing the thoughts of an infantry unit, one who looked no further in life than the tip of his spear.

It gives a needed psychological look into the average Erfworld denizen, not to mention it paints a vivid picture of Erf war. One the best summer updates.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby moose o death » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:48 am

poor wrigley. i hope he isn't decrypted just so he's spared from becoming one of those freakish puppets.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby DHowett » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:53 am

I wasn't going to register on the forums until I read this update. Not because the update forced me to, no, but I just had to say:
34 was amazing - beyond words, even. It's rare that a piece of writing effects me so deeply, but I was seriously just astounded for five minutes. Just reeling.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby darthoctopus » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:05 am

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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Lord Kasavin » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:52 am

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Curses, you beat me to pointing out the pun. Also, I find it interesting that chains pop for the remainding defenders when a garrison is taken. I hope we get to read whats going on inside Wanda's mind next or soon.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby gameboy1234 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:47 am

I found it interesting how little Wrigley feared death. He seemed completely unfazed by it. I suppose all Erfworlders feel this way? If you're popped, and you really have no other existence besides being destined for battle, I suppose you must be also untroubled by the thought of eventually being killed.

If so, I wonder where morale/loyalty comes in. Is it really only relevant for higher level units, warlords, casters and heirs? I can't see a low level unit defecting. Where would they go? What would they do?
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Spot » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:17 am

moose o death wrote:poor wrigley. i hope he isn't decrypted just so he's spared from becoming one of those freakish puppets.



Poor guy. Sad story.

As for being a puppet once Wanda decrypts him, it doesn't seem as if he was ever anything BUT a puppet.

Sometimes, Erfworld doesn't seem all that different from Earth. Change a few words around, and this story could be about almost anyone from a Babylonian conscript in 2000 BC to a rifleman at the Battle of the Marne in the 20th century, and many millions of people in-between.

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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Sokrotes » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:29 am

moose o death wrote:poor wrigley. i hope he isn't decrypted just so he's spared from becoming one of those freakish puppets.


I have to disagree, all he wanted to do all his life was use his spear on something besides a practice dummy. I bet if they gave him his spear back and told him if he fights for Stanley that he can be in the front line stabbing those that made him sit and do nothing all his life he'd do it without even having to be controlled. Stanley can give him what he never had before, a purpose, an actual use.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Spot » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:52 am

Sokrotes wrote:
moose o death wrote:poor wrigley. i hope he isn't decrypted just so he's spared from becoming one of those freakish puppets.


Stanley can give him what he never had before, a purpose, an actual use.



Good point.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby BarGamer » Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:02 am

Hahaha, Wrigley's mint-condition spear. Nice. He sounds so... deflated. I wonder what's a Bohica, much less a Unatard? I doubt it has much resemblance to a Leotard...

12 stacks means we can assume that there was greater than or equal to 96 units at the battle.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Justyn » Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:18 am

BarGamer wrote:Hahaha, Wrigley's mint-condition spear. Nice. He sounds so... deflated. I wonder what's a Bohica, much less a Unatard? I doubt it has much resemblance to a Leotard...

12 stacks means we can assume that there was greater than or equal to 96 units at the battle.


A unitard is kind of like a leotard with leggings.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby DunkelMentat » Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:21 am

Maybe the best summer update so far. Stunning.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Beholden » Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:37 am

With the summer updates I was getting a little worried about the writing guys.... but dammn. Why did I doubt you?

I'd be sad to see a character with such a good exposition vanish. We still have a large Bogroll shaped hole!
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby Welf von Ehrwald » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:34 am

Poor Wrigley. Never had a chance.

And in retrospective, Stanley was right: there is no difference between him and the royals. I always thought that the garrison of a town "just" fights to the dead, not that they will be automatically tied, left to the non-existent grace of their occupiers. We safely can assume that Ansom (or a unaroyal warlord) already had executed the old garrison of Warchalking the same way.

Oh, and excellent update.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby HandofShadows » Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:42 am

[quote="BarGamer"]I wonder what's a Bohica, much less a Unatard? I doubt it has much resemblance to a Leotard...[quote]

Un-tard or unretarded maybe?

Poor Wrigley in many senses. I don't see him so much as a puppet, but as a drone. Good little unit that goes and does it's job, but never thinks for itself. Will units like Wrigley be more self aware after being decrypted? We may see soon.

I know some people want to see inside Wanda's head and it would be interesting, but that might reveal to much at ths time.
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Re: Summer Update - 034

Postby moose o death » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:56 am

Sokrotes wrote:
moose o death wrote:poor wrigley. i hope he isn't decrypted just so he's spared from becoming one of those freakish puppets.


I have to disagree, all he wanted to do all his life was use his spear on something besides a practice dummy. I bet if they gave him his spear back and told him if he fights for Stanley that he can be in the front line stabbing those that made him sit and do nothing all his life he'd do it without even having to be controlled. Stanley can give him what he never had before, a purpose, an actual use.


i could never agree with that logic. i know these guys have next to no free will under any circumstance, but there is something un right about decrypt. it's the confused look on their faces. it 's the being completely refocussed, the complete change of personality. they might still have their memories but they'd still be hollow shades of their former self. they are not living again, they're just not allowed to be dead yet.

someone needs to put the witch down hard.
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