Saladman wrote:There's an interesting piece in one of the text updates where Parson, talking to Jack about the tri-mancer link, remembers having done trigonometry, but not only doesn't remember how now, but isn't even quite sure what it is anymore. "Something to do with triangles, based on the name? I'm not sure." (Or words to that effect, no time now to go back through.) In any case, to some extent it seems Erfworld is acting on his thought processes, making him a "unit", probably not in a way that impedes his gamer instincts, but perhaps enough to prevent a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court solution.
I don't think it was supposed to be implied that Erfworld is making Parson forget Earth-science. I think it was just Parson admitting he wasn't very good at math. The exchange is here
"Jack, do you remember what you did... to project the battle table... when you were linked up?" he asked between breaths, as they plodded slowly upward. Last flight. Last flight.
"I remember doing it, Lord. But I don't remember how. If that makes sense." Jack frowned quizzically. "Does it? I often have trouble..."
But Parson understood. "Yeah. Sure," he said. "Like, I remember doing trigonometry in high school. But I'm not sure I could explain what that even is, now."
"Yes!" said the Foolamancer excitedly. "And do you feel the ache?"
"The terrible feeling," said Jack. "That you've lost some grand, Titanic capability you can no longer grasp."
"With trigonometry? Um... I don't know," said Parson. They topped the landing at last. He leaned on the stone wall for a moment and looked at his bracer. "I probably should, if I'm supposed to do Mathamancy. But I forget what kind of math it even was." He strained to remember. "Something to do with triangles? Or is that just the name fooling me?"
"Names can be important," said Jack, stepping lightly on to the landing. He looked Parson in the eye, almost gravely. "And fools, and triangles, too."