Kreistor wrote:A redox reaction can be oxidation (combustion) or reduction. A reduction reaction would be the combination of a two part explosive, the opposite of oxidation.
Then what we saw was likely a reduction reaction that created the explosive, that later underwent the oxidation reaction when it burned up Jetstone.
Kreistor wrote:No, there is no direct link between the Redox effect and fire. Redox happens in Frame 5, with no fire produced, and the golem walking away with no evidence of carrying any product with him. The oil is shown to be passing through corpses, but the Redox has no corpses near it, so there is no evidence that it is in the path of the oil. At no point do we see what created the fire... it may have just been a torch. Why waste a complex substance on something a torch can achieve?
It *might* be true that the Redox reaction is in the path of the oil. It also might be true that the Golem is merely setting up two traps in the same area.
The "Redox" sound effect was (probably) a reduction reaction, as you have correctly identified, that created a chemical liquid of unknown composition. I have so far assumed that the liquid then flowed down towards the gate we see another golem opening in Panel 6, and creeping its way down to the Jetstone troops. I don't think that Rob would have composed those panels in that way if they weren't causally linked in some fashion. Sizemore probably either lit it (from a distance? with a torch? with juice? unknown) or directed its flow towards Jetstone.
Hmm...it did flow right towards them, didn't it. The tunnel must have been sloped in a particular fashion to provide a downhill path to Jetstone's position. Either that, or Sizemore can make liquid flow uphill (or retool the angles of the tunnels to create a downhill path to Jetstone on the fly). Those are both pretty scary powers, but we have no evidence for either.
Kreistor wrote:At no point does Sizemore demonstrate any participation in the creation of oil, the creation of the Redox reactants, or the ignition of the Fire. At no point does he claim to have created any of these.
It's his golem setting off one of his traps. He dug that entire tunnel system and created all the golems, is it that much of a stretch to believe he also had a hand in setting up those traps?
And if not Sizemore, then who? Wanda? Maggie? Stanley? Jack? Any of the various Uncroaked warlords or Twoll/Hobgobwin troops? Who else in Gobwin Knob before Parson arrived (or even since then, he doesn't seem like a chemist) would have had any reason to know anything about the tunnel's trap system?
Kreistor wrote:At no point does Sizemore claim any such knowledge. You see only a golem obeying orders, not the fabrication of these three substances, nor the specific use of any of them.
Further, the creation of things is Stuffamancy. We have seen no claim that Dirtamancy creates substances the way Stuffamancy does. The opportunity to state that Dirtamancy can create Stuff occurred in the Summer Updates when Fabrication was explained to Parson, and it was declined. The only school that creates stuff is Stuffamancy, and we are told that Sizemore has no capacity for magics outside Dirtamancy. It is far more likely that Wanda created this Stuff, since we know that she has great capacity outside Croakamancy.
But what we do know is that Fabrication is Natural Stuffamancy, and can create non-magical things. Since no magic is cast on any of these substances, no magic is required for their production, and that puts these firmly in the realm of Natural Stuffamancy. Since we already know that Twolls have Fabrication, and never see Sizemore claiming Fabrication as a special, or that he can create such substances, we can explain the entire event without Sizemore's participation, except in ordering the golem how to create either one or two traps, which is a known Dirtamancer ability.
Basically, Occam's Razor comes down. We can explain the entire trap with the known and proven abilities of units without conferring any new powers to anyone. You are adding a new ability to Sizemore in your explanation that no one has mentioned (even when the opportunity to arose), nor has any direct image appeared to support -- that Sizemore has a Natural Stuffamancy special similar to Fabrication.
I'm not suggesting that Sizemore created the chemical traps from whole cloth through using juice. Nor am I suggesting that intricate knowledge of chemistry is somehow inherent to Dirtamancy. But Sizemore, being a Dirtamancer and a rather thorough one (when you dig and build golems out of poop for a living, you tend to get really good at the details of such work), has probably done a study on such things. Possibly at the Magic Kingdom. There's no evidence, direct or inferential, to support the idea that there is an entirely separate chemist in GK who we've never heard of, and Occam's Razor comes down to Sizemore being the likeliest possible unit to have created those traps.
Did he directly deploy them? No, but he's not a direct combat caster. Could the "Redox" merely have been a referential sound effect for a magical occurrence rather than an actual chemical reaction? Makes sense, like "4chan" or "Crypsis"
(spell word, but Jack really doesn't seem to be using some kind of biological camouflage mechanism like a chameleon's). Either way, though, it doesn't make sense for anyone but Sizemore to have set up those traps. When would Wanda have the time, given Stanley's constant nagging pre-Parson?