Wow, that one really carried some punch. Possibly one of the most moving instances I've encountered in a webcomic. I really, really liked the Cubbins & Ace team, and I'm feeling all sorrowful fro both right now. Sorrow at where it looks like Cubbins is heading, but also respect for him. And we haven't spent as much time with Ace and Cubbins as some characters, so it is a testament to the quality of writing that you feel such strong sense of character and friendship from the two and that the (apparent) sacrifice of one creates such an emotional impact (for me anyway).
And the art is great. The focus is great and I always love the background detail that really brings it to life. The little dwagon down below, the two Archers holding one another and looking out as the end approaches, the poor guy on the ground - really great.
And I wish I could see Slately's face, looking upon Oss apparently reborn again... now if this is genuine and not a shenanigan of some sort this could be a real test for Slately. In less then an hour his world has been shaken to its core and he has had to adapt fast. All this because he saw Trem in a new light... but chiseled Ossomer, everything old Jetstone aspired to, suddenly throws off the Toolist witch's shackles and returns to fight alongside his father? Could Slately relapse? Of course if Oss has turned and he survives this I doubt he will be the same.
drachefly wrote:It was specified that a few arrows were held in reserve. I'd hate to have to hunt it up, though.
You're right. Trem didn't exhaust the air defences (and the archons are so spread out to offer them a bit better protection from what was left). When Ace first told Slately about his version of the plan (Slately escaping by air) it included archers and tower defenses contributing to the process of clearing a way for Slately.
teratorn wrote:Edit: oh, and GK probably gets a Jestone Prince. Trammenis was still in the tower.
It would be an interesting development if that happened. Parson, Jack and Trem - what a trio of thinkers, who knows where they could take Erfworld. While elsewhere the Jetstone alliance's resistance to a potential Decrypted Dystopian future is revitalized by Oss and Slate's new outlook while supporting of new era of Dollmancer powered warfare (Don King has a Dollmancer as well).
Xenon wrote:a moment of silence for a noble mancer, who has more testes than the titans.
Sieggy wrote:Noble, but dumb . . . a caster is far more valuable than a couple of archers (unless he's completely out of juice). And he's small enough that I would think that he and a smaller archer could have been easily carried by a Uni. Once airborne, who knows, he might have been able to pull something out of his hat.
I don't think there is such a thing as a smaller archer, in terms of Erfworld physics.
Kozbot wrote:However tactically useful a hat magician may have been I don't think tactical advantage was the point. The update starts with "A man can get used to nearly anything unpleasant, eventually." My take is that Cubbins had got used to surviving while other units went out to die, and at this point he was simply incapable of continuing to ignore it any longer. He didn't want to live when it meant someone else had to die in his place. Anyways, that's my take.
I thought something along those lines as well. We know the conflict weighs heavily on Pierce, all the people he couldn't save, we got to just have a look inside Ace's head... I remember Slately sending the communication saying goodbye to Trem, I imagine in recent times he has communicated the deaths of a lot of Jetstone troops to Slately.
Personally I think it could be a whole lot of things. I think he was definitely doing what he thinks is right, both in terms of his own personal concept of it and in terms of duty. He seems like a humble guy, he might have legitimately felt two archers would be better in the coming fight then he would. Since the survivability of Slately and his party seems uncertain, with their main aim being to take out enough Archons to promote Trem, he might well be thinking "chances are good I'm dead either way, so where can I do the most good?" - he saves two archers and perhaps, by staying, he also gets to launch whatever tower defenses are left, helping Slately and co that bit extra.
It might then have been complicated by the enormity of the moment, chaos, Ossomer, the tower going and the prospect of imminent death for a lot of Jetstone troops. It is a lot to take in, though I have a feeling Cubbins never intended to go, that Ace had tuned out that unpleasant reality of the situation so focused was he on his task.
The.Healing.Mage wrote:Is Cubbins a traitor? Shouldn't his Duty have compelled him to look out for Jetsone? Isn't he worth more to the future than a lowly archer? Now Jetstone will lose the hat magician that gives them forward intel! Unless this is some sort of contrived Disney death...
What is Duty?
Cubbins is a hat magician and we have no idea of his experience in war, the juice he has remaining or exactly what he is planning. Duty seems to compel a unit to try and do what is best for their side (or compels them not to do something that would be bad for it), but I dare say it is at least somewhat contingent upon that unit's own personality/knowledge/skill etc (just look at Wanda's history in Faq). I don't think it confers some sort of special sense on a unit that lets them know exactly what is the optimal course of action for them to take is. It seems to me a warlord might look at a combat situation like this as an observer and have a different idea about what he would be compelled to do for the good of the side than, say, Sizemore, Jack or Parson. Or Slately or Pierce.
Plus the future is rather precarious right now. Jetstone surviving to have one depends on Slately surviving or an heir being designated before he dies.
Radagast wrote:Even if Cubbins was able to ignore the King's orders for some reason, why were the Archers able to do so?
I guess Slately never directly ordered Cubbins or Ace to their Uni, and we never heard him order the archers never to move - and we know Casters have more then a little wiggle room when it comes to actual orders if they think it would be better if they did/didn't do something. All Cubbins would need to say was "king wants you on the Uni", the archer wouldn't know difference.
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.