Housellama wrote:It's an interesting theory and you have a strong point but I'm not sure I agree with your conclusion, for several reasons.
1. Music is governed by Rhyme-o-mancy which is a part of Stageamancy, not Hippiemancy.
2. The only references we've seen to Parson and Music is the alarm clock at the beginning and his 'taunt' in tBfGK.
3. Of things that can "create meaning", there are things that are much more relevant than a musical instrument.
Your theory is extremely sound, but I think that for Signamancy something like the Arkenpen or the Arkenbrush would be better. Way way back in the day, I proposed that the fourth 'tool was the Arkenpalette, a set of paint that could be used to literally paint the world, much like those old Bugs Bunny cartoons. The fact that makeup is Signamancy makes that claim even a bit stronger.
Creating change is good, and music is a nice idea, but an instrument simply recreates something that has already been made in another form. If you want to get to the root of change, let the tool write the music.
Hmm. You're right - music, linked most strongly to Rhyme-O-Mancy, is covered by Stagemancy rather than Hippiemancy. We've seen the various disciplines using Rhyme-O-Mancy and music before, but it definitely isn't goverened by Hippiemancy. And, for that matter, I forgot one crucial area of overlap - the Arkenhammer can, in fact, be used as a musical instrument already when Stanley Rocks Out with it. So a second Arkentool as a musical instrument doesn't hold up.
Still, there was a reason that a musical instrument appealed to me so much. As you said, the instrument reconstructs an existing form - which to me is what Signamancy is all about. A paintbrush, for example, fills in colours and gives shapes and appearances... but Signamancy is about more than just how something looks on the outside. That's more like Foolamancy. Signamancy needs to explain what something is, how it works, what its purpose is, and for that I chose music to give deeper meaning. A paintbrush as an artistic implement can of course do this as well, but I just thought that music suited better in that regard. Now, I'm no longer certain.
ftl wrote:NEW TIN-FOIL HAT THEORY! UPCOMING! LITERALLY A TIN-FOIL HAT THEORY!
The Thinkamancers will succeed in taking Parson to their temple. There, the protection of the tin-foil hat will leave Parson free to wonder about the fourth tool, free from whatever powers it exerts on Erfworld to prevent people from talking/thinking about it, and that's where it'll be introduced.
Ooh, nice one. The Temple is where they keep their most powerful secrets hidden; I've wondered what they hide there. Information about the Fourth Arkentool would fit nicely into that slot, even if it's as simple as, "Your so-called 'friend' Janis guards the Fourth Arkentool, and we want you to take it from her." Hell, even if my theories are totally wrong, if anyone has a hint as to where and what the final Arkentool is, it'd be tGMTTA. And that's almost certainly something they'd want to share with Parson to arm him for the battle against Charlie.