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DF Spoilers / Re: Supernatural Historical Wars.
« on: Yesterday at 10:54:21 PM »
The original Merlin established the English monarchy. That probably involved mortal wars, but King Arthur is ahistorical.

Vlad Dracula was involved in several armed conflicts. He lost a few. That implies, but doesn't necessitate, supernatural forces on the opposing side.

Arthur is ahistorical in real life, sure. In universe? That remains to be seen.

We also don't really know at what point during his recorded historical lifetime Vlad turned himself into the first Blampire in-universe. The obvious candidate would be at the time of his recorded death (for one, he was a political prisoner for a while until getting free and reestablishing his rule late in life, and it would be bloody hard to keep a blampire locked in a tower ... also it would have been hard to rule a nation for that last year or two if all the courtiers noticed him actively rotting and only coming out at night). Upshot is it's hard to say much with confidence about supernatural dimensions to his wars with the Ottoman empire.

DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: July 02, 2020, 11:09:30 PM »
Murphy isn't a shape shifting Alpha, they start out being able to manipulate their bodies from human to wolf..  Murphy is a forty year old vanilla human, she cannot manipulate any of her cells.  Don't know if it matters or not, but all the Alphas were also teenagers when they learned this spell, young bodies, more adaptable.

Sure, but there's never been a clear answer on how rare the ability to learn the wolf transformation really is. None of the Alphas have shown any magical ability other than that one thing, so it might be something relative vanilla's can still do with practice. Though, you're right, age might play a role too.

DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: July 01, 2020, 05:08:36 PM »
I don't think there are any magical wizard cures for Murphy.  LTW's medical degrees are all from vanilla medical schools if I remember correctly.  Wizards heal more quickly because of their make up not because of any magical medicine.

The Alphas seem to have figured out limited adaptations of shapeshifting to healing. They can close wounds quickly - it's not perfect and leaves considerable scars, but that's better than the alternative. But it's not clear Murphy has even the limited potential it would take to learn the werewolf spell, or that their healing would do her any good by the time she put in the years of practice to catch up to the Alphas.

DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:38:30 PM »
I didn't think that Harry and Murphy suspected that Rudolph worked for Marcone.  It was pretty clear in Changes that he was unknowingly working for the Red Court.  I suppose Rudolph can just be generally corrupt and work for the highest bidder. 

I kind of doubt Marcone is actually behind it. It seems like accepting the weregild and then sending crooked cops after Harry anyway would be a violation of his standards of conduct. He might order a hit for an unrelated reason at any time, but using something he's already accepted payment to settle? Seems inconsistent for him.

DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 4 Drop
« on: June 24, 2020, 02:50:32 AM »
Total cheap shot, for starters was it the infant Harry's fault that Lord Raith killed his mother?  Really? How much say does a six year old have in his father's living or dying by natural causes or other?  As for Susan, while Harry had very little say there as well, he didn't even know Maggie existed, and Susan came to him to save her.

His parents deaths weren't his fault, but they probably were targeted because of what he is. I don't think Lord Raith went to the trouble just to punish Maggie Sr. for leaving him - he wanted to interrupt the 'give birth to a starborn' plan. And Malcolm was probably killed to facilitate Harry eventually coming into Justin's custody, whether by Justin himself or by Lea.

Susan ... well, for all that it was either Susan dies alone or Susan + everyone else all die ... Harry still went along with Martin's plan at the end.

DF Spoilers / Re: "That Stunt with Mab"
« on: June 22, 2020, 07:12:47 PM »
Hmmm.  I had not considered the fact that the denarians may actually be more fractured because of this.  Good point.  I wonder if this is the case, of if Nic came up with a really good plan whether his wife's fallen angel would still talk her into supporting him.  Makes me wonder what her goals are compared to his.

If Tessa is even really in the driver's seat. Besides Imariel, there's a very real possibility she's also N-fected.

DF Spoilers / Re: Elaine
« on: June 20, 2020, 02:40:20 AM »
He might have used water magic once --- when he was battling Demonreach with the elements

He did, but iirc he pulled water from the ground rather than create it from nothing by magic.

DF Spoilers / Re: New Drop Chapter Three
« on: June 17, 2020, 12:48:50 AM »
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DF Spoilers / Re: Elaine
« on: June 15, 2020, 02:07:34 AM »
Lara became the de facto ruler of the in BR, not WN, so it's unlikely that the motivation behind WN was to unseat Lord Raith in favor of Lara.

Agreed. Vitto was supposed to come out ahead, either by virtue of Malvora deposing Raith and his aunt being a figurehead, or killing everyone and being the last WC noble left standing at all.

DF Spoilers / Re: Is Harry related to the Winter crone?
« on: June 15, 2020, 01:57:48 AM »
Mab became Winter Queen around 1066 AD & Ebenezer was a young man around the French & Indian War in the 1750s....

The Council has probably also had the Blackstaff for a lot longer than Eb has been alive. I'm not sure whether stealing it from Mother Winter was tied in with the events of 1066 specifically, but Eb talks about the Blackstaff as a role that was established in Council history and passed down to him, not something formulated around him after he stole the staff.

DF Spoilers / Re: Elaine
« on: June 14, 2020, 03:12:53 PM »
And it's also possible that there was some "long game" planning going on, that Elaine's "purpose" (and Cowl's) was entirely other than what it seemed to Harry.  Elaine could have been running a scam on Harry, even then.

Note that the outcome of Harry interacting with the White Court is that the White's ruler no longer has that infamous immunity-to-magic!  This could be EXACTLY the outcome desired by Cowl, and achieved largely via KumorElaine...  If Kumori is indeed Elaine, of course.

Wait, what? Lord Raith's protection was (probably) sponsored by a big-time Outsider. I haven't seen any indication that he lost it just because Harry managed to keep his mother's curse blocking him from feeding intact. Or do you mean that Cowl sees Lara as a less problematic ruler than Lord Raith? I doubt that since Lord Raith and Cowl both seem friendly to Outsiders, whereas Lara is in it for Lara.

If there was anything in WN that was looks like a success at first but might actually be a scheme, I think the creation of the Paranet is more likely. Elaine knows a whole bunch of lesser talents and could potentially betray them to the Fomor.

DF Spoilers / Re: Elaine
« on: June 14, 2020, 01:24:31 AM »
Elaine & Kumori, the same person? What is this theory based on?

Mostly WOJ that Kumori's identity would hurt Harry, which narrows it down quite a bit. There aren't that many women wizards Harry is personally acquainted with enough for joining the other side to hurt him. We know she's not Luccio or Warden Yoshimo, because they were wounded and out of action during the conclusion of DB. Some have speculated Faith Astor or Jenny Sells grew up to manifest wizard-level talent and he'd be guilty for not finding them before Cowl, but if Kumori was the other figure on stage with Cowl at Bianca's party in GP, the timeline for Cowl to have recruited either and have her training far enough along to bring her to field events. Barring any major longshots like time-travelling (either) Maggie or heretofore unknown sister of Kim Delaney, Elaine is the head-and-shoulders standout.

I don't think it works for her to be freely willing Kumori, because Elaine is pretty clearly counter to Cowl's purposes in WN. But it's possible Justin's mental interference caused a split personality that's only able to take control part of the time.

A few other things, like Elaine would have been in the same position of being able to guess how Simon's wards would have worked from being trained by his apprentice Justin that the Council thought Harry was (though if Simon is Cowl, that's not needed). And from the Morgan microfiction, the idea that Justin was preparing a "Destroyer" could have been his other apprentice.

DF Spoilers / Re: What changes with Battleground
« on: June 11, 2020, 11:35:11 PM »
2. The white council is no more.
- The counsil has been had some serious losses over the years with the war against the red court, the trouble with the fomor and the damage caused by Peabody that group has been diminished.  A heavy blow to the senior council (let say Ancient Mai, Langtry and Eb are killed) could do away with the organization has it existed for centuries...

Rashid implied in TC that contending against the Council was on Harry's path at some point. I don't see them just ending because of losing some of the Senior Council. But if they lost some leaders and Cristos staged a coup over who's left? I could see that setting the stage.

DF Spoilers / Re: New Drop Chapter Two
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:55:51 AM »
I think this is different. The ice must have come from water all around. Out of the air, in the ground etc. I don't think it is created out of ectoplasm. In dead beat for example, when they were fleeing from the zombies from the morgue, he uses fuego to draw the warmth from the ground into the flame he sent into the sky and the result was ice on the street.

I think creating ice is a lot like creating fire. The one is to send energy out in form of heat, the fire. The other is withdrawing the heat and then maybe some slowing down of water particles to create ice.

It doesn't take a very thick layer of ice to make ground slippery. Ambient atmospheric moisture could probably cover that. Perhaps also the ice claws, depending on how far away Harry can actually pull moisture from.

But the wall? An enclosed indoor space doesn't have enough water vapour in the air for that.

DF Spoilers / Re: New Drop Chapter Two
« on: June 10, 2020, 06:21:50 PM »
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He's already created ice constructs a few times that extend beyond just freezing water that was already present since becoming winter knight - the claws when he fought Maeve, and the wall to separate the ghouls in SG. The mass for those pretty much had to have come from ectoplasm too, so it's not a total departure from established abilities.

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