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DF Spoilers / Fate of the original Merlin
« on: June 09, 2019, 09:48:27 PM »
So I was thinking about the WOJ that Harry missed something when he was looking at the runes on the buildings on Demonreach, namely that they were similar to the Hag's ascension ritual in Welcome to the Jungle. So I reread that and noticed that Bob and Harry described it differently from the Darkhallow, as "makes you more of what you already are" rather than "poof, instant dark god".

Jim has ruled out Merlin being the English prisoner. So, what if he used an ascension ritual to turn himself into Alfred? Took the 'if you want it done right, do it yourself' approach rather than finding an existing genius loci to build around.

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DF Spoilers / Elaine / Kumori thought
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:53:28 PM »
So I know Elaine is one of the most prominent suspects for Kumori's identity. There's a fair bit of circumstantial evidence, but does anyone have a good accounting of why she was putting on an apparently full and sincere effort to stop Cowl's plot with Vitto to hunt the minor practitioners to extinction?

It seems like a stretch to attribute it to seeing through Cowl's deceptions after DB and running, but being too afraid to fully come clean to Harry. When Harry suggested leaving him and going to the Council for witness protection in DB, Kumori was confident that wasn't an option because he'd track her down and kill her easily even with protection. How does she survive going it alone with her name in LA's yellow pages?

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DF Spoilers / Another clue from Nicodemus in Small Favor
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:32:23 PM »
So I was recently re-reading SmF, and something new struck me from Harry's final conversation with Nicodemus on the boat. Nic says it's ironic that Harry, despite being an opponent, is the only one he can be sure hasn't gone over to the "Black Council", as Harry is still calling it at the time. And when Harry asks why, he says because "Nobody so obstreporous has ever been corrupted except by his own mule-headedness".

Now, despite not filling Harry in on the details, Nic has pretty clearly recognized that what Harry is calling the Black Council actually means he's started connecting the movements of Nemesis' infected and their pawns. There are two possible interpretations - either he's being honest about his confidence that Harry hasn't been infected against his will, or he has nothing to fear from tipping his hand to knowing more than Harry does about this faction even if Harry had been forcibly Nemfected (which the Mothers later told Harry amounts to painting a target on yourself to be killed or forcibly turned), meaning the Adversary already knows he's an active opponent and he has nothing to lose talking to Harry about it even if Harry is Nemfected.

I think at minimum, this is the hard proof that Nic is sincerely opposed to Nemesis. Even if he was for some reason lying earlier on about being disturbed that Harry vouched for someone with Hellfire being in on the Adversary's attack on Arctis Tor, the later comments only make sense if he's genuinely set against Nemesis.

But it's his confidence that Harry hasn't been forcibly turned that's perhaps even more interesting. It can't really be because he considers Harry too stubborn to corrupt, because according to his plans, Lasciel's shadow is supposed to be slowly working on doing exactly that. So that reason has to be a deflection. Unless he just figures he has nothing to lose talking relatively freely to Harry even if he is Nemfected, what does he know that makes him so confident? Are Starborn immune and he knows Harry is one? Are humans in general immune, or immune unless they collaborate willingly?

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Cinder Spires Spoilers / Etherealists in airship combat
« on: October 11, 2015, 02:38:42 PM »
So we saw a couple of instances where Cavendish and Ferus were able to redirect gauntlet fire and use their enemies' own shots against them. I found it odd, then, that Cavendish was essentially a non-factor in the concluding airship battle. Since the cannon discharges are much more powerful than gauntlets, I can see it being too taxing for an etherealist to outright loop fire back against the attacking ship, but it seems odd she didn't even intervene to disrupt their aim or focus.

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