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DF Spoilers / Re: Rereading Zoo Day
« on: July 14, 2020, 02:41:30 AM »
It's highly likely.

If Jim does an AMA soon for the release of the new book, I really want to try getting "Would Mouse recognize either of them by scent if he encountered them out of disguise?" into the list. He didn't seem to show much hostility to Elaine, so it could bear on the strength of the case for her being Kumori.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Nicodemus theory spoilers, spoilers , spoilers
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:14:04 PM »
He's willing to fight Harry to make one of his schemes go off, but he has the resources to have hired the hellhound to assassinate harry but hasn't.  That kind of grudge would have made him more dangerous to Harry.

Hire assassins, anyway. Pretty sure Kincaid wouldn't work for the Nic under any circumstances. Based on their interaction in SmF, I think Kincaid would very much like an excuse to see exactly how much of an injury Nicodemus can regenerate from.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Battle Ground !!!SPOILERS!!!
« on: July 13, 2020, 06:45:19 PM »
The problem is that Harry is representing one or both groups, and so is acting as proxy. While it's possible he is going all lone wolf, I think the Council and/or Mab would stop him from interfering. Mab would hardly need to try as I suspect him disobeying her would rob him of his mantle and paralyze him. In theory, Harry could act independently of the Council. In practice (especially considering the political maneuvering against him) he likely would give them all the excuse they need to either lock him up or execute him.

Mab wouldn't have any reason to command him not to defend his home if the Fomor attacked Marcone's territory, though. She wants them to fall, but so long as she doesn't order his action, she has a solid argument that her Knight doesn't have an Accorded obligation to let his home get trashed by a dispute between two other powers to preserve Winter's neutrality.

The Council don't have to be as strictly legalistic, granted. They'd be pissed if he intervened and dragged them into another open war while failing to kill the Empress ... but the Council are pretty remote, and if he fails in this, he'll be dead before he has to worry about their disapproval. On the other hand, if his worst weekend of the year ends up with a dead Titan that he reports to them as a fait accompli, what are they going to do about it? The Wardens have been in hard fighting against the Fomor for some years right now without a declaration of formal war ... bringing in the enemy leader's head would mend a lot of fences with pro-Harry young Wardens wavering over him joining Winter and being MIA for the Fomor fighting.

Besides, there's another out by which he can take Marcone's side, if that is the scenario. He still owes Vadderung a favour. If he trades that to Marcone to use on aiding the defense of Chicago, Harry isn't representing either Winter or the Council. He's paying off a debt as he's obligated to do.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Battle Ground !!!SPOILERS!!!
« on: July 13, 2020, 02:49:20 AM »
The only logical conclusion is they are not available. Perhaps Winter and Summer alike are besieged. Perhaps Titania elects not to help (in her every more mysterious way). Perhaps the Gates come under major assault. Perhaps Mab is crippled somehow.

Maybe the White Council tries to help but is scattered to the wind. Maybe it's a divide and conquer thing.

The unavailability could be political rather than tactical. Maybe something about the outcome of Peace Talks gives the Empress a legally justified cause under the Accords to declare war on Chicago. That would make it politically untenable for the Council to do anything, and literally impossible for the Fae to act if it would violate the Accords they agreed to.

The city is Marcone's territory, and he's the host of the meeting. If he's held responsible for something happening to a Fomor VIP, that could be cassus belli. Or maybe the Black Council are looking to set him up the same way they did Harry in Grave Peril - force him into a situation where he has to choose between provoking a war or crossing a line they know he won't. ('No kids'?)

But Harry can act independently of the Council on the grounds that he lives there and he's defending his home. And if they go through with kicking him out (temporarily, Christmas Eve implies), it's a degree more freedom at least.

As for Mab, she's only responsible for what she orders her Knight to do. If he chooses to get into fights on his own, he's not getting backup, but she's not going to stop him either.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Kincaid
« on: July 12, 2020, 02:11:55 AM »
So therefore we know that Kincaid has never actually fully dueled Ebenezar despite knowing he was the Blackstaff, and whatever went down between them.

Well, yeah. Kincaid's options in a conflict with Ebenezar are either murder from ambush, or run away. Given the armor enchantments Eb has on his clothing are much better than Harry's, it would take specialized weapons even by Kincaid's standards for a sniper attack to even stand a chance.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Christmas Eve and Peace Talks theory (spoilers)
« on: July 10, 2020, 07:49:29 PM »
Snakeboy’s death curse “die alone!” Will probably mean Harry will never have a long-term romantic relationship.

Technically, he's already fulfilled that. The curse even echoed when he was shot.

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DF Spoilers / Re: A Hypothetical Diplomatic Incident
« on: July 09, 2020, 04:58:24 PM »
Do the laws of magic only count for people who are using their own power?  If a mortal makes a pact with a dark god and uses the power he or she gained to kill some one is it a violation of the law?  They aren't really doing anything different than one of the knights, but they aren't members of the accords.

I think the laws may only be for those using their own power, yes. Fix and Slate didn't seem to do magic like a human wizard - I don't think they used spell words. That may mean the warlock progression of having to twist your soul to believe in bad things in order to be able to succeed at casting spells to do bad things doesn't apply to them, or at least apply in the same way. They have to deal with having their personality rewritten by the mantle instead. Granted, the difference between Slate and a warlock is splitting hairs, but there's less incentive to behead a monster when he's just going to be replaced by another monster once the mantle has a chance to work on the next guy for a while (which is probably also part of the reason the Council was generally not interested in sorcerer Denarians).

Harry is atypical both politically because he's already accountable to the Council as a member, and practically because he's mostly using Winter as a power boost to his own magic rather than directly, which he says is to resist being mind-warped by drawing deeply and directly on it.

As for an independent who made a deal with a dark god for sponsored power, there's probably some overlap with warlocks. An independent would typically have to have at least some small measure of innate power to get the attention of such a being in the first place if they stay at all themselves ... but in that case the Wardens would probably do the usual disable with magic and finish with a beheading or a bullet approach.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Supernatural Historical Wars.
« on: July 05, 2020, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DF Spoilers / Re: New Drop Chapter Three
« on: June 17, 2020, 12:48:50 AM »
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