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DF Spoilers / Re: Some curious things in Summer Knight
« on: March 26, 2020, 07:55:25 PM »
Good observations overall, but I think based on SF/CD/SG especially, you're underselling just how important an agent with Free Will is for the Courts. In essence the Courts are finely balanced to a T, and the Knights can do whatever they like and tilt those balances. Plus, they're the actor who can truly bring in outside power and add it to the Courts (all the other Fae have to strike bargains which obviously bring in a trickle of benefits).

Except they're not actually balanced. The entirety of summer is balanced with the fraction of winter that isn't on guard duty.

Which kind of messes up the point of SK. Like, OK, let's say Aurora succeeds in unbalancing the courts by transferring some of summer's power to winter. Can't Mab just redeploy an equivalent measure of winter's forces to gate duty, and make things that little bit harder for the outsiders?

DF Spoilers / Re: Battle Ground??
« on: March 25, 2020, 07:25:09 PM »
Not to mention the fact that other authors have put out doorstopper novel that donít market at $50 a pop.

Yeah, Rothfuss hardcovers are double the page count of any DF book, with smaller print, and still not prohibitive for bookbinding. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, though - maybe it's mostly the change in tone not working, and this might be much longer than a normal DF novel.

Of that quote, I think that Maeve predecessor lived any time in the last 1000 years, it could had been a couple of centuries ago. We don't know if Aurora become a Lady at the same time.

Maeve and Sarissa's father was the "famous Austrian composer" which, even admitting some uncertainty which one we're talking about, pretty much limits them to being born no earlier than ca. 1650. And it may have been a while until Maeve got her mantle; perhaps ~1800. I believe Molly refers to a "two hundred year backlog" from how lazy Maeve was about her duties.

But it might be that there was one intervening Winter Lady between the time both got killed in the era of the last Starborn and Maeve's ascension.

DF Spoilers / Re: Peace Talks Trailer.
« on: March 25, 2020, 01:09:12 AM »
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As for the trailer itself, it was fine. I wish the Q&A had fielded more of the general questions than being mostly about the trailer though.

DF Spoilers / Re: Battle Ground??
« on: March 24, 2020, 01:19:33 AM »
Jim is doing a Live Stream tomorrow at 12 Eastern Time and if someone doesn't ask I'll kiss my spuuse's cheek. 

Live stream where?

I'm sure we all have a few Morgan questions to throw into the ring.

DF Spoilers / Re: Battle Ground??
« on: March 24, 2020, 01:17:43 AM »
Isn't the book after Peace Talks supposed to be Mirror, Mirror. I agree with Snark Knight that it seems unlikely that it's a full length novel. A graphic novel would make sense.

Ah, you're right. I think the wrestling one was slated for 18. Although there was supposed to be a Greek connection in that one...

DF Spoilers / Re: Battle Ground??
« on: March 24, 2020, 12:37:12 AM »
It seems to me that if Peace Talks had been split into 2 books then the publisher would have announced both, since we all know that we'd line up to buy 2 books at the same time.

I'm wondering if someone in the marketing department just got ahead of themselves and this is book 21.

I though Fight Night was pretty firm for book 17, the wrestling one. And the BAT titles are pretty much locked in for Hell's Bells, Stars & Stones and Empty Night.

I doubt it's an outright scam since the Amazon listing is 'ships from and sold by Amazon'. On the other hand, splitting PT into two volumes is the kind of thing I'd be a little surprised to hear from the booksellers announce before Jim or Priscilla did. "It's so long it needs two volumes" would have got a lot of the annoying "when is it out?" questions off his back for a while.

I'm half wondering if it's a surprise graphic novel, listed as a main sequence novel by honest mistake.

DF Spoilers / Re: Speculation: Dark Ages
« on: March 23, 2020, 12:20:11 AM »
Harry has a habit of skirting or occasionally breaking (with some degree of justification) the White Council's laws of magic, but we don't know of him messing with chronomancy yet.

Assuming Future Harry wasn't behind most of the weirdness in PG.

DF Spoilers / Re: LC and the Outer Gates
« on: March 07, 2020, 02:02:06 AM »
Mab could probably just do the spell without a focus item at all.

DF Spoilers / Re: Question about Small Favor
« on: March 02, 2020, 01:45:07 AM »
Where was that stated?

It wasn't. I think the gruffs plural were Titania's emissary, but Mab might not have been aware her sister named an entire clan of her soldiers when she used the singular 'emissary', although the whole arrangement is a bit odd.

DF Spoilers / Re: The Lighthouse
« on: March 01, 2020, 10:39:37 PM »
Wherever towers were built for wizards it's always glossed over how they moved the tons of stone required to build them.  Castle builders in the real world had labor, something in short supply in the Chicago area prior to the European incursion, and quarried stone.

The excavation of the underground stairs is the most likely source for the stone. I doubt the OG Merlin would have needed labourers - cutting bedrock out of the ground in square pieces and levitating it where he wanted would be about the least challenging part of constructing Demonreach.

DF Spoilers / Re: Morgan Micro Fiction
« on: March 01, 2020, 09:52:44 PM »
I mean, most people have no idea what's involved in most professions. This came up recently because a friend of mine who is a manager had employees becoming disgruntled because they thought she just sat there in her office not doing anything. I don't know why they thought a big corporation would even have that position if it didn't involve doing anything, but hey, people are generally stupid.

I read a study a while back where paying one VP handsomely to visibly do SFA actually ends up worth it because the office drones think if they work harder, they could get there one day.

DF Spoilers / Re: Margaret and The Circle
« on: March 01, 2020, 07:48:44 PM »
Uriel's gift of Soulfire to Harry and Hellfire and Soulfire being the two sides of the same coin at least hints that a mortal wizard good be gifted Hellfire.

I suppose that might be possible. There's the matter of power sources, though. With the Denarians, the Fallen is supplying the power. If they were to empower random humans, they're going to have to either sponsor the energy requirements in hellfire for each spell - in which case Heaven gets a reciprocal move to each spell, rather than just one marker for initially enabling the human's access - or the human has to be twisted enough to generate Hellfire by burning their own soul.

Either way, I think they'd need a more compelling business case why it's worth handing heaven the opportunity for balancing action(s) than buying the souls of punk warlocks and sorcerors. Anyone deep enough into black magic to want to sell their soul for access to hellfire is headed downstairs anyway, so unless there's an apparent likelihood they're going to manage a Margaret-esque redemption arc, it's cheaper to just wait for their natural damnation. And even if a human is particularly interesting, the pitch for Denarian recruitment sounds a lot better than openly trading for their soul.

So while I guess I wouldn't rule out the possibility, it's probably a rare enough scenario that I'd still bet on a Denarian being behind the AT attack over a human.

DF Spoilers / Re: Margaret and The Circle
« on: February 29, 2020, 06:52:10 PM »
Yeah,  I think Hell Fire was limited to the wizard Namshiel,  I really don't remember anyone else slinging it, but my brain isn't working very well today..

I'm not actually sure whether Tessa and Rosanna were actually seen to use it on page. Rosanna did some fire magic, but I forget whether it was boosted with hellfire or not. I don't think Tessa showed any, but she was pulling her punches at the Shedd - it's almost certain she's capable of it when she's going all out.

DF Spoilers / Re: Margaret and The Circle
« on: February 29, 2020, 03:37:22 PM »
Thorned Namshiel is only assumed to be the source of the Hellfire at Arctis Tor (though Mab semi-confirms it, by not denying it; but... FAERIES, god dammit...).
Furthermore, T.N. (or whoever was (or were, there may not have been just one Denarian; or any Denarian(s) -- Harry had Hellfire; maybe some other mortal wizard brought Hellfire to Arctis Tor) there) is only assumed to be collaborating with a larger Circle or Black Council.

The suspect pool isn't that wide. Hellfire is limited to either full Denarians or those carrying a shadow, and spell-slingers are a minority among the thirty. Anduriel, Deirdre's partner, Magog, Ursiel and the cannon fodder from Small Favor don't seem to go for hellfire-powered offensive magic.

It wasn't Harry & Lash. It could pretty readily have been Namshiel, Tessa, Rosanna, or any combination of the three. Otherwise, there's an outside chance of Saluriel or a an unknown caster among the Church's unnamed prisoners having escaped and bonded with a host suitable for using hellfire. But that's pretty much the suspect pool.

But one weird one was a character in the Fables comic series - called the Adversary. This character is a world-conquering totalitarian dictator, a true villain. Trying to conquer all the various Folklore world. He conquers all of the European folklore and is currently trying to conquer African and Asian folklore.
I know Jim probably wouldn't just rip off someone's IP so directly. But still some weird coincidences.

Based on what I can see of the comic's publication dates, not only do I not think Jim would rip off someone else' IP, I don't think he could have. Nemesis was foundational from the very beginning, and he's been sketching the overarching series plot even before SF was published.

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