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DF Spoilers / Re: We have a problem.
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:09:55 PM »
Nice catch Raidem!!

Fortunately, the problem is only in the links.   The fix is to replace  JimButcherOnline.com/bb/ with paranetonline.com/ in each link.   If we can do a bulk fix, that would be best.   Otherwise, we'll need to change them by hand as we come across them.

E.g.  As an example, try the link in your signature.  ;)

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DF Spoilers / Re: LTW and the wolf, return of the Alphas
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:55:59 PM »
I believe LTW explicitly mentions her when Harry gets introduced to him in the beginning of Summer Knight.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Snoopy, Loup Garou, and Mouse
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:49:02 PM »
You know, you could have just asked me where the WoJ is from...    ;)

(Pheonix Comic con, 2014):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH1nwP9r6-U

At the ~49:50 minute mark.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Saints
« on: June 06, 2018, 11:53:27 AM »
Two things:

1) Personally, Rashid was my go-to with his "Blood of the Prophet" statement.

2) This quote possibly takes on new meaning:

Quote from: Small Favor
I bit out a little laugh. “Yeah. You’re a saint.”

“One day,” Nicodemus said. “One day. But for now, let’s say a face to face meeting. A talk. Just you and I.”



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DF Spoilers / Re: Zoo Day spoilers
« on: June 06, 2018, 03:21:36 AM »
So if Maggie's shoes were light-ups, how did it get completely dark in the basement?

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DF Spoilers / Re: Theory question KoTC killing Immortals/Mantles
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:00:31 AM »
I had this WAG at some point that the Swords could actually "swallow" the power of a mantel (possibly part of the reason why they are so powerful -- they "ate" a bunch of powerful beings).   I don't remember any of the evidence for this, but it couldn't have been more than tenuous or I would remember more.

 

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DF Spoilers / Re: The way male writers describe women
« on: April 13, 2018, 03:09:30 AM »
The interesting thing for me is that the person writing the files is Harry. So his descriptions of the women fit perfectly well with his personality. But Aftermath was quite well written from a female PoV (IMHO). I don't remember Thomas descriptions in Backup, but I suspect he is not as...teen ager as Harry is.

Interesting.

I have never been sure about Murphy's internal dialogue in Aftermath.  I always thought she came off as a little petty.

Examples:

Quote from: Aftermath
If I remembered right, most guys who looked at Andi wouldn’t be entirely certain whether or not she had lips afterward. But she’d probably have back problems at some point.

Quote from: Aftermath
Two other people stood on the stage, slightly behind him, testimony to his ability to lead. The first was a woman, a blond amazon more than six feet tall in a grey business suit.  She had the legs that had been cruelly denied me at birth, the bitch.

In both cases, this is Murphy feeling more than unkindly at other women apparently simply because they appear in her mind to look better than her (male-y tropes as a well I believe -- bigger breasts and longer legs).   Not to mention that I've never called anyone a "bitch" in my life out loud or mentally.   But maybe I'm just too sensitive that way.



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DF Spoilers / Re: Dog Men Release Q&A Suggestions
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:50:53 PM »
Great question. It never even crossed my mind to question that scene. Given what Tessa was throwing around later on, I wouldn't think that power is an issue but still...

If applicable, you can also follow up with the following:

In Cold Days, Bob states that the original Merlin's magic is "the internal combustion engine" to Harry's "stone axes".  Given the Archive's abilities, is the Archive able to understand (and use?) Merlin-level magic?

or possibly:

Who would win in a cage match between Kemmler and the Original Merlin,  and how much of a RoFL-stomp would it be?

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DF Spoilers / Re: Dog Men Release Q&A Suggestions
« on: March 21, 2018, 02:28:01 AM »
I would ask the following:

We've seen that even mundane objects like the fake Shroud can contain vast amounts of power if they are the focus of enough belief.    How much power does something like the Statue of Liberty (i.e. as a symbol of hope to thousands) have?

Morgana Le Fay obviously existed at some point (it's her Athame), and the "Le fay" moniker implies she was well-versed in the Nevernever travel.   The original Merlin is reported to be around somewhere.   Is Morgana still around?   Does she know "Merlin-level" magic?

In Small Favor, the Archive is hiding under a veil right under the nose of half a dozen Denarians, yet she wasn't worried that one of them would use the Sight to find her.   Is it that she knew that Tessa and her minions didn't have enough magical power to open up a Third Eye, or was it some "Veil 2.0" spell that is impenetrable to the Sight?

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DF Spoilers / Re: Did Harry focus the Tank?
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:48:09 PM »
So here's my take:

We have two datapoints:

1) In Turn Coat, Harry makes a certain connection between Rashid's mention of a grudge and the limp that Demonreach appears to have.

2) WoJ that the limp was caused by a glacier and Rashid "focused the tank" (which I personally take to mean that Rashid and DR were on the same side).

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First thing is, how could a glacier affect Demonreach?

a) Either Demonreach was created before the glacier appeared -- kinda hard since the last time the glaciers retreated was ~20,000 years ago.   Granted the original Merlin did some timey-wimey stuff during creation, but still, Merlin himself was around ~1500 years ago, so why build Demonreach already wounded?

b) The second (and more likely IMHO) is that Demonreach got wounded with a glacier *after* it was created.    How did this happen?   Again, timey-wimey stuff.   We've seen in Cold Days that the way to attack Demonreach is through some time-related magic.    Obviously there was a previous assault.   Consider the following notion:   The bad guys cast a spell to divert a glacier 20,000 years ago so that it will overrun the foundations of Demonreach, retroactively weakening/destroying him.

For bonus points, take a look at the Amber Chronicles  (either book 9 or 10) where someone tries to attack Corwin's Pattern in a similar manner.   Jim's extensive connection with the Amberverse might be a clue here.

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So if Demonreach was being attacked with time-related magic, maybe Rashid didn't make his top priority stopping the spell -- attacking things in "real time" instead.   This ultimately worked (Demonreach is still standing), but Demonreach did get partially injured, which is why it still holds a grudge.

Final note is that Rashid might have well known that he was doing thing inefficiently, but had different priorities.   As an example, if innocent lives were at stake, Rashid might have preferred to prioritize saving them, knowing that Demonreach can take a beating.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chronicles of Amber
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:42:05 PM »
You've got some interesting stuff there Raidem.   I encourage you to keep digging excavating.   


...That is, as long as your semblance of sanity holds up.    ;D

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chronicles of Amber
« on: February 02, 2018, 02:34:19 PM »
Also Raidem, have you read the last few short stories?   I believe there are five of them.  They take place after the end of Prince of Chaos.

E.g.:

"Blue Horse Dancing Mountains"

https://www.tor.com/2013/10/17/the-chronicles-of-amber-reread-the-short-stories-part-1/

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chronicles of Amber
« on: February 02, 2018, 02:31:54 PM »
One thing about the Amber series that struck me is that Corwin at least seems to be a deliberately misleading narrator, essentially hiding some thing from the audience (i.e. Merlin).   

As an example, one of the thing I missed on my first read through is that Corwin is actually capable of casting minor spells.   Notice how a bunch of people get "hotfoot" (e.g. the horned thing in "Guns of Amber" and the Crow in "courts of Chaos") during the story?    It's Corwin casting a spell that causes a burning sensation in the guy's foot.  It's a minor point to be sure, but a subtle hint that Corwin is not revealing everything he knows.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Grey Council Members Poll Yet Again, Mortals Only
« on: February 02, 2018, 02:19:55 PM »
I vote for "Cowl".    Technically he's someone we met.    ;)

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