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Drakul is probably one of the more interesting freeholding lords for potential insight into the bigger world-building, both for his connection to the black court through Dracula and potentially also the Outsiders. A representative would be a bit of a letdown, unless Kincaid has returned to his employ (which I kind of doubt).

And the Blamps are still technically members. I recall Harry narrating at some point that one of the reasons many clued people are reluctant to sign on to the Accords is that they don't want the obligation to be a good host to things like a blampire.

DF Spoilers / Re: Power Creep
« on: June 04, 2020, 01:47:19 PM »
I doubt Harry was bluffing because it would have been a really stupid bluff. He gave Mavra the book, so she would know. I always assumed the it was some kind of necromancy, which is a forbidden magic. Thinking about it now, I think Mavra knew that was in the book, and that's why she wanted it. The Black Court were allies of Kemmler. It may have been because they didn't have a choice.

There's even a WOJ that he wasn't bluffing.

That doesn't mean there aren't risks or consequences for him if he actually uses that easy way to wreck a blampire, though. It may risk him going dark, for one thing.

The short story It's My Birthday Too was well after DB. There has to be some reason he chose to pick those blampires off with the gravity spell and then feign defeat to spit garlic in the leader's face rather than use the easy button he knows for wrecking them.

DF Spoilers / Re: What changes with Battleground
« on: May 30, 2020, 02:20:38 PM »
Was it mentioned somewhere that the Blackstaff is a mantle? If so, and Eb dies, then Harry's the closest and best-prepared vessel for the mantle. So, maybe the WCouncil doesn't have a say in who gets it the staff...? Or, knowing he's going to die, Eb bestows it on Harry knowing that Harry will use it responsibly.

I don't think it's a mantle per se. WOJ is that Eb became Blackstaff sometime ca 1870, but he listed New Madrid as one of the disasters he caused with it. That's ~60 years earlier, so it seems to behave as an object he could borrow for a one-time job prior to assuming the office officially (unless NM was time travel AND mass murder, anyway).

Passing it between wizards seems like a question of who understands the burden and is willing to take it when the previous holder dies, combined with the Senior Council tolerating / trusting who has it enough not to have them beheaded. But they'd have to *really* oppose someone holding it to go for that option, because it's hard to execute one of their own to get the staff away from him without breaking it to the wider membership at large that they have an illegal wetworks man.

That's the normal scenario, though. Assuming the staff is indeed Mother Winter's, which I figure about 99.9% likely, it might well jump to the Winter knight in somewhat mantle-like fashion if he's nearby and Eb died. Which would actually be horrible, because Harry probably wouldn't be willing to cause the kind of collateral damage a Blackstaff occasionally must. Plus, Mother Winter wants it back, and he doesn't have a ton of latitude to keep stolen property from her.

DF Spoilers / Re: Further ‘proof’ that Simon is Cowl
« on: May 25, 2020, 07:54:53 PM »
When Cowl ambushes Harry at Murphy’s house right after Harry calls up the Erlking, he tells Harry about the wardens being in the city. Seeing as the wardens has arrived in Chicago the previous evening, I find it interesting that Cowl knew of this a few hours later.
Someone like Simon would’ve had enough contacts in the wardens to be able to keep up with their movements (seeing as he commanded a platoon out of Archangel) - this would also likely explain how the Ramps knew to attack the hospital in Africa with the injured wardens.
Justin’s knowledge of warden protocols would’ve been 40-50 years old by the time of Dead Beat - I find his being able to know of the wardens’ arrival in Chicago that quickly as well as being able to coordinate Ramp attacks on the Council that precisely to be unlikely. It’s still possible that the Council is using 40-50 year old protocols despite being in the middle of a war, but that seems to be a bit of a stretch.

I'd tend towards Peabody leaking most of the really current information in DB. Even Simon's first-hand knowledge would be a few years of war old by then.

Otherwise, yeah, agreed.

DF Spoilers / Re: Archive & Oblivion War -- who knows?
« on: May 19, 2020, 08:06:57 PM »
I doubt that it does it directly, and I wouldn't be shocked if Ivy isn't even aware when it is being done.  I bet it is all very "Mission Impossible,"  nothing can be traced back to the source of the orders.
Or further back, in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" there is reference to "Queen Mab,"  which is a hundred and fifty years or more earlier.

I think WOJ is that Kincaid was leaving the orders as dead drops, but he didn't know what or for who.

I wonder what she's doing for dispatching orders without him around lately.

And in reply to Avernite, I wouldn't assume attempting to get rid of the Fae was a proper order that came down from the Archive. I find it hard to believe she doesn't know what Winter is actually doing, and how disastrous for earth it would be to cripple or eliminate the Sidhe. That could have been one of the monsters among the Venators deciding on their own initiative to try to eliminate Winter as "competition" and/or Summer for protecting humanity.

DF Spoilers / Re: Thoughts on Simon Petrovich being Cowl
« on: May 17, 2020, 01:18:43 AM »
So do you also think Simon is the most likely candidate for Cowl?

I'd give about 70% odds on it, yeah. Slightly lower odds on Elaine as Kumori, but possibly some sort of secondary personality that's not active most of the time.

DF Spoilers / Re: Thoughts on Simon Petrovich being Cowl
« on: May 15, 2020, 02:23:23 PM »
- Even if Justin was defeated, doesn't mean he didn't cheat and come back like Kemmler or Corpsetaker.
- You wouldn't need to be a big player necessarily to steal the kids - just well connected. He had a Walker as an ally, among others. But he was also a psychomancer (if I recall correctly). So he could have done things they just didn't expect.

From what we learned in Ghost Story, fire is just as deadly to ghosts and naked souls as to humans. Dying in a fire means your spirit is detaching from your body ... into the middle of a fire. I'm pretty sure this is why a flamethrower was included in Jim's description of how the Council finally made Kemmler's death stick when they executed him with mortal weapons.

I'm also not entirely sure after the GS flashback that Harry was correct in assuming the Walker worked for Justin.

DF Spoilers / Re: Thoughts on Simon Petrovich being Cowl
« on: May 14, 2020, 12:12:37 PM »
Why I disagree that Cowl is Justin (Justin had THE necromancer’s database in Bob for 20 years, I’m sure he knew a way to ‘cheat’ death):
  • It would make his statement about wondering what has the Council riled up about Harry strange at their first encounter in DB - you’d think that after fighting a duel with 16 yr old Harry, Justin would be a lot more cautious now... (whether or not Justin actually won or lost the duel, 16 yr old Harry still defeated an Outsider Walker...)

That comment also leans toward Simon. As a SC member, he would have seen the Wardens' files on Harry.

It's not ironclad, since Cowl could have got those reports through Peabody too. But Simon was close to Ebenezar - it would make sense for him to take an interest in the kid Eb stuck his neck out to save and mentor, even if he didn't recognize the familial connection (and I wouldn't bet against him knowing about that).

DF Spoilers / Re: What do you look forward to in Peace Talks?
« on: May 14, 2020, 12:01:22 PM »
I really hope Jim goes in this direction. I don't mind if he does it slowly by just adding one or two awesome gadgets a book, but I'm going to be pretty disappointed if he doesn't at least do "permanent" or "full" enchantments. That would allow him to have more (instead of just better) equipment. In either Storm Front or Fool Moon, Harry talks about how full enchantments are expensive and he only does partial enchantments on his equipment.

The time jump from SG is only supposed to be a few months, and he's been busy reestablishing a home and connecting with Maggie. And presumably with Karrin. He's probably just getting started laundering the diamonds.

Mind you, living in Molly's apartment for the time being, the svartalves would probably trade crafting work directly for gems. That would be faster, and probably more efficient with the value of them than laundering to dollars to buy with. So an item or two (new shield bracelet?) is definitely feasible.

DF Spoilers / Re: "Job placement" microfiction
« on: May 11, 2020, 03:55:34 AM »
I don't think the point is that one needs a sword to be a hero. I do think that one does need the power to affect the outcome of events to be a hero if the end result is to be anything other than having "died heroically" on a tombstone.

The Butters short story does set the messaging a bit straighter than just "lightsaber, pwned", too. But he was already trying to do hero stuff before the sword came to him, it's just that he was largely out of his league against the serious threats.

DF Spoilers / Re: "Job placement" microfiction
« on: May 11, 2020, 03:40:55 AM »
Everything we've seen so far indicates that Harry's going to be reinstated as the regional commander located in Chicago. Also, it's stated in the text that no one was willing to step into that position. I think it was in Cold Case (just before Ramirez tells Molly he specifically rejected the job). Ramirez hasn't taken over Harry's job. He has been given the specific task of security for the White Council during the summit.
S.I. may or may not be relevant for the rest of the series, but if you were the warden of/in a major metropolitan area, and you were on speaking terms with a division of the police force that was assigned all the weird stuff, why wouldn't you talk to them about keeping you in the loop? I doubt S.I. is too worried about the legalities of killing, how did Butters put it, "humanoid but definitely not human" problems. Most cops who know about the supernatural would probably be happy to let Harry deal with any warlocks too. You remember what old Jack Burton says, "cops got better things to do than get killed."

Per the conversation with Morgan about the job at the end of DB, Ramirez is also a regional commander, responsible for the west coast. He must have declined the Council trying to get him to manage both regions at once.

As for SI, I'm not too sure where they're going to stand on supernatural civilian vigilantes now that Harry is back in town. It probably depends how humanoid the creatures in question are, and exactly how clued the SI cops are. I don't get the impression Stallings knows as much as Rawlins, let alone on par with Murphy when she was in charge. Although the FBI building being gutted and the Fomor acting more openly probably should have forced Stallings to learn more than he knew as of Changes & Aftermath. I wouldn't count on SI being OK with exterminating things like whampires or technically-human turtlenecks, though. And executing a warlock was still something Murphy was really bothered by as of PG - I really wouldn't count on most of the rest of SI looking the other way for that.

DF Spoilers / Re: "Job placement" microfiction
« on: May 07, 2020, 10:55:37 PM »
That St. Mark's is applying for Accorded Neutral Ground status was also interesting. Why wouldn't they already have it--unless Jim is "up to something"?

Well, the whole supernatural ecosystem seems to be heating up. In more normal times, "don't shit where your offspring may have to eat one day" was probably protection enough. But when it's five minutes to midnight as far as the immortals are concerned ...

DF Spoilers / "Job placement" microfiction
« on: May 05, 2020, 06:58:23 PM »
So, looks like Irwin & Connie are going to be on the bench as local allies, and / or figure into the Maggie Jr. spinoffs...

DF Spoilers / Re: Battle Ground Cover Art
« on: April 25, 2020, 07:46:18 PM »
Also I might be reading to much into the artwork but the green magic light in the staff often means he is channeling Demonreach magic, when he channels dark blue and green it means Winter and light blue and white means Soulfire. So what does the red/orange light mean? Does Dresden get Hellfire again? I know Jim has said that is impossible to wield Soulfire and Hellfire together, as they are opposite sides of the same coin...which could mean Harry learns to "flip the coin" so to speak, transitioning as needed.

The carvings on his staff and blasting rod were originally described as glowing red-orange and sometimes smelling of clean woodsmoke even before Lasciel provided hellfire, weren't they? I think that's just the default when Harry is using his own fire magic.

DF Spoilers / Re: While re-reading Fool Moon
« on: April 12, 2020, 02:34:12 AM »
I think that's unlikely because M-Harry doesn't exist until the end of Grave Peril. Additionally, it probably takes M-Harry a while to become evil.

Also Jim's pitch for MM wasn't that !Harry body-swaps into his multiverse counterparts. He pulls them to his timeline to die in his place when he's cornered and needs his adversaries to find a dead Harry Dresden and go home thinking Mission Accomplished. He only needs a physical copy for that; their spiritual status is irrelevant.

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