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Old 01-06-2017, 10:04 AM
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Smitty isn't bleeding, and Siddell's eye for detail means nothing happens by accident anymore. And this chapter is all about pairs: Red and Blue, Jeanne and Elf, Parley and Smitty, Annie and Kat. Everyone has a counterpart, without whom they fail. I'm coming down on the side of Smitty making it through.
Aye, that was my first thought too. "Huh, he's not bleeding. Either Smitty is a secret robot or it was a ghostly enough dagger that it doesn't maybe do physical damage." I'm curious to see if maybe his powers are screwed up now though.
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:08 AM
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Everyone has a counterpart, without whom they fail.
Noticeably, Robot arrived without Shadow, and went down in seconds as a result.
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:09 AM
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Not even that, Smitty's equanimity in the face, of well, everything is due to his powers dodging all sorts of problems for him. How does he deal with the fact that his powers failed him at a critical moment, when they never have before? Shit like that can destroy people, if they've built their entire identity and self-worth around that one trick (See Ronda Rousey, for a contemporary example).
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Old 01-06-2017, 12:33 PM
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Not even that, Smitty's equanimity in the face, of well, everything is due to his powers dodging all sorts of problems for him. How does he deal with the fact that his powers failed him at a critical moment, when they never have before? Shit like that can destroy people, if they've built their entire identity and self-worth around that one trick (See Ronda Rousey, for a contemporary example).
Smitty's power is largely unconscious, to the point where 90% of the time he's not even aware he's using it. As such I don't really think he's built his entire person around it. He treats it much more as just things that tend to happen to him.

He doesn't really DEPEND on his supernatural luck, he just sort of lets it happen to him. So even if this did somehow destroy his ability to tell probability to go fuck itself, I don't think that would stop him from being SMITTY.

Like if you think back to the chapter where he went into the forest for the first time, yeah his luck helped him be a huge hit with the animals, but it wasn't the only reason he was a resounding success. He was a resounding success because he attentively listened to everyone he encountered, and earnestly tried to help every last one of them.

Basically I think he's the kind of guy that would help a weird owl-lizard thing look for a lost marble even if the universe didn't drop it in front of him the moment he started looking for it.
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Old 01-06-2017, 12:44 PM
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Smitty's power is largely unconscious, to the point where 90% of the time he's not even aware he's using it. As such I don't really think he's built his entire person around it. He treats it much more as just things that tend to happen to him.

He doesn't really DEPEND on his supernatural luck, he just sort of lets it happen to him. So even if this did somehow destroy his ability to tell probability to go fuck itself, I don't think that would stop him from being SMITTY.

Like if you think back to the chapter where he went into the forest for the first time, yeah his luck helped him be a huge hit with the animals, but it wasn't the only reason he was a resounding success. He was a resounding success because he attentively listened to everyone he encountered, and earnestly tried to help every last one of them.

Basically I think he's the kind of guy that would help a weird owl-lizard thing look for a lost marble even if the universe didn't drop it in front of him the moment he started looking for it.
Quite possibly! That's a totally valid reading/prediction (and it definitely seems "More Smitty.") On the other hand, he may basically be about to face the loss of something he's always taken for granted. Like, if I were literally the luckiest man in the world, I'd be pretty laid back and totally rad too. He's essentially super privileged in his... everything. But if that power disappears, he'll be doing the equivalent of reaching out for his coffee cup only to knock it over with the stub of where his hand used to be, except psychically, a lot. That can get really, really frustrating and depressing and could completely change him.


IF he actually loses his powers, that is.

He might just die.
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Old 01-06-2017, 12:56 PM
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He might just die.
I will not tolerate this sort of brazen falsehood.
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Old 01-06-2017, 01:07 PM
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He ain't bleeding, and Gunnerkrigg characters bleed.
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Old 01-06-2017, 01:43 PM
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Smitty will be fine. The Court will give him an etheric luck transplant, and surely it won't turn out to have horrible side effects or any other consequences at all.
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Old 01-06-2017, 02:22 PM
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Smitty isn't bleeding, and Siddell's eye for detail means nothing happens by accident anymore. And this chapter is all about pairs: Red and Blue, Jeanne and Elf, Parley and Smitty, Annie and Kat. Everyone has a counterpart, without whom they fail. I'm coming down on the side of Smitty making it through.

e: But as has been seen before, Jeanne wounds the soul. IDK man, IDK.
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Well, it's a ghost knife, so it should only have hurt any ghosts inside his sternum.

Smittys fine. Smitty is just fine
Man, if I wind up being right, I will be okay with this situation.
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:10 PM
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The first time we met Jeanne, Annie got a small cut on the face and her etheric self has borne the scar ever since.

I'm not sure how it will manifest, but Smitty getting stabbed in the ether-heart isn't gonna be super great.

When Parley got cut in the side, it appears to have been a Regular Bleeding Cut. Which is strange to me. It's the same sword that cut Annie. (I went back: Annie's face actually had a pretty big blood splash when she was cut, and Tom even made a point of showing it splash on the ground. But a moment later, Kat interrupted on her machine and Jeanne was gone? On the other side of the lake again? And Annie's physical face was completely fine. Was she only cut within the ether, in like a dream (Jeanne appeared before Annie as she slept)? Muut said Jeanne couldn't cross the river, as well. But then she did?

Maybe Parley's whole thing as warrior is tied up in etheric physicality or physical ethericality or something, with her spells and training and all?
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:07 AM
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:08 AM
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That's the sort of death flag you paint onto a field so it shows up in Google Maps
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:59 AM
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Oh Smitty, your eyebrows were too mighty for this world.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:50 AM
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Maybe... maybe he got lucky and it missed all his vital organs?

M-maybe?
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:58 AM
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Is this the first time we've ever heard Parley use his actual first name?

Also, I still feel like he's gonna die, but he's talkin' an awful lot for a guy with a knife through his heart.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:12 AM
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Old 01-09-2017, 11:12 AM
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Is this the first time we've ever heard Parley use his actual first name?

Also, I still feel like he's gonna die, but he's talkin' an awful lot for a guy with a knife through his heart.
Smittys body operates under Metal Gear rules.

Or at least it would if he were dying. Which he won't.

Because that's Ghost Goo leaking out.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:34 PM
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Smittys body operates under Metal Gear rules.

Or at least it would if he were dying. Which he won't.

Because that's Ghost Goo leaking out.
GC having actual nanomachines wouldn't be much of a stretch.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:20 PM
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Under some circumstances it actually takes a long time to die with a stab wound in the heart. However I'm hoping somebody thinks to try to teleport him to the hospital.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:31 AM
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I'm going to be incredibly optimistic and assume that since we didn't immediately follow Monday's page with Smitty dying, that means he'll probably pull through. Cutting away to Jeanne and elf-dude after that heartfelt moment and then going back to him for a death scene would just feel wrong. Right?



Right?
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:50 AM
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Yeah, the kid is fine. It's not Tom's style to fuck with the reader that and the rest of the gang aren't clueless enough to ignore heart stabbins.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:12 AM
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what's Kat doing there in the corner?
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:38 AM
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Well she's taking the box with the arrow in it over to.... Parley and Smitty.


Uh oh.

This isn't going to turn into one of those things where it turns out Jeanne was crucially necessary for whatever reason and Parley and Smitty will wind up taking the place of Jeanne and elf-dude, is it?
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:19 AM
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I'm just going to assume Parley & Smitty aren't in today's comic because they already teleported to the hospital.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:43 AM
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It's me, I'm the idiot reading an action sequence one page at a time while shaking his monitor and yelling "AND THEN WHAT"
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:51 AM
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It's why I only read Cucumber Quest every couple of months, yeah.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:58 AM
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It's why I only read Cucumber Quest every couple of months, yeah.
Definitely the wisest course of action. Serials are agony. This arc started in July.
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:54 AM
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He's going to spend weeks in the hospital and months in rehab.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:47 PM
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can someone explain to me what the hell is actually happening? i lost the thread months ago, and am just confused.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:15 PM
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  1. Kids went down to Jeanne's resting place
  2. Blue elf used her mind control combined with Smitty's luck to convince Jeanne that she and Parley were chilling out in the past
  3. Kat and Annie went out to the river, where Jeanne's elf boyfriend died, to break his soul free from the arrow that trapped it
  4. Annie used her etheric projection to break into the arrow, which broke Jeanne out of the illusion
  5. Jeanne and Parley fight
  6. Annie can't defeat the arrow's lock, so Kat brute forces things with her divine power
  7. Now free, the elf's soul reinhabits his body and he walks to shore
  8. Jeanne reads Parley's jumps and stabs Smitty, maybe fatally?
  9. Elf and Jeanne are restored to themselves, and are going to 'escape' (presumably by having Annie escort them into the ether)
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