History Webcomic / ErfWorld

12th Apr '18 2:59:22 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** When Shirley finds out how much power Charlescomm is siphoning off The Source via the portal on a constant basis compared to the amount Jed is freaking out because he used it in an emergency she panics and shuts the whole operation down.
11th Apr '18 4:07:00 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* UnderestimatingBadassery: In Book 3 [[spoiler: Gobwin Knob and allies are so focused on their political games that they don't notice Faq building an assault force on their doorstep. Even after they find out that it exists and has left, they completely ignore it other than using it as a tool in their negotiations with Transylvito (with the information they have available she could technically be attacking either faction, but everyone seems oddly convinced that she's betraying her ally instead of engaging her sworn enemy). Gobwin Knob itself, which had previously held off one of the largest armies ever assembled for several days with a tiny garrison, falls in a single turn.]]

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* UnderestimatingBadassery: In Book 3 [[spoiler: Gobwin Knob and allies are so focused on their political games that they don't notice Faq building an assault force on their doorstep. Even after they find out that it exists and has left, they completely ignore it other than using it as a tool in their negotiations with Transylvito (with the information they have available she Jillian could technically be attacking either faction, but everyone seems oddly convinced that she's betraying her ally instead of engaging her sworn enemy). Gobwin Knob itself, which had previously held off one of the largest armies ever assembled for several days with a tiny garrison, falls in a single turn.]]
11th Apr '18 4:01:26 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** A much less justified plan in book 2, when Parson decides to travel through the Magic Kingdom (which threatens to bring ''every'' free caster down on their head) simply because his people need his Chief Warlord bonus. That's it. He has no plan beyond that.

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** A much less justified plan in book 2, when Parson decides to travel through the Magic Kingdom (which threatens to bring ''every'' free caster down on their head) simply because his people need his Chief Warlord bonus. That's it. He has no plan beyond that. [[note]]His ''original'' plan was to promote someone already on site; Maggie misread the situation and got Stanley to promote Parson instead. Parson's just winging it at this point.[[/note]]
27th Mar '18 8:59:32 PM Discar
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* UnwinnableByDesign: The world's economic system is designed so that expanding beyond a dozen or so cities starts to drain money faster than it generates it, blunting any successful conqueror's momentum unless they're willing to spread themselves ludicrously thin. We see the result of this in the side of Haffaton in the prequel story; they had conquered at least 50 cities, but other than a powerful border army expanding the frontier and some magical traps those cities are ''empty'' and they can't afford defenses even in the capital.

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* UnwinnableByDesign: UnwinnableByDesign:
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The world's economic system is designed so that expanding beyond a dozen or so cities starts to drain money faster than it generates it, blunting any successful conqueror's momentum unless they're willing to spread themselves ludicrously thin. We see the result of this in the side of Haffaton in the prequel story; they had conquered at least 50 cities, but other than a powerful border army expanding the frontier and some magical traps those cities are ''empty'' and they can't afford defenses even in the capital.capital.
** As seen in some of the side stories, a Side can effectively have more cities by spinning off a new allied Side with a strict Signamancy contract to prevent betrayal. The fact that Haffaton refused to do so is likely a result of Olive's ControlFreak tendencies.
18th Mar '18 2:34:37 PM nombretomado
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* TronLines: These appear while Wanda is casting the Summon Perfect Warlord spell. Even the [[http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%201/17 "PLOT"]] UnsoundEffect when Parson appears in Gobwin Knob (''not'' the earlier one when he disappears from his apartment) somewhat resembles the ''{{TRON}}'' logo.

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* TronLines: These appear while Wanda is casting the Summon Perfect Warlord spell. Even the [[http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%201/17 "PLOT"]] UnsoundEffect when Parson appears in Gobwin Knob (''not'' the earlier one when he disappears from his apartment) somewhat resembles the ''{{TRON}}'' ''{{Franchise/Tron}}'' logo.
7th Feb '18 8:26:48 AM bfunc
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** Dirtamancers, while considered nothing more than glorified janitors by most Warlords, are ''loved'' in the Magic Kingdom for quick, effortless construction talents. Sizemore intentionally works for [[IncrediblyLamePun dirt]] cheap but is still filthy rich among casters. Dirtamancer Digdoug in one of the side stories recalls the previous side he worked for, whose Chief Caster forbade him from entering the Magic Kingdom, and made a point of looking down his nose at Dirtamancy. Digdoug became convinced his discipline was regarded similarly to Croakamancy or Carnymancy, but astute readers will realize the Chief Caster didn't want Digdoug to discover he would be more respected than himself in the Magic Kingdom. According to Dove Barstool, however, Dirtamancers are often viewed as creeps. Probably due to social tensions outside of the Magic Kingdom that isolated them and because they live underground in the Magic Kingdom where no one but Dirtamancers can reach them. She is an UnreliableNarrator, though.

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** Dirtamancers, while considered nothing more than glorified janitors by most Warlords, are ''loved'' in the Magic Kingdom for quick, effortless construction talents. Sizemore intentionally works for [[IncrediblyLamePun dirt]] cheap but is still filthy rich among casters. Dirtamancer Digdoug in one of the side stories recalls the previous side he worked for, whose Chief Caster forbade him from entering the Magic Kingdom, and made a point of looking down his nose at Dirtamancy. Digdoug became convinced his discipline was regarded similarly to Croakamancy or Carnymancy, but astute readers will realize the Chief Caster didn't want Digdoug to discover he would be more respected than himself in the Magic Kingdom. According to Dove Barstool, however, Dirtamancers are often viewed as creeps. Probably due to social tensions outside of the Magic Kingdom that isolated them and because they live underground in the Magic Kingdom where no one but Dirtamancers can reach them.them[[note]]it also may be a factor that a lot of the high ranking Dirtamancers have signamancy tending toward "redneck" stereotypes[[/note]]. She is an UnreliableNarrator, though.
7th Feb '18 1:12:43 AM bfunc
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* RevivalLoophole: Some time before the start of the comic, both [[spoiler:Wanda]] and [[spoiler:Jack]] made a promise, [[MagicallyBindingContract enforced by magic]], that they wouldn't reveal a secret of Charlie's that they had stumbled across. However, when [[spoiler:Jack]] is [[NeverSayDie croaked]] and [[BackFromTheDead decrypted]], the contract no longer applies.

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* RevivalLoophole: Some time before the start of the comic, both [[spoiler:Wanda]] and [[spoiler:Jack]] made a promise, [[MagicallyBindingContract enforced by magic]], that they wouldn't reveal a secret of Charlie's that they had stumbled across. However, when it's explicitly called "the Deal of a Lifetime". When [[spoiler:Jack]] is [[NeverSayDie croaked]] and [[BackFromTheDead decrypted]], the contract no longer applies.
6th Feb '18 11:39:28 PM bfunc
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* GoodColoursEvilColours (and how!): For starters, Stanley's forces consist of stereotypical "bad guy" units such as [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Gobwins, Hobgobwins]], [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Twolls]], [[TheUndead Uncroaked]], [[GiantSpider Spidews]], and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dwagons]]; and they tend to wear red and blacks. Ansom's stereotypical "good guy" units include [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]], [[LivingToys giant stuffed animals]], and [[WhenTreesAttack Gumps]], and his units tend to wear [[BlingOfWar gold and silver]]. It is also subverted in Transylvito's forces: Vinny Doombats is a count, in black, who controls bats, who looks like a vampire. And, in all appearances, is Ansom's best friend, [[TheLancer right-hand man]], and close confidant. He (and the other members of his force) also talks like something between [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]], the Sharks from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' and TheMafia.

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* GoodColoursEvilColours (and how!): For starters, Stanley's forces consist of stereotypical "bad guy" units such as [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Gobwins, Hobgobwins]], [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Twolls]], [[TheUndead Uncroaked]], [[GiantSpider Spidews]], and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dwagons]]; and they tend to wear red and blacks. Ansom's stereotypical "good guy" units include [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]], [[LivingToys giant stuffed animals]], and [[WhenTreesAttack Gumps]], and his units tend to wear [[BlingOfWar gold and silver]]. It is also subverted in Transylvito's forces: Vinny Doombats is a count, in black, who controls bats, who looks like a vampire. And, in all appearances, is Ansom's best friend, [[TheLancer right-hand man]], and close confidant. He (and the other members of his force) also talks like something between [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]], the Sharks Jets from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' and TheMafia.
6th Feb '18 11:25:29 PM bfunc
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** More interestingly, now that Spacerock has awoken, The towers of both Charlescomm and Gobwin Knob have spontaneously woken up.

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** More interestingly, now that Spacerock has awoken, The towers of both Charlescomm and Gobwin Knob a handful of other sides have spontaneously woken up.
6th Feb '18 10:42:41 PM bfunc
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** Parson notes how pretty much everything in Erfworld is vaguely familiar from our world in one way or another, especially lots of pop culture references keep popping up. At first it lent weight to his theory that he was dreaming or in a coma or something, but eventually he wonders if there is some connection between the two worlds, or if it is just an effect of him being there to observe the occurrences and creating the associations himself. Alternately, since the instructions Stanley gave in the summoning included "finding everything familiar", the spell may have simply found the one universe out of infinite possibilities whose inhabitants would consider everything in Erfworld a reference to something in theirs.

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** Parson notes how pretty much everything in Erfworld is vaguely familiar from our world in one way or another, especially lots of pop culture references keep popping up. At first it lent weight to his theory that he was dreaming or in a coma or something, but eventually he wonders if there is some connection between the two worlds, or if it is just an effect of him being there to observe the occurrences and creating the associations himself. Alternately, since the instructions Stanley gave in the summoning included "finding everything familiar", the spell may have simply found the one universe out of infinite possibilities whose inhabitants would consider everything in Erfworld a reference to something in theirs. (Parson is somewhat disturbed to hear that the former king of Gobwin Knob was King Saline the Fourth, because at that point he's half convinced that Erfworld is a stroke-induced hallucination, and he realizes that, among phrases one might be likely to hear in a hospital emergency room, "Saline IV" is pretty far up there.)
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