Headscratchers / Krull

  • So, according to the prophecy their son will rule the universe. But they just killed The Beast, an evil monster trying to take over the universe. So... their son finished the job that The Beast started? Wouldn't that make him just as evil as The Beast was?
    • Presumably, their son was going to do it in a more peaceful way. The narration certainly implies that his rule will be a good thing.
      • Also, galaxy, not universe. Hey, it's a difference of I don't know how many trillions of times the same amount of space!
      • Indeed, there's no need to assume that "rule" automatically includes "... with an iron fist". It's a fantasy movie, good kings who rule nobly and justly are behind every third happy ending.
  • Geese, sure. Pigs, sure. But why would Ergo apparently carry around a spell that would turn people into tigers, which would, if it actually worked, put him in a far worse situation than originally?
    • Yeah, he tried to use the first two as a Baleful Polymorph before they backfired, but consider this: You're a traveling wizard, and a local lord wants to hire you to defend against X threat. Just zap some of his soldiers into tigers and let them loose on your enemy. Likewise, Ergo might hire some locals to defend himself and zap them into tigers. It might also be he's an errant disciple who only learned to cast spells on himself (and so they always backfire when cast on others). In which case it made perfect sense to have the Tiger spell for self defense. Now, if he'd been cleverer (a dangerous thing for the likes of him) he could try to zap the middle guy in an enemy group into a tiger, and loudly shout "Now my new beast-slave, devour your former companions!" The rest of the group could be so scared and panicky, and the transformed bandit so freaked out and unable to talk, that a fight would likely break out and hopefully reducing their numbers. It would at the least cause enough of a diversion for him to run/fly away.
    • Ergo apparently only has the ability to transform himself: whether he doesn't realize that early on or just tries to bluff people is a little unclear. In any case, he can apparently use the same spell to achieve any particular form he chooses.
  • How did the Heroes hope to find the Black Fortress? It moves every dawn to a new, unknown, location. The Seer will tell them where it will be the next dawn, but then they will have less than a day to reach it before it moves again. I imagine the conversation to go something like this: Seer: "Tomorrow the Black Fortress will be in the Fire Swamp". Hero: "That's nearly at the other side of the world! It will take weeks to get there." Seer: "Well, maybe we will have better luck when trying again tomorrow." Did they hope that with enough tries the Fortress will be in range sooner or later? Apparently they never actually thought about this, because when they do find out where the Black Fortress will be at the next dawn (just a mere 1000 miles away, lucky them), they suddenly realise they will need fast transportation in the form of the Fire Mares.
    • One imagines that the initial plan was to just wait until it shows up close enough to attack. But since they lost their seer, they decided on a one-time, hail-Mary shot. If it was too far to reach, then they were SOL.
  • OK, the Beast had one of his Changelings infiltrate the group and try to get groiny with Colwin. And the Beast was able to monitor this exchange. So he must have at least some idea of where they are. Namely, within walking distance of the Widow of the Web, a seer of such power that she could, in literally 2 seconds, pierce his wards and see where the Black Fortress was going to go. So... why not send it to the sea that day? He only needs to outwit them for one day, since the Widow of the Web is kind of a one-time thing. The best answer for this is that he's ignorant of her existence (which might also explain the "in literally 2 seconds" thing).
    • Keep in mind, appealing to the Widow for knowledge is a suicide gambit at best; Ynyr nearly dies just getting to her, and she has to intervene to keep the spider at bay. Even though she favors Ynyr when they reconcile, she can only keep the spider at bay by sacrificing both of their lives - she as a target for the spider, he by literally holding the sands of his life in his hand. Most appellants to the Widow are just killed outright. Ynyr expires after imparting the revelation to Corwyn, and the spider destroys the web (or possibly is destroyed along with the web) after allowing Ynyr to escape. Or possibly because Ynyr's forgiveness breaks the Widow's curse. Or maybe the spider destroys the web in a rage. ANYWAYS, with that high of a penalty for even trying, the beast may have estimated that the party wouldn't be able to take advantage of the Widow's powers, so he was safe.