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Gunnerkrigg Court wasn't built; it grew.Much like that TicToc on the river bank. Thus, it's like a technological forest, with the TicTocs and Robots (and possibly the Horsebot) as the local "wildlife". The Gunnerkrigg staff merely colonized the Court, converting it into a school (among other things). This would explain the labyrinthine architecture.
Gunnerkrigg Court has taboos on directly manipulating life.Zimmy's project that disgusted Annie (and that was remarked on as a sign of intelligence on the Cast Page) was an obviously modified microorganism. Most likely, her reality-warping helped this process.
"It's not breaking the rules unless you get caught" is the official (though largely unspoken) policy at the Court.First, there's Eglamore's advice to Annie to be more careful about not getting caught. Second, the setup of the dormitories' motion detectors is "pretty lame" (as Tom himself said): the terminal is in a location where anyone inside the dorm can reach it without stepping into the range of the sensor. It's almost as if it were arranged specifically so the clever students would be able to hack it.
The Men in Black from Zimmy's flashback are spying on the Court, and on Zimmy in particular.Due to the Court's high technology and concentration of supernaturally-talented individuals, the government has a vested interest in making sure the Court doesn't abuse its power. The government is particularly worried about Zimmy; due to her Reality Warper Power Incontinence, she's one freakout away from posing a serious threat to herself and others. The Agency's means of spying include:
Bismuth Seed was a person, and Antimony has something to do with it.Not necessarily Jeanne, as stated in an above guess, but it's possible. Antimony is chemically similar to Bismuth, and Bismuth is used in some cosmetics (which provides a relation to Antimony, or kohl, and Surma's name being a type of eyeshadow as stated above). Antimony's place in the Court is to replace whatever would have died along with Surma (in this guess, not Surma herself, but rather whatever Bismuth Seed did or was). It's going to be revealed that Annie is such a powerful medium, naturally able to see psychopomps and befriend ghosts, etc., because of what she is - that which is to provide balance between the technology of the Court and the magic that it has forsaken in recent decades.
Queslett House is populated by kids who are going to live in the WoodThe North and South designations should also be important but I don't know how. This explains why Aly got sorted into Queslett for his week at the Court. And the opposite is in effect about the Foley house (the house the fairies got sorted into).
The Court is a branch or rival of the SCP FoundationThey study mysterious energies powering gods-knows-how-many mysterious items, they have a reality warper and a power nullifyer, a half-fire elemental, a Valkyrie, a teleporter, a guy with all of the luck (all of it), a pair of pan-dimentional sapient crabs, various AIs, a captured nature spirit, a minotaur, at least two ghosts, a dragon (formerly), one very mysterious and heavy lady, not to mention strained diplomatic relations with a physical god, elves, fairies, and other magical beings.
The Court's Plan never stopped.The records of the original incident were destroyed, but the Court Powers That Be (minus Jones, obviously) are well aware of the event. Furthermore, what Annie has learned of The Plan is only the tip of the iceburg, and the Powers That Be continue to carry out the plan into the present day.
The purpose of the Court's "trying to become like God" is resurrectionThe Court's current goal is to resurrect people, probably starting with Jeanne. Because harnessing supernatural powers and science to bring someone to life never ever goes wrong.
etymology fun time! Gunnerkrigg means "the war of Gunnar"Gunnr or Gunnar is a valkyrie from Norse mythology, in charge of conducing dead warriors to the afterlife (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnr). A psychopomp perhaps? Krig/Krieg is a Germanic word for war. Literally, The Court of Gunnar's war. (Gunner's name acording to The Other Wiki means battle. So it could be The Battle's War, but it makes no sense at all.) Since another Valkyrie, Brynhildr has already been in that universe, it's plausible that Gunnar exists there as well and have connections to the Court. This suggests that either a war will break in the forseeable future, or the Court is the result of a war between humans (lead by Gunnar) and the animals from the Gilittie woods.
The Artilleryman, the only founder we've yet to see in-panel, was the most crucial to the Court's founding.He's mentioned but not identified in the simulation of the Court's founding, and the gang is unable to locate his final record in the RotD. His absence is starting to become conspicuous.
The Annan Waters
The Annan Waters are the River Styx.The suicidal fairies needed to die to cross it. All of the people in Gunnerkrigg Court are dead.
The Annan Waters are the River Styx's tributary.Or rather, one of them, since it tends to originate wherever people need to travel to the land of the dead (various places in Greece, Japan). Coyote could have called in the most useful "dividing line" power that he controlled at the time (Coyote occasionally has something to do with causing or allowing death to occur properly), or from which he could afford to call in a favor (he does things like that all the time, asking for something seemingly insignificant then putting it to really devious use later).
Alternatively, the Annan Waters are the River Thames.Gunnerkrigg and Gillitie are an alternate-universe London. And the Gunnerkrigg Underground is The London Underground.
Alternatively to that, the Annan Waters are... the Annan Waters.It's a real river, in Dumfriesshire, which features in several folksongs. Gillitie is also a Scottish surname (though unusual).
The Annan Waters are the river Annan from The Hazards of LoveGillitie Wood is the Forest Queen's domain and Gunnerkrigg was built on the other side of the river.
The Gillitie Wood
Gillitie Wood successfully attacked the Court at some point in the past.Coyote or Ysengrin gave a Robot a tree-arm, leading to that Robot's possession by a Shadow Man. That Shadow then successfully infiltrated the Court, and possessed the Robot society's central computer. It caused numerous AI's to malfunction or go rampant; the Robots' numbers were decimated by the time the Shadow was purged from the computer. Many Robots' computing power were adversely affected by these events. The Robots are still recovering, hence:
The Gillitie Wood is in a pocket dimensionPossibly created by Coyote or some other powerful being at some point as a place for the magical things of the world to live in response to the encroachment of human civilization and technology. At some point after it's creation, humans refugees showed up and eventually resulted in the creation of the Court. After some initial problems, Coyote split the pocket dimension in half with the Annan Waters, giving each a nearly infinite space to work with. This neatly explains both the location and scale of the Wood and Court.
The Realm of the Dead
The ROTD's appearance is based one one's experiences with deathFrom the comments for 4/8/2014:
Kyle: It occurs to me that the reason Annie and Mort see the dead so differently than Kat may be that they've both faced death before. Kat never has, has she?I don't think Diego's golum counts (he's "off", not dead and Kat could bring him back if she really wanted to), and it's clear she didn't consider her "chicken wing" as much of a living thing as her robot "disciples" did; she also does not (cannot? ...yet??) interact with the ether, at least not as well as Annie and the other "unusual" Court students do. Mort was newly dead (maybe "Dracula" and the rest of the Realm's appearance became more impressive after he got used to the idea he was dead?), and Jones... while she has witnessed countless deaths she isn't "alive" and the ether has no effect on her. Annie, on the other hand, not only witnessed her mother's death but also got "what was left" to Go Into the Light and is filled with etheric power.
Updated version: The ROTD's appearance is based on the above plus how one interacts with the ether and one's Willing Suspension of DisbeliefFrom the 4/14/2014 strip:
"Dracula": All this is just a creep show — smoke and mirrors. But the ether makes it real.Jones and Kat are too logical and etherically weak for any of that nonsense; Mort is/was a naive child and easily impressed (he seemed to be more amazed by the "Librarian's" Stealth Hi/Bye act than his appearance); Annie's Seen It All (comparatively) and is quite comfortable with the ether so it has a lot to work with.
Jones has Only One Name.The placard on Jones' door (panel one of this page) does not have a first initial. The placard on Eglamore's door (panel three of the same page) does. And she does insist on being addressed without the honorific "Miss".
Alternatively, Jones is the Court's ruling goddess.During the meeting, Coyote let Ysengrin do most of his talking; Ms. Jones let the Headmaster (and the teachers, and the students) do all of her talking. And she's very knowledgeable about shapeshifting and its effects on sanity. Her neutrality between the Court and the Wood comes from her being far older than either.
Jones is from Gillitie Wood.As mentioned above, she has Only One Name — because she didn't take a name until she came to the Court. She's not a fairy, as she lacks the grey eyes and pointy ears the other former fairies have. Instead, she's one of the "bunch of different stuff" that Red mentioned. Her past with Gillitie would explain her knowledge of the Woods and her neutrality between the Court and the Wood.
Jones is an angel of Order or similar being.Think about it. Angels are just about the only thing that could predate humans and still look like one, and wouldn't be subject to the law of 'belief makes reality' that gods like Coyote are subject to. The only god that pretty much WOULDN'T be subject to this is a Creator god, and angels would be that god's personal staff/first creations. Angels are beings of infinite energy and power. SUNS aren't that efficient, so that explains her imperviousness to everything and why she doesn't age. Angels are tasked with all sorts of things from, "Kill all the firstborn," to "watch this rock until I tell you to move." She could be the angel of Order, with a capital 'O'. Just think... she's the current medium. Whenever shit starts to really hit the fan BOOM there she is, preparing to sort things out. It may also explain her having to 'take names.' The names of angels is largely considered much more powerful than normal names, and so to exist as a person of society she must 'take' a place of another human being, because as an angel or god of order, she cannot directly step into society as that would disrupt it. She can only take a place, kind of like the number 0, and take another one afterward. SENSE, THIS THEORY MAKES IT!
Jones is some kind of Anthropomorphic Personification of peace, mediation, or balance.Hence the single name and the being able to grab swords by the blade.
Jones is a robot.As Antimony suspects. This is why she's relegated to instructing future Mediums instead of serving in that capacity herself: the technophobic Gillitie denizens would never accept a robot diplomat. Some kind of super-tough synthetic skin enabled her to deflect that sword with her face. Considering how much she looks like a real human, Jones was probably built by the same party who built the TicTocs; her true alliance lies with them rather than the Court or the Wood. Either way, Jones isn't part of the Robot Society shown in Chapter 12, as she looks far more human (yet acts more robotic) than any of those Robots.
Jones is a robotic Replacement Goldfish for Jeanne.Both of them are thin blondes. Both (presumably) have combat prowess. And both of their names are derived from the name "John". They aren't exact matches because Jones altered her appearance and changed her name over the years. Possible reasons for this:
Jones (Who Coyote calls Wandering Eye) is an evolved Tic-Toc (Which are called the Thousand Eyes.)
Jones is a normal human.Just so all our bases are covered. Jones's neutrality is simply a mindset necessary to serving as Medium. Her strange knowledge is the result of years of study. Her bare-faced blade block was magic that any human in the Gunnerverse can learn. Her strange personality is just her strange personality.
Jones is a reincarnation of Jeanne d'Arc.At least some portrayals of her incarnations post-martyrdom give her an ability to reject harm. While Joan of Arc is known for taking up the sword, either this Joan (and many others since the original) have an aversion to swords, or can only take up a sword for a just cause. Giving Eglamore a few (potentially fatal) whacks to entertain some students isn't a particularly just cause.
Jones is the Goddess Athena.Just a hunch.
Jones is an aspect of Bismuth Seed.Jones<->Jeanne (Note: Jones="Son of John", Jeanne=John). Seems perfect for a Medium between the Court and the Wood, but for some reason can't be, or isn't impartial enough. Has physical similarities to Jeanne. Can deflect swords with her face (or at the very least, she can deflect swords with her face indoors). And, interestingly, she was struck by Eglamore's sword in a mirror of where Jeanne cut Antimony, though I'm not sure what that means, if anything (and if it's not just subtle hindshadowing). I thought for sure that this was/would have been here already.
Jones is setting herself up to turn a What the Hell, Hero? speech back onto Antimony.Jones is deliberately putting others in harm's way in order to teach Carver a lesson. When things get worse, Antimony will try calling her out over what happened — and Jones will calmly turn all those accusations back on Antimony, outlining how Annie's distrust of authority made the situation worse. After all, Antimony has been withholding information and acting on her own — how were Jones and the others supposed to know the very facts she kept from them? They don't have a full picture of how dangerous Jack is, or what he's up to, or how Zimmy factors in... And while Annie has a clearer view of the whole picture, she hasn't been sharing that information. Sort of a Right Hand Versus Left Hand scenario, presuming both sides want the same thing. ...Whether or not this makes an immediate positive impression on Antimony's behavior is a crapshoot. Antimony may very well take this as further proof that she can't work with the staff, as they're willing to let others be hurt or worse just to "teach her a lesson". And given what she knows of the Court's past...
Jones is some kind of golem.More recent issues have shown Jones to be strong enough to break through solid rock with her bare hands, and Reynardine implies that she doesn't step onto a rickety pier because she is heavy enough to just break through it. This might suggest that she is some kind of magical construct made from stone or other heavy material, perhaps even a kind of Magitek. While that might make her technically a kind of robot, Reynardine would still insist that she isn't, as he seems to be fairly insistent on drawing a line between magic and technology (or at least unable to comprehend a similarity).
Jones is not a robot.Kind of out there, I know. But there are the facts that her head isn't rectangular and her skin isn't steely gray. A few other hints include the whole "Reynardine says she's not a robot" thing, and that t-shirt with Eglamore on, but really, do we even need to go further than the lack of a rectangular head? ...Mantisbot isn't a robot either. Grey skin, but a triangular head.
Jones is the embodiment of the element lead.Since the symbol has been showing up everywhere from the beginning, it's got to be of some significance. Traditionally in mythology, lead has Anti-Magic properties. Being a soft metal, it would explain why she can bend around a sword, and being, well, heavy, it explains why she walks across the river instead of swimming. She's just a little "touchy about her weight".
Jones is Coraline Jones.You know, from the Neil Gaiman novella? There's no saying Coraline's experiences with the supernatural stopped the second the left the Other World for good. Maybe she stuck around the supernatural, found her way into Gunnerkrigg and, what with her previous experience with dark forces, made herself useful. ...What?
Jones is Dana Scully.And "that boy" that Reynard killed getting out of was Fox Mulder, if A is true.
Jones is Android 18 from Dragon Ball ZShe's not a robot, she's an android.
Jones is the child of Jeanne and the forest spirit thing.Well, she has the looks and weird power. She is weirdly not mentioned at all when Jeanne descends to the river, but maybe the Court didn't want to kill her?
Jones is telekinetic.It's how she smashed her way through the wall — she transmitted energy through her hand into the wall, which looked like she just smashed a hole in it. It's also how she won the sword fight with Eglamore — she could just make his hands loosely grip it so she could pull the sword off him.
Jones suppresses her emotions for reasons similar to El Goonish Shive's Susan.She is not emotionless nor always bored, but rather jaded and broken.
Jones is Annie's (insert potential multiple Greats, depending on Jones' age) Grandmother.This is mostly based on the apparent lineage of expressionless faces that flows through Jones to Carver the Elder to Carver the Younger, along with the general calmness when exposed to odd situations. In this situation, Jones is, of course, not her real name, but rather a handy all-purpose monicker.
The "Jones" that Eglamore wanted in their group picture during his school days is NOT the same Jones that we know.The fact that Jones was not educated at the Court despite the fact that Surma's group knew her (it'd be weird even considering having a faculty member in a students' group photo like that) combined with the new fact that she "steals names" indicates that the person we know as Jones is really an entity who may have stolen the identity of a student in Eglamore's age group. This is further supported by the fact that she knows much about the inner workings and history of the Court, familiar with Coyote, seems to not have much by way of human emotion but still privy to it, and has strange abilities such as the famous sword deflection. She may in fact be a much older entity on par with Coyote, Ysengrin, and Reynardine.
Jones got her powers from CoyoteSurprised nobody said this earlier.
Jones is a human who was given powers by some kind of Court technology and became a spy for them.Note what Coyote calls her — 'Wandering Eye'. Seems like a pretty appropriate name for a spy. Possibly she was on good terms with the Forest and the treaty was altered to let her go into the Forest whenever she wished — after all, with the powers she was given, you wouldn't want to tell her she couldn't do what she wanted. Her powers also include the power to change shape — she stole the image of another woman called Jones, and took her name too. Whether the real Jones is alive or dead at this point in time is unknown. It's also possible that she was formerly a student at the same time as Surma, Eglamore, Anja, and Donald who was in training to become a medium alongside Surma and thus was her rival — it explains why Surma 'couldn't stand her' — if Jones was an equal candidate to become the medium, Surma may have hated her for that. Surma became the medium and the Court, feeling that Jones' talents were too good to waste, decided to give her new powers. Jones, stung by losing to Surma, agreed and stole the identity and image of someone who may have been much more beautiful and powerful than her, and has kept it ever since as a warning to those who know her secret that she can do the same to them.
Jones was made from one of Coyote's eyesHence why Coyote calls her "Wandering eye". If he can make knives out of his teeth, it stands to reason that he could have made someone to spy on the court for him.
Wandering Eye Jones has found a home in the court only relatively recently.She insulted a condemned man and had been paying for it for 2,000 years. Not sure how this accounts for her density problem, though.
A long time ago, Jones was to the Forest as Annie is now.A sort of combination of some of the theories above. Some time ago when she was a child, Jones was Curious as a Monkey — hence the nickname "Wandering Eye" — and somehow wandered into the forest without being killed. Charmed by her innocence and magical potential (again akin to Annie), Coyote took her in, granting her powers and possible immortality during her stay. However, considering the way the forest works, by the time lil' Jones was out, she'd become a stoic Zen Survivor. Whether or not she knew Surma and Eglamore's gang by then is up for debate; she could of stolen the name of the Jones they knew and took up her identity with her abilities, or simply took the name to let go of her past and had already come out of the forest and adopted the name by the time the picture was taken.
Jones is somehow related to Odin and his ravens.Coyote calls her Wandering Eye and a Valkyrie specifically doesn't like her. Not a strong argument, but it could be the case.
Jones is a Time Lady.Just covering all our bases.
Jones is a Star.The eye Coyote threw so high that it became a star is her, thus he calls her Wandering Eye. Arcturus is just another name that she "stole".
Jones is part Earth-elemental.Just like Annie is part Fire-elemental. It would explain the strange density, the Made of Iron abilities, and the stoic personality.
Jones is Not So Stoic.Maybe it's way too early to tell, but Jones seems to be drawn to the newly 3-Dimensional Shadow 2. Possibly it's a completely stoic version of the Cuteness Proximity, but she shows affection to him as seen when she pet his head (similar to how she pet Eglamore's 9 chapters previously) and gives him treats. She refers to him as unique in response to Annie thanking her for helping him all while he is being cute as a button.
Jones is a corporeal etheric entityIn other words, a being existing in the etheric plane which can influence and/or manifest in the physical plane. Would explain her unique physical attributes, and the reason she can't use a blinker stone. Also may mesh with the "She's an Earth Elemental/Part Earth Elemental" theory.
Jones is constantly astral projectingIn Chapter 36, we see that it's possible to astrally project while still being able to perform tasks with one's body. However, the examples shown were uncharacteristically stoic-faced, to the point Red barely spends a moment to glance at Annie. So, maybe Jones can't use a blinker stone because she's already astral projecting, that her physical feats are being augmented by her psychic presence, and that this is why she seems so stoic?
Jones is the goddess SekhmetIn Egyptian mythology Ra once grew so angry with humanity that he was determined to punish them; he took one of the eyes from his head and turned it into Sekhmet, the lioness headed goddess of war, and sent her to punish mankind. The problem was, Sekhmet wouldn't do as she was told, and when Ra tried to tell her she'd done enough she evaded all his attempts to reclaim her and turn her back into his eye, desiring to kill all of mankind. Ra had to get her smashed off her gourd before he could rein her in. Obviously she's calmed down a bit since then. Besides, look at her eyes and hair; don't they look leonine?
Jones was another unlucky recipient of Coyote's powerShe obviously possess power beyond a normal human and beyond what we're used to seeing from students with special abilities. Maybe Coyote gave her a power or two, but they have a terrible price just like with Ysengrin and Reynardine.
Jones is a shapeshifter of some kindIn some narratives, shapeshifters can change shape, but keep the same mass because mass can be neither created nor destroyed. So if Jones is really something larger that has taken human shape, that could explain why she is so heavy.
Jones is a mundane human...... who is even more mundane than other humans. As in, she doesn't have the inspiration that allows other humans to interact with the ether. So she can't use a blinker stone, and can't be affected by a purely etheric being such as Coyote.
Jones is ExaltedShe shows superhuman proficiency in areas, displays blatant supernatural abilities, as per the last few updates have shown that she hasn't aged a day in decades. It's not quite obvious what type, but I'd put money on a Sidereal, because of all the elemental/astrological motifs that are already in play.
Jones is Galatea from the Pygmalion mythThat is, a living statue of an idealized woman brought to life to be devoted to one man. She's heavy enough to break through wooden structures but not enough do more than sink into Parley's mattress. She's hard enough to deflect Eglamore's sword but doesn't appear to have an uncomfortably tough surface. Her appearance never changes but she's always beautiful. She's a serial monogamist (as far as we know) who is also a living being created from stone by the gods (or as we know them the stars Jupiter, Venus, and Mars) who'd probably take a dim view of aetheric beings who create life just for fun.
Jones is Coyote's sister, creating a Sibling Yin-Yang.Coyote is wild and chaotic, in contrast with Jones' neutrality and stoicism. She is one of the few who can walk into Gillitie Wood uninvited without being immediately killed, and has stated that she can take Annie from Coyote if she so chooses, despite Coyote being a god in his domain, which implies that Jones has at least as much power as Coyote has. He is also very familiar with Jones, calling her "Wandering Eye". Likewise, Jones is very familiar with Coyote, able to state as a fact "Coyote is no liar. Therein lies the danger." Chapter 40, due to the numerous time-skips, imply that Jones is very, very old, much older than she looks.
Jones is a Six.Looks like a modern human before modern humans? Check. Doesn't age? Check. Been called a devil? Check. Attractive and attracted to men? Check. Messes with people's minds for fun and profit? Check. Sort-of Dark-Skinned Blonde? Check. Statuesque Stunner? She's statue-ish... Spine glows when aroused? That's private. Jones doesn't emote either because she never had a Six with more life experience downloaded into her or that was the mask she put on to cope with the outside world.
Jones is the inspiration for all the Jossed myth theories.Goddess, demon, living statue, vampiress, reincarnation (pre incarnation?), Wandering Jew /Flying Dutch(wo)man, inspiration for roboticists — all stories about Jones passed from generation to generation to generation to generation to generation to generation to generation to generation to generation to generation to generation.
Jones was created by human imagination and sent back in time to "become" herselfThe myth-makers were vague about her age so she first appears "Once upon a time" - the point where time started to be perceived by humans/the planet. Slightly altered, she's a goddess and because nearly all gods predate humans she has to start out in prehistory.
Jones is a Watcher who quit her job for some reasonA lot of people have referred to her her an "observer" or "watcher" but what kind of watcher plays intermediary between humans and aetheric beings, plays matchmaker, helps their ancestors catch food, or has a string of loyal "boyfriends" a few of whom she's been involved with since their childhoods? If her job was to observe humanity she got tired of just "watching" a long time ago. Unless her job is to be an intermediary...
Before Jones went hunting...She was a literal rock. The lava was her being "born" on the surface of the earth, being covered up with rock and water, and reemerging with the help of the glacier. The Cro-Magnon men thought she looked like a woman which gave her life and she's been living ever since. The problem is this works with Coyote's theory while Annie thinks Jones is an exception.
"The Stone" will end withAnnie repeating "What are you?" and Jones saying "Too old for this nonsense" and crumbling into dust.
Jones doesn't look like a human, humans look like JonesCredit for this theory goes to someone on the GC forum (see: here. Basically, when you're the only one of your kind, you're going to take an interest when something evolves which looks a tiny bit like you, ie some sort of primate, especially when it develops a greater than usual degree of intelligence. And since you're curious about them, you'd want to study them, and you'd end up protecting them somewhat so you'd still have something to study. And the more they looked like you, the more interested you'd be so you'd protect and aid them more so the ones that looked the most like you would have an advantage over those that look less like you. Basically there was a Jonesian influence on human evolution, with 'looking like Jones' being something that was selected for.
Jones is Gaea.She's sort of an avatar for the world itself.
Annie's right and Jones IS capable of emotionsThe problem is just that, because Jones has lived for so long as a being with a greater than modern human mind since before humans existed and for so long, it's made her unable to comprehend her own emotions, others to comprehend hers, and all in all just difficult for everyone all around. There's bits and pieces to support this: as mentioned above, there's her fascination with Shadow, the genuine closeness she does share with her many companions over the ages, and her apparent tendency to troll people.
Jones is a Physical God of all unresolved mysteries of the world that have and ever will exist.If Coyote's theory is true, that humans created mythical beings through the Ether, and viewing reality from the point of view of a god (as constant rather than linear), then Jones manifested to fill in the gap. She has existed since the formation of the planet, and knows things that humans will never find out because she will never tell them. And she herself doesn't even know what she is, and will never be able to peek inside her own body to find out. A bit of a Mind Screw, but Jones herself mentioned the paradox in The Stone. Jones mentioned her marks in human history, so it's possible that humans caused Jones herself to manifest after seeing these marks the same way that Coyote claims to have manifested from a man dying in a desert seeing a coyote before his death.
The paintings seen on [[url:http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=23 pg. 7are of Jones's footprints.]] The main Tropes page says that these paintings are links into an Aborted Arc, but they're pictures of footprints, which are later associated with Jones and her... longevity. Perhaps they were a long-planted clue towards her origins.
Jones is a Stable Time Loop.Specifically, an "Object Loop". A criticism of the "Object Loop" is that entropy would make it impossible, as the object would undergo infinite decay and not be in the exact same state in each cycle of the loop. Therefore, an object within such a loop would have to be entirely unaffected by entropy, maintaining the exact same state throughout the loop. Jones fits this description. She's invulnerable, ageless, unchanging, entirely immune to entropy. In the future, she might be sent back in time to the beginning of the Earth, having all her memories erased in the process, thus making her life a closed loop. because he believes he's turned to concrete; SCP-275 is indestructible and radio-opaque but also has signs of life — unlike Jones she still needs air, water, sleep, food and stimulation (lately insanely hot chili peppers (approved with good behavior) and being set on fire/electrocuted/flogged/stabbed/shot (denied)), expels waste, and gets her hair and nails cut with a laser. Jones has none of the weaknesses of being a former human; maybe they're trying to copy her?
Jones "likes" men because until very recently a woman living on her own was highly unusualUntil about 40 years ago a young(HAH), attractive, single woman living on her own who apparently needed no man would have been suspicious enough to get her rumored out of a community, assuming no one noticed she never aged and accused her of witchcraft first.
Dragon Slayers get their powers from a bond with a Rogat Orjak.For the following reasons:
Eglamore and Jack's dad had a Defeat Equals Friendship moment resulting from their fight in the flashback.It just hasn't been shown yet. This is also why Jack mentioned that his father said Surma was nice.
Other Court Staff
Dr. Disaster's simulations are not simulations.They actually save the world often, that's why he interrupts them during class.
Dr. Disaster is The DoctorThey have similar names and Dr. Disaster seems to share some of the appearance of older doctors with the more manic, brooding mentality of later ones. Alternatively this could be a second Chameleon Arc binge.
Dr. Disaster is FLASH!Oh-oh! Saviour of the universe!
The Court's headmaster acted bored around Coyote and Ysengrin because acting bored/boring is the quickest way to get Coyote on pointIf he acted flustered or angry, Coyote would draw things out and withhold information just to watch the silly human squirm; I bet it took the leaders of the Court a long time (and a lot of wasted meetings) before they figured it out...
Lindsey and/or her husband Bud will be killed.Story-wise, this will kill two birds with one stone. It will provide an emotional moment, due to the kindness of the being(s), and it will also show how powerful that which killed her/him/them is, due to their sheer size and presumable strength.
When things get crazy and dangerous, Dr. Disaster will defend the mystical side of the conflict, and live one of his fantasies in doing so.He may be a lover of science fiction whose wish is to be a real-life sci-fi hero, but he also has another fantasy, one more private and more precious to him. To paraphrase Tim Burton, "Randall Disaster thought science was nice, but he wanted to be just like Vincent Price..."
Randal had a crush on Jones as a studentWith the recent revelations about Jones, it makes sense that Dr. Disaster, if he's always been at the Court, would've held a torch for Jones in his childhood. In his later years, he's finally gaining the confidence he needs to do something about it. It's possible he was the incredibly socially awkward young boy who got bullied by other students and Jones was the one faculty member who supported him (or the prettiest, at least), and she's been watching movies with him for years now. Considering her dynamic with Eglamore, it's not very far fetched.
Reynardine was right about Annie and Kat.Reynardine wasn't just being sarcastic about a romantic relationship between her and Kat. She silences him because she herself is in denial. Kat and Annie's depiction in the Second Treatise would also support this theory.
Reynardine always intended to possess Annie's doll.Reynardine had been imprisoned in Sivo's body for a long time. He must have known that Eglamore would never let him escape, at least not for long. When he first met Annie, he took special note of the doll she was carrying with her and her resemblance to Surma. Later, when Annie visited him in his cell, he put his plan into action, pretending that he wanted to steal Annie's body and then pretending to be dismayed when Annie was dragged out of his reach (this was all an act put on for Eglamore's benefit). You've got to admit that this all turned out well for Reynardine — he escaped from captivity, gave him the perfect excuse to hang around with the girl he is interested in protecting, and (since he is under Annie's direct control) the teachers at Gunnerkrigg Court aren't going to throw him back in jail (it's a compromise that they and Reynardine are willing to live with). One of main arguments is that normally he's unwilling to kill humans and tried possession only due to being smitten with Surma utterly, so trying to pull this on Antimony who resembles her and is of interest to him is a bit too much even if he's desperate.
Reynardine was originally going to possess Antimony to find a way to leave a body without killing the subject.Eglamore said that the Court was researching a way to remove Reynardine without killing the host. Since it was shown that he could leave a host without dying here. He could have left the body at any time, but didn't because he was hoping for a cure for HIS condition. Taking over Carver would maybe put a greater sense of urgency on the task.
Annie's father is Reynardine.Anthony could still technically be her father if Reynardine had possessed her father at the time. Coyote comes out and says that Reynardine had a thing for Surma and asked to steal bodies just so he could be closer to her. After a while, he probably got bored with human life, which was when Annie's father disappeared... Reynardine left his body and killed him.
Annie's mother was/was possessed by Reynardine.She dies, Annie gets sent to Gunnerkrigg Court, a few weeks later Reynard shows up at GC and "accidentally" breaks through the roof of Annie's bunk (not just her dorm, her bunk), and ends up possessing a doll that Surma pre-treated to be (or at least appear to be) a trap for Reynard or some other being with Coyote's bodysnatching power? It seems a bit like a Contrived Coincidence. If Sivo was supposed to have been known to be possessed since before Annie's mum died, Reynardine made a deal with him that Sivo gets him to the court and provides him with an alibi for not being Surma, and Reynard provides Sivo with an alibi for anything he did shortly before his possession. "Oh, also, Reynardine is not Annie’s dad in any way, shape or form." Just like Loki was not Sleipner's dad in any way, shape, or form. inverted Sleep Mode Size, he acts wise enough to know how little he understands, wise enough to inform instead of pointlessly rant about how little others understand, and sympathetic to at the very least Surma and Antimony. In Sivo's body he was a straight-up Manipulative Bastard from what we saw, and from what we heard acted like a Flying Brick. In the wolf doll he is sarcastic, snarky, can be caught off guard by things his spirit realm self would probably find irrelevant... Whether he is as he is like his Spirit Realm self these days and got some Character Development since the stories of Reynard or if his body makes him feel more Tricksterish than his mind alone may yet be determined. The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body is likely one of Coyote's nerfings, hence the Pot Hole, but since Coyote (as far as we know) hasn't really done much body surfing, it may be inherent in any use of the power.
Reynardine actually did try to possess Annie but failedWe know Annie isn't exactly a normal human. Maybe the part of Surma that was passed down to Annie can't be forced out of her body to make room for Reynardine unless she has a child first.
Moro is Renard's original lover.Being a fox, Renard didn't stick around after Moro had cubs. The events of the movie may or may not have happened, but Moro definitely died at the hands of humans. Time passes and word reaches him about the Court. Bitterness ebbs away when he meets Surma. She is very much like his beloved Moro... And for sake of lightening up this WMG, Moro is the daughter of Ammy or her son Chibi.
Reynardine wants Annie and Kat to get together, and not for the obvious reasons, eitherWe know that pregnancy was a death sentence for Surma and would likely be one for Antimony, too. Guess who can't get Annie pregnant?
The events of "The Fangs of Summertime" were Ysengrin's plan that went sour. Coyote had no part in this plan, and he only took an interest in the proceedings when Reynardine showed up.Ysengrin's purpose was to plant those seeds in the Court. His plan to do so was to call a diplomatic meeting between the Court and the Wood and to make spurious accusations (which he knew to be spurious) against the Court. The Court's denial of these accusations would give Y a pretext to fake indignation and storm out of the hall, then drop the seeds once he was out of sight. (Since Y was escorted to and from the meeting, this was his only hope of getting away from prying eyes to drop the seeds inside Gunnerkrigg unnoticed.) Y believed (rightly or wrongly) that Coyote would never approve of his plan, so he kept it a secret. In order for this to work, Y could not have used a legitimate grievance, such as Robot S13 being sent into the forest, or the apparent kidnapping of Shadow2. If Y had, then the Court would have attempted to solve things diplomatically. Y wouldn't have been able to storm out without either coming across like a warmongering ass, or alerting the Court (or Coyote) that something else was up. Y's plan specifically needed a grievance that (1) was false, (2) that he could convince Coyote was legitimate, and (3) that he could convince the Court that he believed it legitimate. The dead TicToc and the uniform sweater that Annie left behind provided Y with exactly what he needed: he could claim Anthony Carver had planted the bird, and it would look plausible, but it was still completely false and would be denied by the Court. So he planted the bird (and killed the two fairies who saw him, so word would not get back to Coyote), waited a few months, and then "discovered" that it had taken root, and demanded the meeting. Coyote didn't want to be at the meeting; he only attended because protocol demanded it, or because he didn't trust his right-paw wolf-tree to behave himself. Finding the entire affair boring, he quickly focused on the only interesting person in the room and struck up a conversation with her. When Antimony claimed the jumper as her own, she unknowingly threw a socket wrench in Y's plan. Y rolled with this and accused Annie of planting the bird, knowing that she would deny it. Y was working up to the dramatic outburst that would precede him indignantly storming out, and Coyote was just about to declare everything a tremendous misunderstanding and end the meeting, when Reynardine revealed himself. Rey had misunderstood the situation and thought that Annie was in danger; his intent in revealing himself was to distract Coyote and Y's attention away from her. Unfortunately, this had the opposite effect: Coyote inferred from his cousin's past with Surma that there was a connection between Rey and Annie. He attempted to test this by provoking Annie so he could observe Rey's reaction. Annie's reaction to this was perfectly justified. Y's original plan was shot to hell by this point, so he was desperately looking for some opportune cover to drop the seeds. Annie unwittingly provided him with one — he promptly faked an overreaction to the spankies, hoping that no one would notice that he was simultaneously dropping the seeds. The fact that this overreaction would kill the brat who had just humiliated him — who by all rights ought to have died falling off the bridge — was the icing on the cake that no doubt prevented Y from realizing what a bad idea his new plan was. He got a bit carried away with the act (or maybe by this point it was no longer an act) before Coyote smacked some sense into him. At this point, Coyote realized that the meeting was a diplomatic disaster and that he wasn't going to get any more information about Rey or Annie. He put the best face he could on the situation by apologizing for his and Y's actions, and by extending Annie an invitation to the Wood. Whether he actually expected her to accept, or was just acting on desperation, is uncertain. He returned to the forest, where he no doubt administered some spankies of his own to the wolf-tree who had talked him into calling a meeting on spurious charges, then had ruined Coyote's chance of getting information on Renard and that Abalone girl.
Coyote deliberately Blessed Renard and Ysengrin with Suck.First, Coyote is an admitted Trickster. Attaching unpleasant conditions to his gifts—either as part of some grand scheme, or just for the hell of it—is a very trickster-ish thing to do. Second, consider Jones' warning: "Coyote is no liar. Therein lies the danger." Apparently Coyote, the Trickster, deceives others by creative and selective use of the truth, rather than through outright lies. In light of this, Coyote's description of these gifts becomes rather ominous:
The coyote-tooth dagger is the key to sending either Gillitie/the Court away for good, or sealing the rift.It (under the premise of this WMG) created the Annan ("could cut the very earth"), and with a working knowledge, it can reverse its original purpose and undo the rift. All I'm sure of so far is that nothing could ever go horribly, horribly wrong with a gift from Coyote, and that teaching Jeanne to wield the knife would have very bad consequences.
Coyote is Annie's fatherIt has been implied that her father was possessed at one point; however, we only know two beings capable of doing this, and although Renard did have a crush on her mother, her father is still alive. It has already been stated that he'll show up later. Additionally, Coyote's behaviour towards Annie bears little resemblance to how he acts towards other cast members. He answers her questions (somewhat), and he actually seems rather protective. Not something that trickster gods are normally known for. Let's not forget his giving her the moon on a string, too. Lastly, it would explain why her father has gone missing. If you were possessed for a period of several years, then woke up to find you had a new daughter and your wife was dead - wouldn't you?
Coyote seperated the Court and Gillitie because of the tensions being caused by Jeanne's romance.This strip implies that Jeanne and her elf lover were causing severe rumblings between the leaders of both sides, with Coyote watching from afar. It is possible that he believed it may have eventually led to violence, which caused him to seperate both sides. Alternatively...
Coyote seperated the Court and Gillitie solely for the sake of seperating Jeanne and her lover. Because he seems like enough of a dick that he'd break the very earth just to mess with two Star-Crossed Lovers.
The Court and the Gillitie Wood are heading towards a war, and the students are going to be involved in it.Ysengrin is already trying to find an excuse to attack the Court, as previously seen when he allowed the TicToc grow into the cliffside. He will succeed, and war will start. Over the course of the conflict, Siddell will invoke Anyone Can Die, and something will happen to John. It would explain why Margo is crying over John in this doodle◊.
Jeanne's lover was Coyote shapeshifted into elf form.We have seen Coyote shapeshift into a forest elf. Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch.
Coyote is the best deity to invite to a party. There will be a party. Coyote will show up and do his thing.Think about it. A proper, raucous, everyone goes a little crazy party? Who do you want, some boring manifestation of order, or the universe's single greatest party animal? He's basically there to cause pranks and havoc, exactly what a party needs to become legendary.
Coyote wishes to relieve himself of his powers so he may dieIt would be pretty neat.
Coyote As The Elf-Thing Is The Beast.This is the first strip he appears in. Look at the strip number.
Coyote plans to hold Annie hostage in exchange for Reynardine.He's got a candidate for the position of medium there, who is also a promising student and the daughter of ex-students. He might feel that the Court would trade her for Renard. He may not want to harm her, but he can still use her.
Coyote is Jeanne's elven love.Notice the similarities between her lover and the form Coyote took to greet Anne.
Coyote is in a Gods Need Prayer Badly situation.Even though he does not need the prayer's of humans to "exist" he needs their belief in the supernatual and/or their magic to be. That is why Ysengrin hates humans so much. The people he hates are directly responsible for the existance of someone he loves so he can't kill them all because that would also kill Coyote.
Ysengrin got in a fight with a Dragon Slayer onceYsengrin's ear has been cut off, and stylised pictures of him show the Bismuth symbol over that ear, implying that he was wounded by Court technology. Dragon Slayers wield a glowing sword of unknown origin or nature, which is probably Court technology designed to destroy etheric beings (consider how that sword was able to quickly cut through the tree-arm of Robot, and disintegrated a tree-dog, whereas a regular sword wasn't even able to scratch a Gillitie tree). Hence, Ysengrin probably got his wound in a battle against a Dragon Slayer, which would explain his particular antipathy toward Eglamore (he seems to particularly relish the oppurtunity to attack him, and mocks him over taking orders from a young girl).
Being a Medium causes death.Surma's sickness was not caused by anything natural. Dealing with spirits on a regular basis like she would is bad for their health for some reason, most likely that human bodies were not meant for regular contact with them. Why else would she die from a chronic illness when the Court clearly has high technology? Annie will eventually suffer this fate as well. Anthony Carver abandoned his daughter because he realized there was nothing he could do to save her and he didn't want to grow any more attached to her. The Court went without a true medium for such a long period of time (and only had one before that) out of a desire to minimize the deaths. They're facing diplomatic problems with the Woods now, so they're training three mediums out of desperation.
Mediums channel reality into their local area.This is odd, as one would assume that a medium would induce unreality, but the evidence doesn't bear out. Being near a medium causes reality to assert itself (for instance, when Antimony touches the burned boy). This explains why Zimmy needed Antimony around when her eyes were going weird; for some reason, she is tainted with some sort of Lovecraftian darkness which periodically acts up. Gamma can somehow dampen the stuff, probably due to her deep connection with Zimmy, but Antimony is a strong enough medium that she can temporarily keep the horrors from escaping by being nearby. Similarly, this explains why the ghost with the sword only managed to nick Antimony's face; Antimony's natural medium-ness repelled her unreality. If you look on the previous page, the arc the sword travels between the last frame there and the first frame of the link involves going through about half of Antimony's head; this would explain why she wasn't scalped. The mere fact that the ghost managed to wound Antimony is a testament to the strength of its unreality; after all, when she was dealing with the gecko as a child, Antimony could easily repel its fires. The sword-ghost's wound disappears when outside of the ghost's strongly unreal influence, as Antimony's natural medium-ness asserts itself. Notice, however, that the wound re-appears just before the rain washes Zimmy's horrors away, when (due to the pacing of the comic) it seems that there is a large amount of tension in the air, magical or otherwise.
Mediums aren't under any of the Guides' jurisdiction.It explains why Annie had to take her own mother. Because mediums deal extensively with the Guides and restless spirits, they may not fall under the jurisdiction of any of them.
The Salamander / yellow lizard was a malevolent Fire Spirit, and it really was present when Martin started that fire.Note the "chk chk" sound on this page: Martin was using a lighter, rather than matches. The Salamander burnt him, making him drop the lighter. The house burned down, and the Salamander made sure Martin alone survived long enough to be hospitalized. (When a building burns, the hottest part is the room where the fire starts. Martin's surviving while his family died is rather unnatural.) This is why Annie could see the Salamander even after understanding the symbolism and seeing the burning room. Judging by Martin's reaction, it's possible that he saw it as well, before he lost consciousness.
Mort isn't a former human being.There seems to be an assumption that Mort used to be human and is now a ghost. However, that isn't necessarily true - Muut refers to him as a "young spirit", which doesn't mean he was human; you could call the psychopomps spirits, too. We've seen that All Mythology Is True (or at least most) - so something has to fill the role of Scary Thing That Goes Bump In The Night, and sure enough, Mort's purpose seems to be to scare people. If he'd been human, he might've had a better idea of how to do that- but picture him as an inexperienced spirit (newly popped...) who hasn't really got the hang of how people think yet and it all seems to click together. Not saying he couldn't have been human, but I think this is just as likely...
Martin wasn't real.Mediums get one shot not to screw things up. If they succeed, they get real assignments. If they fail, they die, but nobody gets their afterlife eternally mucked up. The obstacle is something that would be effectively impossible to get past if it wasn't the medium-to-be's element/style. See also what Surma told Annie.
Martin shouldn't have been real, but was.Same as above, but with a bit of Real After All due to timely necessity.
Martin was supposed to be L's successor.The resemblance is uncanny, and his name begins with the right letter. Unfortunately, his experiments on hand-held portable fusion went drastically awry.
Bismuth Seed is Dragonfly from Archipelago.Mainly going on the fact that they are immensely old, immensely powerful, and both look kinda like dragonflies.
Antimony "Annie" Carver
Annie is Jesus.She's forsaken by her father. She is responsible for Reynardine's apparent Heel-Face Turn. And just try to tell me this isn't symbolic. (That's the Annan Waters on that page, which, as shown above, is really the River Styx.)
Annie's eye-shadow is protection from supernatural evil.Consider the eye symbolism. Consider that her mum, Surma, is named after an eye-shadow that was used in the Middle East to protect infants from the "evil eye". And consider that both times Annie was supernaturally attacked (first by Reynardine, then by the Ghost with the Sword), she wasn't wearing her eye-shadow. And her eye-shadow was runny due to the rain the one time that Zimmy teleported her into Evil Birmingham.
Annie refused to kill the regional fairies partly because of her grudge against the psychopomps.She's on friendly terms with Ketrak, and seems to merely tolerate Muut. Muut is her most significant contact with the psychopomps, being both the first she met and seemingly high up in the hierarchy (or at least the more knowledgeable of the ones she will contact), so it is likely a combination of familiarity and necessity that she interacts with him as she does. She blames all of them except Ketrak and possibly any other non-human reapers for refusing to guide her mother, and did not want to risk that the fairies would be taken by one that she could not handle meeting at that time.
Annie's cheek got wounded on the astral planeHaven't double-checked the evidence, but: Annie can visit an astral plane, which sets up two distinct types of encounters, the real and the ethereal (which covers dreams, visions, the stone's scrying, and such). She encountered the river girl on the astral plane, and there her cheek was wounded; this is why her cheek is not wounded in real life, but the wound shows up again when she's in the astral plane. The time when Zimmy saw the wound on her cheek, it was Zimmy's astral vision asserting itself, and then Zimmy made her vision get back to reality, so she couldn't see the wound anymore. Any time the wound shows up, it's a cue to the characters being in the astral plane, or at least being able to see part of it at that time.
The main reason why Antimony dislikes Eglamore is...Because he called out Surma's name while she fell down from the bridge.
Annie is a descendant of Jeanne, through Surma's side of the familyWe've only seen two people who couldn't have the Guides lead them into the afterlife, Surma and Jeanne. And combined with the previously mentioned theory that Diego is an ancestor of Kat's...
Annie's conception is what caused her parents to leave the Court.At some point after Surma discovered that she had fire elemental ancestry, she told the rest of the group (i.e. Anja, Donald, Eglamore, maybe Brinnie, possibly Jones) — along with the information that having a child would kill her. When she decided to become pregnant, the rest of the group was utterly furious — both at Surma for basically deciding to kill herself, and at Anthony for letting her. Surma and Anthony decided to leave rather than stay in the Court among people who could not respect their decision.
Annie will return from her time in the Forest prematurelyBecause she'll be horrified over the Orange And Blue Morality of the Forest's denizens. I mean... Sure, Coyote seems friendly... But he's also the kind of person to withhold vital information all for his own amusement. Then there were the faries and not to mention of Ysegrine's methods of diplomacy (fangs bared, snarling, etc.) and Annie will learn that while the Court has its glaring flaws, so do the woods, and that's why it's important for her to be a Medium.
We are NEVER going to see anything more about Annie's stay in the forestWe're so Genre Savvy that we discussed every possible scenario from Training Montage to Avatar-style nature-bonding, and now there's nothing Tom can write/draw that will satisfy us.
Annie will encounter Alistair and his family during her stay.The comic said that Kat will never see him again. It said nothing about Annie seeing him — and even if she doesn't see him, she might see his family.
Annie temporarily transferred ownership of Reynardine to Jones.When she left Reynardine in Jones' care, she gave Jones temporary ownership. Thus, in the first page of chapter 32, Reynardine is back in his wolf form because Jones gave him permission to change.
Annie knew she caused her mother's death before Reynardine told her.I would never have suspected this, but for a few things: Annie was the one who led her mom to the afterlife, her father probably hinted at it, and what she said when she was told was: "They knew?" The second is the biggest thing. Her first reaction should have been denial, but Annie seemed more guilty and ashamed. If she didn't know, she probably at least suspected something like that was up and hoped no one at the court guessed.
The story is being told by a future Annie on her death bed to her daughterTo prepare her of things to come and to make it easier to allow Annie-JR to send her off. Alternatively, Annie is telling her story while her daughter is taking her to the afterlife.
Alternatively, the story is being told by future Annie to her father.She will finally run into her father and at some point need to catch him up with everything that has happened to her.
Annie and Jack's UST will be resolved several chapters laterAnd it will be after another visit to the Forest, where Coyote would tell her to let her feelings go, despite her inevitable fate.
Antimony will eventually have a child (presumably in an epilogue at the end of the comic), but won't keep the secret of her legacy and fate from her.As sad as knowing she's going to die would be, she couldn't bear to put her kid (especially a kid who kinda-sorta is herself) through what she went through. She'd want her kid to be at least moderately prepared when the time came.
At some point in the story, Annie will be forced to choose (possibly permanently) between her association with the Woods, and her friendship with Kat.Throughout the Treatises, Annie and Kat have literally started going in different directions. In Treatise One, they both face the same way - towards the viewer. In Treatise Two, Kat is looking over her shoulder at Annie, who has her head turned towards Kat. In Treatise Three, Kat is dragging/leading Annie into the Court, not looking at Annie, who has turned her head to look back at the woods. In Treatise Four, they are turned three-quarters away from each other, although Annie's hair keeps a grip on Kat. If that pattern continues, Treatise Five should have the girls facing fully away from each other (back to back?). The Treatises are based on "secret recipes" for alchemy, with everything included being symbolic of what is to come. Annie has been spending more and more time dealing with the Woods, and Kat has less and less patience for her stunts. It seems that some sort of reckoning is being built up here.
Annie's current illness is caused by the scar left by Jeanne.That thing has been a Chekhov's Gun for ages. Zimmy was fleeing from that scar before she finally agreed to deal with whatever Annie was suffering from. All and all, it's a pretty good bet that whatever etheral poison that the dead woman's blade carries is finally starting to take its toll.
Annie (and possibly Reynardine) have some relation to the Philosopher's StoneAntimony AKA the Grey Wolf is the penultimate step to creating a Philosopher's Stone which grants immortality and riches. I'm in two minds about this theory:
Annie is telling the story to JeanneAt the very start of the comic, Annie introduces herself to the reader, and by extension, the person she is apparently talking to. There are few recurring characters who don't know her name, and she would only introduce herself to someone who doesn't already. Jeanne doesn't, and knows so little about what has been happening at the court that it justifies telling everything that happens in the comic.
Annie and Surma
Annie is Surma's reincarnation.Perhaps Surma was dying, and the world felt she was still needed. Perhaps a second life was a gift from one of Surma's otherworldly friends. Muut has bent the rules to help Annie, it would not be surprising that he did the same for Surma. For whatever reason, Annie is Surma, and as Annie grew up, Surma grew weaker. Surma's death meant that Annie is entirely 'alive'. For whatever reason, Surma must remain alive, so she is reborn as her own daughter. This is why Surma is so willing to send Annie off as a medium for dead spirits. This is also why everyone likens Annie to Surma all the time, and why Annie's father refuses to see her: he can't bear the sight of his wife as his child. More importantly, this is why none of the dead spirits came for Surma's spirit when she died; Surma was still alive as Annie, so it was Annie that sent her Surma self/memories to the afterlife. Or perhaps Annie's guiding of Surma only symbolized Annie letting go of her Surma self, and sent the memories to Annie's subconscious. It is uncertain how much Annie remembers of her life as Surma, especially since Annie views her Annie and Surma selves as separate entities, but it is possible that Annie's distaste for Eglamore is related to her past life. Annie's uncharacteristic maturity may also be (partly) attributed to her subconscious experience. It is also possible that Surma's death and departure for the afterlife left Annie entirely bereft of her past incarnation's memories. Annie is still Surma, she is simply a clean slate. Annie has the potential to become a medium, and retains whatever spiritual aptitudes Surma possessed, such as using a Blinker Stone. Annie may have the potential to regain her memories as Surma, or she may be forced to rediscover her previous life through Surma's acquaintances. Regardless of either possibility, it remains to be seen whether Surma has been reincarnated for a greater purpose, or simply to have another chance at life.
Surma, Annie, and Phoenixes:A) Surma and Annie are decedents of a phoenix who left the Woods and became human (possibly Surma herself), hence Annie's literal Fiery Red Headedness. The phoenix's regeneration powers were warped when she/it became human, so instead of the "parent" returning to the egg and becoming a "child", the parent's life is passed to the child. B) Surma and Annie are descendents of The Phoenix, and the Blinker Stone is a tiny Encron Chrystal. Annie has touched the moon, and soon she will eat the sun.
Annie is Surma's clone, and has no biological fatherSurma (and all her female ancestors) reproduce by parthenogenesis, which could have some huge ramifications for the story:
Surma was dead from the time that Antimony started her training at the age of six.She couldn't pass on until a new medium had been trained, and Carver (Sr.) had it arranged that the hospital room in which she died would be made his office so that Antimony wouldn't be bothered while she was in the twilight between life and the spirit realm with Surma. He disappeared because he was no longer needed to keep up the charade, and left to pursue his own interests and/or his other responsiblities.
Surma died from childbirth.See above, but more so.
The blinker stone belonged to Surma.Mort somehow knew Surma (not to imply that he is Annie's dad, highly unlikely). Mort gave Annie the blinker because he felt it should rightfully be hers. Mort never brings up Surma because it would lead to mass conclusion-jumping, including that Annie would assume the two had something to do with each other's deaths.
Surma loved RenardAnja claims that Surma was only PRETENDING to love Renard in order to trick him into coming to the Court. Maybe that's what she told everyone else; maybe it's even what she told herself. But she gives him the nickname Reynardine, which suggests that she really was taken in by his charms. Presumably, she must have been rather turned off by his possession (and by extension: murder) of the man that he possessed to gain entry to the court, but before that she probably loved him at least as much as Anthony Carver and/or James Eglamore.
Surma had to have a child at some point to keep the fire inside her - and thus her legacy - alive.She's as mortal as any human otherwise. No one else has understood this, although it's possible some of them did but still mourn her death anyway, but Antimony ultimately will.
Surma was sucessfully resurrected by Anthony, but has started dying againSome references to Surma's personality makes it seem that it was at least partly influenced by being descended from a fire elemental. However, when Antimony comes to the court, she seems to lack all that during the first year. Based on the flashbacks, she was much more similar in personality before that though. The mundane explanation is that Antimony was heavily affected by her mother's death. However, burying away your emotions because of some traumatic event doesn't seem particularly fire-elementaly. So let's instead look at the weirder explanation: Directly after Surma died, Antimony was sent to the court and Anthony left for his space station. On the space station, Anthony performed a resurrection of his wife, draining the fire elemental inside Antimony back into Surma and resurrected her. However, the link between Surma and Antimony wasn't broken and the fire elemental slowly started seeping back, restoring Antimony's personality, but slowly killing Surma again. The disease that affected Antimony in the "Divine" chapter was actually an attempt by her father to halt the draining of the fire elemental.
Annie's father is Anthony Carver.Consider: They have the same last name. Anthony is identified as her father by Kat's parents, Eglamore, and Annie herself. Him being Annie's father would also explain a lot about Annie: Her personality is influenced by his stoic disposition, and her interest in biology came from having a surgeon for a father.
Anthony has emotions, but somehow can't express them.Surma fell in love with him because her medium abilities allowed her to see his feelings anyway.
Thinking back on it, this could simply be a form of autism.
Anthony is still searching for cure.The prospect of death is still hanging over Antimony, and he already feels a failure for not saving his wife. Given his inability to save Surma, he no doubt thinks that all the time between now and when Antimony actually has a child, plus growing up time, should not have a second wasted. He knows it will be difficult.
Anthony will turn out to be a major antagonist.He's been driven mad by grief, and his idea of "saving" his daughter involves destroying (physically or otherwise) her or the court. The other main characters will rally to fight him, but ultimately Antimony will be the one who faces him down.
Anthony knows something about the history of the Court, particularly regarding Jeanne.He and Surma left because they found out something they weren't meant to know (much like Antimony and Kat). His return will kick off the conflict that will either heal the Court or destroy it, the main characters will all take sides, and Antimony will be both the wild card and the key to ending everything, for good or ill.
When Tony went AWOL for months as a student he was learning martial arts.Elgamore was training to become a knight, Donny was an inventor, Brynnie was a Valkyrie, Anja was magic, Surma was fire, and Tony... well, he eventually became a surgeon but a future med student isn't much help in high school, especially one where wood-botic dogs can attack at any moment. Heck, we don't even know if he wanted to be a doctor as a kid or became one just to save Surma.
Anthony is trying to revive Surma by killing Annie.Divine shows that Anthony's done something to Annie that Zimmy sees as bones through the centre of her being. Tony thinks he's found a way to revive Surma by using the life force Annie took from her, and he's started the process. Whether or not whatever Zimmy does will work has yet to be seen, but he won't be happy.
Anthony is searching for a way to protect Annie from sharing the same fate as her mum.Whatever he was doing in Divine appears to be targeted on pinning the fire elemental part of her in place. He thinks that he's found a way to keep it from leaving her and killing her if she ever has a child of her own.
Anthony isn't up to anything.Inspired by Zenzirouj at Something Awful:
Katerina "Kat" Donlan
Kat's purple scarf was enchanted by her mum.The Donlans knew their daughter was flying down to the river bank, and they must have known about the dangerous creatures down there. It would have been criminal negligence to allow Kat to go down without something to protect her. And Anja made Kat take that scarf. Therefore, Anja must have put some protection magic on the scarf to keep Kat safe. (This suggests that it was the scarf that drove away the ghost with the sword.)
Kat will go blind from the dual slit experiment.She will never see again, thus letting her marry Alistair.
Kat created the Ticktocks.Kat created the ticktocks and sent them back in time, to record what happened.
Kat grows up to be Kimiko "Thunderbolt" Ross.look at THEM, clearly after all the interaction with hybrid tree people, Kat decides to start merging humans with technology, and a transhumanist is born.
Kat is SCP-808.Practically confirmed in-universe.
Kat isn't a normal humanBeing able to read the robots' programming language took her from Bad Ass Normal techno-genius. Maybe she's an android, bioroid (an android made with artificial biological parts), or cyborg and she gets upgraded during summer vacation, or maybe her parents' etherical/technological devices "irradiated" her and had a weird effect on her brain.
Before Annie got to the Court, Kat's only friend was an imaginary sheep.Note the proper methodology. For Science!!
Kat will not be Annie's friend again until...Her hair "goes up" in flames! "Your hair... it goes up!"
"Divine" isn't about Zimmy rescuing Annie, it's about Kat getting over what other people think about herAny argument Kat can make to Zimmy and Gamma is bound to backfire:
Kat isn't human.She really IS an angel, born into human form to guide the Gunnerbots, who are earning souls.
Kat isn't the robo-messiah, she's the robo-satanThat is, she's there to challenge the robots on their evolutionary path (note the the and lower-case "s") and Robot especially, possibly by doing something unpleasant accidentally, on purpose, or out of necessity, which could severely damage her relations with her beloved robots. Her Zimmy-vision appearance might unnerve even the least humanoid robot: she has no eyes or eye slits (they're jammed with wires and chains), she's covered in "rust" (possibly grease, fuel, or dried blood), and her "chest piece" looks a lot like Swiss Army Knife - she has dissection tools where her heart ought to be (she took apart Diego's robots to figure out how they worked and was disappointed to find operated on "magic"; by forcing the robots to work how she thinks they ought to she'll somehow be oppressing them).
Why Kat looks the way she does to Zimmy. (See here)Zimmy's mind is in tune with the ether, and we see that Annie's form in that scene is similar to Annie's etheric form. Kat has been shown to be completely out of touch with the ether; when Annie tries to teach her how to feel out into it, Kat's mind instead starts deconstructing the components of a nearby air conditioning unit. So her mind isn't in tune with the ether- it's in tune with technology. So logically, she wouldn't have a normal etheric form. Instead of the spirit-type figures seen in the ether, Zimmy sees Kat as a mechanical monster.
The robots' belief that Kat is an angel will become reality through the action of the ether.According to Coyote this is a world in which etheric beings exist only because mankind's belief in them makes them real through interaction with the ether. It is quite possible that the robots have developed enough sentience that their belief will have the same effect on the ether, turning Kat into a partially etheric being. This robo-etheric nature may be what Zimmy sees when she looks at Kat.
Andrew "Smitty" Smith and George "Parley" Parley
Andrew's power is more powerful than it at first appears, and has manifested itself during the Fangs of Summertime.The chaotic mess that the diplomatic mission from Gillitie Wood turned into was ultimately resolved in a relatively neat manner: Coyote just quickly knocked out Ysengrin just when it looked like a major fight would happen and departed with him in peace. Why? Because Andrew was there. As soon as all order dissolved and the fight began, he subconsciously manipulated events to be resolved as quickly and as straightforwardly as possible. Also, note how we can only see him smile twice — the first time we can see his face after his demonstration and the first time we can see his face after Coyote's departure. Smiling doesn't seem to be something he does very often, as can be seen... every other time we see his face. Now, in that more recent example, it might seem that this was because of Jones' compliment, but it might as easily be the satisfaction one gets out of "subconsciously creating order where there was none". I imagine that sort of thing would feel pretty good.
Andrew/Smitty is Coyote's counterpart, on the side of OrderSimilar to the earlier Andrew's powers are greater than they appear WMG. We have a recognisable entity of Chaos in the strip, the Coyote of Gillitie wood. So it stands to reason that there should be an entity of Order on the Court side of the Annan Waters as well. So who do we have within the Court, whose abilities - the scope of which have never been fully delimited - amount to manipulation of reality to promote both Order and the interests of the Court? Who is the opposite of the Coyote in that he is serious instead of playful, hidden instead of visible, and apparently young instead of ancient? Exactly. Suppose Smitty is the true power behind Gunnerkrigg Court. The headmaster would be effectively a figurehead, descended from Steadman (who was, after all, essentially a passive character that allowed himself to be manipulated by others). As merely a student, Smitty can go places the teachers cannot, can involve himself with Annie and Kat that all the rest of the Court leadership are unable. And he can deal with things the apparent rulers of the Court are all too willing to forget about. How long has Smitty been at the Court? Who are his family? What does his room look like? How can he be a medium, if he doesn't have access to the ether? If you think about it, there are a lot of suspicious unanswered questions. I'd be very interested in seeing what Smitty looks like in Annie's etherial vision, but so far he has been conveniently elsewhere...
Parley has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome.Her father's prediction wasn't wrong, in a sense. She's beautiful, statuesque, extremely curvy... all the criteria for an AIS woman. She just has XY DNA, that's all.
Parley will succeed Eglamore as the Court's Dragon Slayer.We know Smitty will be the Medium. And Parley's already training with a sword. If Jimmy Jims trains Parley to replace him, this will make her George the Dragon Slayer. Credit to Sunshine Duk for bringing this to my attention.
Zimmy and Gamma
Zimmy's "pin"Is just a pin. While she probably wasn't confined to a horrible orphanage like real-life orphans from Eastern Europe, she clings dearly to the few things she can call her own, like the pin and her friend/madness-dampener Gamma.
The place Zimmy goes to is artist Zdzisław Beksiński's mindscapeI mean, just look at his stuff.
If Zimmy survives whatever Tom has in store for her, she'll eventually find peaceIn one of the rainiest places on earth.
Gamma is a creation of Zimmy's mind.She's as real as Zimmy wants her to be. That's why she's so worried about other people touching Gamma.
The Gamma that we know is a doppleganger.There was a real Gamma, who befriended Zimmy as we saw in the Chapter 11 flashbacks, but sometime after that, she was killed by one of Zimmy's hallucinations. Then, during Zimmy's next visit to Evil Birmingham, she ran into a Nobody making a (near?) perfect imitation of Gamma, and the two have remained together ever since. Maybe Zimmy didn't learn of the Nobodies' mimicry abilities until meeting Copy-Kat, so she just thinks Gamma miraculously returned somehow. Or maybe Zimmy does know (if only subconsciously) that Gamma is a Nobody, but she accepts Copy-Gamma because she wants it to be real. The fact that Zimmy has lost Gamma once already — and, depending on the circumstances, her guilt over the Real Gamma's death — is why she's so protective of Copy-Gamma.
Gamma is a far more powerful Medium than any of the current Medium elects.This sort of relies on the "Mediums channel reality" Guess up near the middle of the page, here, but it makes sense so whatever. Whenever Gamma is separated from Zimmy, Zimmy has to rely on Antimony to keep her head straight. However, Zimmy notes that Annie isn't as good as Gamma is for nulling her powers. Gamma therefore could possibly be an extremely strong Medium, but cannot ever be chosen because she needs to keep Zimmy in check. If Zimmy wasn't around, Gamma would probably be chosen for the school Medium, no contest. Of course, it is unknown if Gamma's power only works on Zimmy or not, but hey, it's not called Wild Mass Guessing for nothing, right?
Gamma knows English.She uses the masculine form of the surname "Czarnecki", so she most likely wasn't born in Poland. Also, here a sleep-deprived Gamma laughs at the word "butt", implying she understood it. There are two possibilities:
Jones is one of those Valkyries, like Brinnie — or some other "mildly divine" being.That would explain why she's so perfect, looks so bored, knows so much and is readily acknowledged as Seen It All. And then both the list of things she doesn't give a damn about and the list of things she's invulnerable to are so long they can be entwined and then used to encircle the Court... which so far fits into the story well.
Zimmy is a supernatural creature that belongs in the Wood.Zimmy's nightmare world is a bleak urban landscape, where the only living things are twisted machine-animal-monsters and faceless humans. The only thing that relieves her psychic static is rainfall — natural rainfall, the only piece of nature she's exposed to in Birmingham or at the Court. The reason she's so tortured is that her environment is literally hurting her. Her issues would go away entirely if she were able to go live in the Wood.
If Zimmy were allowed to enter the woods, she would damage it beyond repairEither as the aforementioned "demon" or as a weapon made by the Court, Zimmy hungers after nature. This is why the raindrops evaporate when they touch her and it also explain her reaction to it: She devours the only natural/magical thing in the court by merely touching it and doing so makes her happy, cause her subconscious urge to destroy this natural/magical phenomena is being fed. Also, she's a friend to the main duo, looks evil and has an exploitable weakness (her dependency on Gamma). I'm not saying she's the Big Bad, but she might be his weapon or persuaded/forced to act like it.
Zimmy is not-quite-dead.She died, possibly murdered while wandering around the city alone, but never left her body since she wasn't covered by any psychopomp's territory. Gamma was to help Zimmy like Antimony helped the boy in the hospital, but unlike Annie, Gamma gave up (though in her case, it was likely because she couldn't stand to let Zimmy die, rather than fear of the visions. If it was fear of the visions, this is why Zimmy is so protective of her even though she's the one the visions don't physically affect). Antimony has to touch the things from Zimmy's world to banish them while Gamma keeps them at bay like Antimony with the fire because Gamma has been alongside Zimmy since she first died, before they started getting stronger, and her power to banish them (either specifically Zimmy's, or the visions in general) grew in strength as they did. The reason Zimmy does not sleep is that death is "the ultimate sleep", and the dead don't require sleep.
Books help Zimmy control her powers just like Gamma and Antimony.Suggested here. Note how, in Zimmy's first apperance, she has apparently surrounded herself with books while Gamma was asleep. This would explain why Zimmy hangs out in the library so much, and why they were going to the library in this episode.
Not just books, but science books keep Zimmy's powers from manifesting.The strong connection to reality that the science texts have keeps things "real", to a point. In page 73, Kat finds Zimmy and Gamma at the end of a shelf that has an alchemical symbol on it, and she's carrying a book entitled Important Stuff (Like Science), which implies that they were in part of the Science area.
Mechanical-mindvoice-bubble Gamma isn't Gamma.She's/it's a construct. That's how she can talk into Annie's head.
As of late in the chapter "Spring Heeled", Antimony is currently (mentally) in Zimmy's (physical) head, sort of overshadowing/possessing her.Gamma can talk to her, and thinks she's Zimmy, because she technically is Zimmy from the outside. Zimmy is running away because there are two levels of inside Zimmy's head (the construct town and literally inside her mind), and she and Annie (unlike Gamma) are currently in both of them.
In addition to the above guess, or a variation thereof, Zimmy has made a habit of doing it.Gamma can't notice when someone else is in ZimmyWorld if they are in her head. That's what happened to Jack. He accidentally hitched a ride inside Zimmy's mind, but for the most part Zimmy suppressed him while she was with Antimony. Whether she generally runs off when someone else spooks her and Jack was for some reason the exception or it's closer to an even mix (because some people cower in terror, some people try to ask what's going on or atttack Zimmy) doesn't really matter (yet).
Zimmy is Annie, or a creation of Annie's subconscious come to life.See the latest pages.
Zimmy grows up to be Kath from Wapsi Square.No logic to support this. Just... look at them.
"Zeta" and "Gamma" are code namesCode names are given to all children "adopted" by the Court; for instance, "Zeta and Gamma" could have been named "Zoe and Gina". The parents are given Class-A amnesiacs to ease (or accelerate, in Zimmy's case) the loss of their children. Jeanne from her ghost status.
The He Is Not My Boyfriend scene at the end of Chapter 28 was the result of Zimmy's attempt to set up Jack with Annie.She knew that he might eventually develop a crush on her thanks to the influence of the Whitelegs, but also knew that he initially might develop similar feelings for Annie for trying to help him out. As Zimmy is not interested in Jack, she might've tried to paw him off on Annie. So she tried to plant the idea in Annie's head by calling him her boyfriend.
Zimmy is a bug (or some other critter)!She's a sapient, psychic, reality-warping bug that can project a human form even to the aetherically insensitive like Kat and possibly the robots. Possibly related to the "Zimmy is a supernatural creature" theory.
Annie taught Gamma how to speak English after the events of The Power Station.After Annie learned that Zimmy was intentionally mistranslating things people said for Gamma in order to isolate her and keep her from making friends beyond herself, Annie decided to take matters into her own hands and tutored Gamma in the English language. Zimmy, however, was never made aware of this and Gamma continued speaking Polish around her and did not speak English around her as it still was not very good. However, Gamma did find out that Zimmy was mistranslating things and lying to her; instead of growing upset, though, Gamma decided to humor her and now continues to pretend she did not realize what Zimmy was doing, as she still knows that if she were to leave Zimmy , Zimmy would undoubtedly go mad and die.
Zimmy is Coyote's DaughterIt would be unlikely to presume Coyote, a being of Chaos, would spend ALL of this time in the Gillette Wood since he considers the entire Earth to be his home. At one time or another he might have shapeshifted into a humanoid being, wooed a random woman, and knocked her up just to see what the act of making children the normal way was like. Unfortunately, the process of human child development was far too long for him and not wanting to speed up the process for risk of the mother's well-being, whom he had grown attached up, promptly left. Due to his scatter-brain nature though, he completely forgot he was a baby daddy in the first place. Thus, the reason for Zimmy's out of control powers stems from her own body coming to terms with essentially holding the DNA of something THAT TECHNICALLY DOES NOT EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE, which in itself CAN WARP THE FABRIC OF REALITY ITSELF. A future storyline might come into play with Coyote finally coming face-to-face with his illegitimate daughter after finally remembering he had a daughter, as well as the implication Zimmy was only the latest illegitimate child he had and forgot about.......
Zimmy is half Crystal Gem and doesn't know it.Her pin is her gem and like Steven she doesn't know how to harness the power, she takes a bit more Gem quality than human as well for as it was said Steven's Lion "Gems don't need to sleep" and Zimmy says she never does.
Jack has Psychic Powers of some sort.Jack was pulled into Zimmy's nightmare world in ch 19. The only other people to get pulled in were Gamma and Annie—both of whom are known to have extranormal mental abilities. Clearly, when Zimmy flips over to Evil Birmingham, she pulls any mentalists within her vicinity with her.
Jack is Spider (like Anansi the Trickster, but less specific), stuck to live through the life of a human after one of his tricks backfired.In comic 614 Jack has cobwebs and a glowing spider-mark, though it's probably an actual 3-D spider shape, on his face in the etherium. Gamma doesn't perceive him as a human, even though he was stuck inside Zimmie's world at the same time as them and Antimony, and it's been shown that he can unknowingly see into and possibly enter the etherium under power from no obvious outside source.
Jack's soul is coming apart after being in Zimmy's worldIn the above comic you can see a glowing "copy" of his head starting to separate from his body. Maybe the spider and the webs are signs that his soul became "infected" or "decayed" since going into (and becoming obsessed with) Zimmy's world.
Jack is one of those "Nobodies" from Zimmy's WorldNo real evidence for this, but it would explain this freaky image. And, with a bit of a stretch of this, now that he's in the real world he can semi-cancel Medium powers; look at the page again, whenever Antimony enters the astral plain to connect to her Blinker Stone her 'hair' is continuous, yet when Jack turns to face her in that comic, it breaks. It's a bit of a stretch, but not impossible in this universe.
Jack is becoming a "nobody".The faceless nobodies in Zimmy's world are contagious, which is why she's so afraid of them. Since Gamma and Annie can make them go "GOP", they're immune, but Jack wasn't. He came in contact with one of the nobodies and is now becoming one.
Jack is a Fourth Wall Observer.After a visit to Zimmingham, he somehow realized that he is just a fictional character in a webcomic. Initially, the shock of this discovery rendered him near catatonic, though now he got a bit better. He's still halfway insane, however. This explains a lot of his behavior. He treats Annie and Kat without respect because he figures that if his world isn't real, he can do anything he wants without consequences. Also, his unique Medium Awareness makes him a megalomaniac - he believes that, as the only one who knows the true nature of the world, he has the right to treat everyone else with contempt.
Jack's teasing of Kat, whose parents are teachers and Annie the medium is a cry for help...Unless it's a trap.
Jack is becoming whatever Zimmy is.This is shown because in this comic Jack is shown with spiderwebs and a spider, but only in the spiritual plane. In this one, See that second panel? Zimmy has one of those same spiders on her, only this time it's real. Also, Jack's eyes don't seem so much as "Losing-sleep" anymore so much as "Starting-to-ooze" in this comic. Just like Zimmy. He's been so deperate for answers because he wants to know both what's happening to him, and, well, because that world is batshit terrifying.
Jack actually likes Annie.He was just trolling her when he said that he likes Zimmy, the reason he didn't take the kiss is because he was nervous about actually kissing her.
Paz is a ghost magnet.First the thing with Mort and now this? The Court pulled her because she attracts either the restless dead or ghosts that aren't actually dead people, in a way that makes her an unfit medium (since it would cause more trouble than it solved). However, the power is still useful for assisting where spirits are hiding, or determining if a ghost is not a dead person, or at least needs to be kept suppressed in a place such as the Court to avoid problems.
Janet and Willie will use their archery skills to undo the effects of Diego's device.Possibly to form a bridge, or to fire a device that requires two arrows launched simultaneously. It may or may not be required to help Jeanne. Also, symbolism: it took one person to divide the Forest and Court. It takes the cooperation of two to reconnect them. Janet and Willie may play a role in saving Jeanne as well. Also, it's entirely possibly that it was Janet and Willie's ancestors who murdered Jeanne and hid the evidence. The archer could be either one, but the man who watches could easily be the Headmaster, and therefore is more likely to be Janet's ancestor. This way their descendants would be correcting their mistake. Gunnerkrigg Court is already big on Generation Xerox, so this fits with the themes so far.
Janet is one of the Green Arrow's daughter or granddaughter.The red fletching is just to throw people off.
Janet, like Annie, is descended from an elemental.Bud says that Janet's dad would go crazy if he knew about her and Winsbury. Maybe Llanwellyn is just a typical overprotective father, but the way Tom dropped in that detail makes it seem like a clue to me. If Janet is descended from an elemental, then motherhood would presumably be fatal to her, just as it was to Surma. What's the only foolproof way to keep a young woman from becoming a mother? Keep her away from anyone who could theoretically get her pregnant.
Diego and Jeanne
Diego and his creations
Diego's last name is Donlan.Hence the "DD" sign. The lab by the canals used to be his — Anja had access to it because she was dating Donald. And Donald got his near-sightedness from Diego's side of the family.
Diego's robots were built to re-enact the founding of Gunnerkrigg Court.That way, anyone who reunites the CPUs with their original robots (probably requiring the release of Jeanne's soul (Annie), Diego-level knowledge of the robots (Kat) and the passing of a number of Secret Tests of Character) can "fix" or replace anything that requires a "reboot" of the Court. For example, Ysengrin (or his predecessor) rendering the Court unusable when the Gillitie Wood inevitably overflows it (Gunnerkrigg Court being founded before Coyote made the chasm) or counterattacks the humans infringing the Wood's territory.
The grand archway in Diego's arena conceals more than just the shrine to JeanneIt is very big, was entirely blocked with mortar (or whatever) and Seraph 1 only cut open a big enough gap to reveal the tunnel to the shrine. Diego has probably walled away more guilty secrets, or perhaps, devices to strike back at those that he ascribed responsibility for his actions to.
Diego thought that they'd bring Jeanne's body back up from the shores of the Annan Waters.Her soul would be left trapped on the shore, and he'd have a pretty soulless doll who'd never be able to deny his love again all to himself. "She died and we did nothing" wasn't him deluding himself into believing he had nothing to do with what happened, and wasn't even really about Jeanne as the person she really was, who loathed him and loved another; it's just about her body, which Young and the others refused to let him "rescue", because even if they're willing to do some nasty things to preserve the Court, they wouldn't just stand back and allow him to rape her shell.
Diego's 'bots are powered by actual hearts.Hear me out here. In the blueprints, their power source is marked by a heart symbol. Knowing about the natural/magical vs. artificial/technological conflict that's gone on throughout the story, and Diego's willingness to cross the Moral Event Horizon, it really wouldn't surprise me if Diego had used actual hearts — possibly harvested from creatures of the forest — to power his machines. Hell, just look at the current chapter and its title. Kat talks about the "power source" being linked to the brain, limbs, etcetera. The chapter is called "Give and Take." What does a heart do, exactly, hmm?
Boxbot represents Diego, not S1.Diego built Boxbot after Jeanne's death, and the reason why he made it so terrible, is because of his guilt.
Diego is Kat's ancestor.The way the robots react to her... on the other hand... Hair colours match too.
The statement "She died, and I did nothing," does not have the same meaning as the majority of us have assumed.Well, the robots probably do mean the assumed "We did nothing to stop her from being killed," but the statement did not hold the same meaning for Diego. Instead, he was saying "She died, and I had nothing to do with it." Basically, he is denying any involvement he had in orchestrating her death.
Jeanne IS Gunnerkrigg Court.More precisely, her corpse is the Bismuth Seed that the Court grew out of, like what happened to the Thousand Eye bird that saved Annie from dying in the Annan Waters. "She died and we did nothing." And what are they doing here? Jeanne's ghost can't cross over the river to Gillitie Wood because Coyote created a divide that stopped the Court from overtaking the forest (she is literally part of the Court and is subject to its limitations). This also explains why Diego created a robot in his image and a robot in Sir Young's, but despite how much he loved her, there is no Jeannebot. She's all around them. She doesn't need a robot. To make it extra sentimental/creepy/whatever, the place where her body would be if it was still in human form is where her memorial is.
Jeanne was kept from outright rejecting Diego by the Court.It's obvious that Jeanne doesn't feel for Diego what he does for her. Since Dego's defining character trait is his obsessive love for her, the Court could have seen this as a problem, as Diego's robotics made him a huge asset. If Jeanne rejected him, then Diego could have lost heart and possibly left the Court altogether. Not being able to let this happen, the Court silently ordered Jeanne not to reject, if only to keep him happy. They were nice enough to let her decide what else she could do about him. She chose to be indifferent.
Once the Jeanne log is over, Annie will assume she knows enough to sucessfully get her to the other side.Due to something about the Kudzu Plot she overlooked, she will either fail horribly, or succeed just to make the situation worse.
Some factor drove Jeanne's ghost away from Annie that is connected to either Kat or the court.Jeanne abandoned her assault on Annie the moment Kat entered the scene. Something about Kat (maybe the connection to court technology or the fact she was using very advanced technology) drove the ghost off before she could do lasting damage to Annies etheric form. The question is... what? Was it something unique to Kat, a Gamma-style nullification power? Or was it the technology? Or did Jeanne just change her mind. Has Jeanne already achieved her objective in whatever that scratch was?
Jeanne is an alternate universe Joan Of ArcShe's a woman more comfortable with a sword than finery. Reynardine knew that she was clearly a soldier. Plus Jeanne, Joan; it's fairly obvious!
Jeanne wasn't angry with Antimony, she was angry at ParleyJeanne said "you come here to mock me with your shining heart". Look at the the chests of the two girls: only Parley's chest is truly glowing. Parley, being in love, offended Jeanne beyond measure. Had Parley not touched Antimony, we'd have seen a much different interaction between Antimony and Jeanne.
Jeanne's choker is significantIn particular, it might mean Jeanne was under the same spell Annie is under now.
Jeanne is Kat's ancestor...Again, the way the robots react to her.
Jeanne's lover was one of the Anwyn.Annie might not have put two and two together, but given that he certainly could be called a tree elf, it's definitely possible...
The blinker stone belonged to Jeanne.Both Muut and Mort thought the ghost isn't supposed to cross Annan Waters, yet here she is. We know the stone provides not just a projection, but some sort of spirit travel, so if she was an owner, she could retain some access and use it to cross the river. Also, it was a main reason of her interest in Annie—just because she's the stone's new owner. After all, Muut set it up specifically to resolve Jeanne's issue, so it may be it's not just a necessary power-up, but also a direct connection that was supposed to put Annie in contact with the ghost in question sooner or later (presumably in other circumstances).
Jeanne was the first medium.But she didn't understand the significance of her role. She served as a sacrifice of the Anaan Waters, which is between the Court and the Forest. This sacrifice was so that the Court could demonstrate their truce with the Forest.
Diego and Steadman punished Jeanne because she wanted to be Just Friends
Robots and Friends
Boxbot and Robox
Somebody likes Boxbot.Shocking as the idea may be, evidence does show that Boxbot has been through several design iterations, and remains in working order, meaning somebody must have been motivated to upgrade and maintain it.
Boxbot is the Big Bad.He's only pretending to be incompetent.
Boxbot is an Old Shame.Why else is Tom Siddell so needlessly hostile to the robot? Supporting this theory is the simplicity of his design; it looks like the kind of thing he could've drawn as a kid.
Boxbot and Robox will combine to form a miniature Super Robot in a future chapterBoxbot has only arms, Robox only has legs. Their bodies can easily stack on top of each other's, with Boxbot's wheels serving as a connection mechanism. Boxbot's failure and Robox's awesome will combine like matter and antimatter, creating a new source of power known as Getter Rays.
Robox was Diego's Author Avatar.Or at least half of it. He had someone enchant it with a "make people think Robox is pretty awesome" spell so people would at least like the Marty Stu version of him. However, he's better at making Original Characters like Seraph 1 and Life Embellished characters like the Taurobot (not the Minotaur, but the not-Eglamore bot). Boxbot was Diego's "pity me" Author Avatar, but nobody bothered to put a spell on poor Boxbot.
Robot/S1 and Shadow 2
S1 was originally representative as Jeanne, not Diego, and the robots built that show.S1 might have been used as there was no Diego bot, unless that bot is Boxbot. That play down below was setup by the robots after Diego's death when the original line began to realize they too were passing on. The following generations were, like the humans, unable to pass on all the knowledge of what happened. So as the original line began failing they setup that scene in hopes someone will find it. That someone will rediscover this knowledge. The Seraph, the Jeanne line, was given the greatest glory of being the activator/key to activating the play. This would all reveal mostly Jeanne. The small painting of Diego was left in there as well leaving a way for a person or robot to research what happened. However, the robots being "children" and deeply in love with Jeanne due to Diego's programming didn't get the story 100% right. It is a mixture of what happened, what Diego insisted happened in denial and the robots' inability to understand what happened.
Shadow2 is the offspring of the Shadows who entered the Court during 'Ties'.We still don't know how he ended up there, but it's possible that he was born to the Shadows and abandoned, or that he got lost in the Court and never rejoined the others.
Robot has a scheme in mind involving Kat, possibly involving making the robots view her as a goddess or ruler, or possibly a messiah figure or the reincarnation of Diego.He started by spreading the 'angel' title around the robot community. Then he convinced Sky Watcher, who convinced King Robot to go to Kat for help. Now he's preaching that she's got the power of life and death to the other robots. This can't end well.
There could be a three-way battle between the Woods, the Court humans, and the Court robotsIf Robot's view of Kat as a robo-messiah goes too far, he could influence the other robots to include "killing mankind" as part of their pleasurable physical activities.
The Gunnerkrigg Universe and other concepts
Gunnerkrigg Court shares a universe with Ava's DemonGunnerkrigg court is TITAN's Paradise. First off, it is established in both comics that magic and technology exist. Second, Ava's Demon is shown to be galaxy wide and that there are planets that are completely dedicated to education. Does that sound like anyplace we know of? Also, limbo in Ava's Demon looks an awful lot like the Ether
The Singularity concept will emerge as and maybe become a main theme of GunnerkriggRight now it is still in the accidental, minor or very subtle foreshadowing gray area, but look at how much of the story is focused on two opposing worlds with a few people acting as mediums who can remain unbaised. Unbiased is usually defined as being untouched by either side of an argument. But note how each side is, well, so full of jerks and jack asses. Take the two most recent arcs as of writing this. Skywatcher and the Angel which setup an evil court allowing for a big opening for the great and nice Forest, only look what Coyote does? A great many reminders about how he is not good, but chaotic neutral at best, whose actions caused great strife and a cold war for the "lolz". At this point look at how many singularity like beings and events exist. Reynard when possessing the doll takes a robotic angelic cyborg wolf look, and frequently displays cyborg/robotic appearances in this body. Ysengrin went the other way, instead of becoming "one" with tech, but the woods and nature. The Bird With a Thousand Eyes, mistaken for a living creature at first, then revealed to be robotic, but then shown it's remains can "grow" like living thing. Robot is becoming more human in personality as Kat works on perfecting his Android body. The whole test concept of forest creatures becoming humans, or pretending to be in Marcia's case, and humans becoming forest creatures. The absolute divide of the river isn't. The whole story is about the falling angel meeting the rising ape and having a three way with a robot.
All the characters are either aspects, representatives, avatars, etc. either nature or technology.This idea is long and kind of crazy, so bear with me. It also incorporates a bunch of ideas from this page and a lot of chemical/alchemical symbolism. The Court, we have been repeatedly told was grown from the Bismuth Seed. As it has been said before, bismuth is a chemical element. But I will go further and put everything into chemical symbolism: The Gillite Woods, etc., being natural and organic, can be represented by either carbon or oxygen, both non-metals. "Straight" humanity's symbol/ability seems to be technology, symbolically represented by transition metals, such as iron: Diego's robots, Jeanne's sword, Steadman's arrowheads, Kat's inventions. Eglamore is a special case: his 'dragon slayer' armor (which coincidentally, is more like dragon RIDER armor, considering his friendship/partnership with the closest thing to a dragon we've seen) bears the alchemical symbol for lead8, is both the material humans use for modern weapons (bullets are made out of it), and in addition to being toxic to living things, it is also used to shield from as well as the result of nuclear radiation. He also posses a glowing sword, the only real example of Power Glows in the technological Court, reinforcing his connection to nuclear power. (To me, this symbolizes both his role as the Court's counter to the Wood's, and specifically Coyote's, power, and the source of his power, (another WMG, see below).) Jones, as has been previously guessed on this page, is linked to the Court itself, and thus to Bismuth. Since she is one with the court, this explains why Eglamore thinks/knows he will lose if they fight "indoors". (Or he may just be faster/more agile than she is, given her weight, and so would benefit from the natural obstacles, much like his also specifies "at close range") This also explains/reflects her close relationship with Eglamore, as lead and bismuth are right next to each other on a periodic table. Bismuth is a transition metal, and so is her purpose, and that of the Court: to commune, negotiate, and transition between the "metallic" humans, and the "organic" woods. Antimony is another transition metal, and as a medium, that is Annie's role. Also, she is mentored by "Bismuth" Jones, which is in the same period as antimony, one row down.
The Gunnerverse is the present day of the Girl Genius 'verse.Word Of Tom says that the story takes place in "a current year", and that Britain's queen is not Elizabeth II, but a fictional queen. This could easily be Her Undying Majesty, Queen Albia. Presumably, schools like Gunnerkrigg helped unusual children channel their talents for constructive purposes, preventing the destructive infighting that had ravaged Europa from taking root in the British Isles. This, and Britain's independence from the Wulfenbach Empire, allowed the U.K. to evolve into a society nearly identical to ours. The name "Gunnerkrigg" already exists in the Girl Genius 'verse: it's the name of a guesthouse in Mechanicsburg. Either the school in Britain and the inn in Mechanicsburg are both named after some third source (probably Scandinavian), or the Mechanicsburg innkeepers fled the city (possibly during the turmoil that's arisen since Agatha returned). Seeking to start a new Court as far from Sparks and Technology as possible, they settled in a magic forest in northern England. And Kat is obviously a Spark.
Sonic the Hedgehog is also in the Gunnerverse.Tom Siddell is himself a student at the Court. (See page 296 and the picture of Tea (white-haired girl) on the Art page.) Tom Siddell beat up Sonic the Hedgehog once. This ties in nicely with the aforementioned Girl Genius crossover theory, as WMG has proven that Sonic is also the future of the GG-verse.
Ditto Platinum Grit. This is a big 'verse.Science! Magic! Mysterious spirits! Even more mysterious family backstories (complete with photos of the last generation looking a lot like this generation)! A castle that's as damn well big as the plot damn well needs! A suspicious lack of clearcut villains in the recurring cast!
Basil the Minotaur is the Minotaur from House of LeavesIn both stories, the Minotaur is a misunderstood son of Minos who is victimized by Jerk Jock Theseus. This also cements the "Johnny is nuts" theory, since the Minotaur is clearly a nice guy (a "homie", in his words).
Gunnerkrigg Court takes place in the Hellboy universeThe author has said Hellboy is one of his influences. Eglamore's office is very Mignola-esque, and Mort has obviously seen a few of the in-universe Hellboy comics.
The cloaked, bearded figure in panel 1 is Rasputin.I have absolutely no evidence, other than this would be really, really cool. Maybe the Court is linked to the Ogdru Jahad somehow?
The Court is a bardo, and the inhabitants are geniuses.The robots are wonders and the inhabitants of the woods are manes.
Gunnerkrigg takes place in the same world as JoJo.Annie is a developing Stand user and somehow related to the Joestars. Jones is a Pillar (Wo)Man who achieved "Ultimate Lifeform" status (which is why she can be in daylight), except she's not evil like Cars. Ether is just a different way of saying "the Ripple". The Blinker Stones are related to the Red Stone of Asia. Eglamore and the previous Dragonslayers are Ripple Warriors.
Hair correlates to etheric power in some way.Bear with me. When Annie uses the blinker stone, we can often see her hair swirling around. Note that before she starts the blinker stone, her hair is straight, but after, it has a slight curve at the base. Her mother's hair is a freaking bush. Mrs. Donlan's is calmer but very swirly. Kat gets similar swirls, and while she doesn't seem to be etherically sensitive she might be repressing it due to her science-only biases. Parley had a swirl at the tip of her ponytail (not in the current chapter, however) and Andrew has what appears to be lively, possible curly hair. Jack had straight, spiked hair until his excursion in Zimmingham, where he gained curls around his face. Zimmy's hair is perpetually tangled, and when you see the transformation from Annie to Zimmy you see that Annie's hair starts curling more. On the other hand, Gamma, who is an etheric sink of sorts, has perfectly straight hair, and Jones, who cannot use a blinker stone, has very straight hair as well.
Machinarium takes place within the CourtIt's in some distant, forgotten corner of the robots-only area where pollution is so bad that it's deemed unsafe for human habitation, and it has slowly been forgotten by the human inhabitants of the Court, even as its robot inhabitants have forgotten the existence of humans.
About the sigils.I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who didn't notice that the sigils used in the "sky messages" can be seen as a very abstract way of representing certain messages and ideas. Cubish tripod shapes that vaguely look like computer monitors, flowing lines that resemble giant bird-ish shapes... ect.
Everyone is playing a pre-destined role in a larger chain of events and these roles have existed since the beginning of the court.Basically what I'm saying is this: each generation that has lived at the court has had some sort of role to play. It starts with Steadman the Archer, Sir Young the first Dragon Slayer, Diego the robotics guy and Jeanne who I think was the first medium (she lived at court, but communed *ahem* with the forest as well). Fast forward to the current time of the story. Either Llanwellyn or Winsbury are the Archer(s), Eglamore is the Dragon Slayer, Kat is the robotics whiz and Annie is the prominent medium who communes with the forest. Like Diego, Kat has a very close personal relationship and devotion to the medium, Annie. Their friendship is mutual, but what if things are headed in the same direction as before? Annie will become increasingly sympathetic for the forest (perhaps take a lover there?) and turn away from Kat who will become distraught and angry. Perhaps the ghost at Annan will be released; Annie is attempting to figure her out and that could lead to releasing her from the waters. Without a ghost, whatever seal was made so long ago would likely expire. They would need a new seal. Maybe where things are headed is that Annie and Kat must make very difficult choices about where they stand. Maybe they will find themselves in the same situation as Diego and Jeanne where Kat might be placed have to consider killing the person she loves the most (but who has spurned her) for the good of the Court. Maybe the crux of this narrative will be that these people are faced with the same choices, but hopefully don't make the same mistakes.
The Court, the Woods and double-crossing.The Court and the woods represent Order and Chaos respectively. The two sides are engaged in an eternal conflict behind the scenes, with both sides wishing to have a leg up on the other. The purpose of the mediums is as diplomats to prevent this conflict from turning into a full-scale war. The three current mediums represent different facets of the war; Smitty is Order, Parley is Chaos, and Annie is a mix of both. The conflict is dying down, but there are elements on both sides that want it to flare up again. Ysengrin is obviously one of these people, although there may be others. There are traitors in the ranks of both sides. Reynardine was originally on the side of Chaos, but Surma managed to get him captured as a prisoner of war. He then swapped sides under Annie's control. Zimmy is a being of Chaos, but is not interested in the war; Gamma is Order, and is there to stop Zimmy from destroying reality. Jeanne and the Elf were tired of the war when it was at its strongest. The last traitor... is Anthony Carver. Carver was originally on the side of Order as a Gunnerkrigg student. However, he later swapped to Chaos without telling anybody. This is why he's so distant, and also why his Microsat 5 appears to be killing Annie. Annie is the key to ending the war, being in between the two sides. Anthony wants it to go all-out, so he needs to take out the biggest tool Order has.
The Court was/is/will become Laputa from Castle in the Sky.This explains several things about the Court:
The cherry tree will become very relevant in a future arc.If Robot's tree-arm was removed after hardly more than a year, if that, the cherry tree (as big as it is) is likely to have required much more purification and observation before the staff could be sure that it was safe to move to the park. My specific guess? The fruit contains a weak Elixer of Truth, and anyone who doesn't know about, notice, or try to resist the effect starts saying what they feel needs to be kept within, and the tree will intentionally never be purified so that the effect (be it this or something else) can be made use of.
Humans can become animals, ex-human animals can become aetheric beings, aetheric beings can become godsA quick one before Friday proves me wrong: The reason Coyote and Reynard love humans and why Ysengrin is so angry is because they all used to be human. Say a guy loves Native American myths, especially Coyote. He travels to the US equivalent of Gilitie Woods and passes the test to become a coyote, and his antics and knowledge of Coyote's lore later give him a promotion to The Coyote (possibly earning or stealing it from the previous Coyote). The difference between Coyote and Ysengrin & Reynardine is that while they got the promotion to aetheric beings they aren't nearly as powerful as gods so when they wanted to appear humanoid again they had to borrow (Ys) or steal (Rey) bodies, which didn't go too well: Rey can't Body Surf as well as Coyote and murdered a guy to get close to Surma; Ys is so reliant on his prosthetic body his real one is wasting away.