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 101 Tangent 128, Mon, 17th Mar '08 7:43:38 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Dingbot Prime was last seen activating the signal in the last castle. Of course, it has a way of turning up unexpectedly.

Anyways, a kitchen has plenty of raw material for a Spark to work with.
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 102 brickman, Mon, 17th Mar '08 11:39:05 AM from wherever adventure takes me Relationship Status: My own grandpa
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She totally doesn't need the dingbots to sing. That'd be silly. It's just that during the possession, she needed that music constantly in order to keep control, and you can't keep singing forever—eventually your voice gets tired (and honestly, it impedes anything else you're trying to do after a certain point if you can't stop singing long enough to talk). Regardless, I don't think that's gonna be necessary here; it wouldn't make sense. She only ever does it when concentrating on an invention. I'm guessing she can just convince it, even if this room is particularly crazy.
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Tangent128 wrote:
"Dingbot Prime was last seen activating the signal in the last castle. Of course, it has a way of turning up unexpectedly.

Anyways, a kitchen has plenty of raw material for a Spark to work with.

It was around when Agatha was building the coffee machine in Mechanicsburg.

I know that Agatha doesn't need the dingbots to Heterodyne, but I just like the idea of the castle being frustrated by a massive army of them.
 
 104 Meta Four, Wed, 19th Mar '08 12:29:22 AM from the house of bread and battle
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Wait... Why is Agatha surprised by this? Didn't the central "computer" already tell her that the various subsystems were disconnected?
Meta4 wrote:
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Wait... Why is Agatha surprised by this? Didn't the central "computer" already tell her that the various subsystems were disconnected?

Well she doesn't know how many subsystems there are, which ones control which bits, which ones are in contact with each other, and which ones can see into which areas. For all she knows, half the castle might be aware of her earlier conversation in the cellar.
 
I'm a little surprised that a talking part of the castle isn't controlled by the main brain. This assumes the cellar was even the main brain. Agatha's job got a little harder, in my opinion.
 
 107 Tangent 128, Wed, 19th Mar '08 10:49:20 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Looks like she'll have to convince it piece by piece.

So, is the kitchen just attacking her to attack her, or is it going to run a DNA test or something?
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 108 brickman, Wed, 19th Mar '08 2:42:48 PM from wherever adventure takes me Relationship Status: My own grandpa
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I'm thinking that the kitchen is trying to put her through some kind of test. What kind of test involves that as the first step, though, I'm not sure. . .
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 109 Tangent 128, Wed, 19th Mar '08 4:26:25 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Like I said, a DNA test.
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It likely involves her running around in her underwear... at some point.
 
 111 Ruthie A, Thu, 20th Mar '08 12:00:16 AM from The United States
stm177 wrote:
"It likely involves her running around in her underwear... at some point.

Most Haunted Castles Are Male, perhaps?

 112 brickman, Thu, 20th Mar '08 4:46:10 PM from wherever adventure takes me Relationship Status: My own grandpa
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They may be crazy, but we haven't been given evidence yet that the Heterodynes were incestuous (directly, at least; all royal families tended to be if you classified family broadly enough).
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RuthieA wrote:
"(Quoted stm177)

Most Haunted Castles Are Male, perhaps?

I'm thinking that all Heterodynes run around in their underwear. One of their distant ancestors must be Conan the Barbarian.
 
Tangent128 wrote:
"Like I said, a DNA test.

Judging from Agatha's look of enthusiasm in the latest installment, I think she plans on laying some suitably Heterodyne-ish smackdown instead of waiting for a blood test.
 
 115 brickman, Fri, 21st Mar '08 12:54:41 PM from wherever adventure takes me Relationship Status: My own grandpa
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Considering her look of enthusiasm after sharp objects were just hurled in an attempt to kill her and more than one drew blood, it should at least be obvious she's a spark.
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 116 Meta Four, Fri, 21st Mar '08 4:29:47 PM from the house of bread and battle
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Tangent128 wrote:
"Like I said, a DNA test.

The Sub-Kitchen's Test for Candidate Heterodynes: 1. Identify the candidate. 2. Attempt to kill them.

If they survive, they're a Heterodyne!
 117 Adam 850, Sun, 23rd Mar '08 1:20:41 AM from Springfield.
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I'm thinking that the kitchen will preform a blood test. That might be why it flung those last few implements that nicked her.
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Phil Foglio was nominated for a Hugo Award for best professional artist.
 
 119 Tangent 128, Sun, 23rd Mar '08 9:48:22 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Neat! The art is definitely fantastic.
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 120 Meta Four, Mon, 24th Mar '08 11:29:00 PM from the house of bread and battle
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Something about this page stuck in my head: Moloch wrote:
"...but one day he went around the bend and started poisoning everything. Thought he was the incarnation of some Borgia, or something.

The Borgias were an actual noble family from Renaissance Italy. They were notorious practitioners of Machiavellian politics and murder, especially poisoning (hence Moloch's comment). It was said that many social climbers boasted of being invited to dine with the Borgias; but far fewer could boast of having dined with the Borgias.

I can't say for sure, but this may be the first in-comic reference to a figure from actual history. Perhaps this gives us some indication of when the first Sparks appeared and when the Girl Genius timeline split from our timeline (namely, "after the Renaissance").

Also, one of the Borgias was named Lucrezia.
Looks like running Beetleburg didn't turn out so well for Merlot.
 
 122 Tangent 128, Wed, 26th Mar '08 7:23:28 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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(Today's) But he doesn't know she's a Spark, let alone a Heterodyne, does he? So hopefully Zola won't be aware of her significance.

Still, at this rate, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mr. Tock show up soon. Maybe the Goldfish, too.

(Merlot was last seen hereabouts)
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 123 Meta Four, Wed, 26th Mar '08 11:18:51 AM from the house of bread and battle
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Tangent128 wrote:
"(Today's) But he doesn't know she's a Spark, let alone a Heterodyne, does he? So hopefully Zola won't be aware of her significance.
He knows her as Agatha Clay, assistant to Professor Beetle. The instant Zola asks, "Who is that?", Agatha's lethal chef cover story is blown.
 124 brickman, Wed, 26th Mar '08 6:06:46 PM from wherever adventure takes me Relationship Status: My own grandpa
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I was wondering when he'd show up. Kinda sudden, if you ask me. Oh well, the slow but steady plan's out the window. It's a shame (and surprisingly shortsighted) that Agatha didn't sneak any weapons in (she wasn't searched or padded down by anyone who wasn't on her side), or at least keep one of those knives handy. Or bring her army of little exploding clanks. . . (but then again, she has something of an incentive to not destroy too much of the castle).

Oh, and Van Rijn was a Renaissance painter, if I'm not mistaken. Here, he's also a legendary creator of beautiful works of art which happen to be made of metal and have feet, those muses. Let's see, what else. . . well, there's the nine popes thing, so there was a church schism that went to it's logical conclusion. Mostly, though, I'm guessing any resemblance to our history is gonna be superficial, because all the historical references within these stories are to things that never really happened (or could happen).
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The look on Adam and Lilith's faces make me laugh.

As far as weapons, Agatha can whip up a death ray in a matter of hours. I doubt she thought she'd be on the run within 20 minutes of entering the castle.
 
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