Unmarked spoilers are to be expected.
- Why Grace was still so heavy after becoming smaller due to her transformation?
- Mass doesn't just disappear. It was her density that changed, so technically, it should be harder to carry her when she is smaller.
- Why didn't Sarah use her hammer on the mugger?
- The hammers are for purely comedic purposes; they can only be used against men who have said or done something offensive towards women, and the mugger in question didn't do anything sexist.
- Dear German scientist, what is your real name? And also, what is the name of your assistant?
- Dr. Germahn and Amanda, respectively.
That night, Grace has a nightmare and Tedd goes to comfort her. Grace sees Tedd without glasses for the first time; Tedd is distressed about how girly he looks, but Grace doesn't care. Tedd then recounts the story of why he wears the glasses.
At her place, the group sees how big Susan's house is. Justin meets Susan's mom, who wasn't comfortable with him staying the night but allows him after Susan lies to her about Justing being gay. Susan quickly learns that Justin is in fact gay. Susan asks Ellen to come with her to her bedroom.
In Susan's room, she asks Ellen to zap her into V5. Ellen does so and learns that Susan's natural hair colour is blonde. Susan explains her motive, which is to see what it is like to be attracted to females, but Ellen quickly points out that V5 also enhances the original preference, meaning she should be even more attracted to men. Susan quickly gets back to normal, but her hair remained blonde.
Nanase decides she needs to talk to someone about her attraction to Ellen, and chooses Susan after eliminating Justin and Ellen as unsuitable. In Susan's room, Nanase reveals her attraction to Ellen and rationalizes that it was the V5 pheromones, but Susan reveals that Tedd told her that the pheromones disappear quickly and he suspects Ellen never had the special pheromones at all. Panicked, Nanase uses the fairy doll spell to get to Elliot's and Ellen's room. There, Elliot is shocked to see her. Nanase talks about how she was unwilling to accept she was a lesbian and that she kept denying such feelings. She only accepted her feelings for Ellen when she could rationalize it in such a way that it was non-indicative of her actual preferences. But after Susan revealed to her that the excuse was non-existant, Nanase was forced to accept that she is gay. Elliot states that he doesn't know how to help but Nanase says he helped by listening. She returns to Susan's house and things are seemingly normal but it is revealed that when Nanase used her spell, Susan panicked and told Justin and Ellen that Nanase was a lesbian and they decide to keep this from her so Nanase can tell them on her own.
- What is the difference between Nanase and Ellen?
- Tedd expresses outrage that some people find it difficult to tell them apart. He points out that eyes and hair are different, at least in recent comics. Tedd also states that clothes will work, should all else fail. Cue Nanase and Ellen showing up in each other's clothing style.
- How is it that Dan can make comics five times a week? Where does he get the time?
- There are many time saving techniques one can use, including reusing images.
- Does Dan receives any fan mail? Does he answer them?
- Yes he receives on a regular basis. However, he hesitates and procrastinate when it comes to responding.
- Why the hell do you call your comic El Goonish Shive?
- Dan simply tossed El Goonish in front of his last name back when he was barely out of high school and it seemed cool. Dan decides to justify the goon part by hiring a big goon to appear in just one panel.
Elliot arrives at Tedd's house to hang out. An Uryuom couple, Gillian and William, arrive at Tedd's house to visit. They explain to Elliot that though their species came from another planet, they are born and raised citizens of the USA. They also explain that uryuoms don't actually have genders. They simply picked a gender identity so they could fit in on Earth better. They have an egg in a stroller with them. To produce offspring, when an Uryuom and another Uryuom love each other, they can create a single shell using "stuff" from both their bodies. This shell is called an egg, and resembles an egg-shaped 'meteor' about a foot (30cm) wide. Once the egg is formed, DNA from various sources needs to be put into the egg. It can accept DNA from multiple sources, rather than just the two 'parents'; the source doesn't even have to be an Uryuom.
Scene cuts to Grace and Tedd, who have just returned. Grace realises that one of the people at the lab she was born was an Uryuom, Mr. Guyur, and Tedd realises he was the one who taught Grace Uryuomoco. Grace quitely pays her respect for Mr. Guyur. Back to Elliot and the Uryuom couple, Gillian and William also reveal they were the ones who gifted Tedd the TF gun. They also taught Tedd Uryoumoco, which they then teach Elliot with a seconds-long mental transfer. When Tedd is ready, he gives the Uryuoms human forms which they can change into at will, and they take their leave. When they leave, they realise that Grace, who was disguised as Claire at the time, was a seyunolu.
While William and Gillian were in the basement, Mr. Verres had to leave on government business. Elliot tells Tedd that he has a date with Sarah that night: a romantic walk in the park. This part ends in The Stinger of a woman who looks like Grace and is named Grace Sciuridae showing up as a search result from when Sarah was going through obituaries.
Ellen receives a call from Sarah. Ellen quickly learns something's wrong, which Sarah will explain when Ellen arrives at the park. Ellen, Susan, Justin and Nanase arrive at the park and Sarah tells them Elliot was kidnapped by Hedge. Nioi is currently peeping on this dimension's Tedd, getting distracted by his cuteness. Sarah and the others arrive at Tedd's house and she goes to confront Grace and accuses Grace of not caring about the people she puts at risk but she quickly sees a note Grace wrote saying she was leaving for their protection, and realises Grace does care. Sarah calms down and tells Grace to put clothes on and come downstairs.
Elliot regains consciousness, tied up, and the first thing he sees and hears is Damien hitting Hedge as punishment for not bringing back a female after Hedge tells him that Elliot was alone. Hedge sees that Elliot is awake and talks to him. Vlad arrives and yells that Damien doesn't want them to speak to Elliot until Damien can speak to Elliot himself. Vlad tells Hedge to let Guineas be the sole guard since he can't speak transformed. Back with the others, Tedd can't contact his dad about the situation and Grace is lost in her own mind. Sarah snaps her out of it and asks her if she knows where The Nest is. The group also conclude that Elliot turning into a cat was a side effect of the Dewitchery Diamond. Grace realises that The Nest must be the lab where she and her brothers were born.
Sarah asks Ms. Sciuridae (Grace) if she's still hiding anything, confusing Grace and shocking Nioi. Tedd says that the records they got on Grace have the address of the lab and they are one internet search away from getting directions. Grace decides to go save Elliot alone, stating that they will die as even if they could defeat her brothers, Damien himself is too strong. Damien arrives at where Elliot is being held.
Back with the others, Grace and Ellen are debating whether Grace should go alone or bring along several of the group to help. Grace tries to argue why she should go alone but after revealing that Damien has been abusive to her, Tedd changes his position to not waiting for his dad and going to save Elliot now. Tedd provides Grace, Ellen and Nanase with special Uryuom clothing that can morph shape with the shapeshifter wearing them. He also provides them with radio watches for communication. Back with Hedge and Guineas, Vlad arrives and it is revealed that he has issues arising from him being unable to shapeshift without risking death. While guarding Elliot, Hedge talks to him and reveals that Damien only wants his sister to breed an army. Hedge also confronts Elliot about the fact that he knows Grace, but Damien arrives, hitting Hedge because he wanted Guineas guarding "Cat". Damien also lets slip that there is another prisoner.
Elliot discovers he can morph into a girl as if he was hit by V5, loosening the ropes. The whole time Elliot spends freeing himself, Guineas doesn't notice a thing until Elliot takes the exit. "Papa" reveals that Grace's parents was supposed to be a naturally strong human, a squirrel, an Uryuom donor and a Lespuko, or at least, that was the plan. He explains that a Lespuko is a genetic relative of the Uryuoms and that when Lespuko DNA is used to make a seyunolu, the child could potentially transform with ease and combine forms, which Grace knows is true for herself from prior experience. From the Lespuko heritage, Nioi theorizes that "maybe it needs to be passive." "Papa" explains that he hated working for the company, but he needed the money. His wife died and all he had was his daughter, but she died in a car accident. Unable to accept losing her, and not believing in the Damien rumours, he replaced the intended human DNA with his daughter's, making Grace his granddaughter. The others assumed there was a simply a mixup of some sort but when "Papa" gave Grace her hairband, they suspected the truth and transferred him. "Papa" told Mr. Verres about the project so he could free Grace and her brothers, but Damien interrupted that plan. Damien tells "Papa" to tell Grace about her Uryuom parent, referring to "Papa" as Sciuridae, which Grace notes. Damien explains that the Uryuom who made the eggs and supplied the genetic material had an abnormality allowing him to produce eggs without a mate. Because Grace is that Uryuom's child, Damien believes she might have that abnormality too, allowing to create an army in a single generation. Grace realises that Mr. Guyur, the Uryuom who taught her Uryoumoco, was one of her parents, as he was the only Uryuom working in the lab. Damien learns this and says that he would have let Mr. Guyur live if he had known that. The conversation is interrupted by a loud "Skree" sound. Back to Ellen and Nanase and a few minutes before the "Skree", they see Elliot getting chased by Guineas. Ellen and Nanase catch up to them. Hedge arrives at the scene and tries to think of a way to make sure Damien doesn't learn what is going on but Vlad lets of a loud "Skree", alerting Damien.
Vlad wakes up after getting defeated by Ellen, and is shocked to discover that he's now in a normal human form, albeit female. A military unit led by Commander Jaguar arrives stating that they're here to clean up the mess and bring the teens back to Mr. Verres. Nanase in fairy form is with them and she was the one who led them here. The Uryuom of the unit states that Tedd finally got into contact with his dad, which is why they're here. Sciuridae goes with the military unit for medical treatment but takes the time to explain that he kept in touch with Mr. Verres. Grace transforms into a full human, and tells her grandpa to keep in touch this time. Vlad arrives, shocking the others with the fact that Vlad is now human. Grace explains that Vlad might stay that way permanently if she doesn't try to change forms, and Vlad decides to stay that way, despite being female since being human was more important to her than being male.
Hedge, Guineas and Vlad are taken into protective custody and will be put through psychological evaluations. The unit brings Elliot, Ellen, Nanase and Grace to Tedd's house, where Tedd tearfully embraces Grace and Elliot. After getting lectured on their recklessness and Mr. Verres expressing his relief that everyone was ok, the group disbands for the night, with Nanase stating at Tedd's house in Tedd's bed and Tedd sleeping on the sofa and Susan, Justin, Ellen, Elliot and Sarah going to their respective homes. During the night, Mr. Verres is shocked to see Tedd and Grace sleeping together on the sofa, but softens when Grace whimpers in her sleep, clearly finding comfort from Tedd's presence.
When comes the time to get the uniforms, Susan attempts to get the boy's uniforms but fails. Tedd tries to get the girl's uniform but also fails, which gives Susan an idea. Justin is upset they have to attend a party for a girl they barely know but Nanase points out that Grace saved her life, which makes Justin feel better about the party. Nanase also tells him Grace is going to be going to school with them alongside Ellen. Grace asks Ellen if she's ok with not being with Sarah but Ellen tells her she doesn't feel that way about Sarah anymore. Justin has a dream where Elliot turns him into a girl and they kiss, making him more nervous about the party.
Back in-universe, Elliot and Ellen arrive first. Something is bothering Ellen, but she denies it. Elliot goes to see Tedd and is surprised to see Tedd is already transformed. Tedd justifies it as him cooking better as a girl, which he admits doesn't make sense, but that's how it is. Tedd and Elliot go into the basement with Ellen, and Tedd goes to change back. Ellen has her emotions manipulated by the mysterious being that was hindered by the Immortals before. The being amplifies Ellen's desire to zap Elliot so it could be restored, but she zaps Tedd instead. The Immortals sense what the being was doing and arrive to confront it, but it escapes. Ellen gets dizzy, but Elliot makes sure she's okay and doesn't tell her that she just zapped Tedd.
Sarah and Susan arrive. Susan goes down into the basement and tells Elliot about her plan to take notes while she's a guy to see if her views on men are valid, mildly offending Elliot.
Justin and Nanase arrive and Ellen whispers into Nanase's ear that she's excited to see what Nanase got for her, shocking Nanase who grabs Susan and they go to a more private area. Nanase confronts Susan, saying she thought only they knew, but Susan counters that "they" include Ellen. It turns out Nanase picked out a revealing outfit and planned to place the blame on Susan.
Justin and Tedd talk and Justin assures Tedd that he's not attracted to him as he's attracted to masculinity.
Susan and Nanase continue their talk, and Susan assures Nanase everyone but the three of them thinks Susan was the one who got the outfit, but when they leave, it turns out Sarah and Grace were there and heard the whole thing. They decide to keep what they know quiet for the time being. Sarah goes to see Elliot in the basement and they have a little sweet talk, disgusting Susan who was also there.
Time for presents arrives. Ellen got Grace the first book in the Harry Potter series. Nanase gives Grace a movie called The Secret of NIMH. Justin and Susan collaborated in getting Grace a Catnip plant. Elliot and Sarah got Animal Crossing for Grace. Tedd got Grace high-quality nuts, an encyclopedia of animals in North America, chocolates, and plush dolls that represent her siblings' animal forms, making Grace so happy she kisses Tedd.
Justin goes to get transformed first. He has a flashback showing him going through life before he met Elliot and then he activates the TF gun. Justin comes back upstairs, almost falls due to altered balance, and is caught by Elliot, who tells Justin he's cute when transformed into a girl. Next, Tedd and Elliot both go down to get transformed.Ellen sees the clothes Nanase got for her and is flustered.
Ellen returns to the group in the outfit Nanase got, a strapless dress which shows a lot of leg. Ellen is uncomfortable showing that much skin, so Nanase, realizing her mistake, gives Ellen her jacket and confesses she was the one who got the outfit, not Susan. When Elliot and Tedd return, they all pose for an all-girls photo, which Sarah rigs so Nanase and Ellen are next to each other.
Susan transforms, and a careful reader would see that Susan has the venus symbol on her back. After Susan transforms, Grace decides to express annoyance at the nudity taboo everyone has, until Susan helps her realise that it was because most associate it with sex, shocking Grace. They return to the rest of the group. Susan says she feels stronger, which Nanase doubts, offending Susan who challenges Nanase to an arm wrestling match that Nanase wins effortlessly.
After the match, Grace asks Tedd for a private talk. She asks Tedd why he never told her about the association of nudity and sex and he expresses surprise she didn't know because of what she said back when they first met. Grace explains that was because Hedge told her about flashers, which Grace misunderstood when he told her.
When it's time for Nanase to transform, she asks Grace to turn her into Elliot's favourite actor, though she quickly drops the idea. Nanase is excited that now that she's becoming male, she can act on her feelings for Ellen without arousing suspicion, but quickly realizes her plan needs work. Nanase and Grace return to the group.
When it's Sarah's turn, she panics, summons the Demonic Duck, then continues panicking on all the things that could go wrong with the transformation. She is worried because Tedd once turned her into a catgirl, and all she could say was "Meow" for days, which is now known as "The Incident". They calm her down and Grace explains they can make a back-up form for her to change back, giving her enough peace of mind to go through with the process.
Alone, Ellen reveals to Nanase she was annoyed with Sarah's discomfort, considering Ellen had it worse but Nanase comforts her. Sarah meanwhile realises this and goes to apologize to Ellen, which Ellen accepts. Sarah goes back down to the basement and actually transforms this time. Grace also transforms. They return to the group, where Justin asks Tedd to order the pizzas ASAP as Nanase goes into wild rants when hungry, prompting her to give a wild rant about how she doesn't go into wild rants.
After the pizza arrives, the group moves on to karaoke. The rest of the group has a go, then Ellen sings and achieves the maximum score possible with an emotional love song, shocking the group. Ellen has planned this demonstration as the first step in revealing how she's been living another life through her dreams, as a result of what Nioi did when she beeped her nose. She explains that Nioi did what she did because she accidentally created a duplicate of herself when she touched the Dewitchery Diamond of her dimension, named Kaoli, and that Nioi believes souls should never be younger than the body they inhabit and that Nioi didn't want Kaoli to age her soul from unsafe levels by herself. Ellen comments that Dream Ellen had a band and years of singing lessons. She also states that she and Kaoli will eventually meet for real because of the companionship aspect of them going through the dreams together. When this is done, the group moves on to sing duets.
Susan realises her views on men are just so she could excuse her father's infidelity, a troubling revelation for her. She goes to the basement and finds Justin there crying. She puts her own issues aside and asks Justin to tell her why he's crying. Justin reveals he's in love with Elliot, then recounts how he was outed: He had a friend named Melissa who thought they would get married. They dated once, but Justin realised he was gay. He told Melissa this and asked her to keep it a secret. She didn't, and Justin ended up ostracized. Some boys were picking on him and Justin snapped and punched one, even though he was badly outnumbered. The boys overpowered him and were kicking him while he was down when Elliot stopped them, saving Justin. Elliot introduced Justin to Nanase and to the Anime Style Martial Arts dojo. Justin states that he feels alone since he's gay and has an unrequited crush on Elliot, but Susan tells him he's not alone, he has the whole group as his friends. They stare at each other for a moment, and kiss, which very nearly leads to them going too far, but suddenly the lights go out. They laugh it off and their friendship survives the moment. When they leave the basement, it turns out the Demonic Duck was responsible for the lights and did it to repay his debt to Justin.
Grace in male form kisses Tedd. Tedd panics and runs to his room. A shocked Grace follows. Tedd admits that he's not comfortable with Grace being physically affectionate with him as long as she's a guy, and he guesses that for Grace it's okay when Tedd is a girl because she's bisexual, but Grace says she isn't. Her preferences are partly heterosexual and primarily based on mental connection, which Tedd realizes comes from her Uryuom heritage. Grace realises that Tedd had a lot of issues with his androgyny, which go beyond being teased for it. Grace reveals that the theme of the party was so she could please Tedd. Tedd apologises for his nervousness, breaking out into unexplained glowing, and kisses male Grace. Grace goes back to female during the kiss, knowing recognizing the issue doesn't solve it, but it's a start. Grace asks Tedd about his glowing thing, but Tedd wasn't aware of it.
Ellen decides to tell Nanase that Dream Ellen had a thing for Archie. Eventually, they entered into a relationship that lasted long enough for them to have sex, which ended the relationship, but Dream Ellen and Archie managed to remain friends. Ellen has realized because of the dreams that, unlike her dream self, she is no longer comfortable with her physical attraction to men, and considers herself bisexual, but only capable of entering into lesbian romantic relationships. She asks Nanase if she has anything she wants to talk about, but Nanase doesn't want to, disappointing Ellen who decides to go outside. This prompt Nanase to change back to a girl and then follow Ellen. Nanase decides to reveal that she's gay which she suspects Ellen already knows. Ellen confirms so, but kept it a secret because she only learned abut it because Susan panicked when Nanase used her fairy doll spell. Ellen is sorry she, Susan and Justin kept that knowledge a secret, but they wanted Nanase to have the choice to tell them on her own terms. After they both admit to their mistakes, they kiss.
- What's up with Susan's "badass hair in the wind with no wind" effect and what causes it?
- Amanda speculates that it could be a result of Susan's unexplored magical abilities but admits it's more likely an artistic liberty by Dan to express mood or attitude. Or maybe hair fairies.
- Back during "Shade Tail Part 1", there was a comic that claimed there was a secret in the last panel.
- The secret was draft designs of Ellen.
- When Grace describes her "masterly plan" to make Elliot a guy again in "Sister Part 4", there appears to be a hidden image behind the text.
- It was Ellen. This was a clue about her creation and subsequent despair.
- What did Ellen talk to Nanase about during "Painted Black Part VIII" while in Elliot's car?
- Ellen invited Nanase to come to her house in fairy form.
- How does magic work in El Goonish Shive?
- Here are the basics. The most common form of magic is spiritual energy of the caster, which could be innate or obtained and/or enhance via training. Power alone isn't enough to cast spells. One must train in a specific fashion or have their power awakened by beings capable of such things. Spells will reflect the caster's personality and desires. Magic can be stored in special items, like wands, that allow a caster to cast spells they wouldn't normally be able to cast.
- Why are the TF gun forms the way they are?
- Tedd's the one who made most of the forms. More specifically:
- Gender forms. The base forms, V1 doesn't change much besides the gender, and the figure of the affected person is more dependant on their own biology. Hair length and height remains the same. V2 to V4 could be anything and V5 was designed by Tedd to match his desires and could be changed should Tedd so choose. Any change to V1 affects V2 to V4.
- Animal forms. The forms on the TF gun are merely an approximation by whoever designs them. The forms Tedd designs tend to have humanlike faces because that's Tedd's preference. True hybrids, like Hedge, have more animal-like faces.
- Clone forms. They completely change the target and everyone hit with one will look the same. They can be manually designed or automatically generated using scanned data. They don't transfer special abilities. V1 is the actual clone form and V2 to V5 are relative to V1.
- Tedd's the one who made most of the forms. More specifically:
- What is a buffer and why does Dan need one?
- It's the store of complete comics Dan has already made so as not to fall behind. When Dan is rushed to finish a comic on time, it takes a lot of the fun out of it.
(At this point, the sub-storyline title as printed on the strips themselves changes from "Hidden Genesis" to "The After Party". This is not acknowleged in Dan's index.)
Back in the present, Elliot and Ellen discuss Ellen's relationship with Nanase. Elliot points out that Nanase might not be ready to be open about their relationship, or even be in the relationship, upsetting Ellen. Ellen is going to discuss this when Nanase comes later. At the comic book store, Nanase tells Justin that she's upset that Justin kept that he already knew she was a lesbian a secret from her but understands that there probably wasn't a right way to handle the situation. Nanase tells Sarah that she's got new spells as a result of using a lot of magic lately, spells that happen to be good for sneaking around. At Tedd's house, Elliot and Tedd discuss Ellen's school arrangements and related cover stories. Grace tells Elliot that when Susan transformed back, her hair was mostly blonde with the ends dyed. At Susan's house, she's enjoying the style until she sees her own image in the mirror turn into her dad's mistress with her face, immediately prompting her to fully dye her hair again. At Nanase's house, Mrs. Kitsune is shown to be an Education Mama. At dinner, when Nanase protests her mother's desire for good grades when she only wants Nanase to be a homemaker, Mrs. Kitsune decides she's not getting any cookies that night, but Akiko, Nanase's little sister, snuck some for Nanase. Nanase uses her fairy doll spell to go to Ellen's house. Ellen aks Nanase if they are in a relationship. Nanase says it's complicated. She wants to be with Ellen but she doesn't want it to get back to her family. Ellen understands and gets glomped by Nanase.Evil Laugh. Principal Washington tells Ellen and Grace that he's seen crazier behaviour from Mr. Raven. Ellen and Grace go to return to class but Ellen sneezes and accidentally hits herself with her beam, so they go to the bathroom to hide while they figure out how it happened. Ellen quickly restores herself to normal. Magus, who was watching, believes that manipulating Ellen's emotions to get pepper to make her sneeze could be the opprtunity he was waiting for but quickly realises how desperate that plan is. Ellen and Grace arrive back in class and their classmates are supportive of Grace.
Susan's school principal tells her that her campaign to get rid of the uniforms was successful, because everyone complained about the extra laundry work, confusing Susan. Mr. Verres is reprimanded for attacking Abraham in anger. His superior decides that the best thing to do is to promote Mr. Verres to a position created just for him, Head of Paranormal Diplomacy. Carol interviews Rhoda because she has little else to report on, and on a live feed, Pandora appears behind them, floating and giving a creepy laugh before disappearing.
- Does Amanda know Lisa has a crush on her?
- How exactly are Tedd Verres and Nanase Kitsune related?
- Tedd's mother is Nanase's mother's sister.
- When does the comic take place? Is there an exact date?
- Yes, here it is. The link is also at the top of this page.
- Why did Mr. Verres and his agents have wands?
- It was the most convenient way to make sure there is a standardized spell selection for everyone, given how the acquisition of new spells is very unpredictable and personalized.
- Are strange hair colours natural in the EGS universe?
- Strange is not defined, so the answerer guesses they mean blonde or brunette, but yes, all the varied hair colors can be natural in-universe.
- What were those inner demons of Elliot's mentioned way back in the day?
- Elliot was just making things up for the sake of putting on a show.
- What happens if you hit someone with the Female Variant #5 form twice? Will it further change someone's figure?
- No. If hit with Ellen's beam a second time, the person will revert to normal. If hit with the TF gun a second time, nothing will happen.
- Eating and its effects on those who change sizes?
- If you eat something after shrinking, it won't grow when you grow back. If you eat too much after growing, you give a loud burp as you shrink back, but you don't explode from over consumption.
- Growing in tight spaces?
- Most methods that increase size gives a protective force field which makes sure whatever a person is in gives way before the person.
- Potential injury to shrunken individuals?
- Shrunken individuals are disproportionately tough. Anything that happens to a normal size person, a shrunken person will feel less of.
- Why does V5 stack on Ellen when she's already in V5 from?
- It doesn't. Ellen may be based on V5 as applied to Elliot, but she's not actually transformed. V5 will transform her as any other person.
- Why wasn't there a barrier trapping Nanase in the bathroom when Raven set up his barriers?
- The spell had limits in both energy constraints and setting up what to cover and what not to cover. It automatically sealed doors while the ones in the hallways were manually set up. Nanase could get out of the bathroom because it was the sort where instead of a door, its entrance was a corridor where you turn into a corner to enter.
- Will Greg and/or the dojo be in the story again?
- Will the "Child Left Behind" figure be revealed?
- Will Lord Tedd be focused on anytime soon?
- No. He was introduced way too early before Dan knew any better.
- Will any upcoming stories involve Noah?
Mr. and Mrs. Dunkel offer the kids their old TV for their room, but ask Elliot to go to Swedekia to get a certain TV stand, of which the computer says there is only one left in stock. At the shop, he meets Noah and upon realising they are after the same thing, they race for it. Elliot wins but the TV stand was sold out. A clerk tells them a new shipment will come in soon and Elliot and Noah decides to hang out. Elliot accidentally reveals to Noah that he's Ellen's brother and Noah reveals his parents are dead. Noah also mentions he has a girlfriend but admits it's more Friends with Benefits since she's openly in love with someone else. They decide to hang out again sometime. At the Dunkel residence, Elliot tells Ellen what happened. Noah tells Raven, who seems to be his guardian, about racing Elliot.much better endowed than Sarah, which is a source of frustration and irritation for her. Susan calls Sarah about the hammers not working anymore and believes the earthquake put the artifact responsible for the hammers out of place. Sarah and Susan decide to go on a roadtrip and they agree to bring Grace since Sarah's parents insist on someone over 18 accompaning them. During the trip, Sarah shares her issues with everybody else having powers and her not having any despite wanting them. She also shares feeling less attracted to Elliot as a result of the constant transformations. While stopping for lunch, Grace discovered that Susan had erred in thinking the earthquake was responsible as considering the distance they have to travel it is too far for the earthquake to have extended, therefore, something else is responsible for why the artifact isn't working anymore. Susan recounts how she learned about the hammers from the Immortals in France and lets slip she used them on a monster, causing Sarah to demand the whole story as soon as they reach the motel where they're staying the night.a mild-mannered alter ego, an angsty alter ego and a party animal socialite alter ego.calls him out on snapping at Elliot when he tried to be reasonable. She demanded that Justin apologise to Elliot and at least find out what Noah wants and Justin agrees. After Ellen left, Noah arrived and tried to talk to Justin but he got distracted by a mysterious shadow figure and he tried to chase it. After Noah left, Justin called Elliot and apologised for his behaviour. At Justin's workplace, George confronts Justin and Justin denied everything. He corrected George when he mistakenly called Elliot Justin's boyfriend, which surprised George and he decided to quickly leave the situation. Noah meets up with Raven and told him about the shadow creature. Raven asked Noah whether he asked Justin what he needed to ask yet, to which Niah said no. Noah decided to ask Justin at his workplace. Justin has Flashbacks of his relationship with Melissa and their falling out when Justin was outed. At first he was angry but he calms down upon realising holding on to his anger can lead to bad things.
As Noah is fighting the dragon, Greg and Grace are fighting the fire creatures. Greg tries to stop Dex but couldn't get close as Dex is surrounded by a heat aura. Dex mentions that he is going to save the world by bringing an apocalypse. Grace realises that taking Dex out can get rid of the summons. Greg tells Grace that he believes Dex is being mind controlled and decides to show Grace how to do a sleeper hold. Agent Cranium tries to get Arthur to dispatch agents to deal with the dragon but he refuses as while he has already revealed magic is real, he doesn't want people to know how easy it is to get spells. Elliot regains consciousness and tells Justin the about the summoner and where he is. Justin joins Noah in the fight and tells him this information. Noah decides to go to the dojo and managed to get the dragon to follow him. They arrive at the dojo and Dex gets the dragon to fire into the dojo. However, before that was successful, Grace managed to do a sleeper hold on Dex, knocking him out and unsummoning everything he summoned, including the summons' attacks.
Noah helps Grace remove Dex's source of power, a pendant with a symbol of a jar on it. Greg calls Justin and he confirms Elliot is ok and Noah is a good guy. Grace notices Dex has a magic mark and Noah realises that the power to summon must have been something Dex yearned for and that he was likely lonely. Greg mentions the apocalypse thing and Noah states the word itself is about revealing things, which Greg realised to be about revealing magic. Dex wakes up and Grace introduces herself as Shade Tail, shocking Noah. Noah explains the pendant must have been how the power got to Dex and while boosted, he was susceptible to suggestions and manipulation. Dex explains that he didn't know about the mark or that he could summon the fire creatures and the dragon, shocking Noah as he believed the marks couldn't be given without a person's consent, much less knowledge. Dex does however show that he was able to summon a fairy. Noah lets Dex go with the spell so long as he keeps it a secret.
Elliot shifts into his party animal secret identity, which is dubbed Heidi by Melissa. Elliot as Heidi accidentally kissed Carol on live when she arrived to report what happened. Melissa drives Elliot to the dojo. At the dojo, Greg and Dex are going to hang out later on. Noah lets Grace keep the pendant and leaves. When Melissa and Elliot arrive at the dojo, he is shocked to realise he kissed Carol. Back at home, Elliot and Ellen watch several news programs detailing the public reaction to the fight, and the twins are shocked that Elliot kissed Carol. Justin confronts George about how his behaviour when he thought Elliot was Justin's boyfriend and George accepts the excuse that he was uncomfortable with a gay couple. Justin decides to talk to Melissa so they could get closure but Melissa doesn't want to, believing that they could never go back to the frienship they once had and she promises to not bother Justin again, leaving Justin with an empty look.
Noah tells Raven about the pendant, mentioning there was a jar symbol, which Raven calls a pythos and referencing the Greek myth relating to Pandora. He knows his mother Pandora is behind this and Noah realises that Dex was empowered and guided by her, with Raven stating even Immortals have loopholes. Raven explains that Pandora finds guaranteed success too boring, she wants convulation and the potential for failure. Noah thinks this gives them an advantage but Raven says it's double-edged, reminding Noah about the mysterious shadow creature. If he never saw it, he'd have spoken to Justin at school instead of the comic shop, leading Raven to conclude for whatever reason, Noah's presence was desired. While Raven is having an Internal Monologue, he thinks that what happened isn't convoluted by his mother's standards, realising that there must be something they're missing. It turns out that Pandora managed to give Justin a magic mark unbeknownst to all.
- Does the shape of the magic marks matter?
- No. What matters is the surface area it covers. If it is appropriately shaped, it is only because the bestower made it like that.
- Does the location of the magic marks matter?
- No, but it is advisable for it to be hidden.
- What is Male Variant #5?
- Tedd said nothing as he created nothing for it but Grace reminds him that during the party, they made male variants for the girls and MV 5 is Sarah's male form.
- If Raven is an elf, why does he have black hair?
- Elves vary from story to story. In El Goonish Shive, elves are simply the hybrid offspring of Immortals and humans.
- What is the deal with Elliot's inner demons?
- Nothing, Elliot just made that up for the sake of putting on a show.
- Is Noah related to Raven?
- Is time travel possible in EGS and if not, why not?
- No because otherwise, the protagonists could hit the undo button and not deal with the consequences of their choices and actions.
- Is there anything magic definitely can't do?
- Aside from time travel, no. All that could really be determined is the limits of a given magic user at a given time. Where love is concerned, it can't be claimed with certainty that love is impossible but it has not been known to work in a "true love" sense. It is possible to make oneself abnormally attractive but anything beyond is evil Mind Control. While we can't say everything is possible, we can't say what isn't possible either.
- Do any of the winged characters actually use their wings to fly?
- Possibly. At the very least the wings contribute but they can't be the only reason why the characters managed to fly.
- Whatever happened with EGS:NP?
- It's on indefinite hiatus.
- Are Justin's illusory powers canon?
- Yes, Greg, Elliot, Ellen, Justin and Nanase all have limited illusory powers which they mostly use to make themselves look more awesome, which means the glowing part when they punched or kicked was entirely pointless but included because it was cooler that way.
- Usually, when a straight person changes sex, they become bisexual relative to their new form but is it different for Elliot's secret identity forms?
- Possibly. The mild-mannered form at least is more into men that Elliot would normally be, female or not female. The goth form is currently ambiguous. The party animal form probably isn't a lesbian but may act like she is.
- How does Susan know she's not a lesbian?
- We're not sure if she even has a sex drive.
- Where do those charts that occasionally show up come from?
- Similar to the badass hair in the wind with no wind effect, hair fairies might be possible.
- Why was it considered a big deal Vladia doesn't have her antennae when Grace can morph hers away just fine?
- Grace wasn't always able to morph away her antennae and the reason why she can now doesn't apply to Vladia. It takes a clone form to get rid of the antennas. Grace being part lespuko, can mix and match forms. She had the potential to morph away her antennas when she gained the Claire form. Vladia may be a greater chimera but she's not part lespuko. She could gain new forms but she can't mix and match like Grace. It is also worth noting that greater chimeras have imperfect shape shifting abilities that are corrected when transformed at least once by a Cosmetic Morphing Device like the TF gun, explaining why Grace morphs differently now than she did in the beginning.
- What if someone with tattoos or piercings transforms?
- The tattoo doesn't change and depending on the new form, may or may not look as good transformed but should return to normal when the person returns to normal. Piercings go under the skin and are thus affected by the transformation process, so no complications can result from that.
Meanwhile, Ellen and Grace are training with Greg. It turns out all of Ellen's combat spells that aren't the transformation beam have cool down times and Grace's flying power is her using her psychic powers. Grace says it's easier to levitate herself than others but it's tricky when she moves a lot, hence practicing. Meanwhile, Sarah and Nanase are eating out together. Sarah tells Nanase she wants to break up with Elliot because of several issues she has with the relationship and Elliot that adds up. Sarah mentions how Elliot hangs out with Susan more than her to make their review show and jokingly states she might give Susan to Elliot and Nanase said her doing that led to this situation in the first place, shocking Sarah. She demands Nanase's honest opinion on Elliot and Nanase states that he means well, but avoids making choices and probably isn't ready for a relationship. Sarah mentions delaying the breakup as she doesn't want to ruin Elliot's holidays, which makes Nanase glad she's going to the college party. It turns out Diane heard the entire conversation and decides that Elliot might be perfect for her because of his passiveness.
That night at the Dunkel household, Elliot and Ellen talk. It turns out Ellen got past her energy buildup when she went out of town on one of her mystery solving trips while Elliot has gotten used to his buildup and the female forms. It turns out they both got roped into watching Christmas specials with Grace the next day, but Susan isn't going. Elliot mentions that it makes him feel like he is cheating on Susan which prompts Ellen to ask him to be introspective on how he feels. While dreaming, he feels like during his bully hunting acts, he feels like he only did it for the fight itself than saving people but then Susan showed up and she allayed his concerns and that he did it because he did want to save people. Dream Susan gets closer to Elliot and it is implied an Erotic Dream occurred. The next morning, Ellen tells Elliot to think whether the dream meant anything or if it was just hormones. She says Elliot owes it to everyone to find out how he really feel regarding Susan and Sarah, especially since he didn't want to date Sarah in the first place. Elliot protest but Ellen counters that yes she's a good friend and he didn't want to jeopardize their lifelong frienship by going out with her but then Sarah said "love" and suddenly it was true love which Elliot insists it was. Ellen says perhaps but mentions how quickly she got over not being with Sarah but quickly stops since it was after her creation and if it does apply to Elliot, he has to realise it for himself. Elliot showers, thinking Ellen was being ridiculous and that he couldn't be faulted for having an Erotic Dream about Susan who was beautiful, strong, fun and introduces him to cool new things, which is when Elliot realises he does have feelings for Susan.looks a lot like her but Diane denies significant similarity. Rhoda tells Diane that she knows from Catalina that Elliot is a decent guy and that he goes to Moperville North instead of South. Diane mentions her idea of Mr. Right is someone who is rich, handsome and does everything she tells him to do and believes Elliot to be close to that. When Rhoda brought the possibility of simply falling in love, Diane thought Rhoda was being adorable. The next few hours, Diane spent her time really enjoying the review show.
The next day, Elliot is at Tedd's house playing video games with Tedd when he asks Tedd what love means to him, what the relationship between him and Grace means to him. Tedd states that at the beginning, both him and Grace probably had simple crushes based on Tedd being a boy Grace doesn't have a sibling attachment with her age and Grace simply being a female in his house but eventually, it evolved into real, genuine love. Tedd realises Elliot is thinking about breaking up with Sarah. Elliot says that he has feelings for someone else and exasperatedly says he thinks of Sarah as a sister, shocking Elliot, and he realises that this is why Ellen got over Sarah quickly. Elliot decides he has to break up with Sarah as soon as possible. Back at his house, he calls Sarah over and she realises what he's trying to do. At first she's happy since they both want this but the her insecurities kick in coming up with a lot of negative scenarios. She arrives at Elliot's house and there, Elliot says they have to break up because he thinks of her as a sister, surprising Sarah who tries to argue against that but realises how Elliot came to feel like that though she herself doesn't feel the same way. She also admits she wanted to break up too, and that's that, they are no longer an Official Couple.
At work, Susan is dealing with a fan of the review show who ships her and Elliot, stating that Elliot has a girlfriend but Sarah arrived asking to hang out with Susan later since she and Elliot broke up, making the fan happy. Elliot and Ellen talk, with Elliot stating he needs to know that his feelings for Susan are genuine before even thinking about acting on it by seeing how he feels about different girls. That night, Diane is still watching the review show, with her declaring Elliot will be hers.
Charlotte reveals to Nanase and Ellen that she once attended their school and has a doll with Nanase's face on it. Nanase realised that she made a second fairy doll the day Abraham attacked which was never recovered. Charlotte said that with help from an online acquaintance named Tengu, she deduced that the attacker was after Ellen, fought a Guardian, and that Nanase was the Guardian. Charlotte tells them this with hopes that when something occurs, she can call someone who can help, which Nanase and Ellen agree to. Charlotte also tells them that Tengu told her that to get a Guardian spell, a person must have both magical talent and selflessness. During all this, the male partygoers are transforming into females. Diane discovers this and it turns out all of the partygoers, former males and always females, are also susceptible to do any order. Diane goes upstairs and is relieved to see Ellen, Nanase and Charlotte are still normal and tells them of what's happening downstairs. Diane asks Nanane if she could use her magic to fix this and tells Nanase to not deny having magic as she and the rest of the school saw her floating around at school. Charlotte then explains that Nanase lost access to her magic temporarily. They then try to contact help but there is no signal. Diane tells them about the guy wearing a Santa hat and believes he is responsible. She tells them he said that he owed a debt to her sister, shocking Nanase who concludes it's the reincarnation of Jerry the immortal. Nanase tells them that it can't be Santa-hat guy as he stopped Diane from becoming affected by what affected the other partygoers, which would have meant Ellen, Nanase and Charlotte would have no idea it was occurring at all. They decide the best course of action is to try and go out, get a signal and contact help. Nanase provides them all with Mr. Verres number.
Downstairs, they are shocked to see all the affected partygoers look like Nanase. Diane lets slip that she doesn't think Nanase is behind this and also says that she thinks Nanase is one of the coolest people she has met. Outside, Ellen notices two snow angels. The group is then confronted by a winged and horned furry beast who knows Nanases Aunt Noriko and tells them that Nanase looks just like her. Charlotte identifies him as Tengu, not realising he actually looked like that. Tengu says that his name is just a nickname. He tries to give his real name but keeps getting interrupted. Nanase realised Diane is gone and deduces shes still trying to get help. Tengu explains that hes the one behind the events at the party. He also says that Noriko maimed him and freed his mind-controlled congregation and now hes trying to form a new one. Nanase realises that he was attracted to the excess magic energy in Moperville. Nanase regains her magic powers and goes into the Guardian from, which simply causes Tengu to laugh, since he doesnt know what other spells Nanase got and can counter what a single Guardian can do. Ellen then uses her copy spell on Nanase and to everyones shock, she gains a Guardian form too. They discover that the two Guardians can communicate telepathically and Ellen learns the Guardiam form has some sort of Aura Vision. The two girls come with a plan to get Tengu to use up all his magic energy and the surrounding energy to tire him. They fly up and Tengu follows them. During the chase, Tengu lets slip that Noriko has more than one child but the girls cant hear him properly. Tengu eventually burns up all his magic energy reserves and he crash lands. He sees Grace in one of her forms before he passes out. Elliot in his Cheerleadra form is also there. Nanase and Ellen arrive back down. They burn out and return to normal.
Diane and Charlotte arrive at the scene. Diane is shock to see Tengu return to human form but Ellen and Nanase already knew because of the Guardian forms instincts. Nanase tells Diane that what Tengu did to the partygoers should be reversing as they speak as Tengu cant maintain the enchantments now. Elliot is shocked to see the resemblance between Diane and Susan. Mr. Verres, Wolf and Cranium arrive. Cranium identifies Tengu as a wanted cult leader shocking Wolf who lets slip that the guy was powerful and was defeated by an even more powerful magic user who comes from an entire family of powerful magic users and monster hunters. Nanase tries to protest not telling the affected partygoers what happened but Mr. Verres tells her that sometimes withholding information is for the better. When she asks about Noriko, Mr. Verres says it might cause Tedd to relapse to his excessively shy state when he was younger. Diane then convinces Nanase to go along with keeping secrets since she doesnt want Rhea to be unhappy. After the events of the night, Santa-hat guy monologues to himself, confirming he is the reincarnation of Jerry and also confirming Diane and Susan are sisters. After the party, Nanase lies to her mother, telling her it was uneventful. The next day, Nanase and Ellen discuss what to do with their newfound knowledge. Nanase decides against confronting her mother and Mr. Verres for now. They also decide against going to Susan with the possibility that shes adopted and that Diane might be her sister for now.
- Why did Agent Cranium use magic to turn Ellens hair back to normal but didnt for Nanase?
- Because the enchantments were temporary. When Nanase was originally burnt out, it was expected to last a while and keeping the enchanment going wasnt practical. For Ellen, the burnt out period was much shorter due to more ideal cirumstances and only had to keep up appearances for the party.
- What would happen if Ellen used her copy spell on Nanases fairy doll?
- Its complicated. Ellen cant copy inanimate objects, so she cant copy it when Nanase is not using it. She apparently cant copy summons, so she can't copy newly formed fairy dolls. However, there is still the possibility of copying an already formed doll Nanase is occupying.
- Why would a smaller spell catalyst require more energy to use?
- Because larger spell catalysts can store more energy, so the user needs less of their own energy. The problem with Tedds watches is that they have no battery, so to speak. In addition, the energy storing capacity of a spell catalyst is also influenced by what materials its made of and its quality.
- When Grace reduced her measurements, was she cancelling the enchantment?
- No, she wasnt enchanted in the first place. Uryuom magic and Ellens beam dont enchant Uryuoms and Uryuom hybrids. It transforms them and lets them reuse the transformation but they arent enchanted. Uryuom enchantments replace each other so when used on a human, they dont stack up. When used on Uryuoms or Uryuom hybrids, its possible to stack transformations. Results vary depending on many factors.
- What would happen if Grace and Elijah met and agreed something was adorable?
- Loud squeeing will ensue.
- If Elliot were zapped by Ellen or the TF gun, could he just transform back? Would he still be transformed by the zapping if he ended his own spell?
- No. While he can change into something similar to a V5 transformation. Its not the same as being hit with a TF gun or Ellens beam. His forms are not replaced or cancelled by TF gun beams. Ellens beams however are like the TF gun because the Dewitchery Diamond gave her the power to mimic the delivery method of the transformation. Elliot can reassume the V5 form but that doesnt mimic Uryuom magic.
- What does Susan think of the J. J. Abrams Star Trek movies?
- She doesnt like them.
- How much control does Grace have over individual parts of her body?
- With help from the TF gun, she could assume most changes and mix them with no known limit. At this point, she could approximate most young adult human forms, in theory anyway.
- Was not-Tengu an aberration?
- Whats the deal with aberrations?
- They are parasitic monsters who used to be human. They are by choice, the worst of the worst. Immortals, who prefer being vague and indirect when guiding and empowering people, are far more willing to take more direct ways of destroying them. They vary in form, abilities and method of being parasitic but all show the following common features:
- Used to be human and chose to become aberrations.
- Parasitic existence feeding on humans to increase lifespan.
- Monstrous form, either all the time or only when using their powers.
- A complete lack of empathy for other living things.
- No known way to return to a regular human being.
- Difficult to harm with physical attacks but weak against magic weapons.
- They are parasitic monsters who used to be human. They are by choice, the worst of the worst. Immortals, who prefer being vague and indirect when guiding and empowering people, are far more willing to take more direct ways of destroying them. They vary in form, abilities and method of being parasitic but all show the following common features:
- What does Justin think of the J. J. Abrams Star Trek movies?
- He likes them.
- Will there ever be shrinking in the main story to smaller than the current limits of the TF Gun?
- Can the TF Gun turn people into things other than mammals?
- It doesn't make one cold blooded or give hollow bird bones but it can give scales or feathers.
- Can the TF Gun turn people inanimate?
- How did Amanda's date with Raven from the last q&a went?
- It went well and there was dancing.
At school, two of the male viewers approach Sarah and compliment her on her part. One of them introduces himself as Cecil and decides to see her in class. His friend calls him out later and Cecil states that hes not going to ask Sarah out so soon after she broke up with Elliot. Susan is upset that she, one of the hosts, didnt get any acknowledgement. It gets reinforced when a random girl tells Sarah she has a good heart. Elliot convinces himself that because the show has been around for months, people arent going to start noticing him now but Tedd tells him that there are numerous rumours surrounding him. When prompted, Tedd brings up something Elliot did just now. He noticed a girl dropped her phone and there was a crowd of people in the way. He got around them by wall running. Tedd also brings up his Bully Hunter tendencies, his fight with the Goo and the monkey-like summon and the time he helped a griffin find her way to Avalon. Tedd does however assure him and that hes not the centre of attention and he doubts that the recent wall run will result in more attention. However, it turns out the girl Elliot returned the phone to is the same girl with a crush on him.
During lunch period, Catalina arrives and says shes proud of Sarah for being able to stay friends with Elliot despite breaking up with him after he realized he was gay, shocking both Susan and Sarah. Catalina in turn is shocked to learn that that wasn't the reason for the break-up. The girls together discover the post on Elliots and Susans review show that led many to conclude Elliot was gay. Susan sees through the flaws of the post and is relieved to see someone else disputing the conclusions of the post. That someone else turns out to be Diane who lists all the flaws of the post and the unethical doings of the poster in making such a post. Catalina decides to go kiss Elliot to prove he isn't gay, shocking him and all witnesses. After Catalina told him what is going on, Elliot tells her hes not gay but he doesnt care if other people think hes gay, he himself made that mistake others did once. As long as they arent gay-bashing, hes fine with the rumors. This scene successfully created doubt in most people concerning the credibility if the rumor. Sarah then tells him the source of the rumors.
After that, Sarah and Susan discuss the possibility that the poster was trying to get on Sarah's good side. Sarah later tries talking to all the boys who approached her earlier to see if they were the ones who made that post. Susan thinks about her feelings and what she felt when she saw Catalina kiss Elliot. She gets interrupted by a boy named Tom. Tom tells her he watches her review show and that he likes Star Trek. He decides to take his leave and apologises for his intrusion but Susan suddenly says that she would like to talk more, causing Tom to give a smirk not seen by Susan. The girl with a crush on Elliot sees Tom and makes a very angry expression. After school, in Tedds basement, Grace tells Elliot that she can see him kissing guys before Justin and Tedd arrive. The four discuss the Elliot is gay rumor and what Catalina did to try and dispel it. Justin remembers that Catalina is supposed to have a girlfriend and Grace confirms this. Elliot that he told Catalina to just explain what happened to her girlfriend. It turns out Catalina is doing just that and Rhoda forgives her. Elliot told Justin what he felt about the rumor and Grace wonders why people care about homosexuality. Elliot is of the opinion that while people can not like homosexuality all they want, that does not mean they can use it to justify being jerks to homosexuals. Tedd calms him down by getting Grace to hug him. Justin correctly deduces that theres more to Elliots feelings on the subject than just not liking people being jerks and Elliot admits that before he met Tedd, he had a friend whom he disagreed on the topic with and they had a falling out.
Later, online, as Susan is waiting for Tom to contact her, Justin talks to her about the events of the day. He correctly deduces Susan thought the kiss between Catalina and Elliot was sexy, shocking Susan. He assures Susan that what she feels and thinks is okay though, cheering her up. This causes Susan to change her avatar to something out of Star Trek as she thinks to herself that while craziness is a part of her, she controls it. Tom is then revealed to be the mysterious person who declared he needed to act now. It turns out hes online but his status is hidden so Susan doesnt know it. He thinks his plan to leave Susan hanging so she will be happier when she next sees him will work but he failed to take into account Justin keeping Susan company and causing her to forget Tom was supposed to meet her.
In their room, Ellen thinks about asking Catalina and her girlfriend on a double date with her and Nanase and both she and Elliot think, correctly at that, that Rhoda is Catalinas girlfriend. Elliot then goes to sleep and enters a Dream Sequence where Catalina, Susan, Diane and Nanase all declare they are Elliots lover. Grace then appears and says shes Spartacus before correcting herself and mentioning its a dream. Elliot decides to wake up, transform back to a male and try to go back to sleep as a male. Before transforming though, he notes that he never had dreams like the one he had before he had to go to sleep transformed. Back in his dream, Dream Tedd states that the dreams only began after Ellen told him to get introspective. After Elliot rules out dating Diane, Dream Tedd suggests other people. Though Elliot is uncomfortable with asking people he isnt familiar with out for a date, Dream Tedd gives Elliot some encouragement. While all this is going on, Dream Tedd becomes a girl and kisses Elliot. Elliot wakes up again but couldnt remember the details of the dream beyond talking and kissing a possibly Asian girl with either a ponytail or pigtails.
At school that morning, Susan tries getting over her Hates Being Touched issue with Sarah, confusing her. With Elliot and Tedd, Elliot discovers that due to him sleeping untransformed, he now has built up magic energy that he must use up. He goes under a stairwell and thinks no one saw him but, the girl with a crush on him did, shocking Elliot. She flashbacks back to her childhood where it turns out reading Ranma ½ resulted in her getting turned on by transformations. She offers to help Elliot out in changing back by being the lookout which Elliot accepts. She introduces herself as Ashley and mentions she was the one Elliot helped returned the phone too and that she watches his show with Susan. Elliot concludes in his mind that since Ashley is Asian and has an off centre ponytail that she might be the girl in his dream. In a bathroom, after transforming back, Elliot asks if Ashley has lots of questions to ask of him and she confirms this but she wants to talk about something more important first. She reveals that Tom is an ex-boyfriend of hers and that he is very manipulative and Ashley believes that Tom might be trying to manipulate Susan into dating him. She states that the day before, before class started, Tom used some of his tricks on Susan, angering Elliot. Ashley calms him down stating that simply hurting Tom will make things worse and might ruin his chances for Susan. She goes on to say that shed warn Susan herself but fears she might be seen as the bias crazy ex, however, the previous statement shocks Elliot, confusing Ashley who thought that he and Susan liked each other before Elliot states he only likes Susan as a friend and he doesnt want to date her. They return to their discussion and Ashley reiterates that she might simply be seen as the crazy ex but Elliot points out that hes going to have to reveal to Susan who gave him the warning, shocking Ashley who didnt think of that. She tries to find a way to give herself credibility and realises one way. She tells Elliot to give Susan the warning, even though she thought Elliot liked Susan then stating that that she herself likes Elliot. Ashley then tries to run but Elliot stops her. He is impressed by her selflessness, and states that he thinks he likes her too. Elliot asks Ashley if she wants to go out sometime to which she eagerly accepts.
Back with Susan and Sarah, Susan decides to talk to Tom. Tom sees Susan come and goes to greet her. Susan tells him that she hoped she didnt give him the wrong impression the day before and that she isnt interested in dating at all, which stuns him. Susan tells him she is open to being friends. Tom agrees but tries hard to keep the possibility of dating open, which Susan notices. Susan also notices that Tom apologised for not coming to their online meeting in a way that implies he knew she was online when he couldnt have known given the circumstances. Tom tries covering up but Susan begins Pulling the Thread frustrating Tom until he blurts in anger that that he is an excellent liar while in the cafeteria. Tom then tries convincing her that he does genuinely like her and that people lie all the time and that at least hes more honest than most since he can admit it to herself. Susan admits that Toms not entirely wrong, but states that people usually do it with good intentions while Tom does it for completely selfish reasons. She then states that he ruined their chance to even be so much as friends because she no longer can trust him, and assumes that many can no longer trust him and that if he continues like this, hell grow old, sad and alone wondering why everyone hates him as she leaves. As Tom reflects on this, Susan returns to Sarah and hugs her.
Elliot and Ashley return to the cafeteria and Tedd, Sarah and Susan are surprised to see Ashley with Elliot. Ashley sees them and wonders whether she should wait to approach Susan while Tedd, Sarah and Susan are trying to figure out who she is. Susan waves them over. Ashley introduces herself then attempts to warn Susan about Tom but Susan tells her she already knows. Susan states that Tom made it easy for her, causing Ashley to think she was stupid for falling prey to Toms actions but Susan stops that line of thinking. Susan states that just because Ashley was victimised by Tom, it doesnt make her an idiot, it makes Tom a jerk and that Ashley is not to blame, Tom is. This lifts Ashleys spirits. Ashley then takes her leave while Elliot tells her that theyll talk later. Elliot then leaves to go to his locker. After he left, Sarah states she thinks Elliot and Ashley like each other. Tedd agrees with Sarah and Sarah states that they should get Elliot to ask Ashley out, not knowing he already did. Sarah admits she has mixed feelings but states that she wants whats best for Elliot. This causes Susan to realise that wanting Elliot to put his relationship prospects on hold while she sorts out her issues is selfish and declares Elliot and Ashley will date. Tedd however points out that Elliot still has to deal with his energy buildups and is worried what might happen if Ashley sees Elliot transforming, not knowing Ashley already knows about it. Elliot returns and when asked how he met Ashley, Elliot says that Ashley sought him out due to her worries that going straight to Susan might not work. He also admits that Ashley saw him transform. He also admits that he asked Ashley out. Elliot said that she agreed perhaps in part because he could transform in addition to already liking him from the show. This prompts Tedd to ask about Ashleys sexuality but Elliot isnt sure. After all that, Sarah and Tedd have a discussion about Shipping. Ashley tells her friend, Liz, that she managed to get a date with Elliot.
Susan and Sarah discuss the incident, and Susan accidentally insults a random guy also named Tom. Sarah makes the realisation that being honest and open can get results and decides to apply that in her investigation to who Ronin is. Through this, she learns that most of the boys who approached her are gay. Elliot and Ashley discuss where they might go for their date. Tonys friend overhears this and tells Tony about it, to which Tony said he told his friend Elliot was straight. His friend disputes this and Tony reminds him that he has used the term gay as an insult very often and that it shouldnt be taken as a descriptor. His friend thought otherwise since Elliot and Tony used to be friends but Tony counters that they had a falling out years ago and that his friend cant blame him for the comment he posted and calls his friend "Ronin".
After school, online, Susan tells Justin the days events. Justin asks her how she feels about the part where Elliot and Ashley are together and Susan responds she doesnt want to interfere with that and it gives her time to sort out her feelings without losing herself in the moment. Meanwhile, Diane checks the comments to see what transpired since she posted a counterargument to the Ronin post. She sees that she received a message from Elliots channel and it turns out to have been sent by Susan. Diane thinks of the circumstances that leads her to suspect that Susan is her sister. Diane continues to deny the possibility but then she read the message, complimenting her for her insightful counterargument, and now realises that Susan is in fact, her sister. Diane doesnt reply to the message and lies down in bed with a blank stare as she tries to cope with the realisation.
In Tedds basement, Grace and Sarah have some shapeshifting fun and tease Tedd.
At the cinema, Elliot and Sarah are on a date and Susan is with them. Also on a date are Catalina and Rhoda, who are kissing, and Rick and Elijah, who are just enjoying the movie. George appears to be looking at Rick and Elijah with interest. Ashley and Liz are discussing something. Some of the party-goers from the Family Tree storyline are present. Mr. Tensaided is enjoying the movie greatly.
Cheerleadra appears in Mr. Tensaideds store, with him present.
Tedd kisses someone who looks like Grace but is actually Sarah while the real Grace watches.
Tedd and Sarah attend a MTG tournament at the comic shop. Tedd has decided to embrace his femininity and has short, pink hair. Two other players, Rich and Larry, mistake Tedd for a girl and hit on both him and Sarah. They are both thoroughly defeated. Sarah is given game advice by George and acknowledged by Tensaided as a true geek. Larry (secretly bisexual himself) learns to respect women and apoligizes for his behavior, including using gay as a derogatory term.
A new character, Luke, who has a mark that lets him see magic power, also attends after attempting to talk to Justin but freaking out when he saw Grace. Throughout the tournament he attempts to ask Justin about his magic but only manages to completely miss that Justin is gay like him and into him.
Tedd accidentally uses his new mark, turning himself into a girl, permanently but reversably, which several characters fail to notice. Another player, Sam, who (to only Graces knowledge) is actually a girl, gives advice on transsexual names to Tedd. He discusses both with Grace, who explains to him that he is genderfluid. This leads to Grace remebering her dreams about magic marks, Tedd discovering his ability to completely understand spells by looking at them while testing his spell and Tedd disvoring Lukes ability.
Tedd, Sarah and Grace discuss whether to talk to Luke about that as well as Lukes and Justins obvious attraction to each other. Justin and Luke stay behind after everyone leaves and discuss their marks. Sarah realizes George has a crush on Justin.
Sam befriends Sarah over their shared role-playing enthusiasm and agrees to spend time with her later.
The next day, Sarah finds herself marked.
Elliot and Ashley meet for their date at the mall and get to know each other better over food. Eventually, Elliot demonstrates his transformation powers to her in private. The make out in a dressing room.
Meanwhile, Ellen, Nanase, Charlotte and Diane investigate sightings of hooded figures around town. They deduce that there must be two figures.
One of the hooded figures attacks the mall. Elliot fights her as Cheerleadra and she is revealed as a griffin from another world. The griffin, Tara, was told by an Immortal that Elliot knows about her mate. Ashley, who is on the phone with Ellen, relays that they have an idea where her mate, the other hooded figure, may be. The two immortals who protect Elliot reveal themselves to convince Tara that Immortals can, in fact, lie, and to trust Elliot and Ashley.
Tara, Elliot, Ashley, Ellen, Nanase, Diane and Charlotte meet in a parking lot. They travel to where they suspect Taras partner Andrea. Diane and Charlotte arrive first and are ambushed by a vampire. Andrea attacks the vampire; Tara finishes him off.
After they reunite and the rest arrive, Andrea explains she originally wanted to investigate the energy buildup but got side-tracked by the two immortals using her to kill vampires. Elliot follows the two griffins to the location of the portal to their homeworld. He discovers that his phone, including GPS, is absorbed into his body when he transforms into Cheerleadra. They agree to meet again in four weeks time after further investigations into the energy buildup.
After the Tengu incident but before the Ronin one, Tedd and his dad are having an argument. Tedd wants the truth about magic to be more widespread but Mr. Verres won the argument by pointing out that Tedds plan to minimise the negative consequences of such an action isnt good enough to justify throwing aside The Masquerade.
Meanwhile, Grace is having a "Not Wearing Pants" Dream but a helpful outsider comes to her aid (the fandom refers to this character, who hasn't been named yet, as Disco Wizard). He then proceeds to try and give his message, this being his third attempt to do so, even though Grace doesnt remember the first two. He explains that he is there as an emissary on behalf of Magic itself. The emissary states that Mr. Verres is right that magic wont enter common usage but not for the reasons he thinks. It is because Magic itself doesnt want that. The current system allows flexibility in what power is granted to which person by making it so nearly anyone can access it but Magic has no intention of going mainstream. If needed, Magic will change the very system by which it operates by. The emissary states that there are some constants in magic. Species such as Uryuoms that have magic interwoven into their very nature wont suddenly find themselves unable to shapeshift but things can change for humans. While there will always be people born with natural talent for magic and for those without that talent to use magic, how it can be gained beyond heredity, the specifics of how spells work and how difficult it all is can change and has in fact changed many times before. The emissary gets the idea of forming associations within the brain so as to make sure Grace actually remembers all this information this time, to which Grace agrees. Grace then wakes up and writes down Male Sarah, Nanase in a robe, fox Rhoda, that she was probably naked, and they might have been in a spa.
The new character apparently has aura vision, and he notices both Justin and Grace's magical powers- and Grace terrifies him. He leaves quickly and calls somebody on the phone- whoever he talks to keeps referring to themselves as "us" and "we." Apparently the group the man is associated with suspected that Justin had magical powers (referred to as a "mark"), but were surprised by Grace. The man has apparently seen Noah in shadow-form, and says that Grace's aura is similar to Noah's. He makes a reference to "prehensile tendrils," and knew that Noah was male when his associate assumed Noah was female. The guy signs up for the card tournament as a ploy to get closer to Justin, and we learn that his name is Luke (or at least he introduces himself that way).
After a few last minute arrivals, the tournament begins. Sarah, who had wanted to build a themed deck with Pegasus-riding werewolves, draws an overpowered vampire that gets stronger as it kills and gives bonuses to all other vampires. After internal debate between a sexy Sarah vampire and a Sarah werewolf, Sarah decides to have a deck with both vampires and werewolves. As she makes her deck, Pandora is revealed to be watching.
The first round begins, pairing off Larry (one of "those two guys") and Tedd. Larry, believing Tedd to be female, creepily hits on Tedd to the point of losing to Tedd easily. Luke is paired with the other of "those two guys," Rich, who immediately insults a choice Luke made as "gay." Luke responds by slowly but surely beating Rich in the game. Sarah is paired against George, who gives her advice between games. After Tedd wins against Larry, Grace reveals Larry's heterosexuality and assumption that Tedd is a woman. Tedd isn't quite sure how to deal with this situation, but jokes with Grace as Pandora leans on his shoulder.
Larry and Rich discuss Larry's interactions with a not interested Tedd before realizing that Larry never asked for Tedd's name. Before they can check the Round 1 listings, Round 2 begins. Luke sits the round out, and ends up bonding with Justin about Star Wars (after brief internal Gayngst over a homophobic comic shop that he used to visit). Grace immediately becomes a Shipper on Deck. Tedd wins the round against someone named Sam, who assumes Tedd might be transgender and suggests the name "Tess" just in case. When Tedd talks to Grace about this afterwards, she explains the assumption. Tedd is initially confused about how this applies to day-to-day life, until Grace explains the existence of genderfluidity.
Sarah wins the round against Tensaided, who declares her One of Us. When discussing her results with Justin, she notices Justin and Luke's matching Crush Blush. Sarah learns of the generics on Tedd's personal discovery, while Tedd thinks that they've never wanted to be a girl in a cute outfit more in their entire life. Sarah and Grace discuss Justin and Luke's obvious attraction to each other. Cut to Justin and Luke being approached by George, who appears somewhat jealous. Luke doesn't quite understand, and tries to use his Aura Vision to see if George has powers.
Unfortunately for Luke, he is also looking at Tedd when he tries this, and nearly goes blind as a result. Pandora comments that she warned Luke not to use the spell on her "grand-godson," but that it wasn't as if he could hear her.
Round 3 begins. Larry and Rich, who had previously assumed Tedd's name to be Sam, discover the truth and are horrified. Larry tries to find ways that Tedd could be short for a girl's name, while Rich is skeptical. When Rich faces off against Tedd, Tedd's hair is suddenly purple. Tedd is now a girl, due to Pandora marking their back. Larry faces off against Sarah, who immediately shoots him down when he flirts with her. Grace encourages Justin to ask Luke out, causing Justin to put on his earring as a "gay signal." Larry is reluctant to win against Sarah, but doesn't understand why she doesn't want him hitting on her. When she asks if Larry would like a guy hitting on him, he assumes that she is a lesbian, and uses the word as an insult even after she states that she is a 2 on the Kinsey scale (at most). Frustrated, Sarah vows to end Larry.
Grace sees Dex, and her aura vision activates. She remembers her dreams and the fact that Dex, Justin, Rhoda, and Catalina have magic marks.
Tedd and Sarah wipe the floor with Rich and Larry respectively. Tedd and Justin try and fail to get the other to notice their appearance changes. Tedd approaches Grace, who immediately notices Tedd's hair change (and subsequently the girl morph). The two head into the bathroom to check for a magic mark, which Grace finds on Tedd's scalp. Tedd is able to become more feminine at will, but sends Grace away before focusing on themselves while changing into a boy form. In the process, Tedd discovers exactly how the ability changes their default form and that they have a special ability to see magic and enchantments.
After Larry loses and continues insulting Sarah by calling her a "fake geek lesbian," Tensaided confronts him and tells him that flirting with other players is against the rules of the tournament.
Tedd catches Grace and then Sarah up on the magic mark and Tedd's special abilities. George wanders by during this debate, and comments on Tedd's hair change. Larry starts to realize that the pick-up methods he learned online are terrible, while Rich soldiers on. After Luke wins his match, he keeps thinking about and failing to express his attraction to Justin (or the presence Justin's magic mark), while Justin is unable to get Luke to notice his earring. Justin realizes it would be inappropriate to hit on Luke during the tournament, which is a convenient excuse for him to put of something scary.
While Luke surveys the crowd to see if anyone else there is marked, Tedd notices him and realizes that Luke can see magic auras. Grace and Sarah insist that this doesn't mean something bad (partially because they want Justin and Luke to be a couple), with Sarah declaring herself "Team Luke." Luke, having checked everyone but Sarah and Tedd, is scared that Tedd is friends with Grace and then terrified when he realizes that the two are dating. Rich and Larry see Tedd and Grace kiss, realizing that Tedd's hair color and sex have both changed during the tournament. Their response is "TEDD IS A SEX CHANGING SPACE ALIEN HERE TO STUDY HUMAN SEXUALITY!" (from Rich) and "AND I STILL HAVE A SHOT WITH HIM!"(from Larry). Luke overhears this and assumes that Grace and Tedd are scary aliens.
The fourth and final round of the card tournament begins. Tedd faces off against Luke, Larry faces off against Rich, Sarah faces off against Sam, and George faces off against Some Guy. Luke and Tedd battle to a draw due to the similarity of their decks, with paranoia on both sides. Rich and Larry fight over Rich's homophobic reaction to Larry being interested in a guy who turns into a girl. Sam and Sarah debate whether Sarah's justification for the vampires being good is correct, but Sarah eventually wins the match on a technicality and Sam's insistence.
Meanwhile, Grace sends Justin a coded message on what Tedd sensed in Luke, and that Luke is probably not bad. Justin realizes that Grace scared Luke, but is interrupted by Larry, who questions Justin about calling things "gay" while not being homophobic. During this conversation, Luke overhears that Justin is gay. Sarah and Sam grew close enough during their game that Sarah asks Sam to "do something next Friday." Justin gets the chance to talk to Grace and decides to have a one-on-one meeting with Luke after the tournament ends.
The final ranking of the tournament ends up with Sarah in fourth, Tedd and Luke tied for third, George in second, and Some Guy as the grand prize winner.
Larry, trying to be a better person, tries to be gracious when Sarah reveals that she's going on a probably-date with Sam in the future. Sam angsts about being trans as he takes off his beard. Grace signals Tedd and Grace to let them know that they need to leave for Justin's sake. Justin tells Luke that he knows Luke's reasons for being there, and they flirt as Justin promises that they'll talk in a few minutes. George grumps about this as he leaves, making Sarah realize that George has a crush on Justin (of the Triang Relations Type 4 variety). Grace glares at Luke as she, Tedd, and Sarah leave for food.
Luke tells Justin that he probably has a mark, in response to which Justin takes off his shirt. Justin's mark is missing, since Pandora awakened him at some point before this moment. Justin tells Luke about immortals, and correctly intuits that Luke is in contact with at least two other people with magic marks. Justin asks Luke on a date, which Luke accepts. Tedd tells Grace to check with Justin, Catalina, and Rhoda before telling Tedd's dad anything, while Tedd doesn't want to tell their dad anything about their mark. Tedd and Justin catch each other up on the information they've gathered that night, and Justin reveals his date. Luke's phone conversation with the group reveals that the main reason they were willing to approach him was his association with Cheerleadra. Grace talks to Justin about her dreams, making Pandora suspicious of whoever is contacting her.
The next day, Sarah gets ready to take a shower and finds a magic mark in the shape of a question mark on her back.
Liz and Ashley discuss clothing choices, with Ashley being worried and Liz assuring her that whatever she wears will be fine because Elliot is a total dork. Liz finds out that their date will be taking place in a mall, and facepalms. Liz warns Ashley to avoid going to the bookstore, Ashley sheepishly agrees. Meanwhile, Elliot and Ellen discuss the date in typical style—they both agree that the mall is great and a random black shirt is a good fashion choice. Elliot asks Ellen for advice, but Ellen's advice is not particularly helpful.
Meanwhile, Random Tom and his girlfriend discuss a movie they saw. A mysterious cloaked figure watches them. Tom senses a puppy in danger and hares off to rescue it.
Ashley finally picks an outfit, but then has to cover it up with a heavy jacket because it's winter. Elliot thinks the coat is cute, though. Ashley babbles a bit and gets embarrassed. The car ride to the mall is decidedly awkward as Elliot wonders how turned on Ashley is when he transforms, and whether he'd want to take things that far.
Nanase and Ellen go on a mystery-solving date, and have dragged Diane along with them.
Ashley convinces Elliot that they should leave their coats in the car so she can show off her outfit, which Elliot says is cute. They decide to get food.
Ellen, Nanase, and Diane arrive at Charlotte's apartment to start their mystery-solving. Nanase and Ellen claim they brought Diane along because she's smart, knows about magic, and they needed a ride, but Nanase wants to get to know her better and Ellen wants to distract her away from Elliot's date. For the last few months, a mysterious cloaked figure has been spotted moving around Moperville asking for someone, although the figure often just runs and hides. A picture of the cloaked figure reveals that it cannot be human. They begin brainstorming and reading articles, though Ellen isn't happy about just sitting around reading. Cut to Elliot admiring a bookstore (with Ashley remembering Liz's warning).
At the food court, Elliot begins listing food options, but Ashley has a knee-jerk reaction to him listing Asian food places first. She explains that as an american-born person of Asian descent, she's had to deal with a lot of racism, including people assuming she's some sort of magical martial artist. Cut to Nanase. Ellen sends a text warning Elliot about the cloaked figure and asking Elliot to text her if he spots it.
Ashley and Elliot start talking to get to know each other better. Ashley enjoys books, plays ballet and dances soccer. Wait. Reverse that. Elliot doesn't really know what he wants to be when he graduates. Ashley dated a girl online once. Elliot asks if She's bisexual, and she says that while she's attracted to males and females, she doesn't like to be labeled (especially given some of the prejudices she's faced in the past).
Back to the mystery team, Ellen suggests that there isn't a single cloaked figure, but two—one that runs and hides, and one that is searching for someone. Using that suggestion, the girls try narrowing down the sightings to see if they can find a pattern.
At the dare, Elliot suggests they go to the bookstore, and Ashley doesn't think this is a good idea (she tends to get lost in books). She makes a hasty suggestion that turns out to be a lingerie store. Elliot mistakes this as her covering up some sort of magical ability involving books, inadvertently tipping Ashley off to how common magic is. Ashley has questions, and Elliot has to figure out how much he can tell her. He then wonders if something weird will happen to render his musing moot.
Back to the mystery team, They've discovered a pattern—one of the cloaked figures meanders about the state, but one of them has only been seen in Moperville.
Then we cut to a rooftop, where we see the cloaked figure again. A glowing figure appears and asks if the cloaked figure has found "her" yet. The figure then asks is he's found "the other one" yet. He offers the cloaked figure a riddle to find this other person.
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Elliot decides he can tell Ashley some things about his transforming abilities, and they go to find a place where he can change and Ashley can watch.
The mystery team discuss the patterns they've found in the movement of the cloaked figure. They conclude that the cloaked figure needs access to food, water, and shelter, and discuss how the wooded areas in downtown Moperville seem to fit the bill. Not thinking they can do much more, they break for video games.
Elliot and Ashley find a blind spot in the bookstore where Elliot can transform (Ashley's been there enough to know where all the blind spots are) and Elliot transforms, though Ashley sabotages the process by repeatedly talking about big boobs to disrupt Elliot's mental image. Ashley likes the girl form Elliot morphed into.
The cloaked figure, thinking about the riddle the mysterious white figure gave it, rushes towards the mall, seeking someone called "German Dark."
Ashley and Elliot leave the bookstore and seek out a mirror where Elliot can get a look at his current form. Along the way, they discuss what Elliot experiances when he's transformed. They reach a dressing room, and wind up entering the stall together while kissing. Catalina and Rhoda, on their own date, leave a different dressing room.
Back to the Mystery squad, Nanase wonders how she can keep losing to her semi-autonomous clone Fox. Charlotte thinks that because Fox isn't actually human, she has better focus and concentration, and Diane thinks that because Fox works on Nanase's subconscious, she knows what Nanase is going to do.
Elliot and Ashley leave the dressing room after their make-out session, having decided to not quite go all the way into sexy times. Elliot gets an unexpected phone call...from Tensaided.
We flash back to Elliot's time working in the video shop, when he appeared in the store as Cheerleadra. Tensaided fanboys out, then asks if there's a way to contact Cheerleadra if there is trouble. Cheerleadra suggests that Tensaided contact Elliot to get a hold of her, and he promises to only call in an actual emergency. This is that emergency.
Elliot (still female at this point) takes the call. Tensaided assumes that he's talking to Elliot's date (he's at the mall, too). Tensaided explains that there's a cloaked figure in the mall looking for a "German Dark"...and he's pretty sure that means the figure (which he's certain is female, but certainly not human) is seeking Elliot! (His last name, Dunkel, is German for dark). Elliot tells Ashley to call Ellen and let her know the situation, and to let her know Cheerleadra is going to try talking to the cloaked figure. Ashley asks where Elliot is going to be.
"Trying to talk to the cloaked figure" he says...before transforming into Cheerleadra in front of Ashley. And much of the rest of the store (including Catalina and Rhoda). Cheerleadra flies off to confront the cloaked figure, who seems quite angry about something.
This storyline was originally written for EGS:NP, but added to the main archives after Dan realized some important information was contained within.
After Sarah discovers her Magic Mark, she spends some time trying to figure out what it does, until Pandora appears to give exposition.
Seventh Q&A, run by Amanda and Lisa.
"Recap how magic works."
- People are Sleeping (no magic), Dreaming (limited spells, can't get magic on their own), and Awakened (will naturally get personalized spells as long as they keep using magic). People with a Magic Mark are Dreaming. If they Awaken, the mark goes away. If someone awakens thanks to an external source (that isn't an Immortal), they experience power build-ups that force them to use magic. Wizards are specifically those who can learn other people's spells. Tedd is something unnamed, and can see magic and resist it.
"Diane has changed a lot over time. Is there a reason for this."
- Diane has been fleshed out over time thanks to Character Development and spending more time seeing things from her point of view. She is also deliberately seeking a change.
"Isn't making color comics just as easy as making color comics?"
- No. Colors require more than just contrast—they need to look good together.
"What pronouns does Dan prefer?"
- Dan's gender identity is "non-committal shrug." He prefers he/him unless specifically referring to his female avatar, because it raises fewer questions from people he has no interest in talking to.
"What is the range of Ellen's zapping powers, and can she bounce it off mirrors?"
- Between 30 and 300 feet, depending on the power used. TF gun defaults to 60. TF beams will bounce off mirrors but not less reflective surfaces because magic.
"How common is transformation magic?"
- In general, it is the most common sort of magic.
"Can Grace's shapeshifting and/or the TF gun make someone heal faster?"
- TF gun: no. Grace: Grave has an accelerated healing factor, but serious injuries would still require medical treatment. How much faster? "Intentionally vague" faster.
"Was El Goonish Shive always supposed to be so weird?"
- Yes. Including transformation stuff was a risk, but was intentional.
"Is Grace more predisposed to polyamory due to her uryonum heritage?"
- Short answer: greater seyunolus in general are more predisposed to polyamorous relationships, but that does not mean Grace, herself, is.
"We actually just want to know if a relationship between Grace, Tedd, and Sarah could happen."
- Oh. Uh...Out of panels, bye!
- Then there is a clarification on what polyamory is which doesn't actually answer the OTT question.
"Could Grace Awaken and gain magic?"
- Yes. But it would be much harder for her than normal because of her inherent uryonum abilities conflicting with the magical energy available to most people.
"What book series has Dan read?"
- Harry Potter and The Dresden Files, and that's it. For the love of god, suggest some book series.
"Why hasn't (inset thing set up in Squirrel Prophet) happened yet?"
- Because it's literally only been 1 day since it happened in comic time. The series is on a sloooow build, and planning things better is part of why the Q&A is going on so long.
"Which EGS:NP stories are canon?"
- Magic Comic Shop (mostly), Not A Date At The Mall, Question Mark, Playing With Dolls, MV 5, and Zombie Plans note
"Greg is a super strong anime martial arts master cool guy, but is he Awakened?"
- Unclear. He has more abilities than someone who is only Dreaming is likely to have, but it could all be because his martial arts style counts as a single power. And you can't just throw a spellbook at Greg to figure out which.
"Where the heck do spellbooks come from, and how to they work?"
- Spellbooks are linked to a single Awakened individual and automatically record new spells when ever an Awakened character gets one. Immortals, Wizards, and people with wands can make them. A spellbook not linked to someone is a blank book. The book disguises itself with a fake, mundane title. They aren't necessarily good disguises.
"Who is the muffin man?"
- What muffin man? Like a guy who makes muffins? A muffin golem like a Stay-Puft Muffin Man? Joke question because the next arc is starting.
The tale of Pandora's Start of Darkness. We are introduced to a young Pandora. Pandora enjoyed amusing herself by getting mortals to do silly things in exchange for relevant information, likening herself to the box in the myth of Pandoa's Box. But eventually, she grew somewhat bored of this and considered resetting early. But then she met Blaike Raven, a man who intrigued her because he didn't want her "help" to find a treasure he was seeking. She continually tried to intrigue him with the knowledge she had of his current quest, which she claimed was very important, but Blaike preferred not knowing. Pandoa persisted, at first because of the challenge, but then out of concern, because the information was, in fact, important — there wasn't any treasure, just a giant magic lion bear.
After narrowly escaping the monster, Pandora apologized to Blakie for not telling him sooner, but Blaike said that the treasure hadn't been the point. He was in it for the adventure and not knowing what came next was part of the point. Pandora found a kindred spirit in Blaike, and became his traveling companion and eventually his lover. Six years later, Adrian Raven was born. Pandora loved her son immensely, and taught him many things. As Blaike grew older, Pandora comforted herself with the knowledge that though Blaike would someday die, he'd grow old with her, and it would be right around the time for her to reset anyway.
But Blaike did not die of old age. He was killed trying futility to protect travelers from a wandering monster. Pandora found him afterward, next to the bodies of those he had tried to protect. Devastated, Pandora turned to raising Adrian. Her two hundredth year came and went, and she did not reset. She did not consider resetting. She would not entrust the memory of her love to some other version of herself that wouldn't have an emotional connection to Blaike and Adrian. She would not forget her family. She would be there for her son, however long he lived. She would not let her love die.
In the present, Pandora appears in Grace's bedroom, intent on finding out who has been messing with Grace's dreams. She discovers Grace having a nightmare, being torn between fighting to save Greg's life from a fire goo griffin, and not wanting to hurt the griffin because it has a wife and little fire goo babies. Pandora comments that this among the stupidest things she's ever seen.
Then Disco Wizard appears,
EGS: Newspaper is a group of off-the-wall stories that aren't always canonical, or deal with slice of life tales not suitable for the main comic.
Tedd accidentally goes to school while transformed into a girl.
Grace plays Black & White
This story is canon. It takes place after Red Alert
Nanase hangs out with Justin as he works at the comic shop. Ellen eventually joins them. This leads directly to...
This story is canon. It takes place after Red Alert
Nanase, Ellen, and Justin go to the mall for lunch, and Justin leaves to let Ellen and Nanase get to know each other better. Nanase is pleased to be able to hang around with Ellen.
Tedd messes around with a magic wand.
This storyline is canon. It takes place the same day as Question Mark and So A Date At The Mall.
This storyline is canon. Its time frame is ambiguous.
This storyline is canon, and was added to the main archives.
After Sarah discovers her Magic Mark, she spends some time trying to figure out what it does, until Pandora appears to give exposition.
This story is canon. It takes place shortly before Squirrel Prophet.
Grace and Sarah decide to help Tedd design a Male Variant #5 for the TF gun.
This story is canon. It takes place during the time skip before Squirrel Prophet
Pandora disguises herself as a psychology student while looking for people to mark. Leads directly into...
This story is canon. It follows Marker
Catalina and Rhoda are discussing Rhoda's mark, but unknown to her Catalina has been marked herself. Shenanigans ensue.