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    Bunch of people, walking into the water fully clothed, not speaking, apparently mindless, like they've been hypnotized...

    Maybe the Court is going to take people to their Brave New World whether they want to go or not.

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    Bunch of people, walking into the water fully clothed, not speaking, apparently mindless, like they've been hypnotized...

    Maybe the Court is going to take people to their Brave New World whether they want to go or not.
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    Or, worst case scenario, these are the ones that would go to the meeting, but don't qualify for the BNW, and this is a way to get rid of them.

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    Or the court is secretly run by a cabal of Deep Ones, who are distant ancestors of most of the cast...
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    ...why are y'all usin' spoilers?


    Anyway, was wondering where this chapter was going but the last two pages have been a hard swerve from anything I was expecting.

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    To avoid double-posting, I'm editing this one.


    Today's page of Gunnerkrigg can be summed up as this: Oh ****.
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    Boy Tom really knows how to write a cliffhanger.

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    Am I the only one getting Matrix-y, "None of this is real, it's all a simulation", vibes from the last few arcs?
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    It's technically an inland sea!

    #TheMoreYouKnow
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    I did not expect this turn of events.
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    It's sounding like when all is said and done, this is going to be a one-way trip for most of them. This certainly doesn't seem creepy and cult-like at all. Especially since the new Court is going to be even more isolated from the outside world than ever before. They could do all sorts of unspeakable things and no one would be able to stop them. Isolated like this, it probably wouldn't even take long for the Court's rank and file to fall out of touch with what normal people consider to be right, wrong, and even normal. I kinda wonder whether that's part of the point, even the old Court showed signs of cult-like behavior.

    So who's taking charge of the old Court, and is that being handled officially or are the remainers being left to decide all that on their own?

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    ...this was not anywhere near my list of guesses for what the ocean was.

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    Who says that it is?

    Don't forget that Annie's father was deceived to the point he almost killed Annie, and one of the themes of the Wisps is that they deceive to feed.

    Who is to say the 'aliens' aren't just more spirits deceiving the Court?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WanderingMist View Post
    ...this was not anywhere near my list of guesses for what the ocean was.
    Not mine either. Or for where the new Court would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 137beth View Post
    Not mine either. Or for where the new Court would be.
    Well, it would make sense. Since the Earth is surrounded by Ether, and suffuses everything on Earth, then the only way they'd be sure that there would be no Ether in their equipment or lives would be to go somewhere where there is no Ether.

    Temptation would be still on Earth, too. Remember, Aata did his best to NOT use Ether abilities, but when push came to shove, he opted to save a life rather than adhere to the goal. And if he did it once, would he not be tempted to do it again?
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    Do we know what ether actually is though? Is it a thing that can be escaped? If it's the essence of life, or a fundamental force of the universe, then traveling to a different planet won't actually get rid of it, at best they might escape already established forces in the ether.

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    Do we know what ether actually is though?
    As far as I remember, it's never been specifically defined. We know that human souls go to the ether and that helps the Earth 'continue to spin'. We also know that human belief can manipulate the ether, which results in beings like Jones, Coyote, Ysengrim and Reynardine.

    We know that humans can manipulate it. Kat and her family, for example, tap into the Ether to do their tricks. And Eglamore and Parley are boosted by Etheric powers, which is then boosted even further by being bonded to a Rojak. And Andrew's fate manipulation is ether powered.
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    Things the mysterious being so far HASN'T said

    1) habitable Earth like planet
    2) WHY any sane person would go (although it will probably get to that)
    3) How they know this isn't a "The book, To Serve Man, it's... it's a COOKBOOK!!" scenario

    I see the Moon still has that mysterious fingerprint on it. I hope Annie is careful about letting anyone fingerprint her.

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    I see the Moon still has that mysterious fingerprint on it. I hope Annie is careful about letting anyone fingerprint her.
    Kat knows. And considering the Court? They know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sihnfahl View Post
    As far as I remember, it's never been specifically defined. We know that human souls go to the ether and that helps the Earth 'continue to spin'. We also know that human belief can manipulate the ether, which results in beings like Jones, Coyote, Ysengrim and Reynardine.
    Unless I'm missing something, Jones was around before actual life on the planet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manga Shoggoth View Post
    Unless I'm missing something, Jones was around before actual life on the planet.
    She was. However, the way I remember it is that she said, to Annie, that she thinks Coyote was right that the world is a function of human imagination, or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfeye View Post
    She was. However, the way I remember it is that she said, to Annie, that she thinks Coyote was right that the world is a function of human imagination, or something like that.
    The relevant page: Jones explains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sihnfahl View Post
    The relevant page: Jones explains.
    Thanks for finding that, all the pages around it are relevant too.
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    I miss seeing Jones in the comic.
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    Wow.

    "Walk into this water, that's not really water, so you can be lifted to another world, which means you can ASCEND!"

    That could also explain the Power Station and why the rain, per Zimmy, 'didn't work'.

    The power station might have been manipulating the ether and shoving it wherever the 'aliens' wanted.
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    Does ignoring aspects of the universe you don't like really count as "science"?

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    Does ignoring aspects of the universe you don't like really count as "science"?
    A certain type of science.

    I hope Kat isn't buying any of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaScribe View Post
    Does ignoring aspects of the universe you don't like really count as "science"?
    I think it's because they can't see the cause. They see the initiation and the result, but can't see WHY it happens.

    Annie thinks about fire. She gets fire. Real fire that burns and cuts. But they can't tell how the fire came to be in the first place, other than Annie thought 'Fire'. Nor how it keeps going just by Annie wanting fire.

    Compared to: here's a fuel source. Here's oxygen. Add heat to start combustion. Fire consumes fuel, utilizing oxygen, to sustain itself, until one or the other is totally consumed, or the fire is stopped in some fashion. X amount of fuel + Y amount of oxygen = predictable fire output. Intensity, duration. Repeatable, observable, quantifiable.
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