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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    "There's a nice prize for the group that catches you". Happens at least some of the time.
    Er, no, it's just implied that it's possible for it to happen. The existence of a prize does not mean anyone has ever won it, or ever will win it.

    And der Kestle is, as always, on the side of its own amusement (just about typoed that as 'abusement', which is oddly apropos).

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    And ... we just learned that this year is non-standard. Plumm is not following the usual rules.
    And the Castle is listening. That bit with the gargoyle was creepy.

    EDIT:

    I very much doubt the people of Mechanicsburg would be showing this much enthusiasm for winning a prize that has never been won ... in centuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    And ... we just learned that this year is non-standard. Plumm is not following the usual rules.
    And the Castle is listening. That bit with the gargoyle was creepy.

    EDIT:

    I very much doubt the people of Mechanicsburg would be showing this much enthusiasm for winning a prize that has never been won ... in centuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    I very much doubt the people of Mechanicsburg would be showing this much enthusiasm for winning a prize that has never been won ... in centuries.
    Depends. Assuming it's a monetary (or equivalent) reward and that it stays in the pot if no one wins it that might people more enthusiastic as the prize grows over the years.

    Edit:
    Also, it's been how long since they did this?

    Also also, Mechanicsburg.
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    The people of Mechanicsburg may like their Heterodynes, and be a little off in a variety of ways, but I still don't think someone would build a giant mechanical spider and assemble a rampaging mob of minions for a prize which is never won. And I think the clear implication of what the Castle said is that the prize has been awarded, although you are free to be wrong disagree.

    Setting aside the issue of the prize, the big takeaway from today's strip is that Plumm is up to something. I wonder what it might be? Maybe the fact that the Castle responded to the Professora set a scheme in motion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    The people of Mechanicsburg may like their Heterodynes, and be a little off in a variety of ways, but I still don't think someone would build a giant mechanical spider and assemble a rampaging mob of minions for a prize which is never won. And I think the clear implication of what the Castle said is that the prize has been awarded, although you are free to be wrong disagree.

    Setting aside the issue of the prize, the big takeaway from today's strip is that Plumm is up to something. I wonder what it might be? Maybe the fact that the Castle responded to the Professora set a scheme in motion.
    I'm on the side of "the prize has been won before", it doesn't mean that it's the end of the celebration maybe the Heterodyne has to face some more challenges afterwards.

    I see no reason to assume the giant mechanical spider was built specifically for the solstice. Germacher is ill so that may just be the Mechanigsburg version of a wheelchair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    I'm on the side of "the prize has been won before", it doesn't mean that it's the end of the celebration maybe the Heterodyne has to face some more challenges afterwards.

    I see no reason to assume the giant mechanical spider was built specifically for the solstice. Germacher is ill so that may just be the Mechanigsburg version of a wheelchair.
    I have to agree that a Sparky Mechanicsburgian would definitely not use a standard wheelchair. It would be beneath their dignity. This one does seem to have adaptations (giant pincers) for Heterodyne-catching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    I have to agree that a Sparky Mechanicsburgian would definitely not use a standard wheelchair. It would be beneath their dignity. This one does seem to have adaptations (giant pincers) for Heterodyne-catching.
    Nonsense! Those pincers simply are for serving tea...large quantities of tea.
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    I would be more concerned when Mechanicsburg wheelchairs don't include giant pincers.
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    Although I feel a wheelchair should have proper wheels. With blades. (A la Mad Hamish from Interesting Times)

    Now, entertainments and "keep left"... where have I heard that before... Although the "keep left" could just be a general safety precaution in Mechanicsberg. Unless one of the Heterodynes had a "right" period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    And ... we just learned that this year is non-standard. Plumm is not following the usual rules.
    And the Castle is listening. That bit with the gargoyle was creepy.

    EDIT:

    I very much doubt the people of Mechanicsburg would be showing this much enthusiasm for winning a prize that has never been won ... in centuries.
    I honestly missed the bit with the gargoyle until you mentioned it. Plumm is up to something for sure. BUT Der Kastel is Up. To. Something. more than just having fun. It is clearly trying to help the Professora and keep it's involvement quiet. That means she's important in some way.
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    Error! Assumption that Der Kessel has motivation beyond "Dance Minions Dance!" levels of entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Error! Assumption that Der Kessel has motivation beyond "Dance Minions Dance!" levels of entertainment.
    I suspect the Castle, being ancient and bored, is definitely in the DMD mood. But it's also a colossal intellect that has had a decade, minimum, to plan what it would do with the opportunity. There will likely be complexities beyond "Aren't they cute when they run into each other?"

    And Plumm is up to something, and the Castle knows, and isn't putting a stop to it - yet. Is that because the Castle approves, or disapproves but thinks giving him time to really hang himself is more amusing, or just finds the plotting of ephemeral carbon based lifeforms who aren't Heterodynes to be of no great consequence?

    Further, Plumm knows the Castle was awake and talking. But evidently he doesn't know it's still awake. I wonder what his reaction would be if he realized he's being watched? Probably sheer terror and futile attempts to flee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    I suspect the Castle, being ancient and bored, is definitely in the DMD mood. But it's also a colossal intellect that has had a decade, minimum, to plan what it would do with the opportunity. There will likely be complexities beyond "Aren't they cute when they run into each other?"

    And Plumm is up to something, and the Castle knows, and isn't putting a stop to it - yet. Is that because the Castle approves, or disapproves but thinks giving him time to really hang himself is more amusing, or just finds the plotting of ephemeral carbon based lifeforms who aren't Heterodynes to be of no great consequence?

    Further, Plumm knows the Castle was awake and talking. But evidently he doesn't know it's still awake. I wonder what his reaction would be if he realized he's being watched? Probably sheer terror and futile attempts to flee.
    We've got chicanery afoot, and a Greenclaw involved. Is it possible the plot to kill Agatha that Ivo stumbled onto is still ongoing? If they think der Kestle is shut down, this might be the only time the plotters believe they can move without dying immediately. Of course Agatha's not there, but if their plan is based on activating one of those arcane, obscure, but incredibly powerful sub-routines which Mechanicsburg seems full of, a substitute might do...

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    Nope, the plot that Hadrian Greenclaw stumbled onto (and that Ivo Sharktooth heard about secondhand) got shut down with extreme prejudice, mostly via everyone involved dying and their organizations being taken over by one who was loyal to The Lady. While it's remotely possible that some were missed in the housecleaning, Hadrian struck me as the thorough type.

    ... although I suppose it's possible that this happened earlier, chronologically speaking, than Ivo's story, since it's specified that this is the Lady's first Solstice back in Mechanicsburg.

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    I don't know where this tale is relative to Ivo's chronologically, but given the lifespan of Jagers, he's likely in Mechanicsburg either way. As a Jager, he's probably getting very drunk right now. But as a Jager, that doesn't stop him from functioning if need arises. We may see a crossover guest-star appearance! Ivo will appear and save the Professora from Plumm's evil machinations.

    Assuming Plumm's machinations are evil and not merely mischievous or eccentric. Mechanicsburg does have a very large eccentricity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    Assuming Plumm's machinations are evil and not merely mischievous or eccentric. Mechanicsburg does have a very large eccentricity.
    I'm leaning towards the second (if even that). I'm prepared to be proved wrong, but I truly believe his only machinations here is to throw the best Solstice party here can.

    When we first meet him here, he seems legitimately upset that the celebrations will need to be changed due to the Heterodyne not being present, and if his plan was to perpetuate some evil on Agatha then there is no benefit to letting the Professora stand in as his plot will go off on her and thus his malice will be fully available when Agatha gets back from monster hunting. And he seems quite willing to help the Professora (assuming his "escape tunnel" is not some horrible doom trap).

    Der Kestle not wanting Plumm to know it is awake is perfectly understandable, since it is supposed to be asleep and it wouldn't do for the minions to know they are being messed with here.

    As for the imminent conversation with Herr Gearmarcher here, I think that's just a case of Gearmarcher being smart enough to realize that this is not the real Heterodyne and/or not a usual chase and wanting to know what is up.
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    Doyleistically, we're about due for an info drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    I don't know where this tale is relative to Ivo's chronologically, but given the lifespan of Jagers, he's likely in Mechanicsburg either way. As a Jager, he's probably getting very drunk right now. But as a Jager, that doesn't stop him from functioning if need arises. We may see a crossover guest-star appearance! Ivo will appear and save the Professora from Plumm's evil machinations.

    Assuming Plumm's machinations are evil and not merely mischievous or eccentric. Mechanicsburg does have a very large eccentricity.
    He's already appeared in the story. He can be glimpsed watching the parade rather than participating in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    And I think the clear implication of what the Castle said is that the prize has been awarded, although you are free to be wrong disagree.
    Hang on, the Castle was the one that told her about the prize? Wasn't this its first solstice? I thought it normally doesn't even get to watch?
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    Doesn't say it can't listen in on everybody talking about it the other 364 days of the year. Like Johnny Carson back when we were kids.

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    You underestimate Agatha like that?

    Also, I wonder how many other groups are „cheating“.
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    In Mechanicsburg? Everybody. Including the stray dogs and alley cats.

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    In Mechanicsburg? Everybody. Including the stray dogs and alley cats.
    Including even the alleys.
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    Including even the alleys.
    The alleys are part of The Castle, so this one should be the most obvious.
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    Ah, I am glad to see I was wrong. Hopefully.

    With der Kestle hearing this, I fear Plumm may not be long for his position. Or the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eee View Post
    Ah, I am glad to see I was wrong. Hopefully.

    With der Kestle hearing this, I fear Plumm may not be long for his position. Or the world.
    Well it still depends on what the end goal is of catching the heterodyne. It could be as simple as trying to catch a greased pig. The goal is catching it, not doing anything with it afterwards. There might be some bumps and bruises when all is said and done but nobody honestly is trying to hurt each other. Obviously a heterodyne needs a bit more effort than running after her with arms outstretched hence we got wheelchair clanks and such.
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    So ... the population thinks the Professora is Agatha. And Plumm planted a tracking device, and was going to do so to Agatha if she'd made it.
    There's no way Plumm plants a tracking device on a real Heterodyne if being caught is not part of the "fun". It's the difference between cheating at cards and assassination of a queen. Being caught doing the former may ruin your reputation, but being caught doing the latter results in the Castle going all Castle-y on you.
    Agoston also seems to think that catching the Heterodyne results in a prize, not in bloody murder.

    I think we can take the straightforward reading of the Solstice as settled; the Heterodyne runs, the townfolk chase, eventually the Heterodyne is caught, a prize is awarded, and some sort of ceremony ensues. This year Plumm tried to cheat because he was bribed to do so by Grandmamma. And the Castle is also cheating, but no one knows it, and no one is likely to find out.

    And yes, it's Mechanicsburg. The question is not if people cheat, it's how clever they are at doing so.

    EDIT:

    What will Grandmamma / the townfolk do when they discover La Professora is not Agatha?
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    Hopefully they'll have had enough fun they won't care. Beyond inviting her back for next year.

    If they something stupid, well, she is married to Jaeger-kin. I doubt the Jaegers will be happy about that. Der Kessel will, as it's basically a stone Xykon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    What will Grandmamma / the townfolk do when they discover La Professora is not Agatha?
    La Professora had a good rant and is a good runner. The townsfolk will be a bit dissapointed she isn't the actual Heterodyne, but I doubt they'll let that ruin a good proper solstice!
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