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    Quote Originally Posted by geoduck View Post
    My prediction: that's also one of Crother's friends, and not one Monahan's minions.
    I've been wondering about that, too.
    I can't really immagine the group fighting (and killing) the Rats. Unlikely, i think
    The "STOP! I am not your master" - line is already burnt. not gonna happen.
    Krosp commanding them would be a mayor anticlimax.
    Maybe this guy is some kind of deus-ex? Befriended the rats?

    On the other hand, his makeup looks more like he has been ... adapting. Maybe accepted in the rats society?
    Or maybe more like a Sheep in a wolf's clothing, so to speak :-D

    really hyped to see how this works out!

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    Not so friendly giant rats.

    Fight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by f00bar View Post
    Krosp commanding them would be a mayor anticlimax.
    Commanding would be. On the other hand, scaring giant rats with giant cats (they do have two now) seems more plausible, whether using some sort of actual growth serum or some kind of optical illusion or perhaps a scent multiplier or some other trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mechalich View Post
    Commanding would be. On the other hand, scaring giant rats with giant cats (they do have two now) seems more plausible, whether using some sort of actual growth serum or some kind of optical illusion or perhaps a scent multiplier or some other trick.
    Optical illusion after rubbing Krosp on everyone's clothes is a good one. Probably that.
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    The question now is, how to get tid of those without alerting Madwa?
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    They fight and kill the rats, but leave torn and bloody clothes so team evil thinks they were survivors that were eaten.

    Give the villains what they want to see, since that's what the rats are supposed to do.

    And we get a few episodes with the cast scantily clad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Knight View Post
    And we get a few episodes with the cast scantily clad.
    I fully expect Rakethorn to lose his shirt Kirk-style.
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    For a smart Spark Agatha is pretty dumb sometimes. "How did you tame them?". Do they look tame to you, m'lady?
    Fortunately the answer to Gunner Crother's question is "Yes, they can fight". At levels ranging from "dangerous even without Sparky stuff" (Agatha) to "one man army" (Higgs).

    Now, will Madwa show up? This is going to make some noise - in fact, the battle cry of a few dozen giant rats has already made some noise. And just how good is Prende's lantern at stopping time for a group of Sparks that know you have it?

    It would NOT be Deux ex Machina for one or more of the Sparks to have a "Can't time-stop me!" gadget ready. In fact, if it's possible, this crew has already done it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Knight View Post
    They fight and kill the rats, but leave torn and bloody clothes so team evil thinks they were survivors that were eaten.

    Give the villains what they want to see, since that's what the rats are supposed to do.

    And we get a few episodes with the cast scantily clad.
    I dunno, Madwa has been shown to be pretty canny. An airship blast way off, she still believed there would be survivors - she was only reassured because she was prepared. Torn and bloody clothes examined first-hand? No chance.
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    OK. That's put the rat amongst the pigeons...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mechalich View Post
    Commanding would be. On the other hand, scaring giant rats with giant cats (they do have two now) seems more plausible, whether using some sort of actual growth serum or some kind of optical illusion or perhaps a scent multiplier or some other trick.
    They have Krosp. Where's the other one? If you are thinking of The Empress, she's with Tweedle on the way to Paris.

    And I suspect that Krosp is a little small for intimidation purposes...
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    Just some ROUS? I am slightly disappointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PraetorDragoon View Post
    Just some ROUS? I am slightly disappointed.
    You never use your best units in the first wave.
    Not before you know what the other guys can do to them or whether you need them.
    Why risk your top creation if the baseline models will do, or at least tell you more about your opponents capabilities?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kantaki View Post
    You never use your best units in the first wave.
    Not before you know what the other guys can do to them or whether you need them.
    Why risk your top creation if the baseline models will do, or at least tell you more about your opponents capabilities?
    I wonder if what they're about to learn is "Violetta is seriously scary when she decides to kill as fast as possible".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kantaki View Post
    You never use your best units in the first wave.
    Not before you know what the other guys can do to them or whether you need them.
    Why risk your top creation if the baseline models will do, or at least tell you more about your opponents capabilities?
    That Crothers flashback at least hints there are indeed worse and bigger rats ahead.

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    Yeah, I'd bet on several people in this group being able to take out the rats single-handed (Higgs and Zeetha definitely, with track records to prove it. The others pretty likely). All together? This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it-fight.

    Which probably means I'm missing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    Yeah, I'd bet on several people in this group being able to take out the rats single-handed (Higgs and Zeetha definitely, with track records to prove it. The others pretty likely). All together? This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it-fight.

    Which probably means I'm missing something.
    What happens when this group doesn't show up for a regularish check in with Monahan?
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    Where is Krosp?

    also: splash page = middle of the book?
    or is this just a single sided page?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Agi Hammerthief View Post
    here is Krosp?

    also: splash page = middle of the book?
    or is this just a single sided page?
    Precisely in front of the bears, clearly.

    Also I hope so, we've been in England long enough as is. Hopefully it's going to be "rat encounter->meet Monahan->fight with Monahan, Lantern stuff, and wrap things up"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squire Doodad View Post
    Precisely in front of the bears, clearly.
    No, that’s all Leopard Rat-Skin Trousers.
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    Crazy thought re: Krosp. He was created to lead/control Zapnoople's bears, it's essentially been stated that Monahan was Zapnoople's apprentice for a time, so... she learned her techniques from him, and it turns out that Krosp can also control the rats.

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    she's probably right, but somehow i do not think it will come down to a fight. but we will see on monday, hopefully...
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    Funny thing the first thing I thought about after seeing today's page was a certain song or at least its beginning.
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    So Agatha learned understatement while in England? Good show.
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    You know, I think even feral bred-to-kill Sparky R.O.U.S. would take a look at Zeetha and think "Maybe ... I hear the lunch bell? Yeah. I think there's someplace else I need to be." Zeetha is not the most dangerous person there - Higgs, and then maybe the bears, and Foglios only know what the upper limits on a Smoke Knight are because they are capable of doing whatever the plot, or the joke, requires - but Zeetha's expression ought to give any semi-sentient creature pause. Not to mention paws. The paws, pause?

    Krosp is probably behind someone, but where is Agatha's Crother-spotting clank?
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    Those poor ROUS. What did they do to deserve this?
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    welp, Violettas effectiveness just dropped off a cliff
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    Im not surprised, her entire thing as a smoke knight is poison and sneak attacks, not open warfare in a general melee. I mean, i suppose they could show a number of rats keeling over with no sign of what happened, but this makes more sense. Poison takes time to take effect and they have to clear a small army right now in mid attack so cant wait on poison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traab View Post
    Im not surprised, her entire thing as a smoke knight is poison and sneak attacks, not open warfare in a general melee. I mean, i suppose they could show a number of rats keeling over with no sign of what happened, but this makes more sense. Poison takes time to take effect and they have to clear a small army right now in mid attack so cant wait on poison.
    Also, even regular rats are pretty resistant to poisons, which creates significant problems. There was a study a few years ago in UK, where it turned out that around 75% or rats are immune to regularly used rat poisons.
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    Pretty sure Violetta can still stab rats in the face. Also, she's only tried one poison. What Smoke Knight worthy of the name doesn't have 10 or 20 on hand?

    Waiting to see what Higgs is going to do. My guess is wield a rat as a throwing weapon against other rats. Grab, hurl, repeat. Possibly use it as a flail first, clear out the nearby rats.

    But since it's Agatha's story, she's probably going to get rid of the rats via Spark ex machina. Death ray? Rat repellent? Rat killing clank? Come to think of it, have we seen mini-Kastle and mini-Train recently?

    EDIT:

    Also - Violetta's speech bubble looks like she's in the madness place. Is Violetta breaking through? That would be unexpected, and add a lot of interest. Maybe *she* becomes Storm Queen. And marries Agatha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radar View Post
    Also, even regular rats are pretty resistant to poisons, which creates significant problems. There was a study a few years ago in UK, where it turned out that around 75% or rats are immune to regularly used rat poisons.
    To phrase it another way: around 75% of rats in the UK are descended from rats that resist regularly used rat poisons.

    Classic case of resistance build-up. This is especially a problem when you're not talking about rat poison, but antibiotics. That's why you gotta mix several different active ingredients (at least three, preferably four or even more) that work in different ways, to make the likelihood of a mutation providing resistance to all active ingredients at once exceedingly unlikely.
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