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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    "I'm a castle! My travels are usually accomplished by the rotation of the earth!"

    Will the robotic scouts encounter Lucrezia? Or has Lucrezia already moved on past the source of the flow into Monahan's lab, and the path is clear?
    I think they're already past Lucrezia and closer to the source of the flow. Monahan explicitly hadn't found the source yet, it was behind the wall Lu wanted to blow up. I think the bots are past that wall and going deeper in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Glyphstone View Post
    I can't remember which of the characters said it, but where does the Castle end and Mechanicsburg begin? The Castle manipulating structures and buildings in the city are like a person moving their fingers and toes, compounded by the physics-warping properties of Spark-designed engineering. I'd say the Castle itself is not a Queen-equivalent strictly because it is not a Spark-equivalent in its own right. Its mind is copied from a Spark, but we've seen with Lucrezia that there is an essential biological element to Sparkiness and Queenhood (the exception being Agatha's dingbots, who are entirely unique so far).
    Quoting myself, which is sort-of in poor taste:
    Again I raise the question - is the Castle a Queen of sorts?
    So it's not really a Queen, I agree, but it has some Queen-like characteristics.

    In Mechanicsburg, the Red Cathedral is outside the Castle's control (and view). Not all of Mechanicsburg is "part of the Castle", and on the other hand, being near Mechanicsburg when the Castle is on the warpath is also unsafe - there was some discussion among the Wulfenbach forces about how far away you needed to be for safety, and I think the legend was "3 leagues".

    It's not a Queen, but it has vast power, ancient memory, and a domineering personality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Glyphstone View Post
    I can't remember which of the characters said it, but where does the Castle end and Mechanicsburg begin?
    Van, for reference.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    Not all of Mechanicsburg is "part of the Castle", and on the other hand, being near Mechanicsburg when the Castle is on the warpath is also unsafe - there was some discussion among the Wulfenbach forces about how far away you needed to be for safety, and I think the legend was "3 leagues".
    2 Leagues, depending on which definition of a league you choose. Or if you want the more reliable, older measures, "We just stayed away from the place!"

    I loved that sequence...

    (Totally off the subject, but the novel notes that Strienbeck's abrupt departure from the airship just after the end of the page is eventually logged as "lost due to his own stupidity" - and his family doesn't even question it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manga Shoggoth View Post
    (Totally off the subject, but the novel notes that Strienbeck's abrupt departure from the airship just after the end of the page is eventually logged as "lost due to his own stupidity" - and his family doesn't even question it)
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    Mechanicsburg and der kestle is closer to the master and paris. Its not a sign of queenhood, its a mechanical connection to the city with the ability to sense everything going on in it. In fact, I wouldnt be surprised if the castle is better at it than the master was because it was literally built to do that rather than crafting the spark tech to link himself into the city like the master did. Or maybe better isnt the right term, the master can do more with paris than the castle could with his town, but thats because the master explicitly went around designing these abilities into the whole place. While the castle just exerts itself like its controlling its own body and thus is slightly more limited in what it can do, probably because even the heterodynes werent crazy enough to make the castle ALL powerful outside of its own walls. Just strong enough to help with the defenses at need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    So what we're looking at is that Monahan has done for rats something akin to what the Jagerdraught does for humans. Wonderful.
    Seems like it. Obviously the Heterodynes Jagerdraught is special, the Jager's in general seem to be considered one of the most impressive types of monster in the world, but Monahan's rats seem to be a good match for them, similar to Vapnoople's bears.



    As for the Castle, it's powers are largely speaking mundane in nature. Or as mundane as anything is in Girl Genius. The entire town barring the Red Cathedral, including an indeterminate part of the surrounding valley, is connected to the castle by various mechanisms. Remember all the clocks stopped when it was temporarily killed, the fountains stopped working and so on. Things like making the Monsters Guild sink underground and then rise again is not much different from the pistons and cogwheels that allow it to move the streets, slam buildings together and so forth.

    It does have some unexplained powers, like the tower that contained more monsters than could have fit in it even while broken, the levitating stones and buildings, the resistance to time stops, the thorns that likewise resist time stops, but I suspect these are meant to simply be exemplary examples of what the old Heterodynes could do with a base as powerful as the Castle to improve upon.
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    If I recall correctly, Andronicus told Voltaire that Voltaire had clearly learned much from the Heterodynes, and I assume that he referred to how Paris could move, and drawing a Comparison to the castle.
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    I daresay that "Let's Read Girl Genius" will have significant difficulty transcribing "Eyarrrglxz"
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    New comic.

    We're jumping around a lot here. My guess is that the Foglios are putting pieces into place that require precise co-inciding events.

    Which reminds me, I haven't checked Othar's Twitter in a while...
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    Diplomacy a la Bangladesh Dupree is a little different.

    Interesting that the former minions are so much larger. Did they get a larger dose of power water and the associated corruption?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    Interesting that the former minions are so much larger. Did they get a larger dose of power water and the associated corruption?
    Perhaps it has to do with how big they were before being corrupted. Most fish are much smaller than a human.
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    Perhaps it has to do with how big they were before being corrupted. Most fish are much smaller than a human.
    Makes sense, so the icky aquatic creatures are corrupted fishies, and corrupted whales, with nothing in between. Where are the corrupted sharks, tuna, dolphins, groupers, et cetera?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    Makes sense, so the icky aquatic creatures are corrupted fishies, and corrupted whales, with nothing in between. Where are the corrupted sharks, tuna, dolphins, groupers, et cetera?
    Little fishies, big fishies...

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