In page 724 Jones reveals that the court tracks students through their food.
In page 977 Jones reveals that if the court ever tracks down Shadow Annie might never see him again.
In page 978 she gives him sweets, conveniently from a plastic bag as you might buy at a store. I.e. something we can be sure the court has not messed with.
Quite considerate of her.
Incidentally, I only now realized that this is probably why Annie explicitly said that he needed food. If the food didn't make Shadow traceable she probably could've just smuggled some food from the cafeteria every day, or if not her, Shadow could just have sneaked into the school kitchen occasionally.
I will mention that Shadow had already learned that he liked sweets before that meeting, so it's not like Annie and Kat hadn't been giving him any food before then. But yeah, everything else you're saying is actually blowing my mind right now.
I-what-holy- I can't believe what I'm seeing here. *shakes head in bewilderment* I really can't. You people have just diminished my faith in the entire human race. I'm not sure I can come back to this forum anymore.
It's been SIXTEEN HOURS since this thread was started and NO ONE has made a SINGLE PUN about a fire elemental being "burned" by someone else for once. HOW DARE YOU, YOU HUMORLESS MONSTERS!!! I came to this thread expecting to see AT LEAST THREE separate puns about this, and what do I get!? A bunch of completely boring arguments about some totally irrelevant "ethical issue"!
Honestly people! Surely you can't tell me that such a simple, terrible, fire pun was... too hot to handle.*
Aside from the whole question of Annie being at fault for Red's trauma...
...Is anyone else here half hoping that Tom will suddenly reveal at some point that Red and Ayilu are actually sisters? Because that seems like exactly the sort of thing that neither of them would ever think was worth mentioning out loud to any of their increasingly confused friends.
This...WOULD be a pretty damn mind-blowing kind of reveal, but I can't quite see it happening. The way Red sees Ayilu on this page is too damn romantic for this to be sisterhood. In my opinion, anyway. I appreciate the wildspec though!
The Omega Device itself would have to be powered by both etheric and mechanical means, and likely the reason the Court allowed Tony to go on his mystical wilderness adventure. He now possesses firsthand experience in separating through the layers of reality to divide between the ether and the non-etheric world. This is also why they've brought him back, and why he is so deep into the inner circle of the court. The Court, also probably resentful of the fact that to truly and finally separate themselves from Gillitie Wood they must utilize etheric means, understands that there is no other way to achieve their end goal. The Court knows that if they remove enough ether from Zimmy's surroundings, she will be forced to generate an essentially endless amount of it, which could be used to power the device. Also I just think it's thematically likely that our friend Zeta and the Omega Device are connected just based on name alone.
It's implied in Chapters 52 and 53 that Donny is involved in the Omega Device research. If your theory is right, it would make perfect sense for the Court to employ him and Anja, since they're some of the Court's only engineers with experience combining mechanical and etheric science. I can't picture that either of them would willingly work on a device for severing people's connection to the ether, but the Court's level of bureaucracy could easily allow them to believe it has some other purpose - emergency defense against Coyote, for example.
It's like Annie didn't learn anything from their first trainwreck (over hair).
I should point out that was only a trainwreck from Annie and Kat's perspective. As far as Red and Blue were concerned, it was an amazing, awesome, miracle that ended well for everyone. That's also pretty much how Chapter 36 (Red Gets a Name) went, and yeah I'll bet this chapter'll be the same. *sigh* Annie will never understand fairies, will she...
I was thinking exactly of the shadows. The first chapter makes a point to show the lights on the bridge are there to specifically stop them. And shadow folks are pretty hateful of humans and can control robot actuators.
Now they have an easy passage...
I wasn't thinking about Ysengrim, but from what I got from that storyline you linked, I dont think that was all his army or that all of it scorn him.
Posted by zbeeblebrox yesterday at 1:00am There's one hole in your wildest, craziest theory mturtle: Annie is still the Forest Medium. That may not mean much for the immediate circumstances and I'm fairly confident things will return to normal more-or-less, but sooner or later she's going to be talking to Coyote again. And there's no telling whether or not she'll be able to keep her trap shut about Jeanne's passing. Will Coyote like that news? Be horrified over it? Not care? I don't know, but I suspect this future turn of events will inevitably yield consequences of great import down the line.
Oh, alright, alright, I admit defeat. Both of your points make a lot of sense, and actually sound like they would lead to some pretty cool developments in the story. It's just that I've seen a lot of people declaring that, without a doubt, that this chapter will be followed by some sort of all-out war between the Court and Forest, so I thought it would be fun trying to counter that.
So. Jeanne out of the picture is a major change in the status quo. Has anyone already "wildspecced" about what will come of it?
Now the shadow men and other beings can cross the Annan at will against Court Wishes, and vice versa.
Wonder if the new book will be called Gunnerkrigg Court: Black Ops
As a matter of fact, I DO have a theory for this, and it's the wildest, craziest one you can imagine.
I hereby theorize that there shall be absolutely NO SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES that will result from Jeanne's demise. For Annie and the main cast, there are obviously consequences going on due to the fight, but in terms of Court-Forest relations...NONE WHATSOEVER.
Because we as readers have known about Jeanne for years and years, I think we tend to forget that other than Annie & co., NOBODY is aware of Jeanne's existence. All that anyone in the Court or Forest or indeed anywhere else knows is that you can't cross the Annan Waters. No way, no how, and why is irrelevant. Noone's crazy enough to even try, and it's been that way for ages. The only ones who knew the nature of this sentinel were the ones who created her, and not only are they dead, but they totally wiped out all records of her. Well, okay, Coyote might or might not know, but he swore that he would leave the Court alone, so it's not like he can do anything about it if he did. Conclusion: if a ghost dies in a ravine, and noone knows about it, it doesn't have any effect on any political or military plans.
Even if people did know that the Annan Waters were now cross-able, I don't think it would change much. The only Forest denizens who might want to invade the Court are Ysengrin and his army, as well as the Shadow people. The Shadow people have already gotten into the Court, and Ysengrin and his army aren't exactly working together anymore. So that's out. And the Court honestly couldn't care less about those brainless animals in the Forest, and long as they keep their plants and magic stuff away. If anything, thanks to Annie and Andrew, relations between the Court and Forest are downright friendly!
Most of the larger action from here on is actually going to be with the psychopomps and the inner working of the Court, with the occasional break to deal with problems in the Forest and/or Coyote's schemes. Relations between the Court and Forest might not be ideal, but Jeanne's death certainly won't change anything.
Well,there's no way I can match that epiphany (or that degree of madness), but I can certainly try.
You see, there is one other character (or rather, set of them) who seemed to be incredibly important way back in the past, and yet their actual significance to the narrative was left unexplained. Figures of a long-standing mystery, who desperately require a comeback. Who have actually saved a man character from certain death in the Annan Waters ONCE BEFORE.
AND, WHATSMORE, they have demonstrated EXTRAORDINARY powers of growth and regeneration BEFORE. Mechanical growth, similar to the work of Katerina Donlan, who happens to have plenty of tools to work with RIGHT HERE.
*sanity slowly fading*
It's the PERFECT callback. Possibly even outdoing the hairclip a few pages ago. And it WILL HAPPEN, do you hear me! THE TIC-TOCS WILL SAVE HIM.
This is a tough one. On one hand, I'm seeing a lot of good points about the potentially comic-breaking consequences of a death like this. On the other hand, everything we've seen so far has been perfectly set up for Smitty to die, especially since he's clearly dying as a noble sacrifice to save his girlfriend. And well, I'm just going to have to grow a third hand now, since I actually really love Smitty as a character and I can't really imagine him dying permanently. That's two hands against one, so I clicked the "No" button.
Wildspec about the events from here on out: Smitty dies but is taken into the RotD. Since he is allowed to take whatever form he wants as a ghost, he chooses to look the same. He goes back to the Court, acts like nothing happened, and continues serving as their medium. Nobody at the Court notices the difference. Coyote notices right away, but he thinks it's hilarious so he decides not to say anything about it.
(This won't happen, but it would be pretty funny. As funny as Smitty dying can be, of course.)
Granted, he'd still be required to scare people, which seems a LITTLE conflicting with his duties as a medium. But hey, with the illusionary powers of a ghost, combined with the powers he already had in life, he could probably pull it off.
Not sure about how the meeting itself goes, but I figure it's in a huge room, with massive columns supporting a high, domed ceiling, but with most of the space unused. Just a table in the middle.
The Court has SO MANY buildings that are like that. In fact, they deliberately change which huge, empty, room they meet in, every month, just so they can pretend that all of those rooms have a purpose.
Nice catch! Now we'll just have to start wondering what THAT means!
I feel like the Anja/Surma/Annie hair clip is larger than Jones', and a lighter color. I might be wrong! But it is also the case that Anja/Surma/Annie all wore it in the same spot, and Jones has it over her forehead. It's just like Tom to be a troll; but Jones has worn so many different hair implements I'm not sold on this being the same one.
Honestly, I don't care whether or not it was intentional, or even logical. At the very least, it's a pretty amazing headcanon, so I declare it to be true. With a few minor improvements, that is. Just a few.
The Ongoing Saga of the Blue Hair Clip The Blue Hair Clip was originally made by Edward Jones out a nigh-indestructible plastic he invented, for Jones. Jones being Jones, that hair clip had to endure some pretty rough situation, and was lost twice. Both times, though, it miraculously returned to her after only a couple of years. Later, Jones gave it to Anja as a graduation gift, although she did not explain it's incredible significance. Soon afterwards, during the big fight with Reynardine, it fell into a sewer grate, but it was later picked up by a group of sentient sewer rats which later, by sheer coincidence, became involved in another of Anja and Surma's adventures, so Anja got it back after all. Later, Anja decided to give it to Surma as a farewell present (as fish already speculated). It's next 12 years or so were relatively uneventful, except for that one time a passing psychopomp accidentally took it with her into her realm, but she realized her mistake and gave it back to Surma pretty quickly. Surma gave it to her daughter as a birthday present, and I think we all know more or less what happened to it. Annie falls into the river, hair clip falls off but miraculously sinks directly onto Diego's Arrow and the elf's body, and stays there for a few years until the current chapter.
If only Annie knew that hair clip's full history...
I'm unsurprised at the popular theory that Jeanne can only do "etheric" damage to Smitty, but I'm rather amazed nobody has used this page yet to try and disprove it. I mean, call me a skeptic, but I'm not really going to buy any claims that Robot was only SPIRITUALLY ripped into several pieces.
And no, I'm not buying the hope that disabling the arrow also made Jeanne slowly become non-corpooreal. Her sword made a quite resounding "Clang!" just a few seconds ago.
The only straw I can see to grasp at right now is the hope that they'll suddenly have a way to heal Smitty, very soon. Well, that and the fact that there's no blood. But damnit, I just shot down the only two explanations for that.
You'd think, with all these crazy climatic events happening, with countless unforeseeable consequences, that my first post on the forum would be about Jeanne. Or at least, about something to do with the past two chapters. Haha, nope. It's about the Shadow men, who haven't appeared for ages. Actually, the lack of Shadow 2 recently is what inspired me to post.
Y'see, the Shadow people have always puzzled me, even more than the robots. Okay, so we know they were originally created by Coyote, that they hate humans, and that they became shadows after living "in the shadows" for so long (backstory here). And we sort of have an idea where Shadow 2 came from by now: he's one of the children (grandchildren?) of these guys that somehow got into the Court on bound dogs (I'm too lazy to find all the links for the discussion around that, but I think it's supported by Tom). But if that's true, then where the are Shadow's family, the ones that came on the Bound dogs? What have they been doing all this time, and why isn't Shadow 2 with them anymore? This page revealed something interesting to me: the Court, with all it's vaunted tracking and surveillance abilities, have never noticed them; Juliet acts like a Shadow Man in the Court is unheard-of. Then this page happened and suddenly all became clear.
The Shadow Men CONTROL GUNNERKRIGG COURT. That insanely compartmentalized mega-bureaucracy was incredibly easy to infiltrate, as they possessed more and more people (like they did Robot), higher and higher up the ladder, until they controlled all the departments, and NO ONE knows it. Most Court employees probably haven't even seen the leaders they possessed, much less the Shadows themselves.
That perfectly explains why we've never seen these Shadow Men living in the Court. It's also why the Court seems to dislike Annie so much. That's why they've been subtly trying to take Renard (through Tony and the Headmaster): they already tried to steal him once, remember? Coyote doesn't know about this, of course; they harbor no love for the creator that scorned them. The epic confrontation with them is coming soon, now that they've been alerted to Shadow 2's status.
Okay, okay, I know, this theory has TONS of holes in it. You can point them out if you really want to. But wouldn't it be more fun to, say, figure out what the Omega Device is, given that this is all true? My new WildSpec abilities are too exhausted to harvest that goldmine, I'm afraid...