Except for flashbacks, is this the first time we have seen a location outside of the Court, on the Court's side?
From what I remember all other fields or hills on the Court's side were more like parks, surrounded by the Court itself. Or is that the case here too, and due to perspective we just can't see it?
Well, the Star Ocean itself should count.
Signatures Against Common Misconceptions (SACM):
- Kat is neither blind for Etheric beings/phenomenons, nor does she see all of them in boring simplified versions. All she does is see through Etheric "smoke and mirrors". - If(!) Coyote's Great Secret is true, then you can't change anything the moment you make some people believe in it. Humans have to die for their stories and beliefs to influence the Ether.
So like, if Jenny casts a spell and it precisely locates Zimmy, and Zimmy knows about it, won't Zimmy just move away from that location? Or are they counting on her being so enraged that she'll come and punish them? Not sure if this plan is ill-considered or if I'm missing something.
Also, they seem to be fairly close to the Star Ocean. So if what they are doing DOES get Zimmy to appear, it seems like that could work at cross-purposes to their desire to warn her to stay away from the Star Ocean.
Due to the holidays I'm a few pages behind, but oh well. My commentary on stuff that happened since my last commentary on stuff that happened:
Jack tells Annie that although she's the one dealing with Coyote/Loup/etc., "the rest of us" have been busy too. The Court's new world and the star ocean aren't a secret anymore.
Some of Jack's friends are going to the new world, and Jack might have, if things had been different (I imagine this means if he'd never encountered Zimmy). I'm not sure whether he's correct about that.
Jack is still hanging out with Jenny, who isn't doing the goth thing anymore. Jenny is one of "the rest of us," it would seem, although there are apparently some others, possibly characters we've never seen. Or maybe they're the Adventures of Becky Ground and her unnamed brown-haired friend. Anyway, Jack, Jenny, and the rest have been keeping an eye on Zimmy, because they also fear the Court may have some sort of unpleasantness planned for her, but they're keeping it low key, because they don't want to upset Zimmy.
It would seem that Jenny isn't an apprentice witch anymore. She casts an impromptu spell that reveals only that Loup is hiding more than his location (this probably refers to the fact that he's hiding his identity as well). Apparently Jenny has a spell that can locate Zimmy exactly, but she and the "rest" never finish it, because it bothers Zimmy – she can detect when it's being cast, and the closer they get to finding out exactly where she is, the more she notices it. I'm guessing that unfinished, the spell still gives them some information, like Zimmy's general area or general state of well-being.
But they all agree that Zimmy could be in danger, so they need to find her to warn her. Oddly, nobody is thinking that Zimmy would know if the Court was coming for her just as she knows when they're trying to find her. So they go to a windy hilltop, and Jenny starts casting her spell. She's required symbols drawn on the floor to cast spells in the past, and this time is no exception, though she's making the symbols out of sticks and perhaps rocks.
Oddly, another thing nobody is considering is that the Court is waiting for someone to find Zimmy for them. And another thing nobody's considering is that the Court may not be looking for Zimmy at all. There are other candidates they could be going after:
Gamma. What if the Court could use her unique telepathic ability to draw Ether from all sources she can mentally contact?
Renard. We now know that the star ocean didn't affect him when he was close to it because it was keyed to Coyote/Loup's power.
Annie. I'm not buying arguments of the "Annie isn't that powerful" nature. Just because she doesn't know how to use very much of her power doesn't mean she doesn't have it. Whose fingerprint is on the Moon? Yes, Coyote made it possible, but Annie is the one who did that. I still think Coyote set that up as a test to see how powerful Annie was, and it turns out she can sculpt celestial spheres, which pleased Coyote to no end, as did not telling her about it. Annie's fire elemental soul may be a very powerful being that has never been fully unleashed.