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    Default Re: Girl Genius XXVI: Madness is the best possible response

    Quote Originally Posted by Squire Doodad View Post
    [Martellus] is, unfortunately, the third best candidate for the Storm King's crown we've seen after Seffie and Tarvek, if only because he's vaguely sane in the "would not kill everyone for minor issues that should be resolved diplomatically" department and has periodic bouts of decency.
    Wait, what are Seffie's redeeming qualities? And her disturbingly-stalkerish crush on Gil doesn't count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    I know. But that doesn't mean this This Bear has worked with Tweedle. Somehow, I doubt Tweedle bothers interacting with anyone but the top layer of underlings.
    Maybe This Bear is König?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SZbNAhL View Post
    Wait, what are Seffie's redeeming qualities? And her disturbingly-stalkerish crush on Gil doesn't count.
    If we ignore her crush on gill and everything that comes with it, she seems surprisingly (for her family, at any rate) sane and stable, while still being pretty good at the whole politics thing.
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    There are times when I get a Bing Crosby / Bob Hope feeling from Tarvek and Gil (not necessarily in that order). And Agatha for Dorothy Lamour. "We're off on the road to Skifander…"

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    I mean, all Seffie has to do to be a good second choice is clear the very low bar of being less awful than Morty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyadan View Post
    Maybe This Bear is König?
    No. Konig is driving a train.
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    Also, on a reread, I suddenly found it worrisome that Dimo is developing an interest in politics. Can you picture him as Lord Mayor of Mechanicsburg without an icy chill running along your spine? Me neither.

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    Well, Dimo has turned into a general since the Timeskip, and the other generals have all demonstrated a good understanding of politics. I agree him being a mayor would make me nervous, but so would any of the other generals being a mayor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeTess View Post
    If we ignore her crush on gill and everything that comes with it, she seems surprisingly (for her family, at any rate) sane and stable, while still being pretty good at the whole politics thing.
    She has friends (to the definition available in the GG world) she cares about who she doesn't just see as political pawns, for one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squire Doodad View Post
    She has friends (to the definition available in the GG world) she cares about who she doesn't just see as political pawns, for one.
    Ah yes, I'd forgotten herfirendship with Colette. Still, "there's one person she probably wouldn't stab in the back for a momentary advantage" is hardly a glowing character reference. Tarvek has two friends, Martellus had at least five prior to Paris.
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    Ah yes, I'd forgotten herfirendship with Colette. Still, "there's one person she probably wouldn't stab in the back for a momentary advantage" is hardly a glowing character reference. Tarvek has two friends, Martellus had at least five prior to Paris.
    As odd as it may sound, how someone has friends is important. The relationship between Tarvek, Gil and Agatha in the platonic sense is healthy and built on snark and their gallivanting about the countryside. Tweedle's friends appear to be often the result of "it'd be politically advantageous for you to know them, oh hey they're cool dudes", which while not strictly speaking bad is not as nice as...y'know, normal friendship. Tweedle seems to have friendships along the lines of "business associates you like to go clubbing with on a friday afternoon".

    I'd go into Seffie but ehh I don't really want to do that right now.
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    Yanno, now that you mention it, if this was Tarvek and Gil's story, the "Road To Mechanicsburg" concept would be more than sound. :)

    (Yes, I'm marking my place for the new thread, why do you ask? )
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhouk View Post
    Yanno, now that you mention it, if this was Tarvek and Gil's story, the "Road To Mechanicsburg" concept would be more than sound. :)
    The what, exactly? I think I know what you mean but I'm not too sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squire Doodad View Post
    The what, exactly? I think I know what you mean but I'm not too sure.
    Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made something like a dozen movies together in the form of "The Road to X". In said movies they had rollicking adventures, normally spent at least half the time at eachother's throats, and one of them got the girl at the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made something like a dozen movies together in the form of "The Road to X". In said movies they had rollicking adventures, normally spent at least half the time at eachother's throats, and one of them got the girl at the end.
    Ah okay, got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made something like a dozen movies together in the form of "The Road to X". In said movies they had rollicking adventures, normally spent at least half the time at eachother's throats, and one of them got the girl at the end.
    My favourite was always The Road to Perdition. So many whacky hijinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SZbNAhL View Post
    My favourite was always The Road to Perdition. So many whacky hijinks.
    I preferred "The Road to the Inevitable Demise We All Must Face". Kind of a downer ending though.
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    I don't remember which one it was, but there was one where Dorothy Lamour dumped both of them for somebody nicer.

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    I guess that is Bang showing up with a bang.
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    The British conquered the world in search of spices and then decided to use none of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PraetorDragoon View Post
    I guess that is Bang showing up with a bang.
    Here's hoping. Don't need some all-new plot complication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PraetorDragoon View Post
    I guess that is Bang showing up with a bang.
    That was a boom, not a bang.
    Important difference.

    Also, Tarvek's family dynamics remain hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kantaki View Post
    That was a boom, not a bang.
    Important difference.

    Also, Tarvek's family dynamics remain hilarious.
    I wonder if the kid needed an antidote because Tarvek intentionally poisoned him, or if Tarvek's just inherently toxic due to some sparky bioexperiment.

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    Panel 4: the heck!? Violetta? She looks like a rage comic face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbs5009 View Post
    I wonder if the kid needed an antidote because Tarvek intentionally poisoned him, or if Tarvek's just inherently toxic due to some sparky bioexperiment.
    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kantaki View Post
    That was a boom, not a bang.
    Important difference.

    Also, Tarvek's family dynamics remain hilarious.
    England probably decided to pull the plug.

    Tarvek's family probably reads The Prince to all of the children in the family while they are in the crib.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kareasint View Post
    England probably decided to pull the plug.

    Tarvek's family probably reads The Prince to all of the children in the family while they are in the crib.
    No The Happy one, I guess.
    Quote Originally Posted by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955
    I thought Tom Bombadil dreadful — but worse still was the announcer's preliminary remarks that Goldberry was his daughter (!), and that Willowman was an ally of Mordor (!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kareasint View Post
    England probably decided to pull the plug.

    Tarvek's family probably reads The Prince to all of the children in the family while they are in the crib.
    They think mr maccy is cute and optimistic, so it makes sense he is a childrens book to them. If they havent moved past such pedestrian levels of asserting control and maintaining it by the time puberty hits, they generally dont get to see the end of it.
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    England probably decided to pull the plug.
    I suspect Thorpe would recognize the sound of a demolition charge. Given that she uses them herself.

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    Also, if they've blown the dome it's difficult to see how Agatha and Co. could actually escape from that. My bet is that it's Bang arriving.

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    Panel 4: the heck!? Violetta? She looks like a rage comic face.
    I'll second that. I almost didn't recognize her at first.

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