I’m going to guess that, as it was magic that destroyed the planet, there’s some kind of magic transition to other areas.
The areas are probably still linked, it just takes a little more effort to
change zones than it used to.
P.S. we really need an edit function.
I thought your inspired split post carried over the thought that the islands, like your post, are still connected although physically separated
EE Cummings would be proud!
They all jump, and the little guy unfolds his wings: “What, doesn’t EVERYBODY have these?”
“Wings!? I don’t have wings!”
“Of course not. You’re a boy.”
But NOBODY quotes the Dark Crystal .. .
Dead? Could be anywhere, then.
Used a giant as a ladder and power enabler. Check.
Used a power sword to make a perfect cut through high-tech structural materials. Check.
Rescued the pilot. Check.
Used an unpracticed aspect of your power to ensure personal and passenger survival from a lethal fall. Check.
Got respect from Maga. Fail.
If Maga ever says anything good about Humphrey’s use of power she had better expect the party to attack her immediately after: “But we thought you were a doppelganger, you actually praised Humphrey!”
Well, to be fair:
Did something utterly dangerous and reckless: Check.
Effectively blew out both his and Maga’s hamstrings: Check.
Risked blowing himself up by channeling more power than he’s used to: Check.
Risked killing both himself and Maga: Check.
Risked killing Wayland into the bargain: Check.
Knew what he was doing the whole time: Fail.
Humphrey succeeds by dead reckoning. A LOT. Given Maga’s skill-based approach, plus the fact that he’s risking her life (even if that IS her own fault), her reaction is both understandable and justified. Using your weapon in a way both dangerous and untested doesn’t become smarter just because it worked.
Arguably it is dumber because it worked, as that will lead to you doing more stupid, ill-thought-out things with long odds on survival.
That’s the kind of behavior that eventually leads to a membership in Gamblers Anonymous.
Good counterpoint. Humphrey does lean on his plot armor a lot (not deliberately, this is not that kind of webcomic). The problem is that Maga criticizes far more than she teaches, and when he does pick things up, e.g. the power sword, she still doesn’t have anything good to say.
On a completely different note, I wonder who the traitor that Barax mentions is. Each of them by now has saved the others more than once, under circumstances where failure would be plausibly deniable.
Remember Rule 43: If it’s stupid and it works, it’s still stupid and you were lucky.
Doing things that are utterly dangerous and reckless: not only part of the job description, It’s 90% of what’s kept him alive so far.
Blowing out both of their hamstrings: fair exchange for the drop
Risked killing both himself and Maga: see first entry + wouldn’t be risking Maga if she hadn’t magically bonded the 2 of them together
Risked killing Wayland into the bargain: A slim chance of survival is better than a guarantee of death, Just ask Ciaphas Cain
Knew what he was doing the whole time: works better making things up on the fly
It’s looking like the problem between Humphrey and Maga is a classic case of Performer Vs Technician, Humph is the performer, making it all up as he goes, performing brilliantly with out planning or extensive knowledge of what he’s doing. Maga on the other hand is a highly trained warrior, years of training under her belt and thoroughly frustrated at being out shined by someone she considers a rank amateur. If she wasn’t so uptight about it and started teaching Humph more about the power he wields, I could forgive her her foibles, but, her constant criticism of the person who continually saves her life is very grating. Especially when he’s so eager to learn. I think Maga’s worried about becoming the student after Humph learns the basics, His imagination certainly would open quite a few new areas of magic theory.
(chuckle) I think she’s more worried that she unknowingly wrote her own suicide note with that life-link spell. 😉 As for her behavior, keep in mind that we just met the people she grew up with, and they’re actually *worse*…
“If it’s stupid and it works, it’s still stupid and you’re lucky.”
Credit: Howard Tayler http://schlockmercenary.wikia.com/wiki/The_Seventy_Maxims_of_Maximally_Effective_Mercenaries
It might be a stretch (for anyone but Maga) to say that Humphrey is stupid though. Acceptable Risk from his perspective?
For Humphrey, “acceptable risk” usually means “If I don’t try this I’ll die”.
Usually followed by, “If I do try this, I might die anyway, but at least the odds are better…”
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