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June 18th, 2012

June 18th, 2012 published on 30 Comments on June 18th, 2012

Hot debating action! Also explosions.

And yeah this one’s backdated to Monday, just to make the dating system neater, and because there’ll still be a Wednesday update, this one just took way too long because hayfever is kicking me in the nose.

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  • rich

    i think a woman running for office (at that time) sufficiently proves a separation from tradition

    • fairportfan

      A female police captain at that time, even more.

      • KomiIsDrawing

        Both genders having magic kinda brought feminism forward some ways.

  • rich

    i think a woman running for office (at that time) sufficiently proves a separation from tradition

    • A female police captain at that time, even more.

      • Both genders having magic kinda brought feminism forward some ways.

  • fairportfan

    Ooopsie.

    Let’s see … who’s not surprised?

  • Ooopsie.

    Let’s see … who’s not surprised?

  • Nonesuch

    Fairbairn is a real piece of work, isn’t she? =_= I can only hope what happened in the last panel is as big a surprise to her as it is to everyone else.

    • I get the feeling she is not in the least surprised by any of the malform attacks…

  • Nonesuch

    Fairbairn is a real piece of work, isn’t she? =_= I can only hope what happened in the last panel is as big a surprise to her as it is to everyone else.

    • I get the feeling she is not in the least surprised by any of the malform attacks…

  • Me-me

    Severly: Overstated in a manner that is of or pertaining to severing things.

    • Gillsing

      So you’re implying that in the bottom left panel, “severly” should be “severely”? I missed that when I read the page.

  • Me-me

    Severly: Overstated in a manner that is of or pertaining to severing things.

    • Gillsing

      So you’re implying that in the bottom left panel, “severly” should be “severely”? I missed that when I read the page.

  • ShadeTail

    OK, so I feel reasonably sure that Fairbairn is behind this, and now I’m wondering how she’s making all these buggerups appear.  Is she a secret wizard herself?  We didn’t see how Jack sees her, after all.  Or maybe Ben is secretly doing it?  Seems unlikely but possible.  Or maybe there’s another Wizard behind the scenes?  That would seem to run afoul the Chekhov’s Gun rule, unless it’s a character we’ve seen before.

    •  I’d be very surprised if Ben was purposefully doing it, since we seem to be following his POV.. Also he seems the type that if he had a guilty involvement in all of this I don’t think he’d hide it so well, he’d probably be nervously stuttering and dropping things all over the place or something. ^_^
      I think Checkov’s Gun only says if you have your attention drawn to something odd early on it -will- come up again by the end, right? I think it’s one of the Knox rules that says the culprit has to be revealed early in the story…but if it’s Fairbairn as the ultimate culprit I’d believe there could be a lackey wizard working for her we don’t know yet…if she was a wizard Mal probably would have commented by now? Though you’re right that we never saw her through his eyes… hehe, can’t wait to find out!

      • ShadeTail

        Well, the Checkhov’s Gun rule says, “If you see a gun over the mantle in act one, then it must be fired in act two.”  I brought that up because it has an obvious corollary: “If a gun must be fired in act two, then you see it over the mantle in act one.”  Bringing in a complete stranger who we haven’t even seen yet would be a bit of a stretch, though it could still work.

        And about Ben, I do agree with you.  I’ll also be quite surprised if Ben is the one doing it, because he seems way too much of a flake for a schemer like Fairbairn to trust him with a plan like this.  Then again, it could just be a cover, and he’s certainly been close by to all the buggerups we’ve seen so far.  And while this next bit is really reaching, I find it interesting to think about the scene where Fairbairn introduced Wolfe and Mal to Ben.  When she told him to explain the crisis to them, she emphasized, “The crisis you are currently *failing* to contain.”  That could have been a subtle message that Wolfe and Mal were out of the loop, so Ben was to keep the truth to himself.

        But yeah, this is all bald-faced speculation, and I’ll be really surprised if Ben turns out to be the cause.

        •  Hehe, still, if a–>b it doesn’t always mean that b–>a, though knowing the author likes to foreshadow, the point is still valid. ; ) Maybe Ben is an unwitting contributor? I don’t think her slight to him on arriving was a hint though, it seems like using a code that could potentially raise the topic you don’t want known wouldn’t be the best… what I wonder more is if Fairbairn is setting them up as fall guys to make herself look good somehow, why does she care so much if Mal has magic eyes? Was that just a good excuse for her to hire lowlifes no one would miss and she really doesn’t care much about his ability, or did she actually really need that ability for some as yet unknown reason? She put effort into recruiting him, and must have had some reason…Hmm, hmm!

          • Marfisa

            Maybe Ben somehow unwittingly attracts malforms, or emits an unusual kind of magical energy that makes it more likely they’ll occur within a quarter-mile radius of him or something. That would certainly explain why he’d been “failing to contain the problem,” and why malforms seem to keep occurring just as he shows up.

            • Here’s my theory on that– the first time we see the chain of events leading to them being nearby a Malform popping up, it was right outside the tailor’s they were at. Fairbairn, when she dropped off Mal and Wolfe, told Ben -exactly- what tailor’s to take them to and told them to go that evening. She arranged for them to be near. Now the second time we see what is leading up to it, it is at her own debate which I’m guessing she knew Ben would show up to. Both times she knows where Ben will be, (And the other two as well in the first example) and the Malforms happen right in the same place.

  • ShadeTail

    OK, so I feel reasonably sure that Fairbairn is behind this, and now I’m wondering how she’s making all these buggerups appear.  Is she a secret wizard herself?  We didn’t see how Jack sees her, after all.  Or maybe Ben is secretly doing it?  Seems unlikely but possible.  Or maybe there’s another Wizard behind the scenes?  That would seem to run afoul the Chekhov’s Gun rule, unless it’s a character we’ve seen before.

    •  I’d be very surprised if Ben was purposefully doing it, since we seem to be following his POV.. Also he seems the type that if he had a guilty involvement in all of this I don’t think he’d hide it so well, he’d probably be nervously stuttering and dropping things all over the place or something. ^_^
      I think Checkov’s Gun only says if you have your attention drawn to something odd early on it -will- come up again by the end, right? I think it’s one of the Knox rules that says the culprit has to be revealed early in the story…but if it’s Fairbairn as the ultimate culprit I’d believe there could be a lackey wizard working for her we don’t know yet…if she was a wizard Mal probably would have commented by now? Though you’re right that we never saw her through his eyes… hehe, can’t wait to find out!

      • ShadeTail

        Well, the Checkhov’s Gun rule says, “If you see a gun over the mantle in act one, then it must be fired in act two.”  I brought that up because it has an obvious corollary: “If a gun must be fired in act two, then you saw it over the mantle in act one.”  Bringing in a complete stranger who we haven’t even seen yet would be a bit of a stretch, though it could still work.

        And about Ben, I do agree with you.  I’ll also be quite surprised if Ben is the one doing it, because he seems way too much of a flake for a schemer like Fairbairn to trust him with a plan like this.  Then again, it could just be a cover, and he’s certainly been close by to all the buggerups we’ve seen so far.  And while this next bit is really reaching, I find it interesting to think about the scene where Fairbairn introduced Wolfe and Mal to Ben.  When she told him to explain the crisis to them, she emphasized, “The crisis you are currently *failing* to contain.”  That could have been a subtle message that Wolfe and Mal were out of the loop, so Ben was to keep the truth to himself.

        But yeah, this is all bald-faced speculation, and I’ll be really surprised if Ben turns out to be the cause.

        •  Hehe, still, if a–>b it doesn’t always mean that b–>a, though knowing the author likes to foreshadow, the point is still valid. ; ) Maybe Ben is an unwitting contributor? I don’t think her slight to him on arriving was a hint though, it seems like using a code that could potentially raise the topic you don’t want known wouldn’t be the best… what I wonder more is if Fairbairn is setting them up as fall guys to make herself look good somehow, why does she care so much if Mal has magic eyes? Was that just a good excuse for her to hire lowlifes no one would miss and she really doesn’t care much about his ability, or did she actually really need that ability for some as yet unknown reason? She put effort into recruiting him, and must have had some reason…Hmm, hmm!

          • Marfisa

            Maybe Ben somehow unwittingly attracts malforms, or emits an unusual kind of magical energy that makes it more likely they’ll occur within a quarter-mile radius of him or something. That would certainly explain why he’d been “failing to contain the problem,” and why malforms seem to keep occurring just as he shows up.

            • Here’s my theory on that– the first time we see the chain of events leading to them being nearby a Malform popping up, it was right outside the tailor’s they were at. Fairbairn, when she dropped off Mal and Wolfe, told Ben -exactly- what tailor’s to take them to and told them to go that evening. She arranged for them to be near. Now the second time we see what is leading up to it, it is at her own debate which I’m guessing she knew Ben would show up to. Both times she knows where Ben will be, (And the other two as well in the first example) and the Malforms happen right in the same place.
              My question with Ben though is why did he say he has ‘…trouble working with others’ with the little pause like he’s not saying everything, and why he seems so happy-puppy devoted to Fairbairn. Does he fly into berserker rages if you mess with his brooms or something? ; ) I guess the simple answer is he’s too picky and tidy to get along with others easily, but.

  • Eleanor

    He may be blind to the real problems of the community, but she is spreading hatred and calling it progress. Is there a third person I can vote for?

  • Eleanor

    He may be blind to the real problems of the community, but she is spreading hatred and calling it progress. Is there a third person I can vote for?

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