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DizzasterJuice
25th May 2014, 11:54 AM


5/26 - New episode of WhiteOut is up. Check it out!

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jamie59
25th May 2014, 1:45 PM

She likes to use what's between her legs to get her way.

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DizzasterJuice
25th May 2014, 6:28 PM

So she's turning out to be a manipulative liar... is she going to be the new "bad girl" since Broqa is dead now?

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xpacetrue
26th May 2014, 1:06 AM

Is Yokai a liar? Well, she does lie. Is she manipulative? Clearly, she can be. Though, we haven't seen a lot of her to determine personality.

Does that make Yokai a "bad girl", like Broqa? We don't know her motives yet, so it's too early to say.

Per the king's plan, Broqa was going to sacrifice her apprentice from the start. (Circumstances forced it early.) And she abandoned Liam rather than risk her own hide or the mission. (He saw too much.) All to become a queen. She was selfish and devious - cruely cold, even.

Even so, I sure wish Broqa had succeeded in her mission. And for all the comments that HATED on Broqa, I just can't hate her. (Though, I couldn't like her, either.) I saw Broqa as a secret agent sent by her government to assissinate a cruel leader who would obviously - in due time - bring conflict to her people. She was a spy. And a pretty good one, at that.

If Broqa had volunteered for the king's mission purely out of patriotic duty, then we might have looked at her behavior and death differently.

But for all we know, Yokai told Liam what she had to for him to fulfill the prophecy. (Seems likely.) And she may be lying now for similar reasons, such as to ensure that his brother lives. With the Spirit Well visions, she may even know both will survive. Or that his sacrifice is needed for Liam to succeed.

It comes down to intention. I believe her intent is to fulfill the prophecy and do whatever she can to ensure the greater good and the survival of her species. A bit of lying may be justified if it can serve to stop the threat that is the false gods (rogue AI's) and the cruel and genocidal Mag Leung of Dhar-Dalai.

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DizzasterJuice
26th May 2014, 11:10 AM

But do the Dalai use the spirit wells for the visions as the witches do or merely for the pleasure as Yokai implied? Do you think she knows a lot more about the prophecy than what is written?
If readers did dislike Broqa, then I'm pleased to hear that because that was what she was supposed to be. But your comments explain what she really was - a ruthless spy/assassin on a mission from her king.

Thank you very much for your comments! It means a lot to me that someone is actually getting it.

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xpacetrue
26th May 2014, 4:52 PM

I just assumed the Dalai use spirit wells for both pleasure and visions. We've seen the Mag Leung use it for visions. And the Minkies use it for visions and they're descended from the Dalai.

I'd be very surprised if the Dalai only use spirit wells for pleasure. Their prophecy about Liam had to orginate from visions, right? And, surely, the Dalai taught their Minkie children about spirit well usage.

But it is a fair question. Do the spirit wells merely induce a hallucination that the subconscious mind interprets in a seemingly meaningful way? If so, perhaps the Dalai know that putting trust in a vision can lead to folly.

Perhaps the spirit wells actually do put them in contact with extra-dimensional beings? Or do the gases unlock psychic precog potential in the form of visions, which they attribute to spirits? It's rather mystical stuff in a story that blends fantasy and sci-fi, magic and high technology.

As for Yokai: We don't know. My impression is that she might know about her role in the prophecy (or lack thereof) and perhaps her brother's potential future. But that's mostly my gut feeling.

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DizzasterJuice
26th May 2014, 9:26 PM

Is this one of those stories that you actually have to think? Damn it, I'd rather veg out in front of my comp! heheh

Everything in the Crease has a duality that is sometimes indiscernible between the two - "Is it magic or science, reflection or shadow, good or evil?"
Each reader is going to interpret events in different ways. Some will see Broqa as evil and some will veg out in front of their comp. =)

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xpacetrue
26th May 2014, 9:29 PM

Ah, I see! It's meant to be unclear and left to interpretation.

And, somehow, I forgot about the underlying duality theme. That, or I just couldn't connect that with magic vs. science.

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cattservant
25th May 2014, 3:37 PM

Cat politics!

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DizzasterJuice
25th May 2014, 6:31 PM

She does seem to ask a lot of "favors".

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xpacetrue
26th May 2014, 1:29 AM

Hmm...
Clearly, Yokai lied to Liam about a lack of opportunity to be mated. And, from what we see here, it doesn't look like males are rare, either. (If anything, females might be rare.)

But it makes me wonder why she would lie about that. Did she really want a child by Liam? (And what would her husband-to-be say about her giving birth to a Minkie child?)

Did she merely desire him? Or maybe she just knew she had to sleep with him for the prophecy?

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DizzasterJuice
26th May 2014, 11:14 AM

Yokai is a very enigmatic character right now but I think we'll find out a little more about her and the Dalai in the near future.

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