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Remember in Friday's discussion when I speculated about whether maybe Zola's voice might contain command harmonics after all? Remember what Zola said as Tarvek was about to strangle her to death? Remember what Gil did?Gosh! The possibilities are getting a bit complicated!Edited at 2012-04-09 06:42 am (UTC)
Just imagining the plot twists and angst that could come of Gil being wasped with something that only responds to Zola's harmonics is giving me goosebumps! I am seriously geeking out now!
*IF* Zola has the Command Voice, she probably is in some sense a Heterodyne. She certainly expected to be accepted as a Heterodyne, by the people of Mechanicsburg and possibly even by the Castle's test of blood. And Zola even tried to argue with Agatha that she was ...As a Heterodyne Girl, Zola would be a prime target for being captured by Aaronev and the Geisterchicks and used as a subject for mind transfer in an attempt to bring back Lucrezia ... and the Conspiracy would know that. The Conspiracy tends to stay on top of things.So does that explain why Zola conveniently had a neural trap already installed in her brain so she *couldn't* be taken over by Lucrezia's mind transfer? Involuntary mind transfer would otherwise seem to be a very unlikely contingency to plan against ...Edited at 2012-04-09 07:56 am (UTC)
Wait, why would the command voice be a Heterodyne thing and not a Mongfish thing?
Urk. By Jove, you're right!Never mind the Heterodyne speculation, then ...BUT since Zola is a Mongfish, it increases the plausibility that she would have the Command Voice. So let me do a rewrite:As a Mongfish girl with the Command Voice, Zola would be a prime target for being captured by Aaronev and the Geisterchicks and used as a subject for mind transfer in an attempt to bring back Lucrezia ... and the Conspiracy would know that. The Conspiracy tends to stay on top of things.So does that explain why Zola conveniently had a neural trap already installed in her brain so she *couldn't* be taken over by Lucrezia's mind transfer? Involuntary mind transfer would otherwise seem to be a very unlikely contingency to plan against ...
If, and I think it's a big if, the spark wasp was available back in the days of Paris; then Zola's adventures make a lot more sense, she was wasping all the sparks she could find. However! She should also have wasped Tarvek, and then he would have been unable to beat her to a pulp.Yeah, I can't believe that the Spark wasps were available any earlier than the story's indicated previously.
Hmm. Tarvek and Agatha were both cleared by the inquisitor during the giant hologram scene. That's also when we found out that Vrin was a revenant.However ... Why would Zola have wasped Tarvek? He was a member of the Conspiracy, and possibly her future husband. Also, given that there's a chance that a wasp will turn a normal person into a shambling, mindless revenant, would Zola have risked wasping an ally?Yeah, I can't believe that the Spark wasps were available any earlier than the story's indicated previously. Tarvek was told by one person that the Spark Wasp was a new creation. Perhaps it was ... or perhaps it was a secret that had been kept from Tarvek. Not telling Tarvek would make sense -- he thinks he can't be wasped because he's a Spark, so the Conspiracy wouldn't want to tip him off that they could control him if they had to.Not sayin' it's true, just sayin' it's possible ...
Good analysis, and more or less where I'm at, even though I've been arguing the case for Gil being wasped.Still, there are indications that Gil could be wasped ... Are they clues, or are they clever misdirections?Selnikov (or what's left of him) is on board Castle Wulfenbach. Narrativium says he's there for a reason. Hmm.
He was in one of the early (pre-Tarvek) War Room scenes -- the one with the Deep Thinker on the crane thingie, I think.
Go to the chapter labled Castle Wulfenbach War Room in Volume 11. On the first page, just behind and to Boris's left is a metal clank holding a head in a jar. It's too small to see much detail; but people are assuming it's Selnikov, come to betray his erstwhile conspirators.
Actually... that looks a lot more like the doctor's staff/device which we better see at that link.
Zola's voice doesn't contain command harmonics, unless Lucrezia installed it recently, and there is no evidence she did. Remember, just a week or two ago (comic time), Agatha was arriving at Sturmhalten and they discovered her voice was working. This is the first success at the voice harmonics thing. They had been trying to replicate those voice harmonic for ages, trying to use the zombies themselves, and couldn't. Zola training occurred long before that, especially if you consider she was an operative in Paris already.
Zola wasn't at Sturmhalten. In fact, Zola seems to have kept well away from the Sturmhalten faction of the Conspiracy. Tarvek didn't even realize she was involved in the Conspiracy!*IF* Zola has the Command Voice, it's because she was born with it. She's a Mongfish, like her Aunt Lucrezia.