Between 7.7-7.8

[Discord] Sharks:

So.
I woke up this morning, and thought to myself: “Hey, I should probably tell Krix that Worm 2 is as of yet untitled, and Glow-Worm is a sort of epilogue-prologue to the series.
And, *then*, I checked my askbox.

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zorbathut:

Re: Glow-Worm title, “Glow-Worm” is the title of the Worm 1 -> Worm 2 intermission. The title of Worm 2 itself isn’t yet known.

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booksandchainmail:

About glow-worm’s title: I’m pretty sure wildbow has said it isn’t actually worm 2 yet, which is still untitled. Glow-worm is just sort of interim drabble chapters building up to the start of the actual worm 2, which should be in a few weeks. Glow-worm is more an arc title than a story title.

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Glow-worm is just the title of the sort of teaser arc/extended interlude we’re getting in the build up to W2rm; we don’t actually know what it’ll be called yet.

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Technically we still don’t know the title of the sequel. Glow-worm is just the title of the arc, which is a bridge between Worm and Parahumans 2, which is so far a collection of online posts and chats containing worldbuilding and some of the events and things that changed between the end of Worm and Parahumans 2 (seems to be a 2 years interval so far, don’t know if the dates will change in the sequel proper).

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Just to be clear, Glow-Worm is the title of the mini prologue arc to worm 2 that wildbow’s posting right now. It’s explicitly not the title of the sequel (the sequel title also isn’t Glow, he made that clear too). He definitely has a title for the sequel, he’s just not revealing it until the story officially starts

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Glow-worm is just the title of the Worm sequel’s prologue arc

Ahaha, I see!

The title does look a lot better with two capitals, Glow-Worm, by the way.


quixiiify:

Krix, you’ve inspired me. I’ve never live-blogged before, but I’ve been enjoying reading your blog, and now I think I’m going to try live-blogging Worm 2/Glow-Worm/whatever it’s called. Wish me luck!

Awesome! It makes me very happy to hear that, and I wish you the best of luck! 😀

(By the way, assuming you’ll be doing it on a sideblog, feel free to drop me an ask with the liveblog’s url – as long as the url doesn’t turn out to be spoilery somehow, of course – and I’ll link it on this blog.)


[very slightly edited Wikipedia screenshot]

The narwhal (Monodon monoceros), or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large “tusk” from a protruding canine tooth. It lives year-round in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. It is one of two living species of whale in the Monodontidae family, along with the beluga whale. The narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, and their ability to make forcefields. The narwhal was one of many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his publication Systema Naturae in 1758.

Like the beluga, narwhals are medium-sized whales. For both sexes, excluding the male’s tusk, the total body size can range from 3.95 to 5.5 m (13 to 18 ft); the males are slightly larger than the females. The average weight of an adult narwhal is 800 to 1,600 kg (1,760 to 3,530 lb).

Huh, whaddaya know.


Fun fact: I’ve repeatedly run into trouble with the word “supernatural” on this blog. Because superhumans are known as parahumans in Worm, it strikes me as appropriate to change “supernatural” into “paranatural” when referring to parahuman powers. But I can’t do that, because the webcomic Paranatural exists and causes the word to be associated with ghosts and spectrals instead.

Paranatural is good, by the way – you should go read it if you haven’t. Although it’s rather different from Worm in tone, so I get it if it’s not everyone here’s cup of tea.


koolerestkid:

About the “J..S” code, I’m like 99% sure they were referring to Judas. Which is cute because it means the dogs are counted as team members.

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Doggos’ names are eligible for the code as well! (Also, could we please stop teasing Krixwell about Worm2? Any arc name is still a spoiler)

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J…S would match “Judus”, one of Rachel’s dogs

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Judas

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half-man-half-lime:

For the name code, J S = Judas. He’s a member of the team, after all.

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J…S is Judas, one of Bitch’s dogs.

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J -> S = Judas: one of Rachel’s dogs.

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The code they used, J and S, would be for Judas. How could you forget one of the main doggos?

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J…S = Judas. Dogs can be Undersiders too.

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glitzglam5:

J.S. might be another member of the Undersiders (Judas)

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Re: the name code, I think the JS is for Judas.

Oh man, this makes so much sense and I love it. The dogs being considered full-fledged members for purposes like this is good and pure. :Å)

That said,

“JS” is “Jentless”

this is definitely my favorite explanation. 😛


proudly-arrogant:

think the cage worn is also a reference to the practice of selling krickets in cages

Yeah, that might also be the case.


cedeelbe:

It was at this point that I lost all sympathy for Purity and actively called for her Nazi head to roll.

Yeah, there’s being upset about having your child taken away (which happened because the authorities found out she’s an active, high ranking Nazi gang member and criminal – Coil didn’t take Aster away any more than a snitch gives the mean kids detention) and reacting a little harshly to that, which is quite understandable,

and then there’s wiping out entire neighborhoods with people inside and directing subordinates to commit additional premeditated mass murder as a form of extortion against the authorities and the perceived snitch.


Every so often when Purity is involved, I think back to what I’ve been told about Interlude 3½ being a donation bonus, and go, “What if we hadn’t gotten to see that?”

Assuming it would’ve still happened this way, this current plotline with Purity losing Aster wouldn’t have hit anywhere near as hard if we hadn’t gotten that bonus Interlude, which let us get to know Purity and see just how much Aster actually means to her. How Aster is the main reason Purity is back in the Empire. How Purity was away from the Empire in the first place.

Unless Wildbow wrote the later chapters differently, all we would’ve seen of Purity before this development would’ve been an offhand mention as she arrived alongside Kaiser in 5.1. That’s it, to my recollection. We wouldn’t care about Purity as a character, as a person, in quite the way we do after Interlude 3½ – she’d just be a threat, with the story about Aster seemingly existing just to explain why she’s doing this.

Interlude 3½ may have been a bonus, but it’s fairly important in retrospect.


half-man-half-lime:

Crap, I should have said Jacques Snicket.

Hehe. Would that happen to be a relative of one mister Lemony Snicket?


Apparently, yes.

He seems to be from the later books that I don’t remember all that well, though.


Anyway, I’m off to sleep and hopefully dream up some great theories about Rachel’s secret boss, the jentless man Jacques Snicket.


Hm… Y’know, the dogs being used in the name code causes a minor issue, in that “A” and “C” are both valid answers to “A”.

(hi I’m awake again #operating on an hour and a half of sleep here at most)

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