name lips wrote:The scarecrow and tin man... back to being free-willed golems?
I'm guessing still regular golems. An ad hoc combat stack pulled together to deal with treason would be reason enough to bring them. Judy's most likely a Warlady as well as a ruler, since she's not known to be a caster, and even if she is from another world Parson's a Warlord (or at least has Leadership which is practically the same as far as Erfworlders are concerned). Two golems and a caster led by a leveled Warlord (she fought two casters and became
a ruler) should be a reasonably formidable stack.
Though I suppose the other is possible if the shoes have been kept from Judy continuously since Dollamancer Barton's death. [Edit: which, actually, seems equally likely after re-reading 55 and 56. I still think stacking with regular golems for safety would be reason enough to bring them, so I'm still calling it a toss-up.]
name lips wrote:Is that what the ArkenShoes do?
At least in the hands of a Dollamancer, but possibly only an attuned Dollamancer, yes. Episode 56
is worth re-reading now we know the shoes are an arkentool. Long quote:
“So, um... so you want to cast a Dollamancy spell?” An idea dawned on her. “Oh, you want to make those shoes! Don’t you?”
With a sigh, Wanda lolled her head to the side defeatedly, though she did not pause in her climb. “No, I don’t have Dollamancy like that. Perhaps no-one does, any more. Do you...understand why Judy was shouting at the scarecrow?”
“It was Maxwell’s. When Maxwell was alive, he helped create many things, both wondrous and terrible. One of them was that scarecrow, which he made with Barton when Haffaton was a small side. Before my time. You know that a scarecrow is an ordinary unit of Dollamancy, like a cloth golem...”
“Yeah,” said Jillian. She had some experience fighting them, in fact.
“Well, this one was more than that. It spoke. It ate. It had opinions. It danced and sang. And it had the upkeep cost of a warlord. Something that Maxwell did during its creation gave it Life. It bothered Olive to no end,” said Wanda. Though she hadn’t turned around, Jillian could hear the smile in her voice. “She said it ought not to be possible. So just to show her, Maxwell created others like it. He made a living lion out of a cloth golem. Then he made a metal golem with Komatsu that was the same way: alive, aware. Olive put a stop to it, on the grounds that Haffaton couldn’t afford their upkeep, but the point was made. Judy loved all three of the things dearly. They helped her become Ruler.”
[Second edit] Its obvious, but just to be the first to state it: think what Sizemore could do with the Arkenshoes. Living, dancing (and dance-fighting) warlord-type crap and stone golems. With Parson to point out the bonus potential of a Dirtamancer-led bonus + leadership bonus + dance fight bonus golem stack.
I ship Sizemore + red shoes!