March 11th, 2010


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  1. a live crow would be far more useful for fighting those metal headed hyenas says:

    EPIC CLIFFHANGER! With all the amenities of course!
    love it

  2. abb3w says:

    Alas, it’s probably going to turn out to be a need for a selection of alcoholic mixers to make drinks for Corvidae.

  3. Perhaps it will be a varicolored popinjay?

  4. wolfofsilver says:

    Or perhaps an inebriated weasel? Or a hat?

  5. DRUNK says:

    It probably requires a Crocodiles Realistically Orchestrated Walking Bastardized Archaic Requiem. C.R.O.W.B.A.R!

    …maybe. Please don’t hurt me ><;

  6. Wilde says:

    or a whale, or maybe a bowl of pansies

  7. Jiyambi says:

    @ Wilde – I see what you did there.

  8. jassius says:

    “or a live crow”

    Lets see how the crowbar is any help in translating the extremely important notices down there that happen to be carved in bird language runes.

  9. Rafe says:

    …or a bag of beef, or a beer…

  10. Nik says:

    Or a drinking establishment meant solely for ravens.

  11. JewelWolf says:

    I’ll bet a crowbar could work for any of those things that the oracle thought could’ve worked. Except for the live crow.

  12. Nohbody says:

    So, is Digger like a spiritual ancestor of Jurgen, from the Ciaphas Cain WH40K books? πŸ˜‰

  13. Niall says:

    Maybe Ed will end up making SGV eat crow!

  14. Stryde says:

    A pair of lacy, cleated ballet slippers may have been nice.

  15. Hunter says:

    …Why not a catapult?

  16. Barry says:

    Why not a hyenapult?

  17. Hawk says:

    I like that comment that Digger is a hole in the future…perhaps that’s the biggest reason why He-Is reached out and whisked her into this whole situation. I’m sure most wombats would have this kind of effect, if what we know of Digger applies equally to all her kind. The implication I am seeing here is that only someone who is a “hole in the future” will be able to stump ol’ SGV/He-Is. The two beings are fused to some extent; this implies (to me) that SGV has access to about the same level of prescience that the Oracle has. Although in SGV’s case it’s obviously not a gods-granted talent, it’s more of a by-product of battening on the soul (and body) of a deity.

    However! If Digger is the hole in the future and her companions travel in her shadow…then Ed is in the best company he can be in, for this type of adventure. More and more points to Ed being much more important in this final struggle than anyone suspected he could be!

    I just wish that Ursula wasn’t a hole in the future and I could see what’s coming next!!! πŸ˜›

  18. Marrock says:

    It was a polychromatic bandicoot.

  19. CJ says:

    Birds do seem to have significance in the lives and deaths of gods and demons in this realm. There was the thing taken down where the garden is now, by something I can’t remember off-hand and the ghost of a bird. There’s He-Is taking the form of a kingfisher. There’s Shadowchild hatching from a dead bird. I wonder if they really will need something or someone avian to do the deed, or if the overall significance of all the birds is just Ursula’s love of birds.

  20. Kelardry says:

    @ wilde- Great hitchhiker’s guide reference! πŸ™‚ :p 8) Do you mean a bowl of petunias?
    I <3 Ed! :love:

  21. smjjames says:

    Hrm, well Ed did say he is a bit scared of edged weapons (or just uncomfortable in using one), so an axe would be out anyway, so it would have been either a crowbar, a hammer, or a live crow. I guess Oracle went with what seemed the most useful.

  22. TekServer says:

    Ha! I love it.

    I suspect that Digger’s potential reaction may have been a small but measurable factor in the oracle’s “guess”: Digger would have been far less tolerant and far more “annoyed” if the oracle had handed Ed a live crow.

    Don’t forget to VOTE, everyone! Atre posted the link ^above^.

    Happy weekending!

  23. Abigail says:

    Why a duck?

  24. Lycanthromancer says:

    Why NOT a duck?

    Why not a drunk duck?

    *Gets hit in the head with a crowbar*

    Oh, that kind of duck…

    *Passes out*

  25. Gramina says:

    If I hadn’t already been quite clear that (while being able to see the *present* might be really helpful!) being able to see the future was Not Anything I Wanted, the Oracle here would have convinced me of that. “I made the best sense of it I could.” o.O

  26. WorkingVolition says:

    How about some duct tape and silly string?
    Can’t go wrong with those plus a crowbar.

  27. Sondre says:

    And a paper clip, of course.
    Did I mention undead pickles?

  28. And to get a live crow, they’d have to go to a crow bar.

  29. Charlie says:

    @ CJ: Not to mention the drama at Peacock’s tail (which wasn’t life and death, but still pretty significant). Hmm, I’d forgotten about the bird in the garden thing.

    @ Sondre:Maybe some of those vampiric veggies would have been useful in kicking some Cold Servant butt.

  30. Jewelwolf says:

    @CJ I think it could just be her love for birds. I remember reading that she loves kingfishers esspecially when the ghost started to tell about why they buried He-Is. I also remember her saying that she has a tattoo of a kingfisher on her right shoulder.

  31. Hey gang, Digger is back up to 50 good job. Keep voting.

  32. A paddleball game is all that they really need. Or maybe a nice fluffy towel.

  33. mouse says:

    Well, crows are pretty intelligent birds….one might be quite useful.

    On the other hand, a bird that smart may have more sense than to be dragged down a hole to kill an undead god, so all in all, the crowbar was probably the best bet.

  34. Pseudo says:

    I have done SO much hammering with a crowbar; not as easy as with a hammer, but it does the job. On the other hand, hammers are lousy at prying. On the foot, why not load him (and Digger) down with all four?

  35. Mani says:

    I have a hatchet, whose blunt side has been an excellent hammer, and with a small niche that’s excellent for prying nails and such. Just saying.

  36. Sylphish says:

    LOL, a live crow would’ve been interesting… Is anyone else as disappointed as I am that she didn’t just hand Ed ALL of that stuff??? Crows are awesome, ravens are better. R.I.P. Blue-eyed raven child.

  37. felis sidus says:

    Hmm. When trying to see the future around someone who’s a hole in it, might not the grown Shadow-Child look like a live crow?

  38. JewelWolf says:

    Wait a second… if hyenas and wombats and slugs are intellegent enough to talk and function in a human-like society, why can’t crows?

  39. AlpineBob says:

    @ JewelWolf – a talking crow? Let’s not go crazy here! πŸ˜‰

  40. Ulrike says:

    Perhaps someone should have consulted with a slug.

  41. Tindi says:

    @Hawk: It’s just Digger and the wombats in her bloodline that are the black holes, because of Helix. However, doing the math, like we (the commenters) did when we met Helix, that’s a LOT of wombats. πŸ˜€
    I like that oracle. I think, insofar as Digger could get along with anyone that mystical, she’d like that oracle too, if she’d stop grumping at the poor girl. πŸ˜›

  42. I just checked the polls. Our friend Digger is at 48th and climbing. Remember Tunnel 17!!!!

  43. Kevinbunny says:

    later they find out that they would have best been aided by a miniature tavern, owned by a corvid bartender…

  44. JewelWolf says:

    @AlpineBob Well, remember when we first met Shadowchild? He said that the birds INSISTED he wasn’t one of them. Maybe that could mean something other than them chirping at him loudly. (although I do remember that the birds were chirping very loudly that morning.)

  45. Lachesis says:

    Digger now at 47. that is all.

  46. Rowan says:

    Ursula’s book Dragonbreath just got a positive review from Unshelved! http://www.unshelved.com/2010-3-12/Book_Reviews. I was so excited to see Ursula’s work on their list πŸ™‚

  47. My wife and I just picked up both of the Dragonbreath books at a Barnes and Nobel a couple of weeks ago.

  48. TrogDog says:

    should have given him a 36 inch fatmax fubar: http://www.toolsnob.com/pictures/stanley_fubar.jpg

  49. Blood and Shale, Ursula is back down to 51. She’s being beaten by something called Charby The Vampirate. Really, Charby the Vampirate! We can stand with The lone Wombat and her friends. Do it for the decendents of Helix.