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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:46 am 
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It could be that the avatar has geographical restrictions we haven't seen yet. I don't think Oasis has ever been outside of the US, it could be she's simply limited to remaining within the coverage area of the satellite.

Schlock would no doubt change that if possible, but I don't think he's going to get the chance.

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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:52 am 
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(finally) updated the WOHFITAH and Oasis Facts sections of the OP

The OP now officially contains story spoilers for newcomers, so I'm experimenting with the newfangled spoiler tags. If it's too weird, let me know.

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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:48 am 
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Here's a thought: maybe Oasis' pyrokinesis isn't entirely(/at all?) based on the satellite.

Pete has obviously been leading us to believe it is, and Schlock definitely believes so. He tracked its location using a signal to the satellite from... Oasis? Dr. Steve's labs? I don't remember if it was entirely clear. But having Oasis use her pyrokinesis on a faraway object (the tree) seemed crucial for his triangulation, and I don't think it was ever clear why.

Anyway, my main reasoning is based on just two events: Oasis attacking Gwynn with fire (originally at http://archives.sluggy.com/book.php?cha ... 000-05-26; in http://archives.sluggy.com/book.php?cha ... 2009-07-07 Gwynn makes it clear that is was Oasis, not her) and Oasis burning Marcus' tongue (http://archives.sluggy.com/book.php?cha ... 2017-10-30). Basically, both of these seem to not quite match a direct beam from a satellite above.

With Gwynn, it seems like there is just a magical cloud of fire surrounding her, making it make sense for the audience to think Gwynn created it (looking back, we can see she was wrapped in a bubble defensively, but Pete did a good job of hiding that from us). In the next strip, it's gone again. Nothing actually seems to have burned. Gwynn wasn't on fire, and the surroundings apparently weren't either. This makes the fire seem more magical than technological.

With Chen, Roberts ordered Oasis to target Chen's tongue specifically, incinerating his entire head. We see his hair start to curl and smoke a bit just as he loses the capacity to speak clearly, presumably because his tongue is hot and/or swollen. But this precise targeting of his tongue (even if the rest of his head was heating some as well) does not seem to match a beam coming from the sky, which would presumably heat the top the most.

Possibly Oasis somehow receives energy in a beam from the satellite, and then redirects it magically or something. That would make some sense, and justify her being there at all from a weapons perspective.

On the other hand, it's just two incidents, and I could see this merely being some imprecision on Pete's part - or maybe Chen's whole head was heating up, or Gwynn put out the flames or something, although those both seem a bit like stretches to me. It's interesting how many other incidents - Zoe in the Mark whatever, Bun-bun fighting with her - actually do line up with a sky-based attack pretty well. But it's worth considering.

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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:26 am 
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On the other hand, it's just two incidents, and I could see this merely being some imprecision on Pete's part - or maybe Chen's whole head was heating up, or Gwynn put out the flames or something, although those both seem a bit like stretches to me. It's interesting how many other incidents - Zoe in the Mark whatever, Bun-bun fighting with her - actually do line up with a sky-based attack pretty well. But it's worth considering.


Three incidences. When she was remembering, the kids mocked her, and one of them said 'Liar Liar pants on fire' before going int flames himself. That appeared to be indoors.

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