Week 5 has arrived, Mountaineers. Chapter 17 last week hit us with some doozies, right? Between Deeds’ decision to revive Ackerly Green Publishing, Ascender leaving us, and the revelation of Brandon Lachmann as the Last Traveler, we’ve a lot to process. But this week’s chapters give no quarter. We plunge right into the second phase of The Monarch Papers, Fauna. The theme of this week is “Magiq is Willpower Manifested,” taken from the selected Mountie quote by @Nighteater at the beginning of Chapter 18. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this fun, contributing your ideas, and generally keeping me company!
Here are a few discussion points for this week’s reading to get the blood flowing.
1. We meet Lauren and
squee get our first introduction to the majesty and mystery surrounding the Cagliostro (our favorite Magiq Man, cue Heart theme song). There is much in this chapter surrounding the rich and influential, and their interest in seeing the upcoming magiq show. What body part would you sacrifice to get a ticket to that show? (Just kidding. That’s not the question.) Throw some theories at me about the interest of these high and mighties in the morbid and murky world of The Low!
2. What is your favorite magimystic word of those revealed to us thus far? Why?
3. The Cagliostro takes 10 days to visit Marrakech (excellent taste in travel destinations, by the way) over Christmas vacation. What do you imagine he was doing there?
4. Alternatively to q. 2, in Chapter 19 we find a list of the spells that the elite guests attending Cags’ performance requested of him. Conjecture what these spells are for!
5. Deeds’ search for the Ackerly Green books hits on Cole’s Tumblr post about reading The Wolf and the Wild when he was a child. Deeds’ opinion is that it was entirely too dark for a child to read. What did you read as a child that was, perhaps, entirely inappropriate?
As always, Mountaineers, if you can pick out any themes or Easter Eggs from this week, please feel free to share! Your original thoughts, related ideas, or favorite lines from the book are always welcome in our discussion. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to @ me or another Guild Leader for guidance!
Creative Prompt: The theme of the week is “Magiq is Willpower Manifested.” The art of this week comes to us from the fabulous, industrious @Ashburn. Using the theme of this week for inspiration, please share with us your own written/visual/auditory creation.