Comic 231 - Spring Cleaning

6th Jun 2011, 10:56 AM in What Could Have Been
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Spring Cleaning

Well, *that* certainly isn't at all contrived.

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Author Notes:

Just want to make this clear: Xavius doesn't actually want to kill the Author. He's got the wrong alignment for that. He's just pointing out that, had he been of a different alignment, he would be in the perfect position for evil shenanigans. In short, he's demonstrating that the Author's been really naïve and foolish, to ensure that the same thing doesn't happen again with another character, especially one who actually would kill the Author.

Of course, since the Author's omnipotent anyway, it's a moot point; no nefarious scheme can defeat him (unless the plot says so, of course).

@snowyowl: Back in #222? Are you sure you're reading it the right way?

This shard landed in the Authorship Shrine immediately after the fourth wall broke. So it's been shielded against every further metafictional attack on the wall, and thus survived all the other attacks.


wow, callback

6th Jun 2011, 12:07 PM
You said that #85 got rid of most of the shards of 4th wall. Someone actually made a comment to that effect in #85. Was that intentional?

6th Jun 2011, 5:49 PM
everything's intentional when you're omniscient - except the bits that aren't

7th Jun 2011, 1:26 AM
#85? You mean we'd gone through glitching D&D without breaking the fourth wall completely?
Actually, on reflection that counts as metagaming, not metafiction.

Still, your time-travel trickery in comic #7 broke the fourth wall a lot, so did this piece survive that, or has the ripple effect not kicked in yet?

Edit: And didn't you remove your catgirl ears back in #222?

8th Jun 2011, 9:27 PM
Pah. It made sense my way around, apart from that slight continuity hiccup.



Xavius: So, continuing from our last page: that's actually this comic's fourth wall?
The Author: What's left of it, anyway.

The Author: The fourth wall shattered right at the beginning of the comic. It left hundreds of shards, like that one.
Xavius: So what happened to the rest of them?
The Author: Completely annihilated by further metafictional exploits.
I believe comic #085 destroyed most of them.

The Author: But somehow this particular shard made it through a plot hole, and landed right there, here in the Authorship Shrine. This pocket dimension has all sorts of shielding, and that saved it.
That shard is the only surviving piece of the fourth wall.

Xavius: So what are we doing here?
The Author: I want you to put the fourth wall up on that pedestal there. It's tidier that way.

Xavius: Well, okay. But why didn't you just do this yourself?
The Author: Because I can't.

Xavius: Um, you're omnipotent.
The Author: Yes, but I'm also an Author Avatar. That fourth wall is like kryptonite to me.
My simply touching that shard would result in "bam, and the Author is gone".

Xavius: So you've just led me straight into your base from which you rule over the entire comic, explained how all your equipment works, and handed me the one item that can destroy you utterly?
I could quite easily kill you now and take control of the comic myself.

The Author: But then who would give you Awesome Points?
Xavius: Ah. Never mind.


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