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Anthony Carver

How well would he fare in a fight with Jones?

Not very well at all. But he's smart enough to know not to try.[1]

Does he know Jones from his time at the Court then?

Yes he does.[2]

In a previous question you answered, you said that James didn't like Anthony. What do Anya and Donald think of him?

Anthony was always Donny's friend more than the others. Anja didn't mind him though.[3]

I remember reading on the forums that Surma gave Annie her lockpicks. Did her dad know about them at all?

Yeah he knew about them.[4]

Was Anthony a specialized surgeon, or just a general trauma surgeon?

He was a full on surgeon.[5]

Has Anthony ever met Coyote?

Briefly.[6]

What was Anthony's reaction to meeting Coyote?

Indifference.[7]

What did Coyote think of Anthony?

Indifference.[8]

Does Anthony like the idea of Annie attending GC?

He doesn't mind it.[9]

Were Annie and her father close at the hospital, or was it a more distant relationship?

They were not really close, no.[10]

Would Anthony be disappointed that Annie enjoys processed foods?

No, he likes them too. [11]

How does Annie support herself? Is her schooling already payed for, or does she have a source of money?

Her father has made sure everything she needs is provided for her. [12]

Was Anthony only distant from Surma and Antimony after Surma fell ill or before?

Anthony was always pretty distant. [13]

How often did Annie get to spend time with her father at Good Hope?

Her dad was pretty busy all the time but he did stop by as often as he could. [14]

Do Donnie and Anthony consider each other true friends?

Yes [15]

How was Surma and Anthony's relationship during Surma's stay in the hospital?

It was good [16]

Anthony seems really down-to-earth. Does he believe in the etheric sciences?

He did, but only because he couldn't deny them after a while [17]

Surma Carver

Considering that Annie was already made-up that way right from the start, did she already have a point of reference of how her mother looked independent of the photograph?

Annie has seen her mom wear makeup before the photo, yeah.[18]

On what occasion? Special hospital events?

Usually when there is company. Or when anyone but Annie there. Or when she is awake.[19]

Is Antimony and Surma's hair color normal in their reality?

It's not particularly common, no. [20]

Did Surma keep in contact with Donald, Anja, and James while she was in the hospital?

No, they didn't know where she went when she left, and she didn't contact them.[21]

How old was Surma when she passed on?

Probably mid-thirties or so.[22]

Did Surma and her friends use to sneak out for adventurous stuff in their younger days? Would Donny and Anja join them, and if so, were they more reluctant than others?

Sure. [23]

Had Surma grown more subdued by the time Annie was around, or did Annie know her as the feisty character she seemed to be in Ties?

She was pretty subdued in the hospital. Not really much like she was as a kid.[24]

How old was Surma when Rey first met her?

Maybe mid to late teens. [25]

Could Surma’s illness have been solved by Dr. House?

No. [26]

If Surma was still alive, even though she had left the Court would she still be considered a Court medium? In other words, once you become a medium, will you always be considered so?

Yes if Surma was still at the Court she would still have her job. [27]

Had Annie talked with Surma before she died about who Surma's psychopomp would be?

Nope. Surma always avoided the subject. [28]

Are there any creatures that Surma warned Annie never to approach?

Yeah she taught her all about dangerous creatures too. [29]

Of all possible animals and creatures, why did Surma choose to make a white wolf teddy?

Because the element of antimony is represented by a white wolf in alchemy sometimes. [30]

Could Surma’s illness have been passed down to Annie, genetically?

As far as Anthony could tell, no. [31]

How long was Surma in the hospital? And how long did Antimony live there with her?

12 years. [32]

Why would Surma care about Alchemy?

It was central to her role. [33]

Did Surma ever have a blinker stone? did she have an aptitude for using it?

She'd used one before, but she didn't own one [34]

Could Surma see the ether without a blinker stone?

Yes [35]

Say, you confirmed that Surma didn't need a blinker stone. Could she make a fire or those sky symbols without it as well?

yes [36]

Anja Donlan

Does Anja have eyes? or is it just her particular style to be drawn like that?

Yes, she does have eyes.[37]

What's the story behind Anja's eyes, that they're all black like that?

That's just how I draw them.[38]

When did Anja and Donald start dating?

Not long after Chapter 22.[39]

Is Anja aware that her photo is missing?

Yep.[40]

What's the general student perception of Anja and Donald as teachers? Would either be described as being particularly lenient or strict, difficult or easy, dull or interesting?

They think Anja is pretty nice. Donald tends to only teach the older years though, so they haven't come across him yet.[41]

Why did the Donlans leave the court to have Kat?

They just wanted to get away for a while. Kat was something that happened while they were away.[42]

Does Anja still have those psychic powers we saw in Ties? Will we see her use them again?

She can still do that kind of thing, but she prefers not to.[43]

Why didn’t Kat’s mom ever show any of her aetheric abilities in front of her daughter?

Kat's mom doesn't use magic anymore, if she can help it. [44]

Why does Anja prefer not to use her etheric abilities?

Just old hangups she developed as she grew up.[45]

What country is Kat's mother from?

Her family is originally from Spain but they moved around a lot. She didn't spend much time there.[46]

Was there a reason Kat's parents didn't introduce themselves to Annie as Surma's friends right away?

They didn't want to crowd her. [47]

What does Anja think of the Headmaster?

He's alright. [48]

Is Anja aware of the telekinetic uses of the blinker stone? Can she make use of them herself?

She is aware of them yeah. [49]

Did the Donlans realize that Kat didn't really have any friends before Annie arrived? Also, have they ever wondered if it's best for Kat to basically raise her in the Court?

They felt it was a good place for her to be because she would have access to a unique education. They didn't realise she didn't have many friends. [50]

In the first panel of [Chapter 2, Page 3] there is a thought bubble saying "hmm..." . Is Anja just wondering how to deal with Winsbury or is she thinking about how much Annie resembles her father in behaviour?

The latter [51]

Kat's parents seem like such an intelligent and attentive pair, so how did she convince them to let her play such violent videogames? I mean, really, building yourself a hoverbike one thing, but GTA just isn't wholesome in the slightest.

They understand that their daughter is not a dumbass. [52]

Are Kat's parents aware of what happened between her and Alistair?

Nope [53]

Are any of the adults aware of Annie's ability to see the psychopomps?

Some of them are, yes. Jones, the Donlans, Eglamore, some other teachers and higher ups, etc. [54]

Donald Donlan

On Chapter 14, Page 26, who makes the shield that appears in front of Reynardine: Donlan or Rey?

It was Donald.[55]

Would the Scottish Mr. Donlan enjoy watching some Olympic curling?

Not really, no. Maybe if there was an event involving firearms or artillery.[56]

When did Anja and Donald start dating?

Not long after Chapter 22.[57]

What's the general student perception of Anja and Donald as teachers? Would either be described as being particularly lenient or strict, difficult or easy, dull or interesting?

They think Anja is pretty nice. Donald tends to only teach the older years though, so they haven't come across him yet.[58]

Why did the Donlans leave the court to have Kat?

They just wanted to get away for a while. Kat was something that happened while they were away.[59]

Was there a reason Kat's parents didn't introduce themselves to Annie as Surma's friends right away?

They didn't want to crowd her. [60]

Did the Donlans realize that Kat didn't really have any friends before Annie arrived? Also, have they ever wondered if it's best for Kat to basically raise her in the Court?

They felt it was a good place for her to be because she would have access to a unique education. They didn't realise she didn't have many friends. [61]

Kat's parents seem like such an intelligent and attentive pair, so how did she convince them to let her play such violent videogames? I mean, really, building yourself a hoverbike one thing, but GTA just isn't wholesome in the slightest.

They understand that their daughter is not a dumbass. [62]

Do Donnie and Anthony consider each other true friends?

Yes [63]

Are Kat's parents aware of what happened between her and Alistair?

Nope [64]

Are any of the adults aware of Annie's ability to see the psychopomps?

Some of them are, yes. Jones, the Donlans, Eglamore, some other teachers and higher ups, etc. [65]

Did Donald have any special talents when he was a student?

He has an aptitude for mechanics. [66]

James Eglamore

How do you pronounce Mr. Eglamore's name? Eg-lah-more? Eg-la-mor-ay? Eg-la-more?

It's Egg-La-More.[67]

How tall is Eglamore?

Pretty tall, I'd wager. I haven't had the opportunity to measure him.[68]

How old is Eglamore?

Mid to late 30's I guess.[69]

Who knighted Eglamore, or is the "sir" just an reference to the song?

The Queen knighted him.[70]

If possible, would you please clarify if the Queen who knighted Sir Eglamore is Elizabeth II or some other royal person, real or fictional?

Two answers:

  1. He was knighted by the Queen of England.
  2. The Queen in the story does not exist in real life.[71]

So who would win in a straight-up brawl? Thorn in his heyday, or Eglamore now?

It would be a heck of a fight, but Eglamore would win.[72]

Who is handling their feelings about Surma's death better, Reynardine or Eglamore?

Reynardine.[73]

Why does Eglamore's hair appear entirely black now, instead of brown like in his younger days?

Because it got darker as he got older.[74]

Did Sir Eglamore learn to be a dragonslayer as part of the school curriculum?

No, he was trained specifically for the role.[75]

Does Eglamore's "high jump" ability (as well as the former games teacher) is naturally developed, or is it some sort of court technology/etherical intervention?

It's part of his training, which was not purely natural.[76]

Would Eglamore ever want Parley or Andrew to be his successor?

Only if they were good enough.[77]

Eglamore is extremely muscular. Is there a kind of gym in the Court that he works out at?

Yeah, there are gyms in the Court so people can get exercise if they want.[78]

Does Eglamore have a girlfriend?

No.[79]

Did Eglamore meet Sivo while he was away training?

In a way, yes. [80]

Was Reynardine ever tortured by Eglamore?

Possibly. [81]

Does Eglamore speak Slovenian?

Yup. [82]

Do the other mediums-in-training know why the blade bounced off Jones' face? Does Eglamore?

Yup. [83]

How big a production is it for the Court when Annie decides to enter Gilitie?

It's not such a big deal if she is just going over. Jones usually sorts it all out and Eglamore takes her over. [84]

Why does Eglamore hate Anthony so much? (aside from the fact that is was Anthony who married Surma).

Mainly cos he stole his girl [85]

Did Jim/James/Jimmy/Eglamore ever like Anthony?

Not really [86]

Are any of the adults aware of Annie's ability to see the psychopomps?

Some of them are, yes. Jones, the Donlans, Eglamore, some other teachers and higher ups, etc. [87]

Bob

What I want to know is the question Tom is answering! [Referring to Tom's comment "The answer is yes."]

It's "Is that the guy from Chapter 6?"[88]

If snarky gardener guy isn't going to show up again, can you make up a name for him to tell us? If he's gonna show up again I won't ask you to tell us right away.

The gardener will be in the story in the future. His name is Bob.[89]

The gardener's speech bubbles are a different color in chapter 6 than in chapter 14; was this intentional?

Bob's speech balloon colour was 87% grey in Chapter 6 and 90% grey in chapter 14. I apologise sincerely for this. In my defense, some of the blame lies with the Joint Photographic Expert Group.[90]

Jones

What sort of regional accent does Jones have?

It is difficult to describe, but she technically doesn't have one.[91]

Is Jones a robot?

That would be pretty cool.[92]

Is Jones an android?

That would be pretty weird.[93]

Is Jones a being created by the Court?

No.[94]

Jones is some kind of Homunculus, isnt she?

that would be pretty weird.[95]

Is Jones, Jeane's psychopomp?

No [96]

Actually Jones being blind would explain a whole lot.

Jones isn't blind.[97]

Was Jones taught at the court?

Nope.[98]

How many hit points does Jones have?

Let me find a piece of paper long enough to write it down.[99]

Does Jones have any family? Also, I can't remember if it was mentioned in the comic, but what's her first name?

Jones is her first name.[100]

What is Jones' last name?

Jones.[101]

Does Jones only have the one name, or is her full name really Jones Jones?

It's just Jones.[102]

roughly how old is Jones? Is she maybe older than she appears to be?

She is older than she appears.[103]

Is Jones about the same age as the Donlans?

It would appear that she is younger[104]

Has Jones ever laughed in her entire lifetime?

She tried it a few times.[105]

What else does Jones teach besides medium lessons?

Anything she is required and has time for.[106]

Who has been longer at the Court, the headmaster or Jones?

The headmaster has spent more of his life at the Court than Jones has. [107]

Does Jones have any children?

No. [108]

Any chance of finding out if Jones & Disaster had a good date?

It was good, just as is usually is. They catch a movie together when they get the chance. [109]

Did Jones want to see the movie with Disaster, or did she just do it to make him happy?

She considers Randy a friend, and so is not averse to spending time with him. [110]

How big a production is it for the Court when Annie decides to enter Gilitie?

It's not such a big deal if she is just going over. Jones usually sorts it all out and Eglamore takes her over. [111]

I have recently encountered a fictional instance of a non-human being in human form having exactly NO smell - not even according to the resident talking dog, with his excellent sense of smell. Is Jones' complete lack of an accent comparable to this?

I suppose that is analogous, yes. [112]

Did Jones try to investigate Jeanne after Annie mentioned her?

Yes. [113]

Have Coyote and Jones ever had a conversation?

Yes. [114]

Why did Jones want Rey to see the holographic simulation of that meeting? Was that a sneaky way of getting to know how much he knew?

She thought it might be interesting for him to see, and maybe to share any insight from that time. [115]

Does Jones not swim because she'd sink due to being far heavier than she looks?

Yup [116]

Is Jones' body made of something other than flesh & blood?

It would appear that way [117]

What is Jones' most favorite thing?

Discovery [118]

Was Jones at the power station all along? As in, before the boat people got there? [Chapter 27, Page 24]

No, she arrived on the boat [119]

Are any of the adults aware of Annie's ability to see the psychopomps?

Some of them are, yes. Jones, the Donlans, Eglamore, some other teachers and higher ups, etc. [120]

Does Jones have to be very careful with her strength?

Yup [121]

Has Jones ever purposely lied to the Court?

yes [122]

Hyland

Is Jack's dad still prejudiced against the etherically gifted, or has he mellowed out? Did Jack take on any of that prejudice?

He just became a normal dude.[123]

Would jack's dad be really angry if he found out about all of the etheric stuff that's been happening to his son?

He'd be pretty concerned.[124]

Is Jack's father as technologically adept as his son is? He didn't seem too bright when he appeared.

he was just a dumb kid back then [125]

The Headmaster

What kind of music does Janet's father enjoy (if any)?

Traditional English folk music.[126]

What's the name of the headmaster of Gunnerkrigg Court?

He has not said.[127]

Do most of the teachers generally view the Court headmaster favorably or unfavorably?

Quite favourably.[128]

Is the headmaster always that bored, or only when meeting with the forest?

Usually just when meeting with the forest.[129]

Who has been longer at the Court, the headmaster or Jones?

The headmaster has spent more of his life at the Court than Jones has. [130]

What relation is the headmaster to the founders of the court?

None. [131]

Is the Headmaster the highest authority at the Court or just the school?

Just the school. [132]

Does the Headmaster teach any students?

No. [133]

Diego

Why did Diego keep bringing that little robot around everywhere with him?

He kept it around as a reminder. [134]

So, why didn't the laser cows cut the grass around the monument?

Because it was a monument to Sir Young, whom their creator, Diego, hated very much. [135]

In Diego's fixed robot fight, the bull certainly seems to be modeled after Sir Young; is the Seraph robot that kills it modeled after anyone?

Diego. [136]

Why would Diego even create something like Boxbot?

He wasn't the greatest of dudes. [137]

Was Robox made by Diego? Even he didn't, was it built to make up for Boxbot's terribleness?

Yup [138]

Jeanne

Maybe a plot question, but are the Annan Waters impassable in the sense that Jeanne's ghost attacks people who would cross, or is there something more significant at work?

It's mainly Jeanne's ghost that will destroy anything that tries to cross. [139]

Is Jeanne's Helga face a statement about her character?

Still waters run deep. [140]

I noticed that Jeanne has that red choker thing around her neck every time you see her, does it have etheric properties?

no [141]

Was Jeanne a strong warrior when she was alive?

yes [142]

Is Jeanne's name a reference to Jeanne d'Arc?

no [143]

Would Jeanne be capable of injuring a psychopomp? If she kills stuff down there, surely some of them have to come by, but for now I just assume they don't make themselves visible to her.

Yes, she could [144]

Who fell in love with Jeanne first, Diego or green elf dude?

Diego, technically. [145]

How old was Jeanne when she was killed?

early 20s [146]

Why wasn't Jeanne allowed to leave the court?

Nobody was [147]

Sir Young

What's that herb on Sir Young's coat in [Chapter 23, Page 11] and [Chapter 23, Page 16]?

It's just a sprig of wheat. [148]

Shell

Is "Shell" short for "Michelle"?

Yes [149]

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