Okay, so since I've finally mostly caught up with this podcast on the Heiron side (I'm still on 31 of Counter/Weight, which I'm finding harder to listen to), I wanna talk about some things.
Okay, I actually wanna talk about Red Jack, because I just hit that part in the post-mortem and went by it and an hour later into this (maybe less or more), I'm still considering some shit. I haven't slept. Those two things are unrelated, but I guess it bears mentioning? I'm not good at sleeping. Anyway.
So a friend and I were talking about this whole Red Jack thing and how apparently he's a fuckin' Immortal Oni Highlander, of which there can only be one. They brought up the idea that the Red Jack we met in the forest might not be the same one that was in Marielda. Fucked up if true, but this made me consider certain things.
First off, I feel like after a certain while, there reaches a point where an iteration of Red Jack just is and stays Red Jack for a while maybe? And maybe both those RJ's are the same, because he's just been old enough to have more experience and easily murder any accidental doubles. At some point, you have to have been Red Jack for long enough to have Won Enough and to know when you've got to murder your doppleganger.
And presumably at some point he also had to have cottoned onto the whole thing and started avoiding things that made him reproduce on purpose, because he apparently really doesn't like the experience of essentially having to kill himself in one-on-one combat. So at some point, the doubles had to have started being accidental, right? Except they're probably not by winter in Hieron, and I think at this point he's wandering around with his rowdy Oni boys that he's keeping kiddos mostly on account of the fact that he either keeps getting into fights, is lonely, or both. Maybe when you're Red Jack, it just gets to a point where you can't stomach the idea of looking at your own corpse anymore, but it's not like you can leave all these other potential yous to roam the countryside without supervision. You gotta keep an eye on them. These rowdy boys are your sons now.
And speaking of reproduction, I'm pretty sure he works like a starfish? It's possible that when you cut a limb off of Red Jack, it just sprouts another Red Jack, and that might have been what Hela's sword stopped a bit of?
I've still got an hour left in this post-mortem. This shit is going to haunt me to my dying day.