Go give an order to a cloud. If the cloud obeys you, then I will.
First appearance: Hvs.tCF 53
In his experiments with caster links, Parson wanted to see if a Dirtamancy/Dollamancy caster link could turn a tower into some form of enormous golem. During the link-up, Sizemore, Ace Hardware, and Maggie agreed that, due to the intrinsic nature of the tower, it would be impossible to imbue the tower with motion. But they also realized that other possibilities were open to them. They discovered that towers actually have primitive minds, and they were able to awaken Jed into sentience.
Using Dirtamancy and Dollamancy's power to build golems and reshape cities, they were then able to let the tower pick out a new appearance for itself. Among other things, the tower remodeled Stanley's office to have a tiki bar and a hot tub.
The tower is now able to manage itself and see to its occupant's needs. It takes an active role in managing the defense of the city, aware of what units are present in Spacerock and suggesting additions to Stanley.
Jed is currently known to have the following abilities:
- Manipulate the faces of its many masks.
- Highlight items within itself with a white aura.
- Observe its occupants and sense their mood.
- At the bar, suggest cocktail-recipes.
- Unspecified elemental powers it can use to protect the city.
- Was somehow able to sense that the Juggle Elves were using destructive foraging in Rightshoring territory.
- Transmit Maggie Thinkagrams.
- Juice source for Maggie
Jed uses his own set of words when referring to people and things. They are various words of Hawaiian language. This table is roughly in the order that the words appear within Erfworld.
|Name||Person / Thing||rough translation|
|Kahuna||Stanley||chief, leader, caretaker|
|Kilo Honua||Sizemore, Dirtamancer||the one who observes/studies earth|
|Makaleka||Fashion Maggie||Hawaiian female given name, a variant of "Margaret"; also a series of Hawaiian souvenir dolls|
|kipi||dirty trick, treason||dirty trick, treason|
|Kahuna Kolohe||Charlie||mischievous chief, chief rascal|
|Kahuna 'ea||Wanda Firebaugh||chief/priest that could raise the dead|
|chee pono||All right!||expression of satisfaction, gratification or elation|
|mahalo||Thank you||Thank you|
|kaakaua||war maneuvers||maneuvers of army in time of battle|
|kanaka kolohe||rogue||rogue, rascal|
|kohu 'ole||nonsense||not matching, unsuitable, ridiculous, absurd, inappropriate, of poor taste, nonsense|
|Kapikala Akua||Jed||Kapikala = City, Capital; Akua = Godly|
|kaula||rope||rope, cable, bridle|
|hewa haumia||dirty trick||immoral|
|Kilo Wahahe'e||Jack||Kilo = seer, reader of omens, necromancer; Wahahe'e = liar, false, deceitful|
|maawe ho'one'e||upkeep string||maawe = strap; ho'one'e = move, indication of where words should be moved to (Turnamancy?)|
|Kilo Mana'o||Thinkamancer||Kilo = seer, reader of omens, necromancer; Mana'o = thought, idea, belief|
|maawe aloha||Date-a-mancy string?||"love connection"|
|huhu||angry||should be spelled Huhū|
|pū'ali 'ānela||holy warrior||pū'ali = warrior, army, tightened waistband; 'ānela = angel|
|Kilo Ki'i||Ace Hardware, Dollamancer||Kilo = seer, reader of omens, necromancer; Ki'i = image, statue, doll|
|Kahuna Kauali'i||Stanley||Kahuna = chief, leader; Kauali'i = commoner raised to chieftainship by the king (not royal)|
|akamai||genius||smart, intelligent, skilled|
|Wahine Lele||Bonnie||Wahine = woman; Lele = to fly, jump, etc.|
|Menehune Nunui||Zhopa||Menehune = goblin, legendary small race of night workers; Nunui = large, great|
|Kupuna||"the Source"||source, starting point|
The tower has largely been described in archetypal terms.
Archeologists think that in Real World ancient Polynesian religion, objects like the Moai were believed to be magically charged with mana. Perhaps Jed the Head has its own juice pool rather than being filled with spells by casters.
Real World References
A Djed pillar is an ancient Egyptian symbol representing stability; it was often combined with a pair of eyes in hieroglyphics to represent Osiris.
The name Jed means "Friend of God".
Jed sprinkles its speech with Hawaiian words.