List of Common Misconceptions
Inspired by the Wikipedia article of the same name and the xkcd comic that described it, this is an incomplete list, not intended to be exhaustive, that corrects erroneous beliefs that are currently widely held about notable Erfworld topics. Although Erfworld misconceptions and corresponding facts have not been discussed in published literature, added misconceptions should include links to the comic that disprove the misconceptions.
Previously the article had entries formatted as corrections, implying rather than stating misconceptions, but this has been deemed too confusing. Therefore, each misconception should be clearly stated, followed by the correction and evidence.
Misconception: Parson Gotti is still bound by the Erfworld filter and can only say boop.
Correction: Parson Gotti has been able to swear since the last page of Book 1.
- TBFGK 150: Parson Gotti first swears in Erfworld after declaring himself a player.
- Hvs.tCF 14: Parson Gotti, when faced with the potential of having to pay his large upkeep, says he might have to go back to saying “boop.”
- Hvs.tCF 247: Caesar Borgata and Parson Gotti discuss the latter’s swearing.
- Hvs.tCF 163: The second to last panel involves a conversation between Antium and Bonnie wherein the latter is the last one to speak.
- Antium is therefore responding, and the only one speaking in the last panel since all three boxes are connected by the single pair of quotes. The first box is the reason Roger Victor Clarence is shown, not the last box.
Misconception: Parson Gotti stayed in Erfworld because he considers it his home.
- Hvs.tCF 294: Jed is able to supply Maggie with just enough stolen juice to perform basic internal Thinkamancy, but she has to use it immediately, as it trickles in. She cannot store it. She also has to be touching Makaleka. There is no evidence at all that Jack has received even this much juice, as Jed doesn't have a paternal connection to Jack the way he does with Maggie, nor is there a Fashion Jack doll (so far as we know) for the juice to be channeled through.
Misconception: Breaking the collar of a portal allows non-caster units to use the portal.
Correction: Breaking a portal collar does not allow non-caster units to traverse the portal into the Magic Kingdom. The only known effect of breaking a portal collar is the projection of portal shards onto the surrounding bedrock.
- Hvs.tCF 235: Ivan Poe and Claud Gauntlet discuss Charlescomm’s broken portal collar.
- Hvs.tCF 252: Parson Gotti defines Jed’s phrase “kipi the portal” as “rig it so non-casters can enter” and politely requests that Jed relay the order to do so to Wanda Firebaugh, Ivan Poe and Claud Gauntlet. This helps define the conflated but actually separate portal hack.
- Hvs.tCF 267: Ivan Poe and Isaac Cipher within the Big Think discuss breaking portal collars and rigging the portal for non-caster passage to the Magic Kingdom as separate though related examples of portal hacking.
- Hvs.tCF 300: Ivan Poe suggests to Wanda Firebaugh that they break the Spacerock portal collar to go through it under bedrock to avoid a gun fight. This is proposed as a separate idea from fulfilling the order from Parson Gotti to rig the portal.
- Hvs.tCF 160: Don King gave the password to Vanna specifically to ensure her safety from Bill. In doing so, he gave her no instructions about controlling the molls.
- Hvs.tCF 186: Vanna tells Charlie she thinks it woke up Don King and “put the doll units that heard it under his direct control," whatever that means in game-mechanic terms.
- Hvs.tCF 191: Bunny Velvetino reviews what the Makaleka has done and thinks to herself that Vanna’s use of the safe word had woken up Don King, who put the palace on lockdown, waking everyone else.
Misconception: Only casters have and can use juice.
Correction: Juice is not caster-specific, because silent orders and pinkie swears require juice and warlords often perform both.
- IPTSF Text 28: Jillian Zamussels offers to pinkie swear with an inquiring warlord that her group is no threat to * Haffaton.
- Hvs.tCF 136: Artemis adds silent orders to her verbal commands to Bonnie.
- Hvs.tCF 191: Bunny Velvetino thinks to herself that silent orders use an insignificant speck of juice.
- Hvs.tCF 221: Janis Atlantis thinks to herself that Wanda Firebaugh cannot perform a pinkie swear because prisoners don’t have juice.
Correction: Shmucker is the correct spelling of the intangible currency of Erfworld, with only one 'c'.