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''Tool redirects here. For other uses, see [[tool_(disambiguation)|tool (disambiguation)]]
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Arkentools are a group of [[Artifacts]] believed to be created by the [[Titans]] of Ark. They are sometimes referred to as "the tools of the Titans".{{erf|1|020}} {{erf|1|004}} While useful on their own, their true power is revealed when they are attuned to their user. The Arkentools look different from most objects in the world; they resemble three-dimensional computer-generated images.
[[Parson]]'s first [[Stupid Meal]] says there are four known Arkentools.{{erf|1|039}}
The Arkentools seen so far are:
*the [[Arkenhammer]]
*the [[Arkenpliers]]
*the [[Arkendish]]
The fourth Arkentool has yet to be revealed.
=Proposed Canon=
Attunement is governed by [[Fate]] [[magic]]. {{erf|1|022}}
[[Stanley]] took the title of Tool because he felt that he was destined to collect the Arkentools{{erf|1|020}}; however, recently, his failure to reach [[Faq]] has left him in doubt as to his destiny. [[Wanda]]'s attunement to the [[Arkenpliers]] has also cast doubt on his belief system, making him uncharacteristically cautious about demanding anything of those that work for him.
The [[Main Page|Erfwiki]] is also a Tool, but whether it exists within [[Erfworld]] in addition to its known [[Real World|Stupidworld-Prime]] incarnation remains to be seen.
==The Fourth Arkentool==
It is possible the fourth arkentool relates to [[Retconjuration]], perhaps being called the Arkenpen, having the ability to 'rewrite' or 'retcon' parts of erfworld. Another theory is that the fourth Arkentool will relate to dirtamancy (thus being the Arkenshovel).  As the tool does not need to have any obvious connection to its related mancy - e.g. pliers have no obvious connection to Croakamancy - this does not mean the fourth tool will be a shovel, even if it is dirtamancy related. 
Additionally it is possible that [[Parson]] may be the fourth Arkentool given that at the start of book one he was in the process of designing a game very similar to 'erfworld'. This would possibly explain his ability to 'break' certain game rules in the same way that Arkentools have been said to be 'game-breakers'
Erfworld relies heavily on puns and comedic references to Parson's world; accordingly, the fourth Arkentool may be humorous, such as the Arkensaw or Arkenwelder.
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==Etymology of the Name==
The Arkenstone was the name of a large and valuable dwarven gemstone in J.R.R. Tolkien's ''The Hobbit''.  Tolkien took the name from Old English: eorcen-stán (also spelled eorcnan-stán, earcen-stán, etc.), or Old Norse jarkna-steinn, meaning "precious stone".  Thus, "arken" by itself might be interpreted to mean "precious".
==Associated Discipline==
Given that the [[Arkendish]] provides "unmatched" [[Thinkamancy]] and the [[Arkenpliers]] provide clearly unequalled [[Croakamancy]], many readers feel that there is an associated Discipline for the other two Arkentools. Exactly ''which'' disciplines these are is still a matter of intense debate. For instance, some readers suspect that all the Arkentools are associated with [[Fate]]-aligned disciplines, given that this pattern fits both the Arkendish and Arkenpliers, and that Fate is thought by Ansom and Wanda to be the determining factor in a [[Unit]]'s attunement to the artifact. However, this is not universally agreed upon, given the difficulties with assigning a Fate-aligned discipline to the Arkenhammer. (See [[Arkenhammer#Associated_Discipline_Debate|this article]] for a detailed discussion of the [[Arkenhammer]]'s possible associated disciplines, with arguments for and against each.)
There has been [[Mathamancy Bracer|speculation]] that Parson's mathamancy bracer is a mathamancy-based Arkentool as it has many similar ability giving features. It is also possible that Parson's watch-calculator itself is an Arkentool.
==Real World References and their Implications==
It was pointed out that several characters have names that alludes to companies around the world that manufacture tools:
*[http://www.stanleytools.com/ Stanley] manufactures hand tools
*[http://www.wanda-tools.net/ Zhejiang Wanda Tools Co. Ltd] specializes in making pliers
*[http://www.dishnetwork.com/ Dish Network] formed by Charles W. "Charlie" Ergen  provides satellite television service in the United States
There is a company named [http://rockwelltools.com/ Rockwell] that manufactures tools.  It is also worth noting that one of the earliest [http://www.freepatentsonline.com/1449702.html patents] for a shovel design was given to James B. Sizemore. It has thus been suggested by some readers that the fourth Arkentool might be an Arkenshovel and be given to the character [[Sizemore Rockwell]].
It was (half) humorously suggested that [[the fourth Arkentool]] should be named Arkensaw - just for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas the fun] of it.
==Relation to Units==
It is probable that each Arkentool has an associated special Unit. The Arkenhammer permits the taming of [[Dwagons]], and the Arkenpliers create '[[decrypted]]'. Most readers agree that the Arkendish is probably involved with creating [[Archons]]. Few sides can [[pop]] Archons and [[Charlescomm]] is the only side that can pop them at a rate of up to 1.5 per turn.{{blog|2009|10|summer-updates-%e2%80%93-046}} So far, the main effect of the Arkentools on [[Erfworld]] seems to be to alter the demographics of Erfworld's population, by increasing the numbers of [[Archons]], [[Dwagons]] and [[Decrypted]].  --Speculation--  It may be that the Arkenshovel, if it is in fact the fourth Arkentool, may give the wielder the ability to summon and control [[Daemons]], although there is no evidence of this presented so far.
{| style="background:black; color:white; text-align:center"
| style="background:gray; width:100px" |Arkentool||style="background:gray; width:125px" |Special [[Unit]]||style="background:gray; width:200px" |Associated Discipline||style="background:gray; width:100px" |Associated Axis||style="background:gray; width:125px" |Associated Elements
|- style="background:white; color:black"
|- style="background:white; color:black"
|[[Arkenpliers]]||[[Decrypted]]||[[Croakamancy]]||[[Fate]]||[[Motion]] & [[Matter]]
|- style="background:white; color:black"
|[[Arkendish]]||[[Archons]]||[[Thinkamancy]]||[[Fate]]||[[Life]] & [[Motion]]
|- style="background:white; color:black"
|"Arkenshovel" (speculation)||Superior [[Golems]]?||Possibly [[Dirtamancy]] and/or [[Changemancy]]?||[[Erf]] or [[Fate]]||[[Matter]]
I think we're missing some obvious speculation here. The [[Main Page]] says the wiki is a tool. Is there any reason it can't exist in [[Erfworld]] too? Perhaps as some book with special power beyond it's encyclopedic knowledge.
==Changing the Fundamental Laws of Magic==
The inhabitants of the [[Magic Kingdom]] are not simply concerned about [[Wanda]]'s actions because of their political implications. There is a widespread theoretical consensus, which [[Sizemore]] shares, that she is extending [[Croakamancy]] to the [[Life]] axis. Is [[Charlie]] and the Arkendish extending  [[Thinkamancy]] to the [[Matter]] axis by creating so many [[Archons]] who can use Thinkamancy? Does [[Stanley]]'s army of [[Dwagons]] alter Erfworld's magical laws in a third way?
==Purpose within Erfworld==
[[Janis]] believes that [[Parson Gotti|Parson's]] outside the box approach to combat is going to "break" Erfworld and bring an end to the continual warfare{{erf|1|141}} — it is apparently more than coincidence that the Arkentools are coming into play around the time Parson arrived in Erfworld. As Erfworld is based on strategy game mechanics, the Arkentools themselves seem to be what are often called "game breakers" – special abilities, units or items which confer an unfair/unbalanced advantage to the side that possesses them making them exceedingly difficult to counter. It seems plausible then, that the "fate magic" alluded to surround the Arkentools is to bring all four together and somehow break Erfworld itself using them (e.g. rewriting the rules into something closer to the [[Real World]]). The common phrase "Tools of the Titans" adds to this possibility by implying that the Arkentools are the tools by which Erfworld was originally built.
A theory for how this can be done is to use the Arkendish to form a [[Caster link]] between the wielders of the other 3 Arkentools (creating the first ever 4 caster link in Erfworld's history), the power of the tools and the link combined allows the participants to reshape the entire Erfworld itself. This would work in a similar kind of way to the volcano link ("I actually modified the terrain type, like a Titan"{{erf|1|142|6}}) without the raw destruction. The obvious problem with this idea is that [[Stanley]] is not a caster as far as we know; there are several workarounds for this including the plot allowing him to become a [[caster]], he may be killed and end up passing the hammer to someone who is a caster or (because this is a unique circumstance) the Arkendish link may be able to include non-casters.
==Relative Complexity==
Of the three arkentools we've seen so far, they have been of increasing levels of complexity.
On the low end, there is the Hammer. Simple. Straightforward. A thing on the end of a stick to let you hit things better. Next is the Pliers. Moving parts, but still pretty simple. Two parts held together to help you pinch things. Then there's a leap up to a satellite dish. Power sources, invisible waves and rays, all to aid in communication. The fourth tool... is still a mystery. Roughly though, we can place it in one of three positions then: Even Simpler, the Missing Step, or Clarke's Model.
*Even Simpler would place it below the hammer in terms of complexity. Where the Hammer is a thing on a stick, the fourth tool would be... a stick. Or a thing. A single piece tool with a minimum of crafting in it. An awl, a chisel, a screwdriver... maybe even an anvil.
*The Missing Step would place it between the Pliers and the Dish. Something to bridge the gap from the purely physical nature of the Pliers to the pure energy nature of the Dish. Perhaps something involving springs and gears, clockwork or steam. An engine, perhaps? This seems unlikely, though.
*Clarke's Model would put it beyond the Dish. Considering the increasing size of the disparity in complexity in going from Hammer to Pliers to Satellite Dish, the next step would be so great as to surpass all levels of technology that currently exist, or that could exist in the foreseeable near future. To us, the reader, it would appear simply as... magic. And in a world where magic is not uncommon, that might be the hardest tool of all to pinpoint.
That being said,  a guess as to what it might be... the portals. The fourth Arkentool is a transporter system, either formerly attuned to the founder of the Magic Kingdom or currently to someone inside it.
==More Arkentools==
As the Arkentool count was given to us by a [[Stupid Meal]] that has been proven at least inaccurate in all other aspects, there is possibility that the four 'known' Arkentools are items out of a larger set and some 'unknown Arkentools' exist and have been forgotten in the countless turns since the world was forged.
[[Category:Proposed Canon]]
[[Category:Real World References]]

Revision as of 09:53, 12 April 2011

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