"Sizemore, you weep for those you have ended. I love you for that. You want peace. But we are popped in a world where peace is impossible."
Strengths: Teaching, Patience, Hope
First Appearance: TBFGK 11
She is a permanent resident of the Magic Kingdom.
Janis acts as a teacher to many, including Sizemore Rockwell. She is generous, attempting to provide a lesson gratis to Sizemore after he failed to learn anything about Flower Power. She also acts as a guru and moral compass, helping Sizemore through the difficult times Parson Gotti put him through in the Battle for Gobwin Knob. She also takes on a leadership role, organizing the response to the sudden and unexpected appearance of Parson and the Linked Casters from Gobwin Knob.
Janis is involved in a conspiracy with Marie Lavraie, the former Predictamancer of Faq. Janis believes that Marie helped to create the Summon Perfect Warlord Spell that brought Parson to Erfworld as part of a plan to end war on Erfworld. However, Janis questions Marie's judgment in giving the spell to Wanda, who seems to Janis to be the very antithesis of everything she believes and stands for. Because of her very close relationship with Marie, Janis was able to persuade the other casters involved in Wanda's trial to allow her to preserve Marie's body after Marie was croaked in the Battle of Portal Park. Eventually, Janis managed to sneak the Arkenpliers into the dirtmansion and get the imprisoned Wanda to decrypt Marie (and simultaneously Ivan Poe and Claud Gauntlet, by accident).
Janis is extremely interested in Parson's potential capability to change the course of Erfworld's history. She has strongly encouraged Sizemore to remain Parson's friend and supporter, so that Sizemore will be in a position to influence Parson. Sizemore has so far followed Janis's advice, despite his own fears that Parson's influence on the world is likely to be terribly harmful. Sizemore believes that Janis is very wise, and he values her friendship highly. He views her as a moral authority.
When we first met Janis and Sizemore, Janis was trying unsuccessfully to teach Sizemore to use Flower Power, in return for a fee of 8 Rands. Since she is unable to teach him, Janis offers to waive her fee, but instead Sizemore insists on paying her 20 Rands, possibly because there is a good chance that he's going to die, and so won't need the money himself. Sizemore admits to Janis that he didn't really expect to be very good at the form of magic Janis was teaching. The fact that Janis had apparently never before tried to teach Sizemore Flower Power, and that he had originally agreed to pay her for his lesson, suggests that Sizemore and Janis were not particularly close friends before Parson was summoned to Erfworld. When Parson appeared in the Magic Kingdom, Janis moved decisively to take control of the situation, rendering Parson unconscious (perhaps so he wouldn't further antagonize the other casters) and offering a large sum of money to get Sizemore safely extracted from his link to Maggie and Wanda.
Unlike most of the other casters in the Magic Kingdom, Janis remains on very good terms with Sizemore even as it becomes increasingly clear that Gobwin Knob represents a major challenge to the existing social order on Erfworld. This is because she welcomes the changes she thinks Parson may bring, rather than fearing them.
Real World References
A couple of sources have been suggested for her name:
- Janis Joplin, a major musician in the 60s counterculture. The psychedelic nature of her music is strongly associated with the Hippie movement.
- Janice Rand, a character from Star Trek. Sizemore used currency called Rands to pay her for teaching him.
- Janis Ian, a singer that began her career in the '60s
Her title of Grand Abbie may come from: