That Cassie sure knows how to win friends and influence people – you’d think the lesson in “manners” she got from Maya at the end of Chapter 4 might have improved her people skills… apparently not.ย  Cassie can assume various shapes when in her sand form – but with less of her sand available she has to make do with what she’s got. That means she can make a full-sized bust of herself or a miniature version of her whole body… I mention this in case it’s not all that clear from the artwork what’s going on. [Update! I’ve changed some of the wording to make it a bit clearer, I hope, that Cassie is stuck fast not just cocooned by the webbing…!]

How do sand people talk? Clearly they don’t need to breathe and have no respiratory system in that form… my theory is that the sound is caused by the sand grains rubbing together (like crickets rubbing their hind legs creates that deafening sound their capable of). How do they see?? um… er… *runs away*…

Happy new year! Thanks for reading – I’m planning some great stuff for Magellan in 2011, so stay tuned.