This chapter has existed for a while, but it’s been rewritten a few times. Thanks to the helpful folks at TV Tropes Wiki for the firearms-related info. I’m going to own up and say I don’t know the first thing about guns. Initially Tom was to be using a shotgun, but I’m not convinced they’re accurate enough. Then, until very recently, he was to be using a modified nail gun, until someone pointed out that that was utterly implausible. I believe a rifle is accurate, and plausibly something a farmer would own.
And if it turns out they aren’t, just pretend it’s some kind of futuristic rifle, OK?
This is easily the most science fictiony chapter so far, although this isn’t the first time a shadow creature like the one in this chapter has appeared. Brownie points will be awarded to anyone who knows when the shadow creature first showed up.
Let’s see, what else warrants an explanation..? Ah, yes. Iaru has a sword. Not a Sword, but a regular sword for stabbing and stuff ornamental purposes. It’s his most prized possession.
The “yellow limestone” described by Johnny is actually oolitic limestone, otherwise known as Cotswold stone. You see it a lot around here. It was inevitable that the characters would arrive in the Cotswolds at some point.
In fact, Tom is a Gloucestershire man.
However, he will never say “Ooh-arr!”