Comic 486 - One down

16th Feb 2017, 6:00 PM in Chapter Eight
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486 - One down
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)

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rufiangel 16th Feb 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Thursday! :D

And that's a wrap for this match, good job Misuta Pomp, you lasted four whole pages, that's not bad! XD And you got to keep your hair (mostly intact) too, isn't that nice?

Gotta keep it brief, uploading this at work today XD; I'll catch you guys tomorrow with Friday Flare - if you missed the V-Day Crossover Exchange, please check the previous page's A/N for the link and check it out! :D

Thanks for reading, as always <3



mjkj 16th Feb 2017, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Waaaaaaahhhh, no haircut???? =(
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Aww, I'm sorry Mjkj for that level of disappointment :'D

If Jarvi's picture on the last page is anything to go by, then technically the haircut would have been murder, and that would have disqualified Kylie, so... ;) lololol
MST3KFan 16th Feb 2017, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
rufi pulled a fast one on us! XD

Everyone was thinking the hair and yet it was his length attack shouts. LOL
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Ahahaha XD the hair is too obvious ;D lolol!

(Also, technically, the hair is obnoxious but it doesn't really constitute as a weakness in battle if he doesn't mind shoving it in people's faces XDDD I mean... what if people *have* cut it in the past, but it just grows back on the spot like Piccolo's limbs? :'D)
KAM 16th Feb 2017, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
And from now on his attack names will be "Bang!" "Pow!" and "Smash!" ;-)
Headgamer 16th Feb 2017, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
XD Those would certainly be... efficient! LOL
Lukkai 21st Feb 2017, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
If it's good enough for Batman...
Headgamer 16th Feb 2017, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
What a glar she gives on that second panel. XD
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
It's her 'I don't have time for you' face XD
CiciEnixa 16th Feb 2017, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
... His hair broke... It still counts, folks... I think XD (Misuta Fwoooomp~)

I love how delighted wee Briar is, this must've been the coolest KO he's seen yet! I'm sure this will put Kylie muchly in his favor if she isn't already <3
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Fwoooomp indeed! <3 ;D I'm glad you think it still counts, I think it does XDD

Briar definitely thinks the instant K.O. is very cool XD Kylie's got such shiny attacks too, yanno ;D nehehehe
Amarok 16th Feb 2017, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
this is why you keybind your attack combos.
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
I think that's probably what Kylie did XD

(She picked up a couple new tricks between Chapter 5 and 7 and can now do two finishing blows in a row without a cooldown in-between, ain't that neat? X3)
Lukkai 21st Feb 2017, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
I think the word Madou would use for that is "scary". Or more like "even scarier", seeing as he considered her scary even before.
Wolfsbane 17th Feb 2017, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
B'd b'd b'd b'dat's all, folks! (Pomp, we barely knew ye....thankfully....)
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
LOL Wolfsbane XDDD

Poor Pomp, he has a lot of personality :'D (and hair)
Proxy170 17th Feb 2017, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
lol this reminds me of when watching magical girl anime and you always wonder "why not just interrupt their spell/attack?" XD You always need a tank in every party!!
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
LOL! XDD I always just figure everyone is just so mesmerised watching Sailormoon twirl for 5 minutes, it doesn't occur to them to interrupt XD (it would be sacrilege! :P)

But yes, a tank is very important in every party :'D can't go without 'em to a boss fight!
Jarvi 17th Feb 2017, 3:32 AM edit delete reply

That... was embarrassing xD Time to change attack names, man xD

rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
I think KAM had some good ideas with shouting the SFX in lieu of an attack name XD 'POW!'
Matt Knab 17th Feb 2017, 4:46 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Haha, he might want to rethink announcing his attacks! XD
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Lololol I know, right? At least yell the attack *while* bringing it down instead of before XDD
Centcomm 17th Feb 2017, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
hahahah saw that coming... And yes she should have whacked off that ridiculous hair thing.. then he could use it as a ---( deleted )---

Im still giggling over this.
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
DANG Centy XDDD ahahahaha! I think Kylie probably (definitely?) would have if he'd done anything to personally offend her ;P (Though arguably, yes, I know, his hair is offensive even without him saying anything XD)
DLKmusic 17th Feb 2017, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
That was awesome... I only have one regret, No more phallic jokes at the expense of Misuta Pomp.

Well, I couldn't really post them anyway, so...
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
As if you didn't already post one or two, DLK XDDD

I'm glad you like the outcome regardless of our verbal punching bag leaving the ring, but you are of course always free to make more jokes here :D
Allzephyr 17th Feb 2017, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Darn, I was really hoping it would be the hair.
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
I think everyone was! I'm sorry to disappoint, Zephy! :'D
Gilrandir 17th Feb 2017, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
So ... why is Sir Bradley hiding his face and showing the sweatdrop? How does Mistah Pomp's abbreviated showing embarrass him?
Lukkai 18th Feb 2017, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
I guess he had hoped for at least some semblance of a fight.
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: It's Kylie's fault for raising his hopes up for something more interesting when she brought up the term 'fatal weakness' XDD
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
@Gil: It's not so much embarrassing as much as it's disappointing - that's his "...really?" face XD
Gilrandir 20th Feb 2017, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Ah. Thank you. You are hundreds of times the artist I am, but I usually associate hiding or shielding the eyes with some form of shame and embarrassment. A "don't look at me" vibe, whereas, with disappointment, I'd be expecting him to have more attention on the source, with an appropriate expression of sadness, disbelief, regret, etc. Just my opinion, re: body languages. (Of course I'm sure there are many cultural variations as well.)

Of course, if he thought the fight was going to be a closer thing and he wagered any money on Mistah Pomp, that would be plenty of reason to be embarrassed right there. ^_^
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Sure Gil, I totally see the room for interpretation here, so even though I clarify what I intend, I understand readers can take it differently - that's okay! X3 It's a bit of a low-key facepalm, lol. Culturally speaking I know there might be differences, especially since I come from such a mixed background - hopefully the general idea gets across though. :'D

(P.S. ANYONE who bet on Misuta Pomp should be rightfully embarrassed! :P)
Crestlinger 17th Feb 2017, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
Hair today, gone tomorrow.
DLKmusic 17th Feb 2017, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
LOL!!! All he needs is the Hair that he breathes..
Gilrandir 18th Feb 2017, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
We've had this all wrong before now! Shame on you for not correcting us, @rufiangel! Mistah Pomp is not wielding a shinai! ...

He is wielding a "hair club for men". ^_^
Gilrandir 18th Feb 2017, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
It will, of course, turn out that, in the kingdom from which he comes, he is the Hair Apparent.. ^_^ But, distressed by the prospect of in-hair-iting the Throne, he went hair-ing off to pursue a life of adventure. ^_^ Ah, the Follicles of Youth!
DLKmusic 18th Feb 2017, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
That makes a lot of sense, Gil! He DOES have a certain Hair about him!
Lukkai 18th Feb 2017, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
You sure about that? I thought he might be from an agricultural background. Like from a family of shephairds. Or one that breeds hairding dogs. It wouldn't be nobility, but might still be a very proud and long hairitage.
Kat 19th Feb 2017, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
This entire thread would probably best be read in a Scottish accent. Or maybe an Irish or Welsh one? I don't know, I'll have to mullet it over and decide.
DLKmusic 19th Feb 2017, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Gosh Darn it, I was trying to get Pompadour into "Pompus ass", and I just couldn't do it!

Now I've got a hair up my butt about it!
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
This whole thread just gels together so beautifully like a plait of silky-smooth tresses, I would like to dedicate the alt-text (which I had previously neglected to add) for this page to Crestlinger who started this hair-raising trend. Bravo all of you, for being hair all night!
DLKmusic 20th Feb 2017, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
LOL, and Rufi for the win!!!!
Guest 18th Feb 2017, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
Hey, it's a big upgrade from bread loaf to elephant! Congrats Mr. um, nosehair...
Robert 18th Feb 2017, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
*Derp, and here I didn't sign in. I must take credit, even if Mr. Nosehair wants me dead for it.*
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
LOL, that's definitely an upgrade from breadloaf XDDD

(Don't worry, Mr. Nosehair isn't in much of a position to be exacting any revenge :'D)
Kat 18th Feb 2017, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Bahahahaha omg wow xD I wasn't quite expecting this and it is fantastic xDDD
That was over so fast, it was "hairdly" worth it for Kylie! :p
Umm but why can't Kylie communicate with the Lethian Guild? Why does she need Sir Bradley to do it?
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
I am so very happy you find it so, Kat XDD <333

Regarding that last bit, just because I can I will post some explanation here but I do hope this gets explained in-comic, whether via inference or exposition XD

You'll notice that despite Kylie's worries on this page and this page, she hasn't actually tried to actively contact the Lethian Guild herself.

There are a number of reasons for this, the primary one being that the appropriate communication hub she would be looking for is only available in select locations (the nearest one here is the Clandest capital). But another one close on the heels of that is that Kylie is technically a Lethian Knight on suspension, and invoking it officially once again (not just to get special rooms at inns XD) would require her to re-instate herself properly. While she *is* able to do so (since she can now wield her Lethiace again) she also is wary of doing so given the apparent hunt for Lethian Knights, as noted in one of the pages I linked.

Kylie seems to believe that Sir Bradley, on the other hand, has a direct line to the Lethian Guild. It is a reasonable assumption based on the fact he is the Defender. While she doesn't have to communicate through Sir Bradley, it appears to be the safer option (in Kylie's eyes) at this point.

I hope that makes sense! I'll do my best to clarify as things go on X3
Lukkai 18th Feb 2017, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
He's broken in just about every kind of way.
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
He is a sad little ragdoll now, with his pride in pieces. :'D

But that's okay, he'll learn to rise once again and his hair will be even mightier than ever ;D
Lukkai 18th Feb 2017, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
And sounds as if "telegraphing his attacks" was where I was kinda on the right track. Though I meant more by way of moving his body and less by the attack names. So I can't really take credit. But then, as I wrote before, I didn't really give it any deeper thought either.
rufiangel 20th Feb 2017, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
Oh dear, I took it less figuratively than I should've... but I think it still somewhat counts! XD

I gave this guy so many obnoxious attributes I think anyone would be hard-pressed to guess which one exactly Kylie would pick, but I think your immediate thoughts pretty much covered all bases XD