Comic 299 - More interested in you

23rd Feb 2015, 3:15 PM in Chapter Five
299 - More interested in you
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
rufiangel 23rd Feb 2015, 3:15 PM edit delete
Happy Monday! :D Okay, so this page has some good news and bad news. Good news: I don't think Madou is too interested in abducting Cain, after all! Bad news: Uh... goodbye, Kylie.

And in other news: crazy Gallery updates for y'all!

Over the weekend, I got this crazy wonderful surprise from Saari-nii, the crazy wonderful creator of Two Hearts (the crazy wonderful webcomic about magic and dark elves and if you haven't actually seen it yet WHY NOT GO SEE IT NOW):


;w;* hwufufufu didn't Saari-nii make Madou look amazing and cute?! <333 And check out that FIRE EFFECT DANG. *hug* <333 My blue elfy brother says this was to encourage me since I've been so busy (and stressed OTL) lately... ;__;* JUST SO YOU GUYS KNOW HOW BEAUTIFUL SAARI-NII IS. And yes, this cheered me up IMMENSELY. XD;; *huggu* Love you Saari-nii so hard~ <3

Speaking of beautiful people and beautiful fanart, while I was looking through some old folders I found a ton of old fanart thumbjr (a.k.a. Brimm) did for me back in 2007. This was when I was still developing SF and the characters, and I attribute a huge deal of the character development to the amazingly talented and generally awesome Brimm, who never fails to amaze. <3 I'd be here forever if I talked about every piece I found and uploaded, so instead I'm just going to point out my two favourites from the batch - this Cain one and this Leela one. Brimm had a funny fixation on Leela so you'll see a whole bunch of pieces of Leela in the gallery all by Brimmy XD;; (I couldn't even upload all of them! XD;;;) *hugs Brimm* <3 I love you, dude, hope you know that!

Belatedly, here's a sketch thingama I did in response to Cici's really beautiful Nemi CNY pic :) (It's Dust from FD2R and Nemi enjoying the new year fireworks together~)


Okay, so technically this is supposed to go into my gallery too, but I realised today while doing this massive gallery update just how many crossover pics I've done and how many I haven't uploaded and gahhhh I just spent an hour updating it with other stuff so I just... yeah, sorry, let me do this next update. XD;;;;; Anyway, hope you guys enjoy!

image (Please click to go to the DA journal entry that describes this in more detail :)

rufiangel 25th Feb 2015, 8:17 PM edit delete
Sorry about the lack of an update so far, folks - was a crazy full day with novel editing - it had to be done, sorry about that, but it's done! I have a big update to the gallery to make alongside another little thing I did for 300 strips, so keep an eye out for the next update - should go up hopefully within the next six hours!
Prayformercy 23rd Feb 2015, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
he has been researching her, lets see what happens i suppose :D
Lukkai 24th Feb 2015, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
*kneels and takes out ring*

Kylie of the Lethian Guild...

rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
Hahahaha! Oh boy, wouldn't that put Kylie (and everyone else watching) on the spot. XD;;;
Robert 24th Feb 2015, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
Yeah... I am shipping that so hard. :P

*Actually, I took my lack of artistic skill and made a little something about how Kylie gets hit on by strange men... we shall see if my poor drawing ability manages to ever show up.* :P
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
It's cute and hilarious XD;; of course it will show up!
HeSerpenty 23rd Feb 2015, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
oookaaay... I don't like how you said that... "goodbye Kylie" >___>;;;;;

GOOSh dangit.. I need to know what happenssss T___T
With that last panel on that last page.. I was super worried that one was gonna be okay after that! But looks like there's still some fight! Aahhhh so intense! XD
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Serpy~~~ <3 XD;; You'll see~~

Re: intensity - yeah, I knew this was going to happen - like, I knew once the fight began, it wasn't really going to stop, which is a stark contrast to the very slow beginning so I was a bit worried. Agh, we'll see, it just keeps getting worse from here XD;;;
mjkj 23rd Feb 2015, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Oh, no crispy Kylie...

I hope she can fend mad-ou off...

So, what do those red and orange spells do?

Edit: and are Nemi and Michael also in the same un-crispy way as Kylie? *hopes*

rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Hahaha, if you thought Kylie was crispy, at least she was still standing! (Her magic defense is, by far, the best in her party.) :P Nemi and Michael... well... we'll see. XD;

The red and orange spells are extra buff spells. If I can get around to explaining them in-story, I will. :) (I probably will, though sometimes I think I will and then I either forget or it becomes too tedious to do so. If that happens I'll explain it separately)
KAM 23rd Feb 2015, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Fire & ice, talk about steamy! ;-)

And with Cain & Kylie kidnapped Serpamia Flare become all about the adventures of Nemi & Mike. ;-)
mjkj 23rd Feb 2015, 5:34 PM edit delete reply

Sounds good to me ;)
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
*sigh* Alright, time to kill off everyone in Archaiea except Nemi and Mike. Then it will be up to them to repopulate the world and won't that be awkward. :P
Lukkai 25th Feb 2015, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
"Awkward" is not necessarily the term that comes to mind.

"NSFW" is. And maybe "tedious" (for them that is), if they are going for a world population on their own.
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
LOL, assuming Nemi and Mike survive to the end of this encounter, I suppose that could be the next series spinoff! :P
Jarvi 23rd Feb 2015, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Ohhh you sneaky wizard, what do you want from Kylie? :>
Hmmm.. I guess 'Goodbye Kylie' from you means that he's gonna teleport with her who knows where.
*remembers the chapter cover with lots of blood* .O_______O.
I don't like my guesses :<
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, you surmise correctly, Saari-nii XD;; <3

Hmmm, I wonder why I put in all that blood~ ♪ Surely nothing bad will happen? Surely~ ☆
CiciEnixa 23rd Feb 2015, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
I thought Ren was ordering double glaze donuts and I was just blinking at the screen wondering why everyone decided to take a donut and coffee break but then Kylie started putting needles in the donuts and Madou is impressed by the ebil Kylie and... Kylie thinks Madou is a buff guy?

... I think I need sleep. Why am I commenting when I know I need sleep.

P.S I just saw the gallery and blessed poop the cain factor is unreal. I shall make it my sworn duty to offset that... somehow...
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Oh my gosh, you sleepy muffin, I hope you got some sleep XDDD (though seeing your Melora-fashion shot, probably not, crazy Cici!!)

And yeah, I only saw how much when I started organising the gallery per character. XD;; Well, uhm, assuming beautiful people keep drawing beautiful things for me, (my hope) I think it could be offset eventually XDDD maaaybe...
Prayformercy 23rd Feb 2015, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
I just realized one of the spells is called Double Glaze... was this because we were talking about doughnuts on the last page?
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha, it's a 100% coincidence. XD;; I didn't even realise. Doughnuts are not a thing in Hong Kong so 'double glaze' makes me think of ceramics and pottery first before doughnuts...
CiciEnixa 24th Feb 2015, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
... Now I'm imagining ceramic donuts, with double the glaze :,D
Prayformercy 24th Feb 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
I could use a pair of those for leo, they sound like they would make great fist weapons.
Lukkai 25th Feb 2015, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
Blunt damage on first hit, rending damage an any following?
Though, if you made them thick and compact enough...
That might actually net you a quite decent throwing weapon.
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
Now that's something that would REALLY hurt your teeth... XD;;;
TheD-Wrek 23rd Feb 2015, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
Nooooooo *dives in front of Kylie to protect her* XD
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
XDDD Awww D!!! <3 You da man!
Headgamer 23rd Feb 2015, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Madou doesn't listen to anyone. XD
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
He really doesn't. XD;;; He probably doesn't even listen to his own advice!
Crestlinger 23rd Feb 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Perfect range for a headbutt. Do it hard enough and he's unconscious.
Guest 23rd Feb 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Forget the headbutt aim for the family jewels.
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
It's hard to see with the cloak and everything, but I'm sure she could manage if she tried. Well, if that barrier wasn't around, anyway. XD;
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Kylie would knock herself out on the barrier if she tried that! XD;;;
Seabiscuit 23rd Feb 2015, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
Oh? Do they want to take...Both? Ohhh. At least if Cain gets taken, he won't be alone? Hahaha...
I'm still so psyched to see Madous face. He looks just as sneaky as I imagined! That last panel...Yess...

As awesome as he is, I do wonder about him, hahah. Like why anyone would follow Abel in the first place. Well, Abels all high ranking and stuff I guess? And Cains the bad guy to them maybe cause of that whole murder thing? Ahhh...Still. He's followed the party around. He /knows/ how they really are.;_;
(Aw yeah, that fanart! It's great to see Madous awesomeness being fan drawn!;D And adorably! Wow...fanart from 2007...Such history!:D)
(That pointy finger emote makes me giggle!)
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
They can be kidnapped buddies together? XDDD

I'm really happy you're happy with Madou's face XD <333

Madou's reasons for following Abel, I'm not sure I will be able to cover in this chapter adequately but we'll definitely see me try XD;;; (well... sort of)

(And yessss Madou fanart makes me so happyyyy XD *squeezes seamuffin's Madou fanart to chest* <333 I also forget sometimes how old SF or I am so it's good to get reminders XD;;)

(And I admit that picking Madou's emoticons takes ages sometimes but I have so much fun doing it XD)
Chris the Blue 24th Feb 2015, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
Dammit Renault!
He's so super evil!
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
XD;; He's pretty darn Chaotic~!
Lukkai 25th Feb 2015, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say chaotic neutral in D&D terms.
Outlaw 24th Feb 2015, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
Not good. He's taking this battle WAY too casually.
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha yep!! You nailed his attitude in one! XD

Though you'll be hard-pressed to find Madou panicking even in the worst of situations. XD;;; He's more chill than an ice cube!
Matt Knab 24th Feb 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
He reminds me of Xellos in all the best ways. :D
Hurray for spell effects!
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
Oh, YAY!! :D <333 *Madou is honoured with the comparison* XD

And thank you! XD; I had fun with the SFX on this page (yay for the green glow turning out okay <3), though I'm sliiiightly iffy with Kylie's stabbity-stab FX. I probably should have overlaid a lower opacity of her individual stabs all over the place but I didn't think of it at the time. Oh well, next time!!
Lukkai 25th Feb 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
You could add an "Ora ora ora ora!" for emphasis. ;)

Also: Xxxxxeeeeeeeeeeelllllooooooooosssss...
Sarah 24th Feb 2015, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
AAAHH! The creepy! It won't wash off!! I don't like Ren or Madou, but especially not Madou. Yech. A million years of shame on you, Madou (though I bet he doesn't care).
My jaw kinda dropped when Madou used the fire attack on everyone. But they'll be healed...I doubt Cain would go away without trying to heal them, even if it makes his curse worse. I like how Cain is a little different from the bible story...he still regretted what he did and seems sorry about what he did and what happened afterward but his brother is still alive. It seems Abel now has some grudges to deal with though...and isn't the innocent good person he seemed to be in the bible (though I don't really know much about him, since he died in the bible). No one would be the same after being almost killed by their sibling, but I just wonder if there wasn't already something strange about Abel. How come he knew a curse like that anyway? Or was it Madou who put the curse on Cain? I should re-read that part; I can't remember now.
But ach, I hate it when I'm playing a video game and the enemy team already has level three spells (like Ren).
rufiangel 24th Feb 2015, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Madou: Awww I'm not that bad~ ★

Ehehe, thank you for your comment, I enjoy reading reflections on the characters and their biblical counterparts :D <3

The curse on Cain was not very specifically talked about, but Cain has said himself that it was one of the consequences of attempting to kill his brother. As to what caused it directly or who put it on him, it's just implied throughout (by Isaac's comments and the Cain's flashback in Chapter Four) that Abel may have been responsible... but who knows, really? :P

Ren is the 'Master Healer's Apprentice' after all~ it's not just a title :D
Prayformercy 25th Feb 2015, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
People seem to be pegging him as evil and I'm not sure I'd agree with that. Chaotic definitely but nothing he's done so far would put him really in the evil range like I'd put leela for example.He's on the opposite side of our main characters and attacking them but that's just his orders.
Lukkai 25th Feb 2015, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
I don't even think he's on the opposite side in general. Nor following orders unless he wants to.

That guy has his own agenda and he doesn't really care about anyone else's.
And I would currently label him chaotic neutral myself. Not evil.
Robert 25th Feb 2015, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
I'd say lesser evil (long explanation below,) but high on chaotic (not that he's doing drugs, but he is twisted for sure!)

Personally, I use a different scale than many to determine the 'evil' alignment. It becomes more about motivation than actions, and so far his motivations definitely seem focused on what he wants. That selfishness leans toward evil, but isn't the 'hurt others because I enjoy it' deep evil that Leela does display.

Of course, my system then considers somebody who is naïve and hurts a ton of people out of misguided kindness as good... even though they may have caused thousands of people to die horribly. Which, traditionally, would leave a good aligned person in most d20 systems facing a full flip alignment change. *I've debated relative and absolute alignments and moralities with other people before... in fact being forced into absolutes made for times when my characters did things that were crazy, scary, and possibly world altering, but not really in character.*

It really does depend upon the rules and how those are run with something like this, so only Rufi could tell us how strictly alignments might adhere to the classic D20 definitions.