Comic 300 - Without her

26th Feb 2015, 2:45 AM in Chapter Five
300 - Without her
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 2:45 AM edit delete
Mike's all "chill out bro" and Cain's all "hnnnnggg" >_>

I am so sincerely sorry for being so late with this update; I didn't expect to get so waylaid by so many things. ;;; ANYWAY here it is, finally, so thank you so much for reading SF all the way up to this point! ... that sounds like I'm stopping or something. Wait, no. XD;; JUST, THANK YOU SO MUCH, PLEASE KEEP READING!

I have a little something I prepared for hitting 300 strips - I'm not sure the embed will work, hopefully it will. I hope you enjoy it, it's very cheesy. XD;;

Serpamia Flare - MV from rufiangel on Vimeo.


Honestly, I was really shocked by the fact that since Monday I have been really suddenly blessed by a whole bunch of wonderful and talented artists who decided to spend time out of their lives to draw some BEAUTIFUL SF fanart and send it over O_O IT'S NOT EVEN MY BIRTHDAY!

SEA-MUFFIN in particular (uh, sorry, that's seabiscuit of Wastelanders Anonymous fame in case you didn't know already) actually drew Renault in honour of SF hitting 300 strips today, so WOO HOO bask in his (ebil) firey glory XDDD

Spellu (of the insanely fun Black Gate fame)just blew me away with this amazing piece of Kylie ;__;* (srsly this is art):

And the Mentalist (a.k.a. Robert) sent me this hilarious Cain drawing that cracked me up XDDD (this would be in honour of the new potential MadouxKylie ship, so I hear):

D-Wrek (of the hilarious and crazy 24/7 fame) also sent this brilliant and lovely piece today of Kylie and Nemi being badass <333 (LOOKIT)

Karda (who is of... oh wow, two comics' worth of fame, so I don't know which one to link XD just check out Karda's profile on CF <3) also did this amazing NES sprite-up of the characters and I love it so much ;___;*

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

ptmc 26th Feb 2015, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
@alt text:
Well, she was surprise. (in more ways than one)
Lukkai 26th Feb 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
*opens mouth to speak*


Better not.
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
*thumbs up* I admire your restraint! XD
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
She... was certainly surprised, yes! XDDD
Seabiscuit 26th Feb 2015, 2:57 AM edit delete reply
Ice princess...Dance with me...Aieeee! He's so cool and smooth. Every page he's on instantly becomes golden and magical and he steals the show entirely.<3
(She doesn't want to dance?! But who wouldn't....;) )

Wow that MV! That FMA song, that brings back memories!
Wow, that was AMAZING! Holy crap- It really felt like an anime opening. :D
Very impressive!!

And of course the Madou bits were the best..Hueue.

Wow, so much lovely fanart! Very well deserved I must say!
Congrats again on 300 pages, you the bomb!<3
(Also I giggled more than I should have at the gallery; the fact the two Madou fanart thumbnails are of his emojis. And the Cain section just being "Cain Factor". Hahaha!)
Lukkai 26th Feb 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Well with her ice and his fire, this might make for a steamy relationship.
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
She does have a bit of a cold front, but I suppose he might be able to melt her heart if he gets her to warm up to him.

Okay, I'll stop here. XD;
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Well Madou's certainly got the fire burning. Yet Kylie might still show him the cold shoulder.
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
<3 Seamuffin, your comments on Madou are golden and magical~~! XDDD

Re: MV, thank you~! XD;; I did try, though I know I layered on the cheese quite a bit (I was a bit embarrassed to show this afterwards but I thought oh heck why not XD hurray!)

And YOUR fanart is super duper lovely <333 thank you so much seamuffin seriously I feel so happy ;w;* *glomp*

(Re:gallery - yesh I have told myself whenever I get a Madou fanart, if there is an emoji in it, that will become the thumbnail XD and dat Cain Factor must be pointed out, it must be said XD)
Chris the Blue 26th Feb 2015, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
Chekov's perfume! Nice.

Kylie used to be my favourite character here. But since she doesn't dance... well, all I can say is that there are people who don't dance in the world. And if they don't dance, they're no friends of mine.
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
Hehe, thank you! I do tend to have the Chekhov's gun thing a lot in stories I write, I realise. XD; I guess I find it fun to pick up on random details and make it relevant somehow later on!

Kylie dancing... she DOES dance (refer to this strip?) but she has to feel like it (or do it in order to reach a staircase without raising suspicions). XD;;
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
I remember a D&D session years ago. I sadly don't remember what it was exactly anymore. But at one point, our group faced an obstacle and was hard-pressed for a solution. When I remembered a piece of equipment I had actually bought for my starting gear, never used since but that allowed for a simple and save way to overcome the problem.
So I proposed to use it. The group was delighted, the DM went "You've gotwhat you? Show me your equipment sheet!"
Took a look at it.
"Sheesh, you do. Alright, moving on..." and we made it to the next stage a bit easier and faster than he'd expected.

As I said, I unfortunately don't remember the exact details anymore. I do remember though that the equipment in question was something rather small and normally insignificant.
It was epic! (^_^)
Guest 27th Feb 2015, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
"You've got what with you?" is what that first DM-sentence should read, of course.
TheMentalist 26th Feb 2015, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but I really didn't think the line worked as well with Nemi or Michael for my piece... it just didn't seem to fit for them.
mjkj 26th Feb 2015, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
Yayyyyyy, uuuuuupdaaaaaateeeee ^_^

*hugs Rufi*

Congratulations to strip #300 ^_^

Edit: PS: where is Nemi???????? *is worried*

I hope she does not sit outside our point of view and is crispy toast... *hugs Nemi*

Lukkai 26th Feb 2015, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
I don't think the hugging would be appreciated should she actually be crispy toast. XD
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Where's the strawberry jam and cream cheese? ;D
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha yay! :D I'm glad I posted it though it was pretty late. >_<;; Thank you!

Nemi is off-screen. XD; That's all I can really say for now!
mjkj 26th Feb 2015, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

...the suspense... XD

Spelledeg 26th Feb 2015, 3:07 AM edit delete reply

But seriously, this page is great with the tension! AND CONGRATULATIONS ON 300 strips <3333
That's so awesome! :D
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
XDDD Why d'you strike that line, it deserves to be unstruck!! XDDD <333 I'm so happy the page works with the tension because there's a lot going on hereonout and I need to keep ramping things up >__>

And thank YOU Spelluuuu ;___;* for the Kylie fanart of course (obviously, it's BOOTIFUL) but also just for your general awesomeness and support and being so inspiring with Black Gate <3 *huggu*
catfire13 26th Feb 2015, 3:07 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
I suppose if I absolutely had to guess out of the entire male cast so far (with names) who would be most likely to peep at a hot springs bath... XD;;
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
I think Madou would actually not be peeping at, but hidden in.
Crestlinger 26th Feb 2015, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
Heheh tracking oil.

Kylie as Elsa, have fun fan artists!
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Tracking oil indeed, now Kylie can never get away XD

I want to know how to replicate all the awesome snow magic Elsa has~~~
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
Well first, you obviously need a song.
CiciEnixa 26th Feb 2015, 3:10 AM edit delete reply
Happy 300! That AMV is amazing, I watched it again and again (and kept laughing at the Madou grin at the end) XDDD

Things are going down, and I really kinda like it despite reminders of the chapter cover page. Also, I must agree with seabiscuit, Madou is very suave XD
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
XDDD <3 Thank you Cici-muffin~~!! The Madou grin made me crack up too!! XD;; I'm such a cheeseball. I'm glad you enjoyed it <333

This chapter is a bit intense so I hope I manage to do it properly >__<;; WE'LL SEE!

And yay, Madou gets more love despite his (allegedly?) ebil ways XD;;; <3
TheD-Wrek 26th Feb 2015, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
Aaahhh!!! Save da Kylie!!!!!!! XD

There's plenty more fan art heading your way, Sensei! *puts on his most scientific looking goggles* XD
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Whaaaaat! <333 That makes me super excited!! XD <333 SCIENCE!!

Kylie vs Madou coming up in a few pages - we'll see how she fares! :D
TheD-Wrek 26th Feb 2015, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Sensei<3, you choose the next victi... I mean, lucky recipient of the science treatment for the next picture, please. :D

Also, just saw the vid. That was awesome. XD
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
If it's for SCIENCE, then... equal opportunity science? XDDD And thank you D! <333 The vid was fun for me to make! XD

(Btw, about OCs - if I came back from Korea next week and worked on him, would you take him then or would it be too late? ;w; I so want to do it badly but I won't have time until then!)
TheD-Wrek 26th Feb 2015, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
That's perfectly fine then Sensei<3! I've got a short little crossover between the chapters that set the party back about two weeks. Sooo perfect timing.

I didn't know you were out and about! Hope you're taking care of yourself. We all miss ya in chat Sensei<3! Can't wait to have ya back! *waves* :D

Science for you is whooooever you want. Your call. :D
Dollipop 26th Feb 2015, 3:37 AM edit delete reply
Love the video!! That song is one of my all time favs!! When I first read serpamia flare it reminded me allot of FMA. XD I've been a really big fan for a long time now that I think about it.. I was just more of a quite reader though back then.
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
<333 Ehehehe, yes, you have been reading for a while!! And I remember the earlier remarks comparing SF to FMA too. I think FMA is just such an awesome show, it's bound to influence many - and for me, it certainly set a standard I want to reach regarding plot, character and general epic-level-ness. XD;;

Thank you so much for reading!! ;w; *hug* I am so blessed by your reading, Dollipop! <333 X3 (And I still love your fanart so hard <3)
MST3KFan 26th Feb 2015, 3:55 AM edit delete reply
*pokes rufiangel*

Where's the crossover fanart pic I did for you? T_T It's because I have one of my characters in it, isn't it? *sobs*

Kidding. XP

Loving how the comic is going fast forward into action. XD The party is separated. What will they do?

And 300 pages! I just hit 130, so I'm catching up. (Not really)
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
*pokes back* XD; It's not because of that at all! Your crossover pic was the first one I saw this week and I was SO blown away by it I wanted to put it up first... but then I noticed in your updates that you'd been uploading the crossover pics you drew, so I thought it would be best to hold off until you uploaded the SF crossover to PRITN (assuming you do of course XD;) so I could link to it properly. That said... *pokes MST3KFan* why haven't you uploaded it yet XD;;;; LOL, I actually kept checking to the last minute! Whenever you do, you'll see me link it with a ton of love :D

ANYWAY, re: comic... Ohhh, you're moving onto Chapter Three! Yay! XD I know it's quite a bit of archive to work through so I appreciate it!! For now, Chapter Five started pretty slowly but now the roller coaster has started rushing down and it probably won't stop for a while. >_> I'll do my best not to fall off!
MST3KFan 26th Feb 2015, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
*flinches from the poking* >_O;;

I see. It makes sense of course why you didn't post it. XP

The crossover pic will be uploaded today (Thursday) onto the webcomic page! So be on the lookout for it. XD

And keep up the awesome work!
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
I saw it~! :D <3 Thank you so muchhh!! X3 <333
Jarvi 26th Feb 2015, 4:41 AM edit delete reply
Wow I love the music video, looks really cool :D

And yay for me guessing the teleport thing! Let my other guess not be as accurate as this one D:
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, yay! :D <333 I'm glad you enjoyed it Saari-nii~! (I was worried it'd be too cheesy XD)

And yes, you totally guessed the teleport-thing correctly. As for the other thing, re: all the blood, well... XD;;; We'll seeeeee <3
Matt Knab 26th Feb 2015, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Uh oh, hopefully not a "divide and conquer" ploy!
Lukkai 26th Feb 2015, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Well, there might be conquest in Madou's mind, we don't really know. But I don't think it's the kind that is usually associated with that expression.
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
If he pulled all of this just so he could hit on Kylie...

... Oh, actually, that does sound kind of in-character, nevermind. XD;;;
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
It's what I'm saying isn't it? It really would be fitting for him.

Of course trying to subdue and kidnap her would be as well.

Or trying to get her to use her lethiace and loose control.

Or... yeah, he's quite unpredictable in his predictability.
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Kindasorta~~ XD;; As a party, Cain, Kylie, Mikey and Nemi can be a pretty formidable group, but when you split them apart... XD;;;

(Cain on his own, at least, is incapable of facing even a baby batmole on his own so...)
Alicia 26th Feb 2015, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
This is a wonderful page! Congratulations on all other 300 wonderful pages! AND THAT VIDEO! *.* SO COOOOOOL!!
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Eiiii! Thank you Aliciaaaa <333 *hug* I'm so happy you enjoyed the MV too! XD;; <333
Lukkai 26th Feb 2015, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
So, when's the first season of the anime coming?

Kidding (although it would be awesome and I think it would make for an at the very least quite decent series). But I like the video. Though if I may voice some criticism: A bit less Cain and maybe Kylie, a bit more of the rest of the cast, villains included, and maybe some lesser characters and landscape/map scenes. That would round it up quite nicely.
That is to say I probably suck at making AMVs and the like quite badly, so you can of course ignore me if you feel I'm wrong. ;)
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha, that would be too amazing. XDDD

I didn't have a lot of time to put it together, not to mention the song was a minute and a half long (though if I wanted to use the full version that would have been around four minutes... which would have been TOO long XD;) so I went for a more 'focus on the two MCs' approach. :) That said, this comment suggests to me that the supporting cast is just as strong, so that makes me very happy! :D

If I ever do make another one (maybe at 400 strips? ~_~?) I'll definitely spread out the focus a bit with your comment in mind ;D
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
If you ever find the time, it would certainly be a fun thing to play around with. And you'd have something to show off with as soon as you hit the next milestone.
Sanluris 26th Feb 2015, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
"There's a specific dance I want to ask you to..."

(Throws up)

Madou, you are a special kind of creepy.

Don't worry, Cain....I doubt Kylie will stay kidnapped for long...especially since this is the 300th page. Kylie's going to go all Sparta on Madou.
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
He just wants to dance, non? XDDD

Hmm, we are now 30 pages into the fifth chapter. So far the page counts have been like:
Chapter One: 80 pages
Chapter Two: 50 pages
Chapter Three: 70 pages
Chapter Four: 70 pages

So I guess we can expect Chapter Five to be around 70 pages as well? ... Possibly longer. We'll see, my thumbnails allow for 70 pages provided I end on a slight cliffhanger. XD;
HeSerpenty 26th Feb 2015, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
RUFIIII!!! Congratulations!! Sticking with it for 300 pages and STILL goin strong! You deserve a medal girl <33

OOOhh the suspense of this page!! Where he take Kylie and WHY?? Also..where's Nemi? Is she okay? T___T
Is it friday yet?? >___>;;;;;
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Awww geez, thank you Serpy!!! ;___;* *huggg* I think it was only possible to stay so motivated by having such awesome community support, and other super inspirational artists such as yourself <3 so THANK YOU!! :D

It's going to be Friday very soon on my end, help XD;; *starts working on it*
HapyCow 26th Feb 2015, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
*huff huff* I did it! I caught congrats on 300 pages, wow!! Oh dear it looks like I caught up when they're in A LOT of trouble, eep! Nemi's fast..maybe she's doing something. Also the oil, oh no! O.O'' Ahh so many things happening! Rufi you are so amazing, this has been a rollercoaster of emotion for me to read! I love every second of it!
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Omigosh Hapyyyy! :D <333 I'm so happy you've been reading!! XD <333 I'm SUPER happy you've been enjoying it so far!! I know it was a big archive to go through so thank you so much for reading ;w;*

It does seem that the 300th strip hits one of the more tense moments in the entire thing so far XD;;; this is a great time for you to jump in, I think? Ehehehe <333
KAM 26th Feb 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
It's hammer time! And Leela is the perfect nail. ;-)
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
XD Ahahaha! Aww, Leela, have you become one of those characters everyone loves to hate alongside Abel? XD;;;

That said... next strip really isn't going to help her case. XD;; Really.
Prayformercy 27th Feb 2015, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
Why do i get this feeling Mikeys friend is going to be making an appearance. As from what i remember, she can reconstitute his body at will..
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
Oh, you know Abel with just hate. We understand him, but we hate him.

Now Leela, we really love to hate her!


(Not really, I don't really hate any characters on this. But I like to play the part every now and then.)
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
That is supposed to be "Abel we just hate."

Where is my mind? Sheesh...
Prayformercy 26th Feb 2015, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on the 300 Rufi. I hope this comic goes on for 300 more! (on a side note.. those buffs ren cast on Madou... are they range or time based?) :D
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Thank you!! :D Ahaha, I hope so, too!

The Light Barrier spell has two limits: damage and time. The level of the caster will affect those limits. The Constancy and Double Glaze spells are time-based. :)
kaiki83 26th Feb 2015, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
I'm getting vibes like Zutara although Kataang is canon. If we have different ships then we can call this ...
Kydou? Madylie?? Then we also have.. Cailie and Kyin?? And Mimi.. (Michael and Nemi) .. hold on that's our cat...
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
I snorted at 'hold on that's our cat' XDDD

Yikes, I guess the names don't mash very well for ships XDDD boo
Lukkai 27th Feb 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
I think "Mimi" and "Cailie" are quite alright. With Madou it's a bit more difficult. Mayheps something like "Maylie"?

Not to forget "Caibel" for any fans of brotherly love.

Also: Ship to ship combat! Yay!
kaiki83 26th Feb 2015, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Oh and the MV... well done! All you need now are animations of the characters running in the foreground... and it'll be like an anime opening!
rufiangel 26th Feb 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Awww yay, thank you unni <333 :D

And hahaha, I DID think about animating parts of it but I just didn't have the time. Maybe next time? XD;;; I should probably start working on it NOW so it'll be ready by the time I hit 400 strips, LOL.
Outlaw 27th Feb 2015, 2:09 AM edit delete reply
Excellent music video, update, and fan art!
Wow... So much excellence in one day... I'd almost be overwhelmed if not for the fact that I clicked the "Serpamia Flare" page! It's ALWAYS excellent.