Comic 408 - Chosen Path

11th Dec 2015, 6:00 PM in Chapter Six
408 - Chosen Path
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)
rufiangel 11th Dec 2015, 6:00 PM edit delete

Happy Friday, guys! :D

Just one more page to go before the chapter ends. We're nearly at the point I need to take a break, and make a pretty big announcement.

But before that, today, I am pleased to announce the winners for the Serpamia Flare Christmas Giveaway! :D

The prizes:

And free DLC from the SF DLC store!

You might recognise the design is based on a sketch I did last year winter, but this is in full colour with slight adjustments :D Here's a closer look at the mug, and the print:

First, announcing winners of the:

Bronze Giveaway Package (10 winners)

- Nemi & Michael Winter Print Card
- Free DLC (You may choose from what's available in the store!)


Obsidian Falcon
Mihai Petrescu


Silva Giveaway Package (5 winners)

- Kylie Sticker Sheet
- Nemi & Michael Winter Print Card
- Free DLC (You may choose from what's available in the store!)


Matt K
Lady Philyra


Goldra Giveaway Package (1 winner)

- The Lethian
- The Lethian Bookmark Set
- Kylie Sticker Sheet
- Nemi & Michael Winter Print Mug
- Nemi & Michael Winter Print Card
- Free DLC (You may choose from what's available in the store!)




Congratulations, all winners! :D I really hope you enjoy your giveaway packages! You will be contacted shortly through email with more details on how to claim your prizes~

Also, a note on DLC: I'm going to add a new item to the store next week alongside the last page update of Chapter Six! ;D Woo~

And that's a wrap for this week! I hope you guys enjoyed today's update. Have a fantastic weekend, and see you guys on Monday as Chapter Six wraps up!

Lamelle 11th Dec 2015, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Yay for recklessness!

that last panel, tho.. That's amazingly creepy! o_o XD
Reminds me of cheshire cat... just a bit more scary! x)
I like it :3
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
XD Try not to be too reckless in general!! :'D lolol

And yay, mission accomplished! ;D Cheschire Cat is a very apt comparison O_O
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Also, Lamelle, I'm really sorry if you saw the other troll comment responding to you with a stupid line.

To the troll, if you see this (which you probably won't): you are free to leave incendiary comments on my page if you really need to insist you have no life, because I personally find it amusing, but it is NOT funny when you start harassing my readers. Flame me in your little vendetta against DragonTrainer and Kyo if you like, I don't really care (you're padding my comment count and views for higher ad bid rates, why not? :P) but if you bother my readers I shall have to throw rotting blunanas at you. Rawr!
Stephan 12th Dec 2015, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
Padding your rating for ads rev? I dunno if its good to say something like that really, people might think you are being dishonest. But yeah the trolls should be a little more considerate.
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Sorry, you're right, that wasn't the greatest thing to say. u_u but the troll's visit pads impressions by 1 (lol) so I wasn't really serious XP I didn't mean to be dishonest, just saying why trolling is sometimes counterproductive for the troller :'D
Lukkai 13th Dec 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

May be used as a throwing item when rotten. Conveys a general sense of animosity when used that way.
mjkj 11th Dec 2015, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
Oh, so that was what has happened...

Poor Madou..., his name *was* Renault...

PS: Congrats to the winners...

How many participants did you have in the survey?

PPS: Yeah, I like that mug and that print <3

...and the lil'mug in the mug/print I know from the forum ^_^ big is that mug? 300 ml? 400 ml? 500 ml?

rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
He does seem to refer to himself as 'Renault' in these retellings of his past, ne? :)

I had a bit over 40 participants in the survey!

I'm happy you like the mug and print, I was happy with how they turned out, too! <3 It's approximately 11oz, which is around 330ml. :) Small mug!
mjkj 12th Dec 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Woah... so many... O_O

Great. =)

Ah, I prefer them a little larger - but if that is the only size they come in I will take one. =)
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
This was a very small order I did primarily to gift to friends, so if I did print another order I could change the size and/or type of mug :) let me see how much it costs to ship just the one before I do anything else, though! XD
mjkj 14th Dec 2015, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
Ok, sounds great :)
KAM 11th Dec 2015, 8:04 PM edit delete reply
Hehehe... :-D
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Nehehehehe ;D
Stever 11th Dec 2015, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Heh, pissing people off is it's own reward XD

Love that coffee mug. That illustration is perfect for it.
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Seems he's got a personal bone to pick, eh? XD

And thankyew, re: mugs! >3<* It was kind of on a whim I thought about mugs, and the process was pretty smooth! X3 <3 the guy there said he liked the design too ehehehe >3<*** (he might say that to everyone but I'll take it lolol)
CiciEnixa 11th Dec 2015, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
And that, my friends, is why Madou is awesome. He knows how to royally piss off the right people XD Though, it would probably be better if he wasn't using Kylie or anyone else.

Nuuuu chapter end is niiiiigh! It beter not be a cliffhanger *eyes rufi*
TheD-Wrek 12th Dec 2015, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
Signs off on everything Cici said. Especially the Kylie part. XD

Mady, madly, muddy. What an interesting chap.
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 12:26 PM edit delete reply

Ahahaha, like Lenna said, he's not so hard to deal with once you figure out what he's doing... ;)
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
He's definitely not afraid to use whatever means necessary to do what he's planning to do, it would seem XD;

Aaaand naw, no cliffhanger <3 just a special "burnt" layer, if you know what I mean ;)
Seabiscuit 11th Dec 2015, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Well, even if it inflicts harm...She doesn't seem to be too worried, I guess? :'D
Omg, that last panel made me laugh so hard, bwahahah! All that seriousness and then just ..."royally piss this guy off" hahahahah!

Yes, take a break! You deserve it!@_@
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Hmm, what does Lenna really mean by that line, anyway? ;)

And thankyewwww seamuffin! <333 I'm glad you like the page, yayyyy! :D

I'll probably derp to the max when I take the break XD
sketchdoll 11th Dec 2015, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
That mug is awesome! And I can't believe I won something! Eee! I never win anything, ever! I am going to sticker all the things I own!

Also, Madou is so mysterious, I can't wait to learn more about him :)
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Awww thankyew! X3 I'm pleased you like the mug, yay! And so pleased you won a thing! <3 I hope you like the thing XD <333
TheMentalist 12th Dec 2015, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
Grats to the winners!

Renadou is... so much like certain people. XD
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
It's funny that a dude trying to piss some very specific people off is commenting on the more recent pages of SF as of late XD though, personally, the effectiveness of this dude may not be quite the same as Madou's, lolol :'D
Kyo 12th Dec 2015, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
It's pretty sad that you can spend all day working on this comic and not really amount to anything with it. I mean seriously it's like you aren't even trying anymore. You spend so much time working on it but you don't give it your go, and it's apparent through the series if you read it from start to finish. You're slacking and tapering off, past your prime and have given up. Just end it already so you can work on the next miserable little attempt to give your life meaning. It's sad that pieces of shit like you are born into the world just to take up space and cry for attention. It's also sad that you'll have to spend the rest of your life surrounded by people but still being completely alone. At least you can take comfort in knowing that there's one thing in life that will give you pleasure - your hand.
Lukkai 12th Dec 2015, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
I think someone here should stop the soliloquy.
Crestlinger 12th Dec 2015, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
It seems more like introspection. Or one speech from Cain when he was 'evil' to Abel.
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
My hands DO give me a lot of pleasure, come to think of it... :P

Nrgh, tempted to leave this troll comment here purely for posterity's sake, though probably deleting it would be for the betterment of mankind so as to reduce the number of innocent readers inflicted by it. :'D

I'll let you guys decide - if you think it should be deleted, I'll delete it. XD;
Lukkai 13th Dec 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Eh.. I say let it be. My joke doesn't work no more if it's gone. (Granted, my comment in reaction to his, whoever it really is, would go as well, wouldn't it?)

And your first sentence there... the innuendo is strong in this one!
Outlaw 14th Dec 2015, 4:08 AM edit delete reply
A wise man once said... If you have nothing nice to say... Keep your damn mouth shut.

Rufiangel pay no attention to this. Your work is excellent and enjoyed by so many.
Headgamer 15th Dec 2015, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
The only cry for attention I see is the troll. It's sad to see someone like him who feels so badly about themselves that they feel they must belittle those around them in an attempt to prop up their own self esteem and maybe feel a little bit better about themselves for a short time. Past that though the troll sounded... dare I say: bitter? As if he were speaking of his own experiences in being eternally alone and feeling as if he has no meaning to his life. I, for one, do not envy him in the slightest. I pray they find more permanent ways to satisfy that hole in their soul.
Lukkai 12th Dec 2015, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Starting to get a clearer hunch as to what the key might actually be. At least for Abel.
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, lots of clues here and there now! ;)
Lukkai 12th Dec 2015, 5:54 AM edit delete reply

Or in the famous words of our hero Philip J. Fry:

rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Ahahahaha Lukkai! XD <333

I'm happy to see interest in the mug ;3;* uhmu let me see how much it costs to ship just the one first and get back to alls of yas XD;;
Glyphron 12th Dec 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
I saw the other comments and had to speak up. Listen, as an artist I know how much it will hurt to read them. I'm an artist who is still in the making, I'm still trying to find a purpose for my art. You have found a purpose for yours. Something that you can share with the world and that everyone sees. Don't you dare let anyone take that from you. They obviously don't understand how hard this kind of project is. It is long, it is constantly challenging, and you're always striving to get better while dealing with everything else in your life. You experience off days, it gets hard. But you still do this, you still keep it up. And that, is simply amazing. It's hard enough just starting a project like this. Even harder to get it noticed. But to continue it for so long.... That's what makes you even stronger. Most of us give up before we get this far. Celebrate.... You have accomplished something. You've become a recognized artist. That, is one of the hardest things to do. The dicks who would rather tear you down for instant self gratification with thoughts that they have power over you, they just do it for attention, for the feeling. They don't care about your work or who you are. So they are nothing, they mean nothing in the worth of your work and life. Disregard them like the parasites they are, your supporters will treat them. And your story will be on its merry way to more adventures and journeys ailment free. Keep going, dear. You got this! And you're an inspiration to fellow artists<3
mjkj 12th Dec 2015, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Woah, great comment, thank you. As a reader I do agree, Rufi, you do a great work. Thank you.
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
Glyphron! Thank you so much for your remarks, they are so incredibly kind! ;_;* I will take it to heart and remember it whenever I get attacked by a real troll. XD;

I've been told that the guy who's trolling the CF comics as of late is actually a fake troll, using another person's ID (like DragonTrainer or Kyo) in order to frame them for trolling. So they aren't even really looking at the comics, they're just finding random comics and copying and pasting generally vitriolic messages to bait people and get them mad at the real DragonTrainer/Kyo. So basically, the worst kind of fake-troll, since they don't even really mean what they say!

Soooo just ignore the trolling going on as of late, it shall pass. XD It's actually kind of funny once you realise what's going on. But if said troll continues to harass my readers (like your lovely self) or bait a rise out of them, I am going to start looking into serious measures to prevent it from happening in the future.

Again, thank you. :) <3 I really appreciate it!
kaiki83 12th Dec 2015, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
And here I was thinking about congratulating on your first troll, because trolls only turn up when you're popular and doing well (because we all know trolls are just lumps of jealous evil beings). But anyway, don't take any of what he/she said to heart because you know you have so many more supporters :)
Headgamer 15th Dec 2015, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Maybe we should congratulate CF because it apparently got big enough to trigger a troll attack specifically targeting the site. ;P
Lukkai 13th Dec 2015, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Of course that whole 'diverting hate towards DragonTrainer and Kyo' completely fails for everyone paying attention even only half-assed. Since we do know that these guys have got avatars and that clicking on their names will show their user site. Something the wannabes completely fail at.
Crestlinger 13th Dec 2015, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
You might need to wipe your nose off after that post. Just saying.
Headgamer 15th Dec 2015, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
100% agree with Gly of course.

Does anyone else things it's ironic and thus comical that the troll is criticizing artists for wasting time when they themselves probably wasted hours bothering with the attack. Then they talk about cries for attention as if that's not exactly what they are doing themselves by trolling. Of course, no one should be surprised that trolls are hypocrites. Seriously though the second half of his post could have been copied verbatim, directed back at him as a reply, and it would fit perfectly. XD
Lukkai 15th Dec 2015, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
I'm still saying the troll was talking to himself about himself.

Gollum, gollum!
MST3KFan 12th Dec 2015, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
Madou's specialty... pissing people off.

Yep. Sounds legit.

And yet, now I have thoughts of Pokemon in my head..

"Madou uses antagonize! ...It's surprisingly effective!"
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
Ahahahaha a Madou Pokemon would be interesting! XD I wonder what it would evolve into?
Digi5 12th Dec 2015, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
I don't have a clue what a Madou Pokemon would evolve into, but I think one particular type of Pokemon fits Madou quite well- psychic! He likes to play mind games. :P
Lukkai 13th Dec 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Obviously it evolves into a "Youmad(?)"!
Crestlinger 12th Dec 2015, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
That 'royally' may be key and him turning/allying with Cain Would certainly fit the bill.
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Now, that's an interesting thought! XD
HeSerpenty 12th Dec 2015, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
Madou is such an intriguing character <33

Well..ALL your characters are very in depth characters and it's hard not to be super interested in them! But Madou is becoming more and more a favorite of mine with every page he's in <33
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Awww Serpy <333 I'm glad you like the page! Thanks for all your kind words, that's super sweet of you! ;3;*

Madou has been attracting really mixed reactions, so I'm happy to hear what people think about him! X3
Matt Knab 12th Dec 2015, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Woohoo! Prizes! XD
Hey, Rufi... Is it possible to maybe buy one of those mugs somehow?
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
<333 so happy to be able to send you a thing, Matt! X3

And gosh, thankyew for the interest in the mug! O_O* I'll be shipping just the one out, and I'll be able to see if it's feasible to make available for international purchase. :D <3333
Headgamer 15th Dec 2015, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
I'm also interested in the mug just FYI.

I wouldn't think there's enough interest for a big order, but maybe if you could get the price for an individual instance I'd consider it. I need to buy more mugs.
Digi5 12th Dec 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
...I have a suspicion that the next page will bring us back to Leia's predicament! I'm scared for what we might find. D:
rufiangel 12th Dec 2015, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
For a second, I was like 'Princess Leia? Where? O_O' LOL!

That's a really good guess, since I bookended Chapter Five with Seia, and I started Chapter Six with him... so it's likely I'll end it again with that side of the story. :D We'll see on Monday!
Jarvi 13th Dec 2015, 4:27 AM edit delete reply
Wow so he doesn't really care, just does it to piss Abel off :D
You're my hero, Madou :D
rufiangel 14th Dec 2015, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Madou really has a very... mmm, personal? Motivation behind his actions, let's just say~~ XD <3
Outlaw 14th Dec 2015, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
WOOOOOOW! Look at all that merch!
I'm not only totally impressed but extremely jealous! That's about when you know you're hitting the big time!

Seriously, my friend. Excellent page and excellently designed merch. If I had two pennies to rub together, I'd absolutely pick up one of those coffee mugs! Maybe if I ask Santa real nice-like?
rufiangel 14th Dec 2015, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Awww Outlaw!! <333 You're really just too kind!! ;3;* <333 *hugs*

The coffee mugs were actually a test run more than anything, as I printed only ten mugs (the tiniest quota XD) and gave one away for the giveaway and rest as Christmas gifts. :) I'll have to do some homework to see about shipping them out as an actual product! @_@

Regarding the response you gave to the troll comment above: thank you so much, Outlaw, you are so supportive and sweet. ;__;* And I mean like, always! *hug* I'm fine 'cause I have been blessed with such friends like yourself ;3;* <3
Fangirl 2nd Jan 2016, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
Erg people need to just stop being douchebags :(
Aahhhhh have I mentioned how cool the flashback story thingys with Renault look?
If I haven't I just wanna say the colors, shading it's all just spectacular
rufiangel 2nd Jan 2016, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
Aww, thank you! ;_;* I'm happy to know you like those particular panels, they were extra fun to do! X3
ninus hideon 21st Apr 2020, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
ninus hideon
Wow, I think I just read over 300 pages...
Btw, I really like where Renault reasoning is leading in that last panel XD
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2020, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
Oooh, I hope you had fun reading so far! >3<*)/

And thank you, Madou's reasoning on this page is fairly important in clarifying his personal motivations so I'm glad you liked it X3 he's cray-cray!