Comic 468 - King Titus and the Dancer

28th Oct 2016, 3:15 AM in Chapter Seven
468 - King Titus and the Dancer
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)
rufiangel 28th Oct 2016, 3:15 AM edit delete
Hey guys, here's the update! Told you guys it was a big one, right? XD; Sorry it went up so late. It's 3:15am here and I have work tomorrow. :'D But I really, really wanted to finish this! So I hope you enjoy it. It's not perfect and I'm sure in my sleep deprivation I've missed a couple of things that I can hopefully fix over the weekend.

Btw: Happy birthday Outlaw! XD; (It should still be your birthday in your timezone, I hope XD) If you don't already know his kickass webcomic I Kill The Hero?! then whatcha waitin' for! :D Truly, thank you Outlaw for always being so darn supportive and leaving the loveliest comments. Have a great one!

Bless you guys for your patience, thanks for reading! I'll post another more coherent author's note later, for now I will pass out.
rufiangel 30th Oct 2016, 11:42 PM edit delete
Hey guys! A slightly more coherent A/N this time - sorry about being so rushed about the last one.

So first off, the next update should be on Thursday, 3rd of November, and updates should resume as usual until the end of the chapter. I hope. *crosses fingers* I hope you guys don't mind me taking Monday off, I want to leave the long update up for at least a week! XD;

There were quite a few references sprinkled in this update that I think I should probably try to provide some helpful links for:
This page is actually the first reference made in-comic to King Titus. "The Last King of Clandest" is, as Nemi points out in this update, King Titus himself.

"Imperian persecution" (mentioned in the link above) refers to the Purge, discussed briefly in passing by Nemi and Kylie on this page (back in Erimia).

If you check out the world map, you'll notice that Imperia has a 'Western Wing' and just a 'West' section on the cut section of the map we can see. Imperia is huuuge. The Anjelian race description mentions Imperia in passing as well. (Clandest is mentioned here too, incidentally.)

If you put it all together, King Titus is credited with the end of the Purge. So you might imagine he's a rather popular figure in Archaiea! (At least, among those who care for equal rights and freedom and stuff.)

By the way, now that this update is out, the cover page for this chapter might make more sense now, and astute readers who caught the statue in the last panel of this page might be pleased to know that this is, yes, the Dancer~ <3

Okay, that's it from me for now. I hope that helps connect some dots or at least provide some more insight. I know it's still a little vague in terms of context, but I hope that over time I'll be able to fill in more blanks, and in the meantime I hope it's not too hard for readers to fill in some blanks themselves. <3

Thanks so much for reading, catch you guys on Thursday!
DLKmusic (at work) 28th Oct 2016, 4:14 AM edit delete reply

Just... Wow...
DLKmusic 28th Oct 2016, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
now that I'm home and actually have time to make a real comment (although the one above still stands!)...
The amount of work you put into this is just stunning! It would take me 2 days to write a poem that good... then add the artwork into that...

This is simply.... Wow!
DLKmusic 1st Nov 2016, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
One more thing, since I know you're a woman of faith...

I'm sure GOD is reading this too, and saying to himself... "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Wow, that is extravagant praise! XD;; Thank you DLKmusic, that's very sweet of you. :) <3
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Thank you DLKmusic! This is really kind and encouraging of you. To be honest, I probably spent a lot more than 2 days on the poem. XD;; I drafted it before I started Chapter Seven, and edited it over time before finalising it for this update. I'm really glad you find that it works!
Caramaram 28th Oct 2016, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
I've been reading SF for a while now (honestly I've probably read through the archives like 20 times) and I never cease to be amazed at your world building. I really hope you keep doing this for a long time, because you are really good at it. I don't usually comment on comics because I find it hard to find the right words, but you've genuinely carried me through a really tough time in my life and this page is a prime example of why your world means so much to me. I don't know how to finish this comment so I'm just gonna stop.
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Caramaram. <3 *gentle hug* ;3;*
Truly this is one of the sweetest comments I've ever received, so thank you so much for taking the time to write it and let me know your thoughts. It means a lot more to me than you might imagine, and it is my blessing to be able to bless you even a little bit with this story. Thank you so much for reading!! ;3;* I will do my darndest to continue to bring this story through to completion, and I hope you'll still be reading by the time it's done. <333
*one more gentle hug*
Matt Knab 28th Oct 2016, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Wow, impressive. Such a great story/parable, Rufi!
Like a 6 page update all at once, too!
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

Thank you, Matt! <3 ;3;* Gosh, to hear it called a parable <3
Ahahaha it's something like 14 regular pages lulz :'DDD but then the artwork took considerably less time than my normal pages do, in regards to the story/parable artwork, so I guess it does boil down to around 6 in terms of total time taken XD;;
sigpig 28th Oct 2016, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Just... wow. This is an absolutely amazing page, Rufi.

BTW - the champagne bottle has christened the ship and it's about to set sail... ;)
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Aw geez, thank you sigpig <3 ;3;***
And wait... are we referring to who I think you're referring to...?? XD that's definitely a new one!
Gilrandir 28th Oct 2016, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
This a wonderful update with some marvelous storytelling. Well done. However, one minor nit: Did something happen in panel 9 to Nemi's left eye, or is it just a perspective thing? It seems to me (non-artist that I am) that in this view both of her eyes should be visible.
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Thank you, Gil! <3 ;3;***
It's less a perspective thing and more of a lazy thing. XD;; You're right, of course. I might fix it so it looks proper later!
Slim Kittens 28th Oct 2016, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Slim Kittens
I had to study Random Literary Blah in high school.

Great update by the way. Very pertinent to these two.
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
So did I, Slim Kittens, so did I. :'D (All the way through uni for me too ahahaha orz)

And thank you! <333 ;3;* I'm really glad to hear you feel it's pertinent. That's important!! <333
Seabiscuit 28th Oct 2016, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Woah, you weren't kiddin'- It's HUGE! Wahhh, it's so impressive how you got all this done like this! And the story part- The art is so nice! (I mean, your art is always nice, hahha~)
I just love that coloring lineless style- 'Specially worked great for the crowd- And the whipping... D:
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
ikr XD;;;; Aw geez you're too kind <3 ;3;* Thank you! It was... a lot of work and sacrifice of sleep but XD it feels like it was worth it <333
The lineless style is fun and I do enjoy it! >3<* In the future I'll continue to experiment more and more with it <3 :D
(the whipping was hard for me, I must say :'D so thankyew for letting me know it works!)
Kat 28th Oct 2016, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
*stares at update*
Waaaaaaaa... O_O

(I'll come back later to actually say something once I'm done staring in awe at your update)
Kat 30th Oct 2016, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
Ok, I'll actually say something this time.
First of all, I love how you changed the art style for the story-- it turned out really well and looks great! :D
Also, Nemi's face in the fourth panel is great xD
And "random literary blah", oh Nemi... xD
I'm a little confused about the whole Clandest/Imperia thing-- who "wronged" who, initially? I'm not sure if that's the right way to word my question but I'm getting a little mixed up about who's from where and who was under who's control, I guess x'D
Great update though!
Kat 2nd Nov 2016, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
Edit nº2: I think I forgot to mention that the story was super fantastic! (lol I commented on all the other stuff and forgot my main point x'D)
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Aww geez Kat, you're too sweet! <333 *hugs* ;3;*** Thank you for such kind words on all the things! It's a long update so I wasn't sure how it would be received, but I'm glad to know you enjoyed it <33
There is a lot of history I didn't want to bog the update down with, so it may get explained over the course of the story over time instead. I didn't think the details were strictly required for the story to work, though of course feel free to correct me if otherwise XD;;
Clandest was its own domain until it was taken over by Imperia near the very beginning of Imperia's conquests, over two millenia ago. Hundreds of years down the line, though, Clandest revolted and civil war began. The civil war went on for two generations, until finally Clandest gained independence as its own domain once again and Imperia relented. </long fictional history spiel>
All to say, these things aren't always clear cut. The Kijin and Danrir too have a history that is both simple, and yet convoluted as heck. XD;
Jarvi 28th Oct 2016, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Awwwwww this story was so great :o
I love Dancer and King <^^> <3 And the art style of this story, was so pretty too <3
great love for this page ^^
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
<3333 *glomps Jarvi-nii* I'm so happy you liked it ahhhh <333 your comment made me so happyyy >3<*** thankyew brotherrr <333
MST3KFan 28th Oct 2016, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Dang, rufi. I thought my double-pagers were long. ^_^;

Quite the story you have showed off here though.

I wonder if prisons of today were to put such stories on their walls wouldn't be a bad idea to get the ol' moral compass going in criminals.
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Don't worry MST3K, I could never hope to pull off the same frequency of your double-pagers XD;; and this update was special~ thank you! <3

I might be over-generalising but in some places, I'd guess that sadly illiteracy and crime rate have a correlation, so... :'D it'd help to have a Jinn-type guard conveniently standing around to read the walls out for them XD
Lamelle 28th Oct 2016, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Ohh such a huge update o.o and it looks amazing! Love the art for the story, also the textboxes and colours and everything. It looks beautiful *-* read it like 5 times now (and probably still counting xD) <33 such a well written page too! ^-^/
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Ahhhhhh Thank you Lamelle!!! ;3;*** for all the details and everything... I-I'm so happy you like it! <33
It means a lot to me <333
KAM 28th Oct 2016, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
azureXtwilight 29th Oct 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Love the new update, rufi! <333
That is such touching story, and is jinn finally warming up to nemi?
Lukkai 31st Oct 2016, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
I imagine he now thinks that Michael cares quite a lot about her (considering her a candidate for life partner maybe) and starts from there. Both in generally trusting Mike's judgement and in believing them to stay together for a long time. Meaning Jinn has to live with her around as well. A feat made way easier to accomplish if you don't hate each other's guts.
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Ehehe, Lukkai. ;D
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
<333 Thankyew azure-rin! ;3;***
I can't say too much on what's going on in Jinn's head or heart, he's a hard nut to crack sometimes XD
mjkj 29th Oct 2016, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Wow, Rufi <3 *hugs*

Great and long story - I hope Jinn learned something here...

Lukkai 31st Oct 2016, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Both of them, actually. Nemi is hardly free from prejudices yet herself.

And I do interpret that last panel as both of them going "Kinda makes you think do I want to think about that still..." (^_^)
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: Both of them, indeed. X3
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Mjkj! :D <3

It is kinda long! :'D And we'll see if the captives learnt anything, in time. XD;;
Crestlinger 29th Oct 2016, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
An Answer.
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
A Question? :'D
Proxy170 29th Oct 2016, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
I love this mini tale inside your story! Such a good message and you can totally imagine such a story living on through the history books. I feel like your universe is so big, you could have multiple stories inside it! Just like beloved RPGs :)
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
<3 Aww Proxy!!! ;3;** Thank you, that makes me super happy! I'm really glad to hear that the universe feels immersive, especially knowing how immersive the world of PA is as well ;3;*** (Is that the right word? Ihopeitis) it's super encouraging!! I'll keep doing my best to keep up the RPG feels <3
TheD-Wrek 30th Oct 2016, 3:40 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
You are too kind, sir, too kind! XD Thankyew <333
Headgamer 30th Oct 2016, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
One long update indeed!
Vaporeone and I are back and what an update to come back to! What was that 14 pages?
(We are up late because we are still on Hawaiin time XD )
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
That's exactly right! XD;;; Yesh ish a big update :'D <3 I'm glad to be able to welcome you two lovebirds back with it! X3 Welcome backu~~~
(I know jetlag, that thing must be beaten with sheer will and... and lots of sleep XD go go you two <3)
Lukkai 31st Oct 2016, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
Holy moley... Woman, are you trying to rip yourself apart?! (0_0)

I mean Holy-multiple-updates-big-artsy-beautiful-poem-page Batman, that's like what? Eight or so standard updates long? And with poetry (and long one at that)!
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
It's a lot of pages squished in, yesh XD;;; but honestly, I debated with myself a lot on this particular update and chose this crazy path instead because this story just wouldn't have read well broken up into pieces, I felt like? Maybe? >.<
Yesh I know I did some crazy but! I'm still in one piece though, yay! XD;;;
Lukkai 4th Nov 2016, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
It certainly was better for the flow, it was.
HeSerpenty 31st Oct 2016, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
DANGIT I guess my computer died before I posted my comment QAQ. O wells I'm happy to redo (I'm so good at redoing things LOL)

DANG Rufi! You have set the new standard for crazy amount of panels! THis is beautiful tho! And I"m glad you decided to tell this story all in one go! It's a beautifully rendered page for a very beautiful scene <3

If only all rulers and authorities could be like this King!
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Awww dangit I hate it when that happens BUT thankyew for taking the time to write one again!! ;3;** (and omg I felt so sad for you when I read your remark about redoing things LOL *hug-pat*)

And trust me, NEVER AGAIN XDD I mean this was crazehhh :'D but thanks so much for affirming that it was the right choice, to do it all in one go. I just didn't want to break this one up!

Thanks so much again <333 it means a lot to me to hear what you thought about it! ehehe <33
Kat 31st Oct 2016, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Re: Friday Flare-- oh hey, that one was my request too :p I really like the dynamics between Kylie and Seia, I think it's really interesting to see, even though we don't get that much of it in-comic...
Great sketch :D
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Oh this was one of yours, too! XD What can I say, I enjoy doodling younger Kylie, it seems... I'm happy you like it, dear! <33
Allzephyr 31st Oct 2016, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Quite astounding, and well worth the wait.
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Aww <333 Allzephyyy XD thankyew!! ;3;*** I'm so pleased to hear you found it so ;3;***
CiciEnixa 31st Oct 2016, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
*sniff* I didn't cry.

I swear I didn't cry.

Those aren't tears, the monsoon was just.. bad... and the house is flooded... *weeps under blanket*

(This storytelling was so beautiful and perfect in every wayyyyy *tries not to weep some more*)
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
XDDD *pulls blanket muffin into embrace* <333

You sweet muffin you XD <33 I'm super glad you liked it! I owe you lots for affirming the art style to go with in the end for the story :D thank you!!
Digi5 31st Oct 2016, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Beautiful. Just beautiful. (well, alot more words can describe this particular update, but if I had to use just one, beautiful would be it) Beautiful poetry. Beautiful story. Beautiful relationship builders, both in and out of the poem.

...I thought it was ironic that the jailers would stick a Danrir and Kijin in the same cell together, even though Jinn and Nemi are in disguise.
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
D'aww Digi ;3;*** that is just too kind of youuuu *hugs* I'm super touched you found it so, thank you <333

And indeed, if they knew what they were doing... XD; well they might've still done it anyway, LOL. Off-panel, I guess I should explain they had more people in that cell earlier in the day, but they are the only two left from the bar brawl, and have been for a while now... for certain reasons. ;)
mjkj 31st Oct 2016, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
@friday flare: Awww, Kylie is struggling - is that calculus?
Lukkai 3rd Nov 2016, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
Calculus... I actually was quite good at that. As well as probabilities or equations...
Quite good in a number of mathematical fields, actually. But not vector analysis. That one was my eternal foe.
Kat 3rd Nov 2016, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
Oh gosh, vector analysis *shudders* Now THAT was nasty
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
The only vectors I know are the kinds we create in Illustrator :'D
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Maths in general is my eternal foe, dangit. XD;;;;;
rufiangel 3rd Nov 2016, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Oof, I am going to say calculus does not exist in the same form in Archaeia. :'DDD *hides from calculus*

Thank you for always noting the Friday Flare updates Mjkj <3 XD
Centcomm 4th Nov 2016, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
... im speechless .. this is a amazing page Rufi.. Seriously.. I loved it!
rufiangel 11th Nov 2016, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
<333 Thank you so much Centy, that is high praise!! ;3;** I'm so happy you liked it <333
LeRenardRoux 4th Nov 2016, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
:,) <33333

So beautiful, rufi!!! I knew it was going to be the king but I still got choked up. Wonderful work!
rufiangel 11th Nov 2016, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Aww Roux!!! ;A;* *squish-hug*
Thank you!! I'm really glad you liked it! This update was important to me on multiple levels so it matters a lot to me that you felt it touched you <3 ;3;***
CraftyNessi33 26th Nov 2016, 4:06 PM edit delete reply
I felt like I was reading a variation of the sacrifice of Christ. Wow. That's an amazing and beautiful parable. And I felt a relation to the Dancer, having nothing to give but my talent and pride. My eyes kinda teared up.

I especially love the style of art you used for the parable. :D

This is a beautiful page! I remember you mentioning that you were having a hard time figuring out why you kept this series going. For who, for what reason? I think this page is one of the reasons. If there's some God inspired meaning behind this story, there is meaning to continuing the updates. Because I felt inspired by this page alone, not to mention the depth and development of each character. Keep it up rufi!!!
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Aww, thank you CraftyNessi! ;3;* I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts on this update. I'm very happy that the heart of the story was received!! <33 And I'm very glad you liked the presentation, hehe. <33

Thanks also for such encouraging words, truly. I will take them to heart. <333 I'll keep doing my best!! >3<)/~~~
Mylandah 28th Jul 2017, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Wow...just wow! This page is inspiring and heartwarming... A wonderful read for the morning. So beautiful!
rufiangel 31st Jul 2017, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Aw Myl, thank you!! ;v;* This particular update really was a major one for me so I'm really happy you liked it <333
Dave K 4th Aug 2019, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Loving the comic, and this update in particular. Thanks for all your hard work!