Comic 494 - New focus trick

24th Mar 2017, 2:15 AM in Chapter Eight
494 - New focus trick
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
rufiangel 24th Mar 2017, 2:15 AM edit delete
2:15am! Well, I aimed for 2:00am in best case scenario, so 2:15am really isn't so bad! :P

I'll add a more coherent A/N tomorrow. I hope you enjoy the update! ;v;*
rufiangel 24th Mar 2017, 4:13 PM edit delete
RIGHT, slightly more awake now (though I am going to mega crash once I get back home for sure)! :D

I've got lots to catch up on with comments and pagery, so good thing for me that next Monday is my allotted day off, as it's the last Monday of the month! :) The next update will be on Thursday the 30th of March, so please tune in then for a new page X3


For Friday Flare this week, I posted two sketch requests:

★ Sketch request for Cain and Kylie (this is a popular request XD;)

★ Sketch request for Madou and spoiler-girl

I know it's been a while! I hope these two make up for the gap a little bit, and I hope guys enjoy them~ ;v;*

And this is still open!


I'll be keeping them open until the next update. <3 Thanks everyone for your wonderfully creative submissions so far! :D

Okay, that's it from me for now. Have a lovely weekend everyone, thank you for reading, and catch you next week! :D

mjkj 24th Mar 2017, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Wow, poor Kylie...

...and that so called defender is even ridiculing her... *dislikes him even more*

Wow, you updated after 2 am... =O *hugs Rufi and gives her a fast recovery and refresh and stamina potion* rest well and quick, Rufi <3

Edit: @alt text: when did she have time to learn that? O_o

The Accidental Ninja 24th Mar 2017, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
It seems to me like he isn't ridiculing her; I'd understood it as him being concerned, because both he and Kylie are in a very tight spot and they both depend on her winning this.
Unless I misinterpreted something?
DLKmusic 24th Mar 2017, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
That's how I would like to read it, Kattapus, but I still have a questionmark over Sir Bradley's head (good-guy or bad-guy).

He has left the rest of the group alone in prison, unattended by guards, Just like he was asked to by the Zirconian Guild.

Michael/Jinn and Nemi have already been attacked, and Rufi has been VERY quiet about what's happening to Cain so far, and I'm pretty sure we aren't going to like it when we find out.

I do get the feeling though, that several people in this tournament are involved in the ZG (Fatal Rose being one of them), and it is to Sir Bradley's benefit that they be taken down a peg or two publicly. As it were, A way to show them that they can't have the run of the city, and without fear of reprisals against the citizenry.

Bottom line, there are bullyboys/girls in this tourney that need to be put in their place, and Kylie is Sir Bradley's best hope to do that with.
Lukkai 24th Mar 2017, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
He's not a good guy. He's not a bad guy.

He is just the guy!


Kylie's problem, apart from the special seals of her opponent in his fight, is that she must try to go through the whole tournament without revealing her nature as a Lethian Knight. Which isn't all that easy, when you've trained your whole life to implement it in your fighting style. Sure, the Guild gave rigorous training without powers as well. And yes, she's travelled quite a while without use of her powers. But they're still part of who and what she is and big part of her actual combat strength.
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: Nailed it XD

(won't say which part though XD)
The Accidental Ninja 25th Mar 2017, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
I'm not saying he's necessarily what we'd consider a "good guy", but I don't think he's really a bad guy as far as I can tell right now, and I don't peg him as the type who'd ridicule Kylie. I agree that his first priority is, as you said, making a statement to Zirconia without affecting the citizens. And for this he depends on Kylie at the moment, which is why I interpret his thoughts here as genuine concern.
I dunno, I may be wrong, but that's how I've understood his character so far... But then again, I'd say multiple interpretations are perfectly valid at this point, nothing's been very clear yet *shrugs*
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
@Kat: Absolutely true that nothing's been very clear yet. I'd like to pretend I'm shrouding everything in effective mystery, but for all I know I'm just obfuscating the lenses with furious (and annoying) huffs and puffs XD
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
"Rufi has been VERY quiet about what's happening to Cain so far, and I'm pretty sure we aren't going to like it when we find out."


Okay, in all seriousness, <SPOILER ALERT> one of the reasons I haven't shown what Cain is up to is that I found it kind of funny to keep showing the exact same panel of Cain showing his D: face all the time XD
mjkj 24th Mar 2017, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Wow, two great friday flares... <3 thank you, Rufi *hugs*
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Hehehe, Bradley sure gets some interesting reactions from readers, I must say XD

And thanks for the fast recovery and refresh and stamina potion ;v;* As you can probably tell, being a long-time reader, this is a bit of a cyclical problem with me; when I procrastinate just a little bit, everything piles up all at once XD; I'm kind of ruminating on how to resolve that issue without sacrificing updates. Maybe I should get more elves... but they cost SO much choco...

@alt text: she had quite a bit of time since Lari Oasis, actually! XD; Technically there are time skips between chapters, though obviously not major ones (that would throw everyone off quite a bit). Due to the RPG nature of SF, I tend to use the time skips between chapters for times the characters would level up, do side-quests and buy new equipment, that sort of thing. (This is why Kylie shows up in new armour every chapter.) And there's also Chapter Six, where there's a very tiny time-skip shown in a montage of panels as Kylie exterminates pests, so there was time in that as well for her to level up and learn new skills. ;)
Centcomm 24th Mar 2017, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
Rock on! - love the page and I love the blur effects. damn nice trick I need to remember that one! and Im wondering how bad shes really hurt. .. and what persist does!

Thank you for the page!
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
<333 Centy, you're my hero when it comes to action sequences yanno! X3 I'm so happy you like how the blur effects turned out on this page - I'm still trying to master this whole action malarkey ;v;***
Headgamer 24th Mar 2017, 2:39 AM edit delete reply
So dedicated, both you and Kylie.

Enjoy your well earned rest.
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Headgamer, that's awfully sweet of you! ;v;*

I think I might be overdoing it a little XD; I need to build up my stamina some with... *shudders* exercise...!
MST3KFan 24th Mar 2017, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Time for a power-up for Kylie it looks like.
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
This comment just had me envision Kylie eating a mega mushroom and then stomping on everything, Super Mario-style XD;
Proxy170 24th Mar 2017, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
Wow, there is a lot you had to draw on this page, and you did it very well--you can def feel the speed of the attacks! You really are awesome for delivering this page to your fans on time! *hugs* (and yes, it's still Thursday here so it counts!)

I wonder if Persist will giver her the time she needs to do an AOE attack that her opponent can't escape?
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Th-thank you Proxy!! :'D <3 This is from rufi in the future, who knows that she didn't quite make the subsequent updates on time XD;;;; BUT your kind words are really appreciated, as it helps to know that the effort does count! ;v;*

And that was pretty much it, though not so much an AOE as it was just a standard(?) finishing blow right to the noggin' XD
Matt Knab 24th Mar 2017, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Woah, awesome effects!
And stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish? Yikes, get some well earned rest!
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
Yayyy thankyew, Matt! ;v;*** I'm glad the effects worked out alright on this page, it's so darn hard XD;;;

And I think I need to rethink how I go about late pages, my body seems to not be able to take my late-night crunchtimes now :'D any advice, Matt? You're my rolemodel in this whole time-management-with-job-and-comic-making thing!
Matt Knab 5th Apr 2017, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Well, I basically do my pages in stages. I draw and ink on the weekends, and then each weekday after work I take 30 minutes to color while the little one watches her show for the day. I guess my only secret is scheduling a little time every day, and never skipping.
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Wow. That's a GOOD secret. >___> <3 Thank you so much Matt, that really helps in developing ideas on how to readjust my schedule. I'm going to try something like you! I'll let you know the results, Master!
Alicia 24th Mar 2017, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
She... cut the scarf? What did that scarf ever do to you?! D: GET HER, KYLIE!!
The Accidental Ninja 26th Mar 2017, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Nuuuuu not the scarf!!! Poor scarf :(
Does that count as a casualty? I thought killing wasn't allowed here!
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
@Kat: Only if the scarf was sentient. But if it was, yikes, by all means silence the darn thing before it garrotes anyone :'D
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
@Alicia: Accessories are never safe in the realm of Serpamia Flare. NEVARRR :P

(And Kylie does, indeed, GET HER XD)
sketchdoll 24th Mar 2017, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
Oh, new move! I hope it helps her on the next page :P
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, it absolutely does! :D <3
Seabiscuit 24th Mar 2017, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
...And she IS more of a challenge. OUCH! ... Love them blood effects though. <33
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Yepperrrs... and LOL you *would* like 'em blood effects, wouldn't you, KillyMcKillerson XD
garbud 24th Mar 2017, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Kylie really need to take advantage of the fact that "Lethal Rose" has a massive blind spot with only one eye
Lukkai 24th Mar 2017, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm not so sure about that. We've seen all kinds of tricks done with items and I've got a hunch that mask may be more than just decoration as well.
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
@garbud: I like Lethal Rose, it has a more stinging ring to it than Fatal Rose does!

I think I'm keen to go with Lukkai on this one XD; Because SF takes place in the world of, well, RPG-logic and magic and stuff, there are going to be a couple of things that adhere to that - like Fatal Rose's mask, and Lyn's sensory deprivation... ;)
Outlaw 24th Mar 2017, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Your action scenes are so well done, my friend. Can't wait to see Kylie drop this chick and show everyone what she's made of.
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
Outlaw, you're always so darn kind and encouraging!! <3 ;v;* THANK YOU! I hope you liked how Kylie 'dropped' this chick XD <3
Crestlinger 24th Mar 2017, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Sentinel mode seems like. Slow as all get out, but can't be harmed as much.
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
This description is on the nose for Solid Stance, actually! XD;
KAM 24th Mar 2017, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
CiciEnixa 25th Mar 2017, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
I'm a little worried on what Persist means, because it sounds like she's going to endure everything that's thrown at her (including random falling aqua whales from the sky) until Fatal Rose either gets too tired to go on or Kylie manages to throw a wide enough shot to hit her wherever she may be.

The worrying part is if Focus ends BEFORE Kylie manages to do either...
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
You know Cici-muffin, if random falling aqua whales fell from the sky, I'm pretty sure there ain't no focus available that would help anyone survive THAT XD;;;;

Good job Kylie managed to finish this before her Focuses ran out! (Well, if she didn't, I'd have to draw even MORE pages and I didn't want to, so there. If it makes anyone feel better they can roleplay with dice how many turns it took before Kylie got her Solid Advance in XD)
The Accidental Ninja 25th Mar 2017, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
I love all the effects on this page, but mostly I really like how you did the dynamics of Kylie's hair. It looks really good with her movements, I'm impressed!

(C'mon Kylie, show 'em who's boss! or, er, princess in this case)
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
<333 thank you Kat!! ;v;* I really do have fun with Kylie's hair, now that you mention it... XD; it's definitely a boon to have when it comes to action expression :D (long flowy hair, that is XD)

(Kylie certainly does, at that ;)
HeSerpenty 25th Mar 2017, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Rufiiii you're soo good at these action scenes! TEACH ME YOUR WAYS! Haha <33
Okay I need to see what trick Kylie has up her sleeve to get through this one! Don't underestimate her!!!
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
STEP ONE: Picture the action in your head
STEP TWO: Attempt to put it on paper
STEP THREE-EIGHT: Flail, cry, crumple up roughs, redraw things 1,000 times, fail, curl up in a ball
STEP NINE: Look at a reference

Lolol though in all seriousness I have stopped doing Step Nine so much in recent days so that's either a good thing (I can do it without a reference now!) or a horrendous thing (I am too lazy!) so uh... DON'T LEARN FROM ME

Oh, and Kylie has TWO tricks up her sleeve, as you've already seen XD
Lukkai 27th Mar 2017, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Great Friday Flares, both of them. Even with the roughness. (Or maybe partly because? It does hold a certain charm to it.)

But I must admit: I'm not getting the reference with "spoiler girl". Might be me being a bit too tired right now, but some help would be appreciated.
The Accidental Ninja 28th Mar 2017, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
I'm guessing it's this:
Lukkai 28th Mar 2017, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Thanks a bunch! It's been quite a while since the story touched on that particular side of Madou. So I actually had forgotten about her.
The Accidental Ninja 29th Mar 2017, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
No problem :) (it took me a while to connect the dots too x'D)
It HAS been quite a while for us, hasn't it? Maybe not so much for the characters xD
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: Thank you Lukkai! :D I really did enjoy drawing those Friday Flares <3

And that spoiler girl appeared over a year and a half ago, I think, so I do not blame you one bit XD;;;

@Kat: Thanks loads for pointing out that page! :D <3
Thomas Dimensor 28th Mar 2017, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
Thomas Dimensor
OwO wat's this? Kylie has a new trick up her sleeve?
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
;D She has TWO new tricks up her sleeve!
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2017, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Or should we say that her new 'trick' is the realization that she has two sleeves? ^_^ ('Persist' and 'Solid Stance')
HawkguyZero 28th Mar 2017, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
I just finished reading through the archives -- this comic is AWESOME! The only downside to being caught up is that now I have to wait for updates like everyone else. :D

I'm pretty excited to see this new Focus trick in action.
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
Hi HawkguyZero! :D Oh gosh, I don't know if you'll see this reply - I'm responding kinda late! ^^;; Sorry about that!

But I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know your kind thoughts on the comic ;v;* thank you!! I really do hope you'll continue to enjoy what's in store! <333
rufiangel 5th Apr 2017, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Persistent cold callers can certainly be. :'D
TheD-Wrek 10th Apr 2017, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Holy crap. Poor Ice Princess indeed. :'D