Comic 499 - Cover up

17th Apr 2017, 7:36 PM in Chapter Eight
499 - Cover up
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
rufiangel 17th Apr 2017, 7:36 PM edit delete
Happy Easter Monday everyone! :)

Super sorry about the late update, I did *not* expect it to take as long as it did :'D I forgot that it takes me some time to flat new characters with outfits like Zion and Ruthford, ha, ha... OTL

Anywho, this is an update that, yet again, dredges up a lot of older material so it's breadcrumb trail time again!

* Seia, Kylie, Rince, Ruthford and Zion are all originally from the Lethian Guild HQ Jihan outskirts branch.
* The Raiz raised some hackles between Fel and Nines by declaring Lari Oasis a neutral zone, causing acts of rebellion from the Danrir in Karat.
* Seia and Ophelia are indeed on their way to Aen Luce, where 'the truce talks' between Fel and Nines are apparently to take place...
* As for what Zion's mumbling about, it's not strictly important to the plot but... here you go XD;

Alright, that's it for today's update! See you guys on the next one, which may not be on Thursday - I'll be sure to drop a note here though, if the update is delayed again. Sorry for the sparse updates this month so far. :'D

Thanks for reading, and have a marvellous start to your week <3

rufiangel 19th Apr 2017, 9:18 PM edit delete
Hey folks, so the next page is underway but... because it's #500, I kind of want to update it alongside a small something-something. But I still need a bit more time to prep it. :'D So sorry guys, no update on Thursday - but I'll try my utmost to update over the weekend if I can!
rufiangel 24th Apr 2017, 9:50 AM edit delete
Hey folks, I'm so sorry... I have a terrible confession to make. I'm... I'm addicted to Persona 5... T_T I've been playing it all weekend instead of paging, like a horrible human being, but it's... it's so good! OTL

I have this unfortunate habit of - once I get into a game - playing it like a maniac until I actually finish it. It's why I've been sort of avoiding videogames that aren't handhelds for a while, because handhelds I can finish off faster by playing it while commuting... but so many people were talking about Persona 5, I got curious, and oh man am I a cat that got wrecked for that curiosity :'DDD

So, uh, I'm so sorry but I just want to get this game out of my system as fast as I possibly can, so please give me a week? ;;;; I'm really really sorry for being so weak... please forgive me T_T

Strip #500 will be up on Monday, 24th April 1st May* :'D (It's 50% done right now.)

*Sorry guys, I must have been sleep-deprived and wrote the wrong date like a moron :'DDD
rufiangel 4th May 2017, 10:41 AM edit delete
Sorry everyone for letting the webcomic down on Monday and not posting any remarks on where the update was at, let alone an update. It's my bad entirely!

I probably shouldn't have binged the game, which incidentally, I did manage to beat on Monday. I mean, it was a great game, but the way I binged it was unhealthy and it did something to my schedule and broke my usual concentration and self-discipline, so I'm suddenly unmotivated. ;;;; This is possibly one of the dumbest ways I've fallen into a rut, conceived entirely by my own Stupid. OTL

I apologise for my irresponsible behaviour and for the delay, and for breaking my promise for an update on Monday. I know it's not cool of me. >_<;

A part of my rut is, believe or not, because I'm about to hit #500. There's some mild trepidation there, a time I look back and think about all I've managed to do (and not do), and then a weird glimmer of the future of what I hope to do in the next 500 pages, and feeling oddly on the precipice and a little fearful. It's weird, isn't it? It's hard to put into words but it does make me want to run away for some reason.

But I won't!!!!! I can't. I know I'm sort of running right now (sorry) but I'm working on getting back.

Thanks for still checking up on me, guys - I'm a little scared of making another promise of an update on a specific date because I'm in a weird rut and I don't want to break another promise, because breaking one is already detrimental enough. But please come back on Friday, there should be something up then. >_>

Again, my apologies - but thanks for being some of the best readers any webcomic creator could ask for. *bows low*
rufiangel 6th May 2017, 1:04 AM edit delete
Hey guys, I worked on finishing up the inks and some preliminary flats for #501 - it's getting a bit late so I figure I'll finish up #500 tomorrow when I wake up. :) I did say I'd post something though, so here's a small break doodle:


Thank you everyone for your kind words, I'm reading every comment and appreciating it - sorry I haven't been able to respond yet! :'D

I'll definitely keep everyone updated on progress tomorrow. Thanks for still checking in!! <3
MST3KFan 17th Apr 2017, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
Seia is quite the story maker there to get Ophelia out of hot water there, and that glare he gives Zion! XD
Lukkai 18th Apr 2017, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
But it's the best kind of story.

It's short. Easy to remember. Perfectly plausible and impossible for the other two to check without several days or even weeks of travel.
rufiangel 9th May 2017, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Yeppers, Lukkai! -v-* Fu, fu.
rufiangel 9th May 2017, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
@MST3K: You'll have to consider that Seia might not have come up with it on the spot... ;)
mjkj 17th Apr 2017, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
*lol* Seia is hard to forget - and maybe even to forgive - something concerning family...

Uh, Seia, why the lie???
rufiangel 9th May 2017, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
Family always comes first for Seia. ;)
sigpig 17th Apr 2017, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
I guess I was right about the Lapia Oak needing to pee... lol
rufiangel 9th May 2017, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
Lol, sigpig XD it's certainly one way of putting it! :'D
Matt Knab 17th Apr 2017, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Hrm, would they insist on taking custody of his prisoner? Or worse...?
rufiangel 9th May 2017, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
I think if they knew who she really was, then all bets are off the table as to how far they'd react... :'D
Crestlinger 18th Apr 2017, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
Answers her question from previous of why it didn't work out then.
rufiangel 9th May 2017, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha, Cresty XD

I will say here that Seia wasn't the reason they didn't work out, though. Zion stood up to Seia when it came to Kylie, lol. -v-
Proxy170 18th Apr 2017, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
hahaha Zion is hilarious XD that face at the end has me in stitches!

And lucky she didn't see that coming! But if he's hiding her secret, he's hiding his secret of zombie-ness...which means he can't get help just yet D:
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
I'm very happy that Zion amuses you, Proxy XD ahahaha!

And Ophelia... she didn't see that coming, you say? ;D

Also, 'zombie-ness' XD well, we'll see about that, donchu worry ;D <3
DLKmusic 18th Apr 2017, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Welp, Ophelia, welcome to the wonderful world of "YOU OWE ME BIG TIME".

Take a seat, girl... yer gonna be here a while...
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
Oh boy, that's a world I'm not sure is so wonderful XDDD

Ophelia isn't sure just yet what Seia's intentions are with this cover-up, but we'll see in time just how much of it was to save her skin, and/or... ;)
The Accidental Ninja 18th Apr 2017, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Hmmm, interesting move, Seia.
Do Seia and Zion actually get along, though? Now I'm confused and also curious and also Zion's face in that last panel is amazing xDD
Lukkai 18th Apr 2017, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
I think they get along okay. But Seia will not tolerate any kind of talk about the ladies from him. Especially not this kind.
CiciEnixa 18th Apr 2017, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
I'd like to think their situation is akin to "Seia Dad is forever displeased and wishes death upon Flirty Shameless Boi who broke Kylie Daughter's poor kokoro" even though as I understand, Kylie and Zion broke up on peaceful terms XD

Ya gotta protect family ;P
The Accidental Ninja 21st Apr 2017, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
@Cici: Lol that sounds pretty accurate, especially since it's Seia we're talking about xDD
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
XD I'm pretty happy with everyone's thoughts in this comment thread so I'll just leave it there, if the topic does come up in-comic (or in-side-comic) to get hashed through more thoroughly then I'll go into it more then ;D
kaiki83 18th Apr 2017, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Probably not since Zion dated Kylie and Seia will obviously will never let it go...
CiciEnixa 18th Apr 2017, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
Poor Zion, so cute, so bullied by Seia Dad XDDD

Seia defended Ophelia so smoothly, I don't even think it was impromptu XD Way to go, Seia!

Zion's statement regarding being from Karat... so the Lethian Knights Guild recruit all over the world, or are there areas that they can't recruit and there will be sad future Lethian Knights that will never know they can become Lethian Knights? ... I guess the Holy Capital might count but like, large areas?
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Lolol, 'Seia Dad' makes me laugh XDD

And you might be correct in thinking it wasn't impromptu ;) fufu~

To answer your question, Lethian Knights are recruited everywhere. There is no restricted area - the Holy Capital included. :) It is against the World Guild Regulations to not report a potential Lethian Knight, and it isn't something people can hide once it's apparent, so... XD; That said, there may be exceptions, but it certainly isn't common!
Robert 18th Apr 2017, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
So what Kylie really meant in the side story is:

Seia is an absolute nutbag who froze the last guy I dared to date just because I was a tiny bit upset about a pretty minor issue. I could try dating again, but I'm not really attracted to popsicles. Animals are just easier that way.
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
XD To be fair, that last line is really Cain's, not Kylie's! Lolol. I wonder how bad Seia really was, back in those days...? :P
Jarvi 18th Apr 2017, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha poor Zion :D Seia you darn creepy man, you :D
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
XDDD Seia, being called a creepy man, tsk tsk, his cred is now damaged... but I doubt he cares when it comes to Kylie if I think about it :'DDD
KAM 18th Apr 2017, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
Ah, so that's Kylie's ex.
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Correct, KAM! ;D
Seabiscuit 19th Apr 2017, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
Woah, he covered for her! Oddly sweet...:D
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Oh gosh, seamuffin, s-sweet? :'D Oh boy, are you on this ship too? XD
Haegan2005 19th Apr 2017, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
excellent as always!
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Aww, thank you, Haegan! ;v;***
Thomas Dimensor 20th Apr 2017, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Thomas Dimensor
Seia used Glare. It is super effective!
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Has a very high chance of inflicting a Frozen status ailment! >.>+
Lukkai 20th Apr 2017, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
A little something-something, huh? Now I'm intrigued.
mjkj 21st Apr 2017, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
No, not a little - a small (do not mess with the awesome alliteration...) =P

No, I am not intrigued... but rather looking forward to it in excitement... =D

Lukkai 23rd Apr 2017, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
But it's something-something.

Don't mind if I do!
mjkj 24th Apr 2017, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
mjkj 24th Apr 2017, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
Awwww... Rufi *hugs*

*is relieved* great to hear you are doing fine...

Well, it gets like this sometimes - do not worry... you need to wind down sometimes, too.

Thank you for keeping us posted.

(...and what is that persona 5???)

Gladewalker 24th Apr 2017, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
Persona 5 is a game; I've only seen screenshots but I think it's an Action RPG game.
Proxy170 25th Apr 2017, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
A game that has been destroying my fave comics' update schedules T___T lol
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
@Proxy: XDDD I'm super sorry I got sucked into the blackhole but... thank you for saying 'fave', that made me feel extra special to be included there ;v;*** *huggu* <3
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for your patience, Mjkj! Always appreciate your support. :)
Lukkai 26th Apr 2017, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Thinking back at how I reacted after first getting my hands on Fallout 4...

Yeaaah... not much ground for me to judge you. ;)
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
It's okay to judge me though, honestly XD;;; I can be really undisciplined sometimes! :'D
Matt Knab 28th Apr 2017, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Haha, I just checked in because it had been awhile. Thanks for the update. Enjoy the game! XD
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Matt! ;v;* Next time I'll hopefully have lots of pages up next time you take a break between looking at updates XD;;; <3
Wolfsbane 3rd May 2017, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
She must really be enjoying the game.
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
I was indeed, Wolfsbane :'D thank you for your patience!
Guest 3rd May 2017, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
She's left us for good now. *plays funeral song*
DLKmusic 4th May 2017, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Nah, she'll be back! *Cueue's up the theme song for Persona 5* Wait... WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING?????

(grin) take your time, Rufi, we'll still be here! And since instead of working on my music, I've been riding on Elephant back all through the land of Erinn this week, I... think i don't have any room to judge, lol!
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Persona 5 has some insanely catchy tunes on their OST! ;v;*

And thank you so much DLK, riding on Elephant back all through the land of Erinn sounds pretty darn fun to me XD <3 I appreciate your support!!
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Oh dang, don't kill me off just yet! :'D Though I admit, totally my fault for not updating for so long. Thanks for checking in though XD;;;;
megados 4th May 2017, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
@rufiangel, don't be hard on yourself. I know what its like getting stuck in a game. Don't let a setback stress you out. #500 is a milestone to be sure! Congrats!

Good things come to those who wait, and speaking for myself, I have no problem with waiting! :D
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Aww geez megados, thank you so much for your patience and kind words ;v;*** I'm very blessed to have such kind readers! I hope to do better going forward >3<*)7
Guest 4th May 2017, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Rufia angel is going to be the next Yuumei now 😭
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Ah noooo I won't! :'D I'm sorry to have caused concern!
mjkj 4th May 2017, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Wow, Rufi... *huuuuggguuuss*

I can understand your trepidation - but we will be here when you have overcome your rut...


rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Thanks mjkj, I appreciate it! Ruts suck. -v-;;
Crestlinger 4th May 2017, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
when in doubt Doodle. Let your subconscious take control of the art and see what comes up. Just draw, anything and everything without thinking too much on it and see what comes out.
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
That's always good advice for any struggling artist, Cresty. Thank you! :) Technically I did do just this and came up with the Persona 5 tribute doodle as you can see in the A/N above XD;;; Persona 5 was on the mind...!
dawndemonica 5th May 2017, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
Looks like I need to retrieve my riding crop from storage and make my way over there...nothing like a little pain for incentive to keep working (jk). Seriously though, you said it once before that if everyone keeps telling you to take your time then you will get nothing done because there is nobody pushing you forward. I will take up the mantle and be the one to push instead of hold. Getting back to work even when everything seems pointless is just part of life, as long as you keep moving forward there is always hope that good things will come from what you do.
rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Absolutely true, dawndemonica - thank you so much. :) I really appreciate your words and reminders - honestly, I think I do sometimes just need a good kick up the butt XD and I really do feel glad to have readers willing to help push me up the slope! Your words are inspiring, I'll try to do my best and do better! ;v;* <3 Thank you so much for reading and supporting SF <3
mjkj 6th May 2017, 3:41 AM edit delete reply
Awwwww.... that Coco... <3 <3 <3

Thank you for the update, Rufi - I do not know if I can check tomorrow - I am usually offline on Saturdays.


rufiangel 10th May 2017, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad you like the drawing, Mjkj! :)

I'll try to avoid weekend updates XD; it's generally not the most popular update time, though one of my favourite webcomics in the world updates on Sundays 8:00am HKT. -v-*
The Accidental Ninja 6th May 2017, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
I think I've already said this but quite honestly I think Rufi deserves to get a little break (albeit an unexpected one x'D) and have fun with something, especially after reaching a milestone like 500 pages! :)

By the way, the site is working again on my browser, I have no idea what that whole issue was about :/

Edit: Aww I've just noticed the coco in Cain's hood <3
rufiangel 11th May 2017, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Aww Kat, that is so sweet of you! :'D *glomp* <3 Honestly though, I don't think I am particularly entitled to be an unprofessional bum XDDD but I'm very grateful I have such kind readers. Thank you dear <3

I'm glad to hear the security issues have stopped hampering your browser when it comes to SF, I hope it doesn't happen again :'D

And happy you noticed! X3 It's a sneaky little coco <3
Lukkai 7th May 2017, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
I see we've got the cover for Cain's Character Single CD down. ;)

Milestone fright? Kinda understandable at 500 comics. Just wait until you reach the four digits!
rufiangel 11th May 2017, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Oh boy, Character Single CD XD that sounds... fun, actually... ;v;* *dreams* XD

If I stick to plan, by the time this comic hits four digits, it should be close to the end. >_> It would be a huge honour if you guys were still reading, I truly hope so! ;v;*** I've gotta keep at it!
Gilrandir 7th May 2017, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
In the spirit of being respectful to the artist (@rufiangel) and her need for a full, complete, and well-rounded life, but still wanting to adequately communicate my sentiments and offer encouragement for the continuation of the story, I have only this musical reference to offer ... (^_^)
rufiangel 11th May 2017, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Aww Gil, thank you for that XD it's very kind of you and I feel like I understood your sentiments from that song, ahaha <3

It's amazing to see how kind and respectful you guys are, especially when I'm deviating. I'll try my utmost to be just as respectful back to my readers by *not* dropping everything to play games without warning, in the future XD;;; thank you for your support! ;v;*
rufiangel 9th May 2017, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
XD Duck faced is a good term for it! Lolol, Zion's definitely got guts XD

And Seia's gifted with that face :'D