Comic 503 - Strength of mind

18th May 2017, 6:00 PM in Chapter Eight
503 - Strength of mind
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
rufiangel 18th May 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete
Hey guys, happy Thursday! I hope all the mysterious talky-talky hasn't been too boring. XD;;

It's late and I'm sleepy, but I'm happy I made the update on time <3

I hope you enjoyed today's update, thank you for reading! :D I'm going to try to update Friday Flare on Friday this time (and if not, over the weekend), so I'll see you then!

mjkj 18th May 2017, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Oh, must be quite the secret - that we even are not allowed to know... =(

...yeah, Ophie, seems you have the right conclusion...

@alt text: yup, serious Seia is serious - and it is good to know who knows and who does not - so you know with whom you can discuss it...

Matt Knab 18th May 2017, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Huh, sounds bad, but I really don't have a good guess. Good job giving just enough info to internet but not enough to reveal!
Headgamer 18th May 2017, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
What, are they elemental spirits that are somehow of a similar nature to the summons/lapus oak?

Maybe like the founders who planted the oak summoned spirits that are now posesing the Lethian Knights in order to somehow care for the oaks and advert disaster.

It would explain why all the Lethian are wisked away and have such power at such a young age; thier body is not their own. It would explain why an Anjelian would ask Kylie to go look in to a lapia oak instead of sending one of their own. It would also explain why Able would have to off the knights in order to mess with the oaks (though we still don't know why he would want to do that).
Amarok 18th May 2017, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
well as for the Able part. my theory is another biblical tie in. The story of Noah. the oaks hold the aqua back and thus if they are gone the world becomes flooded. all would be washed away save for that which was somehow already protected.
DLKmusic 19th May 2017, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
@Headgamer: I was thinking something very similar, that a knights Lethiace is actually tied to the land the same way the spirits are.

@Amarok: I hadn't considered that, but that does actually make a lot of sense.
HeSerpenty 18th May 2017, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
Maybe my piece-together skills are broken X"D---dangit rufiiii tell me all the answers right nooow! XDD

Wnderful page, as always!
Proxy170 19th May 2017, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm so I'm gonna guess that maybe the Lethian Knights are somehow integrated into the very fabric of Archaiea...and by becoming one, give up their mortality in a way? Like they are just empty shells? Kinda like how Seia was in a bit of a zombie state? Which makes me feel that perhaps Rince wasn't defeated, or if he was it was strong enough for him to not be able to overcome the damage? Maybe an explosion on a Fire Lethiace would be inescapable somehow? I dunno, I'm rambling now. I feel like Lukkai will comment on my theory with something I missed and why this doesn't make sense XD
Lukkai 19th May 2017, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Trying to remember just where and when we last saw Rince, actually.

But we know a few things: Lethian Knights are born to normal families, at least some of the time. They may have parents, siblings, maybe offspring (we don't know for sure if Lethian Knights can even have offspring yet) without any of that power.
They do have a strong connection to certain elements and special skills like a near perfect immunity to poisons however, which clearly sets them apart from normal humans. Also, Seia seems to have used those elemental powers to keep his body moving. Even though he's supposed to be quite dead.
So empty shell maybe not. But a shell/hull for something is not unlikely. Guardians is another word that comes to my mind when thinking about what they might be. At the very least, there seems to be good reason as to why there is only one Lethian Guild. And it's not just the knight's relative rarity. They are working hard to be one group and not several splintered ones.

I'm actually fairly certain that an attack by any kind of fire, explosion or not, would not phase a strong fire LK all that much. You'll need other elements to really do a number on them.
DLKmusic 19th May 2017, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
so, if this is that serious, and I'm pretty sure it is, why did Seia let Ophelia know?

I wonder if Seia's talk with Mio is influencing his decision here... ?
Haegan2005 19th May 2017, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Well, Seia said she could not understand all of it. Whether or not that was deliberate or unintentional we don't know yet.

It sounded like the mix of languages was being used so that concepts from each could be used to give the other a better understanding of what was being said.
Crestlinger 19th May 2017, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
Where those who know have it stamped on their faces. Proof look at Zion before and after.
Lukkai 19th May 2017, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Though that might just be an immediate aftereffect of learning it and pass with time (as long as he isn't actively thinking about it).
Lukkai 19th May 2017, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
Thinking back on Mio talking to Seia...

It would seem that at least certain kinds of summon know the truth about the Lethian Knights as well?
mjkj 19th May 2017, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
True, Lukkai...

(* first mentioning: 410 - Not Human *)
(* Talk with Mio: 429 - Laifen *)
Lukkai 20th May 2017, 1:39 AM edit delete reply
Also noticed Seia's changing eyes again in the second link.

But yeah, that's at the very least one summon who does know. And I don't think that's something special for that kind of summon.
KAM 19th May 2017, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
CiciEnixa 19th May 2017, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
The more I think about it, the more I'm getting Atlatis vibes and if that's what's gonna end up happening, I worry VERY much for all Lethian Knights, mostly Kylie. It does seem that the elemental specialization, them being not human, and how they interact with spirit summons and Lapia Oaks suggest a bigger web.

(Maybe they're seeds and when they die, they become Lapia Oaks. And then they go around watching Kijini and Danrir and rustle angrily to keep the ship from sailing and that is JinnTree talking XD But yeah, I'm leaning on them being either the same spiritual line as the trees and spirits, or they're secretly baby trees that look like peeps)
Archangel Daniel 20th May 2017, 3:55 AM edit delete reply
Archangel Daniel
Been following the comic for quite a while, and figured this is as good of a time as any to leave a comment, because I love things like this.

As much as I've been hooked to the comic before, now I'm REALLY hooked. Apparently, there is more going on than I initially thought. Looking forward to learning more about how things work.
rufiangel 14th Jun 2017, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Hey Archangel Daniel, I'm super sorry to get back to this comment like... 3 weeks later! :'D I've been kind of backlogged on responding to comments so I thought I'd probably leave this page and the last alone, since a lot of comments are speculating so it might better if I don't hop in and spoil things. XD;

That said, I still wanted to reply to your comment in particular! Thank you so much for following SF, and I'm very happy you're enjoying the turn of events so far! It's a story I spent a long time building, so it's always really great to know when readers find it intriguing or engaging. <3

I truly hope you'll continue to enjoy the series, and thank you for reading ;v;*
MST3KFan 23rd May 2017, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
So many secrets. We have to assume Seia knew of Ophelia's good hearing and wanted her to hear stuff.