Comic 528 - Now what

4th Sep 2017, 6:00 PM in Chapter Eight
528 - Now what
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
rufiangel 4th Sep 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Monday folks!

No time to add commentary, I'm squeezing this upload in before work. :'D I hope you guys enjoy the update, and I'll catch you all on Thursday!

Oh and sorry for forgetting Friday Flare *again* last week - I'll do two updates this Friday to make up for it. -v-)/

Thanks for reading!

rufiangel 6th Sep 2017, 12:23 AM edit delete
Hey guys, just a heads-up in advance - I'm pretty sure I won't be able to make the Thursday update, so I'll be aiming for a late Friday update instead. It's just one of those pages! Apologies!! >_<
KAM 4th Sep 2017, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
So why exactly are they info-dumping?

Just can't help gloating?

Making a psychological attack in case the physical attack fails? (Hmmm... I suppose if they figure the Defender is just that good that he would survive and/or beat them.)
Proxy170 4th Sep 2017, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
Info dumping is the weakness of every baddie! XD
KAM 5th Sep 2017, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but for storytelling purposes it's to let the audience know something that there was no other way for the author to get it across.

However, we already learned about Briar smuggling in the dark disc when 'father of the year'* explained it a few pages ago. (*Sorry, can't remember the baddies' name.)

So while it might be a mistake on the part of the author, I'm hoping there actually is an in-story reason for this repeat of information.
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
It's okay KAM, there was no name to remember XD;

I'll be straight - I agree the dialogue on this page is tautological and clunky. The reason this update was squeezed in before work even though the page was actually completed the night before was because it was even worse before. I woke up earlier than usual so I could take another stab at editing it, and though I wasn't 100% happy with the result, a deadline is a deadline. Maybe at a later date I'll pare it down some!

That said, while it serves the perhaps unnecessary purpose of refreshing reader minds, the in-story purpose is for Sir Bradley to hear it as well, which is probably the main point.

Regardless, it's dumb villain-talk and I'm just glad readers are willing to overlook this for the most part XD;;; thank you, everyone, LOL!
mjkj 4th Sep 2017, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Nice catch...

Poor Lyn...

I hope briar is satisfied with this outcome... =S

rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Yikes! You'll make kids cry with that kinda talk, Mjkj! :'D
MST3KFan 4th Sep 2017, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
What IS it with villains telling all of their plans rather than just jumping right into things? It just gives the good guys the openings they need to strike back.
Gilrandir 4th Sep 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
There actually is an answer for this. Perhaps best expressed by Sir Terry Pratchett (as so many things were).

“Something Vimes had learned as a young guard drifted up from memory. If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you entirely at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you're going to die. So they'll talk. They'll gloat.

They'll watch you squirm. They'll put off the moment of murder like another man will put off a good cigar.

So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word.”
― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
That... that quote is beautiful, Gil. Thank you (and Terry Pratchett) for sharing it, I'll treasure it in the back of my mind. XD <3
Proxy170 4th Sep 2017, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Poor Briar...I really do feel bad for the guy. It's not his fault he turned out a spoiled brat...and hey, he's actually shown some redeemable qualities. Nature vs. nurture :/

Kylie is BOUND to meet Lyn though throughout this mess, right??
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Briar and Sir Bradley need to have a good, long talk. XD;;;

And is that a PUN I see Proxy


I think Kylie's got a WHOLE other problem while Lyn is a bit TIED UP at the moment, HURR HURRR

Matt Knab 4th Sep 2017, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Talk about adding insult to injury!
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Technically in the order this is going, it's injury to insult ;D lolol
peggythedog 4th Sep 2017, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
I know that Briar and Lyn are in quite the pickle, and that the fate of cities and countries are at stake, but all I can think about is how KYLIE'S JUST A FEW FEET AWAY FROM HER BROTHER
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Aww Peggy, that's just about the sweetest thing to know XD <333 lolol

If only they knew, eh? :')
megados 4th Sep 2017, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
Great catch! And now it unfolds . . .
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
He definitely did a good job catching her in that situation, she would have undoubtedly smashed rather unceremoniously against the bottom edge of the top box otherwise :'D
Jarvi 4th Sep 2017, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
Girls 2 Ren 0 ;)

Also.. someone is suffering from the "too talkative villain" syndrome, that never goes well xD

And lastly... seriously, how does Lyn even operate xD Does he have some 6th sense or something? xD
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
That top line took me a while to get, once I did though I was crying-laughing too hard XD;;;; poor Ren!!!

They definitely should have spent more time trying to kill things rather than talk but yanno how it goes, they gotta get their brag on and that verbal knife in, it's what makes them ebil XD

Lyn mostly operates out of a 'sixth sense' of sorts, yes -v-)/ while he DOES sense enemies and where they're at, though, there's a lot he has to just guess. Like, what the heck is going on XD
Guest 5th Sep 2017, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
She dead
She hella dead
Audacity__ 5th Sep 2017, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
rip kylie. i hope she gets better u-u
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
Heyyy, this is the world of Serpamia Flare, where you can get stabbed with icicles through the chest and still come out in one piece, don't worry too much -v-)/

Just worry a little bit XD
Crestlinger 5th Sep 2017, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
Can hear his master though and maybe see and hear Through him as well.
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
He can't see through Briar, but hearing him does help a lot in terms of context of the situation!
Robert 5th Sep 2017, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
Ah yes, the spoiled teenager running around with a frog "Daddy! Daddy! Look what I caught!" syndrome. Poor defender, he's busy and it's so not his fault that the baby sitting services are really bad there!
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Sir Bradley has reasons for not always knowing the best way to deal with his son. XD; It'll all turn up eventually, you'll see. ;)
Digi5 5th Sep 2017, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Yes, the villians are talkative. Yes, Kylie is only feet away from her brother. But what I'd like to add is that one of the villians must be a mage- he/she has the same ring of [energy?/magic?] around 2 fingers that Madou usually has when he's about to perform a fire spell. Now, I'm not saying this guy is Madou (the color of the energy[?] is greenish-yellow as opposed to Madou's orangey color), but it might be worth mentioning that one of the villians can attack with elemental attacks.
DLKmusic 5th Sep 2017, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
Good catch, Digi5, I missed that! I wonder if the green symbolizes earth rather than fire though (now that you brought it to my attention).
Digi5 5th Sep 2017, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad you noticed and liked my observation! :)

...Earth does sound plausible. But we haven't met too many other mages (or other elemental attackers) to really tell. :/
rufiangel 8th Sep 2017, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Good catch! It's wind. :)
Scia 5th Sep 2017, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Mentioning this again here since I posted it so late on the last page. XD But Rufi, you might like to know that Tumblr allows you to schedule posts to go up on a later date. It's handy for those of us that need to do things while we're thinking about them or else we're likely to forget (such as myself). X3
rufiangel 9th Sep 2017, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Thanks Scia again for the reminder XD

I think I need to schedule a time for me to schedule things LOL
Wido 5th Sep 2017, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
Is anybody going to mention the FACT that Kylie was just impaled and there's no cleric around??? what you gonna do? put a band-aid??? c'monnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnasdfasdlkjfhasdkjfhasldkfh
Crestlinger 6th Sep 2017, 4:55 AM edit delete reply
Let it go, wounds never bothered her anyway.
Gilrandir 6th Sep 2017, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
We don't know what class abilities Defenders have -- they may have off-heal capability.
rufiangel 13th Sep 2017, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
@Gil: While he doesn't have a healing capability, he does have some cool buffs and things he can give peeps but... too late here I guess XD;;;
rufiangel 13th Sep 2017, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
@Wido: A bandaid proooobably won't cut it, nope :'D
HeSerpenty 6th Sep 2017, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
Aww no worries Rufiii always worth the wait <3

Poor Briar I feel pretty bad for him X"D
OO but we get to see Kylie's bro in action here ::D :D
I'm kinda dying tho for Kylie to make the connection. WHY DOES THIS HAVTA HAPPEN RIGHT NOW WHEN SHE SO CLOSE X"D
rufiangel 13th Sep 2017, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Aww thankyew Serpy for always being so darn encouraging!! ;v;**

It's certainly fun for me to draw Lyn whenever he's in action -v-)/

There are a lot of dots missing, unfortunately, from the connect-the-dots puzzle for Kylie and Lyn :'D
azureXtwilight 6th Sep 2017, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
Briar is annoying, but he doesn't deserve to die XD
rufiangel 13th Sep 2017, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
I'm sure Briar would be very glad to hear that XD

It's real neat to see you commenting on CF again btw, Azure-rin! <3
CiciEnixa 6th Sep 2017, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
I was a bit concerned why Brad Dad went and jumped so far down into the arena to catch Kylie, but then I realized he's still hanging off of the VIP area. That's a dang good catch XD

Oh Lyn, please save Briar, he's a dumb dumb but he doesn't deserve this jerkbuttery from these dudes. Also, Briar, you might want to help dad up over there, he could really help out in your problem.
rufiangel 13th Sep 2017, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
I don't think he'd jump THAT far down XDDD but yes, Kylie was flung across from the top of the ice pillar so she was pretty high up!

Also the word 'jerkbuttery' is amazing and I just XDDD
mjkj 6th Sep 2017, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
Awwwww... worries, Rufi *hugs* thank you for letting us know...

The Accidental Ninja 7th Sep 2017, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Whoa! The Defender's got some fancy moves! (and a really strong arm...)
Eeeek this looks bad all around... go Lyn!
But also aaaaaahhh Kylie and Lyn are literally like a meter away from each other and neither of them know it! >.<
rufiangel 13th Sep 2017, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
The Defender's got reeeeally strong arms XD

Kylie and Lyn are getting lots of screaming at them in the comments, sorry guys XDDD