Comic 531 - The Defender

16th Sep 2017, 1:45 AM in Chapter Eight
531 - The Defender
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
rufiangel 16th Sep 2017, 1:45 AM edit delete
Here's the update, guys! Sorry about its lateness. :'D

Further to this, I'm going to take Monday's update off - the Thursday update is going to be a double-pager to make up for it, though. I'm re-jigging some parts of the scenes to come so I need a bit of time to plan things. -v-;

Now, I need to bed. Good night! Have a happy start to your weekend, everyone, and thanks for reading!

P.S. Thanks to everyone who watched the stream! ;v;*

rufiangel 21st Sep 2017, 11:25 PM edit delete
Hey guys, it's another late update tomorrow - sorry for the delay, I hope you can understand this may be a common occurrence until the end of November. :'D

Here the WIP shot, in case you haven't seen it already:


I started a second WIP shot thread in the supporters forum, so if you support SF on Patreon you can pop in there to see a different panel WIP. -v-

I'm... uh... around 40% done with the flats right now so this might take me some considerable time to finish. OTL

rufiangel 23rd Sep 2017, 12:53 AM edit delete
Hey guys, sorry to say that I completely underestimated how long this update would take and I'm about to pass out even though I still have shades, effects and filters to do :'D

I'll sleep a few hours and wake up to finish it - sorry for the delay!!


Updated WIP shot - nearly there!
Proxy170 16th Sep 2017, 2:05 AM edit delete reply
As a rock nerd who studied geology, I love the Defender even more O.O Although he isn't exactly dad of the year material lol. Is it sad this is probably the closest I think they've been in years?

And horrible thought, of the caster aside, can he make a big pile of rocks to squish the beast? >.>
Scia 16th Sep 2017, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
If the novel is anything to judge by, he could probably skewer it with an Earth Pike, or shake things up with an Earthquake. Though the latter would probably cause more collateral damage, so he might prefer the former.
Scia 20th Sep 2017, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Oh wait... I forgot about the shield against elemental attacks. XD; He might pretty much be able to trap it, and maybe make stuff fall on it.
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
@Scia: Lethiaces are pretty close to how the attacks work with their respective elements in The Lethian, you're correct. ^_^ Both Earth Pike and Earthquake are skills under Bradley's belt, though like you've noted, he wouldn't try it now because of the elemental reflect shield. Boo.
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
@Proxy: You are absolutely right - this is the closest they've been in years, Briar is not used to this proximity XD;;; it is a little sad. ;v;*

As for the pile of rocks, it would bounce off the elemental reflect shield, unfortunately :'D that's why the Defender isn't trying to attack it with his Lethiace. -v-;

Btw I'm very happy you like the Defender for all his rockiness XDD
mjkj 16th Sep 2017, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
Thank you, Rufi *hugs* ...and also for streaming <3

Thank you for the warning =)

Seems like defender is having fun - and his son is afraid...

Impenetrable Wall
Stepping Stone

Edit: is he an earth or a rock lethian??? ^_^'

Scia 16th Sep 2017, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
I think it'd be Earth. There's a lot of overlap with Lethian abilities between the comic and the novel, and in the novel, Stone Shield is an Earth technique. (They use Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and then Light and Shadow.) Each element also seems to have its own "Pillar" technique, so Rock Pillar fits that pattern, even though it wasn't used in the novel (as far as I can tell - I didn't write notes on it, anyway).
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
The Defender has an Earth Lethiace - there is no such thing as a Rock Lethian, for the record XD but there is something else that's similar...
Centcomm 16th Sep 2017, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
I love this guy!! excellent job as always. How is your comic always so adorbs :D
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Aww Centy!!! ;v;** Thank you for always being so encouraging, I'm so happy you like Bradley XD and and and for finding SF adorable LOL <333 *squish-hug*
Wido 16th Sep 2017, 3:10 AM edit delete reply
Not only his an earth lethian, he also knows "the truth", right? he's not using any weapon for casting his lethiace

Yet, the beast has elemental resistance, so I wan't to know what is the defender going to do after imprison it
mjkj 16th Sep 2017, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Well, I would suggest letting Kylie freeze it - ice cube/popsickle technique... ;)

...but I fear the puppy will jump the (for the lil'puppy relative low) fence before defender is finished...

Wido 18th Sep 2017, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
nooo...NOOOO.....BAD PUPPY!

damn, it didn't worked
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
He does indeed know... 'the truth' ;D lolol

As for what the Defender is going to do, good thing he's not strictly alone here, right? ;)
Matt Knab 16th Sep 2017, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Aw...he's making him a little house!
mjkj 16th Sep 2017, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
This comment just made me snicker so bad XD LOL Matt
megados 16th Sep 2017, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
Walling it up might buy some time, but how much?

As for worrying about lateness, - don't. :)
mjkj 16th Sep 2017, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I fear not much...

...looks like it could easily jump the lil'fence...

...if it would think of that...

megados 17th Sep 2017, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
That's what I wonder; can it break the wall, and is it so focused looking down that it fails to look up?

*edit: Does it have it's own perspective, or is that determined by Speedcaster?
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
@megados: Thank you for always being so patient with the updates! ;v;*

As for whether it has its own perspective or whether that's determined by Speedcaster, we have a resident expert in all things magic coming to explain how it works in a bit, hang on tight ;D
MST3KFan 16th Sep 2017, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
Time to put this behemoth down...ROCK HARD. XP

Definitely seems like someone you wouldn't want to mess with here.

Looks like Briar is realizing the errors of his ways as his father works on the behemoth problem there, breaking down over the various panels.
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
The Behemoth needs a good taking down indeed -v-*)9

Sir Bradley, even without his Lethiace, is definitely not someone to be trifled with -v-)/

As for Briar... he is indeed learning a certain lesson here. ;v;*
Crestlinger 16th Sep 2017, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
Let it eat CAKE
mjkj 17th Sep 2017, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
The cake is a lie!!!


PS: for the image to show use [img] before and [/img] after the image url

rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
XD It does look extremely similar LOL
KAM 16th Sep 2017, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Rock on! ;-)
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
All the rock puns, BRING IT XD
defo18 17th Sep 2017, 1:03 AM edit delete reply

I feel for the kids
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
It's tough when kids are being weepy, right? ;v;*
Anthony 17th Sep 2017, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
The stone fence makes sense. We've already seen that the beast reflects elemental magic so a stone pike attack on the creature would just bounce off. I wonder how the creature would respond to clerical white magic?
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
An excellent question! If you're talking about Holy Palm... that would hurt it. Yep. -v-)/ Not a whole lot, mind, but it wouldn't bounce!
Seabiscuit 18th Sep 2017, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
Oddly badass!

...Aww man, those tears...
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
"Oddly badass" is a phrase I want on a t-shirt XD

You know me and my penchant for delicious tears
Robert 18th Sep 2017, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Okay, I had to come back to this one after thinking a little about things... and the result is that I can only post the following. Sorry Rufi! I owe so many goldra here...

The Defender, he just can't seem to avoid walking a rocky road. Or eating Rocky Road. A man must rock what life gives him, after all! These puns may Marr your day, but Tuff it out. :)
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Youuuuuuuuu XD you owe the jar a house for that one LOL
The Accidental Ninja 20th Sep 2017, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Aw, Briar-child... :'( He seems to finally understand that his dad does actually care for him.
The dad in question looks almost bored in that last panel though. He's tired of all this nonsense xD

(that continuous "Eeeeeeeee" is still going on in the background, by the way)
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Bored is a good word XD I mean, if you're repeatedly casting two skills over and over, you're bound to get bored, right? lolol XD

(He's also just exceedingly calm XD)

(Also, that 'Eeeee' - please take a breath or ten in between, you miiight be 'eeee'-ing for a while yet :'D)
Kat (on my phone) 20th Sep 2017, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
*Gasp!* I missed a great opportunity to make rock puns! D:
(But it's 8am right now and I'm waiting for a lab class and the professor is apparently MIA... way too sleepy to think of puns right now -__- )
DLKmusic 21st Sep 2017, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
It's perfectly alright, Kat, RL come first! Just stay Rock-Solid in your resolve to do well in school, and don't let the Prof Stone-wall you!
Gilrandir 22nd Sep 2017, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
As the critter flails futilely against the Defender's barrier we realize ... the schist has finally hit the fan. ^_^
Gilrandir 22nd Sep 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
Don't just be bold, Sir Bradley -- be boulder!
Gilrandir 22nd Sep 2017, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
It's too bad we're not going to see a Sir Bradley/Dame Kylie team-up here. That would be stone cold! ^_^
Gilrandir 22nd Sep 2017, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Pillar fight! ^_^
Gilrandir 22nd Sep 2017, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Agate hills ... they're multiplyin'.
And you're losin' control.
Been a while, since we've seen Zion.
He's electrifyin'
DLKmusic 22nd Sep 2017, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
Ya know, Gilrandir, I was tryin to offer Kat some bedrock advice on dealing with life, and you do this????

that just goes against the granite!

Edit: "Pillar fight!" hehehehe
Robert 22nd Sep 2017, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
He was just being Magmanimous, no need to Basalt him! He must have thought she needed an example about Graben this chance! Don't ruin his Moho!

I know you want to Plug any holes in her studies, so let's motivate her with going to see the Cirque instead!

DLKmusic 22nd Sep 2017, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
That's down to earth wisdom, my brother! Rock on!
The Accidental Ninja 23rd Sep 2017, 1:38 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
@DLKmusic @Gilrandir @Robert it might be a little slate for me to jump on the pun train, so all I can say is... Gneiss job, guys.
Robert 23rd Sep 2017, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Kat, it's never to Slate to Vent...
The Accidental Ninja 25th Sep 2017, 4:22 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
@Robert I don't really vent much, I'd rather just talc.

@DLKmusic if the professor hadn't arrived late, it mica've gone a lot better, but thanks anyway :p
DLKmusic 23rd Sep 2017, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
@Kat: so I trust all went well in Lab the other day? Way to Geode!
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
@All of you pun-artists: I oughta turf you all out with a stony look on my face...

... but I won't because I secretly love all of your terrible pun(k)s XD
CiciEnixa 20th Sep 2017, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
Weepy bby Briar aw ;3; ( and reading the alt text, honestly my first thought was "oh wait, moms exist, why did I assume Brad Dad was a single dad? *throws bouquet in the fire*)

In all seriousness, I love this page so much, Sir Bradley being all matter-of-fact and cool with that smirk and just launching shields and pillars systematically <3 How you make him so cool rufi why XDDD
Digi5 23rd Sep 2017, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
About the alt text: I don't think it was directly said, but I have a suspicion that Briar's mom is dead ...or somewhere far away. First, I'll direct you back to page 465, where Briar is reflecting on the fact that his mom isn't around to be concerned for him.
...then to page 467, where it's revealed that Sir Bradley is interested in a wishing stone.

Now, of course, this is merely speculation, and the defender could be interested in a wishing stone for something else, but the vibe I got when reading those pages is that the mom is gone. :(
CiciEnixa 23rd Sep 2017, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
Ahh, I can see that, actually!

Though, looking at it with the more recent pages, I get the feeling that, dead or not, Briar is just more... I dunno if there's a word for it but basically he idolizes "cool badass fighters" just like his Dad, so not being taken seriously and getting as much love from Dad as he might get from Mom probably puts Mom lower in his "Pls Give Me Attention" list. Just my thoughts, Mom's life status is not very clear cut at the moment.
Digi5 25th Sep 2017, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
I get what you're saying; I hadn't even thought of it like that! And that idea would work whether Mom is gone or not.
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
@Cici: I'm really happy you like the Defender Cici <3 XD I guess his mathematical(??) approach gets your systems going ;DDD fufufu lolol

I didn't actually mean to make the status of his wife so ambiguous but I guess I can leave it until it becomes rather clear later what's going on with that XD ahahaha
mjkj 22nd Sep 2017, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for keeping us informed, Rufi <3 =D *hugs*

...and take care of yourself - you can make it *cheers Rufi on*
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
Thank you Mjkj! I appreciate the encouragement ;v;*)/
Gilrandir 23rd Sep 2017, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
On a separate note, it's nice to see Sir Bradley enjoying the opportunity to flex his muscles once more. He seems so happy. I'm sure he'd really like to cut loose, except ...

... he has Briar commitments. ^_^
rufiangel 6th Oct 2017, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
*throws a drum set off a cliff*