Comic 322 - The Key

22nd Apr 2015, 8:30 PM in Chapter Five
322 - The Key
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
rufiangel 22nd Apr 2015, 8:30 PM edit delete
(Note: please check this DA journal out to help me promote the novel and maybe get a freebie bit of art out of it~)

Sorry that this is going up a wee bit late. Here it is though! Uh, lots of talky-talky. XD; But I have to get that out of the way somehow~

I know it's hard for people to keep track, so to understand everything that Madou is saying here, you can refer to these strips: The Silver Mage is mentioned here, the Untouchable Lethian is mentioned here, and
Zirconia is mentioned here and here. I hope that helps!

By the way! The immensely talented Spellu (of the amazing Black Gate:INTS fame) sent me a belated birthday gift today, and it is BEAUTIFUL~~~ :D <333


Gosh isn't it amazing? <3 You can see the bigger version in the gallery~! :D <333 Thank you so much Spellu for expending your talent for this gorgeous Nemi piece~!! ;w;* <333 (Definitely check out BG if you haven't already O_O)

See you guys on Friday! :)

(Please click to go to the DA journal entry that describes this in more detail :) There are also side-by-side panel comparisons in this journal if you'd like to see the difference between the old and redrawn strips!)

mjkj 22nd Apr 2015, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Wow, uuupppdaateee :D

...and lots of emoticons... XD he tries to get her to use her lethiace - I hope she will freeze him a bit '^_^

So, why does abel want to destroy the lethians??? O_O

rufiangel 22nd Apr 2015, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Yeppers, crap ton of emoticons, grr Madou XD;;

Hmm, why DOES Abel want to destroy the Lethian Knights? Any takers on this one? :P
TheMentalist 23rd Apr 2015, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
Well, given the history of people in power... probably greed, self interest, or the removal of a rival power.

We do have evidence that he is not a very pleasant person, and given what we know it would be a huge plot twist for him to be working for a goal like saving the world from the people with the power to destroy it (see Lethians.) I suppose it would be possible, but that would take a lot of explaining of other actions so far...
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
All plausible ideas, Mentalist! ;) Hmm, what a plot twist that would be indeeeed....
KAM 22nd Apr 2015, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Duh duh duhhhhhhh... :-)
Seabiscuit 22nd Apr 2015, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Oh my god Madou is sooo awesome and devious here, I love it. His face in the 5th and 6th panels, eeeee! And the key emoji! Adorable!

What are you up to, Madou? Ohhh, I must know!
Oh no Rufi don't you dare kill off Madou here D: Nuuuu
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Hahahaha seamuffin XD so glad those panels please you! Lolol those emojis take too much time but I'm happy if the effort pays off XD;;

As to whether Madou dies that's really up to him. He's staking his life on this >_>!!
CiciEnixa 22nd Apr 2015, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Madou you have so many emoticons, how did you hide them all? XD

I think Abel might believe that Lethians can counteract whatever it is he plans, so he's getting rid of them asap. I dunno what his plans are, but it probably involves floods and stuff. Maybe. *grasping at nonexistent straws*

Also, remember what I said a long time ago about people getting their legs chopped if anyone so much as harms a hair on Seia's head? It's still a valid threat.
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
He hides a lot of them under my cats. The other day I couldn't find my gosh-darn phone for ages and then I eventually found it under my sleeping cat. MADOU!

Anyway, you and I both know those straws aren't quite nonexistent but XDDD hmmm possibly ;D

And, well... Seia should be fine, he's untouchable! Right? ...Right?
Prayformercy 22nd Apr 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Hmm i dont feel nearly as bad for almost killing Boris now.
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
XD Lol mercy, I didn't know you even felt a little bit bad about that ;D
Prayformercy 23rd Apr 2015, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
just a little bit =p i wanted to interrogate the guy before not kill him.
TheD-Wrek 23rd Apr 2015, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
Oohh, that sunnavagun! >_<

You can do it Kylie! Obliterate him!!! You just have to BO-lieve! XD
Lukkai 23rd Apr 2015, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
*elbow drops TheD-Wrek from top rope*

And there's a lot more where that one came from! Believe that!
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:30 PM edit delete reply

Hmm, she sure has the power to obliterate him. And the whole area. XD
Jarvi 23rd Apr 2015, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
Bad, tricky, hooded person, bad!
I really wonder what's going on now.
This is a test, right? If she uses Lethiance, then he wants her to save the world? Because she's the only one who can? :o I hope I'm not stupid here :P
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
You're never stupid Saari-ni!! XD <3

Hmm~ a test... perhaps. ;D What could he be testing her for...?
kelverse 23rd Apr 2015, 3:58 AM edit delete reply
*tries not to freak out*
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
*fans Rinkel with paper fan*
Matt Knab 23rd Apr 2015, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab raise or to call. Both options have potentially disastrous results...
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
I think Kylie would very much like to fold at this point, though she might not have a choice... XD;;
MST3KFan 23rd Apr 2015, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
I get the feeling some immense amount of power is going to be unleashed coming up here.

Like unlocking an exploding door.
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
I have a feeling you may possibly be onto something here MST3K... maaaybe ;D

Or maybe I'm just going to shake this bottle of soda up and leave the cap closed XD
Spellodello 23rd Apr 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
Oh no...OH NO. Madou I don't like your plans. RUN KYLIE. D: I agree with MST3K, this is probably going to be like opening an exploding door, or if she doesn't agree to, I fear for more beat-down. The emotions are so strong on this page, T_T man I feel for Kylie...
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Kylie would love to run but... XD;;; That sword seems to be fixed into the ground somehow. BY THE POWER OF MAGIC (AND PLOT DEVICE)!!

Awww Spellu, I'm glad you're feeling for Kylie~! >.< She needs all the support she can get for what's coming next ;D
Crestlinger 23rd Apr 2015, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Someone told Abel he needed to cool off and he took it the wrong way and started offing all those who could cool.
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha, that's a Goldra for the pun jar~! XD;
Lukkai 23rd Apr 2015, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
And now the question arises: Is Madou's long term goal actually in the "save the world" department? From what he says here, it is entirely possible.

And is this shock enough for Kylie to overcome her control problems? It might prove enough of a counterpoint to her memories.
rufiangel 23rd Apr 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Hey, maybe Madou's not an entirely bad guy after all! ;D Maybe?

Kylie's pretty shocked alright. Will that help or make it worse? :P
Lukkai 24th Apr 2015, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
Oh, he's pretty bad. ;)

But maybe not evil.
rufiangel 24th Apr 2015, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Maybe. ;D
ann13angel 23rd Apr 2015, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 24th Apr 2015, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Awww! *huggu* there there Annette ;w;* (just look awaaaay...)
JustNoPoint 24th Apr 2015, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Everything there is over rated. DESTROY!!!
rufiangel 24th Apr 2015, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
XD Aaand they froze his bacon, apparently!
Headgamer 24th Apr 2015, 4:26 AM edit delete reply
From the beginning I kind of figured his goal was to force her to use her lethiace so that part isn't all that suppressing. It fits with my theary that something purposely caused her to slip up and kill her village back then and/or it wasn't her fault. I'm less confident as to why someone would do that unless my crazy theory about her brother being Able is correct. Either way her bro is deff part of the reason.

I'm much more surprised to hear the Silver Mage (Able) has been offing ice mages and the ONLY TWO LEFT ALIVE are her and Seia (who has the maufia after him). So ALL the Ice users in the entire gild have been off-ed and no one noticed??? Wtf? Who is running this army? Or is Kylie just really out of the loop and Seia just never bothered to warn her? How is she just now leaning of this?
Lukkai 24th Apr 2015, 5:45 AM edit delete reply
Okay, we don't know how many ice users there even were in the guild. And how many of those were caught on mission without witnesses to report who actually got to them. So there might not have been that many to begin with. And those killed before might have been considered fallen to the usual dangers of the job by the guild.
rufiangel 24th Apr 2015, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Yup yup. *nod nod*
Headgamer 24th Apr 2015, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
I don't recall how many elemental types are in SF, however assuming it's the normal 4 and that ice is distributed evenly with the other 3 that means ONE FOUTH of the guild has been off-ed. No mater the size that's type of death rate is not "normal" and worth looking into in and of itself. As soon as someone dose it'd be pretty apparent pretty quickly that they are all ice users. After that it shouldn't take much imagination to put two and two together and figure out it's purposeful and you should probably warn the last two ice users in existence.

True, we don't know how large the guild is, however the smaller the guild the more everyone knows everyone else and the more it should be apparent to everyone that something abnormal is happening. The larger the clan the bigger the death count and the more waves it should make. Either way I don't see them missing this.
rufiangel 24th Apr 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha, okay Headgamer, I'll give some brief answers and then let the following chapter explain it in more detail. But first, there are more than four types of lethiaces, and second, the elements are not evenly distributed among the Knights, and third, there is more than one branch of Lethian Guild HQs. Hope this helps you understand better why things may not be as transparent as you are supposing. :) but all that aside, is Madou even telling the truth? Lol. Anyway hope that helps!
Headgamer 25th Apr 2015, 1:54 AM edit delete reply
Ah, I see.

So basically a bunch of my assumptions are wrong (as happens with assumptions). XD But that dose make more sense. :)

And for some reason I'm inclined to believe Madou is telling the truth (at least mostly). This is of course despite the fact he spend most of this chapter leading the party in to a trap so don't ask me why I do.

We know from the law of main characters that there is something special about Kylie and for all extensive purposes Madou will be helping Kylie by restoring her ice lethiace. He's definitely up to something that's not 100% allied with Able's plans or else he'd have TPed Cain and not messed with Kylie. We just have no idea what his motivations are... Yet. Regardless he's fast becoming one of my favorite characters next to Cain.
rufiangel 24th Apr 2015, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
Kylie is definitely out of the loop, she's been resting at a resort as an invalid for years. XD;

As for how much Seia knows, well... We'll see... ;)
Nef 24th Apr 2015, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
Is there a specific significance to the fact that those guys speak with emoticons? I may have missed it earlier.
Lukkai 24th Apr 2015, 5:47 AM edit delete reply
Just this guy, actually. And he stopped doing so while masquerading as a harmless traveling trader.
rufiangel 24th Apr 2015, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Yup yup. *nod nod*
(Thanks Lukkai XD)
rufiangel 24th Apr 2015, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Madou's goal in life is to be annoying so he does this so I have to spend ages hunting down his emojis whenever he friggin' talks XD;;

Kidding aside, think of it as one of his quirks :)
Damatris 25th Apr 2015, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
OoooooOOOOOooh!! This is so exciting! So many questions to be answered. :O And somehow I'm getting the vibe that Madou might not be too firmly on Abel's side. Hmmm... He definitely has his own agenda too.

Plus, hands off of Seia Abel! >:|
rufiangel 26th Apr 2015, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, thank you Dama-nee X3

To be technical, Abel won't put his hands anywhere near Seia... XD;;;