Comic 472 - Reasonable request

17th Nov 2016, 6:00 PM in Chapter Seven
472 - Reasonable request
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
rufiangel 17th Nov 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Hey guys, happy Thursday! Sorry about having to succumb to a single-update week, it was just insane trying to find the time to actually do the page. I'm glad I even made it today, honestly :'D (slept at 2:00am last night ufwufufuf looking forward to the weekend homg)

Again, I have to delay announcements again, but then, Paging > Announcements, so... next time! I hope I can find time to respond to comments before this goes up. @_@

Regarding this page, if you feel like something is off about the dialogue following on from the last update... well. ;)

I'll post a Friday Flare tomorrow! See you guys then! >3<)/
mjkj 17th Nov 2016, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Yayyyy update =D *hugs Rufi*

So that so-called defender does abuse his position... =S

...I wonder where Archer went?

Poor Kylie - so close to her brother and does not even know it... - a pity she does not have her bloodstone anymore...

I hope Cain did not lose it - being all alone...

KAM 17th Nov 2016, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
You're final comment makes me think Cain's in his cell writing "Being alone makes Cain go crazy" over and over... ;-)
Lukkai 18th Nov 2016, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
More of "...makes Cain go something something."
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
So it would seem, Mjkj! We'll see about The Defender...

Maybe Archer went to get some juice. That juice stall Madou visited is pretty popular XD

In a way, it might have been better for Kylie not to be aware. She's not really in the position to do anything about it. :'D
KAM 17th Nov 2016, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
I'll just imagine that Briar was asking if they have enough time to make some bets based on what he just overheard about the tournament. ;-)
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
A gambler in the making? XD
Headgamer 17th Nov 2016, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad you could finish the update. :)
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Ehehe, thank you Headgamer! I'm glad I've been barely managing these past few weeks on updates~ :'D <3
CiciEnixa 17th Nov 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Something off with the dialogue? Why whatever do you mean, wink wink nudge nudge XDDD Though to be honest, I'm not sure who Sir Bradley intends to be overheard by in this teeny alley that Briar decided to pass.

... I guess there IS Spider-Jaguar. Wherever his spider legs have taken him.

So what happens if they DON'T make it to the finals?
Gilrandir 18th Nov 2016, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
It would appear he intended it to be overheard by Archer ...

And I don't think this is a 'they'. The impression I got is that he is requiring Kylie's participation in the trials, solo, as a precondition for Cain's release -- giving him a plausible excuse to keep Cain locked up until then.
Visvires 19th Nov 2016, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
You don't let someone in on the full context so you can threaten them with the leverage they were already aware of. Especially not after saying you don't care about the bar brawl. You also don't threaten Lethians to fill out tournament slots.

I think there was a jump between this page and last. An agreement was made off screen, and this is theatrics.
DLKmusic 19th Nov 2016, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
I agree with @visvires on this one, Gilrander, although I'm not sure I see the point of Archer being the audience for this lil melodrama.

I'm pretty sure it was intended for someone else, perhaps someone on staff that's been leaking info? Again, Sir Bradley plays his cards close to the chest, so...
Gilrandir 19th Nov 2016, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
First, I agree this dialogue appears staged. Sir Bradley appears to believe there is a leak, and I suspect the contents of this dialogue were chosen to include whatever information he wants transmitted along that leak. The most plausible scenario to me is that he intends to convey that he is going along with the plan, but has constraints that will force him to release Cain in a specific timeframe. He, in turn, probably intends for these constraints to force the conspirators at the other end of the leak to act within a certain time window, making it easier for him to be prepared with a response.

Second, I don't understand your comment about 'context'. I apologize, but I don't grasp your meaning here. We have seen all sorts of pressure applied to Lethians, including political pressure, so obviously you do threaten Lethians to get them to do what you want -- sometimes even if you are a Lethian yourself. So we're going to have to agree to disagree there.

As for it being Archer who is the target of the theatre ... We don't know what Sir Bradley knows or suspects. The choices are limited to those in a position to overhear, and Archer is the only one we see actually reacting to the overheard dialogue. There are many other possibilities, of course, but Archer strikes me as the likely target for a number of reasons.
DLKmusic (at work) 19th Nov 2016, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
It could also be one of the guards in Sir Bradley's employ that is the leak. (Some people have big mouths, even with the best of intentions! Yes, I'm looking at me!)

I'm not sure Sir Bradley even knew Archer was there at the time.
Gilrandir 19th Nov 2016, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
It could be.
Visvires 23rd Nov 2016, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
He did request that a specific person be sent up as a replacement guard. Maybe he chose the one most likely to relate the tale over a beer after work. It's not like the information is classified. He just needs a gossip prone witness.
Lukkai 19th Nov 2016, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
One question remaining obviously being whether he leaves Cain in the cell and just prepares to intercept anyone trying to get to him. Or moves him away safely before.
If he can find a nice pretext to do it (heck, Cain's rising panic alone might already do the trick), he could even claim that and that he didn't actually break the "deal" he had with Jag. Just in case any attempts for capture (or what he has in mind) failed.
Gilrandir 19th Nov 2016, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
Or allows him to be abducted, but has him followed to try and trace the conspiracy backwards.
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
Ooh, that sounds fun! XD
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Homg Cici, Spider-Jaguar sounds terrifying XDDD

What happens if Kylie doesn't make it to the top? Indeed, what happens? ;)
Amarok 17th Nov 2016, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
kids like "dont look at me, idk where they went. im blindfolded, remember?"
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Lol Amarok XD yep, Lyn isn't the best go-to for figuring those kinds of things out :'D
HeSerpenty 18th Nov 2016, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
O LORD THEY ARE SO CLOSE! SO CLOOOSE! Archer..... if you're the one to link Kylie and Lynn somehow I will love you forever <333
I can't wait for them to finally meet each other!
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, we'll see about Archer's role in that whole thing... if he has one ;D

I'm so glad you're looking forward to it! <3 I know I'M looking forward to ALL the reunions in your SoO current chapter <333 X3
Jarvi 18th Nov 2016, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
I wonder if Archer wants to talk to Kylie or to lord Bradley. If it's Kylie then I guess he might show her the charm with bloodstone there, cause he heard that she was involved in a fight where he found it... which would solve things for them. But I guess he might also went to father to tell him about Briar's stupid idea. I'm betting on Kylie though, little brat might be annoying but Archer wouldn't rat him out cause he's a nice person (who also totally doesn't want to see Briar's plan to backfire in his face) ;)
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Lolol, everyone wants to see Briar's plan backfire, I'm sure XDD

Those are all pretty reasonable deductions Jarvi-nii! ;) You'll see in a bit whether you got it right... XD
MST3KFan 18th Nov 2016, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
Hmm.. I'm thinking this is a setup for something. It just seems the way they're talking now doesn't seem...right.
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Something is totally off, eh? ;)

I kind of think Chapter Seven is a massive setup chapter, actually, now that you mention it! XD;;
Matt Knab 18th Nov 2016, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Tournament! XD
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
*pops all the poppers*

Honestly, I'm such a sucker for tourneys, I just hope I manage to convey that love <3 XD
Lukkai 18th Nov 2016, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Some kind of scheming is definitely taking place here. What kind remains to be seen.

And we all kinda knew Kylie would end up in the tournament the moment it was first mentioned, didn't we. ;)
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:43 PM edit delete reply

I guess it'd just be wrong if I talked about this tournament all chapter and then... did nothing about it XD
Seabiscuit 18th Nov 2016, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
GAH! Sooooooo CLOSE! D':
And gosh, harsh negotiations!
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
:') Alas, the timing is not quite right... perhaps. XD;

And yep, that's a good way of putting it seamuffin - harsh negotiations. >___<
Lukkai 19th Nov 2016, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
Come to think of it: Regarding whatever plan Kylie and Bradley (most likely) cooked up here, it might actually be best for the blood crystal not yet spilling the beans for all to see. That would quite likely have been a major monkey wrench thrown into it.
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha Lukkai, it'd be a monkey wrench bothways, I'm thinking XD

Er, not to confirm that there's a plan here. Nope. >.>

<.< shhh
TheD-Wrek 19th Nov 2016, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Oh, Kylie. So close and yet so far. X')

Oh, well. Kick some arse in the mean time, will ye'? :3
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Absolutely, sir! XD That's one thing she will do her utmost to achieve, with maximum efficiency ;D

Thank you for always being such a sweetheart supporter on the side for our icy gal <3
Outlaw 21st Nov 2016, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Another awesome update, my friend. Looking forward to the tournament.

Also, don't sweat missing updates. It's very apparent how much hard work you put into your comic so we're all willing to wait.
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Aww, thank you Outlaw!! <33 ;3;* I'm glad you're looking forward to it, ehehe. I'll do my best! >3<)/

And that is so kind of you to say ;__;** I'm still learning and growing as I do this thing, and every bit of encouragement really goes a long way. Thanks so much, always <333
mjkj 21st Nov 2016, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for the great friday flare :D
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
Aww, you're welcome, Mjkj! I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
Kat 22nd Nov 2016, 1:40 PM edit delete reply

I'm curious, does Lyn talk at all? I'm assuming not, because he can't hear, but as far as we know there was a time before that when he could hear, so... hmm.
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
All the hmmmmmms here XD

Lyn can talk, but he chooses not to. :) Mostly because he can't even hear himself talk, let alone any responses (unless it's Briar) so I guess that might feel awkward after a while XD;;;
Proxy170 24th Nov 2016, 2:35 AM edit delete reply
Ahh! That wink! Maybe??? *fingers crossed* Gah I'm so anxious, all the roadblocks need to move now so we can see them reunited! If only she had the crystal on her now T___T
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Aww Proxy! <333 *gives all the stress-reliever cushions* XD

She really shouldn't have dropped that thing, tsk tsk on her. >_> (I'm sure when/if she gets that charm ring back she'll solder the darn thing to her belt XD)
Alicia 8th Jan 2017, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
"Archer? Dangit! Why weren't you watching him!? Oh wait, yeah. Right." X'D

Wonder what he's up to. :3