Comic 474 - Cornered

28th Nov 2016, 6:00 PM in Chapter Seven
474 - Cornered
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Monday, folks! :) Gosh, it's been a while since I've said that, it feels like. @_@

I'm not sure if I can make a point of this in-comic but I'll make it here, for now: the holding cells in Jem Citadel have anti-mana/kinetic energy/magic wards, to prevent prisoners using those things. The bars are also set up with its own anti-tampering feature, as Jinn!Michael and Nemi have noted (good thing the guards always brief their prisoners thoroughly ^_^).

I hope this makes Nadine's plan of action more clear... >.>

I'm still taking mug pre-orders until this Wednesday~ thank you so much for everyone who has responded to it so far! <3 (It's free shipping & 7.25 USD a mug~) :D

(By the way, I completely forgot to update Friday Flare over the weekend, my bad! Sorry!! :'D I'll make up for it this week!)

mjkj 28th Nov 2016, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! No frying Nemi nor Mikey!!!!!! (Well, jinnie on the other hand... but he behaved lately... so, no...) =(

Nemi, think quick - steal his contraption!!!

Hmmm, they could pull nadine into the bars - though do they only react to the inside or the outside, too?

Gilrandir 29th Nov 2016, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
My thought as well, @mjkj. And, really, it's probably their best strategy, regardless, assuming Jinn is strong enough to pull it off. Consider ...

If they can pull Nadine to the bars and there is no safety feature for guards and visitors, problem solved.
If they can pull Nadine to the bars and there is a safety feature, then presumably the bars won't fry them while the safety feature is engaged, so at least they can manage more of a stalemate while calling for help and trying to break (or, in Nemi's case, wiggle) free.

Hmmmm...... wiggling Nemi. ^_^

If the ties do retract to minimum length, and they all end up against the bars, then Jinn gets to be the unhappiest man-filling in a girl sandwich EVAR! ^_^
mjkj 29th Nov 2016, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm, yeah, those strings seem to be magic/magic powered - so the anti magic wards should react to them...
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
@mjkj: This isn't strictly important but just FYI, the strings aren't magical :)
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
@Gil: Girl sammich? I... guess now would be a good time for me to tentatively state that Nadine is a dude :'D unhappy Jinn in that situation, YEP XD
Gilrandir 5th Dec 2016, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
Oh? I'm used to thinking of Nadine as a girl's name, and armor can hide a multitude of sins. ^_^ Thanks for clarifying.
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
Actually Gil, if you scroll down around halfway through this page you'll see we had a bit of a discussion about that very fact XD
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Aw Mjkj XD; if Nemi could steal in that situation, she'd be telekinetic :P

Indeed, would they react if Nadine got pulled into the bars? Will we ever find out...? XD

MST3KFan 28th Nov 2016, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Well, this certainly looks like quite the situation.

Will Nemi and Jinn/Mike be fried on the cell bars?

Will they somehow escape?

Will someone come to their aid maybe just in the nick of time?

Tune in next time! Same Serpamia Flare time, same Serpamia Flare website.

rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
It's the funniest thing that I just saw a spoof of the Adam West 60s Batman opening and closer from AVGN's run of Batman vidya XDD Thank you for the high entertainment value, MST3K, LOL <3
Amarok 29th Nov 2016, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
time to play the worlds most dangerous game of tug-o-war.

So if they pull him in does he get fried?
mjkj 29th Nov 2016, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Hopefully, Amarok, hopefully...
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
@Amarok: Ehehehe, I like how you put that! X3 And regarding the frying - possibly :O
Jarvi 29th Nov 2016, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
They need to work together to pull the pink hair into bars themselves :o

Those bars are dangerous <o.o>
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
I think if Nadine hadn't been using a gadget and was just using his brute strength, they would have definitely needed to work together to pull! XD;

The bars ARE dangerous ;v;

(Jarvi-nii I hope you're feeling better! ;3;*)
Jarvi 5th Dec 2016, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
I am, thank youu ^^
I need to catch you guys on chatzy again xD
Matt Knab 29th Nov 2016, 4:52 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Tug of war time. Pull!
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
Aw man Matt, after everyone's predictions of tug-o'-war I feel like such a jerk that such a situation lasts about one panel XD;;;;;
dawndemonica 29th Nov 2016, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
Easy solution...pull him into the bars as hard as possible. if the ward doesn't fry him then the impact could daze him long enough for them to get free.
Gilrandir 29th Nov 2016, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
It's only easy if Jinn is massively stronger than Nadine expects Jinn to be. Recall that Nadine is the one who chose the nature of the contest and is (presumably) best prepared for it. We can hope that Jinn and Nemi will overcome, but to expect it to be easy would seem ... optimistic, at best.
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
@Gil: Yep, that's put pretty darn well, sir!
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
@dawndemonica: Yep, that sounds like a good plan! >3< Unfortunately, that's why Nadine is using something special to drag the duo to the bars. When Jinn!Mike tries to pull, he doesn't seem to get anywhere... :'D
Lukkai 29th Nov 2016, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
Hmm... We know about Mike's strength (and it is still his body, even if Jinn is currently in command). So I'm guessing there's more at work here than just Nadine's strength. Otherwise, that gadget wouldn't be all that practical anyway. Still useful, but not quite as.
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
Yep, you're right, Lukkai. The gadget is pretty special! Now that you mention it, actually, Jinn does have a bit of an issue trying to work Mike's strength to its fullest potential; he's not used to it XD;;
CiciEnixa 29th Nov 2016, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Ohhh, so they DO get zapped, but not the way I thought they would. Clever, veeeery clever... and I'm assuming those gauntlet things have the tugging power necessary that Nadine is unable to pull off on his own.

So, I see this going several ways from this point:

1. Nadine tugs them and they turn into grilled Danjini
2. THEY tug Nadine and he either gets painful vertical stripes on the face after this or he gets turned into grilled Nadine.
3. They stalemate each other until someone comes along, goes wtf, surprising Nadine long enough for them to tug him into the bars.

So as long as Nemi and Jinn work together, they have pretty okay odds of surviving "The Grillening, with your cooking host, Nadine".
DLKmusic 29th Nov 2016, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
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Gilrandir 29th Nov 2016, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Nemi: "Explain to me again, Mr. Jinn, why I need to cover myself all over with olive oil?" ^_^
Lukkai 1st Dec 2016, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Danjini... Gotta remember that one. (^_^)
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
Ahahahaha I love your comments XDD <333

I would say you got about... 50% right, across the board ;D

Nemi and Jinn, working together, yep things will be just fine if their survival is conditional on that, right? XDD
Crestlinger 29th Nov 2016, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Now That's a crush. Sparks Will fly.
Gilrandir 29th Nov 2016, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Naw, she's just stringing them along. She has some pull in this town ... some reel influence, and she isn't going to let up until she's taut them a lesson.

So, two cable-bodied adventurers walk into a bar ... zap, zap. ^_^
Lukkai 1st Dec 2016, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
*brings jar*
*looks at jar*
*drops jar*
*gets bucket*
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
@Gil: Daaaang Gil, you better go put all the Goldras in the bucket now XDD
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
@Cresty: Oooooooo
HeSerpenty 29th Nov 2016, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
I KNEW this wasn't gonna be good! O man.............they're gonna get outta this-- I know it! THey have to!

Unless your plan is to kill Mikey/Jinn so that we aren't so upset when Nemi leaves and never comes back T__T
You wouldn't do that to us, RIGHT RUFI??? :'D
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
Heeeeey Serpy that's a GREAT idea! I'm sure everyone will love that outcome, right? XDDD THANKS FOR THE IDEA!
HeSerpenty 5th Dec 2016, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
azureXtwilight 29th Nov 2016, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
He's a man alright, but saving the day might be a little difficult to play out with the current cards he got dealt... :'D WE'LL SEE!

(Hope all's good wid you Azu-rin ;3;*)
KAM 29th Nov 2016, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
You'd think that kind of device would be "barred". ;-)

So what happens if those 'cables' touch the bars?
mjkj 29th Nov 2016, 8:04 PM edit delete reply
I hope they shorten out and trigger the alarms...
Headgamer 30th Nov 2016, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
I assume either the cables don't conduct or wards just don't work that way (it may not be electrical). If it WAS electric and they DO conduct that would be a pretty big hole in his plan seeing as he could be zapped himself when he pulls them in to the bars.
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
@Headgamer: Yep, this, pretty much!!
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Nothing happens, actually XD;;; that's why Nadine chose 'em!
Proxy170 29th Nov 2016, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Shit, if there was ever a time you two should work together, this is it!!
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
You know, I just wondered... Why does getting along with people you're not too fond of always seem to take life-threatening situations and zombie apocalypses? XD;;;
Headgamer 30th Nov 2016, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
Any time now Madou.

Everyone knows you've been stalking that guy for the last 48hrs
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
@Headgamer: Oh, that's an interesting guess as to where Madou's at! ;) We'll see!!
Gilrandir 30th Nov 2016, 3:40 AM edit delete reply
So, for those shipping the Danjini, should it be the S.S. JinNeMikey now? ^_^
Lukkai 1st Dec 2016, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
It is. That ship has already been christened thus, as a matter of fact.
Gilrandir 1st Dec 2016, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Ah, thanks. I missed it earlier.
Lukkai 2nd Dec 2016, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
It doesn't appear quite as often as Nemikey, truth be told.
Kat 30th Nov 2016, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
*concern* :|

So, is the ward only on the actual cell bars, and not between the bars? Or does it only work one way (from the inside)?
Lukkai 1st Dec 2016, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
It only working one way does make sense, once you think about it. It would allow any guards to throw down at renitent prisoners or a healer to help a sickly one without entering (thus avoiding the old "my friend's dying, help him!"-trick).
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: That sounds reasonable, Lukkai. What about chucking potions at them? XD
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
From what we can see:
* It doesn't activate when something is passing between the bars from outside the cell to inside
* A ward sparks up when someone touches the bars from the inside

As for whether the opposite scenarios would trigger the ward... we'll see if we ever get to that XD
Seabiscuit 30th Nov 2016, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
Oh WOW! Clever, but gosh, what a nasty method!
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, thankyew seamuffin <3 yes, it is not a nice way to go :'DDD
TheD-Wrek 11th Dec 2016, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
Thatssa cool weapon though. Even if it being used against the heroes and all... X')