Comic 476 - What can I do

5th Dec 2016, 6:00 PM in Chapter Seven
476 - What can I do
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)
rufiangel 5th Dec 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Monday guys! Another 1.5 page update to round off the last one~

Nadine actually said the same thing to Nemi last time... oof. >_>

The next update might go up on Friday due to the fact it's a double-pager. I'll keep everyone posted on progress there!

In the meantime I hope you enjoy today's update. See you guys on Thursday, hopefully!

MST3KFan 5th Dec 2016, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
It would be funny if like last time, Kylie came in with the save, but looks like Nemi has to improvise somehow this time around on her own.
mjkj 5th Dec 2016, 7:11 PM edit delete reply

...but she is cuffed right now...

rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
@mjkj: *imagines Kylie temporarily popping in to kick Nadine in the butt before returning back to her cuffs* XD
Lukkai 6th Dec 2016, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
It might yet be that this is a trap laid by Bradley for Nadine and the sorts. And any delay in the response due to either the guards having to hide a few steps away to not give themselves away, them keeping a closer watch on Cain and less on these two, or them waiting until this happened, so they would have the intruder for more than just trespassing.
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: That's an interesting idea... I think it definitely depends on what kind of player Bradley is, when it comes to games like these. Who knows, he may only *think* he's very clever, right? XD; Or maybe he IS a step ahead? We'll see in time! ;)
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
@MST3K: I think Nemi's options were very limited at this point, but luckily, some form of help did conveniently come around XD;
mjkj 5th Dec 2016, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
Think, Nemi, Think!!!
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
To be fair, she IS trying, it's just... well, what do you think she should do? XD
azureXtwilight 5th Dec 2016, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
LOL no love lost for Jinn XDD

Jinn *does* note near the beginning of this chapter (to Nemi, during their fight) that anything harmful that comes his way is inflicted on Mike automatically... which has its pros and cons. ;D
KAM 5th Dec 2016, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
She could take off her top and distract Nadine?

Yeah, I didn't think so. ;-)
Lukkai 6th Dec 2016, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
It might work, if only for him being completely stumped about what she's doing.

I don't exactly see how it would help them though.
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: Somehow, I feel like the readers would appreciate it a lot more XD
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
@KAM: This would most definitely distract Jinn as well, though XD
Matt Knab 5th Dec 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Uh oh, think quickly! D:
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
She really did try Matt, I promise! :'D
CiciEnixa 5th Dec 2016, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
*squishes rufi for the agony this page had brought*

Damn, I actually don't know what Nemi CAN do right now. How high is her Flirt stat? XD Maybe one of her supposed escorts might help?
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Cici-muffin :'D I'm thinking that I might as well suck it up and try redoing it so it looks better somehow. Maybe I'll add some more line variation to the inks? I might even record it as a reference for colouring if anyone wants to know how I do things? >_>?? I dunno, I feel like if I have to do it again, I MIGHT AS WELL MAKE IT COUNT

Anyway XD you're very right about Nemi's options being limited here, but they weren't entirely nil. I hope to be able to include Nemi and Jinn hashing out this particular scenario in the next chapter at some point - we'll see!

(Her Flirt stat is actually pretty darn high now that you mention it XD)
Jarvi 6th Dec 2016, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
Poor Jinn and Mike's face. Fortunately not-a-silver-mage Cain can repair those pretty cheeks later ^^
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha XD I suppose technically speaking it's only Michael's face but... yes, poor face XD;;;

Cain SHOULD be all dandy and up and ready to go next time they meet, right? ;)
Jarvi 29th Dec 2016, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
That last part really made me worried!
defo18 6th Dec 2016, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
He won't have time Nemi! Do something!
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
;v;* Nemi tried! Really!

Ahaha this page was such a panic page XD
Proxy170 6th Dec 2016, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Part of me is like "aw, c'mon, Nemi!!" but the other part of me is like "well...shit. I didn't expect him to catch that either" XD
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha I'm very glad for those reactions, Proxy, that's pretty much exactly what I was going for! XD <3
Seabiscuit 6th Dec 2016, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
Holy crap, that catch!!
But gosh the look on her face- PRICELESS! :'D
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
He's a rogue-type too, he's gotta have *some* tricks up his sleeve XD <3

And I'm glad to know that stumped Nemi is still a priceless thing <3 XD
Allzephyr 6th Dec 2016, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
Huh, he did think this through. That'll complicate things.
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
In some ways, Nemi was the one who didn't really think this through XD; but one can hardly blame her in this situation, I think. Maybe? ;)
HeSerpenty 6th Dec 2016, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Okay...since I have great ideas that have the power to change events in this comic (LOL).... next update Nemi is going to have some major epiphany that SAVES THEM ALL, earns Jinn's respect, and gets them outta there....

Sound good? OkgreathI'llseeyounextupdate!!! XDD
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
LOLOL Serpy-kins XDDD let's just say that you were very close, aiite? LOL! You and your powers!!
LeRenardRoux 6th Dec 2016, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
...I kind of hope the zap turns him back into Mike. >_>
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha Roux XD I'm sorry~~!! ;v;* I know every reader vastly prefers it when Mikey is in control but... don't worry, Mikey will be back eventually :D
DLKmusic 6th Dec 2016, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Think fast, Wabbit.... errr, Cat!
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Nemi certainly is quick on her feet, but thinking quick is another thing, maybe XD
Crestlinger 6th Dec 2016, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Potential Options:
Overload the bars with something. Maybe her bracer?
Have Jinn wind the coils up more, zapping Nadine if he doesn't cut the ropes.
Hidden thief goods.
Lukkai 6th Dec 2016, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
I don't think it would be possible to overload the bars with her bracer.

If they do something to it, it might alert her escort though. And if Nadine can slip in here like that, so could they most likely.
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Those are some good ideas, Crestlinger! They got some convenient help in the end, but those are some ideas they could have at least attempted. Though the bracer, well... we'll see XD;
Lukkai 6th Dec 2016, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
I guess just aiming for the gadgets and not the face might have been the better solution. Or throwing them at the ropes just in front of Jinn.
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
It's hard for me to make it absolutely clear in-comic, but I also thought it wasn't 100% necessary to do so... but since you mentioned it here, I can clarify in the comments, at least. XD;

Nemi's attack rate is very high because of her speed, but her accuracy is not as high. It sort of doesn't matter most of the time because she has such a high attack rate, she'll get most hits in any way, even if some miss. (Kylie is an opposite build, where her accuracy rate is very high in exchange for a lower attack rate.) For glimpses of this, back when Nemi kills Shrewters in Chapter 2, and also when she attacks the Blue Dreglyn in Chapter 4, I've always tried to depict her requiring several attempts to get a kill/hit because of this characteristic. When it comes to sleight of hand and stealing, Nemi is very capable, but it has to be hands-on.

All to say, Nemi states upfront here that she is aiming for Nadine's face and gadgetry before she throws. She missed the gadget and it got Nadine's face area instead. If she had an endless supply of throwing stars, she would have probably managed eventually within a short space of time, but as she only had two shots, she basically made a bet she lost. :'D

I hope that clears it up a little in terms of what happened, though hopefully it's not necessary to know - Nemi doesn't necessarily think everything through to the last detail before she acts. XD;
Kat 8th Dec 2016, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
*concern intensifies* :S
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
I'm sorry Kat, I feel like all I did was ramp up your concern over these last few pages of the chapter XD;;;
Kat 29th Dec 2016, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
Yes, well, but that was the point, wasn't it?
rufiangel 29th Dec 2016, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Well... .... ..... mebbe
Centcomm 9th Dec 2016, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
wows this is getting intense .. this needs a serious attitude adjustment.. with a sledgehammer. >_< or a knife.. or a spear.. or a mini-gun.
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha Centy!! <3 You're awesome XD

A mini-gun sounds cute <3 like a derringer? Or are we talking smaller? XD
Gilrandir 29th Dec 2016, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
That's right ... a mini-gun is a cute little gun like the one wielded by Jesse "The Body" Ventura in the movie "Predator". ^_^

(For a reference, see here.)
TheD-Wrek 11th Dec 2016, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
Nemi was cool, a dork, and adorable all in one page. Well done, Ruuf. X)
rufiangel 28th Dec 2016, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
Awww D-bruh, thank you! <3 *fist bumps* I'm glad you found her all those things on this page! She is definitely all those things ahaha <3
Alicia 8th Jan 2017, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
Oh man... He caught it in his TEETH?! Thisisbadthisisbad! What are they gonna do now? QAQ