Comic 493 - Fatal Rose

20th Mar 2017, 6:00 PM in Chapter Eight
493 - Fatal Rose
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
rufiangel 20th Mar 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Monday, folks! :)

I kind of had Kylie repeat the problem she faced back in Chapter 3 since it's been quite a while, and I thought readers might appreciate the reminder? Sorry if the recap felt lengthy XD;

About Friday Flare: sorry guys, I think my scanner's gone bust. My Q&A file was left at work >_> so it looks like we'll have to do another burst of a bunch of Friday Flare this coming weekend instead, when I'm able to sneak some scans in using the scanner at work. ^^;;

In the meantime, I have a pretty cool (hurrhurrr) thing for you!


YEAHHH! <3 For full context, you'll have to read the post on Velnna's wall, though this video that inspired her might be sufficient XD (though for all the punnage/pwnage you'll need full context)

Velnna is an awesome artist (who incidentally did some lovely Cain fanart before!) who does Engtiae, which you should totally read by the way (gorgeous pencils, a Rubik's cube of intrigue and gentle, mysterious feels <3). Thank you so, so much Velnna - I have muchas adoration for youuu ;v;*** <333

Also, this thing is still open:


I've received a few submissions, please keep 'em coming! :D

Alright, that's it for today's update. I might have to delay Thursday's update a little - if I do, I'll definitely let you guys know. (It's looking to be a time-consuming page and I don't know if I have the time to do it by Thursday!)

Have a great start to your week, and hopefully catch you on Thursday!

mjkj 20th Mar 2017, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Uh-oh... poor Kylie... =S

I hope she will make it - hmmm... maybe she needs an earring? ;)

rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
Ah, that would be useful if there was such a seal! :D She definitely wouldn't be a baby about getting her ears pierced, either XD
KAM 20th Mar 2017, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
Pluck that Rose, Kylie!
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Bringing a broad blade to a plucking party sounds like overkill XD
Centcomm 20th Mar 2017, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Ouch.. shes going to have to do some gardening :D love her look though. :D

Great page!
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Getting a weird 60s Batman image of Kylie saying "Good thing I brought my... rose repellent!" before spraying her with snail-B-gone :P

And thankyew Centy! <333
CiciEnixa 20th Mar 2017, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
... I'm sensing a pattern here. Sho has like 70% of his face covered, Fatal Rose has like 80% of her face covered. Both have sneaky debilitating enemy power-downs.

*glances at sink, sees tiny boat called S.S. Sho Thorny rising*

*gently bobs it back into the depths of sink* No. MY Sho. Stop it. >__>
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
XD Those similarities are definitely because they are similar builds! Assassins in particular, I guess, I've always thought would cover their face for the most part - and be quick on their feet. The anti-kinetic seals on their weapons are only really useful if they have the speed and accuracy for it, so it's a good fit for their particular build. :D

'S.S. Sho Thorny' is a very cute name for a ship, I must say XD <3
Proxy170 20th Mar 2017, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Oooh very cool character design! Too bad she'll be outta here in no time...right, Kylie??? D: This really doesn't look good for her though T__T

Do they get to rest at all or take potions or something between matches?
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Thank you Proxy! :D I enjoyed designing Fatal Rose <3

Kylie's got her work cut out for her (or through her), we'll put it that way. ;D

They can take rests while the other matches are happening! As for potions, I reckon they'd get something like 3 medium-level potions to use for the entirety of the tournament, but only for use between matches. ;)
Amarok 20th Mar 2017, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
well if you cant stop an unstoppable force, become an immovable object.
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
At least she wouldn't get out of bounds that way? XD;; It'd help to be immovable *and* impenetrable!
Jarvi 21st Mar 2017, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
Just to troll her, Kylie should add "of JUSTICE" to all her attack names ;D
(ex. Merciless Moon of Justice" ;D
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Omigosh that's glorious, I wish I'd thought of that Jarvi-nii XDDD <3
Crestlinger 21st Mar 2017, 2:05 AM edit delete reply
Fast enough to be tricked into overcompensating on a strike and ringing out? We'll see.
Gilrandir 21st Mar 2017, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps Kylie gets to demonstrate her command over her element -- move to one side of the ring opposite Fatal Rose, when the rogue starts to move, lay down an ice slick, sidestep, and wave goodbye as they leave the ring? ^_^
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
@Gil: Complete with flailing windmill arms as she goes sailing by? XD
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
@Crestlinger: Time to edge towards the boundary line for that strategy! XD
Matt Knab 21st Mar 2017, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
That's fast! Hopefully Kylie will figure out a way to predict her opponent's movements!
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
If Kylie's fast enough to dodge them, that would definitely help! XD;
DLKmusic 21st Mar 2017, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
You can always pull a page out of Bugs Bunny's playbook, Kylie! when she rushes in, just stick your foot out!
The Accidental Ninja 22nd Mar 2017, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
^ *takes notes* I'm going to use that someday in a fight scene. For sure. xD
DLKmusic 22nd Mar 2017, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
LOL, Kat! Don't forget the cork in the gun barrel too! Another one of my personal favorites!
The Accidental Ninja 22nd Mar 2017, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Lol xD It's been a *very* long time since I watched those cartoons... xD
My characters won't actually be using guns, but thanks for the tip anyway xDD
DLKmusic 23rd Mar 2017, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Let us know when it starts to post, Kat... I would love to read it!
The Accidental Ninja 23rd Mar 2017, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Ahaha, wow, thanks! Um... it'll be a bit of a while still though x'D I still have a lot of plotlining to do xDD
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
@Kat: DLK's definitely not the only one looking forward to it! ;)
The Accidental Ninja 29th Mar 2017, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Guys wait stop I turn really red when people pay attention to me you guys have made me turn tomato-coloured ·//.//·
(thank you!)x'D
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
@DLK: She needs a carrot to lackadaisically chew on while doing that XD
DLKmusic 28th Mar 2017, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Meh, carrots is BB's thing, and copyrighted... We need to get Kylie her OWN thing...

*Kylie reaches into her armor and pulls out a fried ambercrot to chew on" *ehhhh, What's up Rose?*
Slim Kittens 21st Mar 2017, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Slim Kittens
I like DLK's suggestion. Everything I need to know I learned from Warner Bros. cartoons.
DLKmusic 23rd Mar 2017, 5:33 AM edit delete reply
LOL, Slim Kittens... Remember, always carry around a spare anvil. You never know when you're going to need it!
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
@Slim Kittens: XD Warner Bros physics means anyone who steps out the boundary floats there for a good 4 seconds before realising, and then dropping, right?
Just_IDD 21st Mar 2017, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Where do you work that they give a s*** about somebody using the scanner at work for something non work? If no one's using it and it's your lunch or you've clocked out for the day or you are salary I think they need to get the bug out of their butt. As long as nobody needs it for a work thing I can't see personally a problem with it. It isn't like you are using a consumable resource like printer or ink. You are transferring bits across a wire that aren't transmitted otherwise even if no one else is using them and the scanner being used does not appreciably shorten its life.
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
Aww Just_IDD! Actually, I don't get laid upon for scanning something during my lunch hour or after work hours. :) It's more like I'm kind of shy about my artwork with my boss, so if she sees me scanning something she's bound to ask what it is, and showing her something like... well, you know, this makes me blush XD;;; She's very often in the office for lunch so I wait until she's gone XD;;; it's not because of, you know, a stickler boss that I ninja-scan - it's just my self-consciousness :'D sorryyy!
Lukkai 22nd Mar 2017, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
Soo... Time for dirty tactics again?

One (rather unhealthy) method that came to my mind was using her own body to catch Rose's blade. Though that's mainly because it's a tactic my longest running larp chara would occasionally use. Only because he's got a healing factor like hell though.

And I see that Rose is, on purpose or not, using distraction as well. That statement right before the start. The mask does something along those lines. Even her dress probably works against opponents of a matching tendency.
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
If she could use something like a mythril-silk scarf, that's definitely be helpful! XD;

Trapping Fatal Rose by the blade would work if Kylie can find a way around the anti-kinetic seal! Not sure if her normal attacks would be enough to do the trick :'D

And that's an interesting set of observations about Fatal Rose~! Mm... I wonder... ;)
Lukkai 22nd Mar 2017, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
And as to the (glorious) fanart: Why do I imagine an Ophelia on the receiving end of that 'bang' just keel over from raw ohmygosh-ness. (^_^)
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Lolol Lukkai XDD another 'Zing!' moment, but more explosive :'D
MST3KFan 22nd Mar 2017, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
You weren't thinking it would be as easy going into the second round as the first did you, Kylie? XD

Gotta pick up on how each opponent works there.
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
She probably was hoping for an easy round deep inside XD;; these fast and ninja-like types are just so darn annoying!
Alicia 22nd Mar 2017, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Oooh I'm all caught up in time for this fight! :3
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
<33 Yay! I'm very happy to know you've been reading Aliciaaa ;v;*** thankyew!! *huggu* <3 I hope you enjoy the fight XD
The Accidental Ninja 22nd Mar 2017, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Owwww that looks painful XS
C'mon, Kylie! Bust out some Kenshin moves!
That Seia fanart is amazing though, wow *-*
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Which Kenshin move did you have in mind specifically Kat? XD

And isn't it just? ;v;* I was so... blown away by it ;D
The Accidental Ninja 29th Mar 2017, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
ALL of them. But with ICE. xD
I mean, Kylie would be practically unstoppable if she combined all the Kenshin moves with her ice powers xDD
Gilrandir 23rd Mar 2017, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Bizarre thought: Kylie is having trouble converting Spirit into Kinetic Energy? Fatal Rose seems to be generating plenty of kinetic energy ... just use hers. ^_^
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
Lolol Gil XD if only that would work...!

I suppose if she set up a hamster wheel somewhere on the arena, and hooked it up to herself somehow... :P
Gilrandir 28th Mar 2017, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of starting a move with the timing such that, at the crucial point your blade is catching the opponent's incoming attack. As they push your weapon out of the way to try and bring their attack home, it accelerates your weapon the last necessary amount.

"Drum technique, Kylie-san! Drum technique!" ^_^ Kylie becomes the hamster wheel.

Considering Kylie is (as I recall) highly focused on accuracy, her normal techniques should seem to landing more often than they seem to be, even if she can't manage any finishing moves. Maybe, coupled with Persist, she just wears Rose down that way. (However, I suspect what happens is that Persist prevents her from being interrupted during the spirit->energy conversion. She takes the hit, but is able to complete her technique.)
Seabiscuit 24th Mar 2017, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
Ohoh, now this one looks like more of a challenge...~~~
rufiangel 28th Mar 2017, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
Things had to step up at least two notches from the previous joke of a fight, right? ;D
TheD-Wrek 10th Apr 2017, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Dats a cool mask. Digging her look. :3