Comic 495 - Solid Stance

31st Mar 2017, 12:55 AM in Chapter Eight
495 - Solid Stance
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)
rufiangel 31st Mar 2017, 12:55 AM edit delete
Hey everyone, it's 1:00am, which isn't so bad considering! I'ma head to bed now~ sorry for the delay!

As a side-note, 'Blade Whirl' is actually an attack we've seen before~

And that's all my sleep-deprived brain has for you now! Will add more tomorrow if I can. Cheers! :D Thanks loads for reading!
Gladewalker 31st Mar 2017, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
Hihihi! I stayed up late for this page.

Hmmm Kylie seems to be in a pinch right now. Usually Cain would come to heal, but she's on her own now. I'd like to see where this goes...

BTW, counteracting abilities would usually cancel the last one, by game logic of course. Unless the abilities have different but not opposite purposes. It makes it interesting.
Haegan2005 31st Mar 2017, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
So she has trained hard to make up for not being able to use her lance. If she could not use her special power she had to make up for it in other ways.

I think she shall surprise us.
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
@Haegan2005: She's definitely a Lethian Knight who had to branch out a lot in the 'normal' knight skill tree! XD;
Lukkai 1st Apr 2017, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
It's not counteract as in working against the other. It's more that it gives a bonus where the other gives a penalty. Thus covering for the penalty of the first focus.

As I understand it, what those foci do is among these lines:

+ Allows to freely gather kinetic energy even when circumstances usually would prevent it.
- Multiplies damage taken.

Solid Stance:
+ Decreases damage taken.
- (And this is a complete guess by me.) Reduces manoeuvrability.
Edit: It might also increase your chances to hit.
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: I swear, I need to find those hidden cameras. Either that, or find some way to block your astral projections, dangit XD

Your guess on Solid Stance was accurate, and the increase to chance to hit was also almost spot-on, save for the fact it only increases the chance of Solid Advance to hit, though by quite a lot.

I don't really explain this stuff in-comic so I'm pretty happy you get how it's all working anyway! <3 XD But do let me know if I'm being too obscure about these things at times :'D I can always try to work these explanations in!
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Aw man, don't stay up too late dear! ;v;* <3

Kylie has probably gotten pretty used to Cain healing her up milliseconds after damage, so this is a rather unpleasant reminder of life *without* a white mage around. XD;;

Lukkai gives a pretty stellar explanation of the counteracting in his response, so I'll refrain from adding further to it X3
mjkj 31st Mar 2017, 2:05 AM edit delete reply
Wow, Ruuuuuffffiiii *huggus* Please do not overdo it... =S *is worried* 1 am...

Wow, Kylie... please do not overdo it, either - you do not need to follow Rufi's example ;) =P

I hope she will be fine - with two foci... =O
(...or is that focus? or focusses? or concousses or concussions? =P )

Lukkai 1st Apr 2017, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
In German it would apparently be Fokus and Fokusse. Though it's focus and foci in latin, so me personally, I'd go for the latter even in German.
In English... Not a clue actually. But going with the correct latin diction is never really wrong in these cases.
mjkj 2nd Apr 2017, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
True, Lukkai =)
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
I just call it Focuses because I can XD

Either I get sleep, or I update the comic, and you already know which one I'd rather do :P

Though of course, I'm trying to see if I can catch up and create some buffer to reduce these crazy update times. For the sake of the comic, too; dialogue is a lot easier to check for typos and content errors when I'm not nodding off XD

Thanks for your concern as always, Mjkj. :)
HeSerpenty 31st Mar 2017, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
Dang right! Don't underestimate Knight K she ALWAYS has something up her sleeve! <333

PUt this girl in her place!
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
<333 It warms the cockles of my heart to see your support of Kylie, Serpy-kins! XD
Matt Knab 31st Mar 2017, 3:36 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Pfft, she's built up plenty of resistance to mental fatigue by traveling with Cain! ;)
dawndemonica 31st Mar 2017, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
i wanna upvote your comment...
DLKmusic 31st Mar 2017, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
and Madau... I get mentally fatigued just THINKING about that guy!
Proxy170 31st Mar 2017, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
hahaha omg I straight up LOL'd on this one XD
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
@Matt: *cries (with laughter) on behalf of Cain* XD

Cain: I am not crying with laughter T____T
MST3KFan 31st Mar 2017, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Kylie has so much focus even BEFORE she buffed herself what with babysitting a practically useless in a fight white mage, a sticky fingered Kijin, a constant mind swapping Danrir...Madou...and also all while searching for her brother.

She just needs to channel all that and the match is over.
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
LOL, you too, MST3K? XDD Though it's kind of you (to Cain, I mean XD) to include the rest of the cast in that package of distractions XD <3 (Reading your descriptions of all of them makes me realise how odd this party is! Lolol)

You're right, she must be quite jaded at this point :'D <3
Proxy170 31st Mar 2017, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
Better be careful, Kylie...while I'm sure you only need one hit, you're only gonna GET one hit with this lady!

rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Absolutely, Proxy... good thing she made it count! XD
KAM 31st Mar 2017, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
And then Fatal Rose joined the team as Kylie's replacement.

Lukkai 3rd Apr 2017, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
We might have to rename the comic at that point. ;)
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Oh my KAM, I didn't realise you liked her so much! >.> Sorry she doesn't quite make the *cut*, so Kylie ends up *bam*ping her off, hehhhhhh -v-

Wolfsbane 1st Apr 2017, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
Bunny ears for Sir Bradley? Does he know? <snirk>
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
He may not know, Wolfsbane, as they *are* on his head and he'd need to see a mirror... XD
Eren 1st Apr 2017, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
It's... so beautiful... *snif*
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
XDDD Eren, this comic made me legit lol <333

I'm so happy you found it so -v-*)7
Gilrandir 2nd Apr 2017, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

Somehow I feel as if the page I am commenting on is no longer the page I am commenting on. ^_^ But just ... wow! ^_^
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
I'm sure that was just a bug in the system and it's back to normal now, Gil! ;)
Seabiscuit 2nd Apr 2017, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
...Omfg, hahahahahaha!
I gotta say, those stars and hearts in the eyes look really cool :'D
... Oh god this is amazing -SNERK-
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
XDD I'm glad you liked it, seamuffin <3 ;D

I was actually parodying a popular trend where manga artists put tiny shapes like hearts or stars in the eyes of their characters XD I'm pleased you find it looks cool, LOL <3
Thomas Dimensor 2nd Apr 2017, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
Thomas Dimensor
WTF did i just read?
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Absolute perfect response, sir!

Headgamer 2nd Apr 2017, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
XD nice!
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Ehehe, danke, Headgamer X3
Prayformercy 2nd Apr 2017, 2:51 AM edit delete reply
Rufi plz, this is amazing.
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
<33 Thankyew mercy! XD
*takes a bow* ;D
Kat (on my phone) 2nd Apr 2017, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
Happy April xD This... This is a thing of beauty xDD I have no words xD
(I would make a longer comment but I'm at an anime convention rn x'D)
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
I'm glad it rendered you speechless, fufufu ;D

How was the anime convention btw? :D <3
DLKmusic 2nd Apr 2017, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
This is one of the Kewlest April Fools jokes I've ever seen! At first I was like "awesome, new update... wait... whaaa?"

I don't know what I like better... "Super Justice-Filled Wonderful Justifiably Magical Sword Glowies of Supreme Justice" or Kylie saying "Tee hee"

Any chance this can be permanently archived?

Edit: what the heck does the alt-text mean? I tried Google translate, and it was no help whatsoever (unless it truly DOES mean "sweet tinkering heart Ky, Happy birthday party")
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
XD I'm very happy you enjoyed it, DLK! I like to seize upon the chance to do something goofy once a year <3 ;D

I'll try to find all the April's Fools pages I've done and compile them in the Gallery sometime later :)

The alt-text, if I remember correctly, was something like KAWAII KUUDERE KOKORO KYLIE PYON PYON AISHITERU which is me being purely cringey XD that Google translate is hilarious though, I'm tempted not to explain this XDD

But alright, 'kuudere' is best explained by tvtropes here, a term that Lukkai originally posited as applicable to Kylie, so I can't really translate that into English. Similarly, 'pyon' is really hard to explain as a suffix, but in this case I'm using it more as the onomatopoeia of a bunny hopping or skipping. You can view it either way here.

The rest, though, means something like: "Cute Kuudere Heart Kylie Pyon Pyon I love you" which is really just as bad as "sweet tinkering heart Ky, Happy birthday party" so XDDD
LeRenardRoux 2nd Apr 2017, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
This is pure magic spread over a piece of adorable toast with an extra helping of awesome sauce.
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
D'aww, Roux! <33 ;v;* <333 This description fills me with cute joy XD danke <33
Gladewalker 2nd Apr 2017, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

This is gold.
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
XDD I'm very happy you enjoyed it Gladewalker, hahahaha <33
mjkj 2nd Apr 2017, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Awwww, Ruuufffiiii...

So sneaky replacing the original update...

...but it is great - I hope you keep it somewhere...

Thanks, Gil, for pointing it out...

rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
I'll try to archive it somewhere on the Gallery later on ;)
CiciEnixa 2nd Apr 2017, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
...So I *was* about to write a legit comment because I saw this update while away and am only able to properly comment now, but then the page was loading slowly and I saw way too much pink than I remembered and went "...wait..." XD

By the time it loaded halfway and I saw the Kylie wink and stars I was laughing so hard I couldn't look at this page with a straight face XDDD Rufi omg why you do dis
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
LOLOL I'm so glad this happened, Cici-muffin XDDD

I do dis because I can ;DDD fufufu ☆
Centcomm 3rd Apr 2017, 3:35 AM edit delete reply
daaanngg get her Kylie!!! i have 30 credits on you!!
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Gosh, I'm glad you bet on the right gal, Centy! ;D

How many fast food meals can 30 credits get you if we do a rapid conversion into our modern day? :O
Lukkai 3rd Apr 2017, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
Dang it! I was shooting at the air pistol national group finals on April 1st and couldn't check the comic (respectively was too tired on the evening). I wanna see last Saturday's version too!
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Well, bro, that's what you get for being the master of shooting things pew pew. I mean, you *could* have been a lazy bum and stayed home and read my comic, but of course you had to go out and be all talented and clever with a pistol and stuff, so tsk tsk. :P
mjkj 3rd Apr 2017, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Well, Rufi - I have a suggestion: you could put up that April update on Friday Flare...
Lukkai 3rd Apr 2017, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
Yes, please!

Pretty please with a plasma grenade on top!

Edit: And just a bit later, I'm checking the forums:
Thanks a bunch, Gladewalker!

Puuu!! :D
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: That plasma grenade terrifies me XD

And thanks to Gladewalker indeed <3 X3

How'd you do in the tourney btw? :D
Lukkai 11th Apr 2017, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
We reached the final 8, but were the first team to be eliminated there unfortunately. Certainly could have achieved more, though the top 3 would have been hard to reach.

(As a short explanation: The top 8 finals run like this: Every shooter first shoots five shots in 250 seconds and does so twice. Then twice one shot in 50 seconds. Then the worst shooter (or team in this case) so far gets eliminated, the rest again shoots twice a single shot in 50 seconds per shooter. Then the next team gets eliminated. And so on until only one team is left.)
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
@Mjkj: I think I'll probably archive it on the Gallery rather than on Friday Flare, just because tumblr archiving is a nightmare XD I hope that's okay! Thanks for the suggestion, though!
Fafhred 3rd Apr 2017, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
One way or the other, someone is going to feel the pain xD
Considering those 2 stances, I suspect that Blade Whirl landing will be like hitting a brick wall... that is not the wall which takes damage from the impact.
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
A very good description of what it felt like for Fatal Rose indeed, Fafhred <3

Much pain was felt, and will still be felt in pages to come... ;D
Fafhred 10th Apr 2017, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Yes, I saw that right from the top the next day xD
rufiangel 10th Apr 2017, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Lolol Sunny <33 XD thank you, I'm happy you enjoyed it! :D

Not everyone caught it during the weekend, so that moment will always belong to you ;D <3
TheD-Wrek 10th Apr 2017, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
"Somebody is gonna get a hurt reeeeal bad." :'D