Comic 623 - Kindly focus, Gwen

3rd Sep 2021, 6:00 PM in Chapter Nine
623 - Kindly focus, Gwen
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
rufiangel 3rd Sep 2021, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Friday folks! We get to see Gwen a whole lot this page, lol. More talking ensues as outrageous demands (?) are flung across the polished floors of the Hall of Peace! Will Gwen get a word in edgewise after her staggering (??) suggestion? Will Rufi ever illustrate a character speaking from the bench as more than just a dark shadowy figure? (???) Stay tuned! :P

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Archangel Daniel 3rd Sep 2021, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
Archangel Daniel
Well, the situation looks pretty tangled up. Wonder what arguments are gonna fly around.
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
There's a lot mired here, and many neighbouring parties with opinions, so each truce talk is supposed to take baby steps towards untangling one bit after another. Supposed to. -v-a
mjkj 3rd Sep 2021, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Oh, wow, they plan to starve the population??? :o

@alt text: *lol*
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
One hopes that's not what it would come down to >.<!!
megados 3rd Sep 2021, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Re: Alt text, yes I imagine it just that way XD

Gwen's suggestion might face a good bit of backlash. At first blush it may sound illogical, but combined with other actions, might have a more positive outcome.

I second the Tamuran recommendation. I was glad to see its return!
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
Re: Alt text, good, very good XD

I wonder if it's a bit like trying to patch a bug. Sometimes you try to fix it and send out that update, only to find it's breaking other bits of the game. You could hastily backtrack it but the original bug remains. :')

Tamuran is excellent! I'm glad you saw Eren's comments and saw they were updating again XD
Gilrandir 4th Sep 2021, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm. The agenda of the conference is “…alleviating the burden of the war on Fel and Nines.” (As well as reducing the impact to its neighbors.)

Both the representatives of Fel and Nines agree that restoration of the trade routes would have the desired effect.

But someone (a shadowy figure from the bench) doesn’t want trade routes restored. Could they be fanning the flames of war for nefarious purposes? ^_^
DLKmusic 4th Sep 2021, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
I was thinking along the similar lines, @Gil. Sanctions on trade means huge profits in smuggling. Relieve trade pressure, goods again become available, and smugglers become limited to dangerously Illegal goods, that could get one killed for transporting.
long story short, war is good for business, so it makes sense that the Zirconium Guild is here trying to pull strings.

Whether there's something specific that the chosen one wants out of this or not is yet to be determined. There may very well be a link, but I don't think Rufi has shown it yet. (or, she tried to slap us in the face with her clues about it and I'm too stupid to pick up on it... either way!)
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
@DLK: You are absolutely not stupid XD

I have dropped some 'hints' (or vague dots I suppose to connect) but the bigger picture probably won't be very visible until I start really throwing in the details. People are definitely making good guesses though so far ;P
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
@Gil: Not to confirm or deny anything, but I felt it was only fair to point out the shadowy figures from the bench may be shadowy mostly because I was a wee bit lazy XD maaay beeee
sigpig 4th Sep 2021, 12:50 AM edit delete reply
Let me get this right: Gwen is asking for supplies and open trade routes in order to alleviate the mess of a Feudal system that they themselves created and "feed the masses" to help stop them from blaming Fel for everything?

Of course, if you're one of the peons in a feudal system, it's MUCH safer to blame outsiders for all of your society's ills instead of openly blaming the REAL instigators, because that will not only lead to your neck being stretched, but your family being forever destitute and/or enslaved.
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
It's an interesting point you bring up, that was very briefly touched upon between Jack and Gwen on this page - the war helps to keep the two states pitted against each other in two united fronts. Gwen believes that Fel's population of lower to middle class status (the majority of them) are more prone to blame Nines at the way things are going right now. If the war is alleviated and Nines looks less likely to blame, you're probably not wrong about where things are going to go...
sigpig 10th Sep 2021, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
So both countries would rather continue the war between them rather than face the near-certain civil wars at home.

Nice. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face...
CiciEnixa 4th Sep 2021, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
It's hard to comment on this kind of thing (not comment on the comic, comment on these sort of arguments in conflicts like this).

It's so easy to dismiss internal problems in an area as just that from an outsider's perspective, without considering how so intertwined everything is. Even IF the internal problems are unrelated, it's almost impossible to even think about resolving conflict if you're starving and suffering.

War isn't just good for business, war is profitable. And that's just looking at it from an economic perspective, because we know there are definitely folks involved here who are doing it for much more sinister reasons.
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
It's getting political innit :'D ahhhh fantasy politics! I hope it's not too heavy XD;;

Jack and Gwen are both representing their respective territories to discuss this at a macro level, but it's definitely hard for them sometimes to not think about the micro level. People tend to be relegated to a number on a page, but people aren't really numbers, ne? :')
melaredblu 4th Sep 2021, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
...uh yeah. I'm with her. If the supply chain is being cut off by another country, of course the people at the bottom being hit hardest by shortages are going to blame that other country. Like, duh?
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Supply chains are very geopolitical in the global day and age @-@ perhaps to a lesser degree in Archaiea since it is a smaller world (thankfully :P) but one problem definitely domino-effects a load of others, not just economically but socially as well. Why can't we all just get along...? ;v;
mjkj 11th Sep 2021, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
because there are people who don't wanna...
Mylandah 22nd Sep 2021, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for dem links and YAY UPDATES! Also, loving Gwen's design <3
rufiangel 24th Sep 2021, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Of course, my pleasure! <3 XD And I'm very glad you like Gwen's design, I had fun with it making her all fluffy lolol