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Speedball on Nov. 28, 2012
Oof, this was a hard scene for me to draw. For multiple reasons…
at 6:51PM, Dec. 10, 2012
of course he's a ginger...
at 5:36PM, Dec. 2, 2012
Oh wow, M_Northstar's back! Celebration time!
at 2:29PM, Dec. 2, 2012
After at least a year of absence, I'm caught back up with you guys. I re-read the entire Archives just to whet my appetite for the rest of the story, and as always, Speed, you have utterly failed to disappoint :-) The art's kept on improving, and your narration's matured too. Really enjoyed the read, again. Thank you.
at 6:32AM, Dec. 2, 2012
Man, I love this conversation, guys. I'm going to clarify what happened exactly to these poor ladies soon enough....but keep it up.
at 7:28PM, Dec. 1, 2012
Well, yes and no - yes, that would have been pretty horrible, though it would also have gotten her released when the others were. But no, he's not who I had in mind - I meant more that, her being in an open cave like that would mean that someone out exploring could find her. Kind of odd that noone did earlier, really, what with humans' tendency to go looking around everywhere. (I don't remember if that was addressed.)
On the seafloor like this, however, the longer it takes to find them, the harder it gets, since they'll start to be covered by silt and plants and everything. Take too long, and they'll probably be underground...
Yeah, he does seem pretty goal-oriented, now that you mention it, and probably didn't do this without reason. But telling someone where they are, at least any time soon after, would likely work against those goals, as once rescued, they could tell people who did that to them.
at 12:13AM, Dec. 1, 2012
@edorfaus: But considering who Rina's captor was, the 'rescue' might have been worse. Cary seems pretty goal-oriented, so I doubt s/he would resort to this if there had been another, as efficient method available.
Some animals eat their prey alive, not because of cruelty, but because of expediency.
at 9:46PM, Nov. 29, 2012
They won't float, Mr. Kaos. They'll sink to the bottom of the ocean where they'll remain for a very, very long time, probably forever.
at 3:29PM, Nov. 29, 2012
noseman79: Oh, sure, I didn't really mean it that way - it was likely much worse for Rina in that sense. I was just talking about what happened, regardless of who exactly it happened to - as if it was Rina being dumped overboard, or these officers being left in the cave.
Additionally, Rina's captor didn't actually intend to leave her there, he just never got a chance to go pick her up. While we haven't actually seen that part yet, I rather doubt Cary is going to rescue these people, or care to tell someone else where they are so they can be rescued...
Now that I think about it though, I'm not sure just how deep this water is, or what magic/equipment would be available to raise the "statues" from the sea floor, so it might be easier than I first thought (assuming they can find them, that is - which might also not be too terribly difficult if the water's clear and not too deep).
at 9:40AM, Nov. 29, 2012
Interesting plan. I guess this world isn't so simple, you'd think that they could also just have tracking magic you know hey we're getting closer and stuff that glows you know.
at 8:36AM, Nov. 29, 2012
Wouldn't destroying the uniform set off the alarm. like removing a tracking anklet.
at 8:24AM, Nov. 29, 2012
that is plain cruel.. now they all just float randomly.
at 5:24AM, Nov. 29, 2012
This guy is indeed devious. He really did his research and prepared a good plan, although he seems to lack respect for human life.
at 1:10AM, Nov. 29, 2012
Ingenious. Nasty, but ingenious. I disagree with this being worse than what Rina experienced, though. Rina was just a schoolgirl, while these were officers, and probably well aware that something might happen to them. Whether that helps keep themselves as sane as Rina managed, remains to be seen.
at 12:44AM, Nov. 29, 2012
Yeah, Cary's well into Violator territory here. Not by his own magic, perhaps, but still. In a way, this is worse than what happened to Rina. At least she had a decent chance of rescue (which eventually panned out), while it will be really hard to rescue these people even if they're found somehow. And the water will erode them faster than the air in that cave, I imagine.
On a different note, this is precisely why any security system worth its salt uses normally-closed sensors - meaning that cutting the wires triggers the alarm. If the tracking enchantment did the same, the alarm would have gone off as soon as the enchantment was broken (clothes destroyed), with a trace of their last known location.
at 11:54PM, Nov. 28, 2012
Hey, Jack never said his mom died, just that Cary did something far worse than killing her.
at 11:42PM, Nov. 28, 2012
...and they wound up dead? Sounds like an incompetent rescue team to me.