Starfish has a good lead, IMO. His amiable facade is what does it, I think. He comes off as a normal guy, but then you catch him doing something terrible. What does he do at that point? Does he hide it? Does he act scared you'll call the cops? No. He makes a joke. He smiles at you. He acts like it's normal. And you want to believe him, but deep down you know he's already planning the most convenient way to murder you. He's a CASUAL VILLAIN!
Gotta love the mage-brawler tandem! As to Knock-Me-Down - she could be crazy like a fox, projecting a berserk personality to confuse and intimidate an enemy. The level of cooperation with her master, obviously refined fighting skills and extensive exercise regimen (her muscles, to wit) indicate lengthy training requiring a very long attention span. "Chaotic Evil"? I'd hold my judgment.
Hoooooo boy... this can't end well. ^^ also, hilarious incentive, been a while since we've had a change! (And yes, lol, things can get hectic, I know, I still need to get to making that "Klonk Happens" t-shirt design for you from way-back-when.) Well, that's life for you, and you are amazing for being able to do a web novel THIS spectacular on such a regular basis. *bows* Madam, I salute you!
The suspense! It kills me! Will Sette lose the bottle of blood to Anadyne? Will Jivi join up with our hero and her child-loving escort? Will she have to give the cloak of bugs back to Quigley to get Matty out of this horrible situation? These are the questions that burn every time I read an update.
Also, please don't kill the broken spider pymaric. He's the best.
The visibly crazy one is slightly less disturbing now that she's in combat... is that normal? Their names intrigue me. And I was already crushing on Anadyne before I knew her name, but she has a great name, too! Hm, but what history does Knock-me-down's name hint at, I wonder? :o
I have a mental image of Starfish saying 'right, ok - you're hired ... but your first job is to help me get rid of the old ones. They've just become too unreliable.' Over and over again. Do not look forward to pay day.
@Mad: Its funny you should speak of alignments here; I'd say that Quigley is one of the most detailed and multidimensional Chaotic Evil characters I've ever seen. He hates all authority and demands to call his own shots at all times (very chaotic), and he's willing to work for and with the RBB and kill lawful good paladins like Duane to defend the operation (very evil).
Since Anadyne's and Knock-Me-Down's relationship is an equal one, and Anadyne is obviously intelligent and dignified, Knock-Me-Down must be a substantial person as well, no matter what face she presents to the outside world. Notably, the names of both characters are loaded with meaning (a dose of anodyne will knock you out as sure as a punch).
I'm not sure whether to declare Quigley Chaotic Evil, TheDevilHimself. He's doing the job to protect his kid. Yes, it's a considerably evil job, but he's acted to protect the children that are their cargo from considerably more evil members of their group, and he's admitted that he feels guilty about doing this job. I'd agree that he's chaotic, but I honestly am not certain on the evil front. Definitely not good, but perhaps not evil.
Furthermore, TheDevilHimself, he doesn't classify Duane's people as good, and he views Duane more on the scale of being a loyal servant to the Alder laws which he doesn't view as particularly "Good". Him assaulting Duane, therefore, doesn't prove that he's choosing Evil over Good.
While this may or may not work depending on how you motivate yourself (i.e. how important audience reaction is), I'd actually rather see fewer double pages and shorter between-chapter breaks (i.e. if you would have three double pages, instead just build up a queue so there's three pages left to post while you're taking your between-chapter break).
Ohhhh my gosh Quigley! Overall I agree that while Quigley IS a flawed character (that's what makes him so interesting!), he's not an evil one. Whether or not he's a good father, Matty is still all he has and I like to believe he actually cares deeply for him. He's doing the best he can. So this page has me so excited to see him finally put Matty first! That little snippet of dialogue and Quigley's FACE ohmygosh he does care! ^.^ He's still firmly in my top three favorite characters. 8)
This looks pretty bad for Quigley, huh? I'm guessing that Anadyne is a wright from her hand gestures in the last panel. He's got Starfish creeping up from behind, and a bruiser with some kind of Saturday night special pymaric in front of him. I guess you've made me like Matty. I didn't at first, but I'm hoping he gets away now.
Did anyone else notice that Quigley told Matty to "climb up"?
I think that he plans to get not just himself out of there, but Matty as well. I think that last panel is Matty clambering up onto his father's back so they can both make a mega escape.
The choice of colors, lighting and shading in this update are AMAZING. Gorgeous contrasts, and I really like the tableau, how the characters are placed in both the foreground, middle, and background. Perfect opening shot for a dynamic fight, especially considering the amount of people in the room. You manage to show everyone there, without cluttering the frame. Absolutely beautiful.
Nice work not letting us see Knock-Me-Down's crossbow-glove-pymaric thing until right before she used it.
Hey, does anybody think it's odd that Anadyne looks so much like Sette when Sette's so likely to be a foundling?