HOW ‘BOUT THAT PLOT. The mechanics of Murnau spoiling Ornix’s reveal were foreshadowed in June, and the fact that Ornix is rather a hell of a lot more useful than Thad is kind of Ornix’s theme. If “comparative competence” isn’t his overall theme it’s certainly his Transitional Voices arc, as seen in the previous chapter and earlier in this one… an arc that’ll likely get driven home in the book finale, coming next year!

The WFD is a real thing, even if their website hasn’t been updated in awhile. In fact it hasn’t updated since I ascertained its existence for the script. Coincidence?!

Panel four is a bit more cramped than I’d like – I derped on the actions running in parallel with the plot and didn’t realize that Murnau needed to be passing a bag to Raven on this page until I was well into rendering the next one, so I had to come back and figure out how to fit that in – the end result is a cramped little knot of West reaching for Murnau’s helmet, Murnau tossing the bag, Ornix Ornixing and Raven snapping the medkit shut inside a comparatively small space. Good thing the line art turned out.

The extent of Ornix’s lateness remains undetermined – he could have walked out when Thad yelled for him; he could have walked off set well before then. That isn’t particularly relevant at the moment, though it may come up later!

Next week: Plot ain’t got time to reminisce!

Cast

  • Thaddeus Gallahad

    A traumatic Awakening in the summer of 1997 was just the beginning of Thad’s emotional problems. The disappearance of most of his Pittsburgh friends a few weeks later compounded his issues and, while he...

  • Ornix Khan

    Ornix doesn’t let trivial things like ethics and morality get in the way of his loyalties or sense of reality. A longtime friend of Thad and a fellow “victim” of the Templar Waking God...

  • Raven Lockheart

    A South Jersey punk with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Templar-forged Master’s degree for field work, Raven posed as a high school guidance councillor during the early stages of the Waking God...

  • Inga Murnau

    The twin sister of fellow Templar Aleksis Murnau, Inga has been assigned to the Castores by way of Kaysoo. While Inga has all of the qualifications required for language work she’s not aboard ship...

  • John West

    The first extraterrestrial human to be born on Terra. Home-schooled by Templar, he left the organization in 1997 citing management issues and took the Daedalus with him. John is an incredibly talented Navigator, having...

Glossary Articles

  • Compartment A3

    Compartment A3 – the rec area – is the living room and kitchen of the Daedalus. The compartment provides access to the bathroom, the spacesuit locker, the cargo transfer lock and the central corridor....

  • Holt-Rischmann Device

    A Holt-Rischmann Device (HRD) is a quantum device that measures the local ambient energy index and the exertion of of a quantum force synonymous with (but not exclusive to) the human Will. Advanced models...