Minor cleanup; added a new panel to fill out the page – the first shot of the Cheops since the opening pages of Chapter One.

It might be my eyes (which have been flaking out on me pretty hard today*), but the Cheops looks great when the page is viewed fullscreen against a black background… and it’s Invisible Mud otherwise. Argh!

Oh, and. That panel was rendered after the last panel of reentry -7- and before the first panel of said page. WHY?!, you ask? Simple – this one’s point-and-click, and the panel I’m strategically putting off is Work. Since I’m doing Daedalus shots in chronological order (and kinda want to get everything involving said ship rolling in the same order) and had other things on my plate today, the Cheops got rendered. It helps that the Cheops needed planetary positioning that I didn’t get nailed down until panel five of reentry -7-… the kind of hurdle that’s holding up the rest of ATC, but one you won’t really see thanks to the “convenience” of my rolling internet outage. Three weeks on and life without being able to drunk dial the rest of the world at 2am is… productive.

Perish the thought.

* The “it might be my eyes” paragraph was written on April 1 2009, referring to March 31 2009 (it’s fucking APRIL ALREADY WHAT THE SHIT?!). These second edition entries have a habit of growing organically – I keep ’em all in one file, update them when something occurs to me, and eventually couple them with the first edition metadata. While the 1e metadata is (almost totally) accurate to its post date, a 2e entry can be done days (or weeks) before it gets posted. It can be written a paragraph here, a paragraph there, days apart. It’s a lot like the REST of the comic that way.

If only the plot were as easy to talk about as the production.

Cast

  • Commander of the Cheops, one of a small handful of veil-capable Templar vessels in Earth’s neck of the woods. Polaski is known to have a deep love of explosives- his interest in ordnance drove...

  • 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...

  • A pink-haired mechanical genius with a full complement of prosthetic limbs (one “bolt-on,” three high-quality synthetics) and no memory of her first twenty years, Xand is the Daedalus flight engineer. A non-terrestrial human with...

Glossary Articles

  • Airbase

    The Airbase, located deep in the Australian outback of Earth 2.0, is home to the crew of the Daedalus and the resting place of the Heirotus FTL test platform Epiphany. Defenses include automated turrets,...

  • Cheops

    A Titan class low orbit and upper atmosphere patrol craft, the Cheops is the sole Templar vehicle permanently assigned to Terra. Orbiting the earth in Am or within the Veil at a depth of...

  • Epiphany

    A Pecora class star freighter used for early Heirotus BTS tests. Presumed destroyed during a premature BTS discharge event in January 1968, though no wreckage was recovered. Status upgraded to “missing” after captain and...

  • GSV-368.3 (Earth)

    Not listed in the official ICG star charts, GSV-368.3 appears only in highly classified Templar navigational databases. GSV-368.3 is the only human-rated planet in the GSV-GSW 0.15 AEI “sinkhole.” The local Templar garrison refers...

  • U-238 (Loki)

    The Barghosa Aerospace Utility Aerospacecraft Model 238 (U-238 or “Loki”) is an airframe that sucks well at everything. While inferior to purpose-built attack, transport, electronic warfare and even cargo vehicles, the fact that the...

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