20130609, 15:25 – It’s been almost five years to the day since Thad-in-Val’s-body has had any screen time. Ornix has appeared more recently, in The Operative and most recently in Observer Effect. He’s been wearing that outfit for nine years – I imagine he smells funky.

I’ll have more to say about Thad’s shirt when TV 2.11 is posted next Sunday. It’s a thing, and it’s more appropriate to mention it then.

I started running ads last week, so there’s a {slim} chance that you might be new here. You may want to read The Dualist. If you’d prefer a brief summary, this may cut down on the confusion:

It is April 9th, 2002. Actually it may be April 10th by now but the last on-screen date is the 9th.

Templar are the Them. Heirotus are the them that ain’t them. The “manlier me” is Thaddeus Gallahad, whose consciousness is currently in the body of Annathena Val due to a head injury and the fact that Thad and Annathena are the two corporeal instances of Dyluck‘s bifurcated corporeality. Val happens to be a cognitive empath, which both enables this state of affairs and will be super relevant later on. Dyluck just hung the QAR, so it’s fair to say that having Thad on board the Sabrosa is, in fact, hanging them up a bit.

Brain-powered FTL is a thing done by Navigators through Am, and “Billy, Age six” would be google-esque machine translation, with edits by a former Soviet officer (and head of the Templar garrison on Earth) and the father of the current pilot of the Daedalus, who wound up on Earth after a crazy FTL accident that killed the past life of an art student who disappeared in 1997.

Oh, and there’s a guy who dies a lot. There’s also a guy who’s been mostly dead for the last thirty years aboard an ancient ghost ship that has the astral form of a canid.

Want some context for all of that? Start at the beginning!

Or don’t.

This scene is six pages long and is planned for weekly updates, which should carry ATC into mid July. As of this writing the scene is fully rendered and half complete for line art and shading. I hope to complete it this coming weekend or next, giving me a few weeks to come up with rendering solutions for the rest of the chapter.


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  • 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...

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