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 Post subject: 1/10/07 - "... I just wanted to help her..."
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:20 pm 
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Cue next chapter.

Come on, it faded to black. You know damn well what happens next.


Admittedly, this HAS been one of the longest chapters in recent memory.


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Indeed it has. It only passes the previous chapter by four pages, but to beat the current page count you have to go all the way back to chapter 18.

So... chapter switch. Will the next one be Ian waking up and this plot thread continuing, Ian not waking up and this plot thread continuing, a jump to Jon and Sarine, or something else? I'd guess that we'll stay with Ian and Meji, but that's just a guess. Someone could probably work out approximately how much time has probably passed for each group since the half elves left and try to determine the answer that way, but it's too much work for me.

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Wow! We get strung along again? :-?

A completely non-definitive ending, if indeed the chapter does end here. The Bookies are upset because they now have to carry some bets indefinitely. That's good for them, now they have to open bank accounts and collect the float. They usually don't like banks, especially since gambling is illegal :) and Banks let the LEOs know too much about their cashflow.

The Bookies wrote:
Odds on this being the chapter ending just went from 'no way' to 1:1.
While it is fairly certain that the spell was a healing spell, there still isn't much evidence to suport closing the bet. The Bookies are no longer taking bet at any odds and banking the bets pending further evidence.

* New odds of Ian exploding anything after the healing are now at 5300:1
This one is closed. The boy can't even light a candle at the moment.

* Side bet - Meji actually showing some tender care, 10:1
This one is closed. It was never specific and she did show serious concern for Leah.

* Side bet - Riley being changed to either a full male or a full female by the healing spell, 5200:1
This one is suspended pending further developments.

* Side bet - Riley getting pissed-off about the 'cure' 2:1
This one is closed. Riley is plenty pissed off about something. We just don't know what.

* Anilis having jumped ship.
This one wasn't serious anyway. It's amazing on how many placed their money here though. The Bookies thank everyone that did for their generosity :-P

New bets being taken:
1 This is the chapter end; 2:1
2 The next chapter opens on Jon and Sarine; 3:1.
3 The next chapter opens on the Imperatrix getting the failure report. 3:1
4 The next chapter stays with Ian and Meji 1:3 - unlikely
5 The next chapter opens on an entirely new plot development 3:1


Well, they were only able to close three bets and open five more, leaving a few pending.

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I just wanted to help ss


Now, whereas I don't doubt that, the wording makes it sound as if the "helping" didn't go quite the way Ian planned.

Does this mean partial success or total failure?

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Looks like Leah is alive (because neither Meji or Riley screamed "SHE'S DEAD!), likewise no clear sign from either witness that she has been mutilated or morphed. All we can say for sure is that she is no longer the most conservatively dressed of the characters. I wonder if her eyesight has improved?

Ian originally just planned to levitate the bottle of cough syrup in his back pocket over to Leah. It didn't go well.

So possibilities include . . .

1) cure
2) failed cure
3) cure plus insanity from pain
4) cure plus the ultimate orgasm

All of these are likely to require a fresh pair of panties for Leah. Labrat will successfully bid on the old pair at auction.

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I liked the fade-out at the end. Très cinematique.

I'm sure Leah will "recover", for some new meaning of the word recover.


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Do you figure it won't be a cliffhanger for once? You know, how some books end the chapter on the proper note and then continue the next chapter with the same character.

Hey, it could happen. I hope. This jumping around is getting years old.


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The next comic could just as easily start by fading in from black. I'm sure Poe will leave us with some resolution this time... right?


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Foolish boys...of course he's not going to leave us with resolution. Then where we get the incentive to wade through whatever the next, possibly less-exciting, chapter just to get back to Ian and his "i'm inside you" healing powers?

Poe's a great storyteller. You give the audience something amazing to keep them hanging around while you flesh out some other part of the story, which pleases a different set of the audience. Then you come back to the totally amazing part and WOW everyone again.

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Riley looked pretty manly in this comic. Maybe that's the anger making her look like a guy. (heh... "you look like a dude when you're angry"... the perfect thing to tell an angry woman or dick-girl).


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Foolish boys...of course he's not going to leave us with resolution. Then where we get the incentive to wade through whatever the next, possibly less-exciting, chapter just to get back to Ian and his "i'm inside you" healing powers?

Poe's a great storyteller. You give the audience something amazing to keep them hanging around while you flesh out some other part of the story, which pleases a different set of the audience. Then you come back to the totally amazing part and WOW everyone again.

Yeah, I want to know what's happening with Sarine/Jon just as much as this story. So when he switches either way, I think "Sweet, I get to find out about this". Damn my weakness.


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Actually, there are a lot of other possible sub-threads out there waiting for a bit of attention in the next chapter, other than just the one with Jon and Sarine and Sara. Both the Gewehr and the Ensigerum should be discovering by now that Jon and Sara have disappeared, leaving a dead Warrel in their wake. Since neither know about Sarine, they'll be developing all sorts of merry plans based on bogus information. The elves back in Praenubilus Astu will be mobilizing for something, and it wouldn't surprise me if an unsuspecting, naive Misa (sheesh ... naive and innocent at 1400 years old ... what a concept...) is in the middle of it. Sarna and the as-yet-unseen Inoue might reappear too, in connection with the hunt. I can even imagine a sub-thread involving Bani Igaaru.

I've been absolutely amazed at the way Poe's story-telling skills have improved over the course of this story. This guy is good.

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Good, yes. But I'd like it if he didn't end EVERY chapter in suspense. it gets a little tired.


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SteveRestless wrote:

Good, yes. But I'd like it if he didn't end EVERY chapter in suspense. it gets a little tired.


Especially when the same cliffhanger has already been stretched out for four pages. :smith:

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RMG wrote:
SteveRestless wrote:

Good, yes. But I'd like it if he didn't end EVERY chapter in suspense. it gets a little tired.


Especially when the same cliffhanger has already been stretched out for four pages. :smith:


Well.. you can always look on the brightside, we sort of saw it coming. It's not as if the cliffhanger just suddenly jumped out at us.

Not that it actually improves anything. I don't know. heh

EDIT: Also, just saw you had a new title, RMG. Do you think you could help me out? For the most time it's not enough golds :(

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Why do we always call it a "Cliffhanger" ending?

As I recall, in the movie Cliffhanger, the end wrapped up all the threads of the story quite nicely and left the audience feeling as if the right side had triumphed.


So, why do we call an ending that leaves us wanting more a "Cliffhanger."

I was just wondering about that.

The art in this last comic was quite nice. I like how the speech bubbles get all angular when someone is being emotional or expressing powerful feeling. It's a semi-subtle clue that things are not normal and makes me imagine that the character's voice may be strained and higher pitched. However when you add that to the simply amazing artwork in the comic it really seems to come to life.
Nice work Poe. :-D

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliffhanger

Yay Google.


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Gambit3le wrote:
Why do we always call it a "Cliffhanger" ending?
As I recall, in the movie Cliffhanger, the end wrapped up all the threads of the story quite nicely and left the audience feeling as if the right side had triumphed.

So, why do we call an ending that leaves us wanting more a "Cliffhanger."

I was just wondering about that.

The tile of the movie <i>Cliffhanger</i> was a homage to the expression, which pre-dates it by most of a century.

"Cliffhanger endings" became popular back in the silent movie era, when theaters ran serials of ten or twenty episodes, a new one showing at the theater each week. These were pure actioners for the kids, featuring spies, cowboys, cops, villains, ladies in distress, etc. They liked to show off that new special effect, the "movie stunt," by having someone hurtling to certain death at the end of each episode/chapter. The heroine hanging off a cliff, a cave collapsing on the hero, a building blowing up with most of the cast tied up inside, someone being stabbed in the back, someone having a horrible and apparently fatal reaction to a untested cure for disease. That sort of thing.


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Nice work Poe. :-D

Yo.

However, the grammer totalitarian urge strikes.

"Answer me, you fucking little bastard!"
"Answer me, you little fucking bastard!"
"Answer me, you little bastard!"
"Answer me, you little fuck!"
"Answer me, you bastard!"
"Answer me, fucker!"
"Talk!"

Which syllables should be stressed in each version? think the shorter ones flow better. In any event, isn't Ian actually taller than Riley?

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Kestenvarn wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliffhanger

Yay Google.


is it...is it really google anymore if it's found on wikipedia? and whatever happened to those quaint geocities sites?


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Anilis having jumped ship.
This one wasn't serious anyway. It's amazing on how many placed their money here though. The Bookies thank everyone that did for their generosity
I'm not sure I'd close this one yet if I were you.


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