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Survivor

Hjels, February 7th, 2016, 6:18 pm
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- Rai is staring into the abyss that is his conscience, but the excruciating wait is over. At least now he knows. Catherine looks like she's gonna survive. How will he react to this news. And more importantly, how will she?

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GroovyKinda, February 7th, 2016, 7:09 pm
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- That's the big question, isn't it? How is Cat going to react?
Can Rai even ask for forgiveness?
Thank god she's okay! At least we don't have to worry about that for a while (though you've surprised us in the past, my friend).

NitztheBloody, February 7th, 2016, 7:45 pm
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- The mark of a great villain is when you have to admit that they have a good point, even under the circumstances to which they're at least partially complicit.

jessie (Guest), February 7th, 2016, 7:56 pm
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- I like the change of layout. A break from the norm can be a good thing. Nice cinematic visual narrative too. Focused and expressive.
As for the story, I have to admit there was a part of me that wanted Kat to die. Not because I dislike her, but to see how the result of her death would effect the story and characters. On the other hand, the emotional bungie cord Rai just took a ride on, on top of the black bag treatment he's likely still recovering from makes for some interesting psychological whiplash for you to explore, and us to speculate about. I also have to comment on how your figure art is continuing to show improvement. Rai's face in panel reads as both desperate anticipation and a sense of clarity breaking through the fog of confusion and self loathing he's been dealing with.

Delta-v, February 8th, 2016, 10:05 pm
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- Mercy killing can be truly merciful, as can providing the means for a quick death. This rationale is questionable here, as it leans more to the enablement of murder than the relief of pain.

It's a vexing puzzle set in a fairly murky area of morality. Congratulations on thinking it up. ^^

Hjels, February 9th, 2016, 12:53 am
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- @GroovyKinda: From what we know of Cat's personality from earlier in the comic, I think it's possible to guess what her reaction will be.

Hjels, February 9th, 2016, 12:55 am
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- @NitztheBloody: He moves in very muddy shades of gray. He applies his own morality.

Hjels, February 9th, 2016, 4:51 am
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- @jessie : I did concider killing her at this point in the story. At one point, I was also close to flipping the roles, having Cat be the one to kill Rai, but this made alot more sense.

The reason I decided to go with this solution, is that I think it's more interesting to throw off the dynamic established instead. We've kind of settled down with the whole them against the universe status quo. Now, they will never look at eachother the same way. There can never be love, never real trust between them again. There's so much I can do with that, I almost feel spoiled. And I think it's the best direction to take the story.

Another deciding factor is the fact that so many stories I've followed where anyone can die at any time, reach a point where they've suddenly killed off the last character I cared about. Now what.

At this point, I don't think the story would recover from Catherine's death. That may change in the future, but I think that for right now, this is the right call.

Hjels, February 9th, 2016, 5:00 am
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- @Delta-v: Shields is an alien, in many ways. He's an extreme pragmatist, and he's often unconcerned with the morality and ethics of a situation.

His thinking is thus: Since he's responsible for ensnaring these people in the curse, he will not take away their chances of escaping it, even the way Baltimore did it. But witnessing what happened to the last group left deep marks. Alot of people died slowly, and in great pain.

So when this group reached this point, he made sure that IF they were to turn eachother in the same way, they would have the tools to end it much faster.

It makes a perverted kind of sense, but like I said, it completely bypasses morality and ethics.

melaredblu, February 16th, 2016, 11:59 pm
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- I know, I know, late to comment, but I had to think about this one.
First of all, Cat is alive, which is good, because that means I don't have to hunt you down and piledrive you.
So. On the one hand, Shields raises an excellent point and I admire that for all the things he is, pointlessly cruel isn't one of them. On the other hand, I...don't think Rai would have been willing to go so far as to beat her to death. Maybe I'm giving him too much credit, but I just don't think he'd try to kill her with his bare hands on the spot. I think it's fairly obvious Cat wouldn't have tried to kill Rai, either.
Now, given what Shields witnessed, his stance is reasonable. But I get the sense that he's...also wrong.
Rai is definitely to blame for what he did, but I think the situation isn't as cut and dried and Shields is making it out to be. Rai's impulsive, but he doesn't seem like the type who's willing to bludgeon another person until they bleed to death.

Hjels, February 17th, 2016, 5:08 am
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- @melaredblu: I don't think Rai'd beat her to death either. It only took him a second or two to come to his senses after the shot. And it didn't look like he concidered finishing the job. In all likelyhood, being unarmed would have defused the situation.

It seems no matter what Shields does, he'd doomed to make matters worse. So yes, it does seem like he was wrong.

As for Cat, well... I knew I wanted a big change, a shakeup to the status quo at this point. And I did seriously concider killing her. But she is the heart of the story. I found that this is infinitely more interesting. What does getting betrayed by someone she loved do to her. What does it do to him? To them?

And thanks for not piledriving me. I'm surpisingly brittle. :)

hipopotamo (Guest), February 18th, 2016, 4:30 pm
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- I' also late to the party, FB does not notify me of what I really want to see, apparently. So, Catherine might make it after all, that does not help Rai who is in a no-win scenario no matter what. Even though Shields considered the scenario, is still Rai who made the decision...

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