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The Starcaster Chronicles 06.01

May 16, 2018 by Tim


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Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago

All the same, good messengers can be hard to find these days. Best to not run through them too quickly.

Mr B
Mr B
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Wasn’t really a good messenger. I mean, com on, he’s just laying there. Dead. Preparation is everything, should have seen it coming, and avoided it…

Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
3 years ago
Reply to  Mr B

Out with the old, in with the new.

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Mr B

I bet he just spoke the message instead of alleviating the negativity through song and dance. Everyone knows it’s harder to stay mad after a musical.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

Point. If he had figured out how to fit the message into Bohemian Rhapsody, they all might still be singing now.

Freddy
Freddy
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Mama, just killed a man

Alain Baum
Alain Baum
3 years ago

Wasn’t that race previously spelled “Dranglaex”? At least in page 1.22 it was.

Alain Baum
Alain Baum
3 years ago
Reply to  Alain Baum

Going through the old comics again. It’s Dranglaex everywhere, but in 3.07 there’s another case of Drangleax. Hopefully Tim will revise that when he’s re-doing those pages for the books.

Steve C
Steve C
3 years ago
Reply to  Alain Baum

Heck, for the past five chapters, in my head it’s (incorrectly) been “Drangelax.”

I am unclear why he says they would have the Federation smoking in ruins, though. If the Feds have 2 casters and they have 2, wouldn’t that be even odds? I thought it was kind of a “Mutually Assured Destruction” scenario.

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

That brings up something that’s always bothered me. Back on page 22 of issue 1, Speck says that there are six Starcasters – two for the federation, two for the Dranglaex (which is now one for them and one for Cort)….and then Nyrah interrupts him. Are we ever gonna find out who has numbers five and six? I’ve read through the archives twice and I’m pretty sure that hasn’t been covered.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

I’m assuming this is your reason for going past issue 7 (assuming this is build-up to the climax and 7 is the actual battle/immediate prelude).
Otherwise you could have a “natural ending” (season ends, everyone is happy, Cort, Speck and Nyrah go away from everything and spend their days having picnics, creating solar systems and annihilating anyone who tries to kill them.)
Of course, you probably like the characters too much for that πŸ™‚

Steve C
Steve C
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

I suppose, however, Speck states in https://cad-comic.com/comic/the-starcaster-chronicles-01-23/ “The assumption that the empire controls TWO starcasters is the primary reason the Federation won’t declare all-out war.” Of course, they could just be vastly overconfident about their fleet strength’s vs. the Dranglaex. The federation certainly does look to have a bit of internal rot, though we’ve only really seen it first-hand in the fringe system in chapter 3. Otherwise, we just have Cort’s word for it. Cort sure does manage to accumulate a lot of enemies. A sadistic bounty hunter, the intergalactic mafia, and an evil empire of (presumably, based on the… Read more »

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve C

Imagine you had a gun, and someone else had a gun.
You both have the same reflexes and same aim.
You will both hit if you fire.
The difference is, the other person has an extra two layers of clothing and has 10 extra people aiming more guns at you.
That is roughly the scenario.

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago

Yay, War time!!!

Also I got a question about page 14, ch.1 of the Chronicles – Who is Jack and why is his picture on the ship?

Mistborn
Mistborn
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

probibly an old partner or assossiate or something from when he ran from/quit the UNF.

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago
Reply to  Mistborn

Yeah, maybe his partner or his smuggler teacher or something like that. Can’t be his dad, I think.

Hope we get to meet a “Psychomancer” in this universe, sounds pretty badass, like a wiz who can fuck with minds, surely useful in battle. <3

And I'd like to know who holds the other two Starcasters, 2 are in Fed's hands, 1 in the Drangleax Empire and the other one is on our protagonist, but which empire/star realm holds onto the other two Starcasters?

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

I assume a Psychomancer would end up basically being a D&D Mindflayer
Or, as the people in Square Enix call them, Piscodemons.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

A wizard did it

ltbrenton
ltbrenton
3 years ago

I thought it was Dranglaex, not Drangleax :p

tiamatt
tiamatt
3 years ago

This reminds me of the recent Civ games where the AI calls me out of building up a big army and having it sit on the edge of their border. “Invade? No! We’re just passing through, you have absolutely nothing to worry about! Yeah…..” XD

Mistborn
Mistborn
3 years ago
Reply to  tiamatt

Yeah. When I build up a massive army on a border, its so that they don’t attack ME. And so that when they build their army besides mine,my nuke has a clear target ;p

Hyronimous
Hyronimous
3 years ago

Yes real people often address their siblings as brother, that’s definitely how real people talk and not clunky exposition at all.

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Jacob
Jacob
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

Very Bohemian of you, I approve.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  Hyronimous

Uh, actually, they do. It’s how we get cute phrases like “Brother from another mother” or “Bros before hos” or whatnot. I commonly might call my sister ‘sis’ if I’m just shouting to get her attention. And you don’t even know their culture, man. On certain real-life cultures, it’s considered rude to not include either a title or honorific when speaking to another. And besides, it even makes sense for the situation. If you’re criticizing someone who’s just murdered an innocent because he was upset with you, casually mentioning family ties is a good way to prevent that rage from… Read more »

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Unless his name actually IS Brother, thanks to indecisive parents. Then it’s a whole other ball of indeterminate substance.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

Quite possibly, but I feel like this is a little violent for a book of The Berenstain Dranglaexes.

Then again, what do I know? In their culture, a popular children’s book may include Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother, and baby Honey Dranglaex participating in their very first ritual sacrifice or something.

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

What if the emperor’s name is Gaylord and the humans always get a giggle whenever his name gets announced and all other alien races are like “why are they giggling at such a terror inducing name?”?

Rex Vivat
Rex Vivat
3 years ago
Reply to  Hyronimous

…I do call my brother “brother”. Am I not real people?

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Hyronimous

They appear to have a diarchy; two people rule the nation. So “Brother” may be a casual for them but formal for us.
These are aliens man!

John P Caplinger
John P Caplinger
3 years ago

Wow. That is a LOT of transparent aluminum! Have you ever priced that stuff?

Ashi
Ashi
3 years ago

Manufacturing costs have gone WAY down from when PlexiCorp invented the stuff.

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

While I totally understand the need for ad revenue, can we talk about how absolutely friggin awful those pop-up video ads are?

Erik B
Erik B
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

And as an addendum, if you ARE in fact getting pop-up video ads that block anything, that’s a bad ad. Report it with the “Bad Ad Report Tool” over on the right hand side of the website. Right is this way: ———>

Mistborn
Mistborn
3 years ago

Tim, what is your updating schedule? I love your comics, but am a new reader. I caught up with all of them in about 3-4 days (I love reading), but I’m not sure when you release a new one. Do you even have a schedule?

Mistborn
Mistborn
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

thanks! they are awesome! can’t wait!

The Founder
The Founder
3 years ago

I hope this means you’re going to start addressing the psychological effects of her torture. When she described what was done to her it was all dramatic and everything, but then it was just back to business as usual. Someone can’t go through something like that and be fine after it. She would have serious PTSD. Nothing takes me out of a story more than the cliche of a character enduring unendurable torment and just shrugging it off after a giving a dark speech about it. People are fragile, things like this will change them forever. I think audiences want… Read more »

TomB
TomB
3 years ago
Reply to  The Founder

There’s an assumption present in your observation: That the alien has psychology and physiology which has similar or identical responses to trauma as a human. That may in fact be quite unlikely. They may shake off trauma more quickly, or experience issues only at certain times (versus it being more generally impactful in many humans). They may also simply respond differently – which might look quirky but not like a traumatic behavior by our expectations. It all sort of depends how alien they are. We often say we want aliens that are alien, then complain when their responses aren’t in… Read more »

Diceman
Diceman
3 years ago

I don’t know if this is intended, but the main page comic back/forward is messed up.

because a starcaster update is up, the back button quickly goes back to pages from 2016 because its not pulling from the comic history as a whole but rather per series history

It is definitely not how the page used to behave, thats for sure, and i’d actually missed months worths of updates till i’d checked through the series archives.