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The Starcaster Chronicles 06.07

May 30, 2018 by Tim

If you like the Auridos’ Shipyards™ logo on Cort’s shirt, you can snag one for a limited time here.

Onto business… our first vote of Issue #6!


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Nayrael
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Nayrael

Tim, I don’t remember if you already spoke about it years ago, but are there choices that lead to Dead Ends, or does every choice lead to its own storyline? I want to know because there’s big clashes inside me between “This choice seems more interesting” and “But this one is more likely to lead to survival”.

James Rye
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James Rye

Asking for help is the right choice for me. Leaving without knowing if the Starcaster could like blow up if you get near a superstrong star might be really bad. Or what if he has another anger attack and shoots a laserbeam penetrating a planet’s core where millions of people live on and he has no way of stopping it? Also Cort needs to find a way on how to use the arm on the ship. Like a extra build in shooter cockpit on the roof where he can put his arm through some kind of advice outta the ship… Read more »

Stein
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Stein

I agree and I voted the same, but I think that there are costs to this. Cort will be much less visible if he leaves Nyrah here. With Nyrah, she is sure to convince him to use the arm for some moral reason and whatnot.

I still think that Cort should ask Nyrah for help, though. Otherwise, he might trigger the weapon by accident and kill everyone.

Brent
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Brent

I mean….Learning how to use the Starcaster at least SOUNDS less painful than getting your arm removed or asking Nyrah for help. Still, if he does ask her to stay, there may be much groveling involved.

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

Cort is a trained Lawman. While probably not a particularly upright and outstanding officer, there is one thing I know about Lawmen, from the fact that I’ve been around them as friends and family my whole life. They learn to use the tools that their lives will depend on, because learning to use their weapons very well may save their dang lives. The Starcaster is part of Cort’s life now. For better or worse, it’s his literal side arm (on the right side). As a combatant, he’d naturally come to the conclusion that he’d better know how to use it… Read more »

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

Besides, just because Cort decides to learn how to control / use/ not kill himself by accident with the Starcaster, doesn’t mean he’d stop running.

Roderick
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Roderick

I thought we would vote how many drinks Cort needs =D

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

The right answer is: All of them.

wkz
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wkz

*wakes up to a crater in the planet, and a b**ch of a hangover.*

Ugggggg… new rule. No more starcasting while drunk…

James Rye
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James Rye

None, he carries a Starcaster on his arm that activates based on his emotions and getting drunk sure as hell won’t make him emotional stable.^^;

Arcatus
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Arcatus

To me it seemed rather strange that he ran at the end of the last episode. He knows that the starcaster can’t fall into Drangalex hands, and he knows that he could have trusted the octopus federation captain. But he still ran. So if this vote turns out to leave Nyrah, that is, in many ways, more inline with the character than asking for her for help now. It is a stupid choise, but he has made some stupid choises before and not because of us. I voted for him to get help though; First step in a new direction… Read more »

Brent
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Brent

While I agree, it might also be fun to explore he actions along the alternative path. Does she try to hook up with Quell to seek out his help? Return to her homeworld? Get a new body?

Ashi
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Ashi

He wasn’t really thinking clearly last episode.

Xero
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Xero

Oh man Cort is gonna be super pissed in about a minute

The starcaster instantly heals damage wich means purging toxins as well i bet

That means he cant get drunk

Brent
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Brent

Holy…..

Uh, Tim? Verification? Or rather, blessed denial for Cort’s sake?

Xero
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Xero

Its an establushed scifi trope if grafted to a supermcguffin that heals you no getting drunk

Tim van der Meij
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Tim van der Meij

I’d say no hangovers, which would be bad mental reinforcement for Cort.

Xero
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Xero

Hangovers are caused by dehidration if the caster transforms toxibs to water then yea he wouldnt

Joshua Mcmahon
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Joshua Mcmahon

D

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Cort, don’t be an idiot, and listen to your wiser and much more corrosive friend.

By the way – Tim, should the voting box be allowing multiple entries? Because it’s giving me that option.

Commentary Ver.2.72
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Commentary Ver.2.72

Actually, it is allowing duplicate votes. I’m going to day for the record I voted for Cort getting training in using the starcaster on the reasoning that he doesn’t want to remove it so he might as well learn to use it.

Commentary Ver.2.72
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Commentary Ver.2.72

*say for the record, stupid typos

Steven
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Steven

As interesting as it would be to have him try and go it alone, Cort is no fool. He’s in over his head and needs information. His past experience and skill set will tell him to work with a (mostly) trusted expert in tandem with his gut.

Ven
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Ven

Throughout history, various warlords, Ghengist Khan, Napoleon, Hitler, etc, have always sought the insights of a local who lived in the area they wished to conquer. The most dangerous hazard is the one you know nothing about. What if the Starcaster explodes if it isn’t oiled or something like that? Sounds silly when questioned, but do we know for certain that it won’t? Point is, we have a weapon that literally just bored a mountain a new asshole and shot into space. We need to know its capabilities. If it was me, I’d drag Nyrah along by her self-righteous face… Read more »

Brent
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Brent

Other worry: how long will that blast go for? It started on Ona VI, so is it just gonna keep going until it finds a solid object?

Somewhere
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Somewhere

…it penetrated a mountain, I don’t think solid objects are an issue…
127 years later:
“Sir! Massive burst of ultraviolet rays coming from the Zeta sector!”

worm free head
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worm free head

“What if the Starcaster explodes if it isn’t oiled or something like that? ”

Then it would have exploded or something like that ages ago, because it’s been hanging out on a skeleton for years upon years upon years.

J Mike Reed Jr
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J Mike Reed Jr

Maybe it only needs to be oiled after each use…

Marc
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Marc

Is there a Codex for the Starcaster universe? With such long bouts in between seasons I forget who and what is who and what.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Cort: Protagonist, ex-cop, reluctant hero, has a Starcaster grafted on his arm. Speck: Little acid gremlin that dissolves anything on contact. Species: Mimon. Nyrah: Last of her species, cyborg, single-mindedly focused on the Starcaster, crazy devotion to the Federation. Starcaster: Magic arm band that uses the power of the closest star (in gravitational range?) to terraform, laser blast, do other awesome thingies we’ll eventually find out about. Permanently bonds with biological life form wielding it. Dranglaex Empire: Bad Guys. They do bad guy things. Tortured Nyrah for 100 years, destroyed her homeworld. Have a huge army and one Starcaster; lied… Read more »

Brent
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Brent

I feel like both Cort’s Dad and Jack should have (dead?) after their entries

Somewhere
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Somewhere

Implied for both; either could just be in retirement or not have been seen yet (but off gallivanting across the galaxy)

Commentary Ver.2.72
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Commentary Ver.2.72

“Dad’s dead, Quel, I don’t think he’s going to hold you to it”
-Cort

Somewhere
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Somewhere

Oof forgot about that
Maybe for Jack?

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Eh, yeah, probably. I wasn’t going for anyone’s life story or anything. Though yeah, “Dead.” and “Dead?” for Papa Cort and Jack would have been a good idea.

Ssissimias
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Ssissimias

Why not ask of us? We think our business dealings are quite fair. Just do not attempt to swindle us or you will join us.

Somewhere
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Somewhere

Maybe Tim should make a character page for A&D and Starcaster

Somewhere
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Somewhere

Or have a reference mini-codex at the beginning of each Starcaster issue in the future

Marc
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Marc

Thanks for the mini recap!

Stephen
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Stephen

Personally I think he should just cut the damn arm off and count his lucky stars that it doesn’t cost him more to get out of being a prize in an interplanetary conflict.

Tim van der Meij
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Tim van der Meij

I don’t think I’ve seen a SINGLE story where running away from an issue like this ever works out. Cort has no idea how the Starcaster works or what triggers it, and if he doesn’t want to get himself exposed again, he needs to know how to use it, and more pertinently, how to AVOID using it. Besides, the Starcaster may be like the Death Star and have a low power option. Might be helpful for welding panels on the ship, heating up one’s coffee or refueling the ship’s power cells!

Lily
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Lily

Really he should chop off his arm, then get plastic surgery to hide his face. There is no way they are not going to find him eventually.

SirMeow
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SirMeow

This has probably been answered and I’m too dumb to notice, but has Star aster been collected?

Brent
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Brent

If you mean what I think you mean, that can be taken two ways

In story = there’s six Starcasters, two for the federation, one for Cort, one for the Dranglaex, and two that have not as yet been identified

In life = no, but I believe that’s what Tim’s poll in the above post was about

Somewhere
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Somewhere

There are many Star Asters. You can find Star Asters at your local xenobotanical nursery!
Not to be confused with Zinnia’s kid, that’s just Aster.

SSSSsppud
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SSSSsppud

To me it seems really weird that cutting off the arm isn’t an option we can vote for. I mean, if Cort really hated the Starcaster it would be the most logical option. Sure, losing an arm sucks, but this is a setting with sci-fi medical tech (he wouldn’t risk death) and erfectly functional prostethics (as commented by Speck and evidenced by Nyrah). The only downsides have to do with aesthetic and mabe with the cost of finding a replacement arm and maintining it, which I don’t imagine would be too high. If Cort really hated the Starcaster as much… Read more »

SSSSsppud
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SSSSsppud

Sorry for the spelling mistakes, typing fast on phone:P

Rex Vivat
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Rex Vivat

Rule #1: Don’t split the party.
Rule #2: Don’t. Split. The. Party.
Rule #3: DON’T SPLIT THE PARTY

luminantAegis
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luminantAegis

Rule 4 to Infinity: DON’T SPLIT THE PARTY, but with increasing emphasis on the word DON’T

J Mike Reed Jr
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J Mike Reed Jr

Eventually the “Don’t”s get replaced with “Do Not”s

Nealithi
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Nealithi

Actually had some conflict deciding on how to vote. Going it alone and under the radar so to speak sounds in character for Cort. He does not want to hurt people. But he is pragmatic. That pragmatism is that while Nyrah might be to protect the bracer. She is a potential protection and has some knowledge. Also if she is on her own she will probably tell the wrong people exactly who he is and what he has. And I don’t see Cort killing her to keep her silent. (After all he does not know the enemy fleet is coming… Read more »

Lily
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Lily

It seems like if he really wanted to avoid trouble, he really would just cut his arm off. Technology is advanced enough that you can have a working replacement hand. He clearly isn’t taking the situation very seriously.

martin stringer
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martin stringer

There’s a series of books by Stephen R. Donaldson called The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. he wound up in an alternate universe where the white gold in his wedding ring was staggeringly powerful. Only he never found out exactly how to properly wield it. How it work, how to DO things with it (at least till the very last book…last part of the last book). That drove me totally batshit crazy. You have something incredible powerful at your disposal, that’s yours to use, and you don’t figure out it’s limitations? what it does? how to make it, or make it… Read more »

J Mike Reed Jr
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J Mike Reed Jr

But a key feature in the Thomas Covenant books were that he was the Unbeliever. He was certain the reality in which he had power was a dream. Not real. No consequences.

Cort is in a very different situation…

Also, I’ll bet Tim is unlike to write Cort raping a woman, getting her pregnant, then years later getting all rape-y with their daughter… Thomas was a DEEPLY flawed individual, and an extreme anti-hero. You weren’t supposed to LIKE Thomas, but were supposed to want him to win, anyway.

Drewski
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Drewski

Would definitely check about removing multiple vote submissions. Seemed like that was an option back in Issue #4.

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

Now who would do that?
*shifty eyes*

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

TREACHEROUS TIM!
YOU PUT THE ANSWERS IN A DIFFERENT ORDER THAN YOU ASKED US!
Nah its cool
I can read

Heldarion
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Heldarion

“First-hand experience”

hah

Javada
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Javada

For the record, I HATE Nyrah. She’s a (insert curse word here). She needs to be taken down a few pegs, maybe drop-kicked down a mountain and boiled in lava for a few million years.

BUT, as a DM in Dungeons and Dragons, I know how important and useful an NPC with knowledge difficult or impossible to obtain is and how bad it is when they go off on their own. So … I’m not happy with how I voted …

James Rye
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James Rye

Tbf she got that fucked up after 100 years of torture, we’re lucky she is not a complete nutjob (yet).

Andminus
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Andminus

Welp, voted for Ask for help, because that seems like the “smarter” option of the two, but this IS of course the internet, where I’ve no doubt there are just as many people voting for his death as there are voting for his success.

Del Cox
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Del Cox

Cort kinda just tripped and fell face-first into not only Nyrah’s race’s, but also her close family’s history. He’s kinda honor-bound and common-decency-bound to keep her included.

BoroFreak
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BoroFreak

Tim, In the first, more descriptive image of the dilemma, where it explains what each decision is, you have put the options in the order of “Go It Alone” -> “Ask For Help”. In the Google Form you’ve reversed this order and it’s “Ask For Help” -> “Go It Alone”. I was half asleep when doing this and since reading the first one, I almost chose the wrong (i.e. not the one I wanted) option because of the reversed order, cause it made sense. You might want to keep it consistent in the future to avoid the cases of confusion… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

Cut my arm off to remove what appears to be an inconvenience? No. I’m a firm believer in “when life gives you lemons, BURN LIFE’S HOUSE DOWN”. Learn to control this superweapon. Can’t really hide it, but can make it useful. IF all else fails, THEN consider removal. But FUCK letting shitty circumstance be the end-all deciding factor.

opesinorbit
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opesinorbit

Hey Tim, just a heads up: I’ve always used RSS feeds to keep track of updates on my favourite sites. A few years back you changed the way your comics are displayed on feeds because it was affecting your ad revenue so I just want to warn you that recently 1. I can view the whole comic in my feed reader (Netvibes) and 2. Ads are not displaying via the reader – potentially you could be losing ad revenue. Thought you’d want know if you don’t already. 🙂

LanMan66
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LanMan66

Anyone old enough to have watched the TV Series “The Greatest American Hero” knows that leaving Nyrah (the de-facto instruction manual) behind is a recipe for certain chaos. While that chaos might be entertaining at times for us, the readers, it certainly could be disastrous for Cort and anyone around him.

Ariusquicksilver
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Ariusquicksilver

I voted for Cort to ditch Nyrah. Doing the smart thing here and learning about the starcaster I feel implies him getting sucked into Nyrah’s crusade. Which implies handing it and him over to the Federation. Which implies Cort getting the “Suicide Squad” treatment when they realize they need him to be their weapon despite how badly the system screwed him over. I am totally on board with him using the starcaster for good later but I think having him as a rogue element is truer to his character at this point and the more interesting option.

Sircad
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Sircad

Ask for help: Imagine how badass Cort could be if was able to learn how to harness the power of the Starcaster. Although, it didn’t seem to end well for it’s last owner. Part of me would want to run away from everyone and hide as well. But hiding only works for so long.

foducool
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foducool

time to vote
-Cort drinks one well aged space wiskey
-gets shitfaced