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The Starcaster Chronicles 06.15

June 18, 2018 by Tim


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Fabhar
Fabhar
3 years ago

Well, shit.

qwerty
qwerty
3 years ago
Reply to  Fabhar

We fucked up man!

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  qwerty

Ayup πŸ˜€

Tue
Tue
3 years ago
Reply to  qwerty

Not really. Look at it this way … (again) People vote for what they think is the better option – and there is no better option, both ways can be fatal. Either the distraction messes up, or the order not to engage is being ignored or it comes too late, or not through at all. Plenty of things can go wrong, depending on what the script might be.

So short version I guess is donΒ΄t think in min/max conditions with this. πŸ™‚

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
3 years ago
Reply to  qwerty

A bit, but let’s be honest here. Sending a legion of spies beforehand is not exactly a great move if you want to make peaceful contact with someone who *already* distrusts you.

zuckerberg
3 years ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

exactly

screw the federation
screw the federation
3 years ago
Reply to  qwerty

No we didn’t. What on earth makes you think squid-head is trustworthy? And even if he is, what on earth makes you think squid-head can protect Ryder from all the corruption throughout the rest of the Federation? Avoiding these rotten bastards is the way to go, and going straight to the ship isn’t a good way to accomplish that.

screw the federation
screw the federation
3 years ago

Oh, and don’t forget: The Grin is following the Federation. If the Federation is following Ryder, or Ryder is in Federation custody, that just makes it easier from The Grin. Staying as far away from the Federation as possible is the correct move.

So yeah, you tried to fuck up, but thankfully the sensible votes outnumbered you. ?

Tim van der Meij
Tim van der Meij
3 years ago

Great work guys. (I voted for straight to the ship)

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

Me too. Well, it was nice knowing them, I guess.

Heldarion
Heldarion
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve

#MeToo

screw the federation
screw the federation
3 years ago

Don’t worry, we saved you from your bad voting.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago

Tim, I’m curious. When you first started CAD, did you just post stuff whenever you had something to, or did you build a buffer? I know that it is different now, but I’m wondering about the state of affairs in the beginning of it all.

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Well, this may still turn out in our favor. The problem is that the Merc is also tracking the federation. If the group goes directly to the ship, then the fed’s will still track him. A diversion could allow the group to escape without the federation (and by proxy, the merc) seeing where they will go to lay low.

Merendel
Merendel
3 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

Or we could loose an important part of the ship again during the resulting chaos. still a toss up but I dont think this was the safest choice with the info we had. Chaos can lead to an inadvertent firefight and geting in a firefight is always riskier than just not being there.

screw the federation
screw the federation
3 years ago
Reply to  Merendel

It was the only safe choice with the info we had. Letting ourselves get taken in by a corrupt organization that also has a merc following them to get at us is a stupid, stupid plan. I don’t know why so many of you want to deliberately fuck Ryder over.

The Legacy
The Legacy
3 years ago

I may not trust the Federation, but I trust squidface. He does care. The only issue is when the assassin swings by. O.O

The Inqusition
The Inqusition
3 years ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Nothing like a little Xenofobia.. It makes the world a better place.

All glory to the God-Emporer

Purge the xeno!

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  The Inqusition

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition?

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Quell is one of the good good guys from what I can tell. Unlike the Turncoat Fed officer on the Whatsitcalledanian sector, he would rather broker intergalactic peace than get rich and have mild leniency in the aftermath. That’s not to say he’s on Cort’s side…but at least he is a good person.

Allen
Allen
3 years ago
Reply to  The Legacy

#squidfaceforthewin

screw the federation
screw the federation
3 years ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Squidface is one measly cog in a giant, corrupt machine. He’s more trouble than he’s worth. Avoid at all costs.

Greeny_putyed
Greeny_putyed
3 years ago

Well, This is going to hurt! Why did everyone chose the wrong path. Acting anything, but normal is always asking for trouble. Calming going to the ship was the wise call.

Kristoffer Brandt
Kristoffer Brandt
3 years ago
Reply to  Greeny_putyed

My thoughts exactly. We were told that they didn’t want a confrontation from the get-go. We knew the Council wanted to keep an eye on Cort. And we know that Ryder’s one ally in the Federation is on his side. So for me, it was an easy choice to just go for the Starship and get outta dodge.

kjordan2001
kjordan2001
3 years ago
Reply to  Greeny_putyed

I don’t know what either choice changed as far as what this page showed. They’re still going to follow them. We didn’t see what the distraction was or what happened to the officers that were watching them. This page feels like this could have happened whether they went to the ship calmly or they did the distraction. Only difference being we don’t know if the officers would have tried to stop them at the ship or not.

Wildblue
Wildblue
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

FTR – I’d love to see the ‘what might have happened’ scribbles like you did beforecomment image
I don’t know if you’ve done that for all of them? Maybe a Patron only kinda thing?
I also used to keep my finger in the page of the ‘choose your own adventure’ books so that I could flip back and forth and see where the other choices went πŸ˜€

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago
Reply to  Wildblue

I am still sad how we failed to get to the super powered big boobed females ending~

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Tim, In the past you have shown a quick tree break down on the different paths how certain choices we the readers have made changed the story. Are you thinking about doing the same thing again?

Tue
Tue
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Would be fun at some point though – like Zero Time Dilemma. πŸ˜€

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Thank you for your reply

MightyThor34
MightyThor34
3 years ago
Reply to  Greeny_putyed

They don’t want trouble, but they also are not going to want him to leave. I still definitely think that this was the best option, especially with the psycopath hunting him as well.

screw the federation
screw the federation
3 years ago
Reply to  Greeny_putyed

We chose the correct path. You’re the one complaining about not choosing the wrong path.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago

Quel, you never hand the universe a straight line like that.

Nothing’s ever easy, man.

Brent
Brent
3 years ago

…….shit. This is as good as us having drunk from the bottle that says ‘Definitely NOT poison!”, isn’t it? Sorry we readers just made your life harder, Quell.

foducool
foducool
3 years ago

as if the easy way was ever an option

Mr B
Mr B
3 years ago
Reply to  foducool

Of course it was. And a bunch of us voted for it. But the landslide “Oops, in hindsight i guess” people screwed us over… Oh well, it is just a comic, and if the chaos makes quel think about “different ways” then it might not all have been for naught…

screw the federation
screw the federation
3 years ago
Reply to  Mr B

Nah, the landslide correct answer people saved us from you screwing us over with your ridiculous “turn ourselves over to a totally corrupt organization that also has an assassin on their trail looking to get revenge on us” votes.

You’re welcome, by the way.

Melkior
Melkior
3 years ago

Well, at least I was one of those who voted “go calmly to the ship” instead of “cause a distraction” so I know I’m not to blame for what happens next. :p

But I hope that they still manage to get to talk calmly and sort out something equitable in the end. Maybe even something like what I already suggested earlier: Cort agrees to help in case of war, in return for being left in peace otherwise.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago

I still think it’s Cort’s best decision to make a diversion and break for it. If he had run straight for the ship? No engagement, but they’d be much better able to track. There would eventually be a confrontation between Quel and Cort. And if that happened, there would only be two options: Join the Federation, accepting everything they offer and what inherent dangers are there which only Cort knows about, or try to fight out of an outnumbered, outgunned, surrounded situation. There’s currently no Federation ship at the location, only Federation officers, and so by causing a distraction and… Read more »

Luc
Luc
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Yeah the comments on this page are kinda backwards to me too. We know that Quel is his buddy, but we also know the rest of the Federation is kinda corrupt and crazy. Causing a distraction and sneaking away will still keep him off the radar of assassins, at least that’s how I see it.
I regret nothing about the way I voted haha.

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Bro, we all know that outta the 3 requirements for the distraction “not lethal” will be missing a mark. So we get a loud, chaotic and lethal distraction, ending up with the entire destruction of the space station and thousands of deaths including the Fed agents turning Cort into a terrorist in the eyes of the Fed who will hunt him down for the kill and no longer will ask him to join them.^^

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

That’s kind of going to the extreme, suggesting that Speck’s suddenly going to turn to mass-murder. Most likely, I’m taking his comment as a funny quip, meaning that he couldn’t guarantee that his distraction wouldn’t cause injury or death. Which, to be honest, is realistic.

Though watch – for all you know, the Wednesday comic will feature Speck with his guitar, doing an impression of an 80’s hair band. Loud and non-lethal, but not so chaotic. And he’ll melt an amp at the end for effect.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

If you were to take his quip seriously, it could wind up being a Chaotic and Non-lethal one…which is to say, Speck could slip by the main generator, melt a power cell, and place the backup cell right next to it. Chaos ensues even after the piece is replaced, and because it is replaced no one dies (assuming there isn’t anyone on life support)

Jay
Jay
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

^This guy gets it.

screw the federation
screw the federation
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Of course it was the right one. The last thing we want is to wind up in the hands of the Federation or being tracked by the Federation. The Federation itself is insanely corrupt, and then they also have The Grin hot in their trail. An organization and an assassin we want to avoid. Plus everyone seems to assume two things about Squidface: 1, that he’s on our side, and 2, that he has power. I don’t trust either of those things. If he finds himself in a position where he has to choose between loyalty to Ryder and loyalty… Read more »

Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
3 years ago

“Ya know, somehow ‘I told you so’ just doesn’t quite say it”

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Tumbleweed

I DID NOT MURDER HIM!!!

…..I only voted for him to take that path. Tim’s the one who actually WROTE the murder.

Matthew Thomson
Matthew Thomson
3 years ago

Man e3 was funny. Thank God he’s writing this though

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

HEY GUYS, HE’S FINALLY GETTING IT! WE MIGHT NOT NEED THE ELECTIC CATTLE PRODS AFTER ALL!

^_^

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago

This is going to go sideways. We all know it. It’s the will of the people. XD

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

How do you know that? This is space, after all; there’s every chance it could also go up, down, in a loop of indeterminate size, or backwards

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

But there’s no “up” in space, you just…wait, someone already made that one

Marque
Marque
3 years ago

Things rarely ever go the easy way to begin with. Why should that start now?

Him.
Him.
3 years ago

It’s worth noting that while sneaking would be the “right” path, chaos is more in character for Cort, with or without knowledge of this page’s implications.

Loki
Loki
3 years ago

Ya know. I just realized how amazing his lighting effects are becoming. the slightest hint of fuzzy blue light. gorgeous!

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

Why has this not been made into a movie yet??!??!!

Excellent story and writing.