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The Starcaster Chronicles 06.22

July 4, 2018 by Tim


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Commentary Ver.2.72
Commentary Ver.2.72
3 years ago

You don’t need to, no, but you certainly could.

Blobsy
Blobsy
3 years ago

I do love Speck, but I feel his acid skin is a tad overpowered. He hasn’t met any resistance so far and I’d expect they’d be a bit more prepared against an alien species with the power to melt practically everything.

tiamatt
tiamatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Blobsy

I’m thinking his race, for whatever reason, is on the very uncommon side. Maybe they rarely leave their home planet, maybe they’re like Nyrah and most of them were wiped out with Speck being one of the few that’s left, etc. Which would explain why they can sell off his slime for credits, it wouldn’t be worth much if it was super easy to get. So I’m guessing the other species are like “Do I feel like spending the extra credits to make sure my door doesn’t get melted by a race that chances are will never show up? Naaaahh”… Read more »

Alex
Alex
3 years ago
Reply to  Blobsy

Also, we did get to know one thing he cannot melt. In Starcaster Chapter 3, Comic 5, a guard mentions Nivium as something that would be used for a Mimion cell, so they apparently cannot melt that stuff(or it is really slow).

Nanec
Nanec
3 years ago
Reply to  Alex

His glove in this comic apparently does not melt.

Darkening
Darkening
3 years ago
Reply to  Alex

I get the impression that’s what his walker’s made of. And really, we have no way of knowing whether the bulletproof thing is true or rumor, could just be hyperbole, people playing up a trait of a weird, uncommon alien race. We’ve yet to see him shot yet after all. And he was certainly worried about getting his organs crushed by a concussion grenade when the Grin threatened him, so there’s certainly ways to kill him, it’s just, people don’t seem to be armed specifically for fighting mimions because why would they be? I’m sure there’s plenty of ways to… Read more »

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Darkening

It’s made of Nivium.
He is apparently immune to fire and I’m guessing the sludge is an insulator, but quake bombs would kill him.

LinAGKar
LinAGKar
3 years ago
Reply to  Darkening

I don’t see him being bulletproof. Even if the bullet is dissolved, that doesn’t stop the momentum.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  LinAGKar

If the bullet is dissolved, there’s nothing for the momentum to push. An incredibly higher calibur bullet meant for piercing could penetrate it, but it might as well be a rubber bullet being shot at that speed.

EdTheRabbit
EdTheRabbit
3 years ago
Reply to  Hamstermer

momentum is conserved – if the bullets are instantly dissolved on contact with the slime, they’ve already transferred their momentum to it in that instant.

Also, don’t discount kinetic energy – it doesn’t matter if it’s a rubber or tungsten cored bullet once you go fast enough the difference becomes negligible – at 2.3km per second, a mere 7 times the speed of sound, that rubber bullet hits you with the same force as if it had been made of TNT and detonated in contact with you.

Ven
Ven
3 years ago
Reply to  Blobsy

be that as it may, considering how much stuff Speck needs to just walk around and open a door (mechanical walker, glove, special slippers), it seems to be just as much a handicap. I imagine that if he slipped and took a tumble, he’d be on the fast track to melting right through the hull and suffocating in the depths of space. And if that happened, it’s not like someone could just reach out and pull him in.

Poor Speck is living one slip and fall away from a horrible death at all times.

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Can we get more such background infos on races and organisations of this universe at the end of each Starcaster Chronicles chapter?

Goncalo Pereira
Goncalo Pereira
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Just take my money already!!!!
Can I have it with the shiny silver foil?!!??!?!

Nick
Nick
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Wait… book? When is it out? What is it for?! I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS, TIM!

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

I’ll definitely be looking for it.

Harold Wong
Harold Wong
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

how about a starcaster game

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Harold Wong

Hmhmhm…
But what would it be? An RPG could work, but it would probably need to be more live than just turn based. Also Tim apparently dislikes JRPGs so…
FPS would flat out not work. It’s not that kind of story. I could easily see it being a tactics game, but I’m not sure if there are enough protagonists for that.

Nick
Nick
3 years ago
Reply to  Him.

Maybe a telltale like game? That would make the most sense for this type of story.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago
Reply to  Him.

I feel like the universe just SCREAMS pen and paper RPG. Party of Federation commandos, bounty hunters, or members of a criminal organization, all from unique new races, aboard a custom starship zipping from planet to planet? Sign me the fuck UP.

I would pay damn good money for that, even for an unofficial module/expansion to an existing system (with some sweet art and lore, of course) rather than a whole new standalone game. But obviously that’s a hell of an undertaking and a lot to hope for.

Anon
Anon
3 years ago
Reply to  Harold Wong

You could try Traveller. Just adapt the setting.

Nobody
Nobody
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

One question on the theoretical removal of the Mimion glands. Have they tried a Mimion surgeon? It may improve the survival rate of the surgical team.

Resharr
Resharr
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

How they interact with anyrthing their planet besides the metal deposits? How they not sink to the ground? Does that mean they are low tech a tribe people?

Jon Glass
Jon Glass
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Is this saying that Nivium Iron is expensive even for Mimions on theor homeworld, ot just the travel apparatus is expensive?

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Jon Glass

See the comment above. Nivium is pretty common on their homeworld, so its safe for them to walk about. Also this means that they have reliable access, but I get the feeling that the environment is…different than most planets. You don’t get omni-dissolving muck through calm, life rich seas and pleasant mild summers.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Hamstermer

At least I don’t think so.

foducool
foducool
3 years ago
Reply to  Jon Glass

I suppose the ore is easy to get when you’re on niven II, it’s the refining process that has to be a logistic nightmare
the thing is mimion proof, after all

Ven
Ven
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Senpai noticed me! ๐Ÿ˜€

foducool
foducool
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

mimions are metal af

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Hey Tim, after this issue is over, Can you get back to Analog and DPad? Lots of people miss Ethan and Lucas, and it would be nice to see a new zany adventure.

tiamatt
tiamatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Nick

I love our Dynamic Duo as much as the next fan but they did have a nice long story earlier this year and I’m hoping that the campaign gets their turn after this. But I’m happy with w/e Tim puts out so I would be happy either way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Nick

Expect one December ish maybe

Jon Glass
Jon Glass
3 years ago
Reply to  Nick

i’m pretty sure that’s the plan. it seems he cycles after each story arc, which gives him enough buffer room to flesh out the next arc for each respective series

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Also, no, heโ€™s probably too scared to try.

Man of the West
Man of the West
3 years ago

If I had voted for the threaten option, I would have gone with Speck because of his abilities. I feel pretty secure in that assessment now.

Darkening
Darkening
3 years ago

To be fair, a minimum wage station employee is probably more easily intimidated than an armed cop.

foducool
foducool
3 years ago

let’s shake hands then

Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
3 years ago

Ah, face-melting, it never gets old, it just melts.

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
3 years ago

“Are you going to be a good little Gorb? Or a baaaaad little Gorb? Convince me how good you are.”

Brent
Brent
3 years ago

I bet Gorb is gonna need a nice long hug from someone when all this is over. Too bad he’ll probably be too traumatized by everything Speck has said and done to him to accept the hug, but that’s his problem.

juckto
juckto
3 years ago

Awww, “Melt his hands y/n” wasn’t a vote you wanted to put to the interweb masses?

foducool
foducool
3 years ago
Reply to  juckto

he knows the yes would win XD

chris feltner
chris feltner
3 years ago

melting hands is not his thing he not do that unless it was life or death. however he might melt the controls after he has set it up orfind some rope or wire or the like to bind the guy up and get him off the hook for letting them go

Vincent
Vincent
3 years ago
Reply to  chris feltner

Of course he’s not going to melt the guys hands. Speck just has a sick sense of humor. It’s one of the things that makes his character so enjoyable.

Ocramot
Ocramot
3 years ago

So… Why there’s not a poll on this one? ๐Ÿ˜€

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Ocramot

Option one – melt both hands

Option two – melt both feet

Option three – melt nothing

Option four – melt one of each pair

Shecky
Shecky
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

Or just melt the controls so that no one can change it (easily)

K^2
K^2
3 years ago
Reply to  Ocramot

I think, we’re only meant to vote on Cort’s decisions.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago

Couldn’t Speck pull out a can of tomato soup, claim it is a complex mechanism which will spray out droplets of goop if Syrn inteferes, and then leave? Because melting fingers is kinda exhausting.

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago

So far everything is going well. Too well for my taste, meaning something will fuck us up badly either next page or the page after next page.

Harold Wong
Harold Wong
3 years ago

Awwww I wish we got to vote. Melt hands or no melt hands

Easy Pete
Easy Pete
3 years ago

See, THIS is the kind of thing we need a vote for.

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Do you think Cort is going to accidentally split the platform in half? Letโ€™s face it: it will happen at some point .

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

@Nick
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Waitโ€ฆ book? When is it out? What is it for?! I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS, TIM!
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Is that an intended reference to dbza ?

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

Books are for reading, or occasionally beating off Intruders and siblings. Hope that helps.

Melkior
Melkior
3 years ago

He’ll just dissolve the controls. You wait and see.

Drake
Drake
3 years ago

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