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The Starcaster Chronicles 07.03

April 13, 2020 by Tim


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John Swift
John Swift
1 year ago

That sword… Looks like it could be made of the metal Mimons cannot dissolve. That will be interesting. Although he should have jsut gotten a single mag of bullets made from it but oh well.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago
Reply to  John Swift

Then he has to carry around an extra mag just for that one purpose. And it’s been implied that metal is fairly cost-prohibitive to obtain. Makes more sense to carry a melee weapon he can use on Mimions and basically anything else he can’t just shoot. Not unlike the quake grenades he used at the temple, good to have versatile weaponry.

Jetroid
1 year ago
Reply to  John Swift

Can’t be that expensive; Speck is implied to have a whole room made of the stuff:

https://cad-comic.com/comic/the-starcaster-chronicles-02-05/

Him.
Him.
1 year ago
Reply to  Jetroid

If it’s a sufficiently ductile material, Speck could have had an area lined with a thin amount of Nivium, but its only enough to stop it from being melted. Think of lining furniture with plastic wrap to keep paint off of them. It’s also possible that anyone who deals in it was willing to do a favor for a customer Mimon.
Having a solid sword, or a sizable set of ammo just for a species or three, made of this stuff is a different matter.

Eldest Gruff
1 year ago
Reply to  Jetroid

I seem to recall (and Tim can confirm, as he tends to like to do so to keep lore straight) that the metal (Nivium?) is ridiculously expensive, and things like Speck’s rider are insanely valuable.

Rolando
Rolando
1 year ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I always suspected Nivium is found mostly (or entirely) in the Mimion homeworld. So it would be VERY rare and expensive, everywhere BUT in said planet.

Ergo, Mimions themselves would find it pretty mundane to have Nivium-coated tools. After all, how else would they live in their own world if they didn’t have it everywhere?

Mimions themselves are rare enough outside their planet, that even a veteran like the Grin didn’t really know for sure about the bullet-melting. He only heard rumors.

Johnny 5
Johnny 5
1 year ago

probably uses the starcaster.

Humsterr
Humsterr
1 year ago
Reply to  Johnny 5

That would be a very bad idea
1. He is not accustomed to it yet, so it’s difficult for him to control it properly
2. It will anounce to everyone in the world he has one

Michael
Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  Humsterr

Granted, the word is already out that he possesses it, but using it as an easy-out would both cheapen the story and corrupt Cort as a person; it’s better that Nyrah hypes the dangers of reckless use.

snek
snek
1 year ago

The word is “auxiliary”. One “l”.

Timmeh
Timmeh
1 year ago

Can I just not remember when Tim has explained what a Starcaster does? If he has, where was it?

Pajuka
Pajuka
1 year ago
Reply to  Timmeh

I’ll need to ig through the archives to find it, but I think what it does is siphon off a nearby star’s energy to do… stuff. I think the only thing we saw it do was fire a massive laser that cut through rock and went right into space.

I’m gonna dig through the archive to try and find it. Watch this space.

As promised: heres the star caster in action – https://cad-comic.com/comic/the-starcaster-chronicles-05-29/ the pages before and following also covers a few other details – like how the wearer of the star caster is healed by it.

Timmeh
Timmeh
1 year ago
Reply to  Pajuka

Gosh dang… I need to reread these I guess because I can only barely remember that that happened.

Jetroid
1 year ago
Reply to  Timmeh

Nyrah explains what they do pretty well here:

https://cad-comic.com/comic/the-starcaster-chronicles-02-08/

Humsterr
Humsterr
1 year ago

Tim: “Tune in Monday to see what they picked!”
Also Tim: “Nothing of that sorts on Monday”

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

Occupado

Eldest Gruff
1 year ago

Does anyone else have “Duel of the Fates” playing in the back of their head when looking at that last panel?

Hunter
Hunter
1 year ago

I do appreciate the fact that while the mercenary horde is giving a good pounding to the UFP warship, they don’t have a real chance to win.

Professional space navy > ramshackle fleet of mercs

Merendel
Merendel
1 year ago
Reply to  Hunter

sometimes quantity succeeds over quality. However the losses on the quantity side are often cost prohibitive. It does not look like the merc’s brought enough quantity anyway and their only hope is a golden BB.

JozMk.II
JozMk.II
1 year ago

And they danced…

CA86
CA86
1 year ago

I’ve never understood the idea that spaceships have an underbelly. That just seems silly. It is a common enough trope in sci-fi though.

Rolando
Rolando
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

Excuse me. Unless I’m missing something, the “underbelly” critique just points to the lack of weaponry there. Thus creating a massive weak point.

None of the arguments you presented would explain an entire side of the ship being weaponless.

Also, at least the UFP Dreadstorm in this strip clearly doesn’t suffer from that particular flaw. Which makes the “stick to the belly” strategy kinda unrealistic.