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The Starcaster Chronicles 07.24

May 12, 2020 by Tim

And that wraps up Starcaster issue #7. We will resume our regular update schedule on Friday.

In the meantime, if you’re jonesing for more Starcaster and would like to support the series, you can check out the Starcaster Patreon where we’ll be finishing issue #8 this month, and then onto issue #9!


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Graham Best
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Graham Best

Wait… You’re not going to tell us if Severic ever found the blue case?!?

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

The world HAS to know! If Tim ever shows us the ruins, I swear to God, there’d better be a blue case somewhere in the background =)

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

I see a blue case and they’re going to roast it black.

No colors anymore they want it to turn black.

Harold
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Harold

Death from above

foducool
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foducool

did someone call for an exterminatus?

The Legacy
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The Legacy

PURGE THE HERETIC. PURGE THE XENOS. THERE CAN ONLY BE DEATH. FOR THE EMPEROR!

The Legacy
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The Legacy

I knew they were going to kill him.

I didn’t expect them to do the equivalent of firing a bazooka at an insect.

That’s *cold.*

Timmeh
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Timmeh

I actually think it is about to get very *very* hot

The Legacy
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The Legacy

Semantics. XD

Rolando
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Rolando

Insect? Even if the Dranglaex clearly outgun Severic’s mob, it’s still a top-tier interplanetary mafia.

Also, overkill is the smartest way to handle an enemy force. Minimizes your losses, and any chances at retaliation.

7eggert
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7eggert

There is no overkill. There is “fire” and “reload”

The Legacy
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The Legacy

Logistics brigades must love you at parties. 😛

7eggert
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7eggert

Google it and you’ll discover something you love.

The Legacy
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The Legacy

I was referring to the man himself, not the mob.

Rolando
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Rolando

It’s obvious you cannot really attack the former without attacking the latter. That was implied, and pure common sense.

So, why bother thinking they’re attacking him only?

Humsterr
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Humsterr

So, feds are about to find the fleet I take it

James Rye
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James Rye

By the worst way possible, losing an entire planet worth of production. Oh and ofc the loss of billions of lives, very tragic, yes yes.

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

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John Swift
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John Swift

Wow, thats a bit overkill, maybe they should have split up the fleet? A war actively using starcasters would likely have no winners.

DDM_Reaper20
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DDM_Reaper20

Splitting up the fleet would invite defeat in detail… They are killing two birds with one stone — starting their war of extermination while getting rid of an incompetent lackey.

Doodm4n
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Doodm4n

MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction. Helped prevent a war between the United States and the Soviet Union for decades.

Blasting a planet from orbit without the Starcaster would effectively be keeping the war “conventional” instead of the Starcaster nuking.

Is an orbital bombardment a tad overkill to off one guy? Probably, but much like a spider in your car, bomb it from orbit, it is the only way to be sure.

Anon200
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Anon200

Well to be fair they were gonna purge the universe of all the “failed” creations of that super race anyway so this is just moving up the time table/finishing failed minions

Rolando
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Rolando

I already said something similar to this, to The Legacy above. It’s been established that Marko is the head of a top-tier interplanetary mafia. No small potatoes here, just huge and then even bigger. The Dranglaex are bringing so many guns to the battle because it’s not just the one guy, but also all the firepower he can recall to save his ass while sitting at his HQ. Considering he saw it coming, he probably recalled a substantial amount of extra guns to his side already. Also, overkill is just being smart. Reduces your losses and any chances at future… Read more »

Stephen M Schaefer
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Stephen M Schaefer

No, it’s definitely better to use some of the physical munitions that they’ve spent a century preparing to use, rather than a godlike energy bracelet that apparently has infinite energy and consumes none of your resources, and is more effective.

Kit the Coyote
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Kit the Coyote

Orbital Bombardment, when you care enough to send the very best.

Shecky
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Shecky

Rain fire! … but sir we have some our own men…. just do it!

Ah the tell tail signs of a crazy person.

Seriously though I still don’t see how a star caster can be used from space without killing the user by destroying the pressurized vessel they are on. I’m sure it’s some sci-fi mumbo jumbo (I supercharged the ships systems, or I can shoot through this force field in one direction), but such an actual limitation would be a nice balance to the item.

SuperSyrias
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SuperSyrias

ive got the feeling the star caster can sustain the user for a time, as well as giving them an energy based protective suit of sorts. Green Lantern style, basically. there is talk about the device not only being a “death beam” but also a “tool to create”. the user “only” has to understand and master it. my guess would be that if the fans manage to pick the choices that get Cort to finally train with the thing, he will be the first in quite a while to unlock the more benevolent properties. Again, Green Lanterns pretty often start… Read more »

Him.
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Him.

The Starcaster wouldn’t have shot a blast of energy. These are used for creating planets, and that lets you also have a lot of abilities for destruction. I imagine bearer could “only” destabilize the core from a distance, causing the planet to explode in minutes if not sooner.

Also, the mob here are all guns for hire, I imagine that the Dragnalex don’t actually see them as part of their fleet. This is “get rid of a couple major loose ends and have some delightful destruction” instead of “nuke a planet we have a stake in just because we can”.

7eggert
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7eggert

You can (actually and with 2020 technology) create a skinsuit-based space suit and a helmet. Even if the part above the hand gets damaged, you will only have a giant hickey on your hand.

Robk
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Robk

I’m pretty sure a starcaster can do a lot more tricks than just “shoot a big laser”.

Boris Grigorov
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Boris Grigorov

This really felt like it wasn’t enough (pages, that is).

JozMk.II
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JozMk.II

I agree. But it was free, and the art and storyline are fine-quality if not exceptional, so I’m not going to complain.

Sayer
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Sayer

Found the fleet!

James Rye
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James Rye

Oh, I remember those two. They are the Dranglex emperor bro duo or something like that, right?

Heldarion
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Heldarion

I kinda feel sorry for Severic

Cyrad
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Cyrad

Good News: They don’t have to deal with Marko and the Syndicate anymore.
Bad News: Now they have three starcasters and two starship fleets after them

Leon
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Leon

Ewww, alien Caliguls…….

Oddothello
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Oddothello

Registered just to say this: Maybe he caught me on a bad day, but I am SO GOD DAMNED SICK AND TIRED of space navies being seen as the ‘End All’ of power. Yes, sure, if you have a vessel that can cross galaxies the weapons will be of parallel power, but you know what else would be? Defense. Just once I’d like to see something akin to the following: Fleet warps out right into the teeth of pretty standard defense of planetary object since they were seen coming literally light year away. So, this Starcaster series has a lot… Read more »

7eggert
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7eggert

You can’t see a fleet that isn’t there yet. Any fleet capable of near-lightspeed can only be seen when they are in range of fire. That is, if they can’t teleport. Otherwise You’d need an active sensor array fully covering teleportation range and subspace communication for the alert.

LarryMcFly
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LarryMcFly

Then watch Deep Space Nine Season Episode 25/26 “What you leave behind”.
Although there is a fleet defending the planet too, the planetary defense practically does the job alone in destroying a good part of the attacking invasion force.

7egert
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7egert

I played the BOTF game. Orbital defense is nice and cheap but it only helps to a certain extent. Against *this* fleet here, OD does not help.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Defense in space just really doesn’t make sense, as there are approach angles from every direction and it’s an issue, on an order of magnitude greater the further away you get from the planet. So honestly, the only defense you’d do is the planet’s own, in addition to whatever else you’d try to move. Read Ender’s Shadow; there’s a decent description of why defense in space makes zero sense. Also, I fear you don’t understand the basic concept of FTL travel, or even light speed travel. They weren’t seen “light years away;” that’s a measure of distance, not time, and… Read more »

Him.
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Him.

“First step of conquering the galaxy: clean up loose ends before they betray you.”

Caillean
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Caillean

Gooodbye, bluue sky! Goodbye – blu-u-ue sky! Goodbye…. goodbye… (Pink Floyd)

Trapsin
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I reread the entire series, I really enjoy it. I did this on the last issue release as well. I just wanted to point out that when reading through there doesn’t seem to be any cover art for issue 4. I don’t know if it was oversight or not, but wanted to share since I don’t think the comment I left on page 1 of issue 4 will be seen.

Crestlinger
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Crestlinger

You know they’re powerful when the only way to be sure is plan B for these guys.

Magnus Björnryd
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Magnus Björnryd

Hmm, so to be able to read #8 and #9 you’ll need to be a patreon?

toughluck
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toughluck

You can’t have FTL travel without FTL communications. Since we saw interdiction of vessels travelling at FTL speed (and advance warning that proceeding at FTL speed is not allowed), I presume some method of monitoring and detection is also present. Now, I fully agree that whether it’s actually effective or helpful is a whole another matter. The Federation may (or may not) have detected where the Dranglaex fleet went and that it’s about to bomb the planet back to the stone age, but reacting to it is pretty much impossible. Even if they actually responded, they would need to put… Read more »

Dreben
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Dreben

“You can’t have FTL travel without FTL communications.”
I think that would be an interesting quirk of a scifi universe. You can transport matter FTL but the process screws with any sort of broadcasted information, so communication between star systems relies on the space pony express transporting physical media.

toughluck
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toughluck

It could work. It reminds me of the Frontier-verse. It introduced a couple of awesome concepts: – The higher the ship mass, the longer it took to go through hyperspace, but it still needed a hyperdrive. This means a large fleet takes weeks (if not months) to arrive at a destination, while a nimble scout takes hours. – On departure and arrival, a hypercloud is present, which shows some details of the flight. Definitely the departure/arrival star system and time to take to destination. It was necessary for assassination missions. You knew when your target would leave port, you followed… Read more »

7eggert
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7eggert

He didn’t want nor need to take that call.

Mousio
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Mousio

Someone decided to go darth malak on this taris, it seems😏.

Patrick Mnoholitny
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Patrick Mnoholitny

huh, I am a little bit lost on these last 2 pages.. who are these guys and why are they attack the planet?