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The Starcaster Chronicles 12.11

November 9, 2023 by Tim


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Antique Alien
Antique Alien
6 months ago

Darn conscience, always getting in the way.

Stephen
Stephen
6 months ago
Reply to  Antique Alien

Sometimes, violence IS the answer

What choice does he have though? Turn on his former colleagues and try to escape, then spend the rest of forever hoping the planet he’s on doesn’t get genocided by the Dranglax?

The Federation may have a corruption problem, but I don’t see them advocating destroying planets in order to wipe out all other sentient species

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
6 months ago
Reply to  Stephen

The choice in theory is to just walk away from it all, let the Feds fight off the Dranglaex (and assume Feds will eventually win), then simply hide it out in a quiet backwater before moving on.

That’s not really a viable option for so many reasons, but if you are able to convince yourself that it could work, it definitely has its appeal over the guaranteed unpleasantness of the actual options. The choice between preferring Federation or Dranglaex is pretty obvious, but choosing whether to join the genocidal war and/or potentially being pressed into service is a lot harder.

gnarph
gnarph
6 months ago

I always knew I liked Speck but this is the moment that tells me why. They have come to the conclusion Cort will be on the front lines of whatever happens next. They dont want to fight but there’s no consideration of going “I’m out – have fun Monkey Boy; Speck is not turning into Splat”. The immediate conversation is basically “Lets think about how WE handle this because where you go, I go.”

The Legacy
The Legacy
6 months ago
Reply to  gnarph

I agree. He’s definitely an awesome character.

Giraldi
Giraldi
6 months ago
Reply to  The Legacy

I think he’s probably my favorite character in the whole Starcaster series.

VibrantEvolution
VibrantEvolution
6 months ago
Reply to  gnarph

I feel it’s actually more “YOU better think about how you handle this because where you go, I go” Speck made it clear in the beginning that Cort was still thinking of a way to get out of this mess even tho it’s quite clear that he is neck-deep in it. I feel he is still thinking of a way to convince them to let him go. But as it is now there are only two options: running and therefore picking a fight with the federation as he will not be able to get out of there without turning everybody… Read more »

Scarsdale
Scarsdale
6 months ago

I think Speck is too good of a friend to take off at the worse possible moment, plus he knows Cort all too well. They can’t walk away, they can’t talk it out, nor can they just go guns blazing. Some serious tactical thinking is required, since the powers-that-be seem to be influenced by the enemy.

Izzy
Izzy
6 months ago

How come his scar isn’t visible in the top frame? Is it an artistic choice because of lighting somehow? I probably wouldn’t have noticed but I was staring at his scar in the other two frames and was wondering how he got it and wanted to see it from the side too but then it isn’t there. 🙁

Jackdaw
Jackdaw
6 months ago
Reply to  Izzy

What are you talking about? Scar is there in the plain sight.

FM-96
FM-96
6 months ago
Reply to  Jackdaw

Based on the image filename, I think the page got edited.

Izzy
Izzy
6 months ago

You don’t need to approve this message, I just wanted to say Thank You! I love imagining you having to rush out the art abilities to add it in real quick lol.

Rolando
Rolando
6 months ago

The Federation is already quite unlikely to let Cort choose, beyond “we can do this our way, or our way but less pleasant.” But considering time is against them, they might agree to giving him some leeway. Ripping the Starcaster off him and attaching it to someone else, then expecting that someone to be able to handle it at all… That’d take too much time, and it might backfire spectacularly. HOWEVER… I’m pretty sure that leeway will NOT include “you can choose not to fight.” They NEED that edge. The Dranglaex are outgunned, but knowing this has turned them into… Read more »

Stephen
Stephen
6 months ago
Reply to  Rolando

Like helping to defend against the potential major Dranglex attack that may be coming in with the goal of killing him and ripping the starcaster from his corpse?

Rolando
Rolando
6 months ago
Reply to  Stephen

As I said in a comment in the previous strip, the Federation and Cort need to focus on the many common interests they have. Not becoming Dranglaex trophies is one of those, yeah.

This is clearly a “lesser evil” situation. In time, we’ll see how much so. In any case, the bar for being “lesser” than the Dranglaex on the evil thing is set OH SO LOW…

Panda
Panda
6 months ago

Speck has excellent situational awareness.