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Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 238
« on: March 08, 2013, 09:40:57 PM »
Just a nitpick, it should be "bears" not "bares," and "bears symbols" seem to be what the Commodore is saying.  Symbology is the "study of symbols" or "system of symbols."  "Bears a symbology" could work, but that is very odd usage that I've never seen.

"Bears iconography" would work and sound good.

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 235
« on: February 16, 2013, 12:22:39 AM »
Like EccentricOrbit mentioned, "captain" can be a somewhat middling rank in a non-naval context.

However in navies "captain" is a particularly important rank.  Captains in command of vessels have absolute responsibility and authority aboard their ships with no direct oversight, so it's a much bigger deal to be captain of a ship in a navy than it is to be a captain in the army.

(Making him a commodore is ideal, IMO.)

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 227
« on: December 23, 2012, 07:29:37 AM »

Very thoughtful analysis.  He is agreeing to a future meeting, so I think it's clear he isn't breaking off diplomatic relations, but simply ending the meeting (and reminding them that he is in charge of his own court).

Also, while the Reds consider the Grey's "vassals" in a formal sense, the political reality is really that of one kingdom subjugating another by force.  In a normal liege-vassal relationship, the Auberwood would be granted as a fief to the Grey lord in return for the lord's fealty.  In this case, however, the Greys clearly don't think of the Auberwood as a "fief" belonging to King Herrot.  They have their own royal line and recognize Julian as having authority by birth, which puts Julian in a far more powerful political position than a typical fief-holder.  The Reds are powerful enough to insist that Julian meet certain demands, but not powerful enough to force the Greys to accept whatever lord or regent they choose.

Whoever arranged the assassination of Julian's father, the Reds would certainly benefit from replacing the de-facto king of the Greys with a regent subject to political control and patronage.  Minor crown-princes are usually easy to manipulate or even quietly dispose of.

Note that Julian seems to have taken the Red ambassadors completely by surprise.  They didn't even know his name originally, and certainly never imagined that he would show up and start giving orders.  Most importantly, his father's former court seems happy to rally around him, throwing a major wrench into any plans the Reds might have had to play Grey factions against each other.

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 225
« on: December 08, 2012, 11:16:33 AM »
Are these grays mixed blood with the reds? I've noticed some red on some from time to time.

No, that's a natural Grey color variant.  I asked the same question when Ludovic first made his appearance.

Random Topics / Re: Blasted Invasion!
« on: November 21, 2010, 05:34:23 PM »
That's an interesting idea.  I write similar types of stories and have to think about these sorts of issues a lot, so here are some of the possible research problems:

1.  Main problem:  It's hard to imagine that any species would develop such high technology (magical or physical) *before* developing ocean-going ships and embarking on world-wide exploration.  (Maybe there are taboos on crossing the great sea for some reason, or some geological phenomena that makes the sea impassible by normal ships.)

2.  You may not need to worry about how the two species came into existence, but it can be fun to think about.  You have two separate "human-like" species (I call them super-social generalists) which occupy the same evolutionary niche.  They would have needed to have been isolated for millions of years in order to evolve in parallel.  (I deal with this by putting my fox-like and human-like species on separate but relatively close planets.)

It sounds like a neat story.

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 117
« on: November 13, 2010, 01:24:54 AM »
Which one is Giles?

(I keep getting the strange feeling that they should be arguing about pastries.)

Random Topics / Re: Suggestions For (Shiny) Laptop
« on: November 11, 2010, 12:34:37 AM »
I also give my vote for a new Thinkpad (T-series).

They are priced higher because most other non-Apple laptops are junky in comparison.  It's the only brand I'd consider personally.

I don't know anything about Asus, but I'm sure the business line of Toshibas are good.  Watch out for the glitzy-looking laptops that are marketed to home users.  They often cut corners on those, whereas they can't get away with that with the the models they use for big Fortune 500 contracts.

You should go to the Thinkpad website and subscribe to their updates.  They are constantly offering impressive discounts.  I think I remember seeing some decent speced ones in your price range.

Ekwara / Re: Comic 114 & 115
« on: October 20, 2010, 03:12:44 AM »
This is really sweet!

(I am a bit curious about where they're getting the electricity.)

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 108
« on: September 10, 2010, 09:39:30 PM »
"And they are COMPLETELY SAFE!"

"Shaking them around or agitating them-DOES-NOT-MAKE-THEM-EX-PLODE-AT ALL!"

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 107
« on: September 03, 2010, 09:39:06 PM »
Oh well, so much for "fists only."

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 106
« on: August 28, 2010, 04:39:32 PM »
So he's assaulting the people who told him not to do something, and he's still following their orders?

Bryce doesn't want to get into a fight to the death, but he still needs to make it clear that trying to push around a Knight of Caerreyn and Personal Bodyguard to the Queen will have painful consequences.

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 105
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:44:47 AM »
I was immediately suspicious of Lucile and I just realized why...

It's the hat.  It makes her look like a Chinese Communist.

Vixens of the Foxes' Liberation Army make joyful demonstration to Dear Leader Chairfox Julien!

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 097
« on: June 26, 2010, 03:10:51 AM »
Wow.  In two frames Ludovic has managed to give me an intensely creepy vibe.

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 080
« on: February 27, 2010, 05:16:48 PM »
I really like the transitions in Voltar's expression.

By the last frame it looks like a long-supressed fox top-gunner is awakening.


BTW--"explode" is a transitive verb, too.  You can *explode* a wyvern.

Crimson Flag Comic / Re: Comic 075
« on: January 28, 2010, 02:44:47 AM »
* KaiAdin Still thinks Sir Bryces relationship to the queen might Extend deeper than just a Employer/Employee


I agree with both of you.  What I like so much about Bryce is that he has such knightly virtues.  In that tradition, a knight's love is chaste (i.e. for his queen) but it is very intense and motivates him to rescue her from dragons, etc.

I also like the way Bryce is obviously very intelligent, and functions as a kind of state advisor as well as bodyguard.  It's a nice twist on the stereotypical knight, and I like intellectual characters who are noble and can kick butt.

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