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    Default Re: Grrl Power VI: Stripping The Hero Doesnt Work

    Some random tourist just murdered someone for being pushy and rude. The happenstance of "pretty lights" and "actualy survived" are a lot less important than "get that thing in alien jail NOW".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazero View Post
    Some random tourist just murdered someone for being pushy and rude. The happenstance of "pretty lights" and "actualy survived" are a lot less important than "get that thing in alien jail NOW".
    Well, that assumes the body was actually destroyed. No reason (at the moment) to think it wasn't going for the capture.

    In fact, looking at the picture again, it looks more like the tentacly alien's fake body is a lot bigger on the inside than the outside; the fire alien's fake body seems to be fitting inside it easily without any compression at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazero View Post
    Some random tourist just murdered someone for being pushy and rude. The happenstance of "pretty lights" and "actualy survived" are a lot less important than "get that thing in alien jail NOW".
    Its entirely possible the alien tourist knew it was a fake body and this was its capture technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traab View Post
    Its entirely possible the alien tourist knew it was a fake body and this was its capture technique.
    the author commentary seems to indicate that it would have been lethal to a being whose consciousness was tied to its body.
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    Default Re: Grrl Power VI: Stripping The Hero Doesnt Work

    The author commentary also makes it plain that it is widely known that the flame-head alien's species just uses bodies as chassis, and that eating the body is non-fatal to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeChameleon View Post
    The author commentary also makes it plain that it is widely known that the flame-head alien's species just uses bodies as chassis, and that eating the body is non-fatal to them.
    Only if they can transfer the flame before the flame transport device is destroyed.
    And the flame seems to think it's rather urgent that the new transport device (the lizard) start running.
    I'm not sure the Hawaiian shirt devourer of criminals is entirely benign here.
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    Oh, I don't really think that he's benign, just that he's not necessarily monstrous in his actions thus far.

    He could become considerably more horrible in the next strip or two, who knows?

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    Okay, I do love me some xenology worldbuilding. Now I'm deeply interested in this flame symbiont species. I wonder if they evolved alongside a host species, itself adapted to take advantage of the superior intelligence of its symbiont, or if they just possessed any old species on their homeworld?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoeticallyPsyco View Post
    I wonder if they evolved alongside a host species, itself adapted to take advantage of the superior intelligence of its symbiont, or if they just possessed any old species on their homeworld?
    Depends on which reference he wants to make.

    Take over the body entirely, only to finally settle on softer humanoids because they're easier to assimilate to...

    Or they joined in symbiosis with another species that eventually came to believe they were being used, so killed themselves all off rather than be 'bound' by the symbiont.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoeticallyPsyco View Post
    Okay, I do love me some xenology worldbuilding. Now I'm deeply interested in this flame symbiont species. I wonder if they evolved alongside a host species, itself adapted to take advantage of the superior intelligence of its symbiont, or if they just possessed any old species on their homeworld?
    Don't forget that this is a universe where both magic and higher powers unequivocally exist; it's entirely possible that being little flame-thingies was a magical 'oops' on the part of the species, or that they were created wholesale by some high-level wizard, archdevil, or whatever.

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    Default Re: Grrl Power VI: Stripping The Hero Doesnt Work

    Or being magic using beings, they evolved over eons to not need bodies since their world provided many suitable hosts - but they found golems to be longer lasting and more customizable.

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    Sounds like we're FINALLY done with this nonsense.

    Next up, more characters we've never seen before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeChameleon View Post
    Am I the only one that's darkly amused by the fact that the other alien (the one in the... aquatic?.. pressure helmet) is now in an opaque bubble?
    I'm hoping we get some more stuff with Sydney catching up with what she missed at the comic shop and such. Some slice of life stuff after we finish the debrief of this stuff and whatever reveal is going to come from the guys with the hacked eyes.
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    Oh, Sydney. It's cool that you've got a level-up on your orbs - and with time to think about what you really want. But yes, "infinifear" is something you're going to have to deal with. In fact, as you level up, the level of challenges Archon will expect you to handle will also rise, and that means scarier and scarier moments. I'm not sure there's enough training in the world; that's why PTSD is a thing.
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    Default Re: Grrl Power VI: Stripping The Hero Doesnt Work

    I wonder if emotional/mental growth is the method to level up rather than getting "xp".
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandofShadows View Post
    I wonder if emotional/mental growth is the method to level up rather than getting "xp".
    You could be right, considering Sydney levelled up after dying...

    She got RPing XP.
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    Default Re: Grrl Power VI: Stripping The Hero Doesnt Work

    Huh. Looks like Achilles may be next in line for some development.

    Honestly, I'm a bit curious, this should be interesting. He's already shown more self-awareness than I'd necessarily have given him credit for in this strip alone.

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