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posted 26th Nov 2014, 11:38 PM

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26th Nov 2014, 11:38 PM

Gillian Renk

And that concludes chapter 2! Starting Saturday, we'll have a few guest comics, then we'll jump right back into chapter 3. Have a nice Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it, and if you don't then just have a nice week!

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26th Nov 2014, 11:51 PM

Vivocateur

YAY :D

A nice page to end the chapter on.

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26th Nov 2014, 11:53 PM

Sleeper

Beautiful lighting effects!

Nice to see her getting some proper magic done.

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18th Apr 2016, 3:41 PM

a Drop of Beauty

Woo! You go girl!!

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18th Apr 2017, 2:14 PM

Storysmith of Arca

Why do I get the feeling she doesn't use sun magic? :) This didn't show the sky, but it sounded like sun magic was pretty difficult in moonlight, and without the moon it just wasn't possible at night...

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18th Apr 2017, 11:28 PM

Gillian Renk

It's actually not too difficult in moonlight! The way sun magic works is that it's available whenever there is any kind of light from the sun present, and light from the moon is technically sunlight reflected off the moon, so...still possible! It's a little weaker, and it's still affected by shadows (i.e. being in forests, buildings, a cloudy night, or anything like that), but it's definitely possible and I wouldn't call it difficult.

Additionally, the world of Aether very rarely has no moon in the sky at all, as there are two moons! I admit to not being super consistent with depicting that, but because of the orbits of those moons, there is almost always at least one moon in the sky. Point being, my lack of image clarity aside (which is absolutely my fault), sun magic would not be difficult on a given night. :D

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8th Feb 2018, 7:26 PM

StLOrca

Beautiful page. The pose, flow, lighting...everything just works.

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2nd Aug 2020, 10:52 PM

bgb16999

Two chapters of my full reread down. My three favorite characters in the entire saga are Seynir, J, and Lessar, so the chapter that introduces two of them is obviously one I enjoy. Their introductions were exactly as good as I remembered them.

I had forgotten how close J comes to revealing, well, everything. Of course J had no reason to trust Seyn with her darkest secrets after they had just met, and J is distrustful of people in general.

This chapter also offers a very different perspective than the previous one on earth mages. From Aneia's monologues in chapter 1, we get the impression that earth mages are inherently dangerous, and that it is justified to ostracize them from society (though Aneia does drop a hint that there might be better ways of dealing with them).

Now, though, with everything we learn from Les and J, it seems like earth mages are an unfairly marginalized demographic, and they work as a stand-in for any real-world marginalized group. The world of Aether doesn't seem to have much racism, sexism, discrimination based on orientation, or...well, actually we really don't know how they treat trans people, given that I don't recall there being any canonically trans characters except for The Creator. But they do have another sort of discrimination that we don't have to deal with.

The earth mages aren't a perfect analog of any one real marginalized group: the children of earth mages aren't automatically earth mages, so they aren't an ethnic or racial group. They make up far less than half the population. They are a bit closer to queer people, but earth mages have a sure-fire way of recognizing each other, while real people of marginalized orientations and gender alignments don't (despite jokes about "gaydar," "trancievers," "compAces," and whatever the bi/pan and intersex equivalents are). But the fact that they don't directly correspond to any real group arguably makes their presence in the story stronger, since it allows them to work as a metaphor for any marginalized group instead of just one.

And now it is time for me to go to sleep. Chapter 3 tomorrow!

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