BOOK UPDATE! They’re printed and being packaged for shipping. When? That i still don’t know. More as soon as i learn more.
Sara’hilana, a new character introduced in the Nuqrah’Shareh arc of chapter 34. Where chelians are raised with the expectation that other clans are out to get them, nuqrahn such as Sara are raised free of such concern. She may appear serious when she’s working as a courrier and in front of strangers, like most people would but in private or when she get to use her canon, she has a much younger feel to her personality. Before the civil war she had never actually fought for real, where characters such Chrys’tel, Ariel, Chirinide and Kiel had already killed someone when they were still child. In the case of Ariel, it was a very bloody bludgony killing with a mace. That kind of thing affect a person growth. A faster growth with a darker view of the world around them. When Sara think of using her canon, she does not see the death, she only see the fun of it. She does not approve of the co-pilot death, actually in the first draft of the script, she knew Lydia, thus enforced Craft’s killing as something horrible. For the sake of making the story flow quicker, this was cut out however. Taking the role of the moral objection was Nau’kheol whose own mortality awareness made him take a stance. A weak stance though, that allowed to skip a page of verbal assaults.
Sara may look sci-fi at first glance though power armor was a concept introduced as early as 2002, 10 years ago. Poorly implemented at first but still present. With Nuqrah’shareh as an opportunity to explore advanced technology further without the whole “nether weakness” to hold advances back, i refined the concept into the thing you see above. As for why you see mist evacuating the armor. In a way, you could say it give a steampunk approach but mainly it is about the concept of mana as a source of energy. When viewed by non-fae race, mana appear as mist. Not the colored plasma often showed in the comic. When dissipating, i like to use this visual approach to mana. See what escape from Sara armor as exhaust. In the case of her canon, it is also a very old concept. For what is the ball of energy drows throw but concentrated mana into plasma? Something that does not burn the hand of the person concentrating her/his own energy but that would burn anything else. Doing a “mana light” is the same concept except feathery light and not concentrated enough to burn. In the case of the canon, it is basicly something that pull out of a core the amount of energy required to make a very big plasma ball, that the canon then throw outward with an air focus push. When the core is depleted, the user can charge it back up or just replace the core with a full one. It’s not as powerful as a real canon, but it doesn’t have the drawbacks such as recoil and heavy ammunition.
Today i finished the fifth and last page of the Hermunbé project(hermionnes and halmes). Thus i’ve completed all the pages i wanted to do for the anniversary. However i do not think the pages will be colored in time for the anniversary. I’d prefer to see the best art possible instead of having colorist rush them through. I also beleive our readers would too. In any case, the feral story will be displayed on time as promised.
You may have noticed 4 5-30 minutes downtime today. Cause? 2 of them were a restart script going wrong. Because we run on one server we have the server reboot regulary to avoid the ressources issues that led to the first crash. The fourth? Not sure yet , the server came back online without prompting from Martin. Who, by the way, is curently investigating cloud hosting. It’s apparently very good and free. Sure the whole server wouldn’t be transfered there but it’d make for a great backup in case the server crashes. It’ll take a few days to test this out before it could be used for a monster-sized site like Drowtales.