Comic 338 - Unfinished business

1st Jun 2015, 12:00 PM in Chapter Five
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338 - Unfinished business
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rufiangel 1st Jun 2015, 12:00 PM edit delete
Happy Monday, folks!

Now, what could Madou be trying to bribe the party with? For the first person who gives the correct answer (it has to be a specific one that mentions a particular word) I will draw a free character sketch for you~ XD;; Good luck!

I'm still considering a Q&A section for the break. If it's not a Q&A, I could always tackle another side-story... or I could do a specific character interview that I've already written up but never posted. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to let me know!

Alright, I hope you guys are having a fantastic start to your week! See you on Wednesday <3


Prayformercy 1st Jun 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
2 things, 1 , i say kill him and take the information anyway. 2, i dont know, maybe the location of Michael's friends real soulstone?

Edit : Possibly Zirconia's involvement in Kylie's childhood LCF ?
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha, oh mercy, so thirsty for blood :'D
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
Ah, its just hard to win my confidence back after someone like that betrays you. And i cant help but facepalm every time i see a gullible character (Cain) take someone like madou's word at face value when they've spent the entire comic lying and trying to kill them. In 1 page its all of a sudden, thanks for the information welcome aboard, when for over 300 pages the guy was giving information to the enemy and actively working to kill them. The man has literally used this trick once before, nearly killed them and kidnapped kylie when they believed him, and they are nearly ready to accept him the same way again.
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
Hahaha, they are? XD;
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
like i said before, cain seems to be 2 panels away from giving him a hug and a loan. If he wasnt, they wouldnt be "talking" with madou right now theyd be stabbing. Hes actively listening to and considering what this guy has to say after hes lied to and tried to kill them. :p
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

mercy... haha, I think the party isn't nearly as unreasonable as you think.

1. Michael lost his weapon. He is unarmed and carrying a Kylie.
2. Nemi is fast but her defense is bad, and her worst defense is against magic which is why it only took one good shot to take her out earlier.
3. Cain can't attack for jack.

If you actually think the best course of action upon seeing Madou, who wasn't attacking them at all, was to attack him immediately, then I don't think the results you're assuming would have happened at all. Sometimes, talking is the only route.

Also, Nemi is the one who started talking to Madou first. Cain didn't do anything until Madou came closer. :P
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
You have no faith in our heroes =p. 3 against 1, Kylie isnt bind on pickup so i think he could set her down a sec if he had to and as strong as he is unarmed wouldnt be the worst thing, cains a decent healer/ buffer even if hes a derp, it takes madou a bit to cast and nemi seems quick enough to interrupt/ hurt madou =p Not saying it would have been the best course of action but a lone mage isnt as bad as you make it out to be ^^ And after the last time they saw him he attacked them without warning i dont see it as an unreasonable course of action. On a side note why the hell didnt mikey go find his hammer =p.

Regardless of if they attacked him or not, doesn't really matter, i just don't like the idea of him joining the party after all the crap he pulled :D the stabby stabby was more or less just my way of saying i dont think they should really even be negotiating outside of burn in hell you evil bastard, we're leaving.
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha, okay, mercy. I guess I'm just trying to be reasonable. XD My bad.

(You really have to ask why Mikey couldn't find his hammer, mercy? Really? XD;;;)
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
well i know hes been busy with nemi and Kylie but i kinda figured if the hammer bounced off the evil ladys head it couldnt have went too far and he coulda found it after they regrouped :D
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
... Actually it's not that so much as it's the fact a blizzard kind of blew it away and covered it in snow. XD; Sorry. I thought it was obvious, I guess it wasn't.
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
oh christ *facepalm* you are right. Completely slipped my mind about that blizzard.
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
on a side note, was that nemi talking in the first panel? The arrow just kinda pointed to the group and i assumed cain.
mjkj 3rd Jun 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, me, too.

But I think Rufi did not count the "You" as starting to talk to maddie...

rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
This is true, too.
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
It's a collective group bubble. XD
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha, you're underestimating Madou a lot, mercy...
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
He hasnt shown any extraordinary potential so far, kylie woulda killed him twice already if it wasnt for Rens buffs and Cain healing him. I vaguely remember him trying to fight Rince and having to run because hes completely fire based, so slightly a 1 trick pony though thats not necessarily bad. So he doesnt exactly seem like the biggest badass to me so far though i could be wrong. I work off the information i have though considering you made the characters youd know best <3
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
That's totally fair mercy XD you're not wrong, but Nemi is a terrible match for Madou and she's the only one able to really fight as Michael has no weapon (and fisticuffs/daggers are not his thing). I know where you're coming from but I guess I'm just arguing for fun!

Besides, the characters do tend to surprise me so I'm not sure I know best either XDD
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Its possible, i still like to think with cain healing/buffing nemi's speed/defense and worst case michael is there as a distraction to soak some damage even if hes completely worthless at throwing a punch =p they would have a decent shot.(totally arguing for fun at this point <3 )
TheD-Wrek 1st Jun 2015, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
Lol, that next to last panel. Their faces are priceless. X)

I know I was calling for his blood not too long ago but he could make for an interesting party member! As long as he doesn't double cross them....

Prayformercy 1st Jun 2015, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
he already double crossed his last "friends" without too much trouble, wouldnt be a stretch to see him do it again =p
MysticJanus 3rd Jun 2015, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
Not sure about "double-crossing", Mercy. Madou always had his own agenda and almost always acted independently. Able's group was simply a means to an end, but that's not to say it won't be the case again. Who knows, all I'm waiting for is Kylie's reaction at seeing Madou sticking around. XD
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
There's no doubt hes a double crosser, he walked them to a trap himself. You claim hes working independently but even if that's true, the party has no idea of it. Everything they've seen of him is madou trying to kill them, madou spying on them, and madou kidnapping them. All they know for sure is hes lied to them before, tried to kill them after infiltrating their group, and now hes trying to do it again. Even if hes working for himself or a 3rd party and convinced them of that. This is the people who tried to sacrifice kylie to prove a point. Not friend material.
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, thank you D, I'm glad you like those faces XD

Madou, a double-crosser? Hmmm... ;)
HeSerpenty 1st Jun 2015, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
I DON'T KNOOW... I don't know about this guy. It's prolly another trap >__>

No matter HOW much I wanna trust him! XDD
Madou they already LET u join their group, remember? Then you betrayed them, almost killed theeem, almost killed Kyliiiee. Oo but what are u givin them there, hmmmm....
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Who knows, indeed? XD; None of the party members trust him at the moment, that's for sure~! So you're not alone Serpy! XD
Jarvi 1st Jun 2015, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
Shhhhh... it will be all fine, let him join x) ♥
Digi5 2nd Jun 2015, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
I was right! Well, technically it hasn't happened YET, but chances are looking pretty high that Madou will join the party! :D Though he'll have to come up with some good evidence for them to trust him (let alone make his addition to the party permanent)...

What could that black piece of paper be? ...I don't have any guess that hasn't been said before, but I would say the mystery info is Zirconia's involvement with the ice lethians of late (i.e. the proof Zirconia and the Holy Capital are working together). That OR what Headgamer said about runes that Madou found in the snow. ...I think whatever he shows them is gonna be tied up with Kylie in some way- afterall, he teleported Kylie INSTEAD OF Cain and told her that she was "the Key". He's got to have proof relating to what he told Kylie.
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha Digi XD you're... proooobably right? ;D

Madou houses a great deal of useful information in his brain, but trying to get it out of him is probably a lot like 'trying to hold a moonbeam in your hand' :'D
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Lololol Saari-nii, I knew you'd be happy XDDD <3
mjkj 1st Jun 2015, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Yes, I was right...

....and noooo he is joining up - he better have a sincere apology ready...

Thank you, also a happy Monday and a happy week to you, too. :D

Hmm, that could be his license or letter of recommendation or whatever it is called for him being a special agent or detective or private eye bethrowed with the task investigating the disappearances of the Lethians and the sudden LCF and unexplained aquafalls etc. at least stating official business from some government body or similar influence group, maybe a guild or order, maybe even the Lethians...

...or it is his mad(ou) scientist's license... XD

@alt text: I think you heard that right...

As for the break, Q&A sounds good - or maybe even sneak peek at the Lethian...? '^_^

rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
He said 'sorry' on this page. This might be the best they're going to get for a while XDDD

A sneak peek at The Lethian? You mean beyond the chapter samples and photos of the cover and stuff I've already shared? XD;;
mjkj 3rd Jun 2015, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Yup, more like comic #1 and #2 of it or some the like....
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Ohhh, the 3-panel comics? The comics require readers to know the content of the novel for them to make sense, unfortunately. :<

I can certainly try to come up with something, though! Thanks for the idea, mjkj. :)
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
if i havent said it yet, i cant wait to get my copy of your book btw :D thanks for keeping us updated on all the workings ^^
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Awww mercy, thank you! X3 <3 You're very welcome, I'll do my best to keep everything on track!
mjkj 3rd Jun 2015, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Oh, and here I thought it would be the book in comic format...

Ah, well, I think I got the wrong idea, then..., if it is not feasible, do not worry about it...

...and you are welcome :D

@Mercy: me, too...

rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Ohhh, no, that's not it. XD; It's extra content. :) Thanks muchas, mjkj!! <3
kelverse 1st Jun 2015, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Madou... I and everyone else that reads this comic have our eyes on you 0`_0
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
Oh boy. XD;;; Madou loves the attention, I'm sure :'D
Kelly Nelly 1st Jun 2015, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Kelly Nelly
this guy thinks he can just do whatever he wants... we'll see how this goes.

and as for that page, i really dont know what that could be. i want to say its an artifact or page from Freesia's Journal because he was involved in that event, but it doesnt look like the other pages of the journal. maybe it's his notes from his little investigation in Halehurst i think? where ever that place was he was investigating. interested to see what he's got there
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
Hey Kelly Nelly :D He really does, doesn't he? XD;;

Mm, we'll seeee! :D <3
Crestlinger 1st Jun 2015, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Text files aren't going to save you!
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Funny you should say that XD the colour scheme is actually the old scheme I used to write with on my Editpad program - dark blue background with cyan blue text. XD; All my text files used to look like that! Well, not in that language though, of course. XD;
Matt Knab 1st Jun 2015, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Well, if you fail to kidnap your intended victim, have THEM kidnap YOU instead.
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
EXACTLY! XD Matt, you read his mind!
Outlaw 1st Jun 2015, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
Just caught up back up on the last few pages.... I do not like the idea of this guy joining their party. He's just asking for a punch to the gut. (Times 100)
Lukkai 2nd Jun 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, he already got some serious ones from Kylie. ;)
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
He totally is. XDDD That, and some!
MST3KFan 1st Jun 2015, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
Hmm... I'm going to guess he's offering them either something for Cain's chains, or Kylie's ice abilities.

Nemi will keep an eye on him (and maybe swipe some stuff when not looking). XD
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
I'll state here that it'll take a series of awfully good dice rolls for Nemi to steal something from Madou. XD;; But of course, everyone (not just Nemi) can keep an eye on him!
Lukkai 3rd Jun 2015, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
It's not as if she hadn't tried (and failed) once already.
KAM 1st Jun 2015, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
A "Get out of blame free" card signed by Rufi Angel??? ;-)
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
LOL, KAM. XD I'm sure that's what he wants, but... :'D
Guest guest 1st Jun 2015, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
I bet that it has smth to do with the redemption murals.
The world is dying > Madou doesn't want to die along with the world > he believes Kylie is the key and wouldn't want her to come to any real harm > therefore they can trust him.
Hopefully as a bonus Madou will explain how Abel is mixed up in all of this ;)
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Interesting... we'll see! XD

There are only a couple of pages left in this chapter, though, so I hope people aren't expecting him to explain anything now XD;;
CiciEnixa 1st Jun 2015, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
I'm assuming that paper isn't actually a 3-day pass to Didney Worl XD

Maybe it's like his resume, proving how useful a party member he will be. That or he has info on Kylie's bro, but really, how likely is that?
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Who knows~! XD

A resume!! XDDD I suppose in RP terms, that's the character sheet! It'd be dang useful to have on your person if you were living in that world for sure... XDD
Nef 1st Jun 2015, 10:43 PM edit delete reply

I know! a black piece of parchment with geometric scribbling all over!

Did I win? Did I? Did I?
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:23 PM edit delete reply

Unfortunately, you don't have any of the key words I was looking for in there, so... sorry, no dice, literalist!
Seabiscuit 1st Jun 2015, 11:24 PM edit delete reply

And he's joining them? Oh my gosh. Eeeee! Yes. Best news all day!>D
"She'd probably met join"...Somehow I doubt that.:D
Hehehe that second to last panel is too cute! I can't wait to see the details of his proof...I can't even imagine what it is. Some kinda top secret 'other party' info? Heh.>D
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha, I knew you'd be happy about that, seamuffin! XD

Madou has unyielding confidence for some reason ;D

And yay, I'm glad you like that panel XD; Madou is very rarely too serious so he's gonna be like that most of the time :P
Headgamer 1st Jun 2015, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
See Pray? Cain isn't going to just accept Madou after he lit them all on Fire. ;)

But I'm still glad he's joining the group even if we can't trust him. XD
I love how he acts all oblivious to how they must feel about him and is so overly confident that they will let him tag along in the end. I guess after what he did though there's no other way but being blunt.

As to what he gives them... It looks similar to the runes used in the blood circle that young Kylie made under her spell and Madou found in the snow. Part of me wants to attach silver writing to the Silver Mage, but that could be grasping as straws. Honestly I don't know but it's something magical/old language.

Prayformercy 2nd Jun 2015, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
As far as cain accepting him goes, hes probably 2 panels away from hugging him and letting him carry kylie cause mikey got tired. Hes not the brightest bulb in the box.

Call it what you want, but i still think it makes no sense to let madou travel with the party no matter what piece of information he claims to be offering. Again, hes a spy, its his job to give you seemingly what you want to get his job done =p I figured everyone in the party but cain would be smart enough to understand that.
Headgamer 2nd Jun 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
I don't think he's a spy anymore. He pritty well backstabed Ren and left. I'd describe him as more of a dangerous loose cannon mage who dosent play by the rules and cares of nothing but his own agenda.

You could argue that's not much better then a spy, but atleast a loose cannon isn't trying to screw you over he just dosent care if that's a side effect.
Prayformercy 3rd Jun 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
What makes you think hes not a spy? Was it the entire comic where hes collecting information on the party? Or when he disguised himself to be taken in by the party to lead them to a trap? You don't just shut that stuff off. At the moment hes trying to get accepted by the party again to be able to travel with them and the last time he did that, he lit them on fire. Its his job to basically be able to get people to trust him. Madou CLAIMS he left ren and the gang without saying a word, we have no idea if hes telling the truth. He could very well still be working with them. Again, its his job to lie and be good at it.
Headgamer 3rd Jun 2015, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
That was then this is now. To be a spy you have to be spying for somone.

Madou single-handedly caused Ren's mission to fail. He was suppose to teleport away with Cain not Kylie remeber? Then he caused an blizzard that scattered the fight. Ren's mission completely failed and it was because of Madou. I don't know about you but I don't think Ren is the type to take failure lightly. He didn't have to give Ren a letter of resignation to let him know he was leaving: he did a perfectly fine job of that stabbing him in the back.

Madou has always been on his own team no mater what group he's travailing with. So ya he will probubly betray the party someday and I'm pritty sure they know it, but that dosen't mean he won't be useful in the meantime.
Prayformercy 4th Jun 2015, 4:19 AM edit delete reply
Right and you think hes not spying for someone now? You claim hes been working on his own but he can very easily be working for a 3rd party or even still for ren and the group. Being a spy also means you are able to sweet talk your way out of situations, which if you didnt notice is what hes trying to do in the next page. Just because he altered the plan doesnt mean he caused the thing to fail, he took out the partys heaviest hitter and most experienced fighter by bringing her away and knocking her out. What do you think woulda happened if kylie was still there and cain got taken away? Very good chance kylie woulda knocked the crap outta all them and tracked cain down anyway. Very easy to explain that he was pulling the biggest threat away to isolate her and get her out of the picture. Its very possible that whatever this " key" thing is madou is talking about that abel is looking for it too and if madou thinks he found the thing odds are abel would be very happy to get it even if he didnt get his brother back. The ice leviathans were being killed off remember? Its not a stretch to say someone else, possibly abel, was putting them through whatever test madou was and they failed.
We have no idea what side hes on, and just because he claims to have left them doesn't mean he did. a wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. A spy will always be a spy no matter his setting. A spys job is to gather information, he'll be gathering information to use against the party the entire time hes with them.
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
Unlike the rest of the party, Madou is an oddball, that's for sure. XD;

Thanks for having some faith in Cain Headgamer, lol! XD
Chris the Blue 2nd Jun 2015, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
Well he said he was sorry.
mjkj 2nd Jun 2015, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
...and you believe him?

I somewhat doubt his sorryness...
Prayformercy 2nd Jun 2015, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
He is sorry, hes sorry he got caught, and hes sorry that his plan didnt work so now he has to work extra hard to infiltrate the party again to screw them over later and finish the job >>
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
He did indeed~ XDDD
Allzephyr 2nd Jun 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Ha ha ha, the sudden flipping of sides for dubious reasons. He's my kind of guy.
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha XD I'm glad he is, Allzephyr! So long as people find him interesting, lol XD
Lukkai 2nd Jun 2015, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
I think Mike is holding back for Kylie's sake, actually. So probably no growl, although he'd really like to.

As for what Madou's holding there. My first idea was a summary or so of Abel's plans (and possibly how they could be subverted). The mark and addendum could be the latter.
My second, that it's a prophecy written down. On which either Abel is basing his plans on, Madou is or both of them are (but differently). The marked section in this case would probably relate to Kylie's possible role as "the key".

And yeaah... He's SF's Xellos alright, ain't he. :D
Love the emoticons in this one, by the way. I mean particularily. Like the talking one on "unfinished business" or the fingers after "I nearly died".
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
A very low growl wouldn't affect Kylie too much! XD

Madou and Xelloss definitely have their similarities, yes. XD No coincidence there!

And yay, I'm happy you like his emojis XD; seriously Madou, wry you do dis to me XDDD
Crestlinger 2nd Jun 2015, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
Possible text topics: Aqua notes, observations on Kylie's lethiace and how to break its restrictions, whatever was related to that book they were so focused on, info on 'The Key' and why the party should pursue it, or something to do with Jinn's soulstone. All good bait but time will tell (hopefully soon) which it is.
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Time will tell! In fact, tomorrow's strip says it all XD
Stryker 2nd Jun 2015, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Maybe he's giving Cain information about Abel's plans?
rufiangel 2nd Jun 2015, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Hello Stryker! :)

We'll see~! XD
JustNoPoint 3rd Jun 2015, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
I really love this bad guy! He has such spunk!
rufiangel 3rd Jun 2015, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
Ahahaha JnP, I'm happy to hear that! X3 <3 Thank you!
Damatris 30th Jun 2015, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
*You have achieved a new party memeber*