Comic 438 - Gambolling Garnet

20th May 2016, 6:00 PM in Chapter Seven
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438 - Gambolling Garnet
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)

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rufiangel 20th May 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Friday, guys!

I'm really sorry for the lack of updates on Monday and Wednesday this week. This particular page took a LOT longer than expected (cramming 5 characters into a panel does that :'D) and I also just didn't have the energy, but I chipped away at it throughout the week so here's the update!

Thanks SO much for all your comments and suggestions and general support and encouragement on the last update. It really is so kind of you readers. ;__;* <3 Thank you so much for being so understanding, and for being helpful and not berating me too hard XD (if at all, you guys are too nice :'D <3)

So I do have a handful of other bonus things for you guys, because I am surrounded by beautiful people and I am NOT WORTHYYYYY ;3;* I must shaaare the goodness!

Sooooo CiciEnixa (a.k.a. muffin) of FD2R fame and I have been kinda working on a thing and while we were working on it, somewhere along the way we talked about dressing a character in an animu shirt and then I said 'Beach Kylie!' and Cici said 'On it!' and I said 'Lulz!' but it turned out Cici was absolutely serious and SHE MADE A BEAUTIFUL BEACH KYLIE <333


Beat the heat this summer with your own Kylie Lethi-Ice Cold-Pak™! Comes with a patented inscription to incur your own LCF* when you feel the scorching sun getting to you!

*Rufi and Cici take no responsibility for any mass destruction caused by said LCF. We also cannot guarantee that the chemicals used in this product will not cause things to explode or erupt in icicles without warning.

Thanks so much Cici-muffin, she's gorgeous! <3

And I got the sweetest surprise fanart from long-time reader KAM, of KAMics fame! Behold...


The Mikey Thor*! XD

*This pun was brought to you by KAM, and not yours truly. I am not punny enough to come up with THAT XD

I love the idea and all the little details, like Michael's outfit, and a certain Kijini standing in the back there! XD <3 Thank you so much, KAM, this is awesome! :D <33

Before I close today's update, I just have one more thing to leave with you guys, that is actually, once again, put together by the marvellous Cici-muffin:

(Thankyew so much Cici-muffin <333 X3 *squish-hugs*)

Have you guys ever had to guess how many jellybeans were in a jar? XD Lolol, go ahead and take a guess at what Cain's level is! Winner gets a pencil sketch thing XD (Something along the lines of this, so nothing fancy, but... hey, let's just have fun XD)

Btw, no more than one person can guess the same level - I'll only take the first person who guessed it right if that happens XD

This guessing game ends when the next update goes up, which... if all goes well... will be on Monday. :D

Once again, thanks everyone for your support and patience!! ;3;*



azureXtwilight 20th May 2016, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
IT'S OVER 9000
Visvires 21st May 2016, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
It had to be done.
TheD-Wrek 21st May 2016, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
LOL, what Azura said. XD

For real though... I thought I counted 50... but given what I think is gonna happen in the story, that can't be it. Going with 140 just to double Kylie instead. X)
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
Aww D, such faith in Cain :D (lololol) <3

Also like I told ya before... the arrows in the image had nothing to do with anything, sorry for misleading you XDDD
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
LOL! XDDD I'd like to say 'close!' but... :'D lolol XD
Lamelle 20th May 2016, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Ah I am so bad at guessing XD
Buuut.. I'll saay... 49 xD

And Beach kylie and the fanart looks amaaziiing! :3

And it's better with few updates every now and then, then no updates due to work-overload xD So don't push yourself too much x) <3
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
It was a good guess, Lamelle! XD;; <3

<3 I'm so blessed with fanart ;3;* <333

AND I guess that's true... I just want to be consistent >___<)o thank you for being so kind and understanding, though ;3;* <33
MST3KFan 20th May 2016, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Dat Cici fanart of 'Beach Kylie'... X3

Given how this page screams a setup to me of something right out of an anime, I'm going with the guess of Cain's score being somewhere around... 5.

Given how out of touch with battles as is, it just seems like something I would picture happening.

I'm prepared now to see the next comic page where everyone comments in complete and utter shock/disbelief at his score.

rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
It's pretty awesome isn't it? <33

You were right about the setup, but 5 is hilariously low XDDD thankfully, he's at least not level 5 :'D <3

Thanks for playing, though! XD
mjkj 20th May 2016, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
Awwwww... cliffhanger... ='(

Go, Nemi!!! ♡♡♡

...according to Cain's expression, he did not make the 40...??? ...or he has over 100??? (PS: that is not a guess for the raffle)

@alt text: Oh? Ok... *rolls the drum*

Wow, great one, Cici... <3

...good idea, KAM!

Ohhh... guessing... (well, I'll try after work...) ;) (great idea, Cici!)

mjkj 20th May 2016, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Ok, could not contain my curiosity...

I have counted 52 arrows... (so, that is my entry)...

So, it could be 51 or 53, maybe even 50 or 54... ^_^'

(...or if one can have more entries I would log in the numbers 50 through 55) ;)

rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
I'm surprised people counted the arrows, honestly, I'm sorry that it was misleading XD;;; Cici did not know Cain's level when she made that image, and I used it with her permission, but it had nothing to do with the actual number XD sorry!

(Also... Just 1 entry per person, or else people could just say '1 to 100' XDDD)

Thanks for playing! <3
KAM 20th May 2016, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Glad you liked the fanart! :-)

I only thought of the pun after I finished coloring the pic, so if I'd been a faster artist I might not have thought of it in time. ;-)

Levels? Ohhhhh... 39?
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
Thank you so much, KAM! <333 And lolol, good thing you took your sweet time so we could hammer us all with your glorious punnage ;D
Prayformercy 20th May 2016, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
You already had my guess a few pages back rufi =p and im sticking to it
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Yes mercy, I remember it well! XD Thanks for playing so early on <3 lolol you were not that far off XDDD
Chris the Blue 20th May 2016, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
He probably got the highest possible score, and is just feeling too modest to tell anyone.
mjkj 20th May 2016, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
Entirely possible, Kar... Chris :)
Chris the Blue 21st May 2016, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
That's right, it's Chris now.
*in DMX voice*
Don't get it twisted.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Chris, that statement rings true for his skill level, at least! XD
Chris the Blue 23rd May 2016, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
Yeah! Predicted the future!
*does a little dance*
Guest 20th May 2016, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
Notice that Madou is the only one to not give his actual level. Over 40? That's really vague. Is he 41 or 100?
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Hey Guest! XD;

Well, Madou got across the important thing, yes? ;D
Headgamer 20th May 2016, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
It's either really high, or just barely under 40.

This is one of those comics where I would up my patreon pledge to know. XD

I'm guessing it's too low though. That way it's a plot point for Cain to not go in to the city and maybe go some place else or have to sneak in.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
LOL Headgamer!! XD Aw, that's sweet of you to say! <333 *hug*

Actually, the third possibility when it's too low is ... level grinding time. XDDD
Jarvi 20th May 2016, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
That embarrassment.. I bet on around 20 xD
Sneaky answer Madou, very sneaky :D
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
That's a reasonable guess, Jarvi-nii! XDD

And yesh, Madou is forever sneaky :'D <3

Thank you for playing Jarvi-nii! <3
Hawk 20th May 2016, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
I'm thinkin it'll probably be level 39. Because that would be the worst. One level short of the goal.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
That was an excellent guess, Hawk! XD <33 Your substantiation is correct! Thank you for playing <3
Digi5 20th May 2016, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
I'm so bad at guessing! But like Headgamer, I'm going with... just under 40 or way better than everybody. Wait, here's a thought- he got 40. Just enough to pass.

Other people have some great guesses!
Digi5 20th May 2016, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
Or maybe something happened, and he wasn't able to finish one part of his test and will have to do it the next day because he hasn't scored high enough yet!
Headgamer 21st May 2016, 3:21 AM edit delete reply
That's a possibility. *nods*

Again, that could be a plot point that leads on to some other problem/event.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
That was really close Digi!! XD <3 You had much faith in our hapless cleric <3 lolol XD

More than one person guessed I was pulling the wool over everyone's eyes and that he wouldn't have a level pronounced next page, but... I'm not that trolly, I promise XDD (not always, anyway ;D)

Thank you for playing! <3 X3
Noname 20th May 2016, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
That is not a bad guess, Noname! XD; Maybe if Cain hadn't been so nervous... (or maybe if he just had more experience in general XD)

Thanks for playing! <3
CiciEnixa 20th May 2016, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
The Mikey Thor <3<3<3 *shakes the pun jar at KAM XD*

Now, for Cain's level... I can see him being pretty high level since, oh, I dunno, he REGENERATED A WHOLE NEW EYE! XD But then, how much of his skills actually show with the chain curse?

I'm going at around Kylie's level range so... 75? (thatsogenerouscainyoubetterhavegoodlevelsinthatjar)
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
The Pun Level is mighty (Mikey) with that one XDDD

LOL you were certainly generous, Cici-muffin XDDD I think you got a decent average between his general and skill level actually! The hapless foo... *shakes head*

Thank you for playing, and for the Beach Kylie everyone is enjoying XD <333 *huggles*
Just_IDD 20th May 2016, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
I'm guessing he was not given a number score, but just a sheet of paper that says he can pass any level barrier.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
That's actually a pretty interesting thing to predict, Just_IDD! :D It would've been super trolly of me though XDDD
Just_IDD 20th May 2016, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
Question, how does the world guild get super high level characters to do their testing, and if they are not high level, how do they evaluate people with a higher level?
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
That's a great question I'd love to answer Just_IDD :D I hope you don't mind if I put it in the Friday Flare list so other people can catch the question (and its answer XD) on tumblr!
Spelledeg 20th May 2016, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
I still think Balzac is secret rage white mage >_>

Anddd I believe Cain is either really high level, like 71-75....or something like 25

These last several pages have turned out so well :D <3 I'm glad I got to catch up!
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Lolol actually you're not TOO far off with Balzac XD you'll see when he makes his reappearance! ;) (he has those abs for a reason... ;D)

Your guesses for Cain's level were all really reasonable too XD <3 he was somewhere inbetween!

Thank you so much for playing <3 (and I'm so happy you caught up!! <333 *glomp*)
Amarok 20th May 2016, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Three possibilities exist.
1) his level is below 40 by a significant ammount
2) his level is just shy of the mark (39)
3) his level is insanely high compared to his actual shown skill

Place ur bets on his level. Mine is 36.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
You hit the nail right on the head with all those substantiations Amarok!! *hands over special sparkly cookie just for you* <3 ;D 36 was super close, too :'D *hugs*

Thank you so much for playing <333
Alterna 20th May 2016, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
Ooh new update on a comic that is one of my new favourites! :D
Hmm, I guess I'll take a guess, let's say 26 like Nemi when she was 12 :P even though visually the jar looks like it has a lot more *shrug*
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
<333 That is so incredibly sweet of you to say Alterna! ;3;* *hugs tightly* <3 Thank you! I'm so glad you're enjoying SF so far <3

That was a really good guess too! XD; The jar is misleading, I didn't realise people would think it was a literal representation of Cain's level :'D my bad! Sorry for misguiding readers...

Thank you for playing, Alterna!! <33
Kat 21st May 2016, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
I'm just going to throw out a level 41 here and see what happens
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Ooooh so close, Kat!! XD; It was one level the other way from 40 XD *pat-hugs*

Thank you so much for playing! <3
Nef 21st May 2016, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to guess that his curse interfered with his results, so they came lower than anticipated, but the way he's behaving makes me think that he outscored everybody. That's how I behaved in College when I over performed, as opposed to in grade school, when I bragged.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
It was kind of both at the same time, Nef! X3 Lolol <3
Seabiscuit 21st May 2016, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Kylie the highest, as expected! Cain... Oh Cain. Hehhhee... I wonder. It seems like a few think it might be juuuust below the requirement, or higher than the rest of them. He doesn't seem too down about the result, so I think I'm gonna bet on the latter and say 72! >D
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
Yeppers! X3 And lolol, good guess, seamuffin! XD; I mean, it's totally reasonable. Cain is just... you know... prone to being disappointing at times XDDD *pats sobbing Cain*

Thank you for playing, seamuffin! <33
sigpig 21st May 2016, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
I guess 1...
mjkj 21st May 2016, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
Oh, you mean crit fail...?
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Aww sigpig XDD no faith in our cleric at all!! LOL (I totally understand though XDD)

Thank you for playing! :'D <3
Crestlinger 21st May 2016, 3:35 AM edit delete reply
With chains 20 as he can cast heal, minor barriers and buffs, and purify ore. Without chains 88 as he can speedily cast revive and knows holy fist.
mjkj 21st May 2016, 4:38 AM edit delete reply
*lol* I guess you mean holy palm... ^_^
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
Holy fist XDD (that's close enough, though!)

Those are good guesses, Cresty! XD; it's hard to say how good he'd be without the chains...

Thanks for playing! <3 X3
Matt Knab 21st May 2016, 4:43 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
He rolled a four! :(
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
Yes, pretty much something like that XDDD
Allzephyr 21st May 2016, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
Level 123. For no particular reason.

Glad to see things are back on track. How long did it take to do the million tiny tiles in panel two anyway?
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
LOL interesting guess, Zephy XDD much, much faith in Cain :'D

If you mean the tiles on the ground, it took me probably around 40 minutes or so to create a larger tileset that I use repeatedly everything the Jem Citadel ground is shown in a panel XD;;; so technically it took me less than a minute to get the tiny tiles for that panel, LOL!

Thank you for playing! <3 and yes, I'm glad to be a bit more on schedule than last week >3<*
dawndemonica 21st May 2016, 12:20 PM edit delete reply
while he is cursed with chains, his healing power is still through the roof. i'm going to guess his level is around 92 unchained and roughly 36 chained meaning he isn't going with the party into the upper reaches of the city.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
Your guess of 36 was super close, dawn!! <3 X3

Ahahaha, it's interesting to think about the party leaving Cain to move onto the Upper Tier by themselves... Kylie might have done that if it was Chapter One, I'll say that much. ;)

Thank you so much for playing, dawn! <3
HeSerpenty 21st May 2016, 1:12 PM edit delete reply

Lolol.. I'm expecting it to bad..................but then again I feel like you might throw me through a loop and it' will be better than all of theirs x'D.......

I love the dynamics of this group so muuuch!
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Lolol Serpy! XD Honestly, I kind of went for a 'set this up to look like it'll be bad but see how many people think I'm trying to actually pull the rug out under their feet' XD (which was ... a lot! XD)

Thank you so much for enjoying their dynamics ;3;* <33 I'm so glad you find them entertaining! XD
Cognisant 21st May 2016, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
Probably scored average or slightly below in party dynamics and aced clerical theory, the unknown factor is how impressive his healing abilities are relative to other clerics. The one they fought earlier seemed to be at least comfortably average so I'm predicting his score will be on the high end, 95.
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Hello, Cognisant! :D

You were pretty spot-in with the idea he'd scored average or below with the field stuff (party dynamics) but aced clerical theory! Dang <3

Your overall guess is not a bad average between his general and skill level XD

Thank you for playing! <3 X3
a Drop of Beauty 22nd May 2016, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
a Drop of Beauty
I'm guessing 57
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
Heeeey a Drop of Beauty! *3* It's been so long <3 *hugs*

That was a reasonable guess!! I' sorry... Please blame Cain for being so darn disappointing XD;;;

Thank you for playing <33 (and for letting me know you're still reading XD <3)
a Drop of Beauty 25th May 2016, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
a Drop of Beauty
Yeah, I'm still here. Lurking in the shadows.
And only 39? I counted at least 57 arrows *reads other comments*
Wut?? That's not fair T^T
Avery Cross 23rd May 2016, 1:54 AM edit delete reply
I think it's one level below what he needs to be at
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Hey Avery Cross! X3

You were absolutely correct XD I'm sorry that someone else guessed it before you were able to but... but... please have all the virtual cookies <333

Thank you so much for playing!! >3<* <33