Comic 439 - Brace yourself

23rd May 2016, 6:00 PM in Chapter Seven
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439 - Brace yourself
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)

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rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Monday, guys! :)

Haha, do you guys remember there are two kinds of levels? There's a level of skill, and a general (standard) level; it's pretty literal. You can think of it as: one measures your knowledge and execution of skills (which does not have to be strictly field-related), the other measures your ability to apply your skills and other general abilities in the field (and to a lesser degree, in some off-the-field situations).

If people are curious I can post the skill levels of the party, too, so you can see how Cain's skill level is, as Kylie puts it, 'insanely high'. Though of course, sadly, his general level... XD;;;

Thank you everyone who participated in the 'guess Cain's level' game! <3 It was fun to see the crazy range everyone guessed, but of course, (as I knew would be the case) several people guessed the level correctly. Congratulations! :D

I realise it's no one's fault which timezone they're in (lol) so I know it's not very fair that the first person who guessed 39 gets the free sketch. I didn't think this through. XD;;; Sorry... but soon there'll be another thing where free things will be abound, so please keep an eye out for the next fun thing <3 X3


(Hawk and Avery Cross also guessed it correctly and win virtual cookies <3 and I guess everyone who said 'just under 40' XD)

KAM, please go ahead and either leave your sketch request in the comment section or you can PM/email it to me however you like! :D thankyew <3

Again, I love all of you guys so much for participating in the guessing game XD thanks for playing! *squishily hugs everyone* <333

I have some super cute fanart for you guys today, too! <3 Behold, by the one and only Karda the Green Chris the Blue, of the awesome Telly Savants webcomic fame...


<333 I love it so XD every detail, the cheesy pick-up line, and those expressions, ahahaha <333 Thank you so so much, Chris <333 *hugs* It's a fun ship to be sailing on! XD

BTW! For this week and next, I'm going to try a different update day.

The next update will be on Thursday, 6:00PM (UTC +8). Next week as well, I will update on a Monday and Thursday and see how that feels. You guys can let me know how it feels, too!

I hope you dear readers enjoyed today's page, lol. Hopefully it gave a little something to both people who had faith in Cain, and those who didn't XDDD

That's it from me! See you guys on Thursday!



Chris the Blue 23rd May 2016, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
Heh, Cain. Always the dumb dumb.
Especially at panel 8. He's just totally embracing his dumb dumb-ness.

It's been a while since Kylie called Cain a newbie.
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
Hahahaha yes, 'dumb dumb' is right XD;; Honestly, I think he's just given up at this point trying to justify this XDD (hence the :9 face lol)
mjkj 23rd May 2016, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
Wow, great :D

Ugh, Kylie is back to scary in that panel... XD

Though neither level was represented by the number of arrows in the jar... =(

Edit: yes, I remembered that there are two different levels - but the important one was the general one which allows them to enter...
Yes please, show us both levels of everybody, pwetty pweese O_O <3 *hugs*
As for the update times: I hope they will work out for you...

rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
I never said the picture represented his level! XD

I'll post skill levels next week, I had no time this past week XP

Thanks Mjkj, we'll see how it goes~
mjkj 30th May 2016, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
But your wording somehow implied it...
rufiangel 30th May 2016, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Completely unintentional, I promise; I thought it was obvious that the picture was only representational, and I said that the picture was made by Cici. :P Clearly I thought wrong!
Matt Knab 23rd May 2016, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
So he's got book-smarts, but not street-smarts. ;)
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
Absolutely XD; book-smarts just don't account for experience!
azureXtwilight 23rd May 2016, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Oh man, poor Cain! And he was trying his best too :')
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Yes XD he's just too fresh and n00bish LOL :'D
Lamelle 23rd May 2016, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
I absolutely adore this page, it's hilarious xD
poor cain.. brace yourself indeed X)
Kylie so scary~ XD
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Awww, I'm glad you enjoyed this page Lamelle!! I had a lot of fun making it XD <3
Headgamer 23rd May 2016, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
I'll admit I forgot about the two levels. That also explains how Nemi can be so good at theving, but have a lower LV.

In any case the results were as I expected. Cain was just under the bar and it will probubly cause plot. I guessed Cain would split ways, but it looks like Kylie is going to put him through some training instead. I wonder if something will happen during the training or the delay in the parties arrival will cause the plot.
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Nemi doesn't have a very high skill level either, actually, though it does have to do with her thievery. :) she just maxed out those skills early on. She's not as skilled with other things XD;;
CiciEnixa 23rd May 2016, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Dangit XD Cain you were my wee chicken of good levels!!! Why did you floop?!

Ah, Kylie, summoning her Inner Seia XD Please be gentle, he's not gonna get better being haunted by that face, Kylie. And oh, looks like Mikey got to keep the seals. I wonder if he would've been allowed to keep it even if his examiner wasn't very pleased with him ;D
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Floop is a beautiful word XDDD

That's a good question! But yes, probably XD; Mikey used some of his own materials to make the seals after all :)
TheD-Wrek 23rd May 2016, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
That Kylie face... Omg, didn't see that coming. XD
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Lolol XD Kylie grew up under Seia's tutelage after all!
Seabiscuit 23rd May 2016, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
Ah, so it was LOWER! Gosh, hahahaha~ Oh, poor Cain... Time to grind! Gosh... Hahahahaha that Kylie face- So scaryyyy!:'D
(Omg that Madou fanart is absolutely perfect!)
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
(isn't it just <3)

Cain can't help but be underwhelming sometimes XDD sorry, I know you were betting on him being a lot better than this! :'D
Digi5 23rd May 2016, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
I like all the little characters in the 3rd-to-last panel. ...If Kylie and Cain fought, it would be extremely one-sided. Well, actually, Kylie would take the offensive and Cain the defensive. Hmmm, what kind of defensive spells does Cain know? Buffs, certainly. Huh, now I'm interested in seeing them fight! XD (but of course I don't want to see them hurt each other; they've been thru too much together and I love both of them! <3<3<3)
Nef 24th May 2016, 3:11 AM edit delete reply
He's pretty strong in defense. Back when she went all super nova he was the only one who could approach her, and it was because he was healing and shielding himself as he approached. Anyone else getting close to her would have died.
Digi5 27th May 2016, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Oh, yeah! I forgot about that. ... It wasn't a true fight- Kylie didn't mean to hurt anyone and Cain certainly wasn't attacking- but it did show how both of their strengths. ...They're a good match for each other! Not just for complimenting the other's strengths, but also because they've both been thru terrible experiences in the past and can understand each other.
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
@Nef: healing himself constantly was Cain's ticket through the LCF XD; if he couldn't heal himself he would've died for sure!
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
@digi: ehehehe, thank you! X3 I really enjoyed drawing this page, so it makes me really happy to know you liked that panel lol! <333

Re: Cain vs Kylie as they are right now... It might last a while but Kylie would take him down eventually, haha. He doesn't have the Spirit to keep up!
sigpig 24th May 2016, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Well, I got the "one" part right... lol
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
LOL sigpig XDDD here, take half a virtual cookie :')
Nef 24th May 2016, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
So, you can cram experience... And Kylie is about to cram a crapload of it into him... Not sure that would be a pretty sight.

I'll brace myself too... I loved this side of Kylie a little too much.
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
We'll see how it looks like XD ahahaha, I'll let you guys be the judge of how "pretty" that looks!

And wow, you liked this Kylie huh? XDDD
MST3KFan 24th May 2016, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
Scary Kylie is SCARY! O_o

Cain, you is in for it now! XD

Cue the 80s montage music!
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Lolol MST3K! XD yes, Cain certainly is! Cue that Rocky soundtrack? XD
Allzephyr 24th May 2016, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
Oh hey look at that. A little of both extremes.

But man, this page really had me in stitches.
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
Cain can't let down his "walking contradiction" title, after all! XD

And yayyy <3 so glad to bring joy to your life XD <333
Kat 24th May 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
Kylie's inner Seia appears... XD
Poor Cain X'D
rufiangel 29th May 2016, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
LOL inner-Seia is certainly one way of putting it, I like it! XDD
kelverse 24th May 2016, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel 30th May 2016, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
LOL Rinkel XDDD you cupcake you!! <333
(So happy you find him so ahahaha he needs all the support he can get :'D)
kelverse 30th May 2016, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Cain is my favorite I'll support him with all I've got!!! >//v//<)9
HeSerpenty 24th May 2016, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
LOL okay cain is TOO CUTE in this page X'D

Hahaha don't worry Cain.. you'll get better! I love Kylie's "scary face".. it's too perf <33
rufiangel 30th May 2016, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
Awww Serpy-kins XD <3 It's good to know you at least find him cute and not pathetic-sad XDDD <3
If Kylie has anything to say about this, he'll most certainly get better XD she'll hang him up to dry otherwise
KAM 24th May 2016, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Wow! I didn't even expect to win. Not sure what to request.
dawndemonica 26th May 2016, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
you could always request a scaring contest between scary face Kylie and scary face Seia and see who fears who more :D
rufiangel 30th May 2016, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
LOL dawn XD I'll have to study how to draw really scary faces eh :'D

Side-note, Seia wins just 'cause he has ten years more experience glaring the wits out of people, but give Kylie ten years and she'll catch up XDD (though Seia may have levelled up his scary face by then, too :'D)
rufiangel 30th May 2016, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Ahaha, no worries XD you can take your time deciding a thing!
Avery Cross 26th May 2016, 12:03 AM edit delete reply
I was right! and i was mentioned! so cool!!! ^^
rufiangel 30th May 2016, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
Aww honey! XD you're so cool for reading and playing ;D <333
Crestlinger 26th May 2016, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
*After Training Montage
Cain, looking like someone injected with morphine, 'I Know Everything.'

As he's taking the test Kylie directs her Glare at his back and the instructors are 'We'll make his general aptitude equal to his skill level if it makes her stop Staring in this direction.'
rufiangel 30th May 2016, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
LOL Cresty, I can imagine this pretty vividly XDDD
Feydude 3rd Jun 2016, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
Definitely curious to know the others skill levels and whatnot, especially Madou, who only said "over general level 40" despite being "stupidly brilliant or brilliantly stupid" :D
LigerLychan 12th Jun 2016, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
wow....kylie's face is so utterly terrifying that the kid kid next door started crying. also terrifying and bad azz at the same time was her saying "brace yourself." it legit sent chills down my spine. i love it
CraftyNessi33 12th Jun 2016, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
When did Seia come into town?! O_o
Alicia 8th Jan 2017, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
LOL This page... THAT FACE. XD I'm dying.