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Comic 1418 - Memory Shard - Noctis/Aurelia page 4 ( Guest comic by argylefox )

21st Sep 2016, 6:42 PM
Memory Shard - Noctis/Aurelia page 4 ( Guest comic by argylefox )
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 21st Sep 2016, 6:42 PM edit delete
Centcomm
Sorry this is up late - had a doctors appt with the surgeon so far its all good news... *knocks on wood *

Nearly mindless now with horror, the child fled again, stumbling down the stairs. In the entry hall, her father had been pinned to the wall with long metal stakes that passed through every major joint of his limbs, his open mouth, his eye sockets. His ribs had been cut free of the sternum and pulled through the flesh of his chest.

The thing which had done all of this turned away from its handiwork to stare at the girl-child with glowing amber eyes. Blood drenched its razored fingers, clotted in its pale hair, was splashed over too-smooth porcelain skin, soaked into the dull black bodysuit it wore. Its voice was the cold, dry, precise speech of a soulless thing, a monster in the shape of a human.
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PriorKnowledge 21st Sep 2016, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Awesome comic and the matching descriptive text is even more so.

Kudos
jamie59 21st Sep 2016, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

Glad to hear your Doctors are happy. Keep it up! I still worry about you.


Don't think I'll ask Noctis to decorate my house.
Sheela 22nd Sep 2016, 8:44 AM edit delete reply

No ?
She makes some killer halloween decorations !
Kitty 22nd Sep 2016, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
Killer being the operative word.
cattservant 21st Sep 2016, 8:12 PM edit delete reply

A workmanlike job.
Dragonrider 21st Sep 2016, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

Why,Hello little girl, I'm your Aunt Noctis, I'm a Cassion, want to play a game? Let's play hide and seek,won't that be fun? You go hide and maybe you won't join your Mommy, Brother and Daddy today. Now be a good little girl, don't scream and go run and hide. I'll look for you later when I finish this.

Bottom link to Top Web doesn't work top one does.
lirvilas 21st Sep 2016, 9:11 PM edit delete reply

shhhhh don't interrupt an artist at work

thy touch is death beautiful Noctis
Morituri 21st Sep 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
I love the extended pinkie. It's like the kid interrupted her at teatime.

"Oh, hi there. Just hang on while I finish committing this horrific murder, and I'll be with you momentarily."

On another note, I can see the family resemblance here; kidlet Aurelia has pretty much the same hair & similar facial structure as her dad. Maybe she has the same eyes, but who can tell at this point?
Dragonrider 21st Sep 2016, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

I really doubt she has daddys eyes, I think Noctis gouged them out and squished them.
Visvires 22nd Sep 2016, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
It's not a horrific murder, just some artful corpse arrangement. Some people get squeamish. Noctis is obviously the victim here. That girl's interrupting her work and seeing her piece before it is finished.
Mark_L_A 22nd Sep 2016, 12:33 AM edit delete reply

Oh WOW!!. Noctis' face perfectly matches her is the regular strip.

The dead stare, portrays her curiosity as to who this is, who just came in.
HiFranc 22nd Sep 2016, 1:46 AM edit delete reply

I can't help but wonder how Noctis felt about being ordered to do that.
Sheela 22nd Sep 2016, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

Oh wow, Aurelia's Bad Day (tm) is turning out significantly more horrific than I expected.
HiFranc 22nd Sep 2016, 3:32 AM edit delete reply

The only thing that surprised me was the butterfly thing. Given that they have slaves, gladiators, public executions, and Noctis's complaints[1]; brutality is only to be expected.

[1] Noctis didn't complain about the violence of the "lessons". She didn't like their current quantity.
HiFranc 22nd Sep 2016, 1:52 AM edit delete reply

I"m glad that the doctor had good news for you.
HiFranc 22nd Sep 2016, 3:50 AM edit delete reply

I can't help but wonder how Connie and the others would react to this information.
Guest 22nd Sep 2016, 4:48 AM edit delete reply
Oddly enough, that's the exact same look the cat is giving me right now.
Oberoten 23rd Sep 2016, 11:30 AM edit delete reply

You and me both then. And generally when the cats in question is dissmembering and disrending something all over the floor.
mjkj 22nd Sep 2016, 12:37 PM edit delete reply

Great realization, Argyle...
HeSerpenty 22nd Sep 2016, 12:58 PM edit delete reply

Okaaaay no WONDER this girl hates androids X"D-- I mean really their main experience with them in Nova Roma is CASSIANS and well.. >__>

But I'm wondering who ordered this...cuz I don't think Noctis just felt like doin' some murder art one day. She uh...really went above and beyond the call of duty here :'D

Oh, and pinky up-- she is a classy woman...android :'D XDD
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2016, 2:17 PM edit delete reply

As I read it HeSerpenty, Kali ordered the family's deaths. The Cassians had apparently uncovered information of treason against Imperator Valerius. The Cassians moved to eliminate threats against a good and just ruler.
Visvires 23rd Sep 2016, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
Furthermore, it reads like they were planning treason precisely because he was a good ruler and therefor seemed weak, not because he was a problem in some form. So they were killed, and their bodies used to dispel the Nice Guy image. They had this coming.
DLKmusic 23rd Sep 2016, 12:21 AM edit delete reply

This is really creeping me out, but I can't look away! If I was going to compare it to anything, this is like looking at the portrait "Scream".

Once again, Argylefox, you've blown me away with this. As much as I love Cent's art, I don't think that a CGI version of this story could do any better of a job than you have done here. Bravo!!!

P.S. I can't wait to see the last page!
HiFranc 23rd Sep 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

However, "good" he was, he was still a dictator who ruled with terror and extrajudicial killings. For all we know, they may have been democracy activists. We don't know what their goals were - just that it included opposing Decimus's father.
Gilrandir 23rd Sep 2016, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
And slavery. Don't forget that detail. They might have been abolitionists.
HiFranc 23rd Sep 2016, 5:56 PM edit delete reply

True.
Gilrandir 23rd Sep 2016, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
So that leaves Noctis driving spikes into the Underground Railroad. ^_^

"Noctis? What's a nice girl like you doing with a joint like this?" ^_^
Tokyo Rose 24th Sep 2016, 7:36 PM edit delete reply

They were definitely not advocates for democracy nor abolitionists.
Gilrandir 24th Sep 2016, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
From one perspective, the specific nature of their treason is irrelevant to the moral evaluation of the actions of the secret police of Prince Valerius. From another perspective, it can be argued that the specific nature of their guilt may render Noctis' actions justified or unjustified. I suppose it depends on how principled or pragmatic you are.
Ryu Santos 26th Sep 2016, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Hmmmm.... possibly members of a previous Royal family?
Stormwind13 23rd Sep 2016, 7:53 PM edit delete reply

We don't know if Valerius knew of, let alone APPROVED of, Noctis' mission HiFranc. From what we've seen of him, he was better than the system. He might have been trying to reform the system, for all we know.

It's possible that Aurelia's's family might have been too powerful to take to trial. If allowed to incite the crowd it could have been extremely messy.
Centcomm 23rd Sep 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete reply

Actually it was mentioned in Atta that Aurelia's family was highly placed in the Roma government and was more than likely " untouchable " by normal means.
argylefox 24th Sep 2016, 10:37 AM edit delete reply

Thanks, DLKmusic, I really appreciate that.
Oberoten 23rd Sep 2016, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

I know that look... My cat Sam has it when he is doing something he knows I wouldn't approve of. "Oh Hello, never mind me, just ... working over here." All the way down to the yellow eyes there. ;)
Kitty 24th Sep 2016, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
Oooops. Busted.

There's a certain very stark beauty to this.

On a related note: Been re-reading from the beginning. Seeing again Dolly's encounter with the guy at the bar (Breaker?), it occurs to me there's a perfect song for this: "Teach Me to Be Bad" - Thea Gilmore. :D
Sheela 26th Sep 2016, 12:09 PM edit delete reply

"Bad to the bone"
Haegan2005 24th Sep 2016, 9:54 AM edit delete reply

The pinkie somehow says it all, doesn't it?
Oberoten 26th Sep 2016, 9:18 AM edit delete reply


I just have to say that this has become my favourite webcomic. :) I am on my third re-read still noticing little details in the renders and in the storyline. Little foreshadowings and ironic comments.

... far worse is that it has inspired me to the level of starting to work with Daz Studio again. (I assume this is what you are using or am I barking up the wrong tree?) Any chance of a tutorial? The sheer skill that goes into this is dazling me. And as I said, it inspires me enough that I am at the least going to render up a few choice moments from our RPG campaigns.
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