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From an objective, artistic standpoint, I can confirm that drawing Layla involves a LOT more round bits than any other main character
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Blitzkrieg1701, September 20th, 2016, 8:15 am

I WAS just going to have Stilez refer to Layla as "the short girl" but, well, EVERYBODY'S short next to Stilez. Heck, she's carrying two shorter girls around with her right now. It just felt weird to not have Stilez latch on to some other obvious feature to remember Layla by and, well, if you're going to talk about Layla and obvious features...

Anyway, I was really hoping to have the Patreon Jenna comics started up again this week, but I just don't have enough of a backlog built up to start updates again just yet. There IS a new blog post for $2+ patrons that'll be of interest to Far Out There readers, especially since it's related to todays' new Voting Incentive ...which is actually about as far away from "new" as you can get.

OH! And before somebody asks why Stilez and Tax can;t just sleep in one of the empty rooms, I'm sure The Cap'n has very strict rules about passengers not messing around in unoccupied guest quarters. In fact, I bet you anything he keeps life support turned off to save energy. And Avatar's room is probably kept like that too (heck, she'd probably prefer it that way), so that's out. And since Captain Crosby's not going to give Stilez and Tax a free room on general principal, that just leaves crashing with one of the other passengers.

EDIT: I've got another update to the Incentive/Patreon Gallery going right now, and this time it's more of the Jenna Patreon comic! If you're reading this before Wednesday evening, there should be a new page going live every 15 minutes (I have to stagger it so there's time for me to write comments). If it's after 7pm, it'll probably all be up by now. Ether way, if you aren't a patron yet, FOR SHAME. But also, here's a chance to see more of what you've been missing!

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Ed8, September 20th, 2016, 3:52 pm

When it comes to Layla and obvious features...she's "the redheaded girl" - is that what you meant? That's what occurs to me first. ;)

I'm kind of surprised that Stilez actually understands the concept of "not allowed to" do something. People telling Stilez what she can't do surely is not something that happens often. Speaking of which, she could have also referred to Layla as "the short bossy girl" and everyone would immediately know who she was referring to.

Regarding the Cap'n's policy about not giving away free rooms, didn't he already determine that anything Stilez does, uses, needs or damages is billed to Ichabod anyway? Surely this is his opportunity to get paid for Stilez being there? I would have guessed that the reason was more that Stilez never asked about getting a "free" room because she doesn't know that people usually have to pay for the places they sleep at. Every room she's ever had was probably "free".

Now that you mention Avatar's room in your comment, it seems strange that after all this time we've never *seen* Avatar's room (we've seen Trigger's & Layla's & Ichabod's if I recall correctly). I guess this explains why, though - nobody else ever goes there. There's probably the same sort of forcefield over her door that lets ships into the cargo bay but keeps atmosphere from escaping the ship, only in reverse - it only lets Avatar through, and in her room there is vacuum and the gravity is turned off, so deadly for anyone else. Makes sense. Her night-light is probably a rod of exposed plutonium or something. Still, Avatar taking a nap, floating in her airless, gravityless bedroom would make for an adorable picture...

Blitzkrieg1701, September 21st, 2016, 2:01 am

Avatar's room is another one of those things that I'm avoiding showing until I have a REALLY good idea of what to do with it. I don't wanna do something disappointing and predictable just because it's all I could think of at the moment.

Also, I kind of imagine that, even with some kind of forcefield in place, opening the door to a room that's been sitting with all the environmental controls turned off would affect the rest of the hall at least SOMEWHAT. Like, a gust of wind as the air moves around, a sudden shift in temperature, air pressure drop, that sort of stuff. Since Captain Crosby dislikes any kind of disruptions on board his ship, Avatar probably avoids entering/leaving her room as much as possible. It'd also explain why, that time she wanted to get away from all the mad scientists and sulk by herself, she went and sat outside instead of in her room. Airlocks are presumably better at keeping out mild atmospheric disruptions than a jury-rigged door forcefield.

Ed8, September 21st, 2016, 1:28 pm

Avatar: Also her room doesn't have that realistic "outer space smell" like true vacuum does and it doesn't have that nice tingle of deadly cosmic rays impacting on your skin. You just can't duplicate that indoors! She probably thinks of it like we would think of being out in nature/woods/beach, etc. It's calming/soothing/relaxing.

Blitzkrieg1701, September 21st, 2016, 2:35 pm

That's very true as well. Heck, technically speaking, just creating a vacuum in her room would be pretty difficult. Simply turning off the air scrubbers or whatever produces the ship's oxygen wouldn't remove all the gasses period. There's just no substitute for the real thing!

EDIT: dang it, I have GOT to stop automatically clicking "make this post an Author Comment"

Ed8, September 21st, 2016, 8:16 pm

Avatar got a room with a window, so once she makes sure the door forcefield is on, she just opens the window to let some fresh vacuum in!

Blitzkrieg1701, September 21st, 2016, 8:46 pm

You know, it's funny. My gut-level Suspension-of-Disbelief Sensor says that a starship traveling at (presumably) faster than light speeds wouldn't have windows you could just open up without unacceptably compromising the safety of the interior... But if we're already assuming the existence of artificial gravity, forcefields, the ability to travel at lightspeed at all, and LITERALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE LITTLE GIRLS, then a really sturdy window shouldn't even be an issue, right?

Ed8, September 22nd, 2016, 1:58 pm

I did some investigation and it turns out those windows work on a similar scientific principle to Tabitha's abilty to cobble together, from parts she has lying around, a giant ray gun that can point at a viewing screen and zap over a comm signal to the other side of the galaxy a self perpetuating free-roaming hologram of a magical zombie boy that scans for power sucking anomolies with a magic wand, (and which then gets *eaten* by another hologram). BECAUSE SCIENCE!!!! :p

Darius Drake (Guest), September 22nd, 2016, 10:27 pm

@ Ed8's Version of Avatar's Room: That would actually be an effective way to get rid of Stillez, wouldn't it? You just have to make sure that Tax isn't in the room, because I'm fairly certain that Stillez would survive it.

Also, speed's relative. If she was on the ship, then her base speed would be +/- the ship's speed creating a speed of X meters/second in the direction she's travelling.

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