This upsets me, but in a good way.
It takes guts to kill off a character.
God. Dammit. NO!!!!!
My heart. Oh my god.
Well shit. Didn’t Akiba have a shadow thing like Ten did? Did we ever know what that was? Or are we still waiting to find out?
Well… as we found out Ten’s “shadows” the Twins, were there not to protect him but to ensure that Nox wouldn’t run into problems with demons, but when he was about to die they did not intervene, as it was their orders to let him so Nox could return.
Now there is no confirmation for this, but if the things behind Akiba had the same duties as Valhi and Nolar because she’s a vessel for a god, too, her death would fulfill the same role as Ten’s did.
*droops and holds plushie*
Well, that didn’t work out as expected! Hmmmm, still waiting to see who Akiba is, now that she isn’t.
And I am Still waiting for more info on who Kiva really is, not to Ten, but to Nox! Been trying to figure it out since page #069, and still looking for more info. With all the hints and tips about other characters, I still can’t make a stab at who she is. I can’t make sense of it.
Oh, that is so sad! 🙁
This moment (and one still yet to come) were always on my mind throughout the story. It feels kinda fulfilling to get to this moment.
Someday, they’ll meet again. beyond the farthest stars, free at last.
This drawing came to my mind almost immediately when I read this comment.
Oh no 🙁
This story took a turn I never thought it could even take. Things happening so suddenly, wrecking basicially everything the cast had worked to accomplish in the time they were given… It pains me to see their lives in ruins, and I can’t wait to see how the story will come to a close.
Well I guess that answers my questions. That’s the only bit of DA I never saw, as far as I know. I know I never saw that one, … memory is the tricky part.
Now I know what is up, and I think I can compass what I don’t know. Now that I’ve done that, I can start filling in holes. Not plot-holes, just gaps in my understanding. This is complex, I’ll bet it would have been easier if Vivan had spilled more beans.
This is true. Ixion was definitely supposed to fill in some gaps from the mythological side of the story. We’re muddling through.
Well, I’m doing a little better than muddling, I think I know what Tulpa?/Talpa? is, and what it is for. I think I know what it’s minimum is capable of. A little sketchy on what it is capable of, at its maximum.
And I think I know who is the winner on The Voice, I dunno who’s gonna win theSo, You Think You Can Dance but I’m guessing: Jovi.
so. now that I’ve had the chance to sit down and digest the events of the last few pages i’d like to do some speculation on why this attack happened, and where it fits into the broader strategy that ‘the lost’ are pursuing.
in my mind it falls down to three basic motives. those being:
1. Killing kilm. the most obvious objective with regards to their seeming monomaniacal focus on Genocide is simply to kill as many of their target race as possible as quickly as possible. thereby spreading fear and panic among the population and undermining moral and faith in their military. after all who is going to show up to work if you know that at any point bio mechanical monsters could literally drop out of the clear blue sky and kill you and everyone you know and love. and to top it all off the millitary that is supposed to prevent this is very visibly incapable of protecting its citizens. the end result being gradually larger swaths of the population abandoning their jobs, homes and even planets in order to secure their own safety. thereby bringing the kilms economy to a crashing halt and throttling their key war industry.
destroying faith in the millitary and its ability to wage this war has the added effect of depressing enlistment. nobody wants to be sent into a suicide mission if their deaths aren’t even going to make a difference in the greater scheme of things.
2. To destroy the station itself.
Altair academies, while primarily being training facilities are also effectively logistical hubs. 7309 is stated as having 200 fighters in commission as well as over 300 in storage, as well as the facilities to maintain, rearm and deploy them. in the event that the war reaches the system these stations can be rather easily converted into forward operating bases for deep space fighter operations as well as serving as a logistical hub to other fleet assets such as stockpiling supplies, providing facilities for repair and rearmament. and evacuation points for casualties. which brings me to the third and most crucial reason why they might have attacked this facility in particular.
3. To deny the Fleet its ability to train future personnel.
I believe that given the fact that they pulled out after wiping out the senior staff their objective wasn’t necessarily to kill everyone on board. they just didn’t have the time to do so before Kahmiths home fleet responded. what they did have time to do was effectively snuff out thousands of years of combined experience between the staff and personnel. as well as to traumatize the surviving cadets and deny them the facilities to finish their training. they have also crippled the best and brightest of the military’s’ traininers, thereby weakening any subsequent generations of fighter crews.
I’m going to predict now that this attack and others like it will have a much deeper impact on the coming war than any subsequent operation. to the point at which i will assert that the kilm have already lost the war before its begun. for one simple reason: the kilm can’t replace their losses.
This is an enemy that clearly knows who their up against and thereby know that the kilms biggest weakness is the shear amount of time it takes to turn out combat capable troops. not only five years of simply basic training, but also decades of public education in order to simply reach enlistment age. This compounded by the low population density brought on by their long adolescence and existence as subsistence carnivores ( Meat is highly resource intensive to produce, and so given the depleted resources of khamith puts a hard cap on their population)
so in essence when the war begins in earnest what forces the military has, as well as whatever reserves they can raise quickly, are it. the longer the war goes on the more they bleed out, and the closer to demographic collapse the get as more and more of the population are conscripted into the war. exacerbating all of the problems listed before. to put it succently they will run out of lives to trade for time. and so slowly at first but gaining speed. their strength will willow away. and eventually they will simply not have the manpower to defend their vast territory. leaving outlying colonies vulnerable to be swept aside before the long inexorable march on khamith. without support from their allies the kilm military will be too weak to stop them from landing on their home world. and from there all is lost.
As i said. standing alone, they’ve already lost the war before it’s even begun. and there’s nothing they can do to stop it.
Usually I try not to comment on theories because I like to give you guys space to think things out and talk back and forth, but this is a super well thought out comment so, yeah. 100% correct. Awesome logic-ing.
Heh, thanks. I didn’t originally plan on dropping the mic quite so hard but it kinda got away from me.
I have to say one of the great pleasures of the last seven years for me has been gradually piecing this puzzle together. there’s still a few pieces left to put into place, a few questions left unanswered. but the end is now in sight. and i’d just like to say thanks again for this magnificent story. =)
Dude! That was Totally Wicked!!! I’m still trying to figure out Maev, SD, and Tattle. Whatever Maev was up to, I think Tattle was in on, too, only I’m thinking he also had his side job- I don’t care if the shimsa recruits were in on it or not- I just have no idea if he was a Kilmish agent or a Zeno-agent. What-evs, he was one of the best characters in the comic. He Always kept us guessing! I.E. – best proof of a double agent.
My suspicion is that he was working for the Kilm in earnest, and devoted to Cmd. Maev. (Crass Thought Redacted).
I wonder if those demon soul-eaters from the myth page stories ( two sisters) could be coaxed out of the Void to eat the souls of The Lost, or if it’s like humming birds and orchids, one bill design for one flower design?
That was a total Grand Slam Analysis! There is one point, tho’ that I question, you state: “…effectively snuff out thousands of years of combined experience between the staff and personnel.”
I believe, based on info from Ixion, DA, and hints elsewhere, that the Kilm blasted themselves back past the Stone Age (think less advanced than Survivor, Cast Away, or Lost) when they had their first War of Annihilation. When they had recovered from that (rather; when their descendants had), they were living in tents and caves as nomads kinda late Stone Age, with equivalent medical skills. Then Someone shows up dropping out of the sky, with Magic! (Or maybe Tech that is sufficiently advanced that it appears to be Majik!™️). Can’t remember who, exactly, but if I recall correctly, the Righteous Dudes with the high-tech medicine. I think the Jii?? Avsaroke will correct me if I’m wrong, (I hope).
My point being, IIRC; They had only recently leveled up and acquired Space as a gift, or exchanged Resources for tech. Diamonds, hand weaving, pottery, or other primitive artifacts. I doubt it was an achievement based on their own striving.
How long had they had technology by the time Ten was born?
Oh they’ve had it for a while. First contact happened a bit over 3000 years ago, and they had been beginning to explore their own solar system at that point anyway. Contact with other species definitely introduced them to much more advanced tech than they had (or might have even been able to develop on their own) but the kilm were… let’s say just a bit ahead of where we are now, generally speaking, when they got introduced to the galaxy at large.
My point being, that they had only recently achieved space travel, probably as a gift, or maybe in exchange for resources, or maybe primitive arts and crafts rather than unlocking an achievement on their own. Pretty rough on Society, going from nomadic herders to astronauts in one generation.
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