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So, what's on for this month?

Revelation that Malice is Alice's twin sister?
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The Praeses sent the two of them down for peace and quiet and DON'T want them back?
We run into Alice and Malice's Mom - and she's NOT happy!
More weird and wonderful creatures for Ardent to play with and Gaiva to freak out over?
Ardent wears a shirt?
Gavia walks more than 100 yards, unassisted by nano?
Ardent seduces Malice?
Malice seduces Ardent?
Malice seduces Gavia?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #100 on: 21 Mar 2016, 15:38 »

The night walker?  It wants to touch Ardent. 

And transform into some hyper-evolved version of itself, possibly one able to accomplish the purpose it's been unable to figure out for 5K years.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #101 on: 21 Mar 2016, 16:11 »

It wants to touch his tra-la-la?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #102 on: 22 Mar 2016, 00:24 »

Deep in the night.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #103 on: 22 Mar 2016, 02:38 »

Alice said back when the Nightwalker first appeared she wondered if it had a purpose rendered moot by the passing of Millenia. The fact it reached for Gavia and/or Ardent makes me wonder if there is something about those kids or their nanos which triggered whatever it was designed for.

What confuses me most is why it cares enough to follow them but not enough to hang around or make more of an effort to grab whoever it was after the first time it saw them, when the space kids panicked and hid in the cave. Alice claims it just stopped reaching and continued walking, but I am not sure Alice can be trusted to be completely honest with the pair of them.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #104 on: 22 Mar 2016, 02:48 »

For a while, I've wondered about Alice's comment about some technology 'just not working' anymore after The Blink. What if the nanobots that make up the Night Walker were the mechanism that made this happen - Sabotage Nanos that prevented internal combustion reactions or dissolved the microscopic connections in electronic devices? They are now largely dormant but still remain on the look out by sufficiently large concentrations of prohibited sorts of technology to sabotage. Gavia and Arden are just such concentrations.

As sad as it is, this adds urgency to Alice's quest. It is quite possible that the Earth has been made fundamentally inimical to them by the architects of The Blink.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #105 on: 23 Mar 2016, 13:49 »

This.....this is going to get painful, isn't it....
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #106 on: 23 Mar 2016, 13:51 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #107 on: 23 Mar 2016, 14:11 »

Uh oh! Black eyes of doom! Something tells me that the next few strips will be 'interesting' in all the wrong way for the characters!
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #108 on: 23 Mar 2016, 14:20 »

Will Gavia be aware she's been infiltrated by Walker-nanos? Or will her own nanos be neutralized? Or will she become a nano-zombie, and try to kill Ardent? Why didn't it go for Ardent? Is he immunized against the Walker-nanos? Will Gavia try to attack Alice/Sedna? So many questions...
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #109 on: 23 Mar 2016, 14:33 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #110 on: 23 Mar 2016, 14:35 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #111 on: 23 Mar 2016, 14:46 »

I assume it went for her because she has the most nanites in her system. Ardent's augmentation is largely biological.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #112 on: 23 Mar 2016, 15:02 »

Dang, that's creepy.

At first I thought it reached for Gavia until we learned about Ardent being able to upgrade things.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #113 on: 23 Mar 2016, 15:11 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #114 on: 23 Mar 2016, 15:16 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #115 on: 23 Mar 2016, 18:13 »

OH GOD THERE IS A NANOS INSIDE ME AAAAAAAAAUGH
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #116 on: 23 Mar 2016, 22:19 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #117 on: 24 Mar 2016, 22:18 »

It's going to take forever to get those nanobots out of her fro.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #118 on: 28 Mar 2016, 12:57 »

New strip up!

Hmmm...

You know, I'm going to make a prediction here. That wasn't Gavia asking Ardent for help. It was the Night Walker. I base this on the glowing red eyes. I suspect that it's been looking for some time for someone whom it can use as communications avatar. The issue will be whether it will be able to get everyone to listen to it before Alice tries to kill it.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #119 on: 28 Mar 2016, 13:03 »

That was definitely Gavia calling for help. Loons belong to the genus Gavia, and that bird Ardent saw in his dream/vision/telepathic communication/whatever was a loon. Probably a common loon, Gavia immer.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #120 on: 28 Mar 2016, 13:29 »

It shall be interesting to see which way this goes now.

I'm in two minds over whether that was Gavia calling for help or the Night Walker calling for help through Gavia.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #121 on: 28 Mar 2016, 13:56 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #122 on: 28 Mar 2016, 14:16 »

So... Gavia was saying "Help, I've been taken over by the Night Walker!" and the Night Walker was saying "Help, I've taken over a loon!"?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #123 on: 28 Mar 2016, 14:47 »

So... Gavia was saying "Help, I've been taken over by the Night Walker!" and the Night Walker was saying "Help, I've taken over a loon!"?

Seriously, maybe Gavia is saying: "Help, the Night Walker is in my brain and it's got a terrible warning for you all. Unfortunately, it can't communicate this normally."
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #124 on: 28 Mar 2016, 19:46 »

Interesting that he space kids have some sort of telepathic link going. (BTW, I'm firmly in the camp of it being Gavia calling for help, and that the nightwalker is fundamentally unfriendly.) I like the hypothesis that the nightwalker is an anti-tech enforcer, going for her nanotech. One way to test this would be to have Ardent upgrade something in the nightwalker's presence, and see if it went after the newly upgraded thing.

Whatever's happening to Gavia, it doesn't seem like a stealth attack; Ardent can tell immediately that something's wrong. Maybe it's like the X-Files black oil virus.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #125 on: 28 Mar 2016, 20:35 »

food for thought:

Loon = Looney = went crazy looking at the moon = lunatic = night walker looks at the moon, must be crazy after all these milennia
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #126 on: 28 Mar 2016, 22:17 »

Gavia has red nanobot eyes, and Malice did too whilst (presumably) her nanos were activated before she gave up the fight and went back to her usual green eyes.

I am vaguely assuming - and I very much wish to avoid being a Predictasaurus rex type poster here, imposing my tedious headcanon / assumptions / predictions upon others, so please take this with all of the salt grains - that when humans have their nanos engaged in duties such as protection, floating, etc., that this is indicated by red colouration to their eyes. And yup, Alice is different in this regard, as Sedna confirmed some differences between the two despite common vintage without further elaboration or explanation. Similarly whilst Ardent is obviously an adjusted human, the changes made were perhaps genomic or otherwise biological & irreversible (as Sitnspin said) without ongoing nano management, hence no red eyes.

Anyway, the dreamtime Loon bird too had red eyes characteristic of Gavia, and I love that the bird itself is of genus Gavia too. Seems a strong and pointed link to me. By contrast the Nightwalker has no colour to its eye holes at all. On that note I have thought it strange that it assumes anthropomorphic form.

I am curious to see what comes of the whale dreamtime prediction that we have now seen for the second time. I wonder what he / she / it represents?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #127 on: 29 Mar 2016, 00:31 »

It's a bird. That's yelling.

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #128 on: 29 Mar 2016, 11:17 »

Interesting that he space kids have some sort of telepathic link going.
it might just be sibling empathy or something too. Maybe the nano's are buzzing and Ardent could hear that something's wrong. I guess I don't wanna blame tech for this one until we see stronger telepathy between them
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #129 on: 29 Mar 2016, 12:34 »

Is that a Martenwhale I see there?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #130 on: 29 Mar 2016, 13:36 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #131 on: 29 Mar 2016, 21:45 »

Ugh... creepy!
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #132 on: 30 Mar 2016, 10:30 »

I thought the whale tail in Ardent's dreams was kind of obvious.  He's what, 12? 13? 14?

Or maybe I am... :angel:
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #133 on: 30 Mar 2016, 11:31 »

Augmentation goals.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #134 on: 30 Mar 2016, 14:34 »

I thought the whale tail in Ardent's dreams was kind of obvious.  He's what, 12? 13? 14?

Or maybe I am... :angel:

I had wondered similar, but thought the joke was perhaps too dated. Apparently not.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #135 on: 30 Mar 2016, 17:17 »

I thought the whale tail in Ardent's dreams was kind of obvious.  He's what, 12? 13? 14?

Or maybe I am... :angel:

I had wondered similar, but thought the joke was perhaps too dated. Apparently not.

Um.. please explain? Regarding ages, I've kind of imagined Ardent at around 15 and put Gavia as about 18. (Ish.)
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #136 on: 30 Mar 2016, 18:54 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #137 on: 31 Mar 2016, 15:44 »

Mildly NSFW:


Ahhhhhh. Thank you! And nowhere near as sordid as I'd suspected.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #138 on: 31 Mar 2016, 17:53 »

Actually, the term had an earlier meaning associated with selfies of distorted - um - tails.  The only example I could find was here.  It's relatively work safe. 

Relatively. 

And it seems it was mostly only in Russia, for a brief period about 7 years ago. 



The fact that I recall hearing about it on this discussion board says more about my not knowing when to leave a party than anything else...
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #139 on: 01 Apr 2016, 13:15 »

Huh, I was thinking more of the expression 'chasing tail'.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #140 on: 02 Apr 2016, 10:35 »

Interesting that he space kids have some sort of telepathic link going. (BTW, I'm firmly in the camp of it being Gavia calling for help, and that the nightwalker is fundamentally unfriendly.)

Note that the loon's posture (in addition to reflecting Gavia's normal clothing choice) is similar to this one, which comes with the caption below.


"The dance of the loon (Gavia immer) is a sign of extreme agitation. It is generally combined with frantic calls and is one of the last defense actions available to loons."
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - March 2016
« Reply #141 on: 02 Apr 2016, 14:09 »

I am pleasantly surprised by the depth of ornithology being put into this comic.
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