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The Adventure Continues

Return fire from the Moon levels Sedna's cabin - she is not happy as she now has no clothes!
Gavia the mortal
A terrible invasion by War Machines from space
Pissed off, Alice and Sedna declare war on the Praeses - which is what they were aiming for
Ardent is angry - Don't make Ardent angry, you wouldn't like him when he's angry
Hijinks as Gavia has learn to cope without her Nanotech
The Praeses finally put in an appearance
Alice has terrible flashbacks to the war
The arrival of the flying restaraunt serving Spathe Pizza, Ham and Waffles with Coffee
Purple Space Monkey Dishwasher
Whaterver happens, you can bet it won't be in this Poll

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Author Topic: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016  (Read 26059 times)

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Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« on: 01 May 2016, 14:50 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #1 on: 01 May 2016, 17:31 »

I suspect Gavia being a nano-free zone will make her even cheerier than before. Massive character growth imminent, however. Looking forward to seeing the aftermath of Nightflyergate.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #2 on: 02 May 2016, 09:36 »

So. Many. Questions.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #3 on: 03 May 2016, 11:31 »

Ummm, looks like team rocket is blasting off again??
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #4 on: 03 May 2016, 11:38 »

That is actually a thought... The assumption is that the THOOM was a beam weapon or a signal, and the red light was either the aftermath or a response from either the moon or something in orbit. Which people have pointed out shouldn't be seen by the naked eye from Earth. What if it's neither, but rather the red glow is the ascending glow of some physical object that was launched by the nanobird? We could be seeing a retreating fireball as it tears through the atmosphere at escape velocity.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #5 on: 03 May 2016, 19:41 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #6 on: 06 May 2016, 12:50 »

We might also wonder whether Gavia is alive at all, and if so in what sort of state of health, having apparently been dropped from a couple of hundred feet up in the air with a loss of clothing and quite possibly nanotech.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #7 on: 06 May 2016, 14:14 »

We might also wonder whether Gavia is alive at all, and if so in what sort of state of health, having apparently been dropped from a couple of hundred feet up in the air with a loss of clothing and quite possibly nanotech.

I suspect that the next volume will start with Gavia opening her eyes and finding that the scary lady isn't so scary when your worst nightmare has come true and she genuinely wants you to be well again.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #8 on: 06 May 2016, 15:03 »

I think Gavia will still be alive, but stripped of her Nanotech.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #9 on: 09 May 2016, 14:49 »

Aaaand it's Tuesday! Fingers crossed we get strip one, chapter five today; a new chapter for Gavia in many ways.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #10 on: 09 May 2016, 15:39 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #11 on: 09 May 2016, 16:59 »

We're waiting for it to move Fjord as well.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #12 on: 09 May 2016, 17:44 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #13 on: 10 May 2016, 03:08 »

We're waiting for it to move Fjord as well.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #14 on: 10 May 2016, 06:22 »

"To the MOON, Alice!"
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #15 on: 10 May 2016, 07:24 »

The comic returns...

Where on earth has a duck appeared from?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #16 on: 10 May 2016, 07:27 »

It's not a duck, it's a Loon, Latin species name Gavia.

We've seen this bird before, when she telepathically called Ardent for help. I think that it may be her spirit animal and it may be an indication that she has gifts that go far, far beyond those provided by technology.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #17 on: 10 May 2016, 07:28 »

Thanks - I'd failed to tie those together.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #18 on: 10 May 2016, 09:50 »

There is no more Gavia. There is only Loon Woman.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #19 on: 10 May 2016, 11:17 »

Sounds like NW stripped out every last one of her 'bots. If her body can't rebuild them on her own, she has literally the most difficult time of her entire life ahead of her, physically and mentally. Her senses will be limited to the crude ones provided by mere biology; it must feel like being buried in the ground. If her brain was augmented, she may not even have her own identity or memory intact. And no matter how hard she works now, she will never exceed baseline human in ability without somehow re-acquiring her tech.

My guess is once she's strong enough for these realizations to start sinking in, her first response will be a suicide attempt.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #20 on: 10 May 2016, 14:22 »

May be? It will be a rough ride, but I somehow get the impression that Gavia is too strong to try a suicide (and Jeph is unlikely to take the story into such a direction). I'm rather hoping something like the Futurama episode where Fry's body+mind were getting enhanced by some micro-organisms (causing Leela to like him), but he enters his body, Fantastic Voyage style, and talks the invaders into letting it be. As in he needs to know whether Leela loves his true self...
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #21 on: 10 May 2016, 14:22 »

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #22 on: 10 May 2016, 14:23 »

Given that the Night Walker ignored him, there is still the question of where Ardent's strange abilities comes from (and whether Gavia has a version of it to fall back on).
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #23 on: 10 May 2016, 14:29 »

yeah the more we get into this the more I'm thinking that Gavia and Ardent were sent for two very specific purposes by Someone, and it'll take all of Alice's (and Sedna's) savvy and pluck to figure out the big game in time (if she even does)
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #24 on: 10 May 2016, 14:43 »

I would approve if Jeph made it clear that the Someone has planned this very carefully over a number of decades and made a good enough job of predicting Alice's reactions and abilities that she won't be able to stop the initial phases from going according to plan. It's as things develop and become more chaotic (and thus the outcome of any interaction geometrically more and more difficult to predict) that Alice and her allies will start to derail the Big Bad Plot.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #25 on: 10 May 2016, 15:02 »

Ok, long shot. What if Ardent was supposed to reboot Gavia after this incident?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #26 on: 10 May 2016, 15:28 »

Ok, long shot. What if Ardent was supposed to reboot Gavia after this incident?
I SERIOUSLY doubt it. Gavia's a person, not a machine, no matter what she may of had in her. Plus it's not like she actually needs them to live, she just uses them for everything cause she's lazy. lol

Also, anyone else wondering if Gavia is going to look different now and that's why this page is all blackness, aka what Gavia is currently seeing as she slowly wakes.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #27 on: 10 May 2016, 17:36 »

I wonder how she's going to react once she fully awakens and finds she's been stripped of her Nanotech?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #28 on: 10 May 2016, 22:18 »

The nightwalker's component nanomachines - including Gavia's - are still around, somewhere.  Just scattered to the winds. 

Will they recognise their former host when she walks by? 


She has a long road to walk - not hover along. 
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #29 on: 11 May 2016, 06:36 »

So does this mean the form the Night Walker took to fire at the moon (or whatever it did) was Gavia's Loon?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #30 on: 11 May 2016, 06:48 »

I wonder how she's going to react once she fully awakens and finds she's been stripped of her Nanotech?

The full sequence of grief, I suspect:
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After all, Gavia pretty much used her nanotech for everything that she did. She's going to feel like she's been rendered quadriplegic at first!
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #31 on: 11 May 2016, 11:31 »

The nightwalker's component nanomachines - including Gavia's - are still around, somewhere.  Just scattered to the winds. 

Are they? Or were most of them used up in the shot at the moon?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #32 on: 11 May 2016, 12:51 »

No, it looks like they dissipated into the atmosphere after she shot that signal to the moon.

Anyone ever consider that the Nightwalker may have been the cause of The Blink in the first place?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #33 on: 11 May 2016, 14:32 »

Surely Alice would have known something like that - and her previous laid-back attitude to the Night Walker suggests she didn't see it as that serious a threat.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #34 on: 11 May 2016, 22:50 »

I wonder how she's going to react once she fully awakens and finds she's been stripped of her Nanotech?

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She blamed Ardent for getting them marooned on Earth so if anyone is going to feel the brunt of her anger it will be him.  What will likely keep her going is the hope that the rocket scientists can get her and Ardent home where she can get new nanotech if at all possible. 
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #35 on: 12 May 2016, 09:40 »

A possibility for the next strip (with apologies to J R R Tolkien)

Gavia opens her eyes and everything is a blur for a moment.

GAVIA: "Wh... what...?"

ALICE: "You're safe. This is the clinic that the Archeophiles have at their town around the old Space Centre."

GAVIA: "What... happened...?"

ALICE: "That is a story for later. What matters is this: You've been in a trauma-induced coma for more than six months. It's 23rd December 7055, by the old calendar, a Saturday, for what it's worth. Frankly, we thought that we'd lost you..."

Gavia looks over and we get a look at warmly smiling Alice, long hair restored and wearing something that looks disturbingly like sci-fi BDUs.

ALICE: "But, it seems that Ardent was right; you have a strength in you that goes beyond technology, girl!"
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #36 on: 12 May 2016, 10:58 »

It's quite surreal how the conversation is taking place in pitch duckness.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #37 on: 12 May 2016, 16:53 »

I suppose that Gavia is avoiding Peking
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #38 on: 12 May 2016, 19:20 »

Everything that happens now is just Gavia's dream.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #39 on: 12 May 2016, 19:21 »

Dream interpretation is tricky.  Is Gavia's spirit animal seeking Ardent, her nanotech, or life itself? 
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #40 on: 12 May 2016, 20:58 »

Is Gavia telling the loon not to go, or is Ardent telling Gavia not to go?
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #41 on: 12 May 2016, 21:10 »

Maybe the loon is a representation of her nanos
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #42 on: 12 May 2016, 21:27 »

That was my reaction, too. 



So it's probably not right.   :-\
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #43 on: 12 May 2016, 22:17 »

Maybe the loon is a representation of her nanos

Or maybe she's just ducking the issues.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #44 on: 12 May 2016, 23:49 »

It was definitely Gavia talking to the loon. I'm still guessing that it was her 'spirit animal' of some kind. Maybe it had been holding her to life until her body was sufficiently recovered from the trauma to support itself.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #45 on: 13 May 2016, 04:26 »

So it seems I had it backwards. There is no more Loon Woman, there is only Gavia. And I suspect Gavia is going to have a really hard time adjusting to that.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #46 on: 13 May 2016, 14:35 »

I myself am in the camp that says the Loon represents Gavias Nanotech, so that definitely means she's lost it to The Nightwalker.

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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #47 on: 13 May 2016, 16:16 »

Guys, guys... I think you are reading way too much into this.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #48 on: 13 May 2016, 16:35 »

Well, yeah. That's what we do here.
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Re: Alice Grove MCDLT - May 2016
« Reply #49 on: 13 May 2016, 16:41 »

Yeah, that's half the fun.
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