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  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Ah, someone just proved “no one ever looks up” wrong :D
    I wonder what particular signifiance has the ribbon around her arm. Seeing her disdain after use, it was maybe a temporary catalyst for the spell, or something to bing/hide that bracelet from (what ?) during the transfert.

    • Geoff

      It looks like the same cloth Superbia used to tie Izzy’s wrists back on the Aug 4 page. Tracking spell?

      • Darth Fez

        Yeah, appears to be a standard “track via personal item” thing. Plus nap.

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        Ooh good point.

      • rainycity1

        Good eye!

  • John

    And… Here’s trouble, right on cue.
    So the initial chase after Harry and Isabella was handled by Avarita, Invidia, and Superbia, and now we’ve got Acedia, Ira, and Gula going after them. Looks like the spirit Luxuria is sending his (expendable) human minions out to do the dirty work…

  • Darth Fez

    Henry tosses the bottle overboard in 3… 2… 1…

    • l33tninja

      hoping for this

      • BONG!

        …and Ms Acedia has a good laugh.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          Assuming she’s awake to see it.

    • DavidArgall

      No. If he was going to toss anything overboard, that would have been the way the party below discovered the heroes were going by air.

      • Ganurath

        Don’t ruin this for us.

  • Tikatu

    Looks like Ira has a weapon strapped to her back. Wanna bet it’s something long range?

    • When Mr Barber turns up at Mr Cunningham’s with a wheelbarrow full of kindling, he’ll be able to say ‘It wasn’t my fault this time, honest. I got shot down by a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile!’

      • tali

        Yeaaaah… wanna bet Victor’s heared that one before?

      • “Pull the other one! It’s got bells on.”

    • Sanjay Merchant

      I thought that was a container with some pre-prepared circles, like Voss’s rival Malform Busters gang had.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        (Had? Will have? Stupid flashbacks messing with tenses.)

  • Geist

    It would have been hilarious if that transport/seeking spell had been done just bit earlier when the flying boat was over open water…..

    to bad that Sloth took that nap, I would have loved the reaction from Ira (Wrath) from getting dumped in the water. ;)

    • Dud

      You mean later – by the remaining light in the sky they’re just crossing the coast and heading out to sea from somewhere in the upper reaches of the Bristol channel – it’s a very high tide too. It’s lucky they are flying as Lundy rises almost vertically from the water and there’s nowhere safe to leave or tie up a small boat. Usually visitors are dropped at the bottom of the steps and the boat sheers off and returns a few hours later but those two can just drop in at the top and save half an hour’s climb.

      • Geist

        You know what, it never occurred to me that they might just be leaving the coast of England instead of arriving at the island (thanks for the analysis) we’ll see next update how this goes (and a bit of Chekhov’s gun with that magic sail there if that is a gun on Ira’s back….)

        • Sanjay Merchant

          An unusually literal example of Chekhov’s Gun if that is indeed the case.

          (And yes, I am aware the term stems from a Chekhov quote in which a literal gun was the example, but I feel like the term rarely gets applied to a literal gun these days.)

    • Geoff

      There would be… a lot of steam to blow off.

  • So, if wizards can teleport, why are the heroes mucking about with flying boats? And, out of interest, which spirit would you summon to teleport? Sorry, as a geek I’m fascinated by the mechanics of this unique magic system that Ms Ashwin has created.

    Edit: OK, well spotted Geoff / Darth Fez. It’s tracking rather than teleport. Still wonder which spirit is doing the transport though. Any thoughts?

    • Circumstances, and the wizard themselves, have to be 100% correct for it to work. Acedia is quite good at it because she’s far too lazy to actually travel anywhere, and that kinda fuels the spirit she called on. Also, you don’t know what she gave in exchange..

      • Sanjay Merchant

        I was just logging in to say that I LOVE that teleportation is powered by Sloth. Teleportation magic: for when you are literally too lazy to pass through the intervening space.

      • Firedog

        I just hope it was something like a week of sleep, a right hand, or a chunk of life. The traditional stuff, from jolly good times when “mana transfer” did not require wrestling with a metaphoric dragon to pull off.

        • Darkoneko Hellsing

          I…I see what you did there.

          • Sanjay Merchant

            Well, I sure as heck don’t. :insert confused emoticon here:

            • Darkoneko Hellsing

              It’s a ref to the Fate/stay night anime where…. they have *cough* interesting ways of resplenishing mana.

              • Jordan Hiller

                I really don’t like that adaptation. The UBW adaptation by Ufotable is so much better.

                • Darkoneko Hellsing

                  Oh, they have hidden/changed a sex scene in both, anyway :)

                  • Jordan Hiller

                    True, but at least they didn’t use an awful CGI dragon in the UBW one.That was just pathetic.

                    • Darkoneko Hellsing

                      That was hilarously badly hidden, seriously. I haven’t read the visual novels at all and yet immediatly thought “there HAD to be a sex scene there”.

                    • Jordan Hiller

                      Seriously, I don’t know who Studio Deen thought they were fooling with that.

                    • Darkoneko Hellsing

                      They probably weren’t trying to fool people XD I mean, even the Fate/UBW one is fairly obvious.

                    • Jordan Hiller

                      At least the UBW one didn’t go off into WTF territory like the Deen one did.

                      “Oh, they’re making a temporary magic contract” vs. “I’m going to feed part of your soul/magic circuits to Saber’s inner dragon”

    • tali

      The reason heroes are mucking about with flying boats? Because it’s just cool. And because Henry needed something to impress and convince the lady to, uh… come aboard;)

      • That makes sense, especially the second reason. Here’s a disturbing thought. If Victor Cunningham had a practical flying boat in 1792, why aren’t the skies full of them by 1834? Or put it another way, are Lord Barber and Ms Holt about to discover the basic flaw that means flying boats aren’t a practical means of transport?

        • Sanjay Merchant

          Maybe it’s a particularly difficult summon? Also, imbuing metal is apparently especially tricky, and creating a wooden craft of sufficient size for things like mass-transport and shipping might be too much weight (unsure of how magic interacts with pesky things like physics).

          So maybe the economics and practical limitations are such that it’s not really viable for more than the occasional pleasure craft for the wealthy and non-acrophobic.

          I mean, ballooning goes back at least that far, but it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that you get blimps transporting large numbers of passengers. (And then the bad publicity from the Hidenburg and the rise of jet aircraft killed that.)

        • MoeLane

          Interchangeable parts.

          No, really. You can’t get flying boats en masse unless you figure out some way to make the manufacturing process *not* dependent on individual craftsmen working in their workshops. Even in 1834 they’d still be working out the details of mass production.

        • DavidArgall

          That would seem the more desirable way [except in the view of Barber & Holt]. Besides explaining this point, we can have the pair make their getaway, and, suddenly they are not making their getaway.
          But since we are sorta copying history here, we don’t want the plane to be anything beyond an impractical oddity.

          • Sanjay Merchant

            Well a (non-magical) plane has one major advantage over magical flight: proximity to an Anchor is irrelevant. In fact, I suspect that that might be the major reason magical flying boats didn’t take off (rimshot): if you’re not within a fairly small radius of an Anchor, they become ordinary boats. So you can use one to hop between the British Isles, but if you want to go to Paris or Rome (much less New York or Jerusalem or something), you need something non-magical.

            • Dud

              I assume the mast and sails are some sort of sympathetic magic. If that vessel put down on water it wouldn’t sail – not without installing some rigging and unpinning the jib leech – as it is it would just drift downwind out of control and probably sideways. The circles must generate all the thrust.
              Even if it could sail it’s far too small for those waters, wind over tide kicks up some nasty seas.

              • You’ll have to forgive me for simplifying the rigging- I have to draw this thing an awful lot, and I’d like to get it done sometime this century :)

                • Dud

                  Understood – but you’ve got the jib on backwards…

                  • Oops, oh well. Sail plans are extremely confusing to someone who doesn’t know anything nautical even a little, and while I did a fair bit of research, a few hours of googling is nothing compared to actually being familiar with boats!

              • Sanjay Merchant

                Hey I never said it would be a USEFUL boat. :-P

        • tali

          I think Vic’s never gonna want to make one of these after Henry’s done with this one:)

          • svartalf

            I’m thinking Vic’s never gonna speak to ‘im again after Henry’s done with this one… >:-D

            • tali

              That too:)

  • Euodiachloris

    Acedia: “Whatever, dude.” xD

  • MoeLane

    I like how everything Ms. Ira says has an exclamation point.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Have we ever heard Mr. Gula say a word? Starting to wonder if he even has a tongue.

    • John

      He grunted (variations of Hrrn and Grrn) during the fight with Ethan and Samuel in the pantry and in several of the pages he’s been in for this chapter, but he has not actual uttered any actual words yet.

    • Geoff

      Given his bailiwick, I’m quite certain he has at LEAST one.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        I dunno, given Invidia and Superbia’s dialogue, it seems that these people, outside of Mr. Luxuria, are humans and he’s giving them what they want, I can see him infusing someone who’d lost his tongue with Gluttony so that he could taste properly again.

  • Nonesuch

    Wrath often blinds itself to its surroundings.
    Beware when it becomes aware of them…

  • Proving that the Big Guy isn’t as dumb as some assume.

  • Michael Brewer

    Ok, so, if they’re just humans, have their character traits been magically enhanced or are they just naturally like that? I find it difficult to credit that anyone could be as one note as these people without magical influence, but I suppose it is possible.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      My pet theory is that they have, possibly unknowingly, been connected to their namesakes somehow.

      • ThisCat

        My guess is they are just very carefully selected, but it could go either way.

        • Iituem

          I would assume that they were strong embodiments of the Deadlies to start with, and association with Luxuria has ‘accentuated’ them to the point of parody. I can only assume Lux does this deliberately because it’s bored and misses home.

  • Talewinds

    My Quebec ancestors have had flying boats for years.
    Of course there’s the matter of a deal with the devil……
    http://www.ma-cavale-au-canada.com/wp-content/uploads/image/Lachassegalerie2.jpg

    • Shee Soon Theng

      XD

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