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Pg. 20: Eyes in the Sky

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Audrey and Link scramble to find their AWOL agent!

Without getting too bogged down in the technical details, the Pack has a unique power system. Energy is always flowing into the device. This is a double edged sword. On one hand it means the user has a technological advantage. But if the energy overflows the Pack becomes volatile and prone to damage that would be irreversible in the field. Orson has hounded Audrey to provide simple solutions to the damaged-in-the-field problem. This request has clashed hard against a promise he made when she joined his team: No one will ever know the inner-workings of this specific technology, including him. In the years they’ve worked together Orson and Link are no closer to understanding exactly how the Pack works now, than they were on day one. Link thinks her taciturn response to Pack specific questions are because Audrey’s too lazy to explain it in English. Orson’s theory is much darker.

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Pg. 19: Patch In, Patch Out

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Orson’s team scrambles to catch up with Markesha before their cover’s blown.

After immigrating to Trinity Audrey’s first job was working in a mechanic shop. There she began to learn English as she repaired and built vehicles for customers. Audrey befriended the Outlander scavenger who sold parts to the shop owner, and convinced the scavenger to let her come along. Combing through the wreckage of the Old World Audrey found the last needed parts for her bike. Over the years she cobbled together other parts and modified the bike. It continues to be a work in progress. Audrey affectionately named it Vlad. Orson prefers to call it, “an accident waiting to happen.”

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Pg. 18: Unconvinced

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Julian dodges Orson’s questions, but they’re interrupted by HSF guards. The other inmates worry for Julian’s fate.

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Public executions were common during the wild and rough early history of Trinity, but have since fallen out of favor. Now, executions are only shown during special circumstances and broadcast to the public. The favored method of execution by the HSF is through firing range. Multiple prisoners are brought to the top of the wall. They’re lined up on the edge of the wall with ropes tied around the ankles and anchored in place. When shot the executed fall backward they’re left to hang from the edge of the wall for a few days. While public executions have fallen out of favor, the hanging bodies are usually so small most people don’t notice them.

Pg. 17: Turnabout

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Julian wants to get some answers, but Orson turns into the one asking questions.

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The SADP sigil is a bastardization of an Old World flag from South America. It depicts a white crescent representing the moon over a blue field representing the earth. Popular thought in the SADP is that the moon is a guardian of the earth. Therefore, they see themselves as protectors of their lands, and seek to find, preserve and guard all manner of flora and fauna. The flip side of this is that the SADP has a well earned reputation of theft. Other city-states rarely welcome SADP humanitarian aid due to fear of some part of their plant or seed stores turning up missing.

Pg. 16: Hard Pass

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It’s never a good day when you lose the new hire and your secret tech in broad daylight.

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The rooftop access to the Nin apartment was added by Markesha’s mother, Cassie. The latch and hinge system was installed for quicker access to the clotheslines on the rooftop. Over the years this windows function has served less as a path to getting laundry done and more as a convenient escape hatch for Markesha. It’s gotten to the point that Toshi doesn’t really expect Markesha to use the front door anymore.

Pg. 15: Locked In

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Link’s let the cat out of the bag about Orson’s situation and Markesha is suddenly feeling very locked in.

Orson’s onboarding process for a new agent usually begins with a one-on-one conversation in a quiet location. This talk includes topics such as payment plan, security procedure, safeguards, and mission objectives.  If and when the recruit agrees, only then does the work of outfitting and training the new agent begin. Should the recruit refuse the job Orson takes swift measures to insure his projects continued secrecy.

Pg. 14: Hard Packed

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Arguments and introducing exotic technology to skittish rookies are always a great combination.

 

Due to the C-Amp Silk material the suit is made of tailoring cannot be accomplished through the usual scissor, needle and thread affair. The best way to modify a suit like the one Markesha’s wearing is to use heat. Tailoring has had to be done in the past, so Audrey gathered an industrial laser cutter, large calipers, an adjustable wrench and a questionable power source to create the perfect tailoring tool. The cutter emits a bright hot beam of energy that simultaneously cuts and cauterizes the fabric closed. Thankfully the material of the suit dissipates the heat well enough that residual burns aren’t a problem.

Dragon, Dragon, Rock the Dragon!

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This week the team pauses it’s normal posting due to a sudden onslaught of Dragons~!

We’re gearing up for a weekend of working the largest convention in the Southeast US, DragonCon! Our own Alan is a featured guest this year, and will be speaking on multiple panels about creating comics, character design and more. Character Artist Havana will be joining us through the con, as well as our editor Dee. If you’re headed to the convention you’ll find us in the Comic and Pop Artists Alley at table 412! We’ll be back soon!

Pg. 13: Fitted for Trouble

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Audrey flubs an apology to Markesha, but (thankfully?) Link interrupts by dropping a bombshell.

The suit that Markesha’s wearing is made of a material called Carbon Ampullate Silk (or C-Amp Silk for short). This fabric is unique in the source of it’s base materials for thread – carbon fiber, and artificial spider silk. C-Amp Silk is highly prized and extremely expensive due to the complex and long process of creating it’s unique fibers. The material is versatile in uses as it’s lightweight, stretchy, 98% waterproof and able to absorb energy. These properties make for a perfect battle uniform.

Unfortunately the last suit the team has on hand is flawed, and served as a testing ground for integrating Audrey’s tech into the suit. The artificial spider silk is a lower quality which made it easier to modify for testing, but less of a perfect candidate for Orson’s recruits. The last remaining suit is shrapnel resistant at best, but it’d be a stretch to call it bullet proof.

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