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    She is about to push him over that rock, then they will fall together and realize their feelings for one another

    Also, I was about to say it feels like we are spending too much time establishing that these two characters fell for each other, but then I remembered it hasn't actually been that many strips it just feels that way because the comic only updates three times a week. Reminds me of why I switched to only reading OOTS when the books come out.
    It's been 27 pages so far and they haven't even started falling for each other yet, so I would say it's been slow even based on the page count. Part of the problem is that Tom is showing us how boring it is for Surma, so it's not surprising that it's kind of boring for us, too. Beyond that, it's about characters that many of us don't care about and they aren't doing things that we are that interested in.

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    I remember that the library has "insect danger" written in Greek on a wall. I wonder if it will come up. (It was when Zimmy was first introduced, I believe).
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    Hm, insects don't typically have babies that look like minature adults. I wonder whether the author knows that.
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    he be peepin

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfeye View Post
    Hm, insects don't typically have babies that look like minature adults. I wonder whether the author knows that.
    Some insects have three cycles instead of four, egg, nymph, and adult. In these cases the adult may not look much different from the nymph stage (praying mantises fall into this category).

    I was reading about golden egg beetles. The female lays eggs on a male, which hatch in a nymph form. Female giant water bugs also lay eggs on the male, although I couldn't find out if they hatched in a nymph form or not. I don't know if this was what Surma say, but it's possible she saw a father and his babies rather than the mother.

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    I like the idea, put forward on the GK forum, that the 'babies' are actually mind controlling parasites and that Surma (and maybe Tony, but definitely her) are infected now. Hence this strange behavior.

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    Maybe ... the plane passed through the Bermuda Triangle on the way to Brazil?

    Quote Originally Posted by eee View Post
    I like the idea, put forward on the GK forum, that the 'babies' are actually mind controlling parasites and that Surma (and maybe Tony, but definitely her) are infected now. Hence this strange behavior.
    Or maybe they spread out and created a mind-control field inside their ring. Or maybe that many babies made Tony's and Surma's hormones kick in excessively for some reason...
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    Yep, I'm going with mind controlling parasites.

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    So...what just happened in the last two panels?

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    Looks like part of the branch fell over? Pretty exciting stuff there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralCheez View Post
    Looks like part of the branch fell over? Pretty exciting stuff there.
    Relatively speaking, it is.

    Once they are done with this, the Court will want Tony and Surma to observe how the Amazonian humidity affects how various brands of paint dries.

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    So . . . I'm going to guess the Court thought watching two slugs bring on the next generation of slugs would give Surma and Tony ideas. I guess the Court was deliberately trying to create Antimony.

    Granted, the way most people seem to feel about slugs, I would have listed this plan under "doomed to failure," but it seems to have worked. Go figure.

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    In all seriousness, considering that all we know of James at this point in time is that he is away, Surma has potentially spent more time with Tony than with James.

    As for weird reactions, I know stories of people having epiphanies of "I want to learn more about a subject I never found interesting before." from experiences like this. Just because we don't like what Tony becomes in the wake of Surma's death doesn't mean he wasn't a good person prior to that.

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    Yeah, but . . . slugs.

    Having been on camping trips where I woke up and got to observe the shadows of slugs crawling all over the tend, I can tell you that the feelings the inspire are "ick" and not romantic.
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    Boy, this comic became NSFW pretty quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mith View Post
    Just because we don't like what Tony becomes in the wake of Surma's death doesn't mean he wasn't a good person prior to that.
    Donald seemed to indicate that Tony was pretty much the same when he was young as when he was older. It's not that he was bad person, but he was odd and unfriendly. Donald was the only person who wanted to be around him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    So . . . I'm going to guess the Court thought watching two slugs bring on the next generation of slugs would give Surma and Tony ideas. I guess the Court was deliberately trying to create Antimony.
    Unless you're suggesting they also engineered the tragic event which caused the last minute change of plans (which I'm inferring was the death of a close family member, but I may be off-base there), I'm not sure that follows. Sure, the Court's powerful and amoral, but they'd have to:
    a) create Anja's family emergency (maybe killing someone)
    b) know that Donny would choose to go with her instead of going with Tony
    c) know that Surma would volunteer to go in his place (an action which surprised even her best friend).

    It's possible, but it feels a lot like gambit roulette (warning: tvtropes link).
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    Unless you're suggesting they also engineered the tragic event which caused the last minute change of plans (which I'm inferring was the death of a close family member, but I may be off-base there), I'm not sure that follows. Sure, the Court's powerful and amoral, but they'd have to:
    a) create Anja's family emergency (maybe killing someone)
    b) know that Donny would choose to go with her instead of going with Tony
    c) know that Surma would volunteer to go in his place (an action which surprised even her best friend).

    It's possible, but it feels a lot like gambit roulette (warning: tvtropes link).
    It would be enough to give her fake news of death in the family. By the time she found the truth, Surma and Tony would be gone on their insectslug-fest quest.

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    Another option is that the Court took advantage of an opportunity they saw.

    Like, okay, let's say the Court wanted Antimony, potentially to study how she grew up. This means having her grow up in the Court, ideally with a parent who would be amenable to the Court's perspective, and let them poke and prod at their daughter for Science.

    So, Surma was pretty close to Eglamore, next in line to be the Dragonslayer, he's a pretty good choice as far as things go, but far from perfect, especially on the "Would let them use his daughter for Science" front.

    Anthony Carver on the other hand, at least looks to be the ideal member of the Court. Emotionally detached, cold, highly intelligent, methodical, and obedient.

    When they heard that Surma an Tony were going on the trip together, they decided to help things along. Give them an assignment that would have them sitting next to each other for several hours each day with nothing to do but talk and stare at a tree.

    If nothing happens, whatever, they'll work with Eglamore. But if they can get Surma and Tony together, they imagine that it would be easy to convince Tony to let the Court study his daughter, especially if Surma was stuck in a hospital bed during that time.

    But, in the end, Tony showed more spine than they imagined, took Surma and Antimony away from the court, tried to cure Surma himself, and only sent Antimony to the court after Surma died. Maybe it was too late for them to do whatever it is they wanted to do with her at that point, or maybe he was just so out of it with grief that he didn't care.
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    Boy, this comic became NSFW pretty quick.
    Hot, slimy slug sex. (nod, nod)

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    Will these two just bone already so we can move on to characters that aren't terrible and/or dead before the start of the comic


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    Mind control. No doubt about it.

    Or she really got off on watching the slugs...

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    I find it amusingly characteristic of Tony that even now he looks surprised and kind of oblivious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fawkes View Post
    Will these two just bone already so we can move on to characters that aren't terrible and/or dead before the start of the comic
    Well, there they go apparently.
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    I wonder how Kat's mom heard this story?

    In Donald's room

    Surma: At first I was bored out of my skull but then countless little younglings exploded from this amazing beetlette. It happened right under my nose. So hot! And, and! These two slugs dangling from a branch made out in front of us. I just couldn't stop myself after that. I shugged Tony Wonny silly when we returned to the hut.

    Anja: You, you what?!

    Donald: Way to go, my man!

    Tony (seriously): Donald, I managed to grab my thermostat just in time. Surma was smoking hot. 41.3 degrees Celsius to be exact. Can you imagine?

    Anja, Donald:

    Eglamore: But what about me????

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    Not mind control.

    Brain damage.

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    I sincerely hope we get more explanation, cause otherwise what the frick just happened?

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    I sincerely hope we get more explanation, cause otherwise what the frick just happened?
    Surma sexually harassed Tony.

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    Seems reasonably in character for Surma, given what we've learned about her.

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    And then the chair fell backward and the both died, leading to Annie looking at Anja very confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRSASD View Post
    I sincerely hope we get more explanation, cause otherwise what the frick just happened?
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