Sunday 21st July 2013
Sorry people, no comic this week. A combination of illness and the dreaded blue-screen-of-death on my main pc has meant I'm just not up to working on the strip.
I will get one up next week hopefully, as well as the Q and A article with Aki and Bob.
In the meantime, the Servants of the Imperium TV Tropes page could use some love, if any of you want to give it a bit of attention that'd be cool (it feels a bit self-indulgent to do it myself).
Q and A with Brianna
Sunday 14th July 2013
Brianna is, I think, the character who has shown the most character development over the course of the story so far. Krin, Severus and Lyle's personalities have changed slightly as I write the strips, but the syn-skin clad assassin is the one who has made the most actual personal development in response to the plot.
When she first showed up Brianna was a hard-as-nails no-nonsense killing machine who wasn't overly interested in Severus and Co, only using them to further her own goals. As the comic has progressed Brianna has slowly had her edges knocked off by a combination of working as part of a team for an extended period, Krin's affection and the betrayal of her own temple when she needed them most.
Originally Brianna didn't have much of a personality beyond a will to do violence and a massive sense of duty to her temple. Now I quite like where she is, personality-wise. Broken characters are often the most interesting, and within Brianna's head there's a nice little war between her sense of duty and her growing realisation that there is more to life beyond blindly following orders from her superiors. Although she's still loyal to the Templum Secretum, the seeds of doubt are there.
One character trait that hasn't changed is Brianna's capacity for violence. She's easily the most violent of all the characters in SotI, and her motivation is a little different as well. While Krin does his fair share of damage in combat, everything he does is to defend his friends and colleagues. When Brianna goes to town, it's 100% motivated by a simple desire to kill everything that isn't a loyal citizen of the Imperium of Mankind.
Currently I don't think I've truly plumbed the depths of Brianna's character, or her abilities, but I'm looking forwards to doing so in future strips.
One last thing, before we get onto your questions. A few people seem to think that the results of strip 172 (in which Brianna finally admits her feelings for Krin) mean Brianna and Krin are now a bona-fide couple and have, as a result, slept together.
I wish to disabuse you all of this belief.
Brianna has flashed Krin her goods and kissed him on the cheek; that's all. Krin doesn't even know what she really looks like under that mask. As for their relationship, Brianna's words in strip 172 were "Once this is over, and my duty is done... maybe we could be together".
They're not happily ever after yet folks.
Ok, on to your questions.
Q: Your syn-skin is sprayed on, does that make showering hard? Also, does that mean that technically you're running around naked?
A: The syn-skin breaks down my bodily secretions; I have no need to shower. It is also self-healing, to a degree, meaning I only need to reapply it when large tears appear.
As for the second question; no comment.
Q: You and your sisters in the assassin temple all look very similar; is purple hair part of the uniform?
A: Look very similar? I suppose the syn-skin could make us look similar, to an untrained eye. Purple is a heraldic colour of the temple; we dye our hair in tribute.
Q: You usually use weapons. I assume you were also trained in unarmed combat since you're meant to be a living weapon, right?
A: Indeed, I am trained in numerous forms of armed and unarmed combat. I once killed a man with nothing more than my little fingers and the big toe of my left foot.
Q: How much of you is bionic? Did you choose to have the upgrades, or were they because of injuries?
A: I am no longer sure how much of me is my original flesh. Both my eyes are bionic, as is my left arm and most of my spine. There are a number of upgrades, I forget how many. I did not choose the bionics; some were given to me by the temple as part of my training, the others were to correct battlewounds.
Next week I will cover both Aki and Bob; any questions please send them in!
Q and A with Lyle
Sunday 7th July 2013
Lyle is, in a way, the character who started Servants of the Imperium. After running my usual Dark Heresy game for my friends one week I drew a single-panel strip about a psyker complaining that people's heads just sometimes spontaneously explode. Not that happened in any of my games. Nope.
Then I drew another strip, and another. Thus was SotI born.
So, like I said, Lyle kind of started this comic.
Over the course of the story Lyle's character hasn't really changed that much from his initial concept. He's the straight-man of the group, the voice of reason and also the most sarcastic character. Most of the humour from Lyle comes from his dry observational wit about the situations or characters.
In this, Lyle and I are very similar; my main form of personal humour is sarcasm -just ask my long-suffering wife- so I guess Lyle is drawn from that side of my personality.
Breaking down his character, Lyle's defining traits are his calm and logic. He's highly intelligent, in fact he's easily smarter than Severus, but not so great in social situations. As a savant he can memorise huge quantities of information and recall them instantly with perfect clarity. He's like a walking library. With psychic powers.
One thing that was never really intention is Lyle's relationship with the other characters. He and Severus have a mutual respect for each other; in fact Lyle is the only character within the retinue to call Severus by his first name rather than 'my lord' or a variation thereof.
Lyle's relationship with Krin is much more fun. I like the buddies-for life dynamic that has evolved between the two characters. I would say the pair of them are also starting to rub off on each other; with Krin becoming slightly more intellectual with his approach to situations and Lyle stealing stuff if he thinks he can get away with it.
In Severus' Q&A I said that he has a dark side that we haven't seen yet. Lyle also has a dark side, but I like to think it's a little closer to the surface. He has a temper and as a psyker is capable of some pretty impressive damage when riled up. If Lyle ever tips over the edge and really looses control, you can be sure things will get really bad, really fast.
Next week I'll be talking about Brianna. It seems no one had any questions about Lyle this week, but I know some of you want to know about our favourite assassin! Send your questions in to the usual address.
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