– From now I’ll be dealing with typos in the following way. I’ve decided to post each strip as I finish them on the Modest Medusa Discord. Several readers there have offered to review strips and spot typos. Hopefully I’ll be able to get feedback quickly and then post the new strip here for everyone to see. That will be my plan moving forward.
– This strip is… complicated. The idea for this strip goes all the way back to Urano’s death in Modest Medusa Season 2, and the backup story in the Season 2 book involving Marah following Urano’s instructions and searching out the magical spear called Lonesome Ocean, the weapon she uses to storm Dragul’s castle in Season 3 (which also eventually shows up in Ghost Kiss).
At the time of writing Urano’s death in Season 2 my idea was that Season 3 would be about Marah’s adventures trying to follow Urano’s final instructions. She would travel with the pirates and search out the magical spear, and eventually meet the Hand of Autumn and be presented with a chance to go home. During all of this she would have dreams where she spoke to Urano’s Ghost and he revealed more of his plans to her and tried to teach her how to be an Oathbreaker.
But… right after that I introduced Medusa’s sisters in the very last Season 2 strip. This was a complete whim. Totally unplanned. And they completely took over the story, to the point where I eventually abandoned all the ideas for Marah in the first half of Season 3 instead decided to leave what happened to her while she was separated from Modest as a mystery.
Later I realized this was a story I really wanted to tell, but the details had shifted. When I decided to introduce the idea of alternate versions of Marah who had made other choices and were very different people, I also decided to introduce an alternate Urano. A Urano from another timeline (or maybe just a possible Urano. Its not clear if any of these people are actually real or just possibilities created in this moment by the Tower and the Arsenal.) This Urano never died at the hands of the Knight of Chains, and accompanied Marah on her rescue mission. And now this Urano has come through the Tower and the Arsenal, across time and space, to be here for another Marah that needs his help.
I thought it would be nice to bookend the season with Urano. We see him in the first strips as part of Marah’s dream with the Princess, and now we see him again, about to tell Marah how to complete his plan and save her uncle and friend. He wears all black armor because, as I said before, I originally thought he would be a ghost. The design goes back to a print I did for the Modest Medusa season 2 Kickstarter, when I was first working all this out (back when the plan was still for Jake to have died, and for Marah and Medusa to meet him as a Ghost a the end of Season 3)
So that’s what the armor looks like if you let it grow.
The history behind this plot development is interesting. Excitement ramping up, too.
Suddenly Spirit Tracks Zelda shows up.
Yer gonna need three symbolic tokens representing Courage, Power, and Wisdom, then you’ll be given a nifty longsword what’s good at cuttin’ stuff.
Sooo, is this a future Marah, too?
It is best girl.
I thought so too (and commented on in a comment that either hasn’t passed moderation yet or got eaten by server gremlins) but then I read the newspost and this is actually Urano.
I’m guessing full armored Mara.
I’m going out on a limb and saying this is also an alternate Marah, and the serial escalation in differences is such that at this rate I can’t wait until the seventh Marah shows up and is just a sentient shade of the color blue.
I immediately thought Marah had summoned a Stand from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure at the lasy panel.
But fuck yeah third option for running out the dialog of the other two!
Uranooooooo!!!!!! ^_^ Back to help from an alternate dimention. I love it so much
And so we have our third option! 😀
And it’s a glorious one! ^-^
“Also, maybe go with the Drudge Angel job class instead of Oathbreaker. This armor gets really hot in the summer.”
Well, looks like I’m all caught up. Came here from Blue Milk Special a month or two ago, and it has been quite a ride. Thanks for continuing to do this through hell and high water, it’s a really good comic. Can’t wait to see more! I wish you good health, wealth, and happiness for the future!
Thanks so much for coming over!