Trevor is dead! And Eric is a Distressed Dude again! Move along! Go home, people! Nothing to see here! [Yukitty whistles innocently]
Ah, the age-old question, does chainmail beat knife claw…things. (I still don’t know what to call them.)
Trevor’s chainmail was eaten by Jericho’s acid early in the comic. His abdomen area has no protection if I remember correctly.
I thought it was just TO the chainmail, destroying the shirt, but the chainmail being, more or less, intact.
chainmail iirc doesn’t do so good with stabbings, its for slashes
I should probably take a moment to remind people that Alaster’s claws are designed for clinging to walls and are only sharp on the tips, which hook at a 90 degree angle. Not pleasant to get punched with, but they are basically just big metal rectangles from the angle of this impact.
too late, he ded. you drew him stabbed where theres no chainmail. no going back now 😉 has to be zombie or demon now. only way. also cyborg.
I think surprisingly enough ‘claws’ is the correct term here.
I’m not sure if I’m seeing this properly, but…
Alaster gets the first swing, which I think both brothers dodge. Then he swings again, comes up short of hitting Eric but Trevor does a sort of stunt fall where he catches himself on that bandaged arm as his drill begins to appear, and then does a counter-attack with the drill forcing Alaster to dodge away, before springing off a piece of rubble and diving into Trevor claws first.
…Ironically enough, I think this kinda proves the point about Maxwell being OP-Alaster is faster to the point of getting to control this fight with Trevor fairly easily-if he was alone Alaster could gank him no problem I bet.
Though I’m a bit surprised Eric just ends up staring as this all goes down, but I figure 1. aiming a blast with Archive is easier said then done, for starters, and there’s always the risk of friendly fire. 2. Junior could have some anti-magic tricks in him, in fact, his outfit directly suggests this with that leystone array on his back. anti-magic at a touch, perhaps.
Now as for how the fight goes?
Either the drill, or Trevor in general is too slow to keep up with Alaster. He needs to free Eric the first chance he gets, or he’s likely going to lose this. I might be underestimating him, but as far as I can tell, Alaster has overall better physical prowess AND the edge in combat skill, and with Trevor being reliant on magic weaponry as opposed to an elemental power he could use to say, shield himself or blast Alaster, he’s in a bad spot…Doesn’t help that when I think on it, Trevor I don’t recall as ever fighting someone and winning…
Junior is pinning Eric’s arms down by wrapping his arms and legs around him. Eric couldn’t aim anything if he channels mana through his arms/hands like normal mages do. Usually, more experienced or combat trained mages don’t have this kind-of glaring weakness in their casting method. So if you see someone using magic without use of their limbs or a focus item like a staff or tome, they’re insanely good at it from the trend I’ve seen in the comic.
From what I can tell, all mages can cast magic through their hands, but the notable differences I can remember off the top of my head are as follows:
Arrie has been seen casting magic through a staff.
Eric can cast magic using a tome.
Kevin can channel mana through his suit.
Merry can cast wind magic through her scythe.
Azgrut channels mana through his entire body to activate suit powers.
Iggy can cast Earth magic through his feet (though, this could easily be a trait of a standard Earth Mage rather than him being trained/practiced in it).
Victus also has been seen to cast through his feet to activate ice-sliding super-speed powers. Don’t know how he froze Ebon Creek off-screen though (with Bael’s help).
Solstice hasn’t had any clear indicators that she channels mana through her body at all to cast any magic. Her model doesn’t have a clearly discernible aura anywhere on her when Shadow Golems appear unlike most people we’ve seen.
Coin hasn’t had any clear indicators about how he uses magic (he just instantly has swords and flight powers).
Additionally, most mages seem to have natural traits that are just always on without conscious effort according to main element used like Earth/Metal super strength, Shadow’s darkvision or possible immunity to cold for Ice mages.
The Plagued mages are weird in that they don’t have these kind of set limiters in place and just naturally do what they do.
Charlie, while Plagued, seems to mainly use his hands and sometimes physical contact (someone from TVTropes observed he doesn’t actually create lightning but rather amplifies and focuses it and I’ve never changed that statement) when casting which is also a bit strange.
…Now that I think on it…Didn’t Eric just say he had the key to the house?
As in, Solstice’s key?
If I’m right…Golem stomping is about to happen, either alot of those little puppet golems or…Hrrm…
Actually…Just how big a golem can she manage? I mean, she runs a coffee shop constantly. And clearly still has juice left to spare.
I feel like she could probably fairly easily dwarf LAW with a huge golem. Hard to call, especially since mana use is near-impossible to measure.
Don’t takey my word for it, but the Golems running the coffee shop are probably semi-autonomous. They don’t actually require a hard connection to Solstice. They’re just blobs of mana shaped like humanoids and programmed to take food orders, make coffee and food and serve it till they run out of power/mana to function. In which case, Solstice just makes more to replace them like once a day or once a week. Though, she can maintain them with mana constantly and alter their functions if she wants which she does most of the time. Most of the ones that do small chores like sending messages through the city are definitely one-off Golems that only can do a single task and are set to fizzle away pretty mfor and don’t take much to make. They are like robots but not like robots in the sense that they have no logic. They have an AI but they’re so simplistic that they don’t go berserk at an invalid command, they just won’t do anything, hence the reason Solstice would have to constantly alter their programhard and maintinence and find it more convenient to hard wire the majority of the persistent Golems to her.
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