07/18/19 – Choan’s Help




Poor Bikkie. Always a bloodsportsmaid, never a bloodsport.


  1. ronald

    Unless I’m Wrong, in the real world, kangaroos are herbivores and, while they sometimes “fight” for dominance, it’s rarely bloody and never to the death. Unless I’m Wrong. Presumably Bikkie’s violent ways are due to the influence of his human captors.

    Of course, in the real world, coyotes probably wouldn’t raise a human child as much as, you know, eat her — this isn’t the tall tale of Pecos Bill, after all — so maybe that’s not the best approach to take anyway…

    Now that Emily knows that, for all intent and purpose, translators can give animals near-human-level intelligence, maybe she’ll go back to Earth and give that status to her coyote kindred to get any number of variations of closure. But probably not. Yeah, I really don’t see that happening.

    On a separate note, I realized after the fact that none of Nog’s recruits this time around came from Europe (which is why there are of course five of them instead of six). Was he worried about accidentally recruiting another Dimitri who would ALSO become one of the galaxy’s wealthiest and most powerful figures? ‘Cause I could see the sense in that. πŸ˜‰

    1. @Ronald, actually, I’d say that none were directly recruited by Nogg from Europe or South America, But both ended up being represented. Devyat volunteering herself and being half European, and Reemp recruited (and then died by the hand of) Mauricio from South America.

    2. Rex Vivat

      People need to stop associating “herbivore” with “peaceful”; especially with large herbivores, aggression is necessary to defend themselves from predators (which is why you should always stay away from roos when you have a dog with you).

      1. ronald

        Well, self-defense is one thing, craving “bloodsport” — seeking out violence instead of just dealing with it as it comes to you, spilling another’s blood for self-entertainment — another. But whatever. πŸ™‚


        In a much earlier strip/thread, I noticed a correspondent referring to Nogg as “fat.” Fat is an entirely subjective concept; for all we know, Nogg is puny compared to others of his race.

        Besides, he’s not fat so much as…cylindrical. He’s a round peg in a world of square holes. πŸ˜‰

  2. Pitgamer

    Chris, I am super late to the party here, but I was reviewing old strips and, assuming you are pinged on new posts regardless of to what comic they are posted on, I have to tell you that I love the first two panels of this strip. You know what Kwan is thinking, and the silence makes it poignant.

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