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Magical Renegades

Magical Renegades

by Kattlanna
(Full title: Magical Renegades ~ Anathema to Commonsense)

In The State of Confusion, rival time travelers in rival factions cause a power struggle to escalate to the point of putting the fate of the space-time continuum at stake!

The Magical Renegades, whom are best described as rebels without a clue, must fight the League of Paine, and all while preventing another collapse of the space-time continuum! The Magical Renegades have a lot of catching up to do to challenge the League of Paine's power, since its leader stole one of the most powerful magical weapons of them all.

Follow the tale of our "heroes" who don't know the odds stacked against them, or just don't care! Sometimes, power isn't everything. Sometimes, a *ahem* "hero" must think outside of the box even if it means going against commonsense!






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Magical Renegades

(Full title: Magical Renegades ~ Anathema to Commonsense)

In The State of Confusion, rival time travelers in rival factions cause a power struggle to escalate to the point of putting the fate of the space-time continuum at stake!

The Magical Renegades, whom are best described as rebels without a clue, must fight the League of Paine, and all while preventing another collapse of the space-time continuum! The Magical Renegades have a lot of catching up to do to challenge the League of Paine's power, since its leader stole one of the most powerful magical weapons of them all.

Follow the tale of our "heroes" who don't know the odds stacked against them, or just don't care! Sometimes, power isn't everything. Sometimes, a *ahem* "hero" must think outside of the box even if it means going against commonsense!






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Being offered that much to fix a computer? What's the catch?

The previous page was posted on the same day to make up for another skipped week. I'm sorry about that, but thanks for your patience! The next page coming up is one of the most difficult and time-consuming pages I've ever drawn, but I'm so happy to have gotten it finished. Hopefully it'll have a better title!
What is it with this chapter having so many pages that were difficult to come up with titles for? It's back to bad puns this time!

This starts the unlikely story of how Ima and Monica first met, and how Monica joined the League of Paine. Before meeting Ima, she was self-employed and worked in tech support. This seemed like it was just going to be another day with nothing too unusual, but one dropped book will change everything!

The library only appears for a few pages, but there were a few different architecture styles considered for it before I decided to base it off of a discotheque. That combination sounds like a great place to study, doesn't it?

Posting this and the next page on the same day to make up for another skipped week.
It's kind of like buyer's remorse, where buying something seemed like a good idea at the time! Being an elite officer of the League of Paine has many perks to it, but they come at a price!
This is the real version of page 125, and is being posted with page 126. The last update was the extra made as part of a self-imposed retro challenge.
Katt returns to the hotel to talk with Kayla about what happened! Computers and the internet exist in this anachronistic timeline, but they're mostly akin to what existed in the 1980's, because bits and pieces of space-time got mixed together when the timeline was being constructed. It was created after the space-time continuum crashed at the end of chapter 1. These were also the computers that were able to make derivatives of the most easily, based off of the computers that a certain time traveler brought with her when she went to the past! My mind nearly drew a blank with the page title, so why not a cheap joke about going back to slow dial-up connections?

Introducing this much technology into the past is frowned upon by the academy of the time travelers and the Magic Gatekeepers, because it will raise a lot of questions, and difficult issues. If the past were able to be changed, would technological revolutions happen faster and earlier? Who would that benefit? Would the original inventors lose out on getting the credit and royalties for their inventions? All of the time travelers are limited to one area to reduce the impact of unintended consequences, but could this area gain an unfair technological advantage against the rest of the world? Would embracing and sharing these technological changes be the right thing to do, or would it be better to cancel out such a timeline and revert to the previous status quo for everyone? The time travel plot was originally introduced to justify the steampunk aesthetics in Magical Renegades, but as I wrote more of the plot, I had these hypothetical questions, and wanted to explore more about the ramifications of being in a world where the past can be changed, and where space-time was messed up!

This was the perfect time to try something different and retro for this page, limiting it to the colors that the Apple II could display in Hi Res mode! If I had more time, I would've wanted to experiment with some of the other 8-bit computer color palettes. They could make for some interesting limited color palette challenges! To make it extra challenging, also use the resolution limits, and dithering effects to replicate shades or colors not in the palette! If anyone really wants to go that extra mile, also include attribute clashes if and where they would happen based on how a particular system handled colors!
Some semblance of normalcy returns, for now!
…To post every week is my fantasy…

Now if I can make that a reality once more, because this year has not been off to the best start for me. The title of this page is based off of a line from "Rock n' Roll Fantasy"! One of my favorite songs, and this seemed fitting!

A blog post was made for page 122 about the techniques used to make the effects on the last panel: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/comic-update-page-122/

This update was meant for the weekend, but I had some plans that happened at the last minute, this had to be pushed back. I work on the comic pages every day, but the weekends are when I'm able to spend the most time on them. I usually don't post updates on weekdays, but I didn't want to push this back to next weekend.
This comic is primarily colored and shaded with vector graphics, but for the last panel on this page, I did my best to go all out coloring this one, in the style of those dramatic pastel or watercolor-style freeze-frames in anime! These kinds of scenes are always fun for me to write and draw! This was meant to be posted 2 weekends ago, but too much got in the way both weeks, and it wasn't planned. Hopefully, I'll be able to resume the weekly update schedule for the next update, and post an extra page with it.
What does that mean? Why, it means to burn down those feelings with hot-blooded determination and resolve!

Posted twice this weekend to make up for missing last weekend's update.
And just like that, the celebratory mood got ruined, and a bit of reality kicks in. Just how do so many protagonists manage to go to school, have good grades, have extracurricular activities and save the day when needed? Do they secretly manipulate time, or do they have to sacrifice their grades, hobbies or social life? Katt and some of her friends have some unusual hobbies that take a lot of time to practice, and may also take time to recuperate from!

Adjusting to a new timeline requires adjusting how to go about daily life, because of different levels of technology. Some modern technology and social norms carried over in this new timeline, albeit the technology usually had to be recreated to work within certain limitations, and can't match their modern equivalents. A lot of it wouldn't be very practical, but it's fun to design.

Sorry for this being a week late. The next page will be ready to go tomorrow.
Renegade Midnight has to get serious, explaining the challenges ahead for their faction. The Magical Renegades are a group of neo-class mages who took up the challenge of being an opposition party against the League of Paine in this new timeline. Some of the League of Paine elite officers are also neo-class mages, because they see the potential in how these magical weapons can can be developed further to strengthen their faction's rule, and challenge the opposition.

The neo-class mages contrast with the traditional mages. This was first explained in page 57, but to elaborate on this, the traditional mages follow paths of magic that have existed for millennia. They are born with magical ability, or gain it through initiation, but to be recognized as a mage, or to be initiated as one require being approved by the Magic Gatekeepers.

Neo-class mages are a much newer type of mage. The magical weapons they wield don't require the wielder to have any innate magical ability, and it's possible to be initiated without going through all of that bureaucracy! Their weapons requiring an external power source has a very annoying downside, as Renegade Midnight can attest to in her last fight. The other known downsides are that these weapons are largely untested, and the Magic Gatekeepers are very displeased with the neo-class mages for bypassing their bureaucracy. Yet, as the Gatekeepers said in chapter 3 after the trial ended, they're desperate to see the League of Paine be stopped by anyone who can manage to become powerful enough, and foolish enough to try. By their own rules, the Gatekeepers aren't allowed to directly intervene with their full power unless a space-time disaster has happened.
That wraps the first battle, but other challenges lie ahead! Katt can handle some danger, but not knowing how to wield an untested magical weapon she acquired minutes ago while fighting magical robots and their master out to arrest her is a whole different level of danger than she's used to!
There's always a way to mess things up at the last minute, even when victory is assured! Legionnaire Princess having the advantages of two character classes, and her opponents left barely able to fight weren't enough to save her from most exploitable weakness!
With all of the advantages she has, there's no way she could mess this up, right? Riiiight?

Happy New Year! Progress with my updates didn't go as well as I wanted them to in 2017, with needing to take a hiatus for almost 2 months in May and June, and then having several schedule slips near the end of the year. Thanks for your patience! This is a new year, and a new start, and I prepared a New Years resolution to help get me back on track, after identifying some habits that were holding me back!
I experimented some more with the techniques I used in the last extra strip. We have our limits for how cheesy we like our puns. If your limit is high, like mine is, you've still probably heard, or almost used at least one pun that made you cringe!
This is what the past few pages leads to! Originally, they were just going to say that they aren't afraid to fight dirty, but I thought this was better! An extra page and a blog post will be coming up too!

I had multiple last minute corrections I needed to make to this page and the next few, which slowed them down. That was so annoying to not catch the errors until just before I was going to save those pages as finished, but it was relieved that I corrected the errors before publishing the pages! Does anyone else have that problem of being sure a comic page is finished and has no errors, but not finding them until the last minute, or afterwards?
This was one of those pages where it was very difficult to come up with a title. Legionnaire Princess tries her best to dodge while worried about how those renegades messed up her dress, but after getting caught off guard for a moment, she got mud on her face!

I apologize for the schedule slip. I had been falling behind on growing a page buffer, because lately there have been several days where the only time I was able to spend working on comic pages was between half an hour to one and a half hours before I left for work. I have to use my weekends just to catch up, but I have more of a buffer now! Thanks for your patience!
After the mud-slinging started by Renegade Midnight, Renegade Red Alert was eager to take part! Being outmatched in terms of power, exploiting enemy weaknesses was a necessary last resort. It wasn't ideal for either of them, but they might as well have fun with it! Will Legionnaire Princess' resolve stay strong, or will it crumble into the dirt?

Page 112 had a couple of bloopers I didn't notice until after they were published! I can't believe I didn't catch them sooner! They're corrected now, and a post was made about them: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/page-112-update-and-correction/

Because of those bloopers, I went to finish some of the character sheets I had started, and finished one of them today!
Combat pragmatists in action! Renegade Midnight wanted to be the hero who'd help save the day and fight honorably, but it wasn't an option this time. When all else failed, she only had a second to make a decision - and didn't have enough energy left to slow down time to give herself more time to think about it either! Renegade Red Alert doesn't want her first battle to be her last, so she put her hopes in Midnight's decision!

I'm sorry to say that the Inktober challenge hasn't been going well for me, because I had to focus on my time and energy drawing back to working on the comic pages so I wouldn't fall behind again. :( Whatever else I can sketch for the rest of the month will still be posted on the blog.
The battle was taken down to the ground, neither of the Magical Renegades can use their weapons, and Legionnaire Princess looms closer towards them! Time for them to contemplate what will happen next! I used a different technique for this strip than I did for the others, using 1 bit black and white patterns this time. I don't know if it saved me much time compared to the techniques I used for the most of the other extra strips, but it was fun to try.

More of the sketches I made for Inktober have been posted. One of the sketches I made on the 13th may slow me down a lot yet again because it was one of the most detailed and in color, but may require a lot of corrections before it's ready to post. The worst part was I didn't notice most of the mistakes until after it was scanned, but I'm more used to working digitally than traditionally.

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/inktober-challenge-sketches-105 -107/