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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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This kinda took a dramatic turn! It's not every day a freelance worker gets a commission, paid with not just money, but an offer for an elite role in an emerging faction that will rise to power! Ima asked some tough questions. Burdened by a past as a super soldier and why she went into exile, and because some recognition goes a long way, Monica accepted Ima's offer into the League of Paine to move forward, and apply her skills to their full potential!

The comic blog is up to date now! https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/some-blog-spring-cleaning/

The blog post announcing this update will follow.

The spring cleaning post is about some blog posts I meant to post months ago, but forgot for months after finally posting them, along with my thoughts on those posts now. A full-time job, and needing to prioritize drawing the next pages made it easy to forget a blog post if I didn't finish it in one go! The overdue comic page update announcements have been posted to avoid another gap in announcements. Some of them have extra commentary and trivia.

Next up before chapter 6 starts will be a post about chapter 5 in review, and the chapter 5 intermission. An announcement for the intermission will be posted as a comic update, but the intermission itself will be on the blog.
Page 132 is called "More than bargained for?", but it'd fit this page just as well! Ima explains her plans for the League of Paine, and shows off that she's a time traveler! Monica didn't sigh up for this! Ima didn't just teleport herself and Monica to her palace, because she wanted to make the time traveler reveal dramatic! The school setting became less relevant, but she was in the drama club!

This page and the page 133 were released today. The double update for this weekend is because this is the 5 year anniversary of when the final rewrite started!
Just two more pages to go for this chapter! Speaking of wiring, that computer Ima bought is a CRAY-1, which was the most powerful and expensive mainframe from the 1970's, that also stand out for its stylish appearance, and for how incredibly elaborate its wiring is.

If you want to see how difficult fixing one of these would be, take at look at the wiring in them here! http://www.digibarn.com/collections/systems/crays/cray1/portrait/

Ima was lucky she found the right person at the right time to restore it… or was it luck? The price she bought hers for in The State of Confusion's currency is the equivalent of about $150,000 - $200,000 (depending on the exchange rates), which is probably a very steep bargain, though the one she bought needed repairs! I couldn't find anything on what a complete CRAY-1 would go for on auctions, but it would be extremely high.

I just noticed that the line "…she bought it used…" seems odd because of course it was bought used, unless she time traveled back to 1976 to buy it new, which would've cost about $8 million.

I intended to release this page yesterday, and page 134 today, but it still worked out on posting two pages for this weekend. The double update for this weekend is because this is the 5 year anniversary of when the final rewrite started.
The flashback resumes, and Ima shows the computer that she needed to restore! She wasn't kidding when she said it'd be difficult!
It's been a long time since Christina and Claudia last appeared! It's not enough that Chelsea derailed the flashback Monica was telling her and Roberta, now Christina barges in and joins the… party? Can the flashback get under control again? For the update schedule, I'm trying to go for Saturdays instead Sundays, and I'll see if that'll help prevent more schedule slips.

Christina wears a maid uniform, but her primary job is with the League of Paine's R&D department, but I wanted to keep this page title!
Finally! A page title that I could easily think of in this chapter! I wondered why I kept wanting to have titles for each page. It's an opportunity to add an extra gag, or pun, or music reference, but it would look awkward if some pages had titles while others, usually the more serious pages, didn't have them. Just 5 more pages until the end of the chapter!
Page 129 was posted earlier today.

This contains some dialogue that was considered for page 129, but was removed due to space constraints. Ailene, the robot ghost maid, wants Ima to be happy and have more friends, but doesn't always go about it the best way.
This title isn't any better than the last two. I tried. :( There is an extra strip posted next along with this page, which I at least could come with something for.

I couldn't decide whether to make the head maid of Ima's palace a robot, an AI, or the ghost of a maid haunting the palace, so why not all three?

This was another of the most difficult and time-consuming pages to draw. The vectoring process took about 24 hours in total. So glad this is finished! Not much of the background in the second to last panel is visible, but I spent so much time on that trying to get it just right only with vectors! This and an upcoming page pushed me to try 3D modeling to help with the perspective and lighting of the architecture, once I can get the hang of it! I downloaded Blender today. It was an option I considered before, but was reluctant to do because of the learning curve, and the time I'll have to spend just getting used to a new program, but it could be worth it!
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!