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ChibiSilverWings
A sculptor, gamer, writer, card-collector, artist, table-top player, and general nerd. I dabble in a lot of things and have a passion for my main fandom, Pokemon.
@Merrsharr: towards the start :) http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/comics/2506835/chapter-18-page-9-run-away/
@burningtyger: It's a bit sad to let it go but it's best to know when to say goodbye. I doubt these guys will fully die, at least in some ways. They make their little cameos around in Alexis' work, and I can't say what will happen in my own writing future but this post is to be sure it's clear that we don't have any plans for more for the forseeable future. If there ever is, I will post a link on here for you guys, but there are no plans for anything like that.
@The_Hyena_King: @The_Hyena_King: I'm thrilled to bits that we helped some people have fun playing the game, because honestly , that's one of the best things about this I think, I know we got a few new folks into WoD, and roleplaying is just a really awesome way to have social and indepth fun with friends and make great memories.

As for questions, Billy did eventually have a familiar, technically. He was very closely haunted by a chess spirit called "Thatcher's Obsession". Andy's closest connections are with a bigass werewolf pack, and after The Agents died, Andy spent most of his time around them, and he's in a pretty baddd way most of the comic, he probably has it the worst of anyone in this comic.

Naturally the werewolves noticed pretty quickly that Billy had a decently noticeable spirit on him and offered to take care of it to keep it from causing negative effects (like, being so obsessed with chess that you barely ever make any friends and push people away, huh?)

But Billy takes this news and gets pretty mad, kind of thinking of this spirit that was made from his own passion for chess and thinks of it like a son in someways. So he takes to calling it Theo and has it as a Familiar that gives basically just chess based powers and benefits. We bent the rules a bit and instead of Theo taking the shape on an animal, he looked like a steampunkish chess clock that could move around a bit and stuff.

Amical's gun wasn't really an item from the books, but it was a fae made item that he stole and made into a soul stone, using his soul, to keep paradox away from him. I know soul stones aren't supposed to be mobile like that, but it's cool special item we made up a bunch of fun lore and abilities for etc.

As for Legacy, none of Seedlings were really going to have time to seek out that specialization, just due to where the plot went, but they did get some weirdass powers from the story later on, mostly because they were messing with some world ruining shit and ended up entangling in a bigger mess than they realized.

Only real Legacy in the comic that you'd have met is Flux who was in training as a Forge Master, she was of course struggling to get in because it's heavily frowned upon to include women in their brotherhood.
@Blubb: Thanks so much! I'm sad to let it go but I also know it's really not going to work as smoothly as I want. I might work on writing something again in the future or trying a visual novel or something but I make no promises because I'm still not up to snuff on my mental health junk to promise I can make deadlines.

Our Author's page has all our social media junk if you want to keep an eye out, but of course I'm biased to recommending my wife Alexis' other comics. I wrote a lot of dialogue and stuff in morphE but she helped make a lot of the best jokes (Billy pocket texting, Ken hitting Andy with a stick scene was basically all her etc) and character development stuff that seriously made this great. And those comics both update once a week so, you're not going to be kept waiting as long like you were on morphE updates sometimes!
@Cloudlight: My reply ended up higher up a bit for some reason, but scroll up to see my replies I finally typed up XD
THIS COMMENT HAS A LOT OF PLOT IN IT FOR INTERESTED PARTIES
@Cloudight: Your second one is very right on. Curio was at risk of being dead on b-day night. It was a contest mostly between Asia, Adrestia, and Curio, since Amical is most fond of Cypher and Billy. But in the end Curio staying around and hanging out with him on the weekend where he could have left, put him ahead in the running and Adrestia was the most likely target.

Amical does indeed hate death magic because it reminds him of how the paintings are done and reminds him of his past in becoming immortal originally. :D

Your third one has a lot, but here's a rough explanation; Amical made a deal with an Abyssal creature when he was 18 years old to be able to never lose his good looks, so he technically can die, but if whatever is used changes his features, ie makes him look pale, sickly, harms his skin in any way, then he will recover completely from it and look cute and pretty again.

His paintings are each an individual sacrifice, for each one the mage must die and the painting must include the blood of the victim and must reflect him watching the moment of their death. He does this yearly as part of the pact, and is by now at a stage where he ignores that aspect of himself as much as possible. He commissions artists to paint something nice over the ugly paintings of his horrified face and hangs them up all over the mansion.

When he first made the pact, he received an Abyssal spell/summoning ritual from a certain big bad of morphE, which promised to take something he cared about most in exchange for his eternal youth. At that time Amical was in the lumber business in a small town called Peshtigo, Wisconsin. A town that was basically completely wiped off the map by a giant fire, made worse because of methods of logging and tree clearing in the area. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peshtigo_Fire

This was the pact taking what he cared about most. So Amical is the only one who lives through that fire, due to the pact. After that experience he is especially unsettled and upset by fire and death. This ritual was done simultaneously with several other fires around the great lakes (Chicago Fire etc) in an attempt to summon a giant Abyssal god, the imago of pain.

As for the party, The Agents were planning to attack prior to the night of the party, and yes Sam would've indeed died, she took out Rick and Malloy first though. Emily and Flux were planned to face off at the this time in a cool one on one, ultimately killing both of them, Quantum would have killed Spectacle and met his end alongside Sam at Amical's hand.

After that massive bloodbath Amical would have been super fucked up, and decided to not do his sacrifice this year, Malloy was like a son to him, who he'd taken care of since he was 19 years old and it really breaks him to lose him. He decides to make his party as happy as possible, assuming he will die by the end of the night.

The party is okay, it actually goes well, and Amical, to make it up to the Seedlings for what he put them through, offers his mansion and his Tass fountain, to anyone who will enter the spirit hallow that the Seedlings were rescued from and try to clean it out and kill the spirit inside.

Amical, a bit suicidal assuming he's going to die anyway, goes into the hallow with the rest to do what he can.He asks the Seedlings to help him go into the Hallow and try to save people. Andy, having lost all the other Agents and very bitter had snuck into the party to try to kill Amical, and follows them inside the hallow, but doesn't show himself, because he doesn't want to work with Amical. Annnddd stuff happens from there ;)

If you want to speculate more, I can tell you what else you have right.
@OwlBear: Amical is a Silver Ladder, but is highly on the side of diplomacy with basically everyone he can be and having a frankly, huge amount of tass, it's in best interest of most mages to get along with him too. He gets along the least well with Guardians of the Veil, but he has friends in most factions.

As usual, drawing some from "canon" WoD and some from our own world setup, Chicago doesn't have a huge mage community, it's in large part vampire territory. Amical plays as many sides as possible, and even socialized a bit with fae in the past. Being that he's (mostly) immortal and more powerful than an average mage, he's got the luxury not overly loyal to any specific faction and not getting pushed around.

For Asia's backstory, I'll have shadowednavi give you a run down in a comment later :)
@Cloudlight: Feel free, we'd love to hear your ideas, that sounds like fun :)
@Arukoir: Shortest answer: She was an angel with a demon cover.

Longer answer: Strap in for a word wall. We were loosely using God Machine's Angels/Demons type rules there with some changes to add a bit more "traditional" demon-y traits to the demons and such. For Laura's succubi template her powers would be similar to some of the Demon embeds/exploits, one which made her look like the person she's seducing's ideal type, along with emotional and mental manipulations that lots of supernatural types have, to help her goals.

Overall, we liked some of the stuff in the God Machine/Demon books, I think some of the espionage, undercover, and powers hacking into the world are all pretty sweet, but we wanted to play with our own take on this world's pantheon so to speak.

The basic premise/framework of what runs the morphE world is spirit imagos "gods", who are responsible for most big events on earth. There's quite a lot of imagos, some are far more powerful than others, and the world is their giant game board playing out their struggles for domination via events on earth.

They are slightly more "rational" than an average spirit, ie they might make a longer term plan, bargain with humans/supernaturals/each other, but are still mostly insatiably greedy for their essence of choice. And the God Machine in the morphE world is by far the most powerful spirit imago, in the background making plans and sending out unseen agents to make sure it gets what it wants. Whatever that is.

Most of the problems the seedlings end up in through the rest of the story have to do with running into some of the most powerful imagos and unknowingly throwing their tentative balance all out of wack and fucking up everything and ruining the whole world. Like you do in a good epic. Oops.

SO now that that is explained a bit? Laura was one of several covers of an angel named Uriel, who had been assigned to keep watch over Billy since he was young, and took a few covers to do so. Greg, the lighting dude on Billy's TV set is also Uriel, just in another cover. "Heaven forbid you make things easier on me," quoth Greg the undercover angel. I was being cheeky there for the eventual reveal.

The reasoning for this is also long and convoluted, but to try to be brief, it was that Billy winning the World Chess Championship was supposed to prevent an apocalypse. Uriel was supposed to help make sure he didn't lose/die before he could play in the match.

The Laura cover does actually like Amical and has known him quite a long time. Basically, she's Amical's oldest friend and tries to keep him from getting into too much trouble. Plus Amical (sort of) can't die, so she can sleep with him/feed off him a lot without him permanently dying in the process. Which is nice, she doesn't exactly love killing people. Uriel is dedicated to the undercover mission, but avoiding unnecessary casualties is for the best.

And I'm not going to explain why and how Amical can't die in the comment because it's way too long already. But hopefully this comment also explains sort of why my outline would be too confusing to share. Pft. And hopefully I explained that somewhat coherently? Feel free to ask me to elaborate on anything I said.
@Anonymoose: Sadly the outline is not written to be understood by people who aren't us, because it's very shorthand/with stuff out of order and not all included. It would not be worth trying to post it, it would require way too long to completely rewrite and make readable. But we can still answer any questions though! Just need it to be a bit more directed of a question than telling the entire rest of the story. Sorry about that!
@LKWayvern: Thanks so much for still reading despite being a bit gorier than your usual taste, we appreciate you having given us the chance to tell this story and I hope you get some joy Evil Plan and Sire! I appreciate you wishing us luck!

@peachtin11: Thank you for reading and we appreciate the well wishes so much!
Closing Statements
This post is let you know that we're going to stop updating morphE. I'm sorry and I thank all of you who read morphE and cared about the story/characters. In terms of explanations we ground to a halt on pages due to a lot of factors, but mainly workflow problems (file sharing, timing of when art was due and time for pages to be checked over before posting), personal emotional stresses from me specifically and a massive decrease in free time on the part of our coder/compiler due to a work promotion. This along with flash lacking longevity and accessibility to many mobile users it was really hard to press on and continue.

Alexis, who did sprite art for this comic, still draws and updates both of her comics weekly, you can check them out if you're itching for some tangentially related content: http://sire.thewebcomic.com/ and http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/

I want to open the door for any of you to ask a few plot and character related questions you have, to give the story and mysteries a bit of closure. There's no script after these pages but we have a solid outline for the rest of the story and know the pasts and futures of these characters.

I appreciate the passion and enthusiasm that a lot of you guys had and still have for what we made, and it inspired us multiple times to make some pretty ambitious stuff! In the end there were audio plays, music, interactive games, and animations, all of which I'm still pretty proud of! Thank you all.
As promised, just squeaking in on time, an update. I'll do my best to have another one next week for you guys :)
@Epicarp: @Epicarp: don't worry, you're not that guy! I reeally haven't been communicative for months about the status of things and that's difficult for someone wanting to at least know what's up and ehen to check back.

I'm the biggest stopper in the works at the moment and have been for varying reasons for a long while, but I don't want to keep you on the hook waiting with no info. So I'll make you a promise, there will be at least one update on Feburary 15th. My plan is hopefully the train will be on the tracks and the updates will be at least 1 a week from then on but I only want to promise one, so that I'm sure I can deliver it. On that update I'll let you all know how things are looking for the time frame of the next update. Thanks for still caring!
@burningtyger: Various things, but I'm the one causing the hold up at the moment. Sorry!
@Guest: Mine did for awhile. But me and my wife here have pledged to be gayer than ever and stand strong <3 We'll be with you.
@epicarp: Hey there, kinda, sorta yes. Really mostly me not having the drive to get the script together. I am in the middle of an attempt to get a big update ready for you guys, so hopefully will be a bit more worth the wait, but I do apologize for the unannounced break.
@Blubb: It's meeee. I always am slightly nervous that someday at a con I'll be laughing and someone will tell me it's creepy! XD

Though this one was more edited by stkbayfield.
@ArrN: Haha I think those two categories tend to go hand in hand!
@ArrN: It's true. We're all the worst.