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Wolfie_Inu
When I started my webcomic here, I was studying for a 4-year degree in Geoinformatics (GIS) at the University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. Currently I'm done with that and working full time in GIS and IT.

The languages I speak are Afrikaans (mother tongue), English (relatively well), German (badly), and Tswana (barely).

I'm a fan of science fiction and "furry" art (Mandatory Disclaimer: furry, but not sleaze).
  • Real Name
    R.T.
  • Age
    29
  • Gender
    Male
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En dis dit. Bly egter ingeskakel vir nog kuns en nuwe stories!

And that's a wrap. But stay tuned for more art and new stories!


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We can.

End.
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As long as we - in spite of everything - stand strong, keep up our courage, and keep building, we are not lost. / Stand firm. You can.
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Even if it doesn't look as if it's making a difference, even if the outside world doesn't change, we change ourselves - we improve ourselves. / And in the end, that will be all that matters.
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But our reactions to it and our actions within it are what matters.
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PANEL 1
We are not in control of our environment.

PANEL 2
We have no power over our situation.

But -
En dis dit! Bly gerus ingeskakel vir die epiloog.

And that's a wrap! Feel free to stay tuned for the epilogue.


TRANSLATION:

PANEL 1
Louwrens: Then I'll help you, if you'll allow me.

PANEL 2
Jane: No, I ... don't deserve it. I don't deserve your friendship.

PANEL 3
Louwrens: ... you don't need to.
@The Zero-th Rule: Well, you're probably right.

Scratch that, of course you're right. It's the zero-th rule.
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PANEL 1
Jane: Maybe that's true, but what do I do with that [knowledge]? Even if I keep going - even if we find the Anakim, even if we gain a victory over them here and there - that's what they want. /
You yourself heard what that terrible man - Picard, I think? or Pinard? - said. Whatever we do, we're dancing to their tune. /
They've already won - all we can do is to be a part of the game they've set up. All we can do is to be a part of their system.

PANEL 2
Louwrens: That's right. We have to sustain ourselves, and who we are, within that context. If we can only do that when we dominate, what makes us different from our overlords*? I've long since made peace with that principle. /
Can you?

PANEL 3
Jane: I honestly don't know. I don't even know whether I can forgive myself for ... what my role was in these events.


NOTE: "Overlords." That's not quite what I'm going for. An "oorheerser" is someone who sets the terms within which your society is allowed to operate. "Ruler" is too direct, as is "overlord." "Oppressor" is too malicious. I can't think of a good English equivalent.
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PANEL 1
Louwrens: Call it intuition. You're lucky I was here. Where does this come from all of a sudden?
Jane: Honestly ... it's not sudden at all. I've already come to a point several times where ... I mean ...

PANEL 2
Jane: ... what's stopped me up to now was my conviction that it's an unforgivable sin, but ... ach, I don't know. /
Given that I'm a mass murderer, I'm on my way to ... that place ... in any case.

PANEL 3
Louwrens: Look, there was a war and you may not have understood who your enemies were. That doesn't make you a murderer, just a cog in someone else's machine. /
The Anakim might not have allowed for you initially, but the whole situation was set up by them, and you simply acted within it ...
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PANEL 1
Jane: Hahaha! Ah, Louwrens ... you're full of surprises ...

PANEL 2
Louwrens: I'm glad if you find it amusing ...
Jane: Maybe rather unexpected than humorous ...

PANEL 3
Jane: But how'd you know that I'd try to ... you know ...
["... ouch ..."]
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PANEL 2
Louwrens: ... this too, now?

PANEL 3
Louwrens: But wait, she said ... supposing that she meant ... ?
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PANEL 1
Jane: Is that what you wanted to hear? Are you happy?
Louwrens: I -
Jane: Then you're done here, aren't you. Leave.
Louwrens: But is -

PANEL 2
Jane: Good. Farewell. Leave me be.
Louwrens: ... if that's what you want ...
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PANEL 1
Jane: ... sorry. It's just ... didn't I make it clear throughout? Initially I thought you were space creatures; then I learned that you were programmable; and in the end, that you were artificial. At no point did I have a reason to see you as people ... and I also could not afford doing so.

PANEL 2
Jane: I had determined to destroy your entire race, root and branch. And I could always rationalize it on the grounds that you were fundamentally different. Not only in an superficial way, but at the most basic level. Who can know what an alien thinks, or if it can even think at all as we understand it? And if it's programmable, then it doesn't matter how convincing it is. An actor is not the character that he portrays; a character in a movie or a computer game is not a person. It is not murder to end a computer program.

PANEL 3
Jane: But now I know that you're also just, in your own way, fellow Khanite victims of the Anakim. Now I have no excuses left, and I can't disguise the truth any more: I was not looking for justice. It was all vengefulness, and I was willing to commit genocide for this reason. I am no better than the people who destroyed my world.
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PANEL 2
Louwrens: So ... I just have a question, then ...
Jane: Very well ...

PANEL 3
Louwrens: I mean, given that we already know that we - I mean, the Om-Ankh - are an artificial species ... why does it matter which species we descend from - ?
Jane: Are - / are you SERIOUS?!
Jammer oor die maand se stilte! Ek het klaar 'n nuwe rekenaar opgebou en 'n paar besige naweke gehad, maar beplan om weer terug te kom in 'n weeklikse / tweeweeklikse skedule.

Sorry about the month-long silence! I finished building up a new computer and had a few busy weekends, but am planning to get back into a weekly / fortnightly schedule.


TRANSLATION:

PANEL 1
Jane: To answer the question: in my example, the castanets will be filtered out as well, even though they were in the original recording. / In a similar way: the teleporter makes no assumptions that only Khanites will be transported through it, and yet -

PANEL 2
Jane: - Om-Ankh which are transported through it, change into Khanites. What can you deduce from this?
Louwrens: I think I know, but you tell me.

PANEL 3
J: That means: seen from an information perspective, despite the many differences in geno- and phenotype, the Om-Ankh are essentially Khanites. When the Anakim created you, you were not based on apes ... but on us. / Superficially, the result looks coherent, but when an Om-Ankh energy pattern goes through simple error correction, the underlying Khanite pattern reappears ...
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PANEL 1
Louwrens: Whaaaaa ... ?
Jane: Think of my present form as the manifestation of a recording on a long-playing record. Um ... you know what a record is, right?
Louwrens: Yes ... but what ... ?

PANEL 2
Jane: Say you have a damaged or dirty record - when you play it back, there are a bunch of clicking sounds in it. / You want to make a recording of it and filter out the noise. But the original, undamaged recording also has clicking sounds - castanets or something like that - that sound similar to the noise you're now trying to remove. / What's going to happen?

PANEL 3
Jane: ... hello? Are you still paying attention?
Louwrens: Sort of ... give me a bit of a chance ... it's just too strange to see you like this ...
@Spens: At least you didn't leave the oven on.
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PANEL 1
SFX: FLASH

PANEL 2
Louwrens: But ... ? Nothing's happened, then?
Jane: Nothing?

PANEL 3
Jane: Maybe not to you ...
@HNTh: Of soos RNTh sou sĂȘ: Once bitten, forever shy :)