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19th May 2014, 7:50 PM
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Epilogue 4: Sigh.
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Hey everyone!

So, it turns out that today is Victoria's Day in Canada, and that threw off my sense of what day it was. But it's up now! I rushed it just before having to leave with work, so apologies if it looks wonky or there are errors.

As you read these epilogue comics, just try to imagine it spread out over 75 pages. That was the original intention, so if you are feeling like it's a little abrupt and a little less than subtle, well, that's part of taking 75 pages worth of content and trying to force it into 10ish.

Things are not going well. His new lab partner is being helpful, while Beth is busy dealing with the Enlightened getting gradually unEnlightened.

Hopefully we will have the next one ready next Sunday, but it's not drawn yet, so I can't guarantee anything.

Have a great week!
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Ugggh. This is what happens when I plan things out thinking about it, and then screw with the plan while not paying as much attention.

Ignore the Day 29 part, it was added unnecessarily, and in error.

And then I went and changed it and now it's not as bad. Except that now I expect to be called out on Isotope tracer as the wrong wording for what I meant.
User comments:
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Oh John, it's not so Horrible.

(well, perhaps it is)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Oh, I get it :)
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
With Robert's Zombie Society on the verge of collapse, it seems that the "Team" is holding together, as well as can be expected.

I am led to wonder, how long before they begin to break down individually, and as a group?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
For the time being, anyway... Unfortunately, attrition is a powerful force.
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
I saw him tied up, but what happened to Chekov? He killed Robert, which caused a bigger mess, but I can't blame him for doing what the others lacked the stomach for.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
We may or may not show it, but he's a 2, so he's probably already in the machine if they are ready to put RZ in..
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
So basically the green stuff "eats" the togm to stay active? And with too little brains/togm it begins to go dormant? And the more dormant it is the less "human" the zombie because the green stuff is what makes them work?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Exactly, yes. Portions of it go dormant.

The very core functions, movement and enough to say Brains persists for a loooong time, because that's in the best interests of the hive mind. (Maybe not saying Brains, but that was my nod to zombie lore.)

Higher functions that allow them to seem human go much, much earlier.
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
I am actually surprised I got that on my first try. So, to be clear, and make sure I and anyone else gets it, they feel hunger when parts of the green stuff starts to go dormant, we really need a name for the green stuff, as the green stuff tells them they feel hunger, because it doesn't want to go dormant. But then why would the ones in the wastes attack zombies? The hive mind should act as a friend or foe tag...?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Friend vs Foe tag is a really low level function, but it fails eventually as well. Long time starving zombies will attack anything in a last ditch attempt to kickstart themselves.

Including cars.

When it gets that low, the connection to the Overmind is very weak. Pretty much the only instinct that they have left is the hunger.
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
Ah. That makes sense. And of course eating the green stuff doesn't kick start the green stuff, so zombies killed by zombies just die.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Yep, exactly.
Muchacho NL edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
Poor RZ :(
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Poor John for having to do that to poor RZ :(
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Did... did John and his new assistant just INFECT ONE OF THE CLONES THEN RIP THEM APART?
Things must be desperate.

Poor RZ. I hope he's not too aware of his own degeneration. It's okay, RZ... you're being sent to a lovely farm... with lots of dogs... :'(
And poor, poor Beth, having to watch RZ start to degenerate (after he *just* remembered her from Before when he levelled up).
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Yep... They deliberately infected a clone, and used to look at how the green stuff attacks the body. Hopefully this will help them figure it out :)

He's definitely getting desperate... I think that it was his last ditch attempt to avoid having to put RZ in the VR machine.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
PS Forgot to say: I'm really, really glad that Skrael seems to be feeling better.
(You are feeling better, aren't you? Or have I made a terrible mistake?)
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Thank you! I am! :D
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
PPS In case the comment thread on that other webcomic isn't working properly (it looked a bit odd earlier): thank you very much for defending me :-) it was really kind of you.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
You're welcome :)