#664 - Hollow Memories

#664 - Hollow Memories

A glimpse into the past! Isn't baby Tuna super adorable? Makes you wonder what kind of person she would have become if summoner priestessdom hadn't been thrust upon her.

Anyway! Not much to say this week. This page marks where I fear pacing slows down quite a bit for a little while and I'm considering combining pages into 12-panel pages to speed things along a bit. Let me know what you guys think! Pros: Faster story! Cons: Costs me twice as much.

Speaking of costs! You'll notice our little Patron bar at the bottom of each page. I wanted to more visibly thank all my lovely patrons, without whom I seriously would struggle to keep paying Atari. I really do appreciate you guys. The yellow means top tier, and green means new or increased! If we ever make it to $300/mo that would seriously open up the possibilities of 2 pages per week.

But! That's a pipe dream currently. (Unless any of you lurkers out there wanna contribute wink wink?)

Also, it might kill Atari.

Let's not kill Atari.

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12.9.2020, 12:14 AM
I know it doesn't mean much, but I'd like to thank the comics Patrons as well. I'm a bum, reading for free, so I'm benefiting from your generosity. ^^'
12.9.2020, 1:54 AM
Beast Within
Sorry I'm a bum. I enjoy it, but financial stability isn't one a my strong suits. Transformers steal my money when ever I see them. I'm getting better, but not at the point where I can give on a regular basis.

As to the comic, I couldn't tell she was a kid till you pointed it out. I guess him sitting down affected how old I perceived her to look.
12.9.2020, 7:23 AM
All good, yo! This wasn't trying to guilt anyone! You guys support in reading and commenting 😁 I can't tell you guys how much comments help motivate. After a new page I probably check 30 times a day to see what people think :P
12.9.2020, 10:11 AM
Mackle (Guest)
Didn't come across as guilting at all. After all the work you and Atari do, you have every right to ask for more support.

I'm working on improving my financial situation and things should be looking on the up and up in a few months. Once they do, I have every intention to not only support you guys, but to retroactively pay for all the months I've been here. I'm sure others feel the same way :)

You give us all something to look forward every week. And rest assured that we understand and appreciate the value of it. So don't ever feel "guilty" or "embarrassed" to ask for support you rightly and honestly deserve.
12.9.2020, 10:14 AM
Damn dude that's really sweet 😭 I'm not asking for support I'm just thanking existing Patrons aaaaaaaaa!
12.9.2020, 10:40 AM
Guest (Guest)
Its like Dee Dee from Dexter's Lab and Elizabeth from Phineas and Ferb. Tuna totally set his lab on fire more than once while smiling more than once.

Reka is wearing a shirt that is the same color as SCUBA shirt..... Useful for a pirate.

12.9.2020, 10:55 AM
Luckily they're underwater so his study is fireproof!.... Hopefully 🤔
12.9.2020, 12:14 PM
Ian the Great
I'd love for the comic to come out more regularly, but I'm thrilled you're doing it at all, honestly. It blew me away when I googled RPGWorld and found this thing. The original comic was my home page for years, and I must've seen that comic of Hero telling Ian J. to "get back to work," like a hundred times before I finally gave up on it. It might not be the Lord's work, but it's certainly good work. This is the project that I put the most of my patreon dollars into, but it seems so niche and so specifically for me, who else is going to help, ya know? Maybe we can call Ian J. up and get that sweet sweet Cartoon Network money.
12.9.2020, 12:32 PM
Haha! I definitely appreciate it. It is very niche. I'd love a wider audience but it is what it is.

And Ian's pretty neutral / negative on the project so I don't think he'd back it unfortunately 😆 I have been in contact with him on it before.
12.9.2020, 12:53 PM
The mental aging of fantasy races has always seemed a bit odd for me. I'd expect that the accumulation of knowledge would be fairly similar if the race shared the same prioritization of knowledge transfer.

On the one hand, I'd expect a longer lived species, would learn at a similar or slightly slower pace, and would have higher quality standards for entering a profession, and probably a wider breadth of subjects, or depth of comprehension that they'd want their society to have as a baseline.

On another hand... I sometimes consider humans slow in some ways, considering that foals can gallop within 24 hours of being born. Our brains are built with more flexibility in what it is able to do long term, and motor/communication skills are the first things we mentally tackle, setting precedent for how our mind handles future learning.

... so; cognitive dissonance is what I have when I see slower mental aging. - Maybe it's just me.

Definitely worth the thought exercise. :)
12.9.2020, 2:04 PM
I've definitely thought this. Lots of fantasy settings have elves that are 500 years old but "effectively 28". You'd still have 500 years worth of knowledge and experiences.

On the other hand, if 50 years barely registers on your lifespan, it could be as significant as "a week" for us. We don't usually remember specific weeks or breadth of knowledge over a week or several weeks. So our decade of learning could register as the equivalent of a week for them. It's all relative, I suppose.

Here, it's much easier to go "haha she's a teenager" and split her age in half and make her act as such. (So she's effectively 12/13 here.)

If you haven't noticed, I've taken a lot of short hands in this world because it's easier and funnier to just hand wave it ;)
12.9.2020, 9:08 PM
12.9.2020, 2:14 PM
Ian the Great
The only example of this I can think of is Lord of the Ring's ents. They're all "don't be hasty" and "sometimes we'll say a word every year or two. Sometimes." I'd love to see a young Ent say, "I'm going to community college. Only forty more years til the end of semester."
12.9.2020, 9:13 PM
I think the ents are a great example of a race that would develop mentally at a different rate!

It shows in how they process things on a day to day basis, and leads to a more subtle perspective on the way things are. ^_^
12.11.2020, 8:57 PM
Blue_Elite (Guest)
Man, seeing tuna in ironing board form makes me realize puberty probably hit her like a truck.
A milk truck.
12.11.2020, 9:10 PM
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