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Comic 341

Howdy, fellow Draconiacs!  RazorFox here.

Kilani appears to have spared herself… for now, at least.

Those of you looking for a soundtrack to this page can once again pull up “My December” by Linkin Park.

In less than two weeks, you can join me at Katsucon 20 in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, on Valentine’s Day weekend!  Katsucon, as you may already know, was my very first convention back in 1995, and I’ve faithfully attended all nineteen events thus far.  While this year’s event is a milestone unto itself for being the twentieth Katsucon both for the organizers and for me, this year’s Katsucon will also, coincidentally, be my one hundredth convention attendance!  So I’m planning to have a damn good time, and you’re welcome to join in the fun!  If you’re anywhere near DC, come on out and say hi, and join me at the convention that started all of this!  Hope to see you there!

And I hope to see everyone here again for the next page, as Lady Red and her flock of makeshift mercenaries close in on a pack of Tigers who aren’t exactly in the best of moods.  Remember to follow my Twitter feed and Like the Draconia Chronicles Facebook page to stay on top of updates.

Take care, my fellow Draconiacs, and thanks for reading!

=RazorFox.

  • Chuck

    I suspect she’ll warn the others to hide from the dragons and then surrender herself to them while they watch.

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      Interesting idea, but are Kilani’s feet faster than a flock in flight?

      • EOTW

        Alliteration FTW.

        • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

          Darn right! I’ve been on an alliteration kick lately. Not sure why, but it’s kinda fun! ^__^

          • kitromney

            You are a sick twisted person…
            …but then again, so am I a sick twisted person, welcome to the club buddy.:)

          • Panzer88

            We are all sick, and twisted people, in are own special ways. ;)

          • alex_longfur

            Totally! Look at me, a narcissistic sociopath harboring… dark… thoughts, yet I offer some great dating advice!

          • Panzer88

            Great minds truly do think alike!!!!!! :D

          • alex_longfur

            On a bit of a tangent, but due to your username, you are a WWII buff, yes? I find that the Panzer 38(t) had a remarkable chassis, used for the Marder III, the Hetzer, and as artillery and AA.

          • Panzer88

            Yes I am. My personal favorite is the Tiger, and it’s many variants, but my all time favorite armored vehicle is the 70 tonne King Tiger with it’s thick, sloped armor, and massive long barreled 88mm gun of doom. basically the Germans took the best features of the Tiger, such as it’s thick armor, and massive gun, and the Panther with it’s sloped armor, and extra long barreled gun, to create what was arguably the finest tank of WWII. Essentially, they took the Tiger, and Panther threw both tanks in a giant blender, and put the setting on overkill. There are many myths surrounding German armored vehicles of WWII, but most of them are centered around the Tiger series. contrary to what most people believe, the King Tiger was not especially slow, or mechanically unreliable. At 25mph, it was only 5mph slower than the American Sherman, or Russian t34, and easily superior to both with regards to off road mobility. The often criticized interleaved road wheels when combined with the excellent German torsion bar suspension, gave German crews superior comfort, and made the vehicle a more stable gun platform. And the notion that these type of road wheels were more prone to getting clogged with mud, than conventional types, is false. If these road wheels were getting clogged with mud, it was not a fault of the design, but rather due to the terrain being inhospitable to tanks in general. As for reliability, The King Tiger was admittedly unreliable during it’s first few months of it’s service, but by the end of the war it was more reliable, and maintenance friendly, than the American Pershing, which still had reliability issues during the Korean war, to the point where it was decided to simply replace it with the M46 Patton. Also the British chieftain was unreliable for most of it’s carrier, but towards the end of it’s service life, it was an extremely reliable vehicle. Contrary to popular believe, German armored vehicles were no more unreliable than any other tank that has been rushed into service. They simply had to go through a teething process, that all new weapons have to go through. Another myth surrounding The King Tiger, is that it was especially vulnerable to air attack. What people don’t understand, is that air support during WWII was not nearly as accurate as it’s made out to be in the movies. Pilots from both sides would frequently attack their own ground forces by mistake, even when smoke was used to identify them. Yes, the King Tiger was vulnerable to air attack, but so is any armored vehicle caught out in the open. Yet another myth is that the Germans made a mistake going with quality over quantity. People don’t seem to realize that small nations, like those of the Axis powers during WWII, did not have the manpower or resources to compete in a numbers game with large, industrialised nations like those of the Allies. To compensate for their numerical disadvantage, instead of trying to produce one tank, or battleship, for each one of the Allies, they chose to build tanks, and battleships that were worth several of their Allied counterparts. The idea that Germany would have been better off producing more panthers is false, because they did not have the crews to fill them. Late in the war, both Germany, and Japan always had more tanks, and planes, then experienced crews to fill them. Many people believe that the Yamato class battleships were a waste of resources since WWII in the pacific turned out to be a carrier war, but what they don’t understand is that at the time of the Yamato’s construction, the battleship was the undisputed king of the seas, and carriers were simply regarded as support units. There are many myths about the Yamato’s supposed inferiority as well. As far as guns are concerned, it’s true that her 18 inch guns were only superior to Iowa’s long barreled 16 inch guns because of their size, but they were still twenty five percent more powerful than Iowa’s. With regards to armor, it’s also true that her armor quality was not as good as Iowa’s, but it was only a ten, to fifteen percent difference, and on a scale of one, to one hundred, that’s nothing to brag about. And it’s certainly not enough to make up for the difference in armor thickness, and tonnage between the two ships. 19 inch maximum armor thickness, with a weight of 18,000 tonnes for Iowa. And a 26 inch maximum armor thickness, with a weight of 22,000 tonnes for Yamato. The Yamato class battleships were designed in a traditional fashion, where they were fitted with armor plating that gave them immunity to their own guns, at combat range. The Iowa’s on the other hand, were a design compromise. They were designed for speed, and the ability to fit through the panama canal. Because of this their armor did not give them immunity to their own 16 inch guns at combat range, and certainly not to the 18 inch guns of Yamato. Although they did have immunity to the older South Dakota class battleships, shorter barreled 16 inch guns, and this level of protection was considered “adequate” for their intended role, as fast carrier escorts, and battlecruiser killers, they were simply unable to deal with the tremendous advantage that the Yamato’s enjoyed over them with regards to gun power, and armor. Another myth about the Yamato class, is that their fire control system was inaccurate in comparison to the Iowa’s. All we have to do to realize that this is false, is to look carefully, at the historical battles that these two ships fought in. During Operation Hailstone, two Iowa class battleships, opened fire on the Japanese destroyer Nowaki. Despite having a fire control system that was supposedly so accurate, that you could see your own shells splashing into the water, neither of the two battleships managed to score any hits on the Japanese destroyer. The Yamato on the other hand scored several hits on the aircraft carrier Gambier Bay, during the battle off Samar, and the only reason that the carrier was not sunk from this attack, was because the Yamato’s crewmen were not using the proper ammunition for anti carrier use. I am not saying that the Iowa’s were not good battleships, they were excellent, but that said they were designed with restrictions in mind that the Yamato’s designers did not have to worry about, and as such, they would not be able to cope with the Yamato’s in a straight up slug match. The reason that the Axis powers lost the WWII, has very little to do with their equipment, and more to do with the fact that they had poor overall leadership.

          • alex_longfur

            Well, another reason they lost was Hitler’s love of big Wunderweapons (impractical and too many under developement, like the Horton 229, the Panzer VIII Maus, the multi charge super guns for bombardments of Britain, also, supposed “deathrays”), Allied bombings of supply routes, factories and refineries, and violating their non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union. The only problem with the Tiger, Tiger II, and Panther II was that they were gas guzzlers, the Tiger II consumed 400 gallons of fuel per 100 miles, and the state of supply routes rendered most knocked out not by enemy tanks, but by running out of fuel. Other than that they were no doubt superior.

          • Panzer88

            Agreed. The Maus was an engineering masterpiece, and tactically it would have been very effective, but strategicly it was a nightmare. It’s armor, firepower, and cross country mobility, were excellent, (thanks to it’s wide tracks, and electric transmission) but as far a resources were concerned, they could have had three King Tigers (which was already an overmatch for anything the Allies had) for every Maus tank. As far as the Ho 229 is concerned, It was actually faster, and more cost effective than the Me 262, since it used a flying wing design which had less drag than the Me 262. And was made mostly from plywood, unlike the sheet steel construction of the Me 262. It was also the first true stealth fighter in history, and it’s radar cross section against WWII Chain Home radar was roughly comparable to the RCS of the F 22, against modern radar. Not to mention that unlike the Me 262, it could actually turn, and burn with Allied piston engine fighters. As far as Hitler’s interfering with the production of the Me 262 to have it produced mostly as a fighter bomber is concerned, The fighter bomber version was no less effective against Allied fighters than it’s pure interceptor counterpart. Just like any other fighter it’s air to air performance would be crippled when carrying bombs, but that was not something unique to the Me 262. All the pilots had to do to engage enemy fighters, was simply drop their ordinance. The problem that Hitler caused with the Me 262 production was not to adapt it to carry bombs (all fighters Axis, or Allied had been) but rather to USE it mostly as a bomb truck, which is inherently an offensive weapon. When he should have been using it mostly as a defensive interceptor. Hitler simply could not except what Germany needed late in the war, were defensive weapons to defend the fatherland, as opposed to giant guns, and bombers, to attack London, Washington, or Moscow.

          • alex_longfur

            Agreed.

  • Random person

    I still stand by what I guessed.

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      Kess jumping in to stop Kilani’s suicide? Well, it sounds like Kilani hasn’t changed her mind and has just postponed it, so maybe Kess might still have her chance.

  • william

    either she decided to stop the dragons from killing her friends before she does herself in, or she’s going to sacrifice herself to let her friends get away. Too many feels here, this story better not cut itself off like Anthronauts did or I will be cross.

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      I assure you that, as long as I can put pen to paper (or stylus to screen, to be more accurate), this story’s continuing. I wanna tell it just as bad as you wanna hear it. ^__^

      • william

        Thanks. The story right now seems kind of depressing, but I’m one of those guys that wants to see a story to the end, no matter the circumstances.

        • alex_longfur

          Good man.

  • MrAMP

    Oh man…so many options and scenarios of how this can now turn out.
    On another note, I’m not entirely surprised that Kilani can understand the dragons. If memory serves correctly, I know most tigers can barely understand dragons, but the dragons can understand the tigers.

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      Well, not quite. With the exception of a select few on each side who may have studied the language, neither side can understand the other side’s lingua franca. You might remember Briella’s inability to understand the Tigers in the Calera. On this page, I wanted to show that Kilani hears the Dragon language and the word “Kess.” By hearing which way they’re going, she knows that Dragons are heading toward Kess. If you look closely, you’ll see brackets and a difference in text colors. ^__^

      • Eltharrion

        …Huh. Didn’t spot the text point at first. Just thought it was Kilani grasping some random words from some long explanation (if you are fighting dragons all life, you’re bound to learn to understand some of the words they sputter out next to you)
        On other note, thank you for showing a deep building character. Kilani STILL wants best for others, like she always did, right now she’s just on a very very VERY deep quilt trip for causing all the bad things in her life.
        Hopefully she understands at some point what kind of good things she’s done. It’s not all dark and death out there. Just roses with some thorns that you cut yourself on now and then, but can still enjoy the fragrance.

      • MrAMP

        Oh no, I actually saw the text brackets and everything. I for some reason thought that the dragons had the upper hand in the Tiger language. I completely forgot about Briella’s inability though. So i can therefore speculate that the higher ups have a better understanding of the tiger language. *EPIC FAIL for me yet again XD*

  • Tech

    *phew*

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      Indeed.

  • Shade

    Well, fudge. Kilani, going the sacrificial lamb route is only make things worse. You and I both know that as much as Kess hates you at the moment, you’re still sisters and she’s gonna be pissed if you die.

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      It doesn’t sound like Kilani’s all too concerned about that anymore.

  • Xch3l

    Phew!! Solo espero que no haga algo tonto después

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      Todavía queda tiempo…

  • NixieSeal

    Pheeew. Glad that didn’t end the worst way.

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      THIS time, but it is she still planning to do it?

  • Puffball

    …She’s talking about killing herself in front of everyone else instead D: Oh no…

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      From Kilani’s point of view, she feels she’s hurt people enough already, so why rob them of this last bit of satisfaction?

  • XEspadaX

    I know this is none of my business, but.
    For you, as it would be a hybrid of dragon with tiger?

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      Many people ask about Dragon/Tiger hybrids, but I’m sorry to report that it’s not possible, as the two species are genetically incompatible, especially since we’re dealing with reptilian creatures and mammals. Sorry. ^__^;

      • Eltharrion

        MAGIC and SCIENCE! Never say “never”! True love can break bonds of eternity! Friendship is magic! Believe in me who believes in you!
        …Nah, I don’t think it’ll happen. I mean, they’d need to get a dragon male to mate with tigers, and truth to be told I don’t think many of them would… Survive that.

        • Panzer88

          Gurren Lagann reference FTW. :D

  • EOTW

    Ha! I knew you would wuss out! *Hides tears of manliness*

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      Wussing out? Or just seeking an audience?

  • mechafan1224

    Sorry Kalani, but fate has other plans for you.

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      Fate might still get the last laugh…

  • Brad2014

    One: Thank God.
    Two: You know how to make your fan worry and wait.
    Three: As a fellow artist, I have the right to say that you sir, you did that on purpose.

    • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

      I did what on purpose? Make my fellow Draconiacs worry and wait? I like to think of it as building suspense. ^__^

  • somebody

    Like I said, upcoming plot event in the form of the dragon search party. Glad I got it right :D

    • somebody

      I really have no idea what said plot event would entail, though. Here’s hoping you pull some magic out of your hat, Mr. Writerfox.

      • http://draconia.katbox.net/ RazorFox

        Never underestimate the magic in my hat. ~__^

  • NewGuy79

    wait so kilani can understand dragon tough? now only if she could speak dragon…. I wonder what she would be able to accomplish with this search party? If anything shes probably gona stand in their way but will she fight? or attempt communication?

    • Eltharrion

      Whatever it is, she’s gonna do it in front of Kess and others.
      You know, both to make sure they aren’t surprised and so that they can see her die.
      Because at this point she’s SO DEEP into the self-hurting line that she believes her suffering is enjoyable by others.

      • NewGuy79

        the only hope that I see for her now are probably the earth dragons, the tiger clans way to far ahead of her to double back and defend her(and I’m not even confident the Kess would actually do it). so i’m hedging my bets on a initial confrontation between Kilani and the dragon party that will be defused by the earth dragons (because Gia and shit).

        now that I think about it the earth dragons ideology matches Kilani’s in some aspects, you know wanting to avoid war and mindless violence.

        • Argent

          Never underestimate the power of blood. I may not like how some of my relatives live or the things they do, but you can be sure that I’d take a bullet for them. For all we know, Kess may be the same deep down. It’s one thing to disown family when you know they’ll go on living. It’s another when lives are on the line.

          • NewGuy79

            lets hope such modern day human sentiments hold up in this anthropomorphic kill or be killed world, after all animals are never afraid to sacrifice each other if it means absolute survivals. Which boils it down to; are they more human? or beast? a rather ambiguous question, I know, but it’s one that reveal to us what their reaction to all this will be.

  • Brett

    This got really dark really quickly

    • Radar

      and not just the lighting

  • fire dragon

    I sense a strange presence in the next page but I can’t put my finger on it it just might blow all the readers mind even kilani

  • Nathan Allmon

    not exactly the beam of hope and lite that one would hope for to stop/postpone a suicide but it will do. now she gets to trade her life for her friends but the fun part is she can hold herself ransom,and not know it, since the queen wants her alive.

  • BloodDragon95

    Like someone said in one of the early comics, “She will be the one that unites both races”.

    • Radar

      was it Yoda???

  • peace man

    give her a reason to live man and have queen oscura have her children.

  • CinnamonSalve

    Things…will not go as planned… Well, let’s hope no-one dies.

    • Radar

      at least no one important