Page Descriptions - Chapter 57

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This article contains all the Moonless Age page announcements made by the comic's author for Chapter 57 - End of an Age. These often elaborate on or clarify details not explicitly stated in the comic itself, but regardless provide a sort of commentary for each page. These announcements are made in the Moonless Age channel of the Official Discord and can also be read on the comic's Official Facebook Page.

Chapter Announcement

Chapter Cover

Kern: The epic end-chapter cover of Moonless Age is up! I've had many possible names for the final chapter but, considering the name of the comic, this is the most fitting.

Page Announcements

Pages 1-10

Page 1

Kern: A living goddess stumbling out of stasis. Too weak to stand on her own. Yet representing a great opportunity for them. Not straight into the action, as I felt Sharess' condition had to be addressed before - you know - chaos. Also, next update is the 19th Anniversary special, which would technically be tomorrow but for the sake of staggering updates it will be 2 days from now.

Page 2

Kern: Lost in her own mind, she fights to emerge as Sil'lice doubts this is truly a goddess reborn. Regarding the last panel's text: I've been wanting to move away from the plain comic font for a long time. However, this is how the comic began and I have to stick with it. These two dialogue boxes were put in for the fun of of seeing what Kite would do with it as an optional layer. So no, the dialogue won't change for this last chapter. Sure will be changing for the next project though!

Page 3

Kern: She awakens through the haze of memories as unexpected news arrives. Everything happens in one day.

Page 4

Kern: Meanwhile, Faen discovers something Ariel has been hiding since the last fight. Faen should just smack Ariel unconscious. It's the easiest and fastest way to convince her to NOT do anything.

Page 5

Kern: Faen shows a new side of herself while Chiri and Merri are stuck in a vision. Those visions weren't that common lately, but they're back in Chel and those visions are going to become routine occurrence. Also, this is the beginning of Faen the Empress; she will boss all by the end of the chapter.

Page 6

Kern: They're being watched and things are way too quiet in that street. Snad did tell her people to get ready to kill Chrys when she returned. Of course they'd be watching. While Chiri and Merri are getting visions, they're probably silent visions. These watchers don't seem to be talking much, which doesn't help them to figure out what's going to happen.

Page 7

Kern: Aware of the enemy's presence, the whole column is stopped and they begin to watch the empty streets around with worry.

Page 8

Kern: There's demons around that the coalition fails to see, but Kiel does and she's on the hunt. Kiel does her own thing as always. And no, demons don't have smell.

Page 9

Kern: An unexpectedly silent city, a strange set of glows in the distance, and a warning is screamed. To give the feel of a lengthening silence in comic is a tough thing to portray.

Page 10

Kern: Cannons fire into the main street and ambushes await those escaping it. Big booms. Lots of big booms.

Pages 11-20

Page 11

Kern: In the aftermath of the cannon-fire, the armored division charges through the remains. Why doesn't the empath detect the enemies? That's not how empathy works. There's ton of people around and it doesn't tell you who may be the enemy. Why don't they block the blast? They tried given the time. Watch the guy without an head. Don't be that guy. Why didn't they run out of the street? No. Time. This is an ambush. Why doesn't Sharess save the day? Sharess is having a pizza. Not everything goes smoothly. If you protest at the protagonists getting their faces smashed in, you better not protest when the antagonists get their faces smashed in. Oh wait. It happens, too.

Page 12

Kern: The armored division and the Fallen strike at the artillery positions. The Fallen were already mid-way, Sara has a long weapon of her own, and those golems can jump. In case it's been too long: Those golems are from the attack on the airship chapter. The prototype, along with the engineers, were found in Sha'shi.

Page 13

Kern: Bombardment resumes from a new side of the battlefield, shredding the shelters where many had found refuge. However, the firing is short-lived this time, as something has put a stop to it. The page was getting quite late, so I stepped in to help with the coloring. Might look a bit different.

Page 14

Kern: The gang had to find an alternative route to escape after being hunted down by two different factions. And this one is one Kiel's used before, many times. On an artistic note, I wish I could make use of dialogue as visual effects more often. It can easily be missed.

Page 15

Kern: While the bombardment happened, the Imperial Guard was on the move to silence the second ambush. No, this is not in response to any complaints about scouts. The chapter was written before page 1 went up. Just have patience.

Page 16

Kern: The cannons are silent, victory is acquired. Although there is no sign of the agents that were waiting in ambush. But hey, I'm sure it was a complete victory. Congrats, the chapter ends at page 16.

Page 17

Kern: The scream of victory is cut short. Now why would they go and kill shouty boi instead of trying to get to the people they want dead?

Page 18

Kern: They fall back, assaulted from within their own ranks and from rooftops around. Among the chaos, Ariel and Faen are led to safety... This gave an opportunity for the traitors to eliminate the leadership. If Ariel hadn't been protected by the mightiest, strongest of bears, maybe it could have been done. But now Faen will destroy all and establish herself as empress. The end.
Kern - Additional: Never trust someone who smiles a lot. I tried to make it look like he caught her attention by making a note. But it didn't come out quite right.

Page 19

Kern: Traitor working with the enemy, seeking to isolate the young leader and end her while the troops retreat. As I wrote above, never trust someone who smiles so much.

Page 20

Kern: Pinned down in an enclosed alley, they must act fast or be surrounded. The surprise attack wasn't successful and now the killers can be careful. Time is on their side. Also the arrows breaking down like this intentional. Shrapnel to counter people like Ariel.

Pages 21-30

Page 21

Kern: Meanwhile the Imperial Guards seek to rejoin the fight. Although someone is targeting Chrys personally. They've let the others pass before raising the wire in Chrys' way. A lot is happening at the same time, so please forgive the jumping back and forth.

Page 22

Kern: The trap is set. Chrys is cut off from her comrades except for two, and already under a barrage of fire. Snad, in the previous chapter, asked for Chrys to be stopped before she reached the dome. She was the prime target, although ending Ariel would help end the movement.

Page 23

Kern: Wounded, the dragon musters its remaining strength to protect her. Chomp chomp.

Page 24

Kern: Amidst the battle, one person stands out to finish her off. Someone she knows. One bolt had embedded right in her face. Chrys is not doing too well, right now.

Page 25

Kern: Spilled blood boils in a flash. Not something Chrys has ever done before, but within her skill. An extreme, prompted by an extreme situation. Her dragon's blood was also used as catalyst, which is not something that would normally happen either. Hope you guys enjoy the payback after so many pages of tension.

Page 26

Kern: The aftermath of the blood-splosion? Of the blood-flare? Of the acid reflux--Of Chrys just blowing things up, let's leave it at that.

Page 27

Kern: The dead speak. Also Cahal is a good boi.

Page 28

Kern: A confrontation of ideologies for these two sisters. Uncovered lies, or a new deception? Whether or not Saph'ala tells the truth, Chrys is not at ease with the idea.

Page 29

Kern: The conversation comes short. It's kill-or-be-killed, at this point. And Chrys faints from blood-loss.

Page 30

Kern: Saying goodbye to her dragon as a new threat rises over the streets. I colored the characters, so some effects may come out differently than the usual.

Pages 31-40

Page 31

Kern: Meanwhile, in the main streets the battle is intensifying. Bombardment, demons, mercenaries. The army column has long broken into smaller sections having to fight independently.

Page 32

Kern: Chiri can sense the enemies coming to assault them through walls of solid stone. Advantages of someone who can see the "future". So this splinter of the army won't get surprised by an ambush. Although anyone who can assault many enemy warriors and pass through wall of stone like butter isn't a lightweight attacker.

Page 33

Kern: Predicting every move, they halt the enemy agent's attacks.

Page 34

Kern: Surrounded, the enemy displays her true power. One of those special ones that are summons within a vessel of flesh. Not so easily defeated, and with powers that go beyond what's normal. Most of the enemies so far were regular Feldians. You just can't tell which ones are special as they all wear the same armor. They're not supposed to stand out after all; Snad likes to work unmarked. And considering the states of many of those special ones... without faces sometimes.

Page 35

Kern: Good old purging by fire still works. Here's your Dragonball Z page. Hopefully you have senzu bean for that burn.

Page 36

Kern: Burnt to ashes, demons flooding the street, and blast tortoise in the back. The second agent took a bit longer to arrive and silenced the lookouts ahead. But Baliir (rolled a 20 on a stealth check?) arrives on the scene to silence the second enemy, saving many from having this scene stretching for another week. 8D It's pure chaos out there.

Page 37

Kern: Meanwhile Kiel was hunting the source of the demons. And, finally, she may have found it. Although the shape of the demon seems familiar.

Page 38

Kern: Kiel and Nau leap into action. Disabling the demon gate and its summoner.

Page 39

Kern: An old friend is revealed, and through her the story of a divided group of survivors. Obviously, it was Fame and she didn't mean to attack Kiel's group. Nor did Nau want to throw Fame overboard. When you need to hire mercenary demon summoners, there's those ex-Vloz going around these days. Would work for little money and big words. This is how two sides of the same group end up on opposite sides. Also, I have to say - after so much grim drama, feels nice to have a group that's lighthearted even in dangerous situations.

Page 40

Kern: The demonic gates are being closed all over the battlefield after a misunderstanding is cleared up. It's ex-Vloz... of course even warfare has got to be weirdly handled. At least Fame still listens to Kiel. And so does Nau, in a way, who just caught her mentioning a second child. Also drawing DT Naal after so long. :3 <3

Pages 41-50

Page 41

Kern: An open declaration from a trio of newcomers. And a sign of what happens under the glorious reign of Snad - Body modifications to become more efficient is a thing.

Page 42

Kern: They make a stand in their entrenched positions.

Page 43

Kern: The defenders' morale is under assault by the enemies' tricks. Full villain party. Spellsinger, empath, and tank - all modified and likely immortals.

Page 44

Kern: The effect spreads through the streets, pacifying the resistance and leaving Faen to stand alone - and angry - against her enemies.

Page 45

Kern: She rises above the battlefield to bolster their resolve against their enemies' influence. Everyone predicted it and, yes, Kyo is there to oppose the enemy's power. It is a long starting fight to this chapter, as everyone is involved, but I think by now everyone must feel we're reaching the climax of the fight.

Page 46

Kern: Faen receives unexpected help from a former enemy. She got the potassium from the banana. Get in there Faen; you're powered up. Empress Faen must rise.

Page 47

Kern: The moment when the tide of battle turned. Arise, Faen, and take your throne. :D

Page 48

Kern: As the pressure increases, the enemies prepare to retreat in an explosive way. Right at Kyo.

Page 49

Kern: Scream off!

Page 50

Kern: One of the enemy flees the battlefield to find a worrisome sight. That the rock is back. It will take down all the Nids!

Pages 51-60

Page 51

Kern: An uprising of the angry locals, joining the battle to take down the scattered enemies in their streets. More rocks! Throw them. Crossbow Lady was involved in a very old chapter, and I felt like adding her one last time for funsies. The other two ahead of the crowd are cameos though; ones without concept art. Also, those agents must have been killing bystanders, wrecking buildings and such... it would piss people off. Including some Tei'kaliath, apparently.

Page 52

Kern: Pressed from all sides by citizens and the allied combined, the enemy force collapses. Or, in the case of some mercenaries, turns sides. 50 pages of street battles... that was a long one. Although there is still something else...

Page 53

Kern: A moment of peace, one Faen takes advantage off to land a mighty punch. Nuclear punch. Should've taken Ariel out in one punch, really. Mighty bear will sit upon the throne - and soon!

Page 54

Kern: The romantic moment is short-lived, as a group take advantage of Faen's distraction to attack. I mentioned there was one bit missing to these street battles. Everyone got their personal fight, except Ariel, who just had Faen stand for her.

Page 55

Kern: A painful battle with poor start for Ariel, whose recent rise to power isn't welcome by many in her own clan. Plus that fallen is a Nid. Given a year or two, the Sarghress would've been just another branch of Snad's millitary. Also, wolf enters the battle. Probably bolted through the holes right off, and raising a rock wall at the last moment didn't work for that wounded agent.

Page 56

Kern: Armor shattering, punching, stabbing, and strangling. Fun times. A little bit of Quain in there.

Page 57

Kern: A sharp knife from immortals. Wouldn't be so easy. Ariel is outnumbered and she's getting tricked like Durlyn. She is good at closing wounds, but how much can she take from people who also have an unfair lack of mortality.

Page 58

Kern: Unable to call for help, she is cut down. Goodbye finger. Can't even give the middle finger to them now. Or yell at them, for that matter. I considered for a while how to show that scene. Figured we've seen plenty of back-and-forth slicing in this chapter, but not from first-person viewpoint, which I think gives this scene more impact.

Page 59

Kern: From within her body emerges forgotten things from many years ago. I shouldn't be surprised to see you guys pulling up Chapter 8 and predicting the return of these snakes heads from years ago. It's all still inside her body. Technically part of the mass and - yes - Khaless knew stuff. The the last panel, she looks very much like like her, too.

Page 60

Kern: Faen arrives on the scene to witness the result. Faen reports, Ariel is suspect. Ariel claims the bodies were already there when she arrived. Faen voting -- Check result of the vote in the next page.

Pages 61-70

Page 61

Kern: A hug and a hush. Cuddle age begins.

Page 62

Kern: Faen turns Ariel's words back at her. Then, make her demands. Demands of hugs and cuddles.

Page 63

Kern: The aftermaths of the battles, as the survivors regroup. Chrys and Ariel would need a long recovery. Maybe Chrys can wave an angry arm at the enemy.

Page 64

Kern: Taking the cannons from the ambush and turning them against the dome for the final assault. Start of the second arc for the chapter.

Page 65

Kern: The faithful guards meet with the rebel guards, but which is which? Chrys was never ordered to pull these moves; not all of the guards followed her. And the ex-traitor who lost her tongue now stands against them.

Page 66

Kern: A clash of words and the seed of doubt.

Page 67

Kern: The mute leader speaks with her actions. What's one more betrayal. Her actions in the past led to the death of Diva, the fall of the old system. And what was her reward? She got used, discarded, tongue and ear cut off. And then? Back to her old post, expected to act against her duty once again. A loop she chooses to break.

Page 68

Kern: An answer is given. She is tired of this shit. Skip the yes-or-no answer - go straight to sign language with her loverboi Al'tesh, right Thrair? IS SHE PRETTY NOW!?
Editor Note: The Al'tesh/Nir'naya ship started as a joke. It would seem it stuck.

Page 69

Kern: They break into the dome, taking over room-by-room and freeing prisoners. But, of course, there are still ambushes. Possibly the most-lethal ones are still coming.

Page 70

Kern: A new madness and the trap is enclosing them. Except someone seems to be sneaking in - Panel 1 Kiel and Naal. I know the action is chaotic though with such numbers, it's a real challenge not to. And no, the cannons wouldn't damage the demons; but that doesn't stop them from flinch-firing, adding to the chaos.

Pages 71-80

Page 71

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Special Pages

19th Anniversary Special

Kern: 19th anniversary special is up. Four pages in one chunky update to officially introduce our next project. Where it is taking place, how it relates to DT, and what happened to Rosof too. Damn, that's a lot of years. More than half my life on one project, but I am quite glad to be wrapping it up. My mind has been wandering a lot to that upcoming project, lately.