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Chapter 15, Page 26

July 17th, 2017

Chapter 15, Page 26

Pieter faces off with a Morantine recruitment party that doesn’t want to take no for an answer. Pieter’s something of a pacifist and wants nothing to do with this. Willem and Pieter share a look, as you can see when you vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics!

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24 Comments »

    Brian

    Brave man…hopefully restrained officer.

    Ladybug

    Dang, this guy got guts…

    Mike C.

    Does she have a revolver? That pistol reads more like a Colt than a flintlock, which would be an interesting change in technology.

    N/A

    That’s two in, what, two days? Pieter’s making a habit of facing down angry women who could kill him in a heartbeat.
    Poor officer. Definitely between a rock and a hard place.

    Sunflower

    Nice shout-out to John Locke in Panel 3! (Is there a Locke equivalent in Corthis?)

    chasey

    Well, that’s one way to make sure people you draft totally defect or go AWOL. :I

      Tevar

      Look up the term “press gang” from 1700s England. The Morantine Officer is being polite.

        chasey

        Okay! I did just that! :) Thanks for the search term!

        I read the wikipedia page, (or skimmed it, since I have limited time at work) and it seems most of the “bad” stuff came in the forms of riots or political dissent later on as people resisted these drafts more and more. I only saw a few instances of violence being used before that by the press gangs listed in the article, but of course, it’s wikipedia.
        The big one I see is the one wherein a press gang fired into a crowd and killed four during a riot where people were banding together to resist their draft efforts, but that seems to be the only one; everything else is referred to as “occasional” acts of violence, but mostly on the side of the resistance instead. I think I will need to search a little more in-depth to find more accounts of press gang behavior, because now I’m interested!

    Mike Lemmer

    Pieter has the upper-hand regardless here: he’s not much use dead, and killing him just removes any chance of recruiting him later. If she’s stupid enough to shoot him, her superior would rip her to shreds later. (Not to mention I suspect an alchemic laboratory is on par with gunpowder stores for “places you don’t want to shoot guns in”.)

    I also find it funny General Sayre’s “gunboat diplomacy” bit him in the ass here. A day or two of scouting, or even having a spy gather info in the town’s taverns, could’ve revealed Pieter’s residence before he drafted the treaty. But noooo, he had to capture the town as swiftly as possible.

    Of course, the fact it took General Sayre three months to a learn a world-renowned alchemist was on his doorstop bodes ill for his competence.

      Robert A. Woodward

      I suspect that General Sayre went upriver. It is whoever he left behind to be the military governor (note that that was someone he didn’t need in a siege and invasion) who took weeks to discover Pietr’s presence.

        Mike Lemmer

        Regardless, I’m hoping this incident subtly hints at a flaw in Sayre’s strategizing.

        You are correct about Sayre! We’ll see him again in Chapter 17 when he faces off with Marguerite at Fort Belfoi. In the meantime, Sayre left a governor to run Zollhaven. And that office which as you point out wasn’t someone he needed in a siege or invasion. Also, it would be reasonable to assume that the Kleefish directors made no effort to point out Pieter’s existence to the Morantine.

      hkmaly

      Killing him also removes any chance of the OTHER side recruiting him later, but I don’t think they see such risk currently, so yes, if she kills him she would be likely transferred to first line.

    someone

    These Morantines have an atrocious accent. It’s “monsieur”!

    Sturzkampf

    I cannot believe that Pieter doesn’t want to join the Morantine in their glorious mission to liberate the New World from Saronne oppresssion.

    Scia

    I just find it ironic that she’s saying not to put trust in a piece of paper when she’s shoving one in his face.

    chasey

    Also, I love the look on Pietre’s face; it’s not anger, kinda incredulous maybe, but it seems to say “Wow, what’re you even trying, bro?”

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