|The Olaf Mystery [Tales From the Magellanverse]
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The new batch of cadets train for The Gauntlet....
Long time readers might notice this training sequence bears lots of similarity to that of this one in The Great Leap Forward
story. That is a great thing and I am so glad VileTerror included it in
the script... this is a new intake of first year cadets and The Gauntlet exercise originally shown in chapter 2 is a tradition and one they must all run.
So Svetty is a character introduced in a one strip outing during the Olga and Brelvis comics I mentioned previously... see Meet The Freshers part 8!
So little is known about any of these one shot characters it's great to
give them some more screen time. She has a weird possibly
dorky/Aquaman-esque power... the ability to telepathically control
insects and arachnids. But given those critters make up a substantial
part of the biomass on the planet, many of which are not just nasty and
scary and venomous but also potentially lethal, maybe her power isn't
that dorky after all! This sequence gave me the chance to explore it
As VileTerror notes below this scene received a bit of a rewrite. When
I'm drafting a page from a script there are a couple of things that I
strive for... a visual narrative
as much as a written one, and some humour and/or drama to finish a page
on (largely necessitated by the serial nature of these comics when
originally published). As VileTerror will explain in a few more pages,
the original script had Svetty somewhat terrified of heights, and while
that had humour potential I felt I wanted to show her as more
confident. And that's when I got the idea of her riding the bug cloud
and once that thought had entered my mind there was no way
I was going to pass up the opportunity to include it!! Plus it was a
great visual gag. Could it work in reality...?? Weeeeelllll that's open
The original version of the script for this portion of the story was
largely unchanged, but significantly different in one way: I had
Svetty deathly afraid of heights. Naturally, Grace knows her
characters better than I do, and instead of my version of Svetlana, you
get to see the confident and capable young cadet in the way she was
meant to be shown.
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