Magellan
The Olaf Mystery [Tales From the Magellanverse]

Page 4: Don't just float there!
Can Olaf help the badly maimed Svetty?
Dr Spooky & Otto
Grace: One of the things I introduced to the character of Olaf in this story was the floating along just above the ground thing - I felt it added an air of "creepy". Mind you, if you've got a noggin that big it probably helps to not have it weighing down on you!! The way Olaf talks though is all VileTerror's dialogue. I have to say one of the great things about collaborations is having someone cast a character in a particular light - the way Olaf talks is quite unique and not something I would necessarily have used had this character appeared in a speaking role within the main comic. Now of course, this is Olaf's voice.

VileTerror: Since this page turned out almost exactly as I had originally scripted it, I think now might be a good time to further expand on the earlier changes: I had originally written Svetlana’s fall as having been caused by her fear of heights resulting in her foolishly closing her eyes while running to make the jump over The Leap. Really, though, that didn’t make sense.

As Grace explained it to me, Svetty should be capable, or at least have the self-confidence that she will be capable enough. To make it in to Magellan in the first place, cadets have to be something special. If their powers aren’t on the “Amazing” tier, then their courage and determination better-well be. Svetlana’s power isn’t the most exceptional we’ve seen, so it stands to reason that she should be cadet-material for other reasons.

Oh. By the way: Svetty really IS dead. Being a cadet in Magellan is dangerous, even without the threat of time travelers/dimension-hoppers, alien parasites, or super-powered bullies. I don’t mean to sound cavalier, but I feel it important to stress that death can be sudden and unexpected, even in a world like Magellan’s.

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