|The Olaf Mystery [Tales From the Magellanverse]
|Page 4: Don't just float there!
Can Olaf help the badly maimed Svetty?
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.
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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