Comic 452 - The Ostrich Attack
5th Sep 2019, 12:00 AM in Cryptids in Space!
The Ostrich Attack
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
I have talked about this part of Selene's biography before, but finally it gets also shown in the comic proper!
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lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
Would sidearms even work against one of those monsters?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Good question...
I'd say that it would be as easy or difficult as killing a horse with sidearms. (I mentioned in the ostriches' original "30 Days" entry that they are specifically bred for war, but that doesn't render them invulnerable.)
Jay042 edit delete reply
Jay042
Cassowaries are considered the most dangerous birds so it's not hard to imagine a trained ostrich being equally dangerous.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Plus, ostrich riding is also a thing that people actually do. (Makes me wonder if anyone somewhere in history actually half-seriously entertained the idea of using them as mounts in a war...)
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Given that the humans LOST the historical ostrich war...
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yes! That was actually my original inspiration behind this!
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
JammyTheBirb
Aaaand here's the page XD I would like to think the ostrich survived the encounter and returned with a badass story to tell his ostrich buddies.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Cryptida Chapter # 22: Beak & Talons Of A Dark Past
Wildebees has to face an old feathered foe, who is out for revenge!! ;-D
argylefox edit delete reply
argylefox
There was an actual emu war in Australia. Humans lost.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yes I have heard about that! That was my initial inspiration for this here, after all. ;-D
Jay042 edit delete reply
Jay042
Maybe the ostrich isn't an ostrich, but actually a species of terror bird revived by Ytterbium as a weapon for that nation in their war? Everyone just assumed they were large ostriches bred for war.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Man, I should put terror birds into the comic some time, that would be awesome...

While Dr. Ytterbium indeed has dabbled in genetic engineering (that facet of her rarely comes up nowadays), I never made the mental connection of her having anything to do with the Ostrich War.
But said war probably happened after Selene's stint in Iraq (thus in the late 2000s or early 2010s) - which means that Ytterbium would not have been too young for this to be implausible...

BTW, since Selene's country of origin is vaguely hinted to be in Africa, I have also been wondering if Buranda may in some way have been involved in the Ostrich War. But alas, Selene's Afrikaans-related cultural background points to her country being more in the southern rather than the western part of the continent...