Comic 615 - The Master Thief at Work
5th Mar 2021, 12:00 AM in The Butterfly Ruby Heist - Part 1
The Master Thief at Work
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
Here we see some further objects that will still be in this museum about a century later.
(Well, except for the Butterfly Ruby, of course.)
User comments:
TheMario360 edit delete reply
TheMario360
He says as something unusual happens right behind him.

Love me some irony
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
At least Antoine could wait with the theft until Edgar is out of the room - but nooo, common courtesy is dead! :-D
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
I've heard a young musician was in the museum in 1957 and saw the instrument on the right. Ohhh, and there's that odd-odd idol of the macrobiotan god Baks'Ba-Nee.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Had to read the name "Baks'Ba-Nee" several times 'til I got it. :-)

But this young musician?? Hmmm... Was he by any chance from Liverpool?
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pffft, shoggoth-poo. The shape of the instrument gives it away. (Those other musician from Liverpool was one of the Mr.Rickenbacker-guys instead..)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Ah yes, now I think I found out whom you mean!
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Spank me, you found out! I haven't decided about your prize yet.
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
oh, what a waste of a crossbow!

they are for shooting people
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I wanted Antoine to have a good old grappling gun, but since it's 1926, it had to be noticeably more low tech... ;-)

(Someday I'll introduce a character who is a proper archer! E.g., perhaps I should give Neon some kind of futuristic bow, so that she doesn't have to beat up bad guys with just her bare fists...)
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
depends on how "magic" you want to make her stuff
-recurve with glowing "energy" limbs was my first thought
but more realistically
-an auto-cocking repeating crossbow that shoots glowy bolts
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yeah, it would quite probably involve some kind of glowing parts.
(Also, perhaps something that can be suspended in mid-air via magnetic fields - I somehow like that idea.)

Further thoughts:
Somebody on a motorcycle with a bow could be played up as the modern equivalent of a bowman on horseback, which were common in many cultures.
On the other hand, riding a motorbike freehand while handling the weapon sounds insanely more risky than riding a horse freehand.
On the third hand though, doing insanely risky things would totally fit Neon's character, which is supposed to be a thrill seeker contrasting her completely mundane civilian identity. Also, since it's a high tech bike anyway, it could have some kind of computer-controlled auto-stabilizing function...
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
Dang... Nice callbacks!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
You know how I love cramming in lots of callbacks, references, et cetera! :-D
(Lirvilas once called it "heavy contextual density".)

And I just had to include that giant carrot. :-)