Introducing Kahu! (Her name hasn’t been revealed yet, but it isn’t a spoiler or a dramatic reveal, so I’m just tagging her upfront.)
Those last two panels are the ones I used for samples in the “choosing a new Tamaputian language font” post. (Without the “through a security camera” visual filter.) The winning font is Gorilla Milkshake, which I liked a lot to begin with, and the comments on it were overwhelmingly positive.
I also went back and replaced the font in some earlier strips. Points for any archive-divers who can spot them all.
Tamaputian-speaking humans, like the little fenced walkways and other Tamaputian accessibility features, are common in the United Islands. Which is lucky for Kahu…since she doesn’t actually speak Islander.
This is your canon confirmation that teenage Dexie had the same aesthetic as the Goth Kids.
I call this storyline “Tell me you’re a Murderbot Diaries fan without telling me you’re a Murderbot Diaries fan.”
It picks up the plot threads from The Commitment — which only ended 4 months ago. As webcomic follow-ups go, that’s downright timely.
But first: some worldbuilding! We’ve seen “instant travel via magical airborne gates” at least once before — it’s how the mages arrived in Through Lights And Shadows. We’ve never seen this much of the United Islands, and I figured it deserved at least one cool detailed background shot before Dex goes.