Didn’t want Sønheim to get all the flashback action, so here’s what’s going on in Ceannis during the quarantine storylines!
…most of these characters are old enough in the present-day strip that they’re just going from “adult” to “slightly younger adult.” At least they still have plenty of opportunities for ironic foreshadowing.
The employee in the Sønska import grocery is a cameo from Clara Danao, another backer of the Volume 3 Kickstarter. Her present-day self was seen during “Something’s Cooking” as a store employee, as a cameo for backing a previous Kickstarter.
Bennet: There’s an outbreak of a new brumavirus, and it’s shutting down all of Sønheim! Junior correspondent Bennet Amande is here to ask the important questions: How is it affecting people in Ceannis?
Helichrysum Glazier (Trustworthy Medical Researcher): I work on spelltech to deal with exactly this kind of thing. So the pressure’s been high! But I’m happy to be working for Northwind Prismaceuticals: a company that cares.
Laurel Cerise (Adult Magical Girl): In a few years I’ll be on a response team that deals with exactly this kind of thing. For now . . . I’m just putting extra practice into healing spells.
Archie Stavros (Freelance Writer): I’m already writing an outbreak-based spec script for my favorite series, “Doctors: But Sexier.” This could be my big break!
Employee At This Store (Maybe Has Conflict Of Interest): Please tell your audience nobody has caught the bruma from imported groceries! It’s still safe to shop at this store. I promise!
Olive Romarin (Senator, Nerd): We’re quarantining and screening all travelers from Sønheim. So far, only one has been found with the new brumavirus. They were isolated, treated, and released after making a full recovery.
The Pandemic Response Team is coordinating with all the provinces, making sure they have stockpiles of medical equipment. They’re also distributing tests, for patients with bruma-like symptoms, and running drills for what to do if we catch an outbreak.
Bennet: Senator Romarin, this isn’t actually a pandemic yet, right? We haven’t had a true international pandemic for over a century. So why are we already spending money on a Pandemic Response Team?
Romarin: Do you know why we haven’t had a pandemic in so long, young man?
Bennet: Luck? Fate? General good health as a result of clean living?
Romarin: It’s because the Pandemic Response Team’s job includes “subverting these things before they become pandemics.”