that one guy

Of course! I forgot that Kleya has the all seeing eye of hacking! Otherwise Jane would’ve HACKED Kleya’s head off.

Razmoudah

I boo your pun. Mostly because Bloody Mary wasn’t going for a neck level horizontal slash that might remove Kleya’s head from her body. Seriously, that’s the only reason I boo it as otherwise I would’ve made it. Actually, the only puns I ever do boo are ones that I wouldn’t make myself, and those are few and far between.

The Merry Lurker

Well she would have at least hacked off a limb 😛

Fire Hazard

Pane l1 warning counts as a hack, right? Thought we were trying not to hack this one.

The Merry Lurker

Is it a real hack, or is it something she just noticed without really trying because she has that hacker meta-knowledge.

Once you know how something’s made, it’s easy to see it differently. Ex: users see pictures and words on a website, web-designers see arrangements of HTML code. So, my guess is that while Kleya didn’t actually hack into The Game and alter the code, she DID notice a snippet of code she PROBABLY wasn’t normally supposed to see. Kind of like how she saw the NPC-twins’ stats back in the colorless practice version of the game.

Orion

I agree.

Mary

Yes, but I think it’s easily dismissed as “She heard the air move” or something like that so it’s not a 100% give away, maybe a hint at possible passive hacking, but not a give away. Like she did with the Twins, she made Danni think she could just tell.

Sleet

Gotta invest more in agility Jane.

Chikai

And that is why I wear back armor whenever I fight creepy ladies with animated dolls. … Which happens much more often than one might expect.

Toma
Great page! Jane looks awesome here. Considering that Kleya has been hit before with more warning beforehand, I would guess the reason she was able to dodge this time was because of Jane’s low DX score. I’m a bit disappointed that all those dolls got taken down so easily with one kick though. Jane is supposed to be the top fighter in this tournament. The dodge was good but can’t other people manage what what Kleya did? Jane took down her ENTIRE team and they knew how her primary special worked quite well. Honestly, I understand that Kleya’s the protagonist… Read more »
Razmoudah
I think you’ve forgotten that (if I’m right here) everyone else who fought Bloody Mary didn’t have a special that would counter the dolls and always destroy every one of them. Although they might manage to get one or two dolls at a time eventually there’d be too many dolls for them to take down at once and they’re attacks would become staggered, causing the dolls to be separated, because of the different timing of when dolls were eliminated. Kleya is the only one who could take advantage of Bloody Mary’s special’s (those dolls are a special, right?) weakness like… Read more »
Damian

I vehemently like the word vehemently

edd

The sickle is brutally covered by the letter I. It looks like she is trying to punch her.

But d***, both the hair and dresses of both characters are really good in panel 3.

Vendetta

That alert is cheating I guess, does kleya have a Weapon? This could get really interesting, both their Specials are Down or useless.

Elizabeth

Hm. Sort of a hack, but probably not more so than Jane’s loophole….

Great job on Jane’s hair. The contrast in art quality between Jane and Kat is very striking.

ccrh

swing and a miss

Raafje
Hello, Im following you for some time now, and always when i check on Tuesday and Friday the update is on :3 For some other comics i follow its sometimes a day later cause of the time difference. So where you from? If it is on the site i was not able to find it. And keep up the nice work! Your comic was actually the first i ever red. I had to do allot of waiting on me job and was like i wanna read comics, so i looked for comics and found you! And i liked it allot… Read more »
Hanna

Talk about close calls. But if Jane made no sound upon approach, will this expose Kat’s ability to read the code? Or would it be put down to whatever stats she’s got assigned on her chara?

Razmoudah

That is the best question of all right there. The text of the ‘Alert!’ was done in Kleya’s Hacker Vision, but would it have been shown to a normal player or not? And remember, if Bloody Jane had used a horizontal slice instead of that vertical one that evasive maneuver wouldn’t have worked, so it’s not that un-realistic to think that the ‘Alert!’ would’ve been shown to anyone instead of being a ‘hack’ by Kleya.

The Aussie Bloke

Pirouette, double fist, BACK OF THE SKULL.

techkid

Lucky miss! Kleya sure has her work cut out for her now (pun unintended)!

Zarylo

If she only could trick the dolls in jumping at jane accidentaly and snap nice on in that moment…

Mutterscrawl

Was that warning a hack or…? It seemed too fast for a hack but not like it was part of the game proper. Is it just a result of her understanding code and whatnot?

techkid

Don’t know if it’s specifically a hack or just a product of Kleya’s hacking abilities. But in the same way that she can read opponents abilities, she is also able to be alerted to danger (I think this ability has been seen in the comic before, but not sure where (of if…)).

Oblivion

Hu, i’m impressed.
I tought she could never avoid that.
Now i think: was she lucky?
Or did she already have high stats and nice took MANY of them?
Is the alert considered hacking?
Because a normal player surely wouldn’t have a giant alert thingy saying someone was attacking him/her.
And i guess Kleya is really screwed now.

Razmoudah

I’m not so sure that a normal player wouldn’t have gotten the warning. The real question is did she know how to dodge because of a hack or was that part just luck?

Jason
I’d like to comment here but one of the things you need to remember is that as “great” as Jane might be in regards to how the system works and how to program a special she’s probably severely lacking. Kleyas specials are complex programs, which is what makes them unique. The fact that Jane even has a special with the ability to clone itself is quite impressive, complex AI would probably be enough to get her killed. It’s quite possible that she’s just a one-trick pony, it just happens to be a very good trick when dealing with people who… Read more »
Alex C

She can only see those warnings because of her amazing programming skills, but technically, she isn’t hacking, because she didn’t actually mess with anyone’s code. Most programs just “leak” information that she can easily read.

Elizabeth

I’m not so sure about that. Her ability to see leaky code seems like an extra Special to me– I doubt most players are supposed to be able to access a “debug” mode in the Game.

Then again, if there isn’t a rule specifically against it… Kleya seems very good at finding loopholes. 😉

Sir Read-a-Lot

I see it as a sort of “developer mode” setting – one that Kleya shouldn’t really have access to, but is passive enough to pass under the radar.

Squire James

Well, it’s a good time for her spider sense to start tingling…

bobby

lol @Squire James i was just thinking the same thing lol

Meleeman

I’ve been to your comic once and was turned off by the artwork. I came back today and read all of it. I found the story very original, and complex, and I can relate to it as I have been trying to lie low on some forums where I guess my views weren’t tolerated. what I don’t understand is why being a hacker is so bad. I desperately want to learn how to hack.

Sir Read-a-Lot

You have to remember that these people practically live in a virtual world. Hackers with the ability to bring down the network would be like arsonists or serial killers.

Also, I suspect that the “Hacker Hunts” were fueled by Dr Grace and his colleagues so that they could maintain coding superiority over the common people.

Darkening

when you’ve got highly advanced dome cities with computers monitoring your oxygen, temperature, water, etc, having someone that could get into the computers and turn off the air would scare the h*** out of you I imagine. That and the fact that a lot of people seem dependant on Life for making their money which would probably be easy for a hacker to screw with, and you’ve got a terrorist more frightening than any suicide bomber, with the potential to do even more damage.

Sagnus

Uh, it’s kinda like saying:

‘I want to learn to learn to be a burglar. What? Theres nothing wrong with it! It’s not like I actually plan on stealing stuff, I just think it’d be cool to learn!’

In theory theres nothing wrong with having the skills, but most folk wont trust you not to abuse those skills.

Michael Corley

That is some nicely drawn hair!

dsollen
I’m confused here, and surprised no one mentioned this yet. why did she dodge the attack!? She couldn’t use Nice against the dolls because the indirect damage to Jane that wasn’t enough to outpace the damage she takes. But Jane is attacking directly, and would presumable take damage from Nice as normal. Meaning a OHKO for Jane. shouldn’t she have stood there and took the hit like everyone else did? In a related note I don’t see how she beat the dolls. She knocked them all down sure, but shouldn’t they just double and come at her again? Why did… Read more »
66scarylion44

On the related note: the dolls are like Hydra heads, destroy one and it will make itself into two. Kleya didn’t destroy the dolls in the previous page, so they couldn’t regenerate. Kicking down the dolls put Kleya in close range of BlooJane, so BlooJane is using her sythe. The dolls special is still in use, but I think they’re more of a far range special, compared to short range NICE.

Annie

I believe that Kleya disabled Nice a couple strips back, right before she ran after the dolls. She could bring it up again, but not in time to counter the attack.

Sir Read-a-Lot

Except she turned off Nice. If she got hit now, it would just hurt her, and not Jane.

Minty

Kleya canceled Nice a few pages ago so she could attack the dolls without getting hit by it. I suspect the dolls are still duplicating and all this is happening faster than their duplication animation.

66scarylion44

DOLLS ARE LIKE HYDRA HEADS!! SHE DIDN’T DESTROY THEM, THEY DIDN’T REGENERATE.

Navert

Kleya turned off Nice. So Kleya can’t depend on it to take out Jane.

And where do you get the idea that the dolls are dead? Just because we didn’t see them doesn’t mean that they haven’t regenerated?

Hanna

Kleya disbanded her special so she wouldn’t be hurt when hurting the dolls, and I think it takes a little time to get it back up. As for dolls, we can’t see on this page as to whether their special is still up or not.

Vinre

mary would be fun to cosplay as.

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