Mina! And her mom, Molly!
Weird. I wonder how that hacker could have hurt Mae? Maybe D’s counter-attack did something? If so, could there be others that got damaged too?
Well, my vote goes for talking to Dani first and, hey, it’s not like Mae is going anywhere, am I right? 😀
…is that last panel Kleya in the physical world?
Looks like Danni.
Been so long since we last saw her that I’ve forgotten. XD
Kleya got to use her hacking 5k1llz to help someone? I smell a real hero here guys! (Deodorant wouldn’t be a bad idea.)
Ooh… Wonder what’s going on in L.i.F.e
I believe I said somewhere back a few months ago something about hoping this storyline wasn’t building up to Dani’s “shocking” death.
I would like to renew that statement.
I really hope she doesn’t die… But, on the other hand, it would be a motivational factor for whatever it is to come.
I just glanced at this at first without reading the comment above it, and thought you were talking about Mae.
Now that think of it, that’s a scary thought. What if Mae did pass away, and Mina and their Mother didn’t know about it because they were hooked up to L.i.f.e.? It could just look like her avatar froze up- like when their Mom disconnected without going into sleep mode.
Just looked back- her Mom said she was still talking to them. Missed that. *Dunce cap* <|
I don’t see how could she die by now, she losed the match for Keya, now there’s the money problem as Dani need to pay to stay into L.I.F.E., horrible for her but not deadly at all.
My concern is actually that the author might think Kleya needs more pathos.
Dani’s profile actually says “L.i.F.e. and the Game are her only chances to dance now and she’d rather die (for real) than lose that again.”
The way the author is building this up indicates a high probability that Dani (unaware that Kleya might be able to pay for her to stay in L.i.F.e) will turn out to have committed suicide before Kleya could find tell her.
Kleya is a gult driven character already. She does not need this. (Especially since it’s so hackneyed.)
Here’s hoping this is just a red herring.
That’s Kleya’s memory of the last time she saw Danni, I believe, not an image of what’s going on with Danni currently.
You do realize that that is a snapshot from when Dani lost the match vs Kleya, not a current photo.
Yep, Its also a Image of ‘Danni’ the Game/Fighting Avatar (like ‘Kat V8’) and is not “Danni Morretti”‘s normal L.i.F.e Avatar.
So Even if its a current/non-flashback image, shes thus in a fight and not Dead on the ground.
To clarify, I am aware that the image of Dani here is a memory, not a live event. This does not relate to my point.
By the way, why is it that I can’t reply to any of the confused people who responded to my earlier comment? That’s really inconvenient.
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I am starting to wonder if hacking (and the way people react to it) is supposed to be a metaphor for something…
Well here’s how I look at it.
If we were to call L.i.F.e the ‘real world’, then Hackers, those that can go around the natural laws and perceptions are like Psionics, who can bend the world around them to there will. Then add a large amount of hate to the existing paranoia, after a large group of these world benders (Deconstruct Me) tried to take over the world. People Died.
Well, it’s possible that the VR interface has a direct connection to a user’s brain. It’s possible that some implementations can allow a hacker to electrocute the brain directly. In the webcomic Mystic Revolution, there is a means of preventing a person from logging out, so they can be tortured in virtual reality.
This was hinted at back on comic 109. Kleya had to ask Mina if she was using a VR head set. Which apparently is easy to remove. The other option was “neron-connected” which I’ve guessing is much more of a Matrix syle connection with corresponding advantages and disadvantages.
Hmm… She can’t move her avatar, but can still talk? Doesn’t that mean there’s probably some form of speech independent of making your avatar use their vocal chords, like some kind of built-in mic to the headsets or a text-based chat interface?
Either way, I really hope nobody dies. Though if Danni is in some kind of danger (as Kieya’s indecision and shock at her location implies), then there’s probably no way anyone can get her out of it before it’s too late, at least not when Kieya has to help Mae first.
“Can’t move” may be a quick simplification of a situation.
Say if just her motor/control functions from the neck down didn’t work, she could still talk and blink and even yawn; but a quick description to a person not present might very well be “can’t move”.
I’m guessing the speech server is somewhat separate from the avatar server, because there was a way for Danni’s watchers (and parents) to talk to her when their avatars weren’t there.
Mr and Mrs Morretti, are broke, and I don’t think are in L.i.F.e.
I think that regular old fashion pc/terminals probably exist, so that those who can’t pay 4k/month can still send text messages and subscribe to feeds.
The counter point is that Mrs Lilly had to logout to talk to Mina in the real world. However the Lillies live in collapsing building and not in a city. They may simply not have a working terminal.
i love reading everyone’s theories, who would imagine Aneeka that ur comic would be so multi-layered. I mean im a huge fan because its not clear cut like so many comics out there.
This indeed is a webcomic worth reading.
Danni has taken a serious psychological blow.
Mae is stuck on the couch.
Danni takes precedence. Promise to be there ASAP as soon as you’ve sorted out the fallout with Danni, and to help them with moving to a city.
Imagine Mae was the hacker during the fight and D did that to her. Or not, it would be an interesting twist though.