Jane makes her opinion known.
I wonder what would happen if more attention was paid to making people’s lives better, rather than dumping resources into the game. Some made the comparison to Rome, but seems to have forgotten that the germanic barbarians sacked Rome after 300 years. A sacking which may have more in common with the end of days than not. Rome also collapsed from its rotten internal core which seems particularly accurate with the current status quo in the story.
…I think I’m starting to like Jane 🙂
anyone else read that like the rhyme?
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
considering the theme Jane seems to have…that makes sense. I can hear the cadence of her voice as she scorns poor Brandon.
Yesssss I’m not the only one! 😀
I’m liking Jane more, the more I learn.
She’s the crazy villian who plays dirty in the all-important Game… but she’s also doing it to freaking SURVIVE as an outsider. Then we learn that she has kids to support, too, in all that… and with that kind of pressure on her, you KNOW it’s gotta be satisfying to knock down people like Dude and get paid for it.
Kind of cool, too, to think of Jane as the RL good-guy having to be the bad-guy in The Game, while the RL bad-guy (Kleya) uses it to try to be a hero.
I mostly agree. Jane/Bloody Mary isn’t really mad, it’s an act to scare her opponents (and it’s pretty much working).
The only thing on wich I don’t agree with you is that Kleya is the RL bad guy. I think she probably was at some point but is’nt anymore, that’s why she is trying to be good, or at least normal. She is struggling with herself to get better.
Of course I may have interpretated your comment too strongly, maybe you are calling them good or bad only on an “inside the comic” point of view.
Like two little Lillies that look like her dolls?
Sounds like Calamity Jane (I don’t care, I’m sticking to that nickname!) lives in a Miracle Area too. (Or, well, perhaps not PRECISELY a Miracle Area, since she allegedly has kids, but something not too far off from one…)
It may be a reclaimed miracle area, perhaps?
She seems the type who might rebuild and till the land,
While being completely mad at those incompetents
whom led it to ruin in the first place.
I could see her working the land
with sickle in hand,
her kids working beside her.
That rhyme’s quite nice,
a read it twice,
and had to comment after.
How clever of you.
Rhyming your words,
So they fit,
Quite well with hers.
Did she rhyme that on purpose?
Yeah. It’s based off of the nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, quite contrary”.
seems Jane also has a bone to pick(hahahahaha). also, that reasoning is just that, reasoned. seems she might be more sane then you would see at first blush.
Angry gray cat is angry, no?
She said comfy chairs! (I can not be the only one who gets the reference people…)
It sounds familiar, but I can’t quite remember…
Also: Monty Python’s The Spanish Inquisition has “the comfy chair” as a torture device.
An episode of Dr WHo, Eleventh Doctor, where Amy and him are surrounded by (or more accuratly, fleeing) Sweeping Angels in a planet/asteroïd/ship full of them.
LOL get a grip 🙂
We have no need for comfy chairs.
I made him say comfy chairs.
You are not alone.
Haha, the Dude made her say comfy chairs!
I suppose it all depends on what the physical conditions are. Back breaking labour could result in death after a time, but mind-maddening suggests that it is merely tedious.
A better argument for the game would be for those who have no access to the luxury or comforts, who have no other way of making money to pay for supplies.
This is probably about her kids.
On the other hand, she is making her incredibly dark point with /nursery rhymes/ and living through the apocalypse cannot be good for one’s psyche.
she is likely in the worst mental state she can be in. sane and surrounded by the horrifying. not enough to drive her over, but enough she isn’t really balanced. after all, all sanity is the awareness of the normal rights and wrongs for your culture. she can be -very- aware of what is right and wrong but not be right in the head cause of the situation she is in.
Huh, that is the most plausible definition of ‘sanity’ I’ve ever heard.
In addition to being possible, it explains why the current american definition of sanity = normality, it still fits even though normality is often an impossible conformity.
Only thing it doesn’t cover is sanity’s relation to insanity, though it implies they are not contradictory to each other.
you got it right that normal and sane are close friends. the social norms are what define sanity. of course some things are universal to all cultures, but in general people look to what is a normal outlook for the people around them. and insanity is the inability to make the distinction between “right” and “wrong”. you really don’t understand. it is for, whatever reason, beyond you. which allows for some interesting conjecture if you really put some thought into that.
“… water and air“? Wow, the world just got dystopier.
I don’t remember who, but earlier someone said ‘Oh, yeah, you Outsiders have that lack of an atmosphere to deal with.’
And in the Game Trials, when Kat’s match with Jane came up, the announcer said that they’re both Outsiders.
That was Danni, to Kleya.
i just had a sudden thought. those 2 dolls that replicate themselves in the game battle with kat…are they supposed to represent her kids?
and i apologize if someone else had the same idea, i dont usually read all the comments.
I dig it.
I wonder when Kat will ask her sponsor to leave a door unlocked and unguarded so she can sneak in and fix some servers…… That would be heroic, right?
She’d still have to get shipped in to the city and she’s not going to be taking that chance any time soon.
It depends on what needs doing. If they need software help, the “unlocked door” is metaphorical– Kleya could help from anywhere.
I do hope Kleya is not responsible for the Ending itself. As it stands, Jane is not going to be very happy when she eventually finds out who Kleya is.
And it is still possible that Jane is Mina’s mom. They are also Outsiders, living in a miracle zone, and running out of resources… And I think Mae may fall into the “about to die” category. 🙁
I was considering this theory again and went back through the archives. I’m not convinced on the plausibility of keeping that secret from her kids, but… hmm.
The hair colors of the dolls are pretty similar, but I think that Mina’s hair is much darker than the brown-blonde doll’s.
The dolls: http://navcomic.com/archive/page-159/
Mina (recent appearance): http://navcomic.com/archive/page-179/
Pardon my asking, but so far as fixing the servers go, would it be so overly difficult to do a tech support sort of thing where she asked what they looked like and told them what they could do?
she would have to reveal she is more than an amateur to do that. she wants to be seen as a very bright amateur, not a freaking computer genius with the experience to get things done. reveal too much and pop goes her head when they nuke her from orbit or some other nonsense.
So is mind-maddening a new metal disorder or something?
So some areas are lacking water. And even air.
Hot d***, looks like this apocalypse was a bad one.
We’ve speculated that the Earth’s geomagnetic field went unstable in a particularly chaotic way. Real world evidence is that the magnetic poles flip every so ofen, usually without much impact to the planet, but we know from the comic that the South Pole still hasn’t settled after whatever happened. (Dude seems convinced that Kleya somehow “hacked the geomagnetic field,” which Bandit summarily dismisses as impossible. I’m really hoping that whatever else she may have done, the destruction of the Earth’s magnetic protection against the solar wind had nothing to do with her.)
It’s fitting because her name is Bloody Mary, but she’s going by Jane…
After killing off her teammates and being forced to reset, she seems to have chosen a new name and abandoned ‘Bloody Mary’ to go with ‘Jane’.
But now it’s not as fitting anymore.
Depends on why she choose Jane. I am not familiar with a lot of folk tales and nursery rhymes. so I have to say its possible there is a reason that ties the name Jane into her theme.
I see Jane disapproves of Dude’s first world problems…
her kids are about to die :*(
Or just one kid. Probably one is perfectly healthy, although distressed, while the other has death sitting at the bedside.
Then, there’s the whole Outsider issue, where all of them could die at the same time if something goes wrong with the shelter they’re in.
hmm wonder if jane/mary/awesome-crazy chick got invited to the city like keyla. also one of her sickles have disappeared being that she said she cant stick them to her back right now. . . magic, shes a hacker too.
sorry she didnt lose a sickle. but my curiosity about the city still stands.
It’s kind of weird, I keep on reading back-breaking and mind-breaking, not mind maddening. I should read more carefully, my mind is trying to get to me
Forget about the other groups. I give Jane’s group two days before they devour themselves alive. Kleya and her non-offensive happy specials are probably the only thing that can keep them alive.
Of course, she’d have to use them on her own teammates…
unfortunately in the game the happy stats min is 1 so they wont freeze like they did in the preliminaries.