‘Not A Villain’ Webcomic – Page 298

 

And the alignments are explained!

 

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Fan

Hmm, I’m not quite sure, what is that Kesti route?

Chris Godsey

Something tells me a certain someone is going erbana.

Blob12
You know I swear I was just re-reading the last comic and noticed it turned pink for Kat right before this comic came out. Looks like the percentage is indeed a completion percentage (once again: lol poor Dude.) I wasn’t expecting so many different colors though; it seems like rather than the usual good/evil alignment it’s more of a play-style choice, which leads to some really interesting ways it could affect what happens in the actual game. Also based on the shapes I’m guessing there’s going to be a pie chart of all the alignments. I wonder if the positions… Read more »
M

I just did a quick job with MS Paint and well, it looks like

11:00-01:30 o’clock=Kesti
01:30-02:30=Cardista
02:30-05:00=Morto(not shown)
05:00-07:00=Mani
07:00-09:00=Demoli
09:00-11:00=Erbana

Give or take a little here and there.

Oscar
So, with the alignments finally revealed…when will the strategy guide detail what actions in the Tutorial give which alignment? Morto really has a bad vibe going for it, but considering what Danni did (she let everyone die), it seems to involve someone cursed. Also: is it too predictable that, given how Katt/leya handled the Tutorial, she’ll end up as Erbana? I’d be frankly more surprised if a secret alignment is unlocked to show how Kleya “gamed” The Game. And…it seems that the alignments spread from a Heroic-Villainous spectrum, with Erbana or Kesti (the Healer and Knight paths, pretty much) being… Read more »
Mouse

Not minding at all, Oscar. I enjoyed the added perspective and seeing you reason. Comments sections are as fun as the stories themselves, sometimes, as a reader! You get to see what’s going on, react, share reactions, and then see what others think.

Tre
I think you are reading too much into it. Sure some alignments do lean one way more than another, but anything can be turned to any purposed. A killer can save innocents, a manipulator can steer people towards better choices, a destroyer can get rid of that which is hazardous and a healer can use that knowledge to poison. Its how you use it that matters. I think the Hero/Villain thing is just a conscious choice by the team to be a certain way because it suits the alignments of the team. For instance, a team of manipulators, destroyers and… Read more »
Bsword
May I ask why the two neutrals cancel each other out? I see it as 2 votes villain, 2 votes Neutral, 1 vote Hero. The 1 hero vote cancels 1 of the villain votes. So that’s 2 votes neutral, 1 vote villain left over. 2 beets 1 they are Neutral. Very likely Chaotic Neutral, but neutral. So unless their is no neutral alignment and then they are villain. Especially since if we were to take it as they are 3 villian types and 3 hero types rather than any neutral(because their is no neutral choice then), that would likely be… Read more »
The Baron

There are no neutral routes, there are three heroic and three villainous routes. As seen on Page 254. The Hero alignments are: Kesti, Cardista, and Erbana; the Villain routes are: Mani, Morto, and Demoli.

alurker

Should we be worried that Kat does not seem to be there with them?

Wolf

I think it might be because her routes a bit longer but I’m not sure…

M

So here’s what we know so far:

Kleya=Erbana(As shown. Incidentally, it’s also pink…)
Danni=Morto(As explained above)
Bandit=Demoli?(Lots of boom)
Dude=Cardista(Obsessesion much?)
Ma…Jane=Mani?(Actions not shown beyond pulling the kid’s hat over his eyes after threatening his mother with her sickle)

Christopher

I agree on that. Bandit clearly went the “flashy” route wich involved hitting giant floating rocks against one another.
And Erbana shows a plant, wich kinda fits what Kleya did. And it’s pink wich was the color her mother liked. And Kleya clearly said she was going “her mothers way”.

Jane going for Mortis would be the expected way. But there is a chance she went for/got Mani instead.

Aslandus

Well, we didn’t see Jane actually kill the NPCs, she may have just been scaring them to get them to do what she wants….

TomaO2

A card alignment? Morto is for killers? Kesti? Demoli? That’s the one Bandit did, right?

What is with this? Alignments are too confusing! Can’t we do the D&D system instead? 🙁

TheEyes

I think in this case “Cardista” is more like the “greedy” route: obsessed with material gain. Sort of like early-Order of the Stick’s Haley, who carried around a dozen Bags of Holding and polished her gold pieces every night.

Ladyofthemasque

For those who want to see the original colorwheel of Game alignments…here it is:

Page 254

SRP

Looking at the original, the following alignments are heroic:

Erbana
Cardista
Kasti

Conversely villainous:

Morto
Demoli
Mani

SRP
Ok, who gets which alignment? The big question is if Aneeka plans to use them all different alignments. It would make sense from the meta POV. But as you change alignments in game, some initial overlap could occur. Side note: Most alignment names are obviously derived from the English words describing them best. Morto: Death -> Killing -> Killer. Kasti: Sounds like you started with pronounciating “quest” differently. Mani: Manipulation. Demoli: Demolition. Cardista: Cards. Erbana: Herbs. Kleya: Erbana. She stated that she employed the least favorite route. Also the silhouette is a flower. No questions. Jane: Probably Morto. Jane killed… Read more »
Marscaleb

Ohhhhh!!

Thanks!

EndsBeginning

I actually think Jane went Mani. We didn’t actually SEE her do much. Also, if you look at the “slices” mani is an evil route. It looks like the top slices are good, and bottom are evil. I say Jane went mani, it certainly fits her.

Linear

also her entire combat style involved emotional manipulation

SRP

I forgot to mention that Erbana is likely the pacifistic alignment. Nature and peace are connotated after all.

Strange

Lol. They each went a different route. Wierd

Phantom
seriously, you’re making it way too easy to guess the storyline for the next part 😡 obviously Saisuke will join the team as stated some pages ago, seems like he planned it with the tournament organisators, they left out the 6th team spot for the first time just after Saisuke became extremely famous. he also completes the alignment circle for some time until anyone manages to change his alignment. this team with saisuke as their new leader (because he is the most famous of them and Jane is not really accepted by all) will then be the one of first… Read more »
Tre

I don’t Kleya or Bandit would be up for letting Saisuke just jump in their team. It would help popularity of the team, but individual members would suffer. Plus both of them have egos like hot air balloons. I am more of the mind they will compete against Saisuke. Of course he could just hijack their team on occasion for the reasons you laid out, who can say no to someone with that much popularity?

Heh heh, now I gotta knock on some wood because I keep seeing Kleya doing just that over and over again…

Watcher

My wager for why most get the Morto alignment the first time?

It’s the killer alignment, they probably focus most of their efforts on killing the Fiendi. Killing monsters is, after all, a traditional staple of modern MMO’s.

Lukkai

Spot on in my opinion. It’s also why Danni got it, seeing as she went to fight the Fiendi directly and mano a mano until stumbling over the goal.

correcter
I cant believe how every single one of you is getting it wrong. Kat = erbana, think we all agree Danni = morto, as confirmed by comic Dude = Cardista But this is where everyone is screwing up. Bandit is mani. He is the face of the group and is all about manipulating the rules and those around him. I would of thought as fans of the comic this would of been more obvious to you guys. Jane is demo. She is the killer of the group and this fits here because killing is fun in any game but tricky… Read more »
ThunderGodSlice

You’re misunderstanding something. In the Game, a player’s alignment isn’t determined by who they are, it’s determined by how they complete that section of the tutorial. So even though Bandit is an irritating, manipulative little liar of a man, the route he took involved lots of demolition and chaos, which is what’s led most of us to conclude that he’s gone Demoli.

Liliet
Sooo… the team is going to be team villain )= too bad I agree that Jane is definitely Demoli and Bandit is likely Mani. Sure it’s tough, that’s where fun is. What I don’t understand is how the h*** is Cardista a Hero alignment. If I were designing a system, I’d put Morti on the hero half (it’s not about killing everyone, that’s Demoli, it’s about the traditional interpretation of hero as someone who’s the best at killing the enemies and protecting the innocents). On the other hand, I kinda like it better when the newbies start as villains and… Read more »
Phantom

where did u get the impression of dude beeing a villain? to me he seems quite the opposite, he is sensible (shown when paddy was in the robot avatar), honest, has a sense of non-sadistic humor and beeing bad is a challenge to him (he changed his chess figures so he didn’t forget they were opponents)

even is he is no real hero he still should be on the good side imho :3

Liliet

He’s not a villain (XD) in the comic context, but he is definitely not a hero in the context of the game. Look what he did with a poor boy )=

I just really dislike his playstyle, I guess?…

Iron Ed

Be happy, Danni; turquoise will go nicely with your outfit! 🙂

Crestlinger

Why is Jane grinning? Nothing good will come of this…

Blob12

Oooh, idea! A poll for what alignment people would choose could be pretty fun.

Liliet

I agree. It would really be interesting to know (=

Tre

Has anyone noticed Jane looks like heck now? Seems something took the psychotic wind out of her sails.

kome

i think kat got the eberna one, by using the plants, the dude got cardista, bandit got demoli, jane got either the manipulative or the quest one, and we all know what the last one got.

Devlerbat

So you win the tutorial not by completing the objective but by earning an alignment. That would be why Dude went for the card I take it…

Pringlepop
I’m calling it right now. Jane is not who we think she is. She’s thinking a level higher than anybody else. Appearing to be a crazed, psychopathic killer has given her the leverage needed to do many different things. And the way we cut away from her before she actually hurt anybody, or the fact that we don’t know what type of alignment she gets? Let’s look at the facts: she was able to use her scary looks to manipulate the group into not kicking her, and while she normally talks like a weird Elizabithian freak, she was talking normally… Read more »
Dude

Dude!!

hikaru

im guessing danni will eventually shift to kesti? it would probably make her more popular, and she belongs in a hero position but its the only one i could maybe see her doing.

SlugFiller
It’s interesting to examine how the 6 routes relate to classical MMO classes, even though they are intended to represent playstyles. Erbana is a clear Beastmaster. Taming an enemy instead of killing it is a tactic I really enjoy, myself, because it tends to ignore the target’s defense and HP. However, the way Kat goes about it is slightly GuideDangIt. I don’t see how anyone could simply figure out the complex recipe needed to create the final taming lure. I assume that, in the future, she will use her specials to manipulate the emotion stats of her targets to get… Read more »
Delta

Joy for being partly color blind.. I can’t tell which color Kat got…. *Sighs*

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