TLink

Ooh…I don’t think this will end well…

Hanna

Well, they did like her better when angry… XD

Tre

Definitely a case of getting what you asked for.

Monochrome

Just hope it doesn’t blow her cover.

Xel Unknown

Oh can’t wait to see what happens next. Hope it be awesome.

nipahgirl

Aand Broken Teeth and Dad are the same person. Should have seen that one coming. Also, am I right in thinking Kleya is about to lose even more fans in the next page? Sandra definitely won’t be happy…

Liliet

Lose some, gain some. I’m pretty sure there is a target audience for a pacifist route, and given that it’s both unpopular AND the hardest, they will all be Kleya’s (=

Nimphy

It’s true… they have the same tattoo in the arm! Now, guessing, is her father lying to cover himself or what?

nipahgirl

Yeah, I’m very much sure that he’s trying to cover something there. As much as Kleya feels guilty about what happened, she also seems confused as to what started it, so I’m pretty sure Dad set her up.

Desiree

Everyone who works at Tenka has that tattoo. Aneeka, am I right?

r5e4w3q2

…and then she kills everyone, again!

Thisguy
I’m really loving how these pages have begun to show us an insight into Kleyo’s past and how she became a villain in the first place. And why she hates the idea of being popular as a villain. She was encouraged to test the limits of her intelligence heedless of other people and their rules and wellbeing, and while striving towards that greatness, became a monster. As such, she has a look of great horror/despair in the first panel, essentially reliving that same push towards becoming a villain. I look forward to the next strip to see what Kleya says,… Read more »
Tre

I think the became a monster thing was incidental. She was trying to achieve a goal and there were unforeseen consequences. Of course we don’t know why there were such. She doesn’t and this story is being told from her perspective more or less. I think what we will find is there were things she was unaware of happening that made it all come about.

Crestlinger

Pity them all if she Does decide to go evil sided again.

Elizabeth

If Kleya is lucky, either Danni followed her out of the Game or Mina will show up to help get her out of there. But she’s probably not that lucky.

I wonder if there’s any way to make Dad seem sympathetic or likable to the readers after this, or even acceptable? He seems nearly as two-dimensional as Kleya’s sense of “good” and “bad” (not a coincidence, I suspect).

nipahgirl

Idk, amoral villains can have their charm. I mean, Bandit programmed NPCs to destroy new players, is proud of it and you see how lots of readers love him. And it does seem like there are lots of greater things in play here. Doing that to his own daughter is what makes us hate him, but is that really enough to say he’s two-dimensional?

Pmaster

I wouldn’t want to personally play lame routes like ‘Erbana’, but I would like to see someone else do it. If she’s the only player doing it, she practically has a monopoly on the entire market.

Sandra just has to see the marketing opp here. Even if things won’t end well for Kleya.

Kim

Erbana is a cool route. Not power hungry.
Harder to code — going to have some compensation for the effort.

Mr. Random

It seems to depend on how it’s played. If it’s tailored towards technical pacifism, the Kleya’s Specials are going to be quite useful.

Rosebud

“Lame”? Roping and riding the fendi was pretty awesome. Like Druids, that approach can be impressive. Control nature and the very world around you. Laugh at those who try and fail to alter it.

Adon

Agreed… a pacifist approach requires a lot of brainwork since most MMO’s are basically ‘see thing = kill thing and take its stuff’. So you need to get creative with problem solving, and I personally find someone using their wits to overcome an obstacle to be more entertaining than someone smashing it with a club,

TLDR: Clever tactics can make something more interesting to watch.

Jay bird

I personally LOVE this comic, but there is too many classic villian-turn-hero books out there. I hope she turns evil agein 🙂 I love dramatic stuff.

artificer-urza

Good and evil are in the eyes of the beholder. If you’d like to see something where the heroes are the bad guys and the villains save the world, I’d recommend the book Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward, if you can find it.

Killianti

Haters gonna hate.

goldcloister

Are you kidding? Since when have the good guys been praised from day one? It’s way more fun to see Kleya suffer for doing what she feels is the right thing.
Because if that gal wants to be a hero, she better pay up for being a villain.

Kisai
Good and Evil aren’t necessarily the same as “Hero” and “Villain” There are people who believe themselves to be the Hero in their own world view, but they are cast as the Villain by those who simply don’t share that world view (take the political system in just about every country as a clean example.) Many TV shows have to use short-hand tropes for villains because we do not have time to explore the backstory. Only the Hero gets a backstory. Take for example the “Kim Possible” cartoon. We have some very clearly labeled Hero’s and Villains, but the villains… Read more »
beebee

Totally unrelated, but something about the characters. I think they should put a picture of their reality faces next to the life ones.

nipahgirl

Like in the character page, but in-universe? That could make sense, but people aren’t going to look their best while living in a post-apocalyptic world, so I’m not sure many people would like that. It would also kinda defeat the whole purpose of the story, since Kleya would be recognized on the spot.

beebee

True

Hanna

RL-grade graphics would also take a lot of computing power and bandwidth. And both can be very costly, it seems.

Marscaleb

We should start an (in world) petition to demand Kat be a villain.

toafan

Well, knowing her, her specials are going to be the most bad**s thing anyone watching has seen…
…and none of them are going to be attack effects.

Somebody Someone

I will be a pacifist and kill everyone who doesn’t like it!

Oh wait…

M

Well, she could always put her opponents to Sleep. That’s always a pacifist thing. Too bad for them if they had to flap their wings to stay afloat though…

Guest D
I kinda feel bad for Kleya. She’s trying so hard to not be a villain, but everyone pushing her to be one isn’t helping. 🙁 I think this is an interesting story. But I honestly don’t think I want to see Kleya as a villain, overused concept or not. Something happened before that made her a villain; at this point we don’t know what exactly it is. All we know is that it has something to do with hackers, it was very devastating, and it possibly lead to her mother’s death. All we have are facts and hints. I’d like… Read more »
Hanna

We also don’t know if she was a villain in the first place, or if she just was cast into the role of one without her knowledge and acceptance.

artificer-urza

I saw this coming. Every vocal person on the internet thinks they know better than everyone else and everything should be done their way. It wouldn’t be a problem except they somehow manage to make themselves louder and appear more numerous than they actually are.

Kobu Yari

“He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Kisai

“Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.”
also from Beyond Good and Evil.

Sonja

Oh-oh. First time I notice that Daddy and TV-guy have the same tattoo on the arm. Probably the same person? Is that what she meant with wanting her dad back? Back from “you’re a monster” to “you’re my great daughter”? And wonder if her dad is Dr. Grace…

jay bird

I don’t think Dr.Grace would be her dad because bandit did mention that he had a son, but no daughter. And besides Kat never mentioned a brother either, and I doubt Grace would hunt his own daughter.

mittfh
Maybe it’s time for Kleya to find an alternative public portal, or fake her own private one? Whatever, hopefully she’ll stick to her guns and prove that she can take the heroic path, regardless of what the crowds think. After all, it’s likely at least part of the reason she took the Erbana route (apart from being mum’s favourite) is that it’s not very exciting, so fewer people would likely want to watch her and therefore take notes of her tactics / strategies – so both being more anonymous and minimising the chances of her using tactics / strategies that… Read more »
Hanna

But Danni was already cast as Morto, wasn’t she?

nipahgirl

Yeah, but the alignment can change. As for mentioning her dark past, I still don’t get if she recognized Bandit or not, but even if she didn’t, mentioning she has a dark past to a known TENka employee would get her right in their radars, which wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do.

mittfh

OK, so maybe it wouldn’t be wise for Kleya to say she has a dark past, but finding some excuse / lie for why she’s so desperate to be a hero / so afraid of being regarded as a villain might be useful…

TheEyes

Well that’d be fairly easy: say that she was an aspiring computer programmer who got caught in the anti-hacking riots/purges. This is why she is alone in a Miracle area, and is so very spooked at the idea of joining a City that she reacts almost violently to suggestions that she Immigrate.

It has the advantage of being (mostly) true.

Robotninja

Eh. If anything, this will be a great contrast when you think about it. On a team with Mary. A total pacifist. The internal conflict between her trying to steer stuff away from kill everything, and mary and the rest being all “lets kill everything” will be hilarious to watch.

Hanna

Also, I would think it was more interesting to watch than “yeay, we’re so good, let’s do good deeds only!” gameplay. Then again, LiFe seems to be populated mainly by 12-14-yo airhead girls, counting the comments seen so far.

Dan
Personally, I’d rather watch someone go through the pacifist route. I mean, her 100% Erbana root shows how creative you’d have to be to not inflict harm. Whereas I’d love to watch an epic fight of skill, I’d at the same time love to see a person end a fight using wits. Unfortunately, pacifists get boiled down into people who talk others in to submission. Also, I’m really kinda hoping, though she may not want it to happen, that at some point she snaps and says “You want a villain? I’ll show you a villain!” Of course, something tragic would… Read more »
Desiree

Perfect song for Kleya: Viva La Vida!

Also, I notice a lot of you are saying that since Kleya got 100% percent and Erbana, that means she was completely Erbana in her actions. I think they are unrelated, judging by how the Dude was complaining about his score, and since it was less than 50%. But hey, I might be wrong.

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