Alex

Hey, Bandit, Dude is there, too.

Now that’s a Knight Sacrifice if I’ve ever seen one. Bandit just loves the “Everything goes Boom!” route.

Byzantine

You know Bandit she would stop looking so perfect if you would stop forcing her to be perfect or lose.

Liliet

well s*** ™

Let’s see what she can do now… and whether she and Bandit are actually capable of teaming up :>

Foreverhound

Sure, Dude’s there too, but, if I remember right, Danni is practically depending on being in The Game for survival. She’s clearly more important.

Momoko

What! Is he aiming for the Dude and Danni?? I don’t get it (from a strategic point of view)

Thunder_God_Slice

He’s forcing Kleya to make a decision; save Danni, or save herself.
If she defends herself, she stays perfect, undefeated, and keeps “winning”- but Danni gets destroyed, most likely booted from the team, and then taken off life support in the real world.
If she protects Danni (and Dude), Danni stays in- at the cost of Kleya’s “perfect record” that she’s so proud of.
She either has to sacrifice Danni to win against Bandit, or throw the match with him to save her.

TheLastUnLiving

I think it’s save Danni and Dude or save the two she tied up. But she has two shields her monster and herself. So that’s an option. It’s more about destroying her 100% than it is about attacking other people. He’s trying to make her be less than perfect.

AJ

I do believe you are correct. It’s been stated that she loses percentage if someone dies, and she noted that the enemy group was already pretty damaged. So getting his unless it kills her isn’t likely to be a problem. As she previously stated her chimera has plenty of hp. So she could even jump off at the last second to avoid getting hit if it was only the one target.

Komm

“Save Danni or save the enemy player. Can’t save both and either way you’re going to lose some score. Unless you cheat, in which case you prove to me you haven’t changed for the better.”

Good plan, Bandit.

Drakeye

Get the chimera to block a shot and intercept the other personally, her heroic embry(?) Route achieved and makes bandit look bad.

Eve

Clever!

SirFred131

But Kat is perfect. She doesn’t get hit. She blocks or avoids every attack. She isn’t just going to let herself get hit. And Bandit’s objective here is to change that. If she does get hit, she stops looking perfect which is what he wants.

crobbins

You say that but didn’t she let herself lose to Jane in the tournament? Bandit still has this image of her before she changed and while she still has some of her personality we’ve seen repeated attempts to improve herself. I don’t know if the author will take the route but I find it more than believable she’d self intercept one of the shots.

Gantradies
by sabotaging her attempt to prove to herself she CAN “be nice” by hammering her with temptation to break her alignment to resolve the situation? knowing that the last time something like this happened, an event that hard-crashed the cities systems including primary, secondary and tertiary (if applicable) lifesupport? look, she’s recovering from, at best, a massive Psychotic breakdown,the guilt of (assumedly) regaining some semblance of sanity with the knowledge she’s responsible for mass-murder, and couple that with Decades of indoctrination/borderline mental abuse from her father she….isn’t the most stable…. if his point is to make her stop being “perfect”… Read more »
Karen Lynn

Not sure where the claim of decades of mental abuse is coming from.

One event could be seen as mistake or intentional, constant perfection afterwards can still paint a target on her.

Bandit is forcing her to be nice and take a hit. It’s easy to pretend to be good when nobody ever messes with you, it shows strength of will to be nice when someone does get you.

Morris
I’m not so sure she DID that much mass destruction. My guess has been that D was a defense AI that Kleya designed to defend her. I’d find it likely that she would program such an AI to counter attack “destroy” everything that threatened her or allied with a threat to her while she was incapacitated. So, she gets hit by an assassin or nuke or some such, D takes over all the military and defense systems of the nation that was responsible for attacking her and started a massacre. Every nation that joined in attacking the forces D had… Read more »
Zigraphix
We know that Kleya didn’t create D — D answered that question directly a while back: http://navcomic.com/qa-sessions/december-break-02/ We also know that Kleya did not stop fighting when her mom told her to, and regrets it: http://navcomic.com/not-a-villain/page-170/ And at least one observer claims to have witnessed her laughing while she destroyed the hospital containing her mother: http://navcomic.com/not-a-villain/page-341/ Kleya (who’s given name apparently starts “Chi”) may not have wanted to take over the world, and may not have intended to kill her mother when she was smashing things, but she wasn’t napping while D was attacking. Pretty clearly she lost her temper… Read more »
Alex
Isn’t whatever Bandit is doing counterproductive? Shouldn’t he know by now that Kat keeps rising to the occasion? Apart from her fight with Jane that is. So the logical thing to do in order to help her stay under cover is: Step in in a nice way, end the fight and don’t give her a reason to use the Aces she’s got up her sleeve. I think his current actions are more suspicious than if he acted like a team member for once. I mean: Attacking Danni and Dude? Really? Seriously? o_O I would SO petition him out! Or I… Read more »
Kessy Athena

Is it just me or is Dude shielding Danni with his body? Must be an accident, I suppose. 😉

Alex

Well, he’s the Dude, a.k.a. the Genius pretending to be a Goofy. So I’d say yes, he is indeed shielding Danni, as she’s hurt real bad. Now that you mention it, I’m certain that going into Danni’s tree in the first place was on purpose, too.

Note that this time he didn’t bump his head trying to get there. 🙂

Zigraphix

I also notice Danni looks annoyed at Dude, and he’s looking terrified, as usual. This is great theater. The viewers will love it.

I don’t know how this will affect Bandit’s popularity, though. Attacking your own team members is fine for a psycho like BlooJane, but it’s really not in keeping with the Bandit persona as we’ve seen it so far. Granted, he did choose a villain alignment… will Mina still be a Bandit fan after this?

Androshalforc

The whole knight sacrifice thing
Dude is pretty much going to hold onto Danni so that Danni cannot jump away
All while making him look like a complete goof

Thomas

Man with allies like that who needs enemies amiright?

Draco89349

Lol, Vize is running away in the background.

Draco89349

I wonder if this attack tracks people. If so, could Danni and Dude hide behind a tree and hope Bandit gets turned into a tree from damaging the trees?

Cloy552

…How does Bandit not realize that it is a VERY bad idea to antagonize her? Seriously right now she’s being happy and generally peaceful unless people go after her and as soon as she loses her 100% Erbana she’s NOT going to be happy with him… She might even be murderously displeased.

Androshalforc

That is the point bandit does want to help kat but before he’s willing to help her he needs to know she won’t go on a murderous rampage if someone spills her milk

crazygerbil

No, the point is that he keeps telling people that she isn’t the girl who ‘destroyed the world’ and his stated reasoning for that has been that she has lost a couple times. If she continues be perfect people will stop believing that reason, and Kat will be in all sorts of trouble.
So he is trying to protect her by making her not as noticeable to the people searching for her.

Kamenhero25

But won’t trying to make her lose just keep pushing her until she snaps and goes berserk, which will likely expose her in a way that there’s no possible way for him to convincingly lie about. Going crazy for losing is her thing. If he makes her lose until she goes crazy, he’s just going to expose her faster. There is no logic in this plan.

Kin

He is trying to give her a visible loss where she very, very publicly does NOT go crazy after. (Just the normal level of pissed and unhappy)

Alex
I guess there is logic to this plan and it fits Bandit’s character to do that. I just wouldn’t go that route at all. I would try to prevent her from having to show her aces by helping her out. But then again I wouldn’t have been a total douchebag right from the beginning either. E.g. look at those two NPC bullies from the comic’s beginning Bandit likes so much. If I had had any say in their behavior, I would’ve had them be straightforward regarding what they are (NPCs), what their purpose is (filtering out the bad players), how… Read more »
Karen Lynn

What if bandit isn’t trying to gain her trust? What if he’s willing to make her mad at him for the sake of her proving she’s a better person?

Nathan Brown aka Gospel
Nathan Brown aka Gospel
Right on the money! Sorry, introductions are in order. Hello all, Nate avid Reader of Not A Villain for a few years now. Glad to finally make your acquaintances. (KEEP UP THE STELLAR WORK ANEEKA!) But yeah, Karen here hit the nail right on the head if my understanding of the plot is in any way adequate and/or accurate. Bandit intends to provoke Kat and have her exhaust all of her options of legitimately overcoming his sabotage of her plans to be a hero (good person). In doing so, he hopes that she will have turned over a new leaf… Read more »
Dojer

Bandit isn’t going for the tk, she is turned around facing him after his first light attack. She would have seen him attack them. The alert is for something else…

Alex

I wonder if Erbanas can do something like this:
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%202/202 (the explanation is on the next page)

Or this:
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%202/146 (again, the explanation is on the next page)

nesu42

It does look like Bandit *could* be aiming for the enemy combatants on the ground (which happen to be in front of Kat) and the one running away (which happens to be in front of The Dude and Danni), so even if he is actually aiming for his team members he can claim that he wasn’t if there’s a fuss afterwards.
Kleya still won’t be pleased, though.

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