Runaway to the Stars: Page 7

Someone like you painted that, Talita!

Transcript

Calcery: Goodness. I guess I don’t! Please, resume the reckless self-endangerment.
Talita: What is this writing, anyways? Avian? Human?
She leans over the rail of the jack stairs to look up at the symbols on the outside of the habitat module.
Calcery: Centaur. As was the crew, presumably. No clue what it says. I think only two of your species’ written languages have been fully net documented.
Talita stares at the writing.
Calcery: Shoot, they’re packing my radio stuff. Catch you later, Talita.
Talita: –Yeah! Sure thing.
SFX: (radio click)

Runaway to the Stars: Page 7

Someone like you painted that, Talita!

Transcript

Calcery: Goodness. I guess I don’t! Please, resume the reckless self-endangerment.
Talita: What is this writing, anyways? Avian? Human?
She leans over the rail of the jack stairs to look up at the symbols on the outside of the habitat module.
Calcery: Centaur. As was the crew, presumably. No clue what it says. I think only two of your species’ written languages have been fully net documented.
Talita stares at the writing.
Calcery: Shoot, they’re packing my radio stuff. Catch you later, Talita.
Talita: –Yeah! Sure thing.
SFX: (radio click)

18 thoughts on “Runaway to the Stars: Page 7

  1. OH MY GOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD. im so so so intrigued already omg omg omg. i have been following ur blog since like. middle school. and this is already so so so cool.

  2. Talita not knowing what species the writing is from reminds me of First Contact when she asked what kinds of aliens the other centaurs were.

  3. Centaur. God thats ominous.

  4. What does the centaur writing say (unless that’s a spoiler)?

    1. It’s not a plot gamechanger, but it will be revealed later so I’ll keep quiet for now.

  5. Obviously i cannot decipher it but im pretty sure one of the symbols is simplified cetaur head. Because the entire graph is a name maybe?

  6. Centaur conlang my beloved! Looks so cool

  7. whaaaaat the runaway is a centaur ship??????? or at least Had centaurs on it???????? thats such a cool reveal omg

  8. I love the sense of scale! And man, it’s gotta be difficult to be suddenly reminded of how much stuff she’s missing from her birth culture and species…it wasn’t even an option to her that it might be centaur writing. (I suppose centaurs are probably less likely to be running around in space though, and they probably don’t have distinctive spaceships or anything…) What direction are we supposed to be reading the writing in?

    1. The writing direction is… non-linear. The top of the writing is oriented to the non-engine end of the vessel, though.

  9. Oh!!!! An opportunity for talita to maybe understand her culture more beyond being a stranger and an outsider!!!!

  10. Oh 🥺
    Talita’s expressions in those silent panels are really touching/haunting, wow.

  11. Sparky Lurkdragon

    Man, knowing some stuff from Patreon… woof.

    (I hope that’s vague enough! But, yes. Woof.)

  12. Oh, is this the homemade EVA suit we’ve heard so much about?

    1. Yup. At the time Talita accepted this job, there were no commercially available EVA suits for centaur aliens. She modified it from a centaur GMH pattern. Biggest differences are the upper torso, helmet, and different pipes for oxygen supply and CO2 scrubbing.

      1. It seems like the size of the helmet means she has to keep her trunk tucked under her chin. I assume Talita doesn’t mind because she normally always keeps it there anyway, but would a homeworld centaur find having their trunk movement restricted like that uncomfortable?

  13. Oh my goodness!
    centaur ship!
    (is it the Runaway?)

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