1. Horizon says:

    Poor Jahrd. This isn’t the news he would have expected to hear. Not only is his father ill; Jahrd’s future health isn’t looking too great.
    A lousy night, and the morning isn’t shaping up much better! I hate to think what the afternoon might hold…

    • Meghan says:

      Yeah, it’s hard to say how soon it is until the other shoe drops, but there are still more loose ends to tie up and… I’m sure he feels like he probably is one of those loose ends, the poor fellow.

  2. Divergence says:

    Genetics, hmmm? You should have known that it will make me write a scroll long comment again, Meghan. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Well, as we know that the Tikedi have hard time reproducing, it’s not so unreasonable to assume that they had gathered some knowledge of genetics, at a level of understanding equal to our Mendelian inheritance laws, to help them surviving by smarter reproduction. It is vital for their surviving as a species much more than we fertile humans needed it. (All this assuming that they are built of DNA and the same (or similar) set of amino acids as us humans and other biological blabbering; the Tikedi do look like our earth mammals, although they lay eggs).
    Though I must say that the idea that Teyka had thought them Genetics sounds much more reasonable considering the story so far and the technological level they are at- Tieke city looks like something equivalent to Roman progress in human history, although they do have tablets and all kinds of nice stuff, so what is genetics for them?

    Anyway, I didn’t expected what happened in this page. Each keeps surprising me. So another 10 points for PoTC ๐Ÿ˜€

    And as the scroll didn’t came out too long so far, I’ll cut it here.

    • Meghan says:

      Ha, yeah, the second that I wrote that word into the script I anticipated that there’d be some chatter in the comments section. Fantastic thinking from you. All I can really say without giving too much away is yes! But I love your observations! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Random Reader says:

    To paraphrase the meme,
    Meghan, first you had my curiosity. But now you have my full attention.

    I have a great interest in medicine, including diseases and genetic disorders.
    Desert drowning… Based on this alone, I’m wondering if it’s environment-based? If there’s an environmental trigger in the desert climate, then perhaps he managed to delay it by spending some time in the very NON-desert Tieke City. I’m also puzzling out what exactly this does to a body. “Drowning” makes me think it somehow causes the lungs to fill with fluid, similar to pulmonary edema. Or perhaps it’s more like cystic fibrosis?
    Either way, the fact it’s genetic means Jahrd is potentially at risk for developing the illness, depending on exactly how it’s transmitted. He’s probably screwed if it’s a disorder carried on the Y chromosome (or whatever the tikedi have for sex chromosomes). Though… the statement that his father’s entire family suffered the disorder makes that seem less likely, since it implies females could develop the condition as well.
    Then again, it could possibly be a Tarsin-specific illness, and Jahrd’s being half-Tieke could confer partial, or maybe even total, immunity.

    • Meghan says:

      The more I write this story, the more I find that I like to leave the mysteries for the readers to solve until I’m done telling the story (unless it’s something no one could guess that isn’t really going to be revealed/isn’t a plot-point; then I’ll babble if I know and can because it’s fun =D ), but I can say that you made me clap my hands because you’re right on or close to what I was thinking… although I can’t give too many details of how right you are and what about due to spoilers one way or the other. But that’s really neat to hear this all from you! My bestest lady friend, the one whom this comic is dedicated to, is a third year med student and she’s the brains behind any of the medical tidbits that happen in the story, so yes, there is a basis in reality that I’m working off of (although a bit of fiction, too; alien species and all).

  4. MikeyLikesIt says:

    Uh oh. . . . And that name “Desert Drowning Sickness,” yeah, that sounds bad. Sounds like something that will compete with tuberculosis and cancer for sheer “crummy, long, hard way to die” rottenness. I think I’d go face-slap a Tekk and take a quick death instead.

    • Meghan says:

      Agreed that it doesn’t sound fun. Hopefully the treatments he brought back from Tieke can help him deal with it, but that’s a heck of a look of shock and dismay he’s wearing.

  5. StyxD says:

    Was this science taught to the Tieke by Teyka?
    And is this word commonly recognized?

    • Meghan says:

      Definitely Teyka. Modern-ish science from Tieke City almost always had its origins in what she left behind. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I doubt anything about genetics would be commonly recognized in Tarsin, but Calterra would know the term thanks to Jacind and Kraelyn.

  6. Asterai says:

    Oh, fun times.

    Genetic diseases are bad enough, but late-manifesting ones? They really suck.

    • Meghan says:

      Oh man, they do. You think you’re in the clear and then the damn thing wakes up and decides to conquer its territory after all.

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