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Webcomic profile: Starforce Pentacle
Starforce Pentacle
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Content flags: Strong Language
Language: English
Genre: Science-fiction
Activity status: Active
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Last update: 5 days ago, 4:22 AM
Number of comics: 57
Number of subscribers: 7
Visitors: 6713 visitors (18058 pages viewed)
Rating: 5 (12 votes)

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PhantasmicTales
5 days ago
"Some notes"
OK! Here's where I get to dive into some real SF world-building, a thing which I love to do and for which I have done a lot for this comic, but it hadn't been a huge factor in the story so far. Actually, I've been coming up with alien designs and ideas since I was a kid, and I'm basically using a bunch of them in Starforce Pentacle.

The Lebili are a race I came up with, geez, gotta be almost 20 years ago. I went through a period of coming up with aliens, like I say, without really having a firm idea what story I wanted to tell with them. These guys always stuck with me, though. The idea--which likely won't come up in the comic itself--is that their home planet is one of two in a close Trojan orbit around each other, which exert a strong gravitational pull on each other. So rather than normal tides they have an ocean that migrates around the planet. Most of the surface is underwater part of the time, so the lifeforms are largely amphibious, or else they have some other mechanism to survive, like hibernation.

We'll learn more about the culture in the coming strips but suffice to say it's a matriarchy. The females are the ones with the tall crests. Child-rearing is traditionally the domain of the males (who have pouches for egg-hatching, similar to seahorses) though they consider themselves enlightened and attempt to treat all genders equally. Whether they always succeed or not...

If you're wondering why the hologram looks different from the real Lebili in the second panel, that's a common feature of communications tech in galactic meta-civilizations where many different sentient species co-exist. Lebili facial expressions are of course radically different than humans (or any other species) so an AI built especially for communication uses algorithms to generate a more "expressive" model--in other words, basically, a cartoon.

By the way, Earth falls within the region of space claimed by the Lebili Consortium; they're one of the great powers of the Milky Way. For all their flaws, I guess we should be grateful they have a "hands off" policy when it comes to primitive races like us...
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PhantasmicTales
31st Jan 2019
Thanks!
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StLOrca
31st Jan 2019
StLOrca
I love the playing-card layout!
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PhantasmicTales
26th May 2018
Thanks--it's super hard to draw a cartoon wolf a la "Red Hot Riding Hood" doing the eyeball-bugging thing from a front perspective, as you can probably tell.
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Merman83
26th May 2018
Merman83
I love the disappearing screen! And Inkling's expression in panel 2 is the best!
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