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Well. I had absolutely no idea what to do with the chapter cover...so I did this :D Open to interpretation.
Admittedly, as per usual, it didn't turn out quite as cool as I'd have liked...but it's 4 in the morning and I don't really care at this point :P
Actually, the initial idea for this image, with Riza standing on the planet, was sparked by a line in this song. Whiiiich I was listening to because the band, who are a favorite of mine, had just announced that they were breaking up and I was sad and this was one of my favorite songs by them :[ (well, technically they're "on hiatus", but I'd honestly be surprised to see them come back in the future).
Anyway! That aside, this is...actually the last chapter in volume 2 of DC O_o Is it my imagination or did that not take near as long as the first volume? Uh. I honestly still don't know what I want to do as far as any kind of print versions of those. I mean, I never quite finished the first one, and now I've got another...honestly I'm quite content just leaving it alone and having it online. The volume cutoffs are kind of just symbolic mile markers for me. It was mostly family and friends that were too lazy to read the comic online that were always bugging me about getting it printed :P Mmmmyeah.
Regardless, come the end of this chapter we will have hit another mile marker :D I'm getting pretty far ahead of myself here, but volume 3 has a lot of important stuff starting to happen and some cool characters that I'm excited to get to. NOT that this chapter isn't kind of fun too :3
But yeah, moving on, have a Question of the Update: Well, you now know that Earth and Sanvolae are basically identical in terms of geography. Some of you have already mentioned your theories, but...why do you think that is? What exactly is the relation between the two worlds? Ponder that one. Have fun. I'll see you Monday.
I'm not going to lie to you, I am going to crop off the chapter marker and put that in my computer's background rotation.Because I think that is one of the coolest things I've seen on this site. (How was this not as cool as you hoped!?!)
I doubt that it's timetravel at all, because of one simple word: Erosion.
Why is it like earth? I don't know, maybe there were humans involved in the creation process of Sanvolae, or perhaps even the other way. Sanvolae was an escape for humans? Now I'm thinking of an anime: Escaflowne, the protagonist had a necklace gem that turned out granted wishes. there were flaws with the power, and I doubt Riza's dreamstone has that ability.
Something tells me Sanvolae is an alternate world much like Earth. As well, with the portal between worlds, it is one of the few pathways to and from Sanvolae to Earth. The reason for the pathway? I dunno, but something tells me that reading all that XXXholic is actually being put to good use.
Since the pathway is a gateway to the other world of course.
That and the page looks so uber epic, I'm like; FAN GIRL *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!*
I don't think Rok- Sonvolae(little hard getting used to using that) is a choice-divergent world. I would still place my bet on Sonvolae or Earth influencing the other in some way, probably more at the start of one or both worlds.
But another idea, what if Sonvolae is more of a dimension than universe. (Dimensions are like directions, while universes are, well, universes). Riza can slip into another dimension that rarely, if at all, interacts with her own world, despite being right on top of it. Or Sanvolae could be a manifestation of dreams, possibly relating to a theme. here it would be fantasy elements of dreams, maybe one of the other gates leads to a technology one. Granted some elements don't mesh with apparent matches, which leads them into their own door where they can be better suited. The gateworld is not so much as a nexus, as the space between dimensions. Why do you vanish? because there literal cant be anything there. Imagine if life went 2-D, now take that two steps further. I've seen a couple stories that follow that bit of logic. they just vanish over time. I don't know how the dreamstone works to prevent this (obviously by proxy), or why it's a door key. But hey, magic?
Digressing points, anyone remember that filler from a while back, with angry Riza and Dae, both not looking themselves? (chapter 8, Mirror image, It doesn't like me linking)I had a little theory in the comments (I was fancypants back then, don't ask why) about Dae. Looking here, what's to the side of Riza? a dragon and a wolf. And that dragon is the one in the artwork: Snowblind! even though the focus is more on Dae...hmmm.
@Seth: Seth, you were fancypants?! *totally didn't know that. Or just forgot*
Yes. That is what I got out of those two long posts. That, and, I'm surprised you even remember those fillers. That was sooo long agooo. Or it seems like it, anyway.