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Author Topic: The Trial Arc (A.K.A. You Can't Handle The Tooth!")  (Read 12393 times)
natoon
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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2008, 10:02:04 PM »

I remember Rule whistling at some point - maybe at the auction, maybe at the cave. I remember thinking it looked kind of odd to see a wolf purse his lips ( don't think real wolves have the musculature for lip pursing). 
As for bad and good people: There's bad in the best of us, and good in the worst of us.  I would put Rule and Polarizing towards the bad end of the spectrum, but perhaps their desire to advance society, an admirable endevour, has caused them to lose their perspective - assisted by societies' "racism" and general lack of respect toward wilds.
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Stella
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« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2008, 01:02:38 AM »

Actually on page 35 Rule's whistling.

I've always intrepreted Rule's name to be based on his personal principles and laws, his rules, and how comitted he is to them, rather than him having control over others.  Of course I also like to think that He's Rul because he rules as in he's awesome.  It's true (to me at least).
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Randomcuriosity
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« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2008, 07:31:43 PM »

What I mean is that Rule commands respect, utterly and completely. Yes, Polarizing "rules" the coyotes, but who is the mastermind? Rule. Who was it who /most likely/ came up with the idea? Rule. He is mean, and maybe selfish, but he believes that he is doing the right thing all the way up to the end of his life.
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natoon
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« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2008, 11:56:49 PM »

I was re-reading the beginning - it's pretty obvious Rule thought of himself as especially enlightened; he had a pretty high regard of his own powers of intellect.  Anybody who did not agree with him he considered a bourgeois dunce, fated to knuckle under to the will of the "unsatisfied 10%".  Agree with his vision or not, you gotta admit he was not a niceguy.  Bunny hat nowithstanding.
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Kest
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« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2008, 02:14:41 AM »

I never thought Rule was exactly a bad guy. I think he just saw most other members of society as complacent. I think he would respect other 'unsatisfied 10%' people like him, or people with initiative... Perhaps he believed that most 'complacent' people ought to submit to 'driven' people. Maybe he looked down on people because to him they seemed like they had no true goal or purpose, whereas he felt that he had a rather large purpose. Following this line of thinking, he would probably see Meander as a reprisentative of the 90% of society who are complacent and want things to remain the same; and by taking out Meander, he was protecting himself, as well as his fellow 'unsatisfied 10%' who want the opposite.
I always saw him as an 'ends justify the means' sort of person. o.o
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natoon
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« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2008, 03:45:52 AM »

Exactly.  But I think Rule took out Meander because he stopped being the complacent, okie-dokie guy once he found his purpose - to defend the right to existance of all the haloed, be they civilised or wild. His opinion of Meander does a 180 during the course of the fight - from bothersome stinging bug to He Who Must Be Stopped At All Cost.  Why?  If all Rule aspired to was the fulfillment of his goals and the advancement of society, why would equity among the haloed be such a threat he would kill himself to nip the very idea of it in the bud?
   It's obvious.  How can one haloed population enslave another if all with halos have equal rights?
   His solution to the "wild problem" was slick, simple, "sexy," and best of all, left him completely in control of the process.  He'd be like a lupine Bill Gates, if Bill Gates trafficed in zombies. 
   But his motive wasn't avarice, becausehe killed himself.  The business was just a tool to serve a much bigger ideal. What was that ideal?  Something to do with advancing society?  Yep.
   Kind of like the driven people using the complacent as grease for the wheel, in a manner of speaking, to serve the Greater Good.  The ones that can't keep up shall die away (or be halo killed, marginalized out of existance, starved to death) and leave only the fittest to continue advancing society to an ever greater level...
  Sounds like evolution, and it is. Sort of. When you engineer which populations get favored, as Rule was doing (wilds and possibly detractors get blasted, to serve the favored populus) it's "social evolution," or eugenics. It doesn't matter that the physical forms of the victims are left, to breed more to have their minds blasted away, the effect is the same as if they had been wiped out.
  Guys that sacrifice themselves for that cause are Bad Guys in my book.
   
Now there'sa rant for yeh.  Sorry, but when I talk about Bad Things I can't be all nice-nice.
   
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Kest
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« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2008, 06:47:28 AM »

I personally feel that Rule is a bit too complex to be labeled as a straight-up 'bad guy'. He's not like one of those grand villians who threaten to blow up the world with their fhgdsuperdeadly nuclear warhead (xD)--for one thing, I don't think he's selfish like that. I think he honestly believes that what he's doing is the 'right' thing to do.
Granted, his sense of right and wrong are horrifically skewed... o.o

He's always been my favorite character for that reason--'cause he's not the stereotypical evil villian. He's just a person with an 'ends justify the means' attitude and strong ideals, which sadly enough lay in the entirely wrong direction.

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Kind of like the driven people using the complacent as grease for the wheel, in a manner of speaking, to serve the Greater Good.  The ones that can't keep up shall die away (or be halo killed, marginalized out of existance, starved to death) and leave only the fittest to continue advancing society to an ever greater level...

You have a point there--I can definately see Rule looking at the world this way.
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natoon
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« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2008, 04:04:11 PM »

That is what I love about this comic.  No cardboard cutout characters. Nobody's pure, nobody's unredeemable.  Rule's selfrightgeousness and narcism kinda rubbed me the wrong way. "Hard to like," like the judge said.
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Stella
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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2008, 03:17:30 AM »

Yes, Rule was definitely an antagonist, but not quite a bad guy.
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natoon
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« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2008, 12:50:03 AM »

Well... maybe not as bad as Keratin is shaping up to be.
"Antagonist" is a bit euphemistic. His noble ideals, rather than elevating his heartless deeds into some grey area where the ends may justify the means, made them seem even more monsterous - especially when compared to Meander's naive and trusting assumption that all haloed creatures are equal under the law.  Rule's brave new world is a very creepy place full of zombies and slaves, and the pampered overlords who have lost all connection to who they truly are.
"Antagonist" seems such an anemic description of such a character.
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Hellsion
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Live and let Die


« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2008, 09:15:23 AM »

LOL! true be that.


methinks keratins son(carotene?) is gonna crack.

also I renamed the topic, it seems more appropriate now. an individual thread for an individual arc, instead of the every ten pages as what I was trying to go for...
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Hellsion
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« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2008, 08:56:50 AM »

are all the high court guys rodants?
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Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
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"FEED YOUR HEAD
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Zachary Braun
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« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2008, 10:41:04 AM »

Not necessarily; the only reason there are a lot of rodents in official positions is because they were the first species that had the ability to write. That kind of sovereignity in skill gave them power in legislative areas, which passed down through tradition.
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Strokend
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« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2008, 05:25:37 PM »

Primates could write before they could!
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Randomcuriosity
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« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2008, 05:23:09 PM »

Maybe rodents are better at it. Smiley and have more concentration born of sitting still for hours, listening to predators and surviving. primates i would think would be more intrested in using their big monkey arms to build and create things, not sit and think and write.
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