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Darian Christie (transfer from Disqus)

We, maybe by a mistake, shot down their craft.
tramp over us like insects.
And we still don't know who we shot.
ape rituals of figuring out who's in charge

Greg C (Silence Echoes) (transfer from Disqus)

The Military being reasonable in a sci-fi story?? Unheard of!

Big Nemo (transfer from Disqus)

"...but it could have been some Martian Princess taking a ritual visit."

Is what I see a reference to Aldnoah.Zero? Even more important, does this mean that the Major is an otaku? ;-)


I had more of a "John Carter" thought.

Big Nemo (transfer from Disqus)

Ooh, right! I loved those novels, too :-)

Furinkazan (transfer from Disqus)

"Everyone here is dumb except me"

"I am literally trying to stop an intergalactical incident"

"I can do that in my sleep"


Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

I am sure that in his position as head of a major university, Zelenkov makes departmental funding decisions in an entirely apolitical and dominance-drama-free manner.

Deoxy (transfer from Disqus)

First panel: second bubble needs to be reworded.

Second panel: first bubble, remove 'would', second bubble, 'send' instead of 'sent'

Third panel: first bubble remove 'did', last bubble 'until' instead of 'before' and 'we' instead of 'we'll'.

Really loving this comic. I can occasionally tell English is not your native language, but it's usually fairly subtle - you do a great job. For some reason, this particular update seems noticeably worse on the language front than any of the previous ones.


Thanks. There's several culprits that might be a reason, I'll try to sort them out.

Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

We, maybe by [] mistake, [] shot down their craft.
or: We -- maybe by [] mistake, but still -- shot down their craft.
or: maybe the Major is just being a bit clumsy with phrasing.
Definitely shouldn't be "by a mistake", though, since 'mistake" here is a quality rather than a thing.

And I'm very interested that there [] be no conflict.

if they have managed to [send] spaceships
In a sentence like this the past tense is only applied once, in this case to "manage" since it sorta contains the "send".

allow them to [trample] us like [] insects

And we still don't know who [] we shot. It could've been [Cortes's] recon party.
A final "s" on a word only eats the "s" after the apostrophe if it's plural. I think.

And [until we] figure this out

they demand that I [participate] in their primitive ape rituals of [figuring] out who's in charge

if you would allow me [to] finish that.

No worries. I'll freely admit that English is a monstrosity of a language made from words and grammar that other languages woke up in a bathtub of ice and realized they were missing.

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These trivia bits are generated randomly.
Raharrs are warm-blooded creatures and are accustomed to temperature range a bit warmer than Earth's.
"Dawn" class mothership and "Lake" class tankers are the only spacecraft in the Exploration fleet that can create artificial gravity while not under acceleration.
If a space ship accelerates at the same rate as it would in a free-fall under Earth's gravity (Otherwise known as "1G acceleration"), it can reach Jupiter from Earth in just under 6 days. It would need to flip in the middle of the travel, to start decelerating and enter the planet's orbit.
Insectoids in a lot of ways are the weird ones among the Alliance members. Besides having a completely unpronounceable name of the species, they have dextero amino acid biochemistry, which makes their food and biosphere to be inedible by the rest of the Alliance, and vice versa.
The names of every species of the Alliance (besides Insectoids) are words taken directly from their respective native languages that they use to refer to themselves. They all have same translation:
"a human".
Azinarsi relationship to death is different from the rest of the civilizations of the Alliance: they do not care about it. Death would mean loss of information and experience gathered by that instance of a person's mind, though, and these two things are about the only valuables for an Uploaded mind, so Azinarsi try to avoid it when possible.
A lot of backgrounds and other elements in the comic are actually 3d models. It helps reduce the time each page takes to make.
Raharrs descended from the evolutionary branch that can be described as "apelike cats" by their evolutionary niche. Although initially carnivorous and solitary, they were forced to become omnivorous and form persistent packs during the latest of the rare ice ages of their homeworld, approximately 30 million years ago.
It takes more than a year to cross the Alliance space even with the fastest FTL drive.
Prior to becoming a webcomic, Leaving The Cradle was initially developed as a modification for Source engine, back in 2007. It was vastly different back then, much closer to the usual space opera look and feel, and the plot had nothing in common with the webcomic version, sharing only exactly two characters and nothing else.
Many homeworlds of the respective species are still divided into countries, but freshly established colonies on other planets are almost always monolithic and basically independent, since they sprawled from a single initial outpost, and time lag involved due to interstellar distances making remote management of the colony from a homeworld to be ineffective and frustrating at best.
There's no way to communicate faster than light. If you want to send your message to another solar system, your best bet is to use a courier spaceship. It can take even a month for it to finally reach the destination, but it still beats sending it as a transmission and expecting it to arrive decades or thousands of years later.
So far there hasn't been a single instance of a massive interstellar war. Due to the vastness of space, there's no territorial or economic gain from it. The presence of armed spaceships is still warranted for keeping space travel safe and for peacekeeping or policing missions since unexpected events or rogue states can still happen and might require force as a solution.
The Alliance space stretches for an impressive 16 thousand light years along the longest axis, and contains approximately twelve billion star systems. Despite that, 99.99% of those star systems weren't explored even by an automatic mapping drone yet, and the borders of the Alliance space are defined mostly by the reach of spaceships from the nearest colony or space station.