Quantum Vibe
Strip 1097 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: The making of QUANTUM VIBE part 2
Strip 1097 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Tue 2015-05-19
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Lea Jean Badelles
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A thousand years in the future, humanity has colonized worlds in nearly 100 galaxies, thanks to Quantum Vibremonic technologies developed five centuries earlier. Other new technologies have created various off-shoots of humanity and extended life expectancies five-fold. The story begins with how a mad scientist and his plucky assistant, along with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues with the adventures of some unique people in fantastic places.

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Quantum Vibe: Château Périlleux Now On KIndle & DriveThru [ Nov 2, 2020 ]

Quantum Vibe: Château Périlleux, by Scott Bieser now on sale direct from Big Head Press.

The hiatus is over, but now's still a good time to go back and read the previous volume of QUANTUM VIBE: Château Périlleux. Now available in digital format on Kindle and Drive Thru Comics!

QUANTUM VIBE: Château Périlleux asks how does a society without a formal government deal with crime and criminal conspiracies? In the far-future space-city known as Bubbleopolis, they do it with a mixture of wit, grit, and a culture based on rolling up one's sleeves and doing what must be done. Diana Martelli, a recent arrival, likes to call it compassionate individualism. And speaking of, young Diana is tasked with finding out who killed a supposedly un-killable android -- and uncovers a conspiracy which shakes the very foundations of the city and its culture.

As a bonus, we've added sixteen pages of "The Trial", a supplement to "Château Périlleux" which was not included in the printed version. Enjoy!

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Transcript For Strip 1097

From the beginning the idea was to start with a solar-system-spanning, human civilization which had not yet developed a practical interstellar drive. For gameplay purposes I wanted seven factions which I determined early on would be grouped into mercantile corporations which I originally called Mercans before I learned about the word merkin and what that means. After that I changed the term to Mercorps.
It took me a bit to work out the factions, their characteristics, and where they came from. Heres an early graphic outline:


Elfive, which later became L-5 City, was an early player, as I had long been fascinated by the idea of an anarcho-capitalist space-city. The Sisters and Titan were aligned, and Pluto and Triton were aligned with the Jovian Moons.
I spent several weeks of my unemployment fiddling with these concepts, adding aspects, and dropping others. The seats of power shifted to the inner planets, with the outer worlds (as well as Mercury) being mere colonial outposts. The Belt was a bit Rougher in my original conception than it was to become, owing in part to my work with Sandy Sandfort on Escape From Terra.
Along with the scene-setting came a back-story to the back-story. Id worked out a 500-year history from the 1990s into the 2500s with important events sprinkled throughout. This timeline chart is too small to read here but you should be able to get the general idea:


The details dont matter now because I have since added, removed, and repositioned most of the events. (I didnt come up with The calamities until I was already drawing volume 1. I need a reason for Seamus to be hiding his true identity and a world-rending disaster seemed to fill the bill.)
As this fictional universe was coming together I knew I needed to populate it with interesting characters, and a plot that would take them through this universe. The plot came fairly easily, but the characters took a bit more work.

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