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The cat people are fairly primitive by most standards. If an advanced alien race had attacked mankind when we were still in the early stages of civilization, we would have been wiped out too.

posted by DarkwingDork on December 29th, 2011, 9:20 pm



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sez gt: "... it seems odd that they are continually provided with temporary assistance from people who don't seem to benefit from the interaction. Especially entire races of extra terrestrials, who show up and drop them off on another planet whenever the need arises."
GT seems to have missed the bit about "whatever transportation and protection we can afford" -- i.e., the cat-people are PAYING for the services provided by other races, as opposed to... whatever it is GT thinks the cat-people are doing.

posted by Cubist on December 30th, 2011, 1:59 am



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@Cubist: I believe the issue here is that Gabriel can't figure out what it is they're paying with. It seems that Gabriel believes that, if the car-people are a relatively primitive race, they must have nothing valuable enough to trade with more advanced races, other than with indentured slavery. Therefore, a plothole has occured that he is pointing out. Perhaps it would be better to explain to Gabriel exactly how they paid, to alleviate his confusion.

posted by Roaming Shadow (Guest) on December 30th, 2011, 9:27 am



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@GT:

As for the whole negetive thinking thing, think of it this way: they were faced with three choices; give up the artifact, face near genocide (Temujin didn't need to kill all of them of course, but she's willing to kill anyone who got in her way, and it seems the cat people would rather die than willingly give up the artifact), or run. With religion, the devout see their religion as greater than their lives, which is likely the case here, leaving the choice (in their perspective), to flee or die. They chose the former. While they have the resources to barter transportation and living space, it's not enough to hire an entire army to fight against Temujin and her forces, which are implied to be quite sizable. And so they keep running, because they do not have the means to fight back, no one will help them for free, and they can't afford the power to fight back. Heck, hiring Kaige and Kiley likely put a strain on their resources (which, if I recall correctly, was implied to be in gold).

posted by Roaming Shadow (Guest) on December 30th, 2011, 9:45 am



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@Roaming Shadow: GT started out with the presumption that the cat-people "refuse (to) take responsibility for their actions", and explicitly said "they are continually provided with temporary assistance form people who don't seem to benefit from the interaction". This makes sense if GT's position is that the cat-people *aren't paying for anything in the first place*; it's... puzzling and poorly-phrased, at best, if his position is *he can't figure out how they're paying for what they get*.
Personally, it makes sense to me that the cat-people live a comparatively primitive lifestyle because they're funneling the bulk of their financial resources into the aforementioned transportation and protection, and what we've seen of the cat-people is all they can afford with whatever is left over. Not sure why this didn't occur to GT, but then I'm also not sure why he likes to post comments who *appear* to be responding more to the voices in his head than to what's in the strip he's ostensibly responding to...

posted by Cubist on December 30th, 2011, 3:53 pm



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@Cubist:

Okay, there's no need to insult him in a reply to me. Darkwingdork's notice of being civil applies to everyone, not just GT, no matter how much you've been offended by him in the past. And what I said still stands; he doesn't know how they're paying, therefore, it seems he thinks they aren't paying at all. Now, this is conflicting with known information on this very page, as you pointed out, but I've made enough presumptions on GT's opinions based on what he's written as it is.

posted by Roaming Shadow (Guest) on December 30th, 2011, 4:27 pm





 
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Just for clarification, the cat people live in an agrarian society. With that in mind, we can assume that they either sold their crops for money to pay their way, or bartered the crops directly to their benefactors.

posted by DarkwingDork on December 30th, 2011, 6:00 pm



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@GabrielsThoughts: They seem more like intergalactic gypsies to me. Or if you want to go with an elder scrolls analogy the Khajit who seem to be be a cat race of traders and barters.

posted by Will (Guest) on December 30th, 2011, 6:29 pm



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