Well it's been nearly 11 months since I posted Chapter Six of my webcomic Breakout from Bongolaan. With the exception of my father-in-law passing away, this year-long binge of "Life getting in the way" has been filled with happy occasions. However I was left with little time to add to the story in terms of both pictures and narrative.
Now, I'm getting ready to--finally--post Chapter Seven!
For those who've been waiting, I appreciate your patience.
For those of you who've wandered off, I hope I can regain your attention.
The story so far weighs-in at 182 pages.
Because so much time has lapsed between Chapters Six and Seven, I thought I'd include a synopsis as a refresher. Although for anyone new to the story, I recommend you read webcomic itself:
It is the last day of the year 129 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin, annotated as Stardate 365-129 ABY). The citizens of the planet Bongolaan are celebrating the Galactic New Year, along with the election of a new president, Zeveg Bharzi.
However, the former president, Bunda Akhtar, has decided he doesn't like being a former president and is planning a comeback coup. Despite having only two cohorts of battledroids available, Akhtar is confident he'll succeed, because reinforcements are on the way.
After defeating the Galactic Alliance at the Battle of Caamus, the Imperial fleet overran the Core and Mid Worlds and is now sweeping through the Fringe. One such Imperial task force is now dropping out of hyperspace and is bearing down on Bongolaan.
Meanwhile, four offworlders have gathered at the Presidential Palace Masquerade Ball and are awaiting the arrival of President Bharzi and his entourage.
Cad So Billes: A Durosian shuttle pilot for the Jedi Support Corps. He's spent the past year on Bongolaan flying supplies, equipment and personal to various work sites.
Callithea Lockridge: "Calli" is the shy administrative assistant to the Tarsan Ambassador, Fitzroy Heraud. She's scheduled to leave Bongolaan the next day and return to her homeworld of Tarsus.
Sei'do Avari: A man of questionable background and reputation, but appears to have considerable technical skills. Is suspected by Cad of being up to no good, but has been vouched for by Nance.
Nance Windu: Claims he's not a Jedi, despite being the Jedi-in-charge of the earthquake recovery effort on Bongolaan for the past year. Unbeknownst to his companions, Nance is haunted by an evil Force Spirit.
By the end of Chapter Six, Calli's comlink conversation with her ambassador was disrupted by interference, assumed to originate from an approaching thunderstorm. Ambassador Heraud, along with the Twi'lek singer Shiri Blen and her Rodian agent Geelo, are currently on the outskirts of the capital city, Ratankiri, with the presidential motorcade, getting ready to lead New Year's Eve Procession to the Presidential Palace.
In actuality, the communications disruption is the opening phase of Bunda Akhtar's coup.
It's about to rain on everyone's parade, but first there's some loose ends to tie up...