Lost Side of Suburbia by Kory Merritt

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  1. waycyber

    waycyber said, almost 4 years ago

    Looks to be an interesting week in LSOS

  2. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, almost 4 years ago

    Periwether: “Oh, and you wouldn’t know it but I’m not a day over 28. It’s earrings, darlings. They make me look ever so much more mature than I really I am.”

  3. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, almost 4 years ago

    I’ve been thinking about the nature of Takers. On Friday, Isharris said “Perhaps, now that Flimm has abandoned Rafer Frost’s body, he (it) is inhabiting Dr. Periwether’s.” I don’t think this is an accurate assessment. Baba Yaga had said that the reason she and Piper couldn’t find Flimm is that he doesn’t have a body. That the danger Flimm posed to other Takers is that he’s gathering them around him for some reason, but that they themselves can’t find him. However, L’Omino paused when Biff and Rufus claimed to have outwitted Rafer, and Rafer himself referred to someone (probably Flimm) as his “master”. Additionally, Yaga talked about having come from another world before arriving in the “old country” (probably Europe/Russia, after which she came to the U.S.) and then “taking on a body”.

    Now, assuming that she’s not lying, Takers are superior beings (Yaga’s words) inhabiting our planet within humanoid bodies (excepting Flimm). Yaga’s body is completely falling apart, so she may be the oldest of the Takers here and she may not have changed bodies recently, if ever. On the other hand, Rafer had been a serial killer up until being imprisoned some years ago, after which he presumably was approached by Flimm. So, we might further assume that Rafer is one of the younger Takers, or that his current incarnation was the most recent. This implies that Flimm might have the ability to give human bodies to other Takers – humans up until being occupied. So, it’s possible that Yaga’s body had once been a young female centuries ago. Piper, though, might have occupied a rat body, Gevaudan’s Beast a wolf’s body, and Jamie a fish, etc.

    The main connection between Rafer and Flimm seems to be that Rafer served as Flimm’s right hand, carrying out some of Flimm’s wishes. This would explain why the others were afraid of him – through Rafer, Flimm would know what they were doing, and if Flimm wanted to punish them, Rafer would be able to do it in the physical realm.

    One of the interesting side effects of this would be that serious damage to the host body would eject or disable the Taker. So, yes, the human hosts can bleed and be killed, as Lucius discovered. But, as Jerry demonstrated, physical death isn’t required to eject the Taker. This opens up several questions. 1) Is L’Omino really dead, or was he simply rendered “inoperable”, like Rafer? 2) What happens to an ejected Taker? Do they go back to their world, or do they hang around looking for another host? Can they take over the host on their own, or do they need Flimm’s help? 3) What happens to the host after the Taker is ejected? Gevaudan’s Beast’s body was killed outright and seems to have stayed dead. Rafer, though, appears to be an empty husk. It’s possible that the “human” Rafer was replaced by the Taker, and that Rafer is now effectively braindead and will never recover consciousness. 4) How much presence does a Taker have within its realm? The area surrounding both Rafer and Gevaudan’s Beast underwent a noticeable change when they were defeated, so their presence extends beyond just the bodies they inhabit, but just by how much? (We didn’t get to see as much of a difference with Piper, because Margo’s mind was already altered when she met him, so we don’t know what the area around him would have looked like otherwise.)

  4. waycyber

    waycyber said, almost 4 years ago

    Elijah Periwether sounds nothing like Rafer Frost. That’s too much of a coincidence. They must be the same person.

  5. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    sounds like some takers have become the un-dead, or zombies.

  6. RanaRavens

    RanaRavens said, almost 4 years ago

    I have to say, I love how she looks a bit like a turtle here. :)

  7. olddog1

    olddog1 said, almost 4 years ago

    And do the taken become new hosts?

  8. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, almost 4 years ago


    Well, if we look at L’Omino, he was turning his taken into livestock that he could sell to circuses and markets. Jennie Greenteeth drowned hers. Baba Yaga apparently cooked her taken and either sold them as pastries or ate them herself. Generally, I’d say no, the taken don’t appear to be used as new hosts.

  9. J2P2

    J2P2 said, almost 4 years ago

    Well, Dr. Periwether, great job lowering everyone’s expectations…I can’t WAIT to hear what she has to say…

  10. Kbcampbell

    Kbcampbell GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Dr. Periwether is kind of creepy, Idon’t know that I would trust her with my story.

  11. waycyber

    waycyber said, almost 4 years ago

    Deadly Takers-
    L’Omono – Sloth
    Mama Yaga – Gluttony
    Piper – ?
    Jenny Greenteeth – ?
    Givauden’s Beast – Lust
    Jamie Jones – Envy
    Rafer Frost – ?

    I’m left with Greed, Wrath and Pride – may need rethinking.

  12. crookedwolf

    crookedwolf GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “Fisheries” is an odd path to follow to feed an obsession about Takers.. Oh but the are a few water-ensconced ones..

  13. crookedwolf

    crookedwolf GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Three Steps Over Japan

    “Yaga talked about having come from another world”
    Do you think there were any “resident” Takers here, already? I wonder if there were any turf wars.. some of the legends/tales are very old..

  14. Rainfoot

    Rainfoot said, almost 4 years ago

    L’Omino—Greed, Piper—Pride, Mama Yaga—Gluttony, Jenny Greenteeth—Sloth, Givauden’s Beast—Lust, Jamie Jones—Envy, Rafer Frost—Wrath. The analogy is dated. My opinion is the takers are similer to the Strangers in the movie Dark City and that some of the taken wind up in that city. Just a thought.

  15. strickmaedel

    strickmaedel said, almost 4 years ago

    The analysis today is interesting; I hadn’t been thinking in those terms. All I know is that community colleges don’t award doctorates, and doctorates don’t come in majors and minors, so she’s creeping me out even more today.

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