I could have distributed these pages over more updates, but I wanted to get to the end of this chapter faster. Hopefully, all the explanation wasn’t too boring, but explanations had to happen eventually. Everything on pages 33-42 was originally written for chapter 8, but after I re-wrote this story arc, it made more sense to have this scene here.
Also, having to do this textbox-narration+illustration thing required me to try my best to pack as much information as I could into as few words as I could without ending up confusing people. I spent seven eternities rewording the text in the first panel of this update, and the final result was confusing, so I had to throw out the results of all that work anyway… The panel does not explain as much as I wanted it to, but there probably isn’t that much need to EXPLAIN EVERYTHING at this point.