A lot of people start getting confused around this point, so I’m gonna explain something right now. The way my stories go is pretty simple. I introduce characters long before they introduce themselves, and often leave a lot of questions unanswered for quite a while. I intend to answer every one, though. I don’t understand why some people expect me to explain everything at their convinience. I think it would detract from the story as a whole if I started labeling everything with extensive defenitions. That’s the cheap way out. You guys will just have to keep reading if you want to understand things. That’s how most stories tend to keep people hooked these days, so why can’t I do it?
On another note, the girl looks different already, and will continue to. I couldn’t remember what she looked like while working on this, and didn’t have the last issue for reference. So I went on memory. And thus she looked more here like her normal final design. Woot. (Of course, Hiate gets her share of makeovers yet, but for basic character design, this is getting much closer to her typical appearance.)