September 14, 2013
Commentary for September 14, 2013:
And we're back! I wasn't completely sure if I was going to bring the comic off hiatus on schedule or not, but I decided in the end to do so. However, I have also decided that a biweekly update schedule is just too much to handle right now. So, as of now, Eon's World will be updated weekly, every Saturday. Yes, I know this means that stories will progress more slowly, but it's easier for me to stay on top of regular updates without the need for periodic hiatuses this way. If I manage to pick up speed to the point that I feel I can do updates twice a week again, I may go back to that, but not right now.
I spent most of August (when I wasn't volunteering with the Skeptics on the Fringe) building Roma Nova for this page (and the next), so I definitely needed the time off. Originally, I was going to make a lot of the smaller stone/brick buildings red, but then I did some research and found out that stone on Mars is actually blueish grey. The red that we all know Mars for is actually just surface dust. Given that Mars has lower gravity than Earth, it's easier to build very tall buildings there, so there are a number of buildings that put the Burj Khalifa to shame. And, naturally, at the heart of the city, is Mars Dome, which readers may remember from Eon's Comic as the headquarters of the Martian government.
"But why does the Martian government live in a giant concrete dome with no windows?" you say? Good question! That's because Mars Dome was originally all there was to the city of Roma Nova; it was the colony of Roma Nova when Mars was first settled by Terrans hundreds of years ago. As the planet was terraformed and became habitable, however, people began to move out of the protective environment of the dome and to build a city around it on the outside. The dome was later converted into a government building which became the seat of the federal government when the colonies of Mars united into the Martian Confederate Republic and became an indepedant planet.
Addendum for October 5, 2019:
In order to bring the format of the earlier chapters into line with Chapter 7 onwards, Iíve made an updated version of this page, which is larger, with clearer text. Hopefully, this will make the earlier chapters easier to read.
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