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Ballast for ships is usually what you see on the third panel. They’re bolted into the ship’s framework and keep the ship level when navigating rough waters, which is why the Panda has nice, roomy interiors as you see in the second panel. While this does make navigating the seas more pleasant, it’s still not going to keep the ship from being destroyed if it runs aground, which is why during tumultuous weather, most ships make for a port. Crystal workers are the magic users required to keep the ballast charged and working properly. As for the Espin nation, we’ll learn more about them in the coming pages. 🙂

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This week’s Spider Forest Comic of the Week is The Cyantian Chronicles by Tiffany Ross. Welcome to Cyantia, a world of lush forests, jungles, oceans and deserts. It’s a wonderful unspoiled world inhabited by the Cyantians, immigrants who were stranded on the world by a race of ancient creatures in search of a cure for a disease that eventually wiped them out. Life goes on and generations have been born on this world, going through the normal cycles of conflict and peace to this day. But that is about to change. For one young group of Cyantians, life is about to become far more dangerous as they are targets to be turned against their own families, any way possible. Tiffany does anthropomorphic animals really well and does an awesome job with expressions!