Comic 1479 - The Last Letter, Part 3

7th Mar 2022, 9:15 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
The Last Letter, Part 3
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Author Notes:

Jocelyn 7th Mar 2022, 9:15 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
Finally! After the first and second parts of the letter from the last chapter, we get to see something from the last page. I wanted to be all artsy and withhold the last page until this moment, so Kellen could directly acknowledge and talk about the contents herself while we learn that information for the first time.

I did want to believe that the first two parts were clear enough in establishing that the letter's writer - formerly known as Liriel Flaherty, and hereafter referred to as Lorcan Bryer - is indeed trans. Between the flashback correlating with the previous part, and Rain and Fara immediately switching to male pronouns for him, I didn't want for his gender identity to be seen as a mystery. Just his name. At least until such time as I was ready to share it (which is also why I started to say Mr. Bryer instead of his deadname or the chosen name we'd learn later).

I know this arc has been a bit divisive for some readers, but hopefully, I accomplished what I set out to do with this, and that y'all can appreciate it. :)

(Wednesday's page may be an emotional read too!)


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Rue_ 7th Mar 2022, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
aww
Issa 7th Mar 2022, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Wow….
Casey K 7th Mar 2022, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Casey K
Wow doesnt even begin to cover it. But it's a good start.
Tokuben 7th Mar 2022, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
I'm not crying, you're crying.😭
Jayfur365 12th Mar 2022, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Jayfur365
WHO THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO CHOP ONIONS IN HERE?!! T-T feeeeeeeels
winter_roze 7th Mar 2022, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
awwwwww
ValeryGraciela 7th Mar 2022, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
ValeryGraciela
Well, Lorcan is a nice name.

And I love the reason why Liriel took his deadname.
Curious 7th Mar 2022, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Why Lorcan? It sounds very sci-fi
Jocelyn 7th Mar 2022, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Curious

Nah. Just Irish. ^_^
Kyle 7th Mar 2022, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
It's the name of a character from A Midsummer's Night's Dream I think.
Absentia 7th Mar 2022, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
more importantly, it's a god from Elder Scrolls.

Rain is a demigod confirmed.
Pseudonym 7th Mar 2022, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
"Once, this flame-haired freedom fighter was a mild-mannered housewife! But when the tyrant Yr-Tax invaded, that housewife found the CRYSTAL OF MIGHT, containing the strength and courage of a hundred men! He became... LORCAN, THE CONQUEROOOOR!"

*thunderclap*
*lasers go pew pew pew*
*clash of trumpets as the opening theme kicks in*
Pseudonym 7th Mar 2022, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
In the season 1 finale, Lorcan the Conqueror, Fara the Barbarian and Vincent the bumbling magician ride home over the desert on their rockethorses, having not only sent the Eastern Seaboard Tyrafortress crashing to the ground but retrieved the LOVE PRISM.

But back at the molecrawler, nothing the resistance fighters do to activate the LOVE PRISM works. As the adults argue and deliberate, Lorcan the Conqueror's youngest, a little boy who only Lorcan (the Conqueror) pays attention to since he's always shy and nervous, creeps toward the LOVE PRISM. He stares at it in awe. His hand reaches out...

A blinding flash! Everyone gapes as Rain jumps up and down, shrieking with joy, and strikes a pose in her battle dress. Freeze frame, roll credits, release toyline. In season 2 she joins the main cast as the sidekick, a bundle of glee when happy, a fountain of tears when dejected, but always indomitable.
Amelia 9th Mar 2022, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
I really want to watch this.
Pseudonym 9th Mar 2022, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
I'd be tempted to do fan art, but I can't even draw stick figures. Do you think Aunt Fara would dress reasonably, or opt to rock the babarian's chainmail bikini? Would Rain ride on Lorcan the Conqueror's rockethorse, or would she ride Puddle, whom she could now turn into a giant and back through something something love something?

The season 2 opener was a dud, though. They did a two-parter of Rain getting a handle on her new abilities. It was this whole thing about personal growth: being true to yourself and not giving up, which fell particularly flat since this is Rain we're talking about, those are already her defining character traits. All they needed to do to make a great opener was to splurge on the animation budget and have Lorcan (THE CONQUEROR!) mess up cyborg dinosaurs big time with the sword that shoots other swords. I suppose that's marketing for you - got to showcase the new girl.
lilyartemis 7th Mar 2022, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Hah. I always figured that Marc had named the kids because he's the one with the Irish surname.

Was Lorcan's grandmother Irish or something and he just never really ethnically/culturally identified with his father's Germanic side of the family despite his last name?
lilyartemis 7th Mar 2022, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
Sorry, Lorcan's *mother*, the kids' maternal grandmother
Some Ed 7th Mar 2022, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Of course I've no idea about Lorcan's reasoning. But I have known a number of people who identified with the culture of their spouse far more than their own, including several who selected the target culture before they found a spouse from said culture.
lilyartemis 8th Mar 2022, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
True, although Lorcan's husband in this case was, well, an irredeemable asshole.
Some Ed 11th Mar 2022, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
For what it's worth, it seems like a higher than normal percentage of the spouses of people who were going for "someone from x culture" as one of their primary selection criteria, where "x" was not "my own" are, well, difficult people. I think it's that they're so fascinated by the culture, they aren't paying as much attention to the people. Also, they're giving a lot of leeway for cultural friction and the friction they're encountering isn't always cultural.
bgb16999 7th Mar 2022, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
bgb16999
I'm tearing up.
Long-Time Lurker 7th Mar 2022, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh, that makes Rain's decision to take the name "Liriel" feel a lot less random, especially if she too knew the significance of Lorcan with regards to Kellen.
j-eagle12212012 7th Mar 2022, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I expected to cry today
I cry often now because I can

I didn't expect that reveal from Kellen about the name

This is going to be an emotional week
rem0te42 7th Mar 2022, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
I discovered I was trans very late, just before my 42th birthday.

The name I chose for myself is the name I would have given (but we picked another one) to my afab children, so this is very relatable to me.
Phrown 7th Mar 2022, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
Has the subject of Rain’s dad been divisive? Far as I’ve seen, we Rain Beaus love/like this.
toquat 7th Mar 2022, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
Some people think it comes off as forced and out of place in a slice of life story I guess?
I'm neutral.
Jocelyn 7th Mar 2022, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
Some people think it's unrealistic or, as toquat says, that it feels forced. People are absolutely entitled to those opinions (even if I personally don't agree, I don't want to tell people what to think), but there have been a handful of mean-spirited comments. The really nasty stuff is thankfully very few and far between, though, and I'd say even most people not clicking with this development are still being civil about it.
Katie 7th Mar 2022, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
It is not that uncommon to have multiple trans people in one family. I have a friend whose kids came out as nonbinary a while ago, and that friend recently came out as nonbinary themself.
Jocelyn 7th Mar 2022, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Katie

Very agree! I feel like I know a significant number of trans parent/child combos, and even scenarios of two trans siblings. ^_^

I've been saying for years, that the number of queer and trans people out there far exceeds the currently believed statistics. There's more of us than we think, and probably, more of us in our own families too!
Draca 7th Mar 2022, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
My sister and I are both NB, and only recently came out to each other last year :3
Fourth Nate 8th Mar 2022, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
When Lorcan's letter first appeared in the comic, this last information wasn't revealed yet, so it appeared to the readers as if Fara and Rain were interpreting language along the lines of "sometimes I wish I was a man not a woman" and deciding that that meant he was definitely a trans man. Which is something that annoys me personally, as a nonbinary AFAB person, when it happens irl in online trans spaces. I had to be reminded that there was some information the readers didn't see that the characters did. Now that we see it too, it's clear that Fara's and Rain's reactions are totally in keeping with Lorcan's wishes; they're not deciding things for him post-mortem, or having information only the author could know beamed directly into their little cartoon brains. <3
Absentia 9th Mar 2022, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
i'm genderfluid and i have a little sibling who's nonbinary. so yeah, definitely ocmmon in families.
Happy_ Monkey 9th Mar 2022, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
The earlier pages didn’t feel like the gender identity wasn’t made explicit enough to me. It felt like Rain’s dad was questioning his gender not outright figured it out and decreed it that he was a man yet, going exclusively on what we saw in the letter at that point. Rain and Fara were calling him dad already but people can misinterpret things to what makes them happy / fit their desired narrative. Rain desiring the possibility of a secretly having a family member share something so big to her could skew her interpretation.

I think Kellen is in the similar boat that I was. The understand when told by third parties it’s a possibly and even likely, but hearing it from the horses mouth directly is the only way to let it be 100% certainty.
Pseudonym 7th Mar 2022, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
Hey, "Mack" in the comments of strip 1476 mentioned having identity issues and not finding somewhere good to vent. "Any ideas please I need help" they said. I'm the wrong person to field that question, so could you lot please help them out?
Oz 7th Mar 2022, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
Which strip is that ? In which chapter?
Pseudonym 7th Mar 2022, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
"Runs in the Family", this chapter.
Karen 7th Mar 2022, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
This comic has given me more serious feels than practically anything else I have ever read. This is another (beautiful) one.
Sarah 7th Mar 2022, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
*refreshes page* why isn't it Wednesday yet?
Eliza 7th Mar 2022, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
Remember, the sooner it's Wednesday, the sooner Rain is over ;-;
Jocelyn 7th Mar 2022, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Eliza

I mean, technically, sure. But it's not like it's ending on Wednesday. Or this week. Or next week. Try not to stress out about the end too much. There's more scenes I want to share before the last page, so we're not there yet. :)
ThisTransGuy 9th Mar 2022, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
I have a question! How many more pages will there be left in rain or when will it end I discovered this comic just when I needed it after being abused on the bus with a older man thank you so much unintentionally you helped me go out of the shadow and into the light. Thanks, Your biggest fan
Jocelyn 9th Mar 2022, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@ThisTransGuy

I'm hesitant to name a specific end date so people aren't just counting down to the end (and I haven't exactly drawn it all yet so my projection might not be 100% accurate anyway). But I can confirm there's definitely still at least over a month to go.

We're getting there, but there's still more. :)
Some dude 7th Mar 2022, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Lorcan reminds me of Lorkhan from Elder Scrolls Lore
Absentia 7th Mar 2022, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
i like the thematic importance of it being Kellen who read the last letter. the one who struggled the hardest with accepting trans people not only being the one to actively read about her own father's reality, but then instantly correcting herself when she accidentally misgenders him, and having that connection with his name. amazing storytelling Jocelyn.
Long-Time Lurker 9th Mar 2022, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Yes! Me too. What a fantastic demonstration of character growth.
abitenum 7th Mar 2022, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
Ok, I get doing the "artsy" thing with the last page, and now that we have a fuller picture, I feel like I get it now. I wonder if part of the issue was the format of this being a web comic. Now you can get from the start of the letter to this page within a continuous reading session, but having the four month gap between seeing what's on the second and third pages made it harder for me to see it for what it was. It didn't help that I read the author notes for the comic after the second page as taunting me over not being able to see the page.

Or maybe it's just that I had found the comic, and finally caught up, right as that story arc was starting, so it was the first real cliffhanger I had with the story.
another_Leah 7th Mar 2022, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Oh gosh this adds a whole new layer to chapter 1 where little Rain is telling Lorcan "I want to be a mommy like you."
Lemonado Girl 7th Mar 2022, 11:45 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
*loud, uncontrollable sobbing*
redbow.kimee 8th Mar 2022, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
https://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/3 In the 3rd strip, as Lorcan said, "it just doesn't work that way", he must've been thinking, "and if it did work that way, then you couldn't be like me because I'd be your dad". It's too bad we can't have any more rain delays, because that would be really amusing.
Fourth Nate 8th Mar 2022, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Thanks. It's... beautiful. It's all I needed to hear
Bonnie 8th Mar 2022, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
I’m reading that name, and my brain is instantly going to morrowind and the heart of lorkhan
Absentia 9th Mar 2022, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
Rain is a demigod confirmed
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