nikhil: this week was horrible. my boss yelled at me. i'm exhausted.
eli (solemnly gripping nikhil by his sideburns): sustainable development.
server in a restaurant (to nikhil): what will he have for the entree?
eli: sustainable development
server (shocked): wait, does he understand us?
nikhil: what do you think
nikhil (tucking eli into bed): goodnight, kid.
eli: sustainable development.
nikhil: yep.......................... that's right
eli learns only one phrase in chinese, and it's "sustainable development." he uses it all the time.
there are more characters (ohhh yes) but i'll talk about them later.
so, mandarin is the lingua franca in datavend, both bc china (now also a corporate state) is the dominant world power, and bc datavend was itself founded by chinese expats. it's still a recognizably western society and everyone speaks english as the common tongue, but chinese is the language of formality.
the other main character is this kiddo: Eli, a 10yo boy from 1870s London, "lifted" from the past and stuck in Nikhil's care for training on how to be a modern person. Eli is a rambunctious little brat who's confused but he's trying really hard ok??? he's never seen a microwave, self-driving cars, or women in trousers. he LOVES: food, adventure stories, being doted on, befriending strange folk. he HATES: eating insects, being condescended to he's UNSURE ABOUT: wearing short sleeves in public
the main character is this bitch!!!!!! his name is Nikhil (he's not normally covered in fucking CW: BLOOD this was just a gratuitous drawing for myself lmao)
he's a stodgy, overworked middle manager in Tempcom's recon department. he LOVES: pleasing his boss, doing things correctly, retreating to his domestic sanctuary at the end of a hell week. he HATES: sloppiness/laziness, GERMS (he's a germaphobe) other people's bullshit.
despite his short fuse and critical personality, he's a gruff idealist
super condensed intro: Timeshock takes place in the year 2180. the corporate state of Datavend rose to power from the ashes of 21st-century global devastation. their subsidiary, Tempcom, invented time travel. Tempcom, through its considerable bureaucracy, now conducts missions that ostensibly serve the public good. (unnecessary spoiler: tempcom is evil)
seems like everyone's on mastodon.social for now, but i'm getting the sense we should/will eventually migrate to an instance that will serve 'Comics Twitter' specifically. or maybe such an instance exists already? i don't really want another place to boost work, just a dedicated place to hang with the community™
our foster cat, babs (nickname: babson dugnutt) is just starting to come out of her shell!! she's been an extremely shy and hissy little bean for the 6 weeks we've had her, but the last few days, she's started to come out at the sound of my voice, and have a lot more tolerance for physical proximity. she still hides a lot, and we can't pet her or approach her too quickly. but i'm really happy for her progress!
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