Sorry for the slightly late update, folks. My Fourth of July celebrations were extensive and I'm apparently bad at managing my time well on national holidays. Oh well. Still managed to get the comic done and updated instead of resorting to crummy filler doodles or photos of my cats!
While Tessa was lucky enough to get a last-minute rescue in the chaos of Masutel's attack, Battlecasters Mervin and Stiles were not so fortunate. Luna and Gregory are particularly upset because they not only met them during the Beneath Our Masks chapter of The Search for Celesto, but fought beside them and were even saved by them.
For the record, I wasn't particularly thrilled with my own decision here (in so much that killing off characters, major or minor, doesn't make me happy), but when villains launch a deadly assault on this scale not everyone is lucky enough to get that last-minute rescue.
That's all from me for now.