The Ancestors Story Arc of the webcomic "Romantically Apocalyptic" started Issue 88 and is currently still ongoing.

The new story arc begins with Mr. Snippy being attacked by a hostile, talking snowflake of unknown origin. Captain solves the problem by tossing a mug full of his tea into the face of the sniper.

In a conversation with Pilot about the new squadmember Engie and Captain's mug, Snippy learns to his surprise, that Pilot is not the one who supplies Captain with tea. Since Snippy hasn't done so either, nor ever seen Captain refilling the mug, the sniper decides to inspect the mysterious object, while Captain and Engie are away.

Snippy is not able to find anything out of the ordinary about the mug, before he is discovered, touching it, by Pilot, who tackles the unfortunate sniper to the ground. This is, when a ladybug flies into the scene and starts a dialog with the mug about the progress of a seemingly ongoing assassination attempt.

Snippy overhears the conversation. The sniper is convinced, that he is going insane due to radiation poisoning.

The ladybug annoyed by the inability of the mug, offers Mr. Snippy a job as a hired killer. The target being Captain.

Pilot, who witnessed the whole exchange as well, runs off to warn the governor. The ladybug goes after him, leaving a very confused sniper behind.

Upon returning, Captain sends Mr. Snippy to search for Pilot, but the latter has disappeared without a trace.

When planning to report back to Captain, Snippy walks in on the mug, the ladybug and even the straw, plotting on poisoning Captain.

Terrified, Snippy decides to look for his crewmates in the wasteland, unable to find any of them. He soon notices, that he is being followed. To his dread it turns out to be the Captain's mug.

While Snippy tries to get information about Pilot's whereabouts out of the mug, Captain shows up. The Captain sitting on a chair on very thin ice.

Captain demands his mug back but Snippy, trying to protect Captain, refuses and threatenes to destroy the mug instead.

At this point the Arbitrator arrives on Earth. It is the second representative of the alien invaders union, sent to capture the Captain. Snippy is briefly disintegrated and restored by the Arbitrator.

The Arbitrator claimed, that a local scan for intelligent bipedes showed only Mr. Snippy in the vicinity. Due to the sniper holding the mug, the alien concluded, that Snippy and Captain were one and the same person.

Snippy did not believe in the Captain being a split personality of himself but to his complete surprise he found the Captain's gasmask, goggles, hat and the red scarf in his backpack, instead of the supplies he was sure to have brought along.

Remembering back all the strange unexplainable things always happening to Captain, Snippy suffered a deep identity crisis.

The sniper also remembered the days shortly before the apocalypse, when the science team he guided into the deadzone fell victim to the 'wishing well'-anomaly and the scientists began killing each other for power. It turned out that while Snippy tried to block out the anomalie's voice, promising him to grant every one of his wishes, he fears, that he might subconsciously have caused the apocalypse since he was sick of the ANNET-controled humanity. When the sniper returned from the ill fated tour much later, the city of Eureka was already destroyed. Snippy isn't even sure, whether the plan of the 1% to destroy the ANNET's transmitter towers was carried out, or whether he himself had sabotaged the ANNET's core before going out on that last tour.

As another surprise for Mr. Snippy, the Captain's red scarf suddenly began moving on its own, revealing its true nature. The Biomatrix did not try to kill Snippy, though, and instead suggested to him to claim diplomatic immunity.

Nevertheless the Arbitrator had decided already to take Snippy to the galactic court for Captain's crimes and to destroy the Earth by releasing a black matter drop into the planet's atmosphere, creating a black hole.

According to the Biomatrix, the aliens feared, that the out of control ANNET system might infect other planets, as the Earth was already contaminated by it from deep underground to up in the Tropopause.

The Arbitrator then confined Snippy, Biomatrix and the mug in a stasis-field, activated the black hole and prepared to leave the Earth's orbit.

Due to being that close to the event horizon, Snippy perceived the destruction of the Earth as going on for ever. Not willing to witness the eternal end of his home planet, he asked the Biomatrix to construct a memory for him, he could escape to. For unknown reasons the Biomatrix actually agreed to grant his wish.

The Biomatrix decided to take the sniper back to the earliest genetic human memories it was able to find in Snippy's bloodline.

Snippy wakes up as a caveman during the last iceage, remembering a terrible dream of black fire eating everything, being accused by a god of being 'Loki' and finding Loki's mask in his pouch. The caveman draws the dream on the wall of his caves to forget it. When he leaves for hunting, he encounters a pack of wolves, but a demon animal in the form of a caribou interrupts. The Biomatrix found an anomaly in the genetic memory it wants to show to Snippy. Deep within a crevasse of a glacier, Snippy as his caveman ancestor finds the Captain's mug, buried deep in the ice. Snippy seeing the mug and his own true reflection in the ice, remembers, who he really is. He has no idea, how the mug could have gotten there, that far in the past, but he is sure it's all Loki's/Captain's fault.

Snippy wakes up in a new memory, this time as a young woman named Amber of Snippy, who apparently lived during medieval times. Her dreams showed her a dead town, a black vortex and a lone figure either without a face or with the intertwined faces of millions. The faceless ones plans to drink the black vortex with a straw and it plans to find Amber/Snippy wherever he is.

Amber goes to consult her guardian angel, a being she always sees when gazing into a mirror instead of herself. Her black and white knight turns out to be Mr. Snippy.

When Amber later goes for a walk a knight on a horse approaches and greats her. He warns her, that the 'admins' (?) have taken over the capitol (LondonĀ ?), sent out 'mods' (troops) armed with the 'word' (?) to take out the 'local hosts' (local rulers) and that Amber should flee to a safer place, for not facing 'permanent ban' (death) by their hands.

Amber refuses to abandon her home. She doesn't understand, why the 'admins' would act like this as they had status and acceptance in the capitol and were no longer hunted like witches. She came to the conclusion, that the knight may have lost his sanity while searching for the 'infinite grail' (Captain's mug), which Amber believes does not even exist.

While Amber still ponders her options in the branches of the trees a three eyed bird with antlers and a crow with three red eyes fight each other and finally fuse into one being.


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