That commander sure is a rebel. Or, are the vampires in this world not highly flammable? Wail, there are VAMPIRES in this story. Sorry, I can't take it seriously now. :) Her expression in the fifth panel is wonderful.
Does your image editor of choice have a free-transform tool? The lines of the bricks in the 3rd panel don't match the perspective of the windows.
Yeeah the brickwork pattern I use needs some work, thanks for the reminder. And yeah, I love the way Emily designed and wrote Commander Yma, she's badass.
As for flammable, our vampires are designed a bit differently; they come from an EXTREMELY arid part of the continent that borders the Great Smert Desert, think the australian outback. It's even hotter in Kyric Onik than it is in the desert itself, and most life there is nocturnal. The vampires are great night predators partly because their eyes dilate so well in darkness, but they have trouble seeing clearly in bright light, much as owls do. They can handle it as we can handle darkness, but they prefer to stay out of bright, eye-watering sunlight. As for taking this story seriously, GASP, there was a point where you DID?! *swoons from shock*
Now THAT'S a vampire backstory I can support. Scientifically believable and not a superficial recycled trope. :)
Heh heh yeah it does work well, and it gives us some fun ground for creation. You asked about smoking? Yma smokes when she's at work because it gives her something to occupy her mouth and covers the scents of all her subordinates; it helps her keep from being tempted ;) The more pissed off she is, the more she smokes, because then she doesn't LITERALLY bite someone's head off.