I swear I'm not turning the comic into a two-a-week thing! I got a new idea for how I want to start part 4, like... (looks at clock) about 6 hours ago while still working on this page, meaning I still have to actually write the next few pages (and possibly design something).
So Hope (both the storyline and the character) will return Wednesday! And be in a part that's much longer than three pages, and hopefully doesn't require any breaks.
As for THIS page, and Part 3 as a whole...
The importance of this part will make sense later. Which is only natural, BUT I point it out because I'm sure this feels weirdly tangential at the moment, and thanks to webcomic time, will continue to do so for a while.
A day will come, however, when I insufferably point at part 3 and say "THAT'S why."
For now, I personally enjoy the different takes that Mist, Potestas, and Saou have on what the right thing to do in this situation is.