Not shown in this sequence, but canonical to my idea of the Executive Council's Star Chamber, is the fact that there's a restroom of some sort accessible at the back of the Chamber. (Gotta say, would've been funny if Emp had decided to hide out in the bathroom earlier.)
Panel 4: That really would be Spartan-tough for a modern twentysomething, wouldn't it? (Or a thirtysomething, or a fortysomething, or even for a fair number of fiftysomethings I know.)
Today’s Patreon update: In an attempt to scratch out more worktime to complete the long-gestating Empowered vol. 12, I've switched over to a Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday Patreon posting schedule that won't feature the fixed content format I previously used. However, my vast archive of years of Patreon posts—extensive Empowered previews, vintage con sketches, work stages on covers, "damsel in distress" commissions, life drawings & much, much more—remains available for Patrons' perusal.