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    So I've read Order of the Stick for many years, and like most people (I assume!) I've had little fancomics running around in my head. I've decided to put this one to paper. The aim is to complete the little story (which should take about 100 strips).
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    |Oak and Fern|Oak is a hauty guy, the kind of person who likes to throw their weight around whether they're in the right or not. While he always believes he's right, he's not above making friends, and yearns to be accepted by 'normal' people. [div]Fern, on the other hand, has no interest in making friends. Socially crippled, she comes off as meek and stupid. But despite clinging to her brother Oak for support, she's the most confident and steadfast in their Druidic beliefs.[/div]
    |King and King|Big King comes off as a noble Paladin of Balder, the god of creativity. However, his tendency to gamble with the lives of others for glory (and amusement) suggests he's not entirely the beacon of light he sets himself up to be. [div]Little King is a dog.[/div]
    |Tonic and Forrest|Tonic is a chipper bard type. She prefers to believe there's good in everybody, and struggles to believe that people of an evil alignment actually exist (and aren't simply all misunderstood). The product of a rather liberal upbringing, Tonic has almost no respect for authority figures. [div]Forrest is a bacchae, a demon who lives to party and brawl. The Fiend Folio lists them as unsuitable as Player Characters, and Forrest lives up to that. He has no interest in adventuring, and more interest in drinking with his friends and antagonising the Kings.[/div]
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    |Gina, Birdys and Ace|Gina is Tonic's friend. A sorceress of reasonable ability, she shares Tonic's lack of respect for those around her. Get them together and the two girls can chat and entertain each other all day. However, Gina has a bit more of a cruel streak than our bard, and relations with her sometimes brings out the worst in people. [div]Birdys is Forrest's bacchae friend. Like most bacchae, he was previously human, a farmer boy who escaped his dull life by joining a passing bacchae caravan. Unfortunately, his new life didn't bring the freedom he expected; he's stuck firmly under Forrest's thumb, living to do his "friend"'s bidding. [/div]Ace is an adventurer of substantial experience. His relationship with King is somewhat blurry, and certainly very long. Currently the two seem to act as anti-heroes to each other, in an ongoing game of one-upmanship.
    |Madame Carnival and Poppy Carnival|Madame Carnival is the sorceress mayor of the town of Carnival, where our story began. She enlisted the help of her old friend (and employee) King to help find her runaway daughter. [div]Poppy Carnival, the daughter in question, seemingly hates her mother, and has no intention of being found. The only other thing we know about her is that she attended a school for Sorcerers with Gina, where she failed spectacularly at casting even simple cantrips.[/div]
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    Spoiler the strips.

    and the mouths are a little weird.
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    Awesome, my post has finally appeared! I've finished off the second comic, I'll edit it into the original post. Don't worry, I won't be posting them all as images, but we might as well start off that way.

    e: And a comment. I didn't realise that spoilering the comics was necessary, is it in the rules anywhere? I mean, I was going to spoiler them when the comic had more than a couple of strips, but is there any point when there's only a couple? People will just have to open the spoiler, and you have to load the image even if it's behind spoiler tags.


    The mouths aren't exactly the same as in OotS, I prefer rounder mouths to U-shaped mouths. Hopefully in a few strips time I'll have got them down better.
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    I actually like your art style. Very...umm...libertine if I may put it that way. Looking forward to more strips !

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    Thanks! I have the next couple of strips ready, but I don't want to post them just now and then have a big gap before the next. I reckon I'll update every Tuesday, so I'll upload the next tomorrow. Does that sound good? :)

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    I like it already, keep up the good work as I want to see more of them.
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    Okay, Oak's expression in the 9th panel of the first page is just golden. I'm just going to have to steal that for whenever I need it. Very imaginative.

    I'll agree with Bayar on enjoying the freer art style. It's very loose and playful.
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    I like it, keep going...

    and, um... pardon me saying this, but at first I confused Oak's angry faces for mustached faces...sorry?

    >_< -> 0_0
    putting that aside, i like the ideas, and i'll keep reading on the lurk.
    I like the punch-lines! and the kings!
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    and, um... pardon me saying this, but at first I confused Oak's angry faces for mustached faces...

    Haha! That's amazing, I'd not seen that. That made a little re-read look amazing, I especially appreciated when Fern grew a mustache from nowhere. Hopefully I'll be able to un-see it.

    And don't worry about hiding in the Lurk, I've mostly hung around there for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oppolo View Post
    don't worry about hiding in the Lurk, I've mostly hung around there for years.
    +1, looking forward to whatever else you cook up!
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    Thanks for the kind comments :)

    I've put up issue #3 in the first post. Even though I intend to update every Tuesday, I'll stick up #4 before next Tuesday to help get the ball rolling and the story started.

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    Invisible pants on the last panel?

    And it looks like we have another nice webcomic in the playground to follow around.
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    Invisible pants on the last panel?
    They are of the highest fashion!
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    I like it. I'll definitely be following this one. One question though, is "gilde" supposed to be "guild" in the 3rd comic?
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    Hmm... I'm guessing that balder is the deity of honor/pride/glory, or somethin'.
    Also, why is fern suddenly shocked? Is it because she realizes King is a stuck-up worshipper of that deity? Or does King have fleas?

    Guess we'll find out in the next few instalments of - "The order of the tree"!

    Quote Originally Posted by KillItWithFire View Post
    One question though, is "gilde" supposed to be "guild" in the 3rd comic?
    I believe the spelling was intentional - nowhere in the rules does it explain Druids mastering grammar(common) - spoken or otherwise. But maybe your right.
    EDIT: the above statement Is dumb, I deny saying it. >_<
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Zahn View Post

    I believe the spelling was intentional - nowhere in the rules does it explain Druids mastering grammar(common) - spoken or otherwise. But maybe your right.
    EDIT: the above statement Is dumb, I deny saying it. >_<

    Don't feel so dumb, that was kind of my intention. Gilde is Guild, it's just that Fern and Oak aren't nearly as clever as they think they are, they don't know the right word. Growing up in a forest doesn't lend itself to correct use of language.
    We'll learn a bit more about their illiteracy later.



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    Hmm... I'm guessing that balder is the deity of honor/pride/glory, or somethin'.
    Nope! In DnD, Balder is from the same pantheon as Thor and is the NG god of beauty. He created music and poetry, and is a favourite of Bards.
    The real Baldr, from norse mythology, doesn't match this description very well. But I'm going for the DnD version.


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    Invisible pants on the last panel?

    And it looks like we have another nice webcomic in the playground to follow around.
    Invisibility is not a Druid spell, Oak. I'll fix that.
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    Nope! In DnD, Balder is from the same pantheon as Thor and is the NG god of beauty. He created music and poetry, and is a favourite of Bards.
    The real Baldr, from norse mythology, doesn't match this description very well. But I'm going for the DnD version.
    just goes to show "my ranks" in knowledge(religion)(0), a nat 2, and a -5 circumstance penalty for not knowing the subject, adding INT, I'd say I did a fine (-1) result...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oppolo View Post
    Nope! In DnD, Balder is from the same pantheon as Thor and is the NG god of beauty. He created music and poetry, and is a favourite of Bards.
    The real Baldr, from norse mythology, doesn't match this description very well. But I'm going for the DnD version.
    Norse Baldr was actually a god of beauty, if my research memory is correct, and one of elves and leadership. Believe he was derided from an earlier sun god.

    But he had little to do with music and poetry indeed, that position belonged to Bragi (or Brage), the husband of Idun of the golden apples.

    And now that I'm finished with that mytho-babble, Order of the Tree looks promising and I will surely follow. The art style is indeed a fun piece of originality and I hope the next comics will be fun too.

    If they're not, then the Kobold empire wil crush yo-I mean, then that's no problem. Yeah. >_>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oppolo View Post
    Nope! In DnD, Balder is from the same pantheon as Thor and is the NG god of beauty. He created music and poetry, and is a favourite of Bards.
    The real Baldr, from norse mythology, doesn't match this description very well. But I'm going for the DnD version.
    I am not certain where you're getting this information but even in Real Life he's part of the Norse religion and is the God of great Beauty, Light and Good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tebryn View Post
    I am not certain where you're getting this information but even in Real Life he's part of the Norse religion and is the God of great Beauty, Light and Good.
    Yes, sorry, I knew he was part of the Norse religion but meant more the real Baldr is missing the poetry and music thing as Keveak said.
    I'm using him here as a god suitable for a festival city, the whole Good thing is kind of secondary in this case.


    Edit: Here's a mid-week update, it's issue #0. That is, it comes before issue 1, it helps clear up the Gilde/Guild confusion. It also introduces Madame Carnival, who is utterly unimportant so don't feel the need to remember her.
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    Very original.
    Thanks. I'm trying to create characters who aren't like those in the OotS, I don't think Oak and Fern are typical heroes. Hopefully people will keep reading, I don't think it's easy to keep readers after a point!

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    It's like starting a small business. Except it's not (usually) a business for money, but for people's time and interest. This is something that becomes increasingly more difficult as our culture becomes more and more addicted to the computer/internet.

    If anything, see if making a comic is something you can do for yourself. And it still have purpose even if the comic doesnt become too popular.

    I hope this wasn't discouraging.
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    Heck, I don't care about my comic being popular, I wouldn't be doing an OotS fancomic if I cared about that. It's pretty severely limiting my audience! But it'd be nice to have at least a couple of readers.

    Also, it's almost Tuesday so I'm putting up the next comic. 'Cause I'll be out tomorrow and might not get a chance! #4 now in the op. Since not much happens, I'll upload #5 on Wednesday.

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    awwww. I feel so sorry for Fern now. You have great expressions for your chars. They're really.... expressive.
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    Thanks :)

    I've stuck issue #5 in the op too. Unfortunately it'll be next Tuesday before #6 will be posted, it'll be relatively graphic heavy!

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    It's Tuesday (Tuesday, gotta get down on Tuesday), so here's another comic.

    Comic 6

    It's in image-form in the op if you're too lazy to click the link. But you'll still have to click the spoiler tag anyway.

    With the introduction of Ace, our cast is almost complete. I won't continue to introduce characters at a rate of 1 per strip forever, don't panic.

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    Really? That's how I looked like this morning when I woke up.

    There's seriously so much going on. It must have taken forever to draw #6.
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    I presume Ace is the anti hero/antagonist? It looks like he pulled out a magic plant thing
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    I'm liking this quite a bit! Looking forward to continuations.
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