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    Dust bunnies, not real ones.
    Those aggregations of dust and stuff that accumulate in corners where people don't clean regularly.
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    I know what dust bunnies are, I just couldn't resist the quip.
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    I vote they set a tent on fire.
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    I vote for running. Running always works.
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    I vote they set a tent on fire.
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    I vote for running. Running always works.
    Does "set a tent on fire then run" count as a seperate vote?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielxcutter View Post
    Does "set a tent on fire then run" count as a seperate vote?
    I would say so.
    But why limit yourself to a single tent?
    Burn them all I say.
    While running away.
    Obviously.
    Wouldn't stay near that huge fire.
    That's dangerous. Someone could get hurt.
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    And so the party starts as it means to go on, even if they hadn't meant to do that.
    Once again, shoreward has provided us with a fluid, detailed piece of artistic storytelling.
    Excellent as usual, Shoreward, and I'm loving where the story is heading!
    Finally, a present-time Action Scene! I mean, "Somehow I don't think they agree." ! Priceless! (Poor guy, that thief.)
    I do apologize for not posting as of late, I'm afraid life had caught up to me, even mid-summer.
    Kantuki, you bring to mind a certain quote, regarding your response and my disagreements to it.
    "And yet, I find it oddly comforting", but I digress.
    Strip 141, by the way.
    Now, then. I believe I have a promise to make good on. Specifically, why I started reading this comic.
    Well, let's see. I've just always enjoyed the idea of a not-unholy skeleton hero.
    Most people don't tend to agree, I know, but still. I was one in Skyrim, I wrote my winning novelette for Creative Writing class based on one, and I had to play one as an introduction to Pathfinder.
    And then, there's this comic.
    I know my thanking you is repetitive, Shoreward, but I don't know how else to relate to you that I enjoy this comic as much as I do because I'm finally seeing something I'd only dreamed of until now.
    And there it is, the return of the cringe. Ah, well.
    So thank you again, shoreward. And thank you to everyone else who took the time to read this.
    Both the comic, and this post. I hope you have a nice day!
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    Update!

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    Things might be a bit hectic for the next couple weeks as I move houses, but I'm trying to keep up with this and my writing to the best of my ability!
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    Not quite as good as the best, but still good at what she can do, it seems. That's actually a pretty efficient use of power, I think. I'm impressed.
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    Do not get within touching distance of The Storm. Got it.
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    Do not get within touching distance of The Storm. Got it.
    From what Pellan said, it seems like Cat is one of the weaker ranks... but even considering her considerable skill at using her powers, that electric touch looks nasty. First-rankers must be on the power level of your typical fantasy mage.
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    Yeeowch.

    So that... actually still doesn't really clear up what being touched by the Storm means, but it does give a much better reason of why it's treated with such respect than just "neon-blue is cool." (Neon-blue is cool, mind you).

    Looks like there's more to our Stormlady than spaceyness.
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    Haven't had time to make comics this week, so here's one from my buffer. Hopefully business will die down in the coming weeks.

    To all you budding comic writers out there, this is why I'd consider having 5 to 10 comics prepared in advance for bad weeks to be a baseline. Don't want to get caught off guard because you had one bad week and need to play catch up. That kind of thing piles up fast.

    I know artist types, though. Time management is always the bane of we novices. Beat it up and take its lunch money.

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    Ooooh, glowing skeleton eyes. Ironic; I'd just been in the middle of re-reading an Undertale fanfic.

    At least they're not red. There's a whole trope for that.
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    Wow, brand-new to the comic and already I'm catching new strips within hours of uploading!

    I really appreciate the way you're doing your world-building. It seems like we're only learning about things as they come up for the characters in the world, but we're also not being totally left in the dark. That's a balance that even some of the most respected writers in SF can struggle with, so major kudos to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinjitsu View Post
    Wow, brand-new to the comic and already I'm catching new strips within hours of uploading!

    I really appreciate the way you're doing your world-building. It seems like we're only learning about things as they come up for the characters in the world, but we're also not being totally left in the dark. That's a balance that even some of the most respected writers in SF can struggle with, so major kudos to you.
    I know, right? And he still doesn't think it's that good.
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    Considering that Pellan has nothing but his own stupidity to blame here, I dunno if revenge is really a knightly course of action.
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    Part of me has always wanted to indulge in a classic Epic Fantasy coming-of-age Hero's Journey with heaping dumps of world exposition, since it's what I grew up on, but I'm older these days. That kind of thing was fun back then, but it's one of the places where the growing pains of the fantasy genre really show. It doesn't tend to hold up in these days of better examples.

    Still, it would make things a lot easier.

    That's it, ladies and gentlemen! I'm rebooting this as a story about a farmboy! We'll begin with three prologues and a diagram of a family tree. Also, elves.

    On second thought, maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoreward View Post
    Part of me has always wanted to indulge in a classic Epic Fantasy coming-of-age Hero's Journey with heaping dumps of world exposition, since it's what I grew up on, but I'm older these days. That kind of thing was fun back then, but it's one of the places where the growing pains of the fantasy genre really show. It doesn't tend to hold up in these days of better examples.

    Still, it would make things a lot easier.

    That's it, ladies and gentlemen! I'm rebooting this as a story about a farmboy! We'll begin with three prologues and a diagram of a family tree. Also, elves.

    On second thought, maybe not.
    Maybe as a side project then? Or after you *gasp* finish with this?
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    But how are your elves different?

    Are they called Drelves? Are they feathered? Are they cannibals? And are they in all other ways just generic fantasy elvers?

    Oh, and don't forget a prophecy. Gotta have a prophecy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoreward View Post
    That kind of thing was fun back then, but it's one of the places where the growing pains of the fantasy genre really show. It doesn't tend to hold up in these days of better examples.
    I think it's also a matter of medium - it's a lot more tolerable in a novel than in a weekly-updates webcomic (or other form of serial). This is actually something that's been bugging me as a would-be writer (though not of stereotypical fantasy) myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V'icternus View Post
    But how are your elves different?

    Are they called Drelves? Are they feathered? Are they cannibals? And are they in all other ways just generic fantasy elvers?

    Oh, and don't forget a prophecy. Gotta have a prophecy.
    Preferably a vague, omnious one which you can twist the wording into all sorts of eldritch quad-dimensionally geometrical pretzels so the Very Bad ThingTM doesn't actually happen like everyone thought it would.

    Also, why am I seeing so many skeletons with glowing eyes today? Maybe it's because of that Undertale fanfic I'm re-reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by ti'esar View Post
    I think it's also a matter of medium - it's a lot more tolerable in a novel than in a weekly-updates webcomic (or other form of serial). This is actually something that's been bugging me as a would-be writer (though not of stereotypical fantasy) myself.
    Fantasy as a genre has already been done so much, there isn't much more left to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ti'esar View Post
    I think it's also a matter of medium - it's a lot more tolerable in a novel than in a weekly-updates webcomic (or other form of serial). This is actually something that's been bugging me as a would-be writer (though not of stereotypical fantasy) myself.
    Oh, definitely. Exposition dumps are far less palatable in a visual medium where you can actually show at least some of what's being talked about.

    Even in a story, though, you really ought to filter exposition through character and action. Get people invested in the story and the character, and they'll be more inclined care about the world they inhabit, especially when the character and the world are causing conflict with one another. You can get away with an extra paragraph here or there if it's relevant, though.

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    Fantasy as a genre has already been done so much, there isn't much more left to do.
    We're still young, if I'm to be honest. We've barely scratched the surface.
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    Also, why am I seeing so many skeletons with glowing eyes today?
    Well, my avatar is from the first page of this very thread, so it doesn't really count.
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    It seems pellan rolled a natural 20 on his intimidation check.
    I suppose blue flaming eyes must be at least a +2.
    His charisma, however, probably hands him a -1.
    A wonderful comic, as usual, shoreward, and I'm glad to see that you had a contingency!
    And from what I can tell, an especially detailed contingency,
    considering the details such as the tent's lamp, or our mute hunter's battle-axe.
    I will, as usual, enjoy what strips we have, and await the next strip when you can. Thank you for creating this story, Shoreward, we all enjoy it.
    Cringe-esq, yet again. Maybe I should look into getting a Remove Curse.
    Thank you for reading this, and I hope you have a nice day!
    {{EDIT}} You're right about us having barely scratched the surface. I can't wait to see what else we all can come up with!
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    Bonus Update, for the first time in a while. For some reason being busy makes me more productive instead of less, who knew?

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    What the - is that magic? I guess minor magic isn't that uncommon here? And how does that fire monster know Pellan's name?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielxcutter View Post
    What the - is that magic? I guess minor magic isn't that uncommon here? And how does that fire monster know Pellan's name?
    He killed one of these things in the very first comic, remember? I'd assume either they're like D&D summons (...sometimes) and 'killing' them just banishes them back to a fire plane or something, or this one's acquainted with the one Pellan killed in some way. Hence the title.

    Edit: And yeah, now that I look back, she stole this thing when the bandits captured Pellan, back in comic 26. So it's the same monster - throwing the gem into the fire must resurrect it or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ti'esar View Post
    He killed one of these things in the very first comic, remember? I'd assume either they're like D&D summons (...sometimes) and 'killing' them just banishes them back to a fire plane or something, or this one's acquainted with the one Pellan killed in some way. Hence the title.

    Edit: And yeah, now that I look back, she stole this thing when the bandits captured Pellan, back in comic 26. So it's the same monster - throwing the gem into the fire must resurrect it or something.
    Oh yeah. That makes sense.
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