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#74 "Soothsayer Part II"

19th Dec 2013, 6:29 PM
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#74 "Soothsayer Part II"
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dpat57 19th Dec 2013, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
dpat57
Tragic, poignant, even a bit funny in that last panel, brilliantly done.
Draginbeard 19th Dec 2013, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Draginbeard
excellent pages
Songgu Kwon 20th Dec 2013, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks guys!
Erador 19th Dec 2013, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
And he died before he could even ask her out for an ale. That's harsh!

Though... she might have said no anyway. ;-)
Songgu Kwon 20th Dec 2013, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Now he be drinking ale in Valhalla. Smooth, rich, not at all harsh Valhalla Ale... the warrior's ale of choice. TASTE the battle.
Dean Clark 19th Dec 2013, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Very poignant, especially for a fantasy comic. And clever. And a nice touch humanizing Khojin, whom I am hoping to see more of. Interesting how this comic has gradually shifted from being primarily humorous, and secondarily serious, to the reverse. Now, I am curious to see whether this is a permanent shift, or whether the focus will continue to gradually shift back and forth between usually serious and usually humorous.
Songgu Kwon 20th Dec 2013, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Khojin is an interesting character. He'll probably show up again in the future. The current story arc (which is almost over) seemed to steer itself toward a tragic end. More comedy and less tragedy is in order for the next arc, methinks.
Dean Clark 20th Dec 2013, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
The flashbacks and back stories have been entertaining and informative, but when we do resume the "real" time narrative, I hope Khojin and the rest of what's left of this mercenary band can work with Blackfeather's party. As the defeat of the Grell demonstrates, their combined forces could take on some respectable bosses. And think how much more they could accomplish if Khojin were using offensive magic against a monster. More ambitious adventures mean more reading adventure. I, for one, would welcome an escalation in the conventional and magical arms race on Elf. Destroy! Ⓐ
Erador 20th Dec 2013, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Granted I'll be in the minority here....

but a nice love interest for Blackfeather would be lovely. :-)
Songgu Kwon 20th Dec 2013, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Perhaps a Jane Austen novelesque tale of love / loss / redemption kind of thing? Hmm...
CyberSkull 20th Dec 2013, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
CyberSkull
Stupid mumbling not-human mouthed prophet!
Songgu Kwon 20th Dec 2013, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
So much suffering in the world... all because of mumbling!
RazorD9 20th Dec 2013, 9:17 PM edit delete reply
RazorD9
Oh the irony. That's the thing about having your future told and then trying to go against it. Least he wasn't banging his mom.
Songgu Kwon 21st Dec 2013, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Yeah, right? These things could get a lot worse, as illustrated by Sophocles.
Joel Sawyer 21st Dec 2013, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
Joel Sawyer
Heh heh! This just became a fantasy version of almost every episode of Three's Company! I'm thinking someone needs to check on Clarence, though.
Songgu Kwon 21st Dec 2013, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Ha! Durgo is... Mr. Furley.
warriorneedsfood 21st Dec 2013, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
warriorneedsfood
I mean, how was he supposed to know that grell was a thing? I would have heard girl too!
Songgu Kwon 21st Dec 2013, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Precisely. He'd probably never even heard of such a thing at the time.
Dean Clark 21st Dec 2013, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
That soothsayer xorn appears to like to mess with pepole's heads. Speaking with a thick accent, though, may be his excuse for getting clients into trouble.
hibou 21st Dec 2013, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
hibou
by my recollection, XORN is a female...as is traditional for soothsayers :)
Songgu Kwon 21st Dec 2013, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
For the soothsayer, it was just another business transaction. It was Durgo's own particular personality and personal demons that drove events toward their inevitable end.
Golux 21st Dec 2013, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Girl, Grell

Demand enunciation and definitions when they prophesy for you...

Quite the twist and the recognition of how his life could have been different as he holds the feather... Ouch!
Songgu Kwon 22nd Dec 2013, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Ouch, indeed!
Dean Clark 22nd Dec 2013, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
The odds against the xorn saying two things more or less consecutively that could be interpreted as referring to our Elf seem long. But as Anthony Burgess once said, readers will not only accept a coincidence, they actually expect one good one in a story.

The soothsayer was referred to as "she." My mistake. In the classical West at least, augurs weren't always female. For instance, the blind seer who told Julius Caesar to beware the Ides of March. And divinations always seem to be performed by men in China. But fortune tellers do tend to be female.
Craig Lomita 22nd Dec 2013, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
That was really cool how you tied in "grell" with "girl", creating such a big misunderstanding... I love this series.
Songgu Kwon 22nd Dec 2013, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Craig, your suggestion to feature a grell way back, right before page #42, turned out to be a fortuitous one. It gave me an interesting plot challenge and spawned some fun developments. Good monster call. Thanks!

One of my pet peeves with many fantasy stories is the overused "prophesy" plot device. (I mentioned this back in #3) I wanted to feature a prophecy that worked more like the way prophecies work in classical Greek tragedies. They're compelling because they evoke the question of whether human beings actually have "free will" or are simply pawns in a preordained cosmic play.
Dean Clark 22nd Dec 2013, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
The "girl/grell" confusion makes for a clever twist of fate, but precludes plausible denial that your monster is the D&D monster, and not just something that looks like one. Once an Elf book starts making money, it could draw the attention of Wizards of the Coast.
Songgu Kwon 23rd Dec 2013, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I doubt that featuring a D&D monster in the course of a story will raise anyone's legal hackles. In any case, what's done is done and in the future, I'll probably stick with more traditional fantasy creatures... like gelatinous cubes and... oh wait, crap. :p
blatboy 22nd Dec 2013, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
blatboy
This comment serves as your proof of approval from the trombone section. Thank you.
Songgu Kwon 23rd Dec 2013, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Jolly good show, tromboners!