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Amazingly virtually any argument can be halted by unexpectedly manhandling the other participant. Kryten liked using the Heimlich Manouvre for example.

You can probably tell by now that I’ve pretty much got the entire story for Arcanon’s life planned out. I don’t think I’ll ever actually play it out, like with Igon and Rain here, because I think there needs to be always one legendary figure. If I showed the whole progression from child to man to leader, there’d be nothing for mythology to fill in, he’d be just a historical figure rather than a legend. Mystery adds the mythos, I think.

Of course, I’ve still got him all planned out, so everyone can reference him in this more modern time.

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You really need to remember all the things these two have had to put up with for the past few weeks to fully comprehend just how much stress and emotional tension they’ve pent up. It’s small miracle they haven’t started an argument like this sooner.

Now, Rain is blood-tied to Lex, but Igon is pretty much a bystander in the whole affair. His literal only tie to the whole thing is Rain, if he really hadn’t met her he would be dead, and he wouldn’t have suffered so badly.

It’s a pretty tough revelation for the poor guy.

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The Drow have been a mainstay in D&D settings since 1st edition, so it’s certainly fun for me to include them in this story. Having them speak German just made sense to me, for some reason “Undercommon” kept sounding like “Untercommon” in my head…

This was a pretty intensive comic to make, because it incorporates probably my largest number of backgrounds to date at 5 very different versions. However, it also has not a single non-unique character repetition, each Dwarf and Drow is unique in this comic.

So that’s a plus :)

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I’ve been waiting for Lorna to paraphrase that line for ages…

Anyways, as the list of Tropes in this story grows, I’m becoming ever aware that no-one in-comic picks up on them, so here we have the very first Genre Savvy character (Villain, I suppose), who whilst savvy realises Lorna probably would make good on her threat.

This is also the start of what I hope to be a trend in decreasing design repetitions, having quite firmly secured the record I think with page 39.

And of course, any smart person will ask that once you’ve gotten what you want from someone, why would you, as a Necromancer, let them live?

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Ah, true love :D

I very much enjoyed drawing the pair. A lot of the design I think is influenced by the demon roaches, but these two certainly have a lot more detail than the roaches. The stinger is pretty much that of Kilzu’s, so it was easy to make.

Feminising an arachnoid killing machine is actually easier than it might sound…

Oh yes: No Flumphs were harmed in the making of this comic ; )

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Lorna actually doesn’t have much memory for the cat’s name, she uses a selection of different ones intermittently.

Also, it’s a bit tricky to read, but it should be somewhat clear that one shaker contains (Powdered) Brains and the other Sugar.

Lorna only gets 4 appearances in this book, so I’m glad this one turned out so well.

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There’s probably more than a few people reading this and screaming victoriously that Oscar is alive.

No, I haven’t changed anything, I never actually said he was dead.

Reference to a special someone for Lex and his apparent apathy for making amends with Rain here. He’s clearly resigned to his fate.

And that blur in the first frame was very annoying to get right. Something else I noticed while making this: The grey on Lex’s sleeves and his torso section are two different shades.

I love Oscar’s smug look in frame 6.

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My word I’ve waited so long to show Ardonius…Eeh gads he’s tall.

Now, some folks suggested having Sildyu herself dig out the tunnels with magic. Workforce anyone?

Others hinted at having the dragons do it, but they’re a little tied up conquering the known world right now.

For the moment, the Dwarves are safe, at least from the Empire.

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I get the distinct feeling that Snow Patrol is becoming an in-joke as a death sentence in this comic…

Poor Oscar, things aren’t going to go very well for him.

On the bright side, I’m sure there’s a lot of people in the forums who are very smug that I collapsed part of the tunnel system. As I said before, doing so in a defensive posture is a bad move, doing so in a scorched earth posture is magnificent.

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