30
Aug
09

#138 – “Fool Me Once”


Then you will see, it is not the low level elite that kills you, it is only yourself.

Yeah, I totally went there.

Alright alright, uhm.. when I first accepted that I couldn’t go past Elwynn Forest without in the least mentioning Hogger, I found myself pondering how I might go about doing that. The two obvious methods either involves making him the low level elite he is, or beefing him up to the mass slayer of player characters that statistics/his legend make him – I found that neither of these approaches really interested me, nor felt like they’d have a point in the narrative. So I was left with trying to find another way – something interesting, something that would catch people off guard and in the least I would find funny.

In the end, it actually was quite simple: rather than making Hogger into the low level elite that the game claims he is, or making him into the invincible, murderous monster that his legend claims he is, I’d make him into what he actually is:

A Legend.

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35 Responses to “#138 – “Fool Me Once””


  1. 1 edthunter
    August 30, 2009 at 17:21

    hahaha yesss. I salute you sir

  2. 2 TheNic
    August 30, 2009 at 17:31

    odd to see Tiny … well…as not Tiny :P but it works fine and nice page as always :)

  3. 3 Alverian
    August 30, 2009 at 17:36

    WHAT!? made up!! Humm, then who was that dude my lvl 12 pally just killed with the name Hogger all in gold? LOL

  4. 4 Ninta
    August 30, 2009 at 17:39

    nice one hani. didn’t see thatone coming :P. also nice to see tiny as not tiny. cant remember that before.

    and alverian. what does it mater? its a comic. name me one comic that keeps exactly to the warcraft lore as blizzard made it.

  5. August 30, 2009 at 18:59

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!! I love it! What’s more, it doesn’t really exlude the possibility of Hogger, the low-level elite.

  6. 7 Illidan
    August 30, 2009 at 19:36

    Genius! :)

  7. August 30, 2009 at 21:04

    Nice one,..
    i don`t think anyone saw this one comming,..
    so it`s all Rei`s failt,.. she made it all up,..
    she created a legend, like the boogeyman that is coming to get you

  8. 9 The Snaeksta
    August 30, 2009 at 21:50

    I’ve just discovered this comic maybe a week ago and here I am, already totally addicted to it! Ahm…can u write new pages more often or at least publish few pages at once? :D
    Pretty please :D . It’s cruel leaving us to wait for days to see one page :(

    Gnome Powah!
    Cheers

    • 10 Nhani
      September 1, 2009 at 11:25

      I picked the two pages a week schedule because it seemed like a reasonable compromise between keeping a steady progress and me getting pages done in proper time. Seeing how there’s still delays and some missed days, I don’t think I could really keep up with a tighter schedule – not when I have other things to do and would still like to have spare time for myself.

  9. 11 wiggr
    August 30, 2009 at 21:57

    then it was just a strong gnoll I killed? lol good one

  10. 12 Iasion
    August 31, 2009 at 03:49

    Man, I’ll never got over how gnomes look like creepy little children… *shudder*

    Anyway, great solution! More and more I get the feeling that Rei is a rogue, capable of relying on quick wits and clever words to resolve issues. If only there were really an option for that in WoW.

    No phat lootz then, I guess. ;p

  11. 13 Moltrazahn
    August 31, 2009 at 06:27

    Oh man, brilliant! :D
    I wonder tough if the gnolls just wouldnt hear of the name, realise the fear it wrought and then their leader just takes on the name himself.

    At any case, really cleaver of you :D

    I cant wait thill season 30 when someone goes “So ye heard that THE ASHBRINGER is in the nearby crypt” and Tiny just goes “Oh goddess not this again…”

    Who knows how many legends she has sparked, she is like the Dark wanderer from Diablo 2, just… instead of causeing actuel monsters to spawn were she walks, people just -THINK- that some monsters spawn :P

  12. 14 Arafor
    August 31, 2009 at 07:03

    That leads to the question: How did you actually know Hogger was Hogger when you killed him with your lvl 10 human pala? It’s not like gnolls can speak in any fashion that you understand and even if they did, how could you be certain that Hogger was a name? “Me be Hogger, Me slash you!” might as well mean “I’m a treehugger, I’ll kill you filthy bastards” or anything of the sort.

    In other words, Hogger is just the ugliest, fattest and marginally biggest gnoll in the area.

  13. August 31, 2009 at 07:41

    This is stupid,why do they avoid the mystery instead of going killing Hogger,alot of people have die because of that gnoll

    • 17 Yerdiss
      August 31, 2009 at 10:23

      Ehrm, I would advise you to reread the page repeatedly until you grasp it. The answer to your question is right there.

    • 18 Nhani
      September 1, 2009 at 11:27

      Much like what Yerdiss says – a mere Gnoll can be slain, but an idea? Not so much. Consider Tommy Joe’s attempt at dealing with the beast in #137. It points out the problem.

  14. 19 Ershiin
    August 31, 2009 at 08:39

    Now after reading this.. How many of you dares looking into the mirror at night and say “Hogger” three times in a row?

    • 20 Yerdiss
      August 31, 2009 at 10:24

      Hee hee; doing that might spark a new legend concerning a beast named “Hogrk…”

      Hogger… Hogger… Ho..ggrk

  15. 21 Germ
    August 31, 2009 at 09:04

    That would explain why the Hogger quest gets turned in every three minutes.

  16. 22 Xelios
    August 31, 2009 at 09:08

    Brilliant once again. Turning Hogger into a ledgend is something Blizzard should do. A monument to his honor!

  17. 23 Takekaze
    August 31, 2009 at 09:56

    Hogger should be the final boss of Cataclysm. Death Knight Hogger, and REALLY pissed off.

    And server first DK Hogger kill will unlock Nightmare Mode on the server. For everyone.

  18. 24 weertangel
    August 31, 2009 at 19:58

    Really brilliant! did indeed never expected that one! but i think Tiny will have to deal with it one day, couse stories have a tendecy to write themselves, and in a world like WoW, who knows??

    also at Takekaze, thats indeed a cool idea! DK hogger! who knows? maybe u encounter him like that after Ellwyn forest is hit by the Cataclysm. :)

  19. 25 saila aka wester
    September 1, 2009 at 16:52

    just amassing just amassing.
    i have no word of how clever that actualy is and lore wise that as try some one could get about hogger.

  20. September 1, 2009 at 17:30

    Lol@ the hogger thing. I wanted to see Hani and the others fight him too but am still good with this, caught me by surprise to be honest. Oh and i love what u did with the orangey panes while you were doing the flashbacks.

    Oh and i might use your style when making night elven eyes for my comic. It somehow really makes it look better and at least it creates the option for u to manipulate the char to look at the place u want them too rather than turning their head and stuff. Learned quite a bit while editing ur chars. Thanks Nhani =]

  21. 27 Ragefury
    September 1, 2009 at 18:43

    So Hogger is just a gnoll, like any other gnoll, only more stronger then the avarage gnoll – did I say he’s a gnoll? ;P

    This has a point to it really – people literally farm Hogger in the game, so actually pretending that the strongest and most well-equipped gnoll in Elwynn is the fearful Hogger should fool anyone if it was real – and people who keep dragging back a gnoll’s head on a everyday basis for a quest reward would soon make the questgiver think “None of these heads can’t be Hogger’s if he’d be brought down that easily”, and thus we end up where our little band of friends are.

  22. 28 keyralynn
    September 1, 2009 at 19:25

    But…if that wasn’t Hogger…then my poor, shredded warlock was just killed by…a big gnoll?

    How…embarrassing. (Hangs head in shame and shuffles off to the tavern to get drunk.)

    Great comic, as always! :-)

  23. 29 Udûn-Khadgar
    September 1, 2009 at 19:32

    Two words: Simply Brilliant!!!

  24. 30 Bancduese
    September 2, 2009 at 20:33

    I really enjoyed this one, it was a nice re-interpretation of the “Hogger” legend.

  25. 31 Illidan
    September 2, 2009 at 21:02

    Woooow, the murloc with the skull is FANTASTIC! :D:D:D

  26. 35 Jeff Watson
    September 3, 2009 at 01:24

    Fool me once…shame on…me?

    Fool m….y…ya can’t get fooled again!


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