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#229 – “Parting Ghotis”



Yes, I admit, this is the sole reason Gryan mentioned wanting the head of whoever led the defias almost a year ago; as setup for this moment. It’s kind of weird to finally be here, after this long.

Initially, I had wanted Te’len to fashion a crude sling of sorts for Hani to wear, but as I quickly learned when trying to figure out how I might create one.. making one is a rather non-trivial task, and I ultimately settled for utilizing other means to avoid her putting too much weight on her shoulder. A sling would’ve been more visually powerful, but I’m hoping it’ll be fine as it is.

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35 Responses to “#229 – “Parting Ghotis””


  1. October 3, 2010 at 17:53

    I wonder if dragging the Defias their cherished leader across the plains wont piss them off…..oh well.

  2. 2 Fokker
    October 3, 2010 at 20:04

    In panel 8, shouldn’t she say “I won’t” or “I don’t”?
    Whatever.
    Great page, panel 4 looks as if Cookie was about to kiss Areen.
    And I just love thia. Te’len takes few-teen – up to few-ty kg’s of gear to get the weight off Hani, and she takes a hundred and few kilos of man.
    Lol.

    • 3 Synchronizor
      October 4, 2010 at 07:03

      She’s not saying “she doesn’t” need the sword, she’s saying “she’s not” going to cut off his head.

  3. 4 LolDrood
    October 3, 2010 at 20:25

    Awww <3
    Areen and Coookie 4 ever!

    Technical issues aside, I can't imagine Hani putting up with a sling, so it's more in character, imo.

    Also, is panel six a subtle, "in my backpack are two mounts, thee sets of plate gear, black-smithing supplies, and 20 feasts" joke? J'accuse!
    But at least Te'len is lifting with her legs, and not her back. Important health and safety tip.

    • 5 Nhani
      October 4, 2010 at 07:09

      Actually, I was just aiming for a classic visual gag of someone offering to carry luggage only for it to be.. somewhat heavier.. than they expected. Te’len’s reaction was actually even more exaggerated at first, but it felt out of place, so I toned it down. I think most of the weight is really the sword, anyhow.

  4. October 3, 2010 at 21:25

    sword too heavy…fine, you carry the sword, ill get the corpse.

  5. 7 gryffyn
    October 3, 2010 at 21:58

    Also, is panel six a subtle, “in my backpack are two mounts, thee sets of plate gear, black-smithing supplies, and 20 feasts” joke? J’accuse!

    I don’t think she would have any mounts in there. Remember she doesn’t get along with the Nightsabres?

    • 8 Ilyara
      October 3, 2010 at 23:08

      Hmm. Well Hani wasn’t explicit, but I think the implication was that she had not been entrusted with one, due to whatever problems she had with the Sentinels before.

  6. 9 Timber Wolf
    October 3, 2010 at 23:53

    Withheld comment from before: “Back door huh? Good idea.” Areen should have said that!!!

  7. 12 Synchronizor
    October 4, 2010 at 07:09

    So talking about the sling, are you saying you’re not sure how Te’len would have made it, or you’re not sure how you would have gone about modeling it?

    • 13 Nhani
      October 4, 2010 at 07:14

      Actually, I wasn’t sure how to rig it – in theory, model wise it’d just be a ring of bandages from around her neck and shoulders down to her wrist. The problem is.. there are so many bones along that way, so I have no idea how I’d properly handle all kinds of cases without risking humongous, illusion-breaking deformation or having to manually rotate, adjust and deform it for pose and gravity at every turn.

      • 14 Synchronizor
        October 4, 2010 at 08:05

        I see what you mean, though I’d think that since the whole idea of a sling is to immobilize the arm relative to the torso, there wouldn’t be too much actual relative movement required.

        Of course, I have no idea how many more pages you plan to have Hani with an injured shoulder, and lacking any appreciable character modeling experience myself, I’m sure there are aspects I’m not considering. Also, I doubt Hani would exactly be a nice, well-behaved patient in any case…

        • 15 Nhani
          October 4, 2010 at 08:32

          The problem is.. it’d end up more or less interacting with everything – the wrist, the torso, the neck, the shoulders, the other arm.. it especially get bothersome if you picture her leaning forward, since the weight would make it act like a pendulum unless secured against doing so, which would defy just about every torso bone in existence.

          And no, Hani isn’t exactly the model patient; as an interesting random note: much of her way of responding to injury and being treated was actually inspired by felines.

          • 16 Synchronizor
            October 4, 2010 at 08:56

            Having worked with a number of cats in varying states of health, I’m starting to sympathize with Te’len.

            Also, I am now stuck with the mental image of Hani in an elizabethan collar…

            • 17 Nhani
              October 4, 2010 at 09:17

              Congratulations – I had that mental picture already by #226. It’s about as amusing as it is terrifying.

              It’s one of those things I do with Hani’s characterization in general, though – every so often I’ll throw in a feline-ish trait or reaction because it seems to fit. It’s not the whole of her character, but it does occasionally shine through with how she tends to prefer to be left alone (and react with some hostility when pushed) when injured or otherwise hurting, or more silly moments like how she was lapping at the stew when down one arm in #228.

  8. 18 Landusk
    October 4, 2010 at 11:52

    Oh the next part is going to get very gore *wait to see if it be showen of not*

    • 20 Nhani
      October 4, 2010 at 22:47

      In plural, at that!

    • 21 Synchronizor
      October 4, 2010 at 23:28

      Ghoti is a phonetic respelling of the English word fish, used to demonstrate some of the oddities of English spelling.

      The gh- is pronounced as it is in the word cough, the -o- as it is in the word women, and the –ti as it is in the word initial. Put together, these sounds are pronounced just like fish.

      Though, since the pluralized noun is also fish, I don’t think there should be an -s on the end of the word (I’ve also seen the plural spelled fishes, but I don’t think that’s exactly proper).

      • 22 Nhani
        October 5, 2010 at 07:36

        Gifts needs the s for plural though, so I felt the joke needed it.

        Besides, I’m sure if you look hard enough there’s got to be at least one instance somewhere where the english language treats an S as silent!

        • 23 Synchronizor
          October 5, 2010 at 07:58

          Oh, so the “Parting Ghotis” is a play on both the word “fish”, and the phrase “parting gifts”

          That makes more sense then.

  9. 24 kwah
    October 4, 2010 at 17:43

    am strait make him do the gruesome work ya already did the rest

  10. 25 Alenn
    October 4, 2010 at 21:50

    Cookie must go with them! :(

    Like… their personal cook! That’d be awesome!
    (I’m never killing cookie in Deadmines ever again)

  11. 28 Fokker
    October 5, 2010 at 14:34

    Wonder why the name of .jpg is “decapitation lawl”

    • 29 Nhani
      October 5, 2010 at 15:11

      There’s really three different ways a particular page file can get its title. Either
      #A. I have a title in mind from the start, stick with it and the page title and jpeg share title name.
      #B. I have a title in mind from the start, but it didn’t quite work and I changed to a different title for the page, but the jpeg kept its name.
      #C. I don’t have a title in mind from the start, and randomly pick a name that may or may not have anything to do with the page and may or may not be entirely saturated with random references or any other random element that popped into my head at the time.

      This would be a case of C.

    • 30 saila AKS Wester
      October 6, 2010 at 09:34

      thanks for that Now I have to archive panic to read the name of very JPG file.

  12. 31 Sintra E'Drien
    October 5, 2010 at 16:32

    So . . . just to throw a twist into the mix . . . How do we know Cookie is male?

    Sintra E’Drien of the Ebon Blade, né Sindorei
    ;)
    Ps. love the comics, they are so unique and excellent yet based within a framework common to the other comics I also like.

    Pps. Fandral is a D-bag! Totally.

    • 32 LolDrood
      October 7, 2010 at 05:03

      “So . . . just to throw a twist into the mix . . . How do we know Cookie is male?”

      Things just got weird. And I’m okay with it. :D

  13. 33 Dreadbear
    October 6, 2010 at 18:33

    a little ambush would be nice now…:D anyway, nice comic, i really like it, but I hope you will put some horde characters at some point…

  14. 35 Moth
    October 20, 2010 at 21:13

    I know this comment is a bit late but I just want to commend you on your portrayal of Arveen. She’s a paladin through and through. Arveen is brave, courteous, and genuinely good-hearted.

    In the last few panels, we have seen her interact with Cookie and refuse to take the easy path. Instead she judges him on his merits and even has the courtesy to thank him for the food and his help on finding a way out. Many other “paladins” would have simply slaughtered Cookie, looted the body, and been on their way.


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