#87 – “Long Live Darkshore!”

I like Darkshore – its dusky and gray atmosphere and particular look and feel makes it stand out to the very generally very vibrant zones it’s connected to. All it lacks is a denser and more oppressive rain with a darker sky and lightning strikes, and I’d really enjoy being about the region during weather effects. Of course, being apt at finding something to remark on in every situation, Tiny doesn’t quite share my enthusiasm.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the things I like about the duo is that they bicker – though refered as a duo, Hani and Tiny are very much of different minds. They stick together through adversity – that doesn’t mean they always agree. Of course, the inclusion of Te’len adds further to it since there’s a direct contrast between her and them.

Of course, one thing to note is the passage of time – though I do like to portray the idea that it takes awhile to go from one point to another, the time is still highly compressed and we only get to see so much. Ultimately, Beyond the Tree operates on comic time rather than any form of real time, largely due to convenience. Tiny remarks it seems like they’ve been waking for days – they quite possibly have been. The trek from Astranaar to Auberdine isn’t meant to be trivial. Of course, I try to avoid mentioning an exact or even closely aproximated amount of time; that way people can aproximate the flow of time as is sensical rather than having a strict timeline and trying to sort everything into it.


11 Responses to “#87 – “Long Live Darkshore!””

  1. 1 Kergash
    February 22, 2009 at 08:34

    Loving this story, although i’d love to see some friendly horde race interaction at some point, otherwise loving, keep up the good work!

  2. 2 Nhani
    February 22, 2009 at 12:13

    Well.. that largely depends on your definition of at some point – I’m intending to focus the overarcing plot of Arc Two largely on the Horde, with both friendly and not so friendly interactions. I’m also plotting to expand the travelling cast for that Arc Two to include a Horde character (who amusingly enough would also end up the first male member of the travelling cast.. imagine that) to help facilitate it.

    That said.. we’re only slowly creeping up on around the halfway mark to Arc One, so it’ll be quite awhile before we get anywhere near that point – quick guess would be.. what.. maybe a year away or so at this rate?

    This, of course, is all assuming that Arc Two will still seem relevant at that point – I don’t expect it to be totally invalidated (especially with Beyond the Tree so far being atleast pre-Wrath), but I’d like it to feel like it has something to tell that feels atleast somewhat fresh.

  3. 3 Arafor
    February 22, 2009 at 12:37

    I both dread and hope that it’ll be a troll.

    They are so charming, but that accent of theirs can be quite difficult to type. Not speaking of it making English teachers rip their hair off (assuming they have some).

    I still love trolls though xD

    Oh, and excellent positioning of the frames. The top half might have been a bit of an over kill though.

  4. 4 Moltrazahn
    February 22, 2009 at 16:43

    Darkshore has allways been a bit of an oddity with me. I tend to love it for certian aspects it has, one is the sheer amount of corpses on the beach, each with a quest on it. The second is that… well it IS a big loooong shore, and i guess that since one of my first 60 was a NE druid, i got lots of experiance in the place, however it does have that “gloomy” feeling over it. I for one enjoy watching the stars when its late in wow. Okay im abit melodramatic prehaps but i find that the skypanel of Barrens and Silverpine get to me, Pure cloudless sky of wow is to me a nice thing, However Darkshores sky is abit… Well “Grey”.

    Yet enough rant, its a fun place if you know were to look. And has some interesting aspects, say the dig in the south, or the massive blade, or the random cat-figureine spawns.

    I guess it has its charm :) It is called “dark shore” for a reason. hmm, i wonder if they will run into some of them frenzied furbolgs along the way.

  5. 5 Elveswarrior
    February 23, 2009 at 00:27

    one must remember these are Night elfs not wood elfs. night elf isnt all the hippie with the green ‘n’ stuff :)

    also darkshore is affected by the corruption rolling down from felwood if i remember corretly

    oh yeah a little side note. notice how close tiny is when hani hints shes looking at her. have you EVER tried looking at something that close? its nearly impossible XD

  6. 6 Nhani
    February 23, 2009 at 01:07

    Good luck with getting Tiny to go with reason over quick remarks based in assumnption, though! It’s one of the things I like about her character – she can remark on the most odd or inconsequential thing as if that thing existed only to spite her.

    I don’t think we can blame Darkshore’s climate on Felwood, though – there’s traces of corruption in places, definitely. Notably the water, but I think Te’len has a point in that “It’s already like it’s supposed to be”.

    And yes, it’s a really inconvenient way to hold your head – I’ve remarked on that myself a few months back when I was struggling with getting Hani’s eyes to be able to look around. Before she learned that.. it was even worse!

  7. 7 Iasion
    February 23, 2009 at 03:21

    Hah! I enjoyed this comic a lot. Though, I did misread the last panel as,

    “I don’t count!”

    “You never did.” ;p

  8. 8 Elveswarrior
    February 23, 2009 at 07:23

    oh yeah another thing i noticed. is te’len ever gonna take a step with her left leg? :)

  9. 9 Nhani
    February 23, 2009 at 08:53

    Whichever makes it fun. *nod*

    And well, I have plenty of pose reuse and hide it behind camera angles. You might end up seeing the left leg too eventually, if the forces of random are on your side!

  10. 10 Saila
    February 23, 2009 at 16:01

    Darksore you know some places had different names although they usually don’t say what the old name was, as i cant think Darksore looked like that all the time and i think some viledger in auberdine say something about that althow it souldent suprice me taht its grey becos of fog.
    and yee agree Darksoure is grey tiny.
    ((just one think do you think that blizzard ran out of coller when they did darksure becos the grey it makes me depression so lev in that zone wasent that mush of an pleasure nither helfire for that part and one ask this was before lich but will the story more act like the lore or in game for example the Storm Wind harbour ))

  11. 11 Ilyara
    February 23, 2009 at 17:01

    I love Darkshore and I agree with the point that it’s not a “corrupted” wood, so much as a place full of mysteries, ghosts, atmosphere that is tainted in parts, like any place with history. Darkshore always felt like a far more fitting environment for the Night Elves than Teldrassil because of these elements and it’s perpetual twilight. Ashenvale has it’s place at the heart of their society, although I think it’s somewhat lacking in grandeur, but Darkshore represents the face the Night Elves turn to the outside world, for me.

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