#88 – “Atleast it’s not a Raft”

I still have three hours, I’m not late yet! ahem

While in game we have ferries just going back and forth on auto pilot with a come and go as you please policy, I don’t think it’s nearly as simple in.. well.. I’d say reality but I don’t think it quite applies. The same way a travel by ship won’t just take a minute or two and you’re done, all disembarked and ready to get going. Last time we went by ship it was fairly quick and painless because, hey, that was the second page I ever did! Things have.. well.. rather evolved since then, graphically, stylistically and for sheer character design.

Almost being back in Darnassus feels a little like going full circle. Or rather, first lap in a multi-lap race. Back at the starting point but with far more momentum.


13 Responses to “#88 – “Atleast it’s not a Raft””

  1. 1 poptartfairy
    February 26, 2009 at 23:53

    Epic slap of reth. RAWR.

  2. 2 saila
    February 27, 2009 at 00:13

    hmm one thing i don’t get is how can Hani keep her sword between her back and her bagpack whit out the house ((you know that you store the sword inside)). that though have been around in my head for an little time. and will she ever wear mail Armour not an set but more like small mail/plate sewed into the leather Armour?
    that might becomes of to mush work that is needed.
    and it annoys me were dose SW guards at night have there sword they are invisibly when they hold theres Lateran. they got there shields but not there sword.

  3. 3 Nhani
    February 27, 2009 at 01:13

    I always thought of it like she has a sheath of some sort in the space between the backpack and its strap, hence how the sword and the dagger both are attached. It saved me from trying to design actual sheathes that seemed functional and still made it seem more ‘realistic’ than the weapons just hovering in the space behind her back or at her hips. Like this you can atleast pretend there’s some kind of sheath there.

    As for armour, during the preliminary design I actually did a fair bit of tests between all of leather, mail and plate armour; I ultimately settled for the chestpeice she has now since I found it very visually appealing and distinct. It also looks like it could atleast sortof move with her. There’s half/half options along the style of the Fungus Shroud Armor, but so far I’ve prefered what she already has over them.

    Considering her redesign some time back even swapped her trousers from armoured ones to just regular ones, too, I’m not sure to what extents more armour would help her appearance.

  4. 4 Arafor
    February 27, 2009 at 09:56

    Don’t think armor would do her all that much good, really. since she travel a lot those kind of things get’s really heavy and it’s not like she get’s hit anyway, she’s like a rogue in that sens.

    It wasn’t rare for people to use sheaths for their swords during the medieval era. However, it was rare they to see a sheath made for a longer sword, due to the problems with drawing the sword out of it.

    While Hanis sword might not be the longest sword in Azeroth, it’s still a quite long (not speaking of broad, that thing must weight loads!) sword. Since she also keeps it on her back under her backpack it would be really difficult to un-sheath the thing. It’s plenty better the way it is.


  5. 5 Weertangel
    February 27, 2009 at 17:53

    While the sheath thingy does’t bother me, i am curious why don’t let them go via hyppogryph(if i spelled it right)? i mean, would make a funny few pages at least just to hear Tiny’s comment on them :) for the Rest, can’t wait till we come to the whole stuff with Tyrande, couse its getting quite interesting! i mean, Hani did get fired from the Sentinels couse she’s lesbian right?

  6. 6 Nhani
    February 27, 2009 at 18:41

    I decided to avoid the fast travel taxis largely because of what they represent – ease of travel. While in a game we can accept that a Gryphon or Hippogryph has a set travel path it’ll never diverge from, in a storytelling setting we suddenly have the question of why we can’t/wouldn’t land midway. It also threatens to remove any sense of roads being important or potentially dangerous since bandits aren’t all that likely to grow wings.

    While I’m sure there could be some rather interesting exchanges coming about due to flight, I think Beyond the Tree is probably better off by leaving its cast mostly ground-bound and keeping flying mounts and the resulting air forces a rarity. They might take the sky way sometime in the future, but for now I’m keeping them groundbound because I think it’s for the better.

  7. 7 Weertangel
    March 1, 2009 at 02:55

    Well, lead on then =) and good dodge if u know what i mean ;)

  8. 8 saila
    March 1, 2009 at 14:59

    well thanks the light that Delgren isent whit them at the grypthon/hipogryph well i just say this poor bird that have to carry him.
    and Weertangel why did you think Hani was lesbian?
    i probebly missed the page for that or something so could you point out the evidence you have for that statement and no am not saying your wrong not that you might be right ether only Nhani knows the ansver and even he/she might not know it.
    //ps i think am up for some comonting in the contunie so i would like to know if i am to reference Nhani as he or she as writhing he/she gets annoying after an wile and painfull.

  9. 9 Illidan
    March 1, 2009 at 18:15

    Technically speeking I don’t think Hani is lesbian… yet. :)

  10. 10 Illyrian
    March 1, 2009 at 19:17

    Naturally the comment HAD to be made on the topic of character’s sexuality. And being a night elf it HAD to be lesbian. After all that is what matters, not story or anything else.

    I know it might be a shock to some but I really don’t care what kind of sexual background characters in an online comic have. It is not relevant to the story and if it is revealed – fine and well, if it is not – also fine and well.

    In short I am enjoying this online comic and I would prefer to follow it without comments that remind me all too well of official forums or fan sites.

  11. 11 Illidan
    March 1, 2009 at 20:12

    Of course, we, who comment her sexual orientaion, don’t do it because we hate the comic or something like that, we love it actually!
    It’s just natural. If the author has included it in the comic, then why is the fact that we are commenting it such a big deal?

  12. 12 Weertangel
    March 2, 2009 at 17:39

    It was’t meant as a bad comment, just that the dreams Hani had and the whole thing with Raine was eneugh clue for me,and it would explain Hani’s dismissal from the sentinels(as said earlier) couse since all sentinels are women i can imagine that they might not be as tolarant as from where i come from(Netherlands) besides, it only keeps things interesting :)
    Since i would love to see how that kind of topic holds itself in WoW.

  13. 13 Nhani
    March 2, 2009 at 18:33

    I’m going to admit that I’ve been watching this particular exchange with quite a bit of interest; under the wraps, Beyond the Tree holds an intricate weave of hints, implications and misdirections – with the result that it’s sometimes hard to gauge what exactly people read out of what.

    Discussions like this gives me some feedback to that, so it can be interesting to see people theorize on the characters and elements involved. Since I do try to make the characters interesting, it’s nice to see them interesting enough to warrant theories and discussion, if anything ;)

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