#94 – “Recoil”

And so we get our first actual glimpse of High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind; I’ve been largely looking forward to that happening for some time, much due to some particular contrasts it provides. Though far from a common sight, Tyrande is very much a key participant in the narrative, made more so by there being some things in this particular context that she’s uniquely capable of; I’m hoping she’ll leave a fairly lasting impression as a result.

Of course, I think the entire series of events we’re currently pretty much stuck in is interesting for the potential it has for seeing how the characters react to otherwise unusual situations and what that may or may not suggest about what kind of people they actually are.


46 Responses to “#94 – “Recoil””

  1. March 19, 2009 at 02:39

    Didn’t expect to see Tyrande that fast. I knew she would be coming up but man. Now the interesting thing, did she know Hani and Tiny were in town and going to confront them or did they port over…so many questions and hopefully so many comics to come :)

  2. 2 Ershiin
    March 19, 2009 at 03:06

    I still say its treason.. Asshole or not.
    If Tyrande dont want Staghelm to be right about her leadership capabilites, she’ll kinda have to sentence Hani to death regardless of any past they might have had…
    Then again, that would make for a perfect chance to reinact a scene every nelf have played out at some point in their life.. Jumping off of Teldrassil with their fingers crossed they’d hit the water ^-^
    (No, the law of physics that says you’ll still be squished if you hit the surface of water from that altitude does not count in a world where people can turn into bears at will.)

  3. 3 Iasion
    March 19, 2009 at 04:13

    Yay! Trees to the rescue!

    Well, if Hani and T get re-booted from Teldrasil I s’pose they could enjoy residence in Shattrath. I know I would. :D

    Also, does anyone else think NE bear form looks like a big rat?

  4. 4 Yra-Kay
    March 19, 2009 at 05:44

    I agree withS peyeder Farina; I didn’t expect Tyrande to show up so fast. I actuallay had a dream about what would happen last night, but it ended up getting involved with my character and and ended with a chase that went all the way to Shadowmoon Valley, and then to Dragonblight, where Krasus/Korialstrasz came to investigate, and then he flew everyone back to Darnassus. *Ahem* Anyways, back on the subject of the comic, when Shan’Do Bearwalker said “The.. Arch Druid is under attack!”, it reminded me of the local defense channel and how annoying it can be sometime.

  5. 5 Yra-Kay
    March 19, 2009 at 05:45

    Oh, and yes; the bear form face /does/ look like at rat’s.

  6. 6 Moltrazahn
    March 19, 2009 at 07:35

    For those of you watching “Heros” there was that episode were the crasy military guy is in one momement talking to the gov.. and then a few seconds later or so on a moniter several miles away the guy stands talking to a suspect.. so ill qoute the military man with saying “How the hell did he(she in this case) get there so fast!”

    Now, with that out of the way… TREES! yay, love trees! and great line aswell..

    “You.. You punched the Arch Druid!”

    She must be reconsidering who she brings on work more often from now on, poor Te’len.

    Anywho, me like! *pats Nhani on the shoulder*

  7. 7 saila
    March 19, 2009 at 08:17

    where did the tree come from?
    any way it starts to get intresting now…

  8. March 19, 2009 at 11:34

    Poor Hani :(
    i think she would have been better off fighting a couple of bears and trees, atleast she could win against them,..

    but now,.. now she faces Tyrande ,..
    no,.. i`m not suggesting she will fight her,..
    but i think the words of Tyrande could hurt Hani a lot more then a bears claw ever could,..

    Great pages once again,..
    i like the way the did the shift from druid to bear,..
    a little suprised that Te’len didn`t faint :P

  9. 9 Elveswarrior
    March 19, 2009 at 12:06

    gotta love the druid… “the arch druid is under attack!”… captain obvious right there XD

    and quite impressive that Tee has managed to hold onto Hani this far

  10. 10 Ilyara
    March 19, 2009 at 14:06

    Just going to point out that hitting the Archdruid is unlikely to constitute treason: Night Elf society has been shaped by abandoning pretty much all formal notions of “rank” within their society, except for that of High Priestess. The Archdruid is a rank within the Cenarion Circle. The are not like conventional “elven” societies and, in any case, I honestly do not see them killing someone for throwing a punch.

    Given that Hani was (informally?) asked to leave Darnassus, I imagine that the Sentinels and Tyrande were probably on the way to intercept her as soon as they heard word of her arrival. Tyrande is a very hands-on sort of person, she knows who and how Hani is, might have concern about what could move Hani to return and maybe Elune even whispered in her ear. When you live as long as Night Elves do, I imagine everyone gets to know everyone else to some degree.

  11. 11 Moltrazahn
    March 19, 2009 at 14:17

    Very good perspective you have there Ilyara, i find myself agreeing towards it. Tought we do not yet know of the precis “relationship” between Hani and Tyrande (dont read that wrong :P) one might come to understand that Tyrande knows of Hani, given that she addresses her by name even.

    But prehaps Hani’s reason for being asked to leave and her emotions when concerning tyrande, is stareing us in the face. What if, she allways tought she had to fight for the high priestess, loveing her with a passion one might say. So that she have more then once punched someone for talking dirt about tyrande, and were i highly doubt tyrande would agree to such ways, or others fighting “her” battles, Hani would find it as her duty in a way. So maby her greif is caused by tyrande when she was asked by the person she “cares” for so much, that she were to leave Darnassus.

    This would also explain the haste of which Tyrande and the others would arrive at the location. Them hearing that “hani is back in town” and on her way towards staghelm (Tyrande knowing that him -NOT- giveing a punchline about her at any given moment, is a rareity) therefore they moved as soon as they got the messagde.

    Thats my thougts atleast. But yes! *claps hands* We are excited!

  12. March 19, 2009 at 14:19

    i think that They’ll lock hani and tiny in a cell for tiny a tiny little bird cage :P
    then te’len will come to save them.
    And shouldn’t the trees be green :D atleast in darnassus and Tyrande when i saw that 4 trees and a shapedshifted druid i thought someone will break this up

  13. 13 Nhani
    March 19, 2009 at 14:47

    The trees were actually intended to to be the Darnassian Protectors. Initially I was intending druids, but since I just needed silent background people I figured the trees would require less work to shift between menacing and not.

  14. 14 Messai
    March 19, 2009 at 15:00

    ”The..Arch Druid is under attack” << Bearwalker passed the observation test.

    Hani is awesome with her comment on teaching him how to shift into a fashionable fur coat <3

    but i was really surprised that Tyrande showed up their that fast.. She better not sentence Tiny and Hani into Exile O.o

  15. 15 Nhani
    March 19, 2009 at 15:13

    That’s one of those times when it’s hard to see who says what – zooming out is murder sometimes, but that’s Tiny saying that. It’s not much of a Hani line. xD

  16. 16 Messai
    March 19, 2009 at 15:24

    it still kicked ass :p

    btw: is that hairstyle from hani available in the game too? ;p or did you made it yourself? :)

    anyways: Keep it up

  17. 17 Derrael
    March 19, 2009 at 15:35

    *sigh* deus ex Tyrande everyone…

    if Tyrande actually helps Hani to get away with all of this then I’m seriously gonna start losing hair. she just committed treason, and no matter what past she has with purple-T, that means trouble.

    btw, did the last comic break the hundred comment limit?

  18. 18 Nhani
    March 19, 2009 at 16:19

    The short hair around her head is available – the ponytail she has that accompanies it is custom, stolen from another hairstyle and then modified to look like it does. I was actually hoping Blizzard would add something like it for Wrath, but in most cases they just took hair styles from other races and moved around, so no such luck. (Though I expect it’d be hard on the bone rigs to have one that originates from the ‘wrong place’, so to speak).

    And the tally is currently on 95, though I think it was 93 with one pingback when #94 went live, so that’d make the final count 92. Or 93. Depending on how you count it.

  19. 19 Weertangel
    March 19, 2009 at 17:36

    Well, i must say, somehow it all happend like thought it would happen, that Tyrande whould show up already really comes as no suprise to me after what just happend, i mean, when someone punches an inportant leader(asshole or not) u always have that ppl know of it somehow the second it happend..

    And Derrael, its not treason! Treason is when u betray an orginazation or country for everything it stands for. not punching a leader in the face..

    PS Angus, u can get the diablo books(and everything else blizzard related) just at the online blizzard store, its safe shopping and not that expensive :)

  20. March 19, 2009 at 17:41

    @ venci :
    Did you realy just suggest that they lock up Rei in a tiny little bird cage ??
    Bad venci,… Shame on you,…
    and beware her (tiny) wrath,.. she will get you when you`re sleeping :P

    on the other hand,..
    having a tiny nightelf as a real pet could be intresting,..
    They are smart so you can teach them tricks,..
    and if they need something they can actualy ask you instead of you having to figure out what is wrong,…
    * Blinks *
    ok bad idea,.. they would escape and caus loads of pain to the owner and the one that caught them :S
    so forget i said anything,.. (A)

  21. March 19, 2009 at 18:12

    @ Weertangel
    Thanks for that,..
    i`ll keep that in mind,..
    but i`d prefer to buy it in a “lokal” store if i can,..
    but if i can`t this would be a good alternitive,..

  22. 22 Derrael
    March 19, 2009 at 18:14

    whatever, it’s still a serious crime.

  23. March 19, 2009 at 18:48

    @ Derrael

    a serious crime?’??
    if you are talking about punshing someone in the face for real,..
    then i think this is the worst they would do to you,..

    Assault & Battery – MCL 750.81 :
    (1) A person who assaults or assaults and batters an individual, if no other punishment is prescribed by law, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $500, or both.

    but since this is fictional, and just about everyone agrees that that the guy needed to be shut up and put in his place,..
    i dont realy see the problem,..

    ofcourse Tyrande will be displeased by Hani`s action,..
    even more so because they were asked to leave the city,..
    But i dont think it`s such a big deal as you`re making it out to be,…

  24. 24 Beoren-Doomhammer
    March 19, 2009 at 19:53

    There is only two crimes worth the death penalty in England, and one of those is any bodily harm to the monarch

  25. 25 Derrael
    March 19, 2009 at 20:01

    except that he assaulted the arch druid, who’s pretty much the ”vice-president” of the night elves. this does show that she’s capable of Assault & Battery without a moments hesitation, and also that she doesn’t care if her target is a person of great importance. ergo, she’s more dangerous to her surroundings then a common thug. of course in our modenr society it doesn’t matter who you punch, it’s still an assault. but seeing how WoW has this whole medieval theme going on, if you hadn’t noticed, she just might be charged with something more serious. i mean, let’s go back about a thousand years: if you punch someone in the street or maybe a barkeep or something, you’d propably be sent to jail for a while. but if you’d punch a high-ranking official, like in this case ol’ Staghelm, you were in a big heap of trouble.

    and yes i know it’s fictional, and don’t get me wrong i have no love for Staghelm, byt that doesn’t mean it should be stupid. and if ,because of Tyrande helping her and therefore declaring that anyone can punch the arch druid as long as they’re her homeboys, Hani makes it out of this situation without any sort of punishment, that’s exactly what it will be. stupid.

  26. March 19, 2009 at 20:56

    Like i said befor :
    ofcourse Tyrande will be unhappy by Hani`s action,..
    even more so because they were asked to leave the city,..

    So i dont think they will be getting away scott free,..

    How ever, (and please correct me if i`m wrong,..) you are making such a fuss over it you`d think that they killed the guy, instead of just punching his lights out,..

    But maybe i should just be quiet about this and see what the update of sunday will bring us,..
    even more so because i`m not exactly the right person to argue with in this,..
    i`m not the biggest WOW specialist around, nor do i have any kind of say about thia webcommic.

    let`s just enjoy the comic and see it as what it is,..
    a well made graphical fictional story
    and dont bikker about it to much, a discussion is good, but maybe we`re going a little overboard

  27. 27 Derrael
    March 19, 2009 at 21:01

    i know they didn’t kill him, and i’m actually suprised she managed to knock Stag out. you’d think he’d managed to get a stronger jaw in these last 9000 years.

  28. March 19, 2009 at 21:10

    Even the strongest fighters have a weak-spot.
    I guess our “not so beloved” arch druid, just has a jaw of glass. ;)

  29. 29 Derrael
    March 19, 2009 at 21:37

    true, and it really doesn’t matter who you are, take a sucker punch straight to the jaw and down you go.

  30. March 19, 2009 at 21:51

    good to see that we can still agree on some things :P

    how very true,..
    i sure wouldnt like to be on the receiving end of one of Hani’s punches,..
    sucker punches or other-wise,..

  31. 31 Yerdiss
    March 19, 2009 at 23:25

    Here follows a brainstorm, bear with me or ignore. (Bear with me… ha, I made a pun again!)

    The trick in this whole issue is that all options are still available to us. There is not much lore that I know of that sheds light on the Night Elven legal system, but the little I gathered does indicate there’s a high level of autonomy for the night elven ruler – in this case Tyrande. There is also a high level of individuality that seems to be part of night elven society. I’ll have to drag the Illidan *urgh* example into this, since it is a case of ‘legal consequence’. But since I don’t want to evoke fanboy discussions, I’ll call him ‘Mister X’.

    Mister X committed a very serious crime. Aside from that, he was a close relative and friend of the ruling parties. Penalty for his crime: incarceration.
    He was set free by members of the ruling class without legal court or backdrop. The action of setting free the criminal was not free of violence either. Parties guilty of setting the criminal free, using said violence and hence giving Mister X the opportunity to become an even greater pain in the read side seem not to suffer any negative consequence for their actions. Mister X’s guardian, however, makes the decision to hunt Mister X down, for reasons that are hers alone. All of these actions seem to stem from individual strength of character, more than ‘rank’ and ‘hierarchy’. In this, Night Elven society, and hence their legal structure, seems radically different from human society (both in game and as we know it IRL).

    The highborn example, where they all were exiled instead of being executed a was stated by law (for using arcane magic) is another case where it is shown that the predecessors of Night Elves showed a great respect for life and favoured alternative punishment over such a final act as sentencing the villain to death.

    Now I project this on our current situation. To allow for some slapstick, I’ll call Hani ‘Misses Y’. and Staghelm ‘Mister Z’.

    Misses Y commited a crime, of which the nature is unclear. The act itself is only a mister meaner, but it was aimed at a party with in general considerable yet within Darnassus disputable influence. I assume all involved will expect the grieved party, Mister Z, to wish to get some compensation out of this, and given the great sense of individual freedom every Night Elf seems to possess, it is a realistic option that Mister Z will administer his ‘justice’ himself should he get the chance. The accepted ruler of Darnassus, a woman of great personal strength with the means to intervene, may well choose to do so. Rank and hierarchy do not keep her from stopping Mister Z in his ‘justice administering’. However, should there be reasons for her to not intervene or not intervene fully, those would be dictated by her own insights in what is best for that which she holds dearest.
    This obviously is not Mister Z. This is Night Elven society. So, giving the megalomaniac that tries to usurp more power every time he gets the chance to get the better of her seems the least likely option.

    Hence, I’d say Tyrande WILL defy Staghelm. Even if she hated Hani, it should be Tyrande making the call and it would be a different call to what Staghelm would make. By this, she makes the statement that ‘She DOES rule and he does not’. That her wisdom goes ‘beyond mere revenge’ and I do expect her to find ways to make her ruling into an example of how she, if by unorthodox ways, did what is best for the Night Elven people.

    Should she learn of the problems that are brewing – and it is unlikely she does not feel the impending change on the winds – putting Hani in the position where she MUST act is an ideal solution. Should Hani fall: justice for Staghelm. Should Hani succeed: mission accomplished and one step towards fixing current problems for her people in one blow! Her former relation to Hani should at most give her more satisfaction in one outcome favouring the other. But that she should use Hani to set an example by NOT giving in to Staghelm, in my humble opinion, seems to be a given.

    My two cents (You do give food for thought, Nhani. I give you that!)

  32. 32 Moltrazahn
    March 19, 2009 at 23:44

    O.o … nice wall of text, and relevant!

    /target Yerdiss

  33. 33 Derrael
    March 19, 2009 at 23:49

    whoa, lot of text…

    and all of it true. tho i’m just an idiot from scandinavia so i only understood ’bout 3/4 of it :P we’ll see what happens on sunday, but i’m still saying that there is no way Hani will walk out from all of this without some sort of punishment. if nothing else, ol’ Stag could just as well hunt her down himself. or maybe not, he’s such a minor character that i’m having a hard time thinkin what he’d do next. ‘tho he is a hateful old bastard, so he just might do that. anyway, immidate danger or not, Hani has just made a VERY powerful enemy. someday she might hope that she’s killed Staghelm, instead of punching him, when she had the chance

  34. 34 Yerdiss
    March 20, 2009 at 11:03

    I agree, Derael. The feeling of threat and suspence is really building up right now :) Staghelm is a lousy friend, but I’d think it’s even worse having him as an enemy :P

  35. March 20, 2009 at 14:08

    angus yes i sayed that.there 3 options 1:Kill them(not beleaving that) 2:lock them(most plosible) 3:kick them again(LOL that’s like urm nothing in that just giving time for te’len to make faces :D)

  36. March 20, 2009 at 16:11

    @ venci :
    i was just fooling around a bit,..
    by the time i start to say things like: “beware of Rei`s (tiny) wrath”,..
    you should realize that i`m just joking around.

    what do you mean with: “that just giving time for te’len to make faces :D ” ???

  37. 37 Weertangel
    March 20, 2009 at 20:24

    Well, to get some background info about night elf laws i dug up my copy of the Alliance PLayer Guide and looked over Night elf culture,First, to get everything clear, Staghelm can’t hurt Hani 1 BIT! u see, Sentinels police the night elf cities( the Wardens mostly, like Maiev)
    2nd, they are led by the the high priestess, while Staghelm has only rules the druid portion of the race(witch is not much) and the most common penalty is inprisonment. Killing only happens at, and i quote”recieving a sentence of execution would take a transgression of EPIC proportions” as said by Brann. and punching the Archdruid in the face is’t a crime of that level….

    So let’s see how it goes shall we?

    PS. Angus, just remembered something, find the ISBN numbers of the books u want and most stores will be able to get them for u, will probably cost u nothing exstra :)

  38. 38 Derrael
    March 20, 2009 at 21:48

    Hani isn’t a sentinel anymore. and even if she were, do they have the right to assault people without any reason? insulting the high-priestess hardly count as a reason-

  39. March 20, 2009 at 23:41

    @ Weertangel
    good idea,.. i forgot about that,…
    if any of you have those books, could you give me the ISBN numbers ?

    i still have some gift voucher (or how ever you call those things in english) for a bookstore downtown, a good excuse to use them ;)

  40. 40 Weertangel
    March 21, 2009 at 02:12

    Angus, here are the ISBN numbers of those 2 diablo books i mentioned.
    The Kingdom of shadow ISBN:0-7434-2692-4
    Moon of the spider
    ISBN 13:978-07434-7132-9 (this one has 2 ISBN numbers for some reason)
    ISBN 10:0-7434-7132-6

    hope this helps, think u can find the rest online, or just tell me witch books u want(where are u from anyway?)

  41. March 21, 2009 at 15:13

    Lands of Mystery and Dark Factions
    the Sunwell trilogy manga comic
    The war of the Ancients novels

    and if anyone has other suggestions for books as a source-material, please let me know.

  42. March 21, 2009 at 15:15

    by the way,..
    i`m from the netherlands

    why did you ask?

  43. March 21, 2009 at 19:23

    angus i told ya they get jammed in bars.and yes i knew you were joking :D i wasnt writing in CAPS you know

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