#96 – “Final Word”

This is the page for which the “Breaking Point” title was originally chosen – with Staghelm added as a catalyst I decided to move it around, but this particular moment has been in the plans since pretty much the start and for all the changes around it.. the point with it is still pretty much intact.

I still haven’t gotten over just how immense the response to Hani punching out Staghelm has been – for me it was never more than a step on the way to reach this point; the whole reason I even came up with it in the start of this year was because I felt my standing reasoning behind this page wasn’t solid enough – I needed a working reason for why this happens. All options I came to either seemed too shoehorned or like they said too much.. until I came to think of Staghelm. Then everything fell into place.

On this particular page itself – I’m aware that it can be a little confusing whether the top right pane should be read before or after the second row – I noticed that myself when I first put it together. That said.. I chose to keep it as is because I honestly don’t think it matters which way you actually read it – to me it seemed to come out the same no matter what.


30 Responses to “#96 – “Final Word””

  1. 1 saila
    March 26, 2009 at 08:33

    it dosent matter mush i think 99% will get the point.
    and i see that sw harbor will be in it.
    dont forget to add market stands there.
    and just so you know add loots of peoples there storm wind is an busy place except at nighttime.
    and night elf isen´t so many of… in most part of the city.

  2. 2 Moltrazahn
    March 26, 2009 at 08:43

    And thus Hani felt as the priestess had saved her once more, yet even tough this was the case, she felt it naught as a salvation, yet another rock to her shoulders burden.

    Anyways poety aside! Nice page! Love tyrande, her thumb does look abit off in her “crossing arms” panel, but aside that, its another show of great work for a store no less great! ^^

  3. March 26, 2009 at 09:31

    another nice page Nhani,..

    i guess Hani will go to the east kingdom now,..
    Wasn`t that Te’len’s next stop too?

    in a couple of hours i`ll be on the plane bound for australia,..
    i just hope i can get on the internet there,…
    i dont want to miss out on the comic for a month :S

  4. 4 Hernos
    March 26, 2009 at 10:48

    It’ll be interesting to see how Hani acts in Stormwind, and what trouble she brews up there ^^ Hani? Trouble? Should those two words be put in the same sentence (/sarcasm)

    Again, the same with every other page you put out, it grabs me with the same want to read the next one.

  5. 5 WoWplayer
    March 26, 2009 at 11:53

    has anyone seen the similarities between Nhani and Hani? Awsome comic hani will cause trouble in stormwind probably

  6. 6 saila
    March 26, 2009 at 12:09

    you know the small talk some had about hani and tiny.
    i got this ide from Jak and dexter 3 where Dexter would split up from Jak at 2 points to open an patch for Jak as.
    so i though maybe tiny could do something simulate.
    i see if i can find any youtube video some one record when his playing dexter so you get the ide.
    oh and dexter is the corse of 98% of the fun or main part of it.

  7. 7 Ilyara
    March 26, 2009 at 13:25

    Yay, more Tyrande! :D

    I agree her thumbs are not really working here :/ but them’s the models for you. Her nose also looks a bit beaky thanks to the light. The body language is interesting: classically Pharonic.

  8. 8 Derrael
    March 26, 2009 at 14:06

    so, exile? i guess that’s punishment enough. tho few hours in a thumbscrew would not have hurt. or actually they they would. quite a lot.

  9. 9 Elveswarrior
    March 26, 2009 at 14:47

    shame they didnt use http://www.wowwiki.com/Image:Tyrande-Whisperwind3.jpg as inspiration to her ingame look. id say its by far the best tyrande :)

  10. 10 Ellessar
    March 26, 2009 at 16:35

    Autsch. That must’ve heard Hani. Being reprimanded like that by Tyrande.

  11. 11 Weertangel
    March 26, 2009 at 17:58

    Altrough this was somehow expected, 1 thing is still bugging me, Why was Hani cast out of the sentinels in the first place!? couse i can’t imagine Hani to be the brutal slayer type unless she’s in a bad mood. plz come with a page that gives that answer really soon!!

  12. 12 Derrael
    March 26, 2009 at 18:04

    in the beginning of the comic she whacked a guy in the back of his head with a club, just because she wanted to make a rather lousy pun. i don’t think she was that good of a sentinel.

  13. 13 Nhani
    March 26, 2009 at 18:11

    And that’s why I stopped doing intermissions.

    As for the thumbs.. yes. I’ve never quite gotten that part right. Maybe some future model revision I’ll actually figure out how to make them less deformed and more proper.

  14. 14 Moltrazahn
    March 26, 2009 at 23:33

    Dont be too hard on yourself tough, one dosent judge if 9/10th of the project is flawless or such. And yours mostly is ;P

  15. 15 Messai
    March 26, 2009 at 23:51

    Nhani! keep it up :D

    I wonder how Hani and Tiny will fare in Eastern Kingdoms :) and what potential is it that Hani possesses :o

  16. 16 Derrael
    March 27, 2009 at 09:23

    call me a douche if you will, but somehow i just can’t help the feeling that Tyrande is letting Hani slide for the sake of the plot. i mean, they’re elves who are basically immortal when it comes to old age. Staghelm is 9000 years old and still kicking around. surely, let’s say, about 50 years in prison would be well in order in this case. not that long of a sentence considering the age most night elves reach before actually getting old, and of course the severity of the crime.

  17. 17 Arafor
    March 27, 2009 at 09:40

    I would rather say it feels like Tyrande is plotting something and that Hani got helplessly woven into it the moment she set foot in Darnassus.

  18. 18 Tia
    March 27, 2009 at 11:37

    Well, I’m going to point at some of the Blizzard given lore here. Being both Illidan and the Highborne. Neither Illidan nor the Highborne were punished by death even though both had done terrible things.
    Now, I would like to point at something curious within night elven law using an in-game example here. In the game we indeed get to carry out a so called “death sentence” once. In Desolace a brother and sister managed to get themselves into some trouble and we are to save them. Now here comes the part where things do get interesting. The quest giver is Vahlarriel Demonslayer, who wants you to go and look for the two. I think many of you know the outcome, but I will none the less quote this here because it seems to be a very vital part of night elven law and what it is mostly centered about.

    , there is something else I wish to impress upon you. My superiors have shown some concern over Tyranis’ and his motives for coming here. It is more important to them that Dalinda is found and brought back safely. Tyranis is to be… gauged before he is taken home. ”

    A lot of us know what is going on here. Tyranis is being suspected of; here we go, being a tad too interested in arcane magic. Now, I hope we all know of the night elven feelings about the Arcane. And it is actually the one thing that will cause the subject to be severely punished.

    I am now going to point at another example, Maiev Shadowsong. Now here we have a rather interesting character, who actually lied to the real deal almost causing Tyrandes demise and.. got away with it. As shocking as it may sound Maiev actually disliked Tyrande, this became pretty clear to us when she was introduced in warcraft 3. What we did not know of is how far Maiev was willing to go. In the end we find out as Maiev lies to the Arch Druid and almost causes the death of Tyrande. And guess what, she gets away with it. Malfurion rather pities her, rather than actively pursues her, after he rescued Tyrande of course.

    Now back to our story at hand. Neither Hani nor Rei Tiny are malevolent characters. Yes, they do have their flaws and all, but neither of them pursues the goal: “To cause trouble”.
    It is a major difference to all the others mentioned in the earlier part, and what have we here, Tyrande effectively banishes them. Making them outlaws in their own homeland. Getting off easy? I don’t think so.

  19. 19 Yerdiss
    March 27, 2009 at 11:48

    Good Post, Tia. I agree that banishment is a very severe punishment, especially in this case.

    Seeing the sentence “You WILL be on that ship, and you will not return until I feel you can handle the responsiblity”, I tend to believe Arafor’s statement holds true. It seems big things are afoot and Hani hasn’t the faintest what she’ll be in for. This is not so much as a severe punishment, but a convenient way for Tyrande to send Hani where she can be put to greatest use.

    I could imagine a translation of that sentence to, “You made a mistake, Hani. You shall not be able to deny me this service. Go to Stormwind. I shall let you know when you are no longer needed there.”

  20. 20 Ilyara
    March 27, 2009 at 18:34

    “I would rather say it feels like Tyrande is plotting something and that Hani got helplessly woven into it the moment she set foot in Darnassus.”

    This, totally =^_^=

  21. 21 Weertangel
    March 27, 2009 at 20:15

    Well, considering warcraft politics, that is the most likely thing that happend, better to to put a raging bull somewhere where its useful then to stop it raging ;)

    Also as for the night elf punishment thingy, Banishment is the most used punishment atm, mainly couse the Night Elves are’t immortal anymore,(not until Nordrassil fully heals up)
    And to Tia, the main reason Maiev was’t stopped be Malfurion was couse he knew she would’t listen anyway, since she was totally obsessed by getting Illedan, so he did like Tyrande likely did to Hani now, he sent her where she’s of most use and least of harm.

    Think it over ;)

  22. 22 Elveswarrior
    March 27, 2009 at 21:54

    send her in an snap in the middle of the enemies. brilliant idea ;P

  23. 23 Tia
    March 27, 2009 at 22:01

    Weertangel, if Malfurion would have really wanted he could have put her to “justice” easily. He actually entangles her once Kael’thas reveals that she has betrayed him. Instead he lets her go, and pities her rather then seeing justice served. Illidan didn’t change either, but he was put to justice for what he did.

  24. 24 Ershiin
    March 28, 2009 at 05:53

    Yay Exile! The most plot convenient, yet still realistic, punishment she could possibly have gotten \o/
    Tyrande (and you) deserve a big phat 10/10 for that one ^-^

    (Seeing as it was the same punishment the Highborne got for a crime that was quite larger than just suckerpunching some angry old fart… I would reckon that Exile is considered quite high on the harshness scale in nelven society. Even if it is to an allied nation. Staghelm deffinitely got nothing to hold against Tyrande on that one. :p)

  25. 25 Neris
    March 28, 2009 at 10:57

    I love your comic! It’s absolutely amazing.
    Will we see Maiev in the story too at some point? That would be great! I love Maiev. It’s sort of lame that her ingame skin is blood elf model tho.
    Tyrande in your comic is perfect, all the gestures and expressions and such. She’s still so cold and though, but still so motherly, just like in Warcraft 3.

  26. 26 Weertangel
    March 28, 2009 at 14:37

    True Tia, but still, fanatics are hard to stop, that is a universal fact(Scarlet crusade anyone?) but u did raise another question to me and to anyone else in wow i think,what happend to Maiev after Illedan got killed?? and will we see her back in the future?? For the rest, lets’s focus on Hani and Tiny for now :) couse i’m curious to what they need to do in stormwind(aside from hunting that wizard down) ah well, time will tell.

  27. 27 Razah
    March 28, 2009 at 16:14

    (first post, yay :D )
    Love the comic as always,can’t wait to see what happens in stormwind! ^^

  28. 28 rikki123
    March 29, 2009 at 19:23

    great work.



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