#129 – “The Road Ahead”

This first stage of the mythological journey – which we have designated the “call to adventure” – signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown. This fateful region of both treasure and danger may be variously represented: as a distant land, a forest, a kingdom underground, beneath the waves, or above the sky, a secret island, lofty mountaintop, or profound dream state; but it is always a place of strangely fluid and polymorphous beings, unimaginable torments, superhuman deeds, and impossible delight. The hero can go forth of his own volition to accomplish the adventure, as did Theseus when he arrived in his father’s city, Athens, and heard the horrible history of the Minotaur; or he may be carried or sent abroad by some benign or malignant agent as was Odysseus, driven about the Mediterranean by the winds of the angered god, Poseidon. The adventure may begin as a mere blunder … or still again, one may be only casually strolling when some passing phenomenon catches the wandering eye and lures one away from the frequented paths of man. Examples might be multiplied, ad infinitum, from every corner of the world.

-Joseph Campbell


27 Responses to “#129 – “The Road Ahead””

  1. July 26, 2009 at 10:44

    Nice page Nhani,..

    but whats with the look of Capt. Cravenrest in that second panel?

    anyways,.. i cant wait to see how this chapter unfolds.

  2. 2 TC
    July 26, 2009 at 12:07

    Capt. Cravenrest is thinking “oh dear, they are going through goldshire”…


  3. July 26, 2009 at 15:02

    I expect Horace, while currently relieved to see them leave *his* jurisdiction, still worries about what trouble they will cause the Kingdom of Stormwind elsewhere.

    In other words, TC is exactly right.

  4. 4 deathchiller
    July 26, 2009 at 15:35

    haha yea, im also thinking what will happen now will goldshire fall before the anger that is hani o.O

  5. 5 Skyll
    July 26, 2009 at 16:16

    Does it say Chapter Kive? Down in the left corner.
    I swear it does!

    Anyway, the first three panels again were very touching.
    I think you get me with the silent pages ;)

    • 6 Nhani
      July 26, 2009 at 23:29

      It’s one of those old script f’s that goes down and under (yeah, that sounds sooo descriptive), but the bottom part is hidden by the chapter title, making it distinctly look like a k. It worked on chapter four since “exile” is short. This one.. not so much.

      • 7 Skyll
        July 28, 2009 at 07:40

        I checked chapter four and see what you mean,
        but I still can’t believe that’s an f :D

        funny, or should I say, kunny..

      • 8 Nhani
        July 28, 2009 at 08:01

        It’s one of those things where I debated whether I could do anything about it or not, deciding not I just ran with it. If nothing else, I can always revolutionize the english language by adding the number kive.

  6. 9 Waldamar
    July 26, 2009 at 16:56

    I like the work you’ve done to the shadows – they look awesome :)

    And.. just a question.

    Is it me, or is ‘Captain Complain’ a little less complaining with Areen around?

    • 10 Iasion
      July 26, 2009 at 19:33

      He knows Areen. That, and she’s a paladin. People reasonably assume they’re in good company when a benevolent warrior is among them. :)

  7. 11 Keyra
    July 26, 2009 at 20:32

    I’m thinking that the looks being exchanged might be a little more than “take care” and “thank you”…hmm…

    Also, I hate to point it out since the artwork is done so well throughout, but the shadows of the people are going the wrong way from the shadows of the lamp posts. Sorry…

    • 12 Nhani
      July 26, 2009 at 20:41

      What, there’s shadows on the… oh, there is shadows on the lamp posts! I totally missed that fact. xD

      Guess you can count that as a downside of the new shadow engine we have in World of Warcraft – and yet another thing I’ll have to try to remember to pay attention to! I honestly didn’t notice there were shadows in the backdrop so I didn’t put any thought to it. Shows you how much attention I pay sometimes, eh?

      And it is fine to point out when I make a slip, really. There’s plenty of cases where something is strange, weird or downright broken; sometimes I notice only after a page is up, sometimes I don’t notice at all (or just realize it when someone mentions it).

  8. 15 Moltrazahn
    July 26, 2009 at 23:00

    What the… is hani smileing?! O.o nuuuh hani is cursed! some demon has gotten to her! … she is about to join the were-wolf/vampire hybrinds in goldshire as a possesd person! *cwies*

    No, nice calm page really :) not a million people to look at ^^

  9. 16 Yerdiss
    July 27, 2009 at 15:08

    To all those fans that haven’t found out yet (in that case: shame on you ;)

    There’s a new voter incentive up!

  10. July 27, 2009 at 16:08

    Stumbled across your site today, read through the strip in about an hour. Just wanted to let you know I liked it and will be back every now and then to keep up.

  11. 18 Weertangel
    July 27, 2009 at 16:27

    great page Nhani! looks great! also like the text part beneath it, Joseph Campbell, why does that name ring a bell???
    For the rest, cant wait what chapter Kive will bring ;)

  12. July 28, 2009 at 13:42

    You make too much of suspense.. i don’t like the look on Capt. face though.

  13. 22 Weertangel
    July 28, 2009 at 16:26

    Well, i always liked Greek myth(who does’t?) but i’ll go look up that book u mentioned.
    Also, there’s also another webcomic artist who’s last name is Campwell or something similar, i just read so many, its hard to keep track ;)

    Also, have u checked out Angus his guildsite? its not bad! even has his own comic :)

  14. 23 Xelios
    July 28, 2009 at 21:36

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us when they pass Goldshire xD

    I wait with much aticipation!

  15. 24 Tari
    July 29, 2009 at 11:29

    That might be the first human male in wow that looks good. Actually.. looks droolworthy. *cough*
    Ahum. Those were the days.

  16. 25 Razah
    July 29, 2009 at 21:50

    Hani looks rather happy they’re outta there ^^
    Great page.
    New chapter yay!

  17. 26 Razah
    July 29, 2009 at 21:52

    Wow,best voting page so far IMO,bravo!
    Can we maybe expect a collection sometime?

  18. September 23, 2009 at 05:36

    Hey just wanted to let you know about http://www.toponlinecomics.com
    You may want to add your site there for some traffic.

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