#133 – “Fall of the West”

Why would they indeed..

I’ve said it several times already and I will likely continute to mention it every so often: exposition is a bother. It’s not the information itself really, but how to relay it without losing too much interest – especially since a good chunk will be things people are likely to already know. The group, however, might not know it, so it still needs to be said. In this case, two familiar faces from Westfall get to tell the story.. and the group is already putting their own spins on it.

I’ll admit up until today, I actually didn’t know that Farmer Furlbrow’s name was Theodore – I don’t recall doing the quest where it’s mentioned. Actually having a name made the dialogue slightly easier to work out, so it was a welcome discovery.


29 Responses to “#133 – “Fall of the West””

  1. 1 saila aka wester
    August 9, 2009 at 14:11

    first to coment and time is 15.10 here swedish local time…
    back to topic just an queston dident they have an son sent out to north…no wait thats after the westfall event my fault.
    anyway i dont mind this kind of page infact i think that this somethimg is more imported then the fighting sean and they give so mush life to ones carecters.

  2. 2 Nisa
    August 9, 2009 at 16:34

    Hmm… is it just me, or are the shadows more well done than usual (not that they’re not good on previous pages of course)? It’s just the impression I have, like when they’re turned towards the Furlbrows, you clearly see that the sun (?) is on their backs, and their front side is very noticeably darker.

    Anyway, nice page as always, I really don’t mind some more informative pages every now and then, and they’re essential for the story to continue.

  3. 3 Ilyara
    August 9, 2009 at 17:17

    I think the lighting in panels 2 + 3 is especially good, and both convey a real sense of the Night Elves, as seen through human eyes.

  4. August 9, 2009 at 20:09

    i`m sure our little group will figure everything out in time :)

    Very nicely done Nhani, keep up the good work.

  5. 5 Germ
    August 10, 2009 at 10:24

    Two words: Win Sauce.

    I just started reading recently, but emotions are already invested.

    I know this probably isn’t the place to ask. And you you probably get this question a lot, but I was curious as to how and when you plan to throw some Horde into the story.

    I can guess you’re an Ally player, but if there was just an Orc/Troll/Tauren or Forsaken half as bad ass as Hani you would have one very bad ass Orc/Troll/Tauren/ or Forsaken.

    The most important thing I need to say is “keep blowing my mind with every update.”

    • 6 Nhani
      August 10, 2009 at 11:54

      Figuring it’s not too much of a spoiler as such, the best answer I can give is probably “See Story Arc Two” (which is still quite awhile away, mind you).

      I purposefully decided to leave the Horde for later when I first started – part because I wanted time to establish the cast and everything so we not only know them and the world they inhabit, as well as have time to express that the traveling cast doesn’t always come to the right conclusions and aren’t always.. well.. right.

      Secondly.. the Horde is a huge topic to tackle, and I had concerns that it might far too easily just degenerate into “Horde are bad! Grrr horde!” if I wasn’t careful, so I wanted to have the time in advance to figure out where exactly Arc Two was headed and what the key elements were. I’m hoping it’ll turn out to be an interesting and still somewhat relevant journey!

      Arc Two is adding a Horde member to the traveling cast as well, though he’s still very much on a sketching phase; I have a general idea of how I want him to look, but I’m wary of making a complete model this early, seeing how there’s plenty of time for future potential model revisions before I get to a point where we pick him up.

      • 7 Germ
        August 10, 2009 at 18:55

        Awesome. I fell out of my chair in excitement.

      • 8 iPotato
        August 10, 2009 at 20:43

        Is it a tauren male?
        Oh please, please, please, pleeeeeaase say it is!
        /cheer for tauren males!
        It’ll make up for the gnome-y business 1000x over!
        I use to many exclamation marks!

      • 9 Germ
        August 11, 2009 at 21:03

        If it’s a Tauren male he needs to have a boomstick.

      • 10 Nhani
        August 11, 2009 at 22:01

        Orc, actually; for all the advantages with Tauren, Orcs are more figurehead of the Horde, and.. well.. more in tune with the particular plot I have in mind. Still, I’m hoping he’ll be well received once he shows up; I still expect it’ll be something like a year or so (yes, that long) so it’s quite awhile from actually showing character sketches of him. Though I have started tentatively with a few.

      • 11 Germ
        August 12, 2009 at 06:38

        Will he do something awesome, like hit a dude in the face with an axe. Or break a chair over a chicks face? Because that would guarantee him a place in my heart.

      • 12 Moltrazahn
        August 12, 2009 at 15:42

        Since we allready got a Gnome paladin, a Tauron mage or troll… ehh… something could be fun too, just out of the oddness of the class combo’s.. Oh troll DK prehaps :P, OR! troll tinker, with gobling explosives and such ^^

  6. August 10, 2009 at 12:30

    You made the horse look too big

    • 14 Yerdiss
      August 10, 2009 at 13:09

      Nonsense! Old Blanchy can never be too big. (He’s a boss mob, obviously! :)

    • 15 Nhani
      August 10, 2009 at 18:08

      This is, by large, a product of two things:
      One – Blizzard doesn’t make all models at the same scale; I took a wild guess that the horse model was the same scale as player models and ran with that. If she’s too large, then this is obviously not the case.
      Two – due to some seriously sketchy ISP instability the weekend when I first put Blanchy and the Furlbrows into the comic, I had nothing but a small and not very comparative image to go on for size comparisson, so hence why I had to make a guess.

    • 16 Ilyara
      August 10, 2009 at 18:18

      Actually Blanchy is the right size and shape for a cart horse, or a warhorse. They are also known as “Shire” or “Dray” horses too in the UK.

      As you see here, they can be huge: http://www.shirehorsesociety.com.au/images/stud1/archie.jpg

  7. 18 Weertangel
    August 10, 2009 at 16:33

    Anther great page again :) love the last 2 panels, Te’len really needs to expand her mind, couse if she thinks everything they are going to encounter are animals she’s in for a BIG suprise!
    But she does have a point though, those birds are annoying in westfall, hard to find sometimes…(like semi-rare mob) since u need to kill them for some quests.

  8. 19 Nookie
    August 10, 2009 at 17:28

    I actually like seeing the quests laid out. It makes me feel a connection with our characters. “You reported to Gryan Stoutmantle? So did I!” Maybe that’s just me….

    • 20 Nhani
      August 10, 2009 at 18:25

      The familiarity is in part a good thing – and is in its way very intentional. I do try to provide some level of a link between the misadventures and what we’re familiar with – like say doing things for Delgren, informing Raene of the fate of her friend, meeting the Furlbrows.. seeing Gryan Stoutmantle – it helps connect us to the world of, and the adventures of, the characters.

      On the other hand, there’s tweaks and changes – things that stand out as different. The Furlbrows are almost in Stormwind when we meet them, some ‘quests’ not turning out quite as they would in the game, etcetera.

      In the end, I like dropping hints to familiar things – it connects the world of Beyond the Tree with that of the game; at the same time, I like deviating from the familiar – not only to create an overhanging plot for the events that take place, but also because it might just serve to keep the audience guessing ;)

  9. 21 Hernos
    August 10, 2009 at 23:53

    Blanchy is a big horse anyway from what i remember, and i agree with Yerdiss, Old Blanchy is clearly a boss mob XD I bet the Ol’ girl still has fight left in her, she will come save the day, demanding her share of those handfuls of oats.

  10. August 11, 2009 at 01:15

    I think Te’len just doesn’t quite get the concept of a scarecrow. I can just see her follow up question, “Really, how scary can a crow be?”

  11. 23 saila aka wester
    August 11, 2009 at 10:36

    Weertangel that dont beat the pig liver quest. thouse thing have an what is it 2% chance of droping let see if i can find the link for that ah here it is.
    took me 5 min to find cos i couldent spell that pigs name corect. ps the wowhead is wrong belive me its way belove 40% its not even 2%.
    and on the blanchy i dont mind if its an bit larger then an reguler hourse i mean its old and that probebly wise to.

  12. 24 Weertangel
    August 11, 2009 at 16:50

    True Saila, but its 2nd at least! And Nhani, i do indeed like the way u do the story so far :) so keep it up! just don’t make it to predictable…(but then again, u did’t do that with good o’l Staghelm :) still one of your best ones i think.

  13. August 11, 2009 at 23:19

    Love the new vote incentive. That skirt sure is clingy!

  14. August 13, 2009 at 11:14

    Have you ever think on the next chapters puting death knights?Bad or good guys?I would like too see the face of Tiny when they will have to face with death

    • 27 Nhani
      August 13, 2009 at 11:45

      I think Death Knights would be getting a little ahead of ourselves – we’re dealing with fairly early events so far; obviously we’re way before Gryan Stoutmantle and the Westfall Militia are sent to Northrend, so it’s scarcely in our present.

      As for death knights.. it really depends on their narrative place and what they are like as people far more than them being death knights. Of course, both Hani and Areen might feel compelled to help “set them free” regardless of what side said knight is on out of sheer personal conviction.

      Ultimately, Death Knights likely wouldn’t happen until past Arc Three somewhere, and the group will have changed quite significantly by then.

      • 28 Germ
        August 14, 2009 at 20:44

        yeah, DK’s should only be used to bring back a dead popular character. Like Magneto. Or Superman.

        If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just know that no one ever really dies in comics. Especially when half the people can resurrect.

  15. 29 Amoranta
    August 2, 2011 at 09:20

    I like your version better. Blancy’s still ALIVE… :(

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