#187..? – “First Another Perilous Romp in Lair”

I know I’m a little late compared to the rest of the internet; this was entirely a pickup, so I had to form the whole thing from scratch over a set few hours.

It’s funny, up until now I’ve largely tried to avoid doing seasonal stuff because I felt it got in the way of what I was actually trying to do. I suppose two-three weeks of coughing my throat to ribbons may have eroded my judgement.


51 Responses to “#187..? – “First Another Perilous Romp in Lair””

  1. 1 Synchronizor
    April 1, 2010 at 20:05

    For some reason, Te’len having a Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain ringtone is the funniest part of this page.

    It’s also a little sad that I’m nerdy enough to recognize it…

    • April 2, 2010 at 01:24

      Technically, isn’t that song from when they were Level 10 ETC back in Warcraft III? I can still see the credits rolling…

      • 3 Synchronizor
        April 2, 2010 at 06:08

        You’re right, that was their first song back when they were level 10.

      • 5 Nhani
        April 2, 2010 at 09:48

        It always amused me how Arthas was rocking loose to the song for the credits of both WarCraft III and its expansion.

        • 6 Nhani
          April 2, 2010 at 10:02

          Oh and I should add, the choice of ringtone isn’t actually entirely my own credit; I have a friend who suggested it as I was expressing the idea and asking what’d be the best text analogue for a phone ringing. You see, I’m the boring sort who prefers it when my phone sounds like an actual phone because it is, in fact, a phone; and also because I tend to tune out non-phone-like noises.

          Making the ringtone into Storm, Earth & Fire was a genial suggestion, however, and it made the sum total all the better.

  2. April 1, 2010 at 20:09

    i recognized it too…and now i feel the need to head to BRD and demand a performance…

  3. 8 Ripwarrior
    April 1, 2010 at 20:19

    Te’len have a good music taste ^^ awesome page, made my day :)

  4. 9 Frostsaben
    April 1, 2010 at 20:21

    Amazing page, and good joke, advertisers hah

  5. 10 Thalis
    April 1, 2010 at 20:42

    And I thought Te is going to Hurricane those goblins to oblivion :D
    Nicely done.

  6. 11 Expala
    April 1, 2010 at 20:54

    Firstly: I have to admit I recognised the Tauren Chieftains too…
    Secondly: Te’s hands are way out of proportion for a mobile phone xD
    Thirdly: I love this little break from the storyline. Very funny and Te looks like one of those Beverly Hills snobs in the 6th frame. Hani holding a glass of wine in the last frame: Priceless =D

  7. 16 Elveswarrior
    April 1, 2010 at 21:42

    now where was that mobile hidden i wonder its not like she got pockets

    • 17 Matthew
      April 1, 2010 at 21:50

      On her belt? :P

      • 18 Nhani
        April 2, 2010 at 09:51

        As I figured it, it was under the belt sort of. That said, it actually didn’t really fit there, model wise, so if all else fails she summons it out of the ether using the magic of how everyone needs a mobile phone to bring it forth.

    • 19 snark^
      April 2, 2010 at 15:37

      Well, had the phone’s speech bubble been higher we could have assumed it had been hidden in (what there is of) Telen’s tunic – which makes you realise what so impressed Protector Lieck back on page 146: “Ooh, she’s got a nice iphone!”

  8. 20 saila aka wester
    April 1, 2010 at 23:20

    heard of hammer space.
    and about the goblin in the back ground as its show on current account i can cont them on one hand how many times Nhani have imported the Back ground as an object (3D stuff) and not as an picture… i men she is are doing an blue screen work.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chroma_key
    okey lets cont it was first the ship then another ship then it was the INN in sentinel hills and thats about it.
    any way what i meant was that Nhani usaly use an picture as background that have been taken ingame she dont import the map for the actors to physical touch so to say.

    hay Nhani that so should be an random render. btw what kind of model is that?

  9. 21 saila aka wester
    April 1, 2010 at 23:37

    wait is it an Iphone or something in that way?

    • 22 Nhani
      April 2, 2010 at 09:54

      It is, actually; I did a google image search for mobile phones to see if I could find something fitting that’d be easy to make a quick and dirty texture for a phone, and for some reason, the iPhone was the only one that had both straight front and back images and didn’t really need side ones.

  10. 23 Ilyara
    April 2, 2010 at 01:40


    My heart now leaps in joy with the sure knowledge that Te’len is actually a mouthy, British, metalhead. I bet she has to take out most of her piercings before they shoot scenes too 0 :o

    Rock on sister! \m/

    • 24 Synchronizor
      April 2, 2010 at 06:10

      And Hani is wearing her hair down and sipping wine off-camera. I love this take on the “actors” behind the characters.

      • 25 Nhani
        April 2, 2010 at 09:47

        This is something I’ve been thinking about for some time, actually; not this particular instance of it, but potentially creating asides for random outtakes or voter images or whatnot where it takes a step back and acts as if it was all a move or TV serial or similars being recorded, and show how the actresses playing the characters are all wildly different from their roles.

        There’s something hilarious about imagining Hani’s actress being this mild-mannered, cultured lady who normally wouldn’t hurt a fly.

        • April 2, 2010 at 20:45

          And guessing of the ringtune Te’len actually plays Warcraft and rolls Horde…..
          I love this april fools page here dudette, very awesome. Question, didn’t you also had a similiar ‘breaking the 4th wall’ thing on your youtube page with Hani walking around and pushing the camera away?

  11. 29 WormRunner
    April 2, 2010 at 05:48

    Laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes. Best page yet.

  12. 30 Gawriel
    April 2, 2010 at 07:54

    actually it’s not the phone that is to little, it nelf hands that are damn huge, just check in-game, they are freakin huge!

  13. 31 Udûn-Khadgar
    April 2, 2010 at 09:04

    Bit late with response… But I love it!
    I half expected a horde to storm into the next chamber, but then I recognized the lyrics of the song as well, saw the cellphone, started to realize that it is a cellphone and what day it was yesterday.

    It made my day! Keep it up!

    • 32 Nhani
      April 2, 2010 at 09:23

      I admit, I sometimes do love backronyms. Though “Lair” was the closest I could find to “Cave” that started with L.

  14. 33 Agamede
    April 2, 2010 at 09:43

    Hahahahahahaha!!!! That is just ….. XD

  15. 34 Gordrake Thunderhoof
    April 2, 2010 at 13:17

    Heh…I guess with everything that’s been going on, a bit of LOL value is necessary.

    Scary part is that I only realised it was a filler page when I actually got to the part of her answering the phone. What does that say about me? Addict to the comic? No idea…then again, with yesterday’s hash-up, I think I needed something to help slip me back into a casual lull. This works.

    • 35 Nhani
      April 2, 2010 at 13:31

      To be honest, part of the joke was to segway from continuity into non-continuity; basically forcing a moment of “wait.. what?”

      The two goblin lines were actually taken from the script of the real page #187.

      • 36 Gordrake Thunderhoof
        April 3, 2010 at 12:05

        I guess that explains why I did, indeed, have a moment of “Wait…what the…?”

        But yeah…I don’t think this could’ve been put any better. The fact you’re using Warcraft material to even make the outtake is brilliance in a nutshell. Only thing now is that now it’s tempting me to go to Shattrath and wait for them to come on-stage…

  16. April 2, 2010 at 14:43




  17. April 2, 2010 at 15:35

    I love panel three and the buildup to it.

    Great job all around!!

  18. 39 Nirene Feathersong
    April 2, 2010 at 22:44

    I didn’t get this page either. At first I thought “Has Nhani gone nuts? A cellphone and a glass of wine in the middle of all this drama!?”. Then, when I read the comments I finally got it. I also noticed Rei’s facial expression in the 5:th pane. To me, it looks like she’s thinking “Cool, you’ve got an iPhone!?”. And the 8:th pane gives me the impression that Rei’s more of a scaredy cat, compared to how she usually act in the story.

    Actually, I couldn’t help but laught at the whole advertisement thingy. You really should have more of these fillers to … ye know … let the drama be for awhile and give all dedicated readers out there some “wtf?”-moments. Top work!

    • 40 Nhani
      April 3, 2010 at 08:58

      It was actually planned I’d have more intermissions at first; as things developed though, I felt I neither needed nor really had time for them, hence why this is the first one outside of Chapter One.

      This one largely happened due to a combination of timing, sickness and how these caverns keep dragging.

  19. 41 Daldrin
    April 3, 2010 at 07:20

    Another one for the blooper reel, Take 2 in next comic! lol tell Te’len to turn her phone off for the next take!

  20. 42 Fokker
    April 3, 2010 at 09:02

    Hah, Iphone and glass of wine. Never seen this coming.

  21. 43 Avaric
    April 5, 2010 at 05:51

    I like how Areen’s eyes bug out in the third panel.

  22. 44 Xelios
    April 5, 2010 at 14:13

    Simply brilliant! How awesome it was with a quick break to display the actors behind the characters! ^_^

    Need moar plox!

  23. 45 night elf lover
    April 7, 2010 at 06:14

    question: (not related to the this strip though but i really like it :) )
    do you think hani might find a boyfreind? XD

    • 46 Fokker
      April 13, 2010 at 06:38

      Personally I’d doubd it, as she’s a warrior-type and this kind of feelings would just be holding her back.

  24. 47 Kimico
    September 1, 2010 at 08:34

    w-w-wha…. whaat??? *facepalm*

  25. 48 Amoranta
    August 2, 2011 at 10:27

    …. xDD Hahahaha. This is great.

  26. September 24, 2011 at 01:56

    Danged Gold spammers. Also note the goblins have gone back to excavating here.

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