#222 – “Shield Shocked”

Well.. he probably shouldn’t have stopped to gloat.

One of the themes I felt stood out in Hani Foonmall versus Edwin VanCleef was inevitability – Edwin can’t let the group go because of what they’ve done, and what they – to him – represent; he has to deal with them, he can’t just let it slide. Hani is in a similar position – VanCleef made her case for her, and confronted with all that she has to act, not even counting how he’s systematically spent all this time convincing her of just how badly he needs to die.

The unstoppable force meets the immovable object – neither of them can bend due to their respective natures, yet one of them has to for the situation to be resolved.


38 Responses to “#222 – “Shield Shocked””

  1. 1 Agiman
    September 2, 2010 at 07:04

    I told you! Shield first :D

  2. 2 Skyll K. Chagorantis
    September 2, 2010 at 07:44

    I like how the ‘Bonk’ sound accompanies the plot device that ultimately trips Van Cleef. It is a bit ironic that Hani and Van Cleef stood toe to toe against each other, and then a rather irrelevant object with an even more irrelevant sound comes and shuts him up.

    And when the Unstoppable Force meets the Immovable Object, Chuck Norris dies.

    • 3 Nhani
      September 3, 2010 at 06:42

      I found it even more amusing if you consider that said object actually has this rather prominent fist symbol emblazoned on it.

      The punch is thrown! ..eh.. literally speaking?

      • September 3, 2010 at 07:18

        That was my initial thought as well…not about the “punch being thrown” (good call!) but about the fist, and how it just seemed so…apropos! :-)

  3. 5 Iasion
    September 2, 2010 at 07:45

    Hah! I like it.

    Sneak attack from our mighty little pally. Kidney shot with a shield. XD

  4. 6 Timber Wolf
    September 2, 2010 at 07:55

    Dead VanCleef in three… two…

  5. 7 Moltrazahn
    September 2, 2010 at 07:57

    “Dont worry, your compatriots will soon Enough..” *BONK!*
    *What.. Who dares…*

    “I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the fingernail that scrapes the blackboard of your soul. I am the one who tossed that shield! I am Darkwing Duck!”

    … sorry, just had that image in my head :P had to share! Also… Hani incomming!

  6. 11 saila AKS Wester
    September 2, 2010 at 07:58

    na just kidding reminds me of doing all the sneak crit attack kills in fallout 3.
    bonk man I wounder what they will write in the blizzard watch you know they show it every Friday.

  7. 12 Eucep
    September 2, 2010 at 09:19

    So the gnommer paladin has learned Avenger’s Shield it seems. Wicked.

  8. 13 Phan56
    September 2, 2010 at 09:21

    No! Edwin!!! Damn your incessant need for monologues. If not for them you would’ve defeated them.

    I’m even more surprised that even after taking a solid close-range gunshot that Hani’s able to not only stand, but lunge in such a manner. I guess I’ll give that to massive excess of adrenaline.

  9. 14 Noriam
    September 2, 2010 at 15:00

    Ouch again! Except that ouch was a little bit funnier – all the more power to Areen!

  10. September 2, 2010 at 15:49

    You silly geese, she’s using Avenger’s Shield. A talent at the bottom of the protection paladin tree that not only hits three targets, but silences them and puts them in a daze for a few seconds.

    Looks like Nhani’s following game lore as well. I approve.

    • 16 Nhani
      September 3, 2010 at 06:49

      Actually, expect for the odd nod (like this), I tend to largely avoid too many callbacks to game mechanics – the mechanics themselves are at best a far removed abstraction, and at worst completely arbitrary.

      You don’t have to read that many quest texts to realize that players normally exist in a completely different reality from the rest of the world through simply being able to do things that the world itself treats as either highly unlikely or extremely impossible.

      That said, that won’t stop me from being able to say that, say, Areen clearly hasn’t put any points in Shield of the Templar because her mighty shield throw clearly didn’t silence him sufficiently. I’m just wary about doing so in case someone starts trying to think of the characters in terms of player mechanics and talent trees.

  11. 17 Kimico
    September 2, 2010 at 16:02

    Yay! Go Areen! Batter that poor excuse for a boss!

    Hey, I wonder what Edwin would look like if HE was the one to join the sentinels instead of Hani joining him…

  12. 26 Frostsaben
    September 2, 2010 at 16:38

    “The unstoppable force meets the immovable object”

    And it caused an explosion and that, my friends, is how the universe came to be… the rest is history.

  13. 27 Maira
    September 2, 2010 at 20:55

    NEVER turn your back on an angry Hani.

  14. 29 Matthew
    September 3, 2010 at 01:19

    It looks like she’s about to pluck his eye out, Kill Bill style.

    It just gets better!

  15. 30 Dein
    September 3, 2010 at 02:55

    That last line kinda reminds me of Irenicus in Baldures Gate 2, right when you engage him after freeing the queen.

    “WHO DARES?!”

  16. 31 saila AKS Wester
    September 3, 2010 at 07:18

    I asked for an bowstring not an Gs…Never mind.
    think there was an sigh somewhere in it can´t remeber to long from when I last played WC3.

  17. September 3, 2010 at 07:51

    Told ya Hani was going to paint her masterpiece…..snapping a man’s neck with ONE ARM!
    she’s becoming one of my favorite fantasy heroines next to Sylvanas and Morrigan from Dragon Age.

  18. 33 Expala
    September 3, 2010 at 08:22

    We’ve all seen Hani when she’s mad but her face in the last panel… *shudders*… I’d hate to be Van Cleef right now

  19. 34 Fokker
    September 3, 2010 at 13:05

    Yeah, noone grabs Hani’s sword. Bonk.

  20. 35 TC
    September 3, 2010 at 16:02

    Nues! Run Edwin Run!! get outta there!

  21. 36 LolDrood
    September 3, 2010 at 19:52

    Well, Halloween IS right around the corner. I think Areen as DWD and VC as WC3 sentinel is a lock, imo.
    So the rest? Tiny’s gotta be The Hulk. Hani… hmmm… Doctor Manhattan, maybe? Or Inigo Montoya? Options.
    Te’len is trickier, but I’m thinking Dwight Schrute, for some reason. I think it’s the whole, ‘living in a world contrary to how they perceive it’ thing.
    Raine? Zorro.
    Tyrande? Optimus Prime.
    And, of course, Staghelm as a can of Raid.

    I dunno, talk amongst yourselves. Discuss.

  22. 37 jackzor
    September 4, 2010 at 14:27

    NOO!! you stupid human, why did you need to look who was throwing that stupid shield

    i hope deadmines is merely a setback for edwin and still will prevail in his greater cause

  23. September 26, 2011 at 02:44


    And lol about Staghelm turns out he got canned In one.

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