#225 – “In Today’s Story..”

So we’re back in a position where I no longer have pages done in advance, so it’ll likely be more midday or evening updates now than morning or prior midnight ones, but eh. As nice as it can be to have pages done in advance, I haven’t really had or taken the time to get more together before posting time. That might change, but we’ll see. For this particular page.. yes, I know Te’len is working a wee bit quickly; I’d initially intended for there to be more panes between there, but that ultimately got turned on its head. There’s time passing, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.


35 Responses to “#225 – “In Today’s Story..””

  1. 1 Foggy
    September 12, 2010 at 15:29

    Good. After all this fighting it is good to take a break and a deep breath.
    I expected more injured ones of our little group when the the final fight started.
    Good that i was wrong.

    If i were one of them i would turn the whole place upside down just to find something of interest. If so, what would it be?

  2. 2 Tialin
    September 12, 2010 at 15:42

    I just love Areen on this page.

  3. September 12, 2010 at 15:56

    I want Te’len to come tend me. *swoon*

    • 4 LolDrood
      September 12, 2010 at 17:45

      Yeah. :)

      Although, between Te’len’s caring attention and Areen’s moralizing, you have to wonder just how badly Hani is wishing she was crawling though Ashenvale, all alone and by herself, again. XD

      Foggy, most people don’t know this, but the Ark of the Covenant is being stored in the hold of the ship. Fact.

  4. 5 Ilyara
    September 12, 2010 at 16:32

    Love this page!

    Areen is inspirational. Hani is shirtless. Te is using a subtle hint of her abilities. Tiny is mouthing off ^_~

    It has the feel of comraderie, and I love the composition :)

  5. 6 Eduvudd
    September 12, 2010 at 16:35

    Whats that green mist comming from Te’s hand in the third panel, is she useing a healing spell?

    • 7 Fokker
      September 12, 2010 at 20:28

      Propably, yeah. Indeed, it does look pretty weird. The bandage also seems to be a bit out of place. How is it supposed to hold over here?

      Also, as far as I can tell, druidic healing is basically speeding up the natural regeneration, so all what’s gonna stay is a scar (yay!). So no bandages needed.

      Epic page anyways.

      • 8 Nhani
        September 12, 2010 at 21:24

        Pretty much, really; I’m wary of using direct magical effects to significant extents in Beyond the Tree, and I’d initially intended to just imply it happening and little else. I was given pretty adamant suggestion that I needed something however, so I tried for a faint, subtle glow for the effect.

        As for the bandage, since it’s all texture, it lined up a bit more oddly than I expected. I’ll likely edit the texture a bit for the next page and see if that looks better.

      • 9 Arafor
        September 12, 2010 at 21:34

        That would hold true assuming healing is as easy of a task as it is in game.

        In BTT healing is probably a difficult task that takes a lot of time. All Te’len probably managed to do was to barely healing it, leaving a sore spot that would be prone to break up and start bleeding again if Hani moves her shoulder too much. Considering that it’s her right shoulder and that Areen is the only other one in the group that’s prone to fight in the groups defense: Te’len will probably have to tell Hani to stop moving her arm a few times.

        Te’len could probably also not do anything about Hanis internal injuries, not being able to actually see them.

        Anyway, that’s how I interpret it all. It’s easier to destroy then it is to recreate.

        • 10 Nirene Feathersong
          September 15, 2010 at 00:11

          In World of Warcraft, anything is possible – as far as I’ve read, all kinds of magic has its roots from the ley-line energies swirling throughout Azeroth – basically all magic-wielding beings draw from these energies to create magic, from the healing and restorative abilities of priest and druids to the demonic and fel magic of warlocks and demons. As long as a being has the knowledge and power, they can tap from these energies unrestrained, but only use it for whatever magical abilities they know of. So Te’len shouldn’t have any problem healing that bullet hole in Hani’s shoulder, since she know how to use the restorative powers of a druid.

          Anyway, nicely done for being a half-assed Healing Touch glow effect. ;)

          • 11 Nhani
            September 15, 2010 at 08:52

            Actually, only arcane magic pulls from ley lines; fel might to some degree, but that’s about it. What some pen and paper RPG systems call “divine casters” have their powers granted through much different means and from much different sources.

            All this said, I also tend to prefer to downplay what you can do with magic in general simply to ensure cause and effect. In a situation where magic can do everything and healing even the most grievous wounds and bringing back the dead is an effortless action, death ceases to have meaning. So what if your close friend had an accident, you can fix it easily. Except, of course, that death is mandated by plot, in which case the healing warp core suddenly suffers a Voyager-esque malfunction and comes offline to preserve drama.

            In this case, Te’len can definitely help, but in my mind it’s more to speed up the process so that it’s more likely to heal properly. It’s definitely not an instant fix-all.

            • 12 Nirene Feathersong
              September 18, 2010 at 02:21

              That’s true, but my point is healing ain’t as much a difficult task as a real life surgery would be like, nor did I refer to it being as easy as the snap of a finger.

              Although you’re right about one thing: druidism is a divine religion, like the holy light and shamanism. They worship higher beings, and thus are granted the powers they can master. Still, the restorative magic of a druid requires them to tap from the energies of nature, which made me thinking – is these religious arts solely performed with faith alone, or is divine magic playing a part in it aswell?

            • 13 Nhani
              September 18, 2010 at 09:19

              Obviously, the power comes from somewhere; wherever there is life – however dormant – there is nature, and thus there is something for a druid to access. Of course, this isn’t something that is taken – it is given.

              The significant difference between arcane and ‘divine’ magic generally tends to be that arcane magic is just a power that’s there – you tap into it, you take of it. ‘divine’ magic, on the other hand, comes from sources that have a will of their own, and are (for most part) granted rather than taken.

  6. 14 Expala
    September 12, 2010 at 17:07

    My favourite page in a while due to the fact that all characters are involved. Especially down to the way Hani is sitting. She’s just like a boxer after finishing a tough sound. Kudos to you Nhani, this page is a credit to you

  7. 15 Arlandin
    September 12, 2010 at 17:09

    We are responsible for our actions, no matter how we feel.

    R.I.P. Edwin VanCleef

  8. September 12, 2010 at 20:13

    I do love Areen’s ‘what if’ vision and unlike others doesn’t grab to much hold of it, yes it’s a pity and if he used all his efforts to do good it would’ve been nice, but let’s be honest, revenge is one hell of a bigger motivator then charity.

  9. 18 Moltrazahn
    September 13, 2010 at 00:14

    I like the thought she has, if one really does look at the villans of wow, they -do- acomplish some rather amazing things… Deathwing being the latest, i mean, he is giving us new content! Yay for him!…. well, i guess that perspective changes if your IC… but yea, still.

    Good page, also, is her arm wounded, or out of the socket?… it seems rather… ehh.. limp.

    Also, still waiting for Darkwing Areen!

  10. 19 Arctyk
    September 13, 2010 at 07:40

    Great page as always. but I think there is a missing R in one of Areena’s panels. The Vengence…. Innocent, NO does it…” line. I could be wrong, but, think it’s a NOR, not a NO. plus dun kill me! >< or eat me! gah!

    • 20 Nhani
      September 13, 2010 at 08:37

      Blargh, yes, of course, it needs to be nor. Good catch, fixed.

      Since I was meddling around with it, I also took the time to re-render two panes with the updated bandage texture; it’s a lot more subtle, and should hopefully look like it makes a little more sense. There really should be more running diagonally, but then I’d have to line all that up between two textures and.. that’s something of a significant bother, seeing how the texture is mirrored.

  11. 22 Frad
    September 13, 2010 at 10:50

    Hello, i read this story in a long time, and simple love it for the graphic and the amazing story. I am a big fan of you Nhani, but i wonder. I dont play cata-beta myself, but i do read alot of what comming and such. And i would juts LOVE to see if you might add VanCleefs daughter in the comic, before they leave the Deadmines, they dont need to see her, but it would mean alot to me if you just could hint it alittle. Beside that, its nice to see the team back together were all talks.

  12. 23 Meng
    September 13, 2010 at 11:07

    Areen gave me some insight of it with that talk. I never ever thought of it that way really.. Only once i felt it about Kael’thas Sunstrider.. But nice point of view anyways and it was a good read as always :)

    • 24 Moltrazahn
      September 13, 2010 at 14:39

      Wowwiki gives info, AND a picture! *nodnod* plus alittle background on Vanessa VanCleef. http://www.wowwiki.com/Vanessa_VanCleef

      So yea, agree with Meng, would be a nice roundup. and with her hidden identity, it could be an interesting detail… i could talk more specifics, but i dont wanna spoil stuff for people :)

  13. September 13, 2010 at 18:54

    Well esteemed hostess…i fear your fans REALLY want to see Vanessa.

    • 26 Nhani
      September 13, 2010 at 19:30

      My answer still stands as “We’ll see.”, especially seeing how I actually don’t really see why. She doesn’t really go anywhere until Cataclysm (which is years off in the Beyond the Tree timeline), and basically has little to no substance beforehand.

      Within the current scope, she’s effectively a narrative dead end with stringent limits to ensure that neither she nor the established plot would drastically change. I’m still thinking about it, but I haven’t quite figured out what exactly she’d provide save for a headache resulting from trying to shoehorn her into a plot that was designed before she even existed.

      • 27 Yerdiss
        September 14, 2010 at 18:27

        On the top of my mind, the only possible hook I see is obfuscated by lack of lore. At least, lore known to me. When Van Cleef’s death is reported, I’m quite sure that news of it would be borne to his family, and perhaps a kind of compensation for any grief inflicted. But I have no clue who his wife is and at the time of VC’s death – according to normal WoW chronology – it is known by nobody that VC’s daughter Vanessa is alive and tended to by the Saldeans.

        So whom would the news be sent to? How would this news reach Vanessa? And why on Azeroth would our party of four even witness such events? All that is left would be a chance encounter that leaves no sense of importance to the plot, as far as I can see.

        So, I side with Nhani here on the fact that I have no clue how to get her in. Maybe a vote incentive might soothe the ache for those wanting a Vanessa appearance? *wink, nudge*

        • 28 Nhani
          September 15, 2010 at 09:02

          Actually, as I understand it, Cataclysm gives you a flashback of her being in the cave, her hair inexplicably being blonde in spite of her later inheriting the black hair of her father.

          Part of the problem for me is.. there’s nothing before then. Edwin VanCleef was never about fatherhood, and effectively she doesn’t exist until the moment of his death. It’s pretty much like if when Edwin died he met the Spirit Healer, but unlike the rest of us she didn’t offer to resurrect him but instead offered to bear his child which then immediately plopped into the Deadmines, completely clothed and aged to the young age of ambiguous years old in time to mourn the death of her daddy.

          • 29 Frad
            September 15, 2010 at 11:38

            My point is. You dont need to do much, just add the little effect. You know, when they leave Vannessa could just sillent come out of hiding and kneel infront of her father mourning, and then look up agry, and then let Cata do the rest. The lore is she hid when her father got killed and came up when everyone els left. And as far i see, you do follow lore, so just add the simple touch and place her and leave it be.

            • September 15, 2010 at 21:21

              I’m with Frad.

              Seriously imagine that scene with this music!

              Your welcome.

              But to be fair this is your story Nhani, it’s your choice what you want or dont want to write/animate.

          • 31 Yerdiss
            September 15, 2010 at 23:09

            Nhani, your explanation of Vanessa’s coming into existance has my distinct approval! In my mind, I shall make this canon. Every time I die in-game, and meet the spirit healer, I shall remember this fondly :P

  14. 32 Bryn
    September 14, 2010 at 22:33

    Just found this comic a few days ago and finally got caught up with everything. I’ve really enjoyed it so far and look forward to seeing what happens next!

    Keep it up!

  15. 33 Sereno
    September 15, 2010 at 10:58

    Just discovered BTT and i find myself in awe of your skill both as an animator and a storyteller. Excellent work and it’s a privilage to read.

  16. 34 Bancduese
    September 16, 2010 at 08:54

    Areen’s speechifying is near perfect to my ear as to what a paladin should say in that situation, with the perfect motivation of sincere regret for a life wasted that could have done so much better.

  17. 35 TK
    November 7, 2010 at 12:15

    While Tyrande might not be like that. A certain druid fits just what Vancleef was talking about

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