#227 – “Carrot on a Plate”

This is one of those ideas I wish I could take credit for but ultimately can not; I knew I wanted Cookie in, but I wasn’t sure how. My initial plans largely had him as a case of amusing futility with him charging in only to be swatted aside. A friend of mine however remarked why make a fight out of him – he’s the ship’s cook, take a spin on that instead.

So I did.

Update 20’th September: Well, it seems the AC adapter for my laptop (which also doubles as my primary workstation) decided it’s had enough and died in a most unspectacular fashion. The good news is that I’ve already reported the fault, gotten reply that “it happens” and have been told that it’ll be passed on to HP so they can send a replacement. The bad news is that this’ll most likely take in the least a week, possibly several, during which said workstation will effectively lie inert and unstartable. So, until I get a replacement adapter, Beyond the Tree is effectively on hold.

Hopefully it won’t be much more than a week, but I don’t really have any way of either telling or influencing how quickly it’ll happen.


51 Responses to “#227 – “Carrot on a Plate””

  1. September 19, 2010 at 16:10

    ok i can honestly say i didnt see that coming…but it is awesome and perfect…

  2. 2 Moltrazahn
    September 19, 2010 at 16:25

    XD id so love if he is trying to make them food now…

    Also, you just made a quote that shall pass into history

    “Its a FISH! You cant trust it!”

    Win :)

  3. 3 Timber Wolf
    September 19, 2010 at 16:38

    You know what would be hella funny? If Cookie ended up joining them and Tiny used him as a mount.

    I’ve always wondered tho… Who the hell employs a friggin fish as a cook?? Seriously! Seems like a cooking fish would be an oxymoron to me.

  4. 7 Telaani
    September 19, 2010 at 16:44

    It’s got a gun! /panic

  5. 8 Eduvudd
    September 19, 2010 at 17:35

    lmao, “Its a fish! You cant trust it!” most epic line I’ve ever heard XD

  6. 9 LolDrood
    September 19, 2010 at 17:45

    Eeee! So cute!
    It’s weird seeing murlocs rendered with such resolution, though. And brilliant colors.

    Two things jump into my mind, reading this:
    1: I’ll be sad if this arc doesn’t end with someone taking home leftovers in an aluminum foil swan.
    2: OMG, that poor murloc :( dude has no purpose or drive in life, except to cook food and serve it to a crew. But now the crew is dead. What’s going to become of Cookie? He’s going to spend his days, cooking food, and throwing it out, wondering why no one is coming around to eat it.
    Hugs for Cookie!
    Reminds me of Kryton.

  7. 10 Ilyara
    September 19, 2010 at 17:48

    Aww. He’s nice and seems a bit frightened: hiding behind the cooking pot. I suppose he’s trying to say “I’m just the cook don;t kill me…here see, try some soup!”. And he has a kitty :D !

    Areen’s behaviour is apropos.

  8. 11 Skyll K. Chagorantis
    September 19, 2010 at 20:16

    Look at his smile in the last panel.
    It hurts.

  9. September 19, 2010 at 21:26

    It’s a servant of the dark lord Cthullu, he is going to summon him with the contents of the cauldron, kill it quick!

  10. 18 Ellessar
    September 19, 2010 at 22:07

    This page made me lol :D

  11. 19 Frad
    September 20, 2010 at 07:05

    I.. Can’t… Stop… LAUGHING! Best scene ever! Please Nhani, make a fill post just with tiny and cookie with the qoute “Its a fish, you cant trust it!”
    Beside that, please please please please please MAKE COOKIE JOIN THE CREW! I BEEEG YOU! /beg /peon!

  12. 20 TC
    September 20, 2010 at 10:18

    rofl made my day this.. well nearly.. apart from VC dying i cant say i will ever forgive you again! :(

    • 21 Nhani
      September 20, 2010 at 10:32

      Unfortunately, much like Areen I find little to no sympathy for those who willingly support and/or endorse evil.

      Besides, I’m quite sure you’ve slaughtered him wholesale many times over with far less noble intent. You speak of a forgiveness that is no longer yours to give.

      But that’s alright – the Light forgives; even if it must be posthumously.

  13. 23 snark^
    September 20, 2010 at 10:42

    I can translate murloc. What is about to say is “Gnome goes in pot”, or possibly “It rubs the condiments on its skin, or it gets the ladle again.”

  14. 24 Frostsaben
    September 20, 2010 at 11:37

    Cookie is alive! and he’s making carrots for his bunny-army of doom!

  15. 25 Dékaie
    September 20, 2010 at 14:43

    he is going to boil the poor cat :(

    or maybe throw it after them :)

  16. 26 Cobs
    September 20, 2010 at 14:56

    That Murloc has never been cuter.

  17. 27 Fokker
    September 20, 2010 at 16:38

    Well, this is… fishy.

  18. 28 Nhani
    September 20, 2010 at 17:34

    Right, so I had a somewhat unspectacular computer failure of a sort – see updated page commentary. It’s rather annoying, since I kind of need that computer for far more than just keeping Beyond the Tree up to date, but silently glaring at the broken AC adapter won’t really accomplish much of anything. For now it’s really just a waiting game to see how long it takes the combination of the local IT people and HP to get me a replacement part.

    Here’s to hoping it’ll happen swiftly.

    • 29 LolDrood
      September 21, 2010 at 04:26

      congrats on your spiffy new paper weight! :D

      Yeah, it sucks when things just give out like that. A few months back my mobo died on me; I had to spend a week living off a little 8″ netbook. :(

      Maybe you’ll get lucky, and you’ll live one county over from the shipping warehouse.

    • 30 Frostsaben
      September 21, 2010 at 09:06

      Sorry to hear that, hope you get a replacement soon though. Sometimes the shop owners can be slow to get parts, especialy if it’s still in guarrantee so they have to give it to you for free, but if there’s money involved you’d have gotten it the day before it broke even.

    • 31 Synchronizor
      September 22, 2010 at 09:53

      If I’m correct in assuming you’re talking about a power brick for a laptop, Nhani, there are a number of generic power supplies available as off-the-shelf replacements for most modern laptops. _Here’s an example. They usually come with interchangeable tips to fit a wide range of voltages and plug types. Unless your broken power supply is being replaced for free through a warranty, you may want to look into these, as they can be cheaper, faster, and/or easier to obtain than a replacement from the manufacturer. Just make sure your laptop model or series is listed on the box or in the accompanying sheet/booklet/specs, and you’re golden.

  19. 32 Nirene Feathersong
    September 20, 2010 at 22:52

    Cookie:[Murlocean] Carrot? *grins*


    BWAHAHAHA – oh dear, that has to be the most hillarious turn of events in BtT history ever! I can’t wait to see the expression on their faces in the next page. ;D

  20. September 20, 2010 at 23:41

    Captain Cookie.

    ’nuff said.

  21. 34 Landusk
    September 21, 2010 at 11:46

    OH god cookie you just make me LoL at most point ty nhani.

  22. 35 Gordrake Thunderhoof
    September 21, 2010 at 13:13

    Hahaha…COOKIE! I find it thoroughly amusing how it’s practically impossible for either group to understand one another and yet for some reason a few are trying. What’s even better is that it seems Cookie is trying to serve food to the group. It’s weird, considering the past run-ins with Murlocs. I’ve actually yet to see many aggressive Murlocs. Curious ones, but not aggressive until pressed upon. As an example, look back on when Tiny was grabbed by one. All that time they could’ve had to eat her and they were more wondering what the heck it was!

    “I am king of the sea, not a queen like Aquaman…” …yeah, that song got into my head at some point.

  23. 36 Fokker
    September 21, 2010 at 15:58

    While at it, Te’len totally needs to get her model update A.S.A.P.
    Growing amount of close-ups on her face make her look silly, especially when compared to Hani’s model.

    • 37 Nhani
      September 21, 2010 at 18:54

      It’s on the plan – I actually have a work in progress model going that’s largely waiting for me to decide on how to solve certain things (such as the sleeves) and figuring out certain details before being completed. There’s a few things I want to change with Te’len’s model; some to prevent clipping, some simply added adornments.

      To a point I’ve been hoping I could update the whole night elven cast in one go since the most recent models I have use a new eye type, but at this rate that might not be feasible. I might have to do a render test showing characters with the different eye types side by side to see what it looks like.

  24. 38 Frostsaben
    September 21, 2010 at 17:28

    I just saw I missed seeing the siamese cat sitting near his feet first 2 times I looked at the comic. Sneaky, sneaky… carrot eating… siamese cat…

  25. 39 Jim
    September 23, 2010 at 00:10

    IT’S A TRAP!

  26. September 23, 2010 at 01:07

    I really hope Areen knows it’s a murloc. There’s no way she wouldn’t, being from the EK. Have the elves not been to the shores of Kalimdor (such as Ashenvale or Darkshore) since the rise of the murlocs from the sea?

  27. 42 Tomah
    September 23, 2010 at 17:34

    Hmm. Beta spoilers ahead.

    “Captain” Cookie is now the final boss of regular Deadmines. He hops in a cauldron and throws food around, some of it buffs you, some of it debuffs you. Using a buff food removes the debuff food’s effect. I guess they should have listened to Tiny and killed him right away.

    Don’t eat it, Areen! It’s a DoT!

  28. 43 Moltrazahn
    September 23, 2010 at 21:42

    Damm, sorry to hear about your computer there Nhani :S.

    However, the dedicated few(thousands) will await patiently for your return :) have no fear ^^

  29. 44 Hroxigar
    September 25, 2010 at 06:23

    Did you know when making this one that Cookie was the only returning boss in Deadmines?

    If not, */golfclap*

    If so…. */bigger golfclap*

  30. 46 Some Bloke
    September 26, 2010 at 19:26

    I think you should make some notice of Edwins daughter.

    Just my 0.05$


  31. 48 wowplayer
    September 28, 2010 at 02:38

    have vanessa (little girl right now) go over to the dead body of edwin vancleef and start planning to kill them

  32. 49 Alex
    September 30, 2010 at 13:18

    Runn Tum Tuber? :p http://www.wowhead.com/item=18255

    At least it’s not Last week mammoth, or Bad Clams.

    • 50 Alex
      September 30, 2010 at 13:22

      Also, for the AC adapter, I also use laptops and one fried on me. You can buy universal ones at an electronics shop. Since your computer is an HP, it has more chance of working than with mine, which was a piece of crap from Dell (what they say about Dell IS true, they do shitty stuff. Low quality hardware, and it eventually wears off way faster, I’d rather build my own PC, way less expensive, and you know you have good stuff in it).
      Check it out if you think you’ll be out for too long. AC adapters suck.

  33. 51 Griffindor
    September 30, 2010 at 16:55

    hi been reading your comics for a while now great work :) hope you get you computer fixed soon cant wait for the next page :D see you soon!

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