#231 – “Emergence”

I know it’ll probably come across as a tad bloom-heavy, but that’s really part the intention – after fumbling about in darkness for so long (roughly about 75 pages), I really just wanted a sense of stepping out into the bright light. Not only because we’re stepping out of the deadmines, but also because we’re stepping out of a chapter that’s lasted over a hundred pages.

It’s fair to say that I never expected Chapter Five to go on for so long – the main culprint being the Deadmines, which I really wanted to do something with. The much earlier visit to Blackfathom Deeps happened during the very first chapter, and I really wanted to just go all out and see how much I’d learned since then, and how much further I could go with it. The result was a dungeon crawl that.. almost has taken an entire year for me to plow through – when we saw the group take their first steps into that house hiding the mine entrance.. it was november last year.

My standing intention is for chapter lengths to return to the more normal around thirty pages in the future, but we’ll simply have to see. In the meantime, we have places to go to.


47 Responses to “#231 – “Emergence””

  1. 1 Expala
    October 10, 2010 at 17:22

    Light!!!!!! You’d miss it =P

  2. October 10, 2010 at 18:19

    Areen’s face in panel 1…..cute, I dont know why, I think it’s cute.
    I have to admit I do like how you ‘over-used’ the light here but to be honest, your eyes would be like that if you went walking around in the dark for so long.

    Liking the end of this story arc, though I wonder how will they get Vancleef’s body back to Sentinel hill? Dragging a guy for miles…..not even Achilles was that nasty to Hector.

  3. 4 Kimico
    October 10, 2010 at 20:28

    Well… Achilles tied Hector to a chariot and rode round Troy. I think that was still pretty disrespectful. But yeah… this is baisically the same thing. And poor Hani is dragging him with her bad arm. Although i thought the other arm was the one hurt… Oh well.

    Great job with this page! I feel just as relieved as them to be out of there! ^^

    • 5 tgrhwke
      October 10, 2010 at 22:15

      She’s using the left, uninjured arm to drag VC. The right is the injured one and Nhani opted to just have her grasp the uninjured shoulder to support the arm rather than try to model a sling.

    • October 10, 2010 at 23:41

      And achilles also desecrated the body if i remember correctly, “You wont have eyes, ears, or tongue, and you will wander the underworld blind deaf and dumb, and all will know this is hector, the fool who thought he killed achilles.”

      Not to mention dragging behind a chariot would cause alot of structural damage, the way she is dragging him, is more like luggage…which well..he is.

      • October 11, 2010 at 09:53

        Well in hindsight I think Vancleef’s body will be less desecrated then Hectors….where is a chariot if you need one?!

        • 8 Aux-Ash
          October 11, 2010 at 13:05

          You don’t need a chariot, dragging them at walking speed nets the same result. A gravelly piece of flesh that has a somewhat human-ish shape. It’d be completely impossible to tell who it was after not too long a distance.

        • 9 Sereno
          October 12, 2010 at 07:57

          Not to mention that VC is wearing a full set of armor that is fully inclusive, except for his head which is off the ground anyway. Poor ol hector would have been in a great deal less clothing. And Troy was supposed to have been massive, truly massive and was probably surronded on all sides by rough dirt and stone.

    • 11 Nhani
      October 12, 2010 at 09:59

      I thought it was a potentially interesting sort of glimpse into young Foonmall – that in spite of being down one shoulder, she’d rather drag his corpse halfway through Westfall than cut his head off and carry that along.

  4. 14 Timber Wolf
    October 10, 2010 at 22:00

    Open sky at last!

  5. October 10, 2010 at 22:28

    The light! It burns!

    This is why Areen needs goggles anyway.

    • 16 LolDrood
      October 11, 2010 at 00:41

      Evil Daystar! Hsssss!! *Skuttles back to the Deadmines to hang out with Cookie and whats-her-name*

      On the plus side, that thar’s one fiiiiiiine vote image, then. Especially since, juuust to the right of the frame? Tauren on jet packs. In leisure suits. Classy!

  6. 17 Frostsaben
    October 10, 2010 at 22:28

    Ah, to be honest I’m glad to see them out of there, don’t get me wrong, I loved the story that just happened in there but started to feel it was dragging a bit too long.

    Anyway, who knows what future holds for our adventurers? will they face another challange or will they die in a pit of lava because of the cataclysm? one day we will find out, and that day is “soon”. Of course it could be sooner if you’d pay… time is money friend!

    Secondly, I love the new voting picture, it’s amazing! Thank you very much for it!

  7. 18 Valekai
    October 11, 2010 at 02:41

    I’ve really been following the story for over a year? wow
    Way to have a story so interesting that i lose a sense of time.

  8. 19 Tankesenior
    October 11, 2010 at 10:39

    Shouldn’t that be thank elune instead of thank cenarius??

    Anyway nice one as always of course :D.

    • October 11, 2010 at 13:03

      I think she said Cenarius because she is a druid.

    • 21 Yunaris
      October 11, 2010 at 13:47

      Kaldorei religion is very much like Greek in the sense there are many ancient spirits, gods and demi-gods that can be worshipped and praised. Elune may just be the Zeus, but that doesn’t mean you always need to swear by her.

      A devotee of another God, in this case a druid appropriately praising Cenarius, is perfectly sensible. The druid units in WC3 also frequently did it.

    • 22 Nhani
      October 12, 2010 at 10:05

      It really depends on what criteria you go by, really. If you were to go by the actual implied spheres of influence of the various eternals the Night elves pay homage to, I think the most proper eternal to thank might actually be Malorne.

      That said, Te’len tends to prove rather casual on matters of faith, and will generally refer Cenarius in all sort of situations out of sheer habit, but doesn’t really look to him for really big things. As food for thought, contrast this with Hani Foonmall.

  9. 23 Xaesun
    October 11, 2010 at 23:08

    it were a 100 pages well read and well made! congrats!

  10. 24 Kai
    October 12, 2010 at 08:10

    What I’d like to know… your comic so fare has centered around the old world, pre wrath, pre BC, with cata now very close, will the story catch up to it? Will you do a skip in years up to present times or stick with the old old world?

    • 25 Nhani
      October 12, 2010 at 09:34

      I’ve thought about Cataclysm – some; I’m aware that there’s a risk of my eventually being forced to leap forward simply due to running out of viable old world backdrops to use and lacking the possibility to obtain more. That said, it’s not happening mid-arc, and it’s something I’m quite wary of doing because what it really does is cheat people out of character development.

      Say we jumped ahead right now – next page took place during the Cataclysm. The first few things you might notice is that the team would have another member along, and that the team dynamic would likely be quite a bit different, not to mention there’s a very good chance you’d notice Hani Foonmall having swapped out her confusion and emotional weight for better gear and Rei Tiny quite likely being un-shrunk and swinging a rifle.

      With all this in mind, I suspect the reaction of most people would be to want to go back in time, away from Cataclysm again, just to find out how and why all that happened. Who’s the new character? What happened to them in all those interim years? What have they seen, what have they gone through, how did it change them, soforth.

      I’m finishing Arc One, in the very least, before directly touching on Cataclysm. I’m hoping I’ll be able to take on Arc Two, too, before jumping ahead, since there’s a fair bit of character development I have in mind for it, not to mention there’s that Mysterious Fifth Cast Member that occasionally is alluded to who we’ll hopefully pick up fairly early on in it. After that.. I really can’t comment on – my current plans don’t extend that far, yet.

      • October 13, 2010 at 13:21

        With regards to getting backdrops, if you don’t want to risk the ever-riskiness of a private server (which I doubt will be able to pick up to Cataclysm for quite a while anyway), if you can manipulate WoWMapviewer to work, either by getting an older version of WoW or just by finding the necessary wizardry, that is a viable alternative. It may need a lot more work with regards to lighting and viewing distances, but it’s probably better than skipping a hell of a lot of important development.

        Otherwise, the local server mentioned below or a private server also remain, as far as I know, the only way to revert.

      • 27 ninta
        October 15, 2010 at 13:55

        tiny with a rifel?

        now i want to read this comic even more then i usualy do :D

  11. 28 saila AKS Wester
    October 13, 2010 at 08:06

    eh you know you cal always start an local server (max 1 player) and if you aren´t insert I think there will be an lot of privet servers that will run Lich king if something they will say that its for comic makers and that kind that need recourse. although you probably have to save 2 wow folders whit roughly 25 GB of data.

  12. 29 iPotato
    October 14, 2010 at 00:40

    Waitwaitwait, so this means I’ve been here for what? Two? Three years? And I’ve posted three times including this post?
    Lurker I am.

    • 30 iPotato
      October 14, 2010 at 00:44

      Also, forgot to say, the comic is awesome, Nhani.
      This one and the whole series thing.

    • 31 Frostsaben
      October 14, 2010 at 20:58

      wow, can’t belive 2 years and a half passed since this comic started, so about 2 years and a little since I found it… feels like yesterday, time goes by fast sometimes… something I should think about.

  13. 32 Gordrake Thunderhoof
    October 14, 2010 at 10:28

    Here’s some food for thought: Hani’s technically spent longer in the Deadmines than the Chilean miners in the news recently. XD

    In any case, looking forward to seeing where things go from here.

  14. 37 Ripwarrior
    October 14, 2010 at 21:02

    Though it costs money, you could buy the original world of warcraft, have the same last name in your account profile and travel around the old world as it was before TBC, you’ll see all the fancy people but do you think azeroth will change aswell?

    • October 14, 2010 at 22:48

      every zone is changing, just some not as much. And even those who dont buy cata will have their world change.

      • 39 Eduvudd
        October 15, 2010 at 00:30

        Yea, if it didnt change unless you had Cata it would suck if you were going through the Barrens and suddenly fall through the ground, but to someone else, you fell into The Great Divide. so far it seems though you’d only need cata for the +5 lvls and new zones(maybe?)

  15. 40 Griffindor
    October 14, 2010 at 21:24

    ITS MY LIGHT sorry was just listening to its my life :)

  16. 41 Iasion
    October 15, 2010 at 01:30

    I love the last panel. It’s as a heroic scene in a movie, plus a dead body being dragged around. XD

    Next, you should have them stop at a delicatessen for some tea in Silvermoon City, deceased ‘n all. :p

  17. 44 Nirene Feathersong
    October 25, 2010 at 01:14

    At first I thought Hani had lost some weight when I saw the 3:rd frame, but it might just be the effect of that bright light reflected on her belly.

    And if you see a light at the end of the tunnel, don’t walk into it – you might get dazzled. ^^

  18. 45 Iscarti
    December 13, 2010 at 00:45

    Where did Hani’s bandages go?

  19. December 17, 2010 at 01:37

    I just recently found this and my, it’s brilliant so far. I’ve yet three chapters to go so I got some good reading ahead of me!

    So, keep up the good work since you’ve got atleast one more reader!


  20. September 26, 2011 at 03:11

    Seeing how this turned out. Take All The Time You Need. Getting things done right beats rushing in anything. That being said what would it take to get you to be an actual writer for Blizz?

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