#274 – “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone”

I felt rather early on that to really give Hani’s eventual decision to return to Kalimdor the weight and impact I desired, I needed a sufficient obstacle barring her way – a reason why she didn’t just return earlier rather than mope around in the Eastern Kingdoms feeling sorry for herself. And so I put her on a collision course with Fandral Staghem that ultimately saw her exiled, just to gain that obstacle. It’s not an easy decision she makes, but it is one she feels she must.

She can’t go alone, however – there’s more than just her in the main cast. So Te’len gets her choice to make as well – I felt that once Te’len agrees, it’s more or less implied that the remaining two will as well.


26 Responses to “#274 – “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone””

  1. 1 Kevin
    July 20, 2011 at 21:02


  2. 2 CN
    July 20, 2011 at 21:42

    Looks like Te’len didn’t enjoy her stay in Stormwind either..

  3. 3 Kayeri
    July 20, 2011 at 22:36

    Very good interplay between those two, but what about our paladin? I realize you said it’s implied the other two would go and for Tiny, I’d agree. Areen, however, is a paladin, bound by oaths and honor to a path that is not always her own choice, I am interested in seeing her response to all this. Basically, Areen’s superiors may have something to say about her suddenly heading to Kalimdor…

    • 4 LolDrood
      July 21, 2011 at 01:45

      I was wondering that as well, since the last update. Areen doesn’t seem to have any particular motivation to follow our optic-luminescent heroes to Kal, especially given that any number of serious threats to her immediate home town are but a hop skip and a jump away.

      Tin Foil Theory: If I was looking for a way to get Hani back into Dland? Escort for official Silver Hand envoy visit. Procedural sneakiness is the best kind of sneakiness!

    • 5 Nhani
      July 21, 2011 at 08:17

      We’ll get to see Areens response in… oh some two pages or so from now. It’ll be there but I definitely felt it was less essential than Te’len deciding; the trio of elves all risk something by going (well okay, Tiny probably couldn’t care less) – Areen on the other hand just needs a good enough cause or reason.

  4. July 21, 2011 at 02:48

    I can see this ending both badly, and very good.

  5. July 21, 2011 at 03:29

    Go Te!! You take some initiative! But I wonder if Areen will be joining them. I know Tiny will.

  6. 8 JSStryker
    July 21, 2011 at 06:13

    Love it Te’len trying to protect Hani from possibly making a serious error but in the end she shows what true friends do, go and watch their friend’s back! I know Tiny will go also and probably Areen but one can never tell what her order might have to say about it.

  7. 9 bleeters
    July 21, 2011 at 13:14

    It’ll be ok, Staghelm is a raid boss now. Folks are slapping him about on a weekly basis.

  8. 11 Memandi
    July 21, 2011 at 19:56

    I really liked this one, great! :)

  9. 12 GrifPL
    July 21, 2011 at 20:05

    Why i think, that the Te’Len loves Hani ?

    • 13 Xel
      July 22, 2011 at 03:34

      There is a bond growing between the two that may even become more developed than Hani’s relationship with Tiny. Alas, I very much doubt it will ever blossom into love; more likely, it will be a respectful, honorable and loyal friendship deeply rooted through the actions we have seen occurring between these two characters. While I’m certainly a fan of the idea of the Te+Hani=item fantasy, perhaps it is best that it remains a fantasy.

      • July 22, 2011 at 16:13

        Are you kidding? Two characters with a connection that turns into a deep friendship instead of a love interest?

        Tragedy on a global scale!

        • 15 Xel
          July 22, 2011 at 23:22

          Hollywood would implode if they ever even caught wind of this idea. Keep it secret; keep it safe.

          • 16 wowplayer
            July 23, 2011 at 01:40

            sorry, already gave them an idea that barely hinges on theft, of course the guys who saw it burst into flame, maybe I should stop writing in cthulic? back on topic, HUGE twist, and not nice teasing us with duskwood, however this could be more interesting

  10. 17 Grindzy
    July 23, 2011 at 02:23

    GrifPl made me think of something: will a male adventurer ever enter the group?

    And on the subject of males, you don’t seem to like them all that much. Delgren was incompotent, Staghelm was a jerk (Though he really was an insane jerk), Vancleef was evil (Though he was a villain in game), and Captain Cravenrest was just unpleasant. Then there’s that drunk who’s always, well, drunk. The guy who “assaulted” Te. Etc. etc.

    And then all of the Females are awesome, except for the dryads, but they’re not REALLY people. Heh.

    I’m just messing around, trying to pass some time :)

    • 18 Nhani
      July 23, 2011 at 08:21

      I’m not sure why people keep short-selling Delgren, to be honest. For someone not part of the traveling group, he actually did and accomplished a fair bit, not to mention tricking Tiny into wanting to escort Te’len to Darnassus. I always thought of him as competent, and a fair sight nicer than the average non-Raene Sentinel we met.

      Actually, speaking of said Sentinels, how come they get a free pass but Captain Cravenrest does not? I’m genuinely curious about that – whether it’s because Cravenrest implied he might try to impede them if they break the law, or because people take Tiny’s scorn as warranted.

      As for a male member of the main cast.. there’s one coming in Arc Two, if I decide to actually continue into Arc Two.

      • 19 Foggy
        July 23, 2011 at 09:59


        Please do decide.


        • 20 Nhani
          July 23, 2011 at 10:30

          Unfortunately, it’s not a simple decision to make, and in spite of a fair bit of contemplating, rambling and soul-searching on the matter, I haven’t really come to any conclusion yet. Or rather any conclusion that sticks, because my own feelings on the matter tend to bounce back and forth depending on the day.

          Putting it simply, it’s like this: I started playing World of Warcraft because WarCraft III had really made me like the setting. It’d grown it far beyond its earlier roots in WarCraft II and earlier, and made something I found really interesting out of it. Now, some six years later, I find myself with the realization that Blizzards systematic destruction of everything I did like about the setting isn’t ever going to change. Any aspect I appreciate is likely to be either forgotten, retconned out in favor of something else, or handed off to Knaak so he can brutalize it. It is, of course, their setting and their right to do what they want with it, but it does raise the question of how much longer I’d be willing to stay around a game where every new plot twist or hook only seems to frustrate me.

          This combined with the fact that a Story Arc in Beyond the Tree isn’t a small, short thing – Arc One has currently lasted well over three years, and is bound to take a few months still before it comes to a close. Even if Arc Two would be only half of that length, it’d still be a good one and a half to two years of story telling in a setting I might not have any appreciation left for at that point.

          I don’t want to start off Arc Two unless I can say with some certainty that I’ll see it through to the end, and right now, whether I would or not is anything but certain.

          • 21 Foggy
            July 23, 2011 at 12:08


            We/I don’t have neither the right to nor real influence in pushing you forward.
            It must take a hell lot of time to build these pages not to mention the soul and “Herzblut” (blood of heart / as we say in Germany) you put in for creating this fine and moving story.
            And your problems with blizzards setting nowadays just shows how deep you are in this.
            Wich is essential for creating a storyline that goes deeper in the characters personality as most other.
            I personally don’t know any.

            Just take my former comment as a sign that i appreciate your work that companies (?) us for that real long time.
            And i am thankful to witness their adventures how long they may will last.

            Time will tell.

      • 22 Grindzy
        July 23, 2011 at 15:40

        I was going to referrence the Sentinels as negative females, but we never even learned their names and there were just two that gave Hani trouble. Cravenrest has been unpleasent multiple times now.

        And how can I not see Delgren as Incompotent when Tiny is insulting him left and right, it just sort of rubbed off on me :) But you’re right, he did trick Tiny, which I imagine is no small feet (Pun not intended)

        As for the Second Arc, I do hope you do it, but I understand that continuing a story that is becoming less appealing to you is difficult. I’d be happy with you finishing off Arc one at all, since most webcomics just die and there’s not a hint of closure.

        Whatever you choose, I’ll still be a faithful reader to the end!

        • 23 Nhani
          July 23, 2011 at 16:31

          Cravenrest also helped them out of trouble once, mind you.

          In regards to Tiny and Delgren, the thing to realize that the whole reason Tiny comes down on him in particular is because she blames him for Te’len ending up in danger. Technically, Maestra’s Post is a Sentinel posting, so the blame is more than a little misplaced, but Delgren was the one who told them of it, therefore Tiny places all guilt squarely on him. It’s petty and irrational, but it’s also totally what Tiny does and how Tiny works. The whole point with her behavior isn’t actually “Delgren is Incompetent”, but rather “Tiny is Irrational.”

          One of the important things to understand with Beyond the Tree is that the lead duo aren’t always in the right – far from it. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re always wrong either, but you can’t really take anything they say straight at face value – especially not Tiny.

    • 24 LolDrood
      July 26, 2011 at 04:55

      I’d totally reup my wow sub if they made Dryads playable. prance prance prance throw spear prance butterflies. BOOM, op remove magic effect aura!

      My guess is Delgren is removed from reader context as a “BtT charactor” because he is/was an in-game person. And a fairly minor one too. Gave you some quests, never heard from him again.
      Cravenrest is pretty incidental, too. I mean, granted he may have held some influence over the three’s decision making, but I didn’t know even know his name until right now.

  11. July 23, 2011 at 22:06

    I note for the rest of the readership that Hani said, “Back to Kalimdor,” not particularly “Back to the Elven Lands.” I anticipate that when she gets to the docks, she’ll find the next passage is to Theramore, and will go instead of wait for another trip to Auberdine.

  12. 26 Kayeri
    July 26, 2011 at 15:30

    I don’t have issues with Delgren or Cravencrest. Delgren always struck me as a good man, trying to do his best in a different world than what he knew. When I found out what happened with him in Cata, well, I’ll stop there, I don’t want to blow it for anyone who hasn’t leveled an alt through Ashenvale post-Cata.

    Cravencrest is awesome. He’s just a guy trying to do his job and not get too intimidated when this 7-foot-plus female night elf is giving him the Stare… ::chuckle:: He did actually display an understanding of Hani’s issues and helped her get out of Stormwind when she needed to. Yes, granted, it was probably more for his own peace of mind than for her, but he DID help.

    and Nhani, well, it’s not for me to say what you’re going to do with your comic, because I realize this IS a lot of work. Just know that I enjoy your work immensely, I appreciate the modeling, the story, the characters. You do one hell of a great job with it all, and you are always willing to discuss things with your followers, which is great.

    Thank you. :)

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