#296 – “Old Friends”

So hey, a 2012 randomly appeared, how about that. Magic, surely! By what other means could a year so suddenly change into something that is completely different from what it used to be yet remain the same way in a different manner that is similar and related but also entirely disconnected from what was prior. What why how when and wherever.

Ftaghn. Also I’a.

With that out of the way, Raene returns, to the surprise of absolutely no one.


35 Responses to “#296 – “Old Friends””

  1. 1 CN
    January 1, 2012 at 01:54

    The timing couldn’t be better, really :)
    Also, upset Raene is upset…

  2. 2 Ilyara
    January 1, 2012 at 01:55

    Dagri is adorable. Raene is very specific about how Hani will need to subdue her.

  3. 3 LolDrood
    January 1, 2012 at 03:25

    What you mean “we”, purplehair?

    Daaawwwe, he wants a tummy rub. :3 who’s a good puppy? Who’s a good puppy?

    I bet -someone- is going to feel mighty silly about the whole “jump off a boat and swim to shore” thing, when there was a perfectly viable “talk to sentinal captain who knows you” option there the whole time. Not going to mention any names, they know who they are.

  4. 5 DarkSpade
    January 1, 2012 at 07:23

    I have a hunch the first panel of the next comic will be Raene tied to a tree.

    • January 1, 2012 at 11:04

      My thoughts exactly. Hani saying “All right…” leaves me thinking, “All right…what? All right, I’ll tell you? Or all right, if you insist…and I happen to have some rope right here…”

      Blessings of the new year to you, Nhani, and look for the resurrection of “Tales” very soon!!!!!!!

      — Tokkar

      • 7 Nhani
        January 1, 2012 at 16:52

        Does the many exclamation marks mean it’ll actually happen? Because you’ve had a veeeery long silence going!

        • January 1, 2012 at 19:57

          Working on it right now!

          Well, okay, replying to a comment from you right now and about to refill my coffee cup, but you get the picture.

          It’ll actually be a cross-over/spin-off from one of the other characters in Tales since Tokkar’s story has ended, but I think everyone will really enjoy what I’m planning.

          Here’s a hint though…it’s a dramatic comic, not a four-panels-and-laugh, and it involves a blood elf, a draenei, a human, a gnome and…and I’ll leave it at that for now :-)

          • 9 Nhani
            January 2, 2012 at 10:27

            To be perfectly honest, Tokkar – what I found compelling about Tales was that while it for most part shared the Joke of the Random Time Interval setup that most World of Warcraft webcomics run with, the jokes often came out of the characters and their world, rather than the disconnect between game and reality. As it progressed, it struck me as becoming more about those characters and less about the need to set up a punchline, which I found welcome. So if you’re heading for an even greater character focus then it’s all thumbs up on my end, really.

            The main thing I do wish you’d shed is this incessant urge of yours to prefer the “leveling greens” look over proper visual character design :p

        • January 2, 2012 at 05:42

          Well, crap.

          Okay, that’s the polite way of saying MUTH&$ FU@& SONOFAB!*%#@!!!!!

          I just announce that I have a new comic in the works and my graphics card decides to roast itself.

          I just can’t catch a break. Well, model viewer still works, I just can’t do anything that’s OpenGL, so backgrounds are out. That not only includes going in-game and doing screen-shots, but even using mapviewer on an older (3.3.5a) installation. Sigh…no money for a new card, but I do have an older machine that I MIGHT be able to resurrect. No promises, though.

          Hmm…worst-case scenario? I draw free-hand. Might be interesting. We’ll see.

            • January 2, 2012 at 19:59

              Great news – computer is working fine now! It was just running way too hot. I removed the cover and cleaned out all of the intake vents – no problems now! And yes, I’ll shed the leveling greens :-)

            • 13 GRYFFYN
              January 3, 2012 at 22:22

              Tokkar, that’s what you get when you let hairy tauren and dusty old undead run around in your computer.

            • 14 Gordrake Thunderhoof
              January 8, 2012 at 14:12


              I keep myself damn well clean thank you very much! Although I did wonder about that smell…

      • January 3, 2012 at 22:35

        Hey, Tokkar.

        I just read your posts about Model Viewer. Have you considered giving Malu05’s WoW Machinima Tool a try? I know Zimtower has come out and stated MapViewer is dead and is referring folks to WMT.

    • 16 Thalis
      January 1, 2012 at 14:12

      Very funny imagining Raene tied to a tree, but I am sure it won’t happen.
      Happy new year; and may Elune always smile upon you.

  5. 17 Agamede
    January 1, 2012 at 10:16

    Happy 2012 Nhani :)

  6. 18 Noriam
    January 1, 2012 at 12:18

    Unconscious* (second last panel)

    Happy new year and merry implications of future tyings.

  7. 20 Meglivorn
    January 1, 2012 at 12:27

    Happy new year!

  8. 21 Watermist
    January 1, 2012 at 21:28

    Tied to a tree, huh? Why do I get the feeling there’s a story behind that one? ;)

  9. January 1, 2012 at 22:46

    I like this episode very much. :)

    Just out of curiosity, what would be Hani’s punishment if she were captured?

    • 23 Meyani
      January 2, 2012 at 00:50

      Didn’t Tyrande (when she forced Hani and Rei into exile) say she (Hani) would be imprisoned if the archdruid had his way? I thought that was what should have happened, except she (Tyrande) felt it was better to send Hani away. It does seem a bit harsh though…

      • 24 WormRunner
        January 2, 2012 at 01:23

        I cannot imagine that humorless, pompous druid being satisfied with anything that wasn’t more than a bit harsh. Ah, that punch was so satisfying.

        • 25 Nhani
          January 2, 2012 at 10:40

          If she’s lucky, she’d just be tossed out again, possibly in a different direction. If she’s not, they’d probably lock her up somewhere for awhile. The thing is, even if you disregard the political situation with Staghelm, the problem remains that Hani has these triggers that can set her off, often with the result of other people getting hurt. Until she manages to gather some semblance of control over those impulses, she can’t really function in society and thus kind of needs to be kept separate from it.

  10. January 2, 2012 at 07:40


    *rubs head*

    Just how much does a graphics card cost anyhow? You should open a donate button, methinks . . . .

  11. 30 Moltrazahn
    January 2, 2012 at 08:39

    Yay! stuff!

    Anywho, Darth Hani is looking swell, as ever, they could learn a thing or two from your designs.
    Oh, since we are at 2012 now, be sure to hurry up with the last 30k pages of the tale, considering we are all about to die!!!!!….. ….. …. *coughs* …. …. … yeah, so… theres that.

  12. 31 Drakan
    January 3, 2012 at 01:12

    Tokkar! You’re back!!!!!
    *runs up and wraps him in an enormous hug. Then blushes and runs away*
    (Please do set up a Donate button on CrossRoads – be happy to put a little towards a graphics card)

    Loving the slow set-up here, Nhani. Hmmm, wonder if Hani is in a mood to explain…

  13. 32 Myestra
    January 3, 2012 at 11:37


    And a happy new year to you too, Nhani.

  14. 33 Tankesenior
    January 3, 2012 at 14:01

    Happy new year Nhani and fellow readers ;D !!!

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