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#139 "Song of the Sea Snake"

23rd Apr 2015, 3:21 PM
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#139 "Song of the Sea Snake"
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miles 23rd Apr 2015, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
We used to sing that song when I was just a little boy.

Ah, the memories.
Songgu Kwon 23rd Apr 2015, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I'm thinking that the song should cover 7 different sea snakes... their characteristics, bite effects, and possible cures. ;)
DocMesa 23rd Apr 2015, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
And then, having successfully memorized all seven snakes, you get stung by a duck billed platypus and die from the venom.
Songgu Kwon 23rd Apr 2015, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
PLATYPUS!!! AARRRRGGHHH!!!
Dodom 27th Apr 2015, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Dodom
But in a confusing way, so you get that the cure may be one of seven things, but there's no way you'll get all seven in time!
chris-tar 23rd Apr 2015, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
So another of the Soothsayer's prophecies is coming to fruition.
I am afraid I am going to have to re-read this comic a couple of times to understand everything.
Songgu Kwon 23rd Apr 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I get excited when the opportunity comes up where I can reference a story element from way back. ;)
DizzasterJuice 23rd Apr 2015, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
DizzasterJuice
You're going to need a good lawyer Aegon, but who can you call?
"Have you been accused of sexual harassment by an elf? Caught buggering your neighbor's goat? Murder by venom?
Who can you call?
Clarence E. Wombat, Esq. is on your side!"
Songgu Kwon 23rd Apr 2015, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Because you can't spell GUILTY without IT UGLY.

Yeah.

O__o

?
chris-tar 24th Apr 2015, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Cror's eyes and lips are all swollen from having an allergic reaction to sea snake venom...
chris-tar 24th Apr 2015, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Oh, it's the snake that has "blue rings", we weren't talking about a blue colored ring you wear on your finger..duh!
Songgu Kwon 24th Apr 2015, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Yeah, I thought about calling it "blue ringed" but it didn't sound as good as just "blue ring".
Nibor 24th Apr 2015, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
So Aegon really is a traitor. But maybe he isn't himself, as he might be possessed by a demon (remember page #132).
I just went through some older pages and found the dream with Erathdor's warning about Grandma (page #86). I really like the similarity between the two warning-dreams (#85-#86 and #133-#135). In both dreams Blackfeather is in a training-fight with her brother, in both dreams Erathdor's head is in some of the panels covered in dark and he sometimes looks really dangerous and last but not least, in both dreams the frog-thing appears and gets stabbed. So Blackfeather maybe feels guilty about the sword-accident in the past (pages #7-#9), which also happened after a trainig-duel with her brother. I think on page #134 you can even see the frog-thing's scars from the former wounds. And as the frog-thing should be dead, because it could not have survived the wound from page #9, I think her brother is also already dead. Remember page #54, where they talk about the prophecies of the Soothsayer Gadelea.
So as I supposed before, his ghost (or soul) seems to be protecting his sister. Don't forget that Druuga saw him sitting besides his sister in her shamanic vision on page #131. And on page #131 Songgu also gives a hint in one of his comments, that Erathdor is dead.
Oh, I just saw for the first time, that the vision actually starts in the last panel of page #130. And the second dream not only reveals that Radbut is Druuga, it also reveals, that Blackfeather can't trust Aegon: "Oh Sedhdaereth beware the one who seeks your hand ...!" (page #133).
You can find something new everytime you look through the comic and lots of new pages give a reason to re-read the whole comic or at least parts of it. So you can find a hint, that something was wrong with Cror's death. During Cror's burial Bob tells the others, that he is surprised about Cror's death (page #119: "I thought his broken body would mend ... given time). Combined with the fact, that it was Aegon who informs the others about Cror's death (page #118), you also get a hint to Aegon as Cror's murderer. On page #118 you can also see a strange reaction of Radbut/Druuga, when Helegil is mentioned.
One last idea: because of the coincidence with the dead frog-thing and Blackfeather's dead brother appearing in her dreams and Blackfeather probably feeling guilty about the frog-thing's death, I think she might also have been involved in her brothers death as well and also feels guilty about it. I think especially the dream-page #86, where she accidentally kills her brother, points in this direction.
But enough speculation.
I really like, how the different storylines seem to be connected and how the later pages involve the themes from even some of the very early pages, which were really nice, but had a kind of nonsense-humor, and now they get some kind of meaning. And I like all the hints in between. I had totally forgotten the first warning-dream (pages #85-#86). As the comic goes on, you can see a lot of connections and everything makes more and more sense. This is really really cool!!!

And, dear Songgu, I also like your comment on page #82:
Songgu Kwon 20th Feb 2014, 4:14 PM: "And that ends the story arc about the elf's old friend. Thanks for reading! Now I can go back to shorter, more random bits. :)"
And shortly after that, you start the story about Granma and Druuga, which seems to become even bigger.

This became a rather long post. Sorry!
Songgu Kwon 24th Apr 2015, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
That's a very insightful analysis of the sneakier plot elements! You nailed it, Nibor. The way the connections form has been an interesting process. Some are designed so and some "surface" and give the older scenes meaning retroactively.

The additional chapter in the printed book will deal more with some of the themes you've mentioned and complete the picture.

And yeah, I thought I would make more short vignettes but somehow, this sprawling story happened. Oops. :O I'll be wrestling with it to its completion for the next 3 months!
Nibor 24th Apr 2015, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Oh yes, the designing of the connections between different storylines with all the hidden hints seems to be a very interesting part during the planning- and writingprocess of the comic.
But I think it is especially fascinating to see, that even some parts, which at first weren't ment to be meaningfull, now get a kind of meaning or beginn to fit into later storyparts. Some of these things are afterwards carefully connected/constructed by your storytelling, but I get the impression as if some storyparts find a connection out of themselves. So it seems as if the comic itself developes a life of it's own, and so do the characters.
I don't mean this in a spiritual or esoteric way, it is more a sign (or indication / I'm not sure which is the best word) for a kind of depth in the construction of the comic, it's background and it's characters. This depth is also shown (or emblematized) through all the drawings you made besides the panels themselfes. And you can see/read it in the comments with all the things about Pieter Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, medieval fencing books and so on. Not to forget the pen&paper/roleplay things :).
So, well done!

Oh, and I'm realy looking forward to the printed book and the additional chapter!
Songgu Kwon 24th Apr 2015, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I dig it when a story seems to just tell itself. And you know your characters have lives of their own when they start telling you exactly what they would do or say in any given situation. It makes the writing part a lot easier!

This doesn't happen all the time, of course. Sometimes every stage of the production is a real pain.
Skweeee 24th Apr 2015, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
Skweeee
Villain unmasked!!

"and, I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for these pesky kids!"
Songgu Kwon 24th Apr 2015, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
And then some medieval cops could show up and conveniently escort Aegon away in a wagon. The End! Cut to commercial!
Dean Clark 25th Apr 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Nice touch putting the coin in Cror's mouth. To pay for the ferry ride across the Styx. In Ireland, traditionally, they would bury people with both a coin and a bottle of whiskey, for a pleasant ferry ride.

Aegon still probably thinks he has a chance with Blackfeather. I will be disappointed if he doesn't try some more smooth talk.
Guest 25th Apr 2015, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
That's not a coin, that's hes tounge
Songgu Kwon 25th Apr 2015, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
A coin AND a bottle of whiskey... now that sounds like a proper way to start the afterlife! But yeah, that's his swollen tongue. I should've drawn it better... more tonguey.
Dean Clark 26th Apr 2015, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Sea snake venom rounds off and flattens out tongue tips. That's how Blackfeather could tell it was what killed Cror.
Songgu Kwon 30th Apr 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I'm in the middle of preparations for moving across the country. No updates this week. Sawry.
Dean Clark 30th Apr 2015, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Have a safe journey. Say hello to the farm animals for me.
oldarmourer 3rd May 2015, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
funny, the first thing that popped into my head wasn't a sea snake but the blue-ringed octopus, probably due to the unhealthy influence of Bond movies ;)