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#149 "Passage"

16th Jul 2015, 8:32 AM
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#149  "Passage"
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Centcomm 16th Jul 2015, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm
Oh man... This is a seriously powerful page.. and did she cut his head off with a upward stroke!!!!

DAMN!!!
Songgu Kwon 16th Jul 2015, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks! It looks like an upward stroke but she's flicking the sword up following a downward stroke.
Centcomm 16th Jul 2015, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm
Okay .. that makes more sense :D Still awesome page! :D
warriorneedsfood 22nd Jul 2015, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
warriorneedsfood
Still looks like an upward stroke. Very cool page!
chris-tar 16th Jul 2015, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Usually when someone dies like that, it is because they really deserve it, and so.... this must mean he did kill the real Druuga!
That bastard!!!!
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But hey, at least Clarence was nice enough to let him hold his sword before decapitation, thereby, instilling a sense of false hope in him!

I'll never forget that scene in "An American Werewolf in London" when that one guy gets his head swiped off and stays conscious for a little while afterwards.
Songgu Kwon 16th Jul 2015, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I watched that movie at the theater when I was a kid and it actually scared the shit out of me! Well, not literally but yeah, I was terrified.

In Norse mythology, a criteria for admittance to Valhalla is to die in battle. Some authors have developed this notion of "dying with sword in hand" to a more literal degree.

I kind of like this idea. It's like an exploit in a video game. Even if you've never been in a battle, maybe if you happened to be grasping a sword at the moment of your death, a passing valkyrie with a quota will snatch you up and take you to that fabulous place where you can fight all day and feast all night!

In Aegon's case, he knew his number was up and that his demise resulted from battle. He just wanted to be holding his sword to make a stronger case for himself.
matoe 16th Jul 2015, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Is Katagnar handicaped by his injured knee so he cannot intervene?

btw since this is my first comment: super great Comic, one of the best in the net
Songgu Kwon 16th Jul 2015, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
You'll see what Katagnar's up to, next week! Thanks and welcome!
Allzephyr 16th Jul 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
Allzephyr
Man, that'll be a chore to bury. They'll have to sew the head back on and everything. What a mess. But what a fitting end.
Songgu Kwon 16th Jul 2015, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Burial? Nah. Vultures gotta eat too. That way, even a traitorous evil bastard will end up doing some good. "You can REALLY taste the treachery!"
Craig Lomita 16th Jul 2015, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Powerful scene.
Draginbeard 16th Jul 2015, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Draginbeard
Last panel...very somber.

Really excellent page.
Songgu Kwon 17th Jul 2015, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks, guys!
dracolychee 16th Jul 2015, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Whoa, she chopped his head upwards, one-handed? I bet Kneeflayer has a damn big magical bonus.
Songgu Kwon 17th Jul 2015, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Hm. I should've had some blood splatter going the other way too. It does look like an upward stroke.

I haven't decided if Kneeflayer has a magical bonus or not. A sword made by a masterful smith can sometimes seem to possess almost magical properties.
dracolychee 17th Jul 2015, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Oops. I only thought so 'cause after what I found in historical documents, it's awfully hard to chop off a head on first try, not to speak of if doing so upwards.
Personally I think down is hard enough, the usual way was a horizintal sweep (in medieval Europe). Ahem, enough grisly what-dracolychee-reserches-in-her-spare-time details. :)
The pose is definitely ten times better for the composition this way than with the blade down, but if misunderstood, it's a big immersion break. Perhaps you can picture the way the blade took by blood splatters from his neck and from the blade tip?
Songgu Kwon 17th Jul 2015, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Okay, I added some blood splatter below the point of contact. I think it helps a bit.
Skweeee 16th Jul 2015, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Skweeee
But why did he start all this in the first place?

Beautiful last panel; sky and blood spatter.
Songgu Kwon 17th Jul 2015, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
He did it for:

A) Greed
B) Ambition
C) Love
D) The high he gets from betrayal because he's a twisted sociopath
E) All of the above
Guest 17th Jul 2015, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
Wombats are truly, noble creatures.
Songgu Kwon 17th Jul 2015, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Indeed!
Kauto 17th Jul 2015, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
Clarence was born to have that look on his face in the second-to-last panel.
Songgu Kwon 17th Jul 2015, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Yeah, he'll kill a man if he has to, but he'll be nice about it. ;)
Golux 18th Jul 2015, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Awesome page! More Chivalrous Wombats!

Clarence grants him his final boon and our Black Feather gal grants a swift and merciful death.

A real dick of a team would have kicked the sword away and left him to take as long as necessary to croak
Songgu Kwon 18th Jul 2015, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Yeah! He's lucky he's dealing with a non dick team!
blatboy 18th Jul 2015, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
blatboy
When I saw him ask for his sword I almost thought he was going to commit Seppuku, but riiiiight. He's an elf, not a Samurai. However, the decapitation did still keep me a little in that Samurai sort of mode of mind, thinking of the Shogun's executioner who would do that very thing to help ease the suffering of one who commits Seppuku.

I digress.

Awesome work, sir.
Songgu Kwon 18th Jul 2015, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Ha ha! Yeah, this page definitely plays out like a scene from a samurai movie or comic. Even the way Blackfeather decapitates Aegon is very reminiscent of how Itto Ogami might go about it in Lone Wolf & Cub.
dracolychee 19th Jul 2015, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
Oh yep, totally! =)
And thanks for reminding me of this series.
Dean Clark 19th Jul 2015, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Like dying with your boots on.

I'm guessing Druuga survived. Aegon already deserved to die for killing Cror.
dpat57 19th Jul 2015, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
dpat57
A sad end to an all-round great guy and brilliant archer. Let this be a warning to those who would follow a dark path... that leads to a psycho wombat and his murderous elf sidekick.

WHAT SAY YOU TO THIS, KATAGNAR?!
JRChace 21st Jul 2015, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
JRChace
I love this page. Great work!
Guesticus 13th Sep 2015, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Upward slicing move is cooler