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#49 "A Farewell"

20th Jun 2013, 10:50 PM
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#49 "A Farewell"
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hibou 20th Jun 2013, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
lefty had it comin'-- dick!
Draginbeard 20th Jun 2013, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
The boy was ballsy...rolled with the punches. In the end, he got the point. Elves are pointy all over.
Songgu Kwon 21st Jun 2013, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
When they demanded he surrender, his response was... "Nuts."
Mayyday 20th Jun 2013, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
I love that Lefty has a little hobo bindle. What could possibly be IN there? This will haunt me unto my dying day.
Songgu Kwon 21st Jun 2013, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Among other things... powder. :p
antlan87 14th Aug 2013, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
Powder? Now I am thinking about the NES games Destiny of an Emperor!
Centcomm 21st Jun 2013, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
wow .. awesome fight there!! and poor lefty .. he was so young.. >_<
Songgu Kwon 21st Jun 2013, 3:43 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks! Elf's reverse grip draw/parry and counter attack was tested and found feasible. Yay, swords! :)
blatboy 21st Jun 2013, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
Wow, that takes some serious arm strength to successfully parry a serous hit from a two handed sword (or is it a bastard?) with a reverse grip. Elf must do some mad pilates.
Songgu Kwon 21st Jun 2013, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Ah, the beauty of this move is that because the foible (blade near pointy end) of your own sword is still supported by contact with your scabbard & hip, it requires very little strength to withstand a hard blow. A good sword should flex a bit to absorb the impact and not break.

It's not in any of the old medieval treatises as far as I know and it's probably not very practical in a sword fight but hey, it looks cool. That's generally how it goes with any reverse grip sword technique... it's not as versatile as the standard grip but it can lead to some interesting possibilities. ;)

Oh, and the merc's weapon is a long sword but such swords are often also referred to as bastard (if the grip & blade are slightly shorter) and two handed (if the grip & blade are considerably longer).
pharphacide 21st Jun 2013, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
Shouldn't her right arm either be more bent at the elbow or her right shoulder lifted higher towards her ear to keep the blade from reaching her neck?
That said, great fight, great move and great gag...for every body but Lefty.
Songgu Kwon 21st Jun 2013, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
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Hmm... the action would be clearer if her opponent was in the frame. If his position is closer to the viewer (us), then his sword would reach her neck and she'd be toast. If he's at the same distance to or slightly farther away from the viewer, she's covered. ;)
pharphacide 21st Jun 2013, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
Then, obviously, he must be equidistant or further from us. Attack Geometry problem solved!:)
warriorneedsfood 3rd Jan 2014, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Nice move. I'm going to run that by my Provost tonight.
Songgu Kwon 3rd Jan 2014, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Excellent! I think the tricky part is making sure your opponent's blade is kept in check with your cross guard, should he/she attempt to bind. Let me know how it goes.
chris-tar 7th Feb 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
This comment makes me want to get into a real life sword fight with you and see what nasty tricks you have learned.
dougwarner59 21st Jun 2013, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
I think this comic has some of the best art out here.
Songgu Kwon 21st Jun 2013, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks, dude!
Dodom 21st Jun 2013, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
I don't worry about lefty going to a better place. He really can't end up worse than he previously was!
Songgu Kwon 21st Jun 2013, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Sure, he was usually cooped up in the dark but at least he had his good pals Righty & Mr. Wobbles to lean on and hang with.
Mayyday 21st Jun 2013, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Here's a disturbing thought... how do we know Lefty is a male?
Songgu Kwon 22nd Jun 2013, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
From his male pattern baldness.
gibberish 21st Jun 2013, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
It's funny, I was thinking today that I'd give my left nut to read another comic by Gu.
Songgu Kwon 22nd Jun 2013, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Hey Rob, you can stop sending me your left nut. Really. You know I'm just gonna mail it back to you.

Come to think of it, dudes are always so eager to trade their LEFT nut for stuff. Why not their RIGHT nut? Is the right nut somehow more valuable?? Is it better at being nutty than the left one??? Why is this so????
gibberish 22nd Jun 2013, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
I think most guys think of their right nut as the fortunate son. The left nut is the one that always gets sent to war. Probably because the right one sticks by us and the left one is all over the place.
vaslittlecrow 21st Jun 2013, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
Her swordplay was inSCROTable, but effective.
Songgu Kwon 22nd Jun 2013, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
BA DUM TSSS! That is so bad that it is magnificent.
Dean Clark 22nd Jun 2013, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
A reverse grip could make for effective parrying, especially in the off hand, but would effectively convert whatever sword is used to a pointed, as opposed to slashing, weapon. If used as a slashing weapon, the to hit wouldn't be affected, but the damage should probably be -4, as if using a weapon you are untrained in. You should still be able to connect, but with less force. Using a slashing weapon as a pointed one, though, could be cost effective for an archer like Blackfeather, since she probably already has bonuses for pointed weapons at her level. Whatever relatively minor minus there may be for converting a slashing weapon to a pointed one should be compensated for by her pointed weapon bonuses. At higher levels, it could be more than compensated for. Plus, she may have a special attack, like Bleed, for which the to hit is more important than the base damage.
Songgu Kwon 23rd Jun 2013, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
A gifted fighter like Blackfeather is dangerous with any weapon since the weapon is merely a physical extension of her intent. Give her a pointed stick and a rock and she'll figure out some way of bringing on the maximum hurt with them. ;p
chris-tar 7th Feb 2015, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Kinda like that one samurai who killed the other super samurai with just a stick...
Erador 23rd Jun 2013, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
OK, come on... am I the only guy thinking "What total brain dead idiot would even bother trying to attack her in the first place!?" :-)
Songgu Kwon 23rd Jun 2013, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Shhh... they don't realize that the comic they're in is called "Elf".
Taran 23rd Jun 2013, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
That was a terrible thing to do to a good bow.
Songgu Kwon 23rd Jun 2013, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
The bow's okay. She didn't actually block a strike with it. She went from a bind using Keeflayer to a quick lunge while nudging her opponent's blade (against the flat) out of the way with the bow.
Taran 23rd Jun 2013, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Discrimination! Damn you, right-ists! Always discriminating against the left nuts! Always segregating! Never let them go to the same schools! Never let them be fondled by the same hands! Never let them be li...
um, well, nevermind
Gangerworld 24th Jun 2013, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Man that's a sweet action scene right there. Love how she transitioned so easily from long to short range fighting. Girl's got skills to pay the bills!
Songgu Kwon 25th Jun 2013, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
"skills to pay the bills"

I am liking this term and will try to use it as often as applicably possible in conversations and posts and whatnot in the future.
Mayyday 25th Jun 2013, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Is her name actually "Blackfeather?" I thought that was just a battlefield nickname. Have we HEARD her real name yet? Does she have one?
Songgu Kwon 25th Jun 2013, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
You are correct. "Blackfeather" is not her true name as in her birth name. It is one of her later names however. Her real name has yet to be revealed. I really like Tolkien's elf naming conventions. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

In other writings, part of The History of Middle-earth, Tolkien details Elvish naming conventions. The Quenya word for "name" was essë. An Elf of Valinor was typically given one name (ataressë) at birth by the father. It usually reflected either the name of the father or mother, indicating the person's descent, to which later some distinguishing prefix could be added.

As the Elf grew older, they received a second name (amilessë), given by the mother. This name was extremely important and reflected personality, skills, or fate, sometimes being "prophetic".

The epessë or the "after-name" is the third type. It was given later in life, not necessarily by kin, as a title of admiration and honour. In some circumstances, yet another name was chosen by the Elf themselves, called kilmessë meaning "self-name".

The "true names" remained the first two, though an Elf could be referred to by any of these. Mother-names were usually not used by those who did not know the Elf well. In later history and song any of the four could become the one generally used and recognized.

gibberish 26th Jun 2013, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
I knew a guy who knew a guy with six names. His name was Marco Ignacio Rodrigo Diego Soto Rodriguez. I don't think he was elvish though.
Mayyday 25th Jun 2013, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
So which one would "Blackfeather" be? I'm guessing epessë?
Songgu Kwon 25th Jun 2013, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Yes. It's very likely that others who didn't know her started calling her that either for the black feather in her hair or of her arrows.
Dean Clark 27th Jun 2013, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
We know Blackfeather is not a demigod, or a high-level character. But in a land of 1st level characters, a fifth level character is king, or queen. Still, it doesn't seem realistic that the other archers would outlast her ranged attacks, only to succumb to her melee attacks. A last minute surge from Durgo & Sons would make for a more believable resolution, and seal the reunion.
Songgu Kwon 28th Jun 2013, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Will Durgo burn his professional bridges and turn against his brothers in arms? Hmm... I'll say this much: The reunion will have a significant and lasting impact on his life. ;)
pharphacide 27th Jun 2013, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
It looks like this is the merc's second encounter with 'genital mutilation', since Mr. Wobbles aint wearing a turtleneck. What is there a social or medical or religious motive for circumcision in Elf-verse?
Songgu Kwon 28th Jun 2013, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I considered the turtleneck but opted for the hoodless just because it just looks more iconically dicky. I hadn't considered the possible cultural implications of it.
Dean Clark 27th Jun 2013, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
That mercenary apparently has Hebrew in the Religion field of his character sheet. Hebrew NPCs aren't that out of place in fantasy RPGs; they just get intercessions by angels and archangels, instead of deities and demigods.
brontoceratops 4th Jul 2013, 4:21 AM edit delete reply

Circumcision seems immensely unlikely among the depicted culture.

(Although a later swordstroke may invent this.)
Ensis 8th Jul 2013, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
Poor Lefty...
We miss you.
Songgu Kwon 11th Jul 2013, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
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