April 11th, 2017

the artist would really appreciate it if we could all just avoid any future nudity

Don't forget to vote for an extra doodle! This one has a question for another party member.

Comment by Kiri

*thoughtful chin rub* Not sure if ship material quite yet. Though "naked in front of each other" is probably shippier than anything else so far! 8D

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posted at 12:16am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Kiri

*just read vote doodle* THIS SHIP THO!!! THIS ONE!!!!!!! I SHIP THIS ONE!!!!!!!

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posted at 12:18am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

OMG BLESS YOU KIRI

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posted at 8:25pm on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Glew

Okay, I am admittedly very bad at this, but I didn't see anything ship-y in the vote incentive... nothing even remotely romantic.
I don't even know which 2 character you are shipping! ^^

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posted at 3:46am on April 13th, 2017

Reply by Kiri

Honestly, that's fine, LOL! Don't be like me!!! 8D;;; The vote incentive is simply characters having a cute interaction!

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posted at 11:35pm on April 17th, 2017

Comment by Hero

SEV IS ME... YES.... XIRA'S HAIR IS VERY GOOD....

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posted at 12:20am on April 11th, 2017

Comment by PK

Xira: Please stop making me want to remove my OWN memories by presenting me with embarrassing new perspectives on them.

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posted at 12:57am on April 11th, 2017

Comment by Ely

Your site finally has one of those little tab thingies!

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posted at 2:36am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Yeah, I added a favicon a couple weeks ago!! you can thank Kiri for talking me into it with the idea of using the Agorath symbol, which i had SOMEHOW NEVER CONSIDERED

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posted at 8:26pm on April 11th, 2017

Comment by Toanovu

Had to to think for a second because I couldn't remember Jonan ever being naked and then it was like OH YEAH the squirrel thing.

Poor Xira, Sev has absolutely no idea how embarrassing all this is for him. :(

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posted at 6:34am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

(I'm sure Jonan is looking EQUALLY displeased about these assertions off-camera)

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posted at 8:28pm on April 11th, 2017

Comment by Fal

Yeah Sev, we know you like being naked everywhere all the time, but most other people don't.

And actually, what was the spell Sev was doing when he turned into an Aberrant? I didn't think much about it at the time. Too distracted by the whole "eyes everyhere" thing.

(Also: Sev: even when trying to be considerate, is actually super rude and embarrassing)

And I re-read the beginning of the chapter to see what was the dumb thing Sev had said, and I was wondering: does AEmber's miscast keep Xira's magic out? Like, he can't hear her thoughts? Since it kept the illusion magic out, it would make sense.

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posted at 9:50am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

We can't really tell what he was casting on the page itself -- though he wouldn't have much reason to turn into an animal for no reason at dinner, so it's a lot more likely he was putting runes on himself.

(and regarding the second question, that's a good observation! :> )

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posted at 8:31pm on April 11th, 2017

Comment by Ikwig

On the one hand, I have to agree with Sev: Xira's hair is gorgeous (in fact, I just flipped back a few pages so I could stare at its beauty again). On the other hand, I can completely understand Xira's not wanting to be any kind of naked in front of anybody. So let's all pause while he gets his hair back up and gets himself to feeling more calm and in control again . . . and while we're waiting, soooo Sev, I think Tareth's right and we need to have a chat about that whole "turning into an aberrant" thing. *taps foot and waits*

(Also, can I just add that I loved Tareth's response in the vote incentive - totally laughed out loud!)

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posted at 10:14am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Nahhhhhh, nothing to chat about, everything's fine now!!!!!

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posted at 8:33pm on April 11th, 2017

Comment by BBullock

So I've read through the comic archives fairly recently, but I'm not sure what the doodle is referring to? Any hints? Or, you know, the answer?

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posted at 10:27am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Ely

I believe it's referring to when Xira made the healer forget Jonan. But Jonan remembered the healer, so figured out Xira had witchy powers.

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posted at 10:56am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Fal

I know it! I just browsed the archives this morning for it.
"The elemental should have remembered it" refers to this page http://runewriters.com/index.php?c=152 and the next two (admire the number of suspicious stares from Jonan).
The dumb thing Sev said is very probably there: http://runewriters.com/index.php?c=186 and the next page, with Sev babbling uselessly on Jonan's very private matters and Xira either threatening or pleading for Jonan's understanding.

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posted at 3:37pm on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Yup, that's the elemental in question! :>
(The "dumb thing" is just referring to what Sev just said in the incentive -- she was looking at Jonan and would have no way to know whether Jonan's glaring was warranted.
But she's pretty sure it was.)

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posted at 6:48pm on April 11th, 2017

Comment by Apple Barrel

I love these guys so much...!

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posted at 11:25am on April 11th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

omg i'm so glad

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posted at 8:32pm on April 11th, 2017

Comment by Cas3681

I don't know why but I am starting to think Xira is a girl. Wouldn't that suck being a woman who could read minds. Hear every though of any random man as she passed, it would make me want to disguise myself as a man. Far less people leer at men who just happen to be walking by.

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posted at 3:05am on April 12th, 2017

Reply by The Wing

Though I do see your point, it isn't very hard to tell an adolescent male's voice apart from an adolescent female's voice.

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posted at 3:31am on April 12th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Eh, not across the board; even if we're talkin cis folks there are still ciswomen with deep voices and cisguys with high voices and not everyone's voice changes at the same time and etcetera etcetera etcetera...
but for the sake of not being coy about a thing that won't come up, I am gonna joss this one -- in canon, Xira is cis and a guy!

(Also, keep in mind that Xira has to turn his mindreading on! When he'd rather not deal with everyone's thoughts, he doesn't have to listen.)

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posted at 1:27am on April 13th, 2017

Comment by Glew

So turning into an aberrant is "super easy"?
Well that only makes me More concerned, Sev... D:

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posted at 3:28am on April 12th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

I'm just gonna say there's a CHANCE that "turning into an aberrant' MIGHT NOT have been the spell Sev was actually going for this time.....

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posted at 1:25am on April 13th, 2017

Comment by Glew

That vote incentive! XD
Sev, the master of smoothness and subtlety.
Btw I guess complimenting Xira's hair was super awkward for Xira too. I mean if it is like being naked to him.
So Sev got a 3 out of 3 again on the rude-o-meter. :D

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posted at 3:32am on April 12th, 2017

Comment by TheOtherDibbler

Poor Xira: *heads out to fix problem* *suddenly remembers partially naked state* *dies of embarrassment while oblivious guy dressed only in a sheet tells him he looks nice partially naked*

I do like that we can tell he's flushed with mortification there. I also like the detail of him hiding from sight while he dresses himself again, it underscores that naked head = public nudity just like being pantsless or whatever.

I love the vote incentive, those expressions and reactions are so great. XD

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posted at 5:22am on April 12th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

"oblivious guy dressed in only a sheet" WELL THAT"S.... UNFORTUNATELY ENTIRELY ACCURATE......

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posted at 1:27am on April 13th, 2017

Comment by Adam

I'Űm sorry but Sev's "idk" thing is really, really bothering me.

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posted at 7:45am on April 12th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

If it's the acronym itself, I'm afraid I can't help ya! Tareth used "brb" in chapter 2 and Sev used "btw" on the last page. Internet acronyms are an established part of the vernacular!

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posted at 1:28am on April 13th, 2017

Comment by Anonymous Person

Is there a way to see past incentives? I am always sad when I miss them.

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posted at 9:23am on April 12th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

The incentives get posted automatically to the site after a two-month delay! If you go back to any page that's more than two months old, you'll see a "Vote Incentive for This Comic" link just above the blue TWC button!

I do want them to be a treat for folks who vote, but I also didn't want them to disappear entirely, so I decided a delay would be the best way to do it!

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posted at 1:28am on April 13th, 2017

Comment by Random Passerby

I'd really love to know more of the rules of the Agorath Order's magic, and how it works. I love mysteries, and I know it's early doors, we'll get it eventually, but I cannot WAIT to have enough information to start really piecing stuff together.

Okay so, The Agorath Order, clearly they've got some connection to the oddly permanent miscasts, since they could supposedly fix Iavin's. Though, I suppose Quentin could easily be lying about that. They also seem to be on some kind of deadline with Quentin's hand tattoo seeming to be growing, which seems ominous.

We know the Agorath Order's ritual magic is considered to be sort of stolen from runewriters. The way a runewriter works is that they write their runes on something that already has magic in it, somehow, and they have to discover their runes by trial and error. Maybe the ritual magic is that they can somehow copy and make use of the runes a runewriter has already perfected? Though, the problem with this idea is that we've not seen a runewriter do anything remotely resembling what the Agorath Order seem to be able to do. I don't know, anybody want to add their two pence? What's your theories?

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posted at 10:21am on April 12th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

(I'm obviously not gonna weigh in on theories but I just wanna say that I'm excited to see people paying attention to the Order as well, and I'm very much looking forward to us seeing more of them....!)

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posted at 1:11pm on April 15th, 2017

Reply by Cellphone

I remember Iavin said "Unaltered rituals are used by priests and runewriters," so despite the Agoroth order using rituals, it has to also be integrated into the broader magic system.

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posted at 12:17am on April 27th, 2017

Comment by LG

Wow. I just discovered this webcomic, and I have to say, I don't think I've ever fallen in love with a cast of characters so quickly and completely. Can't wait to see what happens next!

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posted at 11:27am on April 13th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhh, gosh, thank you so much!! (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄) I'm thrilled you're enjoying it so far!

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posted at 1:08pm on April 15th, 2017

Comment by Colleen

Not relevant to the comic much, but I had a dream where I was a runewriter that could ascribe properties to items, like making a bus fly or having some foil become stairs (that didn't give out under people because magic).
Soooo your comic is influencing my dreams. I'm okay with this.

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posted at 11:44am on April 15th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

UM this sounds amazing tbh

(I think I've had.... three dreams with RW characters? I ALMOST NEVER DREAM ABOUT MY OWN CHARACTERS AND ITS JUST NOT FAIR)

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posted at 1:13pm on April 15th, 2017




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