April 4th, 2016

No that's fine, we weren't talking about anything important.

Vote for RW and get an extra doodle! This one is a short doodle of everyone's favourite. :>

Also here's a cool thing: Chapter Three books just went up in the store!! They're marked as being on "backorder" for now despite the fact that I have a huge box of them, because I'm about to be out of town for a bit and it'll be a couple weeks before I can start shipping them out, BUT: if you wanna go ahead and order one, you can, and I'll send it your way as soon as I get back!!
Now, you might notice that we aren't quite done with Chapter 3, but we're really close!! so book-readers will only get a couple pages ahead. c:

Vote Incentive for This Comic.

Comment by Jade

Sev is SO unconvincing. "Oh, yeah, I'm a runaway, but everything's fine now! I'm A-OK! Also, my parents are dead. Y'know, whatever!"

Also, JONAN IS A YOUNGER SIBLING. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. *Klaxon alarms*

By the way, Runewriters is now part of my motivation to get my homework done. If I don't have my homework done by midnight, I don't let myself look until tomorrow.

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posted at 12:07am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

HAHA WHAT, EMOTIONS?? WE DON'T NEED TO TALK ABOUT THOSE HAHA, AS YOU CAN SEE I AM EMOTIONALLY FINE AND HEALTHY IN EVERY WAY,

(also omg that is an excellent motivator, IM SO GLAD I AM A MOTIVATOR INSTEAD OF A DISTRACTION xD)

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posted at 3:34am on April 4th, 2016

Comment by Kira

Soooo....is Necro-pony's behavior based on Jonan feeling empathetic/sympathetic? Or am I giving both of them too much credit? XD

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posted at 12:27am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

xD WELL I WILL SAY that Jonan's not like... empathically connected to Necropony or anything -- but whether Necropony is seeing sympathy in Jonan and "helping" by running over to affectionately head-bonk Sev, or just noticing that Jonan is distracted and that this is a GREAT chance to escape and check on Sev, is up to interpretation. xD

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posted at 3:32am on April 4th, 2016

Comment by ashendawn

Sureeeee everything's fiinneeee. You liar. Necro-pony is reminding me of how dogs seems to know when you're sad and go put their heads in your lap ;_;

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posted at 1:25am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

aahhhhhh yes! I've known cats who do this too!! ; v ; It is definitely a quality Necropony shares.

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posted at 3:35am on April 4th, 2016

Comment by reynard61

That necro-pony! Love 'im to...um...death?

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posted at 1:29am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

TO DEATH, AND BEYOND

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posted at 3:35am on April 4th, 2016

Comment by Morpho

...is Jonan /blushing/? Good gods :D

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posted at 2:37am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

OH LOL NO he just sorta banged up his face when he fainted earlier, sorry, NO BLUSHING YET

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posted at 3:31am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Toanovu

NO BLUSHING "YET", huh? :D

So there is gaurenteed blushing Jonan in the future. :D :D :D

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posted at 6:56am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Morpho

Well I'm all for a blushing Jonan :D

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posted at 12:13pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

I GUARANTEE NOTHING!!!!

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posted at 12:41pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Kiri

*mutters about Jonan/Sev and shuffles off into the shadows*

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posted at 1:19pm on April 6th, 2016

Comment by Why?!?!

You mean 'necropony' wasn't canon before? Huh.

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posted at 3:30am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

WELL, it's been on the cast page, but this is the first time anyone's used it in the comic, SO NOW ITS OFFICIAL

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posted at 3:36am on April 4th, 2016

Comment by Toanovu

Okay so thanks to the voting incentive we now know;

1) Jonan still looked pretty normal when he was 17.

2) He was still living at home or at least was still close enough for his bro to pop in at random.

3) At least at that point, he was still on talking terms with his brother (don't really know if they're still on good terms in the present).

*slowly putting small pieces of everybody's backstories together, hurray! :D*

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posted at 7:00am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Toanovu

4) Also, his brother calls him J, and that is really cute. :3

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posted at 7:06am on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Jade

5) The Father's Day vote incentive said that Jonan's dad is a captain in Rusanne's military. So he seems to be relatively well-heeled.

6) In the Mother's day vote incentive, Jonan says that "my parents are dead to me". Sooooo I'm betting that his brother is in the same category.

7) Jonan trained with Loa at a young age, and Loa lives pretty far from Rusanne. So he was away from home for a long stretch of time at a young age, maybe 7-10 years old.

8) He was skilled enough to summon a long-term, semi-independent zombie in his late teens, so my guess is that he started dabbling in necromancy at...geez, thirteen or fourteen. Some kids dye their hair black and write poetry, but Jonan was creating zombies. Everyone's different, I suppose.

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posted at 1:32pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

omg I love that you guys are enjoying all these little snippets as much as I do!! *u*

a minor point on 7) -- We don't know how old/young Jonan was when he knew Loa! Jonan's guard calls Loa "an old friend" but all Jonan has said is that he studied under the half-muulorn.

8) man there's no reason he can't raise the dead in a shambling mockery of life AND write angsty poetry, I mean, those things sort of complement each other nicely

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posted at 3:11pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Why?!?!

Oh man, now all I can imagine is teenage Jonan scribbling away at mournful poetry about how he's a failure at life because he accidentally created a necropony that has semi-free will and loves him to pieces XD

"Without breath or pulse/These lifeless creatures/Live better than I"

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posted at 3:36pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

I LAUGHED AT THIS FOR A SOLID MINUTE, DONT, DONT DO THIS TO ME, IM DYIGN

IM GOING TO GET SECOND-HAND EMBARRASSMENT FROM MY OWN CHARACTERS HYPOTHETICAL TERRIBLE HIGHSCHOOL POETRY

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posted at 9:44pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Jade

"The dead claw from graves
Reflecting my struggle
To take a deep breath."
- Jonan, age 14

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posted at 10:31pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by The Rancid

Yuo guys

killnig me

pls stop

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posted at 11:34am on April 5th, 2016

Reply by Glew

Now it's a challenge.

"Dead things don't sleep,
go away bad feeling,
this mare won't leap,
life is frail and fleeting"
#fakeJonanAngstPoetrySlam

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posted at 3:46pm on April 5th, 2016

Reply by Jade

Yo, I'm bringing in the haikus!

"Watch the zombies rise
The worms that eat the undead
Rot away my soul"

#fakeJonanAngstPoetrySlam

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posted at 8:56pm on April 5th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

jonan im sorry all these mean people are bullying you

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posted at 7:59pm on April 6th, 2016

Reply by Jade

"The Runewriters fans
Are writing angsty poems
Under my own name."

"Such a grave insult
that I just made a death pun.
Make the fandom stop."

Let's get #fakeJonanAngstPoetrySlam trending, y'all!

(And, Shazzbaa, you're the one who said that angsty poems and raising the dead go hand-in-hand. Don't blame us.

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posted at 9:49pm on April 6th, 2016

Reply by Jade

I'm making a promise to all Runewriter fans. For every page Jonan is in, I will write one haiku describing his thoughts.

#JonanAngstPoetrySlam

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posted at 5:27pm on April 9th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

I, uH, kIND OF WISH THAT WOULDN'T HAPPEN HERE BUT I WON'T,,,STOP YOU,,,,,

(tho there could always be a twitter for it or something!! I'm willing to bet @JonanAngstPoems is probably available xD )

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posted at 7:05pm on April 9th, 2016

Reply by Jade

Okay, I won't, then. That's fine.

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posted at 7:43pm on April 9th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

SORRY TO RAIN ON THE PARADE!! ;u; It's a hilarious idea but also I know I would get genuinely embarrassed so it would be less fun for me. xD

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posted at 10:13pm on April 10th, 2016

Comment by Glew

"Dead things don't sleep" needs to be a poster or... I dunno... the name of a goth-punk band or something.

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posted at 3:15pm on April 4th, 2016

Comment by Glew

Oh, and I love how the priest's face goes from "sorry for your loss" to "suprised/shocked" to "slightly freaking out"
I can only imagine how freaked he will/would be in the moment after the last panel, when he makes the connection between "zombie" and the name "Jonan" D:

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posted at 3:20pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Glew

Dang, I didn't mean to spam, but I'm a bit distracted... Anyway, I wonder what the church's stance on necromancy and the undead.
I mean for understandable reason, the dead and corpses are kind of taboo/'sacred' in many cultures and disturbing them is not really a thing. And dealing with death and what's "beyond" (afterlife, reincarnation, void etc) is a prominent part of most (if not all) religions. If I remember correctly, runewriting is connected to The Artist somehow, or attributed to him. So runewriting is probably seen as a gift of The Artist. But that doesn't mean necromancy can't be seen as a perversion or distortion of the Artist's gift (Iavin actually refers to Agorath rituals as blasphemy or something).

But I guess we will find out soon?

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posted at 3:26pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Jade

That would make a lot of sense. Most necromancers in modern media are portrayed as villains, partly because of the graverobbing aspects. It could also be a medical concern. Having an undead pony walking around the house is probably not sanitary. Given this, I imagine the government would all but force Life Runewriters into healing fields, even if that's not their particular niche. They'd definitely prefer doctors over necromancers.

This also makes me wonder about the church's stance on witches. Most modern cultures at least pay lip service to the idea of bodily autonomy. Of course, witches are clearly distrusted, but I wonder if that's church doctrine or if it's just a knee-jerk reaction to the idea of controlling other people. It could be a mixture of both.

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posted at 3:50pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by PaleSheep

I don't know if they could force Life runewriters though -- based on how the elemental powers are described in http://runewriters.com/index.php?c=59, it sounds like the subtype is as innate as the main type. So there's theoretically a bunch of very bored Death/Necromancy runewriters who aren't allowed to do much with their abilities. OR, odder still, necromancers who want nothing to do with necromancy: http://runewriters.com/index.php?c=145

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posted at 7:39pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Jade

Ah, I forgot about that.

As a third option, maybe necromancers are just super-duper rare, so there's no real policy on them. Like, Jonan and maybe a handful of others, scattered across the country.

Or, as a FOURTH option, maybe there's a niche that necromancers can fill. Zombies seem like good workers. Maybe necromancers make corpses build houses, or dig irrigation. Cheap labor, right?

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posted at 10:42pm on April 4th, 2016

Comment by Ely

iwillnotmakearunewritersociwillnotmakearunewritersociwillnot-- I think I have to make a Runewriters OC

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posted at 8:56pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa



I...I support this

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posted at 9:40pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Jade

You GO, Ely!

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posted at 10:33pm on April 4th, 2016

Reply by Jade

*squirms* Okay, now I really wanna make one, too.

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posted at 11:04pm on April 6th, 2016

Reply by Toanovu

SAME

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posted at 6:54am on April 7th, 2016

Comment by Random Passerby

I just nearly choked trying to squeal quietly over everything Necropony

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posted at 9:43pm on April 4th, 2016




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