November 8th, 2016
Comment by Kiri
Thanks, Sev, for asking the question I wanted to ask! Would Necropony be sad if Jonan died. Would Necropony also die again? Would they die together. :O
posted at 12:11am on November 8th, 2016
Reply by Shazzbaa
Necropony would de-animate soon after, without Jonan's magic sustaining him. He'd be upset about Jonan being distressed, but once he died Necropony would just assume he's asleep and guard his body until de-animation. :<
posted at 5:34pm on November 8th, 2016
Reply by Ely
TT.TT Just thinking about it it making me sad.
posted at 6:20pm on November 8th, 2016
Reply by Jade
Wait...Jonan is sustaining Necropony?!?! He's actively choosing to keep him?!?! I HAD NO IDEA THAT WAS THE CASE. THAT IS SO ADORABLE. JONAN IS A BIG SOFTIE.
Also, Sev would never let him hear the end of it.
Well, Sev never lets anyone hear the end of anything, so...
posted at 9:05pm on November 10th, 2016
Reply by Karen
It might not be that simple...? If it were by conscious effort then wouldn't Necropony have deanimated when Jonan passed out from dehydration? I recall something in a vote incentive (or maybe it was a Patreon Q&A) that Necropony is a exception / anomaly to typical necromancy -- though that may have been referring more to its abundance of personality. Necropony may be more like the best miscast ever, in that he continues to be sustained by Jonan -without- conscious effort.
posted at 12:40am on November 11th, 2016
But I'm sure Shazzbaa will clarify for us all :-)
posted at 12:41am on November 11th, 2016
this might be the vote incentive you're thinking of! (though he did mention it in a patreon Q&A as well). The fact that Necropony appears to act independently of any given commands, rather than waiting until it receives orders, is not normal for Jonan's undead.
posted at 1:49pm on November 11th, 2016
Okay, but instead of, like, deconstructing Necropony, Jonan chose to keep him. Unless Jonan just...gives off a steady stream of magic he has no control over. But even then, he could just kill Necropony if he didn't want him around.
Pragmatically, keeping an extra zombie around takes up a good bit of energy, so a non-traditional independent zombie is an unnecessary drain. So Jonan is still a softie for keeping our adorable undead pony around, and no one can tell me otherwise!
posted at 8:04pm on November 12th, 2016
Reply by mythee
If I had a zombie that behaved differently from the rest and I didn't understand how or why, and it was pretty harmless, I'd keep it around for at least scientific purposes.
If it seemed sentient/sapient/consciously capable of enjoying unlife then I wouldn't be able to deanimate it for the sole reason that it'd be like killing and I can't even kill a fly without crying so um.
It might not be that he's soft if it's the first reason tho! I'm giving him a 'benefit' of the doubt on that. XD
posted at 10:18am on November 14th, 2016
I will also point out, though Jonan would tell us all there are very practical reasons for him doing so, that he argued to bring Necropony along for the trip.
posted at 10:33am on November 14th, 2016
Comment by MagpieM
*spooky music intensifies*
So.....re: the vote doodle, now I'm like super curious about various funerary practices/customs in this world. Like what's standard practice? Does cremation become more frequent in neighborhoods with a resident necromancer? Should we be preparing our tearful eulogies for Jonan or stocking up on booze?
(...I used to be a morbid nerd. Nerdishly morbid? It does not take much to set me off again...)
posted at 12:31am on November 8th, 2016
I feel like it'd be more dependent on the predominant culture/religion in the region rather than the existence of necromancers -- graverobbing is illegal in probably(??) every state so your body should be safe. But places like Dhemin with more Artisan influence would have more of a traditional mourning funeral + burial; places like Aghir with a majority Alaqan population might be more likely to have quiet rites and cremation, that sorta thing.
posted at 5:40pm on November 8th, 2016
Comment by Ely
Sidenote: I love Xira's lil nighttime headscarf
posted at 1:03am on November 8th, 2016
(omg i'm glad i'm not the only one)
Comment by Glew
Didn't expect this chapter to literally turn into a haunted house. But now it is literally a haunted house.
Oh my, there could be a Scooby Doo crossover! :D
Jonan=the grumpy contractor at the beginning of every episode who gets abducted early on and doesn't help one bit
posted at 3:00am on November 8th, 2016
I CANT BELIEVE THIS
posted at 5:41pm on November 8th, 2016
You found your next vote incentive, Shazzbaa...
posted at 9:06pm on November 10th, 2016
Reply by Glew
wow, that would be cool! :D
posted at 6:51am on November 16th, 2016
Comment by eoforyth
What?!?! No, not my favourite curmudgeonly necromancer! I mean, there he was actually doing a good deed for the girl stuck in a box, and something up and grabs him (something with tentacles rather like Sev's, come to think about it). And what happens to Necropony if he's gone? Actually, will Necropony be stepping up to help its beloved master, like when he collapsed?
I refuse to believe it, he's not dead yet, and I look forward to seeing the gang all back together again very soon. Mind you, looking at the vote incentive I can see why Jonan avoids the likes of Sev in his usual daily life :D
posted at 4:04am on November 8th, 2016
Reply by Heather
I'm sure he knows more about madghosts than the madghost knows about itself. He'll be fine. Probably.
posted at 5:56am on November 8th, 2016
"No, not my favourite curmudgeonly necromancer!"
That, can't be a very competitive field,
Comment by Heather
Aember might be tiny, but Jonan is such a weakling that it kinda cancels out. Also, does that box have mass? Could she not have managed an accidentally-permanent box with wheels?
posted at 5:58am on November 8th, 2016
They really need to put the box on a skateboard or something
posted at 1:13pm on November 8th, 2016
Reply by myriadism
omg imagine Æmber in her box on a segway xD
posted at 1:17pm on May 30th, 2017
someone send marty mcfly back to help these kids out
posted at 5:42pm on November 8th, 2016
Comment by Jess
I can sort of read what Jonan's response was to Xira when he said, "I think we're okay?" Jonan was trying to say, "No, we're not! There's an aberrant! We need to leave!" I'm not saying he's dead, but he's definitely in trouble. The aberrant that gave Sev those tentacle hands has returned and it was hissing at Jonan. Hopefully, Xira and Sev can use their magic to fight off the aberrant. And if it's not an aberrant, then it could be a ghost disguised as the aberrant trying to scare the living daylight out of them, so to speak. I'm kind of hoping it's just a ghost in disguise. Jonan may not be a very likable character, but he is a smart and important one to this story.
posted at 10:39am on November 8th, 2016
omg, I know this is basically just word-shape recognition but I'm still way too pleased when you guys figure out what he's trying to say
I admire the fact that he's still trying- nobody yet has worked out what he's saying with his mouth sealed shut, but he probably feels that honestly he's just speaking common sense, they should already know what he's saying without him having to say it.
posted at 12:10am on November 13th, 2016
Comment by Ikwig
My thoughts on this particular page:
1. I agree with Ely: Xira's headscarf is adorable! *sits around and wonders for a bit how I managed to miss that he had changed his headgear for the night*
2. Aember is really, really good at backward writing!
3. But she's writing on breath fog, which really makes me wonder just how she's managing to get oxygen in there . . . I mean, since she doesn't need to eat or drink or that sort of thing, I pretty much assumed that she didn't need to breath either, but you can't make fog without hot breath on a cold surface, sooooo . . . (maybe I should stop thinking so much?)
4. In Panel 6, Jonan's surprised look as he reads Aember's message actually makes him look close to his real age! Perhaps he should be surprised more often!
5. The facial expressions are, as per usual, so perfect that the interchange between Aember and Jonan, where Aember asks him not to leave her behind, actually made me laugh out loud! And Aember's look of horror as she looked at what had grabbed Jonan made me feel afraid. Shazzbaa, you are the absolute mistress of facial expressions!
posted at 12:34pm on November 8th, 2016
2) Check out her book -- she has a lot of practice. : )
3) Okay, in general the box is magic so "don't worry too much if it's weird" is a good policy, but the basic answer is that she doesn't need to breathe, but she can. I have no idea whether that means there's magically still oxygen in there, or if that means she's just breathing not-oxygen and being magically okay, HEADCANON THAT AS YOU WILL
5) omg thank you so much
posted at 5:43pm on November 8th, 2016
Reply by Thracecius
3) That's an easy question with a little imagination and no stated 'rules' applied to it yet:
The box is magically protecting Aember from all manner of harm and sustaining her (no need for food or water), therefore it is logical to assume that it can let harmless gasses, like breathable air, pass through without any difficulty while still maintaining it's integrity, and even filter toxins out / remove carbon dioxide.
The only creative limits on the box's properties come from it's creator, so Shazzbaa can leave it open-ended and explain or leave hidden anything as she sees fit. :)
posted at 2:43pm on November 14th, 2016
Comment by Meggyc
This page. XD
This page just filled me with so many different mixed emotions. I'm at work and thinking, "Aww, poor Jonan" and trying to supress laughter, so I'm tearing up and I'm so happy that my co-workers are on the other side of the building eating lunch right now so no one else can see my cracking up moment. This page is also really creepy/scary, so yes, mixed emotions all around! But the good kind of mixed emotions.
Also, I was listening to Hamilton while reading the vote incentive (which also cracked me up. Poor Jonan) and Sev talking about sausage getting made completely made me think of The Room Where It Happens and now I want to see Runewriters characters in Hamilton garb.
posted at 2:23pm on November 8th, 2016
omg thank you, I'm really glad
ALSO AHHH I STILL HAVENT LISTENED TO THE SECOND HALF OF HAMILTON!! LIKE A BIG SLOWPOKE!! but I gotta know WHAT HAMILTON PERSON WOULD THE RW FOLKS EACH BE
Reply by Meggyc
Unexplainably, I kind of want to see Sev as LaFayette. Really, the more I think about it, the more I want to see this, and I'm not sure why.
posted at 8:50pm on November 8th, 2016
Comment by Why?!?!
I seriously doubt Jonan's actually dead. Whether or not he loses an appendage or two, now that's another question.
posted at 3:37pm on November 8th, 2016
alas, we knew him well
Comment by Toanovu
Hoooooooooboy there's a lot going on in this page, I assume whatever "grabbed" Jonan is an illusion that he's seeing, except... can the illusions physically affect things?
...maybe Jonan is just falling back because he thinks he's being grabbed, but not really?
I don't know.
posted at 5:44pm on November 8th, 2016
Reply by MagpieM
I think there might be more than one spooky critter here. I think there's a ghost, mad or otherwise, which is responsible for the mindscrew stuff and a facestealer which is posing more of a physical threat? Maybe? I mean, Aember looks super horrified at whatever is behind Jonan there so whatever it is, she can see it.
posted at 6:42pm on November 8th, 2016
Comment by Capsin
panels 6-8 made me honest to God afraid so good job on that
posted at 8:00pm on November 8th, 2016
Comment by Kira
Does Jonan have something going on with his chest? -squinting- I think I've noticed it before, but I forgot about it until I saw panel four. Like scars or something?
posted at 9:13pm on November 10th, 2016
YUP getting grabbed by a flesh-rotting aberrant is just not any good for your complexion
posted at 11:05pm on November 10th, 2016
Reply by The Wing
I THOUGHT IT WAS CHEST HAIR!
posted at 3:48am on November 16th, 2016
Comment by Mujaki
When the ghost runs away, that's when you're in big trouble.
posted at 10:51pm on November 12th, 2016
Comment by Karen
So wait, if Aember is saying it's the other door... Does that mean Tareth is standing in a facestealer-warped closet? Or is she through the real door and Jonan got frustrated enough to forget which door he just came through?
posted at 12:01am on November 15th, 2016
I think I accidentally figured out what Jonan is saying! Ha!
"No we are not! There is an aberrant! We need to leave!"
posted at 7:00am on November 16th, 2016