May 23rd, 2017
Comment by Himochi
Finally, some food!!! Hurrah!
Xira is a cute dork too tbh; I love this.
posted at 12:11am on May 23rd, 2017
Comment by Kiri
omg Aember asking for food too tho. WHAT A CUTE. HOW DARE.
posted at 2:15am on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Random Passerby
posted at 4:47am on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Heather
posted at 10:16am on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Glew
Aember can haz apel
posted at 11:35am on May 23rd, 2017
Comment by TheOtherDibbler
Re. the vote incentive - is Tareth aware of Sev's tragic back-story? Because I am suddenly concerned that he gained this knowledge a really bad way.
Also: I love how Sev said that about the stew. Wording and body language are both great.
Also also: I am intrigued as to what prompted Xira's question.
posted at 4:56am on May 23rd, 2017
Maybe he's been in telepathic contact with whoever he's talking to in the black thought bubbles a long time? So to him, it seems weird to not be any more?
posted at 9:40am on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Fal
I think Tareth is unaware (the vote incentive seems to go that way too). It seems like the kind of thing Sev would have tried to hide, and even if adults found out they probably wouldn't tell the kids -and they met as kids.
About Xira: maybe he has telepathic control over the whole city, and not being able to maintain the control field would mean everyone suddenly remembering and going for his blood? XD
But more seriously, either he's worried he'll act in a way mundane people wouldn't, and blow his cover, or he is just prudent (I mean, he's the only one of the main cast without any miscast, as far as we can see, and before the cultist spoke, they didn't know for sure what was causing this or if it was normal)
posted at 1:26pm on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Cellphone
I'm still thinking of the theory of a mind-magic miscast on Xira's part that he didn't know about (because mind-magic). If one has feelings or memories you know you didn't have before, then I imagine that would feel really weird.
posted at 11:57pm on May 28th, 2017
Comment by Devika
Awww Aember<3<3 so preciouss
Also, finally FOOD!
(I forgot, what does the blue text in the last panel mean?)
posted at 5:01am on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Salaru
Whispering/lip reading I think.
posted at 7:11am on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Devika
Ohh riight that makes sense!
posted at 4:44pm on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Shazzbaa
Yup! the blue text (lipreading) + the small word balloons (inaudible speech) more-or-less ends up being "mouthing words to Tareth"
posted at 10:21pm on May 24th, 2017
Comment by Glew
Jonan,what are those?! Because I am sure they are not legs! Seriously bor, never skip leg day! :)
posted at 11:33am on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by eoforyth
Bwahaha! Yeah, I'm sure being a necromancer and surrounding yourself with emaciated zombies doesn't mean you have to be quite that scrawny as well (they seem to have plumped up in the next panel - pass him another apple).
posted at 6:08pm on May 23rd, 2017
Comment by Why?!?!
D'aww AEmber in the vote incentive!
And I just want to say again how cool it is that you have a different style for every form of "speaking". It shows so much thought and care, and it's also just really neat!
posted at 12:43pm on May 23rd, 2017
oh man, thank you very much! *u*
posted at 10:53pm on May 24th, 2017
Comment by Threnodi
Oh wow, Xira, have you been in contact with your sneaky mental pen pal constantly, then? And it looks like from that black squiggle his question to Tareth isn't entirely academic??
Hehe, I like how the informative glasses-ritualist has Ezra's haircut. I guess between Ezra and Quentin, you probably went with the sounder role model there buddy?
And YAY for food, and yay for Sev knowing not to encourage Jonan to over-do it! (Though less yay for however he probably found that out D:) And Æmber! Guess it's time for a creepy-mystery-ritual picnic!
posted at 3:04pm on May 23rd, 2017
Oh yeah.. and reiteration that all the 'corrupted' miscasts are in fact counting as 'active' magic? I wonder what that means for the abberants... did the order do something recently to make this start being a thing? But abberants don't seem like new problems, and it seems like there's some link to 'corrupted' miscasts and abberants possibly.. maybe for some reason whatever weird magical state leads to them is happening more often now? HMM HMM!
posted at 3:08pm on May 23rd, 2017
The ritual itself was described as (1) summoning aberrants, (2) binding them in place, and (3) removing all magic from that area, which apparently "snuffs out" aberrants. But the ritual is done now -- the suppression of active magic that's happening right now is either a side-effect or after-effect!
posted at 10:50pm on May 24th, 2017
Comment by eoforyth
*nods* at this point, Jonan needs something that will not upset his stomach, and get rid of that buzzy headach he has been suffering from (and no, it it isn't just Sev and co causing it :D ). Then he will need to take in a slow and steady flow of fluids, water and anything else like fruit juice or clear soup (speaking as someone who suffers a condition that prevented me taking in any liquids, let alone food, for periods of 48 hours at a time before I started getting treatment - I've really been feeling it for Jonan, despite him being an autocratic git!). Aww, Æmber hasn't felt hunger, but that hasn't meant she hasn't missed food - I expect that squirrel to come back with its cheeks stuffed, too!
So Xira seems to have some kind of constant connection with whoever that is in the dark speech bubbles. I wonder what it is that they are up to/looking for?
posted at 5:51pm on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by bbullock
That is the best apple that Jonan has ever tasted.
posted at 10:06am on May 26th, 2017
Comment by Dktr
Jonan/food and Aember/food otp
posted at 5:59pm on May 23rd, 2017
Reply by Toanovu
The true otps of Runewriters.
posted at 7:05am on May 25th, 2017
I'd just like to say how wonderfully put together this comic is. There is so much detail and shading that, with the subtle pallette, comes together as a wonderful whole without the page being too fussy. Well done :)
posted at 6:17pm on May 23rd, 2017
ahhhh gosh! Thank you so much! these most recent pages have a lot going on at once, I'm really glad it's all been working!!
posted at 10:51pm on May 24th, 2017
Comment by Ikwig
Hmmm,so what you seem to be saying, Xira, is that it feels weird in there to you? (At least, that's how it reads to me, especially with the sweat drop on his face.)
Actually, Xira's reactions really made this page for me! Our resident "let's throw caution to the winds" pair (Sev and Aember) just rush right in, Jonan seems to not care about anything as much as just getting some food (and I can't say that I blame him), and non-magical Tareth doesn't feel "weird." Xira, on the other hand, is freaking out beautifully (and reasonably, if you ask me; I don't think I would just trust random magic circles left over from rituals either). I also had to laugh at the ever-so-handy ritualist ready to explain. (Of course, being the super cautious person I am, I would be concerned that there was still a ritualist around, and also that he doesn't seem to care much about the bunch of random people having a picnic in his magic circle.)
Ah, I love Runewriters - it absolutely makes Tuesdays worth it!
posted at 6:23pm on May 23rd, 2017
I just realized that out of context, the last panel is Tareth friendzoning Xira, who pretends he is okay with is.
"I don't feel anything [for you]" "haha, cool, me neither - I'm dead inside"
posted at 6:53am on May 24th, 2017
though "does it feel weird to you" would be a very strange way to express interest in someone xD
posted at 10:54pm on May 24th, 2017
Let's not pretend Xira isn't weird sometimes :D
posted at 12:28pm on May 25th, 2017
Out of context, perhaps. I think what is really happening is that he is asking the only 'not-magic' member of the party if it feels odd, different, to her, as he doesn't feel weird. More importantly, he isn't picking up all those stray thoughts and feelings all the time, like he was from the crowd when we first see him. Now, that MUST feel odd!
posted at 10:42am on May 26th, 2017
Xira does have to cast the thought-reading spell, though! He doesn't automatically pick up on the thoughts of people around him when that spell isn't running.
I'll also say that the folks picking up on a "YEAH HAHA ME NEITHER;;;;;" vibe in that last panel are getting the gist of it xD
posted at 12:23pm on May 26th, 2017
Comment by Anticoagulant
~Tareth would be great at cinema sins~
posted at 7:28am on May 24th, 2017
Comment by Karen
I love that it takes Sev a second to realize he can sign again, after two days of Tentacles = Lipreading Only
posted at 11:59am on May 24th, 2017
Comment by Toanovu
"can I have a food too?" is being added to my favorite quotes list.
posted at 9:39pm on May 24th, 2017
Comment by Buttery Commissar
Just sat here squeaking in the most unmanly of ways at the vote incentive. Daaaaah.
posted at 1:07pm on May 26th, 2017
Comment by Kira
So my hypothesis...Xira's rune writing abilities stem from a separate entity that's currently being suppressed by the circle (hence the 'I don't feel anything weird in here, like a non magic person would' statement). The flaw there is...well, he obviously has the black tipped hair of a natural runewriter. OR his miscast has somehow fused someone else's mind with his own, but not necessarily the witch working for the Order. That person may not even be alive. Or maybe their mind was copied over into Xira's? OR this is a 'self aware entity' created entirely by Xira. Maybe an imaginary friend that was made to be more amd more real by being ostracized from normal society? Maybe he was never with a group to begin with and he's just always been alone with this other entity in his head?
I dunno, just theorizing. XD
posted at 3:42am on May 28th, 2017
Reply by Kira
Okay, now that I'm rereading the last panel, it might actually feel weird to him in there, and he's trying to low-key check and see if it does to anyone else too.
So ignore the first part of my wall of text, I guess xD
posted at 3:46am on May 28th, 2017
Comment by Cellphone
I wonder... what makes Sev's horns no longer active? Is it just that he's had them for years and so it no longer counts as an enchantment? Could that happen to the tentacles if they're kept too long?
posted at 12:00am on May 29th, 2017