October 24th, 2017

w-wow that, uh, ....looks great?

And as always, you can vote for an extra doodle! Some folks were asking about hierarchy last time so there's a bit in the incentive this week. :>


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Comment by MagpieM

Welp, that's legit creepy. (pleasedon'tbesleep-paintingomg)

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posted at 12:04am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

and esra vows never to let quentin sleep again

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posted at 4:26pm on October 25th, 2017

Reply by Chrysalis

Knowing Quentin, that might actually take less work than trying to make him sleep.

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posted at 6:09pm on October 25th, 2017

Comment by Kiri

......Huh.

Quentin took off all his test tubes. :o

(Is he painting as a way to procrastinate on what he's doing or. is that just what I would do.)

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posted at 1:24am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

while the rest of us are content to scribble shippy fanart in the margins of our math notes, quentin has to one-up us all by pAINTING A FREAKIN MURAL

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posted at 3:56pm on October 25th, 2017

Comment by Fal

I was staring at the drawing because it probably means -something-, trying to remember whether we'd already seen those symptoms, and I realized that that girl looks a lot like the mystery person from the end of chapter 1 (or 2?) who also looks like the one who made Jonan miscasts.
(Oh, I know! that's because there is only one design for all characters that we either don't see well or don't see in the present time and totally not because that character is important)
I wonder if the ritualists know her.
Maybe she's the reason magic went wrong! (what with her exhuding dark steam-goo)
Maybe she was a ritualist, and one of her rituals went wrong, and that's why the ritualists seem to know a bit more about what's happening than the rest of the people. Huh, does she have the tatoos? I don't remember having seen them, but maybe they were just hidden. (maybe she did rituals without being a ritualist)
I wonder what she wants.

(also hi Shazz, welcome back!)

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posted at 3:36am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Jess

Maybe I’m looking at it wrong, but what you called “goo” looks exactly like a tree growing from their chest to me. Also, the rib cage is exposed, so I don’t know how you can tell that that is in fact a woman. I’m not sure which character you are referring to because all I can see is their white, shoulder-length hair. Maybe more will be revealed on next week’s page. Waiting a whole week to find out what happens next is a bit agonizing. (Figuratively speaking, of course.)

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posted at 3:48am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Himochi

The character in question is on pages 2.33 ad 2.34, in Jonan's flashback - the girl who robbed him.
She's also on page 4.9!

The hair is pretty distinct so I can see the link.

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posted at 6:31pm on October 24th, 2017

Reply by The Wing

Oh my gosh thank you Himochi, I knew we had seen her somewhere other than Jonan's graveyard but I couldn't for the life of me find the page!

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posted at 9:51pm on October 24th, 2017

Reply by redscarf

Also worth mentioning is that in the flashbacks you can see a ritualist hand tattoo.

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posted at 11:42am on October 25th, 2017

Reply by Meiga

I think she DO have the tatoos, Fal

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posted at 4:01am on October 25th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

(Nice catch, guys! :> )

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posted at 3:55pm on October 25th, 2017

Comment by Random Passerby

Somewhat foreboding...

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posted at 4:32am on October 24th, 2017

Comment by The Wing

Errrrrrrrrr NOPE!

So there are trees coming out of that decaying corpse with familiar hair (if that's hair, I mean, it could be a hood?), clearly that must mean... Nope, I got nothing. This was a very unexpected turn of events. First it was sweet, then it was eerie, and then it was THIS?!

He's a good painter, if that's a paintbrush? Is he even awake right now? So many questions, so little answers.

We know that white-hair woman from pages 2.33 and 2.34. They HAVE to be the same person, or my mind will be blown. We also know that she's able to cast a spell which reflects runewriters' spells. We also know that there's been an 'incident' in the Agorath Order which Esra believes is connected to runewriters becoming 'tainted'. And tainted runewriters are apparently a new thing. I feel like all this must be connected to that woman somehow.

She probably isn't a runewriter herself because her hair is all one colour, and she has the ritualist mark on her hand. But she doesn't have it all down her arm like Quentin and the magician have shown. I don't know what that means - that higher ranks have more tattoos? We haven't seen Esra's arm or any of the ritualists', so I don't think we have that confirmed yet. I'm very curious about that right now.

Would more tattoos allow access to more rituals, or are they just a mark of rank?

Another thing I find interesting is that the white-haired woman seemed to have a ritual or rune marked on her back (and possibly chest as well), which I assume she was able to use to deflect Jonan's spells. And what was she stealing from him?

I don't even know why I'm publicly asking all my questions, Shazz is too clever to even glance over them. :) Just consider this elaborate indirect flattery, Shazzbaa, because your comic is making me think very hard. :/

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posted at 7:10am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by The Wing

Oh gosh, I'm so sorry, I can't believe the comment turned out so long. :/

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posted at 7:11am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Ikwig

I don't believe one should ever apologize for writing long comments (especially when they give other readers something to think about . . . or put into words the things we were already thinking about without us having to do the work!). :)

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posted at 11:47am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Omg no you do not need to apologise for long comments!! THESE SORTS OF COMMENTS THAT ARE PUTTING PIECES TOGETHER ARE SO COOL AND I READ THEM ALL AND CHERISH THEM SO MUCH and so its a shame that I can pretty much only respond with some sort of ambiguously coy smiling emoticon so as not to give anything away.

That said,
:3c

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posted at 3:57pm on October 25th, 2017

Reply by The Wing

Oh gosh, I'm so glad nobody really cares what a massive wall that message was! Thanks guys! On a side note, I found this: http://78.media.tumblr.com/ba5171117fa75da911567cbbf544a5a8/tumblr_nrm2hya4tu1s66avto1_1280.jpg

There is TOTALLY something on the white-haired woman's back!!

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posted at 7:07am on October 27th, 2017

Reply by redscarf

Obviously Quentin is still asleep. He cannot be awakened unless one has The Heart :p

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posted at 1:44am on October 30th, 2017

Comment by Glew

Suspicion confirmed: sleep deprivation will turn you into an artist.

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posted at 8:33am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

yes, yes this is definitely how it works, absolutely

*Shazzbaa is not a medical professional and under no circumstances should you take her advice

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posted at 3:57pm on October 25th, 2017

Comment by Toanovu

Aaaaaaargh I am definitely gonna have to look at this page again as soon as I get home there is no way I can see whatever Quentin is doing well enough on my phone but absjdksnsjdkdkdk PLOT THINGS?????

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posted at 11:41am on October 24th, 2017

Comment by The Quiet One

Wow, the artwork in that last panel is AMAZING! The lighting, the colors, Agorath's shadow on the wall... And the painting is weirdly creepy and beautiful at the same time. (Thanks to commentators who pointed out that the shape coming out of the person's body looked like a tree, as at first glance I thought it was just some twisted smoke coming out of the corpse.) (I also wasn't looking too closely at first because of the creepiness factor!)

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posted at 11:52am on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhh gosh, thank you so much!! (I am sure Quentin also appreciates your compliments of his art, I'll try to pass those along when he's, uh, less busy)

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posted at 4:16pm on October 25th, 2017

Comment by Chrysalis

Oh boy, I sure am excited about this chapter where we see the adorable functional side of Quentin and Esra's relationship and for once nothing horrible comes along to interrupt their what the heck is that.

...On further consideration, I am now equally excited about this chapter about creepy haunted sleep murals, because this kind of juxtaposition is one of the main reasons I love Runewriters so much in the first place.

(I'd also like to echo some of the other commenters in saying that the lighting and panel compositions this chapter have been unusually gorgeous, even for this comic, which is a pretty high bar already.)

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posted at 11:02pm on October 24th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

omg the comment on juxtaposition is an amazing description of RW, I love this.

(Also ahhhhh gosh, thank you so much! This means a ton!! ;u; )

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posted at 4:25pm on October 25th, 2017

Comment by Meiga

That is sooo sweet!! I mean, the jacket thing, not the drawing one, that is kinda scary. I mean, we have seen her twice and she has the mark that Esra and the ones in the organization also have, so maybe she was some Sortiar or ritualist that went too far, or that was chosen to experiment something that went out badly... I mean, there are a lots of possibilities!

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posted at 3:59am on October 25th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Esra's gotta look out for this tiny child, staying up past his bedtime

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posted at 4:19pm on October 25th, 2017




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