January 21st, 2013


Esra you're not having a great start to this chapter.

Wasn't sure what to do with the vote incentive, so I thought I'd answer some questions about runewriting I got last week! FOR... ANYONE WHO'S CURIOUS HOW THESE THINGS WORK.

Vote Incentive for This Comic.

Comment by Twentydragon

I didn't even realize I was wondering about all that until I read the incentive. You're GOOD.


posted at 1:13am on January 21st, 2013

Comment by Radar

Loved the vote incentive! Also, oh the perils of trying to imprison someone who specializes in mind control.


posted at 8:40am on January 21st, 2013

Comment by Why?!?!

Ah, thank you so much for addressing my questions! I loved the vote incentive, and now that I understand I have an excuse to reread the entire archives again!


posted at 3:16pm on January 21st, 2013

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhh, happy I had a good chance to do it! It's always fun to talk about background world stuff. :")


posted at 9:13pm on January 27th, 2013

Comment by Hethaa

I love how he angrily tucks his hair behind his ears xDD


posted at 4:31pm on January 21st, 2013

Reply by Rachel's Mom

I agree! This might be my new favorite picture of Esra, displacing the bottom left panel on page 2.44. :)


posted at 1:22pm on January 23rd, 2013

Comment by Meggyc

You know how with some comics, the story will switch away from the main characters and as a viewer, you say "Wait, go back to the main guys!"

I don't have that problem with this comic. I'm as interested in what's going on at the Order as with what's going on with Sev and company.

If I were Esra, I would stay away from the guy who could use me like a puppet, but that's just me. XD


posted at 7:14am on January 23rd, 2013

Comment by Riverfox237

I'm thinking Esra might be regretting bringing an impatient puppetmaster onto the premises. Although the guy's impatience combined with Esra's complete lack of ability to do anything about it amuses me greatly. XD And I agree with everyone else, this is my favorite Esra page so far!


posted at 1:52pm on January 25th, 2013

Comment by PineappleJelly

Where are these vote incentives posted...?


posted at 1:22am on January 28th, 2013

Reply by Shazzbaa

"Vote Incentives" are the little pictures you get if you vote for Runewriters on TopWebComics (by clicking on the little blue TWC box up there and verifying that you're a person). It's basically a list of webcomics that ranks comics by popularity, depending on how many votes they get, so I like to make a little extra bonus doodle each week for the people who vote for my comic! :")

I replace the vote incentive with a new one each update, but old incentives actually aren't gone forever. After two months, old incentives are re-added as a "Old Vote Incentive for This Comic" link at the bottom of the description for each comic, so if you weren't around when an incentive went live, you'll still be able to see it! There's just a two month delay.

At time of writing this reply, two months ago was in November, so this comic's vote incentive, the Q&A with Jonan is the most recent vote incentive to be re-added to the site (scroll down to the very bottom of my description, down under the Dec. wallpaper stuff, and there's a "Old Vote Incentive for This Comic" link). Everything before that is up for the looking! All the other incentives will be re-added after the two months pass. :")


posted at 1:59am on January 28th, 2013

Comment by Wabbajack

I thought Agorath in the final panel was the ritualist lady. /woops woops


posted at 7:17am on August 17th, 2013

Comment by The Wing

I can't remember if this was addressed before, but is Esra unlocking the door on this page? If it's unlocked via magical hand recognition software, for what did Quentin need a 'key'? Or does it have more than one locking mechanism?


posted at 8:12am on October 5th, 2017

Reply by Shazzbaa

Not all the doors unlock this way -- we saw Esra use a normal key ~3 pages ago! A door that unlocks using the mark is accessible to literally anyone with the Order's mark (but is usually more secure against non-order folks since it has no lock to pick); a door that unlocks with a key is still restricted to the smaller number of folks who have a key (but doesn't have the extra security of being magical).


posted at 10:11am on October 5th, 2017

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