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10th May 2019, 4:33 PM in Chapter 6
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stevie 10th May 2019, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
*Backstory Intensifies*
Rocktopus 10th May 2019, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
How much more intensified can we go?
Photomaginarium 12th May 2019, 3:24 AM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
at some point it become the apocalyptic feudalism as seen in the Mad Max movies?
Guest 10th May 2019, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Minor grammar correction, panel 1, bubble 3: It should be:

"You're just
teaching them
to shirk their
responsibilities
to their
kingdom."
Rocktopus 10th May 2019, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
fixed, thanks for letting me know
Guest 10th May 2019, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
See this is the sort of thing that should lead to armed revolt.

Guard: Sire, the peasants are revolting.
Lord Frankfort: I know! ITS CALLED SOAP PEOPLE. I know you probably can't afford it because of how much I tax you, or hot water for that matter, or any water, but still though... Hey why do they have torches and pitchforks? And what's that Guillotine for? Is it a party? Are we going to have watermelon?
Guard: I'm going to die. I'm going to die guarding the biggest idiot in the province.
Rocktopus 10th May 2019, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Puny
chris-tar 10th May 2019, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Do you use reader feedback to help with writing your story?
Rocktopus 10th May 2019, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I've had the story written and planned to the last chapter since I started releasing pages, but I do listen to what the comments say and take them into consideration for future pages. I have in the past made minor changes here and there if a commenter brought up a good point that I hadn't considered.
crowbar 10th May 2019, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
A certain duke is in need of a mace to the face.
Rocktopus 10th May 2019, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
The metal kind or the spray kind?
stevie 10th May 2019, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
both
Oldarmourer 10th May 2019, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
dip the mace in mace...or pepper juice
there was a nasty 40mm baton round some years back, I don't know if it's still used, a stick of dense sponge rubber, think practice hockey puck, that was impregnated with CS powder so when it hit there was a big puff of tear gas to add insult to injury, I imagine today it uses OC or liquid pepper..it should be a spell for clerics to add a little penance to their weapons instead of darkfire ;)
Sturzkampf 10th May 2019, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Don't suppose anyone knows a tame druid who could be persuaded to do a bit of weather manipulation so it doesn't snow in the village this winter?
Rocktopus 11th May 2019, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That'd be convenient, eh?
Packless1 12th May 2019, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
...good point...
...but I'm afraid this trick would not work with the mafia...äh...I mean with the nobility...! ;-)
padanew 10th May 2019, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
padanew
What is scary is that Duke Frankfurt may be the Lesser of two evils.

Also, for some humor

INTERREGNUM, n. The period during which a monarchical country is governed by a warm spot on the cushion of the throne. The experiment of letting the spot grow cold has commonly been attended by most unhappy results from the zeal of many worthy persons to make it warm again.
Rocktopus 11th May 2019, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Who knows what the Duke of Glinchfield is up to, huh?
Product Placement 10th May 2019, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Product Placement
Now that we know the motive, I'm curious to see if the backstory contains the reason why Sera, from team dysfunction, hates Colleen so much that he's willing to forgo a dedicated healer over an alchemist who forgets to brew healing potions (as well as burning all the loot).
Rocktopus 11th May 2019, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That will definitely happen, but you may have to wait for a later chapter ;)
Bookeater_otaku 10th May 2019, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Now, let's see what people will come up for solutions.
-Running? Where to?
-Pillaging? Everywhere is poor or at war. And would they stoop so low?
-Borrowing the money? Not sure any creditors would accept them.
-Revolution? The duke have plenty of trained soldiers and knights at his disposal, to squash any rebellion. Beside it would mean going against "the will of the High Father".
-Striking a deal with the duke brother? What garanty do they have he will respect a deal or won't be a worse Lord than the current one afterwards?
-Sending the able-bodied somewhere they can make a fortune in risky endeavors ? ... I think I know where this is going.

Of course they can't send too many or the village won't have enough manpower in the field. Not enough and they might not get enough money. And they can't put it in all the same handbasket either... what else is profitable but risky that only desesperate or insane people would try? Besides the Marblegates I mean?

A dangerous mana mine? Give a young to a witch coven in exchange for a boon? Enrolling in The "Legion Étrangères"? Going on an expedition beyond the sea to new land in hope of bringing back riches? The silk caravans?

Who else beside Colleen have they sent?

I think the villagers naming all the solutions they come up with and some explanation would be a great way to give some more lore to this universe.
Rocktopus 11th May 2019, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
There's still half a chapter to go, so there's more to this than what you've seen so far ;)
Packless1 12th May 2019, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
...join the Foregin-Legion to dodge the draft...?
i.m.o. not a very good idea...! ;-)
StLOrca 11th May 2019, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
StLOrca
I see Douche Weenie is living down to their expectations. Going out on a limb here, I’m willing to bet he invaded a neighboring duchy, only to find out he has bitten off more than he can chew.
Rocktopus 11th May 2019, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
To the peasants, it doesn't matter who started the war; just that it's happening
kyrtuck 11th May 2019, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
kyrtuck
And there's Colleen's motive, tada!
Rocktopus 11th May 2019, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
And for my next trick, Colleen's-
ah, well, you'll have to see
David Argall 12th May 2019, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
While Marblegate becomes the goal, with the presumed goal of paying the family debts, so far, she may not even know it exists, much less that she could profit from going there. First, she needs to become a cleric and to meet up with her boyfriend.
Guest 12th May 2019, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
There seems to be a lot of ( https://imgur.com/gallery/kW0tzFN ) in the last couple of comment sections, especially after Colleen's fondness for Sir Patrick.
io 11th May 2019, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
you cannot squeeze blood from a stone or a potato
David Argall 12th May 2019, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
A quibble, being a South American plant, the potato didn't reach Ireland until around 1600. Of course we have lots of magic users in this story and all we would need would be one that travels and likes fresh French fries. A century or so and potatoes are all over the place.
io 12th May 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
interesting story how they got there. a wrecked Spanish vessel. Spanish treasure washed ashore. crates of sprouting potatos
BornOnTheNinth 13th May 2019, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
I notice the Friar is wearing a cross, and the Cathedral shown earlier had a cross, and crosses are used in the symbolism of the religion these people follow. Was the High God crucified? If not, what's the symbolic meaning of the crosses?
Rocktopus 13th May 2019, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That's a good question! The cross is the symbol of the Church of the Highfather. I chose it mostly because it was the most recognizable symbol of a catholic-esque religion, and made it clear and easy to recognize and understand.

As for why the cross is a symbol of the highfather in-world... well, I'm not gonna talk about that right now ;)
Guest 14th May 2019, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
It somehow seems wrong to send a woman out to strife and danger in order to save men/boys from being sent out. In the setting and story it makes great sense, for Colleen is blessed by the Highfather which only a select few is as far as I understand and recall. But still. Of course, one person being sent out instead of tens of people or more can make a lot of sense, especially if the village is genuinely grateful for her sacrifice for them and helps her and her family in return, including help in case she fails and dies or other during her adventures - Marblegate is a dangerous place, after all (though she might have plot armour, and this story does not seem GrimDark, which is not at all necessarily a bad thing). Just important to keep in mind that sending out women instead of men to the frontlines is typically/arguably wrong - historically and arguably also in modern times, it is the role of men, not women, to be cannon/artillery/missile fodder and being blown to bits and pieces in the frontlines. Though, with technology (and magic), this can change a fair bit in some aspects, though not all aspects. I recall women in some cases being armed as archers in various Germanic (and Celtic?) tribes in (pre-)Roman times, though the proportion of women military commanders and leaders were generally considerably higher AFAIK than the proportion of women fighting directly on the frontlines.
Guest 14th May 2019, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
Of course, it is not fair if those that fight in the frontlines do not get various privileges and/or rewards and the like to compensate for their sacrifices and the risks and dangers they are exposed to.
someone 15th May 2019, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
It's typical, really, to have one woman doing the job of all the village's men.
Guest 15th May 2019, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
Maybe if you reverse that statement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl1H3Vj1e7k .