What happens to Penk in panels 2-4 might be the most important moment in his development, and certainly is the easiest to overlook. He laughs over his defeated enemy, as a troll champion is supposed to do, as Harky certainly would (“BAHAHAHAHA! When will you start TRYING?”).

And then Magda speaks from her compassionate heart, as she always does. And Penk’s feeling of triumph turns to ashes in his mouth. He doesn’t want to be merciless either. But if no one had stopped him from acting merciless here, it might’ve become a habit, and then a trait.

In light of that, it’s maybe not surprising that Penk will develop a bit of a crush on Magda before long.

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