So, hey, we never had to find out whether this lock was bulletproof or not. In any event, the real climax of this scene is Shanna and Xan realizing that they are each other’s “friends they’ve made along the way.” This sort of thing can easily get overdone (I know a couple of comics writers who are good at the heartfelt moments, but just don’t know when to stop with them). But I think this moment feels earned, and it’s the right time to shift a little extra sympathy to these two. They’ve got a lot to do in the next two chapters.

Thus includes Episode 47. Next up, a brief intermission in which we offer you a magazine.

FB: “Why do we go on these adventures?” say lots of gamers, everywhere. “I guess it’s mostly the feeling of community.”