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The end of Act II is nigh.
so… wait… why haven’t the allies won yet? they seem to be obliterating any opposition they come across…
The wild forces have cutscene power.
Man, how do I go from a goblinthing on my laptop to Rachel on my desktop?
(sung to Sly & the Family Stone’s “I wanna take you higher”)
Harki’s gettin’ stron-ger
Gnome ‘chines cuttin’ trees down too-oo-ooo
Rhinosaurs are smashin’ me
I want ta, I want ta, I want ta retreat higher; retreat higher
Coz’ baby baby babe they’re lightin’ fi-res
Looks like they did get snuck upon by a 50f dinosaur walking over a clear field.
Should they survive this, instead of a bough, the wood elves are likely to invest in a Graiya’s Early Warning System. They say even Rome was saved by GEWS.
You, sir, deserve a medal. :-)
Indeed he does.
Holy shitballs, Batman.
…..which is what you get when you eat donuts, Robin. (Donuts are hole-y).
“Shitballs” was the exact reaction I had too!
I like how they somehow managed to sneak up on the forest like this. I imagine them all melodramatically tip-toeing up to it in the moonlight.
WITH CATLIKE TREAD!
Oh, thank God mine isn’t the only mind that immediately went to Gilbert and Sullivan.
We seek a penalty, fifty-fold!
welp, we’re boned
You’re being way too optimistic…
It is worth mentioning one more time that THIS SNUCK UP ON THE WOOD ELVES.
I’m telling ya, it’s HR’s influence skewing all the dice rolls like crazy.
i get the feeling that HR will have to step in and mess around once more soon.
“What did you get on your spot check?”
“I don’t know, I can’t find the die. It must have rolled under something.”
Man! Those humans. Always ruinin’ everything, huh?
Yup! Humans are untrustworthy scumbags, unlike those nice Savage Races who peacefully stay out of the woods and never show any hostility.
Those elves know everything that happens in the forest. Too bad the birds went over it and the axebots technically haven’t entered it yet.
So… whose side are the axe-tanks on? Because it sure looks like they came from Harky’s direction… and are clearing a swath of forest for his jumbosauruses to use.
I think the axe-tanks come via the gnomes. Pretty sure as non-humans, they’re on his side.
There actually seems to be a bit of a split on where the loyalty of the Gnomes lies. Bandit herself mentioned that horn used on the raid seemed to be Gnometech and apparently some gnomes are building massive destructive weapons despite some rule that they would not.
Chances are some Gnomes might be supplying both sides and hope that in the end they just kill each other and leave the Gnomes with all their money and land.
Based on the gnome councilman’s reaction to Iwatani’s shenanigans, I doubt that this is some kind of gnomish secret agenda. More likely, it’s just a group of gnomish douchebags.
Or, hey, for all you know the whole thing could be a plot by certain of the human houses to start a war and use Harki to bring down their rivals in an incredibly risky and ill-conceived maneuver.
Weren’t Goblins supposed to be pretty clever when it came to machinery?
Yes; as far as I’m concerned those are Goblin machines, based on stolen Gnomish designs.
Funny how the tanks have goblin-like “eyebrows”.
They’re still identical to the Gnomish original… except for improvements that look like a “hair-getting-caught-in-gears prevention system”. So it has to be the professors AND Iwatani.
Have you considered reading the backlog, Mr. Alurker?
It’s quite good.
The gnomes live in the human lands, in their own toon-town/ghetto/experimental settlement.
So the gnomes are definitely not pro-Harky. Now, young Iwatani (the son of a Human great house leader) was putting two gnomish professors up to building hammertanks. The same gnomish professors had supplied the savage commando strike team with the Horn of Kraken Goading (+5).
But I think the Humans think that the hammertanks are their secret weapon, so it’s bit of surprise to see their more developed version on Harky’s side.
But maybe the humans let the professors escape, and they’ve now started working full time for Harky.
Or Iwatani is manipulating everybody…
Or Harky bought ‘em on the black market. From axetank smugglers. Yeah. Totally plausible.
Is that an axetank in your pocket or are you just happy to be here?
Axe-Bots look like their tops are goblin-like, what with the weird ear things and big eyes. :3
The Gnomes are on the side of RESEARCH.
If it can be built, well then by golly let’s build it! And if it can’t be built, well… you’ll never know for sure until we try!
What happens after we build it? Ahh, that’s not our problem, we’ve got this new thing to build. So many improvements on the previous design!
If you build it they will scream.
No, not quite, Mujaki. The Gnomes have ethics that govern what would be built. Specifically, they tend to shun war and destruction. Anyone one else who didn’t read the backlog care to read it before positing such claims?
These two pages should help some.
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What rolls down stairs,
Alone or in pairs,
Rolls over your neighbours dog?
What’s great for a snack,
And fits on your back,
It’s Backlo-og, Backlo-og
It’s big, it’s heavy
It’s Backlo-og, Backlo-og
It’s better than bad
Everyone want’s a Backlog
You’re gonna love it Backlog
Come on and get your Backlog
Everyone needs a Backlog
Backlog from Blammo!
omg lol! Happy happy joy joy to you!
If Naror’nj were still alive, I think Byron would have to point out that the difference between him and the real invaders was clear-cut.
Oh, wait, the forest is burning. Nevermind.
i have the feeling that once this massacre is over, the alliance is going to decide that horde has gone too far and they will break out the nukes (or nuke equivalent) to use on them. after seeing all of this, i WANT EVERY SINGLE HORDE MEMBER TO DIE FOR THIS. yes i am raging!
I think Gastonia will not weep for the elves; most humans (in this comic) don’t care for them. I do think this massacre will strike a little fear in them & get them preparing for war, tho.
they may not weep, but there are sure to need a change of pants for the majority of the population, notably the commoners and army rank and file. they may have little love for elves, but humans do give pause when the horde wipes the wood elves out (or nearly so) in ONE NIGHT! if they can do that to them, what are their chances for humans in small villages and towns?
if THIS doesn’t get the Alliance to step up their game and get more races to work together, i fear what will.
I hardly call banging on drums and the sounds of all those beasts running along as “sneaking” into the wood elves domain, still you have to admire the planning involved in the theft of the branch and the assaination of the wood elf leader and then this attack all in the middle of that chaos.
Agreed. This is not a sneak – it’s a BLITZKRIEG. I too admire Harky’s strategy; what I despise is his ruthlessness. The Wood Elves had no love for humans; they were prepared to be neutral (Switzerland) in the event of a war between humans & nonhumans.
I think Harky’s position on neutraility is the same as his position on opposition: you’re either with us, or against us. There’s a certain ruthless calculation to his viewpoint that can be appreciated from a strategic sense, even if one doesn’t agree with it.
DINORIDERS! I LOVED THIS SHOW AS A KID!
aww shit. The savages got tanks. All we got is wood and stone while they got metal.
We are so screwed.
How did we not hear this?
(Is what I believe at least one elf is thinking)
This is pretty damn decent strategy.
Normally during an epic battle like this, the attacking party would send in their giant lumber-mechs in first, so that the defending heroes could be all heroic and take down the mech in an awe-inspiring battle.
But no, they send in heavy cavalry, footsoldiers, and only after THOSE do they send in the lumber-mechs. Not to mention the aerial assault in the city central to draw any defenders not yet slain by gnoll scouts/skirmishers.
And of course, they do this on a major calender event for the elves, so that anyone who’s important is there.
Now that I’m thinking of it, that is a really well-executed plan.
Okay, there’s simply no excuse for this. The wood elves have TERRIBLE SENTRIES.
Plus, apparently no Scouts or something. One could suggest Graiya’s Bought was their alert system but it didn’t seem to work that way when stolen so… yeah. I’m guessing the Wood Elves have never faced a real war before (at least not recently) because Graiya’s Bough and the forest kept most attack forces at bay (their opponents knew the regenerative properties and didn’t have the axe-bots + fast, flying troops for easy clean-up.) Presumed safety and egotism kept them from advancing in other security-measures, I guess. :P
Their sentries were sapped as soon as they were planted.
This is all going to Iwatani – I MEAN HR’s plan. He’s gonna use the savage races to wipe out the elves, then he thinks he’s going to turn the tables and defeat them too, leaving humans corporate executives with primacy.
Iron Axebots > Lumberjacks
so the horde plays Dub step as they slaughter, pillage, and burn. figures.
That’s pretty vile I gotta say.
Gimme Deadmau5 any time!
come to think about it, the Deadmau5 just might be reading this comic right now….
so i just thought of something…. gravedust was still in the chamber of the bough when we last saw him and he appeared to be charging up for a limit break or dialing any and all nearby spirits. then naror took an arrow the face…
can we expect to see a dialogue between GD and N’Nj?
or is this when we can expect best to log his main back in?
“wtf guys, you triggered the raid without me?!”
There goes the neighborhood.
OKAY. So much for Operation Save B’ial Vezk.
New Plan: Operation Five Survive.
i know im a bit late on this, but is that penk in the center of the first panel?
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