New Comics Every Weekday - Written by T Campbell & Phil Kahn - Illustrated by John & Jason Waltrip
“And to honour our dead, Brit’ny Spears shall sing our lovely anthem, ‘Oh, I Am a Lumberjack.’”
And that’s ok…
I sleep all night and I work all day
I like to press wild flow’rs
I put on women’s clothing
And hang around in bars
On wednesdays I go shopping
And have buttered scones for tea!
All 3 of you had the same avatar. It alarms me.
Whoa, trippy, man.
Read the names.
It’s almost like fate has brought them together for some unimaginably important cause.
Nah, makes sense that a singing group would wear matching outfits!
And so they shall fade into the West…
Little known fact. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly was actually originally planned as a sequel to Lord of the Rings.
Burial shovels that are shaped like leaves. I likey.
Whaddaya mean “shaped like”? It’s called ironbark for a reason.
Actually, that was the name of Syr’Nj’s puppy she had as a child.
You expected them to use hatchets for burying, maybe? ;P
ok, gripe time. A over used trope of using perfectly good weapons and armor as grave markers just annoys me. Here, the Wood elves are trying to pick themselves up and change their entire out look as well as militarized their remaining population for war. They leave perfectly good (or at least reforgeable) weapons and armor they will badly need.
The wreckage of all those goblin tree cutters mechs have ALOT of reuseable steel that gaston could salvage. i hope they don’t leave it to rust.
Hmm, while I agree it lacks in practicality Taxil, I see only one use of weapons or armor for burial marking, the blade and helm of one of the invaders. I imagine possibly to distinguish the difference between their own and others. Other than that the rest of the decease I see in the burial panel all seem to be stripped of arms and are being set in clothing and burial shrouds.
I thought they were using the trees as grave markers. I only see one sword in the ground and it is at least possible that it won’t stay there.
Even if I am wrong, Arkerra was built to be a video game that is a parody of World of Warcraft (as do allot of MMOs). The “use weapons and armor as grave markers” thing is something WoW does allot.
And what about those corpses? They’re burying perfectly good meat! All that Soylent Green could feed the Gastonian armies for MONTHS!
Uncle Mike’s “From-the-jar” Savage Jerky! New flavors!
Not to mention putting honest grave-robbers out of a job!
not quite there Locke, they ARE recycling the bodies into compost to regrow the forest. so to them, nothing is wasted.
The reason it’s an “over-used trope”: It’s done in real life. Yeah, it’s kinda stupid to use perfectly good equiment to mark a grave. Soldiers do it, though.
Sometimes you just don’t have any way to use that equipment or take it with you right now. Sometimes it’s damaged and would require more work to restore than is practically worthwhile. Sometimes it’s enemy equipment that you can’t use effectively or aren’t allowed to by mandate.
And sometimes it’s the only possession they had to take with them to the afterlife.
Not allowed to use enemy equipment by mandate ?
An additionnal amount of ammo and weapons is no little profit, whatever the origin of said armament.
That “no use” rule … had it ever been respected by soldiers in war zones ?
Probably respected by some. Possibly not too many survivors.
There’s some truth to the idea that loading yourself up with extra arms and ammunition is impractical, though. A soldier is already packing around a whole lot of shit even before 10 pounds of assault rifle and another 3 or so per magazine. At some point, the number of weapons is offset by the decrease in mobility and increase in fatigue factor.
@ Phinar : Hm hm. Quite so, indeed. Though, what I meant is that, when supply is runing (running ?) low – ie the Bulge -, it’s better not being picky about the origin of the stuff you stumble across and can use to your advantage.
I had a high school teacher who had been in the infantry in Europe. He said that after shooting loose helmets for fun, he observed that it was a lot easier to make holes in american helmets than in german ones. So for the rest of the war he wore a german helmet.
Did he ever get accidentally shot at by his allies?
What Logos said. Was your high school teacher so oblivious of the obvious risks of friendly fire of using a gerry helmet ?
Might be useful to have a sword in the afterlife…
NOPE! gravy will make sure they will have all the arrows they need instead.
They will make sure that Gravy will have all the arrows he needs instead
I am far more impressed that both their own and enemies’ graves include a plant of some sort. Whether friend or foe, the dead will help rebuild the forest in this place.
From the way it looks to me, the helm and sword are “planted” in a mound that’s being dug – and has a tree already in said mound at the head. I don’t think the elves plan to “double mark” the grave…maybe the helm and sword belonged to the dead man, and the fellow what’s burying him is the brother/son who is now the owner of said armament. It’s something you have to look closely to see, I know I did have to look a couple or three times to really get that. Nice detail.
As for the gripe – welllll how do you know the weapons left in graves are actually usable? Reforgeable, possibly, but if the elves are about to mass migrate as it were…would it be better to haul useless weaponry with them until they’ve found a place where they can set up the needed forges, equipment, and so on?
I agree it’s an overused trope – don’t get me wrong. But I can also see times when it really does make more sense to use bent/broken weapons as grave markers rather than attempting to salvage/repair/reforge them. For instance when you’re not planning on staying near to the battle/grave site…
Maybe the sword and helmet are too big for elves?
“Makes ya think, huh? Doesn’t it? Huh? Doesn’t it?”
“Oh, shut up, Iroh’Ni.”
I wish there were some kind of upvote system to these comments. Phil?
Yes! This would be great.
The old ways we must abandon now ?
What does Faereksch’Nj (Fair exchange ?) – if that’s her name – mean ?
What “old ways” ?
“Little to no contact” policy with non-elvish races ?
Read back to the last chapter and Graiya’s judgement of the Wood Elves for a refresher on the “old ways” and why they must be abandoned. When your god tells you that you’re mucking it all up, you take heed.
little or no contact with other elvish races, let alone the other species.
Guess you could say the elves root for both sides.
Beautiful scenery in #3 and #4, the willows the earthy tones. It’s also great how they don’t have a specific graveyard area but the dead are simply returned to earth and basically used as fertilizer.
I like that too. Strangely, there’s a family tradition of cremation + burying the ashes, usually under a rosebush. But one of my great-grandfathers asked to be buried under an oak tree.
Guess I’m an elf at heart? :P
I still like you, anyway.
When I die, and I’m cremated, please scatter my ashes at sea
And then scoop them out again, and scatter them under an oak tree
And hoover them up once more, and put them in an urn on top of the TV
’cause I was a bloody awkward bastard, when I was alive
And that’s how I want you to remember me.
And Shanna just keeps on writing.
Oooh, I hadn’t considered that. Another likely possibility.
I see that the statement “For our foes….” bubble is parked right under that mound with the weapon/Helmet which look like the dwarf or troll’s equipment.
…I can’t imagine that a shovel made out of leaves would actually be very effective.
I’m sorry, but that’s too much for my suspension of disbelief.
Now, if they were DRILLS made out of leaves and powered by BURNING SPIRIT… well then we wouldn’t be using them to bury the dead. There would be no dead. Only the obliterated particulate remainds of their enemies.
Because that is what drills are for. Obviously.
“there would be no dead”
you either haven’t watched enough or are teasing poor people who haven’t yet.
Taking This Too Seriously Theory Time!™
Arkerra is a real, separate world, distinct from this one, but linked to it. People in this world have an Arkerran counterpart. A soulmate, of sorts. Kur’ik is Shanna’s counterpart, a separate and yet connected being. Somehow whatever HR does when he puts someone in the tank more directly LINKS whoever’s in it to their Arkerran counterpart.
And Shanna’s going to get much more involved in her story than she bargained for.
I tried to hit the “Like”button, but failed miserably.
Am I the only one that notices what is possibly the body of the Drummer Troll in the first panel??
It doesn’t say Penk in the taglist…
arr rook same. i dont think its penk because there is a troll helmet right next to the dead troll lying in such a way as to suggest that it may have fallen off of the trolls head around the time of the trolls death. i dont remember penk ever wearing a helmet.
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