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Never been so happy to see this douche…
Also, Horde symbol spotted,
Someday, somewhere, I’ll meet someone who doesn’t love the horde besides me.
For the Alliance!
Well hey there, Alliance. Sorry about Southshore and everything but we Forsaken types reckon it just looks better as a glowing, green hole in the ground.
>Implying the Alliance has ever cared about Southshore.
aye, curse that run to the scarlet monastery. Burn in hell South Shore
[nostalgia]Some of my fondest memories are of slaughtering horde in the endless battles between SS and Tarren Mill, back before BGs destroyed world pvp… [/nostalgia]
Yeah, and my favorite memories are when those one guys killed those other guys and I was like, “Wow, those other guys are dead.”
Yep. Totally not trying too hard to fit in, here.
Eh, back in my days I played a Human Warrior. Used to have blast destroying everything and goofing off as a Battlefield monster. I think my favorite kill was a Tauren druid. He got so desperate he actually went to kitty form and tried to stealth out and sneak away. Huzzah Perception, all I’m sayin.
More love for human warriors <3
I have two (because I have no life)
I prefer ally anyway. mostly due to pally obsession.
Yeah, it’s not like Horde even has Paladins… Oh wait-
I like both, Draenei Priest and Orc Warrior, wee!
Draenei Priest and Troll Mage. Awesomeness.
I’ve never been happy seeing this douche. And the fact that he’s currently interrupting the “big secret” doesn’t do anything to endear me.
Nine pages in, and this chapter failed to please once.
Failed to please You, specifically.
I’ve enjoyed the hell out of it, and am looking forward to seeing where this all goes.
It’s a good thing you don’t encompass the entire readership, ’cause I’ve been enjoying it.
And then there were only four tubes.
“Who is it?”
“I’m only a dolphin….” oh yeah… alt text.
Dolphins are just gay sharks.
“Er… Anyone order a pizza? With, er, anchovies?” *Glare* “What, don’t like anchovies?”
“What are we gonna say? ‘Hello, Cursed Earth Pizza’ ?”
I really like Best. I’m always happy to see him as a main character.
I like Payet Best. Whenever he has played an active roll in this comic, I enjoyed that part of the comic all the more because of his involvement.
While I wouldn’t say I completely dislike Best, I would say that I like Bandit indefinitely better. So I’m not fond if the notion Best could replace her in the party (even if she did technically replace him first).
I also was really fond of the idea of Best being a ‘Bad Guy’, a villainous bard just sounds like a fond concept.
As the said in the 1950s, “Rock and Roll is the devil’s music!”
Best is a very written character, you love to hate him. He enriches the story immensely.
So, what if there’s actually no arbitrary limit forcing the party to only havey 5 members or less?
Best may be a douche, but I like the prick. He’s kinda like Kevin Kline’s character in “A Fish Called Wanda”. A lovable scumbag that the movie wouldn’t have been as good without.
Yeah, I love both him and Byron. I’m not sure why there’s so much hate for either. They both have flaws which make them better characters.
Payet was perhaps a villain who doesn’t see himself as one, and that’s always more interesting than the “bwaha delicious puppies” kind. It seems like his bad experiences with the main group didn’t corrupt him, he went on to be a good (if arrogant) hero. A fine subversion, and a character who is very much in flux at the moment.
I dunno, I’m kind of a fan of the kind of villains who are so horridly overdone that they DO say things like “bwahaha delicious puppies”.
I never saw him as a villain. Asshole? Sure. Villain? Not really.
If it were D&D, I’d put him firmly in Chaotic Neutral with good tendencies. He’d LIKE to be a hero, but his methods are flawed.
Well, the slightly expanded backstory of his (Hey, I was called shit elf!) does make him a small amount more easy to empathize with.
Still makes him a dick, but a dick with a reason behind it.
And yes, Best’s antics are amusing.
Well … I’d say that the village lit the fire under his ego pretty well, way back when. They grabbed him up, called him the Hero of Prophecy and gave him everything they had.
This monster was made.
Also … THE PROPHECY.
I didn’t realise he had pierced ears. Also lol impending ambush.
They might be new.
He needed more holes.
douche in armor….tsk.okay..
When Payed Best puts on his black ninja armour, he’s still a douche.
With a side of fries.
That’s a ninja shirt? I thought it was
rockabilly cowboy shirt.
Oops. HTML fail.
Fixed for you. And I want that shirt.
I wish we could have an edit button for comments, folks, but it’s not in the cards for right now. We’re looking into better systems since the sheer volume of the comments has maintained a steady overflow.
Anything happening on the Tea Room forum front?
Not at the moment, sorry!
Thanks. You’re swell.
Instead of edit would it be easier to allow us to delete our comments? Being able to write them all over again would be kinda like editing.
Oh hello no on deletion, son.
No one gets to un-say stupid things on my turf.
Wouldn’t editing allow us to do the same or did you just say that because it’d sounds all cool and Phil-like (which is fine by me actually)?
o lol, i just noticed the sign on his back.
You’ll get a better view of that soon.
Dare we hope, with a spear in it? :P
It says “Kick me”
Is that the leather jacket from Fallout?
i guess it’s something a sex pistols fan would wear. speaking of which, i can’t see his guitar-axe anywhere.
Best pretty much is a sex pistol.
Meh I really don’t like Best.I’d rather be on the others….and somehow fan the flames for my secrtet Byron x Bandit stuff >>
I have no idea why the first thought that popped into my head was “Ru-roh, Shaggy!” x.x I mean, Best isn’t even close to being as awesome as Shaggy. Or Scooby :/ I blame the mind-blowage from last Friday.
If Best was a part of the Scooby gang he’d take Daphne and ride away with her into the sunset in his black convertible Cadillac and leave the rest of those losers with their thumbs up their asses.
Leaving Velma with Shaggy, Scooby, and Fred? I think I’ve seen Rule 34 depictions of that.
Yes, they could all “shaggy” each other.
Aside from the fact that Daphne really doesn’t do much in the gang dynamics, at least in the original series.
She only has one purpose in the show and we all know what it is. Kinda scary considering it’s supposed to be a kids’ show.
If you have not seen the latest incarnation of that show, you are missing out.
not having seen the show, this can totally be interpreted two ways.
Fred can keep Daphne. I’d rather have Velma m’self :3
Ooooooh yeah. You know there’s a freak hidin’ under that sweater and them knee high socks.
(insert some Tom Waits caterwaulin’ Pasties and a G-String here)
Actually did it
Your avatar and that statement conflict SO MUCH… XD
Don’t dis my Grand-ma-ma, dog. She was thuggin back when you was still suckin’ Similac.
She was doing what while he was sucking what?
Sucking on a bottle of Human Infant Supplement Nineteen, Cap’n.
oh…you’re just eeevillll, but I bow to your mastery of the cliffhanger
Take comfort that this isn’t a Friday strip.
Phil and T are just Cratering to our needs.
Can’t really get into Best and Harky again until I know if they are meant to be “real” or if this is just a game scenario. Sorry.
Psst. It’s a fictional comic, not a documentary. None of this is real.
Hope that helps take the weight off your mind so you can sit back and enjoy the story.
It does matter whether something is real or not in the context of the story and what the relationships between different story elements are. You can’t just generalize like that, the actual story not being real has nothing to do with what goes on in it.
Having said that answers are something we’ll just have to wait for. Use of suspense and cliffhangers is nothing new, we ought to be used to it by now.
For me it only really matters if the world is real to the characters because that is what drives the drama and tension.
Dude, there’s still drama and tension. We have no idea what Dedalus’s plans for the protagonists are. We have no idea if Best will succeed in whatever his quest is or not, or, more likely, what he’s being manipulated in doing. We still have no idea how this world works. For me, that’s dramatic tension out the wazoo.
That’s what I was saying. The tension would be ruined for me if Best didn’t think the game world and his actions were real and meaningful. But he does, so there is tension.
without the cutaway to the other world, we’d be pretty convinced Best was gonna succeed here… as it is, I’m not so sure.
Not…the land sharks! They still blow my mind. I mean…they’re sharks with the huge sharp teeth and the bloodthirstiness, and yet they’re on land so you can’t just avoid them, like with ocean sharks, when you’re menstruating or have open sores or…I’m scared for Payet. Even though he is a douche. 0__0
In before anyone says, “But Payet doesn’t menstruate.” Oops.
That’s debatable considering how much of a cunt he is.
Kiss your mother with that mouth, Sentora? ;-)
(No wait, that was me. Hee hee hee)
My mother is worse ;p
And I at least I showed restraint. The first comment I was going to make was a terrible pun about seeing red when he’s shows up.
We all know those land sharks are in way over their heads.
Payet could try telling them “To jaws-jaws is better than to war-war.”
He’d say: “Make shark-fin soup, not war.”
Just as long as he doesn’t try to play poker with them
Yeah. If they so much as BLINK they’ll be naked and riddled with STDS.
and a nasty sniffle.
Best has just realized why he has been subconsciously humming the Jaws theme for the last few minutes.
Dun dun dun…
Dun dun dun dun…
He needs a bigger boat! (srsly, i was just watching Jaws on Netflix 3 hours ago)
And Mythbusters has proven that you can’t blow up a shark by shooting a compressed air canister with an M-1 Garand.
But maybe…juuust maybe… Payet can blow up a Land Shark with the power of rock.
Maybe he’ll stop to axe them if they’ve a tune to request…?
Well, at least we’re back in Arkerra, but I wanna know what’s going on in the V.R. tubage… Evil, evil writers!!!
It’s about the pacing you’d expect from a good story though.
You’ll have to wait before we get back to the Byronic Commando.
Ah seen whut yew did thar.
What do you mean? They’re telling you what’s going on in the V.R. tubage! ^_^
Heh, Best looks like Mad Max. I just wish he didn’t have that spiky hair. At least his name isn’t Josh or Brad.
If only he had a crazed whirligig pilot chained up beside him, guarded by his faithful hound.
I think we can safely call it the DBZ hairstyle: http://www.jjtoy.com/wallpaper/original/dragon-ball-z-12.jpg
I was thinking Guil from Street-Fighter
Would be cool if there were graffiti all over Gastonia saying “El Besto“.
…And that is now my personal canon. Thanks Captain Picard!
Billy Idol actually.
Oh yeah, that actually fits kinda well.
I was about to mention Billy Idol m’self. He lacks the sneer, but that’s OK. He has plenty of other offensive expressions to hand out.
Is that the Black gates?
And the Most High, creator and knower of all things, was about to reveal unto his faithful disciples the secrets of that which precluded them. But instead, he showed them irrelevancies and meaningless drivel.
And lo, there was a resounding MEH
It must’ve resounded within the confines of your skull.
Hope it doesn’t echo too long…
I swear, I look forward to your comments about as much as I do comic-updates *w*
Unless he’s a duck, Picard. Then he’d hear nothing at all, and the status quo within his mind would be preserved.
that would be completely quackers
Ducks don’t need satellites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwdGeFgONCY
… You find the most interestingly varied links, you know that?
With the sudden cut, and Best being one of the five in the tubes, I’m thinking we’re about to see how his luck/skill/whatever runs out on him.
And I’m perfectly okay with that.
Another pleasant consideration…. with whatever mechanics are involved… does death hurt?
Me too. Can’t wait to see him bested.
( I don’t care if it’s been used. His humiliation is REQUIRED).
They’re really just land dolphins, man.
Dolphins can be sadistic bastards. So Best is screwed anyway.
so long and thanks for all the fish!
So sad that it should come to this.
Literally. Dolphins are well-known gang rapists.
Something smells fishy?
Does this mean the sharks are going to jump him?
It depends, are they in Soviet Russia?
Somebody get this man a star. STAT
Ha ha. Good one.
Landsharks. Totally Jawsome.
I thought that was Street Sharks!
And Best is a Jet, isn’t he…
I’d feel Gill-ty if I didn’t come right up and admit that Land Sharks are my favorite race in this webcomic thus far.
Because you can make so many jokes about them, or because you secretly are one? :P
I really loved the art in the last few comics, so big ol’ kudos… but oh man I hate Best’s new hair. Comb that shit out and reset it!
(He’s still the best character though.)
Mess with the Best, become undressed.
Interestingly enough. In a good ol’ game of D&D, Both the Fighter and the bard of the party said this…at the same time.
So…is it bad to want to play a “Shit Elf?”
Are you suggesting Payet will win the day by having menage ad nauseum with the entire Coalition? That’s taking one for the team.
The things he does for his reputation.
But what’s the Gromble doing in the second panel, that’s what I want to know. Is this what he does after he retired from teaching monster school?
Hmm… Overly decorated siege engines, in a faction which should by all accounts be too penny-pinching to afford engravings on elite troops’ armour in favour of having actual metal equipment on the common troops.
I do believe this is another clear point to the ‘this is just a computer game’ column.
That part actually makes sense. Decorated siege engines and decorated armor for the elites are things that pre-modern armies really did — it would be a point of pride for the artisans, and a morale boost for the troops. Also, it helps make the leadership more easily recognizable to their own troops in battle.
Ah, but they have excellent backers. After all, dwarven smiths love to make their works look impressive. Just because they are supplying the monsters doesn’t mean they will skimp on the pomp.
And remember, if you hear a knock at your back door, and the voice answers “Landshark”, Run Elf Run.
Unless they’re bringing you some delicious Landshark brand beer.
Or a hand crafted and garishly painted bicycle.
Noticed how the catapult has a giant fork on the side? Must be gnollish design, they seem to be fond of utensils as we saw in that “diplomacy” page.
It’s a brace, Capt’n. When the catapult is in position, they stick it in the ground; keeps the machine from toppling.
Nice way to rationalize having a giant fork on a catapult. :P
They’re just trying to cover up the next big plot twist: that all Harky wants to take from Gastonia is ownership of their giant waffle-mines. Next target: the immense syrup reserves of the Wood Elves, only spoken of in breakfast legend.
Don’t listen to him, he’s totally forking with you.
The TICK approves of your utensil conversation.
Best’s think squares have the same yellow as one the tube on the previous page. Confirmation of what we’ve already suspected?
Nevermind. I’ve found Byron always thought in red, Gravedust in brown and Syr’nj in green. But, of course, this was already said two pages ago.
Interesting to see his thoughts. Seems like he really believes in those “destined roles” (In the context of the game, PC vs NPC? Hmm.) though in-universe he pretty much took someone else’s destiny (So he’s unknowingly a hypocrite as well. He got out while he’s telling others to suck it up and accept their shitty lot in life.)
Unless he was always meant to become a ‘hero’/player. Ugh stupid are-both-worlds-real? mind screw
From a meta-game perspective, we might guess that Best was doing a standard quest for bards, in which case it would make sense another bard shows up to do the same quest just as he leaves.
Does that mean all the berserker class players go through what Byron did?
Oh, “Harky,” “H.R.”
Did everyone else pick up on that last week? Am I making it up?
That’s an interesting theory you got there, sir.
DUDE! Harky’s jewel! WHAT COLOUR WAS IT?!
I seem to recall it being Purple . . . I like HR as Harky, but I can’t see how THAT would tie into the story . . .
“Tie”? You bastard.
Holy crap! Actual unintentional pun! I’m . . . sorry?
Sorry, t’was read.
Noooooo you can’t bait us with that shot of Byron in a tube and then cut to a seemingly irrelevant comic of Best! THAT’S NOT FAIR.
Isn’t it totally the pacing you’d expect?
C’mon, think of it like Tiny Toon Adventures. You’d have a story cartoon first, then a little vignette of some minor character, then back to the story.
You can’t just “Hello, Byron”, blow our collective minds then “WHOOPS SORRY you weren’t supposed to see that back to Best!”. You have cliffhangers and then you just have BOUNDLESS CRUELTY. My curiosity is your battered wife.
Don’t know why he has trouble imagining what it’s like to be actively hated. I definitely hate the little bastard.
And there’s a whole lotta people who still call him a “shit elf”.
Though I am yet again hurting in the brain from whiplash – I clicked the back button a couple times thinking that I’d somehow missed an update! – I soothe my hurts and entertain my increasing need for bloodshed by imagining what those nasty looking halberds could do to Best.
Or that halberd-wielding siege engine.
Mentally dismembering my LEAST FAVORITE character is good for the heart.
I think Best is starting to grow on me. I still wish someone would deck him for that throwing the kids off the boat as an anchor routine. I think prior to having a child i may have found that hilarious but now I just want someone to hit him… hard. In the face.
With his own guitar, yeah.
He did save the little bastards. If you had to choose between having your kid thrown off the airship tied to a rope and live or die in the crash…well, not much of a choice really.
The ends do not justify the means captain! Although i do agree, the results were fantastic.
Epic solution, in some ways…but morally reprehensible from almost any standpoint. There was no way to know that Best’s gambit would not result in kids just as dead as a crashed airship. He *could* have gotten Frigg and Gravedust onto the “anchor” and had a similar amount of weight. He *could* have used cargo or objects lying around the ship as weights. Using the kids was simply the most convenient solution available because they were already chained together, if I recall correctly.
He also made an executive decision without any input from the group – he literally did not play with the team, ignoring group tactics from the start. That’s the kind of thing that pisses off pretty much everyone else on the team…
That said: I too am a parent, and that’s a large part of why I want Best slowly pierced and dismembered.
You’re saying that taking the choice “these kids might survive if I do X” against “everyone is guaranteed to die if I don’t do X” was morally reprehensible from almost any standpoint?
Trying to explain his plan to the party would’ve taken too long. There was no time and it’s unlikely anyone from the party would’ve volunteered to be an anchor.
Best knew something had to be done now. Ironically the children may have been safer on the “anchor” than on the ship that proceeded to smash into the ground. The party seemed surprisingly unscathed.
Loan sharks make you pay it back.
Landsharks are at Payet’s back.
You’re still a shit elf.
*Hums Street Sharks theme.*
So, Best heard the Jaws theme as well. Very cool.
Payet Best has an Inspector Gadget Go-go-go Gadget Telescoping Eye? Funky.
I liked Southshore, it was my favourite fishing spot. >:
As a friend once said “those gloops (the green slime pet name she gave those mobs) have evil smiles and aren’t cute at all!”
If I were the ‘land’ sharks I’d be pissed I weren’t just ‘the’ shark. I mean, why are they designated the ‘land’ sharks instead of designating those swimmy bastids the ‘water’ sharks… classists. I mean sure the ‘water’ sharks came first, but the ‘land’ sharks are far cooler.
*cue jaws theme*
“I can only IMAGINE what it’s like to be actively hated.”
I cannot say anything about this line that doesn’t pale in comparison to the subject, so I’ll settle for simply emphasizing its existence.
Actually, I’m hating Best less now. And I really hated him before. Maybe it’s because the lives (digital or otherwise) of the cast most likely lie in his douchey hands. Now, if he takes this opportunity to screw a member of the party over, then my hate-train will be right back on track.
In the case of Frigg, I think it’ll be stuck to screwing.
The scope of this strip is quite expansive.
I have a question. I know that ‘Shit Elf’ is the colloquial term- so what’s the actual name of that particular elf subspecies.
I think it’s probably something like Low Elf, or Lay Elf, or maybe they just call them Nonmagical Elves.
Hmph, this is probably the first page I disapprove of.
I didn’t mind at all the shift in perspectives to the “outside world”, in fact I found it exciting, but we shouldn’t be shifting back into *this* world until we have a reason to care about it.
So: first boring page in the comic.
Hm. Happy to see this douchebag, but damn him for breaking up whatever is happening in the “real” world.
Also, the way this page looked kept bothering me, until I realized that there was no texture overlay to it, and it was making it look… cleaner? that usual. I dunno, I liked the noise of the textures.
Fixed, uploaded an unfinished version before and never noticed until now. Thanks for the whistle-blow!
I think this has been asked before, but… where did you get this texture overlay from? – I want it. At the moment I’m just using Photoshop burlap when I want some texture to my pictures.
Yay, I wasn’t going crazy. :D
And admittedly, it’s interesting to see how much difference that makes.
“Thanks for the whistle-blow?” Maybe it’s just because I haven’t slept in over 18 hours, but that sounds dirty. :P
Little bit. xD
Tin foil hat time. Sorry if its a bit late, but been at work in telesales and my hatred for my fellow man has been kept at bay only by this comic and archive binging. Anyway to go back to my point HR Daedlus = Harki? Is he literally the real villian seeking to undermine Arkerra?
Surely the Savasi are the ones trying to undermine Akerra…
Its his form of manipulation, destablising the entire continent. He cares not for the means just the ends.
I’m actually growing to like Best… he reminds me of myself. In both being a douche early on and growing up, slowly and with switchbacks, later.
Best is starting to look more and more like David Bowie. This makes me conflicted. Do I love or hate him? I can’t hate something that reminds me of Bowie. =/
….Am i the only one who hears the “Jaws” theme music playing in the background? ;) ^^
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