Watch out for the rhyming, first-panel Sundar. That first speech balloon of yours is sounding a little Brother Tom-mish.

This page was a probably necessary transition between this chapter and the last, and a bit of closure on Byron and Sundar’s conflict. But in retrospect, I think it was even more necessary for Byron’s development. He might not have any interest in the (cough, cough) “bear” label, but he is tacitly agreeing to help Sundar carry on for Brunhilde.

And though neither of them would be the one to say it, they both know that Byron is going to end up doing most of the mental legwork here. So what Byron’s really agreeing to is to take up the cause of adventurers’ rights. He may have been moving gently toward that role before this, but with this decision, he’s committed.