There's a background image? I assumed it was "this background left intentionally blank" for effect.
Turned AdBlock plus off, still no background :/
Also this might be the first time I've commented here i don't remember, so lemme just add :heart eyes at the entire comic:
Those hand-tendril things are such a wickedly creative piece of the khert, gosh. also it's interesting how you show duane's so much more comfortable walking in it in his dreams (walking off the cliff blithely, etc) - not much regard for his body there. Wonder if that says more about his mentality than most ...
@DarkRevenant,Xenowolff,Shweta: [eerie disembodied voice of Obi Wan:] Use the Source, Luke. If you look at the html code for pages 17, 18, and 19, you'll see that we went from no background to a color gradient to a solid white background. The comic pages haven't had an actual background image since Chapter 11, page 89. It appears that Ashley dropped the background image for the Ilganyag/Murkoph scene and never added it back. Or were you referring to the comment page (i. e., this one)?
Speaking of backgrounds, chap 11 pages 90, 91, 92, have no background. Chap 12 the last 2 pages, 18 & 19 have no background. Now I'm behind a myriad of firewalls etc and Adblock at work and I've never gotten an Adblock notice or a squawk from all the other IT crap so I don't know what to say. I didn't try to examine the HTML code.
1) Is Dwayne weeping? Are the facial lines I perceive in the two vertically middle panels tear streaks? Or are those lines something else altogether?
2) By what does he mean "silver ghosts"? I remember red ones and yellow ones, but not silver. Does he mean Silver, as in Silvers/Plats from Alderode, perhaps lamenting their short earthly lives?
@Batguy: I think those lines are some sort of khert lines. I believe the silver ghosts he's referring to are the memories/blood eels that were attracted to the silver weapon back in chapter 10. I seem to remember Delicieu saying something about helping them escape the khert.
In re Mad Monster Maniac's comment "Lady Ilganyag also reveals a lot." and Fawnet pointing out the two are on a level intellectually (and both are rather impractical - the Lady tries to protect children but generally kills them quite horridly), two thumbs up ... WAAAY up.
Sette and Murkoph are a similarly grounded, empirical and practical pair.
Duane sells his philosophy well. Given the realities we've seen of the khert, I'd be inclined to share those opinions, with the exception that I think that Duane will inevitably be disappointed in whatever truths this comic reveals about Ssael.
The background is not missing, there's clearly an intentional difference when Duane enters the khert, notice how the background changes from the deep blue of water to pitch-black, then gradually fades away as he enters the other world. We'll get backgrounds back when he wakes up, I'm certain.
"Evil" is very personal term. It is very dependent on culture and social-cell of a person who operates with it (also sometimes on his emotional state or personal experience). It is incredibly fuzzy and unspecific. Using it in conversation makes sense only for dialog between people who are on the same page about it's meaning >_>
And it seems Duane and BlackTongue are on the same page about it. Which speaks volumes about that pair of misfits. They do have a few points to talk about, and what importantly, they need it. Perhaps they would not dislike to have that complex talk, even if there would be no need.
By her expressions, actions and consequences of her actions, I don't get a vibe that BlackTongue is doing something underhanded to brainwash and use Duane as chess piece.
She IS changing Duane. Her words, although tactful, are definitely targeted to budge and morph Duane's philosophy. But if his current understanding of world is inadequate then might suffer even more where otherwise he could be unharmed.
As for Duane's ramblings - it's interesting that I don't get a liking to his creed, but still like his personality (which was formed by that creed I don't like ^ ^), and what's more interesting than that, I understand where his Ssaelism was born from - from facing problems and questions I find defining my own way of worldview. Unusual feeling - feeling not alike yet related by that crossroad... I wonder what could be the proper words to express it.
I find Duane's comments here to belong to the sort of religious fanatics who started the Inquisition, burned heretics and witches and nationalistic maidens at the stake, and burn religious texts that have been translated from Latin so the common people could read them. He seems very far from the husband of a lovely wife and the father of daughters.
He reminds me of the desert monks who flee to isolated caves so they can be nearer to God, while avoiding all of God's creations. Clearly he hates the world because of what was taken from him, thinking only to curse the gods for the world, yet not willing to look at the evil and darkness within the soul. He thinks the soul is light and the body is darkness, much like how the Gnostics saw the soul as pure and the material body/world as evil.
@Jenny I agree. Duane's rant is VERY similar to my own thoughts on this subject. If we truly WERE made in his image, then why are our bodies so dang fragile? Why are we gifted things only to have them later be taken away? What is the point? I can honestly see why Ssaelism is popular over there. I might have been a follower myself. Maybe it's the narrative and the concept I enjoy. A man tired of how the twin gods ran the world, took them out, and took control himself to improve it.
@Noi Currently, Duane is having a dream. Atleast his version of dreaming. He's inside of a magical plane, talking theology with a magic six titted bird lady who may or may not be a goddess. In the real world, Duane is a ravenous zombie who tied up on a barge, setting sail down a river with a Plat who hates him, a Crescian who is wrapped up in some kind of magic mumbo jumbo(only shown once, and a little betailed girl who may be at risk of being sold as a sex slave if she ever gets home. Two biggest countries, which they are currently in one, are going to war.