Awesome dueling is awesome.
Also, to state the blindingly obvious, I guess tacit-casting is much less efficient than otherwise. Duane was just trying to show off in a "I can beat you with one hand tied behind my back!" kind of way. Dumb and egotistical, but that seems par for Unsounded characters, each in their own way :D
I was right! Duane knocked the cliff out and overwhelmed Quigley with a pressurized air explosion. Bad ass magic duel is bad ass. I'm guessing that most of Quigley's resources there were dedicated to keeping himself from blowing the fuck up. The falling... maybe he'll get to that next page. or maybe he be DED
I like Duane's tactic here. By taunting Quigley, then employing an audible, lengthy attack sequence, he goaded his opponent into taking the time to ridicule him rather than going for the kill. Since Quigley could hear how long it would take Duane to finish that spell, and had his counterattack planned, he was in no hurry and felt he could take the time to enjoy mocking Duane for his audacity. This gave Duane enough time to draw the swarm-monster over to the weakest part of the cliffside, which was already weakened from the explosion at the end of the last chapter. Quigley took the bait, and Duane set off the trap. Very cunning. I approve. Next step: avoiding excessive falling damage. Looking forward to seeing how he deals with that one.
Yeah I'm calling it at eruption. Eruption of what is kind of unclear but I'm guessing from the fact that Duane's words and hands caught fire, there was magma involved. Which is, in a word, BADASS. I don't think either of them will have a problem with reversing their momentum to prevent fall damage though - Duane seems to have wanted to just destroy or disable Quigley's biggest weapon so he'd shut up and let him get a word in edgewise. As in, not magic words, the other type of words. And maybe get some answers.
Did anyone else imagine him saying 'Mountain PUNCH' as if he was Captain Falcon?
If tacit casting is weaker, it still has legitimate use in a fight. Being silent allows you do do sneaky things, and sneak attacks are a leading cause of mage death.
The way I see it, in panel three or thereabouts, the skeletal spellslinger started a second, tacit-cast spell while blabbing his first bug-crushing one out loud. Maybe not just reaching to the mountain, but under it as well? Anyways, it's pretty dark out, so maybe they'll just finish this over a game of candyland later.
I'm a little worried about what's actually going on here. I too sort of suspected Duane to sneak tacit casting in while calling on the mountain verbally, a sort of wight's feint if you will.
Then things turned red and there was a lot of yelling and Quigley was like "OH SHI-"
@tehbeefer: Nah, I'm pretty sure there wasn't any tacit-casting going on. Duane was just telegraphing an obvious move that Quigley would have a simple counter for, then simply aiming it at the ground instead of at Quigley directly, to throw him off. Ashley confirmed on her formspring that the misdirection of Duane aiming at the ground was the part that caught Quigley by surprise. (There's also a good explanation on there of the nuts-and-bolts of the spell Duane just cast.)
@Ethesis: Where are you looking? You want the "Formspring" link at the bottom of this page, below the Vote banner and the Chitz image. That'll show you the most recent Formspring posts; the lastest one is an hour old at the moment. But for the specific post you're looking for, click the link I'm putting as my name, right below this sentence.
I've been reading and lurking for a while, but it seems now is a decent time to point out what I've figured out on the magic system in this story:
It seems to me the magic is colored with rgb (red green blue) + w/k coloring.
I think the white/black colors are tied to condensing the pyrmary
The red color seems to be isolating the pyrmary.
The remaining two types of magic reassign and switch are a bit too similarly vague words for me to map out the other colors to them yet.
Both can be used to 'heal', sometimes mixed together.
Blue goes to one of them.
Yellow and green go to the other, this may be a visual pun between primary colors and computer ones.
Mixing the primary colors gives white while mixing rgb gives black, thus the condensing magic colors.
Awesome comic, awesome page. First I thought I'd never again read any comic with Manga-like aspects in them, but this is great art and good storytelling. :)
miyto, there you're wrong: RGB mixed will result in white (primary light colors), while CMY (cyan, magenta, yellow, primary print colors / pigments) will result in some ... ugly grey-brown, which in theory would be black. Yellow would be a mix of red and green in the light-based system of RGB.
But the thought of colors used like that in pymary effects is interesting. If you're right, I wonder if there's even a thought about certain effects adding or subtracting something ... RGB colors put together will add light, CMY colors combined will subtract light from the resulting color.
Totally a magma punch, he took the pressure and the heat from below the mountain and used it to melt a hole in the rocks of the cliff. Look at the last panel and you can still see traces of molten rock.
Of course, at that distance the heat would normally have ignited Quigley's clothing, but Convection Schmonvection.
In both the second last and last panel it really does look like Duane is short a foot. If so, I hope it didn't burn up and he can find it lying on the ground somewhere and re-attach it.
Otherwise... are there zombie prosthetics or can he just borrow one from somebody else?
@Maximo: I guess Duane could control the other creature, because the Red Berry Boy pseudo wright didn't have a clue what he was doing. Quigley has. Probably you have to keep some kind of focus in order to control a pymaric beast.
Clearly Duane sees that Sette is the creative one here to suggest a Mountain Punch. She is certainly getting creative with her teeth. Someone is going to have a hard time explaining to his buddies that the reason he has all those scars was all due to a little girl. :3
Not sure if this was posted already. But I saw that Ashley's comic is up for voting-ness... stuff.
Vote for Unsounded!
That contest looks interesting. Looks like this is a nomination phase to select participants in an upcoming bracket-style tournament. Looking at what that site did last year, they had 64 entrants in the main tournament. Looks like Unsounded is currently 50th or so, so at the moment it's slated to make it into the tournament. Hopefully it maintains or improves on that rank. Looking forward to the tournament proper, and seeing what webcomics it goes head-to-head with! That kind of thing is always fun.
This is absolutely the best fantasy piece that I've ever read. I will be purchasing this when/if it is printed, along with shirts or other merchandise (if ever it were sold). Why are you so good at this?
So fantastic. I still want Quigz to figure out that he could have a real stand-up guy kind of ally in Duane, even if Setty-doo had problems with it. Matty-boo would probably take it in stride, with basic explaination, no? ...anywho... Formspring is disabled from my end due to my work's blocking policies. Would someone be so kind as to post the elaboration as to what Duane actually pulled out? The one from Ashley's Formspring, obviously.
@Konpeki - Here ya go: "It's just simple nature. Duane brought out a small amount of the pressure in one of the nearby mountains, it compressed the air too fast, and caused massive heat and an explosion. This is a real thing that happens when air is too quickly compressed, and a common problem when refilling pressurized air tanks. Quigley, expecting it to be directed at him, didn't expect Duane to direct it at the cliff instead, blowing it to kingdom come. By that point Quigley has an utterly hostile environment to protect himself from and can't do dick about it. Currently he is falling very fast and cursing a lot and having a headache. It hurt everyone involved. Poor Swarm. It would have been kind of funny if Sette had trotted along, bloody-faced, to watch the pyrotechnics and then become bacon. Whoops!"
Holy crap, I can't get enough. I always come by here every few weeks so I can read your updates in bulk because waiting KILLS ME EVERY TIME. This chapter is the best yet! I love your style, your storytelling, you flash and flare, it's so goooood. I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! Poor Quigley, he should've known fighting the main characters was a bad idea! :o
Fantastic fighting sequence, by the way. I was utterly engrossed in the action.