I have a bad feeling about that clomp-ing! *fret*
On the other hand, the interaction between Quigley and Duane is thoroughly enjoyable. Something about Duane in that second-to-last-panel... He has the facial expression of a hurt kid.
Oh god oh god Quigley just shut up for once, you're provoking the poor attack zombie after dark and he's already pissed off and exhausted as it is aaaauuuuuugh. Duane's just going to snap I know it. DDD8
Yeah, yeah, Sette, we know, the fuzz is coming, and Duane's all losing it... b-but, but... exposition!! Quigley poking around Duane's backstory! Go ahead, let Toma and the Peaceguard catch you, this is totally worth it!! ...please? Want more...
@Dr Shenanigans. I think it's only that the Gold's genetics aren't affected by the Dammakhert, not that they lack a connection to the khert entirely. Because that would make them dead, according to Glass.
The one point I love this comic for, more than even art style and dialogue, is the great storytelling in words and pictures alike. Everything is in the story without nasty explanations like in so many graphic novels. But then, untranslated Tainish works are a problem, same as the knowledge about the specialties of the castes, for example the fact that the Plats are superior as wrights and presumed to be holy, but not superior in politics. Concerning this, the "Do you know the Aldish?" poster in town could have done the trick if full-size, with nice short information, though it would be stereotypical stuff of people who fear Alderode.
The fact that would have elapsed me without the Wiki is here not that Duane is gold (the ghost girl makes me expect that), but that he really confesses that instead of answering something like "shut up". If he had answered that he were copper or whatever, the ghost girl would have been irritating.
Whatever. I'm curious about the guy who mentioned Duane to Sette's father ... he looked like a jet or a dark-haired copper guy ... too arrogant for bronze, that he is. :)
I am incredibly interested in this... though I do have to ask, are we going to get an explanation of what he said to Quigley? From reading the comments, I understand what he said, but later are we going to learn a little more in-comic about the different Aldish castes? Just wondering, since I know that it can be difficult to get others to understand the stuff going on in your head.
Interestingly enough, in many ways, that makes Sette a perfect counterpart to Duane - she doesn't know what he does, and he doesn't know what she does, so the reader gets all the information when they go on at each other.
The dialogue is great, I so enjoy the prodding at mysteries and how much the attitudes tell you about the characters. Unsounded totally deserves the position it reached at this comic contest thingy. I gladly threw in my vote there. :-)
Thanks for reading! The reason I'm kind of vague with details on the castes is because Alderode and its system don't become a huge part of the story for a while. I didn't want to throw out a bunch of information and make it seem like it was important to remember - it isn't, yet. Duane is still engaged in fighting the RBB, in protecting Sette, and in getting her to her cousin's. Everything to do with Alderdode is tertiary for now and can be safely ignored - unless it so intrigues a reader that she wants to look further into it, which is what the wiki is for. I know the mysteries can be frustrating, but most stories do have them for a while. If you were reading this all in one go, this conversation would flow and pass like rain. Be patient :)
Yes, when it is relevant, we'll learn in-comic about the castes.
After reading the wiki, I came to a different conclusion. I don't think it's that the gold caste can't be seen by any other aldish person in the dammakhert. They aren't connected to Alderode's aberrant khert, but that doesn't mean that they're not connected to the khert itself.
The nomination round is over in the silly/fun webcomix bracket tournament thingy, and they've started the first round matchups. A link to the page where you can vote for Unsounded is embedded in my name at the bottom of this post. For the first round, Unsounded is up against "Bear Nuts". It could use some votes to help it decisively trounce this opponent. Next round will be against the winner of the matchup between "A Girl and Her Fed" and "Evil Inc."
My pleasure! ^^
Whoa, Quigley's pretty evil. He should definitely swap taunting-once-your-enemy's-down notes with Duane; looks like he needs them.
Aaaand the mysteries keep on building up. I have a feeling that Sette's going to have so many questions her jaw jams. Also. epic foreshadowing!
I have a really bad feeling about that sound!! Poor Duane seems to be falling apart and I'm really beginning to hate Quigley! Scratch that...he's tormenting Duane; already hate him! Sette: Grab Duane and run!!
Thanks for your answer, Ashley :) I have read most of the comic in one turn, and seldom stumbled over information which seemed important for the characters, but isn't important in the story yet. I guess Quigley needs to ask here (I would, too), but then, unfortunately, the information is given in a way that leaves me frustrated as the reader, 'cause Duane and Quigley both know, but I can't even guess. It's an immersion breaker that way. The explanation of "gold" wouldn't be necessary here I think, as the fight with words goes on immediately and I wouldn't linger to think about it. I know it's always easy to criticise the work of others (my everyday's work) ... please don't take this as negative feedback, it definitely isn't. :)
Fantastic page! I love the darkness, can't wait to find out what's going on with Duane after sunset already! Also, that funny sound be Uaid, ain't it?
Absolutely adore the last panel, Quigs' dialogues are always so superbly written~