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I am in love with this entire sequence. The colors, the details, the surrealism, the confusion and wonder and fear all wrapped up together. I would buy an entire book of this sequence! Awesome work, Ashley!
HOHO! i think i know what this is now! why did i not think of it before? sette is, quite literaly, inside duane's mind/soul.(speculation) his shadow was the gate way to this and sette entered it when she steped into it of corse. as well was the scene a possible demonstration to Duane's back story and what happened to him wich lead to his current problom. it was possible sette saw a hidden memory he probably did not remember but was drifting inside his nogen lol. that or its something totaly different that has to do with duane's gift/curse. the bird was interesting in a side note, nice censore for the gore.
Whoa. That black bird thing is actually really unsettling. More unsettling than a lot of more obviously creepy things I've seen. I think it's because it doesn't have the washed-out bright look of everything else on the page, it's overlapping everything else, and it's looking right at me.
Well ofcourse she runs away, it's obviously a gangster bird (note the face-tatoo on the beak). Also, howcome the bird says 'Shenut' when the wiki says 'Sshenut'? Wouldn't a magic bird know things like this?
Gotta say that it would probably be better if you drew a little bit more of the bird outside of the page border so that it REALLY looks like it's not actually part of the comic, but hovering over it. 'Spose it might not be doable, though, if the bird's whole body is to the right, and not just the neck extending down from above.
Eyes oriented to the front are usually a feature of predators. What most unsettle me are the horizontal slit pupils and... is that some kind of drool what I see falling from the beak? I would have run, too, if that kind of creepy bird said hello to me so suddenly.
I love the world you've created in this comic so much. The attention to detail and the complexity of the rules you follow within the world are amazing. Translatable languages, religions, politics, races, even a spiritual world that is believable within the context of everything else. Tolken status. Crazy.
It's aldish for "Hello". Darn you, Ashley, you are one heck of a writer/penciler/inker/colourer.
Another reason why this comic DESERVE so much a greater audience and a much greater visibility.
You're the best !
*henceforth copy/pastes dis 'censor crow' (Coined by mighteous Humming-fly) onto all untoward scenes* The crow has been a recurring mythological depiction of... SUMMAT, idk who/what, so far o3o I think Sette honest to goodness met a deity just now. Alas, she did not ask for any magic infinite monies. Maybe Duane's finally got something to convince her to get edumacations now.
It's not quite the same, but maybe that symbol on the bird's beak is related to the symbol on the black tongue guy Jivi and Matty are staying with? That house did have alot of ravens in the window.
I could see a raven being the symbol of Tirna as well.
As a younger twin, I am severely not cool with the story going on there. But I have to say it captured me completely. The artwork was gorgeous. Also creepy bird. Really creepy bird. I kind of passed over it the first time, but then looked again and got totally sucked in. That was awesome, and so unsettling. o_O Overall, this comic is still the best I read!
I've been looking at all this from the perspective of Sette being inside Duane's mind, as jose suggested up there. It makes as much sense as anything does to me in this sequence. Granted I hardly understand a single thing about the khert.
Also the bird's appearance was a huge relief, I *really* didn't want to see the twin killed. Maybe I've watched too much Star Trek in my life, because the bird's looks didn't bother me in the slightest. :)
I love that this place is all light, and pretty and colorful... But more horrifying than the dark. It's like every horror you were afraid of in the night exists, and you can see it perfectly here. And they're just as awful.
The forward-facing predator eyes are definitely the eeriest thing about that bird. Especially considering the vaguely human shape of them, the goat pupils, and most of all the way they look directly at the reader. Ashley is usually excellent about not letting her characters look straight into the "camera", so when that rule is deliberately broken... /shivers
"Aum Yut Shenut, Sette" =? "Victory ____ Alright, Sette"
If "Yut" means something similar to see/find/meet (and some words are inferred in similar manners to latin):
"Victory Find Alright, Sette ==>May become==> "It is good to find you well, Sette"
(I looked at known translations on the Wiki, I wonder how close I am?) (Yut was not in the Wiki, Aum is the root of Aumet in the Wiki if my guess is correct)
this update is so mysterious... oh, those poor twins D: but sette looking at that scene makes me curious about her connection with tirna. and now i'm wondering, that if this shadow world sette has dropped into is indeed the khert, then what part of the khert do those ugly uglies represent?
DAMN! Just readed the Wiki to understand what i´ve seen. O_O
THIS is the most common belief on this continent? The Gefendur belief in which twice per year they sacrifice the younger twin of twins and the gathered beliefers EAT their bodies after cutting their throats?
And those are the MAIN EVENTS which their whole calender resolves around like Jesus Christ resurgence in christiany? And the parents are fine with it? All the countries, goverments and locals are okay with it? D8
Holy crap, the Aldishmen seems almost sane for having a different belief now. *shudder*
Btw, i would need some help with the fanfiction entry till 31 January. I got an idea, plan and all to write it down and have around 20-25% finished so far, but my english is pretty bad and i´m in need of an editor who could read over my work to find all the faults (and there will be many) so that it can be corrected before the 30th.
Is there anyone up for this task? I really don´t want to send Ashe a fic full of faults. *big shiny pleading eyes*
The raven (crow?) is saying "hello Sette" in formal Tainish, see Unsounded wiki for more details.
On a different topic, why on earth would the priests force the elder twin to watch their younger sibling be killed and eaten right in front of them? that's pretty messed up :/
@James Rye: I will do this for you as long as you are ok with whatever fixes I make, and the document is <10,000 words. I'm not up for pussyfooting around and going, "I would change this to X because Y." I'd just make minimal grammar-fixing changes without changing meaning or style and send the document back without explanation.
Just a heads up but I've been asked by multiple people to extend the contest a week, so I will be doing so. I'll announce it formally on Monday but you'll have through February 8th now to get your entry in~
What the crap??!!? That bird freaked me out beyond anything those stoopid flash-fright vids have EVAR done! The bright contrast and depth you create in Duane's shadow void are wonderfully contrary to what one thinks it should be! This jaw dropping sequence is just too intense to just 'check out before bedtime'. I should know better by now, but I probably won't learn from it...
actualy eekee, it almost makes perfect sense if you think about it. people's shadows have mystical propertys in some referenses. I slightly recal a myth that says you trap some one's soul or something if you step on it or something (remember my memory is very limited) but also remember that Dracula's shadow is an extension of his soul/self, ergo acts as an extension of himself in many different occasions. Ashley may be using something similar or something she actualy knows that we do not into her comic. it makes perfect sense as a possibility when Ashley showed us the memory of the sacrefice. all we can realy do is wait and see what Ashley has in stored for us. (please excuse bad spelling if any)
@James Rye: From I've read on the wiki,and how characters act in the comic, I think the whole human sacrifice variant isn't exactly the more popular of the interpretations of Tirna in either sect. What's extra odd to me is that killing and eating the younger twin seems less like it'd make friends with Tirna so much as make it look like you think younger sisters are only good for being eaten. Now if you killed the older one, then you'd at least have something like a revenge theme going for you.
@Mjinga: Wow, thanks a lot for that quick response. :D The fic will be surely under 10.000 words (i had so around 5.000-6.000 words planned, +/- 1.000 depending on new ideas). Grammar´s my biggest problem anyway, i often mix up the times in sentences and then it sounds weird when reading again, so your offer is perfect. How long will you need for editing a 5.000-6.000 word fic?
@Ashley: Okay, that does give me more time, but i got exams on 4-8 February so i hope i get it done till 31 Jan. or 1 Feb.
Very nice of you to give everyone an extra week for their fics. Am sure you will be flooded by them. XD
@MDude: From what i´ve read, it seems to be done in the convents and that twice per year on Yerta´s day (spring) and Tirna´s day (fall). Also since those twins gets send there to live apart from society, i guess it could be nothing but a myth for alot of common people. So i do think its done regulary in Cresce and the eat of the continent, but rich ones or local goverments and nobles surely will pay alot for eating such "holy flesh" to get closer to perfection while the priests and monks will gladly take their money to make their churches and convents bigger and greater as well as to increase their influence. We haven´t heard much about the 2nd religion Ssaelit, but given the wiki they seem to be against human sacrifices. Duane could probably tell us alot more about it, given he´s not a beliefer in Gefendur else he would have buried the dead girl.
@Skyblaze: Man, I was just about to check the wiki but thought "surely if Ashley's saying she won't translate this line of what sounds like Tainish, that means she hasn't translated it ALREADY on the wiki, right?" Also, CLEARLY it
is the younger twin's honor to be killed and eaten for her people's betterment and Tirna's pleasure, so CLEARLY it is the older twin's honor to witness or even participate in this heinous-- I mean grand and traditional ceremony. Isn't religious fanaticism just the bee's knees?
The crow is speaking Tanish.
If Tanish is the language here in this weird world, rather than first speech, that does seem to make it a little less likely they are actually inside the khert - unless being inside the khert via the connection of a Tanish wright (Duane) means she's seeing the Khert the way he sees it. I doubt, though, this is the inside of Duane's mind/soul - there are so many other creatures. Unless Duane is seriously possessed.
I'm figuring ...... Rahm has a tatoo on his tongue, the bird has one on it's beak. He's a sly dog to know her name, though. But .... yea, Rahm, scrying for Duane, finds Sette. Makes a bit of sense. Though I'm just guessing except for the tatoo thing.
@James Rye: At least a day. It won't take me that long, but I don't want to be doing it last minute either. I have a thesis to write, haha! Give me your email and I'll send you a note so you have mine to send it to.