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Roommates 70 - Moral Compass

I could have sworn this went through earlier... It's not been a good day for computers for me, and I hope this isn't the beginning of another long fight with electronic equipment and internet things. Long story short, if this ends up posted twice, I'll fix it later.

There was a longer explanation of this comic and some of the choices I made regarding the events in it, but it took me an hour to figure out what I wanted to say, and I've forgotten it all by now. We can sum it up with, "The Journey is about the steps you take to get you there, not where you end up when you're through" and "James is not as dumb or as cruel as he sometimes appears to be; Elizabeth and Sparrow bring out the worst in him".

ETA: Somewhat found the missing version, and here is the original note:

Yes, it's *that* compass. I don't think I want to know how he got it. This one may take some explanation.

True, it would be infinitely easier to hunt down the historical treasures of the world with something like the compass. The important thing about Indiana Jones' adventures, however, is not the end result (since he never gets to keep any of the treasures anyway), but about the journey and the things learned along the way. Following the trails of knights, conquistadors, and other ancient people, discovering what they knew and how they thought, that's the important part.

James, for all his less-than-brilliant decisions when Elizabeth or Sparrow is involved, is not a fool, or a bad man. He doesn't want to see people hurt, and he knows what the compass can do (even if he didn't particularly believe in it at first). The compass is dangerous because it can lead the way, but not prepare the searcher for the trials they may come up against. After all, would Dr. Jones have survived the Last Crusade if he hadn't known the significance behind the traps? And, of course, there's always the chance the Bad Guys will get it...

So, there's James' little moment of wisdom. Sorry if this one seems rushed or forced.

Norrington belongs to Disney, Bruckheimer, and Davenport.
Indiana Jones belongs to Lucas and Ford.
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Wynnifredd's avatar
I'm not catching something major here: why is it killing him that Dr. Jones trusts him?
AsheRhyder's avatar
It's that awkward feeling that comes with being trusted and liked by someone who pisses you off, especially if it's for something they don't actually control. According to comic canon, Jones is the more popular teacher (for various reasons, not the least of which being Harrison Ford). It's not actually Jones' fault; he's not consciously trying to sabotage James' class, but it does get messed up by him indirectly.
Wynnifredd's avatar
ahhh, that makes more sense. Told you I nommed my way  through your comics ;) when's the next update? ;)
AsheRhyder's avatar
Updates tend to happen on Mondays, odd holidays, and the occasional significant number of pages, depending on the amount of time and ideas I have. The editor has been out sick for a while, though, so the Buffer of Ready To Post pages is decreasing slowly.
Wynnifredd's avatar
[inigo Montoya] I hate waiting....[/Inigo Montoya]
Fighting-Dreamers-94's avatar
Awesome job! Love the reasoning.
DolphinSilverwolf's avatar
At least Jones treats James as a professional equal rather than letting any ego into the picture.  I guess the whole "Fortune and Glory" of Temple of Doom didn't suit him.
What a perfect end panel!
GalCantHelpIt's avatar
Think this is one of my favourite pages from your series.
Just discovered your Roommates and Pika's GND two days ago - I'm hooked, thank you!
rose-harp's avatar
Add in the fact that it just points to what you want and...yeah.

Someone could hold it and it would point them to the rum.


But where, or who, is the compass pointing to when James holds it?


...I'm rereading so I can catch up. I haven't been able to read this recently. *pouts*

(Still awesome, however)
AsheRhyder's avatar
One has to wonder... Glad you're enjoying!
mayaegyptkezi's avatar
Yay Dr. Jones! And Aww poor James
AnaxErik4ever's avatar
I thought it was Jack Sparrow's enchanted compass. And Dr. Jones Jr. and James getting some time together. Hurrah.
Knot221's avatar
Why is he upset by "absolute trust and good faith?" He didn't lie.
AsheRhyder's avatar
It's that awkward moment when someone who frustrates you endlessly thinks you're fantastic, and you feel like a jerk for being frustrated with them all the time.
Knot221's avatar
Ah... that makes sense. Thanks for explaining :)
AsheRhyder's avatar
Yeah. Dr. Jones has no idea that he is the 'rival' to poor James' attempts at teaching.
rose-harp's avatar
It doesn't seem rushed or forced to me!

Mostly because I got it when I read it. He's seen what this compass can do in the worst of hands (I can think of a few, Sparrow being the least of them), has seen what it does to people. He doesn't want to see that happen to Dr. Jones, even if he's stealing all of Jamie's students.
AsheRhyder's avatar
Yeah. James is a good person, deep down inside.
rose-harp's avatar
*snuggles with Jamie*

It amuses me that Jareth, Erik, and Javert were all good influences on him.

Plus his redemption arc.
KAMwuzhere's avatar
what the hell is Jack doing without that?!
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One has to wonder...
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