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Published: February 4, 2015
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One month left until the migration to Hiveworks!

OKAY BRENT IS PART ORC NOW STOP ASKING ME YOU GUYS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY

Just kidding. Making you ask the questions I'm manipulating you into asking with the storytelling makes me all fuzzy inside and laugh evilly when I don't tell you. 

I think maybe 3 or 4 people actually put two and two together on their own. In cases like that, where the person approaches me quietly and privately, I like to reward them for their ingenuity and confirm little details like that. It's so satisfying when you drop in just enough clues that people can figure it out on their own.

Please, if one of those people was you, identify yourself in the comments! You are the official Gumshoes now. I'll be casting glances at you occasionally throughout the story to see if you pick up on anything else.

Brent's mom and dad met and lived together under very unremarkable conditions - there was no life or death situation involved at any point - but they were very good for each other and provided support that the other never had before. It was very sweet and romantic and one day I might write a comic about it. (See the Patreon page for more information). 

So, onto the elephant in the room: this page is two days late and it's only because I was stupid and didn't have the foresight to queue it up in the system before I went on a huge trip. I assumed I could update the website from my phone, but then Monday came and I was completely unable to. This is my first day back at my desk and I'm very sorry to have thrown off your rhythm. I promise I'll do everything I can to keep it from happening again!

I think next week I'll have some major news and general life updates for you. It'll be a big post with a lot of boring real life stuff that you probably won't be interested in, but I'd like to keep you in the know about stuff that could potentially affect the comic. Just so you're not blindsided like this again. 

Anyway, Happy Wednesday! I hope y'all are having a good week!

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LPHogan's avatar
We get to learn a lot about the characters in this strip, and yet its excellent paced without becomin a wall of text... well done! :-)
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
Yay! I'm glad! I promise we'll be getting to the monster fighting really soon!
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samysayStudent Artist
i love youre fangs Brent XD
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samysayStudent Artist
i love youre fangs Brent XD
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
Brent: om nom nom
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SpirogsProfessional Digital Artist
I gotta wonder just how hard of a punch Thistle can pack haha
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
This was the comment that inspired that dumb strip I posted. Thank you. XD
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SpirogsProfessional Digital Artist
Hehehe I thought so.
It was also an excellent strip, and it made my day lol
Payday77's avatar
So, is Thistle just the inquisitive type who wants to learn, or has she developed a habit of directing conversation away from herself?  Either way she seems to be making a better impression than either of them thought they would have of her.
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
Geez, you're a sharp one. Both are correct.

The biggest problem is that most experienced Mages generally have high opinions of themselves, because (to be honest) it's difficult to really master any area of magic, even if you manage to choose an area to specialize in. Tuition to Universities are typically very high, too, so in some areas its regarded as a very high class skill to have. Inflated egos wouldn't be a big deal if students weren't so isolated while studying their crafts, and being bombarded with constant soapboxing from other big ego-ed old dudes about how much better they are than anyone else.

I probably shouldn't be telling you this but MY GOSH it's so much fun and you seem to be picking up on a lot of stuff that gets me excited. XD
 
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OtterbaneHobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, duuuurrrr. Of course.

I kinda hope that somewhere his skin pigment messed up and Brent has a random green splotch somewhere embarrassing, kinda like orc vitiligo :')
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
Awwwww that gives me so many great ideas for character designs...!

I can see Vitiligo the way you describe it something that is more commonly found in HALF-Orcs, and even then it's kind of unusual. Brent's placement in his family tree means that a lot of the Orc in him has submitted to the more plentiful human genetics. Unless he marries another Orc, all the Orc-ish traits he possesses won't be passed down (except for his build and physique).
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OtterbaneHobbyist General Artist
Ooooo. And the scary scary bloodrage right? :P
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
His hypothetical kids might have a less extreme version, maybe? I'm not sure how dominant a gene it is, but definitely enough that Orcs generally frown upon Half-Orcs when they happen, just because it's kind of dangerous if they're raised outside the Orc society that can teach them safeguards and ways to control it. 
There's this unspoken understanding among all Orcs that they'll take "uninitiated" half-Orcs under their wing to teach them these techniques out of a sense of public duty, to keep people safe.
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Wow, that's nice of them, I guess I kinda assumed Orcs would be a little more... Primitive about it, and just kinda murder the heck out of them :p Although, no doubt, there would be a minority within the orc culture who would totally be down for that (kinda like how the WBC and the KKK still exist >_> )
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
There are still some Orc tribes that live wwaaaaaayyyy out in the middle of nowhere who believe in that sort of thing, but obviously they wouldn't last long if they ever tried to integrate into any kind of society. It's why they live by themselves, and any Orc you meet in a civilized setting will get really angry and offended if you bring them up, or imply that they're associated with those extremists. (That's where the "Orc Racism" comes from in this world.)

It's basically like accusing every Christian you meet with the Westboro Baptist Church. 

(These are great questions because they're forcing me to round out the universe in my head.)
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OtterbaneHobbyist General Artist
Aw yiss, thanks for answering all of them!

I kinda hope that Orrig has like... Some SUPER RACIST embarrassing as heck uncle or something :'D

Oh my god what if Orrig's family are like the orc equivalent of rednecks and he's the only normal one :o
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
OH MY GOSH THAT WOULD BE HILARIOUS
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Sir-TalenHobbyist Writer
"He is part-orc! Didn't I tell you he was part-orc?"

"Yes, yes. You're very clever. Shut up."
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
I remember you asking me on Facebook and me DYING inside. XD
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... It was actually a big secret he's part orc? I really thought it was obvious!
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MegSyvProfessional Digital Artist
You're a genius!!
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Heck, I even half wondered if he and Orrig were related or something. Would've explained why Orrig's all... grandaddy-uncle-bro with him. (Does that even make sense to anyone but me?)
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