May 23rd, 2016

AND THAT'S CHAPTER THREE! idk about you guys but I'm excited for our new party members. c:

As always, you can vote for an extra doodle! This one is,,, undertale,,,,

SO THIS COMING WEEKEND I'M GONNA BE AT ANIMAZEMENT! My buddy Steph and I will be at Table F-4, so if you're gonna be in Raleigh that weekend, stop by and see us!! :D

I imagine next week will PROOOOBABLY just be the next chapter cover while I recover from the con, and after that, Chapter 4 begins!
I HOPE YOU'RE EXCITED, I'M VERY EXCITED

Vote Incentive for This Comic.

Comment by Jade

Now I'm worried on ten different levels. But I'm just going to talk about two.

1) Okay, is it just me, or does this old priest seem like a jerk? I mean, yeah, of course, Æmber's chosen by the Artist, but...why should all this pressure be put on her shoulders? She's 11! She should be playing games and learning how to add double digits, not being trapped in a box and told that she's some sort of Chosen One!

2) Presumably, Xira is talking to a member of his caravan. Which means that it's probably not Iavin, who a) isn't a telepath, and b) doesn't seem to be in a caravan, or c) culturally associated with the Traders at all. But...'leads?' THAT'S not suspicious at all! I hope he's not talking about Æmber. Geez, I don't want to suspect him of anything, but the evidence looks kinda bad.

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posted at 12:09am on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

YEAHHHHHHHH, being a priest does not necessarily.... make you good at kids.....

and idk what you're talking about, there is nothing weird or dubious happening here at all,

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posted at 10:07am on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Jade

Of course, silly me. I thought for a second that Xira was contacting someone with sinister intentions!

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posted at 10:41am on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Lynx-Eye

Xira's contact doesn't *have to* have sinister intentions; just not totally in line with those of Taleth & co. Xira doesn't seem to think there's any inherent conflict, but does agree that he's being sidetracked from whatever he was doing before.

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posted at 1:33am on June 6th, 2016

Comment by MagpieM

*tiny excited scream*

I'm so glad that both Xira and Æmber are joining this crew of ridiculous weirdos. I am so looking forward to seeing what hijinks ensue and maybe getting an answer or two to my very long list of questions. Xira managed to add at least two all by himself this page. Who the flip are you talking to? Lead to what? What were you up to before (and now while) you collided with this chaos, you delightfully suspicious fellow?

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posted at 12:45am on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

omg I'm so glad, I'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS PAGE ALL MONTH

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posted at 10:08am on May 23rd, 2016

Comment by Foxx Trotter

Only Amber (Panyko) Williams is allowed to get "con crud." ;0P

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posted at 3:01am on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

lol I don't think con crud originated with her, but I just meant I'll probably need some time to rest xD

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posted at 10:08am on May 23rd, 2016

Comment by Glew

Dun Dun DUNNNNN!

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posted at 3:03am on May 23rd, 2016

Comment by Glew

In other news, tha vote incentive cracks me up. Even though I know very little about Undertale. I guess I'll have toget into Undertale just to understand all the references around the internets. :)

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posted at 3:06am on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

im so glad xD

if you're curious, it's a ten dollar game -- and there's a free demo if you wanna try it and see if you like it (which is what I did) -- but there's also a lot of Let's Plays of it if it's something you're interested in but don't want to play. (I enjoyed the Steam Train one!)

it's a weird little game and I like it a LOT, but if you're not into it, I'm sure the references will die down eventually xD

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posted at 10:09am on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Jade

I didn't look at the incentive because I didn't want to spoil anything. I did vote, though.

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posted at 10:39am on May 23rd, 2016

Comment by Capsin

my cause of death: last two panels of the voting incentive

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posted at 9:09am on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

RIP,,,,,,

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posted at 10:10am on May 23rd, 2016

Comment by Random Passerby

Ooooh Xira has an agendaaaaa. I wonder who he's talking to.

And actually this does raise the question of how far away can Xira be from someone and still use his magic. Is this someone on the other side of the city somehow keeping track of what he's doing through their powers, or are they just hiding in the crowd and can just see what's going on?

And JONAN METTATON I AM SLAIN

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posted at 1:35pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Random Passerby

Also, I wonder if reading Tareth's mind is different than other people, since she's deaf. Like, would reading her mind be based more around images or writing than spoken language.

On the other hand though, Xira didn't realise anything was different about her until she mentioned she couldn't hear, so I guess there couldn't have been anything obviously unusual about her mental "voice"

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posted at 1:41pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Jade

My brain would pretty much be AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH

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posted at 4:47pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

What Xira's picking up when he reads minds isn't based in spoken language, though. He isn't hearing a voice -- he's perceiving a thought. Xira's good at parsing this, but it'd probably be very confusing at first, as it isn't a sense we normally have.

If he were digging around in memories, he'd probably run across unfamiliar sensations, though!

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posted at 10:04pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Glew

oh, cool. Would this potentially make him emotionally more mature than average? Since he has experienced so many different things and "walked in the shoes" of so many different people?
Alternatively I guess it could turn a young witch unstable too.

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posted at 6:35am on May 26th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

I feel like those kinds of powers could make you more mature in some ways -- being able to see very directly and personally how other people feel may make you more empathetic and perceptive in general -- but it doesn't mean you know the appropriate thing to do with that information or that you respond to it in an emotionally mature way.

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posted at 2:03pm on May 26th, 2016

Reply by Heather

It would take incredible self control sometimes to keep up the front that you don't know what they're thinking- acting like you don't know someone is mentally insulting you, let alone not yelling at them/punching them in retaliation/crying.

And yes, the distance thing is the thing I'm most curious about, and whether all those extra voices from everyone around him get in the way of trying to listen to one voice in particular.

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posted at 8:44am on May 28th, 2016

Comment by Why?!?!

Xira nooo, don't be suspicious, I like you so much!

But I am still excited for the new members!

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posted at 5:00pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Why?!?!

On a related note, I'm also excited to eventually learn who Xira is talking to and how exactly that magic works.

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posted at 5:03pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

I LOVE HOW MOST OF THE COMMENT SECTION HAD FINALLY STOPPED BEING SUSPICIOUS OF XIRA AND THEN HE PULLS THIS NONSENSE

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posted at 10:23pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Glew

Don't make it out like it's Xira's fault. We are onto you! :D

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posted at 9:45am on May 29th, 2016

Comment by Ely

Æmber's expression is killin me almost as much as the vote incentive

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posted at 7:13pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

omg thank you, i'm so glad

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posted at 10:22pm on May 23rd, 2016

Comment by Toanovu

That just might be my favorite vote incentive ever.

But then who's Xira? The nice cream vender? I doubt he's undyne, I don't think he's much of a fighter... And on that matter who WOULD be Undyne? That one really cool Moonwolf lady from chapter 2?

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posted at 9:02pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

omg I'm so glad IVE BEEN GIGGLING ABOUT THIS FOR A WEEK

Who's Xira?
"The truth? ...But if I tell her that, she'll hate me."

AND YEAH THAT WAS BASICALLY MY THINKING TOO

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posted at 10:17pm on May 23rd, 2016

Reply by ToaNovu

*googles that truth quote*

Wait, so you mean Alphys? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... Someone hiding a dark secret involving their past actions... I guess it could work, though the personalities don't quiet mesh up....

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posted at 8:45am on May 29th, 2016

Reply by Ely

Hmmm, a helpful person who found a lost child wandering around and helped them, but has a secret in their basement/truban... He's Toriel.

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posted at 4:54pm on May 24th, 2016

Reply by ToaNovu

Hm... Xira as Toriel... Yeah that works. :3

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posted at 8:39am on May 29th, 2016

Comment by Cony

I love the vote incentive. I wonder if zombie pony would be Lesser Dog or Greater Dog

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posted at 9:38am on May 24th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

omg

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posted at 2:04pm on May 26th, 2016

Comment by Ikwig

Waah, now I'm both super excited and also kinda worried about the next chapter. Don't turn out to be evil, Xira! C'mon, even if you did some rather bad - or at least irresponsible - stuff earlier (like, ahem, messing with people's memories), at least you seemed to be doing it with good intentions. At least be good at heart, please???

On a side note, I love all of the background stuff going on as they're getting ready to leave, like Sev chatting with Pretty-haired Priest, and Jonan telling Necropony to behave! In all honesty, I really am looking forward to the next chapter - Mondays are much better since Runewriters updates on them!

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posted at 11:49am on May 26th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhhhhh I'm so glad, thank you! IM RLY LOOKING FORWARD TO CHAPTER FOUR,,,,IT'LL BE A FUN ONE..!!!

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posted at 2:05pm on May 26th, 2016

Reply by Heather

Runewriters definitely makes Mondays awesome. I always end up spending Mondays at uni checking to see if the new page is up between lectures (...and also during lectures).

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posted at 8:47am on May 28th, 2016

Comment by Tama

Jonan the Mechromancer!

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posted at 2:01am on May 29th, 2016

Comment by ashendawn

Well, I figured he'd talk to whoever he came with at some point... But I figured it was more some impulsive "help the girl" rather than "hidden agenda"... (He came with that lady, right??) but yeah, suspicion points for you, Xira. On the other hand, I have the sudden impulse to draw Jonan in some new threads..................... What have you done to me ( ・ᴗ・̥̥̥ )

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posted at 8:53pm on May 29th, 2016

Comment by Lynx-Eye

Scrolling back through the history of Æmber's appearances, I confirmed a suspicion. While she may not be able to get rid of her force field cube, she does seem able to change its size. In at least one frame, it was easily tall enough for her to stand up in it, even if we didn't see her doing so. On this page, we see it about half that height, so that she has to be curled up pretty tightly.

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posted at 1:47am on June 6th, 2016




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