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5th Apr 2019, 7:14 PM in Chapter 6
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Rocktopus 5th Apr 2019, 7:14 PM edit delete


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stevie 5th Apr 2019, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
i smell religious salvation in this backstory
Rocktopus 5th Apr 2019, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
Could be, or could be something else~
Worstcase 5th Apr 2019, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Because the lord of the land thinks the peasants' lives are too easy and he needs another set of silk curtains for his 7th summer mansion.

(Here is hope you won't give all the bad guys in this story German sounding names.)
Rocktopus 5th Apr 2019, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
The name "Frankfurt" has German roots, but was a very common Irish name back in the ye olde days
I like super smash bros. 8th Apr 2019, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
I still think using the name of one of the largest German cities as the name for your bad guy is gonna make people associate him with Germany.
Guest 5th Apr 2019, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
Doubling taxes? Is he going to war? Did the soldiers at least explain why? Predating on his own land, especially without justification, will help neither him nor others. Unless of course he is a foreign ruler and considers his control of the land temporary or potentially temporary.
Rocktopus 5th Apr 2019, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
You'll find out in a few pages ;)
Oldarmourer 5th Apr 2019, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
the Duke must be an ex-bartender with an economics degree...
SuperJedi224 6th Apr 2019, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
The BSci in economics is a myth. It's actually a BA in International Relations (apparently with a minor in economics).
Oldarmourer 7th Apr 2019, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
oh good, I knew the education system was a mess but I was having a hard time thinking it was that messed up...still, a minor means you should at least be familiar with the concept the degree of study addresses
Googol10 7th Jun 2020, 2:09 AM edit delete reply
SuperJedi224 what does [G,3,1,3](x), [G,2,2,3](x), and [G,2,1,4](x) equal to in your Graham's Sequence? How do you make the 4th entry go up? On your website almost infinite. I'm having trouble understanding the 4th entry.
Ferguson 5th Apr 2019, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
I have to admit I'm liking this back story. I wonder if the raised in taxes was do to corruption of the lord or do to unseen events like War or Natural disaster.
Rocktopus 5th Apr 2019, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! More will be revealed in future pages...
Guest 5th Apr 2019, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
Butchering sheep in the past, and later having a talking celestial summoned ram, is a bit of a creepy combination.
Rocktopus 5th Apr 2019, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
It is, isn't it? ;)
Oldarmourer 7th Apr 2019, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
seems she knows her sheep..inside and out :)
that reminds me, our spring lamb should be ready in a couple of months
David Argall 10th Apr 2019, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
To the sheepherder, the sheep is there to serve man [or woman in this case] whether as rations or battle assistant, so nothing really odd about the 2 roles. Probably there is some argument that the sheep is merely paying a debt [such as keeping wolves away]. And the peasants may deem themselves sheep for the Duke.
But a doubling of taxes is way out of line. In the normal case, they are already taxed quite high and the double may not be physically possible. Of course, we have to pay both taxes and fees [and the name can be rather arbitrary], so what our peasants deem taxes may be a relatively small percentage of their income. But it still seems very likely that this is caused by some rare event. [On the way home from the Crusades, King Richard got captured and held for a very large ransom, which his brother John paid by squeezing the locals. Despite this being at Richard's orders, he is still deemed a good king, and John gets the blame.]
Lurker 5th Apr 2019, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Ah, growing pains! How innocence was lost... I bet this is what drove her to become a priest.
Rocktopus 5th Apr 2019, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
On the plus side, it was good practice for what she would have to see in Marblegate.
chris-tar 5th Apr 2019, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Duke Frankfort's soldiers look ready to beat the new tax law change into the townspeople if they dare to have a problem with it.
Dreadder 6th Apr 2019, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
I don't know, to me it looks more like a defensive stance - in other words: messengers preparing for the inevitable violence when delivering bad/extremely unpopular news - back to back, shields raised and weapons in hands, while being completely surrendered by pissed of folks. Could be both though.
lirvilas 6th Apr 2019, 3:25 AM edit delete reply
It is important to maintain a sizable standing army... the taxes will be the least of these families' problems shortly.
Rocktopus 6th Apr 2019, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
That may just be his logic
Guest 7th Apr 2019, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
There’s a very old joke:
“My lord, if you keep raising taxes to support your army, the peasants will revolt!”
“And when they do, I’ll be ready!”
io 6th Apr 2019, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
the inspiration for zorro was irish
Oldarmourer 7th Apr 2019, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
nowadays we've been contitioned into thinking we have to 'tax the rich' never thinking that's where the jobs come from...wasn't 'the goose that laid the golden eggs' originally an Irish story co-opted by some editor that ascribed everything to Aesop to make their book thicker ?
Packless1 6th Apr 2019, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
I smell bad vibrations in the air...!
Rocktopus 8th Apr 2019, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
lol no they're Irish! Irish, I say! Not French!
Pixel-wiz 6th Apr 2019, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
I just noticed the border of the top panel being broken up and smoothing out. Great and subtle way to show her emotions! I also love how you showed her age up in those three shots. Your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me!
Rocktopus 8th Apr 2019, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
Thanks! Glad you noticed!
David Argall 10th Apr 2019, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
15 sheep in not that much less than 15 years means the family only ate 1-2 a year, which does confirm the poor status. Of course there are ways to stretch that, but professional sheepherders were likely to butcher 15 in a year, not a decade.
Sturzkampf 6th Apr 2019, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
It might not be the Duke's fault. Perhaps it's the King who's demanding the taxes from the Barons, who have no choice but to squeeze the peasants. Typically senior executives getting middle management to implement unpopular change management, thus protecting themselves from any flak.
Or maybe the Duke's a greedy SB2C.
Oldarmourer 7th Apr 2019, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
any bets what day it is there ?

looks like a '4:30 on Friday afternoon' memo to me...
Rocktopus 8th Apr 2019, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
Could be, you'll have to wait and see!
Photomaginarium 6th Apr 2019, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
are the boys pushing an old tree over onto her? that's essentially how my daughter broke her leg at school -- a couple classmates of young age pushing a shelf of books over on her as she passed.
Oldarmourer 7th Apr 2019, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
looks like they're holding the branch bent back getting ready to let it go in her face...
Packless1 7th Apr 2019, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
a.f.i.k. this type of trap is called 'Malayan Gate'...?
Widely used by the Vietkong during the Vietnam war, with sharp sticks on the business-end...!
Packless1 7th Apr 2019, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
That's not a prank...!
That's mobbing...!!! :-(
Rocktopus 8th Apr 2019, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
Yup, they're pulling it back to whip her with the branch
padanew 7th Apr 2019, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
Like how her emotions change as she gets used to it. Be very scared if you have a child that does not react with compassion to killing a live animal.

Also you really shouldn't tax the poor they hardly have any money.
Rocktopus 8th Apr 2019, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to live, right?
StLOrca 7th Apr 2019, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
More like Duke McDickface, amirite?

You did a great job mixing Colleen’s facial features from her parents’. It’s easy to see where her hair and eyes come from.
Rocktopus 8th Apr 2019, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
Thanks, glad you noticed that!
Kire Du'Hai 8th Apr 2019, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
I just wanted to say that in a sea of generally awful webcomics, this one is a diamond in the rough.

Rocktopus 8th Apr 2019, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
Aw, thanks! I appreciate that!
Thorin Schmidt 11th Apr 2019, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
I suddenly have this feeling that the reason Colleen needs the money is to get her dad out of prison.
Alex Groggett 20th Jul 2019, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes the simplest gifts are the greatest gifts you shall ever give or receive.