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15th May 2020, 6:43 PM in Chapter 7
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BornOnTheNinth 15th May 2020, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
Do Wood Elves greet people in the same way that Satyrs do?
Rocktopus 15th May 2020, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I think you might be on to something
Guest 15th May 2020, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
Those gosh dern feyfolk, dagnabbit! They are at it again! *shakes fist angrily*.
Rocktopus 15th May 2020, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
*Screams in dwarven*
Halftea 15th May 2020, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
Love the comic Rocktopus! Did she have tattoos on her ears? Hard to tell on my phone. If so, they might not have made the close up in the last panel
Rocktopus 15th May 2020, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That was a continuity mistake on my part. Should be fixed now! Thanks for pointing it out!
Guest 15th May 2020, 8:04 PM edit delete reply
I think Ozzy is wrong, she seems quite clearly to be a high elf. "High".

I would guess she either has a somewhat wealthy background or is successful in her profession (bard?), given that she has access to both "recreational materials", time to use it, and can afford to travel. Unless the society/societies she travels in or originates from generally have considerable amounts of wealth. Which might well be the case as far as I can see; the societies are generally pre-industrial reg. science and technology and some have very little/no magic like Colleen's home, but some of them (like Marble Gate town) do have fairly advanced magic, and Feyfolk, including wood elves, likely have advanced magic abilities and skills and the like. And defenses for the Feynest Forest is likely based on the forest itself, the creatures and spirits therein, and the general magic and abilities of the Feyfolk (also, the forest might not offer much to others, possibly being a biome and location that is not contested or sought after, especially if deforestation for farmland is prevented).
MajorDZaster 15th May 2020, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
This perplexing mixup of terms, where both types of elves are called high elves.
Solution: start playing the first warlords game, where the high elves are known as night elves.
Nutster 16th May 2020, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
Nutster
Aren't the night elves also known as Drow?
Andrew_C 17th May 2020, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Andrew_C
The Drow are extinct. They all turned into emo navel gazing do gooders so annoying that Lolth banished them, only the High Elves would put up with them, so they reintegrated with them. Historians are confused to the reasons, but someone called "D'rizll Do'Urdum" seems to have played a central role. All known trickster gods and goddeses have denied involvement, which is a suspicious matter in itself. But no sane historian messes in the business of tricksters.
Guest 20th May 2020, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
Reg. trickster gods and messing in their business, sometimes figuring out and preserving history is critical, even for the trickster gods themselves in the long run. Trickster gods tend to be very cunning in multiple ways, but their wisdom is not always as considerable.
Guest 16th May 2020, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
A bard could not "afford to travel". He [or she in our case] had to travel. While she may have a large number of songs memorized, there will come a time, usually fairly soon, when the locals will have heard all of them, and are bored with them. Then she needs to bum a ride to the next village to start the cycle again. She likely picks up or composes a few new songs as she goes, but she will still need a fresh audience fairly often.
Guest 16th May 2020, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Reg. bards and travelling: Good point, though there were also bards that were tied to a certain patron, and which entertained at their courts, made their patron look great, or besmirched their patron's enemies. From a quick skim at Wikipedia, it also seems that historian bards were very popular before writing became widespread, and that they served the important role of preserving history through retelling oral tales. Some of the different histories, genealogies, tales, etc., seems to have been preserved by writing down the knowledge that bards in various places had told and retold over generations.

For bards, musicians, entertainers, etc., that rely on travelling and entertaining multiple different places and peoples, I guess that implies that mediocre or poor bards will have to change careers or at least supplement their profession somehow, since making a living as a travelling bard might be difficult if you aren't at least good. Though, I might be (greatly?) overestimating the cost of travel, and as you say, bumming rides and relying on the hospitality of people might decrease expenses in different ways. And people may be especially willing to do that reg. bards and entertainers, partially to enable bards and entertainment, and partially since they were curious about news, tales, history, etc., and also wanted entertainment in general. Though, such travelling bards still does imply at least some wealth or surplus to afford hospitality to travellers (unless the traveller is paying for expenses themselves).

Our bard here (she did seem to be a bard in a previous iteration, see http://marblegate.webcomic.ws/files/elffeale.png ) does seem to be successful.
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I would say you are about 75% correct in your assessment
HadACookie 15th May 2020, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
...I still think that baggie is going to kill him somehow.
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Someone's been paying attention to the rules...
chris-tar 15th May 2020, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Man I really like the world of Marblegate now! Hot pipe-weed smoking elf babes that just randomly kiss guys whenever they want! Yeah baby!
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Doesn't sound s bad when you put it like that
Sturzkampf 15th May 2020, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Ozwald is breaking every first law of dungeoneering except 'there's always a set of steps down to the next level'.
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Technically there IS a set of stairs to the next floor; the actual gate itself
Oldarmourer 15th May 2020, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
Definitely Valley Elf (an offshoot of High Elf)...like...fershur' man
Oldarmourer 15th May 2020, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
and I don't see anything to substantiate it's a 'she' ;)
Sharp 16th May 2020, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
Lack of Adam's apple. Curvy tush too.
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
It's the same elf that's on the cover page
chuntuk 19th May 2020, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Ahem, ample evidence here: http://marblegate.thecomicseries.com/comics/227/
Tooniator 16th May 2020, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
That escalated quickly. Also, never look up in a horror movie. Something yucky will always fall onto your face.
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 2:36 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
There does seem to be a lot of unprovoked kissing going on this chapter...
Matthew 16th May 2020, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Nerdy technical comic art question. Why the fuzzy-edged, borderless version of thought balloons instead of the more traditional bubble-edged thought balloons?
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 2:35 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I dunno, I guess thought bubbles looked a little too cartoony to me when I fist started making the comic; and now it's just for consistency's sake
Oldarmourer 16th May 2020, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Hadn't really noticed until it was mentioned, they just automatically look like 'thoughts'...better than the bubbly edges, too.
padanew 16th May 2020, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
padanew
If that is that good weed, I hope she is sharing!
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Don't worry, feyfolk always share ;)
Bookeater_otaku 16th May 2020, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
Beautiful page here and we got a new interesting character introduced to the cast. She look good too.

But just one thing... from the height of the branch and the angle of the kiss... how awkward is her hanging position right now? She must be really nimble and have some good strength in her limbs to hang like that so fast. Quite the acrobat.
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Yup, she's hanging by her legs. You'll see next page.
Nutster 16th May 2020, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
Nutster
So what is with that last word she spoke, "Amicus"? Is she trying to put him under a spell of some sort?
Varyon 16th May 2020, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
If they were in the dungeon, absolutely (the first rule and all that). As they aren't, my guess is it's some language's "friend," "bro," "my dude," or whatever. Note amicus is literally Latin for "friend," but Latin doesn't necessarily exist in this world (although Colleen seems to use it for some of her spells/prayers). Still, I'd say she's basically calling him "bud," and thanking him for doing her a solid and handing the bag back.
Rocktopus 16th May 2020, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
This is correct. In this world, the "holy language" that Colleen speaks in prayer is Ancient Elvish. I depict it as being Latin. This is because the ancient elves were the first believers and founders of her faith (although most elves have long since abandoned it in favor of other gods). Since then, it has become a holy language in the same vein as Latin is in the real world. High elves speak the common tongue, but also learn to speak their people's ancestral language.

Wood elves have their own language, which is a mix of Fey words and Ancient Elvish. Some of their words are still in Ancient Elvish, (aka Latin), including "Amicus", which means "friend".
tan_zi 18th May 2020, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Ah, "friend"! That's okay then, false alarm. Here I thought she might be a threat, as per rule 1, but if she called him "friend" then I'm sure everything's fine.
Interrogante 19th May 2020, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
It could be an "enchant person" spell...
chuntuk 19th May 2020, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
Speak friend and enter!
boar 21st May 2020, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
Here we see the differences that can result from growing up with other tabletop RPG's. As far as I'm concerned wood elves are normal elves.
And they should be bigger, I'll never get used to elves smaller than humans.
melaredblu 17th Jun 2020, 2:39 AM edit delete reply
melaredblu
Locals around here sure are friendly.