Comic 794 - Page 67 - Back on Track

11th Aug 2020, 4:40 PM in Chapter 8 - Hated enemies
Page 67 - Back on Track
Average Rating: 5 (3 votes)
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Darksh1ne 11th Aug 2020, 4:40 PM edit delete
Darksh1ne
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Comments:

StLOrca 11th Aug 2020, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
StLOrca
To Viana's credit, she at least appears to be considering his words.
Darksh1ne 11th Aug 2020, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
Darksh1ne
Either that or just doing the "Finish already and leave me alone" silent treatment.
We will never know for sure
StLOrca 11th Aug 2020, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
StLOrca
Call me a Pollyanna, but I like to think people have some good in them that one can reach.
Darksh1ne 11th Aug 2020, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
Darksh1ne
I believe that too
jan 11th Aug 2020, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
they have had very few losses so far lol
Ag 11th Aug 2020, 7:41 PM edit delete reply
That could change the deeper they go ^^
Db 11th Aug 2020, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
We shall see if his words were able to do something.
von Burgendorf 14th Aug 2020, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
I guess all that mindfucking session wouldn't seem to be so stupid if you'd exclude page 35, which shows that the wood elf actually cares about her teammates.
Darksh1ne 14th Aug 2020, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Darksh1ne
Well... first of all Naros didn't see that.
Second, asking someone what they are doing doesn't mean you care about their well being. In fact, her last speech bubble on that page might point out how much she disrespect Grizlak's ability to handle danger. Might be... I'll not confirm of deny if it was exactly that.
Third, Naros is not without a skeleton in his closet. There might've been a reason for this kind of talk to take place.
...(RockB) 15th Aug 2020, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
...(RockB)
> Third, Naros is not without a skeleton in his closet. There might've been a reason for this kind of talk to take place.

Ohh?

I mean, Naros has a guilt feeling about his daughter, such things can lead to... slightly irrational decisions. But there seems to be more, now.
Darksh1ne 15th Aug 2020, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Darksh1ne
It's quite simple to be honest ^^. Remember the little conversation between Naros and Aurele in Kifort, where he confessed about his belief in finite luck and that his life was strictly tied to it. Even though he later re-joined the group, telling Aurele that she shouldn't worry about him anymore, he tells it to get back on her good side. But was he sincere? Did the desire to find Ellie outweight the fear of death and he simply put on a mask to be accepted by the dryad? Or did he completely change his view of the world and doesn't hold his beliefs anymore?
Not the second option of course. It never works like this. People can't change core beliefs after just one conversation or event.

Him confronting Viana here is the crack in the defense Naros erected between himself and Aurele. He still believes in fate and bad luck, and through his many years of experience he senses danger coming towards Viana if she would keep being cold towards other people. His desire to help people, be they his own family or strangers is consistent as well.
This conversation may seem so forced and strange… because it is. It was meant to be this way, and I put it here intentionally.

I will be honest here, I didn't want to answer to the person who started this comment (von burgendorf), because it is the troll account of that scum who is review-bombing my comic for already more than a year.

Just look at this for a moment: The stats of the ccount

Only 1 comment (The one you see above), ratings given 7 times and each time it’s a 1. And now scroll a few pages back and see ratings below them. I wonder who dun’it, hmm…

The passive aggressive tone of its comment tries to expose my writing as inconsistent or lacking sense. As you can see they even point out at an older page, as if they know what they're talking about and read my comic consistently.
But unfortunately for them, my writing is good. I try to follow the model of my favorite stories - to avoid needless explanations, to keep events vogue and open for interpretations.

This is a rare exception when I explain an event and motivations of those who take part in it, but trust me - every single scene in my comic is like this. They all have meaning, reason and value.
...(RockB) 16th Aug 2020, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
...(RockB)
Whoa, thank you - I'm glad that I'm not a troll account XD

> It's quite simple to be honest ^^. Remember the little conversation between Naros and Aurele in Kifort, where he confessed about his belief in finite luck and that his life was strictly tied to it. Even though he later re-joined the group, telling Aurele that she shouldn't worry about him anymore, he tells it to get back on her good side. But was he sincere? Did the desire to find Ellie outweight the fear of death and he simply put on a mask to be accepted by the dryad? Or did he completely change his view of the world and doesn't hold his beliefs anymore?

I tend to be pessimistic and don't have a high opinion of mankind in general anymore, so I thought (all the time) it's the first option. And I thought that Aurele knew that but was satisfied with a "little win" because she may have thought that she can "turn around" Naros completely instead of "only enough to keep his mask up". This interaction with Viana could mean that he is on the way.

> Not the second option of course. It never works like this. People can't change core beliefs after just one conversation or event.

Indeed not.

> Him confronting Viana here is the crack in the defense Naros erected between himself and Aurele. He still believes in fate and bad luck, and through his many years of experience he senses danger coming towards Viana if she would keep being cold towards other people. His desire to help people, be they his own family or strangers is consistent as well.

So I totally got this right. :D No surprise (or :)very little surprise) up to this point within the story. :)

And the rest...

> I wonder who dun’it, hmm…

Quite obvious, indeed... But by speaking up they practically burned the account.
Darksh1ne 16th Aug 2020, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Darksh1ne
> Whoa, thank you - I'm glad that I'm not a troll account XD

Of course you’re not!


> I tend to be pessimistic and don't have a high opinion of mankind in general anymore, so I thought (all the time) it's the first option. And I thought that Aurele knew that but was satisfied with a "little win" because she may have thought that she can "turn around" Naros completely instead of "only enough to keep his mask up". This interaction with Viana could mean that he is on the way.

While you got the perspective of Naros correct, it’s harder to say what exactly Aurele is thinking about it. If we consider that she told truth during that conversation in Kifort, that she doesn’t want to help those who, in her eyes, don’t deserve it, than she would prefer Naros to stay out of this whole expedition if he didn’t make even the slightest effort to improve himself.
Does she believe he changed or does she see through him and knows how much he struggles – is not the most important thing. The important one is that she sees an effort. The fact that he arrives to the gates and announces about his desire to continue is good enough for her.

Well… this is if she told the truth. Her interest in Naros could have an entire different nature, not yet revealed to the readers… or not. Who knows? I do, but I’ll not say just yet ;)


> So I totally got this right. :D No surprise (or :) very little surprise) up to this point within the story. :)

That’s what I like to hear ^^ This means that the clues I’ve left along the way were enough for someone to come to the right conclusions.
And the fact that the troll didn’t come to them, means that either they are A) Just plain stupid, B) Didn’t bother thinking or C) Intentionally twist the facts.
Whatever the case is – not a good look for them.



> Quite obvious, indeed... But by speaking up they practically burned the account.

Impatience and impulsiveness are typical for haters. They can always make new accounts so it doesn’t matter too much. It’s just amusing (and in a way sad) to observe. But such is the internet.
Dera Nuel 19th Aug 2020, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Dera Nuel
I've personally taken the words of Naros to heart. No one survives in this world alone. I'm glad I was reminded again about the importance of good relationship with others.
Darksh1ne 19th Aug 2020, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
Darksh1ne
Yep. And a lot of times simply pretending you care does the trick too