Digger
June 1st, 2010

Digger

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  1. Nutjob says:

    Ooh, voice out of the shadows.

    Is it perhaps a shrew with a few trolls in tow?

    Or, more terrifying… A hag?

  2. Bwee says:

    Or even more terrifyingly, a band of She-is-fiercer’s children? >D

  3. BoB_Spldbckwrds says:

    oh, snap

    that is all

  4. JewelWolf says:

    $64,892 to whoever can find the best inspirational rock music for this exact moment.

  5. BarGamer says:

    “Not My Time,” by 3 Doors Down.

  6. “Re: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton.

  7. Terry says:

    JewelWolf: I recommend anything from the Transformers: The Movie (animated, 1986). The film that taught me that there is nothing one cannot accomplish with the right power ballad.

  8. Sparky Lurkdragon says:

    One of the battle themes from Pokemon Gold/Silver or the remakes.

    I’m thinkin’ either “Vs. Kanto Leader” or “Vs. Champion”.

  9. JewelWolf says:

    Wow… didn’t know I’d get any responces. O_O

  10. inlaid says:

    I went through just about my whole music collection trying to decide but I eventually came back to the very second one I played. Jhalm spins around suddenly and a row of all of Diggers allies are facing him, camera slowly pans along them and… ‘Eye of the Tiger’.

    Couldn’t be anything else.

  11. Jassius says:

    Hyena tribe would be quite a choice, and they are strong enough to stop the gang

    Digger is part of the clan in a livery way, and even if they don’t exactly know what she is after they still have a couple of reasons to be partial against Jhalm.

    Trolls? Maybe but they grawl, and the little great warrior leading them would say “*I* am here to stop you” šŸ˜€

  12. Loren says:

    Whoever it is, it would be nice if the situation resolves without undue damage to Murai.

    How come nobody’s posted the voting link yet? http://topwebcomics.com/vote/10180/default.aspx

  13. Punya says:

    If it weren’t for the color of the speech bubble, I’d be hoping for shadow-(no longer)-child.

  14. Niall says:

    Can’t be shadowchild/man – wrong type of expression. Which is also why I’m not inclined to think it’s Grim Eyes and Co. The Hag is the best bet for that type of repartee. The Hag and Librarian Vo and all the _non-combatants_ of the temple and village. Jhalm could well attack and kill one o his own, standing against his goal, armed and therefore a menace; a dozen or so compact unarmed “civilians”? He would lose all authority if he attacked, much less hurt any of them.

  15. farmist says:

    “Ride of the Valkyrie”

  16. Karyl says:

    Check out this Jefferson Airplane clip: http://tinyurl.com/2dbsdxl
    The song is “Volunteers”

  17. Madam Atom says:

    That’s not Surka’s accent or Shadowlescent’s speech bubble. I hadn’t thought of the villagers, though that’s a good point … but my money’s still on the hyenas. (That’s not so much repartee as a statement of fact, anyhow.)

    So in other news: This weekend I was at Oasis, a local-to-me con. Rob Balder was the filk guest of honor and came to the filk circles. On Friday night I introduced “Shadowchild” with “This is about my favorite webcomic, and sorry, Rob, it’s not Erfworld.”

    “Aww. Well, what then?”

    “It’s Digger.”

    And he LIT UP. “Oh I know Ursula! Cool!”

    So it got posted early, but it got sung and appreciated on the right day. šŸ™‚ Plus I know I’d already gotten a local filker to start reading Digger when I posted the song to our mailing list, and someone else in the circle asked me for the URL. Hee!

  18. Hawk says:

    Forth Eolingas (Return of the King), or Hornburg, the point at which Gandalf shows up with reinforcements in Two Towers. Both great pieces of “save the day and our arses” music.

    Or “Big Battle” from the Dune soundtrack. Or possibly for a lighter tone, “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty. Which would be kind of tongue in cheek, yet still appropriate to the situation. I’m sure the villagers and the hyena tribe would be just as pleased if Jhalm would just LEAVE.

    However as a “theme” for Murai, how ’bout “Indestructible” by Disturbed? After all, the lyrics pretty much fit *perfectly.*

    Sorry, this is the kind of thing I do all the time, coming up with soundtracks to accompany storylines.

  19. Jamie Proctor says:

    Sometimes I think Jhalim would be a lot less of a jerk if anyone else would give him the benefit of the doubt for just a minute. But it’s probably better safe than sorry in this specific case.

  20. TekServer says:

    How about “Carry on My Wayward Son” by Kansas? It’s worked really well for all of the season finale episodes of Supernatural …

    šŸ˜‰

  21. rylen says:

    Murai went on a scouting mission. Her information might be compromised or partial, but doesn’t Jhalm care what it is?

    I originally though Surka. But there aren’t enough apostrophes. So, hyenas.

  22. Rowanmdm says:

    My first thought was hyenas (I totally squeed at work), so I’m going to go with that.

    @TekServer Now I’m going to have that song in my head all day!

  23. Isabel says:

    My first guess was slugs. We haven’t seen them in a long time though the hag makes more sense as she could actually do something (in my opinion).

  24. Emma says:

    Hm. That last line could mean several things.

  25. Sondre says:

    I’m guessing hyenas.

  26. wicketbird says:

    Actually, the first one who popped into my head when I read that last line was Boneclaw Mother…Digger is her daughter, after all!

  27. Mark Antony says:

    Another vote for hyenas. They probably managed to overpower the Veiled that were left behind to contain them. After all, several dozen warriors here are several dozen warriors not fighting hyenas.

  28. Calafalas says:

    My first thought was that Jhalm’s warriors are turning on him, but hyenas do seem more likely.

  29. The Occupant says:

    And now the bitter wait for thursday.
    Masterful, Ursula, masterful.

  30. Tindi says:

    I’d say “Eye of the Tiger” wins, but JewelWolf asked. xD
    And TekServer, your choice always makes me think of the luggage storeroom where I used to work. (Carry-ons= “Carry On”?) šŸ˜›

  31. JewelWolf says:

    I dunno. All that would come into my head, no matter how hard I tried to think of anything else, was The Jester by Sum 41, but that’s not quite right for this. I would say Eye of the Tiger is the winner but… that’s become so cliche.

  32. It’s probably not right but I just had Oh Yeah by Yello wander through my brain. The song that plays at the end of Ferris Buller’s Day Off

    Oh Yeah…Oh Yeah…Oh Yeah

    The Moon…beautiful

    The Sun…even more beautiful

    Oh Yeah…(Chick chicka chicka.)

  33. Don says:

    …taiko drums…

  34. Kelardry says:

    I’m thinking maybe trader Manual or those two ghosts with the Ethereal chanting with shadow and some other demons! I am wondering how Ed is making purple. What’s happening with digger and the Skins?

  35. Marie says:

    While the arguments against are all pretty good, the tone of that comment from the shadows just instantly said “shrews” to me. But then, I’m a Redwall fan too. For music, how about the theme from “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”?

    Somehow, I can’t bring myself to completely dislike Jhalm. He has to do disagreeable things in the line of what he sees as his duty. Give him big points for trying to talk Murai out of doing something that he’s certain will only lead to her injury or death. He’s not a bad guy, he just sees only one side of the picture.

  36. Hunter says:

    Who could the new arrival be I wonder?

  37. Jamie Proctor says:

    @Marie; Honestly, Jhalim’s been a part of what I consider the weakest link of the comic, to be fully honest. He doesn’t seem to have a real pont to act like as much of a dink to Digger as he does, and she doesn’t seem to have enough reason to be as stubbornly certain he’s 100% bad news as she should. It’s like they met each other and decided “Hmm. I see we must be partnered as protagonist and antagonist now now.”

  38. Veronica says:

    Deus Ex Hyena?

  39. TekServer says:

    @Jamie Proctor: haven’t you ever met someone and instantly loathed them? That’s the vibe I get from Digger/Jhalm interactions. And with good reason: Jhalm started bullying (or trying to bully) Digger for information almost as soon as they met – probably just typical cop tactics for him, but extremely irritating to her. And from his standpoint, Digger just appeared from a mysterious hole under a temple, then weird shit started happening, demons showed up, the hyenas got agitated, then all hell started breaking loose. Post hoc ergo proctor hoc may be a logical fallacy, but it’s a very common one …

    And now for something completely different:

    Murai: “You … shall not … pass!”
    Jhalm: “What do you think you are, some kind of wizard!? *sigh* Archers!”
    and Murai is no longer an obstacle

    šŸ˜‰

  40. Jamie Proctor says:

    I would buy this slightly more if anyone other than Murai (who everyone, including Jhalim, keeps pointing out is never 100% reliable) were able to see Jhalim as something than a dink. If it felt slightly more like both he and Digger just loathed each other for no good reason, sure, but as-is it just seems that everybody and their mother detests him on sight. I could live with Jhalim being a pure jackass OR just mistaken (of course, the latter is preferable), but instead I feel like we’re seeing everyone but Murai treat him as a pure jackass while he himself waltzes uppredictably from either (A) being one for very little reason (trying to shove Ed back into his tribe and not listening to any explanations) to (B) being simply mistaken, but pissed off because everyone treats him like a pure jackass (why in hell won’t you tell me who TRIED TO EAT YOU, wombat?!).
    To boil it down to a much simpler level, I LOVE the idea of Jhalim being a guy who’s got a legitimate complaint from his point of view, but other than someone mentioning “Yes, that is what he is” now and then and his saving Murai, I feel like he hasn’t been given enough to support it. With the rescue removed from the comic he could be replaced with any generic I-am-mean–just-’cause baddie and it would be nearly unnoticable – and even that’s being undermined by the statue saying that he would kill Murai (regretfully) if need be.
    Of course, subjectivity, personal preference, “your mileage may vary,” and all the other phrases people use to cover their behinds when they want to say “I think I am right but will not say so specifically so you cannot refute me” apply to all this.

  41. Madam Atom says:

    It suddenly occurs to me that if we really are in the home stretch, Kelardry may be right and we’re going to cut back to the cave now, and the comic will now be lots of really short scenes till things get resolved, followed by a short wrapup and then done.

  42. Lucius Appaloosius says:

    @Veronica: Congratulations! You get the Grand Prize for Wittiest Comment in This Thread! [email protected]=e

  43. Bwee says:

    I second Eye of the Tiger, yet also must recommend Roar Toward Tomorrow by JAM Project.

    Stand up, and dance proud, o warrior who has accepted fate
    Donning a thousand resolutions , soar bravely

  44. Labelleizzy says:

    @Lucius, and @Veronica, yes, and YES.

  45. Otookee says:

    @MadameAtom – I’d love to hear that song about Shadowchild! I do a little filking myself but have never attempted a Digger song…
    @Nutjob – I hadn’t thought of the hag showing up, but yes, it’s just the sort of twist Ursula might throw in.

  46. Attic Rat says:

    It occurred to me just now… Digger has made a LOT of friends. The people in a village where they grow vampire squash, a “family ties” tribe of Hyenas, at least one “God”, at least one “Demon”, an ex-pirate-captain shrew and her friends the trolls, who might have friends to call in… And of course, the Hag… Though I don’t think she’s the violent sort. I’ve probably left out somebody. Anyway, imagine if EVERYBODY showed up?

    What fun!

  47. BunnyRock says:

    I vote Hyenas, with either “hocus pocus” by Focus or “Kashmir” or “No Quarter” by led zep for musical accompaniment.

    Also, should I ever suddenly wake up with the gaping black hole of negative musical talent that drags down anyone who has ever tried to teach me an instrument removed from my soul, Iā€™m forming a band called “Prog Hyenas” and the first song on the self-titled album will be called “Boneclaw Mother”.

  48. Elkian says:

    GRIM EYES!

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