September 7th, 2007


Digger is engaging a bit of cave vandalism here. Should you ever find yourself in a cave, DO NOT DRAW ON THE WALLS.

(One of my readers, a dear man active in the spelunking community, pointed this out, and I feel it bears repeating.)

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Discussion (15)¬

  1. WuseMajor says:

    I’m curious. If you aren’t supposed to draw on the walls, what should you do to keep from getting lost?

  2. Leela says:

    Anchor a rope at the entrance?

  3. beanjavert says:

    I believe what was meant was that, if exploring an established cave, one should refrain from drawing, not if inside a cave in general.

  4. Aria says:

    Would putting up paper arrows with blu-tack be considered bad also? (If you took them off on the way out)

  5. Lukjad007 says:

    Pardon me, but if I’m in a cave going towards a dead god and have dead skins walking around who wish to take my skins and send my heart off to be some other weird creature and I don’t know the cave but my have to find my way back to the only “safe” place in a hurry before food and light runs out, I’m gonna draw on a few walls (or floors at any rate). Of course, if I’m just there for a lark, then a clew will do just fine.

  6. Michael says:

    I think the oil in blu-tack would be pretty destructive — but probably OK if you didn’t actually put it on a formation. But yeah, I agree with Lukjad007.

  7. Keenath says:

    Now push A to throw a fireball!

  8. Sammi says:

    Digger also said earlier that she was using chalk, and given the practicality of wombats, I expect that it’s about as ecologically friendly as is possible. Sure, she might have disrupted the formation of a few delicately sedimentary cave features, but any harm would be exceedingly minimal.

  9. dreysabriel says:


  10. Nonny says:

    So, lemme get this straight…we’re saying Ed drawing all manners of pictures (including one of Digger) on cave walls in various home-made permanent inks for seventeen years is ok, but Digger leaving four arrows in a cave system which is already destabilized by magic, and home to a deadly dead god is not ok…is it because the arrows weren’t artistic enough?

  11. BunnyRock says:

    yes well… but Ed’s a non-entity. He’s had his name eaten: the entire rest of his society is obliged to pretend he doesn’t exist. I think in that situation you can do whatever the hell you please.

    “Never take everything from a man so long as you want him in your power. If he still has something to loose, he’s yours. If you7 take everything from him, he is free.”

  12. Alioth says:

    Ed’s cave is also really small and ordinary-looking, not a fancy-schmancy system like this one.

  13. Ellemerr says:

    Ed’s cave is also *his*. I’d say he’s got the right to doodle a little in it.

    And so did those cave-fish in the previous panel, by [insert generic godly entity or other here]!

    Digger now, she’s a visitor. You don’t just intrude on other’s property (here counting “nature” as an “other”) like that without having filled out various forms in purple ink or eaten a very important pie with them first.

  14. Mental Mouse says:

    Modern caves are essentially considered as public parks, which take effort to preserve for future visitors, lest we humans leave our usual trail of destruction and litter.