May 5th, 2009


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Discussion (47)¬

  1. Adder says:

    He-he…. yeah, that’s the problem with races that don’t openly embrace divinity or metaphor. No poetry. πŸ˜›

  2. bA nAn A says:

    A peacock maybe?

  3. Errick says:

    And here comes the big reveal, where they explain just what the heck has been going on.

  4. Aria says:

    Poetry doesn’t keep your tunnels dry and intact.

  5. “I can’t manifest under these conditions!” My new favorite line.

  6. Rhan says:

    Well, lack of poetry is getting him what he wants. Why would Hegi choose a peacock, anyway? They sound like a cat being strangled.

  7. left_wing_fox says:

    A white bird?

  8. MASalter says:

    I nearly snarfed my breakfast through my nose when I read this!
    Made of WIN.

  9. Maria says:

    Methinks Digger should brace herself for an unneccesarily convoluted tunnel of a tale. Helix might have to translate it to a no-florid-nonsense version by the end.

  10. Abigail says:


    Previous evil god creature, Famine, destroyed “by a hedgehog and the ghost of a white bird”

    Shadow child’s “Maybe I was a white bird after all”

  11. rev_ursa says:

    Wow, that last panel gave me flashbacks to my theatre days. I now hate Hegi with the burning passion of a thousand glorious suns.

  12. Marrock says:

    Just when you think it can’t get any more surreal…

    And who says wombats have no poetry…?

    Who can deny the poetry in a well buttressed arch or a properly finished tunnel, a warren that can stand the tests of the ages, storms, and continental drift…?

    Wombats have poetry that takes lifetimes to appreciate.

  13. dianacecelia says:

    This is why I love this comic!

  14. Griz says:

    I love this comic! The irreverence is awesome!

  15. Kara says:

    Oooooh, is this going to be shadowchild’s “bird”? *hopes!*

  16. Kelci says:

    Haha, “I cannot manifest under these conditions” is the best line ever πŸ˜€ I would have loved to hear Helix’s version of the story, which I’m sure is full of practical geological observations.

  17. DeoxysRibonuke says:

    Talking bird? Maybe it’s the peacock from the legend? Or *gasp* maybe it’s the bird that later died and the Shadowchild spawned from? 8o

  18. ysabet says:

    Oh my gods, Exasperated!Helix in the last panel is just brain-breakingly cute. And per DeoxysRibonuke’s comment, betcha it’s both. Why not? Nobody *said* when the peacock ever died.

    I do feel slightly sorry for Hegi, though. A thousand years is a loooong time to wait for your cue, and then to finally get upstaged– well. Yeah. It’s like being in the middle of a dramatic scene onstage and having a carpenter stroll into the middle of the set, plop down on the floor, and proceed to hammer a loose floorboard into place while you attempt to declaim.

  19. Kineko says:

    …. I… just love these wombats… So.. terre Γ  terre…. (mean down to earth I think)

  20. TΓ‘ssia says:

    Excellent page πŸ˜€ Excellent dialog πŸ˜€

  21. Chip Uni says:

    I think that I would *enjoy* wombat poetry. Very direct, no-nonsense verse with perfect rhyme about how a marriage’s fifth contract was negotiated.

  22. Haven says:

    poor Hegi. Hopefully she can at least salvage some of her big moment.

    Though I would have expected Hegi could be manifesting to Murai while Digger and Helix have a sidebar.

  23. mouse says:

    poor hegi. all that waiting and preparing and then she gets upstaged, and has totally blown her cool.

    i suspect even her poetry will not be quite what it would have been, what with all the interruptions by wombats (and you _know_ those will continue) – and probably a hyena snarking a bit in the background.

  24. KNO3 says:

    I would say I want Helix to tell the story. Get lost Hegi.

    Summary and CLEAR advice on what to do is what I’d rather have.

    You know, here is summary, then go here, do that, do not do that. Off you go.

  25. Pseudosapien says:

    Seems wombats have cornered the dignity market around here. Its those little vests they wear, and always knowing exactly who they are. As for glory, it doesn’t do anybody any good anyway.

  26. D.G. says:

    If the bird is a peacock, it would be worthwile to note that the Peacock was sacred to the greek godess Hera( Roman Juno). Prehaps there is a relationship.

  27. KNO3 says:

    And remeber a peacock usually doesn’t eat rats… Heh.

  28. Lucius Appaloosius says:

    *sigh* Those apparitions – they’re such prima donnas. 7@=Q

  29. Mavericke says:

    You know, I actually feel kind of bad for Hegi. I mean. She did work on that speech for 1000 years. That’s a lot of work for someone to steal thunder from

  30. Jessica says:

    “Odd Couple: The Ethereal Years”
    Oh man, I love this comic!

  31. Generalitary says:

    Oh, great, a frilly story. This could take a while.

  32. KNO3 says:

    Wait a minute. Helix plus a thousand years? I think he must have built something. A lot of somethings. I wonder what kind of stuff can ghosts build?

  33. Tindi says:

    Ahahaha… I knew the line about working on the speech was coming, but I loved it for doing so! I also add myself to the fanclub of “I cannot manifest under these conditions!” and will use it at my next diva moment. πŸ™‚

  34. Timothy says:

    hehehe … “just … wombats!”

    But now that I think about it … what would wombat poetry be like (if there is any) ?

  35. Snuffle says:

    I only just noticed that Helix is wearing a cravat. I love cravats!

  36. KNO3 says:

    Wobat poetry? .2Ca3SiO5 + 7H2O β†’ 3(CaO)β€’2(SiO2)β€’4(H2O)(gel) + 3Ca(OH)2 .

  37. Kayru says:

    My friends and I have a weird sense of humor.

    “I cannot manifest under these conditions!”
    … that’s what she said.

  38. ysabet says:

    Okay… and now (after reading Abigail’s comment above) I’m wondering about the purported ‘hedgehog’ that helped destroy Famine. Hedgehog = wombat? Thousands of years ago, yeah, but if tunnels can move poor Digger through an awful lot of space, what about time? And not necessarily her, even, but maybe Helix or some other unknown wombat?

    ‘Hedgehog’, heh; well, at least it wasn’t a bear… Um, hang on a sec. ‘Peacock with a rat in its beak.’ An earth-rat, maybe? **headscratch** Hmmmmm.

  39. Vera says:

    Well, but a hedgehog isn’t a wombat. They don’t even live on the same continent. Hedgehogs are spiky little critters that can curl themselves up into a sort of spiny ball to protect their soft underbits. Not vegetarians either, as they eat slugs and bugs and stuff.

  40. Moggy says:

    Poor Hegi. I often feel as if I’m surrounded by wombats.

  41. TekServer says:

    > I often feel as if I’m surrounded by wombats.

    Would that I were so lucky. I often feel that I’m surrounded by Murai’s and Hegi’s. And the occasional Jhalm, on bad days …


  42. zowski says:

    i have been laughing nonstop for the past 7 or so strips, starting from when helix gets called. the “blood and shale” part started it. this has been by far the funniest set of comics… funnier than todays sluggy.com comic. i cant eat straight…

  43. Hunter says:

    Helix is now one of my favorite characters.

  44. Kisame says:

    Yep theyr undoubtly related

  45. love love love love love… OMG, the ghost is a DIVA!!

  46. JET73L says:

    KNO3: He could have designed things, having someine else pull a pen across the drafting paper and write the necessary numbers where he tells them to.

  47. Squeegy says:

    That line rivals “This is no way to run a hunter-gatherer society!”