May 14th, 2009


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Discussion (38)¬

  1. Tim Tylor says:

    Dwarves with eyes of jade – a creepy image. Unless it just means they’ve got green eyes or a taste for fashionable green glasses.

  2. Orjan says:

    That’s proper mythology-construction, the like of which is not often seen these days. *nods* Deep foundations, and well propped.

  3. Maria says:

    I have a feeling that a shadow might be coming in or out of this tale…

  4. Sheer_FALACY says:

    So Sweetgrass Voice dies when the god formerly known as He-is dies… that’d explain why he’s being kept alive but bound.

  5. CE Murphy says:

    *laughs out loud* All that poetry, and then, “That would be us,” in this dry grim tone. *laughs and laughs*

  6. turtle says:

    … and the shadowchild came from out of a dead bird?

    Oh Snap.

  7. Madison says:

    The wombats Do Not Approve, apparently. Oh, bless. Helix is adorable.

  8. Dawn says:

    Go, wombats! Whoo!

  9. Kelci says:

    Wombats are the best, man 😀 I feel bad for the god, though. That kingfisher is the saddest bird I’ve ever seen 🙁

  10. Brushtail says:

    I think this explanes why He-is is being kept alive. Sweetgrass-voice does not want to die.

  11. Rhan says:

    Has anyone ever asked Shadowchild how long ago and out of what type of bird it hatched?

  12. Rhan says:

    And what if Shadowchild were Sweetgrass voice?

  13. coolio says:

    No offense to the author but the art has been kind of lazy lately. How many more pages are going to just be a brid on a mostly empty background?

  14. Raigne says:

    Rhan, I’m starting to think that’s possible, although I think it’s significant that shadow child’s a child. I don’t think they’re the same, but I definitely think they are related.

  15. Jelis says:

    Lol, you can just hear the dry disapproval in that “That would be us”.
    Hmm, this is all getting curiouser and curiouser

  16. KNO3 says:

    See, laziness. Bind them both, not solve the problem. Always fix problems.

  17. Tindi says:

    And I would bet that Helix even said “Too much magic. Can’t promise it’ll hold.”

  18. mouse says:

    aha! so the dark servants are the servants of the demon, not the god. they keep the god alive so the demon will live.

  19. Sil says:

    Well, even if Shadowchild isn’t Sweetgrass Voice or otherwise related, I suspect he has a big part to play. Hehehe.

  20. rylen says:

    I wonder how this ties to the hyena’s history of madness?

  21. Rivalyn says:

    Well, I’m reasonably sure that Shadowchild is NOT Sweetgrass Voice, as the Oracular slug was seen in a panel some ways back saying that their “mission” such as it is, would surely fail if the shadowchild WASN’T with them. I would presume that, if demons that possess people are major bad mojo, demons that possess gods are undescribably worse.

    Also if Shadowchild is a demon, it’s like Ed said – Demons are a bigness, not necessarily a wrongness. To paraphrase “Fire demon is being fire, not good, not bad, just fire.”

  22. SongCoyote says:

    KNO3 said “Bind them both, not solve the problem. Always fix problems.”

    That’s the challenge of dealing with gods: the problems they have (and cause) are all too often not on a mortal scale to fix, and if they don’t have deity-level allies or properly motivated enemies there’s not a lot they can do. So they enlist mortals, attempt to communicate with them in the midst of blinding pain (or equivalent) from their curse, and everything gets set just a few degrees to the blue of “corrected”.

    And in exchange we get a wonderful tale….

    Light and laughter,

  23. Hawksong says:

    I just caught up with the story – having only discovered Digger about eight days ago. Reading through the archives was a pleasure, and now it’s just the anticipation of updates! Yay!
    And yes, I think Ed’s story of He-Is and She-Is will link back to this in some way. Although…maybe not in a way we expect.

  24. abb3w says:

    I’m still leaning towards Shadowchild being the ghost of It-MIght-Have-Been, the unborn child-god of He-Is and She-Is.

  25. Aelfwine says:


    I love the wonderful poeticism of Hegi’s account–and then Helix’s comment at the end.
    Beautifully done!

  26. Treesong says:

    My sympathy for people who complain about the laziness of creators who have provided hundreds of great strips for free is…far less than zero.

  27. KNO3 says:

    I agree with you Treesong. Ursula is awsome.

  28. jomiller says:

    never mind the truly rude and unappreciating nature of the “laziness” comment, but really, how else is Ursula supposed to illustrate a narrative about a mad god pleading for help through a sad bird?

  29. ortonmc says:

    My bet is the dark servants are the hyenas (or their descendants) who followed He-Is.

    “Some follow Voice, and it. Not many. Most of tribe stay with She-is-Fiercer. Not match, any more, all tribe change by fight.”

    And I hope the Shadowchild eats the shadow on He-Is, but I’m not confident enough to bet on that. 🙂

  30. Sparky Lurkdragon says:

    Laziness? It’s called symbolism.

    It’s all dark grass, and the bird’s been getting smaller and smaller amongst it. Emptiness fits He-Is’ mental state with Sweetgrass Voice and his own sorrow crowding out the rest of his mind far better than anything else would.

  31. Rave says:

    If you remember Ed’s story, there were many who followed He-Is and the SweetGrass voice.

    I’d bet my money that the evil hyenas (the “Cold Ones”) are either the same ones or the descendants of the original group.

    Also, Shadowchild could still be born of He-Is bird form; nobody has asked how long the demonspawn was there, nor his age, and they never really tell how long Demons (or Shadowspawn or whatever he really is) are children. I doubt it personally, but it’s a valid theory nevertheless. The theory that shadowchild could be It-Might-Have-Been is probably more likely, all things considered.

    The question I’m having is this: Was the reason shadowchild was sent to hear the story and, I don’t know, do some good with the knowledge, or was it already fulfilled by helping them out of the crevasse? I think that maybe, just maybe, he’s meant to eat SweetGrass Voice, but that theory’s a longshot considering the advantage of age, wisdom (and most importantly) power…. unless we’re assuming “Good” demons swat “Evil” demons like flies.


  32. KNO3 says:

    Perhaps the ghosts should take a look at shadowchild. I wonder what they would say?

  33. jomiller says:

    I gotta wonder if Ursula reads these posts and:
    a) modifies the story to screw with us
    b) writes the story based on our conversation (at least later in the story after she built the foundation)
    c) doesn’t give a rats ass
    d) just laughs at us tripping over ourselves

    🙂 just food for thought

  34. Lica says:

    abb3w, what a wonderful theory, and I love the name “It-MIght-Have-Been” 🙂

    I was thinking maybe the kingfisher was the heart of he-is (like the skin lizards said, about hearts of dead men becoming kingfishers), but now I doubt it, i don’t know, it seems to me that he-is wasn’t so dead back dead… but gods don’t die quite the same way common men do, apparently… I’m not sure anymore.

  35. Weev says:

    I just read the story, and fell in love with it. Does it update often?

  36. Lica says:

    every tuesday and thursday, my friend 🙂

  37. BunnyRock says:

    good to see you back around SongCoyote.

  38. TekServer says:

    I agree with the theory that the Cold Servants are the descendants of the hyenas that followed He-Is underground. Furthermore, I believe that originally they honestly believed that they were doing good and following the wishes of their god, but they were mislead by SweetGrass Voice (who is, after all, quite adept at deception; he did fool a god into attacking his mate, after all … ).
    Of course, in their present form I doubt the Cold Servants retain much of their original hyena personalities. Somehow SGV doesn’t strike me as a big fan of free will …