June 2nd, 2009


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Discussion (27)¬

  1. Digger-Not-The-Wombat says:

    The look in the last panel is priceless. Denial, much?

  2. Aria says:

    Destiny and wombats don’t mix

  3. Grey Wolf says:

    Aria: on the contrary, this is abundant proof that wombats and destiny do mix. They just don’t like it.

  4. ysabet says:

    “BEHAVE OR I’LL TELL MOM.” Relatives; what can you do?

  5. Hawksong says:

    Wonder if Grim-Eyes would be so philosophical (relatively speaking!) if Digger were to inform her that all this could lead to Ed no longer being an Eaten. And after all…Ed might be Grim-Eyes’ dad, as was quite strongly implied some time ago. How fun that would be!

  6. CJ says:

    Digger knows not to argue with Boneclaw Mother! She can argue with Grim Eyes and even her ghostly ancestor Helix, but definitely not Boneclaw Mother.

  7. Babelangerarts says:

    Poor Digger

  8. Sabreur says:

    Poor Digger. After being part of a society that has rid itself of impractical things like ‘destiny’ she just isn’t prepared to handle something as practical as hyena-style destiny. It’s the sort of destiny that skips the whole ‘signs and prophecies’ phase and goes straight for the throat.

  9. ToraKiyoshi says:

    Poor Digger! Now she’s got a rock to pick with Boneclaw Mother. This back-and-forth with the Hyenas is never going to end, is it?

  10. Lucius Appaloosius says:

    “It’s not NICE to fool Boneclaw Mother…….”

    There – I had to say it……. 7@=Q

  11. Squeegy says:

    Indeed, Sabreur. That’s a pretty accurate description of Hyena destiny.

  12. Tindi says:

    Grim Eyes is like, “Do YOU want to argue with the batty old blind lady? I’m not helping if you do…”
    I would think the “not talk her out of whatever she’s supposed to be doing” applies to Ed, though, since that’s the only thing they’ve ever gotten into an argument about, so the only thing Grim Eyes would try to talk her out of.

  13. Kelci says:

    Doesn’t that just figure…the one person who doesn’t want a grand destiny is the one who gets it.

  14. Urthdigger says:

    I wonder… has Digger killed anyone? I could have sworn she’s offed one or two people, but it’s been a while since I read the archive.

  15. winner says:

    yes in the bandit attack she killed some people,

    I’m surprised Digger hasn’t asked how to get back to civilization yet.

  16. Kasper says:

    Yes, Urthdigger, she fought the bandits in Rath, and later lured a masked cultist-hyena into a vampiric vegetable garden, so she is directly responsible for a death or two. Downright stabbing someone in the chest without blinking has not been done by her hand, and probably won’t be.

  17. whatwith says:

    I love that she expresses contempt for one of her own gods. God or not, he’s still the eaten.

  18. Labs says:

    Yay, I’m finally caught up. Great comic, I loved every strip.

  19. Zebediah says:

    @whatwith: in some ways, He-Is is the divine archetype of being the Eaten. Not considering him Eaten would run contrary to his whole mythology. In a similar way, Lucifer is the Rebel, and while many folks give the devil his due, he’s not exactly unworthy of contempt.

  20. TekServer says:

    That was a pretty good analogy, Zebediah.


  21. BunnyRock says:

    On the subject of Lucifer as an archetype, and peacocks, and in this comic were ALWAYS one step away from the subject of peacocks, Melek Taus as viewed by the Kurdish Yazidi religion is an interesting example. He was the highest of the archangels under God, made of pure light. Now god creates Adam, and orders all the angels to bow to him as gods greatest creation. Now in Islam this story has Iblis , a djin not an angel, as angels have no free will and so cannot rebel, refuse to bow as man is made of dust, and so is cast down and becomes the adversary. So the same in Yazidi right? Wrong, This is where Islam and Yazidi split. Melek Taus refuses to bow, stating that he is made of pure light and Man of dust, just like Iblis or Lucifer. But instead of punishing him for his pride God rewards him, as he was made by god TO rebel. If god didn’t want him to rebel he wouldn’t have pre-programmed him to. Rebelling showed character and showed that knees made to bow before god bowed to no one else. And the Yazidi have not exactly got along well with other Abrahamic religions as they maintain that Melek Taus is indeed the same individual as Lucifer, Iblis and Satan. And on top of this you have the old idea from Job that Satan exists with gods blessing, because god NEEDS someone to play devils advocate. That’s why I’m really looking forwards to seeing the Cold Servants again: one religions Adversary is another’s main Good Guy and a third’s much needed Chaotic Neutral counterpoint to god and a fourth’s Adversary. I’d like to see what’s running thought their minds underneath their bird-shaped masks. I doubt I’ll like it, but it will be interesting to see how they rationalise it and where in the myth their beliefs split from The People (matriarchal Hyenas).

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  23. Dante says:

    I’m not even supposed to BE HERE today!

  24. magenta says:

    NICE Clerks reference Dante (haha).

    In addition to what BunnyRock said, Judaism has always respected the role of the Devil’s Advocate because if you don’t examine to see if another viewpoint has merit, you cheapen the viewpoint you have.

  25. capnq says:

    @Urthdigger: Ed asked Digger if she’d ever killed someone; Digger said she hadn’t.

  26. JET73L says:

    Wombat destiny: If /this/ pylon goes anywhere but here, the whole thing comes crumbling down in just a century or two. It has to go there.

    Human destiny: The gods, or the snails, or possibly just the voices in my head say that you have to go to the insanely obscure reference that you don’t understand. You have to go there. May the gods be with you.

    Hyena destiny: Because Boneclaw Mother says.

  27. The Procrastinator says:

    Well, at least Grim Eyes said “tell it to Boneclaw Mother” rather than “tell it to your mother”. That would just have added yet another level of awkward.

    But perhaps the fact that Digger is an honorary Hyena is important in giving her the right to interfere with the affairs of their gods? The Masked Ones evidently feel free to interfere with anyone in the course of their hunt, but would they have been so territorial in the first place if the invader was a (Wombat-shaped) Hyena?