September 24th, 2009


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Discussion (41)¬

  1. Kevin says:

    I now declare that a scene with Digger returning home to her mother be written!

  2. Lurkerlynne says:


  3. Pipi says:

    Oh, ancestor guilt. It’s even weightier than mother’s guilt.

  4. JewelWolf says:

    “Dear Mom,
    I can explain. You see, first there was this hole…”

  5. Stryde says:

    @JewelWolf – Lol!

  6. Kayru says:

    Poor mama-wombat.
    And you just KNOW that when she gets home, her mother will never understand her predicament.

  7. Ursula's Mom says:

    Ursula, this is your mother. Again.

    You never call. You never write. The least you could do is update Digger three times a week instead of two.

    Oh, and start up Gearworld again.

  8. Gwennan says:

    *sigh* Sometimes great-great-great-whatever-grandparents can be sooooo….helpful.

  9. nils says:

    But then, would her mom feel better if she did get a letter?
    “Dear Mom, I fell through a magical tunnel and I’m now trying to kill a dead god with the help of a grumpy Hyena and a disturbed Veiled kid. Also I sort of adopted a demon, but he_she’s just left to civilize other demons. Did I mention all the prophecising slugs, talking god statues and vampire squash I ran into? Also I’m really not sure I’ll ever find a way home. Other than that, I’m fine. Love, Digger”

  10. Lachesis says:

    and nils wins the internet.

  11. CJ says:

    Nils, that’s perfect!

  12. Mark Antony says:

    Haha, right. “P.S.: I’ve got gods coming up out of my ears. Do you think you can send me some god spray?”

  13. TekServer says:

    P.P.S. Great, great, great [buncha more greats] grandpa Helix says hi.


  14. abb3w says:

    But has Digger written a letter, to have it ready on the off chance of a fleeting opportunity for means to send it?

  15. JewelWolf says:

    I’m pretty sure, by now, that Digger’s family must’ve proclaimed her dead. She’s been gone for months. I’m willing to bet that her iPod belongs to her little brother, who deleted all her music and replaced it with Mozart’s KV 617, and a bunch of gothic rap. XD

  16. quiltcat says:

    I’m thinking that Helix is female?? sending (her) boys off? and besides, who but a mom can lay a guilt trip like that? placental mammal mom or marsupial mom, they’re all like that!

  17. zach says:

    This comic is brilliant; i’ve just hit the end of the archives. Most engrossing read I’ve had for awhile now. Thank you ursula.

  18. TekServer says:

    Sorry, quiltcat, but it has long since been established that Helix is male (well, was, anyway).

    Besides, dads can guilt-trip, too. Especially about “worrying your mother”.


  19. mouse says:

    interesting that helix thinks the world isn’t in any real danger – is this faith in his work, certainty that digger will succeed, or just a belief that even if something as evil as sweetgrass voice should be released, the basically decent bulk of the rest of the world will keep it in check?

    …..or is there maybe something else that he knows about?

  20. tiggertoo says:

    @mouse: I think it’s just a matter of perspective — for example, something that totally destroys several hundred square miles is an utter disaster to anyone living there or nearby, but the whole world is a *lot* bigger and that would only be a fly speck in the overall scheme of things.

  21. Kelci says:

    Practical advice from a practical wombat :D

  22. Hawk says:

    I’m now envisioning Mama Wombat at home, driving everyone in the clan bonkers about Digger being missing…
    Wouldn’t it amazingly silly if the entire Quartzclaw clan showed up in the dead-god tunnels, looking for Digger?
    Wombats are, after all, as stubborn as they are practical, are they not? :P

  23. AlpineBob says:

    I’m wondering if ‘Digger’ is a nickname and ‘Quartzclaw’ is her given name.
    I believe this was discussed last time Helix used it. But I forget; was there any definitive answer?

  24. Eagle0600 says:

    Digger-Of-(Many?)-Convoluted-Tunnels is her name. Quartzclaw is the clan name.

  25. Lachesis says:

    Digger-of-OVERLY-Convoluted-Tunnels, i believe.

  26. Laqez says:

    (I did after reading this.)

  27. Faranior says:

    Digger-of-UNNECESSARILY-Convoluted-Tunnels. I remember this because someone pointed out the fact that her initials spelled DUCT.

  28. JewelWolf says:

    Faranior is right. I remember when she told Ed.

  29. Maureen says:

    When Digger gets home, she will write her mother an engineering treatise.

  30. KNO3 says:

    When digger gets back, some will say. Huh. Gotta redo your headstone.


  31. TekServer says:

    :D KNO3, now you’re thinking like a wombat!

    (And for the record, I’m the one that pointed out that Digger’s full name – Digger of Unnecessarily Convoluted Tunnels – could be abbreviated DUCT. Unfortunately the “of Clan Quartzclaw” part doesn’t fit as neatly into the acronym … )


  32. Hunter says:

    FINALLY! I’m caught up!

  33. lochie says:

    I don’t believe it! I found Digger yesterday and now i’m up to date! i love that practical Wombat and cried for Shadowchild, now I have to get used to only getting a new comic twice a week, instead of 700 odd in 24 hrs!

  34. D.G. says:

    DUCT of Clan Quartzclaw has a certain ring to it.

  35. Eagle0600 says:

    That’s only the full, ceremonial name, though.

  36. BunnyRock says:


    P.P.P.S. I kinda got adopted as a daughter by this dirty old blind woman. She is the leader of a tribe of cannibals and probably pees standing up. This happened largely by accident, I am in no way trying to replace you with another parent figure, and before you ask no I have NOT joined a cult like poor second cousin Quick-hewer did after that pit-prop collapsed and waked him round the head and made him think the Great Shoveler spoke to him. Although that said, they did give me the new name “little mother of earthquakes” after one of their gods and get me drunk and make me eat someones liver of pain of death but most of them are okay, one even pulled me up after I fell down that crevasse I just realized I should probably have mentioned earlier. Weather remains fine. Eating properly and warping up warm with that jacket you made me as instructed,


  37. TerryCat says:

    Ooh, is grandpa Helix annoyed that his speech was interrupted or what?

  38. Trogdog says:

    Anyone else wonder why she didn’t ask him how to get home?

  39. jaynee says:

    Laqez – LOL That’s a well-developed guilt receptor you’ve got firing, there.
    BunnyRock – “warping up warm” is even funnier than the usual version of the phrase.
    lochie – you *do* know that you’ll have problems with your prostate later in life if you read too many comics without proper toilet breaks, yeah?

  40. The Procrastinator says:

    Helix’s line about “I don’t think the world’s in any real danger” makes me thing even more that this entire epic is just the set-up for the real world-changing events that ensue when the Shadow becomes a missionary to the Feral Demons. The real important part was the end of the last chapter; what remains is, on the grand scale of things, simply tying up a few loose ends.

  41. The Procrastinator says:

    [Frustration] My comment should read “makes me think even more”. Apologies.