July 13th, 2010


Despite knowing the hyena mythology is polytheistic, the desire to have Boneclaw Mother say “The brains t’Good Lord gave an eggplant” was nigh overwhelming.

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Discussion (34)¬

  1. Terry says:

    *gigglefit* Oh that wonderful point in every child’s life where they realize their spooky awesome grandmother doesn’t really have evil powers.

    …everyone else had that too, right?

    Perfect mood whiplash from the hardware-affixed heart last Thursday. 😀

  2. Chip Uni says:

    Wait… Terry… you’re saying my grandmother DIDN’T have eyes in the back of her head?

  3. Zjonni says:

    Brilliant. Somewhere out there is a panel with Grim-Eyes saying ‘What do you mean there’s no Holiday Vole, either?’

  4. Edhelith says:

    Pfft, clearly Grim Eyes has been waiting for Boneclaw Mother to inflict The Thing on Jhalm ever since they left their village, only to be denied in the moment of truth.

  5. Robin Bobcat says:

    *cleans iced tea off monitor*

    Oh dear, I needed that.. Ooh.. ow.. my sides..

  6. JewelWolf says:

    Yay! It’s Boneclaw Mother! She’s one of my favorite characters, but she doesn’t appear enough.
    “Yes, but he [b]smells[/b] adorable.”

  7. Rhio2k says:

    Damn…ouch. And in front of an enemy, no less.

  8. Skydancer says:

    Of course, considering some of the … active vegetables we’ve seen in this world, I’m not sure an eggplant is quite as brainless as we’d expect. 🙂

  9. Madam Atom says:

    Rhio2K: Nah, Grim Eyes isn’t actually stupid, so I doubt they’re talking loud enough for Jhalm to hear them. (And since they’d naturally lower their voices enough to foil hyena ears, I think he REALLY can’t hear them.)

  10. Barry says:

    You all know the drill.

    Would a vampiric eggplant be sentient, and therefore have some level of brains?

  11. Marrock says:

    An eggplant?

    Is she being just the tiniest bit generous there?

  12. Hawk says:

    Hurrah! Boneclaw Mother!!

  13. Gravedigger says:

    Nothing says love like calling someone an idiot.

  14. Lycanthromancer says:

    I can see some collegiate vampiric eggplant filler art in the future…

  15. JewelWolf says:

    Wait a second… Lycanthromancer… Where have I heard that username before… I could swear I’ve seen it somewhere… Did you comment in The End of Things?

  16. mouse says:

    even without “the thing”, i suspect Boneclaw Mother will have no trouble matching wits with Jhalm.

  17. kat says:

    …the desire to have Boneclaw Mother say “The brains t’Good Lord gave an eggplant” was nigh overwhelming.

    Oh, honey. This is how you know you’ve been in the South too long.

  18. Ketira says:

    I got that insight when I found out my mother wasn’t as good at math as my father is. (He kept trying to get me to use my brain for years!)

  19. Karyl says:

    Ah, I just LOVE it! Badaboom, badabing!

  20. JewelWolf says:

    @Kat: If she was really in the south for too long, it would be “t’good lawd.”

  21. Fred says:

    “Damn!” says Grim Eyes. “Well in that case… I got no plan.”

  22. Eagle0600 says:

    But don’t eggplants have decent brains if they’ve been left in the field too long?

  23. AlpineBob says:

    I suppose she could have said that as a reference to ONE of the multiple gods. If one of their gods could be considered a good lord, that is…

  24. The_Rippy_One says:

    @ AlpineBob – They do; Digger is on her way to stop his heart right now. Bit of an awkward time to be invoking, yes?

  25. I think it was pretty cool how Barry predicted that we would switch back to Murai and here we are. “But why would Boneclaw Mother compare Grim Eye’s brains with an eggplant. They, of course, are meat eaters. I’d think they’d compare to a less intelligent prey like a sheep or something.

    That brings up an interesting thought. In the Bible there are a lot of images comparing people to sheep, but what if you ran into a culture that didn’t know what a sheep was. What other animal could you use to get your point across. One young man suggested a seal. “So all of us like seal have gone astray.”

  26. Lycanthromancer says:


    Yup, that’s me. I also post in the Order of the Stick forums and on the Rusty & Co and Housepets! comments, too.

  27. Nighthorse says:

    You could have used “T’ Good Lord” anyway, right? Isn’t there a Lord/Lady thing going on in their mythos? “T’ Good Lord” could refer to the male principle.

  28. mitzimom says:

    “Ahhh, but grasshopper, nothing says family considers you stupid like having your level of cognition compared to something too low to even consider prey.. = )

  29. Fell Varg says:

    Brains of a timely harvested eggplant. Go Vampire Eggplants!

  30. Fell Varg says:

    is your avatar templar influenced.us where did you get it?

  31. TekServer says:

    > Oh, honey. This is how you know you’ve been in the South too long.

    No such thing. And just making a statement like that proves that you’ve been out of the South too long …


  32. the dark ferret says:

    Is that a regular eggplant, or a zombie eggplant?

  33. BunnyRock says:

    “Note the Couple of Cavies in the foreground, better known as guinea pigs, but which I was unable to pass up. I loved my guinea pigs dearly, but god help me, they were not bright. And by “not bright” I mean “like a cuddly, cheerful eggplant that purrs.”

    What IS it with Ursula and comparing mammals’ cognitive abilities to eggplant?


    And for the record I have to keep mentally reminding myself what “eggplant” is when reading this. I was fifteen before i worked out that eggplant and zucchini were not some exotic American foodstuffs you did not get in the UK but were in fact perfectly ordinary aubergine and courgette, just like dad had in the garden. The disappointment was crushing.

  34. Ellemerr says:

    I know your pain, BunnyRock. The truth of the zucchini was worse than sandy claws.

    … And now I desperately want zombie zucchini. That would be right up there with vampire squash, were-cantaloupe, and… fanged hams. Yes. *shifty eyes* Ursula has a lot to answer for. I pity my potential children, doomed to be terrified of vegetables. Some kids have dinosaurs, some have sharks, but nooo, it had to be undead veggies.