July 15th, 2010


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  1. Dav says:

    He is.

  2. Terry says:

    “And the combatants start with an opening volley of… is it? OH YES IT IS! SCATHING OBLIGATORY POLITENESS!”

  3. Valerian says:

    first blood to Boneclaw Mother!

  4. Nespin says:

    Gotta love her self confidence. But, yes, he is.

    Do I get to say it for once? Yay! Vote, people!


  5. Aria says:

    Nice one!

    BTW. Does anyone know how to actually do an avatar pic?

  6. Robin Bobcat says:

    Aria: What you’re looking for is ‘Gravatar’ (www.gravatar.com), which basically gives you a single avatar that’s linked to the email you give when commenting, so when you post to different areas, it pops up automagically.

  7. Deafnotdumb says:

    is it just me, or do I get the feeling that one day Jhalm and Boneclaw Mother will get on very twistily well?

    I think it’s just me.

  8. Jonathan S. Fox says:

    This is a very scary situation. Boneclaw Mother is taking a big risk. If Jhalm takes avoiding a fight seriously enough that he will be receptive to making disproportionate concessions to keep things civil, her aggressive posture will pay off. But while Jhalm seems too level-headed to allow rudeness to immediately push him toward violence, he doesn’t seem easily intimidated either — instead, it’s going to come down to an ethical calculus. He has to weigh how urgent his mission is, and how many lives he’s willing to sacrifice. If he’s prepared to fight, her attitude could backfire, and reduce the probability of a peaceful resolution substantially.

  9. Jassius says:

    At least he did not have to go through asking if she was a “she” or a “he” :D

    @Aria: On the comment zone, beside your name, click on the “Get an avatar” and follow instructions to upload your image. Beware as your avatar will be shown on every site using gravatar system as long as you use the same email.

  10. ronin1337 says:

    Yes he is :D.Good one.

  11. silentstep says:

    Yow, I love me a morally-ambiguous-but-still-*impeccably*-polite man.

    Not to mention a lady who knows just how awesome she is!

  12. fixman88 says:

    This is sure gonna be an interesting test of wills!

  13. I love it! She feels very Yoda-ish, about to order her warriors at her side into battle, confident in complete and rapid victory, but in her own, Boneclaw Mother way….!
    I want this turned into a poster! (probably drop Jhalm’s first line though, so it can stand alone)

  14. JewelWolf says:

    This is clearly THE most badass thing Boneclaw Mother could EVER say. What is the phrase most people would use for this situation? Ah yes. “Shit’s gonna go down!”

  15. Wirrit says:

    … Probably bad of me to notice, but I find it interesting that they have one good/visible eye between them. Interesting coincidence.

  16. Emma says:

    Oh, you know you are Jhalm.

  17. Mani says:

    I’m very curious to see how this conversation plays out.

  18. BlueAloe says:

    Damn straight, Boneclaw Mother. I love her confidence!

    Jhalm and Boneclaw Mother…quite possibly the two more stubborn and self-righteous characters in the story. Should be interesting. :)

  19. Fecklessnz says:

    I just spent an entire night and most of this one reading the ENTIRE comic from the start. I love it so much! But then again that might have something to do with me being a Dwarf Fortress player. Geology jokes crack me up these days hehe, and Digger sure has a plentiful supply.

    Keep up the great work Ursula. We love ya for it :3

  20. The_Rippy_One says:

    He better show some respect, he’s within biting range right now.

    Also, he better not try anything, she can smell agression.

  21. Marrock says:

    Maybe if he loses the other eye he’ll finally be able to see as clearly as Boneclaw Mother.

  22. Tengu says:

    We can only see the top of Jhalm’s face, and the bottom of Boneclaw Mother’s. Two sides of a coin?

    …either this means that their duties complement each other… or that if we bring them too close together, there will be a matter-antimatter reaction that will end all life as we know it.

  23. Fell Varg says:

    Jhalm doesn’t stand a chance in living hell

  24. TekServer says:

    Jhalm is clearly the underdog here, since he has only half as many eyes covered and is therefore only half as awesome as Boneclaw Mother.


  25. I expect to hear like the tense wild west music while a tumble weed rolls past.

  26. mouse says:

    see? I told you lack of “the thingie” wouldn’t limit Boneclaw Mother!

  27. Carthen says:

    Strange, this page makes the cello version of “The Final Countdown” play in my head.
    ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IliwQImJrYE )
    Keep it up, Ursula. I’m on the edge of my seat with every page.

  28. Rhio2k says:

    Either those 2 will become the best of friends, or somebody’s gonna die…

  29. JewelWolf says:

    There’s a fight scene coming up, and the theme song for it will be Evil by Heavenly.

  30. Hawk says:

    I adore how this is drawn – it reminds me somehow of a Japanese illustration of the two samurai and the bridge…!

    In case no one knows what I’m talking about, there’s these two samurai, and one bridge – a samurai on either side, you see. They both want to go across. Neither wants the other one to go FIRST. In some versions of the legend they duel to the death over the point of honor… Do you see where this is leading?

    It’s leading to Awesomeville. No stops until Finis!

  31. Aria says:

    @Jassius Thanks. Looks like plain Aria was taken on there. Not huge surprise there.

  32. Gravedigger says:

    Daaaamn. Jhalm just got served on burned toast.

    I can’t believe I just made those puns. >_<

  33. Maybe her job here is just to keep Jhalm’s attention long enough for Murai, Grimm Eyes, Shadult, or Digger herself to be able to do something ubercool.

  34. S. says:

    I can’t believe it took me less than a day to catch up this entire comic (perhaps its helped I’ve read it part ways before). But holy Gods ow my eyes.

    Can’t wait to see more.

  35. rueyeet says:

    And here’s where we’ll finally find out whether Jhalm’s as much of an asshole as everyone’s always suspected — or just a decent enough guy trying to do what he sees as right.

    I’m still curious to see how Murai’s madness will play into this, or whether it turns out to be just a bit of (admittedly awesome) backstory. I’m all spoiled now, expecting every little thread to weave back into the story at some point.

  36. Otookee says:

    It’s interesting that Jhalm knows enough about hyena society to know that the leader would be female.

  37. L Gore says:

    Hummmm, I get the feeling that we are about to see how Boneclaw and Jhalm lost their eyes. Perhaps the met in battle when they were much younger???

  38. slywlf says:

    Way to put Jhalm in his place! Good one, Boneclaw Mother ;-)

  39. WarlockD says:

    Dang it. Read all the way from start to finish to be stuck here:P

  40. Raven says:

    Just back away, back away.

    The battle is already won.

  41. Uberursa says:

    Yes. This is a good comic.

  42. Robin Bobcat says:

    Actually, Gore, Jahlm’s eyepatch is temporary, after fighting with some of the Cold Servants in the temple. Read the back issues.

  43. Madam Atom says:

    L Gore: One of those stories has been told.


  44. The Occupant says:

    Ah,a great meeting of two egos, of two wills. Who will prove the victor in this stunning match of wits?
    Tuesday can’t coem soon enough.

  45. Carapace says:

    Rueyeet- for the record, I’ve always though Jhalm was a more or less decent guy trying to do what he thinks is right. Good people trying to do right can be absolutely monstrous, and nearly unstoppable. And way more emotionally powerful than jerks being jerky.
    But I think he might just possibly be listening to Murai a little here, and I’d love so to see Jhalm pull off an unexpected heroic rescue…

  46. BunnyRock says:

    @Rhio2k why not both? We have already seen that being dead is not a huge handicap to your social life in hyena circles: you still get invited to some really great dinner parties.


  47. @BunnyRock Yeah, as the main course.

  48. Sondre says:

    Now, as for the soundtrack, I’d suggest today’s special, which is Battle Without Honor or Humanity. (You’ve all heard it before.)
    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsvwYU9K504&feature=youtube_gdata

  49. BunnyRock says:

    @Duck Whisperer: Hey, I fully expect to still be going to dinner parties log after I’m dead, thanks to the miracle of organ donation.

    admittedly, I’m a Baptist and so I think I’m supposed to believe in the physical resurrection at the end of times, Pure and incorruptible bodies ect ect. And if my actually week and mortal coil is going to be resurrected again organ donation would make things awkward, but I suppose people would just work around it: Like if you’ve ever gone home from a house party and found your wearing the wrong shoes and needed to find the owner and swap.

    Actually: how is any of that meant to work? Surely if everyone’s just raised from the grave heavens going to be a bit… ghoulish. I mean for most it’ll just be skeletons, but anyone who died 6-weeks to a few days before the whole business is going to spent eternity in a right sate. And what about people buried acidic soils? They’d just be a sentient phosphate signature for all eternity, like the skeleton shaped shadows in the sand and Sutton woo? I’m an osteoarchaeologist, i know this stuff. And what about all the molecules inn my body that were formerly parts of other people’s bodies? will I have to share them? If that’s true Heaven’s going to end up with everyone merged together in a huge mass of screaming limbs, which although I do associate that with the classic Judeo-Christian view of the afterlife, It’s not heaven I’d expect to find that in.

    No, clearly I’m reading this wrong *checks revelations* humm, still scant on detail. HOW pure and incorruptible e bodies? If everyone just made the way they were immediately prior to death? If so, heaves going to have a lot of OLD people. Admittedly, twenty years observing a Baptist church from the back row indicates they are the most enthusiastic with the singing and praising, so God may have an ulterior motive there, but still, even after all the people from counter or time periods with lower life expectancy even up the age ratios, it’s a bit unfair on those who did not die young and handsome to have those that did walking around. What If everyone’s the same? that’d be too spooky. Pick your own form? Would I be picking from a predefined set of archetypes or would there be some customisable content, like designing a WoW avatar? If I picked and changed my mind later on could I change the body alter? It says body so a completely non-corporeal afterlife is out. Is shape-shifting allowed? How do you define “body?” do my gut-flora count as part of my body or do I have to leave them behind. Okay, a lot of people wonder if pets are allowed in heaven, but what about my gut flora? I’ll miss them. I like my gut flora: they let me handle fibrous foods and I’ve only just finished naming them all (all the Gram-positive are Aerith and all the gram-negative ones are Bob: I may be borderline eccentric, but I’m not stupid enough to try and think of trillions of different names) Admittedly “pure and incorruptible bodies “ seems to imply “No one ever defecates” but it doesn’t come out and say it. And if so, what are the lavatories like? Am I allowed to put UV active dye in the soap and randomly harass people if the leave the lavatories without hands that glow under a dark light, or will that get me into trouble? Again? (I may like MY gut flora, but I have no desire to sample other people. Here’s a game for you to play at work. Wait until lunch and then look and see how close the nearest newspaper is your food. Then remember where that newspaper’s probably been. Good eating!)

  50. BunnyRock says:

    *Lagomorph guardian Angel/Muse/lares seeks gainful employment. Long and proud history of service, forced to seek new employer after former master suffered serious metal breakdown after reading a webcomic about wombats. Anyone suitable as new employer, so long as they haven’t actually named their gut-flora. Please Please help, I’m stuck with him under some strange sprit-bonding thing. Enquires on a post-card to El-ahriarant, PO Box 1, PPC headquarters, New Catalonia. Mary Sues need not enquire*