Digger
September 21st, 2010

Digger

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  1. Valerian says:

    First! 🙂 I want the tension to be over, but not the story! *bites fingersnails to the quick*

  2. Chris W. says:

    Oh, frak off, Sweetgrass Voice! Anytime you channel Janosz Poha from “Ghostbusters II,” you’re automatically on the losing side!

    (Sorry, I tend to get swept up, a bit…)

  3. Jack Munroe says:

    “Don’t be a Monday morning quarterback, Ed. Just jump on the barely living god’s artificially beating heart and let a wombat think”

  4. Phil says:

    Wow, Sweet Grass looks so gleeful.

  5. Sage says:

    “I didn’t fail. I just found 2000 ways not to kill a god. And then I died. So… yeah, I guess I did fail. Man. I really should’ve listened to that slug.”

  6. Rhio2k says:

    Hah! Digger just pulled a “Plan A or Plan B, Krillin!!*” move on Ed.

    *Dragonball Abridged

  7. JewelWolf says:

    Wow. What’s got SGV’s pants filled with crawdads?

  8. Mani says:

    Well, it’s kind of an embodiment/elemental force of pants-filled-with-crawdadness, and other bad things, no?

    Hm. I wonder what (if any) SGV’s plans are re: He-Is, after (assuming) SGV gets free.

    More immediately – I wonder if and when Jhalm and his army of men equipped with swords that can cut shadows show up (also the last group of people to successfully deal with the servants).

  9. The_Rippy_One says:

    Here goes, better throw my hand in/Wish him happy landin’/All he’s gotta do is JUMP!

  10. Hawk says:

    Somehow, something as cheerful as that song from Aladdin doesn’t quite jibe with the scene here. Though I agree the lyrics fit XD

    But I’ve now got an answer for how to get closer to (a) god’s heart…

    “Eh, just jump on it from a ledge. Bring a crowbar, though.”

    I’m sure I will completely bamboozle anyone I say this to. But the best part is, they’ll shut up about theology and go away!

    Unless they are actually people of quality in which case they’ll totally get it, because they too will read Digger! (see what I did there)

  11. Madam Atom says:

    Panel 2 is just awesome. How does a barely-there shadow-face look smug? Wow.

  12. Karyl says:

    Ok, Ed–you’re just going to have to suck it up and go for it. You too can be a hero! 🙂 Digger will get your back, as soon as she’s taken SGV down a peg.

  13. gwennan says:

    No plan ever survives contact with the enemy. Now to keep from holding my breath until Thursday!! (Blue is NOT my color….)

  14. Gdawg says:

    Yes! Finally up to date! So far looks awesome.

  15. L Gore says:

    Just a thought: what if SGV WANTS Digger to concentrate on the heart and forget about the liver?

  16. Hunter says:

    Yeah, NOW she thinks she’s in trouble.

  17. motub says:

    Yeah, right…..OK, I admit that at first I too was a bit intimidated/cowed by this “noble” monologuing by SGV. That was the first sentence.

    Then he blew it.

    As soon as he painted this moderately ridiculous image of throwing a WOMBAT to her death IN A CAVE UNDERGROUND (in her own natural habitat, in other words), whereupon HER NEIGHBORS (the other creatures who live in the caves that a wombat lives and moves in) WILL EAT HER UP.

    Yeah, right.

    Not that I think Digger is SuperWombat, or anything, or that wombats can’t die, or that things might not go horribly, horribly wrong somehow and disaster ensue.

    But it just struck me how little SGV knows of or understands “dirt rats” in general or Digger in particular that it would have chosen the least threatening threat that it could have possibly come up with.

    Thrown (fallen) to one’s death in a cave? Sure, it can happen, but surely a wombat lives with that understanding every minute of every day, and Digger isn’t named Digger because she… oh, cooks, you know. This is not scary as such. And of course if one falls and dies/is mortally wounded, things will probably eat you. First of all, if you’re dead, you probably don’t care. If you’re dying, well, it would likely make the process even more unpleasant, but … you’re dying anyway .

    This is not the tack to take to terrorize Digger into whatever reckless and defenseless state SGV is trying to engender. All to the good, of course, but a bit surprising that SGV is such a one-trick pony. One small step to the left of his assumptions about what you want/don’t want, and he’s got nothing on you at all.

  18. Alondro says:

    *gets the ultimate weapon from Tiny Toons… Elmyra* Ooooooooo! a dragon-snakey! He’s cuuuuuute! I’m gonna hug him and squeeze him and perform laboratory experiments on him! Tee-hee-hee!

    *SGV screams like a little girl and runs… errr.. slithers (?) away in terror*

    ;3

  19. mouse says:

    i was just wondering if the plan Ed sees flaws in is Digger’s, or SGV’s….

  20. perfesserbear says:

    Continuing motub’s meme:

    “Oh please Br’er Fox, whatever you do, please don’t throw me into the briar patch…”

    –Perfesser

  21. Takwin says:

    These cliffhangers are killing me! It really looks like SGV is going to eat Digger.

  22. Tindi says:

    The one problem with the thought that the things in the underground won’t eat Digger is that it assumes that the things in this cave are normal. I’m pretty sure there probably are things that would eat a wombat down there. This is not a happy cave. Not that I’m saying it’ll happen, and that you’re not right about Digger being able to handle it.

    And mouse, I had the exact same thought. 😛

  23. AlpineBob says:

    Tindi, the way I read it, motub is NOT saying that Digger can’t be thrown from a ledge and eaten by creepy crawlies. He’s saying that it is about the most common way a wombat might die and thus is not especially scary. Not that she wants to die or isn’t hoping to avoid that experience for a while longer, but when you try to kill a god defended by creatures of darkness, you understand that there are certain risks involved.
    Threaten her with eternal pain from being stuffed in the left ventricle of a god’s heart and she might at least grimace a bit as she goes about her business…
    Then again, that WOULD be a briar patch she could get her claws into! I’m not sure what a good threat would be, in the face of her determination to do what must be done.

  24. slywlf says:

    OK, Digger is at position 24 in the official web ratings, and #1 in nerve-wracking in My ratings :-O

  25. awhyzip says:

    @motub, I see where you are going with this, but you’re confusing one type of “underground” with another. Wombats generally live in tunnels they dig, not in caves. In a tunnel, falling to your death seems unlikely (because the space is dug out, it’s probably not going to contain giant drop-offs).

    Being crushed, or trapped in a cave-in/tunnel-collapse are common dangers. Falling off a tall ledge (regardless of whether it’s deep underground or high up a mountain) probably isn’t a common danger to wombats — despite the wicked glee Digger takes in making this distinction at https://diggercomic.com/?p=859.

    Digger should be habituated to the irrational fear of being deep underground. Luckily for her, she’s also a tough individual, who can keep functional under the stress of rational fears, too!

    I think that she doesn’t consider SweetGrassVoice’s threats to be dangerous, so she’s not fearful of him. She said as much, that she considers him powerless. All she needs to do with regards this threat is not let SGV’s bluster slow her & Ed down enough that the Cold Servants catch up to them. Not slowing Ed down is the hard part, so far!

  26. motub says:

    @AlpineBob: You got it. After all, all SGV can do is try to scare Digger and Ed; throw them off their mental balance so that they will make some mistake that will open an opportunity for the bad guys to get them. SGV himself can’t physically do anything to stop them. He can only try to make them stop themselves, either until his minions can get into position to do something more substantive, or maybe just make them run away of their own accord. My point was, as you noted, that if he was trying to scare Digger, he chose a “fearscape” that is so well-known to any wombat, that it’s not likely to throw her off her stride in the least.

    But now that I think of it, are all the Cold Servants on a coffee break or something? Why is SGV forced to attempt a stall tactic?

  27. TekServer says:

    Now if he (it?) really wanted to scare the wits out of Digger, SGV should have threatened to turn her into a bird – perhaps a duck, or even a swan! – that is immortal, and cursed so that it could never land. Thus Digger would spend eternity in the sky!

    Not that SGV has the power to do that, of course; but that’s definitely the kind of threat that would give a wombat (and probably BunnyRock, too) nightmares …

    😉

  28. rueyeet says:

    Hey, some of those “crawling things that live in the dark” are Digger’s buds. ….or at least will be very, very careful when they skin her corpse. O_O

  29. Lissy says:

    Didn’t anyone catch the “share a tomb with a living god” line? That’s the part that weirds me out.

  30. BunnyRock says:

    @TeKServer: thank you Tek. You will be receiving the bill from my therapist in the post.

    @Tindi: “This is not a happy cave.” No, I’m with you on that one Tindi. I doubt anything that spends it’s time scuttleing about the bottom of a dead gods tomb will be particularly kind to wombats. I, however, read that threat as one to defile a corps I.E. I will throw you from the ledge (which will kill you) and then the little scuttley buggers will eat you.

    SGV seems to be the sort who would take an inordinate about of pleasure in telling someone they were going to be eaten alive, so I take the absence here to be a threat to her mortal remains, not her living body, but that’s just the way I’m reading it. Icky, and humiliating, but not an actual death-tread more sort of a post-mortem degrading/disrespect.

    I feel sorry for the aforementioned crawling things though: I can’t imagine SGV presence would be conducive to a stable mental bearing, Wombat remains but be few and far between, and just because you’re a necrophageus scavenger doesn’t make you necessarily bad: look at the Shadowchild, born in a dead bird, but as as Digger said “A mite to talkative for a blowfly”.

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