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Reply       Seven Rain, September 30th, 2018, 7:44 am

I was torn on whether to show Renny's eyes open in-comic or keep them perpetually squinting, but I couldn't resist that expression.

As for Iza she'll get a more formal introduction soon! Her design still needed a lot of ironing out, which is part of what made this page take longer. (Though it's hardly an excuse for that long of a break.)

She was originally a completely different character, something more along the lines of Merle from Escaflowne, (and with a huge crush on Ixis.) This was reflected in a bit of dialogue between Ixal and Xellis that I later edited/retconned as her character was scrapped and replaced with her current form. She was just an overall useless character and a remnant of old-ass WOE writing. I like having the characters acknowledge Ixis being exceptionally cute but I don't want to give WOE any unnecessary harem anime flavorings, (though I couldn't help but keep Renny's teasing in despite the jealousy no longer being part of her actual character.)


Reply       sentiashinou, September 30th, 2018, 7:46 pm

For what it's worth, I like that you can see all of their eyes on the first page where all three of them show up together. :3

Reply       Seven Rain, September 30th, 2018, 9:14 pm

@sentiashinou: It really does help hammer home that they're related even before it's stated in-comic.

Reply       JoKeR, October 2nd, 2018, 3:08 pm

I know why Renny is my favourite of the side characters.


Reply       Redjive, October 5th, 2018, 8:19 am

Ah Renny. Never change.

Reply       Redjive, October 5th, 2018, 8:55 am

Now I know what this reminds me of!
Iza's armour looks a lot like some of the armour in that comic (which is a very very odd one), and the story has a bit of similarity as well, although not much. That's been bothering me for like three days (why this episode seemed so familiar) and now I know what it reminded me of

Reply       Seven Rain, October 5th, 2018, 10:22 am

@JoKeR: It's crazy how he was just gonna be a random background character. I dunno if I'll ever manage to work on a WOE sequel but him and his sisters have definitely solidified places in it if I do.

@Redjive: Interesting. I've heard of Drowtales, but never checked it out or tried reading it.

Reply       Redjive, October 5th, 2018, 8:09 pm

@Seven Rain
It's definitely... Interesting. It's heavily based in D&D lore, and assumes you have a bit of knowledge of the Underdark. I found it when I barely knew what D&D was (ah, the days of my youth), and hadn't the slightest bit of knowledge of any of the lore. The original DTales art is black and white (or at least it was when I first started it, I think I took a look at it last year and they had filled in the colour) and the dark skin tone of Iza combined with the menacing armour reminded me of... Actually she reminds of the one human chick who's in the arena.
(You'll know what I'm talking about if you read it)

Anyways the Underdark is a pretty horrible place, worse than The Outside, and they writers pulled very few punches in terms of censoring damn near anything. Some of this is amusing: anything involving Blueberry, for example, and in some cases a bit off putting; a character who is a pedo who keeps stalking one of the MCs, and also some Resident Evil level villainy-ness.

I'd give it a 4/5. Overall it's pretty good, as long as you keep track of major plot events.

Reply       Redjive, October 5th, 2018, 8:12 pm

Wait now Iza doesn't remind me of the hooman, she reminds me of whoever it is, the.... Queen or something, some sort of matriarch, can't remember the name or the proper title. THATS who I was thinking of.

Man now I really want to read DrowTales

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