Ah, Pablo, we can always count on you to ruin family moments… 😀
Yes, like most folks who rely on irony and humor, Pablo seems to have a serious, self-reflective side. I wasn’t sure how this page would come across to the audience, or even if it’s funny…. but ultimately it doesn’t matter because it’s just Pablo being Pablo.
And as long as he keeps rustlin’ up that good grub, he can ponder life’s mysteries all he wants! 🙂
That’s probably one of the benefits if being undead, granted you also still have your free will (which is not the case for all undeads). Drawback : you get to see all your loved ones eventually die, no matter the cause of death. Then again, that’s also the advantage and drawback of being immortal in general…
Speaking of which, i remember long ago Tony mentionning that various places in america have their specialty, one in particular being the land of the undead. Is there a Necrostone to do that and balance out Pablo’s Gravestone, by any chance ? :p
This will be explored. In fact it must be explored because as it stands now, none of the characters can die. I considered killing Jon in this volume, but I didn’t because he could have simply been resurrected with the Gravestone. This can lead to a ridiculous scenario where dead characters are resurrected as needed. For example, Cole is the only survivor of her family and she carries their skulls (and/or bodies) for advice and help. Just put the Gravestone on whomever is needed for a particular situation. Actually that sounds kind of cool (ha ha ha) but it’s not the story I want to tell.
The Gravestone needs to be dealt with and I think a “necro-stone” or land of the undead might be a start. 🙂
Actually, the Gravestone user already has a weakness that has been shown : his stoner energies are constantly drained and as a result, in a battle, he cannot afford to overuse his stoner abilities and run out of energy or the Gravestone too will stop working.
I was thinking of something else when I was thinking of the Necrostone (or whatever) balancing out the Gravestone. It’s more like Agent Smith being “The Many” balancing Neo as “The One”, but for undead-related overstones, as we already got the Endstone balancing out the Banestone. The Gravestone only summons one person and needs to be rocked constantly whichs drains the user, but the undead retains his/her free will and full agility and abilities (stoner abilities too).
Its opposite would allow its user to summon an army of undeads by being used during a single instant, much like the Toadstone, but the summonned undead creatures would loose their personality and free will, and would keep a psychic link with their summonner to recieve orders. Keeping this link active would cost nothing to the user, only changing it by adding new undeads would, meaning that a single stoner with this overstone could conquer a whole kingdom in a single night and keep it under his control. However, the undeads are not as agile, loose their special abilities and can’t use overstone themselves. Also, the user has to be nearby to create new undeads, which means that while he can keep his kingdom under control, expanding it further will be difficult once it has reached a certain size.
That’s my idea anyway, it does not have to be the truth :p
I’ve actually been thinking of something along these lines, but with a twist of course. Hopefully I have the time to make it happen.
Pablo, better stop thinking like that.
The last skeletons that did something like that realised they should not be able to talk or stand and just fell appart.
Wait. That’s sounds familiar. What was that from?
I think there’s a lesson in there for all of us. 🙂
Yeah, like “don’t rise philosophers as your skeleton army” ? 😀
Iunno, Undead Socrates would be a quite interesting character:
“But what is undeath?”
“It’s a state between death and life.”
“And what is life?”
“It’s the opposite of death.”
“And what is dea-“*gets shot by annoyed necromancer*
Wait, “the gods”? What sort of gods do they worship in – wait, what do they call world, for that matter?
Actually yes, gods have been alluded to in past installments. 🙂
Herrik is a priest of the god Alvik. Pablo seems to worship him too. An image of Alvik can be found here: http://endstone.net/comic/issue-3-webpage-37/
Kyri’s nunja covenant worships the god Zykron and her tribe worships the mother of all deer, nature goddess Vale. I haven’t shown Zykron yet, but Vale is the deer skull tattoo on Kyri’s back.
Originally, religion played an important part of the character’s lives but I seem to have strayed a bit from that. It’s something I want to develop more in future stories.
Now that i think of it, Jon has his memories form the modern world. i cannot imagine he wouldn’t try to reclaim at least some of the technology.
Sure, he’s not a nerd be he could try windmills and rudimentary steam machines.
Curious he makes no mention of it.
Good point. 🙂 And absolutely Jon should be tinkering on things like windmills (sounds like a Don Quixote metaphor, lol).
However there just isn’t enough time. This is the second to the last Endstone page so things are wrapping up. Jon the tinkerer will have to wait for another story. 🙂
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