So I took a look at the card game. It’s got a pretty neat mechanic - tiles (cards) are placed in a grid, and interact with adjacent cards. It would be interesting to try it out, though I’m not convinced it would be particularly long-lived. I kind of feel there should be a variant with triangular tiles given the setting.
Back in the comic… hurt/comfort turns into despairing breakdown. I’m not sure about what’s being done re: disability tropes with Chou here.
Another weird traditional rule: only single-lens optics ever. Implying telescopes are right out. What don’t they want people to see?
Apparently there’s a conspiracy to prevent people knowing tea is grown as a plant? Bwuh? Hm… all will surely be explained… so the witches are using tea money to fund an expedition to harvest ‘deifica’ and cause a spread of religion, as part of the witch-alchemist power struggle? I think deifica came up before in the context of Uni getting pissed on by the unicorn, as a plant that causes religious experiences.
And now, it’s time to learn a bit more about the Weakness. The caption says “The Air No Longer Nourishes” and it sounds to me like it’s some kind of physics-incompatibility between the outsider Humans and the triangle-based physics of Tryslmaistan.
There’s a side story where Redcloak and Fodderman go on a monster-slaying expedition and fight a big crystal monster. it’s p gay imo. Simple story but it’s pretty good and I can see JDR was itching to experiment with colour again? And there is a suggestion that teleportation is possible in this setting at the end…
Lupiko and Chou are rescued from the Weakness by a mysterious Alchemist with a beard. He says it took him a long time to find them, but now he’ll watch them, ‘whatever the risk’. Did we ever establish who Lupiko’s dad was?
Cut to someone completely different, and a glimpse of a weird triangular chess game called Taasen that I saw linked from the main page of the site. I don’t think we’ve met this bald rat-owning person before. He appears to be a toymaker and he ends up hosting Lupiko and Chou. His name turns out to be Wai Wai, and I think we’ve seen his toyshop on the map before. And he may be some kind of spymaster as well as a toymaker!?
…the ‘best agent’ turns out to be Beardy Alchemist. Beardy Alchemist is using a broomstick to escape in blatant violation of the treaty!
Chou becomes friends with a local girl called Lili, and Lupiko meets up with a local mum. The relationships between local parents are something that I don’t often see approached in webcomics so this is interesting… for some reason (possibly something Wiccan) Chou and the local girl are spending a lot of time naked though which is kinda weird.
In an AU strip, KaiWai gets a dream about a collapsing plate. Prophetic?
WaiWai was a witch once and is now inventing stuff. He kind of implies that Lupiko’s mistake was not inventing stuff so much as not framing it as a ‘tradition’.
In fact you know what? Let’s call it on this post and make a post all about Taasen.