why are the pikers guarding the gate? they would know if anyone was in the battlespace to attack, so is it just for show?
"troops manning defensive engines" what are those exactly? catapaults, boiling oil, magical defense's like those used to take out the RCC's air units?
Is there a mechanism for a sneak attack of some sort? Surely no side needs guards during its turn, we don't really know the mechanism or order of events for an attack. GK never had a gate before; if they're going to be leaving it open then guards may not be a bad idea. For all we know there are some more dangerous animals that could pop too; perhaps even a random (if ineffectual) barbarian attack could also occur?
A lot of things that militaries do are for show.
I think it's odd that everyone is assuming because of the words "ran smack into" that Parson didn't encounter the soft resistance expected. If I place a pile of pillows against a wall and charge into them, I'll run smack into them and stop cold. That doesn't mean I hit a hard surface, they're still pillows. He didn't "crash into it and hurt his face" or anything, and Maggie just told us that the boundary was soft... I think Rob would have been much more explicit if Parson ran into something less gentle than we'd just been told to expect.
That's my only beef artistically too, since I think Gentle made that same assumption and I don't think it's correct. Otherwise, fun drawing.
First just wanna say thank you to the compliments, it is always nice to hear. Secondly I wanted to explain the drawing a little. Nope, not a toof. Supposed to be spit, but combined with bad art and the image being resized to fit the page it really does kinda look like it doesn't it? Cloudbreaker, that is a interesting point. It is something that I never really thought of...who knows? I really expected Parson to have move...so who knows what else effects him. Hopefully we don't have to see our favorite protaganist stabbed to find out
The picture is guest art, and in no way can I speak for Rob Balder or Jamie Noguchi. Just a fan who got a very cool oppurtunity. I look foward to seeing the other artist that Rob picks, and what they do with their interpertations. That is a good word too...interpertations, I read what ya'll read, so I had no inside info. The troops thing kinda bothered me too, but I just drew what was read. They might be marching back in forth between the internal and external gates, or maybe they are protecting the courtyard from tunnel attacks while the sourmanders are on look out? That or 32 troops wanted a place to hideout from their officers and are the look out for a rear sneak attack. I would be doing the latter
I chose to draw Parsons reaction to the boundry that way, 'cause it is silly. Same for the basket. Also he took determined strides towards it, bravado in the face of certain embarrasement. Rob didn't descirbe Parson as moving slowly and cautiously. I'm a klutz and I walk into stuff all the time, and even if the obstacle isn't exactly hard I'm sure I have a redunculus expression on my face, even though I'm not hurt.
This was fun. I am very happy that I was asked to do a piece. I've been following webcomics for awhile now, and very few and far between does the creator let the fan base participate. How awesome is this? Welp, I will get off my soap box, I hope I helped the titans and entertained ya'll for a bit. Thanks for being open minded and not blasting the fragile ego of an artist.
Oops, my mistake. I did enjoy your depiction of the scene though.
That's kinda my point. That would just as aptly describe running fast into a firm barrier with 10cm/4" of soft padding on it. There's no reason to assume the hex boundary affected parson differently than it would have affected anyone else.
"And ran smack into the foam mattress, stopping cold"
Does this imply the mattress is hard?
Second, it wasn't Gobwin Knob's turn, so nobody had move. If this were the case, you'd think Maggie or Sizemore would mention it--but they might not realize Parson is lacking this fundamental aspect of Erf, and assume the Warlord knows something they don't. If they just wait for another turn--Parson could try again.
Third--it could be because Stanley ordered Parson to do things inside Gobwin Knob (as mentioned later). It may be possible for Parson to shirk his duties, but impossible to directly disobey by leaving. We know from earlier orders--"you will laugh at all my jokes--" that Parson is incapable of disobeying a direct order. The line felt dangerous, and disobedience would certainly be dangerous. Parson could probably convince Stanley to order him out of the city. It would certainly be worth a turn of increased production to figure out what Parson's abilities are.