June 14th, 2015, 3:58 pm

vol1_ch03_p89

Ragu feels she isn't being a responsible barbarian keeper.

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June 14th, 2015, 4:01 pm

These guys are back for now. Even though Zenwu and Uene spoke the same language they didn't really communicate. Ruiso on the other hand doesn't have a problem with getting his meaning across :P

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June 15th, 2015, 3:15 pm

Omg XDDD this scene is both hilarious, adorable... and totally unexpected XD
poor Ruiso! I can't help but be endeared by the fact that he tries so hard not to eat those snacks from the plate.

btw. I can't get over how... chill he is about the fact he's being enslaved, his father propably dead...it's almost uncanny XD All we see from him is the mix of sarcastic, curious and confused. Boy, shouldn't you be a bit more scared about your overall well-being? xD

By the way...I've read your noter about the culture of your world, and it made me wonder...will you touch a topic of incest in this comic? I think it would he extremly intereting in the context of their social structures.

EDIT: Also, Ruiso's and Ragu's expression...lol! Especially Ragu! This was my face when I've realised I didn't feed my tamagochi for the past 12 hours.

June 16th, 2015, 2:21 pm

@Fangirl

We wanted to give Zenwu some space so he can ponder his predicament in peace ;-)

Someone has already commented on Ruiso's calmness before, on devart I think, and I remember giving them this sort of misleading answer that Ruiso is zodiacal cart... as it's supposed to explain anything to anyone, since we're not really planning on publishing the zodiac we made for the world as a form of a character development experiment. Anyway. Ruiso is not to focal point of these scenes and they are not from his perspective so we don't want to explore his thoughts here too much. There will be a scene about it later and we hope it will clarify his behaviour.

As to incest it is not legal in Huzsa. I'm not sure if it will really come up in the comic proper, but I might explain it more when I finally sit down to make a proper file about the Huzsan legal system. I sort of have a draft, but it's very chaotic. I need to organize all the ideas I have for it, maybe I'll have some time for the legal file and for many other cultural files in the summer. (wishful thinking XD)
Basically the family unit is built on blood relations not procreation. Of course like with all illegal things it does happen. It is, however, far more common in the Empire, especially among some ruling classes there which interbreed heavily not to dilute their precious aristocratic blood.

June 17th, 2015, 11:17 am

I see. That's more clear cut stance, that I've expected, but the more I think about this, the more obvious it becomes to me, that just because mother's brother potentialy holds bigger role as a parental figure to her own children than their own father, aka is more of an valuable partner and helping hand to his own sister than her "bonded mate", doesn't automatically cause the incest relationships to be glorified in this system.

All in all it is a very interesting social construct to explore. I don't know if you plan, or even want to show that in the comic- as it is now, the plot doesn't neccessarily have to emphasize the world-build too much, and may go in a very unexpected direction- I enjoy the focus on mischievious teenagers and their life so far. It gives the whole comic nice, light-hearted note, but definitely leaves the room for heavier stuff. But it would be lovely to somehow incorporate both the good sides of this system and the social and emotional problems, that derive from it into the conflict between characters (For example, since bonded mate is only relatively new concept in these societies, I can't imagine there weren't fathers here and there, who felt sad over being alienated from their children with no one to awknowledge their worries. And other stuff.)

Btw. feel free to ignore the parts of my comments that if answered, would force you to reveal some parts of the plot.

June 21st, 2015, 6:28 am

@Fangirl

Sorry for taking a while to answer your comment. It's both due to general reasons like a hard time at work and well I had to consult what to write with Joolita.

The thing is that although we have an outline for the whole story with its ending and all, the detailed script goes just a few chapters ahead. Farther then that we have a few quite well thought through moments but many more that will need work. Basically we want to include the world building as much as we can without changing the comic into a boring lecture on a fictional culture (these will be made available in the culture section).

As to a father being alienated it depends on how the mother went about getting the child. And this issue will show up in the comic as we will explore the family situations of the characters. There is also the subject of the place of sex and procreation in the dominant religion of the region, which we also plan to analyse in future scenes.

June 21st, 2015, 1:02 pm

No problem, we all have priorities in our life. I'm very glad you've answered it anyway.

All in all this comic and it's lore has so much potential. I'm eagerly waiting for the next pages to shop up, and really cheering on you both. Keep up the good work!

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