Comic 93 - Skirmish Line

18th Aug 2012, 10:10 PM
Skirmish Line
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Clef 18th Aug 2012, 10:10 PM edit delete
First segment with Kleeyo's battle with some of the Old Horde.

Uh oh...already had to pop her fire elemental cooldown!


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ArcticSirius 18th Aug 2012, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
hmm, if guarding is what shes doing and she's taking damage, than maybe she'll pop earth elemental totem after fire ele is gone?
happened once during our raid, off tank died at 10%, shaman popped earth ele and we did pretty well. despite 6/10n raiders dead at the end :\/
Gardia 18th Aug 2012, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
did she just thunderscrew those horde as a enhancement shaman?
the chain lightning i get with maelstrom stacks but....

Olania 19th Aug 2012, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
I had that same thought. "Fist weapons, spirit wolves... AND thunderstorm? My shammy doesn't get all that at once!"
Rokas 22nd Aug 2012, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
It's called 'dramatic license".
Daisybelle 19th Aug 2012, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Continuing the discussion from last week…
@ Seph
I’m of the same mind concerning the tauren and the Alliance; I’ve never understood why a race so noble and nature-loving would oppose the nelfs. The epiphany you’ve described is something I’ve always wanted to see – Tauren moving freely about in SW, IF and Darn, etc. If I’d known there was a petition to allow faction changes I’d have signed that myself.

Imagine the wider consequences. Cairne would probably still be alive. Magatha would persuade the Grimtotem to have stronger relations with the Horde in order to fight the Bloodhoof tauren. The tauren would most likely assist the nelfs to protect Ashenvale and Stonetalon Mountains. The Crossroads would probably be an Alliance outpost. The whole map would change. On the downside Cadistra and Kissless might not have met and become friends.

A tauren joining the Alliance was the basis for a story I had tried writing about my main. She shed her tauren name, Teak Wolfsalker, in favour of “Daisybelle” to spite her puritanical, narrow-minded father who was responsible for Teak being expelled from TB. He didn’t want her becoming an engineer, and was injured falling from TB’s zeppelin port when he tried to stop her travelling to Org to learn from Roxxik (prior to Cata there was no engineer trainer in TB). Teak got the blame and was cast out (though I was going to write that Baine suspected she was innocent). She caught a ride with the Darkmoon Faire caravan as far as Ratchet and worked as a waitress and dancer while learning engineering from Gazlowe. Hearing humans nickname her “Daisybelle” she asked her boss, Madame Screwsocket, what it meant. Having already endured too much shame to care, Teak changed her name to “Daisybelle Wolfstalker” knowing the effect it would have on her father. I was also going to write a quest where she had to gather the pollen of a rare flower in order to dye her hair blonde.

I had begun writing the story, incorporating all the Mulgore quests when Cata came and screwed me over by changing everything. I didn’t have the heart to start over from the beginning.

Sounds like you have some fans, including me, who *want* to see at least one picture of that alternative history! XD Even if it’s non-canon.

Today's fight sequence gets the heart racing! I like the rapid action movements of Kleeyo and her attackers, the lightning, the flying axes, and the flames. I also like the amusing moment where the fire elementals take the trolls by surprise from behind. Troll: "Huh?" Most of all I can feel Kleeyo's anguish; her emotional struggle as well as her physical one. Nice work!

(Oops, classic wall of text. Sorry everyone!)
Seph 20th Aug 2012, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Aw man! I didn't think about Cadistra and Kissless!! A universe where Cadistra and Kissless are not friends would be awful!!!
.....This requires more thinking and reflection.....

The Daisybelle story sounds like a nice story. If you ever think about posting the comic online, I would definitely read it. And I wouldn't about changing everything to fit the Cataclysm: I'm sure people would love a pre-Cataclym just as much as a Cataclysm story, if not more. :-)

Also, I want to congrats Clef on getting another comic on the Blizz comics page!!!! (although, I think they might have posted your real name as well, which I thought was a bit of a jerk move of them to do)

Here's the link:
Clef 21st Aug 2012, 2:22 AM edit delete reply
Oh, I'm sure Kissless and Cadistra would still find a way, if there was some sort of cosmic bond, i.e. The Argent Crusade!
Daisybelle 21st Aug 2012, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
...especially if the Argent Crusade provides Tim Horton's doughnuts and coffee to its members (I know I became addicted to them when I was in Canada)
Clef 22nd Aug 2012, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Dunno about doughnuts in Northrend, but you can always count on the beer being ice cold!
Daisybelle 22nd Aug 2012, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
I guess for Caddi and Kissless that would work too :

(Not me though; I don't drink)
Daisybelle 21st Aug 2012, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for the link to Clef's comics on the official Battlenet site. Thank goodness they *finally* acknowledged Clef's talents, S & K is a lot better than some other WoW comics I've read.

Thanks for your interest in my story idea. Here it is: (Hopefully it wont get deleted too soon) Cataclysm was released after I wrote chapter 4 of the story. I was always worried that the trolls (the grief sort, not the race) would put me off my writing but I guess that's a moot point now. I suppose I could continue writing using an approach that was far less detailed, and work from memory of the pre-Cata quests but it just wouldn't be the same. :(
Thisguy 19th Aug 2012, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
Congrats on getting into WoW comics again Clef.
This is a great fight sequence, excellent work!
ExPaladin 19th Aug 2012, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Well, at least the amani trolls will still be enemies in the future.

Kleeyo made the choice to stand her ground and defend Sara from the old Horde. She's gonna have to learn to live by her choices.
Crestlinger 20th Aug 2012, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Spells still working? Good Sign!
DarQuing 21st Aug 2012, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
I think what a lot of you are forgetting is that Thrall respected the honor and spirituality of the Tauren, and that was why he invited them into his Horde. And I think part of him hoped that his fellow orcs and any other groups that joined him would see that and seek to emulate the Tauren.
Daisybelle 21st Aug 2012, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Very good point! Thrall may even have pushed for an alliance with the Tauren regardless of some (old) orcs remembering a mysterious female shaman tauren attacking them at Southshore.
Clef 22nd Aug 2012, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
Thralls first impression of the tauren's sense of honor was what convinced him to help them out in the first place, however I think Cairne played a larger role in their actual teaming up. After the horde saved the tauren from the centaur and escorted them to Mulgore, he promised "our debt is one that can only be repaid in blood", meaning they would fight and die alongside each other form that point on.
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