Pt. 1 Ch. 8 - Page 12

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MistakeNPotatoes
29th Mar 2017, 10:30 AM

It's really hard to consistently keep up the harsh shading, my goodness :D

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sigpig
29th Mar 2017, 10:38 AM

Wow. We ALMOST got Jaunt's back story there. If he fulfills his purpose, why does he believe that he will meet a violent end? It could be as simple as Yog-Sothoth causing him to cease to exist...

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:03 PM

Yeah, whoops! XD Almost!

He probably feels this way because of how small he is in the scheme of things. As others have pointed out, he's basically an instrument and can easily be discarded as soon as he's no longer needed.

Or it's intended that he's broken from his use.

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Microraptor
29th Mar 2017, 11:12 AM

How rude, you don't just ask eldritch creatures about their age!
(Though perhaps Hugh just wants to know how many candles to buy for Jaunt's birthday cake?)

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:03 PM

Yeah, Hugh, JEEZ!

(Honestly knowing him that's probably accurate)

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Mr. Casual
29th Mar 2017, 11:38 AM

Okay, so I've been riding along for a little over two months, now, and I just really have to pipe up that this is a great comic. :)

You really blend an artful story where practically _everyone_ is a protagonist of some sort. It's quite interesting.

Of course, it helps that I love almost anything to do with the Mythos, heh.

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Mgnostic
29th Mar 2017, 1:53 PM

Gotta agree with Mr Casual. I'm sure it is more work in the writing department but developing the character of Jaunt and Hugh really helps to fill out the story and give it depth. Jaunt seems to have a high level of intelligence and self awareness. It must have been quite a shock waking up to that level of sentience.

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:06 PM

@Mgnostic: I like having these two talk because Hugh isn't socially mal-adjusted and serious like Jack is so they can speak more casually.

Jaunt is just as curious about his situation and sentience as Hugh is, and if we're going off of years of sentience he's VERY YOUNG compared to Hugh, but when it's Yoggers giving you your smarts you probably will end up with more than you really need, heh :)

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:04 PM

Oh man, thank you so much!

I'm glad that everyone is coming across as a protag, that's really the intention, but I am worried that people might stop liking me when the protags clash :'D

It also means a lot to me that you're a fan of the mythos and that you still like the comic, too, so thank you a bunch!

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Belhizef
29th Mar 2017, 1:02 PM

I really appreciate the fact that Jaunt, despite being the evil agent off the aldritch forces still takes time to talk and share thoughts with him underling - who would usually be percieved as cannon fodder. It's really hard to see Jaunt as an evil beast. Good job, dear author! :D

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:07 PM

It's part of him trying to be an effective leader in a low-morale situation :)

I'm glad that it's coming together and being read as I intended, thank you for the affirmation!

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MadJak91
29th Mar 2017, 3:53 PM

I see. So Jaunt knows he is just serving his purpose just as anyone else really. You can wonder but your mind is probably too primitive to understand those much higher beings with unlimited life and time to do anything they want. Kind of the opposite of humans who prefer to think they have everything firmly in their hands. Not that most of them believe in those gods or other creatures like Jaunt.
A way as good as any. Still, I feel like Jaunt will defy the "law" in the future. Maybe that is the "unfortunate end" he fears without knowing.

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:20 PM

We'll see if he can manage to break the mold :) Again, maybe he's not intended to die for his servitude, but only Yog Sothoth knows, because it has already happened.

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That Guy Over There
30th Mar 2017, 3:30 AM

I actually considered asking Jaunt about what he thought about Yog's plans, and whether he had a fear of what could happen to him once he reaches the end of his usefullness. I'm glad to have gotten the answer without having had to ask. Still, I can't help but feel bad for the guy: Yog's plans are of such a scale that (at least in Lovecraft's works) the extinction of mankind is more or less just "collateral damage", like an ant hill that had to be demolished for a building to be built. I doubt Jaunt relishes the thought of what his own personal value is in the eyes of someone who views the extinction of entire sapient races as "acceptable losses".

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:22 PM

I'm glad that I'm answering questions people want without them having to ask it manually! :D I hope I can get to the point some day where there are too many questions for me to answer, but I'm comfortable where I am where my fanbase is small enough where I can talk to everyone at a personal level. It's nice.

And you've got it pretty much right. Everything and everyone to Yog Sothoth is a tool, or an object in motion that it has already observed yet knows before it is formed. Just try to wrap your head around a being that sees all of time at once. That is just craziness to me :)

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el848484
30th Mar 2017, 8:08 AM

First off all, thanks for making this comic. I never read Lovecraft, so I like it in its own right.
Second, did Jaunt maybe mean "obscure?"

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:25 PM

Ah, thank you for reading it! That's the reason I make it, for it to be read :D

I'm glad you can enjoy it despite a lack of knowledge of Lovecraft's mythos, I hope it encourages you to read the real thing some time, as that is another goal of mine :)

And in this case, no, though obscure would also work! Obtuse is being used here in terms of something being difficult to understand.

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Bob Mozark
30th Mar 2017, 9:26 AM

Another aspect of the special nature of Hugh. People (and I am using that term loosely) feel safe letting their guard down around him. I know that Jaunt would not be so pensive around any of his other associates.

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Mar 2017, 12:26 PM

I think you're right!

Hugh definitely brings down people's guard, socially, since he's empathetic and very good at listening, with a decent amount of smarts to complement it.

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StripeyArse
9th Apr 2017, 6:03 AM

Can't change what you can't change...
That's a remarkably healthy outlook. But then I suppose when you're part of the group that tends towards driving humans a little bit mad; maybe they go mad because they want to try so hard to affect their outcomes.

Or would Cthulu drive *everyone* mad...or are the deep ones protected after a fashion being as they're the playthings of another elder god?

And where do shamblers (especially well dressed ones) rate on this? Being aware would our protagonist be of the "mind" to go mad or is he "immune" or atleast "Resistant" to that being not-of-this-dimension?

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MistakeNPotatoes
23rd May 2017, 9:46 AM

I honestly don't know how I missed this comment, I'm so sorry :(

To answer your question, I don't really think that the deep ones would be driven mad. I think with C'thulhu, it's not so much that it has the ability to make people go insane just by looking at it, more that they go insane because they're trying to figure out how to rationalize how something like this exists.

Shamblers, at least in my story, are pretty much pests that stick to their own dimension and location, only leaving to snatch prey from other worlds, so I don't think they really factor in, much, in the long run :)

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Memoria Caelestie
21st May 2017, 4:35 PM

this conversation is super ominous huh. oh gosh....

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MistakeNPotatoes
23rd May 2017, 9:46 AM

I'm glad you caught on :)

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Taily
9th Jun 2017, 11:11 AM

Honestly not knowing what your lifespan is supposed to be is a freaking harrowing prospect, but also this explains why Jaunt seems to just LIVE IN THE MOMENT ALWAYS, BECAUSE HE COULD DIE AT LITERALLY ANY TIME

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MistakeNPotatoes
9th Jun 2017, 11:14 AM

Yeeeep - when you know the purpose of your life is a tool to discover something that an elder god already knows, you kinda just have to roll with it, right?

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