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August 18th, 2017

August 18th, 2017 published on 64 Comments on August 18th, 2017

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  • I appreciate that you’re not taking this opportunity to kill a bunch of redshirts. ^_^

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Hey, you’re gonna stain your glasses ver’

    • Jeff Eppenbach

      They’re only decorative. For her hot librarian look.

  • Of course, you haven’t located the ring leader yet. Now, wonder where he might be?

    • Maria Gerasimova

      You mean Lux?
      I think he’s just near the Anchor, “where nothing currently is” and where we last saw him.

      I wonder what are going to do wizards-protectors when they come to the Anchor and meet Lux there…

      • I thought that the ringleader would go to the centre of power, once the party were safely out of the way. And as for the wizards, well, someone already mentioned red shirts. It just isn’t their day, is it?

        • Euodiachloris

          Ag, shame. Poor things. (I have very little sympathy, considering how deflated Sid looked, there, after trying to deal with them.)

      • MoeLane

        Don’t you mean “what wizards-protectors are going to do” ….*ohhhh*. ISWYDT

        • Maria Gerasimova

          Yeah, sorry :)
          ‘T’s an inversion of word order, characteristic for the phraising in Russian. Sometimes :)
          Not noticed :)

          • MoeLane

            No, no, NO. Never explain! If you get a laugh and an appreciative “Well done,” remember: you *always* meant to do that! :)

            Seriously, that is half of the secret of being witty.

            • Maria Gerasimova

              I’ll remember :D

          • non_canon

            And in English if you say X is going to do Y, it’s slang for being physically intimate with them.

            • AJ

              (Thanks for the Cliff’s Notes. I was perplexed.)

            • Maria Gerasimova

              Oh.
              Then it really made some appropriate calamboure… Almost :)
              Taking into consideration Lux’s influence, rather relevant :)
              Now I see :)

      • Tikatu

        Not so sure about that. He’s probably found Acedia by now; she’s very much on his side and she knows where Eddie’s farm is. If Lux gathers up Gula (who is very strong and more than a match for Eddie), he can easily take the farm. Plus, Nora and Florrie are there, both of whom worked to foil the Sins’ plans. Revenge, anyone?

        • Emily

          If they go after the farm, I suspect they’ll find more than they bargained for. Cat seems like she would be a formidable adversary, especially in defense of her home and family.

          • Euodiachloris

            And, never bet against the puppies. But, more importantly… don’t bet against a mum defending her puppies. Goes for the kids and the dogs. ;)

        • Maria Gerasimova

          And why to go to the farm?
          Thus far Lux has a clear task – to get Anchor and therefore to get greatest power.
          This task isn’t lost yet. So he has not to revenge whatever it is, he has to be near the Anchor and fight Mal.
          And sisters Barber… There is plenty of! Everywhere :)

          (And there were sometime ago some hypotheses among commentariat, about of who he can be now among mortal people.)

        • Shee Soon Theng

          Butler Gula’s had enough of being a starving lackey. If the all you can eat buffet had been invented by this time period, that’s where he’d be.

  • Maria Gerasimova

    It’s gratifying to see Vee really loves her cousin :)

    • non_canon

      I’m getting so many feels from the cousins this page, from the way they’re standing mirroring each other to the way Verity immediately picks up on Ben’s mood and goes into protective mode. And then Ben’s reply of “nothing important” in this context is just painful to see. I am still hoping we get to see reactions from her and Wolfe about the way Ben defeated Pride.

      • Emily

        Vee may be self-absorbed most of the time, but she definitely has protective-big-cousin radar where Ben is concerned. It’s one of my favorite things about her.

  • MoeLane

    …Clever GM. :)

  • Greenwood Goat

    Well, I decided to finish the parody of The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt. It doesn’t really pace with the action, (I really wanted to put another verse between verses two and three, and move the confrontation with Mal to a later verse), I missed a verse out, and some of the metre in the original was a bit awkward, and I have jinked it in places. However, “college” can be substituted fairly freely for “university” in common noun usage. Enjoy!

    “Will you walk into my college?” said the Deadly Sin of Pride,
    “With the finest little lobby, and its corridors so wide,
    The walls within the college do many pictures bear,
    Of many notables to admire – you could be there!”

    “Oh yes, yes,” said the lofty Vee, “not meaning to be vain,
    But I should be up on those walls, and ne’er come down again.”

    “I’m sure you must be skilful, dears, to do and not have died,
    Won’t you pat each other on the back?” said the Deadly Sin of Pride,
    “O Wolfe, you are a paragon, your friends are full of win,
    We must frame your accomplishments, I’m eager to begin!”

    “Oh, no way,” said Wolfe, Ben and Sid, “We’re hardly perfect, see.”
    “I’m… selfish?” “I’m a bureaucrat.” “And I failed my degree!”

    Said the frantic Sin of Pride to them, “You pests! What did I do,
    To merit this disruption that has all been caused by you?!
    I have here in Miss Cunningham a store of all I need,
    You never will dislodge us ‘fore I come and make you bleed!”

    “Oh, damn it,” sniffy Vee declared, “your friendships rankle me-”
    And O’Malley and the Anchor was the next thing Pride did see.

    “You beggar!” Sin of Pride said, “You’re shitty, and despise-
    How haggard is your dirty face; how bloodshot are your eyes!
    I have a little mirror-shard I brought along by stealth,
    And if I hold it up here, now, you’ll see your shameful self!”

    “Oh, up yours, bloody sin,” said Mal, “I cannot bear the sight!
    It always hurts to see myself because I shine so bright!!”

    Then Pride strode out across the floor and cunningly did sing,
    “Now listen, listen Harriet – hold off desummoning!
    You have a chance for fame now – it’s your time to get ahead,
    You only need to clear the ground and make O’Malley dead!”

    “I’ll pass, I’ll pass,” she said, and soon the Deadly Sin of Pride,
    Did hear her Latin banishing words come chanting at its side,
    With drooping wings it tried in vain, as failure nearer drew,
    Having only its tacky, gaudy plumes of red and purple hue,
    Having only its loud, crested head – the chant did end at last,
    Down came the might of Widdershins and fiercely held it fast,
    Mal forced it down, out of this plane, back to its hellish den,
    And then closed the way behind it so it ne’er came back again!

    And now you Widdershinners, who may this story read,
    To clever, prideful, flattering birds you’d better not give heed,
    Ignore that strutting peacock and its tacky, gaudy hide,
    And pray remember how we beat the Deadly Sin of Pride.

    >:=)>

    • Greenwood Goat

      Let’s see if this one stays up. Disqus’s spam trap can be perverse, and often strikes after the fact. I’ve left the link to the original poem out in case that was what triggered it. >X=p>

      • that’s weird! it was up for a few hours there before it deleted it :/ i’ll keep an eye on it, sorry about that!

      • AJ

        It’s also HUGE, and could thus possibly be flagged for being one of those horrible rambling “does this almost make sense?” spam posts?

        • Greenwood Goat

          It might be a factor, but I have posted larger comments in the past with no problems. Also, determining the size of a comment (or any document, really) can be done practically instantaneously, so it would have been trapped immediately if that was the criterion here.

          It seems that there are two methods and two types of trap in Disqus. The first method involves filtering when the comment is posted, trapping offending comments immediately; the second involves spidering through the comments after they’ve been posted, trapping and making them disappear sometimes hours later. The two types of trap appear to be mod trapping, where the moderator of the site can see the comment and has the option to release it if they wish, and spam trapping, where the original poster, if they are not posting as a guest, can see the comment on their activity list, marked as spam, but nobody else can see it, and it doesn’t ever get released.

      • Hah, it tagged it again! Approved it again, this is a comment worth fighting for :3

    • Tilly Jackson

      This is BRILLIANT

    • Dinglehopper

      Love this!

  • Ocean Burning.

    The symbolic use of color is terrific as always. I really love the transitional background colors on this page. The faded violet of the university interior (drained of its life by the departure of Pride), that beautiful in-between dusky color in the fifth panel, ultimately changing to the soft blue of Sloth in the final panel — which we also see behind Ben in the window in the second panel, nice touch. Hmm — I wonder if Ben’s feeling out of it not just because of what just happened, but also because he’s remembering that what’s up next is due to his (probably) biggest mistake ever — summoning Sloth.

    • AJ

      Oh, goody, let’s just get everyone snugly under the influence of Sloth before they’re even in range! Everybody’s exhausted, miserable, and morale is at an all-time low! *claps hands* Hooray!

      • non_canon

        And I just noticed that in the first panel there’s two people laying down who are Sloth colored, and then Sidney comes out and mentions how drained everybody at the university.

        • AJ

          Where did that map say Sloth was…?

          • Emily

            Back at the Lamplight factory, I think.

            • non_canon

              Looks like it, from the map.

              • Maria Gerasimova

                It’s rather far, fortunately… They have some time to prepare themselves and think it over a bit, while walking there.

                A propos, I can’t see on the map, what is there where Greed is nesting – it has to be the Bank, but I see only citizens’ houses.

                • John

                  It appears to be near the Y junction between the river and High Street. I don’t see anything of significance marked there either. I guess we’ll find out why it’s there after they’ve dealt with Sloth. Although now that you mention banks there don’t seem to be any banks marked on the map and it seems unlikely that Widdershins doesn’t have any banks.

    • non_canon

      I am really really looking forward to Ben revealing that he was the one who summoned Sloth because of all the interesting character moments that could come out of it. Sidney and Wolfe will probably both offer comfort in their own ways, and it’ll be interesting to see what they chose to point out about the situation. Verity may scold him for being so naive, mention her part in summoning Pride, or possibly scold him because of her part in the summoning and not wanting him to ever make such a mistake again.

      • Ocean Burning.

        I wonder if Wolfe knows this or not? Ben did tell him this, but under the circumstances, I’m not quite sure how well Wolfe would have grasped it: http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/september-21st-2012/

        • non_canon

          I’m thinking he did, but it will be interesting to find out. I also find it interesting that Sidney and Harry’s adventures tend to have a water theme to them, what with the ocean and then the snow, while the Buggerup Trio always seem have something set on fire.

          …..and now I’ve got this image of Verity finding out about Mal rescuing Ben from Fairbairn and the burning building, and tackle hugging him like she did Ben, and I had quite a laugh at that. And then I thought about Verity learning that Harry and Sidney helped Ben escape from his burning home, and her reaction to that was also a fun image.

          • Emily

            >…..and now I’ve got this image of Verity finding out about Mal
            rescuing Ben from Fairbairn and the burning building, and tackle hugging
            him like she did Ben

            A while back I drew some fan art of Florrie giving Mal one of her flying tackle-hugs, because I find this image inordinately amusing for some reason: https://orig12.deviantart.net/1a48/f/2017/021/a/c/widdershins_florrie_mal_hug_by_enchantressemily-daw7ee7.jpg

            • Ocean Burning.

              Wow, I find it hard to imagine what Florrie would think of Mal.

              • Heylir

                “Mr. Wolfe’s friend… the rude one, not the short one with the hair”? :)

                • Ocean Burning.

                  Oh, of course! : )

        • Heylir

          I think Ben told Wolfe all about this story with Fairbairn, later.

          I wonder if she supposed that Ben would be silent about his summoning because of selfish reasons even if he guessed the truth.

          • Ocean Burning.

            I’m wondering, why do you think so? : )

            • Heylir

              “Because I wrote this premise into one fanfic of mine” isn’t a valid reason, is it? :)))

              Speaking more seriously, I think it would be quite natural for all of them to tell each other his own part of story, after it was ended. Mal and Ben’s story included the moment when Ben realised the truth (and he got what spirit Fairbairn used exactly because it was his summon), that’s all.

              And given that Mal did know about Ben’s summoning already, it would be quite senseless to try and hide this story from Wolfe.

              • Ocean Burning.

                That sounds reasonable : )
                I do wish I could read your fanfiction!

      • Heylir

        I strongly suspect that Verity knows better than to scold Benji for his mistakes, just as he knows better than to praise Vee for her achievements. :) There is quite enough of coal in Newcastle, in both cases. :))

  • Anne-US

    No, Ben, it was important! Because you are important. Pride would have won if it hadn’t been for you.

    • non_canon

      What really gets me is the way he pauses before answering, like he almost decides to talk to her and then decides “no, it isn’t worth it”.

  • AJ

    I almost said something about how handsome Benji is, but then I would be “that commentor” that is just here for the hot faces, so I’ll say instead:

    This is the first time I’ve actually been almost annoyed by Sid. He just sort of tramped into Ben’s quiet reverie, and you know he was over-loud to cover up his disappointment and insecurity. (Insecurity because what will the others think if he can’t even talk some wizards into a spot of help?)

    • non_canon

      No shame in admiring the pretty art.

      And to be fair to Sid he A.) probably didn’t realize there was a quiet moment going on and B.) Ben was probably pretty glad to have the attention taken away from him.

      • AJ

        He just wears brooding SO WELL.

        Oh, true, true. I did say only almost. I love Sid.

        • non_canon

          And that haircut only helps matters, aside from being a symbol of his character development.

          It is hard not to love Sid, he’s a great combination of clever and pure heartedness.

      • Ocean Burning.

        Yeah, if I were Ben, I’d probably be very grateful for a distraction at that point.

    • Ocean Burning.

      On second thought, why was Sid the only one going in to talk to the university people? Could not more people have gone with him to explain the situation?

      • AJ

        Truly! Wolfe should have gone in too!

        • non_canon

          I figured they decided to send a wizard to talk plans with the wizards, and since Sid was aware that Ben needed a moment he volunteered to go.

  • CorvusCornix

    Wasn’t Lust sighted back by the anchor though? http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/september-21st-2016/

    • Ocean Burning.

      The question is, has he just been sitting around in the cafe since that time?

      • PraetorDragoon

        I would say that completely depends on the quality of the coffee.

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