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  • Yay Vee!

  • Marvelous TK

    she is definitely not going to be a liability with any of the future sins, definitely. sloth? pish. gluttony? child’s play. … those are the only two left, right? good, we’re fine, everything’s going to be fine.

    • Nonesuch

      Pride. Pride is going to be a bit of an issue.

      • Ganurath

        The joke was in pretending away Pride, Greed, and Lust.

        • Nonesuch

          Ah. ^^; I hadn’t realized at all…..

      • Norman Perrin

        The fall goeth before Pride.

    • Margot

      On the one hand, she has fought Pride before, but on the other, I’m not sure she learned anything…

  • Phil

    Important question:

    Do they get to keep the flashy stage outfits after they desummon Envy? I shall be most disappointed if not!

    • Nonesuch

      That depends on how fast they can run. ;)

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Classy, even ridden with rage.

  • Me-me

    Vee is not going to do well against Pride.

  • Rulebook Lawyer

    That is not how it is suppose to go….
    It is suppose to go, “NOOOOOOOoooooooooo!”
    (My text should be in green… or maybe not, to think about it…)

    • CountSessine

      Whereas, it is only going, “No..!” It’s a setback, not the end. I think Envy may not be weakened quite enough; it could yet rally, and have another trick.

      That might be Ben in the audience saying, “WHAT DID I DO?”

      • Ocean Burning.

        Or it could just be partially in denial.

  • Pangaea

    If Envy envies Vee, Envy loses envy of the crowd? (Hee)

  • Greenwood Goat

    Cue duet between Vee and Envy: “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!” >:=)>

    • AJ

      Oh yes!

      • Dud

        That is the only way to beat it without magic: at it’s own game. The stageweight and the fall (suprised gravity has any effect) cannot damage a mutable spirit but the ‘I wish I’d thought of that first’ and ‘I wish I had that style’ envy get’s it right in the unmentionables (if it has them).

        Envy is still, fundamentally, undamaged. Vee might have bought a little time for Ben and or Sidney to start drawing is all.

        Cheerio,

        • Heylir

          Verity’s “performance” freed the audience from Envy’s influence, it is important. (Their lines stopped to be green already after Voss’ breaking the strings, but now there is “What did I do?” and such.) It must weaken Envy, I hope, enough for him to be desummoned.

  • John

    Verity for the win. Now while Mal and Harry yank Envy’s furry butt in between to desummon it Verity and company can go looking for Gluttony. From the map it looked like it’s still hanging around the Hotel Gula…

    • Nonesuch

      Yeah, it wouldn’t stir from its digs so long as there was food there to devour…. And a hotel needs must always keep its larder stocked.

  • John

    Oh, and Benji try to do better with the next one, hmm?

    • Nonesuch

      This encounter isn’t quite over yet….

  • Nonesuch

    I wasn’t very fond of Verity during her first appearance, but I really have enjoyed her work in fighting Envy. :D
    A lady who can wind up one of the Seven Deadlies like that is pretty okay in my book.

  • Del

    Harriet did well, bringing Verity to the team!

    Loving this story more, every week. Mal & Harry are coming up soon.

    I hope we get to see Nicola and Nora again soon.

    Keep in mind the blue muffler, the two-minute respite, the other witches, and perhaps the mystery door. Maybe even Alexa?!?! Lei and the Thief King are loose. So much to look forward to!

    • Ocean Burning.

      I have just discovered that all my life I had the wrong idea about what a muffler is…

      • Tikatu

        Thick, warm winter scarf = muffler (because it muffles your voice if worn to protect the face). Cylindrical piece of metal attached to a car’s exhaust system = also a muffler (because it muffles the car’s engine noise)

        Any other definitions? ;)

        • Ocean Burning.

          Guess not! Being from Florida, winter clothing was more something I read about in books than something I actually experienced. Somehow I got the impression that a muffler was something worn to keep your hands warm. Although, a little quick research shows that I was not 100% off-track: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/muffle

          • Del

            My Wisconsin heritage is showing. We have a separate dictionary full of words just for winter, winter weather, winter gear, winter sports, etc. It’s our favorite season. As boys reach a certain age, their sleds get motors.

            Kate calls it a “scarf,” of course. This prop has already done a lot of work. Will it do more?

            Blue Scarf reveals that the other witches know more about Mal than he knows about himself. Mountain Witch was knitting a blue scarf for Mal long before Mal discovered that he likes blue. Along with the prophetic warning that Mountain Witch gave to Voss, it seems that experienced witches have some knowledge of the future!

            • Ocean Burning.

              That’s an interesting theory about the Mountain Witch. Personally, I have started to wonder if the other witches experience the sight/ spirit-sense in the same way Mal does. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if we find out.
              I like Wisconsin. It is a nice state. But I have never been there in the winter.

          • Percabeth_trash

            The muffle is more commonly known (at least in England) as a muff, but nowadays that word has rather… unfortunate connotations (again in the UK, I don’t know about anywhere else).
            But yeah, I’ve never heard of a scarf being a muffler either.

  • MoeLane

    Ah, the First Rule of Adventuring: “You can’t dodge falling damage.”

    • Aryn

      No, but if the haling potion only requires skin contact to heal then you can pour it into a container that will burst if you fall on it and make sure you land on it, or be drinking the healing potion as you land…but then that only works in role playing.

    • hariman

      Not unless you block the ground’s attack! ;D

      • MoeLane

        It’s super-effective.

        • hariman

          With the correct block skill, you negate all incoming damage for one single attack. Also, this: https://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/09/08/episode-1170-happy-landings/

          They were falling just before that page. ;D

          Also, that is near the end of that comic, so don’t read too much if you want to avoid spoilers. Plus, 8-Bit Theater is rather violent and gory at times. Yeah. Even in 8 bits, they manage that.

      • Storel

        Or if you throw yourself at the ground and miss!

  • Anthony Placek

    envy looks so cute when he’s frustrated, out of his element, and no longer in control. I WANT TO SEE IT MORE. HEHEHEHEHEHE.

  • spas

    what did she throw at envy?

    • John

      A sandbag, which is a fairly common item in the rigging for a stage.

      • spas

        thanks. hard to believe envy is taken down by a sandbag, but it is good to know what that is.

  • Meep meep!

  • *wondering what Harry and Mal have been doing all this time*

    • Rachel McGonagill

      Braiding each others’ hair and gossiping about their partners, natch.

    • Ocean Burning.

      YES, EXACTLY

  • Euodiachloris

    What every good panto needs: physical comedy and the mischief maker getting a decent pratfall. xD

    Also, Envy getting sandbagged = delicious irony. :)

  • Rachel McGonagill

    Verity is obviously rather pleased with herself. Proud, even. That won’t bite this team in the ass later on, nnnoooooope.

  • Ocean Burning.

    Second panel: low-key smug Verity is my favorite Verity ever. That face! That little smirk!
    Oh, and those boots are so stylish, too. She should probably get some like that after all this is over.

    • TheGorram Batguy

      “I nearly died that day. So many times. And yet, it was all worth it just for these sweet boots I found.”

  • Pyre

    Envy is….envious. I’d be envious of an entrance of Verity’s entrance in the last panel too but it’s still funny to watch Envy fall prey to itself.

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