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    I say ‘figuring out’ because that whole bit where Voss’s usually-green eye was clear last page. Phew, Voss is okay and can continue his reformation! Pppppossibly behind jail bars…I mean he did steal a bunch of stuff…

    And somewhere, across several countries, a number of people with their languages stolen for months or years all sit upright and scream loudly, “WHAT THE CRAP WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?!!”

    • AJ

      He was holding his eyepatch in the last comic, but it was dark where his hand was.

      • Yeah, I went back and saw now that he’s been carrying that eyepatch in his hand for, like, ten pages. I’m so observant.

    • Rolan7

      I was a bit worried about that too.
      I love the text under the comic today!

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      My reaction exactly

    • Silly Zealot

      For a good while I have been thinking that poor Tibetan fiddler starved to death after loosing his only job. :(

  • I get the feeling malform Wrath won’t be a purple hippo of happiness. >.>

    • AJ

      …Might be purple. Make for nice symmetry. Purple Hippo of Happiness. Purple Anaconda of Rage.

      • Surely it will be pink :-)
        The ‘My Little Pony’ TM of Wraith.

      • Timni16

        i mean, at least we will know what the anaconda will DO! QUICK, GET THE BUNS!

      • Silly Zealot

        Purple is what everyone is going to be when he (it?) is done with them.

      • Jota

        “Purple Anaconda” sounds more like a representation of Lust, if you ask me.

        • AJ

          I just realized that this whole time I’ve been expecting Lust to be female. And there’s really no good reason for that, since the rest of the Deadlies have been more beastly than human. The only one with any kind of humanoid form was Greed, who fell sort of on the male end of the spectrum.

      • That anaconda don’t want none unless you got guns, hun.

  • pingo1387

    “Dammit, Envy, you didn’t finish the summon!”
    “Ain’t my problem, Wrath!”
    I think we need more interactions between the Deadlies.

    • Silly Zealot

      Oh, we will get more. Soon, SOON, MUAHAHAHA!

      (Glutonny eats them all, the end.)

      • Matt [in Middletown]

        Great, now I see a giant Persian cat sitting over the city looking down at them all.
        Hope that posts right.. ~crossing fingers~

        Edit: Nope, html nawt werks.

    • Nightsbridge

      Invidia, Ira

      • Silly Zealot

        Ira eruditium.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Yay, everyone is getting their knownledge back o/
    Our wannabee puppet master is probably the one persone regretting that tho. Maybe.

  • Sgt. Howard

    It does appear that O’Mally got back his sight…

    • AJ

      Either than or O’Malley got Ben’s magical talent. But that would be too much foolishness.

  • awhorl

    Dumb, but still handsome, I hope. Golly, I’ve come to love the way you’ve been drawing him. Please don’t let his posture be stolen. Nice puppy, there there. Isn’t there such a thing as a voluntary magic instant violin lesson? That would do much.

  • Deviljho

    I wonder what a malform of wrath would be like? It’d proboably be an omnicidal maniac and destroy everything and everyone in it’s path.

    • It’d be a penguin. A really, really, really, really pissed-off penguin.

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        Pen Pen !

  • Michael Brewer

    Six of Seven? I only count five…

    …I think the Barber Sisters really need to have a chat with their Grandparents. Like right now.

    • JWLM

      I count six:

      Greed — Sleight of Hand
      Sloth — No Rest for the Wicked
      Pride — Vanishing Act
      Gluttony — Piece of Cake
      Envy and Wrath — Green Eyed Monster

      Only Lust is left.

      • Michael Brewer

        I meant properly summoned and released into the wild. Even if Wrath gets away now, he wasn’t properly summoned and likely won’t have the same result as the freeing of Greed, Sloth, etc.

        As such, I think Lust might have had something to do with getting their grandparents together. Which will make for a very interesting story time.

        • Xanthipe

          Pride wasn’t a proper summon either, and that doesn’t seem to have slowed them down much.

          • Michael Brewer

            Neither was Envy. That said, I think “Being that close to an Anchor and feeling a strong emotion” counts as a proper summon.

            • Wombat140

              If I’m working this out right, it goes like this: normally you have an emotion in the real world and its spirit counterpart in the spirit world.

              A wizard by summoning can get the spirit into the real world where it can do things for him/her, but the spirit is then bound to the circle used. Greed seems to have been in that position for ages before Sidney came along and started things…

              But we’ve now got a lot of spirits in the real world but NOT bound, which seems to involve getting rid of the things they were bound to:

              Greed – I’m assuming that the Mark of the Thieves, which it got and destroyed, was part of its original binding, and it helpfully didn’t make that clear to Sidney;
              Sloth – the floorboards its circle was drawn on got burnt up, I think that gets rid of that circle fairly conclusively;
              Pride – presumably the Anchor wasn’t a proper binding by itself;
              Gluttony – they got rid of it by breaking the circle, since Rosie didn’t know how to actually desummon it;
              Envy – it’s possible Envy could have just left back there at the Anchor, same as Pride did, but was stringing Voss along to get his help with Wrath. Maybe only a human can summon a spirit. So it voluntarily bound itself to the gem (and Voss’s left eyeball)… and it looks like destroying the gem put an end to that.

              Or I may just be vastly overthinking this, but I had a lot of fun doing so :-)

              Yes, it seems to me that Envy’s the fifth out of seven, too. Wrath’s still bound – maybe not for much longer, now its summoner’s run off (Envy)/passed out cold (Voss), but Envy was summoned first and escaped first. So – either Envy lost count, it’s counting Wrath as already guaranteed because it’s a show-off, or it knows something we don’t.

              • A good summary! There’s actually a hint in Harry’s notes in the back of the print edition of volume 3.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Yeah, since Wrath is still, at least until the next update, bound to the circle, I think most of us aren’t counting him (her? it?), since there’s still technically a chance for the heroes to pull off something Just Crazy Enough to Work (TM).

        Plus I feel like Wrath deserves a story arc all to her/him/itself.

    • Sessine

      Greed, Sloth, Pride, Gluttony, Envy, and… there’s Wrath, who’s not been properly summoned. That’s six deadlies. But how like Envy to count its incomplete achievement, yet rank itself above the… what, two-thirds? of Wrath that’s here!

  • JWLM

    I wonder if Ben is going to be a better wizard now that he has more direct experience with spirits.

    • svartalf

      Maybe… He’s definitely going to have a small softening of his attitude and dealing with Mal.

      • Euodiachloris

        Certainly more patience with things requiring standard colour vision to pull off, that’s certain. Not to mention more understanding of random migraines thanks to “OMG tone it down, would you!”. :|

  • Frances Ahlborn

    All I can say about this page is “oh SHIT”….although shouldn’t they all be getting out of that circle? Or is it a bit late for that? Also I love how Envy was all “bye losers!”

    Ok I guess I had a little bit more to say about the page. :)

    • svartalf

      It suits Envy to be all, “bye, losers!”

      I strongly suspect that it may well be a bit too late to merely step out of the circle now.

  • cake

    here’s hoping Voss still gets jailed.

    • David Argall

      On what charge?
      Of course in a magic world, there would be laws on magic that we would not know of, but the theft of talents here would seem to be so rare that our wizard does not even think of the possibility despite considerable time to think. That would likely mean there are no laws against it simply because nobody saw the need to outlaw the inconceivable. and Voss does not seen to have stolen anything else, and if he did, it was not in England.
      Now they may have a chance with a charge of attempted mass murder, but do they really have the evidence? While a roomful of gunpowder is serious, they still need to get Voss to talk and he should be able to figure out that anything he says will be used against him. And the tool can plead he was just a tool of Envy and not enough out of its control to qualify as even an accomplice.

      So there is a fair chance they will let him walk.

      • Tsapki

        Well, didn’t the eldest sister mention that a man fitting Voss description was linked to several strange occurrences?

        Another thing to consuder might be if merely working with Envy is enough to convict. Possession with intent to distribute it were. I would think any association with the Deadlies would be a pretty big deal.

        On further complications though, Voss can only spriechen zie Deutsch now. So any trial could be tricky…unless the fellow he stole English from comes forward.

        • Frances Ahlborn

          I don’t see how that would help, but surely there are bilingual people in widdershins who speak German and English, and they’ve got wolfe to act as translator in the meantime if they have to ship an official one in from out of town.

  • gandalf

    six? Did I miss something or did greed not get free? At least that’s what I understood. Didn’t he desummond greed after the offer?

    • Sanjay Merchant

      We have seen nothing of Lust so far, so that’s the one missing out of seven, at least by Envy’s count.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Yay! The O’Malley got the Mal-O-Vision back!

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Man, Wolfe is one hell of a shot. I thought for sure Voss was going to get a bullet in the hip based on where the eyepatch was dangling. It looks like, apart from the trauma of having all of his stolen skills ripped from his mind at once, he didn’t get injured at all!

    • Euodiachloris

      Aside from that, yeah. :/

  • Apvogt

    Talent Wisps:Yaaaaaayyyyy we’re all freeeeee.

  • Apvogt

    Couldn’t they just properly summon the virtues and tell them the deadlies are loose and then release them. Each of the virtues would hunt down its respective deadly and battle and try to bring the deadly back to the summoner for desummoning.

  • Y’know, I dimly remember not liking Voss when this chapter began, and even quite a while after that. Yet here we are. Cursed sympathies!

  • Silly Zealot

    Can’t they just throw holy water at the demon? Wait, does Christianism exist in that world?

    • Religion isn’t a topic I want to cover in this comic, I shouldn’t expect it to come up.

      Not, I should say, because of disdain or dislike, it’s just not a thing I’m interested in exploring in this setting.

      • Guest

        I already knew that….. but the question has been asked, read and taken into account. Just as planned.

      • Silly Zealot

        I already knew that… but think of all the great conversations we could have about it here!
        Besides, if things go wrong, we will feed Wrath with so much energy that he will explode, so it’s a win-win.

  • Kang

    Good idea Apvogt!! summon the 7 virtues!
    – Chastity
    – Temperance
    – Charity
    – Dilligence
    – Patience
    – Kindness
    – Humility
    balance the deadlies out

    Seems to me Wolfe combines many of these.

    • JWLM

      More than that, Ben captures Diligence. Mal captures kindness (no, seriously, think of how he cares about the buggerups around Widdershins.) The only I haven’t figured out is charity.

      • Wombat140

        Unfortunately those aren’t the seven virtues – at least, not the list I’m familiar with, anyway; where did you get it? Usually, it’s
        – Justice
        – Temperance
        – Fortitude
        – Patience
        – Faith
        – Hope
        – Charity
        “and the greatest of these is Charity”.

        We’ve already met one of these – I’m pretty sure that “Fortitude” means “courage”, rather than being a duplicate of Patience. “Charity” is a mistranslation and the original word actually means “kindness”. (It comes from 1 Corinthians 13, which includes “…though I bestow all my
        goods to feed the poor… and have
        not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”, which should surely have suggested to them that something was wrong with their translation!) And “Temperance” means “moderation” or “prudence”, rather than being specifically about booze. So in normal English:
        – Justice
        – Moderation
        – Courage
        – Patience
        – Faith
        – Hope
        – Kindness

        Florrie could manage one of those, anyway, she’s always hopeful… :-D

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