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July 21st, 2015

July 21st, 2015 published on 62 Comments on July 21st, 2015

Yes, it’s a real place, and yes, I am definitely taking liberties with the timing and layout, because it’s more exciting that way.

I’m about to upload a timelapse video of me making this page to Patreon in just a little while, so now’s a good time to check it out and perhaps support the comic! There’s a couple of little extras there, and if you donate just $3 a month there’s a ton of sketches and process/design stuff to flip through.

  • Hmmm. Time for a little geographic research…

  • Not Doctor Dee?

    • Phlebas

      Maybe if Liz was a wiz herself she didn’t need Doctor Dee?
      Or maybe he was just busy in Manchester in 1599 – he wasn’t close at court by that point, at any rate.

  • MoeLane

    Henry appears to be a fellow who enjoys watching a woman who knows how to properly open a book cabinet. …Well, don’t we all.

    Seriously, I like Panel 3.

    • JWLM

      I love that frame.

      I don’t think that Izzie’s needed any etiquette books: Harry’s totally smitten already.

      • Disloyal Subject

        Well, she wanted them so her ideas would be taken seriously. She plainly doesn’t need the help charming this dashing rogue.

        • MoeLane

          Turns out she doesn’t need the help getting him to take her ideas seriously, either.

  • Geoff

    Barber’s going to end up in another body of water, isn’t he?

    • He does seem to enjoy a drink or two

      • Darth Fez

        Verily, he is the chair man of the river.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          I see what you did there.

  • Mount St Michael? (Only sizable Cornish Island i could find reference to that might sort of resemble that map.)

    Or a fictitious island?

    • D. Schwartz

      That’s a French island just off the coast of France.

      Unless you mean St Michales Mount?

      • Yeah – my fingers just automatically typed the French name, because i don’t think i’d heard of the Cornish one before.

        • D. Schwartz

          S’all right, carry on.

    • Bo Lindbergh

      Lundy. There had better be puffins is all I say.

    • Phlebas


      • RLB

        Fastnet, Irish Sea… northeast veering southwest 2, turning tempestuous later.

      • D. Schwartz

        looks right, and there is a pub!

        But it’s more off the coast of Devon than Cornwall.

  • Amanda Wehrman

    I totally, redundantly ship these two! They’re both so adorable ;D

    • Ilmari

      … Can one even ‘ship a confirmed canonical couple? 🤔

      • Amanda Wehrman

        Hence the “redundantly.” ^^

  • Michael Brewer

    Ok, but why would you assume it’s still there? I mean, didn’t she just show you a bunch of pictures of people wearing it after Kent was killed?

    • Odo

      No — If you check out all of them, they are prior to Elizabeth I …

  • Darth Fez

    Sir Francis Bacon, eh? I suspect they’re about to…


    …jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.


  • Columbine

    Waaaaaaaaaait- They’re going *south*?! Don’t Yorkshiremen melt when they reach anywhere further south then the Fens?

    • RLB

      I think it’s only the Home Counties they’re allergic to. Oh, and Lancashire, of course. Cornwall has its own headstrong culture, they should be fine there.

      • Columbine

        Ah Lancashire, another place I’m supposed to hate for reasons I don’t understand :)

        • RLB

          What, the murder of Good King Richard isn’t reason enough for you?

          (Guess what my R stands for…)

    • WaytoomanyUIDs

      Nope, it’s Londoners who melt any time they have to leave the safety of the “Home Counties”

      • Columbine

        The bad part of me is going ‘it’s funny cos it’s true’

      • Sanjay Merchant

        So it’s a bit like Manhattanites and anything that is Not Manhattan?

  • MGreen

    I think you mean “where you can see people coming”, not vice versa, given that “you” is the person trying to hide the Heart.

  • Tsapki

    Meanwhile, Envy is taking notes outside, grumbling about how they need to do all the work..

  • Lee Mellows

    Sark possibly? Kinda looks like it. This should be good.

  • bats_eye

    Oh man Lundy. I own a book on the history of Lundy. It’s a fascinating place. (My favourite anecdote is the two treaties England signed with Scotland which promised that if any man from England made war with any man from scotland that would breach the treaty and then there’s little disclaimer saying apart from the men of Lundy who couldn’t be counted as being controlled by the english crown).

    • Sanjay Merchant

      So is a trip there a Lundy Hop?

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Sir Francis Bacon keeps making me hungry ._.

  • Why not put it in a lead-lined box and drop it overboard in the middle of the Atlantic? Perhaps it’s possible to use magic to detect it wherever it is and then summon something to retrieve it, even from the deep ocean. That would mean the safest way to keep it safe is to hide it in a place you can guard and keep an eye on it.

    • RLB

      Didn’t they suggest doing that to the One Ring at the Council of Elrond? IIRC Gandalf shot that one down pretty convincingly, and I think the same reason would work for the Heart.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        True, but Gandalf was arguing for destroying the Ring, something which Queen Elizabeth I apparently thought was a Bad Idea with the Liar’s Heart.

        Still, we don’t know that, in this setting, lead has any sort of inhibiting or blocking effect on magic like it does in Dungeons and Dragons. Finding something the size of a book on the vastness of the ocean floor might be nigh-impossible in reality, but for all we know, with the right summoning, it might be downright trivial, especially given that the Heart has very powerful magic.

  • The_One_Guy

    Is it really a good idea to go after it? Wouldn’t it be advantageous to let it stay hidden? Or at the very least keep it hidden until after Mr. Luxuria has been dealt with?

  • Deepbluediver

    Is that St. George’s Island? I’m looking at a map and most of the other “islands” seem to be nothing more than tiny, unnamed spits of land.

    • D. Schwartz

      Dunno the shape is wrong and it seems too small for two lighthouses.

  • awhorl

    A SAFE place? You’d think the bloke wanted the thing stolen. Mercy me! The Marisco family, Sir John Pennington, Barbary pirates, and then FRENCH pirates no less? I cannot believe it hasn’t gone missing. The question is, which pirates do we interview first?

    • awhorl

      I am presuming, of course, that all pirates (who survive) retire, settle down and eventually have grandkids, and make sure that their best exploits become family stories by telling them to the children by the fire.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Don’t forget the Pirates of Penzance!

      • D. Schwartz

        And the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • Stephen Cornell

    I believe the Island is actually off the Coast of Devon, just a tad north of Cornwall…

  • Doesn’t look like any of the Scilly Isles… Hmmm…

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