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  • Your Lordship, now that you have taken a red pin job in front of your rivals, you really have to see it through. If you go back to the Royal Society and say, ‘nah, didn’t fancy it, the guy looked a bit dodgy’ your reputation will be ruined forever.

    • Ah, but those aren’t the only two options, are they?

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    …but I’ll still look for the amulet out of curiosity.

    • And for the bounty from the Royal Society.

  • Columbine

    I think he’ll probably find the author of the article to warn them. They, being the expert, will then clock what’s going on and they’ll race the Sins to the amulet. Luxuria’s expressions and posture throughout are fantastic.

  • szbnahl

    Is Widdershins a Barony? I thought large and ancient cities were all Lord Mayoralties.

    • Euodiachloris

      Yes-no: towns don’t always rate mayors, let alone grow large or important enough for lord mayors. It depends on when and how they were founded. And, which guilds and church denominations were present up to the the High Medieval period. :/

      And, you can be big and old, but not be a city (Sunderland has only relatively recently become one: never mind its old roots).

      • WaytoomanyUIDs

        Likewise, Colchester, traditionally the oldest town in Britain and Roman capital of Britain before Boudicca burned it down still isn’t a city. It applied for city status in 1992 at the same time as Sunderland and 2012 but was turned down both times.

    • Carouselkie

      There’s also the possibility (with the time period its set in) that its a new industrial town.

      • Percabeth_trash

        Nope, industry and the Widdershins Anchor don’t mix well, remember?

  • dana

    Ahhh, so that’s why they said, “if it weren’t for who his father is.” Apparently his ancestry isn’t a secret.

    • McRocky71

      Maybe not a widely acknowledged fact, given Henry’s reaction to Luxuria in the fourth panel.

  • McRocky71

    Hmm, from Avaritia’s remark, it sounds like Henry may have unwittingly helped the Sins gain a foothold in this realm and the Liar’s Heart, and possibly Isabelle or a member of her bloodline, are necessary to make this transition a permanent one. And I’m wondering if we’re seeing a demonstration of Luxuria’s powers here, what with his being able to read Henry greatest desire (the adventure and fame bit) and the fourth panel. Could those reddish ripples around Henry indicate an attempt by Luxuria to “glamour” Henry into doing Luxuria’s bidding?

    And also that’s ‘Cease your sniveling and accept,please’, Ira, you hella rude bitch.

    • Derrill Watson

      I think they mean that Luxuria has helped each of them before and he can be useful to Henry too.

      • MoeLane

        OTOH, all of this may be simply a ruse to wind up Henry and send him off to warn the wizard… with them following along. Mind you, I don’t know why they’d be motivated to do that, but I’m not writing the comic and the author is good at explaining things.

      • McRocky71

        Ah, you may have it right. It’s not clear just who Avaritia is addressing in panel 3.

      • Phlebas

        Does this imply that Kent/Luxuria was the first, and set up the other formal mortals as avatars of the Deadlies?

  • awhorl

    Ms Superba looks like she knows what word to put in to end this discussion favorably. Or maybe she’s just thinking about some additional remarkable thing about herself and not paying attention at all.

    • awhorl

      So sorry Ms Superbia, to spell your name incorrectly. Can’t help that it puts me in mind of that line in the Magnificat. heh heh nice chair you got there and I like the way you’re sitting in it.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    OK, I dunno about anyone else, but I kinda got chills from this one. Really did an excellent job of illustrating the sins suddenly bringing all their scariness to bear.

    • Jota

      The terrifying apathy of Sloth.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Well, she serves as a nice tension breaker. :-P

  • MoeLane

    So, Henry: remember when they gave you that Cavendish’s Reliable Smoke Combustible (By Appointment To His Royal Majesty George III Rex) as part of your Meeting With Clients orientation package, and you asked why anyone would need to have a smoke bomb handy when meeting with clients, and they told you to just sign for it, there’s a good fellow?

    …Well.

    • Firedog

      Cavendish’s Reliable Smoke Combustible. A must have if attending shady business negotiotiations and/or/amidst awkward family reunions.

  • Geoff

    It must be serious: Mr. Luxuria dropped his permanent trollface.

  • Michael Brewer

    I’m thinking he’s only halfway smart here. Saying “No, I’m not gonna do it.” is right in principal (and, given that spirits can do all kinds of things to do if they have a contract, it’s probably the correct thing to do too) but now you’re in a room with seven annoyed and mysterious people.

    ….Ok, six annoyed and mysterious people and one sleepy and mysterious person.

    • Qwefg Lockheart

      TO be fair finding another sin rep… wait scratch that. This guy takes an emotion and enhances/personifies it. The spirit of adventure is possible with his power. Also Lust can take more than one form. Not all forms of lust are for physical desire. The lust for power and conquest are two such powers.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I just had a thought: I wonder if these bodies are actual humans who’ve been taken over by the Deadlies (heavily implied by Luxuria having been the Duke of Kent). If so, Avaritia’s line seems to suggest they want to do the same to Henry. Which raises the question, with all seven Deadlies in a human host, what else are they planning on bringing into the world?

    • ShadeTail

      My guess: they are a cabal of otherwise normal mortals, each of whom exemplify one of the seven deadlies and who want to loose them on the world for goodness knows what reason. Unless there’s a lot more going on here than we realize yet, I doubt the actual seven are loose yet, considering what the past five chapters have been all about.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        But we know Mr. Luxuria is the same man who was the Duke of Kent in the Elizabethan era and was stripped of his title and beheaded at that time, so he, at least, is clearly not a normal human.

  • HUNRonin

    Oh… OH! I get it now, damn I’m slow.

  • Nonesuch

    Lust unchecked always comes on too strong… As expected of a Deadly Sin.

  • Ganurath

    Ah, of course. A sinner can lust for more than flesh. This deadly sin’s scope is a bit broader than originally assumed.

  • John

    Interestingly enough, it looks like Henry turns down Luxuria’s offer and winds up with the adventure and fame anyway. So Luxuria’s offer won’t actually help Henry, although it will come with plenty of strings attached. Not that Henry could possibly know that he’ll get the adventure and fame anyway at this stage in his career.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    OK, I can’t tell if I’m reading it wrong or what, but something about the staging of this scene is bugging me:

    As of the end of the previous page, Luxuria was seated and, thankss to the “camera” angle, it’s ambiguous whether Henry is still seated or has stood up.

    First panel of this page, both are standing, fairly close to each other, maybe a foot or two apart.

    Second panel, Luxuria is suddenly seated again, Barber is standing on the opposite side of the table.

    Third panel, Luxuria is, just as suddenly, standing behind his chair, again with the table between him and the standing Barber.

    Fourth panel, visual effects make their positions relative to each other unclear.

    Fifth panel, Luxuria and Barber are now standing alongside the table, not quite as close as they were in panel one, but still closer than the width of the table.

    Going from panel three through to five doesn’t bother me, as there’s enough text for it to be plausible that Luxuria walks around the table, zeroing in on his prey, before Barber comes to and steps back, but the first three panels bother me with Luxuria bouncing in and out of his chair so abruptly.

    Is there some way I’m misreading this?

    • Fazzleburt

      They are both sitting in the first panel, the length of the table is just being cut out to keep them both “in shot.”

  • impishacid

    Superbia is SO attractive and I’m SO gay…

  • Is Widdershins in Yorkshire?

    • West Yorkshire, yep!

      • Since you identified his accent as Yorkshirian, i figured.

  • silkalivedoll

    Woo! Made his will save! XD

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