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  • Tikatu

    Famous last words, Ben!

    I’m glad Sid thought of thanking Mr. Gula. I wonder where he’s going to go? To Lux? Does he know Lux is about? So many questions!

    • TheGorram Batguy

      “I wonder where he’s going to go?”
      To a steakhouse or a cafe, probably. Either that or to find an eating disorders therapist.

  • Heylir

    Well, Ben *is* strong enough to hold up Wolfe, at least. And he does tempt Fate, again. :) Especially given that the next one is Pride.

    Verity’s response… is good for a start, I guess.

    • Emily

      >Well, Ben *is* strong enough to hold up Wolfe, at least.

      And since he’s the shorter of the two, it’s probably easier than doing it the other way around, where Wolfe has to stoop down to get Ben’s arm over his shoulders:

  • Damn, Ben.

    Didn’t you learn your lesson the other time when you didn’t even get to finish the sentence​ before​ Nemesis landed with both feet?

    • There it is!

      17 August, last year – Ben manages to get so far as to say “Really, could this day get any…”

      And Vee shows up.

      • John

        And the say is STILL getting worse.

  • Bill Soo

    So many questions! Is Gula his real name? (All the other members of Luxes group had pseudonyms). Is he connected with Hotel Gula in some way? Where is he going? How is it he hasn’t aged? Where in time does he belong? What is his backstory? Why does he have such a strong connection with Gluttony whereas the others don’t have the same connection to the other Sins?

    • BaronHaynes

      It seems like Gluttony’s ability to pull people from other points in time could strand them there if it’s strong enough?

    • TheGorram Batguy

      “Is Gula his real name?”
      I certainly don’t know, but given that the hotel he founded is named Gula, I’m tempted to assume the answer is yes, in this case. But it’s far from clear. Unlikely though it is, maybe they all really had those names? Maybe the ageless Luxuria, who was summoned centuries earlier, has spent time literally cultivating people (even whole family lines?) corresponding to the various sins, up to and including having their names legally changed to their favorite vice.
      “Is he connected with Hotel Gula in some way?” It was said that he is the founder of that establishment.
      “How is it he hasn’t aged? Where in time does he belong?”
      We saw him time-snatched just after returning to the hotel after the debacle with Luxuria in the days of Henry and Isabella. So it seems clear he belongs to that time. He hasn’t aged because he was moved to the future by Gluttony’s peculiar time powers. He’s now been displaced by two generations of time.
      “Why does he have such a strong connection with Gluttony whereas the others don’t have the same connection to the other Sins?”
      Maybe they do? We haven’t seen a scene which contains one of the vice thralls and the corresponding spirit together, other than Gluttony and Mr. Gula. But if they did show up together maybe we’d find the same kind of effect. My interpretation has been that the spirit can control the person because the person has given himself/herself wholly over to the sin. So I would expect the same effect all around.

      • Emily

        >My interpretation has been that the spirit can control the person
        because the person has given himself/herself wholly over to the sin.

        I think you’re right. That’s certainly how it worked with Voss and Envy – even to the extent that Envy was able to possess Voss’s mind briefly.

        • TheGorram Batguy

          Well, there it was more of a literal giving over of oneself, by way of a bilateral deal with implications that were lost on Voss.
          I meant rather that individuals who are utter slaves to their own vices are going to be slaves to the spirits which are manifestations of those vices.

          • Heylir

            About slaves, well, the example of Mr Gula shows that being a slave to gluttony don’t exclude ability to rebel against Gluttony. (If we suppose that he did it over Gluttony’s refusing food to him.)

            In general, I think “Find the Lady” implies that it isn’t in human nature to be an utter slave of the single vice. We are too complex and messed-up creatures, for that. )))) Voss was quite close to this state, *before* his summoning Envy, and it still didn’t work, even with him. (Though I think Voss was very lucky in that regard, much more than he deserved with his deeds. Maybe, it was a compensation for his being very unlucky in getting near the Anchor.)

            • TheGorram Batguy

              Oh, indeed! Mr. Gula ultimately does overpower his vice and rebel. But it took a lot for him to do so. Until he was dragged to such an extreme situation of being bullied by the spirit, I don’t think the concept of disobeying his vice was within his consciousness. It’s an addiction, ultimately. I see his choice to rebel as a kind of “admitting you have a problem” epiphany.
              And I am confident we can blame Luxuria for helping to cultivate the addictions of each of his charges – they didn’t become caricatures on their own.

              In general, I would differentiate between the Luxuria crew of Henry’s day, and our later-day characters even as they may nevertheless be associated with a vice. It’s a whole different league.

              • Maria Gerasimova

                The new “vice-team” isn’t a “league”. For example, Fairbarn isn’t lazy at all… But we have around Acedia instead :)
                What allows to preveiw some interesting sub-plots :)

  • Kore

    Oh, hey, this comic suddenly fed a backlog of updates to Piperka. I wonder what happened.

    • No idea! Got no control over that whatsoever. I assume it just reads my RSS feed?

      • Kore

        It uses a web crawler that finds the comic pages and tries to interpret them as an archive. The FAQ page says that the easiest thing for it to read is pages with individual URLs and tagged links to the next comic page (like ). This is present on your site, so it should be able to read them fine.

        It stopped finding Widdershins updates after about here. Today, 16 new pages popped into the update list. However, it still doesn’t seem to have found today’s update; it currently lists this as the ‘last known page’. Looks like it found today’s update, too, a little after I posted this.

        I’ll email the creator and ask about it, and maybe look at the source code.

    • It may be connected to me flagging the Piperka feed as Not Working – the fix happened a few minutes later.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Oh you didn’t just say that, Ben.

    • MoeLane

      Let me add my voice to the chorus of weary swears at Ben.

    • Ocean Burning.

      Poor, poor Ben. I don’t know what’s going to happen at the university, but I already feel sorry for him. *facepalm*

      • John

        Well, one thing that seems likely to happen is that the others will discover that Sid does NOT have a degree, so Ben’s not the only one who will get to be uncomfortable.

        • Heylir

          Yeah, I think it is inevitable. Maybe if Sidney had seen the university “marked” on the map before Benjamin asked about his education, he wouldn’t have tried to conceal something that was going to turn out anyway. But he got it only later.

      • #092f0a

        Perhaps he is about to learn that his “low” degree from a “lesser” institution is nothing to be ashamed of.

        • Ocean Burning.

          I would like to hope that will be the case, perhaps by the end of the story. But more than that, I would like to see him in a situation where he’s really invaluable to the team.

          • Heylir

            My feelings, exactly. :) I really hope for Sloth in this regard, especially given that it was Ben’s summoning.

            • Oh yeah, that would be neat! But whatever the case, I too am hoping Ben gets a chance to overcome his doubts soon. : )

    • Sir. Orc

      It seems the encounter with Gluttony has wounded their … Pride.

      No I’m not sorry.

    • KaReN

      Oh, no! He just jinxed them.

    • DataProwler Netizen

      So Pride is next, then? I can’t instantly think how greed or sloth could be terribly embarrassing. Now imagining Ben “I’m so pretty, oh so pretty”.

    • The Wing

      Coming back to this page was an absolute delight knowing what horrors he just foreshadowed. :)

  • Greenwood Goat

    Tempting fate there, Ben. Or worse, Luxuria…

    Vicar: And do you, Verity Cunningham, take Sidney Malik to be your lawful wedded husband?

    Vee: *grinds teeth, glances at belly* I do.

    Vicar: I now pronounce you man and wife!

    Vee: *resigned sigh* *holds out finger for ring*

    Organist: *plays recessional: the finale from Act 1 of The Magic Flute*

    Harry: *beams* Don’t they make the perfect couple? Come on, Mister and Captain Thackerey, let’s go and see who’s catching the bouquet! *sets off, commences filling pipe*

    Ben and Nicola: *frown at her retreating back* *glance at each other in mutual irritation* *follow*

    But, you might ask…

    Luxuria: *appears in desummoning circle* *hits Harry and Mal with ALL the LUXURIA MOJO*

    Harry: NO!

    Mal: JUST NO!!!!

    Luxuria: …Damn!!! *sheds tears of impotent rage*

    Harry: Phasmia permissum de loco isto. Habes ibi nulla libertas…

    Luxuria: *glances despairingly from Mal to Harry and back, sags in resignation*


    • RLB

      Could be worse. Could be Harry and Gren.

  • Emily

    Vee’s not glaring at Sid – that’s a start, at least…

  • Sarah Hardister

    Dude, they were the WORST at this one so far. That level of incompetence is just painful….

    …Let’s see them screw up again!

  • Ilmari

    Damnit Ben, why do you *say* these things!?

    I like Gula’s dignified exit here. He was probably a pretty lousy person, but he did a good turn, and that’s enough for me.

  • Del

    Now we’ll never know what the Butler’s voice sounds like.

    • Ocean Burning.

      Perhaps, to paraphrase J.K. Rowling, his voice perished from lack of use…

  • Bieeanda

    I know exactly how the Butler feels. I’m always cranky if I miss breakfast too.

  • ChaosControl

    The next one’s gonna be even worse, isn’t it. My money’s on pride. (though it could also be greed.)

    • Ayline

      It’s in reverse order of when we met them/were bound so pride next, then sloth, then greed, before dealing with luxiuria.

  • pingo1387

    Now I’m wondering if the butler has mutism (selective or otherwise) or if he just doesn’t feel like speaking, ever…

    • TheGorram Batguy

      Time spent talking is time your mouth is too busy for eating. So maybe it’s just a kind of extreme gluttony discipline.

    • Overkillengine

      He’d have to eat his words.

  • threadweaver

    Ben, STOP. The next one will probably be pride, and you’ll have to try and out-pretty it by wearing a dress or something.

    You do this to yourself, you know.

  • MarriStenberg

    Sid, Ben just said it didn’t bear repeating.

  • Rachel McGonagill

    Ben, Ben, have you no genre-savviness at all? You just don’t say stuff like that.

    • Maria Gerasimova

      That’s just for fhis little flaw, if I am not mistaken, you did blame Emil yesterday? :)
      All they tend to make the same blunder :)

      • Rachel McGonagill

        I did! It’s all too common a flaw. Nice to see a fellow SSSS traveler. :)

        • MoeLane

          She’s not the only one.

          • Rachel McGonagill

            I know! I recognize a number of others from the comments. Good taste, the lot of us. :)

            • Sir. Orc

              Sush, you’ll summon the deadly.

  • Johannes Hjortshøj

    Ben, has anyone ever told you that you have the bad habit of setting yourself up?

  • I’d say the butler’s fed up. I’m sure it’s been said before, but it’s certainly clear on this page.

  • Oh no, Ben no! This is even worse in retrospect!

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