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October 14th, 2016

October 14th, 2016 published on 69 Comments on October 14th, 2016

Good start, guys!

Now feels like a good point to mention that I added a bunch of goals to the Widdershins Patreon page, all of which are aimed at removing the ads entirely from the site. There’s a pile of exclusive sketches in there, go have a look and maybe lend a hand? Thanks!

  • TheGorram Batguy

    Interesting that some are affected and some not. We have Mr. Magic and Mr. Calmness-Elemental resisting the effects of Wrath without even trying, while Madam Pride and Senor Inferiority-Complex are swept right up. Either it’s the magic, or the personality, or both. Either way, I suppose that’s telling.
    Good thing Harry has the rifle, eh?

    • 703 Noemi

      I think it’s mostly personality. Wolfe can keep calm at all times, and I have never seen Sid get mad, ever.

      • Jeff Eppenbach

        They say, music soothes the…

        • Qwefg Lockheart

          I’d place more money on knockout gas. Still I’m curious who will deal with greed especially if the former king of thieves returns in this arc.

          • Sanjay Merchant

            Teach Sid’s magpie to give things rather than take them?

            • Sonny

              Oh No, I can imagine it now. Instead of profusely apologizing to all his “victims” for their stolen nick-knacks; Sid will have to start begging Harry to give him a coin for the local paper.

              I am not sure being perpetually penniless would be better……

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Somewhere in Sid’s Mind: “Who can be wrathful when we’re seeing MAGIC IN ACTION!?”

      • Genetics? Vee and Ben are cousins, after all.

        • Euodiachloris

          And, they’re agreeing. When cousins start sounding like they’re channelling a specific grandparent without a single bicker in sight, things be as weird as a sincerely apologetic Trump. :P

      • Sir. Orc

        Nah, Wolfe’s fallen to Wrath. Can’t you tell? He’s gone from chummy serenity to just regular concerned friendly serenity.

  • Michael Brewer

    I was wondering if these guys were immune or not.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      There was some speculation as to whether or not Harry and Mal locking horns before going to the Anchor was influenced by Wrath at all.

      • Aydr

        Pretty sure that was because they’re Harry and Mal.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          True, but would it have gone downhill *quite* so quickly without Wrath on the loose?

    • non_canon

      It’s going to be interesting to see which characters are immune to which sin.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Quick ! To the violoin !

    • Del

      Agreed. We are totally down with settling this plot by the soothing power of Wolfe’s music.

      • And if the violin isn’t enough, a few magic tricks should do the trick.

    • Inigo Montoya

      “Violoin?” That conjures some strange images.

      • GristleMcNerd

        Not so strange to a certain subset of Wolfe’s fans, I’m sure :D

      • AJ

        They say to make love to your instrument?

    • I suppose the police could try playing music to the crowd, but that would be just another example of the violins inherent in the system.

      • Paul Blay

        Python pun pummels poor passerby.

        • Originally Karl Marx, but the two are very similar.

          • Paul Blay

            Actually, as far as I can tell it isn’t a real Karl Marx quote.

            • Fascinating. I always thought it was Marx originally. Long ago I can remember a cartoon about Marx finding a Stradivarius in a cistern, so I’m not the only one. An example of the parody being more famous than the original.

              • Paul Blay

                Well, I could be wrong. I just searched Google and a few quote sites. But I think the jokes and cartoons came after Python – Movie in 1975, five years after I was born. :P

  • Ben New

    Maybe it’s also just reinforcing sentiments that are already there?

    • Sir. Orc

      The sins can inspire the sentiments perhaps, but they do not have to be there from the start. Any little crack they will push against and widen. Ben and his cousin are both easily irritated, and their annoyance at the task before them provides an avenue for Wrath to work with. Neither necessarily need to take the Nicola Barber approach to rehabilitation for Wrath to make such proposals seem reasonable; any spark of anger or annoyance, no matter how passing, it will fan into an inferno and feed upon.
      Gluttony did not need anyone to actually desire the food of the feast to work on them, as long as the food was appealing sensually. Once someone started thinking that a cake looked and smelled good, it could inspire them to indulge, consume them, and feed off of them. This is what makes the sins so …well, deadly.

      • Maria Gerasimova

        A propos, Mal could be immune not only against Lust, but against Gluttony too: thanks to his color-blindess all food seems to him grey and uninviting. As I understand, he eats only to stop his hunger, never to have pleasure of food-consuming.

        • Wouldn’t mal be immune against all seven of them?

          • Maria Gerasimova

            Let’s see :)

            He’s not greedy, he isn’t glutton, he has no hubris, no envy, no lust.
            But I am not so sure he’s not at all apt to some anger or indolency…

            • Sir. Orc

              His lack of an aura may mean that there isn’t anything the sins can work on. It may explain for instance, why Envy and Wrath didn’t try to possess him, but rather resorted to trying to weaken or kill him.

              • Maria Gerasimova

                His lack of an aura may mean as well him having lived most of his life far from the anchor just has depleted very much his spiritual force… And now, when he is near the abundant soure of the magic – HIS source of the magic – I won’t be too suprised if he retrieve his aura…
                At least I hope so :)

        • Sir. Orc

          He’s probably the only one. Well maybe Ben too.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Oh dear, Verity’s going to be completely useless against Pride.

    • Sir. Orc

      Worse than useless, she’ll make it twice as strong with her presence alone.

      • ufkub

        And that’s where you both are wrong. They have already been met, and Pride had no chance against Verity’s magnificent talent of insulting.

        “Sit back and watch a master at work!”

        • Sir. Orc

          Oh yeah, I forgot that. Maybe it will make her stronger.

  • Can you spot the Daily Mail readers?

  • John

    Having half your party fail their wisdom save and become the villain’s thralls is not a good way to start an encounter.

    • Pangaea

      Unfortunately, too many of us have experienced these type of encounters with the failed will saving throws.

      • Haven

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        Donate now and you’ll get a totebag made of tinfoil.

  • maeverin

    I winder if Wrath is going to recognize Wolfe.

  • kuku

    What’s Ben doing rubbing his head in panel 3, does he feel the onset of wrath-takeover like an itch or pain?

    • Haven

      Either that, or Verity elbowed him in the head in panel 2.

      The Scooby Doo thing is harder to execute than it looks.

      • kuku

        Oh yeah, the sharp elbow. At least he didn’t get wrathful at her (yet).

    • non_canon

      Originally I thought it was just because she elbowed him in the face, but I really like the idea of it also being the onset since it makes sense considering the reaction he and the other magic users had to the deadlies all being released.

      • MoeLane

        It just occurred to me that either being the instigator or the target of violence, however mild, could make you more susceptible to Wrath’s effects.

  • AJ

    I love the color change as they fall under sway! I’m imagining their voices suddenly being overlaid with Wrath’s voice (not that I know what Wrath is meant to sound like. Standard is a deep, grouchy sort of voice.) and everything coming out in a sinister hybrid sound!

  • Euodiachloris

    Erm… You’re going to need a lot of Mozart, Herr Wolfe. :/

  • Sapphire363

    Yes Verity, make your cousin mad by coat-hangering his face.

  • Sir. Orc

    You know, I’m now kind of curious as to what practical magic you could use the Deadlies for. I mean, they’re super dangerous, and yet some wizard somewhere went to the trouble of figuring out to summon them.

    • Michael Brewer

      Greed can make more stuff from thin air, make things nigh impossible to remove/get rid of, and make everyone want something.

      Sloth can make people tired or go to sleep and teleport people.

      I’d assume that Pride can probably make you stronger and/or more awesome (we didn’t really see Pride do anything that we don’t know other emotions can’t do).

      Gluttony can bend time (though this might be more a function of the spirit realm having wonky physics).

      Envy can steal attributes from other people.

      Lust can change shape and give you exactly what you want.

      Wrath …I’d tend to imagine that Wrath infused weapons would be rather more dangerous than usual.

      • Sir. Orc

        Sid says imbuing the guns does practically nothing, but perhaps a wrath-infused bullet would never miss it’s target? Or maybe animate inanimate objects to kill people.

        • Phil

          Maybe imbuing the guns wouldn’t do much use for a normal wielder, but if you are attacking someone you are angry at, maybe it would.

          • Ms Ira’s rifle was imbued, take that as you will!

            • Sanjay Merchant

              Oh, is that the vile magic that made Grandpa Cunningham’s boat float on water?

  • Michael Brewer

    Maxim 12 – ” A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head.”

    That seems oddly appropriate here, honestly.

  • Chris Kotthoff

    I guess Willpower was their dump stat.

  • Voice Of Reason


    I —

    I caught up-!?!

    I followed a link from some Guest Art Ms. Kate contributed to … uhh… Poppy, maybe? Gunnerkrigg Court? I forget… I found this comic, IMMEDIATELY went to the Archives page and began reading from Book One, Page One. I read and read, laughed, nearly cried, laughed some more, held my breath….

    The good news is, now i can get some sleep. Bad news is, this story is so… (entire page or two of superlatives)…compelling [I suppose is a good word], that I won’t be able to sleep ’till I find out how this ends.


    If you please, ducks, could you Plot, Draw, Ink and Colour faster??


    • Maria Gerasimova

      Congrats with the catching up :)

      == I read and read, laughed, nearly cried, laughed some more, held my breath….
      The good news is, now i can get some sleep. ==

      Just the same story did happen to me, some 10 days ago :) Binged it in one go.

      But finishing this BD will take a year at last, probably much more. You should learn to sleep from time to time between updatings :)

    • Haha, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t done guest art for Poppy or Gunnerkrigg, but i do love both of them :) Really hope you enjoy the rest!

      • Common Sense

        I have gone Back In Time and read every last bit of Darken. As DM with more than twenty years of experience, I was astonished to see an evilly-aligned party that didn’t self-destruct within a day or so. I humbly throw myself at the feet of your group’s DM, your fellow players, and mostly YOU, the artist/author that brought us all this sometimes tragic, often hilarious, and always riveting tale. Oh… and after such a extraordinary feast for the eyes, the epilogues were the perfect dessert.
        Time to stop mainlining coffee and get some sleep, though…
        [also known as Voice Of Reason]

        • Ah, so glad you enjoyed it! Though in fairness, I should make the confession that a lot of the comic didn’t follow the game- we all died and killed each other many more times than that! We did just about hold it together til the end though.

  • Michael Brewer

    I was rereading the archives for this and I noticed that Greed was right next to Wrath on the map. And all the text coming out of the prison is all greed colored.


  • Graham Garrett

    Uh oooooh…..

  • Ilmari

    I like the effect of Ben and Verity’s speech text changing! Subtle!

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