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  • Sanjay Merchant

    This is why Cunningham can’t have nice things.

    • Euodiachloris

      Yeah: mates can be so high maintenance. ;P

    • Tsapki

      At this specific moment, I can just see Cunningham stopping in the middle of whatever he is doing and giving a long drawn out sigh as he shakes his head, already aware that things have gone terribly wrong.

      • This is pretty much perfect, yes

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Gosh darnit, couldn’t you have waited 2 minutes ?

    • MoeLane


      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        hahahaha :D

  • Been a while since our hero last fell into a large body of water. At least the boat is still seaworthy (knock on wood).

    • Let’s hope so, because it doesn’t have any obvious landing gear to enable it to set down on land.

    • Columbine

      So Henry/Large-Body-of-Water is beating Henry/Isabelle for you? Personally at this point I’m aiming for the OT3

      • No, I think Henry’s relationship with large bodies of water is purely professional

  • tali

    Of course the ship won’t get out of this intact:)

    And I love it how he’s more angered by the fact they interuptered them, then by the fact that they’re probably heading for a swim.

    • Dud

      Ira won’t have time to reload before they’re out of range – they’ve come at least 200 miles in no more than 8-10 hours so they’ll add at least 200 yards even if she’s really quick. Naval vessels of the time took hundreds of roundshot through the sails without losing power disastrously. If those three steal a boat from the harbour they’ll be unable to make more than about a quarter of the sailfin’s speed so it’s back to teleportation or ambushing on the return trip.

      Ira’s just blown her cover is all.


      I wonder if they could teleport into the sailfin..?

      • DavidArgall

        While a naval ship could survive lots of hits by small arms, we are looking for a reason why there are not a lot of air ships 30 years later, which means any excuse has to be considered. So having sails that will rip to pieces from even a small hole fits our need.
        We also need difficulties for the lovers, and a ship plunging into the sea works nicely for that too. Maybe getting captured again is “been there, done that”, but racing cross the water has not, Nor have some other ideas that are improved by Barber & Holt losing any lead they may have.
        Just what will happen is unclear, but they are not going to just fly out of range.

      • You know, Ms Holt did ask what happens if one of the sails gets torn…

        The magic circles are on the wings rather than the mainsail but even so one way or another we could soon be finding out if Lord Barber has learned how to land yet.

        • Liz

          Those are some Chekov’s magic-circles if I ever saw them.

    • Del

      We know that Kate does not want to draw another portrait that boat again….

    • l33tninja

      the ship won’t, but the SHIP will, if you get my meaning…

      • tali

        Hehe, nice one;) And oh so true:D

  • Jeff Eppenbach

    Right in mid pucker. Well, better than IN the pucker.

  • Sir_Krackalot

    Shit timing, but hitting a target at that distance and elevation with what has to be a fairly archaic pistol?

    Nice shooting, Ira.

    • Columbine

      Having read a little about how those worked I’m surprised anyone could hit anything with em and still keep all their fingers!

    • Probably a long weapon of some sort.

      • GristleMcNerd

        Possibly enhanced with magic? Which, of course, begs the question, where’d they purchase that?

        • Columbine


        • Jeff Klein

          Same place Linkara did.

        • John

          Possibly they purchased a non-magical gun and Luxuria imbued it for them?

          • My god, do I not want to know what a lust gun would do.

            • Talewinds

              What you get when Eros trades his bow and arrow in for a gun.

            • John

              I admit I was thinking in terms of “he has magical powers so he can infuse things like a wizard does” rather than “he can infuse it with his own energy”, although I could certainly understand if the first statement is incorrect. On the other hand, if battle lust falls under his purview the second statement might allow him to infuse the gun with useful properties without needing to go into Squick territory.

      • Steve

        Even smoothbores can hit quite a bit, with practice and well-made components.

    • Nightsbridge

      I bet that container on her back in the last strip had a long gun in it. Had, because she probably has it out already.

      • Tikatu

        Yup. I mentioned last strip that she was probably carrying a long-range weapon. Nice to know I was right!

    • Liz

      You forget, however, that these are plot pistols. Guaranteed to achieve whatever level of accuracy or inaccuracy that the writer desires.

  • Darth Fez

    Cut! Cut! Cut! Sparks are supposed to fly! Sparks! Not bullets! Doesn’t anyone read the script anymore?

    • Mujaki

      We got sparks. That’s what sets off the gunpowder.

      • Pretty sure the only Spark in this story got left back home in Widdershins

        • Jourell

          I dunno, some of the villains are pretty Sparky (in the Girl Genius mad scientist sense).

          • In some of the earlier stories, sure, but not in this one

    • We know they end up together. Quit fussing over the little details.

  • Ms Ira just saved Ms Holt from a fate worse than death, although I suspect it is only a temporary reprieve. Let’s face it, an unshaven ne’er do well aristocrat can’t possibly have honourable intentions towards a young woman of low birth, can he?

    • RLB

      The rest of the story proves that he did not… or rather did, because as far as we know they’re honestly married.

      • Don’t forget that Henry had the Liar’s Heart in the ‘present’. In fact, at the end of this story, Mr Luxuria kills Lord Barber, shape changes to take his place, marries the unsuspecting Ms Holt, becomes a much better Hunter than the rather ineffectual Henry and hides in plain sight for the next 50 years.

        Why are you all looking at me like that?

        • szbnahl

          That actually makes a disturbing amount of sense.

        • DavidArgall

          Fits the facts, but not the nature of Luxuria. He is not the type to do even a luxurious nothing for 50 years. And while noble relatives meant you would not starve, they also meant you would always be around more wealth than you had. Lust is not Envy of course, but being a wealthy beggar is still being a beggar, and not his style. He would have been up to things during those 50 years.

          • Also, Mr Malik stole the Liar’s Heart from ‘Henry Barber’ back at the farm, which could possibly have stopped any shape-shifting. Now that would have been amusing…

    • DavidArgall

      No sensible lass of any age or station assumes any man has honorable intentions. But Barber is not that much more dangerous than most. As a third son, he is a spare wheel to the spare wheel. And since he has blotted his copy book for fair, his kin may not care who he marries, just so he is not too much of a scandal. Now if she had met him when he was a guest of her employer, she would best assume his intentions were short term, but as is, .. well, his intentions are likely short term too, but he is not out of reach.

  • Columbine

    Awwwwwwwwwww smoochus-interruptus. One of my favourite tropes.

  • Tikatu


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  • Matt [in Middletown]

    Yellow flag on play by badguys, penalty five miles and loss of first down!

  • Jota

    I have to wonder how they described the contents of panel three while relating this story to the grandchildren.

  • Skralin

    Ooooh and that’s a bad miss.

    Two cookies for anyone who gets the reference.

  • rainycity1

    Is *that* was was over Ira’s shoulder?

  • Columbine

    Just got the widdershin books from the kickstarter today! They look awesome. Thankee!

    • Hooray! Glad they’re getting there safely!

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