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Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin

by H0lyhandgrenade
Chris knows there's something out there better for her. She's young, cute, downtrodden (in her opinion) and orphaned; How can she not be destined for greatness?

When the chance to prove her worth comes along, she can hardly turn it down... Just a pity the only person she gets for company is a mysterious obnoxious masked fellow who just can't seem to leave her alone.

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Rumplestiltskin

Chris knows there's something out there better for her. She's young, cute, downtrodden (in her opinion) and orphaned; How can she not be destined for greatness?

When the chance to prove her worth comes along, she can hardly turn it down... Just a pity the only person she gets for company is a mysterious obnoxious masked fellow who just can't seem to leave her alone.

Updates every Tuesday. Please support me on Patreon and help me keep this comic going! http://www.patreon.com/h0lyhandgrenade

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Thanks for clearing that up, Unknown. Still gonna go with the first part of my theory though, for funsies.
@H0lyhandgrenade:

Thanks for the confirmation! :)
@H0lyhandgrenade: Oh cool! Thanks for that extra info, I'm really pleased we got all this additional information. It does make a lot more sense that they magically enhance the guards, as well. Since magic is involved, I guess that would explain why one of them doesn't just snap and kill the king - there must be safeguards in place to prevent that, thus the 'perfectly obedient' part.

Excited to see how the story wraps up! THE END IS NIGH
@Unknown: This is one of those rare times that I'm gunna confirm or deny a theory! We're so near the end now that I might as well, and I feel like it.

Basically you're both right. The health is held against them, but that's not all. A LOT has been done to these guys to make them perfect. Perfectly strong, perfectly robust, perfectly obedient, but it comes at a cost of their health. With maintenance they can be kept going. Without it, they... Can't. We've seen that this process has been going on a while, but it's been fiddled with and honed since back then so things are slightly different.

The others are more broken down than Toby. Has he lasted a bit because he's newer, or because he's so dang hard headed and determined? Who could say...

I would have loved to have Toby exposit all of this, but unfortunately he's just not the type 8| There's also probably more too but I should leave it up in the air. Either way, I'm glad you guys got it ^^
@Riverfox237:

I get the impression it's more complicated than just holding their health over them. It seems like an enchantment of some kind and I'd guess there's a way of controlling them so they don't revolt.

And even if the soldiers decided it's not worth it and gave up, the king has a literally endless supply of peasants to replace those guards. At least, that's the impression I get given what Toby said and what happened to his father and the others who came back wrong after the army.
@Unknown: OHHHH THAT'S what that was referring to. I didn't make the connection about their dad, I thought he just plain died.
@Mellomunchies:

He's not a fair. Whatever happened to him is the king's doing - it's been implied before that the king does something to the men in his army. Remember Chris and Toby's alive, but basically comatose father? Looks like the same thing happened to Toby, only Toby is still useful so he hasn't been left to rot like the father was.
My theory:. Toby as a kid made a deal with a fair in the past that involved Chris, thus him being so overprotective of Chris. Whatever the deal was is broken when the farm is burned into flames, so the fair finds Chris and kidnaps her as part of the deal. Toby rescues Chris from the fair with a punch to the face and maybe another deal? Or perhaps Toby made a deal with the fair he beat up now to somehow keep Chris safe from the king? It seems implied in the conversation that now Toby became a fair too, which confuses the hell out of me. Perhaps as part of a deal he made with another fair?
What I'm getting a vibe for here is that they basically poison or in some way debilitate these men so that they can hold their health over their heads - they serve in exchange for treatment, or they're "done for". Honestly though, I'm surprised that works. Make a man desperate enough, and he will decide it's not worth it and take others out with him; it doesn't at all seem like a viable way to make a loyal and strong royal guard.

Also, Toby is reconfirmed as Best And Most Selfless Brother Of All Time
MK_Wizard
February 12th, 2018
This pulls at my heartstrings so far because either way, Chris is still suffering no matter what. However... as much as I hate repeating it, she did it to herself. She thought she was above her life, but at least she was a free woman who would have at least had a chance at a real happy marriage. Not this trap marriage where she's an overglorified prisoner and this poor boy, what is he going to do when he comes to know his father and mother's history? And he WILL find out. They always do.
Oly-RRR
February 12th, 2018
Oh Toby you're breaking my heart there ;A;
Sudden Phantom of the Opera vibes.
PFFFFFFTTTTT SOME OLD PEDO STOLE YOUR FIRST KISS HAAAA
My theory (since everyone is giving one) is actually based off the two here. Fair kidnap bodies to become their new ones, but the actual person and personality is their mask. So theoretically if he put his mask on her she'd become Rumole and if he took a different mask he'd be someone else
This is an actual condition guys. I can't remember the name but basically the mind can only see good and bad. A person is either good and bad. They can't be both or be one and simply do the other. It can only be black and white, no grey.
GUYS. GUYS.





CALEB'S HAIR AND HEIGHT ARE ALMOST THE SAME AS RUMPEL'S.
.....RUMPEL DID IT.
I don't think he's a grown man. Maybe a teenager.......
Oh man, whatever awful thing they've done to Toby, I'm only certain it's been horrible... ahhhh. Poor boy.

Over the last 2 or 3 pages, I've started to develop a new theory about the fair... I can't say what line or comic frame started it, but... I think it's possible that he is still the same fair as Chris's childhood friend. He mentioned earlier in the story that he is tied to her in a way he can't control/hates (with the fair in general having that relationship with humanity). I have to wonder if whatever happened that night, after the barn fire, warped his appearance in a way, or maybe his appearance has always been dependent on some element of Chris (hence why he looks a bit like Toby/her father at the beginning).

Also, I feel that it would be just like h0ly to tease back and forth for half the story on whether or not he's the same fair, then seem to confirm one result, but finally twist it again right at the end, haha. And your character designs are varied enough that if you *wanted* to make the childhood fair more visually distinctive from Toby/dad, you could have easily. Just my two cents! Great comic.
Oly-RRR
February 6th, 2018
Toby's last line is so heartbreaking but then it's something he already realised way back when he was a kid so it's not like it came as a shock to him when he came to rescue Chris. :c