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Ishi Alliance

Based on the adventures of the assassin group called the Ishi (stone) Alliance. Comprised of Tsubiui, an angry elf; Anita, a ditzy vampire; Jack, a mysterious womanizer; Tsumura, a playful okamijin (or wulven); Cynthia, a bitter ninja; and Kuroshina, a foil to Tsumura. Together they are out to get Malik, a warlord ruining the land with his tyranny. On the way they encounter their harsh pasts as they travel in search of the special stones needed to defeat Malik. (Mature to Adult mainly due the the antics of Jack which, as of Volume 2, include explicit sexual content, among alcoholism and innuendo)
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Based on the adventures of the assassin group called the Ishi (stone) Alliance. Comprised of Tsubiui, an angry elf; Anita, a ditzy vampire; Jack, a mysterious womanizer; Tsumura, a playful okamijin (or wulven); Cynthia, a bitter ninja; and Kuroshina, a foil to Tsumura. Together they are out to get Malik, a warlord ruining the land with his tyranny. On the way they encounter their harsh pasts as they travel in search of the special stones needed to defeat Malik. (Mature to Adult mainly due the the antics of Jack which, as of Volume 2, include explicit sexual content, among alcoholism and innuendo)

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So Xiomara and Jack are X Dagger's characters…so I really don't recall that much about them. Well, Jack, but Xiomara I'm a little iffy on.

My today's social standards, Jack is an absolute NIGHTMARE of a character but I can't say he doesn't have a little special place in my heart.
WHATTTTT? Over HALF A DECADE LATER?

So X Daggers and I of course went on to have regular adult jobs and regular adult lives. Generally speaking, if we hang out now, we're playing Cards Against Humanity or something. Unfortunately, work is a beast for both of us and time is very unforgiving. However, during my breaks at work, I'm working on Inktober. I'm working my own prompts because the official prompt kind of sucks and drawing characters from the past...I drew Anita and Tsu and thought "eh, let's just post it".

I want to say, first and foremost, this was written FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. There's probably some hella problematic teenage early 00's shenanigans in there. And, as I was posting dialogue, it reads like a teenage writing. But it took me six years to scan five pages, let's just say I can't rewrite this thing.

Second, borrowing off that, I am posting completely as is. Very minimal tweaking so you see my very garbage 2005ish drawing. And I know without coloring they all look the same so I'll try to differentiate where it gets confusing.

Lastly, I drew IA to about a third of the way through the second arc of Volume 3. That's it. I may draw some miscellaneous scenes I actually still think about but that's all when it's posted. I'll do one of those terrible "this is what would have happened!" things.

So I'm going to post about 6+ pages every week or so. I MAY miss next week as the same Lysa of this story and I are going to see System of a Down in Cali (because...2005?). So...try to enjoy. It sucks.
Hiatus a little long
@darkryuu: Permanent hiatus?
darkryuu
December 12th, 2012
Sorry this took so long. It wasn't actually anything unforeseen that caused it this time but my deliberation over handling the next series of pages as they are...frankly, a little "hentai". So after some thought, I decided I will keep Drunk Duck as the "cleaner" M page while changing this server to Adult. That way, you can see it if you desire and that way there's an alternate option for people not into...smut x.X So yes, the next pages here will be 'adult' but I'll post the clean link.
darkryuu
November 14th, 2012
I will be completely honest...I have absolutely no idea who these guys are now. I colored it because it seemed like a deep scene...
Sorry, had printer issues AGAIN but this printer seems legit :)
darkryuu
October 13th, 2012
*PLEASE NOTE: ALL PAGES FROM HERE ON OUT WILL BE IN ORIGINAL PENCIL FORMAT UNLESS OTHERWISE EDITED.
Please...keep in mind this was circa 2006 so yes...that once was a cell phone.
darkryuu
October 13th, 2012
*PLEASE NOTE: ALL PAGES FROM HERE ON OUT WILL BE IN ORIGINAL PENCIL FORMAT UNLESS OTHERWISE EDITED.

Lol, I had to make that screen with Tsu jumping from building to building shaded. It looked goofier than before if that's believable.
darkryuu
October 13th, 2012
*PLEASE NOTE: ALL PAGES FROM HERE ON OUT WILL BE IN ORIGINAL PENCIL FORMAT UNLESS OTHERWISE EDITED.

Ugh, my tenth grade side views. Horrendous. I did my best to edit them in Photoshop but just, ew.
Dear Jack, never ask a lady about her scars. Silly boy.
darkryuu
October 13th, 2012
Welp, hadn't realized it'd been over a YEAR since an actual page.
I do apologize, I've been having a lot of issues with scanners and computers. It's very insane how quickly printers burn out when they haven't been used.
I do believe I was working on this page after my knee surgery, however...I'm not 100% sure what exactly I was trying to do but I was on hard painkillers so your guess is as good as mine XD
After this, slightly more consistent pencil updates. Additionally, as not to up the rating, I'll have to link some pages off-site to my tumblr account. You know, sexy stuff. Ciao for now.
darkryuu
December 24th, 2011
Happy Holidays 2011
Happy Holidays, hiatus and status of IA will be the next update. Coming soon, promise.
Ugh, maybe progress is looked down upon because now my Photoshop is screwing up. So naturally this is more terrible than usual...and that game looks very odd. But eh.
Argh, sorry about that, I know I promised this Monday or Friday or some time ago but I dunno, has anyone had a mouse that with one click will double or even triple click? Most aggravating thing in the universe and was even moreso trying to color, my God. But luckily I got another mouse and everything seems to be peachy.

I got out of practice pretty easy ._. It looks bad, really...and most of the backgrounds come from Google images. That's Macy's in NYC and some miscellaneous fitting room image I got. I was going to do this in color and pretty up Xiomara's "outfit" but figured I need to have some autonomy for once. Maybe as a filler...

Next page I will attempt to get up Sunday or Monday. Also, FYI, SOON I may have to up the rating because you can sense where this arc is quickly going. Or maybe I'll just censor the page. Thoughts?

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And there we go. This is Xiomara, X Dagger's character. Can't say much about her without giving away later story lines.

Sorry it looks so bad, I didn't want it to be "late" (Like it's bothered me in the past).

But I hope I haven't spoiled anyone that drops by TOO much because I'm going to take a break for a few days XD I have to scan in the next twenty pages and work on some other projects. I'll try to be back for another update Friday.
So hopefully I can do a few updates this week. My problem now isn't time but that my mouse is completely out of control, this page was near impossible. Oh yea, and her remark is "ditch"...I didn't know "d" would look like that :P

She's supposed to speak in some bizarre old English thing I didn't grasp back when X Daggers and I were writing this and she was supposed to go in and translate it over from normal speech when she debuted. But well, here we are XP
Once again one of those pages I was super gung-ho about but got a little impatient...I think I was kind of sick of Tsu and Yancha though, I was sort of glad to get back to Jack. Then again, his hair almost delayed this page for the standard two months but I persevered :P
Volume 2, Page 90
Woot.
Wow
........

No comment.

Was an epic page or started to go in that direction but I realized...I just need to release this ^^; Sorry. Next page will probably be grey scale so it can be released some time within at least five months.

In case it's unclear (I wasn't sure of a good way to make it so it doesn't look like Tsu's getting shot through the head...you know, except that he's alive), Jase shot him in the ears. He's a good shot...
darkryuu
October 21st, 2010
Woot, two updates in one month! Oh lord. But I am on my reading days (my school tries to mask "Fall Break" behind something that sounds legitimate) and I plan on getting another page done today and hopefully nail one out tomorrow. This one could have been up a week or two ago but I had to find fonts.

That brings me to some more notes on Volume 3. It's an idea Daggers and I came up with a long time back for the fonts to depict different voices or something but really it's just gotten to be a bit of a pain in the butt. So I'm going to go to one general font for V3 and maybe use the old fonts in certain situations. Probably a manga font...though I don't identify as a 'manga-ka' looking at my drawing style with a mature eye now, I am influenced by manga style. And I will probably keep the panels going right to left just because it's how I've worked all this time.

As for the page, we meet Shay as a 16-year-old! I had been dreading doing another ultra blond then I was inspired to give him two tone hair...and it's fun, I like it. Change over as well, but Jase used to be 'Himari'. Not quite sure why he had a sort of Asian name...
Done With This Part...
This part...this long, long, kind of tedious part has taken myself and X Daggers 2 YEARS, 5 months, and 14 days.

We are DEFINITELY not going to need that darn long next time. I say this and mean it, we're going to do A LOT better. Going off that, we're going to spend the next six years getting through the third volume of a decently long series.

The next page will be up fairly quickly as it's not really...art. But Daggers has the first page of the next section and hopefully she's gotten started on it.