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@pfmoi The first book isn't that bad, it's the rest of them that sort of fall apart, mostly because Red Hood's Revenge...doesn't live up to the summary and goes off in a crazy-ass tangent. I didn't even bother with the other book as a result.

Squeee, Phoenix! And elf-boy is back, is that Romulus or one of those traditionalists? Hmmm, interesting interesting... And I love hwo there's a lot of assumptions going on with Mina's side of things, but she still had enough of a point that Drake agreed with her.
If you can get the edge sharp, and in this case it was magical enchanted not to break but even if you could just get it thick enough that breaking isn't a problem, a glass sword is terrifying to face...and yet horribly convenient for the one who owns it because the blade won't dull.

Awww, Mina looks pretty in that panel. Archie is the expo expert, ain't he? And politics are very good about driving things to Hell, it's just how they get you there that can be amusing.
Uhhh, Archie, you might be saying too much to the median. Tragic romances are a thing, remember? I doubt it would take hold in these circumstances, but still...

Also, that was a book. Jim Hines I think wrote it...? Some series about the fairytail princesses, I never read the second, the third was assigned reading in a class was a mess. First was good though. Cinderella got a sword made of glass, I was most amused.
I don't even want to hear weather complaints, my state is trying to have all four seasons in one week. All we're missing are the spring tornadoes... And weee, Champions soon! :P That's exciting.

Oooh, it's a gift! Except it's also a vampire gift... But Mina seems like a good vampire, so it should be okay? It's long and it's skinny, and that looks like a flower box but could also possibly hold some form of weaponry or glasswork...
Ooooh, pretty... and foreboding. This should be fun. *cackles*
You understood the rules of dealing with other dragons, Drake. (And yes, they were just as difficult, you're just getting senile. :P)
Yay, my occasional check-in bore fruit! Glad to have you back! ^_^

Meanwhile, owwww. Not cool, Joan. Vampires have to live too (err, relive?). This system is at least somewhat respectful of everyone (and I fail to see how different it is from the human lords, if not better than what they do).

But now Mina is either using her Connection to Bahamut to screw with the median, or there's something else going on...
I'm always curious about what systems friendly vampires use to get blood. I mean, animal blood feels like a cop out to me. Blood + used Haji giving Saya blood once she stopped affiliating herself with Red Shield, which works because as her Chevalier, he was capable of regenerating blood as fast as she could drink as long as she was careful (and Haji had the choice of "starving" and suffering rather minimal consequences). I'm curious what Mina's actually is going to be...

As for Mina herself, I like her. As a general rule, an easy way into my approval is women in leadership positions. :P But she also seems like she's going to fit alot of my favorite character archetypes. So squee.
Poor vampires getting saddled with all the hosting work... Does it rotate locations, are are they pretty much stuck with it every time? I could see how that could get frustrating...
I wondered if they were supposed to be foils of each other! I had picked up on the similarities between Phoenix and Drake, but I wasn't quite sure yet if that was going to go anywhere... And no worries, I understand that Phoenix may never be capable of redemption by his choices. I'm curious about where the story is going to go, and after that, well, that's what fanfiction is for. ;)

Well, you are doing a good job with the builds! Lord knows, my attempts at the swan maidens was pure accident rather than intentional, since I can't ever draw the same thing twice it seems. I remember him being sort of slight in the first time we saw him via Drake's storytelling/flashback moment, it's just a lot more obvious when he's next to other humanoid forms instead of big old Drake-dragon.

Awww, look, it's a Kodiak moment! (Had to make the Aladdin: King of Thieves reference, literally could not help myself.) And as much as I love him, I do not trust that expression on Phoenix's face, uh uh... He's plotting and hiding it behind being charming.
My crackship is full of awesome-sauce, thank you. :P (If only because it does its intended purpose and amuses me.) And yeah, I'm one of THOSE people that thinks all characters are capable of redemption, no matter how bad they are. Now, whether they'll TAKE that capability and do something with it, that's a different story. He is good at irritating girls that he has to actually work with though. XD I don't get as much practice drawing as I would like--I'd rather be writing. If I ever do anything with Eira, I would definitely be having to either do a book or have someone else do the drawing....

In response to your response to Arrikanez: But, but Drake's a dick and we're SUPPOSED to like him. Why can we no like Phoenix? (Also, see above about all characters being capable of redemption, etc, etc.)

Actual page thoughts time. I love the contrast between the two winged-types in the top panel. Phoenix looks a lot more on the svelt-light end of the spectrum, while Nei seems heavier with more substance (sorta-bird versus flying lion, I know, but I like the details). And now I have the feeling that Drake DID level a city block at some point to save someone in the group...
...I can't help but squee over more information on Phoenix. Seriously, I can't. He's the other half of Eira's Celestial coin (I so need to post as the maidens, bad me) and half of my crack ship. All the squee. I do like how his expression does show his fear so well, which really contrasts with how cold he normally appears. You know it's bad when even his calm veneer cracks.

Can I also mention I have wing envy? Seriously, I cannot draw wings, except like butterfly or dragonly wings, but yours always look amazing. So envious.
Not gonna lie, the group photo was trippy for a moment. XD Modern clothing threw me off! But it's cool to see it, and to see more varieties of creatures in your world in their "relaxed" states.

...Staying up until dawn reading. (Or in her case browsing, not the point.) Jeez, why does THAT sound familiar? Unfortunately, I did that and then had to turn around and go to classes. Not fair.
Oh, poor Archie... I've had days like that at work. Hopefully getting to talk to Mina will be a little bit of a break.

(And forks make as awesome of weapons as hair pins. Spoken as someone who used an eight inch steel hair pin in a stage fight once...)
@StellaFrost You mean like valkyries who are also swan maidens who have no reason to like medians and every reason to be really wary of them? :P

A former vampire cook. I am slightly worried about that, since usually you have to taste food as you go to make sure you don't like fry someone's mouth with pepper.

(Also, sick Eva was very, very sick and now medieval fair this weekend. Hopefully Eira will return once that's over!)
Poor Archie. I know I can be really conservative, so I'd probably be right there with him.

...Considering how I've dressed the swan maidens, I'm going to take a flying leap and say Eira and her entourage (or at least some of them) are some of those guests that Archie is concerned about. XD And he seems to be a bit of a cheerful chatterbox. This amuses me, and I agree with Joan. It's just weird to put that with the face tattoos for some reason...
I don't consider it sexist at all, if only because... Well, the same standard I assume is being applied to both genders. I don't want to see a man's chest area anymore than I want to see a woman's in an area of professionalism, sorry. Both are ways of diverting attention from the work that needs to be done, in my opinion, so I think you are fine.
...Oh, that might be dangerous. Give me a platform to play with Eira and I might have waaay too much fun. I'm all for RPing her, though. :D She's just so darn quiet, it's hard to get input out of her as far as questions and such are concerned, so I haven't done much with her in the comments.

It could be interesting to try playing her out with others, though handling all of the Guard could be a mess. But I've been curious about how her and Phoenix's interactions would go, so... Yes, ALL FOR this!

I'm having flashbacks to my senior capstone now... (I took Gothic Literature, we read ALL the vampire books basically.) The lighting on this page was interesting, I think because this is the first time we've seen Joan in artificial lighting in a while so it's playing tricks on my brain. But the contrast with the warmth of her skin and the grey of the vampires is really stunning!
@Arrikanez Yes, yes, Eira will appreciate Aylis dropping by. Between the bezerker Gersemi and the hot head Herdis, not to mention the fact they are all tied to the Valkyrie myths... Well, injuries happen. A lot. Plus Brenda and him would EASILY be good buddies. She's engaged to a lovely lady that she won't shut up about. That and her general level of perky/hyperness drives the rest of them up the wall.

LOL He does! I totally didn't notice that, how funny. Well, it would be harsh if the true love thing was a component. Harsh and full of sad feels.

Oh. My. God. That bottom left panel. *dies from the wonder of that art* But did she sleep at all? She still looks so sleepy... Not necessarily a good thing in a castle full of vampires.
XD Only way to handle Gersemi some days, honestly... Threats or lots of ale. And yeah, so different set of problems with a dragon in a china shop.

Oh goodness, a whole wing? And I'm having Beauty and the Beast flashbacks... It's even the same wing!
"Except the west wing."
"What's in the west wing?"
"It's FORBIDDEN!"
*ten minutes later, where is Belle? The West Wing*

Eira: Bets on how long it will be before I find out Drake and a median are around, then? I'll go down for a day at the longest...