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Can you tell I was probably sick of drawing a ruined library?
I can. Considering the one-panel wonder I've presented you all with this week.
It's okay though. The show must go on in whatever way it must. I'll mark this one up to my very poor discipline. I've had a very bad case of the I-don't-wannas this whole week and kept getting distracted by anything with a shiny gimmick. Game, Youtube video, movie, whatever it was I was doing it and not the comic.

The important thing, though, is that future readers will not have a bad time with reading the archive. As long as that's not painful, we'll be good.

SDG, everyone, and may future VHV bring more exciting pages!
Poor Sam... Truly the minority in the life he leads.
I suppose he will have to just go along with it for a while.

A friend of mine said she wanted to see more Leo, so here's a bit more Leo.
He sure love his Butter. :3

Ooooon the other hand... I believe I need to start thinking about wrapping this arc up.
It's getting long enough, and I'm not sure how much interest I can keep in people sitting around a library in the dark. :I
Besides... This is just the beginning of everything VHV will be, and I can't get to anything exciting if I keep hanging out here!

So I'm announcing the final chapter of the arc "Don't Fiddle With Strange Stuff", starting next week!
This has been exhausting and gratifying at the same time, and while I'm cutting some content I wanted to add to reign in the
pace, I'm hoping future story lines can be bigger and better now that I've introduced you all to my lovely little furries.
Anyway, this should be pretty short, just to tie up some of the remaining loose ends and get the first chapter done by the
end of the year, hopefully.

That's about all to say about that. I hope you all stick around for what I have going next!

SDG everyone.
Certain schools of thought will actually state that the
poof chair is not predatory, but merely affectionate,
unknowing of when it is appropriate to let go of
the person who sits in them.
It's really about your attitude, honestly.

You know, I actually think I got this one done in only two days.
That's incredible, considering how much effort I had to put into it
for day two.

Adventurers like to tease each other for getting into danger. It's really
just a thing among them.
Less of a thing, unfortunately, is that the typical adventurer does not
have easy access to a masseuse and must suffer the stiffness that comes
with their dangerous job. Many newbie adventurers quit for a normal
profession because they're so sore all the time.
Other newbies die, but those, surprisingly, are always declared preventable
accidents and many safety standards are in place to make sure death is unlikely.

SDG everyone.
An x-ray wouldn't show anything interesting unless pointed to the inside, because physically Butter is about the same as she was before the enchantment- A holding space is pretty much one sided (though still 3D) in a sense, so x-rays pass right through it unless aimed at the one physical side.
As for maintenance, any holding space needs it's enchantment on the outside, or else any failure of it will erase the runes entirely- Very difficult to put the one source of the spell on the inside anyway.
Maintaining the runes as such is simple enough- All it requires is shaving the area of the spell and reapplying the tattoo pattern. It's awkward, yes, but not very difficult.
Don't let her kid you. There's no stomping going on in there.
Cuddling though you can bet on.
It's probably utterly adorable, so it's too bad we can't see them in there.

Lots of panels, but I think I'm more interested in providing a bit of lore this week!
Butter's pouch looks furry on the inside because it is, in fact, furry on the inside. Those embis who happen to have pouches
also share this trait.
The reason for this is that unlike marsupials, the pouch is not a gestational component of their anatomy and is more
generalized in its purpose because of it. Such a pouch is meant to hold more than just young creatures, and thus the soft,
thick, darker fur on the inside insulates and is water resistant. A good place for exposed electronics, rolled parchment, dried
salvage and kids!
However, pouch-fur sheds just like any other fur and so requires regular grooming. The only problem this causes is clogging
shower drains just a bit quicker with fur than a pouchless creature would.
Shedding is something humans don't really have to put up with.

SDG everyone.
@Aeon#3547: I'll keep it up! I assure you!
Actually... All rumbah have rather roomy pouches...
But surely not roomy enough to carry two embis children of their age?

Really shouldn't purchase two new games at the beginning of the week. This page almost didn't get done! Thankfully,
I made a lovely compromise to bring you this decent 4-panel page. Really though, the highlight of my skill is being able to draw
Butter getting squished in a hug.

SDG everyone.
I'm so stinking proud of that title it's silly.

Dynamic poses, dynamic lighting, interesting action, what more could an artist want in their work?
Now, I will leave the actual evaluation to my audience, but I hope you will permit me a moment of pride in my work.

Now to the actual art!
This page proves as a whole that nothing's cuter than a fluffy pair of cuddly twins, but not much else. For such times as these,
I like to fill this little box with lore...
But I've really got nothing. I just think the page speaks for itself.

SDG everyone.
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Pssh! There's no way a little thing like Butter could
carry an embis kid their age for any long time...

Aaaaah, what a little thing like lacking electricity can do to a guy.
Sorry everyone! This update was a little later than I liked!

There's only so much dignity a doctor can have when her patient is her brother... And she's about 10 years old.
Thankfully Mia keeps some first-aid supplies in her sweater pocket for such occasions that the medic decides to drop her
Still, a tickle isn't as bad as other things... Embis spit is very good at cleaning wounds...

SDG Everyone.
@Hell's Dragonfly: Ha! The name's Daaberlicious, but thank you for all the compliments! I explained S.D.G. earlier in the author comments of other pages below, but I can see why you missed it. There's... a lot of words in those sometimes.
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There are many kinds of kisses a mom like Mia gives.
This kind is the proud mom kiss. Short and to the point,
just like how a maiden rewards her hero.

Guys, I must confess I'm actually quite proud of how this one turned out.
Not the top two panels, those ones really look bad by comparison to the rest.
I'm proud of this page because I now have a greater understanding of facial form that I think I used to, not great, but
subtly good effect.
You're not really noticing anything with the character's faces, but isn't that the point? Nothing looks weird?
I could have gone back and redone those first two panels, but this comic's process has been all about going ever onward and
upward, so thus I go!

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Don't act like you wouldn't for little Ardo.

If Ardo were human, he'd be about the right age to start thinking kisses from mom were gross. That would be a normal attitude.
But not so with embis. As it stands, embis don't even grow out of family cuddle time, much less kisses from mom.
Could he be okay without both? Certainly. Embis grow up too, but nether Ardo or Emmi would ever say no in the future.

As for everyone else, if you ever owned and dearly loved a pet enough to kiss them, you'd be tempted to kiss an embis.
Just saying.

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Butter has... A lot of pent up emotions right now.
It's actually incredible nobody else is crying over this.

Over the course of writing VHV, I've determined, much to my surprise, that my favorite thing to write happens to be emotional,
not actiony scenes.
Sure, those definitely have their place, but VHV has evolved to an extent to accommodate my taste for intimate fiction- Not
intimate as in love, but as in being close in focus- paying attention to the small details and interactions of characters, as opposed to any grander arcs or greater conflict.
I might go over this in a Daab-Gaab, but for now, discussing the comic!

Butter surprised me again writing her for this. She was primarily very introverted, possibly prone to anger in any
stressful situation, and certainly didn't cry as much as she is currently. Now? Well, you're seeing now. She's a bit softer,
vulnerable, uncertain. Definitely not capable of conquering all obstacles before her. That's why she has her friends!

And most real-world conflicts aren't solved by one person anyway. I find I like this Butter better.

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Yeah, right. Like Mia WOULDN'T instantly
make peace with the little critter that was
trying to kill her some time before...

The action's kind of dead now, I think, but the story still lives!
Just expect, like, a lot of hugs until the end of the chapter. Because
Daab likes his hugs.

The only panel I'm really dissatisfied with is that last one. Couldn't quite
figure out the angles and geometry for Butter's face, but having a good reference
for at least Mia and Butter are very helpful for drawing.
Maybe when I get better, I can draw even cuter cuddling! :D

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"My friends! You found them!!
Praise- Uh... You, I guess."

"Gets weird when your goddess is right there, huh?"

"I've... Never had it happen before."

Some more goddess facts for your pleasure-

- While Tansheth's coat is warm and is always comfortable, Nuieptor's robe always feels cool and airy. Good for combating
intense heat, but Tansheth's coat is far better- Wearing it can actually protect one from all deadly temperatures, provided it's
not an actual chemical reaction because it's always comfortable to wear. Just don't take it into the sun as your only

-Having Ephtiim- the goddess of time- as a sister makes such good timing quite probable when you work together.
Oddly though, despite Ephtiim's time(and space)-jumping capabilities, Ailei and Nuieptor couldn't find her to work this out, so
the timing was just really good and kind of coincidental.

-Ephtiim can jump through space because just jumping through time doesn't account for the position of matter. This way she
can remain on the same global or relative position as she travels backwards or forwards through time. She can also remove
herself from a chronological place non-paradoxically, to prevent any un-fixable mistakes.
Niema was not stupid when she gave the goddesses their powers!

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"Okay, now wrap both arms around her head and squeeze. Just a little though!"

"Ailei, I've been in existence for many eons. I know how to hug."

Cuttin' it close again! Nothing much to report though, other than Ailei is adorable.
Well, actually, there's symbolic meaning to Nuieptor's tails. As the goddess of wisdom,
The left one is for knowledge, the right is for faith, and the middle is for wisdom.
But yes, they're very fluffy, soft and in fact, cool to the touch.

Al Tex sez:
Hey yall. This here's Al Tex.
Jess wanna say that this heer
author loves hiz happy endings.
Yall dig? Now donchew yall give
up hope fer Butter.
Yall take care now.

Let me just say that a bout of traumatic stress rarely waits for a convenient moment.
I mean, she had only just gotten off from Mother Jess, and already she's thinking she's gonna die!
Well, let's hope things get better next week!

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That cost being somebody's foot in your mouth.

I went a little nuts with this one. Given the lack of content on the last page, I guess I decided I needed to make up for lost
panels and drew a whopping 10 of them! Of course, the sequence in the end wouldn't work out properly.

So, faerie kiss?
The fae have a lot less restraint when it comes to kissing. Anyone for whom they feel affection, be it platonic or romantic,
receives many kisses in their interactions. Embis by comparison are actually a bit more restrained when it comes to affection.
Weird, huh?

I think I want a faerie-wrap after all this. Does anyone know of a taco place that sells them?

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Well... It really wasn't for the fire.

HOOOOO BOY. This page was a bit difficult to work with, wasn't it?
I had very little idea what to do for the next page, and in general had a bad case of the I-don't-wannas for the comic. It took some
sideways thinking to come up with this page. I realized eventually that the kind of drawing I was able to do lately was the
single picture drawing. Thus, this what I think is skillful, full page spread. It also about wraps everything up in a tight little bow.

Regarding my illness last week, I think I'm all done with that! It was gross and made me feel horrible, but I'm glad I'm back on the
horse now. Thank you all for your patience!

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Survival Instinct
Noun: An instinct useless to adventurers
and a hindrance to heroism.

When I said before in previous author-rants below the pages that I like any opportunity I can use to cheat, I meant it.
This page, for instance, is full of it. I think I only made two backgrounds from scratch, and those were mostly with the air-brush tool!
The characters, however, I decided to give my all and I think it shows.
I picked up a modification to my shading method involving sharper borders between light and shadow, you know... Like in real
life. The characters seem to have more of a presence because of it!

So, as for my life, can't really complain. I mean, I do- especially about my seasonal allergies, but I really shouldn't.
Take care!