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So, uh. I don't really know what my excuse is this time.

A lot of it was straight up lack of motivation to work on this, and finding every excuse I could to do something else. I spent most of yesterday cleaning my apartment, which is the sort of thing I only do when there is literally nothing else I feel like doing.

The rest of it was the fast that my computer is getting up there in years and is probably a few months from completely shitting the bed. Like, it's having trouble running Google Chrome, much less Photoshop. My laptop isn't in much better shape. So, I guess I have to figure out how to afford a new computer. I mean, I can afford it, I just don't want to either blow my savings or run up my credit card bill.

Add not being sure if I want to stay at my job or not and some other 20-something "not sure how to be happy" existential BS to all of that and it's a great recipe for not getting anything done.

I don't know. I'm not sure where to go from here. I mean, I'm not gonna quit the comic or anything, but I might either take a break and work on some other shit for awhile or at least try drawing pages by hand for a bit until I get my computer shit worked out. We'll see.

Question of the Update: You'll find out on the next page anyway, but what would you name Ialu's creepy/cute bunny demon guardian?
@ShadowStalker1128: Honestly I didn't put too much thought into why the Guardians resemble their Dreamers; you could probably chalk it up to coincidence XD It was just a subconscious design choice, I guess.
A ram and his Guardian. Rory is about as into her job as Luna was in the beginning.

Question of the Update: I haven't come up with a name for the species of demon that Rory is yet. Come up with one.
In which Ialu is a bit of a hippie and Aeron may or may not have anger issues.

Apologies for the delay (yet again), but I can actually blame this one primarily on temporary computer/internet issues. My computer is getting up there in years and sometimes just decides not to work for a few hours or a day or two, and then I didn't have internet for an evening, because Comcast.

Question of the Update: I'm sure you guys have guessed that these two are Dreamers--can you figure out where their Dreamstones are?
Oh look new friends. Looks like they get along great.

Question of the Update: I'm just gonna let you guys guess where these two might be from. One is blatantly obvious; the other a little less so, I think.
@ZZ Digital: I was wondering if anyone would get the Lion King reference XD

Aannnd maybe that's where they're from. Maybe not. :P

@EstherQuesada: Hahaha yeah the original translation I saw for it was something like "how annoying" but then I googled it and it came back as a mixed bag of swear words. Then again, Maya's sort of a rude person all in all so maybe it still works? XD Anyway, thanks for the other suggestions, I may use some of those later. Remind me to consult you for miscellaneous Spanish phrases in the future haha.
Sorry this is a day later than expected, but honestly that should surprise no one. Actually, it just wound up being a bit more detailed than I intended and therefore took longer.

Anyway! Here begins a new story arc with some new characters. We're taking a short break from Riza and the main crew to give Maya a bit of spotlight.

I tried to find a somewhat mild Spanish curse/declaration of annoyance for the chapter quote. Not sure if I succeeded. I'm sure one of you has a better one.

Question of the Update should be obvious: Who are all the creatures aside from Maya and Chico on this cover?
Well, I guess it is, just not a comic update.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know that I am officially moved into my new apartment, and despite lacking a couch and some other things, my computer and internet are up and running, so the comic should be back next week. I still have some stuff to unpack and set up in between work this week, so I'm not rushing to get back to making pages, but I feel like next Monday is reasonable.

So, yeah, enjoy this doodle in the meantime.
WHOOO this chapter is finally over. That was a lengthy one. I didn't honestly think it was going to be that long, things just...took more space to draw than I expected I guess? Comic artist problems.

Please ignore how little sense the moon in the background of the last panel makes. I like it there.

Anyway, as excited as I am to start the next chapter, which dives into some new characters (again) and a whole new story arc, I am actually going to take a short break from updating to get myself moved into this apartment and deal with some family stuff and get some big work things out of the way. Basically the coming weeks are going to involve me basically never being home and packing when I am, so I'd rather not be stressing about drawing comics too. I should be back by mid-June. I imagine the dust will have settled by then. I may post some filler doodles in the meantime if I am able.

That aside, Question of the Update is the the standard end of chapter fare; questions, comments, and concerns about the story, art, characters, etc. are welcome. Fire away.

Song of the Week: "First Things First" - Neon Trees. I know I did a song on Thursday but ehh I'm gonna be gone for awhile so here's another. I've been saving this one for this scene anyway; I just like the vibe of it.
I don't really /want/ to point out the significance of this page, but for the record, not drawing a character smiling (except in flashbacks) for like 800 pages is harder than you'd think.

Question of the Update: Did anyone, like...notice that Dae has pretty much never cracked a smile before? Like was that a noticeable character attribute or what?

Song of the Week: "We Are One Tonight" - Switchfoot. It's not necessarily that it's super relevant, but I wrote this scene to this song like a bajillion years ago, so it only seemed right.
I PROMISE this chapter is almost over, jesus christ I did not mean for it to be this long.

Question of the Update: What work is Riza referring to, exactly?
Sorry for the delay. Again. May is inevitably a super busy month for me every year for some reason, and this year is no exception. I have /so much shit/ to do, mostly pertaining to the fact that I just signed the lease on my first apartment! :D I'm a tad behind the curve on the moving out thing, being almost 25, but better late than never I guess. Anyway, I'm probably going to be spending the next few weeks packing shit and changing addresses and then unpacking shit and getting things set up so uh. Don't be too worried if I disappear here and there. Not that that's anything new.

...I actually just realized that not only did I seriously skimp out on backgrounds on this page, I also straight up forgot a lot of the detail work I usually put in. Sigh.

ANYWAY. Question of the Update: Where do you think Dae got his knife?
Heyyyy guess what I actually got done in time.

Question of the Update: Well, he's found a box, at least. How do you think he managed to survive the next couple years, anyway?
@SpiralofDragon: Yeahhhh I literally just 100% forgot to draw the blood and stuff on this page.
I was going to just upload this on Monday with another page, but then I realized that having a page done at all for Monday was going to crush any motivation I had to get back on schedule. So here. I guess this is technically what was supposed to be yesterday's page, and yesterday's was Monday's, and...yeah. That.

No question or anything since I just posted one yesterday.
You know...the rain texture I made back in chapter 3...doesn't...look as good as I remember.

Again, there was originally some much darker dialogue here but I kind of toned it down because it bothered me a lot more now than it did when I wrote this chapter years ago.

Question of the Update: What town is he wandering into?

I think I should bring back the Song of the Week. I kind of forgot about it for awhile. Anyway, it's "Damage I've Done" - Anarbor. I dunno, seemed appropriate.
The first 3 panels weren't in the script, really. I kind of just felt they needed to be there.

Question of the Update: Well, there's a river. Any idea where he is or what he's close to?
This scene was supposed to be slightly longer but this chapter is already long enough SO. MOVING ON.

Question of the Update: Where is he running to?
I am just dragging this chapter out, aren't I?

Sorry for slight lateness; needed sleep more than I needed to stay up late last night trying to finish this so I opted to do it in the morning.

Question of the Update: What do you think Artturo does when he's stuck in the back of Dae's head somewhere and unable to torment innocent people?
There goes Dae, stating the obvious.

If you didn't notice, I rearranged the sidebars on the site next to the comic pages. I nixed the Paypal donate button because I always felt weird about having it to begin with, and replaced it with a button from Ko-fi, which, if you are so inclined, lets you help me out just a little by making a small, 3$ donation--a.k.a. buying me a coffee. I like coffee. I especially like fancy Starbucks coffees that I usually can't afford. So, you know, if you like the comic and want to help me stay awake long enough to finish pages, that's an option now. If you donate on there, you should get a thank you message with a link to a DC wallpaper I've had sitting around for awhile and never uploaded anywhere public, if you wish to grace your desktop with Riza's silly face.

If you want to help out the comic in a more substantial way, I also added a link to my commission info, since I feel way better about taking money if I'm giving something that I don't already give out for free in return.

I've had friends suggest that I do a Patreon or something, but honestly my schedule is so inconsistent that I don't feel confident that I'd be able to provide extra content for Patrons on a regular basis, so this one-time stuff is my substitution. Not that ANY of it is required; DC will always remain free to read regardless of whether I'm making any money on it or not.

Anyway, Question of the Update: What do you think little Dae's going to do when he wakes up?