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Nerdy guy from Norway. I like videogames and comics. Drawing is pretty much my life.
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    Bård Lilleøien
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@Lord Enigma: His mom told him he's trying too hard, though
@kidcthulhu: Thanks, was thinking of some weird puppetmaster, but I also wanted his looks to somewhat make sense in regards to how he's controlling the ghosts.
I believe that will get answered very soon...
I've been missing Embla's scooter too. It was fun to draw and makes good use of her powers for transport. Maybe I'll find another use for it down the line?
I regret not mixing the camera angles up a little more on these pages. There's a lot of shots from behind, not many showing the enviroment, which in retrospect should have been my main focus, as it may become important later...
Of course, 45-K being made as an anti-paladin, he may also counter a few of the chess pieces. Being a cyborg with enhanced senses, as well as having his creativity stripped away by death, illusions based on sounds and fears doesn't work on him at all.
There we are, infrasound, one often used explanation for ghost encounters.
I experienced this myself as I was writing the script(or really playing WoW). I was up at night, all alone in a dark apartment with a fan going. There was such an eerie atmosphere I kinda "felt" like I saw someone in my side view.
Just as that was happening, a podcast I was listening to mentioned the phenomenon, and I decided to give it a little research, and I just got the idea to have one of the chess pieces be an illusionist, using powerful infrasounds to craft illusions about his opponent's deepest and darkest feelings.
I hinted about this earlier, but there's a plothole about this avalanche. If it was there, how would Traktus, Embla and Panik have been able to move through to get to/from their ship earlier, seeing as this is that very same tunnel?
Chess Pieces, I knew from the start Mu would need someone to rival Paladins. While Paladins are the four elements, the Chess Pieces needed to be something else, while equally, if not even more powerful.
There have already been hints dropped about a few of them throughout the story, but I don't expect anyone to catch those at this point...
Embla and Traktus has this weird relationship where they dislike each other, there is no trust there, but each of them know they have to stomach the other person. For Traktus it's a sort of jealousy, as Embla took his place as the fire paladin after his "death", while Embla does not like being told what to do.
So it's easy for Traktus to just have Embla go do some stuff on her own, that way she won't bother him, but he also doesn't want to lose track of her.
So the news of Embla seeing Id spooks him, because he knows it can't possibly be Id, so he finally believes this "phenomenon" can be something more deadly than the rumors are saying. And he just happens to know what it could possibly be...
The man behind the ghost... we may not see much of him at this point. He's just toying with our heroes.
I guess it's safe to say at this point, he's working for Mu...
Time for a new chapter! This one may finally answer what the ghost actually is... and what its powers really are, to an extent.
We'll also finally see what someone else is up to, someone we haven't seen in a while...

Of course, I do have a Patreon if anyone wants to chip in, it would be much appreciated.
Comments are much appreciated too :)
@kidcthulhu: Oh dear, that one's cool.
Hope you're not disappointed...
@kidcthulhu: Afraid I don't know who that is, but drawing mechanical electric tentacles is fun anyway.
@kidcthulhu: Oh, I do remember watching Space Ghost on early Cartoon Network as a kid, but I can't really remember much of it.
Making black lines white is something I've kinda done later, I have to admit, though a lot more blurry than others have done.
@kidcthulhu: Thanks. I got super happy with this page myself.
I feel bad for being mean to Aris, but this is her story and it needs some dark moments to break her a bit. I'm sorry. I wanted to use Leeroy here to maybe lighten up the mood a bit, but it will get worse. Much worse.
Speaking of which, Chapter 25 starts June 1st!

If you enjoy DiS, please check out my Patreon at
I've had this story on my mind for the last 20 years, and while it's fun to finally tell it, making a buck or two while doing so does a lot for my motivation.
Or just read and leave a comment if you like, that helps too.
Talking of unintentional foreshadowing, I think this one worked out...
So here's the ghost, and the idea it shows up as whoever people are most afraid of. That might reveal a thing or two unintentionally. Showing the point of view of each panel thus became important and challenging. The final panel in particular, as both Leeroy and the goons are actually talking... but in the end, I believe it becomes clear the goons are the ones seeing the ghost as another Leeroy, as they're in the foreground, and they're actually commenting on it.
This page was a challenge in a way I didn't really prepare for. How to release some information without telling too much, and foreshadow something at the same time? No idea if any of that worked, but we'll see...
Those electrical tentacles might actually be paladin killers... IF they were wielded by someone else.
Poor Leeroy, my original Mary Sue from the very first version of this story I made when I was 13... I'll never be sick of picking on him...