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I’m not gonna lie.
Torture isn’t fun to draw.

I don’t think I’m going to do it again. At least not in this comic.

So you might be getting some hints as to why Otari isn’t the nicest person in the world anymore. The question is, why is he telling Icari all this. He is really putting it all out there. Some people have speculated that it might be lies to indoctrinate Icari, but this is him truly opening up. So hopefully you’re wondering about his motivations.

I’m sure you are also wondering why in the world I’d be so harsh as to castrate the guy?!? I almost didn’t but referencing back to chapter 3, that was a real fear of Icari’s. Now you know he wasn’t just being hyperbolic, this is something they really do a punishment. These are a harsh people.

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58 Responses

  1. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    So its just playing games with their power?
    Like decreeing that every tuesday at 10:11am sharp, everyone must punch themselves in nose or burn eternally?
    “because I can”, basically?

    (also, sorry if multible posts like this from the same guy is a bit annoying. I dont know how to reply to replies.)

    • jordan says:

      I love getting comment so please feel free.
      You have the right idea. Arbitrary rules for the sake of control.

  2. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    I never got why sex is evil.

    Though I guess overpopulation would be pretty crippling to the mountain dwellers.

    • jordan says:

      It has less to do with overpopulation and more to do with control.
      The High Priest mentioned that they used to be hunter/gatherers before coming to the Mountain. It’s once they settled down they learned about agriculture.
      With agriculture resources become limited and ownership becomes a thing. Everybody owns something, including people and the way they behave.

  3. Greg White says:

    In Hominids if someone feels remorse for having done something wrong how do they make amends?

    • jordan says:

      In a nutshell, sex. I liken the Tree Dwellers to Bonobos and the Mountain Dwellers to they’re more violent cousins, the Chimpanzee. Bonobos deal with things through sex causing a more peaceful, cohesive group.

  4. Rich Wallace says:

    Great textures and flashback style!

  5. TK says:

    Damn, the priesthood are harsh! Very cool page especially in regards to shading and lighting.

    PS, typo in panel 3- should be “difficult to believe”.

  6. LaughingTarget says:

    OK, gonna believe this part is accurate and honest. Either the flashback is warped or he’s not powerful enough to change the culture and is being an ass to protect the city from mass riots.

    • jordan says:

      Yeah, he’s definitely telling the truth here. Why he’s telling Icari all this will be explained in later pages.

  7. Kate says:

    Ooh, that’s harsh… He returns with a glowing holy symbol on his head, so they string him up and torture him. “How dare you say that the gods don’t want us to he horrible and cruel!” Charming.

    Also, and I’m sure you’d have picked these up eventually anyway, but I just want to draw your attention to some minor typos: 1st panel should read, “The people praise *you* and so shall we.” 3rd should read, “Have the gods changed *their* minds?”

  8. Silly Zealot says:

    “So you have a glowing symbol on your forhead?”- One of the council asked, -”Big deal, I have a birth mark that looks like Jennifer Aniston!”
    It should be noted that, in this setting, the surviving records and pictures of Jennifer Aniston were idolized to an statusquite similar to Aphrodite.

  9. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Oh man, look at that mustache. I didnt think dwarfs could be mages.

  10. LaughingTarget says:

    Ah, here comes the unreliable narrator telling us of the past.

  11. John says:

    So are they praising his return because he supposedly survived alone in an environment that they have trouble living in even in groups? Or because his forehead is now really shiny? ….I’m going for the latter; much more amusing that way. :)

    • jordan says:

      Both. They thing his shining tattoo is what gave him the power to survive the jungle. They’re a superstitious lot.

  12. Greg White says:

    How about having someone kidnapped and end up with Stockholm syndrome.

    • jordan says:

      The story is pretty much set in stone at this point. However, it could be argued that’s what happened to Icari.

  13. Greg White says:

    You really have talent. Keep up the good work.

  14. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Hey, you never know.
    Maybe he’ll get lucky and he’ll just randomly redring.

  15. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Oh dear, I just noticed priestguy mc redrobes has got an xbox power button on his forehead.
    Now I cant unsee it.

    • jordan says:

      If only Icari knew that all he had to do was touch his forehead and he’d turn him off!

  16. LaughingTarget says:

    If a city is built or settled prior to any kind of written record system, its founding usually ends up with some kind of fantastic legend story. Rome has Romulus and Remus, Athens has a conflict between Poseidon and Athena, etc. Verbal history tends to get distorted by inter-generational games of “telephone”. For a heavily religious people such as the Mountain Dwellers, developing a fantastic founding myth is plausible and possibly expected if the area was inhabited for enough generations so even people with second hand knowledge are long dead.

    Also, am I the only one that wants to pull a Tarzan under the city on those vines?

  17. FlyingGekko says:

    Aha! Found the spot on the map :) Right in the pig’s mouth below the ear! Or is it a rat?

    • jordan says:

      Holy crap! Now I can’t unsee that! I think that’s the best pig drawing I’ve ever done unintentionally.

  18. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Wait, the city was already there when the homo sapiens showed up?

    • jordan says:

      If he’s telling the truth, or the truth wasn’t somehow diluted over the ages…you’ll have to wait and see.

  19. LaughingTarget says:

    The bow dramatically changed the face of warfare and was the dominant weapon for around thirty thousand years. The oldest known bow, a Holmegaard design dating back to 9,000 BCE, is so effective that modern competition and hunting bows are based on its design. Archery was a huge game changer in human civilization. I would wager a guess that archery was the key determinant as to why H. Sapiens became the dominant species and other branches died out or, potentially, were integrated into the species.

    This is basically bad news for anyone that isn’t a devout Mountain Dweller, especially if the bow is refined beyond a simple bent stick.

    I love the insinuation from the High Priest that this is, somehow, his idea via divine inspiration.

    • jordan says:

      Spot on! In my research I’ve also read that if civilization were ever lost, if we had to start all over, certain things would always come back. One of which is the bow and arrow. This is one of the possible reasons we see it in every cultures history.
      If anything, this will certainly change things for the worst.

  20. McAllister says:

    so, (so far) we have the mountain people , the tree people, the bone eaters(?), and “icari’s god” hmm… could there (it could potentially be a good story ark) be a tribe on the river, full of nomadic fishermen.

    • jordan says:

      You may. In fact, it might be worth going back to the first five pages of chapter 1 to see if you’re right. ;)

  21. LaughingTarget says:

    *spear plunges into the abused one’s chest”


    *jazz hands*


  22. Silly Zealot says:

    I should have posted this over a week ago, but, man! Did you just make fanart of your own comic and send it to yourself! I can’t tell it was a different author!

    • jordan says:

      Haha! I’ll take that as a compliment because Leila Del Duca’s work is awesome. Next time you’re at a comic shop, do yourself a favor and pick up her comic, Shutter.

  23. LaughingTarget says:

    It’s a shame Sno is so hot-headed. Now it’s going to be harder to get the other two out of prison.

  24. John says:

    I see visiting hours are in effect.

  25. Silly Zealot says:

    Such small creatures, eaten my slightly less small creatures, who in turn are eaten by other slightly less creatures…

  26. Vachement captivant : je crois que ce post intéresserait une meuf

  27. LaughingTarget says:

    Just a little erosion and the city can say goodbye.

  28. Kate says:

    Aw man, I’m anticipating chapter 6 so much!! Although “Sacrifice” is a pretty massively ominous title.

    Beautiful artwork here. I hope that little cave down under the city turns out to be a secret escape route or hideyhole of some sort. Because, honestly, things can’t get much worse for our heroes.

  29. McAllister says:

    first time we get to see the mountain kingdom
    wow… I’d rather be with the tree people

  30. John says:

    YAY! I can’t wait to find out the priest’s true motives! I will admit you have at lest me stumped on that. Tuse can’t come any faster.

    • jordan says:

      I’m glad you didn’t see it coming. I think the rest of his story should be pretty interesting.

  31. OMG! I cannot wait for chapter 6! Your work is amazing. I’m dying to see the cover next week. Keep on working Jordan your awesome!

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