Night Fox – Comic Post #069: A Shadow Of A Doubt

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That joke at the end are what we who are obsessed with tropes call a brick joke. And even if you didn’t think it was funny, at the very least you can say you learned something today…

Anywho, I recently started doing some volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity because the amount of free time I have is just too damn high… and I can probably be better spending it doing something productive. The volunteer work isn’t anything super special, mostly just putting the shit I learned in my graphic design classes to some actual practical use by designing fliers and stuff for them. It’s not going to prevent me from being able to do updates on time, though it is going to give me a smug sense of satisfaction and self-superiority, despite what little work I’m doing actually helping out my community. And you too can feel that obnoxious sense of smugness as well by volunteering at your local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store today! *This statement is not sponsored by Habitat for Humanity or any of its affiliate groups* But, that’s pretty much the only new thing I have going on. My life is still in a constant state of continual-non-changed-ness, so I don’t really have much else to say here, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

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Night Fox – Comic Post #068: Talking To Shadows

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Woot. Another new character mysterious character with an unknown motivation who likes to discuss things from the shadows. This time, we’re taking it a little bit more literally as his name is actually Latin for shadows. Just what exactly is this new guy up to, you’re probably not actually asking (because you guys don’t actually ask anything…)? Tune in for the next character bio to maybe find out. And by that, I mean get a vague picture…

At any rate, we’re back to the regular update schedule, so no more double updates a week. Disappointing, I know, but I end up burning myself out so easily when I draw multiple comic pages a week. And I really don’t like burning myself out on what is more or less a hobby… On the bright side, I’m going to at least try to not have the artwork look so lazy now that we’re back to the normal schedule. Try. As in attempt…As in I can make no solid promises on an increase in quality at this time…

Anyways, my life is still just as uneventful as ever, so that’s really the only news I have for this update, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

 

Art Post – Night Fox Character Bio #8

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Name: Shira, the Wight Queen

In order to get a better understanding of Shira, you first have to get a grasp on the race of Spirit she belongs to. Shira is classified as a kind of Spirit called a Wightling, which are characterized as pale skinned Humanoid Spirits with dark markings all over their bodies that glow when they’re using magic. These markings help Wightlings gather Spirit Energy more efficiently than most other races, and as such, many Wightlings go around wearing clothing that keep most of these markings still exposed, so as to not hamper their superior ability to channel Spirit Energy.

Throughout the Spirit World, there are many different races of Spirits who are each good at different kinds of magic. As far as Wightlings are concerned, they are considered THE BEST when it comes to Spell Casting, with there not being a single school of Magic they’re incapable of using. But that’s just taking into account magic that they aren’t naturally gifted at. You see, Wightlings are masters of Necromancy and Soul Manipulation. There isn’t a single Spell in the entire craft of Necromancy that a Wightling cannot learn and master, and their inherent understanding of how Souls function are what enable them to be such potent Spell Casters in the first place. And Shira, as the Wight Queen, is considered to be the most powerful Necromancer among all of the Wightlings in the Spirit World. While there are still a few Spirits in un-populated areas of the Spirit World who may not have heard of her or her title, there is not a single Wightling out there who hasn’t heard of her skills.

She’s so powerful, that she can even give the Reaper’s a run for their money. While she’s always careful to avoid doing anything overtly illegal to the point where she would bring down the wrath of the entirety of the Reaper forces on her, she still has had run-ins with them, and she has always come out on top. It suspected that just a single one of her Undead servants is powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with all but the most elite Reaper Officers. And if she runs into a Reaper her servants can’t handle? She goes and deals with them herself.

Not much is known about Shira, as the only people known to know her personally are her Undead servants. That being said, the Reapers have been able to piece together a vague picture of her based off of reports they have on her activities and behavior. It is estimated that she at least has some degree of respect for the Reaper’s and their laws, as she doesn’t actively go out of her way to go and antagonize them, and she only kills members of their ranks when they actively get in her way. That is one thing that she will not tolerate though, and that is people getting in her way, as when something decides to stand between her, and something she wants, or even just slightly fancies, she has been shown to hold absolutely no mercy when dealing with what obstacle is facing her.

It is in situations like these where she will not tolerate failure, and has been known to destroy her own servants when they mess up, so as to bring her other ones more in line. It is this kind of behavior that has caused her to develop a sort of god complex at times, leading her to believe that she may be a sort of reincarnation of one of the fabled “Deity Spirits” that legends say mysteriously disappeared thousands of years ago. Of course, whether or not her belief in that is actually true, top Magic Researchers within the Spirit World have deemed something like reincarnation to be, “almost certainty physically impossible considering what is known about how the Soul works”. Still, delusions aside, Shira is still a Spirit whose good graces you should try to stay in by any means possible, lest she decide she doesn’t want to put up with your antics and destroy you.

Of course, Shira’s personally history is an even bigger mystery to most people. The only thing that can be said for sure is that Shira was probably a Human first before she died and became a Spirit, owed to the fact that she is a Spirit with very Human characteristics, a feature that usually only occurs in Naturally-Born Spirits when one of their parents was Human at some point. Based off of reports the Reapers have gathered, her Spirit form is estimated to only be around 320 years old, which is very young for a Spirit of her power. It is suspected that her cause of death when she was Human may have been that she had been burned to death as a witch, as the estimated time frame for her death matches up with the Witch Trails. One interesting thing of note, is that there have been reports of a Wight Queen from before this time period that have been verified to have no connection to Shira. This has lead to the possibility that Shira might have inherited the title of the Wight Queen from another Spirit. Though, whether she killed the previous Wight Queen, or the title was merely passed down, is unknown.

So, what about Shira’s actually role within the story? Well, she wants to form a Pact with Alex so that she can use him as her Spiriter (what the Human is called in Pact between a Human and Spirit). She suspects that with Alex in her control, she will be able to make him into the strongest Spiriter the world has ever known, and that the two of them together would be an unstoppable powerhouse. For what purpose she either wants, or needs that kind of power, cannot be said for certain. The only thing that can said, is that she will stop at nothing to claim Alex as hers, even if that means she has to destroy Kitsiyuna in the process of claiming him. It is for that reason, that Shira should be considered a top level threat to both Alex and Kitsiyuna when the duo crosses inevitably crosses paths with her.

 

Night Fox – Comic Post #067: The Paper Spirit Pg.14

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If you count up all of the individual pages for this and comic 54 as separate comics, then we’ve officially reached 100 COMICS! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

…Anyways, we’re finally done with the fight now, and this little story arc (FINALLY). You can expect the regular update schedule again, starting next week. In the meantime, I’m going to try to avoid writing really long story arcs like this one for a little while, so that I don’t end up locking myself into these long stories where I rarely get to change the pace of the comic. That doesn’t mean I’m going to do a lot of one off comics, but at the very least, when a comic leads directly into the next one, I’ll try to avoid that going on for about 10 months at a time…

Also, we’ve got ourselves an actual antagonist now. Of course, I’m saying this with the knowledge of the comics I’m going to be making for the next couple of weeks, that she’s probably not going to actually show in within the story for a little while… Kind of a tease in that regard I know… I do know how the encounter with her is going to play out, it’s just I know the characters are not at the right place in the story for what I have planned at moment, so that’s going to have to wait…Still, I’m planning a bio for her right now, which I’m going to post sometime over the weekend. It’s going to be a little bit more informative than usual, as it’s actually going to have some world building in it. That’s something I need to get in the habit of doing, sticking some of the world building outside of the comic, so that that way, I don’t have to have everyone spouting exposition all the freaking time. But yeah, that’s definitely going to go up before the next comic, so that’s something else you can look forward to after (I do get more likes on average when I post things that aren’t my comic after all…)

At any rate, if I think of anymore news to tell you guys, I’ll just post it in a different update, so until then, I’m done here, and I’ll see you guys next comic.