Zen as a pixie repellant
Chasing the Sunset
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Furia Firelander says:

love the srip, i always do

Magister says:

A plan of stunning simplicity.

Awesome says:

What's that other dragon doing in the third panel above leaf?

I like the "Good plan." "That wasn't it!" sequense. :D

Furia Firelander says:

they don't really watch very carefull who is comming, and uh, first and second I claim :D

Myth & Magic says:

They could have made it inside without the help of "the mad sorcerer", they have after all Ayne, isn't she mad enough?

Chariset says:

Ah, Leaf. Successful despite his best efforts.

nicholas says:

nice work on the art in the last panal leaf's botem part of his robe is un dun.
thay are allways hard to keep cuming un dun.
(know from experience.)

Osk says:

great, lightning strikes the ship, some meat eating flying fish jumps at leaf, and he doesnt have to use one of is weird plans to get inside town. Great comic, as usual

odo says:

I think the "other dragon" is some sort of sea-serpent. I note that in the second panel the ship we saw passing under the bridge has been struck by lightning.

As always, a good piece of art.

Tensko1234 says:

I knew it...the water balloon was to late.

grammar-correction toast watermelon!!! says:


Why do you persecute the poor water baloon so?

Pulsy says:

lol a sea monster XD That dwarven guard is not doing too great a job really, inviting the mad sorcerer in :P

Arya says:

Did a sea serpent just poke it's head over the bridge, or was that a flying fish with teeth?
I like Leaf's plan, it's foolproof, and whether Fieht knows it out not, she gifted wrapped the journey across the bridge for them. I love the new strip:)

Lee says:

I hope that ship has a lightning conductor, or some magical equivalent.

Sabreur says:

Leaf looks both surprised and disappointed at the end.

Sitara says:

I hope they don't lose that water balloon anytime soon...

Ooga says:

^.^ You guys are amaizing! The amount of thought and detail you put into them is always apparent.

AnyaDraconis says:

I love all the background details...the ship getting hit with lightning is clever :)
But I'm also wondering what that fishy thing is. It's cool, but...what's it supposed to be? And what's it doing there?

Bastet says:

What is the sea-serpant thing doing at the bridge?
The lightning is cool, too. And I love Myhrad's expression in the last panel!!!

Kitten says:

Every time I peek in to read what I've missed, I'm never dissapointed. Exciting story, and love your drawings as always, sis.

*Skittles* says:

Grat idea, *leaf*!

*Skittles* says:


Skreyola says:

I laughed out loud at this one! Great work, as always. I like the lightning and the sea monster. :)

Ebeth says:

philosophy and pixies? If i weren't already in love with this comic, i would be by now. XD

Kalietha says:

I love the way all these things are going on around them and they don't even notice...the sea serpent, the lightning-struck ship (Zelda: Link's Awakening, anyone?)...

Khyrhon says:

Beware the wrath of the sea monster!

Unigirl says:

I don't think I have ever seen Myrhad smile like that..

Dark Dragon says:

OOOH! mystical shiney magic staff! Sadly, no time to post now... T___T

bookbook says:

i like how it slowly goes from a sunset to complete darkness ruled by a storm.
"this is the hour of pride and power, of the wolf and the witch."
that's from a summary of Macbeth.
the storm/night inspires me.
(by bookbook)
Night approaches
like silent wings
of a raven
a bat
a crow
shading the sky
hiding the sun
from mortal eyes

the night brings on
a scream in the dark
a lightning-struck ship
lives lost
the rain pounds
onto the road
embracing the night
giving birth to Fear
clouds swirl
this is the hour
of death

Jeremiah says:

About the sea monster... it doesn't look like Feiht is awake. Thus, it's not her doing.

Osk says:

in a way, they start to have bad and good luck since that staff.... lightning strikes nearby, but not them, a predator fish jumps at leaf but he just climbed down, and getting into town is a lot easier... is it a staff of chaos?

Osk says:

oh, btw, leafs "water proof" cap isnt very effective, maybe he should get a longer one, or get his hair cut. mwahahahhahaha, leaf with short hair... blasphemy ;)

Anonymous says:

Great artwork as usual. I love looking back and comparing the more recent ones to the first ones. It's amazing how far you guys have gone. On a completely different note ... why is Leaf grabbing his crotch on panel 4???

Aerinelf says:

I think he's messing with his clothing or the strap on that pouch he's carrying.

Aerinelf says:

Heehee...Nice reference to the tree falling in a forest riddle.

grammar-correction toast watermelon!!! says:

Well, i like muffins.

Khyrhon says:

Ah, I love writing, especially writing poetry... It's nice, my enlgish class was just doing a unit on poetry!

Jeremiah says:

Leaf is not "grabbing his crotch" in panel 4. He is doing the bottom part of his robe. As you see in the first panels he's got to undone it in order to climb down. Then in panel 4 he starts to do them again, but does not finish (see panel 7)

Korgmatose says:

I don't think it goes from sunset to raging storm, I think the orange hue in the last strip was because of the staff glowing. The glow dissipates immidiately when Leaf pulls the balloon over the crystal.

bookbook says:


bookbook says:

oh yeah click on my name if you dare!

Nebra Reppalk says:

A few comments from the collected knowledge of Nebra Reppalk:

Okay, theoretically the ship should not be in mortal danger because the masts of old sailing ships would have a lightning rod in them, and when a storm blew up the crew would throw chains overboard to conduct the electricity into the ocean where it would disappate harmlessly.(I got this from Moby Dick, I never finished the book though, the abridged version even.)

Right now I'm taking an English class on creative writing. Surprisingly I've done quite well the with poetry. However I generally lean towards free verse. If you want read any(although it usually isn't related to anything) let me know.

And last of all: Hoo-rah! We approach the land of the dwarves!Soon we will be among my brethren.

YOur Jelous says:

theres a monster in scene 3!

bookbook says:

anybody wanna read mine, besides DARKNESS above?

Khyrhon says:

Sure, I'd love to read people's poetry. Perhaps I will put up some of mine for you to read, if I feel brave enough...

bookbook says:

anybody wan to hold a poetry convention?
'cause it looks like it's happening. whee!

Unigirl says:

I don't think I have ever seen Myhrad smile like that...

Nebra Reppalk says:

Okay, I don't have my notebook with me, but I have a haiku and a tanka I can recite from memory:

What purpose are dreams;
An escape or reflection?
Can we truly know?

Differences of Opinion:
"Each day the wonders
of Nature create beauty!"
claims the Romantic.

Yet rationalists like I
see such things as commonplace.
[Edited by moderator]

watermelon!!! says:

i don't do pomes

Khyrhon says:

Oh, I want to post some of mine... just don't laugh if they are bad, critism appreciated!

First, a two collumn poem - can be read 4 ways!

Remember that year? Then
We were happy, We
Thought we were immortal and Ignored
The very best things. We knew Life
,Or so we thought, many things, In
Our minds full of Glorious
Thoughts and love, Happiness
Giving us strength to go through that endless twilight Together.

And lastly (for now), an "I, Too" poem!

Point of View
I, too, am alive.

I am the enemy,
nothing more to you.
When you think of me you think of evil and rage
but I am good
and right
and you are my foe in my mind.

we will fight together
when we must.
But only as long as we must,
for today is today
and tomorrow is

the next day we will be at war again,
and you will hate me.

I, too, am human.

Khyrhon says:

Oh, shoot! My two-collumn poem got messed up. Well, the past word of each line is supposed to be a seperate collumn, except the last line where they join. You can read just the first collumn, just the second collumn, the whole thing, or the first word of each line! So, how do people like it?

shakespearean watermelon!!! says:

Wonderful! Great emotion and voice.

bookbook says:

i have a bunch of haikus from a road trip i once took to the Grand Canyon.
The eye plunges you
into great fictional worlds
Reading a good book

oh yeah, that reminds me... mith and alien, you should have a fanfiction page.
Great salt-water tears
Fall from a black darkened sky
Rain falls from a cloud
The world is lit up
By a bright tongue from the sky
A flash of lightning
A bat falls asleep
As the sun brightens the world
This is the bright dawn
The foot sinks so deep
Into a cold white powder
Snow on a mountain
A drumming is near
Wet falls on your soaking clothes
In a thunderstorm
The edge of the world
One mile of dizzying drop
In the Grand Canyon
A wide-open blue
Whiteness travels the open
The sky and a cloud

yes, it's a lot of haikus, but it was quite a long road trip!

Nebra Reppalk says:

Oh, I have another tanka about snow. For those of you that don't know, a tanka is basically a haiku: 5/7/5 syllables, with two lines of seven syllables following it.

It drifts in small flakes,
or falls in broad, feavy sheets.
Joy or a problem?

I leave that to other folk.
I must shovel the driveway.

I would like to point out that when I write haiku (or tankas) I try to show contrast, the dual sides of reality. Or I ask questions, I try to encourage my readers (what few there are) to think about something.

Final remarks: The haiku I wrote about dreams (see above) I wrote after we covered dreaming in my psychology class. Basically you have the Freud view that dreams are an escape and a manifestation of, unconscious desires, and then there's the cognitive theory that dreaming is really our brain sorting through what happened that day. And so I put it in a poem.

I think I'll also bring in my notebook that I write random poetry in, I wrote one I liked last night. It's kind of emo though...

Khyrhon says:

bookbook, I like your poems. The rain one is my favorite. And Nebra, yours are good too! At least now we have something to do to pass the time!

Nebra Reppalk says:

Yeah, yeah I know. Big tough dwarven warrior has a soft spot. So what? Samurai wrote poetry all the time.

Oh, and I found my notebook, sorry in advance that it's a little emo. (No I don't cut myself, that's just wrong)

"I Won't Let You In"

You think you know me,
you think you do,
but you can't know me,
because I won't let you.

You can't judge
what I've done and what I haven't.
You can't judge me at all,
because you don't know me,
but you'll judge me anyway.

What people have known of me,
they've rejected,
they've ridiculed WHAT I AM.
I've been hurt before,
I won't let it happen again.

Knowledge is power.
Thus to know me is to have power over me.
I will not stand for that,
so I don't let you know me.

You don't know me.
You can't, I won't let you,
because I can't trust you, or anyone
ever again...

(Sorry, it just kinda came out.)

Mogget's Little Sister says:

Hey, our humanities class made a poem! It's about school, and it's a spoof off of the poem "This is the beginning" by.. oh, whats his name.. anyway, I didn't keep my copy, but I'll get it from my friend and show you. The other class did one too, and it's funny to see the contrast! I remember the last lines.

In ours:
This will be a good year!

In the other classes:
I am free from this dungeon of learning nightmares!

Crazy, or what! We are the optimists, and they are the pessimists! Ha!

If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody's there to hear it, does it make a sound?

LOVE the comic!

Mogget's Little Sister says:

Ok... we were watching this movie in school... I can't keep the annoying song inside my head any longer! I have to let it out! (Close your eyes!)

da da, da da, da da!

da da, da da, da da!

ACK! Now it's stuck in my head even more! thanks a lot, comment box!

By the way, David Bowie is really weird in that movie.

Mogget's Little Sister says:

HAHAHAHAHA! I am in command of the "last" position! LAST!

dante's watermelon!!! says:

Language arts isn't my strongest subject. I'm really in the field of science. I can play the piano! And i can spell pnumonoultramicriscopisillicolovolcanoconiosis

dante\'s watermelon!!! says:

Or something like that.

Khyrhon says:

oh yeah? What about Floccinaucinihilipillification? It is 28 letters long, is made up of 5 latin words, made up my college students, means "making a big deal out of nothing", and is the longest non-technical term in he english language!

Khyrhon says:

*the, not he

Khyrhon says:

I'm going to post another of my poems, this time a cinquain. For those who don't know, a cinquain has 5 lines with the syllables per line going 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.


you hear my voice

crack like leaves in Autumn,

And see my tears falling when you

left me?

I had to put 2 spaces between each line, because otherwise the format would have gotten messed up like my two-collumn...

Osk says:

funny, i feel like diggin up my old poems, though they were worse, much worse than the ones i read here

... even 1 love poem, shocking. What i miss most about the old pages is the "time to update" timer. anyone a poem about time or clocks or something?

AnyaDraconis says:

Sorry to disrupt the poetry conference (it's great, btw) but HAPPY IDES OF MARCH!! Let's all celebrate an assassination!!

We have trash cans that say "BRUTE" on them. So we went around taping signs that said "et tu" on them. And nobody understood it but people that take Latin. And even they were afraid. :P

raisin says:

Hey, um, i have the impression that i'm only like the third person to have noticed that the third panel is home to a giant water snake dragon thing. Yeah.

Osk says:

i counted around 9 posts in which it was mentioned, though 2 were mine. no satisfying answer has so far come forth from the oracles as to what it is and why it is there

Khyrhon says:

I noticed and posted! Oh, I take latin too! Just took the NLE (National Latin Exam) today too!

Nebra Reppalk says:

I took Latin, but I'm taking Greek this year. However my thespian friends reminded me, so I shouted quotes like "Hands speak for me!" and "Tyranny is dead! Freedom, liberty, and enfranchisement!"

Regarding poetry: Is it just me, or does it seem that some of these poems reveal a hopless romantic in all of us? Of course, i could be considered a cynic, but i belive a while back at this site someone said that "a cynic is merely a disillusioned romantic"
My friend once said, "I think that if you scratch beneath the surface of a cynic, you'll find an idealist." Although i hate to admit it, I think he's right...

dante's watermelon!!! says:

My word is 45 letters long, and it is a lung disease caused by microsopic sillicon particles from volcanic ash. You can see it in the letters and the definition. t is the worlds longest one-word medical condition.

bookbook says:

finally! an area of my almost complete expertise! i was in a kind of Shakespeare Club with about 25 other people, and we performed Julius Caesar in the fall. This spring we're doing A Midsummer Night's Dream. We didn't perform the entire play, just a few scenes, but it was still really fun! in honor of the occasion (even though it's 3/16 by now) i'll try to recite a scene...

SOOTHSAYER: Beware the Ides of March!
CAESAR: What man is that?
BRUTUS: A soothsayer bids you beware the Ides of March.
CAESAR: Set him before me; let me see his face.
CASSIUS(me): Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
CAESAR: What sayest thou to me now? Speak once again.
SOOTHSAYER: Beware the Ides of March!
CAESAR: He is a dreamer; let us leave him; pass.
(In our version, we have Caesar walk to the back of the stage and a whole bunch of Citizens enter.)
CITIZENS: Hail, Caesar! Hail, Caesar! Hail, Caesar!
BRUTUS: What means this shouting? I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king.
CASSIUS: Ay, do you fear it? Than must I think you would not have it so.
BRUTUS: I would not Cassius, yet I love him well.
CITIZENS: Hail, Caesar! Hail, Caesar! Hail, Caesar!
CASSIUS: Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed that he is grown so great?
CAESAR: (uneasily) Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.

Nebra Reppalk says:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
The evil that men do lives long after them.
The good is oft interred with their bones.
Let it be so with Caesar. (sorry if I misquoted)

AnyaDraconis says:

Yay Romans. :) And Shakespeare.
We took the NLE on the 14th. But our measly class of eight all finished with about 20 minutes to spare. So the random proctor guy that wasn't our teacher let us talk. And it was fun. Gods, I love that class :D

Khyrhon says:

Lucky, my Magistra gave us an assignment to do when we were done, so most people pretended they were still working on the NLE so they wouldn't have to do it. I just did it, it was easy at least. Oh, and Watermelon, I know that, I was just adding my own favorite word! Oh, and I am an optomistically pessimistic cynic!

Mogget's Little Sister says:


Mogget/Solembum's Little Sister says:

The weird fishie thingy does not seem to be a serpent because you cannot see it's tail in the water through the holes in the bridge. My guess: A crazed fish leaping out of the water 'cuz a shark's chasing it. Tada!

legendary gryphon says:

Guess Who.

Korgmatose says:

Note to A&M: Install Spamfilter in comments

AnyaDraconis says:

It was surprisingly easy. I really expected it to be a bit more challenging...it should be interesting to see the placements :P

Khyrhon says:

Which level did you take? I'm in Latin 1, and I think I got about 37ish

BiteMe says:


legendary gryphon says:


AnyaDraconis says:

We took the Latin II exam. And it was really easy...I don't think Latin I takes it in our school

Khyrhon says:

My teacher says they get easier every year... I'm not sure if I agree with that.

Mithandir says:

We actually do have a spam filter and it stops several hundred spams each day. Just lately a few are slipping through :/

Nebra Reppalk says:

I'm excitied because we have the Medusa Mythology Exam in a week. Last year I got the highest score in my school. Corona Laurea.

dragonqueencr says:

Question: if a shiney is shiney but no one can see it does it still attract pixies?

Answer: Yes. pixies can see the natural shiney potentiality (P) and can use their percent pixie intuition (I) divided by the number of shineys (lets call it X) and increased by the number of intectections the shiney potentiality intercepts (i) subtract the expotential amount of other pixie energy after the shiney (E) and subtract the amount of distractions and chocolate cake divided by shineys (S) and you have PIXiES!

dragonqueencr says:


Lone Star says:

ooooh sea serpent in panel 3

thefieryonionofDOOOM says:

giant-evil-monster-fish-thing in panel 3

aj26 says:

What's that monster thing in panel 3 when leaf is getting down.

hailstorm says:

i guess they said what the big leaf looked like

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