One theme I wanted to play with in this story is how a person’s actions can be interpreted very differently based on preconceptions or prior influence.
This is one such payoff for me; what many characters took as a demeaning action to try and put a strong woman out of sight and out of mind turned out quite differently once the full reasons were revealed; but I’d like to think that hints that things weren’t like they seemed even at the time I set the stage.
For example; on this page, it’s noted that the fishing grounds was an area that could lend itself easily to an attack. Denver’s little friend commented that it had been a concern, but not anymore. Now we know exactly why, and that rather than a demeaning post (for a culture that values hunting one of the highest and important duties), it was in truth a post that was granted to Diana because she was only one that Wyll-Line felt could do the job right, to keep a level head and not do something foolish just in case the pleas for peace from their old enemies was a ruse.
A further subtle hint that things might not be how they seemed was the authority Diana projected here. Knowing what we do now, does it look like a woman upset at her station? She’s fully in control, she knows she has the authority to speak for the chieftain, attempting to negotiate a “smaller weir” to use for fishing.
To go even further on Wyll-Line’s intentionally poor lighting, starting here, when he puts Tiffany’s companions to work. I intentionally cast the scene to make the chieftain’s actions quite insulting… now think of it this way;
Sending Niels to work with the senior men of the camp, who he hoped wouldn’t be dumb enough to pick a fight with the armored bear (and they managed to avoid that)…
Peonie wound up “working” right under his own roof…
And Denver was sent where Diana could keep an eye on him.
Yes… this is the sort of stuff that runs through my head as I plan out stories.
No… I’m not normal.
As you know, we’re always looking for ways to improve the Exiern experience. Today we announce that Exiern is on Patreon!
Head on over to check out the levels of improvement we’d like to do, and the rewards that will be available!
More news soon!
But I’m told I gotta keep doing this “advertising” thing.
Anyway, just want to let you all know that there has been a permanent price drop on the print version my first novel, The Broken Prophecy. Now is as good of a time as any to jump in if you haven’t already, for a cover price of $10.99 (Amazon actually charges you less if you buy from them… it’s under $10 if you buy now). Kindle and Nook versions should soon be seeing a price drop to $5.99 as well within the next 24 hours. Just something to keep in mind.
For more information and purchasing options, as always they can be found at my website.
I worry this will come across as somewhat callous (considering this sort of thing is part of the time chewing projects that prompted my pending departure from Exiern), but I do want to share it with the few who are interested.
The Sixth Prophet is the second book in my developing sci-fi/fantasy series, picking up from the pretty heavy cliffhanger of the first book. You can visit my website/blog, TKO Creations, for a preview and purchasing options (both print and e-readers).
On November 17, 2011 I took the writing reins from Drowemos for this comic. It wasn’t always the smoothest ride, to be sure, but I’ll have put a good two and a half years into this story when I hang ‘em up and move on.
It had taken a lot of thought, a lot of hand wringing, consulting with friends, family, and fellow webcomic creators… but I’ve made the decision that I am moving on at the conclusion of the Wild North storyline, which will at the current rate of publication be somewhere in late April to mid-May.
Why? Wasn’t I setting up plotlines for the future? Absolutely. But the more I give it thought, the more I’m coming to the conclusion I’m not the fellow to tell those tales, or to be the creative mind behind this webcomic at all. I have my own stories I want to tell, and I really don’t want to keep putting them on the side as I work through this one. The real epiphany occurred during the final construction of my second novel, and being asked by reps at Amazon when they could expect the third.
I kinda went silent for a few seconds… because I realized I hadn’t worked on that manuscript at all since I started this story. It wasn’t fair to me… nor was it fair to readers to have a quarter of my attention (along with other projects I’m taking part in as well as my day job). As I don’t make nearly enough money to support myself on my writing alone; the decision was sadly easy. That’s not meant as a slight to Exiern or its readers, mind… merely that of all the things I want/have to do… this was the easiest to let go of.
I won’t make this some long send-off piece, because I’m not going anywhere just yet… and don’t mind me if there’s a bitter aftertaste to this post. I feel like I’ve failed in a way, not being able to press on and complete everything I wanted to say. But I’ll have said enough, I think. It’ll have to do.