19th Apr 2015, 5:12 AM in The Rite of Serfdom

That's always my defense too...

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That's always my defense too...
[[Isolde questions Kangra]] / Isolde: Did you do service under Kel's name? / Kangra: Yes.
Isolde: Why? / Kangra: Uhm... it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Isolde: Did you think your half-sister had done anything wrong? Bailed out of her service? / Kangra: No.
[[Kangra narrates. The events she tells of are shown: two officials laying a wreath at a memorial with decorated war veterans watching.]] / Kangra: I don't know why she hadn't reported back. I only found out about a year ago...
Kangra: ... at a memorial service for the first Contention War, with the former Great Gourm*) of the Lutins of the Marshes, and the Governour of Goblinistan. I was standing there with my onions**) on...
Kangra: ...And this Wodeskovian came up to me. / Green Wodeskovian: Are you the one that bailed on her Rite of Serfdom?
{{*)The Great Gourm: Leader of the Marsh Lutins, Wingless faeries who used to wage annual war on anyone who happened to be in the neighbourhood bearing shiny things. Now a semi-autonomous tribe within the Gnomian Republic. Unlike the Lutins of Wodeskog, the Marsh Lutins have a hive-like social structure. The male offspring of a Great Gourm are fed hormones that enhance their mental ability, guaranteeing that the Great Gourm is always considerably more intelligent than his subjects.***)}}
{{**) Red Onions: Military awards for the accomplishment of a dangerous mission. Other medals issued during the Contention Wars include the Purple Clove, the Nibbled Brie and the Grand Baguette.}}
{{***) That, at least, is the opinion of mainstream biologists. Mavericks have suggested that it is the subjects who eat food tainted by hormones which reduce their intelligence.}}
{{The flashback sequence in panels 4-6 is drawin in a style based on that of El Goonish Shive}}
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Reinder Dijkhuis 19th Apr 2015, 5:12 AM edit delete
Reinder Dijkhuis
*)The Great Gourm: Leader of the Marsh Lutins, Wingless faeries who used to wage annual war on anyone who happened to be in the neighbourhood bearing shiny things. Now a semi-autonomous tribe within the Gnomian Republic. Unlike the Lutins of Wodeskog, the Marsh Lutins have a hive-like social structure. The male offspring of a Great Gourm are fed hormones that enhance their mental ability, guaranteeing that the Great Gourm is always considerably more intelligent than his subjects.***)

**) Red Onions: Military awards for the accomplishment of a dangerous mission. Other medals issued during the Contention Wars include the Purple Clove, the Nibbled Brie and the Grand Baguette.

***) That, at least, is the opinion of mainstream biologists. Mavericks have suggested that it is the subjects who eat food tainted by hormones which reduce their intelligence.

Originally published on October 25, 2004.