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Comic 295

Comic 295 published on 89 Comments on Comic 295
  Howdy, fellow Draconiacs!  RazorFox here. The lesson here?  Don’t sneak up on a frazzled cook with a knife. Those of you looking for a soundtrack to this page can continue to pull up “Some Nights” by Fun. I’m really sorry about how long it took this page to be produced, but I thank you all for your patience.  As you might’ve been aware, upon the launch of this chapter, in an effort to provide myself with a bit more flexibility for outside projects, I decided to scrap regularly-scheduled updates, and go to a system where pages would be posted as soon as they’re completed.  This would call upon you, my faithful readers, to check the site regularly, or to follow me on social media for announcements on page updates. I’m happy to say that I’m ending this little experiment, and that The Draconia Chronicles will return to regularly scheduled updates starting Monday, August 27, and every Monday thereafter. I know the staggered update schedule has caused a bit of frustration and disappointment for you all, and I’m really sorry for that.  At the risk of sounding selfish, though, the reasons for going back to the regular updates are largely personal.  The weekly updates provided a firm timetable for page production, including milestones that I had to hit by a certain day each week in order to ensure that the page got done on time.  That gave my days and weeks a good amount of structure, and I became pretty disciplined.  All that has fallen apart in the past several weeks, and I’m really not liking it.  In spite of how I come across in public–rather free-wheeling, as those of you who recently met me at Otakon found out–I’m actually a pretty straight-laced guy who prefers a routine rather than just letting my whims dictate what I do.  I need that structure back.  It cultivated a rhythm for comic production, and that rhythm seemed to create some enjoyable music for you, in the form a reliable, weekly comic. So both for my sake and yours, The Draconia Chronicles will return to Mondays.  I would have made it this coming Monday, but I can’t really do a comic in 2 days.  So next Monday, August 27, Monday updates return. There will be much rejoicing, I’m sure. So with that, it’s back to work on the new page, and you and I both know exactly when to look for it.  See you then, my fellow Draconiacs.  And thanks for your patience during this little experiment.  I really appreciate it. Take care, and thanks for reading. =RazorFox.
  • EvilNinjadude

    And the fandom rejoiced

  • awesome page ^^ it has however left me a bit hungry XD

    • LOL! Actually, it did the same to me. Between all the stuff on the grill, and all the vegetables, I suddenly have a desire to eat. And eat healthy! ^__^

  • AnaBia99

    Aaaw, poor Xhianil =(

    • She might accept a hug. Make sure she's not packing a knife first, though. 9_9

      • AnaBia99

        yes, that would be disagreeable 0.0

      • Ionjam

        Also make sure you aren't wearing the tiger take down suit.

      • Fuegana will be quicker to say "Not it!" in the future. ^__^;

  • EOTW

    Is that Flare in the final panel? She sure has changed since the flashback!

    • Um, I think that's Xhianil you're seeing in the foreground of the final panel. Flare's is Xhianil's blond friend in the kitchen. And yeah, she's changed a bit. It was a couple years prior.

      • EOTW

        Ahhh, I see it now! I thought the first text box in the last panel was for the dragon it was next to (Xhianil), but it was for Red over there in the corner. That confused me sorry!

  • Darkguyver2020

    My memory is pretty bad as of late. Where was Flare's first appearance in the Draconia Chronicles? I don't really have the time to look through all 295 pages at this point in time.

    • This flashback sequence is her first official in-comic appearance, although she made a cameo in Kess' flashback on page 277 [link]. She and Xhianil made cameos in the 2004 calendar story, but their characters were never actually explored in any way whatsoever. This is the first time either one has gotten any significant face time.

      • Darkguyver2020

        Ah, I see now. So Flare was killed by Kess and Xhianil is out for vengeance. It makes sense now.

      • You've got it exactly! ^__^

  • MrAMP

    Hm…interesting. I must take it that Xhianil also had the opportunity to try out for the legion.

    Good to have you back btw

    • That's a story to be told in a later flashback, but as evidenced by Xhianil being part of the current incarnation of Her Majesty's Royal Palace Guard, she must've made the cut at some point between then and now. ^__^

  • So about xhianil I can tell she has a grudge huh

    • About an old friend, and about life in general. Xhianil has a bit of an ax she wants a chance to grind.

  • Yukiro

    Xhianil sure has changed a lot since then! I really look forward to seeing all about her past. I don't normally like pink things, but for Xhianil I think I'm going to make an exception since she just looks so darned cute.

    • She is really cute, isn't she? She and Flare are becoming a favorite pairing for me. I'm not done with them yet. ^__^

  • Sable

    Its partly a releif that youre back to regularly scheduled pages, normally when comics do that, they end up getting lax in updates ^^;

    Structure support stability ^_^ and poor xhianil, always so stressed D:

    Oh, on a side note, I dont suppose you caught the comment on the last page about a possible fanwork from me? ^^; If you didnt, basically I need to run some stuff by you and get some questions answered if thats okay, and to do that, kinda need contact info ^^;

    • I always welcome fan works. My contact info is at the upper right of the page, including email. I'll be happy to answer any questions that I'm able to. ^__^

      • Sable

        Apaprently it says I already tried adding you to my msn ^^; so I guess that might not be an option, so I guess email will have to suffice, bluh, so slow XP

      • Sable

        *apparently
        also for sake of saving time could hop on msn to do this, shouldnt take long, but its up to you entirely ^^

  • hey i did a fan comic once but i try to make it good but its compared to your artwork

  • I mean not compared

    • We all have to start somewhere. I still don't think I'm very good, but I do have 17 years of practice under my belt. Gotta start somewhere. Keep at it! ^o^

  • CrazyMerchant

    And so, the story unfold the secret (maybe?)
    Sneak up on dragon who is cooking, stressed and holding a knife is not a good choice
    Someone may get hurt! D:

    Can't wait for the next page! ^_^

    • You won't have to wait as long. Glad you're liking Xhianil's story thus far. ^__^

  • JoeRaven

    Boobrack! @_@ Kick ass job Danny! I love the warm and homey feel from the kitchen. Man, Flare's too hot to handle. I think i have a new fav! Can't wait for your next update, and this one was sure worth that wait!

    • Glad you like her! I'm anything but done with Flare yet. More to come. ~__^

  • Ionjam

    And Lady Red already knows what is wrong. Sign of a good leader to know your people well enough to be aware of what their faults and triggers are. Doesn't make up for making Briella hunte tigers through the sewer, into the Calera, and almost torn asunder by said tigers. However, I may be biased on that point. All else fails, Xhianil can go back to being a cook.

    • Ionjam

      PS. Welcome back to a structured, scheduled life. Though I personally didn't mind the unscheduled updating, so I am glad to hear that it is at least partially due to personal reasons.

      • It is, and not PERSONAL personal. I just came to realize that I didn't like it and I felt like I was coming detached from the comic. I was afraid that if *I* felt that way, you all must feel even worse! So I decided that I needed that structure and that rhythm so that I don't abandon my baby. ^__^

    • Lady Red didn't get to where she is by accident. She's got the chops for the job, though some might question her motives. As for Briella, that's a story still to be resolved. Hang tight. ~__^

  • zanzellian

    hmmm~, back to monday~monday eh, well, thats fine by me :). structure in work is always good to have ^^. anyways… i get this odd feeling, that if Xhianil manages to join the hunting squad, a stealth sneak attack wouldnt be the best way to go xD heck, a normal attack wouldnt be a good way to attack with her charging:P but yer making this interesting, Razor, thanks for that 😉

    • Glad you think so! To be honest, I don't have a solid plan for Xhianil's fate in regards to the mission yet. I'm asking myself "What would Lady Red do?" and she's still mulling the answer over. ^__^

  • I wonder if the broom's wood adds any smoking flavor to the shwarma… also… poor, poor Xhianil. She needs a hug, A big ol' tight hug.

    • Maybe the then-Palace Guard will have some kudos for the shawarma flavoring. The broom bit was a very last-minute add to the script. Since shawarma is usually shown turning on a vertical spit, I needed a vertical heat source. So jamming two halves of a former broomstick into the hot coals beneath seemed logical. This is also the reason I went back and added a mop to the background. They can still clean up, in case the Ministry of Health pops in. ^__^

      • Unless they want a second helping of shwarma…

      • "We're gonna need more brooms."

  • m

    I already was checking the Katbox regularly, so I didn't even notice. 😉

    • Thanks! Don't stop on my account. Keep right on going! ^__^

  • Gecko

    That wouldn't happen to be 'Chekhov's Mop' in panel 3, would it?

    • Not necessarily, though I have been known to scatter "seeds" here and there, and if something becomes useful later on, I can always say that it's been there all this time and no one noticed. ^o^

  • i was wondering can you show the calenders again by any chance

    • I might just have something for that in the coming months. Keep your peepers peeled. ~__^

  • THEHashtagHEEL

    I was all excited to see Flare as a character and turns out it's a flashback. Oh well Xhianil looks awesome enough to take a look into.

    • Well, if it's any comfort, I'm nowhere near done telling Xhianil's story, and thus, there's still plenty of fun to be had with Flare. Stay tuned… ~__^

  • jmcallaway

    What to do with a "loose torch" with anger issues? Give them the equivalent of a "Letter of Marque" and let them wreak havok on the enemy. Since it's been made clear that HRH Oscura has no intentions of establishing diplomatic relations with any Tigers in the foreseeable future, she dosen't have to worry about political fallout from any…"excesses"…said Dragons might take in the field.

    • Very true, but there is a clearly stated objective for the mission at hand. Lady Red might need team members who can keep a cool, level, rational head.

      • Agreed, especially when you want to capture an enemy alive. Loose cannons with anger issues tend to forget the "alive" part.

      • jmcallaway

        Kinda what I was getting at. Don't send the problem on a clearly defined, objective-oriented mission. Point them in a different direction and cut them loose.

  • hey razor fox can i ask questions to you on gmail

    • You can, but I'd rather you use my Katbox address. The link for it is to the right of the comic.

      • Sable

        Sent you an email a few days ago, did you get it? ^^;

      • I did. I'm still thinking up answers. ^__^;;

        • Squishy!

          I just noticed Xhianil took Flares tatoos sometime after her death. Interesting and shows some level of obsession. Hmmm. Good work Razor

          • Kobra

            "Obsession," or as a tribute to a friend?

          • I've always intended it to be a tribute. The story of the eye-flame tattoo is in the works.

          • Thanks! Someone's been paying attention. Good job! ^__^

      • Sable

        Okay then, sorry to spazz ^^;

      • Reply sent. Thanks for your patience. A couple of the questions required some thought on topics I hadn't really thought too much of… If that makes any sense at all. ^__^;

      • Sable

        Its fine, The questions were very informative, though I emailed you back some follow up questions if thats okay ^^;

  • Explosion Zuruck

    Hmmmmmmm……. *Eagerly sits next to Oscura with a face of contemplation*

    Oscura: Is there a reason your sitting ne- *interrupts her*

    Me: Shut up and wait or I use you for target practice using a personalized M4A1 equiped with an EO tech sight, Masterkey, and extended mags with nearly 20 of them to spare. Oh and a five seven with extended mags with 12 extra mags. Plus I'm wearing bullet/magic proof assault armor in the heavy tier.

    Oscura: Fair enough *gulp*

    Razorfox: Overkill much Zuruck?

    Me: Yes. Very. *Smiles deviously*

  • Explosion Zuruck

    Hey Razor? BRING ON THE NEXT PAGE BABY! Oh and Fanfiction.net is about to steal one of yer readers via My Little Pony fanfiction. [Me]

    • I think you're, like, the dozenth brony I've been responsible for. You're welcome, world!! ^o^

  • Kobra

    So Kess killed Flare?! That's even more of a reason for me to see Kess's stuffed head mounted on the wall!
    Thing is I do feel for Xhianil I do. But she's more of a cook than she is a warrior. Her actions in the training hall is proof of it. She doesn't deserve nor does she belong in the battlefield.
    Really is there anyone that doesn't have a blood feud ageist someone?
    … Well maybe the kids.

    • zanzellian

      I hope lady red falls in this story, no… she better fall… don't need to die… just a bit ruffed up, like 4 lost limbs, or something… don't like that dragon, gief blue i sa, blueeeeees! and maybe some tiny tiger girl, yeah, i can go for that.

      • Well, if all goes according to plan, this chapter should test Lady Red's mettle, but as for her limbs, I hate to spoil things, but as things stand right now, they're staying put. For now. ^__^;

      • Kobra

        Sheesh, w3hat did red do to deserve such hating?

      • zanzellian

        well, quite honestly? nothing at all xD… for some reason, i just don't… like her :?… but blue, i like her, yessss indeed

        • Is it the MILF factor, perchance? ^__^;

    • Yeah, Kess has a bit of a checkered past, to say the least. She'll get hers, one day, if everything goes right.

  • hey razor fox i got some notes for you at furinfinnity

    • I see it. Share, baby, share! ^o^

      • the one

        Ok please explain to me what is hapening
        is this a flashback
        why is flair (i think) crying
        Was the last page a flashback
        Who is comeing in
        why is xhianin answeringing when she says flaie

        • Well, if you read back on the three previous pages, I think it might clarify things. Guess I need to do a better job of spelling things out clearly in the comic, but if you go back and read, things fall into place a little better. The story needs to be taken in doses of multiple pages.

          In case you don't feel like reading, here are the answers:

          – Yes.
          – Flare isn't crying, but Xhianil is.
          – The previous two pages were also flashbacks.
          – Lady Red (shown and addressed by name three pages back) is the person coming in.
          – Lady Red is asking if it's about Flare. She's not calling Xhianil "Flare."

          If you're still confused, please go back and read some more of the comic. This is an ongoing saga of a story, so virtually every page will reference a previous page somehow. I'll try to make things clear through characters providing exposition, but there's a certain amount of effort needed from the the reader, too. That's what makes this so much fun–that you, as the reader, are rewarded for your attention and loyalty if you keep checking in and look for clues in neighboring pages. I'll try to do a better job spelling these things out, but I can only go so far. Give it a shot and I think you'll enjoy it more. ^__^

          • the one

            Ok ok now it makes sence.
            i thought that the bottom two were one peice and that lady red ahad come in to the kitchen asking for flair and xhianil answered making lady red think that she was flair so that she got picked not flair
            Thanks for the explain

  • Chocothunda

    First off, Welcome back!

    Secondly, D: *looked back at a link posted in the earlier comments* So…THAT'S the reason for Xhianil's rage at Fuegana 🙁

    • That's Kess' side of the story. Now, Xhianil gets to say her piece.

    • Kobra

      Well not at Feegana peruse, but at tigers.

    • i got the comic its on furinfinity