Anyone notice how the streets in the Xi block are super empty? Meanwhile, just across the creek, life is happening as usual.
The innkeep’s family has been living in this area for generations, since before the Xi-folk’s mass immigration into the country about 100 years ago.
I’m going to take a moment to pimp my Patreon! For as little as $1/mo, you get to see comic updates before they are posted in public. Right now you can see the entirety of this shiny new chapter!
Whether or not you can back me at this time, I hope you enjoy this chapter. The scenes within mean a lot to me.
That dark blue liquid is non-plant-derived poison, BTW (on the dart, and on the spiky bat). It was made for incapacitating a suyori, human or otherwise.
Here’s the last round of new SpiderForest member comics. I strongly recommend checking them out; there are some seriously amazing comics, and I am honored to have HoK among their company!
Black Shallows: Hadian’s world is sinking into the sea. As ever increasing amounts of land fall into the water, blame is cast on a hidden and secretive group of people whose strange ability to travel through dirt and time may be causing the devastating collapses. Hadian is one of them.
Interritus: Centuries ago, the survivors of a chemical apocalypse emerged in a world affected by radiations. Decades of gruesome war between the fire and water nations culminate in a reluctant treaty, as now both sides have a common enemy – swarms of spectre demons that destroy and take away lives regardless of power or faction.
Ten Earth Shattering Blows: Lady Landabella Trastan, a noblewoman from the rich city of Vezenia, travels across the desert with a skimpy escort. Her quest: to kill the “evil witch” that resides in the fortress of Saltfall. Her motives: unknown. What is certain is that she hugely underestimates the task. Caught between ruthless slavers and lizard-riding riders, she soon discovers that the authority of her noble status is worth nothing in a lawless, unforgiving land.
Broken: Broken is a fantasy/horror story about a psychic zombie kid befriending a fairy general and trying to deal with guilt, grief, and PTSD. This is complicated by eldritch abominations, a genocidal dictator, the dictator’s wife, and a panic-induced exit from the last known bastion of civilization.
Here’s some more of the new SpiderForest additions. Since it’s been pretty serious in HoK for a while, if you need your dose of levity, these comics will satisfy!
Northwind: Angels Tiel and Iax accidentally release the Northwind, which results in their banishment to Earth. Watch as they hilariously learn to fit in with humans, dodge the Northwind, and discover a potentially earth-shattering demon plot.
The Stoop-Gallants: When Ru drunkenly discovers his necromantic powers one night, his life is irreversibly changed and he embarks on a quest to get rid of his desiccated new companion, meeting a colorful cast of knights, wizards and scholars with mysterious cheese allergies.
Flaky Pastry: Follow the unlikely adventures of three room mates: Marelle, Nitrine and Zintiel. Silliness and situational comedy, with a healthy dose of adventure, action, romance and outright craziness.
Ingress Adventuring Co.: Saving the world is a pretty big deal, but what do you do when no one needs you anymore? Do you become a magic professor? Do you study a convoluted thesis that no one understands? Maybe you relive the glory days by starting up a one-man adventuring party to gather mystical artifacts for people who may or may not pay you.
Or, if you’re Toivo Kissa, you do all of those things.
This week I have two announcements as well! Announcement #1 being, my art is featured in the latest OC Remix album — an unofficial, fanmade arranged tracks from the Seiken Densetsu 3 soundtrack! It’s called Seiken Densetsu 3: Songs of Light and Darkness. It’s free to download, so go get it now!
I played SD3 back in 1995 and fell in love with its music and graphics. It has been a huge, lasting influence on my art. It was an honor that I got to contribute to the project. Note the project began more than 10 years ago, so almost all of the art in it is pretty old by now! But they haven’t aged too badly, and they still reflect the love I have for the series.
Continuing from last week, here are more SpiderForest comics that have joined this year! This time, they all feature world-hopping, which HoK shares in common as well. I’m glad Ethan didn’t end up in The Last Traveler‘s world, though imagining Lushaka in Fighting Dreamers is pretty amusing!
Fighting Dreamers: Whenever something dreams, a universe is created. Thousands are spawned a day.
But when these universes are under threat by monsters that aim to destroy them, warriors are needed to protect these universes.
And that’s where the Dreamers come in,the dream avatars of sleeping heroes that are capable of jumping into these universes to save the day!
Oh yeah and the sleeping heroes happen to be house cats.
Goddess of Paradise: An ancient goddess wakes from a long slumber only to find her divine authority mysteriously taken from her. In order to restore her former glory, she’ll need to journey across the remains of her territory, reunite with close relationships, and face the problems she left with them long ago.
The Last Traveler: Keira is lost in an alternate world where portal travelers are outlawed and met with an untimely end. Finding a way home becomes increasingly complicated as she hides among nobility where she becomes the catalyst to uncovering long kept secrets of a royal family.
Corner the Maze: Follow the adventures of Chimalli Ramírez, a racing driver who has found himself stranded in another dimension after veering off track during a sudden rain storm. He’s still not sure whether he hit the wall or actually went through the strange glowing green portal, but either way, he’s determined to fight his way back home and finish the race.
Quick announcement: Comic Tea Party is hosting a chat session about Heart of Keol this Thursday! The chats happen on Discord, so if you use Discord, I would love to have you at the session. Please see the Comic Tea Party site for their server link, and this handy site for time zone converting!
Not so quick announcement:
Roughly a year ago, HoK was accepted into the SpiderForest webcomic collective. (Which genuinely shocked me; I just applied to defy my fear and wasn’t expecting to get in!) New members get in every year or so, and the 2018 new members are IN! I am honored to have their company!
Here are some of the new member comics. If you like HoK, you might enjoy the warmth of Earth in a Pocket, the loose aesthetics of Faction, the vibrance of Temerity, and the out-of-the-ordinary worldbuilding of Gifts of Wandering Ice! (I actually don’t really think of HoK’s worldbuilding as anything special, but people seem to find it unusual and interesting!)
Earth in a Pocket: Anthropologist-turned-astronaut Halisi Mwangi’s lifelong mission is to bring the past to the stars. One unexpected malfunction later, however, and Halisi is space-shipwrecked on a strange alien world. As she struggles to survive and find a way back home, she finds herself with a new mission: to teach the local alien denizens about humanity, armed with only the contents of her pockets.
Faction:In the game of MUlate, players are sorted into Factions and must fight for domination. Emma Martina – a well known sponsored player – has played MUlate since it first launched, but with her Faction on the brink of elimination and mounting pressure from her sponsors, she begins to wonder how long she has before she’s out of a job.
Temerity: Taeru is a very serious genetically enhanced super-soldier. Naia is a less serious sugar-addicted mercenary. Together they’re the best work-for-hire duo in the galaxy. In an intergalactic world of mechas, brain hacking, and terrible pun t-shirts, Taeru and Naia spend their days performing daring missions for their clients and fighting their own personal demons. Now they’re embarking on the most dangerous mission yet: taking down the organization that created Taeru—and attempting to keep their partnership strictly professional.
Gifts of Wandering Ice: “Gifts of wandering ice” is a sci-fi comic about ancient things people find in melting icebergs. These things, the “ice gifts”, can be anything from frozen ancient trash to valuable technology and even living creatures. Studying ice gifts is dangerous but it’s the only way to restore the forgotten history of humanity.
I need some time to recharge my buffer. HoK will resume on September 26th. See you in a few weeks!