PONTAGAR: Under Shuach’s rule. 

 

ARROGOND: Yes.  For our own survival. 

 

PONTAGAR:  I understand. 

 

CU on Pontagar as he considers. What –

 

PANEL 2

 

On Pontagar’s hand, grasping a sword from the wall. 

 

PANEL 3

 

He tosses it to his father, who catches it. 

 

ARROGOND: What – 

 

PANEL 4

 

PONTAGAR: Defend yourself, sir. 

 

PANEL 5

 

ARROGOND:  WHAT!

 

PANEL 6

 

PONTAGAR: As a prince of the blood and master of justice both high and low in Erogenia under treaties and sacred oath of fealty and honor to our Erogenian alliance, I say you, Arrogond Timthan Elana, are an oathbreaker, an avowed traitor and an enemy.  Defend yourself in sacred combat, and may the gods – 

 

PANEL 7

 

ARROGOND: This is nonsense! You can’t accuse me – you’re MY champion!

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37 thoughts on “Fight It Out – Page 1225

  1. Obviously, Father and Son have a very basic philosophical difference.

  2. Love his sense of duty, duty before all else, even family.

  3. Can’t? Nay, oathbreaker. I MUST.

  4. Ha! I knew he was a good kid. Go get ’em, Pontagar..

  5. Is it weird that I hear everything Arragond says in the voice of Scar from the Lion King?

    1. No, why do you ask??? 🙂

    2. Jeremy Irons or Chiwetel Ejiofor?
      To be honest, I’m not sure what the difference is, not having seen the 2019 film yet. But I’ve had the distinct impression through all of this that Jeremy Irons was Arrogand’s voice actor.

    3. Well now I can’t un-hear it

  6. Wow! Just wow! Never, in my entire life, have I gone from disliking a character to liking him so much, in any kind of medium! Well done JED!!!

    1. George Phillies, N3F President

      Agree 1000%

  7. George Phillies, N3F President

    Dad sounds a tad upset about something. Those radiating lines are a classic touch!

  8. @Phoebe: same here. I never thought I would root for Pontagar. I just fear his sense of duty is going to cost him his life… I think his recent experience changed him, and I wonder if he hadn’t go with this warparty, maybe he would have follow his father.

  9. I have to agree, Phoebe.
    Well done, Pontagar.

  10. I saw him calculating, but I didn’t see him calling a fight. There is a Pro and a Con here, though. Pro: Arragond has forgotten that he is supposed to represent the Fire Tribe, not just his own desires, and Pontagar has not forgotten his sacred oaths and promises. However, his father is a bit better dressed for fighting, and while he may not have fought for his life recently, he’s got a lifetime of tricks and techniques that Pontagar hasn’t had the time to learn and ingrain into his muscle memory. So this could end up being a very nasty end for him. not to mention, if someone comes in and interrupts this little fracas, it’ll become a “he said, he said” issue, with no clear way to tell who is telling the truth without using a little magic, which could be viewed as tainting the issue, depending on who is casting the spells and leveling the accusations. To put it bluntly, shit’s about to get real, boys and girls…

    1. Arrogand looks like his … I’ll call it a shirt for lack of a better word, is possibly armor here. But in the comics leading up to this, it looks like it just looks like that from some angles, but it’s actually some kind of cloth. It might be a bit more protection than what Pontagar has, but not much. Considering the amount of exposed chest it offers, I’d say it offers very little additional protection.
      If it gives Arrogand the impression that it’s better protection than what Pontagar has, it’s probably a net liability.
      I’d expect Arrogand’s assertion that Pontagar’s his champion likely means that he’s taught Pontagar a lot of his tricks. But whether that is a purely indignant reply, or something to buy him a little time to think through what tricks he didn’t teach his son is left to be seen. Or maybe something we’ll never know.

  11. Arrogand has more experience in fighting, of course. But it is wrong to say that Pontagar does not have fighting in his muscle memory. He is not new at all to fighting.

  12. “You can’t accuse me, Son!”
    “Well, I just did, Dad.”

    1. I suppose it’s a little less personalised than “You shouldn’t’ve broke my walkman!”

  13. Muhahahaha!
    Pontagar wanted to know how deeply his father’s treachery ran before doing that. I just hope he didn’t miscalculate by challenging him like that. He have just spend several months in hard fighting conditions so he’s in prime condition and from what we know his father hasn’t been in a real battle for maybe two decades, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t kept in shape. So this will be an interesting battle.
    So will Arrogand’s mysterious partner in crime come to interrupt this and help Arrogand win? Or will we see a new King emerge after this?

  14. No, why do you ask??? 🙂

  15. I´m really surprised!
    Not what Pontagar did, but how swift he took action
    @Lora

    Honestly i expect Pontagar forfeiting the crown by slaying his treacherous father and king.
    He may sacrifice his Honour, his Reputation for his duty to his people
    @SanBernInATL

    I don´t see Arrogand dressed better for fighting but for dying on ingected wounds

    1. What I would like to see happen is Pontagar not exactly forfeit the crown, but also not take it. Instead, allowing the selection of the next king to go as it would have had the king not had an heir.

      That is, the crown could still go to Pontagar, but he’d have to fight for it. (If I understand how the Fire Tribe would do things, that would be a literal fight. I feel that’s a poor way to pick a leader, but if it’s their way, it’s probably better going with it than trying for a political reform in the midst of the early part of a war. But it could also be politicking or some other kinds of challenges. Also, since the crown we’re talking about is a position that reports to a higher crown, it’s possible it could just be Ipola’s choice, and the fight is to convince her that he’s the best candidate.)

  16. Called it.

  17. Just like many in today’s (formerly) USA.

  18. George Phillies, N3F President

    Pontagar may also get the benefit of having appealed to the Gods, some of whom are not fond of Shuach.

  19. Pontager: Not now I’m not. I WAS your champion. Now, I’m your executioner. And may the gods have mercy on you, because I won’t.
    Arrogand: “Oh shit…”

  20. Actually, he’d be the Fire Tribe’s champion. Arrogand now being so far gone that he can no longer tell the difference between himself and the tribe.

  21. Good lad, Pontagar! He may be an arrogant ass a lot of the time, but he’s an honorable arrogant ass! He also seems to have grown up a bit since we first saw him given how he reacted to his bedmate’s dismissal of the feelings that girl had for Pontagar as well as his reaction to ol’ dad being a traitor.

  22. All I can say is I did not see that coming… Wow. I thought and still think Pontagar is a …(insert the polite word for twat)… but he does have some honour and maybe even a touch of class. But I don’t see our slightly reformed Fire Clan champ winning this one. I want to but I doubt it.

  23. Somebody done miscalculated.

  24. Arrogand may have more tricks, but Pontagar has just spent a whole winter fighting Urrts (bigger and stronger) and survived, so his reflexes will be at their peak whereas Arrogand will probably have some rust to shake off because he hasn’t fought for his life in over a decade. If they actually fight instead of Arrogand calling in the guard, then my money’s on Pontagar.

    1. @Hypertrophobic
      True, true. But then, Arrogand may be not that popuplar in his guard, or has send them away to make sure he could have this private talk with his son.

      I imagine if the guard arrives, it would at least be a surprise for them to not only see the king and the crown prince swords drawn at each other, but also to hear the crown prince accusing his father of such a grave betrayal.

  25. Hmm… this Walkman does sound a bit like a personal experience, does it not? 😛

    1. Well, when you’ve just met your dad, and you find out he’s the one that gave your mum terminal cancer, and then he goes and breaks your only possession that has sentimental ties to her…

  26. Let us cue “Let the Gods decide” by Manowar.

  27. JED,
    This reply system’s a little hit-and-miss. If you’re replying to someone’s comment, it’ll sometimes put is as a new top-level comment, rather than nest it inside the parent comment’s thread.
    Only way I’ve been able to make sure where it goes is to click the reply button twice – once to turn it green, and then a second time which moves the comment box inside the parent’s thread.

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Zona Animation: Morning Exercises V2

In this, the final version we’re doing of this proof-of-concept video, Brian put in more fancy stuff and fixes and attention to wonderful details.  Now we dive into production of the actual product, beginning a trailer for the series itself with all the new elements and knowledge we have put together so far.    

Rubbing my hands with glee.   

Warm regards,   

-JED

We’re On The Road!

We are moving from California to Connecticut, and we’re driving with the dogs and cat and so for the next couple of weeks the updates are going to be sporadic, and communication with you all might drop out. Never fear, we will return as surely as the sun rises and sets on our VW camper van. Still, I might have a little surprise for you Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned!
Warmest regards,
-JED

Animated Zona – Final version for Unreal Engine

This is the final version of Zona in Unreal Engine before we begin full production on the trailer.  Long time coming.  Brian’s outdone himself, IMHO.

She breathes, she moves, she inhabits the space.  Next update will have her in full-on sword-slinging action.   Brian wanted to show her being something other than angry and hulked out, so he imagined her swooning at the sight of Mentl.  I said that’s not really how the story goes, but it could be her first sight of Mentl naked, which is, well … long-time Zonaphiles know about Mentl’s Pride. 

This is the realization of a dream I’ve had for a very long time, to bring Zona and Mentl fully to life in an animated series telling their story. Romance, violence, adventure and sexy stuff! Thanks to all of you for your support, and especially to all the Patreon Patrons for the generosity that they have shown and continue to show.

patreon.com/JEDraft

Warm regards!  

-JED

GAME CHANGER: UNREAL ENGINE

Zonaphiles:

We have been at this for a long time now, and using Daz Studio for animation is adequate, but we needed much much more than it could deliver in order to do justice to Zona’s world. So we have ported all the Daz character assets into Unreal Engine, and Brian is finding that this is not only more realistic than we could have realized before in Daz, but also so much faster that he has accomplished more in six weeks than he did in six months before – maybe more. For myself I could not possibly be more pleased. This is a huge game changer!

This little teaser is a taste of what we will be making the series look like. It’s just the prelude to the opening scene where Mentl comes upon the Urtts. In 2021 the real stuff begins.

Until then, judge and compare the previous efforts to what Brian’s doing now.

Enjoy, and don’t forget, the patrons on Patreon.com/jedraft are going to see more sooner and enjoy additional benefits and rewards as well!

NOTE ALL:
We recommend that the video be watched in at least 1440 at 60fps for full effect.
Auto video quality in Youtube is set to much lower than that due to a decision on behalf of Youtube to decrease playback quality as a response to the increased use of broadband during the current crisis.


There are however, some ways to defeat this, as detailed in the video here:

Warmest regards,
JED

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Rich Morris – YAFGC Patreon

One of my favorite webcomics is “Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic” (https://www.yafgc.net/). Its creator, Rich Morris is a telented professional who has been creating these delightful fun, engaging and funny long form fantasy comics for years. At long last he’s got himself a Patreon site so that we can give back a little for all the free stuff he’s put out there.
My Zonaphiles will recall when he did the portrait of Zona and Mentl, and now as part of my Patreon-age, he’s doing a finished portrait of my choice. And I chose Ipola. The prelim sketches see below.

I cannot urge you strongly enough to support art, and support artists, and support this artist and his art.

https://www.patreon.com/YAFGCRIch/posts

Warmest regards,

JED

At Last! “Challenges Of Zona – Confessions” Visual Novel

Frigging finally, after hours and hours of solitary toil to make a visual novel/game of Zona (including an abortive attempt to export it which meant I had to practically recreate it from scratch) I have a 0.01 beta version as a demo. It is short and a bit rough around the edges, but I hope you all have fun with it.

Set in the master bedroom of the Hollywood mansion right after their engagement party, it’s where Zona confesses to her new silver-bonded Mentl the one thing that she has been keeping to herself forever.

In a way, this returns Zona to her origins in the adult find-your-path books she was created for, as the visual novel medium is just a higher tech version of that. Also, it’s very dirty. Definitely NOT safe for work.

I think of this as a “proof of concept” for one more product and direction we can take the characters and reward my wonderful Zonaphiles. Frankly, I think she lends herself to this medium pretty handily.

A one dollar patronage at patreon.com/JEDraft gets you access to this and much more!

Warm regards,

JED

Valentine’s Day Sex Drive 2020!

This year we are once again participating in a sexy web comics promotion.  We have a nice little pinup most of you would enjoy, and links there for a lot of other folks’ comics and sexy art: 

Valentine’s Day Sex Drive 2020

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