I guess reptile speed is highly based on temperature. Actually very highly.
Which brings me to a question. Are Urtts ectothermic?
Something tells me it’s too early to discard the take her back to Gorshash theory. Some surprise could happen tomorrow.
And so we continue the saga of the smartest urrts we’ve yet seen. No, I’m not forgetting Gorshash, he’s the cleverest urrt.
Who else is clever? Wile E. Coyote.
First time I read about an Urrt saying that another one of his kind got what he deserved being killed because that other one was an asshole.
Oh dear gods. *facepalm* …I am now laying bets that “one of the other caves” they find is FILLED with Erogenian warriors…
(And that they’ll live just long enough to mention her. Maybe. Um…hm, cave FILLED with Erogenians…well, that’s the long-shot odds, I’ll place 45 on the main bet and only 5 on the longshot.)
Interesting, not just smart Urtts, but (somewhat) compassionate ones. Makes you wonder is some of them might not be too happy with their god? Opens the possibility of “good” Urtts. Hmmmmm?
You’re talkin’ an awful lot like Snake Tribe there. And, I happen to agree.
We’re starting to learn a lot more about Urrts. They don’t necessarily lack compassion or honor or humor or (perhaps) even love. It’s just very, very alien to what most of the human race feels.
Once it was revealed that Urrts were derived from humans (Erogenians, even), I have had the Snake Tribe philosophy running in my head a lot when trying to get inside an Urrt’s head. Racism can be very blinding.
“They don’t necessarily lack compassion or honor or humor or (perhaps) even love. It’s just very, very alien to what most of the human race feels.”
Sooo … the Urrts feel it, but not the humans ? O_o
@Wook – Compassionate? Paying attention to hydrophobia is just good-sense for any critter.
@JED – nice on the cold-blooded bit. Rabid strength and ferocity plus already being warmed-up easily counter Ergash’s greater natural strength, training and weaponry combined with his over-confidence in same, plus assumptions about male vs female and full Urrt vs “half-animal”. Aside from picking the fight in the first place, I don’t believe any relative intelligence played a part, neither of them fought particularly cleverly.
Holy cow! Ginsha’s foaming at the mouth! I didn’t think either humans or urrts did that! Not without some kind of illness involved. Yeah, these guys just showed the same level of wisdom as “hunter gatherer” a while back. “I’ve been in tournaments, I’ve hunted Erogenians of all sizes and won, I’ve done all sorts of heroic things, but ‘holy’ magic scares the shit out of me.”
Gorsash: “There is WISDOM in that fear. It’s why you are alive and [what'shisface] is not.”
I’m gratified that yet again JED has exceeded possible expectations and given another tangle to this tale.
Panel two is a prime example of why JED is the absolute master of facial expression in this genre. I’ve seen attractive, beautiful women go ‘balls out crazy” (fortunately not at me) and it’s not a pretty sight. JED captured that kind of scary-ugly perfectly.
On the other topic, I’m still wondering where this sub-plot is going. There is a reason behind this. Heh, paraphrasing the late great R.A. Heinlein, “Ergash is going to have his finest moments as soup.”
Nice work on the textures!
Ha! ‘Ergash was an asshole’ settles the argument. Love it.
Just back out nice and slowly guys and no one else needs to get hurt.
Looks like Gorshash isn’t the only urrt with some intelligence.
I…did not predict this. Not the remaining Urrts deciding to beat a retreat. But one look at Ginsha’s face in panel 2 makes ME want to run away, so yeah, can’t blame them. Smart choice there Urrts.
Too bad the next cave they find will be full of Erogenian warriors who won’t LET them retreat…
I actually expected something along the lines of them making camp in the cave, but making it clear they kept their distance.
Worst case Ginsha would stay awake all night and they would take turns sleeping.
Would YOU want to share a cave with her after seeing what she just did to your squad-mate? Especially with that “balls-out crazy” look on her face?
We all write our own epitaph. “Ergash was an asshole.”
Maybe Ginsha will carve that onto the side of a cooking pot while she prepares dinner.
“Looks like meat is back on the menu!“
Since the book brings Mentl to where he should be, the better to play his fated role, it isn’t going to bring him to Ginsha in order to mess it all up.
Unless Ginsha has an important or needed role to play. I cite Gollum as reference of a seemingly background, supporting character which played a critical role in the end.
Fresh meat for supper and blood pudding for afters… yum.
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