NIGHT – Ipola sits, her leg extended, by the fire. The dragon snoozes nearby. Emmon is holding a live coal in his hand, grinning.
LIRI: So – how long does it take? Tula needed to go into a kind of trance …
IPOLA: From what she told me, she was fighting some bad inflammation and other problems. Her wound was more complicated. This was just a clean break. All I need is a basic healing spell and with a night’s rest I should be good to travel.
LIRI: Wow … that’s so impressive!
IPOLA: (smiling) It’s one of our better tricks, if I say so myself. Actually I am very impressed with the two of – I should say the three of you.
LIRI: Well, Emmon is- Emmon! Put that back in the fire! (“awww!”) Emmon is only five. He’s like us, as you see. His family …
IPOLA: I do see. And so naturally you took him in. I … Forgive me, I am still getting used to … Are we sure this dragon is … that it’s safe?
KELTAN: His name is Ara-Genach.
KELTAN: Sorry. Ara-GenNACH. And no, he’s not a particularly “safe” person, your Majesty, strictly speaking – any more than you are. Like you, he’s extremely strong and powerful, but he’s not a bad guy. He’s a dragon – not a monster. He was asleep for a very long time. He says his mother told them that they were going to work with one of the Old Ones, but She didn’t say exactly why. So after what I’ve told him about us and the Urtts, he’s a bit confused. He would like to go back and ask his mother what to do, and I think that is best. But for now I’ve convinced him we’re not enemies or food, and that we won’t
hurt him any more.(To Ara-Gennach) Or let anyone else hurt him, eh? That’s right! Good boy …
IPOLA: Tula was right. Everything we’ve known is going to change – including a lot that we only thought we knew.
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!
My people, this is a global ecological emergency. *All* of us need to pitch in as best we can.
So if it helps you get motivated, then Zona, Mentl and all their friends are willing to bare it all for you to get the resources where they’re needed. Send me an email with a forwarded receipt or screen grab of an Australian 10 dollar (or above) donation and we’ll send you a nice sexy pic of the “Challenges of Zona” character of your choice.
I chose these two organizations as being the ones that will help the wildlife and the people, but I am willing to accept any proof of (recent) donation to any accredited relief organization dedicated to assisting with the fight against these horrific bush fires Down Under.
I’m a Californian, and I have seen my share of nasty wildfires, even more and worse in recent years. The Australian fires make anything I had to be evacuated from seem like a grease fire in my kitchen. If you think you are safe from the effects of this disaster because you live on the other side of the world, think again. This is worse than any fantasy world-beater my imagination could come up with. I have given and will give again.
For those of you who just like to click:
I’ve given and will give again next paycheck. How about you?
Just at the moment, we’re temporarily stalled on the animation project. So we’ve taken advantage of the lull to revisit the Gen 8 model of Zona, and I think this time, even more than last, we’ve hit it on the head. So Brian came up with a couple of pinups of her of which this is a closeup. If you want to see more (much more) become a Patreon patron at https://www.patreon.com/JEDraft
That’s right – from now through August 14th, all new rewards will be unlocked for all Patreon patrons of The Challenges Of Zona! This will give our one dollar Erogenians a taste of what they’ve been missing, and hopefully encourage others to become patrons and sample our best stuff!
And as for you others who have already given above and beyond, have no fear. August and September we will have a Double Rewards promotion with biweekly Sexy Stuff, Throwbacks and other goodies to reward you for your patience and generosity.
My heart is heavy tonight. We had to say goodbye to my dear constant companion and the inspiration for all the black cats in “Challenges Of Zona”, my beloved friend, P-Chan. He was very old and finally was very confused and in great pain. So we eased him into Summerland Thursday evening. Nonetheless, he’s still there in the past and in my memories, and in Inky and in Incus and in the one-eyed winged cat from the Otherwhen. (Yes, long-time readers will remember when he lost his eye to an abcess, years ago.)
I was approached by some of my fellow Webcomic creators about a Valentine’s Day cross-promotion where we create sexy images of our characters and put them out there along with everyone else’s for Valentine’s Day.
“Sexy stuff!?” I cried, aghast, “With Zona? Heaven forfend!”
But after a little persuasion, I decided to go ahead and put one out there. Follow the links and see mine and everyone else’s.