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I really wanted to call this comic “Betrayer’s Blood” rather than “Hunter Black.” I have a pretty bad track record with titles, though, so we went with the more benign title.
Skysteel is literally metallic ore that came to the known world by way of a meteor strike. It has some…interesting properties.
Finally some dialogue! Sordon’s exclamation, “Vanassa’s Teats!” is a reference to one of the gods of our setting. In the words of our story bible: “She is called the goddess of love by some, the goddess of greed by others, and the goddess of wrath by still more. Those who look at the gods through a scholarly lens see her as the goddess of the soul. She is the goddess of love and hate, and of pleasure and pain.”
At this point, this is my favorite page thus far.
A confession, just because I got an email from one of my boys jokingly taking me to task. “Lencaldaria” is the name of one of the cities in Tolemar, the setting of the longest-running Dungeons & Dragons campaign I was ever in. I got permission from all of the DMs involved (I was one of three who DMed more than once) to use the name…and I’m not ashamed to admit that more names from D&D campaigns will be popping up here. Not all of them will be mine…
Does Vermis Riid look familiar to you? He looks familiar to me somehow…
The Hell Pyramid is a prison-city. It’s mostly Will’s creation, but I’ve added some touches. More will be seen later.
Weyland’s Bay is the Vatican City of our setting. It’s the seat of the church, and the largest and wealthiest city in the world. It was a name I almost used in a D&D campaign, and it’s named after a character from one of my favorite novels, Cadmann Weyland from “The Legacy of Heorot.”
One in the head and one in the heart. Hunter Black’s guarantee. The victim is the Great Throne, the head of the church.
The Gennesine River crosses the main continent of our setting; it is also known as the Black Ribbon, due to its meandering path and its dark waters. These names are also used by our thief, because the river is a massive smuggling thoroughfare; more illegal money goes through the Black Ribbon than anywhere else. Gennesine the thief leaves a piece of black ribbon in places that she has robbed…usually.
He knows not the seeds he sows.
Who doesn’t want to write this page? Everybody wants to write this scene at some point.
The city of Riverwalk is a location unique to Hunter Black…there is no homage here, or harkening to RPGs that we’ve played.