Page Descriptions - Chapter 56
This article contains all the Moonless Age page announcements made by the comic's author for Chapter 56 - Empire Weaver. These often elaborate on or clarify details not explicitly stated in the comic itself, but regardless provide a sort of commentary for each page. These announcements are made in the Moonless Age channel of the Official Discord and can also be read on the comic's Official Facebook Page.
- 1 Chapter Announcement
- 2 Page Announcements
- 2.1 Pages 1-10
- 2.2 Pages 11-20
- 2.3 Pages 21-30
- 2.4 Pages 31-40
- 2.5 Pages 41-50
- 2.6 Page 51-60
- 2.7 Page 61-70
- 2.8 Special Pages
Kern: Lets begin a long chapter with an old antagonist returning to weave her many plots.
Kern: New page at last! Nau is regretting entering a new hellhole - and hey, it's a flower. It's been a while since that's been part of the plotline.
Kern: In this new page, Nau finally snaps back at Kiel. Those chibi pages weren't all comedy; he has protested about Kiel risky path and she's been dragging him along. Well father up Nau!
Kern: Kiel is being a terrible influence on the princeling in page 4. Plus a whole lot of troubles brewing ahea,d where there's apparently people still alive.
Kern: Here is fire, there is a purge, and there is a demon watching. Actually, scratch that - As Kiel forgot she and her buddies count as demons, and the purgers would notice.
Kern: As Nau put it: First sickness then demons. Demons literally eating garbage off the street. That's how common they are getting around there.
Kern: Kiel tries to teach demon and demon to be how to parents to their abandoned child in page 8.
Kern: Page 9 is up with introspection about demonic taint, and what it means for Nau's future. Kiel has a very distinct perspective on what tainting means; a less grim view of it for sure.
Kern: The purges found some pretty big demons that are causing a halt to their advance. And Sygdom's character has no tangerine, still.
Kern: Demons, fire, templars fighting hand-in-hand, and the group saying 'nope' to it all.
Kern: The battle is over and the group decide to leave. Though it doesn't take long for a certain someone to catch up with them. She was watching, waiting.
Kern: Kiel failed her persuasion check and is immediately attacked. One of her demon saved her butt and they run toward a checkpoint. Now to add the tidbit I'd normally put on the forum exclusively! My view is that the more one force become greater, the more forces that would oppose them grow in strength. Demons going rampant = Kyorls are back out in the street, more experienced than ever at finding stray demons. Snad came out of hiding = the more people oppose her openly. It's an escalation until one force or the other collapse. Right now though, the city itself is the thing that collapse in between the forces. District war was bad enough, this kind of thing just push the city over the edge to the point of what you saw so far in the current chapter.
Kern: The gang had to find an alternative route to escape after being hunted down by two different factions. And this one is one Kiel used before, many times. On an artistic note, I wish I could make use of dialogues as visual effects more often. It can easily be missed.
Kern: Finally moving to the main point of view of the chapter: Chrys. Who is on her way to a familiar place. And yes anyone who follows Kiel end up walking in the shit sooner or later. At least the kyorls won't stoop so low to follow down there. Maybe tangerine boi?
Kern: Page 16 is up. With much hanging. At first I thought to show the looting but it's already been stated in dialogues and will be stated again. This however is new and I think a bigger impact to show the sarghress hanging the vals in public. One of beldrobbaen descent at that.
Kern: The sarghress(Nak) refuses to cut down the body from the wall, stating clearly the message these hanged corpses meant to send. With soldiers like these in the streets, no clan is safe and yet they're needed. Thus sarai's regrets. It used to that the sharen could come knocking with might. Now, they can just pick up the body and leave.
Kern: Page 18 is up with Chrys' proper re-introduction. Altesh just returned from Felde's event and told Chrys of what he saw but apparently was told to keep it to himself by her. He has not witnessed the aftermath of Felde but these sarghress did, as they had to take prisoners and extract themselves from the damaged city. The prisoners are those lines up at the back which I'm sorry but can't afford to draw all the details on them in the current page.
Kern: State of Felde recapped, Sarghress not giving a shit, the new overseer giving very much a shit and Chrys get worried. Not much going on in this page but necessary to link the events together. Kor should've said "Perfect, Felde is just going smoothly, everyone so happy!"
Kern: Page 21 is up with underwater combat. And Altesh is stepping to the rescue.
Kern: Altesh is an accomplice to murder and realize Chrys has killed more in the past. She's been fighting to keep Snadhya's chosen out.
Kern: As they are about to leave something came to watch on them. A little demon friend.
Kern: Chrys is getting visitors she recognize and leave a message with them.
Kern: The "Victory" monument from the prologue is defaced and has a hangman noose around its neck. The alliance warriors do not care and Chrys muses about the glory days. Meanwhile someone is sneaking through the garden.
Kern: Chrys rejoin with Kiel, Nau and Naal. That's supposed to be a shutter system to keep the dome's window closed when need be, it would be dangerous to leave those opening. So easy to access otherwise.
Kern: Chrys' tainting isn't getting better over the years.
Kern: Chrys rejects Naal's attention to an odd limit. Meanwhile she get rejected herself by a former partner as he and his clan leave Chel permanently. It's meant to be a repeat there. Chrys next Naal?
Kern: Chrys feels the hug from Naal and acknowledge what she sees. Though she think Kiel gave the demon the shape of Naal. Chrys officially has received the most hugs of the entire story in the last 5 years.
Kern: Chrys musters the strength to go see her mother, who is still busy wrapping up the leftover of gathering. Also, a lot of cameos for one page.
Kern: Chrys listens to the end of the discussion as one of Snadhya's representatives comes to question her. Chrys' lies about her murder are bound to become obvious and maybe there's a hint of doubt behind the questions already. I tried to show an act that's normally portrayed badly, in fighting/murder, in a light of Chrys' viewpoint. Likely it was something done a lot before and Chrys just grew up in her career to do just the same.
Kern: Chrys' power play against Snad's people continues. Chrys is the bully on the playground now.
Kern: The second agent of the opposing faction that was held up at the door is revealed. Shinae, all geared up. They must be desperate to use her. Or maybe hoping Chrys won't kill that one because of family ties. Or maybe that Shinae will kill Chrys. Who knows. It's a stab or stabbed world! Sister on sister, cake against cake. But yes, Chrys is using her position to keep the pressure on Snadhya.
Kern: Shinae's viewpoint on the situation. A weak Zala and a weak unseen Snadhya.
Kern: United for now, they walk in to meet the distraught empress. And Chrys lied. Unsurprisingly. And yes of course Zala heard. This is the number one question I got during this chapter: "Why hasn't the news reached them?" It did, the outcome of it hasn't yet though. Question of time though, hours maybe. How much Chrys can do in that time is to be seen.
Kern: Zala is in a poor mood and not looking too happy with her most fervent protector. Likely, like some others, she suspects Chrys has been doing things to worsen the relation with Snadhya. To Chrys' shock, she would value that relation more than to listen to her.
Kern: Chrys goes up and finds her elder serving at the reception of the tower of the former empress. Truly all of the Sharen are working over there nowadays. I had to render the character coloring to finally get this page up. Coloring may look different because of that.
Kern: Family meeting between Chrys and her older sister, Saph'ala. Who used to serve as administrator of the Sharen fortress during the previous war. Not much of a fighter, like Chrys, but good at managing things. The two exchange talk about the ritual that make the tainted get the swirly eyes, merged with their taint, one with their demon, and all that. Something that Chrys is familiar with.
Kern: The turning point of the chapter for Chrys. Someone she thought she had killed is standing right there. It's something that Kiel's people encountered but nipped out before it could bite them back. Chrys, on the other hand, didn't know about the stone within their bodies that allow them to be brought back to "life". And now her secrets aren't secrets anymore. Fun times to come for Chrys.
Kern: The question of where the body came from was asked. To that I'd like people to think back about which lieutenant of Snadhya is still alive. There is just one.
Kern: Naal sees what's within the dead woman, and Chrys finally notices the nature of her sister. I kept Saph'ala's eyes blank so far. Until Chrys noticed, then it became visible. And it's hard to miss staring at her sister up close.
Kern: Chrys turns around and runs, making her way to the elevator, but it begins to go back up and they're waiting for her. The background in the last panel was a copy-paste of an old background from the tower's perspective that I edited. I was alone to work on this page and needed to cut as many corners as I could. Kite needed those 2 days to recover.
Kern: Naal acts, doing what demons do best by eating the energy powering the elevator. It can only end well.
Kern: The elevator falls to the bottom of the tower. Naal leaves the elevator, but it's too late by then. Chrys' back slams against the elevator that's slowing down its velocity, but it's going too fast at this point and still crashes. No doubt someone will still raise the question of how come she's still alive, but there is it anyway. Slowed down elevator, armor, and in terrible pain.
Kern: After a hard landing, Chrys finds herself surprisingly alone. No glorious last stand between the loyal guards and Snad's agents just yet.
Kern: Chrys is on edge as she runs down the stairs, thinking everyone is out to get her. The message passed by the whispering towers must be about her, the guard in the shadow must be out to kill her, those people at the top of the stairs are out to hunt her down.
Kern: The beloved protagonist of the story returns! Savior of the underworld and - Wheelchairs! Yes, she shall roll to victory from her retirement home.
Kern: Bad news reaches Snad, and she doesn't believe what she is told. Still always smiling, she takes the news relatively well.
Kern: Koil'dorath was here all along.
Kern: Snadhya makes a show that she is not weak. But somehow can't even sit by herself, which begs the question: How did she even stand up?
Kern: Once the doors are closed, her facade breaks. And Snadhya shows a moment of weakness.
Kern: Meanwhile Diva is making her way to the tower where all this is taking place. Snadhya doesn't do her own merchandise. Probably something bad about it that she knows and she won't have it herself.
Kern: The big guy is back. HE HAS FINISHED HIS EVOLUTION TO A BLAST TORTOISE! I've never played pokemon games, but still... he is ready. Sara's new armored tortoise is equipped with the things she loves the most in life.
Kern: The agents search for them, but they've hid in the Vloz's favourite spot: The sewers. And of course Baliir will get his wish; after all Chrys is hoping they'll rescue Zala. They're bound to meet.
Kern: They gather up and make their way to the Sarghress' home in the hope of finding allies. It's one dialogue-heavy page. For this chapter I chose to focus on Chrys, to avoid making it too long, which means Kiel's sneak mission happened off-screen.
Kern: Meanwhile, there are troop movements as news spreads that the last nobles of the Sarghress were captured. This page doesn't have much happening, it's really a transition between Chrys and what's happening with the Sarghress.
Kern: Faen insists on being brought along to the trial, knowing they're out to kill Vals like herself.
Kern: They are led to their execution as they reminisce about what could have been. And of course many would see it as a game. It's one thing to say the Sarghress hate the Vals, but this is very detached thing. They haven't been seen for years and now they're being paraded around like its a show.
Kern: Ropes to hang them, the end of the era. These kinds of pages are very hard to make. Disclaimer that the coloring style might differ again, as I had to render the second half of the page coloring myself. Kite is still struggling at the moment. I'll be helping as much as possible. Still, she has more hospital tomorrow which may disrupt things again.
Kern: They were hoping to use this time to speak to the crowd, but a sniper acts before he has a chance. Kel is a survivor. He took all sorts of beatings that nearly ended him. The difference this time is that he is surrounded by people who wouldn't mind if he died right there. And yes, plans never last long when other people also plan against you. I colored the last four panels, so panel coloring may not match again.
Kern: The sniper takes another shot, and hesitates. I mean, it's pretty easy to guess who the sniper is. Again, I've colored parts of this page, so coloring may conflict.
Kern: She spares her daughter's life. Soldiers move in to protect them too late, and Kel whispers his last words of wisdom: Fight, because at this point we're beyond words. No one is going to listen, people have opinions, and many just came for a good show. One with hangings. But they are few, surrounded by countless masses and with a person in charge wanting them dead.
Kern: Fight or die. And one last kiss from Faen.
Kern: The fight begins. Where she can fight for one or try to fight for many. In panel 1 and 2, she's just using her power to reshape her hands to nearly nothing to slip them through. She could have freed herself of her bonds anytime, but she was here of her own choice, after all. Hoping to the last minute.
Kern: Page 66 is up, such a spooky number. Ariel is bringing the fight to the big bad directly. And then they'll hug. Power of love will solve everything.
Kern: Ariel makes the challenge from the top of the wall. To every single person that wants a fight. That's a lot of them. And from Mandroga's point of view? Sure is stupid, she'll fall way before he has to fight. But just like Kel before, what other choices does Ariel have? She could try to kill him fast before being overrun, but then what? Sarghress on Sarghress, Faen could get killed. And she is nowhere near close to unity. It's a bad situation.
Kern: Meanwhile another group infiltrates the scene. With mighty jumps and princess carry. Yes, that includes Nau. Best princess. Again, coloring style may vary as I had to color this one. Yes, my highlight style is clearly putting milk under characters' noses.
Kern: Hiding. Easier said than done for the big guy. And Kiel is unlikely to want to get involved, while Chrys is -as usual- more curious to understand the situation. She did use them in the past for information and liaison.
Kern: 18 years of comics. It all started in April 2001. To commemorate the event, some of the main cast grown up with their child version from back in the days.
Kern: Special alternative to page 26. A quick one so we could take the weekend off for Kite's birthday.
Kern: Special page from Kite. An alternate version of page 32 where everything is just happy. She did the page so I could have a day off. Go and put that in the wiki, I dare you.
Editor Note: This page was drawn during Kern's birthday, allowing him the day off. And we are obliged to take the author's requests seriously, of course.
Kern: Chibi page is up: Of the danger of staircases. Commissioned by Thrair. Kite has not finished coloring wednesday's page so it called for this chibi page.
Kern: Quain appears to him as he lay in his blood. She is ever so helpful. Parody suggested here by Questionable-Sensei 《Desu》.
Editor's Note: Questionable-Sensei is a member of the official discord, whose joking comment about Page 61 was considered funny enough to turn in a full chibi page. :)