Hey! What the hell’s up with this?
I’m glad you asked!
This is the final planned change to the comic, and to the website. While I made the plans to do this a month or so ago, I figured it’d be best to break it all in slowly. That’s why the switch to 3 days a week, (2 weeks ago) and then to B&W.
First… I loved the color. I loved the inked look, and I loved the way the comic popped with all the bright colors and shadows and even the highlights I was starting to be able to use. However… easily 60% of my time on the comic was inking and coloring, and this seemed like the best compromise between killing myself and killing the strip. Plus, I apparently can’t afford to print color books anyway!
I know that many folks will stop following, and to them I wish a happy farewell — I was glad to have you here for as long as you stayed. If you want to complain below I won’t stop you. (Unless you’re just all flamey and mean in which case I will delete you. 😉 ) I know it looks a little rough now, but I expect to grow into the new way of making the comic as I did the old way.
For those of you who will stay, I am excited to have some extra time now to work on and polish the writing behind the comic. We’re heading into some turbulent skies in our flying ship, so sit tight and buckle in… it’s a long way down!
And now… Religion in Lesser Earth
Elves: Elves and Eladrin largely worship their swishy nature fairy gods that don’t need or want organization like a “code of ethics,” or a “church,” or any other trappings of mortal religions. Howl at the moon, stand in the rain, plant some crabgrass and you’re square. Elven clerics watch over their congregation like a shepherd watches over his flock, making sure that no one gets lost and the births go alright. Since everyone thinks that Eladrin are elves there’s not much distinction drawn… though Eladrin clerics do tend more towards navel-gazing.
Dwarves: Dwarves proudly worship the only other sanctioned pantheon in Brighthaven besides the human gods. The worship of Lageron and his heavenly concubine G’ale is a prominent minority in the north, about half the religion in the middle country, exclusive in the mountainous dwarven lands, and non-existent in Berel and Chaim. Lageron crafted the world from the silt at the bottom of his personal beer keg, and set it spinning in the heavens to show up his brother. The two had been having a contest to see which of them was the better craftsman, and Lageron won, taking G’ale as his prize. Soon after, Lageron’s brother (known in the mythology only as “the Brother”) realized that Lageron’s creation was flawed and slightly on the shoddy side, and pledged eternal vengeance on his sibling for stealing the fair G’ale.
Most humans who worship Lageron do so because he is also credited with the creation of beer, and their ceremonies are so much more fun than the church of Berel’s.
Humans: While the church of Berel contains a whole list of deities, demigods, heroes and saints, Berel herself is the only one most people concern themselves with. That’s because while it may be okay to pray to Gumshine the Wizened to find your lost hatpin, formal worship of any god or goddess other than Berel is strictly forbidden. (It is okay to worship the pantheon as a whole, but do it on your own time.)
In the church of Berel, everyone is a sinner, and dancing, drinking, recreational sex, and hand puppetry are strictly forbidden. Magic of any non-priestly kind is forbidden, as are fruits that resemble human genitalia. Music is forbidden, though slow, sonorous chanting is okay, and exceptionally chipper songbirds are to be frowned at. The observance of any holy days of the church of Lageron is extra-double forbidden, and being a dwarf (or just short in general) is considered unseemly.
The church of Berel represents by far the largest religion in Brighthaven.
Halflings: Halflings are forced to worship Berel, although they are taught that they are all going to hell anyway for being halflings.
Dragonborn: While individual clans of dragonborn might actually worship a specific dragon, (and even gain divine spells from it!) typically they worship Fahallun, the god of the dragons. A typical ceremony lasts around twelve hours and involves a lot of subvocal humming and standing absolutely still for hours on end contemplating the nature of the great dragon. For this reason NO-ONE else worships Fahallun other than dragonkin. Oh, and it’s all honorable and stuff.
Tieflings: While a majority of tieflings don’t worship anything, among those that do most any religion seems to be okay. Those that hate themselves go to Berel, those that don’t end up with Lageron, and those who’d rather spend the day alone end up in the woods singing to squirrels.