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I thought the thing about Gorgons was to not *look* at them, not to not be seen *by* them. Or is just another case of humans getting it wrong?

As I understand it, something in the Gorgon’s gaze turns living creatures to stone when they look directly into her eyes; if this information is accurate, a blind gorgon would be incapable of producing such an effect.

The original myth stated that the gorgon was so hideous that just looking at her turned people to stone (side note: if you’re wondering why a mirror allowed someone to look at her, the ancient Greeks used bronze for mirrors, which tended to distort the image a bit) Clearly not the case in this universe.

re-reading throught the comic (mostly looking of silly Tony ‘ :c ‘ faces actually. But I have to ask, that bluish sliver medallion in the third panel…what is it for? It looks like a winged deer, a Peryton maybe?
In any case I would so buy that as a real medallion :D

Which then, for me, begs the question of “What do you call something that is half lion and half dragon?” Head, forelegs and body of lion, hindquarters, tail and wings of a dragon. Any ideas? I’ve been searching the net with no luck but I am not the best at the “mythical” beasties.

Technically, that would be a chimera. I’ve run across some books and articles that state that chimeras didn’t have any ‘goat’anything on their bodies, that they were just dragon-lions in various mixes.

Most depictions of the classical Greek chimera depict a lion with a goat head coming from its back, and maybe a snake head at the end of its tail. These days, chimera can refer to any combination of two creatures. In fact, some creatures are genetic chimaeras resulting from the fusing of fraternal twins. It’s one of the causes of intersexuality in humans.
*cue The More You Know star*

I’m kinda curious as to what sort of critter the black widow amulet and the one that looks like it’s just got scratches in it are for. I can guess the rest, but those two interest me.


Hang on, does that mean other gorgons ARE walking around with death-ray eyes?

Perhaps (we’ve never seen any other gorgons in this webcomic)… but not to worry, there’s a simple solution. Either: Don’t look directly into their eyes (direct eye contact is a requirement, apparently) or the gorgon has to wear dark sunglasses and/or heavily tinted goggles.

According to the reader questions, baby gorgons are blindfolded until they gain control of their petrification power. They’re still not generally trusted, though, because of the prejudice against “monsters” (i.e. creatures without medallions).

(With human infants, blindfolding them can prevent their vision from developing properly. One can only hope it doesn’t hurt gorgons.)

I think Madam U can still see a bit through her snakes, just not well. It makes me wonder just how much control she has over them.

I think Madam U can still see a bit through her snakes, just not well. It makes me wonder just how much control she has over them.

She can; she says as much in the next chapter, when she is looking through a book trying to figure out what Anthony is turning into. Snakes in general are extremely near-sighted, though.

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