Illumination 3 page 17 Illumination 3 page 17 published on June 19, 2017Read more posts by the author of Illumination 3 page 17, KoryBing57 Comments on Illumination 3 page 17 Wow, the first dragon we’ve seen in…literally five years. Well absence makes the heart grow fonder, as they say.
Well this can only end in tears. Nice Dragon design by the way, very original.
Are we finally going to see the setup of The Great War?
I really hope it isn’t somehow Worset’s fault.
Wosret: …obviously the chains are going to have to be larger, in order to go around your larger necks, so they will cost more accordingly – it is simple economics!
Dragon: You might call it that – I call it a surcharge on dragonkind. I don’t believe we will stand for it.
Wosret: (exasperated) Such ignorance!
Jocasta: Wilful disingenuousness, more like! *stare*
Ravi: *dashes up* There you are! You went off without saying anything! Why did you not invite me to this meeting? (to dragon) Perhaps if I explained things, honoured sir – it’s really very simple…
The Great War kicked off about five minutes later.
> obviously the chains are going to have to be larger, in order to go around your larger necks
Trying to imagine a human wearing a medaillon on a dragon-neck-circumference-appropriate (not to mention tensile strength) chain, I wonder whether dragons might wind up the only ones forced to buy a *magic* chain along with their medaillon in the first place.
Well the Medallions don’t necessarily have to be worn, just kept on their person. They could probably just swallow the things and they’d still work.
That, too, shall pass.
*chuckles* I see what you did there.
Obviously, a magically extensible chain (if such a thing were possible) would add greatly to the cost. Looking at the picture, a slender choker on a dragon would translate into a navel-length dangler on a human, but it would be possible. I wonder if it’s possible to wear the medallion on an earring…
I was just thinking, myself, of a nice piratical-looking earring. (“Don’t take the earring. You wouldn’t like me without the earring.”)
the medallions already do this with body jewelry, it’s shown early on in scenes from LPAvalon that a chain from nose hoop to earlobe extends to maintain the proper slack
Oh, uh … Wow!
The faces of Jocasta and Wosret in panel 4 are saying totally “Oh SHIT”
I would just flat out deny Kester his medallion at this point
For a giant, pink dragon he’s surprisingly stealthy.
I think the dragon is supposed to be an off-white.
Did dragons always have such huge ears?
Smaug did, and if it’s good enough for Smaug, it’s good enough for Pinky, here.
…I’m talking the old 70s animated movie, of course. New CGI Smaug is just your bog-standard dragon as seen on the cover of every fantasy novel ever.
Just a point of contention here… 70’s Animated Smaug was a Dragon. Newfangled CGI Smaug Was a Wyvern. 4 limbs versus 6. Dragons Rule.
70’s Smaug is the only Smaug design that matters to me really, and I’m glad Skin Deep dragons are a little weirder than the usual “red lizard with wings and fire and very Fierce”.
“Soooooo. Does he look trustworthy to yooooouuuuuu?”
Hey, the dragon is smiling! Surely that means they are friendly and nothing bad will happen whatsoever.
Don’t be so sure, that’s NOT a friendly smile!
It’s called “irony”, Gaisa.
Nonsense! Just look at all those clean, healthy, terrifyingly-sharp teeth! Surely they only mean well.
That’s the sort of smile that goes on a T-shirt with the caption “Truuuuuust me!”
Apparently the tree thing wasn’t just a fluke, Dragons seem quite talented at hiding in the Skin Deepverse.
Why does that remind me of the ninjas in the first issue of The Tick?
(Long line of ninjas, each holding two tree branches) “We are a bush. There is nothing to see here. Please move along.”
If you look back at Orientations ch.5, comparing the cave scenes with the open-sky scenes, you’ll see that the Bloodcarver seems to be two or three times as tall when he’s flying as when he’s in the cave.
Since it obviously can’t be an error by the artist, it must be a little-known natural ability of dragons. It would be useful to enable them to fit into caves that would otherwise be too small. (And with dragons that big, most caves are too small.) Coincidentally, it would also make it easier for the dragon to hide until it attacks.
Nonesuch, the title character of “A Book Dragon” by Donn Kushner, develops the ability to go from man-eater size to insectivore size and back, taking weeks in the process. The Bloodcarver displayed the ability to make a less extreme, but possibly instantaneous, change.
Wait I thought the last time we’ve seen a Dragon was in Orientations? Which was 8 years ago?
Well she draw bloodcarver once in a readerquestion and i think thazs about 5 years ago
The last time we saw Bloodcaver was in June 2012 according to the archives. Which I guess could be wrong I don’t know it’s been a long time!
Also, batty draggy! I like!
I love that batty dragon. So cute.
… I wanna rub its ears. With its permission, of course.
It’s dangerous to rub dragon ears alone. Here, take this cherry picker with you.
Nar nar nar nar nar nar nar Bat dragon! Seriously though, nice dragon design.
I have discovered Skindeep last week and went through it three times already, just to make sure I didn’t miss up on anything. This is a great comic and I am amazed by the depth of study on myths and characters. I love it. The books are on my birthday list.
I also think that Jocasta is thinking “Γαμώτο !”
Hey Bat-Dragon what up?
He’s not going to need a medallion – he’s going to need a belt buckle.
Well this could explain how the sphinx survived the war. It wasn’t so much an escaping and hiding thing as a “You two were nicer to us than the rest of your kind, so when we killed them all we spared you. Your welcome”
Those ears are so cute! The dragon reminds me of a sphinx (the domestic cat) oh god, the wings make it look like it’s wearing a cape.
Am I the only one who imagines the dragon’s voice sounding like Whoopi Goldberg? :-)
Um cranky can I call you cranky, who is whoopi Goldberg?
I’m glad they’re actually referred to as species instead of races. One of my big problems with a lot of fantasy settings is that the races are referred to as such, when they’re often clearly not of the same species and thus can’t really be called a race of it– for example, a high fantasy setting with Driders and the like. Or the usual humans and elves, who are explicitly stated to come from a different source and therefore be different species instead of different races of the /same/ species. It always bothers me when the distinction isn’t made.
A rare exception on the other end of the scale was Dave Duncan’s world of Pandemia, the setting for a pair of tetralogies. (The first, “A Man of his Word”, began with the novel “The Magic Casement”.) There, the various races are just that — diverse variations of one species of humanity.
And in the War God series by David Weber they are actually the ‘Five Races of Man,’ since the Dwarves, Elves, Hradani, and Halflings are all divergent strains from the original Human. (Half-Elves claim to be a race, but they don’t breed true.)
And the council war series as well, where the races are due to personalized DNA alterations
So wait did the war start because jo refused to make medallions for dragons or was there another reason.
As I understand it, the war is well under way on the continent (of Europe), but it might be considered suspended in the British Isles while one of the dragons is, >ahem< negotiating, with the only sphinxes at hand.
LIZARD FEET THOSE ARE SOME NICE LIZARD FEET
also wooooow i love how you blend realistic anatomy with fantasy designs? Looks gooood
I see that no one has put forth the idea that the sphinxes decided to make themselves go extinct because of all the other species bickering with each other over who should get priority.
So the dragons who are [revered for their [intelligence] / [wisdom] ] / [Used in battle for their strength] / [otherwise being bugged by the lowlife] team up with the sphinxes to make themselves appear to go to war wiping themselves out.
While in reality they just bugger off to secluded locations having a merry old time doing whatever they want with no one to pester them with stupid requests. Under a disguise spell like the Avalons use but more powerful. (or possibly even another dimension considering this would be more or less the entire sphinx and dragon species.)
And then they slowly died out due to [insert reason here].
Is it just me or dose Jo look like Michael’s mom?
Considering one or both are her ancestors, it makes sense.
He is both cute and evil-looking. What do I do?