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But I have to wonder how exactly they’re gonna fake their deaths. They can’t just fade into the human populace without the dragons suspecting something, right? Right?
A-HA!! The raven sitting on Phinny’s shoulder IS Ravi! Ha ha! Everyone was right!! For some reason I feel like celebrating this.
Because the dragons can kill off the entire human populace or blend in well enough to investigate just to find them if they were to do so.
And it is confirmed: Ravi has always been a featherbrain.
I thought THIS was how they’re going to fake their deaths. On the previous page, he says “let them think we’re dead.” That could just be in general, but I assumed it was in response to their home burning down here.
Well I’m sure their plan won’t cause any problems for anyone down the line.
NOPE EVERYTHING’S GOOD FOREVER
In Birb We Trust
There is more than one dark feathered birb we know of in this story. Dispite the knowledge we have of Ravi, there is a possibility this isn’t ravi.
How did I not figure that out sooner
I wasn’t aware that medallion-created humanity affected lifespans, and certainly many of these beings must have normal lifespans much longer than a normal human. Disturbing.
Small wonder most mythicals with medallions prefer remaining in the half-form stage in normal everyday life. It may protect them against this lifespan deterioration.
Living in an Avalon may have more benefits other than the obvious secrecy.
It does explain how to solve the problem of faking your death, changing your name, and getting new documentation every hundred years or so. (People tend to get suspicious of the 300-something neighbor with the 30-something body. Kory still hasn’t said how long a Sphinx naturally lives, AFAIK, unless she answered it in one of the reader questions on Patreon that I haven’t seen yet… could be hundreds or even thousands of years.)
I think Jocasta was speaking generically when she said the medallions would shorten “our” lifespans. The big change will be for their unTurned descendants, but less so for the first generation.
Back in Exchanges, Lorne mentioned gryphon longevity in a way that implied few other species were comparably long-lived. When Jocasta speculates that the medallions will give them (or their descendants) “a more human lifespan”, she confirms that sphinxes also live longer. (I’m guessing it’s not much longer than gryphons.)
I get the impression that medallions don’t make any appreciable difference in the lifespans of most species (other than protecting them from trophy-hunters and lab-suppliers). For most of them, mid-forms are simply practical conveniences.
Which still leaves unanswered the question of why Michelle’s relatives keep dying so young and without siblings.
OK I am now convinced that that raven is Ravi. Anyone else wanna place a bet. Tables open fellas.
If that Raven has been Ravi the whole time, that’s probably the longest he has gone without yapping in forever.
I can actually see Ravis’ inability to shut up in the present as him being excited to finally talk about all this stuff that happened with Worset and Jocasta.
I wonder if this is the first time Ravi spoke to them, because they look kind of surprised in the second to last panel.
So there’s the Catch-22, the medallions shorten your lifespan if you already live longer than a human, and if you never turn then you presumably live as long as a human which explains why Michelle’s family line is as long as it is.
I’m starting to think that Michelle needs to find Worsets descendant.
I hope that’s the case, but I get the feeling, if there is a Worset descendent, they’re going to disagree on how to go about dealing with the situation.
Wosret, not “Worset”.
I can’t help wondering if Michelle is descended from both lines, herself.
I did wonder if her mom wasn’t a Worset herself. But her father’s shade said that ” the Worsets, the Jocastas, we can stop them”, so I assume there’s two lines still.
It’s been a long time since I first read Skin Deep, and I am more than a little happy than it’s still going – and still as lushy-detailed-and-written as I recall.
<3 <3 <3
EDIT: also Phineas is such a lovable cuddlederp -:>
It has been /strongly/ implied that every medallion smithy needs to be equipped with a phoenix egg, which would place one limit on how many such smithies there can be. Smithies on the European mainland are being destroyed, presumably destroying the eggs with them.
The Liverpool egg, that Phineas just happened to be in the right place at the right time to save, may in fact be the last one left — at the end of the war, if not yet at this point.
So, if any more medallions are going to be made, they’ll have to be made by the last sphinx using the last phoenix egg. (But no pressure, Michelle!)