Illumination Page 5 Illumination Page 5 published on February 16, 2015Read more posts by the author of Illumination Page 5, KoryBing41 Comments on Illumination Page 5 Woah! Michelle’s weird powers actually….worked? Kinda? That’s a change.
Wait…was Phinneas the Red instrumental in the creation of medallions? Woah!
Oooh oooh that could mean they could fix Greg’s medallion??
How to create a medallion: Ravens, The Finn Curse, Ribbons, Magic, and lots of hallucinogenic drugs.
They were much more shiny back in the day.
Medallions came way before Phineas I’m pretty sure.
He was instrumental in The Great War, and the founding of the LA.
Orientations, chapter 5 page 23,
and the info on page 117 of the printed version of Exchanges, about the Statue of Phineas the Red which is near the Gryphon Elder Hall in the LA
That first panel is beautiful. And trippy.
Michelle, hon. You’re going to burn your sleeves on the magic candles.
I think I can already see what she’s doing wrong with retrying that – The first time, she put her paw on the SPHINX. Now she’s putting it on the DRAGON. I could be totally wrong, though! Either way, this is a pretty awesome page!
The first time, she put her paw on what we think is a raven, accompanying Phineas in the bas relief carvings throughout the tomb.
And Phineas is a Gryphon, same as Jim.
So far we have not seen any Sphinx in the bas relief carvings on the plinth.
Wow, how’d I miss the beak? I think I thought it was part of either the mane, or a fake beard thing like Michelle’s dad in her dream. My bad! But, point is still there – She’s not putting her paw in the same spot she’d put it before.
Oh, so dragon eggs were used in the creation of medallions? No wonder there was a great war! Then again, maybe the dragons did something horrible themselves… War but rarely is waged between absolutes – Pure evil and Pure good. There are often majorities, or at least very loud minorities with a lot of control/power within the group, but there are often individuals on both sides that would prefer peace and friendship. Time will tell if Phineas the Red was entirely as heroic as he is remembered to be… I eagerly await the continuation!
I think Phineas might have discovered a stash of Medallions.
Well, let’s see: “Happy gryphon is floofy” “Floofy gryphon is happy” “Happy raven is bushy” “Bushy raven is happy” “Bushy raven is happy that floofy gryphon is happy” “Medallions OR cloak clasps help make bushyfloofs happy” “Spiral-egg-comet thing haz them mostly” “Trippy, man!” “MAXIMUM TRANSMISSION UNIT EXCEEDED – TERMINATING CONNECTION”. Perhaps understanding will come with time… or perhaps she should just try logging in again in five minutes time… >:=)>
Have you tried turning your sphinx off and back on again?
O….kaayy… So something about what could be a really weird purple egg or a freaky fig and the creation of medallions? As well as a poofy raven?
Note that Jim is looking at somewhere other than Michelle in the last panel. Something happened, just in a format that will happily be revealed NEXT EPISODE.
What ever is happening out of frame, Jim is NOT happy about.
Don’t you literally say the word GASP at me Michelle!
on another note Phineas was one happy dude. like seriously they were fighting a WAR. how were he and his raven buddies not all depressed or stoic or something?
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this magic vision may be down or your magic mojo not connected correctly. Please check all your magic stuff and try again later.
Top notch reference, mate.
I love how Michelle’s feathers are getting ruffled in frustration in the last panel.
I wonder if the birds we’ve been seeing in this story are liver birds. We’ve been calling them ravens in the comments, but liver birds would make sense given the setting.
That would be very interesting, though the necks on the birds in the carvings and the vision, don’t seem to be long enough for them to be liver birds.
Kory did a Patreon RQ sketch of liver birds here:
After some Google’ing I found it is really a liver bird, and it gave me hints about the building (and the place it is) in the vision, but I’m afraid to discuss it at the moment (fear it can spoil something to come)
Very good job, Kory ^_^
What makes you so sure it is a liver bird?
All the regular readers know the LA is built inside the Stanley Tobacco Warehouse, so that’s not really news.
As for the view of the top of the eastern side of the warehouse in the vision, you’d see it at that angle from about mid way towards the back of the vacant lot across the road (Great Howard Street) from the warehouse.
At first glance I thought the bird was a raven, but I can’t access Kory’s liver birds sketch..
on Wikipedia: “The Liver bird is the symbol of the city of Liverpool, England”
As for the building, you’re right, I thought it was the Royal Liver Building, sans clock (compared the photos)
That’s very cool. Can’t wait to see more.
Phineas in the first panel looks as goofy as Jim normally is. I bet he’s a real character XD
Also that building in the background seems… anti-climatically significant. Tobacco and something else. Cant tell what it says.
I think it says “WAREHOUSE” on the other side.
The tobacco warehouse is the Liverpool Avalon.
I just noticed that Michelle’s wings are floofy in the last panel. Is that because she’s ticked off, or is it a remnant of the magic vision she just had?
Ticked off at losing contact with the vision.
Hell yeah! Definitely a cool return to the comic after the two week hiatus…. except I understand Michelle’s frustration at the crypticness of the vision. Also, floofy wings and distracted Jim in the last panel!
Last Panel: Is this how I magic?
Love how you caught the ruffled feathers on the wings for her being upset. Some artist would’ve missed that.
Medallions don’t grow on trees you know! They grow on… Seed/egg things?
Have you considered that the swirl on the “Seed/egg thing” might represent some kind of eye, and that it’s some kind of tentacled creature trying (and failing) to avoid capture by Phineas and the Raven? The medallions attached to its tentacles might merely symbolize its knowledge of magic and transformations. Anyway it’s obvious that on the right Phineas uses a medallion to assume human form, and the raven likewise shifts into something more “normal.”
That is, if the purple thing is a spirit9and not a seed Phineas learned how to create medallions AFTER catching it, similar to how Hercules had to entrap Proteus before he would answer his questions.
Ah! Here it is! The beautiful husk!
(Eep! But spoilers!)
I just realized (on the page before actually) that the first time she touches the spot where the egg and the bird are depicted alongside Phineas (though this doesn’t quite match the position of the paw-outline in the second panel), while she clearly tires to get another reaction by touching the dragon.
No idea if there is actual significance to that, but it would make sense that the relevant objects and people (for uncovering the current mystery) trigger a response while the dragon, who probably stands for dragons as a whole, does not.