Well, Azaq said SOMEONE was going to die. He never said who. (I have been waiting YEARS to make this page.)
This page was originally two pages with more dialogue. In the attempt to speed things up a little, I decided a little violence was in order NOW, not later. I really like the blood effects on this page turned out. Really, I like how the WHOLE page came out, which is damn rare for me. I will enjoy this feeling while it lasts, because when I'm in Cleveland, far from Photoshop, I will probably think of 20 things I wish I could fix D:
Speaking of Cleveland, I'll be out of town until the 30th, so I may be a couple days before I get to replying to comments. Until then, enjoy some extras:
Njinn are alive, as discussed previously. They eat Ashi (life force Energy). Ehranah is a Rrah'ashi (use of Energy for war) Master. The one weapon someone without Rrah'ashi ability has (not all Ayenroki can use it) against a master like Ehranah is the Njinn. It basically nullifies all attacks sent towards it. Though Ehranah has the ability to manipulate the Energy surrounding her as a weapon, it would be an even match against The Arm of Action(Mersnai's title) armed with a Njinn.
I REALLY wish Ehranah got to draw her blade in this page. You don't get to see her fight for quite some time. She has a Njinn, but obviously she nearly never uses it. Her sword however only comes out when complete devastation is on the menu. Way back when in Chapter 7, there was an infodump page about Rrah'ashi and how Ayenroki like to use hands as a focus point. Ehranah uses her blue-steeled weapon instead. All blue steel is alive, but Njinn and the swords (krandesh) are two VERY different metals. That however, is unimportant so far.
Njinn, being alive, are kind of...finicky...weapons. If they are drawn, they must be satiated with blood/Energy. Every time a Njinn is drawn, before it can be sheathed, it must eat. It's not a ritual so much as a necessity. In the 3 times previous a Njinn was drawn, 2 times the bearer cut himself to feed his weapon. The other time, a drop of blood fell on the blade. Ayenroki aren't emo cutters, I swear. The reason WHY Ayenroki carry Njinn is because they change form. Every time they eat, they change form a little. Over the course of a warrior's lifetime, Njinn will become the best weapon to suit that warrior, starting out only as a basic knife. (But hey, didn't the Weapons Master in the prologue have blue steeled Falconswings?)
Let's see...what else? Ah, yes! The red kireken (Ravar's necklace). Where else have you seen that, and WHEN? Too many pages to go find and link, sorry!
Speaking of linking pages though, please enjoy the new and improved page titles in the archives! When you browse now, if I've gotten to titling a page, it will show up in the URL. This lets me select pages MUCH easier, AND the links still work without the titles too! Yay!
Lastly, just FYI, Cenron is dropping his blade in panel 1, which explains its absence in panel 3. If your throat were spewing blood, I doubt you'd hold on to YOUR weapon. :)
3 more pages in this chapter! And damn are they doozies! X3