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This final segment of Chapter 9, Still Alive, features a return of a character who is (yes, you guessed it) still alive. The character in the foreground you haven't met yet--her name is U'hano (Yu-HAH-no) Anena. She is what's called a Stormrunner, or Nininalakana, "Those who run with storms." Guess what they do? Hahaha. U'hano is also the main character of From Earth to Heaven, the origin story I haven't quite gotten off the ground yet. Of course, I already built the site. Hah!
The character in the background may be unrecognizable, since the last time I drew him in the comic was a very long time ago. Props if you can name him!
This arc takes place in Shi'li, the peninsula to the west of Ci'Endis. The peninsula has regions of jungle adjacent to semi-arid plains. Inland is swamp. Enjoy the map if you haven't seen it before, there are some teasers there.
From Chapter 9 onward, all the chapters are split into different segments revolving around a central theme. Each chapter has 2-4 parts, generally 3. Until the different groups meet up and then the chapters can condense a bit. There's only one group left to meet after this one, and that's Relan and Fen Aya Zen, from Not Alone! All growed up. Eh, mostly. :D
For those readers who don't remember, this comic is based on a novel that is already written! So it's complicated. I of course chose it to by my first work because...I am dumb. Readers, oh dear readers, if you ever jump into comics, START WITH SOMETHING SIMPLE AND FUN. Not epic. Bad move. But I'm still going! It'll be 8 years this April. Wow.
Speaking of that upcoming comic birthday! I've decided on this year's fan art contest. The Dreaded Gender Bender! It'll be set up like those devART memes where you fill in the boxes. Whoever can embarrass my characters the most WHILE STILL REMAINING TRUE TO THE CHARACTER wins. Prizes will be original art, 3 prizes total. Consider it...Make Kez Laugh III.
So get out your nasty thinking caps, because the contest will open at the beginning of March.