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posted 3rd May 2016, 11:00 AM

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3rd May 2016, 11:00 AM

Gillian Renk

And that concludes Chapter 4! This is actually a two page spread, but it's hard to make wide images work online, so I split it up instead. Hopefully that works!

We won't be doing a guest week this chapter, but I will be putting up a few pieces of extra art during the break between chapters (and maybe Will can draw one of his comics? they are kind of a tradition now). Pages will resume on May 14th with Chapter 5!

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4th May 2016, 10:05 PM

Lukkai

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HOW MANY DIFFERENT PARTIES ARE INVOLVED HERE? 0_0
Sheesh, one could think this was a fun fair, not a prison at night!

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5th May 2016, 8:38 AM

Gillian Renk

These kids have been makin' themselves the center of attention! Maybe these other folks just want their autograph.

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6th Aug 2020, 1:12 PM

bgb16999

One more chapter reread down.

Chapter four is where Genda becomes a true member of the party. It also contains the reason I started reading the comic: on page 18, Jeth says to Seyn "you don't do the relationship thing." In the comments, the author confirms that it means Seyn is "At least ace, debatably aro! They haven't really got a term for it, but Seyn has stayed out of dating on that concept in any case."

I originally started reading Aether because I had heard a major character was ace. I don't think I knew in advance which character, or how it would be brought up. I don't remember where I heard his information: Aether doesn't seem to be on the Webcomic Library where I usually get recommendations for comics with ace and aro characters, so it was probably from someone on Tumblr.

Anyhow, Lessar reappears (yay) and drops the mysterious name Karthad. Oh, and Lessar also namedrops his daughter Juda, and mentioned she's an earth mage. That's a pretty big hint.

Genda deduces Seyn is a mage and has an outburst, accusing Seyn of "lying about being a mage," even though Seyn never claimed not to be one. Does Genda expect all mages to constantly blurt out that they are mages to everyone they meet? Bigotry leads to weird expectations. Genda's reaction reminds me of the kind of homophobe who demands that all gay people must constantly and loudly proclaim they are gay whenever other people are near by, just so that the homophobe can be spared the horror of unknowingly making eye contact with a gay person. At least she takes steps towards redemption before the chapter ends, going to rescue Seyn and Jeth before BAM!

The mysterious earth mage appears in person. Not a flashback! Not an intermission! He's actually here within sight of our protagonists! The chapter ends on a massive cliffhanger.

One thing does sort of bug me about these events. At the beginning of the chapter, Genda seemed pretty knowledgeable about this country, and she knew that Beirab "has a lot of free time." But she didn't seem to know, or didn't warn Seyn and Jeth, that meeting with Beirab was both unlikely to yield much benefit and very dangerous due to his unpredictable nature. Lessar also seemed to know that the populace has suffered under Beirab's rule, but didn't warn Seyn that going to his banquet was dangerous. Did neither of them know?

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