Chapter 5.17-- Doesn't Add Up

posted 30th Sep 2016, 3:00 PM

Chapter 5.17-- Doesn't Add Up
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view HeSerpenty's profile

30th Sep 2016, 3:00 PM


Ah so somewhat of an explanation for why the people were gathering a couple pages ago-- sounds like the Council wants to find EXACTLY which Umbra leaked the info. Will anyone be honest about it being one of Kal's while he is there? We shall see :3

And here briefly we catch a small glimpse into the peronal life of the cold-hearted Kalverick. It would seem he and this young lady (Araena, by the way, is her name)may know each other, and it would also seem she knows something Kal doesn't seem to want to share. Why DOESN'T he want to share? And what is the true nature of his relationship with this woman? Well... we will find out soon, I promise <3


Thanks for reading everybody! I do hope you enjoyed the page. See ya next week!

I meant to finish the new incentive for the new month but alas--art block X__X. Gonna try again for next week tho!

view Alicia's profile

30th Sep 2016, 3:02 PM


Oooooh... MYSTERY GAL FOR KAL. <3 (I feel sorry for her already! XD) I really like her design by the way!

Also digging that heroic image of Merek and the gang! <3 I want a poster of that! :D

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 12:49 AM


LOL! Thank you I am glad to hear! Hahaha she may have um...questionable judgement X"D

Haha it's funny u should say that!

view Shirokuro's profile

30th Sep 2016, 3:05 PM


Nothing to report. At all. Everything is fine. Life is a unicorn. Yuuup.

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 12:50 AM


Lol! Move along! Nothin to see! Don't look over here or ask questions about that thing X"D

30th Sep 2016, 3:21 PM


Oh, huh, the Council hoods have li'l evil yellow eye designs on them. How have I gone seventeen pages into chapter five with plenty of bonus without ever noticing this before? INCONCEIVABLE!

I mean. Um. So that's awesome. :D

Kal having a personal life is vaguely terrifying. Just the entire concept of it. I know logically he's got to have a home to go to and a bed to sleep in and all that good stuff, but it's kind of like teachers when you're a kid; they don't go home, someone folds them up and stuffs them in a drawer of their desk at night. So I'm horribly fascinated by this entire concept and I'm very glad you're dipping into it a little! Always nice to see the villains being debatably human.

Serpent. Whatever. You knew what I meant. XD

In other news, Kalverick is lying to the Council, which really doesn't come as a surprise to me. In other OTHER news, the existence of this woman? Complete blindside! Whoohoo! Love her name, though I find myself questioning her life choices.

....I'm really, really torn between wanting her and Kal to be a romantic thing or not. On one hand, it's like the Kingpin and his wife, which was horrifyingly fantastic. On the other... I will have to SERIOUSLY question her life choices if that's the case. XD

And of course the people trust Merek. He's a GOOD PERSON. Gah, you'd think the Council would understand this by now, but apparently not. O.o

Anywhosies, loving the art, particularly the two panels of hands in the middle and the epic red picture of the Council looming over the good guys. Best parts of the entire page. With the possible exceptions of Kalverick's nose (the best part about him, I swear XD) and that FACE Araena's making in that final panel. I am well acquainted with that face. It's the 'what are you doing NOW?' face. I love it.

Excellent, excellent job. I am intrigued!

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:18 AM


Lolol!! Hey it's okay it's just a lil detail, no shame in not seeing it <333

And yes! Haha wellll so far we've only seen the raging, horrifying Kalverick-- while he IS a horrible person, we can't see that lunatic ALL the time :P. I'm super excited to have more interactions between these two! Because it IS quite different than what's been presented so far :3. Indeed.... she maaaay not have the best judgement, or have made the best choices in her life :3. If I don't get to expound on it in the story, I WILL make a side piece cuz it's something I want to share :D :D.

Thank you so much! I'm really glad everyone picked up on the little subtle hints on this page!!! You da bomb!!!

view MST3KFan's profile

30th Sep 2016, 3:24 PM


Ah typical politics. Useful until not, then thrown to the wolves.

Definitely think no one would want to fess up about things given how the punishment tends to go.

And Kal's gal pal is interesting to see. Wonder what will come up soon with her.

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:19 AM


Lol yeep! There is no honor or loyalty in politics--- I have come to observe that quite clearly X"D

You're probably right about that haha--whiiiich is why Kal wants to be a part of the process--- intimidation

We will see more of her I promise!

view Seabiscuit's profile

30th Sep 2016, 4:48 PM


...Woah, surprising!
And Araena...Ahh, I adore her design so much! :D

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:20 AM


Thank you so much! The first time I draw a character should never be ON THE PAGE X"D.. but I am glad that it turned out well in this case! hahahaha

view CiciEnixa's profile

30th Sep 2016, 5:27 PM


Ohhhh so THIS is Araena... she's so lovely (gosh you are designing the loveliest new peeps lately, Serpy <3) I already know how their relationship is but I'm still surprised he would tell her. I also understand why he didn't tell the council, but telling her is seriously the strangest part for some reason.

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:25 AM


Eee thank you Ciciii!!

Yes.. it IS very strange I will admit that lolol-- especially since 100% of what we've seen from Kal so far is the raging Council puppet X"D

Well Ok.. 90% raging puppet, 10% PARANOOOOID X"D

But! We will delve further into this relationship and maybe it will continue to surprise a lot of people :D :D

view Matt Knab's profile

30th Sep 2016, 5:57 PM

Matt Knab

Yeah, wouldn't want the people getting uppity and revolting or anything!

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:25 AM


Lol yea! That might be a lttle troublesome!

view azureXtwilight's profile

30th Sep 2016, 7:24 PM



I love the subtle interactions between them, the way she smiled when she poured drink on him, and the little nudgeee~

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:28 AM


LOL HE DOES! SHE IS! YAAAY I have been excited to introduce her!
Maybe when they alone it won't be so subtle ..hehehe but out in the open..IT MUST BE! :3

view Proxy170's profile

1st Oct 2016, 7:56 AM


OOOHH who is THIS lady??? >:D Kal, I never knew you had it in you! Although, I guess the exact nature of their relationship is to be determined.

Love that we have another scene showing the "grey area" that the Council just loves to hang out in. Good in intentions but bad in actions, or vice versa?

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:32 AM


LOL! IT's funny you make that ">:D" face cuuuz I can think on one other character who will make that SAAAAME face if he finds out :3

Haha I am glad! It seems like a lot of things in life are "grey area"-- too much in fact. If only it could be as simple as black and white x"D

view Slim Kittens's profile

1st Oct 2016, 8:34 AM

Slim Kittens

Evil Council Guy: "Is there anything else to report?"
Kalverick: "......."
Araena: *clears throat*, "KALVERICK IS GOING TO BE A FATHER!"

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1st Oct 2016, 8:50 AM


view Alicia's profile

1st Oct 2016, 8:53 AM


LOL That would be amazing! XD

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:33 AM


LOL!!!!! Omg......that would be hilarious XD. AAAAAAAND problematic...for Kalverick X"D

1st Oct 2016, 11:47 AM

DLKmusic (at work)

That has got to qualify for post of the week, Slim Kittens!

view HeSerpenty's profile

1st Oct 2016, 11:23 PM


Hahahaha I think I agree!!!

1st Oct 2016, 12:16 PM


Ooh, we get some insight into the council's plans. I mean, they're all bad, but it's still super neat to see how they think. As far as I can tell, the council has been so successful because they have BOTH Kalavarik and Demas. Kal is ruthless and good in a fight, but doesn't seem to have a knack for long term planning. Demas is there to do that, and point Kal in the right direction every so often. Right now that's not good, but it might mean that the entire thing will collapse (admittedly more slowly) if even one of the two guys gets bumped off. I have to wonder if that's Keymen's plan. Separate Kalavarik from Demas, so he can get him to make stupid mistakes, then watch the council fall apart without their hitman.

So Demas recognizes how important Merek is. That's.... worrying, even if it should keep him out of hot(er) water in the short term. It's highly unlikely, but I do wonder if the the council intends to make Merek, not Hizruk, their puppet. They don't see anything that extraordinary in Hizruk, and he's not had a chance to make himself popular with the citizens so he's useless that way. So they let him out, knowing Merek will try and protect him, then try and manipulate him through that? It has a lot of holes, clearly, but I wouldn't put it past Demas.

Anyway, that's enough speculation.

Araena! She looks amazing <3 I really like how her design has council colors without being super obvious. She SEEMS plenty fond of Kal (the hand panels are GORgeous, btw), but I don't know if it's mutual. Honestly, I'm hoping for that, if only because it prevents Kal from ever taking an interest in Gwynn (which would be absolutely terrible).

I love all of the extra information we're getting on the Council, so I'll be a little sad to see Kalavarik go off to the human village. But not especially, since it's Kalavarik. xD

1st Oct 2016, 3:29 PM


Take an interest in Gwynn? I think he knows better than to provoke Keymen that way.

view HeSerpenty's profile

2nd Oct 2016, 2:20 AM


Hahaha I think you're probably right ;3


view HeSerpenty's profile

2nd Oct 2016, 2:17 AM


I havta say I completely adore all your thoughtful insights! Seriously wonderful! And so spot on <33

Yus....the Council needs Kal AND they need Merek. Kal will follow all orders no matter how ruthless aaand Merek has the trust of the people. Demas is indeed the most outspoken Council head aaand has been around the longest at this point X'D....he knows how to hold down the fort X"D

Yessss Araena certainly does seem to have it pretty bad for Kal. That leaves us all questioning her judgment LOL XD...aaand indeed wondering how he feels about her. THat little motion with those hand panels...I do believe that's the most tender thing Kal has done with his hands thus far X"D. But we will see more of their relationship and WHAT exactly it is!

Heheh i can't WAIT for human village :3

view Centcomm's profile

2nd Oct 2016, 11:09 AM


knocking another one out of the park Serpenty! I do love the new gal love her nail shine. Very nice detail!

view HeSerpenty's profile

2nd Oct 2016, 1:28 PM


Thank you so much Centy!!

I look forward to drawing her and her nail shine more <333 hehe

view junoro's profile

2nd Oct 2016, 12:10 PM


Oohoooh she likes the bad boys, huh? I wonder what she knows! Also I must say that her eyeshadow is really pretty 8)

view HeSerpenty's profile

2nd Oct 2016, 1:29 PM


LOL I suppose so! Bad boy is bit of an understatement for Kal I think hahaha!

And thank u so muuuuch!! <333

view Vivocateur's profile

2nd Oct 2016, 6:10 PM


Oh ho ho! Kal what have you been up to? (Love the nonverbal communication on this page!)

Demas is certainly a canny fellow. He clearly knows what he's doing!

*Looks forward to nightfall ;)*

view HeSerpenty's profile

3rd Oct 2016, 3:38 PM


Thank you! Hahaha there is yet a lot we do not know about that Kalverick XDD
And Demas must know! Their whole dynasty depends soley on the fact that they haaave to know what they are doing x"D

Hehe oh i'm sure ;3 (ME TOO!)

view alston123's profile

3rd Oct 2016, 11:54 AM


Kalverik? A lady killer! Why in all my days... XD

It's good to know that they know they need Merek. He's staying in the race for the foreseeable future, ladies and gentlemen! :D:D:D

view HeSerpenty's profile

3rd Oct 2016, 3:39 PM


LOL!! At least this one lady! Just "killer" would be accurate too X"DD

Hhaha yes FOR NOW he's ok! For now X"DDD

view gideonland's profile

6th Oct 2016, 3:57 PM


Who's this chick? She seems like just a servant here. I'd imagine someone of so low a rank can't question or give Kal a side eye look like that.
Just pour the drinks and stop being nosey, OR will she play a much more important role??
Another great page.

view HeSerpenty's profile

7th Oct 2016, 8:08 AM


LOL!!! You are very right! THo this young lady might hold more significance, at least to Kal, than her title would suggest. She seems to know something that Kal doesn't want to share :3

We will find out, I promise you! THank ya sir!

view Skweeee's profile

6th Oct 2016, 11:30 PM


Beautiful art and great story telling!!

view HeSerpenty's profile

7th Oct 2016, 8:15 AM


Thank you Squeeeee!! SO happy to see ya around again!

view ProfEtheric's profile

15th Oct 2016, 9:22 PM


Wow... I am VERY curious about these two and their relationship. It seems subtle (hidden, maybe?).

As usual, AMAZING page!

view HeSerpenty's profile

16th Oct 2016, 12:18 AM


Yussss, that is a good instinct! It definitely seems subtle-- I am eager to delve deeper into it :D


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