Chapter 5.21-- Magnus Deleox

posted 28th Oct 2016, 11:07 AM

Chapter 5.21-- Magnus Deleox
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view HeSerpenty's profile

28th Oct 2016, 11:07 AM


Finally a name for the mysterious medicine. A "poison for poisons"? What does that mean for Keymen?

First mention of "the Great Serpent Virus." Some of you may ask yourselves.. "huh?".. but I can assure you, it matters!

OKAY last thing! We meet the sassy herbalist/businesswoman who isn't so easily charmed-- Octavia! A SoO OC created by Centcomm of Datachasers fame! Go check it out if ya haven't already! ;D

view Alicia's profile

28th Oct 2016, 11:14 AM


LOOKIT THOSE BABY BLUES, Octavia! You can not deny him his medicine!

I like her a lot, btw. :3

view HeSerpenty's profile

28th Oct 2016, 11:38 AM


Haha I am glad you like her! The sassy ones are always fun to write haha

view MistakeNPotatoes's profile

28th Oct 2016, 11:17 AM


Poison for poisons, you say? Hmmm.. theories..

view HeSerpenty's profile

28th Oct 2016, 11:38 AM


So many possibilities hehe :3

view Skweeee's profile

28th Oct 2016, 12:11 PM


Again! with your great interaction between characters. I love the exchange between these two. You build a character so quickly and subtly.

view HeSerpenty's profile

28th Oct 2016, 11:45 PM


I can't tell ya how happy I am that you enjoy the dialogue! It's SOOO important to me!! Thank you Squeeee! <3

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28th Oct 2016, 12:22 PM


I mean, the idea isn't too unusual.

In real life, many poisons are countered by some other poison.

view HeSerpenty's profile

28th Oct 2016, 11:45 PM


Haha indeed so! Makes a lot of sense!

28th Oct 2016, 12:27 PM


New plot device introduce, check! Now to fetch the Master Key and defeat Ganon - wait, that's the wrong story. Oops.

Well, I do enjoy Octavia. Anyone not immediately taken in by Keymen's charm is just SO much fun to watch. And I get it - she'[s a businesswoman, and he is exceptionally bad for business. I can't say I'd be as tetchy as she is, but I understand her perspective. Quick, Keymen, explain the situation ASAP!

Plus, that sass. She's a sassmaster. I love sassmasters~

Honestly, wouldn't it feel somewhat vindictively good on Octavia's side to know that HER goods are the one thing Keymen needs for himself? I think so. Oh, she's a fun one. :]

Also, I love her dress. XD

You asked for theories? No? Too bad, you're getting them anyway. Given that we've already seen execution by venom, given that ordinary, real-world snakes DO kill and eat other snakes using venom as their method of choice (king cobras, I'm looking at you)... My theory is execution by venom - except, as clearly death was not something that happened, that was just the beginning, followed by torture, where they kept Keymen alive and in pain, likely using this.

And THIS little thing is eating away at the poison in his system, keeping him alive.

Now, I don't have a theory as for why he still needs it all these years later... but it's got to be connected to the time where he was 'killed'. So I expect we'll find out soon enough - and I'm intrigued, because I'd LOVE to know how venom can last that long in a foreign system...

...Unless him being a serpent himself is exacerbating the effects somehow?

Hm. This bears further thought and failures to research snakes. Good times, good times.

(Of course I could be wrong about all of this, but this is my theory until I'm inevitably proven otherwise and all these hypothesis crush me like a bug when they come falling down.)

Magnus Deleox. Very French. I approve.

The aaaaaaart on this paaaaage, SERPY, TEACH ME YOUR SECRETS. When did you sell your soul and how much did you get for it? Enquiring minds want to know.

Octavia has the best expressions. There's not a single one of her faces on this page that doesn't make me grin foolishly. And Keymen! So EXCITED in that panel after she says she has it! And then it aaall comes crashing down when she says "No" and out come the kicked, confused puppy eyes. Best Keymen panels on this page for sure.

I'd take my hat off to you, but I'm not wearing a hat.

Well done!

view Carvone's profile

28th Oct 2016, 3:33 PM


Wow, I love the fake-death theory!

That would explain so much, especially why he's still weak, and why Gwynn could think he's dead. She probably saw him "die" herself!

I just wonder where he got the medicine when he was traveling.

view HeSerpenty's profile

29th Oct 2016, 12:05 AM


Haha I wish I knew whatever story or game or whatever it was that you were referencing haha.

YES Octavia....she's not so easy to win over even for Keymen! Well..ESPECIALLY for Keymen. Just his presence is an inconvenience to her :P :P. She has got a quick wit too--might even give him a run for his money. Buuuut knowing him I'm SURE he has tricks up his sleeve! I'm really happy you like her! :D

LOL I LOVE theories! Theorize away <33. That theory is a beautiful one! Brilliant even! However you know the drill... nothing gets confirmed nor denied until it presents itself officially in comic hehe. But indeed I will say you are correct that it has been in his system (whatever it is) affecting him for many years now. How interesting u bring up the King Cobra! ;D ;D

Yaaay I'm so happy the art looks decent on this page! It was approximately 2 years ago I sold my soul..........and dangit I was ripped off! I asked for flawless art skills but alas-- ALways read the fine print when selling your soul. XD

Thank you so so much!!! <333

view sketchdoll's profile

28th Oct 2016, 2:04 PM


But, but...he neeeeeeeds it D:

view HeSerpenty's profile

29th Oct 2016, 12:06 AM


He doooooes! QAQ

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28th Oct 2016, 3:15 PM


Keymen seems to have found his match in dialogue here. Though I'm sure he'll convince of giving what he needs somehow. XP

view HeSerpenty's profile

29th Oct 2016, 12:07 AM


Hahaha she can keep up with him... buuuut we know this guy ALways has tricks up his sleeve!

view Carvone's profile

28th Oct 2016, 3:56 PM


You're really spoiling us with backstory here! :D

I am super, super curious about what that little leaf does and what he needs it for so badly. Littlebluebox's theory way better than any of mine though.

I wonder if this cure was before or after he spent some time with humans, and if it had anything to do with that mysterious human friend of his you mentioned a while back. So a tentative chronology for Keymen's (horrible, unfair) life would be:

Born --- his father's fed to something, a Beliah maybe? --- he joins the council in some capacity to take revenge. butterfly scene with Kalavarik seems to imply that? --- Kalvarik's "betrayal" --- something makes Gwynn, but not the rest of the Serpent nation think he's dead --- scars and his "condition" --- settles with his mom and makes contact with Merek, and maybe others. (I really want to know if it's just those two plotting, or if it's a wider conspiracy) --- "Mom's letter" --- Moves to the main Serpent city (does it have a name, by the way?).

At some point between joining the council and settling in with his mom he wanders around the humans and gets his guitar.

Whatever made those scars and needs constant medication (I'm assuming it's the same event) happens sometime between betrayal and now.

None of this answers when Merek and Keymen met, though, so I wonder how that happened.

I also wonder if Keymen learned medicine just to take care of himself. He's not carrying any supplies in the flashback scene, for sure, and it seems likely.

And Octavia's comment about "leverage" makes me pretty sure that Magnus Deleox is not a permanent solution to whatever it is supposed to help. It's not some weirdness of Keymen's condition then that needs constant dosages. I wonder if poison-then-release is a common Council tactic and Keymen is so dangerous precisely because he found a (partial) way out?

Octavia is glorious. I hope we see more of her.

view HeSerpenty's profile

29th Oct 2016, 6:34 PM


Lolol I promise that in due time we will have all the answers! I know I give em' in little chunks at a time hahaha

Wow your tentative chronology is on POINT! There is actually a span of about ten years between scars and his 'condition' and when he comes back to his mother that I actually plan to start a second comic about hehe....and YEES you are right the guitar is during that time! :D
And indeed the time he got his scars, and the reason he needs medicine..all connected indeed!
As for how Keymen and Merek met..I do plan to go over all of that one of these days! I just LOVE all your insights! Seriously so thoughtful and in a lot of cases accurate! I can't wait to answer some of these questions in comic!

And I'm so glad you like Octavia! We WILL see more of her! Hehe thank you so much!!

view DLKmusic's profile

28th Oct 2016, 4:56 PM


oooh-kaaay! I'm guessing someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed!

Actually I understand her perspective, she WAS the only healer in town until...

btw, do ALL female healers in your world look that good and dress that well? cause if so, I think I might be coming down with something...

As always, great job, serpy!

view HeSerpenty's profile

29th Oct 2016, 6:42 PM


LOL yea she isn't the nicest to Keymen is she X"D. I think he has tricks up his sleeve tho that will make her a little bit nicer :3
BUT she is a business woman aaaand doesn't like when someone might interfere with her profit x"D

Hahahaha coming down with something? O DEAR! Weeeell OCtavia will be HAPPY to help you, sir! <3 Lolol

Thank you so much!

view Matt Knab's profile

28th Oct 2016, 5:01 PM

Matt Knab

Wow, Keymen is totally outclassed by Octavia. I love it!

view HeSerpenty's profile

29th Oct 2016, 6:43 PM


Haha FINALLY someone puts him in his place! X"D

view azureXtwilight's profile

28th Oct 2016, 5:18 PM


Octavia has got sass!

Hmm, but why she is not surprised at all when keymen is still alive?

view HeSerpenty's profile

30th Oct 2016, 12:26 AM



hahaha weeell. .there's lots of people who don't think he's dead--somehow Gwynn just never got the memo X"DD. Prooobably cuz she's like the one person he didn't want to know :'D


view Slim Kittens's profile

28th Oct 2016, 7:43 PM

Slim Kittens

Poison for poisons? Keyman has been poisoned and the only thing keeping him alive is Magnus Deleox?

view HeSerpenty's profile

30th Oct 2016, 12:27 AM


Iiiit would definitely seem like Magnus Deleox plays a huge role in his overall wellness.... very huge :3 X'D

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28th Oct 2016, 8:38 PM


Oh gosh I love this page <3 Keymen interactions are always fun! X3

And gotta say, this girl's just mouthfuls of sass XDDD (I love how you depicted her body language!)

I hope Keymen manages to persuade her, he needs that stuff, man! Can't wait to see him try next update, if he manages then I'll definitely bestow upon him the 'Silver-Tongued' title ;)

view HeSerpenty's profile

30th Oct 2016, 1:22 AM


LOL she is! She is sassy and seems to know how to put people like Keymen in their place X"DD-- look at him shut right up! But.... I think he has some ideas about how to get his way-- he always does!

Thank you so much, Rufi!! <3333

view Proxy170's profile

29th Oct 2016, 2:00 AM


You really know how to drip info out to keep a girl on the edge of her seat! Loving these little bits of info you release. You build your characters up enough to stand on their own, but also keep hints that they each are more than they seem...well except Daggot maybe XD

view HeSerpenty's profile

30th Oct 2016, 1:36 AM


LOL what you don't think there's more to Daggot than meets the eye, Proxy? Hahahahaha thank you soooo much this comment really means a lot!

There are indeed lots of layers to some of these guys! <33

view Seabiscuit's profile

29th Oct 2016, 6:32 AM


A poison for poisons...? Gosh I'm extra curious now! :D

view HeSerpenty's profile

30th Oct 2016, 1:36 AM


Hehe GOOD, I am glad! <333

More answers to come :3 :3 Thank you!

view Centcomm's profile

29th Oct 2016, 9:55 AM


Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I adore her! I also love the cute half smiles she keeps giving him. Very very well done! " Blue eyes " giggles The look on his face in panel four is priceless!!!! :D thank you Serpenty!

Im also curious about the great serpent virus!

view HeSerpenty's profile

30th Oct 2016, 2:02 AM


CENTYYY I am thrilled that you love her and love how I am portraying her! It's imortant to me that people are happy with their OCs! Thank you for making her for me!! :D :D

We will have more info on that, I promise! :D

view Centcomm's profile

31st Oct 2016, 11:17 AM


I very happy to see her in the comic, and I love the way you brought her to life :D thank you !!

view alston123's profile

4th Nov 2016, 10:54 AM


I love her so much. Such sass, and it seem to be rightly directed. He is bad for business. Hehe. It would be like Reed Richards coming to Hank Pym for something to make himself a better scientist. It's like, dude, you're already amazing. Literally one of the smartest people in the Marvel multiverse. Still love Keymen though. :3

I actually have an older cousin named Octavia. We call her Tave for short. :D

This guy is such a smooth talker. I feel like he can get himself out of anything if he talks long enough. That's our Keymen. ^_^

view HeSerpenty's profile

4th Nov 2016, 11:36 AM


Wow, you do?? That's awesome! That's a name you don't hear around often!

Haha you are definitely right... Keymen can talk his way out of ANYThing X"D. It's one of his many talents haha. I'm so happy you like her tho! She's pretty witty for sure!!

view CiciEnixa's profile

4th Nov 2016, 5:38 PM


Poison of poisons is... totally not a creepy name. Nope. Not at all. Though technically if it's a poison of poisons, it should be good, right? Keymen wouldn't be drinking poison... right?

view HeSerpenty's profile

4th Nov 2016, 10:40 PM


Lol, right! Maybe... I think. Uuuh weeell................. he might be X"D. Everything in moderation? Hahahhaaha weeell he's crazy-- yOU KNOW HIM! XDD

view junoro's profile

5th Nov 2016, 10:29 PM


Hmmmmm the poison for poisons, hmmmm? I really like the dialogue here! It explains a lot about the nature of the plant and its rarity, and also more about Keymen and Octavia's characters! :D

view HeSerpenty's profile

6th Nov 2016, 12:21 AM


Thank you Juno! I'm so glad you enjoy the dialogue cuz there is LOTS of it haha!

view TheD-Wrek's profile

11th Nov 2016, 7:16 PM


.... I like her already.

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Nov 2016, 10:58 AM


Haha!!! I thought you might, D :P


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