Chapter 5.31-- I Believe You

posted 6th Jan 2017, 1:32 PM

Chapter 5.31-- I Believe You
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view HeSerpenty's profile

6th Jan 2017, 1:32 PM


Hizruk of course remembering THIS conversation!

Do you think Keymen REALLY believes him? It seemed to at least be the right thing to say X'D. Also props to Key for being the only one to keep Hizzy in a conversation he doesn't want to have and be the first to end it X'D

Okay I had more to say but I'm gonna be late for work omg

Thanks for reading you guys!

view Alicia's profile

6th Jan 2017, 1:36 PM


Aw... Poor Hizruk. I think Keymen knows EVERYTHING so he definitely believes what Hizruk is saying. Well... At least I HOPE that.

view HeSerpenty's profile

8th Jan 2017, 3:09 AM


Haha it would be nice if SOMEone would believe that kid! THoooo he has shown a pattern of disobedience and recklesness--- maybe he shouldn't be trusted X"D

view woohooligan's profile

6th Jan 2017, 2:37 PM


I really like the color and the expressions. Using a dark background behind Hizzy, despite the surroundings, to emphasize his emotional state, is a really nice touch. :D

view HeSerpenty's profile

8th Jan 2017, 3:10 AM


Thank you so much! It really means a lot that you get what I was going for here <3333

view woohooligan's profile

28th Jun 2017, 10:57 AM


Gladly! <333 I try to spot those kinds of trade-craft elements in people's art when I'm checking it out. As a creator I know they often go consciously unnoticed and that can be frustrating. I still think they're nice and a good idea -- the subconscious effect can still improve the reader's immersion.

Oh, and I started offering reviews a couple months ago. If you're curious, you can find them (and my request rules) here.

view JammyTheBirb's profile

6th Jan 2017, 2:59 PM


Keymen's a great guy. Yeah I think it was the right thing to say. maybe even true depending on how you look at it... I mean, it wasn't his fault.

view HeSerpenty's profile

8th Jan 2017, 3:11 AM


Lolol exactly! For all Hizzy knows ... he's telling the complete truth! Really dangerous if it's all a lie X"D

view MST3KFan's profile

6th Jan 2017, 3:00 PM


Well, Hizruk is right that things were as they were before he got there, but not giving Keymen ALL the info doesn't help his case.

view HeSerpenty's profile

9th Jan 2017, 12:55 AM


Haha this is true! To be fair I mean he DID just meet the guy x"D
Who would wanna tell a stranger EVERYTHING? X"D

view Carvone's profile

6th Jan 2017, 3:06 PM


Poor Hizruk, so confused about this whole red-eye thing. I would say that I feel his pain, but I'm also quite sure that I haven't been used as a chew toy by a FREAKING t-rex on steroids recently. So I *metaphorically* feel his pain

I think this is the most productive conversation anyone has had with Hizruk do date, and it took me a while to figure out *why.* I don't think it's that he hates talking; it's that he hates answering. Because that means someone is asking him about something, and I imagine he had some bad experiences with that, poor guy. But here it's a weirdly unthreatening conversation -- not interrogation -- for all that the subtext is "hey, just asking, but did you kill a bunch of guys very messily?," so Hizruk seems fine with talking.

Or maybe I'm completely off the mark, and it's just because he's genuinely worried, and Keymen has proven at least a little trustworthy. Then again he blew off Merek's help earlier on, so I'm not sure which, if either, or those things it is.

This is such a cleverly layed-out page! Yes, Keymem's sitting, which makes him look relaxed, but it's also putting him higher than Hizruk, who, if I remember correctly, is quite a bit taller than he is. That's just such a *Keymen* thing. You put so much thought into your pages!

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 5:34 PM


Haha dangit I typed a reply and just as I sent it the internet pooped out and I lost it all :')

Your insights prove yet again to be right on point! Hizzy is indeed very uncomfortable being questioned...and usually by now he ends the conversation X"D. Keymen made it further than anyone despite being the newest person in his life! I think Key understands better than anyone how he feels X"D
But Hizzy IS indeed genuinely worrried too >__> XD

Thank you so much tho it really means a lot to hear that the thought that gets put into these pages is not in vain! Keymen does indeed like feeling like he has the "upperhand" even in the literal sense haha

view azureXtwilight's profile

6th Jan 2017, 4:11 PM


I wonder how much the public knows about this monster, sure we know Keymen and the Umbra knows, but...

In other hands, they can't tell Hizzy how dangerous he really is? That's... that's a dickish move in the Umbra's part.

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 5:35 PM


That is a very good question, Azure! One that shall be answered :3

It really does seem like Hizzy is the only one in the dark x'D

view MistakeNPotatoes's profile

6th Jan 2017, 4:22 PM


Ooh, we have a double blind situation here...

Now I don't know if he did it or not :D Well done!

Also re caught-up, sorry, I'm behind on all my comics again :I

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 5:36 PM


Haha thank you so much! We always know just about as much as Hizruk knows x'D. SOmetimes a little more :P

Aw no need to apologize! I myself have fallen behind on a few of my favs X'D (including yours!). I need to catch up too!

view Vatere's profile

6th Jan 2017, 4:39 PM


It's time for Hizruk to understand he has an other self...

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 5:36 PM


I coudln't agree more! I think acknowledging his other nature will be a huge breakthrough for him :3

6th Jan 2017, 5:19 PM


Hizruk, it's really not your shirt's fault, you're kind of strangling it xD
I hope he doesn't forget Killion's bag wherever he left it in the shrubbery though x'D
Seriously now though, does he actually know who Keymen is, aside from "random person whose house he woke up in"? Because Keymen is sure grilling him with questions right now x'D

view HeSerpenty's profile

7th Jan 2017, 1:25 AM


LOL... it's funny how I can stare at a page for HOURS...even reference the previous page CONSTANTLY throughout the week to try and make sure the flow is good, and......STILL somehow I forget this major detail XD.

I am not above admitting when I completely forget something! Hahaha thank you for reminding me about dear Kilion's satchel X"D.

Haha and to answer your question.... haha no not really Hizruk is the definition of confused right now LOL

view Seabiscuit's profile

6th Jan 2017, 6:27 PM


Ohh gosh, could it actually be... O:

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 5:37 PM


Maybe soooo! :'D

view DLKmusic's profile

6th Jan 2017, 11:12 PM


Based on the conversation and the huge questionmark over Hizzy's head that Keyman can see, my Guess is that Keyman thinks that Hizzy absolutely believes he didn't do it. Whether or not he actually did is still up in the air though.. Not just for Keyman, but for us as well.

and I love the look on Hizzy's face in the last 4 panels is SOOOOO teenager, "That Dent was in the car door before I ever got in!!!!"

on a final note, about that permanent link....

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 5:40 PM


I believe you're right on point! Hizruk seems genuinely confused and distraught at the situation....... but it looks like even HE has some doubts about himself up there :O

LOL!! Haha that comparison is hilarious! And very very accurate X"D


view Proxy170's profile

7th Jan 2017, 12:05 AM


I really wanna reread SoO again now, because this page just threw me for a loop! I feel like we as an audience knows what's going on, but Hizzy is lost somewhere between knowing and not...and I wanna figure out his actual mental state...ooorrrr maybe I'm totally off as the reader and I just know nothing XD

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 5:42 PM


Thank you proxy that makes me so glad! I wouldn't say you're off as a reader at all! You guys are always kept in a constant state of either knowing AS MUCH as Hizzy or just a liiittle bit more X"D

view CiciEnixa's profile

7th Jan 2017, 4:49 AM


The thing about this whole thing is, we saw the whole thing from Hizzy's POV, so I can't even say that it wasn't Hizzy 100%. But I believe him, he's a good noodle and a pure child.

But that means someone else is wandering about, and that might be a bit more terrifying...

view sigpig's profile

7th Jan 2017, 12:20 PM


My guess is that Hizzy's granddaddy isn't really dead, and he's looking out for his grandson...

7th Jan 2017, 6:13 PM

DLKmusic (at work)

I agree, Sigpig, but I didn't want to jinx it by saying something!

(quickly knocks on wood)

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 6:50 PM


LOL! No guarantee knocking on wood will help! >__>

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 6:50 PM


Ohhhh a very interesting theory! ;D

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 6:49 PM


You has so much faith in him <333--- he needs that!
LOL good noodle <333

You could be right about that someone else :'D >__>

view Centcomm's profile

7th Jan 2017, 10:06 AM


questions questions :D excellent convo Serpenty!

view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Jan 2017, 6:50 PM


Thank you Centy!! Gotta keep y'all guessin!

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11th Jan 2017, 1:51 PM


view alston123's profile

11th Jan 2017, 3:00 PM


Keymen would have gotten nowhere in this conversation if he said that he didn't believe Hizruk. He's a smart guy. But I don't think he's lying. He seems to trust Hizzy.

view HeSerpenty's profile

14th Jan 2017, 4:46 AM


Yep you are right about that, Alston! Hizruk woulda just shut him out if he would've pointed fingers!

12th Jan 2017, 7:58 AM


Well, here's the thing. Right now, it doesn't actually matter if Keymen believes Hizruk did or didn't do it. It'll matter really soon, sure, but at this moment, in this conversation, the IMPORTANT bit is that he believes that Hizruk believes that he didn't do it. I don't think Hizruk's very used to being believed - or listened to, for that matter.

His mom doesn't count. Gwynn's great, but Mom is kinda required by weird parental brain wiring to love him and care for him, so her reactions are sadly moot. Uncle Merek isn't someone he WANTS to care right now, and he's family anyway, so he doesn't count. Everyone else has hated Hizruk, or otherwise not cared, with the exception of that brand new friend he just made (which is probably still not quite real in his head just yet) - and here's this complete stranger who is actually LISTENING for once. A stranger who clearly cares, a stranger willing to listen and believe.

And I don't think Hizruk's ever had that before.

In terms of actual plot stuff, I really, really don't think it's Hizruk. We already know about his serpent stalker and that said stalker has glowy red eyes, we know that serpent was there before Hizruk, and... well...

Given how very biological the serpent shift is and given that Hizruk's scales are DEFINITELY red... There's only one way I can see the stalker serpent being Hizruk, and I don't think that's the route you're taking here. For one thing, his red-eyed state hasn't actually shown to HURT anyone yet - except for Keymen, in self defense. Would red-eyed Hizzy go on an actual rampage to murder a bunch of guards preemptively?

I don't think so. He's a good boy, he's got a good heart - those guards may have spent a good portion of his life literally torturing him, but if he were going to snap, it would have been while all that crap was happening, NOT afterwards. And red-eyed Hizzy CAN be reasoned with; we've seen that.

And you know what? I don't think it's Hedran, either. The Great Dolt doesn't care enough about anyone to look after Hizruk like this - and by virtue of not caring, also doesn't HATE enough to be capable of what went down in that dungeon. (Basically I'm saying that my money's on Hellgiah. Or it would be if I have any. D:)

Man, I can't wait to have all my theories disproved. XD

Now, onto art!

The panel with Hizruk's realization really is excellently done; the background really sets the tone for the thoughts he's having. It leads well into his insistence that he didn't do it.

I just love your backgrounds in general. They're so well DONE! Oh, and those trees, they're ginormous and I love them to pieces. And on a character note, I particularly adore Keymen's eyes in the "Hizruk? 'But she' what?" panel; they look like pieces of blue crystal. Absolutely gorgeous.

I'll try not to leave the comment on next week's page 'til the last minute like this one. XD

view HeSerpenty's profile

14th Jan 2017, 1:58 PM


I just love all the thought you put into this! And for good reason-- you are assessing things perfectly! Gwynn and Merek both, because of their great love for him, their reactions to what he does tend to be a little more fueled by emotion. Keymen cares about Hizruk and all... but he doesn't know him, so he's able to communicate without those pesky emotions getting in the way X"D. That why those two can have such a productive conversation!
You are correct tho, he's NEVER had this treatment from a stranger before!

Haha and yes... Hizruk is probably MORE prone to go on a rampage fueled by rage in his regular form than in the red-eye state. How ironice that red-eye Hizzy may actually be LESS dangerous at the end of it all. The whole thing with the Umbras WOULD seem outta character >__>
Hahaha Hedran "The Great Dolt" XDD

It's true those trees ARE pretty huge, aren't they? I've always imagined huge trees XDD

Thank you so much! <333

view junoro's profile

14th Jan 2017, 11:57 AM


Poor, scared Hizruk... it'll be all right!! Hopefully Keymen will be able to help! ;__;

view HeSerpenty's profile

14th Jan 2017, 1:58 PM


If anyone can it's him, afterall!

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22nd Jan 2017, 9:32 PM


Hahaha yep that pretty much sums it up!

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