Chapter 5.39-- Confrontation

posted 4th Mar 2017, 2:53 AM

Chapter 5.39-- Confrontation
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view HeSerpenty's profile

4th Mar 2017, 2:53 AM


It's been a while so I'll jog your memory-- this whoole mess stems from this scene right here, and thus the reason for the scolding. Even the best dogs get scolded sometimes :'D

FUN FACT about the Umbras! Courtesy of Kyle: Upon joining the Umbra Sect, the Umbras sign a contract agreeing to how many years of service they are going to commit to. When that contract expires, the Umbras have a choice to retire and do something else.. or re-sign their contract and go another round. Before that contract expires, an Umbra isn't allowed to retire unless dismissed by the Council or due to physical or mental injury that makes them unable to continue. Yea...they are pretty much owned until that contract expires. Kyle here isn't so sure he wants to be 'owned' by the Council anymore (I'm sure it's been building up) even though he's working for Merek and they all do a lot of good. ^_^'

So, um...does anyone notice anything different about the page? XDD



My personal life updates are not important to share lol.. however this one might directly affect the comic and therefore I want to share! My grandmother needs a live-in caretaker... and I've made the decision to be that caretaker. I'm going to leave behind my dead end retail job and move in with her within this month.
The good news about this is! I will have a lot more time to work on Serpents during the day! That means better quality pages, I can start finally moving towards my goal to get some stuff in print, redo the art in old pages, and for gosh sakes... I'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE MY DEADLINES AGAIN! I'm so sick of these day late updates X"D.

So! Wish me luck you guys! I do still plan to update every week whilst I pack up and move. I'm just crazy like that. Thanks for all your patience during these rocky few months!

view Centcomm's profile

4th Mar 2017, 2:55 AM


Oh my god.. Poor Mira!!!!! Ok that umbra jackape got off too easy. way way too easy.

I think the person who decided to beat mira should wind up face down in a river....

And yay for life thing? Boo for poor health. I wish you the best serpenty!!!

view HeSerpenty's profile

4th Mar 2017, 1:03 PM


LOL! What should we to him Centy? XDDD
Anyway I think you and Merek agree about where that person should end up! Hehe

And thank you! I think it will be good for me!

view Centcomm's profile

4th Mar 2017, 4:58 PM


Ill settle for him being beaten within a inch of his life by Merek

Im also glad to see one of the gals comforting her in the background. Poor thing.

view Proxy170's profile

4th Mar 2017, 2:59 AM


Omgosh Serpy...this good! Kyle's comment resonates so much with me, as I hear people say something similar at work (although not cuz we're evil, lol, but because of stupid bureaucracy and other "qweep" as we call it, that keeps us from doing what we signed up for...)
And the panels build up so much tension, and to have it satisfyingly result in Sid's head bashing (yes!!) and to end with Kal's clear frustration, in what I hope signals his plan has backfired! But the damage is done, and I think the council is going to have a LOT of upset citizens...

view HeSerpenty's profile

4th Mar 2017, 1:06 PM


Aw Proxy thank you so much, I'm glad! You know, it's very interesting for me to hear your opinion on this from a military perspective.... I suppose what the Umbras put up with and deal with are very similar!

Haha yess.. this page is nothing if not tense that is for sure! Especially between Kalverick and Merek in that last row X"DD...

view rufiangel's profile

4th Mar 2017, 3:00 AM


Oh my gosh, poor Mira!! That poor darling D: noooooooo T___T she needs some serious babying, a hot drink and a blanket ;__;* poor girl! (Ryder, GO SAY SOMETHING NICE TO HER)

Ah geez Kyle, this was not what you signed up bro, huh? :'D Don't walk away for too long though, you gotta help pick up the pieces >__> (Also, Ryder's cowed face is sad :'D)

I love the panel where Merek smashed that guy right in the head though, that's awesome <333 ;v;* HEDESERVESALOTMORE!

Aaaand finally looking like Kal didn't like at ALL where *that* interrogation went... hooo boy. This isn't going to be a pretty set of fireworks... Merek, do your best to keep your temper cool! ;v;

view HeSerpenty's profile

4th Mar 2017, 1:12 PM


Haha it seems Kyle has his limits for how long he can serve a corrupt government. But don't lose heart yet! SOmething may inspire him to stay hehe :3

LOL.. i figured so many people wanted some sort of ANYthing bad to happen to Kal and his Umbras so hopefully this tied some people over X"DD

Buut yes... right now NO ONE is happy. (Ironically Hizruk is probably the most comfortable character at this present moment hanging out with his buddy and eating stew..............................and all of this is HIS fault XDD)

view Jarvi's profile

4th Mar 2017, 3:01 AM


Smash his head against the wall too. But harder! <3

Also, totally understand the feelings of our silver haired friend. But you don't need to go away. You need to make a revolution, kick those guys asses and throw them out of community and put some better people in charge ><

view HeSerpenty's profile

4th Mar 2017, 1:12 PM


LOL!!! And HE'S not wearing a helmet so I see where you're going with this! XDD

Hahahahah it's funny you should say that! :3

view MST3KFan's profile

4th Mar 2017, 3:04 AM


Merek's PISSED and it's not gonna be pretty. That Umbra guard at the door got only a mild taste.

Good luck with things, Serpy! Hopefully it all works out and more SoO comics! XD

view HeSerpenty's profile

4th Mar 2017, 1:13 PM


He IIIIISS-- hopefully he can keep his cool! Even tho that anger is boiling up haha

THank you so much <33

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4th Mar 2017, 3:36 AM



Poor babu shouldn't have her face wrecked for something she is not responsible for :'(

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 1:06 AM


If not literally then yes he was just kicked in the metaphorical nuts! LOL

I agreeee---so many innocent people get hurt around here D:

view Carvone's profile

4th Mar 2017, 6:37 AM


All the best for you, and good wishes for your grandmother! I'm happy to hear that things are looking up! <3

This page is great for so many different reasons, but my favorite is how much of a rundown of Merek's character it is. For the first few panels, he's clearly horrified, but makes no move to comfort Mira. Either he's aware of how "guilty" it would look, or he just doesn't know how to. But it reminds me A LOT of how he interacts with Hizruk, which is sad.

Then Kyle. There's been no allusions to this in-comic but I AM SURE Merek's wanted to leave at some point. Was it Hizruk, the first time, or Zak more recently? But there is SOMETHING, maybe Keymen, maybe some bigger plot, that REQUIRES him to stay and bear it, so to speak. It's sad, but I love that panel of Kyle walking off for Merek's expression; he says he understands, and I'm sure he does.

And finally just being pissed off beyond rational thought. It's telling how different being "angry" at Ryder and Barron (for addmittedly good reason) looks COMPLETELY different from being properly furious at Sid/Kal. It's sort of more dissapointment (worry? I'm bad at reading emotions) that actual anger. YES! SMASH HIS HEAD INTO THE WALL! I've actually done something similar accidentally (fencing helmet, tripping) and it was not fun, so I am VERY glad it happened to Sid.

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 6:11 PM


I absolutely love this comment <333.. and I love how you can see the run-down of Merek's character! :D

You're spot on! Definitely with Barron and Ryder he's not ANGRY with them... but disappointed absolutely XDD (and the two of them have very different reactions haha...Ryder more personal and Barron more professional X"D). He can DEFINITELY understand where Kyle is coming from..indeed because he's struggled the same way X__X, aaand yes... right now he is REALLY mad X__X. Hopefully he can keep it under control!

LOL I hoped the Umbra head smash would be satisfying!!

Thankk you so much! <333

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4th Mar 2017, 8:25 AM


Oh, dear... :( Poor Mira. I hope you..face..gets better? (I swear that sounded better in my head.)

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 6:12 PM


Haha it sounded just fine to me! <33

She needs to go put some ice on it or something X"D

5th Mar 2017, 7:39 PM



I'm too lazy to log in, but yeah, she needs ice. /silently offers up ice-pack/

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 8:03 PM


Hahah Mira is very very grateful <3

view Slim Kittens's profile

4th Mar 2017, 9:17 AM

Slim Kittens

Do I sense some tension between Merek and Kalverick?

All the crazy ones go for Mira, huh?

Best wishes for you and your grandmother.

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 6:12 PM


Hahaha there might be just a liiiiittle bit of tension between those two. Just a little bit X"D

Thank you so much <33

view Seabiscuit's profile

4th Mar 2017, 4:37 PM


Yeah, I... definitely cannot blame him or anyone else for wanting to quit. Aw gosh.D:
Man, I wanna see the whole lot of them get their asses kicked!

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 6:13 PM


Nothing worse than working for people ya hate!

Yusss that is a mutual feeling amongst many people for Kal-umbras and Kal and the Council LOL

view Alicia's profile

4th Mar 2017, 5:40 PM


AWW! Mira! Somebody get that girl a first aid and a TON of hugs! T_T

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 6:13 PM


We have 3 orders of both coming her way! X"D

view DLKmusic's profile

4th Mar 2017, 6:37 PM


I'm at work, and don't have the time to comment on all the awesomeness here, Serpy! I will when I get home though!

On the move? In my book, family always comes first, and I think this is a great thing you are doing, regardless of what happens with your art. Much kudos from me on this!

More later!

view DLKmusic's profile

4th Mar 2017, 9:47 PM


I am now home, and can post till my heart is content!

first off, Why you surprised, Sid? He TOLD you he was gonna hold you responsible if anything happened to Mira.

Poor Mira though. Merek, Go back and hit Sid again. and again, UNTIL YOU GET IT RIGHT! (sorry Sid, Merek can be slow sometimes, this might take a while).

Stop scowling, Kalverick, you're next...

Ok, *Deep breath* I think I'm done ranting, I'll be back at my piano, and Mirabe gets first request. Anyone got a problem with that? Good.

On a side note, Serpy, I'm sure a lot of us feel the same. The art on the early pages is actually already really good, there's no reason to redo it. In addition, we can binge read, and follow the progression of you perfecting your craft. That in and of itself is a thing of beauty that I don't want to see disappear.

(just my humble vote)

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 7:58 PM


Haha that is right, Merek DID warn this shmuck! He's lucky he got away so easy! If Merek could just let loose on Kal the way he wants to...this comic gonna get gory REAL fast X"DD

Aw thank you so much about the feedback of the early pages! It's a relief for me to hear that it's maybe not as bad as I feel it is. It's honestly hard for me to look at though lolol-- but I would never want to stifle NEW udpates every week just to redo old pages.
The more practical reason I would redo them tho, aside from my own insecurity LOL... is because I do not have the full size versions of ANY of the pages until page 10 of this current chapter X__X.... aaand the web versions are too small to send into print :(. So even part of the new chapter I'm going to have to redo if I want it printed lolol--TONS of work ahead for me! WHiich is why I'm thinking of printing the comic chapter by chapter...and people (mostly me hahahaha) can collect the little comic books to create one great series :D

That's the plan. You know... in a perfect world!

view DLKmusic's profile

5th Mar 2017, 8:07 PM


LOL, ok, I see a good point in why you would want to update the earlier pages. and there "might" be a few others that would consider having this in hardprint!

It would still be a good idea to archive the originals though, so people can still compare the earlier work to the later work. for comparison, if you look at Salvador Daly's work in the 1930's and 1940's, and conpare it to what he did in 1960's, you would see a dramatic refinement in his art style, as well as a shift in his focus. but do you know anyone who wouldn't want a 1939 Salvador Daly original?

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 8:18 PM


Yesss that is a good suggestion! I'm thinking I'll archive the old pages on DeviantArt and in the author comments underneath I'll "LINK TO THE ORIGINAL" haha...for the die-hards who still want a look at the history hehe <33 (Iloveyouguys)

I plan to just go in and replace the old pages with the new ones instead of upload all new pages and lose all the wonderful comments---and on every new update I'll link back to "Updated page!" haha

I been putting lots of thought into this recently in case it isn't obvious lolol

view Xylas_Incarnum's profile

4th Mar 2017, 10:19 PM


*sniff* *sniff*
Is that the start of a revolution I smell smoldering out of sight? OR is my sense of smell acting up again...

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 7:59 PM


I think your sense of smell might be on to something! :D

view junoro's profile

4th Mar 2017, 10:57 PM


No one is having a good day today...

Also for real life stuff, that sounds great! Seriously, don't worry about missing an update because of moving (done that twice in the last year and it's a time sucker!), but it's exciting that you can have some rest from the void of retail! Get some R&R!

view HeSerpenty's profile

5th Mar 2017, 8:00 PM


Haha nope-- no good days are allowed around here!

And thanks Juno! <33
Haaha you're always in the corner trying to get me to RELAX lolol! I'm such a stubborn serpy. O man I'm SO excited to not to do retail anymore!

view Outlaw's profile

5th Mar 2017, 9:07 PM


What's up, my friend! Sorry for my disappearance for a bit there. I needed a break from CF!

Just caught back up! So... Please... Please for the love of all that is holy let SOMEONE beat the crap outta them for what they did to Mira. I mean, I want PAY BACK times 10, dammit!

view HeSerpenty's profile

6th Mar 2017, 10:13 PM


Hey Man! It's good to see you around again! I could understand needing a break XDD

LOL the anger grows against Kal and his Umbras! It's fun to see all the ill-wishes people have towards them hehe

Thanks so much, and welcome back! :D

10th Mar 2017, 7:37 AM


Huh. Okay, so now that I know what you changed, I went back and did a comparison, and you're right, the new font's better. XD Not that the old font was bad, mind!


He probably skipped out on all those lessons to go dissect frogs alive. >.>

Yep, called it on the Nisha front. Poor Mirabe; she didn't deserve this. Sweetie, we all know you're not okay. You don't have to put on a brave face here. Oh, that poor girl. It's heartbreaking, it really is. And I hope this fans the flames of rebellion in the citizens of the serpent nation - it's more than time for it.

By 'hope', I really mean 'hello, plot, it's about time you showed up!' :D

I can't blame Kyle for this, but I do hope his attitude morphs to the 'fight back' stance as opposed to the 'leave and do nothing' stance. I think it will, eventually - none of these guys strike me as the type content to sit on their butts and do nothing while the world falls to pieces. Or rather, while the fact that the world has already fallen to pieces comes to light, and there's some serious fixing to do. Justice!

I'm glad to see Ryder and Barron are getting scolded for this. They ought to be; they knew better, and they went and disobeyed Merek directly anyway. And I like that they just take it without argument. I get the feeling Merek doesn't scold often, so when he does, it's something to be paid attention to.

Kalverick looks like he's been sucker punched. GOOD. But also... yikes. I do NOT see this ending well for him, and as a result, it's likely to end very badly for a lot of innocents. And of course he will redouble his hatred of Merek and the civil umbras for this, which can only end in blood.

Hopefully his blood, but you never know. ._.

Someone pointed out in a very in-depth comment Merek's emotional state over the entire page and it was beautiful and I don't want to step on those toes and rehash it all, but I will say that he's definitely bad at knowing how to comfort people. You see it a lot in this comic - with Gwynn, with Mirabe, with Hizruk - and granted, with two of those people they're not inclined to listen to him anyway, but he's also very bad at standing up for himself too. He's just very, very awkward in super emotional situations like this that aren't centered around anger (which is just horribly sad on so many different levels) and it insinuates so very, very much about what he's been through in life.

And he's probably naturally awkward anyway, which doesn't help.

Anyway, point being, it's sad and it makes me sad and can everyone just get a hug now? I nominate a good guy cuddle pile! Who's with me? :D

You already know your art is fantastic. I spy no googley eyes here. Just perfectly lovely backgrounds and magnificently expressive expressions. :]

And on a final note, Merek... while I sympathize and the guy certainly DESERVES to have his head slammed into a wall (Gravet, right?) please, please be careful. You don't want to start slipping into Kalverick territory. D:

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14th Mar 2017, 8:12 PM


Haha I am glad that it wasn't such a jarring change, I was afraid it'd be too obvious. Quite the opposite in fact!

Yeaaa Kyle seems to not want to be a part of this anymore.. but maybe he just needs a healthy dose of inspiration to light that fire X'D. Yes, plot.. it's nice of you to show up!

Haha yeees... Barron and Ryder may be Merek's right and left hand men, but.. he wouldnt be a good leader if he didn't scold them if they needed. And they (mostly Ryder X"D) definitely deserved it in this situation! And your feeling is correct-- if he reprimands anyone they pay attention! He chooses his battles, so they are more meaningful than say Kalverick who rages often XDD.

And you hit the nail on the head about Merek and his handling of emotional situations! By.. not handling them X"D. He's not good at this and I'm glad it's plain to see.

Thank you so much, my friend, it's so reassuring to read your encouraging words! <33

OHohoho btw you correctly named the Umbra getting his head smashed! To be fair, They do all look alike what with those helmets on LOL. But yep! You got it! And yes.. Merek careful not to lose that temper! X"D

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