Alzaer'Bith did go through quite a lot. But I think that she kind of found a measure of happiness in strip 2189
. Suddenly all of these Orcs are eating out of the palm of her hand, and all Alzaer'Bith has to do is, well, be herself. No more scheming, no more looking over her shoulder all the time, no more stress... Instead it's drinking and dancing and singing and the occasional tirade (to the delight of the crowd). And if she stayed with the Orcs a while longer than perhaps she should have, and kept them entertained for a bit when the rest of the Drow went home, who would care?
Yeah, me too. At first I thought that was too much of a stretch for her to actually hobnob with the gobnobs *tee-hyuk*, but, like I said, why the heck not? I was a GM a loooong time ago, and I never left any doors closed where a plot might develop. Alzaer'Bith has lost her throne and crown, but has actually gained
in popularity because of it. And, she doesn't have to worry about back-stabbing and the problems of being a Queen entails. Rich is witty, smart, and gifted in his storylines ( stroke, stroke ). It's just sometimes it takes a bit of time for me to appreciate them, but that's on me.
Beholder King wrote:
It is fascinating to see the controversy that comes up whenever the evil characters (and the Drow in particular) are featured for any length of time. I've seen people love Arachne, be indifferent to Arachne, hate Arachne, start off hating Arachne and learn to love her, start off loving Arachne and suddenly hating her, and some going through all these feelings and back again.
When this comic gets unapologetic is when the hackles raise and the tides turn. Clover being recaptured in the desert and returned to Arachne's dungeon, Bob eating a Harpy, the Umbil party kill the Naga, Wolf seduces Cadugan disguised as a Drow, Wolf performs with an unwilling Glon for the Hyeesha, Caelin allows himself to be seduced by Ator, the execution of the Royal Flind family, Glon and Wolf getting their hands chopped off, Lewie chooses a new servant from Arachne's dungeon, etc etc.
It might be interesting for some to note that over the years there were actually a couple of places that I refused to go. And some places that I did but didn't publish.
Of the examples given above, I only had a prob with Clover being seemingly unable to escape Arachne's dungeon. But as I've said before, I'm seeing Arachne in a different light ( mostly grey ), and Rich was kind enough to provide a spectacularly happy ending for Clover. Was that the intent all along? I won't worry my pretty little Drow head and just enjoy reading.
All the other scenes described above went from hilarious to unexpectedly erotic ( Why did Cadugan in Drow disguise with Wolf turn me on [ strip 959 Dark Blue] ? I mean, he was a male turned into a female. Is that fair game? Does that mean it's ok to... er... um... he did have not only the physical but the mental state of a female Drow, so he could... uh, you know... eh... and Cadugan was a different kind of Ranger who seemed to... ah... want to... ahem. Ah, forget it ).
I'm still a project in the works here, and will go back time and again and re-read the strips 'cause they're just that good. Rich is right. He writes wittily, and draws well, but he's still a GM, and his rules is his rules!* But now I have to wonder, what did he write but not publish? Hmmm....
*Anyone know the name of the movie where I paraphrased that remark?