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*)The Great Gourm: Leader of the Marsh Lutins, Wingless faeries who used to wage annual war on anyone who happened to be in the neighbourhood bearing shiny things. Now a semi-autonomous tribe within the Gnomian Republic. Unlike the Lutins of Wodeskog, the Marsh Lutins have a hive-like social structure. The male offspring of a Great Gourm are fed hormones that enhance their mental ability, guaranteeing that the Great Gourm is always considerably more intelligent than his subjects.***)

**) Red Onions: Military awards for the accomplishment of a dangerous mission. Other medals issued during the Contention Wars include the Purple Clove, the Nibbled Brie and the Grand Baguette.

***) That, at least, is the opinion of mainstream biologists. Mavericks have suggested that it is the subjects who eat food tainted by hormones which reduce their intelligence.

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This flashback style was based on El Goonish Shive, one of my favorite webcomics.
Posted by Reinder
Nice pastiche. I could have sworn it was drawn by Dan Shive himself.
Posted by Lee M
Good artists know how to imitate others' styles.
Posted by Solarn
I thought I recognized those eyes.
Posted by Silverwolf
Had the same hunch when I saw the last panel... and before I read the comments :)
Posted by Hogan
"Governour" in panel 5 is probably a typo. Or is it meant to reflect a Gnomian dialect?
Posted by Michiel P