Uh Oh. The old pointy thing is glowing.
That’s not Mr. Tinkles!
Excalibur senses tingling.
Naa, It’s just a +2 to cause cancer sword.
For those of you not in on the joke: http://xkcd.com/1114/
There’s ALWAYS a relevant xkcd.
And as in the LoTR movies, convenient plot device.
A bit more than a movie plot device, it was an important part of the original books.
I agree with Evan. The director for the LoTR movies didn’t just add in, “Oooooo let’s make his sword glow blue when orcs are close! Wouldn’t that be cool??” for the hell of it. It’s actually written in the books like that and given that the series was written between 1937 and 1949 I would say it’s more than a ‘plot device.’
I smell Wraith…
Uh, no, sorry, that was me…
Glowing in the presence of orcs? That’s racial profiling, that is!
“Orcses. Nasty Orcses. And they doesn’t taste very nice, does they, precious? “
…and I suddenly wonder how he knows that. O.O
Glows in the presence of orcs, so they can see you better?
Having a glowing sword always struck me as a poor tactical decision. 😛
English is not my mother language, so I may be wrong, but shouldn’t it be “Look at Excalibur”, rather than “Look to Excalibur” ?
I like the way the plot is going, btw =)
“Look to” is an archaic form. Perfectly valid in this scenario. Modern usage would be “at” though.
Archaic, yes, but I don’t think it’s correct in this context. To “look to” something or someone meant to set your sights on it (or them), to focus your efforts and attention on the object mentioned (“look to the east; your reward is there”) or to set your hope on someone (“look to your king for aid”). While it could be argued that Niviene is implying all of this when she tells Daniel to “look to” Excaliber, I think that the clear idea is that she’s telling him to “look at” Excaliber, because it’s glowing.
At least, that’s what I think.
I think it actually could be used in place of “look at” in archaic usage. I’m not an expert on this kind of thing, but I feel like I’ve seen it used that way in period films (or Shakespearean stuffs…maybe…).
Hmm. Worth looking up. When I have time, I´ll check.
One example from Shakespeare–Hamlet Act Five, Scene Two: As Gertrude falls, poisoned, Osric cries, “Look to the queen there, ho!”
The Shakespearean reference is appropriate–remember that Niviene comes from the 1300s, just a few centuries before Shakespeare.
This envigorating discussion spurred me to “look up” some Shakespear and “look through” his works. I do believe, from my perusals, that if we’re going to go with archaic English, the phrase “look on” is much more common for the much-debated purpose than “look to.” The context to the phrase mentioned in comments above mine (“Look to the queen there, ho!”), is Osric shouting for someone to look after the queen, because she’s fainting.
I will concede, however, that old and middle English was never standardized the way that modern English has been. Shakespeare was known to have taken quite a few liberties with language (even with his own name), I imagine writing in whatever way seemed to flow best. (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/William_Shakespeare#On_the_English_language) I suppose Niviene could take the same liberties.
Incidentally, if you do a search in Google and type “look to” archaic use, this very discussion is the eighth link.
WIN! 😀 If it’s a matter of flow, I think “look to” sounds really appropriate for Niviene.
She could say “behold Excalibur” if it becomes a sticking point
I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! I knew something’s amiss!!!
British-English is hard to understand as well as comprehend.
Your sword blows glue!
…let me try that again. *ahem* Your sword glows blue!
Will these two beloved boys become the long-awaited link between Dreamland and Earth, Alex in Dreamland and Dan on Earth? Hmm . . . I wonder, I wonder . . .
Somewhere in the back of Nicole’s mind, right behind the fear of what’s happening:
“Dan is so hot wielding a sword right now!”
Bad news from TWC.
#8: 3,361 <= us, once again. Inconceivable.
Vote, fellow Readers!
Well, we seem to be rallying better than #7, and #9 isn’t moving much at all…as of my vote:
#7 – 3,395
#8 – 3,380 <= Us
#9 – 2,839
“I do not think that word means what you think it means.”
Am I sensing a Real threat here? ……… I got it! Orcs! Did the elves make Excalibur? Or is that sword really Glamdring?
It’s got to be Orcrist. Glamdring went with Gandalf, and was spotted many a time after the Battle of Five Armies. Orcrist was left on Thorin’s grave and has never been heard of ever since.
The elves did make other swords, you know. It’s just that those were the two they found–along with a nice dagger–in the trolls’ cave.
And Orcrist is the one Dwarves got hold of. When you see a sword built into a stone and wonder whose practical joke this might be, Dwarves are the first who come to mind.
What happening to Glamdring after Gandalf went to the undying lands?
I don’t remember Gandalf giving it to anybody. But it’s been decades since I read the book.
I hope, as part of his renaissance faire activities, Daniel learned the basics of sword fighting. There’s more to it than just swinging a piece of metal around. Because if the Nightmare Realm guys are making their move, he may be about to have to get physical…
Th water looks funny to me… is it supposed to look like the inside of her cave? Or the surface of a lake? Reminds me more of popcorn ceiling. O.o Maybe it’s because it’s nearly all we see as a background at the moment and thus we just see too much of it.
I imagine that the surface of water at night is hard to render just right…I do agree it looks a bit matte-finish instead of reflective, but I don’t know how feasible it is to produce a different look for it.
yeah, i kind of agree here. I wonder if it would help if Scott drew in some light blue highlights in a couple high points of the ripples?
So now we’re going to get a better look at the baddies that got stuck in the waking world when the portal was destroyed back in Rameses day? That is both awesome (looking forward to seeing something more than the wraiths) and not cool (poor Dan and Nicole!) at the same time! 😀
Real Danger???? yayayayayay. I am extremely happy. I love it when characters are in peril.
The glow looks awesome shining onto their faces.
How amusing it would be if Dan utterly failed at sword fighting, and Nicole picked the sword up to fend off the attackers?
That would be awesome!
You could probably stand to make that glow slightly brighter here, Scott. Or maybe just a slightly different blue from the ambient light – it took me a second to remember the plot point and realize what I was seeing wasn’t reflected moonlight.
Then again, there’s a lot more time between pages reading online than reading the comic, and my memory is shoddy anyhow!
Any brighter than that, and Scott would have to replace Niviene with Ben Kenobi.
No smoke monster??? hmmm… what about little orc shaped smoke monsters????
Dan is going to start making a slight hum and vrrruuummmm sounds as he swings his lights….sword
I just noticed, not to be bashful or anything, but wouldn’t Niviene’s hair be dripping and a bit of water running down her or something? Or are we assuming they’ve been talking for a few minutes? I don’t see how her hair always looks the same. From the magic to be able emerge from the water? idk. I like the suspense and where it’s going. Exciting!
Actually if you look back to to 1582. It seems as though they were already talking for a while when we rejoined them back then. So I would say her hair would be probably be dry by now.
Look at tomorrow’s comment by Scott. She’s not actually in their world, only projected. I imagine something like a hologram with which we are able to communicate, but not touch. But at the same time, she does have the ability to transcend this barrier and interact on a physical level when appropriate. i.e. when she kissed Merlin, or when entrusting to Dan Excalibur.
“Somthing is AMISS”
Ah, medival lingo :3
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