Okay… MONDAY… the big reveal… and the end of Chapter 18!
And also Book Six!
Which I REALLY need to get to the printer!
I’ll be working on finalizing everything all weekend.
See you on Monday!
It’s GOT to be Staj’s parents….
I bet you’re right, it makes the most sense storywise. also it’s gonna be a “big reveal” so yeah. also, if they could get to our world, Felicity would be able to really reconnect with Nicole and Dan would be able to enter dreamland to takes his place as king.
Yeah, it makes sense with the fact that they’ve been missing and also that they might have gotten access to the portal. Still a lot of explaining to reveal how they made the portal work. Maybe Abaddon already has it working and he was just waiting until he knew the location of Alexander in the human world before revealing his army’s existence?
NO! IT’S GOTTA BE MERLIN!!!!! XDDDDD
The problem is, they’re both Elves. And they’ve been missing for some time. Unless they just arrived in the waking world – just in time to save Dan and Nicole – then you’ve got the problem of how two people with ears that stick out a mile and no modern job skills could have survived and hung around Dan and Alex’s home town for a while without being found out…
While it would be great that it would be Nastajia’s parents, that would mean that the portal was again operational, and thus controlled by the nightmare realm. meaning we probably would/should have seen bad things in the waking world already.
Was also thinking about Merlin, but he is trapped in a tree in France that I’m sure Naviene watches closely… I would be very surprised if she didn’t know about him; though you could possibly argue the attack on Naviene released him.
this is my thought…According to the hieroglyphics, the portal was closed suddenly, and while they make mention on the Humans in Dreamland, and the nightmare creatures in our world, it also makes sense that other Ambassadors from dreamland were trapped here on Earth.
I think descendants of the original ambassadors (or if long-lived, the ambassadors themselves) have been tasked to guard the tree and have been doing it for 600 years.
I really should read all the post before posting… I could have just said “I Agree” to you instead of my long-winded post 😛
ooh…be their Mom be their Mom be their Mom! That would be AWESOME! and might make sense. I mean, shouldn’t Dan and Alex be from the same family line as King Arthur? Wouldn’t that mean dreamland is family knowledge? Also, their Mom is the only “mundane” character, which is a little suspicious…
It’s totally Christopher Nolan.
I don’t think the kingship of Dreamland is given along a bloodline. Too many different people from all over the world have been kings of Dreamland. Any queens, I wonder?
“I am Stomper, or Arrowroot, son of Arrowshirt, heir of Barbasol and king of Minas Troney!”
One of my online nicks is Hashberry, so I’m right there with you, my friend! 😀 Huzzah for Bored of the Rings!
“Something to RING, I mean, to DRINK?”
“Just four Orca-colas, please”
BEST PARODY BOOK EVAR. High five!
*Either Arglebargle IV or someone else
It’s The Doctor and Martha Jones! Now we know where they were going with those bows and arrows during “Blink”!
I don’t know why I keep coming back to Doctor Who, since the last I heard, Scott doesn’t watch it. It just amuses me.
Yes, even if it isn’t right, it’s a fun theory! 🙂
It would be cool. Unfortunately, the BBC would probably frown on it and that was England. As far as I can tell, these folks are in the US, although with all the Arthurian legend floating about, it could be England.
men in tights
I still say their mystery friend should be a relation of sorts to Robin Hood and maybe be a female? 😉
Dan: “Who are you?”
Mom: “OOOH MY POOR BABY DID THOSE HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE MEANIES HURT YOU??? Good thing I kept my bow from my “ancient archery studies” class…”
Yeah, i’ll shaddap now.
I think that’s made of win.
One MIGHT think they SHOULD recognize their Mom’s voice.
Hm, speech bubbles have purple outlines. Well then, at least it isnt Nicodemus! X-D
WOW… I NEVER would have seen that purple around the speech bubble!!!!
Is she seriously checking the wound? I know she just wants to see if it’s dead or whatever but it looks like she’s concerned.
She does have a medical background. Could just be habit.
Yeah maybe she’s looking at the accuracy. “Wow. Right through the heart.”
Darn, I don’t think it’s mom! Oh, well…I’m sure it will be something wonderful! Someone who has Nightmare Realm Attack Notification and lives nearby…
That could be anyone! I have an app for that. Nightmares attack more often than most people realize.
I donno.. it sounds like something Merlin would say! Or at least a Shaman, either or, its a magig user for sure!
that’s “MAGIC” user!
When I think about it, Staj’s parents make a whole lot more sense, but Merlin was my first thought too, indeed if for nothing else for how it’s said. Can’t wait for Monday!
If it’s a magic user, why are they using arrows instead of magic? I don’t remember anything about Merlin being a great archer.
“Who are you ?”
Well a cliffhanger obviously. Cliffhangers tend to save people like that a lot, I think it’s something they teach at cliffhanger school.
I like this cliffhanger. =D Ee. Scott you are a brilliant storyteller.
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“No-one of consequence.”
“I _must_ know.”
“Get used to disappointment.”
… No? Is it just me, then?
Dread Pirate Roberts 🙂
Well, I was imagining panel five:
“I am Ignio Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
“Who are you?”
“Dan.. ‘I’ am your father”…
yea, this is how my brain works on a Friday just after getting home from work ;P
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Hmm. I’m leaning toward Merlin. Behold, the manner of speech, the attire. And wasn’t he sealed up in that tree, right there near the pond?
I wonder if when the nightmare guys passed the tree it set off the UhOh Alarm and woke him up? That would be cool, actually… although if it were Merlin would he be using a bow when hello, magic staff? Argh.
That was in France. I don’t think Merlin has ever been to America.
Or was it England?
Merlin was last seen in Great Britain, but that was, what, 600 years ago? He could have easily made it to America in the years since.
But Niviene’s been keeping an eye on him remember? At least every day.
I daresay there gonna be Nastajias oldies, if I’m not crudely mistaken. The wording is rather elaborated and slightly … outdated, if you get my meaning. ^^
I’m looking forth to monday. This gonna turn out a cool one. 🙂
Heh, judging by the speech, it’s not Sam and Dean Winchester…
“Dan, it is I, Nastajia. I’ve come from the future and across the portal to bring you an important message. Alex kept waking up and disappearing from Dreamland in the middle of crucial battles, and Dreamland was overrun by the Nightmare Realm. We must prevent that from happening again. Could you drug him up with some Nyquil or something?”
I was thinking exactly this, but completely diferent.
It’s Mr Tinkles! Nothing else would make sense.
It just hit me that it could be Arthur, woken up when the sword passed to Alex.
As to where he’s been all this time: Learning proper modern English, after a sudden realization that no one could understand his Old English or Latin 😛
Except that, for Dan to be able to go to Dreamland now and become King, Arthur must have finally died.
Chuck Norris would not need a bow. The Nightmare Realm creatures would simply explode into mist from his sheer awesomeness.
Who says he’s not just throwing the arrows with his hands?
Chuck Norris with a bag full of arrows was my first guess 🙂
Maybe it’s Merlin???? Perhaps Dan becoming King of Dreamland freed him from his spell and he was able to find his way to this pool because of Excalibur?
It’s got to be Erika, that little girl Alex met in Ashendel soon after returning to Dreamland.
It’s only one person. Quite deadly with the arrows too. Frak me, it might even be Arthur for all we know!
judging from the arrow head and the flight arrows, it elven made i think we might have just found naj’s parents or one of them. that might have made to real world that would explain why nev was being pulled under the water since she was almost out the water and her body was solid before she got pulled back in..
so either its naj’s parents minus one father and the mother survived the ordeal from nightmare realm to help the king of dreamland in the real world
you sometimes cruel with your cliffhangers scott…why do i have to wait until monday to find out who it is?!
I think this is the best cliffhanger yet! I’m trying not to guess who it is because I usually can and I want to be surprised, but I think you did a very good job with mysteriousness man! so now to end with a monty python quote…..fifth panel “There are some who call me… Tim…” (you know the rest) 🙂
Since Dan emphasizes “are” it really makes me think that it’s someone he knows, and that he suddenly has many reasons to question someone he’s close to. My guess is that Alex and Dan’s dad is somehow King Arthur, because we’ve Arthur in flashbacks that Alex only heard as story, and since we’ve never actually seen their dad, he could be Arthur and not know it. It would explain why we’ve never seen their dad. I’m pretty sure that at the very least that their mom is somehow involved in Alex’s involvement in the Dreamland, since she is the one who sent the sword necklace (along with the teddy bear and Hockey cards, which I think were just thrown in there to appear that she was sending the stuff merely for sentiment). Though, this could mean that she’s the one off-frame, but I’m sticking with Arthur. aka Alex/Dan’s dad.
oh my, you better reread the sequence in which Alex as a boy gets hold of the sword and gives that big ugly dragon his first scratch. ^^
I did reread it before posting this and just did again and can’t figure out how it contradicts what I said. Do you mean the statues? Because I doubt Alex as a kid would really be looking closely at enough at each statue to notice any resemblance to his daddy.
my first thought are that it cant be any know people of Dan, and reading about the possibilities of Naj’s parents, i was starting to think the same.
But now i think about it a bit more you also can say “Who are you?” when you see a known person, doing thinks you have never thought about it before.
To be continued.
I know EXACTLY who it is! Making a cameo after his prime time television debut…it’s (green)ARROW!!! He had been Dan’s next door neighbor for several years before departing to the big city to make a name for himself in the lights. He’s home now to check on his cat and water his plants. He just so happened to have noticed strange, dark creatures stalking a young man and thought he’d go all Scooby-Doo and investigate. Hey, this sounds more plausible than than the Doctor and Martha.
and not Legolam?
Let’s consider facts. Whoever it is is a master archer, able to send arrows out quickly and SO accurately (putting an arrow through the throat of the monster attacking Dan with such precise force that it killed the beastie but didn’t keep going and hit Dan bespeaks near superhuman skill). The sight of Nightmare Realm monsters suddenly breaking out into sight brought immediate attack, not shock, so whoever it is knows about the NR and is an enemy of it; indeed, maybe he was there not because he was watching over Dan and Nicole but because he was hunting monsters. It’s someone Dan doesn’t know, which would probably rule out Mom or the usual depiction of Merlin. And he likes to shout…
Aside from that, I’ve got nothing. 🙂
I’m hoping for Arthur or Staj’s Parents in some way… I’d like to see Arthur have a better end than being trapped in limbo up until he was released by Alex drawing the sword.
I’m hoping it’s Nicole’s ex-boyfriend and he was secretly aiming for Dan.
But seriously, though, it’s actually explained in the part where the Guardians speak of the portal. Denizens of both the DL and the NR were stuck on Earth once the portal was destroyed. I’ve still got nothing but at the very least, this mystery person appears to be guarding the King. Niviene must have tipped him off and he was sent to protect the King in this world. (or she)
Dan: “Who are you?”
Voice: “I am your father!!!!!”
I think it are at least 2 , maybe 3 dreamland creatures. Most likely centaurs or elves, left behind during the War of the Gate in Egyptian time.
You all seem to be assuming that ‘you’ can only be singular, whereas Dan could have been addressing a whole army!
Nac Mac Feegle!
My first thought was actually centaurs, which if I’ve read correctly no other comment has brought up. That or descendants of those humans the centaurs contacted with their message bag. Some of the other theories people have mentioned are plausible too.
Of course, now I see Seebo did in fact bring it up. Oh well.
My only thing is that Dan is looking DOWN at his rescuer, so for me it is someone more on the shorter side; like a halfling or a dwarf.
I know!! It’s… it’s… ROBIN HOOD!!!! >_>
I bet it’s Nastajia’s parents XD
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