Wow! 1700 pages!
One Thousand Seven Hundred Pages!
Not bad… if I say so myself.
Thank you to those of you who have been reading along since page 1.
And thank you to those of you who just discovered Dreamland today.
so… the enemy of my enemy has twice as many enemies
The enemy of my enemy has twice as many enemies, which means that there’s four times as many to battle since his enemy is now my enemy? Or is it that because this enemy is divided in half between two areas, that means that there’s less to battle? Um… wait. Who’s fighting whom?
I think you forgot to carry the 2, but pretty much yeah XD
I see this is where Dan’s story will come into play. He has to protect Alex’s Body and Earth, while Alex, Nastajia, and Nik protect Dreamland.
Today’s page = Awesome!!!
“The other half marches toward Dreamland.”
Odd, they looked like they were flying…
Nicodemus’s gaze drifts towards Charlie. “I was being poetic,” the dragon says with disdain. He notices the other commentors. “Ugh. Where did all these wretched creatures come from?”
Middle Earth, Narnia, Oerth, Cybertron, Coruscant, Vulcan, Marvelverse… take your pick, really. So be careful whom you annoy, my good dragon. 😉
Abbadon is trying out a pincer movement.
While saying “I love it when a plan comes together!”
Not quite. A Pincer Movement would be two forces coming onto one force from two/opposite sides. Like closing a pair of pincers on a wire. This is dividing his forces to attack two targets at once.
dramatic background music here.
Wow, way to go, Scott! Can we see some photos of the calluses in your working-hand? ;-D They must be HUGE by now!
Hoo-boy! It’s gettin’ hot in the kitchen now! =)
Well…there goes the neighborhood! 😛
Why does Nicodemus still mention earth , if he only care of dreamland ?
What a weak pretext from scenarist , to ensure the progress of history.
Ermm…excuse me…I really don’t understand something here.
Nic was seeking refuge at the Nightmare realm where he realized the plans of Abaddon.
Is Abaddon aware of Nic’s knowledge of his plans?
If he is aware then:
(a) why is he letting Nic alive
(b) why is he letting Nic inform Alex and risk the forming of an alliance between the two
This doesn’t make sense to me…
I would guess that Abaddon has discounted Nic (who was recovering from a near-mortal wound) whether he knows about the plan or not; alternatively, Nic has been in hiding and Abaddon has been unable to find him until just now (when they all ran away).
I’m going to agree with the “discounting Nic” option here and throw in another little thought. Abaddon probably didn’t think Nic would mind so much about the army invading Dreamland since Nic was dethroned. They probably figured that Nic wouldn’t care so long as Alex & Company were taken out…after all, they believed that Nic’s hatred of Alex was strong enough that they were willing to change plans and not take him and the Sword to “the Dreamer.” They essentially thought they left him to die at the hands of the dragon…which suggests a serious misjudgment of Nic’s priorities.
If they destroy the portal to Earth, then Dreamland will be at the mercy of the full might of Abaddon’s army.
This is going to be tricky. Because a gate that actually works between Dreamland and the world, and allows meaningful physical passage, is absolute curtains for both Dreamland and the Nightmare Realm.
“Gee, Nic. That’s a shame. Millions, you say? About to appear in Egypt? You know, that might not go quite as well for them as you think it will, right now. Word “Jihad” mean much to you? “Israeli?” “Nuke?” No? Don’t worry, they will soon.
Meanwhile, we have these guys at home called “Marines.” After the Nightmare Realm has made a bit of trouble on Earth, we’ll just bring a bunch of our boys through the gate the other way, maybe a few B-52s added to remove the nightmare realm, and clean up the threat to Dreamland.
This gate thing? It works both ways. And we have a few very tangible nightmares back home that the kiddies haven’t shared with you.
Have I ever mentioned that I love the smell of cluster bombs in the morning? No? Well, I would have if you had ever stopped monologuing…”
Hmm… Nastajia’s magic bow, Alex’s magic sword, and Merlin’s magic staff seem to be able to dispatch Abaddon’s creatures easily enough, but can Abaddon be affected by non-magical weapons like bombs (cluster or otherwise), lead bullets, & bayonets? How about nerve gas and biological weapons, which are specific to the biochemistry and immune systems of earthly creatures? Is a nuclear weapon “magical”? What happens to unit morale and cohesion when the troops have to fight the nightmares of their childhood?
Going the other way, a B-52 can’t do much to the Nightmare Realm if it can’t fit through a portal. A 10-foot hole isn’t a lot of room to supply the logistical needs (food, fuel, ammunition, medical, etc.) of “a bunch of our boys” would need to wipe out millions of nightmare realm creatures, even assuming they’re not immune to earthly weapons.
Getting a dragon on your side? Now you’re fighting fire with fire!
I would also add that it’s not as if Abaddon is going into this blind. We know the Wraiths can get to Earth and bring back information. We also know there were a LOT of NR beasties left on the other side when Ramses destroyed his portal, and their descendants are still around and have been rebuilding that portal. They would have told the Wraiths all about human technical and military advances. If Abaddon is still going to invade, that means he / they are pretty sure they can win.
Punching and kicking seems to be plenty effective, so non-magical damage works fine. Abaddon may discover the problem of bringing claws to a gun fight in the real world. Now, if there are enough of them, the machine guns may not be able to keep up, as we see evidenced in zombie movies. Then there would be a problem for the humans.
Whereas I sincerely hope that the military “might” of the real world stays out of this somehow…while death-by-sword is gruesome, there’s something even more terrible (IMO) about being able to kill masses with the push of a button. I’ve often wondered if it desensitizes people to not be in the thick of it…to be able to destroy tens of thousands from the comfort of a chair in an air conditioned room…to be removed from the horrors of man-made death.
I can’t see how this story will end without some kind of war (beyond the battle to retake Astoria that we already witnessed), but I have faith that Scott will treat the subject matter with care since this is supposed to be a kid-friendly comic.
Looks like my question from yesterday was answered.
All of the fastest goblins in his fleet, save the seven sent out to find The Dread Elf Nastajia….
What? Oh. Yes, of course. Except those…
I can’t help it, with all the Shadowrun stuff coming out this year. All I can think is “Never, ever cut a deal with a dragon.”
So now what will Alex do?
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so two front war Abbadon is using with an army of millions… I guess he never heard of WW2. We laugh at your army Abbadon… Once the initial shock wears off were gonna kick your ass so badly YOU will be the one having nightmares.
Millions may die but hey humanity has billions…
That said millions dying is a great tragedy however you slice it. Scars of WW2 ran deep.
hopefully Alex can prevent such a tragedy by conveniently in a plot device kill Abbadon’s master thus neturalzing the army of millions as a threat to dreamland and mankind. Kill the Over-mind (Hive Mind) as it were.
Hehehe…reminds me of the Eddie Izzard “Dress to Kill” bit…about Hitler and WWII
“Czechoslovakia, Poland, France… Russian front not a good idea… Hitler never played Risk when he was a kid…”
Though that said… Alex said exactly what i said last page…
Ohhh… the Wraith are standing ready to start culling the humans in their home world, using the stargate… *coughatlantiscough* 😀
Will we soon meet “Todd”? The odd Wraith that works with us? *loves*
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