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posted August 7th, 2013, 1:57 am

All the nice stuff families usually do together, like cutting bodies into small pieces

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August 7th, 2013, 2:00 am

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This one could have had animation too but in the end I had to forgo it in favour of having time for more pages! That is the sad life of me.

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August 7th, 2013, 3:48 am

December

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Ok, wait - meat? They eat meat? Maybe that had been covered before, but must have slipped out of my mind. I thought they were all nectar and pollen...

And then - the rains and shadows remind us where we belong. So where is that, that rains and shadows remind of it?

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August 7th, 2013, 4:44 am

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@December: Well done spotting the pretty offhand revelation! :) The meat topic hasn't been covered before, since Tuomi's solitary lifestyle was very ascetic and practical.

Anyway, our fairies can sustain themself with very little food - especially nowadays that energy rich stuff such as sugar is easily available. They don't really need to eat meat, but many fairies consider fresh meat a delicacy.

So yeah, this is actually Tuomi's first time in years eating meat.

As for the place they belong, the poem's conclusion on the next week's page will only speak of it as "home". In fairy poetry it usually refers either to the mythical fairy Realm or alternatively any place where fairies get together for shelter and company.

Edit: My bad! Actually it's not the first but second time he eats meat in this comic. On page 33 Cypress gave him a strip of fresh meat to restore his strength.

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August 7th, 2013, 4:50 am

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Yes, that makes sense. If they are one with nature, one not treat nature the same way that other creatures in the nature treat ocher? Which includes eating each other now and again... I like that touch, it makes them more down-to-earth, feral kind of fairies the likes of the old eerie tales rather than the glitter and lace contemporary fairies for kids :)

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August 7th, 2013, 4:55 am

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@December: That's exactly what we had in mind, very glad you like our approach. :)

I edited my comment above a bit at the end - I had forgotten a minor detail.

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August 7th, 2013, 5:04 am

December

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My goodness, I should spell check myself, especially at this hour of night. Yes, then there's more consistency than I remember :)

And also I think it goes in line with the style of their clothes. It refers to a time in the Western culture when meat eating was considered something to aspire to and a norm for the wealthier people. It would probably feel a bit weird of being dressed like this and generally being kind of tough, they were all hippie and vegetarian :)

By the way I am curious as to why this style of dress in particular. It seems much more modern than fairies are typically depicted. Though again, in the medieval lore fairies actually wear entirely modern, or at least contemporary clothing, it only seems old-fashioned to us now...

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August 7th, 2013, 6:22 am

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@December: When I thought about his design I did consider going with a very casual modern look, but Tuomi is the type to get a little paranoid about touching synthetics and most modern clothes are sewn with synthetic thread. I think he got his clothes quite a while ago and they've held up well since they're sturdy make, but if he were to get new clothes at this point i'd imagine he would either go to flea markets or vintage shops or just get them tailored so he could control the materials. The rest of the pack wears something a little less vintage for lots of reasons. Tuomi just is a little old-fashioned. :)

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August 9th, 2013, 4:19 pm

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Magic!

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August 10th, 2013, 5:33 pm

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Fairies have hunt????
Are the lanterns in remembrance of the deer he killed?

Oh and very pretty poem by the way

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August 13th, 2013, 1:40 pm

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@Kiri Kitsune: They do - they don't really have to eat meat to survive, but they consider it a delicacy.

The lanterns are a part of an unrelated festivity tradition, though I guess for Tuomi they might also signify such remembrance - before this he hasn't killed anything for a very long time.

Also, thank you! :)

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July 17th, 2017, 2:55 pm

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Love continuation, just enchanting and fascinating, I could see this pages for hours, days, years...thanks for this

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