How Awkward...

posted by Jordan on 2009/1/20 (Comics)

This whole regular updating thing is really paying off. And the kicker is that I'm still ahead! It's a crazy world, alright.

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WJS - 2016/10/7
I don't think we've really seen anyone who resembles an anti-villain. So far, everyone seem to be anti-heroes, just working at cross-purposes, with the exception of the Ivory Veil, who pretty much seem to be standard villains, no "anti" about it. "Crusading evangelical zealot" doesn't fit much else.
Latricia - 2016/4/16
I don't know who you wrote this for but you helped a brtehor out.
Suzy - 2016/4/14
Just cause it's simple doesn't mean it's not super helulpf.
Lerky - 2009/1/21
hm...these tactics are odd for a Vampire hunter. He didn't even disguise himself, nor did he attempt to strike her from behind and you'd imagine he'd be kinda pissed. And why's his skin still that color! And why are his eyes not red! And why aren't his boobs bigger!
Hermit - 2009/1/21
Blackjak: So now we have Anti-Heroes and Anti-Villains. Makes sense.
Blakjak - 2009/1/21
Knight13: It actually makes sense that Laris doesnt strike you as a Hero. Its the exact same way that Lana doesnt strike you as a Villain. he's too dam smug and she's too dam nice.

But since she is suppose to be a Villain but isnt, we need a guy who is suppose to be a Hero but isnt. Thats why this comic is called Anti-Hero and not "Reluctant-cast-of-Dogooders-with-a-loose-moral-compass" or some baloony like such.

Did I make my point?
Doopliss - 2009/1/21
BlakJack: If that's his excuse for ruthless, he's even more arrogant than he looks. Aside from his "I knew you were different" bit after tripping Lana, he never actually made a convincing attempt at trying to kill her before he got Sneak Attacked into unconsciousness. And I still question the guy's competence a bit.

Kres: I'm sure there's a valid plot reason for it that we'll get somewhere down the road. I kind of suspect he has friends in very high places.
Knight13 - 2009/1/21
Actually, Laris doesn't really strike me as a hero, he's a little too smug for that. He's more like a guy who tries to be a hero because it goes well with the laides, but actually has villainous tendencies.
kres - 2009/1/21
I have to agree with a few other posters, plot jump seemed a bit extreme for Laris to get there so quick. *psst* Lana just open the door and let Aldran meet your friend
Blakjak - 2009/1/21
Doopliss:... He still tried to kill her. This guy is clearly ruthless when it comes to his prey. The way I see it, he looks at Lana as just another trophy to brag about back at town - or write a book about.

Actually make a pretty good book, would anyone here buy it?
Doopliss - 2009/1/20
I meant his old offer of help that Lana shrugged off as resurrection or the peace of death or something. Laris never actually got to mention what he meant.
Blakjak - 2009/1/20
Doopls: By "Helping" do you mean riled up a village mob outside the inn and fired up the Outback Stakehouse? Cause that would certainlty be smarter than waltzing up to a Vampire with companions.

Figures they would have this encounter in a superstitous burn happy village. Hurray for circumstances!
Doopliss - 2009/1/20
Jordan already mentioned back when we were discussingg Laris' first bite that this uses something more similar to the Elder Scrolls system of transferring vampirism. After being bitten at all, they transform after some time (a couple of days, I think).

I suspect there's more to this than Laris "tracking" so many plane jumps while an inch from death locked in a warehouse, and I'd wager it's the same reason he's not (apparantly) a vampire. I still wonder what he's trying to pull by acting so overt, though. Especially when he probably knows Lana has allies in the other room. Maybe he's going to elaborate on his "Helping" a bit?
Hremsfeld - 2009/1/20
>_< Correction: I meant a chance they *don't* become a vampire. He had to die; according to, "A humanoid or monstrous humanoid slain [emphasis] by a vampire%u2019s energy drain rises as a vampire spawn 1d4 days after burial." If he wasn't slain, he's good.
Hremsfeld - 2009/1/20
Unless I'm seriously suffering a critical research failure, isn't there only a percent chance that someone bitten by a vampire becomes one? Even if it's one in twenty, it's still possible, so maybe the point about having an immunity is moot.
Sequinox - 2009/1/20
I can't tell if he succumbed to Lana's bite...
Eep. This could be bad.

(Apparent Founder of the Zurie Fanclub)
Elena (aka Lionpawheart) - 2009/1/20
Beh, I can tell you the russian way to say vampire- Vampir. And no, I am not just obsessed with vampires to know that. I actually speak the language Tongue
The Zergling One - 2009/1/20
Is the puzzle an acronym or several words that are scrambled? Is it a code for some sequence? (like OTTFFSSENT)
Logalmier - 2009/1/20
He's a vampire hunter. I'm sure he has good contacts that could easily cure vampireism before it really got started. It's likely this isn't the first time he's been infected.
Querzis - 2009/1/20
It look like Keriss is the official Team Mom. Anyway, as soon as I saw him on the cast page, I knew this would happen.

I kinda wonder how he could get there so fast though. I mean I dont doubt even one second he would have some way to find Lana no matter where she is, being a vampire hunter and all, but how did he manage to get there so fast without teleport?
Sirek - 2009/1/20
I was wondering why he had a spot on the cast page...
Amaretto - 2009/1/20
lol. Nice comic. Btw, my post got cut off in the last comic and I Did work so hard on that code, so i'll repost it here. First person to solve it wins a cookie. Very happy


Who doesn't love codes..... Tongue
Blakjak - 2009/1/20
Hermit: Well you learn something new everday.
Hermit - 2009/1/20
Blackjak: Yes, Wampyr is a proper spelling of Vampire, I think it's from Germany.
Ben Harrison - 2009/1/20
Since Aldran didn't seem to challenge Lana's knowledge of turning when she mentioned the hunter to him, I'm guessing that leaving a character "a little bit of blood" is indeed enough to turn them. That said, I think it's a fair bet that Laris is savvy enough to've taken a cure/preventative measure of some sort to stop that specific thing happening (since he wasn't dead when she left him).

Anyway, I'd rather not analyse the comic too much. Excellent again, as always! I wonder what Laris has up his sleeve.
Blakjak - 2009/1/20
Lefiath: Vampyre is the old english way to spell Vampire, but is wampyre another word for Vampire?

And on the subject of Aldran making Lana a Vampire it is possible that the first Vampires were created by Necromancers and followers of the Dark Arts.

So its not a large leap to assume Aldran enacted the same method on Lana. You dont have to be a Vampire to make a Vampire... Or Wampyre.
lefiath - 2009/1/20
BTW: I dont know if Jordan follows this rule, but when wampyre wants someone to become wampyre, he needs to give him his blood (and if Aldran isnt wampyre, i dont know how he had done that) - Lana just sucked his blood.
lefiath - 2009/1/20
Great, i and others are with you! Happy
Blakjak - 2009/1/20
Membranatus: A ghoul doesnt look that good. The guys is as hale and hearty (full colors and all) as when we last saw him.

Unless he's and Illusionist, which we have way too much of in this story already, then he has not disguised his true form.

As it stands, I believe the story needed someone like Laris to come along. He is in every way more competent than the "Heroes" band and is actually a force to be reckoned with. Basically, he is a true Hero which, as Aldran said, every true Villain needs.

With Andil out of the way, for the moment, Lana needed someone to contend with. Otherwise her part in the story becomes irrelevant.

My thoughts atleast.
Membranatus - 2009/1/20
Great comic!

@Blackjack: maybe he has become some form of ghoul? Wink

Sylian - 2009/1/20
"I decided to be nice and leave you a little bit of blood."-Lana

Perhaps all blood need to be drained in order to turn someone into a vampire?
MTONinja - 2009/1/20
"Eep" is right!
Blakjak - 2009/1/20
Ya, in plenty of stories Vampire hunters have developed an immunity against Vampirism. Must be the case here.

Which means we all seriously underestimated Laris, by a great deal. Cant wait till Thursday!
Lyinginbedmon - 2009/1/20
Evidently Lana is extremely short-sighted
Face of Evil - 2009/1/20
Maybe he has some kind of protection against that ... Worried
Face of Evil - 2009/1/20
He doesn't seem to have Lana's colouring ... is he a vampire or not? :/
Face of Evil - 2009/1/20
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