Comic 204 - Home Safe

30th Oct 2019, 12:00 AM
Home Safe
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LegendaryLycanthrope 30th Oct 2019, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
YAS! NEW PAGE! and this is a special one for me, since my birthday happened to fall on werewolf wednesday this year

i think talbot looked more adorable all curled up when he fell asleep on page 46, but he still looks adorable here too

and that magic 8-ball...what responses does it have? i know Yip!, Fur Sure and It Could Get Hairy (i think) and i remember some others but i don't recall what they were offpaw

also...why do i think one of gavin's grandparents will end up noticing that not-fully-healed scratch on his chest?
PeterVonBrown 30th Oct 2019, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Happy anniversary of your natal day, LegendaryLycanthrope.

Ah, yes, Talbot curled up. He'd been wandering for a while in the woods before he found the town. So he'd been more likely to revert to his wild side (not in the same sense as Therolius Instigata) at that time from being so close to Nature. He's settled in now, so he's taken on person-like traits again. Plus he crashed as soon as he got in, not worrying about being so comfortable as to curl up.

So far the responses the Magic 8 Ball have given are:
Paws-itively, Quite Paws-sibly, Af-fur-mative, Afraid So, Howl No!, Furget About It, It Will Get Hairy, Yip

If you're wondering about "Afraid So" not being a bad pun, Talbot does say (to Duke in Larry's Place on page 179) that most of the responses are werewolf related puns. So not all of them. There are other reponses it can/will give as well. He just needs another cause to consult it. Why doesn't he just do so all the time? He'll let you know down the line, but suffice to say one shouldn't abuse magic, as we've learned from the 'wolves in the comic. Actually, the very subject of magic will come up again in forthcoming pages.

As always, thanks for being so interested in and eager for more of my little werewolf town. Extra points for "offpaw"! :)
LegendaryLycanthrope 30th Oct 2019, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
oh definitely on abusing magic - i know from 8 seasons of Charmed that abusing magic for personal gain when you're a light magic user is never a good idea and always carries consequences

so how long was talbot in the wild before he found wolverton? i figured it was just a couple days and nights, but it sounds like it was way longer

and kind of off-tangent, but...does wolverton have a police force? reading those 8-ball puns got me thinking about a werewolf cop pun i saw on another site, which lead me to thinking about cops in general...thus, the question
PeterVonBrown 30th Oct 2019, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
By the depictions of the moon (full, waning & new) in the comic, Talbot had been wandering around for a month out in the woods. Not a direct route to the town, of course. He lingered in places, as he felt wary of where the smileys and lemon-infused bane scent led.
LegendaryLycanthrope 30th Oct 2019, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
i probably should've noticed that...but something like moon phases is one of those things that falls under 'details i never notice unless/until someone points them out'

how about the police force?
PeterVonBrown 30th Oct 2019, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
No need. Besides not being large enough, the 'wolves know to respect one another. And any transgression gets reported (such as Floyd suggests to Darkfang when they found him beat up) and punished in some way.
PeterVonBrown 30th Oct 2019, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Sorry about missing two of your comments/questions there. I'd read them on the creator page rather than the actual page, so I think it didn't show me the full comments. The answer to Gavin's scratches - he did fully erase them. Gavin will have plenty other things to worry about with his grandparents.
LegendaryLycanthrope 30th Oct 2019, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
maybe i missed something, but it looked like the reason gavin swore in the third panel is because there was still a faint trace of clawmarks left and he was out of time due to not wanting to be late
PeterVonBrown 30th Oct 2019, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
He transforms back to wolf and then to human again between the third and fourth panels, which finally got rid of the marks.
quietbear 30th Oct 2019, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Jinx!

But seriously though.
Do werewolves have to even worry about anyting not related to wolfsbane?
Seems like they're pretty much immortal.I mean I assume nothing but Highlander-ing them could put them down.

Oh I meant to ask this question. Can the only way they can age is if they're in their human forms? Because it seems like as long as they stay in wolf form they're pretty much eternal
LegendaryLycanthrope 30th Oct 2019, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
i figure it's probably a situation similar to other 'verses with werewolves - you turn as a child or teen, regardless of being human or wolf, you keep growing until you hit a certain point, at which point the aging process stops

you turn when older than that, nothing happens but some signs of aging may reverse, like wrinkles and such - if you're really old, like 50+ some major aging reversal may occur but you'll still keep some signs of age - like the wolverton mayor; he looks like he's in his late 40s/early 50s, but he's probably way older

i know the pirate wolf - whose name i totally am not going to even try spelling because i'll butcher it - is hundreds of years old, so if they aren't immortal, they're darn close to it
PeterVonBrown 30th Oct 2019, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Thanks for being curious, quietbear! Bear in mind that these answers are for my take on werewolves, they're not meant to be true across the board.

As Talbot tells someone on page 4 'Museum', I did away with silver being harmful to werewolves. It's only vaguely part of traditional folklore (Hollywood not included), and it always seemed utterly ridiculous to me. I mean, how would they be able to attend nice dinner parties, right? ;) Otherwise, all varieties of wolfsbane will hurt them except the one. And yes, "Highlander-ing" them will certainly do them in... but then so will a regular bullet to the heart - unless of course they can remove the bullet and transform the damage away quickly enough. Fire would also be bad, but also reversible albeit difficult to achieve. Electrical shock will hurt or kill them, too. On the whole, if it's bad for humans, it's bad for 'wolves. They just have the advantage of being able to shapeshift injuries into non-existence. So long as it's done before the life extinguishes.

They do in fact age while in wolf form. They age normally, in fact. But each time they transform, they retard the aging process by a large degree. I haven't worked out any exact amount or 'equation' for Regenerative Longevity. But suffice to say it's enough to negate any aging they will have accumulated. So in that sense, they "don't" age. For this reason, much like Therilous Instigata, it's a good idea for 'wolves to revert to human at least once a month. Wolvertonians however usually change back to wolf right away. :)

Regenerative Longevity can be likened to puberty - it doesn't kick in or start working until around the age of 25. Don't forget that Talbot had been a werewolf puppy. And the fact that Wolverton currently has four werewolf pups/kids. If it worked right away, they would never grow up. Likewise with Gavin. If you happen to have become a werewolf after circa 25, then Regenerative Longevity will be active and you'll (roughly) remain that age. One other side note - in a case like Charlie, who became a werewolf at birth by being the seventh son, werewolfery comes about at puberty. But RL still doesn't start up until around the quarter of a century mark.

And I have to raise an eyebrow at saying 50 is "really old" - I'm just shy of 50 myself. ;) Riqurélio the pirate is about 532. LegendaryLycanthrope is correct about Burgermeister Basil's human age. He's much older in reality, though. They prefer the term nigh-immortal.