In Update #21, "Mother May I? Part 2", we learn that while Shem 'Etzem's holy form may easily defeat the Bavel Macrostructure’s minions, it’s no match for Em Qeriah’s lack of seriousness. Will Shem’s hair-trigger temper prevent him from becoming the Evaluator of Names?
While this issue mostly continues the arguments and power struggles among the rising generation of Holy Tongue Society leadership and the old, it also shows how Shem can revert from his powerful, holy שום form back to his still-powerful, but baser עצם form.
Adam comes up for a good reason at the end of this update. Get ready to learn more in the next update!
(By the way, this webcomic will discontinue the numerical "Episode" system where some episodes last for multiple updates. While the next update would technically be Episode 16, this website's formatting plus ones like Webtoon and Tapas make the old system archaic. We'll just stick to numbering according to updates.)
Although it's not fully implemented, we updated the Wordpress theme to Toocheke Premium, which will allow us to use more Patreon and WooCommerce integration. If you've noticed that the site was slower recently, it's because we were trying to implement those features.
I'm hoping to ask around to figure out a way to have the site run reasonably quickly plus have our own online store and bonus webpages for Patreon subscribers only. By the way, please sign up for my Patreon! Even a dollar a month adds up...
Also, keep checking our wiki for updates. I've been adding beta sections to the Milhamah RPG storytelling game, plus there are all sorts of details about the comic there.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope to bring more updates soon!
Demeh, the phantasmic virtual mime, is a minion that the Bavel Macrostructure deploys against scofflaws and tax evaders. It rolls in on a modified bogus machine, which projects a wireframe image to frighten the enemy. But while this ghost is a dummy, it’s no joke. It assimilates its targets’ data, mirrors their appearance and then silences them with mimic attacks!
The Demeh is based on the linguistic concept of a dummy word, and its powers are based on the דמי shoresh root and its broader family. Look forward to its appearance in “Milhamah” Issue #3, as well as upcoming video games!
Delt is the door fish who is the guardian and representation of the letter dalet (ד). It’s one of the original animals who Adam named in the garden, and its job was to take him wherever he wanted to go.
Delt is based on the דלת shoresh family. When it opens the doors along its body, fish may enter a gateway portal. When they leave the portal, they mysteriously multiply into massive schools of fish as they exit.
Look forward to seeing Delt in vector form soon, as well as in the next comic update. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to making another Holy Tongue Society character for Inktober soon!
Nun is the serpent fish who is the embodiment the letter nun (נ), the 14th letter of the ‘Ivrit alphabet. He was initially one of the animals in the garden that Adam named, along with Gaml and Qop.
Based on the נון shoresh root, Nun not only represents fish but also posterity (particularly great-grandchildren). That’s why he bites on a pacifier while baby eels surround him. His candle-lit halo signifies enlightenment, and his rotting vestigal tail signifies degeneration. The paradox of the last two attributes are the hallmarks of this slippery eel who — tempting to say — appears to be more than he seems.
After Inktober I’ll turn Nun into vector art since he’ll appear in the next comic update. But for now, more B&W previews ahead!
The Egron might not be a walking dictionary, but it’s a sentient, floating lexicon!
Based on the אגר shoresh family, the Egron is a mammoth tome that contains its own bookcase and storage unit. Multiple padlocks and chains protect its collection of rare reading material.
The Egron follows around Arigah in the Oger Reservoir while she weaves scrapped speech balloons into the Holy Tongue Society’s equipment. Look forward to the Egron’s appearnace in “Milhamah: Fighting Words” Issue #3!
Ẓafar Ẓarf is the adverb in “Milhamah: Fighting Words.”
(Ẓarf is different from the franchise other parts of speech characters. He’s the only main one who is based on an Arabic word and shoresh root, ظرف. In Hebrew the word for adverb is Teür, which is very similar to the word for adjective, Toär and wouldn’t have been as interesting.)
Anyway, Ẓarf’s nature comes from both his Arabic shoresh family and the transliterated Hebrew version, פצר. His body is a biomechanical construct that resembles molten metal, and he boasts his amalgamated identity with the puzzle tattoo on his chest . He also has the power of birds, allowing him to fly with metallic wings and slash enemies with razor talons. He can also make a bird call that’s as loud as a siren.
Ẓarf has a checkered past. He loves to craft jewelry, and he burglarizes his materials from Bavel’s suppliers, storing them in the bottomless containers he totes around. (Just don’t dare mock his man purse! ) He can break into and escape almost any confined space with his giant file weapon.
However, Ẓarf is no brute. He is known to be ingenious, polite and charming. And on top of that, he dreams of forming a rebellion that conquers and overthrows the Bavel Macrostructure.
Eventually Ẓarf will meet the Holy Tongue Society. But will they combine their efforts, and will the Society become the crucible that refines his rebellious nature?
Milhamah: Fighting Words
Feeling silenced by the world? Join the Holy Tongue Society’s linguistic warriors as they use ancient alphabet powers to fight speech stranglers, truth manglers and a rebuilt Tower of Babel. And get immersed in a story that prizes freedom, candor and fighting back against overwhelming odds.
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