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!
Maḥseyah Yaḥas is the preposition part of speech in Milhamah: Fighting Words. His broom erodes targets using wind, and his shield protects against wind attacks. Keenly aware of his surroundings, he sweeps up pollution in his path while atop his donkey steed. As such, his moves come from the יחס shoresh root and the broader חיס shoresh family.
With a proud and haughty air, this quixotic character sees himself as a guardian, gatekeeper and protector of the weak. He rambles endlessly about his ancestral privileges and his duty to be fair and chivalrous (as he relatively sees it).
Yaḥas tries to do good and claims all of humanity as his relatives. But to some Holy Tongue Society members, he’s the relative they avoid at parties.
Kena’an Kinnui is the pronoun among the parts of speech. He is a battlefield brawler who deals crippling blows with his large fists and concussive gloves. His maneuvers are based on the כני shoresh root and יכן shoresh family.
In many ways, Kinnui is a man of mystery who wears a balaclava and a spy camera. He works under many aliases, and he mimics his targets while manipulating them with weaponized speech.
While he associates with the Holy Tongue Society as a colleague, some members doubt his allegiance, given his vulgar, boorish nature. Only time will tell whether he is friend or foe…
Elisheva’ Sheëlah represents the interrogative part of speech. She loves to sow confusion among her victims and fill their minds with doubt, thanks to her book of questions. She also is a pro interrogator with ties to the criminal underworld — and rumor has it, the real one!
With her pleading puppy-dog eyes, Sheëlah is a greedy girl who gets what she wants, often justifying her thievery as “borrowing.” Her large debts form an actual ball and chain around her ankle, but her rope skills make escape a quick climb away. A tamarisk branch rests in her question mark cap.
Will Sheëlah renounce her doubts, find faith and join the Holy Tongue Society?
Refesh Mispar, the numeral of the Holy Tongue Society, finally gets an introduction due to Inktober!
Mispar is a core member of Ḥeleq and a renowned scholar with a insatiable thirst for the truth. His powers are based on the ספר shoresh root as well as its broader root family.
Unlike the other Society members, who are based on words, Mispar is based on numbers. He has an indirect way of attacking — he analyzes a target’s gematria number and then makes digital attacks to match that number.
Mispar lugs around a heavy bookbag to hold all his reference texts. He also uses giant sapphire shears to cleave his targets in twain. And despite his pride in his own brainpower, he is even more vain about his hair. Given his habit of telling long, boring tales, it’s not surprising that he’s unlucky with love…
Shalhevet Shelilah is the third character in our 2020 Inktober series. She represents the negation part of speech and will eventually be a second-tier character.
Shelilah is a boisterous contrarian who often thinks negatively, even to the point of making no sense. She wears “no” figuratively on her sleeve and literally on her shirt. Because she feels deprived, she loves to loot, pillage and steal. However, she’s had no luck finding shoes or clothes besides her loosely stitched ones. Her favorite weapons are chains.
Will Shelilah say “no” to chaos and destruction when she eventually meets the Holy Tongue Society? Or will she remain an opponent to the end?
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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