Pelë Po’al is the verb part of speech in “Milhamah: Fighting Words.” He was a stuntman actor for the Bavel Macrostructure’s propaganda machine. But he went on strike after not getting paid enough for jumping off Bavel’s Migdal Tower. Once blacklisted, he illegally emigrated into ‘Ivrit territory, became an activist and worked his way up the ranks in the Holy Tongue Society. Based on the פעל shoresh root and broader family, Po’al spends all his effort being a working class hero. He wraps himself in a flag of solidarity. His butt expands when he unleashes power, and that also cushions him from steep falls. Po’al’s fighting style is daring and reckless. He crams lots of actions into a short amount of time. But he often errs by applying the Labor Theory of Value to battles. So he vainly toils away at hopeless situations until he grows feeble and faints. Some Society members are skeptical of Po’al due to his focus on works over orthodoxy. Meanwhile, Po’al sees Shem ‘Etzem as a rival who is too rigid in his ways. Can the two eventually form a dynamic duo?
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.) Other news 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!
Śoreq Qisshur, the conjunction part of speech in “Milhamah: Fighting Words.” He is a Holy Tongue Society spy who infiltrates the Bavel Macrostructure’s media organizations. Based on the קשר shoresh root and its family, Qisshur has a broad spectrum of powers. He cools and congeals liquids (including his body’s) into gel or even ice. He also can manipulate the chains in his pockets and his fortified vest. Above all, Qisshur obsesses over conspiracy theories, and his belief that all is connected gives him uncanny relationship skills. He builds an accidental harem wherever he goes. All it takes is a wink and a pickup line like: “It’s you and me against the New World Order, baby.” But since Qisshur’s true love is exposing Bavel’s hidden masterminds, he usually plays it cool with romance.
The ‘Ir Risshum Townspeople are background characters who are examples of the Bavel Macrostructure’s model citizens. Their habits come from the עור shoresh root and family. When it comes to fashion, exposed skin and leather are trendy. The “good life” means being awake and aroused at all times. Loud music drowns out clever conversation or free thought. And some citizens even blind themselves to enhance their other sensations. These two invaders are profaning ‘Ir Risshum, the former holy city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). If anything inspires the Holy Tongue Society to retake the city, it’s this.
‘Anawah Tenu’ah is the vowel in “Milhamah: Fighting Words.” She is a member of the ‘Ivrit Revival Movement’s Department of Phonology, and she oversees air combat operations. Based on the נוע shoresh root and its family, Tenu’ah sends kinetic vibration shock waves at enemies. A backpack motor engine amplifies her super speed. She also wields a rattling sistrum as a weapon. Tenu’ah is a motivational leader who makes grand gestures. She loves to join mass movements, but her desire to help others is motivated by guilt over secret past misdeeds. And while she’s always on the go, she dreams a day when she can simply hide away at home.
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!