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!
INKTOBER DAY 16 (COMPASS): Ba’al Tzafon is a distant relative of the Bavel Macrostructure dictator, Beli Ya’al. Representing the North Wind, he naturally hails from a hidden, shadowy land in the distant arctic. But he recently moved to Bavel City to join the villainous cult of Yetzer Ra’.
Tzafon is like Santa Claus with a literally broken moral compass. That compass helps Tzafon seek out encrypted letters in the Aural Grid and makes him a master of speech act ciphers. His half-Ruaḥ/half-Ba’al heritage also lets him disperse in the air and become invisible.
While riding on his neighing steed, Tzafon gives his “treasures” — wrapped exploding gifts — to the Nice, or sometimes he scatters or conceals the gifts for ambushes. He also pulverizes the Naughty with his spring-activated warhead sledgehammer.
Tzafon is based on the צפן shoresh root and broader family, which deals with the north, compasses, treasures, wrapping, turbans, sledgehammers, explosions, distribution, scattering, concealing, ciphers, concealing, neighing and more.
INKTOBER DAY 15 (HELMET): When you have to look imposing yet dapper for that special event, the most dashing haberdasheries recommend the Ceremonial Ritual Helmet!
This heavily adorned piece of military regalia is worn by Holy Tongue Society members as well as ‘Ivrit Revival Movement troops, though usually in parades, pageants and other public celebrations, not during the thick of battle. The helmet imbues wearers with a certain gravitas and dignity that helps them concentrate while preparing to perform speech acts.
The Ceremonial Ritual Helmet comes from two neighboring shoresh roots with a common gematria of 169: קסדה and טקס. The first governs helmets and snails, and the second governs ceremonies, rituals, arrangements and adornments.
INKTOBER DAY 14 (TICK): The Dough Tick’s philosophy is: Fake it till you bake it!
This bitty bug gorges herself on batter, not blood. She aspires to be a baker but always comes short, mostly because no one wants to buy bread from a diseased parasite.
Regardless, she defies depression every day at sunrise to reap wheat with her malfunctioning electric reaper scythe. While holding a digest of baking recipes, she prepares a batch of dough. But when she cuts out the pieces with her pincers, she infects the batch, turning it into a shambling zombie effigy.
Since she only communicates through winking, blinking and gestures, any attempt to command them to “rise up” have so far been half-baked.
The Dough tick is powered by the קרץ shoresh root and family, which governs ticks, dough, winking, shortness, reaping, annotated digests and more.
INKTOBER DAY 11 (SOUR): The Sour Soup Special is a form of lethal bait that the ruthless serve to monsters, or to their enemies!
The Sour Soup Special was first cooked in a vegetarian restaurant’s wash pit. This dish is a reddish sourdough borscht mixed with rhubarb, pickled veggies and chickpeas. It’s marinated in vinegar, sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid. A sorrel garnish is added on top, and it’s often served with salted sourdough bread.
After the first swallow, this acidic course usually ulcerates the stomach and and causes heavy internal wounds. Even its sour odor can degenerate the central nervous system, delaying reflexes and depleting strength.
Legend says diners who survive a bowl of this stuff gain acid resistance. Still, you won’t want this for home cooking!
The Sour Soup Special is derived from the חמץ shoresh root and broader family, which deals with sourness, sour soup, acids, oxides, pickles, veggies, chickpeas, rhubarb, vinegar, wounding, degeneration, delays and more.
INKTOBER DAY 10 (PICK): If the Property Gnashing Pickax strikes its mark, there goes the neighborhood!
This pickax’s terrifying teeth mow down weeds and shrubbery, and they can also crunch through brick and mortar. Demolition crews use this tool to knock down buildings, special forces wield it to destroy enemy arsenals, and bank robbers bring it along to break inside vaults.
However, this weapon comes at a cost: A manufacturer’s flaw causes its “mouth” to jam unless the user feeds it regular deposits of cash. And like a loan shark, this sharp-toothed pickax charges usurious interest rates. That’s why some say it works best when eating the rich — literally!
The Property Gnashing Pickax is based on the נכש shoresh root and broader family, which governs pickaxes, biting, nipping pliers, usury, neighbors, dwellings, arsenals, storehouses, weeding and more.
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.