Shem is not amused by Qeriah's new hobby. Shem's anger makes him short-circuit. Shem reverts to his rawer form.
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!
 

 

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Qoṭev Polar Wasteland

The Qoṭev Polar Wasteland sticks out amid the lush, green hills and towering forests of ‘Aravot’s state of Alef. Giant sprouting shoresh roots changed Avgad’s environment and climates, and shifted the planet’s poles too. However, the frozen site is a former battleground from the Descriptivist-Prescriptivist War, and the glowing green skies may not be from an aurora, but from residual radiation or pestilential miasma. The Bavel Macrostructure hopes to capture a rumored foundation letter artifact in Qoṭev. The few residents who dare live here try to strike oil, whether from the ground or out of sparse vegetation. The Qoṭev Polar Wasteland belongs to the בטק shoresh family, which governs polarization, oil presses, destruction, pestilence, foundations and more.

Ilan Forest

The Ilan forest is home to a giant tree. The Ilan Forest spreads upon the hills of Medinat Alef, not far from the ‘Ivrit Revival Movement’s Ulpan Academy base. It is home to a tree village populated by a ramlike people and ruled by Allon Ilan, an antlered man who is allied with the enemy Bavel Macrostructure. Bavel believes that the forest’s largest tree, rumored to be the original Syntax Tree, hides the Alp foundation letter that helped form the universe. The Ilan Forest is the stronghold domain for the אול shoresh family, representing trees and rams.  

Migdal Bavel (מגדל בבל)

The Migdal Bavel is the גדל domain.

The Migdal Bavel (מגדל בבל) is believed to be the unfinished remains of the original Tower of Babel ziggurat, standing around 8,150 feet tall. It is currently located just outside the boundaries of ‘Aravot’s Medinat Alef.

While the tyrannical Bavel Macrostructure is building an even larger tower (the Superstructure), it still uses the Migdal as a base and a broadcast tower to transmit brainwashing propaganda throughout Avgad. The Holy Tongue Society also believes that Bavel seeks to use such towers conquer the heavens.

The Migdal is a stronghold domain powered by the גדל shoresh root and family.

Moav Patriarch

The Moav Patriarch loves to cavort.

Elite patriarchs lord over the Moav Fatherland, an impoverished region dominated by ambition, drunkenness, hatred, lust and desire. These patriarchs spend their lives swilling puncheon rum, gorging on Carnal Caperberries and cavorting. While few in number, they’re married to most of the land’s women. This arouses enmity from the nation’s poor men, but the patriarchs justify the practice by claiming it’s consensual. (No one ever asks the women in Moav.) Regardless, these marital arrangements produce plenty of sons who serve in the Bavel Macrostructure’s Moav Division. That division dreams of glory and greatness, striving to be chief among the macrostructure’s military ranks. The Moav Patriarch gets power from the אבי shoresh family, which governs fathers, patriarchy, caperberries, puncheons, lust, will, hatred, enemies, consent and the poor.

Kittim

The Kittim are Bavel's marines.

The Kittim serve as the Bavel Macrostructure’s marines, and they grind down and crush all in their path. These troops come from Bavel’s upper classes and are indoctrinated in Avgad’s northwest quadrant. They arguably are the most zealous, brutal faction of Bavel’s military.

As a group, the Kittim share great camaraderie, excel at tactical formations and wield meat tenderizing war hammers. While they often cannibalize supplies and technology from conquered cities, their enemies accuse them of being literal cannibals too. The Kittim deny this, insisting that they thrive on a strict diet of olives and schnitzel.

Their shoresh is כתת, which governs crushing, classes, factionalism, cannibalism, pressing olives, schnitzel, meat tenderizers and the Kittim of the Dead Sea Scrolls.