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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General’s Epaulets report for duty

The general's epaulets give expertise and authority to the wearer. The general’s epaulets are worn by the head honchos of the ‘Ivrit Revival Movement. They give expertise and authority to the wearer, but are rare to find! Will the Holy Tongue Society be able to dig some up in the Ulpan? This artifact is based on the אלף and כתף shoresh roots. The first root is based on training (including generals), and the other is based on shoulders. The following stats below are for the beta of the Milhamah RPG:

General’s epaulets

Artifact Size: Small Weight: Very Light Worn: Torso Stat adjustments: DOM +1D, WIS +2D While worn, the user gains the Intimidation skill at +1D as well as the Tactics skill at +2D.

Tiqwah in B&W

Tiqwah in B&W

Not a whole lot of news today. Just trying out different Clip Studio Paint techniques and sketching Tiqwah Tawit in black and white. I’m not sure yet how much time black and white inking and tones save compared to the color vector stuff I’ve done with Animate, but I’m guessing it will save at least one-third the time.

While making Tiqwah, I might as well create some tentative stats for her:

Tiqwah Tawit (aka Tiqṿah Taṿit)

Shoresh: תוי Kind: Ben Adam Affiliation: Holy Tongue Society Part: Determiner (Article) Size: Medium Liability Points: 14 Stats: DOM: 2 VIG: 1 GRA: 1 CRE: 2 WIS: 3 PEA: 3 BLE: 2 Skills: Leadership: +1, Ranged Weapons +1 Equipment: Abilities:   In the meantime, I’ve also been fleshing out the command structure for the ‘Ivrit Revival Movement for the Milhamah RPG. Keep following for more news ahead!

‘Ezrä ‘Ezer with Assistant Arm

'Ezra 'Ezer lends a helping hand. ‘Ezrä ‘Ezer, the auxiliary verb, is a junior member of the Holy Tongue Society who’s an assistant to Pelë Po’al. While growing up on a farm gave him super strength, he also has a knack for a mechanics. And the Assistant Arm on his back gives him an additional helping hand! This bionic arm, which is standard equipment among the Society, not only packs a powerful punch that fractures foes. Due to its ties to the זרע shoresh root, it also launches parasitic seed berries that can force enemies to fight for you! The only weakness it can’t overcome is ‘Ezrä’s compulsion to support his friends at all costs! This drawing is the first digital art that I made on my new Wacom Cintiq 16 tablet via Clip Studio Paint. In 2021, I plan on developing my digital drawing skills in tandem with my standard vector art. If I can make CSP art quickly and efficiently, I might switch the comic over to B&W manga style in exchange of releasing more content quickly!

‘Ezrä ‘Ezer

Shoresh: עזר Kind: Ben Adam Affiliation: Holy Tongue Society Part: Verb Size:Medium Liability Points: 25 Stats: DOM: 2 LIF: 3 GRA: 1 CRE: 3 WIS: 1 SHA: 2 BLE: 2 Skills: Survival: +2, Medicine: +1, Electronics +1 Equipment: Torso: Assistant Arm  

Assistant Arm

Shoresh: זרע Type: Instrument: Weapon: Glove Rarity: Carnelian Size: Medium Stat Modifiers: DOM: +1D CRE: +1D Abilities: This weapon acts as a fully functioning arm and hand. It may carry a weapon, shield or other relevant item.
  • Mighty Arm (זרע): A powerful punch fractures its foe.
    • Bashing Touch Melee Attack, user cost: 1D LP
    • DOM+2D to hit, hit target must make LIF save or have LIF -1D until rest.
  • Seed Shot (זרע): Berries sow parasitic seeds into a target.
    • Piercing Long-ranged Attack, Medium Spread, one-turn cooldown
    • CRE +3D to hit, hit target must make SHA save or get charmed status ailment.

The Stiletto Fly sharpens its approach

The Stiletto Fly will bleed you dry.

The Stiletto Fly will bleed you dry! This insect is rooted in the חדד shoresh, which deals with pointiness. Four of this insect’s six legs have daggers attached to their feet. Swarms of them live in the mountainous areas around the Ḥod Peak.

The following is a draft of the Stiletto Fly’s proposed stats:

Stiletto Fly

Rarity: Carnelian Shoresh root: חדד Gematria: 16 Size: Tiny Speed: Slow (Running) Medium (Flight) Attitude: Hostile Stats: DOM: 2 LIF: 1 GRA: 2 CRE: 1 WIS: 1 SHA: 1 BLE: 1 Abilities:
  • Stiletto Stab (חדד) Cost: LIF -1 Effect: DOM+1D pierce attack. If hit, target must roll a LIF-1 save or get bleeding status. 

Jagged Point

The Jagged Point is a common javelin that the ‘Ivrit Revival Movement uses in thrown or melee combat. Based on the חדד shoresh root, its mysterious iron alloy tip easily pierces most armor. Two sharp blades orbit and swirl around the spiked spearhead, giving it slashing as well as piercing damage. But only the most sharp-witted warriors can wield this without injuring themselves. The Jagged Point has a close melee reach and a moderate thrown reach. It does DOM+3D slash and pierce damage. Hit targets must must make a successful LIF save or gain the bleeding ailment.