Dragons have long sleep cycles (lots of days up, and sleeping for sometimes years at a time) so staying up isn't actually messing with him. He's just cranky anyway.
I was trying to convey the passage of several days traveling quickly in the first two panels. It probably needed a bit more space on the page, but I wanted to more the story on a bit more quickly than that. Oh well.
re Eva Emaria: I'm glad you like it ^_^ Phoenix is kind of a dick so Eira will have to keep him in line (He's also rather jealous of her having followers, Hurrocks Fardel follows the myth where there is only one Phoenix that keeps being reborn, so he's a rather solitary fellow).
silverwingskywolf: thanks ^_^
re Kadtie: thanks ^_^ The celestial champions needed some sort of dual dynamic
re Arrikanez: well, they are both avian types I guess
XD Eira can do that. She has a low bullshit meter and is not afraid of calling people on it. Since they are both Celestial champions, she probably has a loyalty to him. (Also, she's going, "Does he want some of mine?!" in my head. She has ten (sometimes eleven, that'll come up on my dA eventually in that fanon thing of mine) females to keep in line and cooperating.) I like that, though! It really accents how much they are complete opposites, and you know what they say about those. ;)
I think the passage of time conveyed itself very well. And I like the focus on Joan's eyes on the end, it's very creepy and very cool all at the same time. And when is Drake NOT cranky? Yeesh.
Also, I reread the whole comic. And am going, "DUH!" at myself. Because I forgot about the Pendragon, and then I reread it and went, "Waaaait a minute," and yeah. I'm blonde. Drake is apparently the Pendragon. Derp.
On the Celestial Champions: How utterly fantastic! Eira is rather well designed, and kudos for keeping pace with it in Phoenix! I like the one phoenix version of the myth best, so I'm glad that's how you roll. :"3
On the latest update: The last panel is my favorite! Such lovely eyes. I'm glad to learn a little about dragon sleeping habits as well. Real cool beans.