The dialogue in the second panel isn't supposed to be all that readable, but making it fuzzier looked funny, so it ended up being semi-legible. Hope it didn't strain too many eyes.
So, Drake's bailing, but don't worry, we'll find out just what he's up to later.
Also, some folks might have noticed a donate button at the end of the left column. My job for next year's with a non profit, and the living stipend cuts it pretty close. I know most of you are probably in the same boat, but if you can spare some to send my way it would be greatly appreciated. I'll be doing an extra update for every $20 raised and once I've built up a good buffer of new pages I want to start doing extra images for donaters (wallpapers and stuff). Thanks guys.
re dragonmaiden50: poor teddy with his silly acessories (at least he managed to avoid a hat too)
re Barnes 4321: Lets see, Fae will be making an appearance. They've got a lot of variety within their powers, but tend to focus around illusions and hypnosis. Gryphons in my brain are connected to the element of the air so they can control the wind and such. There will be a phoenix showing up later too. He's got fire manipulation abilities similar to dragons but a key thing for him is the ability to burst into flames and be reborn from the ashes whenever he dies, making effectively immortal (also, in keeping with the original myth, there's only one of them).
re zetina: She probably knew that he'd killed people in an abstract sense but hearing about it directly, and the fact that he killed children as well shook her a bit.
re Azhtann: he's keeping his objectives to himself for now, but it'll be revealed later on.
re ScreechTheMighty: Theo is a very awkward fellow indeed.
re Bearagirl119: ^_^ sorry
re AyoWolf: thanks, I'm glad ^_^
re XxWhiterosesxX: she will be explained when Drake returns
re Skittsue: sadly things aren't going to be quite so easy for them.
Skarlog says: I am a hat fan, and now I want Drake's funny hat.
Skittsue says: I want Theodore's scarf.
Skarlog says: I like how you did the lighting in the third panel; how it's shining on Theo's clothes.
Skittsue says: Drake should eat the shopkeeper.
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