Virus, the facial expressions in this one are made of pure gold and solid win. The last two rows especially. And is anybody else hearing that cartoon “bye gotta go” sort of speed sound effect in the second to last panel?
I added it out loud while I was reading!
Mine was “Voom”!
I bet SHE can catch him. In a web. That has Rogue and Loth trapped in it already.
I’d bet they are using their bosses as the bait for a trap.
Ok, so it’s a miscellaneous daemon. Oddly similar to a Patterner’s MO, though. Oh well. This is turning out to be quite a mystery. What is it about Vitani that allows her to pass under the Inquisition’s radar? Mysteries upon mysteries, I suppose.
Also, TOTALLY calling Eastwood getting stuck with Lothar and Rogue. Or Lothar and Rogue bursting in for the ‘dramatic’ rescue, only to get caught themselves, but that’s the longshot.
Actually, she might be a Patterner daemon, or, at least, a daemon prince(ss). Only time will tell what she’s meant to be.
Also, I second Eastwood being stuck with Team Daemonbait and raise you their being able to understand babbling idiot.
Well, there’s another possibility of Vitani being a lesser, mysterious god. Like McShiggy Jiggy Wiggy-Whale Man, but on an even smaller scale. I hope we get more backstory, cuz this is intriguing.
Check out comic 472. I think it might be her. Or it could just be a random look alike.
She outright calls herself PRINCESS Vitani. I’m almost certain that means she’s an ascended demon prince in the vein of Morth.
And in the spirit of things, I raise YOU that it’s not that they understand Babbling Idiot, but instead they figure out from the degree of his terror that the demon is already summoned.
I can now totally picture Rogue and Lothar bursting in all “Big D*mn Heroes”-like, then the next two or three panels are just them stuck in their dynamic entry poses until it zooms out showing them stuck in a web.
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Eastwood!
He was not in the least bit scared
To be mashed into a pulp.
Or to have his fluids drained away,
And his soul sacrificed.
To have his mind raped,
And his body desecrated,
And his limbs all chewed and mangled.
Brave Sir Eastwood.
I’m making my prediction: She isn’t actually manifest, she only has enough influence in the world to work magic. Such as, for example, full sensory illusions. She was hoping to ensnare some noble inquisitors to get that last bit of juice she needed to come all the way over.
Naturally, she bet on the wrong horse.
or….. she was there all along hence no summoning ritual.
Damn, he’s got speed to burn. That said, I’m betting hitting a wall rather than hitting a web.
What’s the running payout on that?
Up to. You’ll never catch up to Harold Eastwood running away.
And you obviously don’t get the joke. You’ll never catch him as in catch, imprison, incarcerate etc. But you will ALSO not catch up to him. Additionally you also don;t “catch up” someone when you stumble upon them doing something. You know, like when your parents CATCH you masturbating. They don;lt say they “caught up” to you having a wank, do they?
Gods willing, they’ll never say anything about me having a wank.
that is by far one of the weirdest comparisons I’ve ever red
And to that I say, that is Lothar for you. Welcome to EN.
We have Pie, Coffee and Damnation
If they did catch up to you having a wank, things might get a little awkward…
Makes one wonder, who would win in a race of running away? Eastwood, or Rincewind the Wizzard?
Nice to see I’m not the only one who immediately thought of him too.
I thought of Rimmer, then that guy from Brave New World.
The British are pretty good when it comes to writing people who run away a lot, maybe because they realise that it’s often the best option.
0.0 Americans don’t run…
sorry, the joke was to good to pass up.
I would say Rincewind. The guy has made running away in a art form. He once ran away in another dimension. He is favored by the Lady, the Goddess of Million-in-One chances. He is even running away from Death itself, so well that Death can’t predict when he’s going to die anymore.
though the fact he is the favoured of the lady means even when he runs away, he ends up running towards the problem
He’s even run away from being a main character, so we’ll likely never know when, how, or if he died since no one will remember to write even a throwaway line about it.
Y’know, I am thoroughly enjoying Vitani and how casual this situation is.
My prediction though, is that she’s furiously low-tier powerwise, but was able to take over the place by being a furiously clever individual.
It stands to reason that a low-powered daemon would need less power and be harder to detect. I mean, compared to Morth, she’s smaller and still resembles a humanoid. Morth turned into a giant multi-armed monstrosity, and that was for a Patterner Daemon Prince. Vitani, on the other hand, wouldn’t even be considered size Large.
Eastwood would disagree on her size.
At least, if he wasn’t too busy running for his life.
Wondering if the looting Virus did was just a throwaway gag or if it will come in handy later……
Well, he does have a lighter around highly flammable webs. There would be a pretty obvious conclusion.
Wow… I am seriously enjoying Vitani’s character. For such an evil creature of the Void she sure is casual and friendly. And for some reason… I think Virus finally has a girl interested in him. Too bad she’s a soul-devouring, unholy daemon. Then again, given his taste in pets…
Their relationship shows promise- Hell, she could become part of the team!
I would say “Over Harold’s dead body”, but he’d probably die of fright before the end of the first day, so no point I guess.
Die of fright, eaten by Vitani, killed in a car accident while fleeing from the house, strangled in his sleep by Lothar for something totally unrelated to Vitani…
I dunno… I’m not sure Virus and Co. have enough blackmail material on Schafer to get THAT by him. And as the other guy said, over East’s dead body, but as he also pointed out, kind of a moot point.
There is probably several hours of incriminating pornographic evidence (including the chicken porn) on Schafer’s computer… And I doubt he has encrypted it.
Fun fact, this isn’t the first time the “Tangled Web” cult has been mentioned. Xan talked about it in the midst of his self-aggrandizing during the filler strip in the middle of the last Morth arc. He mentions a Patternari stronghold as well, which pretty much gives it up what dark god club Vitani’s a member of as well.
You know, other than the titles of “Spinner of Lies” and “Weaver of the Tangled Web”.
Though, for some reason I feel this could be a hybrid between Patterner and Soulthirst. I mean, she definitely is going for the whole feeling of that.
I don’t know about that hybrid thing, these demons usually seem to pick one theme and allegiance and stick with it. Probably just an attractive Patterner demon, for given definitions of attractiveness.
There’s also Malal (also known now as Malice) and considering the way she’s not acted unfriendly towards demon slaying Inquisitors, could be some influence from that
I’m fairly sure Malal is a 40k god and therefore doesn’t really have anything to do with EN (none of the others do, besides the few humourous comics pointing out they really don’t have anything to do with EN universe)
It’s also entirely possible (as others have mentioned) she doesn’t belong to one of the big four and is part of an entirely different lesser-known daemon group. Pretty sure you can be a spider without being Patternari and / or be Patternari without being a spider.
Yeah, Malal is a WH40k god. Though as JB has pointed out, she could be aligned with a lesser demon group. Her behavior could just as well be a deception, like she’s toying with them before going in for the kill. Though she might just have no beef with them as well. Who knows… All I know is that I’m lovin’ this demon.
Malal is not a WH40K Chaos god, they lost the rights to him ages ago, so they replaced him with Malice, who’s just him with a fake mustace and a bogus passport.
Being more serious now
You can’t say that the big 4 here aren’t similar to the WH40K 4, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine a Malice counterpart in this universe, combined with the trickery, the fearfulness, the fact that she’s tried to turn East and Virus against each other, the almost lunatic self-destruction plan of revealing yourself to inquisitors when you can just kill them, and this “The greatest trick Malal ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”, It’s easy to make the presupposition that Pricess Vitani could either be a Malal type demon, or an expy of Malal herself.
But yeah Malal isn’t WH40K any more, this is all guess-work, and I freakin’ love that quote.
Wiki-Page for Malal, very stubby, http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Malal
It isn’t Malal, or Malice, or Mal Reynolds, or any other Mal you care to think of or name.
Malcolm Reynold’s escort friend’s alternate universe self?
… darnit. It would explain the red and the flirting.
For safe’s sake, I’m gonna be sticking with both ‘clever Soulthirster that isn’t blindly hungry and knows how to be social’ and ‘attractive Patterner… that knows how to be social’ until further notice. Go all Schroedinger’s Cat on her.
Panel one is a REALLY good angle shot
crap, I meant panel three ><
So I said to her “If you want to fight me you’d better be prepared to run, because your going to have to run pretty damn fast if you want to catch up with me.”
I… am so corrupted by Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou. I can only think of Rachnera and how utterly sexy I am finding this Daemon Princess and hoping she sticks around a while.
And Eastwood gets an A+ in “Screw this, I’m out of here!”
Has anyone else noticed she has 3 fingers on one hand and 4 on the other, consistently ^^ ? thats adds to seven… conspiracy?
Panel 3 begs to differ.
Caderyn wasn’t counting the thumbs. Panel three has four on her left, three on her right. You can tell which side is her front, therefore which is her left and right, by looking at her chest. Panel six however, has them backwards. Panel one agrees with panel three.
Previous comic (#484) debunks this sadly- Panel 3 shows 5 well-defined fingers per each hand splayed out in (unwelcome) greeting. Darn, I wanted that conspiracy.
Princess Vitani is acting WAY too casual about all this, and her manifestation didn’t cause any major devastation and she’s been playing with Eastwood since they got there. I’m gonna go straight into tinfoil hat territory (because I am an adventurer and you can’t stop me) and call it: Vitani is making a play against the gods, she’s likely a patterner daemon and she’s successfully managed to get herself alone with a, frankly, radical inquisitor. I’d say she’s going to offer something to the inquisition or the justice gods either as a double agent on a cosmic scale for the patterner or in it for herself to upset the ‘great game’ of the gods for shits and giggles. She just needs an ‘in’ on the mortal realm that isn’t shitheaded cultists.
And virus is just the Inquisitor she can weasel around to get an insider on the inquisition or something similar. Or you know, standard fair daemon crises as is par for the course of this comic, whatever.
Needless to say I love her character and I’ve only seen her for two pages, I eagerly await to be proven wrong. More please.
So, basically, that said radical Inquisitor may pull an eisenhorn, ending with girlfriend befitting his pet – much to the endless terror of certain associate of him?
Yes. Yes, please.
Ya know… I actually could see that happening. In a way it makes sense. I guess we’ll learn more in the next episode. :P
Personally, I’m going with this:
The reason the Inquisition hasn’t detected Vitani yet is because she ISN’T manifest yet, any more than those pilgrims were alive. This body she’s showing is a powerful illusion she’s created to interact with the mortal world until such time as she can manifest for realsies.
… And I just looked down and noticed this is exactly what Deltarno is saying. Crud.
Okay, different theories. They said early that this demon has a global cult, right? Maybe she was able to incarnate by spreading the power used to summon her over a vast area. It wouldn’t look like a demon summoning because the thousands of mortals sacrificed weren’t concentrated enough to register as even a blip on the Inquisition’s radar. It’s also possible she can ‘store’ the sacrifice energy for later use.
Or perhaps, as the weaver of lies, she’s just that good at hiding her presence and/or has found a way around the Inquisition’s methods of detection.
I’m still backing my original theory. Remember at the start of the arc the conspiracy theorist was pointing to the signs that this cult had its images everywhere over a long period of time? What if this was a slow-burn summoning taking place over the course of centuries? The Inquisition wouldn’t detect it because there’d be nothing to detect, she was slowly manifesting over time, her spirit was active in the world for centuries getting things into position, the actions at this monastary were just the cult dotting its ‘i’s and crossing its ‘t’s. The princess is manifest, Virus is kinda boned unless he does something.
Tossing my own tin foil hat into the ring, I’d say that my madcap theory is that the demon has not manifested yet. Yes, she looks it, but as her trolling Eastwood showed, she seems to be able to manifest illusions to people. Since she doesn’t have the energy to physically manifest, she’s using an illusion to tell the inquisitors that she’s already won, getting her time to get her cultists into position.
That, or she found a loophole in the summoning laws. “When on holy ground, summons require one ham sandwich rather than a thousand dead mortals.”
Throwing my own theory in here, the chapter opens with mention of the church as a *Portal* site. Virus is worrying about the summoning requirements. I’d guess Portal site = lower summon requirements, therefore we get the current situation. Tell me I’m wrong.
I bet that the portal was opened, and that she wasn’t summoned at all.
Okay, you’re wrong. Maybe.
I. Totally. Love her. Best femme so far! Can we make her last longer? I mean, can she not be killed when they defeat her? I wanna see her more in the future after this! *sigh* I guess that prolly won’t happen, but I can hope! She’s just so affable! The Affably Evil trope is one of my favorites! She is she a lesser god of her own pantheon, a part of one of the main pantheon’s or a cross between different pantheons? Or is she a raised (ascended? can’t remember the word used) god like Mort was? Either way I find it interesting she reffered to herself as a princess. I totally love her.
As well as Easts reaction. I mean, I feel bad that Virus kinda got abandoned like that and all, but Easts reaction is just priceless!!! The double meaning of what he says is just too funny! This page is just full of win! Now the question is, will Lothar and Rogue be in time to help out Virus or will he have to save himself? Heehee! This is all just so totally awesome! This page is just full of win!
Wow, after checking out the other comments, I must say! There are a lot of really interesting theories out there! I think my favorite ones are the suggestions that Virus winds up dating her. Those are just hilarious! Mostly because I can actually see Virus dating a deamon, given his choice of pets. But maybe not one so….enthusiatic about sacrifices. I mean, he has expressed some dismay at that kind of thing int he past.
Anywa, I like all the theories preseanted. I am having a hard time trying to come up with anything new, though. Everyone has pretty much covered all the bases and even repeated a few. I’ll just wait to see what happens, though I am inclined to believe she has already manifested, as she is using webbing to control the corpses. And she touched the boys.
Anyway, pleasepleasepleaseplease let there be an update soon!
Oi, I’m loving this comic arch so far. I must say, I’ve liked every single daemon personification that you all have done so far. They’ve all proven interesting and awesome to read. So good on you for writing them. Also, am I the only one that saw the obvious Sonic reference from the comic title? Unless I’m mistaken, the title is a key line in one of Sonic’s theme songs. An extra bit of comedy I got to laugh at after reading through the comic itself. Gotta love context
wow I just realized that the strip title happens to reference a certain TV show… I am slow as it gets
My theory is that “Vitani” isn’t a daemon yet, the first time we saw her was in the comic about the Chosen One of the four gods, she appeared in one of the flashback photos with Mort lacking the horns.
It seems strange that a demon would stay in the physical world for so long, I’d wager given the kid’s age about 5-10 years, undetected.
So my theory is that “Vitani” is merely a high level cultist and sorceress, whatever her plan is, I’m betting ascension like Mort wanted to achieve, she reacted to the presence of the Inquisition by pretending to be her own patron as to keep them on the ropes, two inquisitors (of which one a demonologist) against a sorceress is completely another thing than two inquisitors against a daemon princess.
All of her powers, illusions and necromancy could be arguably used by a mortal trained in sorcery and her specific knowledge on Sirius and Eastwood would for maximum lolz be office gossip Mort blabbed about to every cultist he met with.
And here be my bid:
East somehow, someway, (by either tripping over some leftover webbing, a corpse or barely alive monk) finds some remaining survivors holed away thanks to Rogue and Lothar. Having been notified of the situation prior to meeting her “highness” the mercs pulled a quick rescue-recon and found temporary refuge somewhere within the catacombs where it’s reminded that the temple was indeed built above old daemon ritual grounds since the days of the first incursion. Thanks to the seal from St. Adrasteia’s ward stone, combined with the Great Glass Bell of Rhamnus that Virus mentioned, it was possible for former followers to sneak into the monastery posing as monks and continue their dark practices right under the nose of the Inquisition, which is why they couldn’t detect anything manifest once it did and even if they did, any witnesses were dealt with mercilessly.
I believe our princess is in ties with the Soulthirster. Manipulation of the flesh and mind are kinda his/her’s forte, so it makes the most sense that Vitani would be in league with him/her. That, and we’ve never really seen a summing for the Soulthirster’s daemon’s since the first arch of EN, so I’d say it’s about bloody time. While it’s possible for her to be just a high level cultist who ascended as Morth did with the Patterner, I doubt that’s all she is. Thus ending my speculation and raising my bid into this betting ring a few folds.
And my bet is, we really need a bigger boot to squish her with.
Somebody call in Texas Mack, that robot has a big enough set of boots for the job. :D
Why do I foresee Virus and the Drider having a pleasant conversation over tea while Harold is busy shitting himself in sheer terror?
Nah, too classy. More like he finds Virus and her bonding over some shared interest.
Naw. I seem Virus and the Spinner getting into an argument, having hot angry sex, and her calling him nine months later about the eggs.
I dunno, even he can’t be that desperate.
Then again, remember BatInquisitor? Mr. “I killer a heretic’s father, then slept with her? And ran off without even saying goodbye?”
dude….girl you meal is on wheels.
I like this villain already.
I will quote you saying that my father often uses and it goes as such I run faster scared than you do mad
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