Edit: Eventually the reworked version of this chapter will go up but until then everything is how it was when it first went online in the summer of 2011. The first chapter is a bit confusing (hence the rework), please let me know if you have any questions. The quality of the art and story telling evolve a ton over the course of the pages.
If you ever feel like giving up because of this chapter or a few of the following ones, Chapter 8 is a pretty good jumping in point. Chapter 11 is another good jumping in point and if you start from there you’ve only got a little under 100 pages to read before you’re caught up to the most recent page.
Something that was missing from the original prologue was a link to the first chapter, that’s where this page comes in. This page was added to the new prologue to fix the gap between prologue and first chapter.
There is no equivalent original page to this one. This page is brand new content. If you’ve been keeping up with the regular updates, you are already aware of the event being shown in the first panel, everything else is completely new. This page was added mostly to give some insight into Fae’s character.
It was mentioned in passing once in the comic that Fae use to dance, well this page offers some more insight into that. I’ve never seen Dirty Dancing but I imagine that Fae would be a fan based on the plot. It’s also a fairly iconic dance film so I felt compelled to add it for that reason alone. The other poster is for Cabaret. I have seen Cabaret on stage. It’s phenomenally amazing in a super depressing way. Emphasis on super depressing. I’m not sure if this was unique to the show I saw or what is typically done but after the curtains close at the end of Cabaret the music stopped, the lights came up, and the actors did not return to the stage for a bow. The lack of typical stage conventions at the end only heightened the power of that musical. Fae’s poster is from the film version.
While the text has been changed I was actually really happy with the art from the original page 4. Not enough to keep the art, obviously, but enough to basically redraw the page with some minor changes. The biggest two changes to the art were showing the first scene with Zel and Adrik be post slap and changing Irving’s expression/posture. In the original page I meant for Irving to be holding his side because he was injured but as I got more use to the characters I realized that Irving would never be involved in anything close to a fair fight. Also the first page was a lot more ambiguous as to how Zel died and in this one it is a lot more clear as to what the page is implying. The middle panel will be expanded upon really soon with the regular updates. The first panel will be further explained much farther into the future.
Another tone shift page. Also this page rephrases the message a lot more gently than the original page 3.